Christie switch fails to get green light

First published in Sport

YORK City’s move for Stevenage Borough striker Iyseden Christie has fallen through.

Christie was set to be recalled from his loan period at Kettering by the Herfordshire club to pave the way for a temporary switch to KitKat Crescent.

But City boss Colin Walker, who has been thwarted in bids to bring a succession of high-profile forwards to the club such as Clayton Donaldson, Michael Twiss, Justin Richards and Luke Beckett, has missed out on the 31-year-old ex-Mansfield and Kidderminster front-man.

He said: “For whatever reason, the deal’s off. We had the shirts printed with his name on and everything, but it seems to have been scuppered.”

Christie, pictured right, signed for Stevenage from Kidderminster in the summer but was shipped out on loan to Kettering just three weeks into the new season.

He has scored three goals in five games for the Poppies, including a brace against the Minstermen during a 4-2 away defeat for Walker’s side last month.

Under Blue Square Premier rules, clubs cannot recall players who have joined other teams on half-season or season-long loan deals.

Christie’s switch to Northamptonshire, however, was a short-term loan extended after one month, meaning Stevenage would be within their rights to request his return and sanction a similar move to the Minstermen.

City boss Walker will now continue his search for a new forward ahead of Saturday’s home match with Rushden and Diamonds.

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10:14am Wed 15 Oct 08

iandwightbenton says...

Walker fails AGAIN !

This is all we have heard about him trying to bring in decent players !

We need a proper gaffer with proper contacts and skills in bringing in players
Walker fails AGAIN ! This is all we have heard about him trying to bring in decent players ! We need a proper gaffer with proper contacts and skills in bringing in players iandwightbenton
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10:18am Wed 15 Oct 08

cityred1967 says...

It does appear that players of any quality are not attracted by Colin Walker or York as a club at the moment, this is understandable given Yorks current league position.I also appears that his contacts in the game are also quite limited.
It does appear that players of any quality are not attracted by Colin Walker or York as a club at the moment, this is understandable given Yorks current league position.I also appears that his contacts in the game are also quite limited. cityred1967
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10:27am Wed 15 Oct 08

Southern Exile says...

What price a Christie shirt now?
What price a Christie shirt now? Southern Exile
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10:34am Wed 15 Oct 08

piratepete says...

Walker must give Boyes -and the other kids - a chance.He can't go on cottonwooling him time and again!!
Walker must give Boyes -and the other kids - a chance.He can't go on cottonwooling him time and again!! piratepete
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10:50am Wed 15 Oct 08

Sir Col Walker says...

did any one go to reserve game last night and watch the younger lads - see they beat bradford
did any one go to reserve game last night and watch the younger lads - see they beat bradford Sir Col Walker
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10:57am Wed 15 Oct 08

YORKCITYFC says...

Typical - yet another potentially good signing fallen through. Why announce it to the fans only for us to be disappointed (again)? - it has happened with Clayton, Beckett, Richards, Twiss, McGrath from Burton and now Christie. Makes me wonder are we really trying to get a striker or are we just all talk? Very frustrating - not happy..
Typical - yet another potentially good signing fallen through. Why announce it to the fans only for us to be disappointed (again)? - it has happened with Clayton, Beckett, Richards, Twiss, McGrath from Burton and now Christie. Makes me wonder are we really trying to get a striker or are we just all talk? Very frustrating - not happy.. YORKCITYFC
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11:02am Wed 15 Oct 08

PeterB says...

No need to worry!! With Kelly coming back then Danny Parslow can play up front full-time!
Seriously, I don't think Christie was the answer, certainly not long term, and it would have put our youngsters down the pecking order.
No need to worry!! With Kelly coming back then Danny Parslow can play up front full-time! Seriously, I don't think Christie was the answer, certainly not long term, and it would have put our youngsters down the pecking order. PeterB
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11:41am Wed 15 Oct 08

PDH says...

YORKCITYFC, It was not announced about Christie by city,it was announced by the press, with no comment by walker.
YORKCITYFC, It was not announced about Christie by city,it was announced by the press, with no comment by walker. PDH
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11:45am Wed 15 Oct 08

Some old bloke says...

Since no-one knows why the deal fell through, it seems a bit harsh to blame the manager, although it did seem to be tempting fate to announce the deal before anything was signed.
I didn't see the reserve game but even the Bradford City website said our lads played well and were unlucky not to score more - has to be counted as a very good result.
It would be nice to see Boyes start a game for the first team rather than just play for a few minutes at the end of matches.
Since no-one knows why the deal fell through, it seems a bit harsh to blame the manager, although it did seem to be tempting fate to announce the deal before anything was signed. I didn't see the reserve game but even the Bradford City website said our lads played well and were unlucky not to score more - has to be counted as a very good result. It would be nice to see Boyes start a game for the first team rather than just play for a few minutes at the end of matches. Some old bloke
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12:56pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Alan Fetish says...

went to the reserves and we did play pretty well, although a draw wouldn't have been unfair. Mimms did well, and Henderson showed the best technique just not always the best vision. Boyes was quiet and missed a sitter but was strong on the ball and moved well. Shepherd was frustrated by brodie time and time again - either not playing him in or not moving into space. Russell was occasionally excellent and rarely poor while the full backs weren't often tested but both looked assured enough. Stand out performance for me was josh Radcliffe at centre back - strong into the challenge and generally no-nonsense. Hogg wasn't involved enough to judge but he wasn't shy of getting stuck-in and seems to have a great turn of pace. Emmerson took his goal very nicely. All in all very encouraging, and given the conditions very flowing football. A couple of the young-uns need to bulk up but there are definitely options for walker...
went to the reserves and we did play pretty well, although a draw wouldn't have been unfair. Mimms did well, and Henderson showed the best technique just not always the best vision. Boyes was quiet and missed a sitter but was strong on the ball and moved well. Shepherd was frustrated by brodie time and time again - either not playing him in or not moving into space. Russell was occasionally excellent and rarely poor while the full backs weren't often tested but both looked assured enough. Stand out performance for me was josh Radcliffe at centre back - strong into the challenge and generally no-nonsense. Hogg wasn't involved enough to judge but he wasn't shy of getting stuck-in and seems to have a great turn of pace. Emmerson took his goal very nicely. All in all very encouraging, and given the conditions very flowing football. A couple of the young-uns need to bulk up but there are definitely options for walker... Alan Fetish
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12:58pm Wed 15 Oct 08

OLD - HEAD says...

