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Mindless Vandalism - 24 April

Shrivenham Football Club have been brought back down to earth with a bump following the Easter Bank Holiday, after discovering a section of perimeter fencing at Barrington Park has been badly damaged by vandals. 

Returning to the village after a weekend away visiting friends, Chairman Matt Hirst found the deliberate act after he arrived at the club this morning to do some maintenance ahead of going to work. 

“Sadly, I can only describe it as mindless vandalism,” he said.  “Like all amateur football clubs, we’re run by volunteers and we don’t have a bottomless pit of money, so it’s taken the shine off what has been an absolutely brilliant season for the club.” 

Having ended the season on Bank Holiday Monday in their highest ever league placing [5th in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League], everyone connected to the club were heading in to the off-season with a great deal of pride, however the shine of success has now been tainted as the club will have to find additional funding to make good the damage. 

“The volunteers give up a massive amount of their own time to help run the club and the facilities. The fencing that was destroyed had a lot of time spent on it last summer with new panels being installed and painted and the sponsorship boards being erected and we truly believed that we had the support of everyone in the village, so I’m bitterly disappointed by what I found.  We have taken great strides to increase the junior football age groups who represent the village, we run social events such as our annual Fireworks Night for families and introduced a Beer Festival this year for the adults and we even do an Easter Egg Hunt for the local children, so it does come as a bit of a kick in the teeth when something like this happens.  We will of course have to make repairs to the damage so if the person or persons who did this had the decency to own up – or even help with giving up their time to help fix the damage, it would be a start, it’s just so disappointing.” 

 

Premier Team Of Month March - 22 April

Shrivenham were presented with the March Premier Division Team of The Month Award prior to the game at Bishops Cleeve this morning.

Uhlsport Hellenic League Chairman Bob Dalling presented the award to Shrivvy manager Gareth Davies and player Sam Ockwell.

shrivenham bob dalling gareth davies sam ockwell

Sean Bows Out - 15 April

Yesterday’s North Wilts Youth Football League U17-18s Division 2 fixture between Robins and Shrivenham Youth, marked the end of an era for the football club, as boss Sean Coxhead (pictured) signed off his association with Shrivenham Youth with a nervy 4-3 win. 

Having announced his intention to “retire” at the clubs Managers Meeting back in March, the conclusion of the season brought to an end a hugely enjoyable era in his life – one which he has seen a group of disorganised children get together and transition in to capable and confident young adults who are about to embark on an adventure in to the senior game, and Sean is hoping that the group will continue to stick together. 

Reflecting on his time at the club, Sean told us: “It’s always been enjoyable but last season was perhaps my favourite of all though.  “We won the league [North Wilts Youth League U16s Division 2] by five points, but we’ve also had great seasons where we’ve been runners-up so we’ve been progressing each year which has been fantastic to see.  The first year I took over, they [the players] were like rabbits in headlights and we finished bottom of the league but I leave a group of capable players who can carry on and play at a reasonable level in the future and I hope they stick together as they have done all these years, and step up with Shrivenham.  They really are a great group of lads who have kept me young and we’ve had a really good laugh along the way.  I’d also like to thank all of the parents – not only have I had a great group of lads, but also a fantastic group of parents too which goes a long way in Junior Football – they’ve been really supportive of everything I’ve done and they’ve played their part in the success and I wish everyone connected to the side my sincere thanks and best wishes for the future.” 

Speaking on the decision to step down, club Chairman Matt Hirst added: “Me and his players have all tried to talk him in to continuing again, but Sean thinks the time is right for him and I respect his final decision. 
“We’re not just losing Sean at the club, we’re also losing his assistant manager and wife – Karon too. She has been there for the boys along the journey and she looked after all of them like they were her own children and I’m sure Sean would agree with me in saying that the role would not have been half as enjoyable without her by his side.  We love both of you so please make sure you don’t become strangers to the club and I’ll look forwards to finding you both another role at the club that you can’t resist in the future!  On behalf of everyone at Shrivenham Football Club, we thank you for everything you have both done for the boys and the parents, you should both feel really proud of your achievements. ” 

 

Cautious Of Rustiness - 12 April

Gareth Davies is cautious of rustiness affecting Shrivenham as they return to action in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division for the first time since March 25 on Saturday. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Shrivvy continue a run of four consecutive away games to end their season as they travel to south Gloucestershire to face in-form Tuffley Rovers. Despite sitting down in 16th in the table, Rovers have claimed 11 points from their previous six games and Davies knows their hosts are perfectly capable of putting an end to Shrivenham’s superb 16-match unbeaten run in the league.

But the jovial Barrington Park boss is optimistic that the extended time off will have done his players some good in terms of recovery as they look to remain unbeaten for the remainder of the season.

Davies said: “It’ll just be nice to play football again, if I’m totally honest. The last game we played was against Reading City and that was a Monday night, nearly three weeks ago. It’s good to have a break in one way because the players get a bit of a rest, but in another way, we want to be consistent and we want to be playing games of football. We’ve got another game on Monday night too, so it goes from one extreme to the other. The last couple of weeks has been a bit disappointing in terms of not playing much football, but it is what it is, and we have to get on with it.”

Shrivenham have not tasted defeat in any competition since January, but face a stiff test against a team that Davies believes are in a false position in the table. He said: “We’ve been so consistent of late and this break has interrupted the rhythm a little bit, but that’s no excuse. We’re expecting a very difficult game on Saturday because Tuffley are flying at the moment. I know their position is a little bit false – they’re picking up some decent points against good teams, so we need to be very aware of that and do things properly. We’ve tried to do little bits to keep ticking over, but there’s nothing like a match day.”

 

Nathan Blackford hellenic league footballBlackford Gets Club Player of the Month - 5 April 

Shrivenham’s Boxes and Packaging sponsored Nathan Blackford has been chosen by the management team as their Player of the Month for March. 

The talented attack minded player (pictured) featured in all five of the sides Uhlsport Hellenic Premier games during the month, scoring two goals.  Those fixtures continued the sides incredible undefeated run, adding four wins and one draw to the current 16 unbeaten league game series. 

In total, the player has featured 21 times for the side this campaign and scored five goals, picking up one yellow card and the award acknowledges the players incredible contribution and dedication not only in the march games, but also for the season. 

Nathan will pick up his beers in our next league fixture – away at Tuffley Rovers in ten-day’s time. 

Player sponsor Boxes and Packaging offers the UK’s largest independent national sheet plant network, supplying a full range of customers with the design and manufacture of bespoke corrugated packaging solutions and in-house printing, along with a range of ancillary packaging products.  They provide a well established and integrated network from twelve manufacturing operations across the UK. The club thank Boxes and Packaging for their official player sponsorship of Nathan this season and you can find out how they can help you by visiting their website at boxesandpackaging.co.uk now!

 

Dodson Running London Marathon For Dementia UK - 13 March

virgin money london marathon 2019Shrivenham defender Macauley Dodson is set swap his football boots for running shoes next month as he looks to complete in his first ever Virgin London Marathon. 
Macauley Dodson running 2019 london marathon
The 20-year old (pictured) is hoping his efforts will raise £2000 in aid of Dementia UK – a cause that is close to home for the player. 

“Unfortunately I have witnessed dementia first hand when my Aunty Jean became affected by vascular dementia and died from its symptoms back in 2017,” he explained about why he has chosen to raise funds for the charity.  "This terrible condition had a massive impact on my whole family and with so many more people being diagnosed each year there is a need for more research, so I’d like to I want to play a very small part in enabling the charity to continue the fantastic work they already do.” 

Dementia UK provide specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service, who work alongside people with dementia and their families, providing them with one-to-one support, expert guidance and the practical solutions they need which can be difficult to find elsewhere. 

