End of an era for Fishburn Park boss Alan

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Fishburn Park boss Alan Price will be directing his side from the touchline for the final time this weekend.

Price has enjoyed a near lifelong association with the club – but has decided now is the time to hand over the managerial reins to someone else.

He has guided the club’s senior team to County Cup, RT Raine and MacMillan Bowl glory and played strong Whitby Town teams at the Turnbull in front of crowds bigger than Whitby’s average.

“It’s time for the club to move on and we need younger blood in there,” he told the Gazette this week.

“I will be staying on the committee but think we need a younger lad to run the club.”

The side has consolidated in the Teesside League’s first division after a poor start, putting together a decent run since Christmas to retain top flight status.

Price said it is not an easy league to play in.

“We always struggled on heavy grounds but we’re a footballing side and able to pass it about.

“We’ve got a good set of lads here.”

In his playing days, Price represented Fishburn before taking over as the manager of its reserve team over 25 years ago and became first team manager a few years later.

He has had some of the best players Whitby has produced playing for him.

Paul Walker, who has worked alongside Price on the committee, said: “He is straightforward but has a fighting spirit and big heart.

“He liked to have a team of two or three assistants to chat too and would always leave the tactical side of the game to his coaches and assistants.

“Although he is quite tactically astute he didn’t particularly enjoy that part of the game, hence his management team.

“He has also been a tireless servant of the club, serving on the committee in many guises, the latest being as secretary.

“Having worked alongside him for over 15 years I can testify to the effort he puts into any role he takes on – we have been inspected and marked the pitch together, kit washers, physios, grounds maintenance and general dogsbodie in the name of the club.

“He is well respected in Whitby and he is well respected by the North Riding County FA and Teesside League, serving as a committee member for the latter for a number of years.

“He was also asked to manage the Teesside League representative team.

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for Al and his family, especially his long suffering wife Pam.”

Fishburn round off their league campaign on Saturday (Apr 18) at home to bottom side North Ormesby.

The game kicks off at Broomfield Park at 2pm.