Match Preview: Bedworth United vs Shepshed Dynamo

Bedworth United will be looking to get back to back wins for the first time since September as The Greenbacks welcome Shepshed Dynamo for this weekend’s clash at The Oval. Bedworth will come into the game full of confidence as The Greenbacks dispatched relegation rivals St Neots 4-0 with goals coming from Lockett, Martin and a Murphy brace. Shepshed lost their recent fixture, a 2-1 home defeat to Chasetown.

Opposition

Founded as Shepshed Albion towards the end of the 19th century, the team played for the majority of their early history in the Leicestershire Senior League before a series of league wins and promotions the late 1970s and early 1980s, when they were known as Shepshed Charterhouse, took them within two promotions of The Football League. The club encountered financial difficulties in 1994 and reformed under the new name, Shepshed Dynamo in recognition of the help provided by local side Loughborough Dynamo.

Shepshed Dynamo currently sit in 10th place in the league with 47 points from 33 games. Shepshed are safely in mid table with a playoff push unlikely. Despite seemingly not having too much to play for, The Dynamo head into the fixture with good form, picking up 10 points from their last 6 games. These 6 games include a mix of performances. A 1-1 draw with already relegated Yaxley was followed by a 1-0 away win to title chasing Halesowen.

Bedworth United picked up their first win of 2023 last weekend with a convincing 4-0 win over St Neots. Stuart Storer credits the squads positivity to finally end the winless run and can now look forward to building some momentum for the end of the season to confirm their step four status.

If you haven’t already done so, check out our interview with the manager here:  Interview: Stuart Storer – Bedworth United (bedworthunitedfc.co.uk)

Manager

After consecutive games where Stuart Storer and his coaching staff have come up against recently appoint management teams at Spalding and St Neots, Bedworth will back playing against opposition that have had stability with their manager.

Damien Beckford-Quailey was appointed first team manager in June 2018 and is in his 5th season in charge at The Dynamo. Beckford-Quailey had previous experience in management, with roles at Leicester Nirvana and Gresley Rovers before taking the reigns at Shepshed Dynamo.

Previous encounter

In the reverse fixture, The Greenbacks earned a point on the road back in November as they came back from Leicestershire with a 1-1 draw. Shepshed Dynamo had taken the lead through their current top scorer Zayn Hakeem. However The Greenbacks responded in the second half and equalised, Elliot Parrott getting on the scoresheet for Bedworth. Bedworth were however reduced to 10 men during the game as forward Liam Murphy was shown a red card.

Shepshed Dynamos’ Famous Face

In this section, we look back over the years of our upcoming opponents former players or managers who might be familiar to fans who know their football. The player/manager may have just played one game or a hundred, this section will briefly look at the career of a former oppositions career and their career with our upcoming opposition. The next person to feature on this section is…

Martin O’Neill

The first manager to feature in our ‘Famous Face’ series is Nottingham Forest legend Martin O’Neill. Martin O’Neill is a Northern Irish professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. After a brief early career in the Irish League, O’Neill moved to England where he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest. He won the First Division title in 1977–78 and the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980. He was capped 64 times for the Northern Ireland national football team, also captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.

O'Neill has managed Grantham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland. He guided Leicester City to the Football League Cup final three times, winning twice. As Celtic manager between 2000 and 2005, he led that club to seven trophies including three Scottish Premier League titles and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final. After joining Aston Villa he achieved three consecutive sixth-place finishes in the English Premier League and guided them to the 2010 Football League Cup Final.

He became Republic of Ireland manager in 2013 and led them to qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championship for the third time in the nation’s history, beating the reigning world champions, Germany in the process.[5] He left the role with assistant Roy Keane by “mutual agreement” in November 2018.[6] He was appointed as Nottingham Forest manager in January 2019 but left six months later.

After his playing career, O’Neill worked at an insurance company before beginning a career in football management, initially at Grantham Town in 1987 which was followed by a brief spell at the helm of Shepshed Charterhouse, now known as Shepshed Dynamo.

How to follow

Kick off is at 3pm on Saturday 1st April at The Oval. Ticket prices are below:

Adults: £10

Concessions: £7

The Oval, Coventry Road, Bedworth, CV12 8NN.

If you aren’t able to make it to the Oval, make sure that you’re following the club on Twitter- @bedworth_united for live updates.