TAUNTON Town Football Club have appointed former Cribbs title winner Richard Luffman as their new manager after Rob Dray's departure.

In his spell in South Gloucestershire, Luffman led Cribbs to their highest-ever league position after winning the Hellenic League Premier division in 2022/23.

He then guided them into the play-off places in the Southern League Division One South before he stepped aside in March with an impressive total record of 76 victories in 114 league games.

His side also clinched the Hellenic League Cup in the 2021/22 season.

He will replace Dray, whose contract was not renewed after Taunton Town were relegated from the National League South in April.

Dray was appointed by the Peacocks in 2018 and guided them to Southern League glory before managing the side for two seasons in the sixth tier.

Speaking to club media on Saturday (May 11), Luffman said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed at a massive football club, a huge thanks to the Board who have put their trust in me.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and to meet the Taunton fan base. Buckle up, it’s going to be some ride!”

And on Sunday evening, he posted on X (formerly Twitter): “Been a crazy 48 hours but wanted to reach out and say thanks to everyone who’s messaged to welcome me to Taunton Town.

“I’m trying to reply to all but I apologise if I’ve missed anyone. Looking forward to leading your football club.”