News, rumours and pre-season friendly reviews…

Striker Andy Gray has been forced to miss the Bantams tour of Ireland after suffering a suspected broken arm in their friendly win at Guiseley last Saturday.

July 13 - Guiseley 0-4 Bradford C
Alan Connell, Nahki Wells, Ricky Ravenhill and Raffaele De Vita were the Bantams scorers at Nethermoor

July 16 - Athlone Town 1-4 Bradford C
After going behind to the Airtricity First Division side the Bantams hit back to win comfortably thanks to goals from Nahki Wells, Mark Yeates, Rory McArdle and Alan Connell


The Bees have captured Czech Republic international winger Martin Fillo on a one-year loan from FC Viktoria Pizeň. The 27-year-old, who played under Uwe Rŏsler at Viking FK, appeared in both of Brentford’s pre-season games in Germany.

Central defender Harlee Dean has signed a new three-year deal with the West London club.

July 13 - Tottenham Hotspur XI 3-2 Brentford
A strong Spurs squad edged past the Bees in a behind-closed-doors game at the Premier League side’s training ground. Alan McCormack and Will Grigg (penalty) were the West London club’s scorers but they were beaten by a Gareth Bale effort and a Jermaine Defoe double.

July 16 - Brentford 3-0 Millwall
Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes and Stuart Dallas all netted in the second-half as the Bees deservedly won at Griffin Park

The Robins have this week rejected bids from Millwall for striker Steven Davies.

July 13 - Bristol C 0-1 Rangers
Over 2,500 travelling supporters saw the Scottish side grab the win thanks to substitute Lewis MacLeod’s 67th minute winner

Manchester United defender Reece James has joined the Cumbrians on a half-season loan deal. The former Preston North End, Rossendale United and Blackburn Rovers youngster will remain at  Brunton Park until midnight on January 1

July 16 - Garforth 0-6 Carlisle Utd
The Cumbrians ran out easy winners at the Genix Healthcare Stadium due to goals from Lee Miller, Mike Edwards, Danny Emerton and a Mark Beck hat-trick

Ghanaian prospect Daniel Pappoe is expected to complete a six-month loan move from Chelsea. The 19-year-old central defender has featured in two of the U’s pre-season games.

July 12 - AFC Sudbury 0-5 Colchester Utd
A convincing U’s win came courtesy of a Sammie Szmodics first-half double which were added to in the second period by Phil Roberts, John-Joe O'Toole and Marcus Bean

July 13 - Bishop`s Stortford 0-2 Colchester Utd
Goals from Gavin Massey and Clinton Morrison, a penalty, earned the U’s a win against the Conference South side.

July 16 - Colchester Utd 1-2 West Ham United
A crowd of 6,610 saw Jabo Ibehre grab a late consolation after the Hammers had gone 2-0 up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium through Joe Cole and James Collins

Midfielder David Bell has this week left the Sky Blues after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

July 13 - Nuneaton Town 1-4 Coventry C XI
City came from behind to win at the Sperrin Brewery Stadium thanks to goals from Callum Wilson, Leon Clarke’s double and Franck Moussa.

July 16 - TSV Wachtendonk 0-6 Coventry C
The Sky Blues hit five first-half goals through Franck Moussa (2), Carl Baker, Leon Lobjoit and Leon Clarke in a dominant display against their German opponents, Ben Maund wrapped up the scoring late on.

July 18 - Willem II 1-0 Coventry C
The Dutch side won thanks to a second-half winner


July 13 - Crawley T 0-2 Millwall
The Lions won at Broadfield Stadium thanks to efforts from Jermaine Easter and Dany N’Guessan

July 17 - Whitehawk 0-0 Crawley T
A strong Crawley side, including Connor Essam, drew with the Conference South newcomers

Midfielder Anthony Grant has signed a two-year deal with Alex after the 26-year-old left Stevenage by mutual agreement in the summer.

July 12 - Leek Town 1-0 Crewe A
This competitive fixture was decided by the home team’s 15th minute goal.

July 13 - Nantwich Town 1-4 Crewe A
Sam Winnall opened the scoring in the 46th minute before Vadaine Oliver bagged a hat-trick as the Railwaymen hit four second-half goals at the Weaver Stadium.

July 16 - Crewe A 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
The Championship side won thanks to a 10th minute header from former Alex youngster Grant Hanley

French striker Yohann Lasimant, previously at Rennes, Sedan, Grenoble and Greek side Larissa, has signed a one-year deal with the O’s following a successful trial with the club.

July 12 - Welling United 1-4 Leyton Orient
Four goals in the opening 33 minutes saw the O’s run out comfortable winners at Park View Road. David Mooney (2), Dean Cox and Shaun Batt were the marksmen

July 17 - Tamworth 1-1 Leyton Orient
Jack Evans and Darren Byfield were in the Conference Premier sides starting XI who drew with the O’s, Moses Odubajo netting for the East Londoners

It’s been a case of two in and one out at stadiummk this week. Released Southampton midfielder Ben Reeves joined on a one-year deal while Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton has arrived on loan until early January. Departing was left-back Adam Chicksen who has signed for Championship outfit Brighton & HA.

