April 2005 News Archive

 

DATE: 30 April 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – The climax to the Premier Division season may well have been written by the League Office, but it could not possibly have been planned. Histon’s narrow 1-0 midweek win at Dunstable Town, earned by a Neil Kennedy goal, meant the Stutes entered the final game of the season on top of the table – level on points with their opponents – Chippenham Town. Histon’s superior goal difference left them needing just a draw. Chippenham had to win. Both teams received keen support, but with both defences repelling wave after wave of attacks, the near 2,000 crowd had to wait until the 81st minute for a goal. Histon’s Neil Kennedy was again the scorer. With the home crowd beginning to celebrate, the Bluebirds showed they were not a spent force. But by throwing everything forward, they were probably a little fortunate not to concede again. Footballs peaks and troughs were clearly demonstrated at the end. Histon celebrated a glorious victory that swept them to the League Championship; Chippenham were left nursing Runners-up medals and wrestling with the task of lifting themselves for Monday’s Promotion Play-Off Semi-Final against Bedford Town.

Bedford, having been in the top three nearly all season, were in danger of seeing their season go pear shaped. After an uncertain run of form the Eagles started the day in the last Play-Off place. They were now one of eight clubs capable of qualifying for the extra-time games. (And four days earlier the League Cup had been lost at King’s Lynn.) Their Cup disappointment was quickly forgotten, however, with a 2-1 win at Grantham Town. Merthyr Tydfil continued their fine form of late, to qualify with a 2-0 win over relegated Solihull Borough. And Hednesford Town, who left it incredibly late to defeat another relegated club Dunstable Town, made up the Play-Off quartet. Two goals in the last eleven minutes saw the Pitmen bury the Bedfordshire team.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – With Fisher Athletic already crowned Champions, East Thurrock United and Maldon Town were left to battle for the second automatic promotion place. East Thurrock, in second place on goal difference at the start of the day, won 3-0 at Dartford to clinch the silver medals and promotion to Step 3. Maldon Town also won, albeit narrowly, against Beaconsfield SYCOB 3-2. The Essex rivals had both scored 92 goals, but Thurrock had conceded only 38 in their 42 League fixtures, as opposed to Maldon’s deficit of 51. The remaining three clubs for the Play-Offs had already been decided; only their final positions were to be confirmed. Uxbridge made sure of a home tie in one Semi-Final with a 3-1 win over Sittingbourne. Wivenhoe Town pulled away from rivals Barking & East Ham United by defeating Erith & Belvedere 2-0. Barking, meanwhile lost 1-0 at home to Champions Fisher, and had to settle for sixth place.

Erith & Belvedere’s defeat at Wivenhoe provided Great Wakering Rovers with the opportunity to escape the drop to Step 5. Rovers took the chance with a 1-0 win at Chatham Town. Daniel Scopes scored the relegation saving goal in the 72nd minute.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Yate Town had the unenviable task of travelling to Rothwell Town and winning at least a point to secure the second automatic promotion place. Until recent weeks the Bones had been promotion contenders, but despite indifferent form of late, they still provide a formidable obstacle at Cecil Street. Yate, however, met the challenge and won 3-1. Darren Edwards scored twice and Paul Chenoweth netted number three. Stephen Towers scored a consolation for Rothwell.

Evesham United’s efforts to overhaul their rivals were not, however, in vain. A 4-0 victory over a tired Cinderford Town team secured third place, and a home tie in the Semi-Final of the Play-Offs. Richard Ball netted a hat-trick; Leon Blake completed the scoring. Bromsgrove Rovers missed the chance of a home tie by being held to a goalless draw at bottom club Egham Town. Clevedon Town took home advantage in the Play-Offs with a 3-1 win at Oxford City. The defeat relegated Oxford, who must rue their home record – just three wins in 21 outings.

The final Play-Off place was settled in amazing circumstances. Ashford Town (Middx) began the week in the important sixth spot. Brackley Town leaped over Ashford on Thursday, however, when they defeated Cinderford Town 6-1. It was Cinderford’s third match in successive evenings, after they found themselves with a fixture pile up following the ninth postponement at the Causeway last Saturday. Brackley’s advantage over Ashford was, though, very narrow; one goal in the ‘Goal Difference’ column. All was not lost, therefore, for Ashford. Providing the Middlesex side could improve on Brackley Town’s final result, or even lose by a goal less than Brackley (should both teams lose) a Play-Off place was still within their grasp. The conundrum was certainly complicated, but subsequently simple in execution. Brackley lost by a two goal margin at Taunton Town (4-2); Ashford lost by a single goal at Swindon Supermarine. Ashford were victorious, in defeat! (Who said football was a simple game?)

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE CUP FINAL – After two scintillating matches, watched by nearly 2,000 spectators, King’s Lynn emerged victorious over Bedford Town, 3-2 on aggregate. The Eagles took a two goal lead in the First Leg, at home a week ago, and looked to be building a safe margin for the away Leg. The Linnets, however, levelled the tie before leaving The New Eyrie. After some early sparring in the Second Leg at The Walks Stadium, Darran Hay scored for the Linnets. Defences were not breached again. So after losing a Final against Dorchester Town three years ago, King’s Lynn collected the magnificent Worcester Vase.

BANBURY UNITED – Matthew Gooderick's goal at home to Dunstable was his first Southern League goal for three years, when he scored against Eastbourne Borough on April 16th 2002. Matthew broke his leg in a pre-season friendly four days before the start of the 2002-3 season, and did not make his re-appearance until early this year, two and a half seasons later. Jody McKay broke the Banbury United appearance record at Chippenham Town recently, when he made his 572nd appearance in a Puritan shirt. This broke Dave Matthews’ record of 571 games. Jody is still only 30 years old, so plenty more appearances are expected. On Wednesday 4 May the Puritans defeated Northampton Sepncer 3-1 in the Daventry Charity Cup. Banbury’s scorers were Stanbridge, Forinton and Jackson. Smith replied for Spencer.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – The Blues’ 6th place in Division 1 East is the clubs highest finish since it was relegated from the Isthmian Premier Division in 1990-1. And perhaps more remarkable, Barking were 4th from bottom in September. The club views this progress as a mark of achievement for the work and dedication of Manager Dennis Elliott, Assistant Manager Jay Devereux, Coach Terry Beck and the man who made it possible – the club’s late Chairman, Peter Webster.

At a recent awards night, Dennis Elliott, Jay Devereux , Terry Beck and Physiotherapist Donna Read were rewarded for their accomplishments. Tony Tucker was voted First Team Player of the Year. The runners-up were Bradley Woodards and Sam Taylor.

BERKHAMSTED TOWN - Berkhamsted Town FC expects to announce its new chairman at the club’s awards evening. The club will then begin the process of interviewing candidates for the position of Manager for next season. Paul Copson has been acting as caretaker manager since Simon Lane’s resignation.

Luther Blissett is sending a celebrity eleven to play a Berkhamsted Town team, at the Broadwater Ground on Saturday 7 May, to raise much needed funds for the club. Luther’s son Elliott plays for the club’s under 18 side. As well as the main match, there will be photo-opportunities, dancing girls as cheerleaders, a mini-soccer game, the GoGaming bus packed with amusements for children, a marquee, tombola and raffle and refreshments. ‘Berko’ are hoping for a good turn out for the biggest at Broadwater since the FA Vase semi final in 2001 Blissett’s squad is expected to include a host of former Watford team mates, like John Barnes, Martin Patching, Steve Terry and Neil Price. Other former professional players expected in the squad are Ricky Hill of Luton, Paul Davis of Arsenal, Tommy Craig (ex Newcastle) and Cyrille Regis of West Bromwich Albion. Other celebrities expected to attend include Olympic athletics gold medallist Darren Campbell, ex England cricketer Alec Stewart, MC Harvey of So Solid Crew, Ralf Little (of Royle Family fame,)Tyson from the Sky Sports Dream Team and TV presenters Mike McClean, Tim Lovejoy, Dane Bowers, Ben Shepard (GMTV), Phillip Olivier (Brookside) and Andy Scott Lee (Pop Idol 2).

CHATHAM TOWN - During Chatham Town's last home game £290 was collected for the family of Paul Sykes, the Folkestone Invicta player who died so tragically recently.

GRANTHAM TOWN - Tuesday 26th April the Gingerbreads retained the Lincolnshire Senior Shield by defeating Gainsborough Trinity 2-1. The game was played at Gainsborough's Northhome ground.
Grantham took a half time lead through Sneddon on 44 minutes. Gainsborough equalised on 80 minutes through Pell before substitute Fabied Smith fired home an 85th minute penalty after Player/Manager Lee Glover had been fouled. Gainsborough’s Sherlock was dismissed for a second cautionable offence, arguing the penalty decision. The Referee subsequently indicated a minimum of four minutes of added time would be played, but after two minutes the floodlights failed. After a delay of 20 minutes some lighting was restored and the Referee decided to complete the game in semi darkness. The match attendance was 265

OXFORD CITY – Nearly one thousand mourners gathered at Dorchester Abbey, Wallingford on Friday for the funeral of Robin Antonowicz. Oxford City’s Chaplain, Rev. Hedley Feast, conducted the Service. A minute’s silence was held prior to the start of City’s final game of the season, a home fixture against Clevedon Town.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE - Supermarine made two presentations before Saturday’s final home fixture against Ashford Town (Middlesex). The first was to Steve Davis, who on Monday night completed 200 first team appearances; all in the starting line up. Manager Mark Collier presented Steve with a bottle of champagne. The second presentation was made to Assistant Referee Mark Walker, who retired from Contributory League football after the game. Mark officiated at Supermarine during the club’s Hellenic League days. Club Secretary Judi Moore presented Mr. Walker with an engraved tanker.

Swindon Supermarine players are finishing the season off with a golf day on Sunday-this is being played at the local Broome Manor course where Ian Howells brother David Howell started his club golf.

DATE: 23 April 2005

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – After one week at the top of the table Histon lost a five goal thriller at Tiverton Town, and slipped into second spot. The Stutes fell three goals behind in the first 70 minutes after goals by Paul Milsom (9), IainHarvey (49) and a penalty by Steven Winter (70). In a grandstand finish Colin Vouden and Roscoe Hipperson scored for Histon. Chippenham Town took full advantage of the rival’s slip to return to the top with a 3-2 victory over Banbury United. The Puritans, threatened with relegation prior to Saturday’s results, took a 19th minute lead through George Redknap. But the Bluebirds responded with three goals from Ian Herring (25), James Constable (48) and Wayne Thorne (65), before Banbury struck again through Christopher Potter in the 73rd minute. Whatever Histon do at Dunstable Town on Tuesday evening, the Championship of The Southern Football League will be decided at the Glassworld Stadium when the top two meet on the final day of the season. (Is the Fixtures Secretary psychic?)

Bedford Town’s 3-2 defeat at home to Chesham United has pushed the Eagles into the final Play-Off place.Hednesford Town’s 4-1 win at Aylesbury United has ended any realistic hope the Ducks had of making the Play-Offs, while lifting the Pitmen into the extra-time games, at the expense of Halesowen, who could only draw at Hitchin Town. But seven clubs remain in contention for Play-Off places and they are covered by only three points with one game to play.

At the foot of the table Hemel Hempstead Town and Dunstable Town join Stamford and Solihull Borough in the relegation places. Dunstable Town lost convincingly, 4-0, at home to Cirencester Town, who still harbour hopes of a Play-Off place. Hemel lost 2-1 at home to Merthyr Tydfil, who are now third in the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – After a flying start to the season, then a blip which saw East Thurrock United take over at the top for several weeks, Fisher Athletic (London) have finally emerged as Champions with one game to go. Last weekend’s win over their nearest rivals (ETU), a 1-0 midweek victory at Sittingbourne, and then Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Dartford has lifted the Fish seven points clear. East Thurrock, having slipped to third spot, regained the second place that qualifies for automatic promotion with a 1-0 win over Maldon Town. Maldon are now third in the table and, like Uxbridge who were held to a goalless draw at Leighton Town, are guaranteed a home game in the first Play-Off encounter.

Berkhamsted Town’s turbulent season continued. After challenging for a Play-Off place earlier in the season, personnel changes resulted in the club plummeting into the bottom quarter of the table. A 3-0 victory over Wingate & Finchley last weekend made it seem a bright end to the season was on the horizon, but Saturday’s 10-1 reverse at Waltham Forest dimmed the light a little. At the foot of the table the ‘devil take the hindmost’ race, to see who will join Tilbury to drop out of The Southern League, continues between Erith & Belvedere and Great Wakering Rovers. The game Rovers had in hand over the Deres, this time last week, was squandered on Tuesday when Uxbridge won 5-0 at Burroughs Park. But a redeeming light shone on Saturday when Harlow Town were eclipsed 3-1. The win leaves Rovers with a fighting chance, two points adrift of Erith, despite the Dere’s 3-1 win over Aveley. With goal difference between the two relegation contenders being the same, Erith cannot rely on a draw being good enough to retain their status.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Despite having already been crowned Champions, Mangotsfield United made Bromsgrove Rovers fight all the way for their place in the Play-Offs. Gary Warren put ‘Field’ ahead in the 56th minute at the Victoria Ground. But the home team rescued a point with a goal six minutes from time by Arthur Appleton. The point assured Bromsgrove of a place in the Play-Offs, with the help of Brackley Town’s 1-0 defeat at home to Evesham United. The Robins’ win keeps them in sight of the second automatic promotion place, but Yate Town must remain favourites for elevation following their 3-0 win over Thame United. Just one point, from their game at Rothwell Town next Saturday, should prove to be enough for the Bluebells to join Mangotsfield in the Premier Division. But Cecil Street is not an easy place to pick up points. Only a victory will guarantee second place, as Evesham United will expect their opponents next weekend, Cinderford Town to be a tired outfit having played three midweek games. Clevedon Town are the other team safely in the Play-Off zone, at least. The Seasiders comfortable 2-0 win over Sutton Coldfield Town sealed a home match in the first round of additional fixtures on Bank Holiday Monday. And with a trip to Oxford City next Saturday, Clevedon will be looking optimistically at the possibility of joining Yate Town on 78 points, should their west country rivals slip up.

Oxford, with only three home wins all season, dropped into the relegation zone last weekend. And Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Corby Town only served to worsen their position, especially as Bracknell Town gained a point in a home 1-1 draw with Rothwell Town. Swindon Supermarine have now been sucked into the dog-fight at the bottom. But with three games still to play they have the most opportunities of avoiding the drop. Three games in six days, though, is a tall order. ‘Marine will be looking to gather points from their matches at Paulton Rovers on Monday, and Cinderford on Wednesday, so that not all will be left to tired legs in the final fixture at home to Ashford Town on Saturday. Ashford, after all, still need three points to have a hope of qualifying for the Play-Offs.

ARLESEY TOWN – Long serving player David Hachett is to have a Testimonial Match at Arlesey Town FC on Wednesday 27th April 2005, against Dagenham & Redbridge. Having received the club’s proposal to honour his achievements in the game it came as no surprise to club members when David he said he did not want any money from the game for himself. He wanted all the proceeds to go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, in memory of Demain Ridley. Demain, who was the son of close friends Christopher and Pia, led a courageous inspirational life before sadly losing his long fight against a heart problem he has had since birth.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) - The Club received its FA Community Award Certificate before Saturday’s match against Paulton Rovers. The award was presented by the President of Middlesex County FA, Dave West.

AVELEY – The Millers will meet Romford, at home, in the Final of the Essex Thameside Trophy on Monday 2 May, k.o. 1.00pm.

BURNHAM - Saturday's match at Bedworth United was goalkeeper David Dyson’s 275th match for the Blues. It was also the 50th start for defender Laurence Brown.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – The Deres are to stage a match at Park View Road, Welling in aid of Paul Sykes’ family. Erith and Belvedere Veterans (managed by Harry Richardson) will take on Dartford Veterans (managed by Tony Burman) on Sunday 1 May – k.o. 3.00pm. (Adults £3, under-16s £1.)

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz will be holding a reunion on the 20th Anniversary of the club’s FA Vase victory. Most of the 1985 squad are expected to attend the function in the Social Club on 3 May. The club is also staging a BBC WM Sports Forum on 27 April at the Halesowen Labour Club. Local Radio presenters Daz Hale, Paul Franks and Mike Taylor will be available to answer any sports questions and instigate a lively debate. The programme will be broadcast the following week.

OXFORD CITYWith immense sadness I report City’s 23 years old central defender, Robin Antonowicz, died on Wednesday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. Robin’s funeral will be held at Dorchester Abbey, Wallingford at 10.45am on Friday 29 April.

Everyone associated with The Southern Football League sends their sincere condolences to Robin’s family and friends.

SITTINGBOURNE – During the Sittingbourne v Fisher Athletic game last Tuesday, the sum of £337.52 was raised for the family of Paul Sykes the Folkestone Invicta player who died so tragically recently.

WALTHAM FOREST - The Stags of Waltham Forest celebrated the Turkish feast day of St George (23 April) by scoring ten goals against Berkhamsted Town. Fielding three youth team players, The Stags took the lead after 12 minutes through Ian Cooper, who went on to score a hat trick. Dewayne Clarke matched the feat, Kadri Alagos scored two and Hasan Kardal and Alan Cox notched one each. Supporters will remember the time a while ago, when as Leyton, the club beat Hendon 9-1. They will be pleased to have seen the club record broken, taking the team to its highest league placing for many years.

Secretary Andy Perkins tells me St George was born in Turkey and is Turkey’s patron saint. Turkey, therefore, shares 23 April with England as its saint's day. As the Stags’ Chairman, Manager, two thirds of the committee and 6 first team players are Turkish; the club has a strong affinity with the community. Indeed, the club has several players of different origin currently registered and it can easily be said Waltham Forest FC is a flagship for its involvement in local ethnic minority groups.

WINGATE & FINCHLEY - On Sunday 17 April 2005 Jack Fisk, the recently retired Kit Manager and friend to everyone at Wingate & Finchley, passed away. Jack, who was 66, had been involved in Non-League football with Finchley FC where he kept the Club together serving as Club Secretary and then Wingate & Finchley for many years. Jack was the first person everyone entering the Abrahams Stadium would meet. After many years of involvement at Summers Lane, Jack retired after the Dulwich Hamlet London Senior Cup Semi-Final. The Club made a presentation to its loyal servant, and very kind and deserved words were said. Jack had moved to Clacton-on-Sea but unfortunately retirement with his wife Carol and sons Ashley and Mason (both of whom played for Wingate & Finchley) was cruelly cut short. The Club sends it sincerest condolences to Jack’s family and friends.

THE SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE WEBSITE – www.southern-football-league created a new record on 16 April when it clocked up 37,570 pages viewed by 2605 visitors.

THE 2005/06 SEASON

Next season will open with the traditional curtain raiser – The Championship Match (Premier Division Champions v League Cup Winners) on Saturday 6 August 2005.

The League season will commence the following Saturday, the 13 August 2005.

The FA Cup will commence with an Extra-Preliminary Round on Saturday 20 August. The Preliminary Round has been dated for Saturday 27 August, two days before a scheduled League programme on August Bank Holiday Monday. The First Qualifying Round will be played on Saturday 10 September 2005.

The FA Trophy will open with a First Qualifying Round on Saturday 15 October. The Second Qualifying Round has been dated for 12 November with the final Qualifying Round a fortnight later.

Work on the League’s Fixture List will commence on Monday 27 June 2005, with a view to a publication date of Thursday 14 July 2005, subject to all integrated deadlines being met.

DATE: 16 April 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – With just two Saturday fixture programmes remaining Histon have moved to the top of the table. Saturday’s convincing 3-0 win over relegated Solihull Borough lifted them one point clear of Chippenham Town, with three games to go. While the Stutes were pulling off their 22nd League win of the season, the Bluebirds were being held at home by Bedford Town, who remain the only team that can catch the leading two.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – In seven days Fisher Athletic (London) have moved from being joint leaders with East Thurrock United to six points clear of their rivals from Essex. The Fish moved back to the top of the table when they beat Arlesey Town 3-0 on Monday. On Saturday they defeated East Thurrock 2-1 to widen their advantage. From their three remaining games Fish now need only one point for automatic promotion, and four points for the Championship.


THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Despite being held at home by Play-Off hopefuls Ashford Town (Middlesex), Mangotsfield United became Champions as their nearest rivals, Evesham United lost 1-0 at home to Bedworth United.

AVELEY – The Millers have been removed from the East Anglian Cup for failing to fulfil their Third Round Tie at Spalding United.

BARKING EAST HAM UNITED – Ben Willis made his 150th appearance for Barking & East Ham on Saturday, against Sittingbourne. Carl Bruce is now suspended until 1 May, but he will be available for the Play-Off matches.

BARTON ROVERS – 24 years old striker, Paul Barnes, has signed a contract to stay with the Rovers until May 2006. Barnes goal scoring feats have attracted the attention of a number of Football League clubs this season and he has played trial matches with Wycombe Wanderers. Barnes’ goals have helped lift Barton to the fringe of the Play-Offs and into the Bedfordshire Senior Cup Final, against Bedford Town, on 10 May.

OXFORD CITY – Centre-back Robin Antonowicz was due to return to City’s side on Saturday, after sustaining an injury in a match against Brackley Town in January. Unfortunately, Antonowicz was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday night. The 23 years old has player suffered fractures to his skull, arm and eye socket and is in a critical condition after having had his spleen removed. Everyone at the club, and throughout the League, is wishing Robin a speedy recovery. Club Captain, Martin Brown, is on course to make his 300th appearance for City in the County Cup Final against Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 19 April. Brown made his debut in September 1994.

TEAM BATH - Spectators at Team Bath FC’s home game against Merthyr Tydfil FC on Monday 18 April will have the opportunity to back London’s bid to stage the 2012 Olympics by signing an official flag at the ground during the match. The flag-signing event is part of a tour of the South West organised by Sport England South West and the South West Regional Development Agency in support of the bid by London to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Kate Howey MBE, Double Olympic Medallist and Flagbearer for the British Team at the Athens Olympics will be at the match in support of the bid.

PETER AITKEN (former Chairman of Dorchester Town) – Peter Aitken died suddenly in his Office last week. Peter’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church Dorchester at 2.30pm on Tuesday 19th April. His family have requested family flowers only. Donations if so desired for Royal British Legion c/o Grassby’s funeral directors Princes’ Street, Dorchester. Peter was 60.


PAUL SYKES (former player of Dartford FC) - Saturday's win over Tilbury was dedicated to the memory of former club captain Paul Sykes who tragically died whilst playing for Folkestone Invicta in the Kent Senior Cup Semi-Final against Margate last Tuesday. Efforts by medical staff from both clubs tried to revive Paul, whilst waiting for the arrival of an ambulance. He was taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where he was pronounced dead at approx 10.00pm. Paul, who was 28, married Carly in August of 2003. Their son, Thomas, was born in the summer of 2004.

Paul’s death has touched the hearts of many supporters not only in Kent but also throughout the country. A collection was made at the game to assist Carly and nine month old Thomas. Over £750 was raised. The Darts particularly thank the players, management and officials of Tilbury FC who contributed nearly £100 to the fund. Paul's funeral will be held on Friday 22 April. The service at St Andrews Church, Buckland is at 1.30pm and will be followed by cremation at Barham Crematorium at 2.30pm.

The Kent Senior Cup Final between Margate and Dover, two of Paul's former clubs, will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May at Folkestone Invicta's Westbourne Stadium at 3.00pm and will be held in memory of Paul. The Kent County Football Association has agreed that all proceeds from the match will be donated to Paul's family. Former Southern League club, Salisbury City FC, remembered their popular opponent and held a collection at their home game against Harrow Borough. Nearly £400 was raised, and the sum was rounded up to £500 by the Club.

Everyone connected with the Southern Football League send their sincere condolences to the familes and friends of Peter and Paul.

DATE: 9 April 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – The top two clubs losing enabled the chasing pack to narrow the gap. Leaders Chippenham Town, lost at Aylesbury United 3-2, enabling the Ducks to move into fourth spot. Second place Histon retained their position, despite losing 2-0 at relegation threatened Team Bath. League Cup Finalists, Bedford Town, enhanced their position in the Play-Off places by beating Hednesford Town 2-1. The defeat has pushed the Pitmen out of contention for the extra-time games. Halesowen Town moved back into the frame with a 1-0 win over King’s Lynn.

At the foot of the table, Solihull Borough’s relegation was confirmed when they dropped two home points in a 1-1 draw with Cirencester Town. Stamford, with the pressure off after having been relegated last Saturday when failing to take maximum points from Bath City, romped home 5-0 against Chesham United.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Leaders East Thurrock United dropped two valuable home points in a goalless draw with Arlesey Town, enabling Fisher Athletic to join them at the top of the table on 81 points. Fisher have two games in hand, one of which is against Arlesey on Monday night. Maldon Town and Uxbridge both won, to remain on the tail of the leaders. Barking & East Ham United and Wivenhoe Town both lost, but remain comfortably in the Play-Off places.

Tilbury’s narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Fisher has relegated the Dockers.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Leaders Mangotsfield United twice came from behind to rescue a point in a classic 3-3 draw at relegation threatened Bracknell Town. Second place Evesham United were unable to take advantage of ‘Fields slip, but nonetheless, came away from promotion chasing Ashford Town (Middlesex) with a credible point. Yate Town’s 2-1 win over Oxford City keeps them in pole position in the Play-Off places but plunged City to the edge of the relegation spots.

Egham Town’s 2-0 defeat at home on Monday night, against Bedworth United, confirmed the Sarnies relegation. Another defeat followed on Wednesday, 4-1 at Ashford Town, and Bedworth completed the double over Egham on Saturday by winning 5-0.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – Arrangements are being made for the prestigious FA Charter Standards award to be presented to the Tangerines prior to the final home game of the season on Saturday 23 April, when Paulton Rovers are the visitors. It is hoped representatives and players from all of Ashford's junior sides will be in attendance.

18 years old Scott Harris, who has burst into the 1st Team this season after several campaigns as a junior, has signed a contract with the Club until the end of the 2006-07 season. Scott is looked upon as an excellent prospect.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED - On Saturday 2 April, prior to the home game with Leighton Town, a group of supporters walked from Bobby Moore's statue at Upton Park to Mayesbrook Park. The route took the walkers along the Barking Road, past the top of East Ham and into Barking by the shopping centre built on the site of the club’s past home at Vicarage Field and onto the club’s current home. The purpose of the walk was to raise funds for ground improvements. It is the second walk undertaken by club supporters: the first in April 2002 was from Mayesbrook Park to Oakside the home of Ford United (now Redbridge), who were at the time managed by Dennis Elliott. At the end of the walk there were plenty of sore feet but spirits were high, especially as the day ended with a 4-0 win.

BURNHAM - Michael Bartley made his 150th appearance for Burnham in the recent match at Bracknell Town. In the same match Arron Lennon made his 75th appearance in a Blues shirt.
SWINDON SUPERMARINE - Ian Howells was not available for Supermarine’s trip to Bromsgrove Rovers on Saturday. Ian had travelled to Augusta to support his brother David in his first U.S. Masters golf tournament. At the end of Saturday’s play, in Georgia, David was just off the Leader Board, eleven shots behind the leader, at two under par.

TAUNTON TOWN – Last weekend the Peacocks finally ended a three month spell without a victory. 37 years old midfielder Mark Loram, who recently returned to the club after 5 years, rolled back the years with a vintage display in a 5-1 win over Bedworth United. Although Antony Lynch’s hat-trick might have eclipsed Loram’s appearance, Loram completed a fine first half display by netting Taunton’s fourth goal before retiring at the break with an injured toe.

Taunton’s Manager, Russell Musker, is to leave the Peacocks at the end of the season. Musker has been in charge at Wordsworth Drive for ten seasons and guided the club to four Western League championships as well the F A Vase in 2001 and the Somerset Premier Cup in 2003.

ALAN LANCASTER – Alan’s widow, Audrey, has asked me to thank everyone for the plethora of condolence messages she has received following Alan’s sad passing on 23 March.

Audrey has been overwhelmed by hundreds of letters and cards; and they are still arriving. Approximately 400 mourners gathered at Christchurch, Ashford to celebrate Alan’s wonderful life. League Chairman, Doug Gillard, read a tribute to Alan, which included references to Alan’s 53 years of marriage to Audrey; his exploits in the RAF; and his 52 year association with Ashford Town Football Club. The League Secretary read Psalm 23.

With Audrey, Alan made and sustained many friends across the whole spectrum of football. We will all miss this gentle Gentleman, who was truly from the ‘top drawer’.

DATE: 2 April 2005

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Remarkably, only one team in the top six, Chippenham Town, won their League matches on Saturday. Whilst the Bluebirds were extending their lead to five points, the pain of defeat for the next five challengers was being anaesthetised by the knowledge all the other contenders had also lost. But whilst the impact to the promotion hopes of Histon, Hednesford Town, Bedford Town, Aylesbury United and Halesowen Town was lessened, victories by Tiverton Town, Cirencester Town and King’s Lynn considerably increased the chances of this chasing trio. And Merthyr Tydfil and Bath City, who both avoided defeat, are a long way from being out of contention in the stampede for a place in the Play-Offs.

At the foot of the table, Stamford lost their fight for survival when failing to win at Bath City. Solihull Borough’s 2-1 win at Chesham United keeps their faint hopes alive. But following a 2-1 defeat at Grantham Town, Dunstable Town will have to start winning quickly to have any hope of retaining their Premier status. Hemel Hempstead Town, on 41 points, are emerging from the relegation zone and appear to be the team currently in the bottom four most likely to avoid the drop. Tuesday’s match at Dunstable Town is crucial for both clubs. Hitchin Town, Team Bath and Rugby United (who won 2-1 at Histon on Saturday) are all precariously poised just above the trapdoor on 45 points.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – The top four are marching on at a relentless pace. The two clubs in the automatic promotion places, East Thurrock United and Fisher Athletic, both won. Third place Maldon Town returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success at Chatham Town, and Uxbridge improved their chances of a Play-Off place, whilst denting those of Wivenhoe Town’s, with a 1-0 win at Broad Lane. Injury hit Barking & East Ham United continue to cling on to the Leader Board. A 4-0 victory over Leighton Town has left them six points off a Play-Off place.

In the Division’s basement, Tilbury simply refused to surrender their Southern League place. An amazing 5-2 win at relegation threatened Erith & Belvedere, largely secured by four goals from Paul Cobb, could yet set up a Houdini like escape for the Dockers.

The League’s Board of Directors has decided the score in Boreham Wood’s home match against Berkhamsted Town, which stood at 7-1 when the game was abandoned in the 76th minute due to a waterlogged pitch, should stand. Subject to there being no Appeal against the League’s decision, the League Tables will be updated on 16 April.


Seal Culls Corby

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United’s David Seal culled Corby Town single-handedly on Saturday when he scored all four of his club’s goals, in a 4-0 win, against the Steelmen. As a result, Mangotsfield’s lead at the top of the table was increased to five points following the news of a draw between the second & third place clubs. Evesham United tied 1-1 with Yate Town. After a few blips, Clevedon Town have returned to good form and bolstered their promotion hopes with a 5-0 success at Egham Town.Jack Pitcher (3) and Thomas Jacobs (2) shared the Seasiders goals, leaving the Sarnies staring relegation in the face. Bromsgrove Rovers ‘raised the bar’ on Brackley Town to show what it takes to earn at least a Play-Off place. Rovers won 3-1 at the Saints’ St. James Park Ground, opening a gap of eleven points between the last two contenders for the extra-time games. Brackley are now ahead of Paulton Rovers on goal difference only, after the Robins beat Thame United 3-2.

At the foot of the table, above Egham Town, five points cover the next eight clubs. Bracknell Town’s draw at Cinderford Town will have given them a little hope despite their precarious position. Taunton Town’s 5-1 win over Bedworth United was the Peacocks first win since New Year’s day. Once leaders of the Division this season, Taunton remain in serious trouble, along with Bedworth, who must win both of their games in hand to have any hope of survival. Monday’s trip to Egham is vital for both clubs.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE CUP FINAL – To avoid clashing with re-arranged League matches, in the best interest of the participating clubs and the Competition as a whole, the First Leg of The Southern League Cup Final (Bedford Town v King’s Lynn) will take place on Tuesday 19 April. The Second Leg, at The Walks Stadium, King’s Lynn, will be played on Tuesday 26 April.

AYLESBURY UNITED – The Ducks have signed Northampton Town scholar, Ryan Doherty, on work experience.

BEDFORD TOWN – The Eagles have signed Northampton Town scholar, Paul Danaher, on work experience. Danaher, a left-sided midfielder player, scored on his debut at Tiverton Town but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 result. Bedford Town will meet Barton Rovers in the Bedfordshire Senior Cup Final on 10 May at Arlesey Town Football Club’s Ground. K.O. 8.00pm.

BRACKLEY TOWN – The Saints have secured the loan signing of 23 year old Mathew Davies from Salisbury City. Davies was previously with Southampton, where he captained the Academy U/19 side. He represented England at U/16 and U/17 level, playing alongside Jermaine Defoe and Joe Cole. Since joining Salisbury from Woking in 2001, he has made over 175 appearances, including a spell as Captain. The club has released 22 years old midfielder Neil King from his contract. Signed from neighbours Aylesbury United in 2001, King made 198 appearances and scored 28 goals. He has since teamed up with ex-Brackley Manager Tim Fowler at Bicester Town who are trying to avoid relegation from the Hellenic League Premier Division.

CHESHAM UNITED – The Generals and Greg Dean have mutually agreed to cancel the player’s contract.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – The Bluebirds have signed Plymouth Argyle scholar, Dean Evans, on work experience.

CLEVEDON TOWN – Following the termination of his contract with Exeter City, former Plymouth Argyle trainee, Wayne O’Sullivan, has made his temporary transfer to Clevedon Town into a permanent arrangement.

EVESHAM UNITED – Former Halesowen Town, Coventry City, Derby County and Tranmere Rovers midfielder, Sean Flynn, returned to Evesham United on registration deadline day.

GLOUCESTER CITY – The Tigers’ 22 years old midfielder, Lee Smith, turned down a move to Chippenham Town on Registration deadline day. The deal offered by the Bluebirds could have been worth £5,000 to Gloucester.

HISTON – The Stutes have converted Matthew Joseph’s temporary transfer from Canvey Island into a permanent signing.

MERTHYR TYDFIL – Former Swansea City forward, Mark Pritchard, has signed for the Martyrs. Pritchard made four Football League appearances for the Swans last season.

SITTINGBOURNE – The Brickies’ new Manager, Steve Lovell, wasted no time in his first week in the post. He signed five players by transfer deadline day. Ryan Peters played for Lovell at Hastings Town, where he took on an attacking midfield role. Peter Taylor is a midfield player who also played at Hastings and then signed for Maidstone. Ricky Spiller signed from Dover, where his contract was cancelled. Ricky is a wide midfield/attacker who was also at Hastings during Lovell’s time at the Pilot Field. Another of Lovell’s former colleagues, Charlie Belcher, repeated the move from Hastings. Belcher made a couple of reserve appearances for Dartford earlier in the season. The fifth signing is John Vary who has had experience with Chatham Town.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – On Saturday 26th March Damson Park hosted its first male international match, the UEFA U17 European Championship Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic took a 2 goal lead through Arsenal's Anthony Stokes and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Stephen Gleeson. Manchester United's Johnny Evans pulled a goal back for Northern Ireland but it was too little, too late. Then on Wednesday 30th March International football returned to Damson Park as Solihull Borough helped the FA out of a difficult situation. Kidderminster Harriers' pitch was declared waterlogged at lunchtime and so the evening's Northern Ireland v Serbia & Montenegro fixture was switched from Aggborough to Damson Park, at six hours notice. Serbia won 6-1 to finish 2nd in the group behind England. Solihull Borough FC would like to thank the volunteers who helped out at both games, especially those who turned up at such short notice for Wednesday's match.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE – Swindon Town FC has extended Leigh Henry and Lance Lewis’s work experience spells with Supermarine until the end of the season.

TIVERTON TOWN – Midfielder Paul Buckle has left Ladysmead to join Exeter City as Player/Coach. It will be Buckle’s fourth spell with the Grecians.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Barnes-Homer (Hednesford Town to Bromsgrove Rovers), Robert Beckwith (Luton Town to Rugby United [temporary]), Charlie Belcher (Dartford to Sittingbourne), James Bent (Hemel Hempstead Town to Leighton Town), Nick Campbell (Bromsgrove Rovers to Hednesford Town), Steven Croft (Grantham Town to Stamford), Danny Hodnett (Cinderford Town to Solihull Borough), Christopher Holland (Team Bath to Bath City [temporary]), Avun Jephcott (Nuneaton Borough to Rugby United [temporary]), Nicholas Matthews (Rugby United to Grantham Town), Adam Mayo (Cirencester Town to Cinderford Town), David McCartney (Hemel Hempstead Town to Tilbury), Jack McKinley (Ashford Town [Mddx] to Marlow), Jon Nichols (Team Bath to Rugby United), Martyn Patching (Hemel Hempstead Town to Boreham Wood), Neil Pugh (Berkhamsted Town to Dunstable Town), Owen Story (Team Bath to Bath City), Christopher Sullivan (Stevenage Borough to Dunstable Town [temporary]), Wayne Thorne (Chippenham Town to Weston-super-Mare [temporary]).

