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Letcombe Seek New Manager - 17 May

Division One West Letcombe are urgently seeking a new manager following the resignation of David Richardson.

Richardson has decided to stand down for personal reasons, and the club would like to thank him for all his hard work during the last two seasons.

A number of existing players are keen to stay at Letcombe, but a few of the more senior players have also decided to retire. It is hoped that the new manager of this hospitable club will be able to attract some new players who are able to compete at the appropriate level.

Persons interested in the position should contact secretary Des Williams as soon as possible on 01235 764130 or by e-mail on deswilliams45@btinternet.com


Letcombe Condolences - 11 February

Everybody at Letcombe Football Club was saddened to hear of the death of "Mr Cheltenham Saracens", Bob Attwood, and we fully endorse the comments of Purton secretary Alan Eastwood.

If any new secretary wanted to know how to promote a football club, the best advice they could have received would be to 'copy Bob'. He was efficient and friendly, and an integral part of the Hellenic League `family`. He always made us very welcome on our trips to Cheltenham, and I remember thanking him for his hospitality on our visit there earlier in the season, and telling him that I looked forward to seeing him at Letcombe at the end of February. Sadly that will not be the case, but he will still be in our thoughts when the Saracens visit us in two weeks time.

Bob was a true friend who will be greatly missed, and we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family.


Signing Spurs Letcombe - 23 September

One West Letcombe are delighted to have signed talented midfielder Owen Holloway in time to play against Shortwood United Reserves tomorrow. Owen played for Letcombe Youth before going to Liverpool University. He signed for Abingdon United at the start of this season before transferring to Carterton.

Both matches against Shortwood ended in goal less draws last season, so we hope for a little more goalmouth action this weekend. Letcombe will be missing captain Tom Rowe who is on holiday and Gavin Jones broke his arm at Tytherington last Saturday. Owen Shaw returned last weekend after a long injury, but may miss the Shortwood game after slight stiffness in his knee. Letcombe will welcome back Tom Broad, Adam Hogan, Josh Cottrell and Andy Goodchild, all of whom missed the trip to Tytherington.

Letcombe will be hoping for a third consecutive victory, having beaten Stanford in the Vale 2-1 in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate cup before their narrow 1-0 victory at Tytherington.


Letcombe Reserves - 2 September

Letcombe Football Club are sorry to announce that they are withdrawing their reserve team from Division Two West because of a lack of players.

Club Secretary Des Williams advises. "A number of last season`s first team failed to sign again this season, as did some youngsters who had originally shown an interest. With five boys returning to university in the near future, the situation is unlikely to improve, and we would rather make the decision now than at a later stage of the season. We would particularly like to thank Leage Fixtures SecretaryDavid Jesson who has done all he could to help us. We apologise to league officials and other clubs for any inconvenience this may cause."


FA Award For Dennis - 11 June

Letcombe FC are proud to announce that their long serving chairman, Dennis Stock, received the meritorious award from the Berks & Bucks FA at a ceremony at MK Dons FC on Thursday 9 June.

Dennis (pictured) moved from the East End of London to Letcombe when he was 14 years old. He played for Childrey FC mens team for one season at the age of 15 before moving to Ardington FC for two years. He was called up for National Service in 1957­, and joined the RAF. He then joined Wantage Town FC where he played for 18 years, often as a goalkeeper. With his wife Margaret, he raised funds and helped to found Wantage Town FC Social Club, and he also helped with the ground. On Sundays he played for Fawley Stud in the Newbury Sunday League, and he also ran the Wantage under 18 team for a few seasons.

He moved to Letcombe in 1976 to become player manager. At that time they were in Division 5 of the North Berks League, and he has been instrumental in their rise through the North Berks League to their present position in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West. He organised a `200 club` which raised money for a bar and an extension to the clubhouse with improved changing rooms. He and Margaret also spent many hours working tirelessly behind the bar, with all profits going to the club.

Dennis has been groundsman at Letcombe for over 20 years, and still spends many hours every week working on the pitch. He has been the club Chairman for a similar period of time, and even became reserve team manager for one season recently when nobody else would run the side. He always ensures that visiting teams and officials receive a warm welcome when they visit Letcombe, and the club has become renowned for its excellent hospitality.

It is only fitting that his enormous contribution to his `beloved Letcombe` has been recognised by the County FA.


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