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For the second time this week Brook Street crashed into the transfer market tonight, securing the services of 25 year-old Italian wing-back Leandro Di Gaudio from Italian Serie VI side A.C.San Lorenzo for a fee in the region of £1.5M.

Marcus confirmed the signing by saying, “We were a bit lightwight in defence, and if Attila and Andy were to pick up injuries at the same time we could be seriously weakened at the back. It simply wouldn’t be fair to throw the 17 year-olds into the deep end; we’ve got to nurture them for the future and taking a pummelling could really hamper their development”.

He continued, “Leandro will give us stability in the wing-back role, but he can play in the middle as well. He’s also the kind of player who will help bring the kids on, so it’s without doubt a win-win signing for us”.

Leandro will join up with his new team-mates tomorrow.

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RealThe club are delighted to announce that our friendly match with Real Tafano F.C. has been confirmed and the reserves will travel to Arkhangai, Mongolia next week.

The match takes place next Wednesday with kick off at 14:50 local time (06:50 GMT).

Special thanks go to mister_Br1 for making the match possible.

The reserves were made to fight all the way, but a late second half Fraser Carragher strike ensured that there would be no fightback.

Lloyd Stephen opened the scoring in the twenty-eighth minute, and when Brian Burwick doubled our lead a minute later it looked as though Brook Street were going to go on and dominate the match.

However the home side fought back and halved Brook Street’s lead through Paul Ayodele to make the score 2-1 at the break.

Fraser Carragher restored our two-goal advantage with twenty minutes left, but again the Nigerians came back and Ahmed Pepple netted their second just two minutes later.

However, with ten minutes left Fraser Carragher slipped through the home defence to fire in our fourth goal to finish off devils.

“They made us work very hard, which is exactly what we want from these friendly matches”, said Marcus afterwards. “I would much rather have games like these rather than ones that are little more than target practice”.

He continued, “We knocked the ball around well in the middle of the park, but we showed our inexperience at the back. That’s only to be expected though as we were fielding a very young defence, Fraser excepted”.

On the captain’s performance he said, “Fraser’s not really a wing-back, but necessity means we’ve got to play him there. He showed us once again however just how good he can be coming forward and how well he can finish. It was a real captain’s performance”.

Thanks for the memories Onésimo.

Thanks for the memories Onésimo.

This evening marked a real end of an era as Onésimo Murube’s eleven season stay at the club came to an end with the popular Spaniard signing for Italian side Taranto F.C. in a £481,000 deal.

“We’ll miss him hugely”, admitted Kyle Fair, “but letting him move on is the right thing to do”. He added, “His chances of playing from the start were likely to become less, and to have a player like him sitting on the bench or even worse, turning out for the reserves would be criminal”.

He continued, “Onésimo still has a lot to offer the right side, and I’m sure he will do well in Italy”.

Speaking from Nigeria where he is with the reserves ahead of their friendly tomorrow, Marcus said, “Onésimo has been an outstanding servant of our club and I wish him all the luck with his new side. Of course he will be missed, as he was a huge character in the dressing room, but all good things must come to an end”.

He concluded, “As one chapter closes, another one opens for him and having spoken to him on the phone after the deal went through I know he’s looking forward to the new challenge”.

Before packing his bags for Italy, Onésimo took some time to speak to the Official Website.

He said, “Firstly, I must say thank you to everyone at the club and especially the fans who have been so fantastic. I have enjoyed my time at Brook Street so much that it is really sad to be leaving. However, we can’t stand still, and as long as Brook Street are going forward and upwards I will be very happy”.

“This is a fantastic club. It may not be the most glamorous in the world, nor have mega-bucks, but it consistently punches above it’s weight and is one that everyone associated with it is justifiably proud of”.

“I’m sorry to be leaving and I was really surprised when I was told this was my eleventh season with the club. We’ve had our ups and downs in that time, but I am proud to have pulled on a Brook Street kit and would like to say one last thing to the fans… thank you!”

Onésimo’s scoring record with Brook Street was prolific:

Appearances (Goals)

League

Cup

Play-offs

Friendlies

136 (79)

12 (15)

3 (4)

15 (13)

Everyone at the club wishes him the very best of luck with Taranto F.C. in Italy.

Brook Street made an unexpected move in the transfer maket this evening, securing the services of 25 year old Turkish striker Eyüphan Toga from Finnish League VII side Knockout Hurricanes for a fee of £2M.

Marcus said, “The lad is a prolific goalscorer, and indeed scored four goals for his previous club tonight before completing his transfer. He will give us a real threat up top”.

It is unknown whether the move into the transfer market was pre-empted but at the same time as the transfer of Eyüphan was announced, it also became clear that popular striker Onésimo Murube had requested a transfer. Reluctantly, the club have agreed to the request.

Oleg Zhigalov fires in our first goal against Rovers.

Oleg Zhigalov fires in our first goal against Rovers.

