East Hull to take part in annual charity Steady Eddie Cup
18th April, 2021
One of East Hull's opening matches under their new name of FC Humber United that comes into effect from the 2021/22 season will be the first of an annual charity pre-season clash with Cheadle Heath Nomads.
The Toolstation NCEL Division One club have announced that the yearly tussle with their North West Counties League counterparts will be for the Steady Eddie Cup, named after the mascot of a local charity called StrokeInformation.
The two sides will host the match alternatively with this summer's taking place at Cheadle's Proseal Stadium on Saturday 17th July, 2021.
The charity was founded by former footballer Nick Clarke after his own severe stroke in September 2012 and he is delighted with the announcement, saying: "The charity has gone from strength to strength and is very appreciative for the support that FC Humber United and Cheadle Heath Nomads have shown.
"Support is so, so important when you have been impacted by stroke and that is the mantra of the charity by offering true peer-led support and their tagline is #WeCareBecauseWeveBeenThere.”
"During the lockdown and pandemic, everyone has experienced some form of isolation - well, please, imagine that all the time.
"That is what it’s like after your stroke, you don’t really see anyone, no-one rarely pops round for a brew or a chat, effectively making the stroke survivors feel unworthy. StrokeInformation is reducing that isolation.
"Although the charity is based over in Stockport, they will help anyone anywhere at any age. Most people believe that strokes only affect those at a certain age.
"Well, that’s not true and is quite apt for the charity at the moment as a young mother from Bradford has just reached out to StrokeInformation after her son has had three strokes since September 2020 and he is just five years of age!!"
FC Humber United chairman Richard Smales added: "This is another fantastic link and partnership for us as a club.
"It's only when you read about what StrokeInformation offer as support that it hits home that a stroke can affect anyone at any age.
"With this link between ourselves and Cheadle Heath Nomads, it's more than just a game of football. We can enjoy the annual pre-season fixture knowing that we are also doing our bit to push this extremely important charity at the same time.
"It’s a big thank you to our Director of Football, Marc Brown, for making an idea into a reality for us and Cheadle to build a strong partnership over the coming years.
"We are very much looking forward to the trip across the Pennines and to test ourselves against NWCFL opposition too.
"It's another exciting and important partnership we have added to the club as we continue to grow and move forwards in the right direction."
Cheadle Heath Nomads chairman George Gibbons commented: "On behalf of everyone at Cheadle Heath Nomads, we are delighted and honoured to participate for The Steady Eddie Cup with our friends from FC Humber United.
"Nick Clarke and his colleagues undertake a tremendous amount of valuable work in the community, not only assisting stroke patients but also their immediate families, and hopefully, with the help of both clubs, we can in some way ensure that their amazing work continues.
"I'm confident that these annual fixtures will be fiercely contested on the pitch and celebrated with a drink or two afterwards.
"We are looking forward to hosting the inaugural match and meeting new football friends along the way."
FC Humber United's director of football Marc Brown said: "When myself, Rich and Mark discussed the fixture we wanted to do something that had potential to be an annual event which would raise awareness of a great charity.
"Having previously been part of a few fundraising events for Stroke Information, it was an obvious decision.
"George Gibbons and everyone at Nomads have shown a great deal of enthusiasm to this exciting partnership and the speed in which all three parties have managed to get everything over the line shows the commitment, desire and forward-thinking everyone has which can only make everyone stronger for it.
"The work Nick and his team carry out is priceless and it's personally a proud moment to be able to continue supporting them."
Click here for more information about StrokeInformation.
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East Hull enter ground share with Robins
28th March, 2021
East Hull, who will be known as FC Humber United from next season, have announced that they will be playing their home matches at Selby Town's Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium for the upcoming campaign.
Chairman Richard Smales said: "It is a relief to have this agreement confirmed for us to play our home games at Selby Town for the 2021/22 season.
"I would personally like to thank [interim chairman] Dave Haddock and his team at Selby for the swift decision and confirmation to work with us for the upcoming football season.
"We set out with the task to locate a suitable ground in the city of Hull and, following months of wasted conversations, negotiations and simply astonishing responses, it left us with no option but to look outside the city.
