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Steve Harrison on Sky Sports and BBC initiatives in the Women’s Football Game….

DDG Head Honcho Steve Harrison speaking about initiatives the women’s game!

A typically candid and humorous take as well as an acknowledgment of the exciting times ahead for the women’s game in the UK.

Sounds bites from local media in Manchester

 a welcome opportunity to seize the moment”

“To improve training facilities, personalise the stadia using the excellent Manchester City model as an example, but most importantly, looking after the talent”

“with DDG players out of contract this season in the English, Portuguese, USA and German leagues, it will be interesting to see the approach from the WSL clubs in particular”…

“time to up the ante...”

“I look forward to all the new experts and agents now mysteriously finding a lifelong interest in the women’s game, now they can smell the money” – laughs

“We already have vultures over our offices in Didsbury…”

“I’ve had to buy a gun…” – laughs

“the involvement of Sky Sports & the BBC will grow the profile of the game in England in particular”…

“an opportunity to further professionalise the game both on and off the park”

Steve is available for interviews info@deaddeadgood.com

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Amber ready for the Bundesliga Restart!

Amber at the launch of the Spar FAI School Zone

Amber Barrett says she feels like “one of the luckiest people in the world” right now as she continues to embrace life as a full-time footballer at FC Koln in Germany.

The 25-year-old made the move from Peamount United in June 2019. In many ways, she’s been unlucky.

Her form has been consistently good, but despite Barrett shining for her new club they could not avoid the drop from the Frauen-Bundesliga last May. At the same time there was the small matter of a global pandemic to contend with.  

Barrett is aiming to fire FC Koln back to the top flight when league action resumes on 21 March and though the pandemic has prevented her from really experiencing what the city of Cologne has to offer, the Republic of Ireland attacker is not complaining.  

Having also played inter-county football for Donegal, Barrett has sympathy for the GAA stars who aren’t even allowed to train right now since the games are not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports in Ireland. She’s counting her blessings.

“I’ve been very lucky,” she said at the launch of the Spar FAI School Zone, a new digital learning initiative for teachers and parents.

“I’ve been able to train and play and I know how much of an outlet it’s been for me. I know when I compare the period last year doing the lockdown in Germany with no training to doing it with training, how mentally it’s so beneficial.

“The elite status, the way it’s been in Ireland, has at times been confusing in terms of who gets it and who doesn’t get it. I think it’s your own perception about it in terms of what exactly is elite but I know from playing county for the amount of time I did that those girls are amateur, yes, but they are elite athletes.

“They are dedicated day in day out to making themselves available for selection and to prepare.”

International Number 9

Ireland received a welcome boost last month when manager Vera Pauw signed a new two-year contract to ensure she will lead the side into the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification campaign.

Having fallen painfully short in the Euros qualifiers, Barrett said Pauw’s commitment was exactly the news they all needed. 

“It certainly was a boost for us. Speaking to Vera, she said straight away that she always had it in her heart to make the decision to say on. For us going forward its great for us to have that familiarity of the coach and her back-room team as well. It’s definitely going to bring us from strength to strength going into the next campaign.

“We just have to use every little bit of hardship and every disappointment and bring that into the next campaign. I think most of the girls would agree the last campaign was the most disappointing that we’ve had over the lats number of years. We started off so well and were in such a good position.  

“One of the first things Vera said to us after the Germany game was, ‘remember this feeling, this is not going to happen to us again’. Having that message is really important going forward.”

Barrett has often been edged out of the national side by Rianna Jarrett, Pauw’s preferred attacking focal point. The pair have both benefited from moving to professional set-ups having first excelled in the Women’s National League and Barrett was honest in her assessment of where she is right now in terms of her development.

“The fact of the matter is, probably for the majority of the campaign Rianna was training better than I was. To get in to the starting 11 for the international team is a much more difficult task than getting into a club team. The window you’re a training is so small. It’s such a short opportunity to get in.

“I always speak with Vera and ask her what I need to do. She’s always very clear with everybody, she informs them what they can work on and improve on. I just have to be better. It’s something I’m always working towards.

“Looking at Rianna and seeing how much work she puts in, it’s absolutely brilliant to see her doing so well. For Ireland when Rianna is playing well the likelihood is we’re going to win games because she’s going to put the ball in the net.”

Cologne’s Amber at AOK Stadion on May 29, 2020 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Sven Pfoertner/Pool via Getty Images )

As for life in Germany, Barrett is appreciating the little things.

“The biggest thing for me is the public transport arrives on time!” she laughed.

“In Ireland it never happens. When the bus is at half ten, you have to be there before half ten or you won’t be getting on it. There’s still a lockdown here but they have started to ease things.

“I haven’t really experienced the full Cologne experience because everything was cut short last year. I’m hoping now when things relax over the next few months I can get to enjoy that side of it as well.

“The Germans are extremely efficient in want they do, there always seems to be a clear plan. When I speak to my parents about home, I think it’s easier here in terms of a lockdown that it is back home.

“I’m with Cologne until the end of the season. There’s still a part of me that wants to get back to the [top flight], that’s the goal for the team. I’m not sitting here saying I want to leave and I’m not sitting here saying I’m definitely going to stay because I don’t know. Those are conversations for the next few months.

“I’m very lucky that there’s players on my team who’ve won the Champions League with Frankfurt, they’ve won German leagues, the German cup. Seeing how put themselves about in training, how they behave, how they act, the little extra bits they do, it’s made me aware of things I need to get better at.

“The fitness levels here are elite. You’re running and running and running. Being exposed to that level of training helps when you go into games. You’re prepared.”

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Jake Cooper joins Conference high flyers Hartlepool United on Loan

“Coops” ready for his next challenge…

DDG is pleased to confirm that we have negotiated the terms of a new loan deal for Jake Cooper, the highly rated Rotherham United centre-back.

