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Supporting the One City One Club campaign

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Yes, that is myself with the first team squad. Cheeseball

A Midlands football club have launched an innovative campaign ahead of their last season at their historic football ground.

Worcester City Football Club, who play at St George’s Lane, is laying down the gauntlet to everybody who lives in Worcester to watch at least one game this season.

To help spread the word about the last season of the club, they have worked alongside Nikki Sinclaire MEP who has sponsored a leaflet which will be delivered to households in Worcester.

The marketing campaign, entitled “One City One Club” intends to spread the word of their local club.

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City Manager Carl Heeley is going to be there!

Richard Widdowson, member of the board at Worcester City said,

“Worcester City football club is Worcester’s local club. We have strong family values and we are increasingly offering opportunities for young players to get involved at Worcester City – from playing on the pitch before the game free of charge, to offering free tickets to youth football teams.

We want as many people in Worcester to experience football at St George’s lane before it leaves us forever, as well as welcoming fans into the new era of Worcester City football club when we move into our new stadium”.

Nikki Sinclaire MEP has acted as a player sponsor last season, and wanted to further extend her work with the club this season,

“Worcester is a fantastic family orientated club in this terrific old ground, and we should give it the send-off it deserves.

With low priced tickets and a welcoming atmosphere, anybody in Worcester would feel at home at this club.

I’m incredibly happy to work alongside Worcester City football club and hope to see success for the club now and in future seasons”.

A copy of the new leaflet

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Written by Nicole Carroll

August 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

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SOS for the Harriers

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Football finance is always a hot topic, be it from the wages which top players are earning or to the transfer window slamming shut on a record spending spree.

It’s become a little bit more local to me however with Kidderminster Harriers now looking at the threat of administration and the potential black hole this could bring for the club and its supporters.

Kidderminster Harriers are a great thing for the local area. Throughout my years at school we came into contact with coaches from the club who used to run half term footballing camps, giving away tickets to their home matches. My younger brother was and still is a fairly talented footballer and Harriers nurtured him at a young age and really gave him encouragement (shame he couldn’t keep his eye on the ball, otherwise he’d be keeping me in the lap of luxury right now!). The little things count to the younger football fans, and the reward of playing on the pitch for a good performance at the summer camp was a great incentive, and I spent many Saturday afternoons in the past watching my brother go on the pitch at half time, and usually watching the Harriers lose (I’m a curse when I go there).

Perhaps however, the growth of other local teams in the Premier League are killing this friendly community club.

With Blues, Villa, WBA and Wolves all representing the West Midlands in the top division, Harriers are fighting the big Premier names to get bums on seats at Aggborough, and they are seemingly struggling, as is evident with their supporters group press release this week http://www.khist.org.uk/?p=1677

I’ve had a look on the Harriers main website, in particular casting my eye over the match day ticket prices. If I’m not mistaken, they appear to be around £14 – £17 a game for an adult.

This is comparison to a recent match at Albion which was £12 for adults, whilst Blues offered a two for £20 scheme for Premier League matches.

I’m not criticising Harriers pricing at all – they have to charge those prices to keep the club afloat. It seems like everything is against them however when local clubs can open the doors to show off Premier League stars for less than what the Blue Square Premier has to offer. With Sky television money and massive advertising revenue, Premier League clubs simply have the financial support that Harriers could only ever dream of.

I really hope the local area gets behind Kidderminster Harriers. They have enriched the childhoods of many lads in the area over the years and they have devoted and loyal fans as is evident from the press release. As much as it is fantastic to raise the profile of the Midlands football through the Premier League,  I just don’t want the rise of the Midlands teams to spell the end of another.

Written by Nicole Carroll

February 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

Luiz to Chelsea?

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David Luiz to Chelsea?

My source who told me of Benayoun transfer last has told me that Benficas David Luiz signing for Chelsea is imminent. Is he getting 2 out of 2 correct?

