10/05/20 Update from Phil
I would just like to say that I hope all of you are staying healthy and safe and we look fort to seeing all sooner rather than later. Just wanted to give a bit more information in regards to the club and what we have done in recent days.
I’m delighted to say we have made three very important signings off the field to finalise the senior set up.
Firstly Steve Snelling has come in as the physio. Steve has superb experience and is local and a very big coup for the club.
Secondly we have been able to bring in Ben Chappels as the club’s goalkeeper coach. Ben’s previous experience had him laying at Horsham YMCA at various levels
Finally I’d like to welcome Mo Sher to the club as our new assistant coach for the first team. Mo has good experience and is looking to develop his coaching skills .
I would like to welcome these three personalities to the club.
We hopefully will have an update with our youth set up in the next week or so.
05/05/20: Introducing Phil Ruggles (Ruggs) and his team
As a player I was fortunate enough to play at first team level for Woking, Basingstoke Town, Leatherhead, Molesey, and Walton and Hersham. Before heading over to New Zealand for two years as a player. This is where I found myself managing and coaching for the first time and where my passion came to pass my know how on.
For my first managerial role in the UK I spent over two years at Knaphill gaining promotion to the Combined Counties Premier League. I then had a successful spell at Eversley where they just missed out on promotion for two seasons whilst I took the club to two cup finals. After this I planned to take a break but I was asked to go in and help a mate run Bagshot FC where we managed to helping to guide them from bottom place to mid-table safety.
Now I am excited taking on the role of first team manager at Godalming Town. A club, that in my opinion, is an old school traditional football club where I shall try to get them moving in the right direction again and bring a bit of stability back into the fold.
I have brought in with me Tony Roberts who will be my assistant manager/coach, and who I worked with successfully at Bagshot FC and someone who I trust and I know the lads will like. Steve Peterkin is the other assistant manager, he is no stranger to the club having been here from an previous set up. We also plan to bring a goalkeeper coach and hopefully a physio into the club during the off season. Finally I’m very happy to say that Kevin Barker the club’s kitman has agreed to stay on at Godalming Town.
We are very proud to be at the club and we will try our best to bring the passion back into the club. We want to bring the fans back in to the Bill Kyte Stadium and we hope to see you down here next season – whenever that may be.
For now though stay safe.