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New Opportunities At Wallingford Town -  11 April

Wallingford Town has enjoyed a promising second season in the Uhlsport Hellenic League One East which has seen them finish mid-table in a very competitive league along with a finals appearance in the upcoming Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup against Thornbury Town. 

The club is looking to build for the 2019/20 season and a number of new voluntary positions are available for the right candidate. 

The club welcomes applications for the following roles: 

Commercial Manager 
Programme Editor 
Fixture Secretary 
Media Officer 

Applications of interest can be sent to Club Chairman Simon Cowlard email:simoncowlard@btinternet.com 

Wallingford Look to Return to Winning Ways - 20 February

glen goudie wallingford hellenic league footballManager Glenn Goudie (pictured) is determined to see his side finish the season strongly after inconsistency has struck the Oxfordshire side during the early part of 2019. His side has experienced mixed results since the turn of the year and Goudie, who took over from Duncan Mitchell in the summer, pinpoints this inconsistency on a number of factors. 

"Saturday's result saw us move out of the top 4 for the first time in a long time this season." said Goudie, "We have been hit by a long injury list which is part and parcel of this level of football but we have been blowing too hot and cold to gain any momentum. We have gone from winning against Virginia Waters, Shrivenham in the cup and beating rejuvenated sides like Milton and Woodley but when we are poor, we are unable to grind results. Take away the cup defeats at Ardley and Burnham when we played experimental sides, we lost very even games against Penn & Tylers and Wokingham when with a bit of experience and perhaps streetwiseness, we could have turned those defeats into draws." Goudie added.  "We have been guilty of making poor decisions that ultimately cost us possession, territory and then place us on the back foot." "We have to learn the 'when' and 'where' of the Hellenic level of football". 

Goudie's team take on Highworth Town Reserves in the Supplementary Cup this Saturday at home and he is not underestimating his opponents by any means. "I am a big believer that attitude makes up a huge percentage in a players make-up and if we take Highworth for granted it could cause us problems." he said. "We have the chance to put right the disappointment of losing to Wokingham and get back to winning football matches". 

The Hithercroft side also faces Abingdon Town in the league at home on Tuesday night and it is a game that Goudie knows could define where they finish the end of the season. "I did not set any goals for the season other than finish higher than seventh place and perhaps enjoy a cup run beyond the New Year." We have a very young and inexperienced group of players at this level so it is really about development and teaching them how to win games at this level." 

The runners up spot is still available, with Burnham having a sizable points advantage on the chasing pack however with potentially eight teams in line to finish second, Goudie knows that his chargers have no room for slip-ups.  "Promotion was never ever discussed during the pre-season and the club's remit was to establish ourselves in the league using local talent. We have done that with a couple of Reading-based players who I know and trust. We are on target to cement ourselves as a good solid outfit at this level and a finish in the top 4 would be a fantastic achievement. Both structurally and from a playing perspective, we are a little way off the Premier league but it would be great to assess where we are at the end of the season and see what we need if the club wishes to push on next year." 

Reserve Team Manager Vacancy At Wallingford - 27 August

Wallingford Town continue their search for a Reserve Team manager following the departure at the end of last season of the former management duo of Arthur Morris and Martyn Whell who had taken the side through the North Berks Division's and into Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two East. Arthur's work has taken him overseas and Martyn continues to serve the club in other capacities. Club Chairman Simon Cowlard and vice-chairman Duncan Mitchell have stepped in to steer the side on an interim basis and have overseen a bright start for their young side with a 6-1 win at Chinnor and a narrow defeat at Chalvey Sports on the opening day, going down to a 92nd minute winner.

Interested applicants will ideally have some managerial or coaching experience in mens football, though this isn't essential. The club instead place greater emphasis on finding the right person with the people skills and personality to fit in with the club and existing management structure and who has the necessary skills to manage and organise the side.

