1 to 30 November 2005
The next Alty Youth match is this Sunday at home to Bootle in the Open Cup quarter-final at Wythenshawe Town - NB this is a 1.30pm kick-off to allow for extra time and penalties before the light fades.
Above: Another excellent image from Gavin Rathbone of GR Photography, showing Kieran Lugsden and Colin Potts amongst the Alty players celebrating the win against Tamworth
SAM has a report on the Tamworth game. "it was a game that seemed destined to end goalless... until an incredible double blast in the closing minutes saw Alty snatch all three points and leapfrog their disbelieving opponents in the Conference table... Buoyed by the presence of new signing Steve Bushell in midfield, Altrincham did look sharp during the opening stages... After the introduction of both Robinson and Kieran Lugsden, the home side attacked with a renewed impetus". Tamworth are subject of a substantial article in Tuesday's Daily Telegraph as they prepare for their FA Cup tie against Hartlepool - having disposed of Altrincham in the 4th Qualifying Round. Meanwhile, the BBC says that "Scott Bevan's loan spell at Tamworth has been extended for a second month. The 26-year-old goalkeeper has made four appearances for the Lambs".
Alty have a league engagement away at Accrington this Saturday and Confguide reports that "Stanley have now won each of their last four Conference fixtures and, having risen to second in the Conference table, they are clearly in the mood to maintain the winning habit".
From Gravesend we learn that the club "have extended their lease on Stonebridge Road for a further twenty years. Chairman, Brian Kilcullen, said 'the new lease which takes us up to 2025 gives the club the security it needs. We are very grateful to our landlords, Land Securities plc, for agreeing to the extension. They have also agreed to waive the rent which is a great gesture and shows their support for the football club. The extension also allows us to source grants from bodies such as the Football Foundation'. However... Kilcullen confirmed 'our main focus is still to move at the earliest opportunity. What this lease gives us is security of tenure whilst we seek to move'".
Tuesday's Halifax v Scunthorpe LDV match was frozen off.
Stevenage Borough report that "Dino Maamria has been handed a five game suspension for his red card against Grays Athletic, his third dismissal of the season".
NL Daily states that "Nigel Clough, manager of Burton Albion, has brought in two trialists... Midfield duo Paul Smith and Nick Hawkins are both currently on trial at the Pirelli Stadium... Smith (29) is attempting to rebuild his career after suffering a serious knee injury whilst with Sheffield Wednesday last season... Hawkins, meanwhile, is looking for a new club after being released by Nottingham Forest".
"Aldershot have lost their appeal against Tim Sills' s dismissal in Saturday's win over Forest Green, reports BBC Southern Counties Radio... Sills must now serve a three-match suspension".
"Hereford United manager Graham Turner believes that the race for the Conference title is still wide open. 'Grays are still going great guns up there and they have to be caught'", he told BBC Hereford and Worcester. He added, "I don't see an outstanding side such as Barnet last year or us and Chester the year before. I think it's going to be a scrap almost to the finish".
Meanwhile, "Canvey Island have been boosted by the news that defender Dominic Sterling does not require a knee operation... [He] has now been told that a course of physiotherapy should suffice. The former Aldershot player is now expected to be out of action for just a further three weeks" says the BBC.
Southport manager Liam Watson told the BBC, "We have got a relatively young side and we needed a leader, which I think Chris Brass is. He's also a very good player and proven at this level". Watson "is also tipping on-loan Crewe defender Mark Roberts, 22, to have a big future in the game after gaining first-team experience with the Sandgrounders".
Above: A superb photo from Gavin Rathbone of Stuart Coburn in action against Tamworth last Saturday. This and many other Alty images can be bought from the Robins's Shop and viewed on the GR Photography website.
The BBC reports that "Aldershot have lodged an appeal against Tim Sills's dismissal in Saturday's win over Forest Green Rovers. The Shots hope the FA will overturn the red card shown to Sills following a collision with defender Damon Searle. 'I just thought the referee got it wrong. I have looked at the video of the incident and Tim hasn't touched the guy', said manager Terry Brown".
The NL Daily states that "Crawley Town are tracking Bedworth United goalkeeper David Clarke. Crawley have served seven days notice of approach for the 20-year-old and want to take him down to Sussex on trial. Bedworth manager Mark Hallam will tell the keeper to be cautious, and claimed: “I know of a couple of Football League sides have been running the rule over him of late. We did speak to David with a view to putting him on contract, but he wasn’t too keen. Going to Crawley would be a big gamble, especially as he would have to uproot and move home... I’m convinced something will happen for him closer to home'".
Meanwhile, Simon Wormull admitted he was disappointed not to be Crawley Town's new manager but insists he and the rest of the players are fully behind John Hollins. Wormull, 28, enjoyed a four-week spell as caretaker boss after Francis Vines was sacked and said he wanted the job permanently. He said: "I have spoken to John Hollins and Alan Lewer and they have the same morals as I have, so I think it is a great appointment. I think we will really move forward and the players will enjoy it" he told The Argus.
"Goalkeeper Saul Deeney has resisted Burton Albion's latest attempt to persuade him to put down some roots at the Pirelli Stadium. The former Notts County stopper has been on non-contract terms... But repeated efforts by the manager Nigel Clough have failed to persuade the 22-year-old Irishman to sign a contract... Clough said: '"Saul is still hankering after a bigger stage and wants to keep his options open in the hope that something might happen when the transfer window opens in January'. Clough said: 'There is nothing at all wrong with a player wanting to be higher up the ladder, but he's been with us six weeks and there's still only our offer on the table'... After making almost fifty first-team appearances for Notts County, the Derry-born player was offered new deal by the Meadow Lane club in May. But Deeney rejected the offer because he had hopes that a Championship club would come in for him... but the League Two club cut their losses and released him last month", states the Burton Mail.
"Salisbury City have signed 27-year-old Liverpool-born full back Jon Beswetherick... After a transfer to Bristol Rovers in July 2004, where he failed to break into the first-team, he moved to Kidderminster Harriers in November of the same year where he made ten Football League appearances before being released the following January and joining Forest Green Rovers".
LDV Vans Trophy 2:
The FAT draw, as it affects Conference National clubs is:
On Tuesday 6th we travel to Essex to play Grays (7.45pm). Details of the STAR supporters' s coach times and fares for the matches at Accrington and Grays Athletic are on the Away Travel page .
As the league table graphically shows, we have now met 18 of our 21 Conference opponents - we have yet to meet Woking, Kidderminster or Grays. We have yet to play a top-four or bottom-seven side away from Altrincham and have yet to meet a mid-table side (i.e. 5th to 14th) at Moss Lane.
Pictured above, Tommy Docherty is watched by compere and Alty manager, Graham Heathcote, during Saturday's succesful fundraising event at Moss Lane.
Above: Graham Heathcote auctions a drawing of Alty's promotion-winning squad.
On Saturday night Altrincham FC held a very enjoyable "Evening with Tommy Docherty" in the Sponsors' Lounge at Moss Lane. "The Doc", who is now 78, spoke unscripted after an excellent meal provided by Mike Prophett and colleagues. Afterwards he answered questions from the guests and, as usual, gave frank answers on subjects as diverse as the current England team, George Best and his past managerial exploits. Tom kindly gave his time freely to support Altrincham FC and the club is very grateful for his generosity. The evening was compered by Alty manager Graham Heathcote who also conducted a profitable auction of sporting memorabilia. This included Australian cricket memorabilia secured by chairman Geoff Goodwin during his duties as the coach driver to the Aussies during their recent tour of England as well as various football related items. The star auction-lot was a framed collection of FA Trophy programmes and tickets from Altrincham's three FA Trophy Finals in 1978, 1982 and 1986. This alone raised more than £1,000. Other auctioned items included Manchester City items provided by Alty director, Andrew Shaw. A really entertaining evening was had by all - even Graham's attempts to sing did not prevent that!
The next social event at Moss Lane is this Monday evening at 7.30pm when there is a Bingo Night in the Sponsors' Lounge. And don't forget that this Wednesday evening witnesses the STAR (supporters' trust) AGM which is expected to be attended by former Alty stars Paul France and Mick Carmody.
Alty right-back Tom Barclay (in blue, left) jostles for the ball as Astley Mulholland and Richard Gresty prepare to assist in the game against Leigh RMI.
Two late goals saw Alty Youth win 3-2 in the Neil Thomason Trophy against Leigh RMI on Sunday. Trailing 2-1 with seven minutes left, Andy Keogh equalised and then Ben Deegan fired home the winner. Ben also scored Alty's opening goal and he has now equalled the Altrincham Youth goalscoring record of 34 goals in a season, held by Lee Hendley - and it is still only November! In all, he has scored for 20 times for Alty Youth in league and cup matches, 7 for Altrincham & District FA, 6 for Cheshire FA Youth and once for Altrincham FC Reserves, a tally all the more remarkable when it is realised that Ben has also served a suspension this season.
A match report is in the Youth section.
Match report here.
Right: Steve Bushell
NL Daily says that "Sheffield United defender Evan Horwood has joined York City on a month’s loan... Horwood made ten appearances for Stockport at the end of last season and began the current campaign at Scunthorpe United but.. returned to Bramall Lane after a month. York boss Billy McEwan said: 'He can play centre-half or full-back and has been on the verge of Sheffield United's first-team. We are grateful to Neil Warnock for allowing him to come and they are helping us financially'... McEwan also confirmed former City player-manager Brass's loan switch from neighbours Harrogate Town to Southport. He said: 'Chris Brass has gone to Southport until January 1st with the view to becoming their assistant-manager'" .
Tamworth's website also has a preview of Saturday's game at Moss Lane: "Lambs' boss Mark Cooper has moved quickly to plug the gaps left in the squad following the departure of Aaron Brown to Reading, and the unavailability of Dave Bampton who is suspended for one game following five yellow cards. Midfielder Hugh McAuley is still registered with Tamworth but may well leave the club soon and Trevor Robinson has completed his loan spell and returns to Millwall. Scott Bevan is available for selection (his loan spell ends after next Saturday's FA Cup tie) but Bob Taylor's foot injury looks set to keep him sidelined.So, with a number of other first team squad members also close to five bookings Cooper and Assistant Manager Richard Dryden were frantically searching for quality players to bring to the Lamb in time for the trip to Altrincham. Birmingham City winger Carl Motteram comes in on loan (until Jan 2nd) and Boston United midfielder Steve Melton is also set to make his debut against the Cheshire club on Saturday. They take squad numbers 7 and 6 respectively... Cooper has also put in 7 days notice for a Conference North player who, if all goes well, looks set to join next week".
