Tadley is a town and civil parish in the English county of Hampshire. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, now known as AWE, became the area's largest employer, a large number of houses were built during this period to accommodate AWRE workers. Though the establishment was located in the parish of Aldermaston, most of these houses were built in Tadley; the origin of the name is uncertain. In old maps and books Tadley can be found spelled as Taddanleage, Titherley, Tudurley and Taddeley; as with many other rural British communities, it is assumed that the village began as a clearing in the dense forest which at one time covered the greater part of England. In Old English, Tadde means'Toad' or'Frog' and ley being'a clearing in the woods', so it means "a clearing in the woods with frogs". Most sources, say that the name means "woodland clearing of a man called Tada". In 909, Edward the Elder granted the'Manor of Overton' to Frithstan, Bishop of Winchester. In the confirmation of this a wood at Tadley is mentioned.
The village is mentioned in documents relating to the grant. There was an independent estate in the parish called the'Manor of Tadley' but was known as the'Manor of Withford or Wyford'. In 1166 this property was held by William Hotot, he was succeeded by his son, Robert Hotot in 1205. The first reference to a church at Tadley is in 1286 when Andrew Hotot is recorded as owning the Manor and Church, it could be assumed that a settlement and therefore a church existed at an earlier date in view of the documented references to owners of land at Tadley from 909. Tadley is a civil parish with an elected town council Tadley Town Council which consists of 4 parish wards, Central Tadley, South Tadley, North Tadley and East Tadley; these occupy some or all of three wards of Basingstoke and Deane District Council, being Baughurst and Tadley North, Tadley Central and Tadley South. Tadley falls within the area of Basingstoke and Deane District Council and of Hampshire County Council and all three councils are responsible for different aspects of local government.
Tadley lies next to the northern border of Hampshire. It is six miles north of Basingstoke, ten miles south west of the large town of Reading and ten miles south east of Newbury. Nearby villages are Aldermaston, Pamber Heath, Heath End, Mortimer Common, Silchester. On the edge of Tadley is a Site of Special Scientific Interest called Ron Ward's Meadow With Tadley Pastures.. The growth in shopping facilities has been slower than the growth in the population. Though there are shops in small groups throughout the town, there is only one significantly-sized shop, a supermarket. For more extensive choice, it is necessary to go to one of the larger nearby towns, Reading, or Newbury; the main shopping areas in Tadley are on Mulfords Hill and Bishopswood Road, though there are isolated shops in other parts of the town and parish. A notable business in Mulfords Hill is that of the Royal Warrant Holder for Besom Brooms and Pea Sticks. Hampshire County Council built a new library for Tadley in 1994, it was opened on 12 October 1994 by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.
A local legend dating from the late 19th century claims that there were treacle mines located in the village, until well into the 20th century the locals were referred to as "Tadley Treacle Miners". Tadley holds an annual "Treacle Fair" in honour of this legend in early June, it is organised by a member of Lions Club International. Tadley has a Non-League football club Tadley Calleva F. C. which plays at Barlow's Park. The main road through the town is the A340 road, which begins in Basingstoke 6 miles to the south and ends in Pangbourne in Berkshire, 10 miles north of Tadley. Tadley is served by Stagecoach in Hampshire with a regular service to Basingstoke. Newbury Buses and Reading Buses provide a less frequent service to Reading. Tadley does not have a railway station, but is served by Aldermaston and Basingstoke. Children aged 11 to 16 that receive state-funded education are to attend The Hurst Community College, though this school is located in the adjacent village of Baughurst. Primary schools in the area include: Bishopswood Infant and Junior Schools, Burnham Copse Primary School, Silchester Church Of England Primary School, Tadley Community Primary School, The Priory Primary School.