Jake will join Conference high-flyers Hartlepool United as the push for promotion back into the EFL.

Twenty year-old Jake has already played fifty loan games for the Conference North side Gateshead FC, and the move to third placed Pools will be an exciting new challenge for him.

Steve Harrison of DDG concluded the terms on Thursday evening, and Jake was headed down to Devon hours later on Friday morning for today’s top-of-the-table clash against Torquay United.

The team held a training session on Friday afternoon at the Bristol City training ground for an afternoon session. A great opportunity for Jake to meet his new team-mates.

Jake has posted “delighted to be on board, cant wait to get started” on his on Twitter page.

He is available for selection immediately.

Good Luck Jake… Onwards and Upwards!

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Chloe Peplow Returns to WSL Action

Chloe Peplow the Spurs and England Lioness

It was wonderful to see Chloe Peplow back on the grass at the weekend as Tottenham Hotspur played Everton in the WSL.

So unlucky five-months ago picking up an injury after a challenge in the North London Derby against Arsenal, Chloe has been disciplined and stealth like in her return which has seen a change of manager at the Spurs in Rehanne Skinner.

We hope that Chloe see’s more minutes against her old club Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Welcome Back and Good Luck from Team DDG!

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Classic House Anthem reissue from Doves guitarist Jez Williams…

Jez Williams recorded for Dead Dead Good in the 1990’s

We are thrilled to re-issue the classic dance track from the Manchester Hacienda era from Jez Williams, guitarist with the Manchester band Doves.

The recording was a one-off under the guise of Deviation and the catalogue number was GOOD12.

The single was released was on both 12″ and CD.

Jez recorded the track at Fon Studios in Sheffield, and we have recently seen white label copies selling for over £100 in the collectors marketplace. The 12″ issue regular sells for upwards of £25.

Jez would also release dance records under the moniker of Sub Sub with bandmates from Doves, on Robs Records, the label of Rob Gretton the former Joy Division and New Order manager, and good pal of our very own Steve Harrison.

Great memories of releasing the record in a busy period for the record label, and wonderful to make the track available again for fans of Jez and the band.

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Terrific Feature on Claudia in the latest edition of “She Kicks” magazine, as she prepares for tonight’s ‘Second City’ WSL Derby

Walker delivered the winning goal in the last Villa v Blues Derby…

A really impressive interview in the latest edition of the leading women’s football publication “She Kicks” for Claudia.

A mention on the front cover with the headline ‘Goal-Wizard’ as reference to her huge interest in all things ‘Harry Potter‘.

“Striker Claudia Walker has embodied the rejuvenation of Birmingham City in the first half of this season, scoring reels of match-winning goals’ – I think we will take that as a positive…

Claudia Walker – the leading English born goal scorer in the WSL

Tonight see’s the second ever WSL ‘Second City’ derby and this time on home-turf with great expectations for the in-form Blues and moreover the deadly striker Walker.

Such a shame that the punters cannot attend as it would have been a big draw at St Andrew’s under normal circumstances.

Talk of a full England call-up and European interest in the summer does not phase the Tamworth born, former Liverpool and Everton Lioness… as the Blues tag say she and the team ‘Keep Right On’.

Thanks to the fabulous She Kicks for all your support

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DDG Merchandise

T.Shirts – Hoodies – Poster Art – Slipmats for Christmas!

Please take a look at the Merchandise Pages which span across the Dead Dead Good Record label and Management company as well as some of the individual artists, Omega Records, and Transworld Records

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T-Shirt Designs

BUY at Ebay – Item Number 293877281247

Stunning Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Art Print

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Record Turntable Slipmats – Superb Quality

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George enjoying life at the Rams…

Derby County Training Session 23/11/20

George Sykes-Kenworthy is certainly enjoying the challenge that comes with the increased intensity at PL2 level with Derby County following his summer move from Bradford City

GSK “GK Union”

Recent game time has included appearances for the U23s against Burnley, England U19 at St Georges Park and Birmingham City where George kept an all-important clean-sheet

Derby currently sit at the top of the PL2 League One ahead of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool with a return to action following the international break on Friday 27th November evening away against Arsenal

Derby County Training Session 23/11/20

Thanks for the continued support from AB1 Gloves and Umbro Boots and Livvi at DCFC for the official photographs…

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A terrific in-depth article here with Amber Barrett the DDG, FC Koln and Republic of Ireland Striker

A fantastic article here with all kinds of insights into one of the leading scorers on the German Frauen Bundesliga this season..

https://fc.de/en/fc-info/news/detailpage/details/amber-barrett-i-feel-at-home-in-koeln/

Amber studied at Maynooth University whilst progressing her football with Peamont United where she was the WNL leading goal-scorer and Player-of-the-Year in her final season.

Amber continues along the same pathway with 4 goals in 4 Bundesliga games this season…

Former Ireland coach Colin Bell assisted with her progression from the GAA into WNL football to the Irish national side and then to the Bundesliga

Amber has progressed well with her understanding of the German language, since arriving in Cologne

After a recent break in the league due to the pandemic… Amber returns to international football for the Republic of Ireland against Germany on 1st December with FC Koln returning to action against TSG Hoffenheim on 6th December…

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JJ loving his International Experience with Ireland

The Joshua Kayode positive trajectory continues as his substitution on Sunday made an immediate and positive impact for the Ireland U21 team at the weekend against Iceland back in Ireland.

The squad has now traveled to Luxembourg, and Team DDG is keen to hear the team selection for this afternoons fixture.

When asked about his call-up to the national team JJ made comment “every kid wants to play for their country whether its underage or senior level and I’m just happy to have done it”

Typical considered and humble response from the talented Rotherham United Striker.