England v Slovakia at Thornhill Park
Sunday 19th June
Our £3 a pint offer remains in place for tomorrow's England v Slovakia game. Come down and watch the game with us in the clubhouse at Thornhill Park.
Euro 2016 Alert!
Thursday 9th June
We will be showing the Wales v Slovakia and England v Russia games in our clubhouse on Saturday, with beer and lager at only £3 a pint. Join us in the clubhouse at Thornhill Park, we open at 5pm.
Committee Meeting on Monday
Saturday 4th June
A reminder that there is a committee meeting on Monday in the Clubhouse, 7pm Kick Off.
Swans set date for Thornhill Park renaming ceremony
Monday 30th May
Slimbridge have announced that they will be holding a formal ground renaming ceremony ahead of their Pre-Season friendly game against Forest Green Rovers on Monday 25th July (7.30pm Kick Off). The ground will be christened ‘Thornhill Park’ in recognition of the bequest of Evi Thornhill, ex-Chairman of the club who gifted the club the land that they occupy in Wisloe Road as part of his will in February 1960.
Club Spokesman Tim Blake said ‘We are delighted that we can finally confirm the date for the renaming ceremony - our club’s history for over 55 years now has been built upon the land and the legacy that Mr Thornhill bequeathed to us. We are in a very precious position of owning our own ground, something that many other clubs cannot rely on, and we greatly appreciate the extra level of security that brings to our club, and which we do and will do nothing to risk. We have been in touch with Evi Thornhill’s son, Tony, who has agreed to come along and help us out with the ceremony on the night, and I think it’s fair to say that he was very touched that the football club is recognising his father's bequest in this way.'
The Forest Green fixture is part of a full schedule of pre-season friendlies that has now been confirmed by the club ahead of their second season in the Southern League, in a campaign where the Swans will be visited by both phoenix clubs Hereford FC and Salisbury, meaning, in all likelihood, the first all ticket games the club has hosted in it’s history. Further details will be confirmed once the fixture list is released by the League.
The Swans full preseason campaign is as follows -
Saturday, 9th July - Bradford Town A (3.00pm),
Thursday 14th July - Longlevens A (7.30pm)
Saturday 16th July - Frome Town H (3.00pm)
Thursday 21st July - Brimscombe & Thrupp H (7.30pm)
Saturday 23rd July - Tytherington Rocks A (3.00pm)
Monday 25th July - Forest Green Rovers H (7.30pm)
Saturday 30th July - Westfields H (3.00pm)
Monday 1st August - Frampton United A (6.45pm)
End of Season Presentation Evening
Friday 20th May
Award winners tonight
Reserves - Most appearances - Simon Timms
Reserves - Most Improved Player - Sam Coxhead
Reserves - Player's Player - Joel Murdoch
Reserves - Manager's Player - Tom Smith
1st Team - Clubman of the Year - Malcolm Hubbard
1st Team - Manager's Player - Dean Turner
1st Team - Player's Player - Paul Fahy
1st Team - Supporter's Player - Alex Hoyle
1st Team - Top Scorer - Paul Fahy
1st Team - Special Award - Freddy Ward
1st team - Special Award - Leon Sterling
Busy times coming up
Thursday 12th May
The FA have released their provisional lineups for the League for the 2016-7 season, with both Hereford FC and Salisbury Fc playing in the Southern League South and West Division next season. This is still due to AGM ratification.
With Barnstaple Town also promoted into our division from the Western League and Paulton Rovers and Bideford dropping down from the Southern League Premier, Salisbury Manager Steve Claridge has already been quoted as saying that this will be 'the strongest South and West Division in Southern League history'.
The proposed lineup of our League next season is as follows - AFC Totton, Barnstaple Town, Bideford, Bishops Cleeve, Bridgwater Town, Didcot Town, Evesham United, Hereford, Larkhall Athletic, Mangotsfield United, North Leigh, Paulton Rovers, Salisbury, Shortwood United, Slimbridge, Swindon Supermarine, Taunton Town, Tiverton Town, Wantage Town, Wimborne Town, Winchster City, Yate Town
More reaction to follow...
And now the end is near...
Monday 9th May
We reach the final curtain of the 2015-16 season, with just two more events before we all get a couple of days off. Our AGM is on Monday 16th May in the Clubhouse, with a 7pm start, and the End of Season Presentation night on Friday 20th May, 8pm Kick Off.We look forward to welcoming everyone to these last events of the season.
Our joint venture with Slimbridge YFC on Sunday, 'The Slimbridge Festival of Football' was a great success with the clubs seeing over a thousand people through the gate over the course of the day, and a total of 41 teams battling it out at Under 10's, 11's, 13's and 14's level. Both organisations received very positive feedback from many Clubs and Managers involved, and we would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and teams who supported the venture, and helped make it so successful.
Swans Chairman Barry Gay looks back with pride on season
Tuesday 3rd May
Slimbridge Chairman Barry Gay had paid tribute to everyone at the club both on and off the pitch in his End of Season message, hailing the Swans first campaign at Southern League level as ‘an outstanding success story’.
'Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward have done a superb job on a limited budget compared to most clubs in our division, but the team spirit and work ethic that Leon has instilled in these boys has meant that we more than held our own against the top sides in the division. The players have been a credit to the club and I believe that with a few additions we can build on our league position next season. We will all need to work even harder on and off the field to ensure the club continues to progress. Our challenge for next season is to encourage more local spectators through the turnstiles and on that subject I must say a big thank you to those supporters who have supported us home and away in all winds and weathers, we have had some great times along the way.’
'(There has been) an incredible amount of work, dedication and financial support behind the scenes. I am not going to name individuals because everyone has played a massive part. I must thank all of our sponsors for their financial support, it is all very much appreciated.
The Chairman also discussed the relationship between the Senior setup and Slimbridge Youth Football Club, who are co-hosting a ‘Slimbridge Festival of Football’ at Wisloe Road this weekend, a ground which from now will be referred to as Thornhill Park (a formal renaming ceremony will be held next pre-season).
'The joint venture of the 5-a-side youth tournament at Thornhill Park on May 8th I am sure will be a great day out and further enhance our relationship with them which I believe is the way forward for both parties.’
The Tournament is now completely full, and will see 41 teams contest at Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 14s level. The day runs from 8.30am-6.30pm. Free parking is available, with admission by Programme priced at £2 per family. With the main pitch being divided into four to host four games simultaneously, there will be plenty to keep visitors busy. There will be stalls within the ground, a bouncy castle, hot food and a licensed bar will be available, with a Tombola and Raffle.
Everyone is welcome to attend and support local youth football.