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sally hirst hellenic football leagueGrant For Shrivenham - 20 November

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that we have received a £150 grant courtesy of the Shrivenham Institute Charity following an application made by club Treasurer Sally Hirst(pictured), at the start of October.

With the club aiming to re-establish a youth set up from next season, the grant is a very welcome boost as we look to fund new uniforms and equipment for the planned U7s side and amongst the countless other expenses and ground maintenance tasks that are needed to keep Barrington Park up to standard, all funds prove a massive bonus for the club and its future.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the Shrivenham Institute Charity has seen the football club and our plans to develop a new youth and girls structure as being worthy of receiving one of their grants,” club Chairman Matt Hirst said after receiving the cheque. “It’s a fantastic boost for our plans and on behalf of the club, I offer my sincerest thanks to the Trustees of the charity for their support and giving our application their approval. Our new youth structure will make a huge difference, not just to the lives of the hundreds of youngsters who will eventually pass through the age groups, but also to the broader community of Shrivenham and the surrounding area. The club is run by volunteers, who exist to provide excellent sports and social opportunities to the whole community – old and young, female and male. The Committee have all worked really hard since I became Chairman in the summer in order to develop the club and make it something that more and more people can enjoy. We’ll continue with our aspirations to become one of the best clubs in Oxfordshire and make the club sustainable for many years to come and boosts like the grant the Shrivenham Village Institute Charity have given us, all go to help us reach that goal.”

Among their function, the Shrivenham Village Institute Charity consider issuing grants to organisations and individuals and provide services that benefit the environment, conservation and heritage, arts, culture and science as well as religious activities, general charitable purpose , amateur sports, educational and training opportunities and much more.

They are entirely focussed on the general benefit of the inhabitants of the parishes of Shrivenham and Watchfield and towards the upkeep and maintenance of the institute and the fixtures and fittings, books, tables and chairs therein.

nick moore hellenic football leagueNick Moore Resigns From Shrivenham - 18 November

Shrivenham confirm that Nick Moore has left his position as the Director of Football of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One club.

Moore was appointed to the role ahead of the season and although the club have been continually improving, he announced his intentions to step down from both his role and his place on the Committee last Saturday evening.

“It’s a real shame to lose someone of Nick’s experience,” club Chairman Matt Hirst said. “We would have dearly loved him to have stayed on and we were hoping that he would change his mind which is why we’ve put off making the announcement, however it wasn’t to be and we have to respect his decision. He’s shown great commitment to the club and he’ll be missed by everyone on the committee and by the players and although we’re disappointed he has opted to resign, he leaves with our best wishes and thanks for all the help he has given to the club.”

The club can also confirm that midfielder Jason Milhench will not play for the side again after he signed for Premier Division leaders Highworth Town midweek.

 

sam ockwell shrivenham hellenic football leagueShrivvy Sign Defender Sam Ockwell - 13 November

Shrivenham Football Club manager Gareth Davies has strengthened his squad ahead of this evening's kick off against New College Swindon, with the capture of centre half Sam Ockwell.

The player was Davies first signing as manager of former club Fairford Town back in June 2016 and despite agreeing to stay on at the Cinder Lane based side the during the summer, made his departure from the Hellenic Premier league early in the season and has gone on to feature for Toolstation Western League Division 1 club Malmesbury Victoria and more recently, Shortwood United of the Evo-Stik West league.

“Sam is another fantastic addition to our squad,” the boss said on announcing that the player had signed and will be available for selection this evening. “He was my captain at our previous club and he is a great footballer. He's a real leader with a huge amount of experience and not only will he do well in our team, but he will also help to develop our younger players. We’re really pleased to finally been able to get him on board.”

So far this season, Ockwell has made 4 appearances for Fairford (3 as club captain) and received 1 yellow card, 4 appearances for the Vics scoring 1 goal and 7 appearances for United, scoring 1 goal but will now be looking to gain a regular spot in the starting line-up at Barrington Park.

Shrivenham Reserves have been handed an away tie against Binfield Reserves in Round 4 of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup following Saturdays 3-2 win over Burghfield.

 

New Sponsor - 6 November

Shrivenham Football Club announce that Heath Design & Construction Ltd have become their new first team kit sponsors.

heath design and contructionThe exciting deal will see the club unveil a brand new blue and white hooped jersey – including Heath Design & Construction Ltd branding this coming Tuesday evening, when we host Highworth Town in the second round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup at Barrington Park.

Heath Design and Construction Ltd is a well-established construction company founded over 40 years ago and based in Swindon. They provide a full construction service and are registered with NHBC and are members of The Federation of Master Builders.

“Getting a big new kit sponsor midway through the season is a major milestone for the club and I am thrilled that we have been able to establish a great new partnership between the club and Heath Design & Construction Ltd,” said Shrivvenham Chairman, Matt Hirst. “We really enjoy working with businesses and organisations who contribute to our community and Heath Design & Construction Ltd are a huge brand in this area and we hope that the relationship proves to be as beneficial to them as it is to us. They have been a pleasure to join forces with, and they share our commitment both to the club and the town of Swindon and the surrounding area and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Heath Design & Construction Ltd specialise in new building developments, barn conversions and works to listed buildings and undertake projects from extensions, domestic, commercial and local authority works right through to insurance work. With the majority of their workforce having been employed by Heath's throughout their working lives, you’ll find that all projects are managed on a daily basis by the directors which ensure a high quality of work is completed on time and within budget.

You can find out more about Heath Design and Construction Ltd by visiting their website here, or contacting them on 01793 520 661 or email them at heath@heathdesignandbuild.net.

 

luke cordery hellenic football leagueCordery Signs For Shrivenham - 3 November

Gareth Davies has swooped for the signing of another of his former Fairford Town players, snapping up the services of Luke Cordery for Shrivenham.

The Shrivvy boss originally signed the central midfielder on a duel contract with Swindon Supermarine during his time at Malmesbury before taking him to Fairford where he went on to make 30 appearances and score 2 goals during the Gloucestershire clubs 2016-17 HL1W promotion winning campaign.

