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Second Meet This Season - 15 September

Abingdon Town entertain Buckinghamshire club, Aston Clinton Reserves, in an Uhlsport Hellenic League Divison Two East fixture at Culham Road tomorrow.

This will be their second encounter in the league already this season, the Abbotts came away 10-0 winners from the first fixture. "The score line may suggest that Aston Clinton were very poor, but I personally believe it is also down to us being very good that day" says co-manager Stuart Parsons. "For the side to keep pushing for goals right to the end, despite being 6-0 up at half time shows how hungry our players are. We kept our shape, were disciplined, kept possession well and didn't try to force anything. We will be looking to repeat the performance and can only hope for the same result."

The Abbotts have signed on two new players who will be available for selection on Saturday. Attacker, Ryan Macer, who has played for Abingdon United and AFC Hinksey in the Hellenic Division One East can operate as a winger or as a front man. Utility man Stevie Andrews also played at both Abingdon United and AFC Hinksey as well as at Milton United.

"Both players will be good additions to the squad and they have fitted in well to the squad already," comments Adam Taylor. "We had a friendly against the Royal Light Infantry in the week and Macer was possibly man of the match. We came back from 3-1 down and he was involved in three of them including a great headed goal. He is fast, strong, has the ability to beat a man, can play wide or upfront, has a great work ethic and is also pretty good playing with his back to goal. Stevie is the brother of Aaron Andrews and can operate in a number of positions. He is very calm and composed on the ball," adds Louis George. "He will add a good strength in depth with his versatility."

David Michno returns after injury, but Craig Bloomfield, Dominic Johnson, Connor Taylor and Kane Slaymaker are missing. "We have four missing this weekend, which gives us the chance to look at Macer and Stevie, it also gives Sean Leach his league debut. Dave Michno is also back from injury so is in contention for his first league game" states Parsons.


First Away Trip - 1 September

Abingdon Town make their first Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 trip away of the 2017-18 season when they visit Aston Clinton tomorrow.

Abingdon will be looking to build on their opening day Derby victory over Abingdon United Development with another win. "In my opinion the 3-2 score line flattered United. We had a penalty miss and quite a few other Close shaves, yet we gifted United one of their goals and for the rest of the game they had very limited opportunities. They are not a bad side though and I think they will take points off of teams this season" comments manager Adam Taylor. "With it only being the second game of the season it is hard to judge what Aston Clinton will be like, so we will be taking this Saturdays game seriously and won't be holding anything back. We are confident we can come away with maximum points, but are weary enough not to take any opposition lightly."

David Michno is a doubt through a groin injury, but Levi Hyde-Thomas is available after returning from an ankle injury.

 

Abingdon Derby Day - 26 August

The fifth oldest club in the country Abingdon Town Football Club make their return to competitive football today,after a year of not having a side. Fittingly against the team from the opposite side of the river Thames, Abingdon United Development.

Town make their return to the Uhlsport Hellenic League too, after leaving the league due to financial reasons in 2014.

The club has had a total revamp with a lot of work being done in and around the ground, including the pitch. Since the sad loss of former Chairman Tom Larman, the club has been taken over by an ambitious and driven Jayson Lyons, who has some very good links in non league football and has some big aspirations for the club.

He has passed on the task of guiding The Abbotts through their first season and Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two East to Louis George, Stuart Parsons and Adam Taylor. The trio will be working hard to push the side for promotion this year and they have high expectations of their team. They have done well in bringing in some established Hellenic League One players and players with a lot of experience in sides from the top end of the Oxfordshire Senior Leagues Premier Division. They have assembled a good side, but have their feelers out and will be looking to add to the side in the coming weeks, with some established Hellenic players in advanced talks with the club.

Town open their campaign with a massive derby game against neighbours Abingdon United Development at Culham Road.

"We have been busy over the summer and we hope all our labours come to fruition today" says Stuart Parsons. "The players are buzzing for this game and so are me, Ads (Taylor) and Gino (Louis George). We really feel we can do well this season and want to be part of the clubs new era, and bring success to the club."

 

More Sponsors For Abbots - 14 August

Abingdon Town appear to be well supported by sponsors as they prepare for their return to the Hellenic League.

