Whaley set for meeting with ex-skipper

Whaley Bridge FC 2013/14
Whaley Bridge FC 2013/14

Whaley Bridge’s Cheshire League Division One campaign kicks off on Saturday (August 9) against familiar opposition, as John Brogden’s men travel to Knutsford.

Former Whaley captain Scott Dignan was appointed manager of the 2012/13 Cheshire League Champions in June and says that he is determined to see his new side regain their title from Garswood United this season, starting with a difficult test against his former employers.

Dignan said: “My aim is to win the league.

“That’s the standard; I always try to be the best.

“I’ve got players who are 100% committed like myself and I’m hoping that will stand us in good stead and bring us a trophy.”

As for Whaley, they are looking to better last season’s third-placed finish which saw them take four points off Knutsford in what was a successful maiden campaign in charge for Brogden.

When the fixtures were released just a fortnight after Dignan’s appointment, there was little surprise amongst those familiar with the quirks of fate that football often throws up. It does not matter to Dignan that his managerial debut will see him pit his wits against his former club.

He claims that sentiment will not enter the equation when kick-off arrives on Saturday afternoon.

He said “It’s just another game. I’m not playing the occasion, we just need three points.

“We know what job we’ve got to do. Win, lose or draw we move on to the next game.”

During his time at Whaley Bridge, Dignan captained the side to a number of League and Cup successes.

They included three consecutive Derbyshire Cup titles, between 2009 and 2011, as well as playing an integral part in the side’s successful transition from the Hope Valley League to the Cheshire League under Daryl Hall.

Dignan added: “I love Whaley Bridge Football Club.

“I still have a lot of friends at the club and I’ve learnt a lot of things on and off the field from people there and I want them to do well.”

A large crowd is expected to be in attendance for Saturday’s opener, in what is likely to be an intriguing encounter between two of the league’s contenders.