York City Knights Sign England Women’s International

Stanley Completes Move From Castleford Tigers to York City Knights

York City Knights have signed England full-back Tara Stanley from Women’s Super League rivals Castleford Tigers for the forthcoming 2022 season. Stanley, who was a nominee for the 2018 Woman of Steel whilst with the Tigers, has also represent her country winning thirteen caps for England.

Tara Jane Stanley becomes the first close-season signing made by York City Knights, who reached the play-offs after finishing fourth last term. This after appointing a new back room team and signing around eight players just a few days before the start of the season.

Speaking about the signing Knights Director of rugby Lindsay Anfield said, “She will be a fantastic asset at the back, to add that confidence and that experience of bossing the defensive line is going to be huge for us this coming season. Hopefully, Tara will add to our ability to compete with the best teams in the league next season.”

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Newcastle United Chasing Ben Mee & James Tarkowski

Eddie Howe Will Double Defenders Salaries If They Join The Toon

Newcastle United are prepared to double the salaries of both Ben Mee and James Tarkowski in order to tempt the pair away from the Clarets in the January transfer window. The Premier League strugglers are preparing to buy their way to top-flight survival in January after their Saudi takeover. 

Toon boss Eddie Howe, whose side beat Burnley 1-0 at the weekend, is desperate to bring in a new centre-back. He likes both Burnley skipper Mee and defensive partner Tarkowski, who has two England caps. Sean Dyche is unlikely to allow both players to leave in the transfer window and will put up a fight to keep the pair, but with both players are out of contract next summer when their £50,000-a-week deals end at Turf Moor.

However, Newcastle United currently have the ability to turn their heads with terms to double their wages, including signing-on fees and bonuses. They are intent on landing at least one stopper to boost their survival bid and dent the Clarets. Newcastle’s interest in the pair could spark a merry-go-around of centre-backs this summer with West Ham United and Everton also after defensive reinforcements. 

Clarets skipper Ben Mee has been at Turf Moor for a decade, enjoying two promotions to the Premier League and thriving in the top flight under the guidance of Sean Dyche. The Clarets boss says the club are open minded about Mee’s future and that of other in-demand aces. “He is just like the others in that we stay open minded with those situations. Dialogue between the club and their agents, so yeah, he understands where that is at.”

Mee was on live TV recently along with wife Sarah to discuss a topic very personal and dear to their hearts, preterm birth. Daughter Olive weighed in at just 1lb 2oz when she was born at just 24 weeks during the first lockdown of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The duo spoke about the issue on BBC Breakfast to raise awareness as part of World Prematurity Day and Dyche has tremendous respect for what his skipper and his family went through in those times and believes the way he dealt with it illustrates why he is Burnley captain.

Sean Dyche added, “He and his family went through a really tough spell, the worry and the concern, the challenge of that we obviously supported the best we could but there is no true support in that situation. He is a grounded balanced fella, very caring about his family and he is in a situation which he has dealt with very, very well.”

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Ipswich Town Sack Former Clarets Midfielder

Paul Cook Relieved of His Duties At Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town Football Club have confirmed that they have relieved manager Paul Cook of his duties with immediate effect following the clubs 0-0 draw with Barrow in the FA Cup (2nd Round) tie this weekend.

Ipswich Town CEO, Mark Ashton said, “Firstly, we would like to thank Paul Cook and his team for their efforts in what has been a difficult transition period for everyone at the club. I know how much he wanted to succeed at this club. However, following discussions with the board, we have decided a change is needed for our long-term interests. At this point in time there is no one lined up to replace him and there will be an extensive search to find the best replacement for the Club.

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Former Clarets Midfielder Found Not Guilty In Court

Joey Barton Found Not Guilty In Court of Attacking Daniel Stendel

Former Clarets midfielder and current Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has been found not guilty of attacking a rival after a match. Mr Barton, had denied pushing over the then Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in the tunnel at the Oakwell Stadium after a match in April 2019 were Mr Stendel suffered facial injuries, damage to a tooth and bruising.

