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Settling Into Spanish Life
James Morton - Bristol City

Settling Into Spanish Life

Hello, my name is James – I am a second year scholar for Bristol City and have been at the academy since I was 14.

No Tournament Glory
Jonny Higham - Crewe

No Tournament Glory

The second week was drawing to a close and the lads could see the end was nigh. But the hard work continued as we travelled to Ado Den Haag’s training ground for a double training session with one of their coaches. Coaching was focused on possession-based training drills.

Germany v England & War Museum
George Miller - Bury

Germany v England & War Museum

Our fixture against Bochum was not only a game between them and Bury, but it was also a battle of Germany against England and the mind games started from the off as they refused to shake our hands before kick-off.

Disappointing Way To End
Patrick Reading - Middlesbrough FC

Disappointing Way To End

Following our win against Bochum, Wednesday began with a light training session in the morning. We trained for an hour in the hot weather, with the heat not making the session feel more like a gruelling double hit of training.

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Noel Leighton - Millwall

Ending a Once in a Lifetime Experience

After Tuesday’s victory, we planned for a recovery day and took it easy on Wednesday. A light spin class took place, which for most of us was the first we had took part in during the trip. We didn’t realise how hard it can be – an absolute killer! But at the same time, it was made very enjoyable by the instructor, who was quality.

FC Twente, Paddle Boarding & English Weather
Ralpheal Chea - Rochdale

FC Twente, Paddle Boarding & English Weather

Tuesday started gloomy, with grey clouds and rain everywhere – no different to the weather back at home! We boarded the coach and made our way to FC Twente for our game – the hour and a half trip had some of the fellas thinking about the game whilst others enjoyed their sleep.

Taste of Victory
Joe Robson - Carlisle United

Taste of Victory

Tuesday was a relaxing day, although we still had to be up for breakfast at 8am – nightmare! After that we took a stroll along to the lake which is 150 metres away from our hotel. We walked around the lake to loosen our legs up ahead of the game that was to take place later in the day.

Two out of Two
Noel Leighton - Millwall

Two out of Two

Following our hectic weekend, we started the new week back to some kind of regularity. With our second competitive fixture of the tour taking place the next day, we planned to take Monday quite easy.

One hundred per cent record
Wolves FC

One hundred per cent record

Another day, another game on our Dutch preseason trip. FC Twente were our opponents this time and having beaten Dordrecht last week, we were all full of confidence.

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Patrick Reading - Middlesbrough FC

Pizza, Kebab and Chips - the Taste of Victory

Since visiting Amsterdam at the weekend, it’s been full concentration on the job in hand for us Boro boys as we prepare for the back end of our trip.

Determined to Get a Win
Jonny Higham - Crewe

Determined to Get a Win

It’s been a busy few days here in the Netherlands, but the experience just keeps getting better!

Day in the Dam
Patrick Reading - Middlesbrough FC

Day in the Dam

We were off to Amsterdam, which meant we had to be up for an early start – which pleased nobody!