Monday, 15 July 2013

Carlisle United friendly ushers new era in at Garforth Town

By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
The new era begins for Garforth Town tomorrow when Carlisle United visit Wheatley Park. 

The club is back in the hands of the community and things are looking up for Garforth who are back in the NCEL after relegation from the Evo Stik Division One North. 

Former general manager Brian Close is the new chairman and he has led the hard work that has taken place at the ground over the summer. There has been a vast amount of painting done, new doors have also been fitted.
Garforth Town head coach Graham Nicholas
The team has also had a makeover. Young and enthusiastic head coach Graham Nicholas had his first training session last week and he is building a new squad. His main priority is to stabilise Garforth in the NCEL Premier Division. 

Then there is the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy or better known as RIASA. RIASA are sponsoring and running a reserve team at Garforth to help accommodate their growing number of players. The deal is initially for a year – but in the next 12 months, it could put Garforth back on an even keel and save the club. 

From a sea of depression that was present around the place over four weeks ago, Wheatley Park is now a scene of enthusiasm and excitement for the new season. Garforth have hit rock bottom, the only way is up. 

The supporters are back and tomorrow marks the beginning of Garforth Town’s return to being a community club.

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