AGM Date set
Friday 27th June
The club have announced that this year's AGM will take place on Sunday 6th July in the Clubhouse at Wisloe Road, with a 6pm start. All are welcome to attend.
Reserves pre-season game
Friday 13th June
The Swans Reserve team will entertain Sea Mills Park as part of their pre-season campaign. The game will take place at Wisloe Road on Wednesday, August 6th, with a 7.30pm Kick Off.
Pre-season schedule complete
Thursday 29th May
Our pre-season schedule has been confirmed complete with the addition of one more game - Cribbs FC come to Wisloe Road on Tuesday 15th July, 7.45pm Kick Off.
Pre-Season and Presentation Night Awards
Monday 26th May
With one more fixture to be confirmed, the club has released details of our current pre-season games arranged for 2014-15 Season.
Sat July 12- Gala Wilton- Home, 3pm
Sat July 19- Brimscombe & Thrupp - Home, 3pm.
Tues July 22- Forest Green Rovers - Home, 7.30pm.
Fri July 25- Shortwood United - Home- 7.30pm.
Tues July 29- Fairford Town- Away- 7.45pm.
Sat August 2- Larkhall Athletic - Home- 2pm.
At Friday's End of Season Presentation Night, the following awards were handed out by Chairman John Mack -
1st Team Player's Player of the Season - Jack Twyman
Manager's Player of the Season - Dean Turner
Leading Goalscorer - Jamie Martin
Supporters Player of the Season - Jack Twyman
Supporters Goal of The Season - Liam Harding v Willand Rovers (A)
Clubman of the Year - Ian Wrixon
First confirmed date for pre-season...
Monday 19th May
The first pre-season game for next season has now been confirmed - we will entertain our good friends from Larkhall Athletic at Wisloe Road on Saturday 2nd August, 2pm Kick Off. Other opponents have been confirmed but we will not be announcing these games until we have finalised dates.
End of Season Presentation Night
Tuesday 6th May
The Club have announced that the End of Season Presentation night will be held at Wisloe Road on Friday May 23rd, 7.15 start. All are welcome to attend. See you there!
Goal of the Season Competition
Monday 5th May
The entries and votes have been collected, and the result will be announced at the End of Season Awards Night.
In other news, manager Leon Sterling has publicly thanked all the players who turned out for the club during this season. Speaking via the Club's Twitter feed, he said 'Thanks to all the players who have contributed to the side this season. Everyone's efforts are appreciated.'
Leon on the 2013-14 Season
Sunday 4th May
Slimbridge Manager Leon Sterling found plenty to encourage him as he reflected upon the side’s first Season in the Toolstation Western Premier League, which saw the Swans complete the season in 16th place. After a tough start to the campaign, where the demands of a new League were combined with loss of some experienced players from the side, Sterling felt the season actually divided itself in two.
‘At the start of the season, we had a very young team – our greatly experienced players such as Marv Roberts and Tom Speers were no longer around, and their leadership on the pitch for the young lads was greatly missed. We also lost Will Wellon and Dan Robinson during the season, which added to the rebuilding job we had to do. For a while at the start of the season we looked out of our depth. ‘The low point was when we found ourselves at the bottom of the League in November.
I spoke to lads, and, naturally at that point, they were low in confidence. But I knew that the signs were there that we had something to build on, and we worked hard, and were honest, and gradually we began to turn the corner as a team.
The new League was leap into the unknown and a big learning curve for everyone – myself, the lads playing, everyone at the club. I didn’t put any pressure on the lads on what we wanted to achieve for the season for that reason.
Together with being in transition as far as the side was concerned, it took us a while to get to grips with it.’
The rapid turnover of players, especially early in the season as the Swans sought to establish a settled side, meant that Sterling ended up playing more games than he had planned for at the start of the campaign, and that brought an additional dimension to the demands upon the Management Team of Sterling and Freddy ward on matchdays.
‘It’s always difficult when both myself and Freddy are playing, because then you’re having to make your manger’s decisions while you’re on the pitch, rather than viewing the game from the dugout. There were times when I left Freddy out of the side because I felt I needed to be on the pitch more than he did, and he could then run things from the sidelines.’
There were positives to having the Manager out on the pitch though – ‘I was in the middle of things to try and encourage the young lads, and there were also times when they saw me make mistakes as well, so it showed them that sometimes things don’t go as well as you’d like on the pitch, and it happens to everyone.’
The long Winter Break (The Swans didn’t play at a flooded Wisloe Road for a full three months) allowed the Manager to reflect on the season so far, and enabled him to make decisions about how he wanted to take the team forward for the rest of the campaign.
‘We had some new lads come in after Christmas, and the response from everyone involved has been very pleasing. We’ve grown as a team together. We have a team of players now who are willing to compete, and we’ve changed the way we’re trying to play football over the season – when we had players like Marv in the side, we could play a more direct style of play, as Marv had the ability to give us that physical presence up front.
We’ve now got smaller players, and we can’t play that way now – we’re working hard on a style of play that allows us to knock it down, pass the ball, and express ourselves a lot more, and the response from the lads has been very encouraging to me. We had to find a way to deal with some of the more physical teams in the League, as obviously we were not going to be able to out-muscle them, so we ‘ve had to learn to play around them. We made a bad start to the season, which went on longer than I expected – we won’t allow that to happen next time round, and we have a good set of players who are enjoying playing for us, so, in a way, I was sad to see the season end, as were beginning to move forward nicely.
After the Swans mathematically ensured they could not be relegated, with six games remaining in the season, the final series of games over a short time period took their toll physically.
‘After we’d secured ourselves free from Relegation, the last few games caught up on us, I think, as we saw yesterday, when we lost to Bridport in a game where I thought we played the better football and could have won. The lads put everything they had into the Larkhall game on Wednesday night, and gave us a glimpse of how well they can play. Unfortunately, we had very little time to recover before the Saturday and that contributed to yesterday’s defeat.’
The Manger is hopeful that he can retain the majority of the side who ended the season for him for the next campaign. ‘The lads are enjoying their football again, we’ve got a great team spirit, and we’ve got players here who are proud to represent Slimbridge Football Club. Pre-season training will be here before we know it, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build the side and keep the club moving forward.’