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Therapist Requiring Club - 19th May

Kate Simmons is based in Amersham, and is the former physio for Prestwood and Chalfont Wasps FC.

Having secured the FA Level 2 Certificate in the Treatment and Management of Injuries in Football and completing the FA Emergency First Aid Certificate I am now seeking a club requiring a therapist within a 10-15 mile radius of my home base. I will be completing my Sports Therapy degree in December.

Please contact me;

Kate Simmons

Email address: simmonsk_@hotmail.com
Contact number: 07738 399725

 

Season’s Ups & Downs • Part 2 - 14th May

The finalisation of promotion and relegation is still ongoing with various meetings in process to resolve promotion and relegation. That said there are some matters that will affect the UHLSPORT Hellenic League. At this time there has been no information issued by the FA with regard to promotion and relegation to and from the higher levels of football – watch out for more news on this website.

Four clubs should be promoted to the Premier Division from One East and One West. The clubs are Holyport and Henley Town from One East but both promotions are subject to further inspections to ensure work detailed during recent inspections has been appropriately carried out. Moving up from One West will be Bicester Town, who still hold an FA F Grade and Cheltenham Saracen’s who have been inspected and again they have some work to undertake to achieve Premier status.

Four clubs from Level SEVEN Competitions have been inspected, and again, there is some work to do to achieve the entry grade required. Three clubs are assured of a place having achieved promotion from their present league. Brimscombe & Thrupp from the Glos County League, Highmoor-Ibis from the Reading League and New College Academy from the Wiltshire Premier League. The 4th club is AFC Wallingford of the North Berks League whose competition is not scheduled to finish until 21st MAY.  

Pegasus Junior’s have been granted a transfer to the West Midlands League, subject to a place being available in that competition. Launton Sports are dropping back into the Oxfordshire Senior League. Old Woodstock has requested a voluntary demotion as they have left their ground share at North Leigh. Carterton are relegated having exercised their option under CR 13.7. The final relegation position is, at this time occupied by Wootton Bassett Town, however, it is understood that an appeal has been lodged with the FA with regard to the club’s demotion.

A draft constitution was presented to a clubs EGM on Thursday last to show the possible disbursement of clubs for season 2011-2012. The Hellenic League is very aware that details have been posted on WEB SITES and Chat Rooms’, however, it must be made very clear the issued document was merely a snap shot to project the possible constitution which will be presented at the league AGM on 15th JUNE

The 2011-2012 season commences on Saturday 13th AUGUST 2011, completion of the league programmeme is planned for 21st APRIL. This allows an extra week to 28th APRIL for difficulties that may occur during the season.

Season’s Ups & Downs - 8th May

The finalisation of promotion and relegation is still ongoing with various meetings during the next ten days to initially resolve promotion and relegation.

That said there is possibly some matters that will affect the Uhlsport Hellenic League. At this time four clubs should be promoted to the Premier Division from One East and One West. The clubs are Holyport and Henley Town from One East but both promotions are subject to further inspections to ensure work detailed during recent inspections has been dealt with.
Moving up from One West will be Bicester Town, still to be inspected and Cheltenham Saracen’s who have been inspected and again they have some work to undertake to achieve Premier status.

Four clubs from Level Seven Competitions have been inspected, and again, there is some work to do to achieve the entry grade required.

Pegasus Junior’s have been granted a transfer to the West Midlands League, subject to a place being available in that competition. Launton Sports are dropping back into the Oxfordshire Senior League. More updates to follow.

 

hellenic league sir henry cooperFarewell To The Hellenic League Patron - 2nd May

Hellenic League Patron, Sir Henry Cooper OBE, KSG, fondly known as Our 'Enery, the best loved of all British boxers, has lost the last fight of his dignified life.

Sir Henry had honoured the Hellenic League with his patronage for many years. The gentleman prizefighter whose hammer of a left hook famously floored, Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of them all, died yesterday at his son's home in Oxted, Surrey, two days before his 77th birthday.

Tributes in the press for Sir Henry all portray the same heartfelt message. “He transcended boxing. He never actually won a world title, but he was a guy the public could associate with. He wasn’t loud-mouth, he was just an old-school British guy who had done his best and tried as hard as he could in whatever fight he was in. "

 

Hellenic Cup Finals - 10th April
There have been some changes to dates for the various Cup Finals and the list of finals is detailed below.
AM Print & Copy Floodlit Cup Final 28th April (7.30 PM) Venue - Henley Town FC
Presidents Reserve Cup Final 30th April (3PM) Venue - TBA
Bluefin Challenge Cup Final 2nd May (3PM) Venue - Thame United FC
Chairman's Reserve Cup Final 4th May (7.30PM) Venue - Shrivenham FC
Supplementary Cup Final 7th May (3PM) Abingdon Town FC
Veteran's Over 40's Cup Final 11th May (7.45PM) Abingdon Town FC

 

Player Registrations and Transfers Season 2010/11 - 3rd April

The Player Registration & Transfer Window closed at 5pm on Thursday with an additional 69 Players registered and nine players moving to other clubs during the week.

