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Young guns news -
Saturday 27th November 2004.
Mitchell Booth (Derby - midfielder) + Dan Martin (Derby - defender)
- Both started on Tuesday night as Derby reserves went down by a goal
to nil to Spurs. Booth figured quite heavily before being replaced early in the
second half after Tottenham went ahead. Martin was joined by Lewin
Nyatanga (defender) during the last quarter of the game.
Adam Birchall (Arsenal - striker) - Has decided to return
to Highbury rather than stay for the remainder of the season at Wycombe. After
Tony Adams' resignation, the young Wales U21 striker has decided that the time
has come to return Arsenal rather than stay on at the Causeway Stadium. During
his three months on loan he scored five goals in fifteen appearances.
Richard Duffy (Portsmouth - defender) - Returns to Fratton
Park this week after coming to an end of his two month loan spell at Burnley.
The former Swan made nine appearances and scored the winner in the league game
against Leeds Utd at Elland Road. He will now hope to push for a first team
squad place at Pompey after getting valuable game time with the Clarets. He was
straight back into action as well as Pompey's reserve team lost 3-1 to Palace at
the start of the week. He was joined in the starting XI by reserve team
captain, Anthony Pulis (defender)
Stuart Edwards (Leeds - defender) - Once again got 90
minutes under his belt for the reserves, but his performance would be over
shadowed by the appearance of Antonio Nunez in a Liverpool shirt. The former
Wales U19 international has once again been heavily involved with the reserves
this season, and will hope that he can turn that into a squad place before the
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Was once again at the
hub of things as Man Utd's reserves beat Everton 3-1 on Thursday night. The
Welsh qualified midfielder got an assist to his name with a superb back heel to
set up Chris Eagles for his sides equalising goal. Jones was joined in the squad
by Ramon Calliste (striker) who was on the bench.
Griff Jones (Bristol City - defender) + Sam Pearce (Bristol City -
goalkeeper) - Played their part as Bristol City's Youth team marched
into the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-1 against Sutton Utd at Ashton
Gate. Pearce the former Wales U17 stopper was in good form making a string
of saves as he forced into action during the second half. The third member of
the Welsh alliance, David Cotterill (striker) was unavailable
due to an ankle injury.
Mark Jones (Wrexham - midfielder) + Simon Spender (Wrexham -
defender) - Are two youngsters getting game time as the Dragons search
for a light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel this season. After a
great start to the season, Dennis Smith has seen his side take a dip in form of
late as matter off the field cast a large cloud over the on field activities.
The obvious silver lining for the Racecourse club has been the emergence of
players such as Spender, Crowell and Mark Jones, and should the club lose a few
star performers as Hector Sam and Stephen Roberts they might well get a lot more
Daniel Murphy (QPR - defender) - Played the full 90
minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night as a very young Rangers second string
drew 0-0 with a much more experienced Oxford Utd side. The former Wales U16
squad member is another Welsh qualified youngster who will now hope to kick
on and become a regular member of the reserves.
Lewis Price (Ipswich - goalkeeper) - Made an impressive
debut for Cambridge on Saturday as he started his months loan at the Abbey
Stadium. The Wales U21 number one was in fine form and made some excellent
saves as the U's ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. With Jason Brown
(Gillingham) back in favour and Price now getting some valuable
experience, John Toshack may be able to bring down the average of his
goalkeeping department at least.
David Vaughan (Crewe - defender/midfielder) - Was in
sublime form on Saturday as Crewe dispatched Gillingham in a 4-1 win at the
weekend. The Rhuddlan born wing back/midfielder knows that with Hughes having
left the scene and with John Toshack keen to bring the average age of the squad
down that there might well be an opportunity for him to show case his talent
come the New Year. The Wales U21 ace has won more "Man of the Match" awards
than anyone else at Gresty Road this season, and must be pleased with his
progress to date. There was also another start for Andrew Crofts
(Gillingham mdifielder/striker) and Jason Brown (Gillingham -
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Was once again in great
form as Yeovil's Youth team powered into the next round of the FA Youth Cup with
a 4-0 win against Brentford. The Yeovil captain bagged his sides fourth goal as
they trounced The Bees and advanced into the draw for the third round.
Young guns news -
Sunday 21st November 2004.
Wayne Hennessey (Wolves - goalkeeper) - Won all the
plaudits for an outstanding performance for the U18 side against Everton last
Saturday. The Anglesey born goalkeeper has caught the attention of Glyn Hodges
this season, and has already had a few games for the reserves since the start of
the new campaign.
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Scored his sides
first goal as Man Utd's reserves showed that it's not just the first team that
know how to beat Newcastle as they cruised to a 3-0 victory against the
Magpies. The Welsh qualified midfielder must be one of the players that
new manager John Toshack must convince to choose the red of Wales if he is to
have a bright future. With Andy Johnson, Mark Pembridge and Gary Speed having
retired, things are looking thread bare in the centre of midfield and with not
much depth, Jones could see himself in that role for years to come.
