LATEST ON DEAN HANKEY
Article about Dean Hankey's last game at IFK Mora from website http://www.falukuriren.se on September 20, translated into English by Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag.
At the start of the autumn season, Dean Hankey arrived in Mora from English League Two side Mansfield Town with just one task: to score.
A mission that he's done well.
In yesterday's top-table clash with the main rivals Grycksbo, Dean played his last game in a Mora shirt, and finished in the best possible manner. In the 58th minute, he converted a penalty, one which meant that Mora play on a higher level next term.
- “He has done his homework. Dean has been a wonderful asset, not only on the field, also in training and with his attitude” trainer Lasse Ericsson praised.
Mora have done what most people expected them to do, winning the Fifth Division North, and with one fixture remaining they have yet to lose a game, all lost points are from three drawn fixtures.
To win a league on order is never easy, and there was easy to say that the coaching pair Lasse Ericsson and Christer Lindh were relieved after the final whistle.
- “I have experienced some Championships before, but this one was the pick of them all. For the last one and a half season, we have fought with our backs against the wall. Last year to stay up, but were relegated despite finishing fourth from bottom due to many Dalarna /Dalecarlia in English/sides being relegated from the Third Division. And this season, everyone has expected Mora to walk the league. I am very proud with my lads”, Lasse Ericsson explained without rating any individual.
- “This championship win is a team one”.
Hopefully, the near neighbours IFK Våmhus will stay up in the Fourth Division Dalarna, and if they do, IFK Mora will be looking forward to some cracking local derbies next term.
Goals: 0-1 (55th minute) Johan Palmqvist, 1-1 (58th minute) Dean Hankey (pen).
Dean Hankey has now been recalled by the Stags from his loan spell at IFK Mora. But in Hankey's last game, he shot IFK Mora to promotion to the Fourth Division Dalarna by drawing at home to the main rivals Grycksbo IF last Sunday. Mora, who needed just to draw, went 1-0 down halfway through the second half. But five minutes later, Mora were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Dean Hankey and scored a placed spot-kick into the roof of the net to clinch promotion.
- “We were more than pleased with Dean both on and off the field”, coach Christer Lindh explained. In the game before the promotion-clinching one, a 6-1 away win at Malung, Hankey was substituted two minutes before half-time due to injury.
Straight after the final whistle, Hankey flew back to Mansfield and has now arrived in Stagsland.
- “Another reason why Hankey is already home is the fact that Lee Williamson was sold to Northampton recently and that Hankey got his third yellow card against Grycksbo which meant suspension for the final league game, finally that our main aim, promotion, was secured against Grycksbo”, Lindh informed Stagsnet.
Next Tuesday, Christer Lindh travels to Stagsland along with three players from IFK Mora. Here are the names:
Markus Mattsson, a 17-year old half-back who will train with the youth team, Andreas Eriksson, a 19-year old full-back who also will train with the youths, and Jon Åslund, a 21-year old midfielder, whose hopes are training with the first team.
Christer Lindh will stay one week by John Gannon, while the three players will stay in Stagsland for a fortnight.
- “It will be a learning curve for the three Swedes in Mansfield as well as it has been for Hankey in Mora”, Lindh told Stagsnet.
If possible, there are hopes that Hankey might return to IFK Mora next season.
Current league table as of September 19:
1. IFK Mora FK
17 14 3 0 49 - 13 45
2. Grycksbo IF BK
17 13 2 2 35 - 10 41
3. Hulåns IF
17 10 3 4 40 - 22 33
4. Vansbro AIK
17 8 5 4 49 - 27 29
5. Malungs IF
17 8 4 5 32 - 24 28
6. Sollerö IF
17 6 1 10 32 - 44 19
7. Horndals IF
17 5 3 9 34 - 44 18
8. Färnäs SK
17 4 5 8 36 - 50 17
9. Stora Tuna IK
17 3 1 13 29 - 50 10
10. Mockfjärds BK
17 0 1 16 16 - 68 1
Interview with Christer Lindh exclusively for Stagsnet courtesy of Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag, done on Monday, September 20.
Meanwhile, in other news:
* Iyseden Christie played the last 25 minutes for Kidderminster in the 1-0 home victory against Macclesfield last Saturday.
* Dean Hankey's swedish club IFK Mora gained automatic promotion to the Division Four Dalarna by drawing 1-1 at home to the main rivals Grycksbo IF last Sunday. More details when available.
Latest | September 2004