Staunton & Corse Football Club

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SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2013

We have started up a club Facebook page, which can be seen at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Staunton-Corse-Football-Club/551340124907669 

 

There is now a Twitter page at:

https://twitter.com/StauntonCorseFC

 

Also don’t forget that we have a club e-mail address for your comments at

 www.staunton-corsefc@hotmail.com

 

There is a lively discussion in the making on Facebook as to the best ever Staunton & Corse goal- early contenders are Mark Lawrence at Lydney Town and Dave Taylor v Aylburton Rovers.  Don’t forget to send details to me on the club e-mail address, and we will put together a feature for either the website or for the club magazine.

Old Photographs

SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2013

As some of you may be aware we have a considerable number of team photographs dating back to the late 1940s, some of which were on display at the club, in an assortment of frames and for the most part unlabelled.  Before the season starts, it is the intention that we display these more effectively, and also identify and frame a number of other photographs which have not until now been seen. 

 

Amongst the un-displayed pictures are a series of action photographs taken in games from 1947 (our first home game since reforming after the war), 1948, 1949 and the Hospital Cup final of 1960, as well as some more recent team pictures taken over the last ten years. 

 

Obviously all this costs money, and we do not have the same financial resources as the Cricket Club who have had all their pictures professionally framed.  However, work is progressing in printing out pictures from photographic negatives and digital files, in making copies of loaned photographs and in identifying the players in the pictures so that they can all be annotated, and it is hoped that we can get a good proportion of these out on display during the course of the season.  

 

In this age of digital photography I am forever coming across more recent pictures that I’ve never seen before, so should you have copies of something that isn’t displayed, then get in touch with Andrew Houldey (via the generic club e-mail address www.staunton-corsefc@hotmail.com) as I would be interested to hear.

 

In the meantime, here's a picture from that very first game against Bromyard Town Reserves, in a game played on 20 September 1947 (AH)

New Kit for Reserves

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2013

The Reserves will be sporting a new kit of yellow and black shirts and black shorts for the coming season.  Thank you to Shaun Lane and to Trevor Jones for the generous donations that made this possible.

Reserves Narrowly Miss Out on Promotion

FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2013

After finishing eighth and losing eight games in a row?  No, this is not just an attention grabbing headline, as the top seven in Division 5 were all promoted at Wednesday’s Cheltenham League AGM.  Another three points and we would have been up too!  There will be big changes in Division 2 also, as the top five there were all elevated to Division 1.

 

There will be fourteen teams in the top three divisions and twelve in the bottom three, as seven new teams start in Division 6 next year, no less than eight are promoted to Division 5 and seven make the leap from Divisions 4 and 5. 

 

In Division 2, we lose Gala Wilton Reserves, Hanley Swan, R.S.G., Newton and Upton Town to the top flight, with only Tewkesbury Town making the trip in the other direction.  Relegated were Brockworth Albion Reserves and Winchcombe Town Reserves, to be replaced by F.C. Lakeside, Villagereal, Andoversford, Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves, Prestbury Rovers and Whaddon United Reserves.

 

In Division 5, the remaining clubs from last season are ourselves, Smiths Athletic Reserves, Hester’s Way United (now called Trojans) and Northway, but it will be Northway first team rather than their reserves.  Dropping down from the division above are Bourton Rovers Reserves, and promoted from Division 6 are Hatherley FC, Tewkesbury Town ‘A’, F.C. Barometrics ‘A’, Cheltenham United, Prestbury Rovers Reserves, Cheltenham Civil Service ‘B’ and Leckhampton Rovers Reserves.

 

The meeting was not concluded as swiftly as last season’s, as there were several discussions ahead of proposed rule changes, in an attempt to simplify player eligibility if they have played for a higher-graded team, and also a further move towards the recording of results and player registration online.  More to be revealed! 

 

Our surmise was correct, regarding the Worcestershire Three (Powick, Leigh & Bransford and Foregate) all of whom were prevented from making the shift from the Worcester League by the Worcestershire F.A.  Bourton Rovers first team are joining their third team in the Witney League, but the Reserves remain in the Cheltenham League.  The seven new teams are F.C. Lakeside Reserves, Pittville United Reserves, Charlton Rovers ‘A’, Cheltenham Tigers, Cheltenham Athletic, F.C. Javelins and Swindon Village Bowmen.  I would have preferred a trip to Leigh Sinton myself! (AH)

New teams in the Cheltenham League?

TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2013

The Cheltenham League AGM is tomorrow night, and we should then find out the constitution of the different divisions.  As both of our teams finished in lower mid table then it is unlikely that either will be moved up or down, but there may be a few changes around us. 

Leaving the Cheltenham League are Belmore (Division 3) and Elmbridge Old Boys (Division 3) and A C Olympia Reserves who withdrew mid-season from Division 4.  Naunton Park Rovers (Division 3) and Winchcombe Town ‘A’ (Division 5) are still considering whether they will run this season.  As previously reported, Apperley will only be running one side this time around, and they will play in place of their Reserves in Division 5.  Northway seem to be doing the same but this awaits clarification.

 

No less than ten clubs sought membership, including three current members of the Worcester & District League, namely Powick, Leigh & Bransford Badgers and Foregate F.C. (Worcester).  The Worcester League has only two Saturday divisions with seven teams in each, and in a county where Sunday football still holds sway, they have had difficulty in maintaining a viable Saturday league.  Leigh and Powick will both be familiar to us from our Malvern League days.  The complication is that the Worcester & District League have reportedly sought help from the Worcestershire F.A. to prevent these clubs from playing in an out-of-county competition.  The Cheltenham League rules allow applicants from within a 50 mile radius of the town.

 

The other seven new teams seeking admission are Charlton Rovers ‘A’, Cheltenham Athletic, Cheltenham United Reserves, F.C. Lakeside Reserves, Hare and Hounds F.C., Pittville United Reserves and Swindon Village Bowmen.  Wednesday 29 May was the night for new team interviews so we will know tomorrow night whether they have all been accepted and in which division the new teams have been placed.

 

Applications were also made by Cheltenham Saracens and Cleeve Wanderers, but later withdrawn, while interest was shown from UWE Hartpury U21s which did not result in an application.

 

Leaving for the Northern Senior League are Bibury, but it does not appear that the relegated Bourton Rovers have applied to join the Cheltenham League from which they were originally promoted in 1999.  Word has it that they have applied to the Witney & District League, in which their third team were playing last season.  Their reserves are in Division 4 of the Cheltenham League.

 

With the promotion of Bibury, Broadway leaving last season for the Stratford Alliance and Bourton moving into Oxfordshire football, coupled with the increasing representation by South Worcestershire sides, then there has been a shift westwards and northwards in the Cheltenham League’s footprint over recent seasons.   

 

And to finish there are some name changes, with Hester’s Way United changing to Trojans, following their sponsorship by a local gym.  Cheltonians (Division 4) will be known as Cheltenham Patriots next season, and will also be changing grounds, with home games to be played on the Astroturf at Winchcombe School, while Cheltenham United are also moving, to All Saints Academy. 

News from the Club Annual General Meeting

FRIDAY 7 JUNE 2013

Tuesday night's Annual General Meeting of Staunton and Corse Football Club was presented with another encouraging set of accounts which saw last season's £520 profit followed up with a £616 surplus for 2012-13. 

 

Both teams had been entered again in the Cheltenham League; the league A.G.M. is next week, but it is expected that the firsts and the reserves would remain in Divisions 2 and 5 respectively.

 

Stuart Hall replaces Kieron Smith as club secretary, who has had to stand down owing to pressure of work, while Andrew Houldey continues as Chairman and Trevor Jones as Treasurer.  Geoff Davies remains as vice chairman.  It was agreed to assist Stuart as secretary, with Geoff responsible for minuting club meetings and Andrew Houldey to attend all league meetings and to write any letters.  Richard Kelly announced his attention to stay on as first team manager as did Andy Phelps for the reserves.  Shaun Lane and Alex Salter join the committee, which is completed by the re-election of Julian Ralph, Jon Hulls, Martin Embley and Kieron Smith.

 

There would be no players’ representative this season, and any queries or grievances should be forwarded to the two team captains, both of whom would be on the committee.  The captains were to be chosen before the start of the season.  

 

Chairman Andrew Houldey talked further about the club’s Development Plan, which was to look at how the club was organised and financed and at developing ts links with the local community and with commercial sponsors ahead of its centenary in 2019.  He considered that we were in an enviable position with our new enlarged and refurbished social club which presented further opportunities for improving income streams. 

 

The meeting heard of conflicting demands on finance, with a need for new kit for the reserves, for practice balls, for our contribution of £500 towards the cost of furniture and fittings for the new social club and for money to reproduce and then frame our extensive collection of old photographs to hang on the walls of the new club.  

