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sam ockwell hellenic league footballOckwell On Board - 25 July

Sam Ockwell has completed registration forms to remain with Fairford Town for the new 2017/18 season.

The defender made 39 appearances last season, 30 of them as captain, as the Reds stormed to the Division One West title.

Ockwell was the first summer signing of 2016, joining from Toolstation Western League side Corsham. He also lists Royal Wootton Bassett amongst his former clubs, but has now to pen to paper to remain a Red.

Pre-season continues with a trip to face Roman Glass, managed by former Swindon defender Andy Gurney, this Wednesday night at Almondsbury.

 

dan reynolds fairford hellenic football leagueReynolds Signs - 22 July

Dan Reynolds has become the latest player to commit to Fairford Town for the 2017/18 season.

The 20-year old joined the club midway through last season and soon got into his stride, adding a physical presence to the heart of the midfield.

Signed from Highworth Town’s reserves, Reynolds has shown much promise and ended the 2016/17 season with 16 Fairford appearances to his name.

He featured in Thursday night’s home friendly with Cirencester Town and acquitted himself well against higher division opposition. Fairford Town host Oxford United’s Development side this afternoon, 3pm KO and free entry for all supporters.

ben saunders fairford hellenic leagueSaunders Signs Up - 13 July

Ben Saunders has become the latest player to commit to Fairford Town for the 2017/18 season.

Saunders, brought up in Fairford, made a big impression last term in what was something of a breakthrough season for the youngster.

The left-footed defender scored nine goals in 35 first team appearances as the Reds stormed to the Division One West title. And the 23-year old will now step up a level as Fairford return to the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division after a five-year absence. The son of former Fairford defender Mark, Ben has made a bright start to life in the red and white.

Fairford Town host Cirencester Town in a pre-season friendly at Cinder Lane on Thursday 20th July (7.45pm with free entry for all supporters.

 

jody bevan hellenic leagueA First Glimpse - 12 July

Jody Bevan is itching for the new Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division season to start – but knows there is plenty to work on as pre-season continues at a pace.

The 38-year old brings a wealth of experience to the manager’s role – a task he shares with the experienced Chris Smith. Bevan played over 600 games and scored over 250 goals and won four promotions during a stellar Southern League career, serving the likes of Cinderford Town, Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester City, Shortwood United and Cirencester Town.

Bevan and Smith got their first glimpse of Fairford Town match action last Friday night for the 1-1 draw with Shortwood United. “Once we get the lads signed on then roll on the start of August and the start of the season,” he said, speaking to Severn Sport after the pre-season opener. Smudge and I have got involved because this is a very ambitious club. We spoke to Stuart (Pike) and the rest of the committee and these are exciting times. The club have plenty of ideas on and off the pitch and Chris and I want to embrace that and move forward. Hopefully we can make steady progression and we want the players that come here to buy into that ethos and be a part of things.”

Bevan was pleased with what he saw at the Shortwood game, as preparations continue ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ardley United before home warm-up fixtures against Cirencester Town (Thurs 20 July) and Oxford United (Sat 22 July).

“We were fairly pleased with the way Friday went. We used the ball well but there are plenty of things for us to work on. Really it was the first opportunity for Chris and I to see the players in action. The first half was pretty much the majority of last season’s side and in the second half, we gave a few other players a go to have a look at them. Before the game we didn’t give the lads the lads too many instructions as we wanted to see how they coped and what they did. There were a lot of good signs and we have a run of games now to take a look at things further.lee smith hellenic league

The Reds have made their marquee signing of the summer by bringing prolific goal scorer Lee Smith to the club. Smith, not to be confused with player of the same name who turned out for the club last season, played alongside Fairford's new joint-manager Jody Bevan in the Southern League-winning side of Cirencester Town in 2013/14.

Lee moved to Cirencester on loan from Worcester City in January 2012 and then re-joined for the 2013-14 season and helped the Club win the Southern League South & West Division title - scoring 40 goals along the way.

Since then he has played for Hungerford Town and Cinderford Town and helping the Foresters win the South & West title.

 

Fairford Free For All - 5 July

A FREE night out for football fans in Fairford beckons this Friday, as Fairford Town kick-off their pre-season campaign with the visit of Shortwood United.

The Reds, winners of Division One West last season, have a tough line-up of fixtures as they prepare for life in the Premier Division. 

Entry to all pre-season home games is FREE for all supporters, with the bar, kitchen and clubhouse open too.

Friday 7 July – SHORTWOOD UNITED – 7.30pm – Cinder Lane
Thursday 20th July – CIRENCESTER TOWN – 7.45pm – Cinder Lane
Saturday 22nd July – OXFORD UNITED (DEVELOPMENT) – 3pm – Cinder Lane

 

Fairford Training - 7 June

Fairford Town pre-season training will get underway on Tuesday 27th June at Cinder Lane.

The Reds’ squad will gather at Cinder Lane for the first training session under new management of Chris Smith and Jody Bevan.

Players old and new are welcome at the session, with players asked to arrive at 6.30pm ahead of a prompt 7pm start.

Training will take place each Thursday and Tuesday thereafter with a series of pre-season fixtures to be announced shortly.

 
 
 
 
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