Going For Cup Glory - 28 April
Fairford Town will round off their season by going for glory in Saturday's Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final at Flackwell Heath.
After a successful cup run that has included wins over higher-division opponents Highworth Town and Highmoor Ibis, the Reds go head to head with Division One East side Didcot Town Reserves this weekend in Buckinghamshire. Fairford finished the Division One West season in fourth place, just nine points off the top, after a strong campaign. It marks a considerable turnaround for the Cinder Lane club, who finished second from bottom just 12 months ago.
"The lads have been fantastic all season and they have given everything," said manager Gareth Davies. "Saturday's game is a chance to round if off with a cup final and hopefully with a solid performance we can bring a trophy back to Fairford. In league terms we are pleased to have finish in the top four, given what happened last season. The players can be proud of their efforts and the club is going from strength to strength on and off the pitch. We have filled a 60-seater coach going to the final and there should be a great atmosphere around the place."
CALM (Swindon) - 21 April
Fairford Town FC hosted a fundraising charity match for the charity CALM (Swindon) yesterday.
Swindon Academy coach Andy Kuchta organised the match following U16 goalkeeper Declan Lehmann's battle against cancer. Declan, who recently had the all clear following chemotherapy, was in attendance to help raise awareness for the charity.
CALM (Swindon) have been providing exceptional support to the Lehmann family and each player made a donation whilst there was also a collection and cake sale courtesy of Fairford Italian restaurant Colosseo.
Thanks to Andy Kuchta and all those who helped organise the evening - and best wishes to the Lehmann family.
The match, officiated by Dan Cobbett who also donated his match fee to the charity, ended in a 2-2 draw.
Not including the contribution from this game Markus Lehmann's JustGiving fund raising total is just £203.64 short of the £5k target set on 18 December. If you would like to contribute to this very worthwhile project access www.justgiving.com/Markus-Lehmann
Fairford Town Vets XI: Mike Alexander; Lee Spalding, Ady Roper, Gareth Davies, Wayne Petrie; Kevin Coles, Courtney Chessell, Ryan Lovegrove, Mick Solan; Paul Hunt, Chris Robinson Subs used: Mike Dixon, Jamie Hyde, Simon Quinn, Chris Tanner
Coach To Final - 19 April
Fairford Town's main sponsor Burger Star (Gloucester) has kindly offered to cover the cost of supporters' travel to the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final on April 30.
The Reds will face Didcot Reserves in the final of the competition which will be held at Flackwell Heath FC in High Wycombe on Saturday 30th April. And with the lengthy journey, the club's main sponsor has offered to fund the trip for supporters wishing to travel. There are just 40 supporter places available on the team coach which will be booked on a first come, first served basis by emailing email@example.com
Stuart Pike, of Burger Star (Gloucester) commented: "It is a nice way of thanking those who have followed the club this season and hopefully it should be an enjoyable day out. Cup finals are special occasions and this gesture offers Fairford supporters every opportunity of being there to get behind the team once again."
The coach will leave from Cinder Lane at 11am and return that evening. The clubhouse will be open from 10am on the day and filled rolls, drinks and club scarves will be available to purchase on the day.
Cars can be left at Cinder Lane with plenty of free parking available.
Charity Match At Fairford - 15 April
Fairford Town will host a fundraising charity match for the charity CALM (Swindon) on Wednesday 20 April, kick off 8pm.
Swindon Academy coach Andy Kuchta has organised the match following U16 goalkeeper Declan Lehmann's battle against cancer. Declan, who recently had the all clear following chemotherapy, will be in attendance to help raise awareness for the charity.
CALM (Swindon) have been providing exceptional support to the Lehmann family and there will be a collection on the night as well as a donation from each player involved in the game.
The match will see a Fairford Town XI, made up of coaches, volunteers and former players, take on a Guest XI including Swindon Town youth coaches and others.
Supplementary Cup Semi Final - 14 April
Fairford Town play for a place in the final of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Challenge Cup hosting Headington Amateurs tonight.
The Reds have home advantage for the tie which follows their quarter-final victory over Premier Division side Highmoor Ibis (3-1) on Saturday 26th March. Fairford also beat Highworth Town after extra-time and penalties in the earlier rounds and will be keen to extend their season even further with a win in Thursday's semi-final.
Fairford's league season finished on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Shortwood United Reserves and the Cinder Lane outfit now await results of games elsewhere to find out their final standing.
The clubhouse will be open from 6.15pm on Thursday with all support welcome for the cup semi-final tie, which kicks-off at 7.45pm. Liverpool's UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund will also be shown in the clubhouse. U16s go free and Adults are £5 and Concessions £2.
All support welcome as the Reds bid to reach the final of the competition, which will be staged on Saturday 30th April.
All Over Bar The Waiting - 11 April
The fate of Fairford Town’s season is now firmly out of their hands after they brought the curtain down on their campaign with a 3-0 win over Shortwood United Reserves.
“It is just a case of finding out where we finish in the league but overall, I don’t think we could have done any more.” commented manager Gareth Davies
With Cheltenham Saracens also winning 3-0 away to Clanfield, Davies knows his side have fallen just short of top spot in a season where they have occupied the summit for large periods. However, having fought off relegation last season, it has been a dramatic turnaround for Fairford in a short space of time and Davies says his players should be proud of what they have achieved. Carterton and Hook Norton, who sit third and fourth respectively in Division One West, still have games to play to determine Fairford’s final standing but Davies will not be paying attention to the results as he prepares his side for a Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup semi-final against Headington Amateurs on Thursday night.
“Overall, the league is done and dusted and we have got to be pleased that we will finish in the top four,” he added. “When you look back at the games we dropped points in, you look to see if we could have done more. After the season we had last year, overall, we can’t grumble, wherever we end up finishing.”
Never Say Never - 1 April
Gareth Davies is refusing to give up on Fairford Town lifting the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West title - although the Cinder Lane boss accepts his side are going to need a significant helping hand to do it.
Town play their penultimate game in the league campaign with a trip to Letcombe tomorrow before hosting fellow bottom-half side Shortwood United Reserves for the finale next weekend, as they remain level on points with Cheltenham Saracens at the top.
Maximum points from those games are all Davies’ men can deliver before sitting back and watching what Saracens, who have three games in hand, third-placed Carterton (five games in hand) and Hook Norton in fourth (four games in hand) do. With the number of teams promoted into the Premier Division still to be decided, the manager is primarily focused on a top-three finish to give Fairford a chance of stepping up.
