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June 1991

Rovers aim to relive glory final
Gresley Rovers look set to relive their magnificent FA Vase Wembley final with Guiseley.

July 1991

Gresley get Ryan
Gresley Rovers have snapped up sacked Burton Albion midfielder Ryan Venning.
Acklam nets top award
Cameras roll for Rovers
Gresley Rovers have been picked from hundreds of Midland soccer clubs to be the subject of a BBC television documentary.
Rovers line up Wolves starlet
Gresley Rovers were today poised to clinch the signature of highly-rated teenage defender Stuart Evans.
FA Cup draw
Rovers make a u-turn
Kieron misses Gresley clash
Red tape forces Rovers to cancel
Rovers facing hectic league start
Gresley Rovers face a tough opening programme as they set out to defend their West Midlands League title on August 17th.

August 1991

Eight out!
Gresley Rovers could be shorn of eight players as they relive one of their great moments against Mersysiders Knowsley United at the Moat Ground tomorrow (3pm).
Gresley Rovers were today poised to settle a ground-sharing scheme with promotion hunting Central Midlands League side Mickleover RBL.
Home, sweet home
Gresley Rovers have been handed a surprise home start to their West Midlands League campaign.
Neighbours Stapenhill visit the Moat Ground tonight (7.30pm) as Gresley Rovers wind up their pre-season efforts ready for the defence of their West Midlands League title on Saturday.
Such a hard act to beat
Rovers newcomers in debut line-up
New signings Ryan Venning and Stuart Evans look set to make their league debuts for Gresley Rovers tomorrow (3pm).
Bezza comes up trumps
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood paid tribute to striker Brian Beresford after the veteran goal-grabber snatched a maximum three points from Cradley Town at the Moat Ground on Saturday.
Fans doing just fine
Rovers told to look sharp
Gresley boss Frank Northwood has called for a sharper attacking edge to his side for the visit of Lye Town tomorrow (3pm).
Wembley hero Stokes pays Gresley penalty
Wembley spot kick hero Stuart Stokes has been sacked by Gresley Rovers.
Fixture blast for League
Rival soccer bosses Frank Northwood and Alan Beaman today launched a joint salvo at West Midlands League organisers.

September 1991

Fuming Frank fines the lot
Rovers wind of change
Rovers out to lay the Romans jinx
Frank turns the Page
Defender Dean Page stands by for his first appearance of the season as Gresley Rovers travel to Chasetown for a West Midlands League Cup first round tie tonight (7.30pm).
Cup of cheer for Northwood
Gresley Rovers set out on the FA Cup trail tomorrow with manager Frank Northwood in a much happier frame of mind than he was a week ago.
Rovers double swoop
Gresley Rovers are hoping to sample a piece of Wembley fever as they chase FA Cup glory at the Moat Ground tonight (7.45pm).
Honoured Guest
Frank Northwood is looking for a little bit of history to repeat itself at the Moat Ground tomorrow.
Rovers axe Guest

October 1991

Gresley Rovers believe they can upset the form book tonight by clinching the FA Cup victory that agonisingly eluded them on Saturday.
Goal hero collapses as Rovers crash out
Short staying Guest has Darkes lift-less
The Moat Ground merry-go-round moved round a pace this week with two players set to leave the club barely having joined.
Gresley Rovers entertain in-form Chasetown tonight with manager Frank Northwood vowing to take their cup from them.
Rovers land ex-Celtic man
Celtic starlet makes debut
Gresley Rovers begin a run of three consecutive Saturday home games tomorrow with manager Frank Northwood calling for a maximum points return.
Rovers hope rivals show league form
Frank in plea to fans
Rivals clash for charity
Arch-rivals Gresley Rovers and Stapenhill clash next week to raise money for charity.
Frank says: I got it wrong.
Frank to put boot in
Heavyweight hero Frank Bruno swaps his boxing gloves for football boots to kick off the charity clash between Gresley Rovers and Stapenhill at the Moat Ground tonight (7.30pm).

