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Abingdon United Appoint Manager - 16 June

Mark Massingham has been appointed as First Team Manager of Abingdon United.

Mark has been manager of United's successful Development team over the last four years and looks forward to continuing that success with the first team. 

On his appointment Massingham said. "I am delighted to be appointed as first team manager and given the challenge of taking the club back to where it should be. I have been involved fot the past four years at the club, with the previous three building a successful development side who are now ready to make the step up and face the next set of challenges for themselves and the club."

"With the talent we have and a couple of right additions we are well placed for a bright future.  Having spoken to key people behind the scenes and the players who I want to retain it is a very exciting time and I can't wait to get started with pre season." 

 

Abingdon United Invite Application For Manager Position - 29 May

Abingdon United FC and First Team Manager Steve Alman have agreed to part company for next season.

Abingdon United Football Club are therefore inviting applications for the position of FIRST TEAM MANAGER for the start of next season 2019/20.

Please submit applications/Expressions of interest to the Club Secretary John Blackmore (secretaryaufc@virginmedia.com) or Tel 07747615691 by Friday 7th June 2019. All Applications received will be in strict confidence.

 

Trails & Tribulations Of A Chairman At Level 5/6 - 17 January

Abingdon United chairman Debbie Blackmore has decided to step down as Chair of the club following eight years in the role, Debbie pen's an insight into the high's and low's of the role.

"I have always said that the hardest job at any football level is the football manager. They can never seem to do right from wrong, keep the players happy, keep the fans happy, keep the board happy. That’s before they even kick a ball. If your winning its great if your losing its not. This was before I spent the last 8 years as Chairman!!

It appears every little thing that goes wrong from on the football pitch to the blocked drains in a toilet, the chairman needs to know about it and needs to deal with it. This is what has happened to me over the last 8 years. Don’t get me wrong we have a strong committee around us, but it still always falls back to the chairman.

Sometimes I also thought that as I was a woman, it was a women’s job to do certain tasks. Like serve in the tea hut! Make the players food, is this really what a chairman does. I have even been known to drive a minibus full of football players to a game.

It’s hard just trying to compete at this level with hardly any supporters. Match days become very hard, making sure the kit is washed ready for the next game, cleaning the changing rooms and even fetching footballs when they go out of the ground.

This is done in free time. This is before you start on making sure you have enough money to pay the officials. If you lucky enough to have a good sponsor, then it’s a bit easier but if you don’t then it’s even harder.

Our clubhouse is open 7 days a week, we are fortunate that we have a large function room but that creates overheads with bar staff wages, heating, lighting etc., Sometimes you don’t even take enough to cover the basic overheads each week. With all of this in your mind, plus doing a full-time job like a lot of us it takes it’s toll on you and you soon become tired and restless.

This is what happened to me and in September I had a breakdown, not just caused by the football club, but it did not help.

I am still not at work full-time some 5 months later, but I am working up to it. Because of this and health is important to us all, I have decided to step down as Chairman for Abingdon United Football Club.

I will still be around as I am not resigning from the committee, plus I will still be watching football. It’s my passion albeit I have fallen out of love with it since this happened but hopefully that will come back.

I would like to thank all the clubs and their staff that I have been to over the years, all the hospitality and respect that has been shown to me. I will be back but not as a chairman."

Deborah Blackmore – AUFC & SC

 

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