Interviews/Features http://nonleaguedaily.com Mon, 22 May 2017 19:22:48 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Newell proud of Cleethorpes despite Vase Final defeat http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/newell-proud-of-cleethorpes-despite-vase-final-defeat.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/newell-proud-of-cleethorpes-despite-vase-final-defeat.html Newell proud of Cleethorpes despite Vase Final defeat

Cleethorpes Town manager Marcus Newell was emotional and proud of the Owls after their Buildbase FA Vase Final defeat against South Shields

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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) Interviews/Features Mon, 22 May 2017 08:07:51 +0000
Arca lauds South Shields after FA Vase win http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/arca-lauds-south-shields-after-fa-vase-win.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/arca-lauds-south-shields-after-fa-vase-win.html Arca lauds South Shields after FA Vase win

Julio Arca was delighted to finally play at Wembley after leading South Shields to the Buildbase FA Vase Final

After their 4-0 win over Cleethorpes Town he spoke to our official YouTube Channel

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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) Interviews/Features Mon, 22 May 2017 08:03:20 +0000
Kick It Out take Women’s Raise Your Game to Manchester http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/kick-it-out-take-women-s-raise-your-game-to-manchester.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/kick-it-out-take-women-s-raise-your-game-to-manchester.html Kick It Out take Women’s Raise Your Game to Manchester

The Raise Your Game series, which is run by Kick It Out and supported by the Premier League, heads to The Etihad Stadium, on Thursday 8 June 2017 for its Women’s Raise Your Game event.

Women’s Raise Your Game (#RYG17) is a mentoring event designed for those women who wish to forge a career in football, or wish Womens-Raise-Your-Game---EventBrite-Open---IGto explore alternative career opportunities in the game. Kick It Out is continuing its efforts to diversify football’s workforce and ensure the game is reflective of society in 2017.

It’s the second visit of Women’s Raise Your Game at The Etihad Stadium, where it held its inaugural event in 2013, with further events held at West Ham United and Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium over the years.

Those who register for the FREE event, to be held in the Mancunian Suite between 10am and 3pm, can expect one:one mentoring appointments, as well as in-depth workshop sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Areas for mentoring include:

Media and Communications
Coaching and Management
Community and Grassroots
Football Business and Administration
Player Services (Intermediaries)
Sport Science and Physiotherapy
Refereeing

Click here to register, please email events@kickitout.org with any access requirements or if you have any other questions about the day.

Both @kickitout and @KickItOutRYG will be sharing updates about the day on Twitter – get following today!

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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) Interviews/Features Fri, 19 May 2017 13:21:44 +0000
Trophy Final is reward for our persistence and belief says Silkmen boss http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/trophy-final-is-reward-for-our-persistence-and-belief-says-silkmen-boss.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/trophy-final-is-reward-for-our-persistence-and-belief-says-silkmen-boss.html Trophy Final is reward for our persistence and belief says Silkmen boss

Macclesfield Town’s Buildbase FA Trophy Final appearance this weekend will be the next step on their progression according to manager John Askey.

As a player Askey represented the Silkmen over six seasons during his playing career and is in his second spell as the club’s manager.

During that second spell he has led the club through some tough times.

Budget cutbacks and struggles to pay VAT bills have made Askey’s job even more difficult but he has managed to help the club progress since his appointment in April 2013.

In his first full season in charge he led the club to the Third Round of the FA Cup, taking Sheffield Wednesday to a replay before losing 4-1 at Hillsborough.

In 2014/15 the Silkmen finished in sixth place in non-league’s top tier, just one point outside of the play-off positions.

And last season he led them to a tenth place finish, as they continued to progress under his leadership.

This season they have put in a strong challenge for a play-off spot and they beat Walsall in the FA Cup First Round before exiting the competition at the hands of Oxford United in the next round.

Now Askey believes that a day out at Wembley can be reward for those that have stuck with the club through some tough times.

He said “It has been a tough four years, I don’t shy away from that.

“Times have been tough, it has been a struggle but days like we will have at Wembley will make it worthwhile.

“This is our reward for persisting with what we believed in.

“People have stuck with us and it is still a struggle but Wembley will be a reward for the hard work that everybody at the club, including the supporters, has put in over the last four years”

And the supporters have played their part with not only vocal support but with financial support too.

At the start of the season with the Silkmen struggling with a low budget in a competitive National League, supporters helped launch a fund to support the manager.

In total around £45,000 was raised, allowing Askey to make new additions to his squad.

Slowly but surely the performances and results improved and Askey is grateful to the Moss Ross faithful for their help.

“We were struggling to start with this season.  We had one of the lowest budgets in the league and the supporters got together to help us.

“They raised around £45,000 and they meant we could bring in some new players.  Without that extra money I am not sure what would have happened but there is no doubt that they helped us in a big way.

“We are very grateful for that and we hope we have repaid them with a visit to Wembley”

The Silkmen have given their supporters some great memories this season.

Askey’s side have been mentioned as one of the strongest in the National League.

Their play-off push and FA Cup run brought fresh hope that they can return to the Football League for the first time since 2012.

But now Askey hopes that they can end an impressive campaign by lifting the Buildbase FA Trophy on Non-League Finals Day.

“It has been a good season but it could be better.

“Obviously we had a good FA Cup run and I said at the time that helped pay a VAT bill that needed paying.

