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ROBINS DELIGHTED WITH SELSPORTS LUKE DANIELS

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Mark Robins is delighted to see Selsport & West Brom goalkeeper Luke Daniels join Scunthorpe United.

Mark Robins is looking forward to giving Luke Daniels a platform to showcase his ability after seeing a deal for the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper completed.

The Iron have paid the Premier League Baggies an undisclosed fee to recruit the 27-year-old on a two-and-a-half-year contract – an indication of how highly they rate the former England youth international.

Daniels has been at the Hawthorns for 11 years, but has mainly been restricted to reserve and Under-21 appearances for Albion. This season he was third choice, behind Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill.

Daniels does though have experience of first-team football and spent successive seasons out on loan at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers in 2008 and 2009, helping the Shrews reach the League Two play-off final.

Robins admitted he had been monitoring the stopper’s situation with the Baggies for a while – but United had been forced to step up their interest with Sam Slocombe and James Severn suffering broken arms during the Iron’s defeat to Bristol City on Saturday.

“Luke is a player who has been on our radar for a while, and has certainly been on the top of our list,” Robins told the Iron’s official website tonight.

“The injuries to Sam Slocombe and James Severn brought that forward and made it more important for us to do something quickly.

“I’m really pleased to get a goalkeeper of Luke’s quality in the building and look forward to working with him over the next two-and-a-half years. To get the chance to sign him on a long-term deal is terrific.

“He’s been at a Premier League club for a very long time and possesses all the attributes you require from a goalkeeper.

“We look forward to giving him opportunities to show what he can do.”

Good luck from all at Selsport Luke.

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Brown sitting pretty

We would like to congratulate Selsport and Aberdeen keeper Scott Brown — seen here tipping the ball on to the bar at the weekend has now kept eight clean sheets in a row.

The Dons manager Derek McInnes said: “We’re on a great run of form and we are pleased with what everyone is giving.

“In a lot of the games we’ve played we’ve dominated possession and had much of the play in the opposition’s half of the pitch which has meant our goalkeeper has had to have very good concentration.

“Scott Brown has had to be ready when called on, but he has been nice and tidy with his work and he should be pleased with his contribution.

Brilliant performance Scott, well done from all at Selsport.

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New Aqua Advert

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Brown beats cold

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Selsport and Aberdeen No1 Scott Brown made it 8 clean sheets from 10 as he shuts out Killie & says: I had more trouble keeping out the cold.

The title race may be heating up but Aberdeen keeper Scott Brown revealed he didn’t feel any warm glow after the crucial win over Kilmarnock.

Peter Pawlett’s 69th-minute strike pushed the Dons right back into the mix at the top of the table, much to the delight of the home players and fans.

But English keeper Brown says the Siberian conditions at a bitterly cold Pittodrie meant he was too busy trying to beat off the effects of hypothermia to celebrate victory.

The former Cheltenham goalie had to focus on keeping warm against a toothless Killie side to ensure his third Premiership clean sheet in a row.

That took his tally to an impressive eight shut-outs in 10 appearances for Aberdeen.

The 29 year-old is turning out to be one of he safest pair of hands in Scotland as only Celtic and Dundee have breached his net.

However, despite the sterling start to his Dons career, Brown insists Scottish football has been a bit of a culture shock.

He said: “It was a cold day but I made sure I was layered up. I never really had a lot to do as the lads defended well in front of me.

“The one thing I’ve had to do since coming to Scotland is to improve my concentration levels.

“I have had to work on remaining focused in matches.

“When you play in League One and Two in England, balls are always being chucked into your box and you are constantly busy.

“It seems like every five minutes in England you have a decision to make but in Scotland it is totally different.

“In the Premiership, you definitely have to keep your concentration and make sure you are ready when called upon.

“Sometimes your mind does wander because you are inactive but you have to learn to stay switched on at all times.

“I will take winning 1-0 and keeping a clean sheet every time.

“I’m pleased with the clean sheets but I’m not looking too closely at them just now.

“Hopefully by the end of the season I’ll have a few more.

“We are all working hard to keep clean sheets. It’s not just the goalkeeper and the back four, it’s a real team effort.

“The front lads are putting in a real shift to stop the supply.

“The strikers headed away some of the set-pieces from Kilmarnock as Josh Magennis and Lee Miller posed a real threat for them in attack. We dealt with them well enough and it was a great team effort.

“We could have won by a few more goals but we got the points, that’s the main thing.

“The result was an ugly 1-0 win but it showed we have that in our locker which is a good thing.”

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Supporters picture

Great picture sent to us sent from Selsport supporter Ben Bradley of his Selsport Elite Abrasion.

Ben said “Can’t wait to use my new @Selsport gloves, so comfy. Best gloves on the market.”

Nice one Ben.

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Oxley extends his stay

Congratulations to Selsport and Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley as the No.1 extends his stay at Easter Road until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old moved to Easter Road in the summer on an initial six-month loan from Hull and Oxley said: “I’m delighted to be here until the end of the season – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hibs so far, especially with our recent results.

“All the hard work is starting to pay off and is showing with our results and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Oxley has racked up 23 appearances for the Easter Road club and insists it’s accelerating his devolopment.

He added: “Coming here to Hibs was a great opportunity to play as many games as possible and hopefully I can carry on doing that and helping the team to win.

“I had a taste last season of playing a long spell of games and that was the plan for me with this loan move, so it has been really beneficial.”

The Sheffield-born keeper scored on his Scottish Championship debut against Livingston at Easter Road in August and he said: “I went into my debut just focusing on getting a clean sheet and a win, so to score the winning goal was an unbelievable experience.

“But the most pleasing aspect for me has been our recent results; the win against Rangers was good and people are now starting to talk positively about us as a team.

“Now we’re just going to keep working hard, buying into what the manager wants us to do and push for promotion.”

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Brown the man

Well done to Selsport and Aberdeen goalkeeper Scott Brown who made a host of superb saves to see out a 1-0 win for The Dons against Inverness. Good luck for the rest of the season Scott.

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£200 Million Selsport Goalkeeper

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer joked Aitor Karanka had offered him £200million for Simon Eastwood after Rovers’ back-up goalkeeper produced another stellar performance against Middlesbrough.

Eastwood and the frame of his goal denied Boro a place in the Sky Bet Championship’s top two in a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park as Jason Steele’s understudy once again shone in his moment in the sun.

Ironically, Eastwood was only playing because loanee Steele does not have permission to feature against his parent club and, just as he did at the Riverside last month, he thwarted Boro with a string of fine stops.

The best two came in the first period when he turned a Jelle Vossen effort onto a post before shovelling an Adam Reach header off his line, while Kike and Patrick Bamford both hit the woodwork late in the second half.

