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Former player and manager is new Knaresborough president

3rd July, 2019

Knaresborough Town confirmed at their AGM last Thursday that former player and manager Paul Howard has agreed to become the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side's new president.

Howard, who joined the club back in the 1970s and became a mainstay in the club's defence in its Harrogate League days, takes over the role following the sad loss of Terry Hewlett in January.

He was not only a familiar face on the pitch but also in the dugout after he took on the first team manager's role when Knaresborough moved back to the West Yorkshire League in 1993.

The first season saw the team finish third in the Premier Division as well as lifting the League Cup but, after four years in charge, Paul decided to step back from the role and resume his place on the club committee.

In 1999, Paul resumed the manager's role after the club decided upon a change of direction but, after a further two years, he stepped aside as Ian Singleton, Rob Pearson and Neil Smallwood took charge of the team for short periods.

A third spell, this time as caretaker manager from February 2007, saw Paul, again with Mick West as assistant, take over when the side was rooted at the foot of the league table having won only three games of the first seventeen in the league.

A massive turnabout occurred and the team won six of the remaining thirteen games to retain their place in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League, whereby Paul handed over again to Brian Davey and Duncan Falconer.

A club statement said: "Paul has always lived locally and has been a regular spectator at Manse Lane, editing the programme for a time as well as serving many years on the committee.

"We hope that Paul has a long and successful tenure as club president."

(Story Source: Knaresborough Town)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Staveley MW 26 55 33
2 Liversedge 24 53 38
3 Yorkshire Amateur 26 53 33
4 Penistone Church 28 53 26
5 Bridlington Town 25 48 19
6 Hemsworth MW 28 45 11
7 Maltby Main 28 43 -2
8 Garforth Town 28 41 -4
9 Grimsby Borough 26 40 6
10 Silsden AFC 28 37 -5
11 Barton Town 27 36 0
12 Eccleshill United 25 35 2
13 Knaresborough 25 32 3
14 Thackley 26 32 -5
15 Handsworth 23 30 -16
16 AFC Mansfield 26 28 -10
17 Goole AFC 28 25 -21
18 Bottesford Town 27 23 -28
19 Albion Sports 25 22 -16
20 Athersley Rec 27 12 -64
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 27 59 24
2 Skegness Town 26 58 39
3 Selby Town 25 56 46
4 North Ferriby 26 52 28
5 Campion 24 48 30
6 Retford FC 28 44 6
7 Glasshoughton Welfare 26 43 11
8 Hallam 23 37 11
9 Swallownest 25 37 1
10 Nostell MW 25 35 13
11 Dronfield Town 25 35 7
12 Armthorpe Welfare 28 34 -8
13 Parkgate 25 34 -16
14 Rossington Main 26 31 -6
15 Brigg Town 30 30 -19
16 Ollerton Town 26 28 2
17 Hall Road Rangers 24 28 -8
18 Worsbrough Bridge 24 23 -10
19 Harrogate Railway Ath 25 16 -35
20 East Hull 26 1 -116

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