In Search of Gas – Oct-Nov 2018

 

In Search of Gas is an attempt to track down as many former Rovers players, who are still involved in the game, as possible.

Most will have played first team football for Rovers in the past, while others are still contracted to The Gas, but either out on loan or work experience.

What began as something to do on the opening day of the 2018/19 season, became a little bit of an obsession for former Rovers Head of Media Keith Brookman, as you will see from his weekly updates!     

The latest instalment lives on the main page HERE, and the rest of the season will be archived in chunks.

October and November are being archived below, right in front of your very eyes.


 

Chapter 14 –  Week commencing 5th November 2018

Monday begins with good news regarding Tom Lockyer, who has been selected for the Welsh International squad for their forthcoming games against Denmark and Albania.

Chippenham Town were in action on Monday evening in National League South, losing 1-0 at Chelmsford City, though none of the players with Rovers connections were involved.

Aside from the Champions League matches taking place on Tuesday, there were two games in League One – far more important!

At The Priestfield Stadium Gillingham suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Blackpool. Marc Bola was on the winning side, while Tom Eaves went home pointless and goalless! The other game at this level saw Charlton Athletic win 2-0 at Walsall.

In League Two, Mansfield beat Grimsby 2-1 at Field Mill with Ryan Sweeney in their lineup and Conrad Logan on the bench.

Elliot Ward was in the Notts County side that played out a goalless draw against Oldham Athletic at Meadow Lane.

It was Checkatrade Trophy night again and West Ham United’s U-21 side made it a hat trick of defeats as they went down 4-0 at Yeovil in Southern Group D. With Rovers and Exeter City, who meet next week, already through, there was only pride to play for in this one. Alefe Santos made a rare start for The Glovers in this game.

In Group F Wycombe Wanderers were beaten 3-0 by Oxford United at Adams Park where Joe Jacobson and Paris Cowan-Hall were both unused substitutes for The Chairboys.

In the same group, Northampton Town beat Fulham U-21’s 2-0 at Sixfields and Andy Williams was in the starting lineup for Keith Curle’s side.

In Northern Group H, holders Lincoln City took on Wolverhampton Wanderers U-21 side and were beaten 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. Sam Slocombe and Bernard Mensah started this one for The Imps, while John Akinde went on as a second half substitute.

In National League North, Marcos Bignot’s Guiseley side were beaten 1-0 at Ashton United as they warmed up for their FA Cup first round tie against Cambridge United.

In National League South, Weston super Mare gained a point on their travels, from a 3-3 draw against Dulwich Hamlet. Ben Swallow and Nabi Diallo started this one, while Jamie Lucas went on in the second half and scored twice, in the 81st and 84th minutes – the equaliser coming from the penalty spot.

Wednesday saw three more games played in the Checkatrade Trophy, the only one with any Rovers connections involving Middlesbrough, whose U-21 side beat Burton Albion 1-0 though I doubt that Boro boss Tony Pulis was at this game at The Pirelli Stadium!

There was also news that Rovers defender Alfie Kilgour was going out on loan, to National League side Maidenhead United.

Scott Sinclair was in action again on Thursday evening, when he was in the Celtic side that beat RB Leipzig 2-1 at Celtic Park to keep alive their hopes of qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

One game in each of the Championship, FA Cup and Scottish Premiership on Friday but no Gas representation in any of them to the best of my knowledge!

Over in France, though, Oumare Tounkara scored for Chateauroux in their 2-1 home defeat by Metz.

Cardiff’s Neil Etheridge and Brighton’s Paul Trollope (a former Cardiff manager) were on opposing sides on Saturday, and on TV as Cardiff City took on Brighton & Hove Albion in the early SKY match. Etheridge was the one celebrating victory in this one, as his side scored a last gasp goal to clinch victory by two goals to one.

In the Championship, Swansea were 1-0 winners at Bolton Wanderers, with Connor Roberts and Oli McBurnie both completing 90 minutes.

At Ashton Gate, Matty Taylor entered the fray as a 64th minute substitute, but he couldn’t help Bristol City prevent Preston, who won 1-0, registering their first away win of the season.

Middlesbrough were 2-0 home winners against Wigan Athletic, a result that saw Tony Pulis’s side end the day in second place, two points behind Norwich City who beat Millwall 4-3 at Carrow Road. No joy there for Lions’ coach Adam Barrett!

At Loftus Road there were two former Gas goalies on view. Joe Lumley was in the QPR side that beat local rivals Brentford 3-2 to record their fourth win in five matches, while Luke Daniels was again an unused substitute for The Bees.

Another keeper, Reading’s Sam Walker, was an unused substitute in their bottom of the table clash against Ipswich Town, which ended 2-2 at the Madejski Stadium.

No Rovers game today, as they take on Barnet in tomorrow’s First Round FA Cup tie at The Hive, but there was a great deal of Rovers interest in the competition.

Alfie Kilgour made his debut for Maidenhead United, against Portsmouth and Lee Brown in front of the BT cameras and a certain Chris Hargreaves, manager of Rovers’ Development Squad. Chris was a member of the BT crew covering the game. Portsmouth ran out 4-0 winners so there was no FA Cup glory for Alfie who was almost certainly watched by his proud father as well as celebrity Maidenhead fan Timmy Mallet!

That game was an early kick off and there were another 29 ties later on Saturday afternoon and I’ll work through them alphabetically, starting at Accrington where the home side beat League Two side Colchester United who included Harry Pell in their starting lineup.

Aldershot Town held Bradford City to a 1-1 draw at home, so manager Gary Waddock and striker Scott Rendell and his team mates face the long trip up to Valley Parade for the replay.

No cup progress for Elliot Ward, though, as he and his Notts County side lost 4-2 at Barnsley. Daniel Jones was back in the County squad for this one and went on as a 72nd minute substitute.

Aaron Chapman was in goal for Peterborough in their 3-1 win at Peterborough, while Byron Moore and Dominic Telford both scored in Bury’s 5-0 home win against Dover. In fact, Moore scored twice; had to read that several times to make sure I had it right – never known him score twice in a match before!

Billericay Town drew 1-1 at Chesterfield, but Adam Cunnington was missing from their squad for this one.

Ryan Broom was in the Cheltenham side that drew 0-0 at Ebbsfleet United, while down at Exeter Jordan Tillson started for the home side against Blackpool, and was booked, but there was no sign of Marc Bola in the visitors’ squad.

Tom Eaves and Luke James were on opposing sides at The Preistfield Stadium and will be again in ten days’ time as Gillingham and Hartlepool United played out a goalless draw.

Lee Nicholls and his MK Dons side are out of the competition, losing 3-1 at Grimsby, but three former Rovers players made it through to the next round against three more ex Gas up at Sincil Bank where Lincoln City beat Northampton Town 3-2. John Akinde started for the home side, while Bernard Mensah and Sam Slocombe were unused substitutes, while Keith Curle selected both John-Joe O’Toole and Andy Williams for The Cobblers.

Joe Jacobson, Paris Cowan-Hall and Wycombe Wanderers are left to concentrate on the league following their 2-0 defeat at Luton and the same can be said about Nathan Blissett and his Macclesfield Town colleagues, beaten 2-1 by Maidstone United. Blissett was a 73rd minute substitute for The Silkmen.

David Pipe started for Newport County in their potentially tricky tie against Metropolitan Police, but the Welsh side ran out 2-0 winners, while FC Halifax Manager Jamie Fullarton and his side will be in the hat for the second round after their goalless draw at Morecambe.

Goalkeeper Matt Macey and Plymouth Argyle went through to the second round by virtue of their 1-0 win against Stevenage at Home Park and Matt Lund, who will be at The Mem with Scunthorpe United next week, will also be in round two as The Iron were 2-1 home winners against Burton Albion.

No cup joy for Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes, though, as their Boreham Wood side were beaten 2-0 at Southport, but Charlie Clough and his Sutton United side live to fight another day after their goalless home draw against Slough. One other former Rovers player who has gone under my radar until now is Wayne Brown. He went on as a 64th minute substitute for Sutton; he’s now played 13 games for them this season, so it’s taken me a while to catch up with him! Louie Soares was an unused Slough substitute.

Alefe Santos was an unused substitute in Yeovil Town’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Stockport County.

There were matches in National Leagues North and South, though many clubs were involved in the second round of the FA Trophy.

In National North, Adam Dawson was an 86th minute substitute for AFC Telford in their 1-0 home win against Boston United.

Hereford United slipped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of FC United of Manchester. Ryan Green and Danny Greenslade were both in the starting lineup for the home side who drew a crowd of 2,473 to Edgar Street, easily the best attendance in the league on the day.

In the Southern section, Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was in the Hungerford Town side beaten 3-1 at Eastbourne while Harry Warwick started for Gloucester City in their 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead.

Still no Will Puddy or Andy Sandell in the Chippenham Town lineup (they won 3-2 at St Albans) and bath City also scored three in their game at Wealdstone…trouble is, so did the home side! Ryan Clarke and Sean Rigg started this one, while Ryan Brunt was introduced as an 84th minute substitute.

In the Northern Premier League East Division, Craig Disley was on the bench for bottom of the table Cleethorpes Town, who drew 3-3 at home to Loughborough.

In the Southern League Premier Central League, Tyler Lyttle was in the Rushall Olympic side beaten 2-1 at home by Alvechurch.

In Division One South, Lewis Ellington was in the Mangotsfield United side that earned a point from a goalless draw at Bideford. Former Rovers youngster Kieran Hodges was between the posts for the home side, having joined them on loan from Bath City. Rene Howe was in the Kings Langley side beaten 1-0 at Farnborough

Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Blackfield & Langley, while Paulton Rovers were beaten 1-0 at Slimbridge. Not able to find a lineup for Paulton but at least two former players with Rovers connections were with them until recently, one of whom was Jay Malpas. Will have to catch up on Paulton news later in the week!

Big surprise in this league was the home defeat suffered by Yate Town, who lost their first league game of the season, losing 2-1 to Barnstaple Town at Lodge Road. However, they stay top of the league for the time being. Sam Kamara and Olly Mehew were in the Yate side, for a match watched by 230 and with an entertainment rating of three out of five on the Yate website.

