Williams Joins York City On Loan

York City Loan Marcus Williams

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed that defender Marcus Williams has joined York City on loan until the end of the season. Doncaster born Williams, 31, has played over 250 games in the Football League for Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Peterborough United and Reading.

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Williams joined Guiseley at the start of the 2016-17 season after a spell in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters, his first appearance in a York City shirt was this afternoon when the reserves played Hartlepool United in Central League North at Bootham Crescent.

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Bradford City Appoint Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson Named Bradford City Manager

Bradford City have this morning can confirmed the appointment of Simon Grayson as the new manager. Grayson has been the clubs number one target to take over first-team affairs since the search began earlier this week.

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Grayson, will meet the players tomorrow and will be in charge for the Bantams trip to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening, the new manager will be joined by Glynn Snodin as his assistant with all other existing current staff staying at the club.

As a manager, Grayson has already guided Preston North End and Huddersfield Town to the promotion from Sky Bet league One to the Championships and  went close to taking local rivals Leeds United back to the Premiership.

Grayson has also managed Sunderland and Blackpool and as an overall record of 634 games, 268 wins, 187 draws and 179 defeats which gives him a management win percentage of 42.3%.  Grayson has also spent time on loan at Valley Parade from Blackburn Rovers in 2002 when he made 7 appearances for the club.

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Richard Chaplow Interview

The Interview (Richard Chaplow)

Richard David Chaplow was born in Accrington, Lancashire on the 2nd February 1985, he joined Burnley at the age of eight, before earning a scholarship at the club in 2001 as part of the YTS Apprenticeships, turning down offers from local rivals Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

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After being included as an unused substitute against Preston North End on 8 April 2003, he made his Clarets debut coming on as a second-half sub in 2–0 defeat against Norwich City on 12 April 2003, he want on to make five appearances in the 2002-03 season.

Despite still being part of the youth team, Chaplow continued to progress at the start of the 2003–04 season playing in midfield for the first team and scoring his first Clarets goal against Crewe Alexandra on 30th August 2003.  He was rewarded with his first full-time contract in 2003 and went on to win the PFA First Division Player of the Month award for December, whilst making 39 appearances for the Clarets in the 2003-04 season.

Chaplow was subject of a transfer move throughout the summer, with Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United interested in signing the midfielder.  However he ended the transfer speculation by signing a new four–year contract, keeping him at the club until 2008, despite signing a new contract there was more links with a move to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window.

The club rejected a bid early in the window, but his outstanding performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup meant the midfielder received more praise for his performances during January 2005 and manager Steve Cotterill lost Chaplow on transfer deadline day, when the club accepted a bid from West Bromwich Albion for £1.5million and he joined the Midlands club.

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After spending three years at the Hawthorns making 44 appearances for West Bromwich, Chaplow returned to Lancashire signing for Preston North End in January 2008, for a fee of £800,000. He spent three years at Deepdale making 68 appearances, scoring 8 goals before the club faced financial problems and he was one of eight players to be put on a transfer list by manager Darren Ferguson.

Chaplow then moved to Southampton on a one month loan deal in September 2010, which was extended until the end of year.  A permanent move to St.Mary’s Stadium followed in the January transfer window, he went on to make 46 appearances for the saints before going on loan to Millwall in March 2013.  On the 11th July 2013, Chaplow agreed to cancel his contract with Southampton and joined Millwall on a permanent contract, he stayed at the New Den for 2 years before joining Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2015 on a two-year contract.

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On 29 July 2016, Chaplow took his family to the USA and signed for United Soccer League side Orange County Blues.  At present he has made 28 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals and he is the current club captain.

INTERVIEW

Biggest influence on your career in football?

There’s been many influences on my career from role models and inspirations as a kid growing up to working with some world-class coaches however it all starts somewhere and for me without my Dad none of it would have been possible. He introduced me to Burnley at and early age and my passion and love for the game took off from there. He would drive me to sessions and games all over the country, and give me advice along the way, sometimes I’d listen sometimes I didn’t, like any kid with their parents at times but it was the love and support from my parents that made it all happen.

What is your best football highlight?

To choose one highlight is incredibly tough there has been so many moments each as special as the next. To make my debut was a lifetime dream and to make it for Burnley made it even more special. To sign for West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership and be part of the great escape was amazing. Scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup for Southampton and against Ipswich Town in the 94th minute to get the team back in the play-offs with only a few games remaining, but I’m opting for team achievement above an individual.  The memories created in my time at Southampton will never be matched, to become part of a family which involved fans, coaches, staff, players and  players wife’s.  I don’t think I’ll ever experience something like that again, to top that off with not one but two promotions with that group was incredible.

