Hope For Competition - 5 January
After the postponement of their last four games Clanfield will be hoping to get back into action against Fairford Town at Cinder Lane, Fairford, today.
Peter Osborne, who appears to have taken on the team management since Chris Hurley resigned in November, knows that his team face a tough task.
Osborne, pictured, commented. "After being relegated last season Paul Braithwaite has done a great job as Manager at Fairford and they will be very difficult to play on their own ground. After three postponed games at home we will be glad to get back into the action"
Goalkeeper Jamie Zoldan and Midfielder Bradley Bryant who have joined from Witney Town and North Leigh respectively will make their debut for the Robins who must start to gather points if they are not to be sucked into the Division One West relegation battle.
Player Shortage - 29 November
Clanfield entertain Lydney Town on Saturday and will be without a number of players as they seek to steer themselves away from the lower reaches of the Division One West table.
Tom Austin,Tom Boxer, and Sean McKeon have all joined Premier Division Kidlington,whilst Jordan Cormack and Royston Oxendale are suspended and Steve Olphert is not available.
On the credit side Jon Edmonds and Craig Mays will hopefully return and youngsters Rory Pill, Josh Thompson and Harry Cornforth are added to the squad.
Clanfield(from);Simmonds; Blakely; Rogers; Kyberd; Butt; Oswin; Williams; Dixon; McCalla; Bishop; Mays; Pill; Cornforth; Edmonds; Thompson
Hurley Resigns - 22 November
Clanfield will face League Leaders Brimscombe and Thrupp in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West on Saturday without Manager Chris Hurley (pictured) who resigned on Sunday.
The Club has had a poor run of results which sees them in the lower reaches of the League and out of all the major Cup Competitions.
Chairman John Osborne was very disappointed that things have not worked out. "Chris and his team have worked very hard to consolidate what we already had and I dont think that any of us expected to be looking over our shoulders at possible relegation at this stage of the season. We would like to thank Chris for his time with us and wish him all the very best for the future"
Club Captain Jamie Butt and the former Management Team of Peter Osborne and Martin Staddon will look after the team on Saturday and met with the players on Tuesday but will not name a team at this stage.
Players Missing For Oxon Robins - 15 November
Clanfield have a number of players missing for the visit of Purton on Saturday in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West.
They seek to get their season back on track after a series of defeats which have seen them in the lower reaches of the League table.
Lewis Colwell will be out for some time with a serious knee injury and Sean McKeon is also struggling with a knee injury. However he joins Royston Oxendale and Ollie Oswin, who are serving three and one game suspensions respectively, with a one game ban.
On the credit side Chris Blakely returns, Dan Dixon is available, and Nick Christodoulou has joined on loan from Abingdon United.
Clanfield(from) Simmonds; Kyberd; Rogers; Butt; Cormack; Austin; Olphert; Williams; Bishop; Christodoulou; Bradley Pill;Blakely; Dixon; McCalla; Cornforth; Thompson
Hope For More Available - 8 November
Clanfield travel to Cricklade Town on Saturday and Manager Chris Hurley hopes to have more players available for selection.
Clanfield were forced to travel to Rayners Lane last weaken in the Bluefin Insurers Cup with just thirteen players due to injury and unavailability. Definitely out are Lewis Colwell and Sean McKeon who are injured.
Clanfield(from);Simmonds; Oswin; Rodgers; Butt; Kyberd; Oxendale; Pill; Olphert; Williams; Cormack; Bishop; Bradley; Blakely; McCalla; Thompson; Austin; Calley
Second Time Around - 1 November
Clanfield travel to Rayners Lane on Saturday, having been drawn there in the Bluefin Hellenic Challenge Cup for the second successive season.
Tom Austin is not available and Devon McCalla has work commitments whilst Sean McKeon and Lewis Colwell are injured. Colwell (pictured) is suffering with a torn medial collateral knee ligament which is likely to see him out for at least two months.
Simon Calley, James Kyberd, Josh Thompson and Harry Cornforth are added to the squad.
Clanfield (from) Simmonds; Blakely; Bradley; Butt; Oswin; Cormack; Olphert; Williams; Bishop; Rogers; Calley; Oxendale; Kyberd; Cornforth; Thompson
Flight Plan - 25 October
Clanfield will be looking to get their season off the ground League wise after being knocked out of two Cup competitions in consecutive fixtures.
The Oxfordshire Senior Cup by Headington Amateurs last Saturday and the AM Print & Copy Floodlit Cup by Maidenhead United Reserves on Tuesday.
They visit The Bourne to take on Hook Norton on Saturday whilst placed in the lower reaches of the league table. Manager Chris Hurley has added to his squad by signing Jordan Cormack from North Leigh and James Kyberd from Kidlington. Both Sean McKeon and Lewis Colwell will be also be available.
Clanfield(from);Simmonds; Kyberd; Rogers; Butt; Oswin; Williams; Austin; Olphert; Blakely; Guy; Bishop; Calley; Oxendale; McCalla; Cormack; McKeon; Colwell
Clanfield Face Buoyant "A's" - 18 October
Clanfield face in-form Headington Amateurs at their Radcot Road base on Saturday in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.
