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663 - 26/06/2009

Weston pull off Williams signing coup

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have pulled off a signing coup with the capture of experienced defender Adrian Williams.

Centre-Back Williams joins the Seagulls following his departure from Swindon Town.

Reading born Adie, 37 started his career with the Royals as a youngster at the Elm Park Centre of Excellence and holds legend status with the Supporters of the Berkshire side after making 333 appearances for the club and scoring 18 goals as well as Captaining the side and spending a spell as caretaker Manager. He was also voted by Reading supporters on the Official Club Website as the best ever centre back to have represented the club and selected in the best ever Reading 11.

As well as the Royals Adie made 28 appearances in the Old Gold of Wolverhampton Wanderers, 35 appearances in the Sky Blue of Coventry City, 12 appearances for the Lions of Millwall and represented Wales on 13 occasions.

He joined Swindon Town in the Summer of 2006 and made 28 appearances at the County Ground including two spells as Caretaker Manager before deciding to bring the curtain down on a 19 year professional career in May 2008.

Williams has since been a First Team Coach for the Robins

662 - 24/06/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Winners!

Week 31 24 June 2009:

£1000 I Stark R3513

£500 Mr Brolan SC1773

£250 Mrs Charleson U1837

£125 S Perkins WE6422

65 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1000 - number 3899 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £1500

661 - 17/06/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw - Winners

Week 30 17 June 2009:

£1000 Mr Jason Taylor WE5964

£500 Mrs C East AB3025

£250 Mrs B Percy X3189

£125 Pooja Keshwalla WI2253

65 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £500 - number 2273 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £1000

660 - 12/06/2009

Admission prices agreed for Friendlies

Entrance Prices for the forth-coming Friendly fixtures have been finalised. For the Exeter City (9th July) and Cheltenham Town (11th July), admission prices will be the same as League admission (Adults £10, Students and seniors £6.50, Under 16’s £2.).

Hinckley United (25th July) and Port Talbot (1st Aug), prices will be Adults £5, Students and seniors £3.50 and under 16’s £1.

Bristol Rovers (29th July) Prices for Adults £8, Students and seniors £6 and for under 16’s £2

Season Ticket’s and Under 16’s cards will NOT be valid for these games and all must pay.

Students must provide a valid Student card.

The Associate directors also felt that an explanation of how they came to these prices was needed.

Exeter City and Cheltenham Town will be bringing a 1st XI team, for this they required we covered the cost of Expenses (Coaches, etc) and the remaining gate money is to be split 50/50. This is very similar to cup match rules.

Bristol Rovers will bring a team down of mixed 1st and Youth. But require the expense of a coach to be covered by us.

Hinckley United and Port Talbot have asked for nothing in return, so these games have been given a low admission price.

Food will be available on arrival and throughout all Fixtures.

659 - 10/06/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Winners

Week 29 10 June 2009:

£1000 D Bowman SA6706

£500 Joyce Evans V0504

£250 Mr Enright WF5623

£125 T McVittie J4839

60 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £2500 - number W2364 - winner M. Everitt. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize reverts back to £500>

658 - 08/06/2009

Match and Season Ticket Prices 2009/10

Weston-super-Mare Football Club have announced their Season Ticket and Match day prices.

To download a season Ticket application form, copy and paste the address below, and print off the form.

Match day prices for 2009/10 season are as follows :

Adults £10

Seniors & Students £6.50

Under 16's £2

Under 16's Free with seagulls club card

Please note Students must carry a valid student card.

657 - 03/06/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw - Results!

Week 28 03 June 2009:

£1000 Kevin Hands L6314

£500 Mrs. Lynch WB3852

£250 H Hackett SA1902

£125 Mr. R. Iles WA0894

57 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £2000 - number 0322 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize increases to £2500>

656 - 30/05/2009

Friendly at Brislington added

In further news from the Woodspring Stadium Weston have added a game at Toolstation League Premier Division side Brislington to their programme of pre-season friendlies.

The game will take place on Thursday the 16th of July and kick-off at 7:30pm.

655 - 29/05/2009

Weston sign striker Llewellyn

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce the signing of Josh Llewellyn from Team Bath.

The 22 year old striker who can count Derby County amongst his previous clubs joined the publicly funded "students" from Hayes in the Summer of 2006 and has made over 50 appearances for the now defunct university based side.

654 - 27/05/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Results

Week 27 27 May 2009:

£1000 Mr. Lenihan SD3603

£500 Mr. Hughes E2843

£250 Mr Carter N6102

£125 Mr. J. Williams WC2411

73 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1500 - number 2115 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize increases to £2000>

653 - 25/05/2009

Weston switch to Tuesday's

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have opted to play their mid-week home fixture's on a Tuesday evening in the 2009/2010 campaign.

The Seagulls switched to a Monday for mid-week fixture's last season and were rewarded with significantly better crowds than they had previously attracted on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, however the Management and Playing Staff at the Club are understood to have requested an extra 24 hour's to recover from any knocks or scrapes sustained on the preceding Saturday.

It is understood that kick-off times will remain at 7:45pm.

651 - 24/05/2009

Weston to stick with Black and White

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have confirmed that they will be sticking with the black and white colour combination that they employed last season.

The 2008-2009 campaign saw the Seagulls celebrate their 60th anniversary and to mark the occasion the club opted to play in white shirts, black shorts and black socks, similar to the white shirts, black shorts and red socks combination that they wore in their inaugural season in 1948.

In another change the club have ditched the traditional "all yellow" away strip in favour of an "all royal blue" number.

652 - 24/05/2009

Somerset Premier Cup competition.

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have been handed a Bye in the First Round of the 2009/2010 Somerset Premier Cup competition.

Also handed Bye's are: Bristol Manor Farm, Keynsham Town, Frome Town, Larkhall Athletic, Taunton Town and Chard Town.

Tie's to be played week commencing 5th October 2009.

650 - 22/05/2009


Weston-super-Mare AFC Ltd require a 1st team Secretary, to work closely with the manager, Blue Square South Conference and the Club.

This is an honoury position.

For more information please contact Helen on 01934 621618 during office hours.

649 - 20/05/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Results

Week 26 20 May 2009:

£1000 E Roberts G3172

£500 Dave Moore J5139

£250 Mr Ettinger J1172

£125 Janet Archer V2576

57 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1000 - number 4532 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize increases to £1500>

648 - 17/05/2009

Weston sign Sawyer from Gloucester

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer from Conference North newcomers Gloucester City.

Sawyer who joined The Tigers from Cirencester Town and won a Southern League Premier Division winners medal with Salisbury City has signed a two year contract at The Woodspring Stadium.

647 - 14/05/2009

League Two Robins and League One Pirates added to Seagulls friendly list.

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have added games against league two side Cheltenham Town and League one outfit Bristol Rovers to their programme of pre-season friendlies along with a visit from League of Wales team Port Talbot.

The Robins of Cheltenham visit the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday the 11th of July in a game that kicks off at 3pm whilst the Pirates of Bristol call on Wednesday the 29th of July in a game that kicks off at 7:45pm.

Port Talbot visit on Saturday the 1st of August in a 3pm kick-off.

The new league campaign in Blue Square Conference South starts on Saturday the 8th of August.

The fixture with Exeter City kicks off at 7:30pm and not 7:45pm as previously published.

The addition of the Cheltenham Town fixture means that the visit to Wessex League champions Poole Town has been pushed back a week to the 18th with the knock on effect meaning that the home fixture against Truro City scheduled for the 18th has been cancelled.

646 - 14/05/2009

Green, Wells and McKeever handed contracts at Weston. Willshire released.

Defender Michael Green, midfielder Ben Wells and winger Mark McKeever have all been handed contracts at Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare that will tie them to the Woodspring Stadium based club for the 2009/2010 campaign.

In the case of Green, the "Away Supporters" player of the year has committed his future to the Seagulls until the Summer of 2011.

Already under contract to Weston are Ashan Holgate, Marvin Brown, Craig Rand, Tomaso Parrinello, Scott Bartlett, Adrian Harris and Darren Mullings.

The non-contract trio of Marc McGregor Jack Compton and Scott Partridge have been invited to join their team mates for the commencement of pre-season training on the 2nd of July.

It is understood that Partridge's future will depend largely on potential plans to relocate to the local area.

The only player to head through the exit door at the Woodspring Stadium is former Bristol Rovers defender Ben Willshire (pictured).

645 - 13/05/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Results

Week 25 13 May 2009:

£1000 Mr Alan De Looze J0333

£500 Patrick Braithwaite WI2082

£250 Alan Talbot SA3082

£125 Mrs D Hibbert K2487

73 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £500 - number 1248 no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize increases to £1000>

644 - 12/05/2009

League One Grecians in return visit to the Woodspring Stadium

Exeter City F. C., newly promoted to Coca Cola Football League One will be the first opponents of the season for Weston-super-Mare F. C. as they start their build up to the new campaign in Blue Square Conference South.

It is believed that the game on Thursday the 9th of July (7:30pm Kick-Off) will also be the Devon based Grecians first game time of the season as they prepare for life in the third tier of english football.

Last July Exeter and Weston both started their respective campaign's with a fixture at the Woodspring Stadium on July the 11th and a bumper crowd witnessed a full strength Exeter first team squad held to a 1-1 draw by the Seagulls in an entertaining game.

City Manager Paul Tisdale was understood to have been impressed by the playing surface and facilities at Weston and it is hoped that the game can be an annual fixture.

643 - 08/05/2009


Andy Gurney, First Team Manager at Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare today spoke on the future of Ryan Northmore.

Gurney commented "A mutal agreement has been made between myself and Ryan that from here on in his role within the football club will be solely as Youth Team Manager.

The role takes a lot of time and effort and it is a job that he does very well. It will enable him to focus fully on that and for me and him to work closely together in our respective roles."

642 - 06/05/2009

Gold Striker - Weekly Results

Week 24 6 May 2009:

£1000 Tim Fitzsimmons U2848

£500 R Studley WH5181

£250 P A Roberts WA4322

£125 Mr Bradshaw SD3878

78 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £2000 - number U4120 - Miss L Whitby. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize reverts back to £500>

641 - 02/05/2009

Seagulls announce friendly dates

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have announced a number of pre-season friendly fixture dates for the 2009-2010 campaign.

The Seagulls players report back in readiness for the new season on Thursday the 2nd of July and face their first game time on Saturday the 11th of July when they travel to Wessex Premier League Champions Poole Town in a game that kicks off at 3pm.

The first opponents at the Woodspring Stadium will be BGB Southern League Division One South and West Champions Truro City in another 3pm kick-off on Saturday the 18th of July.

It is expected that the White Tigers will include former Seagulls Scott Walker and Barry McConnell in their squad.

Weston travel to Cosham Street to take on Phil Bater's Mangotsdfield United (BGB Southern League Division One South and West) on Tuesday the 21st of July in a game that kicks off at 7:30pm before tackling Blue Square Conference North side Hinckley United at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday the 25th of July at 3pm.

A number of other friendlies including matches against high profile league opposition are understood to be close to fruition and awaiting a final confirmation.

640 - 29/04/2009

Gold Striker - weekly results:Top 2 prizes scooped by Weston members!

Week 23 29 April 2009:

£1000 Mr H K Hendy WF0371

£500 Mrs M Foster WA2855

£250 Maureen Gibbons AB2025

£125 Mrs Gallop G5282

73 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1500 - number 2568 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize rolls over and increases to £2000

639 - 22/04/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Results - Winners

Week 22 22 April 2009:

£1000 Mark Snellgrove SB6389

£500 Angela Wallis M3449

£250 Jane Sangster Y4700

£125 A Hodson U3773

73 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1000 - number 6708 - no winner. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize rolls over and increases to £1500

638 - 22/04/2009

Kite flys back to Rovers

Bristol Rovers have today re-called Alex Kite and will not feature in Weston's final game of the Campaign.

637 - 15/04/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw results

Week 21 15 April 2009:

£1000 Mr L Sheppard WA1021

£500 R Benjamin W4046

£250 S Brooks J6770

£125 A Eliis J1994

67 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £500 - number 2164 - no winner - next week Roll Over Extra Prize rolls over to £1000

636 - 09/04/2009

Interview with Emmanuel “Manny” Williams

Emmanuel “Manny” Williams joined Weston-super-Mare on loan from Woking in January and made a big impact in his time at the Woodspring Stadium.

The Sierra Leone born front man expected to be in the Seagulls squad for the trip to Hayes and Yeading but was prevented from playing after the Cards recalled him from his loan spell.

Manny still attended the game at Church Road to say his farewells and support the lads and after the game he took time out to speak to the Club Website.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

When did you find out that you where being re-called by Woking ?

E. W.: “I had training yesterday (Monday) and went in as normal.

I reported to the Gaffer that I was in the Weston squad to play at Hayes tonight (Tuesday) and he basically said no you are not because I have called you back and I want you to play for me.

Are you happy to be returning to Woking ?

E. W.: “I have mixed feelings.

I am sad to be leaving Weston but happy to be playing back at Woking which is what I wanted to do at the start of the season.

I know there is only about five games left but hopefully I can get the chance now to show people what I can do at that level.”

Where you aware of your popularity on and off the pitch at Weston?

E. W.:”I know I got on with the boys quite well so the relationship was quite good with all the boys.

Was I popular off the pitch?”

A few Weston supporters have suggested that if you and Wilfred (fellow striker Wilfried Domoraud who also played for Weston) had of played up front together for Woking all season then perhaps they wouldn’t be where they are in the table now?

E. W.: “That was sort of the plan at the start of the season but things happened and obviously I wasn’t included for more or less all of the season.

I am glad that it is over now and that that is behind me and I am looking forward.

My contract is up until May the 1st. I only signed a year contract then after that we will basically see what’s up.”

If I could ask you for a message for the Weston supporters?

E. W.: “Thanks for your support.

I hope Weston stay up, which I am quite confident that you will and who knows, maybe I will see you guys again in the future some day.”

635 - 09/04/2009

Annual Presentation Dinner

This years Annual Presentation Dinner will be held at Weston-super-Mare AFC on Saturday 2nd May @ 7.30pm.

The Evening will include not only the Presentations but a Buffet and Disco.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12.50 on the Door.

For more information please contact Helen at Woodspring Stadium on 01934 621618.

634 - 08/04/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw - Winners

Week 20 8 April 2009:

£1000 D Foxley A1423

£500 Mr Ellis WA2568

£250 Mr Leader SC2405

£125 Mrs S Glynn Y5903

64 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £1000 - number Y3522 - winner - Tony Easton. Next week Roll Over Extra Prize reverts to £500

633 - 08/04/2009

Manny recalled back to Woking

Emmanuel Williams has today been recalled from an highly impressive loan spell at Weston-super-Mare by Blue Square Premier side Woking.

632 - 07/04/2009

Somerset Floodlight Youth League, League Cup Final (THURSDAY)

On Thursday Winscombe face Weston-super-Mare in the Final of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League, League Cup.

The game takes place at the Hand Stadium at Kenn, Clevedon and kicks-off at 7:45pm.

Please come along and support the lads and show your appreciation for their efforts during another memorable season as they bring the curtain down on the current campaign.

631 - 06/04/2009

After match interview with Christopher Smith

Assistant Manager Christopher Smith took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at St. Albans City .

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thoughts on today’s game please?

C. S.: “From minute one to minute ninety embarrassing is probably the best way to describe it really.

Apart from Tom Evans I think everybody else was way below par.

If you look at it in terms of individual outfield battles we probably lost eight or nine. “

Do you think that was the worst that we have played this season?

C. S.: “By an absolute country mile.

Once they go out there and start that game at 3 O’clock there is nothing really that Gurns (Andrew Gurney) or myself can do to influence it.

You can’t give people the desire to work hard and run around and for the first time this season, at least since we have been back (Since Gurney and Smith took over the managerial reigns) that was lacking.

You probably accept it if it happens once but today has got to be the first and only time that we come off feeling that far away from competing.

To that extent, they ( St. Albans ) where streets ahead of us today.

We looked as if we where playing three or four leagues above what we are capable of playing today.”

The general consensus seems to be that the current squad is top six/top eight material?

We where a long way off that today weren’t we?

C. S.:”To be honest we said let’s go from now until the end of the season unbeaten but if we turn up like we did today we won’t pick up a single point in our remaining five games.”

With Thurrock’s result today (a 1-0 defeat at Basingstoke ) five points will now guarantee our league place for next season?

That should be a comfortably achievable target?

C. S.: “I think perhaps we have spent too much emphasis on looking at what we need to do to be safe and what has happened below us.

I think perhaps we should of just been taking every game as it comes.

Today was like the last game of the season. It reminded me totally of a couple of seasons ago when we where away at Lewes and got absolutely smashed from start to finish and got beat.

That was what it was like today.”

630 - 01/04/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Winners

Week 19 1 April 2009:

£1000 Gaynor Jones WJ6840

£500 P Cartwright WC1426

£250 Bob Thompson P5298

£125 Mrs M Fallows W5201

64 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £500 - number 2124 - no winner - next week Roll Over Extra Prize rolls over to £1000

629 - 01/04/2009

After match interview with Christopher Smith

Assistant Manager Christopher Smith took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture home fixture with Hayes and Yeading United.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thoughts on today’s game please?

C. S.: “Unfortunate really.

I thought we did every so well considering the side that we put out and that is no disrespect to the players that came in but you look at the players that where injured and the people that we where missing today.

We where always going to be up against it but I thought we where better than them.

We played some good football and we where undone by two unfortunate goals.

The first goal of theirs was a cross which he has shanked and it has gone straight over Northy’s (Ryan Northmore) head in to the top corner which can happen and it does happen.

The second one was as bad a decision as I have seen.

If I am corrected by the DVD later then I will apologise wholeheartedly but he has given a penalty when it looks as if Ryan (Northmore) was fouled and it looks as if the only hand that touched the ball was Ryan’s so he was the only person in the entire crowd that has seen it.

So you obviously accept that and then Ryan’s saved the penalty and the lad’s followed it up and played it forward towards the goal and their lad is stood in an offside position and has put it in and again that is two decisions that have gone against us which obviously cost us the game.

If I am wrong I will apologise but seeing that the way I have seen it during the game live then it is definitely two of the worse decisions that I have seen this season.

It always seems to happen to us and that is not us feeling sorry for ourselves or always moaning and complaining about officials which it seems that we do week in week out but I think the standard of officials in this league is horrendous.

All you ask for is a bit of consistency and I don’t think you will ever get that as long as you get referee’s coming up who have never played the game.

That is probably a fault all the way through football not just in our league but it seems to aggrieve us most weeks to be fair so again as I said if I am wrong on both occasions then I will apologise that I got it wrong but I don’t think that I have.“

I think we definitely deserved a share of the spoils don’t you?

C. S.: “Yes.


We did really well as did the boys that came in as well, Tom Evans and young Matty Groves .”

Can you tell me more on how those moves came about please?

C. S.:”Gurns (Andrew Gurney) played in a charity match against Chelsea on Wednesday for Christian Roberts so I think that is where the Tom Evans thing came about with the Swindon connection there.

Matty got paid up by Bristol Rovers at the end of last week I think.

He has been on loan at Mangotsfield and he got a decent report off Phil Bater and we took him.

It was one of those where we are that short of bodies that we could of put out a team and a set of substitutes on people that where injured today.

Tom is on loan for the rest of the season.

It is a shame for Tom today really because his goal deserved to count for something today because his overall game was quality. I just feel a bit aggrieved and hacked off and really we just want the season to end.

I think with the side that we have got here and with one or possibly two additions in the summer then next season we will be looking at the top of the table rather than looking below us and seeing what is happening below us.”

Is our current injury predicament the worst you have known in your time in football?

C. S.: “I can’t believe it to be fair.

We lost Dayle Grubb today after 3 minutes.

We lost Tom Parrinello today at half-time and you look at the players that we have got out and everything seems to be going against us at the moment.

They say that everything levels itself out over the course of a season so this final month we must be due some good fortune.”

We are as good as safe though aren’t we?

C. S.: “Id rather it would be mathematically safe though.”

If I could finish by asking you:- For the remaining games do you …. A) Put out you strongest side and finish as high in the table as possible so as to be an attractive proposition as possible for summer targets or do you …. B) Give the fringe team players, the Youth Team graduates, and current youth team players a run of games as now would surely be the ideal time to see whether they are good enough or not, would it not?

C. S.: “I think it will be a little bit of both and that is not avoiding the question.

Andy Gurney has said right from the start that he wants us to finish above 50 points and he wants us above mid-table so we have got a bit of work to do between now and then.

If we can win the next couple then you might see one or two youngsters getting blooded each week rather than four or five having to come in the squad and play so that is not the way to do it.

That is not fair on them.

It is not fair putting one of the Youth players at right mid and playing one of the youth team players behind him at right back as well.

You need an experienced head behind him just to help him along and you just don’t want too many in at one time as that is not fair on them.”

628 - 01/04/2009

February Player of the Month

Prior to Saturday's Blue Square Conference South fixture with Hayes and Yeading United, Tomaso Parrinello was presented with the Weston-super-Mare F. C. Player of the Month accolade for February 2009.

The presentation was made by the awards founder and administrator Simon Stephens on behalf of sponsor Reverend Heather Williams who could not be present.

The March poll is now open and will close at mid-day on Friday the 10th of April 2009.

Supporters can as usual vote through the official Club Website which can be found at or can obtain a voting slip from Simon Stephens at any first or youth team fixture.

627 - 01/04/2009

Current squad will finish season

In further news from around the club Andy Gurney (pictured) confirmed this morning that the current squad will be the one that see's the Seagulls through to the end of the season.

Tom Evans and Matt Groves will be Weston's final addition's for this season as the March 31st deadline for signings and transfers passed with out any further new faces putting pen to paper at The Woodspring Stadium.

626 - 31/03/2009

Gurney handed two year contract by Weston

Paul Bliss Chairman of Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare F. C. this evening handed First Team manager Andrew Gurney a two year contract that will tie him to the Woodspring Stadium based club until the Summer of 2011.

The 35 year midfield enforcer who can count Reading, Swansea City, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Torquay United amongst his former clubs has transformed the fortunes of the Seagulls since taking over from Tony Ricketts on the first of December.

Since Gurney was handed the managerial reigns he has overseen a big turn around in form and overhauled the playing squad to such an extent that many claim it to be the strongest that they have witnessed in the 60 year history of the club.

Speaking on Gurney's appointment Bliss commented "Andy has done a great job and is building something for the future. I believe that he is the man to take us on to brighter and better things and it is clear that he has the respect of the players and they want to play for him. When players are committing their future to Andy and the club i think it is important that they can see that Andy has got security also and that the man that brought them here will also be around."

At the time of going to print Gurney was taking training at the Club but it is hoped that his comments on the contract will be available shortly.

625 - 28/03/2009

News Signings to bolster injury ravaged Squad

Weston-super-Mare Manager Andy Gurney moved this week to reinforce his injury-ravaged squad. Bringing in Ex-Bristol Rovers player Matt Groves. Matt was released earlier this month from the Pirates.

Groves graduated through the Bristol Rovers centre of excellence, and was awarded his first professional contract by Rovers in May 2007. His debut for the first team came on in a second round FA Cup match against Rushden & Diamonds when he came on as a substitute.

Groves has been on loan to Chippenham, Tiverton and Mangotsfield before being released.

Tom Evans arrives on a months loan from Swindon Town, the Centre-Half has been playing regularly for the Reserves at Swindon. Evans could go straight into the squad for this Saturday Blue South fixture against Hayes & Yeading United.

624 - 28/03/2009

Heron's Heroes latest guests of Weston

In their relentless quest to build links with clubs at all levels across the town and the local area Weston-super-Mare F. C. invited representatives of Herons Moor Rangers to their fixture with Havant & Waterlooville.

Herons Director of Football Lachlan Geddis, Head Coach Mark Chesney, prolific frontman Timothy Marshall and goalkeeper Jimmy "safe hands" Astridge all enjoyed the hospitality on offer at The Woodspring Stadium on Monday evening.

Herons are currently enjoying a season to remember.

They top division three of the Weston-super-Mare & District League are in the Atwell Shield Quarter-Final and in the Final of the Challenge cup.

Chesney and Marshall are both Q. P. R. fans and where delighted to meet up with Hawks Assistant Boss Charlie Oatway who is named after the 1973 Rangers squad.

623 - 26/03/2009

Sound Bite:

Dayle Grubb, Sam Johnson and Sam Clark following Weston-super-Mare V Havant & Waterlooville.

Probably the most pleasing thing for most Weston’s supporters to come out of Monday evening’s game with Havant & Waterlooville was the inclusion of the Weston born trio of Dayle Grubb, Sam Johnson and Sam Clark in the Seagulls squad.

Youth team Captain Grubb made his first Weston start and drew plaudits for an impressive display on the wing whilst academy graduates Sam Johnson and Sam Clark replaced Craig Rand (on 32 minutes) and Marvin Brown (on 70 minutes) respectively.

Johnson was in with a genuine shout of taking the Man of the Match accolade after successfully policing Hawks danger man Craig Watkins whilst Clark caused some late headaches for the experienced Ian Simpemba.

After the game all three spoke to the club website to share their thoughts.

Extracts of the interviews are below:-

Dayle Grubb:

The first I knew about it was when the manager read out the team sheet.

I was obviously a bit nervous as I have been when I have been on the bench in the past but I was just hoping to do well.

I thought I did o. k..

I tried getting on the ball as much as I could, tried tracking my runs and tried doing what was asked of me.

Hopefully there will be other opportunities for me but we will just have to see what happens with the injury list.

Sam Johnson: (Pictured)

It was good to get a game and get some minutes under my belt.

I have been playing for Clevedon United but haven’t played through injury for a couple of weeks so it was good to get some minutes really.

I think I did alright.

I came on, won my headers and just cleared up when needed really.

Hopefully it won’t be my last opportunity.

We are as good as safe so if I could get some more games I would love to get the chance.

It is an important stage of my career and I need to start getting a few games really and I would like to push on for next season.

I love putting on the Weston shirt and am very proud to do so.

Sam Clark:

I was pleased to get some minutes under my belt.

Hopefully this can continue from now on.

Hopefully there will be other opportunities for me.

I thought I held my own today and did alright.

It has given me an incentive to carry on and I am pleased with how it went.

If I can get the opportunity to impress in the remaining games I would like to be in the position to try and earn a contract for next season.

622 - 26/03/2009

Horrendous injury list of 11 threatens to de-rail Weston’s top half push

A horrendous injury list, the size of which would ruin the ambitions of any side is threatening to de-rail Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s push for a top half finish in Blue Square Conference South.

Going in to last Monday’s home clash with Havant & Waterlooville Weston had 9 players unavailable through injury and a further two injuries in the game against the Hawks means that overworked physio David Callow has no less than 11 players to put his healing hands to work on.

Emmanuel Williams (dead leg), Marc McGregor (dead leg), Darren Mullings (broken ankle), Mark McKeever (cartilage tear), Jack Compton (strained ligaments), Ashan Holgate (damaged ligaments), Michael Green (bruised foot), Charlie Comyn-Platt (sore achilles) and Alex Kite (tight hamstring) all missed the game against the Hampshire visitors whilst Craig Rand and player-manager Andrew Gurney had to be substituted against Shaun Gale’s side after picking up further injuries.

Influential centre back Rand (the clubs player of the Month for December and January) picked up an abductor muscle strain and is expected to be out of action for 10-14 days.

Also definitely missing from this Saturday’s game with Hayes & Yeading United are midfielders Mullings and Holgate along with wingers McKeever and Compton.

Compton is expected to be up to four weeks away from a return, McKeever also looks likely to be a month away from action whilst both Holgate and Mullings are said to be approximately two weeks away from a place on the bench.

Pacey frontman Williams and Manager Gurney (who tweaked a back muscle against the Hawks) are said to be no better than a 50/50 chance to face a United side who currently sit in 3rd position in Blue Square South and are on the crest of a 7 game winning wave whilst striker McGregor and defender Green are both given a 60/40 chance of playing by Callow.

Defender’s Kite and Comyn-Platt are both expected to be available to fill starting berths against the Middlesex based visitors.

621 - 25/03/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Results

Week 18 25 March 2009:

£1000 Ged Devlin J3431

£500 Mrs Iris Lawton O2775

£250 Ms Kelly WA3693

£125 Mr Irwin SC0073

72 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize £3000 winner Mrs Holbrook (number WD3864) - next week Roll Over Extra Prize returns to £500

620 - 23/03/2009

After match interview with Marc McGregor

Man of the Match Marc McGregor took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture home fixture with Bromley.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start with your thoughts on this afternoons game please? 2-1 perhaps flattered Bromley?

M. M.: “Second half I thought we played very well.

First half I thought we where really poor.

We started off first 10 minutes if we where going to role them over but then the following 35 minutes we looked slow to the ball.

We didn’t win any second balls.

We didn’t get the ball down.

We came in at half-time at 1-1 when it could have been 2 or 3 nil to us.

So really we didn’t capitalise on the good start that we had.

Second half I think we showed an improvement and whilst we where sloppy in little bits and patches, overall I was pleased to pick up another 3 points. “

You must be pleased with your personal performance? A well deserved Man of the Match accolade?

M. M.: “I am.

I mean I am 30 now!

It is not all about going around and scoring goals for me, It is making sure that the team get three points.

It would have been nice to cap the game with a goal but overall I am more pleased that the lads got three points to be honest.”

How do you feel the new formation is working? (Weston have recently moved from a 4-4-2 set up to a 4-3-3 formation)

M. M.:”I think it works really well.

When we are on top and when we are not.

A couple of times today we gave the ball away and Manny (Emmanuel Williams) and Marv (Marvin Brown) would work their socks off to get back in and make a five and it works really well.

I think we can work on it a bit more which Gurns (Andrew Gurney) wants to do but overall I think it is going to be a formation that he wants to play.”

I believe that our current squad is a top eight/top six team? Would you agree?

M. M.: “It could be.

There is a fine line with us.

You guys know. You see it week in and week out and I have seen it for a couple of years that on our day we can beat anyone.

We can get a little bit sloppy, a little bit arrogant or get a little bit of something that we don’t want in our game and then we are a team that can be fighting just above relegation.

With the squad that we have got now and the way things are going with Gurns (Andrew Gurney) who I think has done a great job along with Smudge (Christopher Smith) and Prids (Alan Pridham)I think you won’t be far wrong from saying that we should easily be pushing for the play-off’s next year.”

619 - 23/03/2009

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney on Saturday’s game with Bromley and the appointment of new Captain Adrian Harris

On the game with Bromley:

A. G.: “I thought we where a bit sloppy in the first half.

I said at half-time that it felt like we where playing within ourselves and not really playing like we have of late.

In the second half we improved and it was another fantastic three points really.”

On Adrian Harris’s appointment as the new Captain:

A. G.: “We gave the Captains armband to Adie today because he will continue with it once Charlie has gone.

He is a natural leader and that is what we brought him here for.

He is a winner and a leader.

He has an uplifting and motivational effect on people and that is why we have made him Captain.”

618 - 23/03/2009

Weston lose Captain Charlie: Comyn-Platt to join Aussie side ECU Joondalup

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare’s plans for the end of this season and the start of the next campaign have been hit by the news that inspirational Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt is to join Australian side ECU Joondalup.

Comyn-Platt is expected to be in the Seagulls side for tomorrows (Monday’s) fixture with Havant & Waterlooville and next Saturdays game with Hayes and Yeading before flying out to Perth on Monday the 30th of March.

Charlie has a visa for a year but expects to spend 6 months “down under”.

Joondalup play in the Premier Division of the Football West State League, 1 level below the country’s top division the Hyundai A-League, step 2 of the Australian game and technically equivalent to England ’s Championship.

The move came about through Comyn-Platt’s former Bolton Wanderers team mate Jamie Gibb who is currently with Joondalup and after Saturday’s fixture with Bromley Charlie spoke to confirm rumours of his departure and said “It is a fresh start.

It will be good for me and a good experience and opportunities like this don’t come around very often.

It won’t be the last you see of me at Weston and as soon as I get back I will be in touch straight away.”

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney was understandably disappointed to lose his Captain and commented “It is disappointing.

He (Charlie) has been playing well of late and him and Randy (Craig Rand) have started to get a decent partnership but he has got the opportunity to go to Australia .

We wish him all the best and hope it goes well for him.”

Gurney is understood to have a direct replacement for Comyn-Platt lined up for the Summer but it is not clear whether he will bring in another centre-back before then.

It is thought that in the immediate term, Charlie’s departure will provide an opportunity to on loan Bristol Rovers defender Alex Kite who excelled in Saturday’s game against Mark Goldberg’s Lilywhites.

Vice Captain Adrian Harris took the Captain’s armband for Saturday’s game against the Kent based visitors and Gurney confirmed afterwards that Harris has been appointed Captain on a permanent basis.

All at Weston-super-Mare F. C. wish Charlie well and look forward to seeing him back at The Woodspring Stadium soon.

617 - 22/03/2009

Another injury blow hits Weston

The phrase “It never rains but it pours” would seem a perfect description of Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s luck with injuries this season.

No sooner had Scott Partridge returned to the Seagulls 16 for the home fixture with Bromley and reduced the "absentee list" to 3 than Jack Compton sustained what could be a “season ending” injury in the same game and saw Weston once again missing four of its regular first team players through injury (Darren Mullings, Mark McKeever and Ashan Holgate are all currently sidelined).

Left winger Compton who joined Weston from Havant & Waterlooville in February replaced Emmanuel Williams (who himself was suffering a dead leg) on 54 minutes but appeared to fall awkwardly on his left ankle 29 minutes later and was replaced by Ben Willshire for the closing 7 minutes.

An initial x-ray at Weston General Hospital on Saturday evening appeared clear with Weston physiotherapist David Callow led to believe that the most likely diagnosis is “bad ligament damage”.

Callow confirmed that Torquay born Compton had the feeling back in his ankle and that the former West Bromwich Albion man would undergo a further check at a hospital in Cardiff today (Sunday).

Callow went on to say that he would “be looking to re-asses the situation in 5 days.”

With Dean Grubb having signed for Gloucester City on Thursday and Mark McKeever due under the surgeon’s knife on Tuesday Weston are without any match fit “natural” wingers in their squad but the 4-3-3 formation successfully adopted for the past 3 ½ games would suggest that it will not be an item for immediate concern.

All at Weston-super-Mare F. C. wish Jack well for a pain free and speedy recovery.

616 - 19/03/2009

Grubb leaves Weston for Gloucester

The contract of Dean Grubb has been cancelled by mutual agreement at Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare and the Weston born winger will join BGB Southern League Premier Division side Gloucester City for an initial period that will run to the end of the current campaign.

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney commented “Dean has been frustrated and disappointed that he hasn’t been playing and has wanted to go out on loan. He has great ability and we will maintain contact with him but opportunities look like they will be limited here and we decided that it would be best for both parties if we where to part company.

21 year old Grubb who spent 7 years at Bristol City (during which time he was capped five times by the Welsh Under 19 side and once by the Under 21’s) confirmed that there was no hard feelings and that he and the club had parted on good terms and went on to comment “I just wanted to play some games for the rest of the season. Gloucester are a good club and are in with a shot of the play-off’s. I told Gurns (Andrew Gurney) what a great job I think he has done since he has taken over and we have parted on good terms. It is certainly not the last time you will see me at the Club as I will come to watch my brother Dayle and I wish everybody at the Club well.”

Former Seagulls player and Assistant Manger David “Boris” Mehew is currently the man holding the Managerial reigns for the Tigers whilst former Weston players Kevin Sawyer, Matthew Rose, Lee Smith, Marc Richards and Stuart Jones are all on the books at the club who currently ground share with Cirencester Town at the Corrinium Stadium.

It is understood that Grubb (who won Weston’s Player of the Month award for September 2007) and Mehew will review the situation in the summer and the move could well be extended in to next season and beyond.

All at Weston-super-Mare F. C. thank Dean for his efforts whilst in Weston colours and join in wishing him well for the future.

615 - 19/03/2009

After match interview with Weston Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture home fixture at Team Bath.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thought’s on this evening’s game please?

A. G.: “We worked our socks off and got what we thoroughly deserved.

We gave ourselves a couple of little scares at the end where we got a little bit panicky and I told the boys that we need to relax a little bit at times and not get up tight and start panicking which we did a little bit but all credit, really worked hard and played some decent stuff at times and it was a great three points.“

I thought we played some attractive free flowing football that was pleasing to the eye.

Would you agree?

A. G.: “Yes.

It was.

In the second half, some of their football.

I thought Manny and Marvin where both outstanding really.

You know there work rate up and down as much as anything else for us.

Don’t want to pick just them two out because everyone played well but I thought those two in particular where a different class really.”

For the past two and a half games now we have set up with a new formation.

Will that be what we stick with for the future or will it be a case of “horses for courses”?

A. G.:”Yes.

I mean nothing is set in stone.

Like I say it worked well in the second half against Wimbledon and to a certain point done alright with Eastleigh with it and again tonight so we will see next Saturday being what bodies we have got and go from there ”

Have you set a points total in your mind that we need to ensure guaranteed survival?

If we have not reached it, how many more points do you think we need?

A. G.: “To be honest with you, Obviously that is the main objective but we are trying to look beyond that and look upwards not downwards and just pick up as many points between now and the end of the season as we can.

If we go to the next 11 games I think we have got left, If we keep doing the same things were doing then hopefully we can get enough points to finish in the top half of the table.

That is our aim.”

No target then?

A. G.: “I think obviously another four will be enough.

To be honest but like I say, take one game at a time and you know we will focus on Saturday now.

Get three points out of that hopefully and just keep building.”

614 - 18/03/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Results

Week 17 18 March 2009:

£1000 Mr Woolridge L6058

£500 Susan Smith WK4035

£250 Kerry Mercer H0128

£125 R Meredith WF3132

63 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner (ticket 2225)- so next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £3000

613 - 17/03/2009

After match interview with Weston Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Eatleigh.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thoughts on the change of formation that you adopted for today’s game?

A. G.: “We went with it a little bit in the second half against Wimbledon last week with the three of them up there and it worked well.

It was working well today really but obviously with Michael Green having to go off at half-time we had to change it a little bit.

We had to put Scott Bartlett at right-back and with Scott Bartlett, Adie Harris and Wellsy as a three in there you are quite strong but then we had to sacrifice the way we played a little bit then as Grubby is a different player, he is a winger so we had to change it a little bit.“

And your thoughts on the game itself?

A. G.: “We where unfortunate not to get something out of the game today really.

We have hit the post.

We have had chances in the first half, a couple in the second half.

Manny is one on one with the keeper so it could of gone our way.

They have nicked the important goal which is obviously very, very disappointing and frustrating but again I think another performance that shows how far we have come really to come here, they are third in the table, they are doing well, they are a big strong team and I don’t think they have lost hardly any games this season and they have turned teams over 3’s and 4’s here you know so it shows we are still going along the right tracks but just disappointed not to get any points out of the game really. ”

What is the nature of the injury to Greener?

A. G.:”A whack but quite a bad one.

He could be struggling for Tuesday.

We are not getting a lot of luck on the injury front at the minute but we will see how he goes in the next couple of days.”

Ashan was doing some ball work pre-match, Is he getting closer to a return?

A. G.: “He is closer.

He is starting to run in straight lines now.

He is still struggling with the twisting and turning with his ankle but hopefully we can get him back in the next week or two.

He is probably at least still two weeks away but if we could get him back for the last four or five games then obviously that is going to be a bonus.”

And Scott Partridge?

A. G.: “He is doing well as well.

He had a bit of a clean out on his knee and hopefully again, within the next two weeks he should be back as well.

Hopefully in the next two weeks we will be a little bit stronger in terms of numbers and bodies.

That can only help us on our path towards the end of the season.”

…. Darren Mullings?

A. G.: “Yes.

He has had his boot off (pneumatic walking boot) but obviously he is still limping badly and he is still probably a good month away Daz really.

They are progressing but obviously very slowly.”

Do you have any further targets in mind or are you happy to run with what you have got?

A. G.: “I think we are at the tip of what we can have really in terms of money and everything else.

We are happy with what we have got.

Today although we are very, very disappointed to be going home with no points we are encouraged again really by the performance and taking positives out of it.

We are going in the right direction.

I think that is 10 games left now and hopefully we can win three or four of those, we can finish up and around mid-table which is what we are aiming for.”

Performances against Wimbledon over two games and today against Eastleigh have shown that we are capable of competing at the top end of the table and have set a marker for the standards that we want to achieve next season?

A. G.: “Yes.

I think if we go on the last 5 or 6 weeks and the performances and the points that we have got and carry that on in to next season then hopefully we will be fighting in the right half of the table rather the bottom half.

It is still very encouraging and we don’t want to be too disappointed about today because we have put in a good performance and we have got to bounce back on Tuesday now and when in recent weeks we have had a disappointing result we have bounced strongly back and hopefully we can do that on Tuesday.”

If I could finish by asking for a few words on Team Bath please?

A. G.: “They are a decent team.

If you go back to the game at our place where we lost 1-0.

A game we dominated really.

Just couldn’t get the goal.

That was in our little period where we couldn’t buy a goal at the time.

We know we are more than capable of going there and getting a win and that is what we will be aiming to do.”

612 - 13/03/2009

Further County honours for Seagulls starlets

Weston-super-Mare F. C. Youth Team duo, Ben Dancey and Dayle Grubb have brought further prestige to the Woodspring Stadium based club with their 7th and 5th call-up’s respectively to the Somerset County Under 18’s squad this season.

Youth team Captain Grubb who plays in the centre of midfield and highly rated goalkeeper Dancey will represent their County in the South & West Counties Youth Championship game against Guernsey on Sunday 15th March.

The game will take place at Blanche Pierre Lane ; St. Martin ’s and kick-off at 11:30am.

The players will journey by road to Southampton Airport from where they will fly out at 4pm on Saturday.

They will fly back from the Island at 7pm on Sunday and within hours of their return they will be pressed in to service as both are expected to form part of the Seagulls squad of 16 for the crucial Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division clash against Bishop Sutton at the Woodspring Stadium on Monday evening (Kick-Off 7:45pm).

All at the club congratulate both players and wish them good luck.

610 - 12/03/2009

Weston in Cup Final - Seagulls beat Clevedon AGAIN!

Weston-super-Mare recorded their second victory over Clevedon Town this season last night with the reward for Monday’s result being a place in the final of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League, League Cup.

Ryan Hodrien’s strike deep in to extra-time won the game for Weston and as with Samuel Clark back in December it was a case of a local Weston born player scoring the games only goal against a side that the Seagulls supporters affectionately know as “The Pondlife” in what is footballs oldest and bitterest rivalry.

Following the game Ryan spoke to the Club Website to talk about the evening and his newfound “legend” status amongst the Weston supporters.

Your thoughts on this evening’s game?

R. H.: “We started well as a team. A bit dodgy in places with tackles and stuff but we came together as a team, played well, stuck at it and ended up deservedly winning the game.

Pleased with a Cup Final appearance?

Rewards for our efforts over the season?

R. H.: “I reckon we have a good chance with both the League and the Cup. We have got a great team, good captain and we have got a lot of good players.

Not ideal playing extra-time in light of what will be a testing game at Mangotsfield on Thursday night and one that will have a big impact on the title race?

R. H.: “No but with the lads we have got I think we should be able to come through. Far from ideal but we should be alright.

You are now officially a “Terrace Legend”! Are you aware of what Clevedon V Weston means and how does your newfound status sit with you

R. H.: “It is great!

I have heard all about it and what games between the sides mean and whilst it is always good to win a game for your team the best team to do it against is Clevedon and the best place is at The Hand.

The final will take place on Thursday the 9th of April at The Hand Stadium in Clevedon and the opponents will be Winscombe.

Kick-Off will be at 7:45pm.

611 - 12/03/2009

After match interview with Weston defender Craig Rand

Weston defender and sponsors Man of the Match Craig Rand took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture home fixture with AFC Wimbledon. Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thoughts on this afternoon’s game please?

C. R.: “Pretty pleased with a point after starting really sloppy in the first half. They came out of the bocks and the last thing the Manager has said is make sure we start really quick so we let ourselves down a bit.

Obviously they have gone a goal up, I think it was after 5 minutes wasn’t it? We weathered the storm a bit, got in at 1-0 then obviously second half played extremely well and where really unlucky not to get three points.“

Wimbledon where perhaps fortunate not to be down to ten men after about 10 minutes when Manny was fouled?

C. R.: “Definitely.

Can’t understand what the Referee is playing at to be honest, he didn’t even give a foul. That would of made a massive difference. When you look at the end, they would of ended up with 9 but overall we have got to be pretty pleased with a point against a team who are pretty much running away with the league.

It just shows you where we have come under the new manager over the last few weeks. ”

I thought we where comfortably the better side in the second half and can perhaps consider ourselves unfortunate not to of taken all three points, especially in light of the last minute penalty?

C. R.:”Yes, Definitely.

I think if you look at the second half, there was only one team that played the football.

When we eventually got the ball down and played we definitely looked the better team. Obviously they had a spell but we weathered the storm.

I thought Charlie second half was brilliant along with the rest of the back four and the midfield but there only looked one winner towards the end and it is unfortunate. He has hit the penalty really well but the lad has guessed the right way and you can’t have a go at Manny. He did extremely well to get the penalty.”

Speaking of Manny, A quality performance from him today wasn’t it?

C. R.: “Yes. Brilliant.

He has been brilliant since he has come here and he has made a massive difference. He gives you that bit of spark up top. He keeps the ball, he always looks lively and can always get a goal and I don’t know how he is not getting in Woking’s team to be honest.”

In two games against the team that will probably win the title, we haven’t lost and have comfortably matched them? That is surely a sign that things bode well for next season?

C. R.: “Yes. Exactly.

That is what the Gaffer has come in and said at the end.

This is where we have got to be aiming for, for next season.

We are still not mathematically safe from relegation at the moment and have got to be looking at 45 points which will probably be enough to keep us up.

We need to get to that target as soon as possible then set things up for next season from there.

Things are definitely looking up. I mean, there is a good vibe around the place at the moment and the lads are all buzzing.

We have definitely had a pick up in form and that in my opinion comes from the Management. They have given everyone a lift. Gurns gets the respect off the lads straight away but he also gives respect back to the lads as well.”

As well as winning the December and January Player of the Month awards, you have also won the Man of the Match accolade today. You must be delighted with your current form?

C. R.: “Yes. Delighted really.

After a season out. It was looking at one point I wasn’t sure if I would get back fit but I worked extremely hard on my own away from the Club and have got to thank the Physio that we had last year, John Willey who worked really close with me getting me back fit and obviously Dave who has come in, he has helped me as well.

So delighted personally to be getting the awards but it is a team game and I can’t do it without the rest of the lads but I am delighted to be playing and looking forward to the future.

Obviously that is why I have signed a new deal because I definitely believe we can go on to better things.”

You see a bright future for Weston over the next few season’s then?

C. R.: “If we keep this squad of players. Maybe add one or two more with a bit of experience but there is no reason why we can’t on today’s performance at least challenge for a play-off spot. That is what we have got to be looking for next season and a good cup run.”

You have been the subject of interest from Peterborough United and Darlington. Someone of the calibre of Darren Ferguson showing interest in you must be flattering?

C. R.: “It is always nice to hear that teams are interested in me but I am just concentrating on playing for Weston at the minute and I am getting on a bit now, pushing 27 but if I had a chance to go full time it would be great. I am not thinking about that, I am just thinking about playing well for Weston and moving on to better things with Weston, hopefully next season and beyond.”

If I could finish by asking for a few words on next weeks opponents Eastleigh? They are in great form, in the play-off places and have an outside shot at automatic promotion. A difficult place to go at the best of times?

C. R.: “Always a tough place to go. Ian Baird’s teams are always well drilled and physical.

We know what they are going to do so we have got to be at it 100% especially from the first whistle.

Got to be focussed. There is no reason why we cannot go there and get a result but you know it is going to be difficult but as a team, like you say, they are doing really well at the minute. Charlie will be a bit of a loss but I think that is how we have improved recently. We have got a squad of players as someone can come in and fill in for each other now which we haven’t had in recent times so we have got to stay positive and go there with a good attitude and I think there is no reason why we can’t get a good result there.”

609 - 11/03/2009

Gold Striker Lottery Results - Week 16

Week 16 11 March 2009:

£1000 S Hume P2511

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No Rollover Extra Prize winner (ticket 3686)- so next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £2500

608 - 10/03/2009

Weston Youth in extra time Victory.

Weston Youth came away from the Hand Stadium with a 1-0 victory, knowing they would be back on April 9th to play Winscombe in the Cup Final.

It took a late goal from Ryan Hodrien in Extra time to separate the two local rivals.

607 - 07/03/2009

Special Guest arrives at Woodspring Stadium

Lord Faulkner of Worcester, a member of the Conference committee will be a special guest at today's home league fixture with AFC Wimbledon.

Lord Faulkner recently hosted the meeting at the house of lords attended by the 68 Conference member clubs.

603 - 05/03/2009

After match interview with Scott Bartlett

New signing Scott Bartlett took time out to speak to the Club Website following his Weston debut at Fisher Athletic.

Extracts of the Interview with Scott are as follows.:-

If I could start off by asking you how the move to Weston came about and when did you become aware of the Club’s interest in you?

S. B.: “I had been at Salisbury a long time and when it became clear that I was going to leave the club, obviously it was a bit of a shock to a lot of people as I have been there for 9 years and it would of looked like that I would of stayed there throughout.

I know Chris Smith going back years and I know Marc McGregor and Charlie Comyn-Platt so it just seemed like a natural progression really.

There where a few clubs that where interested local to where we are.

I live in Tetbury near Smudge and Charlie and they said “come down and see what you think” and Alan Pridham to be fair worked hard to get me here and it just felt right.“

I understand you have signed a 2 year deal?

S. B.: “Yes.

That’s right, Yeah.

I am not on of these lads, I have not been on loan before, I am a sort of all or nothing guy and I just felt that if I was going to make the move I would rather do it, commit myself and do it properly.”

A big commitment?

S. B.:”Not considering that I was at Salisbury for 9 years but I know what you mean.

I am happy.

Where they are in the league now is just a progression and I think that you will see next season a real progression.

They have got a steady ship and they have got some good players here and if they can bring one or two more in with a bit more experience I think we will have a good go at it.”

Your thoughts on your own performance today and that of the team?

S. B.: “I thought we worked hard really.

It was what I expected. To be honest.

We scored a really good goal to go in 2 up and then it always hard when you are 2-0 up at half-time because the game is not won but it is.

You can only throw it away then and I felt that we started the second half a bit sloppy but you know, we have got a bit of pace going forward and two centre-half’s that are decent, good in the air and I think to be fair they are a good group of lads and they work hard for each other and the Gaffer so I enjoyed it to be honest.

It is just nice to get back playing.

I haven’t played for a couple of weeks now so I just want to get a bit of match fitness, a bit of sharpness, you know come back in my game in the next week or so.

Have a good week of training then take Wimbledon on.”

606 - 05/03/2009

Charlie WILL face Wimbledon

Contrary to statements in the local press suggesting otherwise Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have confirmed that Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt WILL be available for selection for Saturdays home league fixture with AFC Wimbledon.

The Weston Mercury stated that the former Swindon Town and Rochdale man would miss the clash against last seasons Ryman League Premier Division Play-Off Winners when it is in fact the trip to Eastleigh next Saturday (14th) that Comyn-Platt will be forced to sit-out.

The Mercury’s sister paper the Mid-Week Mercury went on to claim that the imposing defender who won the club’s player of the month award for February 2008 would miss three games through suspension when it is in fact just the trip to Hampshire that Comyn-Platt will miss.

605 - 05/03/2009

People of Weston-super-Mare : We need you! Rand issues rallying call

Defensive Lynch-Pin Craig Rand has issued a rallying call to the people of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area as Weston-super-Mare F. C. prepare to take on AFC Wimbledon in Blue Square Conference South at The Woodspring Stadium this Saturday.

A large travelling contingent are expected to make the journey from Kingston with most predicting that they will outnumber the home support and Rand is keen not to see that happen.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man commented “For a side that has only been going for 7 years AFC Wimbledon get magnificent levels of support. Everyone predicts them to travel in numbers and I would strongly urge the people of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area to get out and support us.”

Rand who was voted Player of the Month for December and January by the Seagulls supporters went on to say “Man for man I would back our supporters against any other team in the land. I am yet to come across any who are more dedicated, passionate or committed. In the big scheme of things this is just another game and another opportunity for 3 points but I believe the supporters can have a big impact. I would say to our supporter’s “bring a mate, bring two. Sing your hearts out for us as you usually do and we will as always give you 100%.”

When questioned about the quality of the side and the product on show Rand added “I don’t think you will find better value for money entertainment anywhere else. People have said that this is the strongest squad in the history of the club and I would certainly agree. We are only two steps away from the football league and play an attractive brand of free-flowing football. We are a friendly family club and I would urge people to come and give us a try.”

604 - 05/03/2009

Season over for Weston’s McKeever ?

Already hamstrung by a number of injuries to their key performers Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have been dealt a further hammer blow with the News that left-winger Mark McKeever looks likely to miss the rest of the current campaign through injury.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers man suffered a small cartilage tear in an away league fixture at Thurrock on the 17th of January and has not played since.

It is believed that only a minor operation is needed and McKeever could realistically be expected to be back playing within two weeks of going under the knife however the popular Irishman has been forced to wait on the NHS List and it looks highly unlikely that he will be seen by a Doctor before the end of the current campaign on the 25th of April.

When questioned as to whether it meant “season over” for McKeever Weston Manager Andrew Gurney commented “I think in all honesty it will be. He is waiting for an operation so until he gets in and has that done, we are no further on really.”

When questioned as to why there where not measures in place to cover such eventualities Weston Chairman Paul Bliss commented “There is money available for the operation but it must come out of the Manager’s playing budget and it is down to him how he spends it.”

Speaking exclusively from his home in Ireland after returning briefly to the emerald isle on family business McKeever commented “I am devastated to be honest. I love playing for Weston, love living in the town and love the people. It is frustrating just watching. Football is my main income and I am surprised that the Club doesn’t have insurance against injury. If I had of known this at the outset then I would have got my own.”

McKeever is out of contract at the Woodspring Stadium in the summer and since he sustained the injury at Ship Lane he has seen Jack Compton brought in from Havant & Waterlooville to fill the vacancy created by his absence.

601 - 04/03/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw - Results Week 15

Week 15 4 March 2009:

£1000 Mrs Elvin N5257

£500 J Baverstock WG4798

£250 V Feeney SC1971

£125 R Farnworth W5992

61 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner (ticket 1518)- so next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £2000

602 - 04/03/2009

After match interview with Luke Purnell

Goalkeeper Luke Purnell who was making his first league start with the Seagulls spoke to the Club Website after the match against Fisher Athletic.

Although not you first first team appearance, today was your first league start in a few years at Weston, Was it a late call/surprise?

L. P.: “Yes.

It was late, It was yesterday.

I just dropped my plans.

I am always willing to play.“

You must be pleased to of kept a clean sheet?

L. P.: “Yes.

It was decent.

I didn’t have much to do as the defenders helped me out massively.

They just protected me.

I think I just had to make one save.

They helped me out a lot which was good.

They kept building my confidence up.”

Happy with your own performance then?

L. P.:”From what I had to do.

I made a few little mistakes but overall I was generally happy.

Obviously I didn’t have a lot to do but what I did do I thought I did alright.”

Hopefully not the last opportunity that you are going to get?

L. P.: “No.

Hopefully not but because I am at Uni it is logistically difficult for me to get around but I am just happy to play whenever I am needed.”

You could perhaps benefit from playing more games and playing regularly somewhere?

L. P.: “Obviously I play for the Uni once a week but that is a totally different standard and just a bit of a laugh.”

You are a popular figure on and off the pitch at Weston.

A local boy who people are keen to see succeed.

Are you aware of that?

L. P.: “Yes.

I know the likes of yourself and Sean and I do appreciate that backing because again it is all about confidence and the people that come and watch build your confidence and I have always got on with, liked and respected the large majority of the people that come to watch us.”

600 - 02/03/2009

Havard to lead Bulls charge

There will no doubt be mixed emotions across the local football scene in Weston-super-Mare this week with the news that prolific Weston bred front man Ryan Havard is to move the short distance across the Woodspring Stadium from Weston-super-Mare to tenants Langford Rovers.

You can expect a few tears to be shed amongst supporters of the Seagulls for a player who is immensely popular both on and off the pitch whilst contrasting emotions of delight will no doubt be the order of the day at Langford where Havard will become arguably the biggest signing in the history of the Bulls.

26 year old Ryan started the season on fire in Weston colours making his first start and scoring his first goal in the second game of the campaign at pre-season title favourites Havant & Waterlooville.

He subsequently netted in the next fixture at the Beveree, home of Hampton & Richmond but was surprisingly dropped to the bench for the following game when the Seagulls entertained Worcester City.

After that opportunities where largely limited with many feeling that Havard missed out on selection solely on the basis of having a “lesser reputation” than some of his colleagues.

Despite only seeing glimpses of the action from September onwards the former Weston St. Johns man scored a noteworthy 6 goals from only 8 starts across all competitions.

Having recently returned from a month loan spell at BGB Southern League Premier division side Mangotsfield United the striker who can also count Yate Town, Clevedon Town and Taunton Town amongst his former clubs saw four other recognised strikers ahead of him in the pecking order at Weston and despite reported interest from one club understood to be in Conference South and five in the Southern League he opted for Langford.

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney was sad to see Havard depart and has not closed the door on a potential future return.

Gurney commented “We had a chat and he has not really enjoyed his football for the last three or four months and he feels that he needs to go and play at a bit of a lower level to get his love for the game back.

He is still going to be involved with us and come training on a Tuesday and Thursday night and I have said that we still want him in and around the place and the door is not shut on him by any means.

He needs to go and find some enjoyment for himself as much as anything and once he gets that enjoyment and buzz back there is no reason why he can’t come back and do a job for us again.

We will watch this space.”

Ryan joins an ambitious, hungry Langford side who are certainly on the up.

They say that “a year is a long time in football” and that particular phrase would appear to be written for Rovers.

This time last year they where the fifth most senior side within the towns boundary behind Weston, Weston St. Johns (then in division 1 of the Western League), Worle and Westland United however following their Division 2 West title success in the Somerset County League combined with the enforced relegation of Weston St. Johns and aided by a stunning start to the season they currently find only Weston above them in the pecking order.

James Daniel Crandon, widely regarded as the best young managerial talent in the North Somerset area has overseen the progression and was understandably delighted to get Havard on board.

Crandon commented “A move for Ryan was not something that I could of turned down really.

We have got a good side and he is probably the only local player that I would have taken on.

I have managed him before and know what I get from him and for me he is the best player in Weston-super-Mare.”

Havard is expected to make his Langford bow at the Woodspring Stadium this Saturday when Rovers entertain Portishead Town Reserves in Division One of the Somerset County League in a game that kicks off at 3pm and with the Bulls currently occupying 5th spot and three promotion places available Ryan could well be the man to fire them to promotion.

Another club set to benefit is the ambitious Weston United who are understood to have held positive talks with the striker with a view to him registering on District Forms for them.

599 - 02/03/2009

After match interview with Weston Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Fisher Athletic.

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

A. G.: “It was a good, professional performance really.

These games can be tricky.

The pitch was poor and they (Fisher) are still fighting for every point that they can.

It was a very good, solid, professional performance with a clean sheet which was very pleasing.

It was a must win game for us today and the lads have come, dug in and give a good performance to get a big, big three points for us.“

It was very comfortable wasn’t it?

A. G.: “Yes.

It was.

There is always a danger that they might knick something out of nothing when you are that comfortable.

In the second half we made a little hard work of it at times and where a little bit sloppy in pieces but in the main, like I say, it was a decent professional away performance to get three points which was all that mattered today really.”

What where your first impressions of Scott Bartlett?

A. G.:”He did very well.

He is your “Mr Consistency” type of player really.

He can play in one or two positions.

You know exactly what you are going to get out of him.

He works hard and is good on the ball.

He has put in a good performance today and hopefully he can continue to do that for us.”

Will there be any more player movement, either in or out this season?

A. G.: “No.

I don’t think so.

We have had to bring a few in with the injuries that we have got.

We are happy with what we have got.

We have got 12 games left now and we have got to go find those wins that we need now to make sure that we stay in this division.

The way we have been doing we are certainly more than capable of that.”

598 - 28/02/2009

Purnell makes league bow

Popular Weston Bread goalkeeper Luke Purnell makes his first league start for Weston-super-Mare at Fisher Athletic today in Blue Square South.

The former Great Britain and England Colleges custodian replaces Ryan Northmore who is absent with family commitments.

597 - 27/02/2009

Weston bolster injury ravaged squad with double signing boost

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have bolstered their injury ravaged squad with the double signing boost of Scott Bartlett and Alex Kite.

Last Saturday Darren Mullings became the latest player to join the injured list when he collided with the perimeter fencing at the Woodspring Stadium during the League fixture with Braintree Town .

The powerful midfielder has had the injury diagnosed as a hairline fracture of the ankle and is expected to be out of action for up to 6 weeks.

Striker Scott Partridge is understood to have had an operation described as a “general clear up” on his knee at a hospital in Chesterfield on Tuesday and it is hoped that the front man may be ready for a return to action in two weeks.

Also “on the list” is striker/midfielder Ashan Holgate (who is understood to be 2-3 weeks away from a return after suffering a fractured ankle at Newport County) and left winger Mark McKeever.

McKeever is believed to of sustained a cartilage tear at Thurrock and requires an operation.

It is believed that the popular Irishman could make a comeback within 2 weeks of the op but he must face a frustrating wait on the NHS which could effectively rule him out for the season.

Midfielder Bartlett today put pen to paper on a two year contract at the Woodspring Stadium.

The 29 year old spent time on the books at AFC Bournemouth prior to joining Cirencester Town from where he moved to the Raymond EcEnhill Stadium in February 2008.

Salisbury born Bartlett has been a stalwart for the Whites and recently made his 400th appearance in City colours in the Blue Square Premier fixture at Barrow.

Also joining Weston is Alex Kite on a month’s loan from Bristol Rovers.

19 year old Kite the son of former Pirates goalkeeper and current physiotherapist Phil Kite currently holds squad number 24 at the Memorial Stadium and is described as a tough tackling central defender.

Although not yet to make his first team bow for Rovers, Kite was part of the first team squad for the F. A. Cup 1st Round tie with Rushden and Diamonds on the 1st of December 2007.

Earlier this season he made two appearances for Oxford City in a loan spell at the Court Place Farm Stadium.

In November Kite joined Chippenham Town on loan for a month, a move which was subsequently extended in to a second and then third month.

During his time at Hardenhuish Park he made 10 appearances and scored one goal.

With right back Michael Green due to sit out tomorrows trip to Fisher Athletic due to an accumulation of yellow cards and Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt soon to face a one match ban (that is expected to keep him out of the trip to Eastleigh), Kite will provide valuable defensive cover.

Both players are expected to be in the Weston 16 for the trip to the Champion Hill Stadium tomorrow.

596 - 26/02/2009

"Sound Bite"-Andrew Gurney on Bath City V Weston-super-Mare

Commenting on Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s Blue Square Conference South fixture at Bath City, First Team Manager Andrew Gurney commented "It was very disappointing. There was nothing in the first half. In the second half we started poorly and gave away a poor free-kick for the 1st goal. We wilted a little bit after that. It is the first time since i took the job that we showed a lack of heart and application. I thought Charlie's sending off was a bit disappointing and perhaps a bit harsh."

593 - 25/02/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Winners Week 14

Week 14 25 February 2009:

£1000 Rita Russell SA1468

£500 Mrs S Tidbull WD1574

£250 S McDonald SA4857

£125 Steven Keigher V5050

60 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner (ticket 4235)- so next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £1500

595 - 25/02/2009

Weston at the House of Lords

On Monday evening Weston Chairman Paul Bliss and President Dennis Usher along with Weston’s MP John Penrose attended a Setanta sponsored reception at the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords.

All 68 Conference member clubs were present to hear speeches from Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe and Chairman of the F. A. Lord Triesman.

The Meeting was intended to give the clubs the opportunity to meet their local MP and other influential parliamentarians and demonstrate to them the immense amount of good work that Conference clubs undertake in the community and the contribution that they make to their local area.

The clubs looked at ways to improve relations with the football league whilst the main topic of discussion was the lack of funding available for youth Development and Youth Football below League 2.

There is currently no money available from the F. A. towards youth set-up’s below the professional ranks but after positive talks it is understood that money will now be available for the clubs in membership of the Conference and it is further understood that Weston-super-Mare will be looking to apply for membership of The Football Conference Youth League for the 2009/2010 season.

Weston Chairman Paul Bliss commented that “it is the way forward”.

Furthermore an invitation has been extended to and subsequently accepted by John Penrose MP to attend a Blue Square Conference South fixture at the Woodspring Stadium later this season.

594 - 25/02/2009

After match interview with Assistant Manager Chris Smith

Weston’s Assistant Manager Chris Smith took time out to speak to the Club website following the home Blue Square Conference South fixture with Braintree Town .

Extracts of the Interview are as follows.:-

If I can start by asking your thought’s on this afternoon’s game please?

C. S.: “I thought we where superb today.

Made a big difference getting an early goal but probably played near enough as well as what we played last week and we ended up getting beat 2-1 last week.

Today I think they could not argue with 3-1 and where probably lucky to get away with 3-1.

We could of won 6 or 7 and I don’t think that would have been flattering.

Great performance all round.

Everybody worked extremely hard and right up to the end.

Disappointed with the goal but it was just one of those things.

I think Greener wiped Northy out and the lad was left with a free-header but thankfully it didn’t cost us.“

Like you alluded to, It could have been a lot more couldn’t it?

C. S.: “Could of but you don’t go missing your chances when you still win the game.

If you draw the game or end up getting beat, those chances cost you.

Today they haven’t cost us.”

Bognor’s result today (A 2-1 victory over Chelmsford ) perhaps puts our result against them last week in to perspective?

C. S.:”We probably gave them a shot up the arm by them beating us last week when they probably deserved to go back with absolutely nothing.

They have gone and turned over Chelmsford today so in hindsight we probably kick started their season for them, albeit a little late.”

A few words on what looked a nasty injury to Darren Mullings if you could please?

C. S.: “I think he is going to be doubtful which is a blow but we have got as strong a squad now as we have ever had.

We have got people like Marvin Brown and Dean Grubb who again have come on today and last week and made an impression, so you know it is about 16 or 17 players.

It is not about the 11 that go out there and if Daz is missing it will be a loss but somebody will come in and we won’t be any weaker to be fair.”

Added to Daz, we have got Ashan (Holgate), Macca (Mark McKeever), and Scotty (Scott Partridge) missing. Are you going to have to cover the absences from the players currently on the books or will you be allowed extra scope to bring people in?

C. S.: “I think so.

It is no secret that I think the budget is spent up.

The Chairman has been ever so good in enabling us to keep Manny Williams and I don’t think that there is that freedom unless one or two move out to bring one or two in so it is a case of we don’t want to lose anybody from the squad and you have seen today that Dayle Grubb gas come on and hasn’t looked out of place at all so there is only one way to find out if they are good enough and that is to throw them in.

It is nice to put them on for 20 minutes when we are 3-0 up but occasionally that isn’t always going to be the option so I think we will be running with what we have got from now until the end of the season.

The only thing I can see happening is if Woking call Manny back as they have a 24 hour call back, so we will just have to play it by ear.

Hopefully we will get another 3 wins and we won’t be that far away anyway.”

If I could finish by asking for a few words on Saturday’s opponents Fisher Athletic? I understand it could be there last game in existence?

C. S.:”Yes.

I hope not.

There is a couple of our players at the start of the season in Ludo (Ludovic Quistin) and Ced (Cedric Abraham) so I hope not.

I don’t want to see any teams go out of the league or anything like that so hopefully they will get a stay of execution and see this season through and hopefully re-group and do whatever they need to do.”

592 - 22/02/2009


In the third of an occasional series Press Officer Simon Stephens interview’s a Weston Supporter following a Seagulls fixture. On Saturday, following Weston’s Blue Square Conference South home fixture with Bognor Regis Town Mark Henry took time out to share his thoughts with the website. 40 year old Mark is a Salesman who lives’ in Weston-super-Mare .

How long have you been following Weston?

M. H.: “7 years.”

And how did it come about that you became a Seagulls supporter?

M. H.: “Well the interest started really when I gave up my season ticket at Anfield. I am a big Liverpool fan but I came back to Weston as it is my local club. I used to watch the guys when I was a kid. Keith Coombs was from Wyvern School and I remember the Clay pitch and the fact that we used to get in for nothing. I watched them up until about 84 and then lost interest. I probably came back about 7 years back.”

What have been your highlights watching Weston? What are the plusses that you notice here over the Premier League stuff?

M. H.: “What I would say to you is this.-You get to know the players on first name terms. You can actually talk to them about how they have done and also the camaraderie is fantastic. You get close to it and players become your mates.”

Your thoughts on the season so far?

M. H.: “To be honest with you I think we will stay up. Hopefully not by default because the last two season’s has been pretty embarrassing in my opinion. I think we play some good football and hopefully, fingers crossed we will on merit stay up.”

That would be your minimum target? You can’t see us exceeding that?

M. H.: “For this season. Yes. Definitely.”

The next two, three, four seasons-Do you see yourself continuing to follow us? And where do you see the club heading?

M. H.: “I will obviously follow the club for as long as I breathe and I am hoping that in the next two or three years we will be in the Conference proper and who knows? It all depends on budget and the sort of quality of player that we get in and the Crowds. The Crowds are rubbish.”

What more do you think that the club can do to increase the Crowds?

M. H.: “The Press coverage is fantastic and a big improvement on last season and in terms of publicity I can’t see much more that the Club can do but results speak a million words. Obviously if we can stay up this season I would appeal to try for the Bristol City and Rovers fans to take on board that when these guys are playing away that they turn up and watch Weston because it is not a Mickey Mouse league that we are playing in and it is the highest league that we have played in, in our entire history. Why don’t they come?-That is my question and hopefully it can be answered because to me it is sacrilegious. It doesn’t matter what level, even going back to 1982 at the clay pitch at Langford Road , Weston where still pushing 200 fans and they still do that now, 2-300 and I think that is shocking.”

Popular opinion suggests that this is the strongest Weston side that the Club has ever seen? It must surely be a case of fair play to the Chairman who has put his money where his mouth is?

M. H.: “I would say so. Weston at the moment, they are playing in a good league, they have got a squad that has got strength in depth and Paul Bliss himself has put so much money in to this. The only thing I would say is yes it is a great side and it is a high level of football but the only thing that lacks at Weston is the fans. Nobody turns up. We are still looking at between 200-300 and we should be looking at 500-600 minimum.”

Is there anything that you could see that the Club could do to improve it’s operations off the field?

M. H.: “Maybe. Perhaps they should go round the Schools? Allowing kids in for free? They should be going to all the Children’s social events and youth events and that sort of stuff and promoting the place. All the Schools. You get the odd couple of kids turn up. but to be fair they should do grandstand tours of the club and let kids in for free, nothing, absolutely free because the place is hardly choc a. To be fair we have got a hard core fan base of probably about a hundred that will always come, wind, rain or shine but as for promotion it is about the next generation. They are missing out. They are all Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool fans and they should support their local team. There is a lot of local football clubs around such as Nomads, Crusaders, etc, etc. They should come down here and let these guys in for nothing and let them sample the delights of local, home grown, talent because when you come down to grass roots trust me, it is fantastic. It is a great day out.”

591 - 18/02/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Winners Week 13

Week 13 18 February 2009:

£1000 Mr Addis H0102

£500 Louise Wessels WG0107

£250 Mr Jackson R3237

£125 W Burgess Y2305

69 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner (ticket 2163)- so next week Roll Over Extra Prize rises to £1000

590 - 17/02/2009

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the home Blue Square Conference South fixture with Bognor Regis Town, to share his thoughts on the afternoon’s game, debutant Jack Compton, to update the supporters on the expected absence of the injured trio of Ashan Holgate, Mark McKeever and Scott Partridge, to look ahead to Saturday’s game with Braintree Town and to look back on his first 3 months in Management.

If I can start by asking your thought’s on this afternoon’s game please?

A. G.: “I am a little bit lost for words really.

It was a game where if you sat back and watched it again on a video it would be a mystery as to how we hadn’t won it.

They have scored a decent goal really, in all fairness in the first half.

We have had good situations and not taken them and then in the second half we have just bombarded their goal really and how we have not scored more than one goal is unbelievable.

They get a little ricochet at the end which falls straight to one of their lads foot and it is one of those days a little bit where nothing has really gone our way.“

We probably had at least 80% of the play?

A. G.: “Yes.

That would be no exaggeration I think.

Their keeper has pulled off a couple of great saves, we have not had the bounce of the ball in the box and it sounds like making excuses but anyone that was here can clearly see that we are not.

The luck has totally gone against us today and it has happened here over the last few weeks on so many occasions I am sure that someone has put a curse on the place or something.”

Surely we are due a change of luck soon and for those things to go in our favour?

A. G.: “Yes.

Again, I can’t knock any of the player’s as they have all done well today.

The two subs that have come on have done well Marvin has got a great goal which is good to see.

He hasn’t played for weeks and weeks and he has been left out but in fairness to him his attitude has been different class in the time that he hasn’t played and he has come on today, looked lively and got his goals.

Dean Grubb did the same, looked lively.

Everyone today.

I thought I could only praise them really and we certainly haven’t deserved to lose the game.

It is very, very frustrating and disappointing as we should of got something out of the game.

The Referee has probably missed two penalty decisions towards us as well but we will just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again next week now”

A few words on debutant Jack Compton if I may please?

A. G.: “Yes.

Jack, he looked good.

I think we saw in flashes what he has got today.

You have seen that he has got great delivery.

I think he could be a good signing for us and he is certainly a decent addition.”

Are you still actively looking for targets?

I saw in the press that we where reported to have been interested in Kidderminster Harriers’s Sam Foley?

Is that correct?

A. G.: “I seem to be reading in the Press about all sorts of players but I don’t know where the stories are coming from.

That is news to me.

The Aaron Blakemore one in the Evening Post on Friday was news to me so where these stories are coming from I don’t know.”

Are you able to give me an update on the injuries sustained by Ashan Holgate, Mark McKeever and Scott Partridge?

Can you tell me how long you expect them to be out for?

A. G.:”I think they are still reasonably long term in terms of 4-6 weeks really.

Scott Partridge as well I think is going to be missing for the best part of 2-3 weeks with a swollen knee.”

If I could ask you for a few words on Braintree Town ahead of our game with them next Saturday please?

A. G.: “It will be the same again.

We played well at their place earlier in the season and if we play like we did today then we will get three points.

We can’t play like we did today again and not get any points out of the game.

We played some good football and created chance after chance but not just been able to get that little bit of luck.”

If I could finish by asking:-

It is now approximately 3 months in to your managerial career, How are you finding it?

Are you enjoying it?

A. G.: “Yes.

I am.

It has been enjoyable.

Obviously we would of liked more wins and probably deserved more wins but no, I am enjoying it.”

You seem to have a good rapport with the Chairman?

You seem to respect each other?

A. G.: “Yes.

I think so.

It is working well.

I am enjoying it very much and want to be here for a long period of time and improve our league position and keep on improving and I think we are doing that.

I think that the people, the supporters that come in and watch appreciate that.”

It is widely regarded that the current Weston side is the strongest that the club has ever had.

I think the Supporters are genuinely excited and that you have the respect of people.

You wouldn’t know it to look at the crowds though which are shocking but saying that, I don’t know what more you can do really?

A. G.: “It is what it is and I am sure that if we start winning a few more games then a few more people will come through the gate.

It has been enjoyable and you know, I think it could be an exciting place to be over the next couple of years if we can keep improving and that might sound daft because we got beat today but anyone who was there knows that we didn’t deserve to be and thing’s are going in the right direction now.”

589 - 17/02/2009

January Player of the Month

Prior to Saturday's Blue Square Conference South home fixture with Bognor Regis Town Craig Rand was presented with the Weston-super-Mare F. C. Player of the Month Award for January 2009.

Craig makes history by becoming the first player to win back to back awards after also scooping the December prize.

The January accolade was kindly sponsored by Capille & Co. Building Solutions of Weston-super-Mare and presented on their behalf by Simon Stephens who also doubles as the club's Press Officer.

This is not the first time that Mr. Aston Capille and his company have supported the club and Weston-super-Mare F. C. urge all supporters and patrons to support Capille & Co. wherever possible.

588 - 16/02/2009



587 - 11/02/2009

Double signing boost for Seagulls

Weston-super-Mare F. C. have bolstered their squad for the Blue Square Conference South run-in with the captures of Tomaso Parrinello and Jack Compton.

Defender Parrinello initially joined Weston on a month’s loan from Bristol Rovers in time to make his debut at Bishop’s Stortford on the 20th of December.

A number of solid performances from the left-back subsequently saw the move extended in to a second month and now the Pirates have released the 19 year old from his contract to enable him to put pen to paper on an 18 month contract at the Woodspring Stadium.

Left winger Compton has most recently been at Weston’s divisional rivals Havant & Waterlooville where he has started four times and came off the bench once in the Hawks five last games.

The Torquay born 20 year old has also represented Brighton & Hove Albion and Blue Square Premier side Lewes.

586 - 11/02/2009

Gold Striker Winners Week 12 -Weston scoop £500 winner

>Week 12 11 February 2009:

£1000 Miss J Capper H0277

£500 Mrs L Thornton WC2473

£250 JD Bannister X1482

£125 M Armitage Y3200

58 Consolation Prizes of £10

Rollover Extra Prize winner - Susan Robinson icket no. U4848 wins £4000!

585 - 09/02/2009

Double signing coup for Weston

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare F. C. are delighted to announce that they have secured two of their brightest talents for an extended period.

Centre-back Craig Rand has signed a two year extension to his current deal which will keep him at the Woodspring Stadium until the summer of 2011.

26 year old Geordie, Rand returned to the Weston 11 at Maidenhead on the 6th of December following 10 months out with injury and made such an impact in his first month back that he won the clubs player of the month accolade for December and was subsequently understood to of been the subject of interest from League Two promotion chasers Darlington and League One play-off candidates Peterborough United.

Central midfielder Darren Mullings has joined Rand in putting pen to paper on an 18 month contract that will see him remain in Weston colour’s until the summer of 2010.

The Bristol born former Bristol Rovers 21 year old who has represented England College’s and England Schoolboys has proved his adaptability when pressed in to service at centre-back and centre-forward and has been in impressive form this season which was rewarded with him winning the club’s player of the month accolade for October.

Both players are expected to form the cornerstone of a Weston side that Chairman Paul Bliss hopes will be in a position to push for promotion in the 2010/2011 season.

584 - 07/02/2009

Weston-super-Mare F. C. V Frome Town: Match-POSTPONED

Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s game against Frome Town on Monday evening in the Premier Division of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League has been postponed due to the recent inclement weather conditions.

As yet, no new date has been set for the fixture.

Weston Youth are next scheduled to be in action on Monday the 16th of February when they host Brislington at the Woodspring Stadium in the Premier Division of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League.

Supporters can check on potential cancellations by calling the Club Call line on (01934)647323.

583 - 07/02/2009


Weston-super-Mare F. C. have announced new date's for two of their Blue Square Conference South fixtures.

The game at Team Bath which was postponed on New Year's Day due to a Frozen pitch will now take place on Tuesday the 17th Of March with a 7:45pm Kick-Off.

The home fixture with Havant & Waterlooville which was postponed due to the Hawks involvement in the F. A. Trophy will now take place on Monday the 23rd of March and will also Kick-Off at 7:45pm.

The new date for the Havant game means that Weston Youth team's potential "title decider" with Mangotsfield United in the Premier Division of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League will have to be moved but as yet no new date has been set for the game.

582 - 06/02/2009


Tomorrows match away at Hayes & Yeading United has been postponed. As yet no new date has been set.

580 - 04/02/2009

Gold Striker Weekly Draw Winners

>Week 11 4 February 2009:

£1000 D Wallwork Y1254

£500 Brian Adamson W1225

£250 Joan Davidson L4446

£125 Mrs Mckeown R3586

78 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner - next week Rollover Extra rises to £4000.

581 - 04/02/2009

No break but lengthy absence for Holgate

The ankle injury sustained by Weston-super-Mare midfielder Ashan Holgate in the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Newport County last Wednesday has been diagnosed as ruptured ligaments and not a break as was one of the initial feared possibilities.

22 year old Holgate had to be replaced by Marc McGregor a minute before the interval at Spyttty Park following a reckless challenge from the Exiles on loan Bath City midfielder Scott Rogers.

Swindon based Ashan was originally put in a plaster cast at the Royal Gwent Hospital but has now had the cast removed and been fitted with a pneumatic walking brace (more commonly known as a “space boot”.) .

