Former Football League star Norbury is new Glasshoughton Welfare manager

Mick Norbury.
Mick Norbury.

Former Football League player Mick Norbury has been charged with the task of reviving Glasshoughton Welfare fortunes following relegation from the Premier Division of the NCE League.

Welfare are delighted to announce the experienced Norbury, 46, as their new team manager for the 2015-16 season.

Since the age of 20 Hemsworth-born Mick has been involved in full-time professional football until injury forced him in to semi-retirement and a step back down into the semi-professional soccer.

Striker Norbury played almost 100 games at Football League level in spells at Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and Cambridge United.

On retirement from playing he was appointed joint manager at Goole Town where he guided the club to the lifting of the West Riding County Cup against higher placed teams and finished just outside the league play-offs.

A spell at Harrogate Railway followed where he worked with a challenging budget that meant he had to focus on the local youth talent and on his leaving the club there were six of the under 18s players who had been nurtured through to the first team.

After a time as scout for Frickley Athletic, Norbury returned to management at Maltby Main where he lifted the club from second bottom to seventh in the NCE Division One, eventually parting company with the South Yorkshire club feeling that he could take them no further.

Mick believes that his main attributes to offer are a great knowledge of the tactics of the game from which he can input ideas on the way football should be played both in attack and defence and his ability to attract quality players.

He believes in running the club in a friendly atmosphere with the manager, committee and players being honest, trustworthy and loyal to each other both on and off the field.

As a player Norbury also played for Ossett Albion in the NCE League; Gainsborough Trinity and Bridlington Town in the Unibond Premier; Hednesford Town and Halifax Town in the Football Conference; Doncaster Rovers, Preston and Cambridge United in the Football League; and Ossett Town between 1988 and 1990 where he started out.

NCE League clubs, including Glasshoughton Welfare and Pontefract Collieries, will vote at this month’s league AGM on whether to introduce play-offs in Toolstation NCE Division One from the 2015-16 season.

Under the proposals, the number of teams relegated from the Premier Division would be increased to three.

The top two would be promoted from Division One automatically with play-offs to determine the third side to go up.

The proposal is being put forward following a number of requests from member clubs asking for play-offs to be introduced to keep promotion/relegation issues alive for longer following the recent increase of both of the league’s divisions to 22 clubs.

To be approved, there will need to be at least a two-thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote at the AGM, which takes place at the Royal Hotel, Scarborough on Saturday June 20.