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Letcombe Set Up To Return - 11 June

Michael McNally and Mark Stevens will be joining Garry Cook to form a formidable management team as Letcombe return to uhslport Hellenic League Division Two next season, subject to approval at the AGM. 

Michael and Mark both have management experience at Shrivenham and Kintbury Rangers. Letcombe are also forming a reserve team who will play in the North Berks league, and will be managed by Mick Cross.   Most of the likely reserve team were members of the Grove Challengers under 16 squad last season.   Darren Pettifer will continue as club coach.

Sad Departure Of Letcombe - 2 July

After 25 years involvement in the Hellenic League circumstances beyond the immediate control of the club have led to Letcombe withdrawing from the League.

For the past 40 years Letcombe was mainly run by three stalwarts, Des Williams along with brothers Russell and Dennis Stock. Chairman Dennis has infact spent over half a century involved at Letcombe. The manner in which they managed the club is an excellent example to football at any level.

Des Williams provides the reasons behind the withdrawal. "We were hoping that our players from last season would remain loyal, but none of them have yet signed as they are not willing to play at a lower level necessitated by our lack of floodlights, and most of them have already been signed by other local clubs. The FA have a lot to answer for, and I wonder how many other clubs throughout the country may be in the same situation as we are. I have repeatedly warned the FA that this could happen if they enforced the requirement to have lights at step 6, but nobody took any notice. I sent a letter to them two months ago expressing my concerns, but it was not even acknowledged, even though I requested an answer. The irony is that we have just been awarded a `Retain The Game` grant by the Football Foundation."

"We would like to thank all the league officials for providing us with 25 great years of football. We also wish to thank all other members of the Hellenic family who have always made us so welcome at their grounds, and to wish everybody a successful season. We have made many lasting friendships throughout our time in the Hellenic league, and hopefully these will continue. I will always follow the results with great interest, but sometimes one has to take a step back before hopefully moving forward again, and that time has now arrived for Letcombe FC. We aim to `start again` with a young team in the North Berks League, and our hope is that one day we will be applying to join you all once again."

"I have been at Letcombe for 40 years, as has our vice chairman Russell Stock. His elder brother Dennis, our chairman, has been with the club for nearly half a century. This is a very sad day for everybody connected with the club, but we feel that we have no alternative."


Seeking Pre-Season Double Headers - 27 June

Letcombe are looking for friendly fixtures on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 11 August. They would like a 'double header' if possible for their first and reserve teams, with suggested kick off's at 1.00 and 3.00.

They would need to be away fixtures because of cricket matches at Letcombe. The first team play in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 with the reserves in the North Berks League Division 3.

Happy to share expenses. Interested club should contact secretary Des Williams on 01235 764130 or by e-mail at deswilliams45@btinternet.com


Commercial Manager Opportunity - 22 June

Letcombe are also seeking a commercial manager on a commission basis. For more details, please contact secretary Des Williams on 01235 764130.


Letcombe Training Start Date - 21 June

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 club Letcombe will start pre-season training at the clubhouse on Wednesday, June 27 starting at 6.45pm.

Garry Cook will continue to manage the first team, with Paul Carter taking charge of the reserves, having moved from Shrivenham.

All of last season’s squad are invited to attend, with new players especially welcome.

In the following weeks, training will be every Tuesday and Thursday.


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