Frederick Peter Faulkner (1920-2013)
It is with great sadness that I report the death on 25 November 2013 of Peter Faulkner, a former President of the League. Peter started playing for Waterlooville when he was still at school in 1937. After a short spell in the Birmingham Police Force, Peter joined the Navy and trained as a pilot flying Barracudas. Football and cricket, his two great passions, obviously took a back seat during wartime because of continual movement and seatime. After the war Peter returned to Waterlooville where he worked in the family building business with his two brothers and took up sport again. He captained and then managed the Club as they made their way up through the Portsmouth League, then the Hampshire League. He became Chairman and was able to move the Club from playing on a park to Jubilee Park, their own stadium.
Waterlooville joined the Southern League in 1971 and at the same time Peter became a Director of Portsmouth FC, holding the dual role for about five years before resigning and concentrating his efforts on Waterlooville. He became Vice President of the Southern League in 1983 and a full member of the League's Committee two years later. He later became Vice Chairman with his main role being Chairman of Ground Grading. On the death of George Templeman in 2001 Peter was elected as President and continued in that position until standing down in 2010 when he was made a Life Member.
Peter's funeral will be held on Tuesday 10th December at Portchester Crematorium at 3pm.
Ken Turner, Chairman
FA Cup Second Round Proper - Stourbridge held Stevenage at bay until a minute before the interval but two goals in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half gave them an uphill task and the League One side completed a 4-0 home win with a penalty a minute from time to deny the Glassboys a place in the Third Round.
Premier Division - Hemel Hempstead Town, a goal up at the interval, completed a 3-0 home victory over Truro City which took them back to the top of the table as overnight leaders Chesham United, who had taken a seventh minute lead, conceded a goal twenty minutes into the second half and another in the final minute to lose 2-1 at home to Burnham while Cambridge City scored twice in each half to record a comprehensive 4-1 win at Bideford and leapfrog their hosts into fourth place. Fifth placed Poole Town took the lead a minute before the break and scored twice in the second half to inflict a 3-0 home defeat on bottom of the table Bashley while Banbury United scored two minutes from time to secure a 2-1 victory at Biggleswade Town and St Albans City, ahead after ten minutes, scored twice after the break to complete a comfortable 3-0 win at Weymouth but Hungerford Town, level at half time after twice trailing, conceded a goal three minutes into the second half and lost 3-2 at home to Hitchin Town. Redditch United, ahead after fifteen minutes, scored with a minute remaining to secure a 2-1 home victory over second from bottom AFC Totton but Corby Town, ahead on the stroke of half time and again with fifteen minutes remaining, had to settle for a 2-2 home draw when Chippenham Town equalised with four minutes remaining while Arlesey Town, a goal up at the interval, scored twice in the second half to complete a 3-0 home win over Bedford Town and St Neots Town, two up at the break, recorded a 3-1 home win against Frome Town.
Division One Central - Leaders Dunstable Town, having gone behind just after the half hour mark, equalised three minutes before the break and secured a 2-1 home win over second from bottom Chertsey Town with a goal eight minutes from time while second placed Rugby Town scored twice in eight second half minutes to win 2-0 at Chalfont St Peter and third placed Barton Rovers scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at home against bottom of the table Ashford Town (Middx) but fourth in the table Slough Town, trailing at the break, equalised with ten minutes remaining only to lose 2-1 at home when AFC Hayes converted a penalty a minute later. Northwood, ahead after twelve minutes, had to settle for a 1-1 home draw when Aylesbury United scored twelve minutes after the interval but Kettering Town scored twice in the second half to continue their climb up tne table with a 3-1 victory at Aylesbury while Daventry Town scored seven minutes from the end to take a point from a 1-1 draw at St Ives Town. Royston Town scored twice during the first half to secure a 2-1 victory at Leighton Town who scored a consolation goal in time added on and Beaconsfield SYCOB, trailing to an own goal, scored five minutes before the break and went on to win 3-1 at Uxbridge but Potters Bar Town drew 1-1 at home when they scored a minute after going behind to North Greenford United early in the second half while Egham Town, ahead from a fifth minute own goal but trailing at the interval, scored three second half goals to win 4-2 at Marlow.
