Category Archives: 2013/14 Skrill Premier Guides

The Big Fat Conference Premier Guide

For fans of Aldershot Town, Alfreton Town, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Cambridge United, Chester FC, Dartford FC, FC Halifax, FGR, Gateshead FC, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Hyde, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton Town, Salisbury City, Southport FC, Tamworth FC, Welling United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC,  here is the STMI Skrill Premier guide.  Nearly 30,000 of you have read your own team’s now you can have a nosey at the rest.

Thank-you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs – this labour of love has kept me sane (ish) through a foot crush injury this summer

The guide comprises transfer ins and outs, the squads, typical formation, last years position and crowd, tickets, ground guide (thanks Duncan Adams) and plus a gander and forecast for the coming season. Notice no side is foretasted to go down because everyone starts with a clean sheet in a league where everyone can beat anyone. Why, because every big stage is seen as a giant killing opportunity with ex-League giants viewed as scalps. Get your beer-goggles out, Believe, be pure, be vigilant and behave.

STMI looks forward to seeing you all in 2013/14, although you will not bump into me at Sincil Bank as I am still denied the ability to watch my community team. But enough of that to cut to the chase just CLICK ON A NAME, below the badge our heroes kiss.

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Aldershot’s Chelsea Deal + FL Friends Help Make Rebound from -10 Possible

Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots.  With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Andy Scott
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 24th L2 (Relegated)
STMI Forecast  Playoff Fringes 
Ave Gate 2304
Away following 260

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When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’  EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve .  Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.

A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.

England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league.  The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th Aug Glenn Morris Re-signed GK  
8th Aug Joe Oastler Torquay Def  
8th Aug Martin Rowlands Orient Mid  
8th Aug Matt Paterson Burton For  
8th Aug Brett Williams Reading For  
7th Aug Mark Molesley Exeter Mid
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee 
January Adam Webster Portsmouth Def wages
January  Jake Goodman Millwall Def wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For Free
21st June Troy Brown  Cheltenham Def Free
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper Free
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Free
6th Aug Craig Reid Southend For Free
Released
16th May 13 made redundant

Having worked as an international  component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life.  So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.

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Shots 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,

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Defenders
2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,

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Midfield
Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,

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Forwards
Matt Paterson, Brett Williams

STMI Guide: Wrexham Heed The Red Passion

Andy Morrell has finally got Andy Bishop from Bury FC, the big mover and shaker he has been after for years (ex-Imp Grimes tries to fill his boots) along with fleet of foot Bailey-Jones formerly of Man City yet latterly of Irlam FC.  So just the two in and two out, but then ‘why mend what ain’t broke’ as the soccer sages would say?

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Andy Morrell
Formation 4-3-3 att
STMI Forecast Play-offs
Position 2012/13 5th in BSP
Average Gate 3526
Away following 363

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Danny Wright’s departure saddened Morrell, his fabulous goal in the semi at Gainsborough was a joy to behold as awestruck neutrals followed the trajectory as it curled into the top corner.  Defender Martin Riley has also gone to the promoted Stags, yet will it really affect the style and smile of the best footballing side in the Conference? In full flow, with Keates conducting and the irrepressible Hunt and Harris having a go, they do put on a show. Then again they concede.

Morrell is looking for a centre-back and, with target Tame playing poker with a contract offer, he could well look elsewhere. That said he has the strength in depth with the  fringe players and youths seeing valuable loan time at Welsh Premier League neighbours.  The flamboyant 4-3-3 does leave them open against certain formations and the more physical sides, but Morrell has stuck to his guns and a football philosophy that is poetry in motion for this level.  With Keates at the heart what else would one expect.?

Wrexham’s defeat to Newport in an all-Welsh Play-off final after defeating form team Kidderminster was tough to take.  The Dragons won the FA Trophy, the whole set-up is Football-League standard, including a generous budget that surely cannot go on forever? If any side deserve to go up on football alone, it is the Dragons, who have stayed true in every game I have seen them play. They do not so much breathe fire, more poetic plumes, yet at vital times they crashed and burned at the boots of the BSP bruisers. Hopefully Skrill, with a little less ‘R’ might just be the new dawn they need to finally get over the play-off line.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th June T Bailey-Jones Irlam FC Winger Free
11th July Andy Bishop Bury For Free
Loans none
OUT Player To Pos Fee
1st July Danny Wright Forest Green R For Free
4th June Martin Riley Mansfield Def Free
Released Chris Westwood Alfreton Def
Released Declan Walker
Released Jamie Morton