Liam Maloney (Preston - striker) - Scored for Merseyside
boys U16 team as they drew 2-2 with Greater Manchester U16's on Saturday. The
Wales U17 striker has seen his confidence grow after his trip away to the
Netherlands with Ian Rush' squad and will now hope to make a reserve team
appearance before the seasons out.
Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) + Dan Martin
(Derby - defender) - Played the full 90 minutes for the reserves
on Wednesday night against Fulham but ended up on the losing side as the
Cottagers with a first XI that included Alex Lawlesss (midfielder) the ex U19
cap ran out 1-0 winners. The Derby bench contained Mitchell Booth
(midfielder) who was an unused sub.
Owen Price (Spurs - striker) - Made a comeback in the
second half as Tottenham reserves beat Ipswich 2-0 on Monday night. The Welsh
qualified striker has been missing over the past few weeks and will now be
looking to get his fitness back and prove his undoubted talent in a white
Lewis Price (Ipswich - goalkeeper) - Will start a loan
spell with Cambridge Utd this Saturday as Joe Royle tries to give his young
goalkeeper more first team experience. The Wales U21 stopper who has been
excellent during a stand in for first choice Kelvin Davis will now hope to start
against Rushden and Diamonds today. He will get a chance to catch up with rival
U21 goalkeeper Lee Worgan (goalkeeper) who
will start the game on the bench for the Diamonds.
Danny Thomas (Cardiff - striker) - Came on for the injured
Stuart Fleetwood (striker) during the reserve
team game with Swindon on Wednesday and bagged a brace as a young City second
string beat Swindon 3-2. The first of the three goals was scored by
Cameron Jerome (striker) who has been so impressive for the
first team of late.
Young guns news -
Friday 12th November 2004.
Lee Beevers (Boston - defender) - Opened the scoring with
an unchallenged header as Boston cruised past Kidderminster last Saturday. The
former Wales U19 international has been drawing a lot of attention from clubs in
higher leagues this season and will now hope that he can push for a Wales U21
Jamal Easter (Cardiff - striker) + Lloyd Jenkins (Cardiff -
midfielder) - Scored as Cardiff City's U18 team beat Leicester at the
weekend. It seems that the young Bluebirds are holding their own in the Premier
Academy league and that will obviously pay dividend as Sam Hammam tries to
nurture talent for the future.
Adam Gross (Charlton - defender) - Hit the winning goal
from the penalty spot as the Charlton U18's defeated Norwich 1-0 over the
weekend. The left back struck his penalty cleanly that left the Norwich
custodian with no chance. It has been an up and down start to the season for
Gross who was a shining light last year but has found opportunities harder to
come by during the new term.
Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) - Has signed a
deal that will keep him at the Memorial Ground until 2007. The 19 year
old former Southampton trainee has impressed manager Ian Atkins and has just
signed a new three year deal. The striker was also on target on the field as he
struck in the second half as Rovers second string beat Cardiff City 4-2.
"It shows the manager has faith in what I can do, and hopefully now I can
take that one step further and get my place back in the team." Lewis
Lloyd James (Southampton -midfielder) - Wrapped up his
sides scoring on Saturday as the Southampton U18 side cruised to a 4-1 win over
West Ham. This was a 12th consecutive win for the U18's who are showing the
senior team how to win matches at the moment. James was joined in the starting
XI by Kyle Critchell (defender) and Gareth Bale
(defender) who was on the bench.
Anthony Pulis (Portsmouth - defender) - Came on after 90
minutes at Ninian Park as Pompey cruised to a 2-0 win over the Bluebirds in the
Carling Cup. The son of Tony Pulis the Stoke manager, who is an ever present in
the reserve team will have been encouraged by his brief cameo and will now be
hopeful of another appearance in the next round.
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Was in sensational form
for the Yeovil U18's v swindon in their 2-0 win in the FA Youth cup at county
ground. His pace, skill and strength and all round contribution was excellent
with swindon manager saying after the game that they could not handle
him. Dale scored a fantastic goal, beating two players and with a powerful shot
from 25 yards that went top corner, and also turned provider for the other goal,
when he again beat two players and crossed into the box where it was met by his
Young guns news -
Friday 5th November 2004.
Adam Birchall (Arsenal - striker)
- Broke Swansea hearts with an
early goal as Wycombe dumped the Jacks out of the LDV Vans Trophy on Tuesday
night. The Wales U21 international struck from close range in the fourth minute
to take his goal tally to five for the Wanderers this
Jason Brown (Gillingham - goalkeeper)
- Made some fantastic
saves as his side brought an end to Dave Jones' reign at Wolves with a 1-0 win
on Saturday. He also shone in midweek as Gillingham drew 0-0 with Watford, and
the former Wales U21 came under increased bombardment from the Hornets front
line, saving time and time again to earn his side a point. It was Brown's third
consecutive start after getting the nod to replace Steve Banks in goal and
contrasts greatly with the earlier part of this season, when Brown asked for a
transfer after becoming frustrated at the lack of opportunities given to him by
manager Andy Hessanthaller.
