3 July 2015
That commences a sequence of eight games in 26 days... 'We have one or two players training with us, who we are planning to take a look at in the early friendly games and it's likely that the next couple of weeks will be a busy time for a lot of clubs as many players' contracts finish' said Altrincham manager, Lee Sinnott, following Tuesday's training session....
Sinnott is hoping for a more positive schedule than last season when the Robins' supremo was unhappy that his team started and finished its campaign with away matches.
'I'd like to think that we can start and finish our campaign at home this time to redress the balance of last season'", he said."
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Please come along, bring the family and join in the activities!BBC that "Peter Cavanagh has retired from football and left Southport, just two months after signing for them to join Everton's coaching staff.
The 33-year-old midfielder had agreed to move to the Sandgrounders on a player-coach role for the season. He will take a role coaching the academy at the Premier League side as part of Roberto Martinez's staff. 'I'm obviously disappointed to lose Peter but I understand his decision,' said Southport boss Paul Carden."Forest Green Rovers "Tom Bender returned as part of the squad to pre-season training with it also being confirmed that he had agreed a new six-month contract with the club.
Signed in February, he had been offered a deal at the end of last season, and has finally accepted the opportunity to continue his stay at The New Lawn.
The 22-year-old impressed in the eight appearances he made in a FGR shirt in the back end of last season and, were it not for an injury picked up in our final home league game, would have featured as part of the back line in our play-off ties against Bristol Rovers.
Agreeing a deal till the start of January, the former Colchester United and Millwall defensive man was pleased to sign. He said, 'I’m happy to finally get the deal done and dusted. It was never a case of me wanting to leave the club really; it was more to do with things off the pitch. Every professional footballer wants to stay full time. Unfortunately some have to go part time and I’m just lucky enough the gaffer wanted me here and I’ve got the chance to stay full time'.
Bender had joined the club from Dartford earlier this year and is a Wales under 21 international".
Butler also spent time on loan with Havant & Waterlooville and more recently with Aldershot Town whilst with Pompey.
'It was a no-brainer really,' said manager Paul Cox... 'He's another footballer that we want to put on a stage and help us in our fight to build up this football club. He has tremendous experience for a player his age. I’m sure that will tell in what is going to be a very tough league'".
Chester FC "announce the signing of Jordan Chapell on a one-year deal following his release from Torquay. Chapell, 22, had spells with the Gulls and Grimsby last season, after starting his youth career at Sheffield United.
Jordan can operate on both wings, and is Steve Burr’s sixth summer signing. The Blues boss said,'Jordan took our eye in the home game with Torquay earlier last season. I tried to get him in January but he opted for a move to Grimsby, which I can understand as they were going for promotion.
'Once we knew his contract was coming to an end with Torquay, we held several discussions with him and were chuffed that we’ve been able to get him to sign. He’s another player that we’ve managed to bring in that’s young, but got experience already in this league. He had a great start at Torquay last season, and I thought they were one of the best sides to come to our place lasts season.
He certainly shone that night and, although when we played them at their ground, I thought he had another great game that night. 'Jordan can operate on either wing and can play almost anywhere in midfield... He gives us a lot of options which is a bonus, and that’s important when we’re working with a relatively small squad'".
According to the BBC "Businessman Stewart Donald has taken a 10% stake in League Two Oxford United. Donald will remain owner of National League club Eastleigh and cannot take a seat on the Oxford board.
However, he will sponsor the women's academy teams, having previously been an informal investor. 'The simplest way to look at it is like having two children. You try not to love one more than the other and try to do your best for both of them', he told BBC Radio Oxford...
Football League regulations cap interests in more than one club at 10%. And, despite being a lifelong Oxford supporter, Donald stressed he will continue to fulfil his obligations at Eastleigh. 'Everybody at Eastleigh knows I'm an Oxford fan and the fact I'm taking 10% and not any more shows I'm retaining my interest there. Eastleigh is my prime club financially and I'm just as committed as ever to make sure they have a successful season'...
Donald cited one of the priorities for Oxford United is securing their own ground in the long-term... 'When you hear 2,000 season tickets go towards paying the rent, it's obviously a leveller in League Two and we wouldn't have that handicap to getting out of the league'".
