Category: Club News

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A Great Week for Andy Dales

What a fantastic few days for Andy Dales and Mickleover Sports FC.

In a season that has seen Andy score over 20 goals so far he was picked in the Northern Premier league Premier division team of the year on Sunday night at the Awards ceremony in Barnsley. Voted for by opposition managers and coaches this is a great achievement.

On Monday came even better news as he received the news that he had been called up to the England Contingency squad by manager Paul Fairclough.

The team will travel to Dublin to play the football association of Ireland Amateur international X1 on May 27th.

This is a great honour for both Andy and Mickleover Sports FC and an opportunity for him to show how good he is.




Congratulations to Academy students Harley Kozluk and Morgan Williams who have been named in the NPL Football Academy’s ‘Team of the Year’ for 2017-18 at the Evo-Stik League awards in Barnsley on Sunday evening.

Morgan narrowly missed out on the ‘Player of the Year’ which was last year won by Sports Lewis Belgrave when he finished runners up in the voting process to Warrington Town’s Aron McGrath.






The NPL Football Academy’s inter-league squad has been announced for the forthcoming game against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 24th April.

To be held at their fantastic Christopher Park training facility, the Latics U18’s are managed by former Warrington Town Academy coach Nick Chadwick, who was in charge of the NPLFA’s inaugural inter-league game against Oldham Athletic back in 2016.

The squad is made up of eighteen students from seven of our clubs, representing Belper Town, Leek Town, Mickleover Sports, Ossett Albion, Radcliffe, Warrington Town and Witton Albion.

The game against the League One club will be the NPLFA’s fourth inter-league side against professional opposition.

The first game was against Oldham Athletic in 2016 and resulted in a 2-0 win for the NPLFA before a 0-4 defeat to Accrington Stanley a few weeks later.

Last year saw a fantastic performance against a strong Port Vale side held at Kidsgrove Athletic, which saw the Staffordshire side victorious with a 2-3 defeat.

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Vote for Your Player of the Year

Vote for Your Player of the Year

Contenders are:

Pablo Mills
Andy Dales
Lewis King
Tom Burgin

Email your choice with subject ‘Player of the Year’ to before 3.00pm, Saturday 21st April 2018.

Then join us and the players at of End of Season Presentation Evening and see who wins!

The presentation starts at 6.00pm, Saturday 28th April and will be taking place in the Marquee at the club. There will also be live entertainment!

Fair Play award

Sports Reserves Reach Final!

Mickleover Sports Reserves have reached the DCFA Divisional Cup South Final! After overcoming Gresley FC 3-1 in the Semis, they now have Melbourne Dynamo’s First Team standing in their way of ultimate glory. To get this far in the competition is already a major achievement for the team, here’s a bit of information about their journey in this competition…

Road to the Final
1st Round – bye
2nd Round – 1-0 v Mickleover RBL
3rd Round – 9 – 0 v Little Eaton
Semi – 3-1 v Gresley FC

Manager: Danny Davidson.
Danny is now moved up to be 1st Team assistant Manager. He has been at the club for 5 years working with the Juniors and Reserves having a wealth of experience at Conference and Conference North level with the likes of Burton Albion, Hereford, Stafford R, Crawley Town.

Coach: David Mackenzie
In his 10th season at Station Road having joined the Dick Pratley revolution. Tasked with developing players several have stepped up and had decent careers at non-league football.
With the introduction of the academy John McGrath is giving the youngsters every encouragement to progress.

Squad (In bold have been with 1st team)
Max Bennett, Daniel Cvik, Finley Davies, Jake Dickenson, Tom Eccleshall, Noah Girvan, George Morley, Yakeef Murphy, Will Norcross, Jakub Ondersjco, Jermaine Palmer, Tyreece Robinson, Jake Smith, Harry Stephen’s, Jaro Vvak, Dean Wilkinson, Che Webster, Jack Walsh, Tom Cox, Danny Davidson, Josh Neild.

The final will be played at New Manor Ground, Awsworth Rd, Ilkeston DE7 8JF on 9th April 2018, KO 19:30. Please come down and cheer on our boys!


At Buxton



Are you or do know anyone who is currently in Year 11/Year 12?

How would you like to #Study, #Train and #Play full time when you leave school or switch from college?

Mickleover Sports FC managed by first team manager John McGrath and top goalscorer Andy Dales, are looking for talented, committed and ambitious local footballers who wish to join a semi-professional academy in the Evo-Stik League from September 2018, where you will study for a BTEC in Sport qualification (Level 2 or 3), train every day with an UEFA qualified coach and play in the NPL Football Academy League and FA Youth Cup.

The Mickleover Sports ‘Education and Football Academy’ is an alternative to college and is ideal for any 16/17 year old who wants to gain a great education and develop as a footballer at the same time.

We are holding trials in the forthcoming EASTER holidays on:-
– Tuesday 27th February, from 1pm – 3pm
– Thursday 5th April, from 11am – 1pm

Both sessions at the Racecourse 3G pitch, St Mark’s Road, Derby, DE21 6AL.

