CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

Our home match against Basingstoke Town on Saturday 16th December, has been designated Christmas Jumper Day. It will be an opportunity for everyone associated with the club to dig out their favourite Christmas gear, support the Blues and have a few beers. Don’t be shy … stick on your best jumper, introduce yourself and have a little Christmas tipple … or two.

REPORT: BISHOP’S STORTFORD

Image supplied by Andy Fitzsimons A piece of Dunstable Town FC history was created on Tuesday night at a very cold ProKit Stadium, Bishop’s Stortford, when former Watford & Brentford goalkeeper, Richard Lee, took to the field wearing Dunstable colours to play in place of regular ‘keeper Nick Hayes who had been called up into the U19 England training camp at St George’s. To have a former Premier League player in our Team was a first for the Club & Richard distinguished himself throughout with some fine saves. Richard had not played a competitive game at any level for over three years and that should tell you all you need to know about the man and his desire to help us out in Nick's absence. P

LEE DUSTS OFF HIS GLOVES

The 35-year-old, former Watford and Brentford keeper is a mentor for young goalkeepers through his work for sports management company Refuel Performance Management, including our on loan keeper Nick Hayes and is also heavily involved in a goalkeeper training company, GK Icon. "It's essential for keepers go out on loan and the lower you go, the harder it is," Lee said. 'At Old Trafford, it could be a wet, wintry horrible night, but the stadium shields you. You're playing on a carpet ... It's easier in the Premier League than in the Southern Premier. There, you'll come up against a 6ft 5in striker jumping with his knees up." Lee says the new crop of keepers need to have a positive mind-set, if

HAYES STAYS, THEN GOES TO ST GEORGE'S

Nick Hayes, our on-loan keeper from Ipswich Town, has had his loan period extended for another month. Having enjoyed a month between the sticks for Dunstable Town, all parties were happy for Nick to continue with the Blues until the New Year. With Nick playing regular football, he has once again been honoured with a call up to St George's Park this week for an England training camp. Congratulations to Nick on his call up and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back into the fold.

McCOOL'S POST MATCH ANALYSIS

With Tiverton sitting in 6th place in the league we knew today would be tough but that will never change our approach and the energy and enthusiasm we put into football matches as we have improved game by game. With Ryan Young’ suspension and Gedeon Okito’s injury we had to reshuffle things a bit and then Saul Williams pulled up in the warm up and forced us into a change before kick off. Despite all the injuries we showed the spirit in the camp and the players came in and were terrific including Sam who has been one of the most patient squad members. Here we are competing in this huge league with unpaid footballers and more pressing to get in the squad. I’m so proud of the attitude of the la

REPORT: TIVERTON TOWN

Dunstable Town welcomed back Peter Kioso & Scott Betts to the starting 11 for their match against Tiverton Town who sat in 6th position, before kick-off at a chilly Creasey Park. Sam Odusoga was a late replacement for Saul Williams. Charlie Black made his home debut as did Ty Ward who had been a part of Simon and Colin’s Development Team last year, With Erin Amu wearing the number 4 shirt and Ben Collins on the bench this trio of former Development Team players were proof of the nurturing of talent that Simon and Colin have developed. Mascots for the day were from Dunstable’s junior teams and credit is due to all those who facilitated their presence and sincere thanks is paid to their parent

CHAIRMAN'S VIEWPOINT

Boom and Bust is normally synonymous with the national economy and how it is performing. However, we are now experiencing a similar scenario within the non-league family on a more regular basis. This season, in the Southern Premier League alone, we have been involved in a supporters’ takeover because the club was left in a perilous position; Gosport Borough has been in a similar situation; and as recently as last week Merthyr Town announced it was in serious financial difficulties, having to release its first team squad. Gosport Borough have been given a reprieve as a benefactor has stepped in to help out the club and we wish the club all the best in its fight for a long-term future. The sam

TONY'S NOTES - TIVERTON TOWN

It’s been a bad week again for Dunstable as we went to Gosport who we have shared difficult times with. The week we go they are able to benefit from the transfer embargo being lifted with outstanding obligations being met due to a reprieve from some outside help. That meant they were able to move quickly and the two players they brought in were both key to the result. None more so than the defenders involvement in Ryan Young’s harsh sending off with the game barely started. Our hard work, endeavour and game plan that has seen us dominate large spells of recent games, will translate games into points soon. We had 9 out injured, unavailable or suspended last Saturday and many of them are retu

ANNUAL WARM CLOTHES DRIVE

With the cold nights drawing in again, the club is asking Dunstable Town fans to have a dig around the backs of their wardrobes and cupboards, and donate any warm clothing they may have to our Annual Winter Appeal. Every Wednesday evening the Salvation Army hold a soup kitchen in Dunstable, providing a meal, clothing, hot showers and a listening ear to a huge number of needy people in the area. Any warm clothing you would like to donate can be dropped off at the Love Shack (Supporters Shed) at Creasey Park on any home match in the run up to Christmas, up to and including our home match against Basingstoke Town on Saturday 16th December. Any items including coats, jumpers, sweatshirt

REPORT: GOSPORT BOROUGH

Dunstable Town left Privett Park yesterday without what would have been a thoroughly deserved point having put in another tireless, battling and brave performance against a Gosport Borough team searching for their first win of the campaign and before kick-off sitting in bottom place of the League. Dunstable were without several regular first team starters but the new players recently signed to fill in the gaps bore testimony to the Management Team’s ability to identify players who work hard and play with skill, spirit, and determination and willing to give their all to the DTFC cause. Gosport Borough were buoyed by the recent lifting of a transfer embargo which had enabled them to sign on l

McCOOL'S POST MATCH ANALYSIS

This game was billed and documented as a 6 pointer but I was not really getting sucked into that. It’s not even Christmas. Were we highly charged and acutely aware of where we are in the league? Of course we are. But we are also highly aware of the performances we have put in against teams much higher up the table and we keep getting better and better despite ongoing bad luck and setbacks. It was great to meet Mick Catlin and he comes across as a really honest knowledgeable guy and very realistic. We of course were able to share our stories of misfortune and the embargo placed on them certainly sounds like a real nightmare to work under. But they got there reprieve this week. No disrespect,

REPORT: CHESHAM UNITED

DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 CHESHAM UNITED 4 (HT 1-2) An early effort saw Andrew Osei-Bonsu cut through the Chesham defence and his cross drew an on target shot from Saul Williams, well held by Hafed Aldroubi. Dunstable enjoyed good possession of the ball and their wits and their scintillating positive forward play received the desired reward of a goal in the ninth minute. Peter Kioso tried a shot on the turn but the ball squirmed out to Arel Amu who converted smartly to give the hosts a deserved lead. A decent diagonal shot from Ryan Young again tested the keeper but Chesham regrouped and settled into their game, pushing forward and forcing corners. There was an element of good fortune about the Gen

REPORT: ST IVES TOWN

ST IVES TOWN 2 DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 HT 2-0 ATTENDANCE 185 It being Armistice Day, representatives of the armed forces were joined by the chairmen of both clubs in a respectfully observed ceremony to mark the ninety-ninth year of the end of the First World War, and of course, to commemorate the fallen in all conflicts since. The game was one of particular importance to both clubs who saw the fixture as a proverbial six-pointer, given their respective positions in the league table. Looking sharp on the left flank, Dunstable sought to test home keeper James Goff and Andrew Osei-Bonsu utilised his pace to thread a way into the penalty area, and his intended cross to Peter Kioso forced an early corne

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