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Young guns news -
Friday 25th February 2005.
Lee Jon Beevers (Boston - defender) - Has agreed to move
to local rivals Lincoln City after the Boston board agreed to sanction the
deal. The Wales U21 international has agreed terms and will join the Imps for
an undisclosed fee. The deal will go through against the wishes of manager
Steve Evans who was left with a choice of either losing Beevers or top
scorer Andy Kirk.
"Lee Beevers is a talented boy and we will miss him. I was left in a no-win
situation; it was sell Kirk or Beevers. At least our main goalscorer is not
going anywhere at present and that is key to our play-off hopes. On behalf of
everyone at Boston United, we thank Lee and wish him every success for the
remainder of his career, in which he has many years ahead of him.” - Steve
Evans, Boston manager.
Michael Byrne (Stockport - striker) - Has been released by
County after making only one appearance for the club last season when he scored
a consolation goal in a 4-1 loss to Notts County. The former Wales U19 striker
is likely to team up with County's former assistant manager Dave Moss at
Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) - Has pushed himself
into reserve team contention this season after some impressive performances for
the youth team. The former Wales U16 and U17 international played for the
second string this week as they entertained Tranmere, but it didn't quite go as
planned as the Midlanders lost 2-0. Although the Wordsley born youngster will be
disapointed with the result he will be bouyed with the fact that he is now in
and around that squad on a regular basis.
Ramon Calliste (Man Utd - striker) - Scored his sides
second goal as the Utd reserve team maintained top spot in the Pontins reserve
league this week. The Cardiff born striker fired a low angled drive into the
next after a David Jones assist, as his side ran out 2-1 winners.
Matthew Collins (Fulham - midfielder) + Alex Lawless (Fulham -
defender) - Played the full 90 minutes as a reserve team containing the
fit again Steed Malbranque destroyed Arsenal 5-1 on Wednesday evening. The
former Wales U19 pair have managed to nail down starting berths over the past
month or so and are very much a part of the young Fulham reserve team that is
doing so well at the moment.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) - Made his first
full start for Bristol City on Saturday against Colchester as his senior career
began to gain momentum. The 17 year old striker got his career off to a good
start as well as City ran out 2-1 winners, but he realises that he may have to
be a tad sharper in front of goal if he is to keep his place after missing a
guilt edge chance during the first half - "That miss will haunt me for quite a few days. I thought I had scored
before the ball had even landed at my feet and that's something I should never
do. I should have scored." David Cotterill. The Cardiff born striker was once again in the starting line up in midweek
when he turned in a man of the match performance as City trounced Oldham 5-1.
The Wales U21 standby striker got in on the act with a couple of assists as his
side ran riot.
Arron Davies (Yeovil - striker) - Scored after 12 minutes
to give his side an early lead against Chester last Saturday. The former
Southampton trainee has been slowly finding his feet at the lower league level
and showed what he could do at the weekend as he smashed in a shot from the edge
of the box to give his side a 1-0 lead which they wouldn't go on to lose. The
Cardiff striker was on the score sheet once again with a stunning goal to
clinch all three points as Yeovil beat Scunthorpe in a titanic battle on Tuesday
night. The Cardiff born hit man unleashed a 35 yard curling shot that thundered
into the net to give his side a two goal cushion that they needed at the end of
Stuart Edwards (Leeds - defender) - Regained his starting
spot for the reserves this week as they drew 0-0 with Blackburn. The former
Wales U19 had been a reserve team regular this season and must now wait to see
if manager Blackwell want him to stay on at Elland Road or find another club to
ply his trade.
Wayne Hennesey (Wolves - goalkeeper) - Was in fine form
as Wolves youth kept man utd to a 1-1 draw. Hennessey did, however, prevent the
hosts from taking all three points by pulling off two excellent saves in the
last ten minutes to keep the scoreline at one-all. "I was delighted with the performance of the team - especially as we
fielded so many young lads today," says coach John Perkins. "And credit to Wayne
Hennessey who made two excellent saves late on to make sure we came away from
the league leaders with a point."
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Highlighted why he is
being watched so closely by Brian Flynn and John Toshack as he single handedly
marshaled his troops in a 2-1 reserve team win against Burnley this week. The
Welsh qualified schemer created one and scored the other as he drove his team on
to three points as the maintained the top spot in the Pontins reserve league.
