Wakefield FC boss heaps praise on unpaid players

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WAKEFIELD FC player-manager Steve Nicholson says it would be a “tragedy” to see the Bears go out of existence.

Nicholson has the club close to his heart having been involved in two spells spanning almost two decades.

He began as a player during the club’s days in Emley and moved with them when they played as Wakefield-Emley at Wakefield Wildcats’ Belle Vue stadium.

After a spell elsewhere he returned for a second stint under Ronnie Glavin at College Grove and took charge as manager following Glavin’s departure.

“It would be a tragedy [for the club to go out of existence] with the tradition and history that the club has,” said Nicholson.

“I was there during the run in the FA Cup where we played at West Ham and returned under Ronnie Glavin; it would be so sad for it to go out of existence.

“Obviously nobody wants the club to fold. The situation’s not great but hopefully someone will come forward to help out.”

Nicholson took the decision to telephone every squad player and inform them of the situation before last weekend’s Evo-Stik Division 1 North trip to Lancaster.

They responded with the joint decision to play unpaid for the next two weeks to give the club time to find a buyer.

“Their attitude has been absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“Every single player got together and decided that they’d help the club by playing unpaid.

“We had a talk in the dressing room and they all agreed that they wanted to play on.

“They agreed that seven days wasn’t enough to find someone to help out so they agreed to play for two weeks without pay; it’s a tremendous attitude and they’re a great set of players.”

The Bears lost 2-0 at Lancaster but they’ll have the chance to put smiles on faces, for a while at least, when they host Ossett Albion tomorrow, Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Nicholson said: “They wont let the situation impact their play.”

Ossett Town will aim to take their good FA Trophy form into their league campaign tomorrow when they travel to Witton Albion (kick-off 3pm).

Albion are flying high in the play-off places and provide a tough opposition for Phil Sharpe’s men, who will be keen to haul themselves up the league table.

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