Total Season 2010/11

Division

Non Contract

Contract

Transfers

Total

Premier

1426

0

128

1554

One West

822

0

44

866

One East

946

4

59

1009

Reserves

211

0

10

221

Veterans

448

0

3

451

TOTALS

3853

4

244

4101

Player Transfers In March

    From To
Jack Alder Abingdon Town Milton United
Richard Goddard Bracknell Town Henley Town
Dean Thomas Bracknell Town Wokingham & Embrook
Tim Griffiths Cheltenham Saracens Witney United
Dean Mays Clanfield Witney United
John Watson Cricklade Town Fairford Town
Harry Halls Didcot Town Hungerford Town
Niall Hodgkins Didcot Town Wantage Town
Steve Howkins Easington Sports Hook Norton
Tristan Heywood Flackwell Heath Holyport
Matthew Flint Flackwell Heath Holyport
Richard Parsons Gloucester City Pegasus Juniors
Tom Dingle Highworth Town Wootton Bassett Town
Matthew Pedder Hungerford Town Thatcham Town
Robbie Sadler Hungerford Town Thatcham Town
Steve Howe Hungerford Town Newbury
Liam Bint Letcombe Wantage Town
Ryan Tappin Letcombe Didcot Town
Jerome Anderson Maidenhead United Oxford City Nomads
Lee Bell Oxford City Nomads Henley Town
James Faulkner Oxford City Nomads Thame United
Jon Little Oxford City Nomads Letcombe
Darren McNamara Oxford City Nomads Clanfield
Craig Shand Shrivenham Clanfield
Aaron Stevens Thatcham Town Purton
Adam Bruce Wantage Town Witney United
Richard Guy Wantage Town Hungerford Town
Sean Webb Wantage Town Letcombe
Cameron Lagan Witney United Maidenhead United
James Lambert Witney United Ardley United
Ollie Lynch Witney United Henley Town
Imran C-Chowdhary Woodley Town Hungerford Town

 

The FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup Season 2011-2012 - 28th March

the fa hellenic leagueAs we are nearing towards the 1st April closing date for next season's FA Competitions, if Hellenic clubs have not yet made their application . . . time is running out.

Clubs can now apply to enter The FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup for season 2011-2012. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions to submit the application online. On successful completion of the application, an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA.

http://thefa.com/TheFACup/CompetitionAdministration


Please note that the application is only available for online completion and payment by credit or debit card.

The closing date is Friday 1 April 2011

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February Transfers - 6th March 2011

Movement of players between clubs from Jan 31 to March 4

    From To
Niall Hodgkins Abingdon Town Didcot Town
Kieran Sanders Abingdon Town Kidlington
Matt Horsell Abingdon United Highworth Town
Tom Green Ardley United Old Woodstock Tn
Sam Humphreys Ascot United Finchampstead
Denel Thomas Bicester Town Hook Norton
James Rogers Binfield Bracknell Town
Monju Ahmed Chinnor Finchampstead
Ryan Chandler Cirencester Tn Slimbridge
Craig Mays Clanfield Witney United
Aaron Maximen Cricklade Town Shrivenham
Sam Reason Cricklade Town Clanfield
Alex Feaver Easington Sports Old Woodstock T
Darren McNamara Easington Sports Oxford City Nom's
Lewis Page Fairford Town Highworth Town
James Brazier Finchampstead Ascot United
Scott Mudge Henley Town Holyport
Tranell Richardson Henley Town Reading Town
Ian Gill Highworth Town Shrivenham
Ryan King Highworth Town Shrivenham
Callum Coull Holyport Flackwell Hth
Michael Spaull Hook Norton Ardley United
Matthew Bignall Hungerford Town Reading Town
Yashwa Romeo Hungerford Town Witney United
Sam Pinney Kidlington Bicester Town
Jake Brooks Maidenhead United Holyport
Stuart Butler Maidenhead United Holyport
Nathan Lishman Maidenhead United Holyport
Zac Martin Maidenhead United Flackwell Heath
Aaron Steadman Maidenhead United Holyport
Philip Crabb Malmesbury Vic's Pegasus Jun's
Richard Stevenson Malmesbury Vic's Pegasus Jun's
Mark Barnes Malmesbury Vics Highworth Town
Matt Saunders Milton United Didcot Town
Ryan Brooks Old Woodstock T Ardley United
Ollie Lynch Oxford City Nom Witney United
Jonathan Da-Silva Oxford City Nom' Hook Norton
Sam Whiting Reading Town Wokingham & Em'
Mark Jones Thame United Chinnor
James Potts Tytherington R'cks Winterbourne United
Jack Gibbs Wokingham & Emm Binfield
Shane Maskell Woodley Town Reading Town
Luke Williams Woodley Town Binfield

Sponsored Sky Dive - 3rd February

just giving hellenic football league chris kiddIt has long been said that Referee's are 'Brain Challenged' or just MAD. Uhlsport Hellenic League Referee and Contributory League Assistant Referee Chris Kidd will be out to prove the point one way or another.

On Sunday 3rd April 2011 Chris is doing a 10,000 ft skydive in aid of 'Brain Tumour Research UK'. Chris said; "The reason I am supporting this Charity is because my aunt died of a brain related illness with out any notice at the young age of 36. Also a colleague of mine at work has his wife ill with a brain tumour and asked me if I would be interested in helping to raise some money, I was more than happy to agree to help this worth while cause".

"I would be pleased if you would circulate these details with link to clubs and Match Officials and other non-active Officials in the Hellenic League, I hope to raise at least £500, hopefully more, for this worthwhile cause".

This is the link to donate on line - http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Kidd2

Or send a cheque payable to 'Brain Tumour Research UK' to my home address, with a note stating who the cheque is from, so I can add them to the paper form I have!

 

January Transfers - 30th January 2011

Movement of players between clubs in January

    From To
Paul Kerridge Abingdon Town Hook Norton
Anaclet Odihambo Abingdon United Kidlington
Ian Concannon Ardley United Hungerford Town
Terry Fitton Ardley United Easington Sports
Daryl James Bicester Town Abingdon Town
Lewis Brown Bicester Town Hook Norton
Chris Johnson Bicester Town Launton Sports
James Pople Binfield Finchampstead
Chris Adams Binfield Bracknell Town
Nick Page Bracknell Town Woodley Town
Daniel Willment Chalfont Wasps Flackwell Heath
James Bowers Clanfield Cheltenham Saracens
Jack Longford Didcot Town Oxford City Nomads
Ian Luckett Ducklington Witney Royals
Lee Keyes Easington Sports Clanfield
Lewis Frostick Finchampstead Farnborough
Mitchell Wyatt Highworth Town Wootton Bassett Town
Sam Packer Highworth Town Wootton Bassett Town
Matthew Collis Holyport Flackwell Heath
Shaun Thorp Hungerford Town Newbury
Steven Rackham Hungerford Town Newbury
Joseph Dorey Malmesbury Victoria Wootton Bassett Town
Marc Green Newbury Thatham Town
Rhys Denton Old Woodstock Town Abingdon Town
Sam Warrell Old Woodstock Town Kidlington
Danny De La Hunt Old Woodstock Town Hook Norton
Piers McGlyn Old Woodstock Town Abingdon United
Michael Lees Purton Malmesbury Victoria
Adam Cashin-Murray Reading Town Hungerford Town
Adam Thomas Slimbridge Shortwood United
Elliott Whitehouse Woodley Town Hungerford Town

 

Where Will Our Club Be Playing Next Season? - 24th January

With muted changes in League structure regarding floodlit grounds, it is a question that concerns many in the Hellenic League.