“It’s out of our hands,’’ he said in the Swindon Avertiser. “It’s just a case of trying to get the next six points and then we will be looking for a few favours. To finish where we have, or within the top four, is a massive achievement for the club and the lads we have at the club have done a fantastic job to get us where we are.’’
An intriguing element in the mix is Fairford’s Bluefin Sport Supplementary Challenge Cup quarter final clash at Cheltenham Saracens on Monday. Davies added: “I’m not sure what sort of team Saracens will put on the field for that one. They have a league game with Clanfield on the Wednesday so it may be that they rest players for the cup tie. We’ll be putting out our strongest side for our three games and we’ll see what happens.”
Striker Lee Smith misses tomorrow’s trip, but Jack Ellis returns after a hamstring injury and Nathan Gambling and Danny Hale are also back.
One West Title Chase - 21 March
Fairford Town; Cheltenham Saracens; Carterton and Hook Norton all in the mix with a chance of promotion, Fairford take on Carterton tomorrow night. The outcome of this fixture will strengthen the winning sides' options.
The Reds came from behind to win 2-1 at Purton on Saturday, with Nathan Gambling and Jack Ellis on target. Top scorer Danny Hale is available again on Tuesday and will boost the selection options for Gareth Davies. For the visitors - Sean McKeon, a former Fairford player, scored during Saturday's home win and is a man in form with plenty of goals to his name this term. Carterton have used 35 players this term and have goals in the side, with five players having hit double figures.
Fairford go into the encounter at the top of the table on 51 , but have played more games than the chasing pack with Carterton having five games in hand and 44 points on the board.
Purton Beckons - 18 March
The third of three consecutive away games for Fairford Town arrives tomorrow with the short trip to Purton.
Fairford were 3-0 winners at Shortwood on Tuesday evening and will hope to continue their good form with another solid display this time around. Defender James Townsend made a return to action in the midweek win at Meadowbank and could be in contention again, whist Danny Hale has enjoyed his return to the line-up and is one goal away from double figures for the season.
For Purton, last weekend's 4-1 victory at Tytherington put an end to a run of games without tasting a win, and the Reds are currently seventh in the division. They have one of the league's leading marksmen in their ranks, with Ben Carter (18) a man bang in form.
Former Fairford players Shannon Pocock, Sam English, Joe Dorey, Paul Hunt and Harry Hillerby, the younger brother of Ben, have also turned out for the Wiltshire side this season amongst the 41 different players used.
“Old Boys” Thought’s - 11 March
Following the Former Players’ Day at Fairford Town last Saturday, the “Old Boy’s” were impressed with what they found on their return.
Defender Steve Bennett, who made his debut for the club in 1995 and was also assistant manager for a spell, made the trip from Devon and is impressed with the facilities at Cinder Lane. “The setup has improved immensely,” he said. “It is good to have a club like this for the young players. Fairford has always had good young players and to have a team that is flying in Uhlsport Hellenic Division One is fantastic.”
Former full-back and manager Mark Saunders said: “I think the club is looking very solid and any club that is run at this level is very difficult. I’m 53 now and I started here as a 16-year-old. The football has changed a lot, in my day it was more physical and now it is not. I think they have got a very strong squad and they deserve to be promoted.”
New Chairman At Cinder Lane - 7 March
Fairford Town Football Club announce the appointment of Stuart Pike as Football Chairman. Pike is currently the club's main sponsor and principal of Burger Star (Gloucester) and he will bring to the club added expertise in both the club's football and commercial structure.
In 2014 Pike was chairman of Gloucester City for a period of 148 days, but was unable to commit to the time necessary to be involved at that level in a Conference club
Burger Star's long term commitment to the club will add further stability to what is already a strong profile and his professional approach will enable the club to hopefully progress upwards in the future.
Around 40 former Fairford Town players returned to Cinder Lane on Saturday for the club's inaugural Former Players' Day. Some had travelled from as far as Cornwall and Devon, whilst others were making their first return in 40 years.
It was a successful day - part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations - as the returnees watched the Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West local derby with Shrivenham as well as enjoying a display of club memorabilia, including pictures from the 1930s and club documentation dating back to 1892.
In the evening, Swindon-based band 'Good Times' provided excellent entertainment as another group of evening guests, many of them still involved in local football, arrived.
Club Committee member Chris Tanner commented: "It was great to see so many former players make the day and it will certainly now be an annual fixture in the calendar. On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who played a part in the day - including the many volunteers who once again gave up their time to make the event such a success."
Former Players' Day at Fairford Town - 3 March
Former Swansea City player Steve Jones is expected to be amongst Fairford Town's past player attending the "Former Players' Day" fixture on Saturday, a part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
Jones played for in the Hellenic League for Fairford Town before joining Forest Green Rovers. He then joined Cheltenham Town before moving to Swansea City, playing nearly 150 games for the club between 1995-2001. He is amongst a number of former players who have been in touch with some travelling up from Cornwall to attend.
The clubhouse will be open from 12pm, with former players, managers, coaches and supporters young and old encouraged to attend. The league fixture against Shrivenham kicks off at 3pm and there will be evening entertainment in the clubhouse from Swindon five-piece band 'Good Times', as well as a display of club memorabilia.
Entry is FREE for all former players/managers with regular prices in operation elsewhere at just £5 Adult, U16s FREE and Concessions £2.
See the club website www.fairfordtownfc.co.uk for further information or on Twitter @FairfordTownFC
Bright Tonight In One West - 26 February
Fairford Town will be looking to secure that Friday feeling when they entertain Cirencester Town Development, under their new floodlights tonight.
The match will serve as the official unveiling of the new £19,850 floodlights tonight, thanks to a £13,850 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. This funding has enabled the step six club to significantly upgrade the floodlights at their Cinder Lane Ground. The lights, which were first installed in 1989, now meet the relevant Ground Grading criteria for Fairford to continue playing at their current level. Grants were also received from Gloucestershire Activate and Fairford Town Council.
Manager Gareth Davies insists the celebrations will not be a distraction for his players as their sole focus is on securing a win to help extend their advantage at the top of the table.
“With it being a derby, I think they’ve moved it to try to get a few more people through the gate. It should be a good atmosphere and hopefully it’s a good game too,” said Davies. “For the team, we will just prepare as normal. We won’t change anything. We will just keep everyone focused on the game at hand and try to pick up three points. We had Letcombe last week and we just need a bit of consistency but playing one week and then not the next is not helping that. After Friday’s game, I think we go back to having a game every Saturday and we will have nine games left to try to achieve something. We are not worried about what is going on behind us. We just need to focus on these 10 games and if we’re able to keep picking up results, it means the teams behind us still have to catch us. You can’t make predictions - in a derby anything can and will happen. We need to come out of the traps and start well and get a foothold in the game and then try to kick on.”
