Skelmerdale United physio and sport therapist Michelle Scott is hanging up the magic sponge she’s been wielding in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League for the last nine years on Saturday.
Pictured with the Liverpool Senior Cup, the long-serving member of Tommy Lawson’s touchline team will see out the end of an era at the Uretek Stadium when Skem host Warrington Town in the Evo-Stik’s top flight.
After arriving as a teenage trainee while studying at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, she is leaving to become a paramedic and will be presented with a memento before kick-off as a thank you for her services over nearly a decade.
The 27-year-old may also want to keep a copy of the club’s matchday programme as a souvenir of her time tending to Skem’s stars after manager Tommy Lawson penned a warm tribute to her in this weekend’s edition.
Lawson, who’s appointed Bolton University sports injury management graduate Heather Vearncombe as her replacement, wrote: “Today will see a good friend of us all leaving the club. She has been extremely efficient and her good work has earned the respect of everyone involved with the club, not just players but spectators too.
“We saw her in action on the football field the other week when she took control of a potentially serious situation when a Coalville forward received head and back injuries. She made sure he was handed over to the ambulance service properly and most importantly, safely. Michelle has also done similar things with spectators when required and as a club we all thank her very much for what she has done.
“That is not all though. She is not just a member of my coaching staff; she is a member of the whole team that represent Skelmersdale United on a match day and on other occasions. She is actually “one of the lads” too, she partakes in the social activities, like when the team go for a meal or a day at the races or a night out. And she even went with the team when they had a few days in Magaluf a year or two back, she is one of us.”
He added: “Michelle will be badly missed and I personally will miss her a lot. I wish her all the very best and I am sure she will come back to see us whenever she can. Good Luck and thank you Michelle.”