Having been accepted to run on behalf of the charity back in Septemer [2018], Macauley began his training straight away and has built up his long distance endurance which is currently up to the 15 mile point, along with gym sessions and of course training and playing for Shrivenham. 

Concluding, the player added: “This marathon is a huge challenge for me so I would be very grateful if you could donate whatever you can. Thank you.” 

You can donate to Macauley’s efforts by visiting his Virgin Money Fundraisingpage at

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiserdisplay/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=macdodson&pageUrl=1 

 

Shrivvy Development Ready For Local Derby - 10 February

Shrivenham Development are set to host their own local derby game at Barrington Park this coming Tuesday evening when sixth placed Highworth Town Reserves make the short journey along the B4000 for a Uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West league fixture, kick off 7:45pm.

With the First XI smashing rivals Fairford Town for a derby-double on Saturday afternoon, Development boss Steve Hendry is hopeful that his side will also put in a similar performance.

“I’m looking forwards to the game,” Hendry (pictured) said on Saturday evening having watched the First Teams 3-0 victory. “Not only because it’s against Highworth – but because we’ve also had a two-week break.”

Despite the sides difficult season which has seen them pick up just three wins and one draw out of the fifteen Uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West games they have played so far, Hendry remained upbeat about his sides overall progression.

“Our young lads have continued to train hard this season and they have had prepared well. I view Highworth as being around two-years ahead of us in terms of development, and it’s no secret that we’re hoping to emulate the type of plan that they’ve adopted at the Elms here at Barrington Park, because we’re building for future success at the club so we’ve had a big task over the last season and a half, but we’re certainly headed in the right direction.”

With that turn around, both of the clubs senior sides have seen hefty changes in personnel, an area that Hendry was quick to identify. “We’ve recruited some new faces during January which has meant we’ve unfortunately had to let some players go,” he continued. “Aside from that, we have a talented crop of lads coming through from the U16s who we’re developing during training sessions and we’ve been introducing them gradually so as they can gain exposure to the senior game this season and they’re continuing to benefit from the difference in standards, attitude and the application expected when they make the step up. Although our ultimate aim is to win football matches, the development of players for the sustainability of the club is crucial and we’re beginning to see the benefits of our efforts with the likes of Brad Hirst and Alfie Griggs who have been making the step up from the U18s to the fringes of the First XI.

Hendry was quick to identify that it isn’t all one-way traffic for the Development side either. “We’re not just focussed on development, but also as being a “reserve” for the First Team to utilise.

“There are times that players take the step down from the First Team too – whether that is when they are recovering from injury or suffering from a lack of confidence or whatever, we need to be able to accommodate them and give them game time to help them return to the required level. We had seven of the First Team who won at Virginia Water recently, lining up in our ranks during this season, which considering the recent form and current league position, shows just how important and how well our group is set up.”

With the side entering the final third of their league season, Hendry concluded: “We have seven home games to play from our remaining nine fixtures, so we’d be more than happy to see any Shrivvy fans out there at any of our games. Given the First Team only have one remaining home game, we’d welcome everyone’s support as we’re constantly looking to improve as we head towards the 2019-20 season – and at the moment, things are looking very positive.”

Entry to this Tuesday evening fixture is FREE, the club house will be open, and your support would be really appreciated.

 

Blood & Thunder Type Of Game - 8 February

Gareth Davies is expecting 90 minutes of blood and thunder when Shrivenham host local rivals Fairford Town in their Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division game tomorrow. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Shrivvy have won their last seven league fixtures and will be looking to make it eight in a row against the team they beat 2-0 back at the start of November. With both sides comfortably in mid-table, the game will take on extra meaning as bragging rights will replace any silverware that could have been won by either side this term.

Davies said he holds fond memories of the fixture as a player and is looking forward to attempting to achieve the double as a manager. He said: “It’s a big game – for obvious reasons – and we’re looking forward to it. These are the sort of games that, as a player, you want to play in. They’re always blood and thunder and anything can, and often does, happen. This game has been a big part of my playing career and in my managerial career, so we’re all looking forward to the challenge. When we played them earlier in the season, it was very much a blood and thunder type of game."

“I’d expect nothing less this time around. They’re going to come and make things very difficult for us, but we’ve just got to do what we do and if we play to our capabilities then we’re more than capable of giving anyone a game. We just need to play our game and not get caught up in the emotion of the contest.”

Davies said continuing the winning run is not top of his list of priorities but instead collecting as many wins as they can from their remaining 11 league matches. He said: “We still just want to win as many games as we can from now until the end of the season and if we can keep this winning run in the league going then great. We just want to finish as high as we can and if we can finish in the top ten, then it would be a massive achievement for us. It’s certainly doable too and it would be massive in our first season back at this level.”

 

hellenic league football macauley dodsonShrivenham Player of the Month - 1 February

Shrivenham manager Gareth Davies has named defender Macauley Dodson (pictured) as the club Player of the Month for January.

The player featured in all four of the sides fixtures during the month which saw three Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League victories [over Binfield, Holmer Green and Virginia Water] as well as last Tuesday evening's Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup defeat at Wallingford Town.  

In total, he has featured in 20 Shrivenham fixtures so far this term, picking up 1 red and 4 yellow cards. He has also played 1 game for our Development side.

Shrivenham will present the player with his award, along with December winner Antonio Gerrish award at the next fixture.

Player Sponsorship is available for Maccauley Dodson for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. To find out how you or your brand could become his official sponsors, please contact club Chairman Matt Hirst at m.hirst@shrivenhamfc.co.uk for details.


Three Point Mindset - 25 January

Gareth Davies believes Shrivenham should be going to Virginia Water tomorrow with the mindset of collecting three points as they go hunting their seventh league win in a row.

Shrivenham’s winning run started in November after Davies said his side improved their work-rate, leading to a significant upturn in performances and ultimately results. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

The Shrivvy boss said people had written them off at the start of the year but having not made too many changes to his squad, the players were afforded the chance to turn their fortunes around and they duly repaid him. With the reverse fixture ending all square, Davies is expecting another tough game between two sides that are evenly matched – so much so, only a point separates them in the league table.

He said: “The pitch is first class down there – they ground-share with Windsor – so it’s certainly a place where you can get the ball down and play. We’re going there with the mindset to collect another three points and we’ll be full of confidence because we’ve been in a rich vein of form recently. We’re working so much harder with and without the ball now. At the start of the year, we were so far off in games and we didn’t adapt very well however, now I believe we’ve found our feet. Over the last six weeks, the players have shown they can compete at this level. But we don’t want to stop there, we want to carry on and three points on Saturday is what we’re looking for.”

Shrivenham began their first 17 games with just 14 points and looked set for a relegation battle, but since November have begun to flourish. Davies has now turned his attention from the bottom half to the top and is optimistic about his side’s potential end to the season.

He said: “We want to see how far we can go. Why can’t we go on and sneak up the table and try and finish even higher than we are now? I think it will set the bar for us because when we came in, the start wasn’t particularly great and I think people were writing us off a little bit. The squad has changed a little bit, but 99 per cent of the players that were here at the start are still here and I don’t see why we can’t aim for a top-ten finish.”

 

Keeper Joins Aylesbury FC - 24 January

hellenic league football matthew crowtherShrivenham keeper Matthew Crowther has joined Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central side Aylesbury in a dual registration agreement. The young keeper officially joins the side in a loan deal from his parent club Didcot Town, however he arrived at Barrington Park back in December and has made three appearances for our Development side in order to gain match sharpness.