Jones who qualifies through two Welsh parents came close with an earlier effort
but eventually scored with a chip over the advancing goalkeeper.
Mark Jones (Wrexham - midfielder) - Scored again in
midweek as Wrexham drew 2-2 with Colchester and remained firmly rooted in the
relegation zone. The Dragons starting XI were deemed to be awful by manager
Denis Smith, but Jones was absolved of any blame after an impressive performance
in midfield. "We were awful. Besides Mark Jones, who I thought was outstanding and worth
the admission fee, the rest of them were a shambles." Denis Smith
Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Came off the subs bench
with just over 15 minutes to go as Stoke beat Millwall 1-0 last weekend. The
Shrosphire born defender has seen his fledgling career destroyed by injury over
the past few seasons and realises that this is crunch time with his contract up
at the end of the season.
Rhys Powell (Bolton - defender) - Played the full 90
minutes for the reserves on Monday night as they squared off against a young
Forest second string. The Cardiff born full back has been in and around the
reserves for the past two seasons and will realise that he will have to nail
down a starting spot to make sure he makes the grade at the Reebok Stadium. The
defender did his chances no harm though as the defence held firm in a 0-0 draw.
Jamie Price (Birmingham - midfielder) - Was on the bench
for the reserves against Wolves on Wednesday night. The Wales U17 midfielder
who must feel like the only Savage in the village now that Robbie has left for
Ewood Park got on for the last 10 minutes as the game finished in a pulsating
3-3 draw. The Wolves bench contained Wales U19 international Wayne Hennesey who
has been in outstanding form for the youth team this season.
Ross Stephens (Shrewsbury - midfielder) - Has joined
Nationwide Conference side Redditch on a months loan. His chances have been
limited due to injury this season and will look to gain some match experience to
boost his opportunities of a recall. "He's not getting many chances here in the first team at present so a move
out on loan will do him good. Ross has great qualities so they are getting a
player who could perform well for them. You never know how good someone will be
until they are in the first team, and while we are battling relegation the
chances for Ross will be limited." - Gary Peters, Shrewsbury
Young guns news -
Friday 18th February 2005.
Bond (Swansea - striker) - Scored for Newport against
Margate on Saturday as he continued his red hot form
from the reserve side into league action. The
Wales U19 striker his highly rated by staff at The Vetch,
who saw him score twice against Yeovil reserves last
week. He will now hope to gain valuable match
experience over at Spytty Park, like Antonio Corbiserio
did earlier this season with County.
Booth (Derby - midfielder) + Daniel Martin (Derby -
defender) + Lewin Ngyatanga (Derby - defender) -
Are through to quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup after
a 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. The
Welsh contingent at Pride Park has been in fine form
this season, with the captain Martin, in particular
standing out with some outstanding performances.
Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) - Scored after
a neat run and finish as the City U18's beat Villa 2-1
last Saturday. The Cardiff born striker was joined
in the starting XI by Griff Jones (defender)
and Sam Pearce (goalkeeper) as they combined
to give City their second league win of the season.
Critchell (Southampton - defender) + Lloyd James (Southampton
- midfielder) - Are another Welsh pair who march
into the FA Youth quarter finals after a 1-0 win against
a star studded Arsenal youth team. Critchell in
particular was outstanding, making vital blocks to frustrate
the Gunners attack.
