Forest beat Wolves 6-4 to win the Central Masters

31 05 2010

Forest's captain Nigel Jemson lifts the Masters trophy.

Goals from Scott Taylor, Phil Robinson, Mick Gooding and Ned Kelly were not enough as Forest hit six to win the Central Masters title at the Nottingham Trent Arena.

Wolves beat West Brom and Leicester on the way to the final but looked leggy late on after having to play their final two games back to back.

The defeat was only Wolves’ ninth in their previous 40 Masters games.

Here is Wolves’ record for the evening.

WBA 1-2 Wolves (Gilkes, Kelly)

Wolves 3-1 Leicester (Burke 2, Thompson)

Forest 6-4 Wolves (Taylor, Robinson, Gooding, Kelly) 

*Phil Robinson won the player of the tournament award.

Forest's Paul Evans hit a stunning hat-trick in the final.

Live coverage: Central Masters

31 05 2010

Wolves – Derek Dudley, Mark Burke, Scott Taylor, Mick Gooding, Michael Gilkes, David Kelly, Phil Robinson & Andy Thompson.

Forest – Darren Heyes, Nigel Jemson, Jason Lee, Bryan Roy, Justin Walker, Steve Chettle, Eion Jess & Paul Evans.

Notts County – Kevin Pilkington, Steve Jenkins, Alan Paris, Andy Legg, Shaun Murray, Ian Barraclough, Ian Richardson & Gary Martindale.

Derby – Kevin Poole, Dean Sturridge, Phil Gee, Inigo Indiakez, Darren Wassall, Marc Edworthy, Craig Ramage & Shane Nicholson.

Leicester – Dale Belford, Ally Mauchlen, Paul Groves, David Oldfield, Lee Philpott, Muzzy Izzett, Julian Joachim & Jamie Lawrence.

West Brom – Russell Hoult, Don Goodman, Roy Hunter, Carl Heggs, Darryl Burgess, Ian Hamilton, Lee Ashcroft & Bob Taylor.

Referees: Jeff Winter/Dermot Gallagher

5.56: Minutes away from kick-off in Nottingham

6.02: Wolves have been put in a group with West Brom and Leicester. Needless to say Derby and the two Nottingham taems are in the other group.

6.05: Fixtures/Results:

Notts C 4-3 Derby

West Brom 2-3 Leicester

Derby vs Forest

West Brom vs Wolves

Forest vs Notts C

Wolves vs Leicester

6.07: GOAL Notts C 0-1 Derby

6.10: GOAL Notts C 1-1 Derby

6.12: GOAL Notts C 2-1 Derby

6.13: GOAL Notts C 2-2 Derby

6.17: GOAL Notts C 2-3 Derby

6.18: GOAL Notts C 3-3 Derby

6.20: GOAL Notts C 4-3 Derby

6.23: FT Notts C 4-3 Derby

6:30 West Brom vs Leicester underway…

6:33 WBA 0-1 Leicester (Jamie Lawrence)

6:33 WBA 1-1 Leicester (Darryl Burgess)

6:42 WBA 2-1 Leicester (Don Goodman)

6:43 WBA 2-2 Leicester (David Oldfield)

6:33 WBA 2-3 Leicester (David Oldfield)

6:48 FT WBA 2-3 Leicester

6:48 So now it’s Forest vs Derby followed by Wolves vs WBA

6:54 Derby vs Forest underway and Derby take the lead through Michael Johnson.

6.55 Derby 1-1 Forest

7.02 Derby 2-1 Forest

7.06 Derby 2-2 Forest

7.15 Here we go. The big one. WBA vs Wolves is underway

7.23 HT 0-0

7.28 GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!! WBA 0-1 Wolves (Michael Gilkes)

7.29 Game over. WBA 0-2 Wolves (Ned Kelly)

7.31 WBA 1-2 Wolves (Don Goodman)

7.34 FT WBA 1-2 Wolves

7.35 Fixtures are now that whoever wins out of the two Nottingham teams will play the winners of Wolves vs Leicester in the final.

8.03 Sorry. A technical error at Wolvesffs meant I was unable to bring updates of the Forest game. Forest went through to the final after beating Notts C.

8.08 Goal! Wolves 1-0 Leicester. Normal service resumed at Wolvesffs. Mark Burke gives Wolves a slender advantage.

8.10 Very unlucky. Right on the stroke of half-time David Oldfield equalises for Leicester after rebounding off the edge of the pitch 1-1.

8.18 Mark Burke scores his second goal of the game from an acute angle. Wolves 2-1 Leicester.

8.19 Game over! Andy Thompson scores to seal Wolves’ place in the final.

8.21 Full time. Wolves 3-1 Leicester.

8.22 The final will be Wolves vs Forest. KO in a few minutes.

8.30 Here we go. The Central Masters final. Come on you Wolvessssssssssssssssssssssssss.

8.34 Goal for Wolves. Scotty Taylor with the goal. Wolves 1-0 Forest.

8.35 Derek Dudley beaten by a screamer from Paul Evans. 1-1.

8.35 Evans again 1-2 😦

8.38 A tap-in for Phil Robinson equals the score. 2-2.

8.41 Ned Kelly with the goal. Wolves are ahead again 3-2!!

8.42 Bryan Roy 3-3 😦

8.43 Paul Evans bags his hat-trick. Three screamers for him 3-4.

8.44 Mick Gooding with another equaliser for Wolves. 4-4.

8.45 My journalism colleague Jason Lee skies one. Wheyyyy!

8.46 Nightmare for Wolves. A mistake is capitalised on by Nigel Jemson who slots home. 4-5.

8.50 4-6 and it’s all over 😦 Forest are champions.

