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22nd August - Spotlight on Parkgate

After a three game losing skid the Eagles have a tricky trip to the Rotherham area to face a Parkgate side who are once again looking to be a force in the NCEL Premier.

Last season they finished 7th, two places and four points above the Eagles although it should be noted that Arnold did complete the double over the Steelmen last term winning 4-3 at EV in January (Whitehurst, Garner, Schofield and Smithson) in front of a 95 crowd and 2-1 at Parkgate in April (Whitehurst, Smithson) with an attendance of 82.

Our two clubs have shared the same NCEL division on six occasions and our full league record against Parkgate is:-

P   12    W   8    D   0     L    4     F   28     A   19

At home this breaks down as:-

P    6    W    5   D    0    L     1        F    15      A   7

And at Rawmarsh……

P    6     W   3     D    0     L   3        F   13       A    12

Our only cup meeting resulted in a 5-2 victory for the Eagles in a League Cup 2nd Round tie in 1995/96.

So, that’s thirteen games so far and no draws and actually out of the six seasons competing together four of them have resulted in doubles. Arnold winning both games in 93/94, 09/10 and 11/12 and Parkgate taking all six points in 10/11.

All the above pails into insignificance however when we consider the excellent start Parkgate have made to the 2012/13 Premier campaign.  They have won three and drawn one of their four games so far beating Brighouse 5-2, Tadcaster 4-2, and last season’s champions Retford 2-1 at Cannon Park whilst the draw came on opening day a 0-0 stalemate at Winterton.

Top scorer is the wonderfully named Nathan Forbes-Swindells who already has six goals to go alongside his rather hefty moniker.  

Sitting 3rd in the current table the Steelmen are going to provide a stern test for the Eagles as Arnold seek to regain some momentum and holt their recent slide.



21st August - Danny Gordon Leaves

Sad to report news that Danny Gordon (ATN 402 - 42 + 15 apps  1 goal) has apparently been allowed to leave Eagle Valley for NCEL Premier rivals Long Eaton United.

Danny has been with Arnold Town for many years of course and became a very popular player as he made his way through the ranks. Recent seasons had seen Danny been given more first team opportunties (although still not enough in Whoville's opinion!) and he will now no doubt look to continue his progress at Grange Road.

All the very best to our long throw expert and stand in keeper! One thing's for sure Long Eaton's gain is most definitely Arnold Town's loss.



Introducing this season’s Arnold Town FC Supporters Club Membership Scheme ……..



Here’s how it works….. the abridged version….

For a minimum of £2 you will be enrolled as a member of ATFCSC for the 2012/13 season.

Your membership will be instantly (or at least very quickly) acknowledged on THE WALL OF SUPPORT

THE WALL and its patrons will have their own page on “The All New Arnold Who” web site as well as in Arnold Town’s match day magazine “The Eagle Eye”…..we’re mixing the mortar right now!

So from just £2 absolutely anyone can publicly show their support for the Eagles as they strive to come to terms with stand-alone financing Step 5 football at the Valley in 2012/13 and hopefully building a platform for our ultimate goal of Step 4 in the not too distant future!

The Supporters Club are determined to play our part in helping the Senior Section survive the changes that have taken place at Eagle Valley this season. Money raised by THE WALL OF SUPPORT will greatly help us to provide this financial assistance.


You…..your friends…..your family ……your workmates……. Just £2 (min.) each will get them all on THE WALL!

Pledge your support now by sending me a forum PM ….  e-mail the site at   or come and sign up at the Club Shop & PA.

Arna Ex Pats don’t fret ….PAY PAL buttons will appear on the web site soon….these will allow you to send in your chosen WALL donation from anywhere in the world…..or from next door if you can’t be bothered to pop round with the cash Norman!

THE WALL will appear on the web site very shortly ….it will begin featuring in “The Eagle Eye” from our Bank Holiday home fixture with Tadcaster Albion.


The Arnold Town FC Supporters Club was founded in 1991…..and in the last 20+ years we have raised something approaching £50.000 for ATFC.

Help us to keep that support going……join THE WALL!!




This coming Saturday (18th) will see the visit of our old friends and rivals Pickering Town to Eagle Valley for both sides third game of the 2012/13 NCEL Premier Division campaign.

Since the 1994/95 season the Eagles and the Pikes have been in the same division for 16 of the 18 years with Pickering spending a brief two year period in Division One at the turn of the century. During that time then we’ve each travelled some 4100 miles (there and back) to fulfil these Step 5 fixtures. That’s a couple of hundred miles further than between here and Chicago!

