Former Clarets Midfielder Returns to The Dragons

Wrexham Football Club Appoint Brian Flynn As Assistant Manager

Wrexham Football Club have this afternoon announced that Brian Flynn has returned to the club as assistant manager to Bryan Hughes and he joins the clubs backroom staff with immediate effect.  He will bring a wealth of experience to the management team as well as support the manager in our quest for promotion back to the Football League.

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Flynn, is of course a familiar face at the Racecourse Ground having enjoyed a twenty one year playing career including 100 Football League appearances for Wrexham becoming player/manager in 1989.  He went on to manage the club for twelve years making him the third longest longest serving manager in British football most notably just behind Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Brian was of course manager during our famous FA Cup giant killing over Arsenal, leading the club to the quarter-finals of the competition, he won the Welsh Cup, The FAW Premier Cup three times and led the club in the ‘European Cup Winners Cup’ whilst winning the club promotion to League One in 1993.

He later went on to manage Swansea City, Wales Under 21’s and briefly the Welsh Senior side, before replacing Dean Saunders at Doncaster Rovers and leading them to promotion as Sky Bet League One Champions, before taking up the role of ‘Director of Football’ in the Championship side.  More recently Brian has been working as a scout for Swansea City before returning full circle to re-join the Dragons’ promotion hunt.

Speaking about returning to the Dragons Brian Flynn said, “I am delighted to return and support Bryan Hughes as manager at a club that is very special to me.  I am coming in at an exciting time and my immediate focus will be looking to help the manager and the club build momentum over the last couple of months of the season.  I have some unfinished business at the club and would love nothing better than to help the club back to the Football League.”

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Clarets Legends Series (Willie Morgan)

Willie Morgan Interview 

Willie Morgan was born in Alloa, Scotland on the 2nd October 1944 and joined the Clarets in 1960 as an apprentice. He quickly started to impress on the training ground and signed a professional contract in October 1962 after becoming regular in the reserve team. Then on the 23rd April 1963 he made his football league debut at Hillsborough in a 1-0 victory.

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Morgan established himself as one of the best wingers in the football league with his great close control he could beat defenders almost at will and he was a superb crosser of the ball. He was quickly called into the Scotland squad due to his form at Turf Moor and he became only the third Burnley player to be capped by Scotland after Jock Aird and Adam Blacklaw.

Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby paid a record transfer fee of £117,000 to take Willie Morgan to Old Trafford in the summer of 1968. His debut came on the right wing in a team that included Brian Kidd, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton and George Best.  A fantastic line up but remember a couple of years earlier he had been in a Clarets team that included Andy Lochhead, Willie Irvine, Gordon Harris and Ralph Coates, who were equally as good.

Unfortunately, after a couple of seasons the club started to decline and despite Morgan’s excellent performances which made him a favourite with the fans the club was relegated to the second division in 1974.  The club bounced back to the first division as Champions the following season, but in the summer of 1975 Willie Morgan returned to Turf Moor after a highly publicised issue with manager Tommy Docherty.

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His return to Turf Moor lasted for just one season, once Jimmy Adamson was sacked in January 1976 he became one of the players left out in the cold by new manager Joe Brown and he joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer. Adamson’s last game in charge proved to be Morgan’s last appearance in the famous Claret & Blue shirt.

Morgan had four superb years with Bolton during which time they won promotion to the first division under manager Ian Greaves.  He played for Bolton during the season and in the close season he continued in North America with Chicago Sting, Minnesota Kicks and Vancouver Whitecaps. Released by Bolton Wanderers in 1980 he had two more season of league football with Blackpool before retiring from the game.

INTERVIEW

What is your best football highlight?

Qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in with Scotland was the highlight of my career, Willie Ormond had just been appointed Scotland manager and we lost 5-0 to England in his first game.  However in the World Cup qualifiers we went on to beat Czechoslovakia at home and Denmark home and away to qualify. The tournament was in West Germany and it was a great experience, but despite being unbeaten we were knocked out in the group stages on goal difference after beating Zaire and drawing with Brazil and Yugoslavia.

Could you tell us about your Football League Debut?

