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Development Team Appointments At Clanfield - 25 May

Clanfield 85 FC have announced the new management structure for their Development Team for season 2017/18.

Joint Managers will be John-Paul Hannaway and Neil Lee with Lewis Cuss as Assistant Manager. Neil Lee previously managed Clanfield Reserves before taking some time out of the game although he did come in to try to resolve the club's problems with the Reserve Team following the departure of Chris Benson last season.

John-Paul Hannaway has managerial experience as Assistant to Ben Sadler at Carterton and has managed Woodstock Town and Kidlington Reserves.Lewis Cuss has had two previous spells as Manager of Clanfield Reserves and has also managed Kidlington Reserves.

Speaking on behalf of the new Management trio Lewis Cuss said. ”We are all delighted to have been given the opportunity of coming back to the Club at a time when there is the prospect of an exciting crop of young players coming through. Both JP and myself had a spell managing Kidlington Reserves where our brief was to bring on the younger players and we did so with some success.All three of us feel that we can help this group of players make a smooth and enjoyable transition into Senior football and we can’t wait to get started”

Club manager Peter Osborne is pleased with the appointments. "We have to get this right for the benefit of everyone but particularly for the young players who want to play Hellenic League football. For whatever reason a number of younger players drifted away last season to play in local football. We hope that the younger players will be encouraged by the fact that eight of our Under 18 Team played games at First Team level last season and that is why we will be running a Development Team next season-to develop the younger player. Neil has a good player base whilst JP and Lewis both have experience with young players at this level".

The Under 18 team will have a light training session on Friday evening with a view to looking forward to next season when the team will compete in The Allied Counties Youth League.


Clanfield 85 Awards - 20 May

Master of Ceremonies Martin Staddon greeted a packed clubhouse at Radcot Road on Friday evening for Clanfield 85’s Presentation Evening.

Staddon who first played for the Club in 1975 started the evening by telling those present that the season had not been an easy one both on and off the field particularly the latter but hard work by Club Officers and the new Committee had turned matters round off the field and that was rewarded by the presence of two trophies won in the last five days of the season on the field.

Manager Peter Osborne said that the Faringdon Thursday Memorial Cup was the first trophy won by the Club at first team level in the last twenty years. He too paid tribute to those responsible for turning matters round off the field and to those who worked so hard behind the scenes. He said that on the playing side the first team had prospered from the hard work of Youth Team Managers Mark Thomas and Dave Hunt (Under 16) and Alan Heritage,Stuart Savin and Dave Southam (Under 18) who had brought in an exciting crop of young players a number of whom had played for the first team.

Winding up the formal parts of the evening Martin Staddon said that if everyone stayed together then the future looked bright both on and off the field. He urged the young players to aspire to first team football with Clanfield and progress from there to Hellenic Premier and beyond. Both Staddon and Osborne paid tribute to the senior players for their support and for their help given in integrating the younger players into the team.


First Team
Managers Player Mike Bawn
Players Player Callum Davies
Supporters Player Mike Bawn

Under 18 Team
Managers Player Frankie Cato
Players Player Frankie Cato
Supporters Player Frankie Cato

Under 16 Team
Managers Player
Jack Smith
Players Player Josh Buchanan
Supporters Player Josh Buchanan

Clubman Award Andy Davies

Two Trophies For Clanfield - 6 May

After a difficult season both on and off the pitch Clanfield 85 FC received some reward for their hard work with two trophies in the space of five days.

On Sunday April 30th the Under 18 Youth Team who finished 4th in the Central Division of the Allied Counties Youth League won the Joe Roughton Oxfordshire FA County Under 18 Cup when a first half goal by central defender Harvey Savin saw the young Robins defeat an excellent Oxford City Youth by 1-0 at Kidlington FC.

