KIRKBURTON have recruited former Town midfielder Robert Wilson as first-team coach ahead of the new West Riding County Amateur League campaign.

The 50-year-old, who also played for Fulham, Millwall, Luton and Rotherham, will work alongside player-manager Paul Quinn.

Burton finished fourth in the Premier Division and also reached the Sheffield FA’S Rosehill Press Association Challenge Cup final last season, Quinn’s first at the helm.

The new campaign kicks off on Wednesday, August 17, and Burton have their first friendly, at home to Ventus United, this afternoon (1.30).

It’s the first of five games, with opponents including Northern Counties East League Glasshoughton (away on Monday, August 1).

“We had a really positive season last year and we now have to look to move forward again this time,” said Quinn. “We have added several new faces to the squad and also managed to retain the vast majority of players from last season.

“It has been a very busy period for us since the end of last season and I am delighted to have Rob Wilson on board to work alongside myself and Howard Cartledge (assistant manager).

“Rob’s experience will be invaluable as we prepare for another very competitive season in the Premier Division.”

Behind the scenes the Burton committee have been busy preparing the ground with further work being undertaken on the pitch surface and changing rooms.

The club, who will compete with Huddersfield rivals Bay Athletic, Golcar United, Marsden and Storthes Hall in a 14-team top flight, also have two fund-raising events coming up.

There is a race night at the Spring pub on Friday, August 12 (8.00) and a golf day at Woodsome Hall on Friday, August 26. It’s for teams of four, and for details, e-mail or phone 07584 102302.