Back To Their Best - 20 March
Gareth Davies believes Fairford are back to their best after they picked up an emphatic 11-0 win over Woodstock Town.
Seven days earlier, Davies was left disappointed as his One West troops had to settle for a point following a 1-1 draw with Shrivenham. That wasn’t the case this week, though, as Ryan Stanners netted four goals, while Jason Milhench also chipped in with a hat-trick. Matt Boucher, Nathan Blackford and Sam Mepham completed the scoring as the hosts took another stride towards the Hellenic League Division One title.
“We’ve given the players a target to win as many games as they can. We would like to win every game from now until the end of the season,” said Davies. “Over the last couple of weeks, we haven’t been at our best. We need to put some results together and to be fair, I think they did very well on Saturday.
Last week, we didn’t take our chances when we got them but this weekend, we did thatt very well.”
The Fairford boss was also glad to see Stanners, who has joined from Premier Division side Higworth Town, get off the mark with an impressive four-goal haul.“He’s been a bit unlucky in the last few weeks. Being sent off last week didn’t help but I thought he was absolutely outstanding,” added Davies. “He’s played at a good level of football and you could see that. Two of his goals were superb.”
The win means Fairford are now 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Hook Norton, who have two games in hand.
Consistency Key - 10 March
Gareth Davies believes consistency is the key as his One West Fairford side host Shrivenham at the weekend.
The Division One West leaders were due to play Oxford City Development in the Supplementary Cup on Tuesday night but that fixture fell victim to the weather. This means Fairford will be fresh going into Saturday’s game, while Shrivenham did manage to play in the week, recording a 4-0 league win over Woodstock Town. With just seven league fixtures remaining and his side sitting at the top of the table, Davies sees no reason why he should change a winning formula.
“We are just going to treat it as another game, we won’t change our preparation. We trained on Tuesday and to be fair the boys, looked sharp,” said Davies in the Swindon Avertiser. “I think they are looking forward to the weekend. We’ll do what we always do and try to get three points. They have had a week’s rest so they will go into the game fairly fresh and the strength in depth we have at the moment is very good. It’s probably the strongest squad we have had, everyone wants to play and it is a headache for me.” Davies has also added Ryan Stanners to his squad, with the winger arriving from Hellenic Premier side Highworth Town.
After making his debut in last week’s 2-0 win over Swindon New College, Davies is delighted with his latest recruit. “I think he had a bit of a falling out with the manager at Highworth and obviously Ryan wasn’t playing, he was happy to come here,” he added. “He started last week and was superb. I think it would be a massive shame if he wasn’t playing. At the end of the day, he will improve anyone’s squad.”
10 Points Clear - 6 March
Fairford Town manager Gareth Davies was full of praise for their New College Swindon counterparts as they made his side fight for all three points in the local derby.
Matthew Edwards writes in the Swindon Advertiser. In wet and windy conditions at Supermarine Rugby Club, Matt Cosnett's side set up with a game plan of stifling the Division One West leaders. It was a ploy that worked for the opening half an hour but Davies' side remained patient and their breakthrough came in the 39th minute when Jason Milhench collected the ball on the edge of the box before sliding it under the body of the on-rushing College keeper. The hosts failed to drop their heads and there were some anxious moments for the league leaders before top scorer Lee Smith finished off a good team goal to wrap up the three points in the 90th minute.
"I thought New College obviously had a plan and I thought they did really well," said Davies, whose side now have a 10-point gap at the summit, with seven league games remaining. "They defended in numbers and made it difficult for us. With the weather, it was not a pretty sight and we had to be patient and bide our time and when the weather started to turn, we knew we had to take our chance. Jason took his goal very well in the first half and after we got the first one, we just relaxed a little bit. "We did okay in the second half and we got the second goal and that just killed the game off. At this stage of the season, we're not too fussed about the performance - I will take winning ugly, even if it comes off someone's backside. Everybody wants to beat you when you are at the top and a lot of the time, you have to be patient. They will always create something and when we do create chances, nine times out of 10, we take them. It's about having our heads down and getting the results at this stage."
