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Warm tributes are paid to ‘Mr Spalding United’ after Jack Goddard’s passing

Heatfelt tributes have been paid to a “Spalding United legend” after Jack Goddard’s passing last Thursday night. Jack, who was 94 and died after a short illness, was a lifelong fan of the Tulips and his unwavering support over the years led to him becoming synonymous with the club. A positive and vocal supporter who loved to chat about the ...

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Basford beating sees Spalding United reach ‘crux point’ in their season

Spalding United 1 Basford United 3 Chris Rawlinson admits that his Spalding United side have reached a crossroads in their Evo-Stik NPL First Division South season after Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat against Basford United. The Tulips produced some of their best football of the season in the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field clash, but were ultimately outgunned by a Basford ...

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Frustrated Spalding United pay the penalty for misses at Market Drayton

MARKET DRAYTON 1 SPALDING UNITED 0 Not for the first time this season Spalding United were left to rue a host of missed chances – including from the penalty spot – as they returned home from their longest journey of the season with nothing to show for their efforts, writes RAY TUCKER. The Tulips fell behind just minutes from the ...

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Saturday football: Bird at double in Tigers’ sixth win on spin, Tulips and Knights both beaten

Holbeach United made it six wins on the trot by beating hosts Harborough Town 2-0 on Saturday, but both Spalding United and Pinchbeck United slipped to defeats. Starting with the Tigers, goals in each half from striker Will Bird was enough to earn Seb Hayes and his side all three points at Bowden’s Park. The victory keeps them eighth in ...

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Rawlinson admits influential Varley will be a big miss for in-form Spalding United

Spalding United manager Chris Rawlinson has paid tribute to Matt Varley after the veteran midfielder decided the time was right to leave the club. Varley, signed by former boss Dave Frecklington back in the summer of 2016, was a key figure in the Tulips team that finished third in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South last season. The combative midfielder, famed ...

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Whitehead screamer settles tight tussle as Spalding United go fourth

SPALDING UNITED 2 CHASETOWN 0 A stunning strike by Nathan Whitehead was the icing on the cake as Spalding United recorded their third successive home win on Saturday to move into fourth position in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South. The midfielder, who is attracting the attention of higher-graded Matlock Town, pounced on a loose clearance by visiting Chasetown and hit ...

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Saturday football: Spalding United sink Chasetown, Maltby double sends Pinchbeck United up to second

Two-second half goals earned Spalding United a 2-0 win over Chasetown on Saturday, while an Ollie Maltby brace steered Pinchbeck United to a fine 3-2 victory at Lutterworth Athletic. Starting with the Tulips, goals from Gary King (pen 53) and Nathan Whitehead (81) fired Chris Rawlinson’s side to three Evo-Stik NPL First Division South points at the Sir Halley Stewart ...

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Rawlinson: Draw would have been fairer on Spalding United after strong second-half

FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 1 SPALDING UNITED 0 Chris Rawlinson felt his Spalding United side did enough to take away a point from much-fancied Frickley on Tuesday night. Instead, the Tulips suffered a 1-0 loss in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division clash thanks to an early Carl Stewart effort (6). The defeat ends Spalding’s four-game unbeaten run, but boss Chris Rawlinson – ...

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Tuesday football: Spalding United slip to Frickley defeat, Pinchbeck in hot water despite Raunds win

An early Carl Stewart goal sentenced Spalding United to a 1-0 defeat at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday night as the Tulips’ four-game unbeaten run came to an end. Stewart notched for the hosts on six minutes, racing clear to slot past keeper Michael Duggan. Spalding had their chances to level with Gary King twice going close and Nathan Whitehead seeing a ...

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Ten-man Spalding United denied by penalty save at Leek but extend unbeaten run

LEEK TOWN 0 SPALDING UNITED 0 Not for the first time this season, Spalding United failed to convert a penalty as they missed out on some valuable Evo-Stik NPL First Division South points at Leek Town on Saturday. Five minutes into the second half – after a nip-and-tuck opening 45 minutes – new signing Jamie Jackson was brought down by ...

