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brian kirk hellenic leagueHolding Back The Years - 1 November

This morning the webmaster recieved an email from a player who had recently signed Uhlsport Hellenic League registrations forms . . . asking if he knew who the oldest active player was.

Barry Hayles is one of the more mature players on Hellenic forms, but it transpires that Barry is a mere infant in comparison to the person who raised the question.

The person raising the question is one Brian Kirk, referee, club secretary and one time Hellenic committee member. Brian turned out for his club Abingdon Town against Wallingford on Tuesday night. Date of birth on registration form January 26 1955 . . . three months off his 64th birthday.

As you can determine from the image, 'Blonde Bombshell' Brian is obviously a keen on football . . . and of course Oil of Olay's anti-aging skin care products, including face treatments, cleansers & moisturisers!

 

 

julian mccalmon hellenic footballMcCalmon Returns To Kidlington - 17 October

Julian McCalmon is back at the helm at Evo-Stik Southern League Kidlington after resigning his post at Abingdon Town.

On Monday Kidlington FC accepted the resignation of 1st Team Manager Ady Fuller after a frustrating start to the season. The team recorded just one victory in their opening eight league games and defeat in both opening games in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

Fullers appointment was never allowed to flourish and an early set back saw newly appointed Director of Football Andy Sinnott resign before a ball was kicked. Faced with a mass exodus of last years squad, only goalkeeper Sam Warrell (this seasons captain) and a couple of others remained, results never materialised for him and it was always an up hill task.

The situation demanded instant action and announce they have agreed terms with previous manager McCalmon (pictured) who will take over first team affairs with immediate effect. Elliott Osborne-Rickets has also left Uhlsport Hellenic League One East Abingdon and rejoins Kidlington as his assistant.

Simon Dickens commented. “Jules returns having achieved mid table finishes in the Southern League with "The Greens" in the previous two seasons and reaching the Oxfordshire Senior Cup Final last season.”

 

Chairman To Step Down - 12 October

Jayson Lyon, chairman of Uhlsport Hellenic League One East Abingdon Town has announced he will be stepping down.

In a written statement Jason said. "With deep regret that I, Jayson Lyon, will be stepping down as Chairman of Abingdon Town Football Club, unfortunately my personal circumstances have changed and I can no longer put the time or energy into the club that I originally wanted to and what it requires to help it progress.

In the last 16 months, we have made huge steps towards something great at the club and I hope that whoever takes over the role can come in and continue to fulfil the dreams I have envisioned for the club.

The club is in a very strong position at all levels and has a good foundation to move forward, both financially and the support it needs.

First Team, Development Teams, Ladies Teams and 8 Youth teams are all successful and going well, lots more room for further development. No matter what; the teams will be able to finish out the season and all provisions will be in place to do so.

I need to spend some more time concentrating on my family and my own career.

We welcome anyone who wishes to step forward to take over the club as chairman and further investment will be needed to take the club to the next level. I will remain available and committed until such time they do not require my assistance."

 

Players & Volunteers Sought - 15 August

Abingdon Town looking for goal keepers at various age groups including the Uhlsport Hellenic League First and Development teams. 

We are also looking for match day volunteers. If you are interested to became involved in the club contact Jason Lyon -Tel: 01235 390028 Email: info@abingdonfc.co.uk

 

Key Signing Before Opening Game - 3 August

tom franklin hellenic football abingdon townAbingdon Town have added more experience to their squad a head of tomorrow’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One game against Woodley United we had to squeeze one more last-minute signing, with Oxford United playing away and most clubs not having a fixture for another week or so The AbbottT’s expect a good crowd to its opening game.

Thomas Franklin (pictured) spent pre-season with his former club Evo-Stik Southern League Kidlington and decided that it was time to move on to a new challenge, which came as a shock to The Abbott’s.

Tom is a strong force in defence for any team he has played for, dominating the game and making his presence known, an inspirational player and great motivator on and off the pitch.

Chairman Jayson Lyon said: “Last minute signings like this, just go to show how far the club has come and the influence that Julian has in local football. Former players respect for him is second to none, good footballing players who know how he works will follow him wherever he goes. This signing really does solidify our squad and especially our back line. Tomorrow we face one of our toughest opponents for this season and this signing could not have come at a better time for us.”

Julian McCalmon adds: “After Franks contact us to say he was unattached to a club, I acted very quickly to find out the reasons why, leaders and defenders like Franks don’t become available very often, with work commitments and changes at previous club Franks was after a new challenge one that didn't involve so much time away from family. I am delighted he can see the potential and vision for this club and has come on board”

To commemorate Abingdon’s new era in Division One tomorrow’s game is pay what you wish game, all entry payment’s received will go toward junior football at the club. The café and bar are both open and any sports on TV will be in the bar area.

The first 20 fans get a FREE drink at the bar also, got to be here prior to 14:30pm.

