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Schools Football programme - 29th March

Woodley Woodley Town FC, in conjunction with Woodley Town Council and The Bulmershe School Sport Partnership, is delighted to announce the successful delivery of a further after school football programme in eight local schools during January to March.

The programme culminated in separate inter school tournaments for girls and boys being held. The first ever inter schools mini soccer tournament for girls was played on a “non competitive” basis at Goals over a period of three Wednesday afternoons in February and attracted over eighty girls, the majority of who were playing football for the first time. Such has been the interest generated amongst girls that the club has since been able to provide a weekly soccer school with upto twenty girls regularly attending and wanting to improve their skills. Woodley Town FC would like to thank The Bulmershe School and Goals Soccer Centre, Woodley for supporting the Girls’ tournament. The Boys mini soccer tournament comprised off an “A” and “B” section, attracting fifteen year five and six teams, played over a period of three Thursday afternoons in March. Southlake Primary School won both “A” and “B” sections with Willowbank Junior School “A” and St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School the “A” and “B” section runners up.

Woodley Town FC would like to thank Woodley Town Council for the use of pitches at Woodford Park, Woodley in respect of the Boys’ tournament. The club is continuing with its after school programme with football now being provided to years three and four pupils.


Tough Weekend For Woodley- 25th February

Tuesday nights Bluefin Insurance Brokers Challenge Cup 2nd round tie between Witney United and Woodley Town was a late afternoon postponement due to falling snow.  

The new date of 11th March will see the strength of Woodley pitted against a leading Premier club for a place in the Quarter Final with the winners facing a visit to One West 'heavyweight's' Slimbridge.

Woodley Town's next match is on 27 February, when third v fourth in the league meet at East Park Farm.  Holyport are the visitors to East Park Farm in a 3.00 pm kick off.  This looks like an exciting match between two form sides, between them the teams have won their last ten league games, who are the two highest scoring teams in the division and boast two of the leagues leading goal scorers in Holyport's Jamie Hanscombe (14) and Woodley's Carl Davies (13).


Encouraging Hellenic Start - 16th January

Chairman Mark Rozzier believes his side have made an encouraging start to their life in the Hellenic League. Last year's Reading League champions have made a good impression in Division One (East) since promotion, and sit in eighth spot at the halfway stage of their season.

After a mixed start, which saw them lose four of their opening six matches - although three of those defeats came at the hands of current leading trio Wokingham & Emmbrook, Thame United and Henley Town, Woodley have settled down, recording an impressive 3-1 win at Holyport in their last game on December 12. Indeed without the concession of last minute goals against Chalfont Wasps and Milton United, Cyril Fairchild's men could even have found themselves fighting it out in the top six.

Rozzier admits the challenge of moving up to Step Six football is one that the team is enjoying. He said: "We are enjoying life in the Hellenic League and have done well so far. Only Thame, who are probably the best all round side in the league, have beaten us by more than one goal. We've had a couple of very good results as well such as beating Holyport last time out. We had done well against the teams below us, but that was the first time we have beaten a team above us in the league. And we also beat Carterton from the Premier Division in the Challenge Cup, which was a very important win to show how the team has developed."

Reading League sides have had a good record in recent years after moving up to Hellenic League level. Marlow United and Ascot United have both won promotion and established themselves in the Premier Division, while Newbury finished third last season in their first year in the league. Rozzier believes there is scope for Woodley to try and match those achievements in coming seasons. He said: "It is a very competitive league and you really have to play at 100 per cent in every game. Sometimes in the Reading League you could get away with being below your best and still winning, but that definitely isn't the case in this league. But we have been pleased with how it has gone and we have been able to compete with teams who have been established for the last two or three years. I think that really shows that we have got something to build on in the next year or two, and then we will be able to challenge them on a level playing field."


Woodley In The Community - 30th December

Woodley Town FC in conjunction with Woodley Town Council and The Bulmershe School Sport Partnership with Wokingham is delighted to announce the successful delivery off an after school football programme in eight local schools during September to December.

