STMI have compiled the Vanarama Conference Premier clubs main fans forums for 2014/15 for AFC Telford, Aldershot Town, Alfreton, Altrincham, Barnet FC, Braintree Town, Bristol Rovers, Chester, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Forest Freen Rovers, Gateshead FC, FC Halifax, Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City, Macclesfield Town, Southport FC, Torquay United, Welling, Woking and Wrexham . As ever if we have missed any or you want to be added just leave a link in the comment box at the bottom of the article. For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold last years list is below that of this season. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.
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So what are we all talking about? Do our beloved teams give us nice dreams, fill us with screams or are we gossiping about those behind the scenes? Here are the forums the chat rooms warts and all……………..
For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold here is last years list. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.
The Vanarama Premier strikers of Barnet FC, Altrincham FC, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, Braintree Town, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Aldershot Town FC are fighting it, out week in week, out against the great central defensive oaks of the Conference. Outnumbered, false teeth back in the changing rooms, with goals the lifeblood of our national sport the game, scoring is all they live for (we can hear you chuckling behind your web cams you know! On a serious note a quick word to the contenders with their brains hopefully in their boots – Lads its doesn’t have to be Cash Converters or a Pawn Brokers, sometimes you can even get a good price at the bookies so I hear.
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So moving swiftly on lets take a look at the thoroughbred runners and riders shall we?
Lee Cook of Barnet is still showing his QPR pedigree to top the Vanarama Conference goal scoring pile from the left wing. He has failed to score in the last three although an assist at the weekend, suggests we can excuse him for that. Unplayable and a key component to a Hive dripping goals he must be sweating with Reeves and Rendell kneck and kneck with him on seven.
Damian Reeves has been scoring for fun for years, opting to stay part time for business reasons despite countless offers from League teams. He got 16 for Altrincham in 2010/11, 42 in 2011/12, 36 in 2012/13, 21 last season and seven so far this. Murdered 4-0 by the Harriers last night he got a brace in a 3-3 thriller against Eastleigh on Saturday and two against Dartford the week before. Clearly midweek games are not his cup of tea so Barnet and Mad Dog best watch out this Saturday.
Scott Rendell’ s time looks to have finally come. Seen as the nearly man at Wycombe, Oxford and Luton this has to be his season you have to feel. On seven in his first 6 games including the awesome foursome against Dover, he has failed to find the net in four. Will he click back or hibernate through the winter like previous seasons?
Jordan Burrow has been called up for the England C games against Estonia and Turkey off the back of his five so far this season. He is joined by Davis of Braintree, MacDonald (injured), the mercurial Moult of Wrexham, King Cod Scott Neilson, Giuseppe Sole and Brett Williams the Aldershot assassin. Albatross might be more as the keystone cops defence meet him on Saturday. With Brown out the shots could be deadly then?
The People’s Premiership Golden Boot contenders.
|2||Jordan Burrow||Lincoln City||5|
|2||Kenny Davis||Braintree Town||5|
|2||Scott Neilson||Grimsby Town||5|
|2||Brett Williams||Aldershot Town||5|
|3||Harry Beautyman||Welling United||4|
|3||Hamza Bencherif||Lincoln City||4|
|3||Scott Boden||FC Halifax Town||4|
|3||Tony Gray||AFC Telford United||4|
|3||Joe Ironside||Alfreton Town||4|
|3||Jon Parkin||Forest Green Rovers||4|
|3||Michael Phenix||AFC Telford United||4|
|3||Jon-Paul Pittman||Grimsby Town||4|
|3||Luke Young||Torquay United||4|
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Beware Torquay United and Woking FC as Barnet FC are held and FC Halifax falter at Forest Green Rovers. Wrexham FC, Gateshead FC Macclesfield Town and Braintree Town win to close in on the play-off spots. Bristol Rovers beat the Imps in another outstanding 5-goal thriller at Sincil Bank. Grab your well earned beverage fellow footy fans its time for the People’s Premiership Sunday wrap and its spicier than fajitas with a ghost pepper and Marmite.
