Lincoln put eight past College

Four goals from Kike helped Lincoln on their way to a comprehensive 8-0 victory against College 1975.

Photo (C) Lincoln / Neil Wilson

New Lincoln manager Mick McElwee went with a strong side, giving a league debut to Scott Wiseman, while Kyle Casciaro captained the side. For College, their team was quite young, but with a few additions, including former Europa player Jonathan Parragues, and ex-Phoenix midfielder Nito.

It took nine minutes for Lincoln to take the lead, with Tjay De Barr slotting the ball past Mark Warwick in the College goal, before a mistake from the keeper allowed Kike to get his first of the night two minutes later.

College would make Lincoln wait until the 34th minute for their next goal, with Bernardo Lopes scoring it, but it was 4-0 at the break as Kike got his second of the evening, rounding the keeper and rolling the ball in.

There was no respite for College in the second half, as Kike got his hat-trick three minutes into the half, before Lopes got his second of the night. With 15 minutes to go, Kike got his fourth from a Jack Sergeant cross, before Kyle Casciaro wrapped up the scoring with four minutes to go. To College’s credit, they kept trying, and thought they had scored at the death, but the linesman’s flag denied them their consolation goal.


College 1975: Warwick; Sanchez (Pacheco, 72), Hughes (C), Matto, Ruiz (Callejon, 67), Franco, Parragues, Nito, Victor (Gonzalez, 60), Urenda (Ruh Dos Santos, 45), Gallardo

Unused Subs: Migge, Field, Da Costa

Lincoln: Soler; Wiseman (Sergeant, 58), Lopes, Torrilla (Ronan, 54), K. Casciaro (C), De Barr (Valarino, 72), Toscano, Gamiz (Britto, 58), Moreno, Kike, Coomes

Unused Subs: Goldwin, Azopardi, Wilson

Yellow Cards: Sanchez, Ruiz

Red Cards: None


De Barr wins it for Gib in Liechtenstein

A first half goal from Tjay De Barr saw Gibraltar win 1-0 at Liechtenstein tonight.

Gib started the brightest, and Tjay De Barr made it count as he picked up Lee Casciaro’s pass to spin and put it in the bottom corner. Casciaro should have made it two but his effort was saved easily.

In the second half, Liechtenstein put on more pressure but Kyle Goldwin stood firm and saved Gib multiple times. Gib should have had a penalty as Tjay De Barr was blatantly fouled, but the ref did not give a penalty.

Liechtenstein pressured, but Goldwin and his Gib teammates handled it to secure a massive victory. Wins vs San Marino and Liechtenstein in November will see Gib secure promotion.


Lincoln replace William with McElwee

Last night, Lincoln parted ways with manager William, and replaced him with former manager Mick McElwee.

Photo © Lincoln / Neil Wilson

William, who was only appointed as manager back in May, managed the Imps for two games officially, beating Union Titus Petange 2-0 after a 3-0 walkover vs Prishtina, followed by a 5-0 loss to Rangers. His departure, and the subsequent return of McElwee, means that since parting ways with Julio Ribas in April 2018, Lincoln have now had seven different permanent managers.

McElwee needs no introduction to followers of local football, being a former player and manager of the club over the years, and remaining a popular figure at Lincoln throughout. His most recent spell at the club was as a short caretaker spell, but this time out he’s been appointed as permanent Head Coach for the 2020/21 season, where Lincoln are set to open up against College 1975 on Monday 19th October.

With a squad composed largely of Gibraltarians at his disposal, McElwee’s challenge will be to return Lincoln to the top of the pile in local football – his past work with Lincoln is likely to afford him a bit more time and patience should it be needed, with Lincoln desperately in need of stability in the Head Coach role.

In a statement on the Lincoln site, Club President Dylan Viagas said: “We are more convinced that ever that Mick is more than capable to achieve great results and continue making history with Lincoln.”


Lee Casciaro on target as Lincoln progress

Goals in either half from Lee Casciaro and Mustapha Yahaya secured Lincoln a 2-0 win over Union Titus Petange to progress into the second round of the Europa League.

Scott Wiseman, Jack Sergeant, Graeme Torrilla and Eric Franc Same Mfoumou all made their competitive debuts while life under William Amaral De Andrade got off to the perfect start.