“Mr Karanka’s just offered me 200 million for [Eastwood],” Bowyer quipped after the game.

“He’s done brilliantly for us. He’s played two games and we haven’t lost so that’s something for me to look at.”

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Town Back Line In Safe Hands

At the start of this campaign Dean Gerken was still considered to be the blues number one behind the sticks but that was until he got injured in the warm-up that time.

It was at Blackpool that Bartosz Bialkowski finally got his hands on the gloves, when Gerken pulled a muscle before kick-off and since then, the Pole has been ever present in the team; delighting fans with his handling and fully focused and no nonsense approach to crosses.

It could be argued that there is not a lot to choose between the two of them but personally I prefer the speedier manner in which the Polish keeper distributes the ball.

The best keepers around do not delay too long when they are either throwing or kicking out – unless of course we are winning in the dying embers of a game that is!

Quick distribution creates dynamic attacking options and generates excitement but it can be risky too.

A goalkeeper who distributes quickly from defence is involved in a high risk strategy however and we have seen even at the very highest level of football how things can go so terribly wrong!

A misplaced throw can lead to the opposition scoring or at least providing them with a golden opportunity to do just that so visual awareness comes into play.

From what I have seen of Bialkowski he has improved like the rest of the team and there certainly seems to be a good understanding between him and the rest of his defence, which is absolutely vital to every successful football team.

It is good too to have Dean Gerken in the wings. He was excellent last season and he is a fine reflex keeper – even if his goal kicking leaves a lot to be desired at times.

What I like most perhaps about Bartosz Bialkowski though is his quick decision making and when balls come into his penalty area there is an air of authority in everything he does and this settles a defence.

In goalkeeping terms I would describe him as a calculated gambler and the gamble that Mick McCarthy took to keep him in the team was also calculated and has paid rich dividends, with five wins and two draws since he took centre stage.

Bartosz Bialkowski may have had to wait a while to get into the side but he literally grabbed his chance with both hands and our current number two may have a long wait on his hands to get back into the first team picture from now on it seems.

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Flitcroft impressed by Jalal

David Flitcroft is hopeful Bury goalkeeper Shwan Jalal can solve his headache regarding who will be the club’s number one.

The Shakers have used three different shot-stoppers this term already and Flitcroft has now reverted back to former Bournemouth keeper Jalal, who began the campaign between the sticks before being injured in a Capital One Cup game against Bolton.

Rob Lainton enjoyed an extended run in the first team but was replaced by Jalal in October, only to win the starting gig back after three games.

The club acquired Rotherham’s Scott Loach on loan in December and Flitcroft suggested Jalal may be jettisoned as a result but, in the same month, the 31-year-old was named as the starter against Oxford on Saturday and impressed in the 2-1 loss.

“As a manager you’re in a no-win situation,” admitted Flitcroft.

“I’ve picked different keepers, I’ve brought Shwan in, we’re working with Rob and then I tried to bring Scott Loach and it didn’t work out. It’s something I’ve got to get right, we’ll continue to work on it and try to get it right.

“Shwan’s come in and we played a (behind-closed-doors) game over at Bolton and he was excellent in that, we played across at Southport and he was excellent and steady in that and his professionalism has been excellent.”

Ex-Bolton stopper Lainton was demoted to the bench following the FA Cup draw with Luton and Flitcroft conceded that he was taken out of the firing line at Oxford.

“I felt with Rob’s mistake last week that it could affect his performance,” he added.

“Shwan’s come in out of the cold and doing nothing wrong. He’s done well, Shwan.

“The games come thick and fast and you get an opportunity to show what you’re about as a character and as a player. Shwan’s had that opportunity.”

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Competition Time

WIN WIN WIN – Check out our new Selsport glove competition which has just gone live via our Selsport twitter page. To enter and be in with a chance of winning a pair of Selsport gloves, follow www.twitter.com/selsport and retweet the message.

Winner will be the first drawn out of the hat Tuesday 16th December.

Good luck to everyone

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Time out from training

Selsport and Ipswich Town’s goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski joined three fellow team mates and took time out of training to hand out presents at Colchester General Hospital’s children unit.

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EASTWOOD MAKE SAVE OF THE SEASON

Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer heaped praise on to Selsport goalkeeper Simon Eastwood after their 1-1 draw with rivals Middlesbrough. Eastwood made a number of impressive saves with the pick of them being an incredible save at point blank range from Jelle Vossen’s powerful header.

Bowyer said: “Simon Eastwood’s save to stop Vossen was unbelievable and it was save of the season for me.

“It had goal written all over it. It was bang on the head from close range but he never gave up on it.”

Opposing Manager Karanka paid tribute to Eastwood too, however he also said “it said everything that their man of the match was their keeper” with him convinced his side should’ve won. If you can’t stick the ball in the onion bag though it’ll not happen!!

Well played Simon, without a first-team appearance since January to step up like you did and perform in such a manor deserves credit

You can see Simon Eastwood’s save at 2:59 by following this link

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Bart’s the man for OCtober

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Massive well done to Selsport’s Bartosz Bialkowski after being named Ipswich Town’s player of the month for October.

George Burley believes current first-choice keeper Bartosz Bialkowski typifies the strength in depth that is currently serving Ipswich Town so well.

Bialkowski, recently named Town’s Player of the Month for October, has kept three clean sheets in six league games since taking over from the injured Dean Gerken, the latter now having to make do with a place on the bench.

The 27-year-old Pole was signed as an 18-year-old by Burley, during the Scot’s time as Southampton manager, but had to build his reputation at League One outfit Notts County following an injury set-back.

“There is definitely competition for places throughout the squad and there will be some experienced players that are disappointed not to be playing more regularly,” said Burley, the last manager to guide Town to the top-flight.

“Bartosz is a prime example of a player that looked as though he wasn’t going to get an opportunity. When it came, he grabbed his chance with both hands.

“For me, when he was 17, he was in the Richard Wright mould, a terrific goalkeeper, but he had a bad cruciate injury that knocked him back three or four years.

“He is now showing now what a quality keeper he is.”

On Saturday, Town head to in-form Bolton, a team that have won all four home games under new manager Neil Lennon.

“It’s another big test,” said Burley. “The key is to keep consistent and do what has served them well so far this season. Mick (McCarthy) has got a good squad he can rely on and has options if he needs to change things. There’s a long way to go but it’s very encouraging at the moment.”

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Happy Christmas from all at Just-keepers

Just gone out on twitter a thank you advert from Selsport and Justkeepers.com

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A great glove offer

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Currently on offer at our friends over at www.goalkeeperglove.com the Selsport Extreme Classic was £70.00 and for a limited period is now £29.99 while stocks last.

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Oxley wants a crack at the Scottish Cup.

