College lecturer looks ahead to new challenge at Staveley

Staveley Miners Welfare manager Neil Cluxton
Staveley Miners Welfare manager Neil Cluxton

College lecturer Neil Cluxton has been appointed manager of Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Staveley Miners Welfare.

Cluxton was handed the reins in February after the previous management team and 95 per cent of the players left the club.

Staveley won just two league games during that period but Cluxton received terrace approval for blooding younger players and standing by his football ethics.

A former player and under-19s manager at Inkersall Road, Cluxton also works as a sports lecturer at Chesterfield College.

He has already finalised plans for pre-season training, a fitness programme and also arranged a number of pre-season friendlies.

A club spokesman said: “Other managers may have capitulated and run away when things got beyond tough but not Neil who stuck to his principles.

“He will be heading fitness sessions starting in June with pre-season starting the first week in July.”

Staveley representatives sat down with the current crop of players and some of the old players, who had left earlier in the year, at the start of the month, as the club set about pushing for honours.

Confirmed pre season friendlies begin with a trips to Hallam on July 6 and Shirebrook (July 10).

They are quickly followed by six home games: Chesterfield YT (July 15); Matlock (July 19); Frecheville (July 27); Belper (July 29); Worksop (August 2) and Stocksbridge (August 6).