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Massive boost for football development in Armthorpe

24th January, 2021

Armthorpe Welfare have announced an official affiliation with Armthorpe Wolves Junior Football Club in a boost to football development within the village.

The move will see Armthorpe Wolves come under the Armthorpe Welfare umbrella to become Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club from next season with both entities being FA Charter Standard Development Clubs.

The link between the two clubs is the fruits of several months of work led by Armthorpe Welfare vice-chairperson Kirsty Wiffen and Armthorpe Wolves’ chairman Tony Walton.

An enthusiastic Kirsty said: "I can't begin to express how much the affiliation with Armthorpe Wolves means to not only both our clubs but importantly to the community of Armthorpe.

"After the pit closed, the heart of this village seemed lost, but Armthorpe has recovered and is now an ever growing and thriving village.

"Now, alongside Gaz Hirst and the Development Team, Paul Cook and the Under 18’s and now Tony and the new Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football club, we can offer sport for all the community, whether taking part or spectating.

"There are further plans to bring in other teams and offer football for all, whilst improving and adding to the facilities at all three grounds.

"I would like to wholeheartedly thank Steve Baskerville (chairman), Martin Turner (secretary) and Tony for all the background work in achieving our goal and cannot wait to start work on further developing this club and give the village something to be proud of.

"All we need now is to be able to play football again! Welcome to the family, Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club! I cannot wait to see you all in blue!"

Tony Walton added: "The agreement between ourselves and Armthorpe Welfare is great news for everyone involved in both clubs and I hope will make Armthorpe Welfare the heart of our community.

"We are blessed with some amazing coaches and volunteers at Armthorpe Wolves who devote many hours making the club a success, working very closely with both Shaw Wood Academy and Armthorpe Academy who have given us fantastic support.

"Working with Steve Baskerville and his team at Armthorpe Welfare can only make the whole club a force for years to come."

Formed in 2013 to provide affordable inclusive football, Armthorpe Wolves currently have eight registered Doncaster & District Junior teams from Under 7s through to Under 14s, along with a popular 'cubs' section and aim to add two additional teams every year.

2017 saw the Wolves set out to grow participation, especially in girls football, and also saw the addition of a walking football team which is still going strong, whilst this current year is due to see a new girls-only team added.

All of these teams will be known as Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club teams from 2021/22 as Armthorpe Welfare pushes forwards for a bright footballing future for the village of Armthorpe.

Picture shows from left to right: Kirsty Wiffen (Armthorpe Welfare), Andy Halliday, Tony Walton, Brad Walton, Oliver Conner (all Armthorpe Wolves).

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Morris unveils backroom staff

22nd November, 2020

New Armthorpe Welfare manager Lee Morris has finalised who will be alongside him in the dugout with Rhys Meynell named as his assistant.

Current Welfare players Adam Lee and Steve Garner will also be part of his team, taking up coaching roles as well as continuing to contribute on the pitch.

A central defender as a player, Meynell was with Morris previously at Goole AFC, Frickley Athletic, Shaw Lane and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Morris said of him: "Rhys has been a friend of mine for a long time. We played together at Shaw Lane before I moved on to manage Goole where Rhys was my first signing and the same again at Frickley.

"He is a leader on the pitch and off it so he will bring a wealth of experience to Armthorpe and I'm looking forward to teaming up with him again."

With regard to Adam Lee, Morris said: "I have known Ads for about 18 years now. We played together at Frickley and he's been one of the best non league strikers.

"He has been at Armthorpe for a while and I think it will only benefit and improve the strikers at the club to work with Ads and myself."

Morris added: "Steve Garner is Mr Armthorpe. I've been a big admirer of his for a few years and I'm glad he's taken the opportunity to join my back room staff.

"His experience and knowledge of Armthorpe and the club will be vital to me and us moving forwards."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Morris is new Armthorpe manager

17th November, 2020

Armthorpe Welfare have announced that their new manager is former Worsbrough Bridge Athletic boss Lee Morris.

Morris, who stepped down from the hotseat at the Briggers at the start of October, takes over at the Marra Falcons Stadium from Mike Carmody who also resigned from his position last month.

The Toolstation NCEL Division One side's committee made their choice after what they described as "careful consideration of a number of worthy applications".

A statement released by Armthorpe said: "Morris was previously manager of Worsbrough Bridge Athletic where he guided them to safety in the 2017/18 season after they had endured a terrible start to the season.

"And, he followed that up the following season by steering Worsbrough to their highest ever finish of seventh place.

"He has also managed at Frickley Athletic in the Northern Premier League Premier Division and at Goole AFC.

"Before turning to management, Morris was an accomplished striker at the likes of Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town, Buxton, Worksop Town and Harrogate Town as well as playing professionally for Rotherham United and Chesterfield."