Football Guest Speaker - 22 February
Fairford Town will host a meeting of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club on Thursday 23 February, with former Swindon Town CEO Nick Watkins the guest speaker.
Nick is a highly experienced business leader with a very varied professional background, combining successful careers in the media, leisure and sports industries with a number of years spent in the world of senior executive search, senior executive coaching and strategy management.
He is an Advisor to Leaders Matter Limited, a senior executive search and specialist advisory firm primarily operating within the family businesses and venture capital arena. He is also a member of the Prudential Insurance Coaching Faculty and a Board member of the Excalibur Academies Trust. He regularly delivers talks on career planning and career management.
The evening starts at 7.30pm with representatives from Hellenic Clubs welcome to attend as guests of Fairford Town FC. Please email Committee Member Chris Tanner via email@example.com to confirm your place.
Increase Advantage? - 17 February
One West leaders Fairford Town will be looking to increase their advantage at the top of the table when they go to eighth-placed North Leigh.
Gareth Davies’ men, who are unbeaten in their last six outings, thrashed their Oxfordshire counterparts 5-0 earlier in the season, and while third-placed Hook Norton aren’t in action, Fairford will be hoping for a favour from New College, who travel to second-placed Cirencester Town Development.
Top Of The Division Clash - 10 February
Fairford Town face a defining game in their season this weekend, at Hook Norton, as the top two in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West meet at The Bourne.
Gareth Davies’ side travel to Oxfordshire with a four-point cushion over Hook Norton at the summit but know a win is important if they are to get a stranglehold on the title, with the hosts having two games in hand. Fairford have had the luxury of a full week to prepare for the tie, while Hooky were in Oxfordshire Senior Cup action on Tuesday – a game they lost 3-0 away at Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United – but Davies is trying to downplay the importance of the top-of-the-table clash.
“It has got the potential to be quite a big one,” said Davies in the Swindon Advertiser.“I obviously don’t want to big it up too much because I don’t want to put pressure on the lads. Everybody knows it has the potential to be a big one but we have to go there with our game heads on and do the right things in the right areas. It would be nice to come away with something. Going there and not getting beaten is the key, we’ve got to try and get something from the game. We try and get something from every game, to be fair. I just think if we go there and do the right things, we’ll be OK.”
Fairford will be without Lee Smith, who cut his foot open last weekend, for the trip, while Scott Chilcott (broken nose) and Nathan Blackford (groin) will also be sidelined. Luke Cordery returned from a hamstring injury last weekend to boost Fairford and while tomorrow’s game may have a big say in which way the title goes, Davies believes there are more sides than just those meeting in Oxfordshire still in the chase.
“I think Abingdon are the best side we have played this year,” he added, with Abingdon 11 points off the pace but also having two games in hand over the Cinder Lane side. “They are a very good side and I was impressed by them. Hook Norton have got to go to them as well, so it is setting up quite nicely and I think it will be a very interesting run-in. I can’t grumble with where we are in the league at this moment in time. We’ve got a lot of cup games to play as well, so there is lots to play for on all fronts. I think it is good for the lads as well because they deserve a bit of success but we have got to do it in the part of the season where it counts.”
Pitching In - 6 January
Fairford Town’s playing surface received a boost today with a visit from FA pitch advisors as part of the national Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP).
Organised by the Gloucestershire FA, the visit saw FTFC Groundsman Martin Radway, President Mike Tanner and Secretary Bill Beach discuss the pitch with visiting delegates as well as possible improvements.
In 2016 The FA launched an £8 million commitment to improve football pitches across the country over the next four years. The Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) will deliver improvements to more than 2,000 grass pitches. The FA facilities & Investment team works in partnership with the Institute of Groundsmanship to develop a grass pitch maintenance service which can be utilised by grassroots football clubs, with the simple aim of improving the quality of grass pitches.
