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August 1985

Rams swoop for Gee
The quick fire transfer deal that took Phil Gee from Gresley Rovers to Derby County this week must have left a few people connected with the South Derbyshire club rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
Gee set to join Rams

September 1985

Butler Blast
Gresley Rovers ace striker Dave Butler has been threatened with the axe by Moat Ground boss Frank Northwood.
Dolby makes his move
The experienced Burton Albion utility man has been playing for the Moatmen on a loan basis since the start of the season. But now after playing for Rovers, Albion and Stapenhill in the opening weeks of the season he is expected to settle at the Moat Ground.
Gresley Rovers may lose another player to the Football League.

October 1985

Life of Brian
Away the lads
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood reacted philosophically to the disappointment of missing out on a home draw in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
Golden Days
These are heady days at the Moat Ground. Hard on the heels of their success in the FA Cup, Gresley Rovers tomorrow get the chance to reinforce their newly found reputation.
Pegg axed for Rovers tough match

November 1985

Gresley get back to chase for title
With their FA Cup adventure now consigned to the history books Gresley Rovers begin a crucial phase of the season.
While Burton Albion continue to turn over players at a rate that is threatening to earn the club a place in the Guinness Book of Records, supporters must be casting more than the odd bewildered glance across the river to the Moat Ground.
Northwood bring back top duo
Roger and out?
There must have been a few raised eyebrows at the Moat Ground last Saturday when Gresley Rovers trotted out before their game with Malvern Town.
Roger Davies has been sacked as assistant manager of Gresley Rovers and told he can leave the club
Davies to join Swans
Frank has his say on Roger move
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood has broken his silence on the Roger Davies affair.
Frank plans swoop
Mark set for debut in cup

December 1985

Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood has scotched rumours that there is dressing room unrest following the departure of Roger Davies.
Frank tells Butler to go
Frank signs ex-United man
Deluxe Model
If footballers were cars George Best would have been a flashy but expensive American gas-guzzler, Archie Gemmill an economical family hatchback, Trevor Francis a sleek turbo-charged sports model and Brian Attley, without doubt, a Rolls Royce.
New man Glen set for debut

January 1986

Simms swoop
Gresley Rovers are poised to make a cash offer for out-of-favour Burton Albion defender Nigel Simms.
Now Rovers are set for Southern League bid
The making of Laws
In 12 months at the Moat Ground helm manager Frank Northwood has made more signings than any other Gresley Rovers chief.
Frank poised to axe Mac
New boys in the firing line
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood shows off two new signings in a special friendly at the Moat Ground tonight (7.30 pm).
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood has carried out his threat to axe goalkeeper Martin McNamara.
More seats plan at Moat Ground
Gresley Rovers, who last year installed floodlights at the Moat Ground, are preparing to embark on another major improvement scheme.
Frank pays tribute to super stopper Steve
Leading scorer Brian Beresford is set to return to the Gresley Rovers side as they bid to complete a fourth successive away match without defeat at Armitage tomorrow (3pm).

February 1986

Warning for the Gresley goal-getters
Gresley Rovers make a long awaited return to the Moat Ground tonight hoping to pull in their biggest league gate of the seasons.
Rovers in fourth place
Mid-term changes stop the rot
Priest blow for Frank
Frank Northwood, the wily old fox who has masterminded the great Gresley Rovers revival, is threatening to put television magician out of business.

March 1986

Rams plan Austin swoop
Goals! goals! goals!
Swans after Attley
Stapenhill have made a bold bid to lure former Derby County full-back Brian Attley away from high-flying Gresley Rovers.
Northwood eyes up job
Austin: Rams chance
Highly-rated Gresley Karl Austin makes a trial appearance for Derby County reserves at Huddersfield tonight.
Now Moatmen face up to life without Brian
Rovers swoop to sign Butler
Nigel signs in
Earley can bridge the Attley gap
If a film were ever made about an unsung football hero, then Ian Earley would surely be screen-tested for the lead role.
Rovers double cruncher
The moment of truth has arrived for Gresley Rovers.

April 1986

Frank goes West for a coach
Frank Northwood has not taken long to find a successor to Brian Attley as his second-in-command.
Moatmen strike up seats deal
Rovers cash bonanza

May 1986

Gresley aim for second spot
Frank thanks fans
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood has called on his side to say thank you to the Moat Ground crowd by signing off their home programme with a victory over Tipton Town tonight (7.30pm).
Gresley Rovers go into the final game of their best-ever West Midlands League season tonight knowing that one point can clinch them an unprecedented runners-up spot.
Magnificent Moatmen
The rehabilitation of Gresley Rovers was completed on a wind-lashed night at Great Wyrley last Thursday.
Rovers in FA protest after row
Gresley Rovers have sent a letter of protest to the Football Association following a shock decision to boot their reserve team out of the Central Midlands League.
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