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The Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley has expressed his desire to remain at Easter Road beyond the January expiry of his loan deal, insisting he has no intention of kicking his heels at Hull City for the second half of the season.

Oxley, 24, has impressed during his temporary stint in Leith, playing 17 games and proving an able replacement for the excellent Ben Williams, who departed during the summer.

An extraordinary goal on his league debut, beating Livingston counterpart Darren Jamieson with an 80-yard punt, certainly helped to endear him to the Hibs faithful.

Oxley is visibly relishing life in Scotland’s capital and, more importantly, he believes that the first-team football on offer – which was never likely to come at Hull – has enabled him to progress as a goalkeeper.

Little wonder, then, that he is reluctant to embrace the thought of returning south of the border in the new year to spend the rest of the campaign behind Allan McGregor, Steve Harper and Eldin Jakupovic in the pecking order on Humberside.

“I am loving life with Hibs and being in Edinburgh,” beamed Oxley. “Hibs are picking up results and, most importantly for me, I just want to be playing week in, week out.

“We will need to wait until January and see what happens but Hibs are a great club, the staff are great, and the lads are brilliant. I would be happy to stay longer.

“I am at the stage where I need to be playing every week. I have been on the bench at Hull when I was younger and I just don’t want to be doing that anymore.

“I want to make a career for myself and I would be happy to stay here if that is the best option for me to be playing regularly.”

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Brown now Don’s Number One

Selsport and Aberdeen goalkeeper Scott Brown says he’s settling into to life as The Don’s number one.

After 10 years playing in front of the Whaddon Road faithful as Cheltenham Town’s loyal goalkeeper, Scott Brown has taken the leap to the Scottish Premier League in his stride.

Brown moved to Aberdeen FC this summer and has broken into the first team ahead of fellow goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, making six appearances in all competitions so far.

Average attendances at Whaddon Road have dropped in recent seasons, from 3,425 in the 2011/12 season to 2,989 last term.

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Bialkowski retains Place

Great to hear one of Selsport’s favourite goalkeepers Bartosz Bialkowski retained his starting his place.

Ipswich Town number one Dean Gerken knows he might have to wait a while before he gets another chance.

The Blues keeper played 29 games in succession before injuring his groin in the warm-up at Blackpool earlier this month, Polish custodian Bartosz Bialkoswki stepping in at the last minute.

Since then the summer signing from Notts County has impressed, producing a series of important saves in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth as the fit-again Gerken watched on from the bench.

“I’ve got two goalkeepers and I could flick a coin between the pair of them,” said Blues boss Mick McCarthy. “Gerks was unbelievably generous in the fact that he said ‘you don’t have to say it to me, he deserves to play’.

“He was very magnanimous in the fact that he knew Bart deserved to stay in. It’s great that I’ve got two really good goalkeepers keeping each other on their toes.”

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George Long departs

GEORGE Long is no longer training with Oxford United, but negotiations continue with Sheffield United over ending the loan early.

The goalkeeper was told last week he would no longer be selected in matchday squads, as boss Michael Appleton sought to make space for new loan signings before next Thursday’s deadline.

Long, who played 11 games while Ryan Clarke was recovering from foot surgery, has since returned home.

But with the loan due to run until January, the two clubs are yet to reach a financial agreement.

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Been good this Christmas

Just in time for Christmas our friends over at Goalkeeperglove.com have some great offers on Selsport gloves with prices starting at £4.99. Have a look while stocks last www.goalkeeperglove.com

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Nigel Interview

Last week Selsport legend Nigel Martyn was kind enough to talk to us about his career, gloves, £1million price tag and Duncan Ferguson – you can read the interview by following this link Martyn Interview.

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Selsport Glove Deals

If you need to replenish your Selsport stock then the guys over at www.goalkeeperglove.com have some great deals on Selsport gloves.

Currently they have Selsport’s Elite Astro on an amazing offer, WAS £35.00 NOW for a limited period £14.99.

Just follow the link below for more info on Selsport’s Elite Astro glove. A glove which takes advantage of a breathable smart fabric to increase hand comfort and a specially designed latex palm intended for the more demanding of surfaces.

Selsport Goalkeeper gloves on offer at www.goalkeeperglove.com

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Selsport goalkeeper’s new pic

Thanks to one of Selsport’s number one fans Kenzie who sent us this recent pic of him after putting his new Selsport Surround Viper Limes through their paces. Well done Kenzie keep us posted through the season, hope all goes well.

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GET WELL SOON MARK

Selsport would like to wish Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley all the best as he recovers after being forced off at half-time against Cowdenbeath having suffered a back injury in a challenge with Blue Brazil forward Kudus Oyenuga.

Oxley has shown signs of improvement after reporting back for training with his team-mates, but it is far from certain as to whether the on-loan Hull City player will be fit to face Queens in a match which, should Hibs win by two goals or more, will see them leapfrog their visitors into third place in the table.

Hope your back between the posts soon Mark, get well from all at Selsport.

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WIN THE FIRST GLOVE OF THE YEAR

The current season isn’t at the half way point yet Selsport have begun development on next season’s range of gloves. With some radical new designs and concepts Selsport strive to take goalkeeping gloves to the next level.

This is you chance to win the very first glove of the new season, just head over to Selsport’s facebook page and come up with your favourite glove name for the below newly designed concept.

All details of the competition can be found by following this link.

Good luck

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Early Christmas Deliveries

With the wet weather Selsport’s professional goalkeepers have this week taken stock of their Wrappa Aqua’s in preparation for those wet conditions, Thanks for all the pics guys.

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Selsport Wrappa Aqua Goalkeeper Glove

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Dan Lincoln Interview

Up and coming goalkeeper Dan Lincoln provides a great interview on useful tips and what to work on as you progress as a goalkeeper.
Click Here for the interview

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Wrappa Phantom Advert

New advert for the ever popular Selsport Wrappa Phantom currently available at Progoalkeeper.com, check these guys out for the some great deals on this year’s Selsport gloves.

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New gloves for our goalkeeper

Selsport have had a busy couple of weeks with the start of the new season and sending our professional goalkeepers their choice of gloves. Goalkeepers have been tweeting proud glove images from clubs up and down the country. Selsport and Bury goalkeeper Shwan Jalal tweeted this images of his new2014/15 Selsport Wrappa Classic’s. To follow all our updates and latest news follow Selsport via @selsport

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Congratulation to Selsports Mark Oxley

Having only joined the club from Hull City on a six-month loan at the end of July, goalkeeper Mark Oxley took precisely 16 minutes to open his account for Hibernian against Livingston on the first day of the Scottish Championship season at Easter Road.

