New manager is excited to take reins at Heanor Town

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The new committee of Heanor Town Football Club has confirmed the appointment of Glen Clarence as first team manager for next season.

Clarence, who has spoken of his excitement at taking on the role, will be joined by assistant manager James Baker and first team coach Steve Huntington.

Clarence has been manager of Central Midlands League side Pinxton FC for the last two seasons, where he narrowly missed out on the championship by just two points.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be named as manager. I’m excited to be involved in this new vision for the club, where we’re keen to make the youth set-up and all levels of the club totally integrated, to allow us to bring players on through the ranks.

“There is the possibility of some of last season’s players staying on and I have been meeting with them, and obviously we will be looking to add to what we’ve already got.

“Three new players have come in already and I’d just say watch this space for more signings as well.”

He continued: “I’m a Heanor guy, born and bred, and obviously my dad {Lions’ chairman Geoff Clarence} was a player and then manager here, so there are strong links there with the club.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the club. We’ve got fantastic support and we are sure everyone will pull together because that is going to be a big help.

“James will be assistant manager and Steve first team coach. James has played for Long Eaton, Heanor, Belper and Ilkeston and he’s a Heanor lad. Steve is an ex-PE teacher at Heanor Gate, played for the club here, and has been coach at Ilkeston with Kevin Wilson in the past, so we feel we’ve got plenty to offer.”

The new management are pleased to announce that already three former Lions have agreed to join the playing staff.

Adam Nicholls, Cory Bowler and Nick Hall will all be returning to the Town Ground and more new signings will be announced soon.

In addition, Keiran Debrouwer, Mark Frost, Lee Stevenson and Brett Peel have agreed to play for the club next season. News of pre-season friendly games and training details will be announced in due course.

In the meantime, the club is pleased that all the remedial work which has taken place on the Town Ground has been passed by the Northern Counties East League ground grading inspectors, enabling the club to continue in that league for next season.

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Glen Clarence added: “The new guys are lads who have all played at a decent level. Nick played for Carlton and Arnold and is keen to get on board and be involved at this exciting time.

“Cory and Adam are lads who are good enough to make the step up. Cory comes in from Holbrook Sports and Adam was here last pre-season before playing for Belper United, so we’re pleased to have them here.”

A club spokesman wished it to be placed on record the committee’s thanks to all those who were involved in doing the work on the ground and paving the way for what proved to be a successful inspection.

The 12th Man Supporters Club Annual General Meeting took place last Thursday and the officer positions for next season were taken by James Last (chairman), Tony Squires (vice-chairman), Dave Hart (secretary) and Mick Jones (treasurer).

Members agreed to a football club request not to fund raise on the ground and so the Prediction Cards will no longer be run. There is still some outstanding prize money from last season so members agreed that a draw will be made for cash prizes of £100 and £50.

This will be done at early season games and proceeds will be donated to the football club. Supporters who become members, or renew membership of the 12th Man Supporters Club, will be entered into the draw free of charge as part of membership.

Membership fees for next season will not be agreed until the EGM on Thursday, June 27. The cost will depend upon the outcome of discussions with the football club committee over certain benefits which the Supporters Club would like to bring to their members.

The members discussed the work of former football club chairman John McCulloch over his many involved years and unanimously agreed to make him an Honorary Life Member of the 12th Man Supporters Club in recognition of his services.