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Comings and goings
Topic Started: Sep 18 2017, 08:59 PM (1,541 Views)
Nick Harling
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For those who may have missed a few recent games (like me), I thought it might be useful to have a little look at who has joined and subsequently departed the club since the start of the season, as I'm just updating the Wikipedia page:

CB Luke Holden (to Padiham)
LB Matt Atherton (to Runcorn Linnets)
CB Adam Anson (dual reg with Chorley)
MF Michael Roddy (not sure if he's actually gone, but hasn't featured for several games)
FW Aiden Kirby (gone, but don't know if he's at another club)
FW Sefton Gonzales (retired, apparently)

I'd love to see Anson back, though it seems unlikely if Chorley have taken him back so soon. We need the stable CB pairing of Ryan and Ian back together ASAP, or A.N.Other until Ian is fully match fit - I know that Simon and the staff are on the case as we speak.

In terms of our front three, we have a great unit in Ollie, Kurt and Alex. Young Adam is perfectly capable of providing effective cover in the front line. I'd like to see another striker in the same mould (quick, happy to play out wide), but fully appreciate how difficult it is to keep a strong bench of lads who want to start every game.

Amidships is a similar story - but I'm a bit worried that we have virtually no cover for our three musketeers of Brad, Joe and Charlie.

Losing Matt Atherton is a bit of a blow at LB. Granted, Ryan C can cover that position, but I don't feel he's strong enough to make the place his own. Jacob is another option there at a stretch, but again, probably not quick enough. Another headache for Simon and co. Who'd be a non-league manager? You get one part of the jigsaw done...then the part you finished yesterday falls to bits.
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Re: the left back position, forgot to mention Stephen Rigby who made a cameo at the back end of last night's game. He's the young lad who joined us from Marine I think.
Edited by Nick Harling, Sep 20 2017, 08:40 AM.
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Updates for the record:

Sefton Gonzales emerges from 'retirement' (shortest in history) to join FC United of Manchester.
Michael Roddy has signed for Skelmersdale.
Aidan Kirby has joined Brighouse Town.
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Just been informed . from a very reliable source . that colne have a lot of walking wounded for tomorrow's game.
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On the subs bench today (unused) was George Leigh, a centre back who joins us from Droylsden (before that played for Stirling University and Rochdale U18).
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Any news on whether Alex Newby will be back again?
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Hi Dave
Witton would not allow us to play him yesterday.
He has signed a further 30 day extension to his loan deal

Cheers
Andrew
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That's great news, cheers for that Andrew
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Nick Harling
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Ollie Crankshaw started for Colne this evening - I know they had put in 7 days on him. They lost 0-3 to Bamber Bridge.

In other news, Callum Mahoney who turned out for the Blues in pre-season, has signed for Skelmersdale - he joins recently departed Michael Roddy and of course former 2 i/c Gaz Roberts. [update: I believe that Gaz has now moved on from Skem]
Edited by Nick Harling, Oct 11 2017, 07:32 AM.
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Good news from Witton Albion who have terminated Alex Newby's contract, leaving him free to join us on a long term basis - which presumably also allows him to start against Alty in the FA Trophy.
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Last knockings of paperwork permitting! All needs to be tied down by midday tomorrow for Trophy games. Now all Alex has to do is get 20 goals for us this season and they’ll be queuing round the block to give him a crack higher up the pyramid.
Edited by Lion's Den, Oct 26 2017, 07:26 PM.
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A fans favourite re-signing for us tomorrow apparantly !!
Any guesses ?
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Spenny?
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Nick Harling
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There were rumours a few weeks back that Ross Dent was back on the scene. I reckon it will be someone from last season though, somebody that Simon already knows - the last 'fan favourite from the past' to re-sign ended rather badly. In light of the current management uphevals at FCUM, I'll stick my neck out and guess a return for Brady (wishful thinking really). My outside bet is James Walker :)
Edited by Nick Harling, Oct 27 2017, 06:57 AM.
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The rumours were correct - our very own Ross Dent is back at Shawbridge! Welcome back Ross :)
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A real boost to the engine room unit. Fearless and Blue through and through, he's got 130+ appearances under his belt and barely out of short trousers. Not sure whether his Aussie adventure involved staying reasonably fit, but it will not take him long to get back to match fitness at his age. A real bonus for Simon. Welcome back Denty.
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Another welcome returnee in the shape of George West, who started the season back at Stockport County and then went to Atherton Collieries. He'll add to our attacking choices, scored four times in twelve appearances for us last term.

Joining Westy is young Leighton Egan, described as an 'attacking full back', currently with Burnley's youth set up.

Welcome both!
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A little snippet - Ryan Cattermole is currently playing for Sandbach United in the NW Counties 1st Division.
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Delighted for him - at Ryan's age he just needs game time and it sounds like just down the road from his university.
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Brad Knox has signed for Colne.
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