Great to be back says coach Mark

MARK Booth is returning to Brighouse Town to assist as a coach with the new management team of Mick Couzens and Barry Thomas.

Booth is an ex-Town player who also played for the sucessful Brighouse Sunday League side, The Star in the 1990s.

A persistent knee injury forced early retirement and he took over Halifax Sunday League basement club Brandy Wine at Luddenden Foot, who he guided to a league and cup double.

His second season earned the team a semi-final defeat in the West Riding County FA Trophy and a sucessful defence of the League Cup.

After moving to Brighouse he managed Town’s reserve side assisted by Darren Laycock and the trophies continued with the Reserve Cup and the County Trophy won in the first season.

In his the second season they finished second in the league, and the third season took the league and cup double with the youngest team in the league.

Booth had charge of the Reserves in the West Riding CAL Premier Division, where a narrow defeat to Ovenden in the Halifax FA Cup final and survival in the league proved to be the highlights.

Ossett Town in the UniBond Pemier and later named Evostick Premier Division then provided the next challenge as first team coach.

With his wife Rachel expecting their second child he moved closer to home, coaching Bradford Park Avenue and working with Mick Couzens and Barry Thomas.

Booth said: “The last two years at Ossett and Park Avenue have been a massive learning curve for me but everybody knows my heart was always at Brighouse Town, so to return with Mick and Barry is great.

“ We have worked together well over the last couple of years and aim to have great success with Town over the coming seasons.”