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NL Daily says that Gazza's Kettering Town "have released former Doncaster Rovers and Halifax Town midfielder Jamie Paterson and have signed ex-Leeds United and England under-21 international Kevin Dixon. The departure of 32-year-old Paterson will come as a surprise to many Poppies supporters. However, the former Conference winner coaches at Halifax and would find it difficult to return to being a full-time player again due to his commitments at The Shay".
Woking announce that "Paul Watson a 29 year old left back has been signed this week on a non contract basis. His former clubs include Fulham, Gillingham, Brighton and Coventry".
Confguide says that "Exeter and Grays's appeals about the red cards last week to Phillips and Stuart respectively have failed, due to 'lack of video evidence'".
Also from the NL Paper: "New Crawley boss John Hollins is working without a contract as he bids to turn the Red Devils' season around. Alan Mullery, Crawley’s football consultant, told the NLP: 'We didn’t want someone to get the job in the position we are in and be comfortable. We need the manager to be hungry. John will be here until the summer at least, and then we will sit down and talk again'".
Morecambe "have signed a young England keeper as cover for the injured Ryan Robinson... [who] looks likely to be out of action for two or three weeks. Caretaker boss, Sammy McIlroy has secured the services of 20-year-old Steven Drench from Blackburn Reserves... He has joined Morecambe for one month".
Bullsnews reports that Hereford have signed "Birmingham City stopper Andy Bagnall, who signs on work experience... Birmingham have two other keepers on loan, with James Dormand at Tamworth and Adam Legdzins at Halifax".
Dagenham report that "Lee Flynn joined Fisher Athletic. Lee was unable to perform daytime training having signed on a part time two year contract and has been on the transfer list since June".
Lee Ramoon Honoured with FIFA Order of Merit Award
At FIFA’s 54th Ordinary Congress in Paris on Thursday May 20th, 2004 Cayman’s own Lee Ramoon was recognized as a recipient of the prestigious FIFA Centennial Order of Merit. Lee Ramoon, who has dedicated more than half his life as a representative of Cayman football, was first selected for the Cayman Islands National Football Team in 1979 at age 13. Between 1979 and 2004 he has continuously contributed as both player and assistant national coach. Lee who has participated in more than 200 international football matches on behalf of the Cayman Islands, serving on many occasions as captain, is nationally recognized by both his peers and the fans as an outstanding footballer and role model. CIFA President Jeffrey Webb is more than honored to have nominated Lee Ramoon for FIFA’s highest award in world football. 'On behalf of the Cayman Islands Football Association I would like to convey our warmest congratulations to Lee Ramoon as recipient of this unique and prestigious FIFA award', said CIFA president Jeffrey Webb. 'This is the highest international honour FIFA has ever offered and I believe there is no one more deserving than Lee Ramoon. He has been a true sportsman and a tremendous player for the Cayman Islands. He will go down in history as one of Cayman’s greatest players of all time and an unparalleled ambassador'. The FIFA Centennial Order of Merit will be presented to Mr. Ramoon on a date to be announced in Grand Cayman during an official service befitting this prestigious award.
In the NL Paper Tamworth boss Mark Cooper says, "We know that Graham (Heathcote) gets a well organised team out on the park and that he will get his men playing with passion. We expect another tough game and, just because we won the recent FA Cup tie, we shouldn't take that as any guide for Saturday's match. I know we were lucky to win on that day... They are better at home and we are a better side on our travels. We expect a tough, tight and interesting contest".
Joining the Shaymen is "Blackpool winger Rory Prendergast on loan. The 27-year-old moved to Bloomfield Road from Accrington for an undisclosed fee during the summer, but has only started six league games for Pool. He will remain with the Shaymen until 31 December". Prendergast was previously at Emley and Accrington.
"Accrington have swapped one Charlton goalkeeper for another with the arrival on loan of Robert Elliot (19) to replace the departing Darren Randolph. Elliot has signed until the end of December and will take Randolph's place when his loan expires on Saturday" and
Scarborough report "A hectic day has resulted in several changes to the Boro playing squad. "Joining Boro are: Andy Parton from Scunthorpe United who is on loan until 2 January. Rob Atkinson an 18-year-old centre half from Barnsley, also on loan. Dan Jarvis, a centre-half who has signed on non-contract terms from Northern Counties East side Rossington Main. Leaving the McCain is striker Jake Speight, who is set to join Bury FC on loan until January". Also Boro have extended Lee Fowler's loan from Huddersfield.
Midfielder Terry Barwick has gone on loan to York City from Grimsby Town..
Shotsweb says that "Aldershot Town manager Terry Brown has confirmed the one-month loan signing of 19-year-old Cambridge United striker, John Turner". who "has fallen out of favour at the Abbey Stadium and it looks as though United may be looking to release Turner in the January transfer window".
Dagenham & Redbridge "have taken Cliff Akurang on loan until January 2nd. Ghana born Cliff was a junior with Chelsea and Luton before joining Chesham United. His goalscoring brought him transfers to Hitchin Town and subsequently Thurrock... In February 2005 he signed for Heybridge Swifts".
Grays Athletic "have signed Nathan Koo-Boothe on a month's loan from MK Dons. Nathan is a 20 year old central defender with first team experience".
Graham may also add one or two non-contract signings to the Altrincham squad in the near future as these are not affected by the new transfer rules.
Accrington Stanley report that "John Coleman is expecting to bring in a goalkeeper on loan from a Premiership club ahead of the deadline for short term loan signings at midnight tomorrow night. Darren Randolph's loan from Charlton Athletic ends after Saturday's match at home to Southport, and cannot be renewed until the transfer window opens again in January."
Crawley Town "midfielder Robbie Kember will be out of action until the New Year after undergoing an operation on his injured ankle. Kember...has played less than half an hour this season having earlier picked up eye injury in pre-season training".
Bullsnews says that "Hereford United will be in the draw for the Quarter Final of the LDV Northern Area which takes place on Saturday but won't receive any bonus from last night's win over Port Vale. The prize money rules of the LDV are such that the defeated side picks up any prize money and Vale will receive £4,000 for their efforts. The quarter finals operate in the same way. Should Hereford win, they receive nothing, but if defeated the Bulls will pick-up £6,000. However defeated league clubs will receive £8,000 each".
Southport's "Liam Watson has made two loan signings ahead of Thursdays deadline for signing loan players. Mark Roberts a 22 year old Defender has signed from Crewe Alexandra. He is joined by Adriano Rigoglioso a 26 year old attacking midfeld player or striker from Doncaster Rovers".
"Exeter City boss Alex Inglethorpe feels this week's loan transfer deadline should not apply to Conference clubs. After 1700 GMT on Thursday no new loan signings can be registered until the transfer window opens on 1 January. Inglethorpe told BBC Sport. "At our level, loans are so important because so many teams run off small squads. A lot of teams do not have youth teams to fall back on. Our youth system consists of seven full-time scholars and we do not have a reserve team... I am yet to be convinced that this [deadline] is something that works at the lower end of the scale... "A loan system is a really important way for us to function... You have still got clubs in the Conference who are not full-time. If it is hard for us at Exeter then can you imagine what it is like for someone like Tamworth where they are part-time. Obviously they cannot sustain a full squad all the time so they are going to need loans" .
"Grimsby midfielder Terry Barwick looks set to join York City on loan. Barwick, 22, has opened talks with City boss Billy McEwan" says the BBC. And, "Morecambe have parted company with defender Carl Ruffer. The former Chester City player leaves Christie Park after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent. Ruffer, 30... has been plagued by injury during his short stay with the Shrimps".
The Cambridge Evening News says that "Robert Duffy, who was released by Cambridge United two months ago after making just three starts without scoring, has signed for Kettering until the end of the season."
On This is Essex states that "Canvey soccer boss Jeff King claimed 'appalling defending' in the opening half had been the major factor in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by a Tamworth side who had gone into the match propping up the Conference table".
The Argus reports that "Jimmy Quinn has blasted Crawley on the day they are expected to announce their new manager... Quinn was one of the leading candidates but was told on Monday he had not got the job... 'I was disappointed with the way this has been handled. I have not been told personally by the club, I heard from my agent. I have also been made to wait a long time. There are ways of doing things and I don't think they have handled it very well'" , he said. Whilst managerless, Crawley "made a £75,000 bid for Stevenage striker Anthony Elding, signed Tristam Whitman on loan from Tamworth and have attempted to capture Tony Scully [on loan at Exeter] from Notts County".
Above: Kieran Lugsden in action in the Cheshire Senior Cup match against Crewe last week - one of Gavin Rathbone's excellent photos, available from the Robins' Shop. More images are displayed on the GR Photography website.
Tuesday's LDV Trophy results:
Confguide reports that "Reading look poised to sign Tamworth defender Aaron Brown, who played for the Championship club's reserves while on trial earlier this year. Brown, 22, who trained with Watford recently, was this month part of the non-League England squad who faced Belgium. Reading director of football Nick Hammond told Reading's official website: 'I've been talking to Tamworth about the possibility of bringing him here, initially on loan but then with the possibility of a permanent move when the transfer window opens in January. Nothing has been confirmed but we will continue to talk to both Tamworth and the player'... He has made 17 appearances this season, scoring one goal as well as being sent off once". As a result, he is suspended against Altrincham on Saturday.
"Cambridge United boss Rob Newman has bolstered his squad with two new players, while several scholars have been farmed out in a bid to help them get work experience. Gavin Heeroo impressed... to earn himself a month’s loan from Farnborough. The former Crystal Palace man is joined at the Abbey Stadium by Max Porter, who arrives on a month's work experience from Southend United... Newman said of his new acquisitions: 'Gavin can play right back or right midfield so we've got him in as cover, with the possibility of a longer deal. Max is a very tenacious young midfielder'... Scholars Duane Eastall, Ashley Fuller, and Ryan Lockett have all been sent out on work experience, while striker Mbiyeye Medine has joined Chelmsford City on a month's loan".
"Grays have appealed against the red card centre-back Jamie Stuart picked up in Saturday's top of the table win at Exeter. Stuart was sent off along with City striker Lee Phillips for an incident in the tunnel as the sides trooped off at half time. 'We put the appeal in today, so fingers crossed,even if we can’t get the whole three games scrubbed, we might be able to get it down to one game', Grays boss Mark Stimson told The NLP on Monday night: 'Both players said they hadn’t really touched each other'". If upheld, Stuart could miss the game against Altrincham on 6 December.
