HEADLINES http://nonleaguedaily.com Mon, 22 May 2017 19:23:07 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Non-League Finals Day 2017 Preview http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/non-league-finals-day-2017-preview.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/non-league-finals-day-2017-preview.html Non-League Finals Day 2017 Preview

Is it really twelve months since the inaugural Non-League Finals Day?  Is it really twelve months since Morpeth Town carried on the Ebac Northern League's fine tradition in the FA Vase with a shock 4-1 win over an all-conquering Hereford side?

Surely it can't be a year since FC Halifax Town produced an upset to beat SkyBet League Two bound Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy Final?

This year's Non-League Finals Day promises to be just as dramatic with two exciting finals in wait.

Buildbase FA Vase Final
Cleethorpes Town v South Shields (kick-off 12.15pm)

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Not only does this clash provide an enticing Buildbase FA Vase Final, it also pits two league champions against each other.

Between them Cleethorpes Town and South Shields have amassed five trophies between them this season.

The Owls were crowned Toolstation Northern Counties East League champions and also walked away with the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy after a 1-0 win over United Counties League side Deeping Rangers.

South Shields have had a spectacular first season at Step Five level.

The Mariners won the Ebac Northern League Division One title and did the league and cup double with a 5-0 hammering of North Shields to win the Northern League Cup.

They added a third trophy with a 2-0 win over Billingham Synthonia as they lifted the Durham FA Challenge Cup and will be hoping to make it a clean sweep by adding their name to a long list of Northern League FA Vase winners.

And they go into the tie as favourites.

Not that the Owls will be bothered about that.

Midfielder Liam Davis told Non-League Daily “It takes the pressure off us if nobody else, except ourselves, expects us to do well” admitted Davis.

“The pressure is all on them to go out and win.

“We believe we are good enough to win and that is all that matters.  We have that belief, we believe in ourselves.

“We know they should have been knocked out by Morpeth Town if all things went right.

“So they aren’t unbeatable, we know that, but we know we will have to keep believing in ourselves and doing the right things to get a result on the day”

One thing in the Mariners favour is that they possess a management team that know what it takes to win at Wembley.

Graham Fenton and Lee Picton have both lifted the FA Vase during their careers.  Picton was part of the Whitley Bay side that lifted the trophy with a 2-0 win over Glossop North End in 2009 and came off the bench twelve months later as the Seahorses hammered Wroxham in the 2010 final.

Former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Fenton was manager of North Shields when they lifted the Vase.

Just two years ago a 2-1 win over Glossop North End took the trophy back to North Tyneside.

However the Mariners managerial team aren't reading too much into their previous wins on English football's biggest stage.

“There is already pressure and it has already been put on us here” said Fenton.

“The pressure of delivering with South Shields far exceeds that of winning at North Shields.

“We didn’t have pressure against Glossop North End, they were favourites that day and it was hugely enjoyable to beat them.

“I am sure that will be the same this time, even though people say we are favourites going into the game”

Picton added “The squad we have, the experience we have in there, we will be relying on players that have played massive games throughout their career.

“We have our experiences to touch on too but we know we have players that will settle other players down.

“The favourite tag means little, it’s a game of football and it is about what happens on the day.

“It is a tag other people have given you, not something we give ourselves.

“We will do our normal preparations, we will ensure we get it the way we want it and let others worry about tags”

Road to Wembley:

South Shields           
QR  Esh Winning (A) 4-0
1R  Runcorn Linnets (H) 2-1
2R  Marske United (H) 2-0    
3R  Staveley MW (H) 3-0  
4R  Morpeth Town (H) 2-4 (abandoned)
4R (R) Morpeth Town (A) 4-0
5R  Team Solent (A) 5-2      
QF  Newport Pagnell Town (A) 6-1    
SF1L  Coleshill Town (A) 2-1      
SF2L Coleshill Town (H) 4-0     

Cleethorpes Town
2R  AFC Emley (A) 2-1
3R  Bootle (H) 2-1
4R  Billingham Town (A) 2-1
5R  Atherton Collieries (H) 3-2
QF  Southall (A) 5-2
SF1L Bromsgrove Sporting (A) 1-1
SF2L Bromsgrove Sporting (H) 1-0 

Expert Opinion

Adam Virgo (@adamvirgs19): "I think South Shields are favourites and in many people's eyes rightly so. 

