Wythenshawe Town FC have a new manager after it was announced Lee McGregor has quit the role.
Lee Bennett has been named as the new boss at Ericstan Park, taking over from McGregor who has stepped down to focus on playing for Wythenshawe this coming season, after leading the club to an incredible league championship and cup treble.
The club said: “Lee Bennett brings great experience to the club. Prior to joining WTFC, he has been Old Alts, Hindsford and Maine Road manager. He’ll be in charge for the club’s away match at Fleetwood Town XI and we’ll have more reactions from Lee Bennett & McGregor in the coming days.”
Club Chairman, Kenny Hope said: “Lee brings in the experience and knowledge we felt was required for the job. He’ll be the best replacement and the calibre of manager the club have attracted speaks wonders for the club’s personal stature. We look forward to even more successful times with the club.”
Lee McGregor’s assistants, Paul Williams and Gary Brown have also stepped down and have left the club. The club has thanked them and wished them luck for the future.
FOOTBALL: Wythenshawe Town keep their “invincibles” tag after victory over Oldham Athletic youngsters
Match Action: Ben Connolly challenging for the ball. pic.twitter.com/4pGyUBFS5M
— Wythenshawe Town FC (@Wtfcopenage) July 4, 2015
Wythenshawe Town 3-1 Oldham Athletic XI
Wythenshawe Town have retained the right to call themselves the “Invincibiles” as they notched up another victory in pre-season friendly against Oldham Athletic’s youth team.
Latics brought with them a sizeable and noisy crowd to help make for a great atmosphere in the blazing July sunshine at Ericstan Park.
Played in three 30 minutes periods, the game proved to be a good test for Wythenshawe who move into Cheshire League 1 this season, having won the league and three cups, winning every game.
And it appears Town have lost the habit of losing, with a 3-1 victory over the young Oldham side.
Following a number of exchanges early in the game, Wythenshawe took the lead with a superb strike from the edge of the box by Jimmy McCarthy.
And the the home side could have doubled the lead but for a fantastic save by the Oldham keeper from a Jake Williams header.
The second goal came in the second half before adding a third, courtesy of a penalty, expertly slotted away by Jason Walley.
The visitors mounted a strong challenge in the third period and managed to pull one back and had it not been for some wasted chances in the final third, there could have been a grandstand finish.
But the victory was well deserved, and Wythenshawe must surely be looking forward to the new season.
Wythenshawe Town begin their preparations for the new season with a tough friendly against Oldham Athletic’s youth team on Saturday (July 4).
Town made history last season by winning every competitive game, securing promotion to Cheshire League Division 1 and winning four cups, earning the title the Wythenshawe Invincibles.
But their first friendly before the new season kicks off will be a difficult test for the team which will giving a run-out to new signings to take on Tony Philliskirk’s young Latics.
The game will kick-off at 1pm, and the admission for the game will be £2 for adults, £1 for concessions and free for U16’s.
Wythenshawe Town have finished their season in style having won every game in all competitions to win regional and national plaudits in the Manchester Evening News and the Daily Mirror, and earn the title of “Wythenshawe Invincibles.”
And it was that man, Ben Brooks who was the star of the show again today, scoring five goals in Sheareresque fashion in a 7-1 demolition of Moore United.
Wythenshawe is not only Cheshire League Division 2 champions and the winner of three cups, they are also top of the league table of none league clubs thanks to their incredible record.
The club has won the Manchester FA Amateur Cup, the JA Walton Challenge Cup and the Altrincham FA Senior Cup and are already planning the next stage of their strategy to become Wythenshawe’s first ever semi-professional club.
It was Remmi Williams who opened the scoring today and it looked as though it might be a close affair as the Warrington-based opponents equalised from the spot. But the rout began with Brook’s first goal of the day followed by a penalty just before half time, put away by Jason Walley.
And in the second half it was the Ben Brooks show.The Wythenshawe wizard scored another four, bringing his total for the day to five and and his tally for the season up to an amazing 51 – just two short of Lionel Messi.
Players and manager Lee McGregor will no doubt be partying tonight and will enjoy a well-earned rest before they plan for their campaign in Cheshire League 1 with a number of pre- season friendlies in the summer.
Irlam Reserves 0-4 Wythenshawe Town
Wythenshawe Town are Cheshire League Division 2 champions after yet another convincing win away to tough opposition.
Congratulations to @Wtfcopenage on their championship win. Nobody can argue with a 100% record!
— Altrincham Fc Res (@FcAltrincham) April 15, 2015
The home side managed to hold out well for an hour but finally yielded to a determined Wythenshawe side who fired in four goals to add add to their impressive tally this season.
Goals from Ash Woodhead and Ben Brooks secured the points and the title for visitors who will be celebrating in front of their fans when they meet Woodford at Ericstan Park at the weekend.
And the season is far from over for Town who are is still in contention in three cups.
Both Wythenshawe teams are in action this weekend each hoping to go into their final games of the season with a flourish.
Having secured promotion to Cheshire League 1 by beating Mersey Valley on Monday 5-0, Wythenshawe Town will not be taking their foot off the gas as they attempt to put one hand on the championship trophy with a victory over Irlam Reserves.
And if they win that game, victory against Woodford FC on April 18 will see the team lift the trophy with the prospect of more silverware by virtue of a cup final on May 4th.
Wythenshawe Amateurs meanwhile, will also look to finish their season well, as they currently sit fifth place in the Manchester Football League Premier Division..
Ammies’ season has been patchy, but with games in hand over all but one of the teams above them, they will be hoping to improve their league position. They meet Stockport Gregorians, currently sitting in second place and victory will be a welcome boost to their confidence.