Tulips

Tulips hope youth will help club bloom

Spalding United have announced that Spalding Youth FC will be returning to the club for the first time after breaking away a number of years ago. The move, which has been welcomed by CEO Leigh Porter, first team manager Gabriel Zakuani and youth chairman Sharla Slayven, will see 17 teams representing the club under the Spalding United banner for the ...

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Tulips striker earns World Cup call up

Spalding United striker Spencer Weir-Daley was in World Cup action over the weekend. The 35-year-old who is on dual forms from Peterborough Sports has been representing Montserrat in the opening round of fixtures in the first round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2022 World Cup set to be held in Qatar.Weir-Daley started the opening fixture against Antigua and Barbuda on ...

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New faces at Tulips as plans for 21/22 step up

With the news that the 20/21 season has been officially ended, Spalding United are preparing for next season and the prospect of a host of different opponents. The FA has officially ratified the decision to null and void the Tulips’ Pitching-In Northern Premier Division season, the second time in a row that COVID-19 has led to that happening. And the ...

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Zakuani has ‘unfinished business’ as he signs up to be Tulips boss next season

Spalding United manager Gabriel Zakuani has signed on to manage the Tulips for the 21/22 season. The former Peterborough United and Gillingham player officially took on the mantle in October, initially in a caretaker role. He was given the job full time, but the Pitching In Northern Premier South East Division was suspended just one game later, a 3-3 draw ...

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Grants boost for South Holland’s top teams

The area’s top non-league football clubs have been handed a boost with the announcement that they can claim government grant money. Football clubs at steps three to six of the non-league pyramid, which includes Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United, can apply for the grants to keep them going during the latest lockdown. Up to £10million can be claimed ...

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Clubs mull over ‘null and voiding’ leagues

Spalding United will be without a game until at least March 6 as all football leagues consider whether to null and void the leagues for a second successive season. The Tulips’ Pitching In Northern Premier League have said they will ask clubs for their opinions on whether that should be done, having postponed all matches up to that date. It ...

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All Spalding United games cancelled until at least March as league recommends null and voiding season

All of Spalding United’s league games will be postponed up until at least March 6 with clubs set to be consulted as to whether they null and void the season. The Pitching-In Northern Premier League has released a statement in which the board say they feel the league should now be null and voided. The statement says: “The board of ...

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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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