David Dempsey says he is “delighted” to take Burscough FC forward into a new era.

From playing for the club when he was a youngster, to working behind the scenes for three seasons, the new Linnets manager admitted he was intrigued to see where the club could go under his stewardship.

He told Mersey Sport Live: “The project in itself was appealing to me just because of the background I’ve got with the football club from years and years ago.

“I didn’t want to rush into anything and I said I’d only take the job if it felt right.”

After a disappointing start to the season, the West Lancashire club find themselves in 22nd place out of 24 in the North West Counties Division.

but the new manager highlighted the potential he saw in the club: “When I spoke to the chairman, he sold me on the plans for the future.

“I could see a club with so much history and legacy in non-league suffering, and having played there myself with all of my coaching staff, it just made me want to try to get the club back to where it was.”

Dempsey will be joined by his coaching team of Chris Stammers, Karl Bell, James McCulloch and Sam Vicker.


With only five wins out of 19 this season, the Linnets are aiming to improve their form to get out of the bottom three and Dempsey believes that his boyhood club can do it.

He said: “It’s got everything there, it’s got the infrastructure and the chairman has put money into the right areas and has developed the club commercially off the pitch.

“If you can get the stuff on the pitch right, then there’s plenty of room for growth and possibility. Obviously, I accepted it and we’ll see how we go.”

After the recent move to The Community Ground from the club’s spiritual home at Victoria Park to ensure the future of the club, the new ownership is focused on restoring Burscough to its former glory.

Significant work has already begun to improve the matchday experience at their new ground and this will play a huge Part in the local community coming together to support their club.

Dempsey called the new ground as “a good step in the right direction” adding: “It’s important to the players and the fans that they enjoy matchdays, even if it isn’t a good result, we just want everyone to come together.”

His previous managerial role was at Clitheroe FC, where he left at the end of September after leading them to a play off finish and third place in the league last season.

Burscough have also recently signed a new goalkeeper in Shea Callister, a former Salford player who impressed last season whilst on loan at 1874 Northwich.

Dempsey believes “he is a great signing” and that he “will definitely make an impact on the squad.”

The Linnets will travel to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday, where they will take on 16th placed Ramsbottom United.

Mersey Sport Live’s Gabriel Frith also spoke to the new Burscough boss. Watch below>>>