New broom at Denton Town: Cooper takes managerial reins as club introduces youth team

DENTON Town have started plotting their way back up with the introduction of new first team manager Phil Cooper.

Phil Cooper

Club bosses have been busy making sure the Whittle’s Farm side is best-placed to celebrate its centenary season with promotion after going down last term.

And Cooper has been brought in to take charge of the first team with Darren Green assisting.

If they make it back to the Hallmark security Cheshire League Premier Division, Denton Town could certainly not be accused of taking shortcuts.

For in the coming season’s Division One campaign, which starts on Tuesday, August 6, they face several trips across the county, with Malpas FC – who came down with them – being a total journey of more than 100 miles.

But as chairman Phil Bentley said: “We’re used to it now.”

It is not just at first team level where changes have been made at Denton Town.

The reserve team management set-up has been confirmed as Rob Nicholson and Gary Dixon while the Under-18s management team is Darren Saville and Gavin Affleck and the veterans’ team management is Lee Paul and Steve O’Connor. 

Denton Town has also made a big decision at youth level.

Last season’s U19s, who won the Tameside Football League, is now their reserve team playing open age in the Lancashire and Cheshire League Division Three.

And to continue the commitment to young players, the club has brought in a new U18s side.

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Mr Bentley added: “We have a new team on board this year to try and maintain our policy of youth development hopefully enticing local players to join us.”

Denton Town has a big year ahead of it as it toasts being in existence for 100 years.

It hosted a charity event on Saturday, July 6 as Haughton Green Juniors’ dads took on Follo FC.

Follo FC stands for For Our Lost Little Ones and was formed by fathers who had suffered the grief of young people dying.

Mr Bentley described them as “a great charity for dads who are needing help with grief and other issues”.

The side lost 7-0 to a Sport China team on Friday, July 5 at The Armitage Centre in Manchester but as a spokesman put it: “We have made so much progress already.”

Hosting the match and the walking football exhibition are not the only events Denton Town will be organising for its centenary.

Mr Bentley said: “More events are in pipeline for our centenary celebrations, mainly at the end of this coming pre-season.”

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