Despite the wintry weather, November was a busy month for Salvation Army, especially off the field.
With current First Team Manager, Danny Reynolds having a break from his duties in the new year due to family commitments, his current assistant, Sam Dickie has stepped up to the plate and will become Army’s ninth permanent manager.
Dickie has impressed the management of the club while taking over from Reynolds while on a recent holiday and a look at Dickie’s footballing credentials show a pedigree on the pitch which will hopefully be evident in a managerial role.
A former county representative at youth level, Dickie eventually progressed into the ranks at Stowmarket Town but he has also had a long affiliation with the Army making his debut back in September 1992.
After more than 250 appearances and 70 goals for the club, Dickie will take over in January 2011.
Dickie will inherit a team that has shown strong improvements in recent weeks, with two league victories against Parkside part of a four-match unbeaten run.
The only disappointing news for Army is that Jon Doughty, who had performed stoutly in the middle of defence since moving from left back, has now jetted off to Australia for an indefinite period.
Doughty was captain for the day in his last match and epitomised his playing style when he smashed in a left-footed free kick with tremendous power low and hard into the Parkside net to give the Army the lead in a game where they eventually ran out 2-1 winners.
Weather permitting, the Army have two more games scheduled for 2010 and one in January before Dickie takes control of matters and they will be looking to continue their recent good form into 2011.
For more information on the club, please visit www.salvationarmyfc.co.uk