July 13 - Leighton Town 2-4 MK Dons XI
Karl Robinson’s side came from behind at Bells Close where Stephen Gleeson (2), Shaun Williams (penalty) and  Jacob Daffern all found the net

July 13 - Newport Pagnell Town 0-4 MK Dons XI
The Dons cruised to victory over their local United Counties Premier Division neighbours where Dele Alli (penalty), Daniel Powell, Dean Lewington and young striker Kabongo Tshimanga netted

July 13 - St Albans City 8-1 MK Dons XI
A young Dons outfit were easily beaten in Hertfordshire, Shaleum Logan netting the consolation.

July 16 - Brackley Town 1-2 MK DonsXI
Two penalties from Izale McLeod and youngster Rasulo, which took their tally to seven in pre-season, saw off the Conference North side at St James Park

July 16 - Notts Co 1-2 Galatasaray
926 Turkish fans were in the crowd of 5,377 and they saw their team hit the Magpies with two late goals to win at Meadow Lane. Enoch Showunmi put County ahead before Burak Yilmaz and Wesley Sneijder won it for the Champions League side.


Defender Carl Winchester has dealt Athletic a pre-season blow, the 20-year-old will miss up to eight weeks having suffered a medial knee ligament injury. Winger Cristian Montano has also been sidelined by a groin problem.

Giant Latvian centre-half Edijs Joksts has become the latest addition to Lee Johnson’s squad at Boundary Park. The 6’ 5” 20-year-old, an U21 international, has signed a one-year deal subject to FA approval and international clearance.

July 13 - Glossop North End 2-3 Oldham A XI
The Latics youngsters won against their North West Counties League opponents thanks to Jordan Bove (2) and Jack Truelove

July 15 - Curzon Ashton 0-2 Oldham A XI
Sidney Schmeltz and an own goal in the opening 45 minutes saw the Latics win at the Tameside Stadium

July 16 - Oldham A 4-5 Burnley
The Latics let slip a 4-1 lead to the Clarets to lose this behind-closed-doors game at their training ground. The Oldham scorers were Jonson Clarke-Harris (2), Adam Rooney and Latvian trialist Edijs Joksts

Striker Lee Tomlin has been offered a new long-term contract at London Road and dismissed reports that the 24-year-old wants to leave.

Former Posh forward Aaron McLean (Hull City) was reported to be a target for Darren Ferguson with the Tigers prepared to allow him out on loan. However the player has made it known he wants to remain in the Championship.

July 13 - Peterborough U 1-0 QPR
Transfer-listed striker Emile Sinclair scored a late winner for Posh at London Road

July 17 - Mansfield Town 4-2 Peterborough U
League Two new boys Mansfield beat Posh at the One Call Stadium, the visitors scoring through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Emile Sinclair

Midfielder Anthony Griffith who returned to Vale for a loan spell from Leyton Orient last season, after only joining the O’s in May 2012, has returned to Vale Park on a permanent basis. The 26-year-old Montserrat international has penned a one-year contract.

July 13 - Bray Wanderers 1-5 Port Vale
Ben Williamson grabbed a second-half hat-trick as Vale took their pre-season goal tally to 25 in four games. Chris Robertson and Chris Lines were the other scorers in Ireland.

July 16 - Port Vale 3-5 Derby County
Tom Pope’s double and a Chris Robertson header put Vale 3-1 up at the break but the Championship Rams fought back with four unanswered goals

July 13 - Preston NE 0-4 Liverpool
The Reds took the Bill Shankly Shield in front of 21,119 at Deepdale where Phillipe Coutinho, Jordan Ibe, Raheem Steling and Iago Aspas all struck

July 16 - Chorley 0-2 Preston NE
After losing the Bill Shankly Trophy to Liverpool at the weekend the Lilywhites did win the Jack Kirkland Trophy at Victory Park through goals from Graham Cummins and Joel Byrom

July 17 - Bamber Bridge 0-6 Preston NE
A six-goal romp came courtesy of Joe Garner (2), Joel Byrom, John Mousinho, Bailey Wright and an own goal.

July 13 - Ayr United 1-4 Rotherham U
Alex Revell (2), Mitchell Rose and Ben Pringle all netted after the break as Rotherham completed their Scottish tour with a victory

July 16 - Rotherham U 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
The Millers came from behind to secure victory over the Championship side as Alex Revell and Daniel Nardiello netted

July 17 - Ilkeston 0-4 Rotherham U XI
Nicky Walker grabbed two which were added to by Kieran Agard and Rob Milsom as the Millers won at the New Manor Ground.


