|Ian's End of Season Report (posted Sun 6th May 2018)
A disappointing season comes to an end. A season of too many lows and only 1 or 2 highs. A season when we had so many injuries, 3 of which were long term (Ryan Sturges, Jack Seaton and Chris Mason). A season where we had 12 different left backs at the last count!! A season where we were only 3 games from Wembley!!
We started poorly by going out of the FA Cup at the first attempt and it took us until Mid September to put a decent run of Results together.
The FA Vase run was an obvious high point, beating Berkhamsted in front of our biggest crowd of the season and then reaching the 5th round, the furthest the club had gone. Losing to Melksham just showed where Id like us to be!!
Seeing Young Max Hercules come through and to see him improve as the season went on has been a big plus and persuading Mark Riddick to first sign and then stay as clubs came looking was a big part of our season. He has had a great season.
A big thanks to all our supporters who have shown their support throughout the season both home and away.
Enjoy the Summer and see you in August. Pre-Season is already being planned!!
First Team Manager
|Celebratory Dinner: Saturday 19th May (posted Mon 16th Apr 2018)
Tring Athletic was formed in 1958 and as part of our 60th Year celebrations are holding a Celebratory Dinner inviting those who have helped run the Club over the years, sponsors, committee members, players and partners. This will be held in our club house at The Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane, Tring on the above date with an approximate running order as follows:-
Face to Face and Table Magician mingling with guests from 7pm
Sit down for 3 course dinner will be served from 8pm consisting of :-
Canopies on arrival
Main course of Paella or Butter Chicken with Vegetarian option of Mushroom Stroganoff
Dessert of Crepes.
Entertainment by the Sing Out Sisters will follow dinner.
Dress code will be smart casual i.e. collared shirts and jackets preferable for the gentleman and the ladies can dress to impress.
We hope that you and your partner are able to join us and as we expect that there will be a good demand to join the Club on this evening and meet old friends please confirm your attendance as soon as possible..
We have a limited number of seats with c80 places available so Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.
Payment can be made via 3 methods shown below:-
(1)Direct transfer to our bank account:- HSBC, Tring : Sort Code 40-44-32; Account: Tring Athletic Football Club; Account number 31104500; Add your name as reference.
(2)An event has been created this function on Eventbrite so that people who have been invited can buy tickets securely on line. Tickets are £30 plus a booking fee of £2.03. There are currently 40 tickets available on line and we will monitor sales and increase the number of tickets available subject to demand and places available.
We give below the URL from which you can purchase your ticket(s) :-
(3)Send your cheque for £30 per person (payable to Tring Athletic Football Club) to:-
Bob Winter, 21 Bunyan Close, Tring. HP23 5PS or you can send an email to email@example.com or telephone on 07979 816528
Tickets must be purchased in advance and NO tickets will be available on the night.
This should be an excellent evening, celebrating a milestone on the Clubs history, and we hope that you will be able to attend.
|Samaritans - Matt Lovell (posted Tue 10th Apr 2018)
Message from Brian Lovell - Just to let you know that I collected £131.96 for the Samaritans at the match .v. Berkhamsted on Sat. 31st March.
A cheque is on its way to their S.W. Herts. Branch in Watford.
Thank-you all so much for allowing me to do this at the ground & for your support & generosity on the day.
|100 Club Winner - March 2018 (posted Sat 7th Apr 2018)
The monthly draw took place this afternoon and the winners for March were:- 3rd March; Bob Winter £10; 10th April: Gill Eldridge £10; 17th March: Steve Johnson £10; 24th March: Alan Dumpleton £10 and 31st March: Gill Eldridge £100 and Marion Griffiths £30. Winnings can be collected on match days.
|Minimal Car Parking Available (posted Tue 27th Mar 2018)
Pendley Sports Centre has agreed to the hire of the main car park and possibly both Bowls and Top car parks at Cow Lane, Pendley for use by a Film Company who will "park-up" on Sunday 1st April c6pm and depart on Friday 6th April c9pm. During this period there will only be a limited number of spaces for use by members of the various clubs and also day visitors to clubs and day nursery. The car park needs to be vacated by mid afternoon on Sunday 1st April and NO vehicles should be left overnight between these dates. Gates, to Bowls and Top car parks, will be locked to maintain security.
|Club Appearances (posted Sat 17th Mar 2018)
Congratulations to Sam Joliffe on joining the 300 Club in appearances for the Club this week.
Others still putting their boots on for the Club include:- Stuart Stedman 561 (4th in the all time list of appearances); Andy Humphreys joined the 500 Club earlier this season and has now made 507 and Trevor Gibbs 413 appearances.
|100 Club Winners - February 2018 (posted Sat 10th Mar 2018)
The monthly draw took place after todays Reserve Team match and the winners for the month of February were:- 3 February: Lisa Bradley £10; 10th February: Chris Juraszek £10; 17th February: T Rice £10; 24th February: Dave & Pam Doman £100 and Dave Stacey £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days.
|Tring Athletic support Iain Rennie (posted Sun 25th Feb 2018)
Following the Club winning the Herts Charity Shield twice the Herts Football Association asked the Club which local charity we would like to support and with our long standing connections with Iain Rennie Hospice saw them benefit to the tune of £600. Presentation made by officials of the Herts Football Association to Chris Langford who received the cheque on their behalf,
|Congratulations to the "A" Team (posted Sat 17th Feb 2018)
The A team advance through to the County Cup final thanks to goals from Andy Humphreys, Arthur Cull & a Stuart Howe brace. We face Cottered FC in the final on Friday 30th March at the County Ground Letchworth.
|100 Club Draw - January 2018 (posted Sat 10th Feb 2018)
The monthly draw took place today following the postponement of the Wembley match and the winners for the month of January were:- 6th: Gill Eldridge £10; 13th: Phil Casserley £10; 20th: Ian Butler £10: 27th: Dave Foskett £100 and Brian Bruton £25. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days.
|Car Parking At Grass Roots Stadium (posted Mon 5th Feb 2018)
Poor parking in the communal car park shared by the Football, Rugby and Squash Clubs last Saturday caused problems to a number of visitors to the Clubs. Could all visitors please park within the painted white lines and NOT block access for others. In the event of an emergency such parking is restricting access for the emergency services which is obviously unacceptable..
|F A Vase Cup Run - Chairman's Message (posted Sun 4th Feb 2018)
Congratulations must go to everyone involved with the Club, players, committee members and supporters representing the Club at yesterdays F A Vase match - all were a credit to Tring Athletic and Spartan South Midlands Football League in both our full contribution to the match and support. The Management Team had prepared well and with c100 travelling by coach and many others travelling independently we had a strong support within a record crowd of 1,256 for Melksham Town who have our best wishes for their future progress in this competition.
|Travel Arrangements re F A Vase (posted Thu 11th Jan 2018)
Saturday 3rd February - F A Vase Melksham Town AWAY
It is proposed that we take 2 coaches, each with 52 seats, for this historic match:-
Coach 1 departs Tring at 10:30am returning 18:30pm
Coach 2 departs Tring at 11:30am returning 17:30pm
Coach Cost £10, with a "free" adult ticket to a forthcoming HOME match. Admission at Melksham FC will be £6 Adults, £4 Concessions and Free U16's. There will be bar and hot food available.
A large crowd is expected so lets make sure that our team is well supported.
Tickets can be reserved by emailing the Club, adding names to the poster in Club House or purchasing on line here
|F A Vase Draw (posted Mon 8th Jan 2018)
The draw took place today and we have been drawn AWAY to play Melksham Town F C who play in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division and currently sit in 4th place in their league. Please follow website for travelling details etc.
Full draw shown below:-
1. Wolverhampton SC vs Leighton Town
2. Thactham town vs Bromsgrove Sporting
3. Marske United or Hinckley vs Newport (IW) or Bradford Town
4. Newcastle Benefield or Coleshill Town vs Blackfield & Langley or Bracknell Town
5. 1874 Northwich vs Chichester City
6. Stockton Town vs Stourport Swifts
7. Windsor vs Hamble Club
8. Melksham Town vs Tring Athletic
|100 Club Winners - December 2017 (posted Sun 31st Dec 2017)
The monthly draw took place during Saturdays victory over Holmer Green and the winners for the month of December were:- 2nd: Jamie Robbins £10; 9th: Ian Butler £10; 16th: John Brannan £10; 23rd: Matt Stacey £10 and 30th: Dave Richards £100 and John Perry £30.
As usual winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
Two new members joined the 100 Club on Saturday and we have just a few places to fill so anyone interested can complete the standing form from the website and return to the Club or alternatively just email the Club.
|Elvis returns to Tring Athletic - Friday 23rd February (posted Sun 31st Dec 2017)
Tring Athletic sees the long awaited return of Alvin Prentwistle as Elvis. Tickets will cost £12 each to include a "Ploughmans" supper and should be reserved via email to the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or buying via the link below.
This will be a really good evening and we expect tickets to sell quickly and as we have a limited capacity there will be no ticket sales on the evening.
|Changes to Reserve Management Team (posted Sun 24th Dec 2017)
We wish to advise that Phil Crawford, who has been assisting in the running of the Reserve Team this season, has decided to step down from his role and Ryan McMahon, who will be well known to supporters, is to replace Phil as Assistant to Manager, Chris Juraszek.
Ryan has been a player with the Club for 3 seasons and we are sure will do a good job in supporting and assisting Chris, both on and off the pitch, whilst he will also be good for the dressing room and encouraging the younger players.
In addition a new physio, Harry Dear, is also to become involved with the team on match days.
The Club would like to thank Phil for his input during his short stay with the Club and wish him every success in the future.
|100 Club Draw - November 2017 (posted Sat 9th Dec 2017)
A belated draw took place at the Club this evening after the "A" team victory and the lucky winners for the month of November were:- 4th November: Ben Stacey £10; 11th November: Tony Stedman £10; 18th No0vember: Bob Winter £10; 25th November: Martin Richards £100 and Diane Griffiths £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Bar on match days. We have 6 spaces available should you wish to support the Club and a standing order can be downloaded from the web site or collected from the bar. £1 per week (paid quarterly) with 50% of receipts paid in prizes.
|Andy Humphreys Reaches 500 Games (posted Mon 13th Nov 2017)
Prolific scorer Andy Humphreys reached another milestone on Saturday when he played his 500th game for the club in the A Team game against Harpenden Rovers Reserves. They won 5-3 and of course Andy got on the score sheet, but with a header! That takes his scoring record to 297 goals. Well done Andy this is a superb achievement.
|100 Club Winners October 2017 (posted Thu 9th Nov 2017)
The monthly draw took place after the match against St Margetsbury and the winners for the month of October 2017 were:-
Neil Foskett £10 ; Barry Johnson £10; Phil Casserley £10; Paul Lewis £100 and Will Dunstan £30.
As usual winnings can be collected from the Club on match days or by contacting the club. New members would be welcome to join this fund raising exercise at just £1 per week, just print off a bankers standing order from the website and return to the Club.
|F A Vase 2nd Round Draw (posted Mon 23rd Oct 2017)
The above draw took place today and we have unusually been drawn at HOME and will play Ely City on Saturday 11th November 2017 with kick off at 3pm.
Ely play in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and are the oldest Senior Club in Cambridgeshire and formed in 1885. They currently occupy 12th place having played 17 matches, won 6, drawn 5 and lost 6, gaining 22 points.
|Quiz Night Result (posted Sun 15th Oct 2017)
In a closely contested General Knowledge Quiz run by Richard Vincent the winners were Bobbin Along who won by just 1 point from No Ideas in what was generally a very closely fought contest all round. Our former Chairman's team, 8 minus 2, won the wooden spoon or in this case the sweets! Good evening all round and thanks to Richard and his wife Pam for putting together the evening that was enjoyed by all those attending. Next Quiz Night will be held in April next year - exact date to be confirmed.
|100 Club Draw - September 2017 (posted Sat 14th Oct 2017)
The monthly draw took place this afternoon and the winners for the month of September were:- 2nd Sept : Dave Stacey £10; 9th Sept : John Brannan £10; 16th Sept : Barry Johnson £10; 23rd Sept : Amanda Stacey £10; 30th Sept : Martin Richards £100 and Olivia & Joshua Foskett £30. As usual the winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days or by contacting the club via email.
|Club Memberships 2017-18 (posted Fri 13th Oct 2017)
The new season is underway and whilst the majority of our existing members have renewed their Club Memberships "new" or "existing" supporters that are not members could save money on the entrance charge and also all drinks purchased over the Club bar. Memberships cost just £20 for the season and £10 for Senior Citizens or those under 18 as at 31st August. Forms can be downloaded from the website or collected from the bar on match days.
|Celebration Game Off (posted Wed 4th Oct 2017)
Unfortunately with a tight time frame and many possible players who didn't want to miss the match not available, we have decided to put back the date of our celebration game.
At this point no date has been put in place, but the celebration of Mick's 3 decades at the helm will go ahead as soon as possible.
|Celebration Game (posted Tue 3rd Oct 2017)
We will be celebrating the immense contributions to our football club by Mick Eldridge over the last 30 years, with a game between teams made up of past and present players on Sunday October 15th with an 11 o'clock kick off.
We would like to invite everyone with an interest in the club to come along and watch or play( please contact Ian Butler on 07889203609 if you would want to play) and raise a glass to Mick who has just stood down as Chairman, treasurer, manager and player over the last 3 decades.
|"Easy Fund Raising" (posted Thu 7th Sep 2017)
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When you shop the easyfundraising way with one of 3,250 shops and sites they give us a commission for your purchase. This then turns that into a donation to Tring Athletic F C, your good cause. Easy!
Click on the easyfundraising box on the main website page for more information.
|100 Club Winners - August 2017 (posted Mon 4th Sep 2017)
The monthly draw took place following the Hoddesdon match on Saturday and the winners for the month of August were:- 5th August: Pauline Howell £10; 12th August: Pete Stilwell £10; 19th August: Steve Manzie £10; 26th August: Chris Langford £100 and Dave Richards £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days. We have a few spaces left if others would like to support the Club whilst having the opportunity to win some cash. 50% of funds collected paid in prizes.
|New Reserve Team Sponsor (posted Wed 9th Aug 2017)
We are delighted to announce that Nicky Petrou of N P Electrics has agreed to be our Reserve Team Sponsor succeeding Market Auto's who have supported the Club for more than 20 years. You will have seen advertising boards around the pitch and it is great to have N P Electrics supporting their local football club in this way. More details can be found on - www.NP-Electrics.co.uk
|Wycombe Senior Cup Draw (posted Wed 9th Aug 2017)
The draw for the above competition has taken place and we have been drawn to play Aylesbury Dynamos F C at Home in the 1st Round with this match to be played prior to 30th September. The winners will visit Flackwell Heath F C in the Quarter Final to be played by 2nd December.
|100 Club Winners - July 2017 (posted Tue 1st Aug 2017)
The monthly draw took place last night when we entertained Leverstock Green and the winners for the month of July were:- Andy Playle £10; Steve Manzie £10; Alan Dumpleton £10; Brian Rutherford £10; Mick Eldridge £100 and Mick Murphy £30. The winnings can be collected from the bar on match days or by contacting the Club via email. We have space for a few New members at just £1 per week paid quarterly by standing order.
|Latest Player Sponsorship (posted Sat 29th Jul 2017)
Hercules Sports have sponsored Max Hercules for Season 2017-18 - see Commercial - Player Sponsorship to see who is available. Costs just £30 for the season and shows your support to the player and Club with your name appearing in the Match Day programme. Call in at the Club on a match day or send an email to email@example.com.
|TAFC Annual General Meeting - Thursday 21st September 2017 (posted Thu 20th Jul 2017)
The Club gives notice that the above meeting is open to all Members and Supporters of the Club and will commence at 7pm.
Anyone wishing to seek an amendment to the Club's Constitution or Rules must place this in writing to the Honorary Secretary at least 28 days prior to the meeting. The Honorary Secretary shall notify the members in writing of any such proposals prior to the meeting.
|Belated 100 Club Draw - June 2017 (posted Wed 19th Jul 2017)
The above belated draw took place post the friendly match against AFC Dunstable and the winners for the month of June were:- 3rd June - Diane Griffiths £10; 10th June - Colin Phillips £10; 17th June - Andy Simmons £10; 24th June - Ralph Griffiths £100 and Marion Griffiths £30.
Well done to the Griffiths family who scooped £140 - if you wish to take part in this fund raiser then please download a standing order from the Club website and return this to the Club. Just £1 per week with 50% of takings paid in prize money.
|Player Kit Sponsorship (posted Mon 17th Jul 2017)
Why not sponsor your favourite Player's kit, it only costs £30 for a season. If you are interested then please contact Phil Chong either at the Clubhouse or on 07477 686 889 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 players now sponsored - check whom is still available - Commercial - Player Sponsorship
|Match Sponsors Wanted (posted Mon 17th Jul 2017)
Why not support the Club by sponsoring a Match. It only costs £25 and you and a friend will gain free entry to the match, will receive a free programme with your support acknowledged and have access to the Board Room at half time. Just contact Barry Simmons either at the Clubhouse or on 07597 085619 or via email to email@example.com
|Michael Anthony Promoting Tring Sports Clubs (posted Mon 17th Jul 2017)
The following flyer is being distributed in Tring supporting some of the Town's Senior Sports Clubs
|SSMFL Part Fixture Release (posted Thu 13th Jul 2017)
We have been advised of key SSMFL fixture dates which are as follows:- Saturday 12th August : Welwyn Garden City @ Home; Saturday 23rd December - Berkhamsted Away; Saturday 30th December: Holmer Green @ Home; Saturday 31st March - Berkhamsted @ Home; Tuesday 3rd April - Holmer Green Away and Saturday 28th April - Harpenden Town Away. Full fixture list follow.
|Youth Team Coach WANTED (posted Sat 8th Jul 2017)
Tring Athletic U18s Youth Team are looking for an additional coach for the coming season:-
To assist the Manager and Assistant Manager with coaching on Training days and coaching duties on Match days. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiast and vibrant coach to run and Learn new sessions and skills from our experienced Management team.
Training is on Monday nights with games being played midweek in the Southern Floodlit Midweek League. Our games are against senior Non-League youth teams like Borehamwood, Chesham, Dunstable etc.
If you are interested then please contact Cliff Hercules (Manager) on 07711 903575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|FA Competitions (posted Fri 7th Jul 2017)
FA Cup - Athletic have been given an away tie in the Extra Preliminary Round at Colney Heath on 5th August. The winners will host Shortwood United of the Hellenic League.
FA Vase - following our successful run last season, Athletic have been given an excemption though until the 2nd round proper of the FA Vase with the first game due to be on 11th November.
|New Chairman (posted Thu 6th Jul 2017)
The Club is delighted to announce that Howard Wells OBE has been appointed as Chairman of Tring Athletic Football Club, with effect from September 2017. Wells has held six Chief Executive positions in sport throughout his career, two of which were in Hong Kong where he spent fifteen years. He has worked in three CEO roles in professional football, at Watford and Ipswich Town FC, when both achieved Premier League status. He spent four years as CEO of the Irish FA up to 2008 and has worked as a Match Commissioner for FIFA during two World Cup tournaments. In Hong Kong he worked for TVB as a pundit during four World Cups from 1982 to 1994.
He was the first CEO of UK Sport and was instrumental in encouraging government to switch lottery funding from facility projects to athletes. He has Chaired the Sport and Recreation Alliance, several business projects and is currently Chairing Adastra Sport Management and Futsal Focus. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Bucks New University and has Chaired the University's Business Advisory Group. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Sport.
Asked to comment, Wells said "My football career started at Tring Athletic when I was fourteen and I thought it important to put something back into the local game, at a time when the Club is moving forward with clear ambitions".
|Greenfleets sponsorship (posted Wed 5th Jul 2017)
We are delighted to announce that Greenfleets have renewed their sponsorship of the first team's shirts for 2017/18. We would like to thank Stephen Greenstreet & his team for their continued support.
|Under 18 Open Trial Sessions (posted Sun 25th Jun 2017)
Local football legend Cliff Hercules will again be running our Under 18s Team following their successful opening season in the Southern Counties Midweek Floodlit Youth League last year.
Despite having a young squad and competing against youth teams from more senior clubs our U18s more than held their own and finished in a respectable position in the table. Some of the players stepped up to make appearances for the Reserve Team and two progressed as far as the First Team.
In preparation for the forthcoming 2017/18 season we will be holding three Open Trials sessions for players aged 15-17 on the following dates:
Monday 26th June from 6.45pm to 8.30pm
Monday 3rd July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Monday 10th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Following the trials Training Sessions will be held on the following dates:
Thursday 13th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Monday 17th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 20th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
The Open Trials and Training sessions will be held at our Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5NS.
Games are played in midweek under floodlights and by joining our Youth Team you will benefit from the following:-
- A family friendly club.
- An excellent standard of football.
- Coaching by UEFA B coaches.
- Proactive youth player development.
- A realistic route to the First Team via Reserve football.
- Experience of playing on Senior Non-league grounds such as Hemel Hempstead, Chesham Utd & Borehamwood.
Dont worry if you can't make the Open Trials you are more than welcome to attend the training sessions.
For further information please contact Cliff Hercules 07711 903575 or email him at email@example.com
|New Addition to First Team Management (posted Fri 9th Jun 2017)
We are delighted to announce that Paul Hunt formerly Manager at Leverstock Green and Amersham Town has joined the Club as Assistant Manager of the 1st Team. Paul will assist Ian Richardson and Stuart Stedman remains as First Team Coach.
|Successful Extrordinary Meeting Held 6th June (posted Wed 7th Jun 2017)
The club held a successful and well supported E-GM last night. A total of 32 members and supporters attended the meeting and provided some great input to proceedings. At the meeting we identified how we would be able to fill some of the key areas in the clubs operational plan for the coming season, and agreed actions to address others.
Importantly, we will be welcoming Debbie Dunstan on to the Committee as Treasurer and Im sure Debbie will prove to be a great signing for the club. The same applies to Brian Rutherford who will be filling the new role of Administration & Maintenance Manager. There was also a good response for the call for volunteers to help run match day operations.
There is still work to be done to ensure we have a robust and fully resourced operational plan, and if anybody who was unable to attend would like to have their name added to the list of volunteers then please email the club directly.
The position of Chairman remains to be resolved and any interested persons should contact the Club. Mick Eldridge will remain in the Chair until the AGM due in September.
Many thanks to all those who attended and put their hands up to help much appreciated.
|100 Club Winners - May 2017 (posted Tue 6th Jun 2017)
The draw took place at the recent EGM and the winners for the month of May were:- 6th May: Bobby Fryer £10; 13th May: Dave Foskett £10; 20th May: Graham Poll £10; 27th May: Steve Johnson £100 and Brian Bruton £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days. New members always welcomed.
|Extraordinary General Meeting : 6th June (posted Sun 4th Jun 2017)
In light of the recent announcement that Mick Eldridge will be stepping down at the end of his current term as Chairman, the Committee have called an Extraordinary General Meeting at 8pm on Tuesday 6th June at the Clubhouse. If you are involved in the club in any capacity, including being a member or regular/occasional supporter, you are invited to attend. In fact it is critical that there is a good turn out to this meeting as we will be discussing arrangements for the future and, specifically the new 2017/18 season. So if you care about the club, and am sure most people are passionate about it, please do your very best to attend.
|Welcome to Phil Crawford (posted Sat 20th May 2017)
We are delighted to advise and welcome Phil Crawford who has joined the Club and will be helping to manage the Reserve Team for the coming season. Phil has been in the RAF for 28 years playing and coaching abroad and has most recently been managing Chinnor Reserves in the Hellenic league. Phil has a Level 2 Coaching Award together with appropriate First Aid qualifications and will be a good asset to our Management team.
|Pitch Renovations Complete (posted Sat 20th May 2017)
Following a slight delay in undertaking the pitch renovations due to the very dry weather ground works were completed this week with 21 tonnes of sand applied, pitch verti drained and drill seeded. Our Groundsman, Darrell Bodimeade, has also undertaken additional seeding in the goal mouths and other keys areas of the pitch. Whilst not wishing for wet weather the recent showers and sunshine will help the pitch recover before pre-season starts.
|End of Season Awards (posted Mon 15th May 2017)
The Club's Annual Presentation took place on Saturday 13th May with a good attendance from all teams and supporters. The Club had had an excellent season with the First Team finishing 5th in the SSMFL Premier Division, defeated Kings Langley to win the St Mary's Cup, lost to Berkhamsted in the Herts Charity Cup and had their best run in the F A Vase reaching the 4th round.
First Team awards went to: Players Player - Sam Joliffe, Managers Player and Supporters Player - Luke Dunstan.
The Reserve team finished mid-table in the Suburban Premier Division and reached the SFL Plate Final being defeated by Knaphill FC.
Reserve Team awards went to: Players Player (joint award) - Joe Naylor and Max Hercules; Managers Player - Ben Alcock.
The "A" Team finished Runners Up in the West Herts Premier Division and their awards went to; Players Player - Luke Naylor and Managers Player - Arthur Cull.
The "B" Team had a great season winning the West Herts Division 2 and also the Sir Stanley Rous Cup and their awards went to: Players Player - Louis Hakner and Managers Player - Phil Monaghan.
The Youth Team held their own in a league with many senior clubs finishing mid table and their awards went to: Players Player - Joe Smith and Managers Player - Max Hercules.
The Clubman of the Year award went to the "A" Manager and long standing member of the Club Ian Butler. He returned to management of the "A" team creating an excellent spirit amongst the players.
Thanks went to all Managers and their assistants in completing an excellent season for the Club and also those Committee members and helpers in the background who helped the club run smoothly throughout the season.
Joe Smith Youth Team Players Player
Max Hercules Youth Team Managers Player
Luke Dunstan Managers and Supporters Player of the Year
Max Hercules Reserve Team Players Player
1st Team Players Player - Sam Joliffe
|F A Cup Final Tickets (posted Sun 14th May 2017)
The Club has two tickets for the F A Cup Final to be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 27th May. The tickets allocated to us are in the Arsenal end so any Arsenal fan who would like to go into a ballot should express their wish directly to our Club Secretary by email at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org by mid-day Friday including their Membership Number. Bob will then conduct the ballot on Friday pm with his wife, Elaine, picking names out of the hat. Cost of the tickets will be £67-50 each.
|Richard "Dickie" Smith departs (posted Fri 12th May 2017)
Dickie who has successfully run the Reserve Team with Chris Juraszek is standing down from his position as Assistant Manager now that we have reached the end of the season. Dickie has been instrumental in the success of the Reserves and has had offers to manage at First Team level elsewhere which he is keen to do. Dickie goes with the Club's good wishes and of course we would always welcome him back should it not work out for him.
|100 Club Winners - April 2017 (posted Sun 30th Apr 2017)
The monthly draw was made after the Reserve team match on Saturday and the winners for the month of April were:- 1st April: Darren Pond £10; 8th April: Chris Langford £10; 15th April: Mick Eldridge £10; 22nd April: Debbie Dunstan £10 and 29th April: Ben Stacey £100 and Sean Rutherford £30. As usual the winnings can be collected from the Club bar or by contacting the Club.
|Club News (posted Mon 24th Apr 2017)
After 8 years Mick Eldridge has made the difficult decision to stand down as Chairman of the club at the end of his current term. As many people will know, Mick has successfully battled a serious health condition over the last 2 years and believes, having come through this and with the club in a good position, now is the right time to take a couple of steps back from the front line. This decision has been accepted with some sadness by the Committee, but this is tempered by the knowledge that Mick will continue to be a larger than life character at the Club, albeit in a position that better matches his personal circumstances. The Committee, and no doubt everyone at the club, would like to place on record their deep appreciation for all Mick has done in the role. Hon Secretary
|Congratulations to the "B" Team (posted Sat 22nd Apr 2017)
Fantastic win in the Sir Stanley Rous Cup Final held at Hemel Town's ground today when they defeated Potton End 5-1. Well done to the team and Management on an excellent season.
|100 Club Winners - March 2017 (posted Mon 10th Apr 2017)
The monthly draw has taken place and the winners for the month of March were:- 4th March: Pauline Howell £10; 11th March: Sam Allum £10; 18th March: Peggy Herbert £10; 25th March: Ian Butler £100 and John Eadie £30. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
|Cup Final (posted Wed 5th Apr 2017)
The B team will play the final of The Sir Stanley Rous Cup at Hemel Town's ground on Saturday 22nd April with a 3pm kick off.
|Race Night (posted Wed 29th Mar 2017)
The "A" Team are organising a Race Night as a fund raising evening to be held at the Club on Saturday 8th April - put the date in your diary - "free " entry and starts at 7:30pm
|New Advertising Board (posted Sun 12th Mar 2017)
We are delighted that another local business - Michael Anthony Estate Agents - are supporting the Club by way 2 new pitch side advertising boards. We have plenty of room pitch side so if your are interested in advertising your business and supporting our 5 teams then please contact the club via email : email@example.com or by viewing our website for charges - Commercial/Charges.
|100 Club Winners - February 2017 (posted Mon 6th Mar 2017)
The draw for the month of February was made following the Reserves match on Saturday and the winners for the month of February were:- 4th February: Ray Brimson £10 ; 11th February: Will Dunstan £10; 18th February: Martin Richards £10 and 25th February Mick Eldridge £100 & £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days.
|100 Club Winners - January 2017 (posted Sun 5th Feb 2017)
The monthly draw too place after Saturdays Reserve Team fixture and the lucky winners for the month of January 2017 were:- 7th January: Dave & Karen Livingstone £10; 14th January: Paul Vinnicombe; 21st January: Oliver & Joshua Foskett; 28th January: £100 Andy Playle and £30 John Brannan. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
|FA Vase Quarter Final Draw (posted Tue 31st Jan 2017)
The draw for the Quarter Final of the FA Vase took place on Monday and Southall were handed a home tie against Cleethorpes Town. The Lincolnshire side will provide a tough challenge as they top the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League and have won 13 of their last 14 games. Hopefully home advantage will propel Southall into the semis.
Sporting Khalsa have been given a local derby with a short trip to Coleshill Town who play in the same league. Coleshill are 3rd in the table 3 places and 11 points above SK but the latter have 3 games in hand. The 2 sides have met once this season at SK with the game ending in a 1-1 draw, so a close contest looks on the cards.
These ties will take place on Saturday 18 February with each winning club receiving £3,375 from the FA Vase prize fund.
|Team of the Month Awards (posted Tue 31st Jan 2017)
John Thompson of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Committee visited the Club on a very wet evening prior to our fixture against London Tigers and presented to the Team two Trophies and Match balls as a reward for their outstanding performances in September and November when they received the "Team of the Month Award" for the Premier Division.
|FA Vase (posted Sun 29th Jan 2017)
Southall did the Spartan South Midlands League proud by booking their place in the Quarter Final of the FA Vase with an impressive 4-2 home win over Exmouth Town on Sunday. Well done to Southall and we hope they go all the way.
Our conquerors in the previous round Sporting Khalsa will also go in the hat for Monday's Quarter Final draw after a comprehensive 3-0 win at Ely City. Their goals came from Craig Banister, Dave Meese and Marvin Nisbett. All three played against us and Meese scored the only goal with a late penalty. Seeing how far Sporting have gone it raises the interesting point of how well we could have done but for that soft penalty.
|100 Club Winners - December 2016 (posted Mon 16th Jan 2017)
Apologies for the late drawing of the monthly 100 Club Winners basically due to the F A Vase trip on the first Saturday in the month and the Club being closed on that day.
The lucky winners for the month of December 2016 were:-
Ian Butler £10; Mick Hartley £10; Brian Lovell £10; Dave & Karen Livingstone £10; Brian Bruton £100 and Phil Casserley £30.
As usual the winnings can be collected form the Club Bar on match days.
|FA Vase Draw (posted Mon 9th Jan 2017)
Sporting Khalsa's victory on Saturday booked them a trip to Cambridgeshire in the 5th Round of the FA Vase to face Ely City. Ely are presently 17th in the Eastern Counties Premier Division one place below Walsham Le Willows who we knocked out in the First Round. Ely beat Welwyn Garden City 3-2 away in a previous round so have some pedigree. We wish Sporting Khalsa all the best in what is likely to be a tough match.
The only South Midlands representative left in the competition Southall have secured a home tie in the 5th round against Exmouth Town who are 8th in the South West Peninsula Premier Division. Lets hope they can keep the South Midland flag flying by booking their place in the Quarter Final.
Both games will take place on Saturday 28 January 2017.
|100 Club New Members Required (posted Fri 6th Jan 2017)
We currently have 9 numbers available in our monthly draw so would welcome new members.
It costs £1 a week ideally collected via quarterly standing order of £13 although annual payments can be made. Prize money is 50% of income and we currently pay a 1st prize £100, 2nd prize of £30 and then 3 or 4 x £10 prizes depending upon number of Saturdays in each month. The monthly draw normally takes place at the Club on the first Saturday of each month and then detailed on the website and via email.
If you would like to join and help raise funds for the Club you can download a standing form from the website, collect one from the Club on match days or send an email to the Club - firstname.lastname@example.org.
|F A Vase Travel (posted Wed 28th Dec 2016)
8TH December - We have booked a 49 seater coach with Smiths of Tring to travel to Sporting Khalsa in the F A Vase on Saturday 7th January 2017. The cost to our supporters will be £15 per seat and obviously we have a restricted number of seats available so please add your name to the list in the Club house or email the club on email@example.com to book your seat. The journey time by car is in excess of 2 hours so we will allow plenty of time to travel through the Midlands and will depart from the Club at 10:30am departing Willenhall at c6pm to return to Tring.
28/12/16 -JUST 2 PLACES LEFTF ON THE COACH - SPEAK TO MICK ELDRIDGE IF YOU WISH TO TRAVEL.
06/01/17 - COACH FULL
|FA Vase 4th Round Tie (posted Thu 8th Dec 2016)
We shall be travelling to the West Midlands on 7th January for our 4th Round FA Vase game after Sporting Khalsa convincingly beat Sleaford Town 3-0 away last night (Wednesday 7/12/16) following their dramatic 5-5 draw on Saturday. Sporting Khalsa, whose home ground is the Aspray Arena in Willenhall, play in the Premier Division of the Midland League, which is the same level as us, and they presently occupy 6th place in the table. Details of transport arrangements will be released in due course.
|100 Club Winners - November 2016 (posted Wed 7th Dec 2016)
The monthly draw took place at the weekend and the Winners for the month of November were:- 5th Nov: Brian Lovell £10; 12th Nov: Brian Rutherford £10; 19th Nov: Ralph Griffiths £10, 26th Nov: £100 John Brannan and £30 Ben Stacey. Winnings can be collected from the Club on match days as usual. We do have a few numbers available should you wish to join and support the Club - £1 per week. Email the club or download a standing order from the website - click on Commercial tab and then 100 Club.
|Another "Old Boy" returns (posted Tue 22nd Nov 2016)
We are delighted to welcome Lee Stobbs, our Player of the Year last season, who returns to the Club from Aylesbury FC. Lee left us at the end of last season to play football at Step 4 and we encourage all players to play at the best level possible in the knowledge that would be welcomed back should they wish to return. We would also thank Aylesbury FC and their Chairman who agreed to an early release as they could have insisted a fairly long delay to this second signing if they stuck to the F A Rules. Both Kieran Turner and Lee Stobbs are available to play in all competitions that we are still competing in.
|Quiz Night Success (posted Sun 20th Nov 2016)
Richard Vincent's popular Quiz Night was well attended and competition was fierce but Bob Winter's Team "The Bunyan Bandits" lived up to their name taking 1st prize maximising the "Joker" round scoring a total of 178 points. Two teams tied for 2nd place whilst the team in final place also lived up to their name "The Neverwins".
We thank Richard and Pam Vincent for organising and Dave Stacey and his team for providing the food. The winners went home with bottles of wine whilst those in last place went home the usual selection of sweets.
|New Committee Member (posted Thu 10th Nov 2016)
We are delighted that Phil Chong has joined the Committee and will take on the role of Commercial Manager looking to increase Club revenues from the use of our facilities, advertising and sponsorship. Phil currently owns and runs China Water restaurant in Aston Clinton but has a background in marketing having worked for two large High Street, retailers before commencing his own business. We welcome Phil on board.
|** NEW DATE** Supper Quiz Night - Friday 18th November 8pm start (posted Fri 4th Nov 2016)
We have had to re-arrange this date due to the First Team's F A Vase match in Northants on Saturday 12th November which would mean that those travelling to this match would probably be unable to attend.
Please update you availability to attend either via the club noticeboard or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General knowledge quiz with teams between 4 and 8 persons with Ploughmans Supper. Tickets cost £6 per person, please add name to the list in the club house or email the club at email@example.com to help with catering for the correct number of persons
|Ron Baldwin (posted Mon 31st Oct 2016)
It is with regret that we report the recent death, just before his 73rd birthday, of former Athletic player Ron Baldwin. Ron was a fearsome left back during his playing days at the club in the early 1960's and he can be seen in some of the photos on display in the clubhouse. After he finished playing he became a regular at Athletic home games until he moved to Cambridgeshire to be near his son Paul, also a former Athletic player, and his family. The funeral took place last week and among the mourners were former Athletic colleagues Dennis "Dingle" Gascoigne, Trevor Ellis and Barry and Brian Johnson. We extend our condolences to Ron's wife Diane and to his son Paul, wife and 2 grandchildren.
|SSMFL - Team of the Month (posted Mon 31st Oct 2016)
Many congratulations to the Management team of Ian Richardson, Stuart Stedman, Colin Phillips and Gary Looker and all those players performing for the First Team during the month of October as they have been awarded "Premier Division Team of the Month" for October 2016.
