01 Jul 2019 in First Team
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner has moved swiftly to appoint a new club captain. The boss confirmed at the weekend that central defender Curtis Coppen will take over the role after Wayne Buchanan – the previous incumbent - decided to join North Shields and Conor Grant who was vice captain moved to Hebburn Town.
Skinner said: “We signed Curtis towards the back end of last season and he was brilliant. I have got a great relationship with him and when I mentioned the possibility that I would like to speak to him with the captaincy in mind, he was delighted and proud as punch. He didn’t take a second to make his mind up. He’s not vocal but leads by example and puts every ounce of energy into what he tries to do.”
He continued: “Curtis is related to Ashington’s former goalkeeper and chairman Ronnie Routledge so there’s also a bit of history there. Curtis has had multiple offers to leave us in the summer and go elsewhere but he was appreciative of the fact that we gave him an opportunity towards the end of the last campaign. The club is relatively close to where he lives so he was happy to commit and feels Ashington is right for him - and I think it’s a massive asset for the club to be fair.”
Meanwhile Coppen will lead the side out for the first time on Saturday (July 6) when the Colliers begin their series of warm up matches with an away trip to face Durham City at Willington’s ground (3pm) followed by a home friendly against local neighbours Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday (July 10).