Atletico Madrid Signs Former Clarets Full-Back

Kieran Trippier Joins Atletico Madrid

Former Clarets and England right-back Kieran Trippier has completed a £20m move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the Bury born full-back joined Spurs from Burnley in June 2015, making sixty-nine appearnces for the London club before signing a three year contract with the La Liga side.

Trippier is Atletico’s third major defensive signing of the summer, coach Diego Simeone has already recruited centre-back Felipe from Porto and left-back Renan Lodi from Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense, while Uruguay defender Diego Godin has moved to Inter Milan.

With Portugal striker Joao Felix brought in for £113m and midfielder Marcos Llorente arriving from city rivals Real for about £36m, Trippier’s arrival brings Atletico’s total transfer spend so far this summer to more than £170m. The La Liga runners-up did, however, receive £107.7m from the sale of France striker Antoine Griezmann to champions Barcelona.

Trippier, whose last appearance for Tottenham was in the 2-0 Champions League final defeat by Liverpool in June, did not travel with the Spurs squad for their pre-season tour of Asia. Whilst fellow full-back Danny Rose also stayed at home after being granted time off “to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs.”

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Clarets Sign Promotion Winning Full-Back

Burnley Sign Ryan Cooney From Bury Football Club

Burnley Football Club have confirmed the signing of promotion winning defender Ryan Cooney who has moved up the M66 to join the Claret. The former Bury youngster made twenty-nine appearances for the Shakers last season and he has signed an initial twelve month contract with an options for a further one year.

Cooney, will start out as part of Steve Stone’s U23 squad as their second new arrival so far this summer following the earlier arrival of former Curzon Ashton defender Joel Senior. Born in Manchester, he is a right-sided defender or wing-back capable of playing across the back four having came through the youth ranks at Gigg Lane before signing a first professional contract with Bury in October 2018.

Having been given his first-team debut in August 2017 the full-back went onto make fourteen appearances in the 2017-18 season and a further fifteen first team games last season, as the cash-strapped club won promotion from Sky Bet League Two whilst also reaching the Checkatrade Trophy semi-finals.

Speaking about his transfer to Turf Moor Ryan Cooney said, “Playing in the first-team has been good experience and the way we went about it to get promotion, we didn’t let anything affect us. As a group we knew we were good enough to get where we wanted to and we achieved it. It’s tough to leave Bury in some ways, to say that I’ve been there since the age of nine. But I think now is the time to move on elsewhere and come to a good club like Burnley. This is a Premier League club and that’s where you want to be.

It’s a great opportunity with everything there is here and I need to focus back on the U23’s rather than the first team football, work hard and keep improving myself. I’m looking forward to getting up to match-fitness then it’s time to crack on and see what I can do.”

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Silsden AFC v Hyde United

Silsden AFC 1 v 7 Hyde United (Pre-Season Friendly)

Silsden AFC stepped up their pre-season campaign this weekend as they faced Bet Victor Northern Premier League side Hyde United at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. The visitors who will start the 2019-20 season two levels above their hosts and gap between the two sides showed during the match.

The visitors started stronger of the two clubs and straight from the kick-off Jack Dyche forced an good save out of Alfie Darke who conceeded a corner, Hyde took the lead from the resulting corner when Liam Tongue volleyed home unmarked at the near post.

Hyde United extended their lead on nine minutes following a free-kick that was intially headed clear only for the ball to be chipped over a static Silsden defence for Tom Pratt to control and slide past Darke to make it 2-0.

Danny Forrest men responded well and pulled a goal back on thirteen minutes, when the ball was played to Shazed on the left wing, he beat two men on the edge of the box before his shot was deflected to Ben Wignall in the middle of the area of slotted the ball into the net to make it 2-1.

The visitors added a third goal midway throught the first-half as the Silsden defence were caught on the ball in the centre circle, the ball was played out to Tom Pratt who ran with the ball down the right channel before sliding the ball passed Darke from the right-hand side of the six yard box to make it 3-1.

