Tulips

Spalding United waiting on result of NPL vote but a delayed re-start looks likely

The future of the Pitching In NPL South East Division season remains up in the air. Spalding United, as well as all of the other clubs in steps three and four of the non-league ladder, have been asked to vote on whether the current campaign should remain paused. Votes had to be submitted by Wednesday night, with a result expected ...

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Tulips and Pinchbeck United pay tributes to popular Ogy following his passing

One of South Holland’s most recognisable footballing faces has passed away. It was announced on Monday that Ogy Lane, who is best known for being the friendly face on the door as you enter the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on matchday, had died. Ogy manned the turnstiles for both Spalding United and Pinhcbeck United and was much liked by ...

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Spalding United add two more signings as Zakuani continues his impressive overhaul

Spalding United haven’t let the suspension of the Pitching In NPL South East Division season stop them in their bid to revamp their squad. Boss Gaby Zakuani has moved to add two more players to his ever-growing squad. The first is talented youngster Reanu Grosset, who joins from Spartans Youth FC. On his new addition, Zakuani said: “He’s a player ...

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Zakuani feels enforced break has come at the worst time for Spalding United

Gaby Zakuani admits that the 28-day suspension of the non-elite football season couldn’t have come at a worse time for Spalding United. The new Tulips chief, who led his side to a 3-3 draw at Belper Town in his first game as permanent manager on Saturday, feels he was just beginning to stamp his authority on the squad. Having signed ...

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Zakuani praises Ranger as striker nets on debut to clinch impressive draw for Tulips

Belper Town 3 Spalding United 3 Boss Gaby Zakuani praised Nile Ranger’s impact as the striker marked his Spalding United debut with a goal in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Belper Town on Saturday. Piteu Crouz (4), Steve McDonnell (36) and Chib Chilaka (49) gave Belper the lead three times in the Pitching In NPL South East Division clash, but the ...

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Non-elite football facing 28-day suspension when English lockdown begins on Thursday

There will be no football for any of South Holland’s sides after Thursday following a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. All non-elite football will be suspended from Thursday (November 5), with no exceptions. That means that, after Pinchbeck United’s Uhlsport UCL Premier Division game at Boston Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Holbeach United’s UCK KO Cup final ...

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Saturday football: Ranger marks Tulips debut with a goal in thriller, Holbeach and Pinchbeck lose at home

Nile Ranger marked his Spalding United debut with a goal as they drew at Belper Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United lost at home to Harborough Town and Pinchbeck United were thrashed by Lutterworth Town in Lewis Thorogood’s first game as boss. Starting with Spalding, they trailled three times in Gaby Zakuani’s first game as permament boss before battling back ...

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Spalding United sign ex-Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger

Spalding United have continued their extraordinary week by signing former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger. The controversial striker, who also lists Swindon Town and Blackpool among his former clubs, was unveiled by new Tulips chief Gaby Zakuani on Wednesday. Ranger served ten weeks in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud back in 2017, which saw his contract at Southend ...

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Three exciting signings for Spalding United as Zakuani puts his stamp on squad

Gaby Zakuani added three new faces to his Spalding United squad on only his second day in the role. Fresh off his appointment on Monday, the Tulips chief sealed deals for striker Chris Assombalonga, 6ft7in centre back Jordan Foster and the talented Glenn Yala Bolasie on Tuesday. Assombalonga, who is the brother of of Middlesborough striker Britt, is best known ...

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Zakuani named Spalding United manager on permanent basis and LuaLua joins coaching staff

Spalding United have today (Monday) announced that Gaby Zakuani will be their next permanent first team manager. The former DR Congo international defender, who recently retired, started his career with Leyton Orient and completed nearly 500 games in the football league with former clubs Stoke City, Northampton Town, Gillingham, Swindon Town and, most notably Peterborough United. He and assistant manager ...

