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The Magpie Official Matchday Programme

Edition 4

Season 2016/17

FC BRUNOS MAGPIES

V CANNONS FC 20 October 20:30 Gibraltar Second Division

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HEAD COACH’S NOTE Good evening and welcome to what should be another great clash against a highly capable Cannons FC. Having seen off FC Olymipic last week in a very strong second half performance the momentum at this moment is certainly with us. The players are quickly gaining a knowledge and respect for the style of football we want to play and part of that understanding is the effort levels I expect not only in games but in training. That effort was evident in last week’s second half and helped me and my coaching team feel comfortable that if we are to succeed this year then the crop of players we have are certainly good enough. The heart and desire to out work, out think and out play our opponents I hope will be evident for you Our wonderful LOUD fans. Keep roaring, singing and driving us as our extra man! Enjoy the game. DAVIE WILSON ABOUT FC BRUNOS MAGPIES Founded Home Ground Capacity

2013 Victoria Stadium 5,000

Club Chairman Operations Director Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Strength & Conditioning Coach Physiotherapist Performance Analysis Coach

Louis Perry Graham Hewitt Davey Wilson Garry Lowe Michael Macias Sally Holmes Joyce Evans Richard Kinniburgh

Club Sponsor Club Secretary Club Insurer Club Bar Programme Contacts

Chestertons Capital Trustees Sovereign Insurance Services Bruno’s Bar & Restaurant Claire Thirkill louis.perry@chestertons.gi claire.thirkill@chestertons.gi

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MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB SPONSOR - CHESTERTONS

Evening all So far so good this season with seven out of nine points, same as Angels who beat Hound Dogs 3-0 last night Just thirteen league games left which shows how every game is so important. The appointment of Davey Wilson was met with very supportive press reports. We earned a good few column inches in the Gibraltar Chronicle, Your Gibraltar TV, Olive Press, Football Gibraltar and Gibfootballtalk. I sense they like what we are doing. The 125 attendance v Olympique is also worth mentioning. Say half of those sat in our section of fervent supporters with the rest watching because they are drawn to the game from a desire to watch a good game of football with some football atmosphere in the stands. I doubt any other match in Gibraltar achieved that attendance last week. Phoenix managed to secure some Home Grown Players last week thus preventing a third game in a row fielding an ineligible team. All prepared for their match v Boca, there was a floodlight failure and the match was postponed. Fingers crossed that the electrical issues have been ironed out for tonight. We are very grateful for this season’s sponsors: our own Chestertons Estate Agents, Sovereign Insurance Services, Bruno’s Bar & Restaurant, Capital Trustees, Bedrock Gin, Supernatural Smoothie Bar and Montana Nail Bar. However, there is still room for more sponsors to help us push on further. I am sure we provide more exposure (and fun) to our sponsors than any other local football club. Please do step forward if you can. Behind the scenes we are still working on the club’s discount card and imminently, Sport City will have our shirts for sale. More news on both of these initiatives probably via Magpie News or our social media shortly. The fixtures for 2017 were released as this programme went to press so they will be included in the next programme in full and as ‘events’ on Facebook. After tonight we play Angels on Sun 30th Oct. Now that game might just be an important one. Enjoy the match. 4


