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  2. After a successful reopening last weekend the club bar will be open again this Saturday from 12pm onwards with football on the tv yet again Hopefully see a few regular and new faces this weekend, Luke
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  4. I’m interested in one, i’ve quit booze after drinking for 30 years so i’ve got to spend my cash on something👍
  5. DYNAMOS COMMITTEE Who's who at Aylesbury Vale Dynamos? As we embark on a new season, here at AVDFC we find ourselves 12 months into the new venture. So who are the committee, and what are what are their roles? Who else is involved in the club? MAIN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN - Mike Borrett Mike has been AVDFC chairman since the amalgamation of AFC and Bedgrove Dynamos. He has been at the club for nearly 10 years now in total. Mike is determined to get AVDFC to the best place possible ensuring all kids of all ages have a chance to progress at the club. Since Mike took over as Chairman the club has continually grown and expanded to what it is today. He is also the current Under 15’s Dynamos Manager, where his son plays. VICE-CHAIRMAN – Steve MacDonald Steve joined AFC back in 1996 and has been down Haywood Way ever since. He has a wealth of knowledge about the club and facilities. He has been through the great times and the hard times, but still spends hours at the club ensuring we are ready for the next match/event. Steve has been instrumental in getting the club ready for next season with ongoing refurb works and general maintenance. SECRETARY – Iain Willcocks Iain was voted in as Secretary for Bedgrove Dynamos in 2017 and continued the role into AVDFC. He is a qualified referee and also helps out coach the U15’s Dynamos team. Iain deals with the Whole Game System (WGS) and ensures that all 31 teams are fully affiliated with the Leagues and all players are signed on. He can also be found on 1st team matchdays doing the tannoy announcements and taking photos as the club photographer. TREASURER – James Moore James has been club treasurer for a couple of years now and keeps a close eye on the committee’s spending. James has been fundamental in gaining the recent pitch improvement grants from The Football Foundation and also sourced our new Tea Bar container. James is also Manager of our Under 14’s Dynamos team in the Wycombe League. HEAD OF SOCIAL EVENTS – Christine Williams Christine has held a number of roles in recent years with AFC and now with AVDFC. Currently Christine runs the clubs very successful social scene and organises the running of the bar, and organising any social events such as bingo, comedy nights, darts teams and many more. Christine generates income and interest for the club through social media channels and is currently looking at some charity games and fundraisers to pull the adult team, youth football and local community together. MATCH DAY SECRETARY – Rosanna Martone Rosanna was the treasurer at AFC and also helped out with social events, match day operations and many other areas. Now, Rosanna is in charge of all home match days for the 1st team, ensuring the match day experience is seamless organising players expenses, team line ups are in, match day officials are catered for, gate entry is manned and many other areas. Rosanna also deals with club discipline procedures for the first team. HEAD OF YOUTH FOOTBALL – Robert Judge Rob is the most recent addition to the Executive Committee taking on the role of Head of Youth Football. Rob was a former committee member at Bedgrove Dynamos and is therefore more than able to support the club. As Grants Officer last season, he got a grant from Luton Airport and also helps with WGS activity to support the Secretary. Rob is now the voice on the committee for all Youth football and helps ensure the club adhere to safeguarding and welfare rules. Alongside the main committee above, there are a number of other volunteers that also work hard behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the club: FA/LEAGUE FINES MANAGER – David Hutchings David was with Bedgrove Dynamos for many years and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the FA and their rules. David currently supports James in ensuring that any fines are paid up in time, especially for North Bucks, ADL and Youth football teams. DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL – Ryan Collings Ryan is new into role and brings a wealth of local football knowledge to the table. Ryan has managed teams locally, helped coach the AVDFC 1st team and played football here as well. He is currently also manager of the North Bucks Adult Team. Ryan is now looking at supporting the club in finding local talent to hopefully bring to the club for trials, and hopefully into the 1st team. SAFETY MANAGER – Craig Broughton All home matches for the 1st team are held at the stadium in Haywood Way and Craig completes his checklist before every game kicks off. Ensuring that the