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Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday 23rd February

FA Vase

Willand Rovers15:00Cray Valley

Premier

Bradford Town15:00Odd Down (Bath)
Bridport15:00Bridgwater Town
Buckland Athletic15:00Westbury United
Clevedon Town15:00Roman Glass St George
Hallen15:00Plymouth Parkway
Shepton Mallet15:00Bitton
Shortwood United15:00Hengrove Athletic
Wellington15:00Brislington

First Division

Bishops Lydeard15:00Keynsham Town
Chard Town15:00Bristol Telephones
Chippenham Park15:00Wincanton Town
Devizes Town15:00Sherborne Town
Warminster Town15:00Calne Town
Wells City15:00Radstock Town
Welton Rovers15:00Longwell Green Sports

Premier Division

First Division

Podcast.
Episode 28
Tuesday 19th February 2019

On this weeks podcast Bitton manager, Dan Langdon, explains why he believes there will be a few twists and turns in this seasons Premier Division title race and Corsham Town manager, Justin Flowers, talks about the potential of his Club that wants to build the right way.

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Bulletin.

Issue #29
17th February 2019

You can read the latest copy of THE BULLETIN by following this link or you can download a copy by clicking on the link below.

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STATS

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MATCH REPORTS

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Latest News

Jim Parsons

It is with regret we report the passing of Plymouth Parkway President Jim Parsons.

Up until three years ago Jim was the Chairman of the club and current Chairman Mark Russell said "At the end of the 2015/16 season Jim officially handed the chairman role over to me at the end of season presentation, and recalled being very proud that he had won the treble in his first season. I think it might have been second really Jim, but I’ll let you have that one! Subsequently I had several conversations with Jim about taking promotion to the Western League, something that Jim had wanted to do the last time the club won the league, but various reasons didn’t allow this to happen. During these conversations he would often say to me that if I believed we could do it then we should take that chance. So taking him at his word we decided to made the jump to the Western League and Jim had a massive smile on his face when I told him."

We would like to pass on our sympathy to his family.

The funeral service for Jim will take place at 11am on Monday 25 February at St Peter’s Church, The Coombe, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5HT

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Fixtures Director George McCaffrey presents the Premier Division Team of the Month Award for January to Bitton.

Lester Clements

It is with very great sadness that we report the passing of Lester Clements, Somerset FA Representative Team Secretary, Councillor.

Lester had been with the Somerset County for many years acting as physio for the representative teams, a duty he had carried out for other teams in the county most noticeably Keynsham Town. He progressed to being Representative Team Secretary and held the post to this day; during his tenure he saw the transition away from adult to youth and the addition of women’s representative football, treating each facet with equal importance. Many of you will know the hours he put into this, even in his late 80’s and his attention to detail, his passion for representative team football remained undiminished as did his pride with a Somerset victory. He was also a member of the SFA Council, joining in 1999, this would have been his 20th year and he would have become a life member at the end of next season.

We would like to pass on our sympathy to his three children and his grandchildren.

The funeral for Lester will take place on Wednesday 27th February at St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol at 11am

Club Secretary Wanted

Odd Down FC are looking to appoint a Football Secretary for the coming season 2019-2020 following the decision of our Football Secretary Lorraine Brown to stand down at the end of this season. The first team play in the Toolstation Western League, the Reserve Team in the Somerset County League and U18s team playing in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League

This is a voluntary position although expenses for administration and travel will be reimbursed.

Odd Down FC is a friendly club, with lots of social activities taking place throughout the week and live entertainment most weekends.

A knowledge of the FA’s Whole Game System would be a great asset however our current secretary would be willing to help with learning the ropes.

The role will include registration and transfer of players, liaising with team managers, League Officials, Match Officials, Somerset FA as well as club chairman and treasurer. Also Match day administration including team sheets, match confirmation, referee reports.

