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AFC Fylde reposts job ad with warning for anyone looking for ‘flexitime’

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The job description comes as an amendment to the initial post as the club now add they don’t want any “off lurkers”, “delegates” or “flexitime”.

 

AFC Fylde's Mill Farm stadium
AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm stadium

Lancashire football club bosses have released a new job advertisement for a general manager after their first was condemned for telling people not to apply if they have to pick up their children from school.

Earlier this week, non-league club AFC Fylde advertised for a new general manager of the football club.

But a day after it was posted the ad was deleted due to the response from within and outside the football community.

The club, who play in the National League North at Mill Farm in Wesham, stated in their original job advisement: “We work hard at Fylde so again, don’t apply if you are looking for a work-life balance or have to pick up the kids from school twice a week at 3.30.”

Now, the club has release a second advertisement for the job role redacting the controversial phrases.

But their emphasis on not having a ‘flexible work life balance’ remains, telling those want such an arrangement to not apply.

In the new job ad, the club states: “This is a ‘hands on role’ and requires hands on leadership from the front so ‘delegators’ and ‘office dwellers’ please don’t apply.”

It follows on to say: “You will need to be proactive in your approach to everything.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we work hard at Fylde, so again don’t apply if you are looking for flexitime or similar work life balances.”

In attempts to clear up any misinterpretations, the job description comes with a glossary of terms explaining the clubs own meaning of phrases used in the post.

The club describes ‘office lurkers’ as ‘people who find every reason possible to stay in their office and NOT to get out and meet people face to face, be they customers, suppliers or our employees’.

On ‘delegators’, it says: “Those managers who ‘delegate’ any job that is boring, mundane, difficult, detailed or indeed they consider to be below their status to someone else down the food chain without FIRST understanding how to do the job themselves.

“This is particularly prevalent in football, where most people want to spend the day pontificating with whoever will listen about players, tactics and in fact anything but that for which they are responsible. We call them ‘football romantics’.”

Regarding a ‘work life balance’, the club says this is a ‘modern, commonly used term that can mean many different things to different people’.

It adds: “However, from our experience, in simple terms we have found this means the ability to work from home some days a week, start late some days or leave early.

“Our working hours throughout the whole of the group are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with exception of Saturdays in football, where you take a day off during the week to compensate.”

LancsLive is yet to have a response from AFC Fylde in regards to the original advertisement.

 

 

Blackpool Cricket Club complete league and cup double

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Blackpool Cricket Club have done the league and cup double.

 

Monday’s three-wicket derby victory at St Annes sealed the Northern Premier League title with a game to spare following Blackpool’s triumph in the 40-over competition.

It’s a record-extending 18th NPCL title for Blackpool, who lost their opening game of the season but have not been beaten in the league since, despite playing most of their matches away from home due to ground improvement work at Stanley Park.

Matt Siddall bowled a season's best 6-26 for Blackpool in their title-clinching victory at St Annes

Matt Siddall bowled a season’s best 6-26 for Blackpool in their title-clinching victory at St Annes

It means St Annes go into their final game on Saturday at Leyland not yet safe from the drop, while Fleetwood will finish in the relegation places after a 69-run defeat at Fulwood and Broughton, the only team to have beaten Blackpool in division one in 2021.

St Annes chose to bat against Blackpool but struggled to build any momentum, number three Nathan Bolus their top scorer with 30 in a modest total of 116 from 44.4 overs.

Blackpool’s Cumbria spinner Matt Siddall took a season’s best 6-26 and did the damage in the crucial period which saw the hosts slump from 68-3 to 75-7.

But Blackpool found batting anything but simple either as none of their top five reached double figures and victory was looking doubtful at 22-4 and later 62-6.

Wicketkeeper Ben Howarth’s unbeaten 37, which included six fours, eased any nerves and propelled his side to victory at 117-7 in 45.5 overs, despite three wickets apiece for Harry Birkman and St Annes captain Tom Higson.

Fleetwood needed a victory at Fulwood and Broughton to take their battle at the bottom down to the final game against fellow relegation scrappers Chorley on Saturday.

Fulwood were put in to bat and set a target of 180-9 as professional Dyllan Matthews did his utmost to give Fleetwood a fighting chance of victory with a return of 6-56, the second time the South African has taken six wicket from the club. The home side’s Ben Rosbottom was run out one short of his half-century.

But the chase was never really on for Fleetwood, who struggled to 60-5 and lost Matthews without scoring.

Declan Clerkin fought back with a top score of 23 but Fleetwood were all out for 111 in 39.1 overs, Dominic Wilson taking four wickets from 3.1 overs as Fulwood ensured their survival.

Other results: Chorley 251-7 drew with Leyland 162-8, Garstang 129 beat Lancaster 112 by 17 runs, Longridge 235-6 beat Morecambe 165 by 70 runs, Netherfield 195-8 beat Kendal 131 by 64 runs.