The FA confirms that two players from our opponents, Tamworth, are suspended - they are Aaron Brown, sent off on Saturday and David Bampton who from 26/11/2005 is "suspended from all first team football until the Club have completed 1 first team match for 5 cautions".
Above left: The calendar's cover. Right: The month of February 2006.
BBC Sport reports that "Hereford United boss Graham Turner is hoping to sign a goalkeeper on loan after losing the services of Wayne Brown with a broken wrist... But with no loan signings permitted between November 25 and January 1, Turner wants more cover now".
"Canvey Island have placed defender Jay Conroy on the transfer-list. The ex-Crystal Palace youngster, 19, joined the Gulls in the summer but has struggled to break into the first-team. Meanwhile, Canvey boss Jeff King has allowed long-serving goalkeeper Ashley Harrison to join Great Wakering Rovers on loan" says the BBC.
From This is York we read that "New Zealand international Leo Bertos wants to end his nomadic existence by earning a permanent stay at York City. The 23-year-old right winger made his Minstermen debut during Saturday's 0-0 draw at Kidderminster Harriers... after spending brief spells at five different clubs since being released by Rochdale in the summer. He said: 'It was pretty gutting to get released by Rochdale after two seasons in their first team... I have been at Swindon, Doncaster, Bristol Rovers, Chester and Stevenage but it's the same situation everywhere. So many clubs don't have any money now'". He added, "Hopefully I can cement a place in the team... I'm non-contract at the moment but I would definitely be interested in signing for York because I need to play. I don't want to play reserve-team football". City boss Billy McEwan said "He gives us another dimension to our team and gives us penetration which you need at times in games".
Aldershot Town is to have a new official website at www.theshots.co.uk from 28th November.
Confguide confirms that "Kidderminster boss Stuart Watkiss has admitted that he may lose some of his top-earners in a cost-cutting exercise... Watkiss will only be able to bring in loan signings before the window closes on Friday, while the prospect of losing players such as Iyseden Christie and Mark Jackson is a distinct possibility. 'It's no secret that we may have to lose some of our top earners... There are no offers on the table yet and no deal is imminent for any of our players but there has obviously been interest, but that's all it is at the moment. There is the money available to bring in one more loan signing (before Thursday) so we'll sit down on Monday morning'" said the manager. Meanwhile "Watkiss is adamant his side should have been awarded a late penalty against York City on Saturday, which if converted would have given the Harriers all three points... Watkiss said after the match: 'For two weeks on the bounce, I'll be leaving the game tonight still puzzled by what I see as a poor refereeing decision that has ultimately decided the game... We're disappointed to again be on the wrong end of poor officiating. I have to say I think the officials were poor from start to finish today' ". Watkiss said of referee Amy Rayner "I went over to her and shook her hand and just let her know what I thought of that decision and her performance".
"Cambridge United are scrapping their youth centre of excellence as a cost cutting measure. Vice-chairman John Howard, who has responsibility for United's youth set-up, explained the likely withdrawal of almost £70,000 in grant funding from the Coca-Cola League at the end of this season had forced the club to axe the centre of excellence. He told the Cambridge Evening News: "The relegation of a club like United with such a well-regarded and successful youth policy has highlighted the lack of provision for the youth policies of clubs that drop out of the Football League... The club will now focus its youth development efforts on local colleges and clubs".
Above: Ben Deegan (left in yellow) keeps his eye on the ball as Anthony Davies (no.11) stands by, on a cloudy afternoon at Trafford as Altrincham FA defeat Chester FA.
Altrincham & District FA youth team, entirely comprising Altrincham FC Youth players, beat Chester & District FA Youth at Trafford FC on Sunday by six goals to nil. They are now in the Cheshire FA District Cup Final against Stockport & District FA to be played in March, at a venue to be confirmed. Fresh from scoring twice in Saturday's Cheshire FA's 6-3 win over Liverpool FA in the Northern Counties group-stage match this weekend, Alty striker Ben Deegan hit a hat-trick against Chester. He has now scored 25 goals for Altrincham Youth and Altrincham FA this season as well as netting once for Alty Reserves and six times for the Cheshire FA side. The other scorers against Chester were Matty Williams, Astley Mulholland and Andy Keogh.
Match report in Youth section.
Alty's Tom Bane also scored in the Cheshire FA match against Liverpool and Richard Gresty also played. And, still on the representative front, in the mid-week inter-league match between the NW Allied Trophies League and the Bury & Radcliffe League, Alty's Andy Keogh played.
Above: Gary Scott (blue shirt no.11) battles for the ball at Gravesend, as Val Owen looks on.
Match report here.
As Alty work hard against full-time opposition, clubs at the other end of the Conference's financial spectrum are able to offer big money for players. The NL Paper reports that managerless Crawley have tabled a bid of £75,000 for Stevenage's Anthony Elding. Elding's partner George Boyd is stated to be subject of interest from Leeds United and Shefffield United, with a £200,000 fee being touted.
Conference teams in LDV fixtures this week are:
Right: Steve Aspinall, made his 100th appearance for Alty on Wednesday night.
"Kidderminster Harriers could hand a debut to promising midfielder Russ Penn at home to York City on Saturday, with Michael Blackwood set to fill in for suspended Wayne Hatswell at left back. Harriers' boss Stuart Watkiss, who is braced for further cuts to his playing budget, has been experimenting with various permutations... With Martin O'Connor facing a longer than anticipated lay-off after an exploratory knee operation revealed more damage than expected, Penn has been groomed for a central midfield role against the Minstermen... Since releasing left back deputy Steve Burton from his contract, Harriers have only had two left-footers, Hatswell and Blackwood among their first-team ranks. And with the manager not receiving a single penny of Burton's or departing right back Wayne Evans' wage to reinvest in the squad, Watkiss has been unable to bring in cover for the left side of defence. In Hatswell's absence, he has contemplated reverting to three at the back and has even considered employing right-footers Johnny Mullins, Wayne Graves of Gavin Hurren at left back. 'Whatever I do it is going to be a case of putting a square peg in a round hole', admitted Watkiss... The Harriers' boss has also been busy on the phone this week attempting to clarify the loan arrangements for Heslop, Mullins, Pugh and Taiwo Atieno. He fears that if any of the temporary signings are called back at short notice he could be down to the bare bones of a squad and struggling to name 11 players and five substitutes... 'Barnsley and Burnley are stumping up all the cash for Heslop and Pugh so if they were to go back we would not save anything but we'd lose two important players'", the manager told This is KHFC. Also, "Stuart Watkiss could be forced to release one of his top earners, thought to be leading goal-scorer Iysden Christie or skipper Mark Jackson as part of a cost-cutting exercise", says Confguide
Bullsnews adds that "Failure in the FA Cup, after manager Stuart Watkiss admitted that the club had budgeted for a run, cost Harriers a minimum of the £10,000 prize money for winning the 4QR tie... Should attendances reach the depths of the 1500 attendances the club got against the likes of Morecambe and Halifax then a defecit of £75,000 is easily forseeable for the remainder of the season. Chairman Barry Norgrove acknowledged last month that the club were running at a loss of £5,000 per week... and the club will be facing a six figure loss for the season without a dramatic improvement",
From Confguide comes a report that "Accrington Stanley have bolstered their squad with the acquisition of former Liverpool trainee Mark Smyth on non-contract terms.
Only six points cover the whole bottom half of the Conference table. A win for Alty could take them to 13th; defeat could drop them to 21st!
So, that leaves just 16 fit members of the squad to travel to Gravesend this evening, if goalkeeper Richard Acton is not counted as he is still not fully recovered from his broken foot. The 16 are: goalkeeper Coburn; defenders Aspinall, Band, Butler, Hilton, Munroe; midfielders Chalmers, Owen, Peyton, Potts, Robinson, Scott; forwards Little, Lugsden, McFadden and Wilson. Of these sixteen, eleven have started seven or fewer league games this season for Alty this season. Four have yet to start a league game for Alty this season (Aspinall, McFadden, Butler, Robinson), whilst Peyton and Lugsden have started once. Wilson and Hilton have started twice, whilst Scott has started four league games, Chalmers six and Munroe seven.
The BBC says that for tomorrow's game, "Gravesend have a major doubt over the fitness of defender Paul McCarthy, who is suffering from bruised ribs. Danny Slatter is definitely out with a viral infection, while midfielder Lee Protheroe is suspended".
The NL Paper has comments from Liam Daish, the Gravesend boss, before tomorrow's clash with Altrincham. Without a win in five games, The Fleet boss said of the recent defeat by Aldershot, "Last week was gut-wrenching and has stayed with me. When you're on a run like ours you have to show togetherness and bottle. We need to beat Altrincham and then the confidence will come back.... We conceded three goals to three crosses and that's disturbing... and our decision making isn't quite right at the moment". Meanwhile Graham Heathcote spoke of new man Warren Peyton: "Things did not work out for Warren at Leigh. He's a naturally fit lad, which is something we need and he has ability as well".
NL Daily says that "Rob Newman, manager of Cambridge United, has brought in Gavin Heeroo and Max Porter on a temporary basis. Defender Heeroo has arrived on a month's loan from Farnborough Town... while midfielder Porter has come in on 'work experience' from Southend United".
The BBC says that "Former Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy has taken over as caretaker manager of Morecambe. He is to stand in for Shrimps boss Jim Harvey, who is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack before last Saturday's game... Harvey, who was McIlroy's assistant with Northern Ireland, is expected to be sidelined for around three months. McIlroy's last job in management came at Stockport County... [He] will be assisted at Christie Park by Mark Lillis, who was his assistant at Stockport".
"Kidderminster boss Stuart Watkiss has signed former Torquay defender Patrick Flynn... The ex-Wolves junior (20), has moved to Aggborough for a month on non-contract terms to cover for the absence of Wayne Hatswell and Chris McHale. 'With Chris going out to Stourport for a month for games, it's freed up a little bit of cash'", Watkiss told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"Forest Green Rovers have signed Bristol City striker Guy Madjo on loan, with a view to a permanent deal. The Cameroon-born forward, 21, has started one game and made five substitute appearances for City - scoring in their LDV defeat at Barnet". FGR have also released Jamie Gosling and Jon Beswetherick.