Fairford Town FC is proud of the Cinder Lane playing surface and once again wish to thank Groundsman Martin Radway for his countless hours of care and attention in managing what is one of the best pitches in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
Take Nothing For Granted - 6 January
Fairford Town manager Gareth Davies says that his title-chasing side cannot take Abingdon United for granted.
The second placed team in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West welcome the Oxfordshire outfit to Cinder Lane tomorrow with Davies impressed with what Abingdon have done this campaign. But with Fairford fully focused on top spot they won’t be any time for pleasantries.
“Abingdon have been quietly going about their business and sneaking up the table,” Davies said in the Swindon Advertiser. “But we got a good result against Purton on Saturday and that is something we must build on.”
However, the Cinder Lane chief is likely to be forced into making at least two changes to his starting XI tomorrow with Luke Cordery and Sean Wood limping off during that 5-3 success over Purton at the weekend. Luke had to come off quite early, he picked up a hamstring problem and we are just waiting to find out how bad it is,” Davies said. “Sean, I’m gutted for him. He’s just come back from a long-term injury and came to us to get some games under his belt and now his damaged his ankle ligaments. To have Sean in our dressing room is great for our players, he is used to playing at a higher level with Evesham United in the Evo-Stik Southern League and you can see his quality and now he is injured again.”
Jason Milhench is set to return for Fairford after his missed the festive period through suspension. While Davies will be looking to secure three points against Abingdon, he will be hoping that struggling Cheltenham Saracens can spring a surprise on leaders Hook Norton tomorrow.
Fairford beat Saracens 17-0 before Christmas, however, an influx of new blood at Peterfield Park has seen them claim draws with Purton and Cirencester Town Development. “I’m glad we played them when we did,” said Davies. “They have got some new players and are picking up a couple of results. Hook Norton are going to have it all their own way and we play them on February 11 – that is going to be a huge match in terms of what happens this season.”
Reds' Ready For Busy January Schedule - 4 January
Fairford Town face six fixtures this month with four league games and two cup quarter-finals in prospect.
On Saturday fellow promotion chasers Abingdon United head to Cinder Lane for what looks set to be an enticing contest, with kick-off at 3pm.
Then three days later Chipping Sodbury Town come to Fairford for the GFA Trophy Quarter-Final tie (7.45pm).
A return to league duty falls on Saturday 14th January with a local derby against mid-table side Clanfield (3pm)
There is further cup action with another Quarter-Final fixture on Tuesday 17th January as Hellenic Premier Division high-flyers Flackwell Heath are the visitors in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup Quarter-Final.
The busy month will come to a close with a brace of away league fixtures at Milton United on Saturday 21st January before the trip to Easington Sports on Saturday 28th with kick-off at the earlier time of 2.15pm.
Big Response To Loss Required - 30 December
Fairford Town’s Gareth Davies is looking for a big response from his side when they make the short trip to Purton tomorrow (K.O. 12pm).
The Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West high-flyers slumped to a shock 1-0 loss at lowly Letcombe on Bank Holiday Tuesday to end to their 12-match unbeaten run.
Michael Reeves writes in the Swindon Advertiser that the Cinder Lane chief slammed that performance as ‘toothless’ and has vowed that will not happen again. “If we play like we did at Letcombe then we will get turned over, but that won’t happen, we won’t allow it,” Davies said.“We know that we have got another tough game and they will be right up for it.”
The defeat at Letcombe on Tuesday left Fairford, who have two games in hand, trailing leaders Hook Norton by eight points. While the display was disappointing, Davies is not going to let it get him, or his players too down beat. “It’s not the end of the world, although I was feeling pretty down after the Letcombe game,” the Fairford manager said. “What we have to do now is focus on our next game – which is Purton. The players are aware they can’t play like that again, we just have to move on because there is still plenty of football to be played. We know that we have got another tough game and they will be right up for it.”
