Archive for August 18th, 2006

Ex Millwall Man Signs

Neil @ 4:15 pm Friday 18 August 2006

Walsall got their man today with the signing of Portuguese winger/striker Carlos Fangueiro, after a week long trial, which included a run out for the reserves.

Manager Richard Money had said that he wanted a “dribbler” to compliment the rest of the squad and the tricky little left/right winger certainly has a reputation of filling that particular bill.

He will, as far as we know, become the first Walsall player to be the father of quads. It’s their arrival two years ago, which caused him to have a nightmare season at Uniao Leiria. A calf injury made his problems worse, and when his contract came up in the summer, his club were slow in offering him a new deal, which lead to him getting a move to Millwall under the then manager Colin Lee.

“We could not come to an agreement over a new contract so I told my agent I would like to come to England” said Fangueiro at the time.

Fangueiro’s quads were born in September 2002 and he confessed life was tough in the first seven months of their lives.

“I could not sleep and then I got a calf muscle strain”, he said.
“I went through a bad time in my playing career. So my wife and I had to get two helpers in to give us the chance to sleep, so it did not affect my ability to perform for my team”.

Fangueiro signed a one-year deal with Millwall, but his stay there proved unproductive, getting just thirteen outings with the London club, scoring once. He was released by them in the Summer and had been on trial at Plymouth, coming close to getting a deal with them, as well as having a trial with New York Metro Stars.

Back home in Portugal, he has played for five different teams, including FC Maia, Guimaraes, Uniao Leiria and Gil Vincente.

Carlos will go straight into the 16 for tomorrow’s clash at Lincoln.

Name: Carlos Manuel Fangueiro Soares
DOB: December 19th, 1976
Hometown: Matosinhos, Portugal

(1,74 m; 78 kg)

Season (League)

1995/96 Leixões (II B)
1996/97 Leixões (II B)
1997/98 Vitória Guimarães (I) 19 games, 1 goal
1998/99 FC Maia (II) 30 games, 3 goals
1999/00 Gil Vicente (I) 31 games, 7 goals
2000/01 Vitória Guimarães (I) 30 games, 4 goals
2001/02 Vitória Guimarães (I) 30 games, 10 goals
2002/03 Vitória Guimarães (I) 27 games, 7 goals
2003/04 Vitória Guimarães (I) 17 games, 2 goals
2004/05 União Leiria (I) 29 games, 1 goal
2005/06 Millwall (England) 11 games, 1 goal

He has, therefore, spent 7 seasons in the Portuguese top flight.

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Lincoln City vs Walsall Preview

Neil @ 9:19 am Friday 18 August 2006

It seems more than a little strange only four games in, but tomorrow’s outing to Lincoln could have a massive effect on Walsall’s season. We’ve got off to a flying start, with three wins out of three, but this is a game away to a team that has also started well. If we come away from Sincil Bank with a point, we can start getting really confident about the prospects for promotion this season. Get a win and we can start dreaming of polishing up that under used trophy cabinet. Losing wouldn’t be a disaster, in fact far from it, but keeping the confidence going would be nice.

Richard Money will still be without Wrack and Nicholls, of course, still on the way back from their broken legs, as well as skipper Dobson, new signing Bedeau and the improving James Constable, after he was stretchered off in the reserve clash in the week. Picken is also recovering from his knock and will miss out and it will also be interesting to see how Money resolves the Westwood/Pead conundrum.

It’s difficult to see much change from last week’s line up, however, of:

Ince, Westwood, Roper, Gerrard, Taylor, Wright, Kinsella, Keates, Fox, Butler, Sam,

with a bench of:

Gilmartin, Pead, Demontagnac and two from Dann, Bradley, Deakin and McDermott, who is travelling having impressed the manager in the pre season games and in the reserves.

Of course, there is also the outside chance of a new signing joining in time to be a sub, as Money has said he’ll be making a decision on Portuguese winger Carlos Fangueiro very soon.

Lincoln have also got off to a flyer so far. They look, however, like they’ve lost long serving goalkeeper Marriott, who limped off midway through the first half in Wednesday’s strangely timed friendly against Liverpool, but that seems to be their only injury doubt.

We won’t be facing ex Saddler Gary Birch, who has gone on loan to Tamworth, as he wants a move closer to home having lost his lift to Lincoln apparently, but will be facing another, in the shape of the much travelled Jamie Forrester. He has an excellent scoring record over his eleven club career. His likely partner is the almost equally restless Mark Stallard (Lincoln is his 10th club), who has an almost identical goal scoring record.

Predictions?

Well, Lincoln haven’t won at home since beating Grimsby 5-0 back in March, although that was no mean feat. Since then, they’ve played five League games at Sincil Bank and every single one has ended 1-1. Their last home defeat, however, was back in October 2005, when the then high-flying Wycombe were the victors, so they are far from being pushovers. With a slightly weakened side with the injuries balanced against the confidence flowing through the team after our start, I’ll go for sitting on the fence and a draw.

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