NL Pitchero says that "Hemel Hempstead Town have announced the signing of Jamie Slabber. The striker, who won the league with Bromley last season, finished the campaign superbly and was a major factor in the Ravens promotion".
2 July 2015
Altrincham FC and its Community Sports Hall will be participating in this Saturday's Altrincham Festival. As usual there is a parade from the town to the showground in Timperley. Pictured above are volunteers of all ages helping to pack 500 "goody bags" to be distributed during the parade and the events on the showground.
Stacey Rowley, General Manager of the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, writes that "Altrincham Football Club Community Sports Company will be entering Altrincham Festival on behalf of Altrincham Football Club, and also attempting to promote, and increase awareness of the Sports Hall.
We are looking for anyone who is available to help out for the Festival on the 4th July, to get in touch with me, Stacey Rowley either by e-mail or by phone on 0161 928 1045.
Helpers would be appreciated to walk with the float through the town centre, or on Beech Fields, Timperley, where there will be demonstrations of all the activities that occur in the Sports Hall, as well as a tombola. Any donations of chocolate and sweets for the tombola would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the office in the Sports Hall during opening hours of the Hall".
That's our aim, anyway, and discussions have already been held over ways of supplementing established favourites like Shaun Densmore's 'Captain's Chat' with new items and features that will provide even more of an insight into all matters Alty. But we are mindful it is YOUR Robins Review, YOUR guide to what is going on at the club, both on and off the field.
That being the case, we are inviting you to have your say on how you think the pages should be filled for the coming campaign. Is there something you have always wanted to read while waiting for the teams to come out, something you feel would improve the Review? Let us have any ideas/suggestions/thoughts/requests you may have, and we will give each and every one our full attention. Each will receive a personal reply, and we will endeavour to use as many as we can. This is your opportunity to have an input into the 2015-16 Robins Review.
"For the bargain sum of £50, your name will appear throughout the season 2015-16 in the matchday programme for every home game and on the club’s official website as a Patron of the Football Club.
In August, every Patron will be entered into a prize draw with the winner being match sponsor for an appointed game along with 9 guests. Second prize will be hospitality for 5 people and third prize hospitality for 3 people in the Sponsor Lounge; the value of the 1st prize is £550.
If you are interested in becoming a Patron again this season or joining for the first time please forward a cheque payable to “Altrincham FC” for £50 for the attention of Grahame Rowley.
If you require further information, please speak to me on 07720-606897 or e-mail me.
We need your support even more for the forthcoming season, as we look to 'push on' in the Conference National, so please help the club through the close season by joining up today."
Thank you".NL Pitchero we learn that "Kendal Town have announced the signings of centre-back Robbie Williams from Barrow AFC... Manchester-based Williams joined the Bluebirds in the summer of 2013 after Hyde and Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton expressed an interest in securing his signature. Barrow’s switch to part-time status also suited the full-time student who was then just one year into a three-year Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning degree at Salford University.
Having started out at Welsh Premier outfit The New Saints between the ages of 17 and 21, he then made more than 100 appearances for Altrincham during two seasons between 2009 and 2011. During his stint at Moss Lane he also represented the Welsh under-23 side. Following Altrincham’s relegation from the Conference Premier he linked up with AFC Telford United, who had just won promotion to non-League’s top flight.
However, after suffering a knee ligament injury before the start of the 2011/12 season he never made a competitive appearance for The Bucks. After regaining his fitness he was subsequently loaned to Altrincham and then Lincoln City, in January 2012, and saw out the end of that campaign at Sincil Bank. He moved to then Conference Premier side Hyde at the start of the 2012/13 season"
Elsewhere, Lee Casswell, manager of Leek Town, is in the process of re-building his squad after over half of last season’s successful team moved on to pastures new. However, several players have all agreed terms to stay at the club for the forthcoming season. Midfield dynamo, Anthony Danylyk, who was named players` and supporters` player of the year last season, is set to become only the fourth player ever to make more than 400 appearances for the Blues should he play just thirty-three games in the 2015/16 season".Manchester United "have confirmed a date has been set for the Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final with Rochdale. Warren Joyce's Reserves will face Dale at Altrincham's J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday 18 July with the game kicking off at 15:00 BST. The tie is held over from last season with Bury still awaiting the victors in the final". On that date Altrincham themselves are playing a friendly match at Stalybridge Celtic. Chester FC report that "Steve Burr has made his fifth summer signing, with Ian Sharps joining the Blues on a one-year deal. Sharps, 34, has a wealth of Football League experience, spending the last two years at Burton Albion.
