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Carlton's End Of Season Celebrations

13th May, 2007

For the third time in five years and the second year in a row, Carlton Town's presentation night was a one that celebrated promotion.

Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks described the season, which saw the Nottingham club promoted to the UniBond League, as his and the club's greatest achievement to date.

There was a special award for goalkeeper Steve Brearley who has played in every game in all competitions this season and he will have been happy with a nice bottle of Moet champagne.

The club's Young Player Of The Year was Ashley Winfield who followed in the footsteps of Martin Ball who won it last year.

The Chairman's Award this year went to the well-deserving Joe Irons, who is leaving the club to work abroad, for his outstanding contribution over three years.

This year's main award, the Players' Player, went to Dean Gent who has had an excellent season alongside Irons in midfield and it was no surprise when he also picked up the Manager's Award.

The contribution of sixteen-goal striker Danny Blair was not forgotten either and, despite the fact that he is now at Grantham Town, Brookbanks insisted that he got a medal for the excellent contribution he made before leaving for the chance of UniBond football.

The players were then all called up one by one by the Chairman and given promotion medals to mark their outstanding success this season.

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Testimonial Season For Brookbanks

30th April, 2007

Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks has been granted a testimonial season by the club as he completes his eleventh season in the Carlton Town hot seat.

The testimonial had originally been earmarked for the current season but, with the new relief road and delayed development of the ground, the logistics of getting everything in proved untenable," said club chairman Mick Garton.

He added: "We are now working on a game, a dinner and a presentation night as a finale at Stoke Lane for the 2007/2008 season.

"If anybody in football deserves one, it's this guy.

"He works for purely expenses and has taken this club from the Notts Alliance to the verge of UniBond football, and stayed loyal for eleven years.

"There is not a great deal of that in football these days!

"He has a remarkable record and I hope the players, supporters, ex-players, colleagues, friends and foes will come out and support an extraordinary character."

Further details will be announced shortly.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the official opening of the all-new Bill Stokeld Stadium will take place on the 14th of July.

Hucknall Town will be the opponents in the pre-season friendly that will see the new dressing rooms and hospitality complex used for the first time.

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Carlton Double Swoop In Promotion Push

25th March, 2007

Carlton Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks has strengthened his squad for the run-in with the signing of former Shepshed striker Darryl Thomas.

Brookbanks had missed out on Thomas a few weeks ago when Hucknall Town offered him an opportunity and Brookbanks then brought Phil Bignall back to the club.

But, with Bignall set to serve a suspension over the busy Easter period following his sending off against Liversedge, Brookbanks has moved in again and this time has got his man for the final run in.

Brookbanks is also delighted to have captured winger Aiden Brady from Long Eaton.

He believes these two signings will give the club the chance to finish the season on a high and challenge for a possible promotion place.

"We've been down to the bones in recent weeks and the academy lads who have come in have done extremely well and we are still up there challenging.

"But, that extra little bit of experience and quality these two lads will bring us will hopefully give us an edge in the final few games," said Brookbanks.

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Carlton's Finances Are Key Says Chairman

12th March, 2007

Carlton Town chairman Mick Garton has revealed to the club's website that he is determined to match the managers' and players' efforts on the pitch with the same progress off it.

He said: "My challenge has always been to ensure the infrastructure off the field progresses at the same rate as progress on the field and, to be fair, I'm proud of my time at the helm here and I think that I have been able to achieve that goal to date.

"However, the potential of Unibond football in the future throws up a whole host of new challenges.

"Ensuring that ground grading status can be achieved is obviously the first hurdle and the new dressing rooms, hospitality facilities, office, tea bar and stand that are currently being built will go along way towards achieving that.

"There are also one or two other issues regarding the enclosed area etc. which I am currently dealing with and attempting to resolve.

"The biggest problem facing Carlton Town is our small crowds.

"Yes, we have come on a million miles since my first days at the club when we played in front of 3 men and a dog but, in comparison with other clubs at this level, our attendances are very small.

"That's why I put in place a corporate set-up headed by myself and ably assisted by Martin Bell and, with our contacts, we have been able to achieve support for a whole range of fund raising activities.

"For us to continue to move forward and remain competitive, the commercial arm of this club will be at the forefront of my thoughts.

"The five-a-side league, tournament days, five-a-side pitch lets, speakers evenings, sponsored games, high profile pre-season friendlies, race nights, golf days and advertising boards will all have to be put on, worked on and supported to back up funding provided by myself and our major sponsors.

"Keeping up is hard, given the excellent progress by our Coaching staff headed by the excellent Tommy Brookbanks who has won 2 Championships in my 5 years at the helm of my home town club.

"I would also like to place on the record my thanks to B & K who are building the new changing rooms, for their donation back to the club in terms of the original price and the payment terms they have given us, enabling the club to pay for the new facilities over a prolonged but realistic period of time.