"Cleethorpes will play one way and that is attacking football, their record suggests that is what they do and what they do best.

"Both sides will give chances away, that happens at this level and that is no disrespect to the level at all. 

"The experienced players will be key for both clubs.  They will get on the ball early and calm things down, whereas the inexperienced lads will be flying around and playing on nervous energy.

"(Julio) Arca and (Matt) Bloomer will be key, their experience will show on the day because they have been there and they have done it.

"South Shields are favourites but I just have a sneaking feeling for Cleethorpes  and I think there will be a lot of goals"

Prediction: Cleethorpes Town 3-2 South Shields

Editor's Opinion

Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily): 
This has been a wonderful season for both of these clubs and the Vase Final offers both a chance to add to that.

I just feel that South Shields have a number of players with experience of playing higher up the league pyramid and that will be key.

Their front two of David Foley and Gavin Cogdon will offer considerable threat to the Cleethorpes defence and I think that will be what will win them the game.

That is not to say that Cleethorpes don't have the quality required to trouble them.  The likes of Liam Davis and Brody Robertson have both found the net on a regular basis this season.

"There will be goals but for me, South Shields will make it four out of four trophies before embarking on their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League adventure next season"



Buildbase FA Trophy Final
Macclesfield Town v York City (kick-off 4.15pm)

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This year's Buildbase FA Trophy Final provides York City with a similar proposition to last year's winners FC Halifax Town.

Just like the Shaymen, the Minstermen have been relegated from the Vanarama National League despite a brave battle against the drop.

Wembley, and the FA Trophy Final, gives Gary Mills' side the chance to put a silver lining on a drastically poor season for everyone connected with the club.

The fact that York City will be playing in step three of the non-league pyramid is shocking, but they have learnt just how unforgiving the non-league game can be.

That said, they have quality throughout the side.  The likes of Jon Parkin, Sean Newton and Danny Parslow have the nous and experience that will help their younger players. 

They also have a manager that has been there and done it with York City.  Gary Mills led the club to their previous FA Trophy Final triumph in 2012, when a 2-0 win over Newport County saw them take the trophy back to Bootham Crescent.

Danny Parslow was part of that 2012 side and he wants to reward the Minstermen supporters for their loyalty throughout a testing time for the club.

He said “They have been brilliant for the club this season and they always come out in their numbers to support us.

“It hasn’t been easy for them, we know that but they still stick with us.

“It’s been a rough few years for the supporters, with relegation and all that has gone on this season.

“But we know they will be out in their numbers at Wembley and we will be doing everything we can to get the job done and give them something to cheer”

Standing in their way are the Trophy's first ever winners Macclesfield Town.

It's forty seven years since their beat Telford United at the old Wembley to become the winners of the inaugural competition.

The Silkmen side of 2017 could well replicate that triumph after an impressive National League campaign.

Led by the ever-impressive John Askey, the Silkmen come into the game as slight favourites, with the likes of Chris Holroyd, Danny Whittaker and Mitch Hancox capable of leading them to a historic win.

And Askey believes that a win at Wembley would be a "nice way" to end the season.

“It has been a good season but it could be better.

“Obviously we had a good FA Cup run and I said at the time that helped pay a VAT bill that needed paying.

“We have had a good play-off challenge and have progressed as the season went on.

