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Two ex-Clarets, both strikers, have both landed coaching roles with local non-league clubs with Graham Lancashire joining Ramsbottom United and Andy Payton about to start coaching at his local club Padiham.

Earlier today it was revealed that Lancashire has become the new assistant manager at Ramsbottom alongside boss Mark Fell and his appointment is part of a backroom restructure at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Fell said of the appointment: “Graham brings a wealth of experience to the club from a playing and coaching perspective. He’s the right character to complement our group and he shares the same ethos in terms of how we will operate in 2017/18.

“I’ve been looking to bring the right person in for some time, it’s not something to rush as it’s an important decision. We’ve had to be patient to ensure the timing was right for all sides but I’m pleased to get him on board.”

And this afternoon, Padiham have announced that Payton has agreed to be the club’s new first team coach. Manager Steve Wilks said: “It’s great to have someone of Andy’s experience come on board and share his knowledge of the game with us all.”

Lancashire was a member of the 1991/92 4th Division championship squad. He made his name that season, bagging a hat trick in the 6-2 away win at Wrexham, the game that all but confirmed Jimmy Mullen would replace Frank Casper as manager on a permanent basis.

Payton, the Padiham Preditor, joined Burnley early in 1998 in a swap deal that saw Paul Barnes move to Huddersfield. He was a prolific scorer over the next two and a half seasons, his goals twice keeping us up and then taking us up into what is now the Championship in 2000. He remained with Burnley until the end of the 2002/03 season.

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