Football has been provided to approximately two hundred boys and girls in the years one / two and years five / six age group including those with disabilities and their achievements were recognised with presentations being made to the children at end of term assemblies in December.

Club Chairman Mark Rozzier stated: "For many children this has been their first opportunity to play football and the pleasure they have gained coupled with their willingness to learn has been tremendous. As a FA Charter Standard Development Club it is important that we support the local community and I'd like to thank Woodley Town Council, the Sports Partnership team and the club's Development Officer Craig Sumner and our coaches for their help in allowing Woodley Town FC to be active in this initiative. The after school programme will continue in January when it is also hoped to expand the scheme to include years three and four and stage two tournaments between the eight schools, one catering for boys and the other for girls."


Port De-Rail? - 11th December

Woodley Town will be hoping to derail Holyport’s promotion push when they visit Summerleaze Village for the Hellenic League Division One East game tomorrow.

Town have won only one of their last five league games and will have to be on their guard against Port’s Jamie Handscomb who has netted 10 goals in just 13 games this season. But the hosts have problems of their own, having picked up just four points in their last four matches.


Travel With Confidence - 2nd October

Woodley Town travel to Penn & Tylers Green full of confidence after last Saturday’s 6-2 win over Wantage Town Res.

Woodley boss Cyril Fairchild said: “Confidence is growing and will continue to if we can get a run together. “It’s about time we hit someone like that, but I still think there is a lot more in the tank. I know Penn & Tylers are second from bottom, but everybody is taking points off each other so it’s not going to be an easy game. If we can put in a performance like we did on Saturday then I’m confident we can look to three points.”

Town will again be without Dan Jewell who is still at least eight weeks away from returning from a knee injury.

Depleted Woodley Relish Derby - 28th August

hellenic league cyril fairchild wood;ey townWoodley Town boss Cyril Fairchild (pictured) is eagerly anticipating his team's second local derby of the season, despite taking a depleted squad to Henley Town tomorrow. Woodley's first ever FTL Futbol Hellenic Division 1 East game saw them travel to Wokingham and Emmbrook, and three games later they face their second difficult away trip to the Triangle. Henley are on a roll, having won three on the spin before Tuesday night's 2-2 draw with leaders Holyport, and the Oxon side are the division's highest scorers, having already hit the net 17 times.

Woodley have certainly not shamed themselves in their opening four games, and Tuesday's 3-1 win at Prestwood was the second victory so far. But with Craig Hiscock, Johnny Christopher, Dan Jewell, and Warren Baxter all out, Fairchild admits it will be no easy game. "Henley have signed a lot of new players and are flying at the moment banging in the goals," he said. "When you look at those key players missing it will hurt us, but I've got players to come in, and do a job and hopefully we'll give them a good game. It will be a tough one, though. Nobody likes losing local derbies and this is a big thing for both clubs. Whatever the result, it will give us something to build on”.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Woodley travel to Milton United.


Woodley 'Playing Good Football' - 8th August

Woodley Town are set to be up against it during the opening games of their inaugural FTL Futbol Hellenic Division 1 East campaign.
Last season’s Reading Football League champions are away for their first seven games because their home ground, East Park Farm in Charvil, is unavailable until September. Also, Woodley start the season with a trip to last year’s fourth-placed team, and one of this year’s favourites for promotion, Wokingham & Emmbrook.
On top of that, the players have had to adapt to the regime of a new manager as Andy Abraham stepped down to a coaching role, to be replaced at the helm by Cyril Fairchild.
Nonetheless, club chairman Mark Rozzier believes the team will continue where they left off last season. “If we could finish in the top six that would be an outstanding achievement,” said Rozzier. “The reality is probably more the half way mark, but we’d take that. We’ve got the momentum because we won our four pre-season games – we’re playing good football, just watch this space.” Woodley have strengthened last season’s squad without losing any of their championship-winning players.
Up front, new manager Fairchild has added some firepower with the signing of Steven Campbell, while the club are also looking to bring in two new wingers, with Woodley lads Adam Jeffrey and Elliot Woodhouse lined up. Welsh centre half Richard Thomas, 25, will bolster the defence, while Ben Rose is expected to provide some goalkeeping competiton for Craig Beales. And Rozzier is hoping for a few Woodley faces to make the short trip to Cantley Park for the season’s curtain raiser next Saturday, (3pm kick-off). He said: “With any luck it will be a nice game, it’s a bit ironic because their last competitive game was against us. “Hopefully we can get plenty of people from Woodley who might come along because it’s quite local.


