Stalybridge Celtichave announced the re-appointment of their former manager Steve Burr on the same day that their previous management team, Paul Phillips and Steve Halford, left the club. The termination of their contracts came despite a slight upturn in fortunes of late, though their 3-match unbeaten run was ended at Stockport County at the weekend, where they lost 3-1. Burr, who left Stalybridge initially for Kidderminster Harriers and has since managed Chester, was sacked as Southport manager just last week. The 57-year-old, who played eight games for Halifax Town back in the 1993/94 season, has signed a contract at Bower Fold to the end of the 2017/18 season
Celtic have also have extended their loan deal for Huddersfield Town central defender Fraser Horsfall until March 12. The 20-year-old made his Celtic debut in their 1-0 win over the Shaymen in early January. They have also signed Porya Ahmadi, an Iranian-born striker from Welsh Premier League side Rhyl. Ahmadi started his career with Sheffield United and has also played for Chorley and Salford City.
Gainsborough Trinitymanager Dominic Roma has stepped down along with his assistant manager, former Shayman Martin Foster. Another former Halifax player, Adam Quinn, has been placed in temporary charge alongside Matt Wilson.
Salford Citydefender Billy Priestley came to the aid of a seriously ill 2-year-old girl in Colne on Monday. Priestley, who is a life guard, administered first aid until paramedics arrived to treat unresponsive ‘Millie’, who has since been discharged from hospital and is back at home. Mum Gillian Askew said: “Billy was an absolute Godsend. You can’t put into words how grateful I am.”
Nuneaton Townhave completed the signings of Tyrell Belford and Jim Mutton, whilst James Clifton has left the club by mutual consent. Belford, a goalkeeper, was born in Nuneaton and went on to play for the Liverpool academy. He has since played for Swindon Town, Southport and Oxford City, and has signed for Nuneaton until the end of the 2017/18 season. Mutton is a centre-half, standing at 6”4’, who has joined from Redditch United. He was on Birmingham City’s books as a youngster but failed to make the breakthrough into the first team.
Gloucester Cityhave signed 23-year-old midfielder Jake Slocombe from Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West club Yate Town.
Swansea City youngster Tom Holland has joined AFC Fylde on loan. The 19-year-old midfielder will link up with the Coasters until the end of the season.
Chris Lynch has left Salford City to join up with fellow Vanarama North side Altrincham, while Bradford Park Avenue have extended their loan deal for Harrogate Town winger Wayne Brooksby until March 4. Meanwhile Kidderminster Harriers youngster James Hancocks has joined Stratford Town on loan for a month, and Burton Albion’s Ben Fox has extended his loan deal at Tamworth until the end of the season.
Curzon Attenuate announced that Andy Watson has re-joined the club after his transfer to FC United of Manchester fell through, whilst Liam Tomsett has left the club. ‘Nash’ striker Charlie Ennis has signed for Matlock Town on a dual-registration deal.
Boston Unitedhave brought in left-back Jan Yeomans on a dual-registration from Radcliffe Olympic, and AFC Telford United have extended the loan of left-back Luke Higham from Blackpool until the end of the season.
The Vanarama awards for January have been announced. Vanarama National League North Player of the Month is Salford City defender Michael Nottingham, whilst our very own Billy Heath has been awarded Vanarama National League North Manager of the Month. Congratulations Billy!
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