 

No alterations to the club rules or club constitution were proposed.  Members agreed with the Committee's recommendation that annual and match subscriptions be kept at their present levels of £20 and £4 respectively, the latter to include the cost of training.

 

It was agreed that there was a need to improve lines of communication within the club, and to improve our use of electronic media.  Kieron Smith had set up a club e-mail and this was to be used for club communication and for the team managers / captains to send team sheets and result cards for the secretary to then forward to the league.  Andrew Houldey was to put this address on the website as a point of contact.   It was important that all players who signed on gave their e-mail address so that we could communicate news of events to them directly.  It was also noted that the club newsletter could be better sent electronically.  Stuart Hall has taken over responsibility for the club Twitter account and Ju Ralph was to set up a club Facebook page.  Andrew Houldey would make links to both from the website. 

 

Pre-season training will be at the Playing Fields on Tuesdays only this season, starting at 6.30 p.m. and the first session will be on Tuesday 2 July, at 6.30 p.m.  Julian Ralph confirmed that Hartpury College had been booked for training from the beginning of October to the end of March, every Wednesday between 7 and 8. 

 

Members wished to see a tour organised this season, and quotes were to be sought.  The newly elected committee would hold its first meeting on Tuesday 25 June, to decide on our financial priorities and to make preparations for the new season.  

Football Club A.G.M. This Coming Tuesday

THURSDAY 30 MAY 2013

The Annual General Meeting of Staunton and Corse Association Football Club will be held on Tuesday 4 June 2013 at the Corse & Staunton Sports & Social Club (the Football Club) starting at 7.30 p.m. 

The agenda includes the election of officers, the setting of subscriptions and outlining plans for next season.

The meeting is open to all club members, not just members of the committee and we would like you all to attend so that you can have your say on how the club is run.

Committee Meeting Re-arranged

THURSDAY 16 MAY 2013

With building work continuing in the Sports & Social Club, last Tuesday's committee meeting was cancelled when the power was switched off to allow the electricians to make important alterations. 

The meeting has been re-scheduled for next Tuesday, 21 May, at the club, starting at 7.30 p.m.

 

Promotion to Senior League

THURSDAY 16 MAY 2013

Things could not have been more exciting in the race for promotion from the North Gloucestershire and Stroud Leagues to the Northern Senior League.  In both leagues the top two went head-to-head for the championship and promotion.  In Stroud League Division 1 Quedgeley Wanderers hosted Randwick at Waterwells, needing only a draw, while their Stroud-based visitors needed all three points.  In a tense game, Quedgeley saw out a 0-0 draw, but Randwick created some good chances in the last ten minutes after they went to three up front.  A word too for the referee, one Robert Gaffney, who had an excellent game, getting all the big decisions right, communicating his decisions clearly and making good use of his linesmen.  He joins a tradition of ex-Staunton & Corse players making good referees, following on from Bob Bond, Gerry Wilkins and Lee Sheridan. 

Newent clinched the NGL championship with a 1-0 win at home to Milkwall on Tuesday night; they needed to win while a draw would have sufficed for Milkwall.  Bibury had a somewhat easier season, wrapping up the Cheltenham League title several weeks back, and return to the Senior League after a long spell in the Cirencester and then Cheltenham Leagues.  The promotion of these three is of course subject to the approval of the Northern Senior League committee.

Moving in the opposite direction are Bourton Rovers, Wotton Rovers and Barnwood United.  Bourton were unable to follow up their excellent win over promoted Minsterworth, a home draw with Abbeymead sending them down by one point.  At the other end of the table, Ruardean Hill Rangers secured the championship on the final day of the season from fellow ex-NGL side Minsterworth who will rue that loss at Bourton which cost them the league.

We extend our congratulations to local rivals Newent Town on their return to the Senior League after nine years in the North Gloucestershire League, and to Ruardean Hill Rangers on the NSL Division 2 championship in their first season since stepping up from the NGL.

All Change in Division 5

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2013

With only two games outstanding, the most surprising statistic in Division 5 is that no less than ten of the thirteen clubs have been subject to points deductions.  One of the biggest adjustments has been for Newlands Athletic, who would have finished the season as champions had it not been for a sixteen point deduction for signing on and playing a player who was banned by the GFA for debts outstanding at a previous club.  They now find themselves in fourth, although a draw in their final game at Hesters Way will secure third spot.  Of course all of the clubs who lost to Newlands while they were playing a banned and ineligible player have been awarded the points, including our Reserves.  At the other end of the table Hesters Way themselves have been docked eighteen points, dropping them to tenth, and a nine point deduction for Northway Reserves dropped them into the bottom two before a deduction for Cheltenham Saracens saw them in turn return to a relegation spot!  Are you keeping up with all this?  At the bottom, Winchcombe Town 'A' have had all seven of their points taken away, and finish the season on nil points.  Presumably Newlands have a right of appeal, but it would be hard to see this decision being overturned.

So, subject to appeal, this leaves Pittville United as champions, with Dowty Dynamos in second.  Players in our Reserves are unlikely to shed many tears for Newlands whom we found to be by far the most disagreeable team we played all season, and although undoubtedly the best football side we came across need to learn to be more gracious winners.  As well as showing little respect for either the referee or the linesman, they will not make any friends by belittling opponents whom they have beaten easily.  It is abundantly clear that they have all played a much better standard, so there is little merit in mocking the teams they trounce in the depths of Division 5. 

We offer our congratulations to both Pittville and Dowty Dynamos, both of whom are very good sides, but most importantly played the game in the right spirit.

For the record, the only teams without points deductions were Dowty, Apperley and Smiths, so well done to them too!

Firsts finish season with a win

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2013

A 2-0 home win against divisional runners-up Hanley Swan secured eighth place for Staunton & Corse in Cheltenham League Division 2.  With Bredon Reserves losing 4-0 at Northleach, this meant that we finished above both Bredon and F.C. Barometrics on 33 points.  In a game replayed following a serious injury to a Hanley player a fortnight ago, Staunton took the lead when Rob Tucker intercepted a ball played across the Hanley penalty area to rifle home to the goalkeeper's left.  In an amazing passage of play Hanley crashed the ball against the post three times in less than a minute before substitute Mark Grizzell made the points safe with a left foot shot across the goalkeeper with ten minutes remaining.  Congratulations to Hanley Swan who finished in second spot and can look forward to playing in Division 1 next season.

Staunton & Corse can be very pleased with our final position when one considers that we didn't win a game in the league until 12 January.  Since that victory at Newton, our league record has been P 15  W 9  D 2  L 4  F 23 A 13  Pts 29.  We have kept clean sheets in eight of those fifteen games.  If we can show that sort of form over a whole season then we should be up amongst the front runners next season. 

In Division 5, the Reserves finished in eighth position after Smiths Athletic Reserves were only able to draw 1-1 with lowly Cheltenham Saracens 'A'.   In the only other game in the Division Hesters Way beat Dowty Dynamos 4-3. 

Who's Going Up and Who's Going Down

SUNDAY 5 MAY 2013

With only a handful of games remaining in most divisions, most of the relegation and promotion issues which affect our teams have been settled.  In Division 2, the two promoted clubs are Gala Wilton Reserves, as champions, and Hanley Swan, as runners-up.  Bottom of Division 1, with only one point gained all season, were Apperley & Tewkesbury Dynamos, but they are only running one team next season, and have requested that their firsts play in place of their Reserves in Division 5.  The other team in a relegation spot are Tewkesbury Town, who return to the second division after only one season in the top flight. 

It is likely that Bibury will be promoted to the Northern Senior League, although it is understood that they need to lengthen their pitch first.  The Northern Senior League relegation issues remain undecided, but it is going to be Barnwood United and two from either Bourton Rovers, Wotton Rovers or Stroud F.C..  Bourton would almost certainly return to the Cheltenham League, although Gloucester-based Barnwood were formerly members of the Stroud League.  It is much more difficult to know what Stroud F.C. will do, as despite their name, they groundshare at Harrow Hill and are actually the former Cheltenham side Newton Heath whom we played during our spell in the Senior League.  With Finlay Rovers withdrawing pre-season from Division 1, it is possible that R.S.G. might be promoted after finishing third in Division 2, but this will depend on how many clubs drop down to Division 1 from the Senior League.

Promoted to Division 2 are F.C. Lakeside (as champions) and Villagereal, who play at Woodmancote.  It remains to be seen whether the Cirencester League champions C.H.Q. United will seek a transfer to the Cheltenham League under the Pyramid System, but if so, they too will be placed in Division 2.  Relegated from Division 2 are Brockworth Albion Reserves and Winchcombe Town Reserves.

