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2024/25 Retained List

2024/25 Retained List

Bootle Football Club5 Jul - 16:00
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Bootle Football Club are delighted to announce a full retained list for the 2024/25 season.

By Brendan Doyle

Tony Thompson

Vesty Road’s number 1 Tony Thompson who was voted 2023/24 player of the season by the fans, Tony was a vital part in Bootle securing a play off position last season and has become a favourite during his first season with The Bucks.

Ben Hodkinson

Another fan favourite and Vesty Road hero Ben Hodkinson also played a huge role in Bootle securing play offs last season and is contracted with The Bucks until the end of the 2024/25 with an option of a further extension. Ben can hopefully help Bootle go even further up the table next season with his sublime finishing abilities.

George Huyton

Second choice keeper George Huyton made just the one start for Bootle last season at home against 1874 Northwich as he was filling in for the then injured Tony Thompson.

Jay Roberts

Jay Roberts delivered numerous outstanding performances from right back last season in rotation with Jay Cooper. The highlight of Jay’s season could arguably be a wonderfully executed outside of the foot pass away at Avro in February which fell to Ben Hodkinson who put the ball into the back of the net.

Sean Smith

Since arriving in late October, Sean Smith has cemented his place in the side as a solid left back who is capable of defending extremely well and also creating chances down the left hand side. ‘Smigga’ made his debut on Halloween in a 1-0 win against Avro at home with a man of the match performance, he cleared a shot off the line in the later stages of the game which helped The Bucks seal all 3 points.

Jay Cooper

Jay Cooper has stepped up when called upon through the season and has delivered some impressive performances at right back throughout the season. A no nonsense full back who plays with passion and pride for Bootle.

Anthony Miley

A solid centre back who rejoined the club in November after a previous spell a few years back, Anthony has contributed to a lot of Bootle wins throughout the season and a key part of the squads journey. He formed a good partnership with Scott Sephton as centre back and made opposition centre forward’s jobs difficult to brake through the Bootle defence.

Jack Lenehan

Jack signed for Bootle back in October and has been part of The Bucks’ midfield operations. Not always a starter but nonetheless has offered pace and good ability to make sharp attacking passes and runs in the opposition half throughout the season and we hope Jack can make an even bigger impact in the up and coming season.

Sam Hughes

Young 21 year old Sam Hughes has been nothing more than outstanding since his arrival at Vesty Road from Vauxhall Motors. Himself and Tony Thompson are amongst my two favourites last season for Bootle, Sam has been very dominant in the middle of the pitch on a consistent basis and despite his young age, plays like a veteran of the game and I’m personally looking forward to seeing Sam help Bootle climb further up the league table next season.

Craig Carney

Craig Carney has been a leader throughout last season’s campaign with his vocality and impressive performances in midfield. A very versatile player who was also instrumental in Bootle reaching the playoffs.

Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey’s first appearance at Vesty Road last season was playing for Vauxhall Motors, a match in which seen The Bucks lose 2-1 to The Motormen but where Burkey was on the scoresheet and in my opinion stood out alongside Vauxhall keeper Sam Booth. Burkey joined Mick McGraa to Vesty Road from Vauxhall Motors and had a great season with us last season. Burkey’s quick feet and excellent ball control dazzled Bootle supporters including a hat trick against Nantwich in February.

Connor Harwood

Connor Harwood, a forward who joined The Bucks in late December but took until March to bag his first goal for Bootle in a 2-0 win away to Kidsgrove Athletic in which was a big win to boost Bootle’s hopes of securing play offs. Next season is a big one for Harwood and hopefully he can shoot up his goal scoring tally.

Tom Peterson

A Bootle cult hero Tom Peterson reached the milestone of 100 goals for the club over two spells in November, earning a framed shirt which marks his achievement in Frank’s Bar at the club. The fan favourite scored vital goals throughout last seasons campaign and will hopefully deliver the same performances next season.

New Signings

Mick McGraa has already wrapped up 3 new signings to his squad for the up and coming 2024/25 campaign which consists of defender Jonny Spittle, midfielder Sean Williams and forward Lewis Riley. A completely new spine of players who have all played at very good standards in football, including a taste of Europa League football for Jonny Spittle whilst he was at Bala Town.

Outgoings

We would also like to thank Sonny Hilton, Joe Woolley, Scott Sephton and Richie Sutton for their time and services at Bootle. Despite Woolley and Sutton only being at the club for a short period of time, it’s safe to say they made an impact while wearing the famous Bootle shirt. Woolley’s ground covering performances with goals added to them and Sutton’s header in a 2-1 win away at Clitheroe will be amongst Bootle folklore for a long time. We wish them all the best for the future.

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