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Visit From The Neighbours - 14 November

Letcombe entertain near neighbours Kintbury Rangers in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday, 18 November, kick off 2.00pm. Manager Garry Cook was in charge at Kintbury last season, and will be hoping to overcome his former team.

Letcombe will be full of confidence after their fifth consecutive league victory at Kidlington saw them jump to second in the table in Hellenic League Division One West, despite being without some important players. Striker Adam Bruce, midfielder Iggy Ilott, defender Joel Mumby and new signing Danial Alvestad are all likely to be available for selection after missing the Kidlington match, to give manager Cooke a nice selection problem. Club captain Andy Goodchild is also likely to be fit in the near future having missed the entire season so far following injury in a pre season friendly.

These are heady times for Letcombe, whose reserves are also in great form, having scored 21 goals in their last 3 North Berks Division Three games, with Charlie Knight scoring 11 of them.

 

New Signings Fot Letcombe - 7 November

Having recently signed Iggy Ilott from Thatcham, Letcombe are pleased to announce the arrival of three more new players at Bassett Road.

danny lachacz letcombe hellenic leagueTalented youngster Owen Cummins was registered for Windsor, and transferred two weeks ago, scoring in the 5-2 victory over Woodstock Town on Saturday. Danial Elvestad is in the army and has recently moved into the area. He has played at a higher level, and also made his debut for Letcombe against Woodstock Town.

The trio is completed by experienced midfielder Danny Lachacz (right) who has also played at a higher level for a number of local clubs, but was not getting a regular start at Thatcham.

Letcombe would like to record their thanks to Thatcham Town FC, and in particular to secretary Ron Renton, for their cooperation in ensuring that these transfers were completed quickly and efficiently. The new signings should increase competition for places as Letcombe strive to maintain their position near the top of the league.

 

micky quinn letcombeSportsman's Evening at Letcombe - 31 October

Letcombe Football Club are holding a Sportsman`s evening on Wednesday 29 November in Letcombe Village Hall (7.00 for 7.30pm).

The guest speaker is Micky Quinn, racehorse trainer and former professional footballer, and the comedian is John Stiles, son of world cup winner Nobby. Tickets cost £25 including a fish & chip supper.

Should be a very entertaining evening, contact secretary Des Williams for tickets. deswilliams45@btinternet.com or by phoning 07765 144985.

 

Letcombe Welcome "The Wood" - 27 October

Letcombe entertain Shortwood United Reserves tomorrow, and will be looking to return the excellent hospitality they received on their visit to Meadowbank earlier this season. That match finished in a 2-2 draw, and the hosts are expecting another close game at the weekend. Letcombe will be hoping to pick up another three points before they play three difficult away fixtures in seven days at Ardley, Cheltenham Saracens and Kidlington early in November.

Having come back from a two goal half time deficit to win 3-2 at North Leigh last Saturday, Letcombe are likely to select a similar starting line-up, although Russell Benham is available after missing the North Leigh game with a recurrence of a muscle injury. Jack Heggie also returns to the squad, and club captain Andy Goodchild is likely to play part of the game for Letcombe reserves at Lambourn. He has missed the whole season having received a serious knee injury in a pre-season friendly, but hopes to return to first team action in the near future.

 

Letcombe Seek Commercial Manager - 13 October

With ever increasing costs, most clubs are under severe financial constraints. Smaller clubs in particular find it very difficult to raise the necessary funds, and hence Letcombe FC are seeking a commercial manager on a commission basis.

Anybody interested should contact secretary Des Williams (deswilliams45@btinternet.com 07765 144985) to discuss the position in more detail.

 

non league day 7 october 17Non-League Day At Letcombe - 4 October

Letcombe FC invite you all to spend non-league day this Saturday at their hospitable club when they entertain Bourton Rovers in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.

Please note that it is a 2.30 kick-off. Letcombe lost at Bourton at the stage stage of the competition last season, so they will be looking for their revenge in what should be a close entertaining match.

Visitors who buy a programme and pre-match drink at the bar, will be given one similar drink free of charge after the game. The clubhouse has BT Sport, so why not stay for a while and watch live games on TV.

 

Fixture Sought - 5 September

Letcombe Reserves are looking for an AWAY fixture next SATURDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER.   They are a very young side playing in Division 3 of the North Berks League.   Any club able to host a fixture on this date should contact Letcombe secretary Des Williams on 07765 144985 or by e-mail at deswilliams45@btinternet.com

 

Cook Immensely Proud Of Players - 29 August

Letcombe manager Garry Cook said that he was as "proud as punch" of his players after his much changed squad picked up four points over the Bank Holiday weekend with a 1-1 draw at Pewsey Vale and a 2-1 win at home to Cirencester Town Development.