The Team has obviously also had the support of the Reserve Team Management in the provision of players during the month as we have seen a number of players stepping up and supporting the First Team.
|Another Away Draw in Vase at Rothwell Corinthians (posted Mon 24th Oct 2016)
Having played away in the previous three rounds we find ourselves again having to take to the road for our 2nd Round Proper match in the FA Vase. Our opponents will be Northants side Rothwell Corinthians who play in the Premier Division of the United Counties League, which is at the same level as ourselves in the Football Pyramid. In the previous rounds they beat Burton Park Wanderers (H) 8-0, Irchester United (H) 2-1 and Waltham Forest (A) 2-1. Supporters will recall that we met in last years competition, on that occasion we won 2-1 at home after drawing 3-3 away. The game will take place on Saturday 12 November and transport arrangements will be announced in due course.
|Tour of Tring Brewery (posted Fri 21st Oct 2016)
We have booked a Tour of Tring Brewery, one of our Club Sponsors, for Thursday 8th December from 7:15pm until 10:15pm.
The evening includes a tour covering the history of the brewery, their beers and how they make them. There's also fish & chips (other options available) halfway through the evening and beer flowing from the pumps all night long.
The cost is £19-50 per person and only available to those over the age of 18 years.
Add your name to the list on the Club noticeboard or email the Club on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Limited number of places are available.
|Old Boys on Tour (posted Mon 17th Oct 2016)
Tring Athletic Old Boys 4 Belgium 3
Tring Old Boys produced an astonishing victory over a young Belgium side on their International Beach Football debut at the weekend.
With Dave Stacey and Mark Allum taking the sensible optionof returning to the bar, Tring fielded a strong line up of Phillips, Foskett D, Foskett N, Butler, Ranger, Casserley and Johnson.The game ebbed and flowed with the vast majority of spectators cheering on the Belgians. Dave Foskett, Ian Butler and Steve Johnson notched for Athletic but 3 were conceded at the other end too with Colin Phillips having a Gary Sprake moment at his near post.
It was anyone's game - 3 "goals" from Belgium were controversially ruled out for a variety of spurious reasons as Tring tired from the effects of having spent4 hours in the bar before the match. In typical England fashion - Tring went Route One with the insipid Phil Casserley bypassed in midfield in preference for a big pump upto Trings very own Bob Latchford - Steve Johnson. The idea was for Johnson to knock it down to the anonymous Ian Ranger but a spectacular overhead kick was opted for on one occasion - to the amusement of onlookers.
Tring were defending heroically with Foskett, Phillips and Butler tackling tenaciously and the win was sealed late on when on form Ian Butler smashed home a trademark long range effort. Although the game was originally agreed to be first to 5 - Tring decided enough was enough at 4-3 and promptly ended the game.
|Keith Hamilton to become Life Vice President (posted Mon 3rd Oct 2016)
At the Annual General Meeting our Treasurer, Keith Hamilton, presented the Annual Accounts before stepping down as Treasurer due to his recent ill health. Keith has undertaken this role for the last 7 years, an important time in the Club's development, and his help and guidance has been very much appreciated. A small award was made to Keith at the AGM and he was invited to become a Life Vice President of the Club.
|Suburban Football League "link" (posted Mon 3rd Oct 2016)
We have added a direct link to the Suburban Football League Premier Division so that you can keep up to date with the Reserve Team's fixtures, results and league table.
|Veterans Victory (posted Sun 2nd Oct 2016)
Our Vets team being run by Colin Phillips had a rare match today in the County Cup and travelled to Bishops Stortford and a clean sheet for goal keeping Coach Gary Looker meant that we weren't going to lose. Colin's match report wording says that they "romped" to a 3-0 win with a fine free kick from our "A" Team Manager, Ian Butler, and 2 goals from Raymond Thomas gave us victory. Miss of the season however came from this month's 100 Club Winner, Liam Ahern, from 1 yard out!
|100 Club Winners - September 2016 (posted Sat 1st Oct 2016)
The monthly draw took place today and the winners for the month of September were: 3rd September: Peggy Butler £10; 10th September: Lisa Bradley; 17th September: Darren Pond and 24th September: Liam Ahern £100 and Neil Dunn £30.
Winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days.
|Coach for F A Vase Trip 22nd October (posted Wed 28th Sep 2016)
As advised we play Walsall Le Willows in the F A Vase and given that the journey is approx 115 miles each way we have organised a coach to take players and spectators to this important match. Journey time is approx. 2 hours 30 mins and we will be departing from Tring at c11am and returning from Walsham at c6pm. Supporters are requested to contribute £10 each towards the cost of travel and anyone wishing to attend should add their name to the list on the club noticeboard or email the club on email@example.com.
|Annual General Meeting - Monday 3rd October (posted Sun 25th Sep 2016)
This important meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday 3rd October and all members and non-members are welcomed to attend.
The Club is always looking to add helpers to the Committee that runs the Club and if you wish to join, with or without a specific role then please email the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Treasurer, Keith Hamilton, who has had a period of ill health but is now slowly recovering is stepping down at the AGM so if anyone would like to become involved with the Club and has a background in finance or accounting then again please contact the Club or speak with one of the committee members. We would wish to thank Keith for his hard work, advice and guidance over the past 7 years.
The meeting will start at 8pm
|Match Sponsors Required (posted Wed 14th Sep 2016)
The season has started well and we are looking for match sponsors with three matches available in October and also other dates as the season progresses - for availability "click on Commercial and then Match Sponsorship".
Sponsorship costs £25 per match and you and a guest will receive free entry, match day programmes, half and full time hospitality in the board room - and more importantly you are supporting the Club.
Anyone interested should contact Vice Chairman, Barry Simmons, or send an email to email@example.com.
|100 Club Winners - September 2016 (posted Tue 13th Sep 2016)
The delayed draw was made after the F A Vase match against Spelthorne Sports and the winners for the month of August were:- 8th August - Liam Ahern £10; 15th August - Gill Eldridge £10; 22nd August - Darren Pond £10 and 29th August - Dave & Karen Livingstone £100 and Jamie Robbins £30.
As usual winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
|TAFC Golf Day (posted Mon 12th Sep 2016)
The Ged Keough Golf Day (former captain and first winner) was held today at Ellesborough Golf Club with 23 players/members participating. In the morning we had a 9 hole team completion won by David Rolph, Nigel Smethers and Keith Butler followed by 18 hole Stableford competition. This was won by Tom Miller who beat Kris Fox on countback scoring 39 points. 4 nearest the pins were won by Neil Foskett, Mark Boniface, Bobby Fryer and Dave O'Connor with the longest drive won by Jamie Robbins. The Wooden Spoon this year was won by John Dunphy who in addition to some prizes has a "free" lesson at the "Andrew Ainsworth Golf Academy". Course was in great condition with excellent food and hospitality shown by the Club.
|Ben Seaton Makes an Impression abroad (posted Thu 1st Sep 2016)
Ben who has come upon through the U18, Reserves and First team has gone to study sport in the USA and in his first appearance for his college side made a good impression - "After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless action the Tribunes retook the lead in the 72nd minute, but Genesee responded in the 80th minute to even the score at two. Livesey sent a cross into the box for Benjamin Seaton, who had his first shot stopped by a defender but managed to find the lower right corner on his second try to tie the game once again." We wish Ben best of luck with his studies and sport and will continue to follow his progress.
|Herts Senior Cup Draw (posted Thu 18th Aug 2016)
The draw for this competition took place today and we have been drawn to play Oxhey Jets in a HOME fixture to be played during the week commencing 31st October. If we are successful we will play either Hertford Town or Kings Langley in an AWAY fixture to be played during the week commencing 5th December 2016. Dates to be confirmed in due course.
|Annual General Meeting (posted Fri 12th Aug 2016)
This important meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday 3rd October and all members and non-members are welcomed to attend.
The Club is always looking to add helpers to the Committee that runs the Club and if you wish to join, with or without a specific role then please email the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Treasurer, Keith Hamilton, who has had a period of ill health but is now slowly recovering is stepping down at the AGM so if anyone would like to become involved with the Club and has a background in finance or accounting then again please contact the Club or speak with one of the committee members. We would wish to thank Keith for his hard work, advice and guidance over the past 7 years.
The meeting will start at 8pm
|100 Club Winners - July 2016 (posted Wed 10th Aug 2016)
The monthly draw took place after the match last night when we entertained Leverstock Green and the lucky winners for the month of July were:- 2nd July: Ray Brimson £10; 9th July: Stephen Greenstreet; 16th July: John Eadie £10; 23rd July: Marion Griffiths £10 and 30th July: Marion Griffiths £100 and Chris Langford £30.
As usual winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days or by contacting the Club.
We have just 4 places available so if you wish to join you can download a bankers standing order form the Club website or email your interest to the Club.
|Youth Fixtures Updated (posted Mon 8th Aug 2016)
We have received the seasons fixtures for the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League - Corinthian Division and these are now shown. All matches will be confirmed by the "Home" club nearer the date of the fixture so there may be changes to day and kick off times so please check on a regular basis. All home matches will kick off at 7:30pm but other clubs do vary from either 7:30 or 7:45pm.
|Colin Phillips returns (posted Mon 1st Aug 2016)
We are pleased to announce that Colin Phillips has returned to the Club and will be assisting Ian Richardson, Stuart Stedman and Gary Looker in running/coaching the First Team. Welcome back Colin.
|100 Club Winners - June 2016 (posted Mon 25th Jul 2016)
The draw took place after Saturday's friendly match against Potters Bar and the winners for the month of June were:- 4th June: Lorraine Humphreys £10; 11th June: Alan Foskett £10; 18th June: Paul Lewis £10 and 25th June: Dave Martin £100 and Ralph Griffiths £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days or by contacting the Club. A New season approaches and New Members would be welcomed at just £1 per week via quarterly bankers standing order.
|100 Club Winners May 2016 (posted Mon 27th Jun 2016)
A belated draw for the month of May has taken place and the winners were :- 7th May - Liam Ahern £10; 14th May - Alan Gray; 21st May - Pete Morgan £10 and 28th May - Claire Merlino £100 and Darren Pond £30. As usual the cash winnings can be collected from the Club on match days.
Help support you Club by becoming a new member at just £1 per week, 50% of takings paid in prizes. Email the Club for a standing order form - email@example.com
|SSMFL League Award (posted Sat 25th Jun 2016)
At the SSML Annual General Meeting, Mick Eldridge's efforts for the Club have been recognised by the Spartan South Midlands Football League with the award of the Alf Joyce Memorial Cup given to an official for outstanding services to the club. Many congratulations go to Mick.
|Pre Season Training (posted Fri 17th Jun 2016)
Training for all teams, old and new players are welcome, will commence on Tuesday 28th June and each Thursday and Saturday morning thereafter with a mid-week start time of 7pm. Meet at main ground in good time to change and be prepared to start at 7pm. Start time for the Saturday sessions to be confirmed. Please contact Ian Richardson on 07850 088874 or Chris Juraszek on 07737 408121 if you have any questions.
The First teams league season will commence during the first week of August and the Reserves start their league programme towards the end of August. Fixtures will be advised in due course.
|Aylesbury United Legend Cliff Hercules To Manage Youth Team (posted Mon 30th May 2016)
We are delighted to announce that former Aylesbury United player and Coach Cliff Hercules will be taking up the role of Managing our U18 Youth team from next season.
The team will play in the Southern Counties Midweek Floodlit League and Cliff will be assisted by his brother Trevor, who has had previous success running Youth teams and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the Youth Leagues.
We will be will be running trial sessions from the first week in July and throughout the month to determine a squad for the coming season.
Trial Sessions will be starting on Monday 11th July at 6.30pm at our Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane, Tring, Herts, HP23 5NS
Any players interested are welcome to come along or for further information contact either Cliff on firstname.lastname@example.org or the Club on email@example.com. Alternatively you can contact Club Chairman Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696.
The Club has a long history of encouraging young players and would welcome a sponsor to support this exciting development. Anybody interested is invited to contact either Cliff or the Club as above.
|TAFC Bowls Champions 2016 (posted Sun 22nd May 2016)
Vice Chairman Barry Simmons led a team of Club Members in the Annual Bowls Competition hosted by Tring Bowls Club involving ourselves, Squash and Tring Tornadoes Junior Sports Club and won convincingly. An excellent day was had by all those attending and we thank the Bowls Club for organising this annual event and our members for bringing home this trophy.
|IAN RICHARDSON'S END OF SEASON REPORT (posted Fri 20th May 2016)
I have enjoyed my first season being in charge even though it has been a bit of an up and down season. I believe we have a good group of players who got us to two Cup Finals, winning the St Marys but unfortunately losing to a very good Hadley side in the Herts Charity Shield. We finished in mid table but with the players we have we should have finished higher in the league. We had some great results, scoring 4 goals against Berkhamsted, 5 against Hertford Town, 4 at London Colney and 6 against Welwyn Garden City.
Hopefully next season we can keep this group of players together and with 2 or 3 additions we could turn some of the draws into wins. We could then push on and see where it takes us.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Bonham, Stuart Stedman and Gary Looker as well as Reserve Team Managers Chris Juraszek and Richard Smith for their much appreciated help during the season. I would also like to thank Mick Eldridge, the rest of the committee and the supporters for their support. I know the players appreciated it particularly at the mid week away games during the winter months.
Now for few weeks off before we start again in July (apart from talking to players during the pre-season - it never stops!!!).
Have a good break and we'll see you in August.
|Pre Season Friendlies (posted Wed 18th May 2016)
We have currently arranged the following pre-season friendlies and will update as further fixtures are arranged. All friendlies will be a mix of players unless otherwise specified:-
Saturday 16th July : Ardley - Kick off 3pm
Tuesday 26th July : Kings Langley - Kick off 7:45pm
Saturday 30th July : Aylesbury United - Kick off 3pm
|End of Season Awards (posted Wed 18th May 2016)
The Club held its Annual Presentation evening on Friday 13th May and were entertained by the excellent Magican - Tim Shoesmith and fed by Giant Pan Catering with a good choice of paellas and large portions to satisfy everyone.
The following end of season awards were made:-
First Team Players Player: Dave OConnor; Managers Player: Lee Stobbs and Supporters Player: Lee Stobbs.
Reserve Team Players Player: James Butler; Managers Player: Connor Richardson.
A Team Players Player: Ollie Butler & Ashley OBrien
Under 16 Team - Players Player: Matt Cowan; Coaches Player: Will Darraugh and Supporters Player: Matt Cowan.
Clubman of the Year Jointly awarded to Barry Simmons and Dave Stacey
With First Team victorious in the St Mary's Cup and the Reserves doing the "double" winning both the League and Plate competition there were plenty of trophies to give out - congratulations to all involved.
Our thanks go to all the Players, Team Management and Committee members for all their hard work during the year to make this another successful season for the Club.
Hon Secretary with First & Rserve Team Winners Cups
Ian Richardson presenting to Lee Stobbs
Ian Richardson presenting to Dave O'Connor
Chris Juraszek & Dickie Smith presenting to James Butler
Dave Stacey presenting to Ollie Butler
Graham Poll & Richard Priestley presenting to Matt Cowan
Graham Poll & Richard Priestley presenting to Will Darraugh
|Nursery to start at TAFC (posted Tue 10th May 2016)
Following a recent Ofsted approval the Club premises are to be used from Monday to Friday each week by Ashridge Day Nursery and the expected start date will be effective from 1st August 2016.
An "Open Day" will be held on Saturday 16th June.
Please click on the link, on the left hand side of the main page, for further information.
|Herts Charity Cup Final (posted Tue 10th May 2016)
The FIRST teams long awaited date for the Final of the Herts Charity Cup has now been confirmed for Tuesday 17th May with kick off 7:30pm. Our opponents will be Hadley having defeated Harpenden by three goals to nil on Tuesday 10th May.
|Victory in the St Mary's Cup (posted Tue 10th May 2016)
A great win for the First Team last night defeating Sun Sports by a score of 2-0 and full report and photos available in match reports. Congratulations to the players and management team.
Changing room celebrations
|100 Club Winners - April 2016 (posted Tue 3rd May 2016)
The draw took place following the last league match of the season and the winners for the month of April were:- 2nd April: Ben Stacey £10; 9th April: Keith Hamilton £10; 16th April: Mick Hartley £10; 23rd April: Marion Griffiths £10; 30th April: Paul Brannan £100 and Chris Martin £30. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar or by contacting the Club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Supper Quiz Night (posted Sun 24th Apr 2016)
Another successful Quiz Night organised and run by Richard Vincent with 60 persons and 8 teams taking part. It was a closely contested quiz with only 2 points separating the top two teams with Team Dumbury just edging out Okeley Raiders. "One over the Eight" came 8th and last position. Thanks to Dave Stacey and the catering team for providing the food etc.
|End of Season Presentation Evening - Doors open at 6:30pm (posted Mon 18th Apr 2016)
We are holding the above annual presentation evening on Friday 13th May at the Club. We will have a 2 course meal with a choice of Paella's with a vegetarian option (see below) plus a dessert. The excellent Tim Shoesmith, a Member of the Magic Circle, will undertake close Up Magic and at each table in addition there will be a disco and presentation of the annual end of season awards. Tickets cost £10 each for Players and £15 for guests and we have limited availability (90 persons) so email the club or add your name to the list in the club house as soon as possible to secure a place.
Choice of Paella's :-
Classic Seafood Paella: it consists of paella rice, roasted onions and peppers plus peas. A mix of paella spices, cooking chorizo, giant tiger prawns, giant clams, giant green lip mussels and squid finished with freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly chopped flat leaf parsley.
Tartiflette: consists of fried sliced potatoes, reblochon cheese, white wine, smoked lardons, fresh cream, onions and lots of cracked black pepper.
Butter Chicken Curry with Mango: a mix of chicken breast and boneless chicken thighs marinated in a blend of Indian spices. The chicken is cooked in butter and later with cream and fresh mango and is served on a bed of rice.
Vegetarian dish: Champignon Forestiere - mushrooms slowly cooked in a white wine and cream sauce with a mix of spices and served on a bed of rice.
|100 Club Winners - March 2016 (posted Tue 5th Apr 2016)
The monthly draw took place after Saturdays match against Wembley FC and the winners for the month of March were:- Diane Griffiths £10; Mick Eldridge £10; T Rice £10; Dave Stacey £100 and Marion Griffiths £30. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days or by contacting the Club via email.
|TAFC Golf Day - Ged Keough Trophy Monday 12th September (posted Thu 17th Mar 2016)
27 holes of Golf at Ellesborough Golf Club. Coffee and Bacon Rolls on arrival with a 10:30am tee time for 9 holes Texas Scramble followed by Ham, Egg & Chips for lunch with 18 hole main competition in the afternoon commencing at 2pm. Presentations to follow with a 3 course dinner consisting of Soup of the day with crusty bread, Roast of the day from the Carvery and then Sticky Toffee Pudding with Coffee and Mints. Cost £75 and Ellesborough Members £35.
To enter or express interest in playing please email the Club at email@example.com or add name to the list in the club house.
|100 Club Winners - February 2016 (posted Mon 7th Mar 2016)
The monthly draw took place after the recent London Tigers match and the winners for the month of February were:- 6th February: Trevor Langley £10; 13th February: John Eadie £10; 20th February: Paul Vinnicombe £10; 27th February: Jamie Robins £100 and Dave Foskett £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days or by sending an email to the Club. New members welcomed as we have 4 spaces available - please send email to club or download a standing order from website.
|100 Club Winners - January 2016 (posted Wed 3rd Feb 2016)
The monthly draw took place after the Reserve Team match v Leverstock Gr4een and the winners for the month of January 2016 were:- 2nd January: Grant Mosley £10; 9th January: John Brannan £10; 16th January: Amanda Stacey £10; 23rd January: Marion Griffiths £10; 30th January: Dave & Maureen Livingstone £100 and Alan Gray £30. Winnings can be collected from Club Bar on match days.
|Reserves v Berkhamsted POSTPONED (posted Tue 26th Jan 2016)
The scheduled HOME match due to be played on Tuesday 27th January will be subject to a pitch inspection on the Match Day although following the heavy rain today and with more forecast overnight and tomorrow the match must be in doubt. Updates will be posted.
MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO A WATERLOGGED PITCH
|"Pay what you want" (posted Fri 8th Jan 2016)
For the forthcoming First Team St Mary's Cup match against Bushey Sports to be played on Tuesday 19th January, we are not charging an admission/entrance fee but will leave supporters to make a donation towards the costs of staging this match.
We take this competition seriously and were finalists in 2015 when we narrowly lost to Hemel Hempstead so come along and support the team.
|100 Club Winners - December 2015 (posted Sun 3rd Jan 2016)
The monthly draw took place on Saturday and the winners for the month of December were:- 5th December; Keith Hamilton £10; 12th December: Mick Hartley £10; 19th December: Gill Eldridge £10 and 26th December: Marion Griffiths £100 and Richard Vincent £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days.
We have 4 or 5 spaces for new members so if you would like to support the club and be in with a chance of winning some money it costs just a £1 per week. A standing order can be downloaded from the website - see banner on left hand side of this page.
|St Marys Match Cancelled (posted Mon 7th Dec 2015)
We have this evening received a telephone call to advise that Bushey Sports FC are unable to raise a side to fulfill the St Mary's Cup fixture due to be played on TUESDAY evening so this match has had to be CANCELLED.
|November 2015 - 100 Club Winners (posted Wed 2nd Dec 2015)
The draw for November took place after the mid-week match versus Cockfosters and the winners were:- 7th November: Jamie Robbins £10; 14th November: Will Herbert £10; 21st November: Peggy Herbert £10; 28th November: Bobby Fryer £100 and Phil Casserley £30. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
New members are welcome as we a few places left - download a bankers order form - just £1 per week - collect a form from the Club or request one via email to firstname.lastname@example.org..
|First Team Management Appointments (posted Sun 29th Nov 2015)
We are pleased to announce that Ian Richardson has been appointed First Team Manager, Paul Bonham joins the Club as his Assistant Manager and Stuart Stedman and Matt Jarvis are First Team Coaches. In addition Gary Looker has accepted the role of Goal Keeping Coach.
The Club is however looking for a match day sports therapist to support the First Team and all enquiries should be made to Mick Eldridge, Club Chairman, with email enquiries sent to email@example.com and phone calls to 07810 696 696.
|First Team Managerial Change (posted Tue 3rd Nov 2015)
Julian Robinson has stepped down from his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect and the Club would wish to thank Julian for his hard work and dedication to this role over the last 4 years. During this period Julian has introduced many young players to senior football with some moving on to play at a higher standard. We wish him every success for the future.
In the meantime the Committee have asked Ian Richardson to oversee all First Team footballing matters, with assistance from others within the Club, until such time that a formal appointment is made.
|100 Club Winners - October 2015 (posted Sun 1st Nov 2015)
The monthly draw took place after the Reserve Team victory over Hartley Witney and the winners for the month of October were:- 3rd October: Clive Goodall £10; 10th October: Colin Phillips £10; 17th October: Debbie Dunstan £10; 24th October: John Brannan £10; 31st October: Dave & Maureen Livingstone £100 & Richard Vincent £30. The winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days or by contacting the Club.
|Commercial Manager Required (posted Fri 30th Oct 2015)
The Club has a vacancy for someone who is able to promote the Club and increase revenues via commercial activities such as sale of ground advertising, match and ball sponsorships, increased use of the club facilities etc. A full job description is available and if interested please send your CV or enquiry to Mick Eldridge, Chairman via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
|Additional Tring Beer in Stock (posted Thu 29th Oct 2015)
We have added to our range of bottled Tring Beers and included PALE +FOUR which is a hand crafted beer with 4 hops and brewed with Munich & Cara Malt for body, a touch of Rye Crystal for dryness and Wheat for a clean finish. American yeast works its magic, enhancing the dynamic nature of this beer - try one when next in the Club.
|New Advertising Board (posted Thu 29th Oct 2015)
We have two "new" replacement advertising boards for Tring Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic hung behind the goal and near the entrance to the Club.
You can advertise your business for just £120 per annum - further information cam be obtained via email to email@example.com or telephone 07180 696 696.
|Red Card Rescinded (posted Mon 19th Oct 2015)
The Red Card shown to Dave O'Connor in Saturday's match against F C Broxbourne Borough has has been rescinded by the match referee who stated that "it was a clear error of judgement" on his part. The referee also admitted that the decision did change the game and one he will learn from. We would congratulate the referee on admitting this mistake and unfortunately these things do happen. This will mean that Dave will remain available for all up and coming matches and not need to serve a suspension nor incur a Herts FA disciplinary fine.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sun 18th Oct 2015)
Big thanks to Richard Vincent for organising another successful Quiz Night which was a very close contest throughout the evening with the Caterers (D'Campers) winning by the slimmest of margins i.e. 1 point on 189 points. With 7 teams on the night 5 scored in excess of 180 points and the good use of the "Joker" in the final round enabled D'Campers to be victorious.
|F A Vase 1st Round - Barking FC (posted Thu 15th Oct 2015)
Following the recent draw we will be visiting Barking F C in the F A Vase to be played on Saturday 31st October kick off 3pm and have organised a coach to take players and spectators to the match.
Although shorter than our recent trips we are advised that the M25 and M11 can be very difficult on a Saturday so we will be meeting/leaving at 11:45am from The Grass Roots Stadium to travel to Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, Essex RM8 2JR. There will be a small charge to supporters wishing to travel as per usual. Please add your name to the poster on the noticeboard or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat.
|100 Club Winners - September 2015 (posted Thu 8th Oct 2015)
The monthly draw took place after our F A Vase match against Rothwell Corinthians and the winners for the month of September were:- 5th; Andy Playle £10; 12th: Pete Morgan £10; 19th: James Livingstone £10; 26th: Ian Butler £100 and Clive Goodall £30. Winnings can be collected form the club bar on match days or otherwise by arrangement.
|Revised First Team Fixtures (posted Wed 7th Oct 2015)
A number of new or amended fixtures have been given to the First Team for the months of October and November. Having progressed into the next round of the F A Vase our home match against Hertford Town scheduled for Saturday 3rd November as we will be playing away to Barking FC in the F A Vase 1st Round will now be played on Tuesday 17th November.
Also the draw for the Herts Senior Challenge Cup has given us a home match against Ware Town and this will be played on Tuesday 3rd November. Ware play in the Evo Stik League Southern - Division One Central.
Please look at "Fixtures" for all revised fixtures which sees the First Team playing Saturday and mid-week from 20th October through until the end of November.
|100 Club Winners - August 2015 (posted Mon 14th Sep 2015)
The monthly draw was made following the Reserve Team victory over Dunstable Town and the winners for the month of August were:- 1st August: Will Dunstan £10, 8th August: Keith Eldridge £10, 15th August: Bobby Fryer £10, 22nd August: Pauline Howell £10, 29th August: Darrell Bodimeade £100 and Richard Vincent £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club on match days or by contacting us via email.
New members are welcomed and we have just 4 places currently available - contact the Club via email or speak with a Committee Member - £1 per week paid quaterley by bankers standing order.
|Annual General Meeting (posted Fri 11th Sep 2015)
We held the above meeting last night and are pleased to announce that Paul Vockins has agreed to join our Committee. We are delighted to have Paul on board and further help is always welcomed. If interested please speak to a member of the Committee or send an email to email@example.com
|Hoddesdon Town Report (posted Mon 10th Aug 2015)
To see the Hoddesdon Town report on Saturday's game visit their website which is www.hoddesdontownfc.co.uk. The report provides a totally accurate, completely fair, very unbiased assessment of the game in which we were obviously very, very fortunate not to get a thrashing after they created so many chances. Mind you they evidently played a team called Tring Town so not sure what game they are referring to!
|Julian Looks Ahead to New Season (posted Wed 5th Aug 2015)
I'm very pleased in general with the way pre-season games went. We have had some good results against quality teams, but most importantly the squad has gelled really well on and off the field.
It's always a hard time with injuries, holidays and player unavailability etc. and a little testing for teams at our level with a number of players being approached to play at a higher standard. The approaches are totally understandable, we have a young talented group of players and in many ways its flattering that so many of them were spoken to.
The speculation unsettles the squad but hopefully we have come through it now. We have lost four but we have recruited and most importantly have retained the bulk of the squad. We still have a few injuries, absentees and unavailable players which has prevented us from seeing everyone in pre-season or game action yet.
The players who have left us are Ollie Hogg and Taylor Collins to Aylesbury Utd, Greg Deer to Chalfont St Peter and Adam Toone to Risboro and we wish them all the best. Last seasons goalkeeper Jack Hopwood is coaching in America until November, but we welcome back Matt Jarvis from Sun Sports, Dave O'Connor and Chris Mason who have joined from Chesham United, and Jamie Irons from The 61FC. It's also good to see GK Matt Evans returning from long term injury.
We are actively trying to add a couple of players to the squad to create competition. There are a couple of positions we would like to strengthen and we are hoping to pick up a few players who maybe haven't made the first eleven at teams in leagues above and around us and are looking to play regular football. This is usually the time players start looking around when they realise they are not first choice at clubs they have done their pre season with. We have done well with these players in the past, and we believe we can give them the platform to get their football game time going again, They are all more than welcome to speak to us about joining.
We move onto Saturday game v Hoddesdon on the back of Tuesday nights pleasing cup win, its good to have that done and dusted and in to the next round with a home game , but we are obviously looking to hit the ground running in the league on Saturday and Holmer Green on Tuesday.
First Team Manager
|100 Club Winners - July 2015 (posted Sat 1st Aug 2015)
The draw for July took place after todays friendly match against Kidlington and the winners for the month of July were:- 4th July: Barry Simmons £10; 11th July: Steve Johnson £10; 18th July: Tony Stedman £10 and 25th July: Chris Langford £100 and Darren Pond £30. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days.
New members are welcomed with payment by standing order at £1 per week, paid quarterly or annually - to9 join just collect a standing order form from the bar, email the club or speak with a Committee Member.
|Match Sponsors Required (posted Mon 20th Jul 2015)
Now that the early season fixtures have been announced we are looking for Match Day Sponsors.
Sponsors have their name included in the Match Day Programme and Match report whilst they can bring a guest to the match without entry charge whilst enjoying half time and full time refreshments in the Boardroom. Cost of £25 per match and anyone interested should approach a committee member or email the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|100 Club Winners (posted Fri 17th Jul 2015)
After the Royston Town friendly we caught up on the 100 Draws for the months of May and June and the winners were:-
May 2015: 2nd May: Ralph Griffiths £10; 9th May: Darren Pond £10; 16th May: Sharon Herbert £10; 23rd May: Trevor Langley £10; 30th May: Ian Butler £100 and Alan Gray £30.
June 2015: 6th June: Neil Dunn £10; 13th June: Paul Brannan £10; 20th June: Brian Bruton £10; 27th June: Diane Griffiths £100 and Barry Simmons £30.
Winnings can be collected from the Club on match days or we can send a cheque on request via email to email@example.com
|Club Membership 2015-16 (posted Thu 16th Jul 2015)
The Annual Renewal of the Club Membership is far approaching as is the new season with our first friendly played and now coming thick and fast.
Club Memberships, Full or Social at £20, are available for the year ending 31st July 2016 with Concessionary memberships available for Senior Citizens and those under 18 as at 1st August 2015 at £10.
A Full Membership entitles you to vote at the Annual General Meeting but ALL members enjoy discounts of £1 on entry for First Team matches and free entry to all Reserve or Youth team matches plus discounted bar drinks.
Pick up a form from the Club or download via our website by clicking on INFORMATION and then MEMBERSHIPS.
Completed forms can be returned to the Club on match days or via the post as detailed on the form.
|Help Needed (posted Mon 13th Jul 2015)
The Club operates with a small committee and match day helpers and we need additional help both in running and promoting the Club and also casual help on match days. Anyone interested should approach a Committee Member or contact the Club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ged Keough Golf Day (posted Fri 3rd Jul 2015)
Our Annual Golf day was held at Whipsnade Golf Club when 27 holes of golf were played. The Texas Scramble in the morning was won by Paul Brinklow, Danny Robbins, Phil Casserley and Rob Hollingdale at 4 under par. The Main 18 hole competition had a clear winner and now the proud owner of the "Green Jacket" and various other trophies for 12 months, is former captain Mark Boniface who scored 39 points playing off a handicap of 8. In second place was Geoff Robson with 35 points followed by 3 players on 34 points. The much sought after "wooden spoon" this year went to Jamie Robbins who can boast as being the third member of the Robbins family to win this prestigious award following Les, his father, and brother Danny into the record books. Both "nearest the pins" went to Paul Marsh and the "longest drive" nearly 300 yards went to George House. 27 players took part
|New Sports Therapist appointed (posted Tue 30th Jun 2015)
The Club is pleased to welcome Alexander Caps to the Club in the above role. Alex is experienced in massage working for major health & fitness clubs and has the appropriate first aid and treatment of sports injuries qualifications. Alex will be present pre-season and available to work with all club players throughout the season ahead.
|Work Parties (posted Mon 29th Jun 2015)
We have all tried to have a short break but with the new season just a few weeks away it is time to get the paint brush out and smarten up the club and complete the many small jobs required to ensure that our Club facilities remains one of the best at our level in the locality.
We will be working on training nights, Tuesday and Thursday, at the ground from c6pm until 9pmn when the bar will be open. It is also our intention to work some Saturday mornings and a one line note will appear on the website for those dates chosen. Any questions please contact either Mick Eldridge (07810 696 696) or Barry Simmons (07597 085619).
|Opening SSMFL Fixtures announced (posted Sun 28th Jun 2015)
At the SSMFL Annual General Meeting held at the Club on Saturday we were provided with the opening fixtures for the First Team for Season 2015-16. We have a HOME match to kick off the new season when we entertain HODDESDON TOWN on Saturday 8th August kick off 3pm. We expect Hoddesdon to be a much changed side from last season if all the "rumours" about new players are true so this is an exciting match to host.
On the following Tuesday, 11th August, we visit near neighbours HOLMER GREEN with a kick off time of 7:45pm.
The draws have also been made for the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup (Premier Division Cup) where we have been given a local derby and entertain LEVERSTOCK GREEN with the winners drawn at HOME to Premier Division newcomers BEDFORD UNITED. Dates to be advised.
In the League Challenge Trophy we have also received a HOME draw and entertain ST MARGARETSBURY and again the winners have been given a HOME draw and will play either HERTFORD TOWN or HALE LEYS in the 2nd round. Dates to be advised.
The draw for the F A CUP and F A VASE competitions takes place on Friday 3rd July at 1pm at The Football Associations HQ and we will post the draws when known
|Annual General Meeting (posted Fri 19th Jun 2015)
The Club's Annual General Meeting is to be Held on Thursday 10th September 2015) and is open to all Club members and guests. Meeting will commence at 8pm and if there are any proposals to be placed before Committee/Meeting these, in accordance with our Constitution, must be advised to the Club Hon Secretary 6 weeks prior to the date of the meeting i.e. by 30th July. Only Full Members of the Club will be able to vote on any resolutions at the meeting.
|West Herts and Under 18 Teams (posted Tue 16th Jun 2015)
It is with regret that due to the lack of management and player availability we will not be entering 2 teams into the West Herts League but will continue an "A" Team in that league whilst our Under 18 Team, that participated in the mid-week Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League, will also cease due to the same reason.
Season 2015-16 will therefore see the First, Reserve and "A" Teams playing football each Saturday and our Under 16's will play in the West Wycombe Youth League on a Sunday morning.
|Ged Keough (TAFC) Golf Day (posted Sun 14th Jun 2015)
THURSDAY 2ND JULY
Due to the closure of Mentmore Golf & Country Club this event has now been moved to Whipsnade Golf Club and is being held one day earlier i.e. THURSDAY 2nd JULY.
27 hole competition including 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning followed by the main 18 hole competition, with nearest the pin and longest drive, in the afternoon.
Coffee & Bacon Rolls on arrival, and 2 course evening meal with prize giving.
This will also be one of the qualifiers for the TAFC Golf Society but the day is open to players of all abilities whether members or non members of the Club.
Registration and coffee plus bacon rolls from 8am, first tee time 9am with the afternoon tee times commencing at 1pm for the main competition. There will be a 3 course carvery dinner at 6:30pm followed by the presentation of prizes.
Cost per person is £66 and Whipsnade Golf Club members will receive a discount.
There are limited places so Email the Club to book your place or add name to the noticeboard listing. EM: email@example.com
|Stephen Simmons tickets now on sale (posted Tue 9th Jun 2015)
The club is delighted to announce that the Nashville country artist Stephen Simmons will be returning for another live concert at the club on Friday 16th October 2015 as part of his European Tour. Stephen is a widely respected artist in Nashville and Europe and has 6 albums released and has appeared in session on BBC Radio 2 and other leading radio stations on the continent. Its something of a coup to have Stephen playing in Tring and advance purchase of tickets is recommended via the link below or direct from the club - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stephen-simmons-live-in-concert-tickets-16675648313/.
|Vacancies at the Club (posted Tue 9th Jun 2015)
Tring Athletic after a very promising season are looking to expand our existing coaching team.
We are looking to add a first team coach to our existing management team, this role would ideally include all match days and our training nights, but we are flexible and will work around availability for suitable candidates; We are looking for someone to bring fresh new ideas and help work and progress the first team squad in all areas.
We are also looking to add a GK coach to the club, again we are flexible with age and experience and will work with suitable committed candidates who can add something to the first/reserve/A team goalkeepers in training sessions and on match days.
The final vacancy is a match day sports therapist, We are looking for the therapist to attend matchday fixtures, providing pre-during and post-match treatments. The ideal candidate will be working towards or have a degree in Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation. First aid training/qualifications (ideally an FA approved course) would be of benefit. The ideal candidate will be available on Saturdays and for mid week evening games, The job role will require pre and post game player and pitch-side treatment. Expenses will be fully covered
The first team play in the Spartan South Midlands premier division, the reserves play in the Suburban league, and we have an U18's team that play in the Southern Counties Floodlit youth league, We also run an A team in the West Herts league and an U16's team in the West Wycombe youth league.
All applications treated in strictest confidence and will be acknowledged.
