Ramsbottom United manager Jon Robinson has continued to rebuild the squad following the recent departures with three huge signings this evening, including the return of a member of Rammy’s 100-goal club.
After a two month sojourn with Evo-Stik Division 1 North outfit Warrington Town – including a TV appearance in the FA Cup second round – fan favourite Lee Gaskell has made his return to the club, re-establishing his prolific strike partnership with his new manager Robinson.
Lee joined the club from Walshaw Sports and made 187 appearances in five seasons, scoring an impressive 108 goals in that time, including 33 in last season’s promotion campaign that saw him lift the Golden Boot award at the Evo-Stik Awards dinner in Blackpool. Lee, who scored 20 goals in his first season (2010/11), followed it with 22 in the NWCFL promotion year and took to life in the Evo-Stik with 32 goals as the club just missed out on a play-off berth.
A spell out of the team forced Gaskell to seek regular football elsewhere as he made just four starts this season, along with six substitute appearances, and a single goal in the LFA Trophy game against West Didsbury and Chorlton but he will be welcomed back with open arms by players and supporters alike as he remains a popular member of the squad.
Another player returning to the club is defender George Bowyer, who played for Rammy in Morley and Johnson’s first season as managers in 2009/10. George, who played in that much commented 0-5 opening day defeat to Newcastle Town, made 48 appearances during that North West Counties League campaign and scored two goals, including a screamer in the 6-3 away victory at Bootle.
He departed at the end of the season and has played for Woodley Sports, Mossley, Curzon Ashton and, most recently, Bamber Bridge, including playing against the Rams in last season’s league play-off victory at the Tom Finney Stadium. He started his football career at Rochdale and captained the Reserves and Academy teams before injury cut short his early professional hopes.
And the third player making the switch to the Rams is talented teenager Luke Heron, who joins from league rivals Trafford and will play in the midfield.
Luke enjoyed an impressive spell with Oldham Athletic in his youth before moving to Trafford and enjoying their promotion campaign on 2012/13 and was a member of their set-up, helping them to win the Manchester Premier Cup and close in tenth in the league last season. He was an unused substitute when the Rams beat Trafford 1-0 in October.
Ramsbottom United welcomes all three players – back in the case of Gaskell and Bowyer. The three new incumbents now makes it 8 players being signed on in the last 10 days since Robinson took over the managerial reigns.