Bicknell gets another year at Leighton

Craig Bicknell
Craig Bicknell

Craig Bicknell will be Leighton Town manager again next season after he was offered the position by the club’s committee on Saturday night.

Having led the club to their strongest season in three years last time out, finishing 18th in Evo Stik Division 1 Central, Bicknell was delighted to announce he would be staying at Bell Close at the Player of the Year awards night.

While there are still the finer details to sort before the season begins, the manager said he cannot wait to get going again.

“I’m buzzing to be staying,” he said. “When I took over, I didn’t have one single player or coach left from the previous season.

“I’ve had to rebuild everything. I signed 48 players, I’ve had to sign new coaches and physios and I’ve got sponsorship deals in place.

“But we’ll come back next year with a lot more stability and we’re really looking forward to it already.”

The committee told Bicknell the job was his at the awards night, topping off an emotional evening for the manager.

Tyrone Taylor hung up his boots at the end of the season after 10 years playing under Bicknell, and picked up two awards - Manager’s Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season.

But bidding Taylor farewell was something that had Bicknell choked up.

“I did have to stop because it all got a bit heavy!” he said. “Tyrone has played for me for 10 years, and hasn’t played for anyone else. I was as surprised as he was when he picked up the award from the fans. It just shows how much he means to them as well.”

Danny Watson won Player’s Player of the Year, and Aaron Morgan won Coaches’ Player of the year.