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CLANFIELD 85 FC NEWS

Presentation Night - 1st June

Clanfield held their Presentation Evening at the Radcot Road Headquarters on Saturday May 28th.

Chairman John Osborne said that the first team had had their best season for many years but had fallen short of securing a possible promotion place on the last day of the season.
The presentations were made to;
Chris Blakely-First Team Players Player of the Year
Jamie Butt-First Team Managers Player of the Year
Chris Brain-Supporters Player of the Year
Matt Povey-Reserve Team Player of the Year
Gary Jones for services to the Club during the season

 

Pre-Season Fixture Required - 23rd May

Division One West Clanfield are looking for pre-season fixtures away on Saturdays July 16th and 30th.

Would any interested Club please contact Joint Manager Peter Osborne on 07817392681or by email to trevor@cuss.gotadsl.co.uk

 

Top Three Hopes Fading -21st April

Clanfields' hopes of a top three finish faded badly after defeat at Cricklade Town on last night. With one game left they have to win that and hope that results elsewhere on Saturday and Monday go in their favour. Though Bicester Town and Cheltenham Saracens look favourites for the places behind Champions Headington Amateurs, with Purton still in the equation.

Clanfield face a difficult game at home to Tytherington Rocks. Joint Manager Peter Osborne knows that the visitors are a very capable team; "Barry Granger and his Rocks Management Team do things properly and I know that they will be disappointed with their position this season.They are always highly competetive no matter what and we are expecting a very difficult game" .

The Joint Managers name a full squad and will check on illness and injuries before naming the team. Clanfield (from); Brain;Little;Rodgers;Butt;Oswin;MacNamara;Bishop;SOlphert;Shand;Reason;Lewis;Blakeley; Keyes;Bush;Miller;Cheetham;Dickenson;Brooks;Osborne;

Highest Finish? - 14th April

With Headington Amateurs looking to clinch the One West title on Saturday, Clanfield make the difficult trip to Lydney Town still hoping for their highest placed finish for many years.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne knows that the league has been the most competetive that it has been for many years and expects a very difficult game; "We played Lydney in our very first game of the season and before we knew it we were two goals behind but came back for a share of the points. Headington,if they win on Saturday, will clinch top spot and in my view deservedly so. Lydney are one of a number of Clubs who will be looking to finish in the mix. They are well coached and well managed and we know that we have to be at our very best to get anything there. The top three all dropped points last weekend and the Clubs below are all closing up. Saturday will be a pivotal day"

Chris Blakely remains suspended whilst there are doubts concerning Karl Dickenson due to work commitments Dan Bishop, who missed last weeks game at Letcombe returns.
Clanfield(from);Brain;Little;Rodgers;Butt;Dickenson;Macnamara;SOlphert;Cheetham;Keyes;Reason;Lewis;Miller;Oswin;Brooks;Bush;Shand;Bishop

 

ofa badgeTrophy Presentation - 11th April

John Osborne, Chairman of Clanfield 85 FC, has been invited by the Oxfordshire Football Association to present the Trophy and momentoes after the final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup between Oxford United and Kidlington at the Kassam Stadium Oxford tomorrow evening (Tuesday-7-45)

He has been a member of the OFA Council since 2004 and has had a long involvement in local football since playing his first game for Clanfield at the tender age of 13. As well as being Chairman of the Robins John is also Secretary and Match Secretary for the Club. He served for many years as a Club Representative on the Hellenic League Management Committee and is now a League Vice President. A Club Spokesman said "We are delighted that John has been invited to present the Blue Riband of Oxfordshire football. He and his family work tirelessly for the Club and for football in general and it is a very well deserved honour".

 

Letcombe Not Kind To Oxon Robins - 7th April

Clanfield face Letcombe in  the second of four consecutive away games on Saturday and expect a difficult game on a ground  that has not been kind to them in the past.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne feels that Division One West has this season been at its most competitive and that sides are capable of winning wherever they are in the table. "We have a very tough game on Saturday. Letcombe are usually there or thereabouts in this league and they are capable of beating anyone on their own ground. It is not often that we have been there and come away with anything and we must try to change that this week. The results this week confirm what I have said all season. Cricklade lost at Trowbridge, Purton lost at Hook Norton, so none of the teams in the mix at the top can expect any favours"

Skipper Danny Dixon is on service duties and misses the rest of the season and Chris Blakely is suspended but Alan Rodgers,Ollie Oswin,and Craig Shand are all available after missing last weeks game and are added to the squad.

Clanfield (from);Brain;Little;Butt;Dickenson;Macnamara;Bishop;SOlphert;Keyes;Reason;Lewis;Brooks;Miller;Cheetham;Bush;Rodgers;Oswin;Shand

 

dan dixon clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueServices Call For Captain - 4th April

Clanfield captain Dan Dixon will miss the remainder of the season due to Service commitments.

Dixon who is serving with the Royal Air Force was available for last Saturdays match at Easington Sports having missed the previous two whilst training and preparing for deployment on service duties overseas for a minimum period of six months.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne praised his skippers contribution this season; "Dicko has been an inspiration both in his play and his captaincy this season. He has led by example and we shall miss his tenacity in midfield" Defender Jamie Butt will skipper the side in Dixons absence.

Difficult Trip - 1st April

Clanfield face a difficult trip to Addison Road to meet Easington Sports in the first of four successive away matches.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne was impressed with Sports on their visit to Radcot Road in December; "We drew 1-1 in our home fixture. We equalised in the 85th minute after which Sports missed a penalty so we know that we are in for a tough time on a ground where we have got very little in the past"

Alan Rodgers and Craig Shand are not available and Chris Blakely is suspended but on the credit side Alex Bush will be back from University, Osborne himself returns after suspension whilst skipper Danny Dixon could be available from his service duties and Ollie Oswin who was not available last weekend returns.