Dean Horrix, who achieved minor fame during the 1980s as part of the Reading football team that won promotion to the Football League Third Division in 1984 and the Football League Second Division in 1986, lived in Tadley with his wife Carol. He remained in the area after leaving Reading for Millwall in 1988 and being transferred to Bristol City in early 1990, he was killed in a car crash in March 1990, aged 27, less than two weeks after signing for Bristol City. His wife survived. List of places in Hampshire List of civil parishes in Hampshire Tadley and District History Society
Sutton United F.C.
Sutton United Football Club is a football club in Sutton, South London, who play in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. They play home games at Gander Green Lane, close to West Sutton Station; the club is an FA Charter Standard Community Club affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association. Sutton started out playing in junior, local leagues, but progressed into the Athenian League in 1921; the team fell back into the Isthmian League in 1991. They appeared in the Conference for one more season in 1999–2000, were founding members of the Conference South in 2004. Sutton won the National League South in 2015–16 and since 2016–17 have competed in the National League, one tier below the Football League; the team has had several cup successes, including playing at Wembley in the FA Amateur Cup final twice and in the FA Trophy final in 1981. Sutton won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1979, but the club is most famous for its FA Cup "giant killing" exploits, most notably in the 1988–89 season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 in the 3rd Round.
The Coventry team was composed of star international players and had won the competition in 1987. In the 2016–17 season, Sutton reached the 5th Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, beating three Football League teams before losing 2–0 at home to Arsenal; the club was formed on 5 March 1898 when Sutton Guild Rovers F. C. and Sutton Association F. C. agreed to merge during a meeting at the Robin Hood Hotel. The club gained a reputation locally in junior leagues, including the Clapham League, in 1910 decided to become a senior side, they won it on their first attempt. During this period the team moved between several grounds, including what was known as the Sutton Adult School Ground. After the First World War, the team have not left the stadium since. Sutton gained election into the Athenian League in 1921; the team were re-elected. Only one seasons in 1928, the team won its first Athenian League Championship; the thirties were a good time for Sutton. During the Second World War, Sutton kept playing football but on a smaller scale.
The Athenian League had been suspended while this happened and so organised competitions were rare and sporadic, but Sutton won a number of honours. This put them in good stead for winning the league again. With the help of 42 goals from Charlie Vaughan, Sutton ran away with the 1945–46 season; this was the first time the club won the Surrey Senior Cup and got through to the FA Cup first round. The 1950s brought little success for Sutton, though the team is said to have progressed off the field. Assets were transferred to a limited company, something, unusual for the time. In addition, the main stand was constructed, it was. Progress continued into the 60s under Sid Cann in Sutton's most successful period. In 1963, the club lost 4 -- 2 to Wimbledon; the summer after the cup success marked Sutton's election into the Isthmian League. In 1967, they won the league title. Two seasons the club was at Wembley again for the Amateur Cup final, but lost 2–1 to underdogs North Shields.1970 brought great cup success to the club once more, but this time in the form of the FA Cup. Sutton beat Hillingdon Borough in the third round and went on to play Don Revie's top flight Leeds United, one of the best teams in Europe at the time, at Gander Green Lane.
The match saw 14,000 spectators squeeze into the ground and Leeds, with 11 full internationals in the team, won 6–0. The next decade proved to be one of little success for the club and Sutton went through a succession of managers, including Ted Powell and Dario Gradi, both of whom played for the team and went on to manage at higher levels, it was. His biggest achievement was to win the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1979, after a surprise 2–1 win over Chieti; this was the only time. Soon after the continental win, Keith Blunt moved on to manage Malmö and Barrie Williams took over, he guided Sutton to Wembley for the 1981 FA Trophy final. This was to be the club's last appearance at a place which saw little success for them. During Williams's reign the club finished runners-up in the Anglo-Italian Cup twice more, in 1980 and 1982; the club finished runners-up in the 1981–82 Isthmian League and in 1983 won a treble of the Surrey Senior, London Senior, Hitachi Cups. The Surrey Senior Cup win was the first of six in as many years, a record that remains unbroken, as of May 2011.
