Assuming the role of Assistant Manager, Neal Bishop commented,"Stampy played with myself and Clayts many years ago at York. He’s someone who came up in conversation with the rest of the staff (Clayton Donaldson, Jamie Bradley, Jono Whitehorne) and he seemed the ideal candidate. He knows the club, knows the league and has got great experience."  Bish continued, "We’ve taken our time as we wanted to make sure we got this appointment right, and we feel Stampy is the right man for the job."

On his return, Stampy commented, "I am looking forward to it, but it is only short term in the first instance. I'm just looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and seeing how things go."

Starting out at Scunthorpe United back in 1997, he was a regular on the scoresheet for sides like Scarborough Stevenage & Guiseley, as well as in his previous spell with the Holy Blues where he scored more than thirty times in Trinity colours.

After leaving Gainsborough back in 2016, Stampy linked up again with Steve Housham at North Ferriby as Assistant Manager, leaving the Villagers in 2017 to concentrate on activities away from football.

We continue to wish Damo a speedy recovery, safe in the knowledge he has the well wishes of the Gainsborough Trinity footballing family and the wider footballing community behind him. And we will catch up with Darryn, in full, in due course, as he returns to Gainsborough - and returns to the dugout.

Welcome back, Stampy!

Article by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photograph: Russell Shepherd