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Ray Emmans Celebrates 1000th Hellenic Game - 22 April

ray emmans 1000 game as an hellenic match officialIn August 2005 Hellenic League President Mike Jenkins presented a Long Service Award to Ray Emmans who, at that time, had achieved a 35 year stint as an Hellenic Match Official.

Who was to realise that Ray would continue for, at this time, another twelve seasons and hit his 1000th match appointment in the Hellenic League today.

Reading based referee Ray will be officiating at Wokingham & Emmbrook v Chalfont Wasps, in Division One East. Joining the Hellenic League in 1971 his first game was between Thatcham Town and Burnham, ironically the two teams played each other in fixtures this season 46 years on. Ray has been loyal to the league over the years, officiating in 14 different counties and at hundreds of different clubs.  Ray has maintained a record of all the 2000 plus games he has officiated at, his biggest honours were the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Final between Wycombe Wanderers and Aylesbury United and the FA X1 v the Isthmian League. In addition to his 1000 matches on the Hellenic League, he completed 300 games in 11seasons on the Isthmian League and another 50 plus on the Football Conference, Southern and Football Combination Leagues. Ray was a founder member and officer of the Allied Counties U18’ Youth League where he’s also officiated 500 times. 

Now 68 years young Ray is coming to the twilight of his refereeing career, his commitment working at Reading FC Academy means he can’t referee as often as he would like but he still gets through around 40 games a season. 

WELL DONE RAY – Referee Registration paperwork for the UHL will be out soon so make certain you complete and return for next season.

Brian King, League Chief Executive, joined with Lisa Benn, Referee Development Officer of the Berks & Bucks FA commented, 'Massive congratulations are due to Ray, it is always great to recognise the hard work and dedication referees have shown during their career. Lisa & I would like to thank all those dedicated referees, such as Ray, and last week Andy Davies of Gloucester, for their continued support and commitment to refereeing. Refereeing can be challenging at times, but extremely rewarding, leaving you with a great sense of achievement.'


Windass Guest At Hellenic League Dinner - 20 April

Dean Windass returns to Oxford United as the guest speaker at the 64th Hellenic League Annual Presentation Evening & Dinner at the Kassam Stadium on June 2.

Windass, who's 20 year plus career in football at all levels from non-league to the Premiership, includes playing for the U's between 1998 and 1999, scoring 15 goals in 33 league games in his nine months with the club. His record at Hull City of 236 games scoring 75 times, along with contributing to his hometown team's promotion to the Premier League in 2008, has given him cult status with the Tigers. He scored his last Premier League goal at the age of 39, becoming Hull City's oldest-ever scorer.

Tickets for the evening, including a three course dinner, are £37.50 and can be ordered through any Hellenic League club.


Bluefin Sport Cup Draws - 4 April

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Challenge Cup Semi Final

Highworth Town v Brimscombe & Thrupp
Headington Amateurs v Bracknell Town

Supplementary Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Fairford Town v Henley Town
Tuffley Rovers or Aston Clinton v Thame United
Bicester Town v Penn & Tylers Green
Chalfont Wasps v Ardley United


Funeral Service for Dave King - 3 April

The funeral service for Dave King will take place at the Swindon Crematorium in Kingsdown Road, Swindon at 1:30pm on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

If travelling with the help of SATNAV, the postcode for the crematorium is SN25 6SG

There is no requested style of dress, it is up to individuals to make that decision but Tina, Dave's wife, has said that referees kit, or a Club/Hellenic Polo style shirt or a Hellenic Sweat shirt, or more formal dress are all acceptable.

Peter Cobby, as his football line-manager, has been invited to say a few words about Dave and if anyone has a short but meaningful story about Dave's life as a referee, will they please pass those stories to Peter by Tuesday 4th April at 6pm at petercobby@outlook.com


David King - 25 March

It is with considerable sadness we advise that David King passed away last weekend, it seems he went for a lie down after his match earlier in the day and was discovered by his wife in the bedroom.

Brian King comments. "David was a regular match official on the Uhlsport Hellenic League. Our heartfelt condolence goes out to his family and friends. A post mortem has been organised to discover the cause of his passing. The League will advise of the funeral when it is arranged and known."

"I have received many requests from both clubs and fellow Match Officials asking that a mark of respect be observed prior to UHL matches on Saturday. This may be in the way of a minutes silence or applause as a fitting tribute to a well-respected and popular match official.”


stonehouse town fc badgeStonehouse Gain Permission To Install Floodlights - 24 March

Stonehouse Town have been given planning permission to install floodlights at their Oldends Lane ground.