The walking brace is a step in the right direction towards rehabilitation as it can be taken on and off which means that treatment can be started earlier than it could be in semi-permanent plaster.

An initial estimate has suggested that Holgate will face a further 3-5 weeks out of action.

Ashan has yet to miss a Seagulls fixture since sustaining the injury as he was due to sit out Saturday’s home Blue Square South fixture with St. Albans City through a one game suspension as a result of an accumulation of booking’s.

579 - 03/02/2009

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the home Blue Square Conference South fixture with St. Albans City, to share his thought’s on the afternoon’s game, his feelings on being handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis and to look ahead to the club’s aim to push for the Blue Square Premier in the 2010/2011 season.:-

If I can start by asking your thought’s on this afternoon’s game please?

A. G.: “We never hit the first half.

Not at the races at all really.

Didn’t start at all.

Didn’t win any of the second balls.

They where the first to everything and I think it took a few harsh words at half-time to get us going and in the second half it was like a totally different team to be fair.

We brought Macca (Marc McGregor) on to change it and in fairness to Macca he changed the game.

He held the ball up for us.

We got a little bit of play going a little bit and fair play to them because I have had a pop at them at half-time and they have reacted to it.

Maybe we could of won the game in the end but like I said, it was a very poor first half but they responded to it which in one way is really pleasing but I said to them after the game that it is two points’ dropped really because of the way we started the game.

If we had of started the game the way we started the second half then we would of won the game without a doubt.”

A good run of recent form though? You must be reasonably pleased with 7 points from the last four games?

A. G.: “We where looking for three points from today though to be honest.

For me, from my point of view it was two points’s dropped because of the way we started the game.

You start games like that and you are always going to be on the back foot a little bit but they have responded and credit to them for that.”

I understand that the Chairman has confirmed today that you have been handed the job on a permanent basis? Congratulations. You must be delighted?

A. G.: “Yes.


I am delighted.

It was my aim to keep the job and I think everyone has been pleased with what they have seen although we have lost a few games that we didn’t want to but performances in general have been very good.

I think the response I have had since I took the job from the players and everyone else has been fantastic and if we continue in that vain we are going to be o. k. this season.”

The consensus around the club and on the terraces suggests that this is the strongest Weston 11 that we have seen for a number of years.

That must please you? And bodes well for the future?

A. G.: “Yeah.


When I got given the opportunity I wasn’t just looking at the short term.

I was hoping that I could try and build something and that is what we are trying to do and obviously we have got to make sure that we try and stay in this league this season and move on from there.”

The Chairman has gone public in saying that he wants us to stay in this division for this season and the next and then in time for the 2010/2011 season he hopes to have fundraising initiatives in place to make a push for the Blue Square Premier.

That must excite and invigorate both yourself and the supporters alike?

A. G.: “Yes.

Hopefully so.

It has been made public like you say that this year and next we need to make sure we stay in this league and then there might be the opportunity to push on a little bit and hopefully that will be the case and I will be the person to drive forward with that.”

It would be nice to see more supporters at the games as they have got a value for money product on show and the Chairman and the Players perhaps deserve support in greater numbers and greater volume?

A. G.:”Yes but I think it take’s a winning team to do that, so if we can keep improving which I think we have done in the past two month’s, then the better we do, then the more people that come through the turnstiles.

I think the majority have been pleased with what they have seen and if they can pass that on to their friends and family then maybe more will come down and have a look.”

And if I could finish by asking for your thought’s on Hayes and Yeading ahead of our game with them next Saturday?

A. G.: “Again it will be another difficult game.

They are having a good season.

We know we are more than capable of matching anyone on our day in this league.

Since I have had the job I don’t think we have been outplayed, outfought or well beaten by anybody really.

Even the Hampton game when we got beaten 3-0, it could of easily been 3-0 the other way at one point of the game so we can go there and look for three point’s and which we will try and do every week.”

578 - 02/02/2009

Gurney keeps Weston Job

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have handed former Reading and Swansea City midfielder Andrew Gurney the Manager’s job at the Woodspring Stadium on a permanent basis after a trial spell that impressed the club’s hierarchy and supporters alike.

The 35 year old who can also list Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town amongst his former club’s took up the managerial reigns on the 1st of December following the sacking of Tony Ricketts and was given until the 31st of January to earn the right to keep the job on a full-time basis.

Gurney has presided over a number of impressive signing’s including the transfer of Adie Harris from Newport County, the signature of vastly experienced striker Scott Partridge from Sheffield FC and the loan capture’s of Tomaso Parrinello and Emmanuel Williams whilst overseeing a run of 7 points from the last four games that have seen the Seagulls move ever further away from the drop zone.

Commenting on the decision to keep Andy at the club Weston Chairman Paul Bliss commented “I said to Andy that as far as I am concerned, he has got as long as it takes.

I am confident he is going to do a good job and I think the player’s have responded to him and that is what really matters.

The other important thing was that he utilised the money that was sitting there as we needed two or three players’ and he got them.”

Gurney himself was understandably pleased and said “I am delighted.

It was my aim to keep the job and I think everyone has been pleased with what they have seen so far.

The response I have had from the player’s and everyone has been fantastic.

When I got given the opportunity I wasn’t looking at the short term, I wanted to build something.

It has been made public that our aim for this season and next has to be to stay in this division and then the club hope to be in a position to be able to push for the Blue Square Premier and hopefully that will be the case and I will be the person charged to drive forward with that.”

577 - 31/01/2009

HAVANT game off on Monday

Havant's F.A.Trophy game today (Saturday) has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday (Taking Prescedence over the League Match)

576 - 31/01/2009

Charlie to sit out St. Albans clash

Centre-back Charlie Comyn-Platt will be forced to sit out Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s home Blue Square Conference South fixture with St. Albans City today.

The Seagulls Captain has accumalated 5 booking's this season and will serve a one game suspension.

575 - 30/01/2009

Manny stays a Seagull

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce that they have extended the loan of striker Emmanuel Williams from Blue Square Premier division side Woking until Friday the 17th of April. The Woodspring Stadium based club missed the deadline to extend the loan for the rest of the season and have increased the period to the maximum 93 days permitted under league and F. A. rules.

The Freetown born front man has been a revelation since joining Weston, making his debut at Thurrock, scoring the 3rd goal against Fisher Athletic and most recently appearing at Newport County on Wednesday evening and has impressed the Seagulls hierarchy enough in three games to be offered the longest loan term possible.

The only games Williams would miss would be the final home fixture of the season against Welling United (18th of April) and the trip to Essex to face Chelmsford City, 7 days later on Saturday the 25th of April in the season finale, By which time Weston hope to have secured their Blue Square Conference South status for another season.

574 - 29/01/2009

After match interview with First Team Assistant Manager Chris Smith

Weston’s Assistant Manager Chris Smith took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Newport County and to share his thought’s on the evening’s game, the injury to Ashan Holgate, the recent loan moves of Ryan Havard and Ryan Paddock, the current strength of the Weston squad, to look ahead to Saturday’s fixture with St. Albans and to share his opinion on where he thinks the Seagulls will finish in the final table.:-

If I could start by asking your thought’s on tonight’s game please?

C. S.: “I thought we did really well in the first half.

I thought we where slightly the better side in the first half.

Losing Ash was probably the turning point. I don’t think we really recovered from that come second half.

I thought it had 0-0 written all over it.

We didn’t do particularly well for the goal. They got the goal and we chased it a little bit and it opened up.

They could of hit us on the break but we didn’t create, we didn’t pass the ball and keep the ball second half and I am just disappointed really because we couldn’t fault the work rate and the commitment of the boys.

It is just with Ash getting injured as well it is just a bit of a downer on the whole night.”

Do you think we deserved at least a point from the game on the balance of play?

C. S.: “Probably.

I don’t think neither side looked particularly good tonight if I am totally honest.

They got the first goal which was all important and that just allowed them to sit back a little bit and hit us on the break.

It is disappointing that we didn’t put the ball in better areas. The front two got starved of any decent quality second half but it wasn’t through us not giving a toss or not working hard because we did. We just lacked a little bit of quality and we just didn’t pass the ball.

I think we struggled to put three or four passes together.

First half we had the best chance of the game when Manny got slipped in with just the keeper to beat and it was a good little move but just one of those nights. A sad night really. I hope Ash is alright. He is down the Hospital at the moment.”

A poor challenge?

C. S.: “Bad Challenge and you know, people keep telling me that Scotty is not like that and I know Scotty and he is a lovely kid and he isn’t like that but it was a flipping bad challenge at the end of the day.

The only thing that was worse than the challenge was the official’s.

All night.

For both side’s.

Not just for us but for both sides.

Absolutely poor and not up to it.”

I understand that early talk is of a break ?

C. S.: “Let’s hope not but that is the first impression’s that he has broke it just above the ankle.

He was in a lot of pain.

It was a bad challenge.

It’s frustrating.

It wasn’t a freak accident. It was a bad, late challenge but the annoying thing is that just literally two seconds before that there is a bad challenge on the right hand side that the Ref could of blown up for.

He has let play go on and then the bad challenge happens which injures Ash so if he had of done his job properly and blown up on the first challenge, easy in hindsight but it was that bad a foul and then the second doesn’t happen.”

Ironically perhaps, that had the agreement not been in place that prevented Adie from playing then the chances are that Ash would of not been in the 11?

C. S.: “Well.


Adie would of definitely played but that is one of those thing’s and you can’t do anything about that now.

Of course that was wrote in the agreement and we wanted him desperately at the time and I think we would of signed anything.”

Are you able to tell me anymore about the recent loan moves of Ryan Havard (Mangotsfield United) and Ryan Paddock (Bishops Cleeve) and how they are progressing?

C. S.:”Ryan Havard got sent off on Saturday which is probably the last thing he needed.

It was two bookable’s so he misses a game.

Ryan Paddock came off the bench and did well.

They are both out just to get some football which just show’s you the competition we have got because you look at the bench now and we have got a strong bench.”

This is the biggest squad I can remember at Weston for a fair while, what about you?

C. S.: “Yes we have.

We have but we need it.

As we said we get injuries like we did tonight and people on loan and all of a sudden we have still got kids on the bench.”

Would you agree that the current team is the strongest Weston 11 for a number of years?

C. S.: “I said that today.

I said that in the Dressing Room.

It is the strongest squad of player’s I have ever had anything to do with in my time at Weston.

I totally agree.”

Looking ahead to St. Albans …. After a couple of great victories we shouldn’t get too wrapped up in tonight’s result?

C. S.: “Yeah.

They are easily forgotten though if we don’t get anything on Saturday so we just re-group and dust ourselves down.

We show the same effort and work rate that we did tonight and with a bit more quality then we will get a result at home to St. Albans .

I just hope that the pitch is nice and flat because we need a flat pitch to pass the ball because we have got footballers in the side.

We haven’t got big battler’s who just run all day and head it and kick it.

We have got people who want to play and want to get it down so that is my only hope for Saturday.”

If I could finish by asking you where you think we will finish in the final league table?

C. S.: “I would settle for four or five from bottom to be totally honest.”

We look much better than that though don’t we?

C. S.: “Yes we do. Yes we do but let’s not run before we can walk.”

573 - 29/01/2009

Double injury blow rocks Weston

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have been rocked by a double injury blow that will deprive them of two of their first team squad member's for a lengthy period of time at what is a critical stage of the season.

Left winger Mark McKeever picked up an ankle injury in the game at Thurrock which has subsequently been diagnosed as ligament damage and the popular Irishman is expected to be out of action for a further 3-5 weeks.

Midfielder/Striker Ashan Holgate (Pictured) was subject to a dangerous tackle from Newport County's Scott Rogers in Wednesday night's league fixture at Spytty Park and had to be stretchered from the pitch a minute before the interval.

The Swindon bred 22 year old was put in plaster at the Royal Gwent Hospital on Wednesday evening and will face a check up at his local hospital in Swindon tomorrow (Friday).

It is understood that medical opinion was split on the injury Holgate sustained with a break, a dislocation and a serious strain being put forward as opinion's from the Doctor's who viewed the x-ray's.

With injuries such as these it is thought that the bones begin to heal themselves after 5 days and at that point it is possible that a further x-ray will be taken which will give a much more accurate diagnosis.

Depending on the outcome a rough estimate would suggest that Holgate could face anything from 6-12 weeks on the sidelines with the worst case scenario making it a season finishing injury.

Weston-super-Mare F.C. would like to place on record their thanks to the Medical Staff at Newport County who's prompt and professional service meant that Ashan was able to be in hospital within 20 minutes of sustaining the injury.

All at Weston-super-Mare F. C. extend their best wishes to Ash.

572 - 28/01/2009

Gold Striker Draws and Winners

Week 9 21 January 2009:

£1000Mrs M Davis Y2940

£500Mrs Bolton B0661

£250Mr Brophy SA1523

£125Marie Baird L2184

65 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner

Week 10 28 January 2009:

£1000Mrs S Smith G3821

£500Mrs S Hiam K3575

£250Mr Moss R1739

£125Mr Skoins SB0487

63 Consolation Prizes of £10

No Rollover Extra Prize winner - next week Rollover Extra rises to £3500.

571 - 26/01/2009

Clarky secures "Terrace Legend" status

Prior to kick-off at Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s Blue Square Conference South home fixture with Fisher Athletic on Saturday a special presentation was made to Academy graduate Samuel Clark by Sean Burke on behalf of the Weston supporters.

Local boy Sam scored the winning goal in the Derby fixture against Weston's oldest and bitterest rivals Clevedon Town (affectionately known as The Pondlife by Seagulls fans) on Tuesday December the 2nd in what was Andrew Gurney's first game as Weston Manager.

The Weston supporters wanted to commemorate the occasion and all chipped in for the accolade.

570 - 26/01/2009

Paddock joins Bishops Cleeve on loan

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have loaned centre-back Ryan Paddock to BGB Southern League Division One South & West side Bishops Cleeve for an initial period of a month.

20 year old former Bristol Rovers youngster Paddock has seen opportunities limited at the Woodspring Stadium this season and it is hoped that the move will benefit all parties and give the player some much needed game time and match sharpness.

The Seagulls currently have central midfielder James Palmer on loan at BGB Southern League Premier Division side Gloucester City and centre forward Ryan Havard on loan at fellow BGB Premier side Mangotsfield United.

Havard was sent off after 70 minutes of his Field debut on Saturday following his second yellow card.

569 - 24/01/2009

Game ON.

The playing surface at the Woodspring Stadium has passed an early morning pitch inspection and today's Blue Square Conference South fixture with Fisher Athletic will go ahead.

Kick-Off is at 3PM.

568 - 23/01/2009

Precautionary pitch inspection.

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare will hold a precautionary pitch inspection tomorrow morning prior to their league fixture with Fisher Athletic. The results of the inspection are expected to be on the Club Call Line from 9am.

Club Call Line:-(01934)647323.

567 - 23/01/2009

Weston Legend helps out former Hammers team mate

In news from outside of the club it is confirmed that Weston legend Stuart Slater has signed for Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Wivenhoe Town.

Slater, now 39 who can count Celtic, Watford and Ipswich Town as well as the Seagulls and Forest Green Rovers amongst his former clubs is agreed to have signed to help out former West Ham team mate Julian Dicks who was appointed Manager of the Dragons at the beginning of January.

Stuart is expected to make his Wivenhoe debut at home to Haverhill Rovers this Saturday and all wish him and Julian (brother of former Weston player Grantley) well.

566 - 23/01/2009

Former Seagulls to face Weston this Saturday

In other news from around the Club Weston Secretary Stuart Marshall has confirmed that he expects Cedric Abraham and Ludovic Quistin to be part of the Fisher Athletic squad that visit's the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.

Both player's where first team regulars for the Seagulls prior to their release in December but Weston helped to fix them up with their new employers and Marshall confirmed that no agreement was in place to stop them facing Weston for the Fish.

565 - 23/01/2009

Havard joins Mango's on loan

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have loaned centre forward Ryan Havard to BGB Southern League Premier Division side Mangotsfield United for an initial period of a month.

The popular Weston bred frontman is expected to go straight in to the Mango's 11 for this Saturday's home league fixture with Bashley.

26 year old Havard had a blistering start to the current campaign scoring 5 goals from 8 starts across all competition's before seeing Marc McGregor and Marvin Brown preferred as the first choice front pairing.

Scott Partridge and Woking loanee Emmanuel Williams are expected to form the Seagulls front two for the next month at least and Weston Manager Andrew Gurney said he expects it to be a move to benefit all parties.

Gurney said "Mangotsfield got in touch and expressed an interest in Ryan. He hasn't been getting much game time since the start of the season and i hope he goes there and scores a few goals, gets his match sharpness back and everyone will be a winner.

564 - 20/01/2009

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney (Thurrock V Weston-super-Mare,)

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Thurrock to share his thought’s on the afternoon's game and the impact of new signing's Adrian Harris and Emmanuel Williams as well as the descision to extend the loan of Tomaso Parrinello.:-

Your thought’s on this afternoon’s game please?

A. G.: “Delighted to get that win.

We have deserved it for a few weeks now really with the performance's that we have been putting in and the way that we have been playing.

Today is probably the worst that we have played with the ball which is sod's law that we have won today but again the lads have worked their socks off and if you do that you get what you deserve. ”

Your thought's on our two new faces?

A. G.: “Manny has done really well today.

It was difficult.

We didn't really get a lot of ball to the front two at times but you saw glimpses of what he is about. You saw his pace, decent touch and he has had a couple of snap shots.

I think he will be a good signing for us.”

"Adie is exactly what we had expected of him.

Full of passion and commitment.

Got in some great tackles and is a voice and a leader which is what we have brought him here for so will be two good signing's for us.

Do you see similarities between Adie and yourself as players?

A. G.: “Yes.

A little bit.

I don't want to compare him to anyone.

He is him.

He does a great job for us.

It is a great result and something that we want to build on now.”

Can you tell me how the move for Manny came about?

A. G.: “He did brilliant in this league last year and scored 30 odd goals and then he has gone to Woking and it hasn't quite happened for him so he was made available by them.

There was a few clubs interested in him but we managed to nick him which says a bit about us and that we don't want to be "little Weston" anymore.

We want to push on and to get somebody like him shows a little bit of ambition and that we want to push on and be a team that can compete with the good teams in this league.”

Has the move got the potential to go beyond the initial month?

A. G.: “Yes.

He is here for a month initially and we will see how it goes and if he does well we see what we can do to extend it.

Obviously it is just one game and we will see how the month goes.”

Tom Parrinello's loan move has been extended in to a second month?

He has been somebody who has been pretty much faultless since he has come to the club?

A. G.:”Yes.

He has been brilliant.

Very consistent.

Not at all flashy.

He goes about his job very quietly and i don't think he has put a foot wrong since he has been here so we are glad to have him another month and we will try to extend that beyond that hopefully if we can.”

You have got competition for places now? A bigger squad than we have had for a while? Are you under pressure to get rid of anyone?

A. G.: “I said that to the boys before the game.

There is a lot of people disappointed that they are not starting.

I have had to leave a couple out of the 16 today which just goes to show the strength that we have got in the squad now and it is good to have that competition.

Players know that they have got to perform to stay in the team now and all 11 have done that today and the lads that have come on.”

563 - 16/01/2009

Striker Results 14/01/09

£1000 winner Mick Peers G6831

£500 winner B Waterworth V4801

£250 winner Mrs Cunningham L2660

£125 winner C Evan SC2390

Plus 67 paying members with the same numbers but a different prefix win £10.

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

Good Luck!!!

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker.

562 - 15/01/2009

Manny Williams signs to pep up Seagulls strike force

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce the capture of Manny Williams on a month's loan from Blue Square Premier side Woking.

The 27 year old striker joined the Cards in the Summer from Weston's divisional rivals Maidenhead United where he scored 30 goals last season and won the Magpies players’ and supporters’ ‘player of the year’ awards in the process.

Manny began his career at Notts County and Millwall, representing England Schools. Subsequent moves took him to Concord Rangers, Bowers United, Leyton, Yeading, Leyton again and Maidenhead United.

Has a reputation as a very quick, skilful striker and the Cards had to fight off stiff competition to gain his signature.

Struggled to make an impact in the early part of the current campaign at the Kingfield Stadium and re-joined Maidenhead United on loan in early November. Returned to Kingfield at the end of December and was placed on the transfer list.

Manny is expected to go straight in to the Seagulls 16 for the trip to Thurrock on Saturday along with fellow new signing Adrian Harris who put pen to paper on a two and a half year contract at the Woodspring Stadium on Monday evening.

561 - 14/01/2009

Parrinello extends Weston stay whilst Harris sit's out Severnside derby

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have extended the loan of Tomaso Parrinello from Bristol Rovers for a further month.

The 19 year old left back has featured for 90 minutes in each of the Seagulls three competitive fixture's since his move from the Memorial Stadium as well as the friendly fixture at Highworth Town.

Parrinello filled the void left by the departure of Ludovic Quistin and has impressed Managment and Supporters alike.

The current agreement will run up to and including the valentine's day Blue Square Conference South home clash with Bognor Regis Town.

In other News it has been confirmed that new signing Adrian Harris will not be included in the Weston 16 for the Severnside Derby at Newport County on January 28th.

Exiles Manager Dean Holdsworth struck a gentlemen's agreement with his Weston counterpart Andrew Gurney that means Harris will sit out the clash.

Ironically Harris featured against Weston for County on the 2Oth of October and played a prominent role in rescuing a point for the visitors.

In response to an article in the South Wales media Weston Secretary Stuart Marshall confirmed that Harris has tied himself to the Seagulls until the Summer of 2011.

560 - 12/01/2009

Weston in Harris transfer coup

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce the transfer coup signing of Adie Harris from Newport County.

27 year old Cardiff born Harris joins the Seagulls for an undisclosed 4 figure sum and has put pen to paper on a two and a half year contract that will tie him to the Woodspring Stadium based outfit until the Summer of 2011.

The ball winning central midfielder completed his football apprenticeship at Cardiff City before moving on to Merthyr Tydfil.

Adie has subsequently gone on to enjoy a distinguished career in Non-League football earning International recognition for Wales at Semi-Professional level.

He has also played for Llanelli, Haverfordwest County (in two spells) and Hornchurch when they where challenging for Conference South honours.

Harris was a regular for Bath City in the 2007-2008 season and made a career total of 99 appearances and 19 substitute appearances for the Romans whilst scoring 7 goals in the process.

He joined Newport in June 2008.

559 - 07/01/2009

Interview with Scott Partridge

Weston’s newest signing Scott Partridge took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at home to Hampton & Richmond , to explain how his move to Weston came about and to share his thoughts on that afternoon’s game.

34 year old, Leicester born Scott scored 124 goals and made 448 appearances in a league career that spanned Bradford City, Bristol City, Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Scarborough, Cardiff City, Brentford, Rushden & Diamonds, Exeter City and Shrewsbury Town.

If I could start by asking how your move to Weston came about?

S. P.: “I got a phone call from Andy Gurney who I have been a player with at Torquay and still come in to contact with on various occasion’s and he said would I like to come down and play for him because my children are down here and I am looking to spend a bit more time in the area because I have just been temporarily staying up in Chesterfield and it sort of coincides with me coming down playing for Weston and then I will see my children and then I will go back so in a lot of ways we are helping each other out.”

Is there a time frame on your stay here?

S. P.: “Well no.

Not really.

I am just literally coming here and playing my games and well I have thoroughly enjoyed where I was, playing for Sheffield F. C., scored a lot of goals and that was just keeping me busy whilst I was up there but I am looking to get back to the area anyway eventually so, well it’s convenient if you know what I mean but I didn’t have any hesitation cause I know Gurns, I know Alan Pridham, I know Chris.

I know them all, a few of the lads.

I am fine with it.

I am happy with it.”

Where there any other club’s in the equation?

S. P.: “No.

Not really.

Having spoke to Prid’s and Gurn’s, they have done a lot to help me and that is why I am here.”

And your thought’s on today’s game?

S. P.: “Disappointing.

Disappointing really.

First half we played quite well and where unfortunate not to be at least level I would say.

A bit unfortunate.

In the second half the pitch deteriorated quite badly.

I think the first half it was playable but the second half it was, well, solid throughout.”

It sounded like you where running on concrete for the final 20 minutes?

S. P.: “Yes, Yes it did.

We where in that far corner.

It was so slippy but the Ref played it and that is it.

They played the conditions a lot better than we did sadly. ”

We where not three goals worse than them on the balance of play and chances created?

S. P.:”I don’t think so.


If we had of had a bit more luck in the first half with a couple of those chances I think we would have been a little better off but at the end of the day 3-0 sort of flatters them a little bit as I don’t think we deserved to be on the end of a 3-0.”

If I could finish by asking you:-With Thurrock and Fisher to come in our next two fixture’s, both sides around the lower reaches of the table, games that perhaps we should realistically be looking to take six points from?

S. P.: “Well.

You have got to try and take three points from every game especially sort of down in the lower half so every game is sort of a Cup Final at the minute.”

558 - 06/01/2009

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at home to Hampton & Richmond and to share his thought’s on the afternoon’s game, the recruitment of Scott Partridge, the move for Lewis Hogg, James Palmer’s loan move to Gloucester City, the club’s interest in Aaron Blakemore, the recent absence of Darren Mullings from the starting 11 and potential transfer targets.:-

If I could start with your thought’s on this afternoon’s game please?

Firstly perhaps to ask if you where happy with the game going ahead in light of the conditions?

A. G.: “Yes.

It is the same for both teams really.

It wasn’t ideal for either team but you get on with it and there is no excuses there, none at all.

Again the first half we played well and could have had two or three goals at least.

It isn’t bouncing for us and we are not getting our bit of luck in the box.

That is for all to see really but then we go and shoot ourselves in the foot and give away three sloppy goals and you can’t make sloppy errors like we are and expect to get anything out of games.”

A couple of top draw saves from Hampton keeper Matthew Lovett denying us going in at least on level terms at the break?

A. G.: “Yes.

Again it is the same as the Team Bath game to a certain degree where we are creating stuff and their keeper is pulling off great saves and we are missing one or two and that won’t keep happening.

We are bound to get a turn of luck in front of goal at some point and as well as saying that, second half we where very poor and gave away very poor goals so it is something that has to stop now.”

We are not playing badly now though are we?

A. G.: “No.

We are not playing badly and that is the frustrating thing.

We are not getting a bit of luck.

I think everyone who has been to any of the games can see that.

We are playing some decent stuff at times, everyone is having a good old go and we are working hard but ultimately if you make mistakes you get punished for them and that is what has happened today.”

Where you happy with the performance of new signing Scott Partridge?

A. G.: “Yes.

He looked very sharp.

Very lively today.

He should of scored really just before their second goal which that changes the game but I think anybody watching could see what a good asset he will be to us and he made a difference today in the first half with his link-up play and he looked sharp and lively.

The more games he plays the better he will be”

Potentially a big player for us?

A. G.: “Yes.

Definitely and we are still on the look out for a couple more and hopefully in the next two weeks, It is frustrating that we haven’t got a game in the next two weeks to put thing’s right but by the same token it give’s us a bit more time to maybe get a couple more in,”

Is the move for Lewis Hogg now finished?

A. G.:”Well it is out of our court a little bit really.

We have put our offer in and they are saying at the moment that he won’t be going anywhere so we will have to just wait and see what happens with that.

We have done what we can do from our end at the minute and if they are saying that he is staying put then that is the way it is at the moment.”

Could you share your thought’s on the decision to allow James Palmer to join Gloucester City for a month’s loan please?

A. G.: “Yes.

Obviously he has not been playing and at the moment he is behind people in the pecking order maybe and it was a chance for him to get some games for a month so everyone wants to be playing and it gives him that opportunity for a month.”

I understand we expressed an interest in Aaron Blakemore?

Could you tell me anymore on that please?

A. G.: “I made a Phone Call about him and had a little chat with their (Yate) Manager but again there is nothing doing on that one at the moment.

I think they are after some money for him so we won’t be paying any money for him.”

Aaron is a local boy who has come through the ranks at Weston.

A popular face with the supporters and somebody they would be delighted to see back in Weston colours?

A. G.: “Yes.

I think he has been a good player at the level below and scored lots of goals and he was someone that we would have a good look at but we won’t be paying money for him.

If he become’s available on a free then something might change.”

A word on Darren Mullings?

Someone who has been in excellent form this season and perhaps can be considered to be unfortunate to of been on the bench for the past three game’s

A. G.: “Yes.

He has been.

Like you say we have not played badly in the previous three games and the two boys in the middle have done reasonably well and one thing I said when I took the job was that if people play well then they will keep the shirt and Daz was unlucky that he got suspended and once he is back in he will stay in there because he is a good player and he is a big part of our plan’s here so he has just got to stick with us and obviously after today it might be different in two weeks time.”

If I could finish by asking if there is anymore that you can share with us regarding transfer targets and New Face’s.

A. G.: “No.

Not really.

No names.

Obviously there is a few that we have got in mind but I don’t really want to name any names at the moment.”

557 - 03/01/2009

Game ON.

After an early morning pitch inspection conducted by Football League Referee Ronald Ganfield, the playing surface at the Woodspring Stadium was passed fit to host this afternoon's Blue Square Conference South fixture with Hampton & Richmond.

Kick-Off is at 3PM.

556 - 02/01/2009

Pitch Inspection at 9am.

There will be a pitch inspection at 9am tomorrow at the Woodspring Stadium prior to the Blue Square Conference South fixture between Weston-super-Mare and Hampton and Richmond.

It is understood that the pitch is perfectly flat and playable at the moment and that the inspection is just a precautionary measure.

555 - 02/01/2009

Palmer joins Tigers.

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have allowed central midfielder James Palmer to join BGB Southern League Premier division side Gloucester City on a months loan.

Bristol born Palmer has seen opportunities with the Seagulls this season limited and it is hoped that the move to the Corrinium Stadium will afford the former Bristol Rovers youngster some much needed game time.

554 - 01/01/2009


Today's game with Team Bath has been called off after a pitch inspection.

552 - 31/12/2008

Partridge lands in Seagulls nest.

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce the capture of experienced goal getter Scott Partridge.

34 year old Leicester born Partridge has been a prolific scorer of goals wherever he has been and netted 124 times from 448 appearances in a professional career that spanned the likes of Bradford City, Bristol City, Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Scarborough, Cardiff City, Brentford, Rushden and Diamonds, Exeter City and Shrewsbury Town.

On leaving the pro game Scott joined Weymouth for a short spell before embarking on a fruitful spell at Somerset's second biggest non-league side Bath City where 138 appearances harvested 68 goals.

After training with the Seagulls in pre-season Scott joined Unibond League Division One South side Sheffield FC where he has netted 4 goals in 6 appearances so far this season.

Although not available for the trip to Team Bath tomorrow, Partridge is expected to go straight in to the Weston 16 for Saturday's visit of Hampton & Richmond.

553 - 31/12/2008

Weston hope to Hogg Lewis.

Andrew Gurney Manager of Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare has today confirmed that the Seagulls have tabled a £2,000 bid for Bath City's former Bristol Rovers and Weston-super-Mare midfielder Lewis Hogg.

26 year old Bristol born Hogg is still held in great affection on the terraces at the Woodspring Stadium and Seagulls supporters will no doubt be hoping to see the diminutive play breaker in Weston colours once again.

Lewis made 103 appearances and scored 12 goals in his last spell with North Somerset's most senior club before dropping down a division to join the then BGB Southern League Premier Division Romans and he has remained at Twerton Park to this day.

551 - 30/12/2008

Abraham and Quistin link-up with Fisher Athletic

Following their release from Weston-super-Mare earlier this month centre-back Cedric Abraham and left-sided defender/midfielder Ludovic Quistin have signed for fellow Blue Square Conference South side Fisher Athletic.

Abraham netted on his Weston debut at Paulton Rovers in pre-season before making his competitive debut against Bishops Stortford in Blue Square Conference South and went on to feature in 14 of the Seagulls 19 league games prior to his release.

Quistin played a staring role for his home nation of Guadeloupe in the 2008 Caribbean Cup tournament, helping the Gwada Boys defeat Cuba in the 3rd & 4th placed play-off match and as a result of making the last 4, qualify for the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup 2009.

The 24 year old cousin of Arsenal and France star William Gallas, Ludovic made his Weston debut at Eastleigh in the First Round of the Setanta Shield and featured in 8 of the Seagulls last 9 Conference South fixtures prior to his departure, only missing the game at York Road, Maidenhead through his International Call-Up.

Weston host Fisher in Blue Square Conference South on Saturday the 24th of January and travel to The Champion Hill Stadium for the return fixture in the same competition on Saturday the 28th of February.

550 - 29/12/2008

Hat-Trick of awards for Green!

Prior to Friday's Blue Square Conference South fixture with Team Bath Michael Green was awarded the Weston-super-Mare F. C. Player of the Month Award for November.

The accolade was kindly sponsored by Neil Underhay and presented on his behalf by the awards founder and administrator Simon Stephens.

Michael made history in September when he became the first Weston player to win two of the Monthly awards and the Boxing Day presentation makes it a hat-trick.

The Poll for December is now open and will close at Mid-Day on Wednesday the 21st of January.

As well as casting a vote through the clubs official website which can be found at Supporters can collect a voting slip from Simon Stephens at any First or Youth Team Match Day.

The December Award has kindly been sponsored by James and John Pendleton.

549 - 28/12/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at home to Team Bath.

Here are his thoughts:-

If I could start with your thought’s on today’s game please?

A. G.: “I think we have done everything but score a goal today really.

Again what can you ask from them? But ultimately, you don’t put the ball in the back of the net, you don’t win games and that is what has let us down today really.”

Would it be fair to say that we had the better of the play and possession?

A. G.: “Yeah.

We played well.

I think we probably created 4 or 5 good, good chances today and we should of scored at least one goal, maybe 2 or 3.

Nothing to worry about then in that we are creating plenty of chances?

Only time to worry when we are not making opportunities?

A. G.: “No.

I think that anybody who has been here today and in the two games previously can see that the lads are playing with a lot of commitment a lot of desire and a lot of effort but just not getting the rub of the Green a little bit at the moment.

We keep playing like that, we play like that again at their place on New Year’s Day, then I am sure that we will get the three points that we are after.

We have just got to keep going the way that we are and if we do that then I am sure that it will turn for us.”

A bit of a sucker blow with a goal a minute before the interval?

A. G.: “Yes.

It was a horrible time for them to score.

Again, A little bit of a sloppy goal which we spoke about and are not really happy with but you know, all that aside again I can only say how pleased I am with them to a certain degree today apart from that final bit of putting the ball in the back of the net.

You know we will work on that again this week and try and put that right and I am sure it will come.

We have just got to keep digging in.”

Worthy claims for a penalty in the second half?

A. G.: “Yeah.

I didn’t really see but the way the lads have claimed for it, I would imagine it must have been a hand ball.

It wasn’t given and we can’t do anything about that but we where very hard done by today I think.”

When you consider the nature of Stortford’s winner last Saturday and event’s today, Perhaps luck is due to turn our way soon?

A. G.: “Yeah.

We are certainly not getting any luck at the moment but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves about that.

We have got to get on with it.

We have got to go again now, we are training on Sunday morning, get back on the training pitch and try and put that right and try and get that end product right because that is the only thing lacking at the moment, putting the ball in the back of the net and that is the most difficult thing to do I suppose but if we get that right we are not going to be far away.”

Have you had any joy/made any progress with your transfer targets?

A. G.: “We are trying all the time.

We are on the phone all the time.

You know that is an area that we are looking at to try and boost you know to be honest with you.

We are looking for another centre-forward to put pressure on the lads that are here.

That is where we are lacking, in the goals a little bit at the moment and we are looking to address that and bring somebody in but it is proving difficult to get player’s that are better than we have got and to improve us.

It is hard to get those player’s, they are in demand so we will be trying again all over the weekend and trying to get somebody in for New Year’s day if we possibly can but we can only try.

We have had a few knockbacks in that respect but we will keep trying and hopefully get somebody soon.”

Have we sustained any injuries?

A. G.: “No.

I think everybody has come through today.

It was good to see Charlie come back.

I am sure that the more him and Randy play together it will be a great partnership.

You know we have done well today.

I think everybody has pretty much done all that was asked from them apart from putting the ball in the back of the net.

Like I say, we just keep going the way that we are and I am sure it will come right for us.”

To finish I thought that the crowd of 360 when you consider that there was not a single opposition supporter was in particular very pleasing?

A. G.: “No.

It was brilliant and hopefully they will come back as I am sure today that they could see a little bit of what we are going to be about and the effort, the commitment, our work rate.

Everything was there and we just couldn’t get that little bit in there box.

Hopefully, Although the result was not good today they have been pleased with what they have seen in terms of the performance and it was great to see them in their numbers and hopefully we will see them back for our next home game and hopefully as many as possibly can will travel up to Team Bath on New Year’s Day and get behind the lads. ”

548 - 25/12/2008


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas.

547 - 23/12/2008

Striker results 17/12/08

£1000 winner Alan Kelly P2279

£500 winner P.Ormand J3973

£250 winner A.Cullum W3864

£125 winner S. Wyatte L2070

Plus 62 £10 winning consolations.

Rollover amount £3,500 was also won by Jan Bancroft!!! Congratulations!!!

Results for draws 24/12/08 and 31/12/08 and 07/01/09 will be on the website 07/01/09.

Many thanks for your support and participation and hope you have a wonderful christmas and new year!!!

546 - 22/12/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following the Blue Square Conference South fixture at Bishop’s Stortford Here are his thoughts:-

If I could start with your thought’s on today’s game please?

A. G.: “Can’t ask any more of them to be perfectly honest.

You know They battled hard and worked their socks off and for me sometimes you just don’t get what you deserve and I think we deserved to come away with a point today.

They have got a little bit of luck with their second goal when it falls straight to the lad on the edge of the box after a couple of little headers which we probably haven’t had at their end today which nothing has really gone our way.

A good performance but not the result.

You come away from home, work hard and dig in and it is always difficult wherever you go.

You know we just haven’t got what we deserved today.”

A cruel blow for us yet a fortunate one for Stortford in that Ben Willshire was off the pitch receiving treatment when Stortford scored what turned out to be the winning goal and it came from the place where Wills would have been?

A. G.: “Obviously we had Wills off the pitch.

They get that bit of luck where it falls for them.

I think it took a cruel deflection on its way in.

Sometimes that happens in football and you have got to take it on the chin and go again.

I have just told the boys not to be too down and the way they have performed today if you like, I have been very pleased with and if we carry on like that we will get our rewards in the end.”

We perhaps deserved more out of the game?

A. G.: “Yeah.

Did we sustain any injuries?

A. G.: “I think Ben Willshire got a dead leg. Apart from that nothing major

Any news on when Charlie Comyn-Platt will return?

A. G.: “Well we are hoping to get him back as quickly as we possibly can really. Hopefully might have a squeeze at next week.”

Where you happy with Tom Parrinello first competitive action ?

A. G.: “Yeah.

He did really well today.

Kept his shape well and was always in the right place at the right time defensively and he is good on the ball so I think he will do well for us.”

A move that has got the potential to be extended?

A. G.: “Yeah, Hopefully.

Well see.

Obviously he is just here for a month initially. We will see how it goes.

We will see if they are happy with the arrangement. We will see if we are happy with it.

You know if he continues like this hopefully we might be able to keep him for a bit longer.”

545 - 19/12/2008

Ludo released by Weston

Following on from the departure of Cedric Abraham earlier this week Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have today confirmed that they have released Guadeloupe International Ludovic Quistin.

Left sided defender/midfielder Quistin flew back to the U. K. on Monday after a memorable Caribbean Cup tournament for his home nation saw the Gwada Boys defeat Cuba in the 3rd & 4th placed play-off match and as a result of making the last 4, qualify for the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup 2009.

24 Year Old Ludovic, the Cousin of Arsenal and France star William Gallas made his Weston debut at Eastleigh in the First Round of the Setanta Shield and featured in 8 of the Seagulls last 9 Conference South fixtures, only missing the Maidenhead United game through his International Duties.

Speaking on his exit Gurney said "As was very similar with Cedric (Abraham) It was a difficult decision but i just felt that location wise it wasn't ideal with him (Ludo, like Cedric lives in London) and obviously we want to bring one or two in and have to shuffle it around a little bit. He has done well and i wish him well for the future.

I just feel, where we are at at the moment it is in our best interests to move it about a little bit.

He has worked hard since he has been here but i think it is also in his best interests if he can try and find somewhere else and we are going to try and help him with that and get him fixed up somewhere."

On loan Bristol Rovers defender Tomaso Parrinello would appear to be the Seagulls first choice left back with Ryan Paddock and Ben Willshire also comfortably able to fill in when needed whilst at left midfield Mark McKeever would appear first choice with the fast blooming talents of 16 year old protégé Chris Taylor providing another option.

544 - 18/12/2008

Abraham flies Seagulls nest

Guadeloupe born centre-back Cedric Abraham has become the first player to leave the Woodspring Stadium under new Manager Andrew Gurney.

The French national joined Weston in the Summer following spells with Swindon Town, Swindon Supermarine, Chesham United and a trial spell at Halesowen Town.

Prior to coming to the U. K. Cedric turned out for Bordeaux, Bastia & Toulouse in his home land.

He netted on his Weston debut at Paulton Rovers in pre-season before making his competitive debut against Bishops Stortford in Blue Square Conference South and went on to feature in 14 of the Seagulls 19 league games this season.

Speaking on his exit Gurney said "It was a difficult decision but i just felt that location wise it wasn't ideal with him (Cedric lives in London) and obviously we want to bring one or two in and have to shuffle it around a little bit. He has done well and he is a great lad Cedric.

It is disappointing in one way to see him leave but i just feel that where we are at at the moment it is in our best interests to move it about a little bit.

He has worked hard since he has been here but i think it is also in his best interests if he can try and find somewhere else and we are going to try and help him with that and get him fixed up somewhere."

Charlie Comyn-Platt and the fit again Craig Rand would appear to be the Seagulls first choice pairing at centre-back and they also have Ryan Paddock as cover.

As well as that Michael Green, Darren Mullings and Gurney himself have also proved that they can comfortably adapt to playing in the heart of the defence.

543 - 15/12/2008

Quistin pips Cuba for Cup Bronze Medal!

Weston’s left sided defender/midfielder Ludovic Quistin flew back to the U. K. today after a successful Caribbean Cup campaign with Guadeloupe saw his home nation qualify for the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup 2009.

Ludovic played 90 minutes last night as Guadeloupe beat Cuba 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the end of extra-time to win the 3rd & 4th placed play-off match and gain revenge for a 2-1 Group I defeat at the hands of the same opponents.

All at the club join in offering their congratulations.

542 - 15/12/2008


1st hosts 3rd in the Premier Division of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League tonight when Weston-super-Mare face Mangotsfield United.

Mangotsfield are 3 points behind Weston with two games in hand so will provide an extremley stiff test.

Kick-Off is at 7:45pm at the Woodspring Stadium.

541 - 13/12/2008


Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s Blue Square Conference South home fixture with Hampton and Richmond which was postponed earlier today has been re-arranged for Saturday the 3rd of January (3pm).

The tie was originally scheduled for the first weekend in January but was brought forward to today by mutual agreement as both sides had exited the F. A. Trophy at the 3rd Qualifying Round stage and today was the date reserved for the first round of the same competition.

540 - 13/12/2008

Pitch Inspection Failed. Game OFF

The Surface at the Woodspring Stadium has failed an early morning pitch inspection and the Blue Square Conference South fixture with Hampton & Richmond is OFF.

As yet a new date for the fixture has not been confirmed.

539 - 12/12/2008

Precautionary pitch inspection (Weston-super-Mare V Hampton & Richmond) !

Due to the inclement weather conditions, a precautionary pitch inspection will take place between 9:00 & 9:30 tomorrow at the Woodspring Stadium prior to the Blue Square Conference South fixture between Weston-super-Mare & Hampton & Richmond.

Premier League linesman and Football league Referee Ronald Ganfield will make the inspection and the outcome will be published on the Official Club Website as soon as the information is received.

538 - 12/12/2008

Weston to host Larkhall or Radstock in Cup Quarter-Final !

Weston-super-Mare's reward for defeating Elmore 2-1 after extra-time in the 2nd Round of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League League Cup is a home draw against Larkhall or Radstock in the Quarter-Final.

Larkhall are currently 6th in the League's North Division whilst Radstock are 7th in the same Division.

The tie is scheduled to be played the week commencing Monday the 12th of January 2008 and subject to confirmation it will be the 12th that it is played on with kick-off at the Woodspring Stadium at 7:45PM.

537 - 12/12/2008

Hammett an unfortunate victim of Ricketts departure!

Powerhouse Welsh striker Andy Hammett has been an unfortunate victim of Tony Ricketts's departure from Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare.

The prolific frontman linked up with Weston last month after leaving Welsh Premier League side Neath.

After only four training sessions Ricketts had seen enough to offer Hammett terms.

It is understood that Ricketts intended to include Hammett in the squad of 16 for the game against Basingstoke but a breakdown in communication ment that although International Clearance came through in time from the Welsh F. A. Ricketts claimed to not be aware of this.

Ryan Havard had parted company with the Seagulls on the Thursday night prior to the Basingstoke game and Ricketts informed Hammett "It has freed up an opportunity and budget for you, I'm arranging a friendly match on Tuesday, so i can give you a chance to get match sharpness and fitness, ready for next weekend." (Maidenhead United, Away).

Ricketts then departed the Woodspring Stadium on the Monday evening following the Basingstoke game and Hammett was informed by new Manager Andrew Gurney that due to the change of circumstances, the original offer no longer stood.

Hammett commented "I was honestly looking forward to sinking my teeth in to playing for Weston-super-Mare F. C.. It is a shame but there is no hard feelings and i honestly wish Weston AFC all the very best in the future."

Welsh Premier League side Welshpool are understood to already be hot on the heels of Hammett but the striker may face another frustrating delay as if he moves back to a club in Wales the new side would have to get a return in International Clearance.

536 - 12/12/2008

Quistin edged out by Jamaica!

Ludo's International Adventure-Update! Part Four

Weston’s left sided defender/midfielder Ludovic Quistin played 90 minutes for Guadeloupe last night as they where narrowly defeated by tournament favourites Jamaica in the semi-final of the Caribbean Cup.

The Reggae Boys who could of counted on a number of players with Premier League game time scored through Oneil Thompson and former Sheffield United striker Luton Shelton.

Guadeloupe who have already qualified for the Concacaf Gold Cup 2009 courtesy of making the last 4 now face Cuba in the 3rd & 4th placed Play-Off on Sunday.

The Gwada Boys will be out for revenge having narrowly lost out 2-1 to the the Cuban's in Group I of the Tournament.

All at the club wish Ludo well.

535 - 11/12/2008

Rovers defender poised to sign for Seagulls

Following on from registering the youth team duo of Chris Taylor and Dayle Grubb on first team forms new Weston Manager Andrew Gurney looks set to make his first signing from outside of the club with the capture of Bristol Rovers defender Tomaso Parrinello.

19 year old left-sided defender Parrinello is expected to train with the Seagulls for the first time tonight (Thursday) and it is hoped that he will put pen to paper on an initial one month loan deal following the session.

Speaking about the potential newcomer Gurney said "We've been looking for a left-footed full-back all season and he will bring a bit of balance in to the side."

534 - 11/12/2008

Striker results 10/12/08

£1000 winner Mrs Hayes C1450

£500 winner Mr R Churchill WA4614

£250 winner Ms S Luxton WF4434

£125 winner Sara Bradbury X0570

plus 67pating memners with the same number but a different prefix win £10.

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

Thanks and good luck

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker

531 - 09/12/2008

Weston Youth go top

Weston-super-Mare 3 Bitton 2.

Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division

Defending Champions Weston Youth stormed to the top of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division table courtesy of last night's 3-2 victory over Bitton.

A James Parker goal on 13 minutes and a double from Dayle Grubb in the 18th and 24th minutes were enough to seal victory.

Next up are Mangotsfield United at the Woodspring Stadium in another Premier Division fixture on Monday (15th) with a 7:45pm kick-off.

Mangotsfield are currently in 3rd position, 3 points behind Weston with two games in hand.

530 - 09/12/2008

Quistin Qualifies for Concacaf Gold Cup!

Ludo's International Adventure-Update! Part Three

Weston’s left sided defender/midfielder Ludovic Quistin has helped his home nation of Guadeloupe qualify for the Semi-Finals of the 2008 Caribbean Championships and with it automatic entry in to the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup 2009.

Guadeloupe drew 2-2 with Antigua and Barbuda last night in the final round of group matches with Ludovic replacing Cedric Vanoukia for the final 27 minutes.

With Haiti recording a surprise 1-0 victory over table toppers Cuba in the other group I game the Gwada boys shared an identical record with the 2007 Caribbean Cup winners and made the final four courtesy of their superior goals scored record.

Ludovic and Guadeloupe will now face hosts Jamaica in Kingston on Thursday in the 2nd of the two final four games.

Should they defeat the Reggae Boys they would face either Cuba or Grenada in Sundays final or either of the same opponents in a 3rd & 4th placed play-off which would also take place in Kingston on Sunday.

As a result Ludovic will miss this Saturday’s visit of Hampton & Richmond in Blue Square Conference South.

All at the club congratulate Ludo and wish him well.

532 - 09/12/2008

Room to recruit Bliss tells Gurney

Following discussions at the weekend Paul Bliss Chairman of Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare has confirmed that new Manager Andrew Gurney will have the scope to bring in two players to bolster his squad.

Gurney and Bliss discussed the key area's that they are targeting on Saturday but they will not be making the positions public. Gurney then went on to meet with newly appointed Assistant Chris Smith and Alan Pridham last night to identify potential targets.

Bliss commented "We agreed on a couple of key positions where we would like to recruit and strengthen what we already have and i have told Andy that he has the scope to do that."

When pressed on what sort of player Bliss commented "I would prefer to go for somebody with experience. Somebody that has proved it at this level and above and has a proven pedigree.".

533 - 09/12/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Andrew Gurney

Weston’s new First Team Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website following his first competitive fixture in charge of the Seagulls.

Here are his thoughts:-

If I could start with your thought’s on today’s game please?

A. G.: “It was a fantastic team performance really.

We rode our luck at time’s a little bit, they had a few chances but we had one or two ourselves and Wellsy’s hit the bar with a great strike and we have dug in and everything you ask for them really, they’ve worked their socks off.

We got in people’s faces, got around the pitch and you can’t really ask for a lot more than that sometimes and it is a clean sheet for us which we have not had many of and a great result I think.”

Your hands were severely tied regarding who was available?

A bit of a nightmare for your first team selection?

(6 first team players were unavailable: Gurney himself, Ryan Havard, Cedric Abraham and Darren Mullings all through suspension, Ludovic Quistin on International Duty and Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt through injury)

A. G.: “Yeah we had a few out today obviously.

I said to the lads before the game that absentees’ don’t matter as we still expect to come here, work hard and get something out of the game.

Fairplay to them they have done that and have done fantastic and they have given me a few headaches for next week now.”

Did we sustain any injuries?

A. G.: “I think Randy coming off was just with cramp hopefully.

Obviously first competitive game today and he was brilliant.

First game back and it just took a toll on his legs a little bit there I think really.

Just a bit of cramp I hope and nothing else.”

The effort levels, application and work ethic was magnificent today?

The players ran themselves in to the ground?

A. G.: “That’s one of the things that I said to them.

As long as they do that every week I won’t ask for anymore.

There is little things that we can work on where we can get our football a little better but today again we showed signs that we can play and we have got ability in the team and hopefully week by week we can get them to believe in that a little bit more and show signs of playing some better football when we have got the ball and working hard and working our socks off like I say with and without the ball and they have done that today and it is a great result.”

Nice to see that Samuel Clark made a late cameo and that you had David Thorne, Mark Armstrong and Dayle Grubb on the bench?

Is that something that you intend on doing, developing Youth and giving them a chance?

A. G.: “Yes.

I think so.

We will try and get them involved as much as we can.

Even if they are not playing or are on the bench.

We will try and get them in and around the First Team and try and get them in the atmosphere of it.

That will give them a little bit of experience, just being around the place a little bit.”

Can I ask you about Chris Smith and how his appointment as Assistant Manager came about?

A. G.: “I have been looking and needed somebody to come in.

I spoke to Smudge and asked him if he would be willing to come back.

He will be good to have around the place.

He knows the club and the players and we can bounce off each other and work well together I think so yeah he will be here from now on.”

Any potential signings or player movement on the horizon?

A. G.: “Obviously we are going to get together next week and have a look at a couple of things and try and improve it if we can to see if we can try and help us move on a little bit.

We will see what we can do in the next couple of weeks.”

Finishing by looking ahead to next Saturday:-Now is the time for the supporters to return in their droves and get behind the team?

The players are giving their all and it would be nice to see the supporters doing the same?

A few more numbers through the gate could make a big difference?

A. G.: “Yes it would do.

People need something to cheer about and come and watch.

There was a few here today and hopefully they can pass it on to a few people that we are a good, honest, hardworking team and we can play a bit as well when we get the chance so hopefully people will come and get behind us next Saturday and that can only help and will help the lads as well.”

529 - 09/12/2008

Phil Moore will Sadly be missed by all at Weston-super-Mare AFC

It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce the death of Philip Moore.

Phil was Head Groundsman in the latter years of the Club’s location at Woodspring Park. He took over what was frequently described as ‘a nightmare pitch’ and largely succeeded in conquering it’s worst faults, notching up a record of fewer matches postponed in his last seasons there than during the preceding years.

Philip died of cancer in the early hours of Monday morning.

We all regret his passing and we extend our sympathies to his family at this sad time. Details of Philip’s funeral will be conveyed as soon as they are known.

528 - 08/12/2008

Gurney names Smith as Assistant manager

New Weston Manager Andrew Gurney has wasted no time in appointing Chris Smith as his Assistant Manager.

Smith or “Smudge” as he is affectionately known would appear an ideal fit for the role having extensive knowledge of the club after previously serving the Seagulls as Manager himself as well as working under Frank Gregan and Tony Ricketts as Assistant manager.

The former Cinderford Town Manager and Newport County midfielder has been Managing Forest Green Rovers Ladies since leaving the Woodspring Stadium at the end of last season.

It is understood that as with Gurney the position will be subject to review on January 31st.

Commenting on his return to the Woodspring Stadium Smith commented “I’m just glad to be back and if it is just to the end of January then fine but if it is for longer then brilliant. I’ve no mis-conceptions about how hard it is going to be. There would not of been anybody else that I would of come back for but Gurns (Andrew Gurney) is a mate, he is a friend and somebody I trust 100%. I am desperate for him to do well and I am desperate for the club to do well and whatever little part I can play in that I will be happy to be part of it. I know most of the lads and the ones that I do not know have been as good as gold. He has got a good bunch of lads here and we just need a bit of belief. You have got to respect Gurns for what he has done in football and I think that respect is evident here.”

527 - 08/12/2008

Player of the Month Award.

The poll for the Weston-super-Mare F. C. Player of the Month award for November closes at mid-day on Wednesday. Voters can cast their votes through the usual channels which will include obtaining a slip from Simon Stephens at tonight's Youth Team home fixture with Bitton.

The Award will be presented prior to kick-off at Saturday's game with Hampton and Richmond.

Pictured Darren Mullings won Weston-super-Mare F. C. Player of the Month Award for October 2008.

526 - 08/12/2008

Weston-super-Mare V Bitton

3rd hosts 4th in the Premier Division of the Somerset Floodlight Youth League on Monday night when Weston-super-Mare face Bitton.

Kick-Off is at 7:45pm at the Woodspring Stadium.

525 - 07/12/2008

Ludo's International Adventure-Update! Part Two

Weston's Ludovic Quistin played 90 minutes for his home nation of Guadeloupe last night as a injury time goal from Jean-Luc Lambourde sealed a stunning 3-2 win over Haiti at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Jamaica in Group I of the 2008 Caribbean Cup Finals.

Guadeloupe were 2-0 down after just 17 minutes but a goal from Boucicaut just before half-time. Gave the Gwada Boys, a chance and when Endersen level the score on 68 mins. The Away team had a fighting chance of moving up the table.

The win leaves the Gwada boys within touching distance of a place in the competitions semi-finals and automatic qualification for the 2009 Concacf Gold Cup.

Guadeloupe face Antigua and Barbuda at Montego Bay in the final group game tommorow night.

With Cuba facing Haiti in the other final round game a draw for Ludovic and Guadeloupe against the groups bottom side could well be enough for them to progress.

524 - 06/12/2008

Ludo's International Adventure-Update

Weston's Ludovic Quistin played 90 minutes for his home nation of Guadeloupe against Cuba in Group J of the Caribean Cup Finals on Thursday night .

Unfortunateley the talented left back couldn't prevent his side from going down to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay.

Ludovic will be in action again late on Saturday night when Guadeloupe face Haiti in Trelawyn in what is now a crucial game for the Gwada Boys.

523 - 06/12/2008

Gurney makes first signings as Weston Gaffer

Former Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers midfielder Andrew Gurney has made his first signings as Manager of Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on the eve of his team’s trip to York Road, Maidenhead.

Creative central midfielder Dayle Grubb and flying left winger Chris Taylor are the players to put pen to paper and both are expected to be in the Seagulls squad of 16 tomorrow.

17 year old Grubb, brother of Weston’s former Bristol City right winger Dean Grubb currently captain’s Weston’s Youth side and has been an ever present for Somerset at Under 18’s level this season.

Last season he gained his initial experience with the first team squad when he was an unused sub at Lewes in the final game of last season and was voted the youth teams “Players Player” of the season.

16 year old Taylor is currently the youth sides leading goalscorer and got his first taste of the first team environment when he replaced Mark McKeever after 70 minutes in Tuesday night’s “behind closed doors” friendly against Clevedon Town.

The signings of a further two Weston bred youngsters will certainly serve to invigorate the Seagulls supporters who are constantly clambering to see local youngsters in the side and tomorrow could well see as many as 8 of the Weston squad consisting of former or current youth team players with Taylor and Grubb likely to be joined by Mark Armstrong, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Clark, Luke Purnell and David Thorne in the travelling party.

The flow of talented youngsters coming through to contest first team births is greater than any time in the history of the club and while credit must go to Gurney for blooding the youngster’s ultimate praise must go to first team goalkeeper Ryan Northmore who also doubles as the clubs Youth Team Manager.

28 year old Plymouth born Northmore who gained valuable experience as understudy and eventual successor to Neville Southall at then league 2 side Torquay United has been instrumental in the development of Taylor and Grubb but has also guided a number of other players through to first team contention including Michael Hudson and Aaron Honeywell as well as Armstrong, Johnson, Clark, Purnell and Thorne.

522 - 05/12/2008

Player shortage crisis hits Weston

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare look set to be missing up to 7 of their first choice first team players when they travel to Maidenhead United on Saturday.

Facing a high flying Magpies side who currently occupy 5th position in the league table would of been a tricky enough test with a full side but new manager Andy Gurney, appointed on Monday has seen his options severely limited with a previously small squad reduced dramatically further.

Gurney himself is suspended following an accumulation of bookings and also banned are the trio of striker Ryan Havard, midfielder Darren Mullings and defender Cedric Abraham.

On top of that, first choice left-back Ludivic Quistin is away on International Duty with his home nation of Guadeloupe whilst James Palmer sat out Tuesday night's behind closed doors friendly with Clevedon Town suffering an extreme bout of flu and Charlie Comyn-Platt is rated as an injury doubt although the Seagulls Captain is expected to face a late fitness test.

The absentees look likely to hand opportunities to some of the club's promising youngsters who lifted the Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division crown last season with Mark Armstrong in line for a starting berth and Samuel Johnson, Samuel Clark, David Thorne and Luke Purnell all likely to make the journey to York Road.

520 - 03/12/2008

Gurney the new Weston Manager-Andy told the job is yours!

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have today announced that they will not be advertising for a new Manager in the immediate future.

Caretaker and former Assistant Andrew Gurney has been told that he will be given till January 31st to impress the Weston hierarchy and should he meet their requirements the job will be his.

The decision to give Gurney an extended trial period at the Woodspring Stadium was announced to the players and staff prior to last night’s “behind closed doors” friendly with Clevedon Town and was met with universal approval.

The former Reading and Swansea City midfielder commented “I’m in the seat at the moment and it is my job to try and keep. Hopefully if we can string a few results together between now and the end of January it will be my job”.

Gurney who can also list Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers amongst his former clubs went on to comment “I am really excited about it and grateful for the opportunity and hopefully I can re pay the faith that people have shown in me.

I can promise the fans that we will be very committed and very hardworking and strive to give them something to cheer about. If they can come down in their numbers and get behind us it would be brilliant”.

Weston Chairman Paul Bliss commented “Andy will be in the post at least until January 31st and as such we will not be advertising the position.

We have some fundraising initiatives in place that if successful will give us the key to Blue Square Premier football.

Andy and all the players know that we must maintain our current status at all costs for this season and next and all being well, we will have our passport to push for promotion for the 2010/2011 season”.

521 - 03/12/2008

Striker Results 03/12/2008

£1000 winner L. Jackson SB3973

£500 winner B. Woods W1624

£250 winner Dave Smart WE1532

£125 winner Mr Sherratt L5531

Total consolations: 65

No rollover winner therefore rolling over until next week.

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker.

518 - 02/12/2008

Supporters delirious as Havard comes home

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are today delighted to announce that terrace favourite Ryan Havard has returned to the Woodspring Stadium.

Weston bred Havard left Weston last Thursday following a meeting with former Manager Tony Ricketts but it is understood that he will be seen at the club this evening and will also train with the Seagulls on Thursday evening.

26 year old striker Ryan, an immensely popular figure at both the club and in the town is renowned for his passion and commitment and never giving less than 100%.

The imminent return of Havard will no doubt lift and invigorate the home supporters and it is hoped that a sizeable crowd will welcome him home when Weston entertain Hampton & Richmond in a re-arranged Blue Square Conference South fixture on Saturday 13th of December.

Unfortunately due to an accumulation of bookings Ryan will be forced to sit out this Saturday’s trip to high flying Maidenhead United.

519 - 02/12/2008

Striker Results 12/11/08-26/11/08

£1000 winner Carl Dawson K6289

£500 winner Andrea Dawson K0427

£250 winner P.Cooke SD4236

£125 winner D.Watkins WJ2048

Total Consolations: 22

No rollover winner therefore rolling over to next week.


£1000 winner A.Adams V4319

£500 winner G.Mearns U5224

£250 winner Mr Cooke SA5344

£125 winner Dale Roberts

Total Consolations: 71

No rollover therefore rolling over to next week.


£1000 winner Mrs Owens H1556

£500 winner John Higginbotham W3623

£250 winner Mark Crielly SA5451

£125 winner Mr Smith SC3257

Total Consolations: 72

No rollover therefore rolling over to next week.

Many apoligies on the delay of results for the next set of results see 03/12/08 which will be put on by 5pm.

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker

517 - 01/12/2008

Ricketts relieved of duties-Gurney placed in charge

As at 8pm on Monday the 1st of December Weston-super-Mare F.C. announce that they have relieved First Team Manager Tony Ricketts of his duties. Former Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney will take up the managerial reigns whilst the position is advertised but Gurney will be welcome to apply for the position.

516 - 01/12/2008

Ricketts relieved of duties-Gurney placed in charge

As at 8pm on Monday the 1st of December Weston-super-Mare F.C. announce that they have relieved First Team Manager Tony Ricketts of his duties.

Former Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney will take up the managerial reigns whilst the position is advertised but Gurney will be welcome to apply for the position.

515 - 01/12/2008


Ryan Northmore on Weston V Basingstoke

"Today was extremley low.Very disappointing. Attitude was poor but at the end of the day attitude is a reflection of leadership."

Paul Bliss on the departure of Ryan Havard from the Woodspring Stadium

"I am very sad to see Ryan go. You know what you get from him. I would like to thank him for the passion and commitment he showed in a Weston shirt. He never gave less than 100% and i wish him well."

514 - 28/11/2008

F. A. turn down Abraham ban appeal

The Football Association have turned down Cedric Abraham's appeal against the red card shown to him in the recent Blue Square South fixture at Basingstoke Town.

Stand-in club Secretary Keith Refault commented "the only way we would of been able to succeed with the appeal would of been on the grounds of mistaken identity".

The imposing Guadeloupe born centre-back will now miss this Saturday's home fixture with Basingstoke, the trip to Maidenhead United next Saturday and the visit of Hampton & Richmond on the 13th December.

513 - 28/11/2008

Havard heartbreak for Seagulls supporters

In a move that will no doubt be met with sadness from the Weston supporters it was confirmed last night that popular Weston bred striker Ryan Havard has left the Woodspring Stadium.

As yet there is no official word on the reason for the departure although it is hoped that words from Ryan and Manager Tony Ricketts will be avaliable on the Website either over the weekend or early next week.

Weston-super-Mare F. C. extend their thanks to Ryan for his passion and commitment whilst in the colours of the Seagulls Youth, Reserve and First Team sides and are united in wishing him well for the future. It is hoped that one day in the future Ryan will be seen again in a Weston shirt.

510 - 26/11/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts (Part One)

Following Weston’s F. A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Tie with A. F. C. Sudbury First Team Manager Tony Ricketts shared his thoughts on the afternoon’s game, the F. A.’s respect campaign, the imminent return of Craig Rand, Cedric Abraham’s dismissal at Basingstoke, the transfer listed Dean Grubb and Ludovic Quistin’s latest International call-up amongst a number of other subject’s .

If I could start with your thought’s on today’s game please?

T. R.: “Didn’t deserve to win.

Didn’t do enough to win a game of football.

Made two shocking error’s at the back.

They have had three shots in ninety minutes.

We are out of the F. A. Trophy and another £4,000 pounds down the drain.

We don’t seem to care.

I think we need to look at things from top to bottom.

I am considering my position at the football club.

The Referee today, 11 caution’s, the physio on the pitch once during the whole game and not one player went off injured.

I find it hard to believe.

I think we where at the wrong end of most of the decisions all afternoon but I must admit that it is not the reason we got beat.

The respect campaign at non-league level is on its knee’s; there are no ifs and buts’ about it”

But it has got to be a two way thing and respect has to be earned?

T. R.: “Yeap.

Your dead right.

You can’t have a referee running around telling people to shut up.

That is a lack of respect but that is not the reason we lost today because we did not create enough in their 18 yard box and we didn’t defend our 18 yard box well enough and like I said, three shots in 90 minutes they had.

Well, yeah, three shots on target in 90 minutes.

We only had five or six chances mind but you know a different kettle of fish if McGregor scored with the header first half and it’s just hit the keeper.”

Where you pleased with the effort levels?

T. R.: “Was I pleased with the effort levels?

Well it was better than Tuesday! But again we have let the supporters and people behind the scenes at this football club down.

I have been here what sixteen month’s now? seventeen month’s? and we’ve not had a cup run, we’ve not done nothing.

We’ve been beaten by sides two and three league’s lower than us and I and we have got to face reality.

I am looking at myself very, very critically at this present moment in time and I think that some of our player’s should do exactly the same because we all think, myself included, I think that I am a good coach and the player’s definitely think that they are good player’s but you know it happens all the time.

It keep’s happening to us.

Yeah we have had a good start in the league considering everything else but we have just gone out of two cup competitions to two sides three and two league’s lower than us.

It is not acceptable and when you put that together with the Setanta Shield against Eastleigh when we where 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go and threw that away.

Chesham in the F. A. Cup, Team Bath in the F. A, Cup last year, Bath City in the Setanta Shield last year but we are giving our supporters nothing to cheer.”

You said after Tuesday that you wanted a big reaction today. Was the reaction you got what you wanted?

T. R.: “Well no because the result was wrong.

Results can paper over loads of things.

We won at Basingstoke.

The second goal has come from Mark McKeever giving a poor ball to Andy Gurney and them going down the other end and scoring.

You know, we just can’t keep making mistakes.

We have one clean sheet in 22 games now and that says it all.

We are only scoring one a game now.

We started on fire earlier in the season.

It is a simple game and I keep repeating myself but games are won and lost in their 18 yard box and lost in your own and I keep telling the player’s. and they are mostly my player’s, mostly my player’s.

You know the only players I haven’t signed here now are McGregor and Northmore.

Yeah, Mark McKeever has come back to the club.”

Randy (Craig Rand)?

T. R.: “Yeah, well Randy hasn’t played since last January has he?”

Is he close to match fitness?

T. R.: “I don’t know.

He say’s he is training and that.

He needs, We need a couple of games.

If he had of been here Tuesday he would have been involved in the Brislington game.

You know I sat him on the bench today because there was a hiccup with Ben Willshire.

Ben Willshire should have been on the bench today.”

What happened there then?

T. R.: “I sent a text message to him but sent it to his house number rather than his mobile so he didn’t get the message but then again he should of checked in and said “Ricko, what is going on on Saturday?”

So I have got to hold my hands up for that.”

I understand that we have now appealed against Cedric’s red card at Basingstoke?

T. R.: “I have asked the question and his ban starts on Tuesday and we have not heard any news so Keith (Keith Refault, stand-in Secretary) was saying today so but then again if Cedric is going to play like he did today, then you know!?.”

So have we actually appealed then?

T. R.: “I have asked the club to appeal.

That’s all I can say.”

Keith is telling me today that we have but Keith is telling me that he is waiting for the F. A. to get back to him so I take it whatever but I have asked to appeal.

Am I right in thinking that the ban process is held off until the appeal has been heard?

T. R.: “Yes., Yes it is.”

Any other news? Any injuries?

T. R.: “We missed Comyn-Platt today and to a certain extent Ashan.

The club needs fresh impetus and whether that is replacing me or whether it’s replacing some of the player’s, time will tell.”

Part two of this interview will be placed on the website later today (Wednesday)

512 - 26/11/2008

Keith Coombes 1955-2008

Weston-super-Mare F. C. offers their condolences to the Family and Friends of former Weston player Keith Coombes who sadly passed away on Monday evening.

53 year old Keith who was head of P. E. at Gordano School played for the Seagulls under Harry “Ticker” Thomas at both Langford Road and Woodspring Park .

A minutes silence will be held on Saturday at 10:29 prior to Weston’s supporters taking on their Basingstoke counterparts and will be followed by a further minutes silence at 2:59 prior to the Blue Square Conference South Fixture between Weston-super-Mare and Basingstoke Town .

A club spokesman commented “Our sympathy goes out to his family and we are thinking of them at this sad time.”

511 - 26/11/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts (Part Two)


Basingstoke is obviously a massive game this Saturday but I think there is no doubt that we have seen this season that we have more than enough quality amongst the player’s?

T. R.: “Yeah.

We say that.

I think if everybody is fit there is more than enough quality in the squad to finish mid-table.

I have said that all along but we have had too many set-backs and too many false dawns.

I have had a guts full of being a loser.

It is as simple as that.”

What is it about then? Motivation? Attitude? Application? Desire?

T. R.: “Well we all think we are better than we actually are.

Myself included.

I am not pulling any punches.

We all think we are better than we are.”

Yes but surely the message if you keep picking up defeats is that you are not?

T. R.: “There is two ways of looking at it Si.

Do players care?

Are they really interested in the end result?

Are they really interested in this football club?

I didn’t sleep Tuesday night.

I spent all night awake.

That’s how it affects me and why should I put my family through it when I get another defeat today against a very average side and all credit to them they deserved their win today but a very average side and it happens time after time and like I said it is mostly my player’s so I have got to accept it.

My leading goalscorer is Darren Mullings, a midfield player, McGregor has got three, Marvin Brown has got four.

This is league goals that I am talking about.

Then we are conceding two goals a game at the other end so somewhere along the line I haven’t got it right in 16 months.”

The start to the league season though has been fantastic and perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves but I suppose it is following the pattern of last season?

T. R.: “Si.

I appreciate what you are saying and I think most people would of settled for 22 points from 17 league games.

We get 22 points from our next 17 league games and we are 44 points, where safe with 8 games to go and I think everybody is happy at the football club.

Well I won’t be.

I won’t be.

I want more than that.

I want more success than that.

I’m still ambitious.

I want better.

When I came here it was to turn the club in to a conference club, that is what me and the Chairman spoke about at our interview and we are a million miles away from that, absolutely a million miles away from that on and off the field.

On the field is my responsibility and I have got a say.”

There are other supporting factors though aren’t there?

T. R.: “There is.

There is but on the field is what concerns me and we continue to let people down.

Myself and the players included and it hurts me but I am not quite as sure that it hurts all our player’s.”

What do you expect from the next games against Basingstoke and Maidenhead? Can you give the supporters some hope for optimism and convince them that this season is not going to follow the pattern of last season?

T. R.: “That is probably why it needs a change Si.

That is probably why it needs a change because I am not going to sit here and let happen what happened last year.

I was too loyal last year.

I kept too many players for too long that were not good enough and we proved Tuesday and today that we are not good enough.

I will re-iterate, I take the ultimate responsibility for it because most of the player’s are mine.”

Surely the players have to take some responsibility when they cross the white line?

T. R.: “That is exactly what I said about to the players after in the dressing room.

In my programme notes that weren’t printed today but I actually said that when players cross the white line there is not much that you can do but the way that the game was set-up today, Ludovic Quistin and Ben Wells should have had an absolute field day.

There was no width to our play and when we did get the ball wide it was in our own half of the field.

They set-up with a diamond type four midfield to combat our three and it worked for them so it should of given Ludovic and Ben Wells plenty of room to attack but Ludovic was poor today.”

What do you expect from the next couple of games then?

T. R.: “If I am honest with you Si, I think you are better off asking the players.

My expectations: We are three games undefeated in the league, three away games.

5 out of 9 but you know if they play like they did today and defended like they did today then who knows.”

Have you got the scope and support to be able to change things?

T. R.: “Player’s will have to go.

We are over budget.

There is another £4,000 pounds down the pan today and it ain’t no good player’s coming knocking on my door saying that they want a pay rise and this that and the other.

We sent a circular out to all club’s saying that we had players available for transfer and loan and the only club to make an enquiry was Clevedon Town and Farnborough Town.”

Are you able to say which player’s it was that they were interested in?

T. R.: “Clevedon Town wanted Dean Grubb and Clevedon Town enquired about James Palmer.”


T. R.: “Farnborough just wanted to know who was available and I said to Farnborough if there is somebody specific then to speak to us but I never heard another thing.

So we need a reality check.”

Do you believe that player’s are ultimately answerable to the spectators as it is the supporters that pay the wages?

T. R.: “I will say this to you.

If it wasn’t for the Chairman Paul Bliss there wouldn’t be a Weston-super-Mare football club at this level.

When the man is taking £70,000-100,000 out of his own pocket.

Player’s are answerable to supporters, we have given them absolutely nothing to cheer about.

Just a couple of rounds in the F. A. Trophy, A couple of rounds in the F. A. Cup.

Our crowd if we are not careful will diminish and we have given them nothing to cheer about.”

A win at pre-season title favourites Havant & Waterlooville, ending A. F. C. Wimbledon’s 100% home record and up until recently being above both Bath City and Newport County in the table, all is certainly not gloomy?

T. R.: “But five of you have seen that, five of you have seen the draw at A. F. C. Wimbledon and it’s a great result and the win at Havant and Waterlooville was very pleasing but we need to be consistent with it.

We have got a lot of player’s here but one thing we have not got:-I need to bring in a pacey striker, there is no ifs and buts’ about it.

Their seven caused us problems today and hopefully we will get Randy back and Charlie Comyn-Platt back and hopefully when we get a squad of 17 we will be O. K. but at the present moment in time we need one or two changes.”

Have you spoken to Dean Grubb since he got back from Spain?

T. R.: “Well Dean Grubb has come back and spoken to me today, sorry last night.

He was suspended for two weeks by myself and fined two weeks wages over non arrival at Braintree.

He has come back and apologised, says that he just wants to get his head down and play football and I shook hands with him and said fair enough but I don’t think we would be wise to cancel Dean’s contract.

We need Dean Grubb with his head right because he has got the ability just to create something out of nothing”

Your thought’s on Ludovic’s latest International call-up? His second since he has been a Weston player and his third in total.

T. R.: “To play international football, to represent your country is the pinnacle for every single player.

It is something that I would of liked, to of represented my country.

I got selected for the England Non-League side going back a few years then done my cruciate ligaments so didn’t get selected so it is an honour for him and an honour for the club.”

Strange that Cedric hasn’t been considered though? Perhaps they (Guadeloupe) are not aware of him?

T. R.: “Players’ have still got an awful lot to learn and develop in their game and that is what I miss, training two night’s a week.

We trained on Tuesday night and nobody at the Club informed me that there was a Youth Team game on Thursday night.

My goalkeeper actually run’s the side and he didn’t say anything to me and when we turn up with two trialists, one from Neath and one that has come over from Portugal and they must be thinking what the hell is going on.

I miss that professionalism.

I would like to work with Ludovic and Cedric on a daily basis as they have got good natural attributes.

There quick, they are strong but Cedric has cost us today and Ludovic has had his worst game since he joined us.”

Finally then. We haven’t seen any of the problems that Hednesford claimed to of had with Ludovic?

T. R.: “No.

Not at all.

I’ve got a good relationship with the both of them.

Ludo none whatsoever.

He drives down here all the way from London three times a week, he is dedicated, put’s everything in and I have got no problems.”

509 - 25/11/2008

Further County honours for Seagulls starlets

Weston-super-Mare F. C. Youth Team duo, Ben Dancey and Dayle Grubb have brought further prestige to the Woodspring Stadium based club with their sixth and fourth call-up’s respectively to the Somerset County Under 18’s squad this season.

Youth team Captain Grubb who plays in the centre of midfield and highly rated goalkeeper Dancey will represent their County in the South & West Counties Youth Championship game against Dorset on Tuesday December 9th.

The game will take place at Taunton Town F. C. and kick-off at 7:30pm.

Both Weston sides are without a fixture on that date and it is hoped that a large number of Seagulls supporters will make the short trip to support Ben and Dayle.

All at the club congratulate both players and wish them good luck.

508 - 23/11/2008

Further International honours for Seagulls star

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare are delighted to announce that left-back Ludovic Quistin has brought further prestige to the Woodspring Stadium based club with his second international call-up since signing for the Seagulls and his third in total for his home nation of Guadeloupe .

24 year old Ludovic played a starring role for Guadeloupe in Stage 2 of the Caribbean Cup in October, featuring in wins over the Cayman Islands, Grenada and Martinique and has been rewarded for his performances with a place in the squad for December’s finals in Jamaica .

Guadeloupe face group games against Cuba (4th December), Haiti (6th December) & Antigua and Barbuda on 8th December.

Should Guadeloupe finish in the top two of the group they will face either Jamaica , Trinidad & Tobago , Grenada or Barbados in the semi-finals and making the last 4 would also be enough for them to qualify for the prestigious Concacaf Gold Cup 2009.

Quistin is due to fly out to Jamaica on December 1st and would return on either December 9th or December 15th depending on Guadeloupe ’s success in the competition.

Ludovic would miss only one of Weston's games being the trip to Maidenhead United .

All at the club extend a hearty congratulations to Ludovic and their warmest best wishes.

Seagulls Press Officer Simon Stephens will be doing his best to keep you informed of Ludovic’s progress but it is not thought that club expenses would stretch to taking in the action live!

507 - 22/11/2008

Weston appeal Abraham ban

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare today confirmed that they have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to centre-back Cedric Abraham in the recent Blue Square Conference South fixture at Basingstoke Town.

It is alleged that a Basingstoke supporter lent over the perimeter wall and struck Mr Abraham in the face some 10 minutes from time in the fixture on 11th November. It is further alleged that Weston defender Michael Green was also assaulted in the same incident.

As far as mitigating circumstances against punishment go it is believed that Mr Abraham has the best case possible as he is understood to of retaliated purely in self defence.

Weston’s stand-in Secretary Keith Refault commented “In the law of the land self defence is an allowable defence.”

He also went on to say “If this punishment is allowed to stand it could send a message to supporters that provocation can be used to remove key opposition players so exacerbating the disappointing increase in bad behaviour at football matches.”

It is understood that a decision will be processed by the F. A. within 7 days.

506 - 20/11/2008

Welsh striker links up with Seagulls

Powerful centre-forward Andy Hammett will link up with Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare for training after leaving Principality Building Society Welsh Premier League side Neath.

23 year old Hammett who was in the Youth side at Weston’s Conference South rivals Newport County had trials with Swansea City and brief spells at Merthyr Tydfil and Barry Town prior to joining Aberystwyth Town .

Abergavenney based Andy also played at Cwmbran and Welsh League Taffs Well before joining Neath.

He joined Pontardawe Town in January 2008.

The move came about after Andy’s work colleague Fred Pratlett, Manager of local side East Worle got in touch with Weston’s Press Officer Simon Stephens through their links with the Weston & District Football league and Andy and his father were invited as guests of Manager Tony Ricketts to the game with Brislington on Tuesday evening.