In recent games, he has featured four times as an unused substitute with the clubs First XI, however the continued great form by coach Mike Alexander has kept him out of contention in a run which has seen the side winning all six of their last fixtures, and indeed extending their current undefeated run to seven games. The player has also featured four times for Didcot Town Development in the Uhlsport Hellenic League One East so far this season. 

Aylesbury are currently 18th (out of 20) in the Evo-Stik Southern One Central standings and is expected to act as cover for some recent injury worries the side have faced, but the experience he will gain at the higher level will be invaluable for his progression.

Unfortunately for the Moles, regardless of whether or not they escape their battle at the wrong end of the table, they are set to be relegated at the end of the season having fallen foul of FA Changing Room size regulations. The ruling is being enforced from March 31 and stipulates that all seventh and eighth tier clubs must have a minimum changing room area of 18 square metres and they are unable to complete the works required at their ground by the deadline.


Beer, Cider & Gin Festival - 23 January

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the Evening Session of our Beer, Cider & Gin Festival on – Saturday February 2 are now SOLD OUT!

Tickets for the Afternoon Session are still on sale at the Football Club as well as at from our friends at Bloomfields (33 High Street, Shrivenham, SN6 8AA – telephone 01793 783 999) and at the Prince of Wales (16 High Street, Shrivenham SN6 8AF – telephone 01793 782 268) so why not pick up your Afternoon Session tickets before they’re all snapped up too?!

The Afternoon Session gets underway at noon and runs through to 4:30pm when you’ll have time to head off to the pub and catch Ireland vs England in the Six Nations!

It’s the first time we’ve ever held a Beer, Cider & Gin Festival in Shrivenham and we’ve been amazed at the response and to help you have a great time, we’ve teamed up with our friends at the Ramsbury Brewery to provide you with a selection of 16 beers, 1 craft lager, 6 ciders and our very own Gin Bar for you to enjoy during each of our sessions!

Both sessions also feature LIVE MUSIC as well as a selection of DELICIOUS HOT FOOD to purchase, provided by our friends from Bloomfields!

Afternoon Session tickets are priced at £10 and include an exclusive Shrivenham Beer Festival Glass along with your first drink to put in it!

We’re also delighted to announce that our next Sporting Dinner featuring Liverpool Legends John Barnes and Jan Mølby which is being held at Swindon Town Football Club on Thursday January 31 is also fully SOLD OUT.

The club extend their thanks to everyone who is supporting the events for their continued amazing support.

 

Shrivenham Player of the Month - 15 January

hellenic league football Antonio GerrishUhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Shrivenham have voted Antonio Gerrish (pictured) the club Player of the Month for December.

The former Swindon Supermarine player’s arrival at Barrington Park coincided with their 3-3 draw at home against Lydney Town back on November 17 [2018] and he has featured in all six fixtures the side have played since then, scoring six goals helping the club to maintain a six game unbeaten run – which includes victories in each of our last five games.

During December the club faced just three Uhlsport Hellenic League fixtures and picked up a maximum nine points, with the player scoring twice, against Wantage Town and Abingdon United.

Gerrish is at Shrivenham on a dual-signing from Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South side Cirencester Town, where he has made five appearances this season, scoring one goal.

 

Shrivenham Fixture Update - 10 January

The Shrivenham v Wallingford Town Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup fixture is postponed as Wallingford will now be playing in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

The Shrivenham Development will be hosting bottom placed Woodstock Town at Barrington Park, kick off 3pm. Entry to the game is FREE, so please do come along and support the boys if you can.


Shrivenham Beer Festival - 3 January 2019

shrivenham beer and gin fest 2019Shrivenham FC are hosting the village's FIRST EVER Beer, Cider & Gin Festival at the Shrivenham Memorial Hall on Saturday February 2, 2019 so why not get your tickets and join them?!

For one day only in association with our friends at the Ramsbury Brewery, we’ll have a selection of 16 beers, 1 craft lager, 6 ciders and our very own Gin Bar for you to enjoy during one (or both if you love a beer festival!) of our sessions!

The lunchtime session opens at noon sharp and runs right the way through to 4:30pm, before our evening session gets underway at 6pm and goes all the way up to closing time at 10:30pm.

Both sessions will also feature LIVE MUSIC as well as a selection of DELICIOUS HOT FOOD to purchase, provided by our friends from Bloomfields! 

Tickets are priced at £10 per session and are available NOW from the following venues:

Shrivenham Football Club
Bloomfields, Shrivenham
The Prince of Wales, Shrivenham

As you’d expect from a Beer Fest, ticket price includes an exclusive Shrivenham Beer Festival Glass along with your first drink to put in it!

Please note, this event is strictly Over 18s only. For further details please see shrivenhamfc.co.uk or email festival@shrivenhamfc.co.uk


Understanding Requirements - 14 December

Gareth Davies is confident Shrivenham are “starting to understand what it takes to win” in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division as they aim to make it three in a row against Reading City on Saturday. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser

Shrivvy travel to Berkshire off the back of five successive home games, recently beating Longlevens 4-1 before coming from 1-0 down to beat Wantage Town 2-1 at Barrington Park. Davies’ troops are six points clear of the bottom three teams, but the Shrivvy boss is only looking up and has backed his players to keep up their winning streak against a struggling City side this weekend.

The Shrivenham manager has eyed their upcoming run of fixtures over the Christmas period as ones he feels they should win, starting tomorrow. He said: “I think it’s a bit early to be calling it a relegation six-pointer and there is a bit of a gap between us and the bottom three, but I want to make that gap even bigger. The important thing is that we stay on this little run now. When you look at the fixtures coming up, there are games that are winnable, and if we pick up three points on Saturday, it would take us right up into mid-table, so we’ve just got to keep working hard. I’ve been saying it for a long time – the players are more than good enough to be up there, but we’ve not been doing things correctly, we’ve not been taking chances or we’ve been giving stupid goals away."

“In the last month or so, we’ve corrected some of those errors and we’re starting to reap the rewards from it because we’re doing things properly and minimising mistakes. In the last few games, we’ve been very positive about the way we’ve approached things. Last Saturday against Wantage, we went a goal down, but we didn’t fall to pieces. We upped our game, went into another gear and that was key. We’re starting to understand what it takes to win games now.”

Reading go into Saturday’s fixture having failed to win in seven league games, but Davies is taking nothing for granted and has warned his players to arrive in the correct frame of mind or their winning run will go up in smoke.

He said: “It’s a big game for both teams. Their form is very much like ours, so it’s massively important that we go into that game and do things properly. I say it every week, the players that we’ve got are good, but we just don’t believe in ourselves enough. I believe we can win, but it just depends on what mood our players arrive in.”

 

mike alexander shrivenham hellenic league footballKeeper Nets Club Award - 12 December

Shrivenhams's, Purple Plumbing People Ltd sponsored goalkeeper, Mike Alexander has been named as winner of Shrivvy's Player of the Month for November 2018.

Following first choice shot stopper Dan Lawrence, being ruled out with an arm injury after the opening game of the month at Moreton Rangers, Alexander stepped up from his goalkeeping coaching and Development player role at the club to make five consecutive First Team starts which included two wins, one draw and two defeats, putting in some spectacular displays along the way.

So far this season, Alexander has made 7 starts for the First XI and 7 for our Development side, which he has also captained 6 times.

Congratulations Mike and the club's gratitude also goes to the Purple Plumbing People Ltd for being his official 2018-19 sponsor.

 

Important Game For Struggling Teams - 23 November

Shrivenham boss Gareth Davies says tomorrow’s crunch game against bottom side Longlevens is massive for both teams as they look to avoid the drop.

gareth davies shrivenham hellenic leagueDavies’ (pictured) side are four points and three places ahead of their relegation rivals, but have played three games more as their quest for survival in the Hellenic League Premier Division reaches a crucial stage. Writes Jonathan Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser. Davies is aware of the magnitude of this fixture and says his side can’t be worrying about things they have no control over as they go in search of a vital three points.

