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Young guns news -
Friday 17th December
Young Guns will now go on a Christmas break, so thank you once
again for all your assistance and I wish you a Happy Christmas and a Blwyddyn
Newydd Dda. - Owain
Arron Davies (Southampton - striker) - Brought the the
curtain down on his time with Saints after impressing during a reserve team
appearance at Yeovil Town. The Wales U21 international was at the heart of
everything good that the Yeovil team did in what was a 4-1 thumping of the Gas
men and that was enough to convince Yeovil town manager Gary Johnson that he
should sign him up. "I am delighted to have signed for Yeovil and got the contracts out of the
way and Iím just looking forward to the game on Saturday and fitting in with the
lads. It wasnít really that much of a wrench to leave Southampton. I came up on
Monday and played in the Reserves and the gaffer had a word with me afterwards
and I was delighted to join Yeovil and get my career back on track." - Arron
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Scored on
Saturday as the U's started life under new management at the Kazam Stadium. The
former Wales U17 and U19 striker struck in the 28th minute as Davies raced into
the box to slot past Lewis Price as the U's beat Cambridge
2-1. The former Man City scholar was voted fans choice as Man of the Match this
week and will take encouragement in what has been a very good month for the
Welsh qualified youngster.
Jamal Easter (Cardiff - striker) - Struck his sides
winning goal as the Cardiff Youth team marched into the next round the FA Youth
cup with a win over Hull City. The Wales U17 striker struck the only goal of
the game after 38 minutes, and he and his side will now face Colchester in the
Rob Edwards (Wolves - defender) - Played 35 minutes of a
reserve match this week against Shrewsbury. The Wales international has been
sidelined for the past few months and will be a welcome boost for John Toshacks
senior squad when they return to action in the new year.
Wayne Hennessey (Wolves - goalkeeper) - Pulled off a
couple of saves which aided his side to advance to the next round after beating
Reading youth 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Reading side contained the influential
Ryan Crockford (midfielder) but for all their efforts the
Wolves resisted the efforts of the Royals to blow the house down.
Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) - Started once again
for the reserves against Watford on Tuesday night as the Rams drew 0-0 with the
Hornets. The Wales U17 will look back on the start of the 04/05 season with a
great deal of pride after being a regular with the second string and also
travelling with Ian Rush' U17 side to the Netherlands where they were extremely
unlucky not to qualify.
Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Came off the bench in the
second half only to suffer an injury which was at first thought to be a broken
leg. The former Wales U19 defender had a scan this week which revealed that he
has bruised the bone and will be out for around two weeks. The former Wales U19
and U20 international has not been lucky with injuries and will hope to be back
asap to push for a first team place.
Liam Powell (Leicester - defender) - Has been released by
the Foxes and has been on trial at Grimsby and Newport AFC over the past couple
of weeks. The former Wales U19 international has signed on with Kings Lynn
although may never play as he is currently on trial at Boston Utd. He may form
a back line with the impressive Lee Beevers if everything goes well. It just
goes to show how difficult a task it is to gain a profesional contract at a
football club let alone break into the first team.
Jamie Price (Birmingham - midfielder) - Was on the bench
as the reserves had their very own derby game against Villa on Tuesday night.
It was not to be his or the teams night as he remained on the bench and the
Blues lost to their city rivals.
David Vaughan (Crewe - defender/midfielder) - Has signed a
contract that will keep him at Gresty Road until 2008. The St Asaph born
midfielder/full back has been in outstanding form this season and is regarded as
one of the most creative players in the Crewe squad and his progression has been
fantastic, thus resulting in the offer and the acceptance of a new contract.
Evans (Manchester City) -
15 year old Scott Evans who in the summer was
transfered from Swansea City to
Manchester City was part of their squad for the F.A Youth Cup game against West
Young guns news -
Friday 10th December
Grant Basey (Charlton - defender) + Christopher Saunders (Charlton
- defender) - Both started for the Charlton U19 team as they took part
in the prestigious Nerja international tournament against Malaga on Wednesday
night. The Wales U17 internationals and their side will join the likes of
Barcelona and Real Madrid as holders of the cup after a dramatic penalty shoot
out victory against Malaga which saw the Addicks lift the cup.
Jason Brown (Gillingham - goalkeeper) - Will be out of
action for around six weeks after tearing his hamstring. The former Wales U21
stopper will be gutted as he has only just broken back into the first team. He
will also realise that with a new manager at the helm in Stan Ternant, he
has lost the chance to impress at the start of his reign.