Applications to be sent to Simon Cowlard on: simoncowlard@btinternet.com


Busy Time for Goudie - 18 August

glen goudie wallingford hellenic league footballNew Wallingford manager Glenn Goudie (pictured left) has had a busy few weeks since his appointment adding strength to his new charges.

ben taylor wallingford hellenic league footballTop of the list of new signings has been ex-Milton United full-back Ben Taylor (right), who arrives at Hithercroft having had a season in North Berks football but is a former Division 1 East winner with Milton. Reading University first team captain and CB Hounslow centre-back Andrew Mills is another significant signing and is joined by Reading Uni team-mates Tom Powell, Harvey Judd and Jack Stewart while Luke Williams arrives having been playing his football in the Western League.

18 Year Old Lawrie Aitchison and Boyan Thorpe have been picked up from local football and Euan Aitchison returns having been away travelling for the second half of last season. Will Horton has also arrived from Milton although is side-lined for the early part of the season having suffered a setback in his recovery from breaking an ankle last season. Goudie names a 14 man squad for this season's opener at home to Bicester Town.


Wallingford Look To Make Further Appointments - 23 June

Having appointed Glenn Goudie to the first team hot seat, Wallingford Town are now turning attention to appointing a management team to the reserve side who are set play in Division 2 of the Hellenic League next season.

A replacement is being sought to take the role on from the outgoing team of Arthur Morris and Martyn Whell who have lead the team from Division 5 of the North Berks League over just four seasons.

Potential applicants will have coaching or managerial experience, ideally at a step 7 club or equivalent or from reserve team or older age youth football.
Interested applicants should in the first instance make contact with club Chairman, Simon Cowlard at simoncowlard@btinternet.com


glenn goudie wallingford hellenic fooballGoudie Appointed At Wallingford - 19 June

Wallingford Town have appointed Glenn Goudie as their new manager. The former Reading YMCA boss takes over from Duncan Mitchell, who stepped down from the role after seven years.

Goudie (left) has retained Andy Silver as his assistant manager, with the duo having previously worked together at Bideford. Wallingford’s new boss also has Step 4 Southern League experience with Thatcham Town and Abingdon United.

Goudie, who will take his first training session tonight, is thrilled to take over at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East side. He said: “I am delighted to accept the role at Wallingford. After meeting the chairman Simon Cowlard and former manager Duncan Mitchell, I was struck by their enthusiasm and genuine love for the club. I hope to be able to play a small part in helping the club achieve success. I look forward to meeting the players and to starting work on preparing for the new season.”

Cowlard added: “We are delighted to appoint Glenn. We are confident we have found the right man for the job. We are moving in the right direction and want that progression to continue and believe Glenn ticks all the boxes for us, coming to us as he does with a wealth of coaching and managerial experience.”


Wallingford Seek Manager - 31 May

After seven years in charge of the first team at Wallingford Town AFC, Duncan Mitchell has stepped down from the role.

His decision was taken owing to work constraints and the club has already begun the search for a new manager to take on the side that finished last season in a creditable mid table spot in their first season back in Hellenic football.

The intention had been to recruit from within and appoint reserve team manager Arthur Morris but he too is in the throes of major lifestyle and career changes that look set to result in him emigrating with his family to the United States.

Club Chairman Simon Cowlard is already in discussion with potential candidates but is seeking additional applications for both First and Reserve team roles, he commented "Although we are naturally sorry that both Duncan and Arthur have had to relinquish their duties this does potentially represent a massive opportunity for the right candidates. The first team are now established in Hellenic Div 1 after a solid season and we are hoping to build on that with the nucleus of last season's squad who performed so well while we are also intending to enter our reserve team in Hellenic Div 2 so I'd imagine both jobs hold quite a lot of appeal. It potentially gives someone the opportunity to come in with an entire management/coaching team and structure the playing side of things across the whole senior side of the club".

Assistant Manager Andy Silver and Physio Mark Coles are both set to stay on, while Duncan will remain actively involved in the running of the club.

Applications are invited from anyone interested in either the First Team or Reserve team role, who ideally has recent experience of coaching or managing at Hellenic League level (or in the case of the reserve team role, has the ambition to do so and build on previous managerial experience) and who would be motivated by the prospect of working with the club to develop the team and the playing base while maintaining the strong club ethos of which we are justifiably proud.

Interested parties should contact Simon Cowlard on: simoncowlard@btinternet.com


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