Ankle injury rules Boulding out of Celts defeat

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Peter Thorne in aerial action at Throstle Nest Peter Thorne in aerial action at Throstle Nest

Farsley Celtic 3 City 1

It is hardly in the same league as the other transfer sagas of the summer.

The Michael Boulding story has not caused a flicker on the national radar, obsessed with the daily deliberations of Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Lampard, Robbie Keane and Gareth Barry.

But for City fans, the Boulding debate seems to have dominated the off season.

The tale took another twist when the former Mansfield hitman started training with the club this week. Boulding was even pencilled in to play 45 minutes against Farsley – until he hurt his ankle after colliding with Luke O’Brien right at the end of Tuesday’s session at Apperley Bridge.

So instead of showing supporters a glimpse of what they could be looking forward to next term, Boulding was sat at home in Sheffield with his leg up to ease the swelling.

City may loosely claim to have their man for now but Huddersfield are also thought to be keen – with the added carrot of League One football.

Stuart McCall, who has dismissed a link with Leicester’s Louis Dodds, said: “Now we’ve got Michael in, we’ll see if we can take it further. We haven’t had time for a proper chat but hopefully I’ll sit down with him over the next couple of days.”

Boulding was not the only notable absentee from City’s pre-season opener. Joe Colbeck, Paul Hecking-bottom and new boys Graeme Lee and Chris Brandon were resting slight knocks.

None of them are anything to worry about and Lee and Hecking-bottom should be okay to face Park Avenue on Saturday but at this early stage McCall is not taking any chances.

At least there was one Boulding on display in a City shirt, Michael’s younger brother Rory – the supposed makeweight in any deal for the much-wanted hitman.

There was another younger sibling in the side, Kyle Nix’s little bro Kory in right midfield, while Lee’s absence gave first-year pro Adrian Bellamy an opportunity at centre half.

McCall’s mix-and-match selection did feature the engine room that looks the first choice for the season ahead, with Lee Bullock alongside Paul McLaren.

Bullock produced several sharp touches in the early stages considering his long lay-off. Willy Topp, another coming off an injury, also caught the eye and twice just shot past the post.

But it was Farsley, playing their third friendly against league opposition in eight days, who scored first midway through the half.

Former Cardiff and Middlesbrough striker Andy Campbell’s cross totally bemused O’Brien and James Knowles gave trialist keeper Nick Colgan little chance from close range.

They doubled the lead seven minutes later when Stephen Downes picked out winger Rory Prendergast in acres of space on the left. His pull back was rocketed in via the crossbar by Campbell.

Peter Thorne glanced a header wide before Farsley embarrassingly made it 3-0 four minutes before half-time. Again the City defence made it too easy as Campbell teed up Dominic Krief for a drive which Paul Arnison could only help in.

Pre-season results may not matter but it was not the half-time scoreline McCall would have envisaged. Not surprisingly, there were a smattering of boos among the crowd.

McCall made seven changes for the restart, which included Milton Turner, a 21-year-old right back on trial after leaving Garforth Town.

Barry Conlon’s arrival on the pitch lifted the fans as the rain hammered down and he immediately launched into a spectacular volley that flashed over.

Topp was switched to the right with Conlon partnering Boulding up front. Kyle Nix and Luke Sharry took over in central midfield.

Conlon got the biggest cheer of the night when he pulled one back for City on the hour with a coolly-chipped penalty after Mark Jackson handled.

Sharry was keen to get on the ball and produced one storming run and shot which Curtis Aspden struggled to hold as Conlon moved in.

With resources limited – Sean Taylforth and Leon Osborne are also injured – McCall’s final treble substitution caused a stir of amusement. On came David Wetherall and Wayne Jacobs for an unexpected 15 minutes of fame along with new physio Adam Cook, who played left wing for non-league Rossendale last season.

City - First half: Colgan, Arnison, O’Brien, McLaren, Bellamy, Bower, Topp, Bullock, Kory Nix, Thorne, Daley.

Second half: Colgan (McLaughlin 85), Turner, O’Brien (Jacobs 73), Sharry, Ainge, Clarke, Topp (Wetherall 73), Kyle Nix, Conlon, Rory Boulding, Daley (Cook 73).

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4:26pm Thu 17 Jul 08

fatbloke says...

Trevor Benjamin released by Hereford and on trial at Chester. Wouldn't he be worth looking at? Pace and power which is something we are badly lacking up front..

Obviously not going to happen but it might start a debate.
Trevor Benjamin released by Hereford and on trial at Chester. Wouldn't he be worth looking at? Pace and power which is something we are badly lacking up front.. Obviously not going to happen but it might start a debate. fatbloke
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4:44pm Thu 17 Jul 08

Bantam Forever. says...

Delroy Facey is on his way back to City....

He has power,not sure about pace
Delroy Facey is on his way back to City.... He has power,not sure about pace Bantam Forever.
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5:10pm Thu 17 Jul 08

lost in space says...

i cant be assed writing owt.
i cant be assed writing owt. lost in space
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5:40pm Thu 17 Jul 08

Senseless says...

Wheres my alterego? Sensible? You'd have thought he would have wanted to get his two penneth in? Maybe he's run out of electric tokens! Bless.