On completion of the deal, Steve Burr said, 'There had been word that he’d signed with Telford but that wasn’t the case. I got in touch with him during the summer and, when we sat down, had a chat and I’m delighted that he’s chosen to sign for us. I watched Ian for Burton Albion earlier on in the season and he was very much a part of their great start to the season. He’s always impressed when I’ve seen him.
He got an injury at Burton and they continued to do well when he’d dropped out of the team so it was one of them where he wanted to get back in. We watched him on loan at Telford and it was no real surprise to me when he went in there and it helped turn their fortunes a bit, and he certainly improved them at the back. We do a lot of ground work before we go and sign a player. Sometimes it doesn’t work out but, from sitting down with him, I’ve got a great feel for Ian Sharps at this club'".
At Boreham Wood the club is "delighted to announce the signing of the versatile defender Danny Woodards. Danny joins the Wood with plenty of Football league experience having made over 250 appearances with spells at Exeter City, Crewe Alexandra, MK Dons, Bristol Rovers and Tranmere Rovers.
His career though began at Chelsea where he made over 70 appearances for the reserves without actually making a first team appearance. After being released by Chelsea he moved down to the South West and joined Exeter City. After two seasons at Exeter, he joined Crewe for a fee reported to be £30,000... He could play anywhere along the backline and in midfield. After his contract expired in 2011, he joined MK Dons and made 66 appearances before joining Bristol Rovers. After departing Bristol Rovers he signed a 6 month contract with Tranmere Rovers, where he made 5 appearances before suffering a metatarsal injury.
Danny will join us in July and combine his first-team footballing duties, with taking on a coaching role working and developing under Assistant Manager and Academy Director Luke Garrard within our hugely successful PASE Academy. On sealing the deal Wood Gaffer Ian Allinson said 'Danny’s pedigree is out there for all to see. His versatility and experience was important to me and he will have a big influence within the team. I needed to add men to our young squad and, in Danny, I’ve added strength and knowledge defensively and it will help us establish ourselves in the new National league'".
According to the Lincolnshire Echo, "Hamza Bencherif's second spell at Lincoln City is over after the defender joined Jordan Burrow at FC Halifax Town. The Algerian had been offered a deal for next season by Imps' boss Chris Moyses, but has instead decided to join one of their National League rivals.
After playing for the Imps on loan from Nottingham Forest under Peter Jackson, Bencherif was brought back to Sincil Bank by former manager Gary Simpson last summer. The 27-year-old played in defence and midfield last season under Simpson and his successor Moyses, making 42 appearances and scoring six goals."
At Kidderminster Harriers, "Boss Gary Whild has confirmed two changes within his squad... Winger Ahmed Obeng has been allowed to leave the club in order to join Hednesford Town...
Meanwhile, striker Reece Hales has penned a one-year deal at Aggborough... The youngster, who signed from Birmingham City last season, made six appearances for Harriers in 2014/15 and spent time out on loan.
Whild explained, 'Ahmed's situation was a little different as we had been expecting to begin the season with him as part of the squad but, in fairness to him, the interest shown in him from Hednesford was quite sustained and, having discussed it with him and with everything considered, this is the best option for him as a young player. Reece is someone we've seen a considerable improvement in, over the course of the last 12 months, and we're pleased to see him back in with rest of the group today'".
Over the Pennines, Guiseley "are delighted to confirm that young winger Luke Porritt has agreed a new one-year contract with the club... having been one of the standout players during the first few years of the club’s Academy.
The 19-year-old spent time on loan at neighbours Farsley Celtic last season, with Guiseley Academy manager Dave Currie eager to see more young players make the step up."