In fact Pickering have done an extra 500 miles because not long after Eagle Valley opened for business in 2008/09 the Pikes had to make two round trips to take part in a League Cup 2nd Round tie….the first jaunt was a wasted journey as upon their arrival the referee decided he had other plans for the evening and called the game off due to what appeared to be “heavy drizzle”…..the second long trek resulted in a 3-0 win for the Yorkshire side…..the only cup tie between the two Town teams to date.

In the 32 league meetings between the Eagles and the Pikes Arnold’s record is as follows:-

P   32   W   15    D    6    L     11    For    57   Agt      46

At Gedling Road and Eagle Valley this breaks down as:-

P    16    W    7    D    4      L   5     For   28     Agt       22

Whilst at Mill Lane the Eagles have also fared quite well:-

P     16     W   8      D     2    L   6     For    29     Agt      24

Over the 16 years there have been quite a few doubles achieved. Arnold having won both fixtures in 98/99, 02/03, 07/08 and 09/10 whilst the Pikes took all six points on offer in 03/04 and 06/07.

The corresponding fixture last season (almost a year ago to the day) on 13th August saw the Eagles win 3-1 with goals from Schofield, Carruthers and Smithson in front of a crowd of 101. Later on the Pikes gained revenge with a 2-0 win at Mill Lane on 24th April watched by 130.

Pickering ended last term in 12th position three places and 12 points behind the Eagles.

This season has not started too well for Pickering with two narrow 0-1 defeats in the league away to tough opponents Brighouse and Retford. However last Saturday they will have been pleased to draw 1-1 at Jarrow in the FA Cup to earn a replay at Mill Lane on Tuesday 14th. I say pleased….but their first goal of 2012/13 was scored by Tom Fenwick in the 89th minute….only to be equalised by Jarrow in what was described as the 90th minute!

Despite the long journey Arnold’s visits to Mill Lane are always looked forward to as it is a smashing ground to watch footy at. I get the impression that further improvements are going on at Mill Lane because all five of the Pikes league fixtures for August are away from home. I can’t be certain but a comment on the Pickering web sites suggests that some work is being carried out on their extensive club house.

If that’s the case it’s further confirmation of Pickering as a progressive club always looking to steadily improve its facilities. At the moment we are scheduled to visit on Saturday 19th always fingers crossed it doesn’t get shifted to a mid-week somewhere.

The Pikes line up for their 0-1 defeat at Retford was as follows:- 1. A Reid. 2. T Reid. 3. D Craig. 4. L Hillier. 5. S Sturdy (C). 6. L. Shepherd. 7. C.Stewart. 8. J Connor. 9. S.Baxter. 10. L Salt. 11. J Danby. 12. C Gowan. 14. D Readman. 17. L Taylor.




   Holbeach United are members of the recently reprieved United Counties League. Last season the Tigers finished in 6th place winning 23, drawing 4 and losing 13 (goals 89 for 52 against) in a table that was dominated by champions Long Buckby and runners up Kings Lynn Town who each lost only 2 games.

   In last season's FA Cup competition Holbeach defeated Lincoln Moorlands 3-1 at home (att 92) in the extra preliminary round. They then drew 0-0 at Hucknall Town in the Preliminary round (att 180) before bowing out in the home replay 1-3 in front of a crowd of 226.

   Looking at the Tigers' attendances they are quite a bit higher than Arna's with crowds well above 100 the norm. In addition the UCL seems to involve a good few local rivalries with home games against the likes of Spalding and Long Buckby attracting crowds of 236 and 233 respectively. Then there was the home fixture with Kings Lynn which had 607 in attendance.

  In the other national competition (Vase) Holbeach defeated Newark Town 4-0 at home (att 100) in the 2nd Qual Rnd before losing 1-3 at Deeping Rangers in the 1st Rnd Proper (att 176)

When we get the team sheet at Eagle Valley on the day of the game there's three names we should be looking out see if the Tigers still have them in their tank! Messrs A Tideswell (27), A Stevens (25) and L Kennedy (16) accounted for 68 of United's 117 goals in all competitions in 2011/12.

As we know all too well things can change dramatically from one season to the next....but having researched this little spotlight there's one thing for sure.... the Tigers will be a tough team to they proved in what was the only previous competitive fixture between our two sides.....25th September 2004 at Gedling Road when the Tigers triumped 1-0 in an FA Vase 2nd Qual tie (att 113). The Eagles line up that day:- Damian Beattie, Peter Davey, Ricky Law, Brett Williams, Andy Elliott, Jon Boulter, Aidan Brady, Chris White, Tony Law, Darren Back, Andy Davies with all three subs coming on:- Jermaine Dacres, Darren Bogan & David Warden.

However, some of us do know what a long trek we would have should a replay be required! Arnold travelled on one of their longest ever pre-season away trips to Holbeach on a boiling hot day, 23rd June 1994. On a dustbowl of a pitch the Tigers ran out 3-1 winners with Chris Stanbra scoring for Arna.



