NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Paul Scholes joins Celtic

A look at Skrill North life.
A look at Skrill North life.

The Boston Standard takes a look at the latest news in the Skrill North...

If somebody told you that Paul Scholes has linked up with Celtic, you could be forgiven for thinking the Manchester United legend has been coaxed out of retirement one last time to add a Scottish Premier League winners medal to his glittering collection of gongs.

But instead, the former England international - and winner of one Champions League and a whopping 11 Premier Leagues - has in fact been taking training at Stalybridge, it was revealed last week.

Scholes’ son Aaron is part of the youth set-up at Bower Fold and the midfield maestro was more than happy to pass on some tips following the departure of manager Jim Harvey.

An apparently Scholes was impressed with what he has seen on the training pitch too.

“I asked Paul, in a private moment, to be honest with me about the lads and their ability and he was sincere when he said that he’d watched Oldham play a couple of times this season, and he thought that many of our players were technically their equal,” chairman Rob Gorski told The BBC in a not-so-private moment.

Scholes has since returned to coaching Manchester United’s under 19s, as a new man has now taken over the helm.

* Incidentally, the new Stalybridge Celtic manager is none other than Keith Briggs.

The midfielder is believed to be the man Boston United attempted to take on loan from FC Halifax Town, only for him to turn up on the Barrow team coach to face the Pilgrims two weeks later.

* Briggs isn’t the only player to have left the Shaymen of late, with striker Alex Jordan moving to Guiseley and Sean Williams re-joining Colwyn Bay.

Also moving to Guiseley is Danny Boshell, who returns to Nethermoor Park from Altrincham to take up the player-assistant manager role.

Forward Steven Tames has joined Vauxhall Motors from Southport on loan until January.

* Here’s a teaser for you. Which club hit Boston United with a seven-day approach for Boston striker Ricky Miller... only to be told bluntly that their target was actually under contract?

* One club feeling happy with themselves, and rightfully so, are Altrincham.

Although they travel to Lincolnshire to face Boston this weekend, it is back home, the Robins’ nest if you will, where their good news story focuses.

“Altrincham FC are delighted to announce they have safeguarded the club’s future for the next 34 years after securing an extension to their lease at their J. Davidson Stadium until 2047,” a club statement reads.

“Alty are assured of at least another three decades at their iconic home at Moss Lane after successfully applying for an extension to their long-standing agreement with landlords Trafford Borough Council.”

* This weekend’s fixtures (numbers thinned due to FA Cup action): Boston United v Altrincham, Histon v Stockport County, Stalybridge v Leamington.