Please send your details with a brief outline of availability qualifications and experience etc to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the manager julian on 07731 545377.
|Pre Season Training (posted Tue 2nd Jun 2015)
Preparations for the "new" season starts with pre season fitness training on Tuesday 30th June commencing at 7pm at The Grass Roots Stadium. Everyone is welcome to attend just bring appropriate training gear.
This season we will be running 3 senior teams; 1st in the SSMFL Premier Division, Reserves in the Suburban Football League and a 3rd team in the West Herts Football League. In addition we have an Under 18 team in Southern Counties Youth Floodlit League, playing mid-week, and an Under 16's team participating in the Wycombe Sunday Youth League on a Sunday morning.
Pre-season friendlies are being finalised and we have an exciting line up for the First Team and are finalising some additional Reserve Team fixtures - full details can be seen under "Fixtures" and the appropriate team.
We will be announcing, very soon, a Trial Date for our Under 18's and we will release the date shortly when both this and the venue have been confirmed.
|New Reserve Team Management (posted Fri 22nd May 2015)
Following Colin Phillips decision to stand down as Manager of the Reserve Team, after 4 years, the Club has moved quickly to appoint his successor. The Club is pleased to announce that Richard Smith has been appointed as Joint Reserve Team Manager with Chris Juraszek with immediate effect. Richard and Chris have worked successfully together in the past and Richard has a wide range of skills and experience including team management, holding coaching and first aid qualifications whilst he has been successfully running a F A Standard Chartered Sunday team carrying out roles of Manager, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition Richard has a strong administration background and is Fixture and Registration Secretary for the North Home Counties Sunday Football League. We thank Colin for his past efforts in building our current Reserve Team and look forward to Chris and Richard continuing this development.
The Club is also looking to add further to its Management Team and there are opportunities for a Goalkeeping Coach and a Sports Therapist. Any interested persons should send their CV via Email to email@example.com for the attention of the Chairman - Mick Eldridge
|Presentation Evening 2015 (posted Sun 17th May 2015)
A very successful Presentation Evening was held on Saturday 16th May to celebrate Season 2014-15 with approx. 100 persons enjoying a sit down meal, comedian and disco. The award winners were:-
Players Player Kevin McManus;
Managers Player: Chris Vardy;
Supporters Player: Kevin McManus.
Players Player & Managers Player James Cullimore
Players Player: Luke Naylor
Managers Player: Jack Gibbs
Players Player: Dave Allen & Ashley OBrien
Managers Player: Phil Monaghan
Under 18 Team:-
Players Player: Harry Stroud & Joe Fitzgerald
Managers Player: Anthony McCormack
Under 15 Team:-
Players Player: Matt Cowan
Managers Player: Will Alexander
Awarded to our Vice Chairman, Programme Editor, Sandwich maker, Changing room cleaner, pipe cleaner etc etc during the year - Barry Simmons.
Stuart Stedman has been promoted to the 500 Club with 520 appearances for the Club. Born in 1980 made his debut as a sub in the Reserve Away fixture at Stony Stratford when, as an 18 year old, he came on as a sub in a 2-1 victory. Stuart made his First debut on 16th April 2001 against Ampthill Town.
Trevor Gibbs has moved into the 400 Club finishing the season on the same number and has scored 50 goals. Born 1983 and made his debut at 17 years old, as substitute, against Greenacres on 19th August 2000 in a 3-0 victory.
Various awards and thanks were given to the many helpers around the Club including Darrell Bodimeade (Groundsman); Dee Wells (Kit); Gill Eldridge & Sandra Foskett (refreshments); Colin Sturges (website); Ali Parker & Amanda Stacey (Cleaning); Ralph Griffiths & Geoff Gaut (Match Reports) and Keith Eldridge (Social Media)
The Club was able to advise those present that Bob Winter, Hon Secretary, is recovering well following his serious operation but was not able to be at the evening.
Kevin McManus - Players' player & supporters' player of the year
|Bowls Competition Success (posted Sun 17th May 2015)
We entered a team of 12 persons into this annual competition and Barry Simmons who captained our team lifted the trophy which we hold and defend this time next year. Great hospitality was shown by our colleagues at Tring Bowls Club and the "green", prepared by our own groundsman, was in great condition.
Barry Simmons receiving the Bowls trophy
|Julian's First Team Report (posted Thu 14th May 2015)
JULIAN ROBINSONS FIRST TEAM REPORT
A long season has come to a close with an excellent display, all be it a defeat to a very strong Conference South Hemel Hempstead side in the St Marys Cup Final. Its been another long season but we have again built on last year and again enjoyed another good finish to the season ending with 70 points which was an improvement of 12 on last season.
Highlights of the season included another good run in the FA Vase, winning 4 rounds and only losing 1-0 to a very strong Norwich United side, who won their Eastern Counties League by 26 points. On the day, the game could have gone either way and at 0-0 with 30 minutes to go we feel they should have had a defender sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity, which was a very poor decision and a massive turning point in the game, Good wins at Wembley, Kings Langley, Hoddesdon and Leverstock Green highlighted our good away form, but we need to sort out our home displays if we are to be truly competitive.
The side has evolved over the last four seasons, with the majority of the older players moving on or retiring with the ones that have stayed being a great influence on the squad. Its no secret that we don't pay players in any way, this is tough in a league where the vast majority of teams do, and with this in mind we have really focused on recruiting younger players from other clubs, and of course promoting what we have coming through our own very hard working reserve and youth set up.
The theory has worked well with our side's average age being 23, and 7 of our cup final squad were 20 or under. We have to make this system work and reward the good committed players who see their future with us and having game time. We need to balance that with remaining competitive and challenging on all fronts. To highlight this,18 year old Jack Hopwood came into the side in November when Matt Evans unluckily got injured and he hasn't missed a game since, a feat which is quite something for a goalkeeper of his age at this level. He is off to America coaching until November and we look forward to seeing him back.
We had 3 players this season score 21 goals or more, which has been a fantastic achievement and something which they should be very proud of. Chris Vardy, Kieran Turner and Taylor Collins scored 70 between them which is a staggering statistic and a great reward for their hard work this season.
Our midfield has been key to our season, with Greg Deer, Sam Joliffe, Ollie Hogg, Ryan Sturges, Ryan McMahon, Lee Stobbs, Trevor Gibbs, Rob Tomlin and Luke Dunstan giving us real energy and allowed us to play a real high tempo pressing and attacking game. All at times have looked outstanding in a long and gruelling season.
Defensively we have looked very good as the season progressed. Dan Steadman, Adam Toone, Chris Salmon and new boy Kevin McManus have all shone in the 3-5-2 formation that we have played. Its something different in this league but it has allowed us to play 3 centre halves with wing backs which fitted with the players we have at the club.
Like all clubs we have had our fair share of injuries through the season with Stewart King, Dave Salmon, George Tomlin and Ollie Butler missing big chunks of the season. We had 4 players who didn't play at all, Jack Seaton, Jack Sunderland, Nick Holden and Rob Duncan all underwent various operations, obviously we will be looking at all of them returning next season as they regain full fitness.
Hopefully we can retain all of our players for next season and really push on, it will be a waste if we don't have the chance to build on this season, and what we are trying to achieve at Tring Athletic on and off the field. Its always a difficult time with players being tempted with payments and the lure of higher football, but we genuinely believe with two or three more players we can really give the league and cups a good go, and try to improve a stage further in the Vase and the FA Cups.
I genuinely hope we keep everyone together and push on, potentially its a very exciting squad which deserves to achieve something, hopefully we have learnt from the last campaign and 15/16 will be our season. We have already put together the bulk of our pre season plans and have some arranged some exciting friendlies which are being added to the website. We return to training on the Tuesday 30th June and are talking to new players but everyone is welcome, it never stops.
Enjoy the summer
First Team Manager
Tring Athletic F C
|Bob Winter (posted Fri 8th May 2015)
Bob, our Hon Secretary, underwent major surgery today and we are pleased to advise that all has gone well and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
|100 Club Winners - April 2015 (posted Sun 3rd May 2015)
The monthly draw took place after the Reserve team match v Uxbridge and the winners for the month of April were:- 4th April: Barry Johnson £10; 11th April: Pete Stilwell £10; 18th April: Diane Griffiths £10 and 25th April: Steve Manzie £100 and T Rice £30.
|St Marys Cup Final (posted Wed 29th Apr 2015)
The Final of the St Mary's Cup will be played at Hemel Hempstead Town FC on Monday 4th May with kick off at 3pm. Ground address is Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4HW. Our opponents will be Hemel Hempstead Town, all support for this final match of the 2014-15 season would be appreciated as this will be a tough match for our young team but a good way to finish a successful season.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sat 25th Apr 2015)
Richard Vincent ran another successful Quiz night with 65 persons attending and it was tightly contested. The winners were "Dorset Divers" with 179 points followed by "The Highlanders" on 176 points and "D'Campers Minus 2" on 171 points with the "Premiership Team" picking up the tubes of Smarties for coming in the last position - all identities have been withheld! A good fund raiser for the club and a fun evening for all those attending.
|Help Needed at Work Parties (posted Wed 15th Apr 2015)
To tidy up the ground ready for next season we are holding 2 Work Party Days on Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th May with the bar open afterwards.
Jobs needing to be done include; General Painting around the ground; erecting a new Groundsman's Shed; erecting a new storage facility; laying a paved area outside the portacabin changing rooms plus many small tasks.
All help would be greatly appreciated so just turn up on the day and all materials will be provided.
|*** New Date - Presentation Evening ****** (posted Sun 12th Apr 2015)
Presentation evening will be a different format this year, Bar open from 6:30pm Sit down 3 course meal with vegetarian option, at 7pm, followed by a Comedian/Entertainer (TBC) and then Presentation of the following awards at c9:30pm followed by disco. Tickets are just £10 per person and numbers are limited to c100 persons so please send email to book your place ASAP.
Each team has Players Player and Managers Player of the Year Awards, plus a Supporters First Team Player of the Year Award. In addition there are various other important awards such as Clubman and the evening is an opportunity to celebrate the season past and thank all those who have worked hard on behalf of the Club.
|100 Club Winners - March 2015 (posted Sat 11th Apr 2015)
The monthly draw was made after the match versus Wembley FC and the winners for the month of March were:-
7th March: Phil Casserley £10; 14th March: Ralph Griffiths £10; 21st March: Mark Allum £10; 28th March: Richard Vincent £100 and B Janes £30. Winnings can be collected from Club bar on match days as usual
|TAFC Golf Society Results (posted Mon 23rd Mar 2015)
The first TAFC Golf Society day for 2015 took place today at Ashridge Golf Club and Jamie Robbins, playing off 16, had a fantastic round scoring 44 points to win the day followed by Alan Gray (11) and Mark Boniface (10) both on 41 points. Jamie also picked up the prize for nearest the pin and Mark the longest drive. 18 players took part and the next day is scheduled to take place at West Herts Golf Club on Wednesday 10th June.
|Player Appearances (posted Sat 21st Mar 2015)
We've seen a number of milestones of player appearances recently with Ashley O'Brien set to make his 100th West Herts appearance today. Alongside him in the B team Stephen Alford is now on 156, Paul Dale 146, Dave Allen 104 and Phil Monaghan 138.
Paul Jeffrey recently passed the 200 mark over 6 seasons with Athletic. James Butler is on 153 having spread his games over all 4 teams but his younger brother goes one better by also turning out for the U18s across his 124 appearances. Dan Smethers is just short of a landmark on 147 appearances and may make the 150 if he stops going to watch Watford!
Sam Joliffe is on 148 and Trevor Gibbs 398 scoring 50 times in the process. The player with the most club appearances who has turned out this season is Stuart Steadman on 516.
At the other end of the scale we've given debuts to a large numbers of youngsters this season and have proved that if you are good enough you are old enough blooding many of the under 18s squad into senior football. Average ages in the first team have been in the 22-24 region and recently fielding a reserve team of mainly teenagers unlucky to lose at Sutton United. We hope to be able to celebrate some appearance landmarks with the "newbies" in future years.
|Mentmore Golf Club (posted Fri 20th Mar 2015)
We are pleased to announce that we have formed a new partnership with Mentmore Golf Club and we have joined them as one of their Official Partners. As part of this exciting new partnership special offers will be available to the players, management and fans of Tring Athletic to enjoy both of the championship golf courses, The Rothschild and The Rosebery, along with the leisure facilities. Mentmore look forward to welcoming members of Tring Athletic FC to Mentmore over the coming months and wish our teams every success for the remainder of this season and into the 2015/16 season.
|Miswell Lane (posted Thu 12th Mar 2015)
It is with great sadness that this week we have handed back the keys to our former Miswell Lane ground to Dacorum Borough Council this having been where the Club was formed in 1958 and enjoyed many successful footballing seasons. The vandalism in 2013 was probably the straw that broke the camels back with an alternative pitch/ground required for our teams to play at. The Club has consolidated its football activities at The Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane where we continue to improve the facilities for players and members of the Club.
|TAFC Ged Keough Annual Golf Day - Friday 3rd July 2015 (posted Tue 3rd Mar 2015)
27 hole competition including 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning on the Rothschild Championship course followed by the main 18 hole competition, with nearest the pin and longest drive, competition in the afternoon on the Rosebery Championship course. Coffee on arrival, lunch and 2 course evening meal with prize giving.
This will also be one of the qualifiers for the TAFC Golf Society but the day is open to players of all abilities whether members or non members of the Club.
Registration and coffee from 8am, first tee time 9:04am, lunch 11:30am followed by afternoon competition with a 1st tee time of 12:32pm and post competition meal at 6:30pm.
Email the Club to book your place or add name to the noticeboard listing. EM: firstname.lastname@example.org
|100 Club Winners - February 2015 (posted Mon 2nd Mar 2015)
The monthly draw took place on Saturday after the Reserve team match and the winners for the month of February were: 7th February: Clive Goodall £10; 14th February: Diane Griffiths £10; 21st February: Bob Winter £10; 28th February: Andy Playle £100 and Liam Ahern £30. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days.
|Jack Seaton (posted Wed 28th Jan 2015)
Today Jack has undergone surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. The procedure involved removing part of his hamstring and attaching it to the ACL. He featured in 42 matches last season scoring 5 times in the process but not seen any competitive action in 2014/15 after picking up his injury in the first game of pre season against Aylesbury United.
We wish Jack a full & speedy recovery and hope to see him back in TAFC colours soon.
|100 Club Winners - January 2015 (posted Sun 25th Jan 2015)
The monthly draw took place in the Club house after the victory over Biggleswade United and the winners for the month of January were:- 3rd January: Steve Manzie £10; 10th January: Chris Langford £10; 17th January: Stephen Greenstreet £10; 24th January: Mick Hartley £10; 31st January: Liam Ahern £100 and Sharon Herbert £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match or by contacting the club via email.
|TAFC Golf Society (posted Wed 21st Jan 2015)
See "Events" for the latest news on our Golf Society and rounds organised. If you wish to join please send your golfing details to email@example.com and these should include club and current handicap.
This will be the 3rd Year of the Society and the courses previously played include: Ashridge, Belfry, Berkhamsted, Beaconsfield, Ellesborough, Gerrards Cross, Mentmore, Stocks and Whipsnade.
|100 Club Winners - December 2014 (posted Sat 10th Jan 2015)
The monthly draw was made after the Reserve team match against Carshalton Athletic and the lucky winners were:- 6th December: Grant Mosley £10; 13th December: John Eadie £10; 20th December: Darren Pond £10; 27th December: Phil Casserley £100 and Mick Eldridge £30. As usual winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days or by contacting the club via email.
|Injured Players (posted Thu 11th Dec 2014)
In the past couple of weeks we have had players pick up injuries that have required the attendance of the ambulance service. Last week Harvey Hicks dislocated his shoulder playing for the "A" team and after being taken to Hemel hospital where they could not put it back he then went to Stoke Mandeville where success was achieved.
Last night our U18 Captain, Anthony McCormack, dislocated his knee and this forced the match to be abandoned as we were not allowed to move him until the ambulance arrived and this was delayed due to being diverted to another emergency on route.
We wish both players a speedy recovery back to full fitness.
|100 Club Winners - November 2014 (posted Sat 6th Dec 2014)
The monthly draw for November has taken place and the lucky members are:- 1st November: Ralph Griffiths £10; 8th November: Liam Ahern £10; 15th November: Phil Casserley £10; 22nd November: John Eadie £10 and 29th November: Bobby Fryer £100 and Mick Eldridge £20. Winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days.
|Match Sponsors Required (posted Sun 30th Nov 2014)
Why not support the Club by sponsoring a Match. It only costs £25 and you and a friend will gain free entry to the match, will receive a free programme with your support acknowledged and have access to the Board Room at half time and at the final whistle.
The following matches are currently available to sponsor:13th December: Ampthill Town; 17th January: Hillingdon Borough; 24th January: Biggleswade United and 14th February: London Tigers.
Just contact Mick Eldridge either at the Clubhouse or on 07810 696696 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Match Day Help Required (posted Mon 24th Nov 2014)
Help in the changing rooms is needed on match days for both First and Reserve Team matches i.e. all home matches to place kit out, pump balls, fill water bottles etc and then post match place kit into bags and generally tidy up. Role can include presentation of team sheets to referee before the match.
Any interested persons should speak with a committee member or contact the Club via email:- email@example.com
|New Players Wanted (posted Fri 21st Nov 2014)
We would welcome new players with the commitment to play for the Club on a regular basis, at West Herts level, for either our "A" or "B" team to contact us. The Club provides excellent training, playing and social facilities so this is a good opportunity for those players currently without a club or have a desire to play at this level of football or wish to use this as platform to progress up the football ladder.
Interested players should contact the Club via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Managers whose details appear on the website - www.tafc.co.uk
|"A" Team Match at Hemel Rovers Postponed (posted Fri 14th Nov 2014)
It is with regret that we have had to postpone tomorrows West Herts Senior Cup match at Hemel Rovers as we have insufficient available players to field a full side.
This is we believe the first time in our history where this action has had to be taken and we would welcome new players with the commitment to play for the Club on a regular basis, at West Herts level, for either our \"A\" or \"B\" team to contact us. The Club provides excellent training, playing and social facilities so this is a good opportunity for those players currently without a club or have a desire to play at this level of football. Interested players should contact the Club via email - email@example.com or by contacting the Managers whose details appear on the website - www.tafc.co.uk
|100 Club Winners - October 2014 (posted Sun 2nd Nov 2014)
The monthly draw was made following the Reserve match v Corinthian Casuals and the winners for the month of October were:- 4th October - Alan Gray £10; 11th October - Chris Juarsezk £10; 18th October - Barry Johnson £10; 25th October - B R Janes £100 and Dave Martin £20. We welcome Will and Debbie Dunstan as members and we have just 3 available places. Winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days and new members can download a bankers standing order from the website or contact the club via email.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sun 19th Oct 2014)
Richard Vincent ran another successful Quiz night with 80 persons attending and it was tightly contested. The winners were "Bazza and the Mag 7" with 192 points followed by "The Anchor" on 183 points and "Walla Walla Weasel Wackers" on 179 points and the "Fab Four" picked up the tubes of Smarties for coming in the last position - all identities have been withheld! A good fund raiser for the club and a fun evening for all those attending.
|Supper Quiz Night - Saturday 18th October (posted Fri 10th Oct 2014)
The popular sixth monthly Richard Vincent's General knowledge quiz night returns on Saturday 18th October with teams between 4 and 8 persons plus a Ploughmans Supper. Tickets cost £6 per person and we would ask Members and Non Members to add their names to list in the club house or email the club on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Come as a team or make one up on the night. It would help us if we have numbers attending ahead of the evening so that we cater for the correct number of persons.
|Golf Society Results (posted Sun 5th Oct 2014)
The final round of the 2014 competition took place on the Brabazon at the Belfry and Phil Casserley, who was leading going into the day, had a big enough margin to hold onto the lead and become the Champion for 2014. The day was won by Alan Gray with 31 points placing him in 2nd place overall with Jamie Robbins coming in 3rd. Nearest the pin went to Keith Butler. Planning will now start for 2015 competition and anyone wishing to join should email the club.
|100 Club Winners - September 2014 (posted Sat 4th Oct 2014)
The monthly draw was made by the players after Saturdays match and the winners for the month of September were: 6th September - Amanda Stacey £10; 13th September - Mick Eldridge £10; 20th September - Ralph Griffiths and 27th September - Pauline Howell £100 and Mick Eldridge £20. Winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days and we still have some spare numbers available for new members.
|Legends Share Honours (posted Wed 1st Oct 2014)
Tring Athletic Legends 4 Watford Legends 4 Sunday 28 Sept 2014
The game lived up to its pre match billing with lots of goals, excitement and superb Brazilian style football (or perhaps they had no alternative but to play it at walking pace!). The weather was warm, the game well attended and it was great to see old (sorry we mean former!) players and their families. There were a lot of children present which suggests the players have found something else to do on Saturday afternoons!
In addition to our legends who between them would have clocked up thousands of appearances (and the odd goal!) there were also some famous names amongst the Watford team the most notable being Luther Blissett who holds the all time record of appearances and goals for Watford (503 and 186 respectively) who also won 14 England caps and played for Italian giants AC Milan.
Other luminaries included Neil Price who played in the1984 FA Cup Final against Everton as did Steve Terry who went on to clock up over 400 football league appearance for Watford, Hull and Northampton, Micah Hyde who played alongside a certain David Beckham at youth level and went onto play over 250 times for Watford before moving to Burnley, winning 17 caps for Jamaica along the way. Gifton Noel-Williams is another well known name who turned out for Stoke, Southend and Peterbro after leaving Watford and Derek Payne who also played for Barnet, Southend and Peterbro as well as Watford.
Also amongst the Watford Legends was Ian Richardson who as well as being Julian Robinson's right hand man in running our First Team also created history 31 years ago to the day when he made his debut as a 19 year old for a Watford side that included John Barnes to score 2 vital goals in a 3-0 win over German side F C Kaiserslautern to secure a place in the next round of the UEFA Cup. To relive those moments visit:
On this date in Watford FC history (From Watford Observer)
The game got off to a cracking start with Julian James calmly sweeping home a 30 yard shot that flew into the net to put us ahead after only 2 minutes. As Julian made over 300 appearances for Luton he would have enjoyed the moment. Score 1-0. Five minutes later Tony Mendicino doubled our lead after some nice interplay involving Stuart "Beamer" Stedman and Jamie Robbins. It has to be said that Mendy didn't look old enough to play for the legends and looked good and fit enough to fit into any team. Score 2-0.
There was plenty of goal mouth action and both sides spurned chances throughout the game. Derek Payne also looked very sprightly in midfield and he wacked a shot against our post before curling home a sumptuous shot in the 20th minute. Score 2-1.
The quality of the football was high and both teams played the ball on the deck which was very sensible considering the warm conditions and the average age of the players! There was one moment of concern for our supporters when Ian Butler weaved his way through the Watford defence. Players were rather ridiculously calling for the ball (they were obviously not aware that the self styled Legend does not pass the ball when in sight of goal) as Ian bore down on goal looking determined to score until Andy Humphreys came to the rescue to whip the ball off his toes and smash it over the bar! Ian has been known to clear the bar after he has scored!
Watford were getting more and more into the game with Micah Hyde looking very impressive in midfield but 5 minutes before half time Mendy cracked home his 2nd goal to make the half time score 3-1. Ian Richardson showed he had not lost any of his talent as he ghosted into the area like Martin Peters to meet a cross only to strike it like Mary Peters over the bar!
Half Time:Tring Athletic Legends3Watford Legends1
At the start of the second half Gary Langdale looked in disgust at his boots after slicing a shot wide and Steve Johnson rose like a salmon to meet an Andy Humphreys cross only to head it like a herring wide.
Max Price did his dad Neil proud by producing a great finish in the 62nd minute to reduce the deficit to one goal. Score 3-2. Steve Johnson made up for his early miss by slotting the ball home in the 69th minute after he started the move with a lovely dummy. But a minute later the impressive Micah Hyde slotted a shot past Keith "Junior" Eldridge to keep his side in touch. Score 3-2.
With a couple of minutes to go promising young Referee Graham Poll awarded Watford a penalty. When asked about the other 2 penalties not given Graham said he only gives every 3rd one. That seems quite reasonable and we are sure that Graham will go far in the game!
Micah Hyde dispatched the penalty to make the score line a nice round 4-4 which keeps everyone happy. The only disappointment was the non appearance of "T" Rice. "T", who drove every ground hopper mad because he would not allow his Christian name to be divulged, had been flown over at great expense from Thailand for a cameo appearance. But despite being a finely honed athlete of the highest quality he is rumoured to have knackered himself bending down to tie his boot laces!
One final point, it was like old times having Mick Eldridge, Ray Brimson and Richard Vincent in the managerial hot seat and thanks must go to them and Alan Palmer from Watford Legends for organising what was a very enjoyable, nostalgic day. Also thanks to all the other helpers who made it a success.
Athletic:Tom Vincent, Andy Playle, Keith Eldridge, T Rice, Trevor Gibbs, Gary Langdale, Grant Mosley, Tony Fields, Graham Hall, Jamie Robbins, Andy Mullins, Ian Butler, Andy Humphreys, Paul Lewis, Julian James, Steve Johnson, John Perry, Jamie McBeath, Stuart Stedman, Tony Mendicino, Chris Salmon.
Watford:Gary Phillips, Luther Blissett, Ian Richardson, Neil Price, Christopher Matheson, Steve Terry, Micha Hyde. Gifton Noel Williams, David Johnson, Denis Elliott, Adam Price, Max Price. Derek Payne, Dejan Noel Williams.
Officials:Graham Poll, Martin Bayliss and Tony Stedman.
Athletic:Julian James (2), Tony Mendicino (7, 40), Steve Johnson (69)
Watford:Derek Payne (20), Max Price (62), Micha Hyde (70, Pen 88)
|Watford Legends coming to The Grass Roots Stadium (posted Sat 27th Sep 2014)
Tomorrow Tring Legends play Watford Legends. The WATFORD squad so far includes; Steve Terry, Neil Price, Micah Hyde, Richard Johnson, Derek Payne, Andy Hessenthaler, Luther Blissett, Gifton Noel-Williams, David Johnson, Clint Easton, Ian Richardson and Alan Paris. Kick off 2pm on Sunday 28th September.
|First Team Update from Manager, Julian Robinson (posted Sat 27th Sep 2014)
Just thought I would write a bit of an update to the start of the season as things have now settled down and the season is well under way, having now played almost a quarter of our league games we sit in a good position in the league, and are currently unbeaten in 8 league and cup games since our frustrating home 4-3 FA cup defeat to Holmer Green. This run was capped by a terrific 9-0 win at Stony Stratford in the week, When we looked excellent in what could have been a really tricky midweek away game.
The Reserves have settled well into the new league, they have been mainly on the road in a very lopsided early fixture list but they will benefit from a good few home games in the next few months. They have coped very well in the Premier Division and hopefully as a few of the injured players return to fitness they will have some excellent players to choose which will in turn strengthen them for the games ahead.
We have all started well with a good preseason behind us. We have recruited well and only lost our captain Graham Hall who sadly chose to hang up his boots, and Matt Jarvis who joined Sun Postal, two big influences in their own ways for the teams over the recent seasons. We would like to thank them for all there efforts for Tring Athletic.
Despite these departures, we have strengthened the existing squad in both numbers and most importantly with some quality young players, we have added a number of new faces with Greg Deer returning from university, Michael Green re-joined from Oxhey Jets, Matt Evans joined us in goal, Luke Dunston from Leighton Town, Sonny Aird from Northwood, Kevin Mcmanus joined from 61fc in Luton, Ryan McMahon from university and Nick Holden joined us along with our most recent recruit Keiron Turner who signed from Berkhamstead. All of these signings have greatly reduced the average age of the first team squad and hopefully we can add one or two more to the squad to keep the competition for places keen.
Finally a number of our supporters have asked me over the weeks for updates on the injured players, I have never known an injury list like it with at least six of our players having such serious injuries that they have/will require major operations.
Andy Hughes had an serious ankle op on the ligament injury he sustained in the St Marys cup final in May 2013 and has tried to return but is considering retirement due to the weakness in the ankle and work commitments, we would really like him to stay involved with the club in some way.
Rob Duncan is awaiting an ankle operation on an injury that has dragged on from last season, the ankle has been scanned and he needs to have an amount of floating bone removed, he is just waiting a date for the op and hopefully he can return to action quite quickly after.
Jack Sunderland has an operation on his leg he ruptured his ACL in January 2014, the injury wasnt initially picked up, he was finally operated on in June this year and he is well on the road to recovery but looking at April 2015 for a return.
Dave Salmon after having a full ACL reconstruction on one leg in 2012 he sustained another serious injury on the other leg last season at Biggleswade United, he has just had another MRI scan and is currently awaiting the results of the outcome.
Jack Seaton was injured in a pre season game, after returning from holiday, he has had a MRI Scan which has shown serious damage to his ACL, this we fear may need surgery, he is awaiting a further appointment to see the specialist, and await news and his return date.
Vinnie Iannone has had a clean up operation on his knee cartilage, staggeringly it was also discovered that he has no ACL, it would appear this may have happened up to four years ago. The doctors have advised him he can play on once the cartlidge operation heals as it appears he has been playing for four years without the ACL, we could be looking at mid October at a return.
George Tomlin was injured at the end of last season in the away game at London Tigers when he blocked a cross with his knee, He damaged his ligaments /cartlidge and is just about to start a return to training and should be playing very soon.
Nick Holden was again injured in a pre season game, he has sustained damage to his knee ligaments, we are hoping he is about to return to training in the very near future and return to competitive action shortly after.
We really hope to see all the players back at the club and playing as soon as possible, its sad to see players injured and has been a tough time for them, some still have a way to go but fingers crossed they come back to join us soon.
Hopefully this will give you an insight into what is going on behind the 16 that make the squad each week and the reasons why players arent around or selected, we have the F A Vase next week hopefully we can push on and enjoy another Vase run as we did last season.
|100 Club Winners - August 2014 (posted Thu 4th Sep 2014)
The draw took place after the U18 match against Ampthill Town and the lucky winners for the month of August were:- 2nd August: Mark Boniface £10; 9th August: Lisa Bradley £10; 16th August: Martin Richards £10; 23rd August: Amanda Stacey £10 and 30th August: Brian Rutherford £100 and Mick Murphy £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the bar on match days. New members welcome to join at just £1 per week and a standing form can be downloaded from our website or collected form the Club.
The recent distributed Newsletter showed the above draw but was incorrectly based on July dates resulting in one less winner, a further draw has taken place with Amanda Stacey winning £10.
|MacMillan Coffee Morning (posted Wed 3rd Sep 2014)
We will once again be holding a MacMillan Coffee morning on Thursday 25th September from 10am until 1pm. Amanda Stacey and Ali Parker held a Coffee Morning last year as part of the National campaign day and raised in excess £254.
So please come along, drink coffee and buy the delicious cakes and biscuits etc. support this worthwhile charity. If you are unable to make it you can donate and support this very worthwhile charity by making a donation at macmillan.org.co.uk/coffee or by phoning 0845 074 2606 (Text service currently not available)
Everyone welcome and so are cake donations!
|New Manager for "A" Team (posted Thu 28th Aug 2014)
The Club is delighted to announce that Steve Punshon has accepted the position of A Team Manager for the coming season. Steve is currently taking the final stages of his Level 2 coaching badge and has the ambition to progress in management and use his coaching skills to bring players through from youth to higher levels of football working closely with our other team managers.
With Steve in place there is an opportunity for others to assist with the running of the A team and anyone interested should email the Club (email@example.com) with their details and for the attention of the Chairman, Mick Eldridge.
We have arranged an in house match between all those players wishing to play at A or B team level for the club for this Saturday 30th August. This match is also open to any players looking for a club for the coming season. Meet time is 1pm at The Grass Roots Stadium with a 1:30pm kick off.
|Ice Bucket Challenge - Graham Poll Manager TAFC U15 (posted Sun 24th Aug 2014)
Following a nomination by Patrick Vieira (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9taNXIOKxk) Graham decided to display one of our smart new polo shirts for this ice bucket challenge and Graham only sent him off twice!!
See Graham getting a soaking & who he in turn nominates via our Facebook page
|100 Club Winners - July 2014 (posted Sun 10th Aug 2014)
The monthly draw was made following the match on Saturday and the winners for the month of July were:- 5th July: Dave Foskett £10; 12th July: Lisa Bradley £10; 19th July: Mark Boniface £10; 26th July: Grant Mosley £100 and Dave Richards £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days or by emailing the Club about an alternative arrangement.
|Reserves Match Cancelled (posted Tue 5th Aug 2014)
We understand that the Reserve Team friendly to played Away at Dunstable has been cancelled and that their Reserve Team has been withdrawn from the Suburban League.
We have re-arranged a new friendly for Wednesday 13th August when we will entertain AFC Dunstable at The Grass Roots Stadium with a 7:30pm kick off.
|Annual General Meeting to be Held on Monday 29th September 2014 (posted Sun 27th Jul 2014)
Open to all Club members and guests. Meeting will commence at 8pm and if there are any proposals to be placed before Committee/Meeting these, in accordance with our Constitution, must be advised to the Club Hon Secretary 6 weeks prior to the date of the meeting i.e. by 18th August. Only Full Members of the Club will be able to vote on any resolutions at the meeting.
|100 Club Winners - June 2014 (posted Thu 24th Jul 2014)
The monthly draw was made after the match against Aylesbury United and the winners for the month of June were:- 7th June: Claire Merlino £10; 14th June: Pete Morgan £10; 21st June: Dave Richards; 28th June: Darren Pond £100 and Wilf Herbert £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.
|TAFC Ged Keough Golf Day 2014 (posted Fri 18th Jul 2014)
We held our annual golf day at Mentmore Golf & Country Club today with a good turnout of Athletic members, the day being named after the first winner of this trophy and first team captain who unfortunately died some 18 years ago in a car accident, The 9 hole Texas Scramble played in the morning was won by the four ball of Keith Butler, Alan Gray, Rob Hollingdale and Danny Robbins. The main competition, over 18 holes, played on the Rosebery course was close affair with Neil Foskett being edged into second place with 38 points by Rob Hollingdale winning with a score of 39 points. He took the Green Jacket, trophy, bottle of champagne, golf balls and other golf items as his prize.
Two nearest pins went to Graham Hall and Dave Livingstone with Mark Boniface hitting the longest drive. There was a great competiton to win the wooden spoon with Gary Barnett scoring just one less than 3 other nameless players.
A very hot day played on the Mentmore courses that were in great condition and followed by an excellent lunch and evening meal.
|We welcome Gareth Jackson to our Coaching Team (posted Thu 17th Jul 2014)
We are delighted to welcome Gareth to the Club and he will assist the Managers with coaching the players and joins us from Evergreen FC where he was Head Coach. Gareth holds F A Level 2 qualifications and is currently starting his UEFA B Licence.
|Membership Benefits (posted Sun 13th Jul 2014)
Current Club Memberships expire at the end of July and all current Members have been written to about renewing for the forthcoming season 2014/15. By becoming a member you can benefit from (1) entitlement to a £1 discount for First Team matches (National Cups may not apply)(2)free entry to all Reserve and Youth team matches and(3) cheaper bar prices for members showing their membership pass. Please click on "information" and then "membership" to download a membership form or collect one form the bar on match days.
|Match Sponsorship (posted Sun 13th Jul 2014)
Whilst we await the announcement of this seasons fixtures we have already had home matches against Berkhamsted, Kings Langley, Sun Sports and Leverstock Green all sponsored by Cambridge Motors of Hemel Hempstead - www.cambridgemotors.net. We would also like to thank Watford Printers who have agreed to sponsor 2 home matches.
Cost is £25 per match and includes free entry for sponsor and 2 guest, plus match day programme and boardroom hospitality. Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696 if you wish to support the Club and sponsor a match.
|TAFC Golf Day - NEXT FRIDAY (posted Sat 12th Jul 2014)
To be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club and will consist of coffee on arrival, 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning followed by lunch and then 18 hole stableford competition with nearest the pin and longest drive in the afternoon followed by a 2 course dinner and prizes. Cost £70 or Mentmore Members £30. Book your place by sending an email to email@example.com or contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696 - CLOSING DATE WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY
|Coaching Positions (posted Sun 6th Jul 2014)
Tring Athletic are looking to add a goalkeeping coach to our existing coaching team, this role would ideally include all match days and one of our training nights, but we are flexible and will work around availability for suitable candidates;
We are also looking to add a coach to the team, again we are flexible with experience and will work with suitable committed candidates who can add something to the first/reserve/A team squad in training sessions and on match days.
The first team play in the Spartan South Midlands premier division, the reserves play in the premier division of the Suburban league after promotion, and we have just added an u18s team that will play in the southern Counties Floodlit youth league, We also run A and B teams in the West Herts league.
All applications treated in strictest confidence and will be acknowledged,
Please send your details with a brief outline of availability qualifications and experience etc to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 07764 147072
Pre season training continues on Tuesday and Thursday 7.00 at the club, all welcome
|New Advertising Boards Welcome (posted Thu 3rd Jul 2014)
We are delighted that N P Electrics, Telnik Roofing and Tring Martial Arts have all taken new advertising boards at The Grass Roots Stadium for the coming season. Thank you for your support
Tring Martial Arts
|Chilfest Update (posted Tue 1st Jul 2014)
Stage for Chilfest concert going up and more importantly the Tring Athletic/Tring Rugby Club Bar tent now erected with a great view of the stage!
Tuesday 1st July 2014
Thursday 3rd July 2014
|Club CLOSED For Chilfest Weekend (posted Mon 30th Jun 2014)
Our Club house will be closed to Members from Thursday 3rd July until Monday 7th July as it is being used exclusively for Chilfest artists.
Equally the large communal car park is also not available during the festival as this is being used as a drop off and turn round point only during the festival. Those wishing to visit the festival should park as directed and car parking is £5 per car with proceeds being split between ourselves, Tring Rugby and Tring Tornadoes.
