YMCA project excites Hepworth

Reinvigorated Darren Hepworth is excited about the potential of ambitious Huddersfield YMCA. Hepworth, who was one of the most popular NCEL managers, stood down as the AFC Emley chief in May after seven years in the Welfare Ground dugout. Within weeks he dropped down three steps to join the West Yorkshire League Division Two new-boys  read more→

Biggins hails Stocksbridge management

Harrison Biggins admits that he owes a lot to the Stocksbridge Park Steels management team after his dream move to Fleetwood Town was confirmed. Chris Hilton and his assistants Ryan Laight, Lee Thompson and Shaun Handisides have spent the last three years developing Biggins, the son of former Barnsley striker Wayne into a top midfielder.  read more→

“Yorkshire Amateur are a sleeping giant”

Ambitious Yorkshire Amateur could be heading for an unprecedented period of success, if their main sponsor Andy Kendall-Jones gets his way. Mr Kendall-Jones, the CEO of Leeds-based Southerns Group, is instrumental in providing the tools to “awaken a sleeping giant”. Earlier this year Southerns sponsored the building the new 3g training pitch at Bracken Edge, a development which will generate  read more→

Pinder cherishes best 10 minutes of life

Back in November Worsbrough’s Matt Pinder did not know if he would walk again. On Saturday he made his return to a football field after five months of intensive rehabilitation. Non League Yorkshire’s James Grayson spoke to Matt and his father Ray about the past six months. “Those ten minutes were the best ten minutes of  read more→

Striker Lumsden was told to stop playing

Evo Stik Division One South Non League Yorkshire’s Crawford HR October Player of the Month Joe Lumsden was advised by doctors to stop playing a few years ago after suffering a serious injury. Stocksbridge striker Lumsden, 24, admits he is “lucky to be still playing”, having been badly injured during a warm-up match whilst on trial  read more→

Is finding training facilities a problem?

It is that time of the year when the dark nights are here and clubs start to look for indoor or floodlit all-weather facilities for training. Speak to many and it is a difficult task. Some clubs are lucky to have their own facilities. The majority do not and many struggle to find a training  read more→

We don’t get the respect we deserve

Our series of articles outlining why unpaid volunteer workforces in Non League Football deserve more respect continues. “Every few weeks something happens and you think: ‘why do we bother’?” That’s the view of Garforth Town chairman and groundsman Brian Close who says he spends “too many” hours at the J.S White Community Stadium, making sure  read more→

GTFC meant everything to Ralph

Even in his last days, Garforth Town was at the forefront of “perfect supporter” Ralph Backhouse’s mind. An emotive letter to the club’s owners Brian Close and Craig Bannister detailed his love for the Miners and how it was a big part of his life, received just a week before his death. There was also  read more→

Managing Non League – Chris Hilton

In the fourth of our interviews with current and formers managers, Non League Yorkshire speaks to Stocksbridge Park Steels chief Chris Hilton. Clubs managed: Worsbrough Bridge (June 2010-May 2014), Stocksbridge Park Steels (May 2014-present) Jamie Vardy is busy preparing for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia tomorrow. He is probably unaware that he had a  read more→

Managing Non League: Adrian Costello

In the third of our interviews with current and former managers, Non League Yorkshire speaks to Garforth Town manager Adrian Costello. Club(s) managed: Garforth Town (2015-present) Few semi-professional managers will be able to say that their coaching career began as bizarrely as Adrian Costello’s did. Eleven years on since becoming manager of his daughter’s under  read more→