Senior football news for the new season
As I am sure you are all aware, there will be no more football this season. Covid 19 has effected all of our lives in many ways. Football has taken a back seat to the more serious issues that the whole world has been dealing with, which is why Liphook United Football Club has been very quiet recently. I have been reticent to make any announcements as they would be pretty insignificant considering what’s been going on.
Still, with that being said, we think it is time to let you know our plans for the senior side of things for the new season, which we hope will go ahead as normal, but that remains to be seen.
Long before lockdown, the committee met with the senior management team to listen to their plan. The committee were very happy with the proposal, which is detailed below.
The First team will be managed by UEFA B qualified coach Andy Keen, who thankfully has decided to stay for another season. He will be assisted by (soon to be FA Level 2 qualified) Aidan James, last season’s reserve team manager, who will learn from Andy’s vast experience.
Neil wood, a very experienced coach, who is also soon to be F.A. Level 2 qualified, steps in to manage the reserves and will be assisted by Ben Wells, who is one of our newest managers. Ben also runs the (soon to be) U8 Bears and is already very close to being FA Level 2 qualified. Damien Tutton will also be involved as coach.
Both teams will benefit from having Dave Brook as their secretary. He has many years of experience of being involved in senior football. Dave has also taken over much of the club’s social media output.
The Under 18s will work closely with the men’s teams and will be managed by Andy d’Amato, who steps up from managing the U16s last season.
Next season, and we are delighted by this, Liphook United will once again have a Ladies team. They will play on Sunday afternoons, hopefully at the Rec, if the pitch is in good enough condition.
The Ladies team will be managed by Rachel Morton, assisted by coaches Mark “Willow” Morton and Jack Plumridge. Dave Brook has very kindly agreed to be the Ladies team secretary.
The Vets team will continue to be managed by Matt Davies. The Vets will play friendly games only, home games are usually at the Rec on Sunday mornings.
The main goal for the senior setup is the same as last year. To be competitive in their respective leagues, to have some great games up at the Rec, but most importantly to provide a pathway for our youth players to eventually progress to playing senior football for Liphook.
I’d like to thank all of the above for their continued commitment to the club and wish them a sucessful season.
Stay safe everyone.