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Manager Andy Davies Stands Down - 11 May 

After a very successful season at the highest level that they have ever played, Thornbury Town are sad to announce that first team manager Andy Davies (pictured) has decided to take a rest from management next season. He has however confirmed that he intends to stay with the club in some capacity. 

With previous coaching experience at Bristol Manor Farm and Hallen, Andy joined Thorns five years ago in what was his first management role and has led the club to unprecedented success. His first three seasons in charge saw Town finish in fourth place in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League on each occasion, but claim the Les James League Cup trophy when they beat league champions Cheltenham Civil Service 1-0 at Slimbridge. 

Season 2017-18 saw Andy lead the club to a superb County League double, winning the league title by 15 points and then clinching the Les James cup for a second time, beating Frampton United. At the same time striker Craig Lancastle also picked up the League's Golden Boot award to make it a clean sweep of trophies for the club. 

After a lot of work at the ground Thorns were able to take promotion to the Hellenic League, the highest level at which the club have ever played. Davies and his team took the step up in their stride and as well as finishing third in Division One West, just one point behind runners-up Cheltenham Saracens, they also won silverware, beating Wallingford Town in the Supplementary Cup Final last weekend. 

Thorns now begin their search for a new manager and with the first team now established in uhlsport Hellenic League Divisison One West and with the possibility of competing in the FA Vase and FA Cup next season it potentially gives the right person (possibly with his own coaching team) an exciting challenge. Applications are invited from anyone interested in the position, who ideally has recent experience of coaching or managing at Hellenic, Western or County League level, or has the ambition to do so, and who would be motivated by the prospect of working with the club as they look to build on their recent successes. 

Interested potential candidates should contact Club Secretary Mike Pengelly at pengelly.mike@gmail.com or on 07934 504648 by the 20th May.

Mayor Of Thornbury Opens New Stand - 30 October

Thornbury Town welcomed members of the town after they unveiled their new redeveloped Mundy Playing Fields ground on Tuesday night, October 23.

The Thorn's won promotion last season to the Uhlsport Hellenic Football League and have started well, sitting in third place in the table.

Before their match against Tytherington Rocks, Mayor of Thornbury Shirley Holloway was present to open the ground after the vital renovations. She said it would have been ‘disastrous’ had the team not been able to gain promotion. “You will go from strength to strength now,” she added.

  Mayor of Thornbury Shirley Holloway was present to open the ground after the vital renovations.  

To secure their position in the league and meet the requirements of Grade G of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria the club have installed a new floodlight system, a 50-seater stand, boundaries/fencing and hardstanding on three sides of the ground.

Andy Shutler, Chairman of Thornbury Town FC, said: “The facilities are now something not only the club, but, the town can be proud of. None of which would have been possible without the grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) and the Premier League, for which we are extremely grateful.” The grant received from the FSIF was for £73,003.

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The work undertaken by Thornbury Town FC to overhaul the facilities at Mundy Fields is superb and will breathe new life into the club. I’m pleased that investment from the Premier League, through the FSIF, helped to make this project a reality. Their money is being used to upgrade infrastructure and create safer, more comfortable environments for players and spectators at all levels. This is so important, not just in helping to inspire love of the game, but also in helping clubs ensure the safety of its members.”

Thornbury Getting To Grips With Hellenic - 27 September

Thornbury Town manager Andy Davies says he is delighted at the way his team are already acclimatising to life in the Uhlsport Hellenic League following a summer of confusion and frustration, writes Simon Parkinson in the Gloucestershire press.

Town had their celebrations at clinching a deserved 2017-18 Marcliff Gloucestershire County League title unexpectedly muted when they were informed by the Football Association that their attempts to gain a coveted place in the Toolstation Western League had been unsuccessful.

Instead they found themselves pitched into equivalent Hellenic Division One West combat, sparking at the time a fair degree of consternation and upset within club confines. Nonetheless, with little choice other than to accept the offer with the promise of significant FA funding to hand to finance a vital ground facilities upgrade, Thornbury chiefs and players soon dusted themselves down and are firmly into their stride once more.

Despite a 2-1 opening-day home defeat by a Cheltenham Saracens side who look fair set for good things this term, Thorns rallied to inflict a 6-1 Mundy Fields mauling on Cirencester Town Development in their next game. While the entire scenario was hardly ideal for a club which had been rubbing its hands at the prospects of Western League football.

Davies insists they’re already coming to terms with the unwanted switch and determined to do well. “It was a good first win in the Hellenic and we did it with four or five regular players missing too,” the Thorns chief said. “The pace in this league is a bit quicker and I think that took a few of our lads by a surprise a little in the first match with Cheltenham Saracens. But we’re looking forward to the games now. We know nothing about any of the sides in this league but we’ve had a taste of it now and it’s all positive. The new stand and floodlights are up and everyone’s on a rota, whether it be preparing food for after the games or manning the gates.”

