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Playermart Part 2

This time, specifically for a few players looking at U21/1st team Football in the Farnborough/Cove/Badshot Lea/Guildford area with their contact details:     DF Adam Ormerod 07896829186 (ex AFC Wimbledon, Brentford and Watford right-back) MF Michael Uche 07943656063 (currently training with QPR College) ST Adam Valu 07712114001 (ex-Manor Colts and Alton United) GK Kwaku De Gea 07539858088 (currently with Lambeth College) DF Joel Thomas 07903597917 (ex-Brentford & Wycombe Wanderers)

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Mayor Of Simpleton


A list of players still looking for a club, with brief playing details and contact numbers/emails as well as the standard they are looking for:   Goalkeepers   Dan Kitchen, aged 20, previously with Wealdstone, Hemel Hempstead Town and ACD Pecciolese (Italian semi-pro side). Training with a specialist coach at Brighton & Hove Albion. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07910059858, Hertfordshire based.   James Kendall, aged 22, previously with Kingstonian. Looking for any senior standard of f

Pre Season Thoughts From The Mayor

Is it that time of the year already? It must be my age, but it feels like the new football season has come around very quickly!   When I was younger, it seemed to take almost an eternity for the new season to start. I remember looking forward to seeing whom Arsenal and Cwmbran Town would be playing first - however, since Cwmbran Town have faded away and are now little more than a badly run Gwent County side it is sad to say that my interest in them has sadly been diminished.   Yet, in 1993,

UKFF Maintain Unbeaten Run At Baldock

In what was probably the earliest pre-season game of the new season, UK Football Finder's Elite Development Squad traveled north from their London base up the A1(M) to Baldock to face a Hitchin Town XI at The Arena.   The Arena is an impressive community-focused venue with a 3G pitch that the UK FF lads soon got used to playing on. It was the first time that they had played on an artificial pitch, but from the way they played you would never have guessed it.   The Hitchin Town XI were actual

An Interview With The UK Football Finder Chairman

Further to my posts on UK Football Finder, I spoke with their Chairman Adam Parry recently about the club in order to find out more about it and the challenges facing the club as well as their plans for the future:   AK: UK Football Finder FC is not a club which many people would have heard of, yet among other clubs it is quite unique. Can you tell me more about how the club operates?   AP: Certainly - the club was founded in Summer 2012 by Darren Irving of UK Football Finder and on our s

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Football Finder Boys Make A Great Impression At Leatherhead

As somebody who has harped on about the newly created UK Football Finder team, I was delighted to have been given the chance to see them in action at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove stadium last night.   Having attended a business meeting in Sittingbourne earlier in the day with a contact from Tewkesbury, we decided to take in the game at Leatherhead on the way back home. The agreement being that I paid for tickets and drinks (strictly lemonade for the driver, although a few morons on the M25 dro

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Wait Goes On And The Slump Continues

This morning should have seen Gloucester City fans recovering from a hangover, after celebrating the good news that the council were happy for our long proposed new stadium to go ahead.   Alas, the wait goes on.   The council have not said no, but have not said yes and as a result the club's future is very much in limbo. They have asked for more time (they have had years to consider the plans!) and in doing so have caused fans to worry that the future of the club could be in serious doubt o

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The Mayor Of Simpleton

All Is Rosy In The Football Finder Garden As Their Player Crop Harvest Looks Impressive

The hardest job for any manager, apart from getting the chairman to open his/her wallet, has to be assembling a good squad of players.   However, with budgets tightening and good quality players hard to find, it can be a seemingly impossible task to build a competitive squad on a shoe-string. Even at Steps 5-7, there are the 'haves' and 'have-nots', and if your club falls into the latter category you are more likely to dread the start of the new season than welcome it with open arms.   Woul

The Mayor Of Simpleton

The Mayor Of Simpleton

Westfields Visit An Absolute Joy

I have rarely enjoyed myself at a neutral ground as much as i have today at Westfields Football Club.   After plumping for their first Midland Alliance League game of the season over Winterbourne's Western League game with Larkhall Athletic, I headed over to Hereford from Gloucester and arrived about 40 minutes before kick-off to be met by a committee member who shook my hand and showed me into the clubhouse.   I was very impressed with their set-up and even got my first drink 'on the hous

Terrible Tigers In Cirencester Capitulation

Full Time: Cirencester Town 5-1 Gloucester City   Yes, it was as bad as it sounds!   After missing Gloucester's last few games, I ventured down the A417 to Cirencester to watch The Tigers return to a former 'home from home' at the impressive Corinium Stadium.   After being made homeless by the vicious floods of five summers ago, Gloucester played their home games at The Corinum Stadium until 2010 when they were given permission to ground-share with Cheltenham Town.   Cirencester and Gl

Malvern Mauled By Efficient Evesham

Tuesday night and another match on my pre-season tour (as it's becoming) of non-league teams close to Gloucester.   This time, my travels took me northwards to a ground where I used to play (albeit for nine games in 2004), and little seems to have changed since. The club still looks tatty and unkempt, which is a shame because with a bit of love and attention it could be a club that could go places other than the West Midlands League. True, they did spend a few years at Step 4 recently, howev

Another Drawn Game, But Far More Entertaining Than Thursday's Showing

After Thursday's drab performance at the Causeway Stadium in Cinderford, I gave watching Gloucester City's game against Bishop's Cleeve a miss today (maybe the right choice as they lost 1-0 to the Villagers!) and instead headed south to Cambridge to watch Slimbridge take on Clevedon Town of the Southern League South & West Division.   Cambridge? That is surely EAST of Gloucester I hear you say. Ah, but this is Cambridge village (pronounced CAM-BRIDGE) where Slimbridge (the village of whi

Bore Draw Not The Most Inspiring Start For Tigers

Twenty four hours ago, I was relieved that this game was definitely on. Now I am beginning to wonder why the heck I bothered.   After Gloucester City's game against Brislington was called off on Saturday (correct choice, by the way, as their pitch was unplayable), it was tonight that the Tigers got their pre-season underway at neighbours Cinderford Town who play in the Southern League South & West division, two leagues below the Tigers.   The Tigers fielded new signing Lewis Hogg, who j

What Do England Have To Do In Order To Win On The Big Stage?

So another tournament, another goal-less 90 minutes, and another penalty shootout for England to overcome.   Given that England's record in penalties is almost as bad as a Justin Bieber record, it shouldn't have surprised anybody that England will now be heading home before the finals a week today.   Yet, it somehow doesn't seem fair - England have been the grafters of Euro 2012 and have really tried hard to do well this tournament. The attitude and commitment shown by the players was a rea

Feeling Blue - Or Should That Be Red?

Today, Cardiff City Football Club quite literally went into the red.   Their traditional blue home kit has been ditched, after weeks of speculation, and replaced with a red home kit for next season. Cardiff City's blue kit will now be for away matches only.   Understandably, there has been a lot of shock, anger and upset from fans who want the blue home shirts to stay. They are angry that the club chose to ignore them and make the changes without any consultation with the fans, and many fa
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