The main issues are Promotion, Relegation, and the affects of Ground Grading. League Chairman, Bob Dalling will try to clarify the situation as best he can.

Step 5 to Step 4 – Nothing has changed from previous years. This is now a well established FA led procedure.

Step 6 to Step 5 – Again no change from previous seasons. This process is handled by The League and is documented in our handbook.

Step 6 – The issue remains that not all of our Division One clubs meet the required Ground Grading requirements Our plan was to move a combined Division One across the geographic area, with two regional Division Two’s. There has been no agreement with The Football Association about this plan

Therefore unless there is a dramatic FA led change we will continue with our current structure. In other words we expect no change for next season.

Step 7 – There has been some focus on the situation at Step 7. The League has held meetings with our Feeder Leagues.
However FA decisions are not announced as to which of these Leagues are actually Step 7 (or 8, or 9). Sowe expect no change for next season at this level. Therefore Promotion/Relegation to/from our Divison One’s can take place in line to previous seasons.

 

Roving Reporter Statistical View - 16th January

This forecast is based on all games played so far this season. The Premier Division has been split into 3 elements and uses the results in matches to 12th January. The results of each team against each of the 3 sections, has been applied to outstanding fixtures to give the statistical forecast table at end of season.

  • Ardley – Have only 3 games left against the bottom 7. Of the majority left, 9 games are against middle of the table teams.
  • Wantage – Have 5 away games left against the Top 8 and with one draw and one loss so far the forecast is 4 draws at best.
  • Kidlington – Have five away games against the top 8, and five away against the bottom 7
  • Shortwood – Have only 3 at home and 2 away games left against the top 8. Their other 7 home games are against teams in the lower half of the table and they also have 5 away games against the middle 7
  • Highworth – Have 8 games left against the top 8, but also 8 against the bottom 7
  • Slimbridge – Have played only two away to the top 8 and lost both. Also have 5 away to the bottom 7
  • Old Woodstock – Have 4 home and 5 away against the top 8 left. They have played only one home game against the bottom 7.   
  • Binfield – Have won all nine home games but have yet to play any of the top 10, so difficult to forecast, as they have won only 4 points away to the top 14.

    Situation so far based on season’s results ( at January 12th 2011)

    Against Top 8 Pld Pts Against Mid 7 Pld   Pts Against Bot'm 7 Pld Pts
    1 Kidlington 6 13
    1
    Kidlington 9 21 1 Ardley U 11 31
    2 Ardley U 8 12
    2
    Old Woodstock 10 20 2 Binfield 9 25
    3 Shortwood U 9 10
    3
    Slimbridge 8 17 3 Wantage T 7 21
    3 Old Woodstock 5 10
    4
    Highworth T 8 16 3 Shortwood U 7 21
    5 Highworth T 6 9
    5
    Wantage T 7 15 5 Slimbridge 7 19
    5 Slimbridge 7 9
    6
    Ardley U 5 12 6 Highworth T 6 15
    7 Wantage T 6 8
    7
    Binfield 6 11 7 Kidlington 7 15
    8 Binfield 5 2
    8
    Shortwood U 6 8 8 Old Woodstock 6 9

    Projected final table forecast 2010-2011 Season

    Played Points
    1 Ardley United 42 93
    2 Wantage Town 42 91
    3 Kidlington 42 87
    4 Shortwood United 42 85
    5 Highworth Town 42 83
    6 Slimbridge 42 78
    6 Old Woodstock Town 42 78
    8 Binfield 42 71

     

Promotion To Step 4 - 13th January

At the closing date of 31 December 2010 the FA had received a total of 58 applications from Step 5 clubs wishing to be considered for promotion to Step 4 at the end of season 2010 - 2011. A full list of the clubs that have applied is attached for your information.

As usual there are Twelve promotion places available with preference being given to Champion clubs who meet FA grading criteria 'E'. Three Hellenic clubs have 'thrown their hat in' being; Binfield, Shortwood United and Wantage Town. Shortwood United have the required 'E Grade' from last season.

APPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTION FROM STEP 5 TO 4 – SEASON 2010/11

Combined Counties League
Badshot Lea FC
Camberley Town FC
Chertsey Town FC
Egham Town FC
Guildford City FC
Molesey FC

Eastern Counties League
Dereham Town FC
Leiston FC
Mildenhall Town FC

Essex Senior League
Barkingside FC
Burnham Ramblers FC
Enfield 1893 FC
Witham Town FC

Hellenic League
Binfield FC
Shortwood United FC
Wantage Town FC

Kent League
Greenwich Borough FC
Herne Bay FC
Hythe Town FC
VCD Athletic FC

Midland Football Alliance
Boldmere St Michaels FC
Causeway United FC
Coalville Town FC
Loughborough University FC
Stratford Town FC
Tipton Town FC
Westfields FC

North West Counties League
Colne FC
New Mills FC
Ramsbottom United FC
Winsford United FC

Northern Counties East League
Farsley AFC
Parkgate FC
Pickering Town FC
Scarborough Athletic FC
Tadcaster Albion FC
Thackley FC

Northern League
Bishop Auckland FC
Dunston UTS FC
Whitley Bay FC

Spartan South Midlands League
Aylesbury United FC
Chalfont St Peter FC
Royston Town FC
Tring Athletic FC

Sussex County League
Crawley Down FC
East Grinstead Town FC
Redhill FC
Three Bridges FC

United Counties League
Kings Lynn Town FC
Newport Pagnell Town FC
St Neots Town FC

Wessex League
Bemerton Heath Harlequins FC
Fareham Town FC
Poole Town FC
Newport (IW) FC
Winchester City FC

Western League
Bitton FC
Larkhall Athletic FC

 

 

Registrations & Transfers - 4th January 2011

The game may not have taken place on the pitch but plenty of activity still occured behind the scenes.