"Without that gesture, we would really have been struggling," concluded the Chairman.

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Carlton Move Quickly To Replace Blair

2nd March, 2007

Carlton Town head coach Tommy Brookbanks has bolstered his squad following the departure of Daniel Blair to Hednesford Town.

The striker moved to the Unibond League outfit last month having scored fourteen league goals for Carlton this season.

Now, in a double transfer swoop, forward Phil Bignall has returned to the Bill Stokeld Stadium this week from Sutton Town.

He is joined, also from the Snipes, by midfielder Antony Newton.

Both have left the Fieldings following managerial changes there.

Carlton Resign Howell

22nd November, 2006

NCEL Premier Division outfit Carlton Town have been given a boost by the return of a former favourite.

Striker Anthony Howell has returned to the Bill Stokeld Stadium after a spell with UniBond side Shepshed Dynamo.

He put pen-to-paper after Saturday's FA Vase encounter with Coalville Town.

It now means there are four strikers all fighting for a place up front.

Meanwhile, Matthew Turner who joined Carlton earlier in the season from Gedling Town has returned to the Division One side.

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Barrett And Bradd At The Double

8th November, 2006

Former local heroes from Nottingham Forest and Notts County will be at Carlton Town's official reopening of their clubhouse.

The pre-Christmas bash takes place on Monday the 11th of December and Colin Barrett and Les Bradd will be the club's very special guests.

They will take part in a Q&A session at an evening sponsored by Youngs by invitation only as the club attempts to get fund raising back on line after the summer shutdown.

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Carlton Snatch Turner From Rivals

10th October, 2006

Carlton Town have completed the transfer of striker Matthew Turner from neighbours Gedling Town.

The club hope that Matt will give the team more options and add strength to the squad which has been hit by long term injuries to Drew Hatton and Mark Dickinson.

Defender Andy May has also returned to Carlton after a spell away due to work.

And, the club are also pursuing an interest in another striker from outside the Nothern Counties East League which they hope will bring further strength to the squad.

New Ground Name Rubber Stamped

27th September, 2006

Carlton Town officially named their new ground 'The Bill Stokeld Stadium' at a high profile dinner and dance at the Village Hotel last weekend.

Bill, who died nearly two years ago, gave over fifty years service to the club and his ashes are in the goal mouth of Carlton's new pitch.

His two daughters and son attended the dinner with their partners and each was presented with a special plaque in honour of their Father.

Special guest at the dinner was umpiring legend Dickie Bird who entertained a packed audience with tales from the world of cricket.

A raffle, superdraw and auction raised over ?1,600 towards the new dressing rooms and the clubs general finances were given a boost with over one hundred and twenty people attending the dinner.

Chairman Mick Garton compared the event with club physio Martin Jephson setting the early mood with his trade mark humour and Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks and Bill's daughter Julia also spoke from the heart to the guests.

The evening was themed 'A Prelude to the Ashes' and guests also had the chance to re-watch Keven Pietersen's magnificent 158 against Austrailia on day five of test five from last year's Ashes victory which was shown on the hotel's big screen.

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New Ground Handover At End Of Month

11th September, 2006

Nottinghamshire County Council will be hosting the official handover of Carlton Town's new ground on Monday 25th September.

By this time, all outstanding jobs should have been completed.

Despite the fact that Carlton are now playing games at the new 'Bill Stokeld Stadium', several jobs remained outstanding with relation to the car park and the five-a-side facilities and training areas.

These will all have been completed and resolved by when the official handover will take place with Council Dignitaries, contractors McAlpine and Carlton Town committee members all being present.

Carlton Town's Under 13's will then play Lowdham Colts Under 13's (who are sponsored by McAlpines) in an hour long game on the new pitch following a buffet reception and presentation in the refurbished clubhouse.

A trophy will be presented to the winning team to bring to a close a traumatic four months for the club that will hopefully end in smiles and a job well done.

Carlton Chairman Mick Garton commented: "It's been the clubs worst preseason both on and off the pitch but we can finally move on.

"The official handover should bring closure and hopefully satisfaction to both parties and I'm looking forward to what will be a special evening as we once more take control of our own destiny and attempt to move forward once again."

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Carlton Start New Era In Style

6th September, 2006

Carlton Town celebrated their first game at the all new 'Bill Stokeld Stadium' with a 4-0 victory over Shirebrook Town last night.

The club's official website called it "an outstanding performance and a comprehensive win" and said that "Bill, the former Chairman and President, would have been so proud."

Bill's daughter Julia and many of Bill's close friends attended the game and club President Roger Smith described the evening as a night he would have been so proud of.

He said: "A good crowd, a cracking free flowing performance which was as good as I have seen down here and a lovely new ground which will be further enhanced with new dressing rooms and another new stand in the coming months bringing it up to Unibond standard of which we are only division away now."

