As matches are still not going ahead, I have decided to continue to ‘shine a light’ on the wonderful coaches and volunteers at our club. I had a nomination this week and so I am taking the opportunity to show our appreciation and thanks to John Bottenschein.
Like most of our coaches John is a talented footballer himself and has played Northern League football for Esh Winning and Langley Park before moving up the leagues and playing for Seaham. John travelled with his team to Holland where they won the Zoltbommel invitational cup beating Ajax and PSV Eindhoven’s under 23’s side. John went on to play for Durham and then our very own Brandon United. It was whilst he was at Brandon United that John started to take an interest in the coaching and management side of the game under the guidance of Hartlepool United and Durham FA with his coaching mentor Graham Clarke.
This is when the dream team were formed, John and Paul Stout coached and managed local football teams which saw them winning the Durham FA Cup 3 times and numerous other cups and titles.
John joined up with another local lad Colin Myers at Bishop Auckland FC where they won the Durham Challenge cup in 2013.
John is one of our most experienced coaches having both level 2 qualifications in outfield play and goalkeeping. John has specialised in goalkeeper coaching and worked with Peter Jeffries who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Northern League and Northern Premier league. From here John joined the management team at Blyth Spartans working under Tom Wade and Colin Myers. Blyth made history by reaching the FA cup third round in 2015.
John’s range of skills has seen him working with all age groups from children wanting to be goalkeepers all the way to coaching professional and international goalkeepers, including; Michal Mieswizc (Sunderland and Canada under 23), Peter Jeffries (Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor and Blyth). Fabian Otte (Hoffenhiem and Burnley academy goalkeeper coach), Adam Machugh (Hartlepool and St Mirren), James Howarth (Falkirk and Evolution goalkeeping).
John is now a coach volunteer at Brandon United Youth, managing along with Paul Stout the under 17’s team. John has worked with some exceptional coaches and managers and has learned a lot from them (Tom Wade, Colin Myers, Billy Horn, Adam Furness, Graham Clark, Geordie Wylde to name a few). John is dedicating his free time to coaching the Youth of Brandon and his expertise and dedication to his team and the club is recognised and appreciated by all. Thank you for all you do John.