Venue Change For Bluefin Game - 24 January
AFC Hinksey face Abingdon United in the third round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup at United's Northcourt Road ground tomorrow
The fixture was due to be played at Hinksey's Culham Road base in Abingdon, but due to flooding the fixture would not have been able to have been played there. To help avoid a bigger fixture back log Hinksey approached United about changing the tie to Northcourt Road, and they agreed.
"We are extremely grateful to Abingdon United for allowing us to switch the venue of this tie" comments Club Secretary Stuart Parsons. "Obviously it will help us avoid an even bigger backlog of fixtures at the end of the season, so it is a great help. It's a shame the game won't be played at Culham Road as we are unbeaten there since starting our ground share with Abingdon Town and it would have been good revenue for ourselves and Town, but United have stepped in and helped out and to be fair we're just glad the fixture can go ahead. We hope to be back to playing at Culham Road asap."
The Bulls have acquired the services of another player with plenty of Southern League experience, Tom Mudge (left). He is a tall defender with an eye for goal that can also operate in centre midfield and as a centre forward. He is dual signed with Fleet Town who he transferred to from Guildford City earlier this season. Former clubs also include Burnham, Didcot Town, Thatcham Town and Windsor.
"Hinksey will always welcome players with a CV like Tom's" says manager Kevin McMahon. "He is a tall lad that is versatile and as we enter the business end of the season his experience will help too."
The Bulls nearly have their full squad to select from and hope to get back to winning ways after last weeks loss to Milton United in the league. The only player unavailable is Kieran Davis who still has one game to serve of his ban.
Possible Squad: Jon Beames, Callum McMahon, Tyrone Brackett , Stevie Haines, Toby Webster, Jemaine Ferreira, Ryan Curtin, Denel Thomas, Johnny McMahon, Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunmall, Martyn Clark, Jamie McMahon, Tom Mudge, Julian McCalmon, Jelroy Constant, Marley Joseph
Hinksey To Reach 'The Height's - 17 January
First meet third in this all Oxfordshire tie tomorrow as AFC Hinksey take a short trip to Milton Heights and face Milton United in the Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East.
Hinksey have sat pretty at the summit of the division since early in the season and Milton helped them extend their lead at the top to eight points and a game in hand over second placed Headington Amateurs, another side flying the flag for Oxfordshire, after beating the A's 5-1 last week.
The Miltonians can get within five points of Hinksey, if they win their games in hand, so this is a must win game for both sides. The Bulls have hit the net 64 times in the league so far this season, and have four of the top ten goal scorers (Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunmall, Ryan Curtin and Johnny McMahon) at their disposal, and Milton boast the most miserly defence in the division, having only conceded 13 goals so far so hopefully both sides won't cancel each other out.
Club captain Julian McCalmon should be available after missing out due to work commitments and keeper Jon Beames is also set to return after serving a one game suspension. Manager Kevin McMahon will be hoping to give winger Jemaine Ferreira his club debut, after he missed out last week due to work commitments too. Kieran Davis still has two games to serve of his suspension.
"This is a possible six pointer for either side, a win for us could pit us well clear at the top of the league, and points on the table are much more valuable than games in hand. They obviously have a good defensive unit but we have a very talented squad that include four of our leagues top ten goal scorers and many other players who have the creative talent to unlock defences" comments manager Kevin McMahon. "Milton may have conceded the least amount of goals this season but our defence has the second best record and I believe they are good enough to contain most adversaries. I'm hoping new signing Jemaine (Ferreira) will be available as I'd liked to have given him his debut last week against Finchampstead. However it was good to see Jel (Jelroy Constant) make a return after a long absence and Marley Joseph impressed me in his second appearance for the club and I was pleased to see him score too. Both sides have made some big steps since last season and hopefully there will be quite a few spectators there to see a very promising game."
First In 2014 - 10 January
AFC Hinksey travel to Berkshire to face Finchampstead in the Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East, their first game of 2014 after last weeks game against Maidenhead was called off due to the pitch being flooded.
The reverse fixture saw Hinksey win 2-0 at Culham Road in August and the Bulls will be looking to walk away with the three points again tomorrow, especially with fellow Oxfordshire sides Milton United and Headington Amateurs playing each other who are the two sides that can get closest to Hinksey.
Keeper Jon Beames will be missing due to serving a one match ban along with new signing Jamie McMahon, who has one game left to serve of a three match ban incurred at his former club, and Kieran Davis who still has three games to serve of his seven game suspension. Club stalwart Martyn Clark will step in to deputise for Beames. Ryan Curtin returns after being away for the Burnham game, as does Jack Dunmall. Manager Kevin McMahon will be looking to give new signing Jemaine Ferreira his club debut after gaining his signature, making him dual signed with Didcot Town. Ferreira has played for Abingdon United, Brackley, Didcot Town, Maidenhead Utd, Oxford City, Oxford City Nomads and Witney United. He won the Hellenic Premier Division with Oxford City Nomads and the Oxfordshire Senior Cup with Oxford City.
"Jemaine is another great signing the club have been able to make" comments manager McMahon. "He has great feet, good acceleration and will bring another attacking option to our side. We already have a talented squad and his addition is another sign of our intentions to kick on and hold onto our lead at the top of our division."
Seeing Out 2013 - 28 December
Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East AFC Hinksey travel to Burnham for their last game of 2013.
Having had a very up and down run in their last few games the Bulls are hoping to get back to the form that has put them at the top of the table against a side they have beat twice already this term, once in the league and then again in The Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.
With Daniel Warne having left to go travelling and Tom Franklin joining Calor League side Didcot Town, club stalwart Stevie Haines and Callum McMahon are set to return. Ryan Curtin will be missing due to being on holiday. Kevin McMahon is hoping to give new signing Marley Joseph, joining from Old Woodstock Town, his club debut. The Bulls have re-signed Jamie McMahon, Neil McMahon and Mark Gregory as well this week.