Division

Non Contract

Contract

Transferred

Total

Premier

1246

0

75

1321

One West

728

0

26

754

One East

816

4

30

850

Reserves

173

0

5

178

Veterans

413

0

2

415

TOTALS

3376

4

138

3518

Player movement during December

    From To
Connor Hayes Easington Sports Thame United
Matty Bennett Cricklade Town Highworth Town
Callum Convey Hook Norton Easington Sports
Steve Robertson Highworth Town Shrivenham
Shane Cooper-Clark Wokingham & Em Ascot United
Denel Thomas Oxford City Nomads Bicester Town
Ashley Johnson Oxford City Nomads Bicester Town
Daniel Sweeney Bicester Town Ardley United
Aaron Steadman Maidenhead United Holyport
Lance Williams Kidlington Abingdon Town
Luke Adams Shrivenham Fairford Town
Callum Coull Flackwell Heath Holyport
Nathan Hall Wootton Bassett Town Shrivenham
Nick Jones Fairford Town Witney United
George Archer Farnborough Bracknell Town
Mitchell Bryant Gloucester City Hungerford Town
Joe Kent Abingdon Town Letcombe
Jamie Martin Shortwood United Slimbridge
Matthew Boucher Fairford Town Wootton Bassett Town

 

Thinking about Promotion - 19th December

Clubs wanting to be considered for promotion to the next level, Isthmian and Southern League’s have to submit their application to the Football Association by the end of December.

Due to the financial state of the country and the cost implications to reach the next standard of ground facilities, Premier leaders Ardley United do not intend to apply, the same is the case for Kidlington and Ascot United. These clubs have cited escalating costs that would be incurred without being able to acquire any Football Foundation funding towards the costs.

The hat has already been thrown into the ring by Shortwood United, whose ground already holds the appropriate ‘Grade E’ as is the case with Slimbridge who presently occupy second place behind Ardley United. Wantage Town are presently reviewing the work they will need to do to comply. Chairman Tony Woodward believes several thousand pounds will need to be spent and he has concerns with regard to some of the required work as the club location is in an area classified as ‘Of Outstanding Beauty’. Discussions are ongoing with the FA.

    

Webmaster Awards- 28th November

Results for the first quarter of the Webmaster Awards for the first quarter (August-October), well done to the clubs who have won during this period.

Premier Division Total Total Total Total
Abingdon Town 42 0 0 42
Ardley United 74 0 0 74
Ascot United 59 0 0 59
Binfield 74 0 0 74
Bracknell Town 67 0 0 67
Carterton  37 0 0 37
Fairford Town 52 0 0 52
Flackwell Heath 50 0 0 50
Highworth Town 42 0 0 42
Kidlington 76 0 0 76
Old Woodstock Town 27 0 0 27
Oxford City Nom’s 45 0 0 45
Pegasus Juniors 58 0 0 58
Reading Town 55 0 0 55
Shortwood United 81 0 0 81
Shrivenham 61 0 0 61
Slimbridge 45 0 0 45
Thame United 53 0 0 53
Wantage Town 56 0 0 56
Witney United 76 0 0 76
Wokingham & Emm' 40 0 0 40
Wootton Bassett Tn 44 0 0 44
         
One East        
Chalfont Wasps 43 0 0 43
Chinnor 55 0 0 55
Didcot Town Res 41 0 0 41
Farnborough Res 40 0 0 40
Finchampstead 40 0 0 40
Henley Town 56 0 0 56
Holyport 77 0 0 77
Hungerford Town 64 0 0 64
Milton United 65 0 0 65
Newbury 38 0 0 38
Penn & Tylers Green 56 0 0 56
Rayners Lane 36 0 0 36
South Kilburn 49 0 0 49
Woodley Town 57 0 0 57
         
One West        
Bicester Town 41 0 0 41
Cheltenham Sar’s 42 0 0 42
Clanfield 77 0 0 77
Cricklade Town 72 0 0 72
Easington Sports 53 0 0 53
Headington Amat’s 59 0 0 59
Hook Norton 42 0 0 42
Launton Sports 42 0 0 42
Letcombe 67 0 0 67
Lydney Town 41 0 0 41
Malmesbury Vic's 56 0 0 56
Purton 63 0 0 63
Trowbridge Town 49 0 0 49
Tytherington Rocks 88 0 0 88
Winterbourne United 43 0 0 43

 

Registrations & Transfers - 28th November

Player movement from 20th to 27th November

    From To
Jason Baver Oxford City Nomads Bicester Town
Craig Shand Wootton Bassett Shrivenham
Alan Hawthorne Wootton Bassett Malmesbury Victoria
Andy Philpott Malmesbury Victoria Hungerford Town
Paul Haines Highworth Town Witney United
James Blake Shrivenham Wootton Bassett

 

Registrations & Transfers - 21st November

Registered players to November 19th 2010

Division Non Contract Contract Transferred Total
Premier 1195   59 1254
One West 700   20 720
One East 789 1 26 816
Reserves 167   5 172
Veterans 413   2 415
TOTALS 3264 1 112 3377