Three minutes after Hibs went 1-0 up through Farid Elg Alagui, Oxley put his side 2-0 in front when his enormous kick somehow flew past his opposite number up at the other end of the pitch…

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Mark Oxley

Watch the footage of Mark scoring Here

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Selsport Surround Viper Lime

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New Selsport Range 2014/15

Selsport’s new 2014/15 range are making their way to all good retailers and we are begining to see goalkeepers from around the globe show their appreciation for the new designs by sending us their own pics via facebook and twitter.

The Surround family of new gloves seems to be the glove that everyone is being drawn to at present, but with many different cuts and designs in the new range to choice from we will see what makes it to our glove awards come the end of the season.

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Bartman on the move

Ipswich Town have signed goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski from Notts County for an undisclosed fee.

The Poland-born 27-year-old has played 92 times since joining County from Southampton two years ago and still had a year remaining on his contract.

He has signed a two-year deal at Ipswich, with the option of a further 12 months.

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Joe Murphy signs for Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town have signed goalkeeper Joe Murphy on a free transfer from Coventry City.

The 32-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with a further 12-month option was Town boss Mark Robins’ first summer signing.

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Selsport Offers at Soccer Scene

Our friends at Soccer Scene currently have a number of great deals on Selsport gloves including the Wrappa Aqua Replica.

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Murphy gets international call up

Good luck to Selsport and Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy who will be in Martin O’Neill’s squad to face the Italians at Craven Cottage on Saturday…

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad to face Italy on Saturday, May 31st.

The City keeper made 53 appearances for the Sky Blues, starting every game in all competitions for Steven Pressley’s side.

The 32-year old has already been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland national team and will join up with Martin O’Neill’s squad this week.

The game will be played at Fulham’s Craven Cottage with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Good Luck Joe

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Nigel Martyn makes england comeback

Making his Wembley comeback during Fridays World Cup warm match when England face Peru will be Nigel Martyn.

Nigel will be taking party in a penalty shoot out during half time and putting a pair of new Selsport gloves to the test before general release later this summer.

Looking forward to seeing you back between the sticks Nigel and receiving your glove review – Good luck…

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Mark wins goalkeeper of the year award

Selsport are very proud to tell their family of followers that Selsport and Luton Town goalkeeper Mark Tyler has won the ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ award at The Non-League Paper’s National Game Awards.

The Norwich-born keeper could have been forgiven for wondering what he’d got himself into when he left his only permanent club Peterborough United to drop into Non-League with the Hatters five years ago.

At 32 he was still in his prime and hopeful that within 12 months he’d be back in the Football League – however it didn’t pan out that way.

But, now aged 37 he goes back into the Football League having been a model of consistency over his five seasons with the Hatters, especially in the one just finished.

Twenty-three cleansheets in the league gave him a new club record, while playing in all 46 Skrill Premier games – refusing the offer of time off once the title had been won – gave him his first ever-present campaign since his breakthrough season with Posh almost two decades ago.

“I am absolutely delighted to win the Goalkeeper of the Year,” said Tyler, speaking at the National Game Awards lunch at Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium on Tuesday.

“At Luton Town it has been amazing season and for me personally breaking the record for the cleansheet has made it an outstanding season for us.”

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Selsport on England Duty

Good to see a new breed of young Selsport goalkeepers taking the chance to perform on the highest stage. Selsport, Southend and England Goalkeeper Ted Smith has been putting the 2014/15 Selsport Wrappa Classic to the test in international matches ahead of this summer’s highly anticipated glove launch.

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The glove to use when it counts

Selsport Wrappa Classic 2014/15

Selsport Wrappa Classic 2014/15

It’s sitting on the table of the R&D table at Selsport HQ and a couple of people have got a big smile on their face. The 2014/15 Selsport Wrappa Classic looks like it means business and this is a glove that has gone under some well though out developments. It has been a case of subtle evolution rather than drastic revolution with the Selsport R&D team resisting the temptation to plaster unwanted clutter on a glove that was already the outright bench mark glove before this incarnation.

Looking clean and honest the 2014/15 Wrappa Classic is fully loaded with subtle tweeks that further underline the Wrappa Classic as a glove for those to use when it counts. These include a lighter backhand which improves flexibility and a double wrapped thumb for enhanced hand to ball contact. Smart fabric air vents help increase the hands breathability by allowing unwanted moisture vapor to be exit through the strategic points and improve all round glove comfort. The Wrappa’s palm houses the acclaimed Giga-Grip latex which gives inspired levels of grip, Selsport continues to maintain its promise of supplying the key goalkeeping elements of Comfort, Grip and Innovation.

Arrives Summer 2014…..

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Comfort, Grip and Innovation as standard

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Congratulations Mark

Selsport would like to say a massive congratulations to Selsport and Luton Town goalkeeper Mark Tyler, Mark has had a hugely impressive season and a string of great saves and all-round match performances have helped Luton Town end a five-year exile from the Football League by winning promotion from the Conference Premier.

Mark’s performances have been acknowledged by him being nominated for the accolade of ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ prize at the National Game Awards, which are being held at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 13.

Well done Mark everyone at Selsport has their fingers crossed.

To vote and give Mark your vote of confidence send an email with your vote to
ngavotes@greenwayspublishing.com

Selsport and Luton Towns Goalkeeper Mark Tyler

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Good Luck Jamie

Fingers crossed for Jamie Jones this weekend, the Selsport and Leyton Orient goalkeeper has been out injured in this last month but after making the bench in recent games will hopefully return to the starting line up against Bradford on Saturday.

Selsport's Jamie Jones looking to return to the starting 11 on Saturday against Bradford.

Selsport’s Jamie Jones looking to return to the starting 11 on Saturday against Bradford.

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Creative Goalkeeper

At Selsport we always love to receive pictures of our goalkeepers gloves, this brilliant creative shot was sent to us by Olly Medley of his Selsport Wrappa Keyring.

Olly commented
“6 years later and it’s still good as new. Once a keeper, always a keeper. #selsport #goalkeeper”

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Selsport keyring shot sent in by Olly Medley

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Murphy looks to extend past summer

 Joe Murphy's three-year contract at Coventry ends this summer

Joe Murphy’s three-year contract at Coventry ends this summer

Joe Murphy has said he is hopeful of landing a new contract with Coventry City.

The goalkeeper’s current three-year deal comes to an end this summer and the club’s No.1 is keen to continue his stay with the Sky Blues into the twilight of his career.

The Irishman is one of four senior players coming out of contract along with Franck Moussa, Cyrus Christie and Mark Marshall.

The club have actively tried to secure Moussa and Christie but both look set to run down their deals and leave as free agents.

As for Murphy’s situation, the goalkeeper said: “I had a word with the gaffer last November just to see whether I had a future here because last year a lot of the lads found out after the last game of the season.

