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Swann Steps Down at Darlaston

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Darlaston Town (1874) player-manager Mark Swann has stepped down after nearly three seasons in charge of the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One club.

Swann has stepped down due to increased work and personal commitments.

Following the re-forming of the club in 2013, Swann was appointed in June 2014 when the club joined West Midlands (Regional) League Division Two.

After finishing third in their first season the club were promoted to Division One, finishing last season in fifth spot and currently occupy seventh position

Swann said: “This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I am having an operation on my foot shortly and will miss the rest of the playing season and with my other commitments, l believe the time is right to step down. I will though continue to help the club in any way that I can.

“l have enjoyed my time at the club and we have enjoyed some very good times, making great progress on and off the field. Off the field the club has gone from strength to strength and the facilities are excellent. I have received fantastic support from the players, committee and supporters and will watch the progress of the club with great interest.”

Club chairman Neil Chambers said: “I am really disappointed that Swanny has decided to step down. He has been with us since day one and has been absolutely magnificent. He has been a chairman’s dream. It is a testament to the quality of the man that he has agreed to help out his successor.”

Goalkeeping coach Scott Bamford has been appointed caretaker-manager by the Board and will oversee the playing side until the end of the season.

Bamford, 49, is currently the club’s oldest player and has a wealth of experience behind him and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Darlaston have just nine league fixtures till the end of the season, and it’s by far an easy run in as half the fixtures are against sides in the top four.

Bamford has a baptism of fire for his first game in the hot-seat on Saturday when runaway leaders Hereford Lads Club visit the Paycare Ground.

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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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