Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019

By David Simpson

Citizens appoint

Club Statement

Welwyn Garden City FC are very pleased to announce that Nick Ironton is to return to management to become their new manager.

Ironton returns after a four-year break to take the reins at Herns Lane, in succession to Dean Barker, who left for Kings Langley a fortnight ago.

Ironton managed Arlesey Town in two spells, winning three successive Isthmian League promotions and taking the Beds side to the first round of the FA Cup and quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.

He also developed the careers of Dave Kitson, Craig Mackail-Smith and Jack Midson at the Bedfordshire club, before they all went into the professional game.

Ironton spent two seasons at Ware, saving the East Herts club from near certain relegation and has also managed Conference South club, Hemel Hempstead.

England semi-professional international midfielder Ironton, who lives in Welwyn GC, had a glittering playing career winning two Conference titles and an FA Trophy with Enfield and a third Conference crown with Barnet, having begun as a professional at QPR.

Says Welwyn GC Football Secretary Phil Ravitz: “We had a very high calibre of candidates interested in the post, but Nick stood out. He’s a local man, who knows and understands our club and its potential. He has a vision for WGC FC and we as a club will do everything we can to see that vision realised.’’

Ironton will announce his backroom staff in due course.

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