ground is safe for players and fans is essential…just need to find him a hi-viz vest now…! HEAD OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – Nobby Swain Nobby can always be found at the U18’s matches in the Southern Floodlit League and is one of the coaches. Recently, Nobby has taken this role to ensure we have progression through the youth football to the adult sides. The transition from youth football to adults can be difficult but Nobby has already coached a few boys that are now permanent fixtures in the 1st team. YOUTH FOOTBALL OFFICER – Paul Driscoll Paul is an essential part of ensuring that the Youth football side of the club runs smoothly. Previously on the main committee, Paul has in depth knowledge of the club and the local youth leagues. He also helps look for sponsorship opportunities and is a representative on the committee of the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League (WSBMFL) WELFARE OFFICER – Amanda Bamford & Vernon Hills Complying with the FA rules is paramount and both Amanda and Vern are the officers in charge of ensuring that all our Managers and Coaches are DBS checked before they are allowed to take any training sessions. Both have boys that play for the club and between them they ensure that over 80 coaches are compliant. FA STANDARD CHARTER OFFICER – Derek Brown Derek has been a regular fixture around Bedgrove Dynamos for years having committee roles and managing teams. Derek continued his role with AVDFC, ensuring that the club retain their Standard Charter status. This helps when applying for grants, etc, and will become mandatory for clubs soon. FACILITIES MANAGER – Tom Bamford There are always many tasks that need doing to keep the club running and Tom (Bamo) is the ideal man to ensure these tasks happen. Working closely with Steve, between them they put hours of work into the club from plumbing, building, refurbishing, grass cutting, painting, etc. Tom is also there on match days to make sure everything is in order. HEAD GROUNDSMAN – Nick Ringsell If there is grass that need cutting, then Nick is the man. Nick has been groundsman for a few years now and has to regularly cut the pitches at Haywood Way and Bowlers to ensure football can be played. He also currently manages the U16’s Youth team as well. GROUNDSMAN – Dave Thorn Supporting Nick down the club is Dave. Dave has been a supporter of the team for years and is happy to volunteer to support Nick. Dave can be found cutting the first team pitch and maintaining the stadium wherever he is needed. MENS FOOTBALL REP – Graham Cato Graham, and his beard, are well known down the Dynamos club. He is currently coach (and secretary) for the ADL Mens Team and also acts as a conduit between this team and the committee. Graham also helps out cutting pitches and anything else that is needed. YOUTH FOOTBALL REP – Kieron Bowman With such a large number of youth players now, the more hands that help out the better. Kieron has been Youth Rep for a couple of years and assists Paul and Rob in ensuring that any teams from U13’s – U18’s are ready to go for the new season. Kieron is also another pair of hands that helps with all the work at the club and is currently the U16's Dynamos Manager. MINI SOCCER REP / PITCH BOOKINGS – Nathan Poole Nathan is manager of the U11’s Colts team and also acts as the Mini Soccer Rep. This role also support Paul and Rob to ensure the younger age groups are ready for the new season. Nathan also books all the pitches for U7’s – U11’s to ensure everyone knows where they are playing on match days. MATCH DAY HOSPITALITY – Ian Brown Ian is a regular at almost all home and away 1st team fixtures. At home matches he can be found in the boardroom, meeting and greeting the away committee and match day officials. “Brownie” has been at the club for many years and has probably held almost every role during his time, including 1st team manager where he won the Wycombe Junior, and Senior Cups. MATCH DAY OFFICER – Jon Cake Since the first match of AVDFC, Jon has been an ever present supporter and helper at the home matches, and attends most away games too. Jon “the machine” is our very own ball retriever, tunnel puller and is also always on hand to lend a hand with any refurb works going on at the club. MATCH DAY OFFICER – Chris Thorn Chris has been coming to the club for a few years now and always helps Ian out with the match day hospitality. Chris, and his brother Dave, are also found during the home matches helping out find the lost balls.
  6. YouTube action from St Panteleimon v Ampthill Town in a SSML Division One fixture on 26 October 2019, Ampthill Town got a creditable 2-2 draw and deserved all three points with St Panteleimon equalising late on: http://www.st-panteleimon.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/St-Panteleimon-FC-Match-Programme-26.10.19.pdf
  7. To be fair Cranfield had a decent side, Drew Mitten among others who have stood out in south mids before. They’d have been top ten in div one I think.