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Well, well, well, Telford hold Barnet FC in the allegedly bottom V top mismatch of the week. The Bees do not normally concede on the road until a Gray penalty just before half time, thanks to a ball to the hand of Weston broke that perfect run. Cook hit home on 69 before busy Bee Johnson weaved then stung at close range to put Barnet back in charge. Then four minutes into injury time Phenix, minus the ‘O’ had a go, rising from the AFC ashes to the joy of most of the 1492. Wasn’t that the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue? Must be a sign – although black and blue would be more apt as Telford earned six yellow cards in the ‘lively affair’. Telford stay bottom while Barnet stay a point ahead of The Cards.
Woking, as expected, beat Chester, true to script as Giuseppe Sole got the only goal, slotting home after Morgan’s supplied the lemon dash. Forest Green took down Halifax. Norwood’s header broke the deadlock on 20 with Parkin calmly slotting home nine minutes later. Gateshead clearly need that new and, seventh striker, although don’t count Danny Wright out of the reckoning, for it was his noggin that nodded home to put The Heed fourth and condemn Dartford to fourth bottom.
Torquay continue to get great results at their rivals. Six points thus far in Lincolnshire as well as a host of scalps home and away for the Gulls. They were home flying and two nil up at Grimsby by half-time ,thanks to a close point blank hay-maker from Richards (14) and a solo dribble and drilled low drive from Young. Hurst had every man on deck, to turn the side so when Lewis went off injured the marooned Mariners went down to ten. Four wins on the spin for Torquay – we have been warning fellow Conference footy folk.
Macclesfield and Wrexham keep up the pressure on the play-off pack . Macc won at Dover thanks to Holroyd’s rare close range strike (his first since opening day). It was not quite a storming of the white cliffs with the hosts wasting a chalk board full of chances (13 shots to 3)before keeper Taylor spilled Deverdics drive, allowing on-hand Holrod to sweep up the pieces on 77.
The Dragons, under Kevin Wilkin have developed a spine to match the footballing heritage that has seen them entertain but not quite team the People’s Premiership . Wrexham did the old 1-0 down 2-1 up routine against a determined Welling side who went ahead when Beautyman pounced after Ashton had dilly-dallied and been dispossessed by Tobi Sho-Silva, to supply some silver lining. Apologies for paraphrasing an Owls anthem there. A naught one from Nouble reduced United to 10 and the poetic passers of the Principality made the advantage count. That man Moult finished off a five man to sweetly sweep York’s cross home. Clarke’s winner went like a bullet to cannon in off Fyfield for a much needed second home success of the season.
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Results, Crowds & scorers
|1492||AFC Telford Utd||2||2||Barnet|
|.||T Gray 37 , M Phenix 90+4 ,||.||.||L Cook 68 , E Johnson 80 ,|
|.||Damien Reeves 11 , A Griffin35 , Damien Reeves 65 ,||.||.||Reid 16 , McAllister 43 ,Reason 80 ,|
|751||Braintree Town||2||0||Kidderminster Harriers|
|.||J Mulley 16 , Davis 48 ,||.||.||.|
|754||Dover Athletic||0||1||Macclesfield Town|
|.||.||.||Holroyd 77 ,|
|1005||Forest Green Rovers||2||0||FC Halifax Town|
|.||James Norwood 20 , J Parkin29 ,||.||.||.|
|.||D Wright 53 ,||.||.||.|
|3300||Grimsby Town||0||2||Torquay United|
|.||.||.||.||Richards 14 , Young 37 ,|
|2993||Lincoln City FC||2||3||Bristol Rovers|
|.||Newton 37 pen , Burrow 45 ,||.||.||Sinclair 13 , D Leadbitter 22 ,Harrison 90 ,|
|803||Nuneaton Town||1||1||Aldershot Town|
|.||Brown 19 ,||.||.||Hatton 67 ,|
|.||.||.||.||J Ironside 2 , Hawley 9 ,|
|.||Sole 52 ,||.||.||.|
|.||L Moult 84 , Clarke 86 ,||.||.||Beautyman 33 ,|
|3||FC Halifax Town||9||6||1||2||16||8||+8||19|
|10||Forest Green Rovers||9||4||3||2||10||6||+4||15|
|24||AFC Telford United||9||0||3||6||11||22||-11||3|
A win could see the Imps leapfrog Nuneaton into 2nd but Luton Town, Braintree Town, Grimsby Town and Kidderminster Harriers would all have to drop points. But it could kick-start a tough month for the Imps with expectations reaching fever pitch. So a 1-0 to the Mighty Imps will do then!
