NEWS: Rams Raid Bolder

Adam Bolder has been sold to Premiership strugglers Derby County for £100,000. The nineteen year old midfielder, who has been a first team regular since making his full debut in December, today put pen to paper for the Pride Park club after passing a medical inspection. The deal is riddled with clauses meaning the initial figure could rise based on appearances made and if he is the first man on Mars etc etc…Good luck to the lad, you can’t stand in his way I suppose and of course the club needs the money. It’s just a shame we are so eager to part with a product of the club’s youth set up after barely a handful of first team appearances, expect Bradshaw to follow then.

Hull born Bolder has indicated that he didn’t really want to leave, telling the HDM “It won’t be easy leaving and I want to make it clear it wasn’t my idea to move…but everyone knows City are short of money and obviously they had no real choice but to sell me.” Makes you wonder what happened to the £500,000 our chairman generously offered to put in, doesn’t it?

NEWS: Wood Injury

Striker Jamie Wood is likely to miss City’s forthcoming fixtures against Carlisle and Leyton Orient, after picking up a groin injury in the home defeat by Darlington on Saturday.

NEWS: Harper Out

Steve Harper will be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a broken collarbone in the bore draw at home to Southend on Tuesday. The wing-back fell in noticeable agony after a midfield tussle on 53 minutes and left the field clutching his knackers (???). Harper was later taken to hospital where an X-Ray revealed a small fracture and the bone had to be reset into position.

NEWS: No news like bad news

City’s appeal against a £2500 fine for misconduct has been thrown out by an FA tribunal. City were found guilty of hindering an FA investigation into the clubs off-field affairs after failing to produce board meeting minutes when requested to do so. Not content to let the matter lie, Chairman Nick Buchanan has said he plans to go right to the top by writing to the FA’s chief executive Adam Crozier. Would it not be better to just take the punishment meted out gracefully? After all, if the FA’s investigation had highlighted Stephen Hinchliffe’s involvement with the club, the games governing body could have handed City a much stiffer penalty, the docking of league points for example. The paltry fine given was obviously just a shot across the bow, designed to let the board know the authorities are watching the club closely, so why incur the FA’s wrath further?

NEWS: Wood you believe it?

Jamie Wood’s two goal salvo against Rochdale on Saturday has earned him a place in the Carling-Opta Division Three Team of the Week. Wood racked up 1076 points in Opta’s player ranking system and partners Barnet’s Ken Charlery up front in the statistic based XI. Joining them is Rochdale’s Gary Jones, who’s own double strike on Saturday cancelled out Wood’s brace to earn ‘Dale a point at Boothferry Park.

NEWS: Rent-boy Lloyd

Ex-chairman, current landlord and obnoxious twat David Lloyd is threatening City with legal action if they don’t stump up cash for rent arrears that have accrued on Boothferry Park. Lloyd, who was recently handed his P45 by the Lawn Tennis Association (ho ho), claims City now owe him £68,000 in back pay and he is willing to take court action to reclaim the sum.

In response, Chairman Nick Buchanan (who you’ll remember promised to ‘pump’ £500,000 into the club not so long ago) says the board are in talks with Lloyd to buy the Ark from him and that the money owed will be part of the deal if the sale goes ahead. What a load of crap! As if you wouldn’t be expected to keep up rent payments until you actually buy the property.

NEWS: New Deal for Bolder

Adam Bolder has signed a new contract that will tie him to the club for the next two and a half years. The Eighteen-year-old midfielder graduated from the youth set up last year and after breaking into the first team earlier this season, has established himself as a permanent fixture in the starting XI.

NEWS: Players unpaid

Several players are threatening to walk out amid claims of non-payment of wages. One player was quoted as saying only half of the players salaries were paid last month, and that some players are prepared to quit the club if the outstanding monies are not paid within 14 days. This latest revelation follows reports stating that the transfer embargo imposed upon the club last month has NOT been lifted, since the PFA have yet to receive repayment for a loan taken out by City to pay the playing staff wage bill! All this just a week after chairman Nick Buchanan said he would plough £500,000 of his own money into the club.

NEWS: Embargo lifted

The transfer embargo placed on City last month has been lifted after the club repaid its debts to the PFA and the taxman. City recently received another installment of the money owed to them by Derby County following keeper Andy Oakes move to Pride Park in the summer. With the embargo lifted, City can now bring in some new faces, providing the board stump up the cash they promised to make available earlier this week. One possible signing is St. Kitt’s international Keith Gumbs, who has been on trial at Boothferry Park, he has scored twice in two outings for the reserve side.

NEWS: Kempton reopened

At long last, the East Stand’s refit is complete and City will throw open its gates for the first time this season on Saturday. The Kempton has been deemed fit for use by safety officers after many delays and the visit of Torquay this weekend shall mark its reopening. Ironically, the Gulls were the visitors last time the beloved terrace was used, for the Tigers’ final home game of the 1998/1999 season, ten months ago. The terracing has been concreted over and new crush barriers installed, increasing the overall capacity at the Ark to 13,720. Best of all, Kempton dwellers will now enter the stand from the north side of the ground, allowing time to imbibe another pint before stumbling out of the Tuns to enter the Theatre of wet-dreams.