Team from: Beames, Brackett, C.McMahon, Webster, Haines, Thomas, Constant, McCalmon(captain), J.McMahon, Odhiambo, Dunmall, N.McMahon, O'Callaghan, Tabor, Joseph, Clark
Win Sought After Two Defeats - 22 November
One East leaders AFC Hinksey face Penn & Tyler's Green at Culham Road to tomorrow and will be hoping to get back on the winning trial.
The previous meeting between the two clubs this season, was a 2-0 win for the Oxfordshire side when they travelled to Penn earlier in the season.
Hinksey have lost their last two games, one in the league to Didcot and they crashed out of the OFA Senior Cup to Premier Division side Thame through a goal that was the last kick of the game. "The last couple of games have been disappointing. The loss to Didcot was a very poor loss. We didn't play well at all and the sending off really let us down. Against Thame we deserved to get the win but despite enjoying the majority of the possession another sending off cost us, plus to concede when we did was heart wrenching" say's manager Kevin McMahon, pictured. "I'm hoping that the boys will now put this behind them and concentrate on the task ahead. We are still top of our division and are still in two cups so have everything to play for. We beat Penn last time but they were a fit and organised outfit so won't be taking anything for granted."
The clubs top goal scorer Anaclet Odhiambo returns after serving a one match ban and wide man Jelroy Constant came on as a sub against Thame after missing a few games through injury so should be in contention for a place in the squad. Kieran Davis serves the first game of a seven match ban this weekend and Adam Doyle has transferred to Abingdon United. "I'm obviously delighted to have Ani back, the same with Jelroy. They are both a constant goal threat. It's a shame Doyley has transferred away from the club but I, along with everybody else at the club, wish him well" adds McMahon.
Possible Squad: Jon Beames, Martyn Clark, Tyrone Brackett, Ben Willoughby , Lee Sharkey, Tom Franklin, Daniel Warne, Toby Webster, Jelroy Constant, Denel Thomas, Julian McCalmon , Johnny McMahon, Jordan Tabor, Ryan Curtin, Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunmall
Sponsors Support Hinksey - 21 November
All clubs need help to cover the costs incurred by just playing, AFC Hinksey are working hard to bring sponsorship to help support those costs.
Secretary Stuart Parsons explains. "We have loads of advertising opportunities available, pitchside advertising boards, ads in our match day programmes or advertising space on our website. We also have many sponsorship opportunities from kit sponsorships, match day programme sponsors, match sponsorship or simply sponsoring a player."
The Hinksey players that are sponsored are-
Jon Beames - Warm View Windows, contact Chris on 07792416416, or visit Warmview Windows Facebook Page
Jelroy Constant - Spires Cleaning Services, contact Amy on 07534546782 or visit Spires Cleaning Services Facebook Page
Ryan Curtin - Blenheim Dry Stone Walling, contact Paul on 07766100560 or visit www.blenheimdrystonewalling.co.uk
Kieran Davis - KD Fitness, call Kieran on 07585504678 or visit KD Fitness Facebook Page
Jack Dunmall - Oxonia Web Design, contact Liam on 07720257201 or visit Oxonia Web Design
Julian McCalmon- Warm View Windows
Johnny McMahon - M.A McMahon Plumbing Heating & Boiler Services, call Martin on 01865331932 or 07879772763
Anaclet Odhiambo - Oxonia Web Design
Daniel Warne- Poverty Sucks Clothing Company
Kevin McMahon, manager - WB Autos, call Wayne on 01865749233
It only costs £30 to sponsor a player and for this you would get a small ad in our match day programme, a link from our website to your website or other social networks you use and you would get a mention in all of our Facebook posts or tweets on Twitter.
Our other sponsors include-
Kit- McCalmon & Preston Roofing, contact Julian on 07730445192
Tracksuits- The Original Swan, Between Towns Rd, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 3LZ. Tel: 01865778888.
Training wear- Warm View Windows
Match Day Polos- R Davies Groundwork, Plant Hire & Building Services, contact Ryan on 01865777732 or 07789450157 or visit RD Groundwork
However we do have many other sponsorship opportunities and the pitchside advertising boards are a great deal as they will be seen on Abingdon Town match days along with the other sides and organisations that use the Culham Road facilities.
For more info contact Stuart on 07855661927 or email email@example.com.
County Cup Battle - 12 November
One East AFC Hinksey face Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division side Thame United in the Second Round of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup tonight.
Hinksey currently sit at the top of Division One East, and Thame sit mid table in ninth in the league above so this could be the Bulls toughest test of the season so far.
Hinksey laboured a 3-2 win against Hook Norton before getting to this round and Thame got a bye in the first round. With Hinksey vying for a spot in the Premier Division it gives them a chance of an insight of what to expect next season.
"We want to play in the Premier Division next season and believe we have the personnel to do so and we will have a chance to see how we'd cope when we play Thame." States Kevin McMahon, the Bulls manager. "I believe Thame are going to be a fit and organised outfit so we are going to have to be very disciplined with our positions and ensure that everyone plays their part correctly. I have a few players returning and I hope that we can bounce back from the disappointing performance we put in against Didcot!"
After missing a fair few games through work commitments Jordan Tabor has made himself available for selection, which is a boost to the squad. However top goal scorer Anaclet Odhiambo misses out to serve his one game suspension for picking up two yellows against Burnham.
Team from: Jon Beames, Martyn Clark, Toby Webster , Tom Franklin, Daniel Warne, Tyrone Brackett, Ben Willoughby, Kieran Davis, Denel Thomas, Julian McCalmon, Johnny McMahon, Jordan Tabor, Liam O'Callaghan, Jack Dunmall, Ryan Curtin
Bull's Visit The Railwaymen - 31 October
AFC Hinksey take a short trip down the A34 on Saturday to face fellow Oxfordshire side Didcot Town. With Hinksey sitting pretty at the top of the league and Didcot languishing at the bottom of the table it looks as if Hinksey should come away with all three points.
