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amelia long crendonAfternoon Interval At Long Crendon - 21 April

Groundhop UK are sponsoring Garth Vader FC who play in the Bridgend & District League.

So whilst at Long Crendon yesterday for Match Number 7 of the Easter Uhlsport Hellenic League Big 13 Ground Hop, Amelia, a supporter of the club modelled a Shirt for some publicity shots for the company web site. 

The "Hop" has, so far had excellent weather and good attendances with some great football played in the ‘Hellenic’ way. 

Image courtesy of Brian King

Crendon Savour County Cup Final Appearance - 21 February

ryan davis football manager hellenic leagueRyan Davis praised his Long Crendon players after they progressed to the final of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 2-1 win over Ascot United Development. Long Crendon have never won a County Cup in their long history and are now only one game away after a very tense semi final encounter. 

"We identified a cup run as a way to improve on last season where we underperformed really", said Davis (pictured). "The Intermediate Cup is a long slog and I said to the boys before the first round that it's easy to take your eye off the ball because the final seems so far away. I thought that the game with Ascot was high quality for the level we play at - they were a very impressive young side and they felt hard done by to lose but we aren't that experienced ourselves, so it was great to get over the line." 

Crendon then returned to league action on Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over Chinnor Reserves. "Chinnor was a potential banana skin - there could have been a comedown after the high of Saturday, they are local rivals and would have wanted to upset us. We were bang on it, though, and it was a comfortable evening, with some good individual performances on a difficult pitch." 

With little to separate the top three, the title race is hotting up in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 East. Davis had this to say: "It's great to have a final to look forward to but I can't say it takes the pressure off. Penn and Langley have been relentless with their form so every game is like a cup final really. I never expect them to slip up, to be honest, so we just have to take care of what we can control. Any team wants to be playing in games that matter at this stage of the season and not just going through the motions, so it can be nervy at times but if you can't enjoy it then you might as well do something else with your time." 

This weekend sees Crendon without a fixture, so will recharge the batteries before travelling to Yateley United a week on Saturday (2nd March). 

All Change At Long Crendon - 29 August

After four very successful years at Long Crendon, including promotions and cups along the way, as well as a third place finish in their first season in Division Two East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League, manager Gerald Reilly has decided to step aside from his position. The club were in the lower reaches of the Aylesbury & District League just five years ago and Reilly has been the driving force behind the club's progression since then but following the club’s AGM, he has been appointed Vice President and will now focus his energies on moving the club forward off the pitch, without the burden of first team management. Reilly explained that they have come a long way in a short time but that he wants to continue the growth of the club and is committed to putting some exciting plans in place for this to be achieved. He reassured everyone that he will remain just as visible around the club, if not more so!

As part of the restructure, last season’s assistant and former Chinnor manager Ryan Davis (Ryan Davis  long crendon hellenic leaguepictured left) will take charge of the first team. Davis joined Long Crendon last summer and having got to know the players over the following season, it is expected to be a fairly seamless transition.

Davis had this to say on his appointment: “It’s a really exciting opportunity for me and I didn’t have to think twice when Gerald first mentioned me taking over. I do feel a great responsibility towards him - I’ve seen the vast amount of time that he gives to the club and the ambition that he has for this group of players to realise their potential. We have a young, hungry squad and they acquitted themselves very well after a slow start last season. The players know my way of working from last year and I don’t envisage it being a massive change for them but naturally there will be a bit of an adjustment after they’ve heard Gerald’s voice for so long. I haven’t set them a target for the season except to say that I want us to try and improve in all departments. If we do that, with the talent we have, we should have an enjoyable season.”

Crendon have begun the season well with back to back wins and host Virginia Water Development on Saturday (3pm).


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