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Bob Attwood Funeral Arrangement - 25 February

The funeral service for Bob Attwood will take place on Monday 20 March at 2pm at Christ Church Cheltenham, Malvern Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2JH. To be followed by a private committal.

The family have requested those attending to wear Saracen's club colours of blue and yellow.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu are welcome for Cheltenham Saracens Football Club - c/o Co-operative Funeral Care, 72 Lansdown Road, Cheltenham. GL51 6QL.

 

Bob Attwood RIP - 9 February 2017

It is with great sadness to inform that Bob Attwood, Secretary of Cheltenham Saracens passed away last night at the age of 76.

Bob was "Mr Cheltenham Saracens", the driving force behind the club for over 50 years. He was 24 years old when he formed Cheltenham Saracens Football Club, and has dedicated most of his life in promoting sport for others. He is noted as being one of the most influential figures in Cheltenham football history.

He will be dearly missed. The Hellenic League offer their sincere condolences to Bob's family.

 

New Signings & Management - 20 January

Cheltenham Saracens have re-signed Mike Rhodes ahead of their Bluefin Sport Hellenic Supplementary Cup tie at New College on Saturday.

The former Bishop's Cleeve midfielder will be in the squad subject to work commitments. Paul Holmes has also returned to Cheltenham Saracens, but he is away this weekend and will not be involved.

"We are not at full strength in terms of numbers, but I am looking forward to game after a poor first half performance last week at Easington (3-1 defeat)," Saracens boss Ryan Betteridge said. "It would be nice to go on a little run in the cup, but we will give New College respect as they have shown they are capable of picking up good results this season."

Former Cheltenham Saracens manager Ian Giles has been appointed manager of Gloucestershire County League club Henbury. Forest of Dean-based Giles, who has also been coaching one of the youth teams at Cinderford Town, took over from Rich Stevenson at Saracens along with Ryan Goodson in October last year. The pair stepped down a month later and were replaced by 22-year-old Ash Hill, who has since switched to a coaching role, with Ryan Betteridge and Marcus Finch now in charge of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West club.

 

Flying Keeper Add's Edge To Saracens - 19 December

eric edge hellenic league footballSince suffering a humiliating 17-0 defeat by Fairford Town they have enjoyed seven days of progress, culminating in a creditable 2-2 draw at Purton on Saturday.

They were lifted by the appearance of goalkeeper Eric Edge (pictured), who flew back from college in the USA where he has been playing for Dodge City Community College, landing at Heathrow on the morning of the match and going straight into the team. "We were unlucky not to win the game," Edge said. "If we had taken our chances we could have scored four or five, but the lads played out of their skins and worked hard from the first whistle to the last.

"I fell asleep in the car on the way home.” Edge commented to Gloucestershire Echo reporter Jon Palmer. “But during the game I felt fine and I didn't have that much to do, which is credit to the boys for their organisation and work rate."

Saracens also included new signings Nick Hill, Jack Oldham, Leigh Rayson and Jamie Martin, giving the team far experience as well as Southern League pedigree. Martin has signed from Slimbridge, with the other three players know all about Hellenic League football. Oldham and Martin both scored against Purton, who replied through Matt Bennett and Nouman Farouq Bhatti.

Veteran Chris Palmer, 41, also played, with several influential players from the club's past rallying to ensure they are not forced to withdraw from the league this season.

Many of the positive developments are thanks to Ryan Betteridge and Marcus Finch, who have stepped in to help 22-year-old player/coach Ash Hill. They may have a goal difference of -98, with 114 goals conceded in 18 games, but they have already restored some pride and there are three teams below them in the table.

The clear aim is to make it to the end of the season with their Uhlsport Hellenic League status intact and then rebuild in the summer.

 

New Man For The Sara's Helm -16 December

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West Cheltenham Saracens are to appoint a new chairman.

The long-serving Chris Hawkins is set to be replaced by Graham Roberts, who has been running the club's third team in Cheltenham League Division Five.

Saracens' have endured a tough campaign so far, losing 13 of their 17 games, with a goal difference of -98. They are currently managed by 22-year-old Ashley Hill.

 

Remaining For Now - 9 December

Cheltenham Saracens boss Ash Hill said he's "staying on for now" at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West side despite their 12-0 loss last weekend.

Hill has been in charge since managerial duo Ian Giles and Ryan Goodson stepped down at the start of November, and is yet to make his mind up whether or not he wants the job full time.

"I'm seeing more commitment, which is what I'm looking for," said Hill. "We're just trying to build a team that's good enough to compete, so I'm staying on for now and just taking it game by game to see how it goes."

Saracens host high-flying Fairford Town in One West tomorrow as they look to bounce back from their last game, and Hill is hopeful that they'll show an improvement.

He said: "I didn't see the 12-0 coming last weekend, but we didn't have enough players and it was hard enough already because they were a good team. I wasn't annoyed at the players who came because they showed me good commitment in turning up, so we just need to put it behind us now. Fairford are going to be class because they're at the top of the divison, so we'll show them the respect they deserve but we'll also have a game plan that we need to stick to in order to get a result."

