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Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday 30th April

Les Phillips Cup

Bradford TownWilland Rovers15:00

Premier Division

BittonBridport15:00
Buckland AthleticClevedon Town15:00
Cadbury HeathBrislington15:00
Gillingham TownBristol Manor Farm15:00
HallenLongwell Green Sports15:00
Melksham TownBarnstaple Town15:00
Sherborne TownCribbs15:00
Welton RoversOdd Down (Bath)15:00

First Division

Almondsbury UWEDevizes Town15:00
Bishop SuttonWarminster Town15:00
Calne TownWincanton Town15:00
CheddarKeynsham Town15:00
Chippenham ParkWestbury United15:00
Chipping Sodbury TownPortishead Town15:00
Hengrove AthleticOldland Abbotonians15:00
Radstock TownChard Town15:00
Wells CityAshton and Backwell Utd15:00

match reports.

Premier Division

First Division

Latest News
Programme.

Behind The Programme

A feature of 'The Bulletin' is the story behind old programmes of Western League clubs both former and present. These have been collected by General Secretary Mark Edmonds who then researches the story of the club or particular match.

You can now read these stories and see clips of the programmes by following this link

Manager Wanted

Bradford Town Football Club has a vacancy for First Team manager. Bradford Town play in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager to take Bradford Town forward. With the club looking to move to new facilities in the near future we are looking for a manager to help Bradford to the next level.

If you are interested in this position please email bradfordtownfc@gmail.com in the first instance leaving contact details and previous experience.

Team of the month.

Team of the Month

League Director Malcolm Price presenting Barnstaple Town with the Premier Division BOCA Soccer team of the Month and the Nord-Lock Sportsmanship awards for March.

Picture courtesy of Jay Smith.

Sportsmanship Award.

Sportsmanship Award

League Secretary Mark Edmonds presenting Adam Fricker of Chard Town with the Division One Nord-Lock Sportsmanship award for March.

Picture courtesy of Sarah Edmonds.

Safe Hands Award.

Safe Hands Award

League Director Malcolm Price presenting the March OneSport Safe Hands award to Steven Oliver of Barnstaple Town.

Picture courtesy of Jay Smith.

Buckland Athletic

Buckland Athletic Football Club would like to announce that after six very successful years Adam Castle will be leaving the club at the end of this current season. Adam and his family are moving to Ireland to live and start a new chapter in their lives.

The club are delighted however to announce that former Torquay Utd and current first team player Ellis Laight has accepted the role of first team manager and will replace Adam at the end of the season.

Respect Award.

Respect Award

League Director Sue Merrill presenting Radstock Town with the Division One Respect Award for March.

Photo courtesy of John Newport

Charity Golf Day

Steve Laker from Bishop Sutton FC is organising a charity golf day on the 6th of May at Farrington Golf Park near Bristol, to raise money for three charities, Cots for Tots ( Bristol St Michaels Hospital), Forever Friends Appeal (Bath Hospital RUH Children’s section), Sparks (charity to raising money for research into children’s illnesses). If any club or individual wishes to donate to these charities or requires more information there is a fundraising website at: www.poppyfundraiser.com or if anyone wishes to sponsor a "hole" could they contact Steve direct at steve@londoncigcard.co.uk

Sportsmanship Award.

Sportsmanship Award

League Director Geoff Endicott presenting Portishead Towns Andy Tyers with the Nord-Lock Division One Sportsmanship award.

Photo of the season.

Photo of the Season

Each year we award the Photo of the Season which is judged by the previous year's winner. Having received nearly 5,000 photos for the Gallery this season the task would be almost impossible to undertake. We are therefore asking each photographer who has contributed to the Gallery to choose their best five photos and submit them for judging.

Please take note of the following before sending in your photos:
  • The photo must currently be displayed on the Gallery.
  • The photo must be of a Toolstation Western League Match or Les Phillips Cup Match.
Each photo you submit must include the following information:
  • The date of the match.
  • The names of the two teams.
  • Whether it is a League Match or Les Phillips Cup Match.

Email your five photos to: webmaster@toolstationleague.com

The closing date for entries is midday on Sunday 24th April 2016. Good luck!

The competition will be judged by last year's winner, John Newport.

Manager Wanted

Bridport are looking for a new First Team manager after Trevor Senior steps down at the end of this season.

Anyone interested is asked to email bridportfc@btinternet.com

Long Service Awards.

Long Service Awards

League Chairman John Pool presented Long Service Awards at Willand Rovers. Each one has given 50 Years Service to their club which between them amounts to 250 years! Exceptional by any standard and well deserved.

Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell.

Les Phillips Cup: Semi-Final Draw

The draw for the semi finals of the Les Phillips Cup took place at the Board Meeting on Thursday 10th March. The draw was as follows:

Bradford Town or Willand Rovers v Buckland Athletic or Bristol Manor Farm
Cribbs or Melksham Town v Hengrove Athletic or Keynsham Town

Respect Award.

Respect Award

Chipping Sodbury Town receving their Respect Award for November/December from League Director Sue Merrill.

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Merrill

Respect Award.

Respect Award

Radstock Town receving their Respect Award for October from League Director Sue Merrill.

Photo courtesy of Emily Baldwin

Long Service Award.

Long Service Award

League Chairman John Pool presenting Ray Winsley with a long service award after 26 years' service to Bishop Sutton FC.

Picture courtesy of Sue Merrill.

Mike North Trophy.

Mike North Trophy

The Mike North Trophy is awarded annually by the Association of Toolstation Match Officials to the referee who is selected to referee the Les Phillips Cup Final. FA Premier League referee Lee Probert is seen here awarding Sam Allison the award at a recent meeting of the Association. Sam refereed the Barnstaple Town v Willand Rovers final at the end of last season.

Sportsmanship Award.

Sportsmanship Award

League Director Mike Blessing presenting Andy Black of Cadbury Heath with the Nord-Lock Premier Division Sportsmanship award for November.

Team of the month.

Team of the Month

Vice-Chairman Allan Skuse presenting Malcolm Trainer Chairman of Keynsham Town with the Division One Team of the Month Award for December.

Picture courtesy of John Cuthbertson.

Grant Application Service

The Grant Application Service has been in place for 12 months and in its first year has helped a number of clubs in the Western League.

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 aspects 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.

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

Physio Wanted

Oldland Abbotonians F.C. are looking for a matchday physio for their first team that play in the Toolstation Western League Division One.

Applicants should be qualified and the position may suit a student if suitable. Matchday expenses will also be paid for this role.

In the first instance, please email secretary@oldlandfootball.com with brief details including your age, location, experience and qualifications. All applicants will receive confirmation of their application by return.

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.

Poppies.

Remembrance Day

This year for Remembrance Day, every Western League club will be wearing the 'Poppies for Kits'. The poppies raise essential funds for the Royal British Legion, enabling them to uphold the memory of the fallen and support the future of the living.

The photo shows Bitton's kit ready for the day.

Follow >> THIS LINK to see more of the photos.

Manager Wanted

Bishop Sutton are looking for a first team manager. If you are interested or feel you need more information please contact chairman George Williams on 01275 333 279 or email bishopsuttonafcsecretary@hotmail.co.uk

Blogs

Look around the web and you will find many places where people have written about their visit to a Western League club. The recent groundhop brought a flurry of writing.

You can read some of the one's we have found by clicking here - and let us know of any others we could include.

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 Reports

The website now has Match Reports of some of the games played by our clubs. You can read the latest reports by clicking here

Our thanks to all the contributors. You can submit your reports for inclusion on the site by emailing them to: webmaster@toolstationleague.com

John Coyle.

Superfan John Coyle

"It's was an addiction with a purpose, and the purpose was to get to The FA Cup Final at Wembley."

Those were the words of superfan John Coyle after completing his epic marathon of FA Cup matches to follow the victors from the extra preliminary round all the way to the Final in May.

Read more of John's story by clicking here

Manager Wanted

Almondsbury UWE Football Club are seeking a new manager for their Reserve Team who play in the Bristol Suburban League Division Premier 2 Division.

The successful candidate must have experience of managing a senior football team and have the ability of good man management together with an FA coaching qualification.

The candidate should also appoint their own support management and liaise/communicate with the first team manager to ensure continuity within the teams which is a key criteria.

As a Charter Standard club we ensure all Managers/Assistants are regularly placed on courses to progress their skills and development within our club.

This we feel as management committee will progress the club and our management team from youth football onto senior levels.

The position requires an individual that possesses these key elements. Enthusiasm, commitment, discipline, development and a sense of purpose and the ability to recognise/promote young local talent.

If you are interested or feel you need more information call Mike Blessing on 07974074388 for a brief chat or email mikeblessing@blueyonder.co.uk

MATCH ACTION

Bristol Manor Farm vs
Brislington

Saturday 23 April 2016

Street vs
Shepton Mallet

Saturday 23 April 2016

Odd Down (Bath) vs
Sherborne Town

Saturday 23 April 2016

Wellington vs
Corsham Town

Saturday 23 April 2016