FA Trophy team news takes a while to assimilate, but here goes; Josh Klein Davies put Prescot Cables ahead in their tie at Halesowen Town and scored again after the home side had got back on level terms. His side led until the 90th minute when they conceded a penalty. That was converted to make it 2-2 but worse was to follow as Halesowen scored a winning goal to make it 3-2 in their favour deep into stoppage time.

Lancaster City were 1-0 home winners against Ossett United and Craig Stanley started for the home side and, according to the Non League Paper’s report; ‘Stanley hit the post with a header which fell to Rob Wilson who failed to get a clean strike and his shot was cleared off the line.’

Gavin Williams and his Merthyr Town side are out of the competition, beaten 2-0 at Lewes and the same goes for Tiverton Town, who lost 3-2 at home to Wingate & Finchley so nu cup run for goalkeeper Liam Armstrong.

Jefferson Louis and Chesham United are also out of the competition, losing 1-0 at Worthing, who played with ten men from the 42nd minute.

Darren Mullings, whose last goal for Salisbury FC was against Tiverton Town on 23rd October, wasn’t in the squad that progressed with a 2-0 home win against Merstham FC.

Marcus Law and his Kettering side also exited the competition, losing 1-0 at Stamford. Another player who won’t be making any further Trophy progress is Tom Hitchcock, who scored in Harlow Town’s 5-2 defeat against Southend U-20’s in midweek but was on the losing side again as he and his side lost 3-1 against Carshalton Athletic.

While checking out the lower leagues, in particular to see if Sam Oji had played in Highgate United’s 2-1 home defeat against Shepshed Dynamo (he did and scored), I discovered that Jordan Goddard is now turning out for them as well. In fact, he was making his debut for them after signing from Halesowen Town. Highgate play in the Total Motion Midland Football League Premier Division. Seven years ago this month Rovers were investigating claims that Jordan urinated in front of Corby Town fans at The Mem in a first round FA Cup tie and made his debut in the 3-1 win.

Trying to track down striker James Walker is proving to be a bit of a nightmare; he’s listed as having played for Maldon & Tiptree this season before a move to Tilbury, though there was no sign of him in the lineup for their game against Grays Athletic on Saturday.

In the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles was an unused substitute for Windsor FC as they were 1-0 winners at Abingdon Town, a victory that means they haven’t conceded a goal for 560 minutes.

Further down the pyramid, Ray Johnstone’s Hallen beat Brislington 2-1, and Joe White’s Chipping Sodbury were 1-0 winners against Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George.

In Scotland, Michael Smith was in the Heart of Midlothian side beaten 1-0 at home by Kilmarnock, Darryl Duffy was in the Airdrionians side that won 2-1 at Stranraer and David McCracken was an unused substitute in Peterhead’s 2-0 defeat at Queens Park.

In the Welsh Premier League, Kayne McLaggan and his second placed Barry Town United side drew 2-2 with league leaders Connahs Quay Nomads.

In Ireland, Mark McChrystal was in the Crusaders side that won 1-0 at Ards and Seanan Clucas was also on the winning side as Dungannon Swifts beat Institute 2-1.

Larne were 3-0 away winners against Portadown, but not being able to track down the lineup, I am unable to confirm if Jeff Hughes was in any way involved for the winners!

In Holland, Jake Clarke Salter was in the Vitesse Arnhem side that beat Utrecht 2-1 while in France Stephane Leoni saw his side, Sarre-Union beat Saint-Louis Neuweg 2-1.

Thanks to all who reminded me that Trevor Morgan is in charge of the Bhutan national Football team. He’s a player who knows Bristol very well given his two spells at Ashton Gate and from his 55 league games for The Gas.

Sunday saw four games played in the Premier League but if there was any Rovers involvement than I missed it! In any case, it was another big day in the FA Cup with nine more first round ties being played.

That included Rovers’ game at Barnet, which ended in a 1-1 draw. However, Rovers were down to ten men after only seven minutes following Stuart Sinclair’s dismissal. Barnet scored after 16 minutes but Rovers deservedly forced a replay thanks to Chris Lines who converted from the penalty spot on 66 minutes.

Cian Bolger and Fleetwood Town safely made it through to round two by virtue of a 4-1 win at Alfreton Town.

Marcus Bignot was a proud manager, though, as he saw his Guiseley side register a 4-3 home win against Cambridge United for whom Reggie Lambe started (he was substituted after 62 minutes).

Ryan Sweeney started, and Conrad Logan warmed the bench for Mansfield Town, who held Charlton Athletic to a 1-1 draw at Field Mill while Ollie Norburn and Rory Gaffney faced each other at Montgomery Waters meadow. Norburn gave Shrewsbury the lead but Salford City, with Rory Gaffney starting, equalised two minutes later. There were no further goals, so the sides will meet again next week to decide who goes through to round two.

Weston super Mare were beaten 2-0 by Wrexham in a home tie. Nabi Diallo started and was booked, Ben Swallow started and was substituted after 69 minutes, Jamie Lucas didn’t start but went on as a 12th minute substitute. A crowd of 1,170 watched the match in which the home side apparently put in a hardworking performance.

In the other tie to be played today Cristian Montano returned to the Port Vale squad and went on as a 71st minute substitute in their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Sunderland.

In Scotland Celtic, with Scott Sinclair in their lineup, replaced Heart of Midlothian at the top of the Scottish Premiership on goal difference, by virtue of their goalless draw at Livingston. Spare a thought for Peter Hartley though, as he and his Motherwell colleagues were on the wrong end of a 7-1 beating by Rangers at Ibrox. Mind you, they had to play all but 34 minutes of the game with ten men following the dismissal of Carl McHugh. Hartley picked up a yellow card.

In the National League South there was a win for Truro City and it was a good day for Lewis Leigh Gilchrist who scored the winner in a 3-2 victory against Dulwich Hamlet.

In Denmark, Mikkel Andersen was an unused substitute for FC Midtjyland in their 5-0 win against Vejle BK in the Danish Superliga.

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Marcus Bignot, who tasted FA Cup glory on Sunday when his National League North side Guiseley side beat League Two Cambridge United 4-3 to go through to the second round of the FA Cup.
As a player he started out with Telford United before moves to Kidderminster Harriers and Crewe Alexandra. Manager Ian Holloway brought him from Gresty Road to The Mem in August 2000 and he scored once (mind you, it was against Bristol City!) in 26 league games for Rovers before moving on in March 2001, to QPR whose manager by then was…Ian Holloway! August 2002 saw him sign for Rushden & Diamonds, but he returned to QPR for a second spell in March 2004. Then it was on to Millwall and he ended his playing career back with Kidderminster Harriers though there was a five match spell with Brackley Town early in the 2010/11 campaign.
He began his managerial career when still a player, taking charge of Birmingham City Ladies side in 1998 when he was only 24. He remained with them until 2005.
Once he had hung up his boots, he became assistant manager of Solihull Moors before being appointed as manager for the 2011/12 season. He remained with them until November 2016 when he became manager of Grimsby Town, though it turned out to be an unsuccessful, and short, rein at Blundell Park as he was dismissed in April 2017.
He was assistant manager of Barrow for 15 days in September 2017 and then became manager of Chester until April 2018. In May this year he became co manager of Guiseley along with former Alfreton Town manager Russ O’Neill.
[Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]

 


WEEK 13 – Starting 29th October 2018

The only Premier League game on Monday saw Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley. As previously mentioned, Gareth Taylor is now a coach for Manchester’s Sky Blues; maybe he had a seat at Wembley to see them keep up their relentless pursuit of a second successive title!

Harry Warwick, who made his Gloucester City debut two days earlier, was an unused substitute as Gloucester City lost 2-0 at Wealdstone.

Two Fourth Round Carabao Cup ties on Tuesday, but no former Gas involved. However, down in League Two, Mansfield recorded a 3-0 win at Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra and managed it without the services of Ryan Sweeney. Once again, Conrad Logan was an unused Stags substitute.

In the Checkatrade Trophy, Plymouth Argyle were beaten 5-0 by Chelsea U-21’s, a game that goalkeeper Matt Macey was probably glad to miss! At Cheltenham, the home side recorded a 6-2 win against Arsenal U-21’s with Ryan Broom, a second half substitute, scoring the sixth and final goal of the evening.

There was a full programme of National League matches this evening and AFC Fylde, with Andy Bond starting, were 1-0 home winners against Gateshead, while Gary Waddock’s Aldershot Town drew 1-1 at home to Boreham Wood. Scott Rendell was in the Shots lineup, and he faced two former Rovers players in the shape of Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes.

Salford City returned to the top of the table by virtue of their 3-1 win at John Still’s Barnet, and Rory Gaffney was again on the scoresheet.

Another ex Gasman on the scoresheet was Lyle Della-Verde, whose 48th minute strike for Braintree Town at Bromley helped his side to a 4-2 victory.

The signing of Angelo Balanta seems to have sparked something of a revival for Dagenham & Redbridge, who were 2-0 winners at bottom club Dover Athletic.

Leyton Orient slipped down to third place in the table following their 1-1 draw at Eastleigh where two former Gasmen had limited game time. Chris Zebroski was an 85th minute substitute for the home side, Matt Harrold an 82nd minute substitute for the visitors.

Charlie Clough was in the Sutton United side held to a 1-1 home draw by Chesterfield and Luke James was a 70th minute substitute for Hartlepool United who lost 1=0 at Wrexham, a result that saw the Welsh club move up to second place with the same points total as leaders Salford City.

In National League North, AFC Telford and Hereford United played out a 1-1 draw. Adam Dawson got a taste of the action for the home side when he was introduced as a second half substitute, while Danny Greenslade started for Hereford and Martin Horsell was an unused substitute.

Darlington picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at Bradford PA. Johnny Burn started this game for The Quakers and Alex Henshall was introduced as a second half substitute.

In the Southern Section, league leaders Billericay Town recorded a 3-2 home win against East Thurrock United and Concord Rangers were 3-0 home winners against Chelmsford City. Adam Cunnington was an unused substitute for Billericay, while Alex Wall started and scored for Concord Rangers.

Chris Dickson was back on the scoresheet for Hampton and Richmond in their 2-2 draw at Eastbourne Borough while Bradley Goldberg was on the losing side as Welling United lost 2-0 at St Albans City.

Bath City slipped a place in the league standings, to fourth, following their 1-1 draw against Truro City at Plainmoor. Probably a welcome point for Truro assistant boss Michael Meaker. Ryan Clarke started for The Romans, while Ryan Brunt came off the bench to play his part in the drawn game.

