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jody bevan hellenic football fairford townHolmer Green Will Be Stronger - 30 November

Jody Bevan says it would be foolish to expect a repeat performance of Fairford’s previous emphatic win over Holmer Green when the pair renew acquaintances tomorrow. Writes Harry Abbott in the Swindon Advertiser

Town thrashed the Buckinghamshire outfit 5-0 at Cinder Lane back in October and now face the reverse fixture in the Hellenic League Premier Division this weekend. However, Green are a much stronger proposition on their own Watchet Lane pitch, having won seven of 12 league games in front of their own supporters compared to one of nine on the road. Therefore, Town boss Bevan expects anything other than another comfortable afternoon.

“I know Holmer’s home record is vastly better to their away record. From what I can gather, they almost have a different team at home to away,” said Bevan (pictured). “We can’t read too much into the fact we beat them 5-0 at home and go there expecting the same thing to happen again. It is going to be tough, but we will have a few more players available to us this weekend. Hopefully we can go there at full strength and give it a good go.”

Inconsistency has been an issue for Fairford throughout November, with Bevan’s side going through six games in the month with a win-loss pattern. However, the 2-1 victory over leaders Brackley Town Saints showed what Town are capable of when they hit their stride.

Bevan said: “We have had some amazing results – probably results that no one was expecting other than myself. Unfortunately, all of a sudden, we then have a game that we’re expected to win, and we haven’t been able to do it. Last weekend’s loss at Lydney was very frustrating, but after time to reflect on it, we had several players unavailable and had to make four or five changes, so to expect the same level of performance is not fair. We have just got to roll our sleeves up again this weekend and perform better and aim to get another three points. We know we are a match for anybody and we don’t fear anyone in this league, but it is fine margins and if we are not quite at it, that can be the difference between winning and losing.”

Robbie James and Jamie Reid are both available to Fairford this weekend following suspension, while Ben Saunders is Bevan’s only doubt with an ankle injury.


Midweek Derby - 6 November

Fairford Town host Shrivenham at Cinder Lane this evening in an enticing Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division encounter.

The Red's pulled off a shock result at the weekend as they defeated league leaders Brackley Town Saints (2-1) on Saturday, and after a win in midweek at Longlevens six days ago, they are gunning for a hat-trick of consecutive wins this evening.

Shrivenham come to Town, with Cinder Lane familiar territory to many of the travelling party. Manager Gareth Davies and a host of players were once Reds' regulars before switching to Barrington Park.

The clubhouse and SPIKES Diner will be open from 5.30pm with Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool live on the big screens from 5.55pm. Entry is £5 per Adult, £3 Concessions and U16s go FREE. Parking is free and plentiful with matchday programmes on sale on the gate for £1.


Fairford Town Look To Increase Attacking Options - 26 October

Jody Bevan is hoping to add some extra firepower to his Fairford side ahead of this weekend’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division clash at Virginia Water as they continue to struggle with injuries.

The forward trio of John Thomas, Mason Thompson and Charlie Bailey will all be out of action on Saturday and Bevan admits he may have to consider a change in formation if he is unable to recruit suitable cover. Writes Matthew Davies Swindon Advertiser Sports reporter.

“We have a number of forwards who are missing for us this week. John Thomas is unavailable and both Mason Thompson and Charlie Bailey picked up injuries at last weekend,” said Bevan. “We are looking to see if we can get one or two reinforcements in before the weekend. It will be great if we can. If we can’t get anyone in, then we will have a loot at changing the formation, but as a manager, I always look to put round pegs in round holes. I think we have found a way which is comfortable for us to play. If I can get one or two in to fit into that, then that will work out great for us.”

Despite acknowledging that he doesn’t know too much about opponents Virginia Water, Bevan sees the game as a chance to continue the club’s recent good form. The two teams are separated by two points and one league position in the table and Bevan said: “It is a game that we will se to try and get back on track. We had a disappointing performance last Saturday in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup, so we are eager to put that right. We have definitely picked up recently in terms of our form. There is a good spirit in the group at the moment and I think we are on the right track. If we can apply ourselves every week, then I know we are more than good enough. I’m expecting a tight game at Virginia Water, I think they will be better at home than they are away.”


Randall Joins The Reds - 17 October

lee randall hellenic league footballScotsman Lee Randall has added a wealth of experience to Jody Bevan’s backroom team after joining the Cinder Lane side as first team coach of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club.

