Avery and Walker to Coach Reserves - Sticker legends to help develop future Burngullow Park stars
By Gareth Davies
14th April 2021
Sticker legend Andrew Avery has stepped down from his first team role to help nurture the next crop of youngsters through the Burngullow Park ranks, the Voice can exclusively reveal.
Along with stalwart defender Jack Walker, Avery, who led Sticker to their magnificent promotion into the National League System back in 2017, will assist Sticker reserves chief Martin Smith, starting with Saturday’s St Piran Cup game at home to Lanreath.
First team duties will be left to current Sticker boss Steve Flack, alongside head coach Paul Cox, who joined the club last summer. During what was played of the now aborted Peninsula League campaign, Sticker had once again shown signs of improvement although just this week, they have lost the services of striker Sonny Dover to Bodmin Town.
“If I was to stay in the first team next season, then I would be starting at the age of 41,” Avery began. “I have decided to take another opportunity and it is a great opportunity for me, to give some stability to our second team.
“They were in the Duchy League for many years, but we have managed to get them up the leagues due to the restructuring that has taken place over the past couple of years. We now have both our teams playing in the top two divisions in the county and because we are never going to have the budget that the big boys have, we need to produce our own players to feed the first team.
“The second team is full of youngsters and the average age is something like 18 and when Roy (Boardman) stepped down, Martin Smith stepped up and was assisted by Jack Boardman, Roy’s eldest son. Roy has now joined Foxhole, along with his lads so Martin came to Jack Walker and I and asked if we fancied stepping down from the firsts and becoming his coaches.
“I will still be able to play, whilst becoming an older voice in the second team that can provide that link to the first team. Obviously I worked with Steve for two years and found him after going to find a manager to replace myself.
“Steve was keen, a coach in the local area and close to Sticker Football Club. Last year we managed to bring in Paul Cox and get better results – five wins and a draw was a better return, the players were playing better football and the attitude of the players was much improved.
“I thought this was an appropriate time to step down and leave Steve and Paul to run that first team. We will help give youngsters an opportunity at first team level and the hope is also that if the first team lads are injured or need game time, by me being down with the second team, they will be willing to come and get minutes.”
Meanwhile, Smith added that he was ‘excited’ that both Avery and Walker had decided to help with the second team, whilst revealing his side can’t wait to start playing again, starting with the visit of Lanreath to Burngullow Park on Saturday.
“We had a friendly in preparation against Veryan on Monday in preparation for our St Piran Cup game at home to Lanreath on Saturday,” he revealed.
“We can’t wait to get started again as there have been lots of changes at Sticker. Firstly the new changing rooms have been finished, along with the bar refurbishment and we now have central heating. The committee have worked tirelessly to complete the works meaning the players and visiting players will have fantastic dressing rooms.
“Also, as you’re aware, after Roy’s (Boardman) departure last year, I took over the helm of the reserves and we started to get great results before lockdown.
“Then news came of Roy going to Foxhole this January – resulting in Jack Boarman, who had been assisting me, along with his brothers Tom and Harry, all going to Foxhole with their dad. That is a massive loss to our club and the reserve side.
“During lockdown, I have had lots of zoom meetings with Avers and Jack, resulting in them coming on board with me. It is massive for the youngsters in the reserve team to have those two as part of the management team, with their knowledge.
“I’m very excited about the future of the reserves for next season. Both Avers and Jack will be bringing the young players forward, as well as helping me.”