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ardley united team of month octoberDivision One Team Honours For October - 25 November

Ardley United were presented the Division One Team Of The Month award for October, their second this season.

The presentation was made this week by League Chief executive Brian King. Ardley chairman Ian Feaver, along with team captain Deon Gallacher and Ardley player of the month Lewis Gabbidon, accepted the plaque on behalf of the club. 

By end of October the team had not dropped a league point in all games played.

 

ardley united president nprman stacey presented with stuart beavon shirt 28 October 2017Ardley Honour Norman Stacey - 1 November

Ardley United surprised Norman Stacey with a special event to celebrate his 35-year spell as the club’s chairman.

The 74-year-old, who is now the secretary, had expected a normal afternoon at the Playing Fields, where his side were playing Henley Town in the second round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on Saturday. Little did he know he would later be greeted by some of his former managers and players, including Peter Foley, as well as be made honorary life president.

New chairman Ian Feaver said: “It was all a bit of a surprise. He knew we were doing something, but wasn’t sure what. I did a presentation to Norman, not only to represent the fact he had been chairman for 35 years, but all he had achieved in that time. The first thing was the facility – there was only a park pitch and a hut. He built Ardley United.”

During Stacey’s time as chairman, Ardley climbed from the Lord Jersey League up to the Uhlsport Hellenic League.Originally from Coventry, he decided to change the club’s kit to match that of his beloved Sky Blues.

Stacey also received a signed, framed shirt from former Ardley youngster Stuart Beavon, who now plays for the Sky Bet League Two club. Feaver, who presented the gift to his predecessor, said: “He was very emotional, very happy. We had a great evening.”

 

Youth Drive - 29 June

Ardley United are hoping to begin a youth drive after announcing the latest name to join the club’s hierarchy.

paul berry hellenic league ardley unitedFormer Oxford United forward Paul Berry (pictured) has agreed to become the Uhlsport Hellenic League side’s vice-chairman. The 59-year-old made more than 100 appearances for the U’s during two stints at the club from 1977-82.

Berry, who was previously Ardley’s joint-manager alongside recently appointed chairman Ian Feaver, has also spent spells in charge of Bicester Town, Carterton Town and Abingdon Town.

But the north Oxfordshire club are hoping to make the most of his experience in youth football, having also been a coach in Oxford’s Centre of Excellence.

Ardley have teams in the under 8, 10 and 13 age groups, but Feaver is hoping to expand the set-up. He said: “I need help to run the club, so I’ve brought in Paul as vice -chairman. It will also help put particular emphasis on developing the youth set-up we want to build over the next few years.”

Ardley are also looking to make first-team games more accessible to the youth team with a new membership scheme. Feaver said: “We’re looking to attract local people in the community to come and watch. We’re also going to provide a member card for youth team players and their families to come and watch games for £5.”

Meanwhile, Ardley, who will play in Division 1 West next year after applying for relegation from the Premier Division, have announced three friendlies. They will face Heyford Athletic away on July 6, before home fixtures against Bicester and Thame Rangers on July 21 and 25 respectively.

Confident Of Success With New Club - 22 June

Craig Adey is confident of being a success at Ardley United after agreeing to become the club’s new manager.

33-year-old Adey said: “We knew how good a club it is, having visited for a number of years and what a great job Norman and the committee have done. It was a no-brainer. We had a look around the facilities and what they have done is fantastic. We want to make our own mark on it.”

Adey added: “Once I walked into the changing room and had a look around areas I had not seen before, I was amazed how great it all was. It got me excited for the future, that’s for sure.”

Ardley were dealt a hammer blow earlier this month when chairman Stacey announced he would be stepping down after 35 years, before manager Paul Davis resigned, citing personal reasons. But within the space of a fortnight, the club had found replacements for both.

Ian Feaver, a former Ardley manager, was appointed chairman by Stacey, who is staying on as secretary. He promptly announced the club would be applying for relegation to Division 1 West as it was unsustainable to remain in the Premier. Adey, who had been with Nomads since 2011, said: “It’s not a situation we’re totally happy with, but neither are the club. Because of the circumstances it makes sense. It’s one where you can build properly and get back in the Premier Division as soon as possible. It was no way a deal breaker and we can now recharge and get back to where we should be.”