The club won the Isthmian League championship for the second time in 1985. After refusing promotion to the Football Conference because of issues with the stadium, they retained the championship the following year and this time accepted promotion after supporters helped in a large redevelopment of areas of the ground. Sutton managed to cement their place in the league finishing mid-table; the club enjoyed a memorable FA Cup run in 1988 -- 89. Entering the competition at the fourth qualifying round, they beat Walt
Mansfield Town F.C.
Mansfield Town Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Mansfield, England. The team compete in the fourth tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed ` The Stags', they play in a royal amber kit. Since 1919, Mansfield have played at Field Mill, now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 9,186, their main rivals are Notts County. The club was formed in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans and entered the Mansfield & District Amateur League in 1902, before changing its name to Mansfield Wesley and joining the Notts & District League in 1906, they finally became Mansfield Town in 1910, moved from the Notts & Derbyshire League to the Central Alliance the following year. Crowned Alliance champions in 1919–20, they joined the Midland League in 1921 and would win this league on three occasions – 1923–24, 1924–25 and 1928–29 – before they were admitted into the Football League in 1931, they were relegated out of the Third Division in 1960, but won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1962–63, remaining in the third tier for nine seasons until their relegation in 1972.
They reached the Second Division for the first time after winning the Fourth Division title in 1974–75 and the Third Division title in 1976–77, only to suffer two relegations in three seasons. Promoted out of the Fourth Division under the stewardship of Ian Greaves in 1985–86, they went on to win the Football League Trophy in 1986–87. Mansfield were however relegated in 1991 and promoted again in 1991–92, only to suffer an immediate relegation the following season, they won promotion once again in 2001–02, but were relegated to League Two in 2003 and lost their Football League status with a further relegation in 2008. They spent four seasons in the Conference until they were promoted back into the Football League after winning the Conference in 2012–13 following investment from new club owner John Radford. Mansfield Town was formed under the name of Mansfield Wesleyans in 1897, the name of the club coming from the local Wesleyan church; the club played friendlies up until the 1902–03 season, when it joined the Mansfield and District Amateur League.
When the league dropped its amateur tag in 1906, the church abandoned the club, which changed its name to Mansfield Wesley and moved into the Notts and District League. In the summer of 1910, despite having lost the previous season to Mansfield Mechanics in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, the team changed its name to Mansfield Town. In the following years, Mansfield Town swapped between the Notts and District League, Central Alliance League and Notts and Derbyshire League, before World War I brought a halt to proceedings. After the war, Mansfield became occupants of the Field Mill ground, after Mansfield Mechanics failed to pay their rent. In 1921, the club was admitted into the Midland Counties League, celebrated by reaching the 6th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup twice in a row; the club won the league in 1923–24 and was the runner-up the following season, but on both occasions failed to win election to the Football League. In 1928–29, Mansfield won the Midland League again, but more famously reached the Fourth Round Proper of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 to First Division Arsenal, after a cup run which saw them beat Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, York City beat the Stags in elections for a League place. In 1931, Mansfield were elected to the Southern Section of the Third Division. However, the club struggled to adapt to League surroundings and were in the lower reaches of the table. One of few highlights in the years before the Second World War was Ted Harston, who scored 55 goals in one season before transferring to Liverpool. After the war, Mansfield started to see some progress. Lucky to escape the need for re-election when it was decided that no club would be relegated after the 1946–47 season, the Stags started to move up the table. In 1950–51, Mansfield reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and became the first Football League team to complete a 23–game home schedule unbeaten, although missed out on the only Third Division promotion spot. In 1959–60 the club was relegated to the created Fourth Division, before gaining promotion back to the Third Division in 1962–63; this promotion was tainted by life-time suspensions handed out to players Brian Phillips and Sammy Chapman for bribing opponents, including players of Hartlepools United in a vital match which Mansfield won 4–3.