Wolves register interest in Guirane N’Daw

30 05 2010

N'Daw has 31 caps for Senegal, scoring two goals.

Wolves have made an approach for Senegal international Guirane N’Daw, according to Damien Comolli.

The Saint-Étienne sporting director admitted we were after the 26-year-old midfielder.

Comolli told the Sunday Mercury: “We’ve had an approach from Wolves for Guirane. We are only at the beginning of discussions.”

The defender/midfielder was on loan at Saint Etienne last season.

World Cup watch: Milijas, Doyle and Guedioura play in warm-up matches

30 05 2010

Guedioura will be hoping to make Algeria's final squad for South Africa.

Nenad Milijas played 45 minutes in Serbia’s 1-0 defeat to minnows New Zealand last night.

Nemanja Vidic was forced to appeal to Serbia fans for calm as they rioted during the game in Klagenfurt.

During the second half in Austria, fans threw flares and missiles onto the pitch while a number of fans ran onto the pitch before being captured by stewards. Vidic had to speak over the tannoy to calm fans with New Zealand apparently ready to abandon the game.

The trouble calmed but Serbia were unable to salvage anything from the game following Shane Smeltz’s first-half strike.

On Friday night both Adlene Guedioura and Kevin Doyle featured in Ireland’s 3-0 win over Algeria in Dublin.

Guedioura made his debut for Algeria at right-back with Dolyle partnering Robbie Keane in attack for Ireland.

Guedioura hit the woodwork late on for the Africans.

REVEALED: Molineux redevelopment plans

28 05 2010

Steve Morgan has wanted a better stadium atmosphere since his takeover of Wolves

Wolves have today announced plans to upgrade Molineux stadium including a capacity increase to around 36,000. This includes demolishing three of the four existing stands.

Architects AFL have designed the re-build so that the Stan Cullis and Steve Bull stands will all be demolished and replaced by a two-tier stand that will stretch around the ground. The Jack Harris will have the roof removed with an extra tier added.

The first stand to go is set to be the northbank next summer and it will take around a year to rebuild. Steve Bull will have his stand rebuilt the following summer and will take and estimated two years to complete. The southbankers will be the last to relocate the following year and the Jack Harris stand will take one year to re-build.

I predict that if all plans were approved and began next summer (as hoped), then a new-look Molineux could be in place for the start of the 2015/16 season.

Other key points are of the plan are:

  • The current club shop will become the club’s new ticket office
  • The new Stan Cullis stand will house a sports bar and a new museum
  • The away fans will now be housed in a corner stand between the Stan Cullis and the Steve Bull stands 
  • The corners either side of the Billy Wright stand will remain empty
  • Big video screens will be at either end of the ground (similar to Tottenham)

Wolves officials showed the plans to members of the fans’ parliament on Wednesday evening before inviting the local residents in last night to demonstrate how the plans would affect them.


Hopefully I’ll have the official pictures to show you later today. In the meentime, click here to see WOW’s official picture gallery.

Steven Fletcher in talks with Wolves

27 05 2010

Wolves are in talks with Burnley’s striker Steven Fletcher. 

Sources confirmed to the Express & Star and today that the Scot is having discussions about a move to Molineux. 

Chief executive Jez Moxey claimed two weeks ago that Fletcher was not on Mick McCarthy’s hitlist. Moxey told the Express & Star at the time: “I know what I’m dealing with and he’s not one of them.” 

If the deal goes through then the fee is likely to be higher than the  £6.5million Wolves paid Reading for Kevin Doyle. 

Fletcher was Burnley’s top scorer last season with 12 goals.

Academy stars sign new deals

27 05 2010

The Premier league are still to decide how a reserve league will be formatted next season.

Wolves have extended the contracts of six academy players whilst Kyle Bennett has been released as expected.

Those with a new one-year deal are Danny Batth, Scott Malone, David Davis, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Ashley Hemmings and Sam Winnall. John Dunleavy has signed a two-year contract.

Manager Mick McCarthy told the Express & Star: “We’ve made a decision to be patient with them really, because we have got some really good players coming through.

“Danny Batth had a good season at Colchester, Scott Malone had some good experience at Southend, Ashley Hemmings has come back from injury and looks really sharp, while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has done well.

“David Davis has done well and further down, I think James Spray has a great future and John Dunleavy is another.

“They’re still learning their trade, but all of these lads will form the development team next season – I’m trying to get it so that will be the reserve team.

“Aaron McCarey will be in goal and we’ll have Dunleavy, Batth, Jamie Reckord, Malone, Mendez-Laing, Rooney, Davis and Spray, Sam Winnall and Hemmings – a nucleus of a side that we can stick together.

“I think if you can see a fair amount of goodness and potential in them, then it’s up to us to nurture that and get the best out of them, as anyone does.

“If they can stick together and be coached by Steve Weaver as a team, that will make a big difference because I’ve loaned some of them out.

“I will continue to allow them out on loan, if they’re playing.”

Development coach Steve Weaver added: “There has been good progress made in this area in the two years I’ve been at the club and we’ve been able to build and develop from the excellent work previously been done.

“Terry Connor has been a particularly source of good advice in this age group, which has been a great help as we continue to put a structure in place.”