The Committee are pleased to announce the Managers for the coming season have been appointed. They are as follows:-
1st Team - Tony Palmer & Ian Pullin (Joint Managers)
2nd Team - Tony Walker (Manager), TBC (Assistant)
3rd Team - Chris Towill (Manager), Neil Southy (Assistant)
We wish all Managers and their Assistants the very best for 2012/13 and will offer them our continued support and assistance.
Saturday 4th August - 1st Team v. Frampton Athletic @ Beesmoor Road, Frampton Cotterell (3 x 45 Mins)_0-4 / 1-2 (S.Payne) / 2-1 (S.Payne, Comley)
Thursday 9th August - 1st Team v. Ridings High @ Ridings High Sports Field, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne - 3-4 (Nana (2), S,Payne)
Saturday 11th August - 1st Team v. AEK Boco @ Greenbank Road, Hanham - 1-4 (Mark Slateford)
Tuesday 21st August - 2nd/ 3rds v. Glenside 5 OB @ Frys - 3-4 (Francis (2), Clee)
Saturday 25th August - 2nd/3rds v. Warmley United @ Yate Sports Centre - 4-5
Tuesday 28th August - 1st Team v. 2nd/ 3rd Teams @ Frys - 6-2 [Comley (4), Rogers, o.g.) - (Dynamou (2)]
POTENTIAL APPEARANCES/ GOALS AWARDS FOR THIS SEASON
100 APPEARANCES - Adam Bamford (14), Adam Elliott (8), Jack Payne (4), Ali Pleasant (7)
200 APPEARANCES - Tony Palmer (2), Josh Sargent (19)
300 APPEARANCES - Craig Hillier (14)
50 GOALS - Patrick Watson (1), Dave Bennett (7)
100 GOALS - Darren Coole (17)
150 GOALS - Sam Payne (8)
200 GOALS - Craig Hillier (25)
*All totals required (in brackets) are up to date*
Former 2nd team Manager Craig Brown became the first player this season to reach an appearance landmark, when he came on at half-time for the 3rd team in their GFA Minor Cup 1st round tie (22/09/2012) to make his 100th appearance. Unfortunately he couldn't prevent the 3rds exiting the competition, going down 2-4 away at FC Sporting Emmanuel of the Bristol Churches League.
After making his debut in 2003, striker Ben Coleman finally reached three figures when he came on for the reserves on Saturday (17/10/2012) during their 3-6 away division 2 defeat against fellow strugglers Almondsbury UWE 'A' , to make his 100th appearance.
Since ending his first spell at the club in 2009, Ben was left on 98 appearances, also scoring an impressive 57 goals in the process.
On a disappointing day for the first team, the one highlight came when Mark Slateford became the 57th player to join the '200 club'. Despite having their best ever start since being promoted to Prem One, 'Slates' and his team mates went down to a second successive defeat, 0-1 away at Old Georgians (8/12/2012) to put a dent in their aspirations of a top three finish.
Since joining his dad Jeff at the club in 2005 he has established himself as a regular in the first team and after reaching 200 games, will now be looking to make 100 goals his next target. He currently lies 22nd on the all time goalscorers list with 66, with 4 goals so far this campaign. Congratulations 'Slates'.
Alan McCabe added to the list of players who, this season have played their 100th game for the club. He reached three figures on Saturday (15/12/2012) when taking the field for the third teams Division 4 fixture at home to mid-table Severn Beach Res. The 3-6 defeat unfortunately leaves them languishing at the bottom of the table.
Alan joined at the start of the 2008/09 season and has made more than half of his appearances in our reserves. Congratulations Alan.
1st team goalkeeper and managers son Mike Pullin became number 58 in the list of players to play 200 games for the club. Joining in 2005 as a fresh faced 15 year old, Mike has established himself as the number one No.1 over the past few seasons, culminating in 2011 when he was voted both Players and Managers Player. On Saturday (02/03/2013) he achieved his feat against improving Stoke Gifford United. Unfortunately, Mike and his team mates were powerless to stop a 2-6 defeat, despite a much improved second-half display. This was the 1sts seventh straight loss, which leaves them facing another potential relegation battle. Disappointing after such an encouraging start which saw them lying second in Prem. One just before Christmas.
On a lighter note, Mike was also handed the first teams' not so coveted 'Donkey Of The Week' award, which goes to show the spirit within the squad is still good, as it will need to be during a tricky end of season run in. Congratulations Mike and good luck to the first team lads.
Dave Bennetts' 200th appearance arrived when the second team travelled to Division 2 leaders Oldbury FC on Saturday (09/03/2013). In what has been a difficult season so far (caused mainly by the distinct lack of commitment from players generally), manager Tony Walkers' side came away with three hard earned and deserved points courtesy of a 1-0 win. Undoubtedly, their best performance of the season so far. Dave played in his usual central midfield role, breaking up the opponents play and still making the odd foray into their box. This has proved successful since he first signed in 2004, as he stands just nine shy of 50 goals, a target he will hopefully reach by the end of the season, so enabling him to 'double up' on his trophies at this years presention evening. (A few more spectacular ''overhead volleys'' would do the trick. Daves' description, not mine!) Well done 'Flex'.
The 2012/13 campaign appeared very promising, with a host of new faces coming in to strengthen the 1st team squad and so allowing some of last seasons 'fringe' players to consolidate in the 2nds. And with almost a full team of youth players joining to make up the 3rds we seemed set for a strong season. The first Saturday saw the firsts lose narrowly and undeservedly, 1-2 against title favourites Bristol Telephones. The second and thirds however began as they would continue for most of the season, with defeats against the not so fancied sides from their divisions. Going into December, the first team found themselves in previously unknown territory, lying second in Prem. One and playing outstanding attacking football along with being defensively solid. The turning point was probably the home game against Ashton United when, after comfortably leading 2-1, went on to lose 3-2 after missing two penalties. This began a run where we did not pick up a single point again until April, which resulted in 'commitment' issues from some players along with several key injuries. The seconds and thirds also continued to struggle and with Tony and Buck having to take players week in week out from Wackos squad and Chris' youth policy for the thirds unfortunately not working due to the youngsters having to make the difficult transition from youth to mens football, both lower sides found themselves at the foot of their respective divisions. A predicament which neither would ultimately get themselves out of despite the odd decent performance here and there, notably the seconds 1-0 away win against Oldbury FC, who led the division at that time.
A strong end of season saw us retain our Prem. One status with what turned out to be our highest ever finish and most points gained since being promoted. Who knows what might have been without that mid-season 'blip'. The 2nd and 3rds will face a second successive relegation after both finished with their lowest ever points totals and a few other unenviable club records. This means an even bigger divisional gap to the 1st team, a position we MUST rectify sooner rather than later.
There will also be some major changes behind the scenes next season, with some key Committee members standing down at the AGM and their positions needing to be filled, so it's time for people to step up. We are going to need more commitment and pulling together than ever before from everyone connected with the club in 2013/14.