Former Bishop Auckland manager Colin Myers has returned to the Ebac Northern League club as assistant to current boss Steve Riley.
Myers had a five-year spell in charge of the Two-Blues between 2008 and 2013. During that period Myers led the club to the Durham Challenge Cup in 2013 and to their highest Northern League finish (6th) for twenty five years.
He departed the club at the end of the season to take up a role as Tom Wade’s assistant manager at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Blyth Spartans.
In his time at Croft Park the Spartans reached the Northumberland Senior Cup Final twice, winning it at the second attempt with a 2-0 win over Morpeth Town at St James Park, home of Newcastle United.
The Northumberland club also went on a remarkable FA Cup run in 2014/15 as wins over the likes of Darlington, Skelmersdale United and Leek Town led them to the First Round proper.
An outstanding 4-1 win over National League club Altrincham set up a Second Round tie against fellow North East club Hartlepool United.
A 2-1 win in front of the Match of the Day live cameras led to a Third Round home tie against SkyBet Championship club Birmingham City. The Spartans looked set to defy the odds as Robbie Dale’s brace put them into a 2-0 lead at half time but the Blues class told in the end and Spartans FA Cup dreams were ended with a 3-2 defeat.
After two years with Spartans, Myers left and took over as manager of Ebac Northern League club Consett. The former Sunderland trainee left Belle Vue after a year in the role and had a short spell in charge of Second Division club Crook Town.
But now he will return to Heritage Park as Bishops look to improve on last season’s eighth place finish.
Two-Blues Manager Steve Riley told the club’s official website ‘I am delighted Colin is bringing his extensive non-league football experience and coaching skills to Bishop to support me and the team in our aim to challenge at the top of the Northern League this coming season’.
Myers himself commented ‘I am looking forward to get back into football at a Club where I enjoyed my time previously and had a good rapport with the fans and along with Steve I am ambitious to achieve success for the Club’.
Bishop Auckland kick off their EBAC Northern League Division One campaign with an away fixture at Jarrow Roofing on Tuesday 8th August.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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