James Townsend could return to the Fairford squad after suspension while the Reds will wait on the fitness of captain Matt Boucher. Fairford have had a 10 day break from action while the visitors were in action on Wednesday night as they went down 4-0 at home to Brimscombe and Thrupp in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup third round. Cirencester come into the game in eighth place with 21 points from 18 games played, while Fairford - currently top - know they have to keep winning to keep up their promotion push.
Friday At Fairford - 24 February
Football fans looking for a Friday night fix should look no further than Fairford Town this week.
The Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West derby clash with Cirencester Town Development will be played this Friday 26th February. The game was due to be played the following day, but has been brought forward with a bumper crowd expected at Cinder Lane for the encounter with just eight miles separating the two clubs. The last meeting between the two sides was on Monday 28th December with an attendance of 128 witnessing a 1-0 win for Fairford.
Kick-off will be 7.45pm and the clubhouse will be open from 6.15pm. Parking is plentiful and free and the approach to the ground (via Cinder Lane) has been vastly improved and levelled out. Tickets are priced at £5 Adult, £2 Concessions and U16s go FREE.
Fairford 125 Years - 19 February
Fairford Town Football Club is appealing to all former players as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
The first event to celebrate this landmark year will take place on Saturday 5th March which is Former Players' Day.
Any former Fairford players, coaches or managers are warmly invited to attend - with free entry - for the home league fixture with Shrivenham at Cinder Lane (3pm ko). The clubhouse will be open from 12pm with evening entertainment after the game too, featuring Swindon-based five-piece band 'Good Times'. There will also be a display of club memorabilia and of course the chance to catch up with former teammates, club officials and managers.
The club is anticipating a big crowd for the fixture with the Reds currently top of Division One West.
Former players/managers are invited to call Club President Mike Tanner (07917 861866) for more information.
Edenborough Signs For Fairford - 4 February
Fairford Town have signed Ashley Edenborough to the club following his departure from Swindon Supermarine.
The 29-year old striker (pictured) began his career at Cinder Lane, where he played in the same Fairford side as current Reds' management duo Gareth Davies and Ady Roper. He has since gone on to forge an impressive reputation as a non-league marksman, with time at Burnham, Chippenham Town, Cirencester Town, Evesham and of course Supermarine, for whom he scored 104 goals in 207 appearances in three spells.
"When I heard Ashley was available I had a chat with him and we are delighted to have him back at Fairford," said manager Gareth Davies. "He was a promising young player when he started out here and it's great he has returned for the final nine games of the season to help us out."
Davies added: "Having spoken with him, he didn't want to do the travelling in the Southern League at the minute and he just wants to get back to enjoying his football. We are delighted to be able to give him that platform as we want to try and finish as high as we possibly can."
Edenborugh left Southern League Division One South and West side Swindon Supermarine in January to spend more time with his young family. While the hot-shot was courted by Southern League clubs in both the Premier Division and in Marine’s division, as well as Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division outfit Highworth Town, Edenborough decided to join the Division One West leaders.
“I spoke with Highworth, Frome, Cirencester, North Leigh and Cinderford, but I didn’t want to do all the travelling – that is part of the reason why I left Supermarine,” said Edenborough, who scored 104 goals in 207 appearance during his three spells at the Webb’s Wood Stadium. I have got two kids, a five-year-old and a three-year-old, I have been spending plenty of time with them and enjoying every minute of it. That is one of the reasons that Fairford suits me. They haven’t got many games left this season and I know Ropes (assistant manager Ady Roper) and Gareth (Davies) from when I was here about 10 years ago. I’m here to play a few games and help them out and then decide what I’m going to do next season.”
Fairford Town are next in action on Tuesday 16 February when they host Letcombe in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West, 7.45pm.
Tanner Honoured At Business Club Awards - 1 February
Fairford Town's long-serving President Mike Tanner received the prestigious Howard Dowler Award at the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club Awards on Saturday evening.
The Howard Dowler Award is named after one of the founder members of the Club, who sadly passed away in 2009. Tanner has been with the Cinder Lane club since 1973, serving as Chairman for 22 years. He is currently President as well as being a committee member and one of a number of valuable volunteers at the Gloucestershire club, who are currently top of Division One West.
Each year, the winner of this Award is chosen by the Chair and is presented to an individual or business that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the local community and is a current member of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club.
The Fairford & Lechlade Business Club Annual Awards are now in their ninth year and are designed to recognise businesses' excellence and achievements during the previous year up to January 2016.
There was also an award for Chris Tanner, Fairford Town FC's Press Officer, who was a finalist in the Business Person of the Year category for his work in fundraising, media and promotion of the club.
The awards evening was held at The Crown of Crucis and was a sell-out. For more information about the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club visit www.flbc.org.uk
Fairford Town President Mike Tanner receives his award from Helen Webb, Chair of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club Photo credit Paredes Photography
Pressure To Succeed - 29 January
There are just nine games to go of Fairford Town’s Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West season and with a nine-point lead and more games played than several rivals – the pressure’s on.
Fairford hosted promotion rivals Cheltenham Saracens last weekend at Cinder Lane and a goal from Jack Ellis secured a 1-1 draw. Gareth Davies will be without the services of central defender James Townsend (suspension) whilst Ellis, Nathan Gambling and Jason Milhench all linked up well in the recent 6-0 win at Tytherington Rocks.
Tomorrow' away opposition Shortwood, will go into the game in 11th place in the division after just four wins from 12 games played so far. They have conceded four in each of their last two games – and were beaten 4-1 by promotion chasing Hook Norton at Meadowbank. Fairford boss Gareth Davies will guard his side against complacency as the spotlight on promotion intensifies. Shortwood's Sam Taylor tops the scoring charts with seven goals to his name in just eight appearances, whilst Jamie Johnson has six in 15 games to date.
Quiz Night With Dr Who Writer - 22 JanuaryLocal writer Paul Cornell will host a fundraising quiz night for the The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital on Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm.
The evening will take place at Fairford Town FC with all proceeds going to the charity. Paul, a Fairford resident, has written for television dramas including Elementary, Doctor Who, Casualty and Coronation Street, and has many novels and comics to his name. Popular Fairford coffee shop 7A have also agreed to support the Quiz Night, supplying a brownie for each guest. The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital are Fairford Town FC's chosen Charity of the Year for the 2015/16 season.