LOOKING AHEAD

The 2005/06 League season will open on Saturday 13 August 2005. The Championship Match, between the Premier Division Champions and the League Cup Winner will be staged on Saturday 6 August 2005.

NET GAINS

Despite several fixtures being moved from Saturday 26 March to Friday 25 March, to avoid England’s World Cup Qualifying match, the League’s website attracted a record number of visitors. 2,400 visitors to the site viewed 25,169 pages. The record did not, however, stand for long. Monday’s net traffic saw 2,601 visitors view 30,679 pages. Re-structuring may not have left the Southern League in the condition it once was, but there is still a hell of a lot of life left in the old Lady!

 

March 2005 News Archive

 

DATE: 26 MARCH 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town remain top of the Premier Division, despite two defeats over the Easter period. Challengers Histon drew 1-1 in midweek at Banbury United; won 3-2 on Saturday against King’s Lynn; but lost on Monday by the same score at Grantham Town. The four points gained enabled the Stutes to reduce the Bluebirds advantage to two points.

In a match brought forward 24 hours because of England’s International, Chippenham took an early lead against Bath City. James Constable opened their account in the first minute. Ben Kirk increased the lead three minutes later. The second half was a different story, though. John Williams notched a hat-trick and Scott Partridge netted with five minutes remaining to secure a 4-2 victory for the Romans. Tiverton Town then completed a miserable weekend for the Bluebirds, by winning Monday’s encounter 3-1. James Mudge bagged a brace; Kurt Nogan scored Tivvy’s third; whilst the Devon club’s goalkeeper, Mark Ovendale scored an own goal.

Neil Kennedy scored in each of Histon’s three League games played in seven days. His first was enough to secure a point at Banbury; his second was a last minute winner against King’s Lynn on Saturday (Leon Gutzmore scored twice earlier on in the game); and his third was the Stutes second goal in the 3-2 defeat at Grantham Town. Hednesford Town enjoyed an excellent Bank Holiday weekend by beating Solihull Borough 4-0 and Rugby United 2-1. The Pitmen have jumped three places in one week.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – East Thurrock United continue to forge their way ahead at the top of the Eastern section. A 1-1 draw at Aveley on Friday, and a 3-0 victory over Sittingbourne on Monday has sustained the Rocks’ five point advantage at the top of the table.

Fisher Athletic still lead the chase, despite dropping four points over the holiday. The Fish looked like losing on Saturday when Theo Kissi scored for Wingate & Finchley in the 75th minute. But Steven Aris salvaged a point with an 80th minute equaliser. And on Monday, Fisher were ‘looking down the barrel’ when losing 2-0 at promotion rivals Uxbridge. But Steven Watts and Anthony Riviere came to the Londoners rescue.

Maldon Town sixteen match victorious run came to an end when Erith & Belvedere returned from Essex with a point. When Ian Pulman scored for the Deres in the 85th minute it seemed the visitors were about to grab an unlikely victory, but Simon Parker netted his 29th goal of the season to snatch a point for the Blues. Boreham Wood’s home match against Berkhamsted Town was abandoned in the 76th minute when a downpour caused the pitch to flood. The visitors were trailing 7-1. The League’s Board of Directors will make a decision on the match during the next 48 hours.


THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – A win over promotion rivals Yate Town on Saturday, and Monday’s 3-1 victory at Stourport Swifts, comfortably maintained Mangotsfield United’s three point lead at the top of the Western section. Evesham United’s 3-0 win over Stourport on Saturday (thanks to a Dwayne Clarke hat-trick) and a 1-0 win at Corby Town on Monday, keeps the Robins in the second automatic promotion place.

Yate Town lead the group of Play-Off contenders, ahead of Clevedon Town, who returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 2-0 defeat of Taunton Town and a 3-2 win over Swindon Supermarine. At the foot of the table, after victories over Rothwell Town, Ashford Town and Paulton Rovers, Egham Town’s mini revival came to an end at Marlow. The Sarnies were beaten 1-0.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Sam Taylor made a welcome return from injury at Great Wakering on Monday, but Jon Higgs, Warren Haughton, Ashley Marsh and Ebow Mensah are still unavailable. Former Hornchurch u/19 players Terry Everett and Ryan Doyle, who have been playing for the Reserve Team, have signed on Southern League forms. They made their debuts at Great Wakering. It was a weekend to remember for Terry Everett as he scored for the Reserves on Saturday and started for the 1st team on Monday. Everrett and Doyle played for Hornchurch in the F A Cup win at Arlesey Town, after several senior players had left. Everett scored one of Hornchurch’s goals.

BATH CITY – The Romans have cancelled Reinier Moors’ contract. The player has signed for Taunton Town.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – The Deres feel there was something appropriate about being the club to end Maldon Town’s run of 16 consecutive wins. Erith's best run is also 16 victories, although their record was set in very different circumstances. In the spring of 1942, when the Deres were on the way to completing the treble of South East Combination League and Cup and Kent Senior Cup, Erith amassed 16 straight wins. With local industry important to the war effort, the Deres lost fewer players to the Forces than the likes of Epsom, Woking and Orpington. At one stage Erith scored 53 goals in five matches! On the other hand, they were also coming up against Forces representative sides, which could call on League professionals. The Deres’ run also finished with a 1-1 draw, against Tooting and Mitcham, who became the only club to take a point off them all season. Last season’s leading goal scorer for the Deres, Akpo Sodje, has joined Darlington on loan from his current club, Huddersfield Town.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz’s annual sponsored hike over the Clent & Walton Hills will take place on Sunday 3 April, starting from the club at 10.30am. Last year’s trek raised £1,600 for the Air Ambulance and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 50% of this year’s proceeds will be shared between the Simon Haddon Trust, for the Q.E. Hospital renal Unit, and Action Heart. The Charity Match between Midland All Stars and the Express & Star Newspaper, mentioned in last week’s Bulletin, raised approximately £2,500 in aid of Breast Cancer.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have signed David Staff following the forward’s release from Boston United.

OXFORD CITY – Last week’s 2-0 victory over Witney United, in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup Semi-Final, won City their 43rd appearance in the Final. City will now play Oxford United on 19 April at the Kassam Stadium. Remarkably, the sides have not met in the Competition for 57 years. On the last occasion, in 1948, Oxford United (then known as Headington United) won 1-0 in a match played at Oxford University Rugby Ground in front of 7,796 spectators!

RUGBY UNITED – Steven Evans’ contract with Rugby United has been cancelled. The 24 years old player has signed for Grantham Town.

SITTINGBOURNE – The Brickies have parted company with Manager Steve Nolan. Nolan had been in charge at Bourne Park since previous Manager Mark Beeney left in November last year for a full time coaching role with Chelsea. Steve Nolan was Mark Beeney’s Assistant, and the club has expressed its appreciation for his efforts during the three year period he has been at Bourne Park. The new man in the ‘hot seat’ is Steve Lovell, the former Wales international, who has previously played for, and managed, Sittingbourne. Lovell, who is Youth Development Officer at Gillingham Football Club, guided the Brickies to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division during his earlier spell at the helm. He has also managed Gravesend & Northfleet, and more recently Hastings United. Lovell took over for last Saturday's visit of local rivals Chatham Town.

TRANSFERS – Lee Carroll (Marlow to Uxbridge), Steven Cook (Swindon Supermarine to Cirencester Town), James Elmes (Barnet to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Jay Fatorusso (Berkhamsted Town to Bedford Town), Thomas Gould (Forest Green Rovers to Team Bath[ temporary]), Paul Hunt (Mangotsfield United to Cirencester Town), Rory Hutton (Hitchin Town to Dunstable Town), Matthew Lock (Tiverton Town to Mangotsfield United), Stuart Maynard (Hitchin Town to Dunstable Town), Steven McNamara (Fisher Athletic [London] to Stevenage Borough [temporary]), David Nicholl (Hemel Hempstead Town to Berkhamsted Town), Julian Old (Hitchin Town to Dunstable Town), William Packham (Worthing to Fisher Athletic (London) [temporary]), Kevin Slinn (Brackley Town to Stamford [temporary]).

DATE: 19 MARCH 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – A brace from David Gilroy and a strike by James Constable secured a 3-0 win for leaders Chippenham Town at Gloucester City on Saturday. The victory maintained the Bluebirds’ six point advantage over Histon, who won 3-0 at promotion rivals Merthyr Tydfil. A midweek win at Halesowen Town (2-0) enabled the Stutes move into second spot on Tuesday, and to reduce Chippenham’s lead. With three games in hand, Histon now have the leaders in their sights. Certainly, the final match of the season (Histon v Chippenham) is potentially becoming a mouth watering encounter.

After being ousted from second place on Tuesday, Bedford Town ensured they maintained third spot with Saturday’s goalless draw at relegation threatened Hemel Hempstead Town. Halesowen Town remain amongst the Play-Off places, despite losing 1-0 at home to Rugby United, who were desperate for the points in their fight to avoid relegation. Aylesbury United moved into the ‘play-off league’ with a 2-1 win over Banbury United. And Hednesford Town moved to the fringe of being involved in the ‘overtime’ matches at the end of the season by beating Dunstable Town 3-0.

The Division’s bottom two clubs, Stamford and Solihull Borough, both lost at home 1-0, to Tiverton Town and King’s Lynn respectively. Only Hemel Hempstead Town, of the Division’s bottom four, gained a point at the weekend. The relegation candidates are at least six points from safety.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – A Scott Holding penalty was the only goal to divide leaders East Thurrock United and third placed Uxbridge. Holding’s conversion of the spot-kick enabled the Rocks to stay top, but pushed the Reds back one place. Fisher Athletic’s 1-0 win at Barton Rovers keeps them in second place, three points behind East Thurrock with three games in hand. Maldon Town sustained their phenomenal run with a 4-0 win over Berkhamsted Town. Simon Parker opened the scoring for the Blues, before a Nicholas Rugg treble floored Berko.

Tilbury are refusing to give up the fight at the bottom of the table. Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Arlesey Town narrowed the gap on Great Wakering Rovers, who lost 1-0 at home to Chatham Town, to four points. The Dockers are, though, still nine points from safety.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – The top six in the Western section have all neatly played 34 matches. But the clarity of the view this gives is only aesthetic. The top three are still covered by only three points; the top two (Mangotsfield United & Yate Town) meet on Saturday; fourth placed Bromsgrove Rovers travel to sixth placed Brackley Town next Saturday; and Ashford Town (Middx) could break into the Play-Off places if they can beat Egham Town on Tuesday. It’s still tight as a drum. For the time being, though, Mangotsfield lead by three points, following their 2-1 win at Ashford Town on Saturday. Yate Town hold second place, on goal difference from Evesham United, after a very narrow 1-0 win over bottom club Egham Town. Evesham, meanwhile, helped all the leading contenders by winning 2-0 at challengers Clevedon Town. Richard Ball scored both Robins’ goals.
At the bottom, Egham Town are adrift. The Sarnies’ fate could be resolved on Easter Monday. Without pre-judging Egham’s position, the second relegation spot is less clear. Only two points cover the next eight places. It is even tighter than a drum!

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – Following the appointment of Mark Butler as Manager, to the end of the current season, the Tangerines have now made the position permanent.

BERKHAMSTED TOWN – Lillywhites Manager Simon Lane resigned last week.

BRACKLEY TOWN – The Saints have signed Danny Morgan on temporary transfer from Oxford United. Morgan is in his first year as a professional after beginning his career as a trainee with Milton Keynes Dons. The 22 years old forward made an immediate impact for Oxford by scoring a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Shepshed Dynamo, and another trio in a Reserve team fixture against Bristol Rovers. He played in the club’s pre-season game against a full strength Chelsea team and has subsequently made four first team appearances as a substitute in the Football League, including three 45 minute spells.

DARTFORD – It has been a busy time for the Darts over the past two months. By mid January the club were languishing close to the relegation zone of Division One East, following a number of poor results. After the defeat at Aveley on 22 January Manager Tommy Sampson left the club. As a temporary measure Director, and former Manager and player, Tony Burman took over in a caretaker capacity until a new appointment was made. Fortunes immediately changed. The next five games reaped four wins and a draw to ease the threat of relegation, during which time the Darts kept three clean sheets and won the February " Safe Hands Award". But the Darts were brought down to earth last week when they lost 6-1 at home to Barking & East Ham United.

There has also been success for the Darts Youth teams. The Under 18 won the Plaaya sponsored Kent Youth League Cup on Wednesday when they travelled to Folkestone Invicta and won 4-3. They are still on course to win the Central Division of the Kent Youth League and further progress in the Kent County Under 18 Cup competition. The Under 13 team has reached the final of the Challenge Cup and will meet now Greenwich Borough on April 17th.

Off the field, there have been further developments in respect of the new stadium to be built by Dartford Borough Council. Plans were unveiled at the recent home match with Barking & East Ham and planning permission has this week been submitted to the Council's Planning Department. This process will take approximately eight weeks to go through the appropriate channels. It is then expected building will commence in late May or beginning of June. Completion is expected by the end of May 2006, ready for the 2006/7 season. The club has also submitted, through the Kent County Football Association, an application to become a Standard Chartered club. The outcome is expected in the next two to three months. Coupled with this application is a further development of the club's youth policy for next season whereby the club will be running an Under 14 and Under 16 youth teams in addition to the present Under 18 and Under 13 teams.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Over 200,000 spectators have watched Southern League football at The Grove since Halesowen joined the League in 1986. On 5th March, Fiona Murray was the 484th person through the turnstiles for the Yeltz fixture against Bath City, and became the club’s 200,000th customer. To mark the occasion, the club’s sponsor, Geoff Hill, presented Fiona with a television. The Yeltz held a charity match in aid of Breast Cancer on Sunday. A ‘Midland All Star’ team took on representatives from the local newspaper ‘Express & Star’. Steve Bull, Don Goodman and Cyril Regis were amongst the stars scheduled to turn out.

HITCHIN TOWN – The Canaries have teamed up with Knebworth FC as part of the club’s community development strategy. Hitchin’s second year scholarship students will have the opportunity to play in Knebworth’s Hertfordshire County League team; Knebworth’s leading players will be given the chance to play Capital League soccer for the Canaries Reserve team.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH - Guy Russell resigned as Solihull Borough Manager on Wednesday 16th March 2005. His Assistant Robin Judd has been appointed as Manager until the end of the season and will be assisted by Club Captain Morton Titterton.

TAUNTON TOWN - The Peacocks’ recent 2-1 defeat at Paulton Rovers was not the only misfortune suffered on that particular Monday night. When fundraiser Kevin Sturmey set off for the journey home he realised one of his wheels was missing. It had been stolen during the game. A jack was found not far away so it is believed the thief or thieves may have been disturbed whilst attempting to take all four wheels. Luckily, Contributory League Referee Richard Palmer, who was watching the game, knew exactly what to do and got Kevin mobile again. The party, including Chairman Tom Harris, finally arrived home just before one o’clock the next morning. All at Taunton Town would like to express their appreciation to Richard and to Paulton chairman Dave Bissex and his staff for their help and hospitality at an unsociable hour.

Meanwhile, the Peacocks’ newly reformed Under 18 team have been going head to head with old rivals Tiverton Town in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League. The Devon side are also a new team to the League and both are set for promotion to the Premier Division at the first attempt. Tiverton triumphed 3-1 at Ladysmead recently to complete the double over their old adversaries, in front of a crowd of 273. Tiverton’s youth side are coached by Hedley Steele, who has recently announced his intention to give up playing at the ripe old age of 51. Steele has been performing in the Devon League for Cullompton Rangers, who are managed by former Merthyr Tydfil favourite Ray Pratt.

As mentioned above, Hedley Steele has decided to hang up his boots at 51. Hedley played for Cullompton Rangers in the Devon League earlier this season, still looking as fit as ever. Hedley is probably the last player around who played against Taunton in the club’s previous spell in the Southern League, during his days with Dorchester Town. He also played for Tiverton Town in their FA Vase Final in 1993 when they lost to Bridlington. But he was a spectator when Tivvy won the Vase in 1998 and 1999. Sadly Hedley has seen his fair share of tragedy. His father Ernie died during a game against Taunton Town at Ladysmead a few seasons ago and his wife lost a battle against cancer two years ago. Hedley’s son David has played several games for Tiverton but is now playing for Willand Rovers in the Western League First Division.

TRANSFERS – Dean Harding (Hemel Hempstead Town to Boreham Wood), David Hudson (Tilbury to Great Wakering Rovers), Barry Hughes (Chesham United to Berkhamsted Town [temporary]), Ricky Millard (Barnet to Hemel Hempstead Town [temporary]), Wayne Mills (Dunstable Town to Hitchin Town), Danny Morgan (Oxford United to Brackley Town [temporary]), Warren McBean (Barnet to Waltham Forest [temporary]), Kelechi Opara (Erith & Belvedere to Harlow Town), Ben Porter (Berkhamsted Town to Beaconsfield SYCOB), Mark Potter (Barton Rovers to Dunstable Town).

DATE: 12 MARCH 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – The leading two clubs in the Premier Division, Chippenham Town and Bedford Town, were held to home draws by Team Bath and Bath City, respectively. The next two, Halesowen Town and Histon, suffered defeats at the hands of Tiverton Town and Gloucester City. Merthyr Tydfil stayed in the Play-Off zone with a 1-1 draw at King’s Lynn.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Leaders East Thurrock United were held to a 2-2 draw by Harlow Town on Saturday, but the chasing four, Fisher Athletic, Uxbridge, Maldon Town and Barking & East Ham United all won. Wivenhoe Town’s 3-1 win over Waltham Forest has enabled the Dragons to put pressure on Barton Rovers for a Play-Off position.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United's goalless draw at Corby Town enabled ‘Field to increase their lead at the top, as second placed Evesham United lost 2-0 at Yate Town. Yate’s victory lifted the Bristol outfit into third place. Clevedon Town were without a fixture on Saturday, but Bromsgrove Rovers’ 2-1 win at Oxford City has made their place in the Play-Off positions look more comfortable.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – The Blues will have to face Sittingbourne next Saturday without Michael Gorman. Gorman has accumulated 5 yellow cards and will be suspended. Gary Waters, though, will be available having completed his suspension. Barking are also likely to be without Ebow Mensah, who is back on crutches and looks likely to be out for some time. Jon Higgs and Steve Blaney are also still on the injured list. Anxiety also prevails about Warren Haughton who was carried off at Dartford on Saturday. The effect of his injury is not yet known. Ben Willis has also reached 5 cautions and is expected to miss the Easter Saturday game against Waltham Forest, unless the Blues play on March 22nd, which is the date his suspension becomes effective. This would then be the game he would miss.

Barking’s victory over Tooting & Mitcham United put the club in the semi final of a major cup for the first time since 1999-2000 when Barking played Uxbridge in the London Challenge Cup. The Blues have appeared in 7 London Senior Cup Finals, winning 4. Their last final was in 1979-80; the last victory in 1978-79. The other Semi Final sees the winners of the Wingate & Finchley v Redbridge Quarter Final, (scheduled for 13 March) entertain Dulwich Hamlet. The Final will be at Metropolitan Police’s Imber Court ground on April 26th at 7.30pm.

BEDFORD TOWN – The Eagles have signed 29 years old midfielder Stuart Wardley. The Cambridge born player began his professional career with Queens Park Rangers, who he joined from Saffron Waldon Town. After 14 goals in 87 appearances for the Hoops he moved to Rushden & Diamonds where he scored 10 goals in 57 appearances. This season he has been with Torquay United, Leyton Orient and more latterly, Cambridge United as a non-contract player.

CINDERFORD TOWN – The Foresters have been rocked by another tragedy. Treasurer Mike Bradley passed away last week. 62 years old Mike gave 40 years service to Cinderford Town Football Club. His funeral will be held on Thursday 17 March at Cinderford Crematorium.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Recently signed Karl Johnson has signed a contract for the Yeltz. Johnson joined from Bromsgrove Rovers.

HITCHIN TOWN – The Canaries plans for a major development at Norton Road Sports Ground, Baldock, which include the type of all-weather surface currently being used by clubs like Manchester United, have received Planning Permission. The facilities include a third generation, FIFA-approved artificial playing surface; refurbished and extended changing rooms; educational facilities; and a physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinic. The project will provide a training base for the club’s successful scholarship scheme and will also provide sports facilities for public use and other local sports clubs. This will include use of the educational facilities, notably, a learning workshop equipped with computers. The provision of these facilities is in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College, which is keen to extend educational community facilities to Baldock by investment in the project. The development of the Norton Road sports ground will be the culmination of three years' intensive analysis of the best options for a multi-purpose site.

TAUNTON TOWN – Peacocks’ Manager Russell Musker was relieved after his side’s recent 2-2 draw at home to Corby Town. The result ended a run of eight successive defeats for the Peacocks. Top scorer Antony Lynch netted his first goal since New Year’s Day and new signing Gary McAuley was the other scorer. McAuley is the son of former Taunton keeper Brian McAuley, who played in the Peacocks’ previous spell in the Southern League in the 1970s and 1980s.

Taunton also played a recent Somerset Premier Cup quarter-final away to Yeovil Town. The Glovers fielded a strong side and although young striker Andy Springer had an early shot saved by Yeovil keeper Steve Collis it was no surprise when Marvin Brown gave Yeovil the lead just before half time. Dale Williams added a second for The Glovers early in the second half and Taunton, missing six players who were cup tied, rarely looked like responding, although top scorer Antony Lynch missed two late chances.

YATE TOWN – Striker Matthew Rawlins has been transferred to Weston-super-Mare for an undisclosed fee. Rawlins joined Yate Town in September 2003 and would have been out of contract at the end of the season. He has signed a contract for the Seagulls until May 2006.

TRANSFERS – Mark Gayle (Solihull Borough to Halesowen Town), Leon Gutzmore (Hemel Hempstead Town to Histon), Matthew Joseph (Canvey Island to Histon [temporary]), Angus MacKay (Brackley Town to Banbury United), David McCartney (Tilbury to Hemel Hempstead Town), Jon Nichols (Team Bath to Rugby United [temporary]), Richard Pacquette (Fisher Athletic to Hemel Hempstead Town), Mark Robson Tilbury to Great Wakering Rovers).

DATE: 5 MARCH 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Leaders Chippenham Town had their match at Hemel Hempstead Town postponed on Saturday. But second placed Bedford Town failed to take full advantage of the Bluebirds being grounded, when they were held 1-1 at home to Tiverton Town. Lee Howarth opened the scoring for the Eagles when he converted a penalty in the 26th minute. Steven Winter, though, repeated the feat for Tivi in the 65th minute.

Halesowen Town missed the opportunity to move above Bedford when they, too, were held to a home draw. Bath City earned a point from a goalless stalemate at The Grove. Merthyr Tydfil, though, have raised their game after a spell without a win. Saturday’s 2-0 win a Rugby United has lifted the Martyrs into fourth place. Lee Howells and Craig Steins got Merthyr’s goals. Histon slipped into fifth spot following the postponement of their game at Dunstable Town. With five games in hand over most of the clubs above them, the Stutes’ position looks healthy. But with the remainder of the season quickly slipping away, fifteen League games, at least one League Cup Tie and a County Cup Final to play in the final eight weeks is asking a lot.

At the foot of the Table the bottom four are becoming detached from the pack. Five points separate the current relegation candidates from safety. A 3-3 draw between two of the contestants, Stamford and Solihull Borough, might have been thrilling but a single point did little for their survival hopes.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – A 5-3 win over Berkhamsted Town has enabled East Thurrock United to open a five point lead at the top of the Eastern section. Vincent John (2), Gary Dixon, Samuel Winston and Lee Burns got the Rocks’ goals. The next three clubs in the Table, Fisher Athletic, Uxbridge and Maldon Town all had their fixtures postponed. But Barking & East Ham United and Barton Rovers strengthened their places amongst the Play-Off contenders with odd goal victories over Aveley and Wingate & Finchley, respectively. Boreham Wood continued their charge towards the end of season ‘over time’ games when they defeated Tilbury 6-1.Christopher Bangura (2), Leon Archer (2), James Bunn and Spencer Knight scored the goals that increased the pressure on the Dockers fight against relegation. With just three League wins all season, Tilbury are ten points from safety with nine games to go.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Evesham United missed the chance to go level with Mangotsfield United at the top of the Western section. With ‘Field on a day off, the Robins were held to a 1-1 draw by Swindon Supermarine. The shock of the day came at The Oval, where relegation threatened Bedworth United crushed promotion chasing Clevedon Town 5-0. Paul Spacey, Michael Swan (pen), Gilbert Cummins (2) and Guy Hadland all scored for the Greenbacks.

Yate Town kept their Play-Off place alive by earning a point from the goalless draw at Bracknell Town. Bromsgrove Rovers, though, collapsed 2-0 at home to Brackley Town, who were seeking to sign Rovers’ Arthur Appleton during the week prior to the game. Ashford Town (Middlesex) climbed into the top six with a midweek 4-3 win over Rothwell Town and a 1-1 draw with Cinderford Town on Saturday. The Foresters looked to have nicked all the spoils when Iain Langstone scored in the 88th minute. But with one eye on the clock, Cinderford failed to spot Scott Todd sneeking up to rescue a point for the Tangerines.

BATH CITY – Swindon Town have permitted Leigh Henry to sign for Bath City on work experience.

BEDWORTH UNITED – The Greenbacks have made 21 years old Joe Hanney available for transfer, permanent or temporary. The Leicester based midfielder played several games for Tamworth last season, and spent a spell on loan at Rothwell Town. Interested parties must contact club Manager Mark Hallam on 01455-286095 or 07771-832664.

BURNHAM - Goalkeeper Danny Honey, who has been out injured since September 2003, is making good progress in his recovery. He has played in Burnham’s last two Reserve Team fixtures in the Suburban League.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – Sam Bailey has signed for the Bluebirds, following the cancellation of his contract with Bath City. At a Board meeting on 2nd March 2005, Chippenham Town Football Club appointed Sandie Webb as Chairman. The Bluebirds have been flying without a Chairman for just over a year so it was felt that the time was right to make an appointment. The Club also announced a number of other changes on the Board. After 17 years service Richard Terrell has decided to step down as Finance Director at the end of the current season. John Applegate will take over as Finance Director with immediate effect thus ensuring a smooth transition on all financial matters. Supporter Jim Pithie, the former Head of Maintenance at Wavin Plastics, where he worked for 20 years, has agreed to join the Board of Directors. Before joining Wavin Plastics Jim was in the R.A.F. for 23 years.

CINDERFORD TOWN – The Foresters Youth Team captain, 18 years old Peter Edwards, was killed in a car accident that occurred during poor weather conditions on Wednesday evening. A minute’s silence was held before Cinderford’s match at Ashford Town on Saturday.

CLEVEDON TOWN – The Seasiders have signed Wayne O’Sullivan on a temporary transfer from Exeter City. O’Sullivan was previously a trainee with Plymouth Argyle. Daniel Thompson, a scholar with Cheltenham Town, has been given permission to join on work experience.

DUNSTABLE TOWN – Rushden & Diamonds’ Sean Ridgway has signed for Dunstable Town on work experience. The Blues have also recruited Mark Coulson on temporary transfer from Peterborough United. Coulson is a 19 years old midfielder in his second year as a professional with The Posh, but is yet to break into the first team.

EGHAM TOWN – The Sarnies have agreed a sponsorship arrangement for next season with Gladwish Land Sales. The club’s current sponsor, Saints Transport, has agreed to continue its contribution to the club next season, too.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – 20 years old forward, Christopher Dickson, has signed a contract with the Deres.

FISHER ATHLETIC (LONDON) – The Fish have signed former Southend United midfielder, Dean Holness. The 28 years old Lewisham born player made 2 appearances for the Shrimpers during one season as a professional.

GRANTHAM TOWN – Adrian Speed recently broke the Gingerbreads’ all time appearance record, which stood at 624 and held by former goalkeeper Chris Gardiner. Gardiner played for the club during the 70’s and 80’s. Adrian was awarded a silver salver to mark the occasion and was delighted when Chris Gardiner, who still lives locally, accepted an invitation to make the presentation. Adrian joined the club as a 19 years old from Holbeach United after being released by Peterborough United. He captained Grantham to the Midland Division championship and has also served the club as Caretaker Manager on two occasions. Having won their Lincolnshire Senior Shield Sem-Final (5-1) against Stamford, the Gingerbreads will meet Gainsborough Trinity in the Final.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Defender Daniel Jones has left the Yeltz to go to Australia. The former British University representative and Worcester City player plans to study, travel and play football in Oz.

HARLOW TOWN – The Hawks require a Match Secretary to carry out the duties of match confirmation correspondence and dealing with the team sheets on match days.
In the first instance contact the Club Secretary Martin Haines on 07729967876 or 01279 445319.

HISTON – The Stutes have signed 22 years old midfielder David Bridges from Rushden & Diamonds. Bridges has spent the previous three years with Cambridge United, for whom he made 45 appearances and scored 5 goals.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have signed Boston United midfielder, Matthew O’Halloran. The 23 years old Buxton born player began his career with Derby County. After signing professional forms in the 2003/04 season he moved on to Oldham Athletic, for whom he made 13 appearances, and Chesterfield, where he made 3 appearances.

RUGBY UNITED – 20 years old Goalkeeper, Robert Beckwith, has signed for Rugby United on loan from Luton Town. The London born custodian began his career as a scholar and during the past two years as a professional he has made 17 Football League appearances for the Hatters. Former Coventry City midfielder, Ben Mackey, has also signed. The 18 years old, Leamington born player, made 3 appearances for the Sky Blues during the 2002/03 season but failed to break into the team last season. City scholar Tim Partridge has joined on work experience.

STAMFORD – Lincoln City FC has granted permission for the Daniels to play Ollie Ryan on work experience.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE – Supermarine have signed Steven Cook, on work experience, from Cheltenham Town. Lance Lewis has signed from Swindon Town on similar terms. Two players left Hunts Copse this week. Mark Draycott departed for a second season in the USA playing in Portland. And Jonathan Mills left to take a football scholarship in Australia.

TEAM BATH – Manager Ged Roddy and Coach Paul Tisdale, have been appointed in their club roles to take charge of the England Universities team that will partake in the British Universities Sports Association Home Nations Tournament. The Tournament takes place in Edinburgh between 4 & 7 April.

YATE TOWN – During Yate Town’s recent County Cup Tie against Bristol City, Yate’s Paul Metheringham and Bristol’s Mike MacKay each sustained a broken leg. Get well soon fellas.

TRANSFERS – Robert Beckwith (Luton Town to Rugby United [temporary]), Mark Coulson (Peterborough United to Dunstable Town [temporary]), Jim Duffy (Berkhamsted Town to Hitchin Town), Ross Edwards (Dartford to Erith & Belvedere), Graham Jeater (Maldon Town to Tilbury), Karl Johnson (Bromsgrove Rovers to Halesowen Town), Andrew Lodge (Spalding United to Arlesey Town [temporary]), Tom McGowan (Waltham Forest to Hemel Hempstead Town), Wayne O’Sullivan Exeter City to Clevedon Town [temporary]), Darryl Roach (Tilbury to Wingate & Finchley).


February 2005 News Archive

 

DATE: 26 FEBRUARY 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – A David Gilroy hat-trick, and a brace from Simon Charity, enabled leaders Chippenham Town to crush local rivals Cirencester Town on Saturday. The 5-0 battering dished up by the Chips increased their lead at the top to seven points. Second placed Bedford Town, meanwhile, had their advantage over Halesowen Town reduced to one point as a result of their 2-1 defeat at the Grove.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – East Thurrock United’s 5-1 over Beaconsfield SYCOB knocked Fisher off their perch at the top of the Eastern section. The Essex side took over this mantle and lead by two points. But the Fish have two games in hand.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Leaders Mangotsfield United were held to a goalless home draw on Saturday by Bracknell Town. Nearest rivals Clevedon Town were also held at home, 1-1, by Bromsgrove Rovers. The stalemate enabled Evesham United to regain second spot after winning 4-0 at Thame United.

THE FA TROPHY - Stamford, the Southern League's last representatives in this season's FA Trophy, bowed out of the Competition to a last minute strike by Nationwide Conference club Exeter City.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Warren Haughton is currently carrying an injury and Club physiotherapist Donna Read confirmed he was only a “possibility” for Saturday’s home match against Dartford. Ebow Mensah, who was incapacitated by illness last the weekend, should be fit for selection. Jon Higgs is awaiting a scan on his damaged ankle and will be out for a while longer while John O’Sullivan and Gary Waters will be suspended following their dismissals against Barton Rovers. This will be the 2nd suspension for each player this season and the length is not yet known but they will definitely miss the Aveley game on March 5th plus, possibly, the London Senior Cup semi final the following Tuesday. Also, Steve Blaney was substituted last week, following an injury, and his condition remains to be assessed.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – Wycombe Wanderers scholar, Chay Morris, has signed for Beaconsfield.

FISHER ATHLETIC (LONDON) – Former Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper, William Packham, has signed for Fisher for one month from Worthing. Packham made two Football League appearances for the Seagulls in four seasons as a professional.

GREAT WAKERING ROVERS – After last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Leighton Town, Rovers’ Manager Tony Cross offered his resignation. It was accepted at a Committee meeting on Monday and former Chelmsford City player, Iain O’Connell has been appointed Player/Manager.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH - The Republic of Ireland will face Northern Ireland in a UEFA Under 17’s European Championship 2nd Qualifier on Saturday 26th March at Solihull Borough FC, kick-off 1.00pm. The match will give local football supporters the chance to look at the stars of the future as the majority of the players in both squads are already signed on with English Premiership and Football League Clubs.

The winners of the Qualifying Group, which includes England, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Serbia and Montenegro, will qualify for the Finals of the tournament to be held in Italy in May. England fixtures are being held at Stoke City, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers, whilst the remaining group fixtures are at Kidderminster Harriers and Hinckley United.

STAMFORD – The Daniels have signed Birmingham born defender, Peter Folkes, on loan from Lincoln City. The 20 year old, former Bristol City scholar, spent last season as a professional with Bradford City but failed to break into the first team.

TRANSFERS – Richard Barrett (Brackley Town to Thame United), Peter Folkes (Lincoln City to Stamford [temporary]), Darren Grocutt (Halesowen Town to Sutton Coldfield Town), William Packham (Worthing to Fisher Athletic [temporary]), Fernando Perna (Thame United to Oxford City), James Rowe (Grantham Town to Stamford), Michael Smissen (Dover Athletic to Chatham Town [temporary]), Andrew Turner (Banburty United to Bromsgrove Rovers), Samuel Winston Boreham Wood to East Thurrock United).

DATE: 19 FEBRUARY 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Herring & Chips

Chippenham Town maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier Division when Ian Herring poached a penalty in the 63rd minute of Saturday’s home game against King’s Lynn.

Gordon’s Howler Gives Halesowen The Big Cheese

Second placed Bedford Town were without a fixture, and consequently their lead at the top of the Play-Off places was cut to four points after Halesowen Town won 2-1 at Stamford. Kevin Slinn put the Daniels ahead in the 4th minute, but Steve Pope levelled for the Yeltz three minutes later. Halesowen’s winner came when Delroy Gordon put through his own net in the second half.

James Hatches Win Over Ducks

Egged on by an early goal for the Ducks, by Paul Edgeworth, Dunstable hatched a win with a brace from James Hatch. The win lifted Dunstable three places in the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST

Deres Net Fish

Fisher Athletic’s once, seemingly, impregnable lead at the top of the Eastern section has been reduced to a single point. The Fish were caught cold on Saturday by an Erith & Belvedere team eager to avoid relegation. Ian Pulman and Christopher Dickson (2) were the Deres’ scorers in a fine 3-0 win.

Second placed East Thurrock United were without a fixture at the weekend but third placed Uxbridge piled more pressure on the leaders with a 3-1 win over Tilbury. Maldon Town, meanwhile, extended their winning run to twelve matches, with a 1-0 success at Wingate & Finchley, thanks to a last minute goal by Craig Huttley.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – The four leading clubs in the Western section all won on Saturday. Leaders Mangotsfield United sustained their five point advantage at the top with a 3-0 win at Brackley Town. Michael Meaker, David Seal (Pen), and Drew Shore scored for ‘Field. Clevedon Town stayed ahead of Evesham United on goal difference by beating Ashford Town (Middx) 1-0, thanks to a Thomas Jacobs penalty. Evesham, meanwhile, defeated Paulton Rovers 3-1 with two goals from Richard Ball and another by Jermaine Clarke. The two remaining teams in the top six, Yate Town and Bromsgrove Rovers drew 2-2 at Yate.

