Promotion Confirmed


Carlton Towns Beer Festival continued into a second day but the highlight of a warm but cloudy afternoon at Stoke Lane was the return of so many Carlton Town legends for the reunion event 10 years on from Carltons historic promotion to The Northern Premier League.

Former coaches Brian Franks, Dave Nairn, Gary Stones and Daryl Claypole were joined by former Physcios Martin Jephson, Stuart Scott and current physio Trevor Wells who had also helped the club out during Tommys time at the club and Pete Bignall who used to run security on matchdays.

President Roger Smith and Chairman Mick Garton were delighted to see a whole host of former club legends including Johhny Brookbanks, Mark Dickinson, Phil Bignall, Simon Newell, Paolo Piliero, Daryl Thomas, Grant Brindley, Martin Ball, Ian Barker, Dean Gent, Dominic Thomas, Ian White of course who is still involved with the club, former captain Steve Garrett who was on fine form and the Carlton Town Legendary Ladies Tina Brookbanks, Debbie Nairn and Pam Jephson.

Tina and Deb famously ran the bars and catering while Pam looked after hospitality, it was always then and remains now a team effort at Carlton Town.

The one fresh face that stood out was Daniel Fletcher, still doing his stuff at left back ten years on.

Daryl Claypole hosted a Q & A with Tommy Brookbanks and there were speeches from Mick Garton and Roger Smith, before Daryl played back the Project 2005 video, famously shown to a Clubhouse audience 12 years ago when £20,000 was raised in one evening at the ground.

Garton and Smith both re visited some fantastic memories before photo sessions with club photographer Lou Lardi, Daryl Thomas was giving Tommy some stick for not winning the senior cup pointing out that Les and Wayne had achieved that, Brookbanks was not short on answers as the banter flyed at a pace.

Claypole proposed the club should start a "Hall of Fame", an idea warmly received by Garton and Smith and a vote was taken to see who would feature in that if the idea was followed through.

Garton and Smith both accepted Tommy Brookbanks was undoubtedly a choice but the vote among the Players, supporters and commitee who were present presented a top six which included Steve Chaplin and David Jephson who were unable to make the event along with Ian White and Grant Brindley.

In 2nd place was legendary goal scorer Phil Bignall and the winner was Mark Dickinson who many believe is the clubs greatest ever player.

Tommy Brookbanks certainly believes that and there is no doubt that the goals from Bignall and Daryl Thomas were vital and the up and coming value of Dean Gent and Martin Ball who went on to provide fantastic service for the club were pivotal, coming through the clubs superb youth policy headed up by Daryl Claypole, Ian Spencer, Kev Randall and Reece Pemberton.

The club had 4 great goalkeepers during those years, Steve Brearley, David Wardle, another who came through the Academy set up and Ali Barcherni and Ian Barker who were both in attendance.

Millers Press officer Josh Hodgson was on hand to speak to legendary Captain Steve Garrett along with Phil Bignall, Mark Dickinson and Dave Nairn and those interviews will be released in the coming days.

The summer super draw was carried out by Roger Smith and Johnny Brookbanks (pictured) with prizes for Ken Brown, Phil Pearson, Pete Smith, Ian Guise and Brian Ross and the club will contact all of those whose numbers they have this week, £410 was raised towards clearing the pitch mower loan, a big thank you to all those who took part in support of the club. 

Claypole had highlighted the fact the club should embrace its history and the fact so many of those players turned up showed the respect and esteem they still held the club in.

A bus was boarded into town with Millers songs in full swing on that bus, one of two of the older players had arranged to meet some Clifton All Whites legends, themselves having a reunion, a long night was ahead, what a fantastic day indeed and one that will long live in the memory!

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