Wilson has big shoes to fill as new manager after replacing Rimington legend

Mark Wilson takes over from Terry Braithwaite as Rimington boss
Mark Wilson takes over from Terry Braithwaite as Rimington boss

After 15 years in charge of Rimington Football Club Terry Braithwaite has handed over the reins to new incumbent Mark Wilson.

Terry, with a heavy heart, made the decision at the start of the 2014/15 season that it would be his last at the helm – a change in personal circumstances being the main factor.

From day one, Terry’s professional approach was infectious to his players. Attendance at training on Tuesday evenings and availability every Saturday became a key requirement.

Terry took charge in August 2000, and over the next 15 seasons Rimington changed from a mid-table East Lancashire League team to West Riding County Cup winners in 2013.

His honours are remarkable – a promotion, eight East Lancashire League titles and two runners-up, three President’s Cups and two runners-up, 10 Craven Cups and a West Riding County FA Cup.

Mark Wilson inherits a squad that will be challenging for honours, and joins Rimington with a fantastic CV.

During his younger years, Mark was a box to box midfielder and latterly a centre half. Mark played for Barnoldswick Town, Nelson Reserves and Clitheroe Reserves before managing Barnoldswick Town first team and reserves, and Clitheroe and Nelson reserves.

An open trial for new and existing players will be held at Roefield at 10-30 a.m. on Saturday.

l New Rimington boss Mark Wilson has a string of achievements as a player and manager.

He was named Craven League Premier Division Player of the Season in 1996/97, and 1997/98, and helped finish as North West Counties Reserve League runners-up and cup winners in 1998/99.

The following season he was a North West Counties Reserve League winner.

As a manager, he won the Morrison Cup in 2011/12, as well as the

Lancashire Sunday League Syndicate Cup this season.

Wilson is a UEFA Level 1 and 2 qualified coach.