Lewes FC can confirm that Under-18s Manager, Dale Hurley, has the left the club
We would like to thank Dale for his efforts over the years in coaching our pathway with lots of success along the way. Dale stepped down after the game against Horsham on November 10.
CEO, Maggie Murphy, had this to say: “Dale has been an integral part of our boys’ set up for eight whole seasons. The club is incredibly grateful for his years of dedication and commitment and many thousands of unseen hours of hard work.”
“He has helped the U18 boys win leagues and trophies, but more importantly helped support the growth of our young men on their own journeys. Dale is very passionate about supporting his players as they find their way in football and life.”
“We wish Dale the best of luck on his own coaching journey as well, and look forward to see him at the Dripping Pan in the future.”
Dale himself, has released the following statement.
Firstly, a massive thank you to everybody that has been involved in the last 8 years. From cutting the grass to cooking the post match roasties, without you non-league football wouldn’t exist.
More specifically thank you to Maggie, Stuart and John who have really believed in the Boys u18’s and have trusted me in this position for such a long time. Thank you to Kev Brook and Barry Collins who in particular were instrumental in the earlier years of us building this great reputation.
To Craig, Jake and Jacob, all the hours we put in; analysing opposition, planning training, preparing the squads for games, washing kit, organising lifts and all the moments on the touchline. Thank you, without you three we wouldn’t have been as successful as we have been.
I have worked with some incredible players that have earned this club the reputation it deserves as having one of the best youth teams in Sussex. Some players have gone on to play professional football, some now play locally, but with us, you always gave your all and that’s all we ever asked.
We’ve created some incredible moments, winning the league on goal difference on the last day of the season, winning back to back county cups, reaching the FA Youth Cup 1st round proper 5 times in the last 6 seasons, and if it wasn’t for a Global Pandemic I have no doubt we would have won the quadruple in 2020.
The opportunity to be assistant manager under Hugo Langton and part of Tony’s staff last season has helped broaden my knowledge of non league football and will help me vastly in the future.
The time has come to step away and allow somebody else the opportunity to create some of the memories we did.
Thank you to everyone at Lewes FC. I’ll be back one day.
The club would also like to thank U18 coaches Jake Le Grange, Jacob Baitup and Craig Stevens for all their hard work and commitment to the U18s team. All three have also decided to step down with immediate effect. We wish them the best on their next steps in football.
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