November 1991

Agony for Elliott
One reckless challenge has left Gresley Rovers defender Scott Elliott facing a tough fitness battle for the second time this season.
Rovers seek Sunday best
Gresley Rovers make a small piece of club history tomorrow when they play a Sunday fixture for the first time.
Gresley Rovers begin their campaign for a second FA Vase trip to Wembley at the Moat Ground.
Rovers wait on goal ace
Rovers bank on Wardle
Rovers forced to ring changes
Minton misses cup tie
Rivals meet again in cup
Arch rivals Gresley Rovers and Rocester will clash in the third round of the West Midlands League Cup.
Golden time for Bezza
FA roll out red carpet for Frank
Law man pitches in for Gresley
TV show for Vase heroes
Television cameras will descend on Gresley Rovers Moat Ground this Saturday as part of an on-going project to document a year in the life of the South Derbyshire club.
Denby injury rocks Rovers
Rovers call on Lovell
Rovers close in on leaders
Gresley Rovers leapt to second place in the West Midlands League after a 3-1 win over Oldbury United at the Moat Ground last night.
Denby blow
Twin Tower memories
Memories of Gresley Rovers finest hour will come flooding back tomorrow as the Moatmen take their first tentative step on the road back to Wembley.
Rovers ready to fight for Carl
Gresley Striker Carl Rathbone plans to appeal against his sending off at the Moat Ground on Saturday.
Rovers plan a spying mission
Opportunity knocks for new faces
Frank: keep it going

December 1991

Rovers bid for revenge
Rovers nurse young blood
Frank to quit as team boss
Frank Northwood is to quit as Gresley Rovers manager at the end of the season.
Bezza spots Vase danger
Gresley Rovers step into the unknown tomorrow with a word of warning from their most experienced player.
Rovers plan Vase mission
Rovers go on Reds alert
Coach Steve Dolby today sounded a warning to top-of-the-table Gresley Rovers.
The hidden Moat army
Gresley still top
Frank to call on all his forces
Gresley embark on a four-games-in-nine-days programme at Hinckley Athletic on Boxing Day (11am) aiming to consolidate their position at the top of the West Midlands League.
Frankie plans farewell treat
If Frank Northwood gets his way, England and Wolverhampton star Steve Bull could be pulling on a red and white shirt to play for Gresley Rovers.
Frank angry over Xmas card
Gresley Rovers coach Steve Dolby says he hopes that the club will follow the example of league clubs and find a new manager from within its current set up.
Frank fears pile-up
Gresley Rovers manager Frank Northwood believes a punishing West Midlands League fixture schedule may be taking its toll on his table-topping side.
Gresley Rovers seek revenge for their biggest West Midlands League defeat of the season when they entertain title rivals Paget Rangers tomorrow evening (7.30pm).

January 1992

Win proves costly for Rovers
Rovers double scotch
Minton injury rocks Rovers
Gresley Rovers start their defence of the Derbyshire Senior Cup tonight on the ground where their recent domination of the competition began.
Difference a day makes
Gresley Rovers face FA Vase opponents next Saturday who only five years ago were still playing in Sunday soccer.
Heart-broken Gresley Rovers were still licking their wounds today after crashing off the Wembley trail.
Rovers axe star pair
Gresley Rovers boss Frank Northwood has carried out his threat of a Moat Ground shake-up by parting company with goalkeeper Bob Aston and striker Carl Rathbone.
Rovers ring the changes
Gresley Rovers could make as many as four changes tomorrow as they attempt to put the disappointment of their FA Vase exit behind them.
Rovers leave Romans in ruins