Clanfield(from);Brain;Little;Dickenson;Butt;Macnamara;Bishop;SOlphert;Keyes;Reason;Lewis;Miller;Cheetham;Brooks;Dixon;Oswin;Bush;Osborne;

 

Osborne Reflects - 28th March

Clanfield joint manager Peter Osborne has long believed that Division One West, despite being down on numbers this season, is probably the most competetive that it has been for many years.

Osborne who has a liking for statistics was reflecting on his teams welcome win over leaders Headington Amateurs on Saturday - a match that he had to sit out as he served a two match touchline ban.

"At the start of the season I predicted that Purton and Lydney Town would be the teams to watch. Then Headington got a superb start to the season with an unbeaten run. They hammered us 4-0 at their place and as the saying goes we were lucky to get nil. They dropped their first points to Hook Norton and despite being second bottom Hooky repeated the feat in the return."

"We beat Purton easily at home, but lost away to them. Hook Norton also beat Lydney in midweek, whilst last Saturday Malmesbury Victoria beat Lydney 5-1. Bicester have come with a strong run and are well placed in second place.This all goes to show that my view that any club from top to bottom is capable of getting points from the others is correct and I think that there will be many twists and turns results wise before the end of the season. In terms of points lost Headington should win the league, but who would be second on this basis? We have to look to Cricklade Town presently in seventh place so it is all to play for for every club right to the end of the season."

Reflecting on Saturdays win over the league leaders Osborne was delighted with the three points. "We deserved to win against a very good side who are rightfully at the top of the table. We showed our own credentials and we hope to be in the mix at the end of the season but we have five very difficult games to play. Easington, Letcombe, Cricklade and Lydney away and Tytherington at home and as I have said any team is capable of beating any other in this league this season....."

 

craig shand clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueShand Signs For Clanfield - 25th March

Clanfield have signed midfielder/striker Craig Shand from Shrivenham Town on transfer and provided that the formalities can be completed in time the new arrival could be included in the Robins squad for their match with League leaders Headington Amateurs tomorrow

.The 28 year old had a loan spell at Radcot Road in season 2008/9 when with Hungerford Town and has also played for Calne Town,Cricklade Town,Witney United,Wootton Bassett Town and Purton.Joint Manager Jason Court was pleased with the new signing;"Craig did well for us when he was here on loan and he will add pace and quality to the squad. He has helped Purton to win this league and Wootton Bassett to gain promotion from it so he knows what Division One is about and he has played at a higher level as well so we hope he will be the impetus for our push for a good finish to the season"

 

Battle At The Top - 24th March

Third take on First on Saturday when Clanfield entertain long standing and runaway league leaders Headington Amateurs at Radcot Road.

The Robins win over Trowbridge Town in midweek and Lydney's defeat at Hook Norton saw them leapfrog the Gloucestershire side to make it three Oxfordshire sides in the top three with Bicester Town in second. Joint Manager Jason Court will be in charge on Saturday as Peter Osborne serves out a two game touchline ban and is under no illusions as to the task ahead of his team;" Headington are a very good side and taught us a real lesson at their place earlier in the season. They look like winning the league and Bicester will probably finish second. However watch out for Cricklade Town. They have ten games to play and the better record of the chasing teams. We will be looking to finish as high as we can and as "Ozzie " often says here there are teams throughout the league capable of beating one another so there is a long way to go."

Ollie Oswin and Alan Rodgers are not available but Kevin Lewis returns to the squad
Clanfield(from);Brain;Little;Dickenson;Butt;Blakely;Macnamara;Bishop;SOlphert;Keyes;Reason;Lewis;Miller;Cheetham;Brooks;Bush;

Foxhunters Chase Robins - 15th March

Clanfield and Bicester Town who lie third and fourth in Division One West meet at Oxford Road Bicester tonight in a match which could be pivotal to both clubs.

Oxon Robins joint Manager Peter Osborne insists there is no pressure on his team. "I understand from our Press Officer that the Roving Reporters Computer predictions give us little or no chance of finishing in the top four or five and if that is it so be it. However we are going to play Bicester on a football field not a computer.Bicester are on a very good run and a week or two ago came to our place and took the points with a 1-0 win so we know the task in front of us.They were very organised and very sharp despite dreadful weather conditions.I have said before that there are numerous sides in this division capable of beating one another as Saturdays results show but Bicester are winning their games.We go there expecting a very difficult game".

Steve Olphert and Kevin Lewis who missed the Cheltenham Saracens match on Saturday return and Kevin Brooks is added to the squad.Lee Keyes sustained an injury on Saturday and is doubtful whilst Alex Bush who is at University is not available.
Clanfield(from);Brain;Little;Rodgers;Butt;Blakely;Dickenson;Reason;Macnamara;Bishop;Keyes;Miller;Cheetham,Oswin;Lewis;S.Olphert;Brooks;Osborne

Big Signing For Oxon Robins - 13th March

darren mcnamara clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueClanfield have signed the experienced Darren McNamara from Oxford City Nomads.The midfielder put pen to paper on Thursday and took his place in the Robins squad at Cheltenham Saracens on Saturday.

McNamara brings a wealth of experience with him having played for Oxford City, Marlow, Didcot Town, Witney Town, Ardley United and Kidlington.He began this season as Player Assistant Manager with Peter Foley at Easington Sports and moved on to Nomads when the duo stood down from their position with Sports. Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne are delighted by the signing. Osborne has known the player since schoolboy football. "We wanted to sign Darren when he left Easington but he decided to join Oxford City Nomads. We played together in Schools and Youth football and have kept in touch. Things did not quite work out at Nomads for Darren and we are very grateful to Nomads and particularly to Andy Sinnott for facilitating the smooth passage of the transfer so that he could come to us. I hope his experience will enable us to relax a little and get back to doing the right things at the right time"

Meanwhile the Robins have themselves co-operated in the transfer process to enable Craig and Dean Mays to move to Premier Division and near neighbours Witney United without the formal seven day notice procedure.

 

Regulars MIssing - 9th March

Clanfield face a difficult trip to Cheltenham Saracens and will be without a number of regulars.