“It’s a massive game for them as well as us because if you look at the table, the teams around you are the ones that you’ve got to try and take points off. We will certainly do our best to take three points on Saturday,” said Davies. “We know bits and bobs about them, but ultimately, you’ve got to look after yourself. If we do things properly and we have the right attitude and we play to our capabilities, then we’ll do OK. Anything short of that and you could be asking for trouble.”

Shrivenham have kept one clean sheet in their last five league games and Davies is desperate for that record to improve. “Winning games is generally built on keeping clean sheets – and we don’t keep enough clean sheets, it’s as simple as that. Defensively, we can be naïve, but lessons have got to be learned. I keep saying it and it’s boring repeating myself, but we have to defend better. If the lads up front are putting the ball in the net, we need to be doing things at the other end to tighten up. If we go into Saturday and are a bit switched on defensively and we’re aware to their threats and we deal with things properly, then that’s half the battle and I think we’ll be OK. I can assure you it won’t be a classic game because both teams are scrapping for their lives, but it will be one of those games where whoever wants it most gets something out of it.”

Having acheived 15 points from 18 games played Shrivenham are fourth from bottom in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division table, with opponents Longlevens at the foot of the table securing 11 points from 15 games.

 

Shrivenham Sign Forward - 22 November

Shrivenham Football have signed Jordan Morris on dual registration with Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South club, Cirencester Town.
jordan morris hellenicleague football
The forward has signed dual registration and links up with Antonio Gerrish who arrived at the club in a similar deal last Saturday and featured in our 3-3 draw against Lydney Town.

Morris was involved in the Stratton Juniors side which amalgamated with our Youth programme previously however he went on to sign for Swindon Town Youth before moving to Forest Green Rovers aged 16. He signed professional terms at the New Lawn last season before spending the year at Shortwood United and joined the Centurions at the start of this season, scoring a 90th minute goal in his debut against Bristol Manor Farm in the clubs 4-1 victory after coming on as a 71st minute substitute.

Morris trained with the squad yesterday evening and will be available for selection this weekend's Heath Design and Construction sponsored game against Longlevens AFC.

 

Shrivenham Honours Remembrance Day - 7 November

Shrivenham will honour Remembrance Day when they host Bishops Cleeve in a Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League fixture at Barrington Park on Saturday.

A club statement issued reads. “Shrivenham Football Club will honour local military members, veterans and their families along with all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during conflicts around the world this coming weekend, as we commemorate Remembrance Day.”

“Our appreciation and pride in our Armed Forces will take place on Saturday as we host Bishops Cleeve in our Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League fixture, kick off 3pm.”

“To show our support for the armed forces on the eve of this upcoming Remembrance Sunday, players throughout the clubs franchise from Shrivenham & Royals U8s through to the senior First XI will proudly wear a poppy emblazoned on their jerseys for their relevant fixtures and we will hold a minutes silence ahead of kick off on Saturday afternoon which will be especially poignant as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.”

 

Alex Stanley Shrivenham Assistant Manager - 6 November

alex stanley hellenic league Shrivenham Football have appointed Alex Stanley Assistant Manager, replacing Ady Roper who left the club last week.

The 35-year old former defender arrives at Barrington Park for his first serious coaching role following a long playing career which began as a 10-year old at Southampton. He remained with the Saints up until the age of 16, when he moved to the Reading Academy, flirting with the clubs Reserve side and he also featured on loan with Aylesbury United, helping them reach the Semi-Final stage of the FA Trophy.

Speaking about his new role, Stanley said: “I’ve been around Gareth [Davies] and Chris [Robinson] for a while. “My best mate is Mike Alexander [Shrivenham Development keeper and goalkeeping coach]. We’ve been mates since school and he used to come up and down the country to watch me play and I would come along and do some fitness training with him on and off at clubs he was with and I came along to watch games, so I got to know them all through that. I’ve not really done any serious coaching, but have helped out Gareth here and there and when he asked me if I’d be interested to get involved, I thought it was a great opportunity.”

Indeed, having played the non-league game at a high level for most of his career, Stanley certainly has a wealth of experience to bring to the club having also played at Weston-Super-Mare, Farnborough (during their Conference days) and Yeading, where he won back to back promotions ending in the Conference South and was also in their side that faced Newcastle United in a televised tie in the FA Cup Third Round.

He later went on to play at Chippenham Town, Yate, Cirencester Town, Swindon Supermarine and Didcot Town where he ended his playing career in 2013. “I don’t think I’ll be putting my boots back on,” he continued. “My role will be to come in and help Gareth get the boys going. I’ve seen a few of the games this season, and I don’t think they’re too far away. You can get used to losing games and it’s very easy to get that mentality – the same as when you’re winning games. It starts to come naturally but I think as soon as we can string a couple of decent results together back-to-back, it will give everyone a bit more of a lift and a buzz. I watched the game last Tuesday [at Brimscombe & Thrupp] and they did really, really well. Perhaps in the last 20-minutes the fitness showed, but I don’t think they deserved to lose the game and certainly not 2-0. That team were second in the league and there wasn’t that much difference between the two sides.

“I’ve spoken to Gareth and we want to get a little bit of a buzz back in the team. We want to have a little bit of a laugh and a joke, but at the same time, we need to be serious with it and that will help us to string a run together and I’m looking forwards to helping to do that starting tomorrow evening at Fairford.”


Roper Leaves Shrivenham - 26 October

adrian (ady)Roper shrivenham fcShrivenham Assistant Manager Ady Roper has resigned from his managerial and coaching position at the club, effective immediately.

Roper didn’t travel to St James‘ Park to witness Wednesday evenings 5-2 defeat at Brackely Town Saints, and speaking after the game manager Gareth Davies announced his former number two had left the club and speaking about the departure, said: “I’ve known Ade for a long time and I’m sad to see him go because he’s always helped me out and he’s been a great assistant to me. We won the title at Fairford Town and gained promotion with Shrivenham last season, so I truly am saddened to see him leave."

" Obviously Ade has got his reasons but from the footballing side of things, I’ll miss him and I think the club will miss him too, but he has to do what he has to do and unfortunately that’s his decision and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Asked whether there were plans to bring in a replacement to add to his backroom set-up, the boss continued: “We’ll just leave it for a couple of weeks and me and Chris Robinson will re-evaluate things then. There’s a couple of lads who can help us out, but we won’t do anything yet, we’ll see what happens and make a decision when the time is right for us.”

The club would like to thank Ady for all of his hard work and efforts both on and off the pitch during his time at Barrington Park and we wish him good luck all the very best for the future.


Stanners Steps Up - 19 October

ryan stannersShrivenham player Ryan Stanners has left Barrington Park to re-sign for Evo-Stik League South Division One club, Highworth Town.

“We’re obviously really disappointed to lose a player of Ryan’s calibre, but he’s moving to a higher level of football so it’s totally understandable,” Shrivenham manager Gareth Davies said.

The player joined the club ahead of the 2018-19 campaign and was a major cog in the sides preparations for Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League football consolidation and despite the club finding itself bottom of the standings at present, he had put in some excellent performances in the 11 games he had featured in, and picked up 2 goals along the way. Stanners goes straight in to the Worthians squad for this weekend’s fixture against league leaders, Yate Town.

Concluding, Davies added: “We wish him all the best at Highworth – he always gave everything for us here and he never let us down so we’re sure he’ll make it a success at that level too.”

