Some Ravens players have moved on recently, while there will be some new faces in the “backroom”.
Jack Camarda has signed a non-contract with Dunston of the Northern Premier League.
Jack played 31 times for the Ravens scoring three goals, the most spectacular of which was his thunder blaster of a drive that opened the scoring in the Promotion Play Off Semi-Final against Wythenshawe Amateurs in April that set us on the road to a 3-0 win.
Jack’s move is a step up for him as Dunston play in Step Four of the NLS and demonstrates one of the club’s objectives in giving players a platform to exhibit their abilities and move to a higher level. An opportunity that Jack has deservedly taken.
Chris Bass jr and Sean Quaye have requested to be de-registered from the club. Both were major contributors to the Ravens final promotion push last season and were massively influential in the Play Off Final victory over New Mills. Junior scoring twice, while Sean also got his name on the scoresheet during that 4-2 win.
Bass represented the Ravens 33 times in competitive fixtures scoring seven goals, while central defender Quaye played 27 games scoring four times.
The two legends of Island football are not quite set to retire yet though and both plan to continue to play for their local league club, St Georges.
Everyone at FC Isle of Man thanks Jack, Chris and Sean for their valuable contributions to the club and wish them well in their future endeavours.
The Ravens are delighted to announce that we have some new local talent joining our coaching roster.
Andy Ashbridge, Dave Cherry, Gary ‘Gaz’ Lloyd and Juan Watney will all assist the manager in the preparation and running of training sessions. They will be joined by the returning Andrew Gosnell. Long term Ravens’ fans will remember that ‘Goz’ was an original part of the background staff but had to step down because of work commitments. Now he’s back and his primary role will be on individual player development.
And finally, we are also delighted to welcome back Alex ‘Albo’ Harrison. Alex will join the manager on match days in the dugout, as will our erstwhile club captain Frank Jones. Frank is obviously still a registered player, and his focus will remain on returning to the field of play, but in the interim, like Alex, he will be a valuable member of the dressing room staff on match days.
It should be noted that all the above-mentioned coaches and assistants will work on a rotor basis, this is to ensure that the valuable work they are doing with the IOMFA and their respective local league clubs is not disrupted.