After an evenly balanced half, Lincoln broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with Lee Casciaro slotting the ball past Ottele. The defensive work between Mustapha Yahaya, Jack Sergeant and Graeme Torrilla stopped all Petange pressure to make sure Imps held onto the lead heading into the break.

Lincoln were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark; quick feet in the box by Anthony Hernandez was too much for Kodjia who tripped him up inside the box. The Gibraltar international took the penalty and saw it saved by Tom Ottele.

Ten minutes later, Kike had a chance to double Lincoln’s lead but his dinked effort went just wide of the post. Kike would have another chance a few minutes later but his shot went harmlessly wide.

Mustapha Yahaya put the game to bed in extra-time, a nice link-up play between him and Jamie Coombes saw the Ghanaian curl a shot past Ottele from outside the box to secure Lincoln a 2-0 win and a spot in the next round.


National League teams “agree prize-sharing deal”

All 12 Gibraltar National League teams are believed to have today agreed a prize-sharing deal, which will see prize money earned by the teams competing in Europe distributed among the whole league.

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The deal, which has reportedly been in the works for some time, would likely come into effect from next season, and would be a very welcome cash flow for some of Gibraltar’s less financially affluent sides, who have had to live on the breadline in recent years in order to survive. The exact specifics of the deal, such as how much of the prize money is shared, and how it is distributed, is believe to have not yet to be ironed out though, and this is expected to be done in the coming weeks.

Prize-sharing of some sort has been a much-called for move among local footballing circles, with some calling for it ever since Gibraltar joined UEFA, and the startling statistic that of the 24 teams in Gibraltar since the 2012/13 season, some 11 of them have either been disbanded or gone out of business, will have only strengthened the movement for this prize-sharing to be agreed. In fact, the National League losing four teams last season (Gib United, Gib Phoenix, Leo & Olympique) will also have been thought about when signing this deal.

More information is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks about this agreement, which FG will bring you news about as and when it becomes available.


Camilleri: ” We shall carry on believing in our structure of developing players”

FG caught up with Manchester 62 President John Charles Camilleri to discuss his clubs season, the fact they gave more minutes to Gibraltarian’s than any other club last season, and his hopes for the club next season.

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Manchester finished the terminated season in 9th position, ending up with 19 points from 18 games – how does Camilleri feel the side did overall? “We started the season with hopes of having a team that the current club’s philosophy could follow and relate to. I believe the early changes in Head Coach was not seen helpful to the squad but the addition of David Wilson gave the team stability and structure for the remainder of the season.

Our players have tried their best every single game, they had their good days and bad days as we all have. Overall, the club is proud of what we achieved last season in regards to our HGP and it’s something we would like to follow on this season but football has many twists and turns.

As mentioned, Manchester gave by far the most minutes to Home Grown Players (HGP’s) this season – amassing a total of 11,853 minutes, some 3,740 minutes more than their nearest challengers in the HGP table, Glacis United – that commitment to locals is something the Manchester President is very proud of clearly: “Well we are extremely proud of these players, to have them put their trust in our structure and philosophy is the most rewarding factor. They deserve all the merit on the tough season we had. We as a club provide all the tools possible for them to perform at the highest level, we are extremely proud of the team bonding they have built during the course of the season (our football family).

This club being a very keen supporter and developer of local youth football our aim is to feed our players through on a yearly basis. What’s the point of the club youth coaches (volunteers) pouring hundreds of hours yearly in youth football and then not providing a platform for them to play when they reach the age of 17-23!

As with all clubs, Manchester have had to adapt to the current global situation, which led to the early termination of the 2019/20 Gibraltar National League – so how have Manchester adapted? “Well the sudden stop in football has meant that from our under 5’s through to our Seniors they have been missing out on their weekly get togethers. For us (club) the ‘family’ had been separated and not seeing them on a weekly basis was very hard, it’s not all about money or personal gains… it has been more about missing seeing each other, fighting together to overcome dificult games together and being pushed to your maximum during training which has been most hard to overcome. We had players logging on to online sessions and trying to achieve all of the above via social media stream together. (Both in Seniors and Youth)

Finally, we asked Camilleri what his hopes for Manchester 62 were next season: “My hopes for the team next year are the same as my hopes for Manchester 62 Fc and Gibraltar Football in general. We will continue to try and play a style of football which is attractive and aggressive to the best of our possibilities. We shall carry on believing in our structure of developing players for the future for our club and our national teams.