Tickets are priced at £10 per person, which will include a one-course hot meal as well as the brownie. Teams can be made up of up to eight people - get your tickets by calling Graham Hewitt on 01285 851022.
The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital were named Fairford Town FC's chosen Charity of the Year in July 2015. The League of Friends is a community based charity run by volunteers and they will benefit from a year-long partnership with the club. The charity supports services that cost over £80,000 per annum and help to bring health care as close to home as possible - working in and for the people of Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding villages.
The League of Friends will receive the following as the club's chosen Charity of the Year, which will run until the end of June 2016:
One bucket collection as part of a themed home game in support of the charity
Coverage of charity events in club's match programme and online
One fundraising match staged at the end of the 2015/16 season at Cinder Lane
One fundraising event held at Cinder Lane during the season
Graham Hewitt, Chairman of League of Friends, said: "The League is very pleased that the Club has chosen us as their Charity of the Year and we look forward to a close association over the coming football season."
Keep Cool - 22 January
Fairford Town players are urged to keep their cool as other teams look to chip away at their lead at the top of Uhlsport hellenic League Division One West.
Following their 6-0 thumping of Tytherington Rocks last weekend, Fairford are eight points clear of the chasing pack and despite the likes of Cheltenham Saracens, who they welcome to Cinder Lane tomorrow, having five matches in hand, manager Gareth Davies hopes that the advantage his team have already secured gives them the edge over the chasing pack
“The points are on the board. Teams that have got six or seven games in hand, they’ve got to win those games,” said the Fairford manager. “When we were down at the bottom last year, we had games in hand and we’d always say ‘oh, we’ve got games in hand’ but it didn’t do us any favours because with the fixture congestion, teams are going to be playing two or three times-a-week and that on its own is pressure because you’re going into those games thinking ‘we have to win this’. Ourselves; we’re on target for our fixtures and our points are on the board. If people catch us, then fair play to them. We just need to focus on every game and just keep winning. It doesn’t matter how we do it. If we win ugly, win 1-0 or do what we did (last weekend) and have a good game; we don’t care.”
Davies added: “Looking at the table, (Cheltenham) will need to come to us and they will need to come and get something for their own title chances. There’s zero pressure on our players.”
Fairford Marks 125th Anniversary - 15 January
As part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations this year, the home league fixture with Shrivenham on Saturday 5 March will be a Former Players' Day.
The clubhouse will be open from 12pm on the day, with former players, managers, coaches and supporters young and old encouraged to attend. If you have contacts with any former players then please advise them of this date, or contact Club President Mike Tanner (07917 861866) for more information. The league fixture v Shrivenham kicks off at 3pm and there will be evening entertainment in the clubhouse too as well as a display of club memorabilia.
The home league fixture with Cirencester Town Development will be played on Friday 6th February. The game was due to be played the following day, but has been brought forward with a bumper crowd expected at Cinder Lane for the encounter with just eight miles separating the two clubs. The last meeting between the two sides was on Monday 28 December with an attendance of 128 witnessing a 1-0 win for Fairford. Kick-off will be 7.45pm.
The postponed fixture against Easington Sports in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup Second Round at Cinder Lane will now be played on Tuesday 2 February, 7.45pm.
The Road Ahead - 15 January
Gareth Davies says that his Fairford Town side have 11 cup finals in their bid to secure promotion from Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West.
The Cinder Lane side are currently sitting pretty at the top of the table, five points clear of second-placed Easington Sports. However, Fairford have played four more games than third place Cheltenham Saracens and fourth place Carterton, who trail Davies’ men by six and eight points respectively. The Reds boss is well aware that he can only focus on what his side are doing – starting with tomorrow’s trip to Tytherington Rocks - and not what is happening at the teams below.
“Given where we finished last season (second-from-bottom) if someone had said we’d be top of the league at the start of January I would’ve snatch their hands off,” Davies said. “We’ve now got 11 games left, and every one is a cup final. All we can do is get as many points as we can. If the teams below us manage to catch us with their games in hand then there is nothing we can do about it.”
Having yet to kick a ball in anger in 2016, Fairford’s last game was on December 28 when they defeated Cirencester Town Development 1-0, Davies’ men are facing a sparse February. “We had a committee meeting this week where we looked at the fixtures – we only had one game at the end of February,” Davies said. “We are hoping to have cup games on 2nd and 9th as well as a game on the 6th,” Davies said.“It is always nice to have the points on the board, but we do need games to keep the momentum going – it seems so long since we last played.”
Given the break that Fairford have had, Davies will have a near full-strength squad at 2014 Division One West champions Tytherington. “To be honest we will need them,” the Cinder Lane chief added. “I know we beat them 4-0 earlier in the season, but we had four chances and scored four goals. They are a decent little outfit and we have a tough game in front of us and their position in the table (third-from-bottom) is a bit false.”
Return Of Gambling - 26 December
Fairford Town have boosted their attacking options with the return of Nathan Gambling to Cinder Lane.
With experienced striker Scott Griffin ruled out with a long-term knee injury, Fairford boss Gareth Davies has made his move as the Reds brace themselves for the second half of the Uhlsport Division One West promotion race.
Gambling has netted eight goals in 15 appearances for Premier Division side Highworth Town this term, but having made just eight starts - the frontman has opted for a move back to familiar surroundings, over other options, as Fairford target a Hellenic top-flight return.
The striker enjoyed a fruitful spell at the Lane under former boss Paul Braithwaite and will add experience and a physical presence to Gareth Davies' attacking armoury.
Life At Top Can Be Difficult - 4 December
Gareth Davies says the top of Uhslport Hellenic League Division One West can be a difficult place to be as teams see them as the ultimate scalp.
The Cinder Lane outfit play host to Easington Sports, who head into the game off the back of an 11-0 rout of Tytherington Rocks, but Davies won’t be changing his tactics to try and stem the flow of the visitors. Fairford’s boss wants his side to keep the points ticking over as they look to continue their nine-game unbeaten run in the league.
“All we can do is keep putting points on the board,” said Davies. “This weekend is another big one against Easington and they had a close game last weekend. They can score goals but then again so can we. We won’t change the way we prepare. We will keep doing the same things but the players need to be aware that they can’t take their foot off the gas. When you are top of the league everybody wants to knock you off the top spot because it is good for the CV. We can’t afford to drop points before Christmas. If we keep picking up points and being in the top four until Christmas then we might have half a chance but we haven’t done anything yet.”