Ricketts commented

“I know him (Andy) from Rovers, when he was at Rovers.

He is on contract at Neath until January so nothing will happen until January because we wouldn’t get international clearance.

He is a striker. Big and strong and we will have a good look at him.

Neath have given him permission to train with us so we will have a look over the next few weeks and see what happens.

January is not so far away now.”

505 - 19/11/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

Following Weston’s Somerset Premier Cup fixture with Brislington First Team Manager Tony Ricketts shared his thoughts on the evening’s game and on transfer listed winger Dean Grubb.

Below are extracts.

Your thought’s on tonight’s game?

T. R.: “Embarrassing.

We think we are better that what we are and just have to turn up.

I didn’t think they were ever going to score.

Gurney was at fault for the first

Cedric was at fault for the second

Our keeper hasn’t had a save to make and we haven’t worked their keeper

I still feel we need some fresh impetus.

We need to sign one or two but we need to move players on to bring players in.”

And your thoughts on the situation involving Dean Grubb?

T. R.: “He apologised for that action (not travelling to Braintree) and we have spoken and we fined him under the club’s disciplinary procedure’s and have placed him on the transfer list.

He’s in Spain at this present moment in time trying to sort his head out.

He is a talent, no if’s and buts’ about that but talent alone doesn’t make a footballer and he has to decide what he needs to do.”

504 - 18/11/2008

Supporters game gets club backing

The Supporters game with our Basingstoke counterparts is confirmed for next Saturday (29th November) with a 10:30 Kick-Off.

The Match has very kindly been sponsored by Capille & Co. Building Solutions of Weston-super-Mare whilst the Match Ball has also very kindly been sponsored by Manderwood Timber Engineering Ltd of Highbridge.

Thanks are also extended to Oliver Bliss and Weston-super-Mare F. C. for halving the usual rate for the pitch hire.

The generosity of the sponsors has allowed vastly reduced match subs for the people taking part.

We are still looking for a "Referee Sponsor" and if you can help, please contact Simon Stephens on any First or Youth team Match Day or e-mail: WSMFCEST1948@HOTMAIL.COM.

The game will take place on pitch 3 (Westlands/Langford pitch)at The Woodspring Stadium and your support would be very much welcome.

Witness the likes of Sean Burke and Andy Mills lace up their boots in an opportunity that money can't buy!

503 - 17/11/2008

Wing Wizard Grubb placed on list by Seagulls

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have placed former Bristol City and Welsh International Dean Grubb on the transfer list following what stand-in Club Secretary Keith Refault described as “a breach of the club’s code of conduct”.

Weston born Grubb a popular face in the town joined his hometown club in the Summer of 2007 following seven years at Bristol City where he made five appearances for the Welsh Under 19 side and one appearance for the Under 21’s in a 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

An impressive start to life at The Woodspring Stadium saw him win the club’s Player of the Month award for September 2007 and led to interest from Championship side Burnley with Dean playing 90 minutes in a Pontins league fixture against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Refault said that “the decision was regrettable but Dean failed to make the coach to Braintree last Saturday and didn’t inform anybody that he wouldn’t be attending”.

Following some personal issue’s 21 year old Dean jetted to Seville on Saturday morning for a break with his parents who live in the Spanish city.

Whilst Seagulls supporters will be sad to lose a local face in the side (Ryan Havard and Mark Armstrong remain as the only two Weston bred players who are regular members of the squad) it is hoped that the vacancy may be filled by one of the local trio of David Thorne, Sam Clark or Sam Johnson who have found themselves on the periphery of the squad after graduating from the clubs successful Youth Side.

502 - 13/11/2008

After match interview with Weston’s former Basingstoke midfielder Ben Wells

Weston’s former Basingstoke midfielder Ben Wells took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game at Basingstoke Town and to share his thoughts on the evening’s events.

Your first return to your former club. Did you receive a good reception? Any stick?

B. W.: “I was eager to do well to be honest.

I was looking forward to it, thought I done well, set the goal up and so it shut them up a little bit.”

Nothing to prove though?

B. W.: “No, not really.”

And your thoughts on the game as a whole?

B. W.: “A bit scrappy.

I thought we could of done a lot better really.

Once we went 1-0 up we sat back a little bit and I think we need to start kicking on once we score the goal, can we get a second or third?

So that is something we need to work on really.”

I thought the effort levels were really good?

B. W.: “Yeah.

Excellent, Yeah.

Tremendous defending again, throwing their bodies in front of the ball and anything to win so that’s good.”

With it being a tight knit table another three point’s on Saturday would put a totally different perspective on things and propel us to within touching distance of the play-off’s?

B. W.: “Yeah that’s right.


It definitely put’s us in the mix up if we can get three points Saturday as well against Bognor.

That should be a good game.

I think they are running low on confidence and coming off a win I think we can go and win that as well.”

A rather regrettable note to finish on but I understand two of our lads were victim’s of an assault from a spectator? A cause for concern and perhaps something which shouldn’t of been allowed to happen?

B. W.: “Yeah, That’s right, Yeah.

I think it is pathetic really, fans getting involved.

Obviously it was heat of the moment.

I just think that fans need to grow up.

It is just a shame it happened really and put’s a bit of a downer on a good win.

It should be dealt with really for player’s safety.”

501 - 12/11/2008

After match interview with Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney

Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game at Basingstoke Town and to share his thoughts on the evening’s events.

Your thoughts on tonight’s game?

A. G.: “Disappointed with the ball at times.

We haven’t played as we want too with the ball going forward particularly.

Fantastic performance defensively.

The lads have thrown themselves in front of things and worked their socks off and it is a great result really which is always important at the end of the day.”

A big three points?

A. G.: “Yeah massive.

Needed a win tonight.

That is four points out of two away games in four days and keeps us in a decent position and in touch with people above us which is what we want to do come around Christmas time”

In a tight league table, 3 points tonight propels us from just under mid-table in to the top half and puts a totally different complexion on things?

A. G.: “It will be another difficult game again on Saturday, another away game but if the lads work as hard as they have done tonight then we can go there and get a decent result.

Not looking to far ahead, want to just keep improving, stick in and around where we are and see what else comes.”

Plenty of effort and commitment from the lads, You and the Gaffer must be happy with that?

A. G.: “You can never ask for more than that.

You see that people are giving everything that they have got and working their socks off.

When they work as hard as they have defensively, throwing themselves in front of things, working up and down, sometimes you get what you want just through sheer effort.”

Perhaps an unfortunate issue to finish with but one that none the less perhaps shouldn’t go without mention is that I understand that a couple of our players were assaulted by a member/members of the crowd following an incident towards the end of the game?

A. G.: “Yeah.

Obviously I am right over the other side of the pitch so can’t really see what happened but no doubt we will look in to that and try and get to the bottom of it and see what happened.”

Something which shouldn’t have been allowed to take place in the first place?

A. G.: “No it shouldn’t happen but I can’t really say anything until we know the full circumstances in what happened.”

500 - 11/11/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game at Braintree Town and to share his thoughts on the afternoon’s game.

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

T. R.: “Just a little bit disappointed really.

We defended well and Northmore has pulled of three good saves but to let a corner bounce in our box is criminal and that is how they have ended up scoring their goal and then once they had scored we took the game to them again.

Marvin Brown had a great chance to win us the three points.

Whether we deserved the three points , that is another matter but we feel that we defended well and we got 2 points out of our last 3 games when I feel we should have had 7 points from our last 3 games.

We are a bit disappointed.

We can’t keep a clean sheet.

It is putting pressure on the players and the goalkeeper and we just can’t seem to close one out at the moment and that is disappointing.

We are looking stronger at the back:-Michael Green has come in today and played sweeper and done really, really well and I thought Cedric was our best player today and so yeah a bit disappointed Si but I am always a bit disappointed, always want a bit more but after the week we have had we would of settled for a point before the game.

Braintree are a good side.

I don’t know what their budget is but were now competing with a side where we lost here 4-0 last year.

We are moving forward, perhaps not quite as quickly as I would like but once we start keeping a clean sheet we will start moving up the league.

We want to be top half of the league by Christmas.

That was our goal at the start of the season and we dropped a place today on goal difference.

I think we dropped to 14th today but we have got games that we can win, Basingstoke and Bognor.

I said to the boys at the Welling game we have got 5 or 6 games that we are capable of winning and we are and we have been.

Welling we didn’t turn up on the day and they deserved to win but the games that followed, Newport, Bath City, Today, Basingstoke and Bognor it is games that we are capable of winning, the player’s have got to believe it.

We spent 35 minutes defending till they scored then we spent the next 10 minutes attacking.

We are a young squad and you look at their side mainly experienced and we are still quite young.

If the club keep them together I think we will be a good side.”

Is there any reason why we had only four substitutes named on the bench today?

T. R.: “Dean Grubb didn’t travel today.

For whatever reason I don’t know.”

Has he left the club?

T. R.: “He is on contract so he can’t go nowhere.

I spoke to him six o’clock last night and he gave me no indication that he wasn’t travelling at six o’clock last night.”

If I could finish please by asking if we picked up any injuries today?

T. R.: “We got a couple of whacks but nothing serious that will be a problem for Tuesday so no everything is O. K. Mate.”

499 - 10/11/2008

Safe hands Purnell answers Yate S. O. S.

Weston’s highly rated teenage Goalkeeper Luke Purnell answered an S. O. S.

from Yate Town Manager Richard Thompson on Saturday.

With regular Yate keeper Lee Matthews unavailable the Weston youngster who received call ups for both the English and British Colleges sides represented the Bluebells in their BGB Southern League Premier Division game at Bedford Town .

Purnell turned in an accomplished performance that was capped by a stunning save from Akin Aladetoun in the closing stages to give the Gloucestershire based side a share of the spoils at the New Eyrie.

498 - 06/11/2008

Striker results 05/11/2008

£1000 winner T Harrison Y0446

£500 winner Mrs A McNamara J3663

£250 winner Mr Fairhurst V5804

£125 winner J Carter SC0448

No rollover winner therefore rolling over!! Plus 64 paying customers with the same numbers but a different prefix winning £10!!

Good Luck

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker.

497 - 04/11/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game against Bath City and to share his thoughts on the afternoon’s game.

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

T. R.: “Obviously bitterly disappointed.

Local derby with no passion and neither keeper making a save throughout the 90 minutes.”

We had a number of chances? A good opportunity when Mark McKeever’s shot came back off the bar?

T. R.: “It was a great piece of skill by McKeever to create the opportunity and have the vision to try the effort and it was a great chance.

Perhaps Mullings was under pressure from the defender and probably did snatch at it but let’s be honest, the lad is not a striker, he is filling in for us and he was one of our better players again today.”

We deserved at least a point out of it don’t you think?

T. R.: “I don’t think any team deserved to win or lose it.

I am going to repeat myself; neither keeper has made a save.

You watch the video and neither keeper made a save.

We lacked a bit of creativity going forward and intelligence going forward.

First half we gave the ball away under no pressure at all too many times for my liking and it was only the last sort of quarter of an hour that we sparked in to life really, made a couple of chances.

McGregor perhaps should of done better with his header and Ashan perhaps should of scored from a set-play, corner but you know I don’t think we deserved to lose it but I don’t think we deserved to win it either.”

Any nostalgia/emotion for you considering Bath was a club where you spent a great deal of time both as a player and a Manager?

T. R.: “No, no.

Emotions are emotions aren’t they?

I am manager of Weston-super-Mare Football Club and that is the only football club that matters to me at this present moment in time. Simple as that.

Just bitterly disappointed coz I think we should have had at least four points from the last six and we have ended up with one from six and that’s a disappointment.

Individual errors are costing us dear.”

Considering there were six ex Weston players in the Bath squad and two ex Bath men in he Weston ranks, perhaps we could have expected a more feisty, passionate encounter?

T. R.: “I didn’t think there was any passion in it.

For me local derbies are local derbies but I didn’t see any of that today.

I don’t think the Officials helped either but I will get myself in to trouble if I say anymore.”

Any injuries?

T. R.: “No.

James Palmer has got a whack on the shin but I think he will be O. K. for Braintree .

McKeever’s hamstring is a little bit tight but we have come out of it O. K.”

Any potential player movement in the offing?

T. R.: “We are always on the lookout.

I think our form over the last six games, five/six games has been very indifferent to say the least and yeah I think we might need to freshen it up a little bit.”

496 - 03/11/2008

Weston drawn at Home in FA Trophy

In the draw for the 3rd Qualifying round of the F. A. Trophy made today Weston have been handed a home tie against the winners of Tuesday night's 2nd qualifying round replay between Great Wakering Rovers and AFC Sudbury who drew 1-1 on Saturday. The tie takes place on Saturday 22nd of November with a 3pm Kick-Off. Great Wakering Rovers are currently 14th in Ryman Division One North whilst AFC Sudbury lie in 7th in the BGB Southern League Midland Division.

494 - 31/10/2008

Rand return provides timely tonic

Whilst the absence of influential 'enforcer' Andy Gurney through suspension will come as a major set-back for Weston-super-Mare F. C. the sight of Craig Rand taking part in his first full contact training session for 10 months this week will act as a timely tonic for Seagulls supporters.

Former Sheffield Wednesday man Rand an immensely popular figure on the Woodspring terraces, won the Away supporters Player of the year, Players Player of the year and Supporters Player of the year for the 2006/2007 season but has not featured for any length of time since as he has hit a number of set-backs in his return from an injury to the pubic bone with the flare ups understood to be linked to unknowingly playing thought the early stages of the injury.

Weston Manager Tony Ricketts hopes to have Rand in contention within three to four weeks with a possible target for some game time being the County Cup tie against Brislington.

Rand commented “to say it has been frustrating would be an understatement. The club have been magnificent during my time on the sidelines as have the fans who have shown concern and compassion and I can’t wait to re-pay their faith and get back playing in front of the most passionate and dedicated supporters in the league”.

Bristol Rovers and England Youth Doctor Tim Jenkinson a valued contact of Ricketts during his time at the Memorial Stadium has been instrumental in Rand’s recovery and the return of the dominant Geordie centre-back will be as good as a new signing for the Seagulls.

493 - 30/10/2008

Striker Results 29/10/2008

£1000 winner Mrs Kerwan B4551

£500 winner Mrs J Millington P1317

£250 winner Mrs P Herbert L6668

£125 winner Audrey Whitfield N1827

Plus 80 paying members with the same numbers but a different prefix win £10.

Congratulations to Mrs Murphy who has won the Rollover amount of: £1500!!!! B6381.

Many apoligies for adding this to the website a day late, but I had problems with the internet.

Thanks and good luck.....

Michelle Somers

Gold Striker!!

492 - 30/10/2008

County call to face Cornwall for Youth Team Starlets

Weston-super-Mare F. C. is proud to announce that the youth team duo of Ben Dancey and Dayle Grubb have received their third call-up from Somerset County this season to represent the South West region at Under 18 level.

Goalkeeper Dancey and central midfielder and Captain Grubb travel to Penryn F. C. this Saturday (4th Nov.) to take on Cornwall in a South West County Championship fixture. Kick-Off is at 2:30pm.

All at the club congratulate both players and wish them well

491 - 29/10/2008


Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare will be without the influential presence of defender/midfielder and Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney for four games following his sending off against Newport County last Monday (20th October) and an accumulation of caution's.

Gurney will be available for this Saturday's visit of Bath City (1st Nov.) but will then sit out the visit's to Braintree Town (8th Nov.), Basingstoke Town (11th Nov.) & Bognor Regis Town (15th Nov.) in Blue Square Conference South and the Somerset Premier Cup 2nd Round Home Tie with Brislington on Tuesday 18th November.

He will next be available for the F. A. Trophy fixture on Saturday 22nd of November (Draw to be made).

490 - 28/10/2008


Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s Blue Square Conference South fixture at Basingstoke Town will now take place on Tuesday 11th of November 2008 with a 7:45pm kick-off at the Camrose.

The game was scheduled to take place last Saturday but was postponed due to the Hampshire side's F. A. Cup 4th qualifying round tie with Bury Town.

489 - 25/10/2008

Weston Legend on the move

Former Weston utility man Richard Chattoe, a member of the club’s Western League Premier Division title winning side in the 1991-92 season has taken the next step in his managerial career by leaving Vodkat North West Counties Premier Division side Silsden where he has been Assistant Manager for the past 10 months to take up a similar position at Unibond Division 1 North side Harrogate Railway.

488 - 22/10/2008

Striker Results 22/10/2008

£1000 winning name Mr Mowe SB6814

£500 winning name Mrs D Cavanaugh U3278

£250 winning name Gavin Sherriff R6953

£125 winning name N Difford WG5778

Total of 69 consolations at £10.

No Rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

Thanks and good luck!!

Michelle Somers, Gold Striker.

487 - 21/10/2008

After match interview with Newport County Manager Dean Holdsworth

Former England B International Dean Holdsworth was appointed Newport County Manager in May after a successful initiation at Ryman League Division 1 North side Redbridge.

The Walthamstow born striker had an illustrious playing career that is best remembered for his time in the Premier League with Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers and saw spells with Watford, Carlisle United, Swansea City, Brentford, Coventry City & Rushden & Diamonds.

39 year old Dean had a brief spell at Derby County as Assistant Manager to current Hull boss Phil Brown prior to taking the Redbridge post.

Following Newport’s visit to the Woodspring Stadium on Monday evening he took time out to speak to Press Officer Simon Stephens.

Dean, if I could start by asking you your opinions on the playing surface, facilities and set-up at Weston?

D. H.: “I was impressed tonight.

I thought the grass and pitch was fantastic considering that it had been rained on all day.

I think the facilities are decent, could do with a little bit of a tidy up now and again in little places but in general I think it is a good stadium.

I have enjoyed playing here.

I think it is good for the fans.

Yeah, I like it.”

If I could then go on to ask your thoughts on tonight’s game please?

D. H.: “Well my personal thoughts … It’s difficult as a Manager not to be one sided but I felt really pleased that we came away and my players I thought we dominated the second half particularly.

Weston have had one shot and scored a very good goal, I’ll give them that, It was a very good goal but I felt we dominated the game and it would have been absolutely mind blowing to think we could of actually come away from here tonight with nothing.”

You don’t think you were at all fortunate then?

Particularly with the nature of your goal and it’s timing?

D. H.: “No, no.

We got what we deserved and sometimes in football you don’t get that and tonight we deserved at least a point.

When you see the ball hitting the post and chances going amiss you think maybe it is not your night, keep it tight at the back but we let them score a good goal but a goal like that deserves all it’s praise.”

Based on what you have seen of Weston this evening and comparing them to other sides you have faced so far this season, where would you see them finishing up?

D. H.: “I think they are a decent side, some decent players, organised and have got some experience based on as much as I have seen of them tonight.

We are going to have to be realistic. They are not going to be a club who are going to go out and spend a lot of money on players so they are going to have to get players from the area geographically right.

I think they are a decent side.

They have got some ability.

They play the ball off the feet which is not bad so yeah, I think they will be fine.”

Yourself personally, I understand you are under a little pressure?

Are you feeling that?

D. H.: “There is always pressure at this club because we have got a passionate set of fans and it is a club which wants to achieve things but we are trying to manage and be realistic with our expectation’s due to different financial things but I am looking at my squad and thinking that I have got a very good squad.

I am looking at adding maybe one or two over the next month or so but I am more than happy to go out with that squad on the pitch because I feel they have got some fantastic ability and maybe that little bit of luck tonight may kick us on again and we look forward to Saturday now.”

If I could finish with a few words on the Newport supporters?

Considering your current placing they travelled in good numbers and are perhaps deserving of a bit more?

D. H.: “Yeah.

They are always going to turn up because they want to see Newport win as we do.

Those things like tonight make you stronger and we go out Saturday now, turn up on Thursday looking forward to Saturday and we will look to build on what we have got tonight.”

486 - 17/10/2008

Weston-super-Mare V Newport County. Match procedures.


Newport supporters will be allowed into the large function room, The Somerset Suite, for drinks before the game. The bar will close at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before kick off and will remain closed until after the final whistle. Nobody will be allowed in at Half Time.........

The supporters will then be directed around to the away turnstiles where both will be open. Programmes will be on sale here as well as in the function room...............

Newport supporters will be allocated the two open ends of the Stadium

Refreshments / Toilets will be available ..........................

ANY SUPPORTER who intends to bring a bag into the ground will have that bag searched.

Providing there has been a peaceful atmosphere throughout the game then the Somerset Suite will be open after the final whistle..........................


They will of course be treated with respect and will be allowed into the Stands. This also applies to any Families who travel to the game. There will be a police presence throughout the game.

485 - 17/10/2008

Weston dismiss Clevedon interest

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare have dismissed out of hand tentative interest shown by BGB Southern League strugglers and bitter rivals Clevedon Town in taking two of their stars on loan.

The contracted duo of winger Dean Grubb (pictured) and central midfielder James Palmer have featured sporadically for the Seagulls this season but both are understood to have expressed a desire not to become involved in a bottom of the table scrap with the relegation haunted Seasiders and are keen to fight for their place at The Woodspring Stadium.

484 - 17/10/2008

Football Fun Days

Our exclusive FOOTBALL FUN DAYS are designed to offer young footballers the opportunity to participate in 4 days of professional football coaching that is delivered by UEFA accredited Football Coach RYAN NORTHMORE & MARK MCKEEVER

The ethos of these Fun Days is to improve the player's technical ability, increase your child's physical activity and promote fair play.

The football complex at WSM AFC is again the venue for the Fun Days. The complex has superb facilities with the use of two training pitches, indoor sports hall, first team pitch and changing rooms for both girls & boys.

The dates of the next FUN DAYS are

28, 29, 30 & 31 October 2008

The cost of the FUN DAYS are

SEAGULLS-£10.00 per day or £32.00 for the full four days

NON-SEAGULLS-£12.00 per day or £40.00 for all four days

Please bring indoor and outdoor footwear, rain jacket as well as a packed lunch.

Please arrive at 8:45am. The sessions will start at 9am and finish at 3pm

PLACES ARE LIMITED-For more information and to secure your place, call 01934 621 618.

483 - 17/10/2008

Further representative honours for youth team duo

Weston-super-Mare F. C. is proud to announce that following their successful under 18's bow for Somerset the youth team duo of Ben Dancey and Dayle Grubb have received a second call-up.

Goalkeeper Dancey and central midfielder and Captain Grubb will represent their county tomorrow when they take on The Amateur Football Alliance in the First Round of The F. A. County Youth Cup in a game that kicks off at 2:00pm and takes place at The Hand Stadium in Clevedon.

All at the club congratulate both players and wish them well

482 - 16/10/2008

Seagulls star in International success!

Weston’s left sided defender/midfielder Ludovic Quistin flew back to the U. K. today after a successful trio of games for Guadeloupe saw his home nation qualify for the finals of the Digicel Caribbean Cup in Jamaica this December.

In the opening game last Saturday Guadeloupe beat Cayman Islands 7-1 with Ludovic replacing Cedric Collett for the final 32 minutes.

On Monday the home nation recorded their second victory when they defeated Grenada 2-1 and Ludovic was brought on for Lery Hannay 8 minutes in to the second half.

Guadeloupe made it 3 wins from 3 last night and topped their group courtesy of the 3-1 victory over Martinique with Quistin completing 90 minutes .

The top 3 nations from December’s finals will qualify for the 2009 Concaf Gold Cup.

It is understood that Quistin will go straight in to the Weston squad to visit Welling in Blue Square Conference South on Saturday.

480 - 16/10/2008

Weston Legend turns down return to Seagulls

Weston Manager Tony Ricketts has been rebuffed in his attempts to bring in a new goalkeeper after Tiverton number 1 Steve Book turned down a return to the Seagulls.

39 year old Book was part of the Weston side that won the Great Mills (Western) League Premier Division title in the 1991-1992 season and has spent the early part of this season with the Yellows after joining in the Summer.

Book who’s career came to prominence at Woodspring Park went on to enjoy great success at Cheltenham Town in the late 90’s helping them to the F. A. Trophy and Conference title in 1998 followed by promotion to league one.

He is currently goalkeeping coach at League One side Bristol Rovers.

Book’s decision may well hand the opportunity to highly rated local goalkeeper Luke Purnell(pictured) to put pressure on number one Ryan Northmore who has so often been the club’s saviour in recent seasons.

479 - 15/10/2008


At the time of writing Weston will be without a game on Saturday 25th October due to Basingstoke's progress in the F. A. Cup.

Basingstoke won 3-0 in a 3rd Qualifying Round replay at Bashley last night and will travel to Bury Town in the 4th Qualifying Round on the 25th.

478 - 15/10/2008


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476 - 11/10/2008

Youth Team Starlets impress in Somerset fixture

Youth Team goalkeeper Ben Dancey and Midfielder and Captain Dayle Grubb both played 90 minutes in Somerset ’s 2-2 draw with Wiltshire at Paulton Rovers in the South and South West Youth Championship.

Somerset found themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes before Ben Lacey (Paulton Rovers) pulled a goal back just before the interval and Jake Harris ( Clevedon Town ) salvaged a point with a last minute strike.

475 - 10/10/2008

Former Seagulls find new nests

Two former Weston players found themselves new homes this week.

Powerful French Striker Wilfried Domoroad who made a huge impression with the Seagulls at the tail end of last season whilst on loan from Yeovil Town has put pen to paper on a one year contract with Blue Square Premier side Woking.

20 year old Wilfried who scored 5 goals in 14 appearances for Weston scored the winning goal for the Cards in their Blue Square Premier fixture with Histon last weekend and was offered contract terms the following Friday.

Meanwhile former Cardiff City Youth Team Captain and left-back Bradley Middleton who sensationally walked out of The Woodspring Stadium last month a little over a month after joining the Seagulls has linked up with Southern League Division One South & West side Bridgwater Town.

474 - 09/10/2008

Striker Results 08/10/08

£1000 winner K Rabbitts WD1341

£500 winner Elaine Browning W3014

£250 winner S. Worgan WG0934

£125 winner Mrs P Kenyan X4721

67 cosolation winners recieve £10

Rollover extra has been won!!! Congratulations to C.L Williams you have won the rollover prize of £5500!!!!! The winning number was E4233.

Thank you and good luck

Michelle Somers Gold Striker.

473 - 09/10/2008

After match interview with midfielder Jason Burt

Weston-super-Mare midfielder Jason Burt is currently on loan at BGB Southern League division 1 South & West side Taunton Town and after playing against the Seagulls in Monday nights Somerset Premier Cup tie he took time out to speak to the club website.

Could I start of by asking you how the loan came about and how long it is for?

J. B.: “As far as I know, there is no sort of time frame.

It is just a case of getting games and just playing because obviously I didn’t get many games last year.

I have been out for a month through injury and tonight is only my second game back for Taunton.

It is just to get games and as far as I know it is just until Ricko recalls me.”

Your thoughts on tonight are game?

J. B.: “It wasn’t too bad.

Obviously it is difficult for me to say as I am involved with both clubs.

Weston created a lot of holes but I think that the recent results for Taunton and they way that we have been playing haven’t been too great so I thought it was a good step forward for Taunton as well for the performance tonight as well.”

472 - 08/10/2008

After match interview with Weston Manager Tony Ricketts

Weston-super-Mare First Team Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to the club website to share his thoughts on Saturdays Blue Square South victory over Essex visitors Thurrock.

Your thoughts on today’s game?

T. R.: “It was relief more than anything else.

We played alright first half and created a few chances but I just feel that we let the supporters of Weston and the people behind the scenes down last week with our performance in the F. A. cup.

It was a big game for us and we didn’t step up to the plate.

Like I said, It will take me personally a long time to get over that.”

With Mondays game being one that we should be looking to win coupled with today’s victory, hopefully we can make it a run of victories and turn it in to a “winning habit”?

T. R.: “Andy Gurney and I sat down after last Saturday and had a real frank discussion to be honest with you.

We have got four or five games that we are capable of winning.

The side that played the first nine or ten games of the season didn’t show up in the last three games.

The Chelmsford side are a good side and o. k. we lost 3-1 to them but they are proving a good side as they beat Eastleigh again today but our performance at Bromley and our performance in the F. A. cup is not acceptable.

I sat down with the players and said “I don’t know” as a Coach and as a Manager”. If you don’t know, you don’t know your best team, you don’t know what is going to turn up on the day then it is a bit of a worry.

We have got some very very capable players and the way we have trained in the week prior to the F. A, cup and the way we have trained in the week just gone past.

We step out on the pitch and don’t take responsibility but there were signs today that we worked hard and we played some good stuff 1st half at times and especially after we went 1-0 down and we showed some character which we didn’t make silly mistakes.

Their goal was a worldy really.

From 35 yards, I could turn round and look at the keeper and look at the wall but it is a great strike and it looked like it went in top corner so you have got to say hats off to little Jon Docker who is a good player.

We fancied him last year when he was at Dorchester.

It was a great strike but we showed some character and came back from there.”

A few brave decisions you made on team selection today? Chopped it and changed a little bit?

T. R.: “We have only got a small squad of 16 or 17.

They probably wouldn’t mind me saying it but my two centre-half’s and my goalkeeper last week in the F. A. cup had nightmares.

Young Ryan Paddock had done really well at left back and I thought Cedric was at fault for a couple of the goals against Chelmsford so I changed it and played young Paddock in there and in hindsight I probably got that wrong.

Perhaps I should of played Cedric against his old club last week but Cedric’s still learning and still got a lot to learn at this level.

Brave decisions but Managers make decisions and like I said, we have got 16 or 17 players and what I need is any of those 16 or 17 if they are in the starting 11 to be able to perform to the best of their ability and if we can do that then there is no question that we can finish in the top half of the table.

You know, Bromley, Charlie Comyn-Platt has been our best player but he has gifted three goals in three games prior to today and Charlie was a bit back to his old self today.

It is just getting a happy balance and brave decisions, that is what Managers make.

Like I said we got the result right today but perhaps I got the team wrong last week.”

Darren Mullings adapted well to playing up front? Looked good?

T. R.: “I know what I get from Darren Mullings week in week out.

I had him as a kid and he works his socks off and his movement today and his harassment of the two centre-half’s made a difference to us today.

It is something that we lacked last week and have lacked in a few games recently really.”

Ludovic did well in only his second start at left back?

T. R.: “Going forward fine.

I don’t think Ludovic is a left back after seeing him in a few games.

Defensively I think he takes too many chances in the defensive third.

Ludovic is away on International duty now for two weeks so he won’t be available but he has done alright and perhaps if we can get Ludovic further forward and McKeever off the shape then we may have something else there.”

Will you be looking to bring somebody else in to cover his absence?

T. R.: “No.

Last week’s defeat in the F. A. cup has scuppered the chance of bringing anybody else in at this moment in time.

I am running just a little bit over budget so it will be a case of trimming rather than bringing players in.

We sent a circular out this week saying that we had players available for loan or transfer just to try and balance the books and to try and freshen things up.

I would love us to keep a clean sheet but we haven’t kept a clean sheet all season.

We have only failed to score in one game but last season proved and the season before proved that we need to be tighter in defence if we want to achieve more this season.”

Jason Burt, will he be in the Taunton side?

T. R.: “Yes he will.”

You don’t mind him being cup-tied?

T. R.: “Burty needs to play games.

He was here last season and I think it will be a good test for him to see how he shapes up against some of our players.

For me it will be good to see him as an opponent.

He needs to play regularly, week in, week out and we will go from there.

We are not struggling for central-midfield players.

That is not a problem for us as we have got 4 or 5 who can play in there and do a half decent job.”

Did you feel under any pressure personally going in to today’s game?

T. R.: “Am I feeling pressure myself?


The only pressure I have I put on myself.

I would of walked away last Saturday quite easily because I didn’t expect the result and didn’t see it coming. We did all the right preparation. The boys were bright. We had them (Chesham) watched.

The only pressure I put on myself.

I considered walking away last Saturday but I am a fighter and they are my players that I have got and I believe in them.

An easy option would have been to walk away but you know I want them to turn up.

I thought Ashan played well today and I’ve given him an ultimatum really.

He has got everything, he has got everything.

Plays left side, right side, plays off either side, head the ball, strong, quick but so far this season just hasn’t proved it for us and I pulled him before today’s game and said time to get your finger out because otherwise?

You know my opinions on it. I think we have got 3 or 4 that can go back to the football league and I think he is one of them but he has not been doing the business so far for us this season and he has produced today and he needs to produce on a consistent basis.

I put pressure on myself and like I said we let the supporters and that at Weston football club down last week and that is a massive blow, If you are a supporter of a non-league side, to go out of the F. A. cup like we did.

It is 4 mistakes.

The goalkeeper and two centre half’s. You can’t dwell on it but it hurt and behind the scenes I think yes I was under pressure.

I think there were a few people today that would of liked to of seen us get beat.

A Coach or Manager is only as good as his players and like I said, I believe in my players and I have got no doubts today listening to some of the shouts that there was one or two that wanted us to get beat today.”


T. R.: “Let’s just say people involved with the club.”

What, not supporters?

T. R.: “I think one or two supporters would like a change.

I think there is one or two people behind the scenes that would like a change and there is one or two players who aren’t currently flavour of the month who probably would like a change as well.”

471 - 07/10/2008


Weston-super-Mare F. C. left-back/left-midfielder Ludovic Quistin flew out to Guadeloupe today to represent the host nation in Stage 2 of The Digicel Caribbean Cup.

The Stade Rene Serge Nabajoth in Guadeloupe will play host to Guadeloupe v The Cayman Islands on Saturday (11th Oct.) in a game that kicks off at 8pm local time. On Monday (13th Oct.) the same venue will see Grenada tackle the hosts in another 8pm (local time) kick-off whilst the final game in the group takes place next Wednesday (15th Oct.) when Guadeloupe take on Martinique, also kicking off at 8pm.

Ludovic will be hoping he can help his team mates through to the final of the Tournament which takes place in Jamaica in December.

The Top three nations from December's Finals will qualify for the Concaf Gold Cup 2009.

Amongst Ludovic's team mates is expected to be Cardiff City defender Miguel Commingues and Former Manchester City man David Sommeil whilst Blackburn Rovers former Bristol Rovers striker Jason Roberts represents Grenada.

Due to Weston not having a fixture next Saturday (11th) it is hoped that Quistin will only miss the Somerset Premier Cup game with Taunton and all being well, should be available for the trip to Welling on the 18th of October.

Press Officer Simon Stephens will be doing his best to keep Seagulls supporters informed of the latest from the Caribbean although the club's expenses would not stretch to him taking in the action live!

470 - 06/10/2008

Youth Team Starlets in County Call-Up

Weston-super-Mare F. C. is proud to announce that Goalkeeper Ben Dancey and Midfielder & Captain Dayle Grubb have been selected to represent Somerset in the South and West Counties Youth Championship.

Somerset host Wiltshire at Paulton Rovers F. C. on Thursday evening in a game that kicks-off at 7:30PM and it is hoped that there will be a large contingent of travelling support from Weston to support Ben and Dayle as their make their County Under 18's bow.

Travel details are available from the club's Press Officer on WSMFCEST1948@HOTMAIL.COM.

469 - 04/10/2008

Weston Manager Tony Ricketts looks ahead to Mondays Somerset Premier Cup 1st round tie with Taunton Town

Weston-super-Mare First Team Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to the club website to share his thoughts on Monday night’s Somerset Premier Cup fixture with Taunton Town .

Your thoughts on the Taunton game?

Will it be a chance to give squad players a run out?

T. R.: “We will pick our best team.

Is it a competition that you think we should be looking to win?

T. R.: “Yes.

You know the club has never won it so you know, Paulton beat us on penalties last year and we will be putting out a strong side against Taunton , that is about it.

If we were still in the F. A. Cup and still in the Setanta Shield it might be a different kettle of fish but we are not, we are out.

We have got 17 players here plus a few of the youth team and we are looking to win it.”

468 - 02/10/2008

Manager Tony Ricketts looks ahead to Saturday's fixture with Thurrock

Weston-super-Mare First Team Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to the club website to share his thoughts on Saturdays Blue Square South fixture with Essex visitors Thurrock .

Your thoughts on Saturdays game with Thurrock ?

T. R.: “It’s a must win game.

You want players to respond and bounce back. The Chelmsford game and the Bromley game and then you have got an F. A. Cup game. You would think that they would want to bounce back from that.

I am going to be honest with you. I have said in the Dressing Room afterwards. We have had a right old heart to heart. I think I am better than what I am.

They think they are better than what they are and the bottom line is that unless we are working hard, you know the substitutions I made ( v Chesham), did they make any difference?

You know players sulk about being left out of the side but when they go out on the pitch they have got to back it up and make it difficult for me to leave them out.

Gurns did alright but you know I am gutted.”

Could you tell me where Ryan Havard was on Saturday?

T. R.: “He was working away.”

467 - 02/10/2008

Player of the Month for August

PRIOR to Saturday's game, player/assistant manager Andrew Gurney was awarded the club's Player of the Month award for August after seeing off stiff competition from Charlie Comyn-Platt, Darren Mullings and Ben Wells. The award was sponsored and presented by Chris Board of Edge Barbers, 59 Alfred Street, Weston.

466 - 01/10/2008

Striker Results 01/10/08

£1000 winner T Millings SA2297

£500 winner Barbara Powis G4730

£250 winner P Yates X0537

£125 winner Bob Kameem V1085

Plus 65 members with the same numbers but with a different prefixwin £10

No rollover winner thi week therefore rolling over to £5500!!

Thank ypu and good luck

Michelle Somers, Gold Striker.

465 - 30/09/2008

After match interview with Weston’s First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s F. A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie with Chesham United First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the club’s website.

If I could start by asking for your thought’s on today’s game please?

T. R.: “Embarrassed.

They wanted it more than us and won the game and we gifted them four goals as far as I am concerned, so embarrassed.

Embarrassed for the player’s and myself as they let Weston-super-Mare Football Club down and I think they let the supporters down and I think we have let all the people that work behind the scene’s down and their can be no excuses.

They just wanted it more than us. We can’t gift them goals.

You know, Northmore the first one. Whether he was fouled or whether he was not you know that is bread and butter.

The second one we should of shut the shop down quicker.

The third one, Ash’s own goal, you know Ash should be clearing that. His player has got a run off him and then young Ryan Paddock was, well let the 10 score with a free header so you know as far as I am concerned it is four poor goals.

I have got to take responsibility I suppose. I picked the team. I thought I picked a team that would work hard and want it more than them.

I probably in hindsight got the team selection wrong but that is football.”

You don’t think there was good fortune in any of the Chesham goals then? Ryan impeded for the first?

T. R.: “I don’t know. I am not sure.”

A deflection for the third?

T. R.: “Yes but you know his lad has spun off round the back and if he had marked his lad then he wouldn’t be heading it there anyway.

It’s just schoolboy stuff.

Gurn’s hit the nail on the head after the game when he said you know “if it was 12 year old schoolboys you would probably accept it” but we are talking about people who have played professional football and been involved with professional football club’s and we have now conceded 11 goals in 3 games which is the same old same old as last year.

This month is a killer.

That is four and a half thousand pounds down the drain.

2 thousand pounds at Eastleigh in the Setanta Shield and that is a good player.

The money that they would of brought in would of brought in another good player.”

Were Chesham two goals better than us today?

T. R.: “No.

You score two at home. Mark McKeever has done really well and taken his two goal’s well and he has worked his socks off.

He has come out of it today with a lot of credit but you score two goals at home and you should win football matches.

My two centre half’s were not at the races today. They got bullied by the 10 and the 9’s pace and movement has caused them problems all afternoon. Hence why I made the substitution.

I might of got that wrong today playing young Paddock in at centre-half. I didn’t think he deserved to be left out of the side.

Cedric was at fault for at least one of the goals last week so we changed it around a bit and like I said earlier, I probably got that wrong today.”

You said previously that you break the season down in to segments of 10 games. You must be happy with the first 10 league games, the points and where we are in the table?

T. R.: “Yes. That is a positive Simon.

We would of settled for the point’s that we have in the bag in the league but we are out of the Setanta Shield, we are out of the F. A, Cup and the F. A. Cup, you probably read my programme notes, the F. A. Cup is the oldest competition in the world.

I have had lots of good times in the competition and this is one of my all time lows.

When I was a player at Bath we got beat at Frome Town in the F. A. Cup who were a Western League side and we were a Conference side and we got beat 2-1 and this ranks amongst my worst F. A. Cup moment because I warned player’s about the desire and there is always upset’s and I mentioned it in my programme notes and I mentioned it to the players before hand and I wanted them to be positive.

We started really realy well.

For the first 6 minutes they didn’t touch the ball and then we are three down before the 15th minute through poor defending.”

You were not happy with the effort shown then?

T. R.: “No. I wasn’t happy with the efforts.

Second half we scored early on. How many saves did our keeper make second half?

We are 4-2 down and I have got probably are most attacking line-up on the pitch.

I had Marvin on there, Ashan on there, McGregor on there, McKeever on there and the only shot that we had on target in the second half is the one that went in from McKeever.

I am embarrassed today.”

Looking at the big picture, It has been a good start to the season but it must be a concern that psychologically we do not allow this run of games to be habit forming?

T. R.: “I think this group of player’s are good enough to finish mid-table, I really do but it’s no good me saying it, they have got to do it and if we continue to defend like we have done for the last three games then we are in trouble.

It is a bitter bitter blow today for everybody.

Without going over old ground, Chesham’s desire and commitment was better than ours today and there is no excuse for that.”

Thank-you for your time Tony. If I could finish by asking you if we sustained any injuries?

T. R.: “Ben Willshire got a kick up the ass. A knee in his glut muscle but apart from that no.”

464 - 29/09/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Ryan Paddock

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s F. A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie with Chesham United centre-back Ryan Paddock took time out to speak to the Club Website.

He discussed that afternoon’s game, how September panned out for him as a player and how he thinks Weston will finish the season.

If I could start off by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

R. P.: “Obviously it didn’t go too well.

We went in to the game, we were up for it, and I thought we were up for it.

The first 5/10 minutes we battered them but we gave them the game.

We were the bigger team, the better team but all they needed was a lift and only we could give it to them and we gave it to them and they got the lift and then from there they got stronger and stronger and we didn’t do anything about it,

First half we had the 7 best chances of the game but if you don’t take your chances you are not going to win.”

Any good fortune in their goals? Did Ryan (Northmore) get clattered for the first?

R. P.: “I think it was but defending wise it was poor.

I mean, before the cross came in, the whole build-up to it, you just can’t blame any single person.

It is the whole build-up of it and we didn’t stop it and we got punished and it is by our own doing.”

The third goal coming through a deflection?

R .P.: “Yes.

The only good goal they scored was the lad who’s hit it from about 25 yards out and still we could of done something about that.

Got on the end of it, Got a block in but we never.

The other two goals we gave to them.”

Looking at it, a home draw against a team from two leagues’ lower-You have really got to be looking to progress?

R. P.: “You have got to be looking to win at home haven’t you?

Two league’s below really doesn’t matter.You have got to be looking to win.

If you are conceding goals like that you are never going to win whether it is home or away or whoever you are against.”

Looking at the big picture though, 11TH and top half of the table. We would of taken that at the start of the season? We definitely shouldn’t be too disheartened?

R. P.:“Definateley.

I think the last three games’ we have dipped a bit.

I don’t know what has gone on there but I am sure we will pick it back up.

We have got a good enough squad so hopefully we can, come Saturday, go straight back in to it.

Prove some people wrong again and just go again.

You had to be patient to make your breakthrough at Weston but September from a personal perspective must be pleasing in that you started every game?

R. P.:“Yes, Definitely.

I came to the squad late. I knew I wasn’t going to walk straight in. You have to earn your place in the team.

Up until now I thought I have done reasonably well. Up until today when I thought I was poor.

Personally I thought I was really poor compared to what I should be playing at but other than that I am fairly pleased with how I have done over the past month.

Yeah, Just got to keep going.”

If I can finish by asking you, how you think the season will pan out for Weston?

R. P.:“Well, If we keep going the way that we have started we will have no problem.

Mid-Table, I think we have got to be looking at that but if we keep going the last three games like we have been going we need to start kicking on because if we carry on like that we will be in a relegation battle.

We are better than that I think.

I think all the lads know that we are better than that but you have just got to work hard and get back to how and were we were at the start of the season.”

463 - 29/09/2008

Statement from Weston-super-Mare F. C.:

In view of Saturday's result the club are bitterly disappointed in going out of the F. A. Cup at such an early stage of the competition.

The Club can now concentrate all efforts in maintaining our Blue Square status.

462 - 29/09/2008

History makers?

Ben Dancey became the third member of the same family to don the Weston colour’s when he made his debut for Weston Youth in their opening pre-season friendly at Weymouth.

Ben’s father Martin is a “terrace legend” at the Woodspring Stadium having made over 250 appearances for the Seagulls in the late 70’s and early 80’s whilst Ben’s brother Tom made his first team debut in the last home fixture of the 2005/2006 season when Weston faced Bognor Regis Town.

Weston F. C. are asking their supporters if this is a record and if anyone is aware of a family that has equalled or exceeded this achievement, they are asked to e-mail Press Officer Simon Stephens on

There are certainly a number of families who have had two members represent the club.

Two members of the same family are currently with the club with Dean Grubb staring in the first team and brother Dayle expected to be a main stay in this season’s youth side.

Michael Norton and Nephew Mark Vowles played in the same Weston side that faced Clevedon in a Southern League fixture at the club’s former home Woodspring Park whilst Tony Bass and son Jon have both played a number of first team games for the Seagulls.

Bath City Manager John Relish and his son Lee (Manager at Cinderford Town) both played in the same Weston side whilst the Price brothers, Mark and Jason were a regular fixture in the Weston line-up during the 90’s.

461 - 25/09/2008

Striker Results 24/09/08

£1000 winner Miss B Colette Y5372

£500 winner Mrs Beadows L5806

£250 winner Y Chaney WB0521

£125 winner Pritchard N1282

Rolling over to £4500 as no rollover winner.

460 - 20/09/2008

Holgate and McGregor in race to be fit!

Ashan Holgate and Marc McGregor face a race to be fit ahead of Weston's Blue Square Conference South fixture with Chelmsford City.

Holgate was rushed in to hospital with appendicitis on Thursday and it is hoped that he will be discharged later today. McGregor has been bed ridden today following a nasty bout of food poisoning but it is understood that he is over the worse of it. Both player's face a race to be ready in time to take on their Essex visitor's tomorrow.

459 - 17/09/2008

Striker Results 17/09/2008

£1000 winner is J Birdshaw P1797

£500 winner is J Allen SA5304

£250 winner is V Edwards Q0194

£125 winner is Mrs Paget

Total consolations 61

No rollover this week therefore rolling over to £4,500.

The results for next weeks draw are going to be put on the website on Thursday morning before 12 midday instead of a Wednesday by 5pm.this is a one off!!!

Thanks and good luck!!!

Michelle Somers Gold Striker

458 - 15/09/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game at Bromley to share his thoughts on the afternoon’s game.

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

T. R.: “It seems to be that every time we lose I am bitterly disappointed.We didn’t play today. We got what we deserved.From start to finish we were lethargic.

We left 4, 5 players’s out against Eastleigh in the Setanta Cup on Tuesday and started those player’s today.

It is our first performance; well Hampton & Richmond as well were when we are bad we are bad.We didn’t do the basics today.

We’ve been undone at two set-plays which is unheard of.Marc McGregor and Cedric for the first one straight after half-time.

Gurns for the third one, the free header by the centre forward then obviously the second goal, Charlie Comyn-Platt and Ryan Northmore should of done better with it.

I said to Charlie I think you should of headed it and he said there was no communication.

It was 3 poor goals.We got what we deserved. We have had a good start and I am not going to get carried away with it.

We bounced back from the Hampton and Richmond game and it seems this year, I have said it on several occasion’s that everybody is beating everybody else looking at today’s results but we need to get back to the basics where we work hard.

We work hard collectively as a unit. I am not saying that player’s didn’t work hard today because they did but we weren’t as collective today as what we normally are.

We had too many players’ that had off days and we gave the ball away far too often. It was the same at Eastleigh .

I don’t want my team’s to bosh the ball but every time we come up against big physical sides who just bosh it forward we tend to struggle and that is what we did today. Too many players’ had off days.”

Bromley by no means the best side that we have played so far?

T. R.: “No. They have had a lot of injuries. The striker that came back today, that is his first game for a while.

Morrell is it?”


T. R.: “No.

Hockton has been on the bench. He’s been fit all season but been in and out of the team.

They have got those two back and they are big strong boys.

Bromley pay good money so they won’t be far away come the end of the season but if you ask me, no I don’t think they are one of the best side’s that we have played this season but they were better than us today and they thoroughly deserved their 3-0 Victory.”

Any injuries?

T. R.: “We have picked up a few today. The first time for a while.

Gurney, calf.

Comyn-Platt, calf.

I will look at it on the DVD that Bromley are going to send us but that was a bizarre goal. I said about the communication earlier but Charlie reckons he has whacked him on the back of the calf.

I didn’t see that from where I was but he is struggling a bit.

Wellsy got done just before the end by their centre-half on the far side.

Mike Green’s come off with a dead leg so we have picked up 4 or 5 injuries today but hopefully none of them are long term.”

Anybody likely to miss next weekend?

T. R.: “I don’t know.

It is too early to say Si.

I will have a chat with the physio today and we will have a clearer indication tomorrow.

That is the first time we have picked up any knocks really and it has happened on the back of a bad performance.

That is no excuse but players tend to get more knocks when you are losing than they do when you are winning.

Greener’s is genuine as they come; Gurney’s is genuine as they come so we will see.

Hopefully it is not too bad.

We will see what happens.”

457 - 15/09/2008

FA Cup Draw

Weston have once again drawn Chesham United in a cup competition.

Chesham United are currently 3rd in Division 1 Midlands of the BGB Southern League. They have 10 points from their opening 5 games.

It was back in 2003 when The Seagulls last played Chesham United but this time it was in the 3rd Qualifying round. Weston were held to a 1-1 draw at home, before beating Chesham 2-1 away thanks to goals from McKeever and Sobara.

Weston went on to beat Welling and then Farnborough before losing to Northampton Town in the 2nd round.

This season is again another home tie to be played on Saturday 27th September Kick off 3pm.

456 - 13/09/2008


In the second of an occasional series Press Officer Simon Stephens interview’s a Weston Supporter following a Seagulls fixture.

On Tuesday, following Weston’s Setanta Shield game at Eastleigh Andy Chisolm took time out to share his thoughts with the website.

34 year old Andy is a Field Service Engineer who lives’ in Didcot.

How long have you been following Weston?

A. C.: “Since the 1985-1986 season.”

And how did it come about that you became a Seagulls supporter?

A. C.: “I was introduced to the club by a school friend.”

Your thought’s on this evening’s game?

A. C.: “Interesting.

We dominated the first half and there was only one side in it yet we did our usual thing of getting the lead and sitting back.

It was a bit end to end in extra-time but it is probably a blessing in disguise to go out of the competition.

At least it gave the 5 player’s that were on the bench on Saturday some valuable game time.”

Your aim’s and expectation’s for the season?

A. C.: “Pre-season it was to avoid relegation but with the signing’s of player’s of the quality of Wells and Mullings I am hoping for a top 10 finish.

Hopefully we can continue what we have done so far and maybe nick a play-off spot if we are lucky.”

It is well documented that are crowd levels are disappointing and have not increased with the recent successes. Is there anything you think we can do to get more people through the gate?

A. C.: “To be honest with you I think the Press and Media coverage this season has been fantastic and a marked improvement on the previous campaign.

As far as putting the club name out there and free publicity I think we are doing pretty much as much as we can.

I have seen other idea’s suggested such as billboard’s and full page adverts’ in the local press but they involve a significant outlay of cash and I don’t know if the club can justify that.

Perhaps the only thing I can think of is that the club should look to do discounted ticket price’s for local clubs and organisations and why not try a few Friday night fixtures as Tranmere did for a while as they were in the shadow of Liverpool and Everton.

Our crowd’s on a mid-week fixture are higher than Saturday’s so perhaps Friday night’s is the way to go.”

455 - 13/09/2008

Ryan Northmore on youth

Following Weston’s F. A. youth up preliminary round tie with Cheltenham Saracens youth team manager Ryan Northmore took time out to speak to the club website.

If I could ask your thought’s on tonight’s game please?

R. N.: “I thought that it was a good first half performance.

The second half performance-It just shows that we have got some work to do.

I don’t think that we are fit enough yet but the player’s certainly showed me enough signs for me to be encouraged by this season.

There is definitely things that we have got to work on but there was some really positive aspects to come out of the game.

I thought we attacked extremely well.

We created enough chances to win 2 or 3 games let alone 1 and obviously it was a sucker punch at the end but tired legs had a factor within that.

I think if we had of played the game further in to the season then, when the team start’s believing in themselves a bit more we would look to come away with a result.”

Not ideal to have no league game’s prior to tonight then?

R. N.: “No.

That’s right.

It is the first competitive fixture we have had and it is never easy to go in to such an important game having played just friendlies but that is the nature of the game and we have just got to deal with what we are dealt.”

Perhaps the difference between the two side’s being that Cheltenham had played two league games then?

R. N.: “I think that that had a bearing on it definitely.

They (Cheltenham) are in to the swing of thing’s and we are still dusting off a few cob webs but that is no excuse’s as they (Cheltenham) attacked extremely well in the 2nd Half and exposed some of our weaknesses and all credit to them, They have done extremely well.”

A healthy sized crowd tonight?

R. N.: “Yes.


The more we can get down the merrier.

We try and pass the ball and play attractive football so that it is easy on the eye.

The more people that we can get down here and involved the better for the lads particularly because the bigger the crowd they play in front of the easier it will be when they step in to the First Team.”

Only 62 less supporter’s than the first team fixture with Maidenhead United?

R. N.: “No exactly.

That is nice.

Hopefully we can get a result next time and reward their faith in us.”

454 - 13/09/2008

Andrew Gurney on Eastleigh

Following Weston’s Setanta Shield First Round tie at Eastleigh Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website.

If I could ask your thought’s on tonight’s game please?

A. G.: “First half we did brilliantly again and went 2-0 up.

Poor defending has cost us really.

We can’t defend like that and expect to win the game.

2nd half we have got hold of the ball and have not passed it like we did in the first half and that has cost us really.”

We sat back a bit 2nd half?

A. G.: “Yes.

We got 2-0 up then sat back and let them take control of the game really.

You can’t defend for 45 minutes like we did in the second half and expect to win.

It is frustrating that we conceded a late goal again so it is something that we have got to work on and make sure we nip it in the bud really.

We need to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

We have been hit by a few late blows recently?

A. G.: “Yes.

We have gone in front and controlled the game at times.

In the first half and then like you say we have sat back a bit too deep, gave the ball away far too much and ultimately that is what has cost us the game.”

453 - 13/09/2008

Ben Wells in The Non-League Paper

This Sunday Ben Wells will be the featured player in the "Last Five Minutes Column" in The Non-League Paper. The article is a light hearted Question and Answer Session.

452 - 10/09/2008

Joe Dymond-Williams Memorial Game. (Bishop Sutton FC)

A very sad occasion occurred recently when a member of the Bishop Sutton Youth team was murdered by two people in Bristol. A memorial game is being held in his memory.

Joe Dymond-Williams was 17 years old and played for the U18s, Reserves and a few games for the first team last season and he also played some games for Yate Town U18s as well last season. He started pre-season training with Bishop Sutton again this season but unfortunately was killed by two people whilst he was out in town one night back in July. You may have seen the local press and TV that covered this story. The two people concerned have been charged with his murder and are waiting trial.

Bishop Sutton are holding a memorial match on Sunday 21st September at 3pm against Yate Town FC, and are hoping to raise as much money as possible. Match entrance will be £2 on the gate and all the proceeds from the food, raffles, gate and auction planned will be going to Joe's charity which is 'Tiny Tickers' (Babies born with Heart Disease.

The Somerset Floodlight Youth Football League are going to support the event with a donation - yet to be decided.

451 - 10/09/2008

Striker Results 10/09/08

£1000 Winner Miss C Graham J3153

£500 Winner Mr Bowcock U4587

£250 Winner Ann Hardie N0873

£125 Winner P Smith SD5664

No Rollover Winner This Week Therefore Rolling Over To Next Week.

450 - 10/09/2008

Seagulls star in International call-up

Following on from his debut at Eastleigh in the Setanta Shield First Round on Tuesday evening, new signing Ludovic Quistin has been handed a further boost with an international call-up from Guadeloupe for the DIGICEL Cup in the Caribbean next month.

24 year old left sided defender/midfielder Ludovic who is the cousin of Arsenal Captain and French International William Gallas has one previous cap for his country when he represented them against Hati in a CONCAF Gold Cup Match.

449 - 09/09/2008

Interview with youth team captain Dayle Grubb

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C. youth team’s first competitive game of the season newly appointed captain Dayle Grubb took time out to speak to the club website.

Dayle was part of the first team squad at Lewes in the final game of last season making the breakthrough in his first year with Weston’s Academy.

The Seagulls youngsters took on Cheltenham Saracens in the preliminary round of the F. A. youth cup and went down to a 3-2 defeat despite being the better side and bossing the majority of the game.

Congratulations on being handed the captaincy.If I could start off please by asking you how it came about?

D. G.: “I was one of the senior figures left in the team after last year.

Ryan thought I was one of the best leader’s out of the team and I feel privileged to be given the captaincy.”

Will you be looking to lead by example?

D. G.: “I thought we were unlucky to lose. We should of buried it after half-time.

Gutted really but that is what sometimes happens in football sometimes really.

We will just have to make sure that it is better for the next game.”

Perhaps a factor being that Cheltenham had already played 2 league games whilst it was our first competitive fixture?

D. G.: “We are always going to be a bit rusty in our first game.

I didn’t know that they had played already but I guess that is one of the factors’s as we were a bit unfit at the end and unable to keep up with the pace that we started with really.”

448 - 08/09/2008

Interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s 1-1 draw at league leaders AFC Wimbledon First Team Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to the club’s Press Officer about that afternoon’s game, Tuesday night’s fixture at Eastleigh , the club’s supporters and a potential community programme that he hopes to implement.

Your thought on today’s game?

T. R.: “A well earned and well deserved point gained today against a very good Wimbledon side who at times put us under a lot of pressure, some of it caused by us playing too deep as a team.

Very, very pleasing in coming to a good footballing side and gaining a valuable point.

Like I said to our player’s before the game, you have got too take this on board and use it as a positive and move further forward on and off the field.”


T. R.: “Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match against Eastleigh , the people sat on the bench (Gurney, Havard, McKeever, Grubb & Willshire) will probably start.

It is not that I am going to take it lightly because I do not think i/we are in a situation where we can take things lightly.

I think we need to keep the momentum going, keep the positive attitude and keep moving forward.

I left McKeever & Grubby out today in terms to keep our shape and to stop Wimbledon playing and to a certain degree it worked but in another sense we lost a little bit of our flair going forward although we have had a couple of chances that we should of done better on.

The team will be changed.”

Any team news? In’s? Out’s? Injuries?

T. R.: “No, No.

We are O. K..

Everybody has come through today again which is important to us with such a small squad.

We have got a couple of player’s in that we are having a look at but whether there is any money to sign anybody is a different story and the bottom line is that at this moment in time no, so if I want to bring somebody in then somebody will obviously leave.

But we will probably have a look at Ludovic Quistin on Tuesday at Eastleigh probably.

In some shape or form but that is about it at the moment.”


T. R.: “I say to our supporters come and have a look.

Come and have a look and see how we are doing.

I know that it is the end of the holiday season and people going back to work and lack of money and that but we need more supporters.

It is as simple as that and I think this team deserves more supporters.”

I agree. From the Worcester game to the one against Maidenhead we “lost” 150 home supporters’.

In between those games we had one fixture which was at Dorchester and we won.It is not as if we are playing badly or not getting good results.

You, yourself and the team must find it incredibly frustrating?

T. R.: “Definitely.

We need supporters.

We need to get out and about in the community more.

We need to offer kids go free and perhaps we need to be offering one parent full price, the other parent half price and kid’s free.

445 - 05/09/2008


A number of Weston supporters were enquiring as to what crowd measures are in place for tomorrow’s game.

After speaking to the AFC Wimbledon Secretary i can confirm that segregation WILL be in place for tomorrow’s game.

447 - 05/09/2008

Rob Hughes Benefit Game

Bromley Football Club are hosting a benefit game on Sunday 21st September at Hayes Lane between a Legends XI and a Bromley XI. The game is to raise money for Rob Hughes, a Bromley player who was brutally attacked while on holiday in Crete.

Here is the ITV report on it:

Rob was in Crete to celebrate his 28th birthday when he was brutally attacked and left in a coma and is still in hospital in Crete where he has made a dramatic recovery. He has had 4 operations and had part of his skull removed and was given 48 hours to live but has recovered and is now in a stable condition, however he is never going to return to how he was.

On the Sunday of the game, all the money raised will be going to Rob and his family so we are holding a footballing memorabilia auction in our bar after the game which will also try and help raise money for Rob.

446 - 05/09/2008

Middleton walks out whilst William Gallas’s cousin joins on trial!

*Left back Bradley Middleton has sensationally walked out of the Woodspring Stadium this week a little over a fortnight after signing for the Seagulls.

The former Cardiff City defender and youth team Captain missed out to Cedric Abraham for a place on the bench in his first game after signing (against Worcester City) but was included in the Seagulls squad at Dorchester the following Monday.

After not being included in the squad to face Maidenhead the Taunton based youngster is understood to have quit the club only four games after he signed.

Manager Tony Ricketts commented “I said to Bradley, let’s wait until Monday. Get Monday out of the way and see if you still feel the same way then but Bradley said to me” “I want to leave now”.

“I understand that players want to play but I can only pick 11.

Ironically Bradley would of started against Eastleigh but Ryan Paddock came in and did well.”

The departure of Middleton leaves Weston without a recognised natural left-back (with Ben Willshire expected to fill-in in the meanwhile) but Ricketts has wasted no time and brought in full international Ludovic Quistin on trial with a view to a signing if the left sided defender/midfielder impresses.

24 year old Quistin is the cousin of Arsenal Captain and French International William Gallas and certainly has an impressive pedigree.

He was capped by Guadaloupe after making his debut against Hati in a CONCAF Gold Cup match and has had trial spells at a number of professional league clubs including Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town, Leyton Orient and Brentford.

Ludovic has had a somewhat nomadic time in English football since starting off at Billericay Town in 2004 and going on to enjoy short spells at Kings Lynn, Havant & Waterlooville, Tooting & Mitcham, Harlow Town and Dorchester Town.

He played a number of games in Conference National for Tamworth and is currently under contract at Unibond League Premier Division side Hednesford Town.

The Midlands club have indicated that they would beprepared to let Quistin go without a fee if his trial spell at Weston proves successful.

444 - 03/09/2008

Striker Results 03/09/08

£1000 Winner S Smith X1230

£500 Winner I Shakeshaft

£250 Winner A Davies WG2439

£125 Winner Mrs G Hewitt P1824

Plus 69 paying members with the same numbers with a different prefix win £10.

No rollover this week therefore rolling over until next week.

443 - 02/09/2008

Player of the Month Awards get underway.

The Poll for Weston-super-Mare F. C.'s Player of the Month for August is now open and details of how you can cast your vote are listed below.

Voting slips can also be obtained from Press Officer Simon Stephens on First Team or Youth Team Match Days.

The poll closes at mid-day on Wednesday 17th September and the trophy will be presented at the home fixture vs. Chelmsford City on Saturday 20th September.

442 - 01/09/2008

After match interview with Weston Manager Tony Ricketts

Following Weston’s 2-2 Blue Square Conference South draw with Maidenhead United First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the Club website.

Your thought on today’s game please?

T. R.: “Obviously bitterly disappointed. We have given away 4 points in the last two home games and it is through our own naivety really. Marvin Brown should have squared the ball to Darren Mullings who would have tapped in to an empty net and we would have gone 3-0 up. They have gone down the other end, had a deflection, we haven’t defended well, our recovery runs weren’t right and the deflection made it 2-1 and we have sat back and let them come on to us.

Marc McGregor, what was he thinking in the last 3 minutes in that corner? Just clear your lines! That is disappointing. They are saying it was handball. Their lad handballed it but if we cleared our lines first and foremost, we are in possession of the football and there is no problem.

Ryan Northmore hasn’t had a save to make. Not made one save in the whole game. Plenty of crosses that he has had to deal with. Just bitterly disappointed.

Once their lad has robbed Marc McGregor we still should have done better with it. They scored with a free header two yards inside our 6 yard box. That’s last year’s form and not this year’s form so disappointed really.

You put four points on us and we would be sat 2nd or 3rd in the table. O. K. that might be over achieving but I would rather have the points in the bag than the points thrown away today.”

441 - 01/09/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Darren Mullings

Following Weston’s 2-2 Blue Square Conference South victory draw with Maidenhead United Darren Mullings took time out to speak to the Club website.

21 year old central midfielder Darren has been in impressive form for the Seagulls this season scoring at title favourites Havant and the winner at Dorchester and has featured in every minute of every game so far.

Your thought on today’s game please?

D. M.: “We got off to a good start with a nice early goal and we played some good football really, probably some of the best that we have played this season but we struggled to hold on to the lead. I think personally we sat back a bit too deep in the 2nd Half and let them come on to us and I was disappointed in the two goals that we conceded really.”

A bit of a killer blow to concede two minutes from time?

D. M.: “Yes. Definitely. Even though when we sat back a bit too much, I don’t think they had too many chances really but they had the two chances, we gave them the second one and they punished us really.”

Maidenhead quite fortunate to salvage a draw?

D. M.: “On their overall performance maybe not. I think we did play the better football first half but they put us under pressure second half so maybe it was a fair result.”

11 points from our opening 6 games is not a bad start though?

D. M.: “No, not a bad start. I am sure that if you spoke to a few people before the start of the season and saw the fixture’s they would have been happy with the 11 points but I think deep down we could have had a few more. We chucked away a few points at home already this season, probably 4 but all we can do is get our heads back up and go again Monday.”

I find it absolutely incredible that today’s gate saw a decrease of 214 on our previous home game. When you consider that the only game in between was a cracking victory at Dorchester it would seem that our crowds go down instead of up when we are successful. What more do you think that we can do to get people through the gate?

D. M.: “I don’t really know to be honest. We are playing the football at the moment. We are trying to get the results and that is all that we can do to try and get the crowd in. Hopefully they will look in the papers and see that we are doing alright and try to get down here and watch us.”

440 - 29/08/2008

Media update: BBC Radio Bristol & Non-League today

BBC Radio Bristol will be at the Woodspring Stadium tommorow covering the game against Maidenhead United for those of you that can not make it to the ground. After discussions it is hoped that Radio Bristol will visit the Woodspring Stadium more this season than they have in any previous season covering the Seagulls.

Non-League Today: In Sunday's Non-League Today it is understood that Weston-super-Mare V Maidenhead United will be the main feature game from Blue Square Conference South. It is also undestood that Weston will be the main feature in the "westcountry la la la" column in the same paper.

438 - 29/08/2008

Interview with Weston’s youth team manager Ryan Northmore following the youth team’s second and final friendly

Following Weston-super-Mare youth team’s second and final pre-season friendly against their Team Bath counterparts, Manager Ryan Northmore took time out to speak to the Club website.

If I could ask your thoughts on the two friendlies and the pre-season campaign as a whole please?

R. N.: “Well I don’t look in to the results of the pre-season games because it is all about trying things and giving the players the opportunity to express themselves with no pressure and get in to the swing of things.

It is going to take a little while for the players to understand the way that I want the team to play and for good habits to bed in but it is about rebuilding this year and as always it is about developing the players.

There are lots of positives to come out of the two games and I think that things are looking good for the future of Weston.”

435 - 27/08/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Marc McGregor

Following Weston’s 2-1 Blue Square Conference South victory at Dorchester Town, the scorer of Weston’s opening goal Marc McGregor took time out to speak to the Club website.

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game and the season so far please?

M. M.: “I think we started well. I’m a little bit surprised, I thought some of the teams would be a lot tougher than what we have played but I don’t want to take anything away from what we have done. We have got a lot more youth in the side and some legs in the side which has helped but we have done really well. I think teams are going to underestimate us after the past two years which is going to be their down fall not ours. If we can stick together I think we are going to be alright. Today I think we deserved it really. They got on the ball a little bit but they didn’t really hurt us. They were playing balls in from 30/40 yards, just sailing in to Ryan and I thought we were the better side going forward. Long may it continue really?”

10 points from the first 5 games of the season. We would have taken that at the start of the season?

M. M.: “Out of the sides that everyone is tipping to go down and by no means do we think we are going to go down, It is everyone else jumping on the band wagon over what we have done over the last two year’s which we are not happy about and we are quite happy just sitting in the Dressing Room and letting everybody underestimate us. Yes we have had a hard start. We had Havant, away at Hampton and Richmond and two home games out of five and picked up 10 points which we can’t ask for anything more really. Against Worcester we were by far the better side and if we had won 5-1, I don’t think anybody could have argued. There are a few lads that he has brought in who complement the side well and it is pleasing to see.”

The only pressure that we will have this season then is what we choose to put on ourselves?

M. M.: “Yes. Let everyone write us off. We don’t mind that. Ricko and Gurns are quite happy letting people do that. He has brought people in like Marv, who has got a bit of experience and Ryan Havard. Ryan has done superb. I think he has been fantastic and worked his socks off. You could almost put him in a wide role and let him run up and down and work his socks off if he didn’t play up top and it is pleasing to see somebody locally really, come in and do that. I think the likes of Grubby need to get the bit between their teeth really because he is one who could probably go on and do a bit more in league football and that is down to himself if he wants to do that because that is the only person that is going to stop him, himself. Obviously you have got Wellsy (Ben Wells) and Daz (Darren Mullings) and I think they have done well. Darren has played really well so it is pleasing to see the new lads come in and do well really.”

You were Man of the Match on Saturday and scored a goal today. You must be delighted with your personal form?

M. M.: “I am. The only thing is, I just need to keep fit and then keep games and get more and more match fitness. I felt a bit better today. When we played the first game of the season, I couldn’t of played the second one at Havant. It just wouldn’t of been able to be done, my leg’s wouldn’t of taken it, so today it was nice and I felt good, even coming up to the second half. Obviously they kept the ball quite well so we had to run our socks off up there. Marv came off, then I came off and I feel a little bit better for it so long may it continue that my fitness gets better.”

We have had a stunning start to the season and one wonders what it will take to get the supporters coming back in their numbers. If you were speaking directly to the supporters, what would you say?

M. M.: “I think you know as well as anyone I have been in the club long enough now to know who turn’s up and who doesn’t turn up. I don’t need to mention names but if we had another 100 or 150 like them I think we would be the best supported club in the league. That is not on numbers. That is on support and how good the support is and the quality of it.”

We have the most tolerant supporters that I have come across?

M. M.: “Yes. From where the club came from when I knew it, it has come a long way and maybe people’s attitude has to change which they do because coming from a higher level to Weston people see that yes it has got to change and everyone has to change around with it. I have always liked the club. That is why I have come back here and I have no interest in going elsewhere. I enjoy it and I am sure the other lad’s enjoy it. They haven’t said anything to me but I bet they have never played in front of people like it. We haven’t got the biggest crowd in the world but if we had a few more numbers, even if it was half of what other people get and that is the truth because if we go out there and lose 5-0, there is still people stood behind the goal clapping us and the respect that they give to us, the only thing that we can do is mirror that back to them because you wouldn’t get that at a lot of places. There is a lot of fickle fans about. A lot of us are football fans anyway but we respect that especially from where we are on the pitch and it is good to see.”

436 - 27/08/2008

Striker Results 27/08/08

£1000 winner Mrs A Roberts N0660

£500 winner Bobby Collins M2660

£250 winner Mrs Jones WE1933

£125 winner C Mason L2273

Plus 62 paying members with the same numbers but a different prefix.

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over until next week.

434 - 26/08/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Assistant Manager and leading goalscorer Andrew Gurney 1

Following Weston’s 2-1 Blue Square Conference South victory at Dorchester Town the club’s Assistant Manager and leading goalscorer Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the Club website.

If I could start by asking your thought’s on today’s game please?

A. G.: “First half we played really well up till the goal I thought. Then when we got the goal we sat back a little bit too much really and let them back in to the game which was a bit disappointing. The lads have worked their socks off today and got what they deserved really. We didn’t have a lot of possession 2nd Half but they dug in and Saturday they had all the chances and couldn’t score and today we managed to nick it. Brilliant. Great Result.”

We showed a good attitude and application?

A. G.: “They worked their socks off, you know everyone and sometimes when you do that you get a win just through shear hard work and that’s what we have done today. They ( Dorchester ) will probably feel a little bit hard done by but it is a great 3 points.”

I think anybody would have taken 10 points from our first 5 games?

A. G.: “Brilliant, Obviously we are delighted with the start but there is a long long way to go and we have got to keep working hard and if we do then like we said, we want to prove people wrong. People have got us down as favourites to be relegated and that is something that we want to use to our advantage and prove to people that we are not going to be getting relegated and we shouldn’t be tagged with that but people can carry on and tag us with that and we will try and prove them wrong.”

You have had a long and illustrious career in the game and if I could finish by asking you if you have ever been top scorer at any of your previous clubs?

A. G.: “I haven’t, no but I don’t expect it will last much longer!”

433 - 26/08/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Mark McKeever

After a sending off at the end of last season saw him miss the Seagulls opening 3 games of the current campaign, popular left winger Mark McKeever returned to the Weston side for Saturday’s fixture with Worcester City . Following the game he took time out to speak to the club’s Website.

If I could start by asking if you were surprised at all to go straight in to the starting line-up?

M. M.: “After a bad result last week (at Hampton & Richmond) there is always that hope that you will go straight back in with the Manager looking to freshen things up, so yes I was hopeful that I would be starting today.”

Your thought’s on today’s game?

M. M.: “To be honest with you I think we had the majority of the play even before they went down to 10 men. It is always hard playing against 10 men but at the end of the day we had so many clear cut chances. I mean I should have had four myself and it’s criminal to waste chances like that and I hold my hands up. I’ve missed four sitters today. On another day you score 4 but if we had of taken just one of those chances it is 3 point’s in the bag.”

I think anybody would have taken 7 points from our first 12 if offered it at the start of the season though?

M.M.: “I think we would of taken that before the start of the season but I mean it wasn’t as if today was a bad performance. It was a good performance. People were saying maybe we didn’t break the 10 men down well enough but I thought we had the chances. It was just that killer instinct, the finishing. I think as long as you are playing well and making the chances the goals will come eventually although I think it was a positive day.”

We will look on it as two points dropped then?

M.M.: “There is always that possibility but I think as long as we keep playing like that, the same attitude, move the ball, keep creating the chances, the goals will come and to be honest with you I don’t expect us to be looking over our shoulder’s too much this year if we keep that attitude right.”

That was a much better crowd today. People look like they are coming back and our early results have certainly made people sit up and take notice?

M. M.:“Well from an atmosphere point of view, you could definitely tell the difference today. I’m not sure how many extra there was there but it did make a difference. I think the atmosphere adds to the occasion.”

432 - 25/08/2008

Purnell handed opportunity by Harrison walkout

Highly rated teenage goalkeeper Luke Purnell has been handed the opportunity to establish himself as a regular member of the first team squad at Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare after fellow stopper Ryan Harrison walked out of the Woodspring Stadium after only one game.

Purnell who was selected for the English Colleges side followed by a call up to the British Colleges side put pen to paper on a Conference South registration form following Weston’s home fixture with Worcester City and for the immediate future at least, is expected to be under study to his mentor and regular first choice Ryan Northmore.

In the summer Weston Manager Tony Ricketts made public his wish to have competition in all position’s including the goalkeeping spot and subsequently brought in Harrison who was an ever present for Llanelli as they won the League of Wales last season. Both Harrison and Northmore were given equal game time in pre-season allowing Ricketts to make a qualified judgement and the Manager plumped for last season’s Supporters player of the year Northmore to don the number 1 shirt for the season’s opener against Bishops Stortford. After the game Harrison expressed a desire to leave but Ricketts hoped to get the 23 year old to stay until a change in circumstances this week forced the Managers hand with the decision making process.

Explaining, Ricketts commented “I am bitterly disappointed that I have had to let Ryan go but the financial restrictions of the club mean that I can now not have two senior goalkeepers. That is what it boils down to.”

“Ryan Northmore is on contract until the end of the season and I was hoping that I would have enough money to run with both of them but I haven’t.”

“I had to make a decision and it is my decision that Ryan has left and I am disappointed.”

“I wish him every success and I wish him well for the season.” “You try not to shut off avenues in football as it is a small world and who knows, one day you might see Ryan Harrison playing for Weston again.”

431 - 20/08/2008

Middleton signing final piece in jigsaw for Ricketts!

Tony Ricketts, Manager of Blue Square South side Weston-super-Mare has managed to fill the final position he was publicly targeting with the signing coup of Bradley Middleton from Cardiff City .

19 year old Middleton worked his way up through the age groups at Ninian Park prior to captaining the Youth side. He made a number of first team appearances for the Bluebirds which came in the FAW Cup, including helping Cardiff reach the semi-final in the 2006-2007 season before losing to eventual winners TNS.

The Taunton based left back was loaned to Dorchester Town last season for “work experience” and made a big impression at the Avenue Stadium in his 8 games with the club”

Bradley joined Weston in the summer following his surprise release from Ninian Park and featured in the pre-season friendlies at Paulton Rovers and Caldicot Town . He put pen to paper with the Seagulls following training on Tuesday evening.

The signing completes the search for a naturally left sided defender that saw Jamie Laird feature for Weston in pre-season before being offered a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to play and coach professionally in Norway whilst Martin Slocombe was also a target following his release from Bristol City but opted on a move to join Bath City.

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429 - 20/08/2008

FANZONE - Stuart Lock

In the first of an occasional series Press Officer Simon Stephens interview’s a Weston Supporter following a Seagulls fixture.

First up on Saturday, following Weston’s game at Hampton & Richmond was Stuart Lock. 31 year old Stuart currently lives in Walthamstow and is an assistant head teacher at a secondary school in London .

If I could start off Stuart by asking you how long you have supported the Seagulls and how your “love of Weston” came about?

S. L.: “I used to go and visit my Granddad in Weston. He used to take me to the old stadium. My first game was against Dawlish and we won 2-0. I think Paul Elson scored both.

When I moved to Weston at 14 I started following them every season, when you could join the Supporters Club for 60p and get in free all season as a junior!”

Your thoughts on today’s game please?

S. L.: “I thought today was thoroughly depressing but if you offered me 6 points from the first three games, given how they looked on paper, I would of snapped your hand off. I thought today we where poor. Second best all over the park. It seemed like they ( Hampton ) wanted it more and they had more quality. It was in stark contrast to Monday.”

And finally, your expectation’s for the season?

S. L.: “To stay up!”

427 - 19/08/2008

Weymouth Youth 5 v 0 Weston Youth

Weston youth team stepped up their preperation's for the new season last night when they travelled to the Wessex Stadium to play their Weymouth counterparts in their opening pre-season friendly.

A Weston side containing mainly first year students put up a spirited fight in a 5-0 defeat.

428 - 19/08/2008

After match interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts

First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s Blue Square Conference South game at Hampton and Richmond .

Your thought on today’s game?

T. R.: “Just bitterly disapppointed. We defended poorly. The same as last year. We came here and gifted them sort of three goals in 20 minutes last year and we have done exactly the same today, so I am bitterly disappointed. The goals were poor. They didn’t create too much but I am not going to be too hard on the lads because they’ve given us two good performances but i am bitterly disappointed today.”

I think anyone would have settled for 6 points from the first 3 games though, especially in view of the opponents?

T. R.: “Yes, they would but the emotion of the game, we’ve conceded from a corner, we have conceded from a set play, the two lads from midfield have scored two goals a piece and generally our ball retention was poor today.I don’t want to criticize anybody but we should have had the same work ethic today as we did at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday. We will be O. K. as long as we have got that work ethic but that today was too reminisant of last season to be honest with you and the work ethic throughout the whole team was different to what it was on Monday and different from what it was against Bishop’s Stortford and that is something that I have got to address and the player’s know.

We have had a decent conversation about it and you know it is frustrating for me because we have looked reasonably solid in other games and today we gifted them four goals.

They had a bit of luck with the first one as a deflection hit the man closing down and it went in the opposite corner but the other 3 where not good.”

426 - 18/08/2008

Striker results 13/08/08


425 - 14/08/2008

After match interview with Weston Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt

Following Weston’s impressive 3-2 victory at bookie’s title favourites Havant & Waterlooville, Weston Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt took time out to speak to the club website.

If I could start by asking you for your thoughts and opinions on today’s game please?

C. C-P.: “I thought we where brilliant. Our attitude was really, really good. The team spirit was the best I have seen it at the club I think. We went 3-0 up and because there is a bit of a slope here we did sit back quite a bit. We started to get tired because we did a load of doggies, closing down. We worked so hard and we did get a bit tired. We conceded a couple of goals but that didn’t faze us and we defended right to the death. We put our bodies on the line. Northy pulled off some great saves, especially in the first half that really kept us in the game.

