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Berkshire’s longest serving non league managers

All the counties senior men's team managers in order of time in charge

Berkshire’s longest serving non league managers
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A number of managers at senior men’s clubs across Berkshire have recently hit significant milestones, whether its Ian Herring’s 100th game in charge of Hungerford Town or Neil Baker and Jon Underwood reaching the 500 game milestone with Slough Town.

Then of course there is the continuing successful tenures of Danny Robinson at Thatcham Town and Roger Herridge at Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division side Binfield.

Not to mention some of the counties newest managers like Mark Cooper at Windsor and Mark Tallentire at Bracknell Town, albeit his third spell in charge at the club.

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. Take it away!

1. Slough Town – Neil Baker and Jon Underwood

Slough Town managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. Photo: Windsor Observer.
Slough Town managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. Photo: Windsor Observer.

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. Binfield – Roger Herridge

Roger Herridge. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Roger Herridge. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Roger took over from long serving Binfield boss Mark Tallentire on Saturday 20th Sept 2014 after initially joining the club as assistant manager after a successful spell with Wokingham & Emmbrook.

3. Maidenhead United – Alan Devonshire

Alan Devonshire. Photo: @DarrenWoolley2
Alan Devonshire. Photo: @DarrenWoolley2

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.

4. Thatcham Town – Danny Robinson

Danny Robinson. Photo: Neil Graham.
Danny Robinson. Photo: Neil Graham.

Robinson was appointed as sole-boss in August 2016 having initially been appointed as co-manager with Gareth Thomas. The move was pretty successful, during his tenure the Kingfishers have won the FA Vase and the Hellenic League Premier Division.

5. Hungerford Town – Ian Herring

Ian Herring. Photo: Philip J.A Benton/philipbenton.com

Celebrated his 100th match in charge of the National League South Crusaders on Saturday 26th October. Was put in sole charge of Hungerford on 17th February 2018.

6. Wokingham & Emmbrook – Dan Bateman

Dan Bateman. Photo: Neil Graham.
Dan Bateman. Photo: Neil Graham.

Dan began his second spell in charge of the Sumas in May 2017 having previously managed the club for three seasons.

7. Sandhurst Town – Michael Herbert

Sandhurst Town manager Michael Herbert. Photo: Andy Ormerod.
Sandhurst Town manager Michael Herbert. Photo: Andy Ormerod.

Appointed Fizzers boss in May 2018. Herbert had lead Woodley United in to the Hellenic League Premier at the end of the 2016/17 season. Previously managed Mortimer in 2014 and prior to that Tilehurst Albion in the Thames Valley Church League.

8. Ascot United – Jamie Tompkins

Jamie Tompkins. Photo: Neil Graham.
Jamie Tompkins. Photo: Neil Graham.

Previously the clubs under 23 development manager, Tompkins was appointed Yellamen first team boss in June 2018. He is now in his second season with the Combined Counties League side.

9. Woodley United – Jon Laugharne

Jon Laugharne. Photo: Neil Graham.
Jon Laugharne. Photo: Neil Graham.

The former Finchampstead boss was appointed at Woodley United in June 2018 and is now in his second season in charge alongside assistant Darren Purbrick.

10. Holyport – Derek Sweetman

Derek Sweetman. Photo: Neil Graham.
Derek Sweetman. Photo: Neil Graham.

On his second spell in charge at Summerleaze, Sweetman was appointed just before the season started in August 2018 but quickly fashioned an impressive Holyport side that eventually finished fourth in the Hellenic League Division One East.

11. Reading City – Simon Johnson

Reading City manager Simon Johnson. Photo: Neil Graham.
Reading City manager Simon Johnson. Photo: Neil Graham.

Johnson took over at The Rivermoor from Rob Creech on Wednesday 31st October 2018. He successfully steered the Citizens away from relegation in his first season as boss.

12. Eversley & California – Matthew Angell

Matt Angell. Photo: Richard Milam.

Re-joined the Boars in December 2018 he successfully steered the Boars away from the drop in the Combined Counties League Division One.

13. Chalvey Sports – Matty Young

Matty Young. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

One of the new bosses on the block, Young was appointed on the 1st June 2019 to the Hellenic League Division One East Stabmonks.

14. Windsor – Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper. Photo: Paul Smithson.

Previously club captain at Stag Meadow, Mark Cooper was appointed at the Royalists in early September 2019, filling the shoes of long serving boss Mick Woodham.

15. AFC Aldermaston – Dave Tuttle

Dave Tuttle.

Appointed to the Hellenic League Division One East Atom Men on 21st October 2019. Previously managed Millwall, Bracknell Town, Burnham and Henley Town.

16. Bracknell Town – Mark Tallentire

Bracknell Town FC manager Mark Tallentire. Photo: Richard Claypole.
Bracknell Town FC manager Mark Tallentire. Photo: Richard Claypole.

Bracknell re-appointed Mark Tallentire for his third spell in October 2019 along with head coach Aaron Steadman. ‘Tally’ has been successful in both previous spells in charge of the Robins with the highlight arguably an FA Cup First Round Proper appearance in 2000/01.

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Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of Football in Berkshire. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Reach PLC. Former manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.

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