All-Change At Racing Club Warwick

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Midland League Division One club Racing Club Warwick have announced the appointment of Alex Baird as manager Scott Easterlow’s assistant.

As a player, Baird made over 450 appearances at Step 6 level or above, reaching the last sixteen of the FA Vase twice and the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup once.

He has also won the North West Counties Division One title as well as helping West Didsbury & Chorlton to their highest ever league position whilst winning the league cup with them.

Alex Baird

Since moving to the Midlands, Baird has played for Coleshill Town, Atherstone Town and more recently Southam United where he enjoyed a spell as player-coach and then player-manager.

Baird joins a spate of new additions to the club`s coaches and said: “I’m really happy to be working with Scott at Racing Club Warwick. As soon as the opportunity became available and Scott laid out his plans, I wanted to come on board.

“Scott has a fantastic reputation in the local area and I’m honoured that he feels that I can add to his backroom staff as his assistant-manager.

“Racing Club are a fantastic club who are looking to build for the future and I’m really excited to be involved. Scott has made some fantastic signings which shows the clubs intentions to improve on last season. The chairman and the board are working so hard behind the scenes to continue the club`s progression and we will look to replicate that on the pitch.”

Easterlow added: “Anyone who has ever managed at any level knows it’s important to have people around you who are 100% committed to the cause and as soon as I spoke to Alex his enthusiasm matched mine which made the decision an easy one”.

Easterlow has already snapped up Tom Cross, Louis Bridges, Joe Carter, Liam Naven-Jones, Ross Briscoe, Ryan Billington and Jack Taylor

Former AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Rothwell Corinthians and Southam United goalkeeper Cross had a year out but comes in looking forward to the chance of playing for his local team in the league, bringing a wealth of experience and adding competition to the keepers at the club.

Bridges, formerly of Southam, scored 37 in a season before getting an injury, and more recently firing in the goals for promoted Droitwich Spa, is hoping his goals will be just as valuable whilst wearing the black and gold.

Easterlow has also wasted no time in returning to his former club Stockton to secure the services of both Carter and Naven-Jones.

Carter comes in with a reputation as a solid defender with a sweet left foot, whilst Naven-Jones will add pace and a great work ethic to the squad.

Briscoe is back in the league that he won with Coventry United two seasons ago and Easterlow said: “Briscoe is all about pace and power and is another good addition for us that makes us stronger. He will score goals and create chances and I am delighted that he has joined us.”

Billington comes in after he was influential in helping Whitnash Town lift the Telegraph Cup this year when they beat Midland League side Nuneaton Griff 1-0.

Easterlow reckons Billington is a prime example of a local lad who should have been playing at this level but has never tried his hand.

Taylor is someone who Easterlow tried to sign twice last season and he now has his man at Warwick for the coming season.

A very comfortable footballer who can play anywhere down the right-hand side, Taylor was part of the nearly-promoted Southam side a few years back.

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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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