Written by Nicole Carroll

January 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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Stuck on Non-League day? Go to Worcester FC

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The twitterati is back in action, and those who are interested and involved in football are getting behind a scheme which should hopefully see fans take a visit to non-league grounds this weekend.

Non-league day is being held this weekend to coincide with the international break. Fans of the Premier League, Championship and Leagues one and two are being encouraged to use their Saturday “off” as such to visit those clubs who are most likely local to them, but they’ve never visited.

Unfortunately, I’m working this weekend. However, if I had a Saturday to myself, I’d be making my way to Worcester FC to watch them take on Nuneaton town, and I would encourage anyone in the area to go along.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Worcester, they currently reside in the Blue Square north league in the heady heights of 8th place, just one place below tomorrows opponents.

If the weathers nice, taking yourself to St. Georges Lane for the afternoon could just be an enjoyable way to kill a few hours Saturday and a good way of showing support to the lower leagues.  I’ll be there in spirit..bovril in hand.

Adults are priced at £11, OAP’s students concessions are £7 and kids are £3.

Written by Nicole Carroll

September 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Footballers + Message boards – they just don’t mix

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There was a fantastic column by Charlie Brooker last week on the Guardian on the subject of people on the internet. The paragraph that stood out to me was this,

“One of the chief joys of the internet is the way it has liberated millions of anonymous hecklers, strikingly few of whom had hitherto risked sharing their coruscating views in public because people tended to yawn, or ask them to shut up, or physically attack them. Suddenly, they had an outlet, and before long, a vastly inflated sense of self-worth. They could pop up, courageously tell a blogger she was fat, and disappear into the night like Raffles the gentlemen thief”.

You can read the rest of the column here.

I hope you are still following, because I promise this will become football related eventually. Essentially, the internet is a huge vent box where people can talk to faceless others about a variety of topics, before turning off the machine and going back to their daily lives.

Any who is in any way “public” or known online is a target to other internet users. If people are not getting into internet fights with eachother, then they are joining together to put down other peoples opinions online. Journalists get stick, people who have an opinion get stick. Once it is online, its almost fair game to comment negatively about something just because you can.

Football fans quite obviously have an opinion to the game, it would be horribly difficult to become impassive to the whole thing. If anything, I relish the passion of football fans who can banter about players or decisions in matches, with their passionate arguments reflecting their passion for the team they support. These passionate words can also extend to the opinions of players past and present for clubs.

Step in Leon Knight, a footballer who has joined a Brighton fans messageboard to, in his own words “leon knight here im talked about too much on this site time to defend myself. u can ask me anything u want or just hammer me or thank me or whatever u want and ill get back to you as i think some of you have got the wrong end of the stick with my relationship with brighton football club ive been reading this site for years”.

Leon, if that is you, please step away from the keyboard. You are not going to change anyones opinion on you. Let your football elsewhere do the talking. You know what? You could be the greatest footballer in the world and you STILL would have your detractors! Basically, you have opened up the chance for people to wind you up, take a pop at you and draw you into an argument which will look embarassing (especially when you cannot use punctuation or capital letters, as it seems apparant from reading!)

I am almost certain that the nosier footballers will google themselves or perhaps brace themselves to read fans forums. Getting involved just spells trouble to me. Keep anonymous on the internet before you open up a can of worms.

If you want to read the thread he started, click here

Written by Nicole Carroll

July 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Can Blues strike gold with domestic loans?

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With clubs like Portsmouth feeling the financial strain of over spending, Premier League clubs will be keen to avoid huge transfer fees by taking advantage of the loan scheme.

Within the Premier League you can loan 2 players off a fellow club (but no two players from the same club). Last season Blues plumped for Manchester City’s Joe Hart which was arguably the Premier League loan of the season, and Sunderland’s Teemu Tainio who unfortunately sustained an injury which cut his season short.

