There’s been a few bits happening in our league, here’s some of the latest headlines.
- Chesterfield have been busy today, they’ve made three signings with highly-rated Jordan Sinnott perhaps the pick of the bunch. Sinnott played for Halifax last season as they won promotion from the National League North via the play-offs. The Spireites have also bagged Jerome Binnom-Williams from Peterborough and Delial Brewster from Everton.
- Charlie Cooper, the Birmingham midfielder who spent time on loan at Forest Green last season, has made the move permanent. Cooper, son of Forest Green manager Mark, has signed a two-year deal after making 24 appearances for them last season.
- Midfielder Harry Beautyman, a tabloid headline writers dream, has signed for Stevenage. Beautyman only had one season at Northampton having joined from Peterborough last summer for an undisclosed fee. His Cobblers career fell by the wayside when Justin Edinburgh took over in January, adding just five outings to his previous 22.
- Pop star Jake Bugg is set to sponsor Notts County, although only for one month. County have agreed a unique deal with ten people for logos to appear on the club shirts for just a month. Bugg is County’s Mr November, and he’ll also be joined by Bassingfield Woodyard (not Alex Woodyard’s relative, a real woodyard) and Premier Electrical Services.
- Luton Town have drafted in goalkeeper Marek Stech from Sparta Prague. The Czech stopper, capped for his country, has previously played for West Ham and Yeovil. His arrival was commented on most by Yeovil fans who feel Luton have picked up one of the best keepers possible at this level. Yeah, but they’ve not seen Paul Farman yet, have they?
- It’s all change at Swindon Town since the arrival of David Flitcroft, firstly Tim Sherwood left his role as Director of Football this week. Flitcroft, who once played three games on loan at City, decided the former Spurs boss was no longer needed at the County Ground. Instead, he’s chosen to appoint another former Imp to the role of Assistant Manager, namely Ben Futcher (pictured top). Futcher was his number two at Bury as well, and he’s quoted as saying that bringing Ben Futcher in was crucial to him accepting the managers role.
- Newport County will be allowed to start their season with three weeks of away matches, giving them time to try to get their pitch in order. They currently play at Rodney Parade, a ground they share with rugby sides Dragons and Newport RFC. The state of the surface has raised questions about three teams all sharing the ground, and last season alone they lost three home fixtures to the quality of the surface. They’ve been told they can adjust home fixtures for the first three weeks of the season, although their opponents will be offered the choice of postponement or switching the venue. If they are drawn at home tomorrow in the League Cup, the fixture will simply be reversed.