29th July 2012 - SEASON TICKETS FOR 2012/13

A reminder that Season Tickets for the 2012/13 campaign will REMAIN at just £60 for adults and £35 for concessions!

This is despite the fact that the NCEL Premier Division has been increased to 22 member clubs for the forthcoming season making the Eagles Season Ticket scheme even better value for money than last year. The Scheme will operate in the same was as before - free entry to all home league games and Academy league fixtures at Eagle Valley....PLUS £1 off travel whenever the Eagles put on a Supporters Coach......Normal coach fares will remain at £7 and £3 for 2012/13.

Season Tickets are available now via Club Chairman Roy Francis ( or you'll be able to purchase them from The Supporters Club Shop from the opening day of the season.

Eagle Valley admission fees for normal first team games will remain at £5 and £3 whilst entrance to Academy games is still £2 and £1.

In fact the only increase announced by the Senior Committee last night was a proposed hyke in your matchday programme to £1.50.

On the whole then we can't complain.......NCEL Premier football at just £2.86 per game for adults and £1.67 for concessions....... GRAB A SEASON TICKET BEFORE THEY ALL GO!


The new look Eagles have a tough start to the 2012/13 NCEL Premier campaign with the opening day visit of Wakefield based Nostell Miners Welfare to Eagle Valley.

The Welfare joined the NCEL in 2006/07 from the West Yorkshire League where they had been in membership since 1982.

A 4th place finish in Nostell’s only campaign in Division One was enough to earn them promotion to join the Eagles in the NCEL Premier from 2007/08 onwards and they have mostly been a thorn in Arnold’s side ever since!

Here’s our full NCEL record against Nostell:-

Played 10   Won  2    Drawn  3   Lost   5    Goals For   18   Goals Against   20

The Welfare completed the double over the Eagles in that initial 2007/08 season including a 4-1 win at Gedling Road which is our biggest loss to the Wakefield outfit to date. Our biggest victory (of the two we’ve achieved!) came the following season (our nomadic year) when the Eagles triumphed 3-0 at Dunkirk’s ground.

Home and away the ten results split as follows:-

Home   P 5   W  2   D  0   L   3    For   10   Against   10

Away    P 5   W  0   D  3   L  2     For     8   Against   10

Last season’s Eagle Valley fixture in November saw a disappointing 0-1 loss for Arna falling to a soft killer goal in the fourth minute of added time to sub Frank Zalo with Nostell playing much of the second half with ten men. Later on in March the Eagles earned a 2-2 draw in a pretty even affair with goals from Liam Garner and Luke Smithson.

Nostell finished last term in 17th place in the NCEL Premier following on from their previous finishes of 5th, 13th , 18th and 9th.

Their top marksman in league action last season was James Eyles who scored 17 NCEL Premier goals.

Anyone interested in sponsoring this or any other up and coming fixture....please contact the Club's Commercial Manager Hedley Hill on 0771 1003 885


The NCEL have today released the Premier Division fixtures for 2012/13.

August now looks like this for the Eagles...

Sat 4th - H v Nostell
Tues 7th - A v Heanor Town
Sat 11th - H v Holbeach United - FA Cup
Sat 18th - H v Pickering Town
Tues 21st - A v Worksop Parramore
Sat 25th - A v Parkgate
Mon 27th - H v Tadcaster Albion

Possible FA Cup replays and 1st Qual FA Cup matches could amend the above....I would imagine 25th August is FA Cup 1st Qual either Arna or Parkgate's involvement would effect this.

For the full list of fixtures....


Minimal details yet to hand but we can confirm that Gary Hayward's era has got off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over CML outfit Linby Colliery followed by a 5-1 win over Welbeck Colliery.

Both games took place at Welbeck Colliery's ground and involved more than 20 players turning out for the maroons as the new Eagles start to take shape. Meanwhile reports are coming in that more signings are to be confirmed shortly to boost the squad even further.

The Eagles will travel to Leics Senior side Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday for a 3pm ko .....we hope to be able to confirm the venue details shortly.


For anyone new to following the Eagles on line make sure you check out our Supporters Forum at

Now in its 8th year the forum is one of the most active around for clubs at the Step 5 level. Match reports and other news items often hit the forum before finding their way onto will need to register to join but it is by far the best way to keep bang up to date with what is happening at Arnold Town.




Arna were today handed home draws in both the FA Cup and Vase.

Saturday 11th August will see the Eagles in FA Cup Extra Preliminary round action at Eagle Valley when they'll entertain United Counties League outfit Holbeach United. The winners of the tie will travel to either Shirebrook or Kirby Muxlow in the Prelim Round on 25th August.

Should the Eagles reach the 1st Qual Round (as they did last season) they will again be at home to Stamford, St Andrews or Borrowash Victoria.