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Dragon’s Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Joslain Mayebi, 13 Andy Coughlin,

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Defenders
2 Stephen Wright, 3 Neil Ashton, 5 Mark Creighton, 16 Johnny Hunt, 20 Leon Clowes, 24 Kyle Parle, 30 Steve Tomassen, 34 Anthony Stephens,

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Midfield
4 Kevin Thornton, 7 Adrian Cieslewicz, 8 Jay Harris, 12 Dean Keates, 14 Joe Clarke, 22 Bradley Reid, 23 Jonathan Royle, 25 Theo Bailey-Jones, 28 Rob Evans,

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Forwards
9 Andy Bishop, 10 Brett Ormerod, 11 Andy Morrell, 15 Robert Ogleby, 18 Jay Colbeck, 19 Nick Rushton,

Woking Are Not Called Cards For Nothing.

Woking have been quiet in the market with just 3 raids on Yeovil, Aldershot Town and the re-signing of a former forward, an ex-Imp, who was released last season. Is clever Gary Hill holding out ahead of the opener with Lincoln City?  He used the loan market well last season and with just two strikers on the books could there be a shock or two by 5pm tomorrow night?

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Gary Hill
Formation 4-5-1 / 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 12th in BSP
STMI Forecast Upper mid-table
Ave Gate 1596
Away following 102

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Well we said Gary Hill would pull it off and he did with the Cards finishing a credible 12th. This season sees a bigger budget than the Imps have with ex-Imp McCallum optimistically tipping the play-offs.  They will presumably be helped by an even tougher Josh Payne, who has just got ‘out’.  Indeed Mills has signed a trio of midfielders with Payne (no club but latterly of Aldershot),  Gavin Williams from Yeovil and McCallum who was released, but earned a second go.

With a decent 1600 average gate last season and some clever loan signings the Cards could surprise everyone again.  Remember last season Brett Williams (Reading) and Bradley Bubb (Aldershot) arrived on loan and delivered in spades (see Woking in Focus 2012/13).  Those surprises could start with Lincoln on Saturday, because so far Hill only has 15 signed keeping the Imps guessing right up until the last minute perhaps? Two of those could be strikers, so far just McCallum and Giuseppe Sole are on the books and its very quiet down there at an already talented pack of Cards.

IN Player From Pos Fee
24th June Josh Payne No club Mid Free
22nd July Gavin Williams Yeovil Mid Free
22nd July Gavin McCallum Resigned Mid Free
Loans
Player To Pos Fee
OUT
Released Adam Doyle
Released Loick Pires
Released Gavin McCallum
Released Elvijs Putnins
Released Josh Griffiths
Released Jack Mazzone

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Woking Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Aaron Howe,

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Defenders
2 Adam Newton, 3 Mike Cestor, 5 Joe McNerney, 16 Brett Johnson, 26 John Nutter,

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Midfield
4 Mark Ricketts (captain), 8 Jack Parlinson, 11 Kevin Betsy, 15 Lee Sawyer
22 George Frith, Josh Payne, Gavin Williams,

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Forwards
10 Giuseppe Sole, Gavin McCallum,

STMI Skrill Guide Welling Utd

Welling manager Jamie Day has brought in one permanent signing and two season long loans from Cambridge and Exeter City. Many could argue that Welling are just happy to be here after turning themselves from financial basket cases in 2010 to Champions of the Blue Square South last season.  But this is the division of the underdogs where every big stage is a cup final.

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Manager Jamie Day
Formation 4-4-2 / 4-5-1
Position 2012/13 BSS Champions
STMI Forecast Survival Battle
Ave Gate n/a
Away following n/a

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Jamie had played for the club between 2004 and 2007  but returned in his current player manager capacity in 2009. He saw the Wings through the financial upheaval and steadily developed a decent attacking side that came to fruition last season to take the BSS Championship. They play good football and have a tight bond, so it makes sense to reward them with a crack at the big time.

Funds are obviously a contributing factor and the desire to stay solvent in the face of some big budgets has seen a cautious approach when it comes to strengthening for the marathon ahead. Tony Acheampong’s sale to Barnet will come in useful although the five figure sum does have some add-ons attached. Two season-long defensive loans see Doug Bergqvist arrive from Exeter City and Blaine Hudson from Cambridge. The only permanent new deal comes in midfield with Callum Webb joining from Bishop’s Stortford.