The ambitious Gloucestershire County League leaders are keen to make the step up to Uhlsport Hellenic League level.

Stonehouse joined the Western League in 1947 and won the Division Two title in 1950/51, finishing sixth in their first season in Division One. The club was known as Stonehouse Freeway until 2007. 

They entered the FA Cup every season  between 1947 and 1975, reaching the second qualifying round on seven occasions.

Subject to having floodlights installed at their Oldends Lane Ground, and passing the FA's Ground G Grading, it is hoped that Stonehouse Town will be confirmed as members of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at the AGM on July 2


Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup 2nd Round - 17 February

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The draw for the second round of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup has been made.

Fixture dates to be allocated.

Aston Clinton v Moreton Rangers
Fairford Town v Oxford City Development
Hook Norton/Shrivenham v Finchampstead
Clanfield v Oxford City Nomads
North Leigh v Royal Wootton Bassett Town
Bicester Town v Shortwood United
Bourton Rovers v Lynch Pin
Wokingham & Emmbrook v Chalfont Wasps/Ascot United
Abingdon Utd v Tuffley Rovers
Cirencester Town Development v Thame United
Wantage Town v Henley Town
Burnham v Penn & Tylers Green
Ardley United v Letcombe
Rayners Lane v Milton Keynes Academy
Milton United v Purton
Tytherington Rocks v New College Swindon


Stonehouse Town Apply For Promotion To Hellenic - 9 January

stonehouse town fc badgethornbury town fc badgeAlong with neighbours and league rivals Thornbury Town, Stonehouse Town have applied for promotion from the Gloucester County League and hope to become members of the Uhlsport Hellenic League for season 2017-2018.

Subject to having floodlights installed at their Oldends Lane Ground, and passing the FA's Ground G Grading, it is hoped that Stonehouse Town will be confirmed as members of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at the summer AGM on July 2.


the fa badgePromotion from Step 5 to 4 - 10 December

The FA Leagues Committee have confirmed the list of applicants for Promotion from Step 5 to 4 of the National League System.

The documentation submitted by each Club will be reviewed in due course and a list passed to the Sanctioning team in relation to the Club License process.

Amongst the 68 clubs stating their intentions, the applicants from the Uhlsport Hellenic League are -
Bracknell Town FC
Flackwell Heath FC
Thame United FC
Thatcham Town FC

By the end of March clubs will be required to ensure their grounds can reach the required standard level, after that it will be down to who comes out top on the field of play.

Bluefin Sport Hellenic Supplementary Challenge Cup - 29 November

The draw was made yesterday for the first round of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic Supplementary Challenge Cup.

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43 clubs were entered in the draw with one outstanding tie in the Challenge Cup between Thatcham Town and Moreton Town scheduled for this evening.

Didcot Town   Henley Town
Abingdon United   AFC Aldermaston
Royal Wootton Bassett Town   Woodley United
New College Swindon   Cheltenham Saracens
Hook Norton   Shrivenham
Stokenchurch   Oxford City Nomads
Lynch Pin Kidlington
Thatcham Town or Moreton Rangers   Faringdon Town
Chalfont Wasps   Ascot United
Ardley United   Woodstock  Town


Hospitality Tables - 13 November

All Match Officials and Club Match Report Forms to end October have now been processed and the club hospitality tables are detailed below indicating the respective position of each team in their Division.
These details were requested by clubs to better understand how they provide hospitality to visiting clubs and Match Officials.

Premier Division
1 Brackley Town Saints
2 Ascot United 
3 Thame United
4 Tuffley Rovers
5 Binfield
6 Ardley United
7 Brimscombe & Thrupp
8 Flackwell Heath
9 Henley Town
10 Longlevens AFC
11 Thatcham Town
12 Lydney Town
13 Highworth Town
14 Oxford City Nomads
15 Royal Wootton Bassett 
16 Burnham
17 Highmoor-Ibis
18 Bracknell Town
Division Ave - 8.82
One East
1 Chalfont Wasps 
2 Bicester Town
3 Holyport
4 Wantage Town 
5 AFC Aldermaston
6 Chinnor
7 Didcot Town 
8 Finchampstead
9 Wokingham & Emmb’
10 Rayners Lane
11 Sandhurst Town
12 Penn & Tylers Green
13 Woodley Town
14 Headington Amateur’s
Division Ave - 8.71
One West
1 Abingdon United
2 Cirencester Town Dev'
3 Shortwood United
4 Milton United
5 New College Swindon
6 Letcombe
7 Easington Sports
8 Fairford Town 
9 Shrivenham
10 Hook Norton
11 North Leigh 
12 Purton
13 Woodstock Town
14 Clanfield 
15 Tytherington Rocks
16 Cheltenham Saracens
Division Ave - 8.82


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Cup Draw's - 9 November

Last night, at Oxord City's Court Farm Place Stadium, the draw was made for the next round's of the four Uhlsport Hellenic League Cup Competitions.

Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup - Round 3
Binfield v Royal Wootton Bass or Sandhurst Town
Bourton Rovers or Brackley Saints v Holyport
Brimscombe & Thrupp v New College Swindon or Chalvey Sport's
Chinnor v Headington Amateurs
Highmoor Ibis v Highworth Town or Oxford City Nomads
Longlevens AFC v Bracknell Town or Shrivenham
Lydney Town v Easington Sports
Thatcham Town or Moreton Rangers v Flackwell Heath

Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup - Round 3
Bracknell Town v Hook Norton
Ascot United v Brimscombe & Thrupp
Fairford Town v Henley Town
Royal Wootton Bassett or Sandhurst Town v Lydney Town
Kidlington Reserves v Oxford City Nomads
Bicester Town v Highworth Town
Thatcham Town v Flackwell Heath
Ardley United v Highmoor-Ibis

Chairman's Challenge Cup - Knockout Round 1
(from teams positioned 1+2 in league based preliminaries)

Bourton Rovers v Flackwell Heath Reserves
Chalvey Sports v Oxford City Nomads Development
Easington Sports Reserves v Kidlington Reserves
Fairford Town Reserves v Penn & Tylers Green Reserves
Hook Norton Reserves v Moreton Rangers
Milton Keynes Academy v Abingdon United Reserves
Sandhurst Town Reserves v Lynch Pin or Stokenchurch
Wokingham & Emmbrook Reserves or Chalfont Wasps v Clanfield 85 Reserves

Veteran's Challenge Cup - Quarter Final Ties
Chinnor A v Old Hooky
North Leigh v Oxford City A
Thame United v AFC Wallingford
Watlington Town v Oxford City

Fixture dates will be published on FA Full Time when allocated.


Bluefin Sport Second Round Draw - 12 October

A first for the Uhlsport Hellenic League was achieved last night when the Second Round draw of the ‘Bluefin Sport’ Challenge Cup was made in public view at a league club.

On Tuesday evening at the Fairford Town v Longlevens GFA Challenge Trophy fixture, which Fairford won 4-1, Stuart Pike, Chairman of Fairford Town FC and Don Rogers, former Swindon Town and Crystal Palace player made the draw.


The draw resulted in the following ties;

Ardley United v Flackwell Heath
Ascot United v Highmoor Ibis
Binfield v Oxford City Development
Bourton Rovers v Brackley Town Saints
Bracknell Town v Shrivenham
Chalfont Wasps v Lydney Town
Chinnor v Didcot Town Reserves
Easington Sports v Thame United
Headington Amateurs v Lynch Pin
Highworth Town v Oxford City Nomads
Holyport v North Leigh Reserves
Longlevens v Rayners Lane
New College Swindon v Chalvey Sports
Royal Wootton Bassett v Cirencester Town Reserves or Sandhurst Town
Thatcham Town v Moreton Rangers
Tuffley Rovers v Brimscombe & Thrupp

Fixture dates will be allocated in due course.


Keeper Available For Development Experience - 11 October

Forest Green Rovers have an 18 year old goalkeeper who is still their college programme but too old now for youth team fixtures.

He regularly trains with the professional goalkeepers at the club and has recently played a handful of games in the Southern League, they are now looking to get him out to experience some more senior football for his development. Ideally they are looking for a medium to long term arrangement to get him regular football. He is based in the Stroud area and does drive and would consider opportunities within reasonable travelling distance from his home. To discuss this further please contact Head of Goalkeeping, Steve Hale on 07711 275526 steve.hale@fgrfc.com


Pre-Season Meeting - 30 July

On Thursday evening the Uhlsport Hellenic League held the annual pre-season General Meeting in the Oxford City clubhouse. Almost all member clubs were represented.

League Chairman Bob Dalling opened the meeting and in conjunction with Brian King went through some of the changes invoked for the 2016-2017 season.

The key-note speaker for the evening was Mark Ives the Head of Judicial Services at the Football Association. Mark presented an update of FA matters since his last visit to an Hellenic meeting in June 2015.

He covered various updates regarding discipline regulations, the ongoing issues regarding the interface between the FA ‘Whole Game’ System and ‘Full Time’ as well as further information regarding changes to the ‘Laws of the Game’ with special reference to the Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO) and the changes in disciplinary action in specific cases.