Crystal Windows and The Three Horse Shoes (Garsington) have joined the growing number of Managers/Players Sponsors at the club. Crystal Windows have sponsored manager Adam Taylor and are a window cleaning company that covers Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. They offer a range of other services including cleaning fascias, gutter clearance and maintenance and conservatory valets. The Three Horse Shoes in Garsington have sponsored attacker Aaron Andrews and wide man Joe Cook. The Three Horse Shoes has a big garden with a children's play area and wonderful views over the Chiltern Hills and surrounding countryside. They offer a menu of freshly home cooked food.


New Abbot's Management Sponsor - 11 August

Bremner glass and glazingBremner Glass & Glazing have kindly sponsored one of Abingdon Town's management team, Stuart Parsons.

Bremner Glass and Glazing offer a variety of services from replacing a pane of glass to installing conservatories. The company has over ten years of experience and covers all over Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.

"I am really pleased to be sponsored by Bremner Glass & Glazing. With Luke (the owner of BG&G) being a personal friend, I really appreciate him supporting me," states Parsons "I have also worked with Luke so know how good he is at his job, he has also carried out work for several members of my family and has always done a great job! He always supplies products that are of a good standard and his prices are very competitive. Without the help of companies like Bremner Glass & Glazing football wouldn't be the same, and I can not express my gratitude enough."

"I would love to still be playing the beautiful game, but due to an injury I can't. This is my way of giving something back to the sport I loved playing and with a few of my mates that I played with playing for the Abbotts I will not only be a sponsor, but a supporter too" says Luke Bremner.

 

Shirt Sponsors - 10 August

specialise in hazardous waste and "difficult" non-hazardous waste, that should not be landfilledUhlsport Hellenic League Division Two East Abingdon Town have agreed on a shirt sponsorship partnership with RJS Waste Management.

Over the 150 years of the clubs history it has seen many different types of shirts, but with the help of RJS Waste Management, we are able to keep with the traditional Yellow and Green look, in a nice new look format. RJS Waste Management has become one of the UK’s leading complete solution waste collection, disposal and recycling service for businesses throughout the U.K. They specialize in hazardous waste and “difficult” non-hazardous waste, that should not be landfilled, for businesses ranging from small independents to larger companies, factories, construction companies and multinational organisations.

Chairman Jayson Lyon says: “The new kit sponsorship, helps us create a new look for this young expanding team, we are looking at progression and we need to look the part. Our young enthusiastic youth academy is looking to the future and sponsors is the way forward, RJS have not only sponsored the first team, but they will also be on all the junior level kits as well, increasing their support into our future foundation They’ve backed the club and have loads of ideas on how they can help Abingdon Town in the future”

Russell Shrives-Wrist, of RJS Waste Management Solutions “The RJS team are excited to support a local team that is making massive strides off of the pitch and hopefully on it too. I'm sure the team will have a very successful season and we look forward to being part of it.”


More Sign On At Town - 8 August

Abingdon Town have been busy signing more players as they look at finalising their squad.

Wide man Callum Tighe formerly of OSL sides OUP and Garsington and forward Paul Bough, who previously played for Ardley United both signed after Towns 2-1 win over OUP. 16 year old Connor Taylor impressed while training with the Abbott’s and during the few games he played and also put pen to paper after the win over OUP. Attacker Kieran Davis whose previous clubs include Abingdon Town, Abingdon United, AFC Hinksey, North Leigh, Oxford City Nomads and Witney United signed for Abingdon after bagging a brace in the 6-0 win over OSL side Middleton Cheney, taking his preseason total for the Abbott’s up to seven so far, including a hat trick against Headington Amateurs. On the same night defender Tony Njogu, who played for Thame Rangers last season and former Didcot Town Reserves player Charles Appiala also signed on that night.

AHC Autos and AHC Property Maintenance, have joined the list of companies sponsoring Abingdon Towns players and management staff.

AHC Autos have sponsored one of the management team Louis George. AHC Autos are a garage based on Sandy Lane, Oxford that is open 24/7. It offers a variety of services which include M.O.T's, wheel refurbishment and bodywork repairs. "It's great that AHC Autos have sponsored me," says manager Louis George. "I am grateful for their contribution to the club, and even more pleased that they chose me to be the face of their sponsorship with Abingdon Town."

AHC Property Maintenance are sponsoring utility player George Lovegrove. At AHC Property Maintenance, they have numerous highly trained staff that covers the full range of property maintenance and refurbishment services. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, you won’t find a more talented team of tradesmen, including plumbers, heating engineers, electricians, painters, etc. anywhere else!
Each member of their staff is licenced and certified, has passed a CRC (Criminal Record Check). "As a tradesman, I feel that being sponsored by AHC Property maintenance is a fitting sponsor for myself and I am proud to have been chosen to be sponsored by them," comments Lovegrove.

