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Reserves

Postby chelsearover » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:19 pm

Not sure if this should be in another board, but it does concern first team players, I feel a priority of the club is to find some sort of reserve league to play in, thus keeping the fringe players match fit, getting injured players some time on the pitch.
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Re: Reserves

Postby Kentstripe » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:43 pm

Most professional clubs seem to have development teams in the Professional Development League now rather then reserve teams, being allowed to field 3 players over 21 in matches.

There doesn't seem to be anything else around, certainly not at a level similar to what the Football Combination was, so the only real options are to carry on having occasional friendlies here and there, put a reserve team in a lower league like the Hellenic, or try and join the Development League, which i'm not sure we'd be eligible for as a non-league team.
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Re: Reserves

Postby SNJ Ash » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:10 pm

FGR played more Reserve games last season than in previous years.

Many of the games were behind closed doors and involved a mixture of Academy players, first team squad members and players returning from injury.
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Re: Reserves

Postby Kentstripe » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:15 pm

Good that there were a lot of reserve games, it's important when you've got a big squad plus it also gives the youth players a chance to play with first team and players and hopefully improve

Talking of academy players, are any likely to be offered pro deals?

It would be nice to see some progress as they seem to have done very well winning a league and cup double last season, or is the step up still too big?
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Re: Reserves

Postby Greeners Jnr » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:24 pm

What about entering the Football Conference Youth Alliance, not sure about the rules concerning over age players but the Home Counties & South West Division is running in 2014/15 with only 10 clubs (the other 8 regional divisions have 11 or 12). Would be some good games in this current teams are - AFC Bournemouth, Basingstoke Town, Brentford (Bees), Eastliegh (Blues), Gosport Borough, Oxford City, Oxford United, Queens Park Rangers (Trust), Southampton (Bath) & Southampton (Sparsholt). Probably too late for this season but maybe a bit more competitive in the future.
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