The chorus of boos that greeted the final whistle left the players in no doubt exactly what the fans thought of this afternoon’s result, and it was a furious Marcus Lövman who eventually faced the gathered press following Brook Street’s shock home defeat by Mercy Rovers.

The Swede was pulling no punches in his analysis of the match when he said, “If I’d been in the stands, I would have been booing too.

He continued, “I’ve seriously got to question the bottle of my players. We went into the match red-hot favourites, yet we couldn’t dispose of a side who have just come up and are second bottom of the league. That is simply not good enough for this club”.

“I don’t know if the players went into the game over-confident or simply thinking they were too good for the opposition, but the fact is, and I mean no disrespect to Rovers when I say this, we have lost today against a side we should have taken apart”.

He continued, “I’ve told them exactly what I thought of that performance. To have that much possession but fail to turn it into goals is simply not good enough”.

The match had started well for Brook Street with Emanuel Bohucký rattling the crossbar before Oleg Zhigalov fired us in front.

The home crowd were silenced when Benjamin Dufrêne levelled, but they were back on their feet a minute later when Germán Olmos Ribas put us 2-1 up.

However this was short-lived as Fabien Darty levelled again five minutes later, and Daniel Nowicki scored what was to prove the winning goal four minutes before the break.

Brook Street are pleased to announce that the reserves will travel to Nigeria next week for a friendly match against Division III side red&black_devils. The match was confirmed yesterday, and kicks off at 1045 GMT on Wednesday.

After finishing third last season, the side from Lagos have made a good start to the campaign with two wins and a draw before suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend. In their two friendlies so far this season they remain undefeated with wins over Balbin Force Augustów of Polish V Liga and Dutch League V side Cygnus X-1.

Our thanks go to red&black_devils manager macchiavelli for making the match possible.

The reserves ran out comfortable winners in Qatar this afternoon, hitting eight unanswered goals against the Worm.

Andrew Cleary hit another hat-trick and there was a brace for Lloyd Stephen. Our other goals came from Garabed Palasyan, Brian Burwick and Matt Cocker.

The home side did their best to press the Brook Street players, but time and again the visitors were too fleet-footed for them and the Qatari’s were left chasing shadows.

“We were very good this afternoon”, said Marcus afterwards. “We showed a real determination while playing some great football”.

He continued, “We showed how classy we can play, and I’ve now got a bit of a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s league match. That is however the type of problem I like”.

The coach was full of praise for his players and also said, “To be fair, everyone played their part, but I thought our midfield in particular were immense today. They were the real engine room of the team, and taking nothing away from our front two who hit five of our goals and were pretty much unstoppable today, it was the midfield who were really running the show”.

The players also came through the match unscathed meaning that Marcus will have a full squad from which to select his squad for Saturday.

Jake MacConnechy fires in our second and winning goal against Vines Cross.

Jake MacConnechy fires in our second and winning goal against Vines Cross.

Brook Street left it late, but Jake MacConnechy’s strike three minutes from time saw us take maximum points against a side that we’d failed to pick up a single point from in six previous meetings.

“My lads were magnificent today”, said Marcus at the post-match press conference. “Everyone played their part in, what for me, was our best result of the season to date. Credit must go to our front line who pulled their defence all over the place, and created the gaps from which our goals were created”.

He continued, “We’ve now played the top four sides and defeated them all. This game was a severe test and my players, to a man, rose to the occasion.

The coach however admitted that the results so far had been better than we could have hoped.

“From our first four games, I think I would have been satisfied with nine points. To have maximum points is excellent”. He continued, “There’s a long way to go, but we’ve made a great start”.

Vines opened the scoring through Nuccio Genco’s fourteenth minute free kick and that remained the only goal of the game until Andy Harte broke through to equalise with twelve minutes left.

Both sides had rattled the woodwork, but it was Brook Street who scored the decisive goal with only three minutes remaining.

Nemanja Janković broke forward and dragged one of the central defenders out towards the wing. He then cut the ball back to the unmarked Jake MacConnechy who struck the ball first time to bury the it in the net and win the game for Brook Street.

Elsewhere, Carbrain got their first points on the boar with a 9-0 demolition of the seemingly doomed Edinburgh-KSZO. Airth Castle Rovers move up to second following their 4-1 home win over Kessler’s Eleven, while -*FC BARCELONA”- recorded a narrow 1-0 away win over Mercy Rovers.

2019819Brook Street’s reserves arrived back home this morning, fresh from their 5-0 win in Kuwait only to find that they will be returning to the Gulf next week. This time they will face Qatar League IV side, the Worm.

“I hope it rains again”, laughed Marcus on hearing the news confirmed.

He added, “We heard the news of the potential game before we left Kuwait, and although it would have made sense to just move some of the players straight to Qatar, the logistics would have been horrendous”.

He continued, “I’ve still not decided my final starting line-up for the game so we need the whole squad here and available for Saturday’s game.

Marcus finished the interview by saying, “I’d imagine we’ll be leaving on Sunday as usual”.