"We have both been experiencing totally different season's so far with us winning all of our games,apart from one loss and a draw, and Didcot have lost all of their games apart from the two they have won. With such a contrast in results the neutral may think that it is a full gone conclusion that we'll come away from Didcot with the three points" says Hinksey manager Kevin McMahon. "Football is a strange game though and the two games that Didcot have won have been when they've played at home so I will be taking this fixture as seriously as any other game. The preparation will be the same and I will still field the strongest side available. We were a bit short at the weekend but I have players returning for Saturdays game so I'm confident we should get the result required."
Veteran keeper Martyn Clark has come out of retirement to provide cover for Jon Beames. Clark retired after breaking his arm against Headington Amateurs towards the end of last season and was an original member of the Shelley Arms team that became AFC Hinksey. "I'm back to provide cover, not compete for a spot, but if the opportunity arises I hope to take it with both hands. Hinksey have been a big part of my playing career having been here since their formation" says Clark. "I have still been involved with the club since retiring, helping out as goalkeeper coach and even running the burger bar on match days. I just started thinking that we needed cover in goal, especially after our other keeper Kinchy, Darren Kinch, got injured at the Hook Norton game and with modern day players not happy to sit on the bench to fight for their spot it just seemed to me that I should dust off the gloves and make myself available. My arm has healed well so I don't foresee any problems there. I can't wait for my first training session back as a player!"
The Bulls welcome back Denel Thomas from his two game suspension and Tyrone Brackett also returns after missing last weeks game due to being away. McMahon also hopes Jelroy Constant and Kieran Davis shake their injuries, back and ankle respectively, in time to make themselves available for the trip and with Martyn Clark re signing he will be in contention for a place in the squad.
Challenge Cup Contest - 23 October
AFC Hinksey host Burnham for the second time this season when they take them on in the Second Round of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup at Culham Road this Saturday. The league fixture ended with Hinksey winning comfortably 7-2. Burnham currently sit in third place and are 9pts behind the Bulls but have a game in hand so the Oxfordshire side know that they have a test on their hands.
Manager Kevin McMahon comments. "We have made a great start to the season so far and are in pole position in the league and have just progressed to the next round of two cups so the spirits are running high at the club at the moment and we would like to get to the next round of this cup too. With the recent addition of Tom Franklin we have again strengthened an already very talented squad and hope it shows we are pushing for a strong finish in all of the competitions we are currently competing in. A good run in all of the cups would be sound."
Tom Franklin could be set to make his debut after recently signing and Adam Doyle should be in contention after work commitments stopped him from making last weeks trip to Hook Norton, where despite a laboured performance Hinksey came away winners and progressed to the next round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup. Jon Beames looks certain to return after also missing the Hook Norton game but Denel Thomas is to serve the second game of his two match suspension.
Possible Squad: Jon Beames Darren Kinch Toby Webster Stevie Haines Daniel Warne Tom Franklin Tyrone Brackett Ben Willoughby Julian McCalmon Adam Doyle Johnny McMahon Kieran Davis Jelroy Constant Ryan Curtin Jack Dunmall Anaclet Odhiambo
Franklin Signs For Bulls - 13 October
AFC Hinksey are delighted to announce the signing of former Oxford United and North Leigh defender Tom Franklin.
He is a highly regarded and quality player and will add real strength to Hinksey's already strong squad, as well as signalling the intent that the club has, to push on up through the leagues. Tom was captain of North Leigh last season and won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup with them the season before that.
Director of Football Paul Woodburn was key in capturing the signature and has proven again that he has a great approach to signing players, he helped bring in a number of big name signings through out the summer. "Paul (Woodburn) sold me on the idea of coming to Hinksey and made it clear that they are a club on the up with some really quality players, most of whom I've either played with or against in my time" said Tom. "I'm looking forward to being part of what Hinksey are trying to achieve. As well as Woody, I've also played under Gavin Preston (chairman) and Liam Walker, who is also part of the set up here, so I know that I'm in good hands. I rate the manager and his back room staff highly so it's fair to say that I'm pretty excited about what we can achieve."
"Woody has worked his magic again with this signing" comments Secretary Stuart Parsons. "He's been instrumental in a number of signings and whenever I get a call from him I begin to wonder what name he's going to give me of who I have to go to meet to get registered, he's an asset to the club and I am glad that he joined the club in the summer. Tom has a wealth of experience and ability so adding him to our already talented squad will only make us better. Competition for places is fierce at the moment and it can only make the players more hungry and make them try harder to impress the management team."
Hinksey Host Chinnor - 11 October
AFC Hinksey play hosts to Chinnor tomorow in an Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West game at Culham Road.
Hinksey took a dent to their good run of form last weekend, when they lost a two goal advantage and ended up drawing 2-2 with Wokingham & Emmbrook. "We threw the game away last week against a decent young side" says manager Kevin McMahon. "We started the game well and totally out played Wokingham in the first half. Then as the half drew to an end some silly bickering changed the attitude of the side. I say silly but you could say it was clever from Wokinghams point of view. We let them back into the game and fair play to Wokingham they seized the opportunity to deny us of all three points."
Chinnor and Hinksey competed in a very heated game at the end of last season, which was a very good game to watch for the spectators with Chinnor leading for 85 mins before HInksey equalised only for Chinnor to grab a winner straight from the restart. With Chinnor having a mixed start this season Hinksey will be hoping to get back to winning ways, especially after Headington Amateurs win against Chinnor put them four points behind the Bulls with a game in hand.
Hinksey will have the same squad available as last Saturday and Daniel Warne should return along with Denel Thomas who has one game left before he has to serve a two game suspension. "We are looking to come out all guns blazing this Saturday and myself and Jock(Kevin McMahon) will have the boys geared up from the start this weekend," says assistant manager Paul Spittle. "We were disappointed with last weeks result and are hoping for much better from the Chinnor game."
