Brighouse Town’s assistant manager Stacy Reed is standing down after five seasons in the post alongside manager Vill Powell.
Reed, 51, was in a serious car crash in the summer and both he and his wife Nicola were injured as a result. This was in Sheffield shortly after his eldest son Sam had signed a full time professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday and the Owls had paid Brighouse Town a signing-on fee.
While his wife, a nurse, recovered pretty quickly, he has been into hospital for on-going treatment and he still, he says, is walking with a limp.
He has also, along with members of the family, also been watching Sam, 19, playing for the U21s until he was injured two weeks ago when playing against Manchester United’s U-21 side.
“He suffered a hairline fracture of a foot in the first half of the game and then at half-time complained it was hurting somewhat, but played on until the 65th minute when he was substituted,” informed his dad.
He continued: “They sent him for a scan a couple of days later and it revealed the fracture and so they put him in an air-cast boot. He is now some two weeks of resuming light training before a hoped for mid-January comeback.
“It has definitely come at the wrong time for the lad as he was the stand out defender in the squad and they were talking of looking at an outing with the first team alongside Bailey Cadamarteri who was the outstanding forward and is already taking his chance and banging in the goals for in the first team.
“They have looked after Sam very well and we are all telling him his chance will come again when he is fully fit.”
Besides coaching at Town, Stacy Reed has coached junior sides at Stocksbridge Park Steels and his 17-year-old son Alex is now impressing in the south Yorkshire side’s reserve team, while his younger brother Leo, 14, is playing with Brunsmeer U15s in the Sheffield Junior League.
“I have started following the two youngsters now after having Sam with me since he was fifteen at Brighouse and its pretty time consuming.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Brighouse where we have had some super players through our hands and they also have a good committee and some great supporters. I would certainly recommend a player finding his way in open age football gives it a go at the club.”
Town supporters are also keeping a close eye on Bailey Cadamarteri’s progress as the family live on the hill above Brighouse at Scholes and his dad, Danny, ex- Everton, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Leicester City goalscorer, occasional pops in to see a game.