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Brian Caffarey - 7th August 2008

Well, the season is upon us at last! Hosting Altrincham at home on the opening day is perhaps a bit of a mixed blessing. For once we?re expected to win! But the Robins won?t be a pushover, whilst Cards fans still don?t know quite what to expect from their side after some very mixed performances in the pre-season friendlies. Looks like interesting times at the very least! Make sure you?re at Kingfield to see the action!


The Cards have been boosted by the signing on Wednesday of Paolo Vernazza and Colin Miles, both of whom impressed in pre-season games but were already known quantities to Kim Grant, especially Miles, who was a team mate at Yeovil during their Conference-winning season. Vernazza was at the heart of a scintillating display of fast, attacking, passing football on Tuesday night when the Cards blew away an admittedly callow Southampton XI 4-0. If Kim Grant?s side approach Saturday?s game in an equally positive frame of mind, the Alty defence could be sorely tested, although there is still a feeling that we?re lacking a consistent goalscorer up front and a physical presence. Kim seems well aware of this and is clearly close to bringing someone in.

The other new signings look promising too. Patrice Konan is a real right back at last, mobile and loves getting forward when given the ?go ahead?. Kunle ? officially now Adekunle Salau, apparently, but everyone just calls him Kunle ? is still at the promising stage in midfield. But he?s making an enormous step-up from Peckham Town FC and the fact that he shows up well even now says a lot about his potential. He fills a similar role to Bradley Quamina: less of an ?engine? but perhaps more comfortable on the ball and a better passer. Manny Williams looks really promising up front : an ideal quick, small front man with an eye for goal. Abdou El Kholti has a superb left-foot and can beat his man and get in excellent crosses. We probably haven?t seen the real Joel Ledgister yet. He is undoubtedly quick, as he showed on Tuesday night in taking on some of the Saints youngsters, but his crossing is variable. Delano Sam-Yorke is still very raw but runs powerfully and could be a useful weapon to bring on later in a game when defences have tired. He?ll need to be careful, though, that he doesn?t give away so many free-kicks as his impetuosity gets the better of him!

Add in a determined-looking Liam Marum, the ability of Matt Pattison to glide past players and the attacking instincts of Danny Bunce ? not to mention the mercurial Gez Sole ? and there is great capacity in this side to play some exciting football and to entertain. Let?s hope that Alty don?t stifle the life out of us!


Having escaped relegation for the third successive season ? this time thanks to Halifax Town?s misfortunes ? Graham Heathcote will be hoping that his side can save their own skins this time. The Robins do have a proven goalscorer in Colin Little (21 BSP goals in 35 starts last season) but most pundits see it as another season of struggle ahead.


We have an excellent record against Altrincham, having won five of our six encounters at this level. The exception was our televised game up there last year when, after a great start, with goals from Bradley Quamina and Marvin Morgan, we were pegged back to a 2-2 draw.


We?ve spent the summer revamping the matchday programme, with a host of new features, even including a Kingfield murder mystery and a KC Kat serial with an interesting twist! There are profiles and pictures of all the players, a look at all the new BSP sides, a summary of all the main moves during the close season, including ex-Woking players, and much, much more. A must, for the first day of the season, at only ?2.50!

Come on, you Cards!

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