“We want to go and enjoy Wembley, enjoy the day and the occasion and it will be a nice way to end the season”

Road to Wembley:

York City      
1R  Worcester City (H) 3-1
2R  Harlow Town (A) 2-1      
3R  Nuneaton Town (A) 3-0     
QF  Brackley Town (H) 1-0
SF1L  Lincoln City (H) 2-1   
SF2L Lincoln City (A) 1-1   

Macclesfield Town     
1R  Altrincham (A) 1-1 1RR Altrincham (H) 2-1
2R  AFC Sudbury (A) 3-1     
3R  Forest Green Rovers (H) 1-0     
QF  Dulwich Hamlet (A) 2-2 QFR Dulwich Hamlet (H) 2-0
SF1L Tranmere Rovers (H) 1-1   
SF2L Tranmere Rovers (A) 1-0

Expert Opinion

Adam Virgo (@adamvirgs19): "It's been an embarrassing season for York City if we are honest.  They came into the league and thought they could just get out of it.  That's a bit naïve.  When a big club comes down, it is dangerous to think that way.  

"They just weren't good enough and I know Gary Mills wasn't happy with what he was left with by Jackie McNamara.

"Although, to be fair, he had enough time to get them out of trouble.  They are a big club but they just have not been good enough.

"Macclesfield are a good side and they play the right way, although sometimes they lack quality in the final third.

"I like John Askey as a manager, he has done a good job there.

"It's been a fantastic season and I can see them ending it with a win on Sunday"

Prediction: Macclesfield Town 2-1 York City

Editor's Opinion

Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily): "This one is a tough one to call. 

"Based on league position, you would say Macclesfield Town should win this one.

"But as John Askey has said this York City side have Football League quality players and they will be more than a match for the Silkmen.

"You do wonder how relegation has hit the Minstermen, are the players ready for Wembley and the emotions it brings?

"It's a big ask to recover from a relegation, although FC Halifax Town showed the way this time last year.

"For me, Macclesfield will sneak it, but only just"

Prediction: Macclesfield Town 1-0 York City

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Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 14:06:21 +0000
Northwood name Lane as new manager http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/northwood-name-lane-as-new-manager.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/northwood-name-lane-as-new-manager.html

Simon brings with him a wealth of experience of football at a higher level than ours in recent times and we all look forward to working with him.

Simon Lane is an experienced and highly qualified, innovative manager with a proven track-record of achieving results with challenging budgets while playing detailed attention to the development of young players.

After injury curtailed a playing career with clubs such as Yeovil Town, Woking, Bath City, Hayes and Aylesbury United, he turned to coaching and has now held a UEFA “A” licence since 1998 when he was also club coach at Leighton Town.  

He became the youngest Head Coach in European football when given the opportunity to take charge of Maltese side Naxxar Lions and then had his first non-League managerial role with Berkhamsted in 2003. After a successful spell as Windsor & Eton boss, Simon then spent three years as first-team coach at Conference South Maidenhead United alongside Johnson Hippolyte.  

In 2015 Simon was appointed as Manager and Director of Football at Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman Premier and was enjoying considerable success when departing the Summers Lane outfit in January 2016.  

After accepting the offer to link up and take charge here at Northwood, Simon enthused

“I am delighted to be joining my local club, Northwood and take on the challenge of rebuilding the club's fortunes on the pitch. This is one of the few clubs that I would have dropped into this league for and the pull of managing a club in my own community, working with the excellent people here was too much to resist.

I am under no illusions of the size of the task but I'll be calling on my experience of working with extremely challenging economics, relying on good coaching to improve the club in a progressive way, over time.

I am an ambitious person by nature and the club has some good plans for the future. I hope that all those traditional Northwood fans that have maybe drifted away in the past can come back this season and see some football that they can enjoy and get behind."

Source: Northwood FC

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 13:26:11 +0000
Roms academy goes up a degree http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/roms-academy-goes-up-a-degree.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/roms-academy-goes-up-a-degree.html

The Sutton Coldfield based club have teamed up with Gemeg Education, with the intention to offer a BSc Degree in Sport Science and Coaching Football. The course will be delivered entirely online, but the Academy students will gain day to day practical experience at Roms Academy HQ in Lindridge Road.

