Friday, February 27, 2009

2/27/09: Guiseley Singing Crew's Praises


Former Michigan Bucks Reunite on Opposite Sides in Guiseley coach Mark Ellis and Crew trialist Ty Shipalane

Guiseley are pumped for Tuesday's friendly and Mark Ellis is looking forward to meeting up with his former player Ty Shipalane, according to the article "Guiseley Crew In Good Company" by Ian Whiting:
Columbus Crew got the required notification from Major League Soccer and flew into England on Thursday to play three friendlies in their pre-season preparations for the forthcoming American league campaign.

They are playing some of the country’s top teams - Everton, Liverpool and Guiseley!

The Nethermoor outfit have globe-trotting coach Mark Ellis to thank for their invitation.

Former Bantams winger Ellis said: “They have had their clearance for the games over here from the MLS authorities and they arrived on Thursday.

"They have brought a squad of 22 players and are playing Everton’s fringe players at their training ground on Sunday.

“Then, on Tuesday, they come to us before going back to Merseyside to play a Liverpool side at their training ground before going home.

"I was in America three weeks ago and one of the people from Columbus, who I know well, asked me if he knew anybody they could play in their nine days here.

“I told them I worked for Guiseley and said we would love to have a game against them, and he agreed straight away.

"They have a South African lad who I coached in a development league over there and I’m looking forward to meeting up with him again.

“They have a draft system like they do in American football and he was picked up by Columbus Crew. He is an excellent right winger, I think he’s a very good footballer and I’ll continue to follow his career.”

The Crew had five of their players in the USA side that played a World Cup qualifier against Sven Goran Erickson’s Mexico recently. They also have a Venezuelan international in their ranks.

With his Guiseley coaching hat on, ‘Mega’ insists tomorrow's home game against Prescot Cables in the UniBond League Premier Division is more important that Tuesday’s friendly but, with his unadulterated love of the game, he is relishing the friendly.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in the game - it will probably attract a lot of football fans and not just Guiseley supporters.

"It’s a shame that it’s on a night when Bradford City are at home but there wasn’t an option. They are here a few days only and have a tight schedule.

“It will certainly be something different - we could get 2,000 in on the night and that would create a fantastic atmosphere.

"Fingers crossed it will be a good night weather- wise. If it had been a couple of weeks ago, it would have been very frustrating for us and the American lads.

“Our players all want to be involved - they don’t see it as an extra game. It will be a great experience for them to be lining up against so many international players, I’m sure they will benefit a lot from it.”

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