With the arrival of a new management team however, Cordery (pictured) is another former season 16/17 One West championship winning player who has found his opportunities limited at Cinder Lane this season, featuring six times for Fairford Town this season, with two of those coming from the bench. Exiting from the Premier Division club last month, it provided the Shrivenham management team the opportunity to work with the player once again.

“We’re really pleased to have got Luke on board,” Davies said.“We’ve taken him to every club we’ve been involved with so we’re thrilled to have been able to get him along to Barrington Park too. We’re looking forward to getting him involved in the side, he has real quality and his attitude is first class. He’s a player that can adapt to whatever position he is put in on the pitch, and getting his signature will continue to improve our squad massively and we can’t wait to get back to working with him.”

Davies admits maintaining Uhslport Hellenic Division One West momentum is proving difficult given the stop-start nature of the campaign. The Barrington Park side were left kicking their heels last week, the sort of hiatus Davies believes robs them of some much-needed consistency.

Shrivvy, who have won three of their last four league games, go to Cheltenham Saracens tomorrow. “The league is our bread and butter and we need to focus on that," said the manager. “Consistency is key so being given the week off last week wasn’t what we wanted. Saturday is a big one for us. We need be in the right frame of mind as we’ve dropped a couple of places due to not playing."

 

english schools faFriday Night Football At Barrington Park - 2 November

Shrivenham host some of Swindon’s finest young players on Friday evening [November 3] when Swindon Schools U13s play Cheltenham & District at Barrington Park

Having received a “bye” in the first round, the talented local youngsters take on their Cheltenham & District Schools counterparts in round two of the Playstation Schools Cup, 7pm kick off.

Shrivvy Chairman Matt Hirst is delighted that the club were asked to host the tie. “We’ve got a very busy three days ahead of us and we can’t wait to get it started on Friday evening with the Swindon Schools cup tie,” he said looking ahead to the weekend. “It’s an honour to have been asked to host the tie by the U13s manager, Jamie Richards and we’ll all be supporting Swindon and wish them the best of luck at getting through to the third round! We’re sure all the staff, players and families from both sides will have a great evening and enjoy our hospitality and it kicks off a big weekend for everyone at the club so we’re really looking forwards to the game.”

Indeed, with the Swindon Schools fixture taking place on Friday evening, our Reserve side then host Clanfield 85 Development on Saturday [November 4, kick off 3pm] before we host our Fireworks Event on Sunday November 5 [when gates opening at 5:30pm].

Like Swindon, Cheltenham & District Schools also received a “bye” in the opening round, so both sides will be making their season debuts in the competition. The PlayStation Schools’ Cup is an exciting grassroots football partnership between PlayStation and the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA). The tournaments are open to girls and boys throughout England within the U12, U13, U14 and U15 age categories.

The ESFA is the governing body of schools’ football in England and is responsible for the running and development of schools’ competitions and festivals for boys and girls at Primary and Secondary school age. Previous ESFA grassroots tournaments have helped nurture stars such as Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Phil Neville, Jermain Defoe, Chris Smalling, Nicky Butt, Joe Cole and Wes Brown. With over 2000 schools and 100000 children now benefit from the PlayStation Schools’ Cup programme, every school involved is issued with a PlayStation Schools’ Cup match day football.

Admission for the fixture is set at £2 per family.

 

josh morse shrivenham hellenic football leagueNew Player, New Board! - 28 October

Shrivenham manager Gareth Davies has raided former club Fairford Town ahead of the weekend and secured the signing of 22-year old Josh Morse for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.

The former Swindon Supermarine player (right) made 44 appearances under Davies, scoring 22 goals helping the side to the HD1W title last season, so is someone the boss knows only too well.

“Josh is another massive signing for us,” Davies said. “He’s a fantastic player and having worked with him previously, we know he will bring a huge work ethic and a massive amount of quality to our side, I’m so pleased he’s decided to join us and we’re very excited to be working with him again.”

subs boardA former England Colleges FA International captain, the player is a product of the Cirencester Academy and went on to play for the clubs senior side in 2013 before he made the move Supermarine and then Fairford in 2016. So far this season, the player has made 17 appearances for Fairford and scored 3 goals and picked up 1 yellow card, captaining the side on 8 occasions.

Shrivenham players will know when their time is up thanks to a brand new substitution board which has been donated to the First Team by club Chairman, Matt Hirst. The new device is a massive improvement on the previously used equipment and was given its debut during last weekend’s 4-2 home victory over Pewsey Vale.

“There are lots of areas which we are improving the club and this was one area which enables us to be a little more professional in our approach on match days,” he said. “The old board was a little dated and I feel it’s important that as a club we project the right image and show professionalism in what we do so and it certainly looked good out there last Saturday!”

Assistant manager Chris Robinson had the honour of giving the electronic board its first use, when Adam Rudman came on for Rob Lincoln in the 85th minute.

 

andrew barton hellenic football leagueBarton Departs For Clanfield - 27 October

Andy Barton is leaving Shrivenham in order to pursue an opportunity with fellow Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West Clanfield 85.

The departure comes as a blow ahead of tomorrow’s Reserve team fixture against Newent Town as the talented midfielder has already made four appearances in the side scoring two goals, however Reserve Team manager Steve Hendry was quick to offer his best wishes to the player. “Andy has been a phenomenal player during my time in charge of the Reserves this season and we’ll obviously miss his presence. He has proven to be a model professional and played a hugely important role for the club and gaining his services in the Reserve side has been invaluable – we’ll certainly miss him and I thank him on behalf of our team for all his efforts and wish him luck at Radcot Road.”

With the arrival of new First Team manger Gareth Davies, Barton found his First Team opportunities limited to four bench appearances this season, but playing for the club was still something he very much enjoyed. “I’m genuinely upset to be leaving Shrivvy, especially mid-way through such a promising campaign. Some close friends have asked me to help with an exciting project at Clanfield 85, and I have decided to make the move to work with them again,” the player said having announced his decision to his former teammates on Thursday.

Speaking on the players decision, First Team boss Gareth Davies added: “It’s a real shame to lose a player of Andy’s calibre, but I’m not able to offer him regular First Team football at the moment and it’s probably something he deserves and something he will get at Clanfield. On behalf of the club I’d like to thank him for his service and we wish him well in his future endeavours and he’ll certainly be welcome back if he ever wants to return.”

