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July 2003

FA Cup & Trophy Draw
Gresley Rovers have been drawn at home to Buxton of the Northern Counties East Premier Division in the FA Cup Preliminary Round.
Training begins
Training began today for both the first and reserve teams at Gresley Old Hall.
Speculation mounts
Reports in the local press have speculated on various names supposed to have "thrown their hats" into the ring to fill the post of manager.
Richard Wardle signs
Richard Wardle has pledged his future to Gresley Rovers.
Rovers in ground discussions
Chris Gray update
After talks last night between caretaker manager Garry Norton, Alan Titterton Chairman Mark Evans and Chris Gray Gresley Rovers are hopeful that Gray will be persuaded to stay at the club.
Oh the agony!
Gary Horobin is a buyer who works with Gary Norton at Bombardier Transportation in Derby.
Gresley Rovers Coaching in the Community
Gresley Rovers are beginning a series of Summer Coaching in the community courses.
Gray and White sign
A big boost for Gresley Rovers has come in the signatures of two of their star players.
Defender signs
Gresley Rovers have signed central defender John Williamson.
Sky Sports at the Moat
It has been confirmed that Sky Sports cameras will be at the Moat Ground.
Gary's gift

August 2003

Gary Norton new first team manager
Gresley Rovers Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Norton as first team manager. Gary, the reserve team manager was appointed caretaker manager after the resignation of Jon Newsome.
Bluck and Sheils sign
Defender Ian Bluck and goal keeper Mark Sheils have both signed for Gresley.
Local businesses sign up
Gresley Rovers Players Ian Bluck and Andy Cheetham have attracted the attention of two local businesses, who have both signed up to sponsor the two players.
Soccer coaching school... a great success!
The first of the summer's Soccer Coaching School has been a fantastic success.
Burton friendly
Fans Forum
A fans forum is to be held in the Gresley Rovers Social Club on Friday 8th August at 7.30pm.
Three more sign
Three more players have agreed terms.
More players sponsored
Three more Gresley Rovers players have been sponsored by a local business.
Reg Shorthouse
Reg Shorthouse, the reserves team secretary, has been admitted into hospital.
Andy Cheetham signs
Defender Andy Cheetham has re-signed for Gresley Rovers.
Kidson on board
Utility player Shaun Kidson becomes the latest player to sign.
Hendon FC notes
This Saturday our visitors are Hendon FC for what will be the final pre-season friendly for both clubs.
Quiz night
Gresley Rovers are holding a quiz night on Friday 22nd August in the Social Club.
Fans Forum Transcript
The full transcript from the recent Fans Forum is now online.
Swindon pre-match news
Saturday beings the new season for Gresley Rovers and the first season in charge for manager Gary Norton.
Rugby Utd pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton is deciding whether to stick with the same line up as on Saturday or to make changes.
Bromsgrove pre-match news
Acton appointed Reserve Team Coach
Dave Acton has been appointed Rerserve Team coach assisting the manager Simon Van De Broucke.
Moat Ground purchase a step nearer
Chairman Mark Evans has announced that a framework is now in place for the club to purchase the ground from their landlords.
Hopkins leaves the Moat Ground
Buxton pre-match news
New faces at the Moat Ground
Gresley appoint first team coach
Manager Gary Norton has completed his back-room team with the appointment of Steve Hinks as first-team coach.