Kevin Lewis and Steve Olphert are both attending weddings whilst skipper Danny Dixon is presently deployed on service duties and could miss the rest of the season. On the credit side Karl Dickenson returns after looking at potential University places last week whilst it is hoped that Alex Bush who is already at University will be available this weekend.

The Robins are also talking to a potential signing presently with a Premier Division Club and have made a seven day approach for another player also with a Premier Division Club. Joint Manager Pete Osborne knows that the Saracens match is vital; "Saracens Manager Gerry Oldham always puts out a highly competetive team well coached and well managed. He watched our match with Purton a few weeks back which shows his desire for success. They beat us 4-1 at our place earlier in the season. Saracens will be in the mix at the end of the season and we just hope that we can be likewise"

Clanfield (from); Brain;Little;Oswin;Butt;Blakely;Bishop;Keyes;Reason;Rodgers;Miller;Cheetham;;Dickenson;Bush;Brooks;Osborne;

 

Best Foot Forward - 3rd March

Clanfield entertain Launton Sports in Division One Weston Saturday and will try to put behind them a run which has seen them not at their best.

With one win in the last three league matches and a ten goal midweek spectacle where they lost 6-4 to Old Woodstock Town in the Supplementary Cup.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne expects another difficult game and paid tribute to Launtons battling qualities in the clubs recent encounter "Launton secured a point at Letcombe in the last game that they played and that is not an easy place to go to at any time.We played them at their place and they battled right through to the end despite being reduced to ten men.They played their first ever Hellenic League match at Radcot Road which they won and I understand that they caused league leaders Headington a few problems as well just recently so we must be on our game at the start of a very difficult month"

Defender Karl Dickenson will be looking at potential University places and will not be available but Alan Rodgers will return to the squad and new signing Sam Reason will make his home debut.

Clanfield(from) Brain;Little;Oswin;Butt;Blakely;Dixon;Bishop;SOlphert;Reason;Keyes;Lewis;Rodgers;Miller;Bush;Cheetham;

 

Tried Hard - 28th February

Clanfield, like many clubs, were disappointed that the weather put paid to their fixture this weekend, but it was not for the want of trying.

With heavy rain up to Thursday evening the players did not train on the pitch as usual, and with drying conditions on Friday groundsman, Geoff Collett, was able to put in some hard work on the pitch. All looked promising for the game.The Friday evening Academy session run by Dave Brown also kept off the pitch to give the game every chance.

However with heavy overnight rain and the level of the surrounding water table high the continuing rain on Saturday morning meant the decision to postpone was inevitable.

The Robins were overtaken in the Division One West table by Purton who managed to get their game on and took full advantage with a win against Malmesbury Victoria whilst BicesterTown who are level on points with Clanfield were beaten at League leaders Headington Amateurs.

 

Reasons' To Be Cheerful -25th February

Clanfield have signed central midfielder Sam Reason from Cricklade Town, provided the transfer formalities are in order the player will be added to the squad which plays Tytherington Rocks tomorrow.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne is delighted with the signing: " Sam is a very good addition to the Squad. He was the heartbeat of a very good Cricklade side and he is will give us added quality that some say as a side we do not possess.I am expecting Sam to settle in straight away in the midfield area and he will soften the blow when one of our players is deployed on military duties to Afghanistan in the near future."

 

Mays' Leave - 24th February

dean may clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueThe May brothers, Dean (pictured) and Craig, have left Clanfield following a difference of opinion on team selection.

Dean was dropped to the substitutes bench for the recent match with Letcombe but refused to take his place and Craig has advised the Club that he is leaving for pastures new. Joint Manager Peter Osborne is sorry to lose the brothers who have been regulars in the squad this season."I am sorry that Dean and Craig have decided to leave.They have done well for us and we wish them well for the future" said Osborne as the Club received a seven day notice of approach from Witney United for Craig Mays.

The Robins face a tough challenge when they entertain Tytherington Rocks on Saturday. Osborne rates Rocks Manager Barry Grainger as "One of the 'good guys' in the league who does things properly" and feels that this weeks visitors will cause problems for those aspiring to finish in a high position in the league.

Skipper Danny Dixon and teenage defender Karl Dickenson are available and added to the squad.

Clanfield(from);Brain;Little;Rodgers;Butt;Blakely;Dixon;Bishop;SOlphert;Miller;Keyes;Lewis;Bush;Oswin; Cheetham;Dickenson.

 

Robins Nest News - 17th February

Skipper Danny Dixon is unavailable and misses Clanfields return match with Bicester Town as the West Oxfordshire team seek revenge for a narrow defeat at Radcot Road two weeks ago.The teams are locked together seperated only by goal difference in third and fourth places in the league. Joint Manager Peter Osborne is under no illusions about the Oxon Robins task; "Bicester are on a good run and they are a very good side.They beat second placed Lydney Town last week and the week before slugged it out in very difficult conditions at our place to win with the only goal of the game"

Osborne is on record as saying that this is one of the most difficult but interesting seasons in One West for many years; "Headington have a good lead at the top but below them are a number of Clubs capable of beating one another and also Clubs like Cricklade and Purton who have games in hand so it looks like being a good finish to the season with up
to eight clubs in the mix" Goalkeeper Chris Brain returns in goal whilst Callum Miller and Matt Cheetham who had a full game with the Reserves last week and Alex Bush are added to the squad.

Clanfield (from) Brain;Little;Rodgers;Butt;Blakeley;Bishop;SOlphert;CMays;Lewis;Keyes;Oswin;Miller;Cheetham;Bush

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Keyes In Robins Nest! - 10th February

lee keyes clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueWith Mark Odom out for the season with a wrist injury Clanfield have moved to fill the gap by securing the signature of the nomadic but prolific scoring Lee Keyes, who was registered with Easington Sports although playing in local Senior League football.The locally based striker has played for a number of clubs including Witney Town, AFC Newbury, Witney Academy, Witney United, Old Woodstock Town, Hghworth Town, North Leigh, Ardley United and Oxford City.