Two seasons the club again narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division. The season after avoiding relegation due to a points deduction for Peterborough United, Mansfield made another headline-grabbing cup run. Mansfield beat First Division West Ham United 3–0 in the Fifth Round of the 1968–69 FA Cup, before narrowly losing to Leicester City in the Quarter Finals. In 1971–72 Mansfield were relegated, again, to the Fourth Division. By 1976–77, the club was back in the Third Division, despite the distraction of a 5–2 FA Cup defeat to Matlock Town, beat Wrexham to the Third Division title; the club went straight back down, only a good run of form at the end of the 1978–79 season saved Mansfield from a double relegation. Mansfield won the Football League Trophy in front of 58,000 fans in May 1987, beating Bristol City on penalties after a 1–1 draw. However, the years that followed were inconsistent, with Mansfield becoming a "yo-yo" team between the Third and Fourth Divisions, it was at this time that controversial owner Keith Haslam bought the club.
In 2001–02, Mansfield were again promoted to the third tier of English football, beating Carlisle on the final day of the season to take third place from Cheltenham Town, who lost at Plymouth. A poor season in Division Two did not
Wealdstone Football Club is a football club based in Ruislip, West London, England. The club is affiliated to the Middlesex County Football Association and plays in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football; the team play in royal blue shirts, white shorts and royal blue and white socks, are nicknamed "The Stones" or "The Royals". The club have the distinction of appearing in the first football match televised in 1946, when the BBC showed part of their league match against Barnet, they were the first club to achieve the non-League'double', winning both the FA Trophy and the Alliance Premier League in 1984–85. The club was formed at the start of the 1899–1900 season, their first game was a friendly match on 7 October 1899 against Northwood, which they won 6–1. They joined Division Two of the Willesden & District League, were promoted to Division One for the 1900–01 season after Division Two was scrapped. In 1903 they moved to the College Farm Ground in Locket Road In 1905–06 the club won Division One, but on 20 October 1906 a notice was posted in the local newspaper stating that the club was being disbanded due to a lack of interest from players and supporters.
The club was reformed in time for the 1908–09 season, rejoining Division One of the Willesden & District League. In 1910 they moved to Belmont Road, won Division One again in 1912–13. Following World War I the club joined the Middlesex Senior League, they moved to the Lower Mead ground at the start of the 1922–23 season, when they switched to the Spartan League. The club had their record win on 13 October 1923, beating the 12th London Regiment 22–0 in an FA Amateur Cup game. In 1928–29 they switched leagues again, this time joining the Athenian League. In 1929–30 the club won the Middlesex Senior Cup and the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup for the first time. During World War II the club continued to play, playing at Wembley Stadium in the final of the Middlesex Senior Red Cross Cup in 1943; the following year they recorded their heaviest defeat losing 14–0 to Edgware Town in the London Senior Cup. In 1946 the BBC showed part of Wealdstone's Athenian League match at Barnet, the first time a live match had been televised.
The club appeared in the BBC's first two live FA Cup match broadcasts, with their games against Edgware Town in the third qualifying round and Colchester United in the fourth qualifying round being shown on television during the 1949–50 season. After beating Colchester, Wealdstone reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 1–0 to Port Vale. In 1951–52 the club won the Athenian League, went on to win the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1959, 1963 and 1964. In 1964 they switched to the Isthmian League. In 1965–66 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 3–1 at Millwall, but went on to win the FA Amateur Cup, beating local rivals Hendon 3–1 in the final; the following season saw Wealdstone entered at the first round of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 at home to Nuneaton Borough. The club joined the Division One North of the Southern League in 1971, they were moved to Division One South the following season, won the division in 1973–74, earning promotion to the Premier Division.