New College At Fairford Saturday - 26 November
Fairford Town's win at league leaders Cheltenham Saracens last Saturday saw the Reds claim top spot in Uhlsport Hellenic Legaue Division One West.
After a solid start to the season, the Reds are on an extended unbeaten run in the league and go into this Saturday's home game with New College Swindon at the top of the table. It looks like being an exciting second half of the season with the promotion chase very much on.
Ddue to ongoing floodlight improvement work being carried out at Cinder Lane means an earlier kick-off time of 2.15pm. Concession prices are just £2 and children U16 go FREE! Adult ticket prices are £5 - why not come along and support the Reds?
Long Way Still To Go - 20 November
Gareth Davies is not placing too much significance on Fairford Town's trip to Uhslport Division One West leaders Cheltenham Saracens tomorrow.
The Cinder Lane men sit below their hosts tomorrow by virtue of goal difference, however, the Reds boss believes there will be plenty more twists in the season whatever the outcome.
“We are not going to put any pressure on the boys, they know it is a big game – if we can get something out of the game then that would be great,” Davies said. “But just look at where we were last season – we just have to enjoy what we are doing. We can go there and express ourselves. I don’t think that this game will go a long way to deciding who will be in the top two at the end of the season – there is still a long way to go.”
Pull The Drapes! - 13 November
Fairford’s Gareth Davies joked that he may have needed to put up some curtains at training last night as he prepared his side for a big derby with local rivals Purton.
With both sides training on adjacent pitches during the week, Davies jested that he would take precautions to make sure his opposite number Justin Miller didn’t spy on any of his tactics. “We’ll train in the week and go through a few things, even though Purton will be training on the pitch next to us,” said the Cinder Lane boss before Thursday's session. It is all a bit strange because they train on the pitch next to us, so we might have to put a curtain up or something.”
Just two points and one place separate the two sides in the Hellenic League Division One West table, with Fairford above Purton in second, despite having played two games fewer.
Both managers know the importance of the game and with Fairford having not lost in their last six league matches - a run of five wins and one draw dating back to August - Davies is keen to see how far his side have come this season. “It is a big game and it will be second versus third and we have just got to go into it focused and hopefully we’ll be ready,” added Davies. “We just need to go in there with our heads in the right place because in a derby, anything can happen. If we set up correctly and go with the plan then that should start us off on the right foot. If we play half as well as we have been recently, then we should win the game. I think the players realise that it is a big game and it is important and it certainly will give us a benchmark for how far we have come recently. If things don’t go well, then we’ll know what we need to do to put it right.”
Promotion Is A Priority - 6 November
Fairford Town manager Gareth Davies admits that this weekend’s Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup clash with Finchampstead is something of a distraction as his team look to continue their push for promotion to the Premier Division.
In-form Fairford, who were unbeaten in six matches leading in to last weekend’s FA Vase defeat to Brimscombe & Thrupp, are currently second in the Division One West table, three points behind leaders Cheltenham Saracens, with two games in hand on local rivals Purton in third. But Davies’ men must wait for a return to league action as they make the trip to Berkshire for a second-round Challenge Cup tie on Saturday, locking horns with Finchampstead, who are in comparatively fine fettle in second spot in Division One East.
The Fairford boss isn’t planning on going hell for leather for victory this weekend, conceding that a tilt at promotion remains his primary concern. “It’s one of those ones. Again, if we go there and get something, happy days, but if we don’t, it’s not the end of the world,” said Davies, whose team finished second-bottom last term. This year, the league is what we need. We need to get promoted. “So yes, it’s a distraction because teams are obviously catching us up but we’ve got the points in the bag at the minute, so we just need to keep going. We have a side here that are capable of doing things at this level and anything’s better than last year. Last year was horrific for us and in the summer, we addressed the problems we had. We brought in players that have come in and made a difference, which is pushing us in the right direction. For me, the league is what we need to concentrate on. After Finchampstead, it’s Purton and Cheltenham, who are third and first, so I’ve got one eye on that.”
Post Vase Dejection - 2 November
Gareth Davies reckons that the dejection in the Cinder Lane dressing room following Saturday’s FA Vase loss is in indication of just how far his team have progressed in recent weeks.
Fairford, who are second in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West and unbeaten in six matches in all competitions, were unable to translate their fine form into victory over Premier Division Brimscombe & Thrupp in the first round proper. After weathering a first-half storm, Davies’ men threatened to pull off an upset but were eventually bested as the visitors’ Ben Deakin crossed for defender Christien Turner to loop home a late header and condemn Fairford to a 1-0 defeat.
The Cinder Lane boss did think that his troops failed to hit the heights of their last few performances, but was nonetheless focusing on the positives. “We’ve turned a corner and they’re disappointed that they’ve been beaten. It is good that they’re disappointed because it shows that things are going well and they want to do well,” said Davies. “I don’t think they outclassed us or made us look silly and it does show how far we’ve come in the last two or three months. Any side that were above us last year; we would have just crumbled. “It’s disappointing because we have been playing so well recently. I just think if we would have started a little bit brighter and given ourselves a bit of a platform to build on, we would have done alright. We got into it for the last quarter of an hour of the first half and when we played to our strengths, we created some decent chances. "
“If we’d have played like we did in the last few weeks, it would have been a different outcome but let’s be honest, we were never going to win the Vase. Another thing is that it’s one less distraction – our bread and butter is the league this year but don’t get me wrong; it is nice to earn a couple of quid in the Vase. But we’re worried about the league.”
Davies is hoping to keep hold of striker Jason Milhench, who is the subject of a seven-day approach from Highworth Town.
Vase Contest - 30 October
Gareth Davies is looking to emulate last season’s success of local rivals Highworth Town when Fairford host Brimscombe & Thrupp in the first round of the FA Vase.
Highworth reached the semi-finals of the Vase last season, bringing in a tidy financial reward whilst doing so. Davies would love to emulate what his former boss John Fisher did at the Elms last term and having already beaten Premier Division opposition in the Worthians this season, the Fairford boss knows his side care capable. The Cinder Lane outfit are flying in the Hellenic League Division One West as they sit level on points with league-leaders Cheltenham Saracens.
