Chromasport United Counties League
Published 20th April 2012
...club Sleaford Town will be to help choose his successor.
Rowland is set to bring the curtain down on a 33-year stint as first-team manager when his side play their final game of the season at home on April 28th. The popular manager, who first took charge of first-team matters in 1979 as a player boss, is expecting an emotional roller coaster in his final two games, but is also ready and willing to assist the club after he stands down.
"I think I will be helping with the selection process," Rowland said.
"It would be unfair of me to say who my successor might be, because we don't yet know that and it would not be solely down to me, but I will be involved.
"I have been helped enormously this season by Paul Ward and Jamie Shaw. I think either, or both of those two would do a good job for the club and, who knows, they might be in the running.
"I will miss the job, of course, but I have been asked to be involved in some way in the future so I will still be around if I am needed.
"I will definitely not be interfering, but I will be there if I am needed. It was a very big decision to stand down this season, but I really want to give more time to the family.
"I have eight grandsons and three granddaughters, as well as a great grandchild.
"Lots of the grandsons play football or rugby and I like to watch them when I can. Obviously I haven't been able to do that much on Saturday's, but now I will have more time."
Rowland's time in charge of first-team affairs began in 1979 when the team competed in the Lincolnshire League.
But, during his time at Elsaforde Park, he has guided the club to a number of promotions to reach their current level in Step Five of the football ladder.
"There are many memories over the years, mostly good ones," added Rowland.
"When I came here I wanted to guide the club up the football ladder and we have done that. We have come a long way really.
"One of my best memories was about two years ago when we had a great run in the FA Cup and in the FA Vase in the same season. But we have won promotions and cups along the way.
"I have enjoyed my time here thoroughly and have had some great times and seen some great players, although it's hard to pin-point one player who stands out, there have been so many."