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January 1987

Branch cup call
No slip-ups this time
So close to agony
Gresley went into the draw for the Fifth Round of the FA Vase today for the first time in their 106-year history.
Home, sweet home
The road to Wembley could be taking a diversion down Memory Lane for Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood.
What odds now for Wembley?
Bookmakers Needwood Turf are offering odds of 10-1 against Gresley Rovers going all the way to Wembley.
Coming and going
Gresley Rovers have parted company with former Mile Oak winger Kirk Jennings. Meanwhile, forward Gary Stevens has rejoined the club from Stourbridge.

February 1987

June 1987

Moatmen boss muscle in
Northwood shake-up at Gresley
Gresley hero tries again
Courageous defender Ray Skeemer is ready to rebuild his Gresley Rovers career for the third time.

July 1987

Gresley Rovers report back for training tonight celebrating their first major signing of the summer.
Hall takes over
Former player Peter Hall has taken over as chairman of Gresley Rovers following the resignation of former Derby and England defender David Nish.
Rovers in the pink and black
Plum draw
Lancaster Gate yesterday produced two cup ties sure to set local football circles buzzing.
Frank hits at Skeemer decision
Mystery men

August 1987

Austin: let me stay
Keeper on trial
Philpott out in Gresley shock
Karl comes back
Karl Austin the highly-rated goalkeeper whose career at the Moat Ground seemed all but over during the summer, is back.
Gresley missing Brian
Frank cracks a new whip at the Moat
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood is cracking the whip in an effort to bring success to the Moat Ground.
Gresley trio out

September 1987

Northwood swoops to get his man
Central issue for Frank
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood is not a man to rest easily when he sees the slightest flaw in his team.
Beza crisis
Gresley Rovers goal ace is facing a personal crisis as he battles to overcome a freak eye injury.
Hall the way back?
Austin blow
Keep it up, Rovers
Bottomley as striker?

October 1987

Gresley take a break
Gresley take a break
Frank still wants more
Vase job for Hall?
Boulton faces big Vase test
Teenage goalkeeper Dave Boulton faces the biggest test of his career for Gresley Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
Ray of hope
Merry dance
Karl Austin could be on the way back to the Moat Ground in the latest twist to the Gresley Rovers goalkeeper saga.
Northwood sweeps up
Gresley wait on Daley call
Rovers delay cup choice

November 1987

Daley out of Rovers return
The big one
Gresley Rovers are still painfully aware that they squandered once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to emulate Burton Albion and take a magical trip to Wembley last season.
Rovers recall for Brian
Jack facing a ban
Gresley Rovers could be set to lose influential midfielder Joe Jackson for three matches.
Frank gets that Wembley feeling
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood believes attention to detail could be the key to FA Vase success.
Northwood settled side?
Austin in the driving seat
Rovers left high and dry
Home double for cup teams
Gresley Rovers and neighbours Stapenhill have both received home draws in the quarter-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Northwood delivers ultimatum
Nose-bite rethink
Gresley Rovers goalkeepers Bob Aston, the man at the centre of the notorious nose-biting incident, has earned a stay of execution on his 56-day suspension.
Aston chiller
Northwood is preparing himself for a transfer demand from out-of-favour goalkeeper Bob Aston.
Frank lines up signing
Hands off my full back
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood, never a man to mince his words, last night aimed a sharp rebuff at former Derby County star Steve Powell.
Fog hits Rovers cup tie

December 1987

Crunch match
Rovers record run is ruined
Gresley draw a blank
Carry on, Karl!
Rovers do it in style
Austin the Rovers
Daley ruled out
Rovers star Daley sacked
Rovers call up Arthur
Keeper battle
Manager hoping for shock
RSSC Ransomes boss Tony Lees is counting on the special atmosphere of the Moat Ground to propel his side to FA Vase glory tomorrow.
Rovers get a blast from Frank
Gresley Rovers chief Frank Northwood blasted his stop-start side after they marched into the last 32 of the FA Vase for the second successive season.
Gresley call up Page

January 1988

Frank blasts League
Rovers in cup pitch check
Gresley goal famine
Battling Bob wins the battle
Bob Aston has won the first round of the battle of the Gresley Rovers keepers.
Rovers earn a Vase tonic
Gresley Rovers began the countdown to their eagerly-awaited FA Vase clash with Northampton Spencer next Saturday by booking a place in the last four of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Gresley Rovers will field a shock newcomer in their FA Vase Fourth Round team at the Moat Ground on Saturday.
Coming and going
Gresley Rovers have parted company with former Mile Oak winger Kirk Jennings. Meanwhile, forward Gary Stevens has rejoined the club from Stourbridge.
Rovers return for winger Stevens
Frank under fire
Frank Northwood is unquestionably the most successful Gresley Rovers manager of modern times.
Buxton next in cup for Rovers
Gresley Rovers have been drawn at home to Northern Premier Leaguers Buxton in the semi-final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Rovers face a South Derbys keeper in Vase
Fate has spanned the Pennines to bring Gresley Rovers face-to-face with a near neighbour in the next round of the FA Vase.

February 1988

Four from Wembley
Gresley eyes are on the weather
Gresley Rovers were today keeping one eye on the weather on the eve of their historic FA Vase fifth round clash with Yorkshire-based Emley at the Moat Ground (3pm).
Frank comes out fighting
Late test for Bromley
Wind damage
Gresley Rovers coach Glen West has been sacked. And his dismissal has prompted an astonishing attack on Moat Ground manager Frank Northwood.
Head to head
Embittered Glen West opened his heart to the Mail this week after his shock sacking by Gresley Rovers.
Beresford axed
Marandola is the man
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood has moved quickly to replace sacked coach Glen West.
Striker Brian Beresford dramatically snubbed Gresley Rovers last night by refusing to play in the Moat Ground clash with Lye Town.
Beza blasted
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood this week closed the final page on an often glorious and, ultimately, sadly unsavoury era for the club.

March 1988

Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood believes winger Gary Stevens could be the ace in his pack at Tamworth tomorrow.
Get behind us!
Gresley Rovers coach Phil Marandola has lashed out at clubs unwilling to make midweek journeys to the Moat Ground.

April 1988

Austin roving
Frank in race storm
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood last night accused fans of hurling racial abuse at midfielder Joe Jackson.
Frustrating for Frank
Gresley Rovers have reached a crossroads in a season of fluctuating fortunes. It has been a richly promising campaign, yet there is an uneasy feeling among Rovers regulars that it will again yield nothing in the way of silverware.
Skeemer back for Gresley cup date
Out-of-favour defender Ray Skeemer has been given a key role as Gresley Rovers chase Derbyshire Senior Cup glory against Alfreton Town at North Street tonight (7.30pm).
Rovers recall Jacko
Glory Rovers!
Carry on, Frank
Frank Northwood is set to spend the rest of his managerial career at the Moat Ground.

May 1988

Northwood looks to the future
Loan stars
Gresley trip the night fan-tastic!
Star wars!
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood last night launched a blistering attack on arch-rivals Tamworth.
Brian Bagnall sacked last season by Burton Albion from his post of youth development officer has joined Gresley Rovers.
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