Joint manager Pete Osborne revealed that the Robins had tried to sign Keyes at the start of the season; "Lee has a great record in scoring goals and we tried to bring him to the Club in pre-season but he went elsewhere. With Odie out for the season we needed to bring a striker in to the squad to take the pressure off and to provide an impact when it is needed. We have scored a few more goals this season but we have also created and missed a few more chances and that could cost us at the end of the day"

The Robins also acknowledged the co-operation of Easington Sports in the transfer; "Lee was registered with Easington but had not been playing for them so Easington agreed to waive the normal seven days to enable the transfer to go through and for that we are very grateful to them" said Osborne.

Clanfield will be without goalkeeper Chris Brain and teenage defender Karl Dickenson who are both unavailable for the visit of Letcombe on Saturday. Nick Heritage will come in for Brain and Adam Little who missed last weeks game with Bicester is also expected to return. Joint Manager Peter Osborne says that Letcombe always provide tough opposition; "Letcombe have by their standards had an up and down season but they have beaten Headington Amateurs,Cricklade Town,and Purton all of whom I expect to be in the mix at the end of the season. As I have said on many occasions nearly every team in this league are capable of beating any other and that certainly applies to our visitors on Saturday"

Clanfield (from) Heritage;Oswin;Butt;Blakely;Dixon;Bishop;SOlphert;CMays;DMays;Lewis;Cheetham;Miller;Keyes;Little;Osborne;Rodgers;

 

Difficult Encounter - 4th February

Clanfield entertain Oxfordshire rivals Bicester Town tomorrow and expect a difficult encounter as clubs look for the points that will take them in to the upper reaches of the Division One table.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne says that his side are just one of a number of Clubs who are capable of beating anyone on their day; "I have said before that Division One is a very competetive league this season and Bicester Town are going to be in the mix at the end of the season. They went down narrowly to Banbury United in midweek which shows their quality and when they played Witny United they looked a strong and pacy outfit."

Osborne himself misses the match due to work commitments. Also missing is Alex Bush who is away at University. Callum Miller who was not available last weekend and Alan Rodgers who played for the Reserves after injury return and also included is new signing Lee Keyes who had a debut goal controversially ruled out at Purton last Saturday.

Clanfied (from);Brain;Oswin;Little;Butt;Blakeley;Dixon;Bishop;S Olphert;C Mays;D Mays;Lewis; Dickenson;Cheetham;Miller;Rodgers.Keyes

 

Border Crossing - 27th January

After last weeks postponement away to Cricklade Town Clanfield will hope to travel to Wiltshire this week to meet Purton at the Red House.

Returning from a broken leg Defender Alan Rodgers had a run out with the Reserves in midweek and will be added to the squad as will skipper Danny Dixon who was not available for last weeks match.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne expects a difficult match. "I have said before that this is a very hard and competitive league this season with most sides capable of beating most others. At the start of the season I forecast that Purton would be there or thereabouts when League honours are handed out and I still hold that view. They are particularly difficult to beat on their own ground and we expect nothing less from Manager Chris Pethick and his team on Saturday"

Clanfield(from); Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olphert; C Mays; D Mays; Lewis; Cheetham; Miller; Bush; Dickenson; Rodgers; Brooks;

 

Oxon Robins At Crick' -20th January

Clanfield visit Cricklade Town which is a ground where they have had a distinct lack of success in the past.The West Oxfordshire side have not secured even a point in past visits to The Leisure Centre since Cricklade joined the league.

The Robins expect a difficult encounter this time around as well. Joint Manager Peter Osborne was pleased with the teams performance against high riding Premier Division Shortwood United in midweek despite the 3-1 defeat but expects a hard time on Saturday. Said Osborne"Cricklade are a good side, fit and well organised and difficult to beat on their own patch.We drew at home earlier in the season and must go there with a positive attitude".

Skipper Dan Dixon and Defender Ben Acock are not available. Alan Rodgers,Kevin Brooks and Karl Dickenson are added to the squad following injury and unavailability.

 

Odom Out Remainder Season - 19th January

mark odom  clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueClanfield have received a blow to their plans with the news that Mark Odom will miss the rest of the season.

The striker, who can also play in midfield, sustained a wrist injury against Newbury in the Clubs Bluefin Challenge Cup tie on October 23rd. With the injury strapped the player was able to take his place in the team for five subsequent matches but was forced to miss the league match with Winterbourne United on November 20th and has not played since.

Medical advice following an operation is that he should not take part in contact sport for six months which rules him out for the rest of the season. Robins Joint Manager Peter Osborne said upon hearing the news; "This is a blow. Odie had been playing really well and is a quality player. We are looking to bring in another player to the Club and hope to have progress on that soon"

Third Attempt At Second Round - 17th January

Clanfield and Shortwood United will make a third attempt to stage their Bluefin Challenge Cup Second Round tie at Radcot Road on Wednesday evening after previous attempts on November 27th and last Wednesday were thwarted by the weather.

Robins Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne hope to have an almost full squad to select from although Mark Odom's broken wrist will keep him on the sidelines. Osborne sees the game as a big test;"We went to Shortwood in the Floodlight Cup and I was very impressed by their set up and the way they went about things.They seem to me to be geared up for Southern League football should they finish in a suitable position and they are an example to others like us of the standards that we must aim for.

The previous game was a one-off. They made a few changes and we defended well. I expect that their Manager John Evans will be looking to progress in this Cup even perhaps for revenge and we know that we have a massive task on our hands" The winners of this tie will be at home to Highworth Town in the Third Round presently fixtured for Saturday January 29th.

 

Full Selection - 13th January

The weather took it's toll of the Cup game at Radcot Road last night but Clanfield visit Launton Sports on Saturday, and managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne have almost a full squad to select from.