If you would like to attend, please register your details at

At the Mickleover Sports Academy you will study, train and play full time.

– Alternative to college
– BTEC in Sport Level 2 or 3 (L3 equivalent to 2/3 A Levels)
– Two year programme
– Study in the classroom with your team mates
– Opportunities to gain experience at the football club
– View the Study promotional video (

– Experienced & UEFA qualified coaches
– Train three/four times a week
– Improve technical ability and fitness on a daily basis
– Opportunities to train with the reserves and first team
– View the train promotional video (

– In the NPL Football Academy League
– Opportunities to play in the FA Youth Cup
– Games played at Evo-Stik League stadiums
– Opportunities to progress to the reserves and first team
– Opportunities to play for the inter-league team against
professional clubs (
– View the play promotional video (

– All matches are filmed, analysed and shown in a weekly highlights package online with our video partners FilmMyMatch (
– Opportunities to study, play and coach in the USA by gaining a scholarship
– Progress onto our three-year university degree course (

Activate your ambition now and apply at


Raising Money for a Great Cause!

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) would like to thanks Mickleover Sports Club for raising £474.13 for their campaign.

“It was great to support the family, myself and Neil have been good mates since school.”

Don Amott, MSC Chairman


Match Report: Witton Albion (H)

3-3 after Full Time
Mickleover Sports win 4-3 on penalties

This match report has been written by staff of the opposition football club.

“In a game that presented not many opportunities in the first half, the second certainly proved value for money as Pablo Mills’ late header brought the game straight to a penalty shoot-out with the score finishing 3-3 after 90 minutes.

The first chance of the game fell to Mickleover’s Andy Dales who’s lobbed effort on goal looped down onto the post and nearly catching Ryan Neild out. Mickleover failed to continue any momentum though as The Albion took the initiative to the hosts, creating plenty of chances in the first half.

The first coming from Will Jones, who got onto a Anthony Gardner cross and Jones’ header arched over the Sports’ crossbar. Shortly following that, Albion won a free kick between 35-40 yards out. Owen Dale took the free kick and what was a dangerous cross somehow zipped it’s way through Mickleover’s backline untouched.

Witton were playing their usual high-pressing game with Jones plus the attacking midfield trio of Dale, Foley and Evans all boxing in the Sports players on the ball. This paid dividends as on the 34th minute, James Foley poked the ball home at the far post after some great link-up play between Owen Dale and Will Jones.

Witton searched for a second straight from the restart and on the 37th minute, a hard-hit shot from Owen Dale threatened to double Albion’s lead as he cut in onto his favoured right foot and tried to find the inside of the near post.

More chances fell Witton’s way before half-time and James Foley setting Owen Dale free was one of those but Mickleover’s stopper, Lewis King made himself big as Dale approached the Sports’ box.

The last chance of the first half fell to Paul Williams on the edge of the box who’s left-footed volley went just wide of keepers’ left-hand post. The half-time whistle was blown and Witton failed to score a second goal without doubling their lead.

Mickleover started the second half in the right way as Ryan Neild were called into action to make some great saves including some last ditch goalkeeping/defending from Neild and Danny McKenna on the hour mark.

Shortly after, Pablo Mills scored a header at the near post to deservedly bring the hosts level as Mickleover’s pressure started to make count. Witton started from the kick-off in the right manner as they started to create chances straight away, Steve Tames was brought on in place of Micah Evans.

Carl Macauley bringing on Steve Tames completely changed the pattern of play as Will Jones had some to lay the ball of to as on the 71st minute, Tames switched the ball onto his left foot and perfectly stroked the ball home from just outside the box.

Mickleover again soon took charge of the game with Witton sitting back and hitting the Sports on the counter with many passes being fed in behind for Owen Dale to chase. In the 81st minute, Louis Briscoe equalised for the hosts to bring the score to 2-2 and leaving both sides with the initiative to attack in the remaining 9 minutes.

Steve Tames tried to make sure that Witton would escape a penalty shoot-out when he tapped in a shot from Will Jones that was parried out.

Once again from kick-off, Mickleover forced Witton to sit back to defend the one goal advantage with some real backs-to-the-wall defending.

The pressure got to The Albion again as Pablo Mills scored his second of the game in the 89th minute. A penalty shoot-out loomed but there was a moment of hope when a Will Jones header hit the underside of the crossbar only to be cleared away, leaving Jones with his hands on his head of what could had been.

The final-whistle was blown and a penalty shoot-out would decide who progressed into the Integro Doodson’s League Cup Quarter Final. The penalty takers and whether they scored or missed look like so.

Mickleover Sports:

Witton Albion:

Sadly we don’t progress any further in the competition but we thank Mickleover for their great hospitality and we wish them luck for the remainder of the competition. Next up we are back in league action at home to Whitby Town.”