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Historic Step For The Thorns - 23 August

Thornbury Town take a step into the unknown on Saturday when they entertain Cheltenham Saracens at the Mundy Fields - their first ever game in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

Division One West is the highest level the club has ever played in following last season's promotion from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League. Visitors to the Mundy’s will see a lot of changes from last season following the installation of floodlights, stand and perimeter fencing - all works that were necessary to enable to club to take the step up.

Having completed the League and Cup double in 2017/18, unsurprisingly a number of the first-team received offers to move to other clubs. However the players have remained loyal and have all committed themselves to Thorns for another season. Manager Andy Davies has even been able to strengthen the squad, with goalkeeper Kurtis Parkin, who has Western League experience with Willand Rovers and midfielder Harry Brock who has joined from Almondsbury.

The club are now required to charge spectators admission to their games. A decision has been made to charge £5 for adults which will include a copy of the matchday programme. Children under the age of 16 will be admitted free of charge as the club hope to encourage more youngsters to become involved in football and join the club’s junior sides. For the supporters who will be regular visitors to the ground, season tickets will be available at a one off cost of £50 - more details will be available from any committee member.

Saturday’s game against Saracens will be a tough test for Thorns as the visitors are widely tipped to be chasing a promotion spot. Kick off at the Mundy Fields on Saturday is at 3pm.


Thornbury Set-Out Tough Pre-Season Schedule - 2 July

In preparation for their maiden season at Step 6, Thornbury Town have scheduled a tough pre-season

Against four Toolstation Western League Premier Division sides in just ten days, as well as a home fixture against Southern League team, Bristol Manor Farm, to round off the summer on 2 August.

Saturday 14 July: Cadbury Heath (A) - 15:00
Tuesday 17 July: Hallen (H) - 18:30
Saturday 21 July: Roman Glass St. George (A) - 15:00
Tuesday 24 July: Cribbs FC (H) - TBC
Saturday 2 August: Bristol Manor Farm (H) - 19:00

Fixtures are subject to change, especially home fixtures due to construction work at the Mundy Playing Fields.


Promoted To The Hellenic - 29 June

After the euphoria of completing the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League and Cup double, everyone at Thornbury Town were looking forward to receiving confirmation of their promotion to the Toolstation Western League for the 2018-19 season.

However, despite having promotion confirmed, the club have been told that they will be playing Uhlsport Hellenic League football rather than Western League next season.

The Football Association's League Committee, as part of a national restructure of non-league football, have moved Almondsbury UWE and Malmesbury Victoria from the Western League to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West. Thornbury Town have also been moved into this division instead of following the usual route for Bristol area clubs into the Toolstation Western League.

Despite a well-documented and detailed appeal to the FA's Appeals Committee in a hearing at Wembley, the original decision of the League committee was upheld, which means that Thornbury Town and Almondsbury will both be playing in the Hellenic League next season.

Meanwhile, preparations for the new season are already under way and it is hoped that the bulk of last season’s successful side will remain with the club, with pre-season training beginning on this Tuesday coming, June 26, June at the Mundy Fields.

Any potential new players are asked to contact manager Andy Davies beforehand on 07921 160480 or arrive at the Mundys for a 6.30pm start.

Also, reserve team manager James Davies has stepped down and the club are looking for a new man to take on this key role as the club looks to close the gap between the first and reserve teams, while, at the same time, continuing to develop their talented junior players stepping up from Under-18s to senior football.

Anyone interested in taking on this role or learning more about it are asked to contact club secretary Mike Pengelly on 07970 009132 or Malcolm Carr on 07737 163118.

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