Staff

Craig Hopkins – Joint Manager

Glenn and Craig need no introduction to Matlock followers, both being crowd favourites playing in successful and entertaining Matlock teams of a decade ago.

The Chesterfield based duo had their first taste of management by taking charge of Matlock Town’s reserve side and then had a short spell as joint caretaker managersof the first team before Mark Atkins was appointed to succeed Phil Brown and Gareth Williams in the 2008/09 season.

“Kirky and Hoppo” then had a three and a half years stint at Heanor Town guiding them to promotion to the Northern Counties East League as title winners.

Mickleover Sports was their next port of call for another three and a half years. After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Evostik NPL First Division South in 2012/13, Mickleover lost in the play off final at Belper Town in the following season before Mickleover raced to the title twelve months later to earn promotion to the Premier Division.

They resigned shortly after Sports’ successfully battled against relegation.

Glenn Kirkwood – Joint Manager

Glenn and Craig need no introduction to Matlock followers, both being crowd favourites playing in successful and entertaining Matlock teams of a decade ago.

The Chesterfield based duo had their first taste of management by taking charge of Matlock Town’s reserve side and then had a short spell as joint caretaker managersof the first team before Mark Atkins was appointed to succeed Phil Brown and Gareth Williams in the 2008/09 season.

“Kirky and Hoppo” then had a three and a half years stint at Heanor Town guiding them to promotion to the Northern Counties East League as title winners.

Mickleover Sports was their next port of call for another three and a half years. After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Evostik NPL First Division South in 2012/13, Mickleover lost in the play off final at Belper Town in the following season before Mickleover raced to the title twelve months later to earn promotion to the Premier Division.

They resigned shortly after Sports’ successfully battled against relegation.

Danny Cox – Coach

Danny has worked with joint managers Kirkwood and Hopkins for the past four years, first with Heanor Town and then again at Mickleover Sports. A former Cox central defender, Danny had to give up the game following a knee injury and previously played for Heanor Town.

Adam Sollitt – Goalkeeping Coach

Adam began his playing career in 1995 and had a career that took in teams like Barnsley FC, Gainsborough Trinty, Kettering Town, Northampton Town, Rushden and Diamonds, Scarborough FC, Morecambe FC and Worksop Town before joining the Gladiators in the 2009/2010 season making the number one shirt his own and in his three years and eighty six appearances he became a fan favourite before having to depart the club due to increased work commitments.

Adam’s role at the club will be as goalkeeper coaching using his knowledge and experience to work with our goalkeepers.

Mark Mullins – Sports Therapist

Mugger as he’s known by many at Causeway Lane is a club legend who added his name to Gladiators folklore in his playing days and has gone on to establish his own successful business in the sports therapy field.

Players