Guiseley Loan Out Atkinson & Fondop

Rob Atkinson & Mike Fondop Loaned Out By Lions

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed that two more players have left the football club on loan until the end of the season.  Defender Rob Atkinson has joined his old boss Mark Bower at Bradford Park Avenue, whilst striker Mike Fondop has joined Yorkshire and Vanarama National League rivals FC Halifax Town.

Centre-back Atkinson, has not played for the Lions since he was injured at Maidstone United back in October, the former Barnsley and Accrington Stanley defender has made 78 appearances for Guiseley since joining in 2015.

Striker Mike Fondop has found it difficult to hold down a regular starting place for the Lions since joining from Oxford City in October, he did make a number of starts under Paul Cox but has been out of the squad of late and a loan spell at FC Halifax Town may give him re-start his goalscoring touch.

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Former Bantam Appears In Crown Court

Blair Turgott Appears In Crown Court

Former Bradford City loan player and current Maidstone United winger Blair Turgott appeared in Southwark Crown Court today accused of gambling £16,000 using a bank card stolen from a pensioner, but Turgott claims he was given the card to repay a debt.

Blair Turgott Pre-Match Warm Up (Wembley)

The ex-West Ham United and England C striker withdrew two lots of gambling chips said to be worth around £8,000 at the Playboy Casino in Mayfair, Turgott cashed out £900 in profit at the end of the night, but denies fraud and converting criminal property.

Prosecutor Kaj Scarsbrook said the card used by Turgott was stolen from Peter Dixon on 30 September 2016.  Turgott says the card was given to him by a friend called Ali, who he went with to gamble at a local casino.

The former Bromley and Stevenage star leant Ali £16,000 for a job interview in property development in Uganda. The defendant says Ali delayed repaying him for around seven months until Ali gave him Mr Dixon’s card and PIN number, claiming it was his friend who was letting him use it because he lost his own.

Turgott admitted in court he was “confused” why the card had Mr Dixon’s name on it until he was “reassured” by Ali that he had proof and permission to use the card.

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Guiseley AFC v Maidenhead United

Guiseley AFC 1 v 3 Maidenhead United (Vanarama National League)

It’s been a difficult week for everyone contacted with Guiseley AFC following the defeat at home to Gateshead on Tuesday the club took the decision to sack manager Paul Cox and his backroom staff, with Sean St Ledger taking charge of first team affairs.

Then this morning the club received the news that former goalkeeper and life-long supporter Keith Clapham had sadly passed away on the morning of the game. As a mark of respect the club held a minute’s applause before the game against Maidenhead United.

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Sean St Ledgers started his management career with a tough task against one of the most experienced managers in the National League, former West Ham and England midfielder Alan Devonshire.  St Ledger took the decision to focus on the management side of things for this match and dropped himself from the match day squad for the match.

Guiseley started well pressing the visitors all over the pitch and defending from the front which forced the visitors into a number of mistakes. However it was the visitors who had the ball in the net on five minutes, when Hyde slide the ball passed Coddington only to see it disallowed for offside.

On twenty-five minutes, the home side took the lead when an excellent pass from midfield was collected by Dayle Southwell just outside the visitors area.  Southwell then outpaced right-back Remy Clerima, before taking the ball along the by-line and sliding it past the visiting goalkeeper Carl Pentney into the net to make the score 1-0.

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Guiseley continued to have the better of play with Callum MacFazdean making some excellent runs with the ball, creating a number of good shooting opportunities for the Guiseley forwards.  However the Maidenhead back-four defended well and blocked a number of efforts from the home side.

On the half hour mark the visitors drew level when an excellent cross from the left-wing found Jake Hyde in the six yard box who beat Crookes to the ball and hit the ball passed Luke Coddington into the far corner of the goal to make it 1-1.

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Maidenhead extended their lead in the final minute of the half when Harry Pritchard slotted the ball past Coddington from six yards to make the half-time score 2-1.

The second half started as the first-half ended when Harry Pritchard ran onto a long ball over the Guiseley defence, before slotting the ball past Luke Coddington just two minutes into the half to make the score 3-1 to the visitors.

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Maidenhead United had the better of the second half and continued to attack through Jake Hyde and Adrian Clifton who both tested Coddington in the home goal.  The home side did have some efforts on the Maidenhead goal but they never really tested Pentney in the visitors goal.

Sean St Ledger will now focus on first team training as he looks to improve the squad ahead of the next game on Tuesday evening against FC Fylde at Nethermoor Park, the club now finds itself in a difficult situation thirteen points a draft as they look to avoid relegation to the Vanarama League North.

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Speaking about the week and the game caretaker manager Sean St Ledger said, ” This week has been a new experience its something I have enjoyed, we started the game well with a good goal from Southwell but then we let two goals in either side of the interval.