We are, jointly with the Rugby Club, running a full bar in the venue where all bars are selling at the same price so please support your club and buy your drinks from us. The bar will be easily identified with our Club signs.
The weather looks good so please support your Club with this important fund raising event.
|U18's Trial Day tomorrow (posted Fri 27th Jun 2014)
We will be entering a new Under 18s Youth Team into the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League for Season 2014-15 and will be competing against many local teams. We will also be entering the F A Youth Cup.
The Team will be managed by Nick Seaton who has a wide experience running youth football and he will be assisted by former Aylesbury United player Matt Hayward and Coach Danny Corcoran.
Matches will be played at The Grass Roots Stadium with training at RAF Halton.
A Trial Match has been organised for Saturday 28th June (Revised date) and interested players wishing to play in the trial match or playing for the Club should send an email to email@example.com stating their age, clubs played for, honours achieved plus email and telephone contact details which will help with the registration process.
Meet at the Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane, Tring at 9:30am for player registration, introduction to the club with tea and coffee available for parents. Please kit with you and the match/session will be run between 10am and midday on our training pitch.
|Networking Event - Wednesday 9th July (posted Fri 27th Jun 2014)
The World Cup may still be on, but at Tring Athletic were already planning for next season. Come along to our FREE business networking evening, 6.30-8pm Wednesday 9th July where well give you a chance to find out more about the club (speak to some of our current sponsors) as well as having the chance to network with other local businesses and listen to some great speakers talk about how to improve your marketing.
Well have June Cory from My Mustard talking about making the most of your online marketing with Google Adwards and Katey Horne from Your Marketing Needs discussing how to better market to your existing customers.
If youd like to come along, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place or via the link below
|U18's join Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League (posted Tue 17th Jun 2014)
At the AGM of the SCFYL last night our Under 18 side were accepted into the league and will play in the Corinthian Division and the other teams competing will be:- AFC Dunstable, Ampthill Town, Berkhamsted, Chesham United, Crawley Green, Kings Langley, Leverstock Green, Luton Town Cedars and Newport Pagnell so plenty of local matches to create a good competition. The opening date for the new season is still to be agreed but is likely to be late August or first week in September.
|Reserves Promoted (posted Mon 16th Jun 2014)
Following an excellent season the Reserves gained promotion to the Premier Division of the Suburban Football League and the teams visiting the Grass Roots Stadium for the coming season will be:- Boreham Wood, Carshalton Athletic, Corinthian, Corinthian Casuals, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Metropolitan Police, Royston Town, Sutton United, Tonbridge Angels,Uxbridge and Welling United. All of these Clubs play at a higher level than ourselves so we are sure be in for some excellent matches when the season starts on Saturday 16th August.
|100 Club Winners - May 2014 (posted Mon 2nd Jun 2014)
The latest draw took place at the monthly Committee meeting and the lucky winners for the month of May were:- 3rd May: Lisa Bradley £10; 10th May: Ralph Griffiths £10; 17th May: Darrell Bodimeade £10; 24th May: Gill Eldridge £10; 31st May: Pauline Howell £100 and Grant Mosley £20. As usual the winnings can be collected from the Club bar or by contacting Mick Eldridge.
|CLUB SHOP NOW LIVE (posted Sat 31st May 2014)
We now have a new "Club Shop" linked to Sondico Professional selling Club badged merchandise with product being ordered "on line" and delivered to your home address. Support your club by purchasing direct although there will be some special offers on merchandise currently in stock in the clubhouse. The range of merchandise will increase and we have access to all of the Sports Direct merchandise that can be badged with the club logo. CLICK ONTO THE CLUB SHOP TO SEE WHAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.
|Volunteers Needed (posted Fri 30th May 2014)
Match day duties are all undertaken by volunteers who wish to support the Club and we are looking for additional help for the coming season. Specific roles include assisting with the changing rooms on match day including sorting out kit pre and post match and presentation of team sheets to match officials. We are also looking for someone to help with the Entrance Gate from c2pm until half time and selling of 50:50 tickets as spectators arrive for matches. Anyone interested should contact Chairman, Mick Eldridge, either by phone on 07810 696 696 or club email: email@example.com.
|End of Season Awards (posted Sat 17th May 2014)
We held our Annual End of Season Awards Presentation and congratulate the following players, managers and officials on their success.
First Team Players Player Chris Vardy
First Team Managers Player Graham Hall
First Team Supporters Player Chris Vardy
Reserves Players Player Ryan Caterer
Reserves Managers Player Dan Steadman
A Team Players Player Glen Sizer
A Team Managers Players Rob Lear
B Team Players Player Ben Murcott
B Team Managers Player Deano Griffiths.
In addition to these awards Supporters Appreciation Awards were made to long standing and loyal 1st players Chris Salmon and Graham Hall. Chris Salmon was also introduced to the 300 Club having reached 338 appearances for the Club during the season.
Clubman of the Year was a Joint Award made to Reserve Team Managers Colin Phillips and Chris Jurazsek whose Reserve team lost out on the league title on goal difference but have been promoted to Suburban Football League Premier Division next season.
Thank yous and gifts were also given to Colin Sturges (Photos and Website Management); Darrell Bodimeade (Groundsman) for providing an excellent playing surface; Dee Wells (Kit wash); Gill Eldridge and Sandra Foskett (match day sandwiches); Ali Parker and Amanda Stacey (Clubhouse cleaning) and the youngsters who work in the kitchen on match days.
|First Team Sponsors (posted Thu 15th May 2014)
We are delighted to announce that Stephen Greenstreet of Greenfleets Vehicle Leasing has agreed to continue as First Team Sponsor for a further 2 years. Greenfleets are also Club Partners with Mentmore Golf & Country Club and sponsors to MK Dons and we are very grateful for their support. Greenfleets provide Vehicle Leasing Packages via contract hire for Business customers and Personal contracts for individuals. Click onto their website for further information.
|First Team Finish 10th (posted Thu 8th May 2014)
The First Team end the season in 10th place after Cockfosters jumped above us on goal difference following their 2-2 draw at home to Holmer Green last night (Wednesday 7 May). This top half finish is a significant improvement on last season when we finished 16th in the table.
|Julian Robinson reviews the 2013/14 Season (posted Tue 6th May 2014)
It was great to finish the season with a win over our local rivals Leverstock Green. It's been a long season with 57 competitive games but we had a promising end particularly in the last three games, and we took 10 points out of last 15. Without going over board Ian Richardson and I feel its looking very exciting for next season. We will strengthen in a couple of areas but we are basically quite happy with the quality and depth of the squad, both with the young players coming through and the players we have picked up and added this season. They are a good set of lads on and off the field, they also train well and in numbers which is important. We have identified a couple of players we would like to sign, and hopefully we can land our targets to add to what we have.
Our problem as everyone can see has been consistency, we have had some excellent displays against all the top teams, and a great FA Vase run where we won through four rounds and won some excellent prize money, but we have struggled at times to win games against teams in the lower half of the division, teams who we really should be beating if we really want to push on. We have dropped 10-15 points against these teams which is frustrating, especially as in a number of these games we have been leading whilst in the other games we just haven't turned up which is equally baffling at this level. Hopefully this is something we can work on, we have a mainly young squad and it is something that will we work on and improve the more games we play and the more time we are together as a squad.
Commitment is big part of a teams consistency, we don't pay or reimburse any expense to our players and in the modern world work patterns and finances will ultimately and understandably dictate availability and that affects the team I can pick on a game to game basis. My problem comes when a player drops out at short notice. Its another frustration when you have a good result which you are looking to build on, and for the next game three days later you can have four players missing through work and social demands, which seems to happen all too often. The constant changes are obviously disruptive and doesn't allow you to build up any rhythm or style of play, but its just another thing we have to deal with at this level.
I am pleased for everyone involved with the club on and off the pitch, they all deserve thanks and praise. We are adding a midweek U18 team and an U15 side to the set up for next season, the reserves under Colin and Chris have had an excellent season and stand a chance of winning their league, all in all we are definitely progressing at the club, which is the important thing, but the break will be good for everyone and hopefully we can return at the end of June for pre season, fit and refreshed.
Finally a bit about injuries which have plagued us. We lost 4 players for the season, 2 before it even started, and 2 more before Xmas, which hasn't helped us when added to usual bout of injuries we have had across the campaign, at one point we had 10 of the first team squad out injured.
Many thanks and looking forward to next season.
First Team Manager
|New Team Management Required (posted Mon 5th May 2014)
We have a vacancy for a Team Manager and Coach to run our A Team who play in the West Herts Saturday League Premier Division. The Club run First and Reserve Teams in higher levels of the football pyramid and the A team is a vital link in the development of young players supported by experienced players from other teams. We also run a B Team in the West Herts league Division 2 and players will move up and down according to their ability and development needs. Season 2014-15 will also see the addition of 2 new Youth teams at U18 team level playing mid-week, managed by Nick Seaton and Matt Hayward and U15 level managed by Graham Poll and Ian Butler more details to follow shortly.
We see this as a great opportunity to join a Charter Standard Club, with good football management and some of the best facilities in the local area. Interested applicants should in the first place send their CV detailing their qualifications and experience to Club Chairman, Mick Eldridge, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with him on 07810 696 696.
|100 Club Winners - April 2014 (posted Sat 3rd May 2014)
The monthly draw took place on Saturday and the lucky winners for the month of April were:- 5th April - Wilf Herbert; 12th April - Colin Phillips; 19th April - Darren Pond; 26th April - Mick Eldridge £100 and Lisa Casserley £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar.
|TAFC to feature on Channel 4 this week (posted Mon 28th Apr 2014)
Tring Athletic FC on your TV !!!
This week's Come Dine With Me on Channel 4 features contestants from the Aylesbury area & part of the filming was done up at TAFC last year. Mike Batto who is Friday's "host" is the match day MC at AFC Bournemouth & loves his football, so hopefully we are featured after the edit. Another great reason to get a pitch side advertising board with us - free coverage on national TV !!
Come Dine With Me is on Channel 4 at 5.30pm every day this week
|Ascot Races (posted Sat 26th Apr 2014)
We are organising a day at Ascot Races for Saturday 10th May 2014. Tickets will cost £25 to include coach and entry ticket and will depart from Tring at 10am returning at approx. 9pm. To book your place either send an email to email@example.com or add your name to the list on the noticeboard. Further information can be obtained from Chris Salmon.
|Graham Poll Charity Bike Ride (posted Wed 16th Apr 2014)
Graham Poll is cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats and sets off on 1st June through until 14th June to ride almost 1000 miles. Graham is doing this ride for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity who are providing incredible treatment and support for a lovely friend of his who at just 22 has stage 4 ovarian cancer. Unfortunately Sadie has had a poor couple of weeks and has had to be admitted back into hospital and it is hoped that she continues to fight this dreadful illness.
Graham's charity page which has Sadie's full story on it is :- http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SadieRoyGraham
The training is pretty hard (150-200 miles a week)and very time consuming (10-12 hours in the saddle a week) and if you are able to help raise funds please follow the above link.
|First Team Supporters Player of the Year (posted Tue 15th Apr 2014)
With the season running towards a close we ask that Supporters give us their Vote for Supporters First Team Player of the Year. A voting form is available from the Club Bar and you are requested to state a First and Second choice. If you are not due to visit the Club before the closing date of 25th April then you can vote by email provided you quote your Membership number.
|Marathon Results (posted Sun 13th Apr 2014)
Andy Humphreys completed his second London Marathon in a time of 3 hours 37 minutes despite struggling through the last couple of miles with that well known hamstring problem - well done on your determination to finish and also well done to Matt Bodimeade who cramped up early in the race and came in with a very respectable time of 4 hours 1 minute. Thank you to those that supported Andy and Matt in donating to the worthwhile charities that will benefit from their efforts.
|Andy Humphhreys Running London Marathon (posted Sat 12th Apr 2014)
Andy, our record goalscorer, is running the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April and he is running for a very good cause and on behalf of the Shooting Star CHASE Childrens Hospice, which provides wonderful facilities and care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.
If you are able and would like to support Andy then the link to his fundraising site is:
|Quiz Night Results (posted Sat 12th Apr 2014)
A great night was had with over 60 persons attending Richard Vincent's General Knowledge Quiz. It was a close competition and it went to the last round when they played their joker scoring maximum points winning them the competition so congratulations to the "Langley's" on their success. Second place went To Ralph Griffith's team who were also celebrating Alan Dumpleton's birthday.
|SPAM Emails (posted Mon 31st Mar 2014)
For the second time we wish to apologise if members have been receiving SPAM emails suggesting that we have sent an "offline message" with a link. Please ignore such messages as we rarely send emails with links although frequently use twitter with links to our website for match reports and photographs.
|100 Club Winners - March 2014 (posted Mon 31st Mar 2014)
The monthly draw was made after the Reserve match against Leighton Town and the winners for the month of March were:- 1st March - Brian Bruton £10; 8th March - Gill Eldridge £10; 15th March - Alan Foskett £10; 22nd March - Dave Livingstone Junior £10; 29th March - Sean Rutherford £100 and Lisa Casserley £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar.
We also welcome Liam Ahern, Steve Manzie, Pete Oakley, Brian Rutherford and Mark Weston as new members. If you wish to join you can either download a standing order mandate from our website or collect one form the Club Bar on match days. Cost is just £1 per week or £13 per quarter.
|New Under 18's Youth Team (posted Thu 27th Mar 2014)
We will be entering a new Under 18s Youth Team into the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League for Season 2014-15 and expect to be playing in the Olympian Division which this season included many local teams.
We will also be entering the F A Youth Cup.
The Team will be managed by Nick Seaton who has a wide experience running youth football and he will be assisted by former Aylesbury United player Matt Hayward and Coach Danny Corcoran.
Matches will be played at The Grass Roots Stadium with training at RAF Halton.
A Trial Match has been organised for Saturday 5th July further details will appear on the Clubs website www.tafc.co.uk in due course.
Any players interested in attending the trial match or playing for the Club should in the first place send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating their age, clubs played for, honours achieved plus email and telephone contact details and we acknowledge these and then confirm details of the trial day.
|TAFC Annual Ged Keough Golf Day (posted Wed 26th Mar 2014)
To be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Friday 18th July and will consist of coffee on arrival, 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning followed by lunch and then 18 hole stableford competition with nearest the pin and longest drive in the afternoon followed by a 2 course dinner and prizes. Cost £70 or Mentmore Members £30. Book your place by sending an email to email@example.com or contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696
|Golf Society Results (posted Sat 22nd Mar 2014)
The first of this seasons TAFC Golf Society days was held at Stocks on Friday 28th March and the winner was Martin Bone, a Stocks member playing off a handicap of 5, and scored 42 points. It was a tight competition with Alan Gray (14)second and Jamie Robbins (19) third with nearest the pin Alan Gray and Longest Drive T Rice. 20, players took part and we thank Stocks for a great days golf.
The next day is to be played at Whipsnade Golf Club on Friday 16th May followed by Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Friday 18th July and the final round at The Belfry on a date to be announced.
|Car Accident (posted Thu 20th Mar 2014)
George Anderson who made his Club debut in goal for the Reserves at Newport Pagnell on Wednesday evening was hit from behind, at speed, on the M1 driving home from the match and released from hospital Thursday morning suffering from whip lash. Needless to say that he will be missing for a few matches and we wish him well and a quick recovery.
|TAFC End of Season Awards Evening - Friday 16th May (posted Mon 17th Mar 2014)
Bar open from 7pm and the Clubs Annual Awards evening will commence at 8pm. Each team has Players Player and Managers Player of the Year Awards, plus a Supporters First Team Player of the Year Award. In addition there are various other important awards such as Clubman and the evening is an opportunity to celebrate the season past and thank all those who have worked hard on behalf of the Club.
|100 Club Winners - February 2014 (posted Sun 2nd Mar 2014)
The monthly draw took place after the Reserve Team match against Newport Pagnell and the lucky winners for the month of February were:- 1st February: Lisa Casserley £10; 8th February: Mick Murphy £10; 15th February: Sean Rutherford £10 and 22nd February: Marion Griffiths £100 and Chris Martin £20. As usual winnings can be collected form the club bar and new members are welcome at just £1 per week. A bankers standing order can be downloaded from the website.
|Tring Athletic Shows its Heart with Life Saving Defibrillator (posted Fri 28th Feb 2014)
The Club has purchased a life-saving new defibrillator, with the help of The Football Association (FA) and British Heart Foundation (BHF).
In a unique partnership between BHF and The FA, more than 900 defibrillators have been made available to clubs at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System and clubs in the Womens Super League to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties. Two thirds of the cost of the defibrillator was provided to the club by The FA and BHF.
Tring Athletic is the latest club to install a defibrillator, giving players, staff and fans access to the equipment needed to save lives in their community. The club was also given information about Hands-only CPR, which was made famous for the BHF by football legend Vinnie Jones.
A defibrillator, also known as an Automated External Defibrillator or AED gives the heart a controlled electrical shock during cardiac arrest.
The British Heart Foundation has already helped place 11,000 defibrillators in the community since 1996. Since the charity launched Hands-only CPR last year, more than 30 lives have been saved by the technique.
|SPAM Emails (posted Sun 23rd Feb 2014)
We would apologise if members have been receiving SPAM emails suggesting that we have sent an "offline message" with a link. Please ignore such messages as we rarely send emails with links although frequently use twitter with links to our website for match reports and photographs.
|100 Club Winners - January 2014 (posted Sat 22nd Feb 2014)
The draw for the month of January was made after the match on Saturday, sorry for the late draw, and the winners were:- 4th January : Diane Griffiths £10; 11th January : Alan Gray £10: 18th January : Sharon Herbert £10 and 25th January : Keith Eldridge £100 and John Perry £20. Winnings can be collected form the club bar or by email contact.
|Win £100 (posted Fri 24th Jan 2014)
A big welcome to George Ward, Pauline Howell and Martin Richards all "new" Members of our 100 Club and in next weekend's draw to win £100. We have more spaces available just pick up a bankers standing order from the Club, download one from our Website or pay in cash over the bar. Monthly draws of £100 and £20 and weekly draws of £10.
|Match Sponsorship (posted Thu 23rd Jan 2014)
We currently have just one match available to Sponsor and that is the home fixture due to be played on Tuesday 18th March when we entertain Harefield United in a SSMFL Premier Division fixture with a 7:45pm kick off. Sponsorship costs just £25 and you and a guest get free admission, board room refreshments at half time and end of match, match day programmes and mention on the website, in the programme and match report. Contact the club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Mick Eldridge or Barry Simmons.
|100 Club Winners - December 2014 (posted Mon 6th Jan 2014)
The monthly draw was made in the Club on Saturday and the winners for December were:- 7th January: John Eadie £10; 14th January: Marion Griffiths £10; 21st January: Mick Eldridge; 28th January: Dave Richards £100 and Mark Boniface £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club Bar or by contacting Mick Eldridge.
|Reserves v Camberley Town POSTPONED (posted Sat 4th Jan 2014)
The 2nd leg of the SBF League Shield against Camberley Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Pitch was playable until overnight rain which is forecast to continue throughout the day.
|XMAS Raffle Winners (posted Sat 21st Dec 2013)
The Draw was made after the First Team match on Saturday 21st December and the winners in this year's Xmas Raffle were:- a Waitrose Xmas Hamper donated by Simon Halling Estates - Dave Stacey; Tring Brewery Voucher valued at £25 - John Brannan; Robin Hood Food &/or Drink Voucher valued at £25 - Trevor Gibbs; a Xmas Home made Cake - Mark Weston; £20 TAFC Bar Voucher - Ponna Simmons; £20 TAFC Bar Voucher - Keith Butler; Bottle of Pinot Grigio - Gill Eldridge; Bottle of Shiraz - Alan Foskett; Spirit of London Dry Gin with Dew Drop High Ball Glass - Dave Whicker; Bell's Blended Scotch Whiskey - Richard Collins and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne - Alan Stacey. Many thanks to those that purchased tickets and to those that donated prizes.
|Match Sponsors Needed (posted Thu 5th Dec 2013)
We have Match Sponsorship available for some up and coming matches including St Margaretsbury on Saturday 11th January, Hadley on Saturday 1st February and Harefield United on Saturday 18th March. Only potential cup matches will then be available for sponsorship and to check availability please click on Commercial/Match Sponsorship.
Sponsoring a Match costs £25 and you and a friend will gain free entry to the match, will receive a free programme with your support acknowledged and have access to the Board Room at half time. Just contact Mick Eldridge either at the Clubhouse or on 07810 696696 or via email to email@example.com
|100 Club Winners - November 2013 (posted Sun 1st Dec 2013)
The monthly draw was made following the match against Hanwell Town and the winners for the month of November were: 2nd November: Matthew Stacey £10; 9th November: Chris Langford £10; 16th November: Ralph Griffiths £10; 23rd November Barry Johnson £10; 30th November : Andy Simmons £100 and Mick Eldridge £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days. We are looking for "new members" at just £1 per week via a quarterly standing order that can be downloaded from the website or collected from the club bar.
|New Date for Supper Auction (posted Fri 22nd Nov 2013)
This will now be held on Friday 28th February - Please see "Events" for full details.
|F A Vase Travel Arrangements (posted Tue 19th Nov 2013)
We have been drawn to play Ashford United away in the 3rd Round of the F A Vase and we will again be using Smith's of Tring and have a 49 seater coach booked. We will depart from The Grass Roots Stadium, Tring at 11:15am for an estimated 1 hour 50 minute journey to Ashford's ground at The Homelands, Ashford Road, Ashford, Kent TN26 1NJ. The coach will look to depart Ashford at approximately 6pm arriving back in Tring about 8pm. Anyone wishing to travel with the team should either email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or add their name to the list in the clubhouse. There will be a small charge of £5 towards the cost of travel.
|Give us a clue (posted Sat 16th Nov 2013)
The average Premiership footballer may struggle to get beyond looking at the pictures in the red top tabloids so very few of them will have picked up Tuesday's Independent. Barnet fan Colin Saunders not only thumbed through the paper but also took on the cryptic crossword. He e-mailed us this week to let us know that we featured in it! The clue for 11 across was "Comes up against Hertfordshire non league side, I gather" and the answer ..... drawstring.
|Supper Auction POSTPONED - Friday 15th November (posted Tue 12th Nov 2013)
Richard Hailing will be our Auctioneer and we will be auctioning holidays, both in the UK and in Spain, spa treatments and hotel stays plus meals at restaurants in Tring plus many other smaller items. Cost of tickets will be £5 per person to include a supper of either Beef Goulash or Fish Pie. If you are able to get a table of 8 persons together then the cost per person is just £2-50. Add you name to the list in the Club or send an email to email@example.com to book your table. Auction items include:-
* 7 nights at Los Amigos Beach Club, Mijas Costa, Spain.
* 7 nights in 3 bed Lodge in North Devon situated on a golf course.
* Golf days at:- Mentmore including lunch for 4 persons; 4 ball at Chiltern Forest and 4 ball at Whipsnade.
* Meals at The Akeman (4 persons) and The Robin Hood.
* Pendley Manor Hotel are providing a Spa Day for 2, Sunday Lunch for 2 and also a Pair of mid-week tickets for The Shakespeare Festival 2014;
* Andrew Ainsworth, Golf Pro in Akeman Business Park has offered a 30 minute golf lesson.
* A portrait session with professional photographer Vanessa Champion, worth £150 either at her studio in Tring or in the comfort of your home.
There are many more smaller auction lots
DUE TO LACK OF PERSONS COMMITTED TO ATTEND WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE AUCTION AND EXPECT THIS TO BE HELD IN THE NEW YEAR. FURTHER NEWS WILL BE POSTED AT THE WEEKEND.
|100 Club Winners - October 2013 (posted Sat 2nd Nov 2013)
The monthly draw was made after Saturdays match against London Colney and the winners for the month of October were:- 5th October: Keith Hamilton £10; 12th October: Lisa Bradley £10; 19th October: John Eadie £10; 26th October: Stephen Greenstreet £100 and Lorraine Humphreys £20.
We have 82 persons in the 100 Club so have room for a further 18 which will enable us to increase the prize money and be a true 100 Club. To join just download a bankers order from the website and advise the club so that you can be entered into the next monthly draw. 50% of monthly receipts paid out in winnings.
|F A Vase 2nd Round Draw (posted Mon 21st Oct 2013)
The draw took place today and we have been drawn to play at Home on Saturday 16th November when our visitors will be Eynesbury Rovers who play in UCL Division One. They progressed to this round by beating Diss Town, away from home, by a score of 3-1, Diss play at the same level as ourselves and one step above Eynesbury who are obviously a very good side. Eynesbury Rovers FC were formed in 1897 and are members of the Chroma Sport & Trophies United Counties League. Kick off will be 3pm and the match has been sponsored by Chris and Diane Stoneman.
|Quiz Night Success (posted Sat 19th Oct 2013)
Richard Vincent's quiz night was very successful with over 60 persons in 10 teams taking part in a closely contested competition. Team "Fosketeers" won the evening with 184 points (max 200) and there was a very close race for the wooden spoon but Team "Dave De, Dozy, Beaky etc (Robbins) just lost to the Chairman's Team "Friends & Relations". Also a big thank you to Amanda Stacey and Ali Parker for organising the food. Next Quiz Night to be held in April 2014.
|Breast Cancer Charity Match - Wednesday 23rd October (posted Tue 15th Oct 2013)
We are hosting and participating in a Charity Match between "B" team Sponsors - Veolia Environmental Services v TAFC with all proceeds donated to the breast cancer campaign. Kick off will be at 7pm with the bar and clubhouse open from 6pm so come along and support this very good cause at our "wear it pink, charity football match". Adults are asked to donate £3 and Under 16's £2 at the turnstile as an entrance fee.
|Round the world cycle challenge (posted Tue 15th Oct 2013)
Bob Winter our Hon. Secretary is taking part in the Lloyds Bank 'Round the World' cycle challenge this week on 16th/17th October. The concept is that teams of 6 (one of which Bob is leading) will cycle non-stop for 24hours at various locations around the country the target is for the combined mileage to be greater than the circumference of the world.
The challenge is being undertaken to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society (Reg Charity 296645). Alzheimer's will affect another 100,000 people this year alone, robbing them of their memories and lives. As a consequence, thousands more will be impacted as they take on the role of careers for those that fall ill. The funds raised will go to supporting those with Alzheimer's and those who are caring for them.
Below is a link to Bobs Just Giving site where people will be able people to sponsor him if they wish.
|100 Club Winners - September 2013 (posted Wed 2nd Oct 2013)
The draw for the month of September took place after Tuesdays nights match against St Margaretsbury and the winners for the month of September were: 7th September: Chris Langford £10; 14th September : Chris Langford £10; 21st September: John Brannan £10; 28th September: Paul Brannan £100 and Marion Griffiths £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days or by contacting the club.
|Match Sponsors Needed (posted Sun 29th Sep 2013)
We have a number of matches available for Match Sponsorship. This enables the sponsor to have free admittance for 2 guests, free match programmes, boardroom hospitality at half time and the end of the match plus mention in programme and match report. Cost of sponsorship is just £25. Please advise the Club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as to your choice of match etc. Check availability by clicking on the "Commercial" tab followed by "Match Sponsorship".
|MACMILLEN Cancer Support (posted Thu 26th Sep 2013)
Amanda Stacey and Ali Parker held a Coffee Morning on Thursday 26th September at the Club, yes a day before the National campaign day but this got the fund raising off to a good start with a sum of £254-53 raised. So well done to all those who provided cakes and to those who came along to drink coffee and buy the delicious cakes and biscuits etc. If you were unable to make it you can still donate and support this very worthwhile charity by making a donation at macmillan.org.co.uk/coffee or by phoning 0845 074 2606 or texting COFFEE to 70550 (one text = £5)
|100 Club Winners - August 2013 (posted Sun 1st Sep 2013)
The draw took place after the Reserve team match against Northwood and the winners for the month of August were:- 3rd August: Steve Johnson £10; 10th August: Wilf Herbert £10; 17th August: John Eadie £10; 24th August: Gill Eldridge £10 and 31st August: Darren Pond £100 and Keith Eldridge £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days.
|Herts Senior Challenge Cup Draw (posted Mon 12th Aug 2013)
We will visit Ware F C, of the Ryman Football League North Division, in the First Round of this years competition and the winners drawn at home to play Stevenage or London Colney in round 2.Our first match will be played in the week commencing Monday 4th November.
|100 Club Winners - July 2013 (posted Sun 4th Aug 2013)
The monthly draw was made after the match against Aylesbury United and the winners for the month of July were:- 6th July: Brett Janes £10; 13th July: Trevor Langley £10; 20th July: Chris Langford £10; 27th July: Ian Butler £100 and Dave Livingstone Junior £20. Winnings can be collected form the club bar on match day.
|Miswell Lane fire (posted Tue 30th Jul 2013)
Our Miswell Lane clubhouse was severely damaged by a fire this afternoon (Monday) and the Fire Service were called at around 14.30. If anyone was in the vicinity in the early afternoon & has any information please call the non emergency police number 101.
Miswell Lane is the club's original home from 1958 and still where our A & B teams play. Many of us at TAFC have put in hundreds of hours of work building and developing a club for the local community. Sadly mindless actions like this can wipe out years of hard work. Our thanks go to the Herts Fire Service for containing the blaze. We hope to be able to bring more news in the next few days.
For more pictures of the damage please see the link below or follow our Twitter feed @tringathletic
|Annual General Meeting (posted Sun 28th Jul 2013)
This will be held on Thursday 19th September 2013 commencing at 8pm and any Members who have any proposals with regard to a change to our rules or constitution must place their request in writing to the Hon Secretary, Bob Winter, 6 weeks prior to this date for such changes to be considered. We are always looking for additional help and if you wish to join the Committee or help on match days please contact a member of the Committee or send an email to email@example.com. Hon Secretary: Bob Winter 28th July 2013
|100 Club Winners - June 2013 (posted Wed 24th Jul 2013)
The monthly draw for June took place after the match against Northwood and the winners were:- 1st June - Alan Gray £10; 8th June - Bob Winter £10; 15th June - Dave Livingstone Junior £10; 22nd June - Phil Casserley £10; 29th June - Trevor Langley £100 and Mick Hartley £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days or by contacting us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Memberships Now Due (posted Wed 24th Jul 2013)
Club Memberships are now due for Annual Renewal. These can be a full or social membership. Full & Social Memberships are £10 or a Social/Family Membership £15 with Concessions at £5 per annum. Social memberships do not have voting rights at the AGM but a Full membership does and but also makes the member liable for any debts arising from the football side but not the social side of the Club. The Club's Annual General Meeting is normally held in September each year with at least 6 weeks notice given to members. Copies of the Club's audited accounts are available to those attending or to full members. A membership also entitles the member to a discount of £1 on the entrance fee for each match attended at The Grass Roots Stadium. New Membership Forms can be downloaded from this website by clicking on Information and then Links.
|Tony Fields - London to Paris bike ride (posted Sun 21st Jul 2013)
Athletic midfielder Tony Fields has successfully completed his marathon 325 mile bike ride. He and supporter Andrew Hughes set out from Tower Bridge on Wednesday (17th) and arrived in the French capital on Saturday afternoon. They were raising funds for the charity Action Medical Research for Children. More information and the link to donate can be found below.
Congratulations to Tony & Andrew on their achievement from all at TAFC
|Off to a T (posted Fri 19th Jul 2013)
T Rice was today crowned TAFC Golf Champion for 2013 following a hot sunny day at Mentmore winning the afternoon's stableford competition on 40 points just one ahead of Danny Robbins. T has been a regular contender for the title over the last 20 years and a previous runner up in 2008.
2011 winner Neil Foskett didn't fare as well today picking up the wooden spoon on 17 points.
Paul Brinklow won the nearest the pin. The 9 hole Texas Scramble competition in the morning was won by Ian Butler, Darren Pond & Milo.
Thank you to Mentmore for hosting the day and to first team sponsor Greenfleets Vehicle Leasing for donating their branded golf equipment as prizes.
The TAFC golf day is played for the memory of Ged Keogh who played for Athletic in the 90's and was club captain when he died in a car accident in 1997. Ged was the first TAFC Golf Day winner in 1993/4.
More to follow.
T Rice lifting the Ged Keogh Trophy
The traditional TAFC Green Jacket fits like a glove, obviously a fingerless one!
|Athletic Secure their Future (posted Mon 8th Jul 2013)
Little over 10 years ago Tring Athletic Football Club were declined floodlights at their Council owned Miswell Lane ground but this set back spurred them onto greater things. A move to Cow Lane, former home of Tring Town, the first step was the building of new Club House which opened in 2003 following expenditure of c£275,000. The Sports Clubs at Pendley all benefitted from a legacy left by Dorian Williams which provided them with sports grounds, free of rent for 65 years expiring in 2043. Under the leadership of Chairman, Chris Langford, Pendley Sports Centre and the various Clubs have negotiated the purchase of the Freehold title thereby securing the future of all the Clubs based in Cow Lane. So in Athletics case they have moved from owning very little to being the proud owners of a first class Football Stadium, Training pitch and one of the smartest and best equipped Club houses in the area used for football related activities, birthday celebrations, charity functions and corporate events. Success on the field has not been lacking and everyone connected with the Club over this period should be very proud of what has been achieved and has been put in place for future generations to enjoy.
|FA Cup Draw (posted Fri 5th Jul 2013)
We have been drawn away at Cogenhoe United of the United Counties League in the Extra Preliminary Round on 17th August. Winners of this tie travel to North Greenford United (Evo-Stik League Southern Division One) in the Preliminary Round on 31st August. Reward for a win in this match is an away trip to Harrow Borough of the Isthmian League Premier Division. The Ground is located at Brafield Road, Cogenhoe, Northants NN7 1ND
|FA Vase draw (posted Fri 5th Jul 2013)
This year's draw has given us a home match against Eton Manor of the Essex Senior League on 7th September. Winners of thie game will then host either Haringey & Waltham Development (also ESL) or Long Buckby (United Counties League) on 21st September.
|Help Needed for Chilfest (posted Mon 1st Jul 2013)
Chilfest are holding a 2 day musical festival in Pendley Manor behind the Grass Roots Stadium, in Pendley Meadow, on Friday 5th July (Little Mix, Heather Small, Loveable Rogues and Tich appearing) and on Saturday 6th July (Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Hazel O'Connor and Carol Decker appearing) and we are running the Car Parking on the Football and Rugby pitches. Help is need with the stewarding of the Car Park from 3:30pm until 7:30pm on both days with some assistance at the end say 10:30pm. Free entry ticket available for "helpers". Please contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696
|TAFC Golf Day - Friday 19th July (posted Tue 18th Jun 2013)
Just One month to go until our Annual Golf Day that will be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Friday 19th July 2013 and will comprise of Coffee or tea on arrival, 9 holes Texas Scramble on the Rothschild course, followed by lunch and then 18 holes on the Rosebery rounding off with a two course meal and coffee plus prize giving. Tickets £30 Mentmore Club member and £67 for TAFC member. Contact Mick Eldridge for further information or to express your interest in playing.
|Congratulations to John Elliott - Oxhey Jets (posted Sat 15th Jun 2013)
Everyone at Tring Athletic sends John Elliott their congratulations on the award of the British Empire Medal in the Queens 2013 Birthday Honours List announced today. John received the award of a BEM "for services to young people and the community in South Oxhey". John formed Oxhey Jets Football Club in 1972 and has been the driving force of the Club for over 40 years and thoroughly deserves this award.
|100 Club Winners - May 2013 (posted Sat 8th Jun 2013)
The draw took place at the Club on Saturday night and the winners for the month of MAY were; 4th May: Matt Stacey £10; 11th May: Barry Johnson £10; 18th May: Phil Casserley £10; 25th May; Darren Pond £100 and Ben Stacey £20. Winnings can be collected for the Club Bar on match days or by contacting us via email at email@example.com
|Food Hygiene is 5 Star (posted Sun 2nd Jun 2013)
A recent inspection by the Environmental Health Officer has resulted in the Club being Awarded a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating recognising that we have good food handling practices in place, that cleanliness, repair, layout and pest proofing is good and that our compliance records and documented food safety management systems are good, scoring us maximise ratings in all three areas of the assessment.
|B Team Management Changes (posted Mon 27th May 2013)
Bobby Fryer, who has managed the B Team for several years, has stood down from running the team and the Club is pleased to announce that Phil Monaghan has accepted the invitation to run the team and he will be assisted by Steve Alford. Both have played for the Club for several years and Steve has experience of running two Ladies teams in London whilst he also has his Level 2 Coaching Badge. We have a number of younger players wishing to join the Club next season and Brian Cox, who has been running our Youth team, and Greg Cox who has been running Tring Tornadoes Under 16 team have indicated that they are willing to help to integrate the younger boys into the senior sides.
|Sad News - Randy Merlino (posted Sat 25th May 2013)
It is with great sadness that we announce that Randy has sadly passed away and our thoughts are with his wife, Elaine and children Claire and Stuart. Randy and Elaine were active Committee Members whilst the Club operated from Miswell Lane and Randy even got involved in the head tennis competitions on summer training nights. Randy had had a heart operation last year to replace an aortic valve, he was doing really well but died suddenly on Sunday (19th)from a heart attack. Randy had his operation at Harefield Hospital and anyone wishing to make a donation can use the following link
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|Management Team Addition (posted Thu 23rd May 2013)
We are pleased to welcome Chris Juraszek who will join Colin Phillips and Stuart Stedman in running our Reserve Team. Chris has a wealth of experience starting his career with West Ham Schoolboys and played Isthmian League football. He has managed and coached a number of SSML sides including Brache Sparta, Ampthill, Crawley Green and more recently been with Barton Rovers and London Colney.
|Trial Match - Saturday 29th June (posted Wed 22nd May 2013)
The Club is to hold a Trial session on the Astroturf Pitch at RAF Halton, Nuffield Pavilion, HP22 5PG commencing at 3pm on Saturday 29th June, the club is looking add experienced and committed players to its First Team squad but welcomes players of all abilities to attend. The club runs four senior teams, with its First Team in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League, Reserves in the Suburban Football League and the A and B teams in the West Herts League.
