Welfare in great shape for new soccer season

NCE League Premier Division side Glasshoughton Welfare go into the last season before the FA national reorganisation of football in great shape.

The Blues have brought through seven players from their under 19 squad who will be combined with the best of last year's first team to make a challenge for honours.

Training got underway on Tuesday evening. The club has organised its most extensive-ever pre-season programme.

It starts with a trip to Altofts for a warm up match on Tuesday July 22 (7.15).

On Saturday, July 26, Welfare revisit Shildon in County Durham to build on the friendship established in last year's FA Vase match. Coach seats are available for supporters, with full details available on the club's website.

Welfare will play an away friendly on Tuesday, July 29, against opponents yet to be confirmed.

On Monday, August 4, Unibond Leaguers Guiseley will take on Welfare on Leeds Road. It will be followed by a visit from Frickley three days later.

The new League season kicks off on August 16.

At the club's recent end of season presentation evening John Haigh and Gareth Lloyd were the big winners, taking both the player of the year and players' player awards.

Haigh shared his first-team players' accolade with club captain Richard Stack.

Lloyd won the under 19 titles outright.

Lee Parker picked up two awards, winning the website player of the year and the goal scoring awards.

Martin Woolford was named most improved player with Joe Clinton and Gavin Smith picking up awards for outstanding service to the club.