The BBC also says that "Dagenham have given former Gillingham and Southend winger Jimmy Corbett the chance to revive his career. Corbett is training with the Conference club... following an injury-hit two years at Southend which ended in the summer. Corbett spent five years at Blackburn after a big-money move from Gillingham but never made a first team appearance".
"Notts County boss Gudjon Thordarson says he is looking at releasing out-of-favour winger Tony Scully. Scully, 29, has been on loan at Exeter since August, but his spell expires at the start of December. 'I think it would be best for Scully to try and get a future elsewhere', Thordarson told County's website".
"Aldershot boss Terry Brown is thrilled to see Roscoe D'Sane back in action after more than a year out injured. The striker, 25, came on as a second-half substitute for the reserves. 'It's fantastic to have him back, but it's going to be a gradual process - we're not going to rush this'", Brown told BBC Southern Counties Radio.
Above: Gavin Rathbone's shot of Kyle Wilson in action against Exeter. For more of Gavin's photos, visit GR Photos or the Robins' Shop at Moss Lane.
SAM reports that "When Altrincham took to the field on Saturday, they were barely recognisable. Unhappy with recent performances and faced with suspensions to both Karl Munroe and Val Owen, manager Graham Heathcote decided on a virtual overhaul of his team... But it initially seemed as though Heathcote's tinkering had backfired on him; that was until Colin Potts entered the field of play... The winger added a touch of class to the Alty midfield and it was his eye for an opportunity that enabled the Robins to finally split the well-organised Exeter defence... Earlier the Robins had struggled to get the better of their title-challenging opponents and throughout the first half they did not even manage a single shot on goal".
Above: Gavin Rathbone's photo of Warren Peyton playing against Exeter.
This is Exeter quotes the Grecians' Director of Football, Steve Perryman: "We are averaging two points from every three at the moment... There are going to be draws when we are expected to win and Altrincham might have fallen into that category. But other teams are going through the same thing and it's all about where you finish at the end of the season - and we are confident".
The BBC says that "Accrington manager John Coleman wants his side to make the most of being the first team to beat Grays by continuing their push to the top of the table... And with four successive home games to come against sides in the bottom half of the table [including Alty], starting against Forest Green on Friday night, Coleman is keen to take advantage. 'You can talk about the four home games, but that counts for nothing if you don't go out and perform...When we have got ourselves in a good position in the past we have let ourselves down and we have to make sure that doesn't happen again'". But "Mike Flynn, on loan, and Chris Butler are the latest to have gone and with Andy Tretton and Andy Proctor still sidelined through injury Coleman is scouring the market either for a loan or a January swoop. 'We have to bring a couple of players in. There is no getting away from that. We are thin on the ground in midfield so we need to bring in a midfield player and a defender'".
"Hereford United striker Adam Stansfield is nearing a first-team return after more than two months out of action following hernia surgery... The former Yeovil Town forward, 27, came through a reserve game against Cheltenham Town... Wing-back Simon Travis, who is yet to play this season because of injury, also featured in the 0-0 draw", states the BBC.
"York City boss Billy McEwan has signed New Zealand international Leo Bertos on a short-term contract... after being released from a non-contract deal at Chester City. The 23-year-old, who has also played for Rochdale and Barnsley, had spent a trial spell at York while turning out in the Conference North for Barrow" says the BBC.
The Conference ‘Player of The Month’ for October is Jamie Slabber of Grays Athletic.
"On-loan midfielder Lee Fowler is keeping his options open after starring on his debut for Scarborough. The 22-year-old midfielder produced a storming display in the 1-0 defeat of Tamworth and afterwards hinted at a full-time switch into boss Neil Redfearn's plans... He said: 'I only had a cartilage operation on my knee four weeks ago, but the only way to get back is by playing games. I did have a few options and when I made my mind up that I wanted to come to Boro, my agent asked me what I was doing because they were at the bottom of the Conference National. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Neil Redfearn. I played against him when he was at Boston, so I know what he is all about and how ambitious he is'". In response Redfearn referred to "The added bonus of having Lee Fowler is fantastic – he is easily the best midfield player in this division", reports Scarborough Today.
Crawley Town "Striker Stuart Douglas is the latest player to leave the Broadfield Stadium. The former Luton Town and Boston player joined the Red Devils just before the commencement of this season... [but] has had his contract with the club cancelled by mutual consent".
STAR, the Altrincham supporters' trust, has launched its long awaited "Giant killers" DVD (seen above), which records many of Altrincham's most famous moments in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. As Alty fans will know, Alty have more FA Cup scalps of League clubs than any other current non-league side. Priced at £18, the DVD can be bought by following links on the STAR website.
This is Staffs says that goalkeeper "Ben Williams will need to shake off a knee injury before Crewe can consider him for Saturday's derby clash. The Alex keeper was nursing a swollen knee at the end of last week's training sessions and has required treatment". Dario Gradi said "The treatment room is more or less free of bodies other than him... That is pleasing and I think that is down to the work we did with the players during the summer. I think their joints are protected by that extra body work they do in the gym". But "Steve Jones and David Vaughan have joined up with the Northern Ireland and Wales squads preparing for friendlies against Portugal (Tuesday) and Cyprus (Wednesday), while young midfielders Gary Roberts and Billy Jones are likely to start for England under-19s in their game with the Swiss at Wycombe on Wednesday night".
Confguide reports that "Morecambe FC officials were busy making plans for the rest of the season following the news that manager, Jim Harvey, suffered a heart attack before Saturday's home game against Cambridge. The 47-year-old was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary an hour before kick-off after he collapsed in his office complaining of chest pains. Club doctor, Trevor Fleet, examined him at the scene and an ambulance was called immediately. Harvey underwent tests and was detained in the coronary care unit at the RLI where he is expected to remain for the rest of this week. On medical advice he will not return to the club for at least three months. Club chairman, Peter McGuigan, said on Monday: "In the very short term Jim Bentley and Dick Danson will be responsible for the team... In the longer term we hope to appoint a caretaker manager for a period which will be dictated by the length of time it takes for Jim to make a full recovery to enable him to rejoin the club. Jim is fully aware of what we are planning".
"Rob Newman, manager of Cambridge United, added a triallist to the squad travelling to Morecambe on Saturday and also welcomed back Ashley Nicholls. Newman has signed triallist Danny Bunce on non-contract terms and the defender made his debut at Christie Park. The teenage former West Ham trainee had trained with the U's for the previous two weeks... 'He's a left-sided defender who was released by West Ham at the end of last season', said Newman. Another 'new' face to the squad was Ashley Nicholls, who has returned from his three-month loan spell at Rushden & Diamonds" reports the club website
On This is Exeter "Jon Challinor sent Exeter City back to the top of the Nationwide Conference - before admitting: 'This was two points dropped'... after being held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Altrincham... But despite their table-topping exploits, the celebrations were put firmly on ice after they carelessly gifted Altrincham a share of the spoils.'We had numerous chances, two goals disallowed, plenty of shots on targets but they didn't go in and it wasn't to be our day', said Challinor. 'This was a definitely a case of two points dropped. We feel like we have lost the game, even though we still got a draw. In the first half we were well on top and that's when we need to take our chances.'".
This is Essex reports that "Canvey skipper Jeff Minton expressed his delight at his side finally getting their just deserts on opposition territory... 'We've had some good away draws this term, but too often we've played well enough to get some reward and ended up with nothing but we worked hard for what we got today'" at Forest Green, he said.
The Argus claims that "Former Chelsea boss John Hollins has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant Crawley job... Reds will hold third interviews with three candidates this week before naming the successor to Francis Vines, who was sacked three weeks ago. I understand Hollins is one of them and the others are former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Quinn... and ex-England international Luther Blissett... Caretaker-boss Simon Wormull says 'When the new man comes in he will find a buoyant changing room and when that happens then the performances of the players improve by 30 or 40%".
The BBC says that "Tamworth manager Mark Cooper wants to sign a new striker... Cooper said: 'I will be looking to bring in a striker now that Tris Whitman has gone out on loan. 'Tris hadn't performed for us so it was right to look for a change."
Exeter boss Alex Inglethorpe added, "Fair play, to Altrincham. They competed well but I am disappointed not to win... Having said that, I have to feel relieved that we got a point because ... they took their goal well and we could have lost it but for a good save by Paul Jones".
This is Exeter has a brief report on the game saying that "Exeter dominated the game in the early stages without really threatening until Dan Woodards let fly from long range, but his goalbound effort was blocked in front of goal by Altrincham defender Gary Talbot".
"Gravesend & Northfleet striker Charlie MacDonald was 'gutted'" to lose 3-2 to a stoppage-time winner at Aldershot. 'We're without a win since Forest Green (on 27 September), although the boys picked up a couple of draws while I was out injured', he told BBC Radio Kent. 'We dominated the second half, even with 10 men, but if you can't defend crosses you're not going to win games'" .
The BBC reports that "Cambridge United boss Rob Newman revealed he dropped four players from his team against Morecambe for disciplinary reasons. Ritchie Hanlon, Parys Okai and Craig Westcarr were on the bench, while top scorer Fola Onibuje was in the stands. 'I won't go into details but it was for disciplinary reasons they were left out', Newman said 'I want honest players at this football club and there were 11 honest players out there. They can be proud. Some might call me brave, some might call me stupid... but I had to act. .. The powers-that-be knew my reasons and they backed me 100%'".
"Kidderminster boss Stuart Watkiss blamed referee Gavin Ward for the Harriers' 3-1 defeat to Stevenage. Two of Stevenage's goals were penalties and Watkiss said: 'The only difference between the sides were the officials. I thought the referee was poor throughout. He consistently favoured the home side in his decision-making... We'll put in a report on his performance. He's not fit to referee in the Conference'".
The BBC says that "Boss Mark Stimson was disappointed to miss out on the unrivalled record for the best start to a Conference season after Grays lost 2-1 to Accrington. Grays had equalled the record on 29 October by going 15 games unbeaten. 'I think we created enough chances to get the equaliser, but we've come up against a good side', Stimson said. 'Accrington worked hard, closed us down and made it very difficult for us - but sometimes you have to hold your hand up and admit they were as good as us'".
From Crawley Town comes news from temporary player-manager Simon Wormull - 'We haven’t got a clue who the new manager will be or when he will take over – as far as I know, I’ll be taking training on Monday and Tuesday and we’ll take it from there... I’d be happy to keep a coaching role if that suited the new manager'".
Bullsnews says that "Woking signing John Mousinho has returned to Brentford after Woking manager Glenn Cockerill refused to guarantee him a starting spot, to the disappointment of Brentford counterpart Martin Allen".
