After a meeting on Thursday evening, Linby Colliery Welfare FC have announced the appointment of Steve Peat as Club General Manager.
Steve is charged with raising the profile of his new club, dealing with sponsorship and generally helping to get the club back up with the elite of the Nottinghamshire non-league football. Steve was recently GM at struggling Hucknall Town, but called it a day after the position became untenable.
Linby were a force to be reckoned with in the 1950's, winning the Notts F.A. Senior Cup on three occasions, but they spent the 60's and 70's in the Central Alliance and East Midland leagues. They moved to their current Church Lane home in 1985, and slowly edged their way back to former glories, winning the Notts. F.A. Intermediate Cup in 1995 and winning promotion to the Notts Alliance Senior Division in 1997.
In 2005 the club gained F.A. Charter standard status. A recent decline saw Linby finish rock bottom in the NSL Senior Division, but when the pyramid was restructured the opportunity arose for the Club to join the Central Midlands League and it was snapped up eagerly.
Plans have recently been published for improvements to Church Lane. These include moving the playing area closer to the changing rooms and having floodlights and stands erected.
Talking about his new position, Steve said " Hopefully I can help put Linby back on the map, but I also want to make people aware that Linby are up and coming with some really exciting future plans - a team for the future".
Church Lane 1985- present
Spartan League Champions 1946/47
Notts Alliance Senior Div Champions 1947/48
Notts F.A. Intermediate Cup Winners 1946/47, 1994/95
Central Alliance Champions 1949/50
Notts F.A. Senior Cup Winners 1949/50, 1951/52, 1953/54
Notts Alliance Div 2 Runners Up 1993/94
Notts Alliance Div 1 Champions 1996/97
Notts Alliance Senior Cup finalists 1998/99
Notts Senior League Senior Division Runners Up (formerly Notts Alliance -changed 2004)
Notts Senior League Cup finalists 2007/08
Notts F.A. Cup Intermediate Cup finalists 2008/09
20,381 at the City Ground. Notts F.A. Senior Cup final 1950 -- Linby CW 1-0 Retford
Record home attendance
6835 at the Gatehouse Ground. F.A. Cup 1st Round 1950 -- Linby CW 1-4 Gillingham