Then on Thursday May 4th the Club won the Faringdon Thursday Memorial Cup with a 2-0 win over fellow Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West side Letcombe at Faringdon FC in a competetive match played in good spirit. Karl Roberts had to leave the field due to work commitments and his replacement Ollie Hawkins soon laid on a cross for Chris Blakely to put the Robins ahead.Hawkins then lost a contact lense and was himself replaced by Youth Team defender Savin who promptly got on the end of a move with fellow Youth Team players Callum Davies and Zak Oliver to seal the victory.

Manager Peter Osborne was very pleased with the end result;”We have had a difficult time both on and off the pitch and whilst our season was generally in and out it was pleasing to at least get some reward for our efforts. I must pay tribute to the Youth Team Management of Alan Heritage,Stuart Savin and Dave Southam who have not only put out a good squad but also produced young players who have played in the First Team and also to Jamie Butt, Martin Staddon, Martin Thomas, Conor Olphert and Trevor Cuss who have been with the First Team.”

Osborne has also paid tribute to the off field involvement of new Officers Mike Cross, Sally Hunt, Andy Davies and the new Committee who have worked so hard for the Club; “Without the new people and the old stalwarts involved it would be difficult to provide football for all. Hopefully we will reward them with a good season in 2017/18”

oxfordshire faCounty Senior Cup Quest - 13 December

Clanfield face a massive task tonight when Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division leaders Thame United visit the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road in the Third Round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

Defender Chris Blakely was injured in the weekend Dividion One West match with New College Swindon and is likely to miss the match, but Dan Gardiner and Callum Miller, unavailable on Saturday, return and Kieron Jennings is added to the squad.

Clanfield(from) Bawn; Cross; Davies; Dickenson; McGowan; Pendell; Toomey; Duerden; Povey; Gardiner; Kennedy; Blakely; Miller;Butt; Jennings


Tough Task Expected - 10 December

Injuries and unavailability again cause Manager Peter Osborne headaches as New College Swindon visit the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road for a Division One West fixture.

Shane Whalley (groin) and Ollie Hawkins(ankle) are injured,Dan Gardiner has work commitments, and Callum Miller and Karl Roberts are not available. Mike Bawn returns in goal and Sam Cross is added to the Squad.

Osborne is expecting a tough task; “New College defeated us at home in the Challenge Cup earlier in the season and no doubt they will be looking to repeat that. We played well at Cirencester Town Development last week but we must do that every week. The injuries and non availability do not help”

Clanfield(from) Bawn; Blakely; Davies; McGowan; Dickenson; Pendell; Povey; Toomey;Duerden Butt; Kennedy;Cross; Osborne


Changes Rung - 2 December

Clanfield travel to the Corrinium Stadium to take on Cirencester Town Development in Division One West and manager Peter Osborne is forced to ring the changes with Mike Bawn,Callum Miller,Shane Whalley,and Chester Dolisznyj unavailable.

On the credit side the Robins have signed Jack Kennedy from Ardley United and Karl Roberts from Milton United and Osborne is delighted with the new arrivals.

Said Osborne “Both Jack and Karl have impressed me over the last couple of years and both have secured League Winners medals with their previous Clubs.We battled really hard against Hook Norton last Saturday but ended up pointless from a defeat by the odd goal in three.We must look to put that right against Ciren tomorrow but they are having a really good season so we will have our work cut out” Jamie Zoldan replaces Bawn and Jamie Butt is added to the Squad.


Back Home - 26 November

After three away matches and a postponed home fixture, Clanfield are in One West action at Clanfield Road today against high flying Hook Norton.

At the start of the season Manager Peter Osborne tipped Hooky to be “there or thereabouts” when League and promotion issues fall to be decided and his prediction has proved to be accurate as the Visitors sit in second place in the Division One West table. Osborne was fulsome in his praise for his squad following the Oxfordshire Senior Cup win at Chalgrove Cavaliers last weekend and also of their hosts;”It was an early kick off and some of our players struggled to get there on time due to work and Chalgrove were up for it as well. They took the lead and we were hard pressed to eventually win 2-1.We were entertained well in the Lamb afterwards and in my book that is what football should be all about” said Osborne.