For myself as club president the top priority for Manchester 62 Fc are the following.

Be Sustainable
• Be Competitive
• Develop as much youth players as possible
• Build a even bigger ‘Football Family’
• Keep improving our Youth Academy.

The last thing we want to do is disappear like others clubs have due to financial meltdowns. It is the currents Club committees main aim to keep the 58 years of this clubs history in local football as strong as always, So our aim is sustainability sustainability and sustainability.


Boca announce new technical team and sponsorship deal

Stephen Vaughan Jr and Luke Purcell will front a new-look Boca technical team next season, as part of a wider announcement by the club which sees a multi-year sponsorship with Total Sports Management also announced this morning.

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The news, which was teased by Boca yesterday, was announced this morning, and sees Total Sports Management (TSM), who Boca state are “best known for its involvement in combat sports, particularly boxing, representing professional boxers internationally and promoting world championship boxing events throughout Europe” sponsor the club as of July 1st. The deal also sees TSM representative William Adamson join Boca as the commercial director.

Speaking to the official Boca site, managing director of the club, Aaron Edwards, said: “We have been in discussions with Total Sports Management since December last year about a sponsorship opportunity, but due to various factors, including the developing COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible at the time

With regards the new technical team, both Vaughan Jr and Purcell have been appointed to the team, although the club did not state if the pair are joint-managers or one is a manager with the other the assistant. The pair previously worked together at Welsh side Bangor City FC, with Vaughan Jr having had spells as both manager and chairman of the club in his time at the at times financially-troubled Welsh team, who signed Hugo Colace and Esteban Goicoechea from Mons Calpe in January, as well as former St Joseph’s, Lincoln & Lynx defender Fede Tobler.

Vaughan Jr has also had spells as President of Maltese side Floriana, as well as technical director of Mosta, and has worked alongside his father, the former Barrow and Chester owner, Stephen Vaughan Sr. As for Purcell, was a first team coach at Southport FC, before becoming General Manager of Bangor City.

Vaughan Sr’s time at Floriana was not without its own apparent controversies, with FIFPro at the time stating that: “Finally, FIFPro is astonished that a person who has been banned from English club management – because he failed the FA director’s test – can apparently join and run a professional football club in Malta, as is the case at Floriana FC. This has its consequences, as various professional footballers have found out and their family’s lives have been put in jeopardy.” in a 2013 statement – however there is no proof or even suggestion that Vaughan Sr has any role at Boca whatsoever under this new sponsorship deal, or the management team.

The club also noted that: “Existing fitness coach Jesus Gallardo and physio Gavin Vinales will continue in their roles at the club, while former head coach Craig Cowell will now be the manager of our newly-formed under-23 team.”


Local charity receives 50,000 EUR grant from UEFA Foundation for Children

Local charity Help Me Learn Africa has received a grant of 50,000 euros from the UEFA Foundation for Children, after being nominated by the Gibraltar FA, who have worked with the charity previously, including donating national team kits.

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The charity, run by Gibraltarian Louise Barea, aims to raise funds for children in Africa to have an education, with their aim being to support local community schools in impoverished countries, whilst empowering people to volunteer and gain life-changing experiences. The charity has notably worked in Ghana, and due to its long-standing relationship with the GFA, it was nominated to the UEFA Foundation Board of Trustees, who today confirmed to the GFA that the charity would receive the grant of 50,000 EUR.

After the news was announced, GFA General Secretary Ivan Robba, talking on the official GFA site, said: “This is a fantastic recognition for Help Me Learn Africa, and a first for a Gibraltar charity, as the UEFA Foundation is a prestigious foundation that has worked with many charities worldwide. I have known Louise for many years and have been following her incredible work with Help Me Learn Africa which goes from strength to strength.

Her dedication to the cause is exemplary, and I had no hesitation in nominating the charity for this award. I am extremely happy for her and all those who will benefit from this award, and also grateful to the Board of Trustees of UEFA Foundation for Children for choosing our nomination.”

Also speaking to the GFA site, Louise Barea, founder of the charity, said: “I am in complete shock. I really didn’t expect to receive such recognition, but it just proves what I believe; that in life the more you give the more you receive. This award will have a huge impact on the lives of thousands of children living below the poverty line and I am excited to show the world all that we can do with it.