Ramon Calliste (Man Utd - striker) - Played for an under
strength Utd reserve team as they slipped to a third defeat of the season to
Nottingham Forest. The team was made up of academy players as most of the
youngsters were in Turkey with the first team. The Forest defence included
Gavin Hurren (defender) who once again played for the whole 90
minutes and had a goal disallowed during the second half.
Thomas Carter (MK Dons - midfielder) - Chipped in with a
goal for the U18 side as they lost by 3-2 to Liam Norval's (Leicester -
defender) young Foxes. The dual qualified midfielder has been in fine
form the Dons youth team this season and is another player which may come under
the gaze of Brian Flynn.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) - Showed the
quality which earned him a professional contract with a quality finish from 25
yards in the first period of last nights FA Youth Cup tie against Rotherham on
Wednesday night. The City youth team ran out 3-1 winners on the night, with
Sam Pearce (goalkeeper) making some fine saves to keep his side
in it with Griff Jones (defender) also making a telling
Kyle Critchell (Southampton - defender) + Lloyd James (Southampton
- midfielder) - Assisted Southampton's youth team in advancing to the
next round as they beat QPR 3-1 on Tuesday night. The QPR first XI contained
Daniel Murphy (defender) who started at the back in what was a
busy night for the Rangers back four.
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Is a name that has not
been mentioned here for quite some while since a spell at Rushden and Diamonds
saw him fall off the radar. But this season has seen Davies, the Ex Man City
and Wales U17 striker make regular substitute appearances for Oxford's first
team, including coming off the bench last Saturday as the U's beat Chester 3-1
at the Deva Stadium.
Carl Harris (Shrewsbury - defender) - Scored as
Shrewsbury's youth team beat Port Vale 3-2 at the weekend. He was also joined
on the score sheet by striker Endaf Jones who got his sides
third goal. The former Wales U17 defender will now turn his attentions to the
next round of the FA Youth cup against Leyton Orient.
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Flew out with the
Manchester Utd Champions League squad Turkey as a young Red Devils squad took on
Fenerbache. Jones was also involved in the Carling Cup last week, and must have
relished the opportunity to travel with Fergie's young squad.
Dan Martin (Derby - defender) + Lewin Nyatanga (Derby -
defender) - Lined up alongside each other in the centre of Derby's
reserve team defence as they took on Ipswich Town. Both have been involved with
Wales youth squads this season and have also been second string regulars along
with Mitchell Booth (midfielder) who was an unused sub on
Tuesday night. The game finished in a 1-1 draw, with Martin and Nyatanga
getting another 90 minutes under the belt.
Liam Norval (Leicester - defender) - Played the full 90
minutes as Leicester reserves beat Norwich 1-0 on Monday night. The former
Wales schools defender has been a regular in the second string side over the
past few weeks and will obviously look at getting himself into a Welsh youth
side next year when the qualifiers begin.
Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Was an unused substitute
on Saturday as Stoke beat Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road. After starting the
season on loan at Torquay, the time maybe right for Owen to stake a claim for a
regular place in the first team squad and kick on with his career at the
Scott Thyer (Spurs - striker) - Saw his side draw 2-2 with
Cardiff City on Saturday morning, with the Wales U19 striker finding some form
to score his sides second goal. The youngster struck just before half time with
a well taken slotted goal, and will now hope to build on this for the rest of
the season. He also supplied the pass that set up Andy Barcham for the only
goal of the game as the Spurs Youth team advanced to the next round of the FA
Youth cup with a win against Nottingham Forest.
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Was named on the bench
for the FA Cup tie against Histon on Saturday but was ruled by injury. The
Neath born attacker will now hope that with Gavin Williams on his way to the
Hammers, that there may be more opportunities for him to shine and force his way
into the Wales U19 side.
Gavin Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Is on his way to Upton
Park this week after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. It is good
news for Welsh manager John Toshack as he will now have more options to choose
from with Williams now set to play at Championship level alongside Carl
Young guns news -
Friday 3rd December 2004.
With the appointment of Brian Flynn as Youth Supremo, all at Young
Guns hope that this now heralds a change in attitude towards football at this
level. Ian Rush hit the nail on the head when he mentioned last year that there
needs to be a level of progression and continuity i.e. squads progressing
together through age levels. We also hope that more is done to keep an eye on
dual qualified talent such David Jones, Russell Fry, Owen Price and that they
can be persuaded that there is a bright future to be had with the Red Dragon.