For the Reserves, the two promoted teams from DIvision 5 are Newlands Athletic and either Pittville United or Dowty Dynamos, while the two relegated sides are Winchcombe Town 'A' and either Cheltenham Saracens 'A' or Hester's Way United, who play each other on Monday night.  Hesters Way find themselves in third-bottom position after having no less than eighteen points deducted for administrative misdemeanours.  They are still five points ahead of Saracens, and have played a game less, so it is likely that they will survive the drop.

Relegated from Division 4 are Bourton Rovers Reserves, who also found themselves in that position after having 44 points deducted.  As A.C. Olympia Reserves withdrew mid-season, they are treated as a relegated club.  Moving up from Division 6 will be Hatherley F.C. and Tewkesbury Town 'A', who secured runners-up on goal difference from Cheltenham United.  There is no news as yet on which new teams have applied to join the Cheltenham League.

Easy win for Firsts

SATURDAY 4 MAY 2013

On a warm afternoon in the Cotswolds, Staunton and Corse wrapped up their away campaign with a straightforward 6-0 win over bottom side Winchcombe Town Reserves.  Leading the scorers was Stu Hall with a perfect hat-trick, left-foot, right-foot and header.  4-0 up at the interval, Staunton contrived to squander chance after chance, and should really have won this game by a larger margin.  Winchcombe, to their credit, never gave up or lost their shape and we wish them well for next season.

In other games, Northleach Town moved above Shurdington Rovers with a good 6-4 home win over Newton, while already-relegated Brockworth shared the spoils in a 1-1 home draw with F C Barometrics.  Biggest winners were R.S.G. who secured third place with an 8-1 win at home to Bredon Reserves.  Our firsts are in ninth place; they could finish in eighth if they beat Hanley Swan on Tuesday and Bredon fail to win at Northleach; conversely, a four goal defeat will see them drop below F C Barometrics to tenth.

One of the themes of the recent Presentation Evening was club firsts (not all of which were wholly serious), but it is almost certainly the first time ever that the Reserves were the first team in their division to complete their fixtures.  Without a game yesterday, they finished in ninth, after Northway Reserves lost 8-2 at Dowty Dynamos.  Dowty remain in third, two points behind Pittville, with both teams having a game to play.  Pittville can seal runners-up if they beat Apperley on Monday night. 

Firsts Slump to Home Defeat

THURSDAY 2 MAY 2013

The firsts put in a tired and lethargic performance at home to F C Barometrics Reserves on Tuesday night, losing by two goals to nil.  Barometrics worked hard defensively, closing down the player in possession in midfield and made good use of two quick young forwards. 

After taking the lead on twenty minutes, Staunton huffed and puffed but never really looked like equalising, and they were caught on the break for a second goal with five minutes to go.  

In the only other game played in Division 2, Bredon Reserves beat Brockworth Albion Reserves 4-1. 

End of Season Presentation Night

SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2013

The end of season presentation evening was held at the Football Club on Saturday night.  Chairman Andrew Houldey thanked both managers and the committee for their efforts and congratulated the first team players for the character and commitment they had shown in avoiding relegation despite not winning a game until January.  The awards were then presented by the two respective managers Richard Kelly (first team) and Andy Phelps (reserves). 

The recipients were as follows: 

First Team Players' Player: Josh Ralph;  Manager's Player of the Year: Josh Steele

Reserve Team Players' Player: Andy Phelps;  Manager's Player of the Year: Dave Taylor

Golden Boot (leading goalscorer): Mark Grizzell;  Most Improved Player: Julian Jones

1-0 up and we threw it away

SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2013

Both sides' games mirrored each other this weekend as the firsts and the reserves led 1-0 with minutes remaining only to concede a late equaliser.  For the firsts, Stuie Hall opened the scoring with a header in a first half which the home team dominated.  Northleach, desperate for points to avoid relegation, played with more purpose and got a share of the points when keeper Ozzie Garlick was drawn out of goal, the ball squared and then placed in an open net by an unmarked forward.

For the Reserves at Bromesberrow, the pattern was similar, with some fine football being played in the midfield first half by Dan Rees, Andy Phelps and Reni Morris, and a lofted goal from Tom Jeffes gave the home team the lead after 15 minutes.  Towards the end Southside launched a succession of corners and long throws into the home box and were finally rewarded when Jon Hulls punched the ball into his own net in attempting to clear.  This was a pity as Jon had played very well up until then.

In other games, Bredon thrashed Shurdington 7-1, while Brockworth held newly confirmed runners-ip Hanley Swan to a 1-1 draw.  Brockworth can still catch Shurdington, but need to win both remaining games.  Staunton rise a position to ninth, as F.C. Barometrics lost 2-0 at home to Southside.  In Division 5, both of the contenders for second won difficult games, with Dowty Dynamos beating Newlands Athletic away 2-0, while Pittville United beat Shurdington Rovers Reserves 3-2 at Agg Gardners.  Pittville are a point behind Dowty with a game in hand.

We are Staying Up!

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 2013

Last night's 2-0 win over Bredon Reserves at the Playing Fields confirmed Staunton & Corse's place in Division 2 for next season.  In a game reduced to 40 minutes each way, Staunton took the lead through a well-worked goal from Joe Szewczuk after 20 minutes and proceeded to dominate the rest of the half.  A second goal soon after the interval, after a shot from Szewczuk was deflected by Stu Hall and then fumbled over the line by the Bredon keeper should have made matters safe, but Bredon lifted their game, and created a succession of openings without managing much in the way of shots. 

Outstanding for Staunton were Szewczuk whose pace was a constant threat to the Bredon defence, wing back Dan Jones and central defender Paul Baillie-Lane.  This win puts us level on both points and amazingly goal difference with both Bredon Reserves and F.C. Barometrics.  We are behind both on goals scored.  In the only other game played last night Churchdown Panthers ran up double figures against bottom side Winchcombe Town Reserves in a 10-0 home win.

Next up is Northleach Town on Saturday as we seek to gain revenge for a 2-1 defeat on the Cotswolds back in December.  The Reserves entertain Southside Reserves in their last game of the season, at Bromesberrow.  Both games kick-off at 3 p.m.  The presentation evening is at 6.30 that night. 

Our Task is Simple

WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2013

Brockworth Albion Reserves' 5-0 home defeat against Newton last night means that a win against Bredon Reserves on Thursday will ensure Staunton and Corse's place in Division 2 for next season.  Both Brockworth and Winchcombe have 15 points from 23 games; we are in tenth on 23 points from 21 games.  With 26 games to play, the maximum points total that either Brockworth or Winchcombe can reach is 24.

In the two other games played last night, Gala Wilton secured the championship with a 5-1 win away to F.C. Barometrics, while Upton Town had a narrow 1-0 win at Shurdington Rovers.  With Barometrics losing their last five games in a row, they are only three points ahead of us, with three points more but having played two more games.

The home game against Bredon Reserves kicks-off at 6.30 p.m.

Comfortable Win for Reserves

WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2013

Four goals from Mark Grizzell, one from Dan Rees and one from Alex Salter helped Staunton and Corse Reserves to a comfortable 7-0 win against bottom side Winchcombe Town 'A' at the Playing Fields last night.  Fielding a mixture of old heads and young legs, Winchcombe never stopped working hard in closing down players and pressing the ball, and were unlucky not to score late in the first half when the ball was hacked clear off the line three times in quick succession.  This win moves the Reserves up to eighth, above Smiths Athletic Reserves, who drew 1-1 at home to Northway Reserves. 

In the other game played last night, Dowty Dynamos won 3-1 at Apperley to move into second place, a point ahead of Pittville United, but having played a game more.  The Reserves complete their season this Saturday with a home game against Southside Reserves, which will be played at Bromesberrow, kick-off 3 p.m.

Presentation Night is this Saturday

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2013

The end of season presentation evening is this Saturday at the club, starting at 6.30 p.m.  In the afternoon both sides are at home: the first team to Northleach Town and the Reserves to Southside Reserves (at Bromesberrow).  Prizes up for grabs are players' player of the year, manager's player of the year, the Golden Boot for leading scorer and most improved player.

Firsts unlucky to lose to leaders

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2013

The firsts went down 1-0 to unbeaten Division 2 leaders Gala Wilton Reserves in a close game at Corse yesterday.  Staunton and Corse were desperately unlucky in a game in which they matched the visitors throughout, before conceding a headed goal five minutes from time.  Most observers agreed that a draw would have been a fairer result.

The Reserves fielded a makeshift team against second placed Pittville United in a home game played at Bromesberrow.   Despite taking the lead through Mark Grizzell, they were 3-2 down at the break, and conceded two late goals to go down 5-2.  The other scorer was Dan Rees. Their next game is on Tuesday at home to Winchcombe Town 'A'.