Thank you UEFA Foundation for Children for choosing Help Me Learn Africa, and a massive thank you to Ivan Robba for nominating us and to the Gibraltar FA for the ongoing support, trust and faith in me and my charity.”

HelpMeLearnAfrica are looking to expand into Kenya and Uganda in 2020, and you can find out more about the charitable organisation here.


Lynx come out in support of decisions to finalize football and futsal seasons

Lynx FC have this afternoon issued a statement, where they have said they support the decisions made to finalize the league in both football and futsal.

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Lynx, who were fourth in the Gibraltar National League, and first in the Futsal Premier Division, said it was “easier said than done” to try and not declare the leagues or cups null and void, while also confirming that it is “business as usual” at the club, who have confirmed they are maintaining their “posture toward protecting the interest” of their players and staff.

Lynx also reference the high number of minutes given to Home Grown Players in football season, as reported by Football Gibraltar earlier this week, where Lynx had given the third most minutes to HGP’s, and the most of any of the top six teams in the league. While they say that they had a mathematical chance of finishing third, and potentially securing a Europa League spot, they state they are “realistic and humble enough to say that Lincoln deserves the third spot and are the better team this season.”

Lynx have become the first team to publicly support the decision to finalise and null and void the leagues, after Europa FC and Mons Calpe SC voiced their opposition in earlier statements, and Lynx’s support is notable given that in futsal they have been denied a league title despite being 11 points clear of Europa in second, with a game to go before the playoffs.

The club also note they received the £5,000 prize money for qualifying for the UEFA Futsal Champions League, which the club, who are the only team to have represented Gibraltar in futsal in Europe, state that it was thanks to them the prize money was introduced. Lynx state “Considering the league Null or void, The Board was of the view that this amount should go to Lynx FC as its main purpose is to assist UEFA Futsal CL rep with the costs associated with the tournament.”

The final paragraph of the statement, which you can view here, sees Lynx say “The club will continue doing what we do best, and that is to speak the truth, support the community and push Locals to the highest stage of their careers.”


Mons Calpe express disappointment regarding decision to finalise league and cup without a winner

Mons Calpe this evening issued a statement, where they expressed their disappointment at the recent decision made to finalise the League, without deciding a League winner, as well as the termination of the Gibtelecom Cup, where they were semi-finalists.

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Mons, who earlier today announced positive news on the condition of their manager Luis Manuel Blanco, who was hospitalised a month ago after testing positive for Covid-19, came out this evening in agreement with Europa FC’s statement over the decision made to terminate and then null and void the league and cup.

The statement, in which Mons claims that there are “high possibilities in which defining matches could take place safely, behind closed doors“, came despite today’s ‘Unlock the Rock’ document, released by HM Government of Gibraltar, states that: “At this initial stage of the unlocking process, invasion and most ball sports cannot be considered, given that it will be practically impossible to keep to social distancing requirements. These are to include, but are not limited to, basketball, football, netball, hockey and rugby. There is an entirely unavoidable and natural level of contact associated to these kinds of sports and it would be a challenge to observe social distancing in most instances of anything resembling ‘normal’ training and play. It is therefore envisaged that it is unlikely that these sports will be able to resume any time soon”.

The club, who were due to face Europa in the Gibtelecom Cup semi-final, argued that they had the chance of winning the cup, and therefore securing a Europa League spot. They also argue against the established rule across Europe, that if the winner of the domestic cup already qualifies for Europe, that the spot drops to the highest ranked league team without guaranteed European qualification, a rule which was bought in in recent years – notably not until after 2013/14 when Manchester 62 thought they had qualified for Europa League football by finishing second in the league, only for Europa to claim the spot as cup runners up after a 1-0 loss to Lincoln in the Rock Cup final.

Mons statement further goes on to state their belief that Gibraltar “should be observing how other nations and leagues are managing the finalisation of competitions”, while also stressing that Gibraltar should “not be going against UEFA’s recommendation, but instead attempt to complete every significant to ensure fairness is abided by throughout rather than making an abrupt decision.” However, the fact that the Goverment currently do not see any contact sports returning any time soon would appear to make that very unlikely unless there are significant changes.

You can view Mons Calpe’s full statement here