Glossop Look Ahead To New Season
Wednesday 6th July 2016 @ 10:12 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

In just over five weeks’ time, Glossop North End will begin their second consecutive season in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

The Hillmen will be hoping to build on the success of last season after falling just short of promotion in the play-off semi-final against Northwich Victoria.

Following a historic campaign in 2015 – in which Glossop won the North West Counties Premier Division title and MEN United Cup, as well as reaching the FA Vase final – the club entered last season as the division’s new boys.

However, any doubts surrounding the clubs ability to compete in step seven were immediately vanquished after an impressive start to the campaign, which saw Glossop collect 17 points from their opening seven games.

Glossop racked up an impressive 19 goals within those seven games – eight of which came courtesy of prolific striker Jamie Rainford.

The fans favourite is one of nine players to have been retained for next season.

Manager Chris Willcock has also persuaded the following players to stay at Surrey Street: Martyn Andrews; Sam Barnes; Sam Hare; Astley Mullholland; Martin Parker; Mark Reed; Andy Robertson and Ben Richardson.

Given his recent haul of trophies at the end of season awards ceremony, Andrews will be welcomed back to Surrey Street with a warm embrace.

The midfielder scooped the Supporters, Players and Managers Player of the Season trophies in April.

While the core of the squad has been preserved, Glossop will, however, be without the services of Captain Dave Young.

The 30-year-old has opted to leave the club having made 476 appearances during his ten years with the Hillmen.

Likewise, fellow club stalwart kelvin Lugsden has departed following nine years’ service.

The centre-back first arrived at Surrey Street in 2007 and scored 15 goals in 420 outings.

Lugsden was voted both Players’ and Management Player of the Year in 2014-15, after helping Glossop secure a league and cup double, as well as reach their second FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Matt Russell, Eddie Moran and Tom Bailey have also followed in the same footsteps as Young and Lugsden.

On Tuesday evening, Glossop announced the signing of prolific scorer Mike Norton.

The 35-year-old had previously been announced as a Hyde United player last month, but has instead opted to move to Surrey Street.

As we went to press, Glossop had made just the one new signing.

However, with pre-season looming, fresh faces are surely imminent.

Glossop take on Sheffield United in a friendly, at home, on Saturday 16 July.