A performance that was full of passion and commitment for 90 minutes?

C. C-P: “Full of passion. Everybody behind each other. We where fearless tonight. These are the bookies title favourites and to come here and to show that attitude was excellent. We stuck together and got stuck in and where fearless. It was really good. It was good to be playing with the lads today.”

As was said to be the case on Saturday, perhaps another result which will no doubt surprise people outside of the club?

C. C-P: “It might, yeah. I don’t think we are shocked by it as we have had a very good pre-season and we have looked very good on Saturday and then again today. We where going in to the game very confident, so yeah it might surprise a few people.”

Do Havant look like a potential title winning side to you?

C. C-P.: “They where strong in all area’s. Strong all over the park. The defence and midfield was good and their movement up front was very good. I think we coped with it very well but I think they will be up there and there or thereabouts this season.”

Following two great wins it would be nice if we could get a bit more support. A poor crowd on Saturday and not many travelling tonight. There is a good product on show and perhaps it is about time that people started getting behind us?

C. C-P.: “Yes. I think the weather didn’t help on Saturday. Them coming from Bishop’s Stortford, they didn’t bring many. I think when people start noticing our results they will come down. I mean, even you and all the other lads that came down today, they really appreciate that and it was really good at the end. We could hear you cheering us on when we scored and it was brilliant.”

424 - 13/08/2008

After match interview with Weston striker Ryan Havard

Following Weston’s impressive 3-2 victory at bookie’s title favourites Havant & Waterlooville, Weston striker Ryan Havard took time out to speak to the club website.

Where you surprised at all to be in the starting line-up?

R. H.: “Yes I was to start with but delighted really to get in the starting line-up and hopefully I can just stay there.”

Where you happy with your own performance?

R. H.: “Yes.I was quite happy with it. I am always going to give 110% for Weston. I grabbed a goal as well in the first half so a good performance really.”

A good team spirit as well?

R. H.: “Fantastic team spirit. Everybody pulled in together. Everyone worked for each other tonight. It was fantastic.”

How does it feel to be back playing for your home town club?

R. H.: “I just go out there to play football and give 110%. Playing for my home town club I give it a bit more as well.”

423 - 12/08/2008

Abraham arrival bolsters Seagulls defences!

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare F. C. have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of centre-back Cedric Abraham.

French born Abrahim represented Bordeaux , Bastia and Toulouse in his homeland prior to coming to England .

Chesham United where Cedric’s first club in the U. K. and on leaving the Meadow he went on to join Swindon Town and Swindon Supermarine and had a trial spell at Boston United.

26 year old Cedric who is a powerful imposing centre-back, had been on trial at Halesowen Town during pre-season prior to signing for Weston following their opening Blue Square South fixture of the season last Saturday against Bishops Stortford.

The Frenchman netted on his Weston debut when after replacing Charlie Comyn-Platt towards the end of the First-Half at Paulton in pre-season he connected with Ben Wells’ free-kick on 44 minutes to bring the Seagulls level.

His signing was rushed through in time for him to go straight in to the Weston 11 on Monday evening as the defeated title favourites Havant & Waterlooville 3-2 at Westleigh Park in their second Blue Square Conference South fixture of the season.

422 - 12/08/2008

Major sponsorship boost for Weston!

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare F. C. have tied up a major sponsorship deal with Protech Suzuki that will see a significant 4 figure sum invested in the club for the forthcoming season.

Protech, a family run business who are based on Winterstoke Road in Weston are the local Suzuki dealers for the Somerset and South Bristol area.

The company aim to provide the highest level of customer care or after care for your Suzuki car.

Their fully trained staff are on hand to provide a full range of sales, service, parts and accessories.

The business which is open for 7 days a week for car sales and six days a week for service and parts can be contacted on (01934)626407

Protech will be the name emblazoned across the Seagulls home jersey’s for the duration of the 2008-2009 Season.

421 - 11/08/2008

After match interview with Weston’s Number 1 Ryan Northmore

Goalkeeper and last season’s “Supporters player of the Year”, Ryan Northmore took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s opening fixture of the 200-2009 Blue Square Conference South season when they hosted Bishop’s Stortford.

If I could start by asking you for your thoughts and opinions on today’s game please?

R. N.: “I thought that it was an exciting game.

Lots of positives to come out of the performance.

Obviously disappointed to concede a penalty and to not come away with a clean sheet but that is how football goes.

The positives for me where that Marvin got on the scoresheet. He is off the mark and up and running.

Mark Armstrong came on at left back and did really, really well.

Ben Willshire started the game when it looked like he was going to be out till the start of October time, so that was another positive.

It’s good to see Ryan Havard come on and make a good performance again.

He works hard and you can see that he has got a real desire to do well for Weston and that is a real positive thing to come out of today.”

In light of the arrival of Ryan Harrison and the increased competition in the goalkeeper’s position, was it a surprise for you at all to be starting today’s game?

R. N.: “It’s the Manager’s job to have competition for places and that goes right across the board from 1 to 11.

He has brought Ryan ( Harrison ) in who is a competent young goalkeeper and to keep me on my toes.

You could say based on today that it is working.”

Where you happy with your own performance today?

R. N.: “Yes.

Very happy with my own performance.

It is the first time that we have used that ball (new conference league match ball) and it is a lot different from last season in that it moves differently and you have got to use an almost different technique to strike it but yes I am pleased with my performance.”

A result from the outside world looking in that might surprise a few people?

R. N.: “Well I haven’t checked myself yet but some of the lads in the Changing Room are saying that we where the only team to win at home in the Conference South today.

In the huddle before the game, Andy Gurney said “this is our patch; nobody comes here and takes anything from us”.

And that’s it now.

We have set our stall out, we have set our standard and it is up to us to maintain that standard for the entire season.

Not just till October, November time but the entire season.”

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419 - 10/08/2008

After match interview with Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney

Assistant Manager and scorer of the games winning goal, Andrew Gurney took time out to speak to the club website following Weston-super-Mare’s opening fixture of the 2008-2009 Blue Square Conference South season when they hosted Bishop’s Stortford.

Your thought on today’s game?

A. G.: “I thought we deserved to win in the end really.

They’ve had a couple of little chances, hit the post first-half but in general you know we where really pleased.

Pleased with the way the lads played and how they worked hard and we got the result we deserved in the end I think.”

Another special set-piece from yourself to win it?

A. G.: “I think it was going to take something like that in the end for either team to win it.

Luckily we got it and like I say, thoroughly deserved it I think in the end.”

No less than we deserved?

A. G.: “No.

The lads have been brilliant today, throwing their bodies in front of things at the end there and as I say, worked really hard and it has paid off for us today.

It was nice to start with a win obviously.”

A result that will no doubt surprise everybody outside of the club?

A. G.: “We are not really interested in what people outside of the club think and they can say what they want and have us as favourites to go down if they want.

All we can do is work hard and try and prove them wrong which we want to make sure we do.”

418 - 09/08/2008

Eve of season interview with First Team Manager Tony Ricketts:

First Team Manager Tony Ricketts took time out from his preparations for the Bishop’s Stortford game to speak to the club website on the eve of the new season.

If I can start off by asking you your thoughts on Monday night’s game (Weston’s final pre-season friendly at Caldicot)?

“We where poor first half. Definitely, we where poor. The last two seasons’ the club has conceded 80 goals so that is a key area that we need to work on.We had 3 players sat on the bench that would start in our best back four. Mike Green, Charlie Comyn-Platt and Ben Willshire. Hopefully we will have two of them back for Saturday. So it is something we need to work on. We need a centre-half and we need a left-back, natural left back. Where working on things and we will see what happens.”

I understand Ryan Harrison has signed?

“We have been waiting for international clearance with Ryan Harrison. I said I would bring two keepers in to the club and we need the competition for places. With the budget being so tight it is difficult to run with two keepers but I think it is something that we need to do. Obviously we will see who comes out on top and we will go from there really.”

Have you got your first choice x1 in mind for Saturday?

“Well if everybody is fit but it is impossible to do. On top of those 3 defenders that I just mentioned we had Ashan Holgate pulled out today with a tight back and Marc McGregor only played 30 minutes at Paulton on Friday so it is just getting the right balance.”

A difficult start to the season?

“Yes it is but you have got to play them all haven’t you? You have got to play every side in the league twice. I am under no illusions. If we keep everybody fit we will surprise a few people. I have said that all along but whether we are strong enough in terms of numbers remains to be seen. Not being disrespectful to the young lads but we need to get them out playing men’s football at a lower level to adapt to that and then hopefully when we need them, they can come back in. Being sat on the bench at Conference South level at this moment in time will not be good for them.

Running a few names by you if I may? ….

…. Ryan Havard?

“We have just had a little chat with him tonight and he is a local lad, wants to learn and wants to be given a chance. He’s been bright, gives it 100% and he is part of our squad of 16 at this present moment in time. I think he will surprise a few people. I like players with effort and commitment and he has got that in abundance.”

…. Darren Mullings?

“We have signed Darren. Non contract at this present moment in time. The Chairman is not back until August 19th so we will see what happens with him. I want to get him on a contract because of his versatility. He can play up front, he can play in midfield. That is his best position’s but he can also play at the back if needs be although I don’t think that is his best position. So Darren is on board on non-contract and will obviously be in the squad on Saturday.”

…. Bradley Middleton?

“We are having a look at Bradley. Bradley has got the opportunity to go and train with Yeovil so he will go and train with Yeovil and we will go from there.”

…. Ryan Paddock?

“Ryan Paddock is another who will train with us.Both Ryan and Bradley. It is whether they can cope with the physicality of the Conference South at centre-half. Probably my two centre half’s on Saturday will be Andy Gurney and Charlie Comyn-Platt.”

Taking in to consideration injuries, are you able to tell me what you envisage your starting line-up being on Saturday?

“It will depend on whose fit. At the moment Mike Green isn’t available as he is going to a wedding so he is definitely out so we will have somebody playing out of position on Saturday probably filling in one of the full back positions and we will probably go with young Mark Armstrong so we will see with that one.”

I understand Ben Willshire is a doubt?

“Yes he is a doubt. He has got a knee ligament problem and we are hoping and praying that he pulls through.”

…. and Charlie?

“I think Charlie will be O. K. and will probably start at centre-half with Andy Gurney.We will try and nail this down when we train. We tried Wednesday this week as it gives the lads two days off before Saturday.”

Finally, a message for the supporters? …. Perhaps to unite and get behind everybody?

“I’ve been to the Conference pre-season meeting today. We need more support. We need positive support. We’ve given the supporters nothing to shout about for two season’s really. No doubt’s it will be tough again this season but like I said earlier, we have to keep everybody fit, and then I think we can do O. K.We haven’t got depth in the squad and I don’t want to keep harping on about budget.The budget is what the budget is. When we lose out to players to club’s like Mangotsfield, Cirencester and Gloucester for players then there is an imbalance somewhere. People have got to understand that.”

Our supporters have to be realistic?

“You know me Simon, I don’t read websites.”

I thought what Grubby said was brilliant and hit the nail on the head. Fairplay to him for coming out and having the courage to say it.Your thoughts on his comments?

“The fans Unofficial Forum and the clubs website you know, people are entitled to their opinion but it doesn’t help. I have got no problems with being criticized. I think I failed last year. I don’t want to keep repeating myself and I have got something to prove this season. This is the first time in my managerial or coaching career that I have failed last season so I have got a bit to prove. It would have been easy for me to walk away. If the Chairman feels that I am not up to the job then that is the Chairman’s job. Supporters are entitled to their own opinion but what they don’t do; they don’t say it to your face. They say it behind your back. They put it on a website. I don’t read websites but I was told about it today and I am not pleased about it but we need support, the players need support, Weston-super-Mare needs support. Weston St. Johns have just gone under. I think that is tragic, tragic. We are a small club and we need to stick together. Like I said at the fans forum-Do I believe we are punching above our weight? No I don’t, I don’t but we need to raise more funds so we can compete, not just at this level but at the next level.”

416 - 08/08/2008

Quadruple signing boost for Seagulls on eve of season!

Blue Square Conference South side Weston-super-Mare F. C. have bolstered their squad with four quality signing’s on the eve of the season.

Goalkeeper Ryan Harrison was the first of the four to put pen to paper when he signed for the Seagulls following their pre-season victory at Caldicot on Monday evening.

23 year old Harrison was an “ever present” for League of Wales Champions Llanelli last season, conceding a miserly 35 goals from 34 games after signing from Forest Green Rovers.

The young goalkeeper will face a stiff task to shift Ryan Northmore from the number 1 spot with the former Torquay United man being one of Weston’s most consistent performers over the past 3 seasons but his arrival gives Manager Tony Ricketts the competition he has been looking for in the goalkeeping spot.

Powerful central midfielder Darren Mullings could well prove to be a key signing for the Woodspring Stadium based club.

21 year old Mullings spent last season with Blue Square Premier side Torquay United following his release from Bristol Rovers where he made four first team appearances and scored for the Gulls on his debut against Histon.

He scored on his Weston debut whilst deployed as a striker against league two new boys Exeter City and was equally adept in Weston’s following friendly when he played as a centre-back against a full strength Plymouth Argyle side and coped comfortably with all the Championship side had to throw at him.

With centre-back Craig Rand expected to be out of action until October, full back Michael Green unavailable and fellow full back Ben Willshire facing a late fitness test, defender Ryan Paddock could well go straight in to the Seagulls starting X1 for Saturday’s opening Blue Square South fixture with Bishops Stortford.

19 year old Ryan was released by Bristol Rovers in the summer following a year as a professional and impressed enough in Weston’s friendlies against Gloucester and Caldicot to be offered terms by manager Tony Ricketts.

The fourth signing of the quartet is perhaps the one that has invigorated and encouraged the club’s supporters the most.

Weston bred Ryan Havard is a popular face in the local community and his return to the club has delighted the supporters who have been clamouring to see more local faces in the Seagulls line-up.

Known for his lung busting performances and never giving less than 100%, Havard spent his formative years in Weston’s Youth and Reserve sides where he was a prolific goalscorer.

He made the Weston first team prior to his 20th birthday but found opportunities limited and spent a golden period at Weston St. Johns where he averaged a little over a goal a game before going on to join further fruitful spells with Southern League 1 side Taunton Town and Southern League Premier Division sides Clevedon Town and Yate Town.

First team goalkeeper Ryan Northmore who also doubles as the club’s Youth Team Manager has seen the well renowned coaching skills and professional standards that he embeds in to Weston’s youngsters bear fruit with more youth players than ever before featuring in the first team squad.

As well as the four new signing’s youth team graduates David Thorne, Samuel Clark, Samuel Johnson and Mark Armstrong all signed first team forms after training on Wednesday evening.

Armstrong in particular has been impressive in Weston’s pre-season campaign, featuring regularly and it is thought that he might well start Saturday’s opener against Bishops Stortford with Green missing and Willshire rated as a fitness doubt.

The presence of four local boys in the ranks is a sight that will no doubt please the club’s supporters.

417 - 08/08/2008

Weston-super-Mare F. C. by Simon Stephens

With just about everybody outside of the Woodspring Stadium predicting a bottom place finish for Weston-super-Mare F. C. in Blue Square Conference South this season the only pressure on Manager Tony Ricketts and his troops will be what they choose to put on themselves.

League sponsors Blue Square have the Seagulls priced 13/8 to go down and despite having his hands tied by what is acknowledged as the lowest budget in the division, due in no small part to the excesses of previous Manager Frank Gregan, Ricketts is far from despondent with his optimism being backed up by a number of quality summer signing’s who have turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere to commit themselves to North Somerset’s most senior club to give an indication as to the regard in which Ricketts and his Assistant Andrew Gurney are held in.

Former Bristol City protégé Marvin Brown once hailed by City’s then Academy Director David Burnside as “the next 10 Million Pound Player” is being classed as the club’s “headline summer signing” and it is not difficult to see why with the prolific striker holding the best goals per game ratio in the whole of the Blue Square Premier last season whilst with Salisbury City.

Brown is understood to have turned down more lucrative offers from big spending title favourites Havant & Waterlooville & fellow Hampshire side Eastleigh along with Worcester City, Newport County and Bath City.

Described by Ricketts as the “20 goal a season striker that I have been looking for” Brown’s firepower could be the difference between a relegation battle, mid-table security or an outside shot at the play-off’s.

Another major boost to the club is the capture of powerful midfielder Darren Mullings, a player who has already proved valuable to the Seagulls cause with his adaptability in pre-season.

6ft 1 Mullings spent the 2007-2008 Season at Torquay United following his departure from Bristol Rovers where he made 4 first team appearances as well as being a regular for England Colleges at Under 19 level and also representing England Schoolboys at Under 18 level.

Mullings was deployed as a striker on his debut for the Seagulls, scoring in a 1-1 draw and proved to be equally adept in the centre-back position in Weston’s next friendly against Championship side Plymouth Argyle when he coped comfortably with all that a full strength Argyle had to throw at him.

Also joining is highly rated former Swindon Town central midfielder Ben Wells.

Wells made 45 appearances and scored 7 goals for Basingstoke Town last season but became frustrated at being deployed on the right of midfield and was only to happy to re-unite with former Swindon team mates, Ashan Holgate, Charlie Comyn-Platt and Andrew Gurney.

Wells has already shown his delivery and distribution to be excellent in Weston’s pre-season campaign and will prove to be a valuable addition.

Ryan Harrison joins the club from Welsh League Champions Llanelli where he made 34 appearances last season and has shown his ability with confident displays so far but will face a stiff test to shift Ryan Northmore from the goalkeepers position with Northmore’s consistent quality over the past 3 seasons so often making him the clubs saviour and said to be worth 10-15 saved points a season for the Seagulls.

Weston’s 5th and so far final signing to date has been one that has lifted and excited the Weston faithful.

Weston bred Ryan Havard is a popular face in the local community and is renown for his lung busting performances and his never say die attitude.

The talented striker came up through the Youth and Reserve ranks at Weston before embarking on fruitful goalscoring spells at Weston St. Johns, Taunton Town, Clevedon Town & Yate Town.

Last season he scored 24 goals in only 24 games for St. Johns and showed he hadn’t lost his touch when netting with a stunning half volley from fully 40 yards in Weston’s final friendly at Caldicot on Monday evening.

Weston’s supporters will be critical to the club this season with them having more importance to the cause than they probably realise.

Ricketts has negotiated a deal with Chairman Paul Bliss that will see any funds from crowds in excess of 350 diverted directly in to the playing budget.

The crowds at Weston bucked a national trend last season with the Seagulls being the only side outside the professional ranks to see a dramatic increase through the gates with over 30% more spectators than the 2006-2007 season.

The figures were due in part to the clubs decision to switch their mid-week fixtures to a Monday evening when there is less competition for an audience and if the Weston hierarchy decide to go ahead with a proposed idea to switch some Saturday fixtures to a Friday evening it could well see a further increase which will benefit the club, Ricketts, the team and the supporters making it an all round “win win” situation.

415 - 07/08/2008


You may have noticed the advert on the back page of this weeks Weston Mercury. The advert is incorrect. The Admission Prices should not have appeared in the advert. When the ad was placed on Monday all the wording was agreed, the Mercury promised to send through a 'proof copy' as they normally do. This did not happen otherwise the mistake would have been spotted straightaway. The Mercury have admitted their mistake and have apologised in advance for any embarrassment this mistake will cause.

Even if they wanted to the Club could not charge the prices advertised as there is a minimum admission charge that applies throughout the Football Conference, and this charge is higher than the price that appears in the advert.

The Club would also like to apologise for this error and we have been assured by the Mercury that this kind of problem will not arise again.

414 - 06/08/2008

interview with Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney (Paulton Rovers V Weston-super-Mare

Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney spoke to the Website after Weston’s penultimate pre-season friendly, against Paulton Rovers at The Athletic Ground, Winterfield Road, Paulton.

Your thought on tonight’s game?

A. G.: “Very, very poor, especially the first half.

Then the second half we started quite brightly and we were having a go and created one or two bits.

Then Marvin, obviously Marvin should score really at 1 all and 9 times out of 10 he will score and he slashed it wide from 3 or 4 yards out which isn’t Marvin at all.

If that goes in then maybe we go on and win the game 3-1 but we didn’t. They hit a worldy goal and to be fair for the second goal you can’t really do a lot about and then conceded a very poor third but overall it is not good enough and there is a lot of hard work that will be done in the next week or so because the last two and a half performances have definitely not been good enough.

A week tomorrow we start the season and a lot has got to improve in a week.

We will work as hard as we possibly can to make sure that it does.”

Your thought on the two new faces that where on show tonight?

A. G.: “The left-back (Bradley Middleton) played tonight obviously. Whether he comes again or not I don’t know.

Cedric (Abraham), I thought Cedric did O. K..

He is a big strong boy, looks quick and overall looks like someone that you could work with, something that could maybe be a decent addition but will have to wait and see over the next week or so.”

I understand that we have a couple of player’s missing for the first game of the season?

A. G.: “Greener is missing for the first game of the season.

We have known that since the start of pre-season really and then obviously Ben (Willshire) injured his knee at Gloucester the other night which isn’t great news obviously because that leaves us without two right-back’s.

We will have to see, hopefully he might be alright by next weekend.”

413 - 06/08/2008


Simon Stephens reporting from the Athletic Ground, Winterfield Road

Weston fielded trialists Bradley Middleton (a left back) and centre-back Cedric Abraham (a former Swindon Supermarine centre-back) at The Athletic Ground as two late goals from a full strength Paulton Rovers saw the home side to a 3-1 victory.

Paulton had the better of the early exchanges and took the lead on 25 minutes when former Weston midfielder Jon French put in Ben Cleverley who laid the ball back for another former Seagull Robert Claridge to beat keeper Ryan Harrison.

Abraham replaced Charlie Comyn-Platt on the half hour mark after the Seagulls captain pulled up with a hamstring injury (Michael Green taking the Captain's armband) and a minute before the interval it was Abraham who got on the end of Ben Wells's free-kick from the right to draw the sides level.

Thankfully it is understood that Comyn-Platt's injury will not keep him out of the season's opener against Bishops Stortford.

Weston's uped the tempo in the second half and after Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney had blazed Ashan Holgate's pull back over the bar, Dean Grubb stung the hands of home keeper Kyle Phillips after a delightfull one two with Michael Green had split Paulton open.

Michael Green also went close for the visitors and Marvin Brown would of normally finished an opportunity from close in but as the game entered it's final 20 minutes, Paulton regained the accendancy.

Ryan Harrison did well to deny Dean Pendry from close range and then substitute Tom Jacobs hit the foot of a post as Paulton came back.

Brazilian trialist Zico put Paulton in front with a stunning 35-yard effort on 74 minutes fellow substitute Dan Flower sealed the win on 86 minutes when put through by Tom Jacobs.

Weston squad: Harrison, Green, Middleton, Palmer, Mullings, Comyn-Platt (Abraham 30), Wells (McKeever H/T), Gurney (Burt 71), McGregor (Brown 30), Holgate (Havard 83), Grubb. Sub (not used): Purnell.

412 - 05/08/2008


Simon Stephens reporting from Jubilee Way.

Weston's preperations for the new season clicked in to place just at the right time as a Seagulls line-up containing two triallists and two youth team graduates took a trip in to europe to round off their pre-season programme and recorded an emphatic win at Welsh League Division 1 side Caldicot.

Perhaps a usefull indication as to the value of the result was that Blue Square South rivals Newport County recorded a 4-1 victory at Jubilee Way 2 weeks previously whilst at full strength.

Caldicot started strongly and after Andy Gurney headed just over from Ben Wells' free kick, the home side took the lead when Daniel O' Sullivan put in Jason Thorne and altough Ryan Northmore made a great save from Thorne's effort, Mark Williams was on hand to lash home the loose ball.

A minute later, Gurney came close, his header coming back off the underside of the crossbar from Ben Wells's corner from the left and from another Wells' corner, Gurney headed back across goal for Marvin Brown to force a save from keeper James Smallcombe.

Weston equalised on 35 minutes when Ryan Havard turned on Sam Johnson's long clearance and beat Smallcombe with a stunning dipping half volley from fully 45 yards but a minute before the interval, Caldicot were back in the lead when Kevin Thompson's ball into the box saw O' Sullivan adjudged to have been impeded and Gareth Cullimore fired his penalty to the right of Northmore.

For the second half, Weston, who earlier had replaced Gurney with James Palmer, brought on Ryan Harrison for Northmore, Marc McGregor for McKeever and Michael Green for Sam Johnson and went on to dominate the second half.

McGregor saw his shot blocked and Havard saw his glancing header go just wide before Ryan Paddock's cross came back off the groin of Darren Mullings in to the path of Marvin Brown who finished neatly.

Brown added his second and Weston's third after Green powered down the right flank and pulled the home defence out of position.

Brown completed his hat-trick with Weston's fourth climaxing a strong run from Ryan Havard and after Mark Armstrong's strong run down the left had set-up Marc McGregor, McGregor freed Darren Mullings to score and Ben Wells capped a fine individual effort when he rounded off the scoring, meeting McGregor's cross with a fine header.

Weston squad: Northmore (Harrison H/T), Armstrong, Middleton (Holgate 79), Paddock, Johnson (Green H/T), Gurney (Palmer 23), Wells, Mullings, Havard, Brown (Johnson 83), McKeever (McGregor H/T).

411 - 03/08/2008

Interview with Dean Grubb

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s pre-season friendly at Gloucester City Weston born winger Dean Grubb took time out to speak to the club website about the evening’s game, his thought process behind committing to a contract and the Weston supporters.

Your thought on tonight’s game?

D. G.: “It was a good workout for the lads. It was always going to be a hard game up here. It was windy and I don’t think the pitch is that great but it is good to get a look at what next season is going to be like with some of the players. I know it was 1-1 and we went a goal down but I think we controlled the game really. I don’t think there was really many problems.”

How many of the side that started this evening’s game do you envisage starting the first game of the season?

D. G.: “Well really I think McKeever would be starting but he has got a ban for the first three games, so that is why he was on the bench. Well that is my thoughts on it anyway. I think a lot of them will be starting, I would say about, well considering how we do in the rest of the friendlies that will probably be the starting X1 for the season.”

I understand you have committed your immediate future to Weston and put pen to paper on a contract. Could you tell me your thought process behind how you came to that decision please?

D. G.: “Well after speaking with the Manager just really he has told me the player’s that have also signed and I was happy with signing because I think it looks bright for next year. The people I wanted here from last season have signed. He has brought in a few other good players’ like Marv, Greener and Macca have signed for two years and I think it looks positive to be fair. Everybody has been raring to go. After the disappointment that was last year I think next year looks promising.”

As a Weston born and bred player, do you see yourself as a role model for other local player’s and proof that they can make it at Weston? Something you are proud of? A pressure maybe?

D. G.: “It’s nice. I mean it would be nice if we got more fans down there who gave everyone a bit more of a chance. I mean, I read on the Website a lot, the Fans Forum and you just get people on there who just want to bad mouth the player’s and I think it is poor. I think everybody has bad times and good times but when we are going through a bad time it would be nice for people to get behind us instead of giving us grief all the time and that is my view’s on Weston. I think we have got too many negative people around and if they just want to come and bad mouth us then don’t bother turning up to games.”

410 - 01/08/2008

After match interview with Charlie Comyn-Platt (Gloucester City V Weston-super-Mare)

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s pre-season friendly at Gloucester City Captain Charlie Comyn-Platt took time out to discuss the evening’s game and the squad’s two day excursion to an Army Barracks in South Wales.

Your thought on tonight’s game?

C. C-P.: “I think we started well but then we conceded a sloppy goal. There was no one even around and I missed a header, the keeper shouted for it and it’s going in off Palms. There wasn’t even anyone in our 6 yard box from their team so it was a sloppy goal. They didn’t really create much. I thought we where quite poor in the first half but 2nd half we looked much better and created quite a few chances. Kev Sawyer who was on loan to us last season, their keeper, he pulled off a great save in the top corner from Macca’s shot. Marc McGregor had a header from a corner, possibly should of hit the target. We did have quite a few chances but I think they worked hard really, they didn’t create, they didn’t do much so we should of beaten them but it is if’s and butt’s really.”

What did you make of the experience at the Army Barracks?

C. C-P.: “Thursday and Friday was really good. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest but it was really good, all the lads got on brilliantly, we all stuck together, it was team bonding and it was superb. We worked hard, we worked really hard and then we had a really good time with it. We played really hard as well.”

What did it consist of?

C. C-P: “Assault courses, fitness, running to beep times, carrying logs and running with big packs on your back getting chased by these idiot army people. We camped out on Thursday. We thought we where going to be in tents but they just gave us a sleeping bag. We had to cook our own food. We had ration packs from 2004 I think. We got bitten to death by mosquitoes.”

The break finished with a trip to Chepstow Races I understand?

C. C-P.: “Chepstow races was really good.”

Any luck?

C. C-P.: “No, not really a bit of luck. I did alright. I think it was Caribbean night so Ash did really well.”

409 - 31/07/2008

After match interview with Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney (Gloucester City V Weston-super-Mare

Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney spoke to the Website after Weston’s 4th pre-season friendly, against Gloucester City at The Corrinium Stadium, Cirencester.

Your thought on tonight’s game?

A. G.: “I thought we started brightly enough and then give away the sloppy goal from the corner and then it all went a bit pear shaped for 15-20 minutes really. We didn’t take a grip of the game and let them get on top of us. Then we came in to it a little bit towards the end of the 2nd half. It was better in the 2nd half but probably still not quite there and probably still not quite good enough really.” How many of the side that started this evening’s game do you envisage starting the first game of the season?

A. G.: “There is still one or two obviously that we are looking at and positions that hopefully we can add to but obviously the main of it was there but like I say, hopefully we can add a centre-back and a left-back with a little bit of luck. Obviously we are still looking for them.”

406 - 30/07/2008

Striker Results 30/07/08

£1000 winning number L4469

£500 winning number H5565

£250 winning number P4346

£125 winning number WE2262

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

405 - 30/07/2008

Gloucester City 1 v 1 Weston-super-Mare

Mark McKeever secured a draw for Weston with a late equaliser at Gloucester City.

Gloucester were on top in the early play and took the lead when Weston's James Palmer diverted a James Upcott corner past his own keeper.

Ryan Harrison was forced to make some brilliant saves to deny Upcott and Jack Pitcher.

In the second half Ex-Weston Loanee Kevin Sawyer pulled off a brilliant save to keep out a volley from McKeever.

But deep into added time, McKeever tapped in the ball after Sawyer had made the intial block.

Team: Ryan Harrison, Ben Willshire, Michael Green, Andrew Gurney, Charlie Comyn-Platt (Captain), Dean Grubb, James Palmer, Ashan Holgate, Marvin Brown, Darren Mullings & Ben Wells.

407 - 30/07/2008

Striker Results 30/07/08

£1000 winning number L4469

£500 winning number H5565

£250 winning number P4346

£125 winning number WE2262

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

408 - 30/07/2008

Striker Results 30/07/08

£1000 winning number L4469

£500 winning number H5565

£250 winning number P4346

£125 winning number WE2262

No rollover winner this week therefore rolling over to next week.

404 - 26/07/2008

Weston players join the Army

Following Bristol Rovers decision to pull out of the pre-season fixture scheduled for today Weston Manager Tony Ricketts utilised the time to take his troops to an army barracks in South Wales.

The exercise will no doubt build up morale and camaraderie between the squad and is understood to have involved an assault course, camping out over night on the Thursday and culminating with a visit to Chepstow Races last night.

403 - 24/07/2008








402 - 24/07/2008

Robertson signs for Wellington

Former Weston-super-Mare Skipper Andy Robertson has signed for Toostation League first Division Champions Wellington according to Thursday's Western Daily Press. Robertson made 118 appearances for the seagulls in 2 spells and scored 2 goals, 1 against Newport County and the other against Sutton United. Robertson made his debut for the Seagulls in their first game at the new Woodspring Stadium against Hornchurch in 2004

401 - 22/07/2008

Interviews with James Palmer and Ben Willshire

Last week the former Bristol Rovers duo of Ben Willshire and James Palmer opted to commit their immediate future to the Seagulls when both put pen to paper on a two year contract.

Following training on Monday evening they spoke to the Club Website to discuss how they came to their respective decisions.

James Palmer

J. P.: “I had a bit of a frustrating year last year with injuries and getting released by Rovers obviously, and then I came here. I got injured, broke my finger, come back, got injured again with my knee but now I am fit and ready to go.

Rickko has given me a chance to prove myself here and I am going to have a good go at it. I have signed for two years now which is good because it secures your future. I am going to have a good go at this year.

I don’t want to be sat on the bench like I was last year. I want to be playing every week if I can. Obviously, I just want to be in the team for the first game of the season.”

Ben Willshire

B. W.: “Tony’s choice is that he wants everybody on contract this year because he wants everybody committed to the club. I wanted to be committed to a club on my own personal level.

I don’t like this one year signing on and then seeing what happens next year. I want to be committed to a club for a few years and I want to see it progressing.

So that is why I have signed for two years now.”

400 - 21/07/2008

Open forum (bullet points & quote’s)

On Sunday Weston-super-Mare F. C. held an Open forum in the Somerset suite at their Woodspring Park base.

Despite being more heavily advertised than previous forums, the meeting was disappointingly sparsely attended.

Below are a few bullet points to come from the get together:

*Manager Tony Ricketts said that he hoped to bring in a centre-back and a left back within the next seven days.

*Jason Burt is to be loaned out to Southern League Division 1 West side Taunton Town in order to gain some much needed game time.

*Jamie Laird has been offered a professional and playing contract in Norway . The Manager has told Laird that he should take it as it is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Should the 19 year old left back take up the position, he would be due back in November and if that is the case Mr Ricketts said “We may well speak to him again then”.

*The Manager looks to have closed the door on last season’s Supporters Club & “Away Supporters” player of the season Andrew Robertson staying at the Woodspring Stadium. Mr Ricketts commented on Robertson “I tried to tie up with Robbo 2 or 3 times. I texted him to say when pre-season was. Andrew Gurney spoke to him. I think he doesn’t want to come back and unless he approaches me that is it. Anyway there is no money left”.

*It looks unlikely that transfer target Darren Mullings will sign for Weston. The central midfielder who excelled as a striker against Exeter and a centre back against Plymouth was subject of an offer from Blue Square Conference South rivals Newport County on Friday. Ricketts said “I expect him to sign there”.

*The Manager talked about potential transfer targets which can obviously not go in to print until they are finalised.

*The Manager revealed that transfer target Ollie Barnes was “Offered more money” at Blue Square South rivals Worcester City and opted to sign for the St. George’s lane side.

*When asked by the floor about cup competitions, Mr Ricketts said “I don’t think we will have any other option than to go for it in every cup competition we enter.

*Giving supporters cause for optimism, Mr Ricketts went on to say “We are not punching above our weight. The club has massive potential. My intention remains’ the same as when I took this job and I intend to take the club in to the Conference National.

*When the subject of playing budget was raised Mr Ricketts said “We have one of the lowest budgets in our league and it is exactly the same as last season”.

*Offering a unique insight in to last season’s troubled campaign, the Manager said “I offered my resignation twice and the Chairman didn’t take it. With hindsight I made a mistake in taking young players from City and Rovers who where good technically but not physically”.

*The Manager went on to say that he is “Looking to operate with a squad of 15 or 16 players topped up by Youth team players”. He went on to say that despite this “I am looking for competition in the goalkeepers’ position. I don’t think Luke Purnell is ready for the first team yet so I will be looking to loan him out to get some games”.

*Despite featuring in Weston’s pre-season programme the Manager said that he “Did not feel that the Youth team players where ready yet for the first team”.

*Mr Ricketts spoke of a community programme that he hopes to get up and running in conjunction with local Primary, Junior and Secondary schools linking in to the college and looking to cater specifically for the 14, 15 & 16 year old age group.

*The Manager finishing by saying “I am very optimistic about the forthcoming season. I feel confident we can hold our own if we avoid the horrific injuries that robbed us of crucial players last season. I think we will surprise a few people. I have seen the bookies prices and I think our supporters should get some money on. I will certainly be contacting my bookie”.

399 - 21/07/2008

Interview with Michael Green

Michael Green joined Weston-super-Mare from bitter rivals Clevedon Town midway through last season. The right-back made such an early impression that he won the player of the month award for January in his first full month with the club and went on to be awarded the accolade of Manager’s player of the season.

Following Weston’s pre-season fixture at Tiverton the Forest of Dean based defender spoke to the website to discuss that evening’s fixture and his decision to commit his immediate future to the Seagulls.

I understand you have committed your immediate future to the club?

M. G.: “Yes. I have signed for two years which I am happy about. It is a bit of security. They are looking to take the club forward and I want to be part of that.”

Your take on tonight’s game?

M. G.: “I think it was very, very poor all over the park. I don’t think anybody did themselves justice really. Albeit they came out well and they played well but we contributed to that as we made them look good players. I think we have got to improve a hell of a lot for the start of the season.”

398 - 20/07/2008

After match interviews (Tiverton Town V Weston-super-Mare )

Martyn Rogers ( Tiverton Town Manager)

M. R.: “As a football club we are delighted with the performance. The result is immaterial. You are looking for performances from players and team wise I was delighted with the way we performed today. We worked as hard as I have seen the team work.”

Your take on the Weston side?

M. R.: “To be honest with you I don’t really take too much notice of the other side but at the end of the day there is some good individual player’s and they have got some pace up front. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think it caused us any problems tonight.”

Andrew Gurney (Weston Assistant Manager)

A. G.: “Very, very poor to sum it up. We didn’t keep the ball well enough, we didn’t create enough chances, didn’t play well enough. Simple as that really.”

A makeshift side though?

A. G.: “A little bit but it’s no excuses. Obviously the team that started probably won’t be the team that starts the start of the season but even so it was very poor and we let ourselves down really. We switched it around a little bit tonight.

1st half was poor, 2nd half was a little bit better. We created a couple of chances but it wasn’t good enough.We had two decent performances in the last two friendlies but tonight wasn’t so good. We will go back to training on Monday and start again.”

396 - 19/07/2008

OPEN FORUM - SUNDAY 20th July 2008

On Sunday July 20th Weston-super-Mare F. C. will be holding an "Open Forum" in The Somerset Suite at The Woodspring Stadium. The meeting will start at 11AM and it is understood that Chairman Paul Bliss and First Team Manager Tony Ricketts will be on hand to field question's from interested parties.

395 - 19/07/2008

Havard return leaves supporters smiling

A popular sight that has lifted the supporters of Weston F. C. was the return of Weston born Ryan Havard to the Seagulls squad. After injuring himself in the warm-up prior to the Exeter game, the former Weston man made his first return appearance in Weston colour’s in Wednesday’s game with Plymouth Argyle after replacing James Palmer at half-time.

After a typical lung bursting appearance Havard commented.:“I am delighted to be back at Weston. I couldn’t of asked for much more really. I can’t wait to get stuck in to the rest of pre-season and show what I can do.”:

397 - 19/07/2008

Tiverton Town 2 Weston-super-Mare 0

A makeshift Weston side came up 2nd best in a game of few chances.

The visitor’s where first to show, when following a foul on Ryan Havard, Mark McKeever’s free-kick was met by a header from Youth team graduate David Thorne that was comfortably gathered by Chris Wright.

Tivy immediately broke down the other end but Jamie Denshams effort cleared Ryan Nothmore’s crossbar.

The Devon hosts took the lead on 10 minutes when former Bideford man Jamie Densham shook off the attentions of Andrew Gurney and Mark Armstrong to finish from just inside the area.

Ryan Northmore made a great save from Bobby Hopkinson 3 minutes prior to the interval and Mark Saunders following up saw his effort come back off a post.

Home keeper Chris Wright pushed an effort from Mark McKeever round the post on 61 minutes after being teed up by Armstrong but within minutes Tivy had doubled their lead when a defensive lapse from the visitors allowed Densham to meet Adam Faux’s cross.

Densham went close to completing his hat-trick only to see a stunning save from Luke Purnell push the ball over the bar.

Weston went close with efforts from Ashan Holgate and Ben Wells but it was the home side that went closest to adding a further goal when Mike Booth’s effort crashed back off the cross bar.

Weston: Northmore, Armstrong, Willshire, Green (Captain), Gurney, Burt, Thorne, Carpenter, Havard, Holgate & McKeever.


Purnell for Northmore (H/T), Brown for Carpenter (H/T), Wells for Burt (H/T), Palmer for McKeever (64th), McGregor for Havard (64th), Grubb for Thorne (57th) & Havard for Gurney (88th).

394 - 18/07/2008

Captain Charlie to lead Seagulls in to battle

Charlie Comyn-Platt will be the Seagulls Captain for the 2008-2009 season. The popular former Swindon Town centre-back spoke to the website and talked about the Captain’s armband, pre-season preparations, the Plymouth Argyle fixture and the season ahead.

Your thoughts on being made Captain for the forthcoming season?

C. C-P.: “Every time I go on the pitch I want to try and set an example.The boys here are really good to play with and I am really looking forward to it.”

You seem to be enjoying your football at Weston?

C. C-P.: “Definitely. The staff are good, Gurns is good, Ricko is good and I am really looking forward to it.”

A bright start to pre-season?

C. C-P.: “They are in the Championship (Plymouth Argyle) and if we can draw against them, who knows? It’s looking promising but we won’t know until the first game of the season.”

Do you think that we can exceed the finishing positions of the past two seasons ?

C. C-P.: “Definitely. Yes. Marvin is a great asset. What a great finish that was today.”

Your thoughts on tonight’s game?

C. C-P.: “It was good. They played two different teams in each half and it was hard for the lads that played 90 minutes as obviously you are dealing with fresh legs in the 2nd Half.

We’ve shown some spirit as well, we put our foot in when needed to tonight and it was a good team effort. I liked it.”

393 - 17/07/2008


AGAIN faced by two complete squads, Weston put up another sterling performance to hold their Football League Division 1 hopefuls in a game played at a frantic pace.

Weston manager Tony Ricketts fielded what must be close to his starting line-up for the first game of the Blue Square South season on August 9 against Bishop’s Stortford.

Marvin Brown, re-signed from Salisbury City and Ashan Holgate spearheaded the attack and with Mark McKeever and Dean Grubb operating on the flanks, they posed several problems for the visiting defence.

Argyle, as expected, made a bright start, using the pace of Jamie Mackie down the right to good effect, but their finishing was woeful, firing high and wide to waste several good moves.

However, the home defence, superbly marshalled by Charlie Comyn-Platt and with Darren Mullings in his favoured midfield role, coped with everything thrown at them, and it was not until the 10th minute that Mackie had a shot on target, forcing keeper Ryan Harrison to concede a corner.

The visitors took the lead in unfortunate circumstances on 16 minutes when Mullings, trying to clear Karl Duguid’s cross, headed past Harrison.

As Weston got into their stride, Ben Wells tested French keeper Romain Larrieu and Holgate’s header missed the target by feet from McKeever’s cross on 20 minutes. With their best move of the game on 32 minutes, Holgate and McKeever exchanged passes to open the Argyle defence and from McKeever’s cross, Brown was just wide with a thumping header.

Just before the interval, Brown was put clear of the defence, but he wasted a good chance.

Argyle fielded a much younger squad for the second half, while Weston brought on Ryan Northmore in goal, Mike Green for Wells and local Ryan Havard for James Palmer, and on 47 minutes McKeever went close with a free kick, while Mullings was just over from Brown’s pass.

After Northmore made a good save to deny Jermaine Easter, Weston brought on Portuguese trialist Rodilsol Vias, and they got a well-deserved equaliser on 66 minutes when Brown lobbed keeper Lloyd Saxon from 20 yards.

Weston made a double substitution, bringing on Jason Burt and Mark Armstrong for Brown and Grubb, and as Arglyle began to dominate, Shane White, Dan Smith and Yala Bolasie forced excellent saves from Northmore.

Weston-super-Mare: (Starting X1) 1. Ryan Harrison 14. Jamie Laird 3. Ben Willshire 4. Darren Mullings 5. Ben Wells 6. Charlie Comyn-Platt (Captain) 7. Dean Grubb 8. James Palmer 9. Ashan Holgate 10. Marvin Brown 11. Mark McKeever

Substitutions: 15. Ryan Havard, replacing James Palmer at half-time. 1. Ryan Northmore, replacing Ryan Harrison at half-time 2. Michael Green, replacing Ben Wells at half-time 16. Rodisol Vias, replacing Ashan Holgate in the 61st minute 8. David Thorne, replacing Marvin Brown in the 74th minute 9. Ben Carpenter, replacing Dean Grubb in the 74th minute 12. Jason Burt,replacing Mark McKeever in the 74th minute 17. Mark Armstrong, replacing Jamie Laird in the 74th minute & 14.Jamie Laird, replacing Charlie Comyn-Platt in the 86th minute

392 - 17/07/2008

Attractive pre-season testers for Weston Youth (including Ryan Northmore interview)

Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s Youth Team, fresh from their success in lifting the Premier Division title in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League face a couple of testing games against quality opposition to prepare them as they get in shape for the new season.

On Monday the 18th of August they travel to the Wessex Stadium to face Weymouth in a game that kicks-off at 7:30pm whilst on Wednesday the 27th of August they host Team Bath at the Woodspring Stadium in a game that also kicks-off at 7:30pm.

First team goalkeeper and youth team Manager Ryan Northmore took time out to speak to the website and discuss the youth team’s build-up to the new season.

R. N.: “We are only going to run with two friendlies this year. Because of the size of the squad, i want to do practise matches in training so that I can get in, stop start the games and deliver my coaching philosophy to the player’s early on.

We have got two good tests against Team Bath and Weymouth . They will be opposition that will definitely challenge us and hopefully will set the standard for the rest of the season.

We have entered an Under 19 league in the college and we hope to retain our title in the Somerset Youth Floodlight League. We have got some talented youngsters to add to the squad that we have got left over from last year.

We have obviously lost quite a few player’s as well,-Through to the first team and other player’s that have gone on to fulfil the potential that they had showed in the first year. That is all credit to them. They have to continue their development without being mentored by the Academy. It is time for them to stand on their own two feet”

Unfortunately not under the umbrella of Weston ?

R. N.: “Unfortunately for some of them. The thing is, different players develop at different times and just because you are not ready at 18 years old that is not to say that you can’t continue your development elsewhere and fulfil your own potential within your own time frame.

Not everybody is cut out with the ability to be able to figure within the first team but having said that there are quite a few player’s within that batch that have the talent to become Weston first teamer’s.

It is solely down to their own commitment to their sport and the element of luck as well.

There are some things in football that you can not control as a player but there are some things that you can control and as long as you do the best to make sure that you give yourself the best opportunity then what will be, will be from there.”

391 - 16/07/2008

Interview with Mark McKeever

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s opening friendly of their pre-season campaign against Exeter City on Friday evening popular winger Mark McKeever put pen to paper on a contract.

The Weston based Irishman spoke to the club’s website after the game to talk of his immediate future, his coaching plans and the build up to the season so far.

You signed a contract tonight I understand ? A difficult decision to commit your immediate future to Weston ?.

M. M.: “No, From the last time I was here I had 3 great years at Weston and loved my football.

I have lived in Weston for the last 7 years as well so it is kind of like a home town club as well.

I enjoyed it at Bath last year. We had a good first season in Conference South, the year before we won the league so I wouldn’t say it was easy leaving Bath because I enjoyed it there but when I was leaving, the only place I was really going to come back to was Weston.

I’ve got the family here, so more than happy to commit to the next two years.”

I understand there is a coaching role involved ?.

M. M.: “That’s right. I am going to be helping Ryan (Northmore) with The Academy this year. It’s something I have done before, When Frank was here and something I really enjoyed so that had a part in it as well.”

Do you see that as a stepping stone towards a role in football after you stop playing ?.

M. M.: “Yes, I am 30 this year. I can’t keep on playing forever.

Coaching is something I really enjoy, something that I would like to get a lot more experience at. If I could go down the coaching route and stay in football that would be brilliant.”

A few words on The Pre-Season so far ?.

M. M.: “Pre-Season has been really good so far. It has been a mix of football and some tough running. When we have needed it. I think The Manager has got the mix just right.

I think it showed tonight, Although Exeter came on stronger in the 2nd Half I think our fitness levels held up well. They ( Exeter ) train twice a day every day and in a lot of respect’s we matched them.”

Do you see anything to suggest that Weston can improve on the past two season’s ?.

M. M.: “It is difficult for me to comment on that one because obviously I haven’t been here for the last two seasons but from what I have seen Pre-Season, Really optimistic.”

390 - 15/07/2008

Interview with Ryan Harley

Former Weston winger Ryan Harley made his return to The Woodspring Stadium on Friday evening as he lined up for his new club Exeter City in what was the opening pre-season friendly for both sides and afterwards he took time to speak to Simon Stephens

How did your move to Exeter come about ?

R. H.: “My agent knows the manager (Paul Tisdale) very well and he said he knew a lot about me and wanted me to go down so he could have a look at me.

I went down originally, the first day of last pre-season and got injured and he said go away and get fit and come back when you are ready and Ricko kindly allowed me to do that.

I got myself fit here, played up until November and then went back to Exeter for a trial, for two weeks.

I did o. k. and he offered me a contract. The deal was originally until the end of the season but I signed a new two year deal in the summer.”

A fairytale ending to your debut season with an appearance at Wembley ? (Ryan was part of the Exeter side that beat Cambridge United 1-0 at Wembley in May in the Conference play-off final and will now be part of the Exeter side the start the new season in Coca-Cola League Two).

R. H.: “It was a great experience, t6he best day of my career so far.

So many people have asked me about it and I say that it just goes by so quickly and it is hard to take it all in.

It was a great experience and getting the win was the main thing.”

You are now excelling at Exeter , Can this act as a platform for you to move onwards and upwards again ?

R. H.: “I feel as fit now as I have ever felt. It took me a while to get myself going . Obviously I left Bristol City a couple of years ago now and it took m a while to get fit but I am fit now, buzzing and ready to go on again.

Obviously back in the league now and we will see what happens next year”

Do you notice any changes at Weston since you where last at the club ?

R. H.: “When Ricko came in he changed it. When Frank Gregan was here it was a decent club but I think it seems a bit more professional under Ricko.

He’s done a decent job but he doesn’t have a lot of money to play with and it is hard for him to get the team up the league a bit higher but I think he does a good job here and gets the team playing the right way.

I enjoyed it when I played here, He played the way I wanted to play.

He is trying to build a team here to go forward but it is hard as he doesn’t have a massive budget but he does things the right way.”

Where do you see Exeter and Weston finishing up in their respective division’s this season ?

R. H.: “It is hard to say. We are not going to be massive favourites but teams that went up last year (from the conference) did o. k. and there is no reason why we can’t bounce back.

There is no reason why we can’t do well in the league.

Weston are not massive favourites in their league because the last couple of season’s they have been near the bottom of the league but there is no reason why both team’s can’t finish mid-table and beyond as they are both decent teams that play good football.”

Your views on tonight’s game ?

R. H.: “It’s a funny game, 1st Half was a bit cagey, I thought we dominated the game in the second half, we just couldn’t get that 2nd goal but I thought we controlled the game in the 2nd Half, We moved the ball well.

It’s just a good workout for both teams.

It’s mainly fitness and most people played 45 Minutes.

Do you have a message for the Weston Supporters ?

R. H.: “I enjoyed my time here. They where good to me the fans. They obviously havn’t got loads of fans but they always stick by you and it was great to be back.

I really enjoyed it.”

389 - 14/07/2008

Return of Marvellous Marvin sets Seagulls soaring!

Weston-super-Mare F. C. and there supporters have been given a massive boost with the news that striker Marvin Brown is to return to The Woodspring Stadium.

The 24 year old striker who made his debut at Bristol City aged just 16 has returned to the club from Blue Square Premier side Salisbury City .

After starting the first two games of last season for The Whites, Bristol born Brown was used mainly as a substitute.Despite opportunities being limited Marvin incredibly had the best goals per games ratio of any player in last season’s Blue Square Premier.

Manager Tony Ricketts was understandably delighted and said “I don’t want to put pressure on him but he should be our 20 goal a season man. Marvin is one of those lads who has got a lot of ability and just has to believe in himself '.

Press Officer Simon Stephens went on to say 'We have quality across all area's of the park and there is genuine cause for optimism and excitement.

There will be no pressure on us due to our finishing position's of the past two season's and with the quality in our squad there is no reason why we can not far exceed our achievements of the past two years.

Things are certainley looking on the up'

388 - 14/07/2008


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387 - 14/07/2008

Interview with Andy Gurney

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s opening pre-season friendly with Exeter City ; Assistant manager Andrew Gurney spoke to Simon Stephens.

How did your move back to Weston come about ?

A. G.: “I kept in touch with Tony and I had a brief conversation with him regarding the role and it went from there really.

I am delighted to be back and delighted to be on that side of it as well.”

Do you see this as the first step on the ladder to a long career in management ?

A. G.: “Obviously it is an opportunity to have an insight in to that side of it as well as hopefully still play as well.

Hopefully it can go well.”

How has pre-season gone so far and what where your thoughts on tonight’s game ?

A. G.: “It’s gone well. The training sessions have gone well and the game as we saw tonight went well.

We had 3 or 4 people missing which you have got to add to that.

The lads have done well tonight, worked really hard and played some decent stuff so the signs are good so far.”

Who is there still to come back ?

A. G.: “Marc McGregor is away at the minute, Ben Willshire wasn’t here tonight, Ashan wasn’t here tonight so you have got those three to add to it and hopefully another one on top of that.

The signs are decent, An encouraging start but tonight doesn’t mean a lot but it is always nice to have a decent start and hopefully we can carry that on now.

386 - 12/07/2008

Interview with Tony Ricketts

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s opening pre-season friendly with Exeter City ; First Team Manager Tony Ricketts was interviewed by Press Officer Simon Stephens.

Simon first asked Mr Ricketts about his views on the evening’s game

“It was a good workout but we are not going to get carried away with it.

We had a good pre-season last year but look how we ended up.

We came out of it with no injuries. Gurney came off with a dead leg but apart from that no injuries and a good work out fitness wise.

Exeter where a little bit fitter than us and thanks to Paul Tisdale and his coaching staff for bringing a team up.

It was a perfect workout for both clubs.

We are not going to get carried away, we had a good start last season but fell away badly and we will continue to see how things go”

Mr Ricketts was then asked what Exeter Manager Paul Tisdale made of the facilities and whether he would be likely to bring a side to The Woodspring Stadium again.

“The surface was superb and fair play to Bob Flaskett, It is as good as any and he deserves credit for that. It allows both teams to play football and we tried to play some football as well”

Simon then enquired about player movement and the latest players to put pen to paper on contracts.

“The contracts have been signed tonight and we will have a further 7 players on contract this year (Ed-Ryan Northmore and Craig Rand are both mid-way through two year deals whereas Ashan Holgate signed a two year contract earlier in the summer). Ben Wells, Mark McKeever, James Palmer, Andrew Gurney, Dean Grubb, Michael Green and Ben Willshire.

Obviously these are young players and we are trying to build for the future. This is important as it gives the club long term stability”

The manager then talked of his disappointment at missing out on Ollly Barnes and also discussed Jamie Laird, Darren Mullings and Danny Wring who where all making their first appearance in Weston colours.

“We have lost Olly Barnes to Worcester which is a bit of a blow to us. Because he can play centre-back and left back

Young Jamie Laird did o. k. at left back tonight and I want to sign Darren Mullins but whether there is enough money in the pot to sign Darren Mullings is another matter.

We will have to have a chat with the chairman about that one.

Danny Wring is training and playing with us but unfortunately I don’t think we have enough money in the budget to sign Danny Wring.

Danny is a nice lad and good to have around but we have plenty of midfield players.”

Mr Ricketts then finished by talking about former Forest Green Rovers and Llanelli goalkeeper Ryan Harrison who is currently on trial at the club.

“We have got Ryan Harrison on trial at the moment so we are having a look at him.

I thought he did really well, he’s called for their goal and young Mark Armstrong has decided to head it but I thought he did O. K., commanded his box and came for everything.

Although we are going to have 16/17 players we need competition for places.”

385 - 12/07/2008

Signing’s of quality signal Seagulls intentions!

Weston-super-Mare F. C. have signalled their intentions to make the most of last season’s reprieve with an impressive signing coupled with a number of their sought after stars from last season putting pen to paper on contracts following friday night's opening pre-season friendly with Exeter City.

Local and national media trumpeted Ben Wells as having re-signed for Basingstoke Town where he spent last season but the classy former Swindon Town central midfielder has in fact signed a contract with the seagulls.

20 year old Wells came up through the youth ranks at Swindon Town before making his debut against Huddersfield Town in the 2004-2005 season.

He went on to make 4 substitute appearances the following season before being released in May 2007.

The Swindon based youngster signed a 1 year contract with Basingstoke in July 2007 and went on to make just under 50 appearances and score 7 goals despite being played in his unfavoured right midfield position.

Weston supporters will be delighted that wing duo Mark Mckeever and Dean Grubb have also committed their immediate future to the seagulls after both stimulated much interest from rival clubs.

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers winger McKeever re-joined Weston from Bath City at the tail end of last season whilst former Welsh U’21 and U’19 International Grubb joined the Seagulls in the summer of 2007 following his release by Bristol City.

Defender Michael Green is another who’s commitment to a deal will further encourage the supporters at the Woodspring Stadium.

Green joined the Seagulls mid-way through last season from bitter rivals Clevedon Town and went on to win the January player of the month award and made a big enough impression to be voted Managers player of the year.

Assistant Manager Andrew Gurney has also put pen to paper and completing the group are the former Bristol Rovers pair of defender Ben Willshire and midfielder James Palmer.

Goalkeeper Ryan Northmore and Defender Craig Rand both have a year left to run on their current deal wheras Ashan Holgate signed a 2 year deal earlier in the summer.

Meanwhile centre-back Ollie Barnes will not be joining Weston. The former Bristol Rovers man who was released by Salisbury City in the summer had been training with Weston in pre-season but has taken up the offer of a deal at Worcester City.

384 - 12/07/2008

Weston-super-Mare 1 v 1 Exeter City

Weston Team:

1. Ryan Northmore 2. Michael Green 3. Jamie Laird 4. James Palmer 5. Danny Wring 6. Charlie Comyn-Platt (Captain) 7. Dean Grubb 8. Andrew Gurney 9. Darren Mullings 11. Mark Mckeever 12. Ben Wells


16. Mark Armstrong, replacing Danny Wring at Half-Time. 17. Jason Burt, replacing Andy Gurney at Half-Time. 1. Ryan Harrison replacing Ryan Northmore at Half-Time. 15. David Thorne, replacing Mark Mckeever on 77 minutes. 14. Sam Clarke, replacing James Palmer on 79 minutes. 10. Ben Carpenter, replacing Dean Grubb on 85 minutes.

WESTON made a positive start to the pre-season programme by holding Football League Division 2 newcomers Exeter City, watched by 411 paying customers.

Exeter brought along 22 players and fielded a completely new team for the second half, whereas Weston made only six changes.

Although they were missing Ashan Holgate and Marc McGregor, Weston made a bright start, opening the scoring on four minutes when Dean Grubb burst down the right, his deep cross was turned back across goal by Mark McKeever and trialist Darren Mullins beat keeper Paul Jones from 10 yards.

Although Exeter set up some slick midfield passing moves, they failed to break down a resolute home defence, with player-coach Andy Gurney, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Mike Green, James Palmer, Jamie Laird and Danny Wring dominant, with keeper Ryan Northmore seldom troubled.

At the other end, Jones made a full-length save to deny McKeever and Ben Wells fired just wide with Jones beaten.

For the second half, trialist Ryan Harrison took over from Northmore in goal, Jason Burt replaced Gurney, Mark Armstrong took over from Wring. Later in the half, David Thorne came on for McKeever, Sam Clarke for Palmer and Ben Carpenter for Grubb.

Minutes into the half, Wells almost doubled Weston's lead when he headed against the City crossbar, but after that Exeter, who included former Seagull Ryan Hartley, began to dominate and their equaliser came on 68 minutes when Chris Shepard beat Harrison after a mix-up in the home defence.

Harrison covered himself in glory towards the end, bringing off a string of brilliant saves including point-blank efforts from Ryan Semple and Michael Clark.

383 - 11/07/2008

Weston-super-Mare AFC introduce new SEAGULL'S CLUB


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Dates of the next 2 Football Fun Days are 30,31 July & 1st August.

27,28 & 29th August.

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A signed Birthday card from all your favourite players. 10% off all items in the seagulls shop.

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382 - 10/07/2008

Interview with Tony Ricketts

Following Weston-super-Mare F. C.’s last training session prior to their opening pre-season friendly with Exeter City ; First Team Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to Press Officer Simon Stephens.

Ricketts started off by telling how the club where frustrated in their attempts to sign two of their summer transfer targets.

“We tried to sign two player’s in the summer. Goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer and local lad Aaron Blakemore.

We checked with The F. A. to see if they where on contract and The F. A. didn’t have any contracts registered.

When we showed an interest in them , Yate and Gloucester registered their contracts and that was that.”

He then went on to talk about the goalkeeping position.

“We need competition in the goalkeeping position.

Luke Purnell is going to be a good goalkeeper in the future, we might have to loan him out to get some games at a lower level to start off with but we still want competition and I want a striker and a goalkeeper hence why I went for those two (Sawyer and Blakemore).”

“Ryan Harrison (Former Llanelli Goalkeeper) trained tonight and we will have a look at him for 45 minutes on Friday night against Exeter City and go from there.”

Ricketts then went on to talk about transfer targets, Ollie Barnes ( Former Salisbury City Centre-Back) and Darren Mullings (Former Bristol Rovers and Torquay United central midfielder).

“I am still obviously trying to sign Ollie Barnes and Darren Mullings.”

“Both want to come and I want them here. It is whether we have got enough money to go round and then until I know about the striker, It is pretty difficult for me to make the decision.”

The manager re-iterated the need for a striker and was asked about French teenager Wilfried Domoraud who made such a huge impact whilst on loan from Yeovil Town at the end of last season. He also talked about former centre-back Curtis Ujah.

“We need a 20 goal a season man. The lads I have got here might not score 20 goals.

We need a proven goalscorer.”

“I don’t know what Wilfried is doing.Wilfried didn’t want to play non-league football, Very similar to Curtis (Ujah).

I haven’t spoken to Wilfried for two and a half weeks so I don’t know what the boy is doing but I know that he was talking about going back to London or France . We probably wouldn’t have enough money for him.

It is a shame but you want players that went to play.

S.S:-“Any idea’s where Curtis will end up ?

“Curtis is down at Dagenham & Redbridge at the moment. Curtis is another that thinks he should be playing league football but it is not always that easy. It takes player when they come out of the league time to adjust.”

The manager then went back to talk bout Mullins and Barnes again.

“I can remember sitting in a forum last year and saying that we where hoping to sign Mullings and Barnes and they went away to Salisbury and Torquay respectively and it’s taken us 12 months to be in the ball park for them.

They are my type of lads and I have worked with them in the past so I know what I am getting.”

Simon then asked about the futures of the players who where on the “undecided list” at the recent open forum.

“I Havant spoken face to face with Andrew Robertson. He is on holiday in America at the moment as is Marc McGregor.

We will look at it when he comes back.Player’s that miss 6 sessions are playing catch-up.

I don’t care who you are but without a good pre-season you struggle during the season.

We have got loads of player’s that can play centre-midfield so I think we are full up in centre-midfield to be honest.

We are looking for a right sided centre-back and whether Robbo is that person, only time will tell.

The interview finished with Simon asking what standard sides The Manager expected Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle to bring to The Woodspring Stadium.

“They are bringing the full monty and Plymouth are bringing the full monty as well. I thank Paul Tisdale and Paul Sturrock for that because they are both good fixtures for us.”

381 - 08/07/2008

Seagulls unfazed by Hendy u-turn

After agreeing to make the progression from Southern League to Conference South when leaving Clevedon Town for Weston-super-Mare , Defender Scott Hendy has performed a dramatic u-turn and is understood to have agreed a deal with Southern League Premier Division side Mangotsfield United.

As recently as 3 weeks ago, 30 Year Old Hendy gave an interview to Weston-super-Mare Press Officer Simon Stephens in which he said “ I have had a good couple of seasons at Clevedon but am looking forward to testing myself at a higher level with Weston-super-Mare ”.

Upon learning of the news, Weston Manager Tony Ricketts was far from despondent and said “ Scott failed to turn up for our first three training sessions.”

“ Word on the street is that he has agreed a deal with Mangotsfield which I believe is money orientated.”

“I am not disappointed as I only want player’s who want to be at Weston-super-Mare and who want to do well for the club.”

Hendy’s decision may well give an early opportunity to highly rated local boy Sam Johnson.

18 Year Old Johnson, like Hendy is a centre-back and Captained Weston’s Youth side to The Premier Division title in The Somerset Floodlight Youth League last season an achievement which was crowned with him winning the accolade of “Student Athlete of The Year”.

380 - 08/07/2008

Open Forum

On Sunday July 20th Weston-super-Mare F. C. will be holding an "Open Forum" in The Somerset Suite at The Woodspring Stadium. The meeting will start at 11AM and it is understood that Chairman Paul Bliss and First Team Manager Tony Ricketts will be on hand to field question's from interested parties.

379 - 07/07/2008

Devon big guns in attractive start to season for Seagulls!

After commencing pre-season training 10 days earlier Weston-super-Mare F. C. open their curtain raising programme of games with the visit of League Two new boys Exeter City on Friday (July 11th) in a game that kicks-off at 7:30pm .

It will be the Grecians first game action since winning the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley in May and the first opportunity that supporters of The St. James’s Park based side get to see their new signing’s in action.

Exeter Manager Paul Tisdale is understood to be bringing his Full First Team Squad to The Woodspring Stadium which will include Craig McAllister (signed from Oxford United), Emanuel Panther (York City) and Jack Obersteller (Wycombe Wanderers).

Also understood to be included is former Weston winger Ryan Harley who joined the Grecians in November of last year from The Seagulls.

On Wednesday (16th) Championship side Plymouth Argyle are the visitors in a game that also kicks off at 7:30pm and following on from last years successful fixture when The Pilgrims were said to have been “delighted with the facilities and the playing surface” at The Woodspring Stadium, Manager Paul Sturrock has indicated that he will be bringing his complete First Team Squad.

Expected to be making the journey to The Woodspring Stadium from South Devon are new signing’s Karl Duguid (a player with legend status at Colchester United after 14 years at Layer Road as a player and including 3 seasons as Captain) and Jason Puncheon from Barnet (a player who was named F. A. Cup Player of The Third Round in 2007 and also named in The PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2007-2008 season).

A bumper crowd is expected at both games as the Weston hierarchy have offered bargain prices on admission with Adults paying £5 and Senior Citizens and Under 16’s paying only £3 and spectators are advised to arrive early.

378 - 04/07/2008

Setanta Shield Draw

Southern section First Round

Matches to be played week commencing Monday 8th September 2008.

Dorchester Town v Newport County

Team Bath v Bath City

Basingstoke Town v Fisher Athletic

Maidenhead United v Havant & Waterlooville

Bognor Regis Town v Worcester City

Eastleigh v Weston-super-Mare

St. Albans City v Hayes & Yeading United

Thurrock v Welling United

Chelmsford City v AFC Wimbledon

Bishop's Stortford v Bromley

Braintree Town v Hampton & Richmond Borough

Round 2 is scheduled for week commencing Monday 6th October 2008.

377 - 03/07/2008

F. A. Cup draw again kind to Seagulls

Following on from being handed home ties in the preliminary round (Cheltenham Saracens) and first qualifying round (Westbury United) of The F. A. Youth Cup, Weston-super-Mare F. C. Youth have been handed home ties in the 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds of the competition.

Should they progress to the third qualifying round they will face either Forest Green Rovers, Mangotsfield United or Elmore whilst if they make it to the 4th qualifying round they will host one from Tiverton Town, Newport County, Brislington, Merthyr Tydfil, Chard or Yate Town.

Times and dates of the fixtures will follow in due course.

376 - 03/07/2008

Tiverton fixture switch.

The pre-season friendly at Tiverton Town originally scheduled for Saturday the 19th of July has been brought forward to Friday the 18th of July and will kick-off at 7:30pm.

375 - 02/07/2008

Weston start the Season at Home.

A quick look down the fixture list for the new 2008/09 season shows:

Weston start the season with a home match against Bishop Stortford on the 9th August.

Team Bath will be Weston's opponents over the Christmas/New Year Period with Weston at home on Boxing Day.

The Final game will see Weston travel to newly promoted Chelmsford City.

Worcester City will be Weston's vistors on the 23rd August and two days later will play local rivals Dorchester Town.

. With the likes of Worcester City, Chelmsford, AFC Wimbledon and local side Team Bath it's sure to be an interesting season.

374 - 02/07/2008

Weston round off pre-season with a trip in to Europe!

Weston-super-Mare F. C. round off their pre-season preparations in readiness for the new season in Blue Square Conference South with a trip across the border in to Wales.

On Monday 4th August The Seagulls will visit The Durand Road home of Welsh League Division 1 side Caldicot Town in a game that kicks-off at 7:30pm.

373 - 01/07/2008

FA Youth Cup Draw

The draw was made today for the preliminary and first qualifying rounds of The F. A. Youth Cup.

In the preliminary round Weston-super-Mare have been drawn at home to Cheltenham Saracens whilst should they progress to the first qualifying round they will be at home to Westbury United.

(Dates and kick-off times are expected to be confirmed by early next week.).

372 - 30/06/2008

Ticket Prices : Friendlies and Somerset Premier Cup

The following ticket prices will apply for the First Team's home Pre-Season Friendly fixtures and home fixtures in this season's Somerset Premier Cup:

Adults £5

Senior Citizen's and Under 16's £3.

The following prices will apply for the Youth Team's home Pre-Season Friendly fixtures, League games and domestic cup competitions:

Adults £2

Senior Citizen's and Under 16's £1

*-A further announcement will follow shortly regarding prices for the F. A. Youth Cup.

371 - 26/06/2008


Weston Manager Tony Ricketts spoke to Press Officer Simon Stephens today to confirm that he is close to finalising his squad for the forthcoming season.

Ricketts said "I am three player's short of the squad of 16 that we intend to run with and I am hoping to have these players on board by the start of pre-season".

370 - 26/06/2008


Weston have added two further friendlies to their pre-season build up.

They will visit Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town on Saturday 19th of July in a game that kicks off at 3pm, whilst on Friday 1st of August they visit the Athletic Ground to take on Paulton Rovers of Southern League Division 1 South & West in a game that kicks off at 7:30pm.

These games are in addition to the visit of Exeter City (11th July) and Plymouth Argyle (16th July) and the trip to face Gloucester City at Cirencester Town on July 29th.

369 - 24/06/2008

Supporter reminder

Weston-super-Mare A. F. C. supporters are reminded that they have until close of business on Monday (30th) to purchase season tickets at the reduced rates.

The prices below show the reduced rates with the price in brackets being the price as from 1st July:

Adults: £150 (£170)

Senior Citizens and Students: £95 (£110)

368 - 24/06/2008

Bristol Rovers pull out of friendly

Weston-super-Mare A. F. C.’s build up to the new season suffered a jolt today with a letter received this morning confirming that Bristol Rovers will not be fulfilling the pre-season friendly fixture on 26th July.

A segment of the letter from The League One side reads “It is with regret that we have to inform you that due to recent discussions taken by our board of directors in relation to disbanding our Reserve Team, we are now unable to send a team to you for the Pre-Season friendly”.

As well as being a financial blow to the club’s coffers it also allows little over a month to put an alternative fixture in place at a time when most clubs have finalised their pre-season programme.

367 - 21/06/2008

Pound a point news and draw winners!

Weston-super-Mare A. F. C. Supporters Club recently made their pound a point draw.

The scheme involves participants agreeing to donate £1 for every point that the club accumulates throughout the season.

The participants are then consulted on where the money is spent.

This year John Sedgebeer won the top prize of £200 when his number 10 ball was drawn out first.

Paul Bliss (35) and Joe Varian.(1) both won prizes of £100 (Joe for the second year in succession), whilst a further £100 winner wished to remain anonymous.

Mike Barber (9) won a prize of £50 as did Roy Bussell (22) whilst one £50 winner wished to remain anonymous..

A total of £1,332 was raised with £650 being paid out in prizes.

In addition, 2 anonymous donations saw a further £68 added to the total whilst the Supporters Club are likely to round the total up to £1,000.

It was decided that the money will be used to erect cover to the terracing at the South End of The Ground.

Club President Dennis Usher is to undertake the project (subject to planning permission) and it is intended that the work will take place in three stages.

Eventually the club hope to cover the entire length of the South End.

Supporters who would like to participate in next season’s scheme are welcomed with open arms and they can contact John Sedgebeer (Supporters Club Treasurer and Scheme Organiser) or any of The Supporters Club representatives at the Supporters Club Hut at The Woodspring Stadium on any Match Day.

366 - 20/06/2008

Injury blow rocks Rand !

After an encouraging and positive start to preparations for the new season, Weston-super-Mare F. C. today received a major blow with the news that defensive lynch-pin Craig Rand is expected to be out of action until at least October.

Newcastle born Rand a signing from Team Bath mid-way through the 2005-2006 season first suffered an inflammation of the pubic bone in October of last year.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man initially played on through the first stage of the injury and it is this that is thought to have led to further problems.

Craig was accompanied by club Physiotherapist John Whiley to an appointment with specialist Dr. Tim Jenkins at a private clinic in Bath on Wednesday evening X Rays taken confirmed further inflammation of the joint and Dr. Jenkins confirmed that making a playing return now could well put Craig out of action for the rest of the season.

The Dr. went on to suggest that Craig should continue his rehabilitation and not attempt to return to full contact training prior to October.

The popular Geordie spoke exclusively to Press Officer Simon Stephens and said “I just want to play and am absolutely devastated by this latest news”. “Sadly it is just one of those thing’s that happens in football”. “I feel we are putting together a good squad that will show a big improvement on last season and I just want to be part of it.”.

365 - 19/06/2008

McGregor signing boost for Seagulls

Weston-super-Mare F. C’s build up to the new season in Blue Square Conference South received another significant boost today with the news that Marc McGregor has committed his immediate future to the Seagulls.

Experienced Striker McGregor, once the subject of a £35,000 transfer fee from Forest Green Rovers to Nuneaton Borough was one of a small number of player’s yet to decide their future.

Subject to a number of offers including one from an unnamed Blue Square Premier side and another from Worcester City (this summer switched from Blue Square North to Blue Square South) 30 Year Old Brewery Sales Manager McGregor spoke exclusively to Press Officer Simon Stephens to explain how he came to his decision.

McGregor said “I wanted to hear the aims and ambitions of both the club and the manager before making my mind up and am pleased to have signed as I like the club and feel that it is a good club.”

“The Gaffer (Tony Ricketts) wants to see us pushing up above mid-table and on to the fringes of the Play-Off’s and I believe that with the experience in the squad that we are putting together then we can go on to achieve that”.

364 - 19/06/2008


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363 - 13/06/2008

Seagulls swoop for Hendy

Blue Square Conference South Side Weston-super-Mare today announced their first major playing capture of the summer with the signing of Centre-Back Scott Hendy from British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division arch rivals Clevedon Town.

Bristol born Hendy, a fans favourite at the Kenn based Seasiders, spent his formative years in The Under 18's at Cheltenham Town before entering senior football with Mangotsfield United.

A £5,00 transfer to Bath City was later to follow before he returned to Cosham Street to Captain the Mango's to the 2004-2005 Southern League Division 1 West Championship. The following season Scott made it back to back title's when following a transfer to Clevedon he was part of the side that lifted the 2005-2006 Southern League Division 1 West Championship.

30 year old Hendy was Clevedon's player of the Year for the past two seasons and also had spells at Backwell United and Yate Town. Speaking exclusively to Press Officer Simon Stephens, Scott said "I spoke to Tony Ricketts in the summer after Phil (Bater) left Clevedon and also had contact from Chippenham Town.""I have had a good couple of seasons at Clevedon but am looking forward to testing myself at a higher level with Weston-super-Mare"

Hendy's capture follows on from last month's news that Ashan Holgate put pen to paper on a 2 Year Contract and that of Andy Gurney returning to Weston to take on the role of Player/Assistant-Manager following his release from Newport County.

Popular goalkeeper Ryan Northmore and defensive lynch pin Craig Rand are already under contract to the Seagulls.

Last night saw defender Barry McConnell leave The Woodspring Stadium as he put pen to paper on a one year contract for Truro City.

362 - 12/06/2008








361 - 06/06/2008


The recently held collection for The Robbie James Memorial Fund saw a grand total of £219.89 raised.

The money went towards a bust that was erected in Robbie's Memory outside the ticket office at Swansea City F. C.'S Liberty Stadium and was unveiled prior to their final Home League One fixture of the season with Leyton Orient.

Many thanks to the people who contributed for their generosity.

Robbie was The Seagulls Player's Player and Supporter's Player of The Year during The 1996-1997 Season before sadly passing away from a heart related condition called Cardiomyopathy the following season when Player Manager at Llanelli during a game against Porthcawl on February 11th.

A stand at Llanelli's Stebonheath ground has already been named in honour of the player.

Robbie's son Luke, from Cowbridge (who was just 7 when his dad passed away), who is studying for a National Diploma in Sports and Excellence, said: 'I'm so proud that it has all come together finally and with the support of the fans. It has been unbelievable that we've raised so much so soon.

It is perfect. I am really proud of it. I would like to say thanks to all the fans for getting all the money together. I didn't think it would happen first of all. But this has made me really happy.'

Robbie's old boss at Swansea City and current Wales National Team Manager John Toshack The man who harnessed James's flourishing talent to maximum effect, paid his own tribute,Toshack said: 'I think when I first came here in 1978 people were talking about Curtis, James and Charles - they were the three local ones. I didn't know Robbie quite so well then, but I soon found out that he was the complete player we know.

If he played in the modern game, I can assure you he would be worth a few bob. I think he could have played anywhere. To be with the club in the fourth, third, second and first divisions - there's not many that can say that.'

360 - 05/06/2008








359 - 03/06/2008

Powell & Davies depart Seagulls.

Striker Lewis Powell & Utility man Kevin Davies this week departed The Woodspring Stadium to join Southern League Premier Division neighbours Clevedon Town .

The decision of 20 Year Old Powell to join The Kenn based Seasiders is understood to be due in no small part to the fact that his Father Wayne recently took over the managerial reigns from Phil Bater.

After joining Weston in The Summer of 2007, Powell scored 7 goals in the past campaign and a strong finish to the season culminated with him winning The April Player of The Month Award.

21 Year Old Davies joined Weston from Clevedon in March 2008 but saw his opportunities limited, making the bench on 3 occasions and featuring only once in the starting line up when he faced Lewes in the last game of the season at the Dripping Pan.

Former Seagull Simon Heal who left The Woodspring Stadium in January also moves to The Hand Stadium from Swindon Supermarine whilst Popular "Terrace Legend" and former Weston Captain Craig Loxton is also at The Hand after signing in May following his release by the seagulls.

358 - 31/05/2008

Ground Admission and Season Tickets prices

Weston have announced the prices for Ground Admission and Season Tickets for next season.

Ground Admission Adults £10. 00

Seniors & Students £ 6. 50

This is the first increase for 3 seasons and will bring the club in line with most of the Blue Square South clubs.

The Club are also looking at new package deal for the under 16's and this will be announced shortly. Season Ticket Prices Adults £150. 00

Seniors & Students £ 95. 00

These prices will apply to all Season Tickets purchased on or before June 30th 2008.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased after June 30th 2008 are as follows

Adults £170. 00

Seniors & Students £110. 00

All existing Season Ticket holders have been sent out renewal forms by post

For any new applications please call into the club office or club bar and pick up an application form

357 - 30/05/2008

Seagulls to visit Tigers!

Weston-super-Mare F. C. have added a trip to Southern Premier League Gloucester City to their Pre-Season campaign.

The Tigers will spend the next two seasons at The Corrinium Stadium, Home of Cirencester Town F. C. as their Meadow Park home was destroyed by floods in July of 2007.

The game at their temporary home will take place on Tuesday 29th of July and Kick-Off at 7:45pm.

Weston already have home friendlies in place against Exeter City (July 11th), Plymouth Argyle (July 16th) & Bristol Rovers (July 26th).

The Seagulls are also currently in negotiations with Bristol City and Yeovil Town regarding pre-season fixtures at The Woodspring Stadium.

356 - 30/05/2008

Holgate commits future to Seagulls!

Weston-super-Mare F. C. are delighted to announce that Ashan Holgate has committed his immediate future to the Seagulls after signing a two year contract.

