Buxton FC making sure they have plenty in reserve

Former Manchester Utd player Arthur Albiston and Dave Hopkins of Buxton FC looking forward to June's big match
Former Manchester Utd player Arthur Albiston and Dave Hopkins of Buxton FC looking forward to June's big match

Buxton chairman Dave Hopkins wants the club’s new reserve side to be the epitomy of his “one club philosophy.”

The ambitious Bucks’ chief has rubberstamped a revamp of the club’s coaching setup to incorporate the new side.

Alex Stacey is one of the youngsters to have progressed through to the first team in recent years.

Alex Stacey is one of the youngsters to have progressed through to the first team in recent years.

The under-21s will replace the under-19s side, with the newly-created reserves team set to play competitive matches in the Lancashire League.

The under-21s will also continue to compete in the North Midlands Development League, which includes sides from Football League outfits such as Sheffield United and Chesterfield.

Hopkins told the Advertiser: “The league that the new reserve side will be playing in is the Lancashire Football League so there’ll be clubs such as Stockport County, FC United of Manchester - a good standard of teams.

“Hopefully the reserves side will give the opportunity to local players to play at the Silverlands and against opposition who they might not normally be pitted against.

“Dave Bradbury will oversee both the reserves and under-21s with Ant Ollerenshaw being predominantly responsible for the under-21s.

“We’ve seen the likes of Ilkeston recently invest in youth and it’s proved to be a huge success for them.

“There’s a strong element of youth here at the club and this new team will give them the opportunity to play against some of the teams I’ve mentioned, with some exciting trips chucked in also.”

The new set-up will see the reserves play their home games predominantly at the Silverlands, with the under-21s playing mostly out of Tideswell.

However, Hopkins says that the under-21s are still an integral part of the ‘one club’ philosophy - and that impressive performances may well be rewarded with a call-up to the first team by manager Martin McIntosh.

He said: “Most the under-21 games will be up at Tideswell.

“However, there will be the odd game when they play at the Silverlands, which can only be a good thing.

“We’ve seen players in the past like Shamari Doyle and Alex Stacey both get their chance in the first team.

“That came after impressing for the under-19s and under-21s.

“This new set-up will give them the platform for local, talented players.

“There’s a lot of flexibility in the reserve sides such as the roll on/roll off substitutions.

“That’s ideal for example when Martin wants a senior player to just have 20 minutes or so.

“The reserves can be good for the first team and also vice versa.

“Martin has placed trust in youth in the past so the chances are there.”

The reserves and under-21s will be having open training sessions, with training taking place on Monday nights.

Anyone who wants to find out more information should contact Danny Hopkins on 07891 973656.