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Funding Boost For Blues

23rd March, 2012

Long Eaton United will be able to offer much improved sporting facilities thanks to ?50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England.

The money will be used to improve football pitch provision in the Derbyshire town.

The National Lottery funding, which guarantees the future of the pitch for decades, comes from the latest round of Sport England's Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy fund.

Long Eaton United bid for the investment to create a new full sized pitch and improve upon their existing junior one, incorporating a 9v9 pitch.

Playing surfaces will be improved and junior teams will be able to enjoy pitches that will allow them to develop their technical abilities.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "This playing field will be a lasting sporting legacy beyond the 2012 Games for Long Eaton, where generations will enjoy their first experience of sport."

Long Eaton United FC is among 61 sports clubs and community groups across England to benefit from over ?2 million of funding in the second round of Protecting Playing Fields, part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the inspiration and magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities all over the country. The investments will bring disused playing fields back into use, improve existing sites or create new sports pitches.

Nick Dargan (pictured right), from Long Eaton United FC, said: "We are delighted with the support given to our Club from both Sport England and the Derbyshire FA. Having just secured our FA Charter Standard Community Club status, this grant will enable us to offer superb facilities to local players of all ages and will provide a genuine boost to our local community."

The announcement was welcomed by local MP Jessica Lee, who said: "I am delighted to hear about the ?50,000 Olympic Legacy funding for Long Eaton United Football Club. I know the club will secure a great legacy, through the new pitches, for future generations of footballers. Congratulations."

The site will become a Queen Elizabeth II Field after it was agreed for the playing field to be dedicated in "perpetuity".

This is thanks to a partnership with Fields in Trust (FIT) which is running the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge as part of the programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: "This fantastic investment into grassroots facilities in England will help to ensure that neighbourhoods can participate in sporting activities at all levels for years to come. We are delighted that Long Eaton United's playing field will be protected in perpetuity as part of the permanent legacy that the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will create in tribute to the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics."

Hundreds more playing fields are set to benefit from a further ?6 million over the three remaining rounds of Protecting Playing Fields. The third round will open for bids in early summer.

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Armstrong Becomes Youngest Skipper

19th February, 2012

Long Eaton United could have fielded the Baris NCEL's youngest ever captain after Michael Armstrong took the armband for Saturday's Premier Division clash with Parkgate.

Following the departures of a number of senior players in recent months, manager Mick Galloway has shown great faith in the players who have progressed through the junior ranks at Grange Park.

Against Parkgate they fielded the youngest starting line-up in the club's fifty-six year old history and were able to prevent their high-scoring opponents from registering a goal for the first time in an away league fixture this season.

United's captain on the day was seventeen year-old Michael Armstrong who forced his way into the first team late last season and, on Saturday, was the most experienced player in the Long Eaton side in terms of games played.

Clearly the youngest skipper in Long Eaton's history, it would be not too much of a surprise if he was the youngest club captain in the history of the NCEL.

United's starting line-up below indicates their NCEL appearances.

With the exception of Armstrong and Scott Webb, all the other named players have made their club d?buts this season, eight of which have progressed through the club's junior ranks.

The team was as follows: Scott Webb, (8), Andy Rhodes (1), Kial Thurman (1), Isaac Marshall (17), Michael Armstrong (38), Jimmy Hunter (15), Jacob Webster (17), Blaine Hancock (3), Will Mellors-Blair (26), Josh Hooley (14), Matt Weightman (17).

Meanwhile, congratulations to Long Eaton United who this week received the FA Charter Community Award, the highest achievable award.

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Stacey Steps Down at Long Eaton

14th August, 2011

Glyn Stacey has stood down from his position as manager of Baris NCEL Premier Division side Long Eaton United, citing work commitments as his reason for leaving.

The 45-year-old (pictured left) advised club officials on Friday of his intent to leave the club after just two games into the new season.

Assistant manager Craig Weston has agreed to take over from his former colleague on a temporary basis and he advised the players of the situation before yesterday's home defeat against Hall Road Rangers.

Stacey had rejoined the club as manager for the third time in November 2009 after jointly guiding the team to NCEL League Cup success and a runners-up spot in the 2008-09 season.

He had also had a spell as manager earlier in the decade as the team progressed from the Central Midlands League into the NCEL.

As a player, he was a renowned goal-scorer and, during the latter stages of his playing career, he scored 62 goals for Long Eaton United from 112 games.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Retford United 38 85 55
2 Bridlington Town 38 84 60
3 Scarborough Ath 38 74 46
4 Brighouse Town 38 73 34
5 Staveley MW 38 71 14
6 Winterton Rangers 38 68 22
7 Parkgate 38 67 27
8 Tadcaster Albion 38 67 18
9 Arnold Town 38 63 10
10 Thackley 38 62 12
11 Barton Town Old Boys 38 53 -3
12 Pickering Town 38 51 -1
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 50 -1
14 Liversedge 38 41 -18
15 Long Eaton United 38 34 -25
16 Hall Road Rangers (-3) 38 34 -29
17 Nostell MW 38 32 -38
18 Maltby Main 38 29 -43
19 Lincoln Moorlands 38 25 -56
R 20 Selby Town 38 12 -84
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
R 1 Handsworth 38 82 49
P 2 Glasshoughton Welf 38 79 45
P 3 Worksop Parramore 38 77 43
4 Albion Sports 38 76 36
5 Pontefract Collieries 38 72 37
6 Eccleshill United (2) 38 66 26
7 Rossington Main 38 64 28
8 Hemsworth MW 38 60 7
9 Dinnington Town 38 60 1
10 AFC Emley (-1) 38 57 14
11 Worsbrough Bridge 38 57 9
12 Louth Town 38 55 -3
13 Shirebrook Town 38 51 0
14 Hallam 38 51 -8
15 Teversal 38 51 -12
16 Bottesford Town 38 33 -31
17 Askern Villa 38 33 -33
18 Grimsby Borough 38 26 -56
19 Yorkshire Amateur (-3) 38 25 -59
20 Appleby Frodingham 38 8 -93

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