Only the injured Mark Odom (broken wrist) is not available whilst Conor Olphert has returned to University. The Robins expect a difficult game with their hosts who despite being at the foot of the League table are said to have turned in some very good performances with little luck in the end product. Osborne commented. "In our last two games we have played teams near the foot of the table and in each game our opponents have battled away from start to finish and we expect Launton to be the same on Saturday"


Clanfield(from);Brain;Oswin;Little;Butt;Blakeley;Dixon;Bishop;SOlphert;CMays;DMays;Lewis;Cheetham;Miller;Bush Dickenson;Rodgers;Brooks;Acock

 

No Illusions - 12th January

Clanfield Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne are under no illusions about the magnitude of their task tonight when Premier Division Shortwood United visit Radcot Road in a Second Round Challenge Cup match.

Said Osborne "There is a world of difference between the Premier Division and Division One. We went to Shortwood In the Floodlight Cup when they rested one or two and we came away with a win 1-0 against the odds. Shortwood seem to me to be set up for Southern League football off the field and I have great admiration for what they have acheived. This is only the second time that the two teams have met at Radcot Road the other match being in season 84/85"

The Joint Managers will make a late selection with only the injured Mark Odom not available for consideration.
Clanfield(from);Brain;Oswin;Little;Butt;Blakeley;Dixon;Bishop;SOlphert;Cheetham;CMays;Lewis;DMays;Miller;Bush:Dickenson;Rodgers;Brooks;Acock

 

Oxon 'Robins' Entertain Struggling Vic's - 6th January 2011

Clanfield entertain Malmesbury Victoria on Saturday and apart from injured Mark Odom joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne will be making checks on a number of players before finalising their squad.

Odom has a broken wrist and will not be in contention. Dean Mays missed Mondays match at Hook Norton as he was serving a one match suspension and is added to the squad. Alan Rodgers played a full game for the Reserves on Tuesday after being out since October 2nd with a fractured fibula whlst it is hoped that Karl Dickenson will return after injury, Kevin Brooks and Callum Miler will be free of work commitments and Ben Acock will be available after a seasonal holiday.

Clanfield (from);Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olpert; Cheetham; C Mays Lewis; D Mays; Miller; Bush; Brooks; Rodgers; Dickenson; Acock; Osborne

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Oxon Robins Missing Regular's - 30th December

Clanfield have a number of regulars missing for their trip to Hook Norton on Bank Holiday Monday. Missing will be long term injured Alan Rodgers (broken leg) and Mark Odom(broken wrist), Karl Dickenson and Callum Miller who have work commitments, and Ben Acock is on holiday whilst Dean Mays serves a one match suspension.

Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne expect this to be the first of many difficult encounters as the 2011 element of the season unfolds. Both believe that despite being down on numbers this season Division One West has a number of clubs who are tough to be beat and capable of pressing for the top places in the final analysis."Hooky gave us a real hard time at Radcot Road on August Bank Holiday Monday and we expect nothing less this time round" said Osborne.

Clanfield (from); Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olphert; Bush; C Mays; Lewis; Cheetham; Bryant; Brooks ; Osborne.

 

Oxon 'Robins' In Doubt - 22nd December

Weather permitting Clanfield entertain Bicester Town on Monday, though the game must be in serious doubt even if there is a rapid thaw.

Robins Chairman/Secretary John Osborne explains. "The game against Easington Sports on December 11th went ahead after being in some doubt. The pitch was playable but the surface was difficult and both sides deserve praise for their efforts in serving up a decent and competitive game. However the playing surface was badly cut up and our Groundsman was not able to get on the ground to work on it. The Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup 3rd Round tie with Bletchingdon the following Tuesday was inevitably postponed. Even before the snow the Reserve team match with Gloucester City Reserves last Saturday was very doubtful. The pitch is covered by six inches of snow and is frozen underneath so you could say we need a weather miracle"

Should the game go ahead Clanfield will be without Callum Miller, Karl Dickenson and Kevin Brooks due to work commitments but Dan Bishop and Ben Acock return after injury and Alex Bush and Bradley Bryant are returned from University and added to the squad.
Clanfield(from); Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley Dixon; D Mays S Olphert; C Mays; Bishop; Lewis; Cheetham; Bush; Acock; Bryant;

 

Tough Assignment For Oxon Robin's - 10th December

Clanfield Joint Manager Peter Osborne feels that despite being down on numbers this season Division One West is possibly as competitive as it has been for a number of years.

Osborne said; "Before the season began I studied the teams in Division One West and expressed the view that it was going to be a difficult league with any one of a number of teams capable of winning it and with any team capable of beating any other and so it has proved. Each week I look at our forthcoming opposition and think to myself that the task looks difficult. Last week we were due to be at unbeaten Lydney Town and this week Easington Sports are our Visitors. They are always a difficult team to beat and in Peter Foley and Darren McNamara they have a Management Team who do things properly and who have a good record of success".

The West Oxfordshire side are hoping for an improvement in the weather without which the game must be rated as doubtful. "We have not been able to play or train on it but we were able to get in a session elsewhere this week" said Osborne. Alan Rodgers and Mark Odom are injured and Ben Acock is doubtful but Karl Dickenson is back in training and added to the squad.

Clanfield from; Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olphert; C Mays; D Mays; Lewis; Miller; Cheetham; Osborne; Dickenson; Acock; Bush; Brooks

 

One Of The Best - 2nd December

Weather permitting Clanfield make the long journey to deepest Gloucestershire to meet Lydney Town a team that Joint Manager Peter Osborne rates as the best Division One West team that the Robins have met so far this season.

Said Osborne "Boot Room Chatter this week rightly praised Headington Amateurs for their ten game unbeaten start and correctly mentioned Cricklade Town, Cheltenham Saracens, Purton and possibly Winterbourne United as Challengers but Lydney are also unbeaten in the League and recently beat Headington 6-2. We played Lydney in our first League match of the season and we were soon two goals down to a strong and good passing side.The point that we got from the draw may in the long run be a point gained rather than two points lost"

Alan Rodgers,Karl Dickenson and Mark Odom are all injured and miss the game whilst Ben Acock is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Clanfield (from); Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olphert; C Mays; D Mays; Lewis; Miller; Cheetham; Osborne; Bush; Brooks; Acock.

