Andy Welsh

Andy Welsh HS 2324


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Andy Welsh was appointed as Lions manager on 23rd October 2023. The former midfielder has racked up plenty of experience on both sides of the pitch. His management career started with Ossett Albion before they merged with Ossett Town to become Ossett United. At United he propelled the Wakefield based side into the play offs and lead them to a West Riding County Cup trophy victory over his new side. His next management venture was with Bury AFC, he fought off 750 other candidates to get the role but the first campaign was cut short due to Covid-19. In his second season Welsh lead the side to the North West Counties Division One North title with 27 wins out of 36 matches. Andy then became manager of Bury FC when the two sides history were merged.

Away from management Andy had a 16 year long playing career starting out with Stockport County before going on to represent Macclesfield Town, Sunderland (in the Premier League), Leicester City, Toronto, Blackpool, Yeovil Town, Carlisle United, Scunthorpe United, FC United of Manchester, Farsley Celtic and Ossett Albion.

Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas HS 2324

Assistant Manager

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Welsh brought Andy Thomas with him to Nethermoor after the pair worked together at Bury and were teammates at Stockport County. Andy is a UEFA B licensed coach who made a number of appearances for County in in the Championship and League One before moving into non league football where he racked up plenty of experience.

Martin Foster

Martin Foster HS 2324

First Team Coach

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Martin joined the club on 7th July 2022 as a First Team Coach.

Foster is a former professional footballer who came through Leeds United’s academy before a move to Greenock Morton.

Whilst in Scotland the midfielder was loaned out to Doncaster Rovers before the move was made permanent. Foster went on to play for Ilkeston Town, Forest Green Rovers, Halifax Town, Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds, Tamworth, Eastwood Town, Harrogate Town and Hull United.

The Rotherham born coach has plenty of off field experience too working with Matlock Town, Sheffield FC, Tadcaster Albion and Gainsborough Trinity on two occasions in joint manager and assistant manager roles.

When Danny Forrest was made Interim Manager of the club Foster took on the Assistant Manager role but resumed his duties as First Team Coach when Paul Phillips became Manager.

Kyle O'Reilly

Kyle O'Reilly HS 2324

Goalkeeper Coach

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Kyle joined the club on 20th December 2022.

O'Reilly is well known to the club having managed the former Guiseley Vixens side where he enjoyed great success winning the league and breaking a competition record.

Kyle was also a scout for Adam Lockwood when he was first team manager of the club.

In his time away from Nethermoor O'Reilly spent two years as assistant manager a Frickley Athletic and worked under Glen Preston at Huddersfield Town Women.


Sam Massheder

Sam Massheder HS 2324

Head Sports Therapist

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Sam joined the club on 5th September 2023.

Massheder graduated from Leeds Beckett Univsersity in Sports and Exercise Therapy and has also completed a masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Sam has experience with Bradford City where he has been working with Football Development Program sides and he is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists and Sports Therapists Association.

Gary Proctor

Gary Proctor HS 2324

Kit Man

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Gary joined The Lions at the back end of the 16/17 season and helps the side prepare on a matchday by arranging all the playing and warm-up kit.

Proctor is also found collecting all training equipment such as footballs and cones from the playing surface pre-match.