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joe tustain uhlsport hellenic leagueBrighter Times Ahead For Shortwood? - 30 March

Joe Tustain says while Shortwood United's resignation from the Southern League is a huge shame, it could lead to brighter times ahead for the Meadowbank club, writes Jon Palmer Sports Editor of Gloucestershire Live .

Now manager of Northern Senior League Division One leaders FC Barometrics, Tustain (pictured) spent two seasons at Shortwood. He was part of John Evans' team that won promotion from the Hellenic League for the first time and also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase in 2011/12, a groundbreaking campaign on both fronts.

"Seeing them pull out of the Southern League is a huge shame," Tustain said. "It won’t have been an easy decision, but you have to sit back and look at it realistically. They will be a successful side again back in the Hellenic League after regrouping and who knows where they will end up after a year or two there? Thatcham have regalvanised their club after stepping down a few years ago and hopefully Shortwood can follow suit."

Tustain's switch to the Nailsworth club came about after he impressed Evans in action for Witney against Shortwood near the end of the 2010/11 season. "Shortwood beat us 2-1 and I scored our goal after a great through ball from Canty (John Cant), but the problem for him is he wasn’t playing for Witney!" Tustain said. "Evo come up to me after and told me he would call me in the summer and he did. He made it clear they wanted to get promoted that season and have a good Vase run and that’s exactly what happened."

Tustain played in every match in his first campaign with Shortwood, making around 60 appearances in al competitions. "Our Vase run was a special time during my couple of years there," he said. "We lost out in the quarter-finals at home to Herne Bay who played 89 minutes with 10 men after their midfielder clearly had his eyes on Finners (John Finnigan) and thumped him up high bank in the opening 30 seconds with a naughty tackle."

Tustain also reflects fondly on the team spirit cultivated by Evans. "The best part of the two years though was the group of players we had," he said. "We had a special bond where everyone would run through brick walls for each other. Very rarely would you see any two players fall out. The dressing room before and after games was a funny place with the likes of Timmy (Haddock) and Slacky (Kevin Slack). Canty and Hosky (Andy Hoskins) constantly pratting about made it a funny place. Kinger (Tom King) once took Slacky’s very expensive blazer for a quick run while wearing nothing else right up to the top of a very sodden pitch and back. "Slacky was almost in tears until Kinger returned with the jacket unharmed! The efforts on the pitch were always greatly received from the many committee members in the bar after games."You could sense the amount of pride the committee had in their club which made it a great club to play for."

Note:The competition Shortwood will play in from season 2018/19 in not necessarily guaranteed to be the Uhlsport Hellenic League. That decision will be made by the FA League Committee in the coming months.


Shortwood United FC - 28 March

You may have heard through various news outlets of the circumstances pertaining to Shortwood United FC.

The club have submitted their resignation from the Southern League at the culmination of season 2017/18. The club will be returned to a Step 5 League as decreed by the Football Association. The team are currently 19th in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West table, but have made their decision based on the financial commitment required at Step 4. The club is set to no longer have its major sponsor income in the near future and their decision to resign from Southern League was made with this in mind.

The Gloucestershire side have however said that they have far from folded and that the decision is a step back to move forward.

The situation is exacerbated by the immediate relegation of Shortwood United FC Development (Reserves) from the Uhlsport Hellenic League with immediate effect. The scheduled matches are accordingly cancelled and the club record will be expunged from the Division One West table, which will have an impact on results achieved by other member clubs.

Brian King
Uhlsport Hellenic League CEO


nick ackland uhlsport hellenic leagueAckland Released From Duties - 23 February

Shortwood United FC announce they have released Development Manager/Coach, Nick Ackland from his duties following Wednesday night’s One West game against Tytherington Rocks.

The Development team, and especially the development of youth policy, is seen as of primary importance to Shortwood FC’s future as it moves into a period of reduced financial support. Unfortunately, the Development side have struggled almost every week for virtually the whole of this season to get together sufficient players to form a side. In addition, weekly training has dropped to unacceptable attendance levels. Although Shortwood FC recognise that Nick Ackland has been operating in difficult circumstances, the club has found it necessary to act now to ensure sufficient enthusiasm and motivation is forthcoming for the remainder of the Uhlsport Hellenic league Division One West season. 

Shortwood FC would like to thank Nick for all of his efforts over many years as both player and coach. The Club is now looking to engage a new manager/coach preferably with previous youth policy experience in football. In the mean-time, Dan Robinson, who was Nick Ackland’s assistant, will take charge of the Development side until a new manager is found.


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