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Pre-Season Friendlies

Welsh League Division Two side Aberdare Town are urgently looking to arrange a pre-season fixture on Saturday 15th July. Unfortunately, we cannot host but can travel to play you - so if any teams still need opposition for this date and can host please call us on 07870899015.

Our Secretaary can also be contacted at sec@aberdaretownfc.co.uk

Longwell Green Sports

Longwell Green sports have announced their new joint management team for the new season will be Martyn Grimshaw and Nigel Tripp together with a strong backroom setup.

Both are experienced former players who have played at a high level in the Southern League and above. Also both have been involved in football management and are well respected in local football.

New club community liaison officer Fraser Andrews said the club management committee were very pleased that they have two proper football people in charge of all football matters at The Shellards Road club especially at a time where there is so many developments happening at the club. We have three under 18s sides in place for the next season including a new Somerset flood lit under 18s side playing under lights. It would be good for these players to have these two managers at the helm.

They have also moved quickly to bring in Julian Harmer who works with Southampton FC as a Youth coach and he will join the team as a first team coach.

Following Tripp from his Wiltshire base will be Mike Jefferies who will complete this management quartet. He will be starting pre-season training at The Shellards Road on the 29th June at 7pm.

Longwell Greens vice chairman Brad Vickerman said we were all pleased to have this experienced pair at the club, Martyn has always had his heart at Longwell and will have links with players from the Bristol area and Nigel will give us a great connection with the players in the Bath and Wiltshire area.

The club has got many exiting projects happening off the pitch with the new 3G training pitch that’s being organised and funded by our junior section and with good connections with the local community centre in place. The club has been attracting a lot of interest in sponsorship.

There is a great buzz around the club already said Vickerman and the Grimshaw and Tripp combination will see us move forward I am confident of that.

Les Phillips Cup

The draw for the Preliminary and First Round matches of the Les Phillips Cup was made at the AGM last night and was as follows:

PRELIMINARY ROUND
Cadbury Heath v Bishop Sutton
Hengrove Athletic v Almondsbury
Roman Glass St George v Chard Town
Bridport v Keynsham Town
Hallen v Radstock Town
Calne Town v Bradford Town
Chippenham Park v Longwell Green Sports
Malmesbury Victoria v Bishops Lydeard
Bitton v Welton Rovers
Clevedon Town v Wincanton Town

FIRST ROUND
Oldland Abbotonians v Chippenham Park or Longwell Green Sports
Malmesbury Victoria or Bishops Lydeard v Portishead Town
Ashton & Backwell Utd v Shepton Mallet
Warminster Town v Cheddar
Brislington v Sherborne Town
Hengrove Athletic or Almondsbury v Bitton or Welton Rovers
Odd Down (Bath) v Melksham Town
Bristol Telephones v Devizes Town
Bridport or Keynsham Town v Willand Rovers
Wellington v Westbury United
Buckland Athletic v Corsham Town
Street v Calne Town or Bradford Town
Cadbury Heath or Bishop Sutton v Roman Glass St George or Chard Town
Bridgwater Town v Chipping Sodbury Town
Hallen or Radstock Town v Wells City
Cribbs v Clevedon Town or Wincanton Town

Pre-Season Friendlies

Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division team Hamble Club urgently need to arrange an away pre-season friendly on Saturday 29th July, following a cancellation.

If any team (Step 5 or 6) who can accommodate us on this date, can they please contact us on Twitter at @HambleClubFC

Pre-Season Friendlies

Hellenic Division 1 East side Bicester Town are looking to arrange away games in July against Step 5/6 teams in the Toolstation Western League.

We are able to travel sensible distances (Swindon/Bath/Bristol) during midweek as well, so if your club needs to fill in a pre-season vacancy please contact Eddie Nix on 07855483966

MANAGER WANTED

Due to the resignation of our current manager; Chipping Sodbury Town FC are seeking to appoint a new manager for the First Team who are in the Toolstation Premier Division. We are looking for a suitable person to take CSTFC football club to the next level.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make their own mark at Chipping Sodbury Town FC. We are seeking someone with the capability to not only develop the players in the First team but to share a vision for the whole football club.

The new manager must form good relationships with the managers of the Reserves, A Team and Under 18’s. It is desirable for the manager to have/ be working towards an FA coaching qualification.

CSTFC want someone who has the desire and the commitment to take this club/team forward.

Please contact me on the number below if you think you are the right person for this role. Les Theobald (CSTFC General Secretary) 07745299351

Please send your CV to leslietheobald@btinternet.com your application will be strictly confidential.

FIRST TEAM PHYSIO NEEDED

Corsham Town Football First Team are seeking a physio to support them in the forthcoming 2017/2018 football season.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist; however, student profiles will be considered. The post would suit a hardworking, enthusiastic individual with an interest in sports medicine who is seeking to further their experience base in a sporting environment.

This is an ideal opportunity to become part of a proficient Western League Club who have ambitious plans to develop a strong community based club supporting players of all ages and abilities.

This is a voluntary position in keeping with the amateur status of the club, out of pocket expenses will be covered.

