NCEL Newsletter Issue 9 - Season 2005/06
|10th December, 2005|
RETFORD TOWN have finally got their man after a contract wrangle with Havant & Waterlooville
threatened to scupper Vill Powell’s return to Cannon Park.
The Nationwide Conference South outfit were determined
to keep the 26-year-old-striker to his contract but finally agreed to release the player.
Powell finally pulled on
a Retford shirt for the away match at Winterton and no-one can have been too surprised when the prolific marksmen duly found
the back of the net by scoring the first goal in the 1-1 draw.
MICKLEOVER SPORTS are through to the next round
of the NCEL League Cup despite losing at home to Winterton Rangers.
The First Division club fielded an ineligible player
in their 4-2 Second Round win at Station Road and so have been removed from the competition with Sports reinstated in their
THACKLEY and LONG EATON UNITED have each had three points deducted by the NCEL management board, Thackley
fielded a suspended player in their 2-1 win at Eccieshill United whilst Long Eaton played an unregistered player in their
1-0 win at home to Hallam.
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION’S deadline has passed for those clubs which wish to be
considered for promotion next season into step four of the non-league pyramid.
Almost 100 clubs across the country
are believed to be chasing the limited number of available promotion places with the FA expected to shortly announce the full
list of applicants, including those from the NCEL Premier Division.
SHEFFIELD continue to raise their profile as
the oldest club in the world rapidly approach their 150th anniversary. Representatives from the club attended the recent SoccerEx
convention in Dubai and left with Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and Sir Bobby Robson as fully signed up members.
organisers presented Club chairman Richard Timms with an award for services to football who told Sheffield’s official
website, “Sheffield FC is now established in the football world.”
“There’s lots of exciting
opportunities on the horizon. Everyone at SoccerEx, from Barcelona to Sir Bobby Robson, wanted to know the story of Sheffield
“We’ve made a lot of new friends and the future for the world’s oldest football club looks very
bright. We even gave business cards to Bill Clinton and Richard Branson, but we’ll have to wait and see if we get anywhere
ARMTHORPE WELFARE midfielder Sam Thorne has stepped up to the Unibond Division One by re-signing
for his former club, Brigg Town.
Thorne left Church Street before the start of the current season but will face a struggle
to break into a Brigg outfit which has a surplus of midfield players. Town boss Dave Mclean said: “He is aware he has
come back at a time when there are a few people in front of him, but Sam is prepared to wait for his chance.”
added, “Sam is a terrific lad, and when he has got his head on he is very capable, although he needs to be more consistent.”
TOWN striker Ian Brown had five good reasons to remember his December, 3rd birthday as the 20-year-old hit an amazing five
goals in the 6-2 destruction of Eccleshill United at the Fieldings. “It was a special day and as far as birthday presents
are concerned those five goals were up there amongst the best of them,” said Brown.
“When I went out on
the pitch I didn’t feel that the game was going to be any different than normal, but everything I touched went in the
MALTBY MAIN defender John Drennan has joined Premier Division rivals Sheffield. Born in Scotland, Drennan
began his career in junior (non-league) football with Rob Roy Jnrs before moving south and linking-up with Unibond Premier
Division side Frickley Athletic.
Drennan then moved to Glapwell before his impressive form at Muglet Lane prompted
Sheffield to take him to The Bright Finance Stadium.
Meanwhile, Kenny Geelan has taken control of the first team at
Maltby as manager Wilf Race has begun his 180-day suspension. But for Geelan its business as usual. He said: “Wilf has
done a great job getting Maitby into this position considering what other clubs can offer in terms of payment to players.
role will be to carry that on. I will not be trying to change anything and Wilf and I will still be Working closely together.”
Sean Gorman has left the Welfare Ground to join Rossington Main.
HALLAM have added to their attack by recruiting
prolific striker Paul Hurrell from First Division Staveley Miners Welfare.
Hurrell began as a trainee with Sheffield
United before kicking-off his non-league career with Unibond Premier League outfit Frickley Athletic. A proven goalscorer
Hurrell also enjoyed spells at Belper Town (twice), Ilkeston Town and Buxton before signing for Staveley.
first season at Inkersall Road saw Hurrell notch 18 goals in just 22 starts though his campaign was cut short by injury. This
term he had found the net B times before his move to Sandygate Road and the Premier Division.
boss Martin Haresign has moved to squash rumours linking him with the vacancy at Unibond Premier League side Ossett Town by
telling the press that he wants to manage in the Unibond - but with Railway.
And Haresign revealed that he had previously
turned down the offer of a job with the Ingfield club. He said: “Two years ago I had an interview at Ossett and got
down to the final three but I then got offered the job at Rail which I accepted.
“Then I got offered the Ossett
job the day after but I had given my word and shook on a deal to take Rail over.
“I had done a lot of my management
at UniBond level and I want to do that again because there is a step up. Without a doubt, but I’d like to think I can
do that at Rail.
“We have a very good side here and I like the way the club is run here. You get a lot of backing
from the committee and the fans whereas somewhere like Ossett if you lost four games on the trot you would be out on your
TEVERSAL assistant-manager Dave Rhodes has demanded that his side maintain their concentration from
the first whistle and stop giving away early goals.
Rhodes said: “We have got into the horrible effort of giving
away early goals. It is all down to concentration. If you lose concentration you will be punished at this level of the game.”
WELFARE have recruited Simon Brooker from First Division side Yorkshire Amateur.
GARFORTH TOWN owner Simon Clifford
is ready to take a more hands-on approach at the club now he has left his coaching role at Southampton.
the Yorkshire Post, “I’m at Garforth because I’m ambitious. The potential is limitless.
did realise in my short time away that if I’m not around then it isn’t going to happen for them. Whatever gifts
I’ve got, if indeed I’ve got anything, it did seem to happen when I was here. I was paying three or four times
more to players than anybody else at this level, I’d put a lot of money into the club and I wasn’t happy with
the way things were going. Promotion wasn’t in sight.
“Last year, after a bad start, we were bottom of
the league with no points and so I thought Ill do this myself’. I won 20, drew two and lost just one, my second game
in charge. Now I’m back, I reckon I’ll have the same impact. I’d rather put my energies to seeing Garforth
through to the Football League proper — and that will take five promotions.
“If people want to bet against
me let them bet against me. No problem. It doesn’t bother me at all. When I’m here they train harder, work harder.
was a nice little managerial record last year. I had Lee Sharpe come in and I’ll tell you what, Lee struggled. Big time.
He couldn’t come to terms with the pace of our game. The difference between that and professional football is small,
Very small. So I’m hopeful.”
Meanwhile, the clubs website has reported that the new 5-a-side centre at
the Marston’s Stadium is ready for business.
Town’s general manager Dean Eldredge said: “We have
invested a substantial amount of money and time into this venture and I am confident that Garforth and the surrounding area,
will benefit immensely from this unique development.”