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Gardener’s Out – After 27 Years

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Has the curtain finally come down on England's most capped International World Championship coarse angler? Has the curtain finally come down on England's most capped International World Championship coarse angler?

Drennan Team England have dropped Steve Gardener and called up Callum Dicks for the World Championships to be fished in Croatia this September.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Source: Angling Trust

 


The rest of the England squad for the championship has been named as: Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Sean Ashby, Des Shipp and Steve Hemmingray.

 

Joint team manager, Mark Downes, said of Callum’s selection:

“Callum performed brilliantly in the European Championship in Belgium; he works hard at his sport and, despite his age, shows an amazing amount of confidence, technical ability and water craft.

Callum Dicks - part of the new generation of Drennan Team EnglandI have watched Callum develop in recent seasons since leaving the Under 23s international scene, and I am confident he is the first of a new generation of top class youngsters who are emerging onto the international match scene who will make up the England team for years to come.

Already well travelled with podium places in Italy, France and Belgium, he is a great all-rounder and I am sure he will be an asset to the team.

This year one of the most difficult decisions me and Mark Addy have ever had to make was to leave out Steve Gardener. Steve has had an amazingly long and prolific international career and has played a major part in building Team England's success.
However, we now feel that the time is right to give the next generation the chance to develop their own careers.

We both wish to thank Steve for all of the hard work he has afforded the team over the 13 years we have been co- managers and the part he has played in helping us secure six gold medals during that time.”

 


Dick Clegg, International Events Manager of the Angling Trust commented:

“Has the curtain finally come down on England's most capped International World Championship coarse angler?

Steve Gardener has been left out of the squad to compete in Croatia this year after 27 successive years since he was first selected by me in 1987. That year England won in Portugal and Steve has been part of 11 more gold medal winning teams since then.
 
It is not difficult to summarise what Steve's contribution to the team has been in all those years: dedication, team spirit, ability, professionalism and, above all, his willingness to put team success before individual glory. In other words he has been the ultimate team professional.

Mark Downes and Mark Addy England's management pairing feel that to continue with their tremendous winning record then changes need to be made and, unfortunately, Steve will have to stand down to make way for the youth.

It must have been particularly difficult to make a decision to leave him out, but I totally agree with their reasoning, although I sympathise tremendously with Steve. I personally would like to thank Steve Gardener for being part of England's winning formula and congratulate him on 27 years as a member of the world’s most successful coarse fishing team.”

 

Steve Gardener image courtesy of Bury Hill Fisheries







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Comments (5 posted):

Lord Paul of Sheffield on 08/07/2014 16:48:04
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The team managers comment read as if they one consider Gardener again , who's to say other might loose their place to him at some point in the future
Peter Jacobs on 08/07/2014 20:33:42
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"Steve's contribution to the team has been in all those years: dedication, team spirit, ability, professionalism and, above all, his willingness to put team success before individual glory. In other words he has been the ultimate team professional." An England Team without Stevie Gardner is almost impossible to contemplate.
dorsetandchub on 09/07/2014 10:58:44
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Everybody has a shelf life, don't they? Difficult to imagine England without Kevin Ashurst, Bob Nudd et al. But time moves on - and catches up with us all. In what other sport would anyone get a 27 year run? I should think Mr G will be considered again if the rest does him good and he makes himself an indispensable choice again. Plenty of other sportsmen have done it. If he wants it badly enough, he can give it his best shot - and I've no doubt he will.
nicepix on 11/07/2014 18:16:37
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When I saw the headline I immediately thought that he'd beaten Geoff Boycott's longest inning record by about a month.
dorsetandchub on 11/07/2014 19:19:25
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I was thinking about Mr Boycott the other day. Good thing he retired before the 20:20 era. How much of an overdose of Speed would he need to play that game? Did he ever hit a six in first class cricket? I'm struggling to remember.....:)


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