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Relaxing End Of Season BBQ - 9 May

Penn & Tylers Green senior teams (First Team, Reserves, United and Youth) brought along their families for an informal and relaxing end of season BBQ at the club Sunday afternoon.

The weather was fantastic and the food and drinks went down very nicely indeed. It was a fitting way to see the season out with the official club award evening scheduled for the end of this month.

The Contractors Are Back - 26 April

Final phase of works on the new pitch at Penn & Tylers Green by contractors Agripower has commenced.

Andreas Latta comments. "At long last the contractors have decided the weather is kind enough for the remainder of the actual pitch works to be completed. The diggers are back today and work to finish the drainage, dug outs and footpath have commenced today. Hopefully the weather does not deteriorate any further and we can see the final product soon."


Double Success A Chairman’s Thoughts - 21 April

All at Penn & Tylers Green Football Club are no doubt still “buzzing” from the achievements of the last week when the first team and Reserves won their respective Uhlsport Hellenic League titles.

Now that the dust has settled on a momentous season for the club in the form of two league titles in the bag, it is time for reflection. This success has been accomplished by teamwork in the true sense of the word right through the club, with everybody all working together towards the same aim, from the Committee, especially my Vice Chairman Andy Walker and Secretary Andreas Latta, the football management teams, the players, the catering team and last but not least the two match day ball boys, who also play for our junior teams.

The support has also been fantastic this season and been an inspiration to the team on many occasions. They have also assisted in collecting programme money on match days.

The last time Penn & Tylers Green Football Club first team won a league was the 1983/84 season when they won the old Wycombe & District League Senior Section, which was the forerunner of the Chiltonian League which then subsequently was amalgamated with the Hellenic League and became Division One (East) . I know that season very well, as it was the year I came to the club and I was part of that team. Happy days but totally eclipsed by what the teams have achieved this year, so I am absolutely delighted that this historical statistic has been surpassed and completely overshadowed finally by last week’s achievements.

For the first team Giovanni (Johnny) Sepede has been instrumental, along with “Jimbo” Pritchard this season, in putting a championship side together. Ever since I interviewed him for all of about two minutes five years ago and promptly gave him the job I knew that was probably one of the best decisions of my life (apologies to Mrs Hurst!). Saturday was the culmination of all his and his team’s hard work and dedication. Special mention also to “Grimmo” our physio for his work in patching up the players after games, and bringing much needed humour and inspiration to the table on many occasions. Another late acquisition was the appointment of Nigel Miller as goalkeeping coach on match days

For the Reserves Manager Neil Cannings, coaching staff Paul Byrne and Dan Daly and his team have had Berks & Bucks cup success in previous seasons but that has now been topped by bringing home the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two (East) title. They also have the division two top scorer in Owen Wood.

We have also been totally humbled by the countless good wishes and congratulations from our fellow Hellenic member clubs and from clubs and persons outside of our league as well. This has been much appreciated, so many thanks to all who have sent them.

This has all been achieved without floodlights, stands or a budget. On the budget subject someone asked me some time ago: “Do you have a budget?” I replied: “no, just a lovely dog, a black cockapoo in fact”. He looked perplexed....”Oh sorry, I thought you said budgie” I retorted! ”Budget”, I continued, “oh yes, we do, a big fat uncompromising ZERO, with a few more zero’s added for good measure”.

We cannot be promoted but we knew that, but we still won it despite that fact! But...................
We will have a brand new £140,000 pitch ready for next season and we have a grand opening on Saturday July 9th and all are welcome to that history making event. More details to follow. Various funding bodies have assisted in making that happen and we are eternally grateful. Stands, Floodlights? Yes of course we want them, but planning, environmental, local resistance and financial issues are against many of the clubs falling victim to these measures.

We’ll take the best pitch in the area, which after all, is one of the main ingredients for a good football match.

And finally a passionate plea after the euphoria of the weekend:
This success for us at Penn & Tylers Green Football Club, in my opinion, is a win for all the clubs at step six without the ridiculous, restrictive and financially crippling criteria being continuously forced on them by the inhabitants of those plush Wembley offices (or “Planet Zog”). When they have returned from the “gravy train” excesses of the Euro “jaunt”, I hope they can come back down to earth and finally leave step six football alone once and for all because the measures proposed are doing nothing to improve the actual game of football. In fact the opposite effect is prevailing as the football pyramid will potentially and is already imploding from the bottom up and that will mean there is no pyramid if clubs are potentially going to go out of existence. If we go, there are no step seven clubs to replace us and that is the glaring problem. There are too many well run good football clubs out there who do not deserve what appears to be coming our way from the FA, a body to which we all subscribe by the way!!!!

I hope and expect our league and respective county FA’s to “fight to the death” for their member clubs if future restrictive and potentially club ruining measures are proposed by the FA. We at Penn & Tylers Green FC are certainly going to carry on the fight. We have to, for the fundamental survival and future of our club and all the other clubs in the same boat who fear expulsion from step six football one day. So, elation, emotional roller coaster ride, followed by a “cloud warning”. Well, that’s football!
Tony Hurst, Chairman, Penn & Tylers Green FC


Two Titles For Penn - 17 April

Penn & Tylers Green FC are very proud of their achievement this season, in securing both the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East and Two East titles.