Carlton were boosted further by the signing of John Peel who had been in a contract wrangle with South Normanton for whom he had played for last season.

Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks believes that with the signing of another centre forward, he will be where he wants to be as he tackles his first season in the Northern Counties Premier Division.

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Carlton Back Home

21st August, 2006

Carlton Town have now been given the keys back to their Stoke Lane ground after three months of intense building work.

It has taken place there due to the construction of the new Gedling relief road which has been routed through the ground.

During this time, Notts County Council and McAlpines who are building the road, have reconstructed the whole of the ground and its surrounds by moving the clubhouse, dressing rooms, flodlights and fencing to another area of the ground.

As a result, Carlton Town have been unable to access the ground and use the facilities for pre-season training and matches causing additional problems for the club and especially the Head Coach, Tom Brookbanks in preparing for life after last season's successful Divison One championship campaign.

In addition, fixture planning has been impossible at the start of the season due to the construction work and the preparation of a new playing surface which has been hampered by the dry summer.

It is now anticipated that the first home fixture will be against Shirebrook Town on September 5th.

This will give the contractors another 2 weeks to put the finishing touches to a number of jobs that need to be finished and allow the club to decorate the clubhouse and changing rooms which have been neglected during summer.

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Carlton Boss Can't Wait For Start

4th August, 2006

Carlton Town Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks has said he is thoroughly looking forward to managing the team in their first season in the NCEL Premier Division.

Speaking exclusively to the club's official website, he said: "To think we will be playing teams such as Arnold Town who we have looked up to for years is absolutely outstanding for the club.

"And, despite a couple of set backs which I'm well used to, having been managing for the number of years I have, I'm delighted with the new signings we have made with left sided defender Daniel Fletcher coming in from Barrow and the highly rated Tom Cool who has represented the England University team.

"I am a couple of players short of the squad I need to compete at this level bearing in mind that there will be an increased number of competitions to compete in, but with excellent youngsters coming through too it is exciting times.

"I will endeavour to strengthen the squad, obviously the quality has to be right. We've earned the right to play in this division and obviously need to compete in this division."

"The ground is close to being ready now, and I have got to say the new five a side training pitches are absolutely outstanding.

"We are finalising details for the new changing rooms but the Chairman tells me planning permission has been granted which is great news for the club and over the course of the coming months when everything is completed we will have one of the finest grounds in local football.

He concluded: "I'm fully refreshed and rearing to go, looking forward to exciting new challenges that will face us in the coming months."

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Players In And Out At Carlton

21st June, 2006

Carlton Town Head Coach Tommy Brookbanks has been busy strengthening his squad for his assault on the Premiership.

He has confirmed that he has completed the signing of highly Phil Massingham who is joining from local rivals Gedling Town.

David Wardle has returned to the club to compete with Steve Brearley for the goal keepers jersey. Wardle had spent most of last season with South Normanton.

Brookbanks has confirmed to the Carlton Town website that he believes he is only one signing away from securing what he believes will be a very competitive Premiership squad.

Meanwhile, prolific striker Phil Bignall has left the club to join Eastwood Town.

Brookbanks said: "I've never been one to try and stand in the way of a player making a step up and wish Phil all the best as he tries his luck at Uni-Bond level.

"We appreciate all the goals he has scored for us over the last three or four years and he has helped us to win two championships during that time."

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Retford United 38 82 55
P 2 Sheffield 38 77 32
P 3 Carlton Town 38 73 42
P 4 Garforth Town 38 70 39
5 Selby Town 38 69 26
6 Glapwell 38 66 23
7 Mickleover Spts 38 63 8
8 Sutton Town (-3) 38 56 18
9 Pickering Town 38 56 7
10 Maltby Main 38 52 -2
11 Long Eaton United 38 51 -3
12 Liversedge 38 49 -2
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 48 -1
14 Hallam 38 48 -6
15 Arnold Town 38 45 -11
16 Glasshoughton Welf 38 43 -8
17 Eccleshill United 38 39 -42
18 Thackley (-1) 38 31 -37
19 Shirebrook Town 38 30 -35
20 Brodsworth Welf (-1) 38 10 -103
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Parkgate 32 82 82
P 2 Winterton Rangers 32 71 52
P 3 Sth Normanton 32 65 42
P 4 Nostell MW (-3) 32 57 25
P 5 Lincoln Moorlands 32 56 21
6 Staveley MW 32 51 7
7 Tadcaster Albion 32 49 6
8 Worsbrough Bridge 32 48 11
9 Dinnington Town 32 43 6
10 Hall Road Rangers 32 43 -3
11 Borrowash Victoria 32 37 -14
12 Pontefract Collieries 32 37 -26
13 AFC Emley 32 34 -22
14 Gedling Town 32 31 -18
15 Teversal 32 31 -34
16 Yorkshire Amateur 32 22 -73
17 Rossington Main 32 16 -62

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