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Duggan’s heroics inspire nine-man Spalding United to derby victory over Lincoln United

Spalding United 2 Lincoln United 1 Nine-man Spalding United staved off a late Lincoln United barrage to bag a dramatic derby win on Tuesday night. A spectacular Nathan Whitehead effort gave the Tulips an 11th-minute lead at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, before Gary King lashed home a deflected near-post effort (54) to seemingly put the Evo-Stik NPL Division ...

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Set-piece King Gary fires Spalding United back to winning ways

SPALDING UNITED 2 BEDWORTH UTD 1 A Gary King double brought a five-match winless sequence to a relieved end for Spalding United at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday. Both of King’s goals came from dead-ball situations, a 25-yard free kick (15) followed by a penalty (33) in a lively Evo-Stik NPL First Division South encounter which saw ...

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King at the double as Spalding United beat Bedworth to end winless run

A double from Gary King fired Spalding United to a 2-1 triumph over Bedworth United on Saturday. King netted with a free-kick and a penalty in the first half of the Evo-Stik NPL First Divisions South clash at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. Matt Varley and the Bedworth keeper were both sent off in the second half before the ...

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Rawlinson pleased with Spalding United’s new recruits ahead of home double-header

Spalding United supremo Chris Rawlinson reckons that his three-man signing spree will keep his side in the mix at the top end of Evo-Stik NPL First Division South. Rawlinson watched on as Coalville Town loanees Devante Reittie and Bradley Maslen-Jones impressed on debut at Stamford last weekend, before swooping to bring midfielder Conor Marshall in from rivals Corby Town. Reittie ...

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Derby draw for Spalding United as Rawlinson praises solid Stamford showing

Stamford 1 Spalding United 1 Resolute Spalding United went back to basics as they ended a run of three defeats on the spin with a 1-1 derby draw at Stamford on Saturday. Debutant Devante Reittie – signed on loan from Coalville Town – gave the Tulips a surprise lead at the Zeeco Stadium on (22), but a deflected Jake Duffy ...

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Rawlinson: Changes are needed to kick-start Spalding United’s season

Disappointed boss Chris Rawlinson is adamant that Spalding United can still turn their season around after three poor results on the spin – but admits that the time has come to make changes to his squad. The Tulips chief was talking after Monday’s 3-0 home reverse to Cleethorpes Town, which was hot on the heels of Saturday’s 6-1 spanking at ...

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Boss Rawlinson apologises as Spalding United are smashed for six at Newcastle Town

Newcastle Town 6 Spalding United 1 Spalding United turned in a highly disappointing performance on Saturday and were mercilessly put to the sword 6-1 by a rejuventated Newcastle team at the Drayton Beaumont Stadium, writes RAY TUCKER. The host club were still adding to their squad during the days preceeding Saturday’s game following a host of departures, but embarrassingly cut ...

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Red-hot Cleethorpes Town cruise to victory over depleted Spalding United

Spalding United 0 Cleethorpes Town 3 Depleted Spalding United slipped to a third defeat on the spin as Cleethorpes Town cruised to a 3-0 victory on Bank Holiday Monday. Early goals from Jonathan Oglesby (4) and Andrew Taylor (6) essentially ended the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field clash as a contest before it even got going, before Tim Lowe (50) ...

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Saturday football: Tulips smashed for six but Bird bags late winner to keep Tigers top

Spalding United were smashed for six at Newcastle Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United continued their strong start to the season with a 1-0 win at Oadby Town. Starting with the Tulips, they suffered a first Evo-Stik NPL Division One South loss of the campaign at The M Club Stadium. Jordan Cole inspired the rout with goals on 6, 32, ...

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Ford and Smith strike as Wisbech deservedly dump Spalding United out of FA Cup

Spalding United 0 Wisbech Town 2 Chris Rawlinson admitted that his Spalding United side were second best as Wisbech Town dumped them out of the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday night. A stunning first-half free-kick from ex-Tulip Josh Ford (36) and Billy Smith’s late clincher (82) settled the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field replay in the Fenmen’s favour – banking ...

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