Please bring own training kit, suitable footwear and a drink or water bottle. Any queries and a brief outline of playing experience should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org where we will confirm and acknowledge your details and answer any questions that you may have.
PRE SEASON TRAINING - starts on Thursday 27th June meeting at 7pm for a 7:15pm start at the Club and again newcomers are very welcome and should email the Club and we will clarify any issues that you may have.
|Bowls Champions (posted Sun 19th May 2013)
The Annual Bowls competition between the Pendley sports clubs i.e. Rugby, Squash and Football Clubs saw the Athletic team win the trophy for the 7th time in the last 10 years. A fun afternoon with non-bowlers participating and Vice Chairman, Barry Simmons, captained the team that included Committee Members Mick Eldridge, Richard Vincent and Paul Humphreys with partner Sue Williamson, former linesman Pete Stilwell and supporters Rob Duling, Clive Goodall, Mick Smith and Wayne Adams.
|Presentation Awards 2012-2103 (posted Sat 18th May 2013)
The Club held its Presentation Evening on Friday evening with a good turnout of players and supporters. The awards were as follows:- First Team: Player's Player - Chris Salmon, Manager's Player - Mike Underwood and Supporter's Player - Mike Underwood; Reserve Team: Player's Player - Ollie Butler, Manager's Player - Stuart Stedman; "A" Team: Player's Player - James Livingstone, Manager's Player - Glenn Sizer; "B" Team: Player's Player - Dave Allen, Manager's Player - Richard Williams; Youth Team: Player's Player - Sam Shearman and Player's Player - Lewis Cox.
Clubman of the Year went to Trevor Langley who in addition to being the First Team Sports Therapist is Registration Secretary, Youth Protection Officer and Health & Safety Officer undertaking many hours work behind the scenes which this award acknowledges.
Robbie Duncan joined the 300 Club having achieved 335 appearances by end the season evidencing great loyalty to the Club.
Small presentations were made to our Groundsman - Darrell Bodimeade for an excellent playing surface once again, Kit Lady - Dee Wells who does a terrific job with six kits every weekend, Colin Sturges of Okewood Imagery for his excellent photographs and control of our website and Gill Eldridge and Sandra Foskett for making the players sandwiches each week.
Pre-season training commences on Thursday 27th June and all existing and new are welcome to attend. A number of friendly fixtures have already been arranged and these are shown on our website.
|Congratulations on New Born (posted Wed 15th May 2013)
Many congratulations to First Team player, Andy Humphreys (478 club appearances) and his wife Lorraine on the birth of their baby daughter, Ellie Grace, who was so keen to come into this world was born on Monday 13th May, just 10 minutes after arriving at hospital. Ellie weighed in at 6lb 8ozs and the mid-wife assisting with the delivery was Lorraine's close friend, Laura Brimson.
|TAFC Golf Tour Result (posted Tue 14th May 2013)
The annual trip to Spain for 5 hard days and nights playing golf saw Ian Butler pip Mark Boniface on the last day to take this years trophy. Last years winner, Phil Casserley, went from hero to zero coming in 8th place. Other club members taking part were Mick Eldridge, T Rice, Alan Gray, Keith Butler and Dave Stacey.
|100 Club Winners - April 2013 (posted Mon 6th May 2013)
The monthly draw took place at the weekend and the winners for the month of April were:- 6th April: Paul Lewis £10; 13th April: Alan Gray £10; 20th April: Barry Johnson £10; 27th April: Dave Richards £100 & Jamie Robins £20. As usual winnings can be collected form the bar or by contacting Mick Eldridge.
|Rolling back the years (posted Sat 4th May 2013)
Athletic "legends" came out of retirement on Friday night to beat Berkhamsted 6-1 at Broadwater. Tring dominated possession in the first half and went into the break 1 up thanks to a Gary Langdale volley from a corner. Berko played better in the second half but Tring's midfield class shone through to pull all the right strings, racing into a 4 goal lead before the home side pulled one back. Tring scored 2 further goals to complete the rout. The Tring side included Keith Eldridge, Grant Mosley, John Perry, Neil Foskett, David Foskett, Julian James, Gary Langdale, & Ian Ranger, who must have played at least 3000 games between them for Tring. There were 2 familiar faces playing for the home team in former Athletic manager Phil Casserley and midfielder Lee Groves.
We hope to arrange a further game in September so any current / former players over 35 please get in touch.
|Cup Final win for the A team (posted Thu 2nd May 2013)
A Glen Sizer goal 15 minutes from the end of the Peace Memorial Cup Final, held at Hemel Hempstead's ground, saw the "A"s defeat Hemel Rovers by a 1-0 score line. Congratulations to all the players and Managers Dave Adamson and James Bevan on an excellent result.
|New Commercial Manager Appointed (posted Thu 25th Apr 2013)
We are delighted to announce that Dan Barnett has been appointed Commercial Manager for the Club. Dan is a Director of Analytics at Analysis Marketing a Tring based business with many local contacts whilst he has a strong interest in football with his son playing football for Tring Tornadoes whilst following a Welsh Premiership team. Anyone interesting in discussing opportunities with Dan can contact him via email@example.com or 07940 168582.
|ST MARYS CUP SEMI FINAL CANCELLED (posted Wed 24th Apr 2013)
Thursday nights (25th) St Marys Cup Semi Final against Hemel Hempstead has been cancelled as Hemel have advised us "that due to the amount of injuries picked up at the weekend and again last night that they are unable to fulfil the fixture. Hemel have their final league match on Saturday and then have the possibility of play off's the following week and feel that they cannot put a side out that would do the competition the justice that it deserves". This withdrawal has not yet been ratified by the West Herts League and were it to stand then that would meet local rivals Berkhamsted in the final. Once we are aware as to whether Hemel are to continue in the competition then full details will be posted here as soon as possible.
|London Marathon Success (posted Wed 24th Apr 2013)
Ross Langley, former Athletic player and son of Physio Trevor Langley, completed the London Marathon in a superb time of 2 hours 47.37 minutes. In doing so Ross raised over £750 for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home helped by donations from club members at the recent Quiz Night and also a small donation from the Club. Very well done to Ross and everyone that supported him in his fund raising efforts for Iain Rennie.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sun 21st Apr 2013)
Richard Vincent's very popular Quiz Night was well attended with nearly 80 persons making up 13 teams. It was a very close contest but Trevor Langley's team (named - He's 5'3" and comes from Italy)were victorious on 213 points. Thanks to Richard Vincent for organising and Dave & Amanda Stacey who along with Chris & Ali Parker provided the ploughman's supper. Next Quiz evening will be held in October on a date to be announced.
|SUPPER QUIZ NIGHT - THIS SATURDAY 20TH APRIL (posted Wed 17th Apr 2013)
We are holding one of Richard Vincent's popular General Knowledge Quiz Nights with teams of up to 6 persons that can be made up on the night. A ploughmans supper is included in the entrance fee of £6 per person. We currently have 74 contestants so sure to be a good night but room for more. You can just turn up on the night but it is helpful to have advance notice so that we cater for the right number of persons. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place or add name to the Club noticeboard.
|Supporters Player of Year (posted Wed 10th Apr 2013)
Its that time of year when we ask regular Supporters to vote for their Player of the Year and this can be done in two ways by (1) completing a voting slip at the Club Bar on match days or (2) email to the Club at email@example.com quoting your Membership Number. Presentation Night is to be held on Friday 17th May at 8pm so votes will be accepted up until Friday 3rd May.
|Annual TAFC Golf Day - Friday 19th July (posted Mon 8th Apr 2013)
The Ged Keough Memorial TAFC Annual Golf Day will be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Friday 19th July 2013 and include 27 holes of golf. The day will comprise of Coffee or tea on arrival, 9 holes Texas Scramble on the Rothschild course, followed by lunch and then 18 holes on the Rosebery rounding off with a two course meal and coffee plus prize giving. Buggies are available for hire from Mentmore G&C Club if you do not feel that you wish to walk all 27 holes. Tickets are £67 or £30 for Mentmore Club members and if you can only make the afternoon round it will cost £50 to include the evening meal.Contact Mick Eldridge for further information or to express your interest in playing or add your name to the list on the Club noticeboard.
|100 Club Winners - March 2013 (posted Sun 31st Mar 2013)
The draw was made after the Reserve team draw with Leverstock Green and the winners for the month of March were:- 2nd March: James Livingstone £10; 9th March: Darren Pond £10; 16th March: Ian Butler £10; 23rd March: Chris Langford £10; 30th March: Paul Brannan £100 and Chris Martin £20. Winnings can be collected from the club bar on match days or by contacting Mick Eldridge.
|Successful Race Night (posted Sat 30th Mar 2013)
We are pleased to advise that £1,285-20 was raised for Action Medical Research for Children for Life at last Saturdays Race Night organised by, First Team player, Tony Fields. We would like to thank all race sponsors; Greenfleets Car Vehicle Leasing, Langford & Co Chartered Accountants and D R Mechanics (Danny Robbins) and all those that became race horse owners on the night plus all those attending to make this a very successful and enjoyable evening. Race winners included Graham Hall (First Team Captain), Sam Joliffe (First Team player) Dick Lovelace, Sam Drayer, Darren Pond, Simon Lovegrove and Rachel Johnson(twice).
|Club Race Night - TONIGHT (posted Sat 23rd Mar 2013)
Ticket sales are now in excess of 100 persons so it looks as though Saturday 23rd March will be a great evening and raise important funds for the selected charity. A big thank you to GREENFLEETS Vehicle Leasing our First Team Sponsor who have sponsored the first race, Chris Langford of Langford & Co Chartered Accountants, who sponsor our "A" Team and to D R MECHANICS (Danny Robbins) who has also sponsored a race. Race Sponsors receive 2 free entry tickets and obviously are supporting the club and charity and this costs just £20. 36 horses have been sold so far with 20 still available although a race can be sold for a second time. Race horses cost £10 with the winning owner receiving £50. The horses in the last race will be auctioned on the evening. Tickets will be available at the door on the evening that starts at 7:30pm on Saturday 23rd March. There will also be a Raffle and prizes include a round of golf for 4 persons at Collingtree, Golf Leisurewear and a Watford FC Shirt signed by the current First Team squad. Contact the club email for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. CLUB OPEN FROM 6PM
|First Team Pitch Inspection (posted Sat 23rd Mar 2013)
Heavy rain yesterday afternoon and snow overnight means that we have no choice but to have a pitch inspection prior to todays match against Haringey Borough. This inspection will take place at 10:30am and we will update the website as soon after this time as possible. MATCH POSTPONED
|Commercial Manager Position (posted Mon 18th Mar 2013)
The Club is looking to appoint a Commercial Manager whose role it will be is to generate income for the Club through advertising, sponsorship and promotion of the club house facilities for both private and corporate functions. This will be a commission based role that would suit a locally based person with sports interests and willing to help the Club to continue to provide good facilities for players of all abilities. For further information, including job description, please send an initial email of interest to the Club at email@example.com or contact Chairman, Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696
|100 Club Winners - February 2013 (posted Sun 10th Mar 2013)
The draw was made after Saturdays victory over Holmer Green and the winners for the month of February were:- 2nd February: Mick Murphy £10; 9th February: Chris Martin £10; 16th February: Phil Casserley £10: 23rd February: Keith Hamilton £100 and John Eadie £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days or by contacting the Club via email.
|Ladies Team (posted Fri 8th Mar 2013)
It is with great regret that we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw the Ladies Team from their league following our failure to fulfil the league fixture last Sunday through the lack of available players. It was thought that following the signing of some new players in January, the return of others and a better allocation of pre and post-match administration duties, that we would be able to see out the season and review the position in the summer but unfortunately this has not been the case. We thank all those that have shown commitment in difficult circumstances this season and obviously those that have been with us for a number of years and enjoyed their football.
|100 Club Winners - January 2013 (posted Mon 25th Feb 2013)
The belated draw took place on Saturday after the First Team's match and the winners for the month of January were:- 5th Jan: Paul Vinnicomb £10; 12th Jan: Keith Hamilton £10; 19th Jan: Dave & Maureen Livingstone £10 and 26th Jan: Richard Vincent £100 and Dave Stacey £20.
|Race Night (posted Mon 25th Feb 2013)
We will be holding a Charity Race Night and the Event is being put on by one of our First Team footballers, Tony Fields, who is doing a gruelling 325 mile bike ride from London to Paris in July 2013. Tony is doing the bike ride for a fantastic charity called Action Medical Research for Children and all monies raised will go to this charity.
Entry tickets will cost just £2 per person in advance and there will be 8 races with 8 horses in each race. Horses can be purchased for each race at £10 per horse with the race winner receiving £50 and the balance going to the selected charity. Horses can be purchased and the final race will have each horse auctioned on the night with the prize money having the same split with the winning owner benefitting financially whilst each race will hopefully have a sponsor. Place a small bet on a horse and you will either win money or make a charitable donation. Tickets can be purchased from the Club on match days or on the night. One montrh to go and 50 tickets sold to date (25/2) so come along and support this very good cause.
|Ladies in need of HELP - TRAINING SESSION TO GO AHEAD (posted Fri 25th Jan 2013)
Our Ladies team have become desparate for new players following the departure of one or two and a number of injuries. Last season we won the league and were County Cup finalists so there is good quality in the team but we lack numbers. The league have agreed that the Ladies can postpone their remainder fixtures for January in the hope that we can sign on new players to improve the size of the squad to allow for injuries and absences through illness etc and complete the season.
The Club is holding an open training session on Sunday 27th January at the Miswell Lane ground (for directions go to "Links / Club Information" on club website - www.tafc.co.uk) commencing at 1pm so anyone who is more than 16 years old and interested in joining the club should come along. If unable to attend but interested or require further information then you can contact Club Chairman Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696
|Management Changes at Athletic (posted Mon 21st Jan 2013)
Tony Armitage has decided to step down from his role as Coach and Assistant to First Team Manager Julian Robinson and the Club would wish to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment to his role at the Club since he joined in the summer of 2011. The Club is however pleased to announce that Ian Richardson has stepped up from the Reserves to assist Julian with the running the First Team. Ian is a former professional footballer with experience in running and coaching sides and our young side will benefit from this addition.
The Reserves will continue to be run by Colin Phillips with Stuart Stedman undertaking his player/coach role and Dave Whicker, who has been out injured since early this season, has been helping out and keeping involved with the Club.
There is a however an opportunity for someone, ideally with goalkeeping coaching skills, to assist the First and Reserve teams at training and Reserves on a match day. Interested parties should send their details via email to the First Team Manager, Julian Robinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|100 Club Winners - December 2012 (posted Sun 13th Jan 2013)
The monthly draw, slightly delayed, took place after Saturdays match against Biggleswade United and the winners for the month of December were: 1st December - Dave Richards £10; 8th December - Keith Eldridge £10; 15th December - Roger Gwozdzicki £10; 22nd December - Alan Gray £10 and 29th December - John Brannan £100 and Tam Dunn £20. All winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days. New members are welcome to join at just £1 per week and a bankers order form can be downloaded from the club website.
|Charter Standard Status achieved (posted Wed 9th Jan 2013)
The Club has today learnt it has been awarded Charter Standard Status as an Adult Club. This award is awarded to those Clubs that are able to evidence that they are properly run with Constitutions and Rules in place, hold regular Committee meetings and Annual General Meetings with approved financial accounts. In the running of teams then Codes of Conduct, Equality policies, Coaching certificates and appropriate First Aid skills all need to be in place. Such an award evidences that the action taken by the Club's Committee and its Members in the development of the Club on and off the field is moving in the right direction.
|Presentation for Darrell Bodimeade (posted Sat 5th Jan 2013)
Bill Scholes, a Member of the Managemnent Committee of the South Midland Football League, visited the Grass Roots Stadium to make a presentation to our Groundsman, Darrell Bodimeade, who won the annual Award for the Best Playing Surface of the year for season 2011-12. This was a very well deserved award to Darrell who puts in many hours to ensure that the players benefit form one of the best playing surfaces both in local football and also in the senior leagues in which our First and Reserves teams play. Well done Darrell keep up the good work.
|2012 Sporting Predictions - Result (posted Sat 29th Dec 2012)
Just over a year ago a number of members made 36 sporting predictions for 2012 ranging from GB Olympic golds, football league winners and the leading F1 drivers to various rugby, cricket, golf & tennis championships. At the end of the year we have a winner by a single point. Congratulations to our photographer & webmaster Colin Sturges who pipped Andy Humphreys. Crucially if Andy had predicted his own team Wolves to have finished bottom of the Premiership he would have won! More details to follow.
|HAPPY XMAS TO OUR PLAYERS, SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS and READERS (posted Mon 24th Dec 2012)
Have a great Xmas and we thank you for your support during 2012 and hope that you will continue helping the teams, and club, to succeed on and off the pitch in 2013 which will be the Club's 55th anniversary year.
|First Team Pitch Inspection (posted Sat 22nd Dec 2012)
Following the heavy overnight rain and forecast of continuing rain we will be arranging a pitch inspection for late morning and will post an up date as soon as possible. ******* MATCH POSTPONED 11:50 **********
|100 Club Winners - November 2012 (posted Sun 2nd Dec 2012)
The draw took place after the First Team match against Hillingdon Borough and the winners were:- 3rd November: John Brannan £10; 10th November: Roger Gwozdzicki £10; 17th November: Chris Martin £10; 24th November: Paul Vinnicombe £100 and Dick Lovelace £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days or by contacting the club via email.
|Match Sponsors Required (posted Wed 28th Nov 2012)
We currently lack match sponsors for the forthcoming home fixtures against Aylesbury United 15th December, AFC Dunstable 22nd December and Colney Heat 5th January 2013 where sponsor and guest receive free admission, match day programmes, board room hospitality at half time and after the match plus name in the match day programme - cost £25. Please contact the club by email if you wish to sponsor a match - email@example.com
|Auction Night Success (posted Sun 18th Nov 2012)
The Club raised in excess of £2,000 on Friday night and would like to thank the genouristy of all those donating auction items namely Ian Butler, Tony Stedman, Pendley Manor Hotel, Prezzo's, The Akeman, The Robin Hood, Espresso Lounge, Andrew Ainsworth Golf Professional, Mentmore, Chiltern Forest and Caddington Golf Clubs and Grant & Stone Plumbers Merchants plus many other individual items. Many thanks to Auctioneer, Richard Hailing, for squeezing money out of everyone.
|Cheapest Football in Dacorum (posted Fri 16th Nov 2012)
The Tring Gazette has undertaken a review of the cost of watching local Non League football compared to Championship Club, Watford. In the Dacorum area the combined price for adult entry, a programme and a cup of tea is £10-80 at Hemel, £7 at Berkhamsted, £6-80 at Leverstock Green and £6-70 at Tring Athletic. Professional football at Watford, calculated on the same basis is reported to cost £30-40. An interesting survey and good to see that we are hopefully providing value for money.
|100 Club Winners - October 2012 (posted Sat 10th Nov 2012)
The draw took place after the First Team match against London Colney and the winners were:- 6th October: Mick Hartley £10; 13th October: John Brannan £10; 20th October: Keith Hamilton £10; 27th October: Ron Brimson £100 and Diane Griffiths £20. As usual winnings can be collcted from the Club bar on match days or by contacting the club via email.
|Tickets for Supper Auction (posted Mon 22nd Oct 2012)
Richard Hailing will be our Auctioneer and we will be auctioning holidays, both in the UK and in Spain, Spa day at Pendley Manor Hotel, Sunday Lunch at Pendley Manor Hotel, Tickets for the Shakespeare Festival 2013, meal for four at The Akeman, meals out at Robin Hood and Prezzo's, Golf Days at Ashridge, Mentmore, Chiltern Forest and Caddington, Golf Lesson from Andrew Ainsworth plus many more prizes and smaller items. Cost of tickets will be £5 per person to include a supper of either Beef & Ale Casserole or Chicken Tagine with cous cous. Add you name to the list in the Club or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your table.
|Late Acknoweledgement of Groundman's Award (posted Thu 18th Oct 2012)
At the SSMFL AGM in June Groundsman, Darrell Bodimeade, received an Award for providing the Best Playing Surface in the SSMFL Premier Division. This was an excellent achievement given the limited machinery and budget available to Darrell who has maintained an excellent pitch in a season that the Club has received many compliments from the visiting teams and the SSMFL and Aylesbury Football Leagues that have held Cup Finals at the ground.
|TAFC Golf Society Results (posted Fri 12th Oct 2012)
Having played the excellent golf courses of Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Beaconsfield and the final match at Ellesborough Mark Boniface became the 2012 Champion when he scored a total of 137 points. Second place went to Mick Eldridge on 134 points and he just pipped Steve Bird who scored 133 points. 30 members participated in the competition organised by Ian Butler.
|Non League Day Saturday 13th October and Help Iain Rennie Hospice (posted Tue 9th Oct 2012)
Have your photgraph taken with the Olympic Torch when it comes to The Grass Roots Stadium on Non League Football Saturday. The First team also entertain our local neighbours, Leverstock Green, in a SSMFL League match so bring the family and enjoy the afternoon. Gates open at 1:30pm with kick off at 3pm. Any queries should be addressed to the club via email to email@example.com.
The Club will donate £1 per person attending the match and any donations recieved from photographs taken will also go to Iain Rennie Hospice at Home so please support our efforts to raise money for this great cause.
|Quiz Night Results (posted Sun 7th Oct 2012)
An excellent Quiz Night was held last Saturday run by Richard Vincent and the victorious team of 6 was led by Ray Brimson with 205 points out of a maximum of 210, 5 points more than the 2nd placed team whilst Chairman, Mick Eldridge's team, picked up the booby prize someway behind the winners. A good evening was however had by all.
|100 Club Winners - September 2012 (posted Wed 3rd Oct 2012)
With a 5 week month we have 6 winners and the First Team Players drew out the lucky winners after last nights excellent victory over Hertford Town, the winners were:- 1st September - Dave Martin £10; 8th September - Alan Fosket £10; 15th September - Gill Eldridge £10; 22nd September - Dick Lovelace £10; 29th September - Keith Eldridge £100 and P Herbert £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club on match days or by contacting the club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Annual General Meeting (posted Thu 27th Sep 2012)
Further to earlier notices our Annual General Meeting is to be held this evening commencing 8pm and the Club and Bar will be open from 7:30pm. All members, players and supporters are welcomed to atttend.
|Raffle Winners from Spirit of Tring 2012 (posted Sat 22nd Sep 2012)
Raffle tickets winners were: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at THORNBURY CASTLE HOTEL, Gloucestershire - ticket 00653 Tony Webster; Afternoon Tea for Two at CLIVEDEN HOUSE HOTEL, Berkshire - ticket 00738 Mr Hall; POLAROID HD CAMCORDERS with DS Memory Cards x 5 - Liz Bird ticket 00472; L Perkins ticket 01497; Dunford ticket 00268; Whitby ticket 00262; Kath Wall ticket 02726; NAKED WINES £40 Gift Cards x 10 - A Wright ticket 01653; L Perkins ticket 01487; Angie Wright ticket 01663; Withers ticket 01469; Spencer ticket 00272; Martine Maddock ticket 01157; K Stokes ticket 02415; C Withras ticket 02746; K Dallas ticket 02769; Mr Wiggins ticket 00637: Round of Golf for 4 persons at ASHRIDGE GOLF CLUB - N Dunn ticket 00038. All winners will be contacted over the next few days or winners can telephone Mick Eldridge on 07180 696 696.
|100 Club Winners - September 2012 (posted Sun 9th Sep 2012)
The monthly draw was made after Saturday's match and the lucky winners for the month of August were: 4th August: Mick Eldridge £10; 11th August: Amanda Stacey £10; 18th August: Claire Merlino £10; 25th August: Dave Richards £100 and Jamie Robbins £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club on match days
|Spirit of Tring Raffle (posted Fri 7th Sep 2012)
Just 2 weeks to go to this wonderful event (full details under Events) but the Club run a RAFFLE with tickets priced at just £2 with prizes including: Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at Thornbury Castle Hotel, Gloucestershire,; Afternoon Tea for 2 at Cliveden House Hotel, Berkshire; 5 x Polaroid HD Camcorders with SD Memory Cards; 10 x Naked Wine £40 Gift Cards; A Round of Golf for 4 persons at Ashridge Golf Club and many more prizes. Draw to be made at 9pm on Saturday 22nd September. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO COME, SUPPORT THE RAFFLE, AS ALL PROCEEDS FROM OUR TICKET SALES BENEFIT THE FOOTBALL CLUB.
|TAFC Golf Day Results (posted Wed 5th Sep 2012)
A fantastic sunny day meant that the scores were good on the annual Ged Keough Golf Day held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club. The morning consisted of 9 hole Texas Scramble on the Rothschild course and this was won by James Cotterill, Danny Robbins and Robert Hollingdale beating Matt Myatt, James Butler and Andy Hughes by a single shot. The afternoon main 18 hole competition on the Rosebery course was won by Tony Fields scoring 43 points off a handicap of 15, second was James Butler with 42 points playing off 20. Both Keith Butler and Danny Robbins scored 40 points playing off 10 and 28 respectively. Tony was therefore awarded the annual trophy and the famous Green Jacket. The "Duffer" of the Day, winning the Wooden Spoon, was James Cotterill with 20 points playing off 24, he won this prestigious award on count back! The longest drive was mamouth shot by Simon Beddall and the two "nearest the pins" were won my Mick Eldridge and Matt Myatt.
|Paralympic Torch in Tring (posted Wed 22nd Aug 2012)
Come and LIGHT UP TRING for the PARALYMPIC TORCH RELAY in Tring High Street, on Tuesday 28th August between 10.00 pm and midnight .
10.00 pm Refreshments available in St Peter & St Paul Church and High St Baptist Church and on Church Square. Restaurants and pubs will be open.
10.45pm Meet on Church Square to cheer the torch relay and watch a beacon being lit on the church roof. BRING A TORCH.
11.09 pm The torch relay sets off from the "Welcome to Tring" sign near Donkey Lane, coming along Western Rd and the whole High Street to the Robin Hood roundabout.
For the most up-to-date information email: email@example.com
or look on www.tring.gov.uk
|New First Kit to be unveiled this Saturday (posted Wed 15th Aug 2012)
Our "New" First Team Sponsor will be unveiled this coming Saturday when we entertain Hanwell Town in our first home league match of the season. The season has started well with a victory in the F A Cup last Saturday and a well earnt point away at Harefield United last night. The first home match of the season is sponsored by Alpine Cleaners and we thank Gary Fensome for his support.
|100 Club Winners - July 2012 (posted Sun 5th Aug 2012)
The draw took place after yesterdays match and the winners for July were:- 7th July: Chris Langford £10; 14th July: Sharon Herbert £10; 21st July: Dave Richards £10; 28th July: John Eadie £100 and Paul Brannan £20. As usual winnings to be collected from the Club on match days or by contacting the club via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members welcome and a standing order form can be downloaded from our website.
|A Great HOME Cup Draw (posted Sat 4th Aug 2012)
Having bemoaned our luck in Cup Draws the draw for the Herts Senior Challenge Trophy was made yesterday and we have been drawn to play NPower League Division 2 side - Barnet F C at The Grass Roots Stadium. The following extract was taken from Barnet's website:-
"Bees looking to better last year's early exit
Barnet FC have been drawn against Tring Athletic FC in the First Round of the Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup. The away fixture will be played w/c 5th November 2012 with the winner facing Ware FC on w/c 3rd December 2012, also an away game.
The Bees, who won the competition in 2011, were knocked out last year against Stevenage Borough in one of the latter rounds."
|Club Memberships Now Due (posted Wed 1st Aug 2012)
Club Memberships expired on 31st July so to ensure that you save £1 on the entrance fee for all HOME matches renew your membership as soon as possible. Social Member £10, Social Family £15, Full Member £10, Full Family £15, Concessions £5 (Senior Citizens or under 18 as at 1st August 2012. Social members have no voting rights. Send an email to email@example.com if you wish to be sent an application form.
|Sad News (posted Sun 29th Jul 2012)
We have very recently learnt of the sad news that one of our loyal supporters Bernard Evans passed away. Bernard would regularly be seen and heard giving his vocal support at The Grass Roots Stadium, and Miswell Lane before our move, whilst he also helped build the Club house in 2004. Bernard will be sadly missed and we send our sincere condolences to his son Gary and his family and friends.
|100 Club Winners for June 2012 (posted Sat 21st Jul 2012)
The draw for the month of June took place after the match against Hullbridge Sports and the lucky winners were:- 2nd June: Alan Gray £10; 9th June: Richard Vincent £10; 16th June: Dave Foskett £10; 23rd June: Darren Pond £10; 30th June: Mick Eldridge £100 and Bill Griffiths £20. New members can join by downloading the standing order form from our website and returning this to the Club.
|Annual General Meeting (posted Fri 13th Jul 2012)
This is to be held on Thursday 27th September commencing at 8pm - see Forthcoming Events for further information.
|The Olympic Torch (posted Mon 9th Jul 2012)
Hon Secretary, Bob Winter, carried the Olympic Torch in the relay when it passed through Stoke Mandeville today (Monday 9th July). This was a once in a life time opportunity and a great honour for Bob who was cheered on by large crowds, well done.
|Work Party - Saturday 14th July (posted Sat 7th Jul 2012)
We have a few jobs that need completing before we get the new season underway and intend to try and get as many of these completed on Saturday 14th July. We intend to start from 8am and then finish about midday and will provide tools, paint etc. If you are able to help in any way for any length of time then that would be great.
|Ladies Team Manager & Fixture Secretary Required (posted Thu 28th Jun 2012)
Our Ladies Team had their most successful season to date last year but because of personal/work related reasons Sally Green (Manager) and Sophie Green (Fixture Secretary) cannot commit to continuing in these roles for the coming season and the Club therefore seeks applications for these positions. Anyone interested should contact Chairman, Mick Eldridge or Hon Secretary, Bob Winter and an email can be sent, with supporting credentials, to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mick Eldridge by phone on 07810 696 696.
|Congratulations to Andy & Sarah Ayres (posted Wed 27th Jun 2012)
The Club and Supporters send their congratulations to Committee Member Andy Ayres and his wife Sarah on the birth of Arthur Frank Ayres who was born at 10:47am on 26th June weighing in at 8lb 3ozs.
|Club's Efforts Recognised by SSMFL (posted Sat 23rd Jun 2012)
At the recent Spartan South Midlands Annual General Meeting the Club received the following awards: Administration £40; Respect £200 and Best Playing Surface in the League. Well done to our administrators, Bob Winter (Hon Secretary), Tony Stedman (Fixture Secretary) and Trevor Langley (Registration Secretary), well done to our First Team Management and Players for their conduct throughout the season and many congratulations to Darrell Bodimeade for maintaining an excellent pitch in a season that the Club has received many compliments from the visiting teams and the SSMFL and Aylesbury Football Leagues that have held Cup Finals at the ground.
|Berkhamsted Vets 0 Tring Athletic Vets 5 (posted Sat 9th Jun 2012)
Ian Ranger gathered together nearly all of the successful side from 1999-2000 when they won 5 trophies in a season to meet Berkhamsted at Ashlyns School in an eagerly awaited fixture. From the start Athletic had Berkhamsted on a back foot with Ranger and Andy Mullins up front and Tony Mendicino, Jamie Robbins and Gary Langdale controlling the game. It was no surpirse when Ian Ranger ran through to score with a well placed shot to open the scoring after 20 minutes. Both sides made early substitutions and the scores remained level until half time. With Mullins off at half time and Ranger dropping into midfield it was the turn of Steve Johnson and Stewart Dye to come on and lead from the front both scoring two goals each to take Tring's total to five. Tring's Tony Mendicino also had a penalty saved in the second half. An enjoyable afternoon watched by a large Tring following. TAFC Team: Keith Eldridge; Neil Foskett, Ian Butler, Matt Strange, John Perry; Dave Foskett, Tony Mendicino, Jamie Robbins, Gary Langdale, Ian Ranger, Andy Mullins : Andy Playle, Jamie McBeath, Steve Johnson, Stewart Dye and John Taylor. (Team photo below and match photos [here])
|Vets Match v Berkhamsted Vets (posted Tue 5th Jun 2012)
If you are missing your football then Ashlyns School (Astro Pitch) is the place to be next Saturday 9th June, kick off 2pm, when a star studded TAFC Vets side will meet Berkhamsted Vets. The Athletic squad assembled by Ian Ranger includes: Goalkeepers: Andy Playle and Keith Eldridge; Defenders: Dave Foskett, Neil Foskett, Jamie McBeath, John Perry, Ian Butler and Matt Strange; Midfielders: Tony Mendicino, Jamie Robbins, Gary Langdale, Jeb Stewart and John Taylor; Forwards: Andy Mullins, Ian Ranger, Steve Johnson, Stewart Dye and Danny Robbins. Others that may make an appearance include Mick Eldridge, Mark Boniface, Paul Lewis and Matt Ruscoe.
|100 Club Winners - May 2012 (posted Sun 27th May 2012)
The draw took place today and this months winners were:- 5th May: John Perry £10; 12th May: James Livingstone £10; 19th May: Grant Mosley £10; 26th May: Gill Eldridge £100 and Dave & Maureen Livingstone £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar or by contacting Mick Eldridge
|TAFC Golf Society Results (posted Sat 26th May 2012)
The second event of this years competition took place on a near perfect day and on a well prepared golf course at Berkhamsted. 20 players took part and found the course difficult with only one player, Dave Lamb (Berkhamsted Golf Club Member) playing to their handicap and scoring 37 points. Four players came in on 31 points with the Longest drive won by Lee Copeland and nearest the Pin by Paul Brinklow. Leading the playing list after 2 events is Dave Lamb with 71 points followed by Steve Bird 69 and Mark Boiniface and Alan Gray both on 66 points. The next match will be played at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Tuesday 17th July.
|Team of the Month April 2012 (posted Wed 16th May 2012)
The First Team who had a great end of the season have been awarded "Team of the Month" for April which is great achievement reflecting all the hard work that Julian Robinson, Tony Armitage and the team have put into the final stages of the season. Congratulations to them all. Crawley Green were Division One winners and Risborough Rangers Division Two winners.
|Reserve Team Management Changes (posted Tue 15th May 2012)
The Club is very pleased to report that a new Management Team has been appointed for the Reserve Team that will play in the Suburban Football League Season 2012-13.
Following Jerry Dimonds decision to step down, due to family and work reasons that means that he feels unable to give the level of commitment required to run a team at this senior level, Colin Phillips, who has run the team with Jerry, will be joined by Ian Richardson and they will jointly run the team for the coming year. Ian comes with a wealth of experience having managed and coached at a number of senior clubs and most recently with close neighbours Tring Corinthians where he was First Team Manager. Colin and Ian will be joined by current player, Stuart Stedman, who has made 410 appearances for the club and runs his own coaching business Football Fever. Stuart hopes to continue giving his playing experience to the team whilst providing important coaching and guidance to his younger team mates.
Training for the season 2012-13 will start on Thursday 28th June and new players are welcome to attend these sessions to be held at The Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane each Tuesday and Thursday thereafter. Any queries can be directed to Club via email to email@example.com
|Brighton Bike Ride (posted Sun 13th May 2012)
Our Club Secretary, Bob Winter, has forgotten the pain he enjured when completing the London to Brighton bike ride last year to enter again this year along with his sons Tom and Jack (who both help in the kitchen on match days). Bob is raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and would welcome sponsorship and you can support him by donating via www.justgiving.com/BobWinterBikeRide
|End of Season Awards (posted Sun 13th May 2012)
Tring Athletic Football Club recently held their end of season Presentation Evening and the following is a summary of the awards presented following another very successful season.
First Team Managers Julian Robinson and Tony Armitage can feel very pleased with their first season in charge as they finished as the top side in Dacorum in 6th place in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League and this was a great achievement having lost seven of last years side. A mixture of young and experienced players served the team well and
This season's awards went to:-
Manager's Player Matt Jarvis
Players' Player Chris Salmon
Supporters' Player Matt Jarvis
The Reserve Team, who play in Suburban League North Division, finished mid-table in a very competitive league and Captain Kerry Gordon received the Players Player and goalkeeper Nick Law was voted the Managers Player of the season.
Under new management of Dave Adamson and James Bevan the A Team had a very strong finish to the season ending up in 5th position in the Premier Division of West Herts League, announced that Players Player went to Rob Lear whilst the Managers' Player was given to the very consistent Glenn Sizer.
The B Team had a good year in the West Herts League Division 3 and Players Player was awarded to Ashley OBrien and Managers Player went to Stephen Alford who travels from south London every week to participate.
Youth A Team - Players Player went to Mike Owen, for the second successive year, and the Manager's Player was Jack Sunderland.
Youth B Team Had a great season and were undefeated in the league although just lost out on the Championship due to number of drawn matches. Both the Players Player and Managers Player went to goalkeeper Sam Shearman who looks a great prospect for the future. The Youth will play in the Southern Counties mid-week floodlit league next season on a Wednesday night.
The Ladies team had their best ever season becoming Champions in North London Ladies Football League for the first time and also reached the Herts County Cup Final when they lost to the superior Arsenal Ladies side. The Players Player went to defender Claire Hollingsworth, second successive year, the Manager's Players award was won by Sophie Green. The Most Improved player was goalkeeper Sasha Tucker and Club Person was Player Manager Sally Green.
The Committee voted for their Club Person of the Year, and this year Richard Vincent was a very worthy winner of this prestigious award reflecting some 22 years with the Club as Player, Coach to all teams including the Ladies, organiser of two Quiz Nights a year for the past 20 years raising thousands of pounds for the Club in addition to all the other sundry duties/tasks that he volunteers to undertake.
