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McGuire is new boss at Frickley

28th February, 2023

Frickley Athletic have announced that former Thackley boss Patrick McGuire is the new manager of their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side.

The announcement came after an extensive interview process and what the board at the Westfield Lane club have described as "a really good response for the job vacancy" following the departure of Wayne Benn earlier this month.

McGuire, whose five-year spell in charge at Thackley came to an end in December, will be assisted by Blake Campbell who is Head of Scouting and Recruitment Analyst at Bradford (Park Avenue) where McGuire works on a full-time basis as the Scholarship Head Coach for the U19s.

Martin Beaumont, who was in temporary charge, will return to fully concentrating on his duties as Under 23s manager and has been thanked by the board for his part in securing four points in the two tough away games that he was in the dugout for.

McGuire said in a statement: "Blake and I are delighted to be here at Frickley Athletic FC.

"The club has a long term vision for success, centred around the community and youth development, which is exactly the kind of club we wanted to be a part of.

"With Frickley having been higher up the football pyramid in recent years, we want to help the club get back to where it belongs and beyond, whilst creating opportunities for young players to develop and succeed in the game.

"We look forward to working closely with Martin Beaumont and his successful U23 side to continue to strengthen the pathway for talented young players into senior football.

"There are good foundations here within the squad, and we are excited to take training on Tuesday and Thursday and meet the lads.

"Hopefully, we will see a big turnout on Saturday to support the lads as we aim to finish the season strongly."

(Story Source: Frickley Athletic)

Benn steps down at Frickley

19th February, 2023

Frickley Athletic have announced that they have accepted the resignation of manager Wayne Benn following their 3-0 home defeat to Thackley in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday.

The loss extended the Westfield Lane side's winless run to eight games, leaving them seventeenth in the table and seven points above the drop zone.

A statement released by the club an hour after the final whistle thanked Benn and his management team "for all their hard work and efforts with the first team so far this season".

It continued: "They joined the club during a difficult period of transition in the summer and their efforts to stabilise the club on the pitch over the course of this season have been very much appreciated.

"We wish them all the best for the future.

"Under 23s manager Martin Beaumont will take over management responsibilities of the first team on an interim basis whilst the club searches for a new permanent manager and will begin preparations for Tuesday’s trip to Silsden AFC in the NCEL.

"The club are now taking applications for the role of first team manager.

"Please could any interested parties send their applications to chairman Richard Norman at richard@cigroup.cc.

"All applications must be submitted by Friday 24th February, 2023.

"Further information regarding the first team management position will be announced in due course."

(Story Source: Frickley Athletic)

Frickley appoint new chair

22nd July, 2022

Richard Norman, previously at Toolstation NCEL clubs Goole AFC and Hemsworth Miners Welfare, has been appointed as the chair of league newcomers Frickley Athletic.

He will be looking to use his experience running clubs at semi-professional level to help Frickley make a quick return up the FA's National League System following their demotion to Step 5 this summer.

During his time at Goole AFC, they won Divison One and the League Cup before, at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, he helped them finish in the top six of the Premier Division, created a successful U23 team and helped develop the new community facilities at the stadium, whilst also creating a school for disenfranchised young people.

He also has a wealth of experience creating other successful community projects around the region.

Speaking about his new appointment, he said: "It is a real honour to have this opportunity, to be chair at such a famous, and well supported, football club, a true community club.

"There are already some really fantastic people at the club with people like [directors] Phil [McCroakam], Penny [Wall] and many other volunteers working so passionately to develop the club both on and off the pitch and I am really looking forward to working with them all.

"After a few challenging seasons, my first goal will be to help [manager] Wayne [Benn], [and assistants] Chick [Hayward] and Rudi [Funk] provide some stability on the pitch and then start competing to win back our place in the NPL.

"We are already looking at developing an U23 team for this season which will provide a further pathway for all our academy players.

"This will give even more young people from our community the opportunity to play top level football at their local semi pro club.

"We will also look to develop a women’s team to become part of the Frickley family.

"Off the pitch, I will endeavour to help the Board deliver some long term financial stability. We will look to achieve this by creating new sponsorship and other income opportunities.

"But, for me, the most important factor of joining the club is the existing Community Foundation which already makes a huge difference to the lives of so many young people.

"I really want to help this 'best kept secret' to provide even more help to even more young people in your community.

"If anyone would like to chat about how you can also get involved with the club, please get in touch."

Frickley's first game in the NCEL is a trip to Maltby Main in the Premier Division a week on Saturday (30th).

(Story Source: Frickley Athletic)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 North Ferriby 38 95 55
P 2 Winterton Rangers 38 81 40
3 Emley AFC 38 77 43
4 Garforth Town 38 70 36
5 Penistone Church 38 68 19
6 Hallam 38 67 21
7 Barton Town 38 64 21
R 8 Hemsworth MW 38 55 8
9 Golcar United 38 54 13
10 Knaresborough 38 53 -2
11 Silsden AFC 38 51 -4
12 Albion Sports 38 51 -4
13 Maltby Main 38 48 -15
14 Thackley 38 46 -4
15 Eccleshill United 38 43 -11
16 Handsworth 38 42 -13
17 Frickley Athletic 38 36 -20
18 Bottesford Town 38 29 -37
19 Goole AFC 38 25 -66
R 20 Yorkshire Amateur 38 15 -80
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Campion 38 98 102
2 Harrogate Railway 38 86 51
P 3 Rossington Main 38 84 57
4 Wakefield AFC 38 70 34
5 Staveley MW 38 63 22
6 Horbury Town 38 60 28
7 Retford FC 38 59 3
8 Armthorpe Welfare 38 58 -5
9 Brigg Town 38 55 8
10 Selby Town 38 52 -9
11 Beverley Town 38 51 -1
12 Nostell MW 38 44 -14
13 Ollerton Town 38 41 -72
14 Parkgate 38 40 -15
15 Worsbrough Bridge 38 40 -19
16 Dronfield Town 38 40 -25
17 Glasshoughton Welf 38 40 -31
18 Shirebrook Town 38 36 -32
19 Swallownest 38 36 -35
20 Athersley Rec 38 30 -47

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