New chairman and assistant manager at Glasshoughton Welfare

Phil Lindley.
Phil Lindley.

Glasshoughton Welfare have announced that former manager Jon Miles has been appointed chairman after Phil Riding stepped down due to work commitments.

A statement from the Leeds Road outfit said: “The club would like to thank Phil for his hard work and loyalty over the past few years.

“Jon’s reign as manager came to an amicable end at the conclusion of the season but, despite relegation from the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, the committee recognised the tireless work that he had put in last season.

“And it was realised that too many times he had been badly let down with the lack of commitment from certain players.

“It was agreed that the committee members did not want to lose him and, after a recent meeting, he was unanimously voted into the role of chairman vacated by Phil.”

New Welfare manager Mick Norbury, meanwhile, has named Pontefract-born Phil Lindley as his player/assistant manager.

For 34-year-old Lindley, it is his first step up into a managerial role. He is vastly experienced at Evo-Stik League level football where, from the age of 18, he made many appearances for the likes of Frickley Athletic, Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town, Harrogate Railway and Goole AFC.

He retired from playing a couple of years ago to concentrate on coaching at the A1 Football Factory, Knottingley, where he is a partner. But last season he came out of retirement to help Pontefract Collieries gain promotion to the NCE Premier Division.

A Glasshoughton club spokesperson said: “He is excited about his role at Glasshoughton and is aware of the tight budget that the duo have to work with.

“One of his aims this season is to create a link between the club and the Football Factory whereby young players coached at the venue can join some of Glasshoughton’s junior teams.”

Pre-season training gets under way this Saturday when old and new players are asked to meet at the Leeds Road ground at 10.30am.