Byrne (Stockport - striker) - Returned to action after 3 weeks out with a hamstring injury
since his return from Conference club Leigh RMI. He Scored two goals and
created numerous chances for his team mates in County's reserve game against
Wrexham on Wednesday night. He will now hope that after his fine performance in
midweek to be involved with the first team against Sheffield Wednesday
Danny Collins (Sunderland -
defender) - Technically
maybe not a Young Gun, but still in the earlier part of his twenties, Collins
started for Sunderland on Saturday as they became yet another side to heap
misery on Wolves with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light. If Collins makes a
favourable impression during the next few months, the former Wales Semi-pro
defender could well find himself called into the next Wales senior squad. With
the retirement of Andrew Melville and the indifferent form and injuries that are
plaguing Rob Page, we could do with another body to boost the numbers at the
Matthew Collins (Fulham -
midfielder) - Got 45
minutes under his belt for the reserves this week as the Cottagers took on
Coventry. The Wales U19 midfielder played the second half as his side lost 2-0
as Collins replaced Sylvain Legwinski at the interval.
David Cotterill (Bristol City -
striker) - Was named on
the substitutes bench on Tuesday night as Bristol City took on the Milton Keynes
Dons in the LDV Vans Trophy. And after taking the field in the 72nd minute, he
lit up the evening with some flashes of skill after coming on for Leroy Lita.
His team ran out 2-1 winners in a tough game, and now Cotterill will take his
growing confidence into the winter as he now pushes for a first team squad place
on a regular basis. His confidence has grown and grown ever since he scored his
first goal for the Wales U19's during their Euro qualifiying
Andrew Crofts (Gillingham -
striker) - Is determined
to make the most of his break through this season as he casts a glance towards
the Wales U21 squad. The former Wales U19 international who bounced back after
being dropped a few weeks ago for the game against Millwall, is now setting his
sights on another call up for his country - "Hopefully I can get into the full
national squad an d play at the top level. I'm keeping my fingers
Arron Davies (Southampton -
striker) - Scored for the
reserves in midweek to nudge coach Steve Wigley into remembering that there are
more youngsters waiting in the wings for a chance in the first team. The
Welshman got his sides second goal as he skipped past the Leicester defence
after bursting into the box before slotting the ball home. I think all at Young
Guns would like the Cardiff born youngster to get his chance this season, and
hopefully with Steve Wigley at the helm, he will get that sooner rather than
Richard Duffy (Portsmouth -
defender) - Started in an
unfamiliar position on the left wing in midweek as an injury ravaged Burnley
took Leeds Utd. Nothing seemed to faze the Wales U21 international as he popped
up to score the winner from close range as his side ran out 2-1 winners. The
former Swansea full back seems to be enjoying his time on loan at Burnley and
will hope to get more game time under his belt before returning to Fratton
"I'm enjoying it here. I've been in and out of the team and
obviously I'd like to play more regularly. Hopefully now I can start playing
some more games. It's always been my dram to play in the Premiership and that
ambition remains the same." - Richard Duffy
Joe Ledley (Cardiff - midfielder) - Was again star of the show as Cardiff City trounced
West Ham 4-1 this week. The Wales U19 midfielder who is only 17 years of age
scored one of his sides goals and continues to make a huge impression as one of
Lennie's Bluebird babes.
(Derby - defender) + Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) - Both started in a very young Derby reserve team on Monday night,
with the oldest player being only 20 years of age. It was to be a rough
experience for them though, with the Eagles running out 3-1 winners as the extra
experience in their squad shone through. Martin and Nyatanga were joined in
the squad by Mitchell Booth (Derby
- midfielder) who was an unused substitute.
Lewis Price (Ipswich - goalkeeper) - Started once again for the first team as he
deputised for first choice Kelvin Davis on Saturday. The Wales U21 goalkeeper
kept a clean sheet as an impressive performance saw his team move into second
place in the Championship, as Joe Royle's collection of young guns continue to
impress the scouts and the supporters. With Kelvin Davis now fit again, it
seems that the manager has got a big decision to make with regards to the number
Scott Thyer (Spurs -
striker) - Drew some praise from U18 coach
Pat Holland this week after some unselfish play set up his fellow strikers for
one of his teams goals against Bristol City last Saturday. The Wales U19
striker who has seen his confidence dip a little this season, may now see some
return to the form that saw many describe him as one of the best striking
talents to emerge from the Principality for a very long time.