Another drawn game came at The Woodspring Stadium where Weston super Mare extended their sequence without a league win by drawing 2-2 with Torquay United. Nabi Diallo and Ben Swallow started for the home side, and Jamie Lucas replaced Swallow in the second half.

More news from Chesham United, following quickly on from the Jefferson Louis information; Scott McGleish was one of three members of the club’s coaching staff to leave the club by mutual consent following the appointment of a new management team. The side progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy thanks to a 3-1 penalty shootout win against Haringey Borough following a 2-2 draw.

Yate Town are out, though, beaten 2-0 in their replay at Dorchester Town, as are Mangotsfield United, who lost 4-2 in their replay against Didcot Town.

No problems for Liam Armstrong and Tiverton Town, though, who were 5-1 home winners against Hartley Wintney.

Wednesday saw four ties played in The Carabao Cup and it was a special night for Marc Bola who returned to the Blackpool side following injury. The former Arsenal youngster was in the side that slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat against his former club at The Emirates Stadium.

Tony Pulis and his Middlesbrough side went through to the quarter finals of the competition with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at The Riverside Stadium.

Up in Scotland Scott Sinclair was again on target for Celtic, who beat Dundee 5-0, Michael Smith was in the Hearts side held to a goalless draw by Hibernian in what can only be termed as a feisty Edinburgh derby, while Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side that recorded a 2-0 away win at St Mirren.

Friday saw a loan move for Rovers youngster Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, who has joined Truro City for a month.

That same evening, Mark McChrystal was on the winning side as Crusaders FC recorded a 3-0 away win at Newry City in the NFL Premiership.

On Saturday Rovers recorded their second away win of the season as they beat Blackpool 3-0 at Bloomfield Road thanks to two goals from Ollie Clarke and a strike from Tony Craig. It was the first time that Ollie has scored twice in a league match. Craig has only scored 12 league goals, in a career that has seen him appear in 446 league games to date, nine for Millwall and three for Rovers…so far!

Both goalscorers were names in The League Paper’s Team of the Day, and Darrell Clarke was named as top League One Boss of the Day.

In The Premier League Neil Etheridge was between the Cardiff City posts for what must have been an intensely emotional occasion. His Cardiff City side took on Leicester City at the Cardiff City Stadium and I guess almost all neutrals were supporting Leicester who were playing their first game since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium seven days earlier. The Foxes were 1-0 winners in a match refereed by ‘localish’ match official Lee Probert.

Brighton Assistant manager Paul Trollope saw his side lose 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park, and I’m pretty sure that’s the extent of former Rovers players being involved at the top level.

In The Championship QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley conceded just the once at Blackburn Rovers, but that was enough for the home side to take all three points.

Luke Daniels was again on the bench for Brentford, 2-0 home winners against Millwall, which means no win bonus for Lions coach Adam Barratt.

The clash between two teams we should be reporting on, Ipswich against Preston North End, ended all square (1-1) at Portman Road where Paul Lambert took charge of the home side for the first time and presumably Matt Gill, one of his coaching staff was alongside him on the bench. The interest for Gasheads would have been Ellis Harrison against Billy Bodin, but both are injured and we learned this week that Bodin seems unlikely to play at all this season.

Matty Taylor started for Bristol City in their 3-2 defeat at Reading while Connor Roberts and Oli McBurnie were in the Swansea side that were beaten 2-1 at Rotherham. McBurnie did score the Swans’ consolation goal and was also yellow carded.

Tony Pulis took his Middlesbrough side back to another of his former clubs, Stoke City, and had to be content with a point as the sides played out a goalless draw.

Moving on to League One and Shrewsbury Town inflicted a seventh successive defeat on their hosts AFC Wimbledon. Ollie Norburn wasn’t on the scoresheet but did complete 90 minutes for The Shrews.

Portsmouth, and Lee Brown, go marching on at the top of the league and they are three points ahead of second placed Sunderland following their 2-1 win at Bradford City.

There’s no stopping Gillingham’s Tom Eaves at the moment and he scored twice at The Priestfield Stadium as The Gills were 3-0 home winners against Fleetwood Town and was named in The League paper’s Team of the Day. Cian Bolger was an unused substitute for Joey Barton’s side.

Matt Macey and Plymouth Argyle were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland at Home Park and remain in the bottom four, while Matt Lund was back in the Scunthorpe United side that drew 3-3 with Oxford United at Glanford Park.

Joe Jacobson and Paris Cowan-Hall were in the Wycombe Wanderers side that beat Peterborough United, with Aaron Chapman in goal, 2-0 at Adams Park, a result that saw The Posh slip to third place.

Jacobson was also in the League Paper’s Team of the Day, making it four players and the manager with Gas connections in that side– good day all round!

In League Two, Reggie Lambe was in the Cambridge United side that beat Grimsby Town 1-0 at The Abbey Stadium, and David Pipe was in the Newport County side beaten 3-2 by Carlisle United at Brunton Park, the winning goal arriving deep into stoppage time.

At Whaddon Road, Ryan Broom was in the Cheltenham Town side held to a 2-2 draw by Mansfield Town, another side to score a stoppage time goal. Ryan Sweeney and Conrad Logan were unused substitutes for The Stags.

Harry Pell and his Colchester United side moved up into third place following their 1-0 home win against Swindon Town while Lee Nicholls and MK Dons stayed in second place after winning 4-0 against Crawley Town.

John Akinde scored the first of Lincoln City’s two goals as they beat Forest Green Rovers 2-1 at Sincil Bank, where Bernard Mensah and Sam Slocombe were both unused substitutes.

Nathan Blissett managed 14 minutes of game time for Macclesfield, going on in the 76th minute of their 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Bury for whom Byron Moore replaced Dominic Telford in the 70th minute.

It was a clash of the goalkeeping coaches at Morecambe, where Lee Jones and Steve Phillips of Yeovil watched their respective sides. It was Morecambe who came out on top, though, winning 2-1 against a Yeovil side for whom Alefe Santos was an unused substitute.

Keith Curle’s Northampton side are gradually hauling themselves away from the foot of the table, their 2-0 win against Crewe Alexandra moving them up to 15th place. Andy Williams scored one of the two goals for The Cobblers and John-Joe O’Toole also played his part.

Elliot Ward was in the Notts County side that gained a point from a 2-2 draw at Port Vale, but Jordan Tillson was an unused substitute in Exeter City’s 2-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers.

It’s getting pretty congested at the top of The National League, where Wrexham are the new leaders after their 3-1 home win against Gateshead. Sadly, though, no ex Gas on view in this match!

Leyton Orient are in second place following their 3-1 win at AFC Fylde. Matt Harrold was an unused substitute for The O’s, Andy Bond completed 90 minutes for the home side.

No goals for Aldershot Town striker Scott Rendell but he and his manager, Gary Waddock, were able to celebrate a 1-0 home win against Braintree Town for whom Lyle Della-Verde was in the starting lineup.

John Still’s Barnet were beaten 2-0 at home by Maidstone United and Luke James, who went on as a 58th minute substitute, and his Hartlepool United side, were beaten 4-0 at Bromley.

Chris Zebroski was an 82nd minute substitute for Eastleigh in their 1-1 home draw against Salford City. Rory Gaffney completed the 90 minutes for the former league leaders, who only equalised in second half stoppage time.

Jamie Fullarton’s FC Halifax lost 2-1 at Havant & Waterloovile, while Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes were in the Boreham Wood side that gained a point from a 1-1 draw at Solihull Moors.

Charlie Clough, who was substituted in the 69th minute, was on the winning side as Sutton United beat Dagenham & Redbridge, 1-0 at Gander Green Lane. Angelo Balanta was in the visitor’s starting lineup.

In National League North, Adam Dawson was an unused substitute for AFC Telford in their 1-1 draw at Alfreton Town while Darlington’s Alex Henshall was replaced by Johnny Burn with seven minutes remaining of their goalless home draw with Guisley, whose manager is Marcus Bignot.

Bignot is another former ex Gas player still involved in the game and one of several not mentioned in this article before. That so many more have been/are being noted is down to Stephen Byrne who has been in touch with the details.

Staying with Alex Henshall just briefly, he was the subject of a lengthy article in the Sunday Independent this weekend. This is a player who arrived at the club on 17th October 2017 and left on 3rd November, made one substitute appearance, one full appearance and scored one goal who said in the article; “I didn’t really understand why Rovers didn’t use me more. They are a massive club with a huge fan base and I liked the manager, John Ward, won’t hear a bad word about him.”

I have to say that I thought he just left of his own accord before his loan spell was up for reasons that were never made clear. He arrived at the club the same time as Will Packwood, from Birmingham City, who I believe has now returned to America though whether or not he still plays I don’t know.

In the same league, Danny Greenslade was in the Hereford side that drew 1-1 at Edgar Street against Altrincham and Martin Horsell was an unused substitute. There was a crowd of 2,220 at this one, the second highest of the day (there were 69 more at the game between York City and Bradford PA).

In the Bostik League Premier Division Jamie Cureton started, but didn’t score, as Bishop’s Stortford beat AFC Hornchurch 1-0. His side are now in eighth place in the league, just two points off a play-off place.

In the Southern Section, Bath City slipped to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Hemel Hempstead. The two Ryans, Clarke and Brunt started this one, while Sean Rigg went on in the 56th minute.

Rigg’s cousin, George, a former Rovers trialist, was in the Chippenham Town side that took a point from a 2-2 home draw against Woking though Will Puddy and Andy Sandell are still missing from the squad through injury.

Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist made his debut for Truro City in their 2-2 draw at East Thurrock, entering the fray as a 32nd minute substitute, a result that sees them escape the bottom three…just!  Michael Meaker and his side are out of the drop zone on goal difference only.

Harry Warwick was also in action for Gloucester City, going on as a 56th minute substitute of Gloucester City’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Dartford.

No goals for Chris Dickson this week, as he and his Hampton and Richmond side suffered a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Oxford City.

Weston super Mare won their first league game of the season, at the 14th time off asking, recording a 1-0 away win at Hungerford Town. Ben Swallow and Nabi Diallo started for Weston, while Jamie Lucas was an unused substitute. Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis went on as a 74th minute substitute for the home side.

