coaches & staff

gary hayWard - Manager

Hayward has plenty of non-League experience from working at the likes of Belper Town, Hucknall Town, Eastwood Town and Worksop Town. Most recently Gary held a similar position at Hednesford Town, guiding them to a high place in the recently-created Central Division.

Mark Ward - Assistant Manager

Before moving in to coaching Mark was a vastly experienced striker in non-league football. He started his career at Sheffield United, making two football league appearances, before joining Halifax Town and then Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2002. He returned to ‘Steels’ in 2007 having spent the previous seasons on the non-league Merry-Go-Round  at the likes of Belper Town, Worksop Town, Hucknall Town, Eastwood Town, Frickley Athletic, Grantham Town and Bradford Park Avenue. Gary Marrow re-signed Mark at Stocksbridge in 2007, where he spent two season alongside Jamie Vardy in the ‘Steels’ forward line, and he played half a dozen matches against the Bucks in a five-season stint, scoring at the Silverlands in October 2010. He re-signed for Belper Town in 2012, initially as a player, before becoming assistant player-manager under former Buck Jon Froggatt. After leaving Belper in February 2015 he had a brief stint at Goole and then signed for AFC Mansfield before returning to Mansfield in 2016 as assistant manager to Rudy Funk after a spell in a similar roll at Handsworth Parramore. When Funk resigned in early 2019, Ward was promoted to manager, with Froggatt his assistant, and moved to Hednesford last summer to be Gary Hayward’s assistant.  

nigel keogh - coach

Nigel comes to the club, not only as a 1st team coach, but also coach at the newly formed Academy at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium. His playing days were spent at Crewe Alexandra and Chester and he also captained the County of Chester side. He has coached at Hyde United and run international academies including Edukick Manchester and Ellesmere College in Shropshire.

mark canning -goalkeeping coach

Mark moved to the club in the summer of 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience. Mark was a scholar at Oldham Athletic before playing youth and reserve team soccer at Rochdale FC. In non-league Mark, has played for Droylsden, Flixton, Glossop, Nelson, Colne and Chorley as well as representing the Greater Manchester Fire Service.


He saw his playing days out at Rochdale Town, as well as being the chairman and manager, before the club folded in 2016. He was also a coach at Rochdale EDS Youth Alliance team for two seasons as well as being keeper coach with Paul Phillips at Stalybridge Celtic and Glossop North End. He eventually joint-managed Glossop when Paul came to the Silverlands before spending time at Curzon Ashton.

derek turner - physio

Derek has experience in the professional game at both Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers and in non-league with Woodley Sports, Salford City and Ashton United from where he joined the Bucks in the summer of 2018. He has now worked alongside Phillips and Halford for the last 3 years. Derek has his own practise and is a member of the Macmillan Physiotherapy team at Blythe House in Chapel-en-le Frith. He holds a Bsc (Hons) degree in Applied Sports Therapy from Teeside University.

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