"Following speculation... the club wish to make clear its position in relation to Liam Craig, former captain of Hibernian FC. Extensive discussions did take place between the club, the player and his representatives. Having impressed both Liam and his team with our ambitions to progress both on and off the field, it seemed that a deal to bring Liam to Nethermoor could be agreed.
After spending some time with his family on holiday, Liam decided that, for domestic reasons and a wish at 28 to continue in the full-time game, he would not be joining the club. We, of course, respect his decision and wish him well for the future".
Meanwhile Grimsby Town "striker Padraig Amond becomes Paul Hurst's sixth summer signing, penning a one-year deal with the Mariners. The 27-year old started out at Irish side Shamrock Rovers... After a spell at Portuguese Primeira Liga side, Paços de Ferreira, he moved to England and signed for Accrington Stanley. He played in the same side as Toto Nsiala whilst at the Crown Ground.
After leaving Stanley, Amond went on trial with Morecambe and signed for the Shrimps in 2013."
1 July 2015
Click on the images, to enlarge them. Bookings are now being taken for this summer's Fun Weeks.National League "had planned to release its fixtures this coming Friday 3rd July at 12 noon. As a consequence to the announcement by HM Government that this specific date and time will now be used for a nationwide silence to pay tribute to the victims of the recent event in Tunisia, as a mark of respect, The National League has taken the decision to delay the release of the fixtures until 1.00pm.
The National League joins with the football family to extend its condolences to all those affected by the Event in Tunisia and requests all Clubs, Staff and Supporters to honour the nationwide one minute silence. Thank you.". National League had planned to release its fixtures this coming Friday 3rd July at 12noon".Daily Post to the effect that "Motherwell have confirmed the signing of striker Louis Moult from Wrexham for an undisclosed fee. Moult, 23, netted 23 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Dragons last season.
Wrexham manager Gary Mills confirmed yesterday that the club has given ‘Well permission to talk to Moult and had made an offer the National League outfit was willing to accept. Moult came through the youth ranks at his local side Stoke City... He went on to make his Premiership bow against Burnley...
However, Moult struggled to hold down a regular first team place and he went out on loan to Bradford City, Accrington, Mansfield and Alfreton before joining Northampton in 2012. He was only at the Cobblers for a year before joining Nuneaton where he netted an impressive 17 goals in 36 starts for Boro, which earned him a move to Wrexham.
Moult started the 2014/15 season where he left off previously, hitting 16 goals in 39 league appearances for the Dragons. That alerted several clubs, including ‘Well, who have been watching the player for some time and after extensive discussions with Wrexham, the player was allowed to leave and has signed a three-year contract in North Lanarkshire...
Moult told Motherwell’s website, 'I’m delighted to be here and it is a massive step in my career and it wasn’t a move I could turn down. I’m here to score goals and hopefully I can do that. In two seasons I’ve scored 40 goals and I’m going to try and make that 60 in three, or even more if I can'".
The Holker Street Newsletter says that Barrow owner "Paul Casson has been telling with the Mail about how the plans are progressing for next season, and he tells us, 'Last year, I think we signed a fair amount of players early on because we were looking at a different basket. This year the basket contains candidates or targets that not only we are looking at, lots of other people will be looking at them and so they have choices. And so part of our role is to try and persuade them to come to Barrow...
So there are just lots of balls up in the air and eventually they will fall, some probably not until just before the start of the season'...
Dan Pilkington has signed on the blue-and-white dotted line for a one-year contract at Holker Street, and in the Mail, DarrenEdmondson tells us of his attempts to sign an unnamed Football League midfielder... 'He's played at centre-back, left-back, left-wing and in midfield... And at one point he was going to be a big thing, so this can be quite a good capture for the football club'.
The Mail adds, 'Edmondson is due to hold further talks with goalkeeper Aaran Taylor, who like Pilkington is in line to earn a newdeal but had yet to formally commit... And Edmondson adds, 'There are still (external) targets in a lot of positions - still in midfield, forwards, a wide player, right-back, centre-back, goalkeeper. So there are still lots of discussions going on, but there are still lots of discussions going on in-house to resolve what needs to be resolved. So hopefully all of the in-house issues will be resolved by the end of this week... By the end of this week we should know what's going on with all of our players. And then we can move very quickly on the targets'...