What an absolute farce this is. First we are informed that Colin Walker is chasing five potential loan signings and a deal is imminent before the weekend - "Deal or No Deal" - NO DEAL!
Then we are informed that we are about to sign Christie - "Deal or no Deal" - NO DEAL!
This does nothing for the moral of the supporters who all are desperate for York City to do well.
The club should not release any hint of activity in the transfer market until a deal is done and dusted, as this only alerts other clubs. I agree with previous comments that Colin Walker does not have the charisma to bring in what we need to improve the team. We are in danger of becoming a laughing stock.
What an absolute farce this is. First we are informed that Colin Walker is chasing five potential loan signings and a deal is imminent before the weekend - "Deal or No Deal" - NO DEAL! Then we are informed that we are about to sign Christie - "Deal or no Deal" - NO DEAL! This does nothing for the moral of the supporters who all are desperate for York City to do well. The club should not release any hint of activity in the transfer market until a deal is done and dusted, as this only alerts other clubs. I agree with previous comments that Colin Walker does not have the charisma to bring in what we need to improve the team. We are in danger of becoming a laughing stock. OLD - HEAD
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1:28pm Wed 15 Oct 08

YORKCITYFC says...

PDH wrote:
YORKCITYFC, It was not announced about Christie by city,it was announced by the press, with no comment by walker.
Yes but the club must give this information to the press to publish surely?
Seems like the club are trying to keep the fans quiet about needing new players by looking like they are after some quality players only for the deal to convieniently fall through. Look at when it was announced Clayton wouldn't return due to injury for a month, then he plays 20 mins for Crewe two days later.
No mention either of the possible Christie deal on the Kettering or Stevenage websites - did we even try to sign him or Clayton?
Unfortunately the club doesn't seem to have the ambition that the fans do and instead seems to be all talk.
Anyway I hope Colin has a plan (a transfer that he can complete first, announce later)...must be plan Q by now?
[quote][p][bold]PDH [/bold] wrote: YORKCITYFC, It was not announced about Christie by city,it was announced by the press, with no comment by walker. [/p][/quote]Yes but the club must give this information to the press to publish surely? Seems like the club are trying to keep the fans quiet about needing new players by looking like they are after some quality players only for the deal to convieniently fall through. Look at when it was announced Clayton wouldn't return due to injury for a month, then he plays 20 mins for Crewe two days later. No mention either of the possible Christie deal on the Kettering or Stevenage websites - did we even try to sign him or Clayton? Unfortunately the club doesn't seem to have the ambition that the fans do and instead seems to be all talk. Anyway I hope Colin has a plan (a transfer that he can complete first, announce later)...must be plan Q by now? YORKCITYFC
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1:51pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Dave Smith says...

Complete lack of professionalism, why look stupid and announce something before your 100% sure its happened.

Christie would have been a good signing.

Whats the betting that Kettering got wind of our interest and have stumped up the cash to pay all his wages.
Complete lack of professionalism, why look stupid and announce something before your 100% sure its happened. Christie would have been a good signing. Whats the betting that Kettering got wind of our interest and have stumped up the cash to pay all his wages. Dave Smith
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11:35pm Wed 15 Oct 08

PDH says...

Loads of negative comments about christie, but only Dave Smith has come up with the sensible answer that kettering have relisaed that they had got a good player on the cheap and increased their loan offer. Well said dave.
Loads of negative comments about christie, but only Dave Smith has come up with the sensible answer that kettering have relisaed that they had got a good player on the cheap and increased their loan offer. Well said dave. PDH
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2:27pm Thu 16 Oct 08

sixtyfourfive says...

There is a piece on Kettering fans forum suggesting Christie turned York City down as he wishes to stay at Kettering on permanent deal.Also Mark Cooper apparently cheesed off with Colin Walker for not having the decency to let him know he had tried to get Christie from Stevenage even though they were sat next to one another at Rushden on Sunday!
There is a piece on Kettering fans forum suggesting Christie turned York City down as he wishes to stay at Kettering on permanent deal.Also Mark Cooper apparently cheesed off with Colin Walker for not having the decency to let him know he had tried to get Christie from Stevenage even though they were sat next to one another at Rushden on Sunday! sixtyfourfive
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3:14pm Thu 16 Oct 08

Dave Smith says...

Richard Holmes returning to Rotherham after loan spell.
Millers will not allow him to return due to number of forthcoming fixtures.
Richard Holmes returning to Rotherham after loan spell. Millers will not allow him to return due to number of forthcoming fixtures. Dave Smith
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3:17pm Thu 16 Oct 08

Dave Smith says...

Not sure why Colin would tell Mark Cooper what he's planning, is that not giving the game away?
Not sure why Colin would tell Mark Cooper what he's planning, is that not giving the game away? Dave Smith
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7:42am Fri 17 Oct 08

cityfan08 says...

latetest Bruce Dyer next target
latetest Bruce Dyer next target cityfan08
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