 

connor johns hellenic football league shrivenhamKeeper Extends Shrivvy Stay - 25 October

Goalkeeper Connor Johns has opted to remain with Shrivenham for the remainder of the season after a successful spell at the Hellenic League One West club.

The 20-year-old, who signed for the club last month, previously won both the Supporters Player and Player’s Player of the Year awards at the Webb’s Wood Stadium and has quickly established himself as a favourite at Barrington Park, playing his part in the clubs progress up to third place in the standings since his arrival.

With the player initially joining as cover for the injured Mike Alexander, the former Swindon Town U18s shot stopper expressed his desire to remain at the club and manager Gareth Davies was more than happy to oblige. “It’s fantastic news that we’ve managed to keep Connor,” the boss said on announcing the news. “He’s one of the best young keepers around and I’m sure he has a big future in the game and I’m delighted that Shrivenham will play a part in his development. “It also shows the clubs intentions when players of this calibre want to play for Shrivenham Football Club.” Johns has produced vital stops to buttress Shrivvy’s resurgent run, losing just once [against leaders Ardley United] in a run of four matches that has included wins over New College Swindon, and Pewsey Vale in the league and against Hellenic Premier side Brackley Town Saints in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.

 

Shrivenham Take On Pewsey Vale - 20 October

Pewsey Vale manager Ally Tuttle brings his side to Barrington Park tomorrow for the Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West fixture against Shrivenham.

Shrivenham's Mike Wray comments. "Gareth Davies will be hoping his side can make it three consecutive home wins for the first time since joining the club against Pewsey Vale, in what is turning out to be a very competitive division indeed."

"Although Shrivvy's visitors are 11th, three points could see them jump to 4th if other results go their against them, whilst Shrivvy, who slipped to 5th following last weekend’s defeat, could also rise as high as second if they secure the three points and with games in hand, it seems that every club are flying as we enter the beginning of the mid-way point of the season."

 

bluefin insurersConvert League Form To Cup Run - 6 October

Gareth Davies is hoping Shrivenham convert their recent league form into their Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup tie with Brackley Town Saints tomorrow.

In their last three Uhlsport Division One West league outings, Shrivenham have come away with nine points, scoring 15 goals in the process. While the club may be free-scoring at the moment, Davies says he wants the fundamentals to be there at the weekend, when the Saints visit Barrington Park.

“Things are going okay at the moment, I’d like to think we are making steady progress in each game,” said Davies to Matthew Davies in The Swindon Advertiser. “Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of work still to do but overall to be fair to the players they’ve got on board with it.”

“Saturday will be another interesting game, we want to win every game of football that you play, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at. We certainly won’t change what we do, our style or our ethos so we will look to do our best to win the game. We try to concentrate on what we can do and what we are good at rather than worrying about what other teams might do to us. That has served us well in the past and that won’t change, but we will do our best on Saturday, we will have our fingers crossed.”

Shrivenham will be without Rob Lincoln who is away, while Tyler Shepard is a doubt with a back injury.

 

connor johns hellenic football leagueDavies Brings In Keeper Cover - 29 September

Shrivenham have drafted in Swindon Supermarine keeper Connor Johns as cover for the injured Mike Alexander.

With Alexander picking up a first half injury during Tuesday evening’s Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup defeat, Davies was forced to substitute the shot stopper with outfield player Adam Rudman and with no like-for-like replacement available in the squad, has snapped up a quality replacement in Johns.

“I’m delighted to be able to bring in a player of Connor’s ability,” said manager Gareth Davies. “We’re going to have to wait and see how long Mike may be out for and we’ll keep assessing the situation and it suits both parties and I’d like to thank Connor for agreeing to join us, it’s a great relief going in to our next run of important games.”

Johns currently plays in the Southern League and was Supermarine’s first choice during the 2016-17 campaign making 53 appearances in total. New signing Josh Hill arrived at the Webbs Wood Stadium this season after an unsuccessful trial at Forest Green Rovers, and as such, Johns has seen his chances limited to just 2 appearances so far this term and the former Swindon Town youth team product is keen to get regular first team action which he will do at Barrington Park. Johns is available for selection this Saturday as the first team take on New College Swindon at Barrington Park.

 

andrew bilko hellenic football leagueBilko Swaps Shrivvy For Purton - 28 September

Defender Andrew Bilko has swapped his Shrivenham jersey for a Purton one for what is likely to be the remainder of the season.

Having signed for a further year during the summer, commitments outside of the club were beginning to making it difficult for the player to find the time needed to play for Shrivenham so he has signed duel registration forms and opted to switch to the Wiltshire Senior League club.

“He is a great lad and he would be welcome to return whenever he finds that he has more time,” manager Gareth Davies said. “It’s an unfortunate part of the game at this level – you can lose good players because of work and other commitments and we have to accept that as part of our challenge, but he’s gone to a great club and he’ll certainly be an asset to them and will be welcome back here if his situation changes before the end of the season.”

Bilko has made four appearances for his new club, three from the bench so far this season while he made four appearances for Shrivvy, with only one from the bench.

The club thank Andrew for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the remainder of the season and hope to see him back at Barrington Park in the future.

 

perpetua press newent gloucestershire The Lights Are On - 25 September

Shrivenham get underway in Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup at Barrington Park tomorrow evening, when they host Oxford City Nomads.

Shrivvy boss Gareth Davies insisted nobody can get “over-excited” after his team thrashed Letcombe at Bassett Road on Saturday afternoon to pick up his first three points as manager of his new club. A 6-1 victory courtesy of a Rob Lincoln hat-trick, a brace from Josh Fowler and one from Adam Rudman lifted spirits following the previous week’s 4-1 reverse at Reading YMCA sent the side crashing out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, but the former Fairford Town manager knows there’s still a lot of football to be played.