Jamie Butt and Chester Dolisznyj return to the Squad but the injured Dan Gardiner is still missing whilst teenager Dan Townsend has left to play in the Witney and District League.

Clanfield (from);Bawn;Whalley;Davies;Blakley;Dickenson;McGowan;Pendell;Toomey;Duerden;Miller;Povey;Hawkins;Dolisznyj;Butt


County Cup Tie For Oxon Robins - 18 November

Clanfield will again be without the injured Dan Gardiner in midfield, when they play Oxfordshire Senior League Chalgrove Cavaliers.

Thet ravel from West to East Oxon for an Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie and manager Peter Osborne says that his teams opponents are going well in their League and look to be a progressive Club. The Robins do not underestimate the task before them.Ollie Hawkins and Dan Townsend return to the Squad.


One West Encounter - 12 November

Clanfield meet fourth placed Purton in Division One West at the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road this afternoon.

Manager Peter Osborne will be without the influential Dan Gardiner who after putting the Robins ahead at Shortwood United last weekend suffered a hamstring injury which will keep him out for three or four weeks.On the credit side James McGowan, Jamie Butt and Ollie Hawkins return.

Clanfield (from); Bawn; Whalley; Davies; Blakely; McGowan;Pendell; Miller; Toomey; Duerden; Dickenson; Povey; Dolisznyj; Townsend; Butt; Hawkins


Gloucester Bound - 4 November

Clanfield face a difficult trip tomorrow traveling to Meadowbank to take on Shortwood United Reserves in Division One West.

Joint Assistant Manager Jamie Butt who was on the Bench at Milton United last week misses out due to family commitments but Lee Toomey and Chester Dolisznyj return after being unavailable last weekend.

Clanfield (From); Bawn;Whalley;Davies;Blakely;McGowan;Pendell;Gardiner;Duerden;Miller;Povey;Hawkins;Townsend;Toomey;Dolisznyj


Hoping To Improve Form - 29 October

Clanfield make the 20 mile journey to Milton United this afternoon for an Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West fixture.

Manager Peter Osborne will be looking for an improvement in the team’s fortunes having suffered defeats in the last three matches. The Robins expect Chris Blakely,Dan Gardiner,and Ollie Hawkins to return, but Chester Dolisznyj and Lee Toomey are away.

Clanfield(from)Bawn;Whalley;Davies;McGowan;Dickenson;Pendell;Miller;Duerden;Povey;Blakely;Gardiner; Butt;Hawkins Rowland;Townsend.


Easington Opponents - 21 October

Clanfield entertain Easington Sports in Uhlsport Hellenic One West at the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena tomorrow.

Manager Peter Osborne is hoping that his squad will not be decimated by late withdrawals as it was last weekend. Shane Whalley returns to the Squad after late difficulties last weekend and Karl Dickenson and Callum Miller also return whilst newcomer James McGowan will hopefully make his debut.



Out But Not Down - 14 October

After a hard fought encounter in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup at Hook Norton on Wednesday evening, Clanfield return to One West action when Abingdon United visit the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena tomoorow.

The Robins were disappointed to lose by a goal in the last seconds of extra time eventually losing 3 - 2. For the match with Abingdon United, Manager Peter Osborne is again faced with making changes as Karl Dickenson and new signing James McGowan have work commitments and Callum Miller is away, whilst Sam Cross is at University in Cardiff.

On the credit side teenager Callum Davies returns to the Squad after missing the Hook Norton match and Osborne will again place his faith in youth as Travis O’Connor and Shaheer Alam, both members of the current Allied Counties Under 18 Squad, will again be with the First Team having made successful debuts from the bench on Wednesday.

Clanfield (from): Bawn; Whalley; Davies; Blakely; Pendell; Dolisznyj; Toomey; Duerden; Povey; Gardiner; Townsend; Hawkins; Butt; O’Connor; Alam.

Forced Changes - 7 October

Clanfield entertain Tytherington Rocks at Radcot Road and will again be forced to make a number of changes from the squad which secured a late victory at Woodstock Town last weekend.