“I’m 32 now, not 18, and I needed to know if there is anything here for me, so we sat down and had a chat and he said yes and that we’d sit down before the end of the season and speak again.

“Things could have changed, I don’t know, regarding how he feels about me but for me it’s about playing football.

“I just want to keep playing football for as long as I can. I enjoy working with Steven Pressley, I enjoy the way he plays the game and I like the lads here.

“I probably feel like the old man of the dressing room but I enjoy it here and I am sure we will sit down and talk about it soon because there’s not long left; just five or six weeks, so we’ll see what happens.”

Murphy has an almost unbroken record of appearances in the league for the Sky Blues and has pulled off a string of key saves, including five penalty stops, this season. And he insists he’s settled at City rather than looking for a move.

“I’m happy here at Coventry,” he said. “I’ve had my chances five or ten years ago so it’s about wanting to play for as long as I can now. I have played nearly 500 games in my career and I want to keep going.

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Good luck Becky

Good luck to Selsport and Scotland Under 17 goalkeeper Becky Flaherty who will be representing Scotland against Rep. of Ireland this Easter

Send us some snaps Becky!!!

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Another award for the Bartman

Well done to Selsport and Notts County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski who has been in brilliant form recently and is gaining plaudits for a number of brilliant saves. Bartosz was given another Man Of The Match award for his recent performance against MK Dons.

Well Done Bart!!!

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What’s your best time?

If your are in need of a new pair of Selsport gloves we may have the answer, check out our competition page where we have the ideal opptunity to win a pair of top Selsport gloves. Just complete the drill as shown while being filmed and upload to our facebook page. The best time at the end of the month wins a pair of Selsport gloves.

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England Needs YOU!!!

Selsport and Southend United Goalkeeper Ted Smith has been recalled to the England Under 18 set up as he continues to impress. Ted has been billed as ‘one to watch’ as one of the games rising stars who Selsport are glad to have on board.

Ted recently was featured in one of Selsport’s National Print campaigns, we wish Ted all the good luck in the future.

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Eastwood signs extension

Selsport and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has had his contract extended into the summer of 2015. With the goalkeeper taking his chance to impress when called upon with a number of crucial saves. Well done Simon.

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Selsport Extreme Ultra Violet

A new Selsport glove deal can be found at www.progoalkeeper.com who currently have the Selsport Extreme Ultra Violet on offer, the Elite glove WAS at £29.99 and is NOW on offer at £15.00 with sizes 8,9 and 10 available.

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Thank you to the 3000 followers

Thanks goes out to all our twitter followers which has now hit the 3000 mark, twitter gives us the ability to reach our wide and fast following in an instant with all our last news – if you would like to follow us you can find us at www.twitter.com/selsport

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Well Done the Blades

Sheffield United and Selsport goalkeeper George Long celebrates with Blades boss Nigel Clough after their FA-Cup victory over Aston Villa – Well done, great result!

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Selsport Extreme Classic Deal

CURRENT DEAL: Goalkeeping UK have a current offer on the Selsport Extreme Classic’s in sizes 8/10/11 – WAS £69.99 NOW £34.99 – while stock lasts!!!

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New Selsport Competition on Facebook

Just go to our facebook page and ‘LIKE’ and ‘Share’ for your chance to win, winner will be announced on the 30th December.

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BUY IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

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Selsport Profile Red Devil Limited Edition Now Available.

To achieve greater ball control the Profile’s palm features an extended bandage which gives more latex to ball contact, the wrist closure allows a true custom fit whilst the multi-directional latex backhand provides true flex with the hands natural movement. The aim of the Profile glove design is to provide goalkeepers with exceptional comfort and increased support.

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Comfort and Grip as standard

Please note: This glove is an SMU and available in limited numbers only.

The exclusive Selsport Profile Red Devil is now available via Amazon.

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Selsport Extreme Guest Review

Selsport have got to say a massive thank you to Daniel O’Brien for the following review after his recent Man of the Match performance when he took the Extreme Nuclei for a first test run.

Daniel’s Review
First up lets start with the fit, the overall feel for me is in one word ‘perfect’ just very comfortable which is must for my gloves. The Custodian wrist strap I found was a little tight but as it can be customised I’m sure I will get used to it.

The grip on the palms was nothing short of inspiring, but with a pre-wash that was nothing short of what I was expecting. I play in a Division 2 team and today was Cup day and we were up against a team in the Prem and it was a busy day. The final score was a 6-1 defeat but not blowing smoke it could have been a lot worse and I was more then happy when I was awarded awarded MOM by their manager.

During the game I made multiple parry saves which meant I tested the gloves absorption which was one of the reasons I bought a pair of the Extreme Nucleis, no discomfort at the end of the game which I will say is another of my plus point. Still early days but on first impressions I have been searching for a glove to match my demands (Comfort/Grip/Absorption) and these seem to fit the bill. I’m looking forward to my next couple of games with these and then I can give a full review.

Regards

Daniel O’brien

Thanks Daniel from all at Selsport, hope the MOM performances continue.

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Commanding the area

Selsport and Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy punches clear against Milton Keynes Dons.

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Moment in time

One of Selsport’s leading goalkeeper tips the ball over the bar during Scotland’s recent match against Germany, thanks for the photo Becky.

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BUY NOW Baby Blue Profile

Selsport’s 2013/14 exclusive Baby Blue Profile which has been made in limited numbers is now available. This striking glove have has been designed to provide optimum comfort and flexibility. The glove has a number of features to help a goalkeepers on field performance including, the extended bandage means optimum distance (during distribution) can be achieved and further ball control is increased through greater latex to ball contact.

A full tech spec on the profile range can be viewed by downloading the Selsport 2013/14 catalogue – Click here

The Profile Baby Blue is now available via Amazon – click here to purchase.

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Flip Book Catalogue 2013/14

Selsport’s 2013/14 catalogue is now available in a flip book format, the catalogue features this seasons entire range with each gloves technical break down and latex information.

Just click the link or image below.

Selsport Catalogue 2013/14 – REAL GOALKEEPERS KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

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There’s a storm coming

Selsport’s Extreme Protect glove is a lightweight glove with an emphasis on providing flexibility and protection to the fingers. Removable finger spines can be easy accessed and customised to your own specification. Available at all good retailers.

Nation Press Advert: Selsport’s 2013/14 Extreme Protect.

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Tougher then the standard

It’s that time of year when keepers start to play on astro turf and find that the delicate palms of their usual match/training gloves start to feel the full force of the harder impacts. This is were Selsport’s Elite Astro glove comes in, by adding a dense rubber to our already robust Super Soft latex during the injection process a more closely compacted latex forms. This process provides a palm which is built with rougher terrain in mind.