Hill also gave an update on whether he's managed to find an experienced assistant to help him manage the side, as he said: "I've had a couple of people asking, but I've not made my mind up yet because I'm talking to a few different people."

 

Boss To Make Decision On Future - 25 November

ashley hellenic league footballCheltenham Saracens manager Ash Hill will make a decision on his future after this weekend's game against bottom side Old Woodstock Town.

Hill took on the role on November 14, after the departure of Ian Giles and Ryan Goodson who had been in charge for just one month. The 22-year-old's initial two-game spell started with a 10-2 defeat by Milton United, but Hill is looking for a reaction from his squad as he makes up his mind as to whether or not he wants to carry on in the job. "I said I wanted an initial two games because I wanted to see the commitment from the players and see how we got on". Writes Jon Palmer in the Gloucester Echo.

One positive from last weekend was the fact that Saracens were able to name a squad of 16 players, which is more than they had been able to put together for many of their previous matches. Hill and his team will be putting the Milton game to the back of their minds now, though, as they turn their attentions to making sure they don't end up in the relegation places come Saturday evening. Old Woodstock are one of only two teams that Saracens have picked up three points against so far this season, as they ran out 2-0 winners back in August.

On the game, Hill said: "We need to get a result because it's a relegation six-pointer. I'm expecting a tough match from every side we face at the moment because we're not winning games so teams are turning up and thinking they'll beat us."

Hill also confirmed that he's not been able to find an experienced assistant to help him yet, as he admitted: "I've been asking around and trying to get in contact with people, but I've had no luck as of yet."

 

New Faces At Saracens - 11 November

myles arnold hellenic league footballCheltenham Saracens have signed a midfielder formerly on the books of Watford and Shrewsbury Town.

Myles Arnold (pictured), who has also played for Witton Albion, becomes the latest new signing through Saracens' link with the agency of former Premier League striker Julian Joachim.

They have also added Quincy Egbejale to the squad ahead of Saturday's home match against Shortwood United Reserves, while Ashley Hill has returned to the club after a spell in the USA.

Egbejale was once at Leyton Orient, as well as non-league clubs VCD Athletic and Grays.

 

Two Heads Manage Saracens - 12 October

Cheltenham Saracens have appointed a new management team following the resignations of Richard Stevenson and his assistant Phil Crabb ealier this month.

A joint management team of Ian Giles and Ryan Goodson has been appointed by the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West club. Goodson will also continue his playing role in the side.

 

Manager Resigns - 3 October

Rich Stevenson has stepped down as manager of Cheltenham Saracens after a miserable run of form that has seen the Hellenic League club concede 40 goals in their last five league matches.

They were beaten 9-0 at Milton United on Saturday, leaving them three places off the foot of the Division One West table. Stevenson stepped up to take on the job late in pre-season, rebuilding from scratch after a summer of uncertainty at the Petersfield Park club, who very nearly dropped out of the league altogether. Simon Goodwin took over following the departure of Nick Locke at the end of last season, but he and his backroom team resigned before a ball had been kicked for non-footballing reasons.

Saracens turned down promotion to the Premier Division to remain in Division One West, having finished as runners-up last season. They won their opening match of the season against all the odds, but things have gone downhill in recent weeks.

"Unfortunately after the recent results and performances which culminated in another 9-0 collapse on Saturday I've taken the decision to step down," Stevenson said. "Results and performances have not been good enough recently and I think we can all agree on that so hopefully someone new can get more out of the players and cement the clubs position outside of the relegation zone, which is where we currently sit. When I took over the club had a total of zero players on the books, but I've handed over a list of 30 players names and numbers to the caretaker management team which will ensure they are able to continue raising a side, as well as hopefully adding more to it. What should also be noted is that many people expected us to lose every game, we currently sit third from bottom with six points on the board, and while we have conceded a number of goals recently we also have two clean sheets. There are some local clubs in lower divisions who haven't managed either of these things."

Ryan Goodson and Ian Giles will be in caretaker charge until a replacement is appointed. Saracens' next match is at home to North Leigh Reserves on Saturday. Anyone interested in taking over as manager should contact Bob Attwood on 07778 502239.

 

Hooky Trip - 16 September

Cheltenham Saracens visit Hook Norton in Division One West of the Uhlsport Hellenic League tomorrow.

Matt Sherman, Richmond Duah and Brad Barnard are all out, but Jed Seers returns from injury. Cam Cheal retains his place in goal after a good performance against Rockleaze Rangers in the 2-1 GFA Trophy defeat on Wednesday night. Portuguese twins Mauro and Luri Esteves continue in the squad after also impressing midweek.

"Wednesday was a good performance for 80 minutes until we conceded two late goals to lose the game," Saracens boss Rich Stevenson said. "We had a long chat with the players after the game and highlighted areas we can improve on to stop this happening as things move forward. The first 80 minutes though was our best performance of the season so the lads have set the bar now and need to aim for this every week as the season goes on."

