Premier Division 2017/18 preview

With the start of the new Premier Division kicking off today, we have got you covered with everything you need to know ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

From team previews to our league views and analysis of the summer signings, there’s plenty to get stuck into before St Joseph’s face Manchester 62.

Here’s all your essential reading ahead of the new season … Continue reading


Lincoln v Europa – Player Ratings

Lincoln beat Europa 3-1 on penalties to win the Pepe Reyes Cup but how did both sets of players fare this evening? 

Tjay De Barr scored the winning penalty as goalkeeping heroics from Imps keeper Lolo Soler saved three of Europa’s four penalties. 

After the game, we gave our assessment of each player who featured.. Continue reading


Lincoln v Europa preview

Football is finally back on the Rock with Lincoln Red Imps taking on holders Europa in the traditional “curtain-raiser” which is the Pepe Reyes Cup.

The Imps will be hoping to put last season behind them and win the first piece of silverware and take an added boost over their title rivals Europa. Following Yeray Blasco‘s departure to Olímpic Xàtiva, we expect Anthony Hernandez to start after a good performance in the Europa League and strike up a good midfield partnership with Antonio Calderon & Dieguito.

Despite their best efforts to sign Pibe on a permanent deal from Mons Calpe, which ultimately failed, Imps did manage to bring in Falu Arenda from CD El Palo who has had a good preseason while he fills in for George Cabrera, who is still returning from an injury he picked up last season. 

This is newly appointed Europa manager Jonathan Parrado‘s first competitive game in charge and he’ll be hoping to get onto the right foot as he tries to replicate the success Juanjo Gallardo has last season. Parrado isn’t the only one who will be feeling the pressure on Sunday; new signing Jorge Pina Roldán has been given the task of playing as much of a vital role as Liam Walker did last season, something which won’t be easy.

Walker’s departure also frees up a HGP position on the pitch which will be battled between Sykes Garro and new signings Mikey Yome & Ethan Jolley with George Wink still recovering from a long-term injury. That will also be an interesting battle to see who starts. 

The Pepe Reyes Cup gets underway this Sunday and kicks off at 19:00 with live coverage on our Twitter accounts


The New Saints – A brief guide

Europa take on Welsh Champions The New Saints (TNS) in the Champions League this week, so we take a brief look at the team standing in the way of Europa at the first hurdle.

When were they founded – TNS first started in 1959 as Llansantffraid FC, who eventually joined with Oswestry Town.

I recognise them by a different name? – The New Saints were formerly known as Total Network Solutions, following a deal with an Oswestry-based computer networking specialist. The team garnered a lot of public awareness when Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling famously stated: “They’ll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight!”

Do they have European pedigree? – They have consistently qualified for Europe in the 21st century, most notably taking on then European champions Liverpool in the 05-06 qualifiers. They’ve either reached, or started in the Second Qualifying Round of the Champions League for each of the last five seasons.

Their stadium is not in Wales though? – TNS stadium, Park Hall, is actually based in Oswestry, a town in England just 8km away from the Welsh border – the equivalent of Europa playing in San Roque in terms of distance.

How did they do in the league last season? – They comfortably won the Welsh Premier by some 27 points, losing just three of 32 league matches and racking up over 100 goals in the process.

What players should we look out for? – One-time New Zealand international Greg Draper, as well as Alex Darlington, were the clubs two best goal threats in the league.

Random fact – TNS’ Polish winger Adrian Cieślewicz played his brother Lukasz at this stage in 2015, with TNS defeating Faroese side B36 Torshavn.