Hyde United’s Tom Pratt made sure of a first half hat-trick late in the half, as yet again another defence splitting ball found the strike in the clear at the edge of the Silsden box with only the goalkeeper to beat, the striker chipped the ball into the net to make it 4-1.

Both sides had chances to increase the scoreline in the last five minutes of the half, the first falling to the home side as captain Danny Illingworth found himslf with a free header at the back post but he could only head the ball across the area. The second effort fell to the visitors when Tom Pratt was brought down in the area, only for Alfie Darke to save a Jack Dyche penalty to leave the half-time score 4-1 to the visitors.

There were a number of changes for the second-half but to be honest in terms of the play it was more of the same with the visitors on top in the second forty-five minutes. Jack Dyche added a fifth for the visitors following a long ball from the right-back which travelled fifty yards to find Dyche inside the area and he headed the ball over the on rushing Darke.

On seventy minutes, the visitors added their sixth goal of the game following a hard tackle on the halfway line, the ball fell to Jack McConnville who ran with the ball to the edge of the area beofre slipping the ball to Alex Connor, his weak effort some how managed to beat everyone and end up in the net.

Hyde United should have added a seventh goal when Grant Roberts broke through the Silsden defence with only Alfie Darke to beat, however Darke made an outstanding one on one save to deny Roberts and the score down to 6-1.

The visitors extended their lead in the final minutes when full-back McConnville sent a deep cross to the back of the area, were Trialist D hit a Marco Van Basten type volley from a tight angle to make the final score 7-1 to the visitors.

Match Details

Silsden AFC – Darke, Everingham, McEneaney, Barnes, Illingworth, Brown, Khan, Mitchell, Wignall, Shazed, Sorhaindo (Subs) Wozny, Fairlie, Rhodes, Kirby, Brigg, Veitch, Darkins, Blackwell

Hyde United – Hodges, Trialist A, McConnville, Tongue, Hill, Fagbola, Pratt, Roberts, Dyche, Trialist D, Logan (Subs) Trialist B, Connor, Lane, Goodall, Trialist C, Trialist E, McGreal

Goals(Silsden) Wignall (Hyde) Tongue, Pratt (3), Dyche, O’Connor, Trialist

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Sean Dyche Interested In Leeds United Duo

Clarets Chasing Kemar Roofe & Mateusz Klich From Leeds United

According to reports in the Football Insider the Clarets are plotting a double swoop for Leeds United duo Kemar Roofe and Mateusz Klich. The Premier League club have set their sights on the duo as they look to take advantage of United’s financial problems after failing to secure promotion last season.

Sean Dyche’s side are still in the market for another attacking player this summer despite signing Jay Rodriguez from West Brom last week. The established Premier League outfit allowed the contracts of veteran forwards Peter Crouch and John Walters to expire last month and want another forward to completement Rodriguez, Ashley Barnes and former Leeds United ace Chris Wood.

Roofe, has entered the final year of his contract at Leeds United and talks over an extension are yet to result in an agreement. Leeds United are also vulnerable to losing Klich, who reignited his career with an impressive season at Elland Road after Marcelo Bielsa took charge last summer.

The Poland international is out of contract next summer and is attracting admirers following a campaign in which he started all 48 of Leeds’ league and play-off games, scoring 10 goals and supplying nine assists from midfield.

Roofe has flown out with the Leeds United squad for their pre-season tour of Australia and Klich is among the internationals and new signings who have been left behind at Thorp Arch to work on their fitness.

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Settle Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Professional XI

Settle Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Professional XI (T20 International Friendly)

Settle Cricket Club professional Ashen Silva has worked with the club officals to arrange an outstanding international friendly match to raise revenue for the club and in aid of the Cancer Awareness charity. The match which took place at Marshfiled this weekend saw Settle Cricket Club face a Sri Lanka Professional XI lead by Ashen Silva.

