Category: First Team

Mickleover FC launch new season packages

As things slowly return to normal we are starting to look forward to kicking things off again… hopefully soon! 

We will now be offering some amazing season passes so you can make some brilliant savings:

BRONZE – £500 – 1 season £900 two seasons

  • Entry to all our games – League,Cup & Friendly games
  • Reserved seats in the Stand
  • A match day programme + team sheet for all games
  • Pre match Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
  • Half Time refreshments
  • An advert on our website.

SILVER £700 – 1 season £1300 two seasons

  • Entry to all games
  • Reserved seats
  • Match day programme & teamsheet
  • Pre match Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
  • Half time refreshments
  • Advert on the website
  • Bring a Guest for up to 5 games
  • 2 free tickets for Hot August Night
  • Autographed ball – whole squad.

GOLD – £1000 for 1 season, £1500 for two seasons

  • Free entry to all games
  • Reserved seats
  • Match day programme & teamsheet
  • Pre match Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
  • Half Time refreshments
  • Advert on the website
  • Bring a guest @ £5 for all games
  • 2 Free tickets for our Sporting Dinner
  • 2 Free tickets for our Hot August Night
  • Autographed shirt from your favourite player at the end of the season
  • Autographed football from the whole team.

 

If you are interested in any of the above packages please email Tony Shaw – tonyshawmickleoversports@gmail.com

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From The Sports to Football League: Andy Dales

by Peter Scherer

An ex Derby County youth player Andy Dales went from strength to strength during his time at Mickleover.

He spent 10 years with the Rams, having started in their Academy aged nine.

I played in the reserves and got as far as being a first year pro when they released me. But I had a bit of an injury when I left and while others went for trials I couldn’t and had no pre-season offers.

he explained.

Having looked around himself for any possibilities, his time with Mickleover began.

After one look I felt at home and was happy to sign for the 2014/15 season, which became a four year stay.

He was part of the promotion winning team back to the NPL Premier Division, “my first senior medal,” he commented.

But it 2017/18 when he became hot property, with 23 goals in the season and named in the Northern Premier League’s best 11 of the season alongside team mate Morgan Williams.

At the suggestion of manager John McGrath both he and Williams went to the Jamie Vardy V9 Academy.

There were scouts there and I had been watched. Then Scunthorpe rang me and offered me a contract without a trial.

He joined the Irons for a record fee in June 2018 and played 25 games for the League 1 team, scoring two goals, one on his debut.

I had been in the starting line-up for the first five or six matches, but was then in and out and I wanted to be playing regularly, to gain more experience at the higher level.

The offer of a loan at Dundee cane up and he moved to the Scottish Premiership in January 2019 for the rest of the season, making 12 appearances.

Having started last season back at Scunthorpe, where they had gone to League 2, he made three appearances before returning to the Scottish Premiership again with Hamilton Academicals, where he played four games and scored one goal before the pandemic intervened.

Apart from Celtic and Rangers the rest of the Scottish Premiership is quite similar to League 1. I would prefer to be playing my football in England though given the choice. But it was Mickleover manager John McGrath that has been a big influence, he has supported me all the way.

From The Sports to Football League: Morgan Williams

by Peter Scherer

Morgan Wiliams is a true Mickleover success story. The defender came through the junior teams at the Don Amott Arena, before earning himself a regular first team place throughout the 2017/18 season.

He started in the Academy at 18,

I was playing at College and then for the Academy for about five months, and had about two reserve games, trained with the first team and made my debut the same year,

 

he said.

It was a big jump from junior to men’s football and in the first year I was on the bench to start with, but got more starts towards the end of the season, before becoming a regular in 2017/18,

His impressive performances earned him a place in the Northern Premier League team of the season that year and a trial at Coventry City.

I had played a couple of games already in the week I went for a trial, so wasn’t at my best and didn’t impress them. I didn’t hear from them, so John McGrath suggested I tried with Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy”

Both Morgan and team mate Andy Dales attended the sessions and it proved to be the turning point, as both players were signed for record fees.

At the end of it we played on the same team in an open match and there were loads of scouts there. I took it as my last chance as I had trials elsewhere, three at Exeter. That night Coventry called and signed me,

Having signed in August 2018 he made his first team debut in the EFL Trophy a month later and played his first League match towards the end of the season.

He made six first team appearances, but had been a regular in the under 23 side.

Last season Coventry were flying at the top of the league, so it was hard to break into the team. I needed to get more experience and games when the under 23’s finished, so went to National League Yeovil on loan in December 2019,

He played four games before the pandemic interruption.

It was different style of playing, especially for a defender, but good experience. My highlights at Mickleover though were winning the title and the help and encouragement given to me throughout by John McGrath.

From The Sports to Football League: Connor Hall

by Peter Scherer

Striker Connor Hall has had two spells at Mickleover, but is remembered for his prolific goal scoring.

He started playing football as a four year old at Binfield and played junior football both there and at Eldon Celtic, before joining Ascot United under 18’s.

It was from Ascot that he made his first step into the football league with Sheffield United in January 2015.

I was offered a six month contract straightaway and then it was extended for another year,

he explained.

Having played in the Blades under 18’s, he went out on loan to Sheffield in the Northern Premier League.

I had a bad start and didn’t score in my first five games,

he added, but went on to score 13 times in 17 appearances.

His stay at Mickleover followed and after his release from Sheffield United, he was jointly registered for both National League Woking and Mickleover. 

I had been playing well at Woking, but then got injured and joined Mickleover to get back to full fitness. I would call my manager at Woking, if I wasn’t selected that week I then continued to play at Mickleover.

