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Gareth Bale goal for Southampton: Watch the Real Madrid man’s first strike in professional football

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Southampton

It has been 10 years (06/08/06) since a 17-year-old Gareth Bale scored his first goal in professional football.

Graduating from the Southampton academy Bale was playing against Derby and gave Lee Camp no chance by curling a brilliant free-kick past him. It looked to have put Saints on course for a win, especially when Bradley Wright-Phillips put the club in front.

But a late goal from Paul Peschisolido salvaged a 2-2 draw.

A year later Bale was bought by Tottenham and has done pretty well for himself since.

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Charlton sign Norwich’s Rudd on loan 0

Charlton sign Norwich’s Rudd on loan

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Charlton Athletic

Declan Rudd

Declan Rudd has made a total of 34 appearances for Norwich since making his debut in 2009

League One side Charlton Athletic have signed Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd on a season-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old made 14 appearances for the Canaries last season, 11 of which were in the Premier League.

“We are delighted our patience has been rewarded,” Addicks boss Russell Slade told the club website.

He is a very efficient, all-round goalkeeper, his kicking his good, he manages his box well and he is a very good shot stopper.”

Charlton were without a senior goalkeeper following the departures of Stephen Henderson, Nick Pope and Marko Dmitrovic this summer.

Rudd, who has previously spent time on loan at Preston North End, becomes Charlton’s sixth signing of the transfer window.

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Rotherham sign Falkirk’s Vaulks 0

Rotherham sign Falkirk’s Vaulks

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Rotherham United

Will Vaulks

Will Vaulks has signed for Rotherham, who finished 21st in the Championship last season

Rotherham United have signed Falkirk midfielder Will Vaulks for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 22-year-old started his career at Tranmere Rovers but moved to the Scottish Championship side in 2013.

Vaulks also had a spell in non-league with Workington prior to his switch to Scotland.

He is manager Alan Stubbs’ fourth signing ahead of the new Championship season, which the Millers kick off against Wolves on 6 August.

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Watford 2 Sunderland 2: Hornets battle back on Quique Sanchez Flores’ farewell

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Sunderland

The Black Cats looked on course to celebrate achieving Barclays League survival with a final-day victory as Jack Rodwell and then Jeremain Lens put them in front.

But both times Watford hit back, Sebastian Prodl heading home and Troy Deeney converting a second-half penalty to ensure the Hornets took a point, with honorary life president Elton John watching from the stands.

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Swansea American takeover edges closer 0

Swansea American takeover edges closer

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Swansea

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins (left) with fellow director Martin Morgan

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins (left) with fellow director and major shareholder Martin Morgan

Swansea City’s American takeover is edging closer to completion – and BBC Wales has learned which club directors are selling or keeping their shares.

US businessmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan lead a consortium that is in talks to buy a 60% stake.

The value of shares is understood to have increased tenfold since the current board took charge in 2002, with the club now valued at about £100m.

Swansea City Supporters’ Trust will retain its full 21.1% stake.

Chairman Huw Jenkins and vice-chairman Leigh Dineen, who will stay in their roles, will keep a reduced part of their current holdings, which are 13.2% and 5.3% respectively.

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Jason Levien is managing general partner of Major League Soccer side DC United

Hotelier, entrepreneur and lifelong fan Martin Morgan and wife Louisa hold the biggest stake in the Swans – 23.7% in the name of their company OTH Limited, though those shares could be divided and a small amount retained.

New York-based South Africa-born businessman Brian Katzen – who was part of the consortium that helped save the club in 2002 – will sell most of the 21.1% stake he has with business partner Jeffrey Crevoiserat.

Rob Davies, who ran Liberty Properties – title sponsors of the club’s stadium, will sell his 10.5% holding, while Dutch businessman John van Zweden, who owns 5.3%, will also sell up.

The increase in the value of shares means a stake such as Davies’ 10.5%, which would have cost £105,000 in 2002, could make the Ospreys shareholder more than £10m.

How will Americans invest?

The not-for-profit supporters’ trust has previously told BBC Wales Sport it has sought assurances about the nature of the American investment, eager to discover how much will be spent on the club once the shares have been bought.

Levien and Kaplan are understood to be keen to buy Swansea’s home ground, Liberty Stadium, which is owned by the local council, with a view to increasing its capacity.

Swansea’s directors have been impressed by Levien and Kaplan’s plans, with Jenkins stating when news of the takeover first broke that additional investment would help the club “progress both on and off the field”.

Levien, the managing general partner of Major League Soccer side DC United, has been in Wales to continue discussions and was at St James’ Park on Saturday to watch Swansea lose to Newcastle.

He and Kaplan, principal of Oaktree Capital investment fund and vice-chairman of NBA franchise Memphis Grizzlies, had initially been negotiating a deal which would have seen them acquire more than 75% of Swansea’s shares.

That would effectively have given the American consortium complete control, including the power to issue more shares.

However, the modified acquisition of 60% will see the trust retain its 21.1% stake and ensure continuity at board level with the retention of Jenkins and Dineen.

The deal is still expected to completed by the end of the Premier League season.

*Martin Morgan resigned from his post as a director of OTH Ltd on 4 April 2016

**Brian Katzen and Jeffrey Crevoiserat own one more share than the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, giving them less than 0.1% more of a share.

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