Vice Captain Chris Blakely is on holiday and Alex Povey, who scored a hat-trick at Woodstock, is away. A number of the young players are now away at University but Sam Cross who is at Cardiff University will be returning for the match. New signings Dan Gardner and James McGowan have work commitments.On the credit side Dan Townsend and Lee Toomey should return after injury and Ollie Hawkins returns after starting the season at Highworth Town subject to completion of the transfer formalities.

Clanfield(from) Bawn; Cross; Davies; Whalley; Butt; Dickenson; Pendell; Miller; Duerden; Dolisznyj; Toomey; Townsend; Hawkins; Osborne


Match Practice -1 October

With no fixture last weekend Clanfield took the opportunity to play a midweek practice /training game with local team FC Nomads the Visitors to Radcot Road.

Manager Peter Osborne was very grateful to Nomads for taking part; “The result is immaterial.What mattered was that after a blank Saturday we got in some match play and I am very grateful to Nomads Manager Billy Bircher for bringing his Squad along.I hope that both Clubs got something out of it”said Osborne.

The last match saw the West Oxfordshire side lose 0-3 at home to Milton United and Osborne hopes to see an improvement on that when his team visit New Road to take on Woodstock Town.Goalkeeper Mike Bawn returns to his old stamping ground whilst skipper Adam Pendell and Defender Karl Dickenson are available again after missing the Milton match and new signing Dan Gardiner is added to the Squad. On the debit side Lee Toomey and Dan Townsend are doubtful with injury,Callum Miller is away,and the Allen twins,Ben and Tom are away at University.

Clanfield(from)Bawn;Whalley;Davies;Blakely;Dickenson;Pendell;;Cross;;Povey;Duerden;Dolisznyj;Gardiner;Butt;Osborne; Townsend;Toomey;

Selection Disruption - 15 September

On Saturday Clanfield host Milton United in a Division One West fixture but once again team plans have been disrupted by unavailabilities and injury.

Manager Peter Osborne and Joint Assistant Manager Martin Staddon will be away and team affairs will be in the hands of Joint Assistant Manager Jamie Butt assisted by Rob Olphert. Absentees will include Skipper Adam Pendell who is on holiday, Karl Dickenson who is moving house, Callum McGuiness who is now away at University and Ben Allen who is on Domestic Duties. Teenager Dan Townsend will face a late fitness test.

After making his debut at Easington Sports last Saturday former Kidlington and Woodstock Town Goalkeeper Mike Bawn will make his home debut, Mike Duerden returns after being unavailable last Saturday and Defender Paul Smith comes into the Squad after some good performances in the Development Team.

Clanfield (from): Bawn; Whalley; Davies; Smith; Miller; Cross; Povey; Duerden; Toomey; Dolisznyj; Marland; T Allen; Montgomery; Butt; Townsend.


Difficult Task - 9 September

After a dismal performance last weekend when they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by New College Academy, Clanfield face a difficult task in Division One West away to Easington Sports.

The Club will be encouraged by making progress in the Peerpertua Press Floodlit Cup in midweek with a 3 - 0 win away to League Newcomers A.F.C. Aldermaston. Reflecting on both games Manager Peter Osborne was forthright: “Our performance against New College Academy was not good enough on the day although we were badly let down by other elements about which I cannot comment here. Our performance in midweek was much better. A.F.C Aldermaston are a good team and it was a good evening for everyone. The Match Officials were very good and more than that, approachable. Our hosts were not only a good Team but excellent hosts and whilst it is much easier to say so when you win we thoroughly enjoyed the evening”.

For the match at Easington Striker Mike Duerden is away. After making his full debut in midweek Shane Whalley maintains his place in the Squad whilst teenagers Dan Townsend and Ben Allen return to the Squad after work commitments midweek.

Clanfield (from): Montgomery; Whalley; T Allen; Pendell; Blakely; Dolisznyj; Dickenson; Cross; Povey; Toomey; Miller; Townsend; Davies; Butt; Marland; B Allen


Team Choice Restricted - 3 September

Clanfield are still beset by injuries and unavailabilities for their Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup First Round when New College Academy Swindon will be the visitors.