A pleased, but grounded, Davies said: “We’ve got ourselves our first three points and that feels good, but that games gone now and we need to look at tomorrow evening and see if we can get past Oxford. The game is in our hands which is the most important thing and, if we do our jobs, we will give ourselves every chance of progressing. Whilst Saturday was a big win, it has to be the first of more. We can’t get over-excited and we’ve got big games coming up over the next few weeks when we will need to perform like we have against Letcombe because we know, if we do, we can go on a good run.”

The draw for the First Round was completed at the Hellenic League AGM back in July and has eighteen clubs receiving a bye into the second round [last 32] where they will join all 14 first round winners. Eighteen of the current twenty Premier division teams received a bye, with the exception of our opponents and Burnham, who both enter at the First Round stage. Should the score be tied at the end of 90-minutes, there will be extra time played and then penalties if required.

 

jason millhench shrivenham hellenic football leagueShrivvy Sign Midfielder - 22 September

Shrivenham announce they have completed the transfer of Jason Milhench from Fairford Town.

Milhench (pictured) made 37 appearances for the Reds as they cruised to the Division One West title last season and scored a massive 31 goals, but has found his game time limited to just 3 appearances this term under Jody Bevan.

“He’s a real match winner and a great team player who will do anything to win and his record over the last two seasons speaks for itself,” Chairman Matt Hirst said after announcing the signing for the club. “For whatever reason he hasn’t been part of Fairford’s plans this season so we’re delighted he has opted to team up with us and work under Gareth Davies and his management team once again. It’s exactly the kind of exciting news that we were hoping for because Jason was instrumental in last season’s promotion winning side at Fairford. He’s an out-and-out midfield player who Gareth said will be a vital cog in his team’s framework and on behalf of the club, I would like to welcome Jason to Barrington Park.”

Milhench will be available for selection this weekend for the fixture at Letcombe. Shrivenham will be looking for a return to winning ways when they lock horns with Garry Cook’s Letcombe at Bassett Road tomorrow afternoon, kick off 3pm.

Following on from their 4-1 defeat at Reading YMCA last weekend, Shrivvy face a trip to Letcombe Regis with the aim of bouncing back from their defeat and manager Gareth Davies will have another opportunity to cast his eyes over his side in a competitive arena.

Andrew Bilko won’t feature after his outside commitments meant that he has all but left the club and signed for Purton, however yesterday evenings news that midfielder Jason Milhench has arrived at the club will be a timely boost for new manager Gareth Davies.

Our hosts meanwhile have the pick of a number of talented local players after they agreed a deal with Hungerford Town during the summer which saw them becoming a feeder club for the National League South side. The deal involves many of the more promising Crusaders Academy players signing dual registration so as they can gain experience at the higher level and the side have already listed a massive 29 players in their seven games to date.

 

First Game With Shrivenham - 16 September

Davies Gareth Davies will take charge of his first Shrivenham game this afternoon, travelling for a Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy tie.

Their destination is Padworth to take on the current Thames Valley Premier League Champions Reading YMCA. Having only met his new squad on Wednesday evening, the new boss opens his account with a potential banana skin against a hugely consistent side who won the competition in 2014-15 and whom haven’t lost a league fixture since March 19, 2016. There have been one or two latter-stage cup defeats during that period for the opposition, but our host’s record really does speak for itself.

 

Shrivenham Appoint Fairford Trio - 11 September

gareth davies appointed manager of shrivenham hellenic football leagueShrivenham announce they have appointed the management team which gained promotion for Fairford Town last season.

Following the announcement yesterday afternoon that Michael McNally and Mark Stevens had both departed the club following a period of stagnation, the club has turned to Gareth Davies (pictured) to take charge at Barrington Park.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to attract a manager with such experience to the club,” Chairman Matt Hirst said on the new appointment. “Gareth spent three years at Fairford Town and led them to last season’s Hellenic League 1 West Championship before he stepped down and he’s the sort of manager that will professionalise what we do on the pitch and take us to the next level.

“I’ve said it before that we’re making massive strides off the pitch, but on the pitch is an even more important area to get things right and with what Gareth will bring to the club, it gives us every opportunity to push in the right direction.”

Joining Davies as part of his management team are his former assistant managers Chris Robinson and Ady Roper, both of whom will take up their familiar positions and the three new faces will be reunited with our current goalkeeper, Mike Alexander to complete the quartet who steered Fairford Town to success.

The new boss takes charge of First Team affairs from today and will meet with the players ahead of training on Wednesday evening at our Watchfield training facility. The new management team face their opening challenge this coming Saturday when the club travel to Reading YMCA for a First Round Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy tie.

 

matt hirst shrivenham hellenic football leagueDifficult Decision - 11 September

Shrivenham Chairman Matt Hirst (pictured) explains the reasons for taking the decision to part company with the first team management.

Ending the tenure of the management team, Michael McNally and Mark Stevens, was a difficult decision to make. But one he had to do in order to push the club forwards. Michael McNally had been in charge of the First Team for the last three seasons.

Speaking about his decision the Chairman said: “It was massively difficult to make, but one that I’ve had to do in the best interests of the club. The easy option is being patient and keep holding off in the hope that success will eventually follow, but this club hasn’t had much to celebrate over the last decade and that needs to be rectified. I’m sorry I had to make this decision but I do believe it is in the best interests of the football club."

“Macca and Steveo are great people and it goes without saying that they leave with our very best wishes – it’s been a very difficult day for everyone. It was a very difficult conversation and I can understand why Macca feels disappointed, he’s been a great character but we need someone with different chemistry to help the players play a different way that gives us the results we should be getting."

Speaking about his continuing plans, the Chairman concluded: “Before agreeing to become Chairman of this club, I did a lot of research on how Shrivenham as a club could improve. I didn’t want to be part of something that was just “ticking over” each week and making up the numbers in the league. I’ve got plans and the committee are all on board and are just as ambitious as I am to turn this club in to a success and make it a big part of the community. We know that there’s so much that can be achieved by this club and everyone who puts in their free time to help run things to the players and the parents, friends and family who give their continued support, all deserve to be rewarded and the best way we can do that is becoming better at what we do. It may sound a little cut-throat, but as part of my review of the club I’d already looked at potential managers and I’ve agreed terms with a new team who will be announced today.