“This is a very exciting new development for us, and one that we are pursuing with great enthusiasm,” said Roms Head of Academy, Andy Turner. “It gives an opportunity for bright lads with A-levels to further their education to a high level, that will hopefully set them up for a thriving career in the football industry.

“But they’ll also be useful and enthusiastic football players, so doing this degree at our Academy also gives them the potential to play football with us at a good standard, maybe make it to our first team, and who knows, rise through the ranks to the professional game – anything’s possible!”

The BSc course is run by Gemeg Education in conjunction with the University Centre of Doncaster, and accredited by the University of Hull, and modules include Psychology in Football, Applied Physiology in Strength and Conditioning, Advanced Football Coaching Practice, Nutrition in Football Performance, and Talent Development in Football.

In addition to formal study, Gemeg have also formed a partnership with the University of Valencia, giving students the opportunity to study abroad during their second or third year, where they can train at the La Nucia centre in Spain with local based teams, and further their knowledge of the European game.

"Initial feedback from our Degree has been extremely encouraging," said Alex Williamson, Business Development Manager at Gemeg. "We have met with a number of Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as private academies and those at Non-League clubs such as Romulus, whose Academy is highly respected, and they are all massively excited to offer this to their young players.

"Young player development is key to any sports franchise, both on and off the pitch, and we believe our BSc degree in Sport Science and Coaching Football is the next step in helping to achieve that."

Students completing the BSc course will be equipped with skills leading to potential careers in performance analysis, football coaching, coach-educator, sports development officer, strength and conditioning coaching, sports psychology, or Academy coaching.

Said Andy Turner: "Aspiring footballers are increasingly looking at attaining good qualifications to provide them with wider career options and - perhaps more in the case of Non League players - a career in addition to football, or a career within football if not as a professional player.

"Although the academic part of the course is done online, we will encourage and support students, and they'll have access to our classrooms and other facilities at all times.

"For us at The Roms, this is another big step forward in the short history of our Academy, which is doing fantastically well on and off the pitch, and we're really proud of the opportunities we're providing."

Source: Romulus FC

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 13:24:46 +0000
Hyde United confirm Mitre kit deal http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/hyde-united-confirm-mitre-kit-deal.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/hyde-united-confirm-mitre-kit-deal.html

The kit partnership will see Mitre supply playing jerseys and training wear to players, coaches and club members across all senior and academy teams.

Hyde United, formed in 1885, will continue in their traditional colours, wearing a red Mitre Charge jersey throughout the 2017-18 season for home fixtures, whilst choosing a yellow and green option for their away jersey. The deal comes at an exciting time for Hyde United, having gone nine games unbeaten at the end of the previous season and looking to seriously contest for promotion in the next campaign.

Mark Worthington, CEO Hyde United said: ‘’We’re excited to be working with Mitre, a brand steeped in heritage whilst also being known for their innovation within football. They’ve been very pro-active during the process and have done a fantastic job putting together the team kits. The range is of the highest standard and our entire academy and junior teams love the new kits.’’

Donna Smith, Brand Manager of British brand Mitre Sports International commented: ‘’We’re delighted to announce this deal with Hyde United and hope this is the start of a long-standing partnership. Mitre has a strong history within football, celebrating its 200th year anniversary in 2017, and our values lie truly at the heart of the game. This partnership allows us to continue supporting clubs at all levels, delivering high quality kit and service to the players, coaches and fans’’.  

Source: Hyde United

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 13:15:06 +0000
Duo commit to Brewers http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/duo-commit-to-brewers.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/duo-commit-to-brewers.html

Former Leeds United player Milne is looking forward to putting the Taddy shirt back on after an injury plagued season.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Taddy again for what will be my fourth year at the club” said Milne.