September 2003

Soccer School
Last week saw the finish of a very successful and enjoyable 3-week soccer coaching school during the summer holidays.
Gray leaves the Moat
Gresley Rovers have announced that midfielder Chris Gray has left the club.
Some good news!
Gresley Rovers have today completed the signing of midfielder Gareth Holmes from Hucknall Town and he should be eligible to play in the away game at Stourport Swifts.
Buxton pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton has drafted in 3 players to his squad for tonight's FA Cup replay at Buxton.
Gresley Juniors Vacancy
Following a Committee Meeting last night Gresley Juniors are now urgently seeking a dedicated full time Soccer School Coach.
Three more sign
Gresley Rovers have completed the signing of three more players.
Striker signs
Gresley Rovers have completed the signing of a new striker.
Andy Bourne leaves
Andy Bourne has left Gresley Rovers.
Stourport pre-match news
Gresley could field 5 new players for tomorrow's game at Stourport Swifts.
Timms goes on loan
Midfielder Carl Timms has gone on a month's loan to Leicestershire Senior League side Ellistown.
Two more on board
Manager Gary Norton has completed the signing of defender Leigh Everitt and midfielder Leon Doughty.
Operation for Ian Bluck
Ian Bluck who was carried off the pitch during the FA Cup draw with Buxton will need an operation to repair a damaged cartilage in his left knee.
New players to feature in reserves game
Manager Gary Norton is to give his new signings a run out in the reserve team match against Shepshed Dynamo reserves at the Moat Ground KO 2.45pm.
Devastating news for Ian
Defender Ian Bluck, who was carried off the field during the FA Cup clash with Buxton at the Moat Ground, has received some bad news.
Quiz Night
Gresley Rovers are holding a quiz night on Friday 26th September in the Social Club.
Yate pre-match news
The visitors to the Moat Ground tomorrow are Yate Town who are the bottom club in the league but Gresley manager Gary Norton is taking nothing for granted.
Gresley Rovers Cabaret Dinner Evening
Gresley Rovers are holding a cabaret dinner evening on Friday 14th November 2003 at the Lyric Rooms in Ashby.
Solihull pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton knows that tonight's game at Damson Park will be a much sterner test than against Yate.
A massive thank you - Ian Bluck
Sorry to take so long to write this but i found it difficult to find what to say.
Midfielder recalled
On-loan midfielder Gareth Holmes has been recalled by Hucknall Town.
Bedworth pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton will be forced to make at least one change for the visit of Bedworth United.

October 2003

Gary White
Gary is rated as 50-50 for the Umbro FA Trophy game at Chorley.
Gareth Holmes signs
Midfielder Gareth Holmes has signed for Gresley.
Notts County agree to extend loan
Chairman Mark Evans has agreed with Notts County to extend the loan period of Shaun Harrad.
Chorley pre-match news
Gary White looks likely to miss Saturday's FA Trophy match at Chorley.
Moat Ground purchase moves a step nearer
A price has been agreed between Gresley and landlords Mitchells & Butlers and chairman Mark Evans said that the club is ready to take the next step.
September Manager-of-the-Month Award
Gresley Rovers manager Gary Norton has won the Dr Martens Western Division Manager-of-the-Month award for September.
Kitching moves on
Striker Neil Kitching has joined Midland Alliance club Stratford Town.
Fans forum - Friday
A fans forum is to be held in the Gresley Rovers Social Club on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm.
Liam Walshe returns to the Moat
Gresley Rovers have today completed the transfer of midfielder Liam Walshe from Belper.
Evesham pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will be without their on-loan striker Shaun Harrad for tomorrow's game at Evesham United.
Reserves award
Gresley Rovers reserves have been chosen as team of the month for September by the Midlan Combination League.
Fans Forum Transcript
The full transcript from the recent Fans Forum is now online.
Shepshed pre-match news
Gresley on-loan striker Shaun Harrad has been included in the Notts County side to meet Barnsley in the LDV Vans Trophy tomorrow so this will mean he misses the local derby against Shepshed Dynamo tonight.
Mark Sheils joins Halesowen
Keeper Mark Sheils has left the Moat Ground to join Halesowen Town.
Mangotsfield pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton says: "The next two games will be a good measure of how far we've come. We played a few teams in the lower reaches and we are about to begin to play sides in the top half of the league and we want to be matching them.
Halesowen pre-match news
On-loan striker Shaun Harrad should be back for tonight's clash at The Grove tonight.
Quiz Night Tonight!
Gresley Rovers are holding a quiz night tonight Friday 24th October in the Social Club.
Gresley win the benefit match (updated)
The years were rolled back as an ex-Gresley Rovers All Stars took on ex-Derby County All Stars in a benefit match at the Moat Ground on Sunday afternoon.
Shepshed pre-match news
Young defender Nathan Tate will miss tonight's 1st Rnd of the Dr Martens Cup against Shepshed Dynamo.
Gresley announce Coors Brewers sponsorship
Gresley Rovers have today unveiled additional sponsorship from Coors Brewers.
Matlock pre-match news (updated)
Gresley Rovers have injury worries ahead of the FA Trophy game at home to Unibond Division One high flyers Matlock Town.