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WELCOME TO …. In conjunction with the GFA's initiative to introduce more Gibraltarian players into the playing squads of all teams in the Gibraltar League, FC Bruno's Magpies announced the signing of eight “Local” players into their squad at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season. The contingent includes four players re-signing from last season plus four more additionally recruited to the squad. From last season player/coach Michael Macias has signed for another season along with Club stalwarts Justin Phillips, Kyle Shembri & Jose Mari Ruiz. In addition Goalkeeper Phil Reyes, defenders James Watson & Nick Pecino penned contracts along with exciting young striker talent Iggy Cottrell. Louis Perry commented “Players like Justin, Kyle & Jose Mari are core to what this Football Club is all about and I'm personally delighted they have signed for us again. I'm, obviously, also very pleased that last year’s Club Captain, Michael, has taken the first step into coaching & accepted our offer to become Assistant Coach whilst remaining on the playing staff for another season” Louis added “We are pleased to champion the initiative to encourage more local players into the League so the addition of players with extensive Premier Division experience like Phil, James & Nick is an absolute bonus to our squad. When we are also able to add young upcoming talent like Iggy I think the future look s very bright indeed!” Transfer Deadline Day proved to be a busy day for the Magpies with two final signings made before the close of the summer window. Bruno's moved quickly to snap up the signatures of Portuguese midfielder Tiago Rodriguez and Liverpool born full back Anthony Higgins before the midnight deadline. Tiago a skilful attacking midfielder & Anthony a tough tackling defender, capable of playing the ball neatly out of defence, add additional strength in depth to the squad. Chairman Louis Perry stated, “The Club had been watching Anthony & Tiago & were well aware of their ability, so we decided to make our move on deadline day to secure their signatures. They provide quality & experience and were the final pieces in the jigsaw of the squad we've put together to mount our title challenge for this season!” 6


….. THE TEAM During the summer FC Bruno's Magpies put together a scouting network, headed by Assistant Coach Michael Macias, with the sole aim of scouring local Spanish Leagues for the most talented young Spanish players and recruiting them to our squad. That initiative & endeavour has paid off most handsomely with eight new players having been recruited from the new programme!

Goalkeeper Alex Vidal, versatile defender Pedro Caballero, industrious & highly skilled midfielders Kevin Ramirez, Alejandro Segura & Manuel Santiago have all joined the squad, along with exciting forwards Dani Varona, Yousef Idali & Jose Mari Diaz!

Chairman Louis Perry commented “We were looking to strengthen our squad to help move the Club forward again during this season. We also knew there was an array of talented footballers playing along the coast who really wanted to play in a UEFA/ FIFA registered league. It was this that made us decide to initiate the programme & I couldn't be more pleased with the results!” Team Leader & Assistant Coach Michael Macias added “We went to watch specific players & we held invitation trials. From there we invited a number players to join us for our pre-season training programme. They all trained really well & participated in our pre-season friendly matches. We were then able to make contract offers to eight players who have significantly added to the quality, strength & depth of our squad.”

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MATCH WEEK 3 SUMMARY Sandwiched in between Gibraltar’s 2 World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium, the domestic season in the 2nd Division continued with 3 games over the weekend. On Saturday saw the clash between Leo FC and Angels whilst Sunday’s double header saw FC Hound Dogs take on Cannons and Dave Wilson’s Bruno’s Magpies face FC Olympique. On Saturday, Angels emerged victorious with a goal in each half to set up a 2-0 win over Leo FC in a game which Leo were very much into but their lack of cutting edge in the final third ultimately cost them the game. They also finished the game with 10 men as Jaime Oteropicked up 2 yellow cards as Leo were looking for an equaliser at 1-0 down. Goals from Pino Moreno and Serreto were enough to keep Angel’s unbeaten start to the season going. On Sunday’s double header, Cannons and Hound Dogs shared the spoils in the early kick off. Cannons looked to have done enough to win the game after Guillermo Perez bundled them in front from close range and then Hound Dogs saw themselves reduced to 10 after substitute Shaun Gonzalez was sent off. However, Hound Dogs managed to stay in the game and at the death found an equaliser thanks to Jamie Fortuna‘s far post effort right at the death. The evening game saw Dave Wilson make his touchline debut for Magpies as they faced Olympique. In what was a tight first have which ended goal less, the second half was anything but. Magpies put the clarets to the sword as Varona helped himself to a double in addition to goals from Pinto and Mousdell to send them top of the table.

