Non-League News & Archive

Harriers Hand England C Keeper Hall A One-Year Deal

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kidderminster Harriers have confirmed the signing of England C goalkeeper Brandon Hall after a successful trial at the Vanarama National League North club. The former Woking man, 24, made more than twenty starts for the Cards in the National League last term, but has now set his sights on the forthcoming season as part of John Eustace’s squad. Hall, who has also played for Ebbsfleet United and Hayes & Yeading United over the course of his career so far, also featured at this summer’s Jamie Vardy V9 Academy. The 6`1” stopper, a product of the Charlton Athletic academy, has penned a one-year deal with Harriers after impressing during pre-season. We're pleased to confirm that goalkeeper Brandon Hall has signed a deal with #Harriers after an impressive pre-season trial #COYR pic.twitter.com/jZhXQLoGR6 — Official Harriers (@khfcofficial) July 18, 2017 The post Harriers Hand England C Keeper Hall A One-Year Deal appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Four More New Gingerbreads

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adam Stevens, manager of Evo-Stik League Premier club Grantham Town, has again been dipping into local football to add to his squad for the upcoming season. All made their debuts against Spalding United last Saturday and were involved on Monday night at Lincoln United. Ollie Luto is a left-sided player who has joined from Evo-Stik South neighbours Stamford AFC. He started his career with Peterborough United. Keegan Everington was released by Lincoln City in the summer. The 21-year-old is a central midfielder. George Couzens, who scored the Gingerbreads third goal on Monday night, is a striker. He played for his home-town club Bourne Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League last season and was previously at Norwich City. Tom Potts is another central midfielder. He joins from RHP Sports & Social FC who are in the Newark Football Alliance. Also returning for another season with the Gingerbreads are Rhys Lewis, Sam Purcicoe, Curtis Burrows, Tom Curtis and Kevin Bastos Da Silva. More New Faceshttps://t.co/2cNVRIKsMt — Grantham Town FC (@granthamtownfc) July 18, 2017 The post Four More New Gingerbreads appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Coventry Sphinx Future Secured

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The future of Midland League Premier Division club Coventry Sphinx has now been successfully secured as the management committee at Coventry Sphinx Sports & Social Club are in the final throws of signing a new twenty-five-year lease with Rolls Royce for their headquarters at Sphinx Drive. The news comes with the immediate start on ground improvements namely the exterior rendering to the club house and the resurfacing of the whole car park including the driveway. As part of a comprehensive business plan presented to Rolls Royce work has also started on the installation of a new 9-a-side 3G pitch with floodlights which will easily service all the training requirements of the whole football club. That said, there will also be availability for other users, contacts details can be found below. There will also be an 18-hole floodlit putting green available for those up and coming golfers wanting to improve their skills while enjoying the excellent hospitality on offer. Coventry Sphinx chairman Dannie Cahill, Joey Fletcher, chairman of Coventry Sphinx Sports and Social Club and Neil Buswell, the social club treasurer are the trustees of the social club who have all worked tirelessly in securing its future. Both the football club and social club go hand in hand with both playing their part in securing their long-term futures at Sphinx Drive. Fletcher said: “This now gives us a platform to grow the business to the level of sustainability moving forward and for the benefit of the local community and beyond. Therefore, we urge all our neighbours and potential customers to come along and have a look around our facilities which consists of the `Trophy Bar`, `Legends Lounge` and a function room for all manner of parties, conferences and banqueting.” Dannie Cahill commented: “Together we have now put in place the security of the football club and with us being in existence for seventy-one years we are proud that the club will still be around in a 100 years time. The football club now boasts twenty-six teams who will all benefit the new facilities. We decided that we will stick to traditional grass pitches where ever possible as we have our own full time Groundsman. Currently all our training requirements are scattered all around the Coventry area but with the new 3G facility we will all be together at our Sphinx Drive headquarters which further underpins our culture of being as one club. I’m also delighted for all our volunteers who put in so much time and effort for the benefit of others”. CLUB STATEMENT: Long term future of club secured. Details of this big news can be read here.. https://t.co/uKRKyzv3TT — Coventry Sphinx F.C. (@CoventrySphinx) July 18, 2017 The post Coventry Sphinx Future Secured appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

St Albans City Supporter Dies At Their Ground As Luton Town Friendly Is Called Off

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

St Albans City have cancelled tonight’s friendly with Luton Town following the death of a supporter at their ground this morning. Clive Churchhouse passed away after what the club say was an “accident” at Clarence Park. The game with the League Two Hatters now won’t go ahead following the death of the long-serving Saints fan as a mark of respect. Luton will now play Southern League side Hitchin Town instead after the cancellation. St Albans chairman Lawrence Levy said: “We are all completely devastated by the news. “Clive was a much loved character around the club with a big personality who regularly helped out at the ground and on away trips with the team. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Valerie, daughter Sallyann, son Keith and his grandchildren as well as his wide circle of friends at this very sad time.” The post St Albans City Supporter Dies At Their Ground As Luton Town Friendly Is Called Off appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