In other results affecting the relegation positions in Division 2,  closest rivals Northleach Town and Shurdington Rovers shared ten goals in a 5-5 thriller, while Brockworth lost 4-1 at home to Bredon Reserves.  Bottom team Winchcombe lost by the only goal of the game at Upton Town.  The results leave Staunton and Corse in tenth place, two points ahead of Shurdington having played a game less.  The target for safety is 28 points in the remaining five games; we are currently on 23.  Winchcombe can only finish above us if they win all three of their remaining games and we lose all of ours.

Reserves break losing run; firsts' game is abandoned

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2013

Just as the article back in January entitled "Have we ever gone through a season without winning a game?" spurred the firsts onto a 3-2 win at Newton in the very next game, so it happened with the Reserves, who with a Dan Rees goal avoided an unwelcome place in club records for the most consecutive defeats by winning 1-0 away to Star 'A'.

At the Playing Fields, the first team's game was abandoned after 50 minutes after a Hanley Swan forward sadly dislocated his knee cap.  With light at a premium, by the time that the player had been put in the ambulance the referee had little choice but to abandon the game. 

As to the game itself, Hanley showed why they have been at the top end of the table all season, as they dominated proceedings, taking the lead after 20 minutes after keeper Alex Salter had pushed a close range shot onto the post only for a second player to follow up and put  in the rebound from close range.  Hanley had the perfect opportunity to double their advantage when one of their forwards was clipped by Stu Hall in the penalty box.  Alex Salter made a fine save low to his left to push the stop kick round the post.  Straight after the interval Hanley added a second, but then came the injury and after a half hour delay in a cold wind and gathering gloom the game was called off.  

Tomorrow both sides are at home, with the firsts entertaining leaders Gala Wilton Reserves at the Playing Fields, while the Reserves host second-placed Pittville United at Bromesberrow.  Both games kick-off at 3 pm.

Quiz Night Tomorrow Night

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2013

There is a Quiz at the Football Club this Friday night at 7.30 p.m.  Questions are on general knowledge. 

Entry is £5 for a team of four, but don’t worry you can always join a team on the night. 

Reserves Equal Unwelcome Record

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2013

It was this time last season when we queried whether the Reserves’ eight successive wins were a record, and now this time round the focus is on whether they have lost eight in a row before.  A quick look back over club records reveals that the 1-0 defeat at Apperley last Thursday equalled the worst ever run for the Reserves which was set in 1996 and stands at eight successive losses. 

 

Following a 4-2 win in the County Primary Cup away to Sharpness ‘A’ on 5 October 1996, the Reserves lost 8-1 at F S Lakers in North Gloucestershire League Division 3, before losing 1-0 at Gala Wilton Reserves, 2-1 at Harrow Hill ‘B’ in the Sandoe Cup, 3-2 at Harrow Hill ‘C’ in the league, 3-2 at Cheltenham League Douglas Equipment in the County Cup, 2-1 in the return game with Gala Wilton, 3-1 at Rank Outsiders Reserves and then 4-1 at Westbury United Reserves before breaking the run with a 2-2 draw at Blakeney Reserves on 28 December 1996.  The Reserves just about stayed up - by a point - finishing the season in 13th (out of 15), after they beat relegation rivals Sedbury Strollers 3-1 with two games to go.

 

Defeat tonight at Bishop’s Cleeve against Star ‘A’ will extend the run to nine successive defeats.  Star won the game at Corse 6-0 back in September. 

Late Goal Gains Crucial Three Points

MONDAY 15 APRIL 2013

A last minute toe-poke from Shaun Lane that squirmed under the keeper was the only goal of the game as Staunton gained all three points in the bottom of the table clash with Shurdington Rovers.  Staunton deserved the win on the basis of the first half chances that they created, with the Shurdington goalkeeper pulling off some fine saves to keep his side in the game.  There was little of quality in the second half and the game seemed to be heading for a goal-less draw until Lane struck with seconds remaining.  Corse had Toby Dudfield to thank as he kicked a goal-bound shot off the line immediately from the re-start.

The Reserves were without a game, and will reflect on another poor performance last Thursday at Apperley when they showed little sign of creating anything in the final third, and went down by the only goal of the game.  They have now lost eight games in a row.

Both teams have games this coming Thursday, with the firsts hosting second-placed Hanley Swan and the Reserves travelling to Bishop's Cleeve Playing Fields to face Star 'A'.  Both games kick-off at 6.15 p.m.

Not Our Finest Hour

TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2013

A dismal day for the club as both teams slumped to heavy defeats on Saturday.  The firsts fell to their first defeat in five games by losing 5-1 at home to Newton.  Much of the damage was done in the first half, when despite a Tom Jeffes goal, they went in at the interval 4-1 down.  The firsts actually finished the game with nine players, after Alex Topping's sending off and an injury to Jason Walker after all of the substitutes had been used.

The Reserves meanwhile went down 7-1 to leaders Newlands Athletic at Bishop's Cleeve, after taking the lead through a Mark Grizzell drive on the quarter hour.  At half time the sides went in level, but Staunton wilted badly in a second half in which they were decidedly second-best, conceding three goals in the last five minutes.

Pavilion Refurbishment Underway

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2013

Work is now well underway on the second phase of the pavilion improvements, which will provide a larger social club area, improved energy efficiency including solar panels for water heating, new fully-tiled toilets in the social area and vinyl-coated floors in the changing rooms.  Internally, the bar area will be extended into the hallway and what is now the men’s toilets, which will be re-built where the present shower room is in the away dressing room, with the shower room in turn being re-located to the present ante-room to the shower area.  A larger women’s toilet will be provided in what had been the old (pre-2007) changing room shower area, next to the present disabled toilet.

 

The benefit of these alterations will be a large reduction in energy use and heating costs, with a new high-efficiency solar-powered heating boiler, cavity wall insulation and improved loft insulation, new fully-tiled toilets in the social area, improved changing room flooring, with the existing concrete floor being repaired and vinyl covered, a new security system and a storage room.  It is envisaged that creating a larger clubroom and improving associated facilities will appeal to the wider community, as a venue for meetings and children’s parties.  With an increase in income and a big reduction in energy costs, the Playing Fields will be put on a firmer financial footing for the future.   

 

These improvements form the second and final phase to the developments initially undertaken in 2007, which created new changing rooms, separate shower rooms and toilets for both teams and for the match officials.  The social area of the pavilion had remained unaltered since its refurbishment in 1997.  Phase 2 has been made partly possible by a grant from the SITA Trust, and follows from the Playing Fields’ designation as a Queen Elizabeth II Field under Fields in Trust (FIT) (the former National Playing Fields Association).  Our thanks are due to Charlie Hulls for sourcing funding for this project which will undoubtedly make our facilities the envy of everyone else in our league.  (AH)

Fixtures Changed and Re-arranged

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2013

The home game against Northleach Town that was postponed a fortnight ago has been re-arranged for Saturday 27 April 2013, at Bromesberrow, due to the clash with cricket, with the kick-off at 3 p.m.  The home game against F.C. Barometrics has been brought forward to Tuesday 30 April, kick-off 6.30 p.m., to avoid a clash with youth cricket at the Playing Fields. 

The Reserves' home game with Pittville United, which was originally scheduled to kick-off at 1 p.m. on Saturday 20 April has now moved to the more traditional 3 p.m., but will be played at Bromesberrow.  The full list of the remaining fixtures with updates is in the Fixtures and Results section of the website.

April Committee Meeting Next Week

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2013

A reminder to Committee members that the April meeting of the club committee will be on Tuesday 9 April at the Football Club, starting at 7.30 p.m. 

Note that the meeting is on the second Tuesday in the month this time around because of the Easter holiday. 

All committee members are expected to attend.

 

Weekend Preview

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2013

The first team host fifth-placed Newton tomorrow, looking to continue a good run that has seen them rise from a seemingly doomed position at the foot of the table to the relatively healthy tenth.  It all started of course with a 3-2 win at Whaddon Rec away to Newton back in January.  Newton have already ventured out to Corse this season, winning on penalties in a close Cheltenham Senior Charities Cup game, after two hours' play had failed to produce a goal.  Newton won their midweek game at home to F.C. Barometrics Reserves by the only goal of the game.

The Reserves have a tough task away at leaders Newlands Athletic, who play at Newlands at Bishop's Cleeve.  Both games kick-off at 3.00 p.m.

