Chinnor Show Christmas Spirit - 21 December
Having returned from in-form Finchampstead with all three points on Saturday, Chinnor manager Ryan Davis had nothing but praise for the spirit of his players, especially as they had to play nearly an hour with ten men.
Ben Lewis scored a second half screamer to ensure the points went back to Oxfordshire and Davis was delighted with the resilience of his men. "Finch had won four on the trot, so we knew we were in for a tough game and that's without getting a man sent off before half time. I couldn't fault the boys after half time, though. With ten men and some players pressed into unfamiliar roles, we kept our shape really well and once we got in front, I always thought we had that stubbornness to see it out."
The result means Chinnor are unbeaten in six league games (five of which have been away) and sees them sitting second in the form table. Davis said "We've been going about our business well over the last few weeks, steadily accumulating points, and we've really tightened up defensively. Team performances have been very pleasing, and every player is contributing something. The only real negative has been our disciplinary record. The players are aware of my feelings on it and the bottom line is that we've let ourselves down at times. We don't have the biggest squad and if we carry on picking up silly cards then it will catch up with us sooner or later. The best sides are very competitive but usually stay on the right side of the ref and we need to improve on that."
Davis has also added to his management team, bringing on board James Tovey, formerly with Risborough Rangers, to assist him. "It's been great getting James in. He's developed a real rapport with the players straight away and has added a lot of value to what we already had."
On Boxing Day Chinnor host Rayners Lane, with both sides looking to push up the league after good recent results, and a big festive crowd is expected at Station Road.
Midfield Men Made The Difference - 8 November
Chinnor manager Ryan Davis praised the mental strength of his side as they came from a goal down at half-time to secure a 3-1 win over AFC Aldermaston on Saturday. A second half brace from Stuart MaclLellan and a Stuart Braun header saw Chinnor turn the game on its head and Davis felt it was no less than the team deserved.
"I felt we were unlucky to go in a goal down but then we missed two one-on-ones at 1-0, so you do start to worry that you'll get punished. As it was, we dominated the whole of the second half and came away with a great win against a side that have started the season in good style. That reflects really well on the mentality of the side, to keep doing the right things when you're down in a game and having the belief that you can turn it around."
Davis reserved some special plaudits for his midfield trio on the day: "Stuart (MacLellan) has been a real leader for us over recent weeks. He has that extra touch of quality from playing at a higher level and that is shining through now he is fully fit. I set him a couple of challenges at the start of the season and he has responded well. Stuart (Braun) did what he's been doing for years and scored a crucial goal. We haven't been prolific in front of goal so far this season, so it's vital we get contributions from midfield. It was pleasing to see James Hawes have such a good game - he's had to be patient and it was a good example of taking your chance when it comes along. With Conor Hunt nearing a return from injury, we have good options in there."
Chinnor are without a fixture this weekend, meaning they won't return to action until the Oxfordshire Senior Cup game against Hook Norton on the following Saturday, and don't play in the league again until December. "In a way it's frustrating not to have an opportunity to continue our good run", explained Davis, "but we don't have a massive squad so it's not the worst time to recharge the batteries. The reality is that if you don't play a league game for three weeks, you will slip down the table and end up with games in hand. We can't alter that - we just need to make sure we are fully prepared when the next game arrives, ready to pick up from where we left off."
Davis Happy With Cup Progress - 3 November
Having progressed to the third round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup with a 2-1 victory over Didcot Town Reserves, Chinnor manager Ryan Davis has said he is pleased with the side's recent run of form but they can't afford to be complacent as they return to league matters this weekend.
Reflecting on a run of only one defeat in seven and progress in three cup competitions, Davis said "It's important not to get carried away but, after what was a horror show of a performance against Penn, I'm pleased that the players have shown the resilience to bounce back and string together some good results. With injuries and new players coming in, we maybe didn't settle on a consistent line-up as quickly as we'd have liked but now we look a lot more solid and the players are more comfortable with their roles and what is expected of them."