In 1977–78 Wealdstone progressed beyond the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. In 1979 the club were founder members of the Alliance Premier League, the new national top division of non-League football. After finishing 19th in 1980–81 they were relegated back to the Southern League, but made an immediate return after winning the South Division of the Southern League the following season. In 1984–85 the club had its most successful season to date, winning both the Alliance Premier League and the FA Trophy, beating Boston United 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium; this was first occasion that the non-league "double" had been achieved by any team. However, a period of sharp decline soon set in. At the end of the 1990–91 season financial problems led to the club selling their Lower Mead ground, for which they only received a small share of the sale proceeds, they signed up to an expensive groundsharing arrangement at Watford's Vicarage Road, at the end of the 1991–92 season the club were relegated again, dropping from the Southern League Premier Division into the South Division.
In 1993 they moved to Yeading's ground. In 1995 the club rejoined the Isthmian League, dropping into Division Three, moved grounds again, this time sharing at Edgware Town's White Lion Ground. After winning the division in 1996–97, they finished second in Division Two in 1997–98 and were promoted again, this time to Division One. After finishing third in Division One the 1998–99 they were denied promotion to the Premier Division after ground improvements at the White Lion Ground were made six days after the deadline. In 2004 the club were promoted to the Premier Division as a result of the creation of the Conference North and South and winning a play-off against Dulwich Hamlet. In 2005 the club moved to Northwood's Chestnut Avenue ground. In 2006 they were switched to the Southern League Premier Division for a single season, before returning to the Isthmian League. In January 2008, Wealdstone acquired Ruislip Sports and Social club and the associated lease at Ruislip Manor's
Ebbsfleet United F.C.
Ebbsfleet United Football Club is an English football club based in Northfleet, that competes in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. The team's home ground has been Stonebridge Road since its inception in 1946. Before 2007, the club was called Northfleet. Between 2008 and 2013, the club was owned by the web-based venture MyFootballClub, whose members voted on player transfers and ticket prices among other things instead of those decisions being made by the club's management and staff as at most other clubs. Gravesend & Northfleet F. C. was formed in 1946, following the Second World War, after a merger between Gravesend United and Northfleet United with the new club retaining the red & white home colours of Northfleet United. From 1969 and 1971, Roy Hodgson, who became manager of the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and England, was a player at the club, making 59 appearances. In 1979, the team was one of the founder members of the Alliance Premier League, but were relegated back into the Southern League Premier Division three seasons later.
For the 1997–98 season, Gravesend & Northfleet left the Southern League and joined the Isthmian League. They played in the Premier Division of the league until the 2001–02 season, when they finished as champions and earned promotion back into the Football Conference, where they remained until being relegated to the Conference South at the end of the 2009–10 season. On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the website MyFootballClub had entered a deal in principle to take over the club. 27,000 MyFootballClub members each paid £35 to provide an approximate £700,000 takeover fund and all owned an equal share in the club but made no profit nor received a dividend. Members had a vote on transfers as well as all major decisions; because of the nature of MyFootballClub, it was announced that manager Daish would become instead the first team head coach. His backroom staff would remain at the club. Between 16 and 23 January 2008, MyFootballClub members were given the choice to vote on whether to proceed with the takeover and whether to allow Liam Daish to continue with his plans for the January transfer window.
Both resulted in overwhelming "Yes" votes: 95.89% voted to proceed with the takeover while 95.86% voted to allow Daish to continue his transfer plans. The deal was ratified at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club's board on 19 February. On 10 May 2008, Ebbsfleet United won the FA Trophy, defeating Torquay United 1–0 in the final on the club's first trip to Wembley, becoming the first Kentish team to win this trophy. Ebbsfleet United went on to win the Kent Senior Cup in the same season, with a 4–0 victory over Cray Wanderers on 26 July 2008. After one year of ownership a majority of MyFC members failed to renew, with membership numbers dropping from a peak of 32,000 at the time of the takeover to just over 9,000 on deadline day 2009; the club had stated that 15,000 was the minimum required. As of September 2010, two and a half years after the takeover, there were around 3,500 members. In an October 2010 vote among MyFC members, the earlier decision to allow the team manager autonomy in transfer dealings was rescinded by a majority of 35 on a total vote of 132, meaning that the membership would have 48 hours to endorse a proposed signing or sale before it can be finalised.
