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NCEL Newsletter Issue 2 - Season 2005/06

3rd September, 2005 (Back to Newsletter menu)
CARLTON TOWN have finally received official news from Nottinghamshire County Council that the new A610 relief road is going ahead and will be built straight across Town’s pitch. The announcement has been on the cards for quite some time but now the roads route has been confirmed the club face a huge amount of work.

Cariton will not only lose their pitch but also their changing facilities with the demolition of the current pavilion at Stoke Lane being part of the plans for the new road. But, the good news is that Town will be able to stay at their home with their current second pitch being upgraded and three new all-weather five-a-side pitches being built.

One huge downside is that the clubs new stand will have to be relocated and Carton will of course have to build new changing facilities but the club are unbowed with chairman Mick Garton declaring, “We have possibly our most challenging year ahead.”


STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE are pleased to announce that Dapet Textiles of Chesterfield are their new club sponsors and Hire Station of Derby are the matchball sponsors, with Peach Media as programme sponsors. They have also formed a team to play in the Northern Under 19 Alliance League with Neil Cluxton as manager.


GARFORTH TOWN secretary Gary Webster has nominated the Daily Express for the Quote of the Year title for the papers coverage of The Miners former England star Lee Sharpe and the players dalliance’ with fellow Celebrity Island contestant Abi Titmuss.

The Express reports that Sharpe’s... “other interests” this summer have prevented him from attending pre-season training, and with the club facing some sterner tests this year after promotion, his manager Simon Clifford does not think he will be up to scratch.

“Lee might be able to help with some coaching but at this level he really needs to be in regular training.” he said. “Unfortunately, he seems to have his hands full right now.”


RETFORD UNITED manager Mark Shaw is looking for his team to make an assault of the Division One title after last seasons period of consolidation following the Badgers promotion from the Central Midlands League.

With a host of new faces at Cannon Park Shaw has great confidence in his players. He said: “Our number one priority this season has to be to win promotion and I feel we have a squad good enough to achieve that. The players that have come to the football club this summer are hungry for success and want to help us progress to the next level.

“No disrespect to the squad that was here last season but I now think we have a greater professionalism at the club now and that bodes well for the future.”

“There is also a greater quality on the playing staff and I think that has already been evident in some of the excellent friendly results we achieved.

“I think every team that wins a league title has a great team spirit and already I can see the makings of that here. The good thing is that now we have a strength in depth and that is the crucial.”


WINTERTON RANGERS manager Peter Daniel has been busy overhauling his squad during the summer and the West Street outfit now look to have a side with genuine promotion potential. Daniel, who made his name as a player with Hull City, has used his local knowledge to recruit a number of players from East Yorkshire football.

Former Hall Road Rangers player-manager Jamie Bamwell, who looked to be returning to Dene Park at one stage during the summer, has decided to cross the Number Bridge and join Daniels Winterton side. Barnwell, who played in the Premiership with Coventry City before a successful spell at Cambridge United, will add plenty of pace and style to Winterton’s attack as will another former Hall Road striker Danny Clarke.

And Daniel has also pulled off a coup by bringing in Ben Morley who played professionally for Hull City and Bridlington Town left-back Steve Robinson. And with midfielders Chris Edmond and Andy Holt, along with goalkeeper Ben Simpson, joining the club from Central Midland League Appleby Frodingham, Winterton now have strength in depth with Daniel saying, “No disrespect to the players who were at the club last season, but we had to improve the squad if we are serious about promotion. I’ve still kept on a number of the existing squad, players like Billy Green, Billy Walmsley and Chris Keel, who have all impressed me.

“Most of the players I have brought in have played at a higher level than the NCEL. I’ve been able to bring in players who have wanted to drop down a league because they do not want the hassle of travelling that comes with playing at a higher level.”

But Winterton have not only been busy on the pitch but off it the clubs West Street ground continues to be developed. The pitch itself, already one of the best around, has been improved and the club have also built a new terrace. And, in another boost for Rangers, the superb facilities at West Street have been recognised by Hull City whose youth team will play their home matches at the ground this season.


SHEFFIELD FC are the oldest football club in the world. No surprise there — everyone knows that piece of trivia. Or almost everyone.

It seems that Sheffield faced a challenge to their status when the FA appeared to acknowledge that Cambridge University FC were formed in 1856— twelve months before Club. Happily the FA have cleared up the confusion with historian David Barber saying, “Sheffield FC is accepted worldwide as the oldest club.”


BUXTON have brought in a number of players over the close-season and their latest capture is former England Youth international defender Carl Bradshaw.

Bradshaw has spent the last couple of years at Unibond side Aifreton Town but began his career at Sheffield Wednesday. Bradshaw also had spells at Sheffield United, Norwich, Manchester City, Wigan and Scunthorpe making over 400 Football League appearances and figured in a 500,000 transfer when moving from Norwich to Sheffield United in 1994.


MICKLEOVER SPORTS new striker Dave Kettle bagged a double on the opening day of the season — a great start for the Loughborough University student Kettle shone in pre-season with Sports assistant manager Dick Pratley saying, “He impressed in our game against Burton Albion and has come to us despite interest from Gainsborough, who are a couple of divisions higher than us.”

Sports have also brought in Matt McCall and former Derby County trainee Craig Hanson to further strengthen their squad.


BORROWASH VICTORIA have welcomed a number of new players to the Robinson Construction Bowl as the management team of Gary Redfem and Kenny Thompson look to revive the fortunes of the Derbyshire club.

Nottinghamshire born striker Chris Parkins has joined the Vics from near-neighbours Mickleover with the former Mansfield, Shepshed, Eastwood and Gresley Rovers player being joined in the front-line by Paul Galloway.

Chris Moss and Perry Mighty have also joined the club from Mickleover and the new-look Vics are determined to erase the memories of last seasons winless campaign. And they got off to a flying start by beating Ford Sports in the FA Cup.


LONG EATON UNITED have moved swiftly to appoint departed manager Glyn Stacey’s successor with former Borrowash duo Cohn Tansley and Simon Van der Broucke taking over the reigns at Grange Road.

And United have already made a big impression on their new management team with Tansley saying, “The club is geared towards Unibond League football.

“They’ve just had the main stand finished, which is a superb addition to what’s already in place, the pitch is in good nick and the chairman and the committee have been great with us.”


SELBY TOWN could become reality TV stars after their pre-season friendly with Aberford United was filmed for a new show called “His and Her Friends” which will be screened on the UK TV and UK Style channels shortly.
The shows director Vanessa Forson, said: “We had a great time at Selby. Everyone was so lovely and warm.”

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