Adam Cunnington scored both of Billericay Town’s goals in their 2-2 draw against Torquay United at Plainmoor, while Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United side held to a 1-1 home draw by Wealdstone.

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Apart from nine League Two appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge in League two and four at the same level for Cambridge United, Adam Cunnington has spent his entire career playing in non league.  Starting out at Barton Rovers, he subsequently played for Leighton Town, Hitchin Town, Rothwell Town, Aylesbury United, Solihull Moors, Kettering Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Alfreton Town, Tamworth and Cambridge United.
It was from the Abbey Stadium that he made a loan move to BS7 in August 2014 and stayed long enough to score three goals in 15 Conference league appearances. From The Gas he moved on to Ebbsfleet United, Woking and Bromley before joining Billericay Town in the summer of 2018.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
Louie Soares (the player who made one brief substitute appearance for Rovers in the final game of the 2004/05 season, was an unused substitute for Slough Town in their 1-0 home win against Concord Rangers, though there was no sign of Alex Wall in the visitors’ squad.

In the Southern League, Premier Central Section, Tyler Lyttle was in the Rushall Olympic side that recorded a 2-0 away win at AFC Rushden & Diamonds, a result that sees them in tenth place in the Central Division standings.

In the Premier South Division, Danny Greaves and his Frome Town side drew 2-2 at Beaconsfield Town, while Merthyr Town and Gavin Williams also drew, 0-0 at Dorchester Town.

Chesham United were another side to register a goalless draw, at Gosport Borough, and Jefferson Louis completed the 90 minutes. Liam Armstrong and his Tiverton Town side were 3-2 home winners against Staines Town, a result that sees them in fifth place in the league.

In second place are Salisbury FC, who registered a 3-1 home win against Hendon, though they did it without Darren Mullings who recently joined The Whites from Chippenham Town.

In the same league, Rene Howe was in the Kings Langley side that suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Poole Town.

In Division One South Yate Town still head the table following their 1-1 away draw at AFC Totton, while Mangotsfield United were beaten 2-1 at Melksham Town and Paulton Rovers were 3-2 winners at Fleet Town.

It was the day of the second round of the FA Vase and no joy for Ray Johnstone and his Hallen side, beaten 3-2 by Bridport, or for Joe White’s Chipping Sodbury, who suffered a 4-0 defeat at Shepton Mallet.

Andy Gurney and Roman Glass St George remain in the competition, though, as their home tie against Plymouth Parkway was abandoned at half time with them leading 1-0. Apparently, no one was able to turn on the floodlights at Oaklands Park!

Barry Hayles, who is now with Windsor FC, didn’t feature in their 2-0 away win against Chichester City, but Tom Hitchcock was in the Harlow Town side that slipped to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Merstham, a result that saw them slip to the bottom of the Bostik League Premier Division.

One transfer during the week saw Clayton MacDonald leave Whitchurch Alport and sign for Winsford United.

News of another former player, Sam Oji, who was in the Highgate United side that drew 1-1 with Boldmere St Michaels.

Craig Stanley is with Lancaster City, though it’s not clear if he was involved in their 1-0 defeat at Witton Albion (all match details awaited according to their website!).

There was no sign of James Walker in the Maldon & Tiptree lineup for their game against Soham Town Rangers, which they won 1-0.

Up in Scotland, Hearts still lead the way in the Premiership, but they suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Celtic who are in second place just a point behind the leaders. Michael Smith and his side must be fed up with facing Celtic, as they conceded three without reply in a cup tie just six days earlier. Smith was yellow carded in this game, while Scott Sinclair was in the Celtic side.

Peter Hartley was on the winning side as Motherwell were 1-0 winners against Dundee, while in Scottish League One Darryl Duffy was on the losing side as Airdrionians were beaten 1-0 by Forfar Athletic, a result that leaves them in seventh place, just two points ahead of bottom club Dumbarton.

In the French Second Division Oumare Tounkara was in the Chateaurox side that beat Lens 1-0, while Stephane Leoni, now manager of Sarre-Union, saw his side play out a goalless draw against Raon in the French National 3.

In the Danish Superliga Mikkel Anderson was on the bench for Midtyjlland, who drew 1-1 against Esbjerg. Another ex Gasman in Denmark is Bo Henrikson, who is manager of Horsens.

Rune Johansen is also still involved in the game, as Director of Football at Alta FC who play in the Norwegian Second Division.

Over in the States, Jordan Stewart is on the books of Phoenix Rising, though he didn’t play against Orange County in their 2-1 win in the USL Western Conference Final where Didier Drogba scored the second goal for Phoenix.

Kenan Dunwald played 90 minutes as Kaan-Marienborn drew 1-1 at Wuppertal in front of a crowd of 2,152 in the German Regionlliga West.

Sunday, in The Premier league, Manchester City beat Southampton 6-1. Maybe City coach Gareth Taylor was watching this one! As for Southampton, still no sign of goalkeeper Fraser Forster. He hasn’t played a game all season though, as far as I know, he’s still with The Saints.


 

WEEK 12 – Starting 23rd October 2018

Monday saw the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup and Rovers were drawn away to National League side Barnet.

While the top clubs in England and elsewhere were involved in Champions League action, there were more pressing matters back home, with a full programme of EFL fixtures taking place.

One of those took place at The Mem where Rovers recorded a 2-0 home win against AFC Wimbledon to make it a four point return from two home games in four days. Ed Upson scored the first Rovers goal and a Will Nightingale own goal sealed the win.

Returning after suspension, Michael Smith was in the Hearts side that recorded a 3-0 win against Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.

In The Championship, goalkeeper Sam Walker was an unused substitute for Reading in their 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City.

Tony Pulis and his Middlesbrough side had to be content with a point from a goalless home draw against Rotherham United.

There was another clean sheet for Joe Lumley in QPR’s 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road, and Connor Roberts and Oli McBurnie were in the Swansea side that recorded a 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers. Roberts scored the second Swansea goal on 68 minutes.

In League One, Blackpool were 1-0 winners against Scunthorpe United at Bloomfield Road, though Marc Bola was missing from the Blackpool line-up as was Matt Lund from the Scunthorpe squad.

Peterborough United recorded a 1-0 home win against Fleetwood Town, so another clean sheet for Aaron Chapman against a side for whom Cian Bolger was an unused substitute.

Matt Macey was on the winning side for once as Plymouth Argyle were 3-1 winners against Gillingham at Home Park, where Tom Eaves failed to find the net for The Gills.

Portsmouth and Lee Brown could only manage a point from a 2-2 home draw against Burton Albion, but there was a goal for Ollie Norburn in Shrewsbury’s 3-1 home win against Barnsley. Still no sign of Charlie Colkett in the Shrews squad, though.

Joe Jacobson and Paris Cowan-Hall both started in Wycombe’s 3-0 win against Rochdale at Adams Park.

In League two, Bury’s Dominic Telford and Newport County’s David Pipe were on opposing sides in the 1-1 draw at Gigg Lane. No sign of Byron Moore in the Shakers’ squad.

Jordan Tillson started for Exeter in their 1-1 draw at Crawley, but Hiram Boateng was missing from the Grecians’ squad, while Harry Pell was on the losing side as Colchester went down 1-0 against Grimsby Town.

League leaders Lincoln City drew 2-2 with Carlisle United at Sincil Bank but only one of the former Rovers trio, John Akinde, was given any game time, entering the fray as a 52nd minute substitute. Sam Slocombe and Bernard Mensah were both unused substitutes, while there was no sign of Tom Parkes in the Carlisle squad.

Nathan Blissett was substituted at half time in Macclesfield’s 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Northampton Town, so another win for manager Keith Curle and a side that included John-Joe O’Toole and Andy Williams in the starting line-up.

Morecambe suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town, who had Ryan Sweeney starting and goalkeeper Conrad Logan as an unused substitute. A word here, for another former Gas goalkeeper, Lee Jones, who is still the goalkeeping coach at Morecambe, as he has been for some six or seven years.

MK Dons moved up into second place in the league standings thanks to their 2-1 win against Notts County. Lee Nicholls was in goal for the victors, but no sign of Daniel Jones in the Notts County squad.

Cristian Montano is still missing from the Port Vale squad, and without him they could only manage a goalless draw at Stevenage.

Reggie Lambe was on the score sheet on his return to the West Country, as his Cambridge side recorded a 2-0 win against Swindon Town at The County Ground.

Still in this part of the world, Alefe Santos returned to the Yeovil Town bench after injury, and he managed eight minutes of game time in the 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra.

In the FA Cup replay involving Dagenham & Redbridge and Boreham Wood, only Ricky Shakes of the three former Gasmen at Boreham Wood, appeared in the 1-0 win that takes them into the first round proper.

The closest I can get to a Rovers connection at Chippenham is George Rigg, who came to us on trial a few years back. He’s been a regular in the side for The Bluebirds all season but couldn’t help them stay in the FA Cup as Maidenhead United won this replay 1-0. Andy Sandell and Will Puddy are still on Chippenham’s injured list.

Wednesday saw Matty Taylor introduced as an 84th minute substitute for Bristol City, who beat Hull City 1-0 at Ashton Gate.

Preston North End beat Brentford 4-3 at Deepdale where Luke Daniels was again on the bench for The Bees.

In the FA Cup, Adam Cunnington was an unused substitute for Billericay Town in their 1-0 win against Taunton Town.

Thursday saw Scott Sinclair on duty for Celtic in their Europa League cup tie against German side RB Leipzig. However his introduction as a 71st minute substitute couldn’t prevent his side losing 2-0.

On Friday Joe Lumley kept another clean sheet as QPR registered their fourth win in five matches as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Shepherd’s Bush. Although the match was played on Friday night, Lumley’s performance in the televised match earned him a place in the Football league paper’s team of the Day, announced on Sunday!

Also on this day came the news that the FA Cup tie at Barnet will kick off at 12.45pm on Sunday 11th November. So much for the FA looking after the lower leagues and grass roots football – they actually don’t give a monkey’s about football supporters at any level of the game…in my opinion!

There was also news of Matt Gill, as the former Rovers midfielder left his role as coach to the Norwich U-23 side to join the backroom team at Ipswich under new manager Paul Lambert who was formerly manager of The Canaries. Guess that will be as popular in East Anglia as a certain striker moving from one side of Bristol to the other!