Nation Press Advert: Selsport’s 2013/14 Elite Astro.

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Selsport National Advert – Elite Astro

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Selsport Elite Astro

Showcase images – Gloves available at all good retailers.

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A bright statement

New national press advert for the Extreme Phantoms, clean lines and a less is more approach check out the full tech spec on our facebook page.

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Win signed selsport SMUs

We are lucky enough to have Selsport and Crewe Alexandra No.1 Steve Phillips
sign a pair of the new Profile RED SMUs. Details of how you can enter can be
found by visiting our competition page.

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NEW Selsport Profile SMUs

National press advert for two new gloves which are on the horizon, two Selsport Profile SMUs are shortly about to be released in limited numbers. With the ethos of the Profile family being to cater for new styles, different cuts and a general break from the norm they have built a strong following. The two new colour ways will arrive in Baby Blue and Red. Full details of release dates, cost and where to buy will be released next week via our facebook page.

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Well Done Becky

Well Done to Becky Flaherty who helped Scotland’s Under 17 Squad reach the European Championships, which are to be held in England throughout December. Can’t wait!

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Scotland International

Good Luck to Scotland Under 17 international Becky Flaherty. Becky and the Scotland Under 17 squad face Norway tomorrow and Finland on Monday in the U.E.F.A. European Championship Qualifiers. Good Luck Becky!!!

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250 Not Out

Well Done to Selsport and Cheltenham Town’s goalkeeper Scott Brown who kept a clean sheet in his sides 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at the weekend. Well Done Scott.

For a video interview on Scott’s performance click here

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New Selsport Advert

New advert this month for Selsport features Sheffield United’s George Long and Selsport’s Wrappa Classic for the 2013/14 season.

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New Selsport Newsletter

After many many requests we are now offering Selsport fans the chance to sign up for a ‘Retailer Showcase’ newsletter. This will be a newsletter bringing you the best Selsport products retailers have to offer, directly informing of when leading gloves go on sale, current stock and offers.

To be included please send a private message (via our facebook page – www.facebook.com/selsportkeeper) with your name, contact email address and the word’s “Sign me up, please Selsport”.

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be a maximum of two emails sent per month.

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600 Not Out

After Steve Phillips made 600th appearance at the weekend he was kind enough to speak to Selsport and give some fantastic answers to our questions.

Click here to read the Steve Phillips Q&A

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Good Luck Steve

Steve Phillips will pull on his gloves for his 600th senior game at Oldham tomorrow. We are very pleased to have Steve on board at Selsport, not only is he a top rate shot stopper but also a great brand ambassador.

Crewe Alexandra Manager Steve Davis says the man who has kept two Wembley clean sheets under his watch at Gresty Road can be proud of his record. He added: “Six hundred games at a consistently decent level is a wonderful achievement.

“Goalkeepers do tend to play more games consecutively than outfield players because they have less chance of picking up an injury, but this is no mean feat. Davis is sure he will want to mark the day by keeping a clean sheet in an Alex victory at Boundary Park.

He said: “Steve will want it to be a special day and memorable for the right reasons.

“He won’t want to be associated with his 600th game and goals conceded.

“It will be a big day for him and hopefully we will all be able to remember it with a smile.”

From all of us at Selsport good luck for this weekend’s game Steve.

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Competition Winner

Thanks goes to Jordi Wilson, who was winner of our Retweet competition and has been good enough to send us this pic with his prize – Thanks Jordi, looks like the future is in safe hands.

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Attracting new keepers
with a Negative

This year Selsport have extended our popular Wrappa family which now boasts a total of 12 gloves. This allows goalkeepers to experience the renowned quality of the Wrappa in their favourite cut. The Wrappa Classic Negative in fact returns to the Selsport stable due to popular demand, but with a new and improved design and make up. Firstly this is a true negative cut designed to offer a better feel when catching and throwing. As with a flat palm cut the palm has a single piece of latex to which the fingers breathable fabric is internally stitched, offering encased fit and better comfort.

Key Feature;
• TRUE CONTROL
The true negative cut not only gives the goalkeeper the best in the way of comfort but also lessens the chance of twisted fingers meaning better latex to ball control is achieved.

• INCREASE AIRFLOW
With an airmesh fabric installed between the backhand and palm latex, the glove comfort is improved by giving the hand natural breathability.

• PRE-CURVED
The Negative’s backhand features Selsport’s impact grooved latex which has been designed to give flexibility and protection as and when required.

FULL GLOVE SPEC:

PALM: 3.5MM GIGA GRIP
BODY: LIGHT WEIGHT MESH + NEOPRENE
BACKHAND: 3MM IMPACT GROOVED LATEX
WRIST CLOSURE: 3-POINT LOCKING SYSTEM
CUT: TRUE NEGATIVE CUT
ENVIRONMENTS: DRY-COLD-WET-EXTREME
USE: ELITE PRO – LEVEL

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To find your nearest Selsport retailer hover over the ‘Stockists UK’ tab on the left hand side menu.

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New advert

Real Goalkeeper know the difference

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New wet weather glove

Close up product shots of the new Profile Negasi

This year we have added an Aqua glove to the very popular Extreme family, the latex on the palm is Selsport’s Aqua7 latex – this is a specially formulated latex for extreme adverse wet conditions, this sets the standard, FACT!

Click the below link to see the Aqua7 latex in action.

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Profile Showcase

Close up product shots of the new Profile Negasi

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New Advert for the Hydra

New advert for this season’s Supernus Hydra glove, dark and moody!!!

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Advert created by Design Agency www.sportsbrand.co.uk  – @sportsbrand

 

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Selsport Wrappa Surround Review

Our friends down at www.thesixyardbox.com have been good enough to do a review of Selsport’s 2013/14 Wrappa Negative Surround, thanks Guys. Here is the review in full, be sure to follow www.thesixyardbox.com via @6_yardbox

Welcome to another goalkeeper glove review on the goalkeepers favourite friend The Six Yard Box! I say review it’s going to be more of our first thoughts on these new wonderful gloves from goalkeeping specialists Selsport as we haven’t had the opportunity to use these gloves just yet, however once we have a few times I will do a follow up with a performance review of these and some other gloves throughout the season.

Back to the gloves and I have to say it’s a welcome return to the great-save shelves of Selsport, one of my personal favourite glove brands and the new Wrappa range really is classic Selsport at its best and the 3 gloves have already proved to be popular with you my fellow goalkeepers with good early sales. I recall being about 16 when I started playing again and seeing this glove brand that I hadn’t noticed before appearing more and more throughout the football league with this winged S logo which I really liked, I managed to get a pair of the original Wrappa’s and they were one of my favourite gloves of all time. Selsport have tinkered and changed their glove designs like every brand does but the Wrappa range has remained a constant over the last 12-13 years now and the new range is probably the best of the lot. The classic styles mixed in with the most recent modern technologies in terms of new latex palms and glove cuts leaves us with 3 fantastic looking gloves, I’m going to focus on my favourite of the 3 and that’s the Selsport Wrappa Classic Negative Surround.