Speaking of his appointment, Morris said: "I am very pleased to be joining a great club like Armthorpe Welfare who are a side I've had great battles with during my time as both a player and a manager.

"I believe the pitch is up there with one of the best in the league and, with the bar improvements, things are going in the right direction.

"I can't wait to meet the lads when this lockdown has ended. I'm very lucky to be inheriting a fantastic squad, many I know and many I'm looking forward to getting to know.

"I hope to carry the confidence on from the last two wins in which Steve [Baskerville], Alan [Williamson], Adam [Lee] and Reece [Lucas] did a fantastic job to help the team move forwards."

Welfare chairman Steve Baskerville added: "I am delighted that we have been able to appoint a manager of the calibre of Lee Morris.

"He possesses all the attributes that we were looking for in a manager.

"There were some very strong applications and the committee had a tough decision to make but we are sure that Lee will prove that we have made the right call once we can get back to playing football again."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Armthorpe start search for new boss

25th October, 2020

Armthorpe Welfare are now welcoming applications for the position of first team manager following the resignation of Mike Carmody and his assistant Alan Jackson in midweek.

The Marra Falcons Stadium side released the following job advertisement on Saturday night:

Our first team plays at Step 6 of the FA National League System in Toolstation NCEL Division One, whilst also competing in the FA Vase.

We are a community club having recently added an under 18’s team for this current season along with our adult development team which is now in its second season.

We have aspirations to grow the club further as a community club and the new first team manager will be expected to work with the development and under 18’s management with player progression wherever possible.

The new manager will have the short term target of stabilising our position in the league and improving results this season, with a longer term aim of a return to the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division and qualification for the FA Cup.

To do this, the manager will be allowed to recruit their own assistant/coaching staff as they see fit, and will be expected to work with the current playing squad (with allowance to recruit further players where needed) and work within the current travelling expenses budget. More detail will be discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

We are inviting applications from potential candidates who have the following:

* Step 6 or above management experience (ESSENTIAL)

* FA Coaching Badge Level 2 or above (DESIRABLE)

* Further FA Qualifications (Coaching/Fitness/Safeguarding/DBS/First Aid etc.) (DESIRABLE)

* Good working knowledge of the NCEL (DESIRABLE)

* Knowledge of local football and player contacts (DESIRABLE)

To apply, please send a written expression of interest (no more than 500 words) to armthorpe.welfare@hotmail.co.uk explaining your reason for applying and what you can offer, together with a Football CV detailing your previous playing and management experience, relevant work experience that demonstrates appropriate inter-personal skills, relevant footballing qualifications and at least two references from previous clubs.

The deadline for applications will be Saturday 31st October, 2020, at 5pm. Candidates selected for interview will be notified by email by Saturday 7th November, 2020.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants cannot be provided.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

Carmody and Jackson leave Welfare

22nd October, 2020

Following Wednesday night’s heavy defeat at Parkgate, manager Mike Carmody and his assistant Alan Jackson both resigned from their positions at Armthorpe Welfare.

The 6-1 loss sees Welfare drop into the bottom three of the early Toolstation NCEL Division One table with four points from their opening seven games.

A club statement read: "With early season results not being as hoped for, the pair decided they have taken the club as far as they can and that a change is best for all concerned.

"The committee at Armthorpe Welfare wish to place on record our thanks to both Mike and Alan for all their hard work during their tenure, with both also doing unseen work helping to improve the club behind the scenes. We also wish them both all the very best in the future.

"Mike took over as manager in September 2016 and had been in charge for 164 matches, whilst Alan initially joined as a player just over a year later and joined the management team in August 2018.

"Armthorpe Welfare will now begin the search for a new manager with more details being available in a separate news item which will be published later.

"In the meantime, chairman Steve Baskerville and senior players Reece Lucas and Adam Lee will look after team affairs."

New chairman at Armthorpe

9th August, 2020

Armthorpe Welfare have a new chairman in place following Lee Carmody's decision to step down recently after three-and-a-half years in the role.

The Toolstation NCEL Division One club has acted swiftly to fill the position by appointing Steve Baskerville as the new man at its helm.

Steve has a very good knowledge of non-league football having successfully played, coached and managed at various clubs for thirty years.

Following his appointment, Steve said: "I was sad to see Lee resign as chairman as he has done a cracking job while at the club.

"I thought long and hard after being approached to take over but I have picked up such a good vibe and community feel about the club since watching my sons play both home and away that it made my decision for me."

He added: "After discussions with the committee, it was clear that we all want to move the club forward, not only on the footballing side but also into the community as well.

"It is the community that we want to involve more to build the club up as a whole in the next few years."

A club statement said: "Steve, the club's management committee, the playing staff and all at the club wish to thank Lee Carmody for the tremendous work he has put into the club during his time at the helm.

"We are sure it won't be the last we see of him at the Marra Falcons Stadium."

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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