Festive Football With Fairford - 19 December
Fairford Town have played their final home game of 2016, with two away dates remaining over the festive period.
Next up is the trip to Letcombe on Tuesday 27th December with a 2pm kick-off for the Division One West. Supporters attending the game are encouraged to make a pre-match stop at The Fox at Denchworth - who are groundboard sponsors at Cinder Lane.
On New Year's Eve the Reds make the short trip to Purton for the final game of 2016, with kick-off at the earlier time of 12pm.
The first game of 2017 take place on Saturday 7th January with Abingdon United the visitors to Cinder Lane (3pm).
Then on Tuesday 10th January the GFA Challenge Trophy Quarter-Final tie with Chipping Sodbury takes place at Cinder Lane (7.45pm).
Reserve Team Fixtures
The reserves have a break until Saturday 7th January when they travel to Hook Norton (2.15pm) then another away trip on Tuesday 10th January (7.45pm) at Clanfield.
Red's Ready To Go - 8 December
Fairford Town are back in action this Saturday, when they travel to Cheltenham Saracens, two weeks after their last competitive action.
There is good news to report as Luke Cordery is available again following suspension and Jason Milhench has returned to the club following a brief spell at Cirencester Town. Jack Ellis (knee) continues his recovery but the rest of the squad are available with plenty of selection options for the manager. Dan Drewett is also back in contention after featuring for the reserves last weekend following injury.
It’s been a tough few months for the hosts who go into the game in 13th position with three wins from 16 games so far. Their goal difference was not helped by a 12-0 defeat to Abingdon United last Saturday so no doubt they will look for an improved defensive effort this time around.
Fairford Town’s last game was a 3-1 win at Bristol Telephones in the GFA Trophy on Saturday 26th November, whilst Cheltenham were 3-1 winners at home to Woodstock on the same afternoon.
Last Minute Leveller - 21 November
Uhlsport Hellenic One West Fairford grabbed a point with the skin of their teeth, a goal on the last minute to earn a draw against Purton.
Manager Gareth Davies was unhappy with his team’s performance and described it as a bad day at the office for the Hellenic Division One West league leaders.
“In spells of the game when we were dominating possession, they’d just seem to get a goal as we were getting on top which flattened us out a little bit,” said the Fairford manager. “Too many of our lads weren’t at the races. Fair play to Purton they came and they had a plan - a point is a point. At the end of the day we didn’t get beat, we didn’t give up and that is the only positive I can take out of it.”
Davies also feels that his side need reminding they will have to roll up their sleeves at some point this season despite their dominant start to the campaign. “When we have been beating teams by five or six I don’t think it has really done us any favours we’ve not really had a game,” he added. “Purton was a game we had to be up for it and too many of our players weren’t at the races and we needed everybody at it. When you’re top of the pile you are there to be shot at and you have to deal with it. It is what it is.”
Debut Hat Trick For Cox - 31 October
Levi Cox transferred Uhlsport Hellenic League sides on Friday and marked his first Fairford appearance with a hat-trick.
The new signing’s goals came just a day after his switch from Division One West neighbours Shrivenham. His three timer was scored in the second half of the away game at Wooodstock Town, with Fairford winning eight goals to one.
Commenting on the game Gareth Davies said. "It’s three more points. I thought we were poor in the first half and it definitely wasn’t our greatest performance. I think we underestimated our opponents and it almost bit us in the bum. We had a little discussion at half-time and then it was a different set of players in the second half. Levi has come in and scored a hat-trick - that is what he is there to do. Three goals isn’t a bad return on your debut."
Can’t Dwell On Vase - 28 October
Fairford Town boss Gareth Davies wants his team to forget about last week’s first round Buildbase FA Vase exit when they travel to Woodstock Town tomorrow.
