Staff

Marcus Bignot

Marcus Bignot HS 2122

Joint First Team Manager

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Marcus enjoyed an extensive playing career with over 600 appearances to his name most notably with QPR and Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Championship.

Bignot’s managerial career started in 2011 at Solihull Moors. His five year tenure at the club was a great success as he built a reputation for developing players, improving playing squads on limited resources, as well as identifying and recruiting young talent.

He won the National League North title in 2016 with the Midlands based side before accepting an offer from Grimsby in League 2 to become their manager just a few months later taking the Mariners to the cusp of the play offs.

Chester appointed Bignot in September 2017 after he had a short spell at Barrow, his spell there was plagued with financial problems, in these tough times Marcus gained many admirers within football for the way he managed the situation with integrity and maintained his professionalism.

Russ O'Neill

Russ O'Neill HS 2122

Joint First Team Manager

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Russ enjoyed a successful 10 year stay at Alfreton Town working with Nicky Law as they reached Non League's top tier and challenged for the play offs under their stewardship.

Having left The Reds after a new investor formed a different management team he moved to Burnley to join their player recruitment department.

O'Neill is known for his ability to spot a player and work with them to improve their talent.

Paul Clayton

Paul Clayton HS 2122

Assistant Manager

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Paul has been a thorn in the side of many teams over the years playing as a striker mainly for Alfreton Town.

He did also feature for Harrogate Town and Shaw Lane.

On his appointment Chairman Gary Douglas said “His aggressive and enthusiastic will to win attitude on the pitch will no doubt be taken into his first steps of management.”

Russell Norton

Russell Norton HS 2122

Head of First Team Medical

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Russell joined the club on 14th August 2021 and brings with him a wealth of experience of sports medical needs and requirements including work at Sheffield United, Rotherham and Rugby League side Hull FC.

On joining the club Russell said: “It’s a great opportunity, the club comes with a great reputation”

Russell will work with The Lions on match days alongside his work at Lincoln City academy and his contributions at Rotherham United.

Gary Proctor

Gary Proctor HS 2122

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.

Adie Towers

Adie Towers HS

Matchday Assistant

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Adie is a familiar face to Lions supporters having held many roles at the club throughout the years.

Since his retirement Adie couldn't be kept away from Nethermoor and now volunteers as a Matchday Assistant.

He is often found in the dugout and on hand to help prepare warm ups, kit and much more.

Glen Preston

Glen Preston

First Team Coach and First Team Analyst

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Glen joined The Lions first team setup during the 18/19 season and works closely with the Management Staff both at training and on a matchday.

The former Guiseley Vixens manager and Director of Football is often found out on the pitch before a game, then he will closely analyse the play in the stand at Nethermoor.

As a youngster Glen played for Sheffield United and Barnsley and is currently Head of Football at Bradford University.

Preston has won five league titles in as many years with Bradford University, Guiseley Vixens and Huddersfield Town Ladies.

Glen has racked up plenty of experience working for Leeds United as a Player Analyst, at Millwall as an Opposition Analyst and at Aston Villa Women as Head of Analysis.

He took up a First Team Coach role at the beginning of the 2021/22 season to accompany his work as a First Team Analyst.