“I’m already looking forward to next year. I have played for Mikey and Sy in the past and enjoyed the environment that they created amongst the group.”

“I had a frustrating season last year with injury, so on a personal note I just can’t wait to get started again in July.”

New Manager Michael Morton is full of praise for the centre-half.

“We are really pleased to get Milney signed on. He’s a great lad on and off the pitch and he’s determined to work hard and be ready to get back at it in July.”

Powerful striker Corner has also committed to the club. Corner was the outright marksman for the Brewers last season scoring seventeen goals and has made a great impact since joining the club at the back end of the 15/16 season.

“As soon as I spoke to Mikey and Sy it was a no brainer for me” said Corner.

Corner continued, “Their philosophy and the way they want to progress this club is something you don’t get at this level of football.”

“With the right squad and their input there’s no reason why this club can’t push on to where we all want to be.”

Assistant Manager Simon Collins felt it was key to secure the services of the front man.

“There’s always going to be interest in a player like Tom. He’s so effective when receiving the correct service and we are delighted to have him on board.”

Source: www.tadalbion.com

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 13:12:34 +0000
Goldberg leaves Bromley http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/goldberg-leaves-bromley.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/goldberg-leaves-bromley.html

The forward who came through the Bromley youth system went on to score thirty-nine goals for the first team and won the ‘Golden Boot’ award as the leagues leading goalscorer and the Vanarama Conference South Player of the Year award for the 2014/15 season.

Neil Smith said, “I can’t thank Brad enough for his contribution and non-stop work ethic for the Club, I’ll never forget the year he scored twenty-four goals and then came back midway through the following season to help us win promotion as champions.”

Bradley Goldberg said, “I’m obviously sad to be leaving my local club. I’d like to thank the fans for all their support during my time. I have many memorable moments at Hayes Lane having come through the youth system and then as a first team player leading up to our Championship winning season and also since in the National League. I wish everyone at the Club every success for the future.”

The Club would like to thank Bradley Goldberg for all his years of service through the youth system and as a championship winning forward for the club.

Source: www.bromleyfc.tv

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 10:51:33 +0000
Quinton returns as Braintree Town manager http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/quinton-returns-as-braintree-town-manager.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/quinton-returns-as-braintree-town-manager.html

A club statement said "Re-joining the Club is Brad Quinton, who will be working with another former Iron Andy Porter as his assistant manager.

Brad will need no introduction to the Braintree faithful, as he spent twelve successful seasons at Cressing Road. Brad finished his Iron career as the Club's record appearance holder with an amazing 546 competitive appearances, during which he scored 69 goals! Brad's time as a player was synonymous with success and included: a Ryman League play-off place, a Ryman League championship, a Conference South play-off final and a Conference South championship!

Andy Porter was also an important part of those successful Braintree sides, playing nearly 200 games for the club between 2003 and 2009! Brad and Andy spent the past three years managing Ryman Leaguers Enfield, where they guided the North London side to the Ryman League play-offs last season.

 Chairman Lee Harding was delighted with the appointment: "We've had some excellent applicants and I must thank all for their interest in our Club. But Brad is someone that has been instrumental in building our Club from the foot of the Ryman League to the top tier of non-League football from 2002 to 2013.

But while I'm sure we will all welcome a true Iron back to our Club, his appointment is based entirely on merit. Were it not for coming across the same Dulwich side that beat us in the FA Trophy last season in his play-off match, Brad could well have taken his Enfield side into our division.

His desire and enthusiasm for our Club is infectious and I sense that this move is something of a home-coming for him. But realism at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium dictates that we must not gloss over the challenges that lie ahead of us. The majority of last season's relegated side have been released and another re-building process will begin afresh.