The Swindon born Striker who can also operate as an attacking midfielder first joined the Seagulls from home town club Swindon Town (where he had progressed through the Youth set-up to join the First Team Ranks) at the beginning of the 2007-08 Season and went on to score 4 times in 14 starts.

A move to Conference South rivals Eastleigh followed in December of 2007 before the Hampshire club loaned him out to Southern League Premier Division Cirencester Town for whom he made his debut on 9th February 2008.

Holgate played his last game at Cirencester on 7th March 2008 before re-joining the Seagulls and making his second spell debut against Bognor Regis Town on Saturday 22nd of March 2008.

355 - 29/05/2008

Ricketts brings in new Assistant Manager.

Weston-super-Mare F. C. today have confirmed Andrew Gurney as Assistant Manager.

The 34 Year Old utility man has a wealth of Football League and Top Flight Non-League experience having represented Bristol Rovers, Torquay United, Reading, Swindon Town, Swansea City, & Havant & Waterlooville.

Gurney spent a short spell as a player at Weston after leaving Clevedon Town between February and May of 2007 before going on to join Havant & Waterlooville.

He rejoined The Seagulls in December 2007 on leaving Havant before going on to join Newport County in February of 2008. Gurney lifted the F. A. W. Premier Cup with County before last week finding out that he was one of 5 player's to be released by new Newport Boss Dean Holdsworth.

It is hoped that Gurney will also have a prominent role to play on the park.

Also, Weston-super-Mare F. C. Youth Team have been handed a bye in The Preliminary Round and will enter in The First Round of The Somerset Floodlight Youth League's League Cup. Draw to be announced shortly.

354 - 28/05/2008

Weston reprieved as Cambridge appeal denied

Weston-super-Mare F. C. today learnt that they will contest next season in The Blue Square Conference South.

Cambridge City failed to meet the deadline for the ground grading regulations and where subsequently demoted by The Football Conference.

The Lilywhites appealed to The F. A. and where given a hearing today. The F. A. decided not to overturn the original ruling made by the football Conference and as a consequence Weston have been reprieved after finishing in the highest relegation spot.

353 - 28/05/2008

Cambridge City relegated to Southern League

The FA appeal board today rejected City’s case that it should not be relegated by the Football Conference.

The Club received a fair hearing from the FA, but is naturally disappointed with the outcome. The FA’s decision is binding – so City will take part in Southern League Premier Division in season 2008-09.

(Taken from the Cambridge City Website)

352 - 27/05/2008

League sides flock to seagulls

Following last week's news that Championship high flyers Plymouth Argyle will visit The Woodspring Stadium for a Pre-Season Friendly on Wednesday 16th July, Weston-super-Mare F. C. are pleased to announce that at least two more professional sides will be joining them.

First up on Friday 11th of July (Kick-Off 7:30PM) is League 2 Newcomers Exeter City. City last week defeated Cambridge United 1-0 at Wembley in The Blue Square Conference Premier Play-Off final courtesy of a goal from Rob Edwards.

Expected to be included in The Grecians Line-Up is former Celtic Youngster Ryan Harley who left the Seagulls in November and scored Exeter's first goal in their play-off semi-final win against Devon rivals Torquay United.

On Saturday 26th July League One Side Bristol Rovers (3:00PM Kick-Off) are the visitors. Rovers Director of football Lennie Lawrence commented after the pirates friendly at Weston last year that "that is the best semi-pro playing surface i have seen in the South West and it will be a pleasure to visit again. It puts our own pitch at The Memorial Stadium to shame". Rovers enjoyed a magnificent run in last season's F. A. Cup, Culminating in a magnificent win over Southampton at he Memorial Stadium.

351 - 24/05/2008

2008/2009 Somerset Premier Cup Draw

The draw for Round 1 and Round 2 of the 2008/2009 Somerset Premier Cup is detailed below.First round (week beginning 6 October 2008)

Radstock Town v Welton Rovers

Street v Bath City

Frome Town v Odd Down (Bath)

Clevedon Town v Portishead

Bridgwater Town v Team Bath

Chard Town v Bristol Manor Farm

Yeovil Town v Wellington

Weston super Mare v Taunton Town

Minehead* v Shepton Mallet Town

Byes: Bishop Sutton, Bitton, Keynsham Town, Brislington, Clevedon United, Paulton Rovers, Larkhall Athletic

* NOTE: Minehead have been accepted into the Somerset Premier Cup subject to improvements being made to their floodlights by 1 August 2008.

Second round (week beginning 17 November 2008)

Bridgwater Town Minehead/Team Bath v /Shepton Mallet Town

Bitton v Chard Town/Bristol Manor Farm

Weston super Mare/Taunton Town v Brislington

Frome Town/ Street Odd Down (Bath) v /Bath City Keynsham Town v Clevedon Town/Portishead Radstock Town/ Yeovil Town Welton Rovers v /Wellington Clevedon United v Bishop Sutton

Paulton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic

Third round (week beginning 23 February 2009)

Semi finals (week beginning 16 March 2009)

FINAL (Date to be confirmed)

350 - 21/05/2008

Weston stick to Mondays

Weston-super-Mare F. C. have confirmed that they will continue their policy of playing mid-week home fixtures on a Monday evening in to the forthcoming season.

Last season saw markedly improved attendances for their mid-week fixtures when they moved to a Monday and a considerable amount of positive feedback was received from supporters and sponsors.

Less professional and semi-professional football is played on a Monday evening than a Tuesday or Wednesday and there is also a thriving local football scene in the Weston area that plays the majority of it's mid-week games on a Tuesday or a Wednesday with a number of it's participants being spectators at The Woodspring Stadium.

349 - 20/05/2008

It's all Black and White at Weston

To commemorate their 60th Anniversary, this season Weston will revert to the colours they played in during their first season.

This will consist of white shirts with black collars and cuffs, black shorts and black socks with white turn-overs.

The club will also soon start work on erecting cover to the terracing at the south end of the ground. It is expected that the work will be carried out in three stages.

The dug-outs at The Woodspring Stadium have been moved to the opposite side of the pitch.

Not only will this allow a better eye-line of the action for the occupants of the technical are, it will also allow the club to have a special designated and segregated area for corporate sponsors.

348 - 19/05/2008

Simon Stephens named as New Press Officer

Life long Supporter Simon Stephens was yesterday named as Weston’s new Press Officer.

Simon, who has followed the Seagulls since a small boy, can regularly be seen at home and away games. And last year was behind the idea of the player of the month awards and the Robbie James Collection.

Simon, first job was to report on the players that have been released by Manager Tony Ricketts. Craig Loxton, Curtis Ujah Gareth Hopkins, Mickey Bell, Elvis Erujwe, Harry Sherwood and Jason Burt.

Ryan Northmore, Craig Rand, Michael Green, Ashan Holgate, James Palmer, Ben Wilshire, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Mark McKeever and Aaron Wilson have all been retained.

From the Youth team Sam Johnson, Sam Clark, Mark Armstrong, David Thorne and Luke Purnell had been invited back for pre-season Training.

Friendly Fixtures have already been agreed with Championship side Plymouth Argyle who will open the festivities on Wednesday 16th July with a 7:30pm Kick-Off. Argyle opened their Pre-Season programme at Weston last season, bringing their entire First Team Squad to The Woodspring Stadium and it is hoped that that will indeed be the case again this year. . It is also hoped that Swindon Town, Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Exeter City and Bristol Rovers will also make up the other home friendlies.

347 - 13/05/2008

Have your say in the Blue Square Awards

League sponsors Blue Square are giving the fans of Blue Square Premier, North and South clubs the chance to have their say on a number of prestigious end of season awards. By following the “Blue Square Awards” link on the website, fans will have the choice to vote in 10 special categories.

We at Blue Square have enjoyed our first full season as sponsor of the Blue Square Premier, North and South. It has been a rollercoaster ride with some great individual performances, as well as team achievements that have surpassed everyone’s expectations.

There have been great goals, spectacular saves and some moments that players and fans alike may wish to forget. Now is your chance to decide which of these have been the best of the season. Supporters just fill in their favourites and we will announce the overall winners at the end of the month.

That’s not all...

Blue Square are offering all participants in the fan vote a FREE DVD of Blue Square Premier action from our inaugural season. The Blue Square Review 2008 chronicles the story of the season, from the Fleetwood goal bonanza to Aldershot ’s title-winning charge. It will most importantly however include all of the fans award winners in action, showing exactly why they triumphed!

346 - 11/05/2008


An open Forum is to be held at the Club on Sunday May 18th commencing at 11am.

Everybody Welcome

345 - 08/05/2008


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344 - 01/05/2008

Blue Square Announce “Manager of the Month” Awards for April

Oxford United’s Darren Patterson has won the Blue Square Premier "Manager of the Month" award for April. Patterson's side won 6 out of their last 7 Blue Square Premier matches to finish 9th in the table, after spending much of the season below halfway. The side scored 15 goals with some outstanding attacking play that must have all U’s fans licking their lips at the prospect of the 2008/09 campaign. The U’s only defeat came in a hard fought encounter away at promotion chasers Torquay United. The 5-1 win over Farsley Celtic and the 3-1 win away at Ebbsfleet United were the highlights of a fantastic month.

In the Blue Square South the award goes to Maidenhead United manager Johnson Hippolyte. Maidenhead began the month with the threat of relegation hanging over them after defeat at fellow strugglers Dorchester Town. Hippolyte’s side then went on to win three successive matches scoring 10 goals and only conceding once, to ease their fears of the drop. Two further clean sheets in their final two games gave them the points for a respectable 17th placed finish and another season in the Blue Square South.

Dean Thomas of Hinckley United has won the award in the Blue Square North. Hinckley extended their unbeaten run from the early weeks of March to 9 matches during the period. The Knitters achieved safety from relegation with their excellent run and ended up 6 points from the drop zone on the final day of the season. Three successive clean sheets in their final Blue Square North games ensured the team will take their place in the division next season.

343 - 01/05/2008

Blue Square Premier “Player of the Month” award:

The following players have been shortlisted for April’s Blue Square Premier “Player of the Month” award:

DANNY POTTER (Cambridge United)

RUSSELL PENN (Kidderminster Harriers)

YEMI ODUBADE (Oxford United)

SHAUN HARRAD (Burton Albion)

DEAN MOXEY (Exeter City)

To Vote visit:,21247,,00.html

The winner will be announced on Setanta’s live coverage of Torquay United v Exeter City on Monday 5 May.

342 - 30/04/2008

Ricketts staying for 2008/09 season.

Tony Ricketts and the Board met yesterday to discuss arrangements and plans for next, season 2008/09.

Although the Club is still waiting to find out which league they will be in next season. Discussion about playing staff and non-playing staff was discussed at great length, and the Board can confirm that Tony Ricketts will be in charge of team affairs for the 2008/09 season, although it is believed Chris Smith will be leaving for pastures new.

341 - 29/04/2008

Weston-super-Mare Youth Team clinch title

Weston super Mare clinched the Premier title at Keynsham Town on 28 April after a very close game with both teams competing for every ball.

340 - 24/04/2008


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339 - 18/04/2008

Tony Rickett's post-match comments following 2-1 defeat at home to Maidenhead United

“We’ve got ourselves into a 1-0 lead as we did similar to Eastbourne and we can’t close down the game, whether its mental strength I don’t know but the story is – and I’ve got to take the responsibility for it – we’ve conceded two goals per game and we’ve done it all season, we just cant continue doing this. They (Maidenhead) caused us no problems whatsoever in the first half and we went 1-0 up on 40 minutes, and Ryan Northmore has not made a save until the mistake in our defence for their first goal and the second goal was just as bad”

“Mark McKeever‘s sending off was unfortunate and it just all piled up against us. Charlie Comyn-Platt was lucky to stay on the field to be perfectly honest, I know the lad stood on him, but he’s kicked out at the lad and got a yellow card and that’s a lack of discipline and I can’t have that. Both lads are good footballers but they shouldn’t have that sort of lack of discipline and I don’t want to use the word gutless, as I don’t think the players are gutless, but we’ve got a massive mountain to climb now, 3 games left and we (Chris and I) have got to pick the boys up and go again on Saturday. We needed 3 points tonight, 3 points on Saturday and 3 points again on Monday and hopefully going to Lewes next Saturday not needing anything but it looks as though we might have to go to Lewes now needing something, which was not something in our last game we really wanted to do. But if we are going to shut our eyes when we go forward and kick and head the ball over the bar which we did, and then in the second half we didn’t have one shot on goal. We looked as though we were playing 4-5-1 but played a 4-3-3 tonight.,....but you would never has guessed that second half and that’s what more than anything, the way we just kicked it and headed it obviously they’re low on confidence and that’s my responsibility but the league tab le doesn’t lie, we’ve played 39 games now and we’re third from bottom, we’ve used our games in hand, we’re in the mire, not ifs and buts about it but the players have got to stand up and be counted on Saturday. What disappoints me more than anything is that we said that they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us, we couldn’t defend too deep – and you’re only talking 10-15 yards – but we sat on the edge of our box and gave the ball away continuously at the back and in midfield. Every time we had the ball we just ‘lashed’ it, that’s not the way I want football played”

“Earlier in the season we were getting the ball down, passing it….the side that played against Havant & Waterlooville on Monday night was outstanding football, but we couldn’t close things down tonight and that’s bitterly disappointing for me. We had problems second half tonight, they put us under pressure, they put the ball forward quickly but in all fairness that didn’t cause us a problem. The mistakes, we let the ball go wide and people got sent off and their first goal has killed us to be honest”

“We have got to hope, and I say hope, that we get 7 points from our last 3 games and we have got to go way back to late September, early October before we put three wins on the bounce, and we’ve only done that once this season and we’ve got a mountain to climb. This was a game today that we shouldn’t have lost, we should have won, which is easy for me to say, but we’ve got to perform and today we shot ourselves in the foot by panicking, being naïve and the whole team defending too deep”” Three points on Saturday is a must without any shadow of a doubt, we can’t afford anything else. I’ve watched Bromley, and they are a good side. I watched them at Newport and they caused Newport all sorts of problems and the team that played at Havant & Waterlooville will have to turn up. We played exactly the same side today apart from Charlie Comyn-Platt coming in for Andy Robertson, perhaps a game, or two games too early but Andy Robertson was injured. But I can’t explain it, its my responsibility and I’m going to have to accept it and take the consequences, I’m no quitter but we live to fight another day and its up to me to be positive and to try and get 9 points from 9 or 7 points from 9. The situation is out of our hands now, we’ve used our games in hand, we’ve got no excuses, we should have closed our last two home games down and got at least a point from them. 3 points would have made the league table a lot different from what it does at the moment”

“With the games against Eastbourne last week and Maidenhead tonight we haven’t had the ability or the knowhow and ‘nouse’ to see the game out, and mistakes keep costing us no matter what I say we are not a good side defensively although I accept that we have not had a regular run from our centre-backs, because of injuries and the like, all season. We’re all in the mire together and see if we can turn it round. Tonight is a major setback after being comfortable for the first 45 minutes; it will be interesting to look at the DVD because Ryan (Northmore) has had any saves to make, but it all fairness we haven’t had to make their ‘keeper make many saves neither, so we’ll look at Saturday and see where we go from there”

338 - 17/04/2008

Weston super Mare FC v Maidenhead United FC – manager’s pre-match comments

“The significance of tonight’s game for both clubs should not be lost on anybody”

“Both clubs go into the game with confidence – ourselves following our good result at Havant (1-1 draw) on Monday and Maidenhead following their 5-0 demolition of Bishop’s Stortford last Saturday”

“Both teams have watched one another in recent weeks – they have watched us, and we have had them watched also. Both teams try to get the ball down and play attractive football so tonight’s game should be a good spectacle” “Speaking to my players, they are all looking forward to tonight’s game”

“It would be great if we could get a big crowd to cheer us on tonight”

337 - 16/04/2008


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336 - 15/04/2008

Manager’s summary following 1-1 draw at Havant & Waterlooville FC

“It was a good performance and what was required following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Cambridge. I said to the players that we needed to put in a good performance before the game and in all fairness to them they put in a performance that deserved three points”

“The game was pretty even in terms of a game of football, but Aaron Wilson could have scored two goals, as could Wifried Domoraud and Ashan Holgate. Yesterday was the positive performance that we needed and now we need to make sure we get the points we need from our next three games”

“I’m not one for naming individuals but there were some outstanding performances last night, its pleasing when the team plays like that. Havant & Waterlooville are a very good side but we’ve matched them for long periods of the game and we had the better chances to win the game”

“Their goal 10 minutes from the end was a kick in the teeth really as it was against the run of play, we should perhaps have done a little bit better and stopped the ball coming in from the wide area. We deserved the equaliser though in injury time, it was a great striker by young Lewis Powell, set up by Ashan Holgate and he’s hit it from all of 20 yards and its flew into the top corner – the reaction of everybody on the pitch and on the bench showed how much it meant to them as individuals and to the football club”

“We now have three big home games and each has its own importance – and its points that matter!”

335 - 15/04/2008


Weston super Mare Football Club have been selected by the Somerset Football Associaton to host the Somerset Premier Cup Final. This is the second occasion in three seasons that the Woodspring Stadium has played host to this prestigious Cup Final. The last occasion that Weston FC hosted the County Premier Cup Final was at the conclusion of season 2005-06 when the final tie was played between Taunton Town and Mangotsfield United, Taunton Town winning an entertaining game.

The Somerset Premier Cup Final will take place at the Woodspring Stadium on Tuesday evening 22nd April 2008 and will kick off at 7.45pm. The match will be played between Bath City (Blue Square Conference South) and Paulton Rovers (of the BGB Southern League Division 1 (South & West).

Admission prices and turnstile opening times will be advised shortly.

333 - 14/04/2008

manager’s post match comments following 5-1 defeat at Cambridge City

“We obviously went into the game at Cambridge and came out of the bitterly disappointed. We went 2-0 down after 15 minutes, and rather than let our heads drop we got back at them, scored a good goal through Wilfried (Domoraud) and could well have equalised and perhaps should have gone in front before half time”.

“Our second half performance though was as bad as I have seen defensively all season – and as bad as Newport and Hampton & Richmond away earlier this season. We gave away goals which can only be attributed to silly schoolboy errors, which are plainly not acceptable. The young lad Charlie Sheringham (son of the former Spurs’ and England player Teddy) scored a hat-trick on his debut and their centre-midfield player got two goals too. We simply cannot afford any more performances like that again”.

“We played very well in our two games against Eastbourne, although acceptably only taking one point from six, which was of course disappointing but we could well have taken at least four points, and I thought that those performances were heartening, and I cannot understand why we produced such a poor performance on Saturday, we have worked on things time and time again on the training pitch and disappointing is not the word”

“We have the chance to make things good today (at Havant) although acceptably, Havant are a very good side. There will obviously be one or two changes, I may have got the team wrong on Saturday”

334 - 14/04/2008


Weston super Mare Football Club face their most critical – and potentially their most difficult – week of the season, when they enter (at pace!) four of their final five Blue Square (South) league matches of the season. The Seagulls (having played 37 games gaining 35 points) currently have two games in hand on relegation possibilities St Albans City (37 points) and Bognor Regis Town (39 points) and three games in hand over 16th placed Welling United (43 points) but the excruciating schedule that Weston now face is a difficult call in anyone’s book!

Manager Tony Ricketts has set his team a minimum of two wins from their forthcoming four games which they kick off at high-flying Havant & Waterlooville (tomorrow- Monday) - famed of course for their magnificent FA Cup run which saw them twice take the lead at Premiership Liverpool’s Anfield Road stadium - who stand to go into the Play Off positions if they win tomorrow night, but equally Weston will be fired up to lift themselves out of the bottom three relegation places, which they entered on Saturday following their hugely disappointing 5-1 defeat at Cambridge City.

Three days later (Thursday 17th April – kick off: 7.45pm) Weston take on fourth bottom side Maidenhead United (with whom the Seagulls swapped places following Saturday’s results). Maidenhead surprisingly thrashed Martin Hayes’ high flyers Bishop’s Stortford 5-0 on Saturday – the opening goal coming from Ricki Pacquettte who United signed from Havant & Waterlooville to help them stave off relegation – and judging from Saturday’s result it seems to be working!

Then on Saturday (19th – kick off: 3.00pm) Weston face their second home game in three days against opponents Bromley FC (on their first visit to the Woodspring Stadium). Bromley too will be particularly difficult opposition, on the back of their 2-1 victory last Saturday against Play-Off chasing Havant & Waterlooville, and can still mathematically reach the Play Off positions themselves such is the tightness of the top twelve placings in the league;

Weston face their final home league game of the season just 48 hours later when they face mid-table – but always extremely difficult opponents – Basingstoke Town on Monday evening (21st April – kick off: 7.45pm).

An extremely tough call for the Woodspring Stadium side - but certainly one which Mr Ricketts’ side are capable of rising to. Nine points from their remaining three home matches will take their final tally to 44 points, which ‘should’ see them to safety but Weston’s communications officer Alan Cooper is calling out to the Weston public to turn out in force to cheer the team to safety in what is going to be a nail biting end to the season. Cooper says: “We need the support of the Weston football loving public more now than at any time this season – please would you come and support your team and get behind the lads, your support could be vital in these final crucial home three games”

The Seagulls complete their season at potential champions Lewes on Saturday 26th April (kick off: 3pm).

332 - 13/04/2008

Youth Team match re-scheduled

This weeks Youth team match versus Tiverton originally scheduled for Monday 14 April has been moved back 24 hours to Tuesday 15 April (ko 7.45pm) as coach Ryan Northmore will be with the first team at Havant & W.

331 - 12/04/2008

Tony Ricketts speaks to the website and gives his preview for Saturday’s and Monday’s game(s) at Cambridge City and Havant & Waterlooville respectively.

“We had a short-sharp training session last night for forty-five minutes – one hour and then we went in, had some pasta and watched the DVD of the Eastbourne game” “We took the players through the 90 minutes and significant points from the game and concentrated on the two goals we conceded” “We had positive discussion and we have all got to be big enough to stand up mentally, physically and technically to the job we are now faced with – last night definitely served a purpose”

We had some bad news last night in that Craig Rand has had a recurrence of the groin problem that has been plaguing him this season, and he will not feature for us again this season. It also looks as though Charlie Comyn-Platt won’t play again this season, as his knee problem has flared up again”

“We have five games in nine days coming up so really it means that our season is over in nine days!”

“We need six points from five games and that is our minimum target” “I don’t want to go to Lewes (on the last day of the season) needing a point to stay up – it’s in our own hands; we have won one, drawn one and lost one – in our last three games, Eastbourne are a good side (who we played last Monday) and for the larger part of the game we matched them (and bettered them at times) and I have no doubts that we will be ok”

“We got a long old journey tomorrow (to Cambridge City) and it’s not the easiest of places to go too, but we’ve had some good results the past (so my No 2 – Chris Smith, tells me) and we go there in good spirit and we believe we will come back from there with something” “It’s not an easy game as I keep saying but we are very confident that we will come back with a result – even if that be a point”

Monday night’s game (Monday 14th at Havant & Waterlooville ) is a difficult game. I’ve watched them twice in the past fortnight, they are a good passing side with good players all over the park. Luke Nightingale – who they signed for an amount of money sat on the bench at Newport County in midweek (which they won 1-0). They let the lad (Richard Pacquette – who of course scored at Anfield in the FA Cup) go to Maidenhead (who we face next Thursday night – 17th April) and they have a wealth of good strikers” “Shaun Gayle has done a really good job of steadying the ship after Ian Baird left to join Eastleigh and turning them into a promotion chasing side and their marvellous run in the FA Cup” “I speak to Shaun on a regular basis and have a high regard for him – Monday will be a difficult one, but we go there in good spirit too”

330 - 10/04/2008


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329 - 09/04/2008

Post Match comments :

The manager, encouraged by the quality in his squad looked forward to Saturday’s game at Cambridge City:

“Yeah, we have the players in the squad but we’ve conceded two goals per game throughout the majority of the season and we need to be braver in defence – and I’m not talking about players – I’m talking about decisions” “Cambridge City (who we play on Saturday) beat us 1-0 here at the Woodspring, and you know, once players cross the white line they have got to take responsibility” “I can be as positive as you want but I’m feeling pretty low at this moment in time and I feel that it’s points dropped” “We need to be strong mentally as well as physically, but I thought we matched Eastbourne for long, long periods of the game, but we switched off and we need to be even stronger at Cambridge on Saturday, no ifs or buts about it” “I’ve never ever doubted the players technical ability and I’m not questioning the players technical ability and I’m not questioning their skills either but we need to be stronger mentally” “We need to see things through – good sides see through and after 36 league games the league table doesn’t lie, and we are now in a relegation fight, and we’ve known that for 16 games” “We have to bounce back at Cambridge on Saturday!”

More post match comments in the Eastbourne Borough match report...

328 - 09/04/2008

Top entertainers at Weston’s End of Season Presentation Evening

Weston FC are to hold their End of Season Presentation Evening in the Somerset Suite at the Woodspring Stadium on Thursday 24th April (at 7pm), tickets for which are still available at £5.00. Entertainment will be provided by top comedienne and singer Jenni Robin and the evening will be hosted by the Star FM (107.7) top team of Sue Brooks, Ashley Doyle and Scott Temple. Admission tickets include a hot fork buffet and the opportunity to win a top prize on the night.

Tickets are on sale at the club NOW and can be purchased from the office staff during the working day or from behind bar on any evening or from the Supporters Club shop on match days. The club are also hopeful that Weston Wag winners – Miss January, Miss February, Miss March and Miss April will be present on the evening to add that extra touch of glamour”

327 - 08/04/2008

Weston super Mare 1 Eastbourne Borough 2

In spite of a valiant effort the Seagulls were beaten 2-1 by second placed Eastbourne Borough at the Woodspring Stadium last night. Weston took the lead through a fine headed Marc McGregor and looked to be holding on to the lead after a good all round first half performance. Borough came back into the game through a Sam Crabb equaliser on 64 minutes and five minutes later top scorer Andy Atkin put the visitors in the lead with his 19th strike of the season. Weston could and should have equalised in the last 10 minutes, Barry McConnell’s goalbound shot hitting an upright and spinning back into play. More news and interviews from last night’s game follows later. Last night’s attendance was 255 and the Avenue Press man-of-the-match was Wilfried Domoraud.

326 - 07/04/2008

Interview with Ian Herring

Finally, the website spoke to Ian Herring, who has become something of an icon in his loan spell with the club. The website warmly welcomed the extended stay of Ian Herring, and here is his response:

“Obviously after speaking to Salisbury over the weekend, I thought I would be going back to them but that’s now not the case and I wasn’t going to be playing had I gone back there, so continue my loan here is a good thing for me and obviously for Weston too. They’re a great bunch of lads here so I’ll look forward to enjoying the rest of the season with them and it gives me the chance to play some games as well”

“Yeah, obviously it was difficult for me in the first game we played (at Braintree I think it was); I was only signed the day before so obviously coming in to a new dressing room with a new bunch of lads that game was a bit difficult for me but since that game there’s been a great change in the dressing room and I think that’s shown in the performances and the results and the last two results have been very encouraging and there’s a bit of a buzz in the dressing room now and hopefully that can continue for a little while so we can avoid relegation”

“Yeah, our second half fightback against Hampton & Richmond may well have been the start of the turning point as you say. The first game I played in – against Braintree – we conceded early on and a few of the lads dropped their heads and stuff like that, and to go in at half-time against Hampton & Richmond 2-0 down would have been easy for the lads to throw the towel in and I think that the fightback we made in that second half that day shows the true spirit that is in the squad and since that day the performances have improved a great deal as we have showed in the last two games”

“Today’s game being called off has not helped, and we’ve got seven games to play now in a short space of time but we’ve just got to take it one game at a time and look forward to Monday. Like you saw last weekend Eastbourne are a very difficult team but we’re at home and hopefully we can build on the last two results we’ve had. They’ve got a lot of injuries and problems of their own – they’re at the top, but on our day I think we match anybody; there’s a lot of talent in the squad so hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves on Monday and go on from there”

325 - 07/04/2008

Interview with Ashan Holgate

Next, the website interviewed popular midfield player Ashan Holgate who had recently been brought back to the Woodspring Stadium by manager Tony Ricketts:

“I’m happy to be back obviously. I had another option other than coming back to Weston but the manager (Tony Ricketts) and Chris (Smith) and the lads have really welcomed me back and it wasn’t that I thought I owed them but if they keep on believing in you and being given a chance here again, especially with us being in a relegation battle. Its hard for the manager obviously, he’s under pressure every week and to take a chance on me like he did when you have the likes of Cirencester saying ‘was I good enough’ to play for them, and things like that, it’s a massive boost to me to come back here, it’s a chance for you to give them (Weston) something back, I’m happy to be back and since I’ve come back I don’t think we’ve lost so hopefully (and I’m not saying that’s down to me) I can help to give the lads a spark and we can work on the pitch. Obviously I’m a bit lad and I’ve got a bit of a presence so hopefully I can help to spur the team on – not single handedly obviously but every little helps so they say and hopefully we can move on from here positively”

On Ashan (and his partner Sam’s new baby girl)….

“My new baby daughter (Macie Jane) and my partner are both doing very well thank you and we’re both delighted with her, she’s a big baby (8lb 6oz). My partner and baby would have come down today but she’s superb, and she’ll be here very soon”

…and Saturday’s postponement…

“Today’s game would have been a very big one yes – we’re not happy to have the weekend off but at the same time, with today’s game being off, it now looks as we’ve got to play seven games in three weeks which is always difficult for the lads; we’re going to have work particularly hard; every game is going to be a cup final but we’ve got enough talent in that dressing room to pull ourselves out of this – not just talent alone, but belief, there’s some good characters in that dressing room and I believe that we’ll be alright”

…and finally, on the extended loan of tough tackling midfielder Ian Herring:

“Yes the extended loan of Ian Herring to the club is definitely a good thing; I know ‘Spud’ quite well (that’s his nickname by the way!), he’s a very nice lad, top bloke, a good player, a great character and you can’t switch him off!! Its good to have him round the club and me and the lads were delighted when he signed for another month. I’ve worked (and played with him of course!) at Swindon Town so I know what he is all about! But again its another massive bond in the team, and the lads love him!! And it will be a shame at the end of the month when he’s got to go back – he adds a little bit more bite to our team and I think we’ll do well”

324 - 07/04/2008

Interview with Chris Smith

Firstly the website spoke with Assistant Manager Chris Smith (manager Tony Ricketts had gone to watch Newport County play future opponents Bromley). Chris explained the club’s disappointment at Saturday afternoon’s game being called off, although was very philosophical in his views and expressed the management staff’s (and the club’s!) delight at the signing of Mark McKeever, the return to fitness of Craig Rand and the healthy competition for places in the dressing room.

“Obviously we’re disappointed that today’s game is off. I think that the referee made his mind up early that he was going to call it off. The Cambridge bus (they were playing at Bath today I think) was behind Maidenhead’s bus, and I think that the kick off at Bath has been put off for 3 ½ hours, but I don’t know if that’s true, and I thought if anything we’d have probably have gone with that and would have been happy with that, but at the end of the day, we cant do anything about it but we’re disappointed and they are probably disappointed as well. We’ve only got to wait until Monday now to play to play another game, I think that there was definitely an atmosphere about the place today and just looking forward to Monday”

“Yes, Mark McKeever was going to play today. He’s a player we’ve probably been after all season to be honest. Mark is a player who gives us that natural left sided balance and I think that Mark McKeever is an exceptional player and we (Tony Ricketts and myself) were over the moon when we got him in. We thought we may have to wait until next season (and also thought at one stage that it may not happen at all) and it’s a definite shot in the arm for us. Looking round the changing room today, there were something like 22 players available today. There is a healthy competition for places, all the way from goalkeeper Ryan Northmore up to Wilfie (Wilfried Domoraud) up front – and in every position”

“Craig Rand has done exceptionally well in the last fortnight and has said “I need to have a go – I want to train”. He’s trained and worked hard (Craig doesn’t know any other way) on his fitness, and now all he’s missing is some minutes on the pitch. Ideally we’d love to have Craig Rand on the bench, be three or four goals up and give him the last 15-20 minutes or something but this is probably not going to happen with us (laughs!) but he is available and he is available. He came on last Saturday, we threw him on at the deep end, which was hard for him- we had no choice really – but on the strengths of the situation following training last Thursday, he’s got his timing and movement back and it just looks as though he’s never been away. No disrespect to anyone else but there isn’t many better than Craig Rand”

..and summing up, the Assistant Manager’s views on the preparation for Monday’s game against Eastbourne Borough:

“We’ll just be preparing for Monday as we did today; I can’t imagine the side that Tony picked today will be any different on Monday and we’re looking forward to it massively”

323 - 01/04/2008

Ricketts brings in 3 more and extends Ian Herring Loan

Weston super Mare Football Club manager Tony Ricketts has confirmed today that he has signed Mark McKeever – a left sided forward player (from Bath City); Adam Howarth – a central defender (who has been on trial with Yeovil Town – and has previously played for Bath City, Cirencester, and has been on a scholarship in the USA).

Mr Ricketts also confirmed that he has secured the loan signing of Ian Herring (from Salisbury City) until the end of the season, although Herring will be on a 24-hour call back if urgently required by Salisbury City.

Furthermore, the manager has signed goalkeeper Stuart Jones to complement current goalkeepers’ Ryan Northmore and Luke Purnell.

322 - 01/04/2008

Robbie James Memorial Fund

Before during and after Weston super Mare FC’s Blue Square South fixture with Eastbourne Borough on Monday 7th April 2008, there will be a bucket collection for the Robbie James Memorial Fund.

Swansea City are to erect a bust in Robbie’s memory and have contacted his other clubs to ask if they would like to contribute.

The bucket collection will be Weston super Mare FC’s contribution and mention of their assistance is expected to go on the accompanying plaque and bust.

Robbie was the Seagulls ‘Supporters Player’ and ‘Players Player’ of year during the 1996-97 season before sadly passing away the following February whilst with Llanellil FC.

If you would like to contribute but cannot make it to the game, cheques made payable to “The Robbie James Memorial Fund, can be sent to: The Robbie James Memorial Fund, c/o Avenue Dry Cleaners & Launderette, 141 High Street, Weston super Mare BS22 6HQ. Cash donations can also be made in person at Avenue.

If you would like further information regarding the collection, any questions or queries, they can be addressed to Simon Stephens by e-mail to:

321 - 31/03/2008

manager Tony Ricketts website interview

“Yes today was a great result for the lads and the football club today after being 1-0 up (we lead for 75 minutes) then being 2-1 down inside the next 10 minutes”

“I was very pleased with the lad’s application today but we made life difficult for ourselves and defended too deep at times”

Emergency signing (goalkeeper) Kevin Sawyers brought in

“I’m very pleased with Kevin Sawyers who has come in from Gloucester City (as an emergency goalkeeper signing). Kevin kept us in the game with quality saves towards the end of the first half and early in the second half. I would particularly like to thank Gloucester City manager Tim Harris who has allowed Kevin to come to us on a non-contract basis”

Two goals from Domoraud but injury worries over Holgate and Ujhah

“We’ve come here today (Eastbourne) and Wilfie (Wilfried Domoraud) has scored two good goals. They (Eastbourne) were down to 9 players when we got our equaliser and we played 6 minutes over in the first half and almost 8 minutes over in the second. We lost Ashan Holgate and Curtis Ujah through injury today though. Curtis has gone off with an ankle injury and Ashan passed out on the pitch so we’ll be having to monitor both of these players”

Herring plays his last game for the Seagulls but is praised by the manager

“Ian Herring did very well for us today and I have tried to extend his loan for another month but Nic Holmes (Salisbury City manager) wants him back in the first team. I’d like to thank Spud (and Salisbury City FC) for the month he has been with us; what he has done for us is a credit to him personally and to Salisbury City. He (Ian Herring) wants to win and we need more of that type of player in the football club, and we wish him well for the remainder of the season and hope that they (Salisbury) make the Play Offs”

Relegation struggle continues but manager upbeat

“We’re still in a relegation struggle though and we need to continue picking up valuable points as we did today. We have dragged the likes of Maidenhead and Bognor into it now on today’s results. We had a false dawn with the win against Hayes & Yeading, followed by the draw against Fisher. We thought we were over the major injuries with Charlie Comyn-Platt etc but we have picked up more injuries with the likes of Curtis (Ujah) and Ashan (Holgate); Mike Green also picked up a knock today”

Seven “cup finals” left

“We’ve got seven more cup finals coming up though, and it’s important we apply ourselves in the next few games. In the last few games we’ve showed character and we have managed to win and draw against two good teams, and today’s performance against the league leaders was, like I said, very pleasing. Eastbourne are a good side and their management team conducted themselves in a good manner, as indeed so did we. The return game with them (on Monday 7th) will be a very difficult game, but the odds against our winning today were 11/2 (which is 5 ½ against) so in a two-horse race those are pretty high odds! They will be coming to us on a Monday night though and we sometimes leave our best performances for midweek, so we will have to see”.

“They are all big games left now thought, it’s as simple as that; whether it be Maidenhead, Eastbourne (both at home), Cambridge, Lewes, Havant (all away).each game is a cup final and the lads need to apply themselves as they have done over the past two games”

“In summary though, I am very pleased with the lad’s today, they did very well”

On Marvin Brown

“We made an offer to Salisbury (which I would like to thank the Chairman for) to buy Marvin Brown back. Salisbury rejected the offer though as they told us that he (Marvin) back in their first team squad, and so that’s the end of the matter. We shall look elsewhere and I have someone in mind”

On Mark McKeever

“Mark McKeever approached us as he wants a job involved with Weston College, but again Bath City have turned down this approach as they want to keep hold of the player. I am hopeful though that we will have someone on board for next Saturday. I will be working on this on Monday, before the transfer deadline closes. McKeever would have fit the bill but he is a Bath City player and it’s time to move on”

320 - 29/03/2008

Charlie wins player of the Month for February

PRIOR to Saturday's fixture againt Dorchester Town, Charlie Comyn-Platt was presented with Weston's player of the month award for February, sponsored and presented by Neil Underhay.

The poll for the March award opens at 5pm on Saturday and will close at midnight on Friday, April 4.

Supporters can email their votes through the club website,, or obtain a voting slip from Simon Stephens at any first or youth team fixture

319 - 27/03/2008


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318 - 27/03/2008

Football Fun Days-9, 10 & 11 April 2008

Our exclusive FOOTBALL FUN DAYS are designed to offer young footballers the opportunity to participate in 3 days of professional football coaching that is delivered by UEFA accredited football coach, Ryan Northmore.

The ethos of these fun days is to improve the player’s technical ability, increase your child’s physical activity and promote fair play.

The Football Complex at WSM AFC is again the venue for the Football Fun Days. The Complex has superb facilities with the use of two training pitches, indoor sports hall, first team pitch and changing rooms for both girls & boys.

The next course will be 9th, 10th & 11th April 2008.

The cost of the FUN DAYS are £10 per day or £25 for the full three days.

If you bring a passport size photo with you, you can have your own EXCLUSIVE ID CARD, which gives you free entry to all home league matches.

Please bring indoor and outdoor footwear, rain jacket as well as a packed lunch.

PLACES ARE LIMITED–For more information and to secure your place please call Joanne on 01934 621618.

Weston super Mare AFC, Winterstoke Road, Weston super Mare, BS24 9AA,

317 - 26/03/2008

Weston super Mare Football Club Manager, Tony Ricketts gives his post match comments to the website

Weston super Mare Football Club Manager, Tony Ricketts gives his post match comments to the website ( following Monday’s 1-0 victory over Dorchester Town. In this interview, Mr Ricketts gives his views on Weston’s first home win since 12th January, and the latest news on the possible signing of Mark McKeever. The manager also pays credit to loan signings Ian Herring and Wifried Domoraud, his after-match conversation with Dean Grubb and lastly pays credit to ‘stand-in- centre-back (and man-of-the-match) Gareth Hopkins

“Yeah a very important three points. After our display at Bognor Regis, especially the second half when we conceded goals due to schoolboy errors (as I’ve put in my programme notes today) it was pleasing to see how the pleasures responded today. At Bognor, after we went behind …well after the second goal was scored, we showed no heart, no commitment, or desire to get back into the game and we needed a response today, and we got a response. We change the formation, changed the shape of the side and we looked more compact; defensively we did well but again today we sat back in the second half and defended too deep and played in the wrong areas, causing ourselves numerous problems. But today was all about the three points and with other results going against us (Welling United and St Albans City both winning) it was very important. I can’t imagine the league table without us winning today, because we would have dropped into the bottom three and been in a struggle. We’ve got eight games left now and we need to look forward to those eight games as a springboard; its not the answer at this present moment in time but things on the injury front are beginning to look a little better – Curtis Ujah will be available next Saturday (away at Eastbourne) at centre-half and so is (hopefully) Charlie Comyn-Platt (who sat on the bench today – and was available if we needed him, although he was not 100% fit) so things are looking better and we’re still looking to bolster the squad before the end of the season”

“Mark McKeever has played for Weston super Mare Football Club in the past of course, and has coached with the partnership with Weston college and Mark now realised that he needs to work and play football. Mark did a really good job with Weston college when he was here last time and there is a job for him next season, but it involves playing as well for us. He is on contract with Bath City (and played today in their 4-0 victory at Basingstoke) so we will just wait and see what the situation is, but I would like to get Mark McKeever in before the transfer deadline because he will give us balance on the left hand side, but make no mistake he is Bath City’s player. He’s (McKeever) has approached us about the job (with Weston College) but it’s in Bath City’s hands. It may happen, it may not happen, but we will wait and see. It’s purely down to John Relish and Mark McKeever with what happens with that, but I have a feeling that he will be with us next season”

“Ian (Herring) has done really well for us, he’s a great lad. Everybody calls him ‘Spud’ – that’s his nickname and Nic Holmes (Salisbury manager) is adamant that he (Herring) will go back when his loan is up, and we’ll wait and see on that. Obviously Ian will go back, but he’s here until 4th April but it may be that he will go back a little bit earlier. He will be sorely missed but if we get our centre halves back playing , and obviously Andy Robertson will go to play central midfield, all I can say to Nic (Holmes) is thank you very much for letting us have him – he is a credit to himself and to Salisbury City Football Club and in the way has played (although he didn’t play that well on Saturday – by his own admission), missing a couple of glorious chances (to put us in front and to equalise) but for a loan player to come in and show the same will and desire that he has done is immense. Wilfried (Domoraud) is in exactly the same boat…who would have thought that Wifried was a loan player, from a football league club, with the amount of effort he has put in. He was similar on Saturday, but had a bit more service today, and I’ve already recorded my thanks to Russell (Slade) and Thommo (Steve Thompson) at Yeovil for letting us have him till the end of the season”

“Dean Grubb is frustrated at the moment with not being in the starting line up. I rate him highly…I think that he is a football league player, he’s young, he’s still quite inexperienced, but wants to play, and he can’t understand why (after Saturday’s performance) he’s not in the side. I got the formation (and the system) right today, and Lewis Powell has scored three goals in four games, coming from wide right. The discussion I’ve had with Dean tonight is to be patient, and be a Weston super Mare player next season. He is one for the future and wants to play. He must improve his end product and the defensive side of his game. He is a ‘thinker’ and he has a big part to play in our staying up (and retaining our Conference South status)”

“Let’s make no bones about it, today is a good result but it needs to be a platform to stay in this league, rather than think that we’ve made it already. We’ve got eight games left, we’ve got two massive games with Basingstoke and Maidenhead at home here. We’ve got Eastbourne at home and Lewes away too, so we have some difficult games coming up; but they’re all difficult in this league. What winning does though is maintain the collective spirit that we had today, with the correct decision making which was not on show on Saturday (against Bognor Regis) and to keep this club in the Blue Square South league – which was my brief at the start of the season”

“We’ve spoken about Ian Herring and Wifried Domoraud who have added impetus to the side. Gareth Hopkins today did exceptionally well. He’s played two games at centre-half now and has got the man-of-the-match award on both occasions he has played in that position. Perhaps that’s telling me (and telling Gareth something) that his future at this level is at centre half, but I spoke to him before the game, told him what my thoughts were and what that allowed us to do was to play Marc McGregor further forward where he would have more influence on the game, and all credit to him. But Gareth today, looked like a seasoned pro who had played in that position all of his life. He got a little bit too tight sometimes and was able to see the ball, but he won more headers today at centre-half than he has done up front (laughs!)…but you know, I take my hat off to Gareth today and he’s gone in and done a good job (at a difficult time) and has risen to the occasion”

316 - 24/03/2008

Robbie James Memorial Fund

Before during and after Weston super Mare FC’s Blue Square South fixture with Maidenhead Untied on Saturday 5th April 2008, there will be a bucket collection for the Robbie James Memorial Fund.

Swansea City are to erect a bust in Robbie’s memory and have contacted his other clubs to ask if they would like to contribute.

The bucket collection will be Weston super Mare FC’s contribution and mention of their assistance is expected to go on the accompanying plaque and bust.

Robbie was the Seagulls ‘Supporters Player’ and ‘Players Player’ of year during the 1996-97 season before sadly passing away the following February whilst with Llanellil FC.

If you would like to contribute but cannot make it to the game, cheques made payable to “The Robbie James Memorial Fund, can be sent to: The Robbie James Memorial Fund, c/o Avenue Dry Cleaners & Launderette, 141 High Street, Weston super Mare BS22 6HQ. Cash donations can also be made in person at Avenue.

If you would like further information regarding the collection, any questions or queries, they can be addressed to Simon Stephens by e-mail to:

315 - 20/03/2008

Interview with Weston manager Tony Ricketts

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to extend Wilfried Domoraud’s loan until the end of the season. Wilfried ha added a new dimension to us, he’s scored two great goals in four games, and I’m well pleased with him, he’s a nice lad and has fitted in very well. It’s a definite plus that he’s going to be with us until the end of the season, he leads the frontline very well. I’m extremely grateful to both Russell (Slade) and Steve (Thompson) at Yeovil Town for agreeing to this extended loan. Yeovil though have got a 24 hour call back on him should he be required there, and I can live with that. In short though, this has settled our search for a striker until the end of the season, and I much look forward to be able to work with Wilfried that bit more”

“We’re still actively looking for a centre-half, someone with experience and I am hopeful that we may be able to get one or two more (players) in this week, but as I’ve said before, players of the quality we need (who are on non-contract with their clubs) don’t grow on trees!”

“Both Charlie Comyn-Platt and Craig Rand have trained this week and I am hopeful that one of them may be available for one of the Easter weekend games”

“Stuart Jones (the ex-Weston keeper) has trained with us this week too; he has been playing local football in Bristol. He’s still only 31 and we will be having a look at him tonight (Thursday) to see where we go from here. At the time of this interview I am not sure whether Ryan (Northmore) will receive a suspension for one or three games, but we will have to address that when we learn of the the FA’s finding”

“Tough games coming up at Bognor (on Saturday) and Dorchester at the Woodspring (on Monday), both tough games I know, but we go into the games with confidence and are aware what we have to do”

314 - 20/03/2008


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312 - 20/03/2008

Weston super Mare End of Season Presentation Evening

Weston Football Club have issued a reminder that their End of Season Presentation and Awards Evening is to take place at the Woodspring Stadium (Somerset Suite) at 7pm on Thursday 24th April 2008.

The complete first team squad will be in attendance at the evening and entertainment will be provided from the brilliant comedienne and songstress Miss Jennie Robin as well as the Weston Cheerleaders (‘Weston Shooting Stars), who will be performing their title winning dance routines on the evening. Negotiations are under way for a top level local celebrity to host the evening, further information about which is expected to be announced inside the next few days.

Tickets (priced at only £5.00) are on sale now at the Weston Football Club during normal office hours and also be purchased from the bar staff seven nights per week. Tickets will also be on sale from the club shop at Weston’s next home match on Easter Monday (24th March) against Dorchester Town (kick off: 3pm). Contact Weston Football Club now on 01934 621718 for further information.

311 - 19/03/2008

Weston Wags competition – Winner of Miss March competition

Following success of Weston Football Club’s ‘Weston Wags’ competition in both January and February, the club is delighted to announce that it has found an outstanding winner for Miss March in Miss Lorna Hague who is a 19-year old, aerobics instructor in the town. Lorna is to be invited to the Seagulls match with Dorchester Town on Monday 24th March and will be introduced to the spectators prior to the match.

The hunt is now on for the winner of April’s competition, who will be invited for a VIP afternoon at Weston Football Club on Saturday 19th April when the club take on Bromley FC.

Wannabee Wags who would like to be considered for the title of Miss April are urged to e-mail their photograph to or to send their photograph to the Weston Mercury (Seagulls Wags competition) at their offices at 32 Waterloo Street, Weston super Mare BS23. For more information contact the club offices on 01934 621618.

310 - 18/03/2008

Domoraud loan extended

Weston-super-Mare AFC and Yeovil Town have today agreed to extend Striker Wifreid Domoraud loan to the end of the season.

309 - 18/03/2008

Havant re-arrangement advised

Weston Football Club have advised that the recently postponed match at Havant & Waterlooville has been re-arranged for Monday 14th April. The match will take place at Havant’s Westleigh Park (kick off: 7.45pm). This match comes 48 hours after the Seagulls travel to Cambridge City in another tough Blue Square (South) encounter.

308 - 17/03/2008

Manager’s post-match summary following 2-1 defeat at Welling United

“I’m extremely proud of the lads for the effort and commitment they put in yesterday. On another day we could have won the game, we definitely didn’t deserve to lose the game. The sending off was crucial in the game”

“From the penalty incident where we conceded the goal, there was bit of a mix-up between Ryan Northmore, Marc McGregor and Andy Robertson, who between the three of them should perhaps have dealt better, but I have no qualms about the penalty decision and obviously, we had to reshape after Ryan (Northmore) was shown his red card for bringing their lad down. McGregor went in goal, I moved Mickey Bell to left back (after starting him on the left side of midfield), Mike Green went to centre-half and Ben Willshire moved from left back to right back”

“We played well after being reduced to ten men and we fashioned a good-equaliser through a good strike from Lewis (Powell). We got caught with a second goal early in the second half which was disappointing as we could well have come away from Welling with at least a point. We had discussed our play at half-time and decided that we should give as much support as possible to Wilfried (Domoraud) who was playing much the role of a lone-striker, but we lost hour position in the middle-third and got caught. If Ryan Northmore had been playing, and this is in no way a detriment to Marc McGregor who played really well between the sticks, he would have saved Gargan’s 67th minute effort”

“Their goalkeeper made a great save from Lewis Powell and then they had their lad Sonny Cobbs sent off (for a second yellow card) with ten or so minutes to go, and there was only one team going to go on and win it, but if the players continue to work as hard for themselves and the team as they did yesterday, then we’ll be ok”

“With the injury situation as it is yesterday was always going to be difficult for us, but as I’ve said, we did really well and were unfortunate not to come away from Park View Road with a last a point. We looked comfortable until Ryan Northmore was sent off”

“We’ve upped the training for both Craig Rand and Charlie Comyn-Platt, both of whom have been back training for a week now. Both players will have further training sessions this week and we will see how it goes. It’s going to be asking a lot of both Craig and Charlie but the next two games are vital, and I would hope that they will be available for perhaps one of our games over the Easter period. We need a settled pair of centre-backs and that’s one thing that we haven’t had. We had seven players missing yesterday (Curtis Ujah and Ashan Holgate through suspension; Charlie Comyn-Platt, Craig Rand, Barry McConnell, James Palmer through injury and Gareth Hopkins who was on a course through is work today) and that’s not an excuse, we should have done better. I don’t want to make any comments about the officials yesterday, particularly yesterday’s referee, as I don’t want to get myself into trouble, but I was not best pleased with the performance from all of them”

“On Friday (last) I signed Kevin Davies from Clevedon Town. Kevin, 20, is a friend of Lewis Powell. Kevin was a young player at Swindon Town and was released by Swansea City. He has played at Cirencester and is a player for the future. As I’ve said in the Non League Today this weekend, I’ve made mistakes this season, and I have been expecting perhaps too much from young players who are not yet fully developed in their football learning and Kevin is still young, he is a utility player and will in time be a ‘footballing’ centre-half”

“We have been trying to sign a centre-half, and I have been looking for a player who can sign permanently for us, someone with experience and leadership skills – but they don’t grow on trees!”

“Regarding the sending-off (and repercussions) of Ryan Northmore, whether or not he (Ryan) gets a one or three game ban for us, you can’t rely on youth in our current situation. We will sign an experienced goalkeeper probably on an emergency basis. I’ve already been in discussions this morning (Sunday) with Cheltenham Town and Yeovil this morning, and Stuart Jones is also a possible option. Ben John is not playing football at this moment in time (due to work commitments), we could play Luke Purnell yes, but as I’ve intimated, I don’t think it is the right time for Luke to come in just yet. I think the signing of a (emergency) loan goalkeeper for a month will be good for Ryan (Northmore) as well”

“I won’t be looking to bring Craig Loxton back from his loan spell at Clevedon to cover the injury situation we have, as Aaron Wilson has been playing out of his skin recently and over the past two or three games has been our best player. Gareth (Hopkins) and Ashan (Holgate) will be back for us next weekend (at Bognor) and Lewis Powell is on form too at the moment with two good goals in two games”

“You look at the results against Welling and St Albans at home (both 0-3 defeats) which were games we should have done better with, and then we drew 2-2 with Hampton & Richmond, playing very well to come back into the game, and everyone is beating everyone else and the moment – look at yesterday’s St Albans’ 2-0 at Lewes – no-one would have predicted that! We have some tough games ahead though, we were hoping to take 9 points from 3 games (including yesterday’s game of course) but we can only take 6 points now, and that is our aim over the Easter period”

307 - 15/03/2008

Pre-match interview with Weston manager Tony Ricketts

“Tomorrow’s game (at Welling) will be a difficult game, I have no doubts about that. They beat us 3-0 at the Woodspring recently (on 9th February) and have run into some good results (their win at Bishop’s Stortford was particularly impressed) whereas we have had two defeats and two draws from our past two games. Welling is a difficult place to go at the best of times, and will be even more so when you are battling to stay up”

“We should be going into the game with confidence as I was pleased with the way we finished last Saturday (against Hampton & Richmond). We have to ensure that we play as the team we did in the second half last Saturday and not the team that turned up against St Albans and indeed our home match against Welling. “

“Braintree beat Lewes 3-0 on Tuesday and that doesn’t make our 4 -0 defeat look as bad”

“We are still struggling with injuries and need everybody back fit and able. My biggest concerns are the having Curtis Ujah out (through suspension) and Charlie Comyn-Platt is still not match fit, as well as Craig (Rand). It is likely that James Palmer and Marc McGregor will be out, but I will be having a look at both of these players along with Mickey Bell (at training) and will see how they fayre – if necessary McGregor and Bell will have a fitness test on Saturday morning”

“We need a centre-back with experience, there’s no point in signing a 19 year old from a pro club as we already have two loan signings – Ian Herring and Wilfried Domoraud – and under the loan rules we can’t take any more. I’ve spoken with Jon Beswetherick (at Salisbury) who has played centre-half in the past, but we are drawing a blank at the moment. Gareth Hopkins and Andy Robertson have done well, but with the greatest of respect to both of these players they are not centre-halves, and play to their strengths elsewhere on the field of play.

Ashan Holgate is not available for tomorrow as he is serving the second of his two match suspension. I hope to have him (Ashan) available for our next match (away at Bognor) on Easter Saturday, 22nd March. I would also hope that he will be available for our next home match against Dorchester, on Easter Monday, 24th March”

306 - 13/03/2008








305 - 11/03/2008

Seagulls Weston Wags February competition an unqualified success!

Weston Football Club proudly announced their ‘Miss February’ winner (for their 60th Anniversary calendar in association with Weston hospicecare, who will be receiving half the profits from sales) ‘Weston Wags’ competition prior to their hard fought match with high flying Hampton & Richmond Borough at the weekend. The coveted title of ‘Miss February’ who will now appear in the calendar for next year was won by attractive 24-year old Vicky Hart, who is a finance administrator in the town.

Vicky who was introduced to the fans prior to the game, was presented with a special ‘winners’ sash by Seagulls chairman, Paul Bliss prior to the game, and was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a magnum of champagne after the match said:

“I had a really good time this afternoon, I’ve really enjoyed myself. It’s been great to have all the attention, to have my pictures taken and I absolutely loved the flowers and I’m sure I’ll enjoy my champagne when I get home tonight! I would like to wish the team all the best for the rest of the season and I will definitely be recommending my friends to enter the competition and any other local girls I talk to, as I think most girls would really enjoy themselves just like I did and more importantly the calendar is for a really good cause which makes it an even better reason to do it! “

Manager Tony Ricketts said after the game; “Vicky is a delightful young lady and we are all delighted that she has been chosen as Miss February! We are very pleased that the competition has taken off so well, and we will do all we can to support the competition”

Club Communications Officer Alan Cooper (who is coordinating the competition) said “Vicky was absolutely brilliant this afternoon, she endured herself to everybody here today with her charm. She looked terrific and the consummate ease with which she talked to people made her a surefire winner! We have certainly now had two excellent winners, in Candice (Miss January) and now Vicky (for Miss February). Vicky has now added further quality to the competition and I hope that we will get plenty of local young ladies wishing to enter for March’s and April’s competition. I would also like to thank the Weston Mercury (who have sponsored Miss January!) and Star FM for their excellent support in this competition so far.”

Weston Football Club hope to announce the winner of Miss March at their home match with Dorchester Town on Easter Monday, 24th March and the winner of Miss April at their last home match on Saturday 19th April (versus Bromley). Furthermore the winners of the monthly competitions so far are to be invited as special guests to the club’s End of Season presentation evening on Thursday 24th April.

Wannabee Weston wags, should contact Weston Football Club on 01934 621618 or email for more information!

304 - 10/03/2008


Tonight’s game against Havant & Waterlooville has been called off after a 3pm pitch inspection ruled the pitch unfit to play.

303 - 10/03/2008

Manager’s comments following 2-2 draw with Hampton & Richmond Borough

“We’re obviously very pleased to take a point from yesterday’s game against Hampton & Richmond Borough. We’ve not built on previous results after the match against Hayes & Yeading (where we won 3-1) and we need to build on this result for tomorrow’s game at Havant & Waterlooville”

“I asked the players before the game to win their individual battles, we worked hard and to be fair to them Gareth (Hopkins) and Robbo (Andy Robertson) did well but they are not centre-halves, Gareth is a striker and Andy is a midfield player, but we are without our three recognised centre-backs, Craig Rand and Charlie Comyn-Platt through injury and Curtis Ujah who has a three more match ban following his sending off, but when you are in a battle, you have got to work that extra hard and that’s what we did yesterday”

“We’re trying to bring in a centre half as quickly as possible, but it won’t be a loan signing as we’ve got our full quota of two loan signings playing with Wifried Domoraud and Ian Herring, so it will be a permanent deal until the end of the season. We had the option of bringing in Olli Barnes (from Salisbury City) – I new him from both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City, and we tried to sign him pre-season but he is on a full-time contract with Salisbury City, so we can’t bring him on loan for the reasons I’ve stated”

“I’m pleased that we’ve managed to secure the signing of Ashan (Holgate). As I said in my programme notes yesterday Ashan will be with us until the end of the season, and I’m sure he will be a great help to us in our battle to retain our Conference (South) status. At the moment, Ashan has a further one game ban (of a two match suspension), so won’t be available for tomorrow’s match at Havant but he’ll be in the squad against Welling next weekend (Saturday 15th).”

“Commitment and work rate come hard in glove and we (Chris Smith and I) tried to install this in the team before Saturday’s game. In the past this season we have fallen behind and there hasn’t been the desire to get back into the game. We said to the guys before the game ‘keep going, and keep believing’ and repeated that at half time….but once the crossed the white line it’s up to them and they have got to want to do it”

“I don’t want to single out players, but yesterday for me Aaron Wilson’s work rate and attitude was first rate, and he set standards for himself and his team mates. He is a young lad, still only 20 and he was all over the pitch. He hit the upright late in the first half and was most unlucky not to score, and then they scored just before half-time and we had it all to do in the second half. I was pleased too with Ian Herring (who made his home debut following his loan from Salisbury City) but all credit to the players yesterday and indeed the whole squad they all deserve credit…those not playing were there to keep the encouragement going (Craig Rand, Barry McConnell, Charlie Comyn-Platt, Curtis Ujah) and I was pleased for everybody”

302 - 07/03/2008


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301 - 07/03/2008

Holgate on his way back

Weston-super-Mare AFC Today resigned Ashan Holgate from Eastleigh and he will be available for selection next Saturday March 15th.

298 - 06/03/2008

End of Season Presentation Evening

Weston Football Club have confirmed that their End of Season Presentation Evening will take placed on Thursday evening 24th April 2008 (to start from 7pm).

Tickets (priced £5.00) will go on sale from Monday evening (3rd March) and can be purchased from the club bar. Tickets will also be available from the club offices during normal working hours and will also be available for purchase at the next home game (vs. Hampton & Richmond Borough) next Saturday, 8th March.

Cost of admission will include a hot fork buffet and entertainment from top comedienne and singer Jennie Robin. The Weston Cheerleaders (the Weston Shooting Stars) have also confirmed that they will be performing entertaining dance routines on the evening.

The first team squad will be attending the Presentation Evening and it is hoped that Supporters and members of the public will wish to attend what it is hoped will be an enjoyable and fun evening for all.

The club have also confirmed that earlier advice of smart casual dress code have now been relaxed.

Further information regarding the evening will follow in due course.

297 - 05/03/2008

Coach booked for Away trip to Bognor

A 36 seater coach has been booked for the away game at Bognor on Saturday 22nd March. The Coach will leave the club car park at 9am.

The cost will be £15, and will need to be full for it to run. If you are interested in supporting your team away from Home, please see Andy Mills at this Saturdays game.

296 - 04/03/2008

Former England international to visit the Woodspring next Saturday

Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club, the Seagulls next visitors next Saturday 8th March, are headed up by former England midfield star Alan Devonshire.

Devonshire who made his name in the late 1970s playing for West Ham United (1976 – 1990) made eight appearances for the national team, and finished his career at Watford. Mr Devonshire made his debut on 30th October 1976 against West Bromwich Albion, where he played in a 3-0 defeat. He scored 29 goals in 345 full (and 13 substitute) appearances. Prior to joining Hampton & Richmond Borough as manager he previously managed Maidenhead United.

For the record Hampton & Richmond Borough inflicted the Seagulls’ heaviest defeat so far this season (5-1) on 1st December, Lewis Powell scoring Weston’s goal on the day. Hampton & Richmond currently lie in third position in the Blue Square (South) and won 3-1 at Welling United in yesterday’s (Saturday 1st March) match. Their leading goalscorer is Elliot Godfrey (with 14 goals this season). Interestingly enough though despite Hampton’s lofty league position they are currently just 13th in the ‘current form table’ having won two, drawn two and lost two of their past six games, suffering defeats (0-2 at home to Fisher Athletic, and 3-0 away to Braintree Town).

Meanwhile, the Seagulls travel to Braintree Town on Tuesday night (4th March) hoping to avenge their 2-1 home defeat to the Essex club earlier this season and also hoping to make amends to their poor showing against bottom placed St Albans City at the weekend.

294 - 03/03/2008

Interview with Goalkeeper Ryan Northmore

The website also managed to get an interview with long-serving popular goalkeeper (and Youth team coach) Ryan Northmore. Ryan spoke openly on thoughts on yesterday’s disappointing performance; answered questions on a ‘comparison’ between last weekend’s excellent 2-2 draw at Bishop’s Stortford and yesterday’s results….and finally gave his views on two further difficult games ahead this week, and in summary gave his opinions on the ‘fight’ and guile required by the players for the remainder of the season.

“I thought today was a thoroughly disappointing performance right from the word go. Unfortunately we carried players at times and you know, when you are in a fight you cannot afford to do that, unfortunately some players need to wake up and realise that if we want to hold on to our Conference South status then we’ve got to do something about it. Today was very disappointing”

“Well – you mentioned the Bishop’s Stortford result and that was such a good result, such a good performance but again that just makes today all the more disappointing. You know, you go away from home and get a good point, you’ve then got to build on that by making sure you win your home games and that is what is letting us down at the moment, so in a way I’m glad that we’ve got a game so soon after today’s performance so that the players can show the desire to put today right”

“We’ve got a tough game at Braintree first of all that we need to concentrate on but once we get that game out of the way we’ve got a very tough home fixture against a strong Hampton & Richmond side but depending on what team turns up from Weston will depend on whether we get a result or not, because on our day we are as good as anybody but we don’t have of ‘our days’

“I don’t want to talk about what’s gone on in the changing room, that wouldn’t be the professional thing to do but as players, we completely understand the position we’re in and it is up to us to make sure we do something about it and the positive aspect is: we’ve still got to play teams in and around us, we do have three games in hand and we are seven points out of the relegation area, so lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. Given our record over the last couple of years, we don’t want to go in to the last few games looking for results - we want to get those results now! I’ve been involved in a couple of relegation battles with the club, and I know what is ahead. It’s my job to make sure that the players who haven’t been involved in that sort of thing understand the severity of the situation and give a 100%”

293 - 03/03/2008

Post-match Press Interviews following match against St Albans City

A disappointed Tony Ricketts spoke to the website following yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at home to bottom-placed St Albans. Summarising his view of his team’s performance and asked to give a ‘look forward’ to Tuesday’s game at Braintree, Mr Ricketts said:

“Anything that could have gone wrong today went wrong. We lost 3-0 and if I’m perfectly honest it could have been four or five and it’s very disappointing. We had so many false dawns – two penalties against us within twenty minutes today, put us on the back foot but we never played – one shot on target in ninety minutes of football in probably the most attacking line up I’ve put out all season, but the basics were all wrong. We picked up more injuries, but I’m not making excuses because we were poor today, and yes, I’m very disappointed. Injuries to Marc McGregor (who came off at half-time) and James Palmer has got injured just before half-time and we gave him five minutes in the second half…and then Mickey Bell struggled, and we had to make three substitutions. There were players too who didn’t listen to what we had ask them to do……and we’re in for a struggle”

Well, all I’m concerned about at this present moment in time is us….it doesn’t matter who we play, we seem play better against better sides and not so well against the sides below us. We’ve lost to Welling and today to St Albans; and to be honest I just don’t know what Weston team is going to turn up and that’s not good for a coach or a manager. If they turn up and play like they did against Bishop’s Stortford we’ve got a chance, but if they play like they did today we’ll get beat ‘5’! “

I think it’s time that everyone of us looks at ourselves in the mirror. I’ve been very loyal to this group of players and I’ve used too many players this season already, it’s not my style to keep chopping and changing. I will be trying to bring in one or two new faces this week but with performances like we produced today we are up against it”

295 - 03/03/2008

Tony Ricketts signs midfielder on months Loan

Weston Manager Tony Ricketts today signed Salisbury City midfielder Ian Herring on a months loan. The 24 year old, who was once at Chippenham Town and Swindon Town, will be available for tomorrow's game against Braintree and should make his homne debut on Saturday against Hampton and Richmond.

292 - 02/03/2008

Loxton goes to Clevedon on a month’s loan

Seagulls manager Tony Ricketts permitted former ‘skipper Craig Loxton to move to BGB Southern League Premier Division side Clevedon Town on Friday (29th February). It is understood that Loxton featured in Clevedon’s 2-2 draw against Cirencester Town on Saturday. Also appearing in this game (for Cirencester Town) were former Seagulls Andy Chapman (who was red carded late in the game following an ‘off the ball melee’ and Ashan Holgate – who scored the visitors equaliser in the 90th minute.

291 - 25/02/2008

Manager’s post match comments following 2-2 draw at Bishop’s Stortford

“I was obviously very pleased with the Saturday’s performance but perhaps disappointed with the result. After going in at half time 1-0 up and then conceding two goals in 15 second half minutes, I was disappointed in the manner in which we conceded them. Their first goal was a cross, which swerved and went in and the second goal in thought was well offside, but that’s football, sometimes that’s what happens when you are up against it, and you get the roughside of some decisions”

“We fought back very well though and Wilfried (Domoraud) took his equalising goal very well. Towards the end of the game there was only one side that was going to win, and we could well have won it in the end…..but we have to take the positives from Saturday and become more consistent over the last 14 games of the season”

“On Barry’s (McConnell) injury. He’s had 12 stitches in quite a severe gash in his leg. It was a bit sore yesterday when I spoke to him. He’s having there day off work today, but he’ll be fine. He’s having the stitches out next Sunday and then will be starting his rehab and coming back training when the physio gives the all clear”

“Both the new lads Elvis (Ewruje) and Wilfried (Domoraud) have come in and done very well. Both have brought pace which is something we’ve been slightly lacking all season, and no if’s or but’s about it, I’m very pleased with both of them. I’d also like to thank Russell Slade and Steve Thompson at Yeovil Town for allowing Wilfried to come to us on a month’s loan. Wilfried has struck up an instant rapport with Curtis (Ujah) and worked very well with him on the left side on Saturday”.

“The pleasant thing for me is that had Mickey (Bell) not failed a fitness test then Elvis wouldn’t have started, but he took his opportunity very well indeed, and scored a great opening goal”

“Mark McGregor too had a real influence on the game, and did well for us when he had to move to the back four following Curtis’s (Ujah) dismissal. I was disappointed with the decision by the referee to send him off but don’t want to say too much on that score; but if his red card was for violent conduct then there’s no consistency”

“In summary though, we’ve matched a top four side in this Division throughout the game. Bishop’s Stortford are a good side without any shadow of a doubt, and to match them at their place (after they came to the Woodspring earlier this season and put four goals past us at the Woodspring) was very pleasing”

“Like I said earlier, we just have to take the positives from Saturday and find greater consistency in our last 14 games”

“Our next match against St Albans is a big one, yes, but there are no easy games in this Division”

290 - 22/02/2008

End of Season Presentation Evening – Thursday 24th April 2008

Weston super Mare Football Club’s End of Season Presentation Evening is to take place on Thursday 24th April 2008 in the Somerset Suite at the Woodspring Stadium, outline timings are 7pm to 10.00pm.

Entertainment will be provided by top comedienne/comedy vocalist Jennie Robin. The evening will be hosted by a local celebrity Ian Downs, Breakfast Show presenter on top radio station Star FM 107.7

Tickets (which will include a hot fork buffet) will go on sale at the Seagulls next home match on Saturday 1st March 2008 are £5.00. Dress for the evening is smart casual (no jeans or trainers please).

289 - 22/02/2008

Manager’s pre-match comments prior to Bishop’s Stortford match

“If we go there with a positive attitude, play together and believe in our shape and discipline we are capable of causing a shock at Stortford”

“Training has gone well this week, and we’ve had two good training sessions (Tues and tonight, Thursday). We’re (the players) are a little low on confidence (following two defeats – home to Welling and away last week at Bromley) and Chris (Smith) and myself have been picking the lads up, getting them fresh and bubbly again; but the truth of the matter is that since the Hayes game (12th January) we’ve just got four points, so that’s what we’ve been doing this week. Charlie Comyn-Platt and Mickey Bell might struggle to be fit for tomorrow (Saturday), they both picked up knocks last week at Bromley and haven’t trained – Mickey has trained tonight and had to come off early, so those two players will face fitness tests on Saturday morning and we’ll probably try to do that before we travel”

“Bishop’s Stortford are a good side, Greg Pearson their striker is well on form and has bagged 22 goals for them this season and we gave him time and space at our place earlier this season when they (Stortford) beat us 4-0. I think that they are one of the best sides we’ve played this season and its going to be a difficult game for us, but if we go there with a positive attitude, play together, believe in the shape and discipline about the side and work hard for each other and for themselves we will always be capable of getting a draw and perhaps even shock them. But we need to be at our best, and like I said they are a very good footballing side”

286 - 20/02/2008

Bishops Stortford FC v Weston super Mare AFC

Match Preview by Alan Cooper (with special thanks to Phil Sheridan for his statistics!)

This Saturday, 23rd Saturday The Seagulls travel to Hertfordshire for the second time this season, and on this occasion they are to play former Arsenal star Martin Hayes’ Bishop’s Stortford.

Stortford who are now in fourth place in the Blue Square South following their midweek win this week over local rivals St Albans City are formidable opposition, having won 4-0 at Woodspring Stadium on 22nd October.

‘The Blues’ (as Stortford are known) haven’t been lower than 10th position in the league this season, and are intent on reaching the Play Offs for the second year in succession (ending in fifth place last season). Since the turn of the year, they followed their New Year’s Day 2-1 defeat at Braintree, following that with a 4-1 win against Havant & Waterlooville, then an away 1-0 defeat at Thurrock. February has seen something of a resurgence from the Hertfordshire club, starting the month with a 2-1 win against (current league leaders) Eastbourne Borough, then a 5-3 win against Bognor Regis, a 4-0 win over Dorchester Town (taking them to 5th position). They then travelled to Lewes, unluckily losing 1-0 (then dropping to seventh) then on Tuesday this week they secured 4th place with their 2-1 at St Albans.

Interestingly – so far – Stortford’s results against the Seagulls (at their Woodside Park Stadium) haven’t always gone their way, the Seagulls gaining two 2-2 draws (Oct 04) and Feb 07) and one 3-2 win (Aug 05). A further fascinating statistic is that Marc McGregor has scored in three of the six games played against Stortford, and he wasn’t with the club for one of these games, so three out of five is far from bad! For the record, our results against Stortford are as follows:

9 Oct 04 Away D 2-2 McGregor scored

13 Apr 05 Home W 2-1 McGregor scored

27 Aug 05 Away W 3-2

28 Jan 06 Home L 0-1 Hopkins scores

13 Dec 06 Home L 1-2

03 Feb 07 Away D 2-2 McGregor scored

22 Oct 07 Home L 0-4

In Summary: The Seagulls have won two games, drawn two and lost three, so up until now honours are practically even. In spite of the Stortford’s lofty league position there is no reason why the Seagulls can’t travel to Hertfordshire on Saturday and bring back a share of the spoils.

For the record Bishops Stortford were formed in January 1874, were the last winners of the FA Amateur Cup (1974) and current holders of the Herts Charity and Eastern Floodlit Cup(s).

285 - 17/02/2008

Manager’s interview following 3-1 defeat at Bromley FC

Manager Tony Ricketts said:

“I was bitterly disappointed in yesterday’s result, especially in gifting Bromley three goals. We have conceded six goals in two games, and four of these have come from individual mistakes, and we expected to get four points from these two games. Neither of these teams were better than us and that just adds to the disappointment”

“If we are going to go on and concede two goals per game then we are in the relegation area whether we like it or not! Individual mistakes are costing us dearly” With our present run of form you can’t hide from the fact that we are in a relegation battle. We’ve won one game in thirteen I think it is, and that tells its own story and we’ve got to work hard to make sure our results start improving quickly”. “Their (Bromley) two strikers had us running all over the place and we should have done far better with their second goal (a looping header from 18o yards which put us on the back foot).

“Wilfried Domoraud’s performance was bright and lively, he’s headed one which was going in and Lewis Powell has stabbed it in from close range and be called offside, with 15 minutes to go. Had that goal been given, the last quarter may well have been a bit more interesting! We puffed and punted without hurting Bromley. We scored first through Marc McGregor (on 14 minutes) and for the first 20 minutes we were far the better side and then we committed the fatal error of sitting back, and this is an issue we have to address”

“I made some changes yesterday and left Gareth Hopkins, Andy Robertson and Barry McConnell on the bench and didn’t include Craig Loxton. All these players have featured in most of our games so far this season and I tried to freshen things up and change the line up but we still make individual errors which is disappointing”

“Mickey Bell did ok, he’s got a lovely left foot. He lasted 70 minutes, and he’s not played a game of football for four months so he was bound to tire towards the end. Wilfried (Domoraud) was bright and lively (as I’ve said) and gave us a different dimension up front, and I was very pleased with him, he had a good debut”

“Elvis Ewiuje, our other debutant came on for the last few minutes (and he too may have scored with a bit more luck). Elvis has been training with Barnet, and is playing for them (Barnet) on Tuesday (19th). He’s quick, naturally left footed and we haven’t had anyone in that area for a while now and we’ll have to see how he does”

“I thought that we were over the worst of it when we beat Hayes & Yeading (3-1) and drew with Fisher (1-1) but individual errors have prevented us getting results and we have to work hard to stop that”

On then player front, there has been no interest in Craig Loxton. Clevedon Town were the only club to make an enquiry (to take him on loan) and they were not prepared to pay his wages”

“We also had an enquiry this week from Chippenham Town to take Aaron Wilson on loan but we have declined that offer”

284 - 16/02/2008

Manager’s pre-match preview

Weston manager Tony Ricketts, speaking to the Club Website early evening on Friday 15th February prior to travelling to the Bromley game tomorrow (Saturday) said:

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s match at Bromley; it’s a chance to put things right after last weekend’s disappointing performance but I would imagine that Bromley will be thinking exactly the same following their heavy defeat (losing 6-1 at Hayes & Yeading) last weekend. Both teams will have a bit to prove tomorrow and it may be a high scoring game!”

“We have a fully fit squad for tomorrow apart from Craig Rand who is still not fit to play. We have managed to add Wilfried Domoraud from League 1 side Yeovil Town, and Wilfried will give us options up front. We’ve also brought in Elvis Ewiuje who is a wide natural left sided player. He’s been playing for Newport (Isle of Wight) in the Southern League (South & West Division) and has been training with (League 2 side) Barnet recently and we’ll be taking a look at him and will see what happens”

“On the player front Clevedon Town have followed up their interest in Craig Loxton to take him on a month’s loan but we couldn’t agree a financial deal, and there hasn’t been any further interest in the player”

When asked who would be taking the captain’s armband at tomorrow’s game, Mr Ricketts said:

“It’s an important decision regarding the captaincy. There are two types of captain; one who leads by example and one who leads by his organisational skills. Craig Loxton was my captain when I first came in, but as I have previously explained Craig has not hit the heights as a player as he did last season, although having said that I am pleased with his performances of late. I gave the captaincy to Robbo (Andy Robertson) who is a player who leads by example, and then to Andy Gurney who leads by his organisational skills, and last week to Charlie Comyn-Platt, who, by his own admission didn’t have his best of games for us. And its of no disservice to any of the players I’ve used as captain this season but I haven’t made my mind up at this moment in time as to whom my captain will be tomorrow – we need eleven captains out there at the moment, all working for one another”

Summarising, the manager said:

“We have had a really good week and worked really hard on our shape and attacking base and are very much looking forward to the Bromley game” “Mickey Bell has looked sharp all week and is pushing hard for a starting place, I would imagine that he will feature in tomorrow’s game at some part”

283 - 15/02/2008

Weston sign Elvis

Weston have signed Nigerian Elvis Ewruje. The 24 year old Striker has been playing for Newport Isle of Wight, and has had trails at Barnet Football club more recently.

280 - 14/02/2008

Andy Gurney speaks direct to the Seagulls website

Former club captain Andy Gurney has taken the trouble to telephone the club website and explain his reasons for joining Blue Square (South) rivals Newport County. Andy speaking with Club Communications Officer, Alan Cooper explained:

“It was a very difficult decision indeed for me to leave and it took me four or five days to come to this decision. It was purely football reasons that I have moved to Newport County. It was simply too good an opportunity for me to turn down and get chance to perhaps play at a higher level”

“I am disappointed to leave Weston but Newport are going well at the moment and stand a very good chance of getting up to the Blue Square Premier and it was really too good an opportunity to turn down. I think that Newport can get promoted this year if not automatically then via the Play Offs, and it may well be my last chance to play at a higher level”

“I want to make it clear though that had I thought that Weston were in any danger of relegation I would have stayed. Weston have a lot of very good players and they have every opportunity of putting a run together and finishing the season well”

“I got on well with everybody at Weston, I loved the club and the people behind the scenes and got on very well with both the manager (Tony Ricketts) and his assistant (Chris Smith)”

“I want to wish everybody at Weston the very best and perhaps one day I will return to the club”

Communications Officer Cooper commented, “This was the mark of the man – as manager Tony Ricketts has commented in the past, Andy Gurney was a superb leader both on and off the field of play and his comments today were heartfelt; had he not thought so much of Weston he would not have made such an effort to call and explain his inner feelings”

282 - 14/02/2008








279 - 13/02/2008

Weston sign Striker on Loan

Weston have today signed 19 year old Striker, Wilfried Domoraud on a month loan from League One side Yeovil Town.

Wilfried, who previously played for French side AS Nancy, was given his senior debut earlier this season for Yeovil Town when he came on as a substitute against Brighton. He has also been on loan to Blue Square Premier side Weymouth FC.

278 - 12/02/2008

Andy Gurney set to complete move to Newport County

Seagulls captain, Andy Gurney is understood have agreed terms with Newport County and is expected to sign for the South Wales club within the next 36 hours.