Player movement from 5th to 19th November

    From To
Dan Johnson Oxford City Nomads Hook Norton
Khalid Zakaria Finchampstead Binfield
Adie Roper Hook Norton Shrivenham
Ben Jennings Reading Town Henley Town
James Jackson Flackwell Heath Ascot United
Sam Whiting Bracknell Town Reading Town
Carl Ellis Ardley United Launton Sports
Ben Foster Launton Sports Ardley United
Ryan Thomas Wootton Bassett Town Cricklade Town
Stuart Butler Holyport Maidenhead United
Jamie Wright Holyport Maidenhead United
Ali Zulqarnain Henley Town Finchampstead
Tyronne May Henley Town Finchampstead
Andrew Tingle Newbury Hungerford Town
Rogerio Perera Didcot Town Kidlington
Scott Hunter Binfield Finchampstead
David Probets Fairford Town Cricklade Town
Adam Stallwood Thame United Chinnor
Lewis Gabbidon Kidlington Abingdon Town

 

Transfers - 8th November

Player movement from 25th October to 5th November

    From To
Luke Alford Purton Shrivenham
Andrew Marriott Oxford City Nomads Wantage Town
Stephen Avenall Purton Shrivenham
Jamie Wyatt Witney United Carterton
Ian Wilmer Malmesbury Victoria Carterton
Jean-P Jamil Flackwell Heath Binfield
Adam Little Shrivenham Clanfield
Steven Keir Fairford Town Shrivenham
James Lewis Hungerford Town Highworth Town
Sean Cahill Chinnor Holyport
Andrzej Krupowicz Launton Sports Easington Sports
Jack Alder Didcot Town Abingdon Town
Michael Lawson Shrivenham Malmesbury Victoria
Gary Lawton Launton Sports Ardley United
Russell Benham Newbury Hungerford Town

Transfers- 24th October

    From To
Henry Tucker Maidenhead United Holyport
Conor Hunt Abingdon United Thame United
Robert Joyce Letcombe Wantage Town
Dean O'Regan Thatcham Town Newbury
Shaun Pearce Kidlington Vet's Oxford City Vet's
Lee McMullen Shrivenham Highworth Town
Dan Franklin

Wootton Bassett Town

Fairford Town
Jack Wells Oxford City Nomads Hook Norton
Josh Smith Wokingham & Emm' Ascot United
Adam Loveridge Clanfield Cheltenham Saracens
Ashley Gale Slimbridge Gloucester City

 

Transfers- 17th October

    From To
Ian Concannon Hungerford Town Ardley United
Richard Bland Wokingham & Em' Hungerford Town
Lewis McGowan Hook Norton Easington Sports
George Demsey Trowbridge Tn Malmesbury Victoria
James Lambert Ardley United Witney United
Steven Vaux Wantage Town Letcombe
Joe Tustain Slimbridge Witney United
Josh Cottrell Letcombe Wantage Town
Patrick Howe Letcombe Wantage Town

 

Transfers- 11th October

    From To
George Seacole Witney United Carterton
Lee Moulton Purton Wootton Bassett Town
Chris Mortlock Pegasus Juniors Shortwood United
Diak John Reading Town Hungerford Town
Paul Shone Flackwell Heath Binfield
Tom Chapman Hungerford Town Wokingham & Emm'
Martin Stratford Fairford Town Shrivenham
David Craig Witney United Carterton

 

Registrations & Transfers - 3rd October

Division Registered Transferred Total
Premier 1042 25 1067
One West 629 9 638
One East 726 14 740
Reserves 136 2 138
Veterans 345 0 345
TOTALS 2878 50 2928

Recent Transfers

    From To
James Frank Thatcham Town Hungerford Town
Harry Swabey Binfield Bracknell Town
Jonathan Mason Flackwell Heath Holyport
William Bridgewater Witney United Carterton
Chris Zoldan Witney United Carterton
Joseph Blackford Malmesbury V Fairford Town
Thomas Semadeni Ascot United Finchampstead
Jefferson Assumpcao Didcot Town Kidlington
Nick McCrae Shrivenham Highworth Tn
Perry Howard Finchampstead Henley Town
Kevin Lewis Carterton Clanfield
Tom Williams Woodley Town Wokingham & E
Carl Ellis Launton Sports Ardley United
Nicholas Jones Slimbridge Fairford Town
Richard Guy Wantage Town Hungerford Tn

More Qualified - 30th September

The FA Treatment & Management of Injury (Part TWO) Training course that has been run over the past few weeks in conjunction with Premier Sports Group culminated with eight of the attendee's meeting the criteria for the award, they are:
Becky Blair Amanda Mistry Matt Robinson Martin Crane (All Hungerford Town)
Stuart Hamblin (Woodley Town) Simon Litt (Milton United)
Alisdair Ross (Cricklade Town) & Paul Shand (Cheltenham Saracens)
Two candidates who had a partial pass will re-sit the assessment paper on 1st November.

The FA Qualification allows the qualified person to understand the study of bones, joints, muscles, and surface & functional anatomy Injury & healing, degrees of injury & swelling, recognition & testing, and pathology. Post-injury phases, recovery ladder, exercise therapy, 'scar' stretching, thermal treatments, walking re-education, prevention of injury, and bandaging and strapping.

Congratulations to all concerned

 

mark evans the lords taveners charityMark Runs For Charity - 22nd September

On 10/10/10 Mark Evans, an Hellenic League Match Official for many years, is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London.

Mark explains. "As a part of a team of 100 from Waitrose we are raising money for The Lords Taverners Charity to hopefully buy a couple of mini buses to be used for under privileged children."

I have a Justgiving page set up at www.justgiving.com/Mark-Evans5 to help raise funds. If you are able to help, please go to the site and make a pledge."

Thank you very much

Mark Evans"

 

Registrations & Transfers - 20th September

Almost 300 more players have been registered up to 3pm on Friday 17th September. The majority have been in the Veterans Section which started on Wednesday last.

