Progress delights Frickley chairman

Frickley Athletic chairman Gareth Dando.

Frickley Athletic chairman Gareth Dando.

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Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose has received praise from his chairman for the outstanding job he did in a much improved 2015-16 season .

The Blues finished in their highest league position for 10 years when they ended in seventh in the Evo-Stik Premier League and reached another county cup final and chairman Gareth Dando is delighted with the progress being made on the pitch.

In an address to Frickley supporters Mr Dando thanked all those who had contributed to a great season.

He said: “The players and management deserve huge credit for their performances this year, especially since Christmas. We’ve matched or beaten every side in the six places above us, outplayed the league champions and played some excellent attacking football along the way.

“The home performances towards the back end of the season against Darlington and Stourbridge were immense and the scenes at the end of those games will live long in the memory.

“The lads have shown great spirit to dig out results at times and that’s credit to their mentality and fitness.

“Given the constraints that we work under, Karl and his team have worked wonders and deserve plenty of praise for what they’ve done this season.

“Starting the season having lost both strikers, captain and goalkeeper isn’t ideal but Karl managed to keep the backbone of the side, brought in some excellent additions to the squad and has seen other players improve enormously.

“Managing Frickley is not the easiest job in the league but he never complains and is always positive.”

Mr Dando added: “Equally the volunteers, supporters and sponsors have played a huge part this season.

“People often don’t see the work that goes on behind the scenes from keeping the ground tidy, preparing the pitch, washing the kits etc. The list is endless and I’m delighted that those people who devote their time to the club and those that have put up with many defeats over the years have been rewarded with some great games this year.

“We’ve built up some good relationships with sponsors and their support is vital in enabling us to compete with sides whose budgets dwarf ours.

“The aim now is to build on last year’s success, but that will not be easy and will require everyone to redouble their efforts to help the club. Everyone can help with this, whether that’s by putting up match posters, bringing along a mate to a game or by helping sell lottery tickets. It’s your club and with your help we can continue to move forward.”