Match report here.
Right: Warren Peyton leaves the field after his debut against Exeter City.
Accrington Stanley confirm that "Chris Butler has been released by the club and is expected to join Altrincham in the near future. The 21 year old left back joined Stanley in October 2004 after leaving the Liverpool Academy, but has struggled to get into the starting lineup this season. He leaves with the best wishes of the club". Chris was on the bench yesterday at Moss Lane.
NL Daily reports that "Roger Hunt, chairman of Cambridge United, has responded to press reports about relocation from the Abbey Stadium. 'We welcome John Howard's statement setting out the vision of the Bideawhile directors for a centre of football in Cambridge... As a board we are very clear that the details of any proposed relocation would need to be put in front of the supporters and shareholders, and a full and open discussion take place before the club could commit its support to any scheme... Since the conclusion of the CVA at the end of July the board have been in discussions with John and his partner Steven Clar... While John's aspirations are those we can all support in principle, the continuing lack of any details makes it impossible at present to make any proper evaluation of the proposal... We are certainly not in a position yet to support or decline John Howard's proposed relocation... Meanwhile, despite the massive and continuing efforts of staff and supporters, the club continues to face rent and other costs which we are finding difficult to sustain, and to face ongoing uncertainty about its ground and finances. This cannot continue if the club is to have any future. The club will be putting clear and final proposals to John Howard at the Board meeting next Monday evening'".
Nuneaton Borough have signed strikers Danny Davidson from Crawley Town and Ian Foster from Forest Green Rovers.
This is Exeter reports that "Exeter City boss Alex Inglethorpe admits tomorrow's match at Altrincham is a trip into the unknown for his team - but he can't wait for it. Moss Road [??] provides new surroundings for the title-hunting Grecians as they aim to stretch their winning streak in the league to five games. "I am pleased with the form, really pleased" said the City boss. "You are in danger if you suddenly switch off and think that it is an easy three points. They are a side who are going to work extremely hard to close us down and they have got enough pace and ability up front to cause us problems. We are wary of their strengths and it is certainly going to be a tough game. True, we are not familiar with their ground so it's a new type of challenge and one which we are really looking forward to". Meanwhile, "Gary Sawyer has stepped up his claims for a return to the heart of the defence... Last week Santos Gaia and Chris Todd got the nod, but Sawyer clearly forms a major part of the manager's plans... With Billy Jones, who received an England National Game XI call-up this week, and Danny Woodards the first choice full-backs there is fierce competition in midfield. Danny Clay is still struggling with an over-active thyroid and may need further treatment before he hoists himself into the reckoning. But with Les Afful, Paul Buckle and Dean Moxey putting pressure on the current midfield quarter of Tony Scully, Glenn Cronin, Andy Taylor and Jon Challinor, there are some exciting options at Inglethorpe's disposal. Lee Phillips is expected to be given the all-clear to continue his impressive partnership with Craig Farrell after shrugging off the head injury he picked up at Kidderminster last week".
The same source reports that "Heathcote (right) confesses his side face a daunting prospect halting the rampant Grecians in their tracks... Despite their lowly position, Altrincham have sprung several shocks this season - wins over Aldershot and Morecambe their most notable scalps. And with leading goalscorer Colin Little, a former Mansfield and Crewe frontman who has plundered five goals this term, leading the line, the Greater Manchester side will be a tough obstacle to overcome".
In the NL Paper, Graham Heathcote says, "I feel now is the time to freshen things. What we need is a better standard of fitness because being part-time we suffer in the latter stages of matches. Warren is naturally fit and Chris and James have both been training full-time with Accrington. With them in the side, I'll have more legs, more pace and they'll help inject some tenacity".
Meanwhile "Neil Redfearn, manager of Scarborough, has signed midfielder Lee Fowler on a month's loan from Huddersfield Town. Fowler, 22, has made over 50 League appearances for the Terriers... Former Rochdale midfielder Sean McClare, 27, has signed non-contract forms after training with the Seadogs" reports the BBC.
Nuneaton Borough have reportedly signed Danny Davidson (25) from Crawley Town, who signed him from Stafford Rangers for £10,000 last season. Also on the move is Lee Andrews of Carlisle Utd who has gone on loan to York City.
York City have "revealed that their preferred site for York City's new stadium would be the York Central brown field site at the rear of York Station. Council leader Steve Galloway and his officers are working closely with the Club and have agreed to embark on a feasibility study on the site... City's Stadium Development Director, Ian McAndrew said, 'We presented to the City of York Council the concept of a stadium for the City of York which would be a sub regional asset as there is no other facility of this nature in North Yorkshire. We have been delighted by their positive response and their firm commitment to embark on a feasibility study. We envisage the stadium would be home to York City Football Club as well as the York City Knights and could also be a possible concert venue with extensive conferencing facilities'... The Club confirmed they envisage the new stadium would be completed by 2013".
Bullsnews says that "Forest Green have signed MK Dons midfielder Ben Harding on loan for a month, and have allowed fellow midfielder Scott Rodgers go to Weston for a month." The BBC adds that "Meanwhile, striker Mark Danks has returned to the Lawn following a two-month loan at Bromsgrove Rovers" and that "Kidderminster boss Stuart Watkiss has allowed defender Chris McHale to join Stourport Swifts on loan".
The BBC confirms that "Crawley Town have secured a two-month loan deal for striker Tristram Whitman from Conference rivals Tamworth... Meanwhile, Crawley are expected to appoint a new manager next week".
"Northampton midfielder Bradley Johnson has joined Gravesend and Northfleet on a month's loan".
As mentioned lower down this page, Chris Butler (21) is a left-back, who started as a Liverpool trainee and played 30 first-team games for Accrington. Midfielder (and former striker) James Robinson was released by Crewe last year and had a brief loan spell with Alty in December 2002. Midfielder Warren Peyton has been at Rochdale, Bury, Nuneaton, Doncaster and Leigh RMI.
On the injury front, whether Gary Talbot will play tomorrow is still uncertain but Lee Hendley is likely to be ruled out of contention as he is having an x-ray on his foot today. Pat McFadden and Steve Aspinall will be with the Reserves.
Speaking of new signing Ged Murphy, the Alty boss added, "Ged is tenacious, a strong ball-winner and a good passer of the ball and has a desire to win that is evident in the way he plays. But under FIFA transfer rulings, he won't be able to play for us until December ... It is difficult working as a part time club under these regulations because we can't afford to build a big enough squad in the summer to cope with any problems but we just have to get on with it... We've been on the phone non-stop over the last couple of weeks but it's difficult to get the right players because we can't offer them big contracts. There are so many down sides to being a part time club in this division and there might be a scenario in four or five years time where there are no part time clubs in the Conference".
"After being placed on a stand-by list", Exeter City's Billy Jones has been called up for the England National Game XI, reports This is Exeter. "Now he will join City goalkeeper Paul Jones at the start of the inaugural European Challenge Trophy... Full-back Jones, a summer acquisition from Kidderminster Harriers, admits he is overcome with pride at the prospect of pulling on an England jersey". Jones said, "It was a bit of a shock and I am over the moon about it. My mum and dad are so pleased for me and it will be a great occasion for the whole family as they are planning to come and watch the game".
NL Daily says that "Phil Wilson, manager of Lancaster City, has bolstered his squad with the signing of George Melling (right) from Clitheroe. A versatile player, 20-year-old Melling played five Conference National matches for Altrincham earlier this season. 'I have been watching George and made my move and I am delighted he agreed to move here', said Wilson. 'He has played in the Conference this season which shows he is a decent player... He can play at right back, centre half or in midfield and that is just what we need at the moment'".
Meanwhile, "Burnley's youth-team striker Marc Pugh has joined Kidderminster on work experience. The 18-year-old has scored 15 goals in 11 games for the Clarets' youth team this season, and has also scored once for the reserves. He has been a first-team substitute twice this season".
"Dagenham and Redbridge boss John Still has received mixed news on the injury front ... Paul Bruce and Tim Cole both played for 90 minutes in the Essex Senior Cup... However, midfielder Jake Leberl was forced out of his comeback game with a back problem" reports the BBC.
"England National Game boss Paul Fairclough has named Steve Burr as his assistant for the non-league international against Belgium... after Exeter manager Alex Inglethorpe stood down from the role"
Confguide states that "Kidderminster manager Stuart Watkiss has been told by his chairman Barry Norgrove that he will have cash to spend on new players, albeit loan recruits. The Harriers' boss currently presides over a squad decimated by injuries. Midfielder Martin O'Connor is out for a fortnight after knee surgery; Simon Russell faces up to three months out with a broken wrist, whilst Gareth Sheldon is sidelined by a hamstring problem". Norgrove said, "We'll be looking to get players in on loan so we can take a look at them and if we want to keep them, we can try to sign them up on a permanent basis later in the season". This is KHFC adds that "Lower than expected home crowds and ongoing difficulties attracting fresh investment are to blame for Harriers' perilous financial plight, says Norgrove. "Obviously the crowds are very disappointing... We were down to 1,400 of our own fans against Exeter . We were banking on getting nearer to 1,800 of our fans for home games with the away side topping it up a bit. We're still trying all the time to get more investors but there's not many people coming forward at the moment".
"York City goalkeeper Fahad Afandiyev has been released" says their website. "The 26 year old former Azerbaijan under 21 international has played several games in the reserve team during his time at the Club, as well as substitute appearances for the first team. The fitness instructor, who is based in Coventry, has increasingly found the distance between his home and the Club a growing issue".
Scarborough confirm that "Halifax Town’s 25-year-old goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin has joined on loan until Christmas, to offer competition to Leigh Walker and Antoni Pecora. Former Barnsley midfielder Sean McClare has also joined Boro on trial with a view to securing a deal... Ex-Newcastle defender Karl Colley is also training with Boro".Alty fans will recall Colley as an opponent at Barrow and Frickley.
The Accrington Observer reports that "Radcliffe Borough are said to be keen on getting Stanley winger Matt O’Neill back on loan after he returned from his two month spell at Boro... Goalkeeper Danny Alcock has returned to training and is expected to be back later this month. And [Robbie] Williams, who limped out of the Worcester FA Cup clash with an ankle injury, is expected to be fit for the huge game with league leaders Grays in the Sky televised match, with a noon kick-off. Captain Peter Cavanagh is also hoping to have had an injection on his ankle so he will be available against Grays... Meanwhile, Stanley’s three loan players have had their spells extended. Wigan duo Edwards and midfielder Kevin Lee are at the Interlink for a further month. And Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph is delighted to be back at the Reds for a third month - but it looks like it could be his final month". Manager John Coleman added, "I think we under achieved last season in tenth place so I think we can do better this season".