Craig Davies (Oxford -
striker) - Has caught the attention of Southampton
manager Harry Redknapp according to a report in one
of the Red Top papers last Sunday. The former
Wales U19 international and U21 squad member has scored
five goals during his first team spell this season,
and news has obviously travelled down the coast. The
striker also got an assist to his name on Saturday as
Oxford crashed 2-1 to Northampton. After the reports
on in the papers on Sunday, the club has moved quickly
to ward away the vultures by signing Davies to a new
contract that will keep him at the Kazam until the end
of next season. U's boss Ramon Diaz has persuaded
the teenager to commit his future to the League Two
club, despite interest from Championship promotion contenders
Sunderland. "Craig has done very well for us
and we are delighted that he has pledged his future
to the club. We have made Craig an attractive
offer and he has chosen Oxford United, although there
were other clubs interested. Hopefully, he will
have a great career ahead with us." - Said
Kassam on the official Oxford website
Easter (Cardiff - striker) - Pounced after 24 minutes
to score the only goal of the game as Cardiff City reserves
beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The
Wales U17 international showed good strength and skill
to turn his marker before hitting a right foot shot
which beat the goalkeeper via a deflection. The
Rovers starting XI contained Welsh qualified striker
Sean Evans (Man Utd
- midfielder) - Bagged himself a brace as the Utd
U18 team beat Blackburn as the Red Devils moved to the
top of the league. The speedy left winger scored
twice during the second half as his team now sit proudly
on top of the league. The winger who qualifies
for Wales through a Welsh grandparent is someone that
youth supremo Brian Flynn has been keeping an eye on,
and with performances like this we can see why. The
Blackburn XI contained Welsh qualified midfielder Rostyn
Luke Graham (Northampton -
defender) - Made the bench for Northampton last
weekend as they beat Oxford by 2-1. The Wales
U19 international has been on the fringes of the first
team squad this season and will see this as reward for
his efforts for the reserves and also whilst out on
loan earlier in the season.
Gavin Hurren (Nottingham
Forest - defender) - Played in a trial match for
Port Vale against Mansfield this week as he looks for
a career away from the Forest Ground. It is thought
that Vale manager Martin Foyle will take a second look
at the Welsh qualified defender before he makes a final
Endaf Jones (Shrewsbury - striker)
- Hit his sides first goal as they beat Wrexham 3-0
on Saturday. Although Jones scored, the sides
outstanding performer was Dan Tolley (midfielder)
who go an assist to his name and did a fine marking
job on Wrexhams Matty Done (Wrexham - midfielder)
who has been in and around the Dragons first team of
Mark Jones (Wrexham - midfielder) -
Continues to shine in the Dragons midfield as manager
Denis Smith gives the Wales U21 schemer more and more
opportunities in the starting XI. The youngster,
who trained with the Welsh first team during Mark Hughes'
last game in charge, scored one of his sides goals as
they slugged it out against Oldham in the semi final
of the LDV Vans Trophy. Jones beat two defenders
and struck a low shot past the goalkeeper to put his
side 2-0 up in a game that was to finish 5-3, and puts
the Dragons in the box seat for a trip to the Millennium
Daniel Murphy (QPR
- defender) - Has been told that he is free to leave
Loftus Road at the end of the season. The former
Wales U16 squad member will leave the club along with
eight other second year scholars. It is a tough
period of the season for many youngsters at academies
around Britain at the moment, as clubs make decisions
on whether to keep players for a third year or to release
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker)
- Got back to doing what he does best with a goal
for the Yeovil reserve side against Weymouth this week.
After a sending off during the FA Youth Cup game
against Everton last month, Williams was back into his
stride and hit his sides equalising goal as they came
from behind to draw at the Wessex Stadium. "He
played very well and is now looking to be called up and getting involved with
Wales u19's for their freindlies in July."
(Bristol City - defender) - Is one of seven players
to sign a YT contract with the Bristol City Academy
he currently attends Chepstow Comprehensive and has
been playing for the BCFC academy since the Age of nine.
This week played at centre back for the under 16s v
Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw. Next year James will move
over to Bristol full time where he will do his schooling
and train at the new City of Bristol Academy
Young guns news -
Friday 11th February 2005.
Byron Anthony (Cardiff - defender) + Danny Parslow (Cardiff -
defender) - Both scored as a City reserve side beat Bristol City 2-0 on
Wednesday afternoon. Both will be keen to go out all guns blazing towards the
end of the season having upset manager Lennie Lawrence along with a lot of the
other youth players at Ninian Park with a tepid performance and loss to Bangor
City in the FAW Premier Cup. The Bristol City team contained Wales U21 standby
striker David Cotterill and Newport born Griff Jones
Garath Bale (Southampton - defender) - The former
Whitchurch High School pupil will be joining Premiership Southampton as a
scholar when he leaves school next July. Garath joined Saints as a
nine-year-old after being spotted playing for his junior club, Cardiff Civil
Service. He attends Saints Bath satellite Academy on a Wednesday and a Saturday
for coaching and this season has been, with the co-operation of his school, been
training with the clubs youth players at Southampton on a Monday and a Tuesday.
