Whitehawk sign Barnes-Homer

Matthew Barnes-Homer has signed for Whitehawk

Matthew Barnes-Homer has signed for Whitehawk

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Whitehawk will unleash latest signing Matthew Barnes-Homer when they kick-off their Conference south campaign at home to Staines Town today.

The 28-year-old striker put pen to paper with the Hawks late on Thursday evening and goes straight into a much-changed squad for the first game of the season.

Manager Steven King worked with Barnes-Homer at Macclesfield and has been pursuing the striker for much of the summer.

Barnes-Homer first came to the fore at Kidderminster where he scored 35 goals in 100 Football League games after signing from Wycombe Wanderers in 2007.

He joined Luton Town for a fee believed to be £75,000 in 2010 and averaged a goal every three games for the Hatters.

After a stint with Swedish third division side Ostersunds FK, the Dudley-born forward joined Macclesfield for the 2013-14 and is famously remembered for scoring twice as the non-leagers beat Championship leaders Cardiff City 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Since leaving Macclesfield, Barnes-Homer has played for Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United but he was released by the latter at the end of last season following their promotion back to the Football League.

King said: “It is a great signing for us and I didn’t think I would be able to get him.

“He will bring us goals. He scored 28 the season before last with me at Macclesfield. It was his goals which took us through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

“He is a player who only needs one chance to score. He will give us another dimension.

“Matthew has played at a higher level and is another who is in keeping with the signings we have made this summer.

“He will give us an extra threat. We have been relying on Danny Mills and Jake Robinson but now we have another option.”

Barnes-Homer is Whitehawk’s 11th signing of the summer following the likes of Sergio Torres (Crawley Town), Sam Deering (Cheltenham), Ahmed Abdulla (Barnet) and former Gambia international Pa Saikou Kujabi who played in the Scottish Cup final with Hibernian in 2012.

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10:10am Sat 9 Aug 14

Rooky says...

To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?
To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk? Rooky
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11:28am Sat 9 Aug 14

Sid East Brighton says...

Rooky wrote:
To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?
Agree. I hope I am wrong , but I can see this all going terribly wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Rooky[/bold] wrote: To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?[/p][/quote]Agree. I hope I am wrong , but I can see this all going terribly wrong. Sid East Brighton
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9:58pm Tue 12 Aug 14

clavius says...

deja vu, I am sure the good people of lewes will be sighing...
deja vu, I am sure the good people of lewes will be sighing... clavius
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1:53pm Sat 16 Aug 14

hubby says...

Rooky wrote:
To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?
Big crowds? Billiard table pitch? Plush facilities? Loyalty towards the club after being brought through the youth ranks? A sincere belief that Whitehawk are going to end up in the Football League?


Even when Whitehawk FC had no money and relied on players who cared about the club,it always had a big heart.

Now all it has is a big wallet and a bunch of mercenaries.
[quote][p][bold]Rooky[/bold] wrote: To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?[/p][/quote]Big crowds? Billiard table pitch? Plush facilities? Loyalty towards the club after being brought through the youth ranks? A sincere belief that Whitehawk are going to end up in the Football League? Even when Whitehawk FC had no money and relied on players who cared about the club,it always had a big heart. Now all it has is a big wallet and a bunch of mercenaries. hubby
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9:37am Mon 18 Aug 14

Sid East Brighton says...

hubby wrote:
Rooky wrote:
To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?
Big crowds? Billiard table pitch? Plush facilities? Loyalty towards the club after being brought through the youth ranks? A sincere belief that Whitehawk are going to end up in the Football League?


Even when Whitehawk FC had no money and relied on players who cared about the club,it always had a big heart.

Now all it has is a big wallet and a bunch of mercenaries.
Spending my weekends between the Amex & the Enclosed ground I'm getting a very uneasy feeling around both camps that not all is well. Having large wallets does not bring success, but in Whitehawks case it might, in the short term but at what cost. There are people attending Whitehawk games that I don't recognise & I've been going to Whitehawk on & off for the past 35 years. The heart & the back bone seems to missing. I'm all for progress but at what cost. Surely you can have success & keep the club as part of the community.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rooky[/bold] wrote: To be quite honest, this is now becoming obscene. This is at least the second time this season Steve King has said 'I didn't think I would be able to get him'. Grow up little man, of course you will get him if you pay the sort of money that is being thrown around at the moment. Why else would anyone want to play at Whitehawk?[/p][/quote]Big crowds? Billiard table pitch? Plush facilities? Loyalty towards the club after being brought through the youth ranks? A sincere belief that Whitehawk are going to end up in the Football League? Even when Whitehawk FC had no money and relied on players who cared about the club,it always had a big heart. Now all it has is a big wallet and a bunch of mercenaries.[/p][/quote]Spending my weekends between the Amex & the Enclosed ground I'm getting a very uneasy feeling around both camps that not all is well. Having large wallets does not bring success, but in Whitehawks case it might, in the short term but at what cost. There are people attending Whitehawk games that I don't recognise & I've been going to Whitehawk on & off for the past 35 years. The heart & the back bone seems to missing. I'm all for progress but at what cost. Surely you can have success & keep the club as part of the community. Sid East Brighton
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