“Nick Moore – the clubs Director of Football, has been in contact with the squad, reassuring them of our plans and I would like to publicly thank Macca and Steveo for everything they have done for the club over the years and I’m sure neither will be out of the game for long.

 

Shrivvy Part Company With Management Team - 10 September

Shrivenham Football Club confirm that manager Michael McNally and assistant manager Mark Stevens have both left the club with immediate effect.

The duo led the club to seventh in the Uhlsport Hellenic League 1 West last season and following yesterday’s 3-1 victory over Headington Amateurs, the club were in the same position having played five games, winning two, drawing one and losing two.

The club will make a further announcement in due course.

 

Response Called For - 8 September

Shrivvy boss Michael McNally will be calling on is players to respond tomorrow afternoon after last Monday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Kidlington Reserves.

“We were going to kick on a little bit, but for some reason today we just didn’t really get going,” comments McNally “We did okay, but they got on top of us and seemed to get an extra touch, so we didn’t compete as we had been recently. We have had a good start to the season and we have been competing well, the only bad side is we didn’t have a shot on target, but we will just put it down to a bad day at the office.”

The lack of goals will certainly be causing the Shrivenham management team a headache, with just two goals scored in four games, a rematch against a free scoring Headington side is perhaps not high on the Shrivvy wish list, however the boss is confident that his defence can batter any storm that is thrown at it.

“We’re struggling to score but at the other end of the pitch, we have a defence that is more than capable of following the script,” he continued. “We’ve conceded an average of one goal a game so far, so we need to start netting a lot more of the chances we’re creating and if we can do that, we’ll be fine.”

michael mcnally hellenic football leagueShrivenham News - 1 September

Shrivenham conclude a two game road trip at Yarnton Road tomorrow afternoon against Kidlington Reserves in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West.

September begins with another tough test when we face the Greens on their own turf – the first ever to take place at this level and while Shrivvy manager Michael McNally won’t be drawn on his tactics ahead of the game, he knows that the only area that really counts is where the side finishes, come season end.

“We had a look at the players at training on Wednesday evening and we’ll decide what personnel and formation we go with against Kidlington ahead of the weekend,” he told shrivenhamfc.co.uk on Thursday evening. They’re going to be a tough opponent but it doesn’t matter who you play at this level, they’re all tough games. They’ve only played two games so far and they’ve both been against teams who are pushing at the right end of the table [Ardley United and Pewsey Vale], so I’m not going to give away any of our plans, you’ll have to wait and see on Saturday how we go about it. They say you make your own luck, we’re creating chances and getting opportunities and we just need to take them, it’s as simple as that. The main thing we need to continue to do is have full 90 plus minute performances because if you put in enough consistent performances or runs and you work hard enough, over the course of the season you get your rewards.”

 

jordan smith hellenic football leagueShrivenham Fencing Player Of The Month - 28 August

After being part of the defence during August, Jordan Smith was chosen as Shrivenham's Player of the Month, following the away game against Headington Amateurs .

Smith made a start in all of our First Team fixtures during the month and has impressed the management team with his all-round effort.

“We’ve been really pleased with the way Jordan has set about his game both on and off the pitch in his opening month of senior football here at the club,” manager Michael McNally said on revealing decision.

Smith joined Shrivenham from FC Abbey Meads during the summer and featured in all three of the clubs competitive league games during August. The player of the month awards are sponsored by local business Shrivenham Fencing.

 

Addition To Shrivenham Structure - 25 August

nick moore hellenic football leagueUhlsport Hellenic League Shrivenham appointed Nick Moore as Director of Football at the west Oxfordshire club.

The role is a new position to the club and Moore (pictured) will work alongside the First and Reserve Team management in a wide-ranging variety of tasks.

Primarily Moore will play a part in Shrivvy’s recruitment process supporting the management, but he will also work with a focus on our U16s side through to the senior level as well as adding a further line of communication between the playing sides and Chairman Matt Hirst, and Vice Chairman Neil Sutton.

“Nick has a wealth of experience at local level so he was the obvious choice for the role and we’re delighted he accepted our offer,” Chairman Matt Hirst said on announcing the appointment. “He’ll get involved in observing our First and Reserve team games and highlight performances both good and bad so as we can best work out how we can improve."

"With the new direction the club have taken this season, a focus on “Respect” levels was very high on the agenda and the introduction of the new role will assist in ensuring that respect runs both ways and Moore will also be on hand to offer advice when needed to assist with the continual develop of players which will help push the club forwards in our exciting challenge."

Shrivenham first team travel to Oxford tomorrow to take on Headington Amateurs at their Horspath Road base.

The Reserve Team are in action at Barrington Park when they host Easington Sports Reserves. It’s Shrivenham Summer Fete Day too, so we’ll be getting involved and opening our gates with a Beat the Goalie competition as well as running a football card where the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Summer Fete. We’re offering FREE entry to all supporters so as they can come and enjoy some grassroots football and our bar will be open too!

 

Home Kick Off At Barrington Park - 18 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 West football returns to Shrivenham tomorrow afternoon after a four month break, with Easington Sports the opponents.

Despite last weekend’s 2-0 opening day defeat at Clanfield, Shrivvy boss Michael McNally is in confident mood that his side can bounce back on home turf. “We had a good training session on Tuesday evening and although this weekend’s preparations haven’t been ideal with Thursday evenings get-together having to be cancelled, the boys know their roles and what is expected of them,” he said ahead of the weekend. The players know that they’re in for another tough test, but they also know that they wouldn’t be in the squad if me and Steveo [assistant manager Mark Stevens] didn’t think they were good enough. The pleasing thing is, the players came in to training and worked hard on Tuesday evening and they won’t be underestimating Easington on Saturday. We know they’re another very good side, with bags of talent at this level and they’re even more of a threat up front than Clanfield, so we’re going to have to perform in all areas of the pitch and really be on top of our game.”

Easington finished last season in fourth place in the standings with 17 wins, 5 draws and 8 defeats, scoring an impressive 57 league goals in the process and manager Darren Beckett has opted for an attack-minded formula again this term, with squad focus being on his midfield and attacking options once again.

