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Fola Posted on 22/06/2018 16:31
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Striker signed. Scored 25 last season for Stratford Town.
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Fola Posted on 22/06/2018 16:33
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Has had trials at Birmingham and Ipswich last season
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Smoky2 Posted on 22/06/2018 16:52
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That makes 13 signed , so with 2 keepers that leaves room for about 7 others .
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pauljames Posted on 22/06/2018 16:55
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Described as a "Wide midfielder " on Stratford's website
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lymeview Posted on 22/06/2018 17:14
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Mark Yates has said that he is looking for a squad of 20, maybe 21.
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boomer22 Posted on 22/06/2018 21:53
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Looks very young so could develop into a good prospect. The other lad speaks well and has good experience.
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The_Boss Posted on 23/06/2018 08:37
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This guys has come with rave reviews from the Stratford manager. Will try to find his comments and copy them here
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macchiavelli Posted on 23/06/2018 08:56
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The new manager obviously thinks he is a prospect, but it can be a difficult task guiding a prolific scorer at lower levels to success 2 divisions higher. Certainly in the short term.

I think MY will need to bring in a proven and experienced L2 striker as insurance, while he works on the 'Ben Stephens project'.
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Fola Posted on 23/06/2018 10:12
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Search Ben Stephens football into Youtube and you will see some of his goals. Looks good.
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Fola Posted on 23/06/2018 11:13
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STRATFORD Town midfielder Will Grocott insists “anything is possible” for Ben Stephens after the forward was targeted by two Football League clubs inside a week.

Stephens’ electric form this season has alerted a number of clubs, with Coventry City the latest to declare an interest in the 20-year-old.

Town’s top scorer trained with the EFL League Two side on Thursday and Friday, while he is also set for a two-day trial with Championship outfit Ipswich Town next week.

Current Town player of the year Grocott, who is a close friend of Stephens, said he would be surprised if Coventry or Ipswich did not attempt to sign the player.

“I’m not surprised by the interest in him,” said Grocott, who was also a team-mate with Stephens at Kettering Town.

“Everyone knows he has all the ability in the world. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get a deal now.

“It’ll obviously be a massive shame if we lose him, but this is a fantastic opportunity for him. Anything is possible.

“Carl (Adams, manager) has shown he is keen for players to push on and all of this is good for Stratford. It shows the club gives young players the opportunity and the platform to progress.”

Stephens has bagged 17 goals in 32 starts for Town this season, but Grocott says it’s his overall game which is proving appealing to the bigger clubs.

“The thing with Ben is, he isn’t just a goalscorer, he’s technically one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” he added.

“What Ben’s got that makes him stand out is he wins so many headers and I think he’s smaller than me!”
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Fola Posted on 23/06/2018 11:14
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“Technically he is very, very gifted and I think he has a great chance of moving on, whether it’s with Coventry or Ipswich, I am sure someone will come in and take him.

“He’s one that a lot of people have missed and someone who is going to go on to good things.

“At our level, and I can only judge him at our level, he’s a special player and he’s creating a big name for himself at the moment. And with Coventry just on his doorstep I think it’s wise for them to have a look at him.”
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Fola Posted on 23/06/2018 11:21
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I'm really excited about this guy

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/football/transfer-news/coventry-city-triallist-inside-track-14196646
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macchiavelli Posted on 23/06/2018 12:09
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If he is THAT good, it makes me wonder how we were first in the queue for him?
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Fola Posted on 23/06/2018 13:02
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Like a previous poster mentioned, I do feel we need an experienced L2 striker too
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Paddysboyz Posted on 23/06/2018 15:25
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A very warm welcome to Ben who I sincerely enjoys a fantastic spell with us over the next several years [^][8D].

Kindest regards

PB [smi].
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macchiavelli Posted on 26/06/2018 09:04
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He's a 20-year-old teenager, according to the OS. [:D]
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The_Boss Posted on 26/06/2018 09:22
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I'm calling it now - Ben Stephens Player of the Year 2018/19 and......

we sell to Posh for £500k plus next summer.
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LancsMacc Posted on 26/06/2018 09:28
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Good article on the OS about the lad, although I don't know where Moss Road is.
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Fola Posted on 26/06/2018 09:57
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I agree with Boss. Very excited about this guy.
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macchiavelli Posted on 03/07/2018 09:16
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Looks like he has great potential, but we probably need to keep some perspective and see how he goes.

I have (dim) memories of us signing Frank Mottram in the 1990s. He had scored shedloads of goals in the Welsh League, but he was a flop with us.
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Nigel_Shaws_Right_Boot Posted on 25/07/2018 07:55
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How did he play last night against Wrexham?
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Paddysboyz Posted on 25/07/2018 14:04
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Ben showed several glimpses of his potential last night, and MMHO he will come up against better footballers this season, who are likely to be far more uncompromising and intimidating than what he faced previously.

I think with the improved fitness and training opportunities that he will have this year, he could well prove to be a bit of a gem for us in the future as he bulks up a bit [^][:D].

Kind regards

PB [smi].
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boomer22 Posted on 25/07/2018 14:20
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Could be a Kristain Dennis I think and a bit of a menace to slow defenders.
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