Jacob Mingles Well at Ashford

Negotiations for Jacob Mingle’s temporary transfer from Staines Town, to become a permanent move, have finally been completed. Jacob has signed a contract for the remainder of the season, with a year’s option. The Tangerines see Mingle as an integral part of their plans for next season, but should the player move on, Staines will receive 50% of any net proceeds.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Tooting & Mitcham United will visit Mayesbrook Park in the Quarter Final of the London Senior Cup. A date for the tie is still to be arranged but Fisher Athletic await the winners in the next round.

BOREHAM WOOD – The Wood will meet Tring Town in the Semi-Final of the Hertfordshire Senior Cup, on a date to be confirmed. The winners will meet St. Albans City or Cheshunt in the Final.

Pulman Disembarks at Erith

The Deres have made Ian Pulman’s temporary transfer from Margate into a permanent move.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Midfielder Ben Steane suffered a broken bone during a Birmingham Senior Cup Tie against his former club, Bedworth United, last November. Having recently returned to full fitness he regained his First Team place, only to break his leg in the League game against Hemel Hempstead Town. Former Walsall midfielder, Nick Smith, has signed for the Yeltz. Smith spent two seasons with the Saddlers, as a professional, but failed to break into the first team.

HISTON – 17 years old, Nathaniel Knight-Percival signed a four year contract for the Stutes immediately after his club’s 2-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday. Knight-Percival has been with Histon since the age of ten, but has been attracting great interest recently, particularly from Reading following a FA Youth Cup Tie between the clubs. But the well educated left sided player feels his immediate future will be best served by the experienced management team of Steve Fallon and John Beck.

MALDON TOWN – The Blues have signed Stuart Williams from Southend United on work experience.

MARLOW – The Blues have signed Matthew Fox from Wycombe Wanderers, on work experience.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – Damson Park has won the distinction of staging another International. The UEFA u/17 Championship Match between Ireland & Northern Ireland will be hosted by Solihull on Saturday 26 March 2005.

TRANSFERS – Thomas Callinan (Taunton Town to Yate Town), Paul Danks (Halesowen Town to Solihull Borough), Aaron Farrell (Evesham United to Bedworth United), Leon Gutzmore (Aylesbury United to Hemel Hempstead Town), Bradley Hughes (Chesham United to Berkhampsted Town [temporary]), Ryan Jenner (Arlesey Town to Hitchin Town), Luke Jones (Swindon Supermarine to Team Bath), Samuel Lake (Great Wakering Rovers to Aveley), Matthew Lock (Tiverton Town to Mangotsfield United [temporary]), Martin Paul (Chippenham Town to Bath City), Jack Smillie (Oxford City to Brackley Town), Carl Tranter (Telford to Bromsgrove Rovers [temporary]).
(Correction to News for 12 February– Tom Gould (Forest Green Rovers to Team Bath [temporary]).

DATE: 12 FEBRUARY 2005

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – David Gilroy and Benjamin Kirk scored Chippenham Town’s goals in a 2-1 win at Stamford to keep the Bluebirds three points clear of Bedford Town at the top of the table. Carl Holmes replied for the Daniels. Bedford, meanwhile, won 1-0 at Rugby United, thanks to an own goal by United’s Daniel Pitham. Halesowen Town sustained third spot with a 4-0 win over Solihull Borough. Jimmy Haarhoff, Alexander Cowley, Simon Forsdick and Natham Lamey scored for the Yeltz. A 2-0 home win over Gloucester City maintained Aylesbury United’s fourth place. Gary Cook and Daniel French netted for the Ducks. Histon, leading three clubs on 45 points, are fifth. Neil Kennedy and Neil Andrews scored for the Stutes in a 2-1 win over Chesham United.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – East Thurrock United’s 5-0 win over Great Wakering Rovers has taken the Essex club to within two points of leaders Fisher Athletic. Gary Dixon (2), Paul Linger, Scott Holding and Dean Chandler scored for East Thurrock. Uxbridge lead the race for the Play-Off places, thanks to a win over Boreham Wood by the odd goal in five. Stuart Lake, Stuart Bamford and Mark Nicholls scored for Uxbridge. Paul Barnes continued to impress a number of scouts, watching on behalf of Football League clubs. Barnes bagged all three of Barton Rovers’ goals against Tilbury.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United opened up a five point lead at the top of the Western section when they defeated visiting Rothwell Town 3-2. Gary Warren, Matthew Lock and David Seal broke the Bones. Defender Warren has waited three years to find the net for Mangotsfield. He has now scored in each of the club’s last three matches! Promotion rivals Clevedon Town and Yate Town drew 1-1, with Kye Holly scoring for the hosts, and Darren Edwards netting for Yate. Evesham United and Bromsgrove Rovers both won 1-0, against Oxford City and Egham Town, respectively. Brackley Town, though, were held to a 1-1 draw by Bracknell Town.

BROMSGROVE ROVERS – Walsall’s Nathan Jamieson has signed for Bromsgrove Rovers on temporary transfer. 19 years old Jamieson is a first year professional with the Saddlers after playing for two seasons on a non-contract basis.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – Former Bristol Rovers forward, David Gilroy, has made his temporary transfer from Weston-super-Mare to Chippenham Town, into a permanent move.

DUNSTABLE TOWN – Peterborough United midfielder, Mark Coulson, has signed for Dunstable Town on temporary transfer. 18 years old Coulson is in his third season as a professional with the Posh but has not yet made a Football League appearance.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz have signed West Bromwich Albion scholars, Ross Clarke and Matthew Jones, on work experience. Clarke spent time with Solihull Borough earlier in the season on a similar understanding.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – Birmingham City scholar, Dean Curtis, has signed for Solihull Borough on work experience.

STAMFORD – The Daniels have recruited two scholars from Rushden & Diamonds on work experience:- Eric Manangu and Thomas Shaw.

TIVERTON TOWN – Plymouth Argyle midfielder, Stuart Yetton, has signed for Tiverton. 19 years old Yetton made 2 appearances for the Pilgrims in two seasons as a professional at Home Park.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Brandish (Banbury United to Oxford City), Mark Burfoot (Berkhamsted Town to Leighton Town), Mark Burrows (Hemel Hempstead Town to Corby Town), Carl Fannon (Aveley to East Thurrock United), Adam Furness (Arlesey Town to Hitchin Town), Tom Gould (Forest Green Rovers to Chippenham Town [temporary]), Scott Hadland Bedworth United to Bromsgrove Rovers), James Hatch (Barton Rovers to Dunstable Town), Simon Hill (Clevedon Town to Taunton Town), Matthew Joseph (Canvey Island to Histon [temporary]), Stephen Mensah (Harlow Town to Tilbury), Reinier Moor (Bath City to Clevedon Town [temporary]), Paul Reed (Chesham United to Berkhamsted Town), Dean Stevens (Taunton Town to Clevedon Town), Bradley Walsh (Aveley to Tilbury).

DATE: 5 FEBRUARY 2005

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town maintained a three point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Grantham Town. Samuel Allison and David Gilroy were the Bluebirds’ scorers. Bedford Town sustained the chase for the Championship with a 3-1 victory over relegation threatened Solihull Borough. Steven Jackman and Rene Howe scored for the Eagles, while Morton Titterton netted Solihull’s response.

Early season leaders Merthyr Tydfil lost further ground on the top two by being held to a goalless home draw by Dunstable Town. Halesowen Town, now back in third place, won a credible point in a 1-1 draw at Rugby United. Cirencester Town stayed in the Play-Off places despite a 3-1 defeat at King’s Lynn. Mark Angel, Jack Defty and Daniel Hammond scored for the Linnets; Jody Bevan replied for Ciren.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Leaders Fisher Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw at Wivenhoe Town. The Dragons took a seventh minute lead through Sean Caton, but Steve Watts equalised for the Fish. Second placed Uxbridge swopped placed with third placed East Thurrock United when the Essex club visited Middlesex and won 2-0. Keith Martin and Dean Chandler scored for the visitors. Barking & East Ham United, Maldon Town and Barton Rovers all remained in the Play-Off places when they enjoyed respective wins against Harlow Town (3-1), Tilbury (7-0) and Beaconsfield SYCOB (5-2).

Nicholas pulls Rugg from beneath Tilbury’s feet

Tilbury’s 7-0 defeat was the worst home reverse in the club’s history. Nicholas Rugg piled on the pressure with the first of his four goals, as early as the tenth minute. Simon Parker waded in with a hat-trick. With Erith & Belvedere gaining a point in a 1-1 draw against Dartford, the Dockers are now six points adrift at the bottom and nine points from safety.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Despite a battling performance by Egham Town, League leaders Mangotsfield United won 3-0 at the Runnymede Stadium to stretch their advantage over Clevedon Town to three points. David Seal (2) and Gary Warren scored for ‘Field. Second placed Clevedon, meanwhile, were being held by visiting Bracknell Town. Robert Scott and Leon Hapgood appeared to have continued the Seadisers good form but Gavin Smith and Stuart Walsh levelled for the Robins before the break. With Evesham United’s match at Cinderford Town postponed, Yate Town had the opportunity to move into third spot. But Thame United, convincing losers at Corby Town last week, defeated the Bristol side with a single goal by Justin Merritt.

F A TROPHY FOURTH ROUND – Sadly, the League is left with only one survivor in the F A Trophy. Stamford drew with Walton & Hersham to remain in the tournament. A replay victory would give the Daniels a home tie against Exeter City. Hednesford Town (the holders), Aylesbury United and Histon were all Fourth Round casualties.

ASHFORD TOWN (MDX) – Good news arrived this week with the news The Tangerines have been awarded the prestigious FA Community Charter status award, following a lot of hard work by committee member Eamonn Chandiram and his colleagues. Ashford are only the third club in Middlesex to have secured this distinction, behind Wealdstone and Northwood. The award has already brought dividends with a large box of footballs and training equipment being received from the Football Association.

In the meantime, the Club is showing its commitment to junior football by allowing the West Surrey Boys League to stage two of its semi-finals at the ground, without charge. The first took place last week. The second was on Sunday 6 February. Manager Mark Butler usually restricts himself to the occasional appearance on the bench these days, but he was a prolific scorer in his day. On a recent appearance for a veteran Staines Town side, he scored the opening goal in a testimonial friendly against an ex-Arsenal & Celebrity side for long serving Staines player, Joe O’Shea.

Mckay as loyal to Puritans

Last Saturday at Hednesford Town, Banbury United's Jody McKay equalled Ian Bowyer’s appearance figure of 556 games for the Puritans' first team. His next target is the Banbury United (not including Banbury Spencer), all-time appearance record of 571 games by Dave Matthews, which if he doesn't get injured, should be reached by the end of this season.
Jody is still only 30 years old, so who knows how many he could reach. He puts his large total down to an exemplary disciplinary record averaging three cautions every five years (he has never been suspended), and a lack of serious injuries. He has also scored 172 goals, despite playing several seasons in midfield.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Manager Dennis Elliott, and Assistant Jay Devereaux, recently met Barking MP, Margaret Hodge. The meeting was in connection with an award of £2,000 the club has received from the Government’s Sports Match scheme. The sum was generously matched by Property Facilities Group plc., enabling youth football to benefit from £4,000.

BATH CITY – After seven years in the ‘Chair’, Romans’ Chairman Steve Hall is to step down at the end of the season.

BURNHAM – Burnham manager David Mudge has appointed skipper Paul Brett Assistant Manager. As the football club is busy re-organizing itself on and off the pitch Paul Brett takes up the position of No 2 after spending 15 years at the club as a player. Earlier this season Brett played his 500th first team match. He seems to have had some managerial influence already, as the first team won its first home Southern League since October 23 last year. Defender Steven Noakes has been released from the club. Noakes had recently returned from injury and then was sent off and served a three match suspension. It was mutually agreed the club and player would part company.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – Manager Barry Lakin has left the Deres. Erith are currently second from bottom in Division One East. Lakin has taken an Assistant Manager’s role at Heybridge Swifts.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Following the departure of Darren Grocutt, Manager Paul Holleran has appointed Nick Amos Player/Coach. Amos, aged 29 years, joined Halesowen in October 2004 having previously played for Hornchurch, Bromsgrove Rovers, Hednesford Town and Solihull Borough.

Meanwhile, the Yeltz’s General Manager, Colin Brookes is about to celebrate 50 years in football. Halesowen’s ‘Man for all Seasons’ was 63 years old on 2 January. Like many of us, the Barnsley born winger began playing in his early teens. But unlike the majority of us, Colin became one of the few to represent his country at Schools level. He played in the same England Schoolboy squad as Bob Wilson and Nobby Stiles. In 1957 Brookes scored in a 2-0 win over Wales and was a member of the England team that beat West Germany in front of 130,000 spectators in Stuttgart. He went on to become a ‘Busby Babe’, albeit for only four months, before suffering homesickness and returning to Barnsley, for whom he subsequently made 46 appearances. He was then transferred to West Bromwich Albion and Peterborough United, before making 20 appearances for Southport. Upon retirement from the full-time game he joined the West Midlands Police Force and has been involved in the non-Football League game ever since. During his time at The Grove Colin has assisted several Managers and has stepped in on three occasions in a caretaker capacity between appointments. Congratulations Colin.

HEDNESFORD TOWN – The Pitmen are to stage another of their popular Sportsmen’s Evenings. This takes place in the function room at the Club on Thursday 24 February when the Guest Speaker will be the former Liverpool, Wrexham and Welsh International Joey Jones. The comedian on the night will be John Stiles who is the son of the former England World Cup winner Nobby. Tickets are still available from the club.

Walsall Reserves have added an extra game at Keys Park this season. Originally contracted to just three games this season, Keys Park will now host the Saddlers’ Reserve team fixture against Sheffield United Reserves on Wednesday 30 March 2005, kick off 2.00pm. Admission is free. The Keys Park playing surface will undergo a full pitch renovation during the close season. The renovation work, which will see the pitch undergo an ‘earthquake’ process, takes place during the first week of the close season and will take a couple of days.

2000 Complimentary School Tickets will again be distributed, amongst local schools, for Hednesford Town’s next home game against Hitchin Town on Saturday 19 February. The scheme was introduced for the Pitmen`s home game on January 3rd against Stamford, and over 200 youngsters took advantage of the offer. The scheme will also cover two more home games, against Rugby United on Easter Monday and the club’s final home League game of the season against Dunstable Town on Saturday 30 April.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have made Mark Angel available for transfer or loan. The 29 years old midfielder/winger has made 30 appearances for King’s Lynn this season, and scored 6 goals. Angel has previously played for Boston United, Oxford United, West Bromwich Albion and Darlington. Interested parties must contact Martin Davis on 01945-583567 or Nigel Link on 01553-841089.

The Town v The Gowns

Oxford City will play its annual fixture against Oxford University on Tuesday 15 February. The fixture is a prelude to Oxford’s University match against Cambridge.

RUGBY UNITED – The signing of an Agreement has been announced, between Rugby United and Rugby Town Junior FC, to bring the clubs together from next season. The merger ensures maintenance of the club’s FA Community Club status, enabling retention of access to funding opportunities this status provides. Further development of RTJFC grass pitch complex at Kilsby Lane, and the ‘new generation’ all weather facility at Butlin Road, is expected to boost the provision of sports for the whole community. The merger brings together football teams from the age of six to senior level, enhancing the prospect of local players representing the town club. Rugby United will be known as Rugby Town from 2005/06 season.

WALTHAM FOREST - Ryan Lee who joined Waltham Forest from Barnet last season is turning out for Harchester United in Sky One’s Football Drama series ‘Dream Team’. Harchester carry out their training sessions at Wadham Lodge, while Millwall’s New Den doubles as the ‘Dragon’s Lair’. Ryan has featured in most of the current series which goes out at 8.00 on Sunday evenings, repeated at 1.00 on Saturday lunch times.

WINGATE & FINCHLEY – All entrance fees for Wingate’s home fixture against Maldon Town on Saturday 19 February are to be donated to the Tsunami Appeal Fund.

TRANSFERS – Stuart Beevor (Arlesey Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Luke Corbett (Cheltenham Town to Bath City [temporary]), Mark Coulson (Peterborough United to Dunstable Town [temporary]), Ross Clarke (Solihull Borough to Halesowen Town), Ben Cleverley (Forest Green Rovers to Bath City [temporary]), Darren Deegan (Bracknell Town to Ashford Town [Mdx]), Carl Holmes (King’s Lynn to Stamford), Christian Honour (Yate Town to Mangotsfield United), Nathan Jameson (Walsall to Bromsgrove Rovers [temporary]), Matthew Judge (Tilbury to Waltham Forest), Karl Palmer (Gloucester City to Swindon Supermarine), Richard Pringle (Hemel Hempstead Town to Barton Rovers), Mark Sheils (Halesowen Town to Solihull Borough).

 


January 2005 News Archive

 

DATE: 31 JANUARY 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town opened a three point gap at the top of the table when defeating challengers Merthyr Tydfil at the weekend. James Constable scored both the Bluebirds goals in a 2-0 win. Cirencester Town moved into third spot by beating Hitchin Town 3-1.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic stretched their lead at the top of the Eastern section to seven points by crushing Berkhamsted Town 6-0. Second placed Uxbridge lost 1-0 at Wingate & Finchley, allowing East Thurrock United, who drew 2-2 with Boreham Wood, to close the gap to three points.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Leaders Mangotsfield United convincingly defeated Swindon Supermarine 5-1, to stay ahead of Clevedon Town. The Seasiders won 2-0 at Brackley Town, while third placed Evesham United won 2-0 at home to Bromsgrove Rovers. The top three are covered by just three points.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – The Tangerines went into Saturday’s match at Paulton Rovers with a few injury problems. Scott Harris has mumps; Steve Willmore, who has been out since the match against Thame United in November, will only start training this week; and Paul Johnson will be in plaster for a further 8 weeks.

BANBURY UNITED – Matthew Gooderick came on as substitute in Tuesday's Daventry Charity Cup tie, for his first outing for two and a half years since he tragically broke his leg in a pre-season friendly in August 2002. He celebrated with United's fourth goal. It has been a long time, but he is now definitely on his way back. He was Banbury's top scorer in his last there seasons for the Club.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – The funeral of Chairman Peter Webster was held in the packed Parish Church of SS Paul and Peter , Chingford Green on Monday. A very moving occasion was followed by a reception at Chingford’s Ridgeway Hotel, provided by Peter’s family. A large contingent of players (past and present) joined supporters, and club management amongst the large congregation. The service was conducted by Canon Michael Cole , who referred at length to Peter’s love of and dedication to Barking Football Club and included several tributes to Peter’s work. Peter’s daughter Victoria made a moving contribution by reading extracts from messages of condolence received by the family. The service ended with Blake’s Jerusalem, followed by Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s opera Turandot.

CHATHAM TOWN – I read Chatham Town Manager, Clive Walker, has left the club to re-join Dover Athletic.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz are holding a ‘Gentleman’s Evening’ on Friday 4 February at the Eaton Hotel, Birmingham. World Cup winner, Nobby Stiles, is the guest speaker.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – Fairford’s Phil Ward has signed for Mangotsfield. Ward played for Yate Town during their promotion campaign, back to The Southern League.

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN – Damien Markman has re-signed for the Royals after having his Appeal to give notice to Braintree Town FC to cancel his contract, upheld by The Football Association. Dean Perrow has though, I understand, left the Central Ground to join Willenhall Town.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE - Swindon Supermarine players, and coaching staff, took time off from their regular Tuesday night training session to help out local students at Swindon College. Upon arrival at the College, though, it became clear it was not their football knowledge the students wanted to get their hands on. It was their bodies! Twenty female trainee sports masseurs were waiting to try out their newly honed skills in the form of a full body massage on ‘Marines unsuspecting squad. Will Tuesday night training ever be the same? There were no complaints about this particular training night, and every player was in attendance. Is this a record?

TRANSFERS – Steven Blaney (East Thurrock United to Barking & East Ham United), Kevin Byrne (Stamford to Corby Town), Ben Camara (Taunton Town to Clevedon Town), Matthew Childs (Dunstable Town to Berkhamsted Town), Darran Hay (Hitchin Town to King’s Lynn), Robert Hughes (Farnborough Town to Berkhamsted Town [temporary]), Ian King (Rugby United to Banbury United), Ben L’Honore (Dunstable Town to Arlesey Town), Andrew Lodge (Spalding United to Arlesey Town [temporary]), Daniel Pitham (Solihull Borough to Rugby United), Ravi Sangha (Evesham United to Bromsgrove Rovers), Robert Scott (Aveley to Sittingbourne), Philip Turner (Leighton Town to Boreham Wood)

DATE: 24 JANUARY 2005

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Bedford Town won their tenth successive home match on Saturday, and as a result, drew level with Chippenham Town at the top of the table. Leaders Chippenham were held to a goalless draw at Hednesford Town. The Eagles, meanwhile, were defeating Team Bath 4-1 with goals by Christopher Dillon, Dean McEiroy and Paul Fewings (2). The Students replied through Tomas Jaukovic. Merthyr Tydfil, clear leaders two weeks ago, lost at Grantham Town. Although Richard French scored twice for the Martyrs, Willis Francis, Jason White and Jason Turner netted for the Gingerbreads. Although Merthyr are now three points behind Chippenham, they have two games in hand.

Ducks Not On Tigers’ Menu

Aylesbury United stayed on the leader board with a 3-0 win at Gloucester City. A Paul Edgeworth brace and a goal by Leon Gutzmore ensured the Ducks were not easy fodder for the Tigers. Histon remain in an excellent position, despite dropping two home points to Cirencester Town. In a see-saw match Ian Cambridge opened the scoring for the Stutes, but Jody Bevan levelled for the visitors. Adrian Cambridge restored Histon’s lead, but Benjamin Fitch netted Ciren’s second equaliser. Histon remain in fifth position, level on points with Cirencester, but the Stutes have played three games less than the League leaders.

Elsewhere in the Division, Steven Pope increased his lead at the top of Halesowen Town’s goal scoring list when he netted his tenth League goal of the season, the clincher for the Yeltz at Chesham United. Not bad for a Centre-Half! Lewis Baker had already opened Halesowen’s account. Robert Taylor’s match winning goal for Solihull Borough at Bath City has lifted the Midlands club three points clear of the relegation zone. A Robert Duffy goal for Stamford, after only three minutes in the match against Rugby United, lifted the Daniels to the top, in the battle of the bottom four. But Dunstable Town’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Tiverton Town leaves the Blues one point adrift at the bottom, while the Devon club moved into a more comfortable mid-table position.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Leaders Fisher Athletic London crashed at Arlesey Town, 3-0, enabling Uxbridge to close the gap to four points. Ozie Foster (2) and Justin Griffith scored in the first-half to give the ‘Two Blues’ a lead that Fisher could not breech.

Lake Superior

Uxbridge, meanwhile, swept away the challenge from the vastly improved Wivenhoe Town, with three goals from Stuart Lake. Michael Brothers managed a consolation for the visitors in the last minute.

Barking & East Ham sustained the pressure on the leading two by beating Berkhamsted Town 3-1, at home. Wayne Vaughan opened the scoring for the Essex side by converting a penalty. Warren Haughton made it two before Benjamin Porter pulled one back for the visitors. But Antony Read restored Barking’s two goal advantage in the penultimate minute of the match. Maldon Town moved into the Play-Off positions with a 1-0 win at Leighton Town. Nicholas Smith was Maldon’s match winner. Although they remain six points adrift at the bottom of the table, Tilbury continue to pick up the odd point or two. This week the Dockers contained Chatham Town to a goalless draw.

Erith & Belvedere, immediately above Tilbury in the table, crashed to a 5-1 defeat at home to East Thurrock United, despite holding the fourth placed club 1-1 at half-time. Kelechi Opara equalised Daniel Hayzelden’s opener for East Thurrock. But Daniel Harris, Vincent John and Hayzelden all scored in the second period. Dartford failed to take advantage of Erith’s misery, by losing 2-0 at Aveley. Simon Thomas and Steven Jones scored for Aveley to leave the Darts just two points above the relegation trapdoor.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – The top two, Mangotsfield United and Clevedon Town, clashed at the Hand Stadium on Saturday, and the game lived up to its high profile billing. Clevedon drew first blood, but not until the 75th minute, when Steve Lester scored. But just when it looked as though the Seasiders might leap frog their western neighbours in the table, Mangotsfield’s David Seal equalised in the 89th minute. So with both teams only gleaning a point, third placed Evesham United took advantage to close the gap on the leaders. Richard Ball scored twice for the Robins and Simeon Williams added a third, in a 3-1 win over Burnham. Michael Bartley replied for Burnham.

Yate Town push towards the automatic promotion places continued with a 2-0 win over Marlow. David Elsey and Darren Edwards scored for the Bristol based club. In another ‘top of the table’ clash, Rothwell Town defeated promotion rivals Bromsgrove Rovers 1-0, thanks to a Martin Flannigan goal. At the foot of the table Egham Town’s position looks more perilous each week. The Sarnies latest defeat, their 17th in 21 outings, leaves them seventeen points adrift, behind Bracknell Town. And being involved in several postponements only adds to Egham’s problems. The Sarnies have played six games fewer than their nearest rivals, so a little fixture congestion looks possible.

Berking Mad!

SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP THIRD ROUND – Possibly one of the most astonishing results in the Competition’s history occurred on Monday night. Sutton Coldfield Town, losing 2-0 with three minutes of normal time remaining, drew level with Rugby United and went on to win 8-2 after extra-time. As the Royals ran riot in overtime, David Berks scored four.

On the same evening, Fisher Athletic defeated Ashford Town (Middx) 2-1 and Halesowen Town won 3-2 at Hednesford Town. Twenty-four hours later Bracknell Town proved to be the surprise package by defeating Aylesbury United 3-0. Paulton Rovers won 1-0 at Gloucester City and King’s Lynn reversed a heavy League defeat at Grantham Town the previous Saturday by beating the Gingerbreads 4-0.

BOREHAM WOOD – Amongst several signings The Wood have made this week from Cheshunt, midfielder Michael Black has moved to Meadow Park. Black, now 28 years old, began his career with Arsenal. Whilst with the Gunners the Chigwell born player made 13 appearances for Millwall, on loan, before being transferred to Tranmere Rovers for who he made 22 appearances. Ten former Cheshunt players joined Boreham Wood this week, following the appointment of Cheshunt’s Manager, Andy Leese, to the Meadow Park ‘hot-seat’.

CHESHAM UNITED – Andrew Reilly has joined Chesham United. The Luton born, Scotland Youth & u/21 International defender, made five Football League appearances last season for Wycombe Wanderers. The Generals have also signed Taplow born, Eire u/21 International (Captain), Sean Byrne. During a five year professional spell with West Ham United, Byrne made 5 appearances for the Hammers, 2 on loan for Bristol Rovers and 9 for Swansea City, on loan.

GRANTHAM TOWN – The Gingerbreads have signed Laurie Wilson from Burton Albion on a month’s temporary transfer. The Brighton born midfielder spent last season as a professional with Sheffield Wednesday. Wilson is 20 years old and is a Northern Ireland Youth International.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Former Halesowen player, Paul Hickman, died last week aged 46 years. Paul made 180 appearances for the Yeltz, including a substitute appearance in the 1982 FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium against VS Rugby. For the last three years, though, he has fought a battle against Motor Neurone disease. During his playing career Paul also played for Brierley Hill and Lye Town.

KING’S LYNN – 37 years old defender, Simon Clark, has returned to the Linnets fourteen years after he first played for the Walks Stadium club. After the 6’1” Boston born player began his career with his hometown club, he went on to play for Holbeach Town, King’s Lynn, Hendon and Stevenage Borough. He embarked on a professional career with Peterborough United in 1993 and made 107 appearances for the Posh. He subsequently turned out on 98 occasions for Leyton Orient and 55 for Colchester United. More recently he has been playing in Singapore.

OXFORD CITY – Next weekend’s vist to Burnham will be Oxford City’s 800th fixture since the club commenced playing after its eviction from its previous home at the White House Ground. After relinquishing its position in the Isthmian League, City recommenced in the South Midlands League with a fixture against Walden Rangers. Three seasons later the club re-entered the Isthmian League.

TRANSFERS – James Ayres (Arlesey Town to Hitchin Town), Milan Barisic (Thame United to Oxford City), Richard Burgess (Bromsgrove Rovers to Stourport Swifts), Paul Covington (Hitchin Town to Dunstable Town), Anthony Francis (Dunstable Town to Arlesey Town), Matthew Lock (Tiverton Town to Mangotsfield United [temporary]), John Ray (Tilbury to Great Wakering Rovers), James Rowe (Stamford to Grantham Town), Peter Sheppard (Taunton Town to Mangotsfield United), Dale Skelton (Dover Athletic to Chatham Town [temporary]), Kevin Slinn (Brackley Town to Stamford [temporary]), Michael Smissen (Dover Athletic to Chatham Town [temporary]), Chris Wilson (Wivenhoe Town to Maldon Town), Laurie Wilson (Burton Albion to Grantham Town [temporary]).

DATE: 17 JANUARY 2005

Southern League Clubs in the The FA Trophy Fourth Round
Saturday 5 February 2005 – 3pm

(£5,000 To Each Winning Club)

Gravesend & Northfleet v Histon

Aylesbury United v Canvey Island

Stamford v Walton & Hersham

Burton Albion v Hednesford Town

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town took advantage of Merthyr Tydfil’s inactivity on Saturday to return to the top of the table with a 4-1 win over visiting Dunstable Town. Lee Davidson and Sam Allison scored for the Bluebirds before Thomas Hayes pulled one back for Dunstable just before the interval. Benjamin Kirk restored Chipps’ lead in the 50th minute and David Gilroy completed the scoring two minutes later.

The Martyrs match at home to Cirencester Town fell victim to the wet weather, and as a result Merthyr have slipped into second place. But thanks to a club record ninth successive home win, Bedford Town are now level on points with the Welsh club. The Eagles latest victory was a 4-2 success over Banbury United. Derwayne Stupple, with a brace, and Christopher Dillon gave Bedford a healthy lead before Christopher Jackson and Jody McKay considerably reduced the arrears. But with seven minutes remaining Paul Fewings clinched the win for Bedford.

At the foot of the table Solihull Borough’s 2-0 win over Hitchin Town lifted them four places up the table. First half goals by Mark Shepherd and Dean Peer have lifted Borough out of the relegation zone, at the expense of Team Bath, who were engaged in the FA Trophy. Stamford were similarly engaged, and dropped into 22nd place, while Hemel Hempstead Town picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at home to Gloucester City. Grant Carney and George Fowler scored for the Tudors, while Jimmy Cox replied for the Tigers.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic London and Uxbridge both scored four in victories over Erith & Belvedere and Barton Rovers, respectively, to retain a comfortable lead at the top of the table.
The Division’s leading scorer, Steve Watts, netted twice for the Fish while Hamid Barr and Charlie Taylor completed the rout of their visitors from Kent. Barton Rovers managed a goal against Uxbridge, when Ricky Case equalised Michael Swaysland’s opener for the Reds. But Stuart Lake, Gavin Bamford and James Cleary all scored in the second half to ensure their club’s six point advantage over Barking & East Ham United was sustained. Barking, meanwhile, were easing passed Arlesey Town, 1-0, thanks to a Warren Haughton goal. Fourth placed East Thurrock United sustained their promotion hopes with a 3-0 win over Leighton Town. Vincent John scored twice, either side a Lee Burns strike.

Bottom club Tilbury picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Boreham Wood. Chima Eberendu put the Dockers ahead in the first half, only for Noel Imber to level from the spot in the second period. Great Wakering Rovers lifted themselves out of the relegation zone, at the expense of Erith & Belvedere, with a 1-0 win at Wingate & Finchley. Nana Siaw-Badu was the match winner.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – A 2-0 win over promotion rivals Evesham United has stretched Mangotsfield United’s lead at the top of the Western section to four points. Mark Summers opened Mangotsfield’s account in the 15th minute and a David Seal effort two minutes from time sealed victory. Clevedon Town have charged up the table of late and a convincing 4-0 win at Burnham on Saturday has put the Seasiders into the automatic promotion places for the first time this season. Robert Scott and Jack Pitcher scored in the first half; Thomas Jacobs and Geraint Bater netted in the second half. A 2-0 win at Marlow has lifted Bromsgrove Rovers into the Play-Off places, at the expense of Brackley Town who were without a fixture. Riad Erraji and Paul Szewczyk were the scorers in Bromsgrove’s fifth win on the road this season.

At the foot of the table Egham Town’s 16th defeat in 20 League outings underlined the severity of the Sarnies’ position. A Stewart Marshall goal for Corby Town in the 63rd minute leaves Egham fourteen points adrift at the bottom and seventeen points from safety. Sutton Coldfield Town are now in the relegation zone, following a deduction of points after playing an ineligible player. Bracknell Town’s 1-1 draw at home to Cinderford Town has lifted them three points above the relegation trapdoor.

Barrow Carries Pitmen to Trophy Success

F A TROPHY – Holders Hednesford Town are through to the Fourth Round of the FA Trophy having defeated Worcester City 1-0. Lee Barrow scored for the Pitmen. Aylesbury United defeated Forest Green Rovers 2-1, with goals by Dean Cracknell and Leon Gutzmore. Forest’s reply was an own goal by the Ducks’ Dean Powles. Stamford reached the Fourth Round for the first time in the club’s history by soundly beating Willenhall Town 3-1. Robert Duffy (2) and James Rowe were the Daniels’ scorers. Hayes held First Division side Yate Town to a 1-1 draw. Yate’s Adam Sims equalised a goal by Knight for the visitors. Histon came from behind to defeat Team Bath 2-1. Tomas Jaukovic opened the scoring for the Students but Ian Cambridge and Robert Nightingale netted for the Stutes. Sutton Coldfield Town lost narrowly at Morecambe, 2-1, but Bath City were sunk 3-0 by Canvey Island.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – The Tangerines have signed Jacob Mingle from Staines Town for a third month’s temporary transfer. It is likely he will join Ashford permanently at the conclusion of the loan. Staines have also been the source for Ashford’s latest recruit. John Henry-Hayden signed in time for Saturday’s match against Thame United, and was likely to go straight into the squad as a replacement for suspended Vincent O’Sullivan. After signing for the Club last Thursday, and being due to start in place of Paul Johnson last Saturday, Darren Flaherty informed Mark Butler on Friday that ‘out of the blue’ his parents had bought him a ticket to return to the New Zealand club where he had been playing in the summer. He would not, therefore, be joining Ashford for the time being. The Tangerines will, though, retain his registration as it is hoped he will become available in two months time.

Hawkins Returns to Twerton Park

Bath City have signed former Bristol City midfielder, Darren Hawkins. Bristol born Hawkins, now 20 years old, was on temporary transfer at Twerton Park earlier in the season, but the player has since been with Tamworth. After starting at Ashton Gate on a scholarship, Hawkins spent one year as a professional but failed to break into the first team.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – The Rams match against Dartford on Saturday was overshadowed by the tragic death of Gary Hughes, son of Beaconsfield’s Vice-Chairman, Paul Hughes. Gary passed away, aged 23 years old, on Thursday evening 13 January. Both teams observed a minute's silence before the match, and all SYCOB officials would like to extend their thanks to all the players, supporters, and officials who gave generously to help the family through a difficult time. In Gary’s memory, Beaconsfield went on to win the match 2-1.

Everyone connected with The Southern Football League sends their condolences to Gary’s family and friends.

BRACKLEY TOWN – The Saints have two players available for transfer. Darren Beckett is a 23 years old defender/midfielder who has made over 200 appearances, and Kevin Slinn, a forward who scored 30 goals for Bedford Town in the 2001/02 season. Slinn has also played for Raunds Town, Grantham Town, Boston United, Watford and Stockport County, for whom he scored one goal in four Football League appearances.

BURNHAM - After talks late this week it was decided Shane Small-King and Phillip John would be released from the club. Small-King had been the subject of a seven day approach from AFC Newbury. After weeks of ground works at the Gore, Wymers Wood Road, the new development at the ground has at last seen construction above the surface. Steel erectors have arrived and the first signs of a building and the stand roof are visible.

CIRENCESTER TOWN – Swindon born central defender, Adrian Viveash, has signed for Cirencester Town. Viveash, now 35 years old, began his career as a Youth for Swindon Town. He scored 2 goals in 54 appearances for the Robins. Whilst at the County Ground he made 11 appearances on loan for Reading and 2 for Barnsley, scoring once. In October 1995 he was transferred to Walsall, and in five seasons at Bescott Stadium he made 202 appearances and scored 13 goals for the Saddlers. Viveash was then transferred to Reading. In three years at the Madejski Stadium he scored 3 goals in 58 appearances, and appeared on 11 occasions for Oxford United, on loan before returning to Swindon Town. Amid a further 15 appearances for his hometown club, last season, he made 7 for Kidderminster Harriers on loan.