Easington started their HD1W season off on August 1 at Ardley United. A narrow 2-1 defeat on the day, was followed by a 2-0 win at home against Shortwood United Reserves in their home fixture last weekend. Goals from Callum Convey and Joe Eyre sealing the win.

Shivenham from: GK: Mike Alexander. DF: Tyler Johnson, Andrew Bilko, Rob Hendry, Jordan Smith, Fraser Little and Lewis Wray. MF: Andy Barton, Leigh Brown, Daniel Axford, Chris Rivers and James Rayner. FW: Josh Fowler, Danny Hale, Tyler Sheppard, Josh Jefferies, James Prictor ©, John Rees and Rob Lincoln.

Easington Sports from: GK: Adam Rimmer. DF: Conor Grant, Terry Fitton, Arron Dosanjh and Josh Rose. MF: James Montague, Dan Reeves, Mike Spaull, Joe Eyre, Sam Grant, Tom Smith, Josh Holloway, Craig Pearman and Callum Convey. FW: James McMahon, Steve Howkins, Andrew Stidder, Durell Livous, Lewis Travers © and Darren Beckett.

Ireneos Christodoulou will be taking charge of the game and he will be assisted by Brian Lovegrove and Garry Larner.

 

Short Opening Trip For Shrivvy - 11 August

Shrivenham’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West 2017-18 campaign gets underway tomorrow at Clanfield.

Clanfield 85, a side who did the double over Shrivvy last term and with Robins manager Peter Osborne having assembled a squad he believes will excite the One West this season, it should be another entertaining match-up between the two clubs.

Having secured the services of last season’s Players Player of the Year Calum Davies, Youth Team Player of the Year Frankie Cato and fellow Oxfordshire U18s County Cup winners Travis O’Connor and Zak Oliver for their second seasons in the men’s game, our hosts will be looking to push on from their tenth placed finish last season and with an ever improving youth set up, the future is looking very positive for our hosts. “I’m so excited with this group of players we have at the club this season,” Osborne told his clubs media platform towards the end of their preseason preparations. "I think we have recruited well and have some young players coming through too.”

There are reportedly no injury worries or player absentees for Shrivvy to contend with ahead of the game. Michael McNally said that he was targeting a positive start to the season. “It’s going to be a tough game, I think Clanfield 85 are one of the favourites to go well this year. I thought they were one of the hardest teams to play against last year. They beat us home and away so we know it’s going to be a very tough game. If we play to our capabilities and everyone works for each other, I’m confident we can go there and get a positive result.”

 

Squad Additions - 9 August

Shrivenham have added forwards Danny Hale and Josh Fowler to their 2017/18 playing squad.

Former Fairford Town centre forward Hale, made his first appearance for the Gloucestershire based outfit against Shrivvy back in 2015 on the opening day of the season and went on to make 46 appearances and score 18 goals during his two seasons at the club, helping them to promotion to the Hellenic Premier League last season.

Fowler meanwhile, began his career in the Shrivvy youth set up before moving to Highworth Town to gain experience and featured in their development side and made one appearance in the Hellenic Premier for the first team last term.

 

Final Warm Up - 7 August

Shrivenham complete their pre-season programme tomorrow night, when Hellenic League Division One East side Bicester Town visit Barrington Park.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm against the team who finished fifth their division last season, with 40 points from 23 games. Manager John Prpa has made eighteen signings so far this summer and will looking to add two or three others to complement his squad before the serious games get underway this coming Saturday.

Like Shrivenham, the Foxhunters have built a squad around experience complemented by youth, while keeper Joe White and midfielder Zarius Edwards-Giraud both return for second seasons. Elliott Powell returns after missing a large part of last season through injury and experienced midfielder Adam Beckett has joined the visitors ranks having signed from Ardley United last season. Strikers Ricardo Benjamin, Danny Bone and the returning Elliott Powell were all amongst the goals last term, with 19, 16 and 11 respectively and with Murray Nicholls chipping in with 9 and an overall team effort of 60 league goals throughout last season, our defence will certainly be in for a testing night.

Shrivvy enter the match after a 3-0 defeat at Kintbury Rangers on Saturday afternoon – the side were due to face our visitors, however Bicester withdrew at the eleventh hour which was good news for us after we were left without a fixture following RWB Development being forced to pull out of our fixture.

mike alexander hellenic football leagueGoalkeeper Mike Alexander who was previously with Fairford Town has joined Shrivenham. He coached with the club as well as providing back-up to the first choice keeper when required and was part of the squad who won promotion to the Hellenic Premier division last season and speaking about his new signing, boss Michael McNally said: “He’s a great guy and he’s got an abundance of experience. “The fact he can coach too is great news for us as a club and I’m really pleased he’s here and we’re looking forwards to working with him throughout the season. He’s such a strong character as well, and I know how he trains and I know what he will do for us. We’re building for the future and he can certainly play a big part in that.”

Indeed, Alexander holds both League and Supplementary Cup winners medals from his time with Fairford, and with the clubs ambitions focussing on success, the 6’1” shot stopper will certainly play a big part during his debut season with Shrivvy.

Further Shrivenham Signings - 3 August

Paul Carson and James Prictor will be back in a Shrivenham shirt's once again this season.

Carson helped the club gain promotion to the Hellenic Premier League back in the 2004-05 season he has experience in all positions at the back and is comfortable in any defensive role and will provide a calm head in our rear guard this coming year. Michael McNally said: “It’s great to have Paul back in the squad. He’s got a great deal of experience at this level and will be able to organise they younger players around him and they’ll benefit massively from his leadership. He’s becoming part of the furniture here at the club, so we’re delighted to have him back for the new challenge.”

Prictor was last season’s top scorer with 14 goals from 29 games has been in great form during the preseason campaign and he still has the appetite to play on with Shrivvy this coming season. “Jamie enjoyed an exceptional season with us last season and I’m very happy to have him on board for another year,” McNally said. “He grabbed seven goals in his first season and fourteen last year so we know the qualities he brings to the team, on and off the pitch. He’s an inspirational leader who sets the right example to all around him which is why he is also the club captain.”

 

Hendry Re-Signs With Shrivenham - 1 August

rob hendry hellenic football leagueShrivenham we have made a tenth confirmed signing of the summer with the return of Rob Hendry.