Squad: Jon Beames, Ben Willoughby, Tyrone Brackett, Toby Webster, Stevie Haines, Daniel Warne, Julian McCalmon, Adam Doyle, Johnny McMahon, Denel Thomas, Ryan Curtin, Jelroy Constant, Kieran Davis, Jack Dunmall, Anaclet Odhiambo
Hinksey On 'The Rocks' - 2 October
AFC Hinksey travel to Gloucestershire on tonight to face Tytherington Rocks in the Flying Press Floodlit Cup.
Both sides are top of their respective leagues and both have the two top goalscorers in their divisions to. Sam Taylor has eight and Bishop has seven for Tytherington and Anaclet Odhiambo boasts thirteen followed closely with twelve goals netted by Jack Dunmall for Hinksey. With both sides doing so well in their league campaigns this looks to be a good test for them both.
This is the Bulls first outing in the competition and are hoping for a good cup run to go along with the great form they are currently in in the league. "We have a long trip ahead of us before we even play on Wednesday night" comments manager Kevin McMahon. "But the attitude at the club at the moment is great. Players are all fighting for their positions and are happy to do so. The lads hunger for success is massive and their is a great sense of unity amongst them. There at a couple that can't travel but whatever squad that travels will be strong."
Adam Doyle and Toby Webster will miss the game due to work commitments, but Denel Thomas returns from suspension and Daniel Warne is available again.
Squad - Jon Beames Tyrone Bracket Ben Willoughby Tristan Lawrence Stevie Haines Daniel Warne Jelroy Constant Kieran Davis Denel Thomas Julian McCalmon Johnny McMahon Ryan Curtain Anaclet Odhiambo
Can Hinksey Exact Revenge? - 27 September
Division One East leaders AFC Hinksey host fellow Oxfordshire side Henley Town this tomorrow at Culham Road.
Henley are the only side to have claimed any points off of the 'Bulls' this season when the 'Red Kites' were 4-2 victors at the Triangle Ground in the second game of the season.
Since that time Hinksey now have amassed double the points of their opponents. Mid table Henley have had a real mix of results this season, where as Hinksey have won all of their league games since the two sides last met, currently sitting at the top of the league with a three point advantage over second placed Headington Amateurs. With the run of form it looks likely that Hinksey will exact revenge on the side that caused an early glitch on their record.
Again Kevin McMahon will have a selection headache with all of his talented squad available.
From- John Beames, Ben Willoughby, Tyrone Brackett, Triston Lawrence, Stevie Haines, Toby Webster, Daniel Warne, Julian McCalmon, Johnny McMahon, Adam Doyle, Denel Thomas, Jelroy Constant, Kieran Davis, Ryan Curtin, Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunall.
Hinksey are launching a new look programme this weekend and they hope to boost the attendance for their games at Culham Road. "We play an attractive style of football, with three of our players in the top ten goalscorers in the division, and two just outside of it, you can see we score goals." Says manager Kevin "Jock" McMahon. "We would love to see more people at Culham Road to watch us and think most people would come again."
"The club are moving forwards and really think that people would be impressed by the football that is played" adds Secretary Stuart Parsons. "The players that have been assembled here are all really talented and the style of play Jock and Spits (Paul Spittle) have the lads playing is great to watch. The free flowing passing and all out attack suits all of the players and it is successful at the moment so it is a great time to come along and watch our side. It would be great to see more ground hoppers, with us being such a young club many may not have ever seen us play. At the moment we are only charging £3 entry for adults so I see this as a great bargain."
Will The Bull's Be Kept At Bay? - 21 September
AFC Hinksey travel to Woodley Town today, who they beat 9-0 in the opening game of their season.
Hinksey have strengthened since, signing new players and others returning from holidays and suspensions. So will this be another trouncing or will Woodley have strengthened enough themselves to hold the Bulls at bay?
Hinksey currently have for players in the top ten of goal scorers in Division One East. Anaclet Odhiambo tops the One East table with 10 goals in 8 games, followed by Jack Dunmall 9 in 7. Denel Thomas (8/5) and John McMahon (4/5) hold fifth and tenth place respectively.
It is hoped club captain Julian McCalmon will be fit after missing out on last weeks 6-0 win over season 2012/14 Division One East Champions, Rayners Lane. Stevie Haines may make his long awaited return after serving a nine game suspension carried over from last season.
Team From : Jon Beames Tyrone Brackett Ben Willoughby Triston Lawrence Stevie Haines Toby Webster Kieran Davis Jelroy Constant Denel Thomas Julian McCalmon (captain) Adam Doyle Johnny McMahon Ryan Curtin Jack Dunmall Anaclet Odhiambo
Bulls On A Run - 12 September
AFC Hinksey travel to South Harrow on Saturday to face Rayners Lane in Division One East. The Bulls will be looking to continue their recent winning streak and hold onto the top spot by claiming all three points. Last seasons Division One East winners Rayners Lane have had an up and down season so far and Hinksey will be looking to avenge them for the two defeats that "The Lane" inflicted on them last season. With the run of form Hinksey are on it looks likely, and with three of the divisions top five goal scorers set to line up for Hinksey there should be plenty of goals.
Ben Willoughby is set to return from holiday in time to be in contention for a place in the Hinksey line up and Callum McMahon is getting closer to returning and might even be available in time for the trip. Stevie Haines is to serve the last game of his suspension against Rayners Lane but is another player to add to team selection that is already giving manager Kevin McMahon headaches.
"I have had headaches through midfield and with my attackers since about the third game in but now with all of the defensive options I have too, I am going to start getting migraines" says McMahon. "It's a good headache to have but a headache none the less. Last season I didn't have the luxury of having such depth of quality in my squad and it showed as players were complacent as they knew they were starting. This season people are competing to even get on the bench, and that's great. There's a buzz around the club at the moment and I for one am really enjoying it."
From- Jon Beames, Triston Lawrence, Julian McCalmon, Daniel Warne, Jelroy Constant, Kieran Davis, Johnny McMahon, Denel Thomas, Ryan Curtin, Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunmall, Toby Webster, Tyrone Brackett, Ben Willoughby, Adam Doyle.