Division Registered Transferred Total
       
Premier 995 18 1013
One Wast 599 8 607
One East 690 9 699
Reserves 114 2 116
Veterans 341 341
       
Totals 2739 37 2776

 

Another ten transfers have been processed in this past week bringing the total to 37

Player From To
Richard Mills Ascot United Bracknell Town
Luke Mason Thatcham Town Newbury
Dean O'Regan Newbury Thatcham Town
Matthew Bennett Highworth Town Cricklade Town
Matthew Wright Bracknell Town Finchampstead
Ben Chadbone Chalfont Wasps Flackwell Heath
Joel Meade Old Woodstock Town Oxford City Nomads
Adam Morris Penn & Tylers Oxford City Nomads
Mitch Wyatt Wootton Bass' Highworth Town
Steven Vaux Wantage Town Letcombe

 

11th Hellenic Ground Hop – 25th & 26th SEPTEMBER
Saturday 25th
Finchampstead v Henley Town                11.30AM
Reading Town v Wokingham & Emmb       2.30PM
Bracknell Town v Shortwood United         5.30PM
Sunday 26th
South Kilburn v Milton United                    11.30AM
Rayners Lane v Launton Sports                2.30PM (Hellenic League Cup 1st Rd)

 

 

Recent Transfers - 14th September

Player From To
Steve Bell Abingdon Town Wantage Town
Joseph White Ardley United Oxford City Nomads
Chris Dean Binfield Henley Town
Alex Bruce Bracknell Town Henley Town
James Morrision Carterton Witney United
Tim Rantle Chinnor Thame United
Jake Lloyd Cricklade Town Fairford Town
Josias Carbon Didcot Town Oxford City Nomads
Adam Morris Flackwell Heath Penn & Tylers
Niall Higgins Hook Norton Easington Sports
Adam Little Hungerford Town Shrivenham
Sam Whiting Hungerford Town Bracknell Town
Andy Philpot Hungerford Town Malmesbury Victoria
Lewis Coyle Kidlington Abingdon Town
Emmett McGovern Kidlington Easington Sports
Dan Sweeney Launton Sports Bicester Town
Joel Kent Letcombe Abingdon Town
Matthew Povey Malmesbury Victoria Clanfield
Jamie Brooks Oxford City Nomads Abingdon United
Stuart Gosby Reading Town Henley Town
Daniel Langford Thatcham Town Newbury
Jon Stott Wantage Town Didcot Town
Tom Sheppard Winterbourne United Tytherington Rocks
Joel Meade Witney United Old Woodstock Town
Neil Hanson Wokingham & Emm' Bracknell Town

 

1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Football - 8th September

Premier Sports Group are running a level 3 certificate in Coaching Football (UEFA B) at Oxford City in October. These courses are available on a very limited basis but one has been sanctioned to start in October with Jim Kelman tutoring. Places are available but it is anticipated that demand will be high. Please contact Premier Sports for further information or contact your Hellenic League club secretary who has been circulated with more information.

Course Details:

Course Venue: Oxford City FC, Court Place Farm Stadium, Marsh Lane, Oxford, OX3 0NQ

Course Dates: All Days 9.00-5.00pm
Initial course of training:
27, 28, 29, 30, 30 October 2010 1, 2 November 2010

Support days: 8th & 9th Jan 2011

Independent Assessment:

5th & 6th March 2011

Cost: £500.00 per candidate

Further information from:
Premier Sports Group Ltd
40A Upper High Street
Thame
Oxon
OX9 2DW
Tel: 01844 260003
www.premiersportsgroup.co.uk

 

Non-League Football Day - 29th August

The "non-league football day" is the brainchild of James Doe, a lifelong football fan and supporter of Harrow Borough FC.

Its aim is to promote the semi professional game in this country by virtue of a fortuitous break in the football calendar. In James' own words:
"WITH ENGLAND PLAYING THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND CHAMPIONSHIP TAKING A WEEK OFF, I URGE ALL FANS OF THE BIG CLUBS TO GET OUT AND WATCH THEIR LOCAL NON-LEAGUE TEAM INSTEAD ON SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER. GIVEN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CLIMATE, CLUBS OUTSIDE THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEED ALL THE SUPPORT THEY CAN GET, SO YOUR PRESENCE AT A GAME WILL BE GENUINELY APPRECIATED. WITH TICKETS AND REFRESHMENTS AT A FRACTION OF THE COST IN THE PROFESSIONAL GAME WHAT'S STOPPING YOU?"
The UHLSPORT Hellenic League is pleased to be support the initiative and we urge everyone connected with the League to spread the non-league word, tell your friends about the website at: www.nonleagueday.co.uk, or better still take them to a local match on September 4th.

 

Social Networking Websites- 29th August

The Football Association has highlighted the potential problems concerning the use of Social Networking Websites. It is appropriate now to remind member clubs of their responsibilities.

These sites have become a part of everyday life and are accessed by people from all walks of life. Whilst it is an individual’s right to use such sites, as they wish, within the bounds of legal acceptability. However, the use of these sites to pass adverse or unacceptable comments on member clubs, match officials, players or League Management is considered wholly inappropriate. The FA or the management team of the League carries the same restrictions as any other printed or published matter.


Please ensure that everyone in a position of responsibility within your club, including players, managers and match day helpers – is aware that any unacceptable postings will be treated as comment by the person’s club. This could lead to disciplinary action taken against the club by the UHLSPORT Hellenic League. If any comments are seen to bring the League, club or football in general into disrepute The Football Association may also take action.


Please ensure that your club members think carefully before posting on such sites. The Hellenic League has a proud reputation in ensuring fairness for all and it will not be tarnished by mindless acts.

 

View from the Chair - 9th August

hellenic league bob dalling chairmanWelcome one and all to the new season. Where did summer go? Hopefully we have all had some kind of break. Now we start again. So what has happened during the Summer?


