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Isle of Wight Squad Named….

Manager Andy Sampson has named his squad for the 2011 Natwest Island Games Football Tournament.

A useful mix of youth and experience covering every position should provide a decent platform for the team to use home advantage as an assault on the medal positions.

While the majority of the squad is Island based, with several players coming from the successful Wessex League Premier campaigns of Brading Town and Newport, it is also bolstered with Islanders plying their trade with mainland teams.

Sampson will be looking to the experience of former pro Aaron Cook, now playing for Southern League Gosport Borough to lead the side. Former Portsmouth and Southampton Academy members Ryan Woodford and Tom Dunford respectively are also named, as is Thatcham Town’s Matt Bowler.

Aaron Cook

The potent Brading forward line of Giancovich, Levrier and Jones will renew acquaintances for the representative side as will the impressive Newport midfield duo of Seabrook and Smeeton.

Squad in Full:-

Goalkeepers:- Gary Streeter (Newport IW), Jamie Bray (Blackfield & Langley)

Defenders:- Matt  Bowler (Thatcham Town), Aiden Bryan (Cowes Sports), Aaron Cook (Gosport Borough), Ollie Fleming (Brading Town), Alex Przespolewski (Brading Town), Scott Sampson (Newport IW/Royal Navy), Ryan Woodford (Havant & Waterlooville).  

Midfielders:- Tom Dunford (Winchester City), John McKie (Newport IW), Iain Seabrook (Newport IW), Tom Scovell (Newport IW), Charlie Smeeton (Newport IW), Myles Taylor (Cowes Sports), Jamie White (Brockenhurst).

Forwards:- Giancarlo Giancovich (Brading Town),  Danny Hatcher (Shanklin), Scott Jones (Brading Town), Kyle Levrier (Brading Town), Tom McInnes (Newport IW).

Tom Dunford in his Southampton days.

The Island side kick off their Island Games campaign against Ynys Mon on Sunday 26th June at St. Georges Park, Seven thirty kick off. For a full list of fixtures click here.

For full squad list and pen pics, see the IOWFA page:- IOW Squad

Chris

Natwest Island Games 2011 Football Fixtures…

Now that the draw has been validated the football fixtures for the Natwest Island Games 2011 have been announced as below:-

Mens:-

Sunday, 26th June 2011

Group A:-

1.

Jersey

v

Menorca

Westwood Park, Cowes

19:00

2.

Rhodes

v

Greenland

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

15:00

Group B:-

3.

Alderney

v

Gibraltar

St. George’s Park, Newport

14:00

4.

Isle of Wight

v

Ynys Mon

St. George’s Park, Newport

19:30

 Group C:-

5.

Gotland

v

Isle of Man

Westwood Park, Cowes

14:00

6.

Guernsey

v

The Falklands

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

19:00

 Group D:-

7.

Aland

v

Saaremaa

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

19:00

Monday, 27th June 2011

Group A:-

8.

Jersey

v

Rhodes

St. George’s Park, Newport

19:30

9.

Greenland

v

Menorca

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

19:00

Group B:-

10.

Alderney

v

Isle of Wight

Westwood Park, Cowes

19:00

11.

Gibraltar

v

Ynys Mon

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

19:00

 Group C:-

12.

Gotland

v

Guernsey

Camp Road, Freshwater

19:00

13.

Isle of Man

v

The Falklands

Highwood Lane, Rookley

18:30

Group D:-

14.

Western Isles

v

Aland

St. George’s Park, Newport

14:00

Tuesday, 28th June 2011

Group A:-

15.

Greenland

v

Jersey

Camp Road, Freshwater

19:00

16.

Menorca

v

Rhodes

St. George’s Park, Newport

19:00

 Group B:-

17.

Alderney

v

Ynys Mon

The County Ground, Shanklin

18:30

18.

Gibraltar

v

Isle of Wight

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

19:00

 Group C:-

19.

Guernsey

v

Isle of Man

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

14:00

20.

The Falklands

v

Gotland

Slade Road, Ryde

14:30

 Group D:- 

21.

Saaremaa

v

Western Isles

Milne Memorial Ground, Cowes

11:30

Thursday, 30th June 2011

Semi Finals:-

22.

Winners A

v

Winners B

Westwood Park, Cowes

14:30

23.

Winners C

v

Winners D

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

15:00

Positional Playoff Matches:-

24.

13th/14th Playoff

The County Ground, Shanklin

18:30

25.

11th/12th Playoff

The County Ground, Shanklin

14:00

26.

9th/10th Playoff

Camp Road, Freshwater

19:00

27.

7th/8th Playoff

Milne Memorial Ground, Cowes

11:30

28.

5th/6th Playoff

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

19:00

Friday, 1st July

3rd/4th Place Playoff:- 

29.

Losers 22

v

Losers 23

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

10:30

Final:-

30.

Winners 22

v

Winners 23

St. George’s Park, Newport

15:00

Womens:-

Sunday, 26th June 2011

Group A:-

1.

