LOCAL FOOTBALL: FC Parson Drove are back - and have PDFL success in their sights

01 September, 2017 - 11:35
FC Parson Drove, pictured in action here in 2013, are back in the Peterborough & District Football League.

FC Parson Drove, pictured in action here in 2013, are back in the Peterborough & District Football League.

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FC Parson Drove have re-formed - and have hit the ground running in the PDFL Division Two.

After a four year absence, Gary Haime has resurrected the seven-time Premier Division winners and the Main Road outfit have stormed to success in all three of their opening league matches – including a 7-0 hammering of FC Peterborough last weekend.

Matty Cawthorn struck four and Robbie Knight, Callum Brown and Jermaine Watson also added their names to the scoresheet on an afternoon in which Parson Drove truly announced themselves back onto the PDFL scene – and manager Haime couldn’t be happier to see the side close to his heart up-and-running again.

He said: “We’ve had previous history in the FA Cup and FA Vase and it’s these days that we work towards bringing back to the community.

“We really want to engage the community back into the club which was so well supported during the Alan Russell and Nick Markillie years.

“We have a new crest for a new era – the phoenix represents a phoenix from the ashes, which is quite apt given the revival of the club. The stars represent the seven PDFL Premier Division titles won by the club and the Latin – ‘nemo cogitare potest consequi’ – is again quite apt given the enormity of our project.”

Drove will now look to conquer their division before kick-starting reserve and Under 18 sides as part of a three-year plan.

“The project is more than just personal ambition for me within football,” Haime added.

“It brings back a club with nearly 100 years of history. I turned down the job four years ago when the club was still in the Premier Division. The club folded later that season and while that weighed heavy on my heart, I do not regret it.

“I have learned as a manager and I’m prepared for this project.

“Our sponsors have been incredibly generous and Emergency Assist have agreed to inject over £30,000 into the project over the next three years.

“We’d like to thank Parson Drove amenities for their support of this project and we shall repay the area back in spades for their support.”

Parson Drove host Ketton Reserves at Main Road tomorrow (2pm).

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