Speaking to the website late tonight (Monday 11th February) Weston manager Tony Ricketts said “We’re very sorry to loose Andy, as he has brought great leadership skills to the club both on and off the field of play”. “Andy feels though that with Newport County pushing for promotion to the Conference National and felt a move of this kind was too much of a temptation as it could be his last opportunity to play in the highest level of non-league football” “I’d like to stress that Andy and I have spoken at length about this and I do understand his reasons, although I am obviously disappointed. He goes with our blessing and I am very grateful for all he has done at Weston”

The Weston manager further explained that he has spoken with other managers and is looking at signing a replacement for Gurney hopefully within the next few days.

277 - 11/02/2008

Manager Tony Ricketts post-match comments directly after Saturday’s game:

“I’m bitterly disappointed, no ifs and buts about it. Welling United came here today with one point from their last six games and comprehensively beat us 3-0, three poor goals as far as I’m concerned as a football coach, but we were second best from start to finish and it’s very difficult at this moment to compare Monday night’s game where I thought we did really, really well for an hour (the last hour of the game) and perhaps we should have got some more out of that game”

“Perhaps we went into today’s game thinking it was too easy, and we just strolled through the game. We lacked commitment, we lacked heart…and I’m talking collectively – I’m not talking about the individual skills of some players and those players may have thought that they worked hard; they might have thought that they worked hard as individuals but collectively as a team, they haven’t worked hard enough”

“We will train Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week and we will see that we put things right on the training ground. I’m at a loss for words to try and explain how with two matches inside five days of each other we can be so different – with the same personnel – apart from Marc McGregor coming in for Lewis Powell up front”

The manager explained that the interest in Andy Gurney during the preceding week had come from Blue Square South rivals Newport County, and Mr Ricketts said:

“Andy Gurney is going to make a decision over the weekend whether or not he will join Newport County. Andy Gurney is a loyal guy; we want to keep Andy here at Weston super Mare Football Club because of his experience and leadership. Andy Gurney’s presence today on the field of play would have been more than useful – he couldn’t play today because of the second of his two-match suspensions – but we’re desperate to keep Andy Gurney at this football club. He won’t stay here for monetary reasons and if he moves to Newport he’ll be doing that for footballing reasons. As for Newport they are pushing for the Play-Offs and are likely to be in the Play-Offs at the shake up, and the chance to play in the Conference National next season. I’ll be sorry to lose Andy if he does decide to go. I’ve had a long chat with Andy tonight and hope I’ve managed to persuade him to stay with us until the end of the season and into next season”

Finally, the manager was asked to give an update on the possible loan signing of Wilfred Diomenoe

“The (loan) signing of (forward) Wilfred Diomenoe could still be on the cards. I will be speaking this week to Steve Thompson (Yeovil Town assistant manager), and see how the land lies. There are one or two things that we need to sort out; the player doesn’t drive and he is currently in digs in Yeovil and we need to resolve those issues. He’s training with Yeovil Town full-time and his contracted there, so we’ll see how that one develops over the week”

276 - 10/02/2008

Manager’s programme notes (vs. Welling United)

Welcome to the Players, Officials and Supporters of Welling United Football Club in what will be our first game against these opponents this season.

Following our very good draw against Fisher Athletic on Monday evening, we go into this game with four points from our last six. The performance against Fisher, especially the second half was exactly what was required. The players raised to the occasion against a very good Fisher side who had won their previous seven Blue Square Conference South games. Gareth Hopkins got a well deserved goal (his first goal since the St Albans game – and that goal against St Albans touched him when it went into the net but it was a Ryan Harley shot). I’m pleased for Gareth as his work rate on the evening deserved a goal, and Gareth deserves special praise.

We’ve had some interest for Andy Gurney from another Blue Square South side. Andy is on a non-contract basis with us (he’s suspended for today’s game) so we will see how this develops over the next few days. We don’t want to loose Andy Gurney. Andy has come in and added leadership and direction both on and off the field of play. He is a fine character and a fine footballer and we hope that Andy makes the decision to stay with us and see us through this season and hopefully into next season.

We have also had some interest from Craig Loxton from Clevedon Town who want to take him on a month’s loan. At this moment in time, with the shallow squad that we have nothing will be happening. We are talking to Yeovil Town about taking a striker on a month’s loan (namely Wilfred Diomenoe). Wilfred can play in a couple of positions and has pace and we will see how this develops over the next couple of days as well. He probably won’t be on board for today’s game but should be with us in the very near future.

We could be losing Aaron Wilson. Aaron has been offered a job as a fitness instructor on a cruise ship and we are awaiting this to be finalised. He will be a loss to us as well with his enthusiasm and fitness. He is still a young man and learning but it is the opportunity of a lifetime for him and he can always come back and play football, so again we will see what transpires. Hopefully Aaron will see the season out with us but it is unlikely that he will be with us next season.

I was very pleased to see that the Weston Wags venture got off the ground very successfully with Miss January. The enthusiasm with which the winner, Candice entered into the spirit of things was pleased to see and we look forward to meeting Miss February later this month! Obviously this is in conjunction with the Weston Mercury and Star FM which obviously helps us raise our profile within the local community and me as the manager, and the players would like to thank both the Weston Mercury and Star FM for their continued support.

Enjoy today’s game. Kind Regards,

Tony Ricketts

275 - 08/02/2008

interview with the Star FM man-of-the-match, Charlie Comyn-Platt

“I thought we did really well tonight, we worked really hard, we weren’t going to get beaten and we worked really hard to make sure we didn’t! We’ve gone down in the past, like 1-0 down, and let it go from there, and its gone 2-0 , 3-0 down but we carried on working hard. They (Fisher) deserved to go 1-0 up but we did really well in the second half and scored a really good goal but I thought that we had a back-four who were really good, they didn’t get many chances at all and that was because we were supported by the midfield who were good to, so it was a good all round performance”

“I was really pleased to win the man-of-the-match yes, but I thought quite a few people deserved it tonight, the lads were very good”

“I think that Welling are quite near us in the league, so we will be looking to get all three points on Saturday. We did well to get a point tonight but we definitely need three points on Saturday. There’s no reason at all why we can’t win on Saturday after tonight’s performance, if we keep playing like we did tonight”

(Charlie was interviewed after the Fisher game on Monday night.)

274 - 07/02/2008


£1000.00 WINNER MR A DAVIES WG2409

£500.00 WINNER M EVERITT W4073





273 - 07/02/2008

Seagulls launch Weston Wags campaign

Candice Davies, who has been selected as Miss January by the judging committee (Weston Mercury’s Deputy Editor, Jerard Hurst and Star FM breakfast host Ian Downs) was the very special guest at Weston’s game last night. She was introduced to the crowd before the game by ‘Downsy’ and presented with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne in the board room after the game!

Candice, clutching her flowers and champagne after the game said:

“I’m really pleased to be doing the calendar because its about Weston – where I come from – and part of the proceeds are going towards a great charity, and being at Weston Football Club has been brilliant, meeting everybody here, watching the football match, and I’ve really enjoyed myself”

“I’d say that anybody who wants to help Weston and help the charity should enter the competition – it’s a very friendly environment here and the winners would enjoy themselves”.

“I’d like to wish the team and everybody involved here the best of luck for the remainder of the season”

Manager Tony Ricketts added:

“I’ve got to be honest, I was a bit sceptical. I didn’t know if the idea would get off the ground, not many of the players wives and girlfriends have been turning up for the games and everything, but all I can say is fair play to the Weston Mercury, and to Star FM and the club for getting the idea off the ground. I didn’t actually see Candice, but the boys tell me that she’s very nice, and very attractive and that’s Miss January appointed! As long as it raises the profile, and involves us with the local community – with the local newspaper and the local radio station – I think that’s very important and its got my full backing and support and having heard some of the comments from the boys it’s a long term winner for both the football club and the young ladies of Weston”

272 - 06/02/2008

Post-match comments from manager Tony Ricketts (following Fisher Athletic match – Monday 4th February):

It was put to the manager that tonight was a very spirited performance by the team and a good point well earned. Did the manager agree to this statement?

“Yeah…..obviously we were grateful for the point….I don’t know if ‘grateful’ is the right word but sometimes you’ve got to take things in context, Fisher have gone seven games and won all seven, also they’re full time. I’d watched them at Bath City two weeks ago and they beat a good Bath City side (and I’ve already said that I think that Bath City and Fisher Athletic will be involved in the shake up at the end of the season) and so we put everything in context. First half we could have gone in, 2-0 down, maybe even 3-0 down because Fisher played some exciting and attractive football but we did dig in and we did well second half; we had the elements with us – the wind in the second half – and we caused a lot of pressure, we had a lot of possession in the right areas, in their half of the field and in my opinion deserved the Gareth Hopkins goal to get a point, and yes, I was pleased.

The interviewer observed in (his) opinion the ‘immense’ performance of Charlie Comyn-Platt, whilst appreciating that the manager’s creditable opposition to singling out individuals performances. Mr Ricketts responded:

“I don’t like to single players out, you’re right. I think it’s a team performance and I thought it was definitely a team performance today. The shape of the side, with and without the ball was solid enough today. Ryan Northmore has had very little to do tonight, as has their ‘keeper, but if you’re a neutral watching the game it was a good game. Charlie Comyn-Platt has not played a game since the Bath City game on December 29th so he’s been out for coming up seven weeks. He’s gone back in and that was his first game, he ‘cramped up’ towards the end but he’s done well tonight and did well to survive the 90 minutes and I didn’t think he would. Ben Willshire’s played tonight and that was his first game since the Hampton & Richmond game when he pulled his hamstring, which is again mid-December, so we’ve had some players out there today who have done well to last 90 minutes and those two I’ve just mentioned are included in that. Young Curtis continues to grow, and I’ve got no doubt that Charlie Comyn-Platt and Curtis Ujah have got good futures ahead of them”

We’re up to 29 points now then, and I recall from a previous interview we did, that your target is around the 52 mark this season.

“Yeah, we targeted 52 points at the start of the season, and after the first 10 games of the season we were ‘on’ for that. The second 10 games of the season where we didn’t win a game, and drew 3, has put us behind schedule but still 44 points is a realistic target although we’re aiming for 52 points. But, if we keep everybody fit, and able (you know…the squad is very bear at his moment in time with releasing the players we’ve released just recently and the ‘loan’ players who have gone back to their parent clubs). We’ve had two 17 year old college boys on the bench tonight, and that’s important to keep everything in context. If we can keep the likes of Curtis Ujah and Charlie Comyn-Platt and keep the 14 – 16 senior players that we’ve got fit, then 52 points is realistic with the capabilities within the squad”

…..and looking forward to Saturday’s game against Welling United:

“We’ve got some difficult games coming up and Saturday’s game against Welling will be no easy game at all. A new manager coming in (Welling have appointed a new manager – Andy Ford) is always likely to freshen things up, and teams tend to get results because of the new manager, new ideas and just being bright. We have now got four out of six (points) though. We have beaten Hayes & Yeading and got a decent point tonight against a very good Fisher side tonight so we can go into Saturday’s game with confidence, and the players have got to take heart, confidence and really put pressure back on Welling as there is an important three points available to both sides on Saturday! We’ve had Welling watched and even though their results may not look that good, they’re a workmanlike side who can cause problems so we are under no illusions that Saturday will be anything other than a difficult game. There are no easy games in the Conference South., and what we did tonight….we worked hard, showed good spirit and worked hard collectively both with and without the ball – we didn’t have many chances tonight, but as I said to the boys at half time ‘if you hang in there you’ll always get a chance in a football match, and when that chance comes you’ve got to take it’. Fortunately ‘that was us’ tonight, the players, they took that chance and they did well. On Saturday, we will get chances, and one thing is for certain – and this is no disrespect to Welling – but they are not Fisher Athletic. Fisher Athletic are full time. Welling are in a similar position to ourselves, being part time and they like us, they work hard signing players, and we’re under no illusions that Saturday’s game will be tough”

Mr Ricketts was asked for an update on the speculation regarding Craig Loxton’s transfer-listing:

As I’ve said in previous interviews with you Alan, it’s about balancing the books. If I’m totally honest with you would I really want to put Craig Loxton on the transfer list, and the answer is probably no. But what I can say is that Craig Loxton has not reached the heights this season as a player this season, as he did last season with the football club, and even when I watched Weston last season, Craig was one of those players who were one of the better players. But I’m above my budget and I’ve got corners accordingly. Clevedon Town have come in and offered to take Craig on loan but at this present moment in time I don’t think that’s right for us, and at the moment he (Craig) is still a Weston player. I admire his professionalism tonight, he’s played well. He, at times, has done the ‘ugly’ side of the game which at times has let him down so far this season, but he’s a good footballer which I’ve never doubted”

“With me it’s never personal it’s always about what’s best for the club. The release of Simon Heal, who was a good left-sided player, and you add Mike Whittington and Mike Taylor…..its never personal with me, it’s about the individuals. I don’t think you can run a Conference South club on 16 senior players and fill in with college players. We had a training match on Saturday, with a few of the college lads, and we mixed it up and they’ve come in and done very well, but we’ve already proved this season when we went through that bad spell – talking about young lads that have been released by pro-clubs – Mike Taylor from Bristol City, Mike Whittington from Cheltenham, Jason Burt, Harry Sherwood from Bristol Rovers and Yeovil respectively – there’s only so far you can go with these kids and I can always remember Sir Alex Ferguson saying “You won’t win anything by playing kids” – well, you won’t and you look at the average age of our side and we’re still fairly young and Craig Loxton is still a young player, learning his trade, and we’ll see where that ends up. At this present moment in time I’m very pleased with the way Craig has played tonight, and if he performs like that then he stays in the side”.

The interviewer paid credit to Gareth Hopkins who scored the equaliser tonight, scoring his first goal since the win at St Albans in late October.

“Yes, St Albans away was his last goal as you say. And at that game (St Albans) the ball has hit him and gone in the net! Its been a long time since Gareth has scored yes, but with his enthusiasm and appetite for the game, it was good tonight. I think that he needed a goal – Lewis Powell needs a goal too. Marc McGregor was disappointed not to start tonight, but you know, I tried to stick as near enough to the side that beat Hayes & Yeading – to be as loyal as I possibly could to the players who got us the three points that day – Gareth has done really well tonight and has worked his socks off. The harder you work the luckier you get”

271 - 05/02/2008

Purnell selected again for England Colleges Squad

The following players have been selected to represent England Colleges in a game against British Universities side :

Roland Agbor (Sutton Coldfield),Sam Allen (Warwickshire, Jonathan Ashfall (Sutton Coldfield, Gary Baker (Lancs and Morecambe) Travelling Reserve, Matthew Bell (Lancs and Morecambe), Sam Churchill (South Devon), Kieron Clarke & Michael Clark (Sutton Coldfield), Liam Conaghan (Leicester), Jordan Francis ( Sutton Coldfield), Sam Gorrie (Blackpool 6th Form), Lewis Henry (Queen Elizabeth 6th Form), Alex Kell (Queen Elizabeth) Non Travelling Reserve, Carl Lazenby (Yeovil), Oli Manoocherhi (Warwickshire), Luke Payne (Truro), Luke Purnell (Weston) , Ben Thompson (Chesterfield) Travelling Reserve, Adam Walker (Sutton Coldfield)

The game will be played on Wednesday 13th February at Barton Town FC, Lincolnshire. Kick off is 2.30 pm.

270 - 04/02/2008

Weston sign Mickey Bell

Weston today confirmed the signing of Defender Michael Bell. The Ex-Bristol City, Northampton and Wycombe player has been trianing with the club for sometime and has now put pen to paper. Mickey will go straight into the team for tonights game against Fisher Athletic.

269 - 02/02/2008

Seagulls to produce 60-page programme

Information just released that the Seagulls are to produce a 60 page match-day programme for their Blue Square South league match against Welling United on Saturday 9th February. This programme will feature a colour insert and the club hopes that the limited edition programme will sell well on the afternoon.

The normal size 50+ page programme will of course be on sale for Seagulls match against Fisher Athletic on Monday evening (4th February) – further details for which follow.

268 - 01/02/2008


Loxton on transfer list

Manager Tony Ricketts has informed the club website this morning that former skipper Craig loxton has been placed on the transfer list.

Additionally, Mike Taylor and Mike Whittington have been released. Jon Beswetherick is also likely to return to Salisbury City next week at the end of his loan spell.

The manager speaking to the website at breakfast time today said “It’s disappointing but this is purely for financial reasons; I’m still on the look out for a quick striker so the books have to be balanced”

Rand out for season

Craig Rand is likely to be out for the remainder of the season. Manager Tony Ricketts said this morning “Craig’s injury is not showing signs of improvement and it’s very likely he will be out for the remainder of the season”. “We are seeking medical advice on which way to go”.

267 - 31/01/2008

January Player of The Month

Voting is now open for the player of the month for January. You can vote in several ways, either via the contact page, Emailing Simon using or by seeing Simon in person at Mondays game. Voting will close on Monday night.

266 - 30/01/2008

Star FM 107.7 Breakfast show hosts special guests at Fisher game

Popular Breakfast show presenter Ian ‘Downsy’ Downs, and his early morning show accomplis producer ‘Ash’ will be special guests at the Woodspring Stadium on Monday evening, 4th February (kick off: 7.45pm). ‘Downsy’ (who amongst his other claims to fame is a member of the judging panel on the monthly ‘Weston Wags’ competition – along with Seagulls manager Tony Ricketts and Weston Mercury Deputy Editor, Jerard Hurst) will be entertaining the crowd with his humour and wise-cracks prior to Monday night’s game, and will no doubt be reminding the fans of the next ‘Seagulls Boardroom VIP matchday experience’ competition that is being broadcast live on his Breakfast show next Friday, 8th February.

Weston officials are expecting a sizeable crowd for the visit of London-docklands based Fisher Athletic. Athletic who finished in 10th position in last season’s final Nationwide Conference table, defeated the Seagulls 3-1 in Weston’s first away defeat of the season back in August, and are sure to be difficult opposition as they come to the Woodspring on the back of an excellent 1-0 victory at Bath City’s Twerton Park last weekend. They have now won their last six games on the trot, surging into joint sixth position just outside the Play-Off zone. Wesley Thomas (10) and Jeff Goulding (9) have scored 19 goals between them this term and are definitely looking as though they are an outside bet for the lucrative Play-Off positions.

265 - 30/01/2008


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262 - 27/01/2008

Interview with Mike Green

Mike Green was welcomed to the club, in this his first official interview with the club website since he joined the club six games ago. Mike was asked what particularly attracted him to Weston and what he thought about the club now he was settling in. Continuing, the interviewer asked how Mike felt about scoring last week against Hayes & Yeading United, prospects for the remainder of the season, and summing up, his obvious enjoyment to be part of a vibrant dressing room at the Woodspring Stadium!

“First of all it’s a league higher than what I was playing before I came here. I was at Bath City last year, I was playing every game and playing well, then I got injured (I had a problem with my back, which meant I was out for a few months), then I couldn’t get back into the side. I went back for pre-season but couldn’t get anywhere near it, so I went to Clevedon and thought I did well there, which is obviously where the manager (Tony Ricketts) came and saw me play, there wasn’t any thoughts about a move then at all really. I’d heard good things about Tony Ricketts, and good things about the club – it was a league higher and that was where I wanted to be; I’m an ambitious person and I want to play at the highest level I can”

“I’ve played 6 games here now, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a great set of lads here, we play good football. The New Year’s Day game (at Newport) was a bit different – I think it was my third game at that point, and I was starting to think ‘well, hang on a minute, what’s happening’ but I think we’ve bounced back quite well. I know there’s some people say about relegation but I don’t think there’s any chance of that whatsoever, there’s much than enough quality in and amongst the squad to stay out of the situation”

“I’ve never been an out and out goalscorer so any goal for me is a bit special! But to score last week, in a win and the first win since I’ve been at the club was just great for us. It was a great win for us, and it was just what we needed for morale and all the rest of it and to show people that we can win, and we can win comfortably”.

“We’ve got a great set of lads here, like I said earlier, everyone gets on well, everyone has a good crack and like you said as well, there’s no doubt about people’s ability. I mean its not as if it’s a really young side because you’ve got very experienced players here who’ve done a lot in their career….the likes of Andy Gurney and so on. Naturally I’m a right back but I’ve been playing midfield, and I’ve been playing with ‘Gurns’ and he’s certainly a bloke you can learn a lot from”

261 - 25/01/2008


Weston super Mare Football Club Youth academy goalkeeper has been called up by the British Colleges side to play against Australia. The match will take place at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium in early February (no date yet announced).

Seagulls Youth team coach Ryan Northmore said today “This is really good news for Luke Purnell and also really good news for the club and Weston Football Club. Luke embodies everything that we’re trying to build for the club and also the college”

260 - 25/01/2008

Weston Football Club WAGs Competition

It may only be the start of 2008, but Weston Football Club have already teamed up with the Weston Mercury (and Star FM 107.7) to prepare their WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends!) calendar for 2009.

The club, who celebrate their 60th Anniversary (on reformation) this year are to hold a monthly competition, which is open to not only to the wives and girlfriends of players at Weston Football but particularly to the club’s female supporters and wives and girlfriends of members of the public who follow the club. Weston Football Club have chosen the Weston Hospicecare Trust as their chosen charity for this great initiative and will split the proceeds from the sale of the calendars between raising funds for the club’s 60th Anniversary project and the Weston Hospicecare Trust.

The Weston Mercury are pleased to launch this great campaign this week! The official launch for the January competition (for which a special prize will be offered by Weston Football Club, together with a VIP boardroom afternoon at a match at the club’s Woodspring Stadium) will be published in next week’s Weston Mercury. The winner of each monthly competition will feature in the club’s special 2009 calendar.

We would ask that any husbands, partners, boyfriends of any ‘would be’ pin-up for next year’s calendar submit a photograph of their dearly beloved to this newspaper either by e-mailing via our website - or to the newspaper offices at:

The Weston & Somerset Mercury, 23 Waterloo Street, Weston super Mare BS23 1LW (marked ‘Weston Wags’)

Entries for the January competition should be submitted to the newspaper by Friday 1 February 2008

Girls who wish to submit their own photograph are of course welcome to do so!

Judges (pleased to be associated with this brilliant campaign) are Tony Ricketts (manager Weston super Mare Football Club); Jerard Hurst (Deputy Editor The Weston Mercury) and Ian Downs (Breakfast Show presenter Star FM 107.7).

Weston FC’s Communications Officer Alan Cooper, who has launched the idea (with thanks to the inspiration of the Mercury’s Editor Clare Hayes) says: “We’re delighted to launch this campaign and consider it can only be for the good of both the club and of course, the Weston public!! We hope that it will go down a storm with the public, and we’re also delighted to help raise funds for the Weston Hospicecare trust too. The monthly winners will be invited along to the club for a special photo-shoot with the players and will receive a top-prize and made to feel like a princess for the day!”

Weston manager Tony Ricketts said” I think anything that gets the community involved and creates a bit of interest in the press for the fans of Weston is good. There’s no bad publicity and I think it’s in the right direction. It’s a good initiative and we’ll support it as much as we can” – and not to be outdone, club captain Andy Gurney said “It’s a good cause, and I’m pleased to support the campaign. When the calendar comes out I hope the fans (and the public!) will buy it and raise a bit of money for towards the club’s 60th anniversary and of course Weston Hospicecare”

259 - 24/01/2008

Seagulls release Heal

Weston manager Tony Ricketts confirmed tonight that he has released defender/midfield player Simon Heal.

Heal who joined the Seagulls in pre-season from Haverfordwest County of the Welsh Premier League has not been able to command a regular place in Ricketts’ side this season but that didn’t stop the Weston manager from paying tribute to the player, saying “I am very sorry to have had to make the decision to release Simon, he is a good player and good to have in the dressing room, but I can’t afford to have a player like this sitting on the bench week after week. He has only played around 8 games for us this season, and I wanted to be fair to the league to allow him to go and find first team football elsewhere”. “He goes with my best wishes for the future and he will be an asset to a football club elsewhere but due to budgetary reasons I just couldn’t afford to keep him when I couldn’t play him regularly”

Heal’s move comes on the back of Mike Taylor’s loan move to Yate Town last weekend. Taylor was due to make his debut for the BGB Southern League Premier Division club last weekend, but as for Weston, Yate Town’s game at home to Banbury United was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

258 - 23/01/2008

Interview with manager Tony Ricketts

In this latest interview, manager Tony Ricketts gives his thoughts direct to the club website regarding Saturday’s postponement; his views on the next match, training and an update on Mickey Bell.

“We’re obviously very disappointed that today’s game was postponed. I always knew that it was in doubt but a referee was called in early this morning and passed the pitch fit, but I’m obviously not as disappointed as Eastbourne. They’ve obviously travelled four hours on a coach, to get here and be told that the game’s off. I don’t think its right, but that’s football I suppose. I think it should have been called off this morning, especially with the weather forecast as it was – in the end, the pitch was not playable, it would have been a farce. The ball didn’t bounce and in some patches the ball didn’t roll, so the match referee had no choice but in my opinion Mr Martin, the official that came in this morning should have called the game off…but that’s life, we’ve trained for just over an hour this afternoon. It was difficult as the training pitch had some water on it too, but we did some running and a bit of core work so it was a bright session really”

“I don’t know about at the moment about any re-arrangements but our next game at the moment is February 4th and that’s home to Fisher Athletic. We’ll train next week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and I’ll give the players Saturday off, so yes, we’ll train three times next week and we’ll have a look at the following week when we may know something more”

“Mickey Bell has trained with us last week, and yes he’s an option for us and we did say, prior to the Christmas period that he was signing for us. After another week’s training, we’ll have another look at the situation then”

257 - 23/01/2008

WEDDING EXHIBITION - Sunday 24th February 2008

We are once again holding the Wedding Exhibiiton here at the Club.

So if your getting married this year, then look no further, come to the Club for all your Wedding requirements.

Open to all from 10 - 4.

Please ring Marie on 01934 621618 for further details.

256 - 23/01/2008

POKER NIGHT - 27th January 2008

Come and join us on Sunday for an evening of Poker.


£10 per person

Maximum £250 Cash Prize


Please call 621618 for further details.

255 - 22/01/2008

Interview with Andy Gurney

In the first of three interviews following Saturday’s match postponement, club captain Andy Gurney was interviewed for the website. In this revealing and open interview, Andy tells the club website how it feels to be back at Weston; his thoughts on his suspension; how the team are doing – from his perspective; and lastly his thoughts (his former club) Havant & Waterlooville progressing to a dream FA Cup 4th Round tie against the mighty Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.

“Yeah - the pitch obviously was playable this morning but as the rain has come down all day, the referee felt that there was too much water on the pitch, and with it being forecast to have more rain, I suppose he made the right decision, although (looking outside) the rain seems to have stopped a little bit, so its one of those things that could have gone either way really but there’s nothing we can do about it, we just have to get on with it”

“I’m out for a couple of games now on suspension yes, but with our next two games up for re-arrangement due to Havant & Waterlooville and Braintree being involved in FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions, it may be a month or so before I’m back, which is obviously frustrating for me and a long time to be without a game, but you know, unfortunately you have to take these things!....but it’s very frustrating and it’s going to seem like a long time away”

“Yeah its been good, I’ve enjoyed it…it’s a shame we couldn’t have picked up a few more points but you know, apart from the Newport away game when we were nothing short of embarrassing really, apart from that, we could have got something from maybe any of those games. The Bath game here second half was disappointing, but apart from that game and a half really we competed with every team we’ve played against, we were unlucky not to get a result at Basingstoke, where we should have won; and Thurrock away the penalty decision deflated us a little bit, but frankly we should have been two or three up before that. You know, its not been too bad but it could be better and as the season goes on we can pick up a few more results in the coming weeks and try to get on a bit of a run now after that win last week”

“Yeah its brilliant connected with the club, especially the players. A lot of them probably haven’t played at many league grounds before so to go Anfield and play in front of 30-40,000 people will be fantastic for them and for any club at this level to get to the 4th Round of the FA cup is a tremendous achievement. Obviously, it’s going to make a lot of money for the club and stand them in good stead for a good few seasons I would imagine so I’m really pleased for all the staff and the players and they should have a fantastic day there – like I said it’s a great achievement for them”

“Yes I started the ball rolling with a goal in the FA Cup in the 3rd Qualifying Round I think it was, with a goal against Bognor Regis. We weren’t playing particularly well at the time, and then I scored the first goal and shortly after I hit the bar with a header, which one of the lads there followed up for the second goal which won us the game! you know, I played in the first few qualifying games and feel that I played my part in it a little bit. To get a result against Swansea, (and York City before that I think it was – and they were a league club not so long ago). They (Havant & Waterlooville) have got a lot of good players at the club and once that game’s out of the way (at Liverpool) they should be able to kick on and start climbing up the table, they’ve got a good side there this season”

253 - 21/01/2008

Seagull’s defender Barry McConnell features in one-to-interview in this week’s ’Non League Today’

Defender Barry McConnell features today’s edition (Sunday 20th January) of Non League Today national sports paper. The interview is conducted by Non League Today’s reporter Paul Collins, on page 21.

Stop Press: Club website interviews with manager Tony Ricketts, club captain Andy Gurney and recent signing Mike Green, will appear on the club’s official website very soon. It is intended to conduct interviews with Ryan Northmore, Marc McGregor, and indeed Barry McConnell, later this week specifically for

250 - 21/01/2008

Youth team Update

The Weston Youth Academy Youth game scheduled at Keynsham tomorrow evening (21st January) has been postponed owing to the bad weather. Re-arranged games are announced as follows:

Thu 7 Feb - Tiverton Town U18 v WsM U18 (League cup fixture)

Mon 25 Feb - Tiverton Town U18 v WsM U18 (League fixture)

254 - 21/01/2008

Bristol Rovers v Bristol City Called Off

Tonight’s match between Rovers and City Reserves has fallen foul of the weather and has regrettably been called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Woodspring Stadium.

251 - 21/01/2008

Weston super Mare Football Club WAGS competition and Club Calendar

The club are to launch a WAGs competition this coming week. The competition is being run for us by the Weston Mercury (assisted by Star FM 107.7) and we will also be publishing full details on the club website early this forthcoming week.

The competition will allow a lucky young lady (could be a Player’s/fans/member of staff’s wife/partner/friend) the opportunity to be ‘pin up of the month’ for our first ever calendar that we are intending to launch in January 2009. Proceeds form the sale of the calendar will be split 50/50 and go towards assistance with funding towards the club’s 60th anniversary project (which starts in earnest this close season) and the Weston Hospicecare Trust.

Weston manager Tony Ricketts said “I think anything that gets the community involved and creates a bit of interest in the press for the fans of Weston is good. There’s no bad publicity and I think it’s in the right direction. It’s a good initiative and we’ll support it as much as we can”

Seagulls captain Andy Gurney immediately got behind the idea saying : “It’s a good cause, and I’m pleased to support the campaign. When the calendar comes out I hope the fans (and the public!) will buy it and raise a bit of money for towards the club’s 60th anniversary and of course Weston Hospicecare”

252 - 21/01/2008

Seagulls announce End of Season Presentation Evening date

Weston FC are to hold their end of season Presentation Evening at the Woodspring Stadium on Thursday 24th April 2008 starting at 7PM. The awards evening is still in the planning stage, but it is likely that the evening will be hosted by a local celebrity. Tickets are likely to cost £4.50 which will include entertainment and a hot-fork buffet. Dress for the evening will be smart casual. Further details will be announced shortly.

The formal awards ceremony will follow the awards being made ‘on the pitch’ at Weston’s game with Basingstoke Town on Saturday 22nd April.

249 - 20/01/2008

Manager's Programme Notes

For the benefit of everybody, here are the manager’s notes from yesterday’s match-day programme, the match being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch:

“A warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Eastbourne Borough Football Club who come to the Woodspring Stadium on the back of a 13 game unbeaten run away from home, which shows the extent of our task today. Eastbourne Borough have been vying for the Play-Offs throughout the whole of the season and competed for the top position against Lewes, who defeated them over two games over the Christmas period, which was a slight set back for them.

We go into today’s game with confidence following our victory over Hayes & Yeading United – our first win in 10 games, and it’s quite funny how form changes; one result can change a lot of things. It’s quite easy to say that you’ve lost 10 games on the bounce but I look at the positive side of it, in that we have drawn 3 and 1 won of our last 7 games, so it shows that following a rocky patch, we’re starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I’m a realist and realise that one result doesn’t make a season but last weekend was quite significant for us and we need to build on that performance and move forward to move the club into a mid-table position, which will guarantee us Conference South football next season. Player arrival and player movement and quite mundane over the last week or so, in comparison to the past 3-4 weeks but we will have some more activity over the next few days; Mickey Bell has been training with us and although we announced our intentions before, Mickey is looking fitter and he will come into contention over the next few weeks and also there will be some player movement out of the club. Mike Taylor has gone to Yate Town and will play for them today and we’ll be looking at getting one or two of the younger players out on loan as well.

Today sees the first of Andy Gurney’s suspensions. Andy picked up 8 bookings whilst he was with Havant & Waterlooville, and he has picked up 2 bookings with us as well. He’s now on a 2 game ban (for 10 bookings) so he will not be playing today. Charlie Comyn-Platt comes back to the squad and injury. Charlie’s suspension coincided with an injury but he’s trained a couple of times this week and he will be in a contention for a place today. Jon Beswetherick is looking sharper – obviously the more games he plays the better he will become. Again, Jon is a loan signing who has another 2 weeks left for us. With his job commitments, we’ll be looking at this with Nic Holmes (the Salisbury manager) at the end of the month, but with Mickey Bell we have the ideal replacement. Ben Willshire comes back into the squad today, he’s been missing with a hamstring injury for 7 weeks now. He was probably fit enough to sit on the bench last week but I decided to give him an extra week’s recovery period but he’s now come back into the squad”

Our congratulations to Havant & Waterlooville Football Club and their manager Shaun Gale, and his staff, their board of directors and supporters for what can only be described as a fantastic victory over Swansea City in the FA Cup this week. Their tie at Liverpool will be a day to remember for everybody within the football club. I’ve got no doubts that Andy Gurney may have a tinge of regret, sadness even, but Andy’s experience has been vital for us over the last 6 games. We’re unaware as to when our last game will be, following Havant’s FA Cup progress and Braintree’s progress in the Trophy and it could be that our next game will be home against Fisher Athletic on Monday 4th February (against Fisher) but we will keep you all informed”

248 - 18/01/2008

Match referee calls match off

Weston’s match against Eastbourne Borough scheduled to be played today has finally succumbed to the appalling weather. An early inspection at 7:30am passed the pitch fit to be played, but after a constant down pour from 11:30am the game was finally called off at 1.30om by the Match Referee. Weston now has a break of 2 ½ weeks before they taken on Fisher Athletic at home on Monday 4th February 2008.

247 - 17/01/2008


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246 - 15/01/2008

Manager’s Post match analysis following 3-1 win against Hayes & Yeading United (Saturday 12th January 2008)

The manager was congratulated on his team’s fine win, excellent all round performance but the interviewer also pointed out that this was the Seagull’s first home win since beating Havant & Waterlooville on Monday 27th September:

TR: “Is it that long ago since we won a game at home!? Yeah, the result was the be all and end all today. We rode our luck at times; the first quarter of an hour/20 minutes – but then we scored three good goals and had a little back of luck when they hit the post! I’m pleased for the players – they dug in today, showed some character against a good Hayes & Yeading side, who play some nice, passing football. We had them watched and I knew that going forward they were a threat, in wide areas and also with their two lads up front, but I knew that with us playing three lads at the back we could exploit things to our advantage, which we did, so I was pleased even though we did ride our luck a little bit”

It was put to the manager that today’s performances by Craig Loxton and Dean Grubb were possibly the best performances by these particular players for some weeks:

TR: “I won’t single players out – I think it is wrong to do so. I think that Dean Grubb showed us today the tremendous potential he’s got and the most pleasing thing today is that with the ball he’s (Dean) a joy to watch but today, without the ball, he’s worked his socks off and that’s important. The team, from front to back, needs to defend together and when they need to, they attack together – so that’s pleasing. I thought that Curtis Ujah was immense today and he’s a good player …but like I said, it’s a team thing, we’ll take the plaudits today and have the pats on the back but you know, we have another tough game next week against Eastbourne Borough and we need to be at our best against them and we need to get a few more players back from the injury table”

The manager was asked to update the website on the current injury situation:

TR “It looks as though Craig Rand may be out for possibly another couple of weeks. He started training last Monday and had a reaction to his (groin) injury, so he’s had to slow up his training programme. We’ll be training on Tuesday and Thursday next week, so it will be a softly softly, gently gently approach with him. It’s most disappointing that we’re going to be without Craig for another couple of weeks – I know our best team, and we need a settled back four. Charlie (Comyn-Platt) has been out with an ankle injury (although he has had a 3-game ban following his sending off at Basingstoke) and believe it or not, Charlie doesn’t like football (he doesn’t!) – he doesn’t watch football on TV, he doesn’t enjoy football but let me tell you something, he is one hell of a player!!...and when he’s been in the side we’ve had good results. When he’s out of the side, results haven’t been so good…and at the end of the day; Charlie is as important as Craig Rand. With a defence of Rand, Ujah and Comyn-Platt we have centre-backs as good as any in the league – the three of ‘em!...but we haven’t been able to play them!”

“Andy Robertson has filled in at the back for us and I’m not being disrespectful to Andy as he would be first to admit, but he’s not a Conference South centre-half – as simple as that. Andy is a midfield player but we’ve played him at the back. Young Mike Taylor, another centre-half at the club – he’s been up and down, so we just need a settled side”.

The manager was asked about his new signing, the yet to feature James Palmer:

“Yeah, we’ve signed a lad called James Palmer. And yes, James was with me at Rovers. He had an 18-month contract there and he’s the son of my ex-colleague and best friend, Dave Palmer. He’s another young lad who is for the future. He broke his finger, playing with us in his first training session with the club…so you have been told about this Al! He’s back with us now and has started training, he’s a good lad!”

“We’ll see how training goes this week. I tried to keep the team today, and I talk about continuity and trying to keep the same side, and today I kept practically the same side as for Tuesday last (at Maidenhead). Simon Heal was left out today, which was a disappointment for him but he’s come back (as substitute) this afternoon and it was the right decision. Andy Gurney played well for us today in midfield, but he misses two games now, he’s picked up some bookings with us since he’s been back from Havant & Waterlooville (and had 8 bookings with them) and so he will be missing for the Eastbourne game. Whether he will be replaced by James Palmer; we’ll have to wait and see”.

Paying credit to the field of play and summing up his interview, the manager said:

“Our pitch played very well today considering the rain we’ve had for the last 48 hours. I’ve looked at the possibility of a friendly this week, but the clubs I’ve approached don’t want to play, so we will almost certainly have a couple of training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday to prepare for next Saturday’s game against Eastbourne. We have to keep our feet on the ground , we’re not out of the mire yet. I don’t talk about relegation but earlier on this season I did say something about play-offs and I’m bitterly disappointed in our run recently. We need to be strong mentally and physically and it’s the responsibility of the management team (and the players) to ensure that we maintain our Conference South status which has always been out plan this season …and to maintain our Conference South status is still my goal”.

245 - 15/01/2008

Weston FC launch monthly VIP Boardroom competition on Star FM 107.7 Breakfast Show

Weston FC launched their new monthly Boardroom competition live on local radio, Star FM 107.7 on Ian Down’s Breakfast Show last Friday morning, giving one lucky couple the opportunity to visit the Woodspring Stadium for the afternoon and sample full Boardroom hospitality and be ‘special guests’ for the day.

This weekend’s inaugural winners, Andy and Lisa Fairchild (and their three children) were given a tour of the stadium, met up with the manager and players before the game in the confines of the dressing room and physio room and were then able to watch Saturday’s game from the Director’s seating area. They completed their afternoon by being given the opportunity to name their man-of-the-match before presenting the post-match awards in the Board-room, and receiving their own momentoes of the day.

Mr Fairchild said “It’s been a fantastic afternoon, both my wife and I really enjoyed it. Weston Football Club have really looked after us, it’s been fantastic. And the result itself – it was brilliant to see Weston win, and a long overdue win - the team played really well and it was great to see that, and it was nice to hear some noise from the fans as well – a great day! My children have been looking eagerly at the fixtures and we will be back again very soon to support the team again”

“I think it’s a great competition and definitely worth having a go – my family have really enjoyed it and we’ve caught the bug – we’re real Seagulls fans now”!

The next phone-in competition is due to take place on Star FM 107.7’s Breakfast Show on Friday 8th February, with the opportunity for two listeners to win a matchday experience at the Woodspring Stadium.

244 - 14/01/2008

Weston super Mare FC to host Bristol Rovers v Bristol City – Football Combination Fixture – Monday 21st January 2008

The big ‘off-the-field’ football news emanating from the Weston super Mare Football Club this week is that the Woodspring Stadium is to host a top class Football Combination League match between none other than Bristol Rovers Reserves and Bristol City Reserves.

The match is to take place at the Woodspring Stadium next Monday (21st January) kick off: 7PM and gates will open at 6PM.

This is an ‘all pay’ match and prices of admission are as follows:

Adults £5.00

Concessions: £2.50

There are no advance tickets for this game, it will be all pay on the night.

Weston FC’s communication’s officer, Alan Cooper, explained: “We were contacted by Rovers today and asked if we would be interested in staging the fixture. ‘Rovers stadium (the Memorial Stadium) has got three games in four days next week, so it simply wasn’t possible for them to play a fourth match. We have an excellent rapport with ‘Rovers, and it’s great that they wanted to contact us for this high profile match. It is highly possible that both sides will be fielding some first team squad players so it should be quite a night for the Weston public as well as Rovers and City fans!”.

Weston Chairman Paul Bliss, said tonight; We are delighted and honoured that Bristol Rovers wanted to use our facilities for this match. It’s another step in our forging ahead with sustaining links with the community generally. I am very pleased”.

242 - 10/01/2008



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241 - 10/01/2008

Manager, Tony Ricketts comments following away match at Maidenhead United

Responding to a question on whether the match was a point won or two points dropped, Mr Ricketts said:

“We expected to win the game at Thurrock and we expected to win the game tonight, so it’s two points dropped, but it puts a bit of pressure on us to get three points at home against Hayes & Yeading on Saturday”. “We targeted seven points from three games and like I said, after losing three points at Thurrock, we needed a win tonight but didn’t get it. We probably had the best chance of the game with the best move of the game and young Lewis Powell has missed – but I’m not blaming him, it was good football, he’s got himself in the right place at the right time, he’s gone round the ‘keeper and pushed the ball wide of the goal so that was a little bit disappointing but in the end it’s probably a fair result on the day’s play but we could have even lost it…towards the end they had a good chance, right at the death, when Manny ran in and should have done better but ok, a draw was probably the right result on the night".

and the managers’ comments on the current injury situation that is affecting the playing squad

“I don’t want to bleat on about injuries but we had four players missing from the starting line up today – Charlie Comyn-Platt, Craig Rand, Ben Willshire and Aaron Willshire – all first choice players, and we lost Andy Gurney tonight (with a groin injury); Barry McConnell (who also got injured during the game), so we’re not getting a lot of luck on the injury front, but I don’t want to keep on about it, we’ve just got to get on with it – and when we get everybody back we’ll be a decent side but at this present moment in time we’re battling against a few injuries”.

It was suggested that the team defended very well tonight, what were the manager’s thoughts on this…

“Defending starts at the front; and Marc McGregor was causing them (Maidenhead) all sorts of problems up top, and managed to keep hold of the ball very well for us. And then whe we had Andy Gurney having go come off, we had to drop him (McGregor) back into the centre-half position so that didn’t help the rhythm of the team. We defended from front to back though today and kept our shape and we were disciplined and I was pleased to keep a clean sheet.”

240 - 08/01/2008

Match re-arrangement

The Seagull have re-arranged their home match with Fisher Athletic (postponed on 8th December due a waterlogged pitch). The match will now take place on Monday 4th February 2008 (kick off: 7.45PM).

239 - 07/01/2008

Interview with Manager – Tony Ricketts, 6th Jan 08

Speaking with manager Tony Ricketts on Sunday 6th January, Club Communications Officer Alan Cooper was able to get insights into the Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Thurrock and also the manager’s thoughts and hopes for the next two games. In this latest interview, the manager reveals some interesting thoughts and aspirations…

“We were bitterly disappointed with Saturday’s result as with went to Thurrock with full intentions of winning the game”.

“I had somebody watching them (Thurrock) when they were beaten by Bromley 8-1 over the Christmas period and we felt that if we could get behind their defence we would stand a good chance of coming back with the three points, so we played three up front (Grubb, Hopkins and Powell) with a view at getting at them”.

“We had a greater spell of possession during the first half and should have gone in at half time three goals up – and this wouldn’t have flattered us. We scored a half-decent goal through Lewis Powell, and then had a penalty given against us 10 minutes before half-time – which both the referee and linesman admitted that they had got wrong!....but you just have to get on with it, but a 1-0 lead at half-time for us would have been fair, and I feel that we could have gone on from that to win the game. We then conceded two silly second half goals. Marc McGregor had given away an unnecessary free-kick on the edge of the box and we should have done better with that, and then we’ve given away a third goal, with players not keeping their composure and diving in, and defending sloppily – so we were two further goals down inside 14 second half minutes. We’ve been without our first choice centre-back and we’ve had to reshuffle a bit, but as I’ve said, we have to get on with it. McGregor pulled a goal back for us and we had chances to at least draw level but didn’t take them.”

“We’ve now taken 2 points from the last 27, and yes, I myself am under pressure and I have let the boys know…..”

“I’ve split the season into 4 tens and we’ve taken just 2 points from the last 30 (depending on what happens at Maidenhead on Tuesday night of course). We set ourselves a target of 14 points from 10 games and we have got just 2 and from them. The next cycle of 10 games are go to be a battle because we need points from these to ensure that we stay up and we have got to work hard at it, it’s as simple as that”

“I don’t think that we are that far being a good side, but it is up to us to prove that to ourselves with some good performances”.

“I’m a good coach and a good manager and, and a good manager puts pressure on himself to produce results and what we have achieved over the last 9/10 games has simply not been good enough but you learn more in losing than you do in winning”.

“The task ahead doesn’t faze me; you have to keep working hard and stick to your beliefs. The players understand the seriousness of the situation, and if we can stick three or four wins together over the next five or six games then we will be back up there to mid-table again, which if you remember, was our aim at the beginning of the season”.

“I’d love to pick the same side two weeks running but injuries have not been favourable to ourselves, we’ve not had a settled side and we had to chop and change”.

“Craig Rand returned to training on Tuesday but suffered a slight reaction on Saturday. Both he and Ben Willshire are in a stand-off situation and probably both are two weeks away from playing any football”

“Jon Beswetherick (who I’ve brought in on loan from Salisbury City) is a quality left sided player and will help us a lot during his month’s loan-term with us, but it’s a short term fix – although chances are that Nic Holmes (Salisbury City’s manager) may extend his loan spell. Jon is just 29 years of age and has a fair bit of experience, and has played at Bristol Rovers”. “As for Mickey Bell, he is not yet match fit but he’s trained with us a couple of times and I’m keeping tabs on all this”.

“I’m expecting that there will be player movement (out from the football club) this week, we are over-budget and we have to balance the books. I’m not prepared to name names at the moment, but some players will be moving on either on transfer or on loan, and I’ll say more about this in midweek”.

”We are continuing our search though for a striker with pace and I enquired about Marvin Brown (at Salisbury City) last week. I spoke with Nic Holmes (Salisbury City’s manager) at length but Marvin is very much in his plans and he scored the winner for them at Weymouth during the Christmas period and that’s the end of that story. We are chasing a quick, strong front man though – someone who can get in behind defences…..”

“I’ve also looked at Kard Mohammed (at Swindon Town) who was with us briefly in pre-season, but Dave Byrne and Adi Williams have got him into the Swindon side…..I’ve also looked at Liam Feeney (also from Salisbury) but he too was very much part of his manager’s plans…..I expect there will be a lot of player movement within the Conference as part of the January window though. Lewis Powell deserves a mention….of the last five games he’s started he has scored three times and he’s done well. Politics was the only reason he left Swansea City and as I’ve said before, he not yet the finished article…..we can’t rely on 18/19 year olds to turn the situation around. We also can’t hide behind ‘being too good to go down’, two points from twenty-seven speaks for itself and it’s not good enough at the moment”

“We had a great start….raising everybody’s expectations but we lack a bit of quality at the moment….Ryan Harley vision and Ashan Holgate’s presence – to name but two! We have experience in the team though (the likes of Barry McConnell, Marc McGregor, Andy Gurney, Ryan Northmore) and the experienced players have got to come up with the goods…..we just need to stick together and believe in what we are doing. We are not playing as much football as we were and we have a lack of confidence and we need to play the sort of football we did at the start of the season”.

“We’ve got 24 points at the half-way stage and if we can get another 24 points (from the second half of the season) then we are still up….but if we play as we can play we will be ok….but we will not be relegated”

“In summary though to yesterday’s game, there were two mediocre teams out there and I’m disappointed, we should have won and I expected to win this game. For this game, Maidenhead (Tuesdau) and Hayes & Yeading (on Saturday) we targeted 7 points from 9 and now we can’t hit the seven points which is a major disappointment”.

“One of our supporters said to me on Saturday that we have got 21 cup-finals between now and the end of the season and that’s how we’ve got to approach it”.

238 - 07/01/2008

Interview with Team captain, Andy Gurney, before the Thurrock game on Saturday.

“It’s good to be back at Weston super Mare Football Club – I’m enjoying being back and will hopefully be playing my part in turning things around for the club”.

“The travelling to and from Havant & Waterlooville to be honest was getting a bit much and I came to an agreement with them (Havant & Waterlooville) so I could be released from my contract. Weston expressed an interest and it went from there really. I met up with the manager and was impressed with what he had so say, and he wanted me back as captain and I’m pleased to be back”.

“We have a big battle on our hands now to be honest, after our results over Christmas, and starting on Saturday (5th January) we need to put things right. We need 11 captains out there – not just me- and we need to look at getting four points from our next two games at Thurrock and Maidenhead respectively, as well as three points from our next home game (with Hayes & Yeading) on Saturday (12th January)”.

237 - 04/01/2008

Weston sign Beswetherick on loan

Weston-super-Mare manager Tony Ricketts has again been busy in the transfer market this week. Weston signed defender John Beswetherick on a 1 month loan from Salisbury City. The Liverpudlian started his career at Plymouth Argyle in 1996, But has appeared for Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town, Macclesfield and Bristol Rovers to name just a few league clubs.

John will go straight into the team for Tomorrow's game away at Thurrock.

234 - 03/01/2008

Weston super Mare vs Newport County, Managers post-match comments

“I think that 2-2 in the end was a fair result. It was a typical local derby, full of endeavour, full of commitment from both sides, and I was pleased with the way we set about our task in terms of….if we look at the Hampton & Richmond game which was very, very disappointing, we’ve obviously freshened the squad up – you’ve already mentioned that we’ve brought in five new players in, I’m not a ‘chopper and changer’, I think that successful sides are sides that keep a nucleus of players together, and rely on those players to see you through – with one or two additions if needs be – but after the Hampton & Richmond game we decided that we needed to bring some fresh impetus into the squad”

“We started really, really well early on in the season and probably over-achieved so expectations from the supporters, management and officials of the football club are raised and Chris Smith, Alan Pridham and myself decided that we needed to bring in some players, so Aaron Legister has come in from Cheltenham and Sosthene Yao has come in from Cheltenham as well. Sos gives us pace and Aaron is a left sided player with a quality left foot. We’ve been very fortunate to recruit Andy Gurney from Havant & Waterlooville who gives us that bit of experience we’ve been missing since Billy Clark left us, and we’ve already signed Curtis Ujah from Yeovil. Curtis was released by Yeovil, and has played at Reading. I think that he’s been immense in the two games that he’s played for us and also with the injuries to Barry McConnell and Ben Willshire, we’ve taken Michael Green from Clevedon. Again, Mike’s a 21-year old and he’s had a tremendous debut today, and I’m very pleased with him”

“But the game itself, yes, I thought we were the better side. We conceded in the second minute, early doors, and we should have stopped the cross coming in, and when the cross did come in, the lad Craig Hughes had a great first touch, and a good finish, but we responded straight away and scored from a set play – a corner, and from the second phase of that set play Andy Robertson’s managed to smash it home from 12 yards so that was pleasing; and then the free kick before half time by our ‘skipper Andy Gurney – no goalkeeper in the world would have saved that, it went over the wall quite quickly and its hit the inside of the post and gone in. If that goal was scored by a Premiership player, it would be shown on the TV time and time again…so, I was very pleased go in at half time 2-1 up”

“The game changed a little bit in the second half when they brought on Jermaine Clarke and Julian Allsop, two big lads, they pushed up front, they ‘boshed it’ – played forward early; we panicked a little bit, played too deep – we just kept giving the ball back to them, for them to lump it forward again and obviously they got their rewards when Simon Heal probably should have done better with a clearance and the ball’s dropped to Julian Allsop who’s made no mistake from 12 yards. At that point in the game it could have been quite easy for us to fold and go under but we showed some character, commitment and desire to hang in their, and Newport as I said earlier were the better side second half and we weathered the storm and had a little bit of possession ourselves. And then, the penalty decision with five minutes to go was so bizarre it’s absolutely untrue. Simon Heal….the ball has hit his arm, with his hands down by his side and referee has given a penalty from 30 yards away when the linesman is 10 yards away and not signalled anything. I think that the referee’s interpretation is that players must try and stop crosses with their hands behind their backs, as it was never ever in a million years a penalty. I’ve seen it on film, and it’s an absolute (I’m not going to say disgrace as that was too strong a word), but it was a tragedy if Newport had gone on to win the game from a decision like that”.

“Mr Crouch (referee) today for me was inconsistent throughout. I don’t want to get into trouble for sorting out officials, but whether he got swayed by the Newport supporters or whatever, but people have got to start giving Weston super Mare Football Club the respect they deserve….you know, we’re a family club who are trying to make our way, and we’re no different from any other club and we’ve had too many decisions go against us at Woodspring Stadium for it to be much of a coincidence, and all I’m saying is to treat us the same as our opponents, whether we’re home or away, that’s all I ask and some of his (Mr Crouch) decisions today – players he’s booked and players that we lucky to stay on the field – from both sides – although it wasn’t a dirty game, it was a committed game….I’m astounded”

Asked to give his opinions on the two disallowed goals for Weston, Mr Ricketts said:

“Well the first goal in the first half by Gareth Hopkins, from where I was stood, he looked offside, he looked way offside. The second goal, that was scored by Curtis (Ujah) from a set-play again, nowhere in this world is he offside. He can’t be offside from a corner, and he (the referee) has given a foul on the ‘keeper, and Craig Loxton is adamant that he’s not touched the ‘keeper and on the DVD it looks a good goal, and we’re bitterly disappointed with that, as to go 3-1 up and that stage of the game, that’s a game-winning situation”

“I’m really pleased with our commitment, attitude and desire as I keep saying but to put it in context, Newport – three times our wage bill ? – and we’ve come out and given them a good game, and what it does do, it sets up….we’ve probably made them angry – it sets up for a good game – following the Bath City game on the 29th - it sets it up for New Year’s Day when we’ve got to go to Newport and perform again and so we’ll see what happens down there; Newport are a good side mind you, don’t get me wrong, they’re a good side, they will be there or thereabouts in the shake-up but today, I think one or two things went against us. I’m not saying that we deserved to win the game, we probably didn’t ….but with the second goal we had disallowed and the penalty decision we had given against us towards the end, I wasn’t happy with either of those, I was not happy”

Responding to a question regarding either Aaron Ledgister or Sosthene Yao being a permanent fixture at the Woodspring, Mr Ricketts responded:

“Both Aaron Legister and Sosthene Yao are on loan from Cheltenham Town. Aaron’s loan period ends in two weeks, and Sos’s ends in three weeks – they’re both young lads and both on two-year deals at Cheltenham Town and I see their long term future back at Cheltenham Town. Whether we extend their loan-term period will be down to Keith Downing and Bob Bloomer at Cheltenham Town, they were good enough to lend them to us, and we’ll wait and see on that front”

“Curtis is a different kettle of fish. I think he will definitely go back into the league at some stage. I know that he’s enjoying his football with us at this present moment in time; you know, we’re looking at tying his tenure up with us until something better comes along (for him)”

On new signing from Clevedon Town, Mike Green’s debut, the manager said:

“Well yes, we’ve tried to get Mike Green in the summer. He was with Bath City and we thought that he might not get into the Bath City first team – which was the case – and he went on loan to Clevedon Town. Bath City ended up cancelling his registration and obviously we’ve taken him from Clevedon Town. I know that Clevedon aren’t happy about it, but you know its football, and the lad wants to play at a higher standard and I think he will be a good acquisition to us. He can play midfield, and at the back, so if we’re looking at him playing where he’s played today, we’ve got Barry McConnell and Ben Willshire, who are both in my opinion, good footballers with different strengths and I think that Mike Green adds something else to our squad as well, so we’ll see how it goes”

Responding to a question on the size of the current playing squad (22 players) the manager said:

“We’ve got 22 players in the squad, and yes, we’re over budget. We were well within budget once Ashan (Holgate) and Ryan (Harley) moved on, but I needed cover and we needed players for the Christmas period, four games in ten days and that’s what we’ve done. We may have to look at it in the New Year; to sit down with the Chairman and decide where we’re going, but you know, competition for places has brought improved performances in our last two games – Basingstoke and Newport. I like competition for places. When we did well earlier on in the season, we had competition for places, but you know with budget restrictions etc………

….but lets get these next two games out of the way. I can’t keep 22 players happy, within a squad. You can only keep this number of players happy if you’ve got a reserve side and playing on a regular basis. We thought about changing a few around today, which we didn’t do, but we’ll be changing a few around for the Bath City game – they’ll be one of two that will be rested and they’ll be one or two who will come in and it will be they’re chance. Like I said to the players today….we’ve got 22 players, and it’ down to you to make it difficult for me to leave you out and the players have responded magnificently over the past two games…exactly as everybody at Weston super Mare Football Club wants”

The Manager was also asked for an update the Mickey Bell situation:

“Yeah…..Mickey’s training over the Christmas period and he’s signed of us, and we’ll just monitor his fitness. His left foot is a wand! Simon Heal and Ben Willshire have both done ok at left back and it’ that natural left sided thing that Aaron Ledgister gives us but we’ve not had a natural left back all season. I commented on Andy Gurney’s experience and his vocal leadership. Mickey Bell can do the same for us”

236 - 03/01/2008

Newport County vs. Weston super Mare, Tuesday 1st January 2008

Quote from WsM FC Chairman , Paul Bliss

“Very disappointed, and we’ll look forward to the next match….I’m going to go home and forget about it …..I’m sure we’re going to be better next time round”

Manager’s post-match comments

“I’m not disappointed –I’m embarrassed…….if I’m perfectly honest, on a football field I’ve been embarrassed three or four times as a player with my own performance and as a manager and a coach, probably three or four times as well, and I’m afraid today was one of those occasions, and all I can do is apologise to the supporters and the officials of the football club because today we let them down. I say we….the coaching staff, and the players let the club down today”

“We got beat today by a very good Newport side. We knew it was always going to be difficult – I think that Newport (as I said in my programme notes) will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, but you just cannot give them (Newport) the time and space to play which we did today”

…and also, we didn’t keep the football….we talk about retaining possession, but you’ve got to want the football if you’re going to play and we just gave the ball away and ended up defending for 90 minutes. Yeah, we had three or four half chances, good shots but in all honesty it could have been eight or nine for them today”.

Asked “where do we go from here” – difficult games ahead at Thurrock on Saturday followed by Maidenhead away on Tuesday:

“You turn round and one minute you’re talking ‘Play Offs’ and next minute everybody’s ‘doom and gloom’ and thinking, ‘oh dear, relegation’! Well…my brief this year was to keep us in the Conference South and I’ve no doubts that we’ll do it, but we’re under achieving, but you know but we …, I haven’t, and I say ‘I’, we miss Ryan Harley, we miss Ashan Holgate and we miss them for than I could have believed to be perfectly honest, and yes, we have missed those two lads, we’re not half the side without them….

“The young lads that have come in, yes, we’re a young side and people must understand how young we are. There are not many Conference South sides that have six or seven Under-20 year olds starting in their team, and these lads have got to have time to develop and learn the game, but obviously we can’t afford too many more performances like that and defeats like that”.

“We’re training on Thursday ……and when you’re up against it you’ve got to work even harder. We’ll work hard …, Chris, and Alan (Pridham)…and the players will work hard”.

Views of Newport County manager - Peter Beadle

“I think Weston were a bit unlucky and caught us on one of our better days. I think we’ve threatened for a while to score goals like we did today and if we had scored maybe a couple more I don’t think there could have been any complaints, but which is credit to my boys because they prepared properly …because New Year’s Eve is a temptation…..and I’m not saying that Weston didn’t, but I just think that we had one of those days when everything went well for us”

“And obviously, scoring and getting that early goal and Curtis (Ujah) getting injured and coming off was a big blow for Weston….but we made the most of it, which we’ve been asking and demanding the players to do and so for us, as a home club, I thought we played exceptionally well and scored some very good goals”

“We said last year that we wanted to progress. We managed to stay up the previous year when I first came in, we progressed on from that last year, and just missed out at the very end and we had a very good season in the FA Cup and the FAW Cup and obviously missed out on the Play-Offs on the last day of the season, so we made progress and that’s what I want to keep doing this year. If we keep on moving forward and we keep progressing which means being better than we were last year we’re going to hopefully be in the Play Offs at the very least and that’s what we’ve got to be aiming for”.

“I’m not a manager that likes to just take part – if you’re going to just take part, there’s no point in being here, we need to be ambitious”. “We need to set our stall out, which is to progress and progression for us now would be very minimum the Play Offs, and I want to win it. I’m a selfish man and I want to win the league the league, but sometimes that is a big ask because there’s 22 teams in this league, 24 even!.....and there’s some very good sides here, and throughout the year things even themselves up but I’m hopeful that we’ll be pretty close to where I think we could be at the end”

Asked to give his views on Weston, Peter Beadle said:

“I think that Weston have had a fantastic start, but I think they are having a little bit of a blip at the moment and Christmas is always a tough period, not just for Weston or for us but for every team. Three games in a week for the lads that are part-time and that’s hard going on players, even for the league players it’s hard – for the full time players. You’ve got two good coaches there, you’ve got lots of spirit there and coaching staff and a manager there who wants to achieve and who wants to do things the right way. He’s bringing in lots of young, good talent, things looked to be on the rosy side for them….as I said, I’m sure at the moment it’s just a blip….I went to watch them at Basingstoke and they played extremely well against a team who are also in the top ten in the table. I think that this game and their game against Bath on Saturday was also probably just a blip for them but the coaching staff and the players, once they get their players back from injury, they’re going to be a competitive team in this Division and I’m sure that’s what the Weston fan’s want, a competitive team, that’s going to be competing week in, week out and obviously fighting for their place in the top five in the league”

235 - 03/01/2008

Manager’s general comments following match with Bath City

Asked for his thoughts on his continued search for a striker, Mr Ricketts said”

“The player I’ve been tracking is Alex Meacham (who had been playing for York City) - and was a proven goalscorer. He has now been released by York City and has signed for Stalybridge Celtic. He lives in Liverpool and obviously the travelling was a killer, he has a young family and has decided to stay in the North due to his family reasons, which we must all appreciate”

“We have made an enquiry regarding a striker at Yeovil Town, but he has now gone on loan to Weymouth (starting Monday) and so that is another one that is dead in the water. The two boys from Cheltenham (Aaron Ledgister and Sosthene Yao) will probably go back to Cheltenham in the New Year, and I’m continuing to look at all possible options – all the time”.

Was Tony Ricketts pleased with the performances of his two loanees from Cheltenham Town?

“Am I pleased? Very patchy – both of them. We had both of them out there playing today. ‘Ledgy’ (Aaron Ledgsiter) gives us that natural left hand side but I think that both of them need to be more positive with the ball, they’re young lads – still learning and they’ve had a baptism of fire really. ‘Ledgy’ was involved at Hampton & Richmond, and then both of them have been involved against the likes of Basingstoke, Newport, Bath City….and it doesn’t come much tougher”

“I don’t care what anybody says, Youth team football, Reserve team football, then you come into the Conference South it’s a bit of an eye opener. As I said to Radio Bristol today (earlier), we’ve probably got the youngest squad in the league and some of these boys are learning but not learning quick enough. They’ve both done ok but I think there’s more in the locker from both of them”

Asked for a ‘look forward’ to our games against the likes of Newport County, Thurrock and Maidenhead and the prompted that this may be an opportunity to pick up points on the road, Mr Ricketts responded:

“Yeah you’re probably right….we’ve looked at Hayes & Yeading, and they’ve gone on to take up a position in the top half of the table now. Thurrock got a good hiding from Bromley on Boxing Day…but there’s no easy games in the Conference South, you’ve got to be at your best…and you’ve got to have the commitment and the attitude because you can’t win football games without those attributes”.

233 - 15/12/2007

Weston super Mare FC Manager’s update – 15 December 2007

Weston super Mare Football Club manager Tony Ricketts, speaking to the club website today Saturday 15th December 2007 said:

“We took a side to Cirencester Town (of the BGB Southern League) last night (Friday 14th December) in what was a friendly/training match, due to us not having a game today. It was a good exercise in terms of fitness….but we had six of the lads missing; Craig Rand, Andy Robertson, Barry McConnell, Marc McGregor and Aaron Wilson”.

“The result (we lost 1-0) was a little disappointing – we had chances and we should have done better, but overall defences for both teams were on top for the greater part of the game. On the positive front though, I was able to have a good look at Aaron Ledgister (our loan signing from Cheltenham) who played for a full 90-minutes and he looked good. Last night’s match also gave me an opportunity to look at a few of our fringe players, both Jason Burt and Harry Sherwood played and I was also able to look at a triallist, Dan Bulley (who has been on the books of Plymouth Argyle; he also played for Kettering Town in the Conference North last season). We were also supplemented by youth team players, Dave Thorne, Sam Johnson and Mark Armstrong who all got a little bit of the game. I would also like to extend my thanks to Cirencester Town who looked after us and treated us very well”.

“Our new signing, centre-back Curtis Ujah (from Yeovil) was impressive, he was strong and produced the sort of performance we need at this level, and I was very pleased with him. He will be a good player for us, he is still very young and is still learning his trade, and will be an asset to us as long as he remains with us, although as I have said before, I think he will use Weston super Mare Football Club as a stepping-stone to get back into the Football League”.

“On the player front, I am still looking at bringing in new players, but I can only bring in two short-term loan players – one of which is Aaron Ledgister of course. I will be speaking to Cheltenham Town again this week regarding Sosthene Yao, and will see what can be done.

“We have been having talks with both Andy Gurney (former Swindon Town and now with Havant & Waterlooville) who was with us for a short while last season and also to former Bristol City player Mickey Bell. The situation with Andy (Gurney) is that he wants to come to us and we want to sign him but we cannot agree on financial terms at the moment, which is a major stumbling block. Regarding Mickey (Bell) - he is another player I definitely want to sign - he is only 34 and is such a good footballer, he can probably player anywhere on the park! As we all know, Mickey was at Bristol City for a long time and built up a formidable reputation there. He has been at Cheltenham Town for the past couple of seasons though. He has been training as a plumber for the past 6-weeks, and now he has completed that course he has resumed his football training. He’s now training with us (having been training with Exeter City before), and he will continue to train with us and I will monitor the situation with Mickey very closely. Both he (Mickey) and Andy are exactly the sort of players I want to bring in to help the good crop of youngsters that we already have at the club”

“I’m leaving no stone unturned on the player front; and we have further put seven-days in for Clevedon Town defender Mike Green. Last weekend we (Chris Smith and I) were at Camarthen Town watching a player and today I shall be at Mangotsfield (v. Yate) and Chris will be at Swindon Supermarine (v. Chippenham Town)”

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231 - 12/12/2007

Children's Fun day - Thursday 20th December

A day of quality football coaching that is delivered by UEFA accredited football coach, Ryan Northmore.

For Children between the ages 5—12 years old.

£15 per child

8.45am - 3pm

For more information and to secure your place, call 01934 621618.

230 - 10/12/2007

Manager’s programme notes – Saturday 8th December 2007

Fisher Athletic have already beaten us 3-1 in our third game this season and I thought that they were a very confident footballing side. Today’s encounter will be a difficult game for us as we strive to change our recent run of form.

Injuries to Craig Rand, Ben Willshire, Andy Robertson, Aaron Wilson and Charlie Comyn-Platt together with the loss of Ashan Holgate to Eastleigh and Ryan Harley to Exeter City leaves our squad decimated for today’s game. Ashan Holgate and Ryan Harley have left our club for personal reasons and full time football reasons respectively. We would like to thank them for their contribution to Weston super Mare Football Club and we wish both players success with their new clubs, and they will always be welcome back at the Woodspring Stadium. The loss of these players and a run of only one win in six games after an above average start to the season is disappointing and it is my job as manager to replace these players and we are keenly scouring the player market for new additions to our squad. Players we bring in need to have greater footballing experience than the players we have with us at the moment. We are a very young squad and with the loss of Billy Clark and Matty Hale over six weeks ago, their experience has not been replaced.

I hope to have signings in place before today’s game but if this is not possible signings will be introduced in the very near future. The young players we have this season will benefit greatly from what we are going through in this presence moment in time and Weston super Mare Football Club will benefit from their experience in the long term.

Today we welcome Aaron Ledgister for his home debut. Aaron is a player I have admired for a long time; we tried to sign him in the summer when he was released by Bristol City but he went on to sign a professional contract at Cheltenham Town Football Club. This loan agreement will allow Aaron to play games in a bid to go back to Cheltenham Town and push for a first team place. Aaron gives us that left sided balance that we have missed for most of the season and I think he will become a fans favourite in the short space of time he is with us. My personal thanks to Keith Downing (Cheltenham’s manager) and to Bob Bloomer (their Assistant Manager) for all their help with Aaron’s loan signing.

228 - 08/12/2007

Manager's Comments, after Fisher game called off.

I’m disappointed in some respects that the game was called off today (Saturday)- but pleased in others. I’m disappointed because it doesn’t give the players the opportunity to get the 5-1 defeat at Hampton (last weekend) out of their system.

In all fairness though, our squad was decimated today with several injuries so it will give the guys the chance to rest up and give them time to get over their injuries and give us (as a team) the opportunity to do some serious work on the training ground.

We are having talks with several players – and this has been ongoing for the past seven days. Hopefully we will have some additions to the squad for our next game, at Basingstoke on the 22nd. These players will be players proven at this level, with football league experience, who can help pass on their knowledge to the good crop of youngsters we already have.

We have signed Curtis Ujah from Yeovil Town just before the weekend. Curtis is a nice lad and a good footballer – the old fashioned type of no nonsense defender. He was with Cheltenham Town as a youngster, and has had loan spells at Crawley Town and Slough Town. I’m very pleased that he has joined us and that we’ve got him for the Christmas period, he knows the level of football in this league and he will be a very good acquisition for us. I think however he will use us as a stepping stone to get back into the Football League..

As regards Sosthene Yao (from Cheltenham Town), I hope to be able to tie up the loan deal for him before we go to Basingstoke for our next match on the 22nd.

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224 - 07/12/2007

Weston super Mare Football Club – Official Press Release – Fri 7 Dec 07

Weston manager Tony Ricketts speaking to the club website, this lunchtime said:

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s match against Fisher Athletic although we are all fully aware that it’s going to be a difficult game; Fisher are a confident totalling side and beat us fair and square at their place earlier this season”.

“We currently have injury doubts regarding Craig Rand, Ben Willshire, Andy Robertson, Aaron Wilson and Charlie Comyn-Platt, so I will have to look at that”

“Regarding the loan signing of Sosthene Yao (from Cheltenham Town) – this has been put on hold for the moment as it’s a short term loan – as, with the doubt over tomorrow’s game (due to weather conditions/and the pitch etc) and us not having a game next week, I thought it best to postpone his loan signing to us but this will be resurrected when we can offer him a run of games, which will be beneficial to both ourselves and of course Cheltenham Town”.

Regarding the Club Family Day originally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 8th December, Communications Officer, Alan Cooper, added:

“We have had to postpone the Club Family Day that was scheduled to take place tomorrow due to the weather conditions at the moment. We simply could not stage such an event, with the performers and entertainers getting absolutely soaked; so we have seen common sense and will re-schedule the Family Day for the early Spring, and hopefully will be able to arrange another Family Day for March next year. We will make a further announcement regarding this, nearer to the proposed date”.

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223 - 06/12/2007


The club have had to cancel this weekend's Family Fun Day, due to the Weather. Although the game still goes ahead, at this point. The Club hope to re-arrange the Fun day for sometime in the Spring.

219 - 03/12/2007

Manager’s post-match comments to Website following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Hampton & Richmond Borough:

Saturday's performance was dismal from front to back – three of their (Hampton & Richmond) goals were scored in a five minute period in the second half, all of which were basic schoolboy errors”

“The players and I have had a long heart to heart. The way we are conceding goals has got to stop and we have to improve our defending both as a team and as a unit!

“On the positive front, Aaron Ledgister worked his socks off and we scored our goal from a good set-play that we’ve been working on in training. Unfortunately though Craig (Rand) has tweaked his groin and may well be out now for a few weeks – which is disappointing. Charlie (Comyn-Platt) who didn’t play yesterday, will hopefully have recovered from his injury this week and should be in the line-up against Fisher Athletic next Saturday”

“We really need to tighten things up and I’ll be looking at bringing in a couple of players over the next few days. We are a good side when we work hard and we created two or three good chances for ourselves yesterday which really should have been converted but the overall performance simply wasn’t good enough”

216 - 01/12/2007

Interview with manager Tony Ricketts

Manager Tony Ricketts reflects on a positive night’s training and looks forward to the match against Hampton & Richmond on Saturday 1st December 2007:

“It’s nice to see you at training Al, on a Thursday night! –makes a change!”

“It was bright a breezy tonight; Charlie (Comyn-Platt) has still got a slight strain to his back – but we’ll look at him for Saturday, Simon Heal looks ok, and he’ll come back to the frame for Saturday. Barry McConnell has got over his illness and he trained as well so we’ve got a bit more depth to the squad than we had last week. Gareth Hopkins is obviously back too, so that’s good. Our new signing Aaron Ledgister (loan signing from Cheltenham) trained with us tonight also, and looks half-decent – which we always knew anyway. We tried to sign him pre-season as you know, but he’s got a two-year contract at Cheltenham and he’ll make a bit of difference to us and give us a natural balance on the left hand side. Aaron (Wilson) has played out there for us and done reasonably well; I don’t see Aaron’s long term position as being wide left; more central midfield or wide right”

“As for the game on Saturday (at Hampton at Richmond), yes, they’re a good side; we’re going to need to be at our best and if we are at our best I think that we’re capable of winning the game but although I keep saying it, we will need to be more solid at the back and not make silly mistakes that are costing us goals. We’ve looked at the DVD from last weekend, and all four goals we conceded are shockers – mistakes and that is something we’ve got to put right, and that’s what we need to do if we’re going to be successful – we can’t go through the season conceding goals like that.”

“We need to concentrate on the league because we’re out of all the cup competitions, which is a bitter disappointment for me, the supporters and all at the football club and it’s about time we gained three points in the league. We’ve got three big games coming up: Hampton, Fisher and Basingstoke and it’s three games we’re capable of winning and we need to pick some points up”

“We’ve not given the fans much to cheer about of late; a few games ago we went over the 300 attendance mark (330 which I think was our biggest home game of the season) but since then I don’t think we’ve picked up a home point, so we haven’t given those who pay their money to come through the gates much to cheer about, but our next home game (with the Family Day) on 8th December, will be an entertaining day; there’s things going on during the day and at half time, and we’re trying to play good football and it will be an entertaining game anyway, I don’t think there’s been a dull game at the Woodspring this season. I’m absolutely amazed that the people who do come and support us – the few that travel away – they don’t give us any stick and their support is valued, the more people than turn up the more it benefits the football club. We want to get the community of Weston super Mare involved with the football club; it’s very important to us”

217 - 01/12/2007

A quick chat with new signing Aaron Ledgister

“I was told by Cheltenham Town on the last day of the loan authorisations that Weston were interested in signing me on loan. The Cheltenham manager told me on the spot that I was wanted here and it was very quickly sorted out and I was here the next day. I’m here originally for four weeks, but as I understand it I will be staying for up to six weeks – with a 24-hour call back, so I could possibly go back if needed at Cheltenham, although I think I will be staying!

A lot of the players here are pretty decent; I’ve had my first training session with them tonight and they look good on the training pitch, so hopefully I’ll get out there on Saturday, put a performing in and well get a win. I really want to put in a good performance on Saturday (if selected) and do what I would do if I was playing for Cheltenham Town, and get myself a goal hopefully!! I mainly play on the left wing but I’ve been up front before and also played left back too…but mainly on the left wing, which is my preference! It’s the first time I will have played in the Blue Square South league, and I’m very much looking forward to getting started and helping the Seagulls to a few wins while I’m here!”

218 - 01/12/2007

interviews with crowd favourites Charlie Comyn-Platt and Craig Rand

Firstly Charlie Comyn-Platt, who gave the website an update on his settling-in here at Weston and also his own thoughts on his injury (sustained in our last home game against Lewes):

“Everyone has made me feel really welcome since I arrived. All the lads are really good, the staff are really good too but it’s just a shame to be injured. When I got injured in our last home game, I had to come off and missed last week, and may well have to miss Saturday’s game too unfortunately. I’ve got a niche to the back playing against Lewes in the first half and I tried to try to carry on but couldn’t really – maybe I should have come off a bit earlier and told the manager but yeah that’s part of football. It’s a bit disheartening when you can’t play. I think I’ll be struggling for Saturday, but we’ll see. We’ve been missing a few players, and lost a couple of players to other clubs but I don’t see it as a problem really and we’ve got to get on with it – we need a win though”

“We really need a win now and it would be great to secure three points at our next home game against Fisher on the 8th – the Family Day will be a good day out for everyone, and it would be great to see a big crowd here and get behind us”

and finally, with…..Craig Rand……

Fans favourite Craig Rand, talks openly on his injury last week and his thoughts on the season so far, and gives a special message to the fans!

“Yeah, last week (at Eastleigh) I’ve gone up for a header with one of their players and managed to land on my head instead of my feet, and as a result my head took the main impact. I carried on for 10 minutes or so until half-time but the pain was just unbearable so I was advised by the physio to come off. I was desperate to stay on and help the lads out but it wasn’t to be. I didn’t train on Tuesday (I was advised by John – the physio) not to train but managed to train tonight, so I’m fit and raring to go for Saturday – we need three points. We’ve had a good start to the season but we’ve slightly dipped a little bit but its time for the senior players in the team to dig in and get a result, which we all need – and it will be good for the club – three points!”

“The past month hasn’t been particularly good for us – the manager told us tonight that we’ve lost something in the region of 8 of the past 9 games. Obviously we’ve lost Ryan Harley and we’ve had to let Ashan (Holgate) go – they were both big players – but we know that we’re not in a position to compete with the likes of Exeter but we’ve got to get on with it, keep pushing hard, and hopefully get a win on Saturday”

“We’re desperate for more fans to come through the turnstiles here at the Woodspring; I remember the Family Day well last year, we had a crowd of over 400 that day – it was a big help to the lads but I would just call out to the fans: I hope you will come down and watch us and that we get a good result for you and a good performance, because your support makes a massive difference to the lads”.

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214 - 27/11/2007

Weston super Mare Football Club Family Day

A great day in store for the Family

Weston super Mare Football Club officials have given the go ahead for the Club’s Second Annual Family Day to take place on Saturday 8th December, when the Seagulls play Fisher Athletic that afternoon (kick off: 3pm).

The club are to offer a Family Ticket at the cost of £15 per family (two adults and two children of school age), which is a significant saving. Enquiries should be made direct to the Club offices by telephone to 01934 621618 or in person during normal office hours.

Normal ticketing arrangements will apply however for those not wishing to take advantage of the Family Ticket.

Coaching opportunity for the children

The club have offered an opportunity for up to 30 children (aged from 8 – 12 years old) to take part in a coaching skills session at the cost of £3.50 on the day. Children will need to arrive at the Woodspring Stadium by 12.30 where parents and children will be briefed and given refreshments. The training session will begin at 1pm and last until 2.30pm where parents will have the option of collecting their children or for an additional £10 they will be supervised during the game and can be collected at 4.45pm. Again, parents should contact the club offices for further information on coaching opportunities for the children.

Cheerleaders and top musical entertainment

Gates open that afternoon at 2pm, and amongst the entertainment already confirmed are the Weston Cheerleaders (Weston Shooting Stars) who will welcome the public as they arrive in the stadium. Top Singer/songwriter Jamie Lee has also confirmed his attendance on the day, and Jamie will sing top hits from his impressive songbook both before the match and at half-time.