November 2003

Gresley at home in 2nd rnd of FA Trophy
Gresley Rovers have been drawn at home in the next round of the FA Trophy.
Belper pre-match news
Gresley Rovers manager Gary Norton has had to make more changes for the Derbyshire Senior Cup 3rd tie against the Nailers at the Moat Ground tonight - 7.45pm.
Three new signings
Gresley Rovers have reacted quickly to bolster an injury-ravaged squad, today completing a hat trick of new signings.
Redditch pre-match news
Gareth Holmes, David Berks and Carl Francis all signed this week by manager Gary Norton go into the squad to face league leaders Redditch United at the Moat Ground 3pm KO.
Stourport pre-match news
On-loan striker Shaun Harrad returns after recovering from an ankle knock and could partner new signing Carl Francis up front.
Team Bath pre-match news
Gresley skipper defender Andy Cheetham is due to return to the squad for the trip to Team Bath after recovering from an Achilles injury.
It's Nuneaton for Gresley!
Gresley Rovers have been drawn away at Premier side Nuneaton Borough in the 3rd rnd of the Dr Martens Cup.
Walshe moves on!
Midfielder Liam Walshe is moving to Ilkeston Town.
Rugby pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will still be without Gary White (knee) and Nathan Tate (shoulder) for their away match at Rugby United.
Benefit match TV report
In case you missed it, you can now see the two-minute Carlton Central TV report about the benefit match played at the Moat Ground in October.
Gloucester pre-match news
Striker Steve Lenagh has been ruled out of tonight's game at Gloucester due to a throat infection.
Quiz Night
Gresley Rovers are holding a quiz night on Friday 5th December in the Social Club.
Hinckley pre-match news

December 2003

FA Trophy 3rd Round Draw
Gresley Rovers have been drawn away to the winners of the 2nd round replay between Lancaster City and Hednesford Town who played out a 1-1 draw at Lancaster's Giant Axe ground on Saturday.
Clevedon pre-match news
Gary White has successfully come through training but will still require more time to fully recover from his injury.
Nuneaton pre-match news
Gresley will be without striker Steve Lenagh who has been chosen to represent UK Prisons and new signing Craig Dean who is cup-tied.
Swindon pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton has two doubts for the game against Swindon Supermarine.
Harrad's injury update
Striker Shaun Harrad has been to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for x-rays.
Bromsgrove pre-match news
Richard Wardle looks set to make his 600th appearance for Gresley Rovers in the game against Bromsgrove Rovers.
Gresley sign two more
Manager Gary Norton has completed the signing of two more players.
Hebberd suffers broken ankle
Liam Hebberd was substituted early on in the first half in the game against Bromsgrove on Saturday after picking up an injury to his ankle, which was later discovered to be broken.
Former Man City star for the Moat
Former Manchester City midfielder Steve MacKenzie has been signed by manager Gary Norton.
Sutton Coldfield pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will be without three of their strikers for the game against Sutton Coldfield town on Boxing Day. KO 1pm.
Mark Evans' Christmas Message
As I look back over these past twelve months, I know that it has been about as full a year as I can remember. But Christmas itself still remains a time for family and friends, reflection and a focus of hope for the future.
Injury blow for Blucky
Long serving player Ian Bluck has been dealt a blow in his comeback from a career-threatening injury.
Richard Wardle
A presentation was made by chairman Mark Evans to "Mr Dependable" Richard Wardle before the game on Boxing Day to commemorate his 600th first team appearance for Gresley Rovers made against Bromsgrove Rovers the previous week.
Lenagh return?
Striker Steve Lenagh could feature in the New Years Day game at Ilkeston Town. Lenagh picked up a calf injury against Clevedon Town on 6th December and has not played since.

