Former ‘Bridge Player Resigns

Keith Briggs, former midfielder under Steve Burr’s tenure at Stalybridge Celtic has announced his resignation as first team manager. This was revealed tonight on the Stalybridge Celtic website.

Since the 22 October 2013, he has been the first team manager for Stalybridge Celtic A.F.C., initially assisted by Andy Ferne. After Ferne’s departure, owing to work commitments, Mark Atkins became his assistant manager.

Initially his appointment was well received, following previous experience in Burr’s team. Things got off to a good start in his first season; in spite of results slipping in the second half of the season, he steadied the ship as the ‘Bridge staved off relegation.

December’s arrival of Mark Atkins brought new spark to the team. Loanee Dominic Calvert-Lewin inspired a good set of results over Christmas. On his recall to Sheffield United, the goals dried up. Even with a mix of experience and younger heads, the goals weren’t forthcoming. In the last fortnight, they signed Tom Bentham from Hyde F.C., in a bid to quell the goal drought.

In the last six months, the scale of his task seemed to have got the better of him. The installation of Mark Atkins as assistant brought hope, but their diligent work was undone by poor performance on the pitch.

It wasn’t to be for Mr. Briggs. He left the ‘Bridge on good terms, he will always be remembered for his commanding performance in midfield in the late noughties. In spite of working his guts out for the ‘Bridge, his efforts weren’t being reciprocated.

It is assumed that Mark Atkins will be interim manager pending the arrival of a permanent replacement. We wish Keith Briggs very well in his next venture and hope he doesn’t leave the semi-professional football scene too soon.

S.V., 15 March 2015.

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