  8. Marshland Mardlers Tambov 2 - 1 Akhmat Grozny (16:30) Watford 2 - 0 Norwich City Arsenal 3 - 2 Leicester Nottm Forest 0 - 1 Fulham (17:00) Reading 2 - 0 ‘uddersfield
  9. djwilf


    It is yes....just seen and unless theyve laid down snooker baize imagine he won't enjoy dribbling on that pitch 😯. Let's see who is brought in to go up front or out wide.
  10. Raingod


    Shame as he is only 19 and developing well. Potters Bar is a step down for him in my view ...
  11. djwilf


    So we ve lost one of our strikers from this season. Apparently to another league team? Thought he always put a good shift in. Any thoughts on his departure? It's good just to have a discussion as been such a quiet time.
  12. And Burf is the bald old guy who wanders around the clubhouse before home games with papers in his hand trying to get money from people ...
  13. Yes, thank you to all the bar staff and to the Club for opening the bar for what was a lovely afternoon meeting fans and players after so many months in lock down.
  14. There's a thread entitled 'Club's Folding' on another Forum and it makes sad and depressing reading: https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/clubs-folding.1153/page-5
  15. That's great, £54,000 isn't to be sniffed at is it: In these difficult circumstances that we are all going through it is always a real lift to hear some good news for once. The Executive Committee at Leighton Town FC are thrilled to announce that another important step towards rebuilding our club both on and off the pitch has been achieved. We received fantastic news recently that our applications for funding to carry out major refurbishment to the club’s facilities have been successful. The club is to receive £54,000 in funding, which is made up from money secured by Central Bedfordshire Council from new local housing developments and also a Community Asset Grant. The work which starts later this month will include the installation of a brand-new disabled toilet facility along with disabled access to the grounds. The other toilet facilities in the club will also be completely refurbished. The function hall will receive new flooring and the main bar will have the ceiling and lighting replaced. The club’s roof has been patched up for a long time and this funding will also help to replace the section that is close to collapsing. On top of this we hope to redecorate as much of the club as we can afford from our own resources. This was a very competitive process and huge thanks must go to Sean Downey and Steve Harris who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to prepare the bid and establish support for our plans to access this important stream of funding. “This is great news for our club” said Director of Football Sean Downey. “At the last AGM I promised our members that we would do everything we could to access funding to improve our disability facilities and I am so pleased that we are finally able to carry out this important work. We are a community focused club and we want the best facilities possible to allow all our supporters, hirers and other users to enjoy their time at the club, whether this be playing for or supporting the teams, participating in classes and community activities or attending social functions in the hall. As the town grows it is important that we keep our social hubs strong, well maintained and vibrant. This is not just about football it is about community” Vice Chairman and Financial Controller Steve Harris added: “We would like to put on record our thanks to a number of people and organisations that have supported us in our bid. These include Councillor Brian Spurr and his excellent colleagues at Central Bedfordshire Council and the Rotary Club; their advice and support have been extremely helpful and hugely appreciated by both Sean and me during this process” Thanks in advance must also go to John Turner who will play a key role in project managing the work. Huge thanks John. Work is due to begin later this month. Our Town: Our Team: Our Community. Best wishes to all The Executive Committee at Leighton Town FC
  16. https://www.leightontownfc.co.uk/news/exciting-announcement-funding-for-club-improvement-2547805.html look at this amazing news!!!!
  17. I wasn’t actually that disappointed personally. The 18/19 season was somewhat of a ‘nothing’ season. After a poor start under Nicholls, we were never going to compete. So losing him wasn’t a blow for me to be honest. I think now, we are better than ever and far stronger.
  18. Smallholder - That's a bit uncalled for isn't it and below the belt, what about the £600 I gave to that player at Haringey Borough, was that spending other people's money. By the way 26 posts and counting.
  19. Thanks for that, I doubt Karen would want to work hand in hand with me though if I was to become a Secretary of a SSML Club in the future. I hope you are well, I may be stealing your thunder soon and opening a Pre-Season Friendlies thread.