Letcombe had numerous players missing from both games for various reasons including captain Andy Goodchild, Joel Mumby, Sam Mulvey, Kallum Thomas, Russell Benham, Adam Bruce, Chris Collin, Owen Shaw and Chris Pocock, whilst top scorer Conor Lynch was added to the list for the Monday fixture. Youngster Harry Monger seized his chance with a goal in both games, whilst Chris Whelehan played his first games for the club before moving to Australia in September. Will Edwards, Harley Brizell, Jay Johnson and Lewis Ralphs all relished the chance to have some experience at this level from the bench.

"All the lads deserve great credit for two battling team performances" said Cook. "Jake Rowe and Dan Bailey have been receiving treatment for a couple of weeks, and acting captain Ben Hummel got a knock at Pewsey on Saturday, but played two full games. That is the sort of commitment that we need".

 

Many Changes At Letcombe - 11 August

Letcombe FC are ready to face the new season under their new management set up as they take on Swindon New College at home tomorrow.

It's been all change at the club this season with new manager Garry Cook ringing the changes and bringing in almost a whole new squad and backroom staff.

"It's  been hard work and a lot of effort from a lot of people"  Cook said. "We have formed this new partnership with Hungerford Town FC and their academy, and it's working a real treat.  We have so many new players I've struggled to remember all their names, but a big thank you must go Bobby Wilkinson and Gary Clifford who have really made sure this has worked. We have mixed some real young talent with some experience and got them 100% fit.   It might take us a few weeks to really gel and find out what our strongest squad is, but the main thing I've told the lads is that it's one big massive squad and not 2 separate teams. " 

"The reserves don't start their North Berks campaign for a couple more weeks yet, so they still have plenty of time to impress and push themselves into the first team set up, but  both teams will work together all season and players will move in and out of both squads. I  want to be fair to everybody and give them all the same chance. Already one or two are catching the eye and have been rewarded with call ups to the Hungerford first team set up which is great for both clubs. I know Bobby Wilkinson has told me he will be taking 3 or 4 players with him in the next few weeks to experience that level with him and the Hungerford first team squad as well as our coaches. Everyone at the club behind the scenes deserves a big pat on the back as we move Letcombe FC into a new stage." 

"It's exciting times for the club as a new influx of players and fresh ideas are giving that real buzz about the place.  We have almost 50 players to pick from and that's a healthy position to be in at this level. With only one defeat in pre-season and beating Clanfield in the Faringdon Memorial Cup who beat us in the final last season has given us a lot of positive thinking.  I always say that these games mean nothing,  and it's about this Saturday that really counts, and getting some points on the board is what matters. It will be a tough league and our aim is to finish as high as possible and improve on last years performance as well as having a good run in the cups".

 

Seeking Opponents - 19 July

Uhlsport Hellenic League Letcombe have been let down for a friendly fixture on Saturday 29 July.  

Any club interested in playing Letcombe on that Saturday (first and/or reserves) should contact secretary Des Williams asap on 07765 144985.   Ground is available, BBQ already organised.

 

Letcombe Training Commences - 20 June

Letcombe FC start training on Thursday 22 June at Bassett Road, Letcombe Regis, at 7.00pm, and then every Tuesday and Thursday at the same time.

Manager Garry Cook and Assistants Jake Rowe and Steve Harris look forward to welcoming past and new players to this friendly club. Letcombe have formed a link with Hungterford Town Academy, and some of their better youngsters are likely to start their senior careers at Letcombe. Pre season friendlies include :
15 July Marlborough (H), 22 July Ardington (A), 29 July Newbury (H), 5 August Hendred (H).

 

garry cook hellenic league letcombeLetcombe's New Management Team - 4 June

Letcombe FC have appointed Garry Cook as their new first team manager for the 2017/18 season. Garry (pictured) will be assisted by Jake Rowe and Steve Harris. Formerly manager of Kintbury Rangers, Garry has also spent some time as assistant at Hungerford Town.

Letcombe are also delighted to announce that they have spoken to Hungerford first team manager Bobby Wilkinson, and that the two clubs have agreed to form a link. Letcombe will become a feeder club for Hungerford, and many of the better youngsters at the Hungerford Town Academy will now also sign for Letcombe to give them their first chance of playing adult football at a good level.

Letcombe secretary Des Williams added "We are sure that the link will be to the mutual benefit of both clubs, and we look forward to a establishing a good working relationship with Hungerford".

The club are seeking a committed manager with experience of developing young talent to take on management of their second team which is hoped will compete in the lower leagues next season. Anyone interested should contact secretary Des Williams on 01235 764130.

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