Passing down the line

Snaresbrook FC’s current team, including new manager Rob Caine (far left) and Captain Josh Woodcock (top row, third from left)Snaresbrook FC’s current team, including new manager Rob Caine (far left) and Captain Josh Woodcock (top row, third from left)

Millicent Brown introduces us to Snaresbrook FC's new manager Rob Caine, who has taken over from Paul Staniford. And, despite a youthful age of 26, he already has nearly two decades of experience at the club.

It is a far cry since the time he was kicking a football around on Nutter Field, but these days he's standing alongside some of those very same teammates as the manager leading Snaresbrook FC in one of Essex's top soccer leagues.

Rob Caine, 26, started out playing for Snaresbrook as an eight-year-old back in the 1998–99 season, but was forced to retire from playing early after sustaining a serious knee injury during an Essex County Cup final. However, despite this long-term injury, Rob didn't stop supporting the others, continuing to attend matches. And now his loyalty has paid off as this season he has been put in charge, having been appointed team manager of Snaresbrook FC, which is currently playing in the Essex Olympian Football League (EOFL).

But Rob has still got a long way to go until he has spent as much time at the club as his former manager, Paul 'Stan' Staniford, 58, who has been with Snaresbrook for over 41 years since beginning playing there as a 17-year-old. During his years with Snaresbrook, Stan took up various roles, being made secretary in 1988 and given his initial managerial job with the first team back in 1990. Throughout the years, he was also reserve team manager and youth team manager on various occasions.

And amazingly, Stan, who still sometimes runs the line at Snaresbrook matches, was even made the EOFL's linesman of the year in the season before last (2015–16).

But after so long in charge at Snaresbrook, Stan has decided it is time to reward Rob for his loyalty and pass the leadership to him. "I have been Snaresbrook's first team manager since 2006, and have decided that now is the right time to hand over the reins to Rob Caine," said Stan. "He played for the youth team and then as an adult at Snaresbrook until he sustained his injury, which made it impossible for him to continue his playing career. Rob is so dedicated to the club and knows everything about it and all the players so well that he is the perfect person to take over at the helm."

On hearing of the decision to put him in charge, Rob said: "I definitely love the club and wouldn't want to do it for any other team. Therefore, I am thrilled about being made Snaresbrook's manager. The club means everything to me and this appointment allows me to continue to help the team flourish in their league and cup games."

Four footballers have remained with the team for around 20 years since starting out as eight-year-olds with Rob. They are: Captain Josh Woodcock, Drew Barbier, Mitchell Collymore and Dominic Herbert.

Snaresbrook Football Club compete in the Prokit Essex Olympian Football League. Follow them on Twitter @snaresbrookfc

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