Firsts home to Relegation Rivals

FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2013

The firsts look to pull clear of relegation danger in Division 2 when they entertain Northleach Town tomorrow.  The two teams swapped places last Saturday when Staunton won 1-0 at Brockworth and Northleach's home game with Shurdington was abandoned due to the weather.  Staunton and Corse are two points ahead of Northleach with two games in hand but only five points clear of the relegation spots, with nine games left to play.  The venue for the game is uncertain, but it is likely to be played at Bromesberrow, following heavy overnight rain.  Kick-off is at 3 p.m.  The Reserves are without a game. 

Ju Ralph Fires Staunton to League Double

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2013

Returning from injury which has kept him out for most of the season, Ju Ralph chose a good time to come up with his first ever goal in fifteen years of playing for Staunton to give them a single goal win at Brockworth in a game played in driving rain, a gusting wind and stinging hail.  This win, Staunton's third 1-0 success in a row, lifts them another place to tenth.  In other games, the big top of the table show-down between Hanley Swan and Gala Wilton Reserves finished 2-2, while Southside continued their recent run of good form with a 3-2 win at Churchdown.  The big bottom of the table clash between Northleach Town and Shurdington Rovers was abandoned.  Staunton & Corse are now five points above the drop zone, but by no means safe with nine games remaining.  The crunch games come thick and fast as the firsts host Northleach Town next week at the Playing Fields (provided of course it dries out in time).

In Division 5 the Reserves were without a game and remain in ninth.  The first versus second game between Newlands Athletic and Pittville United finished with honours even as they shared eight goals.

Firsts Seek to Complete Double

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2013

After a week off, the firsts travel to Mill Lane to play Brockworth Albion Reserves in another crucial game between relegation rivals.  Staunton & Corse have a rare opportunity to complete a double, as they won the home fixture 3-0 after goals from Stu Hall from the spot and two after the interval from Tom Jeffes, in a game played at Bromesberrow.   Brockworth recently gained a good point at Gala Wilton, but somewhat surprisingly lost 3-2 away to bottom of the table Winchcombe Town Reserves last Saturday.

 

Brockworth are a place and two points below us in 12th, but they have a better goal difference.  We in turn are a point behind Northleach Town, but have three games in hand.  In the other basement clash Northleach host Shurdington Rovers.

 

The game kicks off at 3 p.m.  The Reserves are without a game for the next two weeks.

March Committee Meeting

TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2013

At last week's Committee meeting, discussion centred on drainage options for the pitch, including sward lifting, mole draining, spiking and seeding.  Andrew Houldey had written a letter of support to the Playing Fields Committee in their efforts to seek grant aid from Sport England.  In the meantime it was agreed that remedial work would have to be done at the end of the season, including pitch sanding, digging out the ditches into the corner behind the cricket nets and spiking and re-seeding the pitch.   It was agreed that sponsorship should be sought, for new playing kit, match balls and first aid kit, and a letter had been put together seeking sponsors.  It was hoped that pitch side advertising could be secured, using the same type of banners as had been so successful for the cricket club.  

After a successful Quiz Night held in the club, a date was set for another quiz, on Friday 19 April at 7 for 7.30 p.m. and the postponed Poker Night was re-scheduled for 16th March (to be confirmed).  Geoff Davies had prepared letters seeking donations for the joint auction between ourselves and the National Star Centre, which was to be held at the start of next season.  It was noted that work was due to start this week on the extension to the bar area, which involved moving the toilets.

Losing Run Continues for Reserves

SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2013

The Reserves' losing run extends to five games following a 2-0 home defeat against Dowty Dynamos, in a match switched to Bromesberrow after heavy rain left the Playing Fields unplayable.  The Reserves slip to ninth as nearest rivals Star 'A' won 10-0 at home to bottom club Winchcombe Town 'A'.  Another 10-0 winner was Newlands Athletic, who consolidated their position at the top of the table after thrashing Southside Reserves at Burrows Playing Field.

The firsts who were without a game remain in eleventh.  Winchcombe Town Reserves won the basement clash at home to Brockworth by the odd goal in five, but remain bottom.  Southside move a point clear of us after a 1-1 home draw with Senior Charity Cup finalists Upton Town.   Northleach are also a point above us in tenth after they lost 3-0 at R.S.G., but they have played three games more than Staunton.

Reserves home to Dowty Dynamos

FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2013

It is the Reserves turn to take centre stage, as the firsts are without a game this weekend.  They will be seeking to complete a double over Dowty Dynamos, having won 2-1 at Dowty Rotol earlier in the season (with goals from Grizzell and Tucker) in what was possibly our best performance of the season.

Dowty Dynamos finished the 2011-12 season as runners-up in Division 6 to Newlands Athletic, with 56 points from 24 games.  The previous season their first team had been playing in Division 2 and their reserves finished third in Division 6.  Dynamos had three seasons in the Gloucestershire County League between 1991 and 1994.  They currently sit in fourth place, four points ahead of the Reserves in eighth.  The game is at Corse & Staunton Playing Fields and kicks off at 3 p.m.

Match Reports Posted

TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2013

A special bumper edition of match reports for the firsts’ games against Newton, Southside and R.S.G. has now been posted in the Match Reports section.   Re-live that first ever win in the Cheltenham League, the Siege of Southside and then that heroic Alamo-style rear-guard against R.S.G.  If you don't think that the reports are a true and accurate record of proceedings then do feel free to write your own and e-mail them to me. (AH)   EDIT- many thanks to Kieron who has kindly contributed a report on what was possibly not the Reserves' finest hour, the 6-0 defeat at Shurdington.

March Committee Meeting is this Tuesday

MONDAY 4 MARCH 2013

A reminder to Committee members that the March meeting of the club committee will be on Tuesday 5 March at the Football Club, starting at 7.30 p.m. 

Topics to be discussed include the drainage problems of the pitch, the imminent start to work on the extension to the social club bar and a review of our progress in the Cheltenham League. 

All committee members are expected to attend.

Four wins out of five for firsts

MONDAY 4 MARCH 2013

The New Year revival for the firsts rolls on into March, as they picked up all three points from a 1-0 home win against high-flying R.S.G., thanks to a Stu Hall free kick ten minutes before the break.  This was another hard-fought victory based on pressing the ball, denying the opposition space and resolute defending after the interval.  This win lifts Staunton up a place to eleventh (out of fourteen) as closest rivals Brockworth Albion Reserves and Shurdington Rovers fought out a goal-less draw at Mill Lane.  With Southside winning 3-2 at Northleach, they are up to tenth.  This result means that Northleach are now getting sucked back into the relegation fight, as they are only a point above Southside and us, and have played two games more.  Their goal difference too (-37) must also be a cause for concern; the only worse difference is Winchcombe on -43, who lost 3-0 at Gala Wilton.

It was another tale of woe for the Reserves, who went down 6-0 at Shurdington, and they have now lost four games in a row after previously winning five out of six.  They slip to eighth, and have difficult games coming up against Dowty Dynamos, Pittville United and Newlands Athletic. 

It's Close at the Bottom

FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013

Only goal-difference separates Southside (-4), Brockworth Albion Reserves (-9), Staunton and Corse (-15) and Shurdington Rovers (-26) with all four sides locked on 13 points from 15 games.  Southside, Brockworth and ourselves even have the same league record with three wins, four draws and eight defeats.

The next round of fixtures sees us play host to high-flying R.S.G. at Corse & Staunton Playing Fields, while Brockworth entertain Shurdington and Southside travel to Northleach.  On paper we have the hardest task, but we will take heart from recent performances and from a 2-2 draw at Springfields against R.S.G. earlier in the season. 

R.S.G. started out as an under-13 team in 2000-01, and after working up through the age groups joined Division 6 of the Cheltenham League as a senior team, finishing runners-up in their first season (2008-09).  Since then they have been promoted every season, finishing in second spot in Division 5 the following campaign and then as champions of Division 4 in 2010-11.  Last year they maintained this impressive sequence, as although they finished only fourth (out of 13) this was enough to secure a fourth successive promotion.  Apart from our meeting earlier in the season, R.S.G. have faced Staunton & Corse once before in competitive football, when our Reserves returned from Springfields with a 5-0 win in the 2nd Round of the County Primary Cup in season 2008-09.

The Reserves will try and make a return to winning ways when they travel to Shurdington Rovers.  The game at Corse, played on a muddy pitch back in November, ended goal-less.  Both games kick-off at 3 p.m. 

More End of Season Fixture Changes

TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2013

There has been a further reshuffling of the fixtures to accommodate the first team's home game against F.C. Barometrics Reserves and the Reserves' trip to Apperley.  This has involved moving other fixtures- details are on the updated Fixtures and Results page.