 

Clanfield Looking For 'Wood' Double - 26th November

Clanfield face another difficult task when they entertain, in the Challenge Cup, Shortwood United who are presently in 5th place in the Premier Division. The Visitors will no doubt be looking for revenge for the Robins earlier win at Shortwood in the Floodlight Cup.

Mark Odom who injured a wrist against Newbury on October 23rd has now been diagnosed with a broken wrist whilst Ben Acock has a hamstring injury and both join Alan Rodgers and Karl Dickenson on the injured list. Alex Bush has University commitments. On the credit side Chris Brain, Jamie Butt, Steve Olphert and Danny Dixon are expected to return after missing last weeks narrow win over Winterbourne United and Joint Manager Peter Osborne names himself on the Substitutes Bench.
Clanfield(from); Brain; Oswin; Little; Butt; Blakeley; Dixon; Bishop; S Olphert; C Mays; D Mays; Lewis; Miller; Cheetham; Osborne

 

Selection Problem For Oxon Robins - 19th November

Clanfield entertain Winterbourne United where they lost 4-1 in September after taking an early lead but have a number of problems with team selection.

Long term Injuries continue to sideline Alan Rodgers and Karl Dickenson. Definitely out are Danny Dixon and Jamie Butt who are not available whilst Steve Olphert is suspended after collecting five Yellow Cards.There are doubts concerning Goalkeeper Chris Brain as an addition to the Brain Family is expected imminently. Dan Bishop and Ben Acock are injured, rated as very doubtful. Kevin Brooks, Conor Olphert, Matt Povey, Alex Bush and Matt Cheetham are added to the Squad.

Clanfield(from)Brain; Oswin; Little; Blakeley; Odom; Miller; D Mays; C Mays; Lewis; Bishop; Acock; Brooks; C Olphert; Povey; Bush; Cheetham

 

the fa vase  sponsored by carlsberg hellenic leagueVase Action For West Oxon 'Robins' - 11th November

Clanfield again face opposition from a higher league when they entertain Bemerton Heath Harlequins in The FA Carlsberg Vase Second Round Proper.

Bremerton presently lie in second place in the Premier Division of the Sydenhams Wessex League and who have a good record in both the Vase and the FA Cup.

The Robins have reached this stage with wins over Warminster Town and Fairford Town. Joint Manager Peter Osborne is able to add Alan Rodgers,Kevin Lewis and Ben Acock to the squad but Karl Dickenson remains on the injured list.

Clanfield(from); Brain; Dixon; Oswin; Butt; Blakeley; Odom; Bishop; S Olphert; C Mays; D Mays; Lewis; Miller; Little; Rodgers; Bush; Cheetham; Acock

 

Barren Ground - 4th November

Clanfield make the trip to Trowbridge Town on Saturday and will be looking not only to get back on track after a midweek reverse in the Floodlight Cup when near neighbours Witney United secured local bragging rights with a 3-0 win but also to try to secure something from a ground where they have never won.

Alan Rodgers and Karl Dickenson are both injured and Kevin Lewis and Kevin Brooks are both away on holiday whilst there are doubts regarding the availability of Ben Acock due to work commitments..On the plus side Ollie Oswin returns after suspension and Adam Little has returned after a spell with Shrivenham Town.Alex Bush and Conor Olphert return to the squad after missing midweek due to University commitments.Craig Mays who was not available midweek also returns.

Joint Manager Peter Osborne paid tribute to Oswin who has served out an eight week suspension for a Reserve Team transgression last season but has trained regularly and is brought straight back in to the squad.

Clanfield (from);Brain;Dixon;Acock;Butt;Blakeley;Odom;DMays;SOlphert;Bishop;CMays;Miller;Little;Oswin;Bush;Cheetham;COlphert.

 

Robin's Take On Managers' Favourites - 28th October

Clanfield entertain Purton on Saturday, a team described by Joint Manager Peter Osborne as his favourites for the Division One West League Title.

Ther Robins have a number of players missing.Alan Rodgers(injured) is joined on the sidelines by defender Karl Dickenson, who sustained ankle ligament damage against Newbury last Saturday and will be out for up to eight weeks. Whilst Danny Dixon is not available and Kevin Brooks is on holiday.

On the credit side Chris Blakely and Ben Acock return and Matt Cheetham and manager Osborne are added to the squad.
Clanfield(from);Brain;Bush;Acock;Butt;Blakely;D Mays;S Olphert;Odom;C Mays;Lewis; Bishop;Miller;C Olphert;Cheetham;Osborne

 

Clanfield Take On High Flying Newbury - 22nd October

Clanfield face what looks to be a difficult task when they entetain Newbury who are riding high in second place in Division One East in the Blue Fin Challenge Cup.

Alan Rodgers long term injury will keep him on the sidelines for some time.Chris Blakeley is not available whilst Jamie Butt is doubtful as he and his wife await a new addition to the Butt Family. Goalkeeper Chris Brain returns and Aaron Paprocki and Conor Olphert are added to the squad.

Clanfield (from) Brain; Dickenson; Dixon; Butt; Acock; Bush; D Mays; S Olphert; Odom; Bishop; Lewis; C Mays; Miller; Brooks; C Olphert; Paprocki; Jordan; Osborne.

 

Short Trip - 14th October

Clanfield travel the short distance to Freeland in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup this weekend.

Manager Peter Osborne has one or two selection issues this week, missing are keeper Chris Brain (holiday) with Dan Bishop and Ben Acock both injured and Adam Loveridge (work). Added to the squad are keeper coach Colin Jordan and Matthew Cheetham steps up from the reserve team. Skipper Danny Dixon comes back in after missing out last week due to work. Osborne commented. "We are expecting a very tough match, and in no way will we be underestimating them."

Squad from: Jordan, Dickenson, But, Blakely, Bush, Dixon, Miller, S.Olphert, Odom, C Mays, D Mays, Lewis, Cheetham, Osborne.

