New Ramsbottom United manager Jon Robinson has moved quickly to replace the players who have sought new pastures over the last week by signing five new players, including one very familiar face to all Rammy followers and a couple of others who are heading their way back to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.
Joining Robinson and assistant manager Phil Edghill are new coaches Danny Jones, who has previously coached at Ashton United, Trafford and Salford City and Darren Green, who returns to the club after a brief absence having been a part of the former managers’ backroom staff.
On the pitch, Phil Edghill has now signed playing forms, so will act as player/assistant manager. His former clubs including Rossendale United, Chadderton, Curzon Ashton, Hyde and, most recently, Salford City. Phil is a well travelled, classy midfielder who played more than 250 games for Curzon Ashton and was part of the Hyde side that won promotion to the Conference National division. He then had a spell with Ramsbottom United and signed for Salford in December 2013.
Re-signing for the Rams is central defender Andy Dawson. Dawson had played at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for five years, before suffering a serious injury. After months of rehabilitation, he has now been able to return to full training, and has signed on again for the club. which will be a huge relief for the supporters as “Daws” is a very popular character.
Midfielder Ian Bennett has also signed. Described by one of his former managers as one of the most gifted, hardworking, reliable, conscientious and honest players, the experienced 28-year-old has played more than 250 games for local rivals Ashton United. He began his career at Manchester City before joining the Robins where Ian’s career was put on hold after an off-field accident put him out of action for the first third of the 2006/07 season.
27-year-old Kyle Harrop arrives from another local rival, Trafford, after a spell with fellow-league club Nantwich Town. This hard-working and combative midfielder has also played for Ashton United and Rossendale United before trying his luck in Australia with Mandurah FC.
Also joining the club from Salford City, in what is increasingly looking like an exchange-scheme between the two clubs, is midfielder Jamie Rother. A former captain at Moor Lane, Jamie made over 100 appearances for the Ammies since making his debut in October 2010. A firm favourite with the Salford fans, he has won the manager’s and Supporter’s “Player of the Year” awards, and returned to the club in January 2014 after an injury-riddled spell with League rivals New Mills.
Robinson expects to name some more new arrivals over the next few days as he prepares to put his own squad together with those players who have remained faithful to Ramsbottom United during a difficult week for the Evo-Stik Premier club.
NEW PLAYERS (CLOCKWISE): Phil Edghill, Ian Bennett, Jamie Rother and Kyle Harrop