Author: Media Team

Ryan Campbell-Gordon Signs

Today the club have made another signing as preparations start to shift towards the start of Pre-Season ready for the 2021/22 season as we announce the signing of Ryan Campbell-Gordon.

Ryan, who was recently at Port Vale before being released has signed a contract at the club which shall commence on the 1st of July.

Speaking with the club’s media Ryan said: “It’s a good environment here, I can’t wait to get started really. I’ve been through everything with Ron and Carl, been through the team, been through my position being moved up onto the wing.”

Mentioning Carl and the impact he had on him signing he said: “Carl for me was a big influence, I knew him from my time and Port Vale and when I was there, he spoke to me quite a bit, I just can’t wait to get started.”

With Pre-Season starting in just a few weeks’ time, Carl’s squad is starting to take shape with the new additions that have arrived at the club.

Speaking about his new signing Carl said: “Yeah I’m over the moon, to get somebody in of Ryan’s quality is obviously a massive coup for us here.”

“I just want Ryan to come and enjoy his football, be in an environment where he can express himself and just get the best out of him where he is going to be happy.”

Carl also spoke to the Clubs’ media team about the start of preparations for Pre-Season and how much he is looking forward to it.

He said: “You look at the signings we have bought in there is some fantastic signings in there that have added to the group massively.”

“I have stated before that Pre-Season will be tough for the lads so they are going to have to make sure they come back with a certain level of fitness because if they don’t it will be very tough for them.”

“There is one thing that my team will be at that’s that they will be fit, they will be strong, they will be organised, no one really looks forward to Pre-Season but once the games start to roll around the lads will be ready.”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Ryan a warm welcome.

Chris Dagnall Signs

The club have today continued preparations for the 2021/22 season by securing the signing of experienced striker Chris Dagnall.

Dagnall, who played along side new manager Carl Dickinson at Yeovil Town last season will join the club when his current deal with Yeovil expires.

Speaking with the club’s media Chris said: “I’m excited, after speaking to Carl and the Chairman it’s a really exciting project that they have got going on and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Mentioning his time at Yeovil he said: “He’s been a massive influence, me and Carl spoke quite a bit towards the end of last season about once he agreed to become the manager here and what he planned to do going forward, asked if I would be interested.”

“With me not being too far locally to the area it was definitely something that interested me after a few discussions I’m here.”

Dagnall brings a wealth of experience to the club locally being best known for his stint at Crewe Alexandra between 2016-18.

He hopes this will help him as well as the club: “I’ve played a lot of games, got 17/18 years’ experience to help the lads out, especially the younger lads, there’s that and a few goals here and there to help.”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Dagnall a warm welcome.

Carl Dickinson becomes the New Manager

Former Stoke City and Port Vale defender Carl Dickinson has agreed in principle to become the new manger of the club. 

Dickinson will take on the role of player manager at the club when his current deal with Yeovil Town ends at the end of the season. 

A three year deal has been agreed with the club in what shows the ambition we have here. 

Speaking on social media earlier on our new manager said he was “excited for the future” as he looks ahead to his first management role. 

Now that he has signed the deal he goes back to Yeovil Town where he will stay 100% focused on the rest of the season at Huish Park.  

New Manager Search

As we commence our search for a new manager we caught up with Chairman Ron Mcilreavy for his views and expectations.

“Firstly I would like to place on record my thanks to Michael and his team for all the efforts this season, we had some great days in particular in the FA Cup and I will always be thankful for that”

“It is now my intention to restructure the football side of the football club as we look to appoint a full-time manager to oversee all football operations”

“We are open to receive CVs from applicants who have managed at level four and above over the past three seasons or anyone who has played at level three and above over the past two seasons”

“All applications can be sent to chairman@hanley-townfc.co.uk”

Deadline for applicants 21st March 2021

Club Statement: Mick Morton

CLUB STATEMENT

Hanley Town Football club last night reluctantly accepted manager Micky Mortons resignation.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Micky for years of dedication to the club as player and manager.

He will always be welcome at Hanley Town Football Club

Charlie Walford Signs For Hanley

Charlie Walford has today signed for Hanley Town. Charlie, who is 22, joins the club after a three seasons at leek town, in the Northern Premier. 

Walford is a left sided midfielder who likes to attack the defence. Before joining Leek Town Charlie was with local side Port Vale. 

He had progressed at Port Vale through the Academy and also the reserve sides to earn a professional contract with them, before signing for leek town. 

Speaking to the media team he said: ‘Delighted to join the club, a great club with aspirations of pushing higher’

He went on to add: ‘Hopefully we can push Hanley even further up the league and hopefully secure promotion.’

Eccleshall 0-7 Hanley Town

Hanley Town cruised to a 7-0 victory in the FA Vase with Kie Brown netting his third hat-trick in a Hanley shirt, with the other goals coming from Dan Needham, Tom Ashton, Nathan Okome and Joe Thompson. 

In a scrappy first half it didn’t take long for Hanley to break the deadlock when Okome played a perfectly weighted through ball to put Brown in one on one where he fired into the net. 

With both keepers making saves throughout the half it took until the 40th minute for Hanley to double their lead. 

Callum Feeney played a lovely ball forward to find Dan Needham who cut inside and produced a lovely finish into the roof of the net. 

After Half Time Hanley started brightly producing a number of good saves from the Eccleshall ‘keeper. 

Hanley added a third when Kyle Stubbs found himself in the Eccleshall area, firing a shot towards goal with the final touch coming of Kie Brown for his second of the game. 

