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Once again I have 'The Non-League Paper' to thank for pointing out two more players eligable for Bob's 70-71 pages who are presently managers of non-League teams.
Trevor Storton (Tranmere Rovers) is currently manager of Unibond First Division side, Bradford Park Avenue, the club that lost it's League status in 1970. Trevor played 118 games for Tranmere Rovers before being signed by Bill Shankly at the beginning of the 1972-73 season. In Neale Harvey's article for the'The NonLeague Paper' (5 November, 2000, No.33), Trevor says,"Shanks certainly showed me how to play and think about the game."
Trevor only played 5 League matches for Liverpool. "I went to a club with so many internationals. It limited my chances because they had greatplayers like Tommy Smith and Emlyn Hughes who you couldn't shift. But I'll never forget Shanks saying, 'If you can't pass the ball five yards you can't pass it ten'. It's the simple things that make things work. He said football was an easy game, and he was right."
Storton went on to Chester City for the start of the 1974-75 season and went on to play almost 500 games. Trevor played just 10 League games short of Ray Gill's Chester City record. He then went on to back to back FA Trophy Cup finals with Telford in 1988 and 1989. He coached and managed at Chorley, then scouted for Celtic, he then moved on to Bradfor Park Avenue.
Bradford are presently second in their league, and the future is presently looking bright. Trevor has relied on bringing youth players through and there is hope of some big money signings to League sides.
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Bill Williams (Gillingham) is one of the Nationwide Conference's most respected managers at Dover Athletic.Presently the side are mid table, Dover are holding their own against the big money spenders. The club's coach is former Kettering manager, Clive Walker.
Bill played England Schools and Youth matches, and was signed to Portsmouth in 1960, though he only played 3 games.There were brief spells at QPR, West Bromwich Albion and Mansfield Town before settling down at Gillingham where he played 171 League games. 70-71 was a miserable season for Bill, who was a regular in a side that were bottom of the 3rd Division. The following season was Bill's last as a League player.
Bill learnt his managerial trade in South Africa and the United States in the 1970s. He worked under Colin Addison in South Africa and won League honours with Durban and Atlanta Chiefs before returning to guide Maidstone to Conference titles in 1984 and 1989..
Following a spell as chief executive at Gillingham and 3 years out of the game altogether, Bill returned to Dover Athletic in 1997. At the time the side was heading for relegation, which Bill helped the team to avoid and has taken the side to sixth in the League - a club record.
In Neale Harvey's article for the 'Non League Paper' 20 August 2000, Bill said, "Without being conceited, we've (Clive Walker and he) played 900 league games and managed teams in another 2,700 between us so we're not new at it and I think we can match anyone for knowhow. Our physio's been here for a while, too, so we've got 166 years worth of football experience on the bench !"
"I always had the desire to win matches and be the best. Everywhere I've been, I've had a championship side, except Dover - yet!"
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|Bob Dunning 12 December 2000||
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