Fairford have a difficult task awaiting them in Brimscombe, who are currently seventh in the upper Hellenic tier. “I think you only have to look at what Highworth did last year and we would love to go on and do quite well,” said Davies. “We played Brimscombe in pre-season and beat them, but I think they have picked up massively and won again at the weekend. We just need to go out and continue what we are doing, but it will be a tough game because they are a good outfit. “With the form that we are in at the moment, everybody is very buoyant and we’ll go into the game full of confidence. We’ll be underdogs, because they are from the league above, but I quite like that.”
Form Continues - 26 October
Fairford Town continued their fine form to occupy second sport in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West with a 3-1 win at Easington Sports.
“In the team talk we said that this was a very difficult place to come and to get something from the game we would have to do the horrible bits.” said manager Gareth Davies. “They are an experienced side that have been around and a lot of teams will go there and drop points because they are a good side. We went there, set up, and did the job. We just wanted to go in get the three points and get out.”
With Division One West leaders Cheltenham Saracens not playing, Fairford were able to go level on points with them having played two more games and Davies admits that his role is a lot easier when his side are on a roll like this. “They go out and it is as if the result is never in doubt,” Davies said. “It is great to be a part of because the dressing room is a good place to be and it makes our job as management a little bit easier because now they know what it takes to win games.”
Maintain Run - 23 October
Fairford Town travel to Easington Sports having not lost in Division One West since the end of August and hope to keep that run going.
“It is a tough place to go but we just need to keep our heads down and try to keep the run going,” said boss Gareth Davies. “We won’t worry about them - we will just worry about ourselves and go out and play our game. They are one of those sides who could probably beat anybody on their day. We’ve got a big run of games coming up and they are all tough games and all with teams around us so momentum is key. I would rather be fourth or fifth, because when you are up there, people target you to beat you, but we are where we are and we just need to keep going.”
Match Day Sponsorship Sought - 15 October
Fairford Town have won through to the first round proper of the historic FA Vase competition, can the Reds make it through to the next stage?
The home wins over Ardley United (3-0) and Surrey side Badshot Lea (4-2) sealed a place in the first round proper of what is a national competition with over 500 clubs entering. We are now seeking a match sponsor for the first round tie against Premier Division side Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday 31st October (3pm). The game is set to be the biggest of the season so far at Cinder Lane and we'd love to have your support on the day!
This premier package - priced at £150 (four guests) or £200 (six guests) in the Boardroom before taking in the live FA Vase action.
Pre-match hospitality in the Boardroom
Inclusive lunch served for you and your guests pre-match
Pitchside photo with team captains and officials before kick-off
Complimentary half-time tea and coffee
Your company name and details included in the Matchday Programme
Choose a Man of the Match with a post-match pitchside presentation
A complimentary Matchday Programme for each guest
There is good news from the Challenge Cup too, with the dramatic penalty shoot-out win over local rivals Highworth Town in the Challenge Cup securing a place in the second round. The reward is a trip to Finchampstead, that will take place on Saturday 7th November (1.45pm).
Whilst in the league, Saturday's away win at Clanfield has lifted the Reds into fourth in the league after a fine start to the new campaign. Next up is the visit of Tytherington Rocks this Saturday in Division One West.
Difficult Encounter Expected - 25 September
Gareth Davies knows his side are in for a difficult afternoon when Fairford Town face local rivals Highworth Town tomorrow.
The Cinder Lane outfit play host to their Uhslport Hellenic League Premier Division rivals in the Bluefin Sport League Challenge Cup. Fairford will be without Jason Milhench and Sam Mepham, who both serve the last game of their respective suspensions. Meanwhile, goalkeeping coach Mike Alexander drops out to allow for the return of Ben Mitchell in goal, while Dan Hill is also another option as he returns from university.
Former Highworth reserve team manager Davies is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, but does not underestimate the size of the challenge awaiting his side. “I spent a decent time there and the people at the club are really good,” he said. “It will be nice to see a few old faces again and catch up. From a football side of things, we want to do well and they are one of the best sides in the town. I would love to get one over on them but it is going to be a difficult task. We just need to set our stall out and stick to the plan and hopefully we will do alright. They have got so many good players in different areas that, if you are not switched on and playing well, you are going to get hurt. We just need to stay in the game for as long as we can and we have got a few good players ourselves who could cause some issues for them.”
Point Rescued - 21 September
A last gasp equaliser left Fairford Town boss Gareth Davies over the moon as his side held their own with One West league leaders Carterton.
“To be fair I thought the first half we were decent, we just did everything right and the plan was to go and nullify them and we looked decent,” said Davies in the Swindon Advertiser. “Second half we had a little 20 minute spell where they put us under pressure and just a little mistake, it was a decent counter attack from them and we went 1-0 down. We just kept going. This time last year we would have just folded and probably would have gone on and got beat.”
“With literally the last kick of the game the keeper has kicked the ball out and James Townsend has chested it and put Matt Boucher in, who has gone on and rolled it into the net. “There wasn’t even time for a centre, so literally the last kick of the game so I was over the moon. What we want to do is do well in the league this year, and Carterton are top and flying and I just wanted the players to go out and express themselves and they did that. We know that we have got a good bunch of lads, but we just need to keep our heads down. “We’re only six games in, there is a long way to go and we just need to make sure we are doing everything we can to look after ourselves. We’re getting there and yesterday was a very good point for us.”
No Fear - 18 September
Fairford Town boss Gareth Davies wants his side to head to Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West leaders Carterton with no fear.
The Cinder Lane outfit, who bowed out of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Wednesday night following a 3-1 defeat at Royal Wootton Bassett Town, head to Oxfordshire full of confidence after they crushed second placed North Leigh United 6-1 last weekend. Now Davies wants to use tomorrow’s test as a gauge to show how far they have come. Victory for Fairford at Carterton could also see them leap-frog their hosts at the top of the table.
Now Davies wants to use tomorrow’s test as a gauge to show how far they have come. Victory for Fairford at Carterton could also see them leap-frog their hosts at the top of the table.
“This game will show us what we need to do, if anything, with the squad this year,” Davies said. “But the way we have been playing lately I think that we will do OK. We have to go there with no fear. Carterton have been flying, but we can play at that level.”
Despite the defeat to Premier Division Bassett in midweek, Davies doesn’t think that will have an adverse effect on his side and praised the performance. “To be honest the only difference between the two sides was Steve Robertson (who scored a hat-trick),” Davies said. “I know I’m biased, but I think that we were the better side. In the second half we had lots of the ball and there are plenty of positives we can take out of the game.”