My football league debut was in division one against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the 23rd April 1963.  We went on to win the game 1-0 with an own goal that was scored by Sheffield Wednesday full-back Wilf Smith.  I remember John Connolly was out injured and I took his place in the starting line-up coming up against the fearsome club captain Don Megson who played left-back for the Owls.

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Best Goal you scored and why?

I would say the best goal I scored was against my former club Burnley in the fourth round of the 1974 League Cup at Old Trafford.  I came on as a substitute for Brian Greenhoff and scored an absolutely sublime chip on forty-nine minutes. The goal is still classed as one of top fifty goals by Manchester United, because we knocked Burnley out of the cup despite them being a first division team a league above us.

Best Player you played with and why?

There are a number of names that I have played alongside including George Best, Denis Law, Brian Kidd, Bobby Charlton, Andy Lockhead, Ralph Coates all of whom were great players, but for me the best player I played with was Brain O’Neil whilst at Burnley.  He was a tough tackling right half-back with an excellent shot and he alway used to provide the ball to my feet so that I could get a cross into the box or have a shot at goal.

Best Player you played against and why?

Pele was the best of the best the most complete player ever seen, two great feet and magic in the air.  Quick as well as powerful he would beat people with skill or he would outrun them, only 5 feet 8 inches tall yet he seemed a giant of an athlete with perfect balance and amazing vision.  A true legend and a real gentleman of the game.

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Best manager you played for and why?

Sir Matt Busby was the best manager I have played for he had a special aura about him, I noticed it from the first time I met him to the very last time I saw him. He was from good Scottish mining stock like myself and I knew we would get along immediately.  He was a real gentleman who also had time for his players and would really look after you. Quite simply Sir Matt Busby was the best ever.

What was it like to represent your country in the 1974 World Cup Finals?

Fantastic, it’s every players dream to represent their country at International level but to attend a World Cup is very special. We had a some excellent players at the time such as Kenny Daglish, Billy Bremner, Gordan McQueen, Tommy Hutchinson, Joe Jordan and the lads from the Manchester clubs Denis Law, Willie Donachie, Jim Holton & Martin Buchan.

The Manchester United 7 shirt has been worn by some great names could you tell us what it was like to wear that shirt in front of the Old Trafford crowd?

The famous number 7 shirt at Old Trafford has been worn by some world-class players over the years including George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. But for me wearing the number 7 shirt was simply the best feeling ever especially in front of the Stretford End at Old Trafford it was truly magical.

What was it like to be described as The Best Right Winger in the World?

As an eighteen years old I had no fear, before the home games at Turf Moor I would say in the dress room things like I’ll do a pirouette or I’ll do this during the game and it was just basically showing off.  I really believed as a teenager that I could go on and become one of the best in the world.  Then in 1972 my dream came true as I was voted the “Best Winger in the World” which was truly a great honour.

What was it like playing soccer in the USA and how did it differ from the UK?

The North American Soccer League was fabulous and I loved all the razzmatazz and it was great fun in the states, plus I played against some excellent talent like Pele, Eusebio, Johan Cruyff, George Best, Franz Beckenbauer it was the who’s who of world football. There was also a lot less pressure playing in the american leagues than back home in the UK.

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Gunners Chasing Clarets Goalkeeper

Unai Emery Chasing Clarets Goalkeepers Nick Pope

Arsenal Football Club are ready to make an offer for Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope in the summer transfer window. England World Cup squad man Pope has lost his place in the Clarets side since dislocating his shoulder at Aberdeen in the Europa League.

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Tom Heaton is now first choice at Turf Moor after returning from his own injury, with Joe Hart as the current back up goalkeeper.  However boss Sean Dyche admits that one keeper will have to leave Turf Moor this summer and sources reveal that will be either Nick Pope or Joe Hart, with both Arsenal and Tottenham chasing Pope he could be favourite to leave.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to add a goalkeeper to the squad as a replacement for the retiring Petr Cech.  Arsenal will only have a Number two vacancy to offer Nick Pope or any other keeper they bring in though there is a chance to dislodge Bernd Leno if his form falters. A move to London where he made his name at Charlton athletic might give him a second chance. Burnley would want around £10million for Nick Pope but Arsenal have several fringe players they could put into the deal.

