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Rivalry Renewed - 10 November

Clanfield 85 renew rivalry with fellow Oxfordshire Club Headington Amateurs, away to the A's at Horspath Road tomorrow.

The A’s returned to One West from Division One East this season, and currently occupy 9th place in the One West table four points above the Robin's having played the same number of games.

Following an unbeaten start in their first three league games the Robins form has dipped alarmingly and only two points have been secured since. the last league win on August 26. Team selection is difficult this weekend as the Development Team has an OFA Intermedite Cup match and consideration has to be given to which players are eligible for that match. Teenager Travis O’Connor is one such player and he will play for the Clanfield 85 Development Team.

Callum Davies and Jack Kennedy are suspended whilst Zac Oliver is away and Finlay Heritage has work commitments. There are doubts concerning striker Joe Hiscock injured in the match with Pewsey Vale last weekend.On the credit side Jack Payne, Karl Roberts, Bradley Evans and Callum Miller. Manager Peter Osborne hopes to add to his squad by signing two players but their involvement depends on the formalities being completed on time.

 

52nd Game So Far - 3 November

Clanfield 85’s Radcot Road ground stages a fourth game in six days when Pewsey Vale are the visitors for a Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West fixture but the playing surface is in good condition for what Groundsman Alan Howard reports as the 52nd game at the venue this season.

The Robins will again have to make changes with Callum Miller, Sam Cross, Zac Oliver and Frankie Cato all away whilst long term injury victim Chris Blakely is likely to miss the rest of the season and Jack Kennedy has coaching commitments with Birmingham City Youth Academy. Jordan Cormack who played midweek in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup defeat by Tuffley Rovers has work commitments.

On the credit side Jozef Fullerton is fit again,Luke Cooper is free of other football commitments,Callum Davies is free from his search for a University place for the next academic year and Jack Payne returns after missing the Tuffley match with illness. Steve Olphert plays his first match since returning to the Club. Bradley Evans and Harvey Savin will play in the Development Team at Shrivenham and Travis O’Connor, Aaron Morton and Finlay Heritage who are all members of the Clubs under 18 Squad will also feature with the First Team. To redress the age balance Manager Peter Osborne has put himself on stand-by for the substitutes Bench.

 

the fa youth cup logoThe Dream Goes On - 3 November

Clanfield 85 Under 18 Youth Team which comprises of a number of regular First Team and Development Team players delighted a large crowd at Radcot Road last night by progressing in to the Second Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup by defeating Cambridge City Under 18 Youth by 2-1.

After trailing by an own goal to an excellent Cambridge City side, who were reduced to ten men after 15 minutes, the Young Robins dominated the second half but left it late before an own goal and a header from Zac Oliver two minutes from time put them through to a Second Round tie away to Dagenham and Redbridge on a date yet to be fixed.

Clanfield would like to say thank you to everyone who attended the match including a number from the Hellenic League Family and for all the good wishes received before and after the match. Also to the local newspapers Oxford Mail and Witney Gazette who helped the Club to publicise the occasion which resulted in a good crowd and a terrific atmosphere.

Not for a very long time have the Robins had to worry about possible complaints from the neighbours about the noise!

 

Forced Changes - 31 October

Clanfield 85 will be forced in to making a number of changes for the Second Round Perpetua Press Floodlit tie against Premier Division Tuffley Rovers at Radcot Road this evening.

Looks like a daunting task against higher placed opposition. Chris Blakely and Jozef Fullerton remain sidelined with injury whilst Jack Kennedy is away. Youth Team players Frankie Cato, Callum Davies, Harvey Savin and Travis O’Connor are not considered for selection as all featured in last night's Allied Counties Youth League match and have another important engagement on Thursday evening when the young Robins entertain Cambridge City Youth in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup.

On the credit side Joe Hiscock returns after suspension, Karl Dickenson and Jordan Cormack are available for midweek fixtures and Steve Olphert is included after re-signing for the Club.

