A new era for Brig

4 Dec 2018 02:44

BAMBER Bridge FC have confirmed the appointment of Mick Taylor as first team manager.

Taylor, pictured, who was first team coach, has accepted the offer to step up to the role following the departure of Neil Reynolds to FC United of Manchester.

Neil Crowe is also returning to the Irongate dugout as assistant manager to Taylor.

He will be combining his new role with his job as the Evo-Stik League club's director of football.

Speaking about his first managerial role, 'Mickey T' as he is known to the Brig faithful, said: "I'm excited for the future, it's a dream come true, the pinnacle, managing the team I love."

"With Crowey by my side I can learn and grow in to the role. One thing is for certain, we will give everything to this great club."

There have been further changes on the coaching staff. Club stalwart Stuart Barton remains as the goalkeeping coach and he will be joined by club captain Matt Lawlor who has been appointed to the role of player/coach.

Joining them as first team coach is Fleetwood Town Academy coach Joey Collins.

Chairman Frank Doyle said: "Bamber Bridge FC are delighted that Mick and Neil have accepted the managerial roles.

"We felt it was important to recruit to a management team who have the best interests of the club at heart. Both are long-term servants of the club and an integral part of the 'Brig Family'.

"We are also delighted that Matt has accepted the offer to join the club's coaching staff.

"It's great to be able to reward a player who has been such an excellent servant of the club with his first role in senior coaching."

Two new players have also arrived at Irongate. Callum Spooner, a versatile full back, joins Brig on a permanent basis from Evo-Stik North side Atherton Collieries.

His previous clubs include Stalybridge Celtic and Bolton Wanderers where he was a 1st year professional.

Matthew Barnes is a winger who can play on either side of the field. He joins Brig on a one-match loan from Bolton Wanderers where he is a second-year scholar.

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