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ADNAN AHMED SIGNS ON LOAN, PLUS PREVIEWS OF REPLAY
29th October 2008 14:49


28Oct2008
official Tranmere Rovers website.

Tranmere Rovers midfielder Adnan Ahmed has joined Mansfield Town on a one month loan deal.

Manager Ronnie Moore said: "We are strong in the midfield department with Anthony Kay, Steve Jennings, Gareth Edds, George O'Callaghan, Charlie Barnett and Paul Henry and opportunities have been limited for Adnan.
"He will benefit from playing first team football at Mansfield Town."
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from soccerbase:
Real name Adnan Ahmed
Height 5.10
Weight 11.12
Date of birth 07-06-1984
Place of birth Burnley
Position Midfielder

Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Tranmere 25-05-2007 Free 3 (3) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Huddersfield 01-07-2003 25-05-2007 Trainee 24 (17) 1 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (2) 1
Totals £ 0 27 (20) 1 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (2) 1
goals / game 0.02 0 n/a 0.25
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

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Stags sign Pakistani international Ahmed
Evening Post
MANSFIELD have signed Pakistani international Adnan Ahmed on a month's loan from Tranmere Rovers.
Full story at Evening Post website here
The midfielder, 24, is expected to go straight into the squad to travel to Torquay in the Blue Square Premier League on Saturday.
Ahmed spent time in Manchester United's academy before signing professional terms with Huddersfield in 2004. After three years he moved to Tranmere.
But he has played only six times in his 18 months at Prenton Park.
Although he was born in Burnley, he was registered to play for Pakistan, and made his debut last October. He has played eight times for them, scoring two goals.
Stags boss Billy McEwan said: "We have got lots of games coming up and we need players with experience. He is a good addition.
"We have some young players at this club who are not ready and some who will be feeling sore after tonight."
McEwan added that more loan signings could be on the way to Field Mill, with some of his players reporting knocks ahead of the weekend trip to the south coast.
"If they are unable to play then we could be getting more loan players in," he added
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CHAD.co.uk:
McEwan has already brought in one new face today with Tranmere Rovers' Pakistan international midfielder Adnan Ahmed on loan.
He will go into the squad for Torquay and McEwan said: "He is a good player and we have lots games coming up and we need more bodies in with experience.
"We have a number of young lads here who are just not ready to bring in."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Ahmed

Adnan Farooq Ahmed (Urdu: ÚÏäÇä ÝÇÑæÞ ÃÍãÏ) (born June 7, 1984 in Burnley, England) is a professional footballer who is currently playing for Tranmere Rovers in Coca-Cola League One. Ahmed is a British Asian of Pakistani descent. Because of his Pakistani parentage he was eligible to represent either England or Pakistan, at an international level, and eventually chose Pakistan.

Initially part of Bury F.C. youth academy, as well as a 2 year stint at Manchester United Academy afterwards, Adnan chose to join Huddersfield Town where he turned professional.

Adnan Ahmed received his first formal call up to the Pakistan national football team squad for their World Cup 2010 prelimenaries against Iraq on October 22, 2007 in Lahore, where he made his debut in a hefty 7-0 loss, and October 28, 2007 for the return leg in Aleppo, Syria[4] [5] which surprisingly finished goal-less between the two sides, although Iraq went through the next round on aggregate scores. Adnan scored his first goal for Pakistan in a humiliating 7-1 loss against Sri Lanka in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. Adnan took part in the 2008 SAFF Cup where he scored a goal against arch-rivals India in a disappointing 2-1 loss and ended Pakistan's chances of going past the group stage.
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Mansfield Town v York City
By Minstermen.net - 28/10/2008 00:03
The Minstermen travel to Mansfield Town chasing a place in the FA Cup First Round on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
But the visitors will be without striker Craig Farrell, who was forced to limp out of their weekend draw against the Stags with a groin strain.
With England 'C' striker Richard Brodie currently out on loan at Barrow, and fellow forward Onome Sodje only just returning after a month out with a hamstring problem, manager Colin Walker would appear to have left himself with few options in the final third.

Despite understandably appearing well short of match sharpness, Sodje is likely to be asked to partner Daniel McBreen in attack, with seventeen-year-old Adam Boyes - prolific for the youth team recently - again on the bench.

Mansfield's former City boss Billy McEwan is not without injury problems of his own.

Midfielder Michael Blackwood is out after twisting his ankle at the weekend. He is set to be replaced by Gavin Hurren, while veteran front-runner Jason Lee (37) could make way for either Aaron O'Connor or Mark Stallard.

Should the scores be level at ninety minutes, the tie will go into extra-time and then penalties if required, with the eventual winners travelling to Mansfield's local rivals Chesterfield in the next round.

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http://www.thepress.co.uk

Absence of Craig Farrell and Richard Brodie leaves Colin Walker with three fit strikers for key York City FA Cup replay
9:45am Tuesday 28th October 2008
By Dave Flett »

YORK City boss Colin Walker has no regrets about loaning striker Richard Brodie out to Barrow despite losing Craig Farrell for tonight's FA Cup replay at Mansfield.

Former Exeter forward Farrell limped out of Saturday's fourth qualifying round meeting with the Stags after suffering a groin strain at KitKat Crescent.

Brodie, meanwhile, was busy bagging a brace during Barrow's 4-0 triumph at Tamworth to secure a first round trip to Eastbourne for the Cumbrians.

Farrell's problem is expected to clear up in time for him to feature at Oxford on Saturday, while Walker, pictured below, is still hoping to sign a new striker ahead of the Kassam Stadium Blue Square Premier clash.

For tonight's Field Mill fixture, however, City will only have Daniel McBreen, Onome Sodje and Adam Boyes in contention for forward berths.

Sodje's 66-minute substitute outing also represented his first senior action in a month following a hamstring injury while 17-year-old Boyes is yet to start a first-team game.

Walker said: “Richard has gone out on loan and Faz has been injured, but that's what happens in football – there's not a lot I can do about that. Richard got two goals on Saturday and that was the reason for letting him go there.

“He trained with us yesterday and looked bright and breezy. If he continues scoring, we will be in a win-win situation because it won't be long before he's back here then.

“I'm also actively looking to bring a striker in still.”

Walker added the first round draw had handed Mansfield a “massive incentive” during tonight's tie with the winners drawn away to the Stags' neighbours Chesterfield.

He said: “It's their big derby so it will be a massive incentive for them, but we've got to concentrate on what we do. It would be league opposition for us, which would be tough, but we've got to worry about getting past Mansfield first.”

With City and Mansfield having already drawn twice this season, Walker had his players taking penalties at their Wigginton Road training ground yesterday, knowing that the tie will be settled by s shoot-out if the scores are level after extra time.

About the session, he added: “We practiced them for about 20 minutes at the end of training, although I don't think you can really recreate that situation. Stuart Pearce even tried it at the end of a game in front of 20,000 fans but it's still not the same.

“What we will be looking for if it comes to that – and I'm hoping it doesn't – are men at the end of the game.

“We could designate five takers, but they've still got to be on the pitch at the end of two hours of football so all 18 of them have had a go and it was also good practice for Michael Ingham.”

Set-piece specialist Ben Purkiss could be one candidate and the former Gainsborough Trinity right-back has been placed on standby for England 'C's trip to Italy on November 12, as revealed on our website thepress.co.uk yesterday.

About that recognition, Walker said: “Ben has been very consistent over the last five games and that's what I think has caught the eyes of the selectors.”

Reserve defender Josh Radcliffe, meanwhile, has been loaned out to UniBond League first division strugglers Harrogate Railway.
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