Last time out, an early slip-up cost Davies’ side as they lost 2-1 at home to Andover Town but the Fairford manager is now looking for a reaction from his players. “We can’t dwell on the Vase game. We have got Woodstock next and we just need to draw a line under it and get on with it. It’s done and it’s gone, and we just look forward to the next game,” said manager Davies. “We said to the players after that game: ‘We have been scoring lots of goals but not every team is going to roll over for you. It’s not going to happen like that. You’ve got to roll your sleeves up. Some teams are going to frustrate you and you need to bide your time’.”
Despite that, Davies doesn’t want his team to get complacent as he knows they will still have to win ugly. The Cinder Lane boss said: “It doesn’t matter whether it’s against top-of-the-league or bottom-of-the-league. The performance has to be good enough. The players have set the standard now and they need to adhere to that. It’s just about going out and being professional and getting the points on the board. At times this season, we’ve been outstanding but sometimes, you have to win ugly. The most important thing is that it’s about going out and doing the job.”
This weekend’s game presents the perfect chance for Fairford to get back into the swing of things as they could return to the top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One table. Davies’ side currently sit second in the league, two points behind leaders Hook Norton, who have amassed 27 points from their opening 10 games.
Confident Davies - 21 October
Gareth Davies is confident that his Fairford Town team will be able to mix it with higher-level opposition this weekend as they aim to match their best-ever performance in the Buildbase FA Vase.
Davies’ Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West table-toppers roll out the red carpet at Cinder Lane for Andover Town, who play in the Premier Division of the Wessex League, in the first round proper tomorrow.
The second round is the furthest Fairford have ever progressed in the Vase – they have reached that stage six times, most recently in the 2003-04 season – and having seen his team lose 2-1 to local rivals Highworth Town before beating Longlevens 4-1 in cup competition earlier this month, manager Davies is sure that his troops have what it takes to hand Andover a shock.
“The Vase is big. You always want to do well in it and you only have to look at what Highworth did (reaching the semi-finals in 2014-15) to see that it is doable,” said the Fairford boss in the Swindon Advertiser. “We’ve played teams from a higher level already this season and the games against Highworth and Longlevens have given us a yardstick as to where we are as a team – they’ve shown that we’re not a million miles away. It’s going to be tough but we’re just concentrating on ourselves. We like to think that we’d give most teams a game.”
Derby Night at Fairford - 4 October
Fairford Town host local rivals Highworth Town in the opening round of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic Challenge Cup this evening (7.45pm).
The two teams last met in the same competition in October 2015, with the Reds going through 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw following extra-time. Dan Drewett and Nathan Blackford both played for the Worthians in that tie, but could face their former club tonight after a summer switch to Cinder Lane.
Fairford go into the encounter unbeaten in nine games whilst Highworth are on the rise under new boss Jeff Roberts with a four-game unbeaten spell.
It's all set to be a cracking encounter with all support welcome at Cinder Lane. Parking is free and plentiful with Adult tickets £5, U16s FREE and Concessions £2. A full programme will be available, priced at £1 and the clubhouse will be open from 6.30pm.
Free Travel For Fairford's FA Vase Tie - 22 September
Free return travel is being offered to Fairford Town supporters wishing to attend Saturday's Buildbase FA Vase second qualifying round tie at Fleet Spurs.
Leaving from Cinder Lane at 11am, the team coach will travel to and from the game with supporters welcome to lend their support by attending.
The Reds reached the second qualifying round thanks to a dramatic 3-2 win over Chipping Sodbury.
Notice is hereby given that the 2016 annual general meeting of the company will be held at Cinder Lane on Wednesday 28th September, 7pm. Any member of Fairford Town FC is welcome to attend.
Historic Night For Fairford - 14 September
Fairford Town fielded an Under 18's side for the very first time on Tuesday night, with a Wiltshire Senior League Under 18 Floodlit Division fixture against Calne Town.