Respect and Fair Play programmeme
I make no apology for stating again that our National Governing Body recognised our League as being best in class at our level of football last season. I personally believe that this is because everyone played their part. We have great Clubs, excellent Match Officials, the best League Manager at our level, supported by a strong management team. We believe in rewarding those clubs that perform well on and off the pitch. Thank you everyone for last season. All we have to do is the same again and more this coming season. The award brought with it a £3000 prize to be used in the furtherance of the programmeme. What to do with this will be decided at the first Board Meeting in September. We have had a few suggestions already, and are very happy to hear more. Please email these to the League Office.
What is new for 2010/2011?
New Sponsor
We welcome UHLSPORT to their first full season with The Hellenic. League. They are already proving popular with their efficiency and supply of their kit  
Increased numbers of Match Officials
In addition to our new clubs we welcome many new Match Officials. FA Level 4 ‘Supply League’ Referees have officiated at our Premier Division games for many years. This coming season our Division One’s have been promoted to ‘Supply League’ status and will also have Level 4 referee’s from the FA. There was an excellent officials training day on August 1st at Abingdon, and we are all looking forward to the new campaign.
Your League Needs You
We are on the look-out for assistance with small (or big if you are interested) roles within in the League Management Board area. The sum of the requirements to run a League in the modern world is exceeding the number of hours available to our Board members. Hence additional help is required. Number one on the list is an Events Organiser & Coordinator. Put your name forward to the League Office. This is a great opportunity to become part of our success.
What is happening about Promotion and Relegation?
There is no doubt in my mind that this area needs some attention in The National League System. Too many Clubs are being ‘saved ‘from relegation by a variety of means. My view is simple. If a club finishes in a relegation position they have won the right to be relegated. Clubs that are to be demoted due to Ground Grading, and Financial issues, should be in addition to these. At the moment clubs in promotion positions, and having spent the money to get their ground graded correctly are often not actually promoted, because of decisions taken by Leagues above. The net effect is that promotion and relegation of clubs are kept to a minimum in favour of the ‘old pals’ act.  I raised this at a BBC Radio London Non-League Show. The conclusion from the panel was that change is needed. I will be writing to the FA.
I wish you well for the season
Please represent your Club, and the League to the best of your ability. My aim is to get to see every ground on a match-day this season. Hopefully I will get to meet you all.

 
Bob Dalling – The Chairman.

 

From Vets To Hoops - 7th July

Former Hellenic Veterans League player Garry Parker has targeted a clean sweep of trophies in his first season at Celtic.

hellenic league gary parker celticAnd for the former Aston Villa and Leicester midfielder, who is the club’s new first-team coach, it completes a remarkable few months. The 44-year-old has joined his old teammate Neil Lennon to complete the Celtic manager’s backroom staff. But it could have been so different, for Parker had his wife Petra not acted swiftly and called an ambulance when she noticed he had suffered a stroke.

It happened in March while he was recovering at home from a badly broken leg which he suffered while playing at Oxford City Veterans for Kidlington in the Hellenic Veterans League. Just to add to his woes, Parker was diagnosed with a heart problem while his leg was being operated on.

“I was back home having a kip and Petra noticed one side of my face had dropped,” he said. “She had seen the TV campaign and recognised the signs immediately. If she had not been so quick, I could have died or been left disabled, she was great.” Parker, who won the League Cup with Leicester in 1997, said: “I’m in shock about the whole thing. I’m still not out of danger because of the irregular heartbeat and I’m having all sorts of tests.”

Parker, who has also played for Hellenic League clubs Kidlington and Abingdon Town, added: “If I have to take tablets for the rest of my life, so be it. I’d never broken a bone in my professional career then this happens. But you have to put everything into perspective. I had treatment in the John Radcliffe, which is where they carry out post-mortems on the lads who have died in Afghanistan. I saw the bodies come in and you value even more what they are doing out there.”

Parker’s main aim is to wrest the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title from rivals Rangers’ grasp and prevent their Old Firm rivals from claiming a third successive championship. Parker said: “Your aim is always to win everything you enter. The hardest thing in football is winning matches, but that is what we want to do, and we want to win as many as we can.”

 

Former Secretary Responds - 2nd July

hellenic league gordon varley cirencester unitedGordon Varley, secretary at Cirencester United for almost two decades, believes the club’s demise after 41 years was inevitable. Varley stepped down two months before the end of what proved their final season after a dispute with manager Dave Tyler and was not surprised that the club did not re-apply for its Hellenic League status.

In Tyler’s first season in charge, Cirencester United finished bottom of the Hellenic League Division One West with just one win in 30 games and with neither a chairman, secretary nor committee in place, Tyler decided the club could not afford to pay the registration fees to carry on in the Hellenic.

The club was founded in 1969 as ‘The Herd’ under which title they won the Cirencester and District League and Cup double for both the first team and reserves in the 1974/5 season – a feat not equalled before or since. In 1990, they were renamed Cirencester United. "We had been living hand to mouth for a few years now," said Varley. "We only managed to survive the season before last because of the crowd that came to one game as part of the Hellenic Ground Hop scheme”.

Varley continued; “When our clubhouse burnt down in an arson attack at Four Acres Field three years ago, we should have closed the club there and then. It was a struggle before, and then we lost our home and with it the money to carry on from bar takings. Meanwhile, it cost much more to play, £40 a game in rent for the Army Camp ground at South Cerney. United did not even have compensation from insurance having stopped their premiums 12 months before the fire in a cost-cutting exercise.

"There are many reasons for the demise," said Varley. "We have gradually lost good people at the club who had volunteered time and, in some cases, donated money. There are the unreasonable demands of the FA on a club like us playing at Step 6, as well as the spiralling costs for things like officials (£116 per home match).
The loss of Four Acres was significant but perhaps the major blow was the premature death from a brain haemorrhage of former chairman John Austin, a local architect.
When I became involved in the club it was run on a £5,000 overdraft but within two years John had paid off the debts. If he had lived, we would not be where we are now."