Headington come into the game in second place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East having lowered the colours of the then unbeaten league leaders Rayners Lane last Saturday. By contrast Clanfield are below halfway in Division One West and suffered a 3-0 reverse at Lydney Town in their last match.
The only reported selection doubt for Clanfield is striker Sean McKeon, who is struggling to retain fitness after an injury.
Clanfield(from) Simmonds; Blakely; Colwell; Butt; Calley; Williams; Austin; Olphert; McKeon; Guy; Bishop; Oxendale; Rogers; Oswin; Bradley; Thompson; McCalla
Forest Flight For Oxon Robins - 11 October
Clanfield make the long trip to the Forest of Dean on Saturday to meet Lydney Town in Division One West of the Uhlsport Hellenic League
Manager Chris Hurley names the Squad that came away from Eynsham Park with a share of the points in a three all draw at North Leigh midweek. Though adds Josh Thompson,Devon McCalla and Tom Boxer to the squad.
Clanfield(from) Simmonds; Blakely; Colwell; Butt; Calley; Williams; Austin; Olphert; McKeon; Guy; Bishop; Oswin; Oxendale; Rogers; Odom; Thompson; McCalla; Boxer.
Hard Rocks? - 4 October
Clanfield entertain reigning Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West Champions Tytherington Rocks at Radcot Road on Saturday and are expecting a very difficult encounter.
The "Rocks" won the League with an eighteen point margin last season but were unable to take their place in the Premier Division due to Ground Grading requirements. Both Clubs got off to a slow start this season but will be looking to consolidate their positions in what looks to be a very competitive League this season.
Clanfield hope to include Sean McKeon after suspension, Mark Odom from holiday and Tom Boxer is added to the squad.
Clanfield(from)Simmonds; Blakely; Colwell; Butt; Calley; Oxendale; Austin; Olphert; Williams; Bishop; Rogers; Thompson; McCalla; Cornforth; McKeon; Odom; Boxer
Clanfield Tomorrow - 14 September
Clanfield entertain Wootton Bassett Town at Radstock Road tomorrow in an Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West fixture.
Bassett are the sole surviving Hellenic League club in the FA Cup with Budweiser and the Wiltshire side are away to Conference South team Dorchester Town on Saturday September 22. Wootton Bassett should field a vastly changed side at Clanfield from the one that was 4-1 hammered at Shrivenham midweek.
For tomorrow's game Clanfield are without Dan Dixon who misses the game due to work commitments, and Matt Cheetham has returned to University.
Clanfield (from) Simmonds; Blakely; Butt; Calley; Colwell; Austin; Olphert; McKeon; Williams; Thompson; Odom; Oxendale; Bishop; Bradley; Rogers; Oswin
Prevent The Goals - 6 September
Clanfield face the unenviable task of trying to prevent the Division One West League leaders Brimscombe &Thrupp from adding to their tally of 27 goals scored in 6 matches.
Though the Oxon Robins Manager Chris Hurley is looking forward to the game. "We ran Premier Division Thame United very close in the FA Vase last week and had we taken our chances the result could well have been different. Brimscombe play exciting football as do we so I am very much looking forward to this game".
Hurley has injury doubts concerning skipper Jamie Butt, Mark Odom and Ollie Oswin. He names a large squad until those doubts are resolved.
Clanfield (from);Simmonds; Blakely; Colwell; Bradley; Calley; Butt; Oxendale; Olphert; McKeon; Williams; Thompson; Odom; Edmonds; Cheetham; McCalla; Oswin; Rogers; Bishop
Player Checks For Clanfield - 30 August
Clanfield travel to Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Thame United to start their FA Carlsberg Vase campaign on Saturday.
After a tough start to the season late checks will be made on a number of players. Definitely out is Skipper Jamie Butt who underwent an operation on Wednesday on a facial injury sustained against Old Woodstock Town in the first game of the season.
Manager Chris Hurley expects a number of players suffering from knocks to be available. Dan Bishop, Ollie Oswin and Alan Rogers, who missed the Bank Holiday match with Fairford Town, are also added to the Squad.
Player-Coach Adam Bradley, who is a former Thame United player, joins his team-mates in looking forward to this game, he is named as one of the substitutes for this match, and has featured on the bench in the last two games.
Clanfield (from) - Simmonds; Blakely; Colwell; Bradley; Calley; McCalla; Olphert; Cheeham; Thompson; McKeon; Odom; Williams; Oxendale; Bishop; Oswin; Rogers
Oxon Robin's Holiday Games - 23 August
The long weekend sees Clanfield, who have not had the best of starts to the season and travel to high-riding Carterton on Saturday. Before entertaining Fairford Town who lowered the colours of unbeaten Brimscombe and Thrupp on August Bank Holiday Monday.
A number of players have injury doubts and Alan Rogers and Ollie Oswin are not available for the second match.