Shame about the result but at least Farsley will have some confidence for their coming season. I think playing some of the coaching staff was a bit of a shame. Its only a friendly, though.
Wheres my alterego? Sensible? You'd have thought he would have wanted to get his two penneth in? Maybe he's run out of electric tokens! Bless. Shame about the result but at least Farsley will have some confidence for their coming season. I think playing some of the coaching staff was a bit of a shame. Its only a friendly, though. Senseless
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6:08pm Thu 17 Jul 08

audal says...

ironic isn't it that no goals conceded when jakes and weathers were on the pitch.
ironic isn't it that no goals conceded when jakes and weathers were on the pitch. audal
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6:08pm Thu 17 Jul 08

Rick says...

Dont worry about the result last night, we just dont want to peak to early. Theres a long way to go yet!!!!
Dont worry about the result last night, we just dont want to peak to early. Theres a long way to go yet!!!! Rick
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6:25pm Thu 17 Jul 08

keeponclucking says...

Looking at the team that came in at half time 3-0 down, it probably contains 7 or possibly 8 of the 11 players that will start against Notts County!
Looking at the team that came in at half time 3-0 down, it probably contains 7 or possibly 8 of the 11 players that will start against Notts County! keeponclucking
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6:27pm Thu 17 Jul 08

Pablo says...

Bantam Forever. wrote:
Delroy Facey is on his way back to City.... He has power,not sure about pace
...if he is then I wo't be watching them.
[quote][bold]Bantam Forever.[/bold] wrote: Delroy Facey is on his way back to City.... He has power,not sure about pace[/quote]...if he is then I wo't be watching them. Pablo
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6:40pm Thu 17 Jul 08

oddshapedballs says...

Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then
Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then oddshapedballs
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7:00pm Thu 17 Jul 08

keeponclucking says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then
Take your oddballs with you & stick to your egg chasing site.Meanwhile folk on here can talk about the beautiful game...not a regionalised noddy sport for fellas with beards & ugly birds.
[quote][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then[/quote]Take your oddballs with you & stick to your egg chasing site.Meanwhile folk on here can talk about the beautiful game...not a regionalised noddy sport for fellas with beards & ugly birds. keeponclucking
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7:42pm Thu 17 Jul 08

Waynus says...

keeponclucking wrote:
oddshapedballs wrote:
Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain thenTake your oddballs with you & stick to your egg chasing site.Meanwhile folk on here can talk about the beautiful game...not a regionalised noddy sport for fellas with beards & ugly birds.
Especially when they can't even spell the word, "more"!
[quote][bold]keeponclucking[/bold] wrote: oddshapedballs wrote: Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain thenTake your oddballs with you & stick to your egg chasing site.Meanwhile folk on here can talk about the beautiful game...not a regionalised noddy sport for fellas with beards & ugly birds.[/quote]Especially when they can't even spell the word, "more"! Waynus
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12:18am Fri 18 Jul 08

lost in space says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then
rofl. sad bulls fan i take it..
[quote][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: Who cares about this game. It is nothing moor than a bunch of soft rich blokes kicking a bag of wind about. Get them on a proper field (rugby) and lets see them roll around in pain then[/quote]rofl. sad bulls fan i take it.. lost in space
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6:32am Fri 18 Jul 08

albion says...

audal wrote:
ironic isn't it that no goals conceded when jakes and weathers were on the pitch.
They couldnt score for laughing.
[quote][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: ironic isn't it that no goals conceded when jakes and weathers were on the pitch.[/quote]They couldnt score for laughing. albion
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7:08am Fri 18 Jul 08

Helen Highwater says...

Sky-Sports
'Cheltenham Town have joined the hunt to sign Michael Boulding, who is training at Bradford City.'

If he gets the offer of League One football, surely he will take it.
Sky-Sports 'Cheltenham Town have joined the hunt to sign Michael Boulding, who is training at Bradford City.' If he gets the offer of League One football, surely he will take it. Helen Highwater
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10:56am Fri 18 Jul 08

EMB Bantam says...

Let him go elsewhere and let us move on to players who want to play for us. Thorney, Lee, McLaren - they didn't keep us hangging like this guy. They wanted to play football and saw the potential at VP.

As someone else rightly pointed out, at the age of 32, why is he still kicking about in League 2 if he's that good? I think his agent is just throwing a few League 1 names into the hat to get better offers on the table. We should continue with our stance - either sign up or ship out.
Let him go elsewhere and let us move on to players who want to play for us. Thorney, Lee, McLaren - they didn't keep us hangging like this guy. They wanted to play football and saw the potential at VP. As someone else rightly pointed out, at the age of 32, why is he still kicking about in League 2 if he's that good? I think his agent is just throwing a few League 1 names into the hat to get better offers on the table. We should continue with our stance - either sign up or ship out. EMB Bantam
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12:14am Sat 19 Jul 08

Get a life says...

Where's all the signings that were going to raise the eye brows.None of the players signed so far have raised my brows.
We have released 11 players & signed 4. what's gonna happen in case of injuries.
Is Rhodes talking crap again.
Where's all the signings that were going to raise the eye brows.None of the players signed so far have raised my brows. We have released 11 players & signed 4. what's gonna happen in case of injuries. Is Rhodes talking crap again. Get a life
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