The duties will be to cover match days and occasional trainings

- Our first team play on Saturdays as well as numerous midweek fixtures(Tuesday/Wednesdays)
- Costs covered to replace medical supplies/resources
- Travel to away games provided

To apply please contact Chris Perry at chrisperry1964@gmail.com or Jamie Harrison at jamieharrisonctfc@gmail.com with your CV and a covering note.

Pre-Season Friendlies

Newport Isle of Wight FC (Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division) are looking to arrange pre-season games on the following dates: Saturday 15th July, Saturday 22nd July, Saturday 29th July.

Any teams interested in playing us should call 01983 525027 or tweet to @Newport_iwfc

Pre-Season Friendlies

Wellington Football Club (Herefordshire) are looking for home opposition on Saturday 22nd July. We are a Step 6 side and current members of the West Midlands Regional League. Any teams of Step 5/6 standard are warmly welcome, please contact Phil Bowcott on 07963931165 if you are free on that date.

Physio Wanted

Keynsham Town are looking to appoint a Physiotherapist to join our First Team. The post would suit a hardworking, enthusiastic individual with an interest in sports medicine who is seeking to further their experience base in a sporting environment. Anyone interested should contact Club Secretary Julian French on 07814 609853 or jules1233@live.com

Annual Convention

Annual Convention.

The Western League Annual Convention took place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay from Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st May. Congratulations to all the award winners.

Photos of the the award winners courtesy of John Cuthbertson can be VIEWED HERE

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.
Gillingham Town Chairman Patrick Fricker is presented with the Premier Division Team of the Month award for April by Sponsor Rob Boyd of Boca Soccer.

Photo courtesy of John Cuthbertson.

Photo of the Season

Photo of the season.
The Photo of the Season winner is John Cuthbertson who is pictured receiving his award from Chairman John Pool.

The year's competition was judged by last year's winner Callum Collins and our thanks to him for taking the time and trouble to do so. The judging is never an easy task with so many good photos to choose from.

Our thanks go to all the photographers who not only took part in the competition but have also sent their photos to our Gallery every week. The standard of photos we receive each season just gets higher.

Take a look at the top 3 photos and view all the entries by following this link

Manager Wanted

Portishead Town are seeking a new manager for our First Team in the Toolstation First Division following the decision of Alan Tyers to step down to spend some well-earned time with family.

This is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to continue the excellent work and development already in place. With a greatly successful start to 2016/2017 Portishead are planning to grow further.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the managers of our Reserves, A and B Team as well as the Under 18 Team with a keen eye on the retention and inclusion of the Under 16 and Juniors with the support of the club and committee.

With the development of a club philosophy and strategy in place, off the field the club has some keen goals and progression routes for the club including the Juniors and the Community. With the right candidate the development and progression is all focused on success, on and off the field.

Interested candidates should contact Club Chairman Adrian Green as soon as possible on 07733463503 or adeyg46@hotmail.co.uk and all applications will be dealt with confidentially.

Manager Wanted

Wells City Football Club are seeking a suitably qualified experienced and motivated manager for our 1st Team, currently plying its trade in the Premier Division of the Toolstation Western League.

The successful candidate must have experience of managing a senior football team and have the ability of good man management a suitable FA coaching qualification would be desirable.

The candidate should also look to appoint their own support management team setup, which is a key criteria.

Please note: Enthusiasm, commitment, discipline, development and a sense of purpose are some of the key elements the club are looking for.

If you are interested call the Steve Loxton (Chairman) on 07837776160

The Podcast

Podcast.
The last podcast of this season features an interview with Darren Perrin, looking back on his Melksham sides epic Les Phillips Cup win. Tom Hiscott and Ian Nockolds also look back on some of their favourite memories from the season.

Missed one of our Podcasts? You can find them all by following this link

Keynsham Town

Keynsham Town are delighted to announce that John Allen has been appointed First Team Manager for next season. John will be joining us from Wells City, where he has been part of a successful management team since moving there from Cutters Friday. He is already well known around Crown Fields, as he manages one of the club’s Girls teams.

After the excellent progress we have made over the last 2 seasons on the field, Chris King and Sean Day have reluctantly decided to step down from their managerial roles. However the committee feel that John is an excellent replacement, and would like to thank Chris & Sean for their dedication and hard work since they were appointed in September 2014. We are also pleased to announce that First Team Coach Russell Holt will remain at the club and will be John’s Assistant Manager.

Oldland Abbotonians

Oldland Abbotonians are delighted to announce that, after reviewing the applications and interviewing a short list, Scott Armstrong has accepted the role of first team manager with immediate effect.

Scott has an outstanding footballing pedigree. He grew up playing as a goalkeeper for Southampton FC's Academy in the same side as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott before moving to Bristol City and then on to Everton as a first year professional. In search of regular football he moved back to Bristol, working under Paul Trollope during his time at Rovers. Having good semi-professional experience, Scott has played in the Southern League for both Frome Town and Chippenham Town and understands what it takes to achieve promotion in both Western League divisions having achieved this with both Welton Rovers and Frome Town.

Les Phillips Cup Final

Les Phillips Cup.