Our FA Vase trail will start at Eagle Valley on 1st September with EMCL side Thurnby Nirvana providing the opposition. Victory over Thurnby would set up an all NCEL Premier clash with the Eagles travelling to new boys, old friends and rivals Heanor Town. If the Eagles defeat the Lions then we would be on the road again to either Ellistown or Shirebrook in the 1st Round Proper.



Arnold Town FC would like to confirm that Gary Hayward has been appointed First Team Manager for the season 2012-2013.
Gary joins the Eagles from East Midland Counties side Blackwell Miners Welfare and lists his involvement with clubs which include Borrowash Victoria, Belper Town, Worksop Town, Gedling Town, Greenwood Meadows and Hucknall Town.
The Eagles can also confirm the following appointments which complete the new set up for the coming season.
Paul Rawden joins the club as Gary’s assistant from Radford FC and Graham Charlesworth previously with Shirebrook Town joins the club as first team coach. Also joining the Management team from Radford FC are Mark Draper (coach) and Dino Labatte (goalkeeping coach). Jon Burns comes in as General Manager and Hedley Hill as the clubs new Commercial Manager.
Gary says “Arnold Town are a sleeping giant amongst local non league sides”. He and his team will be putting every effort into bringing success to the club in the future.

(words and pic - paparatzy)


3rd July 2012 - GHANDI & FREEO'S 142 GAME REIGN

(picture by paparatzy)

When Martin Carruthers and Chris Freestone announced they were stepping down as Arnold Town joint managers on 19th June 2012 they brought to an end the following 142 game reign at Eagle Valley:-

 Competition  P  W  D  L  F  A
 NCEL Premier 113 41  28  44  215  225 
 FA Vase  10  5  2  3  24  19
 Notts Senior Cup  6  3  0  3  14  12
 Presidents Cup  5  2  0  3  7  9
 FA Cup  4  2  0  2  8  5
 NCEL League Cup  4  1  0  3  5  10
 Total  142  54  30  58  273  280

The pair were thrown into the deep end just two games into the 2009/10 season when the previous management suddenly announced their departure after Arna's annual FA Cup exit. However, Martin and Chris soon steadied the ship and a respectable 8th place finish in the NCEL Premier, together with a Presidents Cup final appearance were achieved.

2010/11 proved to be less successfull for the duo though as a string of injuries and an extremely porous defence saw Arnold Town threatened with relegation....something we have managed to avoid in all our 83 year history! A nail biting finish went all the way down to the last dramatic encounter with Hallam at Eagle Valley......Arna won the game 2-1 avoided the drop whilst sending the Sheffield based club down to Division One.

2011/12 proved to be a different story alltogether. Not least for the club's first success in the FA Cup since 2002! An away victory at Dunkirk was followed by a truly memorable 5-1 home win over Lincoln United. The Whites were at that point riding high in the Evo-Stik Div One Sth and were left totally bewildered by the Eagles' onslaught. Ironically the next round saw us go out tamely to a struggling Grantham side who then went on an absolute tear for the remainder of the season.

In addition the FA Vase saw two hugely enjoyable encounters with eventual NCEL Premier Champions Retford United which saw the Eagles progress after a 3-3 draw at Cannon Park and a 3-1 win at the Valley.

However, although the record books will struggle to show was in the league that Martin and Chris' 2011/12 side enjoyed their biggest achievement. From Boxing Day 2011 to the end of the season the Eagles only lost four matches in all competitions. The club had simply never seen anything like that kind of run of form for almost 20 years. Sad to say, after our usual slow start, the run only succeeded in moving us up to 9th in the final table.

All the very best to Martin and Chris for the future....a very big thank you on behalf of Arnold Town Supporters Club for all your efforts.



3rd July - Remaining Vacancies and Positions Filled

At last night's open meeting held at Eagle Valley the club confirmed that they are pleased with the response received with regard to their recent pleas for help. A number of vital positions have been filled, not least of these being a new Senior Management team who will be revealed later today.

The club have also managed to secure a new Matchday Programme sponsor/provider and have finally managed to attract a much needed new prospective ATFC Ltd Board member in Alan Bush......good luck Alan!!!!

Whilst further help and assistance for a variety of match day duties will always be needed there are actually only two administrative roles still to be filled. These are:- Reserve Team Secretary and Academy Secretary .......anyone who may be interested in either of these positions, or who simply wish to know any more details, job descriptions etc. should contact Club Chairman Roy Francis -  

The new structure of the Senior Committee will no doubt be ratified at the forthcoming AGM which has been set for Sunday August 19th - 11am at Eagle Valley. On that day of course we should also be provided with a clearer idea on where we stand with regards to the future Chairman of Arnold Town FC.