Murphy calls it a day manager of Steyning Town – but doesn’t go far

The club announced the news at the end of a season in which the popular figure suffered the death of his wife. The good news is that he will remain as general manager.

Steyning Town said: “It is with regret that Steyning Town Community FC have accepted the resignation of Gerry Murphy as First Team Manager, effective following Saturday’s Premier League game against AFC Varndeanians.

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Gerry Murphy / Photo: Derek Martin Photography

“Gerry has had a very difficult season personally, suffering the terrible loss of his lovely wife Jane in September, and has bounced back remarkably.

“Gerry joined the club in August 2016, bringing with him a wealth of coaching experience and spent 6 seasons managing the first team and overseeing other teams in the senior setup.

“During Gerry’s tenure at the club, there has been some excellent progress on and off the pitch for which we will always be grateful.

Horsham YMCA supports community causes

“The 2018/19 promotion and cup winning season will probably be remembered most fondly by fans, with Gerry leading the club back into the SCFL Premier Division for the first time in 30 years; succeeding where many had failed before him.

“Since then progress in the SCFL Premier has been up and down, heavily impacted by Covid, but now we can look forward to our fourth season in the division and we have a solid foundation for an exciting future.” Chairman Ian Nichols added: “I took over as Chairman the season following Gerry’s appointment and between us, with Gerry’s infectious enthusiasm and the invaluable help of John Brown, Jane and other volunteers, we We’re set on trying to get a few more seasons of change pieces. It was hard work and a lot of fun.

“My time with Gerry showed me how fiercely ambitious he is but also happy to see the fun side of most situations.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the football at our club has improved tremendously thanks to Gerry’s contribution. It’s been a good time and so I’m delighted to also announce that Gerry will stay on as chief executive. of the club and also to work in more detail with our youth team.

Horsham YMCA donates funds raised to Downslink charity

Last Saturday was Murphy’s last game as the team’s first manager and fans were invited to join the officials for drinks at the clubhouse afterwards to celebrate his tenure. A 0-0 draw meant Steyning finished 17th in the table.

Steyning announces the vacancy and will look to book an appointment in May to allow enough time to plan the 2022-23 season and beyond for the new manager.

Horsham YCMA FC has been involved in charity work – in support of the YMCA Downslink group.

The first-team players and staff each did something 44 times a day for a total of 44 days – 44 being the average age at which a homeless youngster dies. Search #nomore44 and #the44challege to see the challenges players have completed.

They raised £1,345.22 and as part of an Easter egg drive with Sainsbury’s in Horsham, they delivered Easter eggs to YMCA Horsham.

A charity match will be played this Sunday (May 1) at Horsham YMCA FC involving young people who have been supported by the YMCA.

Current players donate boots so they can play.

The match also supports The Springboard Project, which will host mascots on the day, and there will be other attractions such as Star Wars and Superhero characters.