The Fame of Hall

Southern League clubs are renowned for doing their best to fulfil the wishes of their supporters. So when Darren Hall expressed his ambition to be the club’s Mascot at a forthcoming fixture, the Yeltz were happy to oblige. Darren was Halesowen’s Mascot at the club’s Bath City fixture last Saturday, on his 40th birthday! We all hope you had a great day, Darren.

Daniels Take Diamond – But Not Forever

Stamford have signed Rushden & Diamonds’ striker, Robert Duffy. The Swansea born 22 years old, who is a Wales u/18 International, has spent three years as a professional with Rushden during which time he has scored one goal in 28 appearances.

Cherries Take Peacock

Taunton Town’s striker Liam Moseley has been signed by AFC Bournemouth on a YTS contract. Moseley, 16 years old, has been attracting the attention of Football League scouts since signing for Taunton at the start of the season. The Cherries invited Moseley to play in a trial match and were sufficiently impressed to offer him a contract. Moseley made his farewell appearance for the Peacocks against Cinderford Town on New Years Day. He signed off with a goal only two minutes after coming on a substitute. As well as Taunton winning 5-3, after trailing three times, the game was notable for eight different goal scorers. Moseley’s departure is another blow for Taunton manager Russell Musker, after losing the services of captain and central defender Alex Watson to Clevedon Town. Better news arrived this week, though, when another central defender, Dale Peckham, rejected an offer from Mangotsfield United.

TRANSFERS – Michael Boyle-Chong (Stamford to Rothwell Town), Marc Burrows (Corby Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Paul Cobb (Aveley to Tilbury), Robert Duffy (Rushden & Diamonds to Stamford [temporary]), David Gilroy (Weston-super-Mare to Chippenham Town [temporary]), Philip Male (Bedworth United to Bromsgrove Rovers), Jack Midson (Dagenham & Redbridge to Hemel Hempstead Town [temporary]), Jacob Mingle (Staines Town to Ashford Town (Middx) [temporary]), Jonathan Rowe (Hednesford Town to Sutton Coldfield Town).

DATE: 10 JANUARY 2005

GX Soccer Club Of The Month
Awards For December 2004

Premier Division – Aylesbury United
Division One East – Barton Rovers
Division One West – Paulton Rovers

Hereward Sports Teamwear & Trophies
Safe Hands Awards For December 2004

Premier Division – Cirencester Town
Division One East – Harlow Town
Division One West – Swindon Supermarine

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Despite being well into the second half of the season, the twenty-two clubs in the Premier Division are still covered by just 22 points! Leaders Merthyr Tydfil dropped two home points at the weekend, to a revitalised Tiverton Town. Christopher Vinnicombe put the Devonshire side ahead a minute after half-time, but Craig Steins levelled for the Wales’ side a minute later. Second placed Bedford Town’s recent run of good form came to a relatively surprising end at bottom club Dunstable Town. The defeat knocked the Eagles two places back in the table, but lifted Dunstable two places higher. Chippenham Town moved into second spot, once again, by crushing Hemel Hempstead Town 5-2. Histon are now third, after demolishing Stamford 3-0. The Daniels are ahead of only Solihull Borough, at the foot of the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic returned to winning ways at the weekend, albeit by the narrowest of margins, 1-0, at Aveley. Anthony Riviere’s 74th minute goal restored Fisher’s lead at the top to seven points, whilst nearest challengers Uxbridge were losing by the same score at Arlesey Town. Ozzie Foster was Arlesey’s match winner. Barking & East Ham United won comfortably, 3-0, at Chatham Town to move into third spot. And East Thurrock United’s 1-0 win at Barton Rovers, thanks to a Vincent John goal, keeps the Essex side comfortably amongst the Play-Off contenders. Having picked up their first home win of the season last Saturday, like a London bus, another one immediately arrived for Great Wakering Rovers. GWR won 2-0 at home to Tilbury, to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation, but at the same time increase the Dockers’ chances of dropping through the trapdoor. Tilbury are now seven points adrift at the foot of the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – A 3-0 win at Burnham keeps Mangotsfield United on top of the table. David Seal, Michael Meaker and Robert Claridge were ‘Fields scorers. A Jermaine Clarke brace, for Evesham United against Bracknell Town, maintained the Robins position in second spot. Yate Town and Clevedon Town are third & fourth, separated by goal difference. Both won by four clear goals on Saturday: Yate defeated Sutton Coldfield Town 5-1 and Clevedon melted down the Steelmen from Corby 4-0.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – The Tangerines new Manager, Mark Butler, has appointed Rory Gleeson as his Assistant. Rory was previously associated with Chertsey Town, where the roles were reversed with Mark assisting Rory. Butler has also made his first player signings. Darren Flaherty, a left sided midfield player, previously with Chertsey Town, Staines Town and Beckenham Town has signed. Flaherty went straight into Butler’s squad, as a replacement for broken ankle victim, Paul Johnson. In addition, 16 years old Ricky Wellard, son of Under-18 Assistant Manager Lenny Wellard, has now signed Southern League forms following some impressive performances in the Reserves. Last Wednesday evening he scored in a 7-3 win over AFC Wimbledon. Affectionately known as “Bones” the 6 feet plus youngster was on the bench for Saturday’s visit to Stourport Swifts. A trio of new signings was completed when Derek Harris signed from Spelthorne Sports.

AYLESBURY UNITED – Aylesbury’s fixture against Dunstable Town on 3 January represented the Ducks’ 500th Southern League game. Aylesbury celebrated with a 5-0 victory. Fanatical Aylesbury supporter, David Figg (now based in Oswestry and affectionately know by other Ducks’ followers as ‘Brains’) will be writing a comprehensive statistical history of the club’s life in the Southern League in a forthcoming Match Day Programme.

BANBURY UNITED - Wayne Blossom started this season as a right-back. Since then, he has played at left-back, centre-half and striker. He has now been moved into midfield. Will he make it a full-set by turning out in goal, just like a local Horsham lad, I remember, did back in the early 70’s?! (I can still dream, can’t I?)

BATH CITY – 30 years old midfielder, Darren Caskey, has signed for the Romans. The Basildon born England Schools and Youth International began his career with Tottenham Hotspur. He scored four goals in 32 appearances for Spurs, and one in 6 appearances on loan for Watford, whilst at White Hart Lane. During the following five years he made 202 appearances for Reading, scoring 35 goals, before moving on to Notts. County. After 114 appearances, and 10 goals, for the Magpies, Caskey moved to Bristol City last season. Before making an appearance for the Robins, the player moved to Peterborough United this season.

BOREHAM WOOD - Striker Sammy Winston is available for transfer. Winston is a proven goal scorer at top non-league level and has scored 56 goals in 85 appearances for Boreham Wood. A fee will be required. The player must not be contacted direct. Interested parties must contact Chairman Danny Hunter.

HARLOW TOWN – In conjunction with local League side Risden Wood FC, the Hawks are organising a Benefit match in aid of the Tsunami disaster fund. The match will be staged at Harlow Town FC on Wednesday 19th January 2005, kick off 7.45pm. The match will be contested between a Harlow & District League Veterans XI and a Veterans/Celebrity XI. If you have ever fancied playing in front of a big crowd now is your chance, as a place in either side is up for auction on ebay. For more details visit www.risdenwoodfc.com and click the benefit match link.

HEDNESFORD TOWN – The Pitmen have announced that the School Complimentary Tickets project will be in force at two more home games before the end of the season. 2000 tickets were distributed amongst the schools for last Monday’s home game against Stamford and just over 200 youngsters took advantage of the offer, helping to swell the crowd to 828, the biggest of the season. Managing Director, Terry Brumpton, confirmed that 2000 complimentary tickets will be issued for the home games on Saturday 19 February against Hitchin Town and on Monday 28 March for the visit of Rugby United. The Pitmen thank local printing company Speedprint of Cannock for their sponsorship in printing the tickets.

With great regret, Hednesford Town Football Club have announced the passing of Club Official Tony Phillips, after a brief stay in hospital. Tony is pictured in this season’s League Handbook. Inside of the back cover he is photographed with some of his colleagues, and the FA Trophy. Tony is on the right of the back row.

HISTON – The Stutes are offering supporters the chance to buy a ticket for Histon’s next three home fixtures on 22 January (v Cirencester), 25 January (v Leighton Town) and 29 January (v Bedford Town) at a reduced rate. From this Saturday up to Friday 21st January fans can purchase a match ticket for just £15 per Adult & £7 for concessions. The three-part ticket was available from Saturday’s match against Stamford. The special ticket offers a saving of £9 on Adult tickets and £5 on concessionary tickets. Club members who purchase the three-match ticket will also be given a match day programme for each game.

Twenty Histon fans will enjoy an ‘inside view’ of next week’s F A Trophy Tie against Team Bath. The supporters will join the Histon players by joining the team for the trip to Twerton Park. The twenty eager fans will travel with the team on Saturday lunch time, enjoy dinner with the players on Saturday evening before travelling with the team to the game on Sunday for the 1.00pm kick-off. Histon have given Hemel Hempstead Town seven days notice of approach for Grant Carney. Carney began the season with Dunstable Town. The Stutes are also negotiating with a defender, who is resident in the county, and currently plays a Football Conference club.

MARLOW – The Blues have joined forces with Wycombe Wanderers FC to organise a match for the benefit of the Tsunami Appeal. Several Wycombe ‘legends’ have already agreed to take part. Former England International, Phil Parkes, will also be in attendance. Further details will be published as arrangements are finalised. The game will be played at The Alfred Davis Ground, Marlow on 19 January. It is hoped to raise £10,000.

SITTINGBOURNE - Sittingbourne's recent home match against Maldon Town was the club’s 1,000 Southern League Match. The home match against Beaconsfield was their 500th home Southern League match. The Brickies have appointed former Dover Athletic Manager, Richard Langley as Assistant manager to newly appointed Team Boss, Steve Nolan.

TIVERTON TOWN – Liverpool born Terrence Peter Conning has re-signed for Tiverton. Conning, now 40 years old, scored once in 39 appearances for Rochdale during 1986.

WALTHAM FOREST – The worthy award recently presented to Oxford City’s John Shepperd, prompted Waltham Forest Secretary, Andy Perkins, to think of his club President George Gross. George was Waltham’s Chairman from the early 1960s until 1995. Since then he has been President. He never misses a match (home or away), despite living south of the river, and never misses a Committee Meeting, where I am told he is very active! George will be 86 next birthday. Where would football be without such magnificent service?! Well done, George.

TRANSFERS – Mark Barnes (Hitchin Town to Barton Rovers), Shane Campbell (Sittingbourne to Great Wakering Rovers), Tom Gott (Berkhamsted Town to Chesham United), Christopher Green (Arlesey Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Ben L’ Honore (Leighton Town to Dunstable Town), Bradley Hughes (Chesham United to Cheshunt [temporary]), Renier Moor (Bath City to Clevedon Town), Ian Pullman (Margate to Erith & Belvedere), Brian Statham (East Thurrock United to Erith & Belvedere), Michael Swan (Solihull Borough to Bedworth United).

DATE: 3 JANUARY 2005

RON TIMMINGS

After a long illness former Sutton Coldfield Town Committee Member, and Southern Football League Management Committee Member, Ron Timmings, passed away just before Christmas.

PETER WEBSTER

The end of the year came to a tragic end for the Barking & East Ham United when it was announced Chairman Peter Webster died suddenly on Thursday 30 December. Peter was 53 years old and had been at the club’s helm for seven months. Having played for Chingford and Woodford Town, the successful businessman fulfilled an ambition by eventually taking over, and rescuing Barking & East Ham United FC after becoming the club’s sponsor four years ago. He purchased the club, became Chairman, cleared the accumulated debts, and was responsible for erecting new floodlights, installing a new irrigation system beneath the pitch, restored the Youth Team and helped assemble what is believed to be the club’s strongest playing squad since 1978/9 when the club won the Isthmian League. Peter is survived by his wife, Verna, and daughters Victoria & Cathryn.

Everyone connected with the Southern Football League sends their sincere condolences to the families and friends of both Ron and Peter.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Merthyr Tydfil emerged from the Christmas/New Year holiday programme, still at the top of the Table. The Martyrs lead, though, has been reduced to two points. Bedford Town now head the chasing pack, one point above Chippenham Town and three ahead of Histon and Chesham United. Dunstable Town slumped to the foot of the Table after conceding thirteen goals in two games.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – After being held to a home draw by Uxbridge, League leaders Fisher Athletic lost 2-1 at home to Maldon Town. Fisher remain in pole position but their lead has been cut to four points. Uxbridge, who defeated Erith & Belvedere 3-1 but were then held to a goalless draw by Dartford, are second – eight points ahead of Berkhamsted Town. Bottom club Tilbury secured their second home win of the season by beating Sittingbourne 2-1 on Bank Holiday Monday. On the same day, Great Wakering Rovers won their first home match of the campaign by beating Aveley 5-2.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United returned to the top of the Table before Christmas and have moved in January, still on top, with a one point advantage over Evesham United. Yate Town have surged up the Division, into third spot, and now head Clevedon Town and Rothwell Town on 40 points. Egham Town picked up another point on Bank Holiday Monday, but remain 16 points adrift at the bottom.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – Following the surprise resignation of Manager Nathan Wharf, after a Middlesex Senior Cup defeat against Hampton & Richmond Borough, a Board meeting appointed Mark Butler as the Club's new Team Manager. Mark, who is well known for his scoring exploits as a player with Staines Town and Aldershot, has acquired managerial practice at both Staines and Chertsey. He has impressed everyone at Ashford since his arrival in the summer.

Jamie-Lee Smithers, who fractured an ankle against Taunton Town on 18 December, went into hospital three days before Christmas for an operation. It is now hoped he will be back in training in 10-14 weeks time. Paul Johnson suffered a double fracture and snapped ligaments in the Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Burnham. Johnson was taken to St. Peters Hospital, Chertsey but was released before the end of the day. It will not be possible to assess the full extend of the injury until later this week.

AYLESBURY UNITED – The Ducks have signed Luke Graham, a first year professional with Northampton Town, on temporary transfer.

BATH CITY – The Romans have renewed the temporary transfer of Forest Green Rovers’ Ben Cleverley for a further month. They have also signed Cheltenham Town’s 20 years old striker, Luke Corbett, on loan. Worcester born Corbett has been a professional at Whaddon Road for two years. He has, so far, made one Football League appearance for the Robins.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – Wycombe Wanderers scholar, Steven Gregory, has joined Beaconsfield SYCOB for work experience. SYCOB's former leading goalscorer, Leon Callender, who finished up as the club's leading League goal scorer last year in a ‘double’ winning season, refused to sign an extension to his playing contract at the start of the new campaign. Callender was previously of the books of Wycombe Wanderers as a youth player, before embarking on a non-league career, which has seen him play for Wembley, Yeading, Edgware Town and Boreham Wood, before rejoining the Rams in 2003. Callender has moved on to Chesham United. Meanwhile, the Rams have re-signed 17-year-old James Faulker, from Wycombe, on work experience until the end of January 2005 to cover Callender's absence.

BEDWORTH UNITED – Last Saturday’s trip to Oxford City may have ended with a 1-0 defeat, but it was a significant day for 16 years old goalkeeper Andrew Kemp. Kemp, the Greenbacks’ Youth Team custodian had spent the week having a trial with Crewe Alexandra. Upon his return he was immediately called into First Team action when Lee Evans was suspended for three week’s and his normal replacement, Daniel Whitehouse, fell ill on the morning of the match with a hernia problem. Kemp was beaten only by a 62nd minute strike by Stuart Douglas to give Oxford their first home win of the season.

BRACKLEY TOWN – Oxford United scholar, Angus MacKay, has joined Brackley Town for work experience.

BURNHAM - The Blues were busy in the build up to Christmas and the New Year bringing in some new & old players. Goalkeeper David Dyson returned to the club after a break of 5 years. The big custodian last played for Burnham on Sunday 9 January 2000 away to Erith & Belvedere at the ground of Welling United, and unfortunately suffered a broken leg. Now fully recovered, the Blues signed him last Thursday from Welton Rovers. Also making a welcome return to the club before the Christmas break was Arron Lennon. The third player to sign before the holiday was young Alex Toley who has been away at University and who the club hopes will be available more in the New Year. Another new face is midfielder Simon Goodhram.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – The Bluebirds held a collection at their New Year’s Day fixture against Tiverton Town, and raised £350.00 for the DEC Tsunami Fund.

EAST THURROCK UNITED – Former Boreham Wood player, Dominic Grime, has signed for East Thurrock United.

DUNSTABLE TOWN – Crystal Palace scholar, Ricci Dolan, has joined Dunstable Town on work experience.

EVESHAM UNITED – Following the cancellation of Richard Ball’s contract at Sutton Coldfield Town, the Robins have signed the former Stourport Swifts and Halesowen Town striker.

GLOUCESTER CITY – City Director Don King celebrated his 83rd birthday on Christmas Day. Don knows a
little about ‘The Tigers’, as he has followed the club since 1928! Don is still as active as ever. In addition to being a Director and Life Member of the Club, he is Chairman of the Gloucester Sunday League, and a Life member of the Gloucestershire County FA. Don rarely misses a City match.

During City’s match against Merthyr on Monday a collection was organised by the club and its Supporters Trust for the Asian Disaster Appeal. A sum in excess of £516 was raised - a fantastic effort from a crowd of 521. The Supporters Trust have also decided that the proceeds from the next three matches "Golden Goal" competition, and a raffle at the forthcoming quiz night will also be donated to the appeal. It is hoped their fundraising efforts in January will take the sum past £750.

HARLOW TOWN – Gillingham FC has granted permission for Harlow Town to utilise Danny Knowles on work experience.

HISTON – The Stutes have signed Francesco Nacca on a month’s loan from Cambridge United. The 22 years old Venezuelan born defender has so far made 26 Football League appearances for United during four years at the Abbey Stadium.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – ‘Field have made two more signings. Michael Meaker, a winger/striker has joined from Henley Town, where he has scored 16 goals in 13 games this season. He has Football League experience with QPR (34 apps – 1 goal), Plymouth Argyle (4 apps on loan), Reading (67-2), Sheffield United, Bristol Rovers (22-2), Swindon Town (8 apps on loan) and Torquay United. 25 years old Ross Casey, who has been playing for Slimbridge, has also signed. Casey is a central midfielder who spent a year as a professional at Cheltenham Town. Has also played for Newport County, Inter Cardiff, Gloucester City and Yate Town.

A collection at Mangotsfield’s New Year’s day fixture against Stourport Swifts raised over £500 for the DEC Tsunami Fund. Further fund raising for the remainder of the week is expected to take the sum over £600.

OXFORD CITY – Further to last week’s Bulletin, it can now be confirmed the award presented to club Secretary John Shepperd was one of five framed diplomas allocated to The Football Association by UEFA, to mark UEFA’s Golden Jubilee Year. UEFA’s objective was to recognise the part played by people in European football during the past 50 years. John has been with his club throughout this period, including 30 years as Secretary. A worthy winner!

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – 19 years old forward, Robert Taylor, has signed a contract with Solihull Borough. Taylor has previously played for Stourport Swifts and Redditch United. Following the conclusion of his temporary transfer from Redditch United, Scott Voice, has made his stay at Solihull into a permanent move.

STAMFORD – Lincoln City FC has given permission for Thomas Kemp to play for the Daniels on work experience.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE – Having had his contract cancelled at Forest Green Rovers, Adrian Adams has signed for Swindon Supermarine. Adams played in the Southern League earlier in the season whilst on loan at Paulton Rovers.

TEAM BATH – The Students have signed goalkeeper Ian Andrews. The 6’2” Nottingham born custodian, now 40 years old, began his career as an apprentice with Leicester City. He made 126 appearances for the Foxes, and one on loan at Swindon Town, whilst at Filbert Street, before moving to Glasgow Celtic. After 5 appearances for the Bhoys, and one on loan at Leeds United, Andrews moved to Southampton where he made a further 10 Football League appearances. After several seasons at The Dell, Andrews moved to Bournemouth, where he made 64 appearances, before concluding his career back at Leicester City. Team Bath’s Ryan Northmore has signed a long term temporary transfer to play for Weston-super-Mare for the remainder of the season.

TILBURY – After a dismal start to the season, the Dockers have called time on the tenure of Manager Paul Joynes. Much travelled defender, Garry Kimble, has been appointed in a Caretaker capacity to work with Commercial Manager Neil Speight. Kimble, now 38 years old, played for eight Football League clubs during a seven year professional career. After progressing from Charlton Athletic Juniors, he made 9 appearances for the Valiants and 1 on loan at Exeter City, whilst at The Valley. He subsequently turned out for Cambridge United (41 apps), Doncaster Rovers (65), Fulham (3), Maidstone United (0), Gillingham (48) and Peterborough United. Whilst with Peterborough, Kimble scored the only goal of the game when Posh knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup in 1991. Since leaving the full-time game Kimble has played for Dagenham, Purfleet, Grays Athletic, Chelmsford City, Canvey Island, Braintree Town and Harlow Town. Neil Speight gained much experience of the non-Football League scene in the north of England, before moving to Essex.

TIVERTON TOWN - Yeovil Town striker Kezie Ibe was recalled by the Glovers from his loan period at Tiverton recently, after hitting 7 goals in 13 appearances, including a hat-trick against Newport County in the FA Cup. A few days after returning to Huish Park, Ibe joined Exeter City on loan. He scored on his debut for the Grecians in a 2-1 win at Tamworth. Ibe has been replaced at Ladysmead by young Exeter City striker Sean Canham. Canham has joined for an initial one month’s loan. So far, he has failed to score in four appearances.

Another player coming in is 30 years old Bradley Haynes who has joined from Backwell United. He made his debut in the festive fixture against Team Bath. Just before kick-off in this fixture Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers was rocked by the news that ex-Luton and York keeper Mark Ovendale, an ever-present for the Yellows this season, had been injured in a car crash on the way to the game. His BMW was written off in the crash and the keeper was treated in hospital for neck and shoulder injuries.

This season is the first that Tivvy have run a Youth side and it is having some success. Three players have already appeared in the first-team. The side is currently second in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League to Taunton Town. They have also got to the quarter-finals of the Devon Under-18 Cup. The side is managed by ex-Tivvy legend Hedley Steele. Young midfielders Matthew Lock and David Hallett have left Ladysmead. Lock has joined former Tivvy Assistant Manager, Martyn Grimshaw, at Mangotsfield United on an intial one month’s loan. Hallett has been released and he has joined Bideford.

But two more signings were made prior to the 3 January programme. Paul Buckle and Kurt Nogan joined Martyn Rogers’ squad in time for the game against Bath City. Nogan retired from the full-time game in 2001, due to injury. The Wales’ u/21 International played for Luton Town (33 apps-3 goals), Peterborough United, Brighton & Hove Albion (97-49), Burnley (92-33), Preston North End (93-27) and Cardiff City (18-1). Buckle played for Brentford ((57-1), Torquay United (59-9), Exeter City (22-2) Northampton Town (-), Wycombe Wanderers (-) and Colchester United ((105-7).

WALTHAM FOREST – Forest finished December with double celebrations. After going through October and November without a win, they went through the whole of December without defeat in the League and the Essex Senior Cup. The second reason for celebration is the award of the FA's coveted Charter Standard. The award was gained through the hard work of Martin and Sharon Fitch who not only run the Reserve Team, but also administer the youth system, which has teams from age 8 to 18.

TRANSFERS – Tristan Chambers (Tilbury to Wivenhoe Town), Ben Cleverley (Forest Green Rovers to Bath City [temporary-renewal]), Luke Corbett (Cheltenham Town to Bath City [temporary]), John Curtis (Tilbury to Great Wakering Rovers), Luke Graham (Northampton Town to Aylesbury United [temporary]), Daniel Harris (Tilbury to East Thurrock United), Robert Harris (King’s Lynn to Spalding United [temporary]), Gary Howard (Tilbury to Maldon Town), Glen Lamacraft (Leighton Town to Hitchin Town), Matthew Miller (Slough Town to Thame United [temporary]), Thomas Mills (Rothwell Town to Corby Town), Francesco Nacca (Cambridge United to Histon [temporary]), Leonard Piper (Fisher Athletic to Tonbridge Angels [temporary]), Mark Reed (Berkhamsted Town to Arlesey Town), Justin Rowe (Gresley Rovers to Sutton Coldfield Town [temporary]), Dale Skelton (Dover Athletic to Chatham Town [temporary]), Michael Smissen (Dover Athletic to Chatham Town [temporary]), Christopher Sorhaindo (Aveley to Tilbury), Darren Spinks (Arlesey Town to Tilbury), Christopher Sullivan (Stevenage Borough to Arlesey Town [temporary]), Christopher Zorilich (St. Albans City to Boreham Wood [temporary]).

IN OFF THE POST

A message from:- Clive Stevens, Hospital Radio Wey, Chertsey, Surrey (www.radiowey.co.uk)

Based at St. Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, Hospital Radio Wey reported from a record breaking seven matches during last Saturday's Sportscene programme, despite most local teams they usually cover all playing away. Volunteer reporters travelled far and wide. The Patients of the three hospitals the station broadcasts to were kept up to date with events at Taunton Town (against Ashford Town, Burnham v Yate Town, Saines Town v Salisbury City, Chertsey Town v Witham, Leatherhead v Cray Wanderers, and Walton & Hersham against Burgess Hill Town. As Woking were also away (at Carlisle), which proved too much for a travelling team, a reporter was sent to Aldershot v Leigh RMI. With just one presenter and two telephone lines in the studio, it was a very busy afternoon for anchor man Tim Mitchell. But things should improve for Tim when the station’s new studio is built during 2005, for which £54K of the £195k project cost has already been raised. In the meantime, volunteer reporters in the Egham and Ashford areas, with mobile phones to provide regular match updates, would be welcomed.

 

December 2004 News Archive

DATE: 18 DECEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Merthyr Tydfil strengthened their position at the top of the Table with a 2-0 win over Aylesbury United. Craig Steins got both the Martyrs’ goals. And several close rivals dropped points to help the Welsh club’s cause. Chippenham Town lost at home 1-0 when Hednesford Town’s Anthony McGuire scored in the 81st minute. Histon were soundly beaten 2-0 at home to Team Bath. David Lewis and Marc Canham scored for the Students. Halesowen Town, whose forward line cannot buy a goal at the moment, lost 2-1 at home to Chesham United. The Yeltz centre-half, and leading scorer, Steve Pope netted but Chesham won with goals from Neil Yates and Simon Sweeney. Bedford Town, who have been creeping up the table, lost 3-0 at Cirencester Town. Ciren’ were helped on their way by a James Taylor own goal before Adam Howarth and Gareth Hopkins netted.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic extended their advantage at the top of Division One East to eight points with a 2-1 win at Boreham Wood. Anthony Riviere netted both Fisher goals. The challenge from Uxbridge stuttered slightly when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Great Wakering Rovers. Berkhamsted Town’s rise on to the leader board took another serious setback when they were defeated 4-0 for the second week running. Aveley were the victors this week. Maldon Town were the weekend’s biggest winners, 5-0 at home to Chatham Town. Simon Parker nosed Maldon ahead in the 14th minute and went on to score three more, before Sean Bell completed the rout in the 90th.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Evesham United stayed top of the Table, despite dropping two points at home to Marlow in a 1-1 stalemate. Mangotsfield United, boasting several recent signings (including two debutants) raced into a 2-0 lead after only 13 minutes, before being pegged back by Thame United. Clevedon Town crept into third place with a 2-0 win at promotion hopefuls Rothwell Town, while Taunton Town’s early promise took another knock back when Ashford Town (Middx) won 4-2 at Wordsworth Drive. Yate Town, who are slowly making their way onto the leader board, smashed five passed Burnham at the weekend. Matthew Rawlins bagged three (two of which were penalties), Michael Wyatt netted number four, and new signing Darren Edwards completed the scoring.

BEDFORD TOWN – An injury crisis in the goalkeeping department brought forward the debut of Andrew Stevens, the club’s Youth Team custodian. Nerveless Stevens was outstanding in the Eagles’ 3-0 win over Histon, and was voted ‘Man of the Match’. The Eagles have signed Northampton Town scholar, Daniel Carr, on work experience.

BEDWORTH UNITED – Last season’s leading goal scorer for the Greenbacks, Lee Ross, has retired. After scoring one goal in eight appearances (four as a substitute), the 34 year old striker has decided the after effects of a back injury sustained in a car accident are too painful to bear after matches. Last season’s Club Captain, Guy Hadland, has returned to the Oval after a brief spell with Solihull Borough.

DARTFORD - Following the Club’s capital restructuring, which was approved by Members at the 2004 Annual General Meeting the way became open for new blood to be introduced at Director level. This resulted in four additional Directors being appointed at the monthly Board Meeting held on December 13. At the same time certain changes of responsibility were put in place.

The internal changes saw Director Steve Irving relinquish the financial aspect of club affairs to concentrate on guiding the club through the Princes Park Stadium relocation project, alongside Chairman Dave Skinner and Vice-Chairman Bill Archer. The post of Company Secretary was re-assumed by Dave Boswell (the position had been held on an interim basis by the Chairman) and Mr Boswell also took on responsibility for the financial management of the club. Long-serving Director Fred Leach – a Darts’ supporter since 1928 – was elected to the newly-created position of Honorary Life President in recognition of his amazing contribution to the club over three-quarters of a century. Not surprisingly has he become known as ‘Mr DFC’.

The new Directors are Tony Burman, a true Dartford footballing legend having played around 400 games for the club and was manager when the re-born Darts started new life in 1993. Tony steered the club to promotion to the Southern Football League. Tony is the owner of a successful local-based transport company. Also coming on board is Fred Bonnett who first saw Darts play in a local Derby against Gravesend & Northfleet in 1959, which gained ‘fame’ as the first senior football match in England to be abandoned by the referee. Fred is the Managing Director of a high-quality precision engineering company. The third new Director is Harry Extance, owner of a locally-based specialist engineering company. Harry has supported the club for many years and, like his new colleagues is a founder member of the successful Dartford FC Patrons’ Club. The final new Director is Dave Francis who owns a garage in Dartford, which incorporates a Van and Car Hire business.

All four Directors have supported the Darts ‘on the terraces’ as young men and, as they developed their business activities, continued that support through sponsorship and advertising. The full Board consists of Dave Skinner (Chairman), Bill Archer (Vice-Chairman) and Directors Fred Bonnett, Mike Brett-Smith, Tony Burman, Harry Extance, Dave Francis, Norman Grimes, Steve Irving, Peter Martin and Av Sandhu. As Hon. Life President Fred Leach is entitled to attend Board Meetings.

EVESHAM UNITED – 34 year old defender, Paul West, has signed for the Robins. Stafford born West began his career at Alcester Town before joining Port Vale. He moved to Bradford City and went on to make 3 appearances in the Football League for Wigan Athletic. He has since played for Morcambe.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have signed 33 years old forward, George Georgiou. The Wembley born player made four appearances for Fulham in 1991.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – Field have signed 33 year old Alan Bird from Cirencester Town. Bird, who spent five years with Weston-super-Mare, made his debut on Saturday with Matthew Lock. Bird has also played for Witney Town, Chippenham Town, Trowbridge Town, Gloucester City and Worcester City.

OXFORD CITY – Secretary John Shepperd had two nice surprises at Saturday’s match against Bedworth United. Not only did his team secure its first home win of the season, John was presented with a highly prestigious award for his services to the club. UEFA allocated five Long Service Recognition Awards to the Football Association, and John was chosen to be one of the recipients. FA Representative Brian Moore made the presentation. Well done, John.

TEAM BATH – The University side has lost another player to Torquay United. Owen Story is the latest Student to join the Gulls.

WIVENHOE TOWN – Colchester United has given permission for Liam Coleman to return to the dragons for another period of work experience.

YATE TOWN – Mangotsfield United striker, Darren Edwards, has joined Yate for an undisclosed four figure fee.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Beadle (Team Bath to Bath City), Alan Bird (Cirencester Town to Mangotsfield United), Richard Burgess (Halesowen Town to Bromsgrove Rovers), Leon Callender (Beaconsfield SYCOB to Chesham United), Paul Danks (Solihull Borough to Halesowen Town), German De La Vega (Boreham Wood to Tilbury) Darren Edwards (Mangotsfield United to Yate Town), David Gilroy (Weston-super-Mare to Chippenham Town [temporary]), Leon Green (Tilbury to Harlow Town), Matthew Glynn (Marlow to Brackley Town), Anthony Henry (East Thurrock United to Boreham Wood [temporary]), Nicholas Leach (Hemel Hempstead Town to Leighton Town), Matthew Lock (Tiverton Town to Mangotsfield United [temporary]), Jacob Mingle (Staines Town to Ashford Town {Middlesex} [temporary]), Kelechi Opara (Harlow Town to Erith & Belvedere), Andrew Theodosiou (Arlesey Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Daniel West Hemel Hempstead Town to Chesham United).

DATE: 11 DECEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – A fine 2-1 win at Hednesford Town enabled Merthyr Tydfil to maintain their two point lead at the top of the Premier Division. In a lively start, Richard French opened the Martyr’s account within two minutes. Leon McSweeney equalised for the Pitmen after 9 minutes later, long before Merthyr’s winning goal came from Craig Steins in the 63rd minute.

Halesowen Town lost ground, and second spot, when they lost 3-1 at home to Hitchin Town. Darren Hay, Shane Hill and Aaron Cavill put the Canaries in a commanding lead, in front of their new Manager (Darren Salton), before Steven Pope scored the Yeltz consolation goal seven minutes from time. Chippenham Town moved into second place with a 2-1 win at Rugby United. Sam Allison and David Gilroy scored for the Bluebirds, either side of a Justin Marsden goal for Rugby.

Following last weekend’s FA Cup exploits, Histon have collected one point from their two subsequent League fixtures. After dropping two points at home to Hednesford on Tuesday, the Stutes lost at Bedford Town 3-0 on Saturday. An otherwise promising season can often turn after the conclusion of a successful Cup run. Histon will be happy to bag their next League win. There has been no Cup hangover for Bath City. The Romans have pocketed two 3-1 victories in the League since last Saturday. After Tuesday’s win over Banbury United, Scott Partridge bagged all three of Bath’s goals against Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic (London) maintained a six point advantage at the top of the Eastern section, when crushing Chatham Town 4-0 on Saturday. Steve Watts, Hamid Barr and Anthony Riviere scored their goals. Uxbridge refuse to be shaken off, however, and won by the same margin at home to Aveley. Michael Swaysland, Stuart Lake, Lee Tunnell and Gavin Bamford scored the Reds’ goals. Berkhamsted Town lost ground on the leaders when they slumped to a 4-0 defeat, at home to Harlow Town. Kelechi Opara, Mark Taylor and Tobi Ositola (2) were the Hawks’ scorers.


THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Evesham United stretched their lead at the top of the Western section after grinding out a goalless draw at Bedworth United. With the Greenbacks in 19th position, the Robins may initially have felt two points had been dropped, but with challengers Mangotsfield United losing 4-2 at home to Burnham, it was certainly a point gained. Burnham were obviously playing to impress new Manager David Mudge. Michael Bartley, Philip John and Shane Small-King (2) scored for the Blues.

Fourth placed Rothwell Town lost at home, 1-0, to Paulton Rovers. Joshua Jefferies was Paulton’s match winner. And Taunton Town dropped two more home points when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stourport Swifts. With Swifts leading 2-0 after 84 minutes three points seemed assured, but the Peacocks ‘got out of jail’ with late goals from Gary Fisher and Liam Moseley. Biggest win of the day was Clevedon Town’s 5-2 victory over Marlow. For the Seasiders, Jack Pitcher scored a hat-trick, Thomas Jacobs netted their fourth and a little festive spirit was added when Kye Holly buried their fifth.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – The Tangerines will meet Banstead Athletic or Tooting & Mitcham United in the Third Round of the Surrey Senior Cup. A date for the tie is to be arranged.

BATH CITY – Goalkeeper Steve Perrin has been recalled prematurely from his loan spell at Twerton Park, by Forest Green Rovers, due to an injury at the Lawn to Dean Williams. City signed Perrin as cover for the injured Paul Evans. Fortunately, Evans is now close to full fitness. The Romans have signed Ben Cleverley on a month's loan from Forest Green Rovers. Ben, older brother of ex-City and current Paulton Rovers forward, Daniel, was formerly with Bristol City and Cheltenham Town. He made an immediate impression when coming on for Player-Manager Gary Owers on Tuesday, by playing a fundamental part in City's first goal in a 3-1 win over Banbury United.