Division One South & West - Leaders Cirencester Town raced into a three goal lead with ten minutes remaining in the first half and scored again after the break to complete a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Bishops Cleeve and second in the table Paulton Rovers, two up at the break, won 3-1 at Didcot Town but third placed North Leigh were held to a 0-0 draw at Tiverton Town while Merthyr Town scored in the final minute to win 1-0 at Stratford Town. Mangotsfield United, trailing at half time, conceded an own goal with nine minutes remaining and, despite scoring in time added on, lost 2-1 at home to Yate Town but Wimborne Town scored twice in the opening twelve minutes of the second half to set up a 2-1 home win over bottom of the table Fleet Town and Swindon Supermarine, three up at the interval, completed a resounding 5-0 home victory against Thatcham Town while Taunton Town, a goal ahead at half time, had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw when hosts Clevedon Town converted a penalty mid way through the second half. Bridgwater Town scored twice in each half to secure a 4-2 home win over second from bottom Guildford City while Evesham United, ahead after seven minutes, completed a 3-2 victory at Godalming Town but Cinderford Town needed a goal four minutes from time to take a point from a 1-1 home draw with Shortwood United.
Teams of the Month - November
Premier Division - Hungerford Town
Division One Central - Slough Town
Division One South & West - Taunton Town
FA Trophy First Round Proper Replay - St Albans City, a goal ahead at the break, scored three times in the second half to secure a comprehensive 4-0 home victory over Conference South Tonbridge Angels and set up a mouthwatering Second Round tie at home to Conference Premier leaders, Cambridge United.
Premier Division - Sixth in the table Stourbridge conceded a goal in the ninth minute and another deep into time added on to go down 2-0 at Burnham while Biggleswade Town won 2-1 at home after going behind to Arlesey Town six minutes into the second half.
Division One Central - Leaders Dunstable Town, a goal down at half time to fourth placed Slough Town, scored three times in twenty second half minutes to stay on top with a 3-2 home win but second in the table Rugby Town, who went behind a minute before the break, drew 1-1 at Egham Town with the benefit of an own goal a minute from time while Kettering Town, a goal ahead at the interval, moved up to seventh position with a 3-1 victory at Marlow.
Division One South & West - Leaders Cirencester Town went ahead in the first minute and agian twenty minutes from time but had to settle for a point from a 2-2 home draw when Paulton Rovers equalised with nine minutes remaining to move into second place while fourth in the table Merthyr Town scored after two minutes before going on to win 3-0 at home against Bridgwater Town and Mangotsfield United secured a 1-0 home win over Cinderford Town with a goal fourteen minutes from time. Stratford Town, ahead at the break, completed a 3-1 home win against Clevedon Town and Godalming Town, two goals down in the opening eight minutes but level by half time, completed a thrilling 4-3 home victory over Shortwood United while Guildford City moved off the bottom of the table when two goals in the final seventeen minutes gave them a 2-0 win at Bishops Cleeve.
FA Trophy Second Round Proper
Leek Town v Hungerford Town
St Albans City v Cambridge United
Guildford City - With effect from 29 November Dean Thomas has resigned his position as the First Team Manager at Guildford City Football Club. The Committee has always acknowledged that Dean was handed a difficult task operating at a senior level on non-league football with very limited funds. Despite gradual improvement in performances, however, the team has lost their last ten matches. Understandably therefore Dean feels that at this time he is unable to take the club any further forward.
The Committee asked Dean to reconsider his decision for 36 hours butg he confirmed his wish to resign. Dean has been popular with players, fans and the committee and he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the club since his appointment in the close season. Guildford City Football Club would like to thank Dean and his staff for their considerable efforts, and also wish them all good fortune for the future.
Following the resignation of Manager Dean Thomas, the Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Rayner. Kevin was formerly Guildford City Manager between March 2009 and May 2013. During this time he took City to two consecutive Combined Counties championships and back into the Southern League for the first time in 38 years. In the club's first season in Division One Central, Rayner oversaw a creditable ninth place finish. At the close of the season he departed for a new chapter in his career at Chipstead FC. Rayner, however, departed Chipstead in October and is looking forward to returning to the Spectrum and working hard to lift the club from its current league position.