In total he made nine appearances for Sports, but scored 11 goals, including five against Ilkeston on Boxing Day.

It was during his time at Woking he was offered a trial at Bolton Wanderers.

I did well at that and they signed me for a year

He was Bolton’s Young Player of the Year in 2017/18 and made his first team debut in the FA Cup in January 2018.

To continue his development he had a loan spell with League One Accrington Stanley. He played 17 games and scored twice in his six month spell,

A lot of the time I was coming off the bench

Having returned to Bolton he was playing in the Under 23 side, when financial troubles began to affect the club.

I was hoping to break into the first team but got an ankle injury again at the start of the season and was out for over three months.

He decided to join Chorley on loan to get match fit, but the current pandemic brought a swift halt to his stay. Hopes are still high that when Bolton get to play again, he will be part of their line-up.

From The Sports to Football League: Jake Bennett

by Peter Scherer

Defender Jake Bennett was a key member of the Mickleover side between December 2014 and 2016.

He started his career playing for his home town team Telford AFC.

I joined them when I was 15 and made two starts in their first team, before going out on loan to Market Drayton

he said.

It was during a game against Mickleover that Jake’s potential was spotted.

I had a good game against Andy Dales and was made an offer. As the team were pushing for promotion back into the Premier Division of Northern Premier League, I went for it.

In his first season he played about half of the games, but then became a first choice team member.

His two years at Mickleover came to an end after a series of offers of trials from league clubs.

I spoke to an agent and Sheffield United offered me a contract. I made my first team debut against Walsall in the EFL Cup in 2017 and played some friendly matches too. But was due to go on loan to Chesterfield, but injured my cruciate ligament playing against them and was out for 10 months

A thigh injury then precluded any games for Chesterfield and in October 2019 his time at Sheffield ended and he joined National League Alfreton.

I was only at Alfreton a short time and was in and out of the team. As I wanted regular games I decided to step down again and joined Coalville Town in the Southern League Premier Division Central

Jake is still looking to rebuild his career but looks back fondly at his time with Mickleover.

My lasting memory was winning the title, the first medal I had ever won in football.

Brewers to visit Station Road

Burton Albion have offered to bring their full first team squad to the Don Amott Arena to play Mickleover FC in a friendly match.

With Mickleover manager John McGrath and striker Stuart Beavon both ex Brewers players, the connections between the two clubs remain close.

It could be new player manager Jake Buxton’s first games in charge since taking over from Nigel Clough, plus Buxton is also due to play in the NHS All Stars Charity match.

We want to thank Burton chairman Ben Robinson and Jake Buxton for offering to bring their team to help us survive and at no cost, also for loaning some kit for the Charity match. It’s absolutely brilliant that a local football league club would do this to help us.

said Mickleover chairman Don Amott.

We will always be ‘The Sports’ but now we are Mickleover F.C.

by Peter Scherer

It’s now 72 years since Mickleover Old Boys were originally formed. But after 44 years of Derby Senior League football on their Vicarage Road pitch, Mickleover Sports FC were founded.

The committee had been raising funds for 10 years to enable the new club to progress to it’s current stadium on Station Road.

Originally playing in red and black quartered shirts, the club retained the team colours but changed to a basically red shirt.

On the playing side they progressed through the Central Midlands League, gradually adding extra facilities like floodlights, a grandstand, a pitch perimeter rail.

In 1998/99 they were Central Midlands Champions, moving through the Northern Counties League into the Premier Division, then the Unibond League and the Evostik Northern Premier.

The success on the field and support of the committee and band of volunteers behind the club remain baffled however, as besides the stalwart supporters who have been there through thick and thin, there has been little involvement from the increase in Mickleover’s population, with many new housing developments only a short walk from the teams home ground.

It has been thought that maybe the name itself gave a misleading signal, so this prompted a change of name.

The present football club have now changed it’s name to Mickleover FC, as it was felt that many locals associated the club as a general sports club or even a private club. But by changing the name we are hoping to widen our audience to the whole of the local area, appealing specifically to football enthusiasts,

said Club secretary Tony Shaw.

The newly name MICKLEOVER FC remain a strong community based club though,

We made big strides in the last few years to be a big part of the community, with events such as the Hot August Night, the annual Fireworks night, Sunday Markets, Cinema nights and we will continue to try and grow our support base to progress further,

he added.

Committee member Colin Ford summed things up,

we are now the club of Mickleover and surrounding areas.

So look out for the new club logo as well as the date of the NHS Charity Allstars match and support your own Mickleover football club when we eventually get started in the 2020/2021 season.

We need your support, please help save our club by donating

Thank you to everyone who has already donated, we are nearly 10% towards our goal of £15,000. We are in a situation many grass roots clubs are in due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are ran by volunteers and are left with 8 home fixtures now cancelled and the club closed to the public.
Any amount is greatly appreciated and will all go to the running of this local football club.

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Sports’ bring in quality in Butler

Mickleover Sports are over the moon to announce the signing of very talented Centre Back, James Butler.

With previous clubs including Stoke City, Kidsgrove Athletic and Hartlepool United, there is no doubt he is bringing some excellence to the squad. Butler was snapped up by Hartlepool after impressing against them in the FA Cup when he was on duty for Kidsgrove. He has a very promising future ahead of him and we are delighted he has chosen to sign for us.

 

I’m really excited to be joining the club and can’t wait to get started. I’m buzzing to have made the step up in leagues and I hope I can help the team push towards the top of the table next season.

James Butler

 

I am delighted to get James to Mickleover. He is an exceptional talent and at only 20 years of age we have managed to sign a player that I believe has the ability to go on and become a full time professional. Welcome to Mickleover James.

John McGrath, Manager