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|9||FC Halifax Town||12||6||2||4||20||19||+1||20|
Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM
|Formation||3-5-2 or 4-4-2|
|Position 2012/13||15th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Top 8|
The Imps face very similar opposition to our good selves with a five man midfield that will make opportunities scarce. The three central defenders have height and the wing-backs have pace and energy to get up and down the flanks. Yorke and Newton are the finest two full/wing backs in the Skrill Prwemier and will come face to face tomorrow down their right and our left. Streete has a long throw to match that of Miller or Gray and with the two remaining centre-backs moving up to support strikers Moult and Brown . The set-pieces will be interesting in either box tomorrow to say the least.
The three defeats on the spin have been harsh on Nuneaton who have dominated every game. They are not second for nothing and the 3-0 defeat at Cambridge could have been very different if luck had gone their way. During the opening 15 minutes of the second half the United keeper made three great saves with the front two also missing a golden opportunity each. Moult the division’s leading sorer, with 9, rarely lets teams off lightly.
The midfield trio are useful having delivered 11 assists already this season suggesting Foster may start as Simmo tinkers with the two in the 4-2-3-1. Armson (5 assists) Walker (3) and Sleath (3) have terific understanding and swarm to cut down the space with Bell and York quick to support them. Belshaw the England’s University keeper is also keeping out a Nottingham Forest loan keeper. a great shot-stopper he will be hard to beat
The potential Boro team
Kevin Wilkin 3-5-2
11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan
16 York 13 Sleath 6 Walker 7 Armson 3 Bell
10 Brown 9 Moult
The Heroes & Villains
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.
|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|
|Oct 16th||Dimitar Evtimov||Nottm Forest||GK||Wages|
|January||Amari I Bell||Birmingham C||Def|
Boro Squad 2013/14
1 Dimitar Evtimov, 19 James Belshaw
3 Amarii Bell,4 Gavin Cowan, 5 Gareth Dean, 12 David McNamee, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon
6 Adam Walker, 7 James Armson, 8 Jon Adams, 11 Theo Streete, 13 Danny Sleath, 20 Phil Trainer, 21 Mark Bell
9 Louis Moult, 10 Andy Brown, 16 Wesley York (Transfer list), 17 Connor Taylor, 18 Greg Pearson,
STMI urge 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, to back the petition to ensure grass roots football gets 7.5% of the from broadcasting rights. MP David Crausby’s petition already has 17,700 signatures so please get on board before the 20th September. Please get this on your forums.
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The petition, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, calls on the Government to ensure that grassroots football receives financial support from the Premier League. At a time when Government cuts mean that many Local Authorities are no longer able to fund grassroots football transfer fees and players wages are spiralling to obscene levels and, very much wasting the bounty. Similarly fees for basic facilities are climbing to the point where ordinary people are being priced out of our national sport.
- Current Number of signatures: 17,700
- Created by: David Crausby MP
- Closing Date : 20/02/2014 10:21
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.
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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.
