Following the events that befell our club name last month, Abingdon Town have found a fantastic coaching solution that we believe will be the cornerstone to a bright future for the Club.
Some of this might sound familiar, and over the past two years, we have tried numerous times to rebuild but did not have the man-power committed to the club. We hope that this is finally behind us now, with significant appointments to our coaching team, as well as a good number of new players.
Our decision is based on people who are willing and able to work together, and who can learn from each other and put the club first. One of our 1st team coaches will be Jacob Earl, who has come over from Oxford Leys FC. Jacob will be bringing with him a large number of players from his former club, with the blessing of the club. Oxford Leys has been dominating the Oxford City League division, and have been looking for a new challenge, which we are sure the Hellenic League division one east will provide.
We are particularly grateful and they are a great bunch of lads who will be gracing our turf. Despite losing to Chalvey Sports on Saturday, we have already seen a lot of promise from our now large and committed squad.
Jacob adds about the first week of his appointment; “It’s been a really positive start considering so much has been done in less than a week.”
He is joined by Byron O’Regan who has coaching experience in the Reading Sunday league and has had much experience coaching younger players. Byron has FA 1 and 2 coaching badges, as well as an NVQ level 3 in Coaching.
Byron tells us “I can’t wait, it’s a really exciting project. Me, Jacob and Chris all share the clubs ambition so I see us going places!”
We are very excited about the promise that this set up brings us. We have had a very good week and worked hard, but this is just the start. We still have some areas of the club. Match-day presence for a social media person being one.
Finally, we have some hope for the Men’s 1st Team. The women’s and vets teams and been performing exceptionally.
Our women’s first-team topped the league last weekend, and have really been a leading force in local women’s football, reaching the FA Cup 3rd round this season. Lead by Kieran, they have been the unsung heroes of the club of late. Along with a strong Vets team managed by Paul Smith, and a U9’s team lead by Simon Cunningham, we will be able to compete strongly in the Men’s game, as well as the Women’s, Vets and Youth.