Assistant manager leaves ahead of Frickley’s game at Skelmersdale

James Dudgeon.
James Dudgeon.

Frickley Athletic are looking for a new assistant manager after James Dudgeon left the club following an incident on the touchline during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Salford City.

Dudgeon was sent to the stand by referee Geoff Liddle after being involved in an altercation with Salford’s joint-manager Anthony Johnson.

It has been alleged that Dudgeon punched Johnson several times as a clash between the two escalated into a brawl.

After the incident towards the end of the first half players got involved, but the referee calmed things down and the game continued. After a talk with his assistant, Mr Liddle sent off Dudgeon.

Salford’s Johnson was fine afterwards and did not have any injuries, but Dudgeon has now left Frickley after more than three years as assistant to manager Karl Rose.

All at Frickley Athletic thank ‘Dudge’ for his efforts at the club and wish him well in the future.

Frickley were left frustrated by the weather when Tuesday night’s scheduled Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup tie against Millmoor Juniors was called off just before 7pm by the match referee.

The decision followed an hour’s torrential rain along with thunder and lightning, which left the pitch waterlogged.

The tie is now to be played next Tuesday, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Frickley’s scheduled league game away to Blyth Spartans on the same night has now been postponed with a rearranged date to be agreed.

They are in action in the Evo-Stik Premier League this Saturday away to Skelmersdale United (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues go into the game having dropped down to 13th place following the 1-0 defeat to Salford City and other teams playing league games on Tuesday night.