Top scorer Ross Lafayette (19 goals), long-serving wing-back Loui Fazakerley and goalkeeper Sam Mott  are the inspirational heart of a largely unchanged side that will hope to step up to the next level. Loick Pires has also returned after a season long loan at Woking to help a side that scores from all over the park.

The Wings have been in the Conference Premier before but were relegated on 2000.  New, supposedly smaller sides do tend to survive first time around in this League, as players raise their game at the big stages, not to mention treating every game as a cup final. The big sides are regularly scalped in a division that has become a bit of a bookies nightmare. STMI wish the Wings well.

IN Player From Pos Fee
26th June Callum Webb Bishop’s Stort Mid Free
Loans In Player From Pos  Fee 
Season Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Wages
Season Blaine Hudson Cambridge Def Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
26th June Tony Acheampong Barnet Def Undis
Released

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The Wings Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Sam Mott, 18 Lee Butcher, Jamie Turner

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Defenders
2 Loui Fazakerley, 3 Jack Obersteller, 5 Fraser Franks, 6 Doug Bergqvist,
14 Blaine Hudson, 16 Connor McLaren, 19 Joe Obsteller, 23 Barney Williams,

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Midfield
4 Jake Gallagher, 8 Lee Clarke, 15 Alex Dyer, 17 Callum Webb, 20 Sam Corn, 27 Jamie Day

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Forwards
7 Kiernan Hughes-Mason, 9 Kurtis Guthrie, 10 Ross Lafayette, 11 Loick Pires,
22 Malik Ouani, 24 Malachi Hudson, 25 Luis Cumbers, 33 Joe Healy

Tamworth Talent Recruitment Makes Lambs Look Tasty.

The Lambs have raided Nottingham Forest, Oxford Utd, Gillingham FC, Fulham FC, Birmingham City, Bury,  Barrow, AFC Telford and Accrington Stanley in an ambitious ploy this term.  For a side with what has traditionally been regarded as a bottom third budget, manager Dave Belford and his chairman have certainly got plans and the talent to surprise a few this season.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Dale Belford
Formation 4-3-3 / 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 19th in BSP
STMI Forecast Play-off fringes
Ave Gate 993
Away following 88

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Despite losing top scorer Cunnington, as well as Tate, to Cambridge and Marcus Kelly going to Forest green the side is so much stronger this year.  He brings his goalkeeping son in from Bury as a playing assistant and has assembled an admirable back four on paper.  In comes Jack Evans from Gillingham,  Matt Regan from Forest, imperious Jordan Rose from Telford and Tom Eckerslie from Accrington.

Richie Baker, from Barrow, is the only addition in midfield although the trio in his preferred 4-3-3, the loss of Kelly apart, were none too shabby anyway.  Up front the improvement will take some stopping. Peniket from Fulham will plunder this division, Justin Richards certainly still has it in him and Ebanks from Birmingham is top draw.  Let us not forget existing hit-man Darren Byfield who most Conference clubs would love to have in their team.

Belford finished 19th last season,  after replacing Marcus Law who was relieved of his duties in January.   The mission was accomplished last season to halt that alarming slide, but one gets the feeling the Lambs will be well into the top half and perhaps even pushing for the play-offs this time round.

IN Player From Pos Fee
18th July Richard Peniket Fulham For Free
1st July Jack Evans Gillingham Def Free
25th June Cameron Belford Bury Keeper Free
24th June Jordan Rose AFC Telford Def Free
21st June Tom Eckerslie Accrington Def Free
20th June Justin Richards Oxford Utd For Free
24th May Richie Baker Barrow Mid Free
23rd May Matt Regan Nottm Forest Def Free
17th May Deqwon Ebanks Birmingham C For Free
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
9th May Adam Cunnington Cambridge Utd For undis
9th May Richard Tate Cambridge Utd Def undis
14th June Michael Wylde Alfreton Mid Free
17th July Marcus Kelly Forest Green Mid Free

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The Lambs Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Cameron Belford, 23 James Wren, 31 Dale Belford,

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Defenders
2 Jack Evans, 3 Connor Gudger, 4 Tom Eckersley, 5 Jordan Rose, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 14 Matty Regan, 15 Duane Courtney,

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Midfield
7 Lloyd Kerry, 8 Richie Baker, 11 Jake Jones, 18 Kaiyne Woolery, 24 Scott James, 30 Scott Lindsey,

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Forwards
9 Justin Richards, 10 Darren Byfield, 16 Stuart Hendrie, 22 Deqwon Ebanks,

Southport: A Rebuild & The Aston Villa, Blackpool and Fleetwood Factors.