BEDFORD TOWN – This season’s leading marksman, Christopher Dillon, has reached 50 appearances for the Eagles. Since making his debut against Heybridge Swifts on 20 December 2003, Dillon opened his account six days later against Kettering Town. He has now scored 26 goals for the club; 14 (so far) this season. MK Dons have given permission for Ryan Jerwood and Luke Wildy to play for the Eagles on work experience.

BURNHAM – Manager Steve Mellor was released from his post with the club after last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at home to Paulton Rovers. Reserve Team Manager David Mudge was immediately appointed in a caretaker capacity, but has now been installed on a permanent basis. Mudge has nominated his Assistant with the Reserves, Calvin Maye, as his no. 2.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN - At next Saturday’s home fixture against Hednesford Town the Bluebirds will be making it a "Xmas Special". Junior fans can watch the game for free as part of a "Kids Come Free" offer when accompanied by a paying adult. The Christmas spirit will be further enhanced by pre-match Christmas music played by a local band and after the game Father Christmas will be on hand to give goodies to the junior fans.

CLEVEDON TOWN – The Seasiders are looking for a Physiotherapist. Due to the resignation of the club’s physio a vacancy has arisen for a suitably qualified replacement. The position requires commitment on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on a match days. Interested parties should send their details to Mr. J Croft, Chairman - Clevedon Town Football Club, c/o The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, Clevedon BS21 6TG, together with an expected salary.

DARTFORD - In April 2004 members of Dartford Borough Council officially announced the building of a new stadium for Dartford Football Club on a site owned by the Council and currently used by other sports. The project was outlined by Councillor Kenneth Leadbeater, Leader of Dartford Borough prior to Darts’ home game against King’s Lynn. Cllr Leadbeater spoke to club Directors, sponsors, Patrons’ Club members and Supporters’ Club Committeemen in the Gravesend & Northfleet before seeing Darts beat King’s Lynn 1-0. After the game they spoke to supporters in the bar.

Since then things have moved on apace with invitations for interested parties being posted, a short list drawn up, proposals passed by the full Council and a further meeting with the Directors, Management Team and supporters of Dartford FC in the Civic Centre in October, when the club’s requirements were discussed in detail. Included in the project is a second, all-weather pitch. The present users of the site – named Princes Park – will be incorporated into the overall development or re-located nearby and comprise a nine-hole golf course, football and bowls facilities.

A joint liaison committee has been set up comprising representatives of the club, Council, consultants and architects who will meet regularly to progress matters. The consultants employed by the council are AYH plc as project managers (they are currently involved in the Arsenal re-location project) and the architects are Alexander Sedgley Ltd who specialise in community-based projects and environment-friendly designs. There are two major areas of population within easy walking distance of the development and a ‘fast-track’ public transport system linking Dartford and Gravesend town centres to the Bluewater shopping complex will pass alongside the new stadium. The link has already been started. Princes Park will be within a couple of minutes of the M25.

A very tight timetable has been laid down and it is anticipated the actual building work will take thirty-six weeks to complete. The provisional deadline is around May 2006, ready for inspection by the relevant football bodies prior to the 2006-07 season. The stadium will have accommodation for 6,000 spectators with a 500-seater stand and covered terracing, floodlights and all the appropriate facilities. The liaison committee has already agreed the services (i.e. dressing rooms, offices, bars and social areas etc) to be incorporated in the project and Alexander Sedgley will present their designs for approval in the very near future. Dartford Borough Council are committing around £2m to the project which fits in neatly with the proposed building of accommodation for Dartford Judokwai Club which has gained an international reputation, providing many Great Britain Olympic medalists

Although the current Dartford Football Club has faced over a decade on a survival basis there has always been the incentive of a possible return to the Borough and, in anticipation of such a happening, the Directors and Supporters’ Association have worked together to strengthen links with the local community and it such efforts which have found approval with the Local Authority. It has been a strength of the Darts that team managers – all former players – have placed an emphasis on developing local football talent. When the Club restarted in 1993 the First Team consisted in equal parts of ex-Dartford players returning to help the Club, local players of Kent League standard and the previous season’s Youth Team. The First Team were operating in the Kent League and also had an Under-18 Youth Team playing in the MUSH Kent Youth League (Dartford FC were founder members of this latter competition)

At the first opportunity the Club added a Reserves team and soon after wards expanded further to include an Under-16 Youth Team. This season the Club has entered a team in the Under-13 section of the Kent Youth League. Further community links were established when Dartford and St. Vincents Vikings came to a mutually satisfactory arrangement. Vikings run teams in the Bexley & District League ranging from Under-8s to Under-16s. At the top end of the scale players then have the opportunity to continue their football activities via the Dartford FC youth set-up. The Vikings remain autonomous but now call themselves Dartford Vikings and are gradually adopting DFC colours as their own.

During the past five years Dartford Football Club have sponsored the Dartford & District Primary Schools Knock-out Cup competition with the finalists receiving medals from the Dartford Football Club manager, currently Tommy Sampson. The move to the new stadium provides great opportunities for local schoolchildren to taste playing in a ‘proper’ football ground – probably in cup finals such as that in the Primary Schools Knock-out Cup.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN – The Tudors have appointed former Arlesey Town Manager, Nicky Ironton, as their new Team Boss.

HITCHIN TOWN – In the wake of Kerry Dixon’s departure from Top Field last week, Hitchin Town FC has named Darren Salton as First Team Manager. Edinburgh-born Salton, 32, made 18 appearances as a central defender for Luton Town during 1991 & 1992. He also represented Scotland at Schools, Youth and won six caps at u/21 level. His playing career was curtailed by injuries sustained in a car accident. Dublin born Ken Gillard has been named Assistant. Gillard began his career with Luton Town but subsequently made 23 appearances as a full-back for Northampton Town during 1992 &1993. Gillard also won one cap as an u/21 International for Republic of Ireland.

The Canaries have withdrawn their second team from the Spartan South Midlands Reserve League. The club entered the League earlier this season when the World Class Homes Senior Reserve League collapsed after a handful of games. The Spartan League stepped in to absorb some of the clubs, but after playing 13 games Hitchin Town has concluded there were too many games for their young squad, which is also engaged in youth team football. The club remains a member of the Capital League, which provides an outlet for reserve team football.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have signed 19 years old Cardiff born defender, Liam Powell. Powell spent last season as a professional with Leicester City, without making the First Team. He has been with Boston United, on trial, this season. He has already won Wales u/21 honours.

OXFORD CITY – Following the cancellation of his contract with Brackley Town, in October, Matthew Finlay has joined Oxford. City’s hope of putting together a run of results good enough to take them away from the relegation zone suffered a blow this week. Leading scorer Mark Simms has been diagnosed as having a broken toe. He incurred the injury in last week’s game at Evesham United. His foot is now in plaster and he is not expected to play for six weeks. Justin Lee suffered a similar injury in the midweek game at Corby and is expected to be out for three weeks.

STOURPORT SWIFTS – Shrewsbury Town youth team midfielder, Dean Braglio, has signed for Stourport. Swifts also added the signature of Dean Tilley, from Solihull Borough, to their midfield. Veteran forward Kerry Giddings has been released from Walshes Meadow. He is to join Bewdley Town. Giddings scored 18 goals in 106 appearances for Swifts, (46 as a substitute).

TAUNTON TOWN - The Peacocks’ recent 2-0 win away to Mangotsfield United was not only noteworthy due to the favourable result but also because it was their 100th Southern League match since returning to the League in 2002. This fact was brought to the club’s attention by Mark Timsbury, who is thought to be the only supporter to have attended all 100 games. Mark’s feat is all the more remarkable as he lives in Trowbridge, some 60 miles from Wordsworth Drive.

The only others to attend all the games are Manager Russell Musker and Secretary Martin Dongworth. Musker was unable to travel to Merthyr Tydfil in 2002 but this “game” was abandoned at half time so does not count as one of the 100 games.In addition Chairman Tom Harris, Vice Chairman Harold Needs and fellow Directors Neil Cottey and Des Badcock have only missed a handful of these games between them. Unfortunately match 101 was not quite so successful, losing 6-1 away to Corby Town!!

TEAM BATH – Jamie Gosling’s contract with Team Bath was cancelled during the week to enable the player to play on a non-contract basis for Torquay United on Tuesday.

TRANSFERS – Sean Canham (Exeter City to Tiverton Town [temporary]), Ben Cleverley (Forest Green Rovers to Bath City [temporary]), James Dillnutt (Arlesey Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Roger Emms (Burnham to Swindon Supermarine), Kevin Evans (Arlesey Town to Hitchin Town), Aaron Farrell (Solihull Borough to Evesham United), Guy Hadland (Solihull Borough to Bedworth United), Robert Maddox (Stamford to Corby Town), Jack Midson (Dagenham & Redbridge to Hemel Hempstead Town [temporary]), Richard Pringle (Arlesey Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Ian Pulman (Margate to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Christopher Stone (Billericay Town to East Thurrock United [temporary]).

GX SOCCER CLUB OF THE MONTH AWARDS FOR NOVEMBER 2004

PREMIER DIVISION – An undefeated run of three League matches, including two victories and a goal difference of seven, which took the Yeltz to the top of the Table, has earned Halesowen Town the Premier Division award.

DIVISION ONE EAST – Four wins in six matches has earned Divisional leaders Fisher Athletic (London) the Eastern section award.

DIVISION ONE WEST – A 100% record in three League games, in which they conceded only one goal, has won Cinderford Town the Western section award.

HEREWARD SPORTS TEAMWEAR & TROPHIES ‘SAFE HANDS’ AWARDS FOR NOVEMBER 2004

PREMIER DIVISION – For conceding just one goal in two League games, Histon have won November’s Premier Division award.

DIVISION ONE EAST – One goal leaked in five League & League Cup games made Uxbridge a clear November winner.

DIVISION ONE WEST – One goal conceded in an unblemished three match November run has earned Cinderford Town the November award.

DATE: 4 DECEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Merthyr Tydfil leapt back to the top of the table after winning 2-0 at Hitchin Town. The Martyr’s goals came in the second-half and were scored by Richard French and Garry Shephard. The leaders at the start of the day’s play, Halesowen Town, lost 1-0 at Aylesbury United. Paul Edgeworth netted for the Ducks. Despite falling behind in the 5th minute at Banbury United, Chippenham Town won 3-1, to go level on points with Halesowen.

Chesham United cemented their fourth place with a 5-1 drubbing of Stamford, in which John Lawford bagged a hat-trick. Gareth Hopkins also scored three. Hopkins netted all of Cirencester Town’s goals in a 3-2 win over Team Bath. King’s Lynn’s Jack Defty also scored a hat-trick, in the Linnets 6-3 victory over Hemel Hempstead Town.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – By winning a point in a goalless draw at Beaconsfield on Monday, and by winning 1-0 at Chatham Town on Saturday, Uxbridge have eroded Fisher Athletic’s lead at the top of the table to six points. And Uxbridge have a game in hand. Fisher maintained their cushion at the top, though, with a 3-0 win at Beaconsfield. Steve Watts, currently electric in front of goal, netted twice for Fish. Berkhamsted Town continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 win at Leighton Town, the team that beat Fisher Athletic last Saturday.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Evesham United have moved to the top of the Western section. After a 3-0 win at Bracknell Town on Tuesday, the Robins repeated the winning score line against Oxford City on Saturday. Having lost to Taunton Town 2-0 in midweek, Mangotsfield United returned to winning ways with a thumping 4-1 victory over Sutton Coldfield Town. Taunton, however, threw away the advantage gained from that valuable success at Mangotsfield by falling apart at Corby Town on Saturday, 6-1! Rothwell, meanwhile, won 2-0 at Marlow to stay on 36 points, level with Mangotsfield.

F A CUP SECOND ROUND – Bath City and Histon finally run out of time in this season’s F A Cup, by losing to Peterborough United and Yeovil Town, respectively. Both Southern League clubs have enjoyed amazing Cup success this year, beating teams of a higher status along the way. The 2-0 and 3-1 score lines, however, reflect they did not give up their places easily, not even to clubs from the Football League.

Well done and congratulations, Bath City and Histon.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Following some impressive Reserve Team performances, ex-junior player Adam Belton signed Southern League and was put straight into the squad for Saturday’s match at Bedworth United.

BOREHAM WOOD – Newham born forward, Juan-Miguel De Souza, has signed for Wood. De Souza, now 34 years old, began his career with Dagenham. He moved to Birmingham City where he made 15 appearances, and three on loan for Bury, before joining Wycombe Wanderers. He scored 29 goals in 83 appearances for the Chairboys before signing for Peterborough United. Whilst with the Posh he scored 5 goals in 35 appearances, and turned out for Southend United (2) and Rochdale (5) on loan. He has since played for Rushden & Diamonds, Boston United and Farnborough Town in the Football Conference.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – Charlie Fuller, the Deres’ Centre-half in the Amateur Cup Final team of 1938, passed suddenly away on 16 November. Charlie was 85. Charlie, whose father (Charlie) also played for Erith, made his debut on 24 April 1937, a month before his 18th birthday. The following season he was ever-present in the 13 match run to the Amateur Cup Final against Bromley.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – Former Swindon Town forward, Paul Hunt, has signed for Mangotsfield. Hunt, now 34 years old, made 11 appearances (6 as a Substitute) for the Robins between 1989 & 1992.

TAUNTON TOWN – The Peacocks have been drawn away to Yeovil Town in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Premier Cup. The tie is scheduled for w.c. 7 March 2005.

TEAM BATH – Goalkeeper Brian Parkin has signed for Team Bath. Birkenhead born Parkin, now 39 years old, began his career with Oldham Athletic. He made 6 appearances for the Latics before moving on to Crewe Alexandra (98 apps), Crystal Palace (20 apps), Bristol Rovers (246 apps in 2 spells), Wycombe Wanderers (25 (apps) and Notts County (1 app). Midfielder Paul Tisdale has re-signed for the Students. Tisdale, now 31 years old, began his career as a Junior with Southampton. He signed professional forms in 1991 and subsequently made 16 appearances (including 11 as a Substitute) for the Saints. Whilst at The Dell he also made loan appearances for Northampton Town (5), Huddersfield Town (2), Bristol City (5) and Exeter City (10).

WIVENHOE TOWN – The Dragons have signed former Watford Trainee, Liam Phelan.

TRANSFERS – Mark Burrows (Arlesey Town to Corby Town), Ben Freeman (Thame United to Oxford City), Ian Cooper (Boreham Wood to Waltham Forest), Mark Jones (Oxford City to Thame United), Steven Julian (Corby Town to Grantham Town), Neil O’Sullivan (Bedworth United to Evesham United), Gary Schillaci (Stevenage Borough to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Dean Walker (Hitchin Town to Dunstable Town).

November 2004 News Archive

DATE: 27 NOVEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Halesowen Town moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 win at Banbury United. The Yeltz were already two up, with goals by Niki Preston and Steve Pope, before the Puritans netted through Christopher Potter. Richard Burgess then added Halesowen’s third before the white smoke finally went up with Pope’s second goal. (Halesowen’s New Year’s Day fixture against second place Merthyr Tydfil is looking appetising!) Chesham United remain in touch with the top three after winning a point against Bedford Town. But the Eagles, themselves, are hovering ever closer to the leader board.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Uxbridge took a bite out of Fisher Athletic’s lead at the top on Saturday when they crushed Dartford 5-0, while the leaders were losing at 2-1 to Leighton Town. Uxbridge’s Lee Tunnell helped bury the Darts, with two goals. Kevin Swift scored another two and Michael Swaysland added the fifth. Hamid Barr gave Fisher a first-half lead against Leighton but James McNulty and Vincent Somers won the match in the second period for the visitors. Suddenly, Fisher’s seven point lead is looking vulnerable, with Uxbridge having two games in hand.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Evesham United leapt into third spot with a 4-0 win over bottom club Egham Town. Stephen Duncan, Scott Willams, Jermaine Clarke and Ravi Sangha scored the Robins’ goals. Marlow hauled themselves into fifth place with a goalless draw at Swindon Supermarine. And Brackley Town climbed into sixth spot when a Kevin Slinn goal proved enough to defeat Burnham.

F A TROPHY SECOND ROUND – Bath City recovered from going two goals down to Carshalton Athletic after 29 minutes, to win 4-2. Samuel Bailey, Scott Partridge and Alexander Sykes (2) scored for the Romans. In another notable victory, Naveed Arshad and Richard Ball (2) scored for Sutton Coldfield Town in a 3-0 win at Blyth Spartans. Histon continued their impressive run of results with a 2-0 win at East Thurrock United. Neil Kennedy and Neil Andrews got the goals but the win was at a cost. Louie Farrington suffered a serious knee injury, which may require a skin graft, after colliding with the pitch perimeter barrier. In typical football fashion, Boreham Wood’s exit was heavily laced with irony. James Hawes scored the only goal of the game, for visitors Leyton. James played for the Wood last season and his brother William was in Boreham’s team on Saturday.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – Following his release from Ashford Town (Kent), Shane Graham has impressed sufficiently in the Tangerines’ Reserve Team, to be asked to signed Southern League forms. Shane has now become the first player to appear for both Ashford Town teams. He is a 22 years old striker, who has also played for Margate, Tooting & Mitcham and Croydon Athletic. After a very long absence through injury, Mick Walter has made his comeback by appearing as a substitute in the last two reserve matches.


BERKHAMSTED TOWN – The Lilywhites have been flying up the League Table in recent weeks, despite an injury list that has claimed four senior players during the last four weeks. Luigi Rocco (ankle), Wes Lewis (knee), Jim Duffy (Tonsillitis) and Neil Pugh (knee) have all been missing while the club have put together a run of results that is blemished by only one defeat in the last thirteen League games. The average age of the current side is 21.

BROMSGROVE ROVERS – I hear there has been a managerial change at the Victoria Ground. Jimmy Mullen has been appointed to replace Joe Jackson.

CLEVEDON TOWN – Plymouth Argyle scholar, Kenneth Schofield, has been given permission to play for Clevedon Town on work experience.

DUNSTABLE TOWN – Reported changes at Dunstable Town have led to the exit of leading goal scorer, Grant Carney, to Hemel Hempstead Town. Anthony Fontenelle has also left the Blues, to sign for Boreham Wood.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnetts have signed David Chick, a former scholar with Norwich City.

SITTINGBOURNE – Assistant Manager Steve Nolan will take over the hot seat on Monday, following Manager Mark Beeney’s decision to stand down. After three years as the Brickies’ boss, Mr. Beeney has made his decision in the light of his role as Goalkeeper Coach at Chelsea becoming full-time.

TRANSFERS – Greg Dando (Clevedon Town to Paulton Rovers), Mark Ducket (Arlesey Town to Erith & Belvedere), Darren Sarle (St. Albans City to East Thurrock United [temporary]), Niall Ritchie (Tilbury to Barking & East Ham United), Robert Still (Waltham Forest to Tilbury), Dean Tilley (Solihull Borough to Stourport Swifts)

DATE: 20 NOVEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Merthyr Tydfil remain top of the Premier Division despite being the fourth leader to play Bedford Town this season, and lose! Bedford beat the Martyrs 2-1, thanks to first-half goals by Paul Fewings and Jason James. Garry Shephard scored for Merthyr, but not until the 87th minute. Halesowen Town moved into second spot, at the expense of Chippenham Town, after a 2-0 victory at Hemel Hempstead Town. Nicholas Amos and newly signed Nathan Lamey scored for the Yeltz. Chippenham Town, meanwhile, were dropping further points at their Hardenhuish home. Grantham Town stole a point, in a 1-1 draw, when Jon Neil scored in the last minute, Scott Walker had put Chippenham ahead in the 68th minute. Team Bath, who dropped to the bottom of the table in midweek when Tiverton Town defeated Gloucester City 5-3 on Wednesday, remained in 22nd place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hitchin Town. The match was played at Bath City’s Twerton Park Stadium, after negotiations were finalised amongst all parties for a medium term ground share agreement.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic’s lead at the top of the Eastern section is now ten points, after the Londoners midweek 1-1 draw at home to Barking & East Ham United and a weekend win, 3-1, over Boreham Wood. With two games, and one game, in hand, respectively, Uxbridge and Berkhamsted Town remain in hot pursuit. Uxbridge were without a midweek match, but a 2-0 win at Harlow Town on Saturday kept them in second place. Berkhamsted, meanwhile won 2-0 at Erith & Belvedere on Tuesday evening, and 2-1 at Chatham Town on Saturday, to move into third place. East Thurrock United slip to fourth after their midweek fixture had to be postponed due to a County Cup Tie and being held to a 1-1 draw at Leighton Town on Saturday. Tilbury’s 3-1 defeat at Barton Rovers, in which Barton’s Paul Barnes scored his second hat-trick of the week, leaves the Dockers four points adrift at the foot of the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Having moved to the top of the Western section table in midweek with a 2-0 victory over Brackley Town, Rothwell Town were forced to relinquish pole position on Saturday when their match at Egham Town fell victim to wet weather. Mangotsfield United took full advantage of the Bones’ inactivity with a 2-1 win at Swindon Supermarine to return to the top. Robert Claridge scored both Field’s goals. Taunton Town’s home form plagued them once again, (the Peacocks have won only three of the nine home games this season), when Evesham United forced a 1-1 draw. Marc Burrow opened the scoring for the Robins but Ben Camara equalised for the Peacocks. Bottom club Egham Town have finally won a League match. The Sarnies took advantage of Oxford City’s wretched home form to grab their first victory of the season on Tuesday evening. Egham won 3-1 with goals from David Graves, Eric Kwakye and Solomon Torson. Oxford, who have not won in eight home fixtures scored through Andrew Ballard.

ARLESEY TOWN – It is with regret Southern League Division One East club Arlesey Town have announced the resignation of Manager Nicky Ironton. Ironton, a former England semi-professional international midfielder who enjoyed great success as a player with Enfield and Barnet, has spent six terrific years at Arlesey, during which he took the club from the bottom of the Spartan South Midlands League to its current position. This has been a very stressful season for all involved at Arlesey, especially the Manager. With so many players seeking new pastures at the end of last season, Ironton became a victim of his own success. The gaps in the squad have not been easily filled and as a result the club has had a poor start to the season. Ironton felt he had taken the club as far as he possibly could with the resources at his disposal. As well as gaining several promotions and winning cups during his six years in charge, he also led Arlesey to some fantastic cup runs, most notably against Dagenham & Redbridge, Hereford United and Exeter City. His arrival at Arlesey complemented their new stadium. His keen eye for players helped them to make their way up the football ladder, Dave Kitson and Craig Mackail-Smith are two examples. Ironton is undecided about what he will do next, but the club has wished him well. The successor is to be Jon Taylor from United Counties League club St. Neots Town, who has taken over immediate control. Taylor will be assisted by seasoned professional and ex-Arlesey player, Scott Houghton, who comes with a fine pedigree having played at almost every conceivable level in this country. Taylor joined St. Neots as Manager in the summer of 2003, having enjoyed a successful spell in charge with UCL rivals Wootton Blue Cross, where he guided them to their best league finish in 25 years. He also saw his side reach the Fourth Round of the FA Vase last term. Taylor started his playing career at Watford before moving on to Cambridge United and then Bedford Town where he became assistant-manager, before taking the reins at Bedford United & Valerio and guiding them to promotion. Taylor also had a spell playing for St. Neots in the mid-nineties. Houghton is no stranger to Arlesey fans. He had a three month spell as an Arlesey player, after joining in November 2002 from Stevenage Borough, before linking up with Taylor at Wootton. Houghton enjoyed a seven year professional playing career with Tottenham Hotsup (10 substitute appearances), Ipswich Town (8 on loan), Gillingham (3 on loan), Charlton Athletic (6 on loan), Luton Town (16), Walsall (78), Peterbourgh United (62), Southend United (79), Leyton Orient (42) and Halifax Town (7). After his term at Wootton he subsequently played for Blackstone and St Neots.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) - Following his latest dismissal, at Evesham United, Andy Frost has left the Club for the time being; although he will still be working there during the day. It is understood Frost intends to play for Bedfont Green in Division One of the Combined Counties League until Christmas while he decides what to do in the longer term.

AYLESBURY UNITED – The Ducks have signed Luton Town’s 6’0” defender, Leon Barnett, for one month. The Stevenage born player, who will be 19 years old at the end of November, has not yet made a first team appearance for the hatters.

BURNHAM – At long last the Burnham Football Club is pleased work will start on the final phase of the development of the ground next week. With the arrival last week of the contractors offices, store rooms etc. the work to build the new stand, dressing rooms, offices and function rooms starts Monday morning. In the last week contractors have been on site connecting the water and electricity supplies. This is the final stage of the development that has seen a new pitch, state of the art floodlights, perimeter fencing and new paths installed. Work is expected to be completed on the final phase next Spring.

GRANTHAM TOWN – Lincoln City FC has granted permission for trainee Ayden Duffy to play for Grantham Town on work experience.

HALESOWEN TOWN – Former Moor Green and Hednesford Town striker, Nathan Lamey, has returned to Halesowen following a spell with Hinckley United.

Lance, Key To Histon’s Success

HISTON - Histon ‘keeper Lance Key has made FA Cup history by becoming the first player to be nominated in successive rounds for The FA’s prestigious FA Cup ‘Player of the Round’ award. Lance produced a string of key saves in Histon’s 2–0 win over League Two strugglers Shrewsbury Town, to book the Stutes’ place in The FA Cup Second Round Proper, for the first time in the club’s history. This followed his superb performance and another clean sheet in Histon’s 2–0 win over Wealdstone in the Fourth Qualifying Round. The other players already guaranteed a place in this season’s Team of The FA Cup are Bishop’s Cleeve FC’s Kevin Slack, AFC Wimbledon’s Rob Ursell, Bath City’s Scott Partridge and Halifax Town’s Craig Midgley.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – Field have made 28 years old central defender, Scott Hendy, available for transfer. A fee will be required for the player who has made 276 Southern League and Cup appearances. Now in his third spell at the club, after rejoining in November 2003, following a brief spell at Bath City for whom he signed for in August 2003 for a fee of £5,000. Previously, Hendy had been with Mangotsfield since January 2000, after signing from Backwell United.
Interested parties must contact Club Chairman, Roger Pullin

MERTHYR TYDFIL – The Martyrs have signed former Worcester City and Forest Green Rovers midfielder, Jon Holloway.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Aubrey (Forest Green Rovers to Cinderford Town [temporary]), Jason Burnham (Aylesbury United to Banbury United), Ryan Dorrian (Merthyr Tydfil to Cinderford Town), Glen Johnson (Canvey Island to Maldon Town [temporary]), Kezie Ibe (Yeovil Town to Tiverton Town [temporary]), Marcus Jackson (Bromsgrove Rovers to Solihull Borough), Ian King (Brackley Town to Rugby United), Patrick Mullin (Dover Athletic to Sittingbourne [temporary]), Richard Robinson (Halesowen Town to Solihull Borough), David Staff (Boston United to King’s Lynn [temporary]), Robert Taylor (Stourport Swifts to Solihull Borough), Steven Tweddle (Bath City to Paulton Rovers), Steve Willis (Histon to Arlesey Town).

DATE: 13 NOVEMBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Merthyr Tydfil moved to the top of the table following a 2-2 draw at home to Gloucester City. In an exciting, virtually foul free game, which still incurred nine cautions, Christopher Bale scored twice for the Martyrs while Neil Griffiths and Dave Wilkinson replied for the Tigers. Last week’s leaders, Chippenham Town, slipped to second spot after losing their fourth consecutive home match. Hitchin Town won 2-1 with first half goals from Joshua Sozzo and Darran Hay. In the day’s biggest win, the bell certainly tolled for King’s Lynn. Hednesford’s Andrew Bell scored four in the Pitmen’s 5-1 victory over the Linnets. Leon McSweeney scored Hednesford’s fifth.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic sustained their nine point lead at the top of the Eastern section with a 2-1 win over neighbours Dartford. Goals by Leon Braithwaite and Hamid Barr enabled Fish to collect their seventh away win of the season. Uxbridge returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Maldon Town, thanks to a Gavin Bamford goal.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United and Rothwell Town both enjoyed 2-1 away wins, at Evesham United and Yate Town respectively, to remain neck-and-neck at the top of the Western section. Darren Edwards and Drew Shore scored for Mangotsfield while Daniel Spencer notched both goals for the Bones. Burnham won a seven goal thriller at Stourport Swifts, by the odd goal. Michael Bartley scored twice for Burnham to take his season’s tally to eight. Marlow’s Yashwa Romeo also scored on Saturday, to stay ahead in the Division’s goal scoring chart. But I have been given to understand Romeo does not own a pair of boots. Instead he plays each week in a pair borrowed from one of his team mates!

F A CUP FIRST ROUND – An early kick-off enabled Histon to become the first non-Football League team to oust a Football League club from this season’s F A Cup. The Stutes disposed of Shrewsbury Town 2-0, thanks to goals by Ian Cambridge and Charles Libam. Bath City came from behind when Scott Partridge bagged a brace to enable the Romans to dismiss Football Conference leaders Barnet 2-1. Halesowen Town conceded an own goal and a penalty when losing 2-1 at Yeading. Alex Cowley scored for the Yeltz. After giving Doncaster Rovers a couple of early scares, Tiverton Town eventually lost 3-1. Steve Winter converted a last minute penalty for Tivvy.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDLESEX) – The Tangerines have signed 18 years old central midfielder, Jacob Mingle, on temporary transfer for one month from Staines Town.

BARTON ROVERS – Rovers were forced to make changes to their managerial structure in late September when Joint Managers Gordon Guile and Graham Golds stood down for personal reasons. Club Coach, and former Manager, Gordon Taylor was elevated to the hot-seat. Mr. Taylor guided the club to promotion from Isthmian League Division 2 in the early 1990’s, before moving to Berkhamsted Town. Barton’s record appearance maker, Tony McNally, will assist Taylor in his new tenure. McNally, whose father Brendan played for Luton Town in the 1959 FA Cup Final, made 567 appearances for Barton. The appointment of the new management team has brought about an upturn in results. And the air of expectancy at Sharpenhoe Road was raised even further last week when leading goal scorer Paul Barnes signed a contract. Rovers have received a flurry of ‘seven day notices’ for the player this season. Regrettably, it has not been all good news at Barton. The club is mourning the loss of long-time Committee member and former Secretary, Jim Leith. Jim, who was Secretary between 1995-2001, recently lost a long fight against cancer. Jim, whose funeral was held on 15 November, was 57.

BURNHAM – The Blues have decided to release brothers Mark & Marvin Bartley from the club. Both joined at the start of this season, Mark from Slough Town and Marvin from Hayes. Meanwhile Ashley Smith, whose first team opportunities have been limited, has returned to Flackwell Heath. It has also understood Reserve team striker Simon Elcombe is to join him at The Heathens.

FISHER ATHLETIC (LONDON) – Paddington born forward, Richard Pacquette, has signed for Fisher. Pacquette began his career as a trainee with Queens Park Rangers and went on to score six goals in 31 appearances during five years as a professional at Loftus Road. He also made 5 appearances, and scored one goal, for Mansfield Town in a spell on loan last season.

TRANSFERS – Mark Borrows (Histon to Arlesey Town), Adam Butterworth (Taunton Town to Clevedon Town), Jermaine Dominique (Tilbury to Great Wakering Rovers), David Gilroy (Weston-super-Mare to Chippenham Town [temporary]), Steven Graham (Arlesey Town to Barton Rovers), Gavin Jaggard (Hitchin Town to Aylesbury United), Reece Lester (Corby Town to Rothwell Town), Jacob Mingle (Staines Town to Ashford Town [Middx] [temporary]), Oswald Mintus (Histon to Stamford), Ryan Northmore (Team Bath to Western-super-Mare [temporary]), Ian Pulman (Margate to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Paul Sammons (Great Wakering Rovers to Maldon Town), Scott Voice (Redditch United to Solihull Borough [temporary]), Alexander Watson (Taunton Town to Clevedon Town), Carl Wilson-Denis (Newport County to Brackley Town [temporary]).

DATE: 6 NOVEMBER 2004

GX Soccer Team Of The Month Award For October 2004
Premier Division – Bedford Town
Division One East – Barking & East Ham United
Division One West – Sutton Coldfield Town

Hereward Sports Teamwear & Trophies Safe Hands Awards For October 2004
Premier Division – Gloucester City
Division One East – Barking & East Ham United
Division One West – Evesham United

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – With all eyes on the FA Trophy on Saturday, there was only one Premier Division match played this week, a re-arranged midweek fixture between Gloucester City and Tiverton Town. James Mudge opened the scoring for Tivvy, but David Wilkinson equalised for the Tigers. The result lifted both clubs one place up the table. In Tivvy’s case it was sufficient to lift them off the bottom of the Division, at the expense of King’s Lynn.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – After being knocked out of this season’s FA Trophy at the Preliminary Round stage, Divisional leaders Fisher Athletic re-arranged a League game with Wingate & Finchley for Saturday. Hamid Barr scored twice for the Fish, without reply, to move the Surrey Docks club nine points clear of Uxbridge. In the only other Eastern section fixtures on Saturday, a Christopher Dickson goal at Leighton Town was enough to win Erith & Belvedere all three points, and Chatham Town defeated Beaconsfield SYCOB with goals from Israel Amadi and Liam Watson (og). On Tuesday night Arlesey Town defeated Aveley by the odd goal in five.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – There were only two matches played in the Western section this week. On Saturday Burnham travelled to Swindon Supermarine and won 3-0 with goals by Jon Horsted (2) and Michael Bartley. Last Tuesday Evesham United and Thame United slugged out a goalless draw at The Common. The point lifted Evesham into the top five, where all the clubs are level on 27 points.

F A TROPHY FIRST ROUND – With 16 all-Southern League ties in the First Round of the FA Trophy, there was always going to be a big hole in the League’s representation at the second hurdle. And elsewhere, there were some disappointing results. On the other hand two John Mitchell goals put Rothwell Town into the Second Round at the expense of Nuneaton Borough. The Bones won 2-1. A brace by Ian Cooper, and solo efforts from Marvin Samuel and Ryan Moran enabled Boreham Wood to roar passed the challenge of Northwood. Four goals by Ian Cambridge helped Histon crush Dunstable Town 6-2. The Stutes other goals came from Adrian Cambridge and Neil Kennedy. Some Regional Division sides, in particular some from the Western section, had success over Premier Division teams. Taunton Town won 3-1 at Hemel Hempstead Town; Bromsgrove Rovers defeated Halesowen Town and Bedworth United won at Chesham United, 2-1. Yate Town and Clevedon Town gained draws at Banbury United and Rugby United, respectively, whilst Premier Division Grantham Town forced a goalless draw at former Southern League club Weston-super-Mare.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Plans for the club’s new changing accommodation have been finalised. The Club is, however, waiting to complete negotiations on a new lease before submitting the drawings for planning permission.

FISHER ATHLETIC (LONDON) – 20 years old midfielder Tim Clancy has signed for Fisher. The Trim born player has spent the past two years as a professional with Millwall.

GLOUCESTER CITY - Gloucester City Supporters Club is to take on Trust status with effect from 12 November 2004.Since the beginning of 2001, when the football club was at a low ebb following the flooding of Meadow Park, the revamped Supporters Club has played a major role in helping Tigers’ officials build the club back up. In that time the Supporters Club has raised well in excess of £90,000, which has been donated to the club for use on many projects, e.g. ground improvements; training equipment and donations to assist with club expenses. They have also assisted with travel for the first team, physiotherapist equipment, and considerable financial assistance to ensure the continued success of the Youth Team. Gloucester City Supporters are delighted City MP Parmjit Dhanda, City Mayor Geraldine Gillespie, and local Councillors have all agreed to attend the Grand Launch of the Trust. Supporters see this as a major boost to the profile of the club, and a major statement of faith from these officials that they want to see football thrive at Meadow Park. There will also be representatives from Supporters Direct, the National bodycharged by the Government to assist in the creation of Trusts for Football Clubs, and representatives of Trusts already created for clubs from our level of the pyramid

MARLOW – Midfielder James Pritchard made his 300th appearance for the Club in the recent fixture at Bromsgrove Rovers. James started in the junior sides of Marlow youth and progressed to the first team, but his time at Marlow has been broken by spells with Maidenhead United and Flackwell Heath. For several weeks he has been looking for his 100th goal for the club. He is currently stuck on 99 and has been beaten to the ‘ton’ by his colleague Robert Gibson who achieved the target when netting the second goal against Bedworth United last Saturday, in his 227th appearance. Three other current players have passed the 200 appearance mark - Lee Carroll (203), Micky Floyd (258) and Jeff Lamb (269).