Tom Davidson captained the home side and won the toss but elected to bowl first on a sunny evening at Marshfield. Ashen Silva came to the crease early after Simpson took an wicket for the home side, Silva went on to top score for the visitors with a half century as the visitors finished on one hundred and sixty-four all out.

Settle got off to an excellent start with the bat making fifty-two runs off the first five overs of the innings. however the Sri Lanka XI came back strong in the second five overs taking three wickets leaving Settle on seventy-three for three at the halfway point in the innings.

Settle continued to chase down the Sri Lanka XI total, however they could only add a further eighty-four runs in the final ten overs to leave the home side one hundred and fifty-seven for seven. The Sri Lanka Professional XI won the match by seven wickets before both sides went on to enjoy the evening in the club house with Sri Lankan food and live music.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, J.Davidson, Worthington, Read, Husbands, T.Strickland, Khalid, Simpson, H.Fazal, A.Fazal, Hassan, Amjad, Lockett

Sri Lanka XI – Silva, Pussegolla, Liyanage, Serasinghe, C. De Silva, Rajakaruna, Rajapakse, Sumanasiri, Jayasingha, T. De Silva, Ramanayake, De Soysa

Umpires – Mike Bridges, John Pearson

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Peter Crouch Announces His Retirement

Clarets Striker Peter Crouch Calls Time On His Career

Clarets striker Peter Crouch has this morning has announced his retirement from football at the age of thirty-eight, calling time on a career which seen him capped forty-two times for England, scoring twenty-two international goals and find the back of the net one hundred and eight times in the Premier League over four hundred and sixty eight senior appearances for seven different clubs.

Speaking about his retirement Peter Crouch said, “I have had twenty-three years to prepare for this moment but now it’s here you realise nothing can prepare you at all for this moment. The time has come to refer to myself as a ‘former footballer; this incredible journey I have been on since I was sixteen is over. I collected memories and have stories that I will be able to tell my children’s children. This former footballer had the time of his life and it’s time to write the next chapters.”

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Clarets Strengthen Squad For FA Women’s National League

Burnley FC Women Sign Nine Players Ready For Northern Premier League

Burnley FC Women are delighted to announce a number of new signings to the first team squad as they embark on a season in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division. Following on from consecutive title wins, the claret women have expanded their squad with new signings.

The Clarets have sign a number of experienced players during the summer break including Olivia Wilson (Everton Ladies), Sarah Agger (Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC), Kenedy Owen (Manchester United), Kerry Hope (Huddersfield Town Ladies) and Nic Worthington (Bolton Wanderers Ladies).

These players are added to the other signing that have been made over the summer that have already strengthend the squad, players such as Kelly Halligan, Olivia Greenhalgh, Levi Rathburn and Cara Bickett.

Burnley FC Women First Team Manager, Matt Bee said, “There is obviously another crucial season coming up for the team and we have had to freshen up the squad over the course of the summer. We have added a number of fresh young players who come with potential to grow and develop in the women’s game. This is alongside new players with experience of tier 3 football, who will bring with them a wealth of knowledge to benefit the team overall.

“We must prepare ourselves in the best possible way to compete at this level, it will be a tough league, but I’m not fazed by it and neither should the players be. We have added in several new faces and my job over pre-season is to get them to gel together and fit in the systems of play. Our values and DNA are very clear, and I am confident all players will buy into this.”

Burnley FC Women first team and the new signings will undertake their pre-season schedule from this Sunday, see fixtures below

14th July – FC United Women (Nelson & Colne College) – Kick-off 2pm

28th July – Doncaster Rovers Belles (Padiham FC) – Kick-off 3pm

31st July – Stockport County LFC (Seashell Trust) – Kick-off 7:30pm

4th August – Brighouse Town Women (Yorkshire Payments Stadium) – Kick-off 2pm

11th August – Barnsley Women’s FC (Barnsley Training Ground) – Kick-off 2pm

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