Prior to the close of the meeting respect was paid to Colin Taylor of Oxford City who passed away recently with a minutes applause to celebrate his life.

Registrations Full Time - 24 July

Club secretaries - Do not be concerned if you do not see player registrations made from 23 July on Full Time, they will all be in place on 2 August.

A confirmation copy of any registration made is automatically sent to you. If you do not receive that confirmation, email the League webmaster who will check that the information has been processed.


League Statement - 18 July

Due to circumstances that have been detailed to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Executive Cheltenham Saracens will not be able to take their place in the Premier Division in season 2016-2017.

Chief Executive Officer Brian King states. "Other avenues have been explored that are within the remit of CR’s and the UHL Management without success. Therefore the Constitution of Divisions for Season 2016-2017 which will see the Premier Division reduced to 19 teams and One West – now 16 and One East 14".

Most of you will be aware of the death of Colin Taylor, Managing Director of Oxford City FC who was found dead at the ‘City Stadium' on Sunday morning. The condolences of the UHL Management and clubs has been passed to Oxford City & Nomads FC at this very sad loss.


Keeper Seeking Gloucester Club - 8 July

Scottish Goalkeeper Gary Shaw, 19, has recently moved to Gloucester and is urgently seeking a new club in the area.

Gary is 6ft 1, in good shape, and has previously played for Clyde, Rangers and Motherwell Youth Teams.

Please email Gary at garyshaw1996@hotmail.co.uk if you would like him to attend training with your team.


FA Full Time/Cup Draws - 4 July

Full Time now shows the constitution of divisions for the 2016/17 season for all divisions apart from the Veterans.

The Cup draws will appear on FT in the next few days, however the details of those drawn are shown below.

Bluefin Sport Hellenic Challenge Cup - Round One
Ascot United, Brimscombe & Thrupp, Flackwell Heath, Thatcham Town received a Bye into 2nd Round

Abingdon United


Ardley United

Aston Clinton


Didcot Town

Bicester Town


North Leigh

Bourton Rovers



Brackley Town Saints


Woodstock  Town



Bracknell  Town

Chalfont Wasps


Wantage Town

Chalvey Sports





Shortwood United

Cirencester Town


Sandhurst Town



New College swindon

Fairford town


Highworth Town

Faringdon Town


Thame  United

Headington Amat's





Penn & Tylers  Green



Cheltenham Sar's

Hook Norton


Rayners Lane




Lynch Pin


AFC Aldermaston

Milton Keynes Acad



Milton United


Easington Sports

Moreton Rangers


Tytherington Rocks

Oxford City Noms



Oxford City Dev


Henley Town

Tokyngton Harvest (Withdrawn)


Royal Wootton Bassett

Tuffley Rovers



Wokingham & Emm


Lydney Town

Woodley Town



Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup - Round One
20 Premier Division Clubs receive a Bye into 2nd Round with Four (4) Numbers not Drawn
Abingdon United v Fairford Town
AFC Aldermaston v Clanfield
Didcot Town v Hook  Norton
North Leigh v Milton United
Rayners Lane v New College Swindon
Sandhurst Town v Woodley Town
Shrivenham v Cirencester Town
Wantage Town v Tytherington Rocks

Awards Dinner - 5 June

The 63rd Annual Presentation Evening of the Uhlsport Hellenic League took place on Friday 3 June at the Kassam Stadium with some 220 people attending.

85% of member clubs had attendee’s present with Penn & Tylers Green FC out in force with a party of over 30 players, managers and club officers present. Casey Bocarro went home a very happy young man as he collected a UHL One East ‘Championship’ medal as well as pocketing a healthy sum from the ‘Charity Heads & Tails’.

Guest speaker for the evening was Chris Sutton, former football professional with Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, part of the renowned 'SAS' partnership of Sutton & Shearer. Chris then went on to play for Chelsea and Celtic amongst others. Comedy entertainment was offered by John Lory who was, unique, to say the least and it seemed a good evening was had by those present with.