Squad: Cheal, Jones, Seers, Kandebe, Stevenson, Crabb, Redford, Goodson, Blockley, M Esteves, L Esteves, De Brincat, Fehim, Goode, Brown, Isher

 

Goodson Custodian For College Game - 9 September

Cheltenham Saracens play New College Swindon at Petersfield Park tomoorow, with Ryan Goodson leading the team in the absence of boss Rich Stevenson.

Pete Davis and Matt Hellier return after missing last week's league cup game through work and injury respectively. Twins Luri and Mauro Esteves are both set to make their league debuts after being involved for the first time last week, while Matt Sherman also returns. Assistant manager Phil Crabb will miss the game due to work, while Rory Thompson has chosen to move to Bishop's Cleeve to test himself at the higher level.

"With both myself and Crabby away, the team will be looked after by both Ryan Goodson and new coach Ian Giles," Stevenson said. "The squad is looking stronger than last week so we are hoping to hear good news come 5pm. New College have had a similar start to ourselves with mixed results however we are confident that we can put the last couple of results behind us and return to the form which saw us win in our last home game against Tytherington Rocks. Having played New College in the past we expect them to be fit and well organised, thanks to the additional time they can dedicate to training, so will be expecting a tough game where we will need to be at our best to come away with a positive result."

 

Coach Wanted - 31 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League One West Cheltenham Saracens are looking for a qualified coach to support the management duo with training and on match days.

The club has started the season with mixed results with two wins and two defeats and we feel that the team would benefit from more structured coaching sessions.

For further information please contact first team manager Rich Stevenson on 07838753745 or rstevenson261082@icloud.com

 

Possible Hope For Sara's - 5 July

Cheltenham Saracens may yet be playing Uhlsport Hellenic League football next season, reports the Gloucester press.

The club's founder Bob Attwood (pictured left) announced at the weekend that the Petersfield Park club had asked to withdraw after more than 20 years at that level, dropping down to Cheltenham League Division Five, where their third team currently compete.

But the Hellenic League are reluctant to lose a long-serving member club and have discussed the possibility of promoting Hook Norton to the Premier Division, leaving Saracens back in Division One West, from which they earned promotion last season. Hook Norton finished third behind champions Carterton Town and Saracens.

Attwood has called a players' meeting for tonight, with former Carterton player Rich Stevenson (right) expressing an interest in taking over as player/manager.

 

Manager And Players Depart Sara’s - 3 July

It is reported in the Gloucester press that things have gone wrong for Cheltenham Saracens extremely quickly.

The article states: Last season they celebrated promotion to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, returning to the highest level the club has ever experienced.

Boss Nick Locke guided them to a runners-up finish, but he departed at the end of the season and was replaced by Simon Goodwin, with optimism building around Petersfield Park. But Goodwin's shock departure along with his backroom staff on Thursday night has left the club without a manager with only a month to go until the 2016/17 season starts.

Saracens have not only lost their managerial team, but nearly the whole team have now departed too. Leading scorer Jack Sklenar is joining Slimbridge, last season's players' player of the year Tom Hoskins is currently on trial at Cirencester Town and Paul Holmes is close to signing for Bishop's Cleeve.

Skipper Teejay Bick has returned to Cheltenham Civil Service along with goalkeeper Tim Griffiths (below), Jamie Gowers and Ryan Smith. Archie Haskayne is attracting the attention of Slimbridge, while Chris Pates, Jamie Goodwin and Sam Hill are also expected to depart along with the experienced Rich Mansell.

Mansell had been brought in by Goodwin along with Kevin Slack and James Vercesi, but Saracens will now miss out on all three.

The club started training a fortnight ago and will continue to train every Tuesday and Thursday at the Folly (6.30pm-8pm). New players are welcome, but some drastic work will be needed if they are going to assemble a team capable of competing when the real action starts in August.

Saracens are inviting applications for the role of manager. Contact Bob Attwood on 07778502539 or attwood_robert@sky.com for further details.

 

New Appointment After Surprise Departure - 11 May

Following the surprise resignation of manger Nick Locke after gaining promotion to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, Cheltenham Saracens have wasted no time in finding a replacement.

The Petersfield Park club have been looking for a new boss since Nick Locke announced his decision to stand down at the end of the season, having guided them back to the Hellenic League Premier Division at the first time of asking. Locke's assistant Kristian Churchley has also departed.

The new manager is 36 year old Simon Goodwin. Having joined Cheltenham Town as a young player he was picked up by Southampton where he signed apprenticeship forms, but returned to Cheltenham to be the youngest player to play for Cheltenham Town, when he went on as an 84th minute substitute against Burton Albion on March 9, 1996, which is still a club record. After leaving Cheltenham for an off the field issue, Goodwin took time out of football before returning with Bishop's Cleeve, who he helped win promotion to the Southern League for the first time.

Simon will be assisted by Mike Rhodes who is returning to the club after three years. He was club captain when Gerry Oldham was in charge.

The appointments now provide Sara's the time to work on a management structure to be able to field a reserve team in the new season.

 

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