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First Team Manager Required - 10 May

Wantage Town Football Club are inviting applications for the position of First Team Manager following their promotion to the Southern League for the 2019-2020 season. 

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following attributes: 

• A working knowledge of Step 4 (Southern League) football 
• The ability to work within budgetary constraints 
• Have excellent contacts within the football community 
• Be a proven leader with a suitable track record 
• A commitment to the local community 

The successful candidate will have suitable FA qualifications, and will be willing to work closely with the Development Team Manager to nurture and encourage player progression. 

Applications/expressions of interest, which will be received in strict confidence, should be made to the club secretary, Mike Skinner, by e-mail to wantagetownfc-secretary@outlook.comand should include a CV giving details of relevant football experience. 

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 23rd May 2019 


FREDFEST - 3 May

Join us for our first ever Fredfest on 18 May. A day packed full of music from amazing local performers, variety of stalls and tasty food available. Play area for the kids, beat the goalie, dartboard football, slides. Plus a classic cars area. 

Bring your family and friends. Buy your tickets on line from Eventbrite to save money or you can get in at the gate. Look on Fredfest 2019 to see more about 

FREDFEST. All proceeds will go to improving our facilities and our 3G all weather pitch.

Open from 12am to 11pm on the 18th May. 

fred fest wantage

 

Sadler Departs Wantage - 26 April 

Wantage Town FC announce that there has been a parting of the ways with first team manager Ben Sadler, and that the search for a new manager will begin shortly. 

Ben was appointed to replace the departing Stuart Cattell in December 2016 and although he was unable to retain the club’s Southern League status at the end of that season, two successful seasons in the Hellenic League followed, culminating in the club winning the Premier Division title on Easter Monday and promotion back to the Southern League. The club also reported the paring of the ways back in October, but differences were reconciled shortly afterwards.

Ben commented: "I have had a really enjoyable two and a half seasons at Wantage Town as first team manager. I am delighted that we have gained promotion back to the Southern League. I will look back fondly at our record breaking FA Cup, our Reading Challenge Cup win last season and hopefully the players retain that trophy in a couple of weeks’ time. Thanks to the amazing committee members, your support of the team and myself personally, has been brilliant. I wish the club the best of luck moving forward". 

The club would like to place on record their thanks to Ben for the time and effort he has put in to the club and the success he has brought as a result. We wish him all the best for whatever the future holds for him. 

The club will advertise for a new manager shortly, in the meantime assistant manager Paul Braithwaite will take charge of team affairs for the final game of the season, the Reading Invitation Cup Final at the Madejstki Stadium on Friday, 17th May. 


Sadler & Braithwaite Resign - 21 October

Ben Sadler (Manager) and Paul Braithwaite (Coach) have both resigned from their positions with Wantage Town, Saturday's fixture was the last game in charge.

ben sadler hellenic footballA statement from the club say's. "Ben (pictured left) has had a very successful two years at the Club, taking over when Stuart Cattell stepped down from management back in December 2016. The team, under Ben’s management, won the Reading Senior paul braithwaite hellenic footballCup last season, and this season the team has had the most successful FA Cup run in its history."

"Ben made the decision to step down because he has said he wants to spend more time with his young family, so we respect that decision and wish both him and Paul (right) well in whatever they decide to do going forward."

"We have already received interest in the position of 1st team manager. Both the Club and the first team players are keen to keep the team together, so there are discussions between the Club and the players how best to proceed. Until that is agreed, we will not be looking to recruit a new manager."

 

Fred's A'Buzzin' - 21 September

Wantage Town boss Ben Sadler says the club are buzzing ahead of their Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round tie at near neighbours Hungerford Town tomorrow.

The Uhlsport Hellenic League side have reached this stage for the first time, and have earned £11,000 already, having beaten Oxhey Jets, Slimbridge and Bishops Cleeve.

Starting in the extra preliminary round back on August 11, Sadler says Wantage have nothing to lose as they travel to the Vanarama National League South side. And with the winners earning a further £9,000, there’s plenty to play for.

He said in the Oxford Mail: “We’ve got everyone fit, and we’re really looking forward to it. This is the furthest we’ve ever been and we are clearly underdogs. But this is a one-off game, and there’s no pressure on us at all. I’m sure Hungerford won’t be looking forward to playing a side three leagues below them. If we play to our full potential and they have an off day, you never know.”

Wantage are boosted by the return of goalkeeper Curtis Meare from suspension.

 

ben sadler hellenic footballManagement Team Confirmed At Wantage - 19 June

Wantage are delighted that last seasons’ management team of Ben Sadler and Paul Braithwaite have committed to the club for the coming season.

Sadler (right) took the reins in December 2016 and although he was unable to secure the club’s Southern League status that season he did steer the Alfredians to a fourth-place finish in the Hellenic Premier last term, as well as securing the Reading Senior Cup.

Assistant Braithwaite, who joined midway through last season to replace the departing Joe Wood, has previously management experience at Fairford Town and Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

Preparations are already underway for the new season with training commencing on Thursday, 21st June. Wantage will begin their pre-season games at Western League Chipping Sodbury on July 7th and have fixtures lined up against Southern League sides North Leigh, Kidlington, and Thame.

 

New Wantage Town Development Team - 31 May

Wantage Town will be re-establishing a Development team at the club for the 2018-2019 season after not having had one for the last year. And the club are able to reveal that three experienced former players will be at the helm.

tom austin hellenic footballTom Austin (pictured) and Matthew Biddle will take on joint management of the side, while Roy Clark will assist with coaching and mentoring. As well as playing for Wantage 31 year old Austin has Southern League experience with Abingdon United, and has represented Kidlington, Witney and Milton at Hellenic level. He has the FA Level 2 coaching badge, and is co-owner of Serious4Sport.

Biddle, 29, also has a Southern League pedigree with Abingdon, and Market Drayton, but his playing career was unfortunately cut short due to a triple ACL injury. He has coaching experience in America, and assisted at Milton United two years ago.

Clark is a former Oxford United professional and as well as Wantage has represented Hungerford, Aylesbury and Witney and is keen to use his vast experience to help guide the young management team in the right direction.

The trio are excited to have been given the opportunity to take up the reigns at Wantage and are looking forward to pushing as many young players up to the first team as possible.

Club secretary Mike Skinner said "After the disappointment of losing our development side just a couple of weeks before the start of last season we have chosen the new management team carefully. All three are local, and have a good knowledge of the local football scene, which we believe is key in giving local players a pathway to first team football.”

Any potential players can contact Tom at tomserious4sport@gmail.com or on 07826 855723

 

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