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Bradford Park Avenue Sign Hull City Keeper

Charlie Andrew Joins Bradford Park Avenue On Loan

Bradford Park Avenue have this morning confirmed the signing of Hull City goalkeeper Charlie Andrew on loan for the rest of the season.  The 6ft stopper is a rising star within the Hull City academy, Charlie has made 18 appearances for Hull City U18’s and a further 13 appearances for their U23 side this season.

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Charlie joins the Avenue following a successful loan spell at NPL Division One East side Pickering Town, having made well over 50 appearances for the Pikes despite having only turned 19 at the start of January. During his time with Pickering the young stopper has won man of the match a number of times and has picked up numerous awards including the Manager’s Player Of The Year Award for 2017/18.

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Heckingbottom Confirmed As Hibernian Manager

Former Bantams Defender Joins Hibernian As Manager

Scottish Premier League side Hibernian have today confirmed that former Bradford City defender Paul Heckingbottom as their new manager.  Hibernian Chief Executive Leeann Dempster confirmed that Heckingbottom was the only person offered the job, this after reports that former Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton had turned down the post.

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Heckingbottom, who was heavily linked with the Bantams managers role last summer has signed a contract until the summer of 2022, he will be joined by the new assistant manager and former Scotland international Robbie Stockdale, who was also linked to the City job.

After having three spells as a player at Valley Parade he led Barnsley to a Football League Trophy triumph and promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2016 during a spell in caretaker charge at the club whilst he consolidated their position in England’s second tier after getting the job on a full-time basis. He left for Leeds last season but lasted only four months before being replaced by Marcelo Bielsa in the summer.

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Specking about becoming appointed manager of Hibs Paul Heckingbottom said, “It’s an honour to be named manager of Hibernian Football Club, a club with a rich history and commitment to playing attacking football.  There is so much potential here and the club has everything going for it. I’m looking forward to getting to work and meeting the players and staff, before stepping up preparations for Saturday’s game against Hamilton. I will give everything I have to be a success here, the supporters can be assured of that.”

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Steeton AFC Sign USA Defender

Jordan Veillette Joins Steeton From RIASA

Steeton AFC have today confirmed the sign central defender Jordan Veillette who has been playing his football in the UK with RIASA.  Originally from Lake Orion, Michigan in the USA he started his playing career in the college league with Kalamazoo College where he played for three years from 2012 until 2015.

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After finishing college he joined Kalamazoo Football Club in 2016 he spent two years with the National Premier Soccer League club winning the supports “Player of the Year” last season. Veillette then moved to the UK late last year joined RIASA.

Veillette, who can play at either centre-back or centre-midfield will be included in Roy Mason squad for this weekend’s trip to Cleator Moor Celtic in the Hallmark Security North West Counties League Division One north fixture.

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Former Clarets Midfielder Joins DC United

Chris McCann Joins MSL Side D.C. United

Former Clarets midfielder Chris McCann has today signed for D.C. United in the MSL and will link up with former England International captain Wayne Rooney at the District. The veteran midfielder who last season won the MSL Champions Cup with Atlanta United has joined up with the squad for the second pre-season training camp at Clearwater.

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McCann started his professional career with Burnley Football Club after coming through the youth academy, before signing a professional contract with the club in July 2005. He made his first team debut in the 2005–06 season, coming on as a substitute in a 4–0 win against Coventry City on the 13th August 2005.  He went on to make 286 appearances, scoring 30 goals for the Clarets in the English Football League (EFL).

He then joined Wigan Athletic on the 1st July 2013 on a free transfer after his contract had expired at Turf Moor.  McCann spent three seasons with Wigan Athletic scoring 8 goals in 97 appearances for the club before moving to the MSL signing for Atlanta United. Just one month after arriving in the USA he joined Coventry City until the start of the MSL season and made 13 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring 1 goal.

The Irishman joined Atlanta United in their inaugural season and went on to make 45 MLS appearances for the Five Stripes, scoring 1 goal in a 2-2 draw against New York City last April. Internationally, McCann has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels.

Speaking about the signing Dave Kasper (DC United General Manager) said, “We are excited to acquire Chris and add real quality, versatility and experience to our group, he has played with Coventry City, Wigan athletic and Burnley in the top tiers of English football and he won an MLS Cup with Atlanta last year. We look forward to having him at the club.”

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