By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Had Yorkshire Amateur won their last game of the 2010-11 season, the Ammers would have promoted to the NCEL Premier Division for the first time in their history.
However, a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Askern Villa at Bracken Edge gave Barton Old Boys a second chance and the East Yorkshire-based side clinched promotion the following week.
The Ammers finished third - missing out on promotion.
But, what manager Paul Lines (pictured above) achieved in his only full season in charge of the Ammers is of sharp contrast to the current predicament of the club.
The Ammers have received confirmation that they won’t be kicked out of the NCEL after finishing second-bottom in Division One following a disastrous campaign – but the decline began the moment Lines left in August 2011 as the Ammers failed to find the right successor.
Farsley AFC reserve team manager Mark Greaves was the chosen one, but he struggled to attract players and was undeservedly sacked in bizarre circumstances last summer.
Former Bridlington Town midfielder Wayne Noteman was appointed as the new head coach having impressed with his coaching of the Ammers Youth Team.
And Noteman’s appeared to be the cure after his side collected 10 points out of the first 15. But, things soon collapsed and Noteman left in March.
Reserve team manager Glenn Preston and chairlady Jeni French picked up pieces, but couldn’t steer the club away from the bottom two – leaving the possibility of relegation to the West Yorkshire League.
It would have a crying shame as the Ammers are founder members of the NCEL and are also full members of the FA. However, that does not count for anything as relegation is decided by what happens on the pitch and they would have paid the price for many years in the doldrums.
Fortunately, the Ammers have survived, but it serves as a final warning. They have to be competitive next season, otherwise they will be out.
Their current predicament is not just down to themselves. The Ammers suffer badly from a lack of volunteers and only have a handful of people fulfilling matchday duties. The Ammers need new blood and fast.
They also need a new manager, one capable of pulling them away from the lower reaches of the Division One table. Chairlady French needs to pick the phone up and dial former manager Graham Hodder’s number.
Hodder is the only man in my eyes that can put the Ammers back on an even keel. Hodder has a fantastic contacts book containing the names of local talent – something that the Ammers need.