The search now begins to attract players to pre-season training and Adey is confident of doing so. He said: “We’ve got an open door policy, everyone is welcome, that includes older, younger and local players. I’ve got a base of a good squad, it’s quite young, but quite talented. It’s good foundations, but we will need a few extra recruits. The Hellenic registration forms have not officially come out yet, (they were available from 20 June) but a lot of players have agreed to come down to pre-season.”

Adey added: “Norman is going to contact some of last year’s players and I would certainly love to see them. Budget constraints might have an impact, but certainly the door is wide open, especially for the long-serving players like Troy (Bryan) who have been important to Ardley.”

Feaver was delighted to appoint Adey and is optimistic of a bright future. He said: “I have every confidence in Craig and his team to bring in a good squad of players and take us forward.”

craig adey ardley unitedAdey Takes On Ardley Role - 16 June

Following a series of interviews Ardley Chairman Ian Feaver has appointed Craig Adey as Manager, and Daniel Leggit as his assistant for the 2017-2018 season.

"I am very excited to have them on board and I have every confidence in Craig and his team to take bring in a good squad of players and take us forward," Feaver said.

Adey (pictured) was involved with Oxford City Nomads management for the previous two seasons, and has been involved with Thatcham Town, Newbury, Kintbury Rangers and other clubs in his career in both a playing and coaching role.

ian feaver ardley unitedFeaver Takes Ardley Helm - 14 June

Ian Feaver is Ardley United’s new chairman, and outgoing figure head Norman Stacey believes he is the right man for the club .

Norman, who has now announced he will stay on as the club’s secretary, had been working to find a replacement. The former chairman met Feaver last week and has now handed over the reins. Stacey said: “He is a resident of Ardley and has shown an interest in football. He lives very close and I thought he was the ideal man. I approached him and after a long discussion he decided he would take the job on.”

Ardley are also without a manager following the resignation of Paul Davis, who cited “personal reasons” for the decision. Five people have applied for the job and Feaver’s first task will be to appoint a successor.

Stacey said: “He is now actively looking for a manager and I’m not sure where he is with that. I have always said I will help the new chairman as little as he needs it. But when you resign you don’t want to still run the club and I don’t intend to do that.”

New chairman Feaver commented. "It's an honour and privilege to follow in the footsteps of Norman Stacey who built this club in his 35 years as Chairman."

 

norman stacey ardley united"Mr Ardley" Stands Down From The Helm - 2 June

After four decades of guiding Ardley United, Norman Stacey has brought his tenure as chairman to a close at the North Oxfordshire club

Norman writes. "It is with some regret that after 35 years as Chairman of Ardley United FC I feel it is now the time given my approaching 75th birthday and some family health problems to call it a day.

I have seen this little village club climb from the Lord Jersey League through the Oxford Senior League and into the Premier of the Uhlsport Hellenic League, a journey which has been fraught with highs and lows along the way but one that has provided me with much pride and pleasure.

I set myself two goals, the first was to win the Hellenic Premier League Title, and to lift the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, the second we achieved 3 years ago, but the Hellenic title has eluded me coming second to Wantage Town by one point and missing promotion to the elusive Southern League.

My thanks go to all those 100s of players that have passed through the club, the many Managers and assistants who have given their time and experience, the hard working Committees, the three leagues that have provided us with competitive football over the years, and the Oxfordshire Football Association for their continued support.

The club must continue and we are actively seeking a replacement Chairman, if you feel you are the one to take over the reins please get in touch, and we can offer a smooth and gentle take over.

I will not be disappearing as I intend to buy an anorak and spend my Saturdays visiting the many clubs that I have grown to know and respect."

Regards

Norman.

Norman will remain as club secretary for the forseeable future and requests that persons interested in discussing the role of chairman contact him on 07711 009198.

paul davis ardley unitedDavis Leaves Ardley - 2 June

One being advised that Ardley United chairman Norman Stacey was standing down, manager Paul Davis has resigned from his position with immediate effect, leaving the club eighteen months after taking charge.

“I have enjoyed my time at the club, it’s been a roller coaster of emotions during my tenure but one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed." Davis comments. "I would like to thank all the supporters, sponsors, players and staff, but most of all chairman Norman Stacey for the outstanding support he has shown me in my time at the club. Personal reasons dictate it is time for me to step down now, but to finish the season in fifth place and to collect a trophy at the end of a long season are memories that I will never forget”.

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