Nevertheless, Davis anticipates a tough encounter this Saturday as Chinnor make their first ever journey to league newcomers AFC Aldermaston. "I always expect the teams that come through the Thames Valley League to be strong and so it's not a great surprise to me that they have found their feet quickly. They've picked up some good wins and look to have acquitted themselves well against the top sides - we will need to produce our best to come away with a good result."
Team-wise, Chinnor hope to welcome back Ryan Daly from a back injury but Conor Hunt is likely to miss out with damaged ribs. "It will be touch and go for Ryan", said Davis, "but we are hopeful he will make it. He is an important player for us, as he has that natural ability to play between the lines and can create something out of nothing, it will be a big boost for the team if he's fit. I think the game will come too soon for Conor unfortunately but we are well stocked in the midfield area so it is up to the players in there to ensure that he isn't missed."
Morale Boosting Cup Win - 9 September
Chinnor enter a testing two weeks off the back of a morale boosting cup win over Shortwood Utd Reserves last week. In conditions that could be best described as bleak, 0-0 after extra time was an accurate reflection of a game where both sides struggled to carve out clear goalscoring opportunities, However, having fallen 3-1 behind in the resulting penalty shootout, the home side showed great nerve from the spot and coupled with two fine saves from keeper Ben Taunton, they were able to book their place in the next round.
Buoyed by the victory, assistant manager Gary Marshall is hoping the result can kick start a rather mixed start to the season, "It will have given the lads a lot of confidence. We have all been there, there is no better way to win than penalties!" Marshall is adamant he has seen enough in the start of the season to suggest this victory is just one of many to come, "We have started to put together a decent squad and introduced a lot of young blood. It's good to have a couple already in the first team (Pat Buston and Dan Hatton) and they have started really well."
Chinnor now play high-flying Headington Amateurs before playing their first game of the season away from the village when they travel to current champions Penn & Tylers and Marshall is well aware of the challenge that awaits "The league table doesn't lie, we may be in the early stages but both have had good starts and we know they will be possess a great deal for us to think about. We know on our day we will be a real test for anyone, we just need to ensure that our day happens more regularly than it doesn't and why not start proving this against the best teams currently in the league."
On The Right Road - 1 August
Chinnor FC Treasurer, Simon Gardner, reports a healthy bank balance after last years turbulence.
Simon has said that the new facilities available at the Chinnor ground have made the club much more attractive to players and to sponsors alike resulting in income from these sources and from other fund raising activities showing a healthy increase over last season. He gives the new pavilion most credit for the surge in funds.
Known as Chinnor Community Pavilion, the brand new single storey building off Station Road has been the result of fundraising activities by the Parish Council, coupled with grants from Sport England, the Football Foundation and South Oxfordshire District Council.
The Community Pavilion includes a suite of four team and two officials changing rooms to cater for the adjacent sports pitches, tennis courts and playing field, and will also act as a community hub with a function room, club room, bar and kitchen.
Care was taken at an early stage to design a building which has eco-friendly, sustainable features; there are solar PV cells on the roof which will generate electricity for the Pavilion and also link into the national grid. There is a grey water collection system to minimise the use of fresh water. A water harvesting tank has been installed and the grey water will be used for all WCs. A large patio area extends across the back of the Pavilion with views across the playing pitches, and the landscaping includes several new trees. The building design, with its asymmetric zinc roof, smartly integrates the external materials of buff brick and cedar cladding which wrap into the entrance lobby.
Simon underlined the opportunity that has been presented to the club and said he expected that the club would now attract a much bigger base of players given the £1.4M improvement.
He also said he wished he was still 21 but we won't go there!