This season he has played for Saints under-16s and under 18s and has impressed
youth coach Frenchman Georges Prost with his overall ability and commitment. Rod
Ruddick Saints Bath Satellite Academy manager commented:
''Garath has shown excellent commitment since the age of nine and has
overcome injuries and problems with growth spurts during the last 18 months. He
has good pace and finds time on the ball in his role as left-back and
Bale who has played for Wales under-15s is one of five of
Southampton's under 16s to be offered scholarships and all of them, like him,
has played international football as a schoolboy. Next July Bale, his uncle is
ex-Cardiff star Chris Pike, will move to Southampton full-time and live in the
Academy Lodge and apart from training and playing he will continue his education
by attending college for a day and a half a week.
Adam Birchall (Arsenal - striker) - Is out until around
the end of March with a patella tendon injury which will only get better with
rest. The Arsenal striker was forced to miss this weeks U21 international and
will hope to be back swiftly to try and impress new manager John Toshack.
Jason Brown (Gillingham - goalkeeper) - Reclaimed his
first team spot after another injury had threatened to cast shadow over his
comeback season. The former Wales U21 stopper had won the race for the Number 1
jersey after losing it last season to Steve Banks. Although his side lost the
game 2-0 to Watford, he will now hope to remain fit until the end of the
season. He was joined in the starting XI by Andrew Crofts
Matthew Collins (Fulham - midfielder) + Alex Lawless (Fulham -
defender) - Got another 90 minutes under the belt as they once again
started for the reserves against Norwich on Wednesday night. It was to be a
successful night for the pair as the Cottagers defence kept a clean sheet and
they ran out 1-0 winners. They will now hope to keep impressing reserve team
boss Pat Nevin as the season draws to a close.
Adam Gross (Charlton - defender) - Might learn this week
if he has a future at The Valley as the Addicks decide whether to keep their
third and fourth year scholars or not. The Wales U19 international played for
the reserves this week as they beat London Rivals West Ham 1-0.
Rostyn Griffiths (Blackburn - midfielder) - Forced home an
equaliser as Blackburn's U18 team came from behind to beat Everton and to keep
top spot in the league. The Welsh qualified youngster has been watched by Brian
Flynn, and will be keen to do well this season as he strives for
an international call up.
Adam Jones (Burnley - defender) - Played the full 90
minutes for Burnley reserves as they drew 0-0 with Macclesfield at Moss Rose.
The former Wales schoolboy international has got an injury free run under his
belt after suffering knee ligament damage over a season ago.
Daniel Murphy (QPR - defender) - Was another Welsh
qualified youngster to get a run out for the reserves this week as QPR took on
Gillingham. The Hendon born defender didn't last the full 90 minutes and his
side fell by 3-2, but he will be buoyed by the fact that he is getting some
second string action under his belt.
Liam Norvall (Leicester - defender) - Got on as a second
half substitute as the Foxes reserves lost 2-1 to Spurs on Monday night. The
former Wales U16 centre half has been a permanent fixture for the reserves this
season, and will now hope that some impressive performances might catch the
attention of youth supremo Brian Flynn.
Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Understands that with his
contract up at the end of the season, he may need to get out on loan to build up
match fitness as he contemplates life away from the Britannia Stadium.
"There's been some reported interest in me from some clubs with a view to a
loan deal. With my contract up in the summer I've got to look after myself and
see what happens." - Gareth Owen
Michael Perkins (Cardiff - midfielder) - Will be allowed
to leave Ninian Park during the summer as manager Lennie Lawrence looks to clear
the decks in readiness for next season. The talented midfielder is being
tracked by Chester and Swansea and should not be short of offers.
Young guns news -
Saturday 5th February 2005.
Ryan Crockford (Reading - midfielder) - Was described as
having the same passing skills as Glenn Hoddle by Academy manager Eammon
"He's an outstanding passer of the ball in the Glenn Hoddle mould. He
needs to be quicker around the pitch, we can work on that and that can be the
catalyst for his outstanding technical ability." - Eammon Dolan, Academy Manager
Adam Davies (Cambridge - defender) - Headed one of his
sides goals the U's U18 team lost a titanic ding dong against
Northampton in a 4-5 thriller. The Wales U19 defender has been in and around
the first team squad on a number of occasions this season, and will be keen to
taste some more action as the campaign draws to a close.