 

steve olphert hellenic leagueFormer Skipper Returns - 31 October

Having played over 300 games for Clanfield 85 between the ages of 16 and 27,the former captain Steve Olphert returns to the club after spells in the Premier Division with Shrivenham and Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

The signing of Olphert is a huge boost for the Club who were knocked out of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup by Chalgrove Cavaliers from the Oxfordshire Senior League on Saturday.

The experienced midfielder will add depth to the Robins midfield with his quality on the ball and leadership by example and will with the experienced Adam Pendell supplement the club's promising young midfielders both in training and matches.

 

Progress At The First Attempt - 23 October

In the first year of their participation in the FA Youth Cup Clanfield 85 Under 18 Youth Team, many of whom are regulars in the Club First and Development Teams, have reached the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup where they will entertain Cambridge City Youth on Thursday November 2nd kick-off 7-45pm.

After receiving a bye in the Preliminary Qualifying Round the team have beaten Bracknell Town Youth 5-2 after extra time,Oxford City Youth 4-2 and Hemel Hempstead Town Youth Academy 5-3 on penalties after the two sides had battled out a 0-0 draw after extra time last Thursday to earn inclusion in the draw for the First Round Proper.The mere participation owes much to the hard work carried out by the Clubs Officers,Committee and Volunteers who have put in many hours of labour to achieve the appropriate Ground Grading. The Club have also returned to the FA Vase this season.

Clanfield 85 hope that fellow Uhlsport Hellenic League Clubs will be able to support their young Robins who for the first time as a team rub shoulders with such names as Tranmere Rovers, Blackburn Rovers, Bradford City, Blackpool, Coventry City, Milton Keynes Dons, Portsmouth, Oxford United,Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town in the draw made last Friday.

The Competition Rules mean that teams drawn at home are liable to pay certain expenses such as coach travel for their opponents hence the Clubs hope for a good crowd on the night to help to cushion this expense. Spectators will be made very welcome and the Club hope to issue a programme for the match.

 

bluefin insurersDifficult Encounter Expected - 6 October

Clanfield 85 entertain Premier Division Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the First Round of The Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup and expect a very difficult encounter with their in form visitors presently in sixth position in the Premier Division.

Chris Blakely who had work commitments last weekend returns to the Squad but the influential Jozef Fullerton will be missing with a hamstring injury whilst Luke Cooper is on a course. Jordan Cormack has re-signed for the Club and with Saturday work commitments may well feature in some of the midweek fixtures coming up.

Clanfield Venture To Pewsey - 29 September

Following a hard fought victory in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night, Clanfield 85 make the trip to Pewsey Vale for a Division One West fixture tomorrow.

With Pewsey allocated to the Uhlport Hellenic League this season, the two teams meet again after a break of a number of years. Pewsey are currenly fifth in the division table with Clanfield occupying ninth place, though only one point separates the teams, who have both played the same number of fixtures.

Once again the Oxfordshire side will show changes in their lineup. Craig Kent and Matt Bearne have decided that their footballing futures lie elsewhere, the latter with Calne Town. Chris Blakely has work commitments and Luke Cooper is on a Coaching Course. On the credit side Callum Miller returns after injury and Frankie Cato has now served his suspension and is added to the Squad.

 

buildbase fa vase logoUncharted Waters - 22 September

Clanfield 85 break new ground when they visit Ampthill Town in the Second Round Qualifying of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Their hosts play in Division One of The Spartan South Midland League and demolished Division One West New College Academy Swindon 10-0 in the previous round. Ampthill have had a good start to the season and head the league table with one defeat in seven games. The Robins will again have to make changes to their squad for this game.Mike Duerden has left the Club whilst Lee Toomey is taking a break from football. Karl Roberts is doubtful due to work commitments whilst Luke Cooper is away and Frankie Cato continues to serve a suspension. Zac Oliver and Jozef Fullerton return and Aaron Morton is added to the squad.The fixture may also see Jack Kennedy play his last game for the Club as the popular wide man has taken up a new position as a youth coach with Birmingham City Academy.

 

First Away Game Of Season - 15 September

Clanfield 85 face what is always a difficult trip to Petersfield Park to play Cheltenham Saracens in Division One West tomorrow.