The negative surround glove has been the glove cut of choice of Selsport endorsees Joe Murphy and Andy Warrington for a number of years now, I and many others have waited patiently for this cut to be available for retail and finally it’s come about. There have been previous SMU models of the Selsport Wrappa Aqua which had this cut but the one thing that let that particular glove down was the fact it had material gussets on the fingers. For a wet weather designed glove this isn’t ideal as I’m sure you can work out why!

This new Negative surround features the same hybrid cut as the Aqua SMU with the index and pinky fingers being a negative cut and the middle and ring fingers being flat palm, the difference being on this glove the gussets are latex. This change makes the fit that much nicer, it gives a really nice secure fit to the hands and even more importantly the feel to the ball is absolutely superb and it is compensated perfectly by a wrap over thumb. I’ve tried a few different hybrid cuts in terms of a roll/flat mix or a roll/negative mix and I have to say this version of half negative/flat is the only one I like and it offers the nicest and most natural fit to the hands of all of them in my opinion. The quality of these gloves is obvious once you put them onto your hands for the first time, you can instantly tell these are a fantastic pair of gloves.

The palm used is a 3.5mm Giga grip latex which is Selsport’s flagship palm and has been proven over a number of years to be a fantastic all weather latex which I’m looking forward to re-testing with this particular cut, the all latex gussets should ensure this glove is suitable for wet weather use as well. The backhand on the glove is full latex with an embossed logo and neoprene/mesh body to the glove to enable easy access into the gloves as well as allowing the gloves to ‘breath’ when you are wearing them, one extra feature these gloves have is a small pull tab, a feature I’m finding increasingly invaluable on negative cut and flat palm gloves in particular. It feels padded but not bulky and I have to say out of the packet it’s probably the best glove I’ve put on my hands for some time. It will certainly be my personal choice as I start my season in the next couple of weeks.

As for sizing these are a pretty regular fitting glove, the ones I have here are a 9.5 and they fit me perfectly. My glove size seems to waver between 8.5-10 depending on the brand with 9 being my usual size. The size 9s fit me just fine but as I don’t like my gloves overly tight that extra 0.5 of a size just gives me that little bit of extra room. My advice would be if you like a snug fit then stick with your usual size.

A superb pair of goalkeeper gloves, classic looking, the very best materials, a wonderful fit and feel of the ball almost my personal perfect gloves to be honest and well worth a look over at www.great-save.com

Stay tuned to The Six Yard Box as we will be following up on these first thoughts with a full product review in the coming weeks.

Palm: 3.5mm Giga Grip Latex foam. This is Selsport’s flagship palm, the Wrappa Classic Giga-Grip provides an abundance of grip, put in demanding situations the glove feels right at home.

Added Control: Synonymous with the Selsport Wrappa range, by encasing the thumb by additional 20% general fit and overall ball control is improved.

Body: Light weight mesh and neoprene

Use: Elite pro level.

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Just for those special keepers

A new wave of SMU’s are about to be released, Selsport’s Special ‘S’ series of gloves will be a very limited number of gloves which are built upon elements which make individual gloves so special. Looking to be released in August many retailers have been keen to stock what are going to be a very sought after family of timeless SMU’s.

More glove details to follow shortly, meanwhile the four SMU’s can viewed by selecting the ‘Special ‘S’ SMU’s’ tab under the glove selection of our website or click the link below.

Limited Edition Special ‘S’ SMU’s

If you are a retailer and would like to discuss ordering the limited edition Special ‘S’ SMU’s please call Selsport HQ on 020 8658 2007 or alternatively drop us an email at info@selsport.com and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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DON’T TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED

This month has been a great month for me, as I have played more games than normal, but unfortunately the results weren’t great. In the space of four days I played for Grimsby Town YTS vs Lincoln City YTS, which we lost 4-1, and three days later we played against a very strong Hartlepool United side where we lost 3-1.

This month I have mainly focused on kicking, but not the kind of kicking where you just hoof it up the field as far as possible, I am now looking to try and accurately hit a certain area. I think this is an important aspect to any goalkeeper’s game at any level because it’s always a possibility of setting up an attack, which all the great keepers in the past and present do.

I have also worked on when taking crosses what decision to make, because last month i worked on distributing it quickly, this month, I have looked at slowing it down (if we are winning) and at which point in the game to do so.

Every month has it’s own specific target to work on, whether it’s kicking, collecting crosses or what ever it may be, but I think it is very important to always go over the basics, because in goal keeping nothing can ever be too easy! Because when it gets too easy, that is when you start to take it for granted.

Speak next month.

Harry Ashton
SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper

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WHAT A CLASSIC

It’s been a great month this month even though I haven’t played many games. I have found that the Selsport Absorb Classic are nothing like any glove I have worn before, this is because they are the perfect glove for training full time because they are long lasting. The surround cut is very very comfy, it did surprise me what a difference it made by removing the outer seam.

I will admit that usually the hard back of the glove is not usually for me, but in this case Selsport have proved me wrong!

This month I have worked on;

• Different kinds of throwing, and knowing when to use them, i.e. Knowing when to throw the ball over the top of a player for him to run onto, and when to throw to front foot or back foot (majority throwing to their outside foot) I have picked the technique up quite quickly I think, but this might have something to do with my coach Robbie Stockdale being an ex right back.

• Footwork, i.e close range passes, volleys, half volleys, side volley etc, this involves working with both feet, and aiming to make my weak foot (right) as strong as possible. And with their being a few goalkeepers at the club, including my coach Steve Croudson, every Friday we have started playing head tennis, limited down to two touches and played in pairs 2v2. I figured out this year how important it is to have good feet as a goalkeeper, and it is my aim to get better with my feet through out the year.

• And as with last month I have continued to work on collecting crosses (by choice) this is because i think that commanding your area is one of the most important things about being a goalkeeper, so I find that the more you practice something, the better you get.

Speak next month.

Harry Ashton
SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper


The Absorb Classic is currently available at;
www.just-keepers.com

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Harry Ashton the latest

This month the weather has been better although freezing and I have seen more playing action. We played against Doncaster but unfortunately lost 2-0, I had a relatively good game and the team as a whole had more of the ball so I felt deserved more. During the game a goalkeeper always has a brilliant view of the entire pitch and can notice things, not just the action where the ball is. I am always surpised why more goalkeepers aren’t interviewed after big games because on the pitch they are in the best position to see how the game is evolving. During this time I am always viewing and sizing up my team, who are the ones winning their individual battles and which situations are swinging the favour in our balance. During this game the wingers seemed to be benefiting from quick distibution to set up the next attack. So for the next couple of training session I have been concentrating on collecting crosses cleanly and turning it into attack. For this I suggest working on either the half volley across the body or if you are not comfortable with the accuracy, perfecting a good throw can work just as well ( we all remember how many attacks Schmeichel used to set up for Giggs…).