TAUNTON TOWN - The Peacocks entertained the Somerset Sabres cricketers recently in a fund raising match at Wordsworth Drive. The proceeds were divided between the Taunton Town Ground Development Fund and the Keith Parsons Benefit kitty, both of which are now more than £1,000 better off. The Sabres got off to a flying start when none other than the beneficiary Keith Parsons opened the scoring in the first minute but goals by Jason Heath, Ben Camara and Liam Moseley gave the Peacocks a 3-1 half time lead. A penalty by cricketing goalkeeper Pete Trego almost landed in the next field!! England batsman Marcus Trescothick delighted the younger supporters by allowing them to take penalties against him during the half time interval. A much changed Taunton side took to the field in the second half and further strikes by James Clough, Russell Musker and Luke Vinnicombe gave Taunton a comfortable cushion before Matthew Wood reduced the arrears with a last minute penalty to make the score 6-2. Taunton defender Danny Harris played the whole match after being out recently with a knee injury. He should be back in the squad shortly.

TEAM BATH - The Football Association recently paid tribute to University of Bath Football Coach, Ivor Powell, by presenting him with a long-service award in honour of 53 years in football coaching and management. Francis Hillier, President of the Somerset FA, presented the award to Ivor at a dinner in Bath last Thursday. At the age of 88, Ivor still works as an Assistant Coach to Team Bath FC, a role he plans to continue for the foreseeable future. Ivor became the University of Bath's first football coach in 1970 following a remarkable career that saw him play with, and coach, some of Britain's best footballers. His achievements as a coach for 53 years have now been lodged with the Guinness Book of Records, which is expected to decide within the next four to six weeks whether this is a record. FA Historian David Barber, said: "There is no record at this level of anyone having coached for a longer period of time. It's a phenomenal achievement." Born in Merthyr Tydfil on 5 July 1916, Ivor is the seventh son of a seventh son. He began his working career in the mines in South Wales and was spotted by Queens Park Rangers playing for Bargoed in the South Wales League as a 17-year-old. He worked as an RAF physical trainer during the Second World War, when he struck up a lasting friendship with Sir Stanley Matthews, who was Ivor's best man at his wedding to Joan Browell in 1943. A tough tackling half-back, Ivor played for QPR (110 apps – 2 goals), Blackpool, Aston Villa (79 apps. – 5 goals), Port Vale as a Player/Manager (6 apps), Barry Town and Bradford City (83 apps. – 9 goals). Ivor won 8 Full International caps for Wales. He was one of Bill Shankly's successors as Manager at Carlisle United and subsequently became trainer/coach of Don Revie's great Leeds United side, where he tutored players like Billy Bremner, Jackie Charlton and Norman Hunter. He moved to Bath City in 1964, before a stint coaching PAOK in Greece. Then in 1970 he joined the University of Bath as football coach. In May of this year Ivor was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame, joining some of Wales' other great sporting heroes, including Gareth Edwards, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Ray Reardon, Ian Rush and JPR Williams. Ivor was on the touchline when Team Bath FC began its FA Trophy campaign against Hitchin Town on Saturday.

TRANSFERS – Jason Drysdale (Mangotsfield United to Paulton Rovers), Thomas Galvin (Hitchin Town to Barton Rovers), Christopher Harvey (Hemel Hempstead Town to Dunstable Town), Gary Schillaci (Stevenage Borough to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Dean Walker (Dunstable Town to Hitchin Town), Richard Weale (Bedford Town to Grantham Town).

October 2004 News Archive

DATE: 30 OCTOBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town cemented their position at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-2 win at King’s Lynn. Merthyr Tydfil took advantage of Halesowen Town’s engagement in the F A Cup to move into second spot with a 3-1 victory at Chesham United. Towards the foot of the table Gloucester City leapt out of the relegation zone with a convincing 4-1 win over Banbury United.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Divisional leaders Fisher Athletic were two goals to the good within six minutes at Berkhamsted on Saturday. But the Fish let Berko off the hook and in the end, had to settle for a point from a 3-3 draw. With Uxbridge losing 2-1 at home to Barking & East Ham United, though, Fisher’s lead at the top has stretched to six points. At the foot of the table, Tilbury were soundly beaten at Beaconsfield SYCOB 4-0, and Arlesey Town lost 3-1 at Chatham Town.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United 2-1 win at home to Oxford City was enough to lift them back to the top of the table on goal difference. Last week’s leaders, Taunton Town, lost for the third time at home this season. Arthur Appleton scored the winning goal for Bromsgrove Rovers. Towards the foot of the table Bracknell Town won their first home League game of the campaign, just. A goal in the final minute earned a 4-3 victory over Clevedon Town. The win puts Bracknell level on points with Bedworth United, Swindon Supermarine and Thame United, a healthy 12 points above basement club Egham Town.

F A CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND – Four of the League’s six clubs that reached the final Qualifying Round of this year’s F A Cup were successful on Saturday. After four earlier victories, Ashford Town (Middlesex) and Thame United finally met their respective ‘Waterloo’s’ in this year’s competition. Both fell victim to an early goal. Ashford conceded at Hayes after only four minutes, and went on to lose 4-0. Thame fell behind to Forest Green Rovers in the first minute. Rovers also scored three times in the final seven minutes to build a 5-0 scoreline that sounds a little more convincing than the balance of play would suggest. Halesowen Town and Tiverton Town both won their ties 4-1. The Yeltz came from behind at Brigg Town to win in style, while Tivvy raced into a 4-0 lead (thanks to a Kezie Ibe hat-trick) and only conceded to Newport County in the penultimate minute. Almost a year after he was scoring for Kidderminster Harriers against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bath City’s John Williams scored the only goal of the game against Leatherhead. And Histon’s Neil Kennedy and Ian Cambridge scored the goals to oust Wealdstone, after Lance Key made some fine saves

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) - The Tangerines’ recent match against Egham marked milestones for two dedicated Ashford players. Anthony Eggington made his 300th appearance. His two goals in this match took his tally to 106 goals. And Jimmy Hibburt, a former England Schoolboy International captain, and ex-Crystal Palace professional, celebrated his 100th appearance for the Club. An even greater milestone was achieved last Saturday, when goalkeeper Paul Burgess made his 500th appearance in the FA Cup Tie against Hayes. Burgess joined Ashford from Ruislip Manor just before the start of the 1990-91 season. After a good start to the season as far as discipline is concerned, the Tangerines now have three players facing suspensions. Andy Frost, sent off for retaliation at Evesham, has been given a three match ban, starting on 6 November. Jack McKinlay and Giorgi Salaghishvili, both sent off at Basingstoke in the recent Suburban League match, are suspended from 15 November for 21 and 35 days respectively.

BATH CITY – Bath City’s hat-trick hero Scott Partridge has won the FA Cup Player of the Round. He is the third player to join the prestigious ‘Team of the FA Cup’, guaranteeing him more FA Cup glory as a VIP guest at The FA Cup final next May and a half-time introduction to the crowd. Scott, who scored all three goals in Bath City’s 3 - 0 win over Brockenhurst in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, gained 41 per cent of the 23,954 votes cast in the on-line poll at TheFA.com. Scott won by a margin of 4,281 votes from his nearest challenger, Worksop Town's Christopher Cleary.
Scott was one of six FA Cup Second Qualifying Round players short-listed for the Player of the Round award, which is organised in partnership with UMBRO, by The Daily Telegraph football writer Ricky George. Scott has won £1000 worth of UMBRO football kit and equipment for a local school, club or organisation of his choice. He will also be presented with an engraved silver salver. The Team of The FA Cup will comprise Player of the Round winners from the First Qualifying Round to the Semi Final. Last year’s team included five non-league players as well as Premiership stars Jose Antonio Reyes, Freddie Ljungberg and Bruno Cheyrou. In the meantime, with Paul Evans and Justin Shuttleworth injured, the Romans signed goalkeeper Steve Perrin from Forest Green Rovers on a month’s loan prior to Saturday’s F A Cup Tie against Leatherhead. Ironically, Perrin saved two penalties for Forest Green against Bath City in a Fourth Qualifying Round match four years ago. Rovers won 3-1.

BEDFORD TOWN – The Eagles have signed striker Paul Fewings from Cambridge City. The 26 years old 6’0” player scored 2 goals in 57 Football League appearances for his hometown club, Hull City, before subsequently playing for Kettering Town. He was the Poppies leading scorer in 2003/04. He has also played for Hereford United and Boston United. Meanwhile, Simon Goodrham and Richard Weale have been released by the club.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – Glen Knight has signed for the Dere’s, following the cancellation of his contract at East Thurrock United.

FISHER ATHLETIC (LONDON) – Fisher have given permission for Luton Town to use Damien Scannell in a Reserve Team fixture during November.

HARLOW TOWN – The Hawks swooped for Liam Baptiste’s signature after the player’s contract with Waltham Forest was cancelled during the week.

HISTON – During the past 12 months the Stutes have run two race nights, raising over £1500. The next race night has been confirmed for Saturday 27th November and will follow the Hednesford Town fixture which is to be attended by many of the clubs past players. Tickets for the race night are £2.50 and available from the club and its representatives at all home games.

KING’S LYNN – The Linnets have appointed Tommy Taylor, the former Leyton Orient and West Ham United centre-half, as their new Manager. Hornchurch born Mr. Taylor, now 53 years old, enjoyed a fantastic professional playing career spanning the seventeen years between 1967 and 1983. After starting as an apprentice with Leyton Orient, he went on to make 114 appearances for the O’s before a move to West Ham United. After 340 appearances he returned to the Orient and made a further 116 appearances before concluding his career at Charlton Athletic and Beerschot in Belgium. Mr. Taylor has since been Manager of Leyton orient, Cambridge United, Darlington and Farnborough Town.

OXFORD CITY – City lost two lifelong friends and supporters last week. Dora McGowan and Jim Padbury both passed away. Dora was the wife of the late ‘Mac’ McGowan, who was the club’s Secretary for 26 years, until his resignation in 1975. Mac died on holiday in 1979. Dora was the Mother-in-Law of John Woodley, who holds the club record for appearances and goals scored. Jim, a life long supporter and a Committee member, rarely missed an away game. He continued his support and travels after he retired from the Committee. He was at City’s home match against Sutton Coldfield Town on 23 October but passed away during the week. The club deeply regrets the passing of two dear friends, and sends its condolences to both families.

TAUNTON TOWN - Manager Russell Musker has just celebrated ten years in charge at Wordsworth Drive, the first manager to achieve such a feat. Musker took over in Oct 1994 following the sudden resignation of Terry Rowles, who had guided the club to an F A Vase appearance at Wembley Stadium the previous season. Musker won the Western League Championship in the 1995-96 season and a hat trick of titles was achieved between 1999 and 2001. The last of these years also saw the F A Vase finally arrive at the Drive following 18 defeats in various Cup Finals. Promotion to the Southern League arrived in 2002 and a maiden Somerset Premier Cup triumph followed thanks to a 2-1 win against Yeovil Town in the Final at Clevedon Town’s Hand Stadium. There is a testimonial match at the Drive on Wednesday 3 November between Taunton Town and the cricketers of Somerset County Cricket Club. This is part of the benefit season for locally born Somerset all rounder Keith Parsons. A dinner will follow in the clubhouse at which England internationals Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Caddick are expected to be among those present.

WALTHAM FOREST – The Stags have signed midielder Craig Dobson. Cheltenham Town released 20 years old Dobson at the end of last season, after he made two Football League appearances. The Chingford born player holds one full International cap for Jamaica. Liam Baptiste has been released from his contract.

TRANSFERS – Rio Alderton (Aveley to Tilbury), Damian Charie (Hednesford Town to AFC Telford United [temporary), Thomas Galvin (Hitchin Town to Barton Rovers), Shaun Hayes (Bedworth United to Bromsgrove Rovers), Stephen Perrin Forest Green Rovers to Bath City [temporary]).

DATE: 23 OCTOBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – For the second time in a matter of a few weeks the leading team in the Premier Division lost at home by a five goal margin. And Histon have have been the victors on both occasions. After thumping Chippenham Town 5-0, the Stutes won at Chesham United on Tuesday 7-2. Chesham’s demise enable the Chips to return to the top of the table, after a 1-0 midweek win at Cirencester Town. They remained on top after Saturday’s results, despite a 1-0 defeat at home to Aylesbury United. Halesowen Town are second, after winning 1-0 against Hednesford Town in midweek but losing 3-0 at Bedford Town on Saturday. Histon bagged another five on Saturday, at home to Bath City, to move into third spot.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic (London) maintained their five point advantage at the top of the Eastern section with a 2-0 midweek win at third place East Thurrock United. Second placed Uxbridge won at Sittingbourne 3-2. When the top two both lost at the weekend, East Thurrock failed to make the best of the opportunity to close the gap when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Great Wakering Rovers.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Taunton Town stay top of the Western section, despite dropping five points during the week. After being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Swindon Supermarine, the Peacocks’ pride was dented by Brackley Town 3-2. Two wins for Rothwell Town (3-0 at home to Burnham and 3-2 at Stourport Swifts) lifted the Bones into second place. A midweek defeat at home to Paulton Rovers, 4-2, forces Mangotsfield United back into third place.

F.A. CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND – Thame United pulled off a good 2-1 win against Weymouth in Tuesday’s replay. The victory preceeded Steve Claridge’s dismissal as Weymouth’s Manager. Tiverton Town took Eastleigh into overtime before winning 1-0. Good Luck to Ashford Town (Middx), Bath City, Halesowen Town, Histon, Thame United and Tiverton Town in Saturday’s Final Qualifying Round Ties.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) - A sponsored walk held on 1 August raised £1757. In accordance with the club’s pledge a cheque for £878.50 has been sent to the Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz have midfielder Ben Steane available for transfer. Steane has made 39 appearances for Halesowen, and 29 nominations as substitute, since joining from Bedworth United in October 2003. Interested parties must contact Paul Holleran on 07966-417259.

HISTON – The Stutes have issued four ‘Notices of Approach’ to different clubs in the last week. And despite scoring more goals than any other club in the Premier Division, and having the best goal difference, Manager Steve Fallon’s priorities are a defender and a striker. Fallon is also hoping to secure Robert Nightingale permanently, before his Temporary Transfer from Cambridge City expires.

HITCHIN TOWN – The Canaries are to run a half-term coaching course at Top Field between October 25-29. The course is open to boys and girls and will cost £ 40 for the week or £ 10 per day. Places can be booked through Allison Mussino on 01462-459270 or 01462-700 900 or 07745-569184.

MERTHYR TYDFIL – When Secretary Anthony Hughes was handed a Debit Card that had become separated from its owner at the Martyrs’ recent home match against King’s Lynn, he set out to find the owner. When he discovered the card had fallen from the pocket of former World Professional Snooker Finalist, Matthew Stevens, the entrepreneurial Mr. Hughes snookered Mr. Stevens by inviting him to sponsor a match. Mr. Stevens is a frequent visitor to Penydarren Park, following his friend, midfielder Chris Holloway.

SITTINGBOURNE – The Brickies have defender Ben Taylor available for transfer. A fee will be required. Interested parties must contact Chairman Andy Spice on 07860-753441.

STAMFORD – Lincoln City have given permission for Christopher Gordon to join the Daniels on work experience.

TRANSFERS – Nicholas Amos (Solihull Borough to Halesowen Town), Paul Cobb Tilbury to Aveley), Paul Danks (Halesowen Town to Solihull Borough), Michael Death (Thame United to Egham Town), Craig Dennis (Great Wakering Rovers to Dartford), Richard French (Taunton Town to Merthyr Tydfil), Thomas Hayes (Bedford Town to Dunstable Town), Andrew Hoskins (Gloucester City to Cinderford Town), Craig Ladek (Stourport Swifts to Halesowen Town), Parys Okai (Dunstable Town to Bedford Town), Mark Smith (Yate Town to Paulton Rovers), Dean Standen (East Thurrock United to Erith & Belvedere), Robert Still (Waltham Forest to Tilbury [temporary]).

DATE: 16 OCTOBER 2004

GX SOCCER
Teams Of The Month For September 2004

Premier Division – Halesowen Town
Division One East – Boreham Wood
Division One West – Evesham United

Hereward Sports Teamwear & Trophies
Safe Hands Awards For September 2004

Premier Division – Rugby United
Division One East – Boreham Wood
Division One West – Evesham United

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chesham United are the new Premier Division leaders. A 3-2 victory over the season’s early leaders, Chippenham Town, enabled the Buckinghamshire side to leap-frog Halesowen Town. But it was Chips that struck first. Gary Horgan opened the scoring after nine minutes. Greg Deacon (35) and Gary Sippetts (37) then put United 2-1 up, only for Martin Paul to equalise three minutes later. The big crowd then had to wait until the 73rd minute for the next goal – a strike by Chesham’s John Richardson. Richardson’s goal proved to be the winner, but it took a last minute point-blank save by his goalkeeper, Bradley Hughes, for it to retain that status. Cirencester Town climbed into fifth spot with a 5-1 routing of Grantham Town. This was no mean feat considering the Gingerbreads started the day having conceded the fewest number of goals in the Premier Division. And it took Shaun Wimble only two minutes to breech Grantham’s tight defence. The rest of Ciren’s goals came from Gareth Hopkins (2), Marc Richards and Michael Jackson. Adrian Speed scored for Grantham.
Jaggard Edge
Despite taking the lead in the first minute through Justin Marsden, and increasing that lead when the same player netted after 51 minutes, Rugby United felt Hitchin Town’s jagged edge during 21 second-half minutes. Joshua Sozzo started the Canaries recovery in the 64th minute and then Gavin Jaggard scored a hat-trick in a fifteen minute purple patch to complete a 4-2 victory.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic (London) maintained their five point advantage at the top of Division One East with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Barton Rovers. Steve Watts, Lenny Piper, Raymone Powell Damien Scannell and Anthony Riviere rattled home goals in the first 45 minutes. Only Damien Scannell was able to add to the score in the second period. Uxbridge and East Thurrock United kept up their pursuit of the leaders, though, with 2-1 and 3-1 victories. Uxbridge maintained an unbeaten home record when defeating Wingate & Finchley, just. Ian Sloma put the visitors ahead after 50 minutes only for the Reds to snatch a win in the last six minutes when Harry Howell and Michael Swaysland netted. Vincent John, Scott Holding and Jake Gibson were East Thurrock’s match winners in the game at Beaconsfield. 16 years old James Faulkner scored a consolation for the Rams.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – With Oxford City having lost all four of the home League matches this season, and Taunton Town having won four of their five away games, it would have taken a brave man to bet against the Peacocks on Saturday. It is fair to say, then, Taunton’s 2-0 win at Court Place Farm was true to current form. Dean Stevens and Antony Lynch scored the goals that put Taunton back on top of the table, thanks to Bromsgrove Rovers holding last week’s leader, Mangotsfield United to a goalless draw. With third place Rothwell Town without a fixture, Sutton Coldfield Town closed the gap on the leader board with a 1-0 win over Stourport Swifts. Naveed Arshad was the Royals’ scorer. Bracknell Town, another club that has lost all of its home games, collected its third win on the road with a 2-1 win at Paulton Rovers. With both clubs being known as ‘The Robins’ it was Bracknell who turned into ‘Magpies’ to steal a win with two goals in the final five minutes.

F A CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND – Ashford Town (Middlesex), already into unknown territory in the FA Cup, pulled off a magnificent 1-0 victory at Aylesbury United. Ryan Lake was the Tangerines match-winning hero with a goal ten minutes from time.

Yeltz Walk On Broken Glass For Cup Win

Early goals by Jimmy Haarhoff and Alex Cowley enabled Halesowen Town to break Glasshoughton Welfares’ first-half resistance. Although the visitors managed to pull one back, Halesowen’s Lewis Baker and Ben Steane burst their bubble. Neil Kennedy scored for Histon against Horsham as half-time approached; thereafter the Hornets had lost their sting, and the match, collapsing to a 5-0 defeat. Kennedy added a second, along with goals from Ian Cambridge, Jamie Barker and debutant Charles Libam. A Partridge Loose In New Forest Scott Partridge bagged a second-half hat-trick in Bath City’s demolition of Brockenhurst in the New Forest, while Tiverton Town lived to fight another day after equally sharing six goals with Eastleigh. Chris Vinnicombe, Jamie Mudge and david Steele scored for Tivvy.
Terras Thame’d Thame United, meanwhile, looked to have pulled of a great FA Cup surprise by beating former Southern Leaguers, Weymouth. Jon Gardner put Thame ahead after 44 minutes, but Mark West’s team then had midfielder Justin Merritt sent-off. Just as the game appeared to have been won, the Terras Steve Claridge converted a penalty in the 84th minute. King’s Lynn were, by all accounts a little unfortunate to lose at Lancaster City 1-0, but there was nothing unlucky about Merthyr Tydfil’s 1-0 defeat at home to Lymington. The Martyrs failed to convert any one of a multitude of opportunities and then allowed Michael Jackson to clinch the tie in the 86th minute. Wivenhoe Town conceded a goal in each half at Hayes, and lost 2-0. Boreham Wood made their exit surprisingly heavily,
5-1, at Wealdstone.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – With both teams having significant matches at the weekend, probably neither Ashford nor Farnborough fielded their strongest sides in Wednesday’s Aldershot Senior Cup Final. Nevertheless, the teams produced a pulsating game and Farnborough won 2-0. A ‘frequently asked question’ has, however, been put to be by the Tangerines’ Secretary, Alan Constable. Alan is often asked why are his club in ‘The Aldershot Senior Cup’. Alan explains his club was invited to enter ‘out of the blue’ two seasons ago. He believes the invitation may be the result of co-operation he has given in his role as Fixture Secretary for the Combined Counties League, with regard to Aldershot Senior Cup games. Whatever, the invitation was accepted and like most of the other senior clubs who enter, Ashford have generally fielded a large contingent of Reserve Team players, with a tendency to strengthen the team as the competition progresses. With entries ranging from clubs in the Aldershot and District League through to Farnborough Town and Aldershot Town, Ashford Town find the competition varied and interesting.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – The Rams have signed Wycombe Wanderers’ striker, James Faulkner, on work experience.

BEDWORTH UNITED – The Greenbacks have placed 17 years old Gilbert Cummings on a contract.

BOREHAM WOOD – Nicholas Grime has re-signed for the Wood, along with William Hawes.

EGHAM TOWN – The Sarnies have signed Michael Mahoney-Johnson, a 27 years old midfielder formerly with Queens Park Rangers. Mahoney-Johnson made 3 Football League appearances for Rangers and, whilst out on loan from Loftus Road, he made 4 for Wycombe Wanderers and 4 Brighton & Hove Albion.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – The Chipps have signed Mark Draycott, a former scholar with Swindon Town. The Robins released Draycott at the end of last season, after three years on the scholarship scheme. Since April this year he has been in the U.S.A. playing for Wilmington Hammerheads.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltz have put 21 years old striker, Simon Forsdick, on a contract.

HISTON - Player movements at the club continued this week with the return to the Glass World Stadium of Scott Andrews from Ely City. Having gone to pastures new in the summer Scott has returned to bolster the Reserve Squad, with an eye on a first team place being his long term objective. Mark Burrows, though, has left the Stutes in search of regular first team football. Having joined Histon from King’s Lynn, ambitious Mark was looking for a starting place in Histon’s First Team. But with Colin Vowden & Roscoe Hipperson in good form, a place could not be guaranteed. Mark and the club have parted company by mutual consent late last week. Manager Steve Fallon is still looking to bring in a centre-half and a striker. His short list for both comprises two, possibly three, candidates. Hinckley United’s Tyrone Mintus is one of the names being mentioned as a possible replacement for Mark Burrows. The success of Histon’s ‘Family Friday Night’ coupled with the opening of a new lounge at the Glass World Stadium was a huge success. The chosen fixture, last Friday’s Southern League game against Banbury United, attracted the club’s best attendance of the season so far. The concept of a ‘themed’ fixture is to be repeated when Hednesford Town visit Bridge Road on 27 November. The will be attended by former players. Over 150 ex-Stutes attended the Past Players dinner in May but it is expected this number will be exceeded for the Hednesford fixture. If you are a past player of Histon Football Club, from any period, contact Jenny Wells to register your name. Ex-Players will then receive updates on the club and planned events for the coming season. Many former players have been re-united with friends from years gone by through this scheme, which has proved a great way of involving past players with the club’s current events and progress.

Turkish Delight

The local Turkish community were delighted last month when Histon Football Club provided a venue for their Sunday morning language course. The local Turkish community is huge in Cambridge and over 30 children aged 8 to 16, resident in the Histon area, are now learning their Language at a School run by volunteers at the Glass World Stadium. The school has been running since September and lessons are planned every Sunday from 11.00 till 2.00pm. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact the PR Officer at Histon Football Club for further details.

MALDON TOWN – 25 years old striker, Simon Parker, has signed a contract for the Blues.

MERTHYR TYDFIL – The Martyrs have placed 20 years old goalkeeper, Ashley Morris, on a contract.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – Steve Piearce, the former Doncaster Rovers forward, has signed for Solihull. Birmingham born Piearce, now 30 years old, made 8 full appearances and 11 as a Substitute for Doncaster in the Football League in 1996. Piearce’s appearances for Solihull will be limited due to the former Halesowen Town and Hednesford Town player’s work as a Police Officer. Solihull have also signed Redditch United striker Scott Voice, on a temporary transfer, for the second time this season. Dean Coleman, who has spent the past two seasons at Walsall as a non-contract player, has also signed for the Damson Park club.

TILBURY – The Dockers have signed John Purches from Dagenham & Redbridge. The 21 years old Redbridge born midfielder spent the 2002/03 season as a professional with Bournemouth, but failed to break into the Cherries first team. He wasted no time mark at Tilbury. Purches scored twice in the Dockers 3-2 win over Dartford.

TIVERTON TOWN – Yeovil Town’s 21 years old forward, Kezie Ibe, has signed a temporary transfer to play for Tiverton Town for one month.

WIVENHOE TOWN – Colchester United have granted permission for Liam Coleman’s work experience spell with the Dragons to be extended.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Aubrey (Forest Green Rovers to Cinderford Town [temporary]), Ryan Clarke (Boston United to King’s Lynn [temporary]), Michael Davis (Cirencester Town to Yate Town), Jim Duffy (Hitchin Town to Berkhamsted Town), Nathan Edwards (Cirencester Town to Swindon Supermarine), Callum Gittings (Cinderford Town to Stourport Swifts), Adam Hemming (Cirencester Town to Cinderford Town), Kezie Ibe (Yeovil Town to Tiverton Town [temporary]), Glen Lamacraft (Hitchin Town to Leighton Town), Ben L’Honore (Hitchin Town to Leighton Town), Leon Mitchell (Solihull Borough to Bromsgrove Rovers), Grant Monelle (Bath City to Clevedon Town), Andrew Smith (Evesham United to Solihull Borough), David Staff (Boston United to King’s Lynn [temporary]), Jason Turner (Stamford to Grantham Town), Andrew Wallbridge (Banbury United to Brackley Town).

DATE: 9 OCTOBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Leaders Halesowen Town were held up twice by Dunstable Town at the weekend. The visitors were late arriving at The Grove, and the Yeltz were kept waiting 30 minutes for the game to commence. Thereafter, the Bedfordshire club held up Halesowen’s progress at the top of the table by forcing a 4-4 draw. Indeed, had it not been for a loss of concentration, and a last minute goal by Halesowen’s Steve Pope, Dunstable would have won. Chippenham Town’s 2-0 victory at Solihull Borough reduced Halesowen’s lead at the top to one point. Gary Horgan and Gary Thorne scored for the Chipps. Merthyr Tydfil sustained third place with a 5-1 beating of King’s Lynn. Gary Shephard rounded up three of his club’s goals. Jeff Eckhardt and Craig Steins scored the Martyrs’ other goals while Robert Harris scored a consolation for the visitors. Hednesford Town went one better than Merthyr. The Pitmen mined six goals at Hemel Hempstead Town, without reply. Leon McSweeney (3), Christopher Brindley (2) and Andrew Bell were Hednesford’s scorers. After a few week’s absence from the score sheet, the Division’s leading marksman, John Lawford, helped Chesham United maintain fourth spot. A Lawford goal, and another from Stuart Hole, gave United a 2-1 win over Tiverton Town. Gloucester City will not have been entirely unhappy with their goalless draw at Grantham Town, even though Manager Chris Burns may harbour other thoughts. The Tigers played nearly the whole match with ten men after Burns was sent-off after 19 seconds!

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – With every club engaged in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, there were no League fixtures scheduled.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United’s 3-1 defeat at Rothwell Town reduced their lead at the top of the Division to a goal difference advantage, over Taunton Town. Two Dean Foley goals and one by Jonathan Mitchell earned Rothwell’s victory. The Bones are third, two points above Stourport Swifts, who won 5-0 at home to Paulton Rovers. Duncan Willetts (2), Andrew Checketts, Daniel Mason and Nicholas Bunyard were Stourport’s scorers. The team that cannot win a League game at home, Oxford City, won their fourth fixture away on Saturday. Clevedon Town, under the new management of Kevin Hodges, were Oxford’s victims in a 4-2 score line. In the only other Division One East game played at the weekend, Sutton Coldfield Town won 1-0 at Bracknell Town, thanks to a Richard Ball goal.

Duck A La Tangerine

F A CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAYS – Aylesbury United built a 4-0 lead against Stotfold in Tuesday’s Replay, before leaking two goals to their opponents. Fortunately, the game was not in doubt and the Ducks will now meet Ashford Town (Middx) [the Tangerines] in the Third Qualifying Round. Tiverton Town defeated local rivals Bideford 3-1, but Hemel Hempstead Town and Team Bath made their exits from this season’s tournament.

F A TROPHY PRELIMINARY ROUND – East Thurrock United, currently third in Division One East, produced one of the ‘results of the Round’ in Saturday’s FA Trophy Preliminary Round. Vincent John set up East Thurrock’s 3-0 win at Hastings United with a goal after only eight minutes. Scott Holding and Paul Linger then completed a comfortable victory. Dartford smashed five passed Leatherhead. Kwabena Amaning, Tostao Kwashi (2) and Daniel Heale (2) amassed the Darts’ goal in a 5-2 score. In another high scoring game, visiting Waltham Forest defeated Berkhamsted Town 4-1. Papa Kanyuka, Karem Bashkal (2) and Dwayne Clarke scored for Waltham. One of the League’s meanest defences managed to contain the League highest scoring forward line on Saturday. Barking & East Ham United, who have conceded only ten goals in as many League games, overcame Fisher Athletic 2-1. Fisher currently head the merit table with 31 goals in 10 games.

Ashford In Head Hunt For Pate

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – The Tangerines were recently asked to write an article for the Local Press detailing a few of the funnier moments, during Ashford’s rise through the ranks. One of two of the stories submitted concerned Malcolm Pate, an ex-goalkeeper, albeit a little on the short-sighted side (not my words!) and now an occasional supporter of the Club. The paper is keen to contact Malcolm urgently as they wish to interview him and possibly publish a photograph. If anyone can help with a contact number for him, would they please contact Secretary Alan Constable.

BANBURY UNITED - Adrian Fuller played his 300th game for the Club, in the 5-1 win against Bedford Town. He made his debut for the Puritans in December 1998, and has scored 18 goals, (mostly penalties). He played a few games for Brackley Town last season, but returned to Banbury before the end of the campaign. He plays full-back position or in the centre of defence. Fuller is a former England Youth International and Watford YTS player. He has also played for Corby Town and Long Buckby. The Puritans have signed Andrew Turner, the former Portsmouth forward. Turner began his career on Tottenham Hotspurs’ Youth Training Scheme. He signed professional in April 1992 and subsequently scored 3 goals in 20 appearances for Spurs. Whilst at White Hart Lane he made appearances on loan for Wycombe Wanderers (4-0) Doncaster Rovers (4-1), Huddersfield Town (5-1) and Southend United (6-0) before Portsmouth paid £250,000 for his signature. He made 40 appearances, scoring 3 goals, for Pompey before moving to Crystal Palace (2 apps) and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Rumour spread like wild-fire amongst the Barking strikers last week when they heard former forward Eric Alabaster was a record marksman having scored 129. Strikers are a jealous breed, and they wanted to know who was, Eric Alabaster. After a teasing few hours Press Officer Derek Pedder revealed Eric was a striker in the 1950’s and his record strike was playing cricket for Beacontree Falcons. Describing Eric as a ‘Barking footballer’, the feat was recorded in the Essex County Cricket Handbook.

BURNHAM – It may be unusual, but not extra-ordinary, for three brothers to be playing in the same team. Earlier in the season the Brown brothers (Laurence, Jeff and Ollie) who all live around the corner from The Gore took the field for Burnham Reserves. Last season Erith & Belvedere fielded three Vercesi brothers. But Burnham have gone one better. With the return of Michael Bartley to the first team in Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Bromsgrove Rovers, after an eleven month lay off. the Blues fielded three players with the same name and initials, M. Bartley. Michael teamed up with his brothers Mark and Marvin.

CLEVEDON TOWN – Following the departure of Steve Fey, Clevedon Town FC has appointed Kevin Hodges as its new Manager. Bridport born Mr. Hodges, now 44 years old, began his career as an apprentice with Plymouth Argyle. He signed professional forms in March 1978 and went on to make 530 appearances and scored 81 goals as a midfielder for the Pilgrims. Whilst at Home Park, Hodges made 3 appearances for Torquay United, on loan, before joining the Gulls on a permanent basis in December 1992. He then made a further 68 appearances, scoring 4 goals, before being appointed Head Coach in 1996. After two years he left for a similar post at Plymouth Argyle where he stayed until 2000. He subsequently became a scout for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Somerset County FA's Football Development Manager. He will continue in the latter post while at The Hand Stadium for Clevedon. Peter Beadle, the club’s Commercial Manager, has arranged a Sportsman's Dinner at the Stadium for Thursday 21 October 2004. Former Liverpool Manager, Roy Evans, is Guest Speaker. BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman will compere the evening, which will include an auction of shirts from Premiership football clubs, as well as cricket and rugby items. For more information, contact Peter Beadle on 07887 676 537 or e-mail peter@bradshaw.co.uk The Seasiders have appointed a new Director. Roger Gray, who spent 21 years as Secretary of Mangotsfield United, has been appointed to the Board with a view to looking into restructuring the football side of the club. Mr. Gray is Secretary of the Gloucestershire County FA Disciplinary Committee.

CORBY TOWN – The Steelmen have appointed Robert Dunion for a second spell as Manager, following Lee Glover’s decision to take over at Grantham Town.

HALESOWEN TOWN – The Yeltzs’ annual sponsored walk over the Clent Hills raised £3,200. Half the sum raised has been shared equally between The Air Ambulance and The Simon Haddon Trust Fund.

Could Taylor Suit The Linnets?

KING’S LYNN – A final decision on the Linnets’ new Manager is still awaited, following the departure of Kevin Boon and Darren Bloodworth. 33 years old Robert Taylor continues in temporary charge. Norwich born Taylor began his career with his hometown club. The forward made 3 appearances for Leyton Orient, on loan, whilst at Carrow Road. He then joined Birmingham City before signing for Leyton Orient on a permanent basis, scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances. A spell at Brentford (173 apps – 56 goals) was followed by 58 appearances for Gillingham (31 goals); Manchester City (16-5) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (9-0).

Royals Forced To Mark Time Over Markman

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN – At a meeting at Soho Square last week, the Royals were removed from this season’s FA Cup competition when it was discovered Damien Markman was a player under written contract with Braintree Town. Markman, who had played for Sutton Coldfield in the Preliminary Round and the First Qualifying Round, had signed a contract for the Essex club in June. Sutton’s scheduled opponents in the Second Qualifying Round, Hednesford Town, will now meet Stratford Town, who were re-instated.

TRANSFERS – Graham Clark (Bedford Town to Barton Rovers), Dean Clarke (Cinderford Town to Merthyr Tydfil), Lee Glover (Corby Town to Grantham Town), Christopher Johnson (Hitchin Town to Arlesey Town), Ryan Northmore (Team Bath to Weston-super-Mare [temporary]), Lee Ross (Evesham United to Bedworth United), Gary Schillaci (Stevenage Borough to Erith & Belvedere [temporary]), Adam Sturgess (Corby Town to Grantham Town), Scott Voice (Redditch United to Solihull Borough [temporary]).

HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR CUP – Berkhamsted Town, Hemel Hempstead Town and Hitchin Town have all received byes in the First Round of the Hertfordshire Senior Cup. Boreham Wood are exempt until the Second Round.