Negotiations are continuing and the club are hopeful that a band may also be able to perform on the pitch during the half-time period.

Sponsorship opportunities

The club remains very hopeful that local businesses will wish to become involved in this special day for the family, Club Communications Officer, Alan Cooper, having appealed to the Weston public on Star FM 107.7’s Breakfast show on Monday, saying “we really want to involve ourselves with the community and we want to move forward with the local public behind us”. “Last year’s Family Day was an action-packed event both on and off the field of play and it can only be to everyone’s benefit if people come along en mass as they did last December, and see what we have to offer at the stadium and watch a top class game of football in the Blue Square South”, adding “it would be great if local businesses could offer their help with the day, we would be delighted to hear from any business or company who feels that they could offer help by sponsorship of either the day as a whole or one or more of the entertainers”.

Alan can be contacted on 0784 587 0812 or by e-mail at:

213 - 26/11/2007

Thoughts from Manager Tony Ricketts

Manager Tony Ricketts, speaking to the website this lunchtime, Monday 26th November, said:

“We were bitterly disappointed to go out of the FA Trophy on Saturday – to out of five cup competitions at the first attempt is obviously very disappointing, but in the circumstances I was pleased with my side’s application and endeavour – we had seven players out, with the likes of Ashan Holgate, Ryan Harley (both now no longer available to us of course), Simon Heal, Barry McConnell, Charlie Comyn Platt and Gareth Hopkins – who was unwell on Saturday”

“The boys never gave in though – and the average age of the team on Saturday was probably only 20. Eastleigh were strong and physical, which is what we expected but we hafve to cope with that – it’s all part of the learning curve for the young players. The disappointing bit is the style of goals we conceded, we have to do better than that. All four goals were defensive mistakes and that has to stop; we cannot continue to give goals away like that”.

On new signing Phil Hall (from Tetbury), the manager said:

“Phil did well when he came on and took his goals well. We’ll be having a good look at him in training this week”.

“Craig Rand going off with a knock to his head (he had mild concussion) was a major blow for us on Saturday – but he’s ok now I’m pleased to say”. “It’s swings and roundabouts as well and I’m sure that we will pick up and we will improve as the season goes on”.

On new loan signing Aaron Ledgister (from Cheltenham Town) the manager said:

“I’m very pleased to have signed Aaron from Cheltenham – he will be with us for six weeks which will see us through the Christmas period. Aaron is a quality player, he can play wide left or up front and I know he will do a lot of good for us”.

Summarising, the manager said:

“We need some experience to the squad and I’m looking at bringing another one or two more players in this week…we’ve lost Billy Clark, Matty Hale and now Ryan Harley and Ashan Holgate”. “We cannot rely on 18/19 year olds – with youngsters you are bound to get inconsistencies and I’m looking at strengthening the squad up a bit”.

212 - 26/11/2007

Manager signs Aaron Ledgister on loan

Manager Tony Ricketts has signed Cheltenham Town midfielder Aaron Ledgister on a one month loan.

Ledgister, who began his career with Bristol City and emerged from the Ashton Gate Academy and made a number of appearances for the City Youth and Reserve teams. He has so far made one substitute appearance for Cheltenham Town’s first team in the Robins’ Carling Cup tie against Southend United in August.

He was being tracked by the Weston manager in pre-season and was close to signing for Weston at the time but was offered a professional contract with Cheltenham Town and signed in July. He played a handful of Reserve team games for Cheltenham Town towards the end of season 2006-07 but did well enough to be invited back for pre-season training.

Manager Ricketts, speaking to the website today (Sunday 25th November) said “Aaron is a quick and skilful left-sided player who can operate either in midfield on the left flank or up front, and I’m sure he will be a useful acquisition to us on his initial month’s loan – I will be looking at giving him his debut next Saturday at Hampton & Richmond”. “Arron is the first of two to four players I hope to be bringing in over the next few days – perhaps two permanent deals and one or two loan players”.

Cheltenham Town manager, Keith Downing also spoke to the website and confirmed "It will be another stage in Aaron's education and give him the chance to play some first team football over the next few weeks. Hopefully everyone will benefit".


Aaron Ledgister is expected to be interviewed by the website on Thursday evening (29th November). His official welcome interview to Weston super Mare Football Club (and first official pictures) are expected to be published on the website ( on Friday 30th November.

Post Script

Tony Ricketts post-match interview (following the Seagulls 4-2 FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round) defeat at Eastleigh on Saturday (24th November) will be e-mailed to the website pm tomorrow (Monday 26th November) and will appear on the website ( on Tuesday morning, 27th November.

211 - 25/11/2007

Safety arrangements for the Newport match on Boxing Day (Kick off 1.00 p.m.)

Both bars will be open from 12.30 before the match with no access to or from the ground.

The ground will be segregated and Newport have been allocated the areas behind the South goal and the West side.(Please note that there is no cover so please come appropriately dressed.)

At half time and full time the home supporters will use the skittles bar accessed through the players' entrance, the away supporters will leave the ground by the away pay box and enter the function room by the main door. The away supporters who make use of this facility MUST retain their tickets to be allowed to return to the ground. For those supporters who do not wish to leave the ground a refreshment van will be located in each segregated sector.

The comfort and security of all spectators will be assured by 2 policemen and 20 stewards. A first aid post will be in the Sports hall (between the Club Shop and the covered terrace)

As a further step to ensure the comfort and safety of spectators disturbances will be video recorded and that information provided to police to help them with their enquiries. A conviction could lead to the miscreant being banned from all football grounds in England.

209 - 23/11/2007

Stop Press: Youth players to play their part

Youth Team Players Dave Thorne, Mark Armstrong, Dale Grubb (Dean’s brother) and Sam Johnson have been called into the squad for tomorrow’s game at Eastleigh.

208 - 23/11/2007

Ashan Holgate transferred to Eastleigh and Ryan Harley offered contract

“We’ve been scouring up and down the country to be honest, for the past two or three weeks to bring players in – but I’ve always said that they’ve got to be the right type of player and with the right attitude, who are gong to benefit Weston super Mare Football Club and so far we’ve had very little luck. We’ll wait and see what happens within the next week – 10 days, as there may be some movement in the transfer direction from Football League clubs”

“We have sold Ashan Holgate to Eastleigh Football Club. Eastleigh made an enquiry about him 10 days ago; we didn’t want Ashan to go but through personal reasons, in the end, it was in the best interests of Ashan that he moved to Easleigh. Ashan is a player for the future; he’s still only 20 years of age, we’ve got a sell-on clause, if he moves on again. Once he becomes a bit more consistent I think he will be a Football League player – his presence is immense and he’ll he sadly missed here at Weston super Mare Football Club. It’s the best move for Ashan Holgate – we’ve only had him a short space of time, and we’re sad to see him go but we wish him all well and if it doesn’t work out for him he’s always welcome back”.

“Ryan Harley played for Exeter City against Cheltenham Reserves on Wednesday night, and scored two goals and has been offered a contract – we’ll wait and see if he signs it or whether he doesn’t – there’s one or two other clubs who have come in for him – but it was always our agreement when Ryan rejoined us on a non-contract basis that he would endeavour to play professional football on a full-time contract. He was obviously at Exeter during pre-season, got injured and we’ve given him the opportunity to train and get him match fit – which he’s done. I’ve said it many times, that he’s (Ryan) got a great talent with the ball, and if it doesn’t work out he’ll stay with us, and if it doesn’t work out quite quickly then we’ll be looking to tie him up here until the end of the season”

“We’ve got three injuries at the moment – our new signing, James Palmer, had an operation on his finger on Tuesday but the Doctor has told us he’ll be out for up to12 weeks, so he’ll be missed – mind you we haven’t seen him yet (laughs!) – so we haven’t been getting a lot of luck at the moment. We’ve got Charlie Comyn-Platt, who will have a late fitness test on Saturday, and also Simon Heal. Charlie has a gluteus injury on his lower back; Simon has a hamstring tweak – he will also have a fitness test… we’re down to the bare bones on Saturday, which is very disappointing, considering it’s the FA Trophy. We were hoping – and expecting – a good run in the Trophy, and we still do, and if we go in and play as we did against Lewes in the first half last Saturday, and carry it through for 90 minutes we will get a result, I have no doubts about that. Obviously Eastleigh will be favourites tomorrow – they’ve been us twice already (3-1 away from home and 3-0 here at the Woodspring in what was quite comprehensive victory) although we were, in my opinion, a little unfortunate down at their place. Eastleigh are big spenders, but Ashan won’t play in tomorrow’s game, that’s something we’ve written in – I don’t think he will have signed his contract by Saturday anyway, so really he could play for us, but we’ve agreed that he won’t play for us and he won’t be playing for them – and speaking to Ashan he really doesn’t want to play in the game anyway”

“We’re trying to bring a couple of players in for Saturday – we’re down to 13 fit players at the moment; they’ll be three from the Youth team on the bench on Saturday if we don’t manage to sign anybody. We’ve recalled Mike Taylor from Cirencester Town – numbers available and the injury to Charlie (Comyn-Platt) have come at a bad time – he’s (Mike Taylor) is obviously the natural replacement for Charlie. We will also call up young Sam Johnson from the Youth Team, and if we don’t bring anybody else in, Sam will definitely be on the bench on Saturday, and two more Youth Team players may well step up and be given the opportunity”

“ It’s come at the wrong time for us – Ryan Harley and Ashan Holgate – but that’s football and we’ll get on with it – and we’ll build for the future”

210 - 23/11/2007

Match re-arrangement v Maidenhead

The Seagulls have confirmed that the away Blue Square South match with Maidenhead United FC will now be re-arranged for Tuesday 8th January 2007 (kick off: 7.45.)

207 - 22/11/2007

Seagulls to repeat Family Day success of 2006 ?

The Seagulls have announced that they are hopeful of repeating the success of last year’s Family Day, for their home game with Fisher Athletic on Saturday 8th December (kick off: 3pm). This will be Weston’s last home game prior to the big Boxing Day fixture against Newport .

Club looking for clubs societies to join in the day

Club Communications Officer, Alan Cooper has told the website that the club have already secured the services of the Weston Cheerleaders (“Weston Shooting Stars”), fresh from their carnival successes this week who will perform a display both prior to kick off and at half time.

Cooper further said: “Regrettably we have been unable to get a band to perform on the pitch, appreciably at fairly short notice, but if any other club, societies or entertainers – or perhaps even Drum Majorettes - would like to get involved in the day; or for that matter any local companies who would wish to be involved in sponsorship for the day, please would they contact me on my mobile as soon as they like, on 0784 587 0812. This time last year we held a great Family Day, which everybody really enjoyed – we had just over 400 people in the stadium and it was a carnival-like atmosphere which transmitted itself to the players, who put in a terrific performance beating Farnborough Town 2-1 that day”.

Coaching opportunity for the youngsters

There will also be an opportunity for up to 30 children aged from 8 – 12 years old to take part in a coaching session at the cost of £3.50per child. Children will need to arrive at the Woodspring Stadium by 12.30, where parents and children will be briefed and given refreshments. The training session will begin at 1pm and will last until 2.30pm where they will have the option of being collected by their parents or for an extra £10 they will be supervised during the game and can be collected at 4.45pm. Parents who wish their children to attend this special coaching opportunity should register their interest by telephoning the club offices (during normal working hours) on 01934 621618.

Admission Prices

Details of admission prices will be published next week, but the club wishes to remind everyone that the admission for all children (under 16) is free to all Blue Square South games (including the 8th December!) on production of a membership card, available free from the club offices during normal working hours each day. The only requirement is for parents to produce proof of age for their child(ren) and a passport-sized photograph.

206 - 21/11/2007








203 - 20/11/2007

Manager Tony Ricketts gives his post-match analysis of the Lewes Match

“I was very pleased with the first half to go in at half-time with a 1-0 lead, although we never at any stage of the game, dominated things. We scored a great goal which involved five or six players and I was pleased with Lewis Powell that he’s got the goal; and we defended well – defended as a unit, and at times passed the ball around and used the football really, really well, but second half we didn’t keep our shape, we started giving the ball away, and from then on…and I’m not saying relentless pressure…but with our inability to retain the ball we were under pressure. They scored on 58 and 77 minutes, two poor goals for me defensively and came from us giving the ball away and you can’t legislate for that – with the players we’ve got we shouldn’t be giving the ball away as often as we did second half, and what annoys me as well is that once we’ve gone 2-1 down we’ve had a go ahead, we’ve applied pressure and ok, they might have changed their system to go 4-5-1 to make sure they got their victory, but we had a go; we had a few chances, committed players forward and played some better stuff, but that was frustrating for me because why didn’t we do it for the first 30 minutes of the second half. Players know how I feel about it; I’m bitterly disappointed to have been in a winning position and not being able to carry it forward against a very good Lewes side. I think that defensively Lewes were the best side we’ve played this season and they caused us problems at times, but which came mostly from set plays”

On Lewis Powell….I thought he played very well for you today; was it that he just ran out of steam and you decided to take him off?

“No, I just changed it. We tried to play with three up front - that was the only reason I took Lewis off, so that was the reason. Lewis took his goal well this afternoon; he is adjusting from professional Reserve team/Youth team football to the level of the Blue Square South, but the service to our front two today, which were two many high balls, took many headed challenges, when no disrespect, but the central defenders are favourite to win it; we didn’t turn them round, run the channels – that’s what disappointed me”

I understand Charlie Comyn-Platt may have taken a knock?

“Yeah, Charlie got a knock in the gluecs (gluceus maximus) which caused him a problem, and in the end we had to replace him; partly because of his lack of mobility and his injury this afternoon, both had a part to play in the first goal, and perhaps I should have replaced him earlier, but he told me he was ok and we went with but once he started suffering with that knock I had to replace him”

Can you tell us any more on the player situation at the moment, with Mike Taylor on loan at Cirencester and Ashan Holgate out today under suspension, things look a little strapped for you, can you tell us any more about player movements.

“I think we need to strengthen the squad up a little bit. Our recent run of results is not what I would have expected it to be. We talked about the possibility of reaching the Play-Offs earlier in these interviews but that’s fading quite quickly at the moment and I just think that we need to freshen a few things up really. We’ve got interest in one or two of our players; the player you mentioned – Ashan Holgate – we’ve had some interest from another Conference club for him, who have made an official offer but financially it might be too good a move for the young lad to turn down and if he stays here it wont be because we’ve upped his money or anything like that. We’ve signed a young lad called James Palmer (from Bristol Rovers) – he trained with us on Thursday – he’s a clever young lad – one for the future – but he broke his finger in training on Thursday; Simon Heal stood on it (!) but he’s going into hospital for an op on his finger on Monday. Mike Taylor has still got two weeks left at Cirencester. I think that we’ve got enough young lads, and I think that is perhaps why our results have been a little inconsistent these past 3 or 4 weeks. I think that we now need a bit of experience, a bit of drive and desire to take us forward and we’re in the market, we’re looking around, as have been for most of the season and its getting the right sort of player who is going to help us out. I don’t want a short term fix but a long term fix, it’s getting that right sort of player for us. I’m not a great lover of loan signings, because I think what happens there is that you have the player for a month, things pick up, they go back and you’re back to square one. I’d rather sign players on a permanent basis, but that’s not to say I won’t take somebody on loan with a view to a permanent deal”

Next week we take a break from the Blue Square South league and are back in cup action, this time in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round at Eastleigh:

“Yes, Eastleigh are a quality outfit; they’ve already beaten us twice this season 3-1 and 3-0 already this season, so they are going into Saturday’s match as very firm favourites, but we’ve just run a very good Lewes side close, and lost 2-1 and they’re reaction at the end of the game and when they scored their second goal shows how far we have come as a team and as a club, as obviously it’s a bit of a scalp to win here. We need to improve our home record, but Saturday’s game is away from home and our form is quite good but we have more opportunities to catch them on the hop; but we will be giving it a good go. Our cup form so far this season has been pretty dire, but we’re due a bit of luck but we will need to play for 90 minutes and not for just an hour of the game as we did today”

There are no easy games in the Conference whether its National, Southern or Northern; you only have to look at the league table to realise that every team can beat every other team. From earlier in the season we have to see that where we were getting a little bit of luck, that little of bit of luck has deserted, but I’m a firm believer that you make your luck, and it will be a difficult game. Both Hampton & Richmond and also Bath City, have both come up on promotion this season and both have done really, really well and are challenging for a play-off position as I think we should be, but with the tightness of the league – it can change very, very quickly and you can go from quite comfortable, challenging for a Play-Off position to hovering above the relegation zone, so I’m under no illusions that we need to turn things round quite quickly and that’s what we’re going to try and do because for an hour or so today we played ok, and then let ourselves down in a 25 minute period. Fisher (home on 8th December) won’t be easy either, and we need to get three points on the board quicker than I would like!”

205 - 20/11/2007

Ryan Harley – the subject of speculation regarding a potential move to Blue Square Premier club Exeter City, was asked for his thoughts on the Lewes game and his own future.

“I think that a draw would have been a fair result, in the first half we were the better team and in the second half they were. I mean, we passed it really well in the first half and in the second we couldn’t get going at all; they took advantage of that obviously and nicked the game off us. I think that a draw would have been a fair result yeah.

When I took the free kick yeah, I quite fancied myself….I’m quite confident in my free kicks….it perhaps wasn’t quite close enough (laughs)….but I did fancy myself to score, it just didn’t work for me today!

I started training at Exeter about a week and a half ago now….it’s going really well, and I’ve been working hard, and hopefully they will want to offer me a deal, because I want to play in as high a level as I can. I’ve got another two weeks left to prove myself and get a contract down there…they’re manager is pleased with me down there and I will just keep going, and fingers crossed.

I’m obviously going to try my best while I’m here at Weston and I will try my best in every game until I find out where my future is.

We’ve had a reasonably good start here this season – although it could have been better obviously – we put together a few good results earlier in the season and we’ve had some bad results; our home form lately isn’t good at all and I think we need to sort that out if we want to push up the league, as if we win our home games then we’ve got a good chance. Our away form has been reasonably good, but we need to sort our home form out, and if we can do that I can see no reason why we can’t push on and be up there in the play-offs – I see no reason why not. This season, teams are all beating one another this season.

As for next Saturday’s game at Eastleigh; we’ve got every chance. Admittedly they (Eastleigh) have beaten us twice this season but it’s a cup game – they are in the same league as us - and we’re confident that we can go down there and cause an upset, but we’ve got to be on our guard because they’re a decent team; but we have to go for it and give it our best shot”

204 - 20/11/2007

Matchday Programme – vs. Fisher Athletic (Sat. 8 Dec)

The club are looking at publishing further player photographs (with their own profile) for the next home game on Saturday 8th December. The players who receive the most votes will have their photograph and player profile published in the programme on for the next home game. Please use the ‘Have Your Say’ box on the website for your vote. Voting closes on Tuesday 4th December.

201 - 19/11/2007

Seagulls launch ‘Play it Square’ competition at home games

Weston Football launched a half-time ‘Play it Square’ competition at half-time during their match with Lewes at the weekend.

The competition which is a challenge introduced by the Blue Square Bet sponsors of the Blue Square South, allowing individuals (aged 18 or over) to enter the competition to become a potential ‘keepie uppie’ champion, through the art of juggling a football using feet, knees, chest, shoulders and the head.

The competition will take place at half-time at each of the remaining games at Weston FC’s Woodspring Stadium between now and the end of the season, and the lucky winner on each occasion will stand to win him or herself a £25 betting voucher courtesy of Blue Square Bet (the Blue Square League official sponsors). The possibility will also exist for the potential winner of the overall competition to win £100,000 at the Play Off Final which is due to take place at Wembley stadium, subject to confirmation.

The fan who gets the highest score between now and the end of the season will go up against top fans at all the other clubs in a play-off competition.

Saturday’s opening competition winner was Stefan Helm of Clifton, Bristol. Stefan’s score was 31, so his high scoring is the number to beat for the remainder of the season.

The next half-time competition is due to take place at the Woodspring Stadium at Weston’s next home Blue Square South match on Saturday 8th December, when the Seagulls take on Fisher Athletic (kick off: 3pm).

Weston fans who wish to be considered to enter the next competition are invited to visit the club website at to register their interest. Their names will be announced over the club’s public address system and in the next edition of the club programme Seagulls Review at Weston’s next league game.

200 - 19/11/2007

Weston face difficult tie in Carlsberg FA Trophy at Eastleigh

Weston travel to Blue Square South rivals Eastleigh FC in the Carlsberg FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round next Saturday (24th November 2007) kick off: 3pm.

The Seagulls Supporters Club have however decided against running a Supporters Coach to the game, due to insufficient interest.

199 - 19/11/2007

BBC Radio Bristol to launch new frequency in Weston super Mare

BBC Radio Bristol are to launch a new frequency (103.6FM) for Weston super Mare from Monday 3rd December. As a result of this the radio station will be intending to broadcast from Weston super Mare from most of the day.

The radio station have asked Weston super Mare FC to be involved in this broadcast and further details of this will be announced both on the club website and in the local press inside the next working week. It is hoped that BBC Radio Bristol will feature two or more live and/or recorded interviews with members of Weston super Mare FC on the day.

202 - 19/11/2007

Blue Square Clubs payments

October saw a hat-trick of table topping performances from Stevenage Borough who were again the top earners in the Blue Square affiliate scheme. The Boro have for the third month running increased their monthly earnings and with the double-up reward they are set to receive even more money.

Congratulations also go to AFC Telford, Bromley, Boston United and Bishops Stortford who have all had another 50% added to their earnings. The clubs doing well are those that are recruiting more fans to the scheme and it couldn't be easier to do it.

Just go to the Blue Suare Official Logo on the Home Page.

198 - 15/11/2007


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197 - 12/11/2007

Supporters Club look to run Coach for Eastleigh Game


Weston super Mare FC Supporters Club are delighted to announce their intention to run a Supporters Club coach to Eastleigh FC on Saturday 24th November for the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round tie.

Cost of tickets for the coach will be Adults: £12 and Concessions: £6

Supporters are urged to contact the club offices on 01934 621618 (during normal office hours – 9am – 5pm) to book their place(s) on the coach.

196 - 08/11/2007






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195 - 07/11/2007

Youth Team players represent Somerset FA

Weston-super-Mare AFC are pleased to announce that the following 4 Youth Team players have been selected to represent Somerset FA in the South & West Counties Championship game against Gloucestershire FA. The players are, Luke Purnell, Sam Johnson, Dayle Grubb & David Thorne.

The game is to be played at Paulton Rovers FC on Tuesday November 20th. Kick off is 7.30pm

193 - 06/11/2007

Post match interview with Manager, Tony Ricketts

Club Communications Officer, Alan Cooper gets the thoughts of manager Tony Ricketts following the match on Saturday. In this exclusive interview, the manager also reveals his thoughts on new signing Charlie Comyn Platt, club captain Craig Loxton, and the possibility of player movements

“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed to loose another home game. It was a game with very few chances. They scored with a wicked deflection which won them the game, and chances were pretty even but in all fairness I don’t think we deserved to beat Cambridge today – I don’t think we deserved to loose – but we didn’t deserve the victory. We weren’t effective enough in the attacking half of the field, especially the attacking third. We stopped doing what we’re good at, which is getting the ball beyond the 18-yard box and delivering crosses into their box – and I can remember only two today in the whole 90 minutes of football. Gareth Hopkins for example – 7 of his 8 goals this term have come from when we do that, and we weren’t as effective as I would have liked.

We had a few problems today though; we had Ryan (Harley) out – he’s not been feeling well for a few days now – and also Ashan (Holgate) – who has been suffering the effects of a knock he got last week (a bit of concussion) and Gareth Hopkins, in all fairness, has managed to complete an hour of football (and I didn’t think he would) who also has not been feeling well, but we didn’t deserve to loose”

Tony Ricketts on the home debut of Charlie Comyn-Platt

Yes…Charlie is effective in both boxes, he did really well and does attack the football. It’s a dying art – people who attack the ball in the air – but he’s good at it and we at Weston Football Club are very fortunate to have him. A little story about Charlie….he’s not a lover of football……everyone today before the game, is sat watching the Arsenal v Man United and Charlie Comyn-Platt, is sat beside the skittle alley….he doesn’t watch football on the TV….but then everyone of us is different…but he’s come in, he’s not fit yet….but there is lot, lot more to come from Charlie, he hasn’t been playing but he is a good signing for us, and the pleasing thing about Charlie is, he’s getting the best out of Craig Rand. I watch Weston super Mare last year, and the year before I thought was a good player he (Rand) was. I got him a trial at Bristol Rovers at the end of last year and on the day he played for Bristol Rovers Reserves he didn’t do himself justice; he wasn’t the player I’d seen previously and the reason was he played the night before; but you can’t play at that sort of level and give of your best. I won’t say I’ve been disappointed with him, but I thought, hang on, he’s not playing the sort of football I’ve seen him playing in the past, but the last two games; St Albans last week and today, playing alongside Charlie Comyn-Platt, I think we’ve seen the Craig Rand of old, so that’s pleasing for me, because if you’re going to be successful at any level of football you need to be strong down the middle; your goalkeeper, your midfield, your two-centre halves and your strikers need to be strong – the core of the side – and Charlie and ‘Randy’ have started on a good partnership although its only two games old.

Tony Ricketts on the irregular appearances for club captain, Craig Loxton

“It’s very difficult when you are in the side one week and out the side the next week. Craig Loxton I watched last season, and I think that he is a very effective midfield player, breaking forward and supporting the front players. I think that with the system that was played last season, with three centre-halves, five across midfield and two up-top, as it was last year under Frank Gregan, I think it allowed Craig to have a bit of a free-role to go and get forward. We’ve changed the system…but I rate Craig Loxton, he’s a good player and his time will come. We’ve reverted to a 4-4-2 as our basic formation, with the opportunity to go 4-3-3”

“ I’m not a great lover of three central defenders, or three defenders, and I think Craig has suffered because of that. With the three central midfield players, he can bomb forward and get in and support and getting back in, is second nature, but it was proved against Team Bath I think it was, that we can’t play Dean Grubb, Craig Loxton, and Ryan Harley together. They’re all good players, with different strengths, but I can’t play all three together. The reason for that is that without the ball, the three of them are a liability – and that’s in the nicest sense of the word – it’s what I call the dirty side of the game; when you haven’t got the ball you got to have the shape, the discipline, the ‘nowse’ the will and the desire to work back in., and work for the team, because you attack as a team and you defend as a team and as I said, they’ve all got different strengths and Craig’s been a but unfortunate. Ryan Harley has come into the team – once we’ve got him fit, and has got something like 5 goals in 8 or 9 games. Young ‘Grubby’ (Dean Grubb) has been our best player and during the first dozen games of the season, which he has done, but may have gone off the boil so Craig Loxton is frustrated to say the least, and he knows why he’s not in the team. It’s never personal with me, and I still think that Craig Loxton will be a good player for Weston super Mare Football Club and that’s the current situation”

…from this morning’s press there seems to be some movement out from the club, namely Ryan Harley to name but one; could you tell us a bit more on this please?

“I’ve had meeting with the Chairman today…and the club is not flush with money; there are no ifs and buts about that I’ve got a budget that I’ve got to work with and its not a problem at all. Last year the budget was nearly double, but you can’t run a football team on just 14 players and I need strength in depth, but in all fairness to the three players in question, Ryan (Harley), Mike (Taylor) and Lewis (Powell) they need football as well, so when they do get their chance here, as no doubt all three of them will, they will come in and do themselves justice. Ryan is going to Exeter City on trial….he went down there pre-season and got injured (which is why he wasn’t with us pre-season); he had a knee ligament problem and was out for 6 to 8 weeks. He’s going to go down there (Exeter) - he’ll be available for us when we play – but he’s going to go down to Exeter, train Monday, Tuesday and play in the Reserve team on the Wednesday night and do exactly the same the following week, but we’ll have to monitor the Ryan Harley situation and see where that goes”

194 - 06/11/2007

Post match interview with new signing, Charlie Comyn Platt,

“I thought today, that they (Cambridge City) – to be fair to them – they did well, because they had a game plan and they came to us and did just that. But I don’t think they deserved to win, I think that a draw would have been a fair result – definitely a draw would have been a fair result – but fair play to them, they stuck to their game plan and it worked for them”

“No disrespect to St Albans but I thought that Cambridge City looked a far better side than their league position shows. I thought we were fully committed, which was good, we never stopped even when we were 1-0 down we kept going and the game became a bit more open towards the end because we were going for it; the lads were really good to play with, and the back-four were really good. I thought ‘Randy’ and Baz and Ben did very well, we all covered each other”

When asked about his goalbound effort early in the first half, Charlie responded:

“Yes, it was a good ball in….I’m not sure who put it over for me…but I stooped down, got my head to it and the ‘keeper tipped it over the bar”

….the penalty appeal

“Yeah I saw a bit of it, but sometimes you get these and sometimes you don’t….he’s (the Cambridge defender) he’s climbed over the top of him (Lewis Powell) to win the header – and he’s won the header, but he took our player too, and you don’t know whether he’s going to give it or not”

…and a look forward?

“I think we’ll have a good bit of training now – a good bit of hard training and we’ll want to put things right from today; and yes I’m really looking forward to our next game against Lewes on the 17th – yes, really looking forward to it”

192 - 05/11/2007

Weston super Mare FC drawn away in FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

Weston were today (Monday 3rd November) drawn to play fellow Blue Square South side Eastleigh, in the FA Trophy (3rd Qualifying Round) on Saturday 24th November 2007.

Speaking exclusively to the club website tonight, manager Tony Ricketts said:

“Yes, it’s a very, very difficult draw for us. Eastleigh have already beaten us twice this season, and they (Eastleigh) must be hot favourites to win this tie…..but, it’s the cup and I’ll tell you something, we’ll be giving it a very good go, and we’ll be looking forward to going down there to play them on the 24th!”

The Draw also include :

Solihull Moors v Cambridge City

Bromley v Chippenham Town

Bishop's Stortford v Hampton & Richmond

Hemel Hempstead Town v Team Bath

Basingstoke Town v Lewes

Gosport Borough v Braintree Town

Dorchester Town v Worthing / Walton & Hersham

Fisher Athletic v Leamington / Margate

Bognor Regis Town v Havant & Waterlooville

Bashley v Leatherhead / Mangotsfield United

Gloucester City / Hillingdon Borough v Uxbridge

Hayes & Yeading United v Witham Town

Eastleigh v Weston Super Mare

Windsor & Eton v Newport County

Bath City v Thurrock

Wealdstone v Welling United

Kings Lynn / Billericay Town v Eastbourne Borough

Maidenhead United v St Albans City

Dover Athletic v Sutton United

191 - 02/11/2007

Tony's thoughts on tomorrow's game

Weston super Mare FC manager Tony Ricketts, speaking to the website today, Friday 2nd November, previewing tomorrow’s match with Cambridge City, said:

“Tomorrow’s match will be a tough game, but we are looking forward to it. Cambridge City are a good side and will give us a hard game. Appreciably they are in 16th position, but I have no doubts about their ability and we will need to be at our best to beat them. The bottom line with this is that they (Cambridge) have lost just five games, whereas we have lost six. They have also drawn six games which has perhaps cost them. We have three injury doubts at the moment: Ashan Holgate has mild concussion, Simon Heal has food poisoning and Ryan Northmore has a knee injury. All will have fitness tests tomorrow morning and we will have to have a look at them and see how they are"

190 - 01/11/2007


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188 - 31/10/2007

Weston Youth Team to face Torquay United Under 18 in friendly

Weston Youth Academy Head Coach, and first team goalkeeper Ryan Northmore has arranged a prestige friendly match the Academy team to play Blue Square Premier league side Torquay United Under 18 on Wednesday 14th November, kick off: 7.30pm

Ryan told the website today:

“Its important for the Youth team lads to come up against another Youth tetam wherer they are looking on to become professionals and it gives them a bit more of a yardstick to see where they are in their development”.

“It will put some of our players in the shop window, as I’m sure many coaches from other clubs will be wanting to come to look at this game, and also to see what we at Weston super Mare are trying to achieve within the football club”

“It’s good for the area because we are looking to progress the Youth team this season to better accommodate the talented players that are in the Weston area”

“We’re looking to push on to get the club involved more within the community and for the community as a whole to be involved in top quality football in the Weston area”

Turning to the result at St Albans last Saturday, Ryan told the website:

“Yes, it was a good performance on Saturday, and we dominated the game”.

“Now the surprise element has gone – sides have had us watched….we can continue to work hard at our game” “The two poor performances at home we showed that we weren’t quite ready, but we’ve worked very hard in training and added more diversity to our play, with a convincing victory at St Albans”

“It’s never a good time to play a side when they are fighting for their lives especially when they have a new manager, and last Saturday was an excellent performance and something we can build on for this Saturday”

“If we can get three points from Saturday’s game (against Cambridge City) it would be nice to over take the likes of Bath City in the league, which to be honest, we’re more than capable of doing”.

…and on new signing, Charlie Comyn-Platt:

Yes…I think that he came and did a good job on Saturday….he is a different kind of player…he added a bit of steel. His approach has been very professional, and he complimented Craig Rand in central defence and hopefully those two will continue with some solid performances and be a solid foundation from which our flair players can gain confidence from”

187 - 31/10/2007

Interview with new signing Charlie Comyn-Platt

The club website was delighted to be given the opportunity to officially welcome new signing Charlie Comyn-Platt to Weston super Mare Football Club last night.

Charlie, full of enthusiasm, and looking every inch the commanding and dominating centre-back that manager Tony Ricketts has been looking for. In an exclusive interview with Club communications officer, Alan Cooper, Charlie, spoke enthusiastically and openly, on his signing for the Seagulls:

“I’m very pleased to be here at Weston super Mare Football Club…..I knew Ash (Ashan Holgate)- and he is still a close friend - from our time together at Swindon Town, and he told me what a great set up it is here at Weston and I was aware too that the manager (Tony Ricketts) and the assistant manager (Chris Smith) wanted to talk to me, so I met up with them (the manager and Chris Smith) after the match at Bath City recently and they convinced me that I should sign, and I’m extremely pleased to have done so!

They’re a really great bunch of lads here and they’ve all made me really welcome, and I know I’m going to be happy here. I’m not as fit as I’d like to be at the moment, but once I get back into my top fitness it won’t take me long! The lads were good to play with last weekend at St Albans at we did well as a unit; I really enjoyed my first game for the Seagulls!

I’m really looking forward to playing my first game at the Woodspring Stadium this coming weekend (against Cambridge City), if selected, and I will give it my all.

From what I’ve seen from the lads so far we have a great set up here and the lads certainly have the all round ability to make a go of things this season, and I see of no reason why we shouldn’t have a go at reaching the Play-Offs”.

Manager Tony Ricketts added:

“Charlie is a really good signing for us and he did very well for us in his first game for the club at St Albans last Saturday. If we can get him to his top fitness level and playing to his strengths then, he is another player who I see no reason why he shouldn’t get back into the Football League. You are going to get your odd ‘hiccup’ here and there, as was the case against Bishop’s Stortford and Eastleigh recently, but we have to all realise that we are a young squad (8 of the lads are under 21 and no other clubs in the Football Conference have as young a squad as we do) and we are building for the future here at Weston super Mare Football Club

186 - 30/10/2007

New Director appointed

Oliver Bliss, Son of Chairman Paul Bliss, was voted in by the Directors and Shareholders at a special meeting held on the 26th October 2007. Oli, has been working at Weston-super-Mare Football Club for a Couple of Years, helping on the Social and administrational running of the club. The new appointment will give Oli a more hands on approach. Oli said of his new appointment to the board of Directors "I'm very proud to be given this opportunity and I will continue to help the club move forward in the future."

185 - 29/10/2007

Interview with Tony Ricketts

Manager Tony Ricketts gives his reaction to the Seagulls 3-0 win at St Albans (on Saturday 27th October) to the club website –

“It was important after conceding two league defeats to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. Yesterday was all about rebuilding confidence and getting back to what we are good at. I was pleased that we got a clean sheet and Ryan (Harley) who also did well for us yesterday, took his goals very well”

“I was bitterly disappointed with our last two results, and also that we have been leaking goals all season; it’s all about working hard as a team and the team and I have talked much about this. I have watched the DVDs of both the Bishop’s Stortford and the Eastleigh game and putting it simply, we showed a lack of discipline and we didn’t do what we should have done. We played as individuals on both occasions and not as a team. We have a very young squad, two aged 19, two aged 20 and two aged 21, and I don’t think any other team has players that young as a combination in the Blue Square South, but the bottom line is that players have gone home very disappointed from these two previous defeats at home; we are good when we have got the ball but we have also got to be good at the ugly side of the game. We have four or five players in the squad who are good enough to get back into the Football League but we have got to be able to do both.

Yesterday was a good all round performance by the team and I was pleased with the lad’s performance. St Albans leading scorer Clarke had a great chance just before half time, but Craig Rand through his body at his shot….it was a deciding moment of the game as far as I was concerned. Charlie Comyn-Platt has come in and had a very good game slotting in well with Craig (Rand) at central defence, with Andy (Robertson) and Marc (McGregor) just in front of them. As for Charlie (Comyn-Platt) he is a good player. He has been released by both Swindon and Rochdale and had fallen out of the love with the game; but we persuaded him to come back and he did very well for us…especially for somebody who hasn’t played for a fair old while.

In summary, when we do play as a team (rather than individuals) we are more of a threat, and that is what I will be working on with the team in training this week.

I’m still on the lookout for a left sided, left footed player and also a striker, up front, someone with a bit of pace, but we’ll have to see.

Website Post-script:

Watch out for further news on the website later this week, following initial welcome interview with new signing, Charlie Comyn-Platt

184 - 28/10/2007

End of Season Fixture Change

Please note that the end of season has been changed by the Conference. Weston's final two fixtures will now be as follows...............

MONDAY APRIL 21ST HOME TO BASINGSTOKE TOWN Brought forward from April 26th

SATURDAY APRIL 26TH AWAY TO LEWES. Brought forward from May 3rd

This change has been brought about to accommodate the Play Off Semi Finals and Finals

To comply with Setanta TV scheduling, The FA Trophy Final, The FA Cup Final, The Football League Play Off matches, The availability of Wembley Stadium (The Conference wishes to return to the National Stadium for the Blue Square Premier Play Off final, Champions League matches, EUFA Cup matches,

Should a spare Saturday become available during the season the Basingstoke game may well be rescheduled again, but at the moment it remains a midweek game.

Stuart Marshall Secretary

183 - 19/10/2007

Weston super Mare Football Club website interview – Friday 19 October 2007

Manager Tony Ricketts talking to the club website, in advance of tomorrow’s big match with sixth placed Bishop’s Stortford, said:

“Tomorrow is going to be a tough game; the Bishop’s Stortford manager Martin Hayes has assembled a strong side and I’m sure that they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. They are just behind us in the league at the moment and tomorrow’s result will see who can push on and further enhance t heir promotion credentials”

“We’ve stepped up our search for a central defender to replace Billy Clark who has been sorely missed, and we hope to have some news next week of a defender, who has football league experience and is in the right age category – only 22. He is an aggressive defender rather than a footballing defender which is an ingredient that has been missing”.

182 - 18/10/2007


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181 - 17/10/2007

FOOTBALL FUN DAYS - 24/25/26 October 2007

Our exclusive FOOTBALL FUN DAYS are designed to offer young footballers the opportunity to participate in 3 days of quality football coaching that is delivered by UEFA accredited football coach, Ryan Northmore.

The ethos of these fun days is to improve the player’s technical ability, increase your child’s physical activity and promote fair play.

The Football Complex at WSM AFC is again the venue for the Football Fun Days. The Complex has superb facilities with the use of two training pitches, indoor sports hall, first team pitch and changing rooms for both girls & boys.

The cost of the FUN DAY is £15 per day or £40 for the full three days.

If you bring a passport size photo with you, you can have your own EXCLUSIVE ID CARD, which gives you free entry to all home league matches.

Please bring indoor and outdoor footwear, rain jacket as well as a packed lunch.

Book now for our Christmas Football Fun Day and get £5 off. We are holding a one day event on the 20th December, normal price is £15, book in when registering for the October Event and receive a £5 discount.

PLACES ARE LIMITED – For more information and to secure your place, call 01934 621618

180 - 15/10/2007

….and Team captain Andy Robertson’s view: of Saturday's game against Team Bath

“Bitterly disappointed with the result. I think that for 90 minutes we didn’t turn up as a team; individually and collectively we weren’t good enough. They looked like they wanted it more, they worked harder than us and they got what they deserved in the end. We can’t come into games thinking we’re just going to cruise through them. We have to work as hard as them at the very least and we didn’t……like I say, they worked harder than us and they got what they deserved. We’re a very good side when we’re working hard and we can’t afford not to. It’s not a tap that you can turn on and off when you want it to; we’re all bitterly disappointed”

“We all know that we can do a lot better, work an awful lot harder and if we’d done that the results might have been different today. It’s alright us saying it now, but it should have been done during the game, like I say we’ve just got to pick ourselves up and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’re all incredibly disappointed”

“The games are coming thick and fast at the minute; Tuesday night back here (at Twerton Park) and again Bath City are going well; very solid and compact, they don’t give you anything, the pace of having to work hard to get a result again”

“Saturday and Monday again yes, we will be looking to pick up points from those games. Bishop’s Stortford are a good side (Saturday’s game) going well again and I think we owe them one after the way we performed down there losing 3-2, it was not one of our better performances this year and like you say we have to roll our sleeves up, get ready to go again on Tuesday, in Thursday for training to get ready for the league games on Saturday and Monday. We’ll all be looking for a positive result on Tuesday to take into the league game on Saturday”

179 - 15/10/2007

Manager Tony Ricketts gives his post-match comment to the website this afternoon at Twerton Park

“We’re obviously bitterly disappointed to go out of the FA Cup in the manner we did. We had too many players today that played on the fringe of the game. Team Bath were a better side than us; they had the commitment and desire that we needed and thoroughly deserved their victory. Our ‘match-winners’ today didn’t play, and those players have won us games in the past, but today we didn’t. Today we had one shot in 90 minutes on target and that’s very disappointing for me. It’s bitterly disappointing to the fans and to everybody involved in the club because we needed the money full stop; and there’s nothing better than a run in the FA Cup so we start again.”

The manager’s view for Tuesday night’s match back at Twerton Park: “

“Yes ……the Setanta Shield on Tuesday (back here at Twerton Park) we decided that it would be a squad fixture which it still will be; so we’ll give players the opportunity to come in on Tuesday night against Bath City. We’ve been here twice and not performed, but we’re here again on Tuesday night and hopefully this time we will perform. The previous two games have ended in a 1-0 defeat and I will be expecting better on Tuesday night against a well organised and disciplined Bath City side which will make the game difficult for us”

Regarding Saturday’s game (vs. Bishop’s Stortford), the manager said:

“We’ve won five games on the bounce in the league and you can’t knock that sort of form and I’ve said that to the players, but in between we’ve gone out of the Somerset Premier Cup to Paulton Rovers, although it was 7-6 on penalties, and we’ve also lost in a friendly to Swindon Supermarine, both teams from lower leagues, one of those – two leagues lower than us; and we should have the strength in our squad to deal with that and we haven’t. I think, that without going overboard, that we need to bring in two or three players and strengthen the squad. We’ve not replaced Matty Hale, we’ve not replaced Billy Clark and with the restrictive budget that we’ve got maybe one or two others will have to leave before we can bring in the quality I’m looking for…..great opportunities to win two home games to push on and you know, improve our league position but we still need to look sound at the back defensively. Andy Robertson and Craig Rand have done really well today; our best two players on the day by a mile….Robbo has been doing such a good job in the centre of midfield and with him missing from midfield today, left us a little bit short”

…and on (potential) new signings

“We’ve got the ‘feelers’ out for three or four different defenders. We need to replace Billy Clark at centre-half but until we actually sign somebody, realistically I’ve nothing else to say. One has got Football League experience, one has got Conference experience …and we need experience. We’ve got plenty of young lads….but….the young lads haven’t performed today and that’s disappointing”

178 - 14/10/2007

Weston out of FA Cup

The Seagulls went out of the FA Cup this afternoon in the 3rd Qualifying Round at Team Bath, Twerton Park. After surviving a couple of first half scares, ‘keeper Ryan Northmore again coming to the rescue with an outstanding one-handed save on the half-hour mark, Weston with some fortuity went in at half time all square. The cohesion and all out effort that has been Weston’s watchword in their recent five game win all but deserted the team this afternoon, and it wasn’t until Barry McConnell’s unlucky 66th minute interception - to a Team Bath player’s crossfield ball that caused an own goal – that the players seemed to realise that they had a game to win. But it wasn’t to be on the day for the Seagulls, and the FA Cup dream is over for another season

It’s back to Twerton Park for the Setanta Shield (Round 1) on Tuesday night (16th October) against hosts Bath City, and then two games in three days at the Woodspring Stadium when the Seagulls play former Arsenal player Martin Hayes’ Bishops’ Stortford on Saturday (20th) prior to the visit of Eastleigh (managed of course by former Havant & Waterlooville boss, Ian Baird – who has swapped clubs inside the last few weeks!)

177 - 13/10/2007

Weston Youth players Selected for SOMERSET FA

The following three players Luke Purnell, Sam Johnson and Kevin Cosham, have again been selected to represent the Somerset FA in their game against Oxfordshire FA, This Game will be played on Saturday 27th October at Paulton Rovers with kick off at 2pm . The Club congratulates all three on their selection.

176 - 12/10/2007

Weston manager, Tony Ricketts, speaking to the club website Friday lunchtime said:

“We are all looking forward to the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round at Team Bath (Twerton Park) on Sunday (14th October); we expect it to be a very difficult game. The players are looking forward to it though, and we had a good positive training session at the Woodspring last night and we have no injury worries (apart from Simon Heal who has a slight problem with his knee). I’m hopeful too that we will be followed by the great support that we had at Oxford City in the last round; that was a terrific showing by the supporters on the day”

“On the player front, I am hopeful that we will be able to secure the signing of another player next week. He is a defender, with league experience”.

175 - 12/10/2007


Providing neither club is involved in FA Cup replays this game will go ahead at Twerton Park on Tuesday October 16th, kicking off 7.45pm.

Should this date become unavailable the earliest this game can be played is, I believe Tuesday 30th October 2007 but of course this date could also become subject to FA Cup replays

174 - 11/10/2007








173 - 10/10/2007

Supporters Coach to Twerton Park on Sunday

Weston FC are running a supporters coach to Team Bath on Sunday 14th October. The coach will depart from Woodspring Stadium at 1pm on Sunday. Cost of tickets for the coach (which do not include admission to the game) are £7 (Adults) and £5 (concessions). Telephone the club offices (normal business hours) on 01934 621618 to book your place on the coach.

169 - 09/10/2007

Seagulls beaten in Somerset Premier Cup (First Round)

The Seagulls were knocked out of the Somerset Premier Cup at the first hurdle at the Woodspring Stadium last night, Monday 8th October, beaten by a vibrant Paulton Rovers side (of the Southern League Division 1)(South & West) 7-6 on penalties following extra time. The match finished 3-3 after normal time and 4-4 after extra time. Weston scorers on the night were Ryan Harley (2), Lewis Powell and Craig Loxton. Weston scorers from the penalty spot were Barry McConnell, Ryan Harley, Lewis Powell, Craig Loxton, Dean Grubb and Craig Rand.

Manager Tony Ricketts, reflecting on last night’s match, speaking to the website said:

“We are very disappointed to be knocked out of the Somerset Premier Cup. It wasn’t until we were on our way back from Sutton that I was told that we had never won the cup; and it was my intention to give it a real go this year”.

“We only had four players missing from our regular line up and I thought that we would have been good enough to win it, but we defended poorly as a team, and as a unit. We are very good going forward but not, at times, when we don’t have the ball, and we caused ourselves problems it’s as simply as that”

“We were dreading extra time with the FA cup coming up on Sunday, and I would rather have gone out of the competition last night, losing 3-2 then to do what we did”. “We went in front then stopped playing, and had to play catch up”

“Paulton thoroughly deserved their victory; they were the better side and played the better football – it’s the first time this season that we have been beaten by a team playing the better football”

“We now need to re-focus on Sunday’s FA cup game at Team Bath and get back to the level we were playing at….its a question of attitude towards the opposition. To win a football match you have to match the opponents workrate and resolve and we have suffered in our last two midweek games, firstly against Swindon Supermarine last week, and now against Paulton Rovers”

“Some of the fringe players have the opportunity to claim their places in the startin line-up but haven’t done that and some players may have even got themselves out of the side”.

“They’re a great bunch of lads with a lot of ability but you’ve got to defend and work hard and too many players didn’t want to do the ugly side of the game”

“We have a lot of work to do”

172 - 09/10/2007

Billy Clark steps into a coaching role

Seagulls defender Billy Clark has taken up a position of Youth team coach with Football League side Bristol Rovers. Manager Tony Ricketts said today: “Billy will no longer play for us, he has taken up the position of my old job as Bristol Rovers Youth team coach”. “We will continue to hold his registration but he has decided that he will cease his playing career”. “I have no doubts that he will be very good coach and will be excel in this role, and I wish him the very best of luck”

168 - 08/10/2007

Somerset Premier Cup 1st Round – tonight – Monday 8th October 2007

The Seagulls are to play Paulton Rovers FC (from the BGB Southern League Division 1 (South & West) in a re-arranged Somerset Premier Cup match (First Round) fixture at the Wood spring Stadium, Weston super Mare, this evening, Monday 8th October 2007 (kick off: 7.45PM).

The winners of this evening’s first round tie, will play the winners of the tie between Clevedon Town and Bishops Sutton.

167 - 05/10/2007

Manager’s pre-match comment, prior to visit to Sutton United (Sat 6 Oct 07)

Manager Tony Ricketts, speaking to the website this lunchtime in his Friday pre-match comment prior to tomorrow’s game at Sutton United, said:

“We’re looking forward to an enjoyable game at Sutton tomorrow; it will be a difficult game as Sutton will no doubt be looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat at the Woodspring Stadium earlier this season. We will have to go there with the right mental attitude and work rate to match them”. “We have no injury worries at the moment so I am looking for a positive performance from the team”.

“I have allowed Simon Heal to go to Yate FC, just on a one-game basis to help their manager Richard Thompson; as they (Yate) have a shortage of players at the moment”

166 - 05/10/2007

Weston 3 - Swindon Supermarine 4

A makeshift Weston team were beaten on Wednesday night's home friendly match with BGB Southern League side Swindon Supermarine, losing 4-3. Weston had opened the scoring in the first half through Ryan Harley, before adding to their score through Lewis Powell. Chris Taylor and Adam Mayo scored for the visitors before Seagulls trialist Tin Yuan put the home side further ahead early in the second half. Ashley Edenbrough equalised for the Wiltshire side before Taylor (with his second goal of the night) sealed the win for visitors on 81 minutes.

Manager Tony Ricketts speaking after the game said

“It was a worthwhile exercise in terms of fitness and a great opportunity for some of the fringe players that they were worthy of a step up to the first team, but to honest I was disappointed in some of the individual performances, we were poor defensively and to be frank some of the players don’t want to the ugly side of the game, which is one of the reasons we are conceding too many goals at the moment, but yes, I was disappointed. Swindon Supermarine are in a league below us and with that are in the lower reaches of their league, and I was disappointed to concede four goals against a team below us and with a few players missing themselves. Overall though, it was a worthwhile exercise but I will now step up the search for a defender to add to the squad”

165 - 04/10/2007



164 - 03/10/2007

Important Information regarding the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Match against Team Bath

To All Supporters please note the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying round , Team Bath v Weston-super-Mare will take place on Sunday October 14th with a 3pm Kick off. This has been arranged because of the England v Estonia Euro 2008 qualifying game taking place at Wembley on the Saturday.

Admission prices for the game are £8 Adults and £4 concessions.

Should a replay be necessary it will take place at the Woodspring stadium on Tuesday October 16th with a 7.45pm Kick off.

163 - 03/10/2007

Centre-back Billy Clark sums up his own thoughts on Saturday’s victory at Oxford City

“Well I don’t score many volleys – you probably realise that (laughs)! …they’re usually headers!.....but I have got a little story about the FA Cup….for some reason I do score a lot of FA Cup goals When Weston got to the Second round of the FA Cup a few years back (against Northampton Town that year of course), I scored at Northampton, I scored at Welling that year and I scored against Farnborough. I also scored in the FA Cup last season when I played for Clevedon. For whatever reason anyway, a very high percentage of my goals have been FA Cup goals…since I’ve been playing part-time anyway. It happened at Newport too, I scored against Blackpool for Newport and scored two other goals that year as well, so out of say five FA Cup games I’ve scored something like three out of five or maybe three out of six…..don’t know why, it just happens that way.

It’s very pleasing to be in the next round (and to have scored a couple of goals of course!) and that we’ve won, but from a professional point of view it was disappointing that we made such hard work of it. I think for the first 45 minutes we played some of the best football we’ve played. At times, not all the way through…and in the second half we probably played one of our weakest defensive half’s of the season as well….. so we had everything in the game today really…but we got a result; it’s the FA Cup, and a win is all that matters….we might get a bit longer on Match-of-the-Day tonight!! (laughs)”

162 - 02/10/2007

Manager Tony Rickett’s post-match comment

(Saturday 29 September 2007)

Following FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round win at Oxford City.

“We’ve played some really exciting football today and got into a 3-0 lead but to give three goals away and let Oxford City back into the game was very disappointing. The FA Cup great leveller; know it’s a football cliché and people say this about it, but it is and I’ve tried to tell some of the boys today (Mikey Taylor, Ben Willshire, Dean Grubb – it’s their first real FA Cup tie), and if you’ve not got commitment, work-rate and desire it doesn’t matter how good you are, or your ability, we played some really exciting, attractive football today and you know, those three attributes went missing once we were 3-0 up and it just shows that you cannot afford; we’re just not good enough to take our foot off the pedal and that work-rate, commitment and desire; you need a bit of luck in the FA cup and we went 3-0 up and those three important factors went missing”

The goal from Dean Grubb was something special. He’s a quality player, he needs to keep working on the defensive side of his game though and if he does he’ll go back into the (Football) league. He went to Burnley (a Championship side) last week (Steve Cotterill – their manager – wanted a closer look at him, and he played for their Reserves one evening) and he’s done reasonably well, and he (Grubb) is an exceptional player; he’s got that attribute – defender’s think they can win the ball, and he just nick’s it past them…and he’s improving all the time and we’ll see what happens with him, but it was a spectacular fourth goal to deservedly win the game, because as I previously said some of the football we played was absolutely first class”

I can’t wait for the draw on Monday, the FA cup is very special, especially for non-league players as sometimes it can be their only opportunity to make national headlines. For me it’s important that players enjoy the competition and hopefully we will get a home draw (and get a decent side) and we can progress from that. I’m obviously disappointed with the result today (Saturday) of Paulton Rovers drawing with Dorchester because that obviously means that our Somerset Premier Cup tie with them (Paulton) on Monday evening is postponed. We’re without a game midweek now, but we need a game – I’ve got too many of my players on the fringe of things, and they’ve been very, very patient. They deserve (and need) some football; we’ll organise a friendly either home or away during the early part of next week. I’ll be speaking to Bob (Flaskett), our groundsman, who prepares an exceptional playing surface for us and hopefully I can twist his arm to allow us to play Monday or Tuesday!

Regarding our match with Sutton next Saturday, I understand that they are in the lower reaches on the league at the moment, and for us to continue our recent run is very, very important, and we want to stay in the top half of the table. Next Saturday’s match is a very important game, a game that we need to win without any shadow of a doubt. Football is quite fickle really; prior to our three game winning run we lost three on the bounce - there was never ever doom and gloom though - although we’d lost three, in my opinion and the players opinion we’d lost some games undeservedly. The Braintree game for example, when we lost 2-1 and conceded our home undefeated record against them, was really because of refereeing decisions, the penalty etc. We lost 1-0 at Bath City when the real Weston super Mare Football Club didn’t turn up and we lost down at Eastleigh where that game could have gone either way. The spirit of the lads is quality as is team spirit which is continuing to grow; we have 19 lads now and all of them have a strong bond between them - we’re on the team bus now and there’s nothing better than winning!

We’ve lost one of our lads now, Matty Hale. Matt is going to play for Team Bath. He works at Bath University as part of their coaching education team and he’s newly married and finding the travelling from Bath University to Weston, and the fact that he’s out more or less every evening of the week working, whereas at Team Bath he can train with the team, the students team during the day. He goes with our best wishes and we thank him for the little bit he’s done for Weston Football Club. I didn’t want to loose him and he’ll be sorely missed, but we need to look for another left footed player to replace him over the next week or so. We’ve got plenty of competition for places; we’ve got Andy Chapman out at Cirencester on loan, two younger lads Harry Sherwood and Jason Burt have gone out to play for Odd Down to get some football in them, and I’ve got Marc McGregor, Craig Loxton and Simon Heal all on the bench, who probably could start for us at any time, so it’s quite an important time for us.

Regarding your question on our support at the moment, yes, last week we topped the 300 mark and today we’ve taken a coach away to Oxford in the FA Cup and those supporters were magnificent, far louder than the Oxford supporters, even when it went to three each today and that’s the sign of good support even when you’re up against it. There’s no ill-feeling towards the players or the management and it was tremendous support today. We had a laugh and joke about it on the bench today, it was the first time we’ve had real support like that away from home and long may it continue; it was terrific. We’re trying to involve the local community in the football club, there’s a lot of good people doing sterling service for the football club which is very much appreciated, and the more people we can get involved the better it’s going to be for us all. The lovely thing for me today is the support we had was mainly young support, and with the partnership with Weston college that’s ongoing at the moment, hopefully we can soon get above that magic 350 attendance mark!

161 - 02/10/2007

Weston drawn away in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

The Seagulls have been drawn away in the next (3rd Qualifying Round) of the FA Cup following their success as Oxford City last weekend. Monday’s draw saw them paired with BGB Southern League Premier Division side Team Bath. The game is currently scheduled to be played on Saturday 13th October 2007 (3pm).

Manager Tony Ricketts on hearing the draw said “It’s an interesting and difficult tie, but we’re looking forward to it. Team Bath may well have taken our place in the Conference South had we been relegated at the end of last season so it will be a tough game, and will ensure that our players are fully focused as Team Bath are a good side, have no doubt about that”! “It’s a good draw for both sides”.

“The club are again arranging a supporters club coach to the match (prices Adults: £7 and concessions: £5). Further details available from the club offices on 01934 621618 (normal office hours)”

160 - 02/10/2007

Seagulls fix friendly match date

Weston manager Tony Ricketts has arranged a midweek friendly match this week against BGB Southern League Division 1 side Swindon Supermarine. The match will be played on Wednesday 3rd October (kick off: 7.45). Manager Tony Ricketts told the website; “We’re away for the next two Saturday’s so Wednesday’s game will give the supporters an opportunity to see us”. “Everyone should be fit for Wednesday’s game, and I expect to be able to use our fringe players, who have been very patient – the likes of Simon Heal and Lewis Powell will return , as will Craig Rand”

In the meantime, Weston have released midfield player Matt Hale, who has gone to Team Bath. Manager Tony Ricketts said “I am sorry to loose Matty. He was an integral part of my team but he has had difficulties commuting from his job with Bath University and it made sense for both parties. I wish him every success – apart from our FA Cup tie with them of course!!”

159 - 01/10/2007

FA CUP 3rd Qualifying Round

Weston have been drawn away to Team Bath, the game is scheduled to be played on October 13th, but this could change owen to England playing Estonia in the Euro 2008 qualify.

The Date and Time will be finalised within the next 24 hours.

The Club expects to run a supporters coach to this game fans are asked to ring the club on 621618 to book their place. Coach prices are Adults £7 and Concessions £5.

158 - 01/10/2007

Interview with Dean Grubb

Matchwinner Dean Grubb gives his thoughts on the game and his candid views to the website on how he is settling in at the club

A great display today Dean; how did you feel about scoring such a great winner today and our general overall performance?

“Well, to be honest, I didn’t have my best game today but I certainly needed to do something to get the boys back into the game….I felt like I let a few of them down today. I was a bit tired. As soon as I got the ball though and saw an opening (referring to his winning goal) I thought I’d go for it!”

“Regarding our overall performance today; we started off brilliant; it looked comfortable, everyone played well especially the back four. We did look really comfortable throughout the first half….then we came out second half, scored early and then I think the boys had got perhaps just a little bit too cocky, took it a little bit too easy and took our foot off the gas. It’s a mistake that we’ve got to learn from, I don’t think we’ll make the same mistake again, we did make it hard on ourselves……we’ve got a few young players in this team and certainly we can learn from today….definitely. We could have closed up the game early on, but we didn’t and we still had to get the win, and we’re very happy that we’ve got the win”

So, this is our first interview with you Dean since you joined the club, what is your general feeling about the club now and what are your own thoughts as to how you are settling in?

“I love it here, and I’m really enjoying it. All the boys are quality, everyone get’s on well with each other. It’s fun to be here, the management’s great. I’m really impressed with the set up here at Weston, I wasn’t expecting it to be this well run but since being here I’ve really enjoyed it, the results have been going our way of late and I honestly think we can push on and maybe get in that play off spot”

…and Sutton next Saturday Dean?

“….can’t wait, looking forward to it!”

157 - 01/10/2007

Interview with Andy Robertson

Team captain Andy Robertson sums up the team performance from a ‘captain’s perspective, and gives his thoughts on Oxford City and team spirit

Andy, could you give the website your overview as to how you felt the game went today?

“I thought we started well, at times we passed the ball very well today and we looked very incisive going forward; we were 2-0 up at half time – played some good football, thoroughly deserved to be 2-0 up. They (Oxford City) had a half chance, hit the post, but we came out second half, got the third and really should’ve been comfortable from thereon in but took out foot off the gas and subsequently ended up conceding three sloppy goals which we were all a little disappointed with because we know we can do a lot better than that. And with that we put ourselves killed off by then…we showed a bit of character getting our noses back in front and closed the game up really. Oxford is not going to be an easy place for anyone to come to; they’re unbeaten in the league (and I think in every competition up until now). Today, as I understand it, is they’re first defeat this season, and as I say we’re just pleased to be in the next round”

And your thoughts about Oxford City?

“Yeah…Oxford aren’t a bad side at all; they’re in the same league as Bridgwater Town and Taunton Town (so it’s pretty local to me – laughs) and like I said they’ve been unbeaten this season, as we knew before. Chris (Smith) came to watch them during the week (when they beat Fleet Town 4-2 in the Errea Cup) and said that they had a bit of pace up front, big lads and that they had a little bit about them going forward and that if we weren’t right, then we would get punished and it showed didn’t it….we were 3-0 up and they did punish us, so we had to work harder and we got our noses in front”

So we are now in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round, and won our last four games, which may be a new record for the club…… are things amongst the lads at the moment?

“We’ve always had a good team spirit. We’ve got a great set of lads, with Rikko (Tony Ricketts) and Chris (Smith) at the helm; it’s a real close knit group ….but winning games brings success with that as well so, and we had to show a bit of composure once we got our noses in front this afternoon, and yes, we’ve won our last four, but we’ve got to keep our feet firmly on the ground and we’ve got to dust ourselves down and get ready to go again; anything less than a 100% we won’t get anything”

..and a look forward please Andy, to our game at Sutton United on Saturday…

“Well yeah, we’ve got to look forward, we’re only 10 games in. Every game is going to hard in the Blue Square South this season. We’ve still not seen the league take form and shape yet. At Sutton we’re going to have play well to pick anything up from the game, so if we don’t go there and play to what we’re capable of we won’t win the game, it’s as simple as that, so we have to go there all gun’s blazing, work hard as we have been doing and hopefully the result will come our way”

155 - 28/09/2007

Managers match preview prior to tomorrows match against Oxford.

“We’ve picked up a couple of injuries in training with Dean Grubb and Ben Willshire; this goes on top, of Barry (McConnell), Craig (Rand) and Matty (Hales), so we will have some injury doubts for Saturday. Some of these will have a fitness test on the day!

“I would rate Ben Willshire and Matty Hales though as having a less than 50/50 chance”

“We had Oxford City watched twice and they are a lively side; they have pace up front which could cause us problems but they’ve got weaknesses too which I hope we can exploit”

154 - 26/09/2007

Youth Players Selected for Somerset FA

Weston-super-Mare AFC are pleased to announce that the following three players have been selected for the Somerset FA squad for the forthcoming FA County Youth Cup tie against Essex FA to be played at the Hand Stadium, Clevedon, on Sunday October 7th 2007. Kick Off 2.00pm..

Luke Purnell, Sam Johnson & Kevin Cosham.

153 - 24/09/2007

Monday Morning News

The Tony Ricketts column

All supporters are advised that the new Tony Ricketts column is scheduled to appear in the Weston Mercury on Thursday this week (27th September) available in all good newsagents, priced at only 50p. It is intended that Tony's column will appear in the local newspaper every fortnight.

Somerset Premier Cup

Weston have been drawn to play Paulton Rovers in the Somerset Premier Cup. This match is due to be played at the Woodspring Stadium on Monday 1st October 2007 (kick off: 7.45pm) but this is dependant on both teams not being involved in an FA Cup (2nd Qualifying Round) replay, which will of course take precedence. Details of admission prices for the Somerset Premier Cup will appear on this website following Saturday's match at Oxford City.

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

As most people will be aware, the Seagulls are to play at Oxford City in the 2nd Qualifying Round on Saturday 29th September (kick off: 3pm). It is understood the coach (which is due to leave the Woodspring Stadium at 11.30am) on Saturday, still has seats available. Any supporter who wishes to reserve a place on the coach should contact the club offices during normal office hours by callling 01934 621618.

152 - 23/09/2007

Manager’s post-match interview with Website (Sunday 23 September)

“Yesterday’s win (2-1 at Dorchester) was a hard earned victory as we didn’t play particularly well, very lethargic in fact….we were waiting for things to happen and sometimes you’ve got to make things happen

….we had a frank and honest discussion at half time though and played better in the second half…there’s a lot more to come from the lads and we will get better as the season goes on. I was pleased that Ryan Harley got two goals, both of which were quality, and his winner showed just the sort of quality he can produce. He (Ryan) knows that his overall performance wasn’t of the overall quality he is capable of, and I will be looking for more from him…….our front two (Hopkins and Holgate) hassled well but again didn’t show what they are fully capable of, and once again, there’s a lot more to come from both of them”.

“Overall, I’m quite pleased with our progress at this stage of the season. Chris and I set ourselves a target of 15 points from our first 10 games, and with 25% of the season gone we’ve got 16 (points) but, we have to remember that before winning our past three games (Bognor, Havant & Waterlooville and now Dorchester) we lost three on the bounce, and football can have a nasty habit of kicking you in the teeth”

“I’ll be going along to watch the Youth team in their FA Youth cup match tomorrow night (Monday). It’s important that we keep a good foundation at the club and the young lads are doing really well. In due course though, I’d like to get a reserve team up and running at the club, as it’s a huge jump from Youth team football up to the level of Blue Square South football. It’s our ultimate aim to reach the Blue Square Premier, although as I said when I first arrived, I will be looking at a top half of the table finish or if we over-achieve we may get to the play offs. We have a squad of 18 at the moment though, and the team spirit amongst the lads is very good, they’re all playing for one another and there’s no ‘me’ or ‘I’ in the team; it’s all about ‘we’ and ‘us’, which is very encouraging and pleasing for me. As for new players, well, I’m still looking at bringing in a defender, when and if the player(s) I want become available…..that may mean though that one or two (players) may have to be loaned out or have to move on.

As far as injuries are concerned; Craig (Rand) was on the bench yesterday at Dorchester. We had a run out with the substitutes after the match and he (Craig Rand) suffered a slight re-action to his knee, but he’s improving all the time and shouldn’t be too far away from fitness. Both Barry (McConnell) and Matty (Hale) failed fitness tests before yesterday’s game and I didn’t want to risk them. Barry has a bruised foot (and has had an X-ray today – Sunday), Matty has a slight groin strain.

“Regarding our FA Cup match at Oxford City next week, yes I am aware that they (Oxford) are unbeaten this season (four wins and two draws, from their six games). We had them watched in their 2-2 draw at home to Windsor and Eton yesterday and either myself or Chris (Smith) will be going up to watch Oxford’s match on Tuesday with Fleet Town. Saturday will be a tough match, I have very little doubt about that; it will be great though if we do get a coach load of travelling fans behind us, that will spur the lads on I am sure”

Manager Tony Ricketts was talking to Club Press & Communications Officer Alan Cooper

151 - 19/09/2007

Tony Talks

Tony Ricketts gives an honest and open account of his thoughts on the Havant & Waterlooville game; gives his opinion on how Ryan Harley is shaping up since his return…and praises the fans for their support to the team.

Tony, we have played nine games now, we are in eighth position, which is, arguably, our best position since we joined the Conference South football league some four years ago. We’ve scored for the second consecutive game; we’ve been playing particularly good football, and our past two second half performances have been according to our fans on the terraces have been as near as it gets to the best seen at Weston for many years. I saw your reaction coming into the dressing room this evening, and you look extremely pleased, so could we ask you for your overview on tonight’s game:

Well, obviously I’m very pleased to have picked up three points tonight. As I said in my programme notes before the game I think that Havant & Waterlooville are a good side and that they will be there or thereabouts towards the end of the season. Chris and I, we’ve set targets for ourselves over the season and ten games, we wanted 13 points, and if you split it into four quarters and we got 13 points for every quarter then we would have finished, you know, mid-table, that’s what we’re aiming for, but the last two games we were looking for four points from the two games but we’ve ended up with six, so we’re very very pleased, and all credit to the players, in the second half tonight we looked a real good side, we were positive and strong in defence; Billy Clark marshalled the back four absolutely magnificently and Andy Robertson, centre-midfield, and Ashan Holgate up front – all three of them were immense; but it’s a team game, there’s no ‘me’ and ‘I’ in the team, it’s all about ‘we’ and ‘us’ and it’s good for the people behind the team who work so hard and make this football club what it is, but we’ve also got our feet firmly on the ground and we know that two wins don’t make a season, because prior to this we lost three on the bounce, and football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth! But, we’re going in the right direction, as you’ve already said Alan, we’re playing some attractive football and I’m very pleased with the football we’re playing and tonight we were strong defensively especially when they had the wind in the second half and put us under pressure.

I thought that when the second half started and Ryan Harley got that terrific 25-yard free kick that the ball was over the line when it rebounded off the cross-bar. Did you have a good view?

No (laughs), not from where I was standing – I was on the halfway line (laughs again). It would be wrong for me to comment on that, but obviously I don’t think it was; their players or our players would have given it away if the ball had gone over the line, our players didn’t celebrate or anything – even the guys who were close to it – I don’t think it was in; it was a great strike, and, you know, we got Ryan Harley on the ball in the second half, we didn’t do first half with the wind. We tended to go a little bit longer that we would have liked. But, we got on the ball in the second half, and Ryan, yes, he got on the ball in the second half, and yes, he’s a good player, still regaining his fitness, but he is a threat on free-kicks as he proved tonight

Could you say anything more to the website please regarding Ryan Harley’s future?

I’ve rated Ryan Harley for a long, long time and he is an exceptional player on the ball. I think that he is a football league player. I think that if he gets his fitness and he can sort his (and this is in no way derogatory to the player) mental attitude out and his desire, for me, he didn’t play enough games for Weston last year, he needs to be playing every game. He had too many niggles and too many knocks last year…but if we can get him fit…….I won’t stand in the way of any player who wants to better himself, and move up, and play at a higher standard. Paul Tisdale down at Exeter, he (Ryan) went pre-season training with them but broke down and Paul (Tisdale) has said that he’d have him back and have another look at him, and I’ve spoken to Paul – who yes, he thinks he’s a good player, but also has the same reservations as myself. But on the ball he (Ryan) is absolute quality; he just needs to improve when the opponents have got the ball, and tonight he did that well for us, and I’d love Ryan to sign here and stay here until the end of the season, and if things don’t work out at Exeter I’m sure we’ll work out a deal and then, when the time is right, I think we can help him achieve his ambition of playing in the football league.

It’s Dorchester on Saturday then Tony. We’ve had some mixed results against Dorchester both home and away. We beat them 5-1 at their stadium last season but the season the season before that they came here (to the Woodspring) and put four past us. They (Dorchester) have been an ‘up and down’ team; could the manager give us his preview please?

Well, we need to improve our away form. We have taken one point from four games away from home, so we need to improve that and Dorchester will be a difficult test for us; they’re a good side. I’ve been reading that their last home draw was something like ten games, but they do seem to be better away from home that they are at home but you know, they’re a young side, with a few experienced players – very similar to ourselves – and I think it will be a good, entertaining game for any fans that want to come along and watch. And, if we can stay solid at the back we can have more of an opportunity to gain more points and move further up the league.

To conclude then Tony; as you heard today, it’s Oxford City in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round on Saturday 29th September; we’re hoping to take a coach-load of supporters up to Oxford, you’ll be delighted to hear. Would you give us your general feeling on the draw please?

TR: “Firstly on the fans yeah; I said in my programme notes before tonight’s game that our support has been absolutely magnificent since I’ve been here and very much appreciated by myself and the players…all part of building a club, and the fans are very much part of it, and without their support …and fair play to them, they don’t appear to get on the players backs. Absolutely fantastic news regarding the possibility of taking a coach-load of fans to Oxford City. It will be a difficult game; the FA Cup is full of shocks and with sides from a lower league, there’s always shocks because teams don’t always apply themselves, don’t concentrate, think they’re better than what the opponents are, and in any football match you’ve got to work as hard, if not harder, that the opponents before your ability kicks in; so that’s what I’ll be drumming into the players a week before the game. The FA Cup, it’s the most magnificent competition you can be involved in, and for a non-league club like Weston super Mare (or Oxford City for that matter), you know, reaching the First Round Proper is our aim. It’s not one of our top goals for the season, but when you’re in the FA Cup it’s very special”.

145 - 18/09/2007

Seagulls drawn away in FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Weston FC have been drawn to play Southern League Division 1 (South & West) side Oxford City in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, the draw for which was made at the FA Headquarters on Monday 17 September. The match is to be played at Oxford City’s Court Place Farm ground on Saturday 29th September (kick off: 3pm). Weston FC are intending to run a Supporters coach to this game, which will depart from the Woodspring Stadium at 11.30 on the morning of the game.

It is likely that tickets for the coach will be £12.00 per person (£10 for concessions).

Anyone wishing to reserve a seat on the coach is requested to contact the club on Weston (01934) 621618 during office hours for further details.

149 - 18/09/2007

Weston welcome new physiotherapists

Two highly qualified Chartered Physiotherapists have been recruited by Weston manager Tony Ricketts, as the manager continues to reshape his backroom staff. Darren James and John Whiley, who were on the books of Torquay United and Bristol City FC respectively last season will share the position of club physio to the delight of the manager. Mr Ricketts said “I am delighted that we have secured the services of Darren and John. Good quality chartered physiotherapists are an integral and vitally important part of my management team; injury prevention and the care and needs of the players is a must; and with the ability of our two new chartered physiotherapists, they are a terrific acquisition for the club and they will form a very important role in my management team”

150 - 18/09/2007

Sporting Dinner planned for the Woodspring

Weston FC are planning to hold a sporting dinner at their Woodspring Stadium home towards the end of October/or in early November. The evening, will feature a prominent high profile former sportsman and a top class dinner. Weston FC Communications officer, Alan Cooper, said “We are in the planning stages at the moment, but we are hopeful of making an announcement both on our club website and to the press in the near future”.

144 - 17/09/2007

F A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.............

Weston-super-Mare have been drawn away to Oxford City in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup to be played on 29th September

1 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Liversedge v Kendal Town

2 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Consett v Workington

3 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Barrow v Colwyn Bay

4 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Billingham Town v Fleetwood Town

5 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Skelmersdale United v Southport

6 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Prescot Cables v Guiseley AFC

7 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Dinnington Town / Penrith Town v Cheadle Town

8 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Chester-Le-Street Town / Harrogate Railway v Leigh RMI

9 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Bradford (Park Avenue) v Whitby Town

10 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Stalybridge Celtic v Hyde United

11 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Flixton / Bamber Bridge v Burscough

12 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Gainsborough Trinity v Stocksbridge Park Steels

13 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Harrogate Town v Nantwich Town

14 29 Sep 2007 15:00 West Auckland Town v Newcastle Benfield

15 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Gateshead v Vauxhall Motors

16 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Chorley / Clitheroe v Spennymoor Town

17 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Blyth Spartans AFC v Radcliffe Borough

18 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Horden CW / Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA v Woodley Sports

19 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Cambridge City v Chasetown

20 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Kettering Town v Redditch United

21 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Bromsgrove Rovers / Shepshed Dynamo v Nuneaton Borough

22 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Rainworth MW v Kidsgrove Athletic / Barnt Green Spartak

23 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Matlock Town v AFC Telford United

24 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Stourbridge v Kings Lynn

25 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Soham Town Rangers v Solihull Moors

26 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hinckley United v Grantham Town / Needham Market

27 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Boston United v Buxton

28 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Quorn v Evesham United / Tipton Town

29 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Tamworth v Worcester City

30 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hednesford Town / Stratford Town v Alfreton Town

31 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Rushall Olympic v Sutton Coldfield Town

32 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Glapwell v Market Drayton Town

33 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Belper Town v Hucknall Town

34 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Halesowen Town v Bedworth United

35 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Stamford AFC v Gedling Town

36 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Horsham v Bury Town

37 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hayes & Yeading United v Herne Bay

38 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Dulwich Hamlet / Deal Town v Chalfont St Peter

39 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Crowborough Athletic v Brackley Town / Staines Town

40 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Boreham Wood v Broxbourne Borough V&E / Bedford Town

41 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Ware / Great Wakering Rovers v Thurrock

42 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Mildenhall Town / Haverhill Rovers v Hitchin Town

43 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Dartford / Sittingbourne v Camberley Town

44 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Fisher Athletic v Margate

45 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hemel Hempstead Town v Chelmsford City

46 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Welling United v Hertford Town / Barkingside

47 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Billericay Town v Maidstone United

48 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Croydon Athletic / Tonbridge Angels v Maldon Town

49 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Dunstable Town v Lewes

50 29 Sep 2007 15:00 St Albans City v Bishop's Stortford

51 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Kirkley & Pakefield v Leighton Town

52 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Tiptree United / Brentwood Town v Harlow Town

53 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Chesham United v Stotfold

54 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Worthing / Croydon v Eastbourne Town / Walton & Hersham

55 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Braintree Town

56 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hendon / Aveley v AFC Hornchurch

57 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Sutton United v Harwich & Parkeston / Woodford United

58 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Debenham LC v AFC Wimbledon

59 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Ramsgate v Barton Rovers / Corby Town

60 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Folkestone Invicta / Horsham YMCA v Windsor & Eton

61 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hythe Town v Dover Athletic

62 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Rothwell Town / Enfield Town v Hillingdon Borough

63 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Erith Town v Heybridge Swifts

64 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Aylesbury United v Bromley

65 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Carshalton Athletic v Wealdstone

66 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Eastbourne Borough v Edgware Town

67 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Merthyr Tydfil v Abingdon United / AFC Totton

68 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Brockenhurst / Wootton Bassett Town v Maidenhead United

69 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Oxford City v Weston Super Mare

70 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Bognor Regis Town v Havant & Waterlooville

71 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Beaconsfield SYCOB / Chippenham Town v Hallen

72 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Dorchester Town v Paulton Rovers

73 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Gloucester City v Shortwood United

74 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Basingstoke Town v Newport County

75 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Truro City v Bath City

76 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Corsham Town v VT / Bashley

77 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Moneyfields v Team Bath

78 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Hamworthy United / Bishop's Cleeve v Eastleigh

79 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Cirencester Town / Cinderford Town v Clevedon Town

80 29 Sep 2007 15:00 Fleet Town / Gosport Borough v Mangotsfield United

143 - 17/09/2007

Ashan tells the fans – “I love it here”!!

Post match interview with match-winner Ashan Holgate following Saturday’s enthralling 3-2 win over Bognor Regis Town

Ashan, could you give us your summary as to how you felt the game went today?

AH; “I think we started sloppy again, as we did last week; I thought we worked hard though and showed great character to come back into the game. You don’t want to have to go out like that and have to get back from 2-0 down though, it’s not the way it should be played; we were the better side by far, we deserved something from the game and it’s just consistency now we need to pick ourselves up – a good win today – and carry on where we left off on Monday!

Thank you for that; so now we’ve played eight league games now, you look as though you are well settled, how do you think you are settled in and give us your view as to how thing’s are going from your point of view if you would?

AH: “We’re doing well I think; we haven’t had a bad start at all; if I’m honest we should have won more than we have done so far. We lost the previous three games prior to today and we shouldn’t have done and three points today, we’ve jumped a few teams which show’s how tight the league is. But again all credit to the lads,, they showed great character coming back like that. I know most of the lads anyway, prior to coming here I played against them earlier in my career when I was at Swindon, against some of them when they were with Bristol Rovers, and City. They are a great bunch of lads and I’ve settled in very well, I love it here! I’m really enjoying it”.