8 year Villan Wright has hired in from Blackpool FC, Fleetwood Town, Chester FC, Stockport County, Barrow FC (x2), Stafford Rangers and New Mills.  The former Aston Villa & Blackburn Rovers defender has also already pulled in favours from The Tangerines and Fleetwood with friendlies and the pre-season form seems very encouraging considering what’s happened……..

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Alan Wright
Formation no prev criteria
Position 2012/13 20th in BSP
STMI Forecast top 8
Ave Gate 968
Away following 90

 

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When Liam Watson left the club in mid April ‘for a break’ his announcement as Telford Boss on May 3rd suggested there may be a story and a storm brewing.   So far he has signed 9 former players who have played under him at one time or another for the Sandgrounders.  He has certainly got the cheque book out in a bid for immediate promotion, yet, in reality, he has taken the heart of a failing team that fell away to miss relegation by one place and by the narrowest of margins.

He has inadvertently done his replacement, Alan Wright, the former Aston Villa defender and legend a favour.  Though tipped by many to struggle, he has worked under Martin Foyle at Northwich Victoria, run the Blackpool centre of Excellence, has a wealth of contacts in the game and has a great grounding in coaching having also played at the highest level under some terrific management teams. He is not your typical ex-pro manager and is an astute tactician and thinker.

Wright’s signings do look to be a great use of a bottom third budget for the division.  As a former defender one would expect him to start from the back. Danny Hurst was a decent keeper at Barrow despite relegation. Defenders Challoner (Blackpool) and Fitzpatrick (New Mills) and free agent Matt Flynn are wise acquisitions.  Luke George can play in defence or midfield and was pulling up roses at Stafford Rangers.

Jamie Milligan from his ex-club Fleetwood is a steadying influence in the middle as is Rutherford from Barrow. Another new midfielder, Scott Brown, helped Chester to promotion and ex manager Neil Young stated that “his attitude and professionalism was an example to others”.  Striker Danny Hattersley arrives from Stockport and he will be some force up front with Steven Tames.

The managers ascent to greatness is in no way guaranteed, as there are questions over day to day man management skills, fire-fighting the inevitable injury outbreaks and the bedding in of the side; but Watson’s departure could well be a blessing in disguise for a decent prospect and one of the country’s top amateur clubs.  With Luton as the opener the Sandgrounders could surprise a few from day one.

IN Player From Pos Fee
28th June Danny Hattersley Stockport For
25th June Jamie Milligan Fleetwood Mid
25th June Paul Rutherford Barrow Mid
17th May Danny Hurst Barrow Keeper
2nd July Luke George Stafford Rangers Def/Mid Free
13th July Scott Brown Chester Mid
13th July Matt Flynn Free agent Def
25th July Matt Challoner Blackpool Def
26th July David Fitzpatrick New Mills Def
Loans
OUT Player To Pos Fee
July Alan Moogan AFC Telford
July Russell Benjamin AFC Telford
June Simon Grand AFC Telford
June Neil Byrne AFC Telford
June Chris Lever AFC Telford
May Sean Clancy

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Southport 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
Danny Hurst, Dave Stevenson

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Defenders
2 James Smith, 4 Steven Akrigg, 17 Chris Lynch, 23 Liam Willis, Matt Challoner, Luke George, Matthew Flynn, David Fitzpatrick

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Midfield

7 Aaron Chalmers, 10 Karl Ledsham, 11 Chris Almond, 20 Charlie Joyce, Paul Rutherford, Jamie Milligan, Scott Brown

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Forwards
9 Steven Tames, 19 Danny Hattersley

STMI Guide: Salisbury City Have Potential

Salisbury  raided Plymouth Argyle, Barnet and Forest Green Rovers to use a small budget wisely but will look to Bristol Rovers and Plymouth for favours, after his old mate and manager went to the former and his new assistant came from the latter.  The youngest manager in football (28) was part of the management team that inspired 2 promotions in three years, so let us not write off survival just yet.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Mikey Harris
Formation no prev criteria
Position 2012/13 BSS (playoffs)
Forecast Survival Battle
Ave Gate 735
Away following n/a

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With Darrell Clarke joining ex-Imp goal machine John Ward at Bristol Rovers as assistant manager in the summer after two promotions in 3 years, former playing/ assistant Mikey Harris was promoted to make him the youngest manager in football at 28.  The comparatively small budget and his tender years will not faze the midfielder however with consolidation a realistic aim given Rovers are just down the road with the 5 year managerial partnership forming a strong bond. There is also a big Plymouth connection at the club.