The club thank Ryan for his efforts for Shrivenham Football Club and also Pitch Perfect (GC) Ltd for their support in sponsoring him during his time at the club.

 

gareth davies hellenic leagueEvery Game A Challenge - 19 October

Gareth Davies has conceded that every game will be a challenge for Shrivenham until the club’s poor run of form comes to an end. Writes Shaun Reynolds in The Swindon Advertiser

Davies (pictured) has watched his side record only seven points from their opening 11 Hellenic Premier Division fixtures this season, results which have consequently left the side bottom of the table. The situation fails to get easier this weekend as promotion chasing Ascot United visit Barrington Park, and Davies admits his men enter the tie as massive underdogs.

“Every game is going to be tough for us at the moment, because of where we are in the table,” said Davies. “It will be a challenge against Ascot, and the table doesn’t lie. We’ve got ourselves into this situation and we’ve got to get ourselves out of it. We’ll go into the game as massive underdogs, but it’s down to ourselves to prove that we can compete. We have to go into the game with a positive attitude. We know that we’ve not been anywhere near where we should be, performance-wise. First and foremost we need to start competing in games. At the moment, when we concede a goal you can sense there’s a ‘here we go again’ mentality on the pitch. We’ve got to stop that, and we’ve got to start competing from minute one.”

Davies’ comments regarding his side’s ill-discipline over 90 minutes were voiced following Tuesday night’s 2-1 Floodlit Cup defeat by AFC Aldermaston. Two goals in the first half put the game beyond reach for Shrivenham, who responded well in the second but failed to find a way back into the game.

Davies said: “On Tuesday night a couple of mistakes cost us two goals, but in the second half I thought there was only one team in it. We just couldn’t get that equaliser though. But it is what it is, and we need to stay positive. At the minute we’re just not taking what is in front of us. We moved the ball around well, and that’s a positive sign. We’ve got to try and keep the players in good spirits.”

 

Further Former Player Return - 3 October

Two further players sign for Shrivenham, including Steve Hall who has transferred from Fairford Town to their Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League rivals.

The player has found his opportunities at the Red's limited this season having only made 4 appearances, two of which were from the bench, however he featured 36 time for the side during their 2017-18 campaign, scoring 1 goal and picking up 8 yellow cards along with 1 dismissal (second bookable offence).

He is another player who was part of Fairford’s HL1W Championship winning season under Gareth Davies [in 2016-17] where he posted figures of 26 appearances, 2 goals and 7 yellow cards and the previous season [2015-16], he made 32 appearances and picked up 10 yellow cards.

Shrivenham Development manager Steve Hendry has also welcomed the return of former first teamer Chris Rivers to the club. The player returns having started the season with Wiltshire Senior League side Purton, where he has featured three times so far this season and featured in the full 90-minutes in the weekend’s narrow 3-2 Uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West defeat at Abingdon United Development.

“I’m delighted to have Chris back with us,” Development manager Steve Hendy said. “His level of experience and quality will help us out tremendously and help take our Development team forwards.”

Rivers made 17 starts in the clubs Uhlsport Hellenic 1 West promotion campaign last season, scoring 1 goal and featured 7 times for the Reserves (now “Development” side).


Macauley Dodson hellenic league footballDodson Back At Shrivenham - 2 October

Shrivenham manager Gareth Davies has snapped up the signature of Swindon Supermarine defender, Macauley Dodson.

Having initially teamed up with the club last season [2017-18] on a duel-contract from the South Marston based side, the player produced some terrific defensive performances as he returned to full fitness having been out injured for some time and having found his opportunities in the side limited this season, Davies has managed to bring the player back to Barrington Park on the same deal.

With experience at Supermarine, Highworth Town, Chippenham Town and Forest Green Rovers, the player helped strengthen the side’s defensive capabilities when he made his return at the weekend as the side saw off Uhlsport Hellenic 2 East side Long Crendon in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup where he played the full 90-minutes.

 

sean mckeonShrivvy Welcome McKeon - 1 October

Shrivenham are delighted to welcome former Carterton captain, Sean McKeon to the Premier Division club.

The frontman joined the club ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 Uhlsport Challenge Cup win at Long Crendon and made his debut for the club as a second half substitute. 

The player re-signed for Carterton in the summer ahead of what promised to be an exciting period for the newly promoted Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West side. The player was Carterton’s top scorer last season [in League 2 West with 16 goals from 18 games] and was also awarded the Managers Player of the Season gong at the end of the campaign. He is also an FA Level 2 qualified coach, and had a spell in charge of Carterton’s U18s side.

Prior to making his debut for Shrivenham at the weekend, he had already racked up 2 goals in 3 games for his former club and having come on as a second half substitute, was instrumental in two of the three goals we scored.

 

buildbase fa vaseVase Might Be Welcome Break - 14 September

Gareth Davies hopes the Buildbase FA Vase can hand his stuttering Shrivenham side an injection of confidence following their midweek collapse at home to Brimscombe & Thrupp.

Owen Houlihan, Swindon Advertiser Sports Editor writes. Shrivvy, 3-0 up in the first half against the Gloucestershire side on Tuesday, contrived to lose 5-3 in their Hellenic League Premier Division clash which followed a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Abingdon United last weekend.

Davies admits those blows have left his men reeling as they prepare to host Badshot Lea in the second qualifying round of the Vase, although his squad will be boosted by the return of four players on Saturday, with Ryan Stanners, Luke Cordery, Matty Horsell and Jamie Prictor all available.

“It might be a welcome break, I think, because in the last couple of games, we’ve not really been at the races," said the manager. “To throw a three-goal lead away on Tuesday and come out with nothing from it was criminal - the players know it as well. We can take our mind off the league and go into it (the Vase game) with a positive attitude. We can go into it open-minded and hopefully get our name into the hat for the next round.’’

He added: “I think we will be a bit more of a squad on Saturday. We were down to the bare bones on Tuesday but that’s not an excuse. In the first 40 minutes, I thought we were outstanding and made them (Brimscombe) look very ordinary, but confidence is a little bit shot at the minute and we conceded just at the wrong time, two minutes before the break.They got their tails up and you could see they were going to come at us in the second half."

 

Confidence High At Shrivenham - 7 September

gareth davies hellenic leagueShrivenham manager Gareth Davies reckons confidence is high in the dressing room following their midweek win at Flackwell Heath, writes Sam Hill in the Swindon Advertiser.

Davies' troops return to Barrington Park this weekend where they will host Abingdon United, who have secured three points from their opening five games. But Shrivvy are buoyed after an excellent result on Tuesday as they toppled a Heath side challenging at the top of the table for their second away win of the campaign

“It’s going to be another huge game for us (against Abingdon),” said Davies (pictured), whose promoted side have managed only one point from four home matches to date. After Tuesday's result our confidence levels are right up there after a tough start to the season. It was always going to take time for us to adapt. We know our players our good enough to play in this league. A lot of factors were to blame for our poor start to the league. We had a shortage of players in the squad due to holidays, we had a few key injuries and the boys needed time to settle and work up their fitness levels. People might have written us off already, but I think a lot of teams are in false positions in the league.”

Having lost four of their opening five league games, Shrivenham's form has dramatically improved in recent weeks - with three wins in a row across all competitions. Despite this, Davies' men currently sit 15th in the table after picking up just two wins from their opening seven matches and things won't get easier against Abington this weekend, a team that Davies insists will be ready for battle.

