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1,000 up for Marshall

27th March, 2022

Garforth Town boss Paul Marshall celebrated his 1,000th game in management on Saturday and has told Non League Yorkshire that he has no intention of retiring soon.

His managerial career began in the mid-1990s with Harrogate Town before a move to neighbours Harrogate Railway Athletic that proved very fruitful, including a memorable FA Cup Second Round tie with Bristol City in 2002.

Marshall has also enjoyed success with Goole AFC, Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town, whilst his current side are involved in an exciting chase for the second possible promotion spot in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division.

When asked about his continuing motivation after such a long time, he said: "It is such a difficult question because sometimes when I’m stood there and it is pouring down and windy, you’re thinking 'What am I doing stood on a sideline at 60-year-old?'

"But you take inspiration from Steve Bruce, Roy Hodgson, all these managers who don’t need the money.

"They come back into it because they love the game and I think that is what it is with me.

"I just love the game and love talking about football and improving players and clubs.

"I’ve improved most clubs I’ve been at so I enjoy creating a winning mentality at clubs.

"The goal here at Garforth is to try and finish second, that’s the short-term goal.

"The long-term goal is to try and improve the club which we have done in the last two years.

"I’m quite happy here and I think (the owners) Brian (Close) and Craig (Bannister) are happy for me to do it again next season – not that we have discussed it yet."

Marshall's milestone was reached with a 1-1 home draw with Penistone Church, a last minute equaliser securing a point that keeps them in the chase for a top two finish.

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(Story Source: Non League Yorkshire)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Grimsby Borough 38 88 59
2 Eccleshill United 38 79 42
3 Garforth Town 38 77 42
4 Winterton Rangers 38 76 47
5 Sherwood Colliery 38 73 27
6 Penistone Church 38 66 20
7 Barton Town 38 61 13
8 Handsworth 38 60 4
9 Emley AFC 38 51 8
R 10 Staveley MW 38 50 10
11 Maltby Main 38 49 -3
12 Goole AFC 38 49 -10
13 Silsden AFC 38 46 -5
14 Bottesford Town 38 46 -30
15 Thackley 38 44 -26
16 AFC Mansfield 38 41 -16
17 Knaresborough 38 40 -25
18 Hemsworth MW 38 33 -27
19 Albion Sports 38 33 -32
R 20 Athersley Rec 38 10 -98
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Hallam 40 102 103
P 2 North Ferriby 40 96 73
3 Brigg Town 40 86 71
4 Harrogate Railway 40 83 41
5 Rossington Main 40 81 45
6 Selby Town 40 75 38
7 Retford FC 40 68 13
8 Parkgate 40 66 15
9 Worsbrough Bridge 40 55 -19
10 Hall Road Rangers 40 54 -5
11 Dronfield Town 40 54 -10
12 Ollerton Town 40 53 0
13 Armthorpe Welfare 40 52 6
14 Nostell MW 40 50 -23
15 Shirebrook Town 40 47 -24
16 Rainworth MW 40 43 -29
17 Glasshoughton Welf 40 41 -15
18 Swallownest 40 31 -32
19 FC Humber United 40 27 -64
20 Clipstone 40 22 -75
R 21 Teversal 40 10 -109

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