Saturday, 10 October 2015


Long Eaton manager Charlie Palmer has this week left the club to join Evo-Stik Division 1 South side Belper Town. He joined United in 2013 and last season they finished in third-place  in the Midland League Premier Division and won the Premier Division Cup beating Rochester 2-0 in the final.
Charlie Palmer

Born in Aylesbury, Palmer started his football career as an apprentice at Watford, managed by Graham Taylor. He played 18 matches for Watford, including four in the UEFA Cup. In July 1984, he moved to Derby County where under the management of Arthur Cox, he was part of the team that won the Football League Second Division in season 1986–87. Before the end of that season he moved to Hull City for a transfer fee of £30,000. After a two year stay in Hull, he moved to Notts County where he is perhaps best remembered for the winning goal against rivals Nottingham Forest in the local derby.
Palmer moved on to play for Walsall in 1994 and since finishing playing, he coached Hinckley United under manager Dean Thomas before joining Mickleover sports as assistant to Dick Pratley.
He took over as first team manager of Long Eaton United in 2013.                                                                                    

Shaun Rickford

In a press release Long Eaton said: "We would like to place on record our thanks to Charlie for his efforts whilst at Long Eaton United and wish him well for the future. We are delighted to advise that Shaun Rickford has agreed to take interim responsibility for the team. We will be making a further announcement regarding our long term plans in due course”

Rickford has taken charge of the Blues on a temporary basis and his first game is a tough trip to Edgar Street for a Midland League Premier Division game against Hereford this afternoon. Long Eaton are only three points behind the Bulls but have three games in hand.

The draw for the 1st round proper of this season's FA Vase has been made and the Blues have been handed a home tie against MFL Division 1 side Hinckley AFC. The Leicestershire club were formed in 2014 following the dissolving of Hinckley United and play their home games at Heather St John's "St Johns Park" ground. Currently in 11th place in Division One having won 5 lost 2 they have as many as 6 games in hand so they are very much in a false position. In their first ever season as the new club they finished 3rd in the division. To reach the 1st round Hickley beat Wolverhampton Sporting 5-0 away from home then on Saturday eased past Bromyard Town 6-0. The Blues having finished 3rd in the MFL Premier were given bye's to the 1st round.
The tie will take place on Saturday 31st of October, 3pm at Grange Park Sponsored by Newman's Garage.