New Opportunity - 23 July
Chinnor Secretary and Vice-Chairman Daryl Ridgley has gone to great lengths to sell the unbelievable opportunity that now presents itself at the club. He says "this club has undergone unbelievable change in the last 18 months"
Only a year ago Chinnor Football Club were facing the prospect of playing half their season in Abingdon and the effect that had on the club, although managed very carefully, was dramatic and extremely tiring. Daryl says "The persistent challenge of travelling and every game effectively being an away game took it's toll on our players and staff, and many could not commit every week as a result. We also had the challenge of fund raising for what turned out to be the most expensive year in the clubs history, and this is not easy when you don't have a base".
But he goes on to explain that things have changed dramatically "We have just completed the building of our £1.4 million facility, the like of which I am unlikely to see again in my lifetime. The combination of the new changing and clubhouse facilities alongside the investments made in the pitch during the close season have seen the return of players to a club that now has the opportunity to attract and retain players of all standards and they can start to live the dream"
The club have appointed a completely new, top to bottom, managements structure and this combined with the experience and leadership from the new committee are making Chinnor look like a great place to be. New players interested in becoming a part of something great should contact Daryl on firstname.lastname@example.org - Chinnor are also interested in hearing from anyone with experience who would like to get involved in the running of the club.
Daryl signed off by saying "You don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great. We feel like we have an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity, to make that fresh start"
New Broom - 21 July
After recent resignations at committee level and changes in management across the club, Chinnor recently announced the appointment of Ryan Davis, Gary Marshall and Craig Williams as the team to lead the club's charge in Division One East.
Chinnor now announce the election of Richard Searl as Chairman, Daryl Ridgley as Vice-Chairman and Secretary and Simon Gardner as Treasurer.
Richard (pictured) has spent a number of years with the club as player and as Manager of teams at all levels and with the club looking to strengthen at all levels Richard is seen as inclusive and fair but at the same time extremely decisive.
Daryl Ridgley has spent a number of years away from the club as a senior county referee and has been involved on the committee of the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League and as referees Appointments Secretary on the Oxford City League in recent seasons. Has in the past played and managed at Chinnor as well as Chaired the committee. Daryl is seen as a similar minded individual to Richard and will look after the administrative duties.
Simon Gardner is again an individual who has played at the club for many years and is the quiet man on the committee. He is systematic and is responsible for controlling the finances of the club and is the voice of reason. Although a quiet person, Simon's views are respected and he is a valuable member of the team.
So Chinnor enter a new chapter with new management and a new committee and with the new £1.4M playing facility all looks good at the Station Road Ground.
New members on and off the field always welcome!
Positive Start & Players Commit -15 July
Chinnor assistant manager Gary Marshall was pleased to get his players some much needed minutes as Chinnor began their new era with a 7-3 victory over Horspath FC. After the game he said; "The boys have done some good work on the training pitch, but nothing can compare to the valuable minutes the lads got under their belt tonight. The players however have plenty to work on while gradually raising the fitness, so that we are ready when the first game comes around."
With players old and new committing to the club for the season, Marshall is certain things are falling into place. "John McMahon, Stuart Braun and Stuart Maclellan, all signed up for another year which gives us that invaluable experience, add to that Ben Taunton, who in my opinion is one of, if not the best 'keeper in the league and we are talking about a real solid foundation." an enthused Marshall went on to add, "We haven't even touched on the young lads and new signings who have shown a great attitude in training and done themselves no harm tonight. Tye Budziszewski scored a cracking goal and looked very composed when he was on and (former Wantage and Abingdon forward) Piers McGlynn, who just signed the forms will add some real pace and cutting edge to our attacking play. On 45 minutes, he looks a great addition, Ryan and Jmac really have done a great job in getting him down here."
Marshall will once again be sharing managerial duties with fellow assistant Craig Williams as Chinnor's pre season continues in the absence of first team manager Ryan Davis on Tuesday when the club host Long Crendon. Kick off 6.45pm.
Chinnor FC Pre Season - 7 July
With the second week of pre season almost complete at Chinnor, assistant manager Craig Williams spoke about his thoughts on the coming season.