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What is your football lowlight?

It is true that football is literally a rollercoaster ride at times and just as there are many highs there will inevitably be lows. I’ve experienced relegation with WBA and also fallen short of my own exceptions on the pitch at times most notably at Millwall where things never got going form wise. However without doubt these moments are all overshadowed by a recent experience in the USA in which I was accused of repeated homophobic slurs by a player on the pitch.

In a time where we all need to work harder to stamp out any type of discrimination & towards a goal of equality for everyone, not only in sport but as a population, it is sad that on this occasion the subject was in the news for the wrong reasons and I hope next time it’s there for a positive one.

From a personal perspective it was a difficult time, when the initial claim was made I took comfort in knowing that anyone that has every crossed paths with me, people who know my character, values and traits know what I stand for as a person. However even this along with the fact that the investigation cleared the claim it is still something I think about daily and upsets me that I have at one time been viewed in this way.  I have learnt a lot from this situation and that’s a mantra I always try to maintain to learn from any situation bad or good, take the positives even if there aren’t many at times!

Tell us about your League Debut?

My league debut came away at Norwich City for Burnley and I had travelled with the team due to injuries to the first team squad and a current raise in recent form with the reserves and youth team meant that 2/3 scholars were summoned to the bench, a great experience in itself.  I loved warming up on the sidelines, the atmosphere everything like nothing I’d experienced before, it was a dream come true to be involved in a professional game even as part of the squad, I never thought for one second that I’d would enter play.

An injury to one of our midfielders after 20 minutes meant Stan Ternent the manager at the time had to make an early substitution, he opted to put a more experienced player on in Gordon Armstrong. I thought that was that but the next thing I know 25 minutes later, I was told to warm up at half-time. The boss had decided he wanted to put me on and I replaced Armstrong, if I’am honest the game was blur from there, I must have played well though as I got a stand ovation from the Clarets fans at the Airport as they were on the same flight home as us, the following game I was selected in the starting eleven and I never looked back!

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Toughest Opponent You faced and Why?

Toughest opponent has to be Steven Gerrard, he single-handedly ran the entire game at Anfield from start to finish.  I thought I was fit at the time, but Gerrard was on another level, something I have never been up against before I didn’t get close to him the whole game, he had it all. Pace, power, stamina and with the ball he has GPS in his boots.

Best Goal You Scored and why? 

Best goal I’ve scored is a tricky one….I’ll opt for my goal in the FA Cup against Manchester United while playing at Southampton in 2011, we played so well as a team that day and took United right to the wire.  The performance gave us more confidence and helped us continue our form in the league and we eventually made the automatic promotion spots.  However to see 27,000 saints fans go mental was something I’ll never forget! Amazing memories.

Best manager you have played for and why?

Mauricio Pochettino without a doubt. In the season I got to work under him I learnt so much in such a short time, the intensity he brought to our sessions was incredible.  He showed us a new way to train and play, it was a real eye opener. His attention to detail was unreal but it was his ability to manage a squad and be a leader that impressed me the most it’s no surprise to me that he is regarded as one of the best coaches in the world.

Best player you played with and why?

Adam Lallana, is the best player I have played with because he tied people in knots daily, left foot, right foot it didn’t matter how the ball was played to him, he would manipulate it perfectly 99% of the time.  Balance, agility and guile at its best, I used to love watching him terrorising defences and then after training I would terrorise him with my banter!

Best player you played against and why?

That would have to be Cristiano Ronaldo! When I played against him at Manchester United he wasn’t regarded as best in the world, but he was well on his way to being the main man at Manchester United. His career speaks for itself between him and Messi no one else can stake a claim right now in challenging them.

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Your now playing in the USA is the standard different compared to the UK?

Football in the USA is behind where we are in Europe in regards to standard, in my opinion there are many reasons for this such as the current structure of the leagues, the emphasis on education first, professional sport second and also the previous coaching requirements not being stringent enough.  However it is encouraging to see the rapid growth of the sport here and recent changes will now see the coaching licences become more demanding and fall in-line with the rest of the worlds requirements. There is without doubt a hotbed of talent here, it just needs to be nurtured accordingly and I’m sure in the years to come we’ll start seeing America consistently produce players that go on to become global stars and in turn the general standard increase to the point they can start competing with Europe.

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Bradford City Sack Stuart McCall

City Terminate McCalls Contract

Bradford City have today confirm that the club has terminated the contract of manager Stuart McCall. Unfortunately, we have now suffered six straight defeats and the last two fixtures in particular have not brought about the positive change in performances or results.

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We believe that our current squad is capable of performing to a much higher standard than we have seen recently. We must all accept responsibility for the recent poor run of form, including our players who now have the opportunity to put it right.  As such we believe that a change is in the best interests of the club at this time in order to give us the best chance of finishing the season strongly.