Fairford Looking To Do Better At Home - 10 September
Fairford Town are back in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 West action on Saturday with a visit from North Leigh United.
In a quirk of the fixture calendar it is the second time Fairford will have faced the Millers in the space of five games and with the away match ending in a harsh 5-1 reverse, Fairford will be keen to put things right this time around.
The Reds go into the game on the back of a 3-0 home win over Ardley United last weekend in the FA Vase. Defender James Townsend (suspension) will miss out although Ben Hillerby and Luke Cordery are available again.
United are currently sitting pretty at the top of the table with four wins from five games - the only reverse on the opening day at Purton. The danger man needs no introduction having hit five against us at Eynsham Park. Alfie Saunders has seven goals in total for the season and needs to be much more closely marked. Jozef Fullerton is another to keep an eye out for with two goals in three games. With 16 goals so far this season but having conceded 11 it is clear where the visitor's strengths lie.
Vase Action At Cinder Lane - 4 September
Fairford Town return to action tomorrow hosting Ardley United in the FA Vase first qualifying round at Cinder Lane.
The Reds go into the game on the back of a testing 90 minutes of County cup action on Tuesday night, which saw a last minute penalty put them on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat to Cirencester Town Development. Defender James Townsend will miss the Vase game through suspension whilst there is plenty of competition for places across the side elsewhere.
Kevin Brock brings his side to Fairford with recent results going against his usually high flying team. It was only the season before last they were just edged out by Wantage Town for the Premier Division title. But so far this season has seen them win just 1 match out of their first 8 - coming away at fellow strugglers Bracknell Town. Their latest performances last weekend saw them go down 6-0 at home to Blackwell Heath and 3-0 at Brackley Town Saints. Only four players have registered a goal for United this season in the league whilst they have conceded 16. Overall it seems like a good time to be playing them but of course a wounded animal can also be a most dangerous creature. It promises for an interesting affair. The last time the two met was back in March 2013 at Cinder Lane when the visitors won 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Floodlit Cup.
"Saturday is another cup game and the FA Vase is a competition we are very much looking forward to." Said manager Gareth Davies. "Ardley come here on the back of a few tough results and are a Premier Division side, so hopefully we won't feel the wrath of those results. If we perform like we know we can, then you never know. We need to focus on ourselves and we will select the best squad we can do go out there and do the best for Fairford Town."
The club will be open from 12pm with a range of hot and cold drinks available, as well as the main bar. There are two big screen TVs in the club showing BT Sport so feel free to come along early and relax before kick-off.
Faiford Town Reserves satrt their campaign tomorrow, with a trip to Oxford City Nomads Development team. Nomads Development are the reigning champions of this division so it is a really tough start. Last season saw us lose 5-1 at home and 4-1 away so here's hoping for something better this time out.
Mepham Joins Fairford - 26 August
Fairford Town have signed midfielder Sam Mepham, and the new recruit could be involved against Clanfield this weekend.
Mepham (pictured) joins the ranks after spells with Shrivenham, Wootton Bassett and Pewsey Vale. Manager Gareth Davies commented: "Sam is a neat a tidy ball player who will add something to what we already have here. He's been working on his fitness and has signed for us and could be involved at the weekend."
The Reds will also have winger Jason Milhench available for the home encounter following suspension.
In other club news an audience with Sam Parkin will take place next month. The former Swindon Town frontman Parkin is heading to Cinder Lane this September. Signed for £50,000 in the summer of 2002, 'Super Sam' went on to be a goalscoring hero for Swindon Town - netting 68 goals in just 126 league games for the Robins. He will be looking back at his career in the game - as well as answering your questions about life as a pro - at an informal evening at Cinder Lane on Saturday 19th September.
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Just Wasn’t Good Enough - 21 August
Fairford Town boss Gareth Davies is looking to for his side to bounce back from their crushing 5-1 defeat at North Leigh United when they entertain Hook Norton.
The Cinder Lane chief was left stunned by his team’s performance last Saturday and believes that they will never “play that badly ever again.” “It is unusual to have that many players all having an off day all in one game,” Davies said. “This season I feel that we have a little bit more strength in depth and they are playing for their places. They have got to work harder in games and put it right this Saturday. There are plenty more games to put it right, but for me it just wasn’t good enough. Every time we have played them they have always been a hard working side. They never stop and are in your face. It will be a battle, so players need to prepare to role their sleeves up and put a shift in.”
Not Too Many Changes - 14 August
Fairford Town will be looking to inflict further pain on North Leigh when they travel to Eynsham Park tomorrow.
“Every time we have gone up against them, they are generally not too bad,” said Gareth Davies. “I don’t intend to change things around too much and we just have to build on what we did last Saturday.”
Recruitment Drive - 7 August
Fairford manager Gareth Davies will be relieved when the season gets under way on Saturday after a busy summer of recruitment.
The Cinder Lane outfit have looked to strengthen the side that finished second from bottom last campaign, with experience being top of the shopping list. With that in mind Davies has turned to the old head of former Newport and Cirencester Town forward Scott Griffin. He has been joined by goalkeeper Ben Mitchell, who made a return to the club at the tail-end of last season, to add to the midfield duo of Jason Milhench and Kieran Jennings.
“After last year’s disappointment, we need to bring in a little bit more experience in,” said Davies. “We needed to add a little bit of quality as well and with what we have brought in so far, it is ticking all the boxes. Signing-wise, we knew we only needed five or six to make competition for the rest of the lads, but so far it has been decent. “I hope we hit the ground running despite the recruitment drive. We haven’t made massive changes. We targeted the problems we had last year and we have really focused on tidying up those areas. “We have definitely picked up a few that we didn’t expect to and they have certainly added quality to the squad. We could field two first teams, and I think that is massively important.”
Season Preparation - 5 August
Fairford Town held a players' meeting on Tuesday night, with former Swindon Town defender Jerel Ifil on hand to pass on his experience to the squad.
Ifil, who has also been helping out at pre-season training, spoke to the players about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition.
The players also signed up to a club code of conduct as well as an address from Club President Mike Tanner and Secretary Bill Beach with regards to matchday routine, kit, club events and more. "It was great to get the players together and tell them a bit about the club and also what is expected of them on and off the pitch. We are working hard as a committee behind the scenes and it's important that as we are all volunteers, the players buy-in to what we are trying to do as a community club."
Tanner added: "I'd also like to thank Jerel for taking the time to come along and share his experiences with the players. Although there is no playing budget, we are trying to give the players the best possible platform to play and perform in terms of facilities and support."