Maidenhead Journey - 5 September
AFC Hinksey travel to Maidenhead United's York Road this Saturday, the oldest continuously used ground in England.
Maidenhead did the double over the Bulls last term, so the Oxford side will be looking to exact revenge. Hinksey look a lot stronger this season and have come tearing out of the gates, only a blip at Henley Town has marred their great start, winning five out of six and scoring 26 goals along the way and only conceding seven.
Hinksey will be boosted again by the return of Tyrone Brackett and Lee Sharkey who have been on holiday for a family wedding, Daniel Warne is also set to return after missing out in last weekends 7-2 demolition of Burnham and Callum McMahon is getting closer to being fit after cracking his ribs at Henley and could pass a late fitness test. Jordan Tabor may have to miss out again due to work commitments and Stevie Haines is getting closer to finishing his suspension with only two games left to serve.
From: Jon Beames, Ben Willoughby, Triston Lawrence, Toby Webster, Julian McCalmon, Johnny McMahon, Denel Thomas, Adam Doyle, Ryan Curtin, Anaclet Odhiambo, Kieran Davis, Jelroy Constant, Daniel Warne, Lee Sharkey and Tyrone Brackett
Bull's Media Presence - 4 September
As the Hinksey "Revolution" is picking up speed on the pitch many things are happening behind the scenes. As mentioned in pre season the committee is growing in numbers and now their presence on the internet is growing too.
AFC Hinksey have recently launched their own website, designed and ran by Oxonia Web Design, and have been on Facebook for a while now. The launching of the website was followed up by the creation of a Facebook page, a twitter account and a you tube channel. As a club Hinksey are trying to progress and see the internet as a great place to raise the profile of the club and hope to raise awareness of the team too.
The club have loads of advertising and sponsorship opportunities due to the launch of the website as well as with the move to Abingdon Town.
"With the addition of Liam Walker our internet presence was always going to increase, but I didn't expect as much so quick. We have the website where ware offering people the opportunity to sponsor players and advertise their businesses by adding links from our website to theirs." Says Club Secretary Stuart Parsons. "We can also offer advertising boards at Abingdon Town which offer double, if not more, the exposure than most other places as they will be able to be seen when Abingdon Town play too, who have a totally different fan base than us. There are also loads of sponsorship deals available too. The more people we can get on board the better."
If you are interested in any of the advertising or sponsorship opportunities contact Stuart on 07855661927 or Liam 07771926975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Top Spot On Offer - 29 August
It's Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East first versus on third, when table toppers AFC Hinksey take on Burnham this Saturday at Culham Road.
With both sides on 12 points, and with Burnham having played one less game, it promises to be a tough battle for both teams. Having won against hotly tipped Milton United on the opening game of the season along Henley Town, who deprived The Bulls of any points, newly promoted Burnham have made Hinksey well aware of the task ahead.
Having claimed twelve points out of a possible fifteen themselves Hinksey will be looking take all three of the points on offer to add to their own tally, especially with second placed Milton United playing third from bottom Wokingham & Emmbrook.
"This is a must win game" says Hinksey manager Kevin "Jock" McMahon. "With all three teams at the top on the same points we can not afford to drop another three points, especially with Burnham having a game in hand over us. They have a 100% record and it is now down to us to break that. With Milton playing Wokingham & Emmbrook this weekend too we can't afford to drop any of the three points on offer"
Hinksey are still missing Tyrone Brackett and Lee Sharkey who are on holiday, Jordan Tabor is set to miss out due to work commitments, Callum McMahon is still struggling after he broke his ribs at Henley Town and Stevie Haines still has three games to serve of his suspension, but Jelroy Constant is set to return after missing last weeks 3-0 win at Chalfont Wasps through injury.
Team from: Jon Beames Triston Lawrence Ben Willoughby Toby Webster Daniel Warne Julian McCalmon (c) Adam Doyle Denel Thomas Jelroy Constant Kieran Davis Ryan Curtin Anaclet Odhiambo Jack Dunmall Johnny McMahon
Pesky Wasps - 23 August
AFC Hinksey make another trip to Buckinghamshire this weekend as they try to avoid feeling the sting of Chalfont Wasps.
Last season Hinksey drew 1-1 in their early season encounter when they travelled to Chalfont St. Giles, but the return game at Barton Village Rd was a nine goal affair which saw Hinksey came out 6-3 victors.
Hinksey currently sit top of the Division One East and are hoping to hold on to that spot and after a comfortable 2-0 home victory in midweek over Finchampstead must be confident. With the addition of Johnny McMahon and Ryan Curtin returning from holiday, plus Triston Lawrence finishing his suspension Hinksey are nearly at full strength and will be looking to continue their good start to the season, which has only been marred by a defeat to Henley Town. Hinksey will now be missing right back Tyrone Brackett and veteran utility man Lee Sharkey who are now in Turkey for a family wedding and Stevie Haines is still a few games away from completing his suspension.
"We are nearly at full strength for the first time this season" comments manager Kevin McMahon "which gives me a few selection problems, but in a good way. All the players attitudes are spot on though, which helps me, as now all the players just want to play for this club even if that means taking their turn on the bench, which is great!"
Squad for Saturday: Jon Beames Toby Webster Daniel Warne Triston Lawrence Ben Willoughby Julian McCalmon (c) Adam Doyle Jordan Tabor Denel Thomas Jelroy Constant Kieran Davis Ryan Curtin Johnny McMahon Anaclet Odhiambo Jack Dunmall
Retain Top Spot? - 19 August
AFC Hinksey host Finchampstead tomorrow night at Culham Road in the Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East and will be looking to defend their lead on the top of the League table.
They will be boosted by the return of Triston Lawrence who has now completed his four match suspension that was carried over from last season. New signing, last season's Hellenic Player of the Year, Ryan Curtin, will be looking to make his competitive debut following his return from vacation. As will an even newer signing Johnny McMahon. Jordan Tabor and Lee Sharkey could also return after missing out due to work commitments against Penn & Tylers Green.