Great stuff Ashan; finally then….you were our matchwinner today, with a terrific goal in the dying seconds; can you describe it for us!?

“To be honest I think you could describe it better than I can!! To be honest it was just right place, right time….. a good delivery into the box by Matty Hale, and it was just one of them when you just have to throw everything you’ve got at the ball and fortunately its gone in the top corner! I was delighted with the goal, but again it’s a team performance; I thought every single one of us worked hard, we showed great character and we deserved the game, we deserved the three points, we worked really hard and thought we were superb” We’re all looking forward to Monday”!

142 - 17/09/2007

Post match interview with manager Tony Ricketts following Saturday’s enthralling 3-2 win over Bognor Regis Town

Manager Tony Ricketts summarises the great 3-2 win over Bognor at the weekend, looks forward to tonight’s big match against Bognor and explains the latest situation on the defender he has been looking at.

I’ve not seen a team with that resolve with such a fightback from a seemingly point of no return since the day’s of Brian Hall’s management at Yeovil Town, for whom you of course played for, for many years. It pays you great credit for the way the team didn’t lay down and die and two such inspired substitution late in the game, which I thought turned the game? Could you give us your overview on the game please Tony?

TR: You’ve just mentioned the name of the late, great Brian Hall who was of course my Yeovil manager when I first got into coaching so I owe a great debt to him, and I think he would have been proud of the players and the way they knuckled down and showed great desire and commitment to get back into the game. The general overview really is very frustrating! We had a silly 5 minutes really. We played some scintillating football for the first 20 minutes, then sat back, kept giving the ball away, and then found ourselves 2-0 down between 30 – 35 minutes and I was pleased that the ref blew the whistle for half-time so we could get in and sort it out! When I went in at half time, I think that the players were expecting a rollicking to say the least but it was time for a calm head and just to explain where we had gone wrong. It was time for a bit of self-belief; if we are to play a passing game, then we’ve got to play a passing game. I explained that we should stick to our beliefs and hope it comes right, and all credit to the players, because they’ve responded, and done very well second half and I’m a very proud man tonight, because like you said, it was a lost cause at 2-0 down and we managed to turn it round, and you know, the second half was all us; Ryan (Northmore) had very little to do, and it’s what we’re capable of. It was disappointing to loose two sloppy goals because we can’t continue to concede two goals per game, because if we do that we’ll be a bottom five or six side and the good thing for us at the moment is that we look like we’re going to score and we’re a threat going forward. We’ve got plenty to work on, I accept that, but you know, I said to the guys before the game that I don’t care how we play, the result is the most important thing. Seven points from seven games, with three defeats on the bounce is not good reading a quite pleasant start, and I said to the guys, look: win today, win Monday, six points from two games hopefully, thirteen points from nine games, that’s a different kettle of fish, so I was very pleased with the result today”.

It was an extremely exciting finish for all the fans in the ground and we certainly saw your reaction too, especially after the disappointment of that penalty miss, and really set the Blue-fuse for all of in the ground

TR: “All credit to the boys really. Missing a penalty like that, 2-1 down with 10 minutes to go, we could have thrown in the towel. The players have to take all the credit for that. They kept going, kept their belief. Ryan Harley made a difference when he came on, so did Craig Loxton and even young Lewis (Powell) towards the end – he had a couple of shots from set plays and so on, so the players have to take most of the credit for not dropping their heads and it just went to prove that we can turn it round”

Another 48 hours or so, and we’re home again then, this time to big-spenders Havant & Waterlooville with last season’s Conference South top scorer Rocky Baptiste; Andy Gurney who was here of course last season et all. Havant won here 5-1 last season which was a disappointment to us all; so just a general look forward to Monday if you would please?

TR: “Today’s game against Bognor was the first side we’ve played against this season who have actually tried to play a passing game, which we knew as Jack Pearce’s sides always try to play an ‘open, passing’ football game. Monday’s game though will be a different proposition though in teams of the physicality side of it. I know that they will be big and strong and well organised, they have some very experienced players. Against Havant we won’t be able to give them a two goal lead because we won’t come back; and that’s not being disrespectful to Bognor, it’s just an honest view; 2-0 down is a dangerous score because it gives the manager, the coaches a difficult job as one goal down you can force yourselves back into it, but more importantly, two goals down then it puts everybody on edge….…but Monday, yes, we’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to seeing Andy Gurney, I know of him and I admire him as a player. You mentioned Rocky Baptiste, and yes I know they have a lot of good players…..but you know, when we’ve got the ball and keep the ball, we’re a good side and Monday night, we’re at home, we’ll take the game to them and that’s what we’ll do. My tactics today, we decided to defend a little bit deeper today, perhaps a little more compact so that’s why strikers were dropping off to the halfway line because I requested them to. We may have to approach Monday’s game a little differently.

Just to sum up the FA Cup draw for the 2nd Qualifying Round is being drawn, which sees us enter the competition on 29th September…any thoughts?

TR: “The FA Cup is the greatest competition I’ve been involved in both as a player, a coach and manager, and yes it’s important. We set goals at the start of the season; we are looking to finish mid-table in the Blue Square South this season and that, or an improvement on that position, and that’s our first and foremost goal. Our second goal is a good run in the FA Trophy, thirdly the FA Cup and fourthly the Setanta Shield; so that’s our list of priorities. The FA Cup is down the list yes, but it’s a great competition and we’ll be giving it our all no-matter who we play. We’ll be in to the second qualifying round at the end of September and hopefully we’ll have a home draw; and you know, anything can happen but that’s the beauty of the competiton and that why its one of the greatest competitions to be involved in. If we’re not right on the day, if you don’t apply yourselves on the day, and don’t work as hard as your opponents, that’s why there’s upsets in all competitions. We’ll see how things go. I’d just like to finish by explaining a bit to the fans about the defender I was looking at over the past couple of weeks or so. His name is Leigh Henry, the former Swindon Town player who is now on the books of Swindon Supermarine. As many of the fans will know, Leigh was here on loan briefly last year, but I have decided not to go for him after all as Supermarine have placed a fee of £2,000 on his head and that I’m simply not prepared to pay and as far as I’m concerned thats the matter closed”

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Interview with manager Tony Ricketts

“There will probably be some team changes for Saturday, with Marc McGregor still suspended. We will be trying one or two new things. Mike Taylor, who was with Bristol City as a youngster and with Taunton Town last season, has done really well in training, will make his debut tomorrow and will be in the starting line up. Craig Rand is still injured (knee) but is in light training and after a further week’s training I’m hopeful that he will be fit for next Saturday.

The defender I have been looking at is on contract at another club but the club concerned have put on price on his head that we are not prepared to pay.

We have signed Harry Sherwood, a defender from Bristol Rovers (I played with his father at Yeovil and Bath). I have decided to loan him to Taunton to gain him some first team experience, because it’s a big step from Youth Football to the Blue Square South.

We have also secured the services of two top class physiotherapists; John Whiley and Darren James. John was with Bristol City last year and Darren was with Torquay; I’m delighted to have them both on board”

140 - 07/09/2007

Interview with Manager, Tony Ricketts

“We have had an enquiry from a football league club regarding one of my players although at the moment I’m not prepared to divulge either the name of the player or club concerned; when and if the time is right I will be prepared to talk more on this.

With budget restrictions, I am looking to loan Simon Heal to Merthyr Tydfil, and I would expect that this will probably take place before the weekend. I’ve also been watching a defender too (which is why I couldn’t make training on Tuesday this week); I’ll probably watch him again and have another look before I make my decision though.

As regards tomorrow’s game at Eastleigh; this will be a difficult game, as far as I know Eastleigh are in 5th position, have won four of their games so far this season, although they slipped up at home last weekend to Sutton. That said, we have only picked up one point from nine on our travels this season. We are defensively sound though and have been playing some great stuff with the ball, but we need to be a lot sounder as a team, which starts with the strikers, the midfield and then to the defence. We’ve been working on particular team plays in training and I’ve been pleased with the players response – tomorrow will be interesting”

139 - 05/09/2007

Player Movements! Harley in, Smith Out and Chapman goes on Loan

Weston Football Club manager Tony Ricketts has today advised that he has brought midfielder Ryan Harley back to the club on non-contract terms. Mr Ricketts said “I have brought Ryan back to help him regain full fitness and also to help us at the same time. I will watch his progress carefully”.

At the same time the Weston manager has allowed Defender/Midfielder Andy Chapman to go out on loan to BGB Southern League side Cirencester Town.

The manager has also released Lee Smith, allowing the midfielder to move to BGB Southern League side Gloucester City. Mr Ricketts said “Lee wanted regular first team football therefore I have allowed him to move on to Gloucester City”.

138 - 28/08/2007

Kick-Off Confirmed for Eastleigh Match.

Weston's away game against Eastleigh on Saturday 8th September, will now kick off at 1pm, due to the England Euro 2008 Qualifier against Israel which kicks off at 5pm.

137 - 24/08/2007

Weston officials appeal for help on match-days

Weston FC officials have appealed to the local public for help on match-days at the Woodspring Stadium. In the club’s new-look matchday magazine, which they have appropriately termed ‘Seagulls Review’, Weston FC have asked supporters for their help or assistance prior to the match with selling tickets for the club’s 50/50 matchday draw or selling programmes prior to kick off. The club are also looking for volunteers to help them with the distribution of matchday posters around the town advertising games. Anyone who would be prepared to help in any small way would be warmly welcomed by the club, and should contact the club offices on 01934 621618 and visit the club website – – and contact the club through this means.

The club are also looking for a qualified first-aider. Again for more details, please contact the club offices.

Weston FC Press Officer Alan Cooper said “We have had a great pre-season with big games against the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City; followed by a great win against Thurrock in our first home match on Satutrday. It would be great if we could get just a few more willing helpers on board, and this could be the springboard for greater success for the club; whether or not greater comes this season remains to be seen, but it is there for all to see, following the great response we had with the attendance at the City game on Monday 6th August”.

134 - 17/08/2007

NVQ's Awarded to Match Day Officials.

Seven of Weston's Match day Officials (Safety Squad) have taken the Professional Security officer course run by the City of Bristol College and have been awarded an NVQ. They have also had additional football ground specific training and there are two other courses in the planning including a first aid course. Photo: (left to right) Simon Green, Alan Brown, Roger Urch, Keith Refault, Mike Smith, Andy Mills, Bill Bidwell.

133 - 16/08/2007

Post match comments from manager Tony Ricketts following Tuesday night’s match at Hayes & Yeading FC:

Speaking to the Weston super Mare FC’s club website following the 2-2 draw at Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday night (14th August), manager Tony Ricketts said:

“Tonight was a good result for us, but to be honest I was disappointed that we didn’t win. We had four good chances in the first half through Gareth Hopkins, Ashan Holgate, Dean Grubb and Craig Loxton, and we should have taken at least one of them. They scored just before half-time, against the run of play, when we lost possession in midfield. We showed good character on the turnround though, and got a deserved equaliser in the first 10 minutes of the second half when Macca (Marc McGregor) finished off from close-range. They went further ahead on the hour, but Macca again squared things up with a fantastic finish”

Overall though I was pleased with the result, which could probably have gone either way, and I would probably have settled for a point, although as I mentioned before, I was disappointed we didn’t come away with a win”

“Dean Grubb did exceptionally well for us tonight, he is very dangerous running with the ball and he caused them all kinds of problems. We counter attacked well. Ashan Holgate also did well, and did well to survive the 90 minutes following the knock he took in the first 45 minutes. Andy Robertson also did well at centre back for me tonight. I was pleased with the lads”.

131 - 14/08/2007

interview with manager Tony Ricketts and captain Craig Loxton, following Saturday’s (11th August)

Interview by Club Press & Communications Officer Alan Cooper exclusively for

Interview with Tony Ricketts New season, new start, first game of the Blue Square South, 3- 1, 3 points, second in the table!, what are your feelings tonight?

Yeah I know….very pleased to pick up three points today; it’s important to get off to a good start, it gives everybody a lift at the club; players, supporters, officials and I’d have settled for a scrappy 3-1, but we played some good football at times today and it was against a very competitive Thurrock side who caused us problems. We really took our chances and they missed a few chances; but it’s a good starting point and you know, we can move on from it. Better 42 points, we’re safe; 52 points we’re mid-table and then 60 points maybe play-off but the important thing today is to keep everybody’s feet on the floor, improve on what we’ve done today. One game doesn’t make a season and for me, today, they had too many chances. ….and a look forward to Tuesday?

Yes, Tuesday will be a difficult game. I think they (Hayes & Yeading) lost 2-1 at Lewes today (Saturday). Obviously when two clubs merge, you’ve got the choice of two sets of players so Hayes & Yeading will be a difficult game, it will be a difficult game up there, but we can go into the game with some confidence…..I was pleased with our shape today though….we’ve got one or two players who have missed a lot of pre-season, Marc McGregor, Craig Loxton and I thought their fitness told today. We lost Craig Rand after minutes… Can you give us an update on the Craig Rand injury please ?

Well, it’s his knee; we think it may be a strain on the medial ligament but we’ll let it settle down tomorrow (Sunday) and we’ll have a clearer indication come Sunday night.

Interview with Craig Loxton Craig, as club captain, could you give the website just a brief overview of the game as you saw things today please; and how do you feel about having scored the first goal of the new Blue Square campaign?

Well, obviously we are delighted with the win. Tony (the manager) said to me before the game that he wanted me to get forward and score goals so it’s nice to get the first one, but we don’t want to get too carried away with it. Obviously we’re delighted tonight though, after the sort of shaky start we sort of had, but they have had a few chances today themselves but we cut that out and I think football wise we were miles better than them, we passed it really well and delighted with a win…everyone likes to get off to a winning start, and long may it continue! From a footballing perspective, in my opinion, we kept the ball on the ground as opposed to hitting the ball ‘sky-high’, what’s your feeling on the new style of football we’re playing?

Well, Tony has said to us, he wants us to play football…and if the ball has to go, then it’s got to go long. We’ve got good players all across the pitch who can pass the ball, we’ve got quick players – Dean Grubb, Lee Smith – who can run with the ball. Aaron Wilson; Gareth Hopkins – who’s on fire at the moment, and Ashan (Holgate), who made his debut today, and now people know what he’s all about and what he can do. We’re looking to do well, playing attractive football and hopefully winning at the same time, so it’s hopefully going to be good for us. Can you talk us through your goal this afternoon!?

Well…obviously Gareth, he’s done wonders really…I crept in a couple of times before and the ball has come in, and I was there at the back post. Gareth put in a lovely ball along the floor, and to be honest I couldn’t miss it really! I made a good connection with the ball and their ‘keeper had no chance. It’s good to get off to a good start! A look forward from your perspective Craig, to Tuesday night at Hayes & Yeading; as you know the teams have combined, they’ve had a good pre-season. Are will going to London full of optimism?

Well I saw that they (Hayes & Yeading) lost today, and they are obviously going to want to turn it round at their place and I expect that as when we played them last year, they are going to be big strong, physical, quick….that’s what we saw with Thurrock today, so if we can match that, with our footballing ability…then why not…why can’t we go there and get three points. Finally Craig, do you have message to the Seagulls fans. We had a crowd of 244 today, and played some outstanding football, and personally I felt that we played our best performance of the year (bearing in mind that our last league win was on 2nd December last) at home.

I think that the fans have been brilliant since I’ve been here; they turn out every week. They’re vocal and they really spur the players on. Obviously we ‘d like a few more fans in the ground, but they will only comes with success and that’s down to us but the fans turn out for us week in, week out and always cheer us on and we acknowledge them, and thank them for their support… long as we are successful, I’m sure that more fans will turn out.

A further interview with Ashan Holgate to come later this week.

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Weston-super-Mare's Official website has gone interactive. During the pre-season the Website has had a major overhaul. With numerous changes, one of those is the chance for the Supporters to rate the players after each game.

Pop along to the Match Reports page and there you will find a weston teamsheet on the far right is an official rating and a fans rating. To place your own rating light up the stars below and after the click of your mouse, your rating will be recorded.

Webmaster Phil Sheridan said "This is just one of a long list of changes we have had done to the website, and there's still more changes on the way" The Club hopes to have all the player profiles up to date by next week, with players photo's in place. "The Fans rating is just a bit of fun, and we are in the middle of Putting together a Newsletter Alert, which will update members when a New piece of information is added to the Website."

129 - 09/08/2007

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127 - 09/08/2007

Ashan Holgate signs as defender Sam Bailey leaves club

Weston manager Tony Ricketts has today confirmed the signing of former Macclesfield Town and Swindon Town striker Ashan Holgate. The manager, on speaking to the club website this morning said “I’m delighted to have secured the signing of Ashan Holgate; he will give us pace up front, and he can play off both sides and also in central midfield. He is a very good addition to the squad and I have signed him to score goals; I’m sure he will use us as a stepping stone to get back into the league”

Defender Sam Bailey has been released from the club by mutual consent. Manager Tony Ricketts said “Sam wanted regular first team football, which to be fair I was not able to guarantee, so I have released him in order that he can find a club and play regular first team football with them. I would like to wish Sam the best of luck for the future and thank him for his good service to Weston”.

126 - 07/08/2007

Thoughts of both Gary Johnson and Tony Ricketts after Last nights Game.

Bristol City FC manager Gary Johnson has thanked Weston-super-Mare for their hospitable nature in last night's friendly.

City won the game 2-0 through goals from Ivan Sproule and Scott Murray, and afterwards the City manager pledged to make the fixture an annual date for pre-season.

After the match he told the Weston super Mare FC website: "It was a nice surface and a good little crowd. This was a good game to have, with Weston just up the road so there was little travelling for us. "Weston really looked after us and we will now look to make it an annual fixture in our pre-season list."

The Seagulls, who play in the, attracted a record crowd of 1,361 to their Woodspring Stadium home for last night's game. ___________________________________________________________________

Manager Tony Ricketts, post-match comments following last night’s match, exclusively to Weston super Mare AFC website.


Tony, could you give us your overview on last night’s match please?

Tony Ricketts: I’d like to thank Gary Johnson, Keith Millen and Alan Walsh and the players, supporters of Bristol City for bringing a side down to us so close to the season starting. A tremendous crowd today of nearly 1,500 which obviously we appreciate greatly, and I would like to thank Gary Johnson as well for offering to make it an annual game for this time of the season, so my thanks go to Bristol City team.

Tonight; I’m reasonably pleased with tonight’s game. I’ve been missing for a week, as most people now know, but we’re obviously bitterly disappointing to lose 2-0 on Saturday to our nearest rivals Clevedon Town, in a game in which my Assistant, Chris Smith described as “utterly disgusting” in terms of performance.; but having said that, the players have responded well tonight, worked hard…and yes, perhaps 2-0 flattered us a bit tonight, similar to the 1-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle earlier in pre-season but what I was pleased with was the attitude, commitment and desire of the team in terms of their willingness to fight. We’ve had a couple of chances tonight you know, and overall I was pleased, so it was just the sharpener we needed

We are now just four days away from the big kick off against Thurrock on Saturday; how is everything shaping up as far as the manager is concerned?

Tony Ricketts: Well, we had a squad of 19 today; we will probably be running with a squad of about 16. Ashan Holgate played today – playing 45 minutes – I’m in the market for another striker and hopefully he’ll be on board before Saturday commences. I still think we need 2 or3 others, to back Ashan up with the squad of players we’ve got. This is not a negative on the players we’ve got, hopefully it will be the spur that makes the players improve and go where we want to go. There were lot’s of positives today though; apart from the desire and the commitment which I’ve already mentioned, in terms of our shape and our ability to compete – and our game plan – wasn’t displeasing,

Finally, could you give us an update on Ashan Holgate, who played tonight, and made his first appearance at Clevedon on Saturday?

Tony Ricketts: As far as Ashan is concerned, we have made him an offer, which I am hopeful he will accept. He played in the Football League Division 2 with Macclesfield Town last, and prior to that he was a pro with Swindon Town. He was on loan to Salisbury City for a short while last season, helping them to the top of the table (where of course they were promoted via the Play Offs). He is only 20, he can play central midfield or wide right, but if he signs – and I hope he does – then he will be a useful acquisition for us.

125 - 02/08/2007

Striker Prize Draw Results


124 - 31/07/2007



“There will be some players at that stage of pre-season who we know won’t be playing on the opening game of the season and they will need 90 minutes at Weston”. “Now we’re adding to our squad we’re going to have to get them all games. Our scouts tell us Weston have a nice stadium and nice pitch, and they’re a local team - we are always happy to visit a local team when we can”. “There will be name players playing there and if people want to come they will see a strong Bristol City side.”

These were manager Gary Johnson’s pre-match comments today, Monday 30th July, when the Weston super Mare Football Club again managed to get an exclusive few words with visiting Robins manager Gary Johnson. It is unknown at present if big £1Million transfer man Lee “The Entertainer” Trundle will be making a return visit to the Woodspring Stadium, he graced with former club Swansea City (who visited Weston in pre-season 2006-07) but it is thought highly likely that the big striker will be part of City’s big-money squad when they visit Weston on Monday. Other players likely to make an appearance are former Wolves star Michael McIndoe and former Yeovil stars Phil Jevons and Lee Johnson.

Advance tickets for the big game against Bristol City are now on sale at the club offices and are also on sale from behind the club bar. Also, those purchasing advance tickets stand a chance of winning a special prize on the night of the match! Tickets are priced £8.50 (Adults); £5.50 (Senior Citizens and Children over 16), £3 for children under 16. Children aged under five will be admitted free. Gates will open at 5.45pm and negotiations are currently ongoing for some special pre-match entertainment on the night!

A limited amount of specially published programmes will be available on the night priced at only £1.50.

Prior to Monday’s big game - which Weston FC club officials are hopeful will attract a four-figure gate to the Woodspring Stadium – the Seagulls face a further testing match, when they face old-rivals Clevedon Town, at their Hand Stadium on Saturday (4th August), kick off: 3PM. Weston are expected to take a sizeable travelling support to Clevedon on Saturday, prior to returning to the Woodspring on Monday night! Admission prices at Clevedon Town are at the time of writing this report, are unannounced.

Weston FC’s Press Officer Alan Cooper has urged the people of Weston to turn out in their hundreds, and make it a very special night for the town for the visit of Bristol City on Monday, saying “It has all the makings of being a fantastic night for the club and its supporters”. “Bristol City have told us that they expect a sizeable following to travel down the A370 and M5, and with a good summer’s evening in store, the fans should be in for a footballing treat”!

For more information regarding Saturday’s match at Clevedon and also Monday’s “Big One” at the Woodspring, call the club offices on 01934 621618, or the club information line on 01934 647323.

123 - 28/07/2007

Weston-super-Mare1 v 1 Bristol Rovers

In a highly entertaining game played at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday Weston fought out a creditable 1-1 draw against a strong Bristol Rovers side in front of a crowd of 389.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors when a promising move down the right ended with the dangerous Adam Mahdi firing just wide and just minutes later defender Shaun Lamb misjudged a through ball which allowed Charlie Reece to square the ball into the middle, Tom Godsell, with only keeper Ryan Northmore to beat, smashed his drive against a post. Weston's first opportunity fell to striker Gareth Hopkins who forced Mike Green in the visitors goal to dive full length to tip the ball onto the post. Mahdi then missed another opportunity to put the visitors ahead when he fired wide when well placed. Then the striker watched in amazement as Northmore managed to deny him again with another superb save, diving to his right and palming the ball away.

Mahdi then tried his luck with a free kick but again he was wide of the mark. On 23 minutes the home side took the lead when skipper Craig Loxton fed Lewis Powell, his drive was turned round the post by Green and when the resulting corner came over Hopkins rose above everybody to head powerfully home. Barry McConnell then sent over a teasing cross which was just to high for Powell to connect with. Green was called into action just before the break when a misdirected header from one of his own defenders caused him to palm the ball over his bar.

As the half drew to a close Rovers almost equalised when a long raking corner was met on the volley by Godsell but from almost point blank range Northmore managed to parry the ball onto the crossbar.

The second half began with Rovers beginning to turn the screw but the home side defended stoutly and were unlucky not to increase their lead when a shot from Powell was deflected for a corner. When the ball came over Craig Rand sent a bullet header goalwards only to see it brilliantly tipped over by Green.

On 53 minutes Rovers squared the game when hesitancy in the home defence allowed a corner to go uncleared, Mahdi stepped in and fired home from six yards.

The game swung from end to end with both sides playing fast, attractive football to the delight of the crowd, Hopkins had an effort blocked, then set up Marc McGregor but his weak shot was easily gathered by Green. Matt Hale then made a storming run down the left flank, cut inside his marker but his viciously struck cross into the box was hacked away by a defender. Substitute Andy Chapman saw his free kick knocked back by Sam Bailey to McGregor but again his shot did not trouble Green. Chapman then tried his luck from long range but again Green was equal to the task.

This was a very strong performance by the mainly youthful Seagulls side, Manager Tony Ricketts has assembled a squad that on this performance should rattle a few feathers come kick-off time.

Weston (Starting Line-Up) Northmore, Willshire, Hale, Loxton, Lamb, Rand, Grubb, McGregor, Hopkins, Powell, McConnell. Subs Used during second half Wilson, Burt, Chapman, Bailey, Smith.

122 - 25/07/2007

Thoughts of Gary Domone after the Taunton Game

Gary, could you give us an overview of tonight’s game from a Taunton Town perspective please?

I think that we probably got more out of the game than Weston did tonight to be honest. I think its really good to play against good quality players and they’ve got lots of good players here with a really good manager. It’s so beneficial to my lads, we can learn so much. People here at Weston are lovely people and I’m just really happy tonight. Obviously we’ve lost a few players. To be honest with you that was the first time tonight that we’ve really fielded, what I would call half a balanced side. I thought for the first 20-25 minutes that we were just chasing shadows, but then we don’t start till 18th August and I think Weston start on the 11th. Weston are a good club though, they’ve good management and I love the people, and I just hope they do really well.

121 - 25/07/2007

Interviews with Billy Clark and Matty Hales

Billy Clark

A good solid performance by you tonight Billy, and great to see you back in action in a Weston shirt. You are a very popular figure here; what are your thought’s on tonight’s match, after you came on as sub?

“I wanted to play the whole game really, but there was a lot of things to consider really. Tony is still looking at players, looking at options and stuff, but that’s me really, I like to play every game. I’m still quite fit; I played Saturday, felt quite fit when I came on and I’m probably as fit as when I left the club anyway, so it wont be a problem.

It will be an interesting to go back to Clevedon. Its not a major thing though, just a pre-season friendly. They’re all important games but its not my big thing though, I wont be going out to prove people wrong or anything like that; I’m just hopeful of getting 90 minutes under my belt and get closer to maximum fitness for our first game on 11th August”

Matt Hale

Matt, could you introduce yourself to the website please, and tell us a little bit about yourself, and give us your thoughts on your first few weeks with Weston?

“Matt Hale previously with Longwell Green in the Western League. Prior to that I was with Weymouth, Yeovil, Bristol City, Bath City, and a few other clubs including Dorchester Town in what is now this league, but was the Doc Martens Premier. I had a telephone call from manager Tony Ricketts in the summer. I was looking back to playing a bit higher. I know the manager through the coaching world and I have a lot of respect for Tony and the work he does in that area so it seemed like a good idea to come and work under him. A good opportunity to come back playing in this league.

I was player/coach at Western League side Longwell Green last season, but I have my own business as well in coaching education at the University of Bath. I’ve had a lot of work on with that, but have managed to manoeuvre some things around and get some more time to travel to around a bit more and play that bit higher standard again, so I can launch it from here!

I enjoyed tonight’s match. They’re a great bunch of lads here at Weston, I’ve enjoyed the few games that I’ve played so far, and yes I am enjoying it and I’m sure I’ll enjoy many more games to come with Weston super Mare Football Club”

120 - 25/07/2007

Interview with Tony Ricketts after the Taunton Match

Could you give us your thoughts on tonight’s game please Tony and how you feel we are progressing this pre-season please?

“I think that we’re getting to the nitty-gritty part of pre-season. Tonight’s performance I thought was reasonable, or an above average first half. Two well taken goals from Gareth Hopkins. Good work from Dean Grubb on the first one and good work by Matty Hale on the other, so I was pleased with that. I thought that in the second half we took our foot of the tempo meter and let Taunton have far too much of the ball. They had a couple of opportunities and we had a couple of opportunities, so overall the first half was above average and the second half was below average. We have got to get a greater consistency and become tighter and not be as loose as what we were in the second half. Matty Hale tonight was a major positive in his runs forward and could have scored three or four goals. Nathan Bailey missed a golden opportunity but in saying that, they hit the post twice and the crossbar as well”

Can you tell us anymore on your continuing search for players?

“Billy Clark has re-signed at the club now, as has young Jason Burt. Jason was with me at Bristol Rovers, and we may loan him out at some stage, but he started for us tonight and Dean Grubb (who I rate highly) – and I think will go on to play league football – so three more signings, building up the squad nicely. I still feel that we need three or more new players though. We won’t be furthering our interest in Nathan Bailey. He didn’t do enough for me tonight; I was expecting a bit more. I wish him every success though wherever he ends up, he’s a good lad”

So we’re on the search for two or three more then?

“Well…obviously Shaun Lamb played here. He did ok tonight. I’ve watched his career across at the city of Bristol for a few years now, and I think that there’s more to come from the lad. We’ve had young Harry Sherwood who played at Radstock as well. I still think that we need a big dominant centre-half and we’ll see how those two develop. We need another (quick) striker but I won’t be rushed into that one, as for me that’s a crucial one. We’ve been unlucky with some of the players we’ve gone for, and I won’t bore you to death with who we’ve gone for, but every time we’ve gone for a striker they’ve been snapped up by a league club quite quickly, so we must be chasing the right players, and I’ve said that many times before!...and I think we need someone in central midfield, someone with a bit of presence, and probably a left footer. What that will mean is that if I get those three or four players, some players will have to go because of the budget, and I will stay within in. Yes, I’m still looking for three or four more players. I don’t think that we’ll get them before the season starts, but I think that they’ll be a fall out during August, but I don’t think that the squad will be fully assembled until late August/early August”

[Taunton Town manager] Gary Domone has spoken extremely highly of you and the Weston surface, is there anything you’d like to say about Taunton Town’s performance tonight?

I thought Taunton Town did well, they got the ball down and played some decent football. They’ve got some good lads playing for them. The lad Taylor did well in defence, and Faux did well too, but in saying that Gareth Hopkins did well as well…so I don’t want to contradict myself (laugh from the manager)! They played some attractive football, and Gary has done really there and has done a good job in steadying the ship there. They were unfortunate not to have gone up to the Southern League Premier via the play-offs, but I wish them every success. I’ve had a good relationship with them as Director of Football at Filton College, and we’ve loaned them some players, and obviously this includes Ben Willshire, who has now signed for us. They’ve got another lad called Scott Thomas, and I’ve got no doubt that one or two of the younger boys from here will probably pull on a Taunton Town shirt, on maybe a loan deal, at some time in the future”

119 - 25/07/2007


Weston super Mare Football Club have today released details of admission prices for the above top class pre-season friendly match, to be played at the Woodspring Stadium, Weston super Mare on Monday 6th August 2007.

Admission prices are:

Adults: £8.50

Senior Citizens & Students: £5.50

Children under 16: £3.00

Children under 5 Free

This match is not all ticket however, advance tickets will be available from Thursday 26th July 2007 to both personal callers to Weston super Mare Football Club during normal working hours (9am – 5pm).

Weston super Mare Football Club also invites postal applications for tickets. Applications should be accompanied by a cheque for the total amount of tickets required, with a stamped-addressed envelope to:

Match Day Secretary Weston super Mare Football Club Winterstoke Road WESTON SUPER MARE BS24 9AA

For any further enquiries please telephone Weston super Mare Football Club on 01934 621618.

118 - 23/07/2007

Weston’s pre-season gathers pace

Weston FC, now with six pre-season friendly games under their belts (two wins, two defeats and a goalless draw at their Western League neighbours, Weston St Johns, last Saturday)(not including Tuesday night’s match with Taunton Town) are now geared to step up the pace, as they face two testing final home pre-season matches and an away match against local rivals Clevedon Town.

This Saturday (28th July), the Seagulls take on a Bristol Rovers XI at the Woodspring Stadium (kick off: 3pm). Admission prices for this game are: Adults: £5; Senior citizens and children over 16: £3; children under 16: £2. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free. This game is not all ticket. Gates will open at 2pm on Saturday.

Manager Tony Ricketts is currently keeping week commencing Monday 30th July free of matches in order to concentrate on training and coaching issues, but Saturday 4th August sees the Seagulls return to action at their auld enemy when they face local rivals Clevedon Town at the Hand Stadium, kick off: 3pm. Admission prices for the Clevedon match are currently unavailable, but as soon as they are announced, details will be published on the Weston FC club website;

The Seagulls complete their pre-season matches on Monday 6th August 2007, with a very big game at the Woodspring Stadium, when their visitors will be Coca-Cola championship side Bristol City (kick off for which is 7pm – at Bristol City’s request).

This match is sure to attract a large crowd and Weston’s officials are expecting to announce admission prices for this game over the next few days, which again will be published on the club’s website. It is the first time in a number of years that Bristol City have visited Weston, and this visit will be their first visit to the Woodspring Stadium. City manager Gary Johnson is known to want to bring a strong squad to Weston for this match, as City’s original schedule match for 6th August (at Wycombe Wanderers FC) has now been called off. This will be the final match for both managers prior to the start of the new season which kicks off in earnest on Saturday 11th August; City will be at home to Queens Park Rangers and Weston face Thurrock in their first game in the new Blue Square (South) league, so it is thought likely that both clubs will want to use their top players for at least part of this game.

Further news on the big Bristol City match will appear in this newspaper next week, so reserve your copy now!

117 - 23/07/2007


The next Fun Week to be run by the Football Club will take place on Wednesday 1st August, Thursday 2nd August and Friday 3rd August at the Football Complex at Weston super Mare AFC.

This will be followed by a further Fun Week to be run by the Club on Wednesday 29th August, Thursday 30th August and Friday 31st August, again at the Football Complex at Weston super Mare AFC.

Registration starts at 8.45am and the coaching and fun will begin at 9.30am. The children will be ready for collection at 3.00pm.

The Town’s Football Club offers:-

• The course supervised by a UEFA B Licence holder and the former goalkeeper for Torquay United AFC.

• Qualified FA coaches, who are current players at the Club.

• Indoor football using our own sports hall.

• Outdoor football using our own training pitch with all the latest training equipment as used by our own professionals.

Cost £15 per child per day, payable at registration on the day or £40 for the three days if paid on Wednesday 1st August or Wednesday 29th August.

Please bring indoor, outdoor footwear, rain jacket and a packed lunch.

Phone 01934 621618 or 07795674230 to reserve a place.

Further details are available on request from

116 - 20/07/2007

New signings continue at the Woodspring

Weston manager Tony Ricketts continues to busy himself with re-shaping his team for the rapidly approaching 2007-08 season.

Amongst players to add their signature and commit to the future with Weston super Mare AFC are Ben Willshire signed from BGB Southern League side Taunton Town.

Mr Ricketts said of his new signing: “I have known Ben Willshire for 4 – 5 years, having worked with him at Bristol Rovers Academy. Ben will be a good acquisition for the team; he is a tenacious player who never knows when to give up. I’m sure he will do well for us”.

115 - 19/07/2007

Official launch of Kids Go Free campaign at Weston super Mare Football Club

Weston Football Club officially launched their Kids Go Free campaign at their Woodspring Stadium this week.

Young supporter, James Easterbrook, aged 7, is shown pictured with Weston FC midfielder (and Somerset Under 18) captain Craig Mawford (left) and Seagulls Chairman Paul Bliss (right), with his pass-card for all Weston’s home matches for the forthcoming season in the Blue Square South football league.

Proudly clutching the match-ball he won at Weston’s big pre-season match against Plymouth Argyle last week, which had been signed by the players of both teams, James said, “I am very very pleased to have won this ball, which I will treasure”. “I had a brilliant time at the big game last week and although I am a Plymouth Argyle fan, I hope Weston win all their games and get to the top!”.

Kids go Free passes are available at the Weston FC club offices to all children aged 16 and under, on every week day during normal working hours (9am – 5pm). All the club ask is that parents, who wish to register their children for this fantastic offer, take along a passport size photograph and proof of age of their child. (e.g. passport or birth certificate) along to the club offices to obtain their child’s pass for the forthcoming 2007-08.

The new season kicks off at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday 11th August, when the Seagulls take on Thurrock FC (kick off: 3pm). The club are hoping for another bumper crowd when they start their new season, and hope that the attendance will swelled by scores of Kids go Free club members!

For more information contact the club offices on 01934 621618

114 - 18/07/2007

NEWS FLASH ----Another Home Friendly secured..........

Championship Side Bristol City have been named as Weston's 5th and final Home friendly of the Pre-season.

The Fixture to be played on Monday 6th August will be the Seagulls 9th pre-season fixture in what has been one the most entertaining line ups since The Seagulls arrived at Woodspring Stadium. The match will Kick off at 7pm and Gary Johnson has confirmed he will be bringing down a strong squad. It is hoped that Both sets of Fans we turn out in large numbers.

Weston have already played Tetbury, Championship side Plymouth Argyle, and Conference side Salisbury City, Tonight they travel to Radstock before playing Weston st.Johns on Saturday (again away). They will then play Taunton Town at home on the 24th July and theN on Saturday 28th Bristol Rovers will be our guests at Woodspring Stadium.

In the final away fixture Weston will travel to the Hand Stadium, to play Clevedon Town, Before finishing the pre-season campaign at Home against Bristol City. Ticket prices for this game will be announced soon.

113 - 17/07/2007

Seagulls announce further pre-season friendly match

Weston manager Tony Ricketts has announced a further pre-season match on Saturday 21st July 2007.

The Seagulls will be visiting Western League Division 1 neighbours, Weston St Johns FC at their Coleridge Road ground, kick off: 3pm.

A Weston FC club spokesman said “The manager is expecting to field a strong team at Weston St Johns; it is a long time since we have taken a team to play our neighbours, so it should be a good afternoon’s football for everybody”. “We hope that there will be a good attendance at Saints ground and it’s an entertaining afternoon”

The match follows Wednesday evening’s (18th July) match at Western League side Radstock Town (kick off: 7.30pm).

112 - 17/07/2007

Weston drawn away in the 1st round of the New Setanta Shield

Weston-super-Mare have been drawn away to newly promoted Bath City in the 1st round of the Setanta Shield due to be played week Commencing 1st October. The Winners will then be away to Newport County in the 2nd round.

111 - 15/07/2007

Weston Manager Tony Ricketts post-match comments following his first two pre-season friendlies

Interview by Alan Cooper

Speaking exclusively to the Weston super Mare Football Club website, manager Tony Ricketts gave an insight into his thoughts following his first match in charged, against Coca-Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday night (11th July):

I was very pleased with our performance. We only lost 1-0. In all fairness to Plymouth – and I wouldn’t expect anything else, we were under the cosh a little bit and at times Plymouth were pretty wasteful with their chances and in all fairness, Plymouth should have won four or five nil which probably would have been a true reflection of the game but for me, it wasn’t about the result tonight, it was about players getting at least 45 to 90 minutes underneath their belts and ensuring that the fitness continued to improve so that when we get to August 11th we’re firing on all cylinders, so overall really pleased with the effort the lads put it, we made our own luck, put bodies on the line and stopped things, and we had a couple of chances ourselves….and for our first game, very pleased.

We have a healthy squad of players at the moment; 23 – 24. We won’t be able to run with 24, 25 players, we’re probably going to run with 16 to 18. We’re going down the youthful route, with players who’ve got something to prove, and that includes the management team as well, but I thought there was some good performances out there, although we still need 3 or 4 players. I think we need a little bit of physical presence. We’ve got lots of good footballers, but I think we need a little bit of physical presence as well. We tried to play, we tried to get the ball down. I thought that Matty Hale (my left back) and Ryan (Northmore) were outstanding tonight. They were my picks. I thought too that the two strikers – Gareth Hopkins and Lewis Powell – combined well at times too, so for me, it was a good performance.

[Alan Cooper] Looking back to the Tetbury game on Monday (9th July), could you reflect on that game for us?

We fielded a young side at Tetbury. We were 3-0 up at half time, played really well in the first half and then took our foot off the pedal and ended up winning the game 3-2. In summary, a good first half and not so good second half. Francis Rollli got two goals and Robert Queiros got the other goal. We certainly showed up in the first half, it was just a little disappointing that we allowed our performance to taper off. Dean Grubb…Jason Burt, both played in that game, they are both only 18 years of age and both have had part of the game tonight.

[Alan Cooper]…..I thought that Dean Grubb played very well when he came on tonight…what are your thoughts on that?

Yeah he did….Dean is absolutely gutted at the moment. Dean was hopefully to start tonight; but that’s what I want. I want him to be upset when he is not in the team, and I want him to be in the team. He will start against Salisbury on Saturday. I want competition all over the field; I know that I may have only 16 or 18 players, but Barry McConnell tonight for example, I played him in three different positions…I played him wide right, centre midfield and he ended up right back.

[Alan Cooper]….Barry McConnell, another outstanding acquisition …?

I hope so, yes. Barry was Chris Smith recommendation . I know that Barry is a good pro. I spoke to the people at Exeter who said he is an excellent pro. I don’t really know him; getting to know him…getting to know how he works though….and yes, I think he will be an excellent acquisition for us. We talk about the youngsters as well, but with his experience, but you know, there is Craig Rand, Mark McGregor, Gareth Hopkins and Ryan Northmore to a certain degree….down through the core, the centre of the team, we need that bit of experience of the team.

[Alan Cooper]… A couple of final questions then…did you notice the warm reception you got from the fans tonight?

…I’ve got an apology to make to the fans to be perfectly honest. I didn’t hear them chanting my name, so I didn’t acknowledge them, but it was only because I didn’t hear them, so I do apologise to them and I’ll ensure that I acknowledge them next time, because both Chris and I were given a warm reception throughout but I didn’t hear the chants so I didn’t acknowledge the chants, so that’s my fault. I do get heavily involved in the game. I prefer it though if it was ‘Rikko’ and not Ricketts……’cause Chris tells me it was Ricketts [laugh from Tony]!!

[Alan Cooper]….finally Tony, can you give us a brief look forward to the Salisbury City on Saturday?

Obviously, Salisbury have been promoted to the Conference from the Conference South last year. I think it will be a more difficult game than today. There will be players there wanting to prove themselves…Salisbury have a healthy squad, with lots of competition for places and they’ve got a fair few players on trial. A couple of lads that I’ve spoken to are down there on trial. I know they will be champing at the bit, and with a bit of prove. If we show the same endeavour and commitment as we did tonight; and the same desire, we will improve as well, in terms of our ball retention. But, it will be a difficult game and it will be a good game for our fans to come and watch. Fantastic performance tonight, nearly 700 here and we have got to give them something to cheer about….hopefully we did tonight and that’s want we want to continue doing.

Weston super Mare AFC v Salisbury City (Saturday 14th July 2007) Post match comments (on Sunday 15th July Interview by Alan Cooper

“I was a little disappointed – after the euphoria of Wednesday night – to loose 5-1 and concede goals in the way we did, and it reinforced my feeling, as I said on Wednesday night that we still need a further 3 or 4 players. We struggled with Salisbury’s physical dominance on the game. We made a few changes to the starting line up but didn’t want to loose like that. I felt that we gifted four of their five goals. Their second goal for example came from a free kick that never was, but [the Salisbury City player] Luke Prince, finished it well. Matty Hall (who has definitely signed for us by the way – on non-contract terms!) came out of the game with great credit..

I have been very busy trying to sign players for the club all week….Matty Villas (a centre-half) has now signed for Torquay United this week and the striker I was after…Alex Meechin, and someone I have been after for quite a while, has now signed for York City. Another player, Ollie Barnes, who I thought we had secured, played yesterday for Salisbury and has now been offered a full-time contract by them. Alan Legister, another pro with an extremely good potential, has been offered terms by League 1 side Cheltenham Town, and has now signed for them….but it shows we are trying to sign the right players for the club...

We’ve got three weeks or so left before the start of the league season, and hopefully we’ll get three or four more players in …

I’m hoping to tie up a further pre-season match – fairly locally – inside the next 24 hours or so, for next Saturday (21st July), but with home games against Taunton (24th July), Bristol Rovers (28th) and Clevedon Town (away – on 4th August) that should give me a far better idea as to how we’re shaping up and to the bigger picture. We’ve had two difficult home games, which I was expecting”.

A comment from a Salisbury City spokesman, on Sunday evening was:

“The game was very enjoyable as it was not a pointless pre-season exercise, and some good football was played by both sides. Both sides learned something and I suppose the most pointless thing about the afternoon was the result……have a good season

109 - 13/07/2007

Post Match Comments from the Plymouth Argyle management team exclusively to the Weston super Mare Football Club website:

Tim Breaker (Assistant Manager Plymouth Argyle Football Club and former Luton Town and West Ham star:

“We were really pleased with the surface, it was a really excellent work out for our lads. There was a good attitude from both sides and both sides got something out of the game. Thanks very much to Weston for inviting us down here. We much appreciated your hospitality and everyone enjoyed the day. It was a pleasure to come down here”.

Ian Holloway (Manager Plymouth Argyle Football Club)

“I’d like to thank everyone connected with Weston super Mare Football Club. It was pleasure to bring my team here, I was very proud of my team. The minute we walked in, we could see the progress you have made, the pitch was absolutely outstanding, the facilities you have got here are superb and we were really warmly welcomed and your team gave us a heck of game, played in a great spirit, very competitive, very tough and somewhere I would definitely consider coming to again. Thank you so much indeed”

108 - 12/07/2007

Pre-Season 2007-08

Weston manager Tony Ricketts has now confirmed that he will be sending a team to play Radstock Town at their ‘ Southfield ’ ground on Wednesday 18th July 2007. Kick Off: 7.30PM.

107 - 10/07/2007

Preparations on track for visit of Plymouth Argyle FC

All preparations are on track for the visit of Coca-Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle to the Woodspring Stadium tomorrow, Wednesday 11th July 2007. The gates open at 6pm and kick off is at 7.30pm. Plymouth Argyle have confirmed that they will be sending their full first team squad to Weston, and popular manager Ian Holloway will also be travelling with the team.

Pre-match entertainment will be provided by the Weston Shooting Stars (Weston Cheerleaders) who make a welcome return to the stadium and the fans will also be entertained by the Weston Aerobics Gymnastics club – over 20 children who will perform a gymnastics display on the field of play (weather permitting!).

A limited number of programmes (with souvenir colour insert) will be available for purchase prior to kick off. There will also be an opportunity to win a signed match ball, signed by both teams!

Fans and supporters are urged to get to the stadium early tomorrow night, as the club are expecting a big turnout for this eagerly anticipated match.

106 - 09/07/2007

Pre-season 2007-08

Weston Manager, Tony Ricketts has confirmed that he will be sending a young team to play Tetbury (at Tetbury) on Monday evening, 9th July 2007.

Following this game, Mr Ricketts will make his final selection for the match against Plymouth Argyle FC, which is to be played at the Woodspring Stadium Weston super Mare, on Wednesday 11 July 2007 (kick off: 7.30pm). Gates open on Wednesday at 6pm.

It is likely that there will also be pre-match entertainment prior to the start of this game. Further details will be issued by the club press-office (and also the club information line - 01934 647323) will be updated tomorrow evening, Monday 9th July 2007. The Press Office will also issue a summary of the match at Tetbury, on Tue 10th July. At the time of writing, the Press Office are negotiating with local radio for a live-radio broadcast by Weston FC manager, Tony Ricketts, details of which will be announced as and when confirmed.

104 - 05/07/2007

Striker Prize Draw Results

£1000 winner X6014 George Wood £500 winner W4346 Mrs Higgins £250 winner WC6042 Mr Isaac £125 winner WE0283 Mrs Kay Abbott Plus 64 paying members with the same numbers but a different prefix all win £10

105 - 05/07/2007

Pre-season at the Woodspring Stadium –

Weston super Mare Football Club wish to confirm admission prices for all pre-season games arranged to date. These are as follows:

vs. Plymouth Argyle Football Club (Wednesday 11th July 2007) Weston super Mare AFC are delighted to welcome Coca Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle FC to the Woodspring Stadium on Wednesday 11th July 2007. Kick off will be at 7.30pm and the gates will open at 6.00pm. Admission prices are as follows: Adults: £8.50 OAPs & Students: £5.50 Children under 16: £3.00 Children under 5: Free This match is a MUST for every football fan in the area as Plymouth Argyle have confirmed that they will be fielding their full Coca Cola Championship side. Plymouth Argyle received national recognition last season when they reached the FA Cup Quarter Final against Premier Division Watford FC, in a match which they narrowly lost. Argyle have also been featured many times on both National and Sky TV. vs. Salisbury City Football Club (Saturday 14th July 2007) Following the visit of Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday 11th July 2007, Weston super Mare AFC are again delighted to welcome Blue Square Premier side Salisbury City FC to the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday 14th July 2007. Kick off will be at 3.00pm and the gates will open at 2.00pm. Admission prices are as follows: Adults: £7:00 OAPs & Students: £4.00 Children Under 16. £2.00 Children Under 5: Free Salisbury City also received national recognition last season when they played in two high profile FA Cup matches against former European Champions Nottingham Forest, narrowly losing at Nottingham after holding ‘Forest to a draw at Salisbury. Salisbury City are fully expected to field former Woodspring Park favourite, Marvin Brown! vs. Taunton Town FC (Tuesday 24th July 2007) Weston super Mare AFC are extremely pleased to host BGB Southern League (South & West) side Taunton Town FC on Tuesday 24th July 2007 (kick off: 7.45). Gates will open for this match at 6.30pm. Admission prices will be: Adults: £5.00 OAPs & Students: £3.00 Children Under 16: £2.00 Children Under 5: Free Taunton Town FC reached the Play-Off final of the BGB Southern League South & West at the end of last season, and it is fully expected that this will be a very exciting and close game. vs. Bristol Rovers XI (Saturday 28th July 2007) Weston super Mare are delighted to welcome Bristol Rovers FC back to the Woodspring Stadium again this pre-season, following the ‘Rovers highly successful visit to the Woodspring last year. Kick off for this match will be 3.00 and gates will open at 2.00pm. Admission prices will be: Adults: £5.00 OAPs & Students: £3.00 Children Under 16: £2.00 Children Under 5: Free Bristol Rovers were promoted to Coca Cola League 1 and the end of last season following their epic League 2 Play Off Final victory against Shrewsbury Town at Wembley. Bristol Rovers FC have been requested to bring their Play Off Final trophy with them on the afternoon, and it is hoped that the team will parade the trophy prior to kick off at the Woodspring Stadium.

103 - 04/07/2007

Ticket Prices announced for Bristol Rovers XI match

The Seagulls have now announced their prices for the visit of a Bristol Rovers XI to the Woodspring Stadium (Saturday 28th July 2007 – kick off 3PM), which are: Adults: £5.00 OAPs & Students: £3.00 Under 16s: £2.00 Children Under 5 will be admitted free.

102 - 04/07/2007

“Great to be back”….and “Chuffed to bits”

These were just two of the positive comments emanating from the players at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday last (30th June) when manager Tony Ricketts and his assistant (Chris Smith) got their squad together for the commencement of pre-season training. Almost 30 players turned up for training, as the new manager’s retained players, newly signed players, trialists and youth team players, blended together to enjoy a very positive first day’s training under the watchful eye of the new coaches. Newly signed midfielder Barry McConnell explained how pleased he was to be back at the Woodspring, saying “It’s great to be back. When I realised that the manager (Tony Ricketts) wanted to talk to me with a view to bringing me back to the Woodspring, I was very impressed with his extremely positive outlook, I like the people here at Weston and the overall set up and I look forward to a positive season all round”. Manager Ricketts new recruits Lewis Powell and Ben Willshire (signed from Bristol Rovers and Taunton Town respectively) added to the positive vibes, echoing how impressed they were with the Woodspring Stadium set up and saying that they were “chuffed to bits to be at Weston”, and that they “can’t wait to get started”, and “to show what we can do”…..all of which will be music to the ears of the Weston fans. Summing up a very positive first day of training, the new manager said: “Every single one of us has something to prove; the management staff, the coaching staff, the players who were here last season, the new players, those young pro’s who were released by other clubs…..all of us are hungry, and all of us are here with something to prove”.

101 - 03/07/2007

Weston start new season at Home

Weston will open the Blue Square South 2007/2008 with a Home game on Saturday 11th August against Thurrock. This will be followed by two away games on Tuesday 14th, The Seagulls will travel to newly formed Hayes and Yeading United and then on Saturday the 18th away to Fisher Athletic. On August Bank Holiday (25TH), Weston will travel to newly promoted Bath City. And on Boxing Day Newport County will be the Visitors to Woodspring Stadium with the reverse fixture on New Years Day. In Between these two fixtures Bath City will make their first League visit to Woodspring Stadium on the 29th December. Newly Introduced this season is the Setanta Shield which will begin the first week in October. Weston’s final game over the Season will be away at The Dripping Pan home of Lewes F.C.

98 - 27/06/2007

Amendment to recent press release

The Club Press Office have issued the following statement regarding the Press Release that was issued on Tue 26 Jun 07 relating to Pre-season: Both Ollie Barnes and Darren Mullins have not yet signed for the club. The Club wishes to point out that the manager, Mr Ricketts, is in talks with both players and is hopeful of securing the signature of both players prior to the start of the season. The Press Office wishes to apologise for this misunderstanding and has assured all fans that the latest information on all matters regarding Weston super Mare AFC will be available on the website as quickly as possible after its release date.

96 - 26/06/2007

Pre-season training resumes at the Woodspring

The Seagulls are to resume training in preparation for the new season at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday (30th June) when manager Tony Ricketts, and fitness coach Mark Hammond, will start to put the players through their paces. Manager, Ricketts was in a very positive mood this week expressing his pleasure that he had been able to retain Craig Loxton (whom he has selected as captain for the 07/08 campaign), Andrew Robertson, Marc McGregor, Andy Chapman and Gareth Hopkins. This was in addition to the retention of crowd favourites Ryan Northmore and Craig Rand, their futures being confirmed and the end of last season when both were secured under contract at the club. The manager has continued to busy himself in the transfer market this week and was buoyant to report the re-signing of Barry McConnell from Dorchester Town. McConnell who left the club earlier this year was himself delighted to return to the Woodspring Stadium and manager Ricketts said of his capture; “Barry is a very versatile player, he did well at Weston before he left us to go to Dorchester and I am very pleased that he is now back with us. He can play either in midfield or at full back, and I know he will do a very good job for us”. Mr Ricketts has also added a further signing this week – Arron Wilson, a 20 year old wide left player from Gloucester City. Speaking about his new signing exclusively to the club website, the manager said “I am very pleased to have signed both Barry and Arron. Barry is a quality player whose pedigree speaks for itself, and Arron is a player with a great deal of potential, who has already been closely monitored by Football League clubs; I’m delighted to have them both on board along with Lee Smith from Cirencester Town” The Seagulls manager, having signed Barry McConnell and Arron Wilson; adding to his already impressive earlier captures of Lee Smith (from Cirencester), Ben Willshire (from Taunton), Lewis Powell (from Bristol Rovers) Ollie Barnes (from Bristol City) and Darren Mullins, pointed out that he was still active in the player market and expressed his hope that he would be able to make an announcement before the end of the week regarding a striker whom he hoped to be able to commit to a signature.. He was also hoping to secure the signature of a central midfield player. Mr Ricketts also paid tribute to departing former captain Matt Rose, who has this week signed for Southern League Gloucester City. “Matt has done extremely well for us and has given then club tremendous service. I wish him all the very best with Gloucester City”. Blue Square (South) League Fixtures to be announced next week Weston Football Club have learned that the fixtures for the new (2007/08) Blue Square (South) league season, are to be announced next Monday (3rd July), details of which will appear later that day on the club’s website –

97 - 26/06/2007

Weston super Mare Football Club announces admission prices for Plymouth Argyle and Salisbury City matches

Admission prices for Weston’s eagerly anticipated pre-season match against Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday 11th July (kick off 7.30pm) – that is surely going to catch the imagination and support of the Weston public, fans and holidaymakers alike – are to be priced as follows: Adults: £8.50 OAPs & Students: £5.50 Children Under 16 £3.00 Children Under 5 Free Admission prices for Weston’s match against Salisbury City (who were promoted to the Conference (National) on winning the play-off final at the end of last season) to be played 72 hours later, on Saturday 14th July (kick off: 3pm) will be: Adults: £7.00 OAPs & Students £4.00 Children Under 16 £4.00 Children Under 5 Free Admission prices for Weston’s match against Bristol Rovers, on Saturday 28th July (kick off: 3pm) will be announced by the club next week, along with fixtures for the new, 2007-08 Blue Square (South) league season.

95 - 21/06/2007

Seagulls Boss delighted to host Plymouth Argyle in first pre-season friendly at the Woodspring

Weston manager Tony Ricketts has expressed his delight at being able to field his first starting line up against Coca Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle FC (to be played at the Woodspring Stadium on Wednesday evening 11th July 2007 – kick off: 7.30pm). Following the Weston press office’s receipt of Pilgrims boss Ian Holloway’s pre-match comment, in which Mr Holloway said: I’m delighted we’re kicking off our pre-season campaign at Weston-super-Mare; it’s a Weston-super place to go. “We’ve been looking forward to the fixture ever since we knew we’d be starting off at the Woodspring Stadium. “I am very impressed with the facilities – the pitch looks great and the North Stand is a credit to the club. Let’s hope both clubs can look forward to something to celebrate at the end of the 2007-08 campaign. “Onwards and upwards. Weston boss, Tony Ricketts, responded: “The visit of Ian Holloway's Plymouth Argyle's championship side is a fitting way to start a new era at Woodspring Park for the club, players and management team. It will be the first and most difficult game of our pre season programme and I a have no doubt Plymouth will give us a good chasing which will only benefit our players fitness prior to the commencement of our Blue Square Conference South season. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ian publicly and Plymouth Argyle for travelling to Woodspring Park and wish them every success in the Championship next season” Ticket prices for this eagerly anticipated pre-season match – that is surely going to catch the imagination and support of the Weston public, fans and holidaymakers alike – are to be priced as follows: Adults: £8.50 OAPs & Students: £5.50 Children Under 16 £3.00 Children Under 5 Free Ticket prices for the Seagulls remaining pre-season matches will be announced within the next 48 hours.

94 - 19/06/2007


Admission Free of Charge to Children Under 16 for 2007-08 Season Weston super Mare Football Club are pleased to announce that admission to all children under the age of 16 will be free of charge for the duration of the 2007-08 Blue Square South Football League season, which commences on Saturday 11th August 2007. League fixtures are as yet unannounced however parents of children under the age of 16 are most welcome to visit the club offices during normal office hours (9am – 5pm Monday- Friday) in order that they can obtain an identity card (for proof of entry) for their child(ren). Parents will need to provide evidence of their child’s age (via passport or birth certificate) and should produce a passport sized photograph which will be affixed to the child’s identity admission card. Free Admission to matches at the Woodspring Stadium does not include pre-season friendlies. For further information parents may contact the club offices on Weston (01934) 621618 or e-mail to

93 - 13/06/2007


Alan Cooper reporting from the Woodspring Stadium Weston had its Mid-summer buzz happening elsewhere in the town on Sunday evening but Weston Football Club had its own version of a Summer buzz at the Woodspring Stadium on Sunday morning when new manager Tony Ricketts was introduced to the fans at yet another well attended Fans Forum. Over 60 fans turned up to meet and to hear new manager Tony Ricketts but the Forum kicked off with the huge news of Weston retaining their Conference (South) status (next season to be the Blue Square South) when Chairman, Paul Bliss announced that the previous day’s Conference Annual General Meeting had agreed to retain Weston FC in its constitution. The news was great with loud applause and cheers all round, as the Seagulls can now prepare for another season in Conference football and a chance to redeem themselves after such a disappointing season last term. This had all come about owing to the financial decline of Farnborough Town, who had been expelled from the league and also to the merger of Hayes and Yeading FC’s who have combined to become Hayes and Yeading FC, therefore leaving a space open for Weston to return to the Conference (Blue Square) South. Mr Bliss confirmed that former manager Frank Gregan had now left the club and that it was imperative that the club retained its links with Weston College – “The college is very important to us particularly with a view to schools and the funweek, it’s a community involvement and it is good for our players to have some coaching experience also”. Mr Bliss reassured the audience that new manager Ricketts had exactly the right credentials to further the club’s links with the college Opening his address new manager, Tony Ricketts explained: “I’m very excited about what’s going to happen at Weston Football Club and very pleased to be part of it. Chris (Smith) and I will be working very closely together. My expertise over the last 4 – 5 seasons has been with Bristol Rovers running their Academy and their Youth set up in conjunction with Filton College where I am Director of Football and look after the footballing aspects. I will hopefully have some input on what goes on with Weston College and I think Weston College and the future of producing our own footballers from the area is very important to the future of Weston super Mare Football Club as a Conference South and hopefully a Conference (National) Football Club”. The manager continued and introduced 22 year old Craig Loxton as the club’s captain for the new season. Ricketts saying “Craig is probably one of our younger outstanding footballers and he did really well last season and I think he will take the job in his step and lead by example. He will have all my support throughout the season”. Ricketts also explained that, in addition to bringing in former coach, Chris Smith, as his assistant, he will also be bringing in Alan Pridham, albeit not on the football side – “Alan knows a lot of people and will be a valuable asset to us” Goalkeeper Ryan Northmore and Craig Rand were confirmed as being on contract, and Andy Robertson, Andy Chapman, Mark McGregor and Gareth Hopkins were being retained for next season. Matthew Rose (last season’s club captain) was considering offers from other clubs, and it was not known whether Ryan Harley would be returning to the club for pre-season training. It was also unsure whether Gary Thorne or Sam Bailey would be remaining with the club. The manager confirmed that both Andy Gurney and Stephen Reed had left the club and had signed for Havant & Waterlooville and Cambridge United respectively, but went to great lengths to wish both players well for the future, particularly Gurney, who he rated as “an absolute quality footballer, but we probably could not have afforded this season”. New signings The manager outlined his close-season signings so far: Ben Willshire (Right Back). Aged 20, formerly with Bristol Rovers, hard working and loves to tackle. Played for Taunton Town last year, and “good enough to make the step up”. Lee Smith (Right Midfield) Aged 22. Signed for a fee from Cirencester Town. Works extremely hard and would “probably be the fittest in the club when we arrive back for pre-season. He was also hungry for success” Lewis Powell (Striker) A goalscoring striker, formerly with Bristol Rovers. Ollie Barnes (Centre Half or Left Back) Formerly with Bristol City. A quality player who manager Ricketts rated and said he would be “very surprised if Barnes doesn’t go back into the Football League” Darren Mullins (Central Midfield) “A quality player who loves to tackle but has the ability to go box to box and score goals”/ Ricketts further explained that he had got 13 players signed up but was looking for a squad of 16 – 18 players for the new season, and very interestingly announced that he was in advanced talks with a striker from the Football League, who should the club be successful in signing would be “the best signing we make this season; he will get us 20-25 goals and is quick, very very quick!” Confirming his awareness of working to a budget, Ricketts continued “I can assure you that when I sign football players I don’t just look into how good they are; it’s a case of how good are they, how hungry are they, how much do they want it and the last thing I talk about is money and I don’t chase them, I ring them, I meet them and then its down to them. They either want to come and be part of what we’re doing here at Weston super Mare Football Club or they don’t. If they’re going to chase the bucks, then they’re not going to play for us!” “I’m a firm believer in what we are going to achieve together, Directors, coaching staff, players and supporters and us as a football club” The players will be “rewarded for achievement” added the manager. Goals for the new season “Mid-table and Play Offs as an over achievement” stated the new manager. “The reason I say that is if I turn round to the players and say, right, we need to stay up next year, I want to consolidate and aim for mid-table”. “45 points will keep us safe, 55 points will put us half way and 65-68 points will put us in the Play Offs, it last year’s form is anything to go by. Style “We will play football and get it down and pass it through midfield and to the strikers” said the manager. “We will get the ball into the wide area and deliver balls into the box and I will expect players to be on the end of it whether they be midfield players or strikers”. “If we finish half way and consolidate next season I think it will be a tremendous achievement by every single person involved with Weston super Mare FC”. The manager continued that he (and Assistant Manager Chris Smith) aimed to increase the crowds at the Woodspring to 350 and firmly expressed the desire to develop a “Fortress Woodspring” ethos. Pre-Season Mr Ricketts explained that the players would be returning for pre-season training on Saturday June 30th. He had also recruited a fitness coach – Mark Hammond – who worked with him at Filton College, and he was formerly with Danny Wilson at Bristol City FC for some 4 ½ years. Training would also be taking place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The manger also confirmed that midweek games next season would be played at the Woodspring Stadium on a Monday evening (kick off: 7.45pm). Pre-season games had so far been confirmed against: Plymouth Argyle FC - Wednesday 11th July (kick off: 7.30pm) Salisbury City FC - Saturday 14th July (kick off: 3.00pm) and A Bristol Rovers XI - Saturday 28th July (kick off: 3.00pm) It was also hoped to arrange a further pre-season match against Football League or Conference (National) opposition, details for which would be announced by the club by the end of the month. A further match had also been confirmed against local rivals Clevedon Town (at the Hand Stadium, Clevedon) on Saturday 4th August (kick off: 3.00pm). Summing up, the new manager, speaking eloquently and with much passion about his future role, explained to the supporters “I’m determined and we’re determined to get you the supporters back involved” It’s your football club, you pay your money, you come in and watch”. “My dressing room will be very close and what goes on in our dressing room stays in our dressing room and anybody that’s leaking outside wont be here very long”. “I’ve never been relegated” said the manager, and “I don’t want to start now”…. “A coach and a manager is only as good as his players”. “You can have the best players in the world but if they are not a team then that doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference. I see Mark McGregor playing up front scoring 15 to 20 goals a season, and if the other lad comes in to do the same, and he scores 20 goals then we’re halfway there. We’ll be sound defensively and we’ll be well organised defensively goals win games and we need to get in that 18 yard box”. With this man at the helm, a bright future is predicted for the Seagulls at the Woodspring Stadium! Watch out for more pre-season news at this newspaper!

91 - 09/06/2007

Weston super Mare Football Club welcomes new manager Tony Ricketts

In an exclusive interview last Thursday evening, Weston Football Club Assistant Secretary and match-day host Alan Cooper met up with new manager Tony Ricketts, who gave this exclusive one-to-one interview. Tony, 48, joins Weston super Mare FC from his current position as Academy Director at Filton College this incorporates Football League Division 1 new-boys Bristol Rovers Youth Programme. He is happily married to Niky, and they have two children Danielle (13) and Jordan (11). …so to the interview: AC Tony, welcome to Weston super Mare Football Club. You have come to Weston with a formidable reputation. Can you tell us a bit about you, your background, coaching and managerial career. TR I played over 750 games for Bath City and 150 games for Yeovil Town in the Conference. As a coach, I started as a coach to George Rooney at Bath City and went on to become manager within my own rights, kept Bath in the Conference when everybody thought we’d be relegated. We had 4 ½ successful years with several good cup runs. Bath City at that time were the leading local side in the South West. That was in front of the likes of Yeovil, Cheltenham – who have now gone on to overtaking and passing football league clubs. From their I had a brief spell at Trowbridge – Trowbridge went bankrupt as most people are aware; prior to me getting there I might add, it had nothing to do with myself! I then worked for Bristol Rovers in the school of excellence scheme, ran their Women’s side and took them to the Women’s Premier League, and for the last four year’s I’ve been running Filton College/Bristol Rovers Youth Team as Head of Football, during this period Filton College have won the English College National Cup competition together with regional champions twice in the last three years. Filton College now run an educational/football academy which is now one of the best in the country. AC What made you apply for the job at Weston? TR I’m not sure that my CV and application arrived on time to be perfectly honest! It was conversations with Chris Smith and Billy Clark (who is one of my coaches at Filton College); they said what a good and well run club Weston was, and the potential it had. I’ve applied for two positions since I left Bath City, one was at Forest Green where I was unsuccessful (that was going back a few years) and, obviously, this is the second one I’ve applied for. So, Chris Smith and Billy Clark have got a lot to explain! AC How did you feel when you got the call from the Chairman that you were going to be the new manager at Weston super Mare Football Club? After all, I understand there were 20+ applicants for the job. TR Well Alan, I wasn’t aware of that. I had an interview down in Weston and I had to go back and meet with the Chairman and his Directors on the Saturday morning, and it was following that meeting that I was offered the position. I was obviously pleased to say the least. I’m not one of those people who goes into anything half-heartedly and if I’m going to do something I’m going to do it properly. I think Weston are a forward thinking club and have got great potential. AC Weston super Mare Football Club were, as you know, relegated to the Southern League Premier Division at the end of last season but now look as though we will have a reprieve. Do you think that this is a positive thing bearing in mind last season’s run of no league home wins since 2nd December. TR Well its bound to be positive, its got to be positive for everybody at the football club, the Directors, through to everybody that work behind the scenes, the supporters, and the players; it’s a chance that shouldn’t be taken for granted by any of us. What we must make sure is that we are not in the same position this time next year. We must ensure that we consolidate and move forward as a football club. To answer the question about not winning a home league game since December 2nd, that’s a new fact to me! We will be in deep trouble if that’s still the case next season, but I see the home games as playing entertaining football from front to back, through midfield. My teams don’t concede many goals, but we will look to play attractive football, so hopefully that will result in results being right and actively encourage supporters back to Weston super Mare Football Club. AC Do you intend to retain any of last season’s squad (apart from the likes of Ryan Northmore and Craig Rand, whom I understand have already signed contracts)? Also do you have any reservations about losing Andy Gurney and Stephen Reed who have signed for Havant & Waterlooville and Cambridge United respectively? TR. Ryan and Craig were signed at the end of last season by the previous management team and the Chairman. Craig Rand, when we got relegated decided that he wanted to try his luck elsewhere and play in a higher standard and trialled at Bristol Rovers. Craig however decided that he was happy to stay at Weston, and I’m happy to have him on board as I think that he’s a good player; that’s been put to bed and we hope to go forward. We’ve spoken to many of the other players, some have left and some will be kept on board. At this present moment in time we are finalised budgets, now we’re hopefully staying in the Conference South. Yes, I feel that there’s a few of the players that will stay, but a few of the players will also leave the football club. Reference Stephen Reed and Andy Gurney, both are quality, good professional players, who to be honest we can’t afford. Andy, as you said, has gone on to sign for Havant and Waterlooville, and I wish him every success in whatever he does, and the same with Stephen – who has gone to sign for Cambridge – and to be perfectly honest, we would have struggled to keep them both on the budget. AC Fans have left in droves over the past couple of season, as I understand it. We have spent 3 seasons in the Conference South and we have lost plus/minus 300 or so fans since the Stadium first opened. Could you comment on that please? TR. Yeah, I can’t comment on what’s gone on in the past, but obviously to loose that amount of supporters affects the revenue coming into the football club, which affects all aspects of the playing side and what goes on behind the scenes. We intend to play a style of football which will hopefully get the supporters back and Chris Smith and myself are looking to increase our average crowds by 100 this season – from 250 to 350 – and I think that this will be a step in the direction of what we want. What won’t help is if we can’t win our home games, and you know, the style of football that we will try and play needs to be attractive; its about winning games ‘cause football fans will put up with mediocre football if they’re winning games; it’s about getting the balance right between the two. So there is a need to improve our support, because supporters can play a big part in moving this club forward. AC What are your thoughts on a good cup run or is consolidation your target in your first season? TR Well I don’t like to loose any games, so a cup run is important. It’s important for the morale of the players. It has been proven in the past, give the players a bit more success/limelight in cup games that form can be carried into the bread and better of the normal league season – the FA Cup, and the FA Trophy are very important – and we’ll be trying to get as far as we possibly can to bring a bit of success to the football club. AC What do you think we can achieve as a football club, say within five years of your leadership? TR Personally, next season we’d like to finish mid table. We’ve got to be realistic with our goals and we have set team goals, set individual player goals, and we’ve got to have targets as a football management team both on and off the field. Without realistic targets focus can be lost causing under achievement, which will not be acceptable. Next season….consolidate mid table, and if we over achieve, maybe verge of play-offs, maybe. But, that will depend on the type of player we can bring in and the type of squad we can get together. AC What would you like to see in the way of support from the Club’s Associate Directors, the committee and of course the fans? TR What I want to see is everyone pulling together, moving in the right direction. Money is a key issue – we need to bring more money into the football club. We on the footballing side need to get more supporters through the turnstiles and be more successful; all I want from everybody involved in the football club is honesty, hard work leading to success for Weston Football Club. The dressing room will be a close knit dressing room, with lots of team spirit, lots of passion and full of running, and for the people behind the scenes, supporters and staff to enjoy being part of a winning Football Club. I’m approachable(probably not straight after a defeat) and there’s people that have long been involved in Weston super Mare Football Club with greater experience than myself that I will need to talk to, and listen to and support and help from the football side. AC I understand that there was something you wanted to say regarding the first 5 – 6 seasons under your leadership? TR They say that the average time for a manager in the Premiership is 18 months, so if I get 5 to 6 years Alan then I’ll have done really well! But the plan is – within 3 to 5 years, to be in the Conference, to be at our new stadium and really put Weston super Mare Football Club on the football map. AC In summing up our interview Tony, is there anything that you’d like to say about the forthcoming Fans Forum on Sunday 10th June, and to encourage the fans that have perhaps deserted us over the past couple of years or so to come back? TR I think that the fans are vitally important to what we are trying to do, so what I would say to the fans, with reference to the fans forum on the 10th, is to turn up, listen to what we’ve go to say. We’ll be enthusiastic about what we’re doing. We will be trying to play the game in the right manner; I know the results will the be all and end all. Come and see us in pre-season, come and see us at the fans forum; meet some of the players, meet the football management team….let’s have a fun day, and look forward to taking Weston super Mare forward in footballing terms and in to the Conference.

92 - 09/06/2007

Weston pleased with AGM report.

Following the AGM of the Football Conference this weekend, Weston-super-Mare AFC are pleased to announce that we will be playing in Blue Square South next Season.

89 - 29/05/2007

Home tie for Seagulls in Cup draw

Weston will face Paulton Rovers in the 1st round of the Somerset Premier Cup next season. The match due to be played Week Commencing 1st Oct 07 will be played at home, and should Weston progress to the next round another home tie against neighbours Clevedon Town or Bishop Sutton awaits this match will be played Week Commencing 12th Nov 07.

87 - 20/05/2007


A positive attendance of between 70 – 80 fans on Sunday, showed encouraging signs for the forthcoming 2007-08 as Weston held the first of two Supporters Forums to be held this month at the Woodspring Stadium Club Chairman Paul Bliss and Vice-Chairman Dennis Usher presided over the meeting along with newly-appointed Assistant Manager, Chris Smith. Mr Bliss explained that the new manager, Tony Ricketts had been unable to attend the forum due to a family wedding overseas. The big news was of a probable reprieve for the Seagulls Conference (South) status (to become the ‘Blue Square Southern’ next – 2007-08 – season). Two clubs in the current Conference (South) – Yeading and Hayes FCs – have proposed a merger for next season, and pending the FAs approval, Weston super Mare FC will be re-admitted to the higher league. The Football Conference have already been in touch with Weston’s club offices and it is likely that a confirmation of Weston’s retaining their Conference (South) status will be announced inside the next 10 working days. The Chairman was buoyant that the right managerial team had been put in place for the forthcoming season, as was the team No 2, Chris Smith, explaining his high regard for the abilities and know-how of new manager Tony Ricketts, and re-iterating the need to “make sure we don’t end up in the same place as last season”. Mr Ricketts would have total responsibility and control of running the first team affairs, and was “hungry for success” and that “Weston super Mare Football Club had the facilities and where with all for future success”. The Ricketts-Smith managerial team had already secured the contracts of goalkeeper Ryan Northmore and last-season’s player-of-the-year Craig Rand, and were confident of building a good side in the close season, forming a squad of 18 players. Discipline would be improved beyond recognition. Two players from the current side had already found themselves new clubs, namely Lee Jarman (to Newport County) and Stephen Reed (to Cambridge United). Former manager Frank Gregan was to continue in his role as Director of the Football Academy. It was hoped that by the beginning of the new season that 40-50 boys would be on the Academy’s books and also a Ladies team would be launched in earnest. Mr Gregan’s role would be to prepare a syllabus for the Academy and Ladies team, to oversee their development and to monitor quality. Responding to a question regarding the establishment of a Reserve team, the Chairman explained that this was unlikely owing to a wide standard-gap. This would significantly deplete the budget available to the first team; therefore a Reserve side (Somerset Senior/Western League Division 1) was not an option at the current time. The club’s overall ambition continued to be eventual promotion to the Conference (National). Looking to the future, the Chairman explained that the club was linking up with a National Canvassing company who would be looking to expand the club’s already successful ‘Striker lottery scheme’. The canvassing company had envisaged a membership of 24,000 within its first six months and the level of success of this scheme would determine whether the club could maintain a level of Conference standard football for the town. The club was also looking to improve is press activity and its links with the community. 4000 leaflets are being distributed to local schools this week. Pre-season friendlies were currently being negotiated and it was hoped to announce details fairly shortly, once confirmation had been received from clubs. Season ticket applications were also welcomed by the club, and further details were available from the club by contacting 01934 621618 or by e-mail to The club were to hold a further Fans Forum on Sunday 10th June at 11.00am when manager Tony Ricketts, will be present to outline his plans for the new season.

86 - 18/05/2007

WESTON SUPER MARE AFC could avoid the Drop

Weston Super Mare Football Club have been offered a provisional place in the Conference South league. Farnborough’s financial difficulties have forced their resignation from the League reducing the potential relegatees to two, but a very recent announcement that Hayes and Yeading propose to merge could mean that only one club is relegated so saving Weston from the first relegation in their history. This ‘salvation’ is, however, subject to the FA approving the merger and Weston’s retention in the Conference South

85 - 18/05/2007

Weston could be due a reprieve!!

First it was Hayes who were saved after Farnborough requested relegation, Now it would seem that Hayes will merger with Yeading F.C. Which could see Weston still playing football in the Conference South next season, in turn this would allow Cirencester Town a reprieve from the Southern League Premier. All though it's to early to comment, On the Tony Kempster football Website He's already placed Weston back in Conference South - "My suggestions to resolve this are a) Garforth Town (4th NCE) be invited to move up to step 5 and b) Weston Super Mare be reprieved from FCS, Cirencester Town be reprieved from SLP and Wellingborough Town be invited to move up from step 5. "

83 - 15/05/2007

PRESS RELEASE - Tony Ricketts named as new Manager

Tony Ricketts has joined Weston AFC as 1st XI Manager and will be meeting the team on Thursday 17th May. Tony decided to join the Club when he saw that the Club had the resources and ambition to match his own, to “manage/coach Association Football at the highest professional level”. His was the successful application from 20 initial applications and a short list of 9 when he convinced the Directors that his hunger and ambition matched their own and that he had a good knowledge of football at all levels in this area. Mr Ricketts runs his own business as well as being Manager of Bristol Rovers’ U18s Football Team and coach to the Rovers Reserves. In addition he is caretaker 1st Team coach and working for Filton College. Prior to this he was manager Trowbridge Town, played for, and managed, Bath City including at Football Conference level. Tony, aged 48, is highly qualified, holding the UEFA ‘A’ Coaching Licence conversion, The FA Full Coaching Badge as well as Youth and Academy qualifications

77 - 30/04/2007

End of Season Player Awards

Players Player of the Year: CRAIG RAND Managers Player of the Year: CRAIG LOXTON Supporters Player of the Year: CRAIG RAND Away Supporters Player of the Year: CRAIG RAND Away Supporters Player of the Year/Young Player of the Year: CRAIG LOXTON Clubman of the Year: Alan Cooper

24 - 14/11/2006

Celebrate your birthday, anniversary or special occasion

Celebrate your birthday/anniversary/special occasion at WsM FC on a match day Why not celebrate your special day at WsM FC on a match day. If its your birthday, wedding annivesary or any other special occasion - even if its a couple of days either side of the match - then please contact - and come along to the next home game - and we'll help you celebrate your special day. You may even be in line for a special present to help celebrate your day. C'mon down to the Woodspring Stadium, support the Seagulls and enjoy your special day with us

1 - 16/08/2006

New Official Website Goes Live 2006

Weston-Super-Mare AFC have launched their official website. The main aims are to bring you the seasons fixtures, the latest results with match reports, the latest news through the season, a league table and results grid, plus all the information you need about the club.

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