Pick Of The Cherries - November 14th, 2002
Warren Feeney has set himself a target of next week’s LDV Vans Trophy match away to Oxford United after recovering from his (left) ankle injury. The FA Youth Cup game has been re-scheduled for next week as heavy rain has waterlogged the Dean Court pitch.
Liam Ridgewell was in the Reserves’ 1-3 defeat at Peterborough United, Narada scored (his first for the club). Steve Fletcher played the first period and there has been no reaction apparently. Brian Stock played the final 23 minutes in Wales’ under-321 1-2 defeat buy Italy in the European under-21 Championship qualifier.
Christer Warren is now at Wessex League side Eastleigh. Chukki Eribenne has gone on a month’s loan to Hereford United. Mel Machin denies rumours of a return to management with Swindon Town. Trevor Watkins, working with the club through sports law company Clarke Willmott and Clarke has also dismissed suggestions he was asked to become a director of the Wiltshire club.
A report commissioned by Supporters’ Direct into sale and leaseback of grounds says it is hazardous and can jeopardise long-term futures of clubs. This seems to vindicate Peter Phillips’ decision not to enter into such an agreement. Alan Connell awaits the result of a scan to ascertain the damage to his right knee. Liam Ridgewell had a great debut labeled as "tremendous" by Sean O’Driscoll.
Chukki Eribenne bagged a brace in his second loan appearance with Hereford United. The club is hopeful of a big turnout for tonight’s FA Youth cup-tie with Southend United.
Steve Fletcher dedicates his LDV Trophy goal to AFCB Physio (Jim Marshall), who masterminded his recovery…"I wouldn’t have been back until Christmas without him". AFCB’s youth team needed extra time to see off their opposition, eventually winning 5-3.
AFCB pull pout of the Hampshire Senior Cup citing fixture congestion. Wade Elliott will resume as penalty taker following Alan Connell’s injury. The players have agreed a new performance related bonus scheme. Basically, they get nothing if they are out of the top seven.
Tony Pulis is the new man at Stoke City, following Steve Cotterill’s move to Sunderland. Brian Stock faces a long lay off, maybe as much as six weeks, following an appendix operation. Alan Connell could miss the rest of the season with cruciate knee ligament damage. He is scheduled to have an operation later this month.
The squad have made a commitment to put money towards CherryShare…no figures are mentioned. The club are said to need a further £450k just to survive. 8 November Chairman Peter Phillips hopes the fans can club together to help sponsor Neil Moss’ wages for a third and final month loan spell at Dean Court. Liam Ridgewell’s loan spell is also due to end soon, but Sean O’Driscoll is hopeful though of extending the loans for both of them.
Neil Moss stays for a third and final month, but Liam Ridgewell has returned to Villa Park. Poole Town have drawn Dorchester Town in the Dorset Senior Cup, matching Paul Morrell and Dean Mooney against Mark Morris and Matt Holmes!
The club’s new Football in the Community Office is Steve Cuss who comes with ten years experience as the Assistant Community Officer at Torquay United. AFCB are giving supporters the chance to name the North Stand for a year. Anyone taking out silver or gold membership (starting at £1k) will be entered into the "Stand for a Grand" draw. Chairman Peter Phillips believes that this will hopefully attract a lot of interest, as it is sure to appeal to many businesses and provide excellent publicity for the eventual winner.