Marlow - A club official stated that it will come as no surprise to those of you who have witnessed the excellent form shown this season by Ben Gladwin that this has also been noticed by clubs in both the full and part-time games and this has grown in recent weeks. Ben was invited along for training for a week by Swindon Town and following a trial game on Tuesday 19th November an offer was made to him to join them which culminated in him signing a contract on Friday 22nd November. Ben has personally developed greatly over the last 16 months at Marlow and this has been aided by the coaching staff and the integration within the players around him and by now playing and learning on a full-time basis there surely is much more to come which will see him develop further. All at Marlow wish Ben all of the very best in the next stage of his career which we feel sure will see him go on to better and greater things and we will all be following him into his exciting future.
Swindon Town's website reported that the Club has signed central midfielder Ben Gladwin from Calor League side, Marlow FC. The 21 year-old has put pen to paper on a deal until June 2015 and he spoke to the official website shortly after signing.
"I’ve come from non-league football," he said. "I've been quite fortunate that I've played quite well this season and I think Swindon came to watch me. I came for a few days on trial and they've decided to sign me. I'm a central midfielder. I like to get on the ball, try and move it about I like to go past players and hopefully score some goals. I was at Reading as a young boy from about 9-14 but I got released because I was too small. I've had a bit of a growth spurt in the last couple of years but that was my last professional experience. I've loved it here so far. The boys have been really welcoming - on the first day when I came in, they all introduced themselves and the training has been fantastic. It's going to take a little while for the body to get used to training every day but I'm really enjoying it. I played in a training game earlier this week and the Manager, Mark Cooper, said he was pleased and he was quite impressed. He has given me a few little bits of advice to improve and he's been really good."
St Ives Town - Saturday 23rd November 2013 marked an achievement that is rare amongst the professional game and in the world of non-league football. Warren Everdell and Jez Hall have amassed an amazing 600 games together as joint Managers of St Ives Town FC. Back in June 2002, and with Everdell already having managed the Saints before on his own, they took charge for the first time in a 1-0 away win at Burton Park Wanderers together as co-managers. Both local to St Ives and having proven playing records in the black and white beforehand they have contributed massively to the change in what is now becoming a more ambitious football club.
Promotion from the UCL Divison One into the Premier Division at Step 5, in 2005, was already breaking records as the club had never appeared this high on the non-league pyramid. Bringing the football club their first trophy since 1988 in 2007 when they proudly lifted aloft the Hunts Senior Cup. Over the 600 games, they have now reached 15 cup finals (including their most recent semi-final victory in the Senior Cup) winning an amazing 8 trophies along the way. Notably a tremendous treble of victories in 2007 bringing home the Premier, Senior and Hinchingbrooke Cups in one week of three cup finals. With four UCL Knockout Cup Finals reached in succession the fifth would always elude them with yet a greater prize on the cards - promotion to the Southern League! This was achieved in May 2013 after finishing second in the UCL Premier Division which now sees the club playing at Step 4, the highest level in the club’s 125 years history. With outstanding runs in the FA Cup, FA Vase (Quarter Finalists in 2012) the management duo have a unique understanding of working well together and achieving great success.
St Ives Town Club Secretary; Simon Clark, said "This is a fantastic achievement and they deserve every recognition for this milestone. I have been close to both Warren and Jez for many years and, from a personal perspective, I am truly delighted for them. I hope they make it to yet another milestone together and that I am there to celebrate this with them"
Warren Everdell said "I am very proud of this achievement and because I have been doing it with someone else makes it even more special. We are both very compatible and both get on really well both on and off the pitch. This has helped us be a successful as we have been. Not many other partnerships work out in football but I am really happy for the both of us and very happy for the football club too."
Jez Hall also commented saying "Obviously very proud to have reached this milestone. The club has come a long way in our time here, with two promotions and several cups. It’s great to think we have been part of the club’s progression. We would just like to thank all the players who have played for us throughout the years and the supporters for the support they give us week in week out. I would also like to thank all the people who have worked at the club through our time here.”