DATE: 2 OCTOBER 2004

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – With most Premier Division clubs engaged in the F A Cup only Hitchin Town and Banbury United re-arranged a League fixture following their respective early exits from the knock-out competition. And a Mark Bridge goal after 15 minutes brought Hitchin their first win for a month to put the Canaries onto a comfortable perch in mid-table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – F A Cup success meant only five League fixtures went ahead. League leaders Fisher Athletic brought maximum points home from Great Wakering Rovers, thanks to a 76th minute Steve Watts goal, and extended their advantage to five points over Uxbridge and East Thurrock United. Third placed East Thurrock joined Uxbridge on 22 points with a 3-0 victory over Tilbury. Vincent John scored twice and Paul Linger added the third. Maldon Town lifted themselves into fifth spot with a 3-2 win at Harlow Town. Tobi Ositola opened the scoring for the home team but Sean Bell equalised for the visitors. Maldon then took the lead with a goal by Simon Parker. Gabriel Fanibuyan levelled for the Hawks, whose defence then lost concentration appealing against a corner kick and left Bell to head home the winner in the final minute. Paul Barnes secured Barton Rovers’ second successive home win with two goals against Dartford. In the only other League match played, Barking & East Ham United defeated Wingate & Finchley 3-2. Sam Sloma opened the scoring for Wingate but Barking wrested the initiative with goals by John Higgs and Wayne Vaughan. When Thoe Kissi equalised for the visitors in the 86th minute a thrilling game looked to be heading for a draw, but Billy Read read a precision cross from John Vaughan to head home the winner during time added on.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Unlike the last Saturday Taunton Town played while most other of the Division’s clubs were engaged in the F A Cup, this time the Peacocks took full advantage of their challengers inactivity. Taunton were knocked off top spot in midweek when Mangotsfield United left Wordsworth Drive with a 2-1 win. Darren Edwards and Robert Claridge scored for United to put their club ahead of the field. On Saturday, another goal by Edwards, two from Shane Hobbs and an own goal by Duncan Patience helped Mangotsfield comfortably past the challenge from Egham Town, to remain on top of the Division. Taunton’s 2-1 win at Stourport Swifts, earned with goals by Richard French and Antony Lynch after Mark Crisp had put Port ahead, kept the Peacocks level with Mangotsfield – five points ahead of Rothwell Town. The Bones, meanwhile, were rattling home a 1-0 victory at Swindon Supermarine. A Jonathan Mitchell strike was enough to earn all the spoils.

F A CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND – There will definitely be nine, possibly thirteen, Southern League clubs in the Third Qualifying Round of the F A Cup. A fairly disastrous day exacerbated the effect of fewer exemptions, following the re-structure of the National League System. The day was not, however, without its notable successes. Histon fell two behind at Redditch United, within the first fifteen minutes, but recovered to win 3-2. Colin Vouden, Neil Kennedy and Jamie Barker scored for the Stutes in a heroic performance. Jimmy Haarhoff scored twice (including an 89th minute winner) and Simon Forsdick once, in Halesowen Town’s 3-2 win at Gainsborough Trinity. The victory was not, however, without a cost. Yeltz defender Nicky Preston swallowed his tongue following a collision with his own goalkeeper. A speedy reaction from the Match Referee was followed by equally swift action from medical staff from both clubs, enabling the player to walk to the dressing room. Preston, though, spent the night in a Lincolnshire hospital after being taken there suffering from concussion. Bath City withstood early pressure at Havant & Waterlooville and ran out 2-0 winners. Alex Sykes (recently signed from Forest Green Rovers) scored in the 62nd minute and John Williams (who was a thorn in Hampshire club’s side all afternoon) netted in the 83rd minute. Ashford Town (Middlesex) moved further into unknown territory when they won 3-1 at home to Hertford Town. The game was a stalemate up to the 53rd minute when the Tangerines’ Anthony Eggington, who replaced Ben Whatford two minutes earlier, opened the scoring. Five minutes later Hertford were on level terms when former Crawley striker Danny Wackett notched. But Steven Battams and Andrew Frost came up trumps in the 73rd & 90th minutes, respectively. While King’s Lynn’s 1-0 victory over visiting Ludlow Town was more convincing than the score appears to suggest, the close margin leaves the outcome of the game in doubt until the final whistle. A Carl Holmes’ goal, though, proved to be sufficient for the Linnets. Merthyr Tydfil succeeded where Cinderford Town and Gloucester City failed, by ending Street’s F A Cup run. Gary Shephard’s opening goal for the Martyrs was equalised by Ben Trotman. But hopeful Street found themselves in a cul-de-sac when Shephard rounded off the scoring. Elsewhere in the tournament, Chippenham Town, Uxbridge and Bedford Town will be particularly disappointed at having to postpone the order for their ‘Millennium Stadium’ suits for another year.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) - The Club took a further step in its development on 29 September when plans for new changing accommodation were received from architect Ian Lewis, a former player for the Tangerines. The proposed new building will incorporate two new changing rooms, built to the specification for level 1 football, in accordance with the new Football Association Ground Grading Document. There will be two sets of dressing rooms for match officials, in order to cater for both sexes, plus a fully fitted out treatment room. An application for planning permission will be submitted next month. The aim is to have the new building in use in time for the 2006-07 season, which will allow the club to re-structure its existing clubhouse, to double the bar area. The Tangerines consider the development extremely important as they have outgrown their current facilities.

BEDFORD TOWN – The Eagles have completed the signing of goalkeeper James Robinson. Robinson made his debut in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round defeat by Hendon, when he replaced Ian Brown who was injured in the First Qualifying Round victory over Chesham United. The custodian was formerly with St Albans City and Hitchin Town, and was the Canaries’ Supporters Player of the Season in 2002/03.

BRACKLEY TOWN – The Robins have appointed Player/Coach Mike Ford as Manager in succession to Tim Fowler. Bristol born defender Mr. Ford began his playing career as an apprentice at Leicester City. He signed professional forms in February 1984. After failing to make the Foxes First Team he left for Devizes Town but seven months later he was recruited by Cardiff City, for whom he subsequently made 145 Football League appearances. He then made 289 appearances for Oxford United, before returning to Cardiff to make a further 51 appearances. He has since had two spells as Manager of Oxford United but joined Brackley in the summer from Didcot Town.

BURNHAM - Michael Bartley made his long awaited return on Saturday when he played for the Reserves at Ruislip Manor. In midweek new signing Miles Norman made his first team debut at Egham Town.

CIRENCESTER TOWN – In a freak accident during training on Thursday evening the Centurians goalkeeper, Paul Thompson, fractured his heel. England Schools, Youth & u/21 International, Fraser Digby, agreed to stand in for Ciren’s F A Cup trip to Bognor Regis. After beginning his career at Manchester United, Digby went on to make 473 appearances in the Football League for Swindon Town (417) and Crystal Palace (56).

CLEVEDON TOWN – Manager Steve Fey’s departure from the club was confirmed this week. Fey, who oversaw 660 Clevedon matches during an eleven-year tenure, has left the club as one of many changes in a re-structure intended for the good of the club’s future direction.

EAST THURROCK UNITED – Following the announcement in last week’s Bulletin of the sad passing of Malcolm Harris, it can now be confirmed Malcolm’s funeral is on Tuesday 5th October. A Service will take place at
All Saints Church, Coopersale Lane, Theydon Garnon at 13.45hrs., which will be followed by a cremation for immediate family only. If anyone requires any further details, please contact Lee Patterson on 07976-885120.

HEDNESFORD TOWN – The Pitmen have signed 20 years old defender Marlon Walters. Wolverhampton Wanderers released Birmingham born Walters at the end of last season, after one year as a professional at Molineux.

HISTON - The doors to the new ‘Glass World Suite’ will be opened for the first time on Friday 8th October at 5.45pm. The luxury facility will used for the first time prior to the Stutes’ Southern League fixture against Banbury United. The new facility has been under development for the past six weeks and will provide a high level VIP suite for members of the Presidents Club and other ‘Blue Chip’ sponsors at Histon. Interest in the Histon-Banbury fixture, rescheduled for Friday 8th October to avoid clashing with England’s World Cup Qualifier against Wales, is gathering momentum with youth groups and schools who seem set to flock to the Glass World Stadium along with Students recently entering Cambridge University. The Youth groups and schools have been proactive in supporting the Stutes’ ‘family atmosphere’ by putting up posters and giving out leaflets to promote the £1 entry for Kids, Students and other concessions.

KING’S LYNN – I read increasing speculation has now included former West Ham United defender, and ex-Leyton Orient Manager, Tommy Taylor, is amongst the candidates form the vacant Manager’s post at the Walks Stadium. I understand an appointment will be made within the next eight days.

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN - The Royals have been instructed to attend a meeting at The Football Association on Tuesday 5 October to investigate the signing of their striker Damien Markman. It has been alleged the former Wycombe Wanderers forward signed a contract for Braintree Town during the summer. Markman played for Sutton Coldfield in the previous two Rounds of the F A Cup, so the club’s Tie against Hednesford Town, scheduled for last Saturday, was postponed until an investigation was completed. The 26 years old player is already the subject of a League inquiry investigating his registration for another club in the League.

TAUNTON TOWN - The Peacocks recently bade farewell to Contributory League Referee Mike Hawken (St Austell), who has accepted a promotion from his employers, Mole Valley Farmers, and has therefore decided to hang up his whistle. Taunton Town Secretary Martin Dongworth presented Mr. Hawken with a commemorative plaque after the recent match with Marlow, to mark the whistle blower’s last game at Southern League level. The match ball also found its way to Cornwall. Meanwhile, woe betide anyone who tries to prevent Gary Fisher from wearing the number 4 shirt at Wordsworth Drive. ‘Fish’ netted five goals in three matches after being given this particular shirt number so not surprisingly Gary is keen to hang onto it for a while.

TRANSFERS – Adrian Adams (Forest Green Rovers to Paulton Rovers [temporary]), Linton Bailey (Evesham United to Hednesford Town), Liam Byfield (Egham Town to Swindon Supermarine), Ricky Chase (Hitchin Town to Barton Rovers), Darren Hawkins (Bristol City to Bath City [temporary – extended]), James Marrable (East Thurrock United to Great Wakering Rovers), Ray Taylor (Maldon Town to Tilbury), Paul Wood (Tilbury to Maldon Town).

September 2004 News Archive

DATE: 25SEPTEMBER

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – It is probably not often the League’s leader is defeated 5-0 at home. But that was the fate to befall Chippenham Town on Saturday as Histon ran riot at Hardenhuish Park. The Stutes, who were two goals to the good within 13 minutes, ran out comfortable winners with goals by Ian Cambridge (3), Jamie Barker and Robert Nightingale. Halesowen Town took full advantage of Chippenham’s result when they defeated King’s 1-0 to move to the top of the table. Richard Burgess scored in the second minute of Yeltz’s encounter at the Walks Stadium. Merthyr Tydfil were held to a goalless draw by Hemel Hempstead Town, but remain in third spot. Chesham United, meanwhile, won 2-1 at Hednesford Town to move into fourth place. Peter Clifford and Gary Sippetts scored for Chesham, and their ‘keeper Jamie Jackson saved a late penalty taken by Hednesford’s Leon McSweeney. After a shaky start to the season Banbury United continued their progress up the table with a fine 5-1 win over Bedford Town. Andrew Wallbridge and Christopher Potter both struck within 12 minutes for the Puritans before former Birmingham City & Perterborough United striker, Howard Forinton weighed in with a second-half hat-trick. Steve Jackman scored a consolation for Bedford, on the hour.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – After a 3-1 home win against Chatham Town, Uxbridge remain top of the Division on goal difference. Jermaine Beckford netted twice for Uxbridge before Kevin Swift added to the home side’s tally. Francis Collin scored what proved to be a consolation for Chatham in the 72nd minute. Fisher Athletic continue to ‘coat tail’ the leaders following a 3-2 win over Aveley. The Fish had to fight their way back into the game, however, after trailing 2-0 at half-time. Their winning goal came from the Millers’ Daniel Curran when he deflected a Raymone Powell corner into his own net.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Taunton Town recovered from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat by Rothwell Town to win 3-2 against Marlow and preserve their lead at the top of the table. New signing Richard French and Gary Fisher (2) got the Peacocks’ goals. Mangotsfield United held on to second spot, despite being harnessed by Sutton Coldfield Town 1-1. Rob Claridge opened the scoring for Mangotsfield before Damien Markman equalised for the visitors. Evesham United, in third place, closed the gap on the ‘Field with a 1-0 win over Clevedon Town, thanks to a Grant Pinkney goal.

F A CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND It was not a particularly good week for Southern League clubs involved in First Qualifying Round Replays. Barton Rovers, Brackley Town, Chatham Town, Chesham, Fisher Athletic and Rugby United all lost their places in this year’s competition. On the bright side, Bedford Town, Erith & Belvedere and Hednesford Town all won and Thame United (whilst not exactly on the bright side) remain in the tournament after their tie at Gorleston was abandoned because of a floodlight failure.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Former Chelsea apprentice Billy Sentence, who joined Ashford at the start of the season but has not been able to establish himself in the First Team, has joined Molesey in Division One of the Isthmian League.
Leeyon Phelan, who has also failed to break into the starting line-up, is understood to have signed for Ardley United in the Hellenic League. Kingston Olaniran has, though, signed forms to play for the Reserve team, and made his debut at Cheshunt on Saturday. Kingston started this season at Egham Town and will need to obtain a transfer should he be offered Southern League terms. The Tangerines would like to thank Egham Town’s Chairman, Peter Atkins, for his willing co-operation in allowing Kingston to sign Suburban League forms. Former Ashford junior player, Ben Welsh, has also signed.

BANBURY UNITED – The Puritans have signed Paul Tait, the first player to score a ‘golden goal’ in a Wembley Play-Off Final. 33 years old Tait made 170 appearances, and scored 14 goals, in Birmingham City’s midfield between 1987-1996.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED - John O’Sullivan is temporarily unavailable. Leon Green , who was previously with Heybridge Swifts, has signed following two impressive games in the Reserve team. The Blues have welcomed back Nicky Savidge following an operation. He has successfully negotiated two Reserve games.

BATH CITY – The Romans have renewed the temporary transfer of 20 years old Bristol City midfielder, Darren Hawkins. Hawkins is in his second year as a professional with the Robins, but is yet to make an appearance in the Football League.

BOREHAM WOOD - Danny Cowley, a 25 years old energetic midfield player, is available for transfer. Cowley, who previously played for Hornchurch, is on contract and must not be contacted directly. Dominic Grime, long serving wing back/midfield player and Nick Grime, another wing back/midfield player are also both available. They are 27 years old. Parties interested in any of the above players must contact Manager Ian Allinson on 07768 798898.

EAST THURROCK UNITED - It is with deep regret East Thurrock United FC has announced the death of its Press Officer, Malcolm Harris. Malcolm was 58. He passed away on Saturday after a brave battle with illness. Malcolm was a former 'Rock's' player, having joining the Club during the 1974-75 season. He also played for Canvey Island. Malcolm will also be remembered as an efficient Secretary, taking over at the administrative reins in the late1980's, overseeing the Club’s progress from the Essex Senior League to the Isthmian League. Manager Lee Patterson was particularly close to Malcolm. Lee echoed everyone’s thoughts when he said Malcolm was a hugely popular person who will be missed immensely by the hundreds of people Malcolm knew in the football world. The Club will hold a minutes silence before Saturday's game with Tilbury.

GRANTHAM TOWN – After a spell on loan at the South Kesteven Stadium, first year Notts. County professional, Spencer Commons, has signed permanently for the Gingerbreads having been released by the Magpies. Mark Clifford’s loan period has not been extended by Grantham, and the player has returned to The Meadow Lane Stadium.

HITCHIN TOWN - Hitchin midfielder, and stand-in skipper, Stuart Maynard has left the club to join Isthmian League side Walton & Hersham. Maynard, who almost departed Top Field in the summer, was the subject of a seven-day approach by the Surrey club and was made a good offer to move. In previous months, Hemel Hempstead, Leyton and Bedford have all courted the former Enfield and Aylesbury player. Hitchin Town’s Reserve team has been accepted into the South Midlands League Reserve Section after the World Class Homes Senior Reserve League folded last week.

TEAM BATH – Alistair Otto, a former trainee with Oldham Athletic, has signed for Team Bath.

WIVENHOE TOWN – The Dragons have signed Colchester United’s first year professional, Ross crouch, on a month’s temporary transfer.

TRANSFERS – Shaun Batt (Stevenage Borough to Arlesey Town [temporary]), Ross Crouch (Colchester United to Wivenhoe Town [temporary]), Robert Cruse (Oxford City to Cinderford Town), Dean Foley (Corby Town to Rothwell Town), Fabian Forde (Egham Town to Hemel Hempstead Town), Chris Goodman (Sutton Coldfield Town to Corby Town), Rhys Jones (Merthyr Tydfil to Cinderford Town), Kevin Mealor (Beaconsfield SYCOB to Chesham United), Adam Shackell (Chippenham Town to Bath City), Quentin Townsend (Cinderford Town to Bromsgrove Rovers), Steven Ulfig (Cinderford Town to Bromsgrove Rovers), Eseyas Yhdego (Waltham Forest to Egham Town).

DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – In the only Division One East match of the week, Wingate & Finchley defeated Waltham Forest 2-1, to move into fourth place in the table.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Division One West leaders Taunton Town agreed to bring forward their January fixture against Rothwell Town. The Bones took full advantage of the September trip to Somerset, and won 2-1.

F A CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND – Whilst notching a hatful of goals in several success on Saturday, the F A Cup provided its usual quota of shocks and disappointments. In one of the day’s outstanding results, Halesowen Town scored five at Borrowash Victoria, without reply. Richard Burgess bagged a brace. Beaconsfield SYCOB also scored five, in one of the shocks of the day. Allen Arthur notched three of the Old Boys’ five goals against Premier Division Hitchin Town. Dunstable Town and Hemel Hempstead Town both hit the net five times against St. Margaretsbury and North Greenford United. And Aylesbury United put six passed Cornard United. A brace by Darren Hawkins helped Bath City sink Bridport. And Arlesey Town also scored four. The ‘Two Blues’ won 4-1 at Enfield, thanks to a pair apiece from Stuart Beevor and Gregory Pike. Ashford Town (Middx) reached the Second Qualifying Round of the F A Cup for the first time in its history with a satisfying 3-1 win over Bashley. Premier Division Grantham Town, on the other hand, lost 4-2 at home to Shepshed Dynamo, the team that finished bottom of the Western Division last season. Grantham Manager, David Norton, resigned immediately after the shock exit. Gloucester City Manager, Chris Burns, will be feeling just a dissatisfied with his team’s result on Saturday. The Tigers’ performance was anything but quality at Street. Gloucester lost 3-2.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Although not a new idea, Commercial Manager Mark Vaughan has set up a scheme for friends and supporters of the Club to sponsor a player's kit, or various components parts. ’Football Focus’ has sponsored Paul Johnson in full, whilst Vice-President Lynne Morgan offered full sponsorship to the 1st Team player with the nicest legs. After careful examination of what was on offer, skipper Ross Davidson was Lynne's choice for sponsorship. Anthony Joseph is the latest player to sign Southern League forms for the club, after three impressive outings in the Reserves. Joseph is a winger. Since its formation in 1964 Ashford Town (Middx) FC has only had two Secretaries. The first, Alan Hughes, performed the task from 1964 to 1982. Alan has just sold his house in Ashford and, along with wife Margaret, is moving to a small village just outside Bude in Devon, where he has been a frequent visitor in recent years. The club would like to record its thanks to Alan for his work in the past, and wish him a long and happy retirement.

BANBURY UNITED – Club Captain Kieran Sullivan reached 400 appearances for the Puritans, when the club visited Chesham United. As a central defender, he has done well to have only received two yellow cards during his spell with the club. He was away from the Club for the ten seasons United were missing from the Southern League, so his grand total of senior appearances is approaching 900. All but 23 games have been at Southern League, or an equivalent level.

BRACKLEY TOWN – Saints’ Manager, Tim Fowler, left at the club after last weekend’s goalless draw at home to Swindon Supermarine. Acknowledging Mr. Flowers had brought considerable success to St. James Park (two trophies and a League title that earned promotion to The Southern League) the club had high hopes of making a challenge for more League honours this season. After seven matches the Saints are in mid-table having won three and drawn two of their opening seven matches, it was decided the club’s objectives were unlikely to be met so an early decision on the club’s future direction was made. Chairman & Football Directors, Phil Lines, and Mike Ford will hold the reins while a permanent appointment is sought.

CINDERFORD TOWN – Manager Phil Mullen has left his post at the Causeway Ground. Gloucester City’s Assistant Manager, Mike Cook, has filled the hot seat. Cook is currently serving a ‘touch line’ suspension, following an incident at Bedworth United’s ground last season. One of Cook’s first games in charge of Cinderford will be at Bedworth, on 9 October.

DUNSTABLE TOWN – The Blues will entertain Potton United in the First Round of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup on 12 October.

ERITH AND BELVEDERE - Akpo Sodje, last season’s leading scorer, made his Football League debut for Huddersfield Town on 11 September. Sodje came on as a substitute for Andy Booth four minutes from the end of the Terriers' 3-0 win at Port Vale. Sodje, who joined his brother Efe at the Yorkshire club, left the Deres earlier this season. No fee was involved but a ‘sell-on’ clause was agreed. Sodje thus becomes the first Deres player to move directly into the Football League since Tommy Ord signed for Chelsea in 1972-73. Ord scored on his top-flight debut against Stoke City. (Sean Devine was with Erith for a spell in 1994-95, but his progress to Wycombe Wanderers was via other clubs). Sodje will do well to move in similar circles to Ord. Although he only made two further appearances for Chelsea, by 1976 he was playing for New York Cosmos alongside Pele!

HISTON - Three new players arrived at the Glass World Stadium last week. Goalkeeper Lance Key returned to Histon 14 years after his first spell at the club ended with a move to Sheffield Wednesday for a £10,000 fee. Whilst not making the first team at Hillsborough, Key turned out on loan for Oldham Athletic (2), Oxford United (6), Lincoln City (5), Hartlepool United (1) and Rochdale (14) before being transferred to Dundee United, for whom he made 4 appearances in the Scottish Premier Division. He was then transferred to Rochdale on a permanent basis, where he made a further 19 appearances. His travels have also taken him to York City, Portsmouth and Sheffield United. Changes at King’s Lynn made defender Mark Burrows available to move to Histon. The Kettering born player, who spent three years as a professional with Coventry City without making the first team, but subsequently made 38 Football League appearances for Exeter City, was ever present for Kings Lynn last season. Having joined Mildenhall in the summer, midfielder Mark Columbus has returned to the Stutes. Columbus played a major part in Histon’s ‘A’ Team success last year. He is likely to feature regularly in Histon Reserves and ‘A’ teams, who are now in the Kershaw Premier League.

HITCHIN TOWN - Hitchin Town utility player Glen Lamacraft has joined Stevenage Borough. Lamacraft, who established himself in the Canaries' first team last season, was signed by Stevenage in the summer with a view to a season-long loan at Hitchin. Now he has joined Stevenage Borough, as a non-contract player, Lamacraft has been permitted to play for Biggleswade Town. Lamacraft had appeared only briefly for Hitchin this season and had failed to recapture his form of 2003-04. Hitchin have filled the gap left by Lamacraft’s absence with the signing of Julian Old from Dunstable Town.

STOURPORT SWIFTS – Sutton Coldfield Town will visit Walshes Meadow, Stourport, for a Staffordshire Senior Cup Tie on 12 October. Halesowen Town will make the same trip for a Worcestershire Senior Cup Tie on 2 November.

TAUNTON TOWN - The Peacocks had an eventful journey to Thame United last weekend. All was going well until Junction 15 of the M4. Soon after negotiating the junction the team coach was caught in a horrendous traffic jam, which caused a delay of nearly an hour. When the coach eventually left the motorway driver John Wilkinson reported a problem with the clutch, no doubt caused or exacerbated by the traffic delay. Fortunately the coach made it to the ground in time to avoid a delay to the kick off. Taunton won 3-0 with two goals by Gary Fisher and one from Antony Lynch, but this was not the start of a happy ending. Although the clutch did not cause any more delays, the windscreen wipers developed a fault during a heavy downpour, necessitating another 20 minute delay on the homeward journey.

TRANSFERS – John Butterfield (Wingate & Finchley to Harlow Town), Richard French (Merthyr Tydfil to Taunton Town).

DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Despite taking the lead at Bedford Town, with a first-half goal by Martin Paul, League leaders Chippenham Town came a cropper for the first time this season on Saturday. Christopher Dixon and Rene Howe both scored for the Eagles in the second period, and the Chips were down. And the Wiltshire club’s four-point cushion at the top was reduced to one point, as the leaders of the chasing pack all won.
Baker Burns Gingerbreads Grantham Town’s excellent defence finally succumbed to the heat in Halesowen’s kitchen when the Yeltz’s Lewis Baker earned his dough by notching an 87th minute winner. The goal lifted Halesowen into second place, a point above Merthyr Tydfil, who won 2-1 at Histon with goals by Christopher Holloway and Craig Steins.
It’s Rugby By A Whisker, Thanks To Beard Rugby United moved into fourth spot in the Premier Division, thanks to another match winning performance by Robert Beard. Beard set up Rugby’s fourth consecutive victory with a goal in the 75th minute. Substitute John Douglas completed the 2-0 scoreline in the 90th.
Okai Ko’s Solihull
Solihull Borough plummeted to the bottom of the table after losing their seventh game in nine outings, on Saturday. Dunstable Town’s Parys Okai efficiently administered the knock-out blow three minutes from time.
Pitmen Scrub Up Well In Bath
At 2-0 down, and reduced to 10 men, Hednesford Town appeared to be in the deep end at Bath on Saturday. Between goals by Steve Tweddle and Darren Hawkins, the Pitmen had Matthew Turner dismissed. But the ‘ten men’ levelled through Richard Teesdale and Leon McSweeney. Tweddle then restored Bath’s lead before Andrew Bell and Damien Charie notched to record Hednesford’s first away win of the season.
Elsewhere in the Division, Banbury United were also 2-0 down before recovering at Hemel Hempstead Town to win 4-2, with the help of a Howard Forinton hat-trick.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic, boasting the only 100% record remaining in the whole League, travelled to Waltham Forest on Saturday. The Fish lost their unblemished record, and the Divisional leadership, by losing 3-1. Simon Tickner, Ken Charlery and Dewayne Clarke scored to put Forest into an impregnable position, before Leon Braithwaite notched a consolation for the Fish.
Dockers Unable To Contain The Reds Uxbridge are the new leaders, following an impressive 4-1 victory at Tilbury. Jermaine Beckford put the visitors ahead as half-time approached, but the Dockers equalised through Scott Mallon before the break. With the wind behind them in the second period, the Reds ran out comfortable winners with goals by James Cleary, Kevin Swift and Michael Swaysland.
East Thurrock United maintained their 100% home record with a convincing 5-2 win over Barton Rovers. Martin Cartlidge and Lee Burns put the Rocks 2-0 up before Graham Golds reduced the arrears for the visitors. Gary Dixon restored East Thurrock’s advantage before Paul Barnes put Rovers back in the game. But Dixon scored again for Thurrock and Vincent John then put the game beyond doubt. Uxbridge, Fisher Athletic and East Thurrock United all have 18 points from seven matches. Berkhamsted Town are one of three clubs just off the leader board, with 13 points after the seventh round of fixtures. And Billy Perry again proved to be the Lillywhites favourite tipple, as he scored three in Berko’s thrilling 4-3 win over Dartford. Bottom team Sittingbourne pulled off their first win of the season with a 4-1 success at Leighton Town. Jon Neal, David Cory, Keiran Marshall and Paul Ainsworth all got on the score sheet before Alistair Thornley scored for the hosts. The brickies, though, remain in the foundation of the Division, level on points with Barton Rovers.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – After last week’s shock exit from the F A Cup, Taunton Town (the Peacocks) recovered some of their pride with a 3-0 win at Thame United on Saturday. A brace from Gary Fisher, either side of an Antony Lynch goal, saw the League leaders return home with all the spoils. Mangotsfield United made sure they stayed just one point behind Taunton, when they won 3-1 at Oxford City. City, who had lost all three of their previous home games this season, quickly fell behind when Robert Claridge (2) and David Seal scored for the visitors. The only thing Oxford found to smile about was a goal by Jack Smillie. David Bussts’ Evesham United, in third place, head three teams on 13 points following a sound 4-0 win at Egham Town. In an attempt to end a six match run of defeats, the Sarnies fielded eight debutant players. But it was Evesham who found their bread was buttered on both sides, with two goals in each half, from Danny Williams, Jermaine Clarks (2) and debut making Ravi Sangha.
Swift Start For Stourport Stourport Swifts ‘hit the ground running’ after a later than scheduled arrival at Bracknell Town. After being held up on the M40, Swifts raced into a 3-0 lead within 17 minutes with goals by Mark Atinson, Paul Lloyd and John Shirley. Duncan Willets completed the scoring three minutes before time.Bedworth United won their first League game of the season when they returned from Yate Town with all three points. James Richardson and Martin Crowley scored the Greenbacks goals in a 2-1 win.

F A CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND – Midweek Replays saw Cinderford Town, East Thurrock United, Great Wakering Rovers and Sittingbourne all disappear from this season’s F A Cup. But Aveley, Chatham Town, Maldon Town and Stourport Swifts all win Prelim Ties at the second attempt. They will join 49 other colleague clubs in this Saturday’s First Qualifying Round, where there are nine ‘all-Southern League’ Ties.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – The Tangerines lengthened their unbeaten run to six matches at Bromsgrove Rovers on Saturday, despite being without long term injury victim Adam Foulser. The club suffered no other injury worries but Ryan Lake was absent on a course, so Russell Canderton stood in at left back.

BEDFORD TOWN – The Eagles finally solved their goal scoring drought last Tuesday night. Having failed to score in their opening three home matches of the season, they scored twice to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with Grantham Town. After an own goal on 37 minutes, Chris Dillon scored the Eagles’ second. A home win alluded them, however, when the Gingerbreads’ Darren Collins scored a brace.

HEDNESFORD TOWN – The Pitmen have drawn Stoke City, at home, in the First Round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

KING’S LYNN – Four months after guiding the Linnets to the Southern League Eastern Division championship, and collecting ‘Manager of the Season’ awards, I read the management pairing of Darren Bloodworth and Kevin Boon have left the club. After a bright start to the new season, King’s Lynn have lost three consecutive away games and, allegedly, some fans let their unhappy feelings known. Reserve Team Manager, Robert Taylor, took care of the team for Saturday’s trip to Tiverton Town but a club statement expresses a hope Bloodworth and Boon will be back in charge in the future.

RUGBY UNITED - Robbie Beard’s typically strong run and clinical finish in Rugby's 2-1 win over Chesham United in midweek took the striker to a club goalscoring record. Beard’s 67 goals in 141 starts since moving to the Valley Stadium from Bedworth United in 2000 has overtaken previous record holder Danny Conway, who notched 66 goals in 230 appearances. Beard’s bristling pace, razor sharp finishing and his commitment, have proved invaluable. Last season’s 18 goals took him past the 50 mark, and won him the captain's arm band. His exploits last year guided Rugby into fifth place in the League, the club’s best finish for ten years.

STOURPORT SWIFTS – Sutton Coldfield Town will visit Stourport Swifts in the First Round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

TAUNTON TOWN – The Peacocks are back ‘on line’ after a season’s absence. The club’s previous website was closed down following the departure of Les and Suzanne Gill. The new website is being operated and is running at www.tauntontown.com . This is the only current website which is officially sanctioned by Taunton Town Football Club Ltd and all clubs with website links are requested to ensure that any links to other websites pertaining to Taunton Town are closed.

WIVENHOE TOWN – The Dragons have signed Colchester United’s Liam Coleman on work experience.

TRANSFERS – Liam Carson (Kettering Town to Corby Town [temporary]), Ian Cooper (Barton Rovers to Boreham Wood), Wayne Cort (Oxford City to Boreham Wood), Darren Edwards (Tiverton Town to Mangotsfield United), Mark Jones (Hemel Hempstead Town to Oxford City), Daniel McGhee (Hednesford Town to Willenhall Town [temporary]), Luke Morrish (Erith & Belvedere to Dartford), Ryan Northmore (Team Bath to Weston-super-Mare [temporary]), Julian Old (Dunstable Town to Hitchin Town), Dean Stevens (Bath City to Taunton Town), Alexander Stewart (Hemel Hempstead Town to Thame United).

DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Chippenham Town’s 3-1 victory over Stamford on Saturday lifted the Bluebirds four points clear at the top of the table. Goals by Scott Walker, Gary Thorne and James Constable saw the Chips batter the Daniels despite giving away a Wayne Thorne own goal. Second place Cirencester Town were given a lesson in finishing by Halesowen Town (I am told). The Yeltz cruised to a 5-0 away win at the Gloucestershire club, to take over Ciren’s place behind the current leaders. Asa Charlton, Jimmy Haarhoff (3) and Steven Pope got the goals. With the help of two penalties, Hemel Hempstead Town’s Brian Hammett also scored a hat-trick on Saturday. Hemel won 3-2 at Gloucester City. Team Bath’s point at Grantham Town lifted the students off the foot of the table, at the expense of Banbury United, who lost by the only goal of the game at King’s Lynn.

F A CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND – 36 of the 44 starters survived Saturday’s Preliminary Round of the F A Cup, and as many as 35 could appear in the First Qualifying Round, along with the Premier Division clubs. Regrettably, though, there were some notable defeats for Southern League clubs; Bromsgrove Rovers, Paulton Rovers and Taunton Town all unexpectedly lost their places at their first hurdle in the world’s greatest knock-out tournament.
Crafty Guile Bags Five Barton Rovers were the day’s biggest scorers, notching 10 at Hoddesdon Town. Paul Barnes scored a hat-trick, Neal Morgan a brace and Gordon Guile five! Abingdon Town found no benefit in having six former Oxford City players in their side when they played at Court Place Farm; Oxford won 7-0! Uxbridge also smashed in seven. Jermaine Beckford scored a hat-trick as the Reds crushed Potters Bar 7-1. Brackley bashed five past Stowmarket Town, to win 5-2. Kevin Slinn grabbed three. And Dartford and Fisher Athletic also scored five, as they each outclassed Sussex County League opposition in the shape of Horsham YMCA and Eastbourne Town, respectively. Dean Williams was another hat-trick scorer, as Wingate & Finchley sunk Fleet Town 4-1.
Sheppard Seals Price For Mangotsfield Win Peter Sheppard, David Seal and Oliver Price scored Mangotsfield’s goals in a 3-2 victory over Shortwood United.
Champagne Perry Billy Perry was the toast of Berkhamsted as his two goals, and another from Daniel Gomez, eased the Lilywhites through against fellow Southern Leaguers Rothwell Town, 3-2.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Adam Foulser became Ashford's first serious injury worry of the season. As a result of a tackle during the match against Marlow a week ago last Tuesday, he may be suffering from ruptured ankle ligaments. Currently on crutches, there are fears he could be out for the season, although a full diagnosis cannot be made until the swelling has gone down.
Wharf In The Dock, Nearly! Manager, Nathan Wharf, took his dogs for a walk last weekend. Early one morning he drove his unmarked van, with the dogs inside, and parked at the top of a track in Long Lane, near Heathrow. Upon returning he found a police helicopter hovering overhead and several armed policemen taking a close interest in his van. Nathan was obliged to convince the authorities he was not a threat to the world’s busiest airport, before being allowed to continue on his way!

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – Goalkeeper, Mark Fay, has decided to leave the club for pastures new. Fay has been with Barking for two seasons. But one point from his opening two Southern League fixtures prompted Manager Dennis Elliott to strengthen his team, with two players from Dagenham & Redbridge. Defender Sam Taylor was a previous member before joining Billericay last season . And Forward Wayne Vaughan was previously with Grays Athletic, and played in both Daggers’ opening fixtures this season.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN - The majority of last season’s squad re-signed for the Bluebirds for the new campaign. Two "Bluebirds" did fly the nest and both went to nearby Conference club Forest Green Rovers, i.e. Defender Tom Gould and forward Charlie Griffin.
Chips Have Two Thornes In Their Side Joining the Chips this summer, however, are Gary Thorne, brother of town defender Wayne Thorne. Gary was previously with Merthyr Tydfil and has made over 300 appearances in the Southern League for Gloucester City, Newport County, Bath City and Merthyr. Other new additions include Matthew McEntegart, who joined from Cirencester Town and Ben Kirk who previously played for Bridgwater Town.