The Cambridge News claims that "Max Porter did his chances of earning a deal with Cambridge United no harm with the opening goal in a 5-3 win in a friendly at Sudbury. The teenage midfielder, who has been released by Southend, impressed manager Rob Newman with his powerful play... He was also pleased with the displays of fellow trialists Gavin Heeroo [ex-Grays, Farnborough]... and defender Danny Bunce [ex-West Ham]". Newman said, "I'll speak to all the trialists. But the situation is I'm pleased with what I've seen from all of them and if they're better than what we've got already, then others have got to go. I've got a budget to manage, and harsh as it may seem, there's no sentiment here. I'm only as strong as my weakest player". Meanwhile, "Ashley Nicholls was set to return to training with United after the end of his three-month loan term with Rushden but the midfielder, 24, could be on his way to the League Two club... when the transfer window reopens in January. Nicholls was sent on loan after United manager Rob Newman was unhappy at the player returning to pre-season training overweight and criticised his attitude".
Also training with Alty is Whiston-born James Robinson, who has played three reserves' games for Accrington Stanley this season. He was give a free transfer by Crewe in March 2005 after making one first-team start and 10 sub appearances. Born on 18 September 1982, he is 5ft 9ins tall. James was at Alty in late 2002, when he was a striker. His loan-stay with Alty was curtailed when he suffered a facial injury against Marine; in all, he made 2(+1) appearances for Altrincham. After returning to Crewe, Dario Gradi converted him to a midfield role.
"17 year old striker David Brooks was today registered on Nationwide Conference forms" reports the Southport site. "Brooks is averaging more than a goal a game both for the Youth team, and the Reserves. He suffered slight concussion during last nights FA Youth Cup win at Rochdale, and if he is fit, will travel with the First Team to Crawley for Saturday's game".
Bullsnews reports that "Woking have signed Brentford defender John Mousinho in order for the 19 year old to gain some first team experience. English born Mousinho came through the Chesham United ranks".
"Simon Wormull has urged the Crawley board not to rush the decision to appoint a new manager", states The Argus. Wormull said: "It is a big decision so it is important not to rush into anything... The fact Graham Rix applied shows the high standard of people interested in the job but you cannot blame him for choosing to go to a club like Hearts".
This is Glos says that "Forest Green believe they have made a crucial signing in Natalie Ward. Rovers have recruited the ex-Gloucester City commercial manager to look after hospitality and events at the club, and she is set to play a key role in the months leading up to the opening of the new stadium on Spring Hill. Ward is the first appointment made by new general manager Robin Eaves... She explained: "I'll be responsible for taking bookings for weddings and conferences at the new stadium, with a separate office to do admin and accounts". Natalie "has now taken charge of the Quid a Kid scheme at The Lawn, which entitles under-16s to watch games for £1... Rovers are due to move to their new ground at the start of next season".
Morecambe Today reports that "Morecambe's first team players were, for the first time, called to the club on Sunday morning for a 'no punches pulled' inquest into Saturday's abysmal FA Cup defeat. Manager Jim Harvey said he took the decision to call the meeting because he was 'hurting' after the Northwich game. A video of the game was played and individual and collective performances were analysed move by move in a three-hour session. 'I didn't want it just to be passed off as 'one of those things that happens in the FA Cup'. It was more than that and we've had two or three displays of poor attitude like that in recent weeks... I wanted to make sure they felt the hurt and the disappointment that I was feeling and that the fans will have felt and to carry that emotion into important forthcoming games and do something about it in terms of their attitude and commitment so it doesn't happen again... I am happy with the strength of the squad, especially now we've added John Hardiker and Ged Brannan, and it may be that there are team changes as well as the improvement in attitude that we're demanding".
This is Staffs reveals that "Lee Bell may yet be recalled from his loan spell at Burton, although it has been extended for another month. The midfielder is not being allowed to play in the FA Cup for the Brewers and Gradi says he could be needed as cover later in the month".
This is York says that "York City are urging fans to come out in force for Saturday's rearranged match against Burton Albion to offset the thousands of pounds in lost revenue from Tuesday night's late postponement. The televised Conference match against the Brewers was called off... after three hours of torrential rain... The game has been restored to its original 3pm Saturday kick off time, but the £5,000 broadcast fee from Sky has been lost... York City communications director Sophie McGill said: "It's very disappointing because everybody was looking forward to the televised game and putting a good show on.... and there is also staffing costs that we will still have to incur, catering costs and also the travel expenses for Burton Albion which we will have to pick up". The article adds that "With City already feeling the pinch in the cash department, the weather could not have struck at a worse time as they will now be without a home game for six weeks.... At least the postponement gives City boss Billy McEwan more time to get in a loan signing ahead of Saturday's game. He said: 'It does give us a bit more time to get someone in and there's a few discussions going on".
But whilst The Argus confirms that "Crawley expect to go into Saturday's crunch Conference clash with fellow strugglers Southport without a permanent manager for the second match in a row", it gives the reason as being the "high number of quality applicants". The Argus adds, "It means midfielder Simon Wormull will be in caretaker charge again... Alan Mullery, who was brought in as a football consultant by Crawley's new owners at the start of the season, said: 'We are in a very nice dilemma of having so many people to choose from... There are still ten people in with a shout and most of them fit the bill'... The club received a total of 35 applicants... The likes of Graeme Rix, Jimmy Quinn, Barry Lloyd and Luther Blissett have all been linked to the post and Mullery says that highlights the calibre of those still in the running". Mullery added, "We were expecting one or two top people but not as many as we have had...You would not believe some of the names who have applied... We will have them back for second interviews this week". Bullsnews adds that "In an attempt to increase gates at the struggling Conference club, Crawley Town have mailed 4 free tickets to each season ticket holder for the relegation dogfight against Southport on Saturday".
"Halifax Town boss Chris Wilder has ended his search for a new goalkeeper with the signing of Birmingham City teenager Adam Legzdins. The 18-year-old has joined the Shaymen on a work experience basis following a successful spell with Alfreton Town. Wilder had terminated the contract of his former keeper Ian Dunbavin last week following a drink-driving offence". But "Scarborough boss Neil Redfearn is considering moves for goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin and midfielder Sean McClare. McClare, 27, is training with Boro after a three-game trial at Stirling Albion, after previously playing with Redfearn at Barnsley and Rochdale". The Halifax site has since confirmed that Dunbavin has joined Scarborough on loan.
Exeter City manager Alex Inglethorpe has told the Express & Echo that he has signed former Chelsea full-back Danny Woodards for the rest of this season. "City are also hoping to agree a deal to keep on-loan Notts County winger Tony Scully, 29, for the rest of the season".
The BBC reports that "Cambridge United striker John Turner is to join Scunthorpe on trial. The 19-year-old has made over 90 first-team appearances for the U's, but has fallen down the pecking order at the Abbey Stadium this season. Turner recently had a spell training with Rushden & Diamonds".
Confguide says that "Kidderminster Harriers have been rocked by the news that Simon Russell faces up to three months on the sidelines with a broken wrist... after sustaining the injury during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Exeter City. 'It's very badly broken and obviously worse than we'd first anticipated; it's virtually shattered his wrist', " confirmed Physio Jim Conway. 'At the moment we'd expect him to be out for at least 12 weeks'". Also, "Midfielder Martin O'Connor, is also expected to undergo an operation that will rule him out of action for at least two weeks".
"Surplus to requirements at Notts County, but a hotshot at Exeter City where he is on loan, Tony Scully is mulling over the Grecians' offer to stay on until the end of the season. 'I have obviously got to see what Notts County are saying and see if we can do something'", he told the Express and Echo.
Stevenage Borough's George Boyd has been named as one of the finalists for The FA's 'Player of the Round' award, whilst Woking have been voted as 'Team of the Round' for the LDV Vans Trophy competition.
"Woking boss Glenn Cockerill has extended the loan spell of Yeovil Town defender Luke Oliver for a third month" and "Burton Albion have extended the loan of Crewe midfielder Lee Bell" reports Confguide.
Full report here.
Morecambe have increased their options by capturing the signature of experienced midfielder Ged Brannan. Brannan, who had been playing with Radcliffe Borough was last in the Conference National with local rivals Accrington Stanley, who he left at the end of September. Brannan first came to the attention of manager Jim Harvey when they were both teammates in the early 1990s at Tranmere Rovers... After 227 League appearances for the Wirral club, big-money moves followed, £750,000 Manchester City, £378,000 to Motherwell, and £175,000 to Wigan Athletic... He joins Morecambe, more or less exactly two years since the Shrimps first attempted to sign the player when he was at Wigan, prior to joining Accrington Stanley, and he brings with him a wealth of experience which can only be of benefit to what is a young Shrimps’ squad.
Mossleyweb reports that "Arriving at Seel Park is 21-years-old striker Anthony Bingham from Northwich Victoria. Bingham began his career with Bradford Park Avenue... He began the current campaign playing with Altrincham's reserve side and made his Mossley debut as a substitute in Saturday's 4-0 win over Eastwood Town.
FA Cup first round replay dates involving Conference clubs:
Tuesday 15 November:
Wednesday 16 November:
Pictured right, by Bill Coop, is an exhibition case at Altrincham Leisure Centre, the contents of which have been arranged by Bill's wife, Sue, and Karen Rowley. The aim of the display is to promote Altrincham FC in the community. If you walk through reception at the Leisure Centre walk as far as you can until you get to the glass wall where you can see the smaller pool, then turn to your right and the display case is on the wall on your right.
In the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup, Alty lead League 1 with six points from three games - it is still two points for a win in this competition. Only the Wirral FA can catch them; they have 4 points, also from 3 games. Alty's final qualifying match is against Chester FA on 20 November. Leading the other qualifying group (League 2) are Stockport and Crewe, each with 4 points from 3 games. Macclesfield are not yet out of it, with 3 points.
The Conference website says that "Kidderminster boss Stuart Watkiss was left frustrated by his players' failure to carry out his instructions, in their 2-1 defeat by Exeter" on Saturday. He said, "The players deserve a certain amount of praise, as in terms of effort they've given it a real go. But all that goes out of the window if you fail to take on board what you've been working on during the whole week. Their two goals - which were far too predictable - and the set-pieces were classic examples of that".