Fortunately Brad has been an integral part of many successful Braintree sides and knows exactly what is needed to turn our fortunes around after two disruptive campaigns. From the Board Room, Brad will receive our support and patience. We are not expecting, or looking for, a one-season wonder - but a return to the successful formula that brought consistent success to the Club over many years. We are all looking forward to the journey."

Brad is keen to get work underway: "I'm really looking forward to coming back to a club where I played for most of my career. I'm really enjoying management and it feels right to come back to a club where I spent so many enjoyable years. Both Andy Porter and I are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces.

We've got a lot of work ahead of all of us, but it's a league I know well, have won as a player, and I'm looking forward to the season. To the supporters, so many of whom have become close friends over the past 15 years, your support and patience will be vital as there's a long journey ahead of us. I'll be looking to bring in good quality young players that will be fit, hungry and 100% committed. Things won't always go our way, that's football, but everyone in the dressing room will be entirely focused on bringing success, so it's important that everyone gets behind us."

Source: www.braintreetownfc.org.uk

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 10:30:18 +0000
Harriers to host Clarets in pre-season friendly http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/harriers-to-host-clarets-in-pre-season-friendly.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/harriers-to-host-clarets-in-pre-season-friendly.html

They'll be welcoming Premier League opposition to Aggborough on Saturday, 22 July 2017 (3pm) as Burnley come to town.

Sean Dyche and his men will be gearing up for another season in the top flight and will come to us as part of their pre-season programme.

They join Derby County and Aston Villa as our confirmed home pre-season dates so far, they'll be here on the 11th and 12th of July respectively.

Source: www.harriers.co.uk

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 10:28:51 +0000
Paterson commits to Cambridge City http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/paterson-commits-to-cambridge-city.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/paterson-commits-to-cambridge-city.html

Paterson was made club captain after his move from Soham Town Rangers in December and went onto to become a favourite among the City fans with a number of impressive performances.

Manager Robbie Nightingale was delighted that Paterson had agreed to be with City for another season. He said “Agreeing terms with Ross is great news for us. He was an integral part of the squad last season and having him on board for another campaign is another piece in the jigsaw to a squad that we are assembling which we hope will be able to challenge for promotion”.

Paterson joins Ben Robinson, Jordan Gent, Ryan Sharman, and new signing Ian Miller as players who have already committed to be with City for the new season.

Source: www.cambridgecityfc.com

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 10:18:02 +0000
New deals for Rovers players http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/new-deals-for-rovers-players.html http://nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/new-deals-for-rovers-players.html

Cole Stockton, Jake Kirby, Mitch Duggan, Luke Pilling and Evan Gumbs have all been offered new deals at Prenton Park, while Stephen McNulty's contract has been extended by one year after the centre back activated an option in his current deal.

The club will also be making offers to Lee Vaughan, Liam Ridehalgh, Michael Ihiekwe, Lois Maynard and Adam Buxton, and first-year scholar Declan Drysdale has been offered his first professional contract.

Scott Davies, Jay Harris, James Wallace, James Norwood, Jeff Hughes, Ben Tollitt, Andy Cook, Connor Jennings, Andy Mangan, Adam Dawson, Darren Stephenson, Louis Almond and Eddie Clarke all remain under contract.

Adam Mekki, Iain Turner, Erico Sousa, Tolani Omotola, Sam Ilesanmi and Daren Askew have been released and are able to sign for new clubs.

Manager Micky Mellon said: "I'd like to thank the players leaving us for their time at the Club and wish them the best of luck for the future. They've all played a part in us achieving a club record points total this season. But we have to look to make changes to our squad, to improve in certain areas and this will free up some funds for us to try to do that."

Meanwhile, second year scholars Callum Lucy, Tom Croughan, Udoyen Akpan, Jamie Heron, Kevin Cringle, Jack Fleming and Scott Medlen have also been released.
Source: www.thenationalleague.org.uk

mcarruthers@balticpublications.co.uk (Mark Carruthers) HEADLINES Fri, 19 May 2017 10:13:55 +0000