He said: "We’re cutting out our silly mistakes in possession and starting to move the ball quicker. I thought the whole squad that was involved against Flackwell in the week were outstanding. A lot of teams will struggle to go down to Flackwell and take three points, the boys did all the dirty work needed to get a good result. After what was a physical game against Flackwell, Davies is optimistic regarding the fitness of his players for the weekend. “Ryan (Stanners) is suffering a bit with an impact injury but I’m hoping he’ll be fit to play. Josh (Morse) is carrying a knock and Lewis (Petrie) got roughed up a bit as well. Abingdon are a good side and we’ll need to prepare for a real battle against them. You need to roll your sleeves up and do the dirty work if you’re going to achieve results in this league – against every team you play.”

 

Shrivenham Déjà Vu - 26 August

It was a case of déjà vu for Steve Hendry’s Development side at Barrington Park yesterday, after another costly first half display let them down for a second game running. Despite getting off to a stunning start which included hitting the upright and going close on more than one occasions, it was the visitors who found themselves asserting their stamp on the game.

steve wickens hellenic league footballGoals from Steve Nurse and Josh Fielding gave the home side a fairly fortunate break, before a stunning effort from Fielding gave stand in keeper John Turner absolutely no chance after the midfield and forward lines failed to help out in defence. The frustration continued when Keegan Bowles was left to shot through a crowded penalty area to put the visitors well in control going in to the break. For the second game running however, the side were a different beast in the second and mostly one-way traffic towards the clubhouse in the final period will have left supporters wondering how they didn’t at least snatch a point, however as the saying goes – if you don’t stick the ball in the net, you don’t win games and a Brad Hirst thunderous effort was scant consolation for their efforts.   “I think first half, we were off the pace a little bit,” Assistant Manager Steve Wickens (pictured) said after the final whistle. We didn’t really position ourselves where we needed to, made a couple of costly mistakes and didn’t press them [Bourton Rovers]. The second half, we made one or two changes, everybody upped their tempo we moved the ball a little bit quicker, engaged the front two and we certainly came back in to the game. It was a momentous effort from everybody after half time and we could have gone on and won that second half.”

Indeed they should – but for the second game in a row, the side were left to rue their substandard first half performance and when asked why that may be, Wickens was magnanimous when purporting the blame. “It’s not just the players fault, it’s us as well [the management],” he continued. We set up what we’ve got at times to be fair, with people away and as a group, we need to learn to manage the game and manage what’s in front of us at times and we were unable to do that last week in the first half [against Adderbury Park] and certainly this week. Giving goals away will always set us on the back foot and hopefully we can turn it round.”

With Bourton thrashing the side 6-1 and 5-0 last season, there was certainly now what that the visitors were four goals better than the side on the day and although Wickens has only joined the club this season, he had a fair idea of just how far the side has come. “Me personally, I’m still learning about the players but we’re going in the right direction. We had possibly two or three key players out today – the spine of the team, the goalkeeper was missing, the centre-back was missing and one of the centre forwards too, and when you have to take the spine away, it’s going to put you on the back foot. We’ve got strong personnel to come back in. Half of the team are developing as it say’s in the name of the side, and they are learning and we can’t over emphasise that enough. We set out to try and attack teams, but at the same time, want to make ourselves a decent, solid side to beat and be defensive in the right areas, and one of the biggest problems I’ve seen coming in and looking at this standard of football, is that the other teams are just bigger and stronger and we need to learn a way to beat these teams. At half time we spoke to them about getting out wide and the fullbacks and the centre-backs playing the diagonal ball and turning the fullbacks round and taking the play forwards and we certainly did that in the second half.”


Standard To Step Up To - 25 August

Shrivenham Development manager Steve Hendry has reflected on last week’s 3-0 Uhlsport Hellenic League Two West defeat against Adderbury Park as he eyes up today’s home game against Bourton Rovers.

“We had a good preseason – the best for a few years, so going in to the game we were well prepared and ready despite one or two squad players missing,” he said. “As per the result though, it doesn’t always follow the script and we started nervously and were indecisive in our play and that’s the complete opposite to the way you need to be against opposition such as Adderbury. They completely overran us, pressed us high and hit us hard and half time couldn’t come quick enough. Although it was a massive disappointment to be three down, it could have been a lot worse if I’m being honest. We got in to them at half time, made a change and set out the plan for the second half and the boys showed tremendous character in the final forty-five minutes, had a few efforts at goal and really gave Adderbury something to think about. They [Adderbury Park] will be up there come the end of the season, but this is the standard we have to step up to.”

Indeed, despite the first half performance last weekend, Hendry is hopeful that his side will emulate the effort his side put in after the break against Adderbury when they take to the field today when third placed Bourton Rovers visit Barrington Park.

“I learned a bit more about my players on Saturday, as they did about the levels required to compete at this level and we’ll have another similar tough test this weekend, so I’m looking forwards to seeing if we can maintain the standard we set in the second half.” Kick off for the game is at 3pm.

 

Shrivvy Development Ready For Season Start - 16 August

hellenicleague steve hendry Shrivenham Development concluded their preseason preparations at Barrington Park yesterday and looking ahead to their Uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West campaign getting underway this coming Saturday against Adderbury Park, manager Steve Hendry (pictured) knows his side are in for a difficult afternoon.

Speaking after his sides 13-0 victory over Uffington, he said: “I’ve not really had a look at their side yet, but I do know a bit about them and it seems it’s going to be quite a tough game – it’s going to be like us going away to Manchester City to be honest!”

Hendry has seen his “Reserve” side finish bottom [2016-17] and second bottom [2017-18] of the standings over the previous two campaigns, and is targeting continued improvement this year and with the side rebranded as a “Development” team under the clubs restructuring during the close season, has already seen the benefits over the summer months.

“We’re looking a lot stronger than we were last season, we’ve got a little bit more experience, we’ve got a lot better youth’s than we had and a lot of the players we played tonight [against Uffington], are likely to feature against Adderbury.

“We’ve got a bigger squad than we’ve had recently and we’ve got lads from the First Team that can come down so we have a much better blend than we’ve had since I’ve been involved in the side and we’re certainly in a much better place than we’ve ever been.”

Speaking about his tough season opener, he concluded: “We’re looking to go there and get something out of it.

“We won’t be going there to lie down and get rolled over so we’ll try to mix it up.”

The side travel to Adderbury Park [in Banbury] this coming Saturday [18.08.18] for a 3pm kick off and if you can join them, would welcome your support.

 

Errors Must Be Corrected - 10 August

gareth davies hellenic leagueShrivenham boss Gareth Davies admits sloppy individual defensive errors must be corrected if they are to record their first league points of the season tomorrow against Virginia Water.

Davies’ troops have suffered 5-1 and 6-1 losses against Reading City and Windsor respectively, meaning they sit bottom of the Uhlsort Hellenic League Premier Division. But an opportunity to record their first win of the season presents itself to Shrivenham this weekend when league newcomers Virginia Water visit Barrington Park.

“They’re the same as us as they earned promotion last year. We don’t know much about them,” said Daviesin the Swindon Advertiser. “What I do know is we can’t continue defending like we have. The lads from Tuesday do have their heads down at the moment, it’s not been pretty. But 99 per cent of the goals we’ve conceded have been through our own silly mistakes that our players wouldn’t normally make. If we stop making these mistakes, we will be okay.”

While a minus 11 goal difference after two games makes for bitter reading, Davies admits results will start to turn in his side’s favour if they start taking their chances. A missed penalty moments before half-time during Tuesday’s trip to Windsor would’ve levelled the game. But instead, the home side romped to a five-goal win – crushing confidence in the Shrivvy camp.

Davies said: “We’ve conceded 11 goals in two games, but we’ve had our chances. Had that penalty on Tuesday gone in, you’d like to think it would’ve been a different game. It’s just not happening at the minute, and it’s disappointing because I know they can do better. I understand the players are a bit frustrated at the moment but it’s one of those things we have to deal with. It’s our first season back and we’ve had two hidings. The players that we have at the club are more than capable of playing at this level. We just need to stick together and hopefully it can be sorted out.”