"The lack of football facilities in a city the size of Hull for Step 6 and above is quite appalling really, but I won’t comment too much on this as it will go on for far too long to write.
"This led us to learn of an exciting multi-million-pound sports development which will be taking place in the coming years and situated within the Humber region, a development we are very much wanting to be part of long-term and for the club to call 'home' which fits nicely within the Humber region.
"Understanding the situation, and with time frames tight, we made a proactive decision to call upon our friends at Selby and discuss the situation for which Dave Haddock was fully supportive and we are all extremely grateful of his support for the club to continue for the 2021/22 season.
"Thanks once again to Dave Haddock, Selby Town and the NCEL for being supportive of our club and plans over the last few months."
Selby Town’s interim chairman David Haddock added: "We are extremely pleased to be able to help and support FC Humber United in finding a home with us for the season ahead.
"Football isn't just about what happens on the pitch, it's much more than that, it's about family - especially at this level when we are all facing the same challenges on a daily basis.
"As a football family, we need to work together and support each other, because we are all ultimately working toward the same aim, and that is to provide quality, affordable football to our communities.
"It's an exciting time for Selby Town Football Club and we’re glad to be able to share our journey with FC Humber United and we wish them all the best for the season ahead."
Meanwhile, all of the latest information about East Hull's transition to FC Humber United can be found on the website, fchumberunited.co.uk
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Maspero commits long-term with East Hull
16th March, 2021
East Hull have announced that manager Mark Maspero has signed a three-year contract with the club who will change their name to FC Humber United in the summer.
The former Sherburn White Rose boss and Goole AFC first team coach joined the club in December and has now extended his stay at the Toolstation NCEL Division One side until 2024.
Chairman Richard Smales was delighted to confirm the news via the club's website, saying: "Mark has really bought into what we are striving to achieve and to have someone of Mark’s coaching quality and passion to succeed is exactly what we want at the club.
"This deal offers the club stability and allows us to focus on the long-term aspirations and development on and off the pitch, whilst also knowing full well that delivery of the plan is essential to progressing the club to where we want it be.
"Furthermore, I am delighted to have Mark with us on this journey as we work diligently and plan ahead, for the start of the upcoming 2021/22 season."
The club's director of football, Marc Brown, added: "It’s really important that we start as we mean to go on and having stability at all levels of the club is really important to us.
"Mark’s experience, qualifications and desire to succeed has been evident in recent months.
"It’s important that Mark and the rest of the management team know that they have our backing.
"We understand what we want to achieve isn’t going to happen overnight and it will take time, but we have the belief that we will get to where we want to be with Mark leading us on the pitch."
Maspero added his thoughts on getting the deal done and moving forward with the club, commenting: "It’s refreshing to be involved with a forward thinking, honest club with the desire and passion to grow both the first team and the club brand.
"It's inspiring to see the chairman and director of football putting in so much of their time and effort - proper blood, sweat and tears - to make this club the biggest in the region.
"It was an easy decision for me to make. Having the security of three years allows me to be able to instil my game model and a club ethos.
"It also allows the players to buy into what we all want to achieve. To be successful, we all need that continuity."
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East Hull to become FC Humber United
16th February, 2021
Toolstation NCEL Division One side East Hull will be changing its name to FC Humber United from the start of the 2021/22 season.
Under the banner "New club, new start, new vision", the club say it "has been formed with the long term aim to become a true part of the football community of Hull and the Humber region."
A statement released at the weekend added: "We are not just a football club as we aim to serve the community and engage with as many different organisations to enhance the sports and personal development of people at all age groups.
"Having recruited a strong off-the-pitch team and a highly ambitious playing squad, we will begin upon the commencement of the 2021/22 football season.
"We look forward to welcoming you to following our journey."
Club chairman Richard Smales has also commented on the new chapter for the club, saying: "It is a tough time for everyone right now with the continued lockdown situation and the continued threat of COVID-19 impacting on our lives on a daily basis.
"However, it is during this period in time which has given myself and fellow club colleagues the opportunity to plan, develop and bring to life a fresh look for the football club in preparation for the 2021/22 season.
