Date: 17th July 2006 at 5:53pm
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County play Woodley on Tuesday, what kind of County team and what kind of support are you expecting to turn up?

Jim Gannon promised to send a strong side (part of the deal when signing Liam) – obviously Liam Dickinson should be there, and based on previous years hopefully the attendance should be around 400/500.

Could you briefly explain the stage of the league pyramid Woodley are in, and what path would they have to follow to get into the Conference North?

We are at level 4 – going upwards, the path is Unibond Premier – Level 3 – Conference North – Level 2 then National Conference – Level 1 then Football League

Have Woodley made any big summer signings that will change the club? Have you lost any players?

As of yet no major signings and only two players from last season’s squad have left – both to go to FC United!

Liam Dickinson joined County from Woodley – and probably kept us up. Is it true that Dicko was a centre-half at Woodley? What did you make of him?

Liam, an ex Blackburn Rovers apprentice, was signed in August 2005 from local North West Counties side Trafford and became an instant hit at Woodley.
Initially signing as a centre-forward, Liam showed his flexibility by adapting to centre-half due to injuries in several games.

As interest in Liam grew from watching scouts, the club quickly moved to protect their investment by placing Liam on a contract.

Continued impressive performance eventually brought Stockport County down to Lambeth Grove and Liam was offered the opportunity of training with the first team for two weeks.

After a recent injury. Liam returned to the side at Bridlington Town where he scored what was to be his final goal for Woodley Sports sealing a 2-0 victory in front of the County scouts.

His record for Woodley Sports was 6 goals in 15 appearances.

The Football League Club then confirmed their intention to sign him and the deal was completed on Friday 23rd December 2005 to the mutual satisfaction of both the player and Woodley Sports.

Who are the key players going to be for Woodley on Tuesday night?

Woodley’s strengths are : a young settled squad full of pace who play for each other. Star players are : Goalkeeper Liam Higginbotham, Centre half Mark Phillips, Midfield trio of Carlos Meakin, Chris Curley and captain Chris Young: Pacy forwards including 18 goals each last season from Mario-Sergio Daniel and Gavin Salmon followed by 17 goals Daniel Douglas-Pringle

Score Prediction?

As it is a ‘friendly’ then 2-1 to the team who wants it the most !


One Reply to “Views Of The Opposition: Woodley”

  • Great article Jack. Top detail – never realised Woodley were that far up the pyramid. Will be keeping an eye out for them this season.

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