Ramsbottom United boss eyeing up promotion on final day

Ramsbottom United management duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson hope to repay chairman Harry Williams’ faith by taking the club into the Evo-Stik League for the first time in their 46-year history tomorrow.

Morley and Johnson were surprise appointments as joint managers three years ago, when the pair were aged 25 and 27 respectively, but they will guide Rammy to the North West Counties Premier Division title if they win at home to seventh-placed Winsford United.

The race for the only promotion place has gone to the last day of the season, with Runcorn Town just one point behind them after a midweek win at Barnoldswick.

Morley knows that Ramsbottom’s fate is in their own hands and says promotion to Evo-Stik League First Division North would be a fitting reward for Williams, who founded the Rams in 1966. The club’s home, the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, is named after him.

“We were laughed at when we were appointed because people said we didn’t have enough experience,” Morley said.

“But we’ve been here for three seasons now and in 46 years the club has never been in that league.

“To be the first people to get them promoted to that league, we would be overwhelmed.

“It was Harry really who backed us, the committee weren’t too keen on it – I was 25 and Anthony was 27 – so promotion would repay him.

“Harry’s 68 now, he’s been involved in football 40 years and has never seen us play in that league.”

Runcorn host AFC Blackpool but Morley says Rammy must try to concentrate on their own match.

“With Twitter now people are on their phones and they do tell you that Runcorn are winning 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, and you think ‘Oh God’,” he said. “I’m sure people will be telling us their score. But we’ve just got to keep doing what we have been doing over the last 12 or 13 games and just get the three points. In our last 12 games we have only conceded three goals.

“It will either be a great day or a really bad day. I’m excited, I don’t think there will be many nerves.

“We’re expecting a bigger crowd, we’ve averaged about 200 this season but maybe there might be 400 for this game, or even more.

“At the moment some people in Ramsbottom don’t know the club exists, but if we do go up it would bring a lot of good publicity for the club.”

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