Club secretary Andreas Latta said. "Giovanni Sepede, the First Team manager put the league title win down to hard work over a journey, which began a few seasons ago. With today’s 2:0 win at Finchampstead FC the First Team secured the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One (East) championship. The management team, players and the folk behind the scene made this dream come true."

"With the Reserves also winning the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two (East) championship this has been a perfect season."


Inspection At French School Meadows - 29 September

Matt Janes, Technical Project Manager of The Football Foundation visited French School Meadows yesterday to inspect the ground development work being carried out by Penn & Tylers.

He was pleased with the progress and will report to the Football Foundation that completion is on schedule, which also means that the remainder of the funds can then be released.


P&TG Manager’s Birthday Bash - 8 September

After the away win at Old Woodstock Town on Saturday Giovanni Sepede’s 40th birthday celebrations could start in earnest.

In the marquee on the Penn training ground, organised in conjunction with our Sports & Social Club, the atmosphere was great, the food was brilliant and the band was fantastic. Of course the odd glass or two of sherbet and amber nectar were also available. This was a terrific night out. Many happy returns.

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New Pitch Coming On Nicely - 6 September

What a change a couple of weeks make, Penn & Tylers Green new pitch is coming on nicely and the bad weather also had a bright side, it was ideal for the grass to grow.

After a long period of ground works and barren looks the new pitch is beginning to look like a football pitch. It will not be much longer before it needs the first cut. The next step is the completion of the drainage followed by the peripheral works, such as the railing and dug outs.

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penn tylers green pitch constructionPhysio In Action - 29 August

Anyone at Penn Tylers & Green receiving treatment by John “Grimmo” Grimsdell will always end up smiling.

How that is achieved remains his secret. John has been a loyal servant for the club for a number of years, including management, coaching and linesman functions for all teams here at the club. He is a great motivator and never has a bad word to say. We are privileged to have him here at Penn & Tylers Green FC

French School Meadows Truck Stop - 6 August

Lorries kept coming into the Chilterns over the last few days, to bring in the main component of Penn Tylers new pitch.

Top soil was delivered all the way from Newmarket and is now being spread across the new pitch area. Soon the moonscape will look a bit more like a football pitch once the secondary drainage has been installed. All of us here at the club cannot wait for the works to finish and see the end product.

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Summer Pitch Inspection - 1 August

The re-laid pitches at Penn Tylers were inspected yesterday morning to make sure all is ready for the season opener.

Giovanni Sepede’s team entertains Holyport in the opening fixture on 8 August on the new French School Meadows pitch.

Andrew James, from Manor Estates Ground Care Ltd, together with the First Team manager, Reserve Team manager and Secretary of the club, had a good look and are happy to confirm that all is going into the right direction. The recent rain has helped for the pitch lying right next to the new pitch, where works are also progressing well.


Mixed Feelings PTG Chairman - 29 July

For Tony Hurst a season beckons' in not being able to regularly watch his son Christopher on Saturday afternoons in the blue and white stripes of Penn & Tylers Green FC, as Chris (pictured) has signed for neighbours from the same Parish across the valley and current Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division champions Flackwell Heath F.C.

chris hurst hellenic league footballTony commented: “We hope he continues to improve as a player and continues to also bang in the goals for his new club, except if he plays against Penn & Tylers Green FC of course! It is a long overdue move for him and all at Penn & Tylers Green FC and myself personally, wish him all the very best, and hope that all goes well for him at Flackwell Heath.

The fee involved a lot of zeros (but no other numbers!) and despite all our best efforts to keep him, all at the club felt that after 20 years loyal service as man and boy and over 200 first team games and 134 first team goals, it was time for him to take up a fresh challenge and pit his skills against the best the Uhlsport Hellenic League can offer.

Tony added. “I would like to thank our management teams especially Giovanni Sepede and James Pritchard for giving Chris all their support and helping to convince him this was the right move for him at this time and, as Penn & Tylers Green FC always do in these situations, stressing that the door is always open for a return at any time. I will obviously hope to get to as many midweek games as I can to support Chris in his new adventure”.

“So really a story of sadness at losing Chris but also one of happiness for him as well”.


Penn Reserves Manager Happy With Opening Fixtures - 28 July

neil cannings hellenic league footballIt is a home opener for Penn & Tyler Green Reserves as the Uhlsport Hellenic League has just published the next round of fixtures.

The Uhlsport Hellenic Division Two (East) second team will open with a home game with a league fixture against Bracknell Town ‘Development’ on Saturday 5 September, 15:00 Kick Off, at French School Meadows.

Manager Neil Cannings is happy to be opening the campaign with a home fixture. Penn's First Team and Reserves will both be involved in League Cup ties in September against Bicester Town and Wokingham & Emmbrook respectively. Furthermore the first round of County Cup ties are scheduled for September with the draws not yet published. The Reserves will of course be defending their Buerks & Bucks title.


Marlow United v Penn & Tylers Green OFF - 25 July

Expected in January or February but not at the "height of the summer". Today's game is off due to the current weather conditions.

