Meet the Team

Head Coach – Luke Joyce

Carlisle United – 171 appearances

Accrington Stanley – 276 appearances

Port Vale – 83 appearances

Born in Bolton Luke played all his grassroots football for Hindsford Juniors, at the age of 9 Luke signed for Bolton Wanderers Centre of Excellence. This was his dream as he was a Bolton fan but after 12 months Luke was released after being told he wasn’t good enough to be at a professional club.
This was heart-breaking for Luke, really effecting his confidence and mindset. This however turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he continued to play for Hindsford with his friends and was lucky enough to win many leagues and cups which included captaining both Hindsford Juniors and Bolton Inter-league team to the Lancashire Trophy in the same season.

Luke attended St Marys high school in Astley and captained Wigan Town team, this is where Wigan Athletic watched Luke play. He signed for Wigan at 15 and was offered a 3 year apprenticeship.
Luke captained both the Youth team and Reserve team progressing into Wigan Athletics Premier League first team squad making his first professional appearance in a FA Cup 3rd round replay at Leeds United live on Sky, winning the tie on penalties.
This was the start of Luke’s professional career which has seen him play for Accrington Stanley – Carlisle United and Port Vale. He has now gone onto make over 530 professional appearances, winning many individual awards such as Port Vales players player of the year for the 2019/20 season, Sky Bet goal of the month and also making the most Football League appearances in the 2010 – 2020 decade.

Andy lives locally in the Westhoughton area and played at a high semi-pro level and had the fortune of representing Town and County teams playing in Europe and North America until injuries forced him into finishing his playing career at an early age.

Having spent over 25 years in business, Coaching and Developing, Andy turned his skills onto the football pitch and has now been a grassroots coach for local clubs for a number of years.

Having gained a fantastic reputation in developing local young players, we are delighted that Andy has been part of our Coaching Team playing a huge role since we started.

Andy is looking to continue his Coaching Qualifications to ensure he is able to help our Academy players with their individual development areas.

U11s Coach – Andy McDonnell

U12s & U14s Coach  - Steve Obertelli

Steve grew up locally in Westhoughton and played football throughout his childhood for teams competing in the Bolton/Bury leagues. He played football in the North West Counties League playing league and cup games against the likes of Salford City and Fleetwood Town and playing and scoring in the Preliminary rounds of The FA Cup.

Steve started his coaching career aged 16 through an apprenticeship with Bolton Wanderers FC completing his FA Level 2 by the time he was 18. During his coaching career to date he has completed his Level 3/UEFA B Coaching Diploma, FA Youth Modules, FA Level 2 in Talent Identification, and is a qualified FA Tutor.

Steve has worked at Bolton Wanderers FC, Rochdale AFC Academy and Burnley FC Academy and most recently worked with Bolton Schools FA to spearhead the rebirth of Bolton Town Teams leading the 2019 U14 Squad to the Greater Manchester County Cup final. With experience of coaching players aged 4-18 Steve has worked with boys who now play professionally and have gone on to play in The Premier League and at International level through schoolboy levels and up to U21.

As well as coaching footballers Steve has spent time working for The Premier League in Hong Kong, Uganda & Tunisia on Coach Education programmes to help develop and mentor football coaches.

Born in Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

After impressing for Northern Ireland Under 16’s in the 2011 Victory Shield, he was recruited by Burnley FC signing a two-year scholarship + 1 year Pro Contract.

Luke was a key member of the youth team that reached the 2011/12 FA Youth Cup semi-finals, eventually losing 3–1 to Blackburn on aggregate.

He represented Northern Ireland from under 15’s up to the under 21’s and made numerous appearances at each age group. Most memorable game would be a European under 21 Qualifier against a France side which included Adrien Rabiot, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso and many more current European Stars.

In March 2012, whilst still a first-year apprentice,Luke signed his first professional contract.

He remained a regular in the youth and reserve sides until he suffered a knee injury and, in April 2014, it was announced by Burnley that he would not be retained when his contract expired; he continued to train with the club during pre-season and, after recovering from injury, he signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

In July 2015 Luke signed for Scottish side St Mirren on a season-long loan deal. He made his debut for the club in the 3–1 Scottish Challenge Cup victory over Berwick Rangers.

