Hill and The Hoff in friendly against Newport tonight

Wolves will use the Development XI match tonight against Newport County AFC as a shop window for the fringe players that McCarthy wants to sell.

Matty Hill and Stefan Meierhofer are confirmed to play against Newport County – a team in the Conference National. Hopefully and probably there will be scouts there watching them play.

Newport County became champions of the Blue Square Conference South last season – and they did it with style, by outclassing everyone else. 28 points to the next team. Not bad at all!

An interesting fact about the teams history is that they were formed in 1912 and that the steelworkers at the local industry Lysaght’s, provided most of the new club’s support base and many of them had moved from the Wolverhampton area to work in the Newport steel industry. Therefore their colors are almost identical to the old gold and black of Wolves. So maybe you will find distant relatives on the stands if you go to Newport tonight. 😆

Today – almost a hundred years later – they are back in the National League System after years in exile – and their nickname is in fact the Exiles. And they have a very well known manager who has been instrumental in taken them back  – Dean Holdsworth.

Holdsworth started off as a player in Watford – like so many descent players – and in 1992 he joined Wimbledon and started a very good partnership up front with John Fashanu, banging them in for fun. In 1997 he signed for Bolton and scored many a goal for them aswell.

He played for half a season for Newport at the end of his player career in 2007 and started his managing career with Redbridge after that. A year later he was back in Newport and the second half of that season the team played very well. And the last season was a complete success for the former ace striker. They haven’t lost a competitive home game since March 2009.

Dean Holdsworth talked to the South Wales Argus:

It’s a wonderful game for us, irrespective of the side that they send down, it’s going to be a side from the Premier League packed with quality. The players are all going to be good enough to represent the name of Wolverhampton Wanderers and of the manager, Mick McCarthy, someone I respect immensely.”

It’s brilliant for our fans that the first game back at Spytty Park is against such a good side and it’s an opportunity for the players to impress. We need to keep Newport Stadium as the place no one looks forward to coming to. The stadium has become a real asset for us, we looked unbeatable at times last season at home and long may that continue. I always had a pretty good record against Wolves, I probably shouldn’t say it but as a player, they were one of the sides I scored against a lot.

Well. The Hoff is no stranger to score against non-premier teams and  now he is playing with knife against neck, so I’ll bet he will put one or two in the net.

But Wolves Development XI contains many other players capable of making life hell for the Newport team. They showed that in Northern Ireland and some of them did it against Walsall. Newport must play very well to beat this young Wolves team tonight.


Edit: Ronald Zubars young brother Stephane – also a defender – have trained with Wolves and will be in the squad tonight, reports the Official Wolves Site. He is playing in the Romainian liga.

Wolves Squad tonight: McCarey, Dunleavy, Ebanks-Landell, S. Zubar, Batth, Malone, Winnall, Davis, Rooney, Hemmings, Maierhofer, Spray, Bell, Connor, Miller.

(So according to the Wolves official Site there will be no Hill in the squad.)


~ by paddytheflea on July 23, 2010.

2 Responses to “Hill and The Hoff in friendly against Newport tonight”

  1. As i now live in South Wales, i took the oppurtunity to have a look at the youngsters who i hadn’t seen before. In truth, Newport looked a very decent outfit and the lads were well beaten on the night and it will be interesting to see how they do in the Conference to judge the lads performance.The stand out player for me was our left back who i think was Scott Malone; classy player. Also, Aaron McCarey in goal was excellent and made one really fantastic save in the second half. Ronald Zubar’s brother did o.k. too but oh dear, £1.8 million Hoff up front.Jez can start writing that off now.

    • Thank you for sharing that experience, jimbo! Glad to hear that Malone is doing o-k. Sad, though, that the position he play in is so well taken care of now. His chances to play for the senior team are very small. But I do agree that he is a class player. He has after all played for England youth teams on several occasions.

      To get rid off the Hoff seem to be a big problem. I hope Duisburg will take him on. Signing him was a big mistake.

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