Hellenic League Woodley TownSuccessful Season For Woodley - 13th July

Pictured with the Mayor of Woodley, Councilor Kay Gilder, are club officials and players from Woodley Town teams displaying trophies they won in 2008 - 09 season.

With the club embarking on a new era in mens football, having won promotion from the Reading Senior League to Step 6 in the Hellenic League. Additional new and exciting challenges now face the Berkshire side, and they will be looking to add some Hellenic honours to their trophy cabinet.

Season 2008/9 Competition Awards won by Woodley teams:
Reading Football League Senior Division Champions
Reading Football League Berkshire Trophy Senior Cup Winners
East Berks Youth League u16 Division 1 Champions
Wokingham & Emmbrook u15 small - a – side champions
Slough & Windsor Open Challenge Trophy u14 winners
North East Hants League u14 Premier Division runners up
Berkshire Development League u14 Division 2 Champions
Berkshire Development League u13 Division 1 League and Cup Winners
Berkshire Development League u12 Division 1 League and Cup Winners
Berkshire Development League u12 Division 2 League Runners Up and Cup Winners
Woodley Town Kestrels u12 small a side champions
Berkshire Development League u12 Division 1 Girls League Runners Up
Berkshire Development League u12 Division 1 Girls end of season tournament Champions
Woodley Wanderers u12 Girls Plate Champions
Berkshire Youth Development League Division 1 Most Developed Team
Berkshire Youth Development League Division 3 Most Developed Team

The Men’s Players of the Year awards were:
Team Managers Player of the Year – Nick Edwards
1st Team Players Player of the Year – Dan Jewell
Reserve Team Managers Player of the Year – Ashley Bantock
Reserve Team Players Player of the Year – John Breeney
“A” Team Managers Player of the Year – Eden Peters
“A” Team Players Player of the Year – Mark Snell

Appearance awards:
100 Appearances for the club: Craig Hiscock, Nick Edwards, Kane Singer and James Varndell
150 Appearances for the club: Paul Wilder
250 Appearances for the club: Jim Nightingale

100 Goals:
P aul Willder

Gordon Lee Memorial Trophy Club Man:
Phil Gibbs

Thank you awards:
Chris Stubbs and Mark Pulley

Silliest Moment of the Season Award:
Nick Edwards

In addition to the awards the “A” and Reserve Teams were presented with their BTC Junior and Intermediate Cup runners up trophies before the 1st team were presented with their League and BTC Cup Senior winners medals.

Mention was made of Jim Nightingale, Nick Edwards and Carl Davies playing for the League Rep team while Carl Davies won the Senior Division Golden Boot award.

New Boss At Woodley - 19th June

Woodley Town will enter the Hellenic League with a new manager after Andy Abraham announced his decision to quit.Cyril Fairchild

The Reading League Senior Division champions have immediately appointed his assistant Cyril Fairchild (pictured) as his successor. Former boss Abraham stepped down due to work commitments although will remain at the club to assist with the coaching and midweek training.

Town return to training on Wednesday, July 1 at Sandford Park, Hurricane Way, Woodley at 6.45pm. Pre-season frendlies have been arranged as against Ashridge Park (July 11), Marlow United (July 18), Ascot United (July 25) and Woodcote Stoke Row (August 1) All matches are 2pm kick off and will be played at Cantley Recreation Ground, Wokingham.

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