"The lads have shown a great attitude these last 2 weeks. All sessions have been completed with a great tempo and great enthusiasm. We have our first game next week and we can't wait to get started. Having had to move away from Chinnor last season it will also be great for the team and club to play at our home from the beginning of the season. Having looked at the league for this season, again there are some top sides in there who play great football. Our aim this season will be to try and match or if not better those teams and look to finish as high as possible. At the moment there is a real buzz around the place and sprits are high" commented Williams.
In the coming weeks we hope to publish a list of players who have committed for this coming season
Pre Season Friendlies:
14th July - Horspath (H)
19th July - OUP (H)
23rd July - Aston Clinton (H)
26th July - Holmer Green (H)
30th July - Risborough Rangers (A)
Training continues every Tuesday & Thursday at Chinnor Community Pavilion from 7:00pm onwards.
Chinnor Confirm Management Structure - 18 June
New manager Ryan Davis (pictured) will be assisted at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East club by Gary Marshall and Craig Williams.
Gary has most recently been involved as a player with Holmer Green but was previously a regular scorer for Chinnor in the Hellenic League, while Craig has a pedigree in coaching from a young age and has been a member of the first team staff for a number of years.
Davis had this to say on the pair: "It's great to have them both on board and they have already been working hard behind the scenes to make sure we have everything in good order for pre-season. I think it's been great for Gary to move away from Chinnor, it's broadened his horizons and he's come back with a lot of fresh ideas and loads of enthusiasm. Craig obviously provides continuity from the previous set-up - he knows the players really well and with me being new to some of the players, it will be very useful to tap into that knowledge."
Meanwhile, Chinnor are in the process of recruiting a new reserve team manager. Any interested applicants should get in touch with acting chairman Richard Searl on 07772 642955 or Ryan Davis on 07989 427320.
Pre-season training for Chinnor begins on Tuesday 28 June at the Community Pavilion (7pm start).
Delighted With Appointment - 3 June
Chinnor's new man at the helm Ryan Davis has spoken of his delight at being appointed manager at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East club.
"It's a great privilege to be asked and it has all happened very fast but I can't wait to get started", he said. "I've not been involved on a Saturday for two years but it's been an opportunity to watch a lot of local football, recharge the batteries and come back refreshed. Of course having had such a long association with a club, you always have more than half an eye on results even when you're no longer playing."
Davis is Chinnor's record appearance maker in the Hellenic League but regards that as largely irrelevant to his managerial credentials. "Hopefully it means I've got an idea about what is required at this level but otherwise it's in the past - it's the players now that matter. The Chinnor sides I played in were generally tough and hard working but we really lacked creative players. I think the recent Chinnor teams have had more talented attacking players but they've rarely all played together at the same time. If there is one aim for the season, it would be to try and change that." Asked about his hopes for the season, Davis said candidly: "I want us to punch above our weight and see how high that can take us. There's no point making brave statements now that look stupid by November."
Pre-season training begins at Chinnor Pavilion on 28 June, with old and new players very welcome, and a number of friendlies will be announced soon. Meanwhile, an announcement regarding the rest of the Chinnor management team should be forthcoming before the end of the week.
New Man At Chinnor - 27 May
After a number of extremely good candidates were interviewed, Ryan Davis has been appointed to succeed outgoing manager David Ridgley at Chinnor.
Ryan has been involved with the club as man and boy and brings to the club a knowledge of local talent that should see the club keep its existing pool of players and hopefully welcome back others playing outside of the village for a variety of reasons. In the past few seasons Ryan has managed Chinnor Exiles in the Wycombe and District Sunday League leading them to a number of Sam Waters Finals and healthy league finishes. He will continue in this role as many of the players available to him will play for him on both days.
The previous Management team leave behind a team that has cemented its place in the top half of Uhlsport Hellenic Division 1 East and a club that now has brand new £1.4M facilities with which to attract players and push on to the next level.
Chinnor Football Club welcomes Ryan and his team and wishes them a good start with the club and wishes our outgoing Management team all the best with their next moves. Bring on 2016/17.
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