Appearance awards were handed out to:
400 Club: Stuart Stedman (410)
Ladies 150 Club: Sophie Green (163) and Tam Dunn (153)
Awards and thanks were given to a number of people who help behind the scene including Match Day Catering team, Gill Eldridge and Sandra Foskett who provide the sandwiches/boardroom refreshments every week, Dee Wells our Kit Lady, Colin Sturges whose excellent action pictures appear on our website and in the local paper and Darrell Bodimeade for providing the best playing surface in our league.
Pre-season planning is underway with friendly matches organised against Hullbridge Sports, Hendon and Slough Town.
|End of Season Presentation - TONIGHT Friday 11th May Evening (posted Fri 11th May 2012)
An evening for all players, supporters, club members and friends to celebrate the 2011/12 season and to present awards to players and club persons recognising their achievements during the season. The evening is to include all 7 teams i.e 2 Youth teams, Ladies team and 4 adult Saturday sides. Start time 7:30pm.
|Spirit of Tring 2012 Date Change (posted Wed 9th May 2012)
Following slow ticket sales Grass Roots have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event from 2nd & 3rd June to new dates of Friday 21st September (Cool Britannia) and Saturday 22nd September (The Great British Proms) and the event will move from the football pitch to the Pendley Activity Meadow.
All ticket buyers are being informed of the situation and Grass Roots will honour all ticket purchases across to the new dates and anyone not able to attend then Grass Roots will happily refund their money.
Whilst this may be inconvenient for some it is hoped that the event will now be bigger and better with higher attendances as it will not clash with Jubilee Celebrations.
- see our events section for more details.
|Ladies land league title! (posted Sun 6th May 2012)
The ladies comprehensive beat Watford to secure their first league title. The ladies built a fortress at Miswell Lane, and did not drop a single point at home all season. With the best recorded defence in the league, conceding just 17, and netting 57 goals, the ladies made this a season to remember - League title, Herts FA county cup final and a quarter-final in the League cup. Manager Sally Green said after the game "I am extremely proud of the team. The commitment and hard work from the girls this season has been admirable. This was our year and winning the league was thoroughly deserved".
|100 Club Winners - April 2012 (posted Tue 1st May 2012)
Lucky winners for the month of April were:- 7th April: Trevor Langley £10; 14th April: T Rice £10; 21st April: Brian Bruton £10; 28th April: Darrell Bodimeade £100 and Dave Stacey £20. New members welcome to join by downloading a bankers order form at £1 per week or collecting such a form from the Club. Winnings can be collected from the Club on match days or social evenings.
|Title Decider for Ladies Team (posted Mon 30th Apr 2012)
This Sunday 6th May the Ladies Team play Watford Development Ladies at Miswell Lane kick off 2pm and a WIN will see them win the League for the first time in the Club's history. The bar at Miswell Lane will be open so come along, cheer the Ladies and enjoy a drink.
|TAFC to buy Freehold of Ground (posted Thu 19th Apr 2012)
Negotiations have been continuing for a number of months with regards to the Sports Clubs at Pendley buying the "freehold" of their clubhouses and pitches. These discussions are now nearing a conclusion and the Club Chairman has written a letter to all Club Members detailing the transaction and this is available to read on the Club Noticeboard. Any queries should be addressed to Mick Eldridge.
|St Mary's Cup Final (posted Wed 18th Apr 2012)
The Final of the St Mary's Cup will be between Oxhey Jets and Hemel Hempstead after the latter beat Leverstock Green 3-2 on Tuesday night. Jets booked their place in the Final after beating us on penalties after the game finished 1-1. Hemel will have home advantage in the Final which takes place on Monday 7 May.
|Herts Senior Challenge Cup (posted Wed 18th Apr 2012)
Bishops Stortford of the Blue Square North League won the Herts Senior Challenge Cup at the County Ground in Letchworth on Wednesday night beating Oxhey Jets 7-2. Jets were handicapped by the early dismissal of keeper Mark Jessop in the 23rd minute and they soon went 2-0 down. But a goal from centre back Chris McIntyre reduced the arrears to 2-1 at half time. But Stortford turned on the pressure in the second half to win quite comfortably. Jets other goal came from Lewis Putman. Jets still have 2 other finals coming up, the Herts Charity Shield against Kings Langley on 2 May and the St Mary's Cup against Hemel Hempstead on 7 May.
|TAFC Annual Golf Day (posted Sun 15th Apr 2012)
This will be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 5th September 2012 and will comprise of Coffee or tea and bacon baguette on arrival, 9 holes Texas Scramble on the Rothschild course, followed by lunch and then 18 holes on the Rosebery rounding off with a two course meal and coffee plus prize giving. Tickets £30 Mentmore Club member and £65 for TAFC member. Contact Mick Eldridge for further information or to express your interest in playing.
|Royston Town crowned as Champions (posted Sun 15th Apr 2012)
John McGrandles goal at Oxhey Jets on Saturday not only claimed a victory for Royston Town but also the Premier Division title after their closest rivals Dunstable Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Hillingdon Borough whose goal was scored by Chris Drake. With 2 games to go Royston have an unassailable 8 point lead. We extend our congratulations to Royston. Dunstable Town need at least 2 points from their last 2 games to claim the runners-up spot that we achieved last season.
|100 Club Winner - March 2012 (posted Mon 2nd Apr 2012)
The lucky winners for March were:- 3rd March: Richard Vincent £10; 10th March: Sam Allum £10; 17th March: Darrell Bodimeade £10; 24th March: Gill Eldridge £10; 31st March: Chris Langford £100 and Ralph Griffiths £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar on match days. Anyone wishing to help the Club and join can download a bankers standing order from the website and it costs just £1 per week with 50% of contributions paid in prize money.
|TAFC Golf Society Results (posted Wed 28th Mar 2012)
The first match took place at Ashridge on a superb sunny day with the course in excellent condition and great hospitality. The golf matched the conditions with the 19 players participating and with 17 scoring more than 30 points in the Stableford competition. This first day was won, on count back, by Dave Livingstone with 39 points. Mark Boniface matched this score, with Alan Gray and Steve Bird coming in with 38 points. Five further players played to their handicap with 36 points these being Mick Eldridge, Danny Robbins, Dave Stacey, Darren Pond and Ian Butler. The next match will be played at Berkhamsted on Friday 25th May.
|Today: Ladies County Cup Final. (posted Sun 18th Mar 2012)
Today the ladies take on Arsenal Res. in the County Cup final. Kick off 2.30pm at The County Ground, Baldock Road, SG6 2EN Letchworth, United Kingdom. Please come along and support the ladies, £3 entry.
|Two Great Social Evenings this month (posted Thu 8th Mar 2012)
Richard Vincent's popular Quiz Night is being held on Saturday 24th March with a 8pm start. General knowledge quiz that will test your brain powers and includes a Ploughman's Supper. Tickets at £6 and teams of 6 and these can be made up on the night. To help with Catering please let us know that you wish to attend by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add you name to the list in the Club.
For anyone who likes our local brew then a visit to Tring Brewery on Wednesday 28th March is a MUST. The trip includes a visit round the brewery to show how your favourite tipple is brewed followed by a fish & chip supper which is in turn by followed by tasting the real ales. These visits are booked for many months ahead so do not miss this opportunity. Cost £20 and send an email to tringathleticfc@hotmail or add your name to the list in the Club.
|"The Mowdog Blog" (posted Tue 6th Mar 2012)
We welcomed a new visitor to Tring during our recent derby match against Leverstock Green which in itself is not unusual in non league football. Our regular supporters will see a large number of ground hoppers and travelling fans of football come through our gates during the course of the season. However Peter Ray enjoyed his time with us and decided 3 days later to come back for the Royston match and then AFC Dunstable. Not only come to watch, Peter has written an alternative report for each game, taken pictures, captured some of the main incidents on video and even given us some poetry.
You can read his blog via the link below and we will endevour to provide links for his updates.
The Mowdog Blog
|100 Club Winners - February 2012 (posted Sun 4th Mar 2012)
The monthly draw took place after the match on Saturday and the winners for February were :- 4th February - Ian Butler £10: 11th February - Mick Eldridge £10: 18th February - Neil Dunn £10: 25th February - Amanda Stacey £100 and Pete Stilwell £20. Winnings can be collected form the Club bar on match days.
|Sports Quiz & Race Night - Saturday 25th February 7:30 start (posted Thu 23rd Feb 2012)
Ian Butler is organising a fun evening that will commence with a Sports Quiz followed by a Race Night. There will be prizes for the Quiz winners and we will be seeking to sell horses, have race sponsors etc on the night and the evening commences at 7:30pm. Free entry.
|Ladies through to County Cup final (posted Sun 19th Feb 2012)
The ladies convincingly beat Stevenage Borough 5-0 to secure a place in the Hertfordshire County Cup final. A tremendous performance from the team. Goals from Mandy Wainwright (2), Sally Green (2) and Trisha Richards.
|100 Club Winners - January 2012 (posted Sun 29th Jan 2012)
Increased prize money for the second month with weekly winners at £10 and one monthly prize of £100 and £20 for runner up. The winners for January were: 7th January : James Livingstone £10; 14th January : John Brannan £10; 21st January : Mick Eldridge £10; 28th January : Dick Lovelace £100 and Lorraine Humphreys £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days.
|Recent match blog & photos (posted Mon 23rd Jan 2012)
Our Christmas game against Hertford was sponsored by Marco Parmigiani who has written a blog about the club, our ground and the match.
Londra Calcistica Blog (click here).
On 2nd January we visited Colney Heath coming away with a last gasp win. Pictures taken by Elaine Waumsley are now on the Colney Heath website
Photos from Colney Heath away (click here)".
|TAFC Golf Society (posted Wed 18th Jan 2012)
With many golfers in the Club we are starting a TAFC Golf Society and invite members to join. It is the intention that the society aims to play 4 or 5 nice courses per year and there will be a joining fee of £20. This fee will go towards prizes and the cup at the end of the year which will be awarded for the highest number of points from the accumulation of four stableford rounds. More detail is available but the following dates have been booked; Tuesday 27th March - Ashridge; Friday 25th May - Berkhamsted; Tuesday 17th July - Beaconsfield and Thursday 11th October - Ellesborough. Refreshments on arrival plus a lunch or dinner to be included. To join or seek more detail please speak with Ian Butler or Mick Eldridge or send an email to email@example.com.
|Ladies through to County Cup semi-final (posted Sun 15th Jan 2012)
The ladies are through to the semi-final of the Hertfordshire County Cup after a convincing display at Cow Lane. They now face Stevenage Borough on the 19/02/2012 (away), which should be a highly competitive encounter. The other semi final sees Watford take on Arsenal.
|Ladies County Cup 1/4 Final on Sunday (posted Fri 13th Jan 2012)
Our Ladies team have progressed to the Quarter Final of the County Cup and are due to meet Hitchin Belles on Sunday 15th January. The match is scheduled to be played at The Grass Roots Stadium subject to weather and pitch conditions. If we are unable to play at Cow Lane the match will be switched to Miswell Lane where the underlying chalk allows the pitch to drain far better protecting the pitch. Kick off is 2pm and an update will be posted close to the match day. WE HAVE HAD A HEAVY OVERNIGHT FROST SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY AND EXPECT THE MATCH TO BE PLAYED AS SCHEDULED.
|Match Sponsors Required (posted Mon 9th Jan 2012)
For the first time in a long time we had no match sponsor for Saturdays match against Harefield United. Match sponsorship costs £25 and in return there is free admission for two persons, match day hospitality in the Board room at half and full time and acknowledgement/publicity in the match day programme. Anyone willing to support the Club in this way should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with our Programme Editor, Barry Simmons, on 07926 774030.
|100 Club Winners - December 2011 (posted Sun 8th Jan 2012)
The draw was made in the Club after Saturdays match with the new increased top prize of £100. The winners for December were: 3rd December: Andy Playle £10; 10th December: Pete Stilwell £10; 17th December: John Perry £10; 24th December: Mick Eldrdige £10; 31st December: T Rice £100 & Dave Richards £20.
|Former Player nominated for Bravery Award (posted Thu 22nd Dec 2011)
Former Athletic player, Mick Kennedy and his father Michael, have been nominated for a bravery award for saving a motorist from a burning car minutes before it explored. Not an easy rescue as the driver was trapped in the blazing car and the driver remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. Full details can be found in this week Tring Gazette (front page) and would expect it to appear on the website www.tringtoday.co.uk.once updated.
Oxford Mail Article (click here).
|Registration Secretary Required (posted Fri 16th Dec 2011)
The Club wishes to create a new role of Registration Secretary to cover the First and Reserve Team players who are registered with the Spartan South Midlands and Suburban Football Leagues respectively. Full details of the role can be obtained by contacting the club via email to email@example.com or by contacting the Chairman, Mick Eldridge, on 07810 696 696.
|Increased Prize Money for 100 Club Members (posted Mon 12th Dec 2011)
Following an increase in the number of members in the 100 Club we have increased the monthly prize to £100 for the winner, £20 for the Runner Up and weekly prizes remain at £10. Anybody wishing to join can download a bankers standing order from the website and hand this into the club on match days.
|Stewart King moves to Hitchin Town (posted Sat 10th Dec 2011)
Following Stewart's impressive display against Hitchin Town in the Herts Senior Cup Hitchin made a 7 day approach for the player who has decided to take the opportunity to step up 2 levels to play in the Evostick Southern League Premier Division and the Club wish him every success with this move. He made his debut in today's match against St Albans City making a substitute appearance for the last 10 minutes of the match.
|Andy Mullins (posted Mon 5th Dec 2011)
Following the serious injury sustained by Andy Mullins in the F A Vase match against Haringey Borough on 19th November, when an opposing player was sent off for Violent Conduct, we are pleased to advise that after a number of hospital visits Andy was operated on last week and released from Oxford Hospital on Friday following the insertion of two plates to repair the 3 fractures to his cheekbone and damaged eye socket. We wish Andy a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him at The Grass Roots Stadium shortly.
|TAFC Sporting Predictions 2012 - 10 days to go (posted Thu 1st Dec 2011)
Think you know your sports? Why not pit your wits against the rest of the club and take part in our sporting prediction challenge for 2012. There are 34 events to predict ranging from football, rugby and cricket to darts, tennis and of course the Olympics. It only costs £5 to enter with half of the proceeds being paid out in prizes (guaranteed prize of £25) with the other half going to the Club. Prediction sheets will be available from the club or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
|100 Club Winners - November 2011 (posted Mon 28th Nov 2011)
The monthly draw took place in the club house on Saturday and the lucky winners for the month of November were:- 5th November : Darren Pond £10; 12th November : Darrell Bodimeade £10 ; 19th November : Mark Allum £10 ; 26th November : Marion Griffiths £80 and Peggy Herbert £20. Winnings can be collected form the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days or by contacting Mick Eldridge. New members always welcome to join and you can download a standing order form from our website or collect one from the Club and it costs just £1 per week. Prize money equates to 50% of subscriptions with a weekly prize of £10 an end of month draw of £80 and £20.
|Youth Team Management (posted Mon 14th Nov 2011)
The Club is considering entering a new Under 18 Side into one of the mid-week leagues starting next season 2011-12 and consider the appointment of a strong Management Team to run this to be essential. The Club is therefore inviting any interested applicants to either email their CV to email@example.com or contact Chairman, Mick Eldridge, on 07810 696 696 to discuss.
|Supper Auction Night Tonight (posted Fri 11th Nov 2011)
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND SEND A BID IN VIA EMAIL TO:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancy 7 nights in Mijas Costa, Spain (8 persons) or a Lodge in Devon (6 persons) or 18 holes of Golf at Mentmore Golf & Country Club, a Golf Lesson with Andrew Ainsworth to prepare for this round of golf? Treat yourself and partner to a meal at the best eating establsihments in Tring who have alll donated meals for 2 - newly refurbished The Black Horse Pub, the established Robin Hood Pub, Turkish food at The Mezz House restaurant, Italian food at Prezzo's or Inidian food at The Olive Limes. A meal for 4 persons is available from either The Akeman, Red Lion (Water End) or Kings Arms (Berkhamsted). In addition you can enjoy Afternoon Tea at Pendley Manor Hotel where you can also enjoy Sunday Lunch. If you are not wanting a large meal then try The Espresso Lounge and their excellent coffee and cakes. Many more auction items will be available so join us for this social and important fundraising event. The cost is £5 to include a hot meal of either Cottage Pie and vegatables or Thai Green Curry with Rice and Naan bread. Book your place by email to email@example.com or enter your name on the noticeboard.
Enter a Quiz for 2 free tickets by emailing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out a Quiz entry. Those on our distribution list will receive one very shortly.
|100 Club Winners - October 2011 (posted Tue 11th Oct 2011)
3rd October : £10 - Diane Griffiths; 10th October : £10 - Bobby Fryer; 17th October : £10 - John Eadie and 24th October : £80 - Dave Richards and £20 - James Livingstone. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days. New members welcome to join, at just £1 per week, just click on front page of website to download a standing order form or collect one from the Club.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sun 9th Oct 2011)
A highly competitive Quiz Night was won by Trevor Langley's Team (Murphys Mob) on 189 points but only 2 points separated the next three teams with two further teams level on 170 points. The Old Time Spinners came across a sticky wicket and scored 137 points but went away with smarties and fruit gums for their efforts. Many thanks to Richard Vincent for organising the evening and the "Stacey and Parker" families for organising the food.
|Commercial Manager Wanted (posted Mon 3rd Oct 2011)
The Club is seeking someone willing and able to promote the Club, and the 7 teams that we currently run, by securing new/additional team and kit sponsorship plus additional advertising via pitch side boards or programme adverts to bring additional revenue into the Club. Other ideas or suggestions are welcomed. Anyone interested should contact Chairman, Mick Eldridge either by email to email@example.com or by telephone on 07810 696696.
|Club Supper Quiz Night THIS SATURDAY (posted Fri 30th Sep 2011)
This is to be held on Saturday 8th October commencing at approx. 8pm. The Quizmaster is Richard Vincent and it is a General knowledge Quiz with teams of up to 6 persons. Cost is £5 per person with a Ploughmans supper included. Enter your team by placing your name on the club noticeboard or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|First Team Captain Delivers (posted Wed 28th Sep 2011)
Many congratulations to Graham Hall and his wife, Abi, on the birth of their new born son, Ben Charlie weighing in at 8lb 14ozs. Most parents like to be present at the birth but such was the eagerness of Ben to enter this world Graham handled the delivery himself at a midway point between home and hospital. We are pleased to advise that despite this both mother and baby are well!
|F A Vase Competition 2011/12 (posted Mon 26th Sep 2011)
Following the completion of the F A Vase Second Qualifying Round last Saturday we now know that we will be hosting Hullbridge Sports from the Essex Senior League in this competition with the match to be played at The Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday 22nd October. Hullbridge beat Colney Heath in the first round by 2-1 and last Saturday beat Essex Senior League side, Bowers & Pitsea, by a score of 2-0. This will be the first meeting between the two Clubs.
|Players Sports Evening - THIS SATURDAY 24th September 2011 (posted Wed 21st Sep 2011)
Darts, pool, karaoke and curry night for the players with each squad i.e. First, Reserves, Ladies, "A", "B" and Youth entering a team of at least 8 players. All Club members and supporters are welcome to attend. PLEASE LET IAN KNOW IF YOU ARE ATTENDING : Ian Butler on 07889 203609.
|Congratulations to Grant & Sharon Mosley (posted Mon 29th Aug 2011)
The Club sends its congratulations to former First Team Captain Grant Mosley and his wife Sharon on the birth of baby girl named Grace who was born at 09:14 on the 23rd August weighing 7lb 4ozs.
|100 Club Winners - August 2011 (posted Sun 28th Aug 2011)
The monthly draw for August took place after todays match and the winners were: 6th August: Dave Foskett £10; 13th August: Ian Butler £10; 20th August: Mick Eldridge £10; 27th August: Steve Johnson £80 and Darren Pond £20.
|TAFC Ged Keough Annual Golf Day (posted Sat 27th Aug 2011)
Athletic held their annual Ged Keough Golf Day at Mentmore Golf & Country club on a very wet Friday 26th August. 26 players took part this year and played 27 holes. The morning Texas Scramble competition was won by a single point by a team of Mick Eldridge, Danny Gray, Brett Court and Bobby Fryer. The main 18-hole competition, held on the Rothschild course, was won by Neil Foskett with a staggering 43 points playing off a handicap of 22. Joint runners up on 41 points were Andy Humphreys (22) and Tony Fields (16). Two nearest the pins competition were held and were both won by Alan Gray with the longest drive by Danny Gray. The Duffers competition, for those playing off a handicap of 28, was won by Darren Pond with 25 points and the Wooden Spoon for the lowest score on the day was won by Chris Gray. This was the 14th year of a competition named in memory of our late First Team Captain, Ged Keough, who was tragically killed in a car accident.
|Assistance with Away Travel (posted Sun 21st Aug 2011)
We have a number of supporters travelling to First Team AWAY fixtures who have capacity in their cars to take additional persons who may wish to support the team but not wish to travel alone. We will try and help anyone to get to the fixtures and if you wish to travel or have spare seats then please contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696 and he will try to organise transport, please leave a message if he is unable to accept your call.
|South Midlands Cup Draws (posted Mon 15th Aug 2011)
The draws for the South Midlands League cup competitions have been made and Athletic have been fortunate in being handed home ties. In the First Round of the CHALLENGE TROPHY we are at home to Division 1 side New Bradwell St Peter with the winners at home to either Wodson Park or our old adversaries Ampthill Town in the next round. We have a bye in the First Round of the PREMIER DIVISION CUP but in the Second Round we face Hadley at the Grass Roots Stadium. In the next round the winners will have a home tie against either Hanwell Town, Colney Heath, Oxhey Jets or Berkhamsted.
|Congratulations (posted Sun 14th Aug 2011)
A belated congratulations from everyone at the Club to Sam & Neil Foskett on the birth of their second son, Joshua, who entered this world on 1st August at a weight of 7lb 15ozs.
|Ged Keough Golf Day - Friday 26th August (posted Thu 11th Aug 2011)
The Tring Athletic Golf Day will be held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club on Friday 26th August. The day will have 2 options to suit all players:- Full Day that will include coffee on arrival, 9 holes Team Texas Scramble on the Rosebery Championship course followed by lunch and the main competition 18 hole stableford competition on the Rothschild Championship course followed by a 3 course dinner and prize presentation. The Full Day will cost £65 and half day (afternoon round of golf and dinner) will cost £50. Send email to email@example.com or add your name to the list in the club house. Deposit of £30 to be paid 7 days prior to the day.
|Congratulaions (posted Mon 8th Aug 2011)
Many congratulations from everyone at the Club to Keith and Georgina Eldridge on the birth of their second daughter Amy Catherine who weighed in at 7lb 6ozs when she entered the world on Friday 5th August at 16:45pm.
|Herts Senior Challenge Cup Draw (posted Sat 6th Aug 2011)
The First Team have been drawn away to play Hitchin Town in the 1st round of this senior competition with the match to be played during the week commencing Monday 31st October. The winners will be at home to Stevenage from the Football League so this is an excellent opportunity for both clubs.
|100 Club Winners - June 2011 (posted Wed 27th Jul 2011)
The winners for the month of June were:- 4th June; Tam Dunn £10; 11th June: Dave Livingstone Junior £10; 18th June: T Rice £10; 25th June: Mick Murphy £80 and Steve Johnson £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|MATCH SPONSORS REQUIRED (posted Wed 20th Jul 2011)
Why not support the Club by sponsoring a Match. It only costs £25 and you and a friend will gain free entry to the match, will receive a free programme with your support acknowledged and have access to the Board Room at half time. Just contact Mick Eldridge either at the Clubhouse or on 07810 696696 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Suburban League 2011-12 (posted Wed 20th Jul 2011)
Following a Special General Meeting held at Sutton United FC this evening we are able to confirm that 3 new teams have joined the Suburban Football League North Division these being Ash United located near Aldershot, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Farnborough whilst North Greenford and Borehamwood were promoted and the following teams are not participating this season:- Bedfont Town, Camberley Towm, Chesham United, Cove, Fleet Town and Sandhurst Town. The North Division will consist of 14 teams.
|New Addition to Reserve Management Team (posted Mon 18th Jul 2011)
The Club welcome Colin Phillips who has made the short journey from Tring Corinthians to assist Jerry Dimond in the running of the Reserve Team. Colin has been running the Reserve team at Corinthians and is a welcomed addition to the management team at the Club.
|New First Team Assistant Manager Appointed (posted Sat 16th Jul 2011)
The Club is pleased to announce that Tony Armitage has agreed to join Athletic as Assistant Manager to Julian Robinson helping to run the First Team. Tony has held Coaching and Managerial position with Langford Town, M K Wanderers, Southill Alexander and Buntingford Town whilst he played senior football at Hitchin Town, Newport Pagnell and Arlesley Town and is therefore able to add his wide experience to the running of the team.
|Football Focus Magazine (posted Wed 29th Jun 2011)
Tring Athletic get a double page article on pages 12 & 13 of the latest edition of the Football Focus magazine. Our neighbours Leverstock Green also get a mention on page 44. A link to the latest edition can be found by clicking below.
Football Focus Magazine (click here).
|First Team Coach/Assistant Wanted (posted Tue 28th Jun 2011)
Due to the recent first team management appointment we are looking to add to the management team. We are looking for someone to join the club and help build on the success of the last four years. The ideal applicant will have relevant coaching and management experience as well as good man managment skills but formal coaching qualifications are not essential but experience of SSMFL would be an advantage. The role would require a regular commitment to Saturday and midweek games as well as assistance for training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We are looking to make a quick appointment with the pre-season almost upon us and CV's should be sent to email@example.com or for further information please call Julian on 07764 147072.
|Youth Teams (posted Fri 24th Jun 2011)
Next season we will be running 2 Youth Teams, at Under 18 level, and we are always looking for new players and in particular a goal keeper. Anyone interested should contact Andy Sawyer on 07899 753612 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Good Admin (posted Thu 23rd Jun 2011)
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Spartan South Midlands Football League the Club were given a small financial award for Excellent Administration during the past season. Congratulations and thanks go to Bob Winter (Hon Secretary) and Tony Stedman (Fixture Secretary) who both work very hard to ensure that all documentation is submitted in a timely manner and that the Club adheres to all the rules and regulations. Many thanks for your valuable contribution.
|Training Start Date (posted Fri 10th Jun 2011)
Training for the new season 2011/12 will commence on Thursday 30th June for a 7:15pm start on the training pitch at the top of Cow Lane. The changing rooms and club house will be open from 7pm. New and old players are welcome to attend and it is intended that training will take place each Tuesday and Thursday during the month of July building up to the pre-season fixtures.
|100 Club Winners - May 2011 (posted Fri 10th Jun 2011)
The winners for the month of May were:- 7th May: £10 Pete Stilwell; 14th May: £10 Marion Griffiths; 21st May: £10 Jamie Robbins; 28th May: £80 Mick Eldridge & £20 Tam Dunn. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|New First Team Manager Appointed (posted Tue 7th Jun 2011)
The Club is pleased to announce that it has appointed, the current First Team Coach, Julian Robinson to succeed Phil Casserley who has decided to step down after 4 successful years leading Athletic to Cup successes and also their highest ever league position. Phils departure is for family and business reasons and is very amicable with the Club leaving the door open for Phil to return in some capacity at a later date.
The Club is very grateful to Phil for his hard work during his period when he built a side that just missed out on promotion this season, with their highest ever league position, and had cup success by winning the Herts Charity Shield, Spartan South Midlands Challenge Trophy, Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Cup and the St Marys Cup twice.
Looking to the future Julian maintains continuity in team management, has had two spells as First Team Coach and very successfully managed London Colney Football Club in Division One of the Spartan South Midlands Football League. Julian successes at London Colney were: -
Winners of the Herts Centenary Trophy
Winners of Spartan South Midlands Division One Cup
Finalists in the Spartan South Midlands Challenge Cup, losing on penalties
Third place in Spartan South Midlands Division One and narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier Division.
Good F A Cup and F A Vase runs.
Julian has the full support of the Clubs Committee who are delighted that he accepted their offer to manage the Club.
Training for the new season will commence at the beginning of July and any new players are invited to attend, please check website www.tafc.co.uk for details. The First Team have two excellent pre-season friendly matches arranged when they play Slough Town on Saturday 23rd July and Wealdstone on Saturday 30th July at The Grass Roots Stadium both kicking off at 3pm.
|New "A" Team Manager (posted Tue 7th Jun 2011)
Ian Butler, who has been with the Club since being a teenager, is stepping down as "A" Team Manager having undertaken this role for several years since he stopped playing. Ian will not be lost to the Club and will remain in an active role (to be decided) within the club going forward and will give support to the new manager as needed. We have appointed Dave Adamson as "A" Team Manager and he will be assisted by James Bevan and both have been successfully running A C Daniels in the Berkhamsted Sunday League for last couple of years. Dave made 21 appearances in goal for the "A" Team last season plus one appearance for the Reserve Team and has played for all teams in the Club over a number of years. We congratulate them both in stepping up to manage the "A" team and any players wishing to join them for the new season should contact Dave via email on email@example.com. Training dates will be announced shortly but expected to take place on a Tuesday evening at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|Spirit of Tring - Lost Property (posted Mon 6th Jun 2011)
Attendees at the above event last weekend have lost the following items and anyone who can help should contact the organisers at Grass Roots or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following items have been lost:- 1 pair of ladies glasses; 1 set of keys with "Gail" keyring and 1 Cannon Camera.
|Spirit of Tring raffle prizes (posted Sun 5th Jun 2011)
The draw was made by David Evans MBE and Charlotte Moore-Moffat during and after the excellent weekend of music and the winners were:-Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 persons at Cliveden House Hotel - Martin Liles; A BMW Z4 for a weekend, courtesy of Specialist Cars - Jez Yelland; Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at The Pendley Manor Hotel - Colin Woodhams; 2 free monthly tickets for One Year to any production at The Court Theatre, Tring - Norman Wise; £125 family portrait voucher from Hyatt Studios, Tring - Jo Highton; £50 Bonus Bond Vouchers - Sue Littler; A round of golf for 2 persons at Ashridge Golf Club - Ken Lee; A Dermologica 30 minute skincare treatment at Totality Day Spa, Tring - Mandy Terry; A set of "Blink n Go" natural eyelashes from Totality Day Spa, Tring - Amanda Doman; £25 Food & Drink Voucher from The Robin Hood, Tring - Liz Benjarmin; £50 Voucher from The Market House, Tring - Mary Shelley-Smith; £50 Bonus Bond Voucher - Grant Newman; £50 Voucher from Tring Brewery - Sean Walsh; £15 Voucher from "Time for Tea", Tring - Peter Moloney; Pair of tickets to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at Pendley Manor Shakespear Festival - Jackie Pettit; 3 course meal at The Greyhound, Wiggington - Ray Brimson; £20 Voucher from Isalee of Tring - P Thomas; £20 Voucher from Magnolia Flowers, Tring - Ashlyn Withers; £30 voucher from F W Metcalfe & Sons, Tring - Jane Bullen and £30 voucher from Diffusion or Tribe or Fuse or Crimson & Clover retail outlets - Martin Bayliss. Many thanks to all club members and supporters for their help in raising funds for the Sports Clubs of Tring and all those who donated prizes.
|SPIRIT OF TRING - Saturday night (posted Sat 4th Jun 2011)
Doors open at 5pm and the first act starts at 5.30pm. We have been told to expect over 4500 people tonight based on the advanced ticket sales.
We have our main clubhouse bar open with a full range of drinks including real ale from the Tring Brewery. We will also be running a Pimms tent (located next to the Club)
Please also make sure you buy some Spirit of Tring raffle tickets from our members around the ground - see the separate news items for details of the prizes.
. Burgers etc will be available from our kitchen.
Spirit of Tring 2010 video (click here).
www.spirit-of-tring.com (click here).
The stage being assembled on Tuesday
Tenor Wynne Evans performs on Friday night
|Spirit of Tring Raffle (posted Fri 3rd Jun 2011)
This is fantastic raffle that will raise funds for the Club and will be drawn on the Saturday 4th June at Spirit of Tring and "The Music of Abba" evening. Prizes include: Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 persons at Cliveden House Hotel, Berkshire including use of leisure facilities (www.clivedenhouse.co.uk); A BMW Z4 for a weekend, courtesy of Specialist Cars; Overnight stay, evening meal, bed & breakfast for 2 at Pendley Manor Hotel; 2 free monthly tickets for ONE YEAR to any production at The Court Theatre; £125 family portrait voucher from Hyatt Studio, Tring; £50 Bonusbond vouchers; a round of Golf for 2 at Ashridge Golf Club plus many more prizes. Tickets are on sale at the Football Club and will also be available on both the Friday and Saturday evenings from the Spirit of Tring Raffle Stall. Please support this fundraising activity by purchasing your tickets from the Football Club.
|Reserve Team Management Vacancy (posted Fri 27th May 2011)
Jerry Dimond the current Reserve Team Manager is looking to add to his management/coaching team for the coming season and is seeking someone who has local football knowledge, coaching qualifications would be helpful but not essential, and someone who is keen to perhaps step up a standard. The Reserves play in the Suburban League North Division which does involve some travelling but there are also many local matches. With the Club running four Saturday sides there is an excellent structure in the club allowing players to progress and the Reserve team is an important feeder for the First Team. Interested applicants should send their application/details via an email to: email@example.com or contact the Chairman - Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696.
|Presentation Night - The awards (posted Fri 20th May 2011)
The Under 18s finished 3rd in the league in their first season and a re looking for players for next year. Please contact the club if you are interested. Their players player went to Mike Owen and the manager's player was Sam Chaplin.
The B team had a good year in the West Herts League ending up in 3rd position. Players player was awarded to veteran Dave Allen and Bobby Fryer's Managers player went to Ashley O'Brien.
Ian Butler spoke for the A Team who finished 4th in their respective division. Player player went to 16 year old Jack Sunderland in his first season in adult football. The Managers' Player was given to keeper Dave "Badger" Adamson. For once Butts managed to keep his speech under 15 minutes.
The Ladies team finished unbeaten after Christmas and finished a creditable 3rd in their league. Their most improved player was Majida Bibi whilst player player went to defender Claire Hollingsworth. Joint Manager's players award was given to Tam Dunn and Sally Green. They also awarded their Clubwoman of the Year to Sophie Green.
The reserves finished their difficult season in 14th position. Liam Thomas picked up players player and Kerry Gordon won Jerry's Manager's Player award.
Phil Casserley's first team finshed 2nd which was the club highest ever League position. We made it through to the third round of the FA Vase, won the St Mary's Cup and reached the Floodlit Cup Final. Phil's speech trumpeted Ian by a long way this year with 24 minutes 30 seconds.
This season's awards went to
Manager's Player - Nick Jackson
Players' Player - Andy Mullins
Golden Boot - Ryan Redford
Supporters' Player - Andy Mullins
Jacko made 57 appearances scoring 24 goals including the St Mary's Final winner and the goal that clinched us 2nd place on the last day of the season.
Mulls scored 9 goals from a variety of positions in 55 appearances.
Ryan Redford was awarded a special Golden Boot award for scoring 31 goals this year in 50 games.
The club supporters voted for Steve Smith (3rd) Nick Jackson (2nd) but the award went to Andy Mullins picking up his second award of the night.
The Committee voted for their Club Person of the Year which came down to a split vote this season. Awards were made to Dee Wells for her work behind the bar, in the kitchen and washing all our teams kits every week. This season Dee has washed over 3000 shirts, 3000 shorts and 6000 socks! The second award was given to Mark Weston in his first season on the committee for all his contributions to the club.
Further awards were presented to Dee Wells, our webmaster Colin Sturges and the catering team.