Mikey’s move to bring in striker Warren Feeney in a playing assistant role is an astute one and he has avoided the exodus many feared. Thus he knows the players, the strengths and weaknesses, has added wisely and the Whites will hit the ground running.   A further example of his ambitious and persuasive way has to be the capture of Ben Wright who is a massive signing from Forest Green Rovers. Young forward Dan Fitchett has returned from Southend after spending the pre-season on trial and Glenn Wilson (centre & full-back) has re-signed.

Hugely experienced striker Warren Feeney has arrived from Plymouth as player assistant to help steady a young but exciting squads nerves.  Ex-Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard  signed initially on loan from Cambridge last season before joining in January and was inspirational in the play-off winning side. His huge 6’4″ midfield presence will be vital again this term.  Monty George, a talented 16 year old keeper, has come in and Clovis Kamdjo has great technique. He can play in defence or midfield, although influential defender Chris Giles did retire in the summer, suggesting the former.

It will be tough this season but as other promoted sides have proved playing on the bigger stages inspires some great away performances that get the points that make a difference.  STMI wish Salisbury good luck (except against the Mighty Imps of course) and hope their fans enjoy the experience.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th July Warren Feeney Plymouth For Free
23rd July Ben Wright FGR For Free
6th Aug Clovis Kamdjo Barnet Def/Mid Free
6th Aug Monte George trialist GK Free
Loans
OUT Player From Pos Fee
Released Player To Pos Fee
Retired Chris Giles n/a Def

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The Whites 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers

Will Puddy, Monte George

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Defenders
Ryan Brett, James Clarke, Brian Dutton (Cap), Callum Hart, Luke Ruddick, Glenn Wilson,

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Midfield
Clovis Kamdjo, Elliott Frear, Chris McPhee, Stuart Sinclair, Rob Sinclair, Ricky Wellard,

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Forwards
Warren Feeney, Dan Fitchett, Theo Lewis, Jamie White, Ben Wright,

STMI Skrill Guide: Nuneaton Could Surprise a Few

Shrewd Kevin Wilkin has borrowed from Nottingham Forest & Birmingham City, added a striker from Burton Albion and midfielders from AFC Telford and Alfreton Town. Nuneaton will be under no illusions this season but this is a battle STMI feel they can win.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Kevin Wilkin
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 15th in BSP
STMI Forecast Survival
Ave Gate 982
Away following 130


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With influential Forsdick out for some time versatile Theo Streete may have to come into his own in a defensive rather than midfield role. That would be a shame as the utility man was a massive part of the Alfreton side who more than punched above their weight last term. Phil Trainer was also big cheese at Telford and they fought hard to keep a warhorse who can do a job anywhere in the midfield.  He knows Gavin Cowan from their Telford days too so this side could gel just right.

Greg Pearson got 37 goals in 128 games for Burton with 20 in their promotion season to the Football League. He then slipped down the pecking order after promotion and was shipped out for loan after loan. Still only 28 and at his peak the six-footer will get regular goals at this level if Streete, Trainer and successful trialist and tricky winger Bell can supply the bullets.

James Belshaw the British University keeper who has just finished his degree will have to dislodge loan keeper Dimitri Evtimov who is impressing plenty at home club Forest who have shipped him out for games until October.  Defender Amari Bell has also been borrowed from Birmingham until January at least.

Manager Kevin Wilkin has yet to call in favours from Northampton, but the Birmingham and Forest links look useful.  No team should be classed as relegation candidates at the start of a new season  and Nuneaton certainly deserve all the luck they can get. So does the man who masterminded three promotions to bring the reformed club back from oblivion, kept them up, so who would bet against him doing it again this year.  The Boro, well Town now on paper, may have a bottom three budget but every side Wilkin puts out will be sure to punch well above its weight.

