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O'Hara Abingdon Manager - 21st May

Abingdon Town are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark O'Hara as First Team Manager for the coming season with Dean Moss appointed as his assistant.

"Marco" (left) brings with him a wealth of knowledge, Moss (right) will also continue to play as well as combining management duties. Colin Fleet has also agreed to come and coach the keepers

Abingdon also welcome the appointments of Warren Gass as the Reserve Team Manager after three years as Allied Counties Manager. Gary Hackett has been appointed the Allied Counties Youth Manager Gary brings with him his side which played at Milton United last season.

Stoppo Steps Down At Town - 5th May

Abingdon Manager Keith Stopps has stepped down after 3 and a half years in charge. Everybody connected with Abingdon Town Football Club would like to thank Stoppo enormously for his efforts whilst in charge of the team and wish him well for the future.

Abingdon Town are now on the lookout for a new Manager, if you think you have what it takes to become the next Manager then please contact Chairman Tom Larman 07887602752 or by email at thomas.larman@btinternet.com

Town Take On United - 3rd April

It's only been two and a half weeks since the sides met at Witney United, a game which ended 1-1 with Witney equalising deep into stoppage time. However Abingdon showed enough that night to suggest they will go into tomorrow's game confident of getting a result in their continued quest to beat the drop.

Abingdon will be without goalkeeper Gareth Walker (pictured) who is suspended following his sending off against Shrivenham last month - debutant Paul Wise stands by to replace him. Defender Louis George is unavailable as he is attending a wedding so Jo Kent, who impressed at Marlow last week, deputises. However midfielder Jason Thomas should be fit again after missing the midweek victory at Flackwell Heath through illness.

Witney include Oxford United youngster Jack Smith in their squad, with John McMahon returning from a 4 match suspension. However they are without JP Mills (suspended), Ryan Williams and Andy Younie (unavailable) and Dean Moss (injured) whilst there are doubts over Jason Bowler and Dean Smith.

Town will be looking to record a first victory over Witney at Culham Road.

Tea Pot Trophy - 16th March

Abingdon Town had a great day with their friends from Shrivenham on Saturday last securing the points thanks to a late goal from returning hero Mark Simms.

Host Chairman Tom Larman Snr (pictured right) became the recipient of the 'TEA POT Trophy' , proudly displayed prior to the kick off with Shrivvy Chairman Rob Forte. The trophy is played for every time the two clubs clash.

The signifiance of winning the trophy made for a match which was a little feisty at times and the Match Referee was kept busy!

(Webmaster note: Pleased to see that Abingdon Town are working hard to comply with the Step 5 ground grading requirements. The additional toilet facilities are certainly easy to find!!)

Transfer Coup For Town - 20th February

Abingdon Town have pulled off a major transfer coup by re-signing Mark Simms from Southern League North Leigh.

It's great news for Town as they battle to beat the drop, Simmo enjoyed a terrific spell at Culham Road last season, scoring 17 goals by November and becoming a firm crowd favourite with his all round effort and enthusiasm. Despite leaving for North Leigh halfway through the season he still ended up joint top scorer at Abingdon come the end of the season.

Simmo goes straight into the squad for tomorrows game at home to 7th placed Chalfont Wasps, who beat Town 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in August. Wasps are enjoying a tremendous first season in the Premier Division, although their recent form has dipped a little with just one victory in their last 6 league games. On Wednesday they lost 2-0 at home to Wantage Town. Abingdon meanwhile will be desperate for the points as the bottom of the table gets increasingly tight , Bicester's midweek victory over Flackwell Heath bringing them level on points with Town.

Town will be without defender Louis George and midfielder Drew Fowler, both suspended, but in addition to Simmo they will be boosted by the return of Luke Beauchamp.

Debut At Local Derby - 24th January

Abingdon take on local rivals Milton United at the Heights today, and will be boosted by a new signing.

Midfielder Stuart Douglas has signed from Witney United and goes straight into the squad. Stuart was previously at Abingdon but left in 2004 to join Oxford City before later going on to join Witney.