You can listen to the full match commentary of the Les Phillips Cup Final between Melksham Town and Cribbs by Ian Nockolds and match summariser Richard Fey by following this link

Photos of the match courtesy of John Cuthbertson can be VIEWED HERE

Congratulations!

Premier Division Winners.
Bristol Manor Farm were crowned Western League Champions after their match against Sherborne Town.

Congratulations!

First Division Winners.
Wellington received the First Division winners trophy after their match at Radstock Town.

Congratulations!

First Division Runners-Up.
Congratulations to Hengrove Athletic who were First Division Runners-Up and pictured here with the trophy.

Longwell Green Sports

We have a great opportunity for a new First Team Manager to join our club in what is an exciting time at the Club with many new projects and development about to be launched.

Our very progressive Management Committee have secured and attracted many local businesses to sponsor and support for the club for the coming season and together with our strong 35 team junior section the finance is now in place to start work on a new 3G training pitch at our Shellards Road Ground.

The new Manager will be totally free to bring in his own backroom staff or work with some of the backroom staff already at the club who have a great passion for Longwell.

Also to back up the new Manager the main pitch has been much improved this season and more work is planned for this pre season. The large changing rooms and separate Management room at the Club are some of the best in the League. There is an excellent clubhouse and other bar facilities including a new kitchen planned for this year for the players and supporters food.

Added to this thanks to the Club’s main sponsor the First Team has it’s own signwritten minibus for away games. We have also linked up with South Gloucestershire Academy who will be playing for Longwell Green Sports Under 18’s in the Floodlit Somerset League with the boys looking to progress into the First Team. This is besides the other two Under 18’s sides we will be operating next season.

We welcome any candidate and your application will be dealt with confidentially. Please give us a call: John Gibbs, Chairman - 07815 794440, Dave Heal, Secretary - 07983 247263

Email us at: daveheal04@gmail.com

Pre-Season Friendlies

Hellenic League Division 1 East side Woodley United (based in Reading) are looking for opponents for friendlies throughout July.

We are looking for AWAY games only on Saturday 8th July, Saturday 15th July, Saturday 22nd July and Saturday 29th July.

If you can host us get in touch please contact our manager John Mailer – email is John_mailer@hotmail.co.uk

Pre-Season Friendlies

Clanfield 85 (Hellenic League Division 1 West) are looking to arrange away games in July whilst our ground undergoes maintenance.

Please contact our manager Pete Osborne if you can host us – we are mainly looking for Saturday games but might be able to play away in midweek depending upon distance. Pete's contact details are pete.osborne1@virgin.net or 07951060577.

FA Cup

FA Cup.
The purpose of this letter is to provide Leagues at Step 5 & 6 of The FA National League System with notice of the start date for The Emirates FA Cup 2017-2018 season.

Whilst we are unable to provide confirmation of all Round dates for next season at this stage, we wanted to give Leagues and clubs as early notice as possible that in order to retain the current format of the Competition, and without reducing numbers; the Competition will start on Saturday 5 August 2017.

This provides for a necessary two week gap between each of the Preliminary and Qualifying Rounds, and also a three week gap between the Fourth Round Qualifying and First Round Proper, which is vitally important to assist with the planning and preparation for the delivery of matches in the First Round Proper.

As soon as the full fixture schedule has been confirmed, details will be circulated to all Leagues. This will hopefully be sometime before the end of April. In the meantime we hope that providing early notice of this information is helpful towards your planning arrangements for next season.

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

125th Anniversary

welton rovers.
Started in 1892 the Western League will be celebrating 125 Years of football next season. This photo is of Welton Rovers from the 1913-14 Season and we are looking for more old photographs of Western League clubs.

If you have any old photos or know of anyone who does we do not want the original. Please scan it and email it to Andy Radford. If you are unable to scan it and need help, please let us know.

Our thanks to Ian Nockolds and Paul Myers for the photo.

Sport Financial Services

Sports Financial Services was set up to some 2 years ago to help sports club, in particular Toolstation Western League clubs, to help and aid them achieve success with improvements they needed with infrastructure projects to enable them to move up the Pyramid System or to update their current facilities.

During this time we have managed to secure over £300,000 from the Football Foundation and Sports England towards ground improvements for Keynsham Town FC, Barnstaple Town, Oldland Abbottonians, Gillingham FC, and Street FC. We are currently working with three other Toolstation clubs trying to secure funding for projects that they want to achieve.

If you are interested in having a project you have in mind discussed, we would be only be too happy to listen and advise accordingly. If you'd like to make contact with your initial ideas, you can contact us on our website at: sportsfinancialservices.com

Alternatively give us a call on 07754543719 or 07454320934

You can dowload further details by following this link

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

Western League Almanac.

Western League Almanac

A complete history of the Western League with tables, all time club and ground details, cup results, biographies of personalities etc.

Follow >> THIS LINK for further details and how to buy the book.

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

Melksham Town vs
Cribbs

Saturday 06 May 2017

Cribbs vs
Willand Rovers

Monday 01 May 2017

Bristol Manor Farm vs
Sherborne Town

Saturday 29 April 2017

Welton Rovers vs
Malmesbury Victoria

Saturday 29 April 2017