Appearance awards were handed out to:
700 Club : Dave Foskett (754)
400 Club : Andy Humphreys (426); Tom Vincent (456); Paul Lewis (459)
300 Club : Trevor Gibbs (310); T Rice (333); Sean Rutherford (341) and
Dave Whicker (341)
|Club Presentation Evening (posted Mon 16th May 2011)
The annual presentation of awards, trophies etc will take place at the club house on Friday 20th May commencing at 8pm with the club open from 7pm. All players and supporters are invited to attend and celebrate another successful season.
|Invitation to Herts Charity Cup Competition 2011/12 (posted Mon 16th May 2011)
Following a very successful season in the SSMFL when we secured runners up spot we have been invited by the Herts Football Association to compete in the Herts Charity Cup next season. In this competition we will be competing against Step 3 and Step 4 opposition so this will be a real test for the players and the Club. The invitation has been accepted and we await details of the draw with the first round matches taking place as a pre-season fixture as usual.
|Floodlit Cup Disappointment (posted Thu 5th May 2011)
Athletic's second attempt to win this trophy eluded them when they were defeated by Royston Town by two goals to nil in the final held at Broxbourne Borough's ground. A full report will follow under "results" shortly.
|100 Club Winners - April 2011 (posted Tue 3rd May 2011)
The monthly draw has recently taken place and the winners for April were:- 2nd April: Mick Murphy £10; 9th April: Sharon Herbert £10; 16th April: Ralph Griffiths £10; 23rd April: Chris Langford £10; 30th April: Pete Morgan £80 and Andy Simmons £20. The winnings can be collected from the club bar.
|St Mary's Cup won for 5th time (posted Mon 2nd May 2011)
Athletic lifted the St Mary's Cup for the fifth time when they defeated local rivals Leverstock Green by 2-1, after extra time, played at Hemel's Vauxhall Road ground. Goals from Vinnie Iannone and Nick Jackson secured the win.
|Help Needed for Spirit of Tring (posted Wed 20th Apr 2011)
We are seeking both volunteers and paid help to assist with the forthcoming Spirit of Tring event to be held at the Grass Roots Stadium on Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June. Both days will be split into shifts with two on the Friday starting at 6:30pm to c8:45pm and then a second shift to the end (c10:30pm). On the Saturday there will be three shifts of 4:30pm to 7pm and then to 9pm and the final shift to the end c10:30pm. Tasks can include work behind the bar, in the kitchen or selling raffle tickets and then on both Saturday and Sunday morning teams are required to pick up litter and to get the ground ready for end of season seeding etc. If you can help please send an email to Barry Simmons using firstname.lastname@example.org stating your preference.
|Successful Quiz Night (posted Sun 17th Apr 2011)
Richard Vincent's quiz night was a success with over 50 persons attending and the winning team (4 the Lane)led by Vice Chairman, Barry Simmons, won with 195 points after a tie breaker question, when they beat Real Ale Madrid (Colin Bowman's team) to go home with some excellent red wine. It was close throughout the evening 3rd place on 183 and two teams coming ion on 181 points. The youngest team (Quiz Kamera) came in last with a credible 152 points. The next quiz night will be held, on a date to be announced, in October 2011.
|100 Club Winners - March 2011 (posted Sun 3rd Apr 2011)
The lucky winers were:- 5th March: Phil Casserley £10; 12th March: T Rice £10; 19th March: Pete Stilwell £10; 26th March: Dave Livingstone Junior £80 and Matthew Stacey £20. All winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days.
|100 Club Winners - February 2011 (posted Sun 20th Mar 2011)
The monthly draw had been slightly delayed but took place in the Club after Saturdays match and the winners for the month of February were: 5th - £10: Tam Dunn; 12th - £10: Brian Bruton; 19th - £10: Ray Brimson; 26th - £80: Bobby Fryer and £20: Mick Eldridge. Winnings can be collected from the bar on match days.
|Tring School v Darlington (Canada) (posted Sun 20th Mar 2011)
There are now pictures available from the recent match held at The Grass Roots Stadium just go to events to view.
|18 Players/Supporters needed to complete the Club (posted Tue 8th Mar 2011)
In order to have a full house of 100 members in the 100 Club we need just 18 more participants. All it costs is £1 per week so that we can maximise the prize money to £50 per week with a similar sum going to Club funds. Click on the "100 Club" icon which will take you to a bankers standing order form that should be completed, we suggest £13 paid quarterly, and handed in over the bar or posted to Mick Eldridge to gain immediate entry into the next draw.
|100 Club Winners December 2010 (posted Mon 3rd Jan 2011)
The lucky winners for the month of December were:- 4th December: Phil Casserley £10; 11th December: Alan Foskett £10; 18th December: Mark Boniface £10; 25th December; Darren Pond £80 and James Livingstone £20. Winners can collect their cash prize from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|SPIRIT OF TRING (2) (posted Mon 20th Dec 2010)
Following the fantastic success of last years party to celebrate Grass Roots 30th Birthday our Club Sponsors are again organising a very similar event to be held at our Ground on Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June with details shown below. There are "Early Bird" offers on tickets and the purchase of these is strongly recommended as last years event was a testament to the organisational abilities of the Grass Roots Group and also the various Clubs involved.
Friday 3rd June - Doors open 7pm
The Great Britsh Proms
The English National Orchestra will perform works by many of the worlds greatest composers, star guests from the classical world perform as conductor Jae Alexander leads through popular classics, movie themes and all the traditional favourites associated with The Proms. An original WWII spitfire will take to the skies beautifully choreographed to the programme.
Plus : Tenor Wynne Evans + Firework finale
Saturday 4th June - Doors open at 5pm
Mamma Mia - The Music of ABBA
The Music Of ABBA A Pop Spectacular, presents you classic legendary songs as never before; featuring stars from, the West End smash hit musical, Mamma Mia; combined with symphony orchestra, this is one musical epic of iconic catchy arrangements of ABBAs music. Featuring Mamma Mia, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me, Lay All Your Love On Me, Does Your Mother Know and many more.
Plus: Planet Funk + other local bands
For further details visit:
www.spirit-of-tring.com (click here).
|100 Club Winners - November (posted Mon 6th Dec 2010)
6th November; Dave Livingstone (Jnr) £10; 13th November; Brian Bruton £10; 20th November; Trudy Fryer £10; 27th November: Mark Allum £80 and Ian Butler £20. Winnings to be collected from bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days.
|Successful Auction Night (posted Sat 20th Nov 2010)
The Supper Auction was a great success with in excess of £2,000 raised for Club funds. Thanks go to all those that organised the evening, to Richard Hailing, the auctioneer and Ian Butler who donated a weeks holiday in Spain and Tony Stedman who donated 2 single weeks holiday in Devon. Many local organisations donated prizes and would wish the thank Pendley Manor Hotel, The Akeman, Tring Brewery, Mentmore Golf & Country Club, Fanity Fair hair dressers,Matt Myatt Personal Trainer, Football Fever to name a few.
|Support Cancer Research with Brett (posted Sat 20th Nov 2010)
As some of you may be aware, Tring Athletic centre back, Brett Court is currently fashioning a rather ridiculous mostache. This new found facial hair has not come from a desire to look more stylish, but to support a movement to recognise the memory of a truely inspirational student from his secondary school in Amersham. It is with great sadness that Amersham School lost talented 16 year old student and
Footballer Aaron West to cancer at the start of this month. It was a very rare and radical form of cancer which only became evident in February this year. Aaron fought hard through Chemotherapy and regular trips to hospital, and continued to study for and sit his GCSE examinations. Aaron achieved 6 grade A's including an A in Physical Education where his exam had to be sat at home as he was too sick to get into school.
His hard work and brave attitude to face this illness has been inspirational to many. His dream had been to develop a Goalkeeping academy to support the footballing dreams of all ages in his local area. His parting dream has the full commitment of his father and Wycombe Wanderrers Football Club, but will need support to initiate and get up and running.
When the idea was put to Brett (Aaron's PE teacher) to grow a mostache in aid to support this cause, he was keen to spread the word.
There will be representatives from Amersham School collecting in support of Aaron's dream at Tring's final home game in November against Hadley (Saturday 27th November) for Brett's last game with his mostache. All donations of any size will be most welcome.
|MATCHES POSTPONED (posted Mon 15th Nov 2010)
We regret to advise you that Tuesday's St Mary's Cup First Team Match against Met Police has been postponed due to an administrative mix up and the Suburban League Reserve team match against Boreham Wood has also been postponed due to our visitors not being able to field a team. The St Mary's Cup match will now be played on Tuesday 21st December.
|SUPPER AUCTION THIS FRIDAY (posted Sun 14th Nov 2010)
*****BOOK A TABLE FOR 8 PERSONS AND GET 2 TICKETS FREE******
A good meal, good company, great Xmas shopping opportunity and an evening to raise funds for the Club. The supper will consist of a chilli or beef Bourgingnonne. We have a number of auction items including holiday properties in Spain and the UK, dinner, bed & breakfast at The Pendley Manor Hotel plus a Spa Day for 2 persons and many other items details of which will be advised nearer the date of this event. Tickets £5 per person. Send an email to email@example.com or place your name on the Club noticeboard to reserve a place.
|Fancy a flutter? (posted Sat 6th Nov 2010)
Skybet are offering odds of 50/1 for Tring Athletic to win this year's FA Vase. We face AFC Dunstable on Friday night in the 2nd round, our opponants being 125/1. SSML leaders Chalfont are joint 4th favourites for the competition at 16/1 along with Kings Lynn, behind St Neots 6/1, Spennymore 8/1 and Whitley Bay 14/1. All other SSML teams left in the tournament are Stotfold, Royston, Leverstock Grren and Aylesbury Utd all priced at 66/1.
|100 Club Winners - October 2010 (posted Wed 3rd Nov 2010)
2nd October; Brian Bruton £10; 9th October: Lorraine Humphreys £10; 16th October: Bill Griffiths £10; 23rd October: Mark Allum £10 and 30th October: Ben Stacey £80 and Lisa Casserley £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on match days. "You need to be in it to win it " and it is easy to join just download a bankers order form from our website at a cost of £1 per week and we suggest a quarterly standing order of £13. Support the club with 50% of takings paid out in cash prizes.
|New Management Team for Reserves (posted Thu 14th Oct 2010)
The Club are pleased to announce that Jerry Dimond and James Smith have been appointed as the new Management Team for our Reserves. Both bring with them great knowledge of the local football scene and have a desire to bring players through the Reserves to play First Team football and will work closely with the other managers at the club to achieve this. Jerry and "Smithy" have moved to Athletic from our close friends and neighbours, Pitstone & Ivinghoe, where they were in charge of their First Team. We consider these to be good appointments and know that they have the support of former manager, Ben Williams and First Team Manager Phil Casserley. We would like to thank Ben and Gerry Williams for their hard work in putting the current team together and look forward to them also being present going forward in a player and supporter capacity.
|Howard Webb visits TAFC (posted Wed 13th Oct 2010)
Tring Athletic were privileged to host the latest meeting of the Spartan South Midlands Match Officials Association on Monday evening at the Grass Roots Stadium. Over 150 match officials and league representatives from the SSML welcomed World Cup Final referee Howard Webb as guest speaker. Howard spoke of his career through the Rotherham Sunday Leagues up to the Premiership, culminating in his 2010 Champions League Final and World Cup Final appointments. The audience were given a fascinating insight into his route to the final and the levels of preparation, dedication and teamwork needed by the officials at an international tournament. Howard kindly gave up his time afterwards to sign autographs, pose for pictures and answer numerous questions.
|Athletic seek New Reserve Team Manager (posted Mon 4th Oct 2010)
Ben Williams, current player Manager, has given notice that he regrettably needs to step down due to business commitments although will remain available to the Club as a player. The Club is therefore inviting applications for the role of Reserve Team Manager and to be part of a successful club running 4 adult sides on a Saturday in the Minerva Spartan Premier Division, The Suburban Football League (North) and in the West Herts Football League both Premier and Division 3.
The Reserve team plays in the Suburban Football League which is of a high standard playing senior Clubs such as Boreham Wood, Chesham United, Leighton Town, Leverstock Green and Berkhamsted Town. The playing squad is already in place and the team plays at The Grass Roots Stadium with first class facilities. Further details can be found on the Club website: www.tafc.co.uk
Those interested in applying for this role should send either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, a letter to the Club or contact the Chairman, Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696.
|New Committee Members (posted Thu 30th Sep 2010)
At the Club AGM held on Thursday 30th September 3 new Members were elected to the Committee namely Andy Ayres, Mark Weston and Sophie Green. All other Committee positions and members remain the same as present and Andy, Mark and Sophie will greatly assist in the running of the Club during the next year. Many thanks to all those that have supported the Club in various ways during the last 12 months and we are always keen for additional help on match days and special events.
|100 Club Winners September 2010 (posted Thu 30th Sep 2010)
The winners were:- 4th Tam Dunn £10; 11th Trevor Langley £10; 15th Claire Merlino £10; 22nd Andy Playle £10; 29th Mick Hartley £80 and Andy Simmons £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium or by contacting the Club via email:- email@example.com. New members are welcomed and a bankers standing order form can be downloaded from the website.
|Premier Division Team of the Month (posted Fri 17th Sep 2010)
Athletic's First Team have been awarded the Team of the Month award for the Premier Division for their excellent results during the month of August - well done to the players and management team. In Division One Berkhamsted received a similar award whilst Padbury United received the award for Division Two.
|100 Club Winners - August 2010 (posted Mon 6th Sep 2010)
Weekly winners in August were - 7th Marion Griffths £10; 14th Diane Griffiths £10; 21st Brian Bruton £10 with the Monthly winners being Jamie Robbins £80 and Maureen Livingstone £20.
|TAFC Golf Day (posted Fri 27th Aug 2010)
Another successful Golf Day was held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club with some excellent golf played. The winner of the Ged Keough Trophy was Chairman Mick Eldridge with 41 points beating Club Captain and last years winner, Graham Hall, on count back. The morning Texas Scramble winning team consisted of Dave Foskett, Matt Markwort, Steve Simmons and Steve Newton. Longest drive was Lee Copeland with nearest the pin won by Andrew Hughes.
|New First Team Coach (posted Thu 26th Aug 2010)
We are delighted to announce that our former First Team Coach, Julian Robinson, is returning to the Club in the same capacity, following a very successful period at London Colney and a surprising dismissal early into the new season. Julian will have benefited from his experience, will strengthen our management team and it is great news that he has returned.
|LAST CHANCE FOR ENTRIES - TAFC/Ged Keough Annual Golf Day - Thursday 26th August (posted Fri 20th Aug 2010)
ALL ENTRIES MUST MADE BY THE CLOSE OF THIS WEEKEND SO THAT NUMBERS CAN BE FINALISED - 27 holes on the two championship courses at Mentmore Golf & Country Club with coffee, lunch and 3 course evening meal with presentations. Texas scramble 9 holes in the morning followed by the main competition. Players of all levels welcome. Entry fee is £65 with a £30 deposit to be paid at least 14 days prior to the event. Secure you place entering your name on the noticeboard or by contacting Mick Eldridge or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|100 Club Winners (posted Mon 16th Aug 2010)
We have caught up following the close season and made 100 Club draws for May, June and July and the winners were:- The weekly £10 winners in May were Gill Eldridge, Paul Vinnicombe, Lorraine Humphreys and Alan Foskett with Amanda Stacey winning £80 and Matthew Stacey £20. The June draw declared the £10 weekly winners to be Ralph Griffiths, Sam Allum and Sean Rutheford with Gill Eldridge winning £80 and Sophie Green £20. The lucky July £10 winners were Brett Janes, Paul Vinnicombe, Paul Brannan and Gill Eldridge and the monthly winners were Sharon Herbert at £80 and Trevor Langley at £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club bar and new members are welcomed. A standing order form can be downloaded from the website just click on the box on the front page.
|Annual General Meeting (posted Thu 8th Jul 2010)
This will be held commencing at 8pm on Thursday 30th September and any Members who have any proposals with regard to a change to our rules or constitution must place their request in writing to the Hon Secretary, Bob Winter, 6 weeks prior to this date for such changes to be considered. All members and supporters are invited to attend and we are always looking for additional help. If you wish to join the Committee or help on match days please contact a member of the Committee or send an email to email@example.com.
|Good Admin (posted Sat 19th Jun 2010)
At SSMFL AGM held at our Club today TAFC received a small monetary award for excellent admistration during the last season so well done to Bob Winter (Hon Sec) and Tony Stedman (Fixtures).
|Congratulations to Andy & Lorraine Humphreys (posted Fri 18th Jun 2010)
Jack Andrew Humphreys was born into the world at 1pm today weighing 6lb 14ozs and the Club send their congratulations to Andy & Lorraine and to the proud grand parents who are connected with the Club.
|WORLD CUP at MISWELL LANE THIS FRIDAY (posted Wed 16th Jun 2010)
Miswell Lane Club House re-opens for World Cup match ENGLAND v ALGERIA.
Following the extensive fire last October the Club will open at 6:30pm on Friday 18th June with a BIG SCREEN and a selection of beers and soft drinks available. Leave the car at home and join us at the Club where there will be a terrific atmosphere for this important match. Kick off 7:30pm.
|Award Winners 2009-2010 (posted Sat 22nd May 2010)
The Annual Presentation evening was held on Friday 21st May with Presdient David Evans, and his daughter, making the presentations to players and committee members. First Team skipper Graham Hall was both First Team Manager's Player of Year and also the Supporters Player of the Year. The first team players Player of the Year went to Henry Thomas who improved as the season progressed. The Reserve team awards went to Jack Thomson who received both Manager's Player and Players Player recognising an outstanding season. The "A" Team awards went to Paul Lewis, Managers Player of Year and James Butler Players Player. The "B" Team awards went to Paul Dale who received the Managers Player and Tom Haynes Players Player. The Ladies team had joint Mangers Players with Trip Witney and Sally Green receiving this award, Players Player was Viki Allen, Most Improved Player was Trisha Richards and Lisa Bradley received a special award for support to the team throughout the year. The Club person of the Year Award for an outstanding contribution to the running of the club was Dave Stacey.
|Annual Presentation Evening (posted Wed 19th May 2010)
Our Annual Presentation Evening will be held at The Grass Roots Stadium this coming Friday 21st May commencing at approximately 8pm. Each Team Manager will provide a quick resume of their season and name the winners of the various awards for their team In addition there will be Supporters Player of Year award and Clubman of the Year awards plus gifts given to some of the many helpers that put in an enormous amount of work to help the club during the season. All players, partners, supporters, members and friends of the Club are invited to attend.
|"Where were you on May 15th 2010?" (posted Mon 17th May 2010)
This is the question that many will ask for years to come, because if you were not at Tring Athletics football ground, thanks to the generosity of David Evans MBE and his 30 year celebration of his Grass Roots Company you will have missed what was accurately advertised as The biggest party Tring has ever seen
All who attended The Spirit of Tring were treated to a spectacular feast of top class entertainment as the West End was transported to the picturesque surroundings of the Grass Roots Stadium Pendley.
Local Soul band -Soul Fish warmed up the audience of over 3,300 before a full philomonic orchestra and a rock band backed the singers from the West end extravaganza We will Rock You as they went through a repertoire of Queen classics. The show continued with classic pieces usually performed at the Last night of the proms and headed by Welsh opera singer Wynne Evans, before a fire work show brought the event to a close. Local sports clubs and schools provided refreshments throughout the evening and all profits and gate receipts will be generously donated back to the participating organisations.
Well done David Evans, Grass Roots and all involved in this magnificent event.
|Lost Property (posted Sun 16th May 2010)
Following the Spirit of Tring event we have found a Glass case (Guess by Marciano) containing two pairs of ladies glasses and in addition a set of house keys have been handed in. If you have lost these please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
|WINNERS OF SPIRIT OF TRING RAFFLE (posted Sat 15th May 2010)
Winners of the Grand Raffle drawn on Saturday 15th May by Charlotte Moore-Moffatt of Grass Roots were: 2 day DB&B at 5 star Cliveden House Hotel Becky Williams; Dinner for 4 at Olive Limes E Cable; BMW for a weekend Baldwin; T Mobile Samsung Mobile Phone Pam Preston and C Harding: Dinner for 2 The Akeman Nick Longhurst; Pair of Comedy Tickets for the Tringe Festival Jack Martin, Nigel Cover & Ruth White; Free Year Membership to Tring Squash Club & Coaching Lessons Pat Young; Dinner for 2 at The Greyhound in Aldbury Nicola Clauden; Celebration Cake to the value of £40 Bob Mayson; Bottle of Champagne Ali Bater & Sarah Butterworth; £30 vouchers for flowers from Magnolia in Tring Danny Robbins; Box of Goodness cupcakes from Isalie in Tring Chris Adams; Tesco Gift Card valued at £10 Mrs McKerrow; Family tickets to any show at the Grass Roots Theatre, Pendley - Barry Simmons. Thanks to the organisations who donated prizes and all those persons that have supported this raffle by purchasing tickets.
|JUST DAYS TO GO - Spirit of Tring Raffle Tickets (posted Thu 13th May 2010)
We are organising a fantastic raffle for this high profile event being held at the Grass Roots Stadium on 15th May when the winning tickets will be drawn at 9pm. Tickets cost £2 each and the prizes include:- 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 2 people at the 5* Cliveden House Hotel, Berkshire; Dinner for 4 at Olive Limes in Tring; A BMW for the weekend; T-Mobile Samsung Touch Screen Mobile Phone with Pre Pay Sims; Tickets to the Tring Comedy Festival; Dinner for 2 at The Akeman in Tring; £40 voucher for an 8 inch Celebration Cake; Dinner for 2, and a bottle of wine, at The Greyhound in Aldbury plus many more prizes. Contact the Club for tickets via the email email@example.com or collect tickets from the Club on match days. All proceeds will be split amongst the participating Clubs and Schools.
|100 Club Winners - April 2010 (posted Sun 9th May 2010)
3rd April - Dave Martin £10; 10th April - Alan Foskett £10: 17th April - Matthew Stacey £10; 24th April - T Rice £80 and Dave Adamson £20. The winners can collect their cash prize from the bar at Pendley
|Top 3 League Finish (posted Sat 1st May 2010)
Our 1-0 win at Hatfield today ensured that we finished 3rd in the Premier Division, our highest finishing position, pipping Royston Town on goal difference. Surprisingly Langford won at promoted Aylesbury F C and saved themselves from being relegated.
|Tring Tornadoe's Match Sponsorship (posted Thu 15th Apr 2010)
Tring Tornadoes Junior Football Club are sponsoring our Home match against Brimsdown Rovers on Saturday 24th April and all children and coaches will have "free" entry to the match. Kick off 3pm.
|Sir Stanley Rous Challenge Cup Winners (posted Tue 13th Apr 2010)
The "B" Team were victorious in this Cup Final played against Wheathampstead Wanderers F C at Hemel's ground winning by a single goal scored by captain Phil Monaghan. Excellent win and congratulations to Manager Bobby Fryer and his team.
|100 Club Winners - March 2010 (posted Mon 5th Apr 2010)
6th March - Barry Simmons £10; 13th March - Gill Eldridge £10; 20th March - T Rice £10; 27th March - Andy Playle £80 and Dave Adamson £20. Winnings can be collected from Club Bar.
|Party in the Park - 'Early Bird' discount closes in 2 DAYS - 31st March. (posted Mon 29th Mar 2010)
This will be a great event for the town and the community so make sure you buy your tickets at the discounted price before the end of March via www.tafc.co.uk and the easy link provided - see Events
|Team of the Month (posted Mon 15th Mar 2010)
Many congratulations to our First Team who have been awarded "Team of the Month" for February. Brian Smith President of the Spartan South Midlands Football League will make a small presentation prior to the match this coming Saturday
|Ladies reach milestones (posted Thu 11th Mar 2010)
The Ladies team had an excellent win on Sunday reaching the Quarter Final of the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy defeating Tooting & Mitcham by 3-2. The game however saw Tam Dunn reach 100 appearances joining Sally Green on 102 and Sophie Green on 111 appearances. In addition Sally Green scored 2 goals taking her total for the Club to 101 goals, well done ladies.
|100 Club Winners - February 2010 (posted Sat 6th Mar 2010)
The winners for the monthly draw for February were:- 6th February - Pete Stilwell £10; 13th February - John Brannan £10; 20th February - John Eadie £10; 27th February - Grant Mosley £80; and Neil Dunn £20. New members are very welcome with payment of £1 per week made via a quarterly standing order that can be down loaded from the website or paper copy from the Club bar. Winnings can be collected from the Bar.
|100 Club Winners - January 2010 (posted Sun 21st Feb 2010)
2nd January - £10 Paul Lewis
9th January - £10 Chris Langford
16th January - £10 Richard Vincent
23rd January - £10 Mick Eldridge
30th January - £80 Dave Stacey & £20 Barry Simmonds
Winnings can be collected from the bar at the Grass Roots Stadium. If you would like to join it costs only £1 a week, please ask any committee member for details.
|COMEDY EVENING - THIS SATURDAY (posted Thu 28th Jan 2010)
We have arranged an evening of comedy with two top comedians at The Grass Roots Stadium. The comedians are DAN ANTOPOLSKI who is a past winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and in 2009 won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival. The second comedian is ADAM BLOOM who has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival, named the best stand-up in the Time Out awards, had numerous appearances on TV and very recently entertained over 900 persons at the London Hilton at the Property Week Annual Dinner. The evening will be compered by "Silky" and tickets are £15 each. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BUY TICKETS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON WHEN WE HOST LEVERSTOCK GREEN OR BY CALLING 01442 891144 FROM 1PM ON THE DAY.
|100 Club Winners - December 2009 (posted Sun 24th Jan 2010)
100 Club Winners December 2009
5th December£10Phil Casserley
12th December£10Ray Brimson
19th December£10Phil Casserley
26th December£80Grant Mosley and £20Neil Foskett
Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|Promotion for Athletic? (posted Thu 21st Jan 2010)
The FA have now released the full list of applicants for promotion to Step 4 (ie the Ryman or Southern League) for next season. From the SSML as well as Tring Athletic are Aylesbury, Brimsdown, Broxbourne, Chalfont St Peter, Dunstable, Hanwell and Royston. The next criteria to meet is a suitable grading for your ground / staduim which must be attained by 31st March. Therefore you will soon see some changes around the Grass Roots Stadium in preparation for this. Anybody wishing to lend a hand please speak to a member of the committee or e-mail the club. Promotion to Step 4 is limited to the league winners or the second placed club if the winners are unable to be promoted.
|HAPPY XMAS (posted Thu 24th Dec 2009)
Tring Athletic would like to wish all of our players, members, supporters and sponsors a very happy Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year. All teams hold respectable positions in their respective leagues and with First Team sitting on top of tree at Xmas is a real bonus, best of luck to everyone in the New Year.
|XMAS RAFFLE WINNERS (posted Sat 19th Dec 2009)
This was drawn this evening and the winners were:- Xmas Hamper-Jean Robbins; M&S Belgian Chocolate Collection-John Holylee; Hadys Chardonny-Trevor Langley; Courcelles Blanc de Blancs-Ian Butler; Campo Viejo-Ray Brimson; Sauvignon Blanc-Ray Brimson; Hardys Cabernet Shiraz 2007-Barry Simmons; Bucks Fizz-Barry Simmons; Bucks Fizz-John Adamson; M&S Swiss Biscuits Collection-Jean Robbins; M&S Mint Collection-John Adamson; Bendicks Mints-Brian Rutherford. Many thanks to our members and supporters for their support and HAPPY XMAS to everyone.
|Vets Victory (posted Mon 30th Nov 2009)
Our Vets team in a rare outing were victorious at Crawley Green, on their astro turf pitch, running out winners by 2 - 1 with the "legend" Ian Butler and a slightly younger Ian Ranger scoring the Tring goals.
|Sad News - George Smith (posted Sun 29th Nov 2009)
It is with great regret that the Club announces the death of George Smith who has been a regular supporter, home and away, for a number of years. George sadly passed away in his sleep on Saturday morning, after several months of illness, and we send our best wishes and condolences to Joyce and his family at this difficult and sad time.
|Happy Friday 13th for Ty North (posted Fri 13th Nov 2009)
Ty has becomme the proud father of Florence Bella North born this morning at 9:31am weighing 6lb 5.5oz. Many congratulations to Ty and his wife Chloe.
|Sad News - Trudie Kemp (posted Wed 11th Nov 2009)
It is with great regret that the Club announces the sudden death of Trudie Kemp, mother of player Joe Kemp and ex wife of Vic Kemp who is a keen supporter of the Club. Trudie, who sadly died earlier this week was only 46 years old and we send our best wishes and condolences to Joe, Vic and family at this difficult and sad time.
|Auction Items this weekend (posted Wed 11th Nov 2009)
Email bids to firstname.lastname@example.org (before 6pm this Saturday) and telephone bids to 01442 891144 or 07810 696 696 between 6pm and 8pm this Saturday 14th November will be taken for the following items: Overnight stay at Pendley Manor Hotel plus dinner, bed and breakfast (no drinks); Spa Day at Pendley Manor Hotel; 3 bedroomed holiday Chalet in North Devon for 7 days (off peak): 5 nights accommodation at the Los Amigos Beach Club in Mijas, Spain (any time); Round of golf for 4 persons at Mentmore Golf & Country Club; Family portrait at Hyatt Portrait Studios to the value of £125: Sandown Race Course - Premier enclosure tickets for Tingle Creek meeting on Saturday 5th December, includes food and betting voucher (both £10 each)and Sandown Race Course - Premier enclosure ticket for any event (excludes special event nights and major race days).
|100 Club Winners October 2009 (posted Sun 8th Nov 2009)
The lucky winners of this month's draw were: 3rd October Les Robbins £10; 10th October John Eadie £10; 17th October Paul Vinnicombe £10; 24th October Darrell Bodimeade £10; 31st October £80 Trevor Langley £80: Brett Janes £20. The winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|Congratulations to Grant and Sharon Mosley (posted Fri 6th Nov 2009)
Grant, a former Captain and long serving loyal player of the Club, and his wife Sharon are pleased to announce the arrival of baby George who was born late on Wednesday (4th) weighing 7lb 3oz's. Mum, Dad and George are all doing well. Congratulations to Grant and Sharon from everyone at the Club.
|Additional Facilities (posted Fri 30th Oct 2009)
The Catering Ladies have purchased a new computer and donated this to the Club and we have had Broadband installed for Members use on match days and whenever the Club is open. Please ask at the bar for the password etc.
|Supper Auction (posted Fri 30th Oct 2009)
We are holding the popular Supper Auction on Saturday 14th November with the Auctioneer being Richard Hailing who most of our members will know very well. The Supper will consist of a Curry or similar hot dish and members are invited to donate items for auction - these can be fun items, unwanted presents etc with items typically of low value. We have had some really good items donated in the past and raised good funds for the Club whilst enjoying great food, drink and banter. In addition to smaller items we list some of the other lots (with more to follow) that have been donated: -
Pendley Manor Hotel Voucher (details to be confirmed)
Chalet in North Devon 3 beds, situated on a golf course (off peak)
Tring Brewery - 18-pint polypin
Meal for 2 at The Akeman
Round of Golf for 4 persons at Mentmore Golf & Country Club
A silent Auction will also take place.
Tickets are only £5 each and must be purchased prior to the evening to assist with the catering. Please support the Club. Contact email@example.com for more details.
|Another Arson Attack on Miswell Lane (posted Sat 10th Oct 2009)
Fire Brigade and Police were again called to Miswell Lane on Saturday night at approx 10pm to put out a fire to our Club House. Again it would appear that arsonist has started the fire around a window frame causing damage to both the inside and exterior of the building. Fortunately a vigilant neighbour reported the fire and anyone seeing suspicious persons around the Club should report these to the Police.
|Damage to Miswell Lane (posted Fri 2nd Oct 2009)
After several attempts vandals decided to set light to the Miswell Lane Club house and have caused substantial damage resulting in the boarding up of the premises and making the bar and social area unusuable. Insurance assessors will be visiting the premises very shortly but we expect that this area of the club will remain closed for some months. The changing rooms are unaffected and can continue to be used for matches. We were fortunate that a member of public reported the fire early enough for the local fire crew to be able to contain the fire which in a worse scenerio could have affected the local houses. Anyone with any knowledge of the recent events are requested to contact the club or the police.
|Link with Tring Tornadoes Junior Football Club (posted Sat 26th Sep 2009)
Officials of both Clubs met very recently and agreed to hold a number of joint social events over coming months to benefit both Clubs whilst making the club house facilities available for meetings etc. It has also been agreed that with effect from the 15th October the Club and bar will be open every Thursday evening from 7pm for "Club Nights" when pool, darts, football table and other competitions will be held plus the large screen television is available for DVD's etc. A link to Tring Tornadoes website has also now been added so for further information about their club just follow "links". To encourage TTJFC members to watch Athletic "free" entrance is available for ALL children under the age of 16 years.
|New Chairman and Treasurer Appointed at AGM (posted Fri 25th Sep 2009)
At the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 24th September 2009 Alan Foskett stood down after 4 years as Chairman and a number of years as Vice Chairman. He was thanked for his major contribution of overseeing the move from Miswell Lane to Pendley and the many tasks undertaken since that switch. Whilst not remaining on the Committee Alan is to become a Life Vice President of the Club and will remain active in helping with various tasks on match days etc. Alan has been succeeded by Mick Eldridge, former First Team Manager and current Treasurer with his role being taken by Keith Hamilton, a member of the Club and a Chartered Accountant.
|Golf Day Successes (posted Thu 27th Aug 2009)
45 Club members took part in the TAFC Annual Ged Keough Golf Day and the weather was excellent as was the course and also the golf. In the morning we held a Texas scramble over 9 holes and a team consisting of 4 first teamers, Dave Clark, Tony Fields, Mark Burfoot and Graham Hall, came in first with 29 shots. In the afternoon, the 18 hole stableford competition, Graham Hall scored an outstanding 47 points off a handicap of 18 with 3 players, Ben Williams, T Rice and Mick Eldridge, coming in with 40 points. More than 50% of the players scored more than 30 points in a closely contested competition. Dave Stacey won the longest drive and Vic Kemp was nearest the pin. In the "duffers" competition Keith Eldridge won on 27 points. Next years golf day will be held on Thursday 26th August 2010 - make a note in your diary now.
|F A Cup in TRING this SATURDAY (posted Wed 26th Aug 2009)
Athletic are at home to Slough Town from the Southern League Midlands Division in the F A Cup this weekend kick off 3pm. Slough are sitting in 6th place in their division and their team has many former Hemel Hempstead Town players who have joined ex Hemel, Berkhamsted, Chesham Manager Steve Bateman. This will be a tough fixture but the F A Cup is full of surprises, shocks, underdogs winning so come along and support Athletic in their first ever meeting with Slough Town. The winners meet Hemel Hempstead in the next round.
|Annual General Meeting (posted Fri 14th Aug 2009)
This is to be held on Thursday 24th September at The Grass Roots Stadium commencing at 8pm. Alan Foskett has decided to stand down as Chairman, although we remain actively involved with the Club, so there is a vacancy for this position and any applicants should contact Bob Winter, at least 14 days before the meeting.
Also if any member wishes to propose any amendments to the Clubs Constitution then such amendments need to be put in writing, again addressed to the Hon Secretary Bob Winter whose details can be found on our website www.tafc.co.uk, 21 days prior to the date of the AGM.
We would also welcome new Committee members and anyone interested should make themselves know on the evening of the AGM or before to any current Committee members.
Bob Winter 15th August 2009
Hon Secretary, Tring Athletic Football Club
|New Arrival (posted Mon 10th Aug 2009)
Keith Eldridge and his partner Georgina are pleased to announce the arrival of baby Isla Elizabeth Eldridge who was born on 9th August at 22.21 hours weighing 8 lbs 10 oz. Many congratulations to Keith and Georgina from everyone at TAFC.
|Advertising & Sponsorship (posted Thu 23rd Jul 2009)
The new season is upon us and we are seeking to increase the Club's income via Advertising Boards, Programme Advertising, Match Sponsorship and Player Sponsorship. Boards are displayed at the ground for 12 months and advertise your company to all spectators, visitors to the ground for the 1st and Reserve team matches plus all representative matches and cup finals held at the ground. At less than £100 this is excellent value. Match and Player's kit sponsorship is only £25 and you will receive your name in the match day programme for the Season 2009-10 whilst a match sponsor receives 2 free tickets for the match, free programme plus access to the boardroom at half time. For full details look under the Commercial tab or contact Mick Eldridge or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|100 Club Winners June 2009 (posted Sun 12th Jul 2009)
6th June Pete Morgan £10; 13th June Chris Martin £10; 20th June Tam Dunn £10; 27th June Ralph Griffiths £80 and Trevor Langley £20. Winnings can be collected form the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium or by contacting email@example.com. New members welcome at just a £1 per week with 50% of income paid out in weekly and monthly cash prozes.
|WATFORD at The Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday 11th July (posted Fri 10th Jul 2009)
Athletic commence their pre-season matches with an excellent fixture against Watford F.C's Development Squad, made up young pro's, 2nd year scholars and senior pro's not in the 1st team squad, on Saturday 11th July kick off 3pm with the gates opening at 1:30pm. The admission charge is the same as last year at £5 per adult and concessions at £3 with children under 14 years admitted free if accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity to see the future stars of Watford and also a number of their current professionals. Athletic will be wearing one of their new kits, away kit, as our new red/black/black clashes Watford's new changed strip of all black.
|Catering Help required on match days (posted Tue 7th Jul 2009)
Our catering ladies are the best in the league but would like to add, male or females, to their match day rota so that the work is more evenly spread throughout the season. Refreshments are provided for players and spectators between the hours of 2pm and 5pm. Anyone interested in helping should contact Gill Eldridge via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 07810 696696.
|100 Club Winners - May 2009 (posted Mon 6th Jul 2009)
2nd May Dave Livingstone £10; 9th May Neil Foskett £10; 16th May Ty North £10; 23rd May Paz Byrne £10; 30th May Phil Casserley £80 and Phil Tipson £20. Winnings can be collected form the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium or by contacting email@example.com. New members welcome at just a £1 per week with 50% of income paid out in weekly and monthly cash prozes.
|BAR STAFF REQUIRED (posted Sun 28th Jun 2009)
With a number of Social functions held at the Club we are looking for Bar Staff to add to our Rota. Previous experience useful but not essential. Pay £8 per hour. Contact Mick Eldridge on 07810 696 696 if interested or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|THIS SATURDAY - Music Festival & Family Fun Day - Saturday 27th June (posted Fri 26th Jun 2009)
Live Music from the 60's to the new millennium from 2pm (doors open 1pm) with the following local bands taking part - Reflextions, Stealing Cordia, Stellapleaz, Blank Pages, Andrew Simmons and Phantom Sounds plus open Mic Sessions. Entry charge of £5, accompanied children under 14 free with ALL gate profits to IAIN RENNIE HOSPICE AT HOME. There is also a Kids Zone with Bouncy Castle and Face Painting. A BBQ will be available between 4:00 - 6:00pm.
|Ladies seeking experienced players (posted Thu 25th Jun 2009)
Ladies are looking to strengthen their squad for the coming season, and are seeking experienced players. Pre-season commences this sunday (28th June) at 11am, Miswell Lane. Please contact Sophie Green for further details (email@example.com or 07834593965).
|Winters successful bike ride (posted Mon 22nd Jun 2009)
Message from Bob Winter - "Just to let you know that Tom and myself successfully completed the 54 miles to Brighton, and arrived in pretty good shape I have to say. It really was agreat day with a fantastic atmosphere and a fun feel about it - I really can't believe some of the outfits people choose to cycle 54 miles in. Will definitely be putting an entry in for next year - perhaps we should try for a Team TAFC entry! If anyone at he club would like to take the opportunity to sponsor us on behalf of The British Heart Foundation they still have the opportunity to do so through the link: www.justgiving.com/winterbikeride "
|Pre Season Fixtures (posted Mon 15th Jun 2009)
A busy pre-season starts with Watford at home on Sat 11th July followed by Pitstone & Ivinghoe Away on Sat 18th July; Chesham United at Home on Tuesday 21st July; Hadley Away on Sat 25th July; Hemel Hempstead Town at Home on Tuesday 28th July; Stony Stratford Away on Sat 1st August and then Hatfield Town at Home on Tuesday 4th August in the Herts Charity Shield. The league season will kick off on Saturday 8th August.
|Constitution (posted Fri 12th Jun 2009)
The new constitution for next season's Premier Division has just been issued. There will be no Biggleswade Town who won promtion and also missing will be Cockfosters and Holmer Green who were both relegated. Dunstable Town and Hillingdon Borough will join the Premier Division having both been relegated from the Southern League. The other new additions will be Royston Town and Hatfield Town who have won promotion from Division 1. The Premier Division has been expanded from 21 to 22 teams. To see the full line up log onto http://www.ssmfl.org/constitution2009_10.html .
|Reserves join the Suburban League (posted Thu 11th Jun 2009)
The Reserve team will be playing thier football next season in the Suburban Football League next season when we will see a number of new Clubs visiting the Grass Roots Stadium. Thesr will be a number of local derby matches including Boreham Wood, Chalfont St Peter, Chesham United, Hemel Hempstead Town, Leighton Town, Leverstock Green plus other senior clubs such as AFC Hayes and Hampton & Richmond. So if you are unable to travel to follow the First Team there will be some excellent matches in Tring for you to watch and give your support. A link to the SFL website is now available on our links page.
|New Management Team at Levy Green (posted Mon 1st Jun 2009)
Leverstock Green have appointed Colin Jones and Biff Huber as First Team Manager and Coach respectively. They joined Levy Green in 2005 and ran the Reserves last season. They replace Micky Vipond having previously been at a number of local clubs including Berkhamsted Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Kings Langley and Leighton Town. For further details visit Levy Green's website which is www.levygreenfc.co.uk
|WATFORD F C to come to The Grass Roots Stadium for pre-season friendly (posted Wed 27th May 2009)
We are delighted to announce that Watford Football Club have agreed to bring their Development team made up of young pro's, 2nd year scholars and senior pro's not in the 1st team squad to Tring on Saturday 11th July kick off 3pm to get our pre-season matches underway.
|The Catering Ladies make a further Cash Donation (posted Mon 25th May 2009)
Earlier in the season the Catering Ladies made a donation to the Club of £3,000 to cover the cost of various pieces of equipment and they have now made a second donation of £2,000 towards the cost of the covered walkway and extension to the player dugouts, needed under the Ground Grading Regulations as required by the Football Association for Level 5 teams. We thank them for their generous support and hard work in the kitchen on match days which is very much appreciated by players, supporters and visitors to the Club. The Ladies undertake this work free of charge and their donations are always made for specific purchases or ground improvements and not used for the day to day running of the Club. Thank you.
|Presentation evening photos (posted Fri 22nd May 2009)
Click here to see the winners.
|Club Members Running Success (posted Wed 13th May 2009)
This weeks Tring Gazette reports that Ross Langley, player and son of physio Trevor Langley, came 1st in the "Albury Cross Country Challenge" that is a 5.3 mile race through the countryside including the Ashridge Estate. Ross completed the run in a time of 32 min 39secs with other well known TAFC members, Lee Copeland running in 38 min 48 secs and Jamie Robbins just behind Lee in 39 mins 37 secs. The run raised over £1,000 - well done.
|Cup Final Photos (posted Thu 7th May 2009)
To see some action photos from Tuesday nights Premier Division Cup Final visit the Spartan South Midlands Football League official website which is www.ssmfl.org
|TERRIFIC CUP TREBLE COMPLETED (posted Wed 6th May 2009)
Athletics First Team continued their excellent cup tradition by completing a magnificent Cup Treble by winning the SSMFL Premier Division Cup for the first time defeating St Margaretsbury by two goals to nil. This was the third cup won in another busy week that included winning the SSMFL Challenge Trophy, again for the first time, when they defeated Chalfont St Peter and in between we won the St Marys Cup for the fourth time defeating local rivals Leverstock Green by two goals to one. Whilst aiming for a top six finish in the league, for which there is no reward or acknowledgement, our name will go down in history on 3 prestigious Senior Cups, whilst we also achieved a very satisfactory league position. All players and supporters will have the opportunity to properly celebrate this success at the Club's Annual Presentation evening to be held on Friday 22nd May at 8pm everyone welcome.