This will be the Robins first away fixture of the season following four successive home league fixtures and a home tie in the Buildbase FA Vase last Saturday.

There will again be changes to the line up. Frankie Cato is suspended after a misdemeanour in a Youth Team match last season. Luke Cooper and Jozef Fullerton are away, whilst Karl Roberts has work commitments. On the credit side skipper Adam Pendell has returned from holiday and Callum Davies is back following injury and a successful outing in the Development Team last weekend.

 

buildbase fa vase logoBack In The Vase - 8 April

Clanfield 85 will take part in the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time since season 2012/13 when they entertain Holmer Green from the Spartan South-Midlands League Premier Division in the First Qualifying Round.

The Robins had been rejected by the Competition due to ground grading issues but a lengthy campaign of hard work by volunteer Club Officials has seen the Ground Grading restored and the Club accepted once again into the Vase draw for this season.Writing in his Programme Notes for the match Manager Peter Osborne has thanked the Club Officials and Volunteers who have helped achieve the necessary Ground Grading.

“This is our first fixture in the FA Vase since season 2012/13.Our admission this season has been entirely due to the fact that our Ground Grading has been restored to a sufficient level to enable us to compete in FA Competitions.This is what we wanted when we started the ground improvements.We worked hard and if we could be fortunate enough to progress through this Round then that is for the guys who did their bit.I cannot thank those Volunteers enough for enabling the Club to compete at this level.”

Chris Blakely remains on the injured list,Adam Pendell is away and Callum Davies hopes to complete his rehabilitation from an ankle injury with the Development Squad at Moreton Rangers.

 

Clanny Campanologists - 1 September

Once again Clanfield 85 will have to ring the changes for their re-arranged fixture with West Oxfordshire neighbours North Leigh United.

This game was originally due to take place at United’s ground but has been transferred to the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road as North Leigh FC have a home fixture against Biggleswade Town in the Emirates FA Cup which takes precedence.

Chris Blakely remains on the injured list,Karl Roberts has work commitments,Mike Duerden is on holiday and Zac Oliver is not available.Frankie Cato,Callum Miller and Peter McGunigall return to the Squad whilst International Clearance has at long last come through for Jack Payne.Teenager Callum Davies who was injured in a Pre-season Friendly at AFC Stoneham seven weeks ago played for an hour in a Youth Team friendly on Thursday evening and will continue his return to fitness with the Robins Development Team who are away to Highworth Town Reserves.

 

Selection Conumdrums - 24 August

Clanfield 85 will again be missing a number of players when they entertain Woodstock Town for Saturday’s Uhlsport Hellenic League One West game.

Chris Blakely and Callum Davies are both injured, Frankie Cato, Mike Duerden and Peter McGunnigal have personal commitments. The club is awaiting International Clearance for Jack Payne. Craig Kent will face a late fitness test after being injured late in the game against Tytherington Rocks last Saturday.

On the credit side goalkeeper Mike Bawn returns after serving a one match suspension and Karl Roberts returns after work commitments saw him miss last weekends match. Assistant Player Manager Jamie Butt, Callum Miller and teenagers Aaron Morton and Jack Smith are added to the Squad.
 
Clanfield Squad - Bawn; Bearne; Moore; Kent; Pendell; Cooper; Toomey; Fullerton; Oliver; Kennedy; Roberts; Miller; Hiscock; Butt;Morton; Smith

 

Changes To Starting 11 - 17 August

Clanfield 85 will need to make a number of changes to their starting line-up for their home match with Tytherington Rocks in Division One West.

Goalkeeper Mike Bawn serves a one game suspension following a sending off in a Faringdon Thursday Memorial Cup tie,Karl Roberts has work commitments,Callum Miller is away,Chris Blakely is injured and the Club await International Clearance for Jack Payne.

Teenager Callum Davies underwent a midweek fitness test but has not recovered from an ankle injury sustained in Pre-season. Chris Brain will deputise for Bawn whilst Ryan Moore unable to play last weekend due to registration difficulties,Mike Duerden and newcomer Peter McGunnigal are added to the the Squad.

