Football

Dunn resigns as Pinchbeck United manager

Ian Dunn has resigned as Pinchbeck United manager after six years at the Knights. Dunn returned to the club as player/manager in May 2014 after previously overseeing its 2011/12 Peterborough and District League title triumph. After the spell as co-manager at Boston Town and as a player at Holbeach United, he returned to the Knights and took them out of ...

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Tulips get ready to return to action

Spalding United’s wait for competitive football is over as they are set to take on Peterborough Sports in a pre-season friendly at the Sir Halley Stewart on Saturday. The Tulips will be back in action for the first time since March in their warm up for the Northern Premier League Division One South East Division, though unfortunately the game will ...

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Plans in place for football’s kick off

The government has given the go-ahead for football to return with clubs set to start pre-season friendlies in August ahead of the start of the leagues in September. The FA announced at the weekend that full contact training is now permitted as the clubs get ready for the regular season. Both Spalding United and Pinchbeck United have announced their pre-season ...

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Tigers toast terrific Peter on his birthday

Members of Holbeach United have helped a volunteer who has been helping them out since 1946 celebrate his 90th birthday in style. Peter Cousins had his big day on July 6, and the club helped him celebrate by gifting him a bottle of his favourite Famous Grouse whiskey and a card. He’s been part of the ground staff for over ...

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More sports gear up for their return

Cricket is set to return next month and football could follow soon after following government guidance on recreational sport. More sports are set to return and the South Lincolnshire and Borders Cricket League says it’s currently talking to clubs about a proposed league that would start on Saturday, August 1. Cricket clubs can now play games as long as social ...

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‘Club of the year’ Tigers set to expand

Holbeach United have celebrated being named Lincolnshire FA’s Grassroots Club of the Year by launching a new Under 18s side. It will mean the club will now have two sides playing at that level and providing a bridge between its thriving junior section and its senior teams. Due to the volume of players being produced through the academy, the club ...

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Two new faces come in as duo depart Tulips

It’s two in and two out for Spalding United as the plans for the 20-21 season continue to develop as much as they can. Manager Lewis Thorogood is hopeful that the club will be able to begin pre-season next month ahead of the 20-21 Evo-Stik Division One South East season. The Tulips have brought in two players from Lincoln United ...

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Legal challenge on season decision fails

The decision to null and void semi-professional football leagues including the Evo-Stik League and United Counties League has been ratified. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the seasons were ended without outcomes by the Football Association. However South Shields FC, who were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League, took the case to an independent tribunal arguing ...

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Break will leave Dunn ready to go

Pinchbeck United boss Ian Dunn says he needed the long break that’s been afforded to him. Last season was a miserable one for the Knights as they sat rock bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division with just one win from 27 games. But with the season cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pinchbeck won’t be relegated. After regularly challenging ...

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Smith lands Hussey’s award

Holbeach United celebrated the many positives from the curtailed 2019/20 season with an online awards ceremony last week. Former manager Danny Hussey helped put on the ceremony to mark the end of the season and his era in charge before Phil Barnes took over. And he named Tom Smith as his Manager’s Player of the Season. “At the start of ...

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Tulips sign new striker

Former Northern Ireland U21s striker Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson leads four signings announced by Spalding United. A former Sheffield Wednesday and St Johnson youth team player, the 25-year-old has played for a host of clubs including the Tulips league rivals Wisbech Town and Loughborough Dynamo during the previous campaign. He joins a trio of the club’s young players in signing on for ...

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Football Foundation pitches in to support talented young Tigers

Holbeach United’s youth set up has received a grant of over £40,000 to improve its football pitches as it continues to grow. The Holbeach United Community Sports Academy has been given the grant by the Football Foundation as part of its Grass Pitch Improvement Programme. It aims to improve the quality of the pitches at the Pennyhill Road base which ...

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Fans vote for their Tulip legends

Spalding United fans have been voting for their top Tulips team ever. As part of manager Lewis Thorogood’s Facebook Live events that have proved a hit, he encouraged a vote for the legends side. The fans voted for current goalie and the 19/20 player of the season Michael Duggan as the top keeper. In defence were former Notts County and ...

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Loss of revenue leads to Tulips fundraising plea

Spalding United were meant to be finishing the season at home this weekend, but instead the only action they’re hoping for is money to drop into the JustGiving appeal they’ve created. Regular supporters are being asked to donate the money they would have otherwise spend on watching the Tulips in the abandoned game as they look to stay afloat during ...

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George at David’s Beck and call

A former Tulip came face-to-face with David Beckham last week. George Zuerner and his nine-year-old son Freddie received a FaceTime from the former England, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan star as part of the One World Together collaborations last week. Midfielder Zuerner left Spalding United for Skegness just before the season prematurely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic ...

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Tigers legend Phil ready to step up as manager

After more than 30 years of being in and around Holbeach United, Phil Barnes is now ready to step up to the top job. The 47-year-old, who first joined the club as a player aged 11, was named as the new first team manager at Carter’s Park on Thursday. He and assistant Dean Elston will replace Danny Hussey in the ...

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Club legend Phil Barnes named as Holbeach United’s new first team manager

Holbeach United have announced that club stalwart Phil Barnes will be their new manager. Barnes, who won the UCL Premier Division as a player with the Tigers, will be assisted by Dean Elston – another Tigers legend – at Carter’s Park. With Danny Hussey stepping down as boss following the early completion of the season, Barnes steps up from his ...

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Plenty of reasons to get in touch with Spalding United as they launch 200 Club

Spalding United have launched their ‘SUFC 200 Club’ – dubbed a great way to support the Tulips while having the chance to win prizes. You can sign up for just £10 per month, with three monthly cash prizes for winners, with the rest helping support the club during these difficult times. You can set up a standing order via treasurer ...

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South Holland football legend ‘Oddie’ calls time on his impressive career

One of the finest and most enduring players on the local football scene has had his final competitive match. Holbeach United legend Steve “Oddie” Barnes announced his retirement on Saturday, March 26 soon after the season was declared null and void for the vast majority of non-league teams due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 44-year-old is just thankful he ...

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Pinchbeck United player/boss Dunn will use break to re-energise himself

Ian Dunn isn’t thinking much about football at the moment – but he reckons the enforced break will be good for stress levels. After years of success that saw the player/boss take the Knights from the Peterborough League to fourth place in the UCL Premier Division last season, 2019/20 was a shock to the system. Before the season was declared ...

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