THERE is a lot for Belper Town Football Club to look forward to this season thanks to the appointment of former England International Tommy Taylor as their first team manager/coach.
It is a coup for the Nailers who wouldn’t have expected such an experienced former Football League manager to have been interested in taking over at Christchurch Meadow.
Taylor’s previous connections with last season’s player of the year and leading goal scorer Jon Froggatt appears to be the catalyst, and not only do the club have a very experienced manager at the helm, they also get to retain their best player as Taylor’s assistant.
The new manager declared his intent when he announced that training would start on June 21 and would take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, and – until the season starts – on Saturdays.
It is thought that the majority of last season’s squad will be present for pre-season training and their numbers are certain to be swelled by a crop of new signings that will be announced after July 1.
The club have organised a number of pre season fixtures and so far the following have been arranged:-
Wednesday, July 6 v Maltby Main (7.45) (at Teversal FC)
Wed/Thur July 13/14 v Parkgate or Pinxton (7.45) (at Teversal FC)
Saturday July 16 – Final of Teversal FC Tournament (3pm) (Provisional)
Wednesday, July 20 v Peterborough United (7pm) (home)
Saturday, July 23 v South Normanton Athletic (3pm) (away)
Saturday July 30 v Long Eaton United (3pm) (away)
Monday, August 1 v Derby County XI (7.45pm) (home)
Saturday, August 6 v Matlock Town (3pm) (home)
Season tickets are now on sale and prices have been held at the same level as last season,– adults - £110, concessions - £55. Purchase of a season ticket will also allow the holder to gain free admission to all of Belper’s home pre-season matches.
Taylor is a UEFA A Licence coach and made 981 professional appearances in a career spanning 18 years, with the highlights being an FA Cup Winners medal with West Ham United in 1975 and a UEFA Cup runners-up medal with the Hammers the following season.
A championship medal with Leyton Orient also has a place in Tommy’s trophy cabinet along with his full England cap and 23 England Under 23 caps
Taylor has also played professionally for Team Hawaii and on the continent for AFC Beerschott in Belgium prior to his first managerial stint with a three-year spell at FC Waikto in New Zealand.
His extensive management and coaching record speaks for itself with successful early career spells with the Youth team at Charlton Athletic, then as the first team manager at Cambridge United, Leyton Orient and Darlington
Tommy joined Kings Lynn in 2004 where he won the Southern League Cup and leaving the Linnets top of the league after being enticed to become assistant manager at Peterborough United firstly under Keith Alexander and then Darren Ferguson.
Tommy then moved on as manager at Boston United in 2007, where he first crossed paths with his new assistant, Jon Froggatt whilst in recent seasons he been on the international stage, coaching the Tanzania, Under 18s team, the Grenada International team and he has also recently had a coaching spell in India.