 

Abbot's Setting Out Stall For Season - 2 August

More first team signings, “and we’re not finished yet” say Abingdon Town. With a big announcement being made ahead of Saturdays game, watch this space!

Julian McCalmon is not easing off and continues to put pressure on signing some great players, the team is starting to take shape and in pre-season we have put some tough oppositions through their paces and more than held our own.

Today we have managed to secure Adam Doyle who has previously played for Didcot Town until injury last season.

Julian McCalmon said. “Doyley is a player I've chased as soon as I got the job. He's a player who can control games, he has an amazing range of passing and a work rate which can only help us win games! I'm delighted with all these signings and we are now starting to look a real strong squad”

"We have also added Connor Harris formerly of Wantage Town and Tristan Lawrence of AFC Hinksey, both are talented individuals which add huge value to our squad. Bolstered with some extra youth and development players we are taking good shape."

Jule’s focus ahead of Saturday's first league game against Woodley United, is deciding on who is going to be between the posts, having tried out numerous goalies across the pre-season we are yet to have decided on who our main goalie will be, it is such a tough and important position to fill. With experience from the likes of Milan Barisic, Kieran Beesley and Kane Slaymaker to choose from, no wonder it is a hard decision to make.

So far the squad is:
Elliott Osborne-Ricketts 
Ryan Brooks 
James Organ 
Nick Thorne 
James Keeble 
Callum Tighe 
Jack Lewis 
Josh Tooke
Ross McMahon
Adam Doyle
Connor Harris
Tristan Lawrence

 

nick thorne hellenic football abingdon townThorne In The Abbot's Side - 18 June

Abingdon Town announce Oxford-based winger Nick Thorne will be adding more attacking strength up top to the Division One East club in the coming season.

Thorne (pictured) formerly played in the Evo-Stik Southern League for Didcot Town and Wantage Town. In the Hellenic League he has spent time at Ardley United, Woodstock Town, Carterton, North Leigh. Where he made an impact every time. 

Secretary Brian Kirk commented. "We are hoping to see him make a long-term home and a name for himself at Abingdon Town this season. "

Abbot's chairman Jayson Lyon said. “The management team are getting excited about the talent we have playing together and still due to announce, we are quietly optimistic that this team will be a very successful one. The buzz around the club from parents, supporters and co-workers is amazing and every day is exciting. It makes it all worthwhile seeing people get excited about the same things as you”.

With only nine days until pre-season training starts, Julian McCalmon does not have much time to get his final squad in and preparing them for the first friendly of the season at home to Flackwell Heath on the 7th July.

 

Abingdon Town Target National League With Ambitious Project - 5 June

Abingdon Town are laying the foundations for a bid to climb the football pyramid – and have non-league’s top tier on their radar. The Abbots are eager to bring back the successful days of their past to Culham Road.

Town are building six new pitches at a cost of £112,000 for juniors and will also be running a reserve team next season. They have already sent out a strong message to their Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East rivals by attracting midfielder Elliott Osborne-Ricketts and manager Julian McCalmon from Evo-Stik South League outfit Kidlington.And McCalmon’s coaching staff has been bolstered by two former professional players – ex-Oxford United midfielder Jamie Brooks and Jermaine McSporran, whose long career included six years at Wycombe Wanderers.

It comes two months after the club hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when they lost 17-0 against Abingdon United Development, with just seven of their players left on the pitch at the final whistle. But Town believe they have turned a corner and are ambitiously aiming to be a Vanarama National League side in the future.

Chairman Jayson Lyon, who took over the Abbots last summer, said: "The signings show we mean to put the club back on the map and take Abingdon Town as far as we can. It’s a project and we’re potentially five promotions away from the Conference. With the right foundation and development, we can aspire to be at that level. Why not aim high?”

In 1990, the Abbots were the top non-league team in the county. They held that position until 1995/96, when Oxford City secured back-to-back promotions to climb above them and into the top-flight of the Isthmian League. In their prime, Town were two levels away from the Conference.

There has already been substantial financial investment in the club, with £250,000 spent on refurbishing and cleaning the ground as well as replacing one of the walls which runs adjacent to the pitch.Lyon said: "The money is from myself and my business. Some of it was work done by my company, providing labour and materials.”

The club have secured a lease for the field next to their ground to build six pitches to cater for youth and junior football. Town are confident of them being ready for the new season in September and will also be building extra changing rooms.

It looks a dramatic turnaround from the nature of their heavy defeat in March, but Lyon insists that was not a turning point for the club. He said: "I don’t think it was. The management could see things deteriorating after Christmas. We tried to make changes, we had a three-man management team and dropped it to one. A lot of the changes we made were already in process before Christmas. They were all moving forward, but the 17-0 loss was an eye-opener.”

Jack Johnson @OxMailJackJ

 

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