Football

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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Spalding swoop for Trinity skipper Leary

Former Gainsborough Trinity captain Michael Leary has become the latest – and final – big name summer signing for Spalding United. The 31-year-old midfielder, who also lists Luton Town, Barnet and Grimsby Town among his former clubs, sealed a deal with the Tulips on Thursday morning. Spalding supremo Pat Rayment is absolutely ecstatic after completing the capture of another top ...

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Holbeach are ‘Fuller’ transfer targets

Wing wizard Ashley Fuller heads a sizeable list of targets for ambitious Holbeach United. Fuller, who is a long-term target of joint Tigers chief John Chand, was a key part of the Kettering Town side that reached The Calor League Division One Central play-offs last season. He’s one of five targets Chand and co-boss Graham Drury are looking to bring ...

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Goal-getter Tom swaps Tigers for Tulips

Holbeach United hot-shot Tom Waumsley has surprisingly crossed the South Holland divide after completing a move to Spalding United. The former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers hitman, who was the Tigers’ leading scorer under Glen Maddison last season, agreed terms with Spalding on Wednesday. Tulips chief Pat Rayment moved to snap-up Waumsley after missing out on Lincoln City forward Jordan ...

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Fenway sign off final season in fitting style

Fenway marked their final ever season in the Spalding Sunday Football League with a trophy-laden presentation evening at the weekend. The bash took place at Brennans Sports Bar – which will become both their main sponsor and their new team name next season. The evening began with an emotional speech from club stalwart Joel Newton, who gave his review of ...

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Tidswell Talk: Positivity helped me beat injury nightmare

By Andrew Tidswell Many of you reading this will have sustained an injury at some stage in your life – whether through sport or general activities. Injuries, unfortunately, are part of life. Whether it’s children falling over on the playground or a more serious injury which takes much longer than a graze to heal. Injuries are psychologically a very hard ...

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Spalding United to field a reserve side next season

Spalding United have confirmed that they are to run a reserve team this coming season. The all-new Spalding United Reserves will be managed by Kev Nottingham (last season’s under-18 supremo), with assistance from Andy Coaten. They will play in Division Two of the Chromasports and Trophies Peterborough and District League. It’s the first time in more than a decade that ...

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Open Holbeach United trials next week

Holbeach United Community Sports Academy are holding football trials next week. Trials will be at the University Academy Holbeach (formerly George Farmer)playing fields on Monday and Tuesday (6-8pm). They are for those interested in playing for Holbeach’s thriving and successful youth section next season. Those children interested in playing at under-10, under-11, under-12, under-13 and under-14 (school years five to ...

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Drury targeting top trophies with Tigers

New Holbeach United joint-boss Graham Drury believes that winning the FA Vase and UCL Premier Division are achievable goals next season. The former Boston United, Stamford and Corby Town chief agreed to join forces with John Chand at Carter’s Park after holding talks last week – ending his 15-month sabbatical from the game. Drury admits that he was surprised to ...

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Comment: Euro king Gareth should be praised for Bale-ing out

At a time when English Premier League clubs are being criticised for neglecting British talent, it was perhaps fitting that one of our best exports was scoring the winner in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final. While the talent pool in England grows smaller by the year, Gareth Bale is walking the lonely road as a Brit abroad with the world’s ...

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‘Motivator’ Graham gets Jones backing

Respected Stamford AFC skipper Richard Jones has backed Graham Drury to be a big success at Holbeach United. Drury brought the talented defender to Stamford back in 2012 and immediately made him captain. The duo were pivotal in guiding the Daniels to second place in Evo-Stik League Division One South before the boss moved on to Boston United. And Jones, ...

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Spalding agree deal for former Boston skipper Ross

Spalding United are closing on another incredible transfer coup after verbally agreeing a deal for ex-Boston United captain Ian Ross. The 28-year-old midfielder shook hands on a one-year deal with the Tulips on Wednesday, having decided to leave York Street at the end of last season. Ross is expected to sign the contract after he returns from a close-season break and ...

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Spalding’s Stainfield ‘head and shoulders’ above rest

Talismanic defender Nathan Stainfield picked up four of the five awards on offer at Spalding United’s end of season awards night. The popular centre back was named manager’s player of the season, players’ player of the year, and supporters’ player of the year at the Springfields Events Centre bash on Saturday – while also winning the man-of-the-match series trophy. Tulips’ ...

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Ex-Boston boss Drury joins Chand at Holbeach helm

John Chand reckons that Graham Drury was the ‘perfect choice’ after revealing that the former Stamford and Boston United chief will be his co-manager at Holbeach United next season. Drury, who has also bossed Corby Town, agreed to join the Tigers on Thursday after talks with Chand. Holbeach had been searching for a new joint chief after Steve Appleby performed ...

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Cullingworth is latest Spalding signing

Full-back James Cullingworth has become the third Spalding United signing of the week. The defender, who can play on either side, follows Julian Kelly and Kern Miller in agreeing terms with the Tulips. Formerly of Boston United and Ilkeston, the 26-year-old arrives at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field from Belper Town. Having won promotion with all three of his ...

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Dunn deal! Ian’s back as Pinchbeck boss

Ian Dunn has called for a change in mentality at Pinchbeck United after sealing a return to the club as player/manager. The former Spalding United and Holbeach United striker guided Pinchbeck to one of the best seasons in their history back in 2011/12 as they clinched a Peterborough Premier Division and PFA Senior Cup double. His achievements didn’t go unnoticed ...

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Tidswell Talk: Transfer frenzy is exciting… but not for English players

By Andrew Tidswell Spalding United player and Elite Sports Academy MD Twitter: @AndrewTidswell Another football season has drawn to an end with all league titles, domestic cups and presentations decided. The anticipation now for many football fans will be what changes they will see to their supported clubs, whether it be the top English teams or a lower ranking side. ...

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Chand reveals Holbeach’s talks with Stevens

Jamie Stevens could soon seal a return to Holbeach United after holding talks with boss John Chand this week. The defender has won back-to-back UCL Premier Division titles with Spalding United and Holbeach over the past two seasons and left the Tulips last week by mutual consent. Returning Tigers chief Chand, who led the club to that UCL triumph, told ...

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