Fond Farewell
Thursday 16th June 2016 @ 10:52 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Glossop North End stalwart Dave Young has announced his departure from the club.

The 30-year-old spent ten years at Surrey Street, making 476 appearances during his two spells with the Hillmen.

Dave, who captained Glossop in two FA Vase finals at Wembley Stadium, cited personal reasons for his departure.

Speaking to Chronicle Sport, the central defender said: “I’ve decided to call it a day at Glossop for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, I want to spend more time with my wife and three children.

“I’ve committed 13 years of my life to nonleague football, so I think the time has come to take a step back.

“I also didn’t enjoy last season for a number of reasons.

“We didn’t seem to click like we did the year previously, and I just haven’t got the bug for it anymore.”

Questioned on why the team didn’t click, Dave responded: “There were a few new faces within the squad, and people don’t see eye to eye all the time- that’s natural.

“There were a few falling outs along the way, and I just didn’t enjoy it”.

Despite the bittersweet ending, Dave has nothing but praise for Glossop – especially the fans! He added: “I know people say this all the time, but the fan base is amazing.

“Glossop is a sleeping giant, and I see no reason at all why the club, with its fan base, can’t compete in the National League North one day.”

Having spent a considerable period of his nonleague career with Glossop, Dave has plenty of memories to treasure.

However, the fans favourite also has a few demons to conquer. He explained: “Although it was an incredibly proud moment for myself, losing at Wembley was hard to take.

“It was an unbelievable achievement to reach the final twice, but to lose on both occasions is really disappointing.

“I think we were the underdogs in the first final, but we should have won the match against North Shields.”

As for the highs – there was only going to be one winner. “Winning the North West Counties Premier Division title in 2015 was my proudest moment with the club” he said.

“It was an amazing season in general, as we won title, the Men United Cup, and reached the FA Vase final.”

Dave doesn’t regard his departure from Glossop as a retirement from football.

He does, however, insist that he wants a complete breakaway from the game. He said: “I don’t want to say I’ve retired, because I’ve done that before and made a return.

“I don’t really want to be dipping my toe in football.

“I’ve made a decision and I’d like to stick to it.”

Although his time at Glossop has ended, Dave maintained that the club will always have a special place in his heart. He concluded: “I loved my time with the club and I wish them all the best for the future.”