It was an entertaining affair with four goals shared as the Reds went into a 2-0 first half lead. Blake Hutchins scored the first with a cross come shot that sneaked in at the back post 1-0 with 13 on the clock.
Hutchins then hammered in a long range effort into the top corner with 24 minutes played before the Wiltshire side got a goal back before the break. Calne equalised with a bullet header from a corner to earn a share of the spoils.
The youngsters will face the likes of Calne, Chippenham, Melksham, New College and Royal Wootton Bassett in the Northern Floodlit Division this season.
The next fixture is Wednesday 21st September against Melksham at Cinder Lane, with a 7.30pm kick-off and all support welcome with the clubhouse open beforehand, at half-time and post-match.
Locking Horns With The Sod's - 9 September
Gareth Davies hopes that Fairford have discovered their gritty streak as they prepare to lock horns with Chipping Sodbury Town in the Buildbase FA Vase tomorrow.
Fairford have been in free-scoring form so far this season – their +21 goal difference in the Hellenic League Division One West alone is testament to that – but on Tuesday, they were forced to pull up their socks and haul themselves to a 2-1 Floodlit Cup victory at Abingdon United.
Davies believes that the Abingdon challenge was the perfect way to prepare his troops for a meeting with the Sods, who won the Toolstation League First Division last term. His team will be in for a testing physical battle on Saturday and has his fingers crossed that those in red will be ready to dig deep in the Vase.
“Their manager, Gary Powell, used to be the manager of Tytherington Rocks and I think they’re going to be full of big, physical and strong lads – it’ll be a battle,” said Davies. “The lads have been a joy to watch early on this season but we need to realise that we’re not always going to have things our own way and that’s why I think Tuesday came at the right time for us. We were a goal down and we had to fight back, and do what we had to do, to get the win – hopefully, that opened our eyes a little bit. We’ve had a good start but we’ve said to the lads that they’re not going to win 5-0 every week and we’ve got to be prepared to mix it when we have to.“Fingers crossed, we’re ready to do that on Saturday. It’ll be a tough game for us on Saturday but hopefully we’re ready for it.”
Nathan Blackford is Fairford’s only injury doubt ahead of their first qualifying round tie against the Sods, with the midfielder rated at 50-50 to feature at Cinder Lane. Last season Fairford reached the first round proper of the competition, beating Ardley United and Badshot Lea in the early rounds.
Volunteer Opportunities at Fairford - 24 August
Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer for Uhslport Hellenic Division One West Fairford Town Football Club?
In recent seasons a number of kind hearted people have helped out at Cinder Lane by providing a range of services for free. But although we are well served by a fantastic team of volunteers - we still need to attract more supporters to help us deliver on matchdays as the club continues to grow on and off the pitch.
The more friendly volunteers we can attract the more the work can be shared. Volunteers do not have to be available to work every home match day but if you are able to help out even just a few times a season this would be a great help
Cook - To assist with preparing post-match food for players. Whether for each home game or once a while, any help would be welcome.
Turnstile operators - Turnstile operators are responsible for allowing supporters into the ground in a friendly and efficient manner. They are also responsible for completing the paperwork, accounting for the money taken and delivering it to the clubhouse. Most arrive at 1.45pm and work until shortly after kick off. No-one works every week, and in fact some only work a couple of times a season if the volunteer asks for this.
Handyman - To assist each Monday morning with a variety of jobs around the ground. Would suit a recent retiree looking to join a friendly volunteer team for a few hours a week.
Kit manager - Someone to assist on matchdays with laying out and collecting match kit before and after games. Washing facilities on site and travel provided to away matches.
You may feel you can add value in other ways as an active part of our Committee - if so, we would also love to hear from you.
We would like to invite anyone who can give whatever spare time they may have to assist around the club, particularly on a Saturday and/ or Monday morning. A passion for football is optional!
