Former Boro ace Ellender earns coaching role at Bottesford Town

Former Scarborough FC defender Paul Ellender, 45, has been promoted to a player-coach role for NCEL Premier Division club Bottesford Town.

By Andy Bloomfield
Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 1:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 1:36 pm
Paul Ellender in action for Boston United at Scarborough in 2002
Paul Ellender in action for Boston United at Scarborough in 2002

Bottesford have looked inwardly to announce the appointment of Ellender, as player-coach, and Jimmy McNeil, as manager, of their first team squad.

The former came through the Scunthorpe United YTS route, and completed a year's pro contract before being released, along with McNeil, following a change in management.

Ellender's football saw him move to Gainsborough Trinity followed by spells at Altrincham and Scarborough FC before moving on to Boston United where he captained them on to the Conference league title and promotion to the Football League in 2001/02. This was followed by spells at Chester City, Alfreton Town, Retford United and North Ferriby.

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The defender played 59 games between 1999 and 2001 for Boro, scoring six goals, before moving to Boston for £80,000.

A statement released by Bottesford Town said: "Both have worked together at Bottesford in managing and coaching successful youth football teams for a number of years.

"And, as a result of both their enthusiasm and others within the club, an application has been made to the Lincolnshire Football League to enter a Development Squad into their Competition next season to both provide an outlet for youth football whilst closing the gap between youth and first team football within the club.

"In making this decision, the club's committee had decided that a 'fresh approach' would be required if they were to achieve one of their Development Plan initiatives of developing players in-house for their first team."