Semi-pro football back in Bolsover

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Newly-formed FC Bolsover have been placed in the Central Midlands Football League North Division for the 2014/15 campaign.

Cliff Richard will chair and manage the semi-professional club at their home of Bolsover Sports and Social Club.

Richard held a similar position at FC Brimington in the Chesterfield and District Sunday Football League side last season.

He has been impressed by many players from the league’s seven divisions, who he hopes will make up the core of the squad.

“It’s a big challenge,” he said. “It always will be when you make the step up a level in football. I’ve looked at players from across the league and feel that we will have a good mix in the squad.

“I know a lot of players and want to get them playing a way, which I think people in the area will like.

“We feel there is the call for it in Bolsover since Bolsover Town folded and have been encouraged by the discussions we’ve had with people in the area.”

Preparations for the new campaign are well underway, with training sessions having taken place since the end of last season.

A friendly with Real United of the CMFL South Division will be played on July 12 and more are planned before the season begins on August 9.

“We want to develop a fan base and feel the best way to do this is by keeping the prices low and winning football matches,” said Richard. “I think it’ll be good for Derbyshire to have another semi-professional team in its ranks.”

Richard had a taste of semi-professional management when FC Brimington were in the CMFL before it stumbled across financial difficulties and folded in 2010.

He revived the club last summer but will now hand over the reins to his assistant Andy Bridgewater. FC Brimington will also play their home games in Bolsover.

Any players interested can contact the club on 07790 968631.