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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 managerís 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 managerís 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)

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