Michael Duerden is injured, Callum Miller is away, Ben Allen has work commitments and Ben Thomas is struggling with injury and will have a late assessment. On the plus side Karl Dickenson and Alex Povey return after being unavailable on Bank Holiday Monday.

Clanfield from: Montgomery; Cross; Davies; T Allen; Butt; Blakely; Pendell; Townsend; Toomey; Povey; Dolisznyj; McGuiness; Thomas; Marland; Osborne.


Clanfield Update 26 August

Clanfield have two League matches this weekend, Saturday they travel to Letcombe and on Monday they entertain near neighbours North Leigh Reserves.

For the Letcombe fixture holidays and suspensions and the Reading Festival continue to affect manager Peter Osborne’s selections. Karl Dickenson is away whilst Lee Toomey is suspended and Chester Dolisznyj is at the Reading Festival. There are injury doubts regarding Callum Miller and Ben Thomas. Teenagers Dan Townsend, and Callum McGuiness are added to the Squad and Osborne himself, after a cameo appearance at Cheltenham Saracens will continue to occupy one of the Substitute spots.

Team (from): Montgomery; B Allen; Davies; Butt; Blakely; Pendell; Cross; Povey; Marland; Duerden; T Allen; Miller; Thomas; Townsend; McGuiness; Osborne.

Clanfield News - 19 August

After a disappointing start to their Division One West campaign when they suffered a home defeat to Cirencester Town Development, Clanfield will be hoping for a better performance when they travel to Petersfield Park to meet Cheltenham Saracens.

Last Season the Robins returned pointless from this fixture and were beaten in the home reverse fixture four days later. Holidays and suspensions continue to affect Manager Peter Osborne’s selections. Callum McGuinness has work commitments whilst Dan Townsend and Tom Allen are on holiday. Lee Toomey is suspended. On the plus side teenager Callum Davies has recovered from injury, Adam Pendell returns after suspension and Callum Miller returns after missing last week due to holidays. With a Reserve Team fixture also to be played McGuinness will play for the Reserve Team and Osborne himself will occupy one of the Substitute spots.

Team (from): Montgomery; B Allen; Davies; Dickenson; Blakely; Pendell; Dolisznyj; Povey; Marland; Duerden; Miller; Cross; Butt; Osborne.

Clanfield Prepared For Start - 11 August

Clanfield begin their Division One West campaign at Radcot Road on Saturday when the visitors will be Cirencester Town Development, kick-off 3 p.m.

Manager Peter Osborne and his Assistants Martin Staddon and Jamie Butt have had a busy summer persuading last Seasons players to stay and to encourage a few new faces to join the Club. Pre-Season has been a mixed bag with results and performances but Osborne is confident that his young Squad will more than hold their own this Season in a tough Division. Last Season the home fixture ended in a 2 - 2 draw whilst Cirencester won the reverse fixture at Corinnium Stadium by 4 - 1.

Team news for Saturday sees Club Captain Adam Pendell and new signing Lee Toomey serving out suspensions from last Season. Also missing will be Callum Miller and Dan Townsend who are away. On the plus side Chris Montgomery has signed from local football, Chester Dolisznyj has signed from Purton whilst teenage Ben Thomas is a product of the Club’s successful last Seasons Under 18 Squad. Osborne also welcomes back former Skipper Chris Blakely after spells with Kidlington and Carterton with Michael Duerden joining the Club from local football. Duerden is a proven goal scorer at this level.

Team (from): Montgomery; B Allen; T Allen; Dickenson; Blakely; Cross; Dolisznyj; Marland; Duerden; Thomas; Povey; Butt; Paparocki; McGuiness; Ockwell; Curtis.


Carterton Win Jim Newman Cup - 4 August

There was some early season silverware for Carterton who retained the Clanfield 85 FC Jim Newman Memorial Trophy on Sunday.