See Match Report for more details of the game and also photographs for which we thank Colin Sturges of Okewood Imagery.
|YOGA recommences on Monday 11th May (posted Wed 6th May 2009)
These popular sessions re-commence after the enforced April break, due to football committments, and start at 7pm. A small charge of £4 per session is made and Chris Worth donates all takings to the Football Club. Just come along and relax, newcomers welcome.
|100 Club Winners - April 2009 (posted Mon 4th May 2009)
2nd April - Lisa Casserley £10; 9th April - Gill Eldridge £10; 16th April - Wilf Herbert £10; 23rd April - Phil Casserley; 30th April - Chris Martin £80 and Claire Merlino £20. New members welcome at just £1 per week payable by standing order each quarter. Standing orders can be collected from the Club or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Cup Triumph (posted Wed 29th Apr 2009)
To read about our great win in the Challenge Trophy and to see a team photo log onto www.tringtoday.co.uk/sport
|CHALLENGE TROPHY WINNERS (posted Tue 28th Apr 2009)
Athletic kept up their excellent track record in cup competitions by defeating Chalfont St Peter in the final of this competition by 3-2 with our goals coming from Andy Mullins, Vinnie Iannone and Dave Whcker to lift this trophy for the first time in the Clubs history. Congratulations to all the players and management team plus all the supporters that travelled and witnessed an excellent match.
|SUPPER QUIZ NIGHT - TONIGHT (posted Sat 25th Apr 2009)
Teams of six for Richard Vincent's popular General Knowledge Quiz Night with light refreshments in the form of a Ploughmans supper. Tickets £6 per person and teams can be made up on the night but please add your name to the Club Noticeboard to assist with catering or send an email to email@example.com to reserve a place.
|HERTS CHARITY SEMI FINAL - DIRECTIONS TO ROYSTON TOWN Thursday 16th April KO 7:45pm (posted Mon 13th Apr 2009)
ROYSTON TOWN : Garden Walk, Royston, Herts, SG8 7HP. Tel no: 01763 241204. Route to the Ground: From Tring go to Dunstable and follow the A505 through Luton, Hitchin, Letchworth and on reaching Royston stay on A505 (town bypass) turing right at roundabout signposted A10 towards town centre. Go straight on at next roundabout. Garden Walk is the second turning on the left. Entrance to ground is approximately 200 metres on left. Alternatively you can go A41, M25, A1 and pick up A505 and follow the above. Journey time just under 1 hour.
|NEW FEATURE - Easy link to League Tables (posted Sun 12th Apr 2009)
Colin Sturges has created an easy link to the respective Teams league tables. Select the appropriate "Team" page and just under the photo click onto the link.
|100 Club Winners - March 2009 (posted Mon 6th Apr 2009)
Two new members to the 100 Club both won £10 each in their first draw. Winners for March were:- Brian Bruton £10; Phil Casserley £10; P. Herbert £10; Andy Simmons £80 and Grant Mosley £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium on any match day.
|Extraordinary General Meeting (posted Sun 29th Mar 2009)
All Members are invited to attend the above meeting to be held on Wednesday 22nd April 2009 at The Grass Roots Stadium to consider proposed amendments to the Club's Constitution. Any Member requiring further information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with a Committee Member.
|Another New Arrival (posted Sun 22nd Mar 2009)
Many congratulations from everyone at TAFC to Neil Foskett and Sam Dye on the birth of Oliver Neil who arrived in this world last Thursday weighing 8lb 7ozs.
|Live Band Day - Saturday 27 June 2009 (posted Sun 15th Mar 2009)
At least 6 local Bands will provide the music during the afternoon and early evening. Full details of the day will announced shortly but the day of entertainment will start at 2pm.
|100 Club Winners - January & February 2009 (posted Mon 9th Mar 2009)
January - £10 weekly winners were - Roger Gwozdzicki; George Smith; Pete Morgan and Alan Foskett with monthly winners being Neil Foskett £80 and Ray Brimson £20. February - £10 weekly winners were - Sharon Herbert; Barry Johnson and John Brannan with monthly winners being Alan Foskett £80 and Barry Simmons £20.00. New members welcome at only £1 per week just complete a standing order form at the club or send an email to email@example.com and we will post the forms to you.
|Great Action Shots (posted Thu 5th Mar 2009)
Colin Sturges of Okewood Imagery has taken some great action photo's of recent matches catching all the key moments. Click onto Match Report to view. Thank you Colin.
|100 Club Winners - November and December 2008 (posted Thu 5th Feb 2009)
November: £80 Lorraine Humphreys; £20 Trevor Langley and £10 Sean Rutherford, Barry Johnson, Sally Green and Ray Brimson. December: £80 Steve Johnson; £20 Paul Lewis and £10 Pete Morgan, Darrell Bodimeade and Gill Eldridge. Winnings can be collected form the bar at Pendley on match days. January draw to be very shortly.
|Ambitious plans for sport in Tring (posted Fri 16th Jan 2009)
Ambitious plans for sport in Tring have been announced. Visit hemeltoday for further details on www.hemeltoday.co.uk/tring-news
|Berkhamsted Town (posted Tue 13th Jan 2009)
The following sad news has been taken from Berkhamsted's Town's website - "MEMBERS VOTE TO WIND UP THE CLUB
On Monday 12th January' at an EGM of members at the Town Hall it was resolved to wind up the club. Attempts to save the club have failed. It is expected that the club's record will be expunged from the league tables of the Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier division and the North division of the Suburban League.
Future football at The Broadwater stadium depends on who leases it next from Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited. Ben Terry, a supporter of the old club is investigating setting up a new club that might operate as early as next season. He has a meeting lined up with the ground's owners. Those who wish to support that venture can contact him on 07779 352562."
|New Reserve Team Manager (posted Sun 11th Jan 2009)
Berkhamsted Town have decided to discontinue their Reserve Team and ex Athletic player, Ben Willimas, was invited to join our Management Team. At the same time Mike Thompson, current Reserve Team Manager, was approached by Croxley Guild who play in the Herts County League to become their First Team Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for Mike as he lives in Croxley Green and to run the first team in any club is a great challenge. Mike has accepted this job and goes with our blessing and thanks for his 18 months in charge of the Reserves where he has introduced many of the Youth Team to Reserve team football this season. In the same breath we are absolutely delighted to have Ben Williams back with Club and he has been appointed as Reserve Team Manager with immediate effect. Ben is an experienced player, a qualified Coach running Academy teams at Wycombe Wanderers and knows the Club well from his time with us and we wish him every success.
|New Youth Team Management (posted Sun 21st Dec 2008)
The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Youth Team Manager in Greg Cox, who will be well known to many supporters as Camden House Construction who advertise at the ground, and Greg will be assisted by Rob Hammond and Andy Neal. Their 1st training session will be this coming Tuesday night (23rd) starting at 7pm on the training pitch at the top of Cow Lane when Richard Vincent will also be helping. Club Match Secretary, Tony Stedman, has also taken over the responsibility for the organisation of all Youth Team matches.
|50th Celebratory Dinner Photographs (posted Thu 4th Dec 2008)
To view the photographs taken by Hyatt Studios visit their website www.hyattstudios.co.uk and click on "Event Photographs"
|David Evans receives his MBE from the Queen (posted Wed 12th Nov 2008)
David Evans, Chairman & Chief Executive of Grass Roots Group plc and our President, received his MBE "The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" today, awarded to honour and recognise members of the civilian population who have made an outstanding contribution in a specific field of civic life and David's was "for corporate social responsibility". David and Grass Roots are great supporters of all the sports clubs and other local community activities in Tring and this award is well deserved. Many congratulations go to David from everyone at TAFC. (Pictures attached - see News page)
|100 Club Winners - October 2008 (posted Tue 4th Nov 2008)
3rd October - Sean Rutherford £10; 10th October - Chris Langford £10; 17th October - Mick Eldridge £10; 25th October - Jamie Robbins £80 and Claire Merlino £20. Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|New Arrival (posted Sat 1st Nov 2008)
Congratulations to Phil and Lisa Casserley on the birth of Rebecca who arrived in this world on Friday at 3:52pm weighing a healthy 8lbs 13 ounces.
|Thank You to the Catering Ladies (posted Wed 29th Oct 2008)
The Ladies that undertake the Match Day catering do this free of charge and donate funds to the Club to purchase specific assets and over the summer months they donated a total of £3,000. This sum was spent on the following items: new line marker for our groundsman, made a contribution towards new training lights and other electrical work around the Club including outside lights, a new digitial aerial, players kit and bags and the decoration of the club house hall. Thank you very much for your donation, hard work, good food and hot drinks that are all very much appreciated.
|100 Club Winners - September 2008 (posted Sat 18th Oct 2008)
6th September - Paz Byrne £10; 13th September - Dave Richards £10; 20th September - Neil Dunn £10; 27th September - Ian Butler £80, Dave Livingstone £20. The winners can collect their cash prize from the bar at Pendley
|Sad News (posted Wed 15th Oct 2008)
It is with great regret that the Club announces the death of Colin Smith, a former Tring Town Secretary, Herts Football Association Representative and friend of the Club, who sadly died earlier today, at the age of 56 years, after a long battle against illness. We send our best wishes to his relatives and friends at this sad time. Colin's funeral will be held on Tuesday 28th October at Chiltern Crematorium, Amersham at 1.00pm followed by a church service at the St Peter and St Pauls Church, High Street, Tring. Donations are for the Peace Hospice in Watford and these can be sent to Metcalfe Funeral Directors, 18a High Street, Tring cheque payable to The Peace Hospice. A reception will be held at Tring Park Cricket Club to which all are welcome.
|100 Club Winners - August 2008 (posted Sun 7th Sep 2008)
100 Club Winners August 2008 : The winners for the month of August were; 2nd August - Ben Stacey £10; 9th August - Ian Butler £10; 16th August - Lorraine Humphreys £10; 23rd August - Marion Griffiths £10; 30th August- Dave Stacey £80 and Bill Griffiths - £20. The winners can collect their cash prize from the bar at Pendley or by contacting Mick Eldridge
|Club Membership (posted Sat 6th Sep 2008)
Did you know that Club Members have a reduced admission price to all games? Social membership from £10 with concessions at £5.
|Golf Day Results (posted Thu 28th Aug 2008)
The TAFC Ged Keough Annual Golf Day was a success with 48 players taking part and with the standard play improving year by year. The winner of the main trophy was Andy Humphreys scoring 43 points off a handicap off 22 piping Dave Stacey by 1 point with Dave off the same handicap. The longest drive was huge and was won by Keith Butler with the nearest the pin won by Peter Janes. In the "duffers" competition James Livingstone pipped Keith Eldridge by one point coming in with 35 points. The morning 9 hole Texas scramble team competition was won by Ray Brimson, Ivor Roberts and Sean Roberts at 6 under. In afternoon the team prize went to Matt Markwort, Jon Barkworth, Dave Livingstone and James Livingstone with a total of 128 points with the lowest team gaining only 80 points made up of Mick Eldridge, Andy Dell, Steve Gibbs and Gordon Hyrons. Finally the overall "duffer" prize and the large wooden spoon went to Gordon Hyrons. A great day on two splendid courses held at Mentmore Golf & Country Club.
|Former Player Dies (posted Thu 28th Aug 2008)
It is with great regret that the Club announces the death of Paul Gascoin, a former goalkeeper of the Club, who sadly died earlier this week, at the age of 38 years after a long battle against illness. We send our best wishes and condolences to his wife and children at this sad time.
|100 Club Winners - June and July 2008 (posted Sat 23rd Aug 2008)
7th June - Wilf Herbert £10; 14th June - Keith Eldridge £10; 21st June - Darrell Bodimeade £10; 28th June - Ralph Griffiths £80 and Paul Brannan £20; 5th July - Paul Lewis £10; 12th July - Keith Eldridge £10; 19th July - Sean Rutherford £10; 26th July - Steve Johnson £80 and Ian Butler £20.
|Success at 7-a-side tournamount (posted Sat 5th Jul 2008)
Athletic entered the Annual Peter Metcalfe Memorial 7-a-side tournamount held at Leverstock Green's Pancake Lane for the first time. Tring won six of their seven games and drew the other to finish with 19 points, with the crucial win being a 3-2 win over Dunstable Town where they twice came from behind. Dunstable Town finished joint second with Berkhamsted Town on 15 points. Andy Humphreys also ended up as leading goalscorer for the competition.
Tring captain Kerry Gordon received the trophy from Leverstock chairman Bill Dawes in the clubhouse after the final match. (See News page for photo's)
|President becomes an MBE (posted Mon 16th Jun 2008)
David Evans, Chairman & Chief Executive of Grass Roots Group plc and our President, has been made a member of "The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" (MBE) is awarded to honour and recognise members of the civilian population who have made an outstanding contribution in a specific field of civic life and David's was "for corporate social responsibility". David and Grass Roots are great supporters of all the sports clubs and other local community activities in Tring and this award is well deserved. Many congratulations go to David from everyone at TAFC.
|100 Club Winners - May 2008 (posted Mon 16th Jun 2008)
3rd May 2008 Sean Rutherford £10, 10th May Alan Foskett £10, 17th May John Brannan £10, 24th May Steve Johnson £10, 31st May Ian Butler £80 and Andy Playle £20. The winners can collect their cash prize from the bar at Pendley or by contacting Mick Eldridge
|Presentation evening photos (posted Wed 21st May 2008)
Click [here] to see the mug shots :)
|!00 Club Winners - April 2008 (posted Sat 17th May 2008)
100 Club Winners April 2008
5th April38John Perry£10
12th April36Jamie Robbins£10
19th April66Pete Stilwell£10
26th April29Steve Johnson£80
Winnings can be collected from the Bar at The Grass Roots Stadium or by contacting Mick Eldridge
|TODAY ------ Old v Current + Presentation Evening (posted Sat 10th May 2008)
As one of our events to celebrate our 50 year existence (Club formed in March 1958) we have set up an end of season match between the highly successful (5 trophies in season 1999/2000) team [plus some old favourites] versus the current eleven (winners of the Herts Charity Shield). This match will be held at The Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday 10th May with a kick off time of 4pm. Free admission and a chance to see a few old faces. The Club's annual presentation will take place in the evening commencing at 7:30pm.
|Athletic win Herts Charity Shield (posted Tue 29th Apr 2008)
Tring Athletic 1 Welyn Garden City 0. Mark Burfoot netted the only goal of the game tonight at Letchworth to win this trophy for the 3rd time in the club's history. Report now in results section
|Tring Tornadoes Sponsor League Leaders match (posted Fri 4th Apr 2008)
Tring Tornadoes Junior Sports Club are again sponsoring one of the 1st Team's matches and have selected this Saturdays game against top of the table Beaconsfield SYCOB. The link between the two clubs grows stronger and TAFC's 1st Team Manager, Phil Casserley and 1st Team Coach, Julian Robinson are to run a training session at The Grass Roots Stadium for the Under 13 team from 11am with the boys and parents returning to watch the match in the afternoon, kick off 3pm.
|Grass Roots in the Top League (posted Mon 3rd Mar 2008)
Last Thursday evening (28th February), at a glittering assembly of the best of British business, Grass Roots UK was once again listed in the Top 100 companies to work for.
This poll, run by The Sunday Times, assesses the views of our people on a wide range of issues, from leadership, personal development, employee care, to work for the community and environment.
In last year's table of the Top 100 mid-sized companies, we were 98 and, as The Sunday Times so nicely put it, "Grass Roots has sprung up our list from 98 last year to 53 for 2008".
This success is a great tribute to all the staff on the three sites we now have in and around Tring. Success is hard earned and requires above all things diligence. My thanks go to all the Rooters for their many and varied parts in keeping faith with the ideas and for the energy and inspiration shown.
Many congratulations to David Evans and his team from TAFC.
|100 Club Winners - February 2008 (posted Sat 1st Mar 2008)
2nd February - number 30 Paul Lewis £10 ; 9th February number 20 Steve Johnson £10; 16th February number 35 Alan Foskett £10 ; 23 February number 60 T Rice £80 and number 13 Dave Foskett £20. New members welcome at £1 per week.
|Grassroots Football (posted Fri 22nd Feb 2008)
Richard Everitt, Chairman/Secretary of 61FC appears on Sky Sports speaking about funding for grass roots football see the link below:-
|100 Club Winners - January 2008 (posted Sat 16th Feb 2008)
5th January - Chris Martin £10; 12th January - Matthew Stacey £10: 19th January - Roger Gwozdzicki £10; 26th January - Paul Brannan £80 and Mick Eldridge £20. Winnings can be collected from the Club Bar at The Grass Roots Stadium. New members welcome £1 per week.
|Tring Tornandoes JSC boost attendance (posted Sat 16th Feb 2008)
The First Team match versus Colney Heath was sponsorsed by Tring Tornadoes JFC who boosted the crowd to 223, the best this season. Tornadoes had two penalty shoot out competitions for different age groups and despite a lack of goals an entertaining game was seen by hopefully a number of future Athletic players. Tornadoes provide netball and football for children in age groups from under 6 to under 16 and many of Athletic's players are former members of TTJFC.
|100 CLUB WINNERS November & December 2007 (posted Mon 21st Jan 2008)
3rd November Ralph Griffiths £10; 10th November P Herbert £10; 17th November Jamie Robbins £10; 24th NovemberSally Green £80; Hanna Robbins £20.
1st December Sam Allum £10; 8th December Claire Merlino £10; 15th December Bill Griffiths £10; 22nd DecemberMick Kennedy £10; 29th December Dave Foskett £80; Darrell Bodimeade £20.
Winnings can be collected from the bar at The Grass Roots Stadium. New members welcome just contact the club via email : firstname.lastname@example.org
|100 Club Winners - October 2007 (posted Wed 14th Nov 2007)
100 Club Winners October 2007
6th October - Ralph Griffiths No.14 - £10; 13th October - Maureen Livingstone No.65 - £10; 20th October - M GriffithsNo.44 - £10; 27th October - Alan Foskett No. 35 - £80 and George Ward No.57 -£20. New members can join at £1 per week with 50% of collected funds paid in prize money. Winnings to be collected from Bar at Pendley. Thanks for your support
|100 Club Winners - September 2007 (posted Sat 27th Oct 2007)
1st September £10 (61) Richard Wieksza; 8th Sep tember £10(32)Steve Johnson ; 15th September £10(35) Alan Foskett; 22nd September £10 (50)Will Herbert; 29th September £80 (66) George Smith and £20 (45) Mick Eldridge.
|Athletic in the Daily Express (posted Mon 20th Aug 2007)
Athletic hit the national papers today with an article that appears on page 65 of the Daily Express about the FA Cup. There is a picture of Graham Poll with Express Reporter Mick Dennis and another one with goal scorer Greg Shaw being congratulated by Trevor Gibbs and Steve Hutchins.
|100 Club Winners - July 2007 (posted Tue 14th Aug 2007)
100 Club Winners July 2007
7th July9Dave Livingstone£10
14th July20Andy Humphreys£10
21st July62Neil Foskett£10
28th July74Andy Simmons£80
Winnings can be collected from the Bar at The Grass Roots Stadium.
|Tring Athletic Cricket Club (posted Mon 16th Jul 2007)
Tring Athletic lifted their second trophy of the season on Sunday in the 6 a side cricket tournament. Athletic got off to a good start winning their first 2 league matches confortably beating The Anchor and The Bell B. In our 3rd match we restricted the Conservative Club B to 44 runs but the heavens then opened and in wet conditions we were unable to pick up the vital runs. Finishing second in the mini league we then lost a bowl off against the rugby club for the best runner up. This put us into the secondary competion to face the Conservative club A in the semi-final. Another win put us into the final to face the Bell B which we won by 15 runs to lift the Plate. Team; Ian Butler, Gary Mosley, Keith Eldridge, James Livingstone, Dave Livingstone, Chris Parker, Ben Moorehouse & Lee Groves.
|100 Club Winners - May & June 2007 (posted Tue 10th Jul 2007)
100 Club Winners May & June 2007
5th May21Phil Tipson£10
12th May61Richard Wieskza£10
19th May54Mick Kennedy (Jnr)£10
26th May64Pete Stilwell£80
2nd June 1Mick Hartley£10
9th June12Dave Mosley£10
16th June 5Barry Simmons£10
23rd June59Les Robbins£10
30th June30Paul Lewis£80
If you wish help the Club to raise funds you can join and it costs £1 per week via bankers standing order at £13 per quarter. Please see Mick Eldridge or Dave Stacey or email email@example.com.
Winners can collect their cash from the Bar @ Pendley.
|Ladies Promoted (posted Mon 9th Jul 2007)
Tring Athletic Ladies promotion has been confirmed to the division one of
the Greater London League, with the new season to commence on the 2nd
September. Friendlies have been scheduled for 28th July vs. Acton Sports
Club and 12th August vs. Northwood Ladies. Training
for the ladies commences on the Weds 18th July 7 pm at Miswell Lane, Tring.
All new players are welcome for further details email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07834593965. The ladies success continues
with winning the Northwood 5's tournament on the 1st July. Lou Harrison,
Sarah Putman, Lisa Bradley, Sally Green and Tash secured the trophy after
beating Hemel Hempstead 3-0 in the final. Two teams were entered both
making the semi-finals only for Tring A to knock out Tring B. A good day
all round for the ladies.
|Bowls Champions 2007 (posted Mon 18th Jun 2007)
The TAFC "team" were triumphant at the Annual Pendley Bowls Competition held on Sunday 16th June. The team of 12 defeated Tring Rugby and Squash Clubs to win the the trophy for a second time.
|SSMFL League Award (posted Sun 17th Jun 2007)
The Spartan South Midlands League made a "Special" award to Ralph Griffiths, Mick Eldridge and Ray Brimson at their Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 16th June to mark their contributions, success and hard work in their respectives roles as Club Secretary (25 years) and First Team Managers (17 years). The Club is delighted that their efforts and dedication has been recognised outside of the Club by the League in such a way.
|Tring Athletic FC is 50 (posted Thu 14th Jun 2007)
The 2007/8 season will be Tring Athletic's 50th and the club are planning a number of events throughout the year to celebrate. All former players and supporters are asked to get in touch so that we can invite and involve you in these functions. You can e-mail the club via this website or call Keith Eldridge on 078 7634 7634. So please spread the word amongst old friends and contacts.
|Ladies Pipped at the Post (posted Fri 18th May 2007)
The Ladies capped a fine season with the runners-up spot in Division 2 North of the Greater London Womens Football League. They missed out on the title by the smallest of margins to Harpenden Ladies, just 1 point. They only lost 2 of their league games and scored 108 goals in all competitions, with Sally Green grabbing 33 and Lisa Bradley 29, to make them the deadliest strikers in the Club. They also had a fine run in the Womens FA Cup, getting through 2 rounds.
|100 Club Winners - April 2007 (posted Mon 7th May 2007)
100 CUB WINNERS April 2007
7th April No. 6N J Dunn£10
14th April - No.14Ralph Griffiths£10
21st April No. 49Matthew Stacey£10
28th April No. 21Phil Tipson£80
No. 30Paul Lewis£20
Thank you for your support. Winnings can be collected from the Bar.
|Presentation night - Club awards 2007 (posted Sat 5th May 2007)
Kerry Gordon was voted as the Supporters Player of the Year. Votes from the committee saw Ian Butler nominated as Clubman of the Year for his work with the A Team. Sophie Green won the same award for the Ladies Team. Special presentation were made to Mick Eldridge, Ray Brimson, Ron Brimson and Ralph Griffiths to thank them for their services to the club.
Ian 'The Legend' Butler receives Clubman of Year award from Keith Eldridge and Alan Foskett*
Mick Eldridge and Ray Brimson are honoured by First Team players*
Mick and Ray receive their gifts from Club President David Evans*
Kerry 'Flash' Gordon receives Supporters Player of Year from David Evans*
Ralph Griffiths receives a gift from David Evans*
|Presentation Night Winners 2007 (posted Sat 5th May 2007)
Results as below. First team: Managers player - Chris Salmon, Players player - Kerry Gordon. Reserves: Managers player - Neil Foskett, Players Player - Scott Beattie. A team: Managers player - Chris Icke, Players player - James Livingstone. B team: Managers player Bob Fryer, Players player - Gary Dwight. Ladies: Managers player - Lou Harrison, Players player - Sarah Putnam, Most improved players Leah Maloney & Susie Cole. The Trophies were presented by Club President David Evans
James Livingstone and Chis Icke with their Player of Year awards for A Team with Manager Ian Butler and Davis Evans*
Martin Smith (for Bob Fryer) and Gary Dwight B Team winners with Manager Doug Cawdell, David Evans and Tilly*
Neil Foskett and Scott Beattie Reserve Team winners with David Evans and Manager Ron Brimson*
The Ladies Team winners with Manager Rob Bradley and David Evans*
Chris Salmon and Kerry Gordon First Team winners with Manager Mick Eldridge and David Evans*
Pistol Pete Stilwell with Chairman Alan Foskett*
|100 Club Winners - March 2007 (posted Thu 5th Apr 2007)
100 Club Winners March 2007.
3rd Mach - Danny Robbins £10
10th March - Mick Eldridge £10
17th March - Pete Morgan £10
24th March - Amanda Stacey £10
31st March - Roger Godzdzicki £80 and Alan Foskett £20
|Website update (posted Fri 9th Mar 2007)
We have now added a further feature to the website showing player appearances. Click on "teams" on the menu on the left then first team. From the start of next season we will include all teams with this feature.
If there is anything you would like to see on the website please let us know.
|100 Club Winners - January & February 2007 (posted Mon 26th Feb 2007)
The 100 Club draw took place on Saturday and the winners for January and February are shown below:-
6th January : Mick Eldridge £10, 13th January : M Griffiths £10, 20th January: Kate Kennedy £10, 27th January: Andy Simmons £80 and Keith Eldridge £20.
3rd February : Neil Foskett £10, 10th February : Dave Adamson £10, 17th February : Steve Hill £10, 24th February : Diane Griffiths £80 and Sam Allum £20
|Neil Gowers (posted Tue 13th Feb 2007)
It is with our deepest regret that we announce the sudden death of Neil Gowers today following a tragic accident at work. Neil was an ardent Athletic supporter and was a regular at our games with his friend Mike Stark and their sons. He also supported the club in other ways by advertising in the programme for a number of seasons. He was strongly involved with Tring Tornadoes and ran the Under 12 side in which his young son Harry played in. He was always a happy jovial person with who you could share a joke and he was very popular. He will be hugely missed. We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathies to his wife Jill and their children Harvey, Courtney and Harry.
|Phil Casserley appointed as Manager (posted Wed 7th Feb 2007)
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Casserley as First Team Manager and Terry Nightingale as Assistant Manager/Coach to replace Mick Eldridge and Ray Brimson who have decided to retire at the end of the season. Mick and Ray will be a hard act to follow as in 17 years they have claimed 12 major trophies plus other honours. Mick will remain as Treasurer and the club hope that Ray will also stay on in some capacity. The third member of the team Richard Vincent will stay on as Club Coach.
Phil, 41, is a well known and highly respected young manager with a record of achievement. He was part of the successful management team at Berkhamsted Town Reserves that won the Suburban Premier League in Season 2000/2001 and the Herts Intermediate Cup in Season 2001/2002. The Suburban League title was a significant prize as they had to compete against Clubs of a much higher status. Phil then carried his winning ways over to Gossoms End where in addition to picking up many local trophies they claimed the ultimate prize of the FA National Sunday Cup where they defeated Albion Sports from Bradford 3-2 at Anfield in April 2005.
Terry is also a well known and highly respected person from the local area. He played for Hitchin Town FC and St Albans FC before reaching 500 appearances for Berkhamsted Town FC. He will be a valuable asset for the club working alongside Phil.
We are delighted that Phil and Terry will be taking over the reins and they have every confidence that they will continue the success achieved by Mick, Ray and Richard. Phil has recognised the Club has a good team of players and he hopes to bring in some new faces to strengthen and refresh the squad rather than make whole sale changes.
|TAFC Crossbar Challenge (posted Tue 23rd Jan 2007)
See the Athletic first team and management attempt to hit the crossbar!! Cut & paste the link below
|100 Club Winners Nov & Dec (posted Sun 7th Jan 2007)
100 Club Winners
4th November - Dave Foskett £10; 11th November Alan Foskett £10; 18th November Pete Morgan £10; 25th November John Perry £80 and Tam Dunn £20.
2nd December Richard Vincent £10; 9th December Jamie McBeath £10; 16thDecember John Brannan £10; 23rd December Sharon Herbert £10; 30th December Pas Byrne £80 and Sophie Green £20.
|100 Club Winners - October (posted Fri 17th Nov 2006)
100 Club Winners for October were:-
30th September - Dave Stacey £10
7th October - Phil Tipson £80 Steve Johnson £20
14th October - Jamie McBeath £10
21st October - Paul Warrell £10
28th October - Andy Humphreys £10
New members can join at any time by paying £1 per week paid via standing order on a quarterly basis
|100 Club Winners - Sept 06 (posted Sun 22nd Oct 2006)
100 Club Winners for September 2006 were:-
2nd September - Phil Tipson £80
- Steve Johnson £20
9th September - Mick Eldridge £10
16th September - Gill Eldridge £10
23rd Septmeber - Alan Foskett £10
30th Septmeber - To be drawn
If you wish to join it the 100 Club it costs just £1 per week paid by quarterly standing order of £13 or one off payment of £52. See Dave Stacey or email the club for joining form. Thanks for your support.
|100 Club Winners - August (posted Sun 10th Sep 2006)
100 Club Winners for August 2006 were:-
5th August - Ray Brimson £10
12th August - Steve Morley £10
19th August - Dave Mosley £10
26th August - Les Robbins £80
26th August - Roger Gwozdzicki £20
If you wish to join it the 100 Club it costs just £1 per week paid by quarterly standing order of £13 or one off payment of £52. See Dave Stacey or email the club for joining form. Thanks for your support.
|100 Club Winners - June 2006 (posted Sun 9th Jul 2006)
100 Club Winners - June 2006
3/6 - £80 Number 24 Mark Allum £80, Number 8 Lorraine Eldridge £20
10/6 Number 20 Claire Merlino £10
17/6 Number 54 Mick Kennedy Junior £10
24/6 Number 1 Mick Hartley £10
Thanks for your support. If you wish to join at just £1 per week send an email to - email@example.com
|Sad News - Matt Lovell (posted Sat 1st Jul 2006)
It is with deep regret that we announce that former Athletic player, Matt Lovell aged 26, died on Wednsday 28th June. His funeral will be on Thursday 6th July at 11am at St Peter's and St Paul's Church Tring with his burial at Tring Cementary at 12 o'clock. Carol & Brian Lovell would invite friends and family to join them for a drink at Athletic's Grass Roots Stadium after the service. Family flowers only with donations to be made to the Samaritans. Mick Eldridge will collect donations and he can be contacted on 07810 696 696
|100 Club Winners - May 06 (posted Sun 25th Jun 2006)
7th May - Tam Dunn £10
13th May - Phil Tipson £10
20th May - Pete Stilwell £10
27th May - Diane Griffiths £10
3rd June - Clive Goodall £80 Danny Taber £20
|100 Club Winners - April (posted Sat 20th May 2006)
Winners for April were; 1st April - Mick Hartley £10 8th April - John Brannan £10, 15th April - Kellie Evans £10, 22nd April - TBA, 29th April - Darrell Bodimeade £80 and Ian Butler £20
|100 Club Winners - March (posted Wed 5th Apr 2006)
Winners for March were :- 4th March - Jo Harper £10; 11th March - Neil Foskett £10; 18th March - Jammie Robbins £10 ; 25th March Paul Warrell £80 and Jim Poll £20
|100 Club Winners - February (posted Sun 12th Mar 2006)
100 Club Winners for February were :-
£80 - Barry Johnson
£20 - Jamie Robbins
Weekly £10 winners were
4th February - Dave Mosley
11th February - Ralph Griffiths
18th February - John Perry
25th February - Jo Harper
|100 Club Winners - Jan 2006 (posted Sun 29th Jan 2006)
100 Club Winners for January were :-
£80 - Pete Stilwell
£20 - Hanna (Robbins)
Weekly prizes :-
7th January - Mick Kennedy £10
14th January - Dave Livingstone £10
21st January - Mick Hartley £10
28th January - Sean Rutherford £10
New Members welcome - £1 per week normally paid by quarterly standing order of £13. Contact the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
|Peter Wells (posted Fri 20th Jan 2006)
We are sad to report the death of Peter Wells on Sunday 15th January 2006 at the age of 71. Peter played for Tring Town and managed the First Team in the 1980s prior to Mick Eldridge, Ray Brimson and Richard Vincent taking over.
|100 Club Winners (posted Sat 31st Dec 2005)
Winners for December were :-
£150 - Mick Hartley
£100 - Barry Simmons
£ 50 - Paul Brannan
Weekly £10 winners were:-
17th December - Ralph Griifiths
24th December - Amanda Stacey
|100 Club (posted Mon 1st Aug 2005)
Those wishing to join the 100 club can pay by Standing Order and then hand it over the bar or send it to Dave Stacey at 18 Buckingham Road, Tring, Herts, HP23 4HF.
|Barry Johnson - Life Vice President (posted Sun 31st Jul 2005)
Barry Johnson was made the Club's first ever Life Vice President after stepping down as Chairman at the AGM on Monday 18 July. This was in recognition of the tremendous amount of work he had put in during his 5 years of tenure which included designing the Clubhouse and helping to oversee the work carried out. Alan Foskett has stepped to become Chairman with Barry Simmons taking over from Alan as Vice Chairman. Other appointments announced were Chris Langford as Commercial Manager and Andy Ayres as Match Secretary (South Midlands).
|A day to remember for Athletic's old boys (posted Sat 1st Jan 2005)
A report will be posted shortly.
Mr S. himself*