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Bury AFC Women Appoint First Team Manager: Jake Williams

Welcome Jake Williams

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of a manager for our new women’s elite team. Jake Williams joins us following a rigorous application and interview process. Amongst a strong profile in the game, the panel were really impressed with Jake’s vision for the women’s team and the club.

Jake started his footballing career at Manchester United where he spent most of his youth in the academy squad, before taking up handball, going on to represent both England & GB in the sport. He began his football coaching career 10 years ago at Ramsbottom United Juniors and after coaching & management spells in Denmark, America and Australia, he returned to the UK and re-joined Ramsbottom United in 2019 as head coach of the development squad. Last year he joined the first team coaching staff of the Rams, a role he has thoroughly enjoyed.

Hear Jake Williams speak to the media for the first time

He told us, “My time at Ramsbottom United has been brilliant. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some fantastic managers and coaches, whilst working with players that have played at the top level. I can’t wait to get started with the new women’s team. It’s an exciting project that I see as a great opportunity and look forward to giving the local community something to cheer about.”

Jake will lead our recently recruited squad and coaching staff of Casey Lynchey, Kelly Boag & Krystle Johnson. They will also be joined by Mandy Walsh, who will provide physio assistance to the team.

First Team Staff (l-r) – Mandy Walsh, Kelly Boag, Jake Williams & Casey Lynchey

Due to the large interest we have had from players wanting to join the new women’s elite team, we have decided to launch a reserves squad to run alongside the first team. This allows us to offer a clear pathway for players to progress into the first team. We have appointed Sam Irvine as the reserve team manager, with Craig Nolan as his assistant (pictured below).

Reserve Team Staff (l-r) – Sam Irvine & Craig Nolan

Sam and Craig have been coaching across the recreational teams since their inception. Sam is a Level 2 coach who has previously worked with Rochdale Ladies, with lots of experience coaching youth football and is currently with Bridge FC under-17s.

Craig is also assistant manager of Milnrow Juniors under-16s as well as coaching AFC Bolton Girls under-9s.

Welcome to Bury AFC Jake, Sam & Craig! #ProudToBe

Full squad assembled for training last night

You can follow our women’s team on both Twitter and Instagram by clicking the links.

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