Busy Summer For Fairford Manager - 28 July
Like football club bosses up and down the country the Reds' boss has been busy on the recruitment front as he continues to shape the squad ahead of what he hopes will be a much-improved season for the Cinder Lane side.
"We have brought in a number of new players this summer and there is now plenty of competition for places across the squad," said Davies, whose side host Cheltenham outfit FC Lakeside tonight at Cinder Lane. At the back Jason Townsend has come in and he's immense in the air. He brings good experience and has already improved the backline. Goalkeeper Ben Mitchell returned towards the end of last season and it's great to have him back at Fairford. In midfield Jason Milhench is a pacy winger, hardworking and has a quality left foot. Kieran (Jennings) plays down the middle and is decent on the ball with a great range of passing."
Davies has also strengthened the options in the frontline with the additions of former Cirencester Town man Scott Griffin (pictured) amongst the new arrivals. "Up front Scott Griffin has joined us and he has great experience. He's a former England schoolboy player who has played for a long time in the Southern League and above."
The League of Friends Becomes Fairford Charity Partner - 16 July
The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital have been named Fairford Town FC's chosen Charity of the Year.
The League of Friends is a community based charity run by volunteers and they will benefit from a year-long partnership with the club. The charity supports services that cost over £80,000 per annum and help to bring health care as close to home as possible - working in and for the people of Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding villages.
The League of Friends will receive the following as the club's chosen Charity of the Year, which will run until the end of June 2016:
One bucket collection as part of a themed home game in support of the charity
Coverage of charity events in club's match programme and online
One fundraising match staged at the end of the 2015/16 season at Cinder Lane
One fundraising event held at Cinder Lane during the season
Graham Hewitt, Chairman of League of Friends, said: "The League is very pleased that the Club has chosen us as their Charity of the Year and we look forward to a close association over the coming football season. To have the opportunity of working with a Football Club that has served the local area for nearly 125 years is very exciting and it will help us continue to provide our much valued services to the community."
Please click here to find out more about The League of Friends.
The club will continue to hold a charity match for the British Heart Foundation on a bi-annual basis, with the next game scheduled for August 2016.
Free Entry Fairford Town v Swindon Town Youth - 14 July
Football fans are encouraged to come along and enjoy a night of football at Cinder Lane next Wednesday 22 July, with FREE entry for all supporters.
The game is an annual fixture between Fairford Town and Swindon Town's U18s - with last year's another entertaining encounter.
The clubhouse will be open from 6pm on the night with refreshments and food available. Parking is free and plentiful. Kick-off will be 7.45pm.
Gloucester City At Cinder Lane - 6 July
The high-profile visit of National League North side Gloucester City is the first game of Fairford Town's pre-season schedule, taking place this Saturday 11 July.
Gloucester, managed by Tim Harris, finished 14th in the Vanarama Conference North last term and will provide stiff opposition for the Reds in the lead up to the new Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West campaign.
A healthy crowd expected at Cinder Lane. Kick-off will be 3pm and the clubhouse will be open from 12pm with food and refreshments available. All support welcome!
Ticket prices v Gloucester City:
Concessions U18s/O65 £1
Season Ticket holders of both clubs FREE on production of valid Season Ticket card. Season Tickets on sale at Fairford for 2015/16 just £25 and are available to purchase on the day of the game.
Pre Season Schedule
Saturday 11 July v Gloucester City (H 3pm)
Thursday 16 July v Malmesbury Victoria (A 7.45pm)
Wednesday 22 July v Swindon Town U18s (H 7.45pm)
Saturday 25 July v v Brimscombe & Thrupp (H 3pm)
Tuesday 28 July v FC Lakeside (H 7.45pm)
Saturday 1st August v Wokingham & Emmbrook (H First 1pm)
Saturday 1st August v Wokingham & Emmbrook (H Res 4pm)
Tuesday 4th August v Ciren League Representative XI (H 7.45pm)
Physio Required - 30 June
Fairford Town FC require a person with a minimum of Treatment of Injuries Level 2 qualification to act as physio for both matchdays and player injury treatment.
The club has its own treatment room and is based at Cinder Lane, Fairford. The successful applicant would need to be available for all first team matches, home and away, during the upcoming season. Immediate start.
Further details please contact Club President Mike Tanner via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07917 861866.
Keeper Training At Fairford - 24 June
Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall took Fairford Town training on Tuesday, passing on his experience to the club's aspiring stoppers.
The experienced Swindon born pro has amassed over 400 league appearances during an impressive playing career. Tuesday's 'keeper session was enjoyed by all and the club would like to thank Steve for taking time out to come along and look forward to seeing him back soon.
Training continues each Tuesday and Thursday at Cinder Lane, 7pm start with new players welcome.
Key Stand Sponsor - 16 June
Dixon's Piano Services have become a stand sponsor at Fairford Town's Cinder Lane ground.
Dixon's Piano Services purchased a groundboard with the club for the 2014/15 season and after a good response, the Swindon-based company have now extended their sponsorship to one of the two stands at Cinder Lane for the next two seasons.
Mike Dixon, owner of Dixon's Piano Services, commented: "Fairford Town FC are a great part of the Fairford community and we are pleased to extend our links with them. "We have seen an increase in our work in this locality through our advertising at the club and are very pleased to be able to offer the club additional support,as well as raise our profile in the Town."
The club's main sponsor, Burger Star, have generously sponsored the other stand at Cinder Lane with the ground improvements continuing at a pace ahead of the start of 2015/16.
Cinder Lane "Paint Up" - 8 June
Fairford Town is holding a "paint-up" day with the aim of improving the ground and surrounds at Cinder Lane.
The event is open to anyone who can offer a helping hand with tasks including painting, carpentry, cleaning and general sorting out! Refreshments will be provided with the aim of improving the ground ahead of the RIAT weekend and the start of pre-season training next Thursday.
Please come along to the club anytime from 9am this Saturday!
Fairford To Play Swindon Town Side - 1 June
League One side Swindon Town will once again bring their Under 18s to Cinder Lane for a pre-season friendly.
The game will take place on Wednesday 22 July, 24 hours after Swindon's first team take on Premier League side Aston Villa at The County Ground.
As always, the clubhouse will be open from 6pm on the night with refreshments and food available - as well as a warm welcome for all those coming along.
Kick-off for the game at Fairford will be 7.45pm.
Vanarama Conference North side Gloucester City have already been confirmed for a friendly at Cinder Lane on Saturday 11 July, 3pm KO.