 

Putting Result Behind Them - 7 April

Shrivenham hit the road to Stag Meadow tonight for their second Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League fixture of the season. Kick off is at 7:45pm.

Shrivyy will be looking to emulate their second half performance during Saturday afternoon’s fixture against Reading City when they visit Stag Meadow on Tuesday evening, but with a tricky tie against another one of the sides who will be challenging at the right end of the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier table come the end of the season, thing’s aren’t about to get any easier for Gareth Davies side.

Following the weekend’s 5-1 defeat he said: “It’s for us to pick the players up. We said to them after the game that Reading are supposed to be one of the favourites of the league and we made them look very ordinary in spells and that we’ve got the ideal opportunity to go to Stag Meadow and get on with our next game and put that result behind. I’d like to think that we’ll put it right against Windsor. We need games. To be fair, we didn’t think that we’d be in for an easy ride against Reading, and I think it may have opened our eyes a little - we’re not in Division One anymore.”


Two More Added To Jigsaw - 28 July

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that former Carterton goalkeeper Harrison Ellis and former Fairford Town midfielder Josh Gregory have both signed terms to join the club for the 2018-19 season.

Ellis, who is brother of recent signing Jack Ellis, was a key part of the Uhlsport Hellenic League 2 West Carterton side that finished fourth last season, playing 23 games in what is a hugely talented squad. The player would have been testing his skills in the newly formatted League 1 West this year after Carterton gained promotion but due to his success, will now find himself launched in to the Hellenic Premier League after signing terms at yesterday evenings training session [26.07.18].

The player who featured for Carterton against Shrivenham when the two sides met in a friendly game nine days ago, said: “I’m excited to get started. It’s a new opportunity for me and I’m pleased to have been given the chance to test myself in the Hellenic Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Gregory has signed after a successful preseason spell at the club. The midfielder lists Hungerford Town and Swindon Supermarine as his previous clubs and Jody Bevon snapped him up on loan to Fairford Town from Supermarine last season, and he went on to play 25 games in the Hellenic Premier, scoring 2 goals. He also picked up 8 yellow cards and one red. 

Their arrivals mean that the club now have a squad of 20 confirmed players ahead of this afternoon's home friendly against Cricklade Town, kick off 3pm.

 

More Signings Prior To Opening Pre-Season Game - 14 July

Shrivenham confirm additional Players have been signed ahead of today’s opening preseason fixture against Malmesbury Victoria.

Leigh Brown originally joined the club in 2013 and was a regular in last season’s promotion winning side, making 27 appearances, scoring 4 goals and picking up 6 yellow cards. Over the last three successive seasons he has made 56 appearances, scored 9 goals and picked up 12 yellow and 1 red card.

Ben Saunders from Fairford Town. Saunders made 37 appearances for the Reds last season, picking up 5 goals and 4 yellow cards in the process. The left-footer originally joined the Reds in the 2016-17 season and went on to score 9 goals in 35 appearances during Fairford’s Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West Championship winning campaign and is another familiar face that the Shrivvy boss has managed to bring to the club.

Chris Jackson spent last season at the New Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, helping Royal Wootton Bassett Town to a 15th place finish in Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League standings, making 33 appearances during which he received 7 yellow cards and 1 red.

Mani Roper will be remaining at Barrington Park for another season. The player made 8 appearances for the First XI during the 2017-18 Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West campaign, along with 3 appearances and 3 goals for our Reserve side in League 2 West.

Rob Hendry’s decision to remain at Barrington Park means that it will be his third straight season with the club where he has become a regular in the defensive starting line-up, making 51 appearances over the last two campaigns.

Danny Hale will wear a Shrivvy jersey once again after the player competed his signing on forms to remain at Barrington Park for another term. The former Fairford Town forward made 18 appearances for the side last season, scoring 6 times and picked up 6 yellow cards.

Jamie Prictor last season’s Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year awards, he made 28 appearances during our promotion winning season, and was the clubs top goal scorer with 16.  He has captained the side 73 times over the last three years, is also set to increase his Shrivvy playing stats even further.

Dan Drewett previously played for the club before joining for Highworth Town. Returning Drewett spent last season at the Elms where he featured in a massive 41 games for the Worthians, assisting them to promotion to the Southern League (West) and chipped in with 6 goals along the way.

 

Additional Shrivenham Names - 6 July

Further names have been added to the Shrivenham fold for their season 2018/19 campaign.

Aaron Dainton - The central-defender made his first-team debut for Shrivvy in the 2-0 home win over Kidlington Reserves last during last season’s promotion winning campaign and went on to play a total of 9 games having signed from Fairford Town where he had featured 23 times from the start of their Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League season, scoring 1 goal.

Luke Cordery - Another talented player who has worked under Gareth Davies and his management team at Fairford Town, Cordery teamed up with his former boss at Shrivvy during the 2017-18 promotion season, making 14 appearances and scored 3 goals.

Nathan Blackford - Having previously featured for Shrivvy, he returned via Fairford Town last season and made 9 appearances in our promotion winning campaign scoring twice, having featured 7 times in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League for Fairford Town before his move.

Jack Ellis - The highly rated attacking midfielder/striker was a long term transfer target for manager Gareth Davies when he was at the helm of the Reds during the 2016-17 season and he made the switch from Clanfield 85 Christmas before last. Under Davies, he went on to make 16 appearances, scoring 13 goals before picking up a knee injury in a Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie against Holyport.

Sam Ockwell - The experienced Ockwell made the switch from Fairford Town last season and has now been involved in two promotions in as many seasons. Following his arrival from the Gloucestershire based side, Ockwell made 16 appearances in a Shrivvy jersey last season, scoring 1 goal and received 2 yellow cards having previously made 4 appearances in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League for the Reds, 3 of which saw him named as captain.

Matty Horsell - The pacey winger has spent some time out of the game recently so arrives at Barrington Park having been unattached to any other club, but he has kept himself fit and has looked sharp enough during preseason training to catch the eye of manager Gareth Davies. Horsell has a massive amount of experience at the clubs level, and can list Royal Wootton Bassett Town, Highworth Town, Swindon Supermarine, Wantage Town and Abingdon United among the clubs he has played for during his career.

Lewis Petrie - Petrie, scored 9 goals from 9 appearances last term after joining from Fairford Town in December [2017] and was keen to commit his services to the club once again for 2018-19. The player progressed through the ranks at Royal Wootton Bassett and was part of their Wiltshire County U18s Floodlit League Championship winning side in 2010-11 where he was also the side’s top scorer before Shrivenham manager Gareth Davies managed to capture his services while boss of Fairford Town.

 

Further Shrivvy Signings - 5 July

Shrivenham Football advise of further players who have put pen to paper and signed for the club.

Fraser Little, last season’s Young Player of the Year, Little made 23 appearances in the side during our promotion campaign, taking him to 79 appearances for the club over the last three seasons. Little said: "The gaffer said that he wanted me back and I wanted to stay at the club, it’s as simple as that. I felt that my game really improved last season under the club's manangement team.

ryan stannersRyan Stanners (pictured left) has signed for the club, after agreeing to switch from Highworth Town. The former Swindon Supermarine and Royal Wootton Bassett Town player made a massive 42 appearances for the Worthians during their promotion winning campaign last season, including 39 starts and he scored 1 goal [in the sides 6-1 win at AFC Longlevens during September], picking up 6 yellow cards.

