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Chairman Terry Damms believes Staveley MW are a club on the up

Staveley Miners Welfare 5-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th December 2014'Jake Outram in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Staveley Miners Welfare 5-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th December 2014'Jake Outram in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Chairman Terry Damms believes Staveley MW are a club on the up after a highly successful end to 2014.

Staveley finished the previous campaign in a disappointing 17th spot in the NCEL Premier, but finished 2014 in third spot following a club overhaul.

Staveley Miners Welfare 5-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th December 2014'Jamhal Smith of Staveley is surrounded by Retford defenders.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Staveley Miners Welfare 5-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 20th December 2014'Jamhal Smith of Staveley is surrounded by Retford defenders.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

The improvement in fortunes can be traced to a change in manager in December 2013, which brought James Colliver to the helm, and a major effort to improve the club’s discipline.

“2014 was initially difficult for us, in the NCEL with some indifferent early results following the managerial changes in December 2013, but we have certainly ended the year on a high,” said Damms.

“We gave Jas the opportunity to take temporary charge for the rest of last season assisted by Jay. Over those four months we saw a series of ups but more downs and we finished in a disappointing 17th place out of 23 clubs in the NCEL Premier.

“One thing that was equally disappointing, and far more worrying, was our poor disciplinary record.

Staveley v Louth   . Staveley's  Ryan Damms

Staveley v Louth . Staveley's Ryan Damms

“Our club sponsors have and do invest in and support leagues where Fair Play is part of their sponsorship prerequisites and we must, throughout the whole club, make sure that our collective discipline is improved.

“Last season the disciplinary was simply unacceptable. We sat down with Jas and, despite several applicants for the job throughout the year, we decided to give him the opportunity to take the reins and show us if he could succeed in this his first managerial appointment at this level for the 2014/15 season.

“The last three months has rectified the poor start with a remarkable run of 10 straight league wins.

“We have without doubt had a terrific three months of results. We doubted that we could compete with the likes of Tadcaster Albion, Worksop Town, Heanor Town, Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Handsworth Paramore, but here we are.

“This is a phenomenal achievement if ever there was one, at this stage of the season. Our aim of 6th to 10th position is still in place and we will place no pressure to surpass that target, anything better is simply a bonus.”

And as part of the ongoing development of the club, Damms hopes to see further progress in the junior and ladies sections to help make Staveley and integral part of the community and take the club forward

Said Damms: “We had, and still do have, in our own minds, the target in years to come, of being a community football club, surviving and standing on its own two feet financially.

“At the same time we want to use local youngsters and players who have come through our juniors/U19/21 ranks, blended with a mixture of experienced players, to enable us to compete at the NCEL level.

“With regards to our U21/Ladies/Junior Section, we would hope that these teams are more about development and enjoyment playing it ‘our way’ minus the win at all costs mindset and mentality that sometimes adversely impacts on the game at these levels, throughout the country.

“It is arguably more important to succeed off the field of play as it is on it and that we do not as a club stand still.

“There are a whole host of ideas and aims/objectives that we wish to implement all for the benefit of the juniors, the families, friends and fans of our club.

“We fully understand what it is that the people of Staveley and our Junior Section want and we will aim to deliver the ethos of Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club being here, to provide a service for the benefit and welfare of the whole Staveley Community.

“It is the same ethos that is set by our landlords, Staveley Miners Welfare, and we will not distract from these principles and aims.

“We have a group of dedicated people behind the scenes here at the football club, who share our vision and ethos, without whom we could not survive.

“It would not be correct to name them all, but genuinely, we say to everyone of them, our greatest thanks and appreciation for your unstinting efforts.”