Puritans Persuade Wilson To Return Some 45 Years On!

Kevin Wilson says the target for Banbury United is purely survival - for now, at least.

The 62-year-old former Chelsea striker, who was born in the town, replaces Mark Jones, who parted ways with the Puritans last week.

He takes over at a good time after two home wins, defeating Darlington in midweek following Saturday’s great success over Scarborough Athletic.

Despite a gap now appearing, he says stay up in his number one goal and he will take charge for the first time against Chester on Saturday.

Wilson joined the Puritans as a 17-year-old and scored 13 goals in 45 appearances, before moving to Derby County for £25,000 being going on to play for Ipswich, Chelsea, Northampton and Notts County.

He said: “I’m delighted to come back to my roots at Banbury United and manage the Club at this point in its history. The time is right. I love this club.

“I have been asked to come in, with the short-term goal of ensuring that Banbury United stays in the Vanarama National League North. The club is entering a very exciting phase, with an impending ground move that requires significant funds to be raised – we simply must stay in this league.

“From what we have seen, we have the talent on board to achieve this. I’ll have a different management style for sure, but I do not plan to make any rush decisions with the squad.”

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