Saturday saw another ‘Bristol Rovers 0’ time, as The Gas went down 1-0 at Barnsley and are now only just a place above the bottom four.

In The Premier League, Paul Trollope watched on as Brighton recorded a 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the only goal of the game being scored by Glenn Murray who became only the second Brighton player to notch 100 goals for the club.

Two of that century have been scored against Rovers, the first in a 2-0 Brighton win at The Mem on 26th April 2008, the second in a 4-2 Brighton win, also at The Mem, on 5th February 2011.

No joy for Neil Etheridge, though, whose Cardiff City side were beaten 4-1 at Anfield, home of Liverpool.

In football’s second tier, Tony Pulis saw his side reclaim top spot, albeit temporarily due to their early kick off, with a 1-1 draw against Derby County.

Matty Taylor was a 71st minute substitute for Bristol City at Ashton Gate, but it made no difference as The Robins were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City.

Ellis Harrison remains on the injured list at Ipswich, who slipped to another defeat, this time at the hands of Millwall. Their 3-0 loss means they have only recorded one league win all season.

Another bench warming day for Luke Daniels, an unused Brentford substitute for their 1-0 defeat at Norwich, but the Roberts and McBurnie show rolls on at Swansea. Connor (subject of a full length interview in The Football League paper) was in the starting line-up, as was Oli who scored both goals as The Swans beat Reading 2-0. Good one for goalkeeper Sam Walker to miss – he was one of Reading’s unused substitutes.

A mention here for Ciaran Toner, a former Rovers loanee who is now the Lead Professional Development Phase Coach at Rotherham United. He probably wasn’t involved in any way, but The Millers did well to take a point from a 1-1 draw at Preston.

Moving on to League One and top of the table Portsmouth and, of course, Lee Brown, drew 1-1 against Accrington Stanley while second placed Peterborough and goalkeeper Aaron Chapman moved to within two points of Pompey by virtue of their 2-1 win at Burton Albion.

In the Fylde coast local derby at The Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood Town beat Blackpool 3-2. Cian Bolger was introduced as an 88th minute substitute for the home side, while Marc Bola got another 90 minutes in for Blackpool.

Gillingham’s Tom Eaves was on target again – eight for the season, now, as The Gills recorded a 4-0 home win against Bradford City.

No joy for Ollie Norburn and Shrewsbury, though, as they went down 3-0 at Oxford United. However Plymouth goalkeeper Matt Macey was on the winning side as Argyle beat a Matt ‘Lundless’ Scunthorpe United 4-1 at Glanford Park.

Two more ex Gas players on the losing side were Joe Jacobson and Paris Cowan-Hall, who both started in Wycombe’s 3-2 defeat at Walsall.

Reggie Lambe was on the winning side as Cambridge United beat Nathan Blissett and Macclesfield Town 1-0 at The Abbey Stadium, while Alefe Santos was an unused substitute for Yeovil in their 1-0 win at Carlisle who were without Tom Parkes. Long way to go for nothing, Alefe!

Harry Pell and his Colchester side were also 1-0 winners, against table toppers Lincoln City for whom John Akinde started and Bernard Mensah and Sam Slocombe were unused substitutes.

Jordan Tillson started in Exeter’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers, though no sign of Hiram Boateng on this occasion.

Mansfield Town and MK Dons played out a 1-1 draw at Field Mill where Ryan Sweeney started for the home side and Conrad Logan was an unused substitute, while Lee Nicholls was between the posts for the visitors.

Another 1-1 draw took place at Rodney Parade where David Pipe was in the Newport County side and, one assumes, Lee Jones was looking on as Morecambe’s goalkeeping coach – a return to his Welsh roots!

John-Joe O’Toole was on target for Keith Curle’s Northampton side who beat Oldham 2-1, while Andy Williams was an unused substitute. O’Toole found himself selected for The Football League paper’s Team of the Day.

Dominic Telford and Byron Moore were both introduced as second half substitutes for Bury, but they went down 2-0 at Port Vale. Still no sign of Cristian Montano in the Vale squad or Daniel Jones in the Notts County squad (they were beaten 2-1 by Swindon at Meadow Lane).

Moving on into The National League and I discover a man with Rovers connections I’ve missed until now. Jamie Fullarton was in charge of our U-18 side when Paul Buckle was in charge but subsequently moved on the Nottingham Forest and then became manager, for a very short time, at Notts County (one of the few games under his watch was against Rovers).  He’s now boss of FC Halifax.

It wasn’t a good day for Fullarton, though, as his side suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Eastleigh. No problems for John Still and his Barnet side, though. Rovers’ First Round FA Cup opponents recorded a 2-0 win at Barrow.

Danny Woodards was back in action for Boreham Wood, as an 84th minute substitute and Ricky Shakes started in their 2-1 win against Bromley. Angelo Balanta, though, has moved on to Dagenham & Redbridge and he helped his new club to a 2-1 home win against Harrogate Town.

Another 2-1 home win was recorded by Braintree Town, who had Lyle Dell-Verde in their starting line-up for the win against Dover Athletic.

Manager Gary Waddock and striker Scott Rendell were on the losing side as Aldershot Town were beaten 3-0 at Gateshead and Luke James also found himself on the losing side as Hartlepool United were beaten 3-2 by Sutton United, and Charlie Clough, at The Victoria Ground. Clough’s performance earned him a place in The Non league Paper’s Team of the Day.

No sign of Matt Harrold in the Leyton Orient line-up. He wasn’t missed though as Orient went top of the table following their 4-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville.

Biggest National League win of the day was AFC Fylde’s 6-0 win at Maidenhead United and goal number six was scored by Andy Bond.

Rory Gaffney was also on target, scoring an equaliser for Salford City in their 1-1 draw against Ebbsfleet United, a result that knocked them off top spot and saw them drop down to second place.

In National League North, Adam Dawson was a 67th minute substitute for AFC Telford in their 2-1 home win over York City, but there was little joy for Hereford’s Ryan Green, Danny Greenslade and Eliot Richards as they lost 3-1 at Boston United.

Darlington’s Alex Henshall was again replaced by Johnny Burn in the second half as they drew 2-2 against Leamington.

In National League South, Adam Cunnington was a second half Billericay Town substitute as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Dulwich Hamlet, but Andy Sandell was still missing from the Chippenham Town line-up as they recorded a 2-0 home win against East Thurrock.

No goals and no points for Chris Dickson and Hampton and Richmond, though, as they were beaten 2-0 at Hungerford Town.  There was, though, a rare win for Michael Meaker, assistant manager at Truro City, who beat Dartford 3-1 in front of just 87 fans at their temporary Plainmoor home.

Bradley Goldberg was a second half substitute for Welling United in their 3-1 win against Gloucester City, for whom Rovers youngster Harry Warwick made his debut when going on as a second half substitute. (Harry is on loan/work experience with Gloucester).

There was more woe for Weston super Mare. Still without a league win this season (but in the first round of the FA Cup) they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Concord Rangers. Alex Wall was in the starting line-up for the visitors, but didn’t score, while Nab Diallo and Jamie Lucas started for Weston and Ben Swallow was used as a second half substitute.

Bath City moved up to third with a 3-1 win at Woking where Ryan Clarke was in goal and Ryan Brunt introduced in the 73rd minute.

Further down The Pyramid, it was FA Trophy First Qualifying Round day and I’m sure that many former Rovers players were involved; here are just a few that I know of.

Marcus Law and his Kettering side went safely through to the next round as they were 2-0 home winners against Stourbridge. Jamie Cureton and his Bishop’s Stortford side also went through, winning 2-1 at Hythe Town and, surprise, surprise, ‘Curo’ was on the scoresheet!

Olly Mehew was in the Yate Town side that drew 1-1 against Dorchester and Gavin Williams saw his side progress by virtue of their 3-2 win at Farnborough. Also in the Yate side was Sam Kamara – another who has slipped under the radar until now. Released by Rovers in 2013, this is his second spell at Lodge Road sandwiched by a spell at Longwell Green Sports.

One manager out, though, is Danny Greaves as his Frome Town side lost 2-1 at Poole Town. Liam Armstrong and Tiverton Town live to fight another day following their 1-1 draw at Hartley Wintney. Mangotsfield United were another team to draw 1-1, at Didcot Town. In case you’re wondering, the Rovers contact at Cossham Street is coach Dean Penury.

Locally, there were defeats for three former Rovers players now on the managerial rung. Ray Johnston and Hallen lost 1-0 at Odd Down, the manager’s former club, while Andy Gurney and Roman Glass St George lost 3-1 at Bridport. Joe White and Chipping Sodbury lost 4-0 against Bridgwater Town.

No Rovers representation in Sunday’s Premier League fixtures (to the best of my knowledge) but up in Scotland Scott Sinclair scored the first of three second half Celtic goals against Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi final.  Michael Smith was in the Hearts side that failed to reply.

Over in Ireland, Mark McChrystal was in the Crusaders side that beat Glentoran 3-0 in the NFL Premiership, though it wasn’t a good day to catch up with Seanan Clucas! He was red carded in the 2-1 home defeat suffered by Dungannon Swifts at the hands of Linfield.

At this stage of the season, with 12 games played, Crusaders lie in fifth place, 12 points behind league leaders Glenavon, while Swifts prop up the table having registered just seven points.

Up in Scotland, David McCracken was an unused substitute for Peterhead in their Scottish League Two 3-1 win at Clyde. Not mentioned him before, but will keep tabs on him in the future! Don’t think I’ll ever forget the red card he received down at Bournemouth in 2011 when a 2-1 defeat meant almost certain relegation to League Two, which was confirmed in the final two matches, a draw against Sheffield Wednesday and defeat against Colchester United.

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David McCracken began his career with Dundee United in 1998 and moved to England some nine years later, playing for Wycombe Wanderers, MK Dons and Brentford.
It was from The Bees that he joined Rovers, on loan, in January 2011. In the summer of that year he moved back to Scotland and played for St Johnstone before subsequent moves to Falkirk and Peterhead.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
That rounds up another week, save for one newspaper article that caught my eye.

The centre spread of The Non League Paper was given over to a feature on Jefferson Louis (remember him?). Brought to The Memorial Stadium by Ian Atkins (who thought he was the best thing since sliced bread) the player described in the article as Non League’s great journeyman, Louis is with his 37th club having made 42 moves in all.

