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Mark Bower - Thackley's star 'Mr Fix It' - leaves club
After playing a starring role in Thackley’s biggest pre-season friendly and being a key part of the discussions that landed the Dennyboys the game, veteran keeper Mark Bower has left the club.
The highlight of the pre-season at Dennyfield was the visit of League One outfit Notts County on the final Monday of last month.
The Magpies, England’s oldest professional football club, agreed to the game, despite it being just four days before they kicked off the new Football League season with a televised game against Sheffield United on the Friday.
Thackley secretary Mick Lodge said: “Mark was skipper for the day because he did so much to get us the game. He is a good mate of Chris Kiwomya - they were at Bradford Boys together way back when.
“They both went to Nottingham Forest and played under Brian Clough but I think Mark’s and Chris’ careers headed in different directions then.”
Bower was on fine form in the early stages of the friendly and prevented his old mate’s side from taking an early lead.
The Dennyboys have signed young keepers Ivan Willis and Stuart Morrison, both former products of the Bradford City youth team, ahead of the new campaign, which would have given Bower too much competition for the No 1 jersey.
Lodge added: “Mark asked for a transfer and has signed for Yorkshire Amateur. He was told by Lee (Clapham) and Dave (Morgan) that he would get games for us during the season but Mark said he wanted first-team football, and good luck to him.
“We will all miss him around the place. He is a great lad and very popular but being the age he is he just wants to play as much as he can, and he goes with our blessing.”
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