“We have had a good play-off challenge and have progressed as the season went on.

“We want to go and enjoy Wembley, enjoy the day and the occasion and it will be a nice way to end the season”

Not that Askey is only going to Wembley to enjoy the day.

He knows that they face a tough task as they face a York City side that were recently relegated from the National League.

Since the appointment of Gary Mills earlier in the season the Minstermen have invested in, what Askey calls “Football League players”.

The likes of Jon Parkin, Amari Morgan-Smith and Simon Lappin have joined the club as they attempted to move away from the lower reaches of the National League table.

And Askey is relishing the task of facing Mills and his players.

“We aren’t fooled by their league performances this season” said the Silkmen boss.

“They have invested in Football League players, they have spent heavily to try and survive.

“It is a big challenge but it is one that we are up for.  It should be a great game and we are confident we can get the result we all want”

And the Moss Rose faithful will be there to show their support for Askey and his side come Non-League Finals Day.

Tickets are still available for the Buildbase FA Vase and Buildbase FA Trophy Finals.  If you want to be at Wembley for Non-League Finals Day click here to buy tickets.

This interview features in Non-League Daily's 'Road to Wembley Guide 2017' and was produced in association with the Football Association and Buildbase.  

The FREE digital guide can be accessed online here

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Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: The FA/Reuters Media

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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) Interviews/Features Tue, 16 May 2017 09:27:06 +0000
Wembley appearance has Cleethorpes buzzing says Mariners legend http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/wembley-appearance-has-cleethorpes-buzzing-says-mariners-legend.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/interviews-features/wembley-appearance-has-cleethorpes-buzzing-says-mariners-legend.html Wembley appearance has Cleethorpes buzzing says Mariners legend

Cleethorpes Town Director of Football John McDermott became a Grimsby Town legend throughout his playing career and made over seven hundred appearances for the club.

Now, in his new role with the Owls, McDermott believes that the club are starting to step out of the Mariners’ shadows.

A big part of that move has come with the club’s progress in the Buildbase FA Vase and when they step out at Wembley on Non-League Finals Day.

And in doing so they will take another step in their progression according to Middlesbrough-born McDermott.

“The town is buzzing at the moment” he said.

“Grimsby Town have been at the new Wembley on a number of occasions but Cleethorpes Town have been in the shadows.  That is understandable because they are a Football League club.

“Maybe now, now we are at Wembley, we are coming out of the shadows a little bit.

“The fanbase is up, the crowds for some games have been 1,200 to 1,300 and that is massive for us.

“Off-field and on-field the club is progressing and Wembley is another chance to take a big step forward for everyone”

A one-club man during his career, McDermott experienced a number of highs and lows with Grimsby.

He also played a part in one of the Mariners greatest ever seasons, as he played at Wembley twice in the space of five weeks.

The Blundell Park club lifted the Auto Windscreens Shield in April 1998 with a 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth and returned weeks later to secure promotion with a 1-0 Second Division play-off final win against Northampton Town.

Now will return to the home of English football with Cleethorpes Town and hopes to continue his impressive record at Wembley.mcdermott

“I’ve been there, I’ve played twice and won twice.

“It’s a great place to be involved and the new Wembley is one of the best stadiums in the world.

“It’s still a bit new for some of the lads but Marcus and myself have a bit of luck when it comes to finals.  Hopefully that will continue”

Standing in their way in the Buildbase FA Vase Final is EBAC Northern League club South Shields.

The Mariners are looking to maintain the Northern League’s impressive record in the competition, with seven of the last eight winners coming from the league.

And in the opposing dugout are two joint-managers that are former winners of the competition.

Lee Picton was a two-time Vase winner as a player with Whitley Bay and Graham Fenton was manager of North Shields when they won the competition with a 2-1 win over Glossop North End in 2015.

In their ranks are the likes of former Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca, ex Luton Town star Jon Shaw and former Gateshead full back Craig Baxter.

Cleethorpes, by McDermott’s admission, are underdogs, but he still believes he can add to his two Wembley wins on Non-League Finals Day.

“We will enjoy it but don’t let anyone have you believe that we are just going to enjoy the day.

“We are going to go there looking to win.  Wembley is a great place to play but it’s an awful place to lose a game of football.  Having to climb those steps, knowing you’ve lost, it would be awful.

“We know people see us as underdogs, we know they are clear favourites and we know how other people see the game.

“Wembley is a big place, you can have all of the ability in the world but you have to cope with playing there and you have to be prepared to run your socks off for the whole game.

“We have young lads, we have lads with pace and we have lads that will run through brick walls for us.  We will go there and give it a good go.

“They are used to playing with a no-fear approach.  That is what has got us this far in the Vase

“It’s a great stage to play on but we will go there treating it as just another game of football”

Just another game of football in the career of John McDermott but he is still hoping for another memorable day at Wembley.

Tickets are still available for the Buildbase FA Vase and Buildbase FA Trophy Finals.  If you want to be at Wembley for Non-League Finals Day click here to buy tickets.

This interview features in Non-League Daily's 'Road to Wembley Guide 2017' and was produced in association with the Football Association and Buildbase.  

The FREE digital guide can be accessed online here

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Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: The FA/Reuters Media

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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) Interviews/Features Mon, 15 May 2017 10:51:30 +0000