In January 2016, he was sent on a one-month youth loan at Morecambe, and subsequently signed a permanent contract with the club. He scored his first professional goal for Morecambe in an EFL Trophy tie against Carlisle United on 12 November 2019.

Luke signed for AFC Fylde in September 2020, where he is currently playing his football alongside his LJPFA coaching role

Professional appearance record.

St Mirren – 4
Morecambe – 143
Fylde – 53

Luke Conlan – U10s Coach

Matty Hamnet – Goalkeeper Coach

Matty grew up locally in Egerton and started playing football from the age of 5 for local grassroots teams and academies. At the age of 20 he made the brave decision to move over to Australia to play in the NPLWA for Rockingham City and Mandurah City. In 2015 he carried on his footballing journey to New Zealand playing for Central United in the Northern Premier league and then signing for Eastern Suburbs in the summer National league. He is currently playing at Padiham FC in the North West Counties Premier.

Matty’s coaching journey started whilst carrying out his work experience at Bury Football Club, and has grown from strength to strength ever since. Coaching has taken Matty to Portugal, Norway, USA, Australia and New Zealand where he worked on national talent centres with GKs at youth level.

Matty holds both outfield and goalkeeping FA coaching badges

Daniel is a young and very enthusiastic coach.

Born in Chorley, he started his football journey at the age of 4 representing his local grassroots teams.

From the age of 8, he was signed by Blackburn Rovers and spent 5 years progressing through their academy. After leaving Blackburn he also represented clubs such as Morecambe, Rochdale & Burnley whilst also representing Lancashire at u14-u18.

Daniel combines his LJPFA coaching role with playing for Chorley FC U21s and studying international football business and management at the University Campus of Football Business.

Daniel Muldoon - Assistant Coach

Gary McNair - U12s & U14s Coach

Gary originates from Liverpool.

He has been coaching since 1998, and brings a wealth of experience to the team.

He has most recently helped coach Standish Panthers u14s to the Lancashire Cup Final, which saw the club win the trophy for the first time in their history. Alongside this, he has been involved in coaching the Wigan Town Team at under 14s level.

Whilst working for the United Nations, Gary had the opportunity to coach K.F Istogu FC in the Kosovo National League.

He has previously worked with the Professional Footballers Association and Liverpool FC Academy.

Gary has also coached primary school children and recently set up an under 6 development group for Standish Panthers FC; he is the lead for Training and Development within the club, and works with children of all ages, whilst also being the clubs FA coach mentor.

He is extremely passionate about developing young talent, and has coached players over the years who have gone in to professional academy football.

His stepson went through the academy system at Everton and was involved in the Scotland school boy squad. Having witnessed the great opportunities that brought, he wants to help our young players to have similar experiences.

Gary is currently on his UEFA B license with the Professional Footballers Association, whilst also holding his FA Level 2, FA Level 1 Goalkeeper and FA Coach mentor certificates.

Ash has grown up playing grassroots football in the local area since the age of 6, for clubs such as Ladybridge FC, CMB, Bolton Lads & Girls club & Ramsbottom United.

At the age of 16 he signed as an apprentice for Morecambe FC, spending 2 years at the club, but unfortunately only played a handful of games due to injuries and operations.

Despite not being offered a professional contract, Ash wanted to stay in football – playing semi-professionally for a number of clubs, as well as perusing a coaching career.

Ash has worked within a number of different academies over the years; Bolton Wanderers, Bury FC and presently at Blackburn Rovers FC.

He combines his football academy coaching role with working for Key PE Sports, delivering curriculum based PE lessons within primary schools.

“Over the years I have worked with people from different backgrounds, ages, genders & abilities, which has helped me with the person/coach I am today.

I currently hold my UEFA B & FA youth award, currently trying to get onto my UEFA A licence to progress further up the coaching ladder.”

Ash Duckworth - U10s Coach

All our Coaching Staff are fully DBS certified and are UEFA/FA qualified.

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