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Impressive Worksop Town hand Spalding United a sixth straight defeat

Worksop Town 2 Spalding United 0 Spalding United slipped to their sixth defeat on the spin as Worksop Town deservedly dealt them a 2-0 beating on Saturday. Goals in each half from Lewis Gibbens (35) and Gavin Allott (pen 57) sent the Tulips – who were table-toppers after two games – down to 17th place in the Pitching In NPL ...

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Saturday football: Spalding and Pinchbeck both beaten again, Holbeach game abandoned due to rain

Spalding United suffered a sixth defeat in as many games as they went down 2-0 at Worksop Town on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United were thumped at home and Holbeach United saw their game at Shepshed Dynamo abandoned. In the Pitching In NPL South East Division, goals from Lewis Gibbens (35) and Gavin Allott (57 pen) saw the Tulips beaten again. ...

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Plenty of interest in top job at Spalding United as decision on new boss draws closer

Spalding United CEO Leigh Porter has revealed that the club’s search for a new manager is entering a critical phase. The Tulips have been without a permanent manager since Lewis Thorogood resigned last week, with assistant boss Neal Spafford and former Peterborough United defender Gaby Zakuani stepping up as caretakers. Porter, who revealed that Spalding have received as many as ...

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Spalding United’s FA Trophy hopes are put to Bed by ex-Peterborough United ace

Spalding United 0 Bedford Town 1 It’s now five defeats on the bounce for Spalding United after Bedford Town knocked them out of the FA Trophy on Saturday. A goal from former Peterborough United ace Jermaine Rene-Howe seven minutes before the break was enough to settle the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field contest. SKIPPER: Michael Duggan saves. Photos by MARK ...

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Saturday football: Elston double earns ten-man Tigers a huge win, Tulips and Pinchbeck beaten again

Jordan Elston struck twice to give Holbeach United an impressive 2-1 win over Loughborough University on Saturday, while Spalding United were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Bedford Town and Pinchbeck United suffered another league loss. Starting with Holbeach, they looked to up against it in their Uhlsport UCL Premier Division clash when Kieran Smith fired slick visitors Loughborough ...

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Zakuani in the dugout as Spalding United’s losing run reaches four after Cleethorpes Town defeat

Cleethorpes Town 3Spalding United 1 Former Peterborough United legend Gabriel Zakuani was in the Spalding United dugout as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Cleethorpes Town on Tuesday night. It’s now four Pitching In NPL South East Division defeats on the spin for the Tulips, who were shot down by goals from Scott Vernon (26), Josh Venney (48) and Ross ...

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Spafford and former Peterborough United legend Zakuani take temporary charge of Spalding United

Spalding United have confirmed that their caretaker management team for Tuesday night’s game at Cleethorpes Town will include former Peterborough United legend Gabriel Zakuani. The former DR Congo international defender will join assistant manager Neal Spafford in the dugout for the Lincolnshire derby in the wake of Lewis Thorogood’s resignation as boss on Monday. The recently retired Zakuani began his ...

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Thorogood leaves role as Spalding United manager after nearly a year in charge

Spalding United are looking for a new manager after Lewis Thorogood’s surprise resignation on Monday morning. The Tulips chief has opted to leave his role after nearly a year in charge and 13 months as assistant boss to Matt Easton beforehand. After winning their first two Pitching In NPL South East Division games of the season, Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat ...

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Saturday football: Defeats for Spalding United and Pinchbeck United, Moulton smash seven

Both Spalding United and Pinchbeck United saw their poor form continue on Saturday as they suffered disappointing defeats. In the Pitching In NPL South East Division, Spalding slipped to a 3-1 home loss against Chasetown to extend their losing run to three games. Alex Curtis, Kris Taylor and Joey Butlin got the goals for visitors Chasetown at the Sir Halley ...

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Goodson double sentences Spalding United to home defeat against ten-man Ilkeston

Spalding United 1Ilkeston Town 2 Spalding United suffered a second successive defeat in the Pitching In NPL South East Division as ten-man Ilkeston Town handed them a 2-1 reverse on Tuesday night. Zak Goodson (6 & 54) scored in each half for the visitors at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, but they also played 80 minutes with a man ...

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