Both the manager and the club secretary opposed the change. On 15 May 2011, Ebbsfleet United won the Conference South play-off final 4–2 against Farnborough and were thus promoted back to the Conference Premier at the first time of asking,On 23 December 2011, it was announced that the club needed to raise £50,000 by the end of the 2011–12 season or risk going out of business. On 23 April 2013 it was announced that MyFC's members had voted in favour of handing two thirds of MyFC's shares to the Fleet Trust, a supporters' trust for the club, the final one third to one of the club's major shareholders. KEH Sports Ltd, a group of Kuwaiti investors advised by a former chief executive of Charlton Athletic, agreed in May 2013 to take over the club, settling its debts, promising investment in the squad and in a training facility. Liam Daish subsequently departed as manager and the new ownership appointed Dover Athletic coach and former Charlton Athletic defender Steve Brown as the new manager. Steve Brown's first competitive game was a goalless draw at home to Waterlooville.
A club record was broken just before Christmas. A 2–0 win over Sutton United, with both goals coming from Billy Bricknell, broke the long-standing record which subsequently put them amongst the title contenders but poor runs of form were to follow. Ebbsfleet reached the playoffs, helped by goalkeeper Preston Edwards keeping eleven clean sheets at Stonebridge Road over the course of the season; the playoff semi-final first leg against Bromley at Stonebridge Road ended in a 4–0 win for the Fleet. Despite Bromley winning the second leg, Brown's side won 4–1 on aggregate; the playoff final was against Dover Athletic at Stonebridge Road in front of a 4,200 crowd. Dover dominated the encounter, winning 1–0 with a goal early in the second half from former Ebbsfleet striker Nathan Elder; the 2014–15 season started with much promise, with wins against Concord Rangers & Havant & Waterlooville. However, the season failed to live up to expectations and Steve Brown was relieved of his duties the day after a 3–0 home defeat to Gosport Borough in November 2014.
Jamie Day replaced Brown and, despite taking the club to the FA Trophy quarter-fina
Sergio Raul Torres is an Argentine footballer who plays for Eastbourne Borough in National League South. He holds an Italian passport, he has played in his Argentinian homeland as well as in the football league for Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United and Crawley Town. Torres began his early career in Argentina at Club Atletico Banfield in his native city of Mar del Plata playing part-time while working in the family brick factory. After two seasons he decided to leave the club and fund his own trip to England in 2004 with the aim of impressing Brighton & Hove Albion during a two-week trial. Although Albion showed no more interest, he signed for non-league Molesey before moving on to Basingstoke Town that year. While at Basingstoke, Torres worked at Boots, stacking shelves in order to earn a living and cycled to work. In July 2005 Basingstoke Town played a pre-season friendly match against Wycombe Wanderers, during which Torres impressed manager John Gorman and was offered a two-year professional contract.
In July 2008 Torres and Russell Martin joined Peterborough United for a joint fee of £200,000, with Torres valued at £150,000. The move to Peterborough was not a success, with Torres considering returning to Argentina and consulting a sports psychologist after not being selected or being played out of position, he was transfer listed by the club following their promotion to the Championship and subsequently joined Lincoln City on a one-month loan on 17 September 2009. On 28 October 2009 Torres signed for Lincoln until January, he was transfer listed again by Peterborough at the end of the 2009–10 season. In July 2010, Torres joined Crawley Town on a two-year contract; the transfer fee was not disclosed, but BBC Sport suggested that it was around £100,000. Torres enjoyed considerable success with Crawley during which time the Reds won promotion to the Football League and League One under Steve Evans as well as reaching Round 5 of the FA Cup in 2011, to play at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Crawley disposed of three football league sides, Swindon Town, Derby County and Torquay United on the way. Torres played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford in central midfield. Despite still being a non-league side at the time, Crawley narrowly lost 0-1, but had 52% possession and hit the bar in the last minute. After a change of manager, Torres was released in 2014. In June 2014 Torres signed for Conference South side Whitehawk, citing his wife's desire to stay living in Brighton, the lack of offers from Football League teams and a wish to play under The Hawks manager Steve King as the reasons for dropping down three divisions. Torres once more enjoyed FA Cup success at Whitehawk, helping his side reach Round 2 for the first time in their history in 2015. Torres was appointed club captain at Whitehawk for the 2015–2016 season. After helping The Hawks reach the league play-offs two seasons on the run, Torres was named in the Conference South team of the season in 2016, alongside teammates Danny Mills and Nick Arnold.