"Lockdown 3.0 is where FC Humber United has really come to life. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and want to thank all behind the scenes at the club for their input and assistance in creating a truly professional football club brand and appearance.
"We have set the standards high and will now continue to reach these high standards and move to the next level in the future.
"Football in Hull and the Humber region has many years of history, we are now part of this history and will work extremely hard to fully engage with all communities within the Humber area.
"We are not just a football club but much more as we are also going to be launching our own Community Foundation alongside an Academy in partnership with United Football Academy & Brighter Futures in the coming months.
"Having Mark Maspero as first team manager, we have a highly experienced and qualified football coach to lead our on-pitch progress.
"With Marc Brown on board as director of football, we are in safe hands as his passion and enthusiasm to achieve success is evident to see and the perfect link between the football department and boardroom.
"As a club we have recently brought in Adam Shire to manage our commercial and marketing activities, Adam is another huge part of the football club moving forward and once again brings with him plenty of experience from both non-league and professional football clubs.
"Finally, a quick update on our ground for next season, both myself and Marc Brown have spent many hours looking at plenty of possible site locations.
"We initially identified ten locations - following closer inspection this was narrowed down to three strong possibilities and various discussions have taken place with each location.
"We are now well down the track in terms of negotiations with one site location and the finer details are being put in place for completion in the near future.
"We are all looking forward to football returning in near future and cannot wait for the start of 2021/22 football season."
For all the latest information on the development of FC Humber United in preparation for next season, you can check out its website by clicking here
Maspero named as new East Hull boss
21st December, 2020
East Hull have unveiled former Sherburn White Rose boss and Goole AFC first team coach Mark Maspero as their new manager.
He replaces Nathan Doyle who stepped down earlier this month and his first game in charge will be their Boxing Day trip to Winterton Rangers.
The Toolstation NCEL Division One side made the announcement on social media, saying: "We are pleased to announce that Mark Maspero has agreed to take up the position of first team manager.
"Mark will be working alongside two coaching staff which are also coming in to assist him as we look to rebuild the squad.
"Mark and his coaching team are excited by the challenge to keep the club up this season and of course open to all options of players for the remainder of this season."
Meanwhile, chairman Richard Smales has responded to the news of the departure of three of the club's officials, following the resignation of president Kevin Revell, secretary and vice chairman Jason Deyes, and interim manager Andy Watts.
He said: "I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation for all they have done for the club and fully understand the reasons behind leaving.
"Following these resignations, this leaves just myself as chairman in charge of the club and I will be doing everything possible to make sure we continue this season and build as a football club going forwards.
"We will continue as a club and that is my priority."
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Doyle steps down as East Hull boss
13th December, 2020
East Hull have begun the search for a new manager after Nathan Doyle stepped down from his role in the dugout at the Toolstation NCEL Division One side.
The club, who are now playing their home games at Goole AFC's Victoria Pleasure Grounds, said in a statement released on social media on Saturday: "Due to extended work commitments, our manager Nathan Doyle has decided to take a step back from the club for the remainder of this current football season.
"All at the club are extremely grateful of the work and commitment that Nathan has shown to the club.
"Further to our update, we are pleased to announce that Andy Watts has agreed to take the reins as manager on an interim basis until a new management team has been confirmed.
"Once again we would like to thank Andy Watts for his continued support of the club."
A deadline of Friday 18th December, 2020, has been set by East Hull for applications to become their new boss.
Anyone who is interested is asked to email their chairman Richard Smales at email@example.com to discuss more about the role.
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Volunteers needed at East Hull
15th November, 2020
East Hull are looking to attract new volunteers to join and help them progress on and off the pitch as they continue to shape a brand new era at the club.
The Toolstation NCEL Division One side, who have recently announced a major overhaul to their structure, are currently on the lookout in the following voluntary areas:
Match Day Secretary - To be in attendance at all games (home and away) throughout the season and fulfil all matchday secretarial duties. Ideally, they are looking for someone who has previous experience within the NCEL and above. However, full support will be given to anyone who is new to this role and looking to get involved in football.
