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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 - Steve Lowe (Manager),  Ally Bigwood (Assistant)

              3rd Team - Chris Towill (Manager),  Alan McCabe (Assistant)

             

 

We wish all Managers and their Assistants the very best for 2013/14 and will offer them our continued support and assistance.

NEWS

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

 

                                                        1st & 2nd Team v. Brimsham Green - 3-1 (Lee (2), A.Thomas)

                                                        3rd Team v. Inter Bristol - 3-0 (Malala, Pellow, Strawford)

                                                        2nd Team v. Soundwell Victoria Res. - 1-1 (Lumbard)

                                                        1st Team v. Longwell Green Sports (3rds) - 3-0 (Dykes (2), Mark Slateford)                                                          

                                                        2nd Team v. Torpedo 'A' (3rds) - 1-0 (Bennett)

                                                        1st & 2nd Team v. Lebeq Saturday - 1-2 (Carey)

                                                        3rd Team v. Torpedo 'B' (4ths) - 1-1 (Lumbard)

                                                        1st Team v. AEK Boco - 2-5 (J.Nicholls, Lee)

                                                        2nd Team v. DRG Frenchay Res. - 6-3 (A.Pitcher-Sage (3), Cooke, Kearns, Moreton)

                                                   

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The club AGM was held on Sunday 30th June 2013 at our Downend Cricket Club HQ. It was attended by fourteen members only, with fourteen apologies for absence and four potential new members. A hugely disappointing turnout, given it was the opportunity for people to voice their opinions and ideas and suggest any changes they feel should be made in the way the club is run. Something which appears to happen on occasions during the season.

Below is a brief breakdown of the meeting.

The Minutes of last years AGM were taken as read.

Ady opened the meeting, also confirming that he would be standing down as Chairman at the end of the AGM. The agenda then moved on to Reports.

Jeff Slates read out the Secretaries report on behalf of Pete Wilson who was not in attendance due to prior commitments, ending with confirmation that Pete would also be standing down from his roles on the committee (Secretary & Kit & Equipment manager) and was sad to be leaving the club he has been associated with for thirty nine years, but the time was right to hand over to someone new.

Ady then reviewed the accounts sheet on behalf of Sue Morris who was also unable to attend. This resulted in a fairly lengthy but positive debate on ways to keep the season ending balance at a healthy total, which tied in nicely with Changes to the Constitution and the re-introduction of a signing on fee of £10, thus enabling the match subscription fee (Subs) to remain at £5.

A date for pre-season training to begin was agreed as Tuesday 9th July, continuing twice weekly (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from that date onwards.

Election of Officers again highlighted the disappointing attendance total as there were some key vacancies to be filled, meaning votes were vital to ensure the right people were elected onto YOUR CLUBS Committee. Ian Pullin (Uncle Buck) was elected as the new Chairman defeating Delyth Evans by one vote on a show of hands. Daryl Litten was confirmed as club Secretary (replacing Pete) and Tony Palmer as Social Secretary (replacing Chris Towill) leaving three posts to fill. Those of Vice-Chairman (vacated by Jeff Slateford), Kit & Equipment manager (Pete) and Players Representative (previously held by Daryl). So an opportunity is there for someone to apply and assist with the running of the club.

Following Any other business, Ady, just before vacating the Chair stated what an ''absolute pleasure'' it had been to serve as Fishponds Old Boys Football Club Chairman over the past three seasons. New Chairman Ian then stepped up to take over the reins. After thanking those in attendance, the meeting was declared closed.

The new committee then sat to discuss team Managers for next season. A fairly simple task, given there were only three applicants for the three positions (see above).

Tony Palmer became the first player this season to make a 'landmark' appearance total as he joined the '200 Club', when playing in the first teams disappointing but deserved first defeat of the season to high flying Ashton United (21/9/2013) who remain 100% at the top of the table. This is TP's third season as Joint Manager of the first team squad and along with Ian Pullin (Uncle Buck) will be hoping to improve on last seasons best ever Premier One season, when finishing seventh in what was quite a tough division. This is his fifth season overall as a manager, having run the reserves in 2009/10 and the firsts the following season before teaming up with Buck. Since signing in 2005 TP has made the majority of his appearances for the first team as a central midfielder or left back scoring nine goals in the process. In recent seasons his preference has leant towards the coaching side and he is heavily involved with the clubs weekly training regime, along with being elected onto the club committee this season as Social Secretary. All in all showing the commitment and dedication every club needs from it's members as they strive to be successful both on and off the pitch.