Randall, who spent more than 10 years with Gloucester City, was assistant coach at Redditch United at the start of the 2018/19 season but has now joined the ranks at Fairford. He began his playing career at Celtic before joining Oldham Athletic. He then had spells with a number of non-league sides, including Slough Town with whom he reached the FA Trophy semi-final. After relocating to Gloucester, he joined the Tigers and had a long association with the club.

“I have been keeping an eye on things from afar” said Randall. “ But am delighted to be back in, part of the group with Jody, Reidy and Shaun is great. The lads know what I am about; I’ll be brutally honest and offer an opinion. It’s non-league football and the players are here for a reason, but what they’ll find at Fairford is that they’re part of a very good football club. Fairford do things exceptionally well for the level of football and the lads need to start repaying the people behind the scenes and how the club is run. I will give the lads plenty of motivation and a lot of honesty, supporting the management team that’s in place.”

Manager Jody Bevan was delighted to have secured Randall’s services at an important time of the Hellenic Premier Division season. “I’m delighted that Rands has agreed to join the coaching team at Fairford. He is somebody who I have tried to get involved for some time now and provides immense experience of the non-league game. We have known each other for a long time and share the same passion and belief in the standards and disciplines required to have a successful football club. His knowledge and character will be a huge asset in developing and nurturing the host of young players we now have in the first team squad at Cinder Lane.”


Bevan Keen To Push On - 5 October

Jody Bevan believes a tough start to Fairford Town’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division campaign won’t impact tomorrow’s trip to Ardley. Writes Shaun Reynolds in the Swindon Advertiser

Town sit bottom of the Premier Division having secured five points from their opening nine fixtures, while rivals Ardley have experienced better fortunes and sit mid-table with 15 points from 12.

After securing a draw against Windsor last weekend, Bevan is now keen to push on and register Fairford’s second away win of the season. He said: “Ardley have had a good start. We’re expecting it to be a tough test for us – especially away from home. We’ve had a tough start to the year results-wise. From what I’ve seen it’s a pretty even league – anyone can beat anyone. If a team can get on the right run then you can quickly find yourself shooting up the league.”

Bevan will be missing Ben Saunders (concussion) and Ben Lodge (ankle) for tomorrow’s clash but it otherwise in a strong position regarding team selection.

The Town boss admits having a squad of 21 helps his cause, particularly when it comes down to playing in the week when some players are in need of rest. “We’ve got a few out in defence,” said Bevan. “Ben Saunders is still recovering from concussion, which he picked up a couple of weeks ago. Ben Lodge is out too, he sprained an ankle in training 10 days ago. Other than that we have a clean bill of health. We’ve got 21 players in the squad, and we’ll be utilising it as best as we can. At the same time though we must aim to win every game.”


Build On First Victory? - 28 September

Fairford Town will hope to build on their first win by collecting their second win at home to Windsor tomorrow in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division.

Fairford had not won a game in the league this season up to last weekend at Abingdon United. 2-0 down at half time, three second half strikes earned Fairford the points, John Thomas scored the winner four minutes into injury-time to secure a valuable victory for the Cinder Lane side.

Striker Lee Smith has left Fairford by mutual consent due to work commitments having scored 22 goals in 45 games last season, captaining the side on 23 occasions and scoring twice in eight outings this season.


jody bevan hellenic football fairfordEager To Make Amends - 17 August

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan is ready to unleash his side on Reading City this weekend after their midweek clash with Abingdon was cancelled.

Bevan’s side were due to play on Tuesday but were forced to reschedule as their counterparts were involved in FA Cup action.

After the disappointment of missing out on a fixture, Bevan says his players are eager to get back on the pitch.

“They’re desperate to play because we were disappointing in our FA Cup game last Saturday,” he said to Matt Davies in the Swindon Advertiser. “We didn’t get going in that one so we wanted to put it right on Tuesday, hopefully we can do that on Saturday. The players will be chomping at the bit. It’s going to be a tough game. Reading City are a team who have come out of nowhere. They seem to have a bit of clout and they’ve made a huge amount of changes from last season. We are under no illusions it will be another tough game and we will go there, as ever and look to win the game.”


Supermarine Test - 20 July

Fairford Town host Swindon Supermarine at Cinder Lane on Tuesday 24th July (7.45pm), with FREE entry for all supporters.

Reds manager Jody Bevan, going into his second season in charge at GL7, is looking forward to another testing encounter. “We had a very positive first 45 at Cirencester Town in midweek. I thought we matched them in a lot of areas and 2-0 down at the break was a harsh scoreline to be honest,” said Bevan. “As the second half progressed, lots of changes disrupted the flow and they picked us off in the second period with further replacements and tiredness.