On 7 June 2017, Torres joined fellow National League South side Eastbourne Borough. Torres lives in Brighton. In October 2013 he published his autobiography with co-author Juan Manuel Lopez The Sergio Torres Story: From The Brick Factory to Old Trafford. Torres is a close friend of Scottish International defender Russell Martin, they first met while both playing for Wycombe Wanderers in League 2 and Peterborough United. In 2016 Torres joined the Russell Martin Soccer Academy as Lead Coach. Torres stated that he always wanted to coach children and before he left Argentina was studying to become a PE Teacher, he is in his final year of a Sports Science degree. As of match played 30 March 2019 With Crawley TownConference National 2010–11: Champions Football League Two 2011–12: Promotion With Peterborough UnitedFootball League One 2008–09: Promotion Sergio Torres at Soccerbase Guardian statistics Sergio Torres Basingstoke Town Profile Sergio Torres at ESPN FC Sky Sports Profile
The EFL Cup known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. Organised by the English Football League, it is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top level Premier League, the three divisions of the English Football League's own league competition. First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top-tier domestic football competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup, it concludes in February, long before the other two. It was introduced by the league as a response to the increasing popularity of European football, to exert power over the FA, it took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games. With the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup for the 2016–17 season.
The tournament is played with single leg ties throughout, except the semi-finals. The final is held at Wembley Stadium. Entrants are seeded in the early rounds, a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in rounds, to defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one being the original. Winners qualify for European football, receiving a place in the UEFA Europa League; the current holders are Manchester City, who beat Chelsea 4–3 on penalties in the 2019 final to win their sixth League Cup. Although the League Cup is one of the four domestic trophies attainable by English league teams, it is perceived as being of lower prestige than the league championship or the FA Cup. League Cup winners receive £100,000 prize money with the runners-up receiving £50,000, considered insignificant to top-flight teams, compared to the £2 million prize money of the FA Cup, in turn eclipsed by the Premier League's television money and consequent participation in the Champions League.
Some clubs have fielded a weaker side in the competition, making the opportunity for giant-killing of the larger clubs more likely. Many teams in the Premier League and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wenger's claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as "a pot worth winning"; the original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs, knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous. Hardaker proposed the competition as a way for the clubs to make up on lost revenue, due to a reduction in matches played, for when the league was to be re-organised; the re-organisation of the league was not forthcoming. The trophy was paid for by Football League President Joe Richards, proud of the competition and he had his own name engraved on it. Richards described the competition's formation as an'interim step' on the way to the league's re-organisation.
Richards' priority was the re-organisation of the leagues. Hardaker felt that the Football League needed to adapt to the times, as the English game was losing prestige, he felt that the Football League should take the lead in revitalising football in the nation: "It must be obvious to all of you that the time has come to do something, it is up to the Football League to give the lead. I hope the Press will not assume that the League is going to fall out with the F. A. or anybody else... the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game."The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling. The league had lost one million spectators compared to the previous season, it was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high. The biggest disagreement was about. During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights.
This opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter. The League Cup was introduced in the 1960–61 season as a mid-week floodlit tournament, to replace the Southern Professional Floodlit Cup; the League Cup was criticised by the better-endowed clubs. The Times' correspondent at the time felt; the Times published on 30 May 1960: "Where a drastic reduction is required in an attempt to raise quality, no doubt quantity and a further spread of mediocrity