After much confusion and a few farcical moments, Cheadle Town kicked off the preparations for the 2014/15 season last night with a prestigious friendly against glamorous European opponents Dinamo Bucharest. After a week of confusion the game went ahead at Mottram Hall hotel where the Romanian outfit have set up a training camp ahead of their pre-season tour of the North West. A little over a week ago Cheadle Town announced via Twitter that they had lined up a friendly against Romanian champions and fierce rivals of Dinamo, Steaua Bucharest. Only 24 hours later another tweet followed from the Cheadle account announcing there had been a mistake and it was actually Dinamo Bucharest coming to play at Park Road. Despite not playing Romanian champions Steaua, non-league social media was buzzing with the news a high-profile european club were coming to Park Road as groundhoppers, football hipsters and fans from all corners were making plans to attend and give Cheadle a big crowd and a possible financial boost ahead of the new season. However, there was another change of plans. With 24 hours until KO there was another tweet from Cheadle announcing that the game had been switched from Park Road and would now be played at Dinamo’s training camp Mottram Hall. More than likely at the request of Dinamo but nonetheless a blow to Cheadle who must have been delighted with the expectant crowd and financial boost this would have provided. With the game now switching venues, many people decided against the trip.
However a crowd of around 150 did turn out for the game and witnessed an impressive 2nd half performance from the Romanians. Cheadle held their own in the 1st half and restricted Dinamo to a single goal lead. A headed goal from a corner was the only difference at HT. Only 2 minutes into the 2nd half and Dinamo doubled their advantage, then on in, it was just a matter of how many they’d eventually score. A further 3 goals ensured a comfortable victory from a European side boasting full internationals, along with some of the most promising youngsters in Romanian football.
This is an extract from the Dinamo website I’ve translated about last night’s game:
Bucharest, June 30, 2014. Dinamo won the first friendly match scheduled smoothly in the cantonment in England, score 5-0 (1-0) in front of the team Cheadle Town (England). Dinamo goals were scored by F. Miranda (23), V. Lazar (47, 71), B. Gavrila (62) and M. Boubacar (68).
Here, below ground team sent coach Flavius Stoican:
Dynamo: Traian Marc – Andrei Radu, Fai, Durimel, Adrian Popa, Nedelcearu – Boubacar, D. Buia Lemac, F. Miranda, Velici
Dinamo Half II: Samoilă – Russian, Ionita Crisan Barboianu – Miranda, Boubacar – Gavrila Nedelcearu Lazar – Bilinski
The next friendly game that “dogs” will play in the Central apprenticeships in England is scheduled Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 21.30 (GMT), before the band Gap Connah’s Quay.
Basically, the team with goal scorers.
The Cheadle starting XI