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29th October, 2005 (Back to Newsletter menu)
SHIREBROOK TOWN have been stunned by the news of the death of 18-year-old player Lee Henstock. Everyone involved with the Club and the NCEL send their condolences to his family.

The Premier Division side have cancelled all Reserve and "A" team fixtures until further notice as a mark of respect. A service for Lee was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Church Drive, Shirebrook on Monday, October 24.

SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC have signed goalkeeper David Wardle from Division One rivals Carlton Town.

Wardle came through the ranks at Carlton after playing for the clubs academy team and impressed last season when he was a member of the senior side which went so close to achieving promotion.

Wardle will now be looking to establish himself as first choice at the Exchem Sports ground.

YORKSHIRE AMATEUR have a new man at the helm with former Farsley Celtic assistant-manager Steve Learoyd taking over as boss following the resignation of Malcolm White.

Learoyd, 39, is hugely experienced in the non-league game having played in two spells at Farsley Celtic as well as appearing for Emley, Harrogate Town, Altrincham, Bishop Auckland and Harrogate Railway.

Learoyd became player/assistant-manager to Martin Haresign at Farsley before leaving to join Glasshoughton Welfare when the latter took over at Harrogate Railway.

Learoyd will now be looking to bring Premier Division football to Thostle Nest.

ECCLESHILL UNITED have strengthened their squad with the acquisition of midfielders Darren Fletcher and Danny Ferrand from near neighbours Thackley.

Meanwhile, Ryan Carmody has left Plumpton Park to sign for Brodsworth Welfare.

LONG EATON UNITED managerial pairing Colin Tansley and Simon Van-Der-Broucke are hoping not only for league glory, but also for a long run in this seasons Derbyshire Senior Cup competition.

Tansley said: "Obviously, finishing as high as possible in the league and progressing in cup competitions where you can win prize money takes precedence.

"However, the Derbyshire Senior Cup gives you local prestige. If we progress beyond the next round we could be facing the likes of Alfreton Town, Ilkeston or Gresley Rovers and those games attract big crowds."

But United face a difficult hurdle in their next cup match when they come up against Borrowash Victoria - Tansley and Van-Der-Broucke's former club.

"The game against Brorrowash will be interesting," admitted Tansley. "It will be our first meeting with them."

TEVERSAL and WORSBOROUGH BRIDGE saw a little bit of history-in-the-making when Piotr Zylka took charge of their recent First Division match.

Zylka has settled in Sheffield following his move from Poland and became the first Pole to officiate in the Northern Counties East League.

GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE have recruited defensive midfielder Adam Sadler from Premier Division rivals Selby Town.

The 21-year-old started out in the academy side at Flaxley Road before breaking into the first-team in 2002. Sadler gained representative honours for York District Schools and the Northern Youth Alliance Academy.

MALTBY MAIN skipper Lee Winfindale, 25, has left Muglet Lane to join fellow Premier Division side Buxton.

The tall central defender has been a stalwart for Maltby since joining the club as a junior and is rated by many as one of the best centre-backs in the NCEL.

WINTERTON RANGERS manager Peter Daniel has mounted another raid on his home city of Hull by enticing Hall Road Rangers skipper James Atkinson across the Humber Bridge to West Street.

Central defender Atkinson joined Hall Road from local football in 2003 and scooped the clubs Player-of-theSeason award in his first campaign at Dene Park. And, although Rangers have struggled in the league over the last couple of seasons, Atkinson has impressed many neutrals with his classy displays at the back.

Atkinson now becomes the third Hall Road player to join Winterton this season following strikers Danny Clarke and Jamie Bamwell's earlier move to West Street.

TADCASTER ALBION are enjoying success on the field but manager Jim Collis is hoping a lack of finance won't put pay to their promotion chances.

Collis told Harrogate Today, "If you look at the league what is happening now is teams are spending money through getting sponsors in order to get out and into the Premier. Retford are doing it, Sutton did it and Gartorth did it.

"We are in a great position and this club is starting to take off but if only we could get a sponsor we would have the money to bring in two or three more quality players."

Meanwhile, Collis has been able to strengthen his squad with the signing of Peter Vasey from Premier Division Selby Town.

SHEFFIELD FC have cemented their partnership with European giants Real Madrid with chairman Richard Tims and director Simon Webster visiting the Spanish club's magnificent Santiago Bemabtu stadium.

The visit comes as Club prepare to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2007. Tims told Sheffield's official website, "The partnership came last year when we were both invited by FIFA to the FIFA Centennial 2004 in Paris.

"Sheffield FC and Real Madrid CF received a FIFA Centennial Order of Merit, and we're the only two football clubs in the world ever to receive this award from FIFA.

"Because we don't play professional football. We play for the love of the game, we have been playing football continuously for nearly 150 years. And in this age this is an achievement.

"We'd like to make partnerships with every football club. There are around 305,000 official football clubs and everyone originated from my club. I think that everyone should have a relationship with the fathers of football."

On the park Sheffield have added to their squad by signing former Sheffield Wednesday and Worksop Town midfielder Gavin Smith from Buxton. Smith had made over 50 appearances for the Bucks, scoring 11 goals, since arriving at the Silvertands in August 2004.

Club have also signed highly rated goalkeeper Lee Broster from Sutton Town.

HALL ROAD RANGERS assistant-manager Andy Carrick has left Dene Park after just seven weeks at the First Division club. Now, manager Matty Edeson, in his first season in charge, will carry on without an assistant as he tries to lift Rangers from the foot of the table.

ARNOLD TOWN'S recent match at Mickleover Sports was called off at short notice when the Eagles couldn't raise a team to fulfill the fixture.

An injury crisis left Arnold with just seven fit players but a league enquiry may follow.

SUTTON TOWN manager Les McJannet is looking to strengthen his squad and is hoping to attract more experienced players to The Fieldings.

Following the Snipes recent home defeat to Arnold Town McJannet said: "I need to sign two or three players with experience if we are to make an impact.

"I was disappointed with our defeat but Arnold had that extra bit of experience and they edged it.

"There is no disgrace in losing to the second-in-the-table, but we badly need new players to shake things up a bit."

BUXTON have released hugely experienced defender Carl Bradshaw. Bradshaw, a former England Youth international, made over 400 appearances in the Football League and was the subject of a 500,000 transfer when he moved from Norwich to Sheffield United.

Bradshaw began his career at Sheffield Wednesday and also had spells at Manchester City and Wigan before joining Unibond League side Alfreton Town after being released by Scunthorpe United.

Bradshaw won league honours when with Alfreton but has now been deemed surplus to requirements at the Silverlands along with fellow defender Dean Fearon and Gavin Smith who have also left the club.

SHIREBROOK TOWN manager Graham Charlesworth has implemented a new ritual at Langwith Road by sending his players out onto the pitch to warm-up as soon as they have finished their half-time cuppa.

Charlesworth said: "I feel that players often become complacent during the half-time break, so its best to have them doing something. After all it only takes five minutes to drink a cup of tea."

And the new routine, tried for the first time against Harrogate Railway, obviously has something going for it as Town ran out 1-0 winners

 "The Blues"