This past weekend was a busy one for the Stocksbridge Park Steels management team as a host of retained players were revealed over social media and also the signing of a new (but old) Striker. This follows hot on the heals of the big sponsorship announcement as well as the management duo of Hilton and Thompson re-signing for another season.
Yesterday news announcements kicked off with the news long serving kit man Gary Ward was staying put (not that he’d go anyway) but it was a fantastic gesture by the club to treat him like any other person involved with the first team. Then the news broke that former striker Joe Lumsden would be re-joining the club after 4 years away and becomes Hiltons first signing of the summer. This is a massive coup for the club and adds more competition to the Stocksbridge front line.
At the same time as revealing Joe had signed it was also revealed that Luke Mangham, Lewis Whitham and Josh Nodder had all re-signed for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Hot on the heals of that announcement was the news that fit again goalkeeper Ed Hall had also agreed to stay put. After 2 years plagued by big injuries Ed has fully recovered and as the manager said “It is a major boost for the team both on and off the pitch”.
Later on Sunday morning, the following players were revealed to have re-signed for another season; Jordan Lemon, Kurtis Turner, Michael Trench, Rob Ludlam, Ross Goodwin, Scott Ruthven and club captain Liam McFadyen. Keeping the news flowing was yet another announcement that McFadyen’s partner at the back Reece Fielding had also put pen to paper on a new deal, despite several big money offers to go play else where.
The final announcement came later on Sunday with the following also re-signing forms for another season Kane Swindburn, Cameron Foulkes, Declan Slater, Clark Greaves, John Pugh and Nenda Smijanic. It was a fantastic day to be a Steels fan with last seasons squad all staying put and then the announcement of Joe returning. I’ve been following non league football for 27 years and to have the entire squad stay on is not only rare but a massive testament to Chris and Lee’s management and the close bond that our current squad has, which was shown on several occasions throughout lock down.