Frank Mulhern Leaves Nethermoor Park

Frank Mulhern Joins Stockport County

Guiseley AFC have today confirmed that young striker Frank Mulhern has been sold to Stockport County for an undisclosed fee. Mulhern, joining Guiseley at the start of last season from Huddersfield Town’s U23 Development Squad.  One of four members of Town’s U23 squad released following their promotion to the Premier League, Mulhern has also been capped for the Republic of Ireland U18 and Under-19 levels.

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The South Elmsall raised player was in the Huddersfield Town Academy for four years joining the Terriers at U9 level in August 2005 before departing for Leeds United in May 2009.  He subsequently turned professional with the Elland Road club in the summer of 2015, following a two-year scholarship which was extended a year later.

Mulhern, played for Vanarama National League side Southport during a loan spell in September 2016, he then joined Guiseley AFC at the start of last season going out on loan to local rivals Bradford Park Avenue, after Paul Cox re-jigged the Guiseley squad.

Mulhern scored two goals in the Vanarama National League last season for the Lions, the last gasp winner at home to Torquay as well as a late penalty at Maidstone United to earn a 1-1 draw.

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FA Confirm Steeton AFC Promotion

Steeton AFC Promoted to North West Counties League Division One North

Steeton AFC have this morning confirmed they have been promoted to the North West Counties Hallmark Security League Division One North for the 2018-19 season. The move from the West Riding County Amateur Premier Division caps off a superb season by Roy Mason’s squad as they won the West Riding County Premier Division League Cup as well as lifting the Keighley & District FA Challenge Cup.

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A statement from Steeton AFC this morning said: “We are delighted to announce that our promotion to the North West Counties Hallmark Security League Division One North has today been confirmed by the Football Association.  The promotion will see the first team move to Cougar Park and ground share with Keighley Cougars. However our reserve and U18 and newly formed U16 teams will all continue to play at Summerhill Lane.

After thirty-three years as members of The West Riding County Amateur League we feel that the time is now right for the club to make the progression to the next level. This is a very exciting time for the club and we would urge both local business and the people of Keighley to get behind us and support this new venture.

We would like to thank everyone who has worked hard behind the scenes to make this happen and we look forward to working with Keighley Cougars to provide Keighley with two sporting teams that they can be proud of.”

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Defour On International Retirement

Steven Defour Retires From International Football

Steven Defour has announced his retirement from international football after losing his fitness battle to make Belgium’s World Cup squad.  The Clarets midfielder has been a major doubt for the tournament since undergoing knee surgery in January and he was left out of Roberto Martinez’s initial 28-man squad for the tournament.

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Defour had been a regular feature of Martinez’s Red Devils squad and had won 52 caps for his country, but having missed out on Russia this summer he has now decided to call time on his international career.

Speaking about his International retirement Steven Defour said, “I have made the decision to try extend his career at club level, with a year remaining on my Turf Moor contract with the option of a further year.  I have been working hard for the World Cup over the last few months. In the beginning it was quite clear that it would become a mission impossible.

I’m not going to the World Cup for obvious reasons, I always thought that the World Cup would be my last action as an international. Partly due to some serious injuries and because I want to continue my career as long as possible at club on club level.

I have had a very long career as an international, I had a great time and would like to thank everyone for it, from staff to players and supporters. But there are many players ready and there is a new generation coming, so I wish them all the best. “

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Clarets Striker Available For Transfer

Jonathan Walters Available For Transfer

Burnley striker Jonathan Walters says he is available for transfer after holding talks with manager Sean Dyche. The Republic of Ireland international joined the Clarets from Stoke City for £3m last July but made just five appearances in his debut season, the last of those coming against Manchester City in the FA Cup on 6th January 2018.

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Walters underwent knee surgery in late January but has been unable to break into the Burnley team since returning to full fitness. Speaking about his current position Walters said, “I’ve been fit for a while and in squads but not picked, I can’t moan too much the team are doing ever so well, but I’ve spoken to the manager and I’m available to go.

I’ve got to assess it and see what’s there, the conversation with Sean Dyche was “pretty straightforward” but I want to put my club future to one side and try to collect my 51st Ireland caps in their upcoming friendlies. I’m looking forward to getting out and playing these games, it’s so frustrating when you’re just sitting there and not playing.  You train all week and to not be involved at the weekend is tough.”

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Former Bantam Joins Bridlington Town

Nathan Doyle Signs For Bridlington Town 

Former Bradford City midfielder Nathan Doyle has today joined Bridlington Town in the Toolstation North East Counties Football League.  Doyle who played for his country at England U21 level has also played in the Premier League with Hull City and in the Sky Bet Championship with Barnsley and Derby County.

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Doyle, also played for Luton Town in Sky Bet League Two as well as winning promotion to Sky Bet League One with Bradford City in the Play-Off Final, he also went on to play in the 2012 Capital One Cup Final in the same season at Wembley with the Bantams.

