22nd July 2010
The close season has seen a lot of comings & goings at the club. The notable departure was manager Dave Hagan & his assistant, Eric Tate.
Haggs unfortunately decided that he could not operate a competitive team on the reduced budget for the new season. He resigned & has resumed his duties as assistant at Consett, coincidently our first opponents for the 2010/11 season.
Also moving to Consett from our playing ranks are Barry Poskett, Richie Forster, Mark Eccles, Danny Craggs, Lewis Teasdale & Scott Martindale. They are also likely to have Matty Gowland & Michael Coulthard, both former Lawyers in their ranks.
Richie Slaughter has moved to the USA on a scholarship.
Michael Fort has signed for Bishop Auckland.
Remaining from last seasonís squad, we have Stephen Tobin, Lewis Harrison, Matty Huntley, Lee Innes, Joe Johnson, Gavin Mudd, Luke Parkinson & Thomas Watkinson.
Ian Davison has also agreed to stay & more notably, he has taken over as team manager. Ian has also appointed Gary Innes as his assistant & Andy Allen as goalkeeping coach.
New to the club are Kelvin Armstrong, Sam Cotterill, Lee Dial, Michael Hall, Greg Halliday, Craig Jelley, Stephen Kennedy, Chris Killeen, Stephen Robinson & Michael Robson.
Returning to the Club are Scott Thompson & Derek Waters.
Pre season training has been refreshing, never less than 16 players attending & putting in loads of effort.
Friday 16th July sees our first pre season fixture, at home to Washington. In their ranks, we will once again meet up with Graham Liddle & Nicky Martin, 2 popular former players at Ironworks Road.
Sunday 18th July will see a number of players, committee members & supporters taking part in a 10 mile sponsored walk to raise funds for the Club. Interestingly, many are taking part in fancy dress & many people have pledged sponsorship. League chairman, Mike Amos will also be supporting the event & completing the walk.