Cornwell is new boss at Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 18:25 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

New boss Steve Cornwell (left) with Stuart Biddle

New boss Steve Cornwell (left) with Stuart Biddle

KNEBWORTH FC have appointed former Harpenden Town and Ampthill Town manager Steve Cornwell as first team boss. The move quashes the rumour that Hatfield Town assistant Andy Prutton was set to take over at Watton Road, and marks the first step in securing

KNEBWORTH FC have appointed former Harpenden Town and Ampthill Town manager Steve Cornwell as first team boss.

The move quashes the rumour that Hatfield Town assistant Andy Prutton was set to take over at Watton Road, and marks the first step in securing some stability at the village club.

Following a poor second season in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division, the committee and first team manager Tony Lamacraft decided to resign, leaving the club in a precarious position.

However, former Knebworth player Stuart Biddle has since stepped forward and vowed to rebuild the club.

He said: "We're essentially starting from scratch.

"Knebworth is still held in high regard in local footballing circles and after all the hard work which got the club back to the top tier of the County League, I couldn't see the club disappear again.

"Fortunately, I wasn't the only one that felt this way and people have been generous with their support."

Biddle, who is acting K's chairman, moved swiftly to secure the services of 29-year-old Cornwell, following his departure from Harpenden in March.

He added: "I have known Steve for a few years now and he's an excellent coach and likes his team to play football in the right way, so he is perfect for Knebworth."

Cornwell's experience of managing in the South Midlands League, and as a player himself with Bishop's Stortford, should stand the K's in good stead.

A wealth of football knowledge will also be on hand in the shape of Cornwell's father Frank, an ex-pro with Birmingham City and former manager of Stevenage Borough and Knebworth, plus the addition of Tony Kavanagh to the coaching team.

And the season can't come soon enough for the new K's manager.

He said: "I just want to get going now. There's been a lot going on behind the scenes and now I can't wait for that first training session, and the start of the season."

More good news came for the village club in the shape of AD Bly Construction, who have confirmed their renewed support as principal sponsors.

"We're delighted to be able to help our local club," said AD Bly chairman Tony Bly.

"The football club is an important part of the community and one which we are happy to support."

Anyone interested in joining Knebworth FC in any capacity, playing and non-playing, should visit www.knebworthfc.co.uk for details.

Pre-season training starts on Tuesday, July 1 at Knebworth Recreation Ground from 7pm, and continues every Tuesday and Thursday.

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