That club is Chesham United and it’s his second spell with them. It was 2005 when he pitched up at Rovers and went on to make nine league appearances (a total that includes six from the bench). He also made a start in the League Cup.

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[Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
Fascinating stat from the article? Ten years ago, when he was with Wrexham, they were paying him £1,400 per week. With his 40th birthday looming, pay days such as that are long behind him!

As he says, though; “I have still got a crazy passion for football. I love it!”


 

WEEK 11 – Starting 15th October 2018

The week began with a 3-2 win for England in Spain, with goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson again on the bench for the Three Lions.

Tuesday saw medical man Richard Evans on the bench for Belgium in their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.

Aidy Boothroyd’s England U-21 side, with Jake Clarke-Salter in the starting lineup, beat their Scotland counterparts 2-0

Dominic Telford scored both of Bury’s goals in their 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win against Leicester U-21’s, while in the FA Trophy Larkhall Athletic bowed out of the competition following their 1-0 replay defeat at Thame United.

Larkhall Athletic bowed out of the FA Trophy, losing their replay at Thame United 1-0, while Craig Disley and his Cleethorpes colleagues drew their NPL Eastern Division game against Brighouse Town 1-1.

In the Southern Premier League South, Merthyr Town manager Gavin Williams saw his side lose 2-0 at Salisbury, while Tiverton Town and Liam Armstrong suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of league leaders Weymouth. Frome Town manager Danny Greaves saw his side lose 3-2 at Wimborne Town.

Friday night football saw Tony Pulis and his Middlesbrough side move back to the top of The Championship with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Saturday’s full programme saw Rovers fail to score for a fifth successive game, as they drew 0-0 against Oxford United at The Memorial Stadium. At least the point lifted them out of the bottom four.

In the Premier League Neil Etheridge and his Cardiff side won their first game of the season, beating Fulham 4-2. Brighton assistant manager Paul Trollope was also on the winning side as they were 1-0 winners at Newcastle.

Up in Scotland, Scott Sinclair went on as a 21st minute substitute for Celtic in their 4-2 win against Hibernian, but Paul Hartley was on the losing side as Motherwell suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of St Johnstone.

In the Championship there was no joy for Connor Roberts or Oli McBurnie as they returned from international duty to fine themselves on the losing side, Swansea going down 1-0 against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Matty Taylor started for Bristol City in their 1-0 win against Brentford, for whom Luke Daniels was on the bench. Joe Lumley kept another clean sheet for QPR, 2-0 winners at Ipswich.

In League One, Marc Bola started for Blackpool in their 2-0 home win against AFC Wimbledon and scored his first ever senior goal on 84 minutes, while Tom Eaves was on target again for Gillingham who played out a 3-3 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was on the losing side as Peterborough suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley and another former Gas goalie, Matt Macey, shipped three goals as Plymouth Argyle were beaten 3-2 at Home Park by Burton Albion.

Lee Brown and his Portsmouth side extended their lead at the top of the table to six points thanks to a 1-0 win against Fleetwood Town at Fratton Park, where Cian Bolger went on as a last minute substitute for the visitors.

Ollie Norburn gained 13 minutes of game time for Shrewsbury in their 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Sunderland, but Joe Jacobson was on the winning side as Wycombe Wanderers were 3-2 home winners against Scunthorpe United.

In League Two, Dominic Telford scored one of Bury’s goals in their 4-0 win against Notts County, and David Pipe was in the Newport County side beaten 4-1 at Crawley Town.

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Dominic Telford began his career with Blackpool and made 14 appearances for the Bloomfield Road outfit.  He signed for Stoke City in July 2015 and joined Rovers, on a season long loan, in July 2017.  A popular and hard working player, all but one of his 19 league appearances were from the bench, although he did make three starts in the Checkatrade Trophy.
It was thought that he might return to The Memorial Stadium this summer when his contract expired at Stoke, but instead he signed for League Two side Bury and has been a regular member of their squad to date.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
Ryan Broom and Cheltenham gained a point in the Gloucestershire derby against Forest Green Rovers, the teams playing out a 1-1 draw at The New Lawn.

Exeter City, for whom Hiram Boateng started and Jordan Tillson was an 82nd minute substitute, drew 0-0 at Grimsby Town, while league leaders Lincoln City also drew, being held 1-1 by Cambridge United at Sincil Bank. John Akinde was introduced as a 34th minute substitute for The Imps, while Bernard Mensah and Sam Slocombe were both unused substitutes and Reggie Lambe started for Cambridge.

Nathan Blissett and his Macclesfield side recorded their first win of the season, beating Tom Parkes (substituted because of injury after 26 minutes) and his Carlisle United side 2-1 at the Moss Rose.

Lee Nichols kept a clean sheet for MK Dons, who beat Northampton Town 1-0; a first defeat for recently appointed Cobblers manager Keith Curle, who included John-Joe O’Toole and Andy Williams in his starting lineup.

Harry Pell was on the winning side, though, as Colchester United were 1-0 winners at Morecambe. Ryan Sweeney was in the Mansfield Town side that drew 0-0 at Swindon, Town while Conrad Logan was on the bench.

In the Northern Premier League, Darlington beat Boston United 1-0 and Alex Henshall started the match for the Quakers, being replaced in the 53rd minute by Johnny Burn.

Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was in the Hungerford Town side beaten 2-1 by East Thurrock in the National League South.

It was an important day in the Non League calendar, though, as it was the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. All National League sides enter at this stage of the competition, just one step away from the First Round Proper.

Andy Bond was an unused substitute as AFC Fylde went out of the competition, losing 3-1 at home to Chesterfield.

It was a tale of two managers and a striker at Aldershot where home manager Gary Waddock saw his side beat Marcus Law’s Kettering Town side 2-0. Scott Rendell opened the scoring for The Shots.

John Still’s Barnet side went through by virtue of a 4-2 home win against Braintree Town, for whom Lyle Della-Verde was on the scoresheet.

Billericay Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Taunton Town and Adam Cunnington was an unused substitute for the Essex outfit.

In another 2-2 draw, Ricky Shakes were in the Boreham Wood lineup held at home by Dagenham & Redbridge. Alex Wall was in the starting lineup for Concord Rangers, who went out of the competition by virtue of their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Dover.

No sign of Chris Zebroski in the Eastleigh lineup and he won’t have minded missing this one, I guess, as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Hampton and Richmond, with Chris Dickson scoring the only goal of the game.

Hartlepool United were also 1-0 winners, against Kidsgrove Athletic. Luke James was in the starting lineup for Hartlepool, who scored the only goal of the game after just eight minutes.

We won’t be seeing Matt Harrold in the first round of the competition, though, as he was in the Leyton Orient side beaten 2-0 at Maidstone United. One striker who is in the hat for the first round draw, though, is Rory Gaffney who scored one of the two Salford City goals that enabled his side to beat Marine 2-1.

Charlie Clough will also be seen in Round One, as Sutton United went through courtesy of a 2-1 win at Wealdstone.

In the big local game of the day Weston super Mare, without a league win all season, beat Bath City 1-0. Nabi Diallo was in the Weston starting lineup, Jamie Lucas came off the bench and Ben Swallow was an unused substitute. Ryan Brunt and Ryan Clarke were in the Bath City lineup, while Sean Rigg was an unused substitute.

Finally, Woking were 1-0 winners against Welling, for whom Bradley Goldberg was introduced as a second half substitute.

Non League action in the Bostik League Premier Division saw Jamie Cureton score again for Bishop’s Stortford in their 3-0 win against Corinthian Casuals.

Down in the Southern Premier League South, Danny Greaves saw his Frome Town side beat Gosport Borough 2-0, but Gavin Williams saw his Merthyr side lose 1-0 at home against Beaconsfield Town, while Liam Armstrong and his Tiverton Town side had to be content with a share of the spoils, after a 1-1 draw at Chesham United.

In Division One South, Olly Mehew scored twice for Yate Town in their 3-0 win against Highworth Town at Lodge Road, and Lewis Powell scored the only goal of the game for Larkhall Athletic who were 1-0 winners against AFC Totton. Mangotsfield United, though, suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Honeyfields.

Andy Gurney and his Roman Glass St George side were involved in a remarkable 4-4 draw against Bridgwater Town and Ray Johnstone’s Hallen side also drew, 1-1 at Westbury United.

Meanwhile Joe White saw his Chipping Sodbury side record a 3-2 home win against Cadbury Heath.


 

WEEK TEN – Starting 7th October 2018

Tuesday saw the beginning of the latest round of Checkatrade Trophy games and Rovers beat Yeovil 2-0 at The Memorial Stadium thanks to goals from two players names Alex – Jakubiak and Rodman. On the bench for The Glovers was former Gas goalkeeper Steve Phillips.

Tom Parkes was on the losing side as Carlisle slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Sunderland while Reggie Lambe was an unused substitute in Cambridge United’s 4-0 win against Southampton’s U-21 side.

Another unused substitute was Harry Pell, who sat out Colchester’s 2-0 win against Southend United. Keith Curle’s Northampton Town side, with John Joe O’Toole in their lineup, beat Oxford United 2-1 and Andy Williams was also used, as an 87th minute substitute.

Peterborough’s Aaron Chapman was in goal as his side lost 5-4 in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw against Brighton U-21’s, while Ollie Norburn was in the Shrewsbury side that thumped Tranmere Rovers 6-0.

Daniel Jones returned to the Notts County lineup for their game against Newcastle United U-21’s but ended up on the losing side as the Newcastle Magpies beat the Nottingham Magpies 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

Conrad Logan was in goal for Mansfield Town in their 2-1 win against Wolves U-21’s while up at Scunthorpe Lincoln City came out on top in the Lincolnshire derby, winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1- draw. Matt Lund was in the Scunthorpe side, while for The Imps Sam Slocombe started in goal against another of his former clubs. Bernard Mensah also started, and John Akinde went on as a first half substitute.

Tom Eaves was in the starting lineup for Gillingham, who suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Spurs U-21’s, while it looks as though Lee Brown was rested by Portsmouth for their 1-0 win at Crawley Town.

FA Cup replays saw the end of the line for Manor Farm, beaten 4-0 by Slough Town at The Creek, Tiverton Town, who lost 1-0 against Metropolitan Police, and for Craig Disley who was a second half substitute for Cleethorpes Town in their 2-1 defeat at Guiseley.

