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A New Addition To Town’s Youth Team

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 8 Jun 2021
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FC Halifax Town are delighted to announce that former Bolton Wanderers player and youth team coach, Nicky Spooner will be joining the Shaymen’s youth team coaching staff.

Nicky has a distinguished career in the game, clocking up over 130 appearances for clubs including, Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic and US side, Charleston Battery before returning to play non-league in the final years of his playing career.

A UEFA-A qualified coach, Nicky, progressed through the Academy system at Bolton Wanderers including five-years as the under-18’s head coach.  He also deputised as interim first team manager which included playing the youngest EFL squad when Bolton took on Coventry City in 2019.

Head of Youth Development, Steve Nichol said: “After an extensive and Covid-delayed recruitment process we are delighted to welcome Nicky on board.  We are able to bring Nicky into the programme as a result of our partnership with Calderdale College.  He will support, Lead Youth Team coach, Gavin Atherton with day-to-day delivery of the youth team programme, whilst also overseeing the Shadow Squad programme.

“Nicky is a vastly experienced coach and combined with his experience as a player he will be a great addition to our staff.  Along with Gavin Atherton and our Shadow Squad coaches we have experienced staff in place to provide our Youth Team and Shadow Squad players with excellent coaching and guidance to ensure the long-term development of players.”

Speaking about his appointment, Nicky Spooner commented: “I’m excited by the new challenge of developing the Youth Team and Shadow Squad programme and players at FC Halifax Town.  From what I have seen of the quality of players and programme this is an excellent partnership the club have in place with Calderdale College and I’m sure my experience in the game can contribute to further development of the programme.”

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