Here’s a quick look at some of the news making the headlines elsewhere in our division this week.
- Firstly, sad news from Crawley. Their former manager, Dermott Drummy, has passed away aged just 56. Drummy was a former Chelsea coach who managed both their academy and reserves before joining Crawley in April 2016. He held the position of manager at the Red Devils until May 2017 when he left the club. A spokesman for Crawley said: “Everyone at the club is devastated by the news. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
- Steve bloody Evans has been at it again, targeting Chesterfield manager Jack Lester in his latest war of words. The two sides drew 2-2 this weekend, only a late Zander Diamond goal saved Evans’ blushes, but the bullish manager has obviously had plenty to say. “I am sure it’s on his 2018 wishlist that he’s got Steve Evans coming to Chesterfield as a manager. It will be a big day for Jack,” said Evans. “He stood up for his team and I stood up for mine. But I look forward to seeing him in 2018 and if he’s struggling before then I’ll send him a picture.” One imagines it might have to be a panoramic to fit both Evans and his ego in one shot. Lester had already done his homework on Evans though. He said after the game; “There was a lot of stick flying in, it’s great isn’t it because they’ve got to come to our place. “We spoke before the game about them diving, they were throwing themselves to the floor and putting pressure on the referee but we had prepared for that.”
- Staying with that lot from Field Mill, they’ve sent a strong side over to Clipstone for a benefit friendly this evening. Clipstone’s ground was hit by vandalism which will cost them approx. £2000 and (to be fair) Evans agreed to send a side over to raise some funds. Former Imp Lee Angol is likely to feature after a spell out with injury. The slimy Scot said in his press conference today; “Lee Angol will probably play no more than 30 minutes, 45 maximum. But, again, he has trained for four or five days.”
- Former Wolves and Oldham left-back Jamie Reckford is on course to secure a deal with Cheltenham after impressing in a trial. Reckford played 90 minutes as their reserves took on FGR Reserves this afternoon. The Robins won 4-2 and Gary Johnson is now likely to sign Reckford to replace injured former-Imp Jordan Cranston who is out with a torn hamstring.
- One thing Lincoln will need to be certain of when looking at a new training facility is the absence of unexploded bombs. Swindon Town had to leave their Calne base on Friday after one was found. They subsequently lost a couple of hours together, losing 1-0 to Newport 24 hours later. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team were called to the Beversbrook Sports Facility on Friday to deal with the device, which had been found by construction workers at roughly 2pm. In the end the mystery device was identified as a practice air-drop weapon from the Second World War, which had detonated upon impact so posed no threat to anyone.
- All is not well at Crawley Town. Harry Kewell clashed with fans after their 4-0 defeat at Wycombe earlier in the month and he’s been defending himself amidst growing pressure. “While I did approach a disgruntled fan at full-time, it was merely to hear his concerns,” he said in a statement on the League Two club’s website. “At no time did anyone need to hold me back.” That contradicted reports at the time which were described by one Twitter user as ‘being pulled away by his players. Another said”Following the final whistle, Crawley boss Harry Kewell went over to confront some abusive supporters and ended up being ushered away by stewards before it could turn ugly.” Kewell isn’t making any friends on the South coast, a message to him on their Facebook page said; “Jump before you’re pushed, no one wants you here. You’ve lost the dressing room and you’ve lost the fans, and you’re out of your depth. Embarrassing.” Another user helpfully added: “He is clueless. Plays wingers as strikers, doesn’t play the best players and likes to fight fans. Please, take him off our hands.”