Holders Carterton were locked at 1-1 at halftime with fellow Premier Division contenders Oxford City Nomads but three second half goals saw the West Oxfordshire team retain the trophy with a 4-1 scoreline.


Premier Final In Cup - 28 July

The Final of the Clanfield FC Jim Newman Memorial Trophy on Sunday will be an all Hellenic Premier Division clash.

Carterton will meet Oxford City Nomads.Carterton reached the Final by beating host Club Clanfield 3-1 last night whilst the previous night Nomads beat North Leigh United 5-0. The match is at Radcot Road and the kick-off is at 4-00pm.

Jim Newman Memorial Trophy - 24 July

The Semi-final line-up for the Jim Newman Memorial Trophy orgainised by Clanfield 85 is now known.

On Tuesday evening Radcot Road will host the first Semi-final when Oxford City Nomads will meet North Leigh United.In the Quarter-finals Nomads defeated Royal Wootton Bassett Town 3-1 whilst North Leigh received a walkover as Purton were unable to raise a team.

The following evening at the same venue current holders Carterton will take on hosts Clanfield. Carterton won a penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw with Witney & District FA whilst Clanfield defeated Faringdon Town 7-1

Both matches kick off at 7-30pm.The Final will be on Sunday July31st at Radcot Road with a 5-00pm kick off.


Game Cancellation - 23 July

The Jim Newman Memorial Trophy Quarter final match between Purton and North Leigh due to take place this afternoon has been cancelled.

Purton have informed the organisers that they are unable to raise a team.

The second match between Clanfield 85 FC and Uhlsport Hellenic League newcomers Faringdon Town kicks off at 5pm.


Tournament Space Available - 14 June

Clanfield have space one more team to take part in this years Jim Newman Memorial Tournament, which is played at Radcot Road during the last two weeks of July.

The dates and ko times for the matches are as follows

1st round Tuesday 19th July KO 7-30pm
Thursday 21st July KO 7-30pm
Saturday 23rd July KO 2pm and 5pm

Semi- Finals Tuesday 26th July KO 7-30pm
Wednesday 27th July KO 7-30pm

Final Sunday 31st July KO 4pm

Contact Jotn Osborne john_osborne6@sky.com 07340 297356


Clanfield Awards Night - 27 May

Clanfield held their Presentation and Awards Evening on Friday May 20 and with six teams now under the Club's wing the event was well attended and there was some silverware to show for the team’s efforts.

The Under 16 Team won the Oxfordshire under 16 Cup, and during the evening the Under 17 Team were presented with the Oxfordshire Football Association Under 17 Invitation B League Trophy. The gathering also heard that the Under 18 Team had won the Allied Counties Youth League Central Division.

Player of The Year Awards

First Team
Managers Player - Karl Dickenson
Players Player - Alex Povey

Reserve Team
Managers Player - Lewis Hill

Under 18
Managers Player - Dan Townsend
Players Player - Henry Macke
Supporters Player - Bradley Evans

Under 17
Managers Player - Billy King
Players Player - Shaheer Alam

Under 16
Managers Player - Robbie Cockcroft;
Players Player - Frankie Cato
Supporters Player - Jake Denton

Under 15
Managers Player - Jacob Tudge
(Joint) Players Player - Nathan Tang/Elliot Want
(Joint) Supporters Player - Andrew Hunt/Joe Bennett

The Awards ended with the presentation of the Clive Richardson Memorial Cup for Services to the Club to outgoing Club Official John Osborne,who along with his wife Monica, are standing down after 57 years involvement with the Club.

Paying tribute to the couple Club Official Trevor Cuss said that the Trophy was usually presented for services to the Club during the season but on this occasion the award reflected a lifetime of wonderful
service to the Club.

Youth Success - 14 May

Clanfield's U18 team became Allied Counties Central section winners this week to complete a great season for the all youth teams at the club.

The U16 side winning the County Youth Cup, the U17 winning the Oxfordshire FA U17 B Lleague and now the U18's completing the treble by winning their league.

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