CLANFIELD 85(from);
Brain;Bearne;Kent;Pendell;Moore;Fullerton;;Cooper;Cato;Oliver;Duerden;Hiscock;Toomey;Kennedy;McGunnigall;Butt

 

Twice Is Not Enough - 1 August

Two Clubs who will meet each other at least twice in Uhlsport Hellenic League competition this season will also meet in a Pre-Season friendly but this time at Under 18 level.

Clanfield 85 are continuing their active youth development programme this season and a number of their Allied Counties Youth League squad played at First Team level last season with the expectation that the Development Squad will in the main consist of the young players from the Youth Squad this season. Similarly New College Academy Swindon have for a number of years given young players the pathway into Hellenic League football and beyond with excellent development and coaching skills. The two Clubs will meet at Clanfield’s UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road on Wednesday evening kick off 7-45pm.Spectators will be very welcome.

The young Robins presently have two other quality pre-season matches arranged both at home. On August 10th Rushden and Diamonds will provide the opposition whilst on August 24th Oxford United Academy will be the visitors. Both games are due to kick off at 7-45pm and again spectators will be very welcome.

North Leigh v Clanfield 85 Final - 28 July

The Clanfield 85 FC Jim Newman Memorial Cup Final on Sunday July 30th will be an all West Oxfordshire affair following the well supported semifinals this week.

On Wednesday evening North Leigh United beat fellow Division One West team FC Kidlington1-0 with a very late goal.

Then on Thursday Clanfield 85 progressed at the expense of Division One East Didcot Town Reserves.This match was drawn 3-3 after ninety minutes with the host Club proceeding following a penalty shootout.

The final is scheduled for the UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road Clanfield on Sunday kick-off 3-00pm and spectators will be very welcome.

 

Jim Newman Trophy Update - 24 July

Four well contested matches took place over the weekend in the Jim Newman Memorial Trophy competition.

Saturday saw Didcot Town Reserves edge out Shrivenham 1-0. whilst holders Carterton were defeated 3-1 by FC Kidlington. On Sunday Abingdon United and North Leigh United drew 0-0 with North Leigh winning the penalty shootout. In the second game hosts Clanfield 85 edged out Purton 2-0

The Semifinals will take place this week. Wednesday night FC Kidlington will meet Division One West counterparts North Leigh United. Then on Thursday it will be a One East/West encounter with Didcot Town Reserves competing against tournament hosts Clanfield 85.

Both games take place at Radcot Road kick off 7-30pm. The final will be played at Radcot Road on Sunday July 30 KO 3-00pm.

Jim Newman Trophy At Clanfield - 20 July

There should be a feast of football at The UK Building Plastics Direct Arena Radcot Road Clanfield over the forthcoming weekend when the First Round matches in the Clanfield 85 annual Jim Newman Memorial Cup get under way on Saturday and Sunday.

All matches in the competition are played at Radcot Road.The Trophy was donated to the Club by the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim Newman stalwarts of the Club who lost their lives in a motor accident and has become a regular and popular feature in pre-season football. Seven of the eight competing Clubs are members of the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

The action gets under way on Saturday when Division One West Shrivenham take on Division One East Didcot Town Reserves at 2-00pm followed at 5-00pm by Carterton from Division Two West and AFC Kidlington newly promoted to Division One West. Then on Sunday newly promoted to Premier Division Abingdon United meet Division One West North Leigh United and at 5-00pm the host club from Division One West will take on former rivals Purton who this season will ply their trade in the Wiltshere County Senior League.

The Semi-finals will be played on Wednesday and Thursday 26 and 27 July (7-30pm) with the Final on Sunday July 30th kick-off 3-00pm.

 

Robins Development Team Appointment - 10 July

conor olphert hellenic leagueConor Olphert has been appointed to manage the Clanfield 85 Development Team for the forthcoming season after Neil Lee decided that his future lay with former Division One West Club Purton.