Clanfield(from) Simmonds; Blakely; Rogers; Butt; Oswin; Colwell; Odom; Olphert; McKeon; Oxendale; Thompson; Mays; Calley; McCalla; Cheetham; Williams; Bradley
Butt Doubtful - 17 August
Skipper Jamie Butt is very doubtful for Clanfield’s home match with New College Swindon after sustaining a nasty facial injury in the midweek match with Old Woodstock Town.
Despite the need for prolonged treatment and a later hospital visit Butt played out the full ninety minutes.
Manager Chris Hurley paid tribute to Butt. "Full respect has to go to my Captain Jamie Butt who sustained a suspected broken nose during the first half of the game but however continued to play right through the pain for the full ninety minutes."
Ben Williams is not available but Devon McCalla and teenager Josh Thompson are added to the Squad.
Oxon Robins Begin League Campaign - 14 August
After missing out on admission to the FA Cup for Ground Grading reasons and sitting out the first Saturday of the League season Clanfield begin their campaign with a difficult match at home to Old Woodstock Town this evening.
Robins Manager Chris Hurley (pictured) is pleased to have retained the core of last season’s squad and has added a number of experienced players as he looks to improve on the Robins last season 8th placed finish. The "Gaffa" expects a difficult encounter. He comments. " Tonight’s game will be a tough encounter as Eddie Nix, John Prpa and their Management Team have put together a very strong side that only missed out on promotion for not having the required grade facilities for promotion so they will again be competitive." The kick-off is at 7-45pm.
Faringdon Thursday Cup - 9 August
Clanfield will play FC South Marston in the Quarter Final of the Faringdon Thursday Cup on new date.
The game should have been played on Monday August 13 but has been re-arranged for Tuesday 11 September, KO 7-30pm at Clanfield, due to Uhlsport Hellenic League commitments.
Jim Newman Memorial Cup - 1 July
The entry for the popular Jim Newman Memorial Cup annual pre-season competition hosted by Clanfield 85 FC has now been completed and the draw has been made.
This season there has been a slight change of emphasis with clubs outside the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West being invited the one exception being Fairford Town who have recently been relegated from the Premier Division.
All matches are played at the host Clubs Radcot Road Ground and the draw is:
Preliminary Match - Wednesday July 25 Bibury v Eynsham - 7-30pm.
(a) Saturday July 28 Milton United v Fairford Town KO 2-00pm
(b) Saturday July 28 Shrivenham Town v Headington Amateurs KO 5-00pm
(c) Sunday July 29 Bibury or Eynsham v Faringdon Town KO 2-00pm
(d) Sunday July 29 Abingdon United v Clanfield KO 5-00pm
Wednesday August 1st Winner (B) v Winner(D) KO 7-30pm
Thursday August 2nd Winner (A) v Winner (C) KO 7-30pm
The Final is on Sunday August 5 Kick-off 4-00pm
Oxon Robins Reserve Team Management Duo - 25 June
Clanfield have appointed former Faringdon Town Assistant Manager Martin Harries as Manager of the revived Reserve Team at Radcot Road.
Harries, who is 38,spent thirty years with the Robins near neighbours firstly as a player at Youth and Senior level and then in Managerial and Administrative posts. He took on the post of Reserve Team Manager and led his side to a League promotion and a Cup Final. He then stepped up to be First Team Assistant Manager and in 2009/10 was part of the Managerial Team that saw success in the North Berks Centenary Cup, the Faringdon Thursday Memorial Cup and North Berks Charity Shield as well as a third place in the League. In addition he has served as a Committee Member and Club Secretary.
He will be assisted by Kelvin Jackson, who is 25, a former Faringdon Town and Shrivenham Town player, but a series of knee injuries have restricted his playing career to date. Having undergone successful surgery last year he is hoping to pull on the Clanfield shirt as part of his duties. Whilst unable to play he gained his FA Level One Coaching Badge and is Assistant Manager at Cirencester Town Ladies FC. He has also served as Assistant Manager with the Shrivenham Town A side.
Both are looking forward to the new challenge facing them and being part of the new Management setup at Radcot Road.
Busy Pre-Season For Clanfield - 16 June
With training starting at the end of June, then a pre-season which includes four away games, the Clanfield Cup and a stint on the Faringdon Memorial Cup it's a busy start for the new manager.
Clanfield will return for pre-season training on Tuesday June 26th commencing promptly at 7.00pm at the Clubs Radcot Road ground. Manager Chris Hurley and his team will welcome all prospective players and promises an interesting and varied pre-season campaign.
Clanfield will begin pre-season matches on Saturday July 21st when two matches have been arranged at Pewsey Vale FC, then followed by trips to Premier Division Kidlington on Tuesday July 24th and near neighbours Faringdon Town on Friday July 27th.
The popular Jim Newman Memorial Cup with eight invited clubs gets underway with four Quarter finals over the weekend of July 28th/29th, Semi-finals on the following Tuesday and Wednesday and the Final presently fixed for Sunday August 5th. All matches will be played at Radcot Road.
With the Faringdon Thursday Memorial Cup also entered with matches to be played in the early part of August it looks like a busy time for the West Oxfordshire Robins.