The Bristol Rovers boss was cleared of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court. As he left court, Mr Barton said: “I think the verdict speaks for itself.” Whan asked how he felt, he replied: “Better than I did before.”

During the week-long trial Mr Stendel said he was walking down the tunnel in the corner of Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium after his side’s 4-2 victory against Fleetwood Town. He said he had been knocked over by a push from behind, causing him to hit his face on the metal structure.Video footage shown during the trial showed Mr Stendel entering the tunnel followed by Mr Barton shortly afterwards.

In his evidence, Mr Barton denied being hostile or aggressive towards his opposite number and stated he did not recall coming into contact with anyone in the tunnel. He admitted using “industrial language” during a post-match handshake with Mr Stendel, but denied there were tensions between them during the match.

Nathan Kirby, Barnsley performance analyst intern, had given evidence that he saw Mr Barton run past him and “shoulder-barge” Mr Stendel. However, Mr Barton’s barrister Simon Csoka QC said in his closing speech that even if it had been an accident it was quite possible for Mr Barton to have been unaware of what happened.

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West Ham & Newcastle Dealt Blow In Tarkowski Pursuit

Clarets Will Allow James Tarkowski’s Contract Expire In The Summer

According to reports in the Football insider, Burnley Football Club are planning to block West Ham United target James Tarkowski from leaving in the January transfer window and will allow the twenty-eight year olds contract to run down, leaving him available to leave Turf Moor on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

A Burnley source has advised the club are planning to dig their heels in and stop James Tarkowski from leaving in the mid-season window. That will be a blow to his suitors, who include West Ham United as well as newly-rich Newcastle United. The Clarets had hoped the defender, valued at £35m last year by Burnley, would be available for a cut-price January deal.

However, club chiefs have weighed up their options and decided it is too risky to allow Tarkowski to leave in the midst of a relegation battle. James Tarkowskiwill instead leave on a free transfer at the end of June 2022. Burnley have offered to make the defender the best-paid player in the club’s history. But the England international has turned down the offers as he has ambitions of playing for a club challenging for Europe. 

Sean Dyche’s side signed Tarkowski from Brentford in a £3.6million deal in 2016 and the centre-half has gone on to make 194 appearances for the Clarets. West Ham United boss David Moyes could enter the winter market for a centre-half after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a season-ending knee injury. However, the Hammers will likely have to wait until the summer if they want to sign James Tarkowski.

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Clarets Welcome Back Top Goalscorer

Striker Sarah Greenhalgh is back with the Clarets

Burnley FC Women are pleased to announce striker Sarah Greenhalgh has re-joined the squad, as a dual registration with AFC Darwen. Greenhalgh, who was top goal scorer for the Clarets in their title-winning promotions in 2017/18 and 2018/19, is in the squad for the side’s trip to Stoke City Women today.

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Manager, Matt Bee said: “Sarah is a quality player, she was a huge part of our success in our title winning seasons and will add vital experience to this current group. We had some good chats and as soon as we knew it would work for both parties it was a no brainer. 

Sarah Greenhalgh said: “I’m really excited about being back at Burnley. There are lots of new talented players who I’m looking forward to playing with. I’m looking forward to being back at this standard. I’m happy to pick up where I’m left off, after enjoying the promotion into this league with the girls, I’m happy to experience playing at this level and hopefully continuing to enjoy success with Burnley.”

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The Harvest Reaper Story

The Harvest Reaper is a 45 foot long Fyfie design fishing boat built of larch on oak at Wilson (Cockie) Noble’s yard in Fraserburgh in 1931. It was powered by a Kelvin Recardo diesel engine. She fished from Fraserburgh (the other Broch) using small-line, great-line and drift net. Her Skipper and owner was John Downie Mey until 1965, when his son Jim Mey took the helm. Later the Harvest Reaper was then sold to new owners in Macduff and has since arrived at its final berth in Burghead in 2015.

The weathered hull remained on the quayside at Burghead after running aground off the coast in the 1980’s where it remained until January 2015, when Moray Council demanded it was moved in order to make way for development at the harbour. The Harvest Reaper faced being crushed after crumbling by the quayside for three decades. But the twenty tonne Reaper has been restored to her best after former fishing skipper Peter Wilson, who is now senior supervisor at the local community service department, led a team to tend to the trawler.