Aland

v

Jersey

The County Ground, Shanklin

14:00

2.

Hitra

v

Isle of Wight

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

14:00

Group B:-

3.

Isle of Man

v

Gibraltar

The County Ground, Shanklin

18:30

Group C:-

4.

Gotland

v

Saaremaa

Slade Road, Ryde

14:00

Monday, 27th June 2011

Group A:-

5.

Isle of Wight

v

Aland

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

15:00

6.

Jersey

v

Hitra

Slade Road, Ryde

11:30

Group B:-

7.

Isle of Man

v

Greenland

Slade Road, Ryde

16:00

Group C:-

8.

Saaremaa

v

Western Isles

The County Ground, Shanklin

14:00

Tuesday, 28th June 2011

Group A:-

9.

Aland

v

Hitra

Milne Memorial Ground, Cowes

18:00

10.

Isle of Wight

v

Jersey

Westwood Park, Cowes

14:00

Group B:-

11.

Greenland

v

Gibraltar

Westwood Park, Cowes

19:00

Group C:-

12.

Gotland

v

Western Isles

The Peter Henry Ground, Brading

19:00

Thursday, 30th June 2011

Semi Finals:-

13.

Winner A

v

Best Runner Up

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

12:00

14.

Winner B

v

Winner C

St. George’s Park, Newport

12:00

Positional Playoff Matches:-

15.

                  9th/10th Playoff

Milne Memorial Ground, Cowes

18:00

16.

 7th/8th Playoff

Slade Road, Ryde

 14:30

17.

                  5th/6th Playoff

Westwood Park, Cowes

19:00

 Friday, 1st July 2011

3rd/4th Place Playoff:- 

18.

Losers 13

v

Losers 14

Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes

10:00

Final:-

19.

Winners 13

v

Winners 14

Westwood Park, Cowes

12:00

Chris



Natwest Island Games 2011 Football Draw….

UPDATE:- This draw has now been accepted and validated.

The draw for the 2011 Island Games football draw was made this morning at 0830.

The Isle of Wight mens team were the first out of the hat in Group B and will take on Alderney, Gibralter and Ynys Mon. The Ladies team were drawn last in Group A and will face Aland, Jersey and Hitra.

Draw in full:-

Mens:-

Group A:-

Jersey, Menorca, Rhodes and Greenland.

Group B:-

Isle of Wight, Alderney, Gibralter and Ynys Mon.

Group C:-

Guernsey, Gotland, Isle of Man and Falklands.

Group D:-

Aland, Saaremaa and Western Isles.

Ladies:-

Group A:-

Aland, Jersey, Hitra and Isle of Wight.

Group B:-

Isle of Man, Gibralter and Greenland.

Group C:-

Gotland, Saaremaa and Western Isles.

The group matches will be played between the 26th and the 29th June 2011.

Chris

IW Senior (Gold) Cup Final Preview….

The Island’s top two sides faced off at St. George’s Park on Bank Holiday Monday in a dress rehearsal of this year’s Gold Cup Final. Charlie Smeeton gave the home side the lead early on, before Josh Appell equalised for the Romans on the half hour as the sides battled to a hard fought local derby stalemate.

All eyes will now be on Westwood Park for the 5th May and the final.

In an exact re-run of last years final, the Port will be looking for revenge on Brading who took the trophy last time out with a 2-1 victory.

Both teams will enter the match in good form, without a defeat between them in the last nine games. Newport on a resurgence under new manager Paul Sleep will be full of confidence having only recently won the Russel Cotes Cup in dramatic fashion over fellow Wessex League Premier Divison outfit Bermerton Heath Harlequins. While Brading’s impressive league results see them going into their last match against Champions Poole Town on Thursday knowing a win and results going their way elsewhere could see them runners up.

V

Brading Town from:-  True, Plumbley, Tigwell, Ince, Younie, Prezpolewzki, Quigley, Fleming, Stuber, Lewis, Ford, Sturgess, Butt, Lawson, Leigh, Rayner, Morris, Appell, Henderson, Buckett, Jones, Armstrong, Vale, Levrier, Giancovich, Wright, O’Rourke.

Last time out:- True, Butt(Quigley), Prezpolewzki, Appell(Giancovich), Fleming, Stuber, Ford(O’Rourke), Rayner, Morris, Levrier, Jones.

Top Scorers:- Levrier 27, Prezpolewzki 15, Giancovich 11.

Form(Last 6):- LWWWWD

Route to Final:- GKN, West Wight. 

Gold Cup wins:- 2 (1976/77, 2009/10)

Newport(IW) from:- Streeter, Farley, Sampson, Stay, McDonough, L. Powell, Wetherick, Augustus, Russell, Ovnik, D. Powell, Gregory, Evans, Hart, Seabrook, McInnes, McKie, Smeeton, Scovell.

Last time out:- Farley, Sampson, Stay, Augustus(Gregory), Russell, Ovnik, D. Powell, Seabrook, McInnes, McKie, Smeeton.

Top Scorers:- Seabrook 19, Smeeton 11, McInnes 10.