Striker Lyle Taylor, who recently turned down a move to Rotherham, has signed for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old, who amassed 29 goals for Falkirk last season, has agreed terms on a two-year deal with the option of another year.

The Blades have this week announced a home friendly against Greek side Atromitos, the game will take place at Bramall Lane on Friday July 26.

July 13 - Bury 1-3 Sheffield U
The Blades won at Gigg Lane but had to hit back from going a goal down thanks to scorers Jasper Johns, Jamie Murphy and Stephen McGinn

Birmingham City striker Akwasi Asante has returned to Town on an initial one-month loan. The 20-year-old scored once in seven games for the Shrews last season.

July 13 - Shrewsbury T 0-3 Galatasaray
The Turkish champions won comfortably at the Greenhous Meadow through goals from Emre Colak, Noureddine Amrabat and Wesley Sneijder.

July 16 - Liverpool Dev XI 0-2 Shrewsbury T
Goals from Akwasi Asante and Connor Goldson saw the Shrews triumph at the Reds Academy’s training ground.

July 13 - Biggleswade Town 0-6 Stevenage
Boro won convincingly against their Calor Southern League Premier Division neighbours at the Carlsberg Stadium. Luke Freeman put Graham Westley’s side ahead in the first-half before Omare Tounkara (2), Dani Lopez (2) and Matt Ball all netted after the break

July 16 - Stevenage 2-0 QPR XI
Greg Tansey and Luke Freeman both netted in the opening 45 minutes against an R’s XI that included Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa and Luke Young at the Lamex Stadium

Town announced at the weekend that manager Kevin MacDonald had left his position by mutual consent after four months with assistant Mark Cooper temporarily taking over.

July 12 - Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Swindon T
First-half goals from Andy Mangan and Yan Klukowski helped the Conference Premier outfit to an impressive win at the New Lawn.

July 16 - Swindon T 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Over 10,000 were at the County Ground to see Gareth Bale put a strong Premier League outfit ahead before Andy Williams equalised for the Robins

July 17 - Swindon T 0-3 Birmingham City
Luke Rooney started for the Robins who lost to the Championship side

Striker Akpo Sodje has penned a one-year deal at Prenton Park with the option of a further year. The 33-year-old played in League One with both Preston North End and Scunthorpe United last season.

Midfielder James Rowe has signed a one-year deal with Rovers following a trial which has seen him feature in the club’s pre-season games.

Another new arrival is midfielder Chris Atkinson who has joined on loan from Huddersfield Town until January.

Inter Milan striker Bocar Djumo will spend some time on trial with Rovers with the possibility of securing the 18-year-old on a loan deal.

July 12 - Rhyl 0-5 Tranmere R XI
Cole Stockton, trialist Shaun Jeffers, Jake Kirby, Ryan Lowe and Max Power all found the net at Belle Vue

July 13 - Marine 0-2 Tranmere R XI
Ryan Lowe opened the scoring at the Arriva Stadium and Jake Kirby added the second before the break

July 16 - Altrincham 1-3 Tranmere R
Ryan Lowe took his pre-season goal account into double figures with a brace at the J. Davidson Stadium, recent signing Akpo Sodje was the other marksman. Former Gillingham trialist Damian Reeves netted for Alty.


Forward Troy Hewitt has signed a one-year deal with Dean Smith’s side following his release from QPR. The 23-year-old was part of the Saddlers squad that went to Trinidad & Tobago for their three-game tour.

Slovakian U21 international Milan Lalkovic has signed for Walsall on loan from Chelsea initially until January. The versatile front man has previously been on loan at Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal and Doncaster Rovers.

A third new arrival at the Banks’s Stadium is goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell which follows a successful trial period. The 24-year-old was at Chesterfield last season.

He was followed through the entrance by striker Romaine Sawyers who was released by W.B.A. Having been on loan with the Saddlers last season the 21-year-old has joined on a one-year deal with the club holding the option on a further 12 months.

Meanwhile former England U21 international Craig Westcarr has agreed a new one-year deal with the Saddlers.

July 13 - Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Walsall
The Saddlers came from a goal down to win at Aggborough through goals from Craig Westcarr and Romaine Sawyers

July 16 - Alfreton Town 0-6 Walsall
Trialist Romain Sawyers, Milan Lalkovic, Ashley Hemmings, Craig Westcarr and Troy Hewitt all found the target against the Conference Premier outfit.

Rumours have this week seen Wolves linked with strikers Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) and Craig Davies (Bolton) while Christophe Berra (Ipswich) and Karl Henry (QPR) could yet be on their way out of Molineux.

July 13 - Livingston 1-2 Wolves
George Elokobi and David Davis were the men on target for Wolves at the Almondvale Stadium

July 16 - Wrexham 1-2 Wolves
Wolves came from behind to win at the Recreation Ground through goals from Jake Cassidy and Leigh Griffiths