Wednesday saw Chippenham Town make progress in the FA Cup at the expense of Hendon, the Bluebirds registering a 4-1 home win.

Thursday saw Aidy Boothroyd in charge of the England U-21 side and they ran out 7-0 winners against Andorra in a European U-21 qualifying match. Jake Clarke- Salter was an unused substitute for England in this game.

Other former Rovers on international duty were Connor Roberts, who was in the Welsh side defeated 4-1 by Spain, and Oli McBurnie who was a second half substitute for Scotland in their 2-1 defeat in Israel.

More internationals on Friday, with Richard Evans on duty for the Danish management team who were 2-1 winners against Switzerland and England goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson who was part of the management team on duty for the 0-0 draw in Croatia.

In League Two, Nathan Blissett was a member of the Macclesfield side that lost 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers on Friday evening. The Moss Rose outfit equalled the English League record of going 36 consecutive league matches without a win. Mind you, that does stretch back to 2012, when they were relegated from League Two. This was their 13th league game of the current campaign, their first back in the league since their relegation six years ago.

Not international football, or even EFL related football, but closer to home, former Rovers striker Steve White and his son Joe, a former Rovers Academy graduate, have taken over the reins at Chipping Sodbury. Joe will be the manager with Steve taking on the Head Coach role.

With internationals being played here, there, and everywhere, The Premier League and Championship take a day off from competitive action so it’s down to EFL One and Two and all the leagues below to cater for the proper football fans!

For the second week running Rovers are beaten by a very late goal, going down 1-0 at Burton, a result that sees them slip into the bottom four.

There’s no stopping Portsmouth at the top of the table, now three points clear of Peterborough at the top of the table. They, and Lee Brown, were 3-1 winners at AFC Wimbledon.

Joe Jacobson was on the losing side, as Wycombe Wanderers went down 1-0 at Coventry, and Paris Cowan-Hall went on as a second half substitute.

Cian Bolger was an unused substitute for Fleetwood in their 2-1 home win against Shrewsbury, while Ollie Norburn was in the starting lineup for The Shrews.

No goals for Tom Eaves or Gillingham, as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Southend United, and no joy for goalkeeper Matt Macey who conceded twice at Oxford as his Plymouth Argyle side failed to score.

Matt Lund, who was featured in The League Paper speaking about his wish to be selected again for Northern Ireland (he has three caps) was on the losing side as Scunthorpe United were beaten 2-0 by Peterborough United at Glanford Park. Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman kept a clean sheet for The Posh and was named in The League Paper’s League One Team of the Day.

In League Two, another former Gas goalkeeper, Lee Nicholls, kept a clean sheet as MK Dons won 1-0 at Cambridge United, while Tom Parkes and his Carlisle side were also beaten, 2-0 by Morecambe at Brunton Park.

No goals for Harry Pell, but he was in the Colchester side that recorded a 3-1 home win against Crawley Town, while Dominic Telford was given 29 minutes as a second half substitute for Bury in their 1-1 draw at Crewe.

Hiram Boateng started for Exeter and Jordan Tillson was introduced as a second half substitute in their 2-0 home win against Swindon Town, a result that saw The Grecians stay in second place in the league standings.

David Pipe was another second half substitute, going on in the77th minute of Newport County’s 2-1 win against Stevenage.

Keith Curle recorded his first win as Northampton boss in dramatic style as he saw his side come back from being a goal down to become the first team to beat Forest Green Rovers in the league this season. John-Joe O’Toole and Andy Williams both started, and it was Williams who scored a last gasp winner for The Cobblers.

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Andy Williams began his career at Hereford United, where his father was one of the youth team coaches, and signed for Rovers in July 2007.
He was loaned back to Hereford in September 2008, spending almost an entire season back at Edgar Street before returning to The Memorial Stadium for the 2009/10 campaign. He signed for Yeovil Town in August 2010 and joined Swindon town two years later. Loaned back to Yeovil in August 2013, he moved to Doncaster Rovers in a permanent deal in June 2015 and signed for Northampton Town in May of this year.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
The only one of the former Gas trio at Lincoln involved in their game at Port Vale was goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, and he was an unused substitute. It made no difference to the league leaders though, as they recorded a 6-2 win.

In the National League, Andy Bond started for AFC Fylde in their 2-1 win against Maidstone United and Ricky Shakes was in the Boreham Wood side that recorded a 3-1 win against Maidenhead United.

Chris Zebroski was in the Eastleigh side that suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Aldershot Town. Gary Waddock’s side recorded their first away win of the season, with one of their two goals being scored by Scott Rendell.

Two former League clubs, Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United clashed at Brisbane Road and shared the spoils in a goalless draw. Matt Harrold managed ten minutes of game time as a second half substitute for The O’s, while Luke James managed 83 minutes for the visitors before being substituted. Big crowd at this one, on Non League Day, 6,871.

League leaders Salford City were held to a draw by Braintree Town and had Rory Gaffney to thank for rescuing a point for them. He opened the scoring in the first minute of the game and scored an equaliser in the third minute of time added on just as it looked though his side were going to suffer a home defeat. For his efforts, Gaffney was included in The Non League Paper’s Team of the Day. Lyle Della-Verde was in the Braintree side.

No League action for Sutton United. Not sure how it happened that an English club were drawn away to an Irish club in a Scottish Cup competition, but that’s what happened, and Charlie Clough and his team mates went out of the Irn Bru Cup, losing 4-3 in a penalty shootout against Bohemians after a 0-0 draw.

In National League North, Adam Dawson was an 84th minute substitute for AFC Telford in their 1-1 draw against Chorley, while Adam Henshall started, and Johnny Burn was a 67th minute substitute for Darlington in their 2-1 win at FC United.

Ryan Green and Danny Greenslade were in the Hereford side that drew 1-1 at Stockport in front of a crowd of 3,646.

In the Southern Section, Adam Cunnington was introduced in the 58th minute by league leaders Billericay Town in their 1-0 win against Gloucester City while Andy Sandell, returned from a loan spell at Melksham Town, started for Chippenham Town in their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Dartford.

Ryan Brunt was on target for Bath City in their 2-0 win at St Albans City, along with former Gas man Ryan Clarke, though Sean Rigg wasn’t in the Romans squad for this one.

Michael Meaker, assistant manager at Truro City, saw his side slip to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Hemel Hempstead and his side only have one team below them in the league standings.

That team is Weston super Mare, whose home game against East Thurrock was called off as the visitors were stuck in motorway traffic en route to the seaside!

Bradley Goldberg started for Welling United in their 2-1 win against Slough Town, and Chris Dickson was introduced as a second half substitute by Hampton and Richmond in their 2-1 defeat at Wealdstone.

In the Bostik League Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford caretaker player/manager Jamie Cureton was involved in their 1-1 draw against Merstham; ‘curling an 18th minute free kick against the post.’ The now 43 year old was the subject of an in depth interview in the Non League Paper and said; ‘I jumped at the chance of managing/coaching the team, it felt like an exciting step to take.’

Down in the Southern League, Kettering Town manager Marcus Law saw his side record a 3-0 win at St Neots Town to keep them five points clear at the top of the table.

Goalkeeper Liam Armstrong and his Tiverton side had to be content with a point from a 1-1 draw against Farnborough, a result that saw them slip to fourth place in the table, three points behind leaders Weymouth.

It was the day of the FA Trophy Preliminary Round and Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic were held to a goalless draw by Thame United while Bristol Manor Farm and Mangotsfield United were both winners, against Paulton Rovers and Kidlington respectively.

Neikell Plummer was in the Melksham side that also progressed, by virtue of a 3-2 win at Slimbridge AFC while Yate Town also went through to the next round after beating Blackfield and Langley 1-0 at Lodge Road courtesy of Olly Mehew’s 54th minute penalty.

Craig Disley was in the Cleethorpes Town side that went through to the next round thanks to a 3-2 win at Radcliffe Borough.

In the First Round of the FA Vase, Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George recorded a 2-0 win against Malmesbury Victoria.

Ray Johnstone’s Hallen beat Joe White’s Chipping Sodbury Town 1-0 in the Toolstation Western League.

On Sunday Oli McBurnie started for Scotland in their 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Portugal in an international friendly at Hampden Park.

Photo for this one; Andy Williams, who began his career at Hereford United, where his father was one of the youth team coaches and signed for Rovers in July 2007.

He was loaned back to Hereford in September 2008, spending almost an entire season back at Edgar Street before returning to The Memorial Stadium for the 2009/10 campaign. He signed for Yeovil Town in August 2010 and joined Swindon town two years later. Loaned back to Yeovil in August 2013, he moved to Doncaster Rovers in a permanent deal in June 2015 and signed for Northampton Town in May of this year.

 


 

WEEK NINE – Saturday 1st October 2018

Tuesday 2nd October saw an almost full programme of EFL fixtures and Rovers were in action at Spotland where they took a point from a goalless draw against Rochdale.

In the Championship, Luke Daniels was between the posts for their 1-1 draw against Birmingham City, who also have a former Gas goalie on their books as Scott Bevan is goalkeeping coach for their U-23 side.

Meanwhile Tony Pulis saw his Middlesbrough side move into second place following their 2-0 win at Ipswich who are without the services of the injured Ellis Harrison at the moment.

Connor Roberts and Oli McBurnie were in the Swansea side that took a point from a goalless draw at Wigan, while at Reading there were two former Gas custodians on view. Sam Walker was between the posts for the home side and Joe Lumley for QPR who came out on top, winning 1-0.

Walker began his career with Chelsea, but never made a first team appearance. After loan spells with Barnet, Northampton Town and Yeovil Town, he arrived at Rovers, also on loan. To be honest, I don’t think too many Rovers fans knew of him and his introduction to the squad came about at a hotel somewhere en route to Ipswich.

I travelled up with manager Mark McGhee to the hotel and on the way, we picked Sam up at a hotel just off the M25. Then it was on to the hotel for a pre-match meal and the formal introductions to his team mates, before travelling on to Portman Road where we lost 3-1. Definitely not the ideal preparations for a keeper who appeared in 11 league games and three cup ties, all of which were lost.

Matt Macey was in goal for Plymouth who took a point from a 1-1 draw against Barnsley and Lee Brown and his Portsmouth side won again on their travels, beating Coventry City 1-0 at The Ricoh.

