The big list of Berkshire’s longest serving managers has been updated, and while there have been a number of changes in the list, the overall number one is the same as it was this time last year.
There are a number of bosses with solid tenures under their belts but we also saw a couple of big changes as Roger Herridge departed Binfield after six years and Danny Robinson swapped Thatcham Town for Hungerford Town after a silverware laden spell in charge.
The list below looks at full dates of appointment where available, and where they were initially in joint manager roles, looks for the moment they became sole boss. For the purposes of this list we’ve looked at step 1 down to step 6 of the English Football Pyramid. Number in brackets shows the position when we published the list last in 2019. Take it away!
1. Slough Town – Neil Baker and Jon Underwood (-)
Now in their 7th season in charge of Slough Town, having been appointed on Tuesday 28th May 2013, Neil Baker and Jon Underwood have overseen the Rebels rise from step 4 to step 2. Listen to Bakes and Unders discuss their playing careers. It’s not often when a chairman says he hope the managers will bring back the glory days, that they are quite so emphatically right. The pair have now been in management together for 500 matches.
2. Maidenhead United – Alan Devonshire (3)
Dev’s second spell in charge of Maidenhead United began in May 2015 and it’s been a pretty successful ride so far with a Vanarama National League South Championship and more than three seasons at the top table of the non league pyramid. Listen to Steve Jinman chat about Dev’s first spell in charge.
6. Reading City – Simon Johnson (11)
7. Eversley & California – Matthew Angell (12)
Re-joined the Boars in December 2018 he successfully steered the Boars away from the drop in the Combined Counties League Division One.
8. Chalvey Sports – Matty Young (13)
One of the new bosses on the block, Young was appointed on the 1st June 2019 to the Hellenic League Division One East Stabmonks.
9. Windsor – Mark Cooper (14)
10. AFC Aldermaston – Dave Tuttle (15)
Appointed to the Hellenic League Division One East Atom Men on 21st October 2019. Previously managed Millwall, Bracknell Town, Burnham and Henley Town.
11. Woodley United – Jamie Williams (New Entry)
Woodley United promoted their reserve team manager Jamie Williams to the top-job in November 2019 after Jon Laugharne’s departure. Williams brought with him an all-female coaching staff that included then Reading FC Women goalkeeper Rachael Laws. PODCAST
12. Bracknell Town – Bobby Wilkinson (New Entry)
The ex-Wealdstone and Hungerford Town boss took charge at Larges Lane in December 2019 when he replaced Mark Tallentire. Wilkinson had been in charge for much of Hungerford’s meteoric rise from the Hellenic League to the Vanarama National League South. PODCAST
13. Binfield – Carl Withers & Jamie McClurg (New Entry)
The duo took over from long-serving and popular boss Roger Herridge in April 2020. Herridge had the club himself since 2014. Both managers have extensive experience playing locally with Withers making over 500 appearances for Binfield. McClurg remains a player/manager in the partnership. PODCAST
14. Hungerford Town – Danny Robinson (New Entry)
Robinson joined the Crusaders in May 2020 from neighbours Thatcham Town, stepping up two levels to manager in the National League for the first time.
16. Sandhurst Town – Ian Selley & Ryan Northmore (New Entry)
Former Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley and Northmore, a former Torquay United and Yeovil Town player, were appointed in September 2020, succeeding Ben Nwachukwu at Bottom Meadow.