 

Clanfield Bouyant - 7th October

Clanfield travel to Tytherington Rocks on Saturday, buoyed by an excellent victory at Premier Division Shortwood on Tuesday, in The Floodlit Cup, following last weekend's victory in the FA Vase against Fairford Town.

Mark Odom returns to the squad after holiday and youngster Adam Loveridge retains his place after impressing in midweek, but Alan Rogers will be missing after suffering a broken fibula in the Fairford game. Skipper Danny Dixon is also missing due to work commitments. Kevin Lewis makes his league bow after joining from Carterton.

Clanfield's victory at Premier Division Shortwood United in the Floodlit Cup was their first win in the competition at the fifth attempt. Previous season's have seen them dumped out by Pegasus Juniors 3-5, Malmesbury Victoria 3-6, Hungerford Town 0-7 and Milton United 1-2. Last Tuesday's 1-0 win courtesy of Danny Dixon's penalty saw Clanfield's appetite for cup football this season continue. Manager Peter Osborne was naturally delighted with the win against the Premier Division side and commented "We rode our luck, had to weather a lot of storms and defended for our lives, all that with 4 regulars missing is not bad and I am delighted for the players."

Squad from: Brain, Dickenson, Acock, Butt, Blakely, S.Olphert, D.Mays, Odom, Bishop, Lewis, C.Mays, C. Olphert, Miller, Bush, Loveridge.


Help Needed - 3rd October

Clanfield 85 FC Joint Manager Jason Court has to undergo major surgery on October 11th for a back injury and is likely to be out of action for two months or more.

During his absence remaining Joint Manager Peter Osborne will require temporary help with Training, Coaching and Match Day activities. Anyone who wants to help should contact Peter on 07817 392681.

 

New Signing For Robins - 1st October

kevin lewis clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueClanfield have secured the transfer of experienced Midfielder/Striker Kevin Lewis from Carterton.

Provided that the formalities can be completed in time the player will join the squad for the FA Vase First Round Proper match at home to Fairford Town on Saturday. Lewis who also has experience with Oxford City, Abingdon United, Witney United and North Leigh joins former Carterton team-mates Danny Dixon, Jamie Butt, and Chris Blakely at Radcot Road and Joint Manager Peter Osborne is naturally very pleased that the player has agreed to sign; "I am delighted that we have been able to sign one of the best Midfield/strikers in this area and he will be a big asset to the Club as we strive to progress both on and off the field" said Osborne who hopes the team will be able to arrest their poor League form with progression in the Vase.

Clanfield go in to their Home Match with Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division Fairford Town on the back of three successive League defeats including a 4-0 hammering at League leaders Headington Amateurs last weekend. Mark Odom is away and misses the game but on the credit side skipper Danny Dixon (work), Alex Bush (University) and Dan Bishop (injury) all return

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(from);Brain;Rodgers;Butt;Dickenson;Blakely;D Mays;SOlphert;Acock;Miller; C Mays;Bush; Dixon; Bishop; Cheetham; Osborne; Jordan; Lewis

 

Robin's Travel To Top Dogs - 23rd September

On Saturday Clanfield travel to play the One West leaders Headington Amateurs, who are still to drop a point this season.

The Robins will be without skipper Danny Dixon(work) Dan Bishop(injured), also Alex Bush and Conor Olphert who have just gone off to University. Joint Manager Peter Osborne adds himself and Ben Acock to the squad, and whilst the Robins have made a seven day approach for a Premier Division player it is unlikely he will be in contention this weekend.

Clanfield(from);Brain;Rodgers;Butt;Dickenson;Blakely;D.Mays;S.Olphert;C.Mays;OdomMiller; Cheetham; Brooks; Acock; Osborne


Tough One For Robins - 16th September

Clanfield face a difficult task on Saturday when they entertain Warminster Town from the Sydenhams Wessex League in The FA Vase.

This will be on the back of two heavy League defeats each by 4-1 against Winterbourne United and Cheltenham Saracens respectively. Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne feel that having taken eight points from the first four League matches the side have in the two defeats taken things for granted and paid the price accordingly. Osborne said "We have to earn the right to play and we have not been doing so in the last two games".

The Robins have problems with injuries to Kevin Brooks and Darren Coleman together with the suspended Ollie Oswin are definitely out whilst Dean Mays, Jamie Butt and Ben Acock are all injury doubts.

Clanfield (from); Brain; Blakely; Rodgers; Butt; Dickenson; D.Mays; Dixon; S.Olphert; C.Mays; Odom; Bishop; Miller; Bush; Loveridge; Cheetham; C.Olphert; Acock; Bowers;


Abject Redemption - 9th September

Clanfield will look to redeem themselves after an abject display in the second half of their game at Winterbourne last weekend but have a difficult task when Cheltenham Saracens are the visitors to Radcot Road on Saturday.

Chris Blakely,Alan Rodgers and Dean Mays return whilst teenager Karl Dickenson has also re-signed and played both last weekend and in a midweek friendly. Bradley Bryant has returned to University and Ollie Oswin is suspended. There are injury doubts concerning Skipper Dan Dixon and Defender Ben Acock so James Bowers and Adam Loveridge are added to the Squad

Clanfield (from) Brain;Bush;Acock;Butt;Dickenson;Cheetham;S.Olphert;Dixon;Odom;Bishop;Miller; C.Mays; C.Olphert; Blakely; Rodgers; D.Mays; Bowers; Loveridge;

Dickenson Re-Signs For Robins - 3rd September

Clanfield were delighted to re-sign teenager Karl Dickenson late on Thursday evening and provided there are no administration hitches he will join the squad for the trip to Winterbourne United tomorrow.

The player was a regular member of the first team last season but having just completed his A Levels was uncertain about his availability this season.The signing comes at an opportune moment as central defender Ollie Oswin has just begun a lengthy suspension following a sending off in a Reserve Team match at the end of last season.