  20. I'm sure with your impressive CV you will get the job.
  21. Rhodes has always been good at spending other peoples money......
  22. Winslow Boy - Yes, I believe this YouTube footage of the game is on another thread, Ampthill Town had a really indifferent season didn't they and the embarrassing 3-0 defeat at Cranfield United in the Bedfordshire FA Senior Trophy First Round on 28 September really seemed to effect them, Paul Blackman stepped down shortly afterwards and Ant Christoffi never really got to grips after being handed the reins by Chairman Gary Maidment:
  23. Winslow Boy - C'mon, £175,000 is peanuts in this day and age where running a Football Club is concerned at a high Non League level, Rhyl were still at Step 2 when they went to the wall playing in the Welsh League North Division. I see that a Phoenix Club was set up in May called 'CPD Y Rhyl 1879' and will play next season, they have also secured their old Belle Vue ground with an exclusive option to buy it in the future: https://www.rhylfc.co.uk/news/new-rhyl-phoenix-club-cpd-y-rhyl-1879-secures-belle-vue-ground?fbclid=IwAR2j3pThQsyiyh23WuNdtX-lhRQ0UhHql0O7kizeJxU2S3fFnNiKZuUv04k BREAKING NEWS - New Rhyl phoenix club CPD Y Rhyl 1879 secures Belle Vue Ground We are delighted and excited to announce that we have reached agreement with the owner of the Belle Vue stadium that Rhyl’s new football club CPD Y Rhyl 1879 will be playing at Belle Vue for the new 2020/21 season. We also can share that we have an exclusive option to buy the ground for the football club, its supporters, the town and the local community it serves. Former Chairman Paul Higginson, new Chairman Tom Jamieson and Managing Director Adam Roche have been working behind the scenes tirelessly over the last few weeks in order to protect the commercial sensitivity required to guarantee the famous ground for the new club. They would also like to go on record and thank Mr Butters (the owner) who has opened up this exclusive opportunity to purchase Belle Vue. It creates the opportunity for Belle Vue to be club owned for the first time in its history since it became the centre of Rhyl football over 120 years ago. The number one priority for the new club and its leadership team was to secure the Belle Vue stadium for the future of football in Rhyl. Whilst it was, up until a few days ago, an unbearable prospect that football would never be played at the famous North Wales ground again, it is now certain that CPD Y Rhyl 1879 will kick off the new season there but more importantly the new leadership team will look to guarantee the club never loses out on Belle Vue ever again. Paul Higginson said: “Personally I have been involved in trying to secure Belle Vue for nearly 15 years. This is a remarkable and momentous opportunity to secure an iconic ground and to secure the history of football in Rhyl, ensuring that the Club plays an important role in the regeneration of Rhyl". The new chairman, Tom Jamieson said: “We now want to call on everyone who showed their support across all the media for the old club, following the difficult announcement a month ago, to come forward to help bring back success to Rhyl and its community.” Tom also invited investment, “Now we have the ground I’d welcome all conversations from any serious credible investors to help us secure our famous ground and show your community support for the future of football in the town of Rhyl. We have the football support to rival any Welsh team and now we have the ground to match too“. Serious investment enquiries are invited to rhylfcbellevuegroup@gmail.com A new volunteer management committee has been formed, with announcements to follow this week. They have also expressed their delight and excitement that the new club will be playing football back at Belle Vue when the new 2020/21 season starts and Tom was keen to echo their thoughts: “Whilst an historic moment for the new club and our town, the hard work at the ground will start on the 1st June when we get the keys as we have to call on all volunteers, existing and new to get the ground ready post coronavirus to kick that first ball in anger". The next and crucial piece of the jigsaw is to recruit the new CPD Y Rhyl 1879 first team manager. Managing Director Adam Roche was keen to highlight, “We will be shortly advertising for someone who first and foremost is a proven winner, they must be positive, committed and experienced in North Wales football. We want someone who can demonstrate their passion for success through hard working players on the pitch and equally off it in representing the club with their support through local community engagement. This is an unbelievable opportunity to be the first manager in our new club to join us as we look to continue Rhyl’s footballing history by bringing success on the pitch back to Belle Vue".
  24. Tambov 2 v 0 Akhmat Grozny (16:30) Watford 2 v 1 Norwich City Arsenal 2 v 1 Leicester Nottm Forest 1 v 2 Fulham (17:00) Reading 3 v 1 ‘uddersfield
  25. They were unlucky. Winslow should have been 7 or 8 to the good and then ended up hanging on for dear life at the end.
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