Straight from Kickoff Hanley won the ball back and a lovely pass forward found it’s way the Kie Browns’ feet who swept the ball into the back of the net for his hat trick. 

Hanley weren’t finished there when again we caused trouble down the left hand side to find Tom Ashton in the area who riffled the ball past the ‘keeper for our fifth. 

Two minutes later Hanley added the sixth of the game when a lovely free kick routine found its way to Tom Ashton who squared the ball to Nathan Okome to provide the finish for his second of the season. 

Right on the full time whistle Hanley added their final goal of the game when the ball found its way to Joe Thompson in the area who cut inside of his man and curled the ball into the far right corner. 

Hanley face Deeping Rangers in the next round of the FA Vase. 

Hanley Town 2-0 Northwich Victoria

Kie Brown, scored his first league goal for the club as Hanley Town get their first league victory at Potteries Park.

Lovely goals from Kie Brown and Kyle Stubbs secures Hanley Town with all 3 points against a good and composed Northwich Victoria side.

The first half was very even with the away side creating a lot of chances and causing havoc on the counter attack.

Both teams were trying to break the deadlock keeping both teams goalkeepers busy

However, Kie Brown comes up with the goods when Tim Sanders clipped the ball into Brown’s chest who riffled into the net to put Hanley 1-0 up going into the break

The second half was more of the same with both teams trying to get something out of the game

Lovely build up play from Hanley puts Tom Ashton through and with good foot work and a class back heel sets Kyle Stubbs up on the edge of the box who slots it into the bottom corner putting Hanley two goals a drift going into the last 20 mins.

The last ten were scrappy with Hanley trying their best to secure the 3 points, both teams flying in with big tackles.

However Hanley gets all 3 points and they get their first win of the season and keeps the unbeaten streak alive

Overall Kie Browns composure and Kyle Stubbs’s driven shot was the difference on the night as both teams put up a good fight.

Good defending from Hanley is the difference in the sides with Josh Beaumont and Jake Langdridge putting some solid interceptions and tackles showing their class ahead of the long season.

HANLEY TOWN 3-2 REDDITCH UNITED MATCH REPORT

Hanley Town’s remarkable cup run continues as they beat Redditch United 3-2 thanks to a late Ricardo Fuller penalty.

In a game that saw a half- time sending off, two comebacks and an 86th minute penalty, it was Hanley that progressed into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

After a very scrappy start the the game, it took until the 42nd minute for the deadlock to be broken when Hanley took the lead.

A long pass forward was matched with a lovely flick up by Tim Sanders to find Kie Brown, who turned and hit the ball on the half volley, with it whistling past the out stretched ‘keeper to find the top corner.

Just after the half-time whistle had blown, Redditch United’s Jack Storer saw red after an altercation in the changing room area, leaving the visitors down to 10 men.

In the second-half, despite being a man down, the visitors started brightly as they were awarded a penalty after a clash in the area – up stepped Thomas Rankin who levelled the game.

The visitors were then knocking on the door for the comeback to be completed, and it was when a free kick on the edge of the box saw Brandon Horton curl the ball into the back of the net.

After this, manager Mick Morton decided to bring on Brian Barton and Ricardo Fuller for some added fire-power up-front.

In the 82nd minute, this substitution paid off as the two combined neatly in the box for the ball to fall to Barton, who supplied a lovely finish into the bottom left corner to level the game.

With the game looking like it was going to penalties, the ball yet again wound up at Barton’s feet inside the visitor’s 18-yard box and a push in the back saw Hanley awarded a late penalty to win the game.

Ricardo Fuller picked up the ball, with the fans behind the goal waiting in anticipation as he ran up and calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner sending the goal keeper the wrong way and winning the tie for Hanley Town.

The draw for the second qualifying round will take place on Friday 25th September.

BROWN HAT-TRICK SINKS THE MOATMEN

Hanley Town 5-1 Gresley Rovers

Kie Brown scored a hat-trick to help sink the Moatmen and send Hanley into the first qualifying round of the FA cup. 

In a very scrappy first half, both sides struggled to get a hold of the ball, it took a 30-Yard effort from defender Kyle Stubbs to really test the Gresley defence. 

The deadlock, however, was finally broken when in the 42nd minute Joe Thompson slotted Kie Brown through time neatly prod past the keeper.

The jubilation was short lived as straight from kick-off Gresley did some neat passing to find Sullivan who applied a delicate chip over Ben Chapman to level the game. 

Right on the stroke of Halftime a Tim Sanders free kick tested the keeper which gave Hanley a chance from the resulting corner. 

Dan Needham whipped the ball in to find the head of Josh Beaumont who nodded down to Brown for his second of the afternoon. 

After the break Hanley really started to take control of the game, and the home side had the opportunity to further their advantage from the spot after Tom Ashton was brought down in the box. 

Despite a very good save from the ‘keeper, Brown was there to emphatically volley home his third of the match to the delight of all in attendance. 

It was then time for the introduction of ex-Premier League Striker Ricardo Fuller as he replaced the Hat-trick hero Kie Brown. 

Immediately fuller got involved and created some space for himself in the box with some nice footwork before squaring the ball to Ashton who finished high into the right side of the net to pretty much secure our spot in the next round. 

The game looked to be done at this point but an extraordinary solo run by substitute Brian Barton where he took on six Gresley players before neatly finishing into the net finished the rout for Hanley, with the FA cup tweeting the Goal is one of the round.