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Former Orient Manager Joins Jockeys As A Player

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Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club Newmarket Town have announced two new signings, including former Leyton Orient manager Omer Riza.

Riza was promoted from his role as assistant-manager at Leyton Orient in March 2017, following the resignation of Danny Webb, and placed in charge until the end of the season.

But the O`s were relegated to the National League, ending the club’s 112 years in the Football League, and Riza’s contract, which expired at the end of June 2017, was not extended.

He did re-apply for the post but the club, now under new ownership, decided to go for their own man.

Riza, now 38, started his playing career with Arsenal, and went on to play for West Ham and Cambridge United before having spells with Turkish outfits Denizlspor and Trabzonspor – he has Turkish Cypriot roots.

Riza was banned by the Turkish Football Federation after walking out on Trabzonspor in January 2008 and it took him until February 2009 to be able to play again, back in England with Shrewsbury Town, for whom he made thirteen appearances.

A short stint at Aldershot Town preceded signing for Histon in August 2010 and he went on to net 15 times from forty-seven games for the Stutes.

Spells with Boreham Wood, Chelmsford City and Cheshunt followed and he was appointed as manager of the latter in 2013.

He was sacked from his Cheshunt duties in September 2014 and had a short spell as assistant-manager for Heybridge Swifts, between December 2014 and February 2015.

Local lad and a former Jockey, forward Shaun Avis, has also re-joined the club, having been on the books at Bostik League North outfit Mildenhall Town this season.

He has plenty of experience in the Thurlow Nunn League as well though after spells with the likes of Soham Town Rangers, Saffron Walden Town, Halstead Town and Haverhill Borough as well as the Jockeys.

The frontman also found the net over 30 times for West Wratting in the Kershaw League in 2015/16.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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