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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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GALLERY – Spalding Hockey Club celebrates its season with online awards ceremony

Spalding Hockey Club weren’t going to let the current COVID-19 crisis get in the way of their annual end of season awards. Instead the households of 57 players came together last week to hold the ceremony online and celebrate a successful season, albeit one curtailed prematurely. The awards ceremony included the announcing of the votes for the various teams’ Player ...

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‘Frustration’ at Long Sutton CC

Long Sutton Cricket Club has had to deal with vandalism as well as the loss of at least the start of their 2020 cricket season. The South Lincs Cricket League Premier Division would normally have been a few weeks into their season by now. But instead they have no income coming in with all cricket in the UK currently being ...

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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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Barry’s biking birthday bid

A Spalding Cycling Club stalwart is to mark his 72nd birthday today (Thursday) by taking on a more than eight hour charity bike ride without leaving his own home. Active Barry Drew is classed as vulnerable so can’t volunteer to help with deliveries as many of his clubmates have done. So instead he’s going to mark his birthday today by ...

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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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Nominate your clubs for award

While we’re stuck in our own homes, now is as good a time as any to recognise those who over recent months and years have been helping you take part in the sports you love. Nominations remain open for the Pride of South Holland Awards. And organisers are particularly looking for entries to the Community Sports Group category. This award ...

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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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Harriers’ new relay is virtual

Spalding-based running club Halmer Harriers have organised a “virtual relay” to keep members motivated to keep up their fitness whilst their official club runs have had to be suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. Club member Katie Baxter shared the idea of seeing how many miles the club could run, walk and cycle between them during the lockdown period. Each ...

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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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RFU ruling sees Spalding RFC seal sixth in the final Midlands Three East South table

Spalding RFC’s final position for the 2019/20 Midlands Three East (South) season is sixth after the RFU moved to finish the season using ‘best playing record formula’. Town, who were fifth in the table before the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis caused the season to end early, slip behind Dunstablians – who had two games in hand on them – in the ...

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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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Outgoing Hussey rues not being able to finish off his ‘journey’ with Holbeach United

Last week’s decision to end the non-league season means that Danny Hussey is no longer the manager of Holbeach United. Having announced his intention to resign at the end of the season just weeks before the coronavirus crisis stalled the entire sporting scene, Hussey is now leaving the role earlier than expected. He was confident that his Tigers, fifth when ...

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Thorogood honoured to land job as Spalding United manager on permanent basis

Lewis Thorogood has revealed his “honour” at being handed the role of Spalding United manager on a permanent basis. Having stepped up as interim manager following Matt Easton’s resignation from the BetVictor NPL South East Division club back in December, former number two Thorogood will lead the Tulips next season. It’s his first permanent role in men’s football having been ...

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UCL bosses Dunn and Hussey agree with big decision to null and void football season

Pinchbeck United are “obviously very happy” that the FA have expunged all record of the 2019/20 season. That’s the frank and honest assessment of player/boss Ian Dunn, who also admits that he feels for the teams that were having great seasons in the wake of last week’s big decision. The Knights were looking odds-on to be relegated from the Uhlsport ...

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Football Association declare football seasons null and void for South Holland sides

All of South Holland’s football teams have kicked their last ball this season after the FA today (Thursday) announced the end of the season for non-league teams from steps three to seven. All results over the season will be declared null and void, with no champions crowned, promotions awards and relegations suffered. The following statement has this afternoon been released ...

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