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MATCH PHOTOS & SUPER FANS V OLYMPIQUE

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An interview with ‌.. Full name: Sam Whelan Age: 26 Place of birth: Stevenage Position: Right back What do you like most about Gibraltar: It has to be the football. Playing in a FIFA and UEFA affiliated league with even the slightest opportunity to qualify for European football is incredible and something that would only have been a lifelong dream 3 years ago Peanut butter - crunchy or smooth: Neither What are your hopes and dreams for the next 12 months: I have a couple this season. Number 1, I want to score a goal. To go from top goal scorer two years ago to not scoring a single goal last year is pretty hard to digest! Secondly and most importantly, I want to lead the team to fulďŹ l its potential. We are all fully aware of how good the squad is this year, we just need to believe in ourselves and our ability, put in the hard graft and go win this league Name 4 famous people (dead or alive) you would like to invite to a dinner party: Thierry Henry, Michael Moore, Sacha Baron Cohen & Muhammad Ali What is your speciality dish that you can cook yourself: If I'm entertaining guests I'll usually go for a creamy stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in Parma ham with all the sides Biggest influence on your football career: Same answer as last year, my dad. Great player, great coach and all round top bloke Describe yourself in 3 words: Composed, weathered, engine How do we get more WAGs to watch the game: Managed to pick myself up a new one for this season, hopefully this one decides to stick around! I've set her to work to scout some of her mates and get them to the games Message for the fans: I'm now into my third season with the Magpies and I think it's pretty well known how much this club means to me. We've made so much progress over such a short period of time and it's great that we can share this opportunity with our fans. We are the only team in Gibraltar who get such large attendances; we are setting the benchmark for all other clubs to aspire to. Please keep up the support over the coming months (especially those cold ones) and hopefully we will all be celebrating together come the end of the season! 10


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MATCH REPORT V OLYMPIQUE David Wilson earns first win!

Magpies’ new manager David Wilson earned his first win in the Second Division with an impressive 4-0 victory over Olympique. Magpies started the first half the stronger side and nearly took the lead in the opening two minutes, Daniel Pinto latched onto a through ball and fired a shot towards goal which Boyd Wood saved. Shortly after Magpies had another chance, Daniel Varona received the ball on the edge of the box and curled an effort towards goal which went inches wide. Midway through the half Magpies had a goal disallowed, Kofi Halliday’s shot was blocked, the rebound dropped to Chris Mousdell who smashed the ball in from close but linesman lifted up his flag for offside. Just before half-time Daniel Varona found himself one-on-one with Wood, the attacker tried to chip the keeper but his attempt went horribly wrong. Referee blew for half-time with the score at 0-0. Five minutes into the second half and Magpies broke the deadlock, Varona picked up the ball on the edge of the box, turned and curled his effort into the top corner. Few minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, Daniel Pinto skipped past his marker and drilled the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the box. Four minutes later Magpies nearly made it 3-0, Varona delivered a corner which found Regan Mendes who rose above his marker and headed the ball onto the crossbar. 25 minutes to go and Magpies made it 3-0, Mendes’ overhead kick was cleared off the line by Christian Caetano, the rebound dropped to Regis Clement who smashed the ball past Wood from close. With 10 minutes to go Magpies got their fourth of the night, Manuel Santiago curled his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. Magpies saw out the remaining few minutes and walked away with all three points.

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SPOT THE MAGPIES SUPPORTER FROM THE GFA WEBSITE Sep 27, 2016

Basic Refereeing Course A Basic Referees’ Course was held from the 19th to 23rd September 2016. The course organised by the GFA Refereeing Dept. gave a basic knowledge to beginner referees introducing them to the theoretical and practical application of the Laws of the Game and refereeing techniques. These new referees were also tested on the physical fitness levels and also undertook a number of practical sessions on the field of play. All participants successfully completed this basic course in Refereeing having passed their course exam with high marks. They will be starting their refereeing careers by refereeing in our youth competitions with close monitoring by Referee coaches on their progress over the first six months. Congratulations Harry Nicholls who referees his first game on Sat 22nd Oct.