The Harvest Reaper is one of the most celebrated boats to have fished the Moray Firth, built in Fraserburgh it was based at the port under the stewardship of John Downie Mey from the 1930s until 1965. It was while he was at the helm that the vessel became involved in attempts to rescue a pilot from an aircraft that ditched in the sea.

Shortly before noon on the 29th April 1946 a Firefly aircraft flying out of the naval airbase at Rattray, near Fraserburgh got into difficulties about six miles off the coast. The plane lost power and ditched in the water near the Harvest Reaper breaking off the boats mast in the process. The crew of the Harvest Reaper immediately rushed towards the plane in an attempt to help the pilot, who was twenty year-old Kenneth Williams from Liverpool, but sadly they were unable to save his life.

Sub-Lieutenant Kenneth Williams

Son of John Kenneth and Frances Alice Williams, acting Sub-Lieutenant Kenneth Williams was born in Liverpool in 1925. having later moved to Downend, South Gloucestershire he attended Lord Wandsworth College in Hook, Hampshire before enlisting in the RAF.

At 11.20am on 29th April 1946 a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Firefly aircraft (MB734), flying out of Naval Air Station (Rattray) got into difficulties six miles north north-east off the coast of Fraserburgh. The aircraft lost power and ditched into the sea hitting the mast and breaking it off of the Harvest Reaper. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the ship’s crew the pilot of the Firefly perished. The pilot was Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Kenneth David Williams, aged twenty from Liverpool.

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RegimentRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Medals1939–45 StarWar Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sub-Lieutenant Acting

Parents: John Kenneth and Frances Alice Williams

Home address: Downend

Pre-war occupation: Enlisted RAF 1943

Date of birth: 1925

Date of death: 29/04/1946

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at sea and commemorated at Lee-on-Solent Memorial and Staple Hill War Memorial.

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Clarets Boss Joint Favourite To Succeed Southgate

Sean Dyche Joint Favourite In Betting Odds to Be Next England Manager

While Gareth Southgate continues to do an excellent job as Three Lions gaffer, the next England manager betting odds are always an intriguing read. Southgate has already taken England to the semi-final of a World Cup and a penalty shootout away from Euro 2020 glory, yet he remains tight-lipped on whether he will continue to manage beyond Qatar 2022. Should he decide to call it a day, which managers are next in line to the throne. Who could be tasked with getting the best out of a golden generation of young talent, who would best toe the FA party line, here are the front-runners.

Sean Dyche (5-1)

More than 400 games into an astonishing spell at Burnley, Sean Dyche is widely regarded as one of the best English managers in the business. The ginger Mourinho guided the Clarets to the Premier League in 2013/14 his first season in charge and has kept them there ever since. This, despite working with one of the lowest budgets in the division. His football is a little meat and veg for international football, while others argue Dyche is merely a pragmatist and given the right tools, perhaps he could prove a tactical genius.

Dean Smith (5-1)

Dean Smith is currently favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked and the joint-favourite for the England job. The life of a modern gaffer, Smith’s Aston Villa have been on a dreary run of late. Still smarting from the loss of Jack Grealish to Manchester City in the summer, but few doubt the credentials, passion and motivational ability of the lifelong Villa fan. If he can turn the team’s lousy run around, and get them back to the top half of the table before the season ends, it’d be hard to look beyond him the next time the FA are recruiting.

Eddie Howe (7-1)

Apparently on the brink of taking over at Newcastle United, Eddie Howe seems to be a man in high demands right now. The former AFC Bournemouth boss forged a solid reputation during his eight years on the south coast, taking the Cherries from Sky Bet League Two to the Premier League and then keeping them there for five seasons. After taking a year long break following the club’s eventual relegation. Eddie Howe is hungry for a new challenge and should he impress in the north east, it might not be long before the FA come calling. His boyish good looks, mild mannered demeanour and preference for attractive football certainly won’t count against him. 