First team Captain Jack Payne finally made his long awaited 100th appearance on Saturday (26/10/2013) with a MOM performance in his sides 4-1 GFA Senior Amateur Cup 2nd Round victory against Shaftesbury Crusade. Jack has missed a sizeable chunk of the last two seasons due to injuries and work commitments. However, since his first season in 2008 when he was voted 1st Team Players Player, he has been a first team regular playing 87 of his 100 games as the teams centre half or left back. (But often 'jokingly!!' implying he is a better striker than brother Sam and should be up front).

Always making himself available to help out the other teams when possible, he has also shown his commitment to the cause by joining the Committee this season, taking over the role of 'Players Representative" which is a key link in the smooth running of the club. Thanks Jack and congratulations.

Versatile player Ali Pleasant reached 100 appearances this week (9/11/2013) when turning out for the thirds in their Division 5 1-6 defeat v. Lawrence Weston 'A',

a result which continued the sides disappointing start to this seasons campaign. Signing in 2009 most of Ali's games have been in the third team, however he has been selected in almost every position on the pitch including goalkeeper when required. Congratulations Ali.

Sam Payne became only the fifth Fishponds Old Boys player to reach 150 goals with a double on Saturday (15/03/2014), which helped the first team to 3-0 away victory over Easton Cowboys Suburbia, ending a run of six games without a win. He rolled in from the edge of the box for the long awaited 150th and then scored with a diving header for number 151. Since joining in the 2006-07 season, Sam has reached double figures every season scoring 12, 13, 25, 25, 29, 20, and 18 goals, with 9 so far this season. In the 2010/11 campaign, a GFA Senior Amateur cup 1st Round tie saw Sam create another piece of history. He joined the clubs all-time top scorer Chris Pomphrey as only the second player ever to score a double hat-trick for the first team during a remarkable 6-5 success.

Due to work commitments, he is not available to play week in week out at the moment, but judging by past seasons scoring feats the magical 200 might not be far away!

Adam Bamford joined the list of players to have made 100 appearances for the club when he played for the firsts on Saturday (5/04/2014) in their important 1-1 draw at Ashton United. A result which keeps them in the hunt for a highest ever Prem. One finish, with eight games remaining.

Adam signed in the 2008/09 season, playing mostly in midfield and was an integral part during the fourth (''Vets") teams last full season in 2010/11. The last couple of seasons have seen him become a first team regular, when injury free, where he has become an accomplished right-back.

Well done Adam, here's to the next hundred.

Having been stuck on 49 goals since his last strike against Avonmouth (H) on October 15th 2011, Pat Watson was at last able to celebrate the elusive number 50 on Tuesday (15/04/2014) when he got on the end of Daryl Littens low cross to side-foot into the roof of the net from six yards out with two minutes left.

Pats 50th capped an impressive performance by the first team in a 6-0 rout of Old Georgians. It also erased the disappointment of missing out last Saturday, when he saw his penalty saved in the game at Severn Beach (for which he rightly took some good natured 'stick'!) Since joining in the 1998/99 season, Pat has played in almost every position on the pitch during his 354 games, mainly for the first team, with some noteable goal scoring achievements along the way. A couple of hat-tricks v. Teyfant Athletic in May 2007 and v. Cadbury Heath in March 2010 along with a run of three consecutive games on the scoresheet in his first season at the club.

Due to family commitments Pat is not available for selection every week but, hopefully he can carry on for a few more seasons and maybe join the small group who have 400+ games under their belt. Congratulations 'Rock'.

Craig Hillier on Tuesday (29/05/2014) evening, became only the 35th player in the clubs' history to have played 300 games. He did so when playing at centre back for  the first team in their convincing 5-0 away victory over St. Aldhelms. Craig signed in 1999 and has made 251 of those 300 appearances for the 1st team. The last couple of seasons has seen him play mainly as a centre half or left back. However the majority of his appearances have been up front, where he has amassed 177 goals and helped the first team reach the final of the Bosley Cup in 2004, followed by becoming champions of Premier Division Two in 2004/05. During that season Craig (36) and strike partner Phil Jackson (44) were the deadliest duo in the league with 80 goals between them.

On a personal level Craigs contributions were recognised when being awarded the first team Players Player trophy in 2002/3 & 2004/05, and first team Managers Player in 2000/01 and 2012 /13, outlining his consistency over the years.

It would be fitting if he could manage a couple more seasons to add a 200 goals trophy to that collection. Congratulations 'India'.