Team From: Jon Beames; Tyrone Brackett; Ben Willoughby; Toby Webster; Daniel Warne; Jelroy Constant; Denel Thomas; Julian McCalmon; Adam Doyle; Anaclet Odhiambo; Jack Dunmall; Darren Kinch; Triston Lawrence; Lee Sharkey; Jordan Tabor; Johnny McMahon; Ryan Curtin
Hinksey Sign McMahon - 18 August
AFC Hinksey have captured the signature of former Witney United captain John McMahon, who will bring a wealth of experience with him, having captained Witney for seven years he holds their record for appearances for the club. He has also had spells at Abingdon Town, Oxford City and was part of the Wantage Town side that came runners up in the Hellenic Premier Division last season and is currently dual signed with Southern League side Didcot Town.
John can operate as a forward, centre midfielder and can even do a job as a centre back as he has a great understanding of the game as well as being technically gifted.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have the services of, my cousin, Jonny and couldn't be happier that he has signed for Hinksey" says manager Kevin "Jock" McMahon. "He is a great all rounder and has a great experience of the Hellenic League, this is another signing that shows the ambition that we have at the club at the moment."
Hinksey hope to have him in contention for their game against Finchampstead on Tuesday evening.
Looking To Get Back On Track - 15 August
AFC Hinksey will be looking to get straight back to winning ways after suffering defeat to Oxfordshire rivals Henley Town during the week.
Two early defensive errors and an unfortunate own goal cancelled out Anaclet Odhiambo's over head volley and another brilliant solo goal from new boy Jack Dunmall in a game that saw Henley come out 4-2 victors.
This Saturday the 'Bulls' travel to Buckinghamshire to face Penn & Tylers Green. They will be boosted by the return of long serving defender Toby Webster, who returns after a three match ban was carried over from last season. Kieran Davis could feature after being unable to play on Tuesday after completing his suspension on the opening game. Callum McMahon is set to miss out after getting injured on Tuesday, new signing Ryan Curtin is still away on holiday and Triston Lawrence serves the last game of his suspension.
Team From: Jon Beames, Tyrone Brackett, Ben Willoughby, Toby Webster, Daniel Warne, Denel Thomas, Jelroy Constant, Julian McCalmon, Jordan Tabor, Anaclet Odhiambo, Jack Dunmall, Darren Kinch, Lee Sharkey, Allie Jaward, Liam O'Callaghan, Kieran Davis
Hinksey Sign Warne - 13 August
AFC Hinksey have signed former Abingdon Town and Oxford City Nomads captain Daniel Warne.
Warne, who has also played for Kidlington, captained Nomads to the League Cup last season. He is available for selection for the game at Henley Town tonight.
"Warney is another great signing by the management team. He brings Premier division experience to add to an already talented squad." States Hinksey Secretary Stuart Parsons. "We are looking to have quality competition for places in the side and we have that in every position this year. Warney is a strong defender that has a good understanding of the game and will add quality competition for places at centre back."
Away Trip For The Bull's - 12 August
AFC Hinksey made a great competitive debut at their new home, starting the new Hellenic campaign, 2013-14, with a 9-0 trouncing of Woodley Town.
They make their first away trip of the season to fellow Oxfordshire side Henley Town this Tuesday evening. Henley lost to Hinkseys' former landlord Headington Amateurs on their opening game and will be looking to to get a result in their first home game of the season, so it will be an interesting game.
Kieran Davis returns after completing his ban, a two game ban with one carrying over from last season. Lee Sharkey and Tyrone Brackett are also expected to return after missing Saturdays win, due to prior commitments. Hinksey will still be without Toby Webster and Triston Lawrence, a one game suspension and two game suspensions respectively. New signing Ryan Curtin is still on holiday so will also still be missing.
Squad: Jon Beames, Allie Jaward, Callum McMahon, Ben Willoughby, Julian McCalmon, Jelroy Constant, Denel Thomas, Liam O'Callaghan, Jordan Tabor, Jack Dunmall, Anaclet Odhiambo, Darren Kinch, Kieran Davis, Tyrone Brackett, Lee Sharkey, Paul Spittle.
Hinksey Make More Signings - 8 August
AFC Hinksey have retained the services of forward Kieran Davis and are hoping to be able to sign African player Allie Jaward.
Davis (pictured left), a high octane attacker, has previously played for Abingdon Town, Didcot Town, Kidlington and Witney United. He can also play in centre midfield or out wide. He is now set to start his second full season for the Hinksey.
Hinksey have also signed trialist Allie Jaward (right). The attack minded defender from Sierra Leone has played for Beckenham Town, Biggleswade United, Highbury & Islington and played as a pro in Bangladesh for Sheikh Jamal Dhamondi.
"Unfortunately Davis is suspended for one game, straight away" Says manager Jock McMahon "We also have to wait for the Hellenic to confirm Allie is available to play, as they have requested we prove he has an International Clearance Certificate. This is just a formality, hopefully, as it is just league protocol. Kizza will be in contention for a spot on his return but we will also have a few others returning due to prior commitments that stop them from being available this Saturday. So he won't be walking straight back into the side"
"I am glad I'm not having to make the decisions this year, having taken on a different role at the club." Claims Chairman Gavin Preston "We have attracted some top players through the summer and the squad Jock McMahon has at his disposal is going to give him a headache. The right kind of headache, as he has such a strong squad to select from, but it will still be a headache none the less. I'm hoping we do well this year and I'm looking forward to the season kicking off this Saturday."
Hinksey take on Woodley Town in the opening game of the 2013-14 campaign on Saturday at their new venue of Abingdon Town. Entry to Culham Road will be £3 for adults and kids go free for Hinksey's debut in Abingdon.
"It's our first proper game at the ground, and we'd like to invite all football enthusiasts, especially those from Abingdon, along to show them what our side is about" says Club Secretary Stuart Parsons. "We play an attractive, exciting attacking game and I'm sure some of the local people will come to appreciate our style and we hope to entertain anybody who comes to watch us."