Barrow AFC have sold approximately 180 season-tickets for the 2015-16 season, around the same figure as this time last year, and Paul Casson... [said], 'The fact that we've essentially sold as many (season tickets) in May as we did in the whole of the off-season last summer hopefully says a lot about what our attendances will be next year'"
More comes from Barrow who "hope to cement a few deals over the coming days. Leaving the club is Izak Reid who has signed a termination agreement and is set to join AFC Telford. The switch to full-time has been not been possible for the Stafford-based winger. Meanwhile several of last season’s squad are likely to sign new deals tomorrow to switch to full-time. The club are also confident of a new signing,with a goalkeeper on their list of priorities."
The National League reports that "Cheltenham Town have signed former Forest Green Rovers striker Danny Wright on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old target man becomes the second front player brought to Whaddon Road by boss Gary Johnson in two days, following Billy Waters' arrival from Crewe Alexandra on Monday.
Wright has been on the books of Histon, Cambridge United, Wrexham, Forest Green, Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers and has scored 88 goals in his senior career. He joined Harriers from Gateshead last January on a deal until the end of the season, but he was quickly identified as Johnson's primary attacking target early in the close season period.
Already based in Gloucestershire, Wright in Cheltenham's eighth new signing since the end of last term".
Elsewhere "Dover Athletic have announced the signing of striker Ricky Miller on a two-year deal and that midfielder Nick Deverdics has committed his future to the Whites for another season. The double signing means that manager Chris Kinnear's squad is now really starting to take shape ahead of the new season.
The return of Miller is a huge boost to the club’s attacking play. Whilst on loan at Crabble last season, Miller scored 5 goals in ten appearances before being recalled by parent club Luton Town and became an instant fan favourite. The club are aware of Miller's current personal issues and impending court case. The contract was agreed some time ago and with Miller pleading not guilty, the club believe it is right to apply the principle that he is innocent until proven guilty.
Miller has been turning up to training for every session and has a partner and child to support, so the club considers it fair to honour the contract, subject to the outcome of the impending court hearing. Deverdics's new deal means the midfielder will spend his second season with the club, following on from a successful first campaign at Crabble for the 27-year-old. Dover have also confirmed that midfielders Liam Bellamy and Chris Kinnear Jr have signed deals to keep them at Crabble for a further season." The BBC says that Miller is "charged with racially-aggravated assault, using racially threatening words, assault by beating and using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence".
According to NL Pitchero, "Experienced defender Kelvin Langmead has joined Kidderminster Harriers on a season-long loan from Ebbsfleet United. Langmead, who has played almost his entire career in the Football League, spent a short spell with the Fleet having left Northampton Town where he’d played more than 100 games and became a firm favourite with the Cobblers faithful. A commanding central defender standing 6`1”, Langmead actually began his career as a striker, spending a short spell at Aggborough on loan from Preston North End in 2004".
Bulls' News says that "Bristol Rovers have admitted holding talks with a Swiss financier over the sale of the club. Chris Samuelson was part of a group that tried to take over Reading, but says no deal has been done and any agreement is likely to hinge on the result of the Sainsburys court case. The Pirates have a debt of at least £7.5million including a £2 million short-term high-interest loan taken out to fight the court case."
But Bristol Rovers stated that "Following reports in the local media this morning regarding the possibility of a future take-over of the club, we would like to clarify our position. The board of directors have made no secret of their intention to secure investment in a bid to take the club forward and cement its long-term future...
At this moment in time there has been no offer. However, this situation may change in the future... We have spoken to Chris Samuelson. It was an informal conversation. Chris and the people he represents are looking at a number of clubs... But at this moment in time there is no agreement in place to sell Bristol Rovers".
The BBC says that "Grimsby Town have signed defender Richard Tait on a one-year deal. The 25-year-old left Cambridge United at the end of last season after two years with the U's... Tait is the second player to join the Mariners this week after former Morecambe winger Marcus Marshall signed a one-year deal on Monday. "
the same source tells us that "Tranmere Rovers have signed Fleetwood goalkeeper Scott Davies on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old spent time on loan with League Two sides Morecambe and Accrington Stanley last season".