Cian Bolger was an unused substitute in Fleetwood’s 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers, as was Joe Jacobson for The Chairboys. Paris Cowan-Hall did get a taste of the action, though, as he entered the fray with 12 minutes remaining.

Aaron Chapman was in goal for Peterborough (so many former Gas goalkeepers around, it seems!) in another 1-1 draw, between his Peterborough side and Sunderland at The Stadium of Light, watched by a crowd of 28,727.

In another drawn game, Ollie Norburn and his Shrewsbury side took a point from a goalless affair at Walsall.

Down in League Two, Reggie Lambe and his Cambridge side dropped into the bottom two following their 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers, who moved up to fifth.

Tom Parkes was on the losing side again as Carlisle suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town while Cheltenham goalkeeping coach Steve Book saw his side rescue a point with a last gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Morecambe at Whaddon Road, though Ryan Broom wasn’t on duty for this one.

Harry Pell was in the Colchester side that registered a comfortable 3-1 win against Yeovil, while Hiram Boateng was in the Exeter side that recorded a 1-0 win against Stevenage, and Jordan Tillson was an unused substitute.

A goalless draw at Field Mill between Mansfield Town and Oldham Athletic saw Ryan Sweeney in the Stags lineup and Conrad Logan on the bench. David Pipe was also an unused substitute in Newport County’s 3-3 draw against Macclesfield Town.

At Vale Park, Cristian Montano was back in action for Port Vale but the second half substitute was on the losing side as MK Dons, with Lee Nicholls in goal, recorded a 2-0 victory.

Lincoln City stayed in pole position in the table despite losing 1-0 against Tranmere Rovers. John Akinde started for The Imps, Bernard Mensah was an unused substitute, but there was no place in the squad for Sam Slocombe.

Newly appointed Northampton boss Keith Curle saw his side draw their first match with him in charge, as they played out a goalless draw with Bury at Sixfields. Andy Williams and John-Joe O’Toole started for The Cobblers, while Byron Moore started for The Shakers and Dominic Telford came off the bench with 15 minutes remaining.

In the National League North, Hereford’s poor run of form continued with a 3-0 defeat at Chester, where their four Gas connections, Danny Greenslade, Ryan Green, Eliot Richards and Martin Horsell (another former Gas keeper!) all started.

Wednesday saw five more games played in The Championship and Matty Taylor was introduced from the bench in the 65th minute by Bristol City in their goalless draw at Rotherham.

Scott Sinclair was in European action on Thursday, sent on as a substitute for Celtic on the hour mark in their 3-1 defeat at RB Salzburg in the Europa League.

In Friday’s televised game, Brighton’s assistant manager Paul Trollope was in the dugout as his recorded a 1-0 home win against West Ham.

The following day Rovers entertained Walsall and were beaten 1-0 as the visitors scored with virtually the last kick of the game. Quite a kick in the teeth for Darrell Clarke’s side, as although they weren’t at their best a draw would have been a fair result.

Things don’t get any better for Neil Etheridge and Cardiff up in The Premier League. Conceding a solitary goal to Spurs, at Wembley, continued the newly promoted side’s winless run and saw them drop to the foot of the table.

In the Championship, Reading goalkeeper Sam Walker had to pick the ball out of his net on four occasions at The Hawthorns as West Brom ran out 4-1 winners, but another former Rovers shot stopper, Luke Daniels, was in the Brentford side that gained a point from a 1-1 draw against Leeds at Elland Road.

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In July 2010 Goalkeeper Luke Daniels signed for Rovers in a season long loan and joined the squad at their pre season training camp in Scotland. However, a back injury saw the cancellation of his loan before the season started and he returned to his parent club. In September, though, he joined Charlton Athletic on loan though he didn’t make a single appearance whilst at The Valley. Another loan spell followed, at Rochdale (December 2010 – January 2011) and he returned to Rovers on 6th January 2011, on loan until the end of the season.
He managed nine games in what was a turbulent time for The Gas and in his nine games conceded four goals at Carlisle, six at Walsall and four in games against Brighton and Leyton Orient. His unhappy spell(s) at Rovers came to an abrupt end when Conrad Logan was signed, on loan from Leicester City and I think it’s fair to say that Daniels will have nothing but unhappy memories of his time with The Gas.
He has since played against Rovers for Southend, whom he joined in October 2011 and Scunthorpe (joined in January 2015) and he signed for Brentford in May 2017.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman / JMP]
Yet another former Gas goalie, Joe Lumley, was also involved in a 1-1 draw as his QPR side shared the spoils with Derby County at Loftus Road.

It wasn’t a good day for Tony Pulis and his Middlesbrough side, beaten 2-0 by Nottingham Forest at The Riverside, and Connor Roberts and Oli McBurnie were also on the losing side as Swansea slipped to a surprise 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town. It was the first win of the season for The Tractor Boys.

Two former Rovers players, Tom Eaves and Joe Jacobson, were named in the League Paper’s team of the Day. Eaves scored one of the two goals that enabled Gillingham to beat Portsmouth and Lee Brown 2-0 at Fratton Park. However, Pompey remain three points clear at the top of the table in spite of that defeat.

Jacobson, on his 200th appearance for Wycombe, was on target for The Chairboys in their 2-1 win against Burton Albion at Adams Park, where Paris Cowan-Hall was introduced as a 54th minute substitute.

Marc Bola was in the Blackpool side that was held to a 2-2 draw by Rochdale at Bloomfield Road, while Matt Lund was in the Scunthorpe side beaten 3-2 by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Yet another goalkeeper, Aaron Chapman, was also on the losing side as Peterborough suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Barnsley but another custodian, Matt Macey, kept a clean sheet for Plymouth Argyle as they recorded their first win of the season, beating AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at Home Park.

There was a 1-0 win, also, for Shrewsbury Town against Accrington Stanley, and Ollie Norburn was again in the starting lineup for The Shrews.

In League Two, there was a reunion at Gigg Lane for Dominic Telford and his former housemate Ryan Sweeney, as Bury and Mansfield shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Telford was introduced as a second half substitute for the home side, while Sweeney started for the visitors. Conrad Logan was, as usual it seems, on the bench for The Stags, there was no sign of Byron Moore in the Bury squad.

Reggie Lambe was on the losing side again as bottom of the table Cambridge United went down 2-0 at Crawley and David Pipe was an unused Newport County substitute in their 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers.

Two on loan Gas players at Lincoln, Bernard Mensah and Sam Slocombe, were unused substitutes for Lincoln, while John Akinde started in the 1-0 home win against Crewe.

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls kept a clean sheet for MK Dons in their 3-0 win against Cheltenham Town, for whom Ryan Broom started.

Tom Parkes and Carlisle returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, but Harry Pell and Colchester were beaten by the same scoreline at Stevenage.

Keith Curle and his Northampton side managed a point in a 1-1 draw at Swindon. John-Joe O’Toole and Andy Williams started for The Cobblers and O’Toole scored the goal that gave the visitors a point and earned himself a place in the League Paper’s Team of the Day.

In a ‘localish’ derby at Huish Park Yeovil and Exeter played out a 2-2 draw and Jordan Tillson and Hiram Boateng were in the starting lineup for The Grecians while goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips (don’t think he’s been mentioned before, was on the bench for The Glovers).

We should also give a mention to striker Nathan Blissett, who seems to have been around a bit since leaving The Gas. Currently plying his trade at Macclesfield, he started in their 1-0 defeat against Notts County at Moss Rose.

In the National League, Scott Rendell was on the winning side as Gary Waddock’s Aldershot registered a 3-0 home win against FC Halifax.

John Still’s Barnet recorded a 2-0 home win against Solihull Moors, but Charlie Clough was on the losing side as Sutton United went down 2-1 at Barrow.

Chris Zebroski was on target for Eastleigh in their 2-1 win at Braintree, for whom Lyle Della Verde was introduced as a 52nd minute substitute.

Andy Bond was an unused substitute for AFC Fylde in their goalless draw at Chesterfield, but Rory Gaffney was again on the winning side as Salford City were 4-1 winners at Dover in a top v bottom clash.

Up at Hartlepool, Luke James was in the starting lineup for the home side in their 2-0 win against Boreham Wood, while Ricky Shakes started for the visitors.

Second placed Leyton Orient were 2-0 winners at Maidenhead where Matt Harrold was introduced as a 79th minute substitute.

Moving on down the leagues another former Gas striker, Jamie Cureton, was on target for Bishop’s Stortford, scoring both of their goals in a 2-2 home draw against Burgess Hill Town.

It was FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Day and Craig Disley, went on as a 41st minute substitute for Cleethorpes Town in their 2-2 draw against Guiseley. Disley is currently on loan from Alfreton Town.

Also, in the Cup, Hereford United FC went down to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Welling United. Bradley Goldberg was an unused substitute for the visitors but trying to find the Hereford lineup proved to be a nightmare as there was still no report on the Hereford website a week after the match.

Closer to home, Bath City were 3-0 winners against Lewes, with Ryan Brunt claiming one of the goals and Weston super Mare were 1-0 winners against Coggeshall Town thanks to a last minute goal. They did well, as Tristan Plummer was sent off early in the second half.

Liam Armstrong was in goal for Tiverton Town, who drew 3-3 with Metropolitan Police, while Adam Dawson was on the bench for AFC Telford who went down 2-1 at Warrington Town.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no former Gas players with Bristol Manor Farm FC, but they deserve an honourable mention for their 2-2 draw against Slough Town and will bring them back to The Creek for a replay.

Managed to track down another former Gas striker in the shape of Scott McGleish, who is listed as Assistant Coach/Striker at Chesham United of the Southern League Premier Division. No idea if he was involved in the 1-0 win at Farnborough but will now keep an eye out for his side’s results.

League games saw wins for Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic, and Mangotsfield United and further down the pyramid Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George recorded a 7-0 home win against Shortwood.

On Sunday, Scott Sinclair was a 61st minute substitute for Celtic in their 6-0 win at St Johnstone, but it wasn’t a good day for Michael Smith who was red carded as Rangers beat his Hearts side 3-1.

In the Championship, Matty Taylor’s penalty wasn’t enough to save Bristol City from a 2-1 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, The Owls winning 1-1 at The Gate.