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Ulvestad Joins Djurgårdens IF

Fredrik Ulvestad Joins Swedish Top-Flight Team

Burnley Football Club have this evening confirmed that midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad has left Turf Moor to join Swedish top-flight side Djurgårdens IF.  The midfielder has secured a three year contract with the Stockholm-based club, which starts its domestic league season at the beginning of April 2018.

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Ulvestad had been with the Clarets since March, 2015 after signing from Norwegian side Aalesund.  He has made 10 appearances for the Club, including five in the Championship as Sean Dyche’s side won the 2015/16 title.

Ulvestad then spent last season on loan with Charlton Athletic and signed off his Burnley career as an unused substitute against Newcastle United in Wednesday night’s Premier League fixture.

Djurgårdens IF finished third in Sweden’s top division last season, to secure European qualification, and are 11-times former domestic champions, their last Allsvenskan title coming in 2005 when they completed a league and cup double.

They will play in the Europa League next season, meaning a return to the competition for Ulvestad, who played in the qualifying rounds during his time in Norway.

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Guiseley Sign Full Back On Loan

Guiseley Sign Victor Nirennold From Fleetwood

Guiseley AFC have the is morning confirmed the loan signing of French defender Victor Nirennold from Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town, as manager Paul Cox’s looks to strengthen his squad ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Wrexham.

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The six-foot-four defender started his career in his homeland, France, in the youth system at Stade Rennes. Whilst in France Nirennold was offered a deal in the United States where he would study Business at Erskine College, as well as play for the college’s side, the Erskine Flying Fleet.

The defensive minded player then transferred to Nova Southeastern University, again playing for their college side, before signing for Premier Development side FC Miami City at the start of the 2015 season, were he made 15 appearances. After a trial in August 2015 he signed a two-year contract with Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town and made his debut for the Cod Army against Rochdale.

Nirennold will now be at Nethermoor Park on loan until the end of the season and the Lions continue their fight to stay in the Vanarama National League.

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Cook Well With Leeds Rhinos

One You Leeds

One You Leeds is a free local healthy living programme run by Leeds City Council, Reeds, Momenta, Zest and Jamie’s Ministry of Food the service designed to support the residents of Leeds to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  It’s not always easy in our busy lives to make the right choices when it comes to our health, but the partners are offering support to the Leeds public.

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Over the last three weeks, Leeds Rhinos have been attending Leeds Kirkgate Market for cooking lessons as part of the Cook Well Programme which is designed for people to learn basic kitchen and food skills. The programme follows Jamie Oliver recipes that are well balanced and full of nutrition.

A number of players have been attending the Cook Well events such as Ashton Golding, Brett Ferres, Jordan Lilley and Kallum Watkins who have all helped to promote the new programme, which is looking to pass the following key messages to the public.

Cook Well – Key Message

  • Cook Well is the name for the One You Leeds hands-on cooking classes.
  • The classes help local residents learn basic kitchen and food skills.
  • The classes follow Jamie’s Ministry of Food cooking programme and participants get to cook Jamie Oliver recipes, developed with nutrition and balance in mind.
  • Classes are run in groups, but lots of personal support is available – including an assessment to create an individual cooking plan.
  • The classes are 8 weeks long, with a range of recipes and skills can be learnt.
  • Classes are at a reduced cost for those living in deprived areas of Leeds.
  • The programme aims to encourage healthier eating habits for Leeds residents.

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The One you Leeds is not just about cooking it can also assist the public to stop smoking, lose weight and understand how to eat well.  Most of these services are available free of charge to Leeds redidents with the main focus being on deprived area’s of the City.

One You Leeds – Key Message

  • Healthy lifestyle service available to Leeds residents.
  • Support to be Smoke Free, Manage Your Weight, Cook Well and Eat Well
  • Most services are available FREE to Leeds residents, with a focus on deprived areas.
  • A range individual support, group classes, activities and support is available.
  • Information & access to services available at oneyouleeds.co.uk or 0800 169 4219
  • Facebook: OneYouLeeds – Twitter: @OneYouLeeds

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Speaking about the cooking events Ashton Golding said, “It’s great for the young players at the club, who are all either thinking about or are moving into their own homes and this course gives you the chance to fully understand what you should be eating.  The course also gives us the chance to improve our cooking skills using Jamie Oliver recipes.

I think its important for the club and the players to support community project like One You Leeds to assist the supporters to eat well, plus as players we need to set an example to the young supports to ensure they eat health whilst learning some new skills, if the Leeds Rhinos players can learn how to cook then anyone can.”

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