Manager Andy Peaks has announced Paul Lamb as his new assistant manager at the club with immediate effect.

Paul Lamb started his playing career at Northampton Town making his football league debut at the age of 17 in the 1991/92 season. His career in non-league football saw him make over 200 appearances for Conference South outfit Wealdstone spending six seasons there as a player from 1997. After moving to Borehamwood from ‘The Stones’, he subsequently played for Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury United, Brackley Town, Banbury United and Bedworth United before taking up the position of player coach at Daventry Town who had newly appointed his old playing colleague Ady Fuller from Banbury United.

This progression into coaching was no surprise to many as Lamb had gained his first FA coaching badge at the age of 18 whilst still being a player at the Cobblers. In his first season in the UCL he went on to help Daventry clinch the UCL title. The following season Lamb was promoted to player assistant manager and another successful campaign saw the pair guide Daventry to the play-off final where they were narrowly beaten by Hitchin Town stopping them gaining back to back promotions. Lamb, however, paid a heavy price for the play-off run as it was in the semi-final where he suffered a reoccurring back injury meaning that this was to be his last playing appearance.

The following season in 2011 Fuller and Lamb moved to the Southern Premier League to take up the reins at Banbury United and here they reached the Southern League Cup final for the first time in the club’s history.

At the start of this campaign Lamb teamed up with Cogenhoe United manager Andy Marks and he has helped guide the ‘Cooks’ to their best league position in the UCL since 2006/07, also reaching the Hillier Cup final.  

Paul told www.afcdiamonds.com “ I’m really looking forward to the challenge and the potential that the club has to progress was one of the deciding factors in my decision to join and become a member of Andy’s staff. Myself and Andy go back some years, firstly when we were at the Cobblers and subsequently when we played together at Wealdstone and after meeting with Andy I was very impressed with his plans and the direction he wants to take the club. The hard work now begins and I can’t wait for the season to get underway.”   

Peaks is delighted that Lamb has chosen to join the club “I have known Paul for a number of years since our days at Northampton and we played together at Wealdstone, I have been really impressed with his training methods over the years, working individually with players and also collectively with the whole team. His record speaks for itself and he has the experience of promotion from this level of football. I am really looking forward working closely with Paul and can’t wait for the season to start”

 

 
 
 

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