Dunstable Town FC underwent a significant transformation at the end of the 2016-17 season, when management of this historic Club, graced by the likes of George Best, Jeff Astle & Kerry Dixon, among many others, was passed to the supporters of the Club as the former Management Team felt they had taken the Club as far as they could do.
Wholesale changes took place across the board involving not just a new Chairman and Board, but First Team Manager, Assistant Manager, and except for two players who stayed with the Club, a brand new First Team.
Without a playing budget for the whole of last season, Dunstable Town were eventually relegated from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League on the last day of the season, falling at the final hurdle, playing their fourth competitive game in the last week of the season.
Dunstable Town Manager, Tony McCool, a former coach at Norwich City, QPR and his hometown club, Luton Town, and Scout for Bradford City, told the Board on his appointment how he would help develop young, ambitious players and help them achieve their potential.
It is therefore with huge satisfaction and pleasure that we have learnt that two of last season’s players, Andrew Osei-Bonsu, and Peter Kioso, have secured professional contracts with Larne FC & Hartlepool Utd respectively.
Both Andrew & Peter joined Dunstable Town in the Autumn of last year following their release by Milton Keynes Academy, Peter joining up with his elder brother, Gedeon. Both Andrew & Peter made significant contributions throughout the season & delighted the Club’s fans with their, passion, commitment, and skillful execution of the game.
Blues Manager, Tony McCool, emphasised the benefits of playing for Dunstable Town given that it has a proven platform for showcasing talent and putting players in the shop window. Peter & Andrew follow in the more recent footsteps of former player, Luke Pennell who left Dunstable in 2016 to sign for Dagenham & Redbridge FC & who recently won his first England C cap.
Tony McCool praised the professionalism that both players had shown during their stay at the Club and paid tribute to both players’ determination not to allow their release from MK Dons to dampen their enthusiasm or love of the game.
Describing his philosophy in nurturing the young talent in both the 19 year old starlets, McCool said recently;
“All we have to do is trust them, play them, give them the platform, and tell them they have no shackles … go and express yourselves ... People watching will have to remind themselves how young he (Peter) is … Andrew makes beating players look so easy and has shown so much character to have taken himself out of his comfort zone….fate can be strange at time and sometimes fate has a crucial role to play in what you deem as success in your goals and aspirations”.
“These lads didn’t talk they played…at a Club that gave them that chance…where they were able to learn the game tactically as well. Let’s hope that was fate, and they take that experience and kick on and on each time they climb back up the ladder. It could be argued it was right for them. The right pathway for their success. Good luck Peter & Andrew and thanks for your work and integrity at Dunstable Town FC”
Dunstable Town Chairman, Neil Barker, was equally delighted at the step up both players have made saying;
“We are now a pathway Club and Peter and Andrew are prime examples of this working in practice. They have taken the opportunities given with both hands and we are delighted that doors have opened for them”