Football club's new era
Under club manager Mel Harbour, Mattishall Foot-ball Club aim to move forward from their dis-appointments of last season. With lots of new players coming into the club, the pre-season programme has been confirmed - two sessions a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and the fixture programme.
Under club manager Mel Harbour, Mattishall Foot-ball Club aim to move forward from their dis-appointments of last season.
With lots of new players coming into the club, the pre-season programme has been confirmed - two sessions a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and the fixture programme.
There is a new management team.
First team manager Gavin Tipple is head of football at Easton College overseeing the football development of 80 boys aged 16 to 19.
He is an ex-professional and spent a total of 11 years at Norwich City FC (associate schoolboy, scholarship and professional) and worked under Martin O'Neil, Gary Megson and Keith Webb, the King's Lynn first team manager.
Adrian Hewett his assistant was last year's first team manager and has been at Mattishall for 23 years.
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Terry Hill the reserve team manager is a graduate of the Easton College Football Programme. Last season, at Fakenham Town, he briefly helped manage the first team at the age of 21 then managed the reserves and U18 team.
He will also work closely with the first team and A team managers.
Tipple said: “The most important thing is that we create a club that everyone can be proud of.
“Mattishall already has a strong foundation of loyal members that I am excited about working with.
“I will be taking Mattishall in a new direction that is beneficial for everyone connected with the club and the local community.
“The chairman has given me licence to run the club how I want. He trusts me to take Mattishall forward.”
He said last season's management team of Ady Hewett and Mel Harbour are paramount if Mattishall wants to build on their foundations.
“They are both local people, have local knowledge and have both been around this club much longer than I have.
“The people in the area know who they are and after meeting them for the first time back in April I knew they had to be involved in some capacity.
“Although I want the club to be successful, I also want it to still have a local identity. I am positive that a balance of the local spirit and the addition of other players will be the key to a happy, successful football club.
“I want our young players to use this club as a stepping stone. There will be nothing more satisfying for me to see players moving to higher leagues and possibly into professional football.
“There will be a structure and support base that will help players improve their football ability whether that player is 16 years old or 36.
“It is my job to ensure that all players perform at their highest level consistently and have appropriate guidance that is very much player-centred.”
Interested in helping - playing, coaching, sponsoring? Get in touch with Mel Harbour 06585858858585 or contact website http://www.mattishall.net/ contact.htm