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Alsager Town appoint ex-Stoke, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Colchester and Oldham player

Alsager Town have chosen to appoint an ex-Stoke, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Colchester and Oldham player, leaving fans impressed.

The 37 year old had gone into management after a football career as a defender, making over 400 career appearances and getting in plenty of experience.

After playing professional football, he then had a stint with Barrow in the National League, before then linking up with Buxton and then Matlock Town as a player-assistant.

ALSAGER TOWN STATEMENT:

Alsager Town have moved quickly to replace Stuart Tulloch by appointing former Stoke City full-back Brian Wilson as new first team manager.

Tulloch resigned last week due to family commitments leaving the Bullets seeking a third new manager in a little over a year, but following discussions with the club, Brian Wilson was appointed over the weekend and will take the reins at Wood Park with immediate effect.

Wilson joins the Bullets from Matlock Town of the Northern Premier League Premier Division where he was player/assistant manager, and brings with him a wealth of experience from the professional and non-league game, having made more than 400 senior appearances at Stoke City, Cheltenham Town, Bristol City, Colchester United, and Oldham Athletic.

Wilson said: “I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to chairman Terry Greer and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Alsager Town Football Club. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and whilst we are in a difficult situation at this present time I will be working hard behind the scenes to put things in place for when we can resume training and matches again.

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with the players and will be doing my homework on the current squad to work out what areas will need strengthening to take this club forward.

During my 18-year professional playing career I’ve worked under some successful managers and have inherited a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help me within my own managerial role.

My main ambition is to bring a professional approach to the squad and create a hard-working and successful team that will compete in the top half of the table. I want to bring success to this close-knit family club and one the fans will enjoy to come and watch.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well at this difficult time and when the time is right for football to resume, I look forward to meeting everyone”.

Bullets chairman Terry Greer said: “We are delighted to have appointed Brian. Having spoken at length with him and heard what others have had to say, we believe that we have made the right appointment for the club. I’m looking forward to working with him when football can resume”.

The Bullets’ last fixture was back on 31st October when Eccleshall were beaten 4-0 at Wood Park, while the Government’s Covid-19 road map may provide some indication of when football can resume.

– STATEMENT ENDS –

BRIAN WILSON’S CAREER:

Youth career
1998–2001 – Stoke City

Senior career
2001–2004 – Stoke City – 7 games (0 goals)
2003–2004 → Cheltenham Town (loan) – 7 games (0 goals)
2004–2007 – Cheltenham Town – 118 games (14 goals)
2007–2010 – Bristol City – 60 games (1 goal)
2010–2014 – Colchester United – 152 games (1 goal)
2014–2018 – Oldham Athletic – 104 games (1 goal)
2018–2019 – Barrow – 10 games (0 goals)
2019–2020 – Buxton
2020 – Matlock Town
Total – 458 games (17 goals)

HONOURS:

Cheltenham Town
Bristol City

Fans reacted as Alsager Town appoint the ex-Stoke, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Colchester and Oldham player…

@MBoafc: 🥰

@MacMenUnite: Good luck to Brian and all associated with Alsager

@sleepysilvery: Best of luck Brian from a Latics fan

@aitchyrobinson: This appointment is giving me Good Vibrations

@Alsager_News: It’s been a tough year for @alsagertown_fc with multiple lockdowns preventing them from playing, but positive news today as former Stoke City defender Brian Wilson is appointed as the new manager. Wishing Brian all the best at the Bullets!

@ForeverAYellow: A quality appointment that by the club, had quite the playing career and now set for management, go smash it lad, exciting to follow the progress

@AnthonyWhite91: Excellent news @brian07951777 was a fantastic leader on and off the pitch

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