Arron Davies (Yeovil - striker) - Scored his sides second
goal as Yeovil tried to create the shock of the round against Charlton on
Saturday. The former Southampton academy member came on as a second half
substitute as his side chased a 3-1 deficit. The Wales U21 member struck a
superb goal to take the score to 3-2, and then had half a chance at the end to
clinch a replay which he narrowly failed to convert.
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Celebrated his call up
to the U21 squad with another fine goal which shows his growing confidence. The
former Wales U17 striker scored his sides third goal as they beat Bristol Rovers
3-2 last Saturday. He will now await the Germany U21 game with relish.
Rob Edwards (Wolves - defender) - Built up his fitness
with a 90 minute run out for the reserves in a Midlands derby against WBA this
week. With the Welsh get together on the horizon, he will look to travel to
Cardiff now with his injury worries behind him. The game finished in a 2-2 with
Rob Davies (WBA - midfielder) the former Wales U17 captain
getting an assist with a cross for his sides equaliser. The Wolves bench
contained Wayne Hennessey (goalkeeper) who was
an unused substitute.
Carl Harris (Shrewsbury - defender) - Has joined League of
Wales outfit Newtown after being told by Shrewsbury that he would not get a pro
contract at the end of the season. The youngster will be buoyed by the success
of former Gay Meadow trainee Chris Venables at Caersws.
Michael Johnston (Tranmere - defender) - Started for the
reserve team this week as they took on Wigan. The former Wales U17 and U19
international played the full 90 minutes in a strong Rovers line up, the game
finished all square at 2-2.
Alex Lawless (Fulham - defender) + Matthew Collins (Fulham -
midfielder) - Played the full 90 minutes as the reserves thumped
Brentford 4-0 this week. Collins played the full 90 minutes and
partnered Danish international Claus Jensen who he can certainly gain valuable
Joe Ledley (Cardiff - midfielder) - Has signed an
extension to his contract at Ninian Park as Sam Hammam tries to tie his young
guns down to long contracts to ward off the vultures. The youngster follows
James Collins (defender) in signing his long term future to the Bluebirds. He will
surely be involved next week as well when the Wales U21 team take on the Germans
at the Racecourse. Tickets £3.....go along.
Dan Martin (Derby - defender) + Lewin Nyatanga (Derby -
defender) - Again tasted success with the reserve team this week, as a
youthful Rams second string beat Norwich 3-0. The pair were joined in the squad
by Mitchell Booth (midfielder) who was an unused sub. It
was written in the Wales on Sunday that England are taking an interest in
Martin, and there may be a tug of war for the youngsters services.
Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) - Spoke of his pride at
being called up to the Wales U21 having already represented his country at U16
and U17 level. It seems that youth supremo Brian Flynn has targeted Lewin as a
part of John Toshacks fast track scheme. It's a great honour for me, especially after representing my country at
youth international level. It's a big step up and although I don't
yet know whether I will play or not it will be great just being involved at that
level particularly against a side like Germany." - Lewin Nyatanga, Derby www.dcfc.co.uk Report found on Derby official
Rhys Powell (Bolton - defender) - Stepped off the bench to
get 30 minutes under his belt for the Bolton reserves against Leeds on Wednesday
night. The former Wales U19 international was up against Stuart Edwards (Leeds
- defender) who played the whole 90 minutes. It was to be Powell's night as he
came on to replace Vincent Candela and the Wanderers ran out 2-1 winners.
Anthony Taylor (Cardiff ) + Danny Thomas (Cardiff -
striker) - Put a Yeovil second string to the sword with a goal apiece
as a young Bluebirds second string won 3-0 on Thursday afternoon. The
youngsters were criticised severely by manager Lennie Lawrence after the FAW
Premier Cup loss to Bangor, and were out to prove a point as they battle for
their futures at Ninian Park.
Marc Williams (Wrexham - striker) - Struck to put a young
Wrexham reserve side into an early lead against Oldham on Wednesday, but it was
to be a false dawn as the Dragons lost 3-1 to the Latics. The striker
capitalised on an error in the defence to fire under the goalkeeper from 15
yards. The Oldham back four contained former Wales U17 international
Sean Eardley (defender).