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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Walton, Curtis and Clement at Hull...Portishead Footballes at QPR...QPR's Programme Award

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Western Mercury - Portishead footballers watch their sporting heroes
YOUNG footballers from Portishead travelled to London to play and watch their favourite sport.
Nine youth club members from the town, all Bristol City football fans, took part in the 'Kickz Project', allowing them to play other youngsters in another part of the country.
The trip was organised with the community department linked to Queens Park Rangers Football Club and allowed the youngsters to play a team of QPR fans before moving on to use the free tickets they had all been given for the QPR V Bristol City match at Loftus Road.
Youth worker, Peter Noble, said: "The boys played their game in great spirit with all the players shaking hands at the end. Portishead Youth Club won 8-5, unlike Bristol City who unfortunately lost 3-0, but everyone had a brilliant day."
He added: "It was a great experience for these young people from Portishead and the way they behaved and enjoyed the time made it very worthwhile.
"On their return the young people spent an evening at the youth centre telephoning and writing to other clubs, trying to arrange further similar trips.
"Another great opportunity to increase their confidence and actually get young people more actively involved in what happens at the youth centre. Western Mercury

Hull Daily Mail Hull - Brown issues challenge
Defensive pairing Simon Walton and Neil Clement have been challenged to show they are ready for a first-team call-up this weekend.
Tigers boss Phil Brown will field the loan signings in tonight's reserve team clash at Grimsby as they look to stake a claim to replace Michael Turner at Bristol City.
Turner will miss this Saturday's match because of a one-match suspension, leaving either Walton or Clement to deputise at Ashton Gate.
Brown, who will be without Turner for the first time since the opening day, believes he has two able deputies to call upon and whoever impresses at Blundell Park will be handed their first-team chance.
"It's a simple choice between Simon Walton and Neil Clement and both will get their chance tonight" Brown told the Mail.
"People might have questioned why I brought these players in but you are thinking about situations like this.
"I knew there would be times when some of our defenders would miss games through injury and suspension.
"Neither player has got anything to prove to me, I know they are both talented footballers.
"But I suppose we will see who wants that first-team place most." . Hull Daily Mail

Vital Football Hull - Walton OG, Clement Out - What Next?
Phil Brown was to use last night's reserve game against Grimsby Town to decide whether Neil Clement or Simon Walton would replace the suspended Michael Turner at Bristol City, but has his decision become any easier?
A mixed youth and reserve side that saw Clement and Walton both play in centre-back roles ended in a 3-1 defeat to a Grimsby side that featured ex Tiger Justin Whittle.
The game did not start well for Walton, who gave Grimsby the lead after the ball ricocheted off him and into the back of the net, although the on-loan QPR man couldn't do much about it.
It was then Clement's turn to make Brown's decision more difficult with the West Bromwich Albion man out muscled as the Grimsby striker strode through the City defence to fire past Mark Tyler and double Grimsby's lead. The first two goals showed weaknesses in both players games, but it was an incident later in the night that may have decided who starts on Saturday.
Neil Clement was forced to hobble off on seventy minutes with an unknown injury, and whilst it may have only been a precaution, the West Brom man only has two days to prove he is fit for Saturday's clash. With the defender having started a mere two competitive matches this season, Simon Walton looks like the favourite to start in defence this Saturday. The injury forced City to play the remainder of the game with ten men, and despite a goal from Bennett, assisted by Walton, the Tigers lost 3-1 to a mixed youth and reserve Grimsby side.
John Curtis, who also played, could be in contention for the centre-back position should he have impressed Phil Brown last night///.
Vital Football - Hull

From Last Week: Hull Daily Could Curtis win City deal? - 19 February 2008
John Curtis is training with Hull CityJOHN Curtis is training with Hull City after being released from his contract at Championship big-spenders QPR.
The former Manchester United defender is a free agent and could sign a deal until the end of the season if he impresses.
Curtis had the remaining 18 months of his deal paid up by the R's back in December and trained with Preston North End for a brief period.
But the 29-year-old, a full-back who can also play at centre-half, is now looking to win a short-term deal with the Tigers.
Having made 19 appearances for the Red Devils, Curtis was loaned to barnsley for their spell in teh Premiership.
He impressed enough to earn a £1.5m move to Blackburn and was an ever present as they gained promotion to the top flight.
Spells at Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Preston and Nottingham Forest preceded his move to the capital last summer. Hull Daily Mail

'Hoops,' the Clubs official Matchday Programme, has been named 'Best Read in the Championship' in the annual awards conducted by Programme Monthly.
These are the only awards judged independently by scrutinising a programme from every one of the 92 League Clubs, purchased at random.
Programme Monthly is the leading magazine for programme collectors and has a worldwide readership of more than 4,000 programme collectors every month.
'Hoops' editor Ian Taylor said: "We are delighted with this award.
"Myself and Tony Incenzo have worked tirelessly to improve the product we provide to QPR fans on a matchday and this just goes to show that the amount of time we, our contributory writers and the designers at Cre8 have put in has paid off.
"After finishing runners-up in the Football League's Programme of the Year award last season, we were keen to progress to the next level and positive feedback like this should stand us in good stead for the future, as well as the present day."

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