Saturdays Possible squad- Jon Beames, Allie Jaward, Callum McMahon, Ben Willoughby, Julian McCalmon, Jordan Tabor, Liam O'Callaghan, Denel Thomas, Jelroy Constant, Anaclet Odhiambo, Darren Kinch, Paul Spittle ,Adam Doyle, Lenny Sackey.
Hinksey Sign Tabor - 31 July
AFC Hinksey are pleased to announce that they have captured the signature of Jordan Tabor.
The 22 year old was at Leicester City Academy, was a PFA Scholar at Chelsea between the age of 14 to 18, and made two appearances for their Reserve side before a move across the Atlantic to play for LA Blues. Since returning to the UK he has had stints at Didcot Town and Kidlington.
He has a great left foot, is technically gifted and has excellent vision. "The signing of Jordan shows that the club are looking to win things. His addition to an already strong looking squad brings a quality to the side that will hopefully push us to the next level." Claims assistant manager Paul Spittle.
Hinksey have also added Liam O'Callaghan and Lee Sharkey. O'Callaghan has been at Abingdon Town, Kidlington and Quarry Nomads and Sharkey has played for Oxford City and Quarry Nomads. Both have played for manager Kevin McMahon before, at Quarry Nomads, where they won the UHL Division One East, and local OSL Premier side Garsington where they won many trophies.
Hinksey's New Start - 24 July
Saturday, 27 July, sees AFC Hinksey make their home debut at Abingdon Town Football Club,where they now ground share.
With a 7.00pm kick off against, Division One West opposition Carterton it will be a new era for the Oxford founded side.
"The team will be looking to start the new season fresh, full of hope, with new players to bolster the squad and with moving to a new home at Abingdon Town set the stall out for a bright future." Says Hinksey committee member Chris Warmington. "The team will undoubtedly continue with their attractive passing game and strong attacking mentality which in turn along with the move will hopefully attract a new fan base. I'm looking forward to watching them play at Culham Road against Carterton this Saturday, which will actually make the move seem real, eventually"
Club Secretary Stuart Parsons comments on recent developments at the club."With the move finally coming to fruition and all the additions to the club, behind the scenes, as well as new players, the club are continuing to strengthen. We have added Paul Woodburn who has good connections with lots of local talents, he has been influential in helping bring some of the new signings in. Liam Walker has come on board and will be the club webmaster, he is a very enthusiastic guy and has some great ideas of how to generate some much needed cash. Liam has also persuaded Mel Dean to be our physio for the season. Chris Warmington, another enthusiastic character, will be looking to aid Liam in capturing potential sponsors. Another great addition to the committee will be Chairman Gavin Preston. Gavin is the founder of the club and he has the same passion for the club as myself and by stepping down from the managers role he is now committing himself to pushing the club forward as a club. The team is now in the safe hands of Jock (Kevin McMahon), who has his Level 2 Coaching Badges, and the experienced 'Spits' (Paul Spittle), so Gavin and myself want to, and are now in a position to, raise the profile of the club. We have had some good performances in our pre season friendlies and have had some great feedback from our opponents. By the time the season starts we will have played eight games and the boys should be raring to go."
If any team is free on Saturday 3rd August and can accommodate playing AFC Hinksey please contact Stuart on 07855661927 or email email@example.com. Prior to that Hinksey face Oxford City Nomads tomorrow, 25th July, at Brasenose College Sports Ground, Abingdon Road, Oxford.
Hinksey Beames - 21 July
Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East AFC Hinksey have signed journeyman goalkeeper Jon Beames.
The vastly experienced goalkeeper started his career as a Y.T.S player at Crystal Palace. He then went on to make over 400 Southern League appearances with spells at clubs including Slough Town, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Didcot Town, Abingdon United, Thatcham Town along with Burnham where he played in the first round proper of the FA Cup and the Southern League Play Off final. Other Hellenic Oxfordshire clubs also include Milton United and Abingdon Town.
Hinksey have also captured the signature of former North Leigh, Old Woodstock Town and Kidlington player Ben Willoughby. Ben has been training with Hinksey through out the closed season and has impressed in all three of the friendlies he has been involved in. Playing in a number of roles he has been more than capable playing in each position and even scored in his first game.
Jelroy Constant has also signed again, this will be his third season with the club. The pacey winger can also play up front and is a constant goal threat whether as the goal scorer or as a provider.
Hot Shots For Hinksey - 17 July
AFC Hinksey have signed three of Oxford's hottest strikers in Anaclet Odhiambo (pictured) , Jack Dunmall and Ryan Curtin.
Odhiambo was the Hellenic League top goal scorer in Division One East last season, for Hinksey, and Ryan Curtin was the Hellenic League Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season, for Hellenic Premier side Kidlington. Jack Dunmall chipped in with 22 goals for Kidlington last season including 4 against his new club in their Oxfordshire Senior Cup fixture last season. Goal scoring midfielder Denel Thomas has also put pen to paper and signed for Hinksey, so the club will not be short of goals.
" As a club we're looking to move forward and hope that the new signings we've bought in will push us on and put us in a place to compete for the league title. We're now at a ground where we can gain promotion and that is the clubs main priority" states manager Kevin "Jock" McMahon. "I expect the team to play attractive football to pull in a new crowd of fans as we have now moved to Abingdon Town and with our two new signings, Jack Dunmall and Ryan Curtin, along with last season's top goal scorer Anaclet Odhiambo re signing we have a strike force that accumulated around 100 goals last season between them. Add the fact we have also got Denel Thomas, Julian McCalmon and Adam Doyle to stay our attacking options are also bolstered by some great centre midfield options."