 

Fylde coast cricket preview: Fleetwood CC hope to end a tough year on a high

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Fleetwood Cricket Club are determined to bounce back up to the Northern Premier League at the first attempt – but their immediate aim is to end their 69-year stay in the competition on a high.

 

Defeats in relegation battles with St Annes and Fulwood and Broughton over the holiday weekend sealed the fate of the NPCL founder members, who will contest the Palace Shield next season.

Chorley will go down too unless they win tomorrow’s final game at Broadwater but Fleetwood captain Adam Sharrocks is anxious not to let that happen.

He told The Gazette: “We’ve lost enough games this season and we want to finish with pride and win for the people who have supported us. We would do the league an injustice by not doing our best.

Fleetwood CC skipper Adam Sharrocks (batting)

Fleetwood CC skipper Adam Sharrocks (batting)

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“The game at St Annes was in our hands and that would have given us momentum to take into Monday but we threw opportunities away.

“I’m extremely disappointed for this great club but we have an opportunity to re-evaluate and move forward.

“I’ve had many good times here but we feel we’ve let the club down, though there is a real spirit of togetherness.

“The Palace Shield is a great competition with some very good teams, but our focus will be on getting back to where we think we should be.”

St Annes require six points at Leyland to guarantee their safety, with Morecambe the other club Chorley could potentially overtake.

There are no such worries for champions and cup winners Blackpool, who end their campaign at home to Netherfield.

Though the NPCL ends tomorrow, the Fylde coast cricket season does not. The Shield has two Saturdays to go and the Liverpool Competition three, though promotion-chasing Lytham play their final home game tomorrow against Ainsdale.

Fleetwood are set to join a Palace Shield premier division containing fewer Fylde coast clubs, with South Shore and Fylde CC relegated.

Kirkham and Wesham could yet climb into the NPCL, though victory at Penwortham tomorrow is probably a must if they are to challenge Vernon Carus for the second promotion spot behind Penrith.

TOMORROW’S FIXTURES

Northern Premier League (12.30): Blackpool v Netherfield, Fleetwood v Chorley, Leyland v St Annes, Kendal v Longridge, Lancaster v Fulwood and Broughton, Morecambe v Garstang.

Liverpool Competition first division (12.0): Lytham v Ainsdale.

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield premier division (1.30): Fylde v Thornton Cleveleys, Great Eccleston v South Shore, Penwortham v Kirkham and Wesham, Barrow v Preston, Croston v Penrith, Eccleston v Vernon Carus.

Division 1B: St Annes 2 v Leyland 2, Chorley 2 v Fleetwood 2, Fulwood and Broughton 2 v Great Eccleston 2, Netherfield 2 v Blackpool 2.

Division 2: Thornton Cleveleys 2 v Longridge 3, Ingol v Norcross, Whittingham and Goosnargh v Wrea Green.

 

Blackpool-born Isaac Towers misses out on medal in Paralympics 800m final

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Blackpool-born wheelchair racer Isaac Towers missed out on a medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo, finishing seventh in the T34 800m final.

 

Disappointment for the Brits in the T34 800m wheelchair final in Tokyo, where Isaac Towers and Ben Rowlings (rear) finished seventh and eighth

Disappointment for the Brits in the T34 800m wheelchair final in Tokyo, where Isaac Towers and Ben Rowlings (rear) finished seventh and eighth

Despite recording the second-fastest time in Friday’s heats, the 22-year-old from Catterall could not match the pace of Tunisian Walid Ktila, who stormed to victory in a Paralympic record time of 1min, 45.50secs.

After a tight first lap on the wet Olympic Stadium track, in which the Finn Henry Manni led the way, world record holder Ktila and the defending champion Mohamed Alhammadi stormed clear on the back straight to turn this two-lap showpiece into a thrilling head-to-head.

Alhammadi, from the United Arab Emirates, had to settle for silver in 1.45.59, with Yang Wang taking bronze for China in 1.45.68.

It had been hoped the feats of Britain’s Hannah Cockroft, who had defied an injury in the warm-up to storm to victory in the equivalent women’s race moments earlier, would inspire the Brits in the men’s final but they finished in seventh and eight places.

Towers clocked 1:48.08, with GB teammate Ben Rowlings eighth in 1.48.63.

It was a disappointment for former AKS and Cardinal Newman College pupil Towers after his season’s best 1.46.58 in the heat, a time bettered only by Alhammadi.

It means Towers, who finished fifth in the final in Rio five years ago, must wait until Paris in 2024 for another chance to add a Paralympic medal to his Para World Championships bronze from 2017 and his five European Championship medals. These include 800m gold in Italy five years ago.

The 800m was Towers’ only event in Tokyo. He also competes in the 200m and 400m but those distances do not feature at the Paralympics in Isaac’s category.

The T34 category is for athletes with cerebral palsy.