Birtley Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Paul Bryson and Paul Foster will continue in their roles as joint managers for the 2023/24 season.

The Hoops went through a lot of changes both on and off the field during the close season with Bryson and Foster taking over management duties from Paul Beat who moved into the Chairman position. Beat replaced Richie Barrett as Chairman in a whirlwind summer for Birtley who are still challenging for a play-off position. The Hoops will be looking to finish the season on a high. Birtley have already registered their highest attendance of all time with over 500 spectators attending the local derby against Chester-le-Street Town. On the field, we are on course for our highest ever points total and position within the Northern League.

Brysa celebrates our 4th goal in a convincing win over Bedlington.

Chairman Paul Beat was delighted that the club can continue to move forward. “This last 12 months has seen a lot of change for the club, both on and off the field. It’s been a positive change and on field in particular, I’ve been absolutely over the moon with the job Foss and Brysa have done. I’ve known both of them for more than 20 years, and think so highly of them, they’ve got the clubs best interests short and long term at heart, and for anyone young or old in the club, to work with them can only improve us all together. Proper football men, and a pleasure to be around.”

“Not just them, but the wider management team including Robyn, Reece and John. They’ve been brilliant in and around the club as well, really buying into what we want to achieve, and the standards we want to continue to keep and improve upon. To be able to confirm that the whole management team are staying on next season, we really hope will show we plan to move forward and progress together and we believe stability will support us all achieving our goals.”

Paul Bryson was delighted that the current team will be in position for the 23/24 season allowing them an early opportunity to start their planning for the future. “I am really looking forward to building on what we have created this year. I am pleased the committee have recognised what we have tried to achieve. We have laid some solid foundations on the pitch and the club have also done that off the field, that is hugely important a big reason why we as a management team want to stay. It’s up to us to see where we are at the end of the season and assess things to see how we progress again. We can’t afford to stand still, we want to keep moving and that’s one of the reasons we have thankfully been given the chance to stay for at least another season. We can then see where it takes us. We have created a couple of good records this season already, we have had a record attendance and on the field we have achieved the most number of points. We are hopeful of finishing in the highest position within Northern League Division Two in the clubs history. There are still nine games to go and we are progressing well, we need to keep on achieving.”

Foss offering some words of advice to Conor Grant in our FA Vase tie against Newton Aycliffe. 432 fans attended the game to set a record attendance.

Paul Foster is also delighted to have stability heading towards the crucial end of the season: “All of us as a management team have committed to next season and hopefully that gives the club a bit of stability. I’m personally over the moon that Paul, Robin, Reece and John have agreed to continue in their roles which means we can hopefully progress the club that little bit further than what we have already. I know that with the experience and the winning mentality we all bring can hopefully rub off on the players who I think have enjoyed the season up to now. The committee can see the progress on the field, we want to match their efforts off the field and hopefully if not this season then certainly next we can get the club where it wants to be. When you have everyone pulling in the same direction it really helps. The players want for nothing on a training day or match day as we have a team of volunteers who work tirelessly every day to make the environment as good as what it is. That shows it is certainly a club heading in the right direction.”