Former Chelsea and Leeds United junior delivers another boost for Pontefract Collieries
Fresh from winning £25,000 in the annual Buildbase Community Club Award scheme Pontefract Collieries are looking to ensure success on the field as well with players committing to the team.
Former Leeds United junior and Chelsea reserves left-back Ben Gordon is the latest to decide to stay with Craig Rouse’s side for the 2021-22 season.
He joined Scott Smith and Jack Lazenby in committing his immediate future to the ambitious Colls club after initially signing when Andy Monkhouse was manager.
Gordon began his career in the Leeds United academy before moving to Chelsea in 2007. After leaving Stamford Bridge, he played 50 games in the Football League with Colchester United and on loan at Yeovil Town, Peterborough United, Tranmere Rovers and Birmingham City.
He also won the Scottish League Cup when part of the Kilmarnock team that beat Celtic in the 2012 final.
Since dropping into non-league Gordon has played for Chester, Bradford (Park Avenue), Woking, Boston United, Shaw Lane, Gainsborough Trinity and Matlock Town.
On staying with Ponte, he told the club’s website: “I’ve had some good chats with Rousey and his coaching staff about the upcoming season and we are starting to put a strong squad together, which I wanted to be part of.
“As a squad we will be looking to start the season well and finish as high up the league as possible, then try be up and around the promotion positions.
“Personally my aim is to chip in with my fair share of assists and the odd goal to help the team, but also be part of a back four to keep a lot of clean sheets.”
Striker Vaughan Redford, meanwhile, also recently returned to the club after a spell with Worksop Town.
He has followed Jack Greenhough, Eli Hey, Spencer Clarke, Ryan Musselwhite, Mikey Dunn and Kane Reece who have all come back to Pontefract since Rouse replaced Monkhouse as manager in January. All were part of Colls’ climb through the NCE League into the Northern Premier.
Colls are planning for their first game back with supporters and will host local rivals Glasshoughton Welfare in the annual Bill Cook Memorial Trophy match on Friday, July 23.
As a thank you to people who voted for the club in their Buildbase bid and to welcome fans back to the club, Colls have offered a number of free tickets for the game.
At present the first 150 tickets ordered, via Colls’ shop page on their website will be sent an e-ticket. Once ordered, supporters will simply show the email with their e-ticket and order number to redeem their free entry.
“Not only will it be great to see as many fans in the ground for a big local derby, but it will also be a great opportunity for our local people to remember a man who played a big part in local sports,” said a Colls spokesman.
“The bar and tea bar will be open for business, so come down socialise with your friends and enjoy some good local football.”
Visit https://www.pontefractcollieries.com/shop/bill-cook-memorial-trophy/ for the free ticket offer.