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the Club then please contact Committee Member Chris Tanner on 07815 579784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No Illusions - 19 August
Gareth Davies is under no illusions that Fairford Town will have to play to their full potential tomorrow if they are to get a result against early Division One West pace-setters Hook Norton.
“They won’t be bad, they beat us twice last season and those goals we conceded effectively cost us third place,” said the Fairford boss in the Swindon Advertiser. “We’ve trained well during the week and we had a good win at the weekend, so we are as prepared as we can be but anything can happen. Everyone is available, we have a pool of around 17 players who are all capable, it’s a headache but a good one to have.”
Bovis Homes Fairford Programme Sponsor - 17 August
Fairford Town are looking to start a successful season of football, and this year is backed by one of the country’s largest house builders.
Bovis Homes has sponsored the town’s 125-year old football club, which plays in Division One West of the Uhlsport Hellenic League, and is rooting for the team which won its first home league game 5-0 against North Leigh on Saturday. The sponsorship deal will see the club’s match day programmes sponsored as well as two advertising boards at the club’s Cinder Lane stadium.
With a history of supporting local communities, Bovis Homes is proud to be joining forces with the football club as it becomes part of the Fairford community with the new Keble Fields development located on the edge of this market town.
Sales Manager, Hayley Ody, said, “Fairford Town FC is such an integral part of the town’s community that we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support the team. We wish them a successful season!”
Fairford Town FC President Mike Tanner said: “We are delighted to be associated with a major housebuilder such as Bovis Homes and it speaks volumes that they are prepared to engage so completely with the local community. The sponsorship is of great help to the club and hopefully will be the start of a long-term partnership.”
The show home at Keble Fields opened in July and can be visited daily between 10am and 5pm. The development is a mixture of three, four and five bedroom properties and has already generated a huge amount of interest from homebuyers in the area, with reservations already made.
To find out more about Keble Fields and Bovis Homes visit www.bovishomes.co.uk
More Signings At Cinder Lane - 22 July
Fairford confirm that three more of last season’s cup-winning squad have agreed to remain at Cinder Lane for the 2016/17 season.
Defenders Steve Hall and Ben Saunders have been joined by striker Lewis Petrie in signing official league registration forms.
Petrie scored three goals in 12 appearances for the first team last term whilst Steve Hall, named Player of the Year, turned in 32 appearances during his most consistent Cinder Lane season to date. Promising young centreback Ben Saunders, the son of former Fairford regular Mark, broke through towards the end of the campaign having been a regular in the second string.
All three are expected to be in action this Saturday when the Reds host Cheltenham Civil Service at Cinder Lane in a pre-season friendly, KO 3pm. The reserves kick-off their own pre-season programme at Hatherop – with kick-off also at 3pm.
£25 Season Tickets On Sale - 22 July
Fairford Town Season Tickets are now available ahead of the new season, in the club's 125th anniversary year, priced at just £25!
It is the second season running that the club have offered Season Tickets. Priced at just £25, they include entry to all first team league games.
The season is not far away with the first home league game on Saturday 13th August against North Leigh, a week after the home FA Cup tie with CB Hounslow.
See fairfordtownfc.co.uk for more details.
Morse Signs Up - 21 July
Division One West Fairford Town have signed former Swindon Supermarine frontman Josh Morse.
The 22-year old scored in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bishops Cleeve and he featured again in the midweek win over Malmesbury Vics.
Fairford committee member Chris Tanner comments. "Morse can play out wide or up front and will provide further competition to an already talented Reds' squad. He joined Supermarine from Cirencester Town in July 2013 where he had come through the Cirencester Academy. He is the son of former Marine midfield player Stuart Morse who was a member of the 1997/98 Hellenic Premier Championship side."
"He was a former a PE Science student at Cirencester College and made his international debut with the national squad of England Colleges Football Association at the annual youth tournament held in Italy in May 2012 and was given the honour of captaining his country. The team emerged victorious in their first match against San Marino, with a 1-0 win, and he received the manager’s MOTM award. Unfortunately they were beaten in the second round against Romania. He also played home and away against the Wales national team."