For more information, please contact Chairman Dave Loxton 07530 110415 or Lorraine Brown 01761 437566 or Mob 07734 924435

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Chairman John Pool presents the First Division Team of the Month Award for December to Keynsham Town.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Fixtures Director George McCaffrey presents the Premier Division Team of the Month Award for December to Clevedon Town.

Rod Webber

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Ex Western League chairman Mr Rod Webber. Rod passed away on Sunday 30th December after a short spell in hospital.

He was a past Vice Chairman and Chairman of Exmouth Town FC, joining the club in 1976. In 1988, following his resignation from Exmouth Town, Rod was invited by the then Chairman of the Western League, Stan Priddle, to become his Vice Chairman. Stan and Rod worked well together and Rod always said that he was proud to serve the League. In 1996 Rod stepped into the Chairman’s role when Stan accepted the Presidency. After four years Rod became President himself, holding the post from 2000 to 2010. He was then recognised as the Immediate Past President until his sad passing.

Rod leaves his wife Heather, whom he always acknowledged as his great support; also his sons Paul and Nick as well as grandchildren Charlotte, Ben, Poppy and Charlie and great granddaughter Darcie.

In line with Rod’s express wishes there will be a family only remembrance service.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

League President Brian Beer presents Chard Town with the First Division Team of the Month Award for November.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Director Sue Merrill presents Bitton with the Premier Division Team of the Month Award for November.

Respect Award

Respect Award.

Bishops Lydeard receiving their Respect Award for August - October from League Director Sue Merrill.

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Merrill.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Vice Chairman Allan Skuse presents Keynsham Town with the First Division Team of the Month Award for October.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Chairman John Pool presents Plymouth Parkway with the Premier Division Team of the Month Award for September.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Director Julian French presents Corsham Town with the First Division Team of the Month Award for August.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Finance Director Dave Brammer presents Bitton with the Premier Division Team of the Month Award for August.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Chairman John Pool presents Longwell Green Sports with the First Division Team of the Month Award for September.

Stats

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FA Cup: Thrown out over unpaid £10 fine

Non-league side Litherland Remyca have been thrown out of the FA Cup over an unpaid £10 fine.

The Merseyside club unwittingly fielded a suspended player in the 4-2 win over Charnock Richard in the extra-preliminary round on 11 August.

Read the full story HERE

Sherborne from the air...

A birdseye view of Sherborne Town v Bishops Lydeard from Saturday 4th August.

Video courtesy of JRH Media.

Grant Application Service

The Grant Application Service has been in place for three years now and in that time it has helped a number of clubs in the Western League to achieve successful grant awards totalling £500k

The Service provides advice and guidance to clubs who are looking to update their infrastructure as well as hands on management where required.

The Service can provide advice on all aspeces of grant funding, including planning, finding suppliers and completion of all necessary documents to run your project or prepare documents for the Football Association or other lottery funds.

There is no cost at the initial stage and where a more hands on approach is required in general the costs are low, as costs can be claimed back from the grant received.

Clubs we have assisted so far include Barnstaple, Gillingham, Oldland Abbotonians, Keynsham, Street, Cheddar, Plymouth Parkway.

If you would like to discuss your club's infrastructure needs and funding, please call Steve Nicholls on 07454320934 or Martin on 07754543719

Artificial Pitches

Artificial Pitch.
With the constant heavy rain putting paid to most of the non-League programme once again last Saturday, Western League press officer Kerry Miller went down the 4G route and enjoyed an unusual treble with three games in three different counties last Saturday.

One young side who are always worth watching are Exeter City’s U18s and they look on course to repeat last season’s triumphs with a League Cup semi-final thrown in for good measure. The club’s training ground is the impressive Cat and Fiddle complex in Clyst St Mary which many years ago was the home ground of Western Leaguers St Lukes College and the changing room pavilion is still there and largely intact although the iconic Rothman’s Western League scoreboard was finally taken down a few years ago. The old Western League pitch is still there and surrounded by advertising boards but the youngsters now have a 4G pitch alongside the varied grass pitches, all of which would have taken a battering had they had been used on Saturday.