IN Player From Pos Fee
10th June Theo Streete Alfreton Def/Mid Free
1st July Greg Pearson Burton For Free
16th July Phil Trainer AFC Telford Mid Free
30th July Mark Bell trialist Wing Free
31st July James Belshaw from University GK Free
Loans Player From  Pos  Fee 
Oct 16th Dimitar Evtimov Nottm Forest GK Wages
January Amari I Bell Birmingham C Def
Out Player
Released Neil Collett      
Released Steven O’Halloran      
Released R Thompson-Brown    
Released Ben Ford      
Released Tom James      
Released Ben McNamara      
Released Kyle Perry      
Released Kyle Patterson

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Boro Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Dimitar Evtimov, 19 James Belshaw

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Defence
3 Amarii Bell,4 Gavin Cowan, 5 Gareth Dean, 12 David McNamee, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon

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Midfield
6 Adam Walker, 7 James Armson, 8 Jon Adams, 11 Theo Streete, 13 Danny Sleath, 20 Phil Trainer, 21 Mark Bell

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Forwards
9 Louis Moult, 10 Andy Brown, 16 Wesley York (Transfer list), 17 Connor Taylor, 18 Greg Pearson,

STMI Skrill Guide: Macclesfield Look To Preston & Iron Brew

Macc have raided Preston North End (x2), Bradford City, Northampton Town and Stockport County. John Askey a one club man has done well to take over the reins at a club rescued by the local council this summer with Mike Rance and Andy Scott now back on board to keep the Silkmen steady.  Manager John Askey also responded well to the challenge in April after the previous lot blew the goose and the golden egg. John (also took the reigns in 03/04) played 698 games for the club, scoring 168 goals over 19 years. He is Macc through and through and sweated blood during the meteoric rise of the Silkmen. He knows what the club means and stands for.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager John Askey
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 11th in BSP
STMI Forecast lower mid-table
Ave Gate 1534
Away following 147

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John Askey has a tough ask at Macc this season, made harder by assistant Efe Sodje breaking his toe and this weeks exit of Barnes-Homer to Forest Green Rovers along with fellow forward Fairhurst’s departure to Lincoln….. plus another 8 exits .  It is a shame because the club had survived a financial melt-down and had made some clever signings in what has to be seen as a period of consolidation following survival.  Defender Andrew was a useful player at Cheltenham before injury and Williams from Bradford will strengthen too.

Defender/midfielder Joe Connor is also a great capture from Stockport and Paul Turnbull joins from Northampton too. The ex-Imp is a competitive battler and played an unselfish role in the Imps survival but has his limitations. Taylor, from Preston,  is a great keeper and fellow White Chris Holroyd and on-loan Scunthorpe striker Connor Jennings looks a promising forward line.

Macc could surprise a few this season and the newbie manager is no mug with some decent contacts.  John’s youth career at Port Vale might help (he was young player of the year but never got a first team start), as might his contacts at Preston and Scunthorpe when it comes to loans.  As an Imp one always has to have a soft spot for Macc (Keith & Butch RIP), so we hope that a season of consolidation succeeds and perhaps exceeds a reborn club and its fans expectations.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st July Danny Andrew Gloucester Def Free
31st July Steve Williams Bradford C Def Free
31st July Paul Turnbull Northampton Mid Free
28th June Rhys Taylor Preston Keeper Free
26th June Joe Connor Stockport Def/Mid Free
19th June Chris Holroyd Preston For Free
Loans IN Player  From Pos  Fee 
January Connor Jennings Scunthorpe For Wages
Loans Out Player To Pos Fee 
January C Braham-Barrett Cheltenham Def Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
5th Aug Barnes-Homer FGR For Undis
18th July Carl Tremarco Inverness Def
24th June Thierry Audel Crewe Def Undis
17th May Wade Fairhurst Lincoln City For Free
Released Antonio Amores
Released Nat Brown Lincoln City
Released Lance Cronin No club
Released Enes Fermino No club
Released Guy Madjo No club
Released A Morgan-Smith No club

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Macc Squad 2013/14

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Keepers
1 Rhys Taylor, 13 Andrew Mills

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Defenders
2 Joe Connor, 3 Danny Andrew, 4 Carl Martin, 5 James Bolton
12 Steve Williams, 16 Efetobore Sodje,

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Midfield

6 Paul Turnbull, 7 Jack Mackreth, 10 John Paul Kissock, 15 Paul Lewis,
17 Josh Green,

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Forwards
8 Connor Jennings, 9 Chris Holroyd, 11 Peter Winn, 14 Arthur Gnahoua,
18 Jay Burgess, 19 Scott Boden,