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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Brian Williams returns to Penrith FC hotseat for fourth time

Experienced Penrith FC manager Brian Williams plans to roll back the years after returning to the hotseat – 28 years since he was last at the helm.

And Williams, who has taken charge of the Northern League side for a fourth time, insists his long association with the club can help bring back the good times.

The 65-year-old is best remembered as the boss who led Penrith to the most famous win in their history – the 1981 FA Cup first round victory over Chester, who were then in the old Third Division.

Williams, who replaces former boss John Clasper, was last in charge in 1984 but says he can now help restore stability as they prepare for the new campaign which includes a clash against his former club Darlington.

“I know the Penrith people will get behind us if we have any kind of success,” said Williams, who is also acting chairman until next month’s AGM. We clung on last season and the plan is to make things better on and off the pitch.

“I’ve got a lad called Nick Wharton working with me – he’s been at the club for years, got himself a UEFA B badge, and I like to reward loyalty. It’s not going to be easy but we will get things settled down and hopefully make Penrith a proper little club that everyone wants to come to.”

Williams, a former Carlisle United trainee, says he is “sickened” by the plight of Darlington, who will be groundsharing with Bishop Auckland and operating under the new name of Darlington FC 1883 in the Northern League.

A local derby with newly-promoted Gillford Park – now known as Celtic Nation FC – is also on the cards in the new campaign.

On taking charge after a long absence, Williams added: “Times change but the game hasn’t changed that much. Wouldn’t it be great if we can get the town buzzing again?”

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