Instead the all weather surface came up trumps and City hammered their counterparts from Premier League AFC Bournemouth 5-1 to emphasise what a fine set up the Grecians have at youth level.

With Western League games going down at regular intervals and even Shepton Mallet’s fine pitch giving up the ghost, it was 4G again for the afternoon part of the day and with Roman Glass St George away, Keynsham Town’s home game with Almondsbury was definitely on while a few games in Bristol did get the final go ahead elsewhere.

Keynsham have played at the Crown Field since just after the war and in recent seasons the ground has been transformed into a much used and much changed venue which gains from not being completely enclosed by a hideous 12 foot chain link fence like so many others. The new seating came courtesy of Bristol City’s Ashton Gate make over and having been painted and brushed to within an inch of its life, it has possibly never looked better or brighter.

A good crowd, including a number of neutrals just happy to see a game, watched Keynsham go back to the top of Division One with goals from Tauren Williams and top scorer Matt Brown, his 50th for the club in 70 games.

The third game in the 4G trilogy was at Oaklands Park, formerly the home of Southern League Almondsbury Town but now the HQ of Gloucestershire FA and on the opposite side of the road to Almondsbury. Oaklands Park is used by a host of clubs including Roman Glass, Lebeq FC, and Bradley Stoke Town from the Bristol and District League Senior Division as well as by the county and Bristol Rovers U23 side on occasions.

This Saturday, for a 5.30pm kick-off it was the turn of Premier Combination side Real Thornbury who had the services of Taunton Town winger Ross Staley for one game before he headed off to Perth, Western Australia to play and coach. Predictably he was far too lively for the Oldland Abbotonians’ second string and netted five in an 8-0 win. Oaklands Park, along with the other two grounds, has an excellent surface but the complex suffers a little from the plethora of small sided goals which are dotted about the place including a group of them directly behind the main goals which is off putting to spectators and can’t be any fun for the players of officials. However with plenty of covered seating and standing areas it is a comfortable venue and for those whose footballing fix can stretch to more than one game on a Saturday, theregular 5.30pm kick-offs are an interesting idea.

Picture courtesy of www.sportsandsafetysurfaces.co.uk

New Android App Now Available

Android App.
The Android version of our league app is now available on the Google Play Store. And it's FREE!

Keep up to date with all the latest fixtures and results for the Toolstation Western Football League. Follow your favourite Western League club with the 'Clubhouse' giving you their last result and their next fixture. Get directions to the match at the touch of a button using your devices maps app. Find information about all the Western League clubs including admission prices, kick off times and contact details.

Our thanks to Cocoon Development for writing and developing both our apps.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

App.

Toolstation League App Now Available

The new Toolstation Legaue App for iPhone and iPad is now available to download.

Keep up to date with all the latest fixtures and results for the Toolstation Western Football League. Follow your favourite Western League club with the 'CLUB HOUSE' giving you their last result and their next fixture. Get directions to the match at the touch of a button using your devices maps app. Find information about all the Western League clubs including admission prices, kick off times and contact details and more...

Click on the image to download the our new App now!

Concussion Guidelines

Information is available on how to recognise concussion and on how concussion should be managed from the time of injury through to safe return to football. At all levels in football, if a player is suspected of having a concussion, they must be immediately removed from the pitch, whether in training or match play.

You can dowload a copy of the FA's Booklet by following this link

Armed Forces

Armed Forces.The current men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are doing such an exceptional job both at home and abroad during these difficult times.

The Toolstation Western Football League is proud to offer all current serving members of HM Forces FREE ADMISSION to all League matches.

Proof of ID will be all that is required at the turnstile.

MATCH ACTION

Chard Town vs
Corsham Town

Saturday 16 February 2019

Brislington vs
Shepton Mallet

Saturday 16 February 2019

Westbury United vs
Cadbury Heath

Saturday 16 February 2019

Wellington vs
Plymouth Parkway

Wednesday 13 February 2019

125 Book.

Haynes.