Torquay United confirm that they "have appointed John Ramshaw as the new assistant manager... Ramshaw brings with him a wealth of experience in the non-League game and has worked with manager Paul Cox at both Eastwood and Mansfield Town...
Said Cox, 'He understands my mindset and we’ve had success together. It’s my best signing so far because I believe that working together in the future will lead to success for Torquay United Football Club'".
30 June 2015 East Anglian Daily Times has the sad details of the events in Sousse which resulted in this tragedy for Philip and Allison.
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Chester FC "are delighted to announce the signing of Luke George on a one-year deal. George, 22, joins the Blues following a successful stint as captain of the Sandgrounders [Southport]... Manager Steve Burr said, 'Luke fits into what we’re doing at the club and I’m absolutely delighted to capture him. He’s been on our radar most of the summer. He’s a different type to our other midfielders. We looked at the squad and we feel what he’ll bring is that steel, a presence in the air, tough tackling and great energy levels".
Meanwhile, Grimsby Town "welcome back Marcus Marshall to the club on a one-year deal. The winger spent a successful loan spell with the Mariners during the 2012/2013 Season... The 25-year-old, who started his career with Blackburn, was at Morecambe last season, before being loaned to Lincoln City. He made 33 appearances for the Imps, scoring 2 goals".
On Tyneside, Gateshead "have completed the signing of Nathan Buddle following the defender’s exit from Carlisle United. The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a permanent deal at the International Stadium, having left the Cumbrians last week. After beginning his career with Hartlepool United, centre-back Buddle linked up with Blyth Spartans in 2013, clocking up over 80 appearances for the Croft Park outfit.
The Amble-born youngster signed for Keith Curle’s Carlisle in February... He agreed to extend his stay at Brunton Park in principle earlier this month, but, after learning of the Tynesiders’ interest, called time on his stint in Cumbria to move back to the North East".
At Guiseley, "The club are delighted to confirm Ben Parker and [ex-Alty defender] Danny Hall have both agreed terms for the upcoming Vanarama National League season. Popular defenders Parker and Hall are the latest to sign on... having both played important roles in the club’s promotion last term.
Both players joined early in Mark Bower’s time at the club and will form part of the club’s back line this season alongside new recruit Adam Lockwood as well as Jake Lawlor, Ryan Toulson [ex-Alty] and Danny Lowe. Mark said, 'We’re delighted to have Ben and Danny back on board again this season. Both have proven quality and experience at higher levels, which is what we’ll need as we embark on our first season in the Vanarama National League".
Elsewhere, Eastleigh have "announced the signing of 32 year-old winger Lee Cook. London-born Cook was with champions Barnet last season though started his career with Southampton. After leaving Southampton Lee moved into non-league football with Aylesbury United before returning to the Football League with Watford in 1999. With fifty-nine appearances and seven goals at Watford there were also loan spells at York City (7 apps/1 goal), then a permanent move, following a loan spell to Queen Park Rangers (182/12).
Lee had a further two spells at Queens Park Rangers as well as spells with Fulham, Charlton Athletic (13/0), Leyton Orient (47/6) and Greek Super League side Apollon Smyrni before joining Barnet at the start of the 2014/15 season."
Cheltenham Town "have signed striker Billy Waters from Crewe Alexandra on a one-year deal. The 20 year-old made 15 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the Railwaymen, scoring three times. He becomes Robins boss Gary Johnson's seventh new signing of the summer and will link up with his new team mates for the first day of pre-season training on Wednesday."
29 June 2015 National League says that "Mark Goldberg, manager of Bromley, [has] confirmed the signings of Lee Minshull and Max Porter. The pair arrive from Newport County. Both were part of the Welsh side that finished third in the National League back in 2013... On the latest additions Goldberg commented, 'We are pleased to be able to add both National League and League Two experience to our squad with these two significant signings'".
Welling United reports that the club "attended a disciplinary hearing at the Football Association on Wednesday in regard to the unusually high number of red and yellow cards collected last season. Operations director Barry Hobbins and first-team manager Loui Fazakerley attended the meeting at Wembley.
As a result of the discussions and in respect of the improvements already shown under the new boss and the changes in playing staff this summer, the Wings were fined a total of £4,000 by the FA".