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NCEL Newsletter - Issue 8, Season 2004/05
(Week ending: Saturday 13th November, 2004)

BUXTON are mourning the death last Wednesday of former Chairman and Vice-Chairman, David Mellor.

He was a lifelong supporter and committee member of Buxton's Social Club Committee. David also served on the Derbyshire CFA as Vice-Chairman of its disciplinary committee and his knowledge of non-league soccer was outstanding.

Attempting to revive a flagging campaign, the club have made several recent signings. Returning for his eighth consecutive season (in October) was last spring's 'Supporters' Player-of-the-Year', centre-back Jonty Wood, whilst ex-Hallam winger, Kevin Curry, has also confirmed his availability again after re-signing.

Other newcomers include ex-Brodsworth striker, Gareth Collinson, who had spent the early part of this season with Bridlington Town but had found travelling excessive in the UniBond League - he scored on his debut at Hallam.

In goal against Brodsworth was Richard Siddall who has been the regular keeper at Stocksbridge for the past two seasons following his departure from Hillsborough and short spells with Alfreton Town, Gateshead, Frickley Athletic, Brigg Town, Hallam and Barrow.

CARLTON Town's President, who was honoured for giving more than half-a-century of service to Non-League football, has died after collapsing midway through a recent FA Vase match.

John William Stokeld, known as 'Bill', was taken ill during their 4-1 win over Kirkby Muxloe and died later in hospital.

Stokeld joined the club when it was known as Sneinton FC as an eighteen-year-old player and later became Secretary, Chairman and President.

He was involved with the Nottinghamshire FA and local leagues and, earlier this year, was presented with an FA long service award by former England captain Emlyn Hughes.

Condolences go to Bill’s family and everyone at Carlton Town.

SOUTH Normanton chairman Pete Kane has employed a consultant to advise the club on their grant application to the Football Foundation. Changes in the rules governing grants now mean that the FF will now only meet 40-60% of a projects costs, compared to the previous benchmark of 90%.

Kane said: “The new rules have knocked us back six months which is a big blow. It now looks as though we will have to find around 50,000 but everyone is trying to get money out of the same pot.

“But we have hired a consultant who is looking at other areas of funding.”

South Normanton are looking to improve their Exchem Sports Ground home with new changing rooms, hard-standing and two new stands part of a project costing around 135,000.

Despite the financial problems Kane remains positive. He said: We are always upbeat because we have good people here and a good committee. On the pitch the team isn’t doing as well as expected but manager Paul McFarland has had to bring in a whole new team.

“Paul is gradually getting there and we are confident he will achieve all the tasks he has set himself.”

GLASSHOUGHTON Welfare have a new website at And Garforth Town have also upgraded their site at And while you’re surfing the net why not check out Liversedge’s new-look site at

PONTEFRACT have announced that two games against top Norwegian side FC Lyn Oslo have been arranged in the near future at Skinner Lane. The Norwegians are on pre-season tour and are calling in at Pontefract for two games against local Youth sides.

First, Lyn Oslo Under-15s will take on the Castleford & District FA Under-17s side on Sunday, November 14th. Kick-off for this game will be at 2:00pm.

This match is followed three days later when Pontefract Collieries Under-19s side take on Lyn Oslo Under-17s. This is on Wednesday, November 17 with a 7:45 kick-off.

Both occasions will also be preceded by mini-matches of 25 minutes each way, details of these will be announced at a later date.

BRODSWORTH striker Paul Bradley has left the Blues to become part of the Gary Marrow revolution at UniBond League Premier Division club Frickley Athletic.

Marrow has made a whole host of signings since taking over at Frickley but Bradley will be a big loss to Brodsworth as the former Hatfield and Long Eaton forward had hit a rich vain of scoring form for the Welfare.

BORROWASH have drawn up a short-list of prospective new managers and are expected to announce a successor to Bob Sykes who resigned in September following the Vics defeat against Birstall United in the FA Vase.

Reserve team boss Colin Tansley is in temporary charge and has brought in Simon Van-de-Broucke from Gresley Rovers to assist him. Vic’s secretary Ian Collins said: “Colin and Simon will be in the frame but we have drawn-up a short-list and an announcement will be made in the next two weeks or so.”

THERE can’t be many who haven’t seen the publicity surrounding Garforth Town’s latest signing but this is how the official club website announced the news:

In one of the most unlikely moves in recent times Brazilian legend Socrates will be coming to Northern Counties East League club Garforth Town.

His first game will be at home against Tadcaster Albion on November 20th.

The majestic midfielder retired 14 years ago but the lure of a spell in the NCEL has proved too much for the 50-year-old.

Socrates skippered Brazil at two World Cups and was unquestionably one of the greatest players of his generation.

Garforth already have one former international on their books in the form of Lee Sharpe, but Socrates, who still has his famous long hair and beard, will undoubtedly be the most high-profile player to pull on the Garforth shirt after signing a one-month deal with the club.

He is expected to make his debut against Tadcaster in front of a capacity 3,000 home crowd at Garforth - a far cry from playing in front of 200,000 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Socrates, not surprisingly, has a reputation as a deep thinker with strong views not only on football but society in general. Quite what he will make of Garforth, a former pit village in the heartland of West Yorkshire, remains to be seen!

LIVERSEDGE’S grand FA Cup adventure is over. ‘Sedge were just 90 minutes away from the first round proper and a tie with Wycombe Wanderers but went down 2-0 in a replay to Midland Alliance side Coalville Town.

The club will be disappointed to miss out but they have been tremendous ambassadors for the NCEL and everyone involved with the league and its clubs will want to send their congratulations to Eugene lacy and his team for their outstanding achievement in progressing so far in the competition.

PARKGATE are in no hurry to appoint a successor to manager Stuart Evans who resigned following his sides heavy defeat at home to Staveley Miners Welfare in September.

Assistant Vinnie Brady is running the show and will continue to do for the foreseeable future.

FORMER Gedling Town player Steve Scoffham has not enjoyed the best of luck since swapping the NCEL for the Football League. After joining Notts County towards the end of last season in what was reputed to be a 10000 deal the 21 year-old striker suffered a broken leg and now his latest comeback has been put on hold following an accident at home.

A crack has reopened in his leg following a fall and the striker could now face another month off after first been injured on the final day of last season.

SELBY TOWN have signed Joe Connor from Premier Division rivals Pickering and the left-sided player had an impressive debut for the Robins helping them to victory over Maltby Main.

 "The Blues"