"I was told to expect some exciting news on the player front, and I believe these boys to be exactly that. Obviously I know what Ani is capable of in front of goal with him having been involved with the club on and off over the last few years, and was pleased to see him collect the divisions Golden Boot in the last campaign" says Club Secretary Stuart Parsons. "I've also watched Ryan play quite a bit over the last few years and think he is a very talented player, with a cultured left foot and an eye for goal. Denel Thomas was a great acquisition last season and I'm very pleased that he is back with us for another season and Jack got four past us last season and from what I've been told he is an exceptional talent to add to the squad. The signings the club are making surely must be a sign that we have the intent to challenge to be one of the sides vying for promotion at the end of the season!"
Hinksey are hoping that they will be able to win over Abingdon's Non-League football fans with an attacking style of football and will be playing their first game at Abingdon Town Football Club (Culham Rd, Abingdon, OX14 5HR) on 27th July against Carterton in a pre season friendly which kicks off at 7:00pm, but will be playing Saxton Rovers in another pre season friendly, in Abingdon, this Thursday, 18th July, at Caldecot Recreation Field (Abingdon, Oxford, OX14 5HR).
Hinksey Retain Players - 16 July
AFC Hinksey have retained the services of the majority of last season's squad for the 2013-14 campaign.
Those signed including Julian McCalmon(left) , Adam Doyle (right), Triston Lawrence, Toby Webster, Stevie Haines and Tyrone Brackett. Callum McMahon, manager Kevin "Jock" McMahon's nephew who formerly played for Milton United, has joined and former keeper Darren Kinch has rejoined too.
"It's good to see the management are retaining players as well as adding to the squad. There are more signings in the pipeline and from what I hear from the management there are going to be some very interesting signatures over the next couple of days". Says club secretary Stuart Parsons.
Hinksey Seek Pre-Season Competition - 29 June
AFC Hinksey still have room for a few more friendly fixtures, preferably away.
If your team are available on any of the Thursdays or Saturday's 6th July that aren't mentioned in the list below and are interested in playing Hinksey please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 13th July AFC Hinksey V Wantage Town FC
Thursday 18th July Saxton Rovers FC V AFC Hinksey
Saturday 20th July AFC Hinksey V Corsham Town FC
Saturday 27th July AFC Hinksey V Carterton FCr
Thursday 1st August Freeland V AFC Hinksey
Hinksey have started pre-season training already and will continue to train on the Abingdon Rd, Oxford, OX1 4AJ from 6:15 every Tuesday and Thursday through July and August, unless there is a game. For more info call Kevin on 07876825689 or email email@example.com.
Hinksey still require a qualified physio for next season anybody who would like to take on this role is encouraged to apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spittle Joins Hinksey - 26 June
Kevin McMahon has secured the services of ex Oxford United and Crewe Alexadra player Paul Spittle as his assistant for the coming season.
AFC Hinksey founder Gavin Preston, who was joint manager with McMahon, has decided to take a step upstairs to help push the club on behind the scenes.
Former Ardley manager Spittle, pictured, will bring a wealth of experience to the young club. "With his reputation amongst local footballers and his experience alongside Jock (McMahon), who acquired his Level Two Coaching Badges earlier this year, this pre season should be an interesting one, we hope to attract more players with Hellenic experience and higher" says Stuart Parsons, Club Secretary. "The club are progressing quickly and by bringing people in like Spits (Spittle) we hope to show that we want to build for the future, as with our move to Abingdon Town."
AFC Hinksey's Rapid Rise - 25 June
AFC Hinksey host Carterton at 7pm on 27th July in a pre season friendly, which will be their first game at Culham Road after Abingdon Town agreed to groundshare with Hinksey.
The nomadic Hinksey have moved to share with the Abbott's after a year of groundsharing with Headington Amateurs. "This move will give us the chance to play in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup in the 2013-14 season and we can gain promotion to the Hellenic Premier Division, if we finish high enough, and we will be able to compete in the FA Vase and FA Cup2014-15 season." Says club secretary Stuart Parsons. "We may be moving to play in Abingdon but we will be trying to stick to our roots and most of our players will still be Oxford based. We have moved a few times now, we've had to move around to gain promotion to the Oxfordshire Senior League and then to get into the Hellenic League. I have spoken with the chairman at length about this and we felt that we needed to move now to increase our chances of winning the league. We both agreed that it would motivate players to perform better as they would be able to gain promotion. We also think we'll be able to attract more players with the possibility of promotion."
" The club has gone from a pub team to a county team and on to a Hellenic team in such a quick time, we were only founded in 2006. With this move we could be competing in the FA Cup in 2014! This surely must be a record! We would like to thank Tom Larman and Abingdon Town for agreeing to let us ground share with them. Also we are extremely grateful to Barton United for hosting our match days through the 2012-13 season" added Match Secretary Liam Parsons. "We enjoyed a good working relationship with many of the committee from Barton. Also Don Light of Headington Amateurs was very helpful too."
On 20th July Hinksey face Toolstation Western League opposition Corsham Town, this is due to be played at Westminster Sports Centre, Westminster Way, Botley and is a 3pm kick off.
Hinksey Moves To Abingdon - 21 June
AFC Hinksey are pleased to announce that they will be groundsharing with Abingdon Town from the start of the coming season.
This will give the club the chance to play in the Hellenic Floodlit Cup next season, the opportunity of promotion and the ability to enter the FA Vase and FA Cup in season 2014/15.
AFC Hinksey would like to thank all at Barton United FC for hosting our match days at The Phoenix through the 2012-13 season, your hospitality was brilliant and much appreciated.
The club would also like to thank Don Light of Headington Amateurs for enabling us to progress up to the Hellenic League by helping to set up the groundshare with Headington Amateurs in the 2012-13 season.
AFC Hinksey will start pre season training on Tuesday 25 June from 6:00pm on the Brasenose College Recreation Ground, Abingdon Rd, Oxford, OX1 4PN. The sessions will be taken by First Team Manager Kevin McMahon and Paul Spittle, who say all talented Oxford based players interested in signing for Hinksey are welcome to come along. For more info call Kevin on 07876825689 or email email@example.com