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Staffordshire County Senior League

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

Ball Haye Green striker Will Bown has re-joined former club Leek CSOB.

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FORMER player Lee Mycock has been appointed first team coach by Leek CSOB.

Mycock, aged 52, first got involved with the club as a player back in 1978. He has since also been involved with the club as youth team manager, first team coach and first team assistant manager.

Mycock worked under the late Chris McMullen and was part of his backroom staff.

Old Boys manager Dan Hyde said: "Lee is a great addition and I am delighted to have him on board with us as first team coach.

"Lee gives us that bit of experience and he has been there and done it before.

"I know what Lee can bring to the club, having worked under him previously, and personally, he made a big difference to my game and improved me as a player."

Completing the new first team management set-up is Chris Molden, who is coming in as fitness coach and match day physio.

Hyde commented: "Chris is a good lad and if you give him a task to do, the job gets done.

"He is a personal trainer and will come in as fitness coach. On match-day, he will take the warm-ups and do a bit of physio work."

Other developments see Phil Bruce joining the club as community development manager.

Bruce will also be involved with the ladies set-up, and will assist new team manager Matt Thorley.

Dan Hyde has further added to his first team playing squad by welcoming back 24-year-old striker Will Bown from Ball Haye Green.

Hyde said: "I know what Will is capable of and he is a real threat to the opposition with his pace.

"I am delighted to have him back at the club, as he is someone I think highly of and originally brought him to the club when he left Port Vale."

More than 30 players reported for the Old Boys' first pre-season training session at Birchall playing fields on Saturday, where they were put some through punishing routines in the hot sun.

New Old Boys assistant manager Andy Hyde has admitted that when he and his brother, team manager Dan, took on the job, they were fully aware of the task ahead – to rebuild from scratch.

Andy commented: "Dropping out of the North West Counties League, we expected that a huge amount of the current playing squad would simply up and leave – that's football.

"However, since the season ended and we were officially appointed, we've had lots of players interested and we hope to announce a few more signings shortly.

"The most pleasing part is that we haven't had to go out asking or approaching anyone.

"Lads have seen what we want to do and are keen to join the project on getting this club secure and fit to push onwards and upwards again."

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