Club Treasurer - Within this role, the club are looking for support to manage grant applications and locate new funding opportunities. This role would also look at management of player fines and build connections within the local area to increase their funding possibilities.
Match Day Photographer/Video - They are looking for a keen photographer and/or videographer who can attend all of their fixtures home and away to take pictures and/or film their matches to produce content for their social media pages.
Marketing & Media Executive - The club are keen to find a local individual/student who is looking to learn their trade in the field of marketing and social media. Here, you will manage all the club's social media pages and create engaging content throughout the week and, of course, match days, with the ultimate end goal to increase the club's presence online and within the local/wider community.
Sponsorship Manager - To work alongside the club chairman to source new and exciting partnerships with local Hull based companies. Building new and mutually engaging partnerships to again improve the club's image within the local/wider business community.
Anyone who is looking to find out more information or to put themselves forward for any of the above roles, please contact East Hull chairman Richard Smales by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your previous experience and what you can bring to the football club.
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Fresh start for East Hull with new chairman
1st November, 2020
East Hull have announced that Richard Smales has taken up the position as chairman at the Toolstation NCEL Division One club.
A club statement said: "Richard has vast experience working within the professional element of sport at a number of football and rugby clubs alongside previous NCEL club level experience too.
"We as a committee are delighted to have Richard on board to take the club forwards both on and off the pitch."
Mr Smales commented: "I am delighted to be accepted as the new chairman at East Hull FC.
"Following on from the recent events at the club, there is huge potential to progress the club to the next level and beyond and we all feel it is a fresh start to build a solid platform and create a strong plan to move forwards from day one.
"Over the last week, it has been great getting to know everyone at the club.
"There are some fantastic people involved and we will be looking to shape our club structure off the pitch to match the individual qualities of everyone involved at the club alongside looking to attract further off-field support to bring in a strong football minded board of directors.
"I am excited to work with manager Nathan Doyle, his assistant Andy Watts and all the players at the club. They all know it’s a fresh start and we will look to start as we mean to go on.
"It's not going to be an overnight fix and it will take time to get to where we all want this club to be.
"However, it's now my job and everyone at the club to set the standards high and lay the platform for the lads to do the business on the pitch.
"Of course our main priority is to find a suitable venue in Hull for the club to call home and we are actively speaking with a few locations. We are open to many more options and welcome receiving any possible support with this area.
"Football in Hull has huge potential and we now feel with the slate wiped clean and a fresh start the club can begin to move forwards both on and off the pitch.
"It's no secret it's a massive job on our hands but it is an exciting opportunity to create and build a successful football club as we look to attract more fans to support us over the coming years."
Club secretary Jason Deyes added: "As you will all be aware, there has been a lot of changes at the club over the last couple of weeks and it's been a bit hectic. I took on the role of chairman on a temporary basis until we appointed a new one.
"Firstly, I would like to thank everybody at the club for their support shown to myself, committee member Kevin Revell and Andy Watts has been fantastic.
"Can I thank former chairman Jamie Waltham and Carla Waltham for their support that's been shown to the club over the years as without their support both financially and also their hard work on and off the pitch we wouldn't be where we are today.
"It's sad for me personally to see them both leave the club as they have become friends of myself and my family so I would just like to thank them for their support of the club.
"Going forward we as a club simply cannot stand still and we have to improve and move forwards. I'm pleased to announce we have appointed a new chairman who will take over from me with immediate effect.
"I spoke at length with Richard over the last week and his vision and passion for football is superb. He comes with vast experience of non-league football and his vision for this club really excites me.
"The club will always be in my blood and myself, Andy Watts and Kevin Revell will be at the forefront of the running of the club.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for East Hull FC to step up to the next level not only on the pitch but more importantly off it as well.
"I've seen Richard's plans for the next ten years and quite frankly it's exciting to see.
"Finally, can I thank the players for their patience over the last couple of weeks as they have all responded in the correct manner."
East Hull are now looking forward to the future as they plan to move forwards both on and off the pitch, and they would welcome receiving any additional help and support, be it volunteers, match day staff and any possible sponsorship for the football club.
Anyone wishing to discuss these further is asked to contact the club's new chairman directly at email@example.com.
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