Daniel Nielsen Steps Down
We would like to announce that Daniel Nielsen has decided to step down from his role as First Team Coach. Wingate & Finchley's former defender and captain of the historic 2011 Treble-winning squad; who also holds the club's record of 451 appearances as a player, said that it is time for a break and to spend time with his young family.
Nielsen said: "Wingate is and always will be a very special place for me and I don't quite know what I will do without it! I have been at the club since I was 17 years old (with a brief sabbatical!), and can honestly say have enjoyed every minute. The club is a very different place to the one I first joined and that is credit to the fantastic work done behind the scenes. However, the club has never lost its friendly and supportive nature in the time I have been here, long may that continue! I will never forget my first preseason training session as an u18 player, being greeted by Harvey Ackerman, who introduced himself and made me feel extremely welcome. What other Football club would the President greet a youth team player at?
I have made some great, lifelong friends at the club and my best footballing memories have been here. The FA trophy win at Sutton (my first game back after 5 months out injured), the Ryman Cup final against Dulwich and the playoff final against Brentwood are up there with the best. However, I think my favourite memory is beating Lowestoft at Wingate to stay in the league, a very emotional night after a difficult season!
I wish to thank everyone involved at the club for making it such a great place to be involved in football; players, management, supporters, board members and volunteers. Far too many to name!
I'm very confident the club will go from strength to strength and Keith will do a fantastic job and take Wingate to the next level. Aron and I are looking at some different ways I could be involved at the club in the future so will see everyone soon I'm sure. I am looking forward to coming back as a fan!
Thank you everyone for everything."