Ramsbottom United’s joint managers Paul Fildes and Mark Fell have signalled their intentions of restoring the club’s fortunes by announcing that their first signing for the new season is the experienced striker Gareth Seddon.


Former Football League player Seddon arrives at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium from local rivals Salford City, who he has helped to two successive promotions.

He began his career with Bury, and twice finished the season as their leading goal-scorer.  Moving to fellow Football League club Rushden and Diamonds, injury plagued his time at Nene Park, which resulted in him having to quit the full-time game.

A season of recuperation with local side Padiham had him back up the leagues signing for Hyde United, and in one game, netted five goals.

During his two years at Ewen Fields, Seddon was capped by the England ‘C’ team and he eventually moved on to Kettering Town.

Three seasons at rapidly rising Fleetwood Town followed, before brief stays at Halifax Town and Chester.  During his season at The Shay, he registered the quickest-ever hat-trick during an FA competitions, with all three goals coming within a 2minute 37seconds spell.

The last two years has seen the prolific scorer help Salford City into National League North.

Joint-manager Mark Fell announced the signing.  “We are delighted to welcome Gareth as our first signing.  Not only are we getting a top quality centre forward, but an excellent man who will help develop younger players and support us in achieving our goals for the season.  We want to base a side around strong local players and with Gareth living just a few hundred yards from the HWRS, it’s a perfect match.

“Signing Gareth is a signal of the sort of pedigree we are looking for when building our new side.”

Seddon himself is delighted to be joining the Rams.  “I always thought I’d play for Ramsbottom United at some point with living locally and having business interests in the town,” said the striker, adding with a smile.  “It’ll mean I can now jog to matches instead of driving!”.

More signings are being lined up by the new management team as they look to put together a settled squad to lead the Rams into the new season.

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