We spoke to the players about their roles and responsibilities in the dressing room, speaking as a player we are letting in to many goals and that needs to stop.  However we have scored from open play today, but we have still shipped them in at the other end so that has to stop, there are a lot of things we need to work on this week.

I took the decision to stay on the bench and manage the side today, it’s my first game as a manager so I wanted to ensure that I did one role well instead of trying to manage and play at the same time.  The chairman has asked me to takeover first team affairs until a new manager can be found and as the football club pay me as a player, I am happy to assist the club by stepping in on a game to game basis.”

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Coddington, Crookes, Palmer, Flowers, Nirennold, Lenighan, Southwell, Sheppard, Hatfield, MacFazdean, Odejayi (Subs) Green, Rooney, Purver, Haworth Liburd

Maidenhead United – Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametrey, Comley, Hyde, Barratt, Clifton, Pritchard, Upward, Goodman (Subs) Emmanuel, Marks, Kilman, Peters, Smith

Goals – (Guiseley) Southwell (21) (Maidenhead) Hyde (30), Pritchard (43.48)

Attendance – 777

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Nick Pope Interesting Premership Rivals

Newcastle United Interested In Nick Pope

According to one national newspaper, Newcastle United are hoping to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Pope in the summer transfer window. The English keeper has been given his chance in the Premier League since normal first choice keeper Tom Heaton dislocated his shoulder in September.

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Pope, has impressed since coming into the side and Sean Dyche will face a dilemma on which goalkeeper should start when England International Tom Heaton is fit again. This situation has caught the eye of Rafa Benitez, who is reportedly monitoring the situation carefully in hope of securing a deal for Pope when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.

The move may also depend on the form of new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. The loan keeper from Sparta Prague made his debut in The Magpies shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United and his teammates were ​quick to heap praise on the Slovakian.

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Dubravka made a string of fine saves and if he manages to keep up his form for the rest of the season, Benitez may opt to make his loan move permanent instead of signing Pope, an option that ​may be available for just £4m.

Newcastle’s chances of signing either keeper are bound to be boosted if the Magpies can retain their place in the Premier League next season. They currently sit 13th but just two points from safety and will be hoping they can win a ‘six-pointer’ against Bournemouth.

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Black Leaves The Bantams

Kenny Black Leaves Valley Parade

Bradford City have this afternoon confirmed that Kenny Black has decided to leave the club with immediate effect.  Black arrived at the club back in June 2016, has spent the vast majority of the time at Valley Parade as assistant manager to former Bantams boss Stuart McCall.

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Speaking about leaving the club Kenny Black said, “This is my personal decision to leave, there was certainly no pressure at all from the club or from Simon Grayson and Glynn Snodin. They were more than happy to keep all the current staff in place.

I came into Bradford City with Stuart McCall and this decision is really to do with my loyalty to him.  I was more than happy to stay on for the last two games against Bury and Charlton Athletic to help oversee the transition, but now I feel it is the right time to leave.

I leave with some tremendous memories of the club and the people connected with it, apart from the play-off final last season and the run of form we endured this January, everything else was extremely positive.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the set of players we’ve had during my time at the club and hopefully the current group of players here can still make it a successful end to the season for the club.”

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Guiseley AFC Sack Manager Cox

Paul Cox Sacked By Guiseley

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed they have sacked manager Paul Cox along with his back room staff Adam Murray and Ben Marvin with immediate effect.  Cox has been in charge at Nethermoor Park since September when he replaced Adam Lockwood.

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Paul Cox took charge of the Lions for 24 League games, wining 3, drawing 8 and losing 13 matches in the Vanarama National League, he did however also manage 2 FA Cup wins including a giant killing against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Cox, was also instrumental in take the club full-time in December, whilst also increasing the size of the playing squad from 25 to 41 full time professionals.  Despite the manager being fully back by the Chairman & Board of Directors in terms of player recruitment the change of management from Adam Lockwood to Paul Cox has not improved either the performances or the results, which has led to Cox being dismissed this morning.

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Experienced professional Sean St Ledger will now take charge of training until a new manager can be appointed by the club.  The next manager will need to hit the ground running, in terms of reducing the playing squad, making the side difficult to beat and improving the sides performance to enable the club to go on a winning run in order to keep the club in the Vanarama National League.

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Brown Makes Permanent City Switch

Connor Brown Signs Permanent Contract At York City

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed that right-back Connor Brown has made his loan deal with York City into a Permanent move to Bootham Crescent to join former Lions assistant manager Dave Penny.

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Brown, who joined the Lions from Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2016 has made 51 appearances for the club, before joining Vanarama League North side York City on loan last month.  The full-back has had 4 excellent appearances for the Minstermen who have made the decision to offer Brown a permanent contract which he has accepted.

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