BT Sport announces opening televised Vanarama National League Fixture:
BT Sport will launch the 2017/18 Vanarama National League coverage by screening the opening day fixture which sees Sutton United take on recently relegated Leyton Orient at Gander Green Lane.
The BT Sport cameras will be in place at the Lane on Saturday August 5th for the 12.30pm Kick-off, shown exclusively live on BT Sport 1, the BT Sport app and BTSport.com.
This opener is set to be an exciting game with the visitors wanting to right their wrongs from last season’s disappointment of relegation and dropping out of the football league for the first time since 1905. The hosts however, will want to go into the new season like their last combining a respectable 12th place finish but also enjoying a stunning FA Cup run that saw them welcoming the likes of Leeds United and Arsenal to Gander Green Lane.
Note: BT Sport is now the home of National League football and will broadcast a total of 30 live matches for the upcoming campaign, including the play-offs.
Magri on his Dover Departure to the dark side:
Malta international Sam Magri has today explained his decision to leave Dover Athletic and sign for their Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United.
The 23-year-old, who spent two years with The Whites, was offered a new deal but rejected and on Friday followed the majority of last season’s squad through the exit door.
The defender (who can play either as a right-back or centre-back) is now set to play at The Crabble but this time a visitor to the ground he once called home when The Fleet take on Dover in the National League on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th.
Magri, who said “he needed more clarity financially” and “needed to go full time” did attract interest from several different clubs including League 1 side Swindon, free-spending Billericay of the Ryman League and a team in the Scottish Premier Division but instead opted for the switch to Ebbsfleet. As well as expressing his excitement for the new season ahead, Magri also spoke on his financial stability, stating; “It’s nice to be finally settled down, know where I am and not have to worry about things anymore”.
Magri’s new club will kick start their pre-season campaign on Saturday (8th July) in sunny Portugal against League 1 side Shrewsbury Town, 11.30am Kick-off. His former club Dover Athletic will begin their pre-season schedule against Deal Town at the Charles Ground on Tuesday 11th July, 19.30pm Kick-off.
Chester FC celebrate ‘significant investment’ after signing record sponsorship deal:
Chester FC has struck a record new sponsorship with auto dealer Swansway Chester.
Yesterday, the National League club signed stadium rights with the dealership for the 2017/18 season in an initial two-year agreement – Swansway previously held the rights from 2013 to 2015. Chief executive of the Blues, Mark Maguire said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured Swansway Chester as a partner once again.”
The new branding at Swansway Chester Stadium will be introduced over the next few weeks.
Jones retires from Wrexham role:
Wrexham legend Joey Jones has today confirmed his retirement from his full-time position at the club. Known as ‘Mr Wrexham’, Jones is a club icon and first joined the Dragons back in 1970, before leaving and then returning in 1987, he has been a loyal servant to the club for 30 plus years. Although this news saddens many involved in Wrexham Football Club, there is still light at the end of the tunnel as Jones will continue to perform many aspects of his role as a volunteer in the youth department.
Jones stated: “The club continues to be a massive part of my life and while I am retiring from a full-time position, I will still be part of the future of the club and especially helping the younger generations make the transition to professional football like I did with Wrexham. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we will be right up there.”
Massey swaps Brisbane Road for the DW Stadium:
Wigan Athletic have signed Gavin Massey on a free transfer from Leyton Orient as confirmed by the club website.
The 24-year-old winger signs for The Latics after only one season at Brisbane Road but the financial issues throughout the season the club faced, meant not only relegation to the Vanarama National League but several players leaving, one of those being Massey.
With a future back in the football league confirmed after penning a two-year deal at the DW, Massey’s aim will be to help the club back to the EFL Championship which they were relegated from in May.
New Wigan head coach Paul Cook said: “Gavin is a player we feel can do really well for us, a player his age has a lot of experience and has played a lot in this division. He adds great competition to the squad.”
Latics fans will have the opportunity to see their newest recruit in action in next Friday’s (14th July) pre-season friendly match against Premier League outfit Liverpool.
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