The groundsman at Magnolia Park called the game off due to a water logged pitch and an alternative venue could not be found.  Manager Giovanni Sepede is naturally disappointed but there is nothing which could be done. We still have two more games before the season starts.


Sprinklers Working Again- 23 July

Penn Tylers First Team and Reserve Team Managers Giovanni Sepede and Neil Cannings take great pride in “their groundsmen duties”.

The club commented."Every morning and evening they move the sprinklers to ensure the current main pitch will be shipshape for the new season. It was to their annoyance to find out on Tuesday that the sprinklers were broken, in all likelihood due to vandalism. They organised for them to be repaired and welded together again within ours. We are pleased to see the sprinklers back in action again. Who needs a groundsman if we have dedicated managers like that?"


penn tyler pitchDrainage On Penn Pitch Nearly Complete - 19 July

Agripower Ltd are getting on with the task at hand and the drainage works on new pitch are nearly complete .

The club’s New Pitch Committee (Ground Development Officer and Secretary) inspected the works on Friday afternoon. They happily confirmed that the works are progressing well. The next step in this exciting chapter for the club is to decide when to get on with the root zone and seeding. This will be decided next week and hopefully the weather will be on our side.


Getting Ready for the Season - 16 July

Penn & Tylers chairman Tony Hurst and Vice Chairman Andy Walker are working hard to get the new season going. 

In time for the first pre-season friendly of the season against Chalfont St Peter it was all hands to the pump with the changing rooms being prepared by the Vice Chairman and the goal nets put up the Chairman.

With the new pitch works taking up a large amount of the Development Officer’s and Secretary’s time the important duties are always left for the guys at the top of the Football Club. Of course they are brilliant at it.


james louison hellenic league footballStalwart James Louison On Board - 13 July

The first batch of players are now signed on at One East Penn & Tylers Green for the new season.

Seven players put pen to paper after an extra training session on Saturday morning.

Andreas Latta was pleased to see one player commit to the club. "Good to see James Louison (pictured) amongst the first singings yet again. Former player of the year has been one of the most loyal servants of Penn & Tylers Green FC over the years. We are certainly happy to have him in the squad again."


Penn Pitch Development Progresses - 9 July

The drainage work of the new pitch at Uhslport Hellenic League Division One East Penn & Tylers Green is now underway.

Penn secretary Andreas Latta comments. "The huge sink hole has recently been filled equipped with the appropriately designed filters. Progress is good but going forward is dependent on what the summer decides to do. The panoramic view of the site gives a good idea of the scale of the project. We cannot wait to see the next stage of the programme."

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penn tylers green trainingPenn Back In The Saddle - 8 July

Training for Penn & Tylers Green new season is back with a vengeance, with players from all three Penn sides at the club being involved.

The management team of the First Team, led by Giovanni Sepede, James Pritchard , the Reserves led by Neil Cannings and Paul Byrne and the Third Team (Penn & Tylers Green FC ‘United’) led by Will Carter and Scott West have taken the players through their paces at the pre-season training session.

As Physio John Grimsdell observed: “We are back, the drills were explained, the anticipation was clearly visible and the message was clear and understood. There were new faces and a willingness to do well for club & team. There’s a really good vibe around the players”.

Pre-season Penn & Tylers Green - 1 July

Pre-season training will start on Thursday 2nd July for the First Team and the Reserves. It seems like we never really had a break. Let us hope the boys are fit and ready. Gaffer Giovanni Sepede and coach James Pritchard will now doubt put them all through their paces.
  • Tuesday July 14th: Home  - Chalfont St. Peter – 6.45 kick off
  • Saturday July 18th: Home – Ascot United – 3pm kick off
  • Saturday July 25th: Magnolia Park – Marlow United – 3pm kick off
  • Saturday August 1st: Stokenchurch – Away – 3pm  kick off
  • Tuesday August 4th: Cookham Dean  – Away – 6.15pm kick off

Support Penn's New Pitch - 26 June

Work on the new pitch at Penn & Tylers Green is now well on truly under way and is progressing well.

Club Secretary Andreas Latta advises. "One can recognise already that the pitch will now be level, the first time in Penn & Tylers Green FC’s history. In a few weeks’ time we will hopefully see the end product after which it needs a “rest” for a little while."

"Since planning approval with the help in forms of grants from Sport England The Football Stadia Improvement Fund recognising the potential of the club at the heart of the community we have reached a substantial level of funding. There is, however, still a distance to go to reach our target. We are reaching out to local businesses with sponsorship opportunities to help us conquering the last fund raising hurdle."

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chris hurst hellenic leagueFun Run Winner - 24 June

Chris Hurst, Penn & Tylers Green FC’s First Team and the Uhlsport Hellenic League’s Division One (East) top scorer last season won Sunday’s Penn Fun Run in 22 minutes 54 seconds over the distance of approximately 3.5 miles.

Into the bargain his Penn Rangers won the race’s team award, so a double whammy for Penn & Tylers Green FC. Well done Chris Hurst and his team. All funds raised at this annual event goes to charities.

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