Blues are very light in cover across all areas of the pitch, and we would be kidding ourselves as fans if we really believed that management could afford to buy players to cover all the areas we need. To ensure we have players to be able to last the season, allowing for injuries and fatigue, we’re looking at needing at least one centre half, a left back, a winger and a striker.

If McLeish could emerge from this window with two very decent loan signings in tow, it could go a long way to ensuring Premier League survival for a second season. Joe Hart was instrumental to this last season, but now we have Ben Foster as a permanent signing, we can somewhat relax and focus on strengthening the outfield areas.

Realistically, we’re looking at the teams above us loaning us an outstanding youngster, or perhaps players who have become surplus to requirement at the moment due to new players arriving at their clubs.

Perhaps, however, we could go knocking on Manchester City’s door again in the hope of taking defender Nedum Onuoha on loan. Despite playing semi regularly in 2008-2009, injuries and new arrivals to the club have now seen the young defenders chances limited. His team mate Joe Hart had only positive things to say about the club, perhaps if Blues knocked at the door he could be persuaded to visit the Midlands for 9 months. The fact he is versatile and can play in the centre and at right back would mean we had options at the back, especially if we are going to face injury problems this season.

An option to add to midfield and cover the left hand side of the pitch could be Portsmouth’s loan signing last season, Jamie O’Hara. He received good reviews for his season on the coast, and perhaps if he isn’t to focus in Harry Redknapps plans this season, then he could move to the Midlands to get regular football. If O’Hara wasn’t an option, then why not Danny Rose, the scorer of THAT screamer against Arsenal last season. Despite him getting on the score sheet, that was the only league appearance he made last season. Although he’s relatively unknown except for that goal, he must have something about him to be signed for the Spurs first team, perhaps a season at somewhere like Blues could really show what this young player is made of?

Can we loan someone with the talent of Mikael Forssell?

I’m not sure that a striker will be coming to Blues on loan from a fellow Premier League club. Blues struck lucky when they loaned Mikael Forssell from Chelsea and he went on to be a complete hit at St. Andrews. Blues dipped their toes into loaning a foreign striker in the shape of Christian Benitez, who struggled to set the league alight. It’s difficult to judge whether a player will translate their own domestic form into the Premier league, and even if they are outstanding, you run the risk that someone bigger is going to come along and buy them from under your nose.

Maybe this would be where, if McLeish was going to explore the options here, he would possibly talk to fellow manager Sir Alex Ferguson and perhaps see whether United had a young striker who was ready for first team Premier League experience. Signing someone on loan until January maybe could prove enough time to see whether a gamble could pay off. Loan moves like these when they work well are massively beneficial to all three parties, and if it works out well there is always a possibility that you could get the player permanently.

Whilst Blues are currently on tour in Asia, it seems highly unlikely that any new faces or much business will be conducted at all. By the time the players are back at Wast Hills, perhaps McLeish and his backroom staff will have identified some possible loan moves for Premier League players that they can slot into the squad for the start of the season. With teams like Manchester City spending in a big way, there perhaps will be talent that other clubs like Blues can take full advantage of to bolster the squad without any hard commitment.

Written by Nicole Carroll

July 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

Gazza involvement in Raoul Moat case

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UPDATED

Former England and Newcastle striker, Paul Gascoigne last night turned up at the police cordon of wanted man Raoul Moat.

According to sources, Gazza arrived at the scene to bring Moat a can of lager, chicken, a change of clothes and a mobile phone.

Northumbria polic informed the public and media that after long negotiations, Moat died from a single gun shot wound. No police were involved in the shooting.

Paul appeared to be intoxicated. Although he claimed to know Moat, it hasn’t been confirmed whether he indeed knows the man who had been on the run since the previous Friday.

This is the radio interview that Gazza gave:

Gazza is no stranger to the area which is known for it’s fishing spots, and in 1999 was spotted drunk in a Rothbury pub.

Written by Nicole Carroll

July 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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