WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Mark Aizlewood

MARK Aizlewood returned to Richmond Park for a third time in January 2011 to take over as manager of the Old Gold following the dismissal of Tomi Morgan.

He first joined the coaching staff in 2003/4 as assistant to Andrew York, leaving to become assistant manager of Chester City, but later returning as assistant to Deryn Brace, before departing again in September 2009 to pursue his business interests.

Aizlewood joined his home-town club, Newport County in 1975 as a defender, before joining Luton Town. He moved on to Charlton Athletic in 1982 and won his first Welsh cap four years later, making 39 appearances in all.

He also played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth Town and Cwmbran Town before hanging-up his boots in 2002 after making 499 Football League appearances and 81 (+18) in the domestic league.

Aizlewood is supported by player-coach Neil Smothers, a successful player with the club who made made 116 appearances between 2004 and 2010 before leaving to spend a year coaching and playing in Australia.

He also has previous Welsh Premier experience with UWIC Inter Cardiff, Cwmbran Town and Port Talbot, where he clocked-up another 99 starts and played for Newport County and Cefn Forest. After his spell down under, Smothers played for Bridgend Town in the Welsh League before answering the call from Carmarthen.