Following the announcement of Anthony Gale as manager, we are delighted to welcome Justin Skinner as his assistant manager. Justin will be a vital part of the backroom team at Wheatsheaf Park, bringing with him a wealth of experience from both professional and semi-professional football.
Skinner started his playing career at Fulham in 1986, amassing 135 league appearances whilst netting 23 goals over his five seasons with the club. Justin then transferred to Bristol Rovers in 1991, plying his trade with the west-country club for seven seasons.
He then made the move north of the border to play for Hibernian for a solitary season, before subsequent moves to Dunfermline Athletic and Brechin City; prior to retiring in 2005.
In total for his professional playing career, Skinner totalled over 400 league appearances.
Following on from his playing career, Justin moved into coaching; working at both Chelsea and QPR’s academies prior to becoming the manager of the R’s reserves.
Justin then had a stint within non-league football, fulfilling assistant manager positions at both Lewes and Farnborough.
Millwall came calling, with Skinner spending a total of seven years under their employment progressing from the U16s to the U23s Elite Development manager.
After a stint abroad, Skinner joined Gale at Walton Casuals before joining the mighty Swans this summer, currently holding a UEFA A License.
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“I am delighted to welcome my assistant manager Justin to Staines Town. He has a wealth of playing and coaching experience and is also a personal friend of mine off the pitch. Trust is such an important factor within the game and I’m sure the fans will trust Justin as much as I do.”