Nelson U17s celebrate double joy

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NELSON FC’s Under 17s White team are pictured having achieved the Tameside League and Cup double.

The side were champions ahead of their Blue team, who finished runners-up, while adding the Division A Cup.

Nelson Blue were also Division S Cup and Manchester Challenge cup winners.

The club’s Under 18s were also county cup finalists.

Mark Whitaker won Manager of the Year, while the club dominated the individual awards - league player of the year was Sam Crook, S Division Goldn Boot winner was Callum Smith, and in the A Division it was Jack MacDonald.

However, Nelson have since lost the services of Whitaker, who has left to join Ramsbottom United.

Whitaker said: “Despite having spent a very proud nine years at Nelson, the new club directors informed me that the youth teams would no longer be permitted to use the club facilities. This was a huge blow after the boys had performed so well and won so much for the club.”