Chairman pays tribute to his Management Team..
Sunday 24th May
Slimbridge Chairman John Mack paid tribute to his Management team of Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward, who have masterminded promotion to the Southern League, at the Swans’ end of season Presentation evening at Wiloe Road.
‘It’s been a terrific season this year for all our sides’ The Chairman stated, ‘and obviously the highlight was the first team going into the Southern League. Good, luck to them, I’m very proud of what they’ve achieved.’
Manager Leon Sterling and Assistant Freddy Ward were then presented with Long Service Awards to mark their contributions to the football club. Leon made his debut on August 19th, 2003 against Pewsey Vale, and has notched up 411 First Team appearances, while Freddy, who made his debut a year earlier against Purton, on August 17th 2002, has now made 499 First Team appearances.
Accepting the awards on behalf of the duo, Leon reflected on his 12 years at the club – ‘When we won the Hellenic League 8 years ago, and decided not to go up, ironically, that was when I took my first steps into Management with James Cole in the Northern Senior League.‘
‘When I started helping him out, I was a local lad, and helped him as his Number Two getting players in – the likes of Marv Roberts and Jamie Inch – guys that were local and wanted to play for a team where the ground was good, and people supported you. We then went up to the County League, which was a little more difficult, but where some of the lads who are still here joined us – Dave Evans, Jamie Martin have now been with me for my 8 years in management.’
‘I’d like to thank all the players who have played for me since that time, who have got us to the place where we have achieved what we have. Last season was difficult in terms of where we finished, but we came into this season with only a few new faces, and when you look back, it’s a massive achievement for the club.’
‘I’m only as good as the players make me look, and last season they didn’t make me look too good, but this year they’ve made me look brilliant!’
‘It’s down to the players – their respect to people around them, to me, and most importantly, to each other. We have a great team spirit.’
I want to say thank you to John Mack – I’ve been here 12 years, and over time people come and go, but there’s always one guy that will always be here. I think that when we finally do play our first game, he’ll be the proudest man, because at the end of the day, this is the highest achievement in the history of the club.’
‘We’re going to a new chapter – I’m hoping all the lads will come along with us. Some of them were playing Stroud League 3 years ago, so when they finally step out at a higher level, that’s a massive achievement. And for me, I take the plaudits, but when the lads come out on that pitch, they should be proud of themselves, regardless of whether they have played 25 games or 1 game.‘
‘We’ll see what the season brings, Freddy has a very tough pre-season lined up for them, and hopefully we’ll do ourselves proud!’
End of Season Presentation Award Winners
Saturday 23rd May
Congratulations to all our winners at a very successful Awards night evening yesterday
3rds Manager's Player - James Bearman
3rds Player's Player - Ben Hambling
3rds Top Goalscorer - Lee Crosbie
3rds Most Improved Player - Ryan Dolbear
2nds Manager's Player - Shaun Carr
2nds Player's Player - Mitch Cornock
2nds Top Goalscorer - Mitch Cornock
2nds Most Improved Player - Will Gosling
1st Team Manager's Player - Rich Thwaite
1st Team Player's Player - Sam Turl
1st Team Supporter's Player - Sam Turl
1st Team Top Goalscorer - Paul Fahy
Clubman - Ian Blount
Special Magaluf Award - Paul Fahy
Chairman's Long Service Joint Award - Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward
Slimbridge v Slimbridge Championship Winning Side 2006-7
Friday 22nd May
The Club are pleased to announce that this pre-season friendly will be a fundraiser for Club Member Cameron Hutchinson, who is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Please read Cameron's story and donate if you are in a position to help. Details at https://www.justgiving.com/cameron-hutchinson/. Thanks on behalf of all of us at Slimbridge AFC.
Manor Farm reunion lined up...
Thursday 21st May
Bristol Manor Farm have stepped in to replace Paulton Rovers on Tuesday July 14th. The game will be played at Wisloe Road, Kick Off 7.30pm.
Paulton Rovers Friendly cancelled
Wednesday 20th May
At the request of Richard Fey, the new Paulton Rovers Manager who would like a more local game, our pre-season friendly, scheduled for July 14th has been cancelled. We will announce a replacement fixture in due course.
2015-6 Season Sponsorship available
Wednesday 20th May
The club have announced details of available sponsorships during the 2015-16 Season. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to support the club in the first season at their highest ever level.
Pitchside Advertising Board - £150 then £50 for the next 2 following seasons
Programme - Full Page advert £100, Half Page £50
Player Sponsorship - £50 for the season including publicity in all home programmes
Match Ball Sponsorship - £40 single game, £500 for the season, include Programme and PA matchday publicity,.
AGM Next Wednesday
Tuesday 19th May
The Club's 2015 AGM will be held next Wednesday, 27th May in the Clubhouse at Wisloe Road. 7.00pm Kick Off. All welcome.
2015-6 Season Sponsorships
Tuesday 19th May
Next season will see the opportunity for sponsoring players and match balls, either on a game by game or season basis. Please contact email@example.com for more details