Frank Lampard (12-1)

Jobless Frank Lampard is currently being linked with every available job going and this one’s no different. The bookies see the former Derby County and Chelsea gaffer as the joint-fourth favourite to replace Gareth Southgate, despite his limited experience. 

Lampard oversaw 57 games as Rams boss before joining Chelsea and lasting just 18 months at Stamford Bridge helping the Blues to a Champions League finish in his first season was a great achievement, however his glittering playing career, including more than 100 England caps could be a boost to his chances.

Steven Gerrard (12-1)

Another England playing legend, Steven Gerrard has a good deal more experience than his former Three Lions midfield partner and is rated the superior coach. Gerrard led Rangers to their first SPL title in a decade last season, toppling Celtic off their perch and playing attractive, attacking football all the while.

Rangers look on course to make it back to back title wins this season too, meaning last season’s success wouldn’t be a flash in the pan either. The former Liverpool legend has been hotly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with some believing he might stay put in Scotland until the Anfield hot seat becomes available. Still, the bookies think there’s a good chance he takes over from Southgate. 

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Former Clarets Manager Set To Become Toon Boss

Eddie Howe Agrees To Become Newcastle United Manager

Former AFC Bournemouth & Burnley Football Club manager Eddie Howe held additional talks with Newcastle this week regarding their vacant managerial role and has now agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal in principle with the Premier League club.

Eddie Howe has agreed in principle a deal to become the new Newcastle United manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract. After positive discussions this week to detail the finer points of Howe’s contract and the make up of his backroom team. Newcastle United’s new owners were impressed with the way Howe presented his views on the club and his level of detail and research. Attention will now turn to sorting agreements with Howe’s backroom staff. At this stage, it is unlikely the 43-year-old will be in the dugout for Saturday’s Premier League match at Brighton Hove Albion. However, there is an appetite from both sides to complete the appointment in time for this weekend’s match.

The decision to agree a deal in principle with Eddie Howe comes after Villarreal manager Unai Emery ruled himself out of the running to become Steve Bruce’s successor at St James Park. The former Arsenal boss held talks with Newcastle’s hierarchy earlier this week, but held reservations about joining the club, despite being their No 1 choice to replace Steve Bruce. In a statement released on his Twitter account, Emery said: “For all the noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family, that for me is most important. Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club.

Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club, but am also even more grateful to stay here, and I have communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project and for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players, it is mutual and reciprocated. I also want to show gratitude for the love and support that has always been shown to me. This Sunday, we have a very important game and I hope that, together, we can achieve victory. We will see you in the Estadio Ceramica.”

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Former Clarets Midfielder Quotes 13th Century Poet

Joey Barton Breaks His Silence On Last weekends Holocaust Remark

Former Clarets midfielder Joey Barton who is the current manager of Bristol Rovers has been criticised by sections of the club fanbase, media and Jewish leaders following his comments made in the wake of his sides 3-1 defeat to Newport County last Saturday.

After the match, Barton was bemoaning the inconsistencies in his teams performance particularly his defence saying, “I said to the lads during the week, the team’s almost like musical chairs. Someone gets in and does well but gets suspended or injured. Someone gets in for a game does well but then has a holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster.”

Despite multiple request from a number of media organisations, Bristol Rovers Football Club have refused to offer an explanation of their manager’s comments. As previously reported, Joey Barton has taken training this week at The Quarters as normal and is fully expected to be in charge of Saturday’s game against Harrogate Town.

Joey Barton (Rovers Manager) has however taken to Twitter to quote a passage from Persion poet Rumi “A Great Wagon” which explores concepts of non-judgement. Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi was a 13th century poet, musician and spiritual guide, who has had a considerable cultural impact throughout the Muslim world, in particular Turkey and Iran, but is also considered the best selling poet in the United States.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Joey Barton will address the media for the first time since the fallout from his comments with a press conference scheduled at The Quarters on Thursday, having been brought forward from the traditional Friday pre-match briefing. Bristol Rovers travel to Harrogate in Sky Bet League Two having won just four of their opening 14 fixtures after a major summer rebuild of the squad following relegation from League One.

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