Varley is angered by former manager Dave Tyler’s comments in the press and his suggestion of financial irregularities at the club. "Accounts have been presented to the Gloucestershire Football Association and the Hellenic League every year and Dave saw the balance sheets at our monthly meetings," said Varley. "Yes, there was little in the bank and there are some outstanding debts to the Hellenic League and the Army Camp, but Dave did not help matters. When both he and the previous manager Chokri Kartit came in, the club’s management committee gave them a clear mandate that players would have to pay match subs, £5 a game, but it was never imposed. Dave also took the team training at the Cirencester Arena which was expensive and what broke the camels back for me was when he decided to cancel a first team match due to, in his opinion, a lack of suitable players. That cost us a £250 fine and that was when I resigned."

Varley, who remains secretary at Stratton Youth FC, believes Cirencester United will never be resurrected despite going to the wall for the sake of a few hundred quid.

 

Herd Turmoil - 29th June

hellenic league dave tyler cirencester unitedFormer Cirencester United manager Dave Tyler (pictured) has revealed the true, extraordinary extent of the club’s problems which forced the ex-Hellenic League side to fold. Tyler was only at The Army Camp for a matter of months, having joined Ciren midway through the campaign, but he was soon thrust to the forefront of the club’s day-to-day functionality.

By the middle of May, he and his partner took sole responsibility for every aspect of the team’s existence, from groundskeeping to accounting to funding. And that was hard enough as it was,allegedly, with only £16 in the coffers.

“Towards the end of the season, we were in a bit of trouble,” said Tyler to the Swindon Advertiser. “It cost me and my missus about £700 to keep the club going for a bit but I was just the manager, and that’s all I wanted to do. Money had gone missing and there were no explanations.”

The deeper Tyler dug, the more extreme the situation appeared. With nothing by way of formal records of business or account books to be found, dating back several years, it was nigh-on impossible to trace the avenues down which the club’s finances had seeped away. Then, to compound an already overwhelming set of circumstances, Tyler began opening backdated bills, stretching over a period of time which included both last season and the term previous.

“Those bills amounted to something like £3,000,” said Tyler. “Then, if we wanted to go into the league for next season, we were looking at another £600 to £700 in fees before we kicked a ball. I was not prepared to put my hand in my pocket. We couldn’t find funds and we couldn’t find a chairman so the club has folded. It’s been run very poorly for an awful lot of years, by the end of it there was only £16 something left in the bank.”

That Tyler and his partner were unable to discover the identity of the second signatory on Ciren’s account typified a bizarre series of events. For all his endeavour and personal investment, the former boss was forced into making the decision to abandon any kind of salvage project.

Although he left the defunct club with a heavy heart, Tyler knows it was the only choice possible as he prepares to move into his next managerial role. “It had fallen on our heads to pay fees, pay for the food, pay for the programmes and everything else,” he said. “I don’t like walking away, and I thought over it for a while before I made the decision, but there was no chance we could keep it going. I was brought there to be manager, but I couldn’t concentrate on managing when I was doing everything from sorting the pitch to doing the food. Now I’ve been asked to go to a team in the Northern Senior League, and they’ve assured me I’m just going there to manage, and that’s all I want.”

Brian King confirmed to the League website. " The Hellenic League Executive committee is in discussion with the Gloucestershire FA regarding outstanding debts in respect of the former club."

 

Constitution Of Leagues - 22nd June

Leagues for the Hellenic League competition, season 2010/2011.

  Reserve Division 1   Reserve Division 2 West   Reserve Division 2 East  

1

Abingdon Town

Yes

Bicester Town

 

Ascot United

Yes

2

Abingdon United

Yes

Clanfield

Yes

Chalfont Wasps

 

3

Ardley United

Yes

Cricklade Town

 

Chinnor

 

4

Binfield

Yes

Easington Sports

 

Flackwell Heath

Yes

5

Carterton

Yes

Gloucester City

Yes

Henley Town

Yes

6

Cheltenham Sar’s

Yes

Hook Norton

Yes

Holyport

Yes

7

Cirencester Town

 

Launton Sports

 

Hungerford Town

 

8

Fairford Town

Yes

Letcombe

 

Newbury

Yes

9

Finchampstead

 

Milton United

Yes

Penn & Tylers Green

 

10

Highworth Town

Yes

Old Woodstock Town

 

Rayners Lane

 

11

Kidlington

Yes

Shrivenham

Yes

Thame United

 

12

Maidenhead United

Yes

Witney United

Yes

 

 

13

Thatcham Town

Yes

 

 

 

 

14

Wantage Town

Yes

 

 

 

 

15

Wootton Bass’ Town

Yes

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran Premier

Venue

Veteran's One

Venue

1 Abingdon Town ATFC Bampton Town CL FC
2 Chipping Norton CNFC Carterton CFC

3

Chinnor

ATFC

Goring United

MUFC

4

Ducklington

WUFC

Milton United

MUFC

5

Kidlington

KFC

OCC Veteran's

AUFC

6

Old Hooky

CNFC

Shrivenham

SFC

7

Oxford City

OXFC

Wantage Town

WTFC

8

Stonesfield

AUFC

Witney Royals

CL FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hellenic league wembley dermot gallacher john busby ben jamesWembley Appointment - 21st June

Hellenic Registration Officer Ben James officiated at Wembley recently.

Ben (left) and former Hellenic Referee John Busby (right), now a Conference Referee, were assistants to former Premier League Referee Dermot Gallagher in a World Cup 2010 launch match in partnership with the FA bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Deep, Crisp & Even - 3rd June

You may recall back in the 'White Winter' weather that clubs were asked to submit their 'White Weather' scenes for a League Competition.

Such was the quality and work put into this competition the League Board has agreed to reward each club that entered into the spirit of the competition by awarding each of the nine clubs that submitted an entry a Free Bench Jacket.

The top three Clubs, Hook Norton, Penn & Tylers Green and Shortwood United, will also receive a free box of 50 Christmas Cards with the image depicted on the front of the card.

Should clubs require further copies they may be ordered via the League Office, clubs who did not make the top three may also purchase cards with their image depicted on the front of the card. Price available on application and at a very reasonable price.

The League is looking at producing a 2011 Calendar and the three winners will be included in the calender.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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