Promotion Confirmed


Former Carlton Town manager Tommy Brookbanks who announced recently he was in talks with the club about having a reunion event 10 years on from Carltons promotion to the Northern Premiere League can comfirm that the event will be held on Saturday 24th June from 1pm at the ground.

Brookbanks met with Millers Chairman Mick Garton and Press Officer Josh Hodgson to discuss the event last week and they were joined by many important figures from Brookbanks 14 years at the club.

Martin and Pam Jephson, former skipper Martin Ball along with Grant Brindley, former Burton Albion star Terry Henshaw (pictured) and former coach Gary Stones were all in attendance to start the planning for the celebration.

Further details will be announced in due course but it was agreed the celebration would not only be about the team that played in the promotion year, but also about the players, coaches and back room staff that represented the club in that 14 year period. 

Carlton gained promotion from the Central Midlands premier Division in 1997/1998 before winning the Supreme Division title in 2002/2003.

In 2005/2006, Carlton won Northern Counties East Division 1 and followed that up with a back to back promotion by going up again from the Northern Counties Premier Division in 2006/2007 with a 3rd place finish with an away win at Garforth in a winner takes all game.

After gaining that promotion and totally redeveloping their ground with money donated and raised by themselves, without any grants, Carlton got to the Playoffs in 2008/2009 but famously lost to Stocksbridge Park Steels 5-2 courtesy of a certain young Jamie Vardy.

Brookbanks left at the end of the following season in 2010 for Hucknall Town and is now manager of Coalville Town whom he led to promotion last season.

Equally important at that time was the contribution of a fantastic youth section headed up by Daryl Claypole and Ian Spencer with the help of the excellent Reece Pemberton, Stuart Scott and Kevin Randall along with their back up staff who led the club to Reserve and Academy Championship success to supplement what was happening at first team level. 

They also brought through numerous youngsters, which to a club like Carlton with limited finances was vital to the success of Brookbanks first team. 

There was also the famous win in the Harlem Cup in Holland by the clubs youngsters which was another outstanding achievement against some top international opposition.

Everyone at the meeting agreed that the event should be about everyone involved in that Golden Era for the club and contact will be made with as many people as possible.

Tommys back room staff also played a vital role and the likes of Brian Franks Dave Nairn, Gary Stones and Soggy were also hugely successful in the roles they played at the club along with Ian White after he joined the coaching staff after his fantastic non league career.

The players and club officials involved are to numerous to mention but Brookbanks was at pains to point out, it will be about the whole period and about everyone including many that are still in key committee positions at the club.

Martin Jephson will be speaking to Millers Radio in due course about that period and the plans, a period that of course himself, Pam and son David were very much vital parts of.

Sadly Bill Stokeld and Chuck Fowler have passed on but are both remembered with the ground named after Bill and the board room after Chuck, with their ashes both buried in the goalmouth near the MSR Newsgroup stand. 

Its a shame both will not be able to share in the day but both will be in peoples thoughts, of that one can be sure!


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