 

Tough Task for Clanfield - 2nd September

Clanfield face a difficult trip to Winterbourne United on Saturday as the first of a number of difficult games in September. The Robins face Cheltenham Saracens at home next week followed by a home clash with Warminster Town in the FA Vase and a trip to unbeaten League Leaders Headington Amateurs at the end of the month

.Chris Blakely is not available, Kevin Brooks and Bradley Bryant are injured,and Ollie Oswin and Dean Mays suspended. Alan Rodgers faces a late fitness test. Ben Acock is available again and Joint Manager Peter Osborne intends to register as a player and add himself to the Squad.


Clanfield (from) Brain; Bush; Rodgers; Butt; Miller; Dixon; S Olphert; C.Mays; Odom; Bishop;Povey; C.Olphert; Cheetham; Acock; Osborne.

 

Difficult Weekend For Clanfield - 26th August

Clanfield have a difficult Bank Holiday Weekend when they travel to Malmesbury Victoria on Saturday and entertain Hook Norton on Monday.

Both Opponents were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of last season and both will be looking for an early return to the top flight Kevin Brooks and Bradley Bryant remain on the Injured list whilst Ben Acock is not available.

Clanfield;(from) Brain;Coleman;Rodgers;Butt:Oswin;Blakely;Dixon;S.Olphert;Bishop;DMays;CMays;Odom;Miller;Bush;Bowers;Povey;

 

mark odom clanfield 85 football hellenic leagueOdom Re-Joins Clanfield - 22nd August

Mark Odom has re-joined Clanfield and took his place in the Robins line up against Cricklade Town on Saturday.

Odom played for Clanfield during season 2008-2009 but left to join neighbours Carterton in September 2009. The experienced midfielder/striker is a welcome addition to the Robins squad which Joint Managers Jason Court and Peter Osborne hope to add to again
shortly.

After The Cup - 18th August

Clanfield return to League action this weekend when free scoring Cricklade Town are the visitors to Radcot Road.

The visitors were involved in a 7-4 home goal feast with Tytherington Rocks in their opening League fixture and will expect to build on that. For the Robins Dan Bishop and Kevin Brooks remain on the injured list and are unlikely to feature whilst Dean Mays and Bradley Bryant (injured) are also doubtful.

Ben Acock unavailable for the FA Cup match with Fareham Town is added to the Squad whilst Joint Managers Peter Osborne and Jason Court hope to make a new signing in time for the game.


Clanfield (from);Brain;Coleman;Rodgers;Butt;Oswin;Blakely;S.Olphert;Dixon;Bryant;C.Mays;D.Mays,Bush;Miller;Bowers;Povey;Acock;Bishop;Brooks.

FA Cup Fever Hits Clanfield - 13th August

The sleepy West Oxfordshire village of Clanfield has been hit by FA Cup fever. Tomorrow will see the local football team play their first ever FA Cup match away at Fareham Town.

One of Clanfield's oldest supporters 87 years old, Bert Cross, will be making the journey to the South Coast. Speaking to our reporter Bert said "The whole village is going barmy! I reckon half of Clanfield will be there cheering on the team. Whole families are making the trip with many making a weekend of it and staying overnight at the nearby holiday resorts of Southsea and Hayling Island. I think it's wonderful for the village - I can remember watching Clanfield play as a very young lad and many a time having to clear the cow pats off the pitch before Kick-off!"

There's sure to be a real party atmosphere at Fareham on Saturday as a local plastics manufacturer has given 250 red and white beach balls (Clanfield's colours) to the club. No doubt Clanfield are hoping that one ball may help repeat the good fortune that Middlesbrough enjoyed against Liverpool two seasons ago.

Chairman, John Osborne can rightly feel proud when his team takes to the field on Saturday. The Robins were delighted by their acceptance into this years Competition and will be one of the lowest ranked Clubs taking part.They face a daunting task.Their opponents have a history of success in Cup Competitions having reached the FA Trophy Final in 1986/87 and have on three occasions reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup.

Clanfield have a number of changes to personnel this season.Rob Coules,Eddie Everett,and Adam Little have left for pastures new whilst new arrivals includeJamie Butt,Chris Blakeley,Danny Dixon, all fromCarterton, and Dean Mays from local football having previously played for Old Woodstock Town. Dan Bishop joins Clanfield from Highworth Town and James Bowers from Cheltenham Saracens have returned after a seasons absence. The transfer of Matt Povey from Malmesbury Victoria was completed on Thursday morning and he will be able to take his place in the squad for the weekend.

The Robins have a number of doubts for Saturday though as Dan Bishop missed the midweek match with Lydney Town due to injury and Ollie Oswin,Steve Olphert,Dean Mays and Kevin Brooks all received heavy knocks and are doubtful. Clanfield will select from: Brain; Brooks; Coleman; Rodgers; Oswin; Butt; Blakely; Dixon; S Olphert; D Mays; Bishop: C Mays; Bowers; Bush; Bryant; Acock; Povey

 

 

Jim Newman Trophy -1st July

The Draw has been made for Clanfield FC`s Annual Jim Newman Memorial Trophy. All games will be played at Clanfield's Radcot Road ground. The Competition will provide a feast of football over a period of eight days.

First Round
Saturday July 31st Shrivenham v Letcombe 2.00 pm
Clanfield v Witney and District FA 5.00pm
Sunday August 1st Carterton v Faringdon Town 1.00pm
Witney United v Purton 4.00pm
Semi-Finals
Tuesday August 3rd Clanfield or WDFA v Carterton or Faringdon Town 7.30pm
Thursday August 5th Shrivenham or Letcombe v Witney United or Purton 7.30pm

Final
Saturday August 7th - Kick Off 5.00pm

Spectators will be made very welcome at all games.

 

Clanfield Seeking Match - 2nd June

Division One West Clanfield are presently putting together an attractive Pre-Season programme to include the popular and competitve Jim Newman Memorial Trophy and the first staging of their Six-A-Side Competition and are seeking a Pre-Season Fixture away from their Radcot Road base on Saturday July17th 2010. Contact is Joint Manager Peter Osborne on 07817392681.

 

 

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