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Stevenage complete double deal for experienced duo

Calvin Zola scores for Aberdeen last season.
Calvin Zola scores for Aberdeen last season. Credit: PA

Stevenage have completed the signings of Calvin Zola and Dean Wells.

Powerful striker Zola was a free agent after leaving Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

The 29-year-old has plenty of Football League experience having also played for the likes of Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers.

Meanwhile, Braintree Town defender Dean Wells has also joined Boro for a fee of around £25,000.

The centre-half was in big demand after helping the Essex side to the brink of the play-offs in The Conference last season, and Stevenage beat off competition from several League Two clubs to complete a deal.

Wells has signed a one-year contract, with the option for a further year.

"Dean is starting his Football League career late in life, but he continually impressed our Head of Recruitment and Graham Westley during last season and he has the enthusiasm, desire and determination to win that we seek in our players," chairman Phil Wallace said.

"He wants his chance. Graham (Westley) led the cause to secure Dean and made it possible by his refusal to let the deal fall through, so he deserves great credit for that."


EDL march: far-right group returning in 6 weeks


The EDL have just announced they will be returning to Stevenage in six weeks.

Local newspaper reporter Martin Dunne reports that the English Defence League are planning to return to Stevenage in six weeks.

The far-right group are marching through the Hertfordshire town this afternoon.

EDL march: demonstrations gets underway

EDL march gets underway Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

A march by the English Defence League is underway in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

It's been reported around 500 supporters of the far-right group have gathered for the rally in the town centre.

A mounted police officer ahead of the group of protesters Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

Martin Dunne from the town's local newspaper, The Comet, has described some of the banners which have messages such as "R.I.P. Lee Rigby" and "No More Mosques". He says the group have been chanting "I'm England 'til I die, England 'til I die."

A counter-protest by the Trade Union Congress is also underway. It's been reported at least 200 people have turned up and are chanting "EDL go to hell" and "EDL stand aside, we're all pink on the inside".

It's reported around 500 supporters of the far-right group have gathered in the town Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

EDL march: Heavy police presence in Stevenage this afternoon

Mounted police officers from Thames Valley Police have been drafted in to assist with policing in Stevenage in Hertfordshire.

The English Defence League and Trade Union Congress are staging demonstrations in the town this afternoon.


EDL march: Road closures in Stevenage

Hertfordshire Police say demonstrations by the English Defence League and Trade Union Congress will cause some disruption on roads in Stevenage this afternoon.

A rolling road block will be in place during the marches, affecting the following roads:

  • High Street, Stevenage Old Town
  • Gates Way
  • Lytton Way
  • St George's Way

Bus routes using these roads will also be disrupted for a short period.

Extra officers drafted in to police EDL march in Stevenage

Police officers working at the EDL march in Peterborough in 2010 Credit: PA Images

Police in Hertfordshire say they have drafted in extra officers to help them deal with a planned English Defence League demonstration.

Parts of Stevenage town centre will be closed during the march on Saturday and drivers are being advised to find alternative routes.

A counter protest from the Trade Union Congress is also planned. Similar demos which took place in Peterborough in March passed off peacefully.

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