Here’s a look at some of the latest news in our league
- Swindon have released midfielder Jesse Starkey (pictured top) after just seven months at the County Ground. The 22-year-old’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent for him to find first-team football elsewhere. He arrived from Brighton, making his debut for the club on the final day of last season as they lost at Charlton. He hasn’t featured since, and his contract being cancelled suggests a drop down to the National League.
- Chesterfield might be in hot water with the EFL. It’s been revealed that the CFC Development Schools Ltd, set up by Chris Turner and former non-league footballer Liam Sutcliffe, had paid the wages of Jake Orrell and Myles Wright while they were Spireites which is all a bit ‘Steve Evans’. Furthermore current Company Secretary Ashley Carson also admitted that in July the club had fielded ex player Liam Graham under false names in reserve games. Both issues are currently being investigated.
- The crisis at Coventry City shows no signs of abating, with them set to be the subject of talks at a Football League meeting this week. Coventry currently have no long term home beyond the end of this season with its deal to play at the Ricoh Arena due to expire in summer 2018. There are also question marks over the long term home of the Academy, with its lease at the Alan Higgs Centre set to end in 2018. There is even a fear club’s Ryton training ground could go too, it has been put forward as a possible location for housing.
- Maidenhead chairman Peter Griffin revealed the transfer for Dave Tarpey almost didn’t happen, and perhaps also uncovered the reason why our move for Simeon Akinola fell through. Speaking to the Non League Paper he said; “Barnet called very late in the day. I was actually playing five-aside with my friends and my phone was on silent. We’ve got a pitch right next to our main pitch actually, but when eventually we got off I saw the missed calls. If that wasn’t a big enough problem, we then had to decide about the offer and get things in order our end which isn’t easy. So I had to sacrifice going to the pub like I always do after I play football and get the deal done! But my fax machine wasn’t working and the secretary’s email was totally down. The minutes were ticking by, it was panic stations. It was literally minutes to the 11pm deadline we got the paperwork to where it needed to be.” Yeah, cheers Peter. You wait until Stewie and Lois hear about this.
- Port Vale are still looking at players, they’ve been running the eye over former Manchester United winger Cameron Stewart in their reserves’ 3-0 win at Walsall this afternoon. The 26-year old, who is available as a free agent after being released by Ipswich, has been training with the Valiants for a few weeks. Doubtless Danny Cowley will be looking at options also over the coming weeks.
- Crawley have signed former Watford defender Josh Doherty. The Northern Ireland U21 full-back has agreed a one-year contract, with the option of a further year after a spell back in Ireland with Ards. It reunites him with his former Under-21 boss Harry Kewell, now in charge at Crawley. Having come through the ranks at Vicarage Road, Doherty left Watford in the summer of 2016 and joined Leyton Orient, who in turn released him in January of this year after he failed to make any appearances.
Grimsby Town are in talks to remove Police Offers from inside the ground on a match day. Senior officers will also be discussing levels of policing for the rest of this season, as well as the plans for our clash with them later this month. Nick Dale, the stadium safety officer, said Grimsby Town FC are aiming for “self-sufficiency,” and that there are a number of matches that have taken place at Blundell Park that are “spotter-only.” It is unlikely the change will take place for our game though, speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph Dale said: We have a mixture of fixtures. It varies from match to match and have a number that are spotter-only. We recognise that both clubs are back in the league now and we are expecting a big gate. It is a typical local derby game. But most of the time there is not the need for them (police officers). What is the point of using taxpayers’ money? We are happy for that footprint (police officers) if they are able to, but otherwise what is the point?”