Crawley Town confirm that "Striker Danny Davidson has mutually agreed to cancel his contract... Davidson joined Crawley Town from Stafford Rangers in July 2004, penning a two year deal, but with the club turning full time in the summer; his commitment to his primary employment restricted his opportunity to make the switch to professional status".
The ever informative Bullsnews says that "Aldershot Town have posted a £13,157 loss for the year ending June 30th 2005. The figure was lessened by Transfer income of £45,000, but is considerably worse than the profit of over £180,000 made the previous year when the club made their way to a lucrative play-off final. This season the club is believed to be running at a loss due to low gates after a poor start. NL Daily adds that "Aldershot Town’s former England semi-professional international right back Tarkan Mustafa has joined Billericay Town on a month’s loan deal".
"Malcolm Reynolds, chairman of Scarborough, has revealed that the Seadogs are close to concluding a deal which could see a major housing company purchase the McCain Stadium... Reynolds told supporters the sale would push forward the proposed move to a new 6,000 capacity stadium off Dunslow Road. This could see building start on the new ground mid-way through next year. The switch across the town would act as a lifesaver for Scarborough, who are currently losing £250,000 a year. The McCain Stadium site, which would house 120 properties, has increased in value from £1.6million in April 2003 to £4.1million. Reynolds said: 'People keep telling me that they can build the new ground in four months because it would all be assembled in a factory, shipped over and then bolted together... We have a yearly income of £250,000 and outgoings of £500,000... The move would leave us with an additional 10 acres that could provide us with some development income. Once that happens then we have a business that breaks even", He told Scarborough Today.
Scarborough's website adds that "Boro chairman Malcolm Reynolds has appealed for fans to stop listening to unsubstantiated rumours... Stories currently going the rounds of the pubs and workplaces of Scarborough include yet another version of the 'bouncing wage-cheques' story and the belief that the stadium move has fallen through. At a forum with Boro fans on Thursday evening, Mr. Reynolds stated categorically that all players’ wages have been paid in full. There had indeed been a mix-up a couple of months back when the players’ cheques were distributed before the agreed date, resulting in various banks asking for the cheques to be re-presented... With regard to the stadium move, the site at Eastfield has been bought. Contracts for the sale of the present McCain Stadium site have been drawn up and are due to be signed soon – possibly within days. The proceeds of the sale should allow the club to become debt-free. The Eastfield site consists of 15.5 acres, of which 5.5 acres will be used for the football ground and car parking (the current McCain Stadium occupies 4 acres). The remaining 10 acres of the Eastfield site will be used for office space etc. which will be put on long-term leases to other companies and will provide an annual income which will allow the club to at least break even, as opposed to its current loss-making operation. Once the contracts are signed, planning application must be made within four weeks. This could be granted within two months, and no complications are envisaged. Construction of the new stadium could be started by April/May 2006. The stadium could then be complete within three months. However quickly or slowly things proceed, the club will not remain at Seamer Road beyond May 2007 at the very latest". Good news for the Seadogs who, back in 2000, were unable to pay Alty the full fee for the transfer of Paul Ellender.
Southport "must trudge down to Woking a week on Tuesday evening after they secured a draw against Woking. The draw will result in Carl Baker missing his opportunity of the England semi-pro team due to the replay".
Stevenage Borough report that "Ronny Henry's scans reveal less damage than feared. Henry could well be back in action within the next 2 weeks. Jason Goodliffe and Justin Gregory were both on the training ground on Friday.... Following a meeting with Graham Westley on Thursday morning, Anthony Elding resumed training on Friday also. Elding has committed himself sufficiently for Graham Westley to say this; 'Once again, Anthony has had his head turned by a big money offer from another club. He is being offered nearly treble his current wages to move within the Conference. We are not in the 'big payer' bracket... Although nobody has been given permission to speak to him, one club has. And it has disrupted him as it has done before. He is a young man with big responsibilities.......he has a young daughter and a baby on the way... Clubs should not be illegally approaching our players. And presumably encouraging him to misbehave to secure his release. Anthony was fined for his latest misdemeanour, he has spent a week away from the club... He knows he was wrong but I don't want a verbal apology. We have agreed that the slightest future misdemeanour will result in the most stringent financial penalty and that the only apology worth getting is in his actions". Elding responded by scoring yesterday.
Barrow have signed former Chester man Leo Berthos who has been on trial recently with York City.
BPA 1 Radcliffe 2
An entertaining first half with Radcliffe taking a 2 goal lead before Bradford nicked a great goal just before the break. The second half wasn't as good a half with the midfield being by passed a lot. Stephen Rose had a commanding game at the back and never looked in much trouble. Rod was in and out of the game but showed some great touches and worked hard to keep the ball up front. One lovely touch near the end saw him escape his marker, race down the touchline and cross to give Steve Foster (the other forward), an easy chance which unfortunately he missed.
Ged Murphy had a very bright opening 20 minutes - always making himself available and distributing the ball well. Unfortunately, when Rod was fouled after 20 minutes he got involved with the opposing player and both ended up in the book. The rest of the first half he was quieter and with midfield being by-passed mostly in the 2nd half we only saw glimpses of him. However, looks a very useful player who looks like he wants to "boss" things in the centre of the park.
Many thanks to Grahame and Karen for the above- but, sorry, no reporters' fees are available!
You can see the lads in action (weather permitting) on Sunday (6th, 2pm) against Furness Rovers at Wythenshawe Town FC .
Items can be brought in to the club or the club can collect by prior arrangement.
Radcliffe Borough have announced that they have re-signed former Stockport County, Stalybridge Celtic and Altrincham midfielder Danny Hooper. The 23-year-old rejoins the club after leaving after a short spell first time around due to work commitments. Having regained his fitness with spells at Ashton United in pre-season, he attended the club and has been training over the last few weeks. Manager Kevin Glendon said: 'Danny is footballer in the true sense of the word and is a passing midfield player. After missing his football to pursue an outside professional career he has returned determined to give it another go'".
Accrington Stanley report that "Ian Craney has been selected in England National Game manager Paul Fairclough's final sixteen that will travel to Belgium for the European Challenge Trophy match on Tuesday 15th November".
The BBC reports that "Kidderminster Harriers have confirmed the departure of full-back Wayne Evans. Evans has been released by mutual consent... Harriers' boss Stuart Watkiss released him following the loan signing of Reading's Johnny Mullins".
"Halifax Town have parted company with goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin. A statement said that Dunbavin's contract had been terminated by mutual agreement. The move follows discussions between club officials and the 25-year-old, who was recently fined and banned from driving for a drink-driving offence". The BBC also states that "Burton Albion have signed Bury utility man Jake Sedgemore on a month's loan".
The Argus claims that "Graham Rix is one of the eight candidates in the running for the manager's job at Crawley. The former Arsenal and England midfielder is believed to have been interviewed by the Conference club on Wednesday. Rix, 48, was a coach at Chelsea under Gianluca Vialli and had unsuccessful spells as manager of Portsmouth and Oxford... Former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Quinn, who guided Shrewsbury to the Conference title last year, is also thought to be one of the front-runners. Ex-Gravesend boss Andy Ford applied but was not given an interview. Reds aim to have a new man in place in time for their next Conference home game against Southport on November 12".
From This is Exeter we hear that "Exeter City boss Alex Inglethorpe is hoping to extend Tony Scully's loan spell until the end of the season... The winger is due to return to Notts County on December 3 - but Inglethorpe is keen to thrash out a deal before the League 2 club recall the player. Meanwhile, long-serving utility player Barry McConnell has signed for Bath City... Scully, who has played for a remarkable 14 different clubs, appears to have settled at St James's Park... And striker Jamie Mackie is also pressing his claims for a first team start following an accomplished display in a 1-1 friendly draw with Weymouth... With Paul Buckle on the mend from an achilles injury, the squad has never been in finer fettle". Their next league opponents are Altrincham.
This is York says that "York City midfielder Emmanuel Panther is set to be sidelined longer than first anticipated... Panther has suffered ankle ligament damage that will keep him out of the Minstermen's side in the foreseeable future"
The Football Conference curiously says in its Newsletter that "Our partners over the last 18 months, BT, confguide.com, Sportinglife and InTheBox Media have all invested heavily to try keep our live selective broadcast of games and highlights as a free service. Not that you would have noticed, especially if you have not visited our site, www.footballconference.co.uk. Our campaign at the moment is to try and get at least 10,000 fans to participate in our affiliate programme each month with totalbet".
The same source says; "After watching Grays tear his side to shreds, Southport boss Liam Watson paid the league leaders the ultimate tribute: 'Grays are easily the best team I have ever seen in non-League football'" .
Above: Ged Murphy looks on (in red shirt) as Stephen Rose (no.4) and Leroy Chambers challenge for an aerial ball in the Droylsden v Altrincham game on 25/8/2003.
Manager Graham Heathcote is still working on bringing in other players and another loan signing may be settled after this weekend. The new transfer rules mean that no loan signings are allowed after 24 November until 1 January 2006
It has been confirmed that both Val Owen and Karl Munroe have received one match mans and will miss the Exeter City game.
"Former Rochdale midfielder Leo Bertos scored a goal as a triallist for York City in Tuesday night's 4-0 reserve team victory... About Bertos, manager Billy McEwan said: '"He did okay and he has been released by Chester. We are having a look at him and need to have a chat with him'" . He has also played at Barnsley. "McEwan could now decide to make a move for Bertos with doubts still surrounding the fitness of influential midfielder Emmanuel Panther" says This is York.
Bullsnews reports that "In his weekly article in the Hereford Times, Graham Turner has revealed that the bank account at Hereford United is down by around £45,000 since the start of the season". The manager said, "The first thing the floating supporter does is look at our league position. If we are up in the top two or three they come, if we are halfway they don't... Our gates are down this season, which reflects the league position".
The BBC says that "Bradford City midfielder Jake Wright has extended his loan spell with Halifax to a third month".
The Aldershot News & Mail confirms that "Aldershot Town boss Terry Brown is hoping to unleash his four-month long striker target on minnows Burnham in the FA Cup this Saturday as well as an attacking midfielder. Brown is on the verge of landing two major signings... The boss has been locked in talks with a League striker and attacking midfielder in the build-up to Saturday’s huge FA Cup... Brown said: 'I’m definitely going to get the front runner in. I’ve been working since May on this one and after four-and-a-half months I think I’ve finally got him'". But "striker Matt Gearing returned from his club Northampton Town where he had been recovering from an ankle injury, only to limp off again just before half time of the Hampshire Cup tie with Brockenhurst".
