Here’s a round-up of the latest news from our division.
- Striker Padraig Amond has signed for Newport County. Amond had been looking for a move from relegated Hartlepool all summer, and yesterday Hartlepool claimed the player had gone on strike to force a move. Shortly after signing his deal he denied going on strike, but revealed his delight at being back in the Football League. The fee is undisclosed, media in Hartlepool claim it is worth £40,000, whilst Newport media deny it breaks the club record. thought to be £30,000 they paid for Joe Day.
- West Brom suffered from a cold shower at Accrington, literally. The first-team squad were forced to endure a cold shower due to the floodlights having to be turned off at the end of the game. Pulis refused to be critical of the situation, instead stating that he was delighted his team witnessed lower league football first hand. Quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Pulis said;: “The showers couldn’t be turned on afterwards because the lights had got to go off. Brilliant, absolutely fantastic and I love all of that. I was brought up at the beginning of my managerial career with cold showers.”
- Lincoln City may have given him his professional debut, but it is Chesterfield that will benefit from the sale of Sam Clucas. They’re reported to be expecting a ‘six-figure’ windfall after the former Imps player moved from Hull to Swansea. The Spireites are thought to be in line for 5% of the reported £16.5m fee, the largest transfer deal an ex-Lincoln player has ever been involved in.
- Port Vale’s ownership worries continue. Boss Michael Brown is under pressure on the field, but behind the scene owner Norman Smurthwaite has remained defiant. The owner says the budget is up 20 per cent on last season and he is under no pressure to sell the club despite the editorial on website ‘onevalefan’. A column by its editor, Rob Fielding, said the sort of dissent fans showed towards manager Michael Brown during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield last weekend should not detract from the club’s main problem, which he believes is the club’s ownership.
- Lincoln’s opponents on Saturday exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of Sunderland, but Keith Curle is delighted with their performance. He spoke to local media after the game, saying; “When I walked into the dressing room at full time I told that the players that if they’re going to lose a cup tie then that’s the way to lose it. When you’re up against a team of the stature and calibre of Sunderland you have to be brave and we gave a very good account of ourselves.”
- Swindon Town midfielder Conor Thomas has left the club in order to embark on a ‘new challenge’. He’ll join up with Atletico de Kolkata of the Indian Super League, managed by former England international Teddy Sheringham. Thomas joined Town on a free transfer from Coventry City in July 2016 and went on to end up captaining the side for the trip to Charlton Athletic on the final day.
Exeter City’s David Wheeler has been speaking to Devon Live about his side’s win against the Imps on Saturday. He said; “While there wasn’t a whole lot between the two teams at the weekend, a fantastic strike from Reuben Reid proved decisive and, all said and done, I thought we were good value for the victory against an extremely competitive and well-drilled Imps side. While myself and Jordan Moore-Taylor missed out through injury, and we went into the game with rather more defensively minded starting XI than most fans might have anticipated, as ever Tis had a plan. Essentially, the aim was to ensure we nullified the Imps’ main weapons – in particular, the exceedingly long kicks of keeper Paul Farman allayed to the ability of their big target man Matt Rhead to win flick-ons and hold the ball up – and I think it’s fair to say we succeeded in doing just that. Read was substituted after an hour and, as far as I can recall, Christy Pym only had one real effort of note to save throughout the course of the 90 minutes.”