BECKCELLENT APPOINTMENT AT HISTON

The position John Beck will take up within Histon Football Club had still not been finalised last week. One thing is certain, though, John will be staying at Bridge Road. Mr. Beck’s proposed role will see him having involvement with all the teams at Histon, in a coaching and advisory capacity. John will work as part of the team along side Manager Steve Fallon & Colin Vowden. John Beck was in the dugout with Nacer Relizani and Histon Reserves last Saturday when they entertained Great Yarmouth Town. John had business commitments in London on Saturday night and was unable to travel with the first team to Hednesford.
A Stute Manoeuvre On Tuesday 14th September the Stutes’ management team will put players through their paces. The session, however, will be different to normal. Having a week without a midweek fixture, as a deviation from football, KARTSPORT at Caxton will host a Grand Prix at its indoor circuit for 50 of the players and staff to see who can really live life in the fast lane. The evening will not be short of competitive action with Youth Team Manager John Altomonte (an ex- National Go Kart racer), Chairman Gareth Baldwin (an ex-saloon car racer), (his father Peter is still setting the pace in the mini Miglia) and with President Peter Betson viewed as the quickest man on the road, the evening is sure to be fast and furious.
The Clean Team The Histon first team won the Southern League Fair play award for the 2003/2004 season. Two weeks ago they were advised they had had been awarded the Ladbrookes Fair play award for the whole of the Non-Football League Pyramid system. The Stutes will receive their award at a fixture in October.
The Cleanest Team PR manager Graham Eales has completed a deal to ensure Histon will remain the cleanest team in the league for the 2004 2005 season. The deal has nothing to do with discipline, however. The Launderette on Victoria Road has agreed to clean and prepare the clubs football kits for the current season.
In A Glass Of Its Own Glassworld announced further plans to improve the interior of the Glassworld Stadium at Bridge Road, by refurbishing the clubroom. Plans are underway to alter the clubroom and incorporate a ‘Glassworld Suite’ for sponsors and members of the Presidents Club, now up to 21 members. The improvements will also provide better viewing facilities within the clubroom by adding windows to overlook the pitch. It is expected the work will be complete by the end of the month.

HITCHIN TOWN – With Darren Hay, Gavin Jaggard, Paul Covington and Josh Sozzo all suffering from injuries, Canaries’ Manager Kerry Dixon is attempting to sign Dunstable Town’s utility player, Julian Old. Old has previously been with Chertsey, Dulwich Leighton Town, Leatherhead and Baldock Town.

SWINDON SUPERMARINE – Supermarine’s player Ian Howell will have much more than a passing interest in this year’s Ryder Cup - his brother David has been selected to represent Europe.

TAUNTON TOWN - Taunton’s position as leaders is the first time they have led a Southern League table since the early days of the 1980-81 season. A 2-0 win against Witney Town gave the Peacocks their heady start 24 years ago but a 2-1 defeat at home to Minehead two days later meant the brief spell at the top came to an end.Frank McMahon, who was the club’s manager at the time, is now living in the USA and running a bar in New Jersey. The situation of having F A Cup rounds on successive Saturdays forced the Peacocks to play a waiting game. Taunton had to wait until 10:15pm on Wednesday night to discover their opponents from the Extra Preliminary Round Tie between Bishop Sutton and Frome Town. Bishop Sutton had lost 4-0 at Frome the previous Wednesday in a Western League fixture but the Cup Tie was much closer and Frome needed a late equaliser in the first match last Saturday, to earn a replay. The re-match at Frome was no less tight. There were no goals in 90 minutes only a goal two minutes into overtime avoided a penalty shoot-out. Taunton Manager Russell Musker was unable to secure any new signings before the F A Cup tie with Frome Town, and with four players unavailable he was unable to field his strongest side. Taunton lost 3-2.

TEAM BATH - Former Team Bath FC midfielder Jamie Gosling has returned to the club on a short-term contract.
The 22 years old attacking midfielder, who played for Yeovil Town and Aldershot last season, has signed a three-month contract with Team Bath.

TRANSFERS – David Berks (Hednesford Town to Sutton Coldfield Town), Laurence Brown (Marlow to Burnham, Nik Stewart (Bedford Town to Thame United).

August 2004 News Archive

DATE: 30 AUGUST

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – Maximum points from three games in six days enabled Chippenham Town to stay two points clear at the top of the table. Neighbours Gloucester City gave the Chipps a fright on Monday, however, by taking a two goal lead before succumbing to the leaders 3-2. Cirencester Town took seven points during the same period, and moved into second spot. But it needed an own goal and a penalty to pull the plug on Bath on Bank Holiday Monday. After beating Banbury United 2-0 last Tuesday, Halesowen Town lost at Dunstable Town 4-2 on Saturday. The Yeltz recovered on Monday, though, to defeat Tiverton Town 3-1 and move into third place. Aylesbury United are fourth, despite having lost 2-1 at home to Stamford on Saturday. The Ducks recovered from this reverse to beat Hemel Hempstead Town on Monday, with the help of two Leon Gutzmore penalties. After taking no points from their opening three fixtures, Dunstable collected the maximum spoils from games against King’s Lynn, Halesowen and Bedford Town to climb into mid-table comfort.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Fisher Athletic (London) are now the only 100% club in the East Division. Leighton Town, Chatham Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB are Fisher’s latest victims in an opening spell that has seen Fish net 23 goals in six games. Uxbridge lost their unblemished record on Monday, when they lost 2-0 at Barking & East Ham United. Third place East Thurrock United also lost their perfect start on Monday when they lost at Wivenhoe Town 2-0. Wivenhoe, had only lost their first game of the season 48 hours earlier when Waltham Forest won their encounter 1-0.

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – With all 100% records having disappeared after the fourth series of fixtures Taunton Town, who took away Evesham United’s perfect start in mid-midweek, emerged from the opening month’s matches on top of the table. After their 2-0 victory at Common Road, Evesham, the Peacocks were held 2-2 at Ashford Town (Middx) but then defeated Yate Town 3-2 on Monday. Having lost their 100% record at Paulton Rovers last Tuesday, Mangotsfield United took a point at Thame United in a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday, and then crushed Cinderford Town 3-0 on Monday. Mangotsfield are second in the table, one point behind Taunton. Clevedon Town moved into third spot following two 1-0 victories over Rothwell Town and Paulton Rovers. Bromsgrove Rovers are fourth having taken maximum points from their last three fixtures. Rovers’ opening three games reaped only two points but Corby Town, Bracknell Town and Stourport Swifts have been left in their wake during the past week.

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – After leaving Ashford for Maidenhead a fortnight ago, Lee Simpson has decided to return to Short Lane. After receiving a Bye in the First Round of the Surrey Senior Cup, the Tangerines will travel to Leatherhead in Round Two. The winners will be away to Banstead Athletic or Tooting & Mitcham.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – It could well be a very loose claim to fame but an article by Barking and Dagenham Post reporter Nathalie Hoodless has revealed that Barking FC has a partial claim to an Olympic gold medal winner. Billy Quash was captain of Barking Woodville Reserves in 1895-96 before joining the famous Upton Park FC. Billy played in the Upton Park team, which successfully represented Great Britain in the 1900 Olympics. (That’s got to be worth a gold medal for ‘reflected glory’!)

OXFORD CITY – Banbury United’s Mark Simms made the short move to the Puritans Oxfordshire rivals in the county town, and scored a hat-trick on his debut in Tuesday’s match against Egham Town.

TAUNTON TOWN – The Peacock’s promising start to the season is due in no small way to the contribution of some new signings made during the summer by Manager Russell Musker, who is now in his 10th season at the helm. Goalkeeper Kenny Griffiths signed from Clyst Rovers and Brazilian born defender Leandro Peduto has played in several countries in Europe. In midfield, Jason Rees has joined from Tiverton Town, where he was captain last season. And Luke Vinnicombe is another player to sign from Ladysmead. Forward Simon Gale has joined from Frome Town, after spells with Bridport and Yeovil Town. Alex Watson, in his second season as captain after signing from Exeter City, is expected to keep the defence tight, while ‘Supporters Player of the Season’, Antony Lynch, is expected to supply the goals. With young players Danny Harris and Dale Peckham supplementing the experience of Grantley Dicks, Jason Heath and Gary Fisher, the club is hoping to improve on its best Southern League finish of ninth.

TILBURY – There seemed nothing unusual when Tilbury gained their first win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday, against Sittingbourne. The Match Referee was Gary Jerden of Grays. But when Tilbury Secretary & Programme Editor, Lloyd Brown, updated his club records something caught his eye. On April 15th 1931,Tilbury lost 3-1 to Sittingbourne, in a Kent League fixture. Tilbury’s goal scorer was -Jerden. A quick phone call was made to Gary (Monday’s Referee), who then made a trans-Atlantic phone call to his family. It was established the 1931 goal scoring Jerden was, the then 30 years old Albert, the Great, Great Uncle of Gary!

(I was curious to know how Lloyd had statistics from 1931 so quickly to hand. Here is his reply. “Many years ago, the Club lost its records in a fire at a previous Secretary’s house. Over many months, I visited the local Library and went through every copy of the Thurrock Gazette from 1898 onwards, taking everything down in long hand. I then typed it up. I have it in season-by-season order and alphabetical Club order. When I got home on Monday evening I simply got out the Sittingbourne file to type in today`s details, and it was staring me in the face”. So it was that easy. Great story Lloyd. Well done.)

WALTHAM FOREST – Former Fisher Athletic forward, Ken Charlery, has signed for Waltham Forest. After leaving Surrey Docks, Stepney born Charlery played in the Football League for Maidstone United (59 apps – 11 goals), Peterborough United (51-19), Watford (48-13), Peterborough (second spell 70-24), Birmingham City (17-4), Southend United (3-0), Peterborough United (third spell 56-12), Stockport County (10-0) and Barnet (124-37).

TRANSFERS – Kevin Evans (Hitchin Town to Arlesey Town), Danny Haines (Mangotsfield United to Clevedon Town), Darren Hawkins (Bristol City to Bath City [temporary]), Solomon Henry (Erith & Belvedere to Waltham Forest), Hugh Narty (Waltham Forest to Erith & Belvedere), Gary Powell (Yate Town to Paulton Rovers), Paul Rutherford (Braintree Town to Boreham Wood [temporary]), Mark Simms (Banbury United to Oxford City), Darren Spinks (Erith & Belvedere to Arlesey Town), Christopher Taylor (Solihull Borough to Halesowen Town), Jason Turner (Rothwell Town to Stamford) and Scott Voice (Redditch United to Solihull Borough [temporary]).

GLOUCESTERSHIRE SENIOR CUP – Mangotsfield United host Bristol City in the First Round of the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, w/c/ 4 October. The winners will be at home to Yate Town in Round Two, where Cinderford Town travel to Forest Green Rovers; Cirencester Town journey to Bristol Rovers and Gloucester City are at home to Cheltenham Town.

DATE: 21AUGUST

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION – It looks like another close competitive season is in prospect in the Southern League Premier Division. After just three matches, no club has a 100% record. Chippenham Town top the table, and head four clubs on seven points, on goal difference. After building a goal difference of seven from their opening two matches, Chips were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at home against Rugby United. Chesham United, in second place, recovered from a three goal deficit at Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday. The visitors from Buckinghamshire bagged three goals in five minutes to grab a point. Third placed Cirencester Town, and fourth placed Gloucester City, respectively won 2-1 at Hemel Hempstead Town and 3-1 at home to Dunstable Town. King’s Lynn lost their unbeaten record at home to Hitchin Town, despite taking a 13th minute lead through Daniel Bloomfield. Mark Bridge and Gavin Jaggard then scored for the visitors. Halesowen Town lost their 100% record slightly more emphatically at Histon. The Stutes took a two goal lead through Neil Andrews and Ian Cambridge. Asa Chalton pulled one back for the Yeltz, only for Neil Kennedy to wrap up Histon’s second home win in four days.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST – Three clubs in Division One East cherish unbeaten records after three matches. Fisher Athletic lead East Thurrock United and Uxbridge on goal difference. Fisher improved their goal advantage by seven on Saturday with a 9-2 win over Tilbury. Leon Braithwaite notched a hat-trick and Steve Watts & Hamid Barr each poached a brace. Vinny John also bagged two in East Thurrock’s 3-2 victory over Waltham Forest, while Swayland and Bamford scored Uxbridge’s goals in the 2-1 win at Aveley.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WEST – Mangotsfield United and Evesham United, the only undefeated teams in Division One West, head the table by two points from Taunton Town. An own goal by Brackley’s Dore opened Mangotsfield’s account on Saturday. And after Mike Ford equalised for the visitors, James Zabek scored ‘Field’s winner with seven minutes to go. Evesham’s Lee Ross scored the only goal of the game at Burnham to maintain the Robins unblemished record. Third placed Taunton were held by bottom club Egham Town until the 85th minute, when Liam Moseley broke the deadlock. In an extra-ordinary game at Ashford Town (Middx), the home club was awarded three penalties in the first half against Bedworth United. Ashford converted two and eventually won 5-1.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE MATCHES ON TV - RED TV is in discussion with The Southern Football League to initiate an arrangement, which will present Southern League Clubs with the opportunity to have their matches televised, from September 2004. Completion of the deal will see The Southern League lead the way with the introduction of technology that will enable all broadband subscribers to view live coverage of their clubs home and away fixtures live. Last Tuesday RED TV filmed the Southern League Fixture between Histon & Dunstable Town, a game which the Stutes won 3-1. Throughout the remainder of the week Broadband subscribers were able to watch re-runs of the game on www.redtv.co.uk at 10.00am and 6.45pm. If readers are interested in obtaining broadband or need to know how they can watch live football on RED TV they should contact INTERVIVO on 0845-345-8999. Histon’s fixture at Stamford next Tuesday evening will be the next fixture set to be shown LIVE on Red TV.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – Long serving Beaconsfield Director & Chairman, Fred Deanus, has stepped down at the Buckinghamshire club. 64 years old Mr. Deanus has been with Beaconsfield for nine years. He retires from work next year and felt the time was right now, to move on. Local businessman John McCaw, a former Director of the club, takes over the Chair.

BOREHAM WOOD – Arsenal Vice-Chairman, David Dein, and Manager Arsene Wenger kept a promise to visit Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park during the pre-season. Mr. Dein and Mr. Wenger agreed to open Boreham Wood’s new facilities, which had been built with the help of £674,550 from The Football Foundation. The club now has a ‘state of the art’ floodlight pitch and a changing Pavilion, designed to attract the hundreds of young players in the area. Thanks to a further grant of £107,616 from The Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the club has also redeveloped the changing rooms for the senior teams. A highly successful evening was rounded off with a friendly match against a young Gunners team, which was drawn 1-1.

BURNHAM – The Blues presented Paul Brett with a decanter, before Saturday’s match against Evesham United, to mark the defender’s 500th appearance for the Wymers Lane club.

EGHAM TOWN – Supporters of the Sarnies have raised the money to purchase a mini-bus. The vehicle, previuously owned by Southampton Football Club, will be used to travel to all the clubs local fixtures. The club is delighted with the supporters’ achievement.

GRANTHAM TOWN – Defender David Robinson has rejoined the Gingerbreads, six years after he left the club for new pastures. Robinson played for King’s Lynn and Tamworth in the interim, but has now joined new signing Stuart Reddington in the heart of Grantham’s rear-guard.

HISTON – Former Cambridge United Manager, John Beck, made a return to football in Cambridgeshire at the weekend. Stutes’ Boss Steve Fallon was on holiday, and with Assistant Manager Colin Vowden conducting things on the pitch, Manager Fallon has called on his friend and fellow coach to step into the breach at the Glassworld Stadium for the next two weeks. Beck will take training for the next fortnight and, along with Colin Vowden, he will oversee first team affairs. John Beck enjoyed a significant run of success when he managed Cambridge United for the first time, and almost took the club into the Premiership. His managerial career took him to Lincoln and Preston North End where he took the team to a Wembley Play-Off Final against Wycombe Wanderers. He returned to Cambridge United for a second spell when he was called in to save the club from relegation, which he achieved.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – The Cossham Street club received a grant of £69,958 from The Football Stadium Improvement Fund during the summer to help fund new standing areas and improve spectator facilities at the ground.

MERTHYR TYDFIL – I read the Martyr’s proposed move to a 10,000 seater stadium on the outskirts of the town have been delayed by the democratic process. The Martyrs’ application to move to a site in a new housing and leisure development at Merthyr Village was approved 15 months ago. But the application is still within the Welsh Assembly Headquarters in Cardiff while issues are resolved.

SITTINGBOURNE – Sittingbourne's opening day goalless draw with Arlesey Town was marred by an injury to new forward Dave Hassett. Hassett received an injury just above the right eye when he went up for a header in the Arlesey penalty area. He was first taken to the local hospital but because of the nature of the injury it was felt he could not be treated locally. He was transferred to Maidstone but was subsequently referred to the special injuries unit at East Grinstead hospital, where he had nine internal stitches and 17 external stitches inserted into the wound. If the injury heals as expected he should be back playing within four weeks.

POST MAKES SECOND DELIVERY

The Post Office Sports Foundation has provided Sittingbourne with a grant to buy a complete new strip. This is the second season running that the POSF has awarded a grant to the Brickies.

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN – The Royals landed the Worcestershire Senior Cup, on the eve of the new season, with a 5-4 aggregate win over Worcester City. The Second Leg was held over from last season, following two postponements at St. Georges’ Lane. After beating the Dragons at Coles Lane, Sutton won the trophy with a 3-3 draw at Worcester, thanks to an extra-time goal by Damien Markman.

TAUNTON TOWN – Several local firms contributed £250.00 each for the chance of becoming the Peacocks’ sponsor for the season. Taunton based Carpet Company, Les Marsh, was plucked from the pile, pulling the rug from under the feet of forty-three other contenders, which included local banking organisations.

WALTHAM FOREST - Manager Hakan Hayrettin has decided to place defender Chris Cashman on the transfer list. Hayrettin has changed the playing system this season and feels Cashman does not fit into the system as well as newer recruits. Cashman came to Waltham Forest at the start of last season and was quickly offered a contract. He is a stylish 20 year old defender who signed from Barnet.
Interested parties should contact the Club Manager on 07879-426420.

TRANSFERS – Matthew Aubrey (Forest Green Rovers to Gloucester City [temporary]), Grant Beckett (Bromsgrove Rovers to Hednesford Town), Jermaine Beckford (Wealdstone to Uxbridge [temporary]), Mark Clifford (Nuneaton Borough to Grantham Town [temporary]), Spencer Commons (Notts. County to Grantham Town [temporary]), Neil Crosby (Oxford City to Brackley Town), Kevin Evans (Hitchin Town to Arlesey Town), Junior Hewitt (Bedworth United to Solihull Borough), James Kidd (Leighton Town to Hitchin Town), Reece Lester (Rothwell Town to Corby Town), Tony Perfect (Dagenham & Redbridge to Arlesey Town [temporary]), Andy Purcell (Waltham Forest to Harlow Town), Nik Stewart (Bedford Town to Thame United), Jason Turner (Histon to Rothwell Town)

DATE: 14 AUGUST

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Striker Scott Todd has re-joined the club from Croydon Athletic. Todd left Ashford for Carshalton Athletic at the end of season 2000-2001. After a successful spell at Carshalton, Scott moved to Croydon Athletic last season. Two others also signed Southern League forms yesterday, namely Assistant Manager Mark Butler and Jack McKinlay, a central defender who was with Chertsey Town last season. Like Steve Battams, though, Jack arrives with a suspension from last season and was not available for Ashford’s opening match at Clevedon. Experienced Lee Passmore, recently with Chertsey Town and AFC Wimbledon, has now signed for the club. But defender Lee Simpson, who has become frustrated by the lack of 1st Team opportunities, has left. Simpson is to try his luck at Maidenhead United. Goalkeeper Tony Wells, who was stretchered off suffering from concussion in the second half of the club’s pre-season friendly at AFC Wimbledon last Monday, was taken to Kingston Hospital. After being thoroughly checked over by a specialist, Tony was allowed to leave the hospital at midnight and has suffered no adverse reaction. The custodian was hoping to return to training before the end of the week. Last season's postponed Aldershot Senior Cup Final against Farnborough Town has been provisionally fixed for Wednesday 13 October, k.o. 7.45 pm at Farnborough. The club has recently met the Local Authority to discuss a new lease. The Council has agreed to start the necessary formalities while the club provides ideas on the development of adjacent land, which must be made available for multi-sport use. The club’s preferred option is for the construction of an artificial grass floodlit area, which could accommodate hockey, tennis, netball etc., as well as providing an excellent training area for football.

BARKING & EAST HAM UNITED – The Blues scored 22 goals in five pre-season friendlies. Victories over Barkingside (2-0), Mountnessing (8-0), Harold Wood Athletic (5-0) and Metropolitan Police (4-1) were punctuated by a 6-4 defeat at former Southern Leaguers, Gresley Rovers, 6-3. Barking & East Ham United will unveil its new floodlights, and a refurbished pitch, for the first home game of the season against Barton Rovers on Tuesday 17 August.

BATH CITY – The Romans have added John Williams, Dean Stevens and Jimmy Benefield to their squad. Williams, nicknamed The Flying Postman, referring to his renowned pace when carrying out his job before he came a professional footballer, was with Kidderminster Harriers last season scoring in their shock FA Cup win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has also played for Swansea City and Coventry City. Stevens and Benefield were both released by Torquay United at the end of their promotion campaign. Meanwhile former Welsh international, Andy Williams has temporarily left the club as he bids to overcome a persistent knee injury. Williams, who missed most of last season after a hernia operation, was under contract for a further 12 months but felt it in his and the club's best interests to take a break from the game.

BRACKLEY TOWN –Ford Sports will visit Brackley in the Northamptonshire Senior Cup on Wednesday 6 October.

BURNHAM - Burnham expect to have several new faces in their line up this season, including ex Flackwell Heath midfielder Ashley Smith and the return of an old favourite Shane Small-King. Goalkeeper Steven Smith, who was on work experience from Swindon Town last season, has committed himself to the Blues this year. Also expected to line up is Paul Thornton who spent a brief spell at the club last season; Ray Spence who has arrived from AFC Wallingford and Mark Bartley from Slough Town. Paul Brett, currently on 498 appearances, missed the opener on Saturday at Paulton Rovers due to suspension. He is expected to reach the 500 mark next Saturday when Evesham United visit The Gore. Also missing from last Saturday’s team, were the injured pair of Michael Bartley and Danny Honey. Both have resumed training but are not expected to return for some weeks yet. Burnham have been drawn away to Maidenhead United in the First Round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – Chipps lost to Southern League freshmen Paulton Rovers 4-3, after winning pre-season friendlies against Andover, 4-2, and Frome Town, 2-0.

CINDERFORD TOWN – The Causeway crew defeated Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 in a pre-season programme that included a convincing 4-0 victory at Lydney Town. Cinderford included new signings Steve Ulfig (Stourport Swifts), Quentin Townsend (Redditch United), Wesley Joyce (Bromsgrove Rovers), Stuart Payne (Tividale) and James Brown (Evesham United).

CORBY TOWN – Two goals in the final 5 minutes won the Bob Cummings Cup for the Steelmen in a pre-season warm-up match against Stewarts & Lloyds. Corby comfortably won other pre-season games against Spalding United 2-0 and Raunds Town 6-0.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – The Deres have a new home kit sponsor - Fort Knight Group, a local property development company. Plan-it Travel, who take the team to away games, will continue as the away kit sponsors. One of the Deres' all-time greats, Jack Southcombe, the centre-forward in Erith’s 1938 Amateur Cup final side, died on 4 July in South Molton, Devon, aged 90. Jack joined the Deres at the start of the 1937-38 season, but missed his first match, after being delayed travelling from Plymouth to Ashford via Paddington. On moving to the district he scored a hat-trick on his debut, and notched 20 goals in his first 15 games. He scored 35 goals that season, anew club record that stood as a
peace-time record until 1962-63 (Colin Johnson remains the only player to have beaten his tally). Despite being sidelined by injury from October to January, during the following season, Jack scored another 19, including five in an 11-1 rout of Ashford Town (Kent). Restricted by wartime work commitments, he played only two more games for the Deres, ending with a scoring record of 54 in 55 appearances. He will chiefly be remembered, however, for his contribution to the Deres' Amateur Cup run of 1937-38. They reached the Final after playing through the qualifying rounds, a run involving 13 matches, and Jack plundered no fewer than 18 goals, including a hat-trick against Bexley; four against Cray Wanderers in the qualifying rounds; a second-replay hat-trick against Leytonstone in the third round and two vital goals against Romford in the semi-final. In the first half of the Final at the Den on 23 April 1938, in front of a crowd of 33,346, Jack smashed a ferocious drive against the crossbar and another shot drew the save of the match from Bromley goalkeeper Bartaby. Erith lost 1-0, but Jack's reputation had been made. When the all-time Deres XI was picked in 1997, Jack lost out to Colin Johnson for the centre-forward berth but made the subs' bench!

EVESHAM UNITED – The Robins enjoyed pre-season victories over Pershore Town (6-1) and Halesowen Town (1-0), before suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City.

HALESOWEN TOWN – After pre-season defeats at Evesham United (1-0) and at home to West Bromwich Albion (2-0), the Yeltz defeated Worcester City 3-1. Halesowen then drew two home games 1-1, against Walsall and Bromsgrove Rovers before winning 2-1 at Chasetown and 6-1 at Boldmere St. Michael. Amongst the new faces at the Grove this year:- Richard Williams (a goalkeeper previously with Bloxwich, Bilston and Blakenall); Steven Pope (a defender – ex-Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Crewe); Niki Preston (a defender previously with Solihull Borough, Bedworth, Hinckley and Leicester); Ian Cooper (a midfielder from Solihull Borough and previously with Bromsgrove, Walsall and Blakenall), Alex Cowley (a former Redditch United and Stourport Swifts midfielder); Richard Burgess (a striker formerly with Redditch United, Bromsgrove, Stoke, Port Vale and Aston Villa) and Paul Danks (a forward previously with Willenhall, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Walsall).

HISTON – The Stutes won the Cambridgeshire Professional Cup for the third consecutive year when they beat Cambridge City 1-0 on the eve of the season. Ian Cambridge scored the winning goal in the 56th minute in front of 254 spectators. New arrival Jason Turner left the club by mutual consent, before the season started. Following discussions with Manager Steve Fallon, following the strikers limited opportunities during pre season, the club and Turner agreed to cancel the player’s contract by mutual consent. Turner has returned to Rothwell Town were he played two seasons ago and established himself as the leading marksman in the Eastern Division of the Southern League. Moving in at Bridge Street, Robert Nightingale from Cambridge City.

HITCHIN TOWN – Experienced striker Darran Hay has signed, despite rumours he was bound for Bedford. Hitchin based Hay, a popular figure with the Top Field crowd, expressed his desire to stay with the Canaries. So, too has Josh Sozzo, described as one of the best strikers seen at Hitchin in the past decade. Sozzo had a good scoring record for the club despite being plagued with injuries after arriving from Aylesbury United in January. Paul Covington and Gavin Jaggard have also signed on, along with long-serving defender and former skipper Mark Burke and midfielder Chris McMenamin. The Canaries are to host a golf day for Ian Scott's testimonial fund. The event will take place at Chesfield Downs, Graveley on Wednesday September 22. Entry costs £ 50, which will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf (Stableford rules), dinner and a presentation. Ken Gillard and Mark Burke are arranging the event and they are hoping to attract around 80 people - 20 teams of four. Participants can arrange their own teams, advising Ken or Mark of the members of the team and their handicaps. Contact: Ken Gillard on 07974146468 or Mark Burke on 01462 633964.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED – Field defeated Bristol Rovers for the third consecutive time in pre-season friendly fixtures, 1-0. Bristol Manor Farm were also beaten 1-0.

RUGBY UNITED – A joint effort by Rugby town’s two senior soccer clubs has secured £1.5m of funding from the Football Foundation. Rugby United FC has received help to the tune of £562,800 for a full-sized all-weather floodlight pitch, to be constructed at the cemetery end of their Butlin Road Stadium. Their partners in the application received £951,789 for a new football centre with twelve pitches and a pavilion for junior players. On the pitch, United have retained all but one of last season’s squad and have recruited just one new player, Steve Evans from Hednesford Town.

SITTINGBOURNE – The Brickies have appointed a new safety Officer, 37 year old Chris Baker. Chris was previously Safety Officer and Match day organiser for Sittingbourne's tenants Maidstone United. The Institute of Football Management and Administration (IFMA) and the Football Foundation have agreed to allow Chris to become the first person outside the Football League to take the IFMA course, which starts in September. Once the course is complete Chris will be one of only a handful of people with this qualification enabling him to work within the Football League. In order to meet the criteria Chris has to be linked to at least one Football League club and Leyton Orient's Chief Safety Officer Jim McNeill has kindly invited Chris to assist him at Brisbane Road.

SOLIHULL BOROUGH – Borough beat Birmingham 1-0 in their opening friendly, but then lost 1-0 at Sone Dominoes and 2-1 at home to Moor Green. Racing Club Warwick were then crushed 5-0 and Tamworth were tamed 1-0.

STAMFORD – The Daniels have recruited former England semi-professional captain Garry Butterworth for the challenge of Premier Division football. Butterworth played 150 first team games for home town club Peterborough United before moving to Dagenham & Redbridge. He then spent eight years with Rushden & Diamonds making over 350 appearances for the Nene Park club, during the Diamonds’ climb from The Southern League to The Football League. Since leaving Rushden, Butterworth has had spells with Farnborough, Kettering and Kings Lynn. The Daniels' preparations for the new season have been overshadowed by the death of director Arthur Twiddy on Sunday 8 August, at the age of 76, following a short illness. Arthur first joined the club board in 1967 and had two spells as chairman, initially from 1978 to 1983 and then from 1986 to 1998. Aware of the severity of his illness Arthur made provision to sponsor the Daniels' first home match in the Southern League Premier Division against Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 14 August. Tragically he did not live to see the club make its Premier bow. Arthur's funeral will take place on Tuesday 17 August at Marholm Crematorium, Peterborough at 11 a.m. As a mark of respect the Daniels' scheduled visit to Banbury United has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday 18 August. Stamford AFC would like to thank officials of Banbury United and the Southern Football League for their co- operation and understanding at this difficult time.

TAUNTON TOWN – The Peacocks recovered from a 3-1 defeat at Chard Town in their opening friendly campaign to win 3-0 over Bideford. This result was followed by three defeats:- 1-0 at home to Weymouth; 1-0 at home to Millbrook and 2-1 at home to Kettering Town, before 1-1 draw at Bridgwater Town in a local Cup Tie. Bridgwater subsequently won 9-8 on penalties.

TEAM BATH - Centre half Chris Holland has been named Club Captain for the season. The 23-year-old Taunton-born player is about to start his 5th season with the University of Bath side. Holland has previously played for Bournemouth, Bristol City and Exeter City. He made a good start to last season, playing at the heart of the defence alongside former Bristol Rovers skipper Andy Tillson, who has now retired from playing but remains on the coaching staff at Team Bath FC. Holland, though, suffered an ankle injury and was ruled out of the second half of the campaign and also missed much of the 2002/3 season with a knee injury. He has completed an HND in Coach Education and Sports Performance and has just graduated with a BA in Coach Education and Sports Development at the University of Bath. He is now studying for a PGCE in secondary school PE. Team Bath FC have missed out on securing the return to the Sports Training Village of French midfielder Bertie Cozic. Cozic played for the club in the 2002/03 season and was a member of the team that reached the first round proper of the FA Cup that season. After a spell with Cheltenham Town last year, Cozic was lined up to return to Team Bath for the new season, but he impressed during a spell with Northampton Town and has now joined the Cobblers. The club’s most attractive summer signing is its new mascot, Miss Great Britain International World, Hannah Lewis. Hannah is also Miss Bath and Miss Scotland.

TIVERTON TOWN – Tivi beat Bridgnorth Town 2-0 before losing 1-0 at home to Exeter City, in the pre-season warm-up. Yeovil Town then won at Ladysmead 4-1 and Newport County were held to a goalless draw.

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND – Windsor & Eton v MARLOW; Milton Keynes Dons v BEACONSFIELD SYCOB; Maidenhead United v BURNHAM.

SECOND ROUND - Maidenhead United or BURNHAM v Milton Keynes Dons or BEACONSFIELD SYCOB; CHESHAM UNITED v Windsor & Eton or MARLOW; BRACKNELL TOWN V AYLESBURY UNITED

HERTFORDSHIRE CHARITY CUP – Boreham Wood travelled to St. Albans City in the First Round of the Hertfordshire Charity Cup, on 10 August. The winner will be entertained by Hitchin Town in the Second Round, where Hemel Hempstead Town host Hertford Town.

LONDON SENIOR CUP – Erith & Belvedere have been drawn at home to Southall Town in the Second Round of the London Senior Cup. The winners will be away to Fisher Athletic in Round Four. Wingate & Finchley are exempt until Round Four where they will have to travel to Staines Town.

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CUP – Ashford Town (Middx) have been drawn at home to Enfield in the First Round of the Middlesex Senior Cup. The winner of this match will be away to Uxbridge in Round Two.

DATE: PRE-SEASON

ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX) – Work on the club’s ‘new’ pitch has been completed. An underground drainage system has been installed. The grass received its first cut by the middle of July so the project is on course to look spick & span for the club’s opening Southern League match on 18 August. The club’s first five signings have been made. Paul Johnson, Andy Frost, Ben Whatford, Garvin Snell and Aidan Kilner have all put pen to paper. Manager Nathan Wharf is personally interviewing all his players this year to ensure they are committed to matching the club’s desires of meeting the extra demands of Southern League football. One of the club’s latest initiatives is to introduce a Girls team. Trials for an u/13 side will take place at an Open Day on 31 July. The club would like to emphasise all Officials & Managers of the Girls team will have accredited Police checks and first aid qualifications.

BANBURY UNITED – The Puritans will be staging a Festival of Football during the weekend of 24/25 July, in conjunction with its German twin town, Hennef. There will be three matches each day (kicking-off at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm) involving Junior and Senior teams.

BEACONSFIELD SYCOB – Beaconsfield began their pre-season friendly programme with a 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers. Adrian Sear scored both Beaconsfield’s goals: Lawrence Hall replied for the Chairboys. The attendance was 469.

CHIPPENHAM TOWN – The Chipps’ opening two pre-season friendlies ended in defeat. In a match played in memory of a former President of Calne Town, Chippenham lost to Calne 5-3 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw. Five days later the Grecians from Exeter City visited visited Hardenhuish Park and left with a 4-1 victory under their belts.

EGHAM TOWN – The Sarnies have landed a new kit benefactor. Saints Transport Limited is to sponsor the club’s home & away kits for the forthcoming season.

ERITH & BELVEDERE – The Deres have appointed former Leyton Orient player, Barry Lakin, as the club’s new Manager following the departure of Kevin Hales. Lakin has previously managed Chelmsford City, in the Southern League, and acted as Assistant Coach to Cape Cod Crusaders in the North American Soccer League.

EVESHAM UNITED – Former Solihull Borough player, Stuart Hamilton, will join Steve Duncan & Steve Hands (Studley), Leon Blake & Anthony Watson (Oldbury United), Gavin O’Toole (Racing Club Warwick) and Tobias McIntosh (Bedworth United) amongst the new faces at The Common this season.

HISTON – The Stutes have announced Graham Eales has joined them in a PR capacity in time for the start of the new season. Graham is the former PR Manager at Cambridge United and is assuming a similar role at Bridge Road, with a focus on raising the profile of the club but with a wide remit embracing elements of Marketing, Commercial, Community, Media, Communications and Match Day Experience.

HITCHIN TOWN – Hitchin Town FC has unveiled plans for a major development at Norton Road sports ground in Baldock. The plans include the type of all-weather surface currently being used by clubs like Manchester United. The facilities will include a third generation, FIFA-approved, artificial playing surface; refurbished and extended changing rooms; educational facilities; and a physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinic. The project will provide a training base for Hitchin Town Football Club's successful scholarship scheme and will also provide sports facilities for public use, as well as other local sports clubs. This will include use of the educational facilities, notably, a learning workshop equipped with computers. The provision of these facilities is in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College, which is keen to extend educational community facilities to Baldock by investment in the project. Roger Gochin of North Herts. College was present at the meeting and said the college was very pleased to be involved with the project and hoped it would come to fruition. Luton Town visited Hitchin Town on July 20 to pay tribute to long-serving Hitchin midfielder Ian Scott. Scott, who has played more than 500 games for Hitchin since joining the club in July 1992, is a former Luton professional. The Hatters’ Manager, Mike Newell, fielded a full squad, including his summer signings. Hitchin are managed by ex-Luton, Chelsea and England striker Kerry Dixon. Ian Scott was a key figure in Hitchin's successful side of the early to mid-1990s, which included giant-killing exploits in the FA Cup when Hitchin beat Hereford United in 1994 and Bristol Rovers the following year. As well as playing 500-plus games, he has scored a string of spectacular goals.

THE SOMERSET PREMIER CUP – Paulton Rovers and Mangotsfield United will meet in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The winner will play either Taunton Town or Clevedon Town in Round Two, where Team Bath will host Shepton Mallet or Backwell United and Bath City will travel to Brislington.