ALAN ESSEX introduces them all

Well, around this time of the year, in preparation for the new season, I like to give a light-hearted and totally irreverent view of the new signings we have made.

"With ...some big name departures and some big belly departures there were high hopes of a new crop of players"With last season’s disappointments firmly behind us, some big name departures and some big belly departures there were high hopes of a new crop of players signing up.

As usual there have been rumours and speculation, some far fetched and sometimes plausible but little has transpired at the time of writing. So, I’m limited to only one player signed and one trialist who may.

Jack (Denis) Compton

Represented England and Middlesex at cricket. A right handed batsman who also bowls slow left arm chinaman (or should that be chinamen – you decide?). Fortunately he also plays football, having played for Arsenal for most of his career. Very experienced, he was born in 1918, making him nearly as old as the now departed (to Chesterfield not heaven) Ritchie Humphreys.

Nialle Rodney

Yes, yes, I know it would be all too easy to mock this poor lad and put a picture of Rodney from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ on here and call him a ‘plonker’. That would not be fair to him, recovering as he is from having played for Darlington, albeit on loan from Bradford City.

Well, that sums up our signings so far. It could be argued that both Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett are the major signings this season. Much is expected from them in organising and motivating what we are hoping was an under performing team last season. Their contacts should also see a batch of promising Middlesbrough players join on loan when required.

That just leaves me to say that I hope everyone has a happy and enjoyable season and that I’ll meet up with a few of you at the midlands / southern away matches.


Oh and before I go, I thought I’d put up a picture of Niall Rodney’s car.