After suffering an Achilles tendon rupture in his first pre-season training session prior to the 2016–17 season, resulting in a long spell on the sidelines he left Luton Town when his contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 31 January 2017.

Speaking about the move to Bridlington Nathan Doyle said, “I’m delighted to sign for Bridlington Town and can’t wait to link up with the lads for preseason.  When Curtis went to Bridlington, I have always checked to see how results were going and after speaking with Curtis this week I can’t wait to get started.

We are hoping to push for promotion next season and I’am hoping I can help achieve our goal, whilst assisting some of the younger lads in the squad develop and pass on some of my vast experience that I have gained in my time in the professional game.

When speaking to Curtis about the plans for the team I could tell he really believed in the club.  Everybody I have spoken to about the club has spoken highly of Bridlington Town and especially chairman Peter Smurthwaite, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and trying to lead from the front by example.”

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2018 Great City Games (Manchester)

Great City Games (Manchester)

On a sunny day in the centre of Manchester, the Arcadis Great City Games returned to the city centre streets for its tenth year running and produced another excellent evening of athletics’.  The Great City Games is the idea of former GB athlete Brendan Foster whose company Nova International arrange the event every year in Manchester and Newcastle.

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The event started on Albert Square with Stanley Joseph of France taking victory in the pole vault clearing a hight of 5.60 metres, leaving British number one Luke Cutts second on 5.30 metres and Matteo Capello of Italy in third also with 5.30, however Cutts beat the Italian on countback.

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Eloyse Lesueur (France) took a season best 6.58 to win the women’s long jump, whilst the British number one Jazmin Sawyers jumped 6.43 on her fourth attempt to put her ahead of Portugal’s Teresa Carvalho who finished in 6.16 seconds.

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Jason Smyth was the first winner of the evening as the track events got under way with the Irishman easing home in the T13 150m in a time of 15.82, he finished just ahead of Britain’s Zak Skinner who clocking a time of 16.73, followed by Spain’s Diego Sanchez in third with a time of 17.33 seconds.

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American Olympian Bershawn Jackson swept to victory in the 200m hurdles with a time of 22.58 seconds which was too much for Ireland’s Thomas Barr who was second in 23.19 seconds and Britain’s Jacob Paul finished third with a time of 23.44 seconds.

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The women’s 100m hurdles was won by Belarus’ Alina Talay in a time of 12.74 seconds ahead of Norway’s Isabelle Pedersen who clocked 13.03 finishing second place. Britain’s Alicia Barrett finished third with a time of 13.42 seconds.

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It was an all-British foursome in the men’s 100m, with only 0.18 seconds separating first and fourth as Aikines Aryeetey and Kilty went from England 4x100m Commonwealth gold-winning team mates to rivals. Aikines-Aryeetey’s 10.35 saw the Sutton sprinter take the win with Stockton’s Kilty just behind in 10.37. Sam Osewa scored a season-best 10.49 on his City Games debut.

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The men’s 150m went as predicted with Leon Reid easing home in 15.52 seconds just ahead of Holland’s Solomon Bockarie in second clocking 15.57 seconds.  Jonathan Quarcoo of Norway finished third with a time of 15.75 seconds.

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The final race of the evening saw Marie Ta Lou beat Allyson Felix, who failed to replicate her record-breaking victory earned on Deansgate five years ago. The Ivorian won the race in 16.60 seconds, with Felix finishing second with a time of 16.72 seconds. Britain’s Bianca Williams finished third in 17.09 seconds.

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The Voyage of Dr Dolittle

Dr Dolittle Filming – On Set In Kirby Lonsdale

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan and written by Gaghan and Thomas Shepherd. The film is based on the character of Doctor Dolittle, created by Hugh Lofting and is primarily based on the Voyages of Doctor Dolittle.

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The cast and crew have been on set in Kirby Lonsdale, North Yorkshire all week filming scenes from the new movie that will be released on the 12th April 2019, the film is under distribution by Universal Pictures making it the first film based on Doctor Dolittle not to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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Robert Downey Jr. is playing the title character working alongside other major stars such as Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett, Jim Broadbent as well as local Ribble Valley actor Jerry Willey who plays a stall holder in the live-action roles.

There is also an excellent voice cast including Emma Thompson as a parrot, Selena Gomez as a giraffe, Kumail Nanjiani as an ostrich, Ralph Fiennes as a tiger, Octavia Spencer as a duck, Rami Malek as a gorilla, Tom Holland as a dog, Marion Cotillard as a fox and John Cena as a polar bear.

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The story is based on the character of Doctor Dolittle, who originates in Hugh Lofting’s 1920s series of children’s books. Dr Dolittle arrives in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh with the news that the monkeys of Africa are ill and only the doctor who talks with animals can save them, Dolittle and his good friends Jip his loyal dog, Dab-Dab his housekeeper duck face their greatest challenge.

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