Ford putting foundations in place as he builds for future

Banbury United's new manager Mike Ford at Spencer Stadium NNL-150706-110937009
Banbury United's new manager Mike Ford at Spencer Stadium NNL-150706-110937009

Newly-appointed Banbury United manager Mike Ford has lined up his backroom staff at Spencer Stadium.

Not surprisingly, Ford has recruited two assistants who previously worked with him at Oxford City – Stuart Peace and Matt Haycocks – as he plans for his first season in charge at Spencer Stadium.

Peace will be assistant manager, having spent three years at Oxford City with Ford.

After a three-year spell as Wantage Town manager, Peace joined Didcot Town as assistant to Peter Foley before taking over in 2004.

In his first season Didcot lifted the FA Vase and 12 months later he guided the Railwaymen to the Hellenic League title and promotion to the Southern League.

Peace left Didcot in 2011 to join Ford at Oxford City and helped them gain promotion to Conference North.

Haycocks has had three previous spells as coach at Spencer Stadium, under Ian Bowyer and Phil Lines before having a longer three-year spell with the club between 2009 and 2012, working with Billy Jeffrey and Ady Fuller.

The third member of Ford’s staff is Mike Byrne who has been appointed first team coach.

Byrne has previously been with Forest Green Rovers and also at Frome Town. He holds a UEFA A licence and has also worked with academy players at Swindon Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers and currently Bristol Rovers.

Ford said: “It’s important for me to have assistants who I know and who I can trust to take some of the coaching sessions besides me at the club.”

The Puritans boss continues to hold talks with the players he wants to keep but one player who will not be staying is Marvin Martin, who is going to Didcot Town.

Meanwhile, the CBS steering group will be holding a launch meeting on Thursday, June 25 at Spencer Stadium.

It will give supporters the opportunity to purchase community shares in the club

The steering group will also outline plans for the season ahead and proposals for the formal election of officers by the membership.

There will also be a chance for questions from supporters. It starts at 7.30pm.