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Managers ready for the big kick off

11 months ago By Neil McGowan

The new season starts on Saturday with the First Team away at Belper Town and Community at Greenwich Avenue against Newark Flowserve (both 3.0)

First Team manager Martin Carruthers (pictured, left) is looking forward to the challenge of a new season, saying:

"I have been absolutely delighted with our pre-season which has been the best I have been involved with since taking over as manager. The whole attitude, application and attendance of the players has been first class.

“We’ve kept the core of our best players and brought in some key additions that will improve us. It’s thanks to the Chairman we managed to recruit quality players of the calibre of Dom Roma, Laurie Wilson and Liam Hearn.

“With the re-signings of Matt Thornhill and James Reid we sent out a real signal of intent to the rest of the league. They are fantastic signings and not only bring real quality, but also vital experience and valuable leadership skills. They will be pivotal in our push for promotion this season."

Squad: Saul Deeney, Fabian Smith, Kieran Fenton, Dom Roma, Lewis Carr, Connor Bartle, Deon Meikle, Laurie Wilson, Matt Thornhill, James Reid, Kieran Wells, Liam Hearn, Ben Hutchinson, Celson Patrocinio, Callum Smith, Courey Grantham, Rob Duffy, Ashford Dawkin.

Admission: Adults £9, Children & OAP £5, Under 14 (Accompanied by Adult) – Free

Ground address: The Marston's Stadium, Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1BA

There are limited car parking spaces inside the ground on match days.
Additional car parking is available at Belper Meadows Sports Club adjacent to the ground and there are a number of car parks close to the ground.

Trent Buses operate frequent services from Derby. Numbers 6.1,6.2, 6.3 and the Derby/Manchester TransPeak service stop at Belper bus station, which is 10 minutes walk from the ground.
Belper Railway Station is about 10 minutes walk from the ground.

Michael Leslie (pictured, right) is preparing for his debut as Community manager and said:

“I would like to thank the management team and club officials for offering me the role as the Basford Community FC First Team Manager. As well as this, the welcoming reception from the club as a whole during pre-season has been overwhelming.

“Alongside the vastly experienced management team of Mark Clarke and Willis Francis, I have been very impressed with the club's young talent. We are hoping to share our tactical knowledge and experiences with the squad, not only for our players to progress individually but collectively as a team.

“The players are starting this season's campaign full of confidence following some great performances during our pre-season schedule. This has not only impressed myself, but First Team manager Martin Carruthers who has in return, rewarded some players with first team appearances already. The club is committed to providing pathways for our talented young players which is something I am very proud to be a part of.

“I am very excited to see what the 2017/2018 season has to offer and we will be working hard to ensure it is a successful year.”

Community squad: Jake Wood, Danny Brown, Jack Duffy, Reece Allen, Diaz Cameron, Buba Ceesay, Joe Harrison, Ezra Kitungano, Jacub Taberham, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Wakefield, Jack Wood, Michael Leslie, Gideon Boateng, Anthony Graham, Shick Ndong, Michael Uzok, Sam Winch, Nathan Bilo, Jassie Singh- Ratmoor, Raequoun Noon-Brady, Anthony Bedwood, Willis Francis

Updated 21:50 - 16 Aug 2017 by Neil McGowan

Where next?

Bus to Corby Town on 26 August We shall be running a bus to Corby Town on 26 August, leaving Greenwich Avenue at 12 noon, supporter's fare £6 return, £2 for season ticket holders.
Cup trip to Belper The First Team have been drawn away to Belper Town in the First Round of this season's Integro League Cup, to be played on 17 October.


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5 sports clubs amongst winners in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition.

Fri 20 Jul
First Team Mansfield Town
Pre-season 19:30
Sat 21 Jul
Community Hucknall Town
Pre-season 15:00
Tue 24 Jul
First Team Ilkeston Town
Pre-season 19:45
Sat 28 Jul
First Team Kings Lynn Town
Pre-season 15:00

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