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Squad Opportunity - 17 August

Holyport visit the GWR Loop Meadow Stadium tomorrow to encounter Didcot Town Development in an Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East contest.

This will be the Railwaymens' first game of the season, whilst Holyport will be looking to get back to winning ways after two narrow defeats of late. To Burnham in the league and Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Emirates FA Cup. Both displays have shown the potential the squad has, and it will be the squad that will be used tomorrow as Deverall, Rapley, Lowther and DeFranco are unavailable for tomorrows game, on the plus side Driffill and Wright both forwards will be back in the squad after last weeks unavailability.

Didcot have always had a technically good young side who will enjoy the surface that The Loop has to offer both sides tomorrow. This will also suit Port who like to get the ball down and play through the side.

Andy Frisky will be leaving for China on Monday as he embarks on a 12-month coaching roles and the club would like to wish Andy the very best of luck with this opportunity.

 

Port Under No Illusions - 10 August

Holyport are under no illusions that tomorrows Emirates FA Cup game against Brimscombe & Thrupp is as tough as they come. A comfortable top six side last season Thrupp are a well drilled and established side that have grown each season.

Last season the two sides met in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup and Holyport managed to come out 1-0 winner on a Tuesday evening in Gloucestershire, it was a battling display – which more of the same will be required tomorrow if Holyport are to see off their FA Cup hoodoo.

The squad has trained well this week with fitness work on Tuesday night and a light session last night (Thursday). The defeat against Burnham last week was not as it seems on paper, after 60 minutes the affects of Tuesday’s Supplementary Cup Final mixed with the heat took their toll and Burnham started to take a foot hold in the game.

Squad: Jake Quelch, Matthew Ensby, Jack Finlinson, Sam Whitfield, Adam Sharp, Chris DeFranco, Steve Deverall, Alan Akerman, Josh Lowther, Charlie Evans, Daniel Rapley, Johnny Feaver, Micheal Davies, Nathan Shamuyarira, Chris Hedges, Lee Ovens, Scott Johnson.

 

Ready For Tough Opener - 4 August

Supplementary Cup Champions Holyport face a tough opening game of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East season with a visit to Burnham. 

Under Paul Shone the side is much changed since we visited last season and defeated Burnham in the Floodlight Cup. To be fair the Holyport side has also seen some additions since that game some of whom will feature this afternoon.

After a good pre season where narrow defeats to Binfield and Ascot occurred a win against Flackwell in midweek has added to the positive mood in the Holyport camp.  The squad had a real togetherness which will be needed throughout the course of the season, starting today.

Holyport will need to have the same work ethic that gained them the Supplementary Cup win on mid week if they are to take anything away from The Gore.

 

Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final - 30 July

Holyport make the trip to Oxford City tomorrow to take on Flackwell Heath in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup Final.

It has been a strange route to the final as Holyport lost in the quarter finals 3-0 to Highworth Town. In the following rounds numerous teams played ineligible players and this saw Holyport reinstated to face Oxford City Nomads in the proposed Semi Final, Nomads then withdraw from the competition, before a week later sadly announcing their resignation from the Hellenic League.

This then meant that Holyport and Flackwell would meet each other, but only players who were registered to the clubs last season can be involved in the match day squads. For Holyport we have only lost two players from last season (Rake & Marques), but we are also missing a few to holiday. 

It will be a strange game as several players within the squad will still be needing minutes as we look forward to the 4 August.

The squad for Holyport is from;
Evans, De Franco, Green, Driffill, Ensby, Hedges, Quelch, Lowther, Sharp, Akerman, Frisky, Feaver, Whitfield, Finlinson, Deverall

 

Grant Success - 28 July

Holyport FC are delighted to announce that they have been successful in our application to The Shanly Foundation for a £1000.00 grant request.

The application was made for help to fund a travelling sprinkler to enable us to fully water the football pitch. The sprinkler can be set out to follow a pre-determined route to enable it to be left to water the pitch at a rate of 25m per hour.

We would like to thank The Shanly Foundation for their generous donation and their continued support to the community groups in the local area. You can read more about the foundation here - http://www.shanlyfoundation.com/


tony andrews holyport hellenic league Holyport Tony Andrews Award - 23 July

Uhlsport Hellenic One Division One East Holyport's chairman Tony Andrews received a special recognition award at the Berks & Bucks annual awards night...

A little about Tony and his history with Holyport..

Tony Andrews was born in January 1947, at 16 years of age Tony first played for Holyport. Tony attracted attention from Newcastle and Millwall and was asked for club trials, 1 week before his trial he broke his leg playing for Holyport and it took 9 months before he would wear the club shirt again.

After numerous years of playing the chairman at the time asked Tony to join the board, he could see Tony was a committed individual and wanted him onboard. Unfortunately after not seeing eye to eye with the board Tony decided to leave the club, but after one season the chairman asked him back to help run the club alongside him.

The club had some ups and downs but the club begun to progress, ironically having a barbers shop in Maidenhead helped to make contact with all the local footballers and this paid dividends as the club went on to success after success.

Off the field Tony has done every job you can imagine, cleaned the toilets, swept the floors, cleaned the kit and to this day runs the tea bar on match days as well as collecting the corner flags! But as Tony always states you do anything for the club you love.

Tony passed on his love for the club to his son Tony, who at 49 years of age is groundsman and has also played for the club since 16 years of age. So between the two there is over 80 years of service.

Tony is a very humble man and will always say that is not about one individual but about the club!


Holyport Appoint Sweetman - 18 July

derek sweetman hellenicleague holyportHolyport Football Club are delighted to announce Derek Sweetman as First Team Manager of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East Club.

Derek met with the players before the Binfield game yesterday evening. All the players and staff can then move forward into Thursdays training session knowing the structure for the season.

Derek and the Committee met on Wednesday last week and following discussions a further meeting on Friday evening was held with the current management setup. Following a board discussion amongst the parties the club were delighted to agree the new management structure for the season, as detailed below;

Derek Sweetman - First Team Manager
Matt Rolfe - Assistant Manager
Lee Ovens - Assistant Manager
Steve Deverall - Coach

Top of the requirements for the new First Team Manager was the ability to help Rolfe, Ovens and Deverall develop in their roles, with 191 games previously in charge of Holyport, winning the treble and three seasons in the Hellenic Premier Division Derek certainly ticked this box for the club.

The Management and Committee are confident that with one or two additions to the side they can continue their momentum from last season and compete in the upper regions of the league table. The Committee would like to thank Rolfe, Ovens and Deverall for their hard work during pre season to date and look forward to the season ahead.

 

Rake Leaves Port - 12 July

Holyport have confirmed that Barry Rake has resigned from his position as first team manager at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East club.

The club were made aware of Barry's decision on Friday evening - 6th July 2018. Holyport would like to thank Barry for his service and commitment during the last six seasons (three as Reserve team manager and three as first team manager). Taking charge of a combined total of 180 games over his six season's.

Barry made the transition from boys football with Maidenhead Boys and brought though a host of young local players which would go on to play first team football for the club. After a difficult season in 2016/17 the club bounced back last season with a top 5 finish and entrance back into the FA Cup.

Matt Rolfe will take temporary charge of the side with Lee Ovens and Steve Deverall assisting him until a further announcement is made.

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