"Morse has now signed registration forms with Fairford and a warm welcome from everyone at Cinder Lane."
Former Pro at Fairford Training - 15 July
Former Swindon Town striker Sam Parkin oversaw training at Fairford Town on Thursday night.
The experienced frontman, who made over 400 senior appearances during an established professional career, laid on a number of training drills for the squad.
There were also a series of shooting drills for the strikers – who will have benefitted from his years as a pro - passing on his experiences to the club’s aspiring players.
Fairford Town FC would like to thank Sam for giving up his time to attend the session. You’re welcome back anytime!
Parkin is now working in the media for the likes of BBC Wiltshire Chelsea TV and TalkSport after retiring from the professional game in the summer of 2014.
Davies Ready For Fairford Friendly - 12 July
After several weeks of pre-season training, manager Gareth Davies is looking forward to seeing his side return to 90 minutes of match action this evening.
Davies will oversee the Reds' opening warm-up encounter against Cirencester Town tonight. A former Centurion himself, it is an attractive proposition for the Cinder Lane boss. "We are looking forward to the game and we are delighted to have retained 99% of last season's squad. There are a few new faces too and we will use tonight's game to have a look at one or two. Dan Drewett has signed and will be involved, although Sam Ockwell is away on holiday. Tonight should be a good workout against a competitive side. The games will come thick and fast now and it's about getting minutes into the lads as they look to regain their sharpness."
Kick-off is 7.30pm tonight at Cinder Lane. Entry just £2 per Adult, U16s FREE.
Drewett Returns To Fairford - 8 July
Dan Drewett has signed for One West Fairford Town, returning to the club for a second spell.
The talented winger is well known to those at Fairford having started out with the Reds, where he played a number of games under previous manager Paul Braithwaite.
He scored 11 goals in 39 games for Highworth Town during the 2014/15 season before signing for Swindon Supermarine. Last season he scored 9 goals in 40 appearances for the Worthians but has now opted for a return to Cinder Lane.
Drewett can operate out wide or up front and his return will be a welcome boost to the club’s 2016/17 promotion aspirations.
Players Retained - 3 July
Several of Fairford Town’s cup winning 2015/16 squad have already pledged their future to the club.
As of Friday 1 July manager Gareth Davies has already secured the signatures of a host of last season’s squad.
Goalkeeper Ben Mitchell has joined defenders Aaron Dainton and Scott Chilcott at the early sessions whilst in midfield, the long-serving Matt Boucher and last season’s recruit Sam Mepham have both been a part of pre-season training so far along with the likes of Luke Cordery and Jason Milhench.
Strikers Danny Hale and Jack Ellis – who hit 27 goals between them last term – have also put pen to paper. Sam Ockwell is the first new signing of the summer and his registration has been secured. The ball-playing midfielder has previously represented Royal Wootton Bassett Town where was the leading appearance maker and Manager's Player of the Year in 2013/14.
Pre-season training continues on Monday evening at Cinder Lane with a 7pm start.
Charity Quiz - 28 May
Fairford are to hold a QUIZ night in aid of the The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital taking place at Cinder Lane on Saturday 18 June.
The quiz will be hosted by local writer Paul Cornell and will take place at Fairford Town FC with all proceeds going to the charity. Paul, a Fairford resident, has written for television dramas including Elementary, Doctor Who, Casualty and Coronation Street, and has many novels and comics to his name.
Popular Fairford coffee shop 7A have also agreed to support the Quiz Night, supplying a tasty brownie selection box per table.
The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital are Fairford Town FC's chosen Charity of the Year for the 2015/16 season.
Tickets are priced at £8 per person, which will include a one-course hot meal as well as the brownie. Maximum of eight people per team, minimum four.
Book your places by calling Graham Hewitt on 01285 851022. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.