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Carmody is new Vikings boss

3rd January, 2021

Goole AFC have announced that Mike Carmody has become the new manager of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club.

Carmody will be joined in the dugout by assistant Alan Jackson to resume a partnership that had recently been at Division One side Armthorpe Welfare.

They replace Mark Pitts and Simon Portrey who have left the Vikings as the club look to substantially reduce operating costs in the wake of restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman Alan Wilson said: "For the club to survive on a reduced playing budget, it has to adopt a more localised approach, attracting players with reduced travelling costs.

"The club felt that Mark and Simon, who are based in Leeds, did not have the necessary 'local contacts' to satisfy our 'survival' policy which has to be implemented immediately due to the critical nature of our financial situation.

"We thank Mark and Simon for their commitment to the team and the club throughout what has been an extremely difficult time."

Carmody has said that, after a short break, he and Jackson are ready to return, saying in a statement: "At present, Goole AFC is very much in a similar position club wise to where Armthorpe Welfare was when I stepped into the role as manager and I believe we have the tools necessary for the challenge that awaits us.

"We are under no illusions to the size of the challenge but feel that if we can create a positive environment for players, fans and volunteers to come together then there won’t be many clubs bigger than Goole AFC in the Northern Counties East League.

"The fan base that Goole have had over the years has been second-to-none and we are going to need them back through the gate and hopefully they will be rewarded with some exciting football.

"From experience as a player and manager, Goole has always been a tough place to get a result and we hope to keep that tradition.

"It’s no secret the club has had its troubles of late but that’s something beyond our control. We, as a management team, are focused on doing everything we can to put the club back to its standing within the community and recreate that buzz the team once had.

"My hope is that we as a club can come together and really create something our fans can all be proud of.

"Players will be asked to buy in to our philosophy and work ethic and if they do I can assure them they will enjoy every minute.

"The team has already been strengthened with some welcome additions and I'm sure there'll be more that will be brought in to enhance the players already here not replace.

"Come the restart of the league, whenever that may be, we will be ready."

(Story Source: Goole AFC)

Minute's silence this weekend for Eric Lawton

23rd September, 2020

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Goole AFC have announced the sad passing of their life president and former chairman Eric Lawton.

The Vikings have announced that there will be a minute's silence held in his memory, prior to kick-off in Saturday's home league game against Garforth Town.

A club statement said: "Eric was a true gentleman and was the lifeblood of this club for many years.

"His kindness, generosity and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by us all."

All at the NCEL would like to send our deepest condolences to Eric's family and friends, and to everyone associated with Goole AFC.

(Story Source: Goole AFC)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Yorkshire Amateur 11 29 27
P 2 Bridlington Town 9 21 24
P 3 Liversedge 7 21 22
4 Garforth Town 9 21 10
5 Maltby Main 10 18 6
6 AFC Mansfield 9 17 17
7 Handsworth 12 17 -3
8 Grimsby Borough 10 16 6
9 Barton Town 11 14 -9
10 Albion Sports 9 13 0
11 Eccleshill United 11 13 -4
12 Penistone Church 7 12 6
13 Hemsworth MW 7 12 3
14 Goole AFC 11 11 -21
15 Silsden AFC 10 10 -6
16 Thackley 11 8 -11
17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Emley AFC 10 26 18
2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
P 8 Skegness Town 8 16 5
9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
14 Armthorpe Welfare 12 11 -14
15 Swallownest 8 10 -1
16 Dronfield Town 11 10 -11
17 Harrogate Railway Ath 8 9 -9
18 FC Humber United 10 7 -23
19 Worsbrough Bridge 13 6 -21
20 Selby Town 6 3 -11

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