 

Abingdon Town Seek Friendly - 7 August

Abingdon Town were due to play Faringdon Town on Tuesday 8th August, but due to injuries and work commitments Faringdon Town have had to pull out. The Abbotts are now looking for another opponent to replace this fixture and are willing to play on either 8 or Thursday 10 August, the fixture would have to be an away fixture, Abingdon are willing to contribute to any costs. Please contact manager, Stuart Parsons in 07500311229 or email info@abingdonfc.co.uk if your club are interested.

Brothers Callum, Carl and Craig Bloomfield have all been sponsored by JT's Cocktail Bar & Club for their 2017-18 campaign at Abingdon Town. "It's great that JT's have sponsored all three of us," says middle brother Carl. "All three of us really appreciate it, I'm sure we'll be making ourselves known to all of the staff there!"

JT's have also agreed to sponsor the Abbotts Man of the Match award, giving each winner of the award a VIP Package for up to ten guests, including a bottle of champagne and vodka. "It's a great package to offer the players, and very generous," comments manager Louis George. "I'll be making sure they won't be visiting there on Friday nights though."

JT's is situated on George Street in Oxford City Centre and is open 7pm-3am, Thursday to Sunday, and is available for private functions.

Pen’s To Paper - 1 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 East Abingdon Town have been busy signing players over the past week.

On Tuesday the Abbotts signed on three of Headington Amateurs regulars from last season. Young centre back Callum Bloomfield, his older brother Carl who got 22 goals for the A's last term and 2016-17 Managers Player Josh West. The Bloomfield’s oldest brother Craig also put pen to paper along with former Oxford City player Jake Lewis, Aaron Andrews who has played for Abingdon United and Kidlington, Levi Hyde and another former Amateurs player, Joe Cook.

On Thursday after their win over Headington Amateurs the Abbotts collected more signatures as they begin to finalise their squad. Goalkeeper Kane Slaymaker, David Michno formerly of Bicester Town and Didcot Town Reserves, centre midfielder Prince Basanti who previously played Ardley United and Oxford City Nomads, attacker Dominic Johnson, defender George Lovegrove and utility man Lee Trinder. Goalkeeper Sean Leach also signed after Abingdon's 2-2 draw with Letcombe.

"The three of us are happy with the signing’s we are making and think we are building a side that is good enough to compete in this division" says manager Stuart Parsons. "I think we have a good mix of young talent and experience across the board. We will be adding a few more players to the squad, but not much more." "We don't want a big squad and want to keep the side as tight knit as possible. We don't want to have to try and keep players happy by having to rotate the team around while still trying to be competitive and all that Harry Carrie" adds co manager Adam Taylor. "Obviously if the right players come along we might change our mind and sign them but we are pretty much at the capacity of where we want to be." "I have been really impressed with all of the players that have made it through the pre season. There are some great lads here and the more we get together the stronger the bond between us is becoming, and the banter is really flowing at the moment" says Louis George. "I really am excited about the side and think we will do well this season."

 

"Abbot's" Pre-Season - 31 July

Abingdon Town welcome Oxford University Press tonight to Culham Road in another pre-season friendly, 7:30 kick off.

Abingdon have now played four games in preseason and have lost one, won two and drew one. The first game was a harsh loss at Chinnor, then the Abbotts hammered their lodgers Zubry 9-1, a well deserved win against Headington Amateurs was followed by a hard fought draw with Letcombe.

"We are hoping that OUP are going to be good opposition to play against," comments Adam Taylor "We have done well over the last few weeks, performance wise. Saturday was a real test and we feel that we put in a good shift and deserved the draw, probably a fair result for both sides if I'm honest. We hope that OUP can bring that sort of intensity to the game and get the boys blowing."

Abingdon Town kick off their Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two season 26 August against neighbours Abingdon United Development. The team are still looking for friendlies so if any teams out there are looking for a friendly please get in contact with the club.

Upcoming fixtures-
Monday 31 July, OUP at home, 7:30pm KO
Wednesday 2 August, Middleton Cheney at home, 7:30pm KO
Saturday 5 August, Marston Saints at home, 3pm KO
Tuesday 8 August, Faringdon Town away, 7pm KO
Saturday 12 August, Carterton away, 3pm KO

 

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