Bedford Town FC
The team finished in a respectable 10th position last season after a number of years staving off relegation so the expectations are now lifted, especially now a Bedford legend has been installed as the new Manager. Nick Platnauer takes over from Ady Hall for the coming campaign. Nick made 400 league appearances in his career and took Bedford to promotion to the Conference South at the start of the decade, so his return has the fans excited.
Cup success once again eluded the Eagles, losing 1-0 at Waltham Abbey in the 1st Qualifying round of the FA Cup and losing out in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy to Maidstone United. The League campaign was a mixed affair, but the Eagles got their act together in the New Year and an 8 game unbeaten run saw the club come within touching distance of the play offs. Defeats at crucial times meant the Eagles finished in 10th position the same as the previous season.
With Chairman David Howell reducing his financial commitment to the Club, Manager Nick Platnauer and Assistant Adam sandy resigned. The Club moved quickly and appointed Cranfield United Manager and former Eagles player Lee Bearman as Manager with a directive to find good local talent rather than searching further afield for players. Coach Steve Jackman was appointed Assistant Manager.