Firsts out of the Relegation Spots

MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2013

A hard-fought win against Southside at Leckhampton saw Staunton & Corse move out of the bottom two for the first time since September.  A single goal from a Josh Steele header after 35 minutes was enough to separate the two sides, with Staunton showing much character to maintain their advantage after the interval.  Shurdington Rovers fall into the bottom two after crashing 5-0 at R.S.G., while Brockworth surprisingly returned with a point from a 1-1 draw at Gala Wilton.  Those dropped points for Gala allowed Hanley Swan to close the gap at the top to two points with a game in hand as they won their local  derby with Upton Town 2-1.  Northleach Town drop to ninth as they went down 3-0 at FC Barometrics, while Winchcombe Town Reserves are now four points adrift at the bottom as they were trounced 7-0 at home to Newton.

The Reserves meanwhile went down 2-3 at home to Hester's Way United in a game that was more one-sided than the scoreline would suggest.  Both goals for Staunton were tap-ins, from full-back Ollie Norman and from Mark Grizzell after the goalkeeper dropped a chipped Andy Phelps free-kick.  The Reserves swapped places with their visitors after this result, dropping to sixth place.  Newlands stay top after an 11-1 win at Cheltenham Saracens, while there was another heavy defeat for Winchcombe Town 'A', who went down 8-1 at Southside Reserves.  Saracens and Winchcombe look doomed to relegation, with both sides on only four points and a gap developing above them, their nearest rivals being Northway on ten.

Game is at Staunton today

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2013

The shock news is that the Reserves will be playing their home game against Hester's Way United at Corse & Staunton Playing Fields, rather than at Bromesberrow, in what will be their first proper home game since 1st December.  And to top it all we've even had a referee appointed!  The game kicks off at 3 p.m.  If you've forgotten how to get there, directions are available in the Ground section of the website.

And a further reminder that the Quiz will be tonight at the club- £5 for teams of four.

Crucial Game for Firsts

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2013

It’s a bit too early to speak of relegation six pointers, but the Firsts game at Southside could prove crucial in deciding who stays up in Division 2 and who drops down.  Southside are a side that have worked their way up through the divisions of the Cheltenham League, having finished their first season (2005-06) bottom of Division 5.  Only two years later they had improved enough to finish as runners-up, and were promoted from Division 4 in 2009-10.  Last season they were promoted from Division 3, after finishing in 3rd (out of 13) behind Hanley Swan and Shurdington Rovers.  Southside played the Reserves in the 2nd Round of the County Minor Cup in season 2009-10, when Staunton, with home advantage, won 2-1.  Saturday’s game is at Burrows Playing Fields, Moorend Grove, Leckhampton, which is at the end of Moorend Park Road and kicks off at 3 p.m.

 

The Reserves entertain Hesters Way who are in their third season in the Cheltenham League and their first in Division 5 after finishing third in Division 6 (out of 13) and seventh (out of 13) the previous season.  The Reserves came away with all three points from a close game at Agg Gardners, winning 4-3 (goals from Tom Jeffes 2, Mark Grizzell and Rob Tucker), despite much late pressure from Hesters Way when they had been reduced to nine men by two dismissals. The venue for this game is unclear at the moment; it is hoped that the pitch at Corse will have recovered sufficiently to stage the game, but if not, then it will be moved to Bromesberrow.

Quiz Night This Saturday

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2013

Come along and test your general knowledge at the always-popular Quiz Night, to be held at the Football Club, starting at 7.00 p.m. £5 entry for teams of four; prizes for the first and second placed teams.  Kieron Smith will be the quizmaster for the night.

 

 

Old Kit Used to Benefit Children

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2013

Staunton and Corse Football Club have donated numerous sets of old playing kit that have been used in past seasons.  This kit will be sent off across the world to help children that need it to enjoy sport and to be part of a team. 

The National Star College students taught by Julian Ralph are involved in the project and are working closely with Gloucester Rugby Club to collect as much kit as possible.  SOS Kit aid is a joint venture between the The Lords's Taverners and the International Rugby Board (IRB). 

Staunton and Corse Football Club is pleased to support such a worthwhile venture.

Fixture Changes

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2013

In an effort to fit in yet more postponed games, the Cheltenham League has rearranged some of the end of season fixtures, including the first team's games with Gala Wilton, Hanley Swan and Winchcombe Town.  An updated list (for both sides) can be seen in the Fixtures and Results section.

Both Games Off

SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2013

With Corse & Staunton Playing Fields and Apperley both failing morning pitch inspections, both games this afternoon are off.  The firsts had been keen to get back on a winning run, at home to F.C. Barometrics Reserves, but with Bromesberrow unavailable due to a caravan rally, the Corse pitch was simply too wet after Wednesday's rain, despite having sand put on the wettest areas.  Apperley too had been cut up by their first team last week, so the Apperley Reserves v Staunton & Corse Reserves game also fell foul of the weather.

Narrow defeat at Hanley

SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2013

The first team gave as good as they got at Hanley Swan, putting the home team under pressure before finally going down by a single goal, scored directly from a free kick, with ten minutes to go.  The Reserves lost 4-0 to leaders Newlands Athletic at Bromesberrow, with the game effectively decided by two goals straight after half time.

February Committee Meeting

FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2013

The pitch and its drainage dominated discussion at the February club committee meeting held on Tuesday.  The committee supported the Playing Fields’ application for grant aid from Sport England to undertake drainage work under their “Protecting Playing Fields” scheme but recognised that this might entail playing games at Bromesberrow whilst work was carried out.  It was also recognised that the club itself would need to do more (and spend more) at the end of each season on pitch maintenance.  The possibility of carrying out drainage work at the same time as the extensions were being made to the Social Club area was considered, but it was felt that the bar extensions would most likely be carried out as soon as the end of this season or during the summer.

 

Discussion then centred on the pitch at Bromesberrow and the work that had been done to make it playable for Saturday’s game with Brockworth.  Its drainage was favourably reported on.  The pitch has subsequently been mown and it was intended that a regime of cutting and rolling would further improve the surface. 

 

Chairman Andrew Houldey reported on the Cheltenham League club meeting which he attended (for which see entry for 25 January).  Manager Richard Kelly reported on recent encouraging displays by the first team, who had won their last two games and were now off the bottom of the table.  As they are now only two points from safety and with half of the season still to come, it was felt that there was every chance of avoiding the drop.  Julian Ralph talked about arrangements for training at Hartpury College, and it was agreed as to how beneficial and popular this had been with the players of both sides.

 

Treasurer Trevor Jones reported on the club’s relatively healthy financial position, Christmas draw receipts were now at £240, and it was hoped to top £300 when all monies returned.  On the debit side, very few Cheltenham League teams stayed after games, so bar profits were down on previous years, despite the social evenings, events and outside bookings held in the club.  The issue of sponsorship was discussed and it was agreed to draw up a letter setting out the benefits for potential sponsors.  We can provide display boards around the ground, advertising on the website and in the monthly magazine; sponsors would pay for the renewal of boards each year.  The Quiz date was swapped to Saturday 23 February and the Poker Night was to be re-arranged.  The date for the next committee meeting was set for Tuesday 5 March.   

Tough Task for the Two Teams

FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2013

The first team have a tough assignment as they battle to avoid the relegation spots, making the short trip to play second-placed Hanley Swan.  Hanley won 4-1 at Shurdington Rovers last week, to move six points behind Gala Wilton Reserves, with a game in hand, in what is rapidly shaping up to be a two-horse race. 

Hanley Swan are one of three South Worcestershire sides to join the Cheltenham League in recent seasons (the others being Upton Town and Welland).  Hanley were playing Sunday football in the Malvern League back in the late eighties, and after a spell in the Worcester & District League (Saturday) they switched to the Cheltenham League in 2009, finishing only a point behind champions C & G as runners-up in Division 4.  The following season they missed promotion to Division 2 by a point but made no mistake last season, finishing as Division Three Champions with 56 points from 24 games. 

 

Although it is a bit of a tall order, a third successive win would take us out of the bottom two providing either Shurdington, Brockworth or Southside fails to win.  The game kicks off at 3 p.m.  Hanley play at Hanley Swan Playing Fields, which is on the Welland Road (behind the village hall) and their colours are red & black shirts and black shorts.  

 

The Reserves have perhaps an even harder task, as they entertain Division 5 leaders Newlands Athletic.  Newlands are five points clear of Shurdington Rovers Reserves with two games in hand (28 points from 11 games).  Last weekend they beat Shurdington 5-0 at The Newlands.  Their most likely challengers are the unbeaten Pittville United, who could go top if they win both of their games in hand. 

 

The two sides met at Corse earlier this season in the County Cup, with Newlands going through to the next round after a 2-1 triumph.  The game was not as close as the scoreline suggested, and it seemed as if twenty minutes had elapsed before we even got the ball off them.  A late Lee Roberts goal from a header put us back into the game, but on the balance of play a draw would have been ill-deserved.