Abingdon will be without both Luke Beauchamp and Richard Wells (work and Stag Weekend) for the game, although Tom Larman should be fit again and Robert Harper is also added to the squad.

It's a real six-pointer as Milton lie just one point and two places above Town, although they have played three games less. Their current form is equally as bad as Town's, having lost seven and drawn one of their last eight league games. On Tuesday only two late Milton goals gave the scoreline some respectability when they went down 4-2 at home to Marlow United.

Earlier in the season the teams played out an exciting 2-2 draw at Culham Road.

Abingdon Look To Avoid Slip Up - 31st October

Abingdon are in SBJ Sports Insurance Challenge Cup action this weekend when they travel to Division One East side Chinnor.

Chinnor currently lie mid-table in Division One East with just one victory at home this season. In the previous round they won 3-0 at struggling Eton Wick whilst Town scraped through on penalties against Cirencester United after drawing 4-4. Abingdon of course won't need reminding any further of potential banana skins as they were knocked out of last season's competition by Ascot United who currently sit top of Division One East.

Abingdon look likely to be without captain Jason Thomas (left) whilst the rest of the team appear to have come through Tuesday's game at Fairford with no further apparent injury worries.

The game kicks off at 1.45pm as Chinnor do not have floodlights.

The Reserves are in Reserve Challenge Cup action on Saturday when they travel to League leaders North Leigh.

Cup Action For Town - 3rd October

Cup action again this weekend for Abingdon Town when they take on Cirencester United in the SBJ Insurance Brokers Challenge Cup Preliminary Round at Culham Road.

The tie has been switched from Cirencester as Cirencester Reserves are in County Cup action which would take precedence over this tie. So rather than have to re-arrange this match, Cirencester have agreed to switch the tie to Abingdon.

The Gloucestershire side currently lie 15th of 17 teams in Division One West, having recorded one victory from their 7 league games so far this season - a 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Saracens in August. However they do possess one of the leading scorers in the Division - the prolific Richie Miles who has scored 9 of their 13 goals.

For the game Abingdon welcome back Danny Thomas from suspension and will give a late test to striker Ryan Brooks. Definitely out though is Luke Beauchamp who sustained a nasty knee injury in Tuesday's defeat by Marlow United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

The tie will be decided on the day with extra-time and penalties if necessary, the winners facing a trip to Chinnor in the next round.

The Reserves are away to Mortimer in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup. Mortimer play in the Senior Division of the Reading League which is a feeder league to the Hellenic. They currently lie bottom of the table having lost all 6 of their league games so far this season.

"Twin Towns" Meet - 26th September

Tomorrow Abingdon entertain FTL Futbol Hellenic League League newcomers Reading Town at Culham Road.

Having switched from the Combined Counties League this season Reading currently lie in 15th place, 3 below Town having recorded 2 league victories - 2-1 at Harrow Hill and 2-0 at home to Flackwell Heath. Reading visited Culham Road last season, winning 2-0 in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, while Town's last visit to Scours Lane was in the FA Vase in September 2001 - Adam Oram and Jon Gardner(2) the scorers in a 3-1 victory.

Town have doubts over defender Louis George who suffered a nasty blow to the head in last week's defeat by Flackwell Heath, while midfielder Adam Wells and striker Ryan Brooks face late tests. Danny Morgan is available again after returning from honeymoon.

Luke Beauchamp's Testimonial Match - 23rd June

Plans are coming along well for Abingdon Town's Luke Beauchamp's Testimonial match against Oxford United.

The game, to be played at Culham Road on Saturday 19th July at 3pm, will feature a host of ex-Abingdon players as well as some of the current side. Among those that will be turning out are -
Peter Rhoades-Brown Garry Parker Joey Beauchamp
Chris Potter John McMahon Tom Butler
Andy Hough Chris Harper

In addition, Chris Allen, ex-OUFC, Nottingham Forest and now at North Leigh, also Anton Rogan, ex-OUFC, Celtic and Sunderland may be making an appearance.

It should be a great day with a load of old faces returning to Culham Road to support Luke in his testimonial season, so please make every effort to come along and support a great Abingdon Town player.

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