Vet­eran boss Barry’s back in busi­ness at Oun­dle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

VET­ERAN lo­cal foot­ball man­ager Barry Gre­gory has re­turned to the scene of his finest tri­umphs to take on one last chal­lenge.

Gre­gory was set to call time on his long ca­reer af­ter re­sign­ing as man­ager of Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion out­fit Alconbury to­wards the end of last sea­son.

But he has been tempted back to the beau­ti­ful game by his old club Oun­dle Town - an out­fit he led to Premier Di­vi­sion and PFA Se­nior Cup suc­cess dur­ing a decade at the helm.

Gre­gory will form a new man­age­ment team along­side Marc ‘Shaggy’ Saun­ders, who steered the club to safety last sea­son. Saun­ders stepped in af­ter Oun­dle had lost their open­ing nine games and led them out of the bot­tom two.

But now they have their sights set much higher. Gre­gory said: “I had some great times at Oun­dle, win­ning the league and the Se­nior Cup and mak­ing it to two county cup fi­nals as well.

“I wouldn’t have come back into foot­ball for any other club, but I have a lot of af­fec­tion for Oun­dle. It is a well-run and well-or­gan­ised club with some lovely peo­ple be­hind the scenes.

“They have been strug­gling near the bot­tom of the ta­ble for too long and I want to do some­thing about it.

“I know Marc well as he played for me last time I was there. We will work to­gether 50/50 which means he can also play.

“We are look­ing at mid-ta­ble next sea­son and try­ing to get the club back to where we feel it should be.

“They al­ready have plenty of de­cent play­ers and I’m hop­ing a few lads will across from Alconbury with me.”

Gre­gory led Oun­dle to the Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle in 1997-98 and they lifted the PFA Se­nior Cup in

BARRY GRE­GORY

2000.

NORTH­ERN Star hope Nicky Con­roy will be the so­lu­tion to their prob­lem po­si­tion.

Star have snapped up the goal­keeper from United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion ri­vals Bos­ton Town. Con­roy has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence at UCL level and also played for Bos­ton United in the Blue Square Premier ear­lier in his ca­reer.

Star used eight dif­fer­ent goal­keep­ers dur­ing last term in­clud­ing out­field play­ers Mark Baines and Josh More­man.

Di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tommy Cooper said: “Bring­ing in a goal­keeper was a pri­or­ity for us this sum­mer and Nicky pro­vides us with an ex­cel­lent op­tion in what was a prob­lem area.”

Con­roy fol­lows the Blackstones trio of Richard Jones, Mark Jones and Jonny Stead into the city club since they se­cured pro­mo­tion.

And Star have laid down the gaunt­let to lo­cal play­ers by chal­leng­ing any­one who thinks they are of a suit­able stan­dard to go along to their pre-sea­son train­ing ses­sions.

Star will be put through their paces on June 29, July 1, July 5 and July 8 at their Ch­est­nut Av­enue base - all ses­sions start­ing at 7pm.

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