January 2004

Shepshed pre-match news
Gresley Rovers have more injury worries before the game at Shepshed after Gary White suffered a recurrence of a knee injury that has troubled him since being injured in the Bedworth game in September.
Moat Ground Announcment
After the Boxing Day game against Sutton Coldfield Town chairman Mark Evans made an announcement concerning the future of the Moat Ground.
Shaun Harrad recalled
Notts County have advised Chairman Mark Evans of the need to recall Shaun Harrad for the immediate future following the exit of Billy Dearden as their Manager.
Matt Smith turns down Ilkeston
Gresley Rovers have received 7 days notice of approach for defender Matt Smith from Ilkeston Town.
Hednesford pre-match news
Gresley Rovers go into this FA Trophy 3rd Round match without two defenders. Matt Smith is suspended and Jamie Hood is cup tied. Manager Gary Norton could possibly play Andy Cheetham and Leigh Everitt in central defence.
Injury updates
Liam Hebberd today came out of plaster almost two weeks ahead of schedule. His Doctor is very pleased with the progress and all being well he can resume full training in a couple of week's time.
Graham St Prims pre-match news
Defenders Matt Smith and Jamie Hood both return to the squad but manager Gary Norton will not finalise his line-up until checking on the fitness of Carl Francis, who has been struggling with illness.
Vandals attack the Moat Ground
For the third time this week vandals have caused damage to the Moat Ground. They have attacked sponsors boards and the perimeter fencing and also the main sign in Moat Street.
New striker
Gresley Rovers have this morning completed a deal to bring 19-year-old Stoke City forward Laurence Hall to the Moat Ground initially on a one month loan deal.
Cirencester pre-match news
New signing Laurence Hall looks set to make his debut in Saturday's game at Cirencester Town.
Gloucester pre-match news
Striker Carl Francis (tonsillitis) will be missing as will defender Danny Haynes (personal reasons).
Simon Van-de-Broucke's reserve team news
Well what can I say, it's been weeks since the reserves have had a game, and in that time we've only managed to have a couple of training sessions due to weather conditions and Christmas etc.
Quiz night on Friday
Gresley Rovers are holding a quiz night on Friday 23rd January in the Social Club.
Good news for Hebberd
Striker Liam Hebberd has returned to training sooner than expected.
Solihull pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton is waiting for fitness tests on defenders Andy Cheetham (groin) and Leigh Everitt (knee) both injured in the midweek match against Gloucester City before naming his side.
Stan Collymore in discussions
Gresley Rovers have confirmed that they have discussed with Stan Collymore the possibility of him signing for them.
Derbyshire Senior Cup game off
Tonight's (Wednesday) game at Graham St Prims has been postponed.
Midfielder signs
Gresley Rovers have signed midfielder Stuart Lake from Nuneaton Borough.
Mangotsfield pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will be without midfielder Gareth Holmes as he begins a four-match ban.

February 2004

Ilkeston fixture re-arranged
The Ilkeston game at the New Manor Ground has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 2nd March. KO 7.45pm
Collymore update
Difficulties with media commitments and availability may be the stumbling block to Gresley Rovers getting their man - Stan Collymore.
Evesham pre-match news
Goalkeeper Brad Clarke looks set to play in Saturday's game against the "form team" Evesham United at the Moat Ground due to Dale Belford being suspended for one game.
Graham St Prims pre-match news
Gresley keeper Dale Belford returns to the team after missing the last game against Evesham United due to suspension.
Yate pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will be fielding a new striker for the visit to Yate Town.
Cirencester pre-match news
Skipper Andy Cheetham is a big doubt for tonight's game against Cirencester Town at the Moat Ground.
Forest striker joins Gresley
Gresley Rovers have signed 18-year-old Nathan Jones on a work experience loan deal.
Taunton pre-match news
New signing Nathan Jones is likely to go straight in the squad for tomorrow's "must win" game against Taunton Town at the Moat Ground.
Gareth Holmes joins Leigh RMI
Gresley Rovers have announced that following an approach from Conference side Leigh RMI they have agreed to waive the seven days notice of approach to allow Gareth to join up with Phil Starbuck's side.
Simon Tucker back at the Moat
Simon Tucker has returned to the Moat Ground it was confirmed today. Gresley Rovers announced that they had been tracking their former striker and following the mutually agreed cancellation of his contract with Kidsgrove, Gresley were keen to sign up the striker.
Stapenhill training game
A Gresley Rovers XI entertain Stapenhill tonight in a training game at the Moat ground (7.30pm).
Reserves in the final
Gresley Rovers reserves are through to the final of the Challenge Trophy.
Redditch pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton is facing a choice of striking partners for tomorrow's visit to Redditch with four players, Carl Francis, Simon Tucker, Steve Lenagh and Nathan Jones all vying for the two places.