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Gibraltar’s World Cup game with Belgium could be last home tie in Portugal BY JOE DUGGAN EXTRACT FROM CURRENT EDITION OF THE OLIVE PRESS GIBRALTAR

IT’S one of the longest trips for a home game in football. Since 2013, hundreds of Gibraltar fans have woken before dawn and crawled bleary-eyed onto coaches and cars for the 800km round-trip to Faro. Monday’s 6-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Belgium is the ninth time this timeconsuming, expensive journey has been made. It’s hoped it will be the last. “The GFA is working closely with the Gibraltar Government, as well as with FIFA and UEFA, to bring these home games home, even before the new national stadium is built,” the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) said in a statement last month. “This is essential. We are working tirelessly toward making our next home game our last home game to be played in foreign soil.” Last week, a GFA spokesperson told the Olive Press they were ‘optimistic’ high-levels talks would grant clearance for next June’s Group H Cyprus match to be played on the Rock. Gibraltar football officials have certainly put in tireless work on behalf of the national game, with UEFA and FIFA membership secured in the past three years. A permanent base in Gibraltar for the national team would be the final piece in the jigsaw. Other sides have travelled longer distances to play at home – in 2008, Russian military action forced Georgia’s home game with Ireland to be moved 2,000km to the German city Mainz- but so far, Gibraltar’s players and fans have clocked up an eye-watering 7,200km on the road to Faro. Separate proposals have been made for a 8,000-seater stadium at Europa Point and a 4-5,000 capacity ground at Lathbury Barracks. Exemption can be granted by football authorities for a stadium to host international games even if it doesn’t reach minimum standards. For now, everyone must hope an agreement can be struck. For fans and journalists who have regularly made the 12-hour journey, like Gibraltar Magazine writer Mark Viales, playing at home again would be a welcome move. “I think the novelty of Faro is wearing off a bit,” said Viales, who paid his own way to Portugal for last month’s qualifier with Greece.

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“Playing in Faro affects everybody. First of all, the money the Gibraltar fans have to spend getting there (a coach is around £40). Plus, what they spend in Faro could go into Gibraltar’s economy. “Games during the week make it almost impossible for people to travel. And the proof we would be better off playing in Gibraltar came when Lincoln Red Imps beat Celtic. “Everyone wants football to come home.” The fans’ journey to Faro has also been struck by tragedy. In June 2015, a coachload of Gibraltar fans returning home were involved in an accident which killed one Moroccan man. Chestertons Gibraltar’s Mike Nicholls was on the coach just behind that night and admits he is reluctant to ever make the trip again. “We should play in London in the interim. It’s easier to get to (you just walk to the airport) and you can have a laugh on the flight,” he said. “London is infinitely better than Faro, and the attendance would be so much greater as London people care about Gibraltar whereas Faro residents couldn’t give two hoots.” The dangers of the long drive were underlined again last month when former Bruno’s Magpies coach Joel Richard Williams suffered a terrifying accident driving to Portugal for the Greece game with photographer Michael Menez.

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Cont/d “I was on the way to Faro beach before the Greece game. Our car fell into the sea when I swerved to avoid a car and we started sinking,” the 26-year-old told the Olive Press. “All I could think was, ‘I am not dying on a beach in Faro’. I realised I was under water and knew I had to react. I took my seatbelt off calmly and scrambled out of the window as the car sank.” Both men survived the horrific ordeal, although Williams, who is about to start a new job at an Indian football academy, is not deterred from travelling to cheer on the boys again. “If I had to travel to Faro again, I would. Gibraltar is my country and I want to support the team,” he said. “But it is irritating to go there every single time. It’s a strenuous trip.” For the players, travelling to Faro has meant taking time off work. Gibraltar Defence Police officer Lee Casciaro, whose wife gave birth to their first child in August, had to use valuable family time to travel for Monday’s match with Belgium “I’ve had to use my paternity leave. Most of us have to take paid or unpaid leave to travel for the international games in Faro, although the GFA compensate us,” striker Casciaro told the Olive Press. “It would be great if we could play the home games in Gibraltar. But we can’t complain. We love playing for Gibraltar.” The hope is that when the boys run out against Cyprus, they can recapture some of the spirit that saw Lincoln defeat Celtic in a true David V Goliath moment. To do so, they need to be at home.