Davies declared: “It’s no secret we wanted to go into the Toolstation League after our promotion and we went through the right procedures to appeal when they turned us down. It wasn’t to be and we knew that if we didn’t take the opportunity to go to the next level up we’d not get funding from the top to make our necessary ground improvements. It’s about £120,000 worth of grants to go towards hard standing, fencing, floodlights and a stand so we had to go with it and we’re happy; it’s a new adventure.”

While Davies retained the bulk of his successful 2017-18 squad he also recruited former Willand Rovers keeper Kurtis Parkin and Harry Brock, an ever-present Almondsbury striker last season who joined his brother Jim, a central midfielder, at Thornbury. Ace marksman Craig Lancastle, who scored an eye-watering 42 times for Thorns last term, missed the opening games through “prior commitments” but is back in business now.


Light's At Mundy Fields - 21 September

Thornbury Town have completed their required ground improvements as new floodlights were switched on for the first time last week at Mundy Fields.

thornbury town floodlightsThe improvements were needed following Town's promotion.

Town have said there may still need to be some minor adjustments by the installers ahead of hosting their first floodlit match in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West which is scheduled for Tuesday 25th September when Almondsbury visit.

Thorns were without a game last weekend but had a Subsidiary Cup derby game away at Tytherington Rocks on Wednesday where they secured a 1-5 victory to continue their good start to the season.

They are back in action at Mundy Fields tomorrow when Premier Division side Longlevens visit in the first Round of the GFA Challenge Trophy.


Historic Step For The Thorns - 23 August

Thornbury Town take a step into the unknown on Saturday when they entertain Cheltenham Saracens at the Mundy Fields - their first ever game in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

Division One West is the highest level the club has ever played in following last season's promotion from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League. Visitors to the Mundy’s will see a lot of changes from last season following the installation of floodlights, stand and perimeter fencing - all works that were necessary to enable to club to take the step up.

Having completed the League and Cup double in 2017/18, unsurprisingly a number of the first-team received offers to move to other clubs. However the players have remained loyal and have all committed themselves to Thorns for another season. Manager Andy Davies has even been able to strengthen the squad, with goalkeeper Kurtis Parkin, who has Western League experience with Willand Rovers and midfielder Harry Brock who has joined from Almondsbury.

The club are now required to charge spectators admission to their games. A decision has been made to charge £5 for adults which will include a copy of the matchday programme. Children under the age of 16 will be admitted free of charge as the club hope to encourage more youngsters to become involved in football and join the club’s junior sides. For the supporters who will be regular visitors to the ground, season tickets will be available at a one off cost of £50 - more details will be available from any committee member.

Saturday’s game against Saracens will be a tough test for Thorns as the visitors are widely tipped to be chasing a promotion spot. Kick off at the Mundy Fields on Saturday is at 3pm.


Thornbury Set-Out Tough Pre-Season Schedule - 2 July

In preparation for their maiden season at Step 6, Thornbury Town have scheduled a tough pre-season

Against four Toolstation Western League Premier Division sides in just ten days, as well as a home fixture against Southern League team, Bristol Manor Farm, to round off the summer on 2 August.

Saturday 14 July: Cadbury Heath (A) - 15:00
Tuesday 17 July: Hallen (H) - 18:30
Saturday 21 July: Roman Glass St. George (A) - 15:00
Tuesday 24 July: Cribbs FC (H) - TBC
Saturday 2 August: Bristol Manor Farm (H) - 19:00

Fixtures are subject to change, especially home fixtures due to construction work at the Mundy Playing Fields.


Promoted To The Hellenic - 29 June

After the euphoria of completing the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League and Cup double, everyone at Thornbury Town were looking forward to receiving confirmation of their promotion to the Toolstation Western League for the 2018-19 season.

However, despite having promotion confirmed, the club have been told that they will be playing Uhlsport Hellenic League football rather than Western League next season.

The Football Association's League Committee, as part of a national restructure of non-league football, have moved Almondsbury UWE and Malmesbury Victoria from the Western League to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West. Thornbury Town have also been moved into this division instead of following the usual route for Bristol area clubs into the Toolstation Western League.

Despite a well-documented and detailed appeal to the FA's Appeals Committee in a hearing at Wembley, the original decision of the League committee was upheld, which means that Thornbury Town and Almondsbury will both be playing in the Hellenic League next season.

Meanwhile, preparations for the new season are already under way and it is hoped that the bulk of last season’s successful side will remain with the club, with pre-season training beginning on this Tuesday coming, June 26, June at the Mundy Fields.

Any potential new players are asked to contact manager Andy Davies beforehand on 07921 160480 or arrive at the Mundys for a 6.30pm start.

Also, reserve team manager James Davies has stepped down and the club are looking for a new man to take on this key role as the club looks to close the gap between the first and reserve teams, while, at the same time, continuing to develop their talented junior players stepping up from Under-18s to senior football.

Anyone interested in taking on this role or learning more about it are asked to contact club secretary Mike Pengelly on 07970 009132 or Malcolm Carr on 07737 163118.

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