So for this month my distribution tips would be-

If you’re rolling the ball (ideally to your full backs when not under pressure)
• Step forward with your opposite foot to side with your rolling arm pointing towards the intended player
• Release ball lowest point closest to ground, this avoids bobbling
• Don’t forget to follow through, trust me this does help the end result.

Throwing (when distance is needed)
• Release the ball at the top of the arc
• Step through whilst swirling shoulders, this helps gain momentum and distance
• Give the winger a big shout!!!

Sideways volley (hardest to perfect so be patient)
• Use the laces part of your boot, you will know when you have done it right (good connection)
• Make sure the tip toe of your standing foot is pointing towards target
• It is vital to make sure the initial drop of the ball is accurate, low and close to your foot.

A goalkeeper can make these techniques a powerful addition to his or her repertoire, the Forsport Masterclass Series The Soccer Goalkeeping DVD Vol 3 gives some great drills which I have used in my training. Quick feet are essential, once you have collected the cross, survey the best option. If you have taken a cross from the left hand side it is highly likely that other members of that team have also pushed up into that area of the pitch leaving a quick thinking winger the chance to break into empty space. Have a quick word with your wingers before you go out and give them a heads up with what you’re planning. I would also suggest the following DVD

Speak next month.

Harry Ashton
SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper

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Measuring Tool Uploaded

If you need to know your true glove size for Selsport gloves I have just uploaded the Measuring Tool PDF which so many keepers found useful from our old website. Just follow the link and download the PDF, when printing out please make sure you print out at true 100% to avoid false measurements – Measuring Tool PDF

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Harry Ashton – Selsport Sponsored Keeper

This month has been a bit boring due to the amount of unwanted rain we have had. I have had one game which was against York City we in fact lost 4-1 but even though the score doesn’t reflect it I had a good game and managed to bring in the elements which I have been working on in training.

However the recent deluge has brought some joy as I’ve been able to test the much talked about Wrappa Aqua. I do class myself some what as a “Goalkeeping tech head” and know my supa softs from my supersoft+’s and have tried most of the main brands wet weather gloves. In my opinion the Selsport Aqua is the outstanding glove in this category, so much so that I am thinking about soaking these before handling and throughout my matches when the weather becomes finer. The Aqua glove comes with same construction as the rest of the Wrappa gloves but comes with Selsport’s AQUA7 latex. This latex is UNBELIEVABLE!!! – if you buy a pair of these you will not be able to tell me that there’s many gloves that have such grip. I’ve been disappointed there have not been more matches I could have used the gloves in – Oh well…

In training this month I’ve worked on collection and takes from crosses and corners, where I need to be from my starting position. For me I like to practice improving my foot speed as this is important in preparation for the take of the ball. With quick, short steps I can position myself early when judging the flight of the ball and then perfect which foot I need to take off on to get the highest possible leap. During training I use a range of techniques with the use of speed rings and hurdles off different heights.

I’ve done my best to try and master the side volley as per ‘Pepe Reina’, trying to get the kick quicker to add to a quick attack. I’ve also worked on getting into position quickly for set pieces, often I as the goalkeeper will have the best view and can call instructions accordingly so its down to me to get the others in order. Vocal communication is often over looked but can be an important part of a good goalkeepers game.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and I will be back in the new year with a January 2012 write up.

Harry Ashton
SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper

Selsport Wrappa Aqua

Backhand Selsport Wrappa Aqua

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What have I’ve been up to this month?

This month I’ve been putting the 2011/12 Wrappa Phantoms to the test. First thing which grabbed me after unwrapping the gloves was the overall simplistic aura which these gloves come with, totally white but at the same time totally recognizable as Selsport.

The Phantom is one of the new look generation of the Selsport Wrappa Family. The backhand is instantly recognizable, the synonymous ribbed backhand which Selsport first introduced to the scene way back when but with a refreshed spin. The backhand latex has been streamlined compared to previous years models, shaking off excess bulk making a more comfortable fit. The embossed ‘Selsport’ index finger and ‘S’ winged logo are both present and adds to what I would describe as the gloves sophistication. The glove is traditional roll finger although I’m aware that both prodirectsoccer and greatsave have both done SMU’s featuring a protect and negative version respectively. A wrap over thumb (always a bonus as for me this makes a real difference to my throwing) and the 3-point locking wrist bandage give the glove massive plus points. A very clean (not for long) latex palm includes Selsport’s supreme XSG+ latex, I’ve not used this latex before so am eager to see how it fairs. I didn’t need to give a prewash but did as always give them a good soak on match day and before training. First impressions with the XSG+ are that it noticeable straight away loads of grip when needed instantly, but then thats what you would expect from a glove from the Wrappa family.

Training wise I’ve done 5 days a week for the last 4 weeks and have been specifically doing sessions involving diving, shape and really trying to perfect my technique. I can’t emphasis enough to keepers on good repetitive training when developing or refining a technique. I don’t just do 10 attempts and then stop when I do one right, I keep going till I do the next ten right with no mistakes. With the next couple of sessions i’ll try to do 10 out of 10 without any mistakes at all. Before long you will notice that you are doing it instantly and it naturally becomes part of your R’epertoire – Key advice keepers it might get a bit boring but repeat, repeat, repeat!!!

I have also worked on my starting position and shaking off a few bad habits. I’ve been aiming to get in line with the ball and improving my timing, when to press and close down the on coming striker can come down to a split second, often a very vital second. This has been achieved by recreating game related scenario’s into my training session.

I’ve played in two games recently Grimsby Town Vs York City and the against Burton Albion and used the Phantoms throughout. I’ve been really pleased with my progress this month and felt more than comfortable with the Wrappa Phantoms, although they look simple they have so much more that goes apparent when you take to the field. I’ve always held the Wrappa’s in high esteem the Phantoms just underline this, a really good glove.

More from me next month.

Harry Ashton
SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper

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Well Done to Harry Ashton who was official winner of the 2011/12 SSK – Selsport Sponsored Keeper – Harry’s training video showed the spirit, skill and professionalism expected of all Selsport Keepers. Well done Harry, all at Selsport are looking forward to working with you over the next year. Thank you to all who took the time to enter we appreciate all your efforts – we have another competition just around the corner.

Selsport SSK Winner

Harry Ashton’s Winning SSK Clip

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