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Long Time No See - 15 August

Henley Town have their first home fixture in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Saturday against Sandhurst Town, the last time they met in league competition was 28 years ago.

Although they first met in the 1924-25 season, in matches where both clubs fielded their first teams, there have been only 13 games in all. Sandhurst have won eight of these compared to Henley’s four, with one match drawn.

The last two encounters between the sides have been in pre-season friendlies, most recently in the season before last, when the Fizzers, with ground advantage, won 2-1. In competitive matches, the clubs’ paths have not crossed since 1989-90, in the days of the Chiltonian League.

Last season Sandhurst finished eighth, but they have been one of the teams backed by some amateur pundits to do well in the new campaign. Though unquestionably doing better than Henley last weekend, the Berkshire club, in view of these optimistic comments, may have been slightly disappointed to go down 3-2 away to Didcot Town Reserves last Saturday, though the winning goal came only a minute before the end.

Despite their unimpressive pre-season, the Red Kites are still finding they have players coveted by other clubs. Even before the big kick-off last weekend, Michael Rundle and Chris Byrne had moved on.


Red Kites Ready - 10 August

Henley Town begin their league programme for the season in Division 1 (East) of the Uhlsport Hellenic League onSaturday when they travel to Penn and Tylers Green for a 3 p.m. kick-off.

For the second year running, an unexpected change of manager in the close season has made the club’s task more difficult. Although the circumstances surrounding the departure of John Laugharne and a number of players were regrettable, it is perhaps worth recalling that new manager Jock Mowat, when acting as caretaker, had more successes on a proportionate basis last season than either his predecessor, Gerry McGinty, or his successor, Robbie Crouch.

It is good to see that a number of new local players have signed Hellenic League forms, but, bearing in mind the large number of cups the team will be involved in in addition to its 26 league matches, more players still appear to be needed.

The Red Kites return to Division One football after a single season in the higher grade. After previous relegations, they have not always found life easy in the lower division, any more than did Wokingham and Emmbrook last season. Of the 14 teams lining up this season in Division 1 (East) only seven, including the Town, were there two years ago. Henley’s opponents range from some, such as Penn, whom they have met many times, to two, Virginia Water and Thame Rangers, who are brand new antagonists.

Above all, Henley could have done with an easy start to their league fixtures to give them more time to get their act together, but they could hardly have been handed a more difficult first few games, especially Saturday’s opening fixture. Penn have won Division 1 (East) in both the previous two seasons but have been denied promotion because of inadequate facilities, most notably the lack of floodlights. They will be keen to prove again that on the field itself they are up to Premier Division standards.

Since they first clashed, in 1973-74, they have met Henley 59 times, the Town having a narrow lead in victories obtained. Two years ago, when the Red Kites finished third, they still found the champions formidable opponents, losing 5-1 away and 3-1 at home. One formerly familiar face at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle, Danny Blatchford, has moved to French School Meadow this season.

 

Seeking Players - 21 July

Henley Town are looking to sign a goalkeeper and an experienced Centre  Back of at least Hellenic League Division One Standard.

If you are  interested in joining the Red Kites please contact Jock Mowat on  07447941730 or Louie Tallett on 07397972304. Players in other  positions are also welcome contact the club. 

 

Red Kite's Update - 29 June

Henley Town’s training dates will move to Tuesday's and Thursday's at 7.00pm from 4 July in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

Both old and new players of Hellenic League Standard (FA level 5 & 6) interested in joining the 'Red Kites' should contact Jock Mowat on 07447 941730 or Louie Tallett on 07397 972304 for more information. The club have an FA Level 5 ground with excellent facilities.

The following pre-season friendly matches have been arranged:
Saturday 15 July - Chalgrove Cavaliers Kick Off 2-30pm Away
Thursday 20 July - Taplow United Kick Off 7.00pm Away
Tuesday 25 July - Hambleden (Stewards Cup) Kick Off 7.00pm Away
Saturday 29 July - Cookham Dean Kick Off 2.30pm
TBA - RAF Benson (Away)

 

Training Starts Tuesday - 24 June

Henley Town's Uhlsport Hellenic League squad start pre-season training at the  Triangle Ground, Mill Lane, Henley on Tuesday 27 June from 6:45pm. 

Both previous and new players of Level 5 or 6 standard are welcome to  attend. 

The Red Kites are also looking for a couple more away pre-season  friendlies if you can accommodate please phone Lawrence Tindell on  07706 136798. 

 

Big Changes At Red Kites - 14 June

Henley Towns Annual General Meeting, held at the clubhouse on Monday 5 June was a well-attended and lively affair. Some major changes were made on the night, while others were then made public.

Kim Chapman, who did not seek re-election as chairman was elected as a life member. He was replaced as Chairman by John Hooper, a former Chairman at AFC Henley. Longstanding Secretary Tony Kingston who has been Club Secretary for 26 years, has often expressed a wish to stand down if a suitable replacement could be found, handed over the reins to Lawrence Tindell. Paul Trimmings will be Secretary of the Thames Valley League team and Ryan Brooks is the secretary of the Sunday team.

The Reserve team will be moving from the Uhlsport Hellenic League into the Thames Valley Premier League, while the Club has decided not to run Youth team in the coming season. Sections of meeting expressed a voice that the First team should also play in the Thames Valley Premier League but no decision was made and this will be decided by the new committee.

As emphasised in the Secretary’s report, the club had experienced an unsuccessful season both on and off the field. The First, Reserve and Youth sides had used a total of 10 different managers in all, so it was hardly surprising that the more stable Sunday team were the only one to gain honours.

Treasurer Geoff Biggs reported that a loss of almost £22,000 had been suffered on the season’s working, although much of this related to expenditure that will not need to be repeated, while any outstanding debts were in the process of being paid off.

Mick Keane was elected vice-chairman, and Geoff Biggs was re-elected as Treasurer. Fred Blackall remains as steward, which has now become a committee post. Also elected to the committee were Paul Trimmings, Craig Trimmings, Trevor Beales, John Wylie, Ron Crook, Kim Tindell, Lawrence Tindell and Paul Sykes. Tony Kingston will added to the committee and be Programme Editor if the Club remain in the Hellenic League

After the formal business of the meeting, two of the club’s trophies were awarded. Fred Blackall gained the Eric Bailey Memorial Cup for the person judged to have done most for the club in the past year, whilst Gary Aulsberry was the player’s player of the year by a vote of his team mates.

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