 

Note that this game has been switched to Bromesberrow due to the ongoing drainage problems at the Playing Fields.  Kick-off is at 3 p.m.

Club Merchandise

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2013

A further reminder that Staunton and Corse Football Club merchandise is still available through Macron Store at http://www.macronstoregloucester.com/staunton-corse-fc/ Products include a tracksuit top, windbreaker, holdall, polo shirt, training shirts and replica kit. Pictured below are the quarter zip jersey, the polo shirt, the anorak and the training top.  And of course if you want to flaunt the fact that you play for a proper football club in the bar or at a big game, then copies of the first team kit are available.

Staunton & Corse 1/4 Zip Jersey Staunton & Corse Polo Shirt Staunton & Corse Windbreaker Staunton & Corse Training T-shirt

What's New on the Website

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2013

Under the Ground section there are now full directions to Bromesberrow / Bromsberrow football pitch, which is behind Bromesberrow Village Hall in Albright Lane.  The postcode is HR8 1RZ.

A match report has been posted for the game against Brockworth Albion Reserves, a fine win which saw us pull ourselves off the bottom of the table and considerably boosts our chances of survival.  If there is anyone out there who fancies themselves as the next Frank Keating and can write a match report for either side, even if it is only the barest details, then do please get in touch with me.

Andrew Houldey

Committee Meeting this Tuesday

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2013

A reminder to Committee members that the February meeting is this Tuesday, at 7.30 p.m. at the Football Club. 

Items on the agenda include the forthcoming GFA hearing, drainage problems at Corse and work needed at Bromesberrow.  All committee members are expected to attend.

 

We are staying up, I said we are staying up

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2013

Well we're off the bottom at any rate, after an excellent and well-deserved 3-0 win over Brockworth Albion Reserves in a game played at Bromesberrow.  A penalty from Stu Hall after ten minutes was followed by two second-half goals from Tom Jeffes to round off a fine afternoon at our new (temporary) home.  The result was never really in doubt, with Jeffes working tirelessly up front and Joe Szewczuk also a handful, as he was brought down for the penalty and then struck the crossbar with a fine drive.  In midfield, Stu Hall, Josh Ralph and the indefatigable Dave Bates ran the show and rarely lost possession.  A fuller account is now available elsewhere on this site, under Reports.

The win takes us above Winchcombe Town Reserves who lost 2-0 at Northleach Town, and only two points behind Brockworth and Southside.  At the top, Gala won 3-2 at Upton Town while nearest challengers Hanley Swan won 4-1 at Shurdington.

The Reserves' five game unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 3-2 to a determined and hard-working Smiths Athletic side on a muddy pitch at Dowty Rotol.  They had not played for a month and it showed.  Goals were from Andy Phelps, with a cross-cum-shot and from Tim Hall from a header.  Two of the Smiths' goals were particularly special.   

Game at Bromesberrow this Saturday

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have been given the go-ahead to play our home game at Bromesberrow this Saturday, following a ground inspection by the Cheltenham League this morning.  The pitch has been rolled, and will be marked out tomorrow morning.  With Corse & Staunton Playing Fields wet and sodden, this is good news for the club who are already facing a large backlog of re-arranged fixtures to be played before the 4 May. 

Saturday's game is a re-arranged fixture at home to Brockworth Albion Reserves, and replaces the home fixture with Bredon Reserves who are on Worcestershire County Cup duty.  The Reserves travel to Dowty Rotol, hoping to complete a double over Smiths Athletic in Division 5.  With the lighter evenings, kick-off for Saturday games will be at 3 p.m. until the end of the season.

You're Supposed to be at Home!

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2013

The history page on this website tells of the various pitches around the two parishes that the club has played on since its formation in 1919.  But what about the various pitches we have used when ours has been either too wet or when cricket has had first call on the use of the ground.  With work now underway at Bromesberrow, we take a look at the other pitches that we have used in addition to the Playing Fields when the weather has taken a turn for the worst. 

 

One bit of club history was made in 1988 when we fielded more than one side for the first time (Saturday in the North Gloucestershire League, Sunday in the Malvern League).  By 1992 we were up to three teams (two Saturday, one Sunday) and it was clear that the pitch was not going to cope. 

 

The first time (as far as I can ascertain) we played on an out-ground was 17 March 1991, when the flags, the nets and the pitch marker were loaded into my Mini, and the Sunday side’s Malvern Secondary Cup tie with Newtown Sports was moved to Hartpury College.  In those days Hartpury was very much an agricultural college, not a sports academy, and the football pitch was long, narrow, undulating and sloped from touchline to touchline.  Despite goals from Andy Phelps and Steve Perry, Premier Division Newtown were clearly unfazed by the state of the pitch and went on to win 7-2.

 

After local galacticos Woodpeckers Athletic folded in 1992 when they reached a level in the Cheltenham League where they were getting regularly beaten, their Ashleworth pitch became available.  It was first used by us on Hallowe’en 1992, when rather than cede home advantage, both Saturday sides played home games on the same day in the Hospital Cup.  All that hard work painting the goalposts and mowing the whole pitch with a garden rotary mower proved worthwhile when the Reserves beat Broadwell ‘A’ 6-2, following braces from Justin Bullock, Andy Ballinger and Duncan Templeton. 

 

In all we played fourteen games at Ashleworth, on three occasions where both Saturday sides had home fixtures, and also on a Sunday, in both the Malvern League and the Gloucester Sunday League.  One memorable game was on 12 December 1993, when the Sunday side beat Ebley, by a club record 21-0.  The match was a personal triumph for striker Carl England who scored eleven.  And yes, before you ask, Ebley did have eleven players, and three substitutes, and a linesman no less.  And the score was only 4-0 at the interval.  The last game we played at Woodpeckers was on 26 March 1994, when the Reserves lost 2-1 to St Briavels Reserves, on the same day that the firsts were playing Tidenham in a J.O.Roberts semi final at Corse.  Not a pitch that I ever liked playing on, as it sloped from one goal (by the clubhouse) to the other end and undulated almost everywhere else.

 

The next home venue was the Old Hockey Pitch at Redmarley.  This had been brought back into use by Sunday side Redmarley United in 1992, having been used as a hockey pitch by Newent back in the seventies.  It was small, compact and hemmed in by trees along the one touchline, but games were rarely postponed for wet weather.  By the way, the goalposts there were the old ones from Staunton.  Our first home game there was on 8 January 1994, when the Reserves shared four goals with Woolaston Reserves and the last was in the long grass against St Briavels Reserves on 6 May 1995.  Woolaston Reserves, incidentally, travelled to play our Reserves at four different home venues in four seasons, as they were also our first opponents on the main pitch at Redmarley, which was first used on 3 September 1994.  Redmarley has been a popular wet weather option ever since, and its use was key to avoiding a fixture backlog for the Sunday side when they won the Division 5 Championship in 1994-95, and for the Reserves in winning the North Gloucestershire League Division 4 Championship in 2006-07.  Our last-ever home game in the North Gloucestershire League, on 28 April 2012, when the Reserves hosted Blakeney in Division 2, was moved to Redmarley when the Staunton pitch was waterlogged.  Well-used to our second home by now, we romped home 6-0.

 

Further afield, both Saturday sides played their end of season games at Plock Court in April 1997, while improvements and extensions were being made to the changing rooms at the Playing Fields.  One key game was the Reserves’ home win over Sedbury Strollers on 26 April.  Our 3-1 victory was enough to relegate Strollers from Division 3 at our expense by a single point.  I also understand that the firsts played a couple of games at Woodlawns, Brockworth (the old ICI Fibres ground) at around this time, and would be grateful if anyone can remind me of the circumstances.

Andrew Houldey

The Condition of the Pitch

TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2013

A wet winter has followed a wet summer and the pitch has been sodden throughout most of this season, and unable to cope with the demands placed upon it.  The first team have only played one home game since 13 October, and the home games that the Reserves have played in that time (October 6 v Smiths, November 10 v Shurdington and December 1 v Saracens) would not normally have gone ahead, had it not been for the mounting pressure of the fixture backlog.  The firsts will end the season with a run of seven home games, which tells its own tale of how we have suffered with home postponements this season.  The lack of an alternative pitch scuppered pre-season plans for a Sunday side, and the Playing Fields’ poor drainage has stymied previous attempts to run youth teams.  One of the more worrying aspects is that the existing drainage system is seemingly not working, with surface water sitting between cross-field drains while the perimeter ditches remain empty. 