The defender returns to the club for his second successive season, having originally joined from New College Swindon. Son of Reserve Team manager Steve Hendry, the strong athletic youngster has previously played his junior football with Swindon Supermarine as well as the Swindon Robins and last term he made twenty-two appearances, scoring one goal.

The signing significantly bolsters Michael McNally’s defensive options and with less than two weeks to go before the season opener against Clanfield 85, Maccas squad has really begun to take shape. Speaking after the player signed, McNally showed his excitement about Hendry’s return, saying: "I'm delighted that Rob will be with us once again and the experience he gained last season will stand him in good stead for what is in store this time round.”

 

SN6 News - 31 July

Shrivenham continue to secure players for the forthcoming season, and announce two additional pre season fixtures.

Michael McNally’s side will now face Royal Wootton Bassett Development on Saturday August 5 at Barrington Park, before hosting Bicester Town on Tuesday evening August 8.

Defender Andrew Bilko, along with midfielder Daniel Axford and forward Rob Lincoln have re-signed for the 17/18 season. “We’re delighted to announce these signings and everyone at Barrington Park will be aware of their potential,” assistant manager Mark Stevens said. “They’re young hard working lads with huge desire and willingness to learn and they fit exactly in to the profile of the players that we enjoy working with.”

 

Jefferies Earns Breakthrough Season - 28 July

Shrivenham FC are thrilled to announce that striker Josh Jefferies has joined the club ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

A former Player of the Season with both Uffington as well as Coleview during his recent junior career, the 17-year old has been signed up after impressing the First Team management during pre-season training.

“We like what we’ve seen during the pre-season so we’re delighted that Josh has opted to sign for us,” Shrivvy assistant manager Mark Stevens said. “He has worked hard during his time with us and we’ve been impressed with his effort and if he keeps it up, he will only get better. He’s exactly the type of player that me and Macca are looking to bring to the club and we’re thrilled to have him on-board and look forwards to working with him during the season.”


Trio Return For Second Season - 26 July

Three more Shrivenham FC players have committed their futures to the club as manager Michael McNally continues to plan for the new season.

19-year old left-back Tyler Johnson, centre midfield James Rainer (19) and striker John Rees (24) have all penned new deals to keep them at Barrington Park for a second season in succession.

The news comes just two days after Jordan Smith was announced as the first player to be confirmed on the 2017-18 First Team squad list.

All three players enjoyed successful debut seasons with Shrivvy last term, playing pivotal roles in the side that finished seventh in the Uhlsport Division One West standings. "I spoke with all three players at the end of last season and was happy to hear that they wanted to come back this year,” manager Michael McNally said on announcing their return. “They all said that they enjoyed their time here and it made sense for them to return after a fairly decent first year.”

 

jordan smith hellenic football leagueSmith Joins Shrivvy - 24 July

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that 18-year old Jordan Smith has joined the club from FC Abbey Meads.

The 5’ 9” right-back was an integral part of the north Wiltshire team Abbey Meads set up last season – one that saw him secure league and cup winners medals, and he has also gained experience with Purton during his short playing career.

“I’ve been to the Barrington Park to watch a couple of games before and it’s a really nice club,” said Smith. “I’ve seen what manager Michael McNally has done with the young players that he’s worked with, and how good he is at developing players, and I want to progress. I don’t want to rush, I want to improve my game and get to where I need to get to in the time that I need.”

“I’m looking forwards to playing regular men’s football, and there’s a big difference between that and the youth game, and I know Macca will help me improve. He didn’t really have to sell the club to me, I already knew what he was about and what he’s done. I know he’s a good manager.”

Speaking about his new signing, manager Michael McNally said: “He ticks a lot of boxes, he has proven himself in the youth game and he’s ready to make the step up. We have an exciting young set-up here so he will fit right in with our plans and I’m sure he’ll perform well and be a real asset to the squad we’re building at the club.”

The Swindon based player will wear the #2 shirt for the 2017-18 season and sponsorship is available for Jordan at just £50 for the entire season. Please call club Chairman Matt Hirst, on 07711 263 113 or email him at matt@h2creative.co.uk for details.

shrivenham fc new kitNew Shirts Revealed - 22 July

Shrivenham launch their new 2017-18 home and away shirts, in time for today’s appearance in the Jim Newman Trophy.

The bespoke shirts – modelled by Leigh Brown and Jamie Prictor – are a classic design featuring red and white for the change strip and classic blue and white home colours.

“We are very excited about the new season and that includes our new playing kit,” enthused Chairman Matt Hirst. “It’s a new era for the club so we’ve moved away from the previous design and we’re really pleased with the results. We know that Michael McNally’s team will wear this shirt with pride and do justice to the club badge and we can’t wait to see them wearing it.”

Shrivenham travel to Clanfield’s UK Building Plastics Direct Arena to take part in this year’s Jim Newman Trophy tournament.

Didcot Town Reserves provide the opposition for the 2pm kick off fixture, and having only played two warm up games this far, against Carterton Town last Saturday and midweek against Deddington, manager Chris Hurley will need his side to gel early doors if they are to progress to the semi-final stage.

Didcot finished ninth in Uhlsport Division One East last season with 34 points from 26 games, which was progress on the previous campaign (2015-16) when they ended eleventh in the standings and Hurley will certainly be looking for further improvement this time round.

Neither side have released any player signing news as of yet, but with the start of the season three weeks away, that will certainly start to change as they look to tie down their squads so expect both sides to field a majority of last season’s players with a handful of trialists who are still looking to secure a club.

“This tournament will give the players a chance to impress and it will be a good learning opportunity for me to see how we cope with the physicality of competition,” said Michael McNally. “We’ve had a good session tonight and we’ll be looking for the players to give a decent account of themselves – just as they did against Wantage on Tuesday evening and it gives players here on trial, the opportunity to stake their claim too.”

 

All Change At Shrivenham - 14 July

The annual Shrivenham Football Club AGM was held at Barrington Road on Wednesday evening, they continue to focus on building a successful future for the club.