The Big Shake-Up: Promotion Bonanza Hits Non-League, The FA Confirm

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Big changes to the Non-League system as we know it have been confirmed ahead of the start of the new season in August. Thanks to major restructuring in one years’ time, there will be a different look to things ahead of the big changes in 2018/19. A new division will be added to the system but before that can happen, there will be upheaval. Each of the Step 4 leagues will have two automatic promotion places on offer meaning a grand total of 19 clubs will win promotion. In addition, the Football Association say, just one team will be relegated from all Step 3 leagues. But there will be no extra automatic promotion prize to be won in the Southern, Northern League and Isthmian divisions’ Premier competitions. There will, though, be 26 clubs promoted from Step 5 meaning the season is sure to be very different throughout the pyramid but at the same time as exciting as ever. What do you think of the decision? Tweet us on @PHNonLeague The post The Big Shake-Up: Promotion Bonanza Hits Non-League, The FA Confirm appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

City Takeover May Not Be Completed Until August

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The takeover of Chelmsford City is still on track, despite a deal for the club still some way from being confirmed. Essex-based Betsi Limited want to gain control of Vanarama National League South City after a difficult period for the club. The Clarets are in need of investment after an agreement to buy the club last summer failed to get over the line. Via the club’s website, Betsi thanked fans for their patience and said they hope to have the buy-out completed by the start of the season. They said: “We have been following with interest the comments and thoughts of a number of you on various web forums and thought it may be helpful if we provided an update on our ambitions and progress with the takeover of Chelmsford City FC. Apologies if you feel a bit in the dark but there is a lot to do, as you will see below, so please be patient with us. “We have set out below the status of the key actions required to complete the takeover of the club and next steps. “As the current company is one limited by guarantee it is not possible for us to merely acquire the share capital and continue with the club in its current form. We have therefore set up a new company Chelmsford City Football Club Limited to take on the activities of the club. Thank you for the update. That wasn't so difficult was it. Good news. — John (@claret_rain) June 27, 2017 “The next step is for us to agree with the major creditors their holding in CCFC Ltd and then we can issue the required share capital to fully capitalise the company and proceed. “We have had a positive call with Chelmsford City Council and are arranging to meet with them imminently to discuss the debt position and their support for the takeover. One thing we need to resolve is the clubhouse lease and agreement on ground usage as these are currently with TSO Chelmsford City FC Ltd so will need to be transferred or new leases written. “CCFC Ltd needs to obtain approval from the FA; this process has started but a key requirement is the settlement, or agreement to transfer, of the debt of all existing creditors. There are one or two that are proving a bit tricky to resolve but we are progressing on the assumptions that these can be resolved. I can confirm that all debts in relation to HM Revenue & Customs are settled to date.” Betsi added: “We have spoken to (manager) Rod Stringer and confirmed our commitment to proceed with the takeover and it looks like Rod has, as usual, pulled a great side together to see us challenge for the tittle again this year. “Ideally we would like everything sorted by the start of the season on 5th August but this will be subject to resolution of all of the above. We will provide a further update at the AGM on 20th July where, to the extent we are able, we will be happy to answer any further questions.” The post City Takeover May Not Be Completed Until August appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Ngwatala Next To Progress From Harriers?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Colin Gordon, chairman of Vanarama National League North club Kidderminster Harriers, has said he has accepted that midfielder Elton Ngwatala won’t be returning to Aggborough this season as he readies himself for a move to League One. The Frenchman had been offered a new deal this summer but is now set to join his former Harriers team-mate Arthur Gnahoua in moving up into the Football League. The former Paris St Germain youngster put in some memorable performances and goals during his stay in Worcestershire, netting 10 goals in fifty-seven appearances since Christmas 2015. “I am pretty sure he has his next move sorted,” Gordon explained to the club`s official website. “He’ll be moving to League One as well as Arthur Gnahoua. “They brought great excitement down here and were a massive part of what we did last year, so they go with our blessing. “They came here on £150, both kicking their heels with nowhere to go. “The first results we’ll be looking out for is theirs – we’re really excited for them because they’re great lads. “We want to give the opportunity to other lads like that”. It's au revoir to Elton as midfielder Ngwatala closes in on a Football League movehttps://t.co/CgkskTDTyG — Official Harriers (@khfcofficial) June 27, 2017 The post Ngwatala Next To Progress From Harriers? appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Two More New Generals

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Evo-Stik League South Premier club Chesham United have announced their eighth and ninth signings of the summer to date in Kieran Murphy and Matt Bevans. Murphy is a strong central defender who has previously won both the Southern and Ryman League titles with Hemel Hempstead Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough respectively. Kieran Murphy He joined Hampton from Hemel after earlier being at MK Dons and made thirty-eight appearances last season, scoring one goal. Bevans returns having played for the Generals in 2012/13 on loan from Watford. He has also played for Oxford United, for whom he made a dozen first-team appearances during a two-year spell at the club, and the U`s Vanarama National League South neighbours Oxford City. SIGNINGS: @cheshamutdfc are happy to announce our 8th & 9th signings of the summer, Kieran Murphy and Matt Bevans. — Chesham United FC (@cheshamutdfc) June 26, 2017 The post Two More New Generals appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more