February 1992

Rovers take a tumble
Nuttall sacked
Gresley have parted company with defender Frank Nuttall following a bust-up with manager Frank Northwood.
Rovers axe Moore
Frank chops and changes for cure
Gresley boss Frank Northwood admits he is at a loss to explain why his team folded so badly at Chasetown last week.
Astley admits: I was wrong
Gresley Rovers defender Steve Astley this week begged forgiveness from fans after storming out of the Moat Ground earlier in the season.
Frank hits at critics
Beaman offered Frank verdict
Gresley Rovers joined Wednesfield, Paget Rangers and Westfields in the last four of the West Midlands League Cup after a 3-1 quarter-final replay victory at the Moat Ground last night.
Battle of the bosses rages
Not for the first time, rival soccer bosses Frank Northwood and Alan Beaman could not see eye-to-eye this week after their West Midlands League Cup clash.
Derby put Rovers defender on trial
Gresley Rovers defender Stuart Evans is being put under scrutiny by Derby County.
Ace goal-grabber Brian Beresford fired home the 150th goal of his Gresley Rovers career on Saturday to set up a Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final derby at Edge Hill with Stapenhill, 3-0 winners over Borrowash Victoria.
Rovers axe King
Gresley Rovers have dispensed with the services of striker Dave King.
Rovers pile up the points
Gresley Rovers extended their lead at the top of the West Midlands League to nine points last night after a 3-2 win over Willenhall signs... An instant attraction could well spring up between clinical relations manager Rachel (Sagittarius) and footballer Ian (Aries), who are both down-to-earth fire signs. A shared love of the outdoors and physical activity could mean this relationship blossoms into more than just a fling. Timmy & Ricardo the "Drive time duo" have been broadcasting live from Vegas all week and updating listeners on the romance. Ian has kept an online diary and this along with video clips and more pictures of his adventures can be seen at
Rovers chase Deaville
Gresley Rovers have made a surprise bid to lure keeper Mark Deaville away from Rocester.
Moatmen look back on a week well spent

March 1992

Rovers fans in a fury
Moatmen missing Smith
Rovers title surge
Gresley Rovers stretched their lead at the top of the West Midlands League to 12 points with a 3-1 win at Oldbury United last night.
Frank goes back to his old ways
League clubs close on Gresley stars
Rovers stumble
Frank silences title talk
Rovers need six points
Gresley Rovers require two wins from five games to seal a second consecutive West Midlands League title.
Bezza misses semi mission
Rovers must pay price of success
Injury worries for Rovers
Cup crunch renews rivalries
Gresley Rovers travel to Edge Hill tomorrow aiming to take a step closer to the history books.
Rovers axe Northwood
Veteran manager Frank Northwood was last night sensationally sacked as manager of Gresley Rovers.
Frank title call to Rovers

April 1992

Farewell to Frank
Gresley Rovers can take a crucial step towards sealing the West Midlands League title tonight in their first game with caretaker boss Steve Dolby at the helm.
Rovers in facelift plea
Gresley Rovers can start celebrating their second consecutive West Midlands League title if they win at Rushall tomorrow (3pm), says new boss Steve Dolby.
Dolby system
Rovers forced into cup change
Rovers prepare for Paget thriller
Evans out of title run-in
Stuart Evans could have kicked his last ball for Gresley Rovers.
Rovers set for Easter party
Rovers just champion
Youth gets final fling
West Midlands League Champions Gresley Rovers plan to give youth a chance when they play their final home game of the season against West Bromwich Town tomorrow (7.45pm).
5 Clean sheets?
West Midlands League champions Gresley Rovers hope to keep their fifth consecutive clean sheet under new boss Steve Dolby when they meet West Bromwich Town in their final home game (7.45pm).
Gresley wait for green light
Gresley Rovers will soon know their fate as to whether their unceasing efforts to win promotion to the Beazer Midland have been successful.
Rovers pay high price for success
Beazer in sights
Gresley Rovers championship winning side all want a crack at Beazer Homes League football next season.
Crucial hurdle looms for Evans
Rovers keep it clean

May 1992

It has been the season of the veteran for Gresley Rovers.
Dolby faces crunch time
Rovers in TV spotlight
Gresley Rovers football club is to feature in a BBC Midlands television documentary on Thursday.
Rovers wait and hope
Dolby sidesteps cup controversy
Rovers fans in Frank tribute
Gresley Rovers supporters have clubbed together to present sacked boss Frank Northwood with a memento of his record-breaking stint as Moat Ground supremo.
Gresley Rovers were celebrating today after finally achieving their dream of promotion to the Beazer Midland Division.
Third time lucky

June 1992

Rovers starlet on the move?
West Bromwich Albion could be poised to snap up Gresley Rovers starlet Chris Parkins.
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