Lee had arranged for his Assistants to be John-Paul Hannaway and Lewis Cuss and originally both had agreed to take on the job but circumstances now dictate that neither will be able to take up the positions to which they were appointed.

Club Chairman Peter Osborne explained; “The original plan was that JP and Lewis would assist Neil Lee in running our Development Squad. However Neil Lee having agreed to take the post decided that his managerial future lay elsewhere. At that stage and with Pre-season imminent we asked JP and Lewis to take the job on but both have personal and family commitments and both feel unable to commit to the job as they would wish to do and as the importance of the position requires. Conor (pictured) knows the Club well. His playing career was cruelly cut short by injury but he remained with us. This is a good appointment. He understands the Club and what we are trying to achieve with the young players and has been involved with the players including the Allied Counties Under 18 team for the past three seasons as part of our Physio Team.”

Olphert himself is looking forward to the challenge; “When I was asked if I would be interested in managing the Development Team I realised that this was an opportunity that I could not turn down. I have been to all of the Pre-season training sessions as part of my physio duties and I was very impressed with the amount of talented young players that were coming through our Youth teams.I have worked with most of the lads having been part of the Allied Counties physio team so I know how good and ambitious this group of players are. This is my first managerial appointment so this season will also be part of my development from a managerial and coaching perspective. I will be looking to work closely with Peter Osborne,Martin Staddon and Jamie Butt from the First Team and Alan Heritage and Stuart Savin from the Under 18’stogether with Dave Hunt bouncing ideas off them and putting strategies in place to benefit the young players we have at the Club. I intend to finalise my Management team and confirm friendlies in the next week or so.”

 

Summer U18 Tournament - 3 July

Clanfield 85 invite teams to their U18 six-a-side tournament to be held at Radcot Road, Clanfield on Sunday 3 September 2017.

Each club will be entitled to enter two teams with a maximum of eight players per team for a six a side format, with an entry fee of £35.00 per team.

Download full details and entry forms - Clanfield U18 Tournament

 

Clanfield 85 Pre-Season Training - 15 June

Division One West Clanfield 85 will begin pre-season training next Tuesday June 20, then every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter with pre-season matches starting on July 1st.

The initial sessions will be at Bampton Recreation ground starting at 7:00pm sharp. Players old and new will be very welcome to attend. The Clubs Development side will play in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two West and the Under 18 Team in the Allied Counties Youth League

 

Jim Newman Trophy Draw - 12 June

The draw for the Jim Newman Trophy pre-season tournament has been made.

All games played at Clanfield 85's ground at Radcot Road Clanfield.

Saturday 22 July   
Game 1 2pm Kick Off
Shrivenham v Didcot Town Reserves         
Game 2 5pm Kick Off
Carterton v Kidlington Reserves

Sunday 23 July   
Game 3 2pm Kick Off
Abingdon United v North Leigh  United
Game 4 5pm Kick Off
Purton v Clanfield 85

Wednesday 26 July
Semi-Final 7:30pm Kick Off
Winner 2 v Winner 3

Thursday 27 July 
Semi-Final 7:30pm Kick Off
Winner 1 v Winner 4

Final Sunday 30 July 3:00pm Kick Off

Jim Newman Trophy - 6 June

 

Now Taken - 6 June 12.00pm

Clanfield are looking for one more team to take part in this years Jim Newman Tournament.

All fixtures to be played at Clanfield’s Radcot Road ground, the dates of the matches are as follows

Saturday 22 July  2 Matches
Sunday 23 July  2 Matches
Semi-Finals   Wednesday  &  Thursday   26 &  27  July
Final Sunday  30 July

Please contact John Osborne on 01993 771631 or email  john_osborne6@sky.com

Change At Clanfield Reserves - 3 June

The Clanfield 85 Development Team has advised the original selection for team management for the 17/18 season has changed.

John-Paul Hannaway has been appointed Manager of Clanfield 85 FC Development Team with Lewis Cuss as his Assistant, after being informed that Neil Lee, only recently appointed as Joint Manager with Hannaway, has taken up the managers position at former Division One West club Purton.

 

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