- Issue 17, Season 2004/05
(Week ending: Saturday 26th March, 2005)
ARNOLD Town have at last received
the news that guarantees their future after it was announced that deputy PM John Prescott has finally granted planning permission
for the clubs new stadium which is to be built on a green-field site on the A614.
There had been fears that the Eagles
could fold after they suffered months of delays over the decision but the announcement means that the £1.5 million development
on the 22-acre site can now go ahead.
The government have ruled that permission for the building of the new stadium
precludes the building of houses on the site – something which doesn’t worry Town vice-chairman Roy Francis. He
said: "My initial reaction is we are delighted.
"We weren't planning to build any houses, so that doesn't matter. The
council just now have to approve the recommendation.
"We would say a big thank you to Vernon Coaker, our MP, who has
done a lot of work behind the scenes."
Final approval from Gedling Borough Council is expected to be a formality and
Mr Coaker added: “It’s fantastic news.”
GOOLE manager Paul Marshall has signed experienced keeper
Andy Carney from Unibond outfit Ossett Albion. Marshall had to act quickly after regular custodian Chris Hill was injured
in the Vikings recent win at Long Eaton United leaving reserve Simon Cook as the only fit keeper at the Victoria Pleasure
Carney, who made over 150 appearances for Ossett Albion, has had plenty of experience playing at a high level
after spells with Stocksbridge PS, Frickley Athletic and Hednesford Town.
The keeper also won a Northern Counties East
League championship medal during his time at Dimple Wells.
Goole have also strengthened their team off the park with
three new directors joining the board from the local business community. Brian Cooper, David Duckworth and Malcolm Kerrigan
are the new faces in the VPG boardroom and chairman Des O’Hearne said: “I would like to give a big welcome to
Brian, David and Malcolm. I’m confident that the club will benefit greatly from their expertise and hard work.
fact that these high-calibre businessmen have agreed to join us shows how far Goole AFC has come recently. In the last year,
we’ve gained a new club sponsor in the form of EITI, we’ve launched some wonderful local community programmes,
and we’ve given ourselves a great opportunity to win promotion to the UniBond League.”
signed the promising Ross Haywood from First Division Pontefract Collieries. Haywood is equally at home playing in defence
LIVERSEDGE have re-signed former England under-19 international midfielder Scott Broughton from Ossett
Albion. The Leeds born Broughton began his career at Sheffield Wednesday with spells at Farsley Celtic and Liversedge before
his move to Dimple Wells.
GARFORTH Town are rarely out of the news and the First Division title-chasers are again
in the spotlight following the announcement that the club have persuaded Brazilian super-star Romario to play at the Marston
Stadium next season.
Romario will, of course, be following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian legend Socrates who
joined Garforth briefly earlier this season. Still scoring goals for Vasco da Gama at the age of 39, Romario will join Garforth
after taking part in the FIFA Beach Football Championship in May.
Town’s website carried the following tribute
to their new signing…Romário is popularly considered one of Brazil’s greatest ever footballers, having played
a momentous role in the country’s 1994 World Cup triumph. Placar – Brazil’s best-read football magazine
- named the diminutive forward as the tenth greatest footballer in history (third greatest Brazilian), in a ‘100 Greatest
Players in History’ feature, composed around the turn of the century.
In a career as controversial as it has
been illustrious, Romário made 69 appearances for his country, scoring 54 goals.
SOUTH Normanton joint-managers
Chris Nicholson and Bryan France are looking for their players to show more self-belief as they look to build a winning side
at the Exchem Sports Ground.
Speaking after his teams recent defeat at Retford United Nicholson said: "Instead of passing
the ball to each other, the players are almost dribbling up to each other with it just to make sure it gets there.
is a massive lack of confidence and that showed against Retford. We had the majority of the possession but couldn't win the
Nicholson and France are still evaluating their task at South Normanton but already have a blueprint for the
sort of players they want to attract to the club. Nicholson said: "At South Normanton we're looking to bring in youthful players
who we hope will be at the club for some time."
MICKLEOVER manager Martin Rowe was impressed with new signing Darren
Braithwaite’s debut in Sports recent home draw with Long Eaton United.
"We took a bit of a gamble with Darren
but it looks to have paid off," said Rowe.
"He slotted straight in at the back, did well and gives us some options.
He's certainly added to the competition in our defence.”
GEDLING Town, in the thick of the First Division
promotion race, have strengthened their squad by signing defender Nathan Fletcher from Premier Division side Mickleover Sports.
experienced Fletcher was a regular performer in last season’s promotion winning Eastwood Town side but left the Badgers
to join Mickleover in the early part of this season.
BUXTON manager Nicky Law has signed Phillip Austin from First
Division Staveley Miners Welfare. Austin played for England in the recent under-19’s UEFA championship event in Rome
and becomes Law’s third recent signing following Andy Brownrigg and Dean Fearon’s arrival at the Silverlands.
Town supporters didn’t have long to wait to see the potential of new signing Craig Mitchell. The former Mansfield Town
and Leigh RMI striker smashed a hat-trick on his home debut at the Hosiery Mills against Parkgate.