Form(Last 6):- WLWDWD

Route to Final:-  St. HelensNorthwood St. Johns

Gold Cup Wins:- 38 (1929/30, 1935/36, 1937/38, 1939/40, 1944/45, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1948/49, 1952/53 (shared with cowes) 1953/44, 1955/56 (this final won with reserves) 1957/58, 1965/66, 1967/68, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1980/81, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1991/92, 1992/93,1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000,  2002/2003,  2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2008/2009)

The Isle of Wight Gold Cup

Chris

The kids are all Wight……..

It has often been said that being recognised as a talented footballer on the Isle of Wight, is not the easiest job in the world.

Down here off of the South Coast of England, it is hardly a footballing hotbed of talent, not that there isn’t talent, but for obvious reasons the opportunities for young Islanders to shine aren’t as readily available as it is for kids in London or the North West.

Links to the Island have traditionally come from the South Coast Clubs, Saints and Pompey have both run initiatives and scouting programs over the water and Bournemouth have also given many youngsters the chance to make a name for themselves, but still relatively few set the world alight.

Having said that several have made the grade and gone on to achieve great things in the professional arena. In fact we even now have a professional manager amongst our Island alumni. Lee Bradbury has had an impressive start to management after hanging up his boots and replacing the outgoing Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth, seven games in and Bradbury is yet to taste defeat as it becomes more of a case of Eddie Whoe at Dean Court!

Cowes born Bradbury is probably the most prominent of the Island pros, making the step up back in 1995 with Portsmouth. It was in 1996/97 season though that he really launched his career, his goal output in a struggling Pompey side was enough for Frank Clark to invest £3 million to take the Islander to Manchester City. While the move may not have worked out exactly as he would have liked, it was a monumental milestone for Island footballers, especially as it was soon followed by an England U-21 call up, and Lee wasn’t finished there. Going on to make over 500 football league appearances including spells for clubs as prominent as Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday before opting for the dugout at Dean Court this year, versatility played a key part in a long career, a player that started off very much a striker used his experience to perform in midfield and at full back in the latter stages.

Lee Bradbury - The Cowes Special One? Picture courtesy of afcb.co.uk

While Bradbury was forging the early stages of his career another Islander was progressing in the youth team at Bournemouth. Sandown lad James Hayter used a loan spell at non-league Salisbury City to show the Dorset club what he could do, and soon found himself a first team regular.

His impression on Bournemouth manager Sean O’Driscoll was notable, as soon after he moved from Dean Court to Doncaster Rovers he broke the Yorkshire club’s transfer record to take Hayter with him. It was here that Hayter had his finest moment, when he headed Rovers into the Championship, scoring the solitary goal in the 2008 League One Playoff final at Wembley.

The year 2000 saw two Islanders hit the local headlines, Lewis Buxton from East Cowes and Shaun Cooper from Newport both signing professional terms with Portsmouth. Buxton made an almost instant impact, earning rave reviews while still a teenager in Graham Rix’s side.  Unfortunately, both players were victims of a policy that didn’t involve the use of the clubs younger players when Harry Redknapp took over, both players spent spells away on loan before moving away permanently in 2005, Buxton to Stoke City, Cooper to Bournemouth.

Lewis’ stay in the potteries was interrupted by injuries, but he still managed to play 50 games before a loan spell at Hillsbrough became a permanent move, where now he is the first choice right back for Sheffield Wednesday.

Cooper made himself at home with the Cherries and captained the side through both the difficult points deduction season and the following promotion campaign.

Lewis Buxton heading for sucess? Picture courtesy of swfc.co.uk

It was also the youth system at Pompey that saw the emergence of another Islander, Gary Silk, now plying his trade for Blue Square Conference side Mansfield Town via Notts County.

Islanders have fared less successfully at the Southampton Academy, famed for it’s production of top players. As recently as the start of this season Island youngster Tom Dunford was released by the Saints, while Lake born Goalkeeper Simon Moore may have felt his chance of a career in the professional game may have passed him by after his time there. Moore though now finds himself on the books of League One Brentford after biding his time at Brading Town and Farnborough. Moore is now Wembley bound after the bees reached the final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy. While Cowes lad Aaron Martin had to “do it the hard way” via Non-League clubs before signing for Southampton last season.

Though not a born and bred Islander former Cowes High student Gary Rowett got as far as the Premier League with Everton in the mid nineties, matched by Jamie Lawrence who went from Westwood Park to the likes of Leicester City, all be it that his stay on the Island may not have been through choice……

From a county that boasts just 140,000 people, our contribution to the sports professional ranks isn’t really that bad. The biggest hurdle faced by Island footballers certainly isn’t the stretch of water that separates us from everyone else but the number of local clubs and the size of the local leagues which seem to dwindle year on year. Add to this the reduction in efforts of clubs like Portsmouth because of financial issues; it might be more difficult than ever to shine.

Hopefully all the names mentioned above will show talented kids that location can mean nothing if the dedication to succeed is there and certainly not to give up.

Chris