This is KHFC states that "Kidderminster Harriers are considering a loan swoop... as most of their back four are walking a suspension tightrope... Mark Jackson, Daryl Burgess and Wayne Hatswell are all one booking away from a one-match ban... Kidderminster have already welcomed back Reading's Johnny Mullins on a month's loan following right-back Wayne Evans's exit... Watkiss's search for another keeper has been shelved due to youngster Dan Lewis's encouraging form... He admitted that with both sides out of the FA Cup, the Exeter game [on Saturday] has been brought forward from its scheduled midweek date next January to give cash-strapped Harriers an earlier financial boost... Defender Chris McHale is to be allowed out on loan to get match practice".
From Scarborough Today we learn that "Boro boss Neil Redfearn is lining up moves for some Football League players to boost his squad... He said: 'There isn't any point in bringing in kids in this situation, we need to go for experience. I'm looking at some players who are currently playing in the league, hopefully we can get a few signings sorted out. I know exactly where we need to strengthen and I know who I want, it is just about sealing the deals. The only problem is getting these players away from their current clubs'"
Confguide picks up on this theme: "Heathcote's suggestion - essentially that referees' assistants should not change ends at half time - does have the great merit of common sense to commend it. It will be interesting to see what sort of response Heathcote's call prompts".
This is Exeter reports that "City goalkeeper Paul Jones has revealed his honour at being called up to the England National Game XI squad... Jones and his Grecians' namesake Billy both received their first summonses to the national non-league side". Paul said, "I feel I started off this season well but then had a bit of a bad patch when we started conceding a few, but we've kept two clean sheets in the last two games and we're getting back to how we were". Meanwhile "Exeter City manager Alex Inglethorpe was given an access-all-areas tour of Premiership side Fulham's training facilities as part of a two-day fact-finding mission in London this week... Inglethorpe made the trip in a bid to explore the coaching methods employed by top-flight side Fulham and League One high-fliers Brentford... He previously spent a week at Everton... He chose Fulham because of their survival record in the Premiership". Also "Inglethorpe should welcome new defensive signing Danny Woodards back to training today.... Inglethorpe is keen to offer the ex-Chelsea youth product something more concrete after initially landing the youngster on a game-by-game deal".
"Teenage Cambridge United defender Adam Davies has signed a new long-term deal at the Abbey Stadium. Davies, 18, has penned his first professional deal to keep him with the U's until June 2008" reports the BBC.
"Grays' 4-1 win at Southport on Saturday made it 15 games unbeaten, equalling the Conference record for the best start to a season. Despite that start Grays boss Mark Stimson remains cautious on promotion". Stimson told BBC Sport. "If we win promotion that would be a miracle." The article adds, "Stimson attributes the club's phenomenal success to the decision to go full-time while still in the Ryman Premier League as well as hard work and and a deliberate policy of signing young players. The club's oldest player is 28-year-old Jamie Stuart, with the youngest just 17, the highly-rated Gary Hooper... 'When I took over we had a lot of journeymen and they didn't want to run around and they had a part-time attitude. I made it a policy to get in people with enthusiasm. It's no good having ability if you're not prepared to run about... At Grays we're all out to prove people wrong. In a few years you want to be bumping into those people who told you weren't good enough". Although "Run as a full-time club Grays have implemented unusual contract agreements with their 20-man squad - four players have deals paying them for 46 weeks of the year, with the remaining 16 on 40-week contracts. 'No player gets paid 52 weeks of the year', added Stimson. 'From July to the middle of August they all came in basically without pay'".
"Crawley Town are to begin interviews to find a managerial successor to Francis Vines on Wednesday. Over 30 applications have been received and the club's football consultant Alan Mullery told BBC Southern Counties: 'There's a good mixture of names'". However, "Mullery insists the new man will need experience of full-time football. He added: "It's not important we get a big name - a prime example was when Bobby Charlton became manager of Preston'".
>Hereford's informative Bullsnews reports that "Hereford have signed Darren Knurek as back-up goalkeeper... Knurek, 18, is the reserve keeper at Evesham United".
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This is Exeter has a curious column from City's former Spurs' star Steve Perryman: "As a visiting club or fan you make instant judgements when you enter a ground. What sort of club is this? Is it clean and tidy? This is why I think Exeter have got a chance... I can stand for a lot of things wrong at a club, but one factor that has always remained important to me as a player is the quality of the pitch... The pitch has been something that Exeter has struggled with in recent times... At Spurs we weren't even allowed to do sit-ups on the surface at White Hart Lane... by doing it you are pushing your heals along the floor, rubbing some of the grass away and, as a result, ruining the pitch. The pitch is the place where we earn our money, the place where success or failure is determined, the place where we get results. It is incredibly important. A looseness had crept in at Exeter - I have seen kids taking penalties, I have seen people coming out of the bar taking penalties on the pitch where professionals are paid to earn their corn. That was not right... We have appointed a pitch consultant, whose roots[!!] are in a golf club and he checks what is being done and leads the people who are working on the pitch, educating them and steering them in the right direction...For the good of this club we need to have a decent pitch, we need to get it back to being revered by the rest of the big clubs". Follow the above link for mower on this story...
The same source says that "Exeter City's new recruit Danny Woodards is determined to earn a longer-term deal... The 22-year-old has signed on non-contract terms and is getting paid on a game-to-game basis... The 22-year-old gave a tantalising glimpse of his pedigree at the weekend after taking the tough decision to bring the curtain down on his Chelsea career...The right-back, who can also operate as a central midfielder, gave the Grecians a different dimension at the weekend... City boss Alex Inglethorpe said of his new signing: 'He offers us something different and did extremely well on his debut in senior football'".
Confguide curiously reports that Burton's win over Alty "was further soured by the sending off of Stuart Coburn (right) for a second bookable offence". Of course, it was actually Karl Munroe who saw red and not Stuart, who was Alty's man of the match with a couple of great saves and a magnificent penalty stop.
"Stevenage Borough manager Graham Westley has won the Nationwide Conference Manager of the Month award for October" says NL Daily.
NL Daily reports that "Former Cambridge United defender Adam Tann has joined rivals Gravesend & Northfleet. Tann was a free agent after Cambridge recently agreed to let the 23-year-old, who rejected a new deal with the U's in the summer, move without a fee... Fleet boss Liam Daish has also added Charlton Athletic's teenage defender Adam Cottrell to his squad on a ‘work experience’ basis".
Halifax Today says that "Goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin's future with Halifax Town is uncertain after it was revealed he was dropped from the team at Woking on Saturday for disciplinary reasons... 'It is a disciplinary matter I am going to have to deal with'", said manager Chris Wilder. "It is not something you want to have to do, but I will do it. The club will make a statement on it shortly", the boss added. Former Alfreton keeper Lee Butler (39) has replaced Dunbavin. The Hereford Bullsnews reports that "Halifax goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin was convicted yesterday of drink driving for the second time. Dunbavin, 25, had only recently returned from a 20 month driving ban for the same offence in early 2004 before he joined Halifax, and has now been given a 3 year ban from driving plus a £700 fine after being caught with an alcohol level of twice the legal limit". Halifax Today adds that "he was twice over the legal limit when stopped in Wrexham, North Wales. Dunbavin, of Pinfold Lane, Southport, was fined £700 and banned from driving for three years... Antony Newnes, for Dunbavin, said his client had drunk five cans of lager at a friend's. 'However Dunbavin is anxious to assure us that he does not have a problem with drink', said Mr Newnes. 'As a professional footballer he is subject to random alcohol and drugs tests. He is worried because now he is suspended from working and faces a disciplinary hearing at the club. The PFA has advised him his contract could be terminated'".
"Tamworth Football Club has given striker Bob Taylor two weeks off to deal with personal issues after the player was convicted of drink driving last Friday.Taylor was fined and banned by magistrates last week, and was left out of the squad for last Saturday's game at Exeter City because he was not mentally ready for the game... It was agreed that Taylor should be given time away from the club to deal with his problems.The club has offered support to Taylor but it has been made clear to the player that Tamworth FC does not condone drink driving and will not accept serious breaches of the club's code of conduct.Taylor knows he has let his family, the club and the supporters down, and has apologised. He has also assured the club there will be no repeat. Tamworth FC hope that in two weeks time Taylor will be fit, mentally and physically, to return to action and play an important part in the club's Conference campaign". But Hereford Bullsnews adds that "a later report for the icBirmingham (Birmingham Mail) website suggests Taylor was sent home on Saturday morning after turning up the worse for wear, and was later spotted drinking with Tamworth supporters before the game".
"Sulking Stevenage striker Anthony Elding has been told to get rid of his 'bad attitude' by no-nonsense boss Graham Westley. The dispute erupted when Westley pulled the 23-year-old out of the England non-league squad claiming his attitude was not right. That, in turn, prompted the player to request a loan move.Now Westley has told his sulking striker that he will definitely not be leaving Broadhall Way and that he needs to buckle down and 'toe the line'. Westley told Borough's website: 'He's contracted to us and he's required to honour that contract. He won't play for us unless he toes the line and proves to me that he can be trusted to play with his heart for this club, the fans and me. Fortunately we are not called Mickey Mouse and we do not need to give in to a misbehaving player. I am sure in the future he will look back on talk of asking for a loan as embarrassing. Knuckle down, work hard and earn a shirt...He thinks that he is okay because League Two clubs want him. If he listened and concentrated he could be moving into the Championship. But no big club will want to introduce a bad attitude'" reports Confguide
From the BBC comes news that "York City boss Billy McEwan has told fans intent on causing trouble to stay away from the club's matches. McEwan admitted to York's website that he has been concerned by reports of incidents at recent games. He said: 'There's an element I don't like at the club,and I don't want the image of York City tarnished. If we start needing a bigger police presence at games it will lead to bigger charges and I can't afford to buy players as it is'".
Confguide says that "high-flyers Exeter City are facing the threat of a lawsuit from former managing director, Ian Huxham. Huxham left his £40,000-a-year post two weeks ago, three years ahead of schedule. And now it has emerged that the man widely credited with turning the Grecians' financial fortunes around is to seek compensation, claiming constructive dismissal... A club statement said: "At the moment the club does not intend to expand on Mr Huxham's reasons for resigning. That is up to Mr Huxham himself, as it was his decision to resign".