March 2004

Ilkeston pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will be without defender Danny Haynes who has suffered whiplash injuries after being involved in a car accident on Friday.
Simon Van de-Brooke's Reserve team news
Its been a strange old week for the Reserves, last Saturday we won the away 1st leg of our semi-final against Worcester City (1st Team) 2 -1, arguably our best battling performance of the season, then Wednesday it was revealed that Worcester had fielded two ineligible players, and were promptly removed from the competition, sorry Worcester but the winner takes it all.
Halesowen pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton is likely to start with Steve Lenagh and Carl Francis up front these being the only possible changes to the side that won at Ilkeston midweek.
Where's the support?
Bob Corner calls on fans to give the youth team some support.
Bedworth pre-match news
Gresley Rovers will have a new face in the squad for tomorrow's visit to Bedworth United after signing striker David Kettle on loan from Notts County .
Ilkeston pre-match news
Defender Matt Smith is back after missing Saturday's trip to Bedworth and goes straight into the team.
Stourport pre-match news
New loan signing Kris Nurse is included in the squad along side Notts County team mate David Kettle for tomorrow's game again Stourport Swifts at the Moat Ground.
Gresley sign loan player
Gresley Rovers have signed Leicester born forward Kris Nurse on loan from Notts County.
Two in two out at the Moat Ground
Defender Leigh Everitt and striker Steve Lenagh have been released by Gresley Rovers.
Cinderford pre-match news
Gresley Rovers manager Gary Norton is still awaiting news that on-loan players Justin Rowe and Jonathan Daniels will be available for tomorrow's game against bottom club Cinderford Town at the Moat Ground.

April 2004

Taunton pre-match news
On-loan striker Justin Rowe has been recalled by Telford for their FA Trophy semi-final second leg game at home to Canvey Island tomorrow and so misses the trip to Taunton.
Fans Forum Transcript
The full transcript from the recent Fans Forum is now online.
Ilkeston pre-match news
Defenders Matt Smith and Jamie Hood are back in the squad after recovering from injury.
Simon Van de-Brooke's Reserve team news
Hello Moat Fans, I trust that you are all well and had a lovely Easter and didn't eat too many chocolate eggs.
Team Bath pre-match news
Defender Ian Bluck, who has been out for most of the season due to a cruciate ligament injury, is included in the squad for tomorrow's visit of Team Bath to the Moat Ground.
Cinderford pre-match news
Alan Titterton will be in charge for tomorrow's visit to Cinderford Town owing to manager Gary Norton being away on business.
Youngster pens pro contract
Shaun Harrad has signed a two year contract with Notts County. Harrad was at Gresley Rovers on loan earlier in the season.
Clevedon pre-match news
Manager Gary Norton admits that he will be glad when this season ends as he is looking forward to preparing for next season in what will almost certainly be the UniBond First Division.

May 2004

Gary looks back
Manager Gary Norton, in conversation with Dave Rider, reviews last season and shares his thoughts on next season.
It's UniBond for Gresley
It was confirmed at the FA National Leagues meeting in Loughborough on Sunday, which was to unveil the final selections for Level 3 and its feeders, that Gresley Rovers would be playing in the UniBond Division One from next season.
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