STMI present the transfer Ins & outs for Alfreton Town, Aldershot, Barnet FC and Braintree Town up to July 5th 2013. With Lincoln City on the verge of what looks to be an exciting season how have our competitors lost or gained since last a ball was kicked. Our pre-season guide to each side is also on the verge of completion, as ever if we have missed any confirmed deals please ping us a comment.
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All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE
To cut to the chase then
Alfreton (now part-time)
|29th May||Bradley Wood||Grimsby||Def||Free|
|13th June||Kristian Dickinson||Sutton Coldfield||For||Free|
|15th June||Michael Wyle||Tamworth||Def||Free|
|1st July||Tom Shaw||Cambridge Utd||Mid||Free|
|5th July||Chris Westwood||Wrexham||Def||Free|
|1st July||Ross Atkins||Derby Co||Keeper||N/A|
|1st May||Phil Barnes||Gainsborough||Keeper||Free|
|1st May||Anton Brown||Harrogate||Def||Free|
|1st May||Leigh Franks||Harrogate||Def/Mid||Free|
|1st May||Ashley Worsfold||Harrogate||Def||Free|
|1st May||Theo Streete||Nuneaton||Def/Mid||Free|
|1st May||Gavin Holohan||Free Agent||Mid||Free|
The admin / CVA has precluded any signings and we thought it unfair to name the 13 made redundant unless a transfer to another club has gone through. Good luck to Shots fans, the players and their families at this difficult time.
|18th June||Danny Hylton||Rotherham||For|
|21st June||Troy Brown||Cheltenham||Def|
|21st June||Ross Wormer||Wimbledon||Keeper|
|29th June||Doug Bergqvist||Exeter||Def|
|16th May||13 made redundant|
The Bees have that £250,000 parachute to soften the blow and will benefit from an Academy that has cost a fortune. On a par with the Crewe vision it should serve them well.
|26th June||Tony Acheampong||Welling||Def||Undis|
|26th June||K Marsh-Brown||Yeovil||Mid||Free|
|13th May||Oliver Lee||Birmingham||Mid||Free|
|13th May||Liam O’Brien||No club||Keeper||Free|
|13th May||Chiro N’Toko||FC Eindhoven||Def||Free|
|13th May||John Oster||No Club||Mid||Free|
|22nd May||Michael Kuipers||No club||Keeper||Free|
|22nd May||Barry Fuller||Wimbledon||Def||Free|
|22nd May||Clovis Kambdjo||No club||Mid||Free|
|22nd May||Craig Beattie||No club||For||Free|
|22nd May||Ishmail Kamara||No club||For||Free|
|21st June||Ricky Holmes||Portsmouth||For||Free|
Alan Devonshire always starts slow, however the proximity to the smoke and his contacts will serve the Essex Boys well again this season.
|14th May||Chez Izaac||Borehamwood||Mid||Free|
All Conference Transfers articles Parts 1 – 6 can be viewed HERE
BSP rivals Hereford United, Luton Town, Lincoln City, Alfreton, Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Nuneaton, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers and Braintree Town will all receive £11,313 thanks to qualifying for last years first round of the FA Cup. This is another great, often hidden, example of what the FA give back to non-league clubs.
Simmo will receive the boost to his war-chest after the FA announced that the 32 non-league clubs who played in the FA Cup first round last season will each get the five-figure bonus, thanks to the FA Cup pool. This is based on a 5% cut from any replays from Round 3 onwards. Last year Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all featured in lucrative replays, resulting in a record payout.
The 32 clubs are as follows:-
Cambridge City, Boreham Wood, Alfreton, Wrexham, Harrogate, Macclesfield, Stockport, Met Police, Slough, Luton, Nuneaton, Lincoln, Kidderminster, Guiseley, Barrow, Forest Green, Bromley, Bradford PA, Arlesey, Yate, Chelmsford, Ebbsfleet, Bishop’s Stortford, Hastings, Hendon, Fylde, Dorchester, Hereford, Altrincham, Gloucester, Mansfield, Braintree.