Stanners is described as player with excellent technical ability and who enjoys taking opposition players on. Manager Gareth Davies said: “We’re really happy that we’ve managed to get him here at Shrivenham, and I scott chilcottthink he’ll be a huge asset to us.”

Another player joining the Barrington Park club is Scott Chilcott (right) from Shrivvy's former Uhlsport League One West rivals Pewsey Vale. The player, who is comfortable in a variety of roles, began his career at centre-back as a trainee with Reading, however he is equally as comfortable up front and was an integral cog in last season’s successful Pewsey Vale side, who were also involved in the promotion race right up to the tail end of the season.

“We tried to get him here last season, but he was committed to Pewsey Vale so we’re delighted that we’ve managed to get his signature this season,” Davies continued. “He’s another player that has a real quality about him, he can play anywhere and he’s superb to have around the club.”

 

New Deal For Midfielder - 2 July

josh morseShrivenham Football Club have secured the return of an important piece of last season’s midfield, with the re-signing of Josh Morse.

“We are thrilled to have Josh stay with us at Barrington Park and expect more great things from him in 2018-19," said manager Gareth Davies on announcing the news. “His style of football compliments our style of play and he is a natural fit for our team and what we want to achieve here at the club.”

Morse (pictured), who picked up the Managers Player of the Year award last season, is a former England Colleges FA International who learnt his trade at the Cirencester Academy and went on to feature for the clubs senior side, before moving to Swindon Supermarine and Fairford Town. He then followed Davies and his management team on to Shrivenham last season.

The dynamic midfielder was involved in 15 of the club’s games, all of those as a starter and scored 11 goals following his move from the Cinder Lane based club where he was captain and scored 3 goals in 17 appearances in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League.

“I really like the club and enjoy playing under Gareth, Chris [Robinson] and Ady [Roper] so it was an easy decision to remain," said Morse. "I believe this club deserved promotion last season and we'll be aiming to push on this year." 2018-19 will mark the player’s first season start with the club, and will bringing additional stability and agility to the core of the side’s formation.

Official Player Sponsorship is currently available for Morse and costs just £50 for the entire season. Sponsorship gets you or your brands logo in every edition of our home Game Day magazine on our Official Player Sponsorship page, as well credit and a link to your website on our Player Bio page and on every Josh Morse related infographic during the 2018-19 campaign.

It really is a fantastic, cost effective way of advertising while supporting your local non-league side at the same time. For further details, or to become his official 2018-19 sponsor, please email club Chairman Matt Hirst on m.hirst@shrivenham.co.uk or call him on 07711 263 113 today!

 

Shrivenham Development - 29 June

Shrivenham Chairman Matt Hirst has revealed that Shrivenham Reserves have been rebranded for the 2018-19 season and will now play under the banner of Shrivenham Development, as the club look to enhance the development of the club's young players.

“There’s no secret that we want to be producing more home-grown talent and I believe that this is a further step towards achieving that aim,” said Hirst "At the end of last season and over the summer, we’ve been working a lot behind the scenes in order to grow out Youth set-up – it’s been a lot of hard work, but we as a club, believe that it’s the right thing to do and the best way forwards. This coming season will see us introducing sides at U8s and U10s levels, and our new U16s side are already committed to playing their part in developing the clubs future and along with our existing U16s side who will be filling the U17s-18s vacancy, we’re forming a far more competitive and more realistic channel for the players to make it in to the First XI in the future.

“Our motivation is to move young players into a routine that mirrors that of the first team, so that they can come through the club age ranges and have the Development team and then the First Team in their sights, rather than just lose interest or find themselves at the end of the line with no realistic opportunity of progressing themselves further – we have to make sure their development is right.”

Meanwhile, the newly branded side have also added Steve Wilkins as joint manager and he will assist the current management team of Steve Hendry and Chris Slevin.

“Slicker [Steve Hendry] already knew Steve and we had already been discussing getting more help involved on the coaching team so it was a great fit,” the Chairman continued. “There’s still a lot of work and a very long way to go, but there’s a great atmosphere around the club and everyone is working towards the same goal so the future looks very promising.”

 

shrivenham garagePrestige Sponsor - 25 June

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce Shrivenham Garage as the new official First XI sponsors for the forthcoming Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League season.

The front of shirt sponsorship is one of the most lucrative deals that the club has to offer, and will see Shrivenham Garage branding on the front of our home jersey, along with advertising on our website, inside our game day magazine and pitch side for the duration of the 2018-19 campaign.

Shrivenham Garage is the number one choice for quality used cars and has around 40 vehicles in stock and they offer a unique in-house preparation and warranty service not offered by any other local garage.

Speaking about the brand new deal, Shrivenham Chairman Matt Hirst said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Shrivenham Garage for this exciting new partnership. Their standards are exceptional and we’re really looking forwards to working closely with them over the coming year and are thrilled to have been able to attract a big local business to become part of our family.”

With a 100% commitment to customer service and satisfaction, every single vehicle in their stock is handpicked by Shrivenham Garage and supplied to them direct by the main dealer network using the long-term relationship they’ve built up during more than 17-years of experience.

Tim Wann, Managing Director and owner of Shrivenham Garage added: “We’re incredibly excited to partner with Shrivenham Football Club, they’re a great little club who have big plans and we are looking forwards to an exciting season supporting the club.”

Along with sales, Shrivenham Garage also provides a workshop which is equipped to carry out a full range of services from MoTs to Diagnostic work and they also provide a top quality valeting service. To find out all about Shrivenham Garage, visit their website at shrivenhamgarage.co.uk, call them on 01793 780 003, visit the garage at Townsend Road, Shrivenham, SN6 8HR between 9am and 5:30pm Monday to Saturday or email them at: sales@shrivenhamgarage.co.uk

The season long deal will see Shrivvy supplied with a brand new home jersey which will be launched before our first league fixture. The club would like to thank out-going jersey sponsors, Heath Design & Construction Ltd for all of their extensive support during our 2017-18 promotion season, we really appreciate your involvement.

 

Humbled By Generosity Of Supporter - 31 May

Shrivenham Football Club is humbled to announce that following the passing of local supporter Francis (Frank) Smith in June last year, we have recently received a generous cash donation that he bequest the club.

"Flanners” as he was known to those around the club, was former club player and scored a great many goals for the club and in his later years became an avid visitor to Barrington Park on game days and club Chairman Matt Hirst said that the club will think of a suitable way to honour his memory. "His generosity is unprecedented in terms of this club. I don’t think we’ve ever received a bequest before so we really want to honour the kind gesture Flanners has made, and we’ll be discussing how best we can do that at our upcoming committee meetings during the close season. It’s likely the donation will be used to help update our club house in some way as we have several projects already planned so this money will now asist some of them become a reality. We know he used to enjoy coming up on match days and he is fondly remembered by everyone at the club – he was quite a character!”

Frank, as he was more commonly known around the village, was laid to rest at Kingsdown Crematorium on July 5 [2017] and had been an avid supporter of Shrivenham Football Club for many years. Following his passing, solicitors informed us that a proportion of his estate had been left to the club and as matters have now been settled, the club recently received his donation.

"We’re not talking millions, he was a modest man, but it’s a massive amount of money for a small village club like Shrivenham, and we’re extremely grateful that he even thought to do such a thing as it’s certainly nothing we ever expected" the Chairman continued. "It will make a huge difference to us, and we can’t thank Flanners enough for being so kind and thinking of helping the club in this way.

"It make us reflect on how important a part of someone’s life grassroots clubs can be, especially in playing in the local community and we will certainly be naming our end of season Top Goal Scorer award after him from this coming season, as it’s the least we can do in his honour. We hope he is looking down on us every Saturday afternoon and still enjoying the game.”

 

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