Lewis change in the hot­seat

Tris­tan takes tem­po­rary con­trol after Mickey re­signs

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The for­mer Ox­ford United stal­wart, who was ap­pointed over the sum­mer fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion from Na­tional League South, leaves United 19th in the South­ern Pre­mier with only three wins all sea­son.

He will stay with the club, work­ing with the academy, with di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tris­tan Lewis tak­ing the reins un­til a re­place­ment is ap­pointed.

Tris­tan Lewis, who has al­ready had two spells as United boss, will not put his name for­ward as he al­ready has enough on his plate with his cur­rent role at the club, plus his work with United Se­lect and the Pro-Di­rect Soc­cer Academy.

Club chair­man Tony O’Driscoll said: “We could rush it and have a new man­ager in place by Satur­day, but we want to make sure it’s the right one.

“We’ve had all sorts of calls, texts and emails al­ready, and we have a few names in mind.

“We’ve had a few man­agers with no ex­pe­ri­ence, and this time we’ll prob­a­bly go for some­body who has man­aged be­fore, prefer­ably at this level, but then again Garry Hay­lock fit­ted that bill and him com­ing back didn’t work out, so noth­ing can be taken for granted.

“Tris­tan’s had the job in the past, but with all his other du­ties, he’s not in­ter­ested, and we wouldn’t want to put any ex­tra pres­sure on him.”

O’Driscoll in­sists Mickey Lewis leav­ing the role was an am­i­ca­ble process, and it was only the re­sults and high turnover of play­ers which went against the for­mer man­ager.

He added: “We’ve al­ready been through 40-odd play­ers this year, and the re­sults haven’t been great. No­body wants to be down where we are, so it’s time to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“It was a mu­tual agree­ment, and Mickey will stay with us to work with our academy. He’s a very good lad and there were no other prob­lems apart from what’s hap­pen­ing on the pitch.”

Satur­day’s 2-1 de­feat at Red­ditch United, in which Harold Joseph scored and for­mer Durham City de­fender Tom Gil­bey made his de­but, proved to be Mickey Lewis’ last match in charge.

Tris­tan Lewis was due to take charge again for the first time last night (Tues­day) as United ‘hosted’ St Ives Town at Bea­cons­field SYCOB. Their home match against Kings Lynn this Satur­day has now been switched to an away fix­ture, while United are also on the road next Tues­day, at Har­row Bor­ough in the Mid­dle­sex Se­nior Cup. SIXTY years ago, Roy Egle­ton made the pages of the Gazette as he missed a rare game for Uxbridge FC to get mar­ried.

Six decades on and here he is once more – cel­e­brat­ing his ruby an­niver­sary to­mor­row (Thurs­day) with the same lovely lady, Con­stance (nee Crock­ett).

Back then, in 1956, Great Bri­tain was be­ing gripped by the Suez Cri­sis, rock and roll was sweep­ing the world, Grace Kelly mar­ried Prince Rainer of Monaco, Rocky Mar­ciano re­tired as un­de­feated heavy­weight cham­pion of the world and a 15 year old called Pelé made his de­but for San­tos.

Back in west Lon­don, Egle­ton had qui­etly made a name for him­self as a ‘man for all po­si­tions’ at Uxbridge, or what is to­day known as a util­ity player.

Hav­ing made his de­but in the 1953-54 sea­son, Egle­ton stayed at Hon­ey­croft for seven sea­sons, scor­ing 33 goals in 179 ap­pear­ances be­fore later go­ing on to fea­ture for Yiewsley and both play for and man­age Hilling­don Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

His best sea­son by far came in 195960, when he was part of the Uxbridge side which lifted the Corinthian League ti­tle, which re­mains to date the club’s only league cham­pi­onship.

Hav­ing started that sea­son at left-back, Egle­ton was pushed up front due to an in­jury to Uxbridge’s reg­u­lar striker, and re­sponded with 12 goals in as many games to help his side clinch the sil­ver­ware. Amaz­ingly, de­spite these goal-scor­ing hero­ics, Egle­ton was back in usual po­si­tion in the Reds’ de­fence the fol­low­ing sea­son.

A huge Arse­nal fan, Egel­ton ac­tu­ally landed a dream trial with his Gun­ners he­roes ear early on in his ca­reer, but had to turn it down due to b be­ing called up for nat na­tional ser­vice. Egle­ton stil still lives lo­cally with his wif wife and ap­par­ently picks up the Gazette each week –t– turn­ing straight to the sp sports pages, nat­u­rally.

So if you’re reading th this, Roy, happy an an­niver­sary from us all!

n ‘MU­TUAL AGREE­MENT’: Tris­tan Lewis (left) finds him­self in the hot­seat va­cated by Mickey Lewis (right)

n CEL­E­BRA­TION: Roy Egle­ton and wife Con­stance in 1956 and (be­low) in 2016

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