Friday, October 28, 2011

Skem swoop for FC United pair

 Source: Football Editorial

 Former FC United of Manchester captain David Chadwick and striker Steve Torpey have signed for Skelmersdale United tonight.

According to sources, both players have finalised moves to Evo Stik Division One North (tier 4) side Skelmersdale this week after they were released by the Manchester club.

The signings are a major coup for manager Tommy Lawson, who said he was ‘very pleased’ to be bringing some much-needed experience to a young Skelmersdale squad.

Both players were members of the successful FC United side who were promoted from the Evo Stik Division One North and join former FC United keeper Sam Ashton in the Skelmersdale squad.

Chadwick, 34, made 209 appearances for FC United since 2005, scoring 25 despite playing as a centre half and is a former captain of the club.

FC United manager Karl Marginson said Chadwick left the club because of financial reasons. The experienced defender is getting married next year and decided he needed to play regularly to save money for the day.

He said: “It is difficult to see a player like Chaddy leave, we have known each other for a long time and I consider him a friend. But I can’t guarantee him a starting place every week so I fully understand his reasons for moving on.

“He has been an absolutely magnificent servant to the club from its earliest days and, as club captain, he has played a major part in the club’s development.”

Chadwick has played for Skelmersdale United before as well as spells at local rivals Prescot Cables – where he was managed by Skelmersdale boss Tommy Lawson – and Salford City before FC United.

He will be joined at Skelmersdale by former Liverpool youth player Steve Torpey, 30, who is no stranger to Merseyside football having briefly played for Prescot Cables in 2002.

Torpey scored three goals in 18 appearances for FC United but a series of injury problems limited his chances with the Evo Stik Premier side.

Earlier today, FC United of Manchester celebrated receiving planning permission for a new stadium called the Moston Community Stadium in the Newton Heath area of Manchester.

They will now attempt to raise the initial £500,000 to begin the ambitious £3.5m project to build a 5,000 capacity stadium.