Having already signalled his intention to step down from his position of club Chairman, James Dore was replaced by Matt Hirst who was unanimously voted to fill the position by the committee, and speaking after the meeting the new Chairman was quick to offer his appreciation to James and his family for all their efforts over the last 12 years.

“Shrivenham are a real community based club and James, Amanda Bird [his partner] and their children, Lauren, Lydia and Charlie gave a massive amount of their spare time to help keep things running and I’d like to thank them all so very much for everything they have done day in, day out over the years,” the incoming Chairman said. “I have been involved with Shrivvy for over 25 years and I felt it was time for me to take on the good work James and his family had left as long as I could inspire certain individuals and when Neil Sutton, my best friend who is also a past Chairman and has a wealth of knowledge and who is a founder member of the club along with Steve Allen [Bar Manager], Chris Rawle and Nick Ash all agreed to assist with my plans, the decision to stand for Chairman was made that much easier.”

Early additions to the clubs media team have also taken shape and the website, Facebook and Twitter platforms have all taken off and concluding, the new Chairman added: “I and the committee as a whole have plans to help take the club to the next level and I’m genuinely looking forwards to the challenge. There’s a great team shaping up both on and off the pitch and I’d like to thank all the playing, none-playing and supporters for their loyalty, patience and understanding and look forward to seeing Shrivenham thrive in the coming years.”

Your 2017-18 Shrivenham Committee are as follows:

Chairman - Matt Hirst; Vice Chairman - Neil Sutton; First Team Manager - Michael McNally; First Team Assistant Manager - Mark Stevens; Reserve Team Manager - Steve Henry and Paul Carter; U16s Manager - Sean Coxhead; Youth Development Officer (pending) - Nick Moore; Club Secretary - Chris Rawle; FA Liaison Officer - Neil Batten; Media Manager - George Hegg; Press Officer – Mike Wray; Welfare Officer - Val Clinch; Bar Manager - Steve Allen; Head Groundsman - Nick Ash; Treasurer - Sally Hirst; Matchday Steward - Paul Pontin; Fundraiser - Alan Thomas; Catering Manager - Debbie Mordak; Committee - Jamie Broadfield, Chris Slevin, Graig Gaynor and Diddy Cook.

As always, we welcome any volunteers who feel they could offer their time to help in the running of the club and appreciate all the support we receive. For details on volunteering, please contact Matt Hirst on 07711 263 113 or email: matt@h2creative.co.uk.

 

Visit To League Newcomers - 14 July

Shrivenham continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Hithercroft and a friendly against Wallingford Town AFC tomorrow afternoon, 3pm KO.

Boss Michael McNally is likely to field a combination of players against the side who last season finished 3rd in the North Berks Football League, as he continues to monitor his sides’ progression ahead of the new campaign and speaking ahead of the game said: “Saturday will be similar to our previous two games – one or two players may play slightly longer but it will be intense. We’re working hard behind the scenes to manage the squad and realise players need game-time and Wallingford will be another good workout for us.”

Although McNally is yet to announce any confirmed player signings, Wally have already secured the signatures of two of their squad from last season in Joe Morris (who made 17 appearances) and Stuart Walker (18 appearances), while manager Duncan Mitchell has also snapped up experienced goalkeeper Simon Matthews to complement his side and hopefully see them break in to the top two in the table this time round.

Last season’s leading scorer Charlie Silkstone (12 goals), is also still training at the club and is almost certain to be added to Mitchell’s squad before signing deadline day. Morris will best be known to Shrivenham supporters as the son of former manager, Arthur Morris who coincidently manages our hosts reserve side – and who our reserves will be facing at the same time as the first teams kick off.

The game marks our third friendly match, but only the first for Wallingford after their preparations were dealt a blow midweek when a friendly at Wantage Town Reserves had to be cancelled due to a lack of players available to Wantage.

Hithercroft has a capacity of 1500 and is located on the Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, postcode OX10 9RB. Players and supporters are advised that Wallingford Town AFC are putting on a FREE barbecue after the game and everybody is welcome to stay behind to join them.

The First Round of the 2017-18 Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup will see another tough test for Michael McNally’s side after Shrivenham were paired at home to Oxford City Nomads. Shrivenham are already set to face Premier opposition when we host Brackley Town Saints in the First Round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup on October 7, but the game will bring added interest given the quality of the opposition. Shrivenham have been drawn at home in this seasons Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup First Round and will face Uhlsport Premier side, Brackley Town Saints.

The Saints reached the Quarter Final stage of the competition last season, losing 2-1 at Headington Amateurs while Shrivvy narrowly missed out of a place in Round Three after going down 4-3 at Bracknell Town and speaking about the tie, manager Michael McNally said he cannot wait to lock horns with the Northamptonshire based side. “We’ve only just got pre-season underway but it’s certainly one that we’ll be looking forwards to when it gets closer,” he said reflecting on the draw against senior opposition. Playing clubs from higher divisions are always a great test for us as a club and as underdogs, our home advantage will help add to the occasion but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and October and at this present time, we’re really only concentrating on being ready for the start of the season.”

 

Shrivvy Face Railwaymen Reserves - 13 July

Shrivenham will take on Didcot Town Reserves of the Uhlsport Division One East in this year’s Jim Newman Trophy – the annual pre-season competition hosted by Clanfield 85.

The event sees a mixture of clubs compete during the tournament and our game against the Railwaymen Reserves will get underway at Radcot Road, Clanfield on Saturday July 22 with a 2pm kick off.

The same day will also see Game 2 of the tournament take place with Carterton [from Division Two West] meeting Kidlington Reserves (kick off 5pm).

Events continue on Sunday [July 23] when Abingdon United [from the Premier Division] face North Leigh United [2pm] in Game 3, before the hosts face Purton [Wilts Senior League] in Game 4 which kicks off at 5pm.

Should Shrivenham progress from Game 1, they will face the winner from the Purton vs Clanfield 85 tie on Thursday July 27 (kick off 7.30pm) in the Semi Final, while the other Semi Final will take place the previous evening [Wednesday July 26] between the winners of Game 2 and Game 3 (kick off 7.30pm).

The Final will then get underway at 3pm on Sunday, July 30.

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