Michael Byrne (Stockport - striker) - Equalised for
Stockport reserves on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough to stop his side
from crashing to a 3-1 defeat to Macclesfield. The former Wales U-19
international has been on the fringes of the first team all season, and must
hope that he can impress caretaker manager Mark Lillis if he gets a few more
goals under his belt for the reserves.
Stuart Edwards (Leeds - defender) - Saw his side make a
remarkable comeback on Thursday as they showed bounce back ability to beat Aston
Villa 3-2 after being 2-0 down. The former Wales U-19 international played the
full 90 minutes as the Leeds second string came back from being 2-0 down after
34 minutes to beat Villa.
Peter Ferris (Carlisle - striker) - Scored his sides
second goal as Carlisle beat Wrexham 3-2 in midweek. The former Wales U-19
international has been in good form of late and is another name that Flynn may
want to cast an eye over as he prepares his youth sides for future games.
Russell Fry (Hull - striker) - Pounced to scoop up the
equaliser as Hull City reserves beat Walsall 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
The talented youngster who has a Welsh father scored just before the half time
whistle to send his side in all square at the interval. The Tigers eventually
ran out comfortable winners and Fry will now set his sights once again on a
place in the first team squad.
Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) - Kept pressure
on the first team strikers with another goal for the reserves as they beat
Swansea 2-1 on Thursday night. It was Haldane who got his side back on level
terms with an equaliser as the Welsh qualified striker struck from ten yards to
give his side a life line. He came off during the second half with a knee
injury as the coach didn't want to take any chances that it could get worse.
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Was on the bench as
Man Utd's youngsters beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup in midweek. The dual
qualified youngster played for the last 10 minutes, and will hopefully get another chance in the semi finals against Chelsea. He is a player that Toshack
may need to have a good long look at this season as he builds for the future.
Dan Martin (Derby - defender) - Opened the scoring as
Derby County's youth team marched into the next round with a 4-0 win over
Grimsby. The Wales U-19 international scored in the 33rd minute
with a curling free kick and will now enter the draw for the fourth round with
great confidence. Martin was joined in the starting XI by Lewin
Nyatanga (Derby - defender) and later on by Mitchell Booth
(Derby - midfielder) who came on as a substitute.
Liam Norvall (Leicester - defender) - Started for the
reserves on Wednesday night as they entertained Southampton. It was not to be
his night though, as his side which included several Academy players lost 2-1 on
the night. Norvall has been lost to the Welsh system since playing a few years
ago in the Victory Shield, and with Brian Flynn now in place as Youth supremo at
the FAW, they may want to take a look a the London born defender.
Lewis Price (Ipswich - goalkeeper) - Went through a roller
coaster of emotions on Saturday during the second game of a loan spell at
Cambridge. The Wales U-21 international gave away a penalty and dusted himself
down to go and save it. It wasn't to be a second consecutive win for the
stopper though, as David Pipe's (midfielder) Notts County ran
out 2-1 winners. Price was joined in the Cambridge squad by Adam Davies
(defender) who was an unused substitute.
Mark Pritchard (Swansea - striker) - Scored the only goal
of the game during last weeks second string South Wales derby against Cardiff
City. The former Wales U19 international was also on the bench as the senior
Swans took on Bury on Saturday. Mark is in the third year of his scholarship
and will now look to impress manager Kenny Jacket so he can earn a pro contract
at the end of the season. He was also on target once again this week as
Pritchard struck after four minutes to give his side a lead against Bristol
Rovers, although it wouldn't be enough as the Gas men ran out 2-1 winners.
Matthew Somner (Brentford - defender) - Will join
Cambridge on a months loan as he strives to put his career back on track after
watching it fade away under Martin Allen at Brentford. The Wales U21
international was on loan at The Vetch earlier in the season, but things didn't
quite work out for him there, so now he has another chance to prove that he has
the quality to play at league level. "Coming to Cambridge seemed like a good opportunity to get myself into the
first team because at the moment they're not doing too well and I hope to help
to change that." Matthew Somner
Danny Thomas (Cardiff - striker) - Started up front in
what was a very young and inexperienced City reserve team that took on
Cheltenham in midweek. And it was Thomas who broke the dead lock, scoring from
six yards out to put his side ahead after sixteen minutes. Unfortunately the
scores would not stay that way as the Bluebirds eventually lost 2-1.