Many presentations were made to Champion & Runners-Up clubs as well as individual presentations listed below

  Leading Goal-Scorer  
  Veterans Division One Matthew Leach Wallingford Town  
  Veterans Premier Danny Jordan Thame United  
  Two East Owen Wood Penn & Tylers Green  
  Two West Lee Brooks Moreton Rangers  
  One East Danny Bone Bicester Town  
  One West Jack Sklenar Cheltenham Saracens  
  Premier Anaclet Odhiambo Kidlington  
  Player of the Season
  One East Danny Bone Bicester Town  
  One West Alfie Saunders North Leigh United  
  Premier Lewis Coyle Kidlington  
  Club Linesman Charlie Jones Brimscombe & Thrupp (2nd Season)  
  Respect & Fair Play Award      
  Division One
  Penn & Tylers Green  
  Premier Division   Longlevens  
  Most Hospitable Host Club
  Collated Marks Awarded By Visiting Club  
  Division One   Holyport  
  Premier Division   Ardley United  
  Kidlington Manager Martin Wilkinson and Secretary David Platt receiving the Premier Division Championship Award from Nathan Oyenuga - Uhlsport UK Marketing Director (pictured centre)  
  Roger Wise Bicester Town Secretary receiving One East Runners-up award.   North Leigh Player/Manager Darren McNamara & James Kyberd receive the Veterans Premier Division Award.  
  Wallingford Town AFC Manager Chris Allum & players receive the Veterans Division One Award.  
  Oxford City Nomads Development Manager Paul Mulvany receiving the Division Two West Championship Shield.   Kidlington Secretary David Platt receiving his Premier Division Championship medal  
  Carterton FC Manager Ben Sadler & Coach James Lambert with Secretary Nick Truman receiving the One West Championship Shield  


Emirates FA Cup - 3 June

Club Officials will probably be aware by now that the FA have deigned to commence the ‘Emirates FA Cup’, Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 6 August.

It was anticipated that the Uhlsport Hellenic League season would have started on 13 August but having received the FA fixture schedule late last week, 27 May, discussions have taken place with League Executive Officers and an agreement has been reached that the season will now start before the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA CUP.

This will enable clubs involved to play one competitive league match prior to playing in the nations’ most prestigious and lucrative competition. For those clubs involved in the FA Cup a series of midweek Matches will be scheduled for the previous Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evening, 1 to 3 August. Early notice is being given to allow clubs to re-schedule any possible pre-season matches arranged, or presently being arranged. Fixtures will then continue for all on Saturday August 13 as there may be the need for replays in the midweek.

This is not of any NLS Competitions making, it is due to decisions made by the governing body. Rest assured that the Hellenic Executive have made our feelings known to the governing body in the strongest terms.


FA Draft Club Allocation - 14 May

The Football Association issued the draft list of Clubs that are expected to form the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier & Division One East & West for season 2016-2017 on Thursday evening.

Burnham FC and North Greenford United have been placed in the Premier division with Kidlington FC promoted to SL Central Division. AFC Aldermaston are promoted to Division One from the Thames Valley League and the lateral move requested by Sandhurst Town from the Combined Counties League has been sanctioned by the FA.

It is anticipated that further club movement may occur within the next seven days as a further meeting is to be held on Wednesday 18 May. Bicester Town requested that they remain in One East as negotiations are still ongoing with a possible return to their previous 'Home Ground' in Bicester. Henley Town are promoted from third position in One East as per Competition Rule's.

Step 5 Hellenic (21)
Club From
Ardley United HL P
Ascot United HL P
Binfield HL P
Brackley Town Saints HL P
Bracknell Town HL P
Brimscombe & Thrupp HL P
Burnham SL1SW
Carterton HL 1W
Cheltenham Saracens HL 1W
Flackwell Heath HL P
Henley Town HL 1E
Highmoor Ibis HL P
Highworth Town HL P
Longlevens HL P
Lydney Town HL P
North Greenford United SL1C
Oxford City Nomads HL P
Royal Wootton Bassett HL P
Thame United HL P
Thatcham Town HL P
Tuffley Rovers HL P


Lateral Move


Step 6 Hellenic Divisions
To be allocated by the Hellenic League (29)
Club From
Abingdon United HL P
AFC Aldermaston TVA
Bicester Town HL 1E
Chalfont Wasps HL 1E
Chinnor HL 1E
Cirencester Town Dev HL 1W
Clanfield HL 1W
Didcot Town Reserves HL 1E
Easington Sports HL 1W
Fairford Town HL 1W
Finchampstead HL 1E
Headington Amateurs HL 1E
Holyport HL 1E
Hook Norton HL 1W
Letcombe HL 1W
Milton United HL P
New College Swindon HL 1W
North Leigh United HL 1W
Old Woodstock Town HL 1E
Penn & Tylers Green HL 1E
Purton HL 1W
Rayners Lane HL 1E
Sandhurst Town CCL
Shortwood United Res HL 1W
Shrivenham HL 1W
Tytherington Rocks HL 1W
Wantage Town Reserves HL 1E
Woodley United HL 1E
Wokingham & Emmbrook HL P



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