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All Change At Shrivenham - 14 July

The annual Shrivenham Football Club AGM was held at Barrington Road on Wednesday evening, they continue to focus on building a successful future for the club.

Having already signalled his intention to step down from his position of club Chairman, James Dore was replaced by Matt Hirst who was unanimously voted to fill the position by the committee, and speaking after the meeting the new Chairman was quick to offer his appreciation to James and his family for all their efforts over the last 12 years.

“Shrivenham are a real community based club and James, Amanda Bird [his partner] and their children, Lauren, Lydia and Charlie gave a massive amount of their spare time to help keep things running and I’d like to thank them all so very much for everything they have done day in, day out over the years,” the incoming Chairman said. “I have been involved with Shrivvy for over 25 years and I felt it was time for me to take on the good work James and his family had left as long as I could inspire certain individuals and when Neil Sutton, my best friend who is also a past Chairman and has a wealth of knowledge and who is a founder member of the club along with Steve Allen [Bar Manager], Chris Rawle and Nick Ash all agreed to assist with my plans, the decision to stand for Chairman was made that much easier.”

Early additions to the clubs media team have also taken shape and the website, Facebook and Twitter platforms have all taken off and concluding, the new Chairman added: “I and the committee as a whole have plans to help take the club to the next level and I’m genuinely looking forwards to the challenge. There’s a great team shaping up both on and off the pitch and I’d like to thank all the playing, none-playing and supporters for their loyalty, patience and understanding and look forward to seeing Shrivenham thrive in the coming years.”

Your 2017-18 Shrivenham Committee are as follows:

Chairman - Matt Hirst; Vice Chairman - Neil Sutton; First Team Manager - Michael McNally; First Team Assistant Manager - Mark Stevens; Reserve Team Manager - Steve Henry and Paul Carter; U16s Manager - Sean Coxhead; Youth Development Officer (pending) - Nick Moore; Club Secretary - Chris Rawle; FA Liaison Officer - Neil Batten; Media Manager - George Hegg; Press Officer – Mike Wray; Welfare Officer - Val Clinch; Bar Manager - Steve Allen; Head Groundsman - Nick Ash; Treasurer - Sally Hirst; Matchday Steward - Paul Pontin; Fundraiser - Alan Thomas; Catering Manager - Debbie Mordak; Committee - Jamie Broadfield, Chris Slevin, Graig Gaynor and Diddy Cook.

As always, we welcome any volunteers who feel they could offer their time to help in the running of the club and appreciate all the support we receive. For details on volunteering, please contact Matt Hirst on 07711 263 113 or email: matt@h2creative.co.uk.


Visit To League Newcomers - 14 July

Shrivenham continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Hithercroft and a friendly against Wallingford Town AFC tomorrow afternoon, 3pm KO.

Boss Michael McNally is likely to field a combination of players against the side who last season finished 3rd in the North Berks Football League, as he continues to monitor his sides’ progression ahead of the new campaign and speaking ahead of the game said: “Saturday will be similar to our previous two games – one or two players may play slightly longer but it will be intense. We’re working hard behind the scenes to manage the squad and realise players need game-time and Wallingford will be another good workout for us.”

Although McNally is yet to announce any confirmed player signings, Wally have already secured the signatures of two of their squad from last season in Joe Morris (who made 17 appearances) and Stuart Walker (18 appearances), while manager Duncan Mitchell has also snapped up experienced goalkeeper Simon Matthews to complement his side and hopefully see them break in to the top two in the table this time round.

Last season’s leading scorer Charlie Silkstone (12 goals), is also still training at the club and is almost certain to be added to Mitchell’s squad before signing deadline day. Morris will best be known to Shrivenham supporters as the son of former manager, Arthur Morris who coincidently manages our hosts reserve side – and who our reserves will be facing at the same time as the first teams kick off.

The game marks our third friendly match, but only the first for Wallingford after their preparations were dealt a blow midweek when a friendly at Wantage Town Reserves had to be cancelled due to a lack of players available to Wantage.

Hithercroft has a capacity of 1500 and is located on the Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, postcode OX10 9RB. Players and supporters are advised that Wallingford Town AFC are putting on a FREE barbecue after the game and everybody is welcome to stay behind to join them.

The First Round of the 2017-18 Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup will see another tough test for Michael McNally’s side after Shrivenham were paired at home to Oxford City Nomads. Shrivenham are already set to face Premier opposition when we host Brackley Town Saints in the First Round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup on October 7, but the game will bring added interest given the quality of the opposition. Shrivenham have been drawn at home in this seasons Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup First Round and will face Uhlsport Premier side, Brackley Town Saints.

The Saints reached the Quarter Final stage of the competition last season, losing 2-1 at Headington Amateurs while Shrivvy narrowly missed out of a place in Round Three after going down 4-3 at Bracknell Town and speaking about the tie, manager Michael McNally said he cannot wait to lock horns with the Northamptonshire based side. “We’ve only just got pre-season underway but it’s certainly one that we’ll be looking forwards to when it gets closer,” he said reflecting on the draw against senior opposition. Playing clubs from higher divisions are always a great test for us as a club and as underdogs, our home advantage will help add to the occasion but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and October and at this present time, we’re really only concentrating on being ready for the start of the season.”


Shrivvy Face Railwaymen Reserves - 13 July

Shrivenham will take on Didcot Town Reserves of the Uhlsport Division One East in this year’s Jim Newman Trophy – the annual pre-season competition hosted by Clanfield 85.

The event sees a mixture of clubs compete during the tournament and our game against the Railwaymen Reserves will get underway at Radcot Road, Clanfield on Saturday July 22 with a 2pm kick off.

The same day will also see Game 2 of the tournament take place with Carterton [from Division Two West] meeting Kidlington Reserves (kick off 5pm).

Events continue on Sunday [July 23] when Abingdon United [from the Premier Division] face North Leigh United [2pm] in Game 3, before the hosts face Purton [Wilts Senior League] in Game 4 which kicks off at 5pm.

Should Shrivenham progress from Game 1, they will face the winner from the Purton vs Clanfield 85 tie on Thursday July 27 (kick off 7.30pm) in the Semi Final, while the other Semi Final will take place the previous evening [Wednesday July 26] between the winners of Game 2 and Game 3 (kick off 7.30pm).

The Final will then get underway at 3pm on Sunday, July 30.

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