Football

Tulips’ academy boasts top class coaches

With the new football season rapidly approaching Spalding United are offering the younger generation the ideal opportunity to get into the swing of things by taking part in their first ever three-day Summer Soccer Academy. The event is being led by the club’s leading marksman Andrew Tidswell and first team assistant manager, former Peterborough United and Everton star Marcus Ebdon, ...

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Spalding United seal swoop for striker Thomas

Spalding United have swooped to seal a deal that brings speedy striker Jordan Thomas back to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. The forward, who impressed during a loan spell from Lincoln City last season, has had a change of heart over re-locating to Newcastle. Thomas will be the fourth striker on the Tulips’s books, joining Andrew Tidswell, Mark Jones ...

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All you need to know about FA draws for Tigers and Tulips

South Holland duo Spalding United and Holbeach United learned their fate in the three FA competitions today (Friday). In the FA Cup, Holbeach will make the trip to Diss Town in the extra preliminary round on August 16 – with the winners banking £1,500 in prize money. There is then a chance of a Lincolnshire derby in the preliminary stage, ...

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Voice View: Good riddance to Uruguay and Suarez

There has been much to admire about the 2014 Brazil World Cup so far. Glorious goals (take a bow Tim Cahill, Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez), all-out attacking football (I’m looking at you Colombia, Holland and Brazil) and ingenious innovation (OK, I may have over-egged the referees’ invisible spray a little too much). But Luis Suarez and Uruguay have ...

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Tidswell Talk: Why I have never enjoyed a pre-season

By Andrew Tidswell It’s that time of year again that all footballers dread. Apart from being back with the team and discussing summer events it’s a time for a lot of hard work, sweat and pain. I personally have never enjoyed a pre-season at any club I have been at. But, having said that, some people relish the opportunity to ...

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Pinchbeck United snap-up talented duo

Pinchbeck United have swooped to secure their first two signings of the summer. Returning player/boss Ian Dunn has raided Boston United Reserves for central midfielder Elliott Price, while also moving to secure the services of former Peterborough United youth talent Tyler Wright – who shone at Knight Street last season. Dunn, who won the ChromaSport Peterborough League Premier Division and ...

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Rayment wanted Tulips to have local core

On the eve of his third pre-season with the club, Spalding United manager Pat Rayment has spoken of his regret that last year’s UCL Premier Division winning squad has broken up. The Tulips waltzed to the league title last term, winning 32 of their 36 games en-route to amassing 97 points and promotion to Evo-Stik League Division One South. But ...

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Tidswell Talk: England heading in right direction

By Andrew Tidswell So it’s World Cup heartache again for England. It’s not unusual to see an aftermath of English tabloids and supporters both criticising and hanging English football out to dry – but what is unusual is that it was only after two matches. A lot of the criticism and comments that I have seen have shocked me. I, ...

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Tigers seal deal for ex-Boston United ace Parker

Holbeach United completed the signing of versatile former Boston United man Liam Parker after their first pre-season training session of the summer last night (Thursday). Parker, who spent last season with Skegness Town, can play at either full back, centre back or in midfield and has been one of the Tigers’ top transfer targets of the summer. Co-boss Graham Drury ...

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Boss Drury buzzing to meet his Tigers

Graham Drury will return to the training pitch tonight after a 15-month break – and he can’t wait to see his new Holbeach United players. The former Stamford and Boston United chief, who is working as co-boss with John Chand, will take the Tigers’ first pre-season training session at Carter’s Park. There will be a host of new faces on ...

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TIGERS: Drury brings title-winning Oadby Town captain to Carter’s Park

Holbeach United co-boss Graham Drury has completed his fourth capture from UCL Division One champions Oadby Town in 48 hours. He’s added captain Jake Duffy to goalkeeper Luke Pickering and strikeforce Courtney Meade and Lee Dube. Drury likened Duffy to the style of England midfielder Frank Lampard in the way he operates and knows where the net is. He said: “Jake ...

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TULIPS: Bore becomes ninth player on contract

Peter Bore has become Spalding United’s ninth signing currently on contract. Manager Pat Rayment is purring after adding yet another quality cog to the Tulips’ machine. Bore, who was at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on loan briefly last season, has been brought in after news that James Cullingworth will miss all of pre-season and some of the Evo-Stik ...

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TIGERS: Drury snaps up three more quality signings

Three more quality signings have been added to the Holbeach United squad – with the promise of more imminently. Defender Ross Watson, striker/defender Danny Spencer and goalkeeper Luke Pickering have all agreed terms. Tigers co-manager Graham Drury is delighted with the captures as he and John Chand build a squad capable of challenging for the United Counties League Premier Division ...

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TIGERS: Setting their sights on promotion

Holbeach United have revealed their ambition to win promotion from the United Counties League. The Tigers say they will ensure moving up the non-league ladder is feasible, if the team finishes in a top position in the Premier Division next season. The Tigers won the title in 2003 and again in 2013, but had not applied for promotion on either ...

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Signing spree bolsters Holbeach United squad

Holbeach United have unveiled a spree of new signings as they strive for a squad capable of winning the United Counties League Premier Division. Experienced defender Ross Watson was captured early this week and he was joined yesterday by fellow ex-King’s Lynn Town striker/defender Danny Spencer, who has Conference North experience with Nuneaton and Solihull. Tigers co-manager Graham Drury then made a ...

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FOOTBALL: Spalding Sunday League awards handed out

Spalding Sunday League stalwart Barry Barnes was among the award winners at the league’s annual general meeting. Barnes has been on the committee for many years and has been rewarded for services to the league. The highest goalscorer award went to Sutton Bridge Sunday captain Ben Partridge, who hit the net 31 times in his 27 appearances. Meanwhile, Spalding Seas ...

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The South Holland World Cup verdict

Today marks the start of the 2014 Brazil World Cup – and I’m sure most of you reading have an opinion on what is likely to happen at the biggest sporting event in the business. With that in mind, we asked nine well-known sporting figures in South Holland their opinions on the key issues that are likely to shape the ...

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Ex-Tulip Gibson follows Fuller to Holbeach

Joint Holbeach United managers Graham Drury and John Chand have worked their magic to complete deals for two exciting wingers. Drury swooped to snap up ex-Spalding United ace Jake Gibson on Tuesday, just days after Chand brokered a deal to bring former Kettering Town left-sider Ashley Fuller to Carter’s Park. Pacy left-footer Gibson was a firm favourite for Drury during ...

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Rayment relaxed over Ross’s Spalding U-turn

Pat Rayment admits he has “mixed emotions” over Ian Ross’ decision to turn down Spalding United. The former Boston United skipper, who is now likely to join Belper Town, had agreed terms with the Tulips prior to going on holiday. But he’s since informed Tulips chief Pat Rayment that he’s decided against the switch to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing ...

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Holbeach United finalise Fuller deal

Flying winger Ashley Fuller has become the latest signing for ambitious Holbeach United. The Tigers swooped to snap-up the former Kettering Town left-sider on Saturday, with co-boss John Chand hailing him as an exciting addition to the United Counties League Premier Division. Chand worked with Fuller during his days as Magnet Tavern chief, with the duo reaching the final of ...

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