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Finchampstead Pair Take On Woodley - 15 June

darrren purbrick hellenic leagueWoodley United have appointed former Finchampstead manager Jon Laugharne (pictured left) and assistant manager Darren Purbrick (right).

The club commented."We are delighted to have secured their services and look forward to working with them to bounce back into Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division."

"We are also pleased to announce that James Anderson is remaining with the club as Director of Football as we look to continue the progression the club has made over the last three seasons."

"In addition to Jon and Darren, Arun Brar and Charlie Lauri are also joining the coaching staff ahead of pre-season training starting on Monday 25th June 2018 at Bulmershe School, Woodley 7 pm".


Wokingham Borough Sports Council Awards - 2 December

Woodley United FC was presented with the WBSC Service to the Community (Club) award for 2017 at the awards evening held on 24th November 2017 at Bulmershe School, Woodley. This is the third time the award has been won in four years and is a tremendous testament to all involved in providing football.

The award citation shared with the audience prior to making the award read:

• Provides male and female football from preschool mini-kickers to open age with a total of 34 teams that includes a veterans’ team.
• Significant growth in the number of mini-kickers – u9 children involved with the club which helps develop their inter social skills and well-being.
• Encouraged our year 12 players to become involved in coaching younger ager groups thus developing their own inter-personal skills.
• Provides lunch time football sessions to year 2 pupils in a local school.
• Working with Reading Referees’ Association to provide mentoring for newly qualified referees.
• Works with Sport in Mind to provide football for their members.
• Works with Me2 Club to enable children & young people with additional needs & disabilities partake in football.
• Works with Lily-May Page Arrhythmia Alliance who provided a defib for club’s Bulmershe Pavilion headquarters.
• Delivered a football festival for girls throughout July 2017 to raise female awareness and participation in the sport.
• Raises awareness of football in the community via social media, stall at Woodley Carnival and member of Woodley Business Club.

In addition to this award the club also received nominations in the following categories:

• Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Moody
• Unsung Hero: Nuno Antunes
• Team of the Year: Woodley United FC Saturday Men’s 1st team
• Coach of the Year: Michael Herbert


Manager Change At Woodley - 26 September

Uhlsport Hellenic League Woodley United and manager Michael Herbert have mutually agreed to part company.

Michael has been Woodley’s most successful ever manager after last season guiding the club to promotion to the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier and winning a Berks & Bucks cup.

Woodley Chairman Colom Moon said: “It has been a fantastic privilege for us to have had Michael at the club and what he achieved last season was both unprecedented and unexpected. Not only did he take the club up in terms of our league standing but he also delivered higher standards in everything he did at the club. Whilst we are disappointed not to be able to continue this journey with Michael at the helm, we wish him nothing but the best for what I am sure will be a very bright future in the game.”

Michael Herbert said: “I have had a really enjoyable time at Woodley and would like to say thank you to the club and especially the players and the management team for what has been a special past 18 months. Unfortunately mine and the clubs ambitions were not aligned and now seemed a good a time as any to let the club prosper with someone else in charge. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all at the club the very best for the future.”

Joining Michael in leaving the club is Spencer Meredith who the club would like to thank for all his hard work as part of the management team.

Following Michael Herbert’s departure the club have announced that Assistant Manager James Anderson has agreed to take over as manager. Chairman Colom Moon continued: “We are delighted to have secured James as the First Team Manager going forward. James is a popular figure at the club and I am sure will continue to build on the good foundations that Michael has laid.”


Debut In Emirates FA Cup - 3 August

Interest in Woodley United's debut in this prestigious competition has been captured by The FA itself.

United host fellow Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier League members Tuffley Rovers at Rivermoor Stadium on Saturday 5th August 2017 - 3.00 pm ko. The FA article details how the Berkshire-based club came about.

Read the article


kj smith solicitors readingKJ Smith Continue Support - 22 July

K J Smith Solicitors will continue into the 2017–18 season as lead club sponsor of Woodley United Football Club.

The much anticipated season starts on 1st August with a trip to Flackwell Heath. The first team will now be playing in the Uhlsort Hellenic League Premier Division, only five divisions below English Football League Division Two.

In addition to entering the Premier Division this season, Woodley United will make club history with their first ever FA cup tie extra preliminary round match being scheduled for the weekend of Saturday 5th August 2017 at home to Tuffley Rovers. This will be a must watch game, with the winners travelling to either Leighton Town or Oxley Jets on 19th August 2017.

Woodley United field over 32 teams, from mini-kicker under 4s to their men’s and women’s first teams and K J Smith Solicitors are delighted to be part of such an important part of the local community in Woodley. For more information and a full list of upcoming fixtures, visit: www.woodleyunitedfc.co.uk.

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Preparing For The Premier Debut - 7 June

Woodley United are back in pre-season training in preparation for their first season in the Premier Division, and have almost completed their pre-season schedule.

Training is every Monday & Wednesday 6:45pm meet at Bulmershe Playing Fields, Woodlands Avenue. Access to the pitches is down the side of the Goals Reading 5 A Side building.

Players old and new are welcome to attend as we look to build a big competitive squad for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

Our reserves play in the Thames Valley Premier League (Step 7) and are also looking for new players.

24 June vs TBC
1 July vs Marlow FC
4 July vs Guildford City
8 July vs Fleet Spurs
12 July vs Woodcote Stoke Row
15 July vs Almondsbury UWE
19 July vs Farnham Town
22 July vs Sheerwater
26 July vs Colliers Wood United

Woodley have another first this season, entering a team into the Hellenic Veterans League. Woodley United Veterans will be playng their home fixtures at Henley Town's Triangle ground.

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