“Overall, several players put in good performances and have given me food for thought. I was happy with how it went and we now look forward to the visit of Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday night which will give us further insight into where we’re at.”

Fairford Town FC Season Tickets for 2018/19 are now on sale priced at £45 for new Adults, £30 for renewals and FREE for those fans aged 16 and under. Visit www.fairfordtownfc.co.uk for more details.


Gloucestershire Pre-Season Game - 16 July

Football fans can enjoy a game on tomorrow evening as Cirencester Town host Fairford Town at The Corinium Stadium (7.45pm).

The game was due to be played at Cinder Lane but has been switched to give the surface more time to recover from the recent dry spell and high temperatures.

Entry is £3 Adult, £1 U16s with kick-off 7.45pm. Fairford, managed by former Ciren favourite Jody Bevan, have played two friendly matches so far with wins at Faringdon Town (5-3) and Newent Town (5-2) whilst the Centurions were beaten 4-0 by a strong Cheltenham Town side on Friday evening.

Image result for jamie reid fairfordReid Joins Cinder Lane Management - 7 June

Jamie Reid has been named assistant manager at Uhlsport Hellenic League Fairford Town.

The experienced former Gloucester City and Cirencester Town midfielder relinquished his position as player-manager of Hardwicke earlier this week and has agreed a switch to Cinder Lane, where he will link up with another former Centurion, Jody Bevan.

Reid is looking forward to a new chapter in his career, albeit in familiar surrounding after scoring once in two games for the Reds last season.

"Leaving Hardwicke is one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because I have good friends there and it’s a club with good people, I wouldn’t have left (Hardwicke) if I didn’t feel it was a project worth buying into, but Jody’s a top bloke and he’s well liked in football. Fairford is a well-run club and they’ve got good people behind the scenes there too. I played a few games for them last year and I enjoyed it, but now it’s a chance to continue that progression and hopefully help them push on.”

Reid made almost 100 appearances in Gloucester colours in two spells and adds considerable experience to the Fairford set-up, in terms of playing and coaching. Fairford boss Bevan is delighted to finally have his man: "I’m absolutely delighted to have got Jamie on board. He was the first person I thought of to replace Will Steadman once he had to step down in January due to family commitments. Jamie has performed incredibly well managing Hardwicke in the Gloucestershire County League over the last two seasons and brings a wealth of experience from his playing career in the Southern League where he was a teammate of mine at both Gloucester City and Cirencester Town.”

Bevan added: "Jamie will be a huge asset to both myself and the club both on and off the pitch. Whilst I do not expect Jamie to be playing every single game, he is only 30-years old and he has plenty to offer still and his knowledge, experience and know how is a huge boost to our existing squad. I know it has been a huge wrench for him to leave Hardwicke but I am really confident that by coming to Fairford, Jamie can push on and achieve success in both a playing and coaching capacity.”

Pre-season training will begin at Fairford on Tuesday 19th June, 7pm at Cinder Lane with new players welcome.


New Kit Suppier For Fairford - 5 June

Fairford Town Football Club announce that Zapkam will be the new kit supplier for the 2018/19 season in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

Zapkam, based in Stroud, will supply the club with a new home kit – as voted for by the club’s supporters in an online poll last month. The new home kit – pictured – will be worn for the first time for the first home Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division league match of the season.

Fairford Town Chairman, Stuart Pike commented: "Zapkam came to my attention via Jody Bevan who recommended the company. With Zapkam being a locally based business (Stroud), we were keen to forge a partnership with Will and Zapkam and keep our links with local businesses at the top of our commercial ethos.”

William Pedrick, Founder and Managing Director of Zapkam, added: "We are delighted to start working with Fairford Town and look forward to a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.”

About Zapkam

Zapkam was originally founded by William Pedrick with the aim to provide high quality sports wear at a fair price. William founded the company as a result of buying a pair of goalkeeper gloves for over £50.00, which used up all of his Birthday money at nine years old. The gloves fell apart after the first use but both the brand and the retailer, from which he had purchased them, refused to replace the gloves.

Zapkam now has a massive product range of clothing and equipment stretching across many sports. The company has become a specialist at manufacturing custom made sports kits, in virtually any colour scheme and design imaginable. Amazingly, unlike so many other brands, Zapkam never discontinues its sports kit designs, so your organisation can create its own identity. If you regularly check our website, there are continuous developments and improvements being made to our product range and even the website itself.


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