A campaigning, community newspaper, the Gibraltar Olive Press represents the local and expatriate communities working or living on the Rock with 10,000 copies distributed fortnightly on a Wednesday. Main switchboard – Newsroom/Sales & Admin: +34 951 273 575 18


BRUNO’S MAGPIES MAKES IT TO BBC RADIO 4

It’s a must listen. Mart Steel attended our first game v Boca and then went on to deliver a 90 minute stand up comedy session in St Michael’s Cave in Gibraltar. The edited highlights were played on prime time BBC Radio 4 on October 12th. You can listen to the show again on BBC Iplayer. FC Bruno’s Magpies gets a mention in minute 25 of the show—so our burgers and beer corporate hospitality are now even more famous!

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GIBRALTAR CHRONICLE

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LEAGUE TABLE (19-10-16) P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

FCB Magpies

3

2

1

0

7

7

Angels FC

3

2

1

0

5

7

Boca Juniors

2

1

1

0

2

4

Cannons FC

3

1

1

1

0

4

College 1975 FC

3

1

1

1

0

4

Leo FC

4

1

1

2

-2

4

FC Olympique

4

1

1

2

-3

4

FC Hound Dogs

4

1

1

2

-3

4

Gibraltar Phoenix

2

0

0

2

-6

0

WEEK FOUR FIXTURES Tuesday 18th October | 20:30 FC OLYMPIQUE GIBRALTAR 13 0 VS 2 FOOTBALL CLUB BOCA JUNIORS Wednesday 19th October | 20:40 ANGELS FC 3 VS 0 FC HOUND DOGS Thursday 20th October | 20:30 CANNONS FC VS FCB MAGPIES Sunday 23rd October | 18:30 GIBRALTAR PHOENIX FC VS FC OLYMPIQUE GIBRALTAR 13

LAST YEAR V CANNONS FC 27 September 2015 CANNONS FC 0 VS 4 FCB MAGPIES 26 January 2016 FCB MAGPIES 2 VS 0 CANNONS FC 22


FIRST TEAM: FIXTURES AND RESULTS Date

KO

Home

v

Away

Tue

20 Sep

20.30

Bruno's Magpies

3

v

3

Boca Juniors

Wed

28 Sep

18.15

Gib Phoenix

0

v

3

Bruno's Magpies

Sun

09 Oct

18.30

Bruno's Magpies

4

v

0

Olympique 13

Thu

20 Oct

20.30

Cannons

v

Bruno's Magpies

Sun

30 Oct

18.30

Bruno's Magpies

v

Angels

Sat

12 Nov

18.15

College 75

v

Bruno's Magpies

Sun

20 Nov

18.30

Bruno's Magpies

v

Leo

Mon

28 Nov

18.15

Hound Dogs

v

Bruno's Magpies

RESERVE TEAM: FIXTURES AND RESULTS Date

KO

Home

25 Sept

20.30

Mons Calpe

3

v

Mon

3 Oct

20.30

Bruno’s Magpies

3

v

2

Glacis

Mon

17 Oct

18.15

Bruno's Magpies

0

v

4

St Joseph's

Sun

23 Oct

18.30

Mons Calpe

v

Bruno's Magpies

Tue

01 Nov

18.15

Bruno's Magpies

v

Manchester 62

Tue

15 Nov

18.15

Lynx

v

Bruno's Magpies

Sun

v

Away 0

Bruno’s Magpies

RESERVES LEAGUE TABLE (19-10-16) P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

St.Joseph's Reserves

3

2

0

1

4

6

Lynx Reserves FC

3

2

0

1

2

6

Manchester 62 Reserves

2

2

0

0

2

6

Lincoln Reserves

1

1

0

0

9

3

Europa Reserves

1

1

0

0

2

3

Mons Calpe Res

3

1

0

2

1

3

FCB Magpies Reserves

3

1

0

2

-6

3

Europa Point FC Reserves

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lions Gibraltar Reserves FC

1

0

0

1

-2

0

Glacis Utd Reserves

3

0

0

3

-12

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FC Bruno's Magpies Squad – 2016/2017

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FC Brunos Magpies v Cannons FC 20 Oct 2016  

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