Witton Albion announce signing of former Chester attacking midfielder Iain Howard

Northwich Guardian: Ex-Chester favourite signs for Witton Ex-Chester favourite signs for Witton

WITTON have completed the signing of midfielder Iain Howard following his release by Stockport County.

The 26-year-old wide man met his new teammates during Albion’s first pre-season training session at Moss Farm in Northwich last night, Tuesday.

He is likely to be a direct replacement for Josh Hancock, who finished as joint leading scorer for Brian Pritchard’s team as they successfully avoided relegation from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top flight last season.

Howard knows where the net is, scoring nine times for County in the Football Conference’s northern division last season.

He reached double figures too in each of three title-winning terms with Chester before switching to Edgeley Park.

Albion have also added versatile defender Sam Barnes to their squad.

He finished last season with Marine after helping Hednesford to promotion via the play-offs the previous year.

Now 22, he made more than 70 appearances for the Crosby-based club in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division across two spells.

Barnes, who can play at right back or in the centre of defence, is a replacement for Rob Bodie following his decision to leave Wincham Park.

The former Clitheroe back-marker is expected to join Skelmersdale.

Pritchard has now added five new signings since the end of last season following the arrival of goalkeeper Chris Sanna and left back Michael Lea, both from Colwyn Bay, and Congleton Town striker Michael Koral.

Meanwhile Ally Brown, released by Witton this summer, announced he has agreed terms with Droylsden.

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2:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

WHS says...

Good work Brian!!
WHS.
Good work Brian!! WHS. WHS
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I've just read this report.

None of it made any sense to me as am not a follower of the beautiful game.

I know that it's a game of two halves; you have to go out and play football (on the pitch), get as many as you can in the onion bag (?) and then you will get a result!

Jimmy Hill got paid a fortune for telling me this
I've just read this report. None of it made any sense to me as am not a follower of the beautiful game. I know that it's a game of two halves; you have to go out and play football (on the pitch), get as many as you can in the onion bag (?) and then you will get a result! Jimmy Hill got paid a fortune for telling me this hectorplain
  • Score: 11

11:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

PrideofNorthwich says...

hectorplain wrote:
I've just read this report.

None of it made any sense to me as am not a follower of the beautiful game.

I know that it's a game of two halves; you have to go out and play football (on the pitch), get as many as you can in the onion bag (?) and then you will get a result!

Jimmy Hill got paid a fortune for telling me this
Get down to Wincham Park on a sat afternoon mate, even if you're not into footy that much you will see the highest level of football in mid cheshire, have a few beers if you like and meet a few new friends. Jimmy Hill wont be there but you might just see Elvis knocking about. Witton Albion - the wonder of you....
[quote][p][bold]hectorplain[/bold] wrote: I've just read this report. None of it made any sense to me as am not a follower of the beautiful game. I know that it's a game of two halves; you have to go out and play football (on the pitch), get as many as you can in the onion bag (?) and then you will get a result! Jimmy Hill got paid a fortune for telling me this[/p][/quote]Get down to Wincham Park on a sat afternoon mate, even if you're not into footy that much you will see the highest level of football in mid cheshire, have a few beers if you like and meet a few new friends. Jimmy Hill wont be there but you might just see Elvis knocking about. Witton Albion - the wonder of you.... PrideofNorthwich
  • Score: 7

9:37am Fri 4 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Sorry to hear that Jimmy Hill doesn't support Albion anymore.

Does he know you've moved to Wincham?
He may still be looking for the old place behind the library?

(Haven't seen him in ages is he still drawing breath?)
Sorry to hear that Jimmy Hill doesn't support Albion anymore. Does he know you've moved to Wincham? He may still be looking for the old place behind the library? (Haven't seen him in ages is he still drawing breath?) hectorplain
  • Score: 4

12:05am Sat 5 Jul 14

PrideofNorthwich says...

I never realised Jimmy Hill is a Wittoner! Very good football knowledge from someone who doesn't follow the beautiful game (see above) ;)
I never realised Jimmy Hill is a Wittoner! Very good football knowledge from someone who doesn't follow the beautiful game (see above) ;) PrideofNorthwich
  • Score: 4

8:58pm Sat 5 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I've just been reading about Jimmy on the net, he is 85 y/o and sadly suffering from dementia in a care home.

Very sad, his half-time and post-match analysis was sublime.
I've just been reading about Jimmy on the net, he is 85 y/o and sadly suffering from dementia in a care home. Very sad, his half-time and post-match analysis was sublime. hectorplain
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

THETELLEROFTALES says...

hectorplain wrote:
I've just been reading about Jimmy on the net, he is 85 y/o and sadly suffering from dementia in a care home. Very sad, his half-time and post-match analysis was sublime.
Firstly can I say that in my opinion dementia is a horrible disease and great sympthy goes out to Jimmy Hills family and friends.

That said, wasn't Jimmy involved in the aboliton of the professioanl footballers minimum wage? At the time it seemed like a good idea but nobody could foresee the £300k per week earnings of some of the Premiership so called 'superstars!!!!'

Given that Pro-footbal has become a multi billion pound industry coupled with the fact that the FA have marketed this brand so very well...is it a surprise that most of the worlds top players want to play here and in so doing, become uber rich?

Result being that the nationl team suffers...and having watched their shambolic performances in the world cup, which was actually worse than I ever imagined, there seems no quick fix.

So give me a game in the lowerr reaches of the Football League and non-league Albion games any day. It's the real deal and not the airbrushed product we see from the premiership week in week out.
[quote][p][bold]hectorplain[/bold] wrote: I've just been reading about Jimmy on the net, he is 85 y/o and sadly suffering from dementia in a care home. Very sad, his half-time and post-match analysis was sublime.[/p][/quote]Firstly can I say that in my opinion dementia is a horrible disease and great sympthy goes out to Jimmy Hills family and friends. That said, wasn't Jimmy involved in the aboliton of the professioanl footballers minimum wage? At the time it seemed like a good idea but nobody could foresee the £300k per week earnings of some of the Premiership so called 'superstars!!!!' Given that Pro-footbal has become a multi billion pound industry coupled with the fact that the FA have marketed this brand so very well...is it a surprise that most of the worlds top players want to play here and in so doing, become uber rich? Result being that the nationl team suffers...and having watched their shambolic performances in the world cup, which was actually worse than I ever imagined, there seems no quick fix. So give me a game in the lowerr reaches of the Football League and non-league Albion games any day. It's the real deal and not the airbrushed product we see from the premiership week in week out. THETELLEROFTALES
  • Score: 2

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