 

The Playing Fields is admittedly a low-lying pitch in the midst of flat claylands, and older supporters will tell of how in the sixties a brown grass-less, muddy strip ran from goalmouth to goalmouth for much of the winter, but the simple truth is that the pitch is now holding us back from developing as a club.  Its poor condition was in fact cited by the Northern Senior League Executive Committee as the reason why Hardwicke were to be recommended for the vacant place rather than us, even though our playing record was the better one over the previous season.   

 

It is for these reasons that we welcome the application made by Charlie Hulls on behalf of Corse & Staunton Playing Fields to Sport England for grant aid to improve the drainage, under their scheme “Protecting Playing Fields”.  But it shouldn't be all doom and gloom, for this is by no means a typical winter, and when it is dry it is one of the best surfaces around, large, flat and even, well-rolled and true.  If we can sort out the drainage then there is no reason why we can’t be playing on such a surface, even in the wettest of winters.

 

The other step that has been taken is to find an alternative pitch, and we had six volunteers last Sunday down at Bromesberrow armed with spades and shovels moving mole hills from the football field there.  The pitch has been measured out and marked and arrangements made for rolling, with a view to a pitch inspection from the Cheltenham League, so that we can hopefully stage our home fixture against Bredon Reserves there at the weekend.  If they find fault in the facilities, then we won't be playing a home game for many weeks to come.

Update- Both Games Off, Quiz Postponed Again

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2013

The Reserves’ home game against Winchcombe Town ‘A’ scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled as the melting snow has led to extensive waterlogging.  The Firsts’ game at Winchcombe has also now been postponed.  The Quiz Night scheduled for Saturday night is also off- a new date has not yet been set.  One thing that is on is a works party at Bromesberrow, scheduled for Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Re-arranged Fixtures

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2013

With the weather causing further chaos, a number of games have been re-scheduled for later in the season, including a home double-header on Saturday 20 April, with the Reserves kicking off against Pittville United at 1 p.m. and the Firsts against Shurdington Rovers at 3 p.m.  The latest re-arrangements have been posted in the Fixtures and Results section.  

 

Other games that have been added are the firsts at home to Gala Wilton Reserves.  As this is scheduled for Saturday 4 May, it will need to be re-arranged as it clashes with cricket.   The Reserves have a re-arranged game away to Star ‘A’ on Thursday 18 April.

News from the League Meeting

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2013

At the Cheltenham League Club Meeting, held on Wednesday 23 January, the next phase for the use of Full Time for next season was outlined by Chairman Nick Oram.  On trial from April, match result reporting, including teams and scorers will be input into Full Time and player registration will be simplified, by allowing players simply to confirm that they wish to re-register for the coming season.  The match postponement procedure was outlined by League Secretary Ian Hamilton, who urged clubs not to postpone games unnecessarily with a backlog of unplayed fixtures building up.  Clubs were further reminded to notify the opposition and referee of fixtures and of colours. 

 

New League Rules for next season were set out, which would include new measures against clubs that accumulate fines and the disbarring of clubs from the Charity Cup in the following season if they do not fulfil a fixture this season.  Clubs were reminded that they could make suggestions for rule changes by April 30th, but they would require seconding.  Clubs were reminded by Dave Vaux of the importance financially and socially of staying behind after games, and the meeting concluded with the news that the season had been extended to 4 May. 

Games off, Quiz Postponed

SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2013

Shouldn't be too much of a surprise but both games involving Staunton and Corse have been postponed, as indeed has the whole of the Cheltenham League programme.  Also off is the Quiz Night at the Football Club, which has been rescheduled for next Saturday, 26 January, at 7.30 p.m.

So you can now devote all of your energies to building a bigger snowman.  Now where did I put my sledge?

Long overdue (but deserved) win for Firsts

SUNDAY 13 JANUARY 2013

A hat-trick from James Griffiths gave the First Team that elusive first win of the season yesterday.  Staunton levelled twice against Newton, before Griffiths secured a valuable three points after the interval with his third.  The win doesn't change our league position, but will hopefully provide a much-needed boost to our confidence over the second half of the season.  It would seem that publishing an article on the theme of "have we ever gone through a whole season without winning a game" did the trick!

The Reserves game at home to Pittville United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Looking forward to tomorrow's games

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013

One goes on hoping that this week will be the one when the firsts finally secure their first win of the campaign and start climbing the table.  This week attention switches to Whaddon Recreation Ground, where the firsts will be playing Newton F.C.  The two teams have already met once this season, when two hours play in the Cheltenham Senior Charity Cup failed to produce a goal, before Newton moved into the next round on penalties.   Newton are in fifth place with 17 points from 11 games, although they haven’t played since 15 December, when they beat Apperley 5-1 in the second round of the Charity Cup.  The game kicks off at 2 p.m.

 

The Reserves hope to extend their six-match unbeaten run at home to unbeaten Pittville United, in what, dare I say, is a top-of-the-table clash, with Pittville in third and ourselves in fourth, albeit having played 12 games.  Pittville, for whom Alex Salter was playing last season, are unbeaten in the league with six wins and two draws, but were surprisingly held 2-2 by Star ‘A’ last Saturday.  The game is scheduled for the Playing Fields at 2 p.m., but will be subject to a pitch inspection after the battering it took last Saturday.

Bromesberrow

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013

With the wet weather and continuing drainage problems causing problems at Corse, we have investigated the possibility of using the presently-unused pitch behind Bromesberrow Parish Hall when our own field is unplayable.  This pitch was used until about four years ago by Bromesberrow youth teams, back in the eighties by Ledbury Preserves in the Herefordshire League and before that by the old Bromesberrow team.  It is a large, flat, well-draining pitch and there are almost-new goalposts in place, but work would be needed to get the field into a playable condition, including rolling, filling in rabbit holes and flattening mole hills.   

 

Staunton and Corse played against Bromesberrow between 1948 and 1950, when we were both members of the old Ledbury League, but at that time they played at Ryton, only moving to Bromesberrow Parish Hall in 1950, after we had made the switch to the North Gloucestershire League.  We have however, played one (important) game on the pitch before, when it was used as a neutral venue for the final of the Gloucestershire County Intermediate Cup Final in 1964-65.  The following report appeared in The Citizen on 22 April 1965:  

 

Jones goal wins County Trophy for Staunton

Staunton and Corse 2 Newent Town Reserves 1

Staunton came home well-deserved victors over a very gallant Newent at Bromesberrow last evening by defeating the Town Reserves 2-1 in the County Intermediate final.  Against the run of play Staunton opened their account through Tim Huntingford due to a defensive blunder.  The game then turned into a real ding dong battle with the ball moving from end to end and keepers Terry Dudfield (Staunton) and Terry Griffin (Newent) playing superbly.  Just before half-time, Eric Blueitt pounced on a loose ball, and made a break, beating the whole of the Staunton defence in a 40 yard dash to give Newent the equalising goal.  The second half followed the pattern of the first until Brian Jones gave Staunton the lead in the 70th minute. Staunton, now well on top, held their narrow lead until the final whistle, winning the day 2-1.

Newent Town Reserves: T Griffin; T Chamberlain (capt.), J Hale; G Smith, N Weston, R England; L Crockford, A Williams, K Blueitt, R Clifford, A Bassett

Staunton: T Dudfield; C Poole, J Lander; M Lander, N McPherson (capt.), J Houldey; V Lane, B Jones, D Stephens, L Banks, T Huntingford

Referee: Mr J Priest; linesmen: R Merriman, P Colley

There is a picture of the victorious Staunton team on the History page of the website.

Worst ever start to a season?

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013

Although it only seems like a matter of time (and better luck) before the Firsts secure all three points, and we have at least drawn four out of our eleven league fixtures, we do find ourselves in the New Year without anything in the wins column.  Is this our worst ever start to a season?  Have we ever gone through a whole season without winning a game?

 

In recent times, our worst season was the one which culminated in relegation from the Northern Senior League in 2006-07, but the solitary win (1-0 at home to Mushet & Coalway United) came on 11 November 2006, in our tenth league game.  Going further back to 1999-2000 we lost ten straight games at the start of the season, before a 2-1 win at Sling United on 27 November 1999.  That season too saw us relegated, from Division 1 of the North Gloucestershire League.  A strong contender for worst-ever season was 1986-87, our final year before we switched back to Saturday football, when it took us until 4 January to even get a point in Division 4 of the Gloucester Sunday League, the sole win coming as late in the campaign as 29 March 1986 (6-1 at home to Holmleigh Rangers).

 

Have Staunton and Corse ever gone through a whole season without getting a win?  Yes, in their first season in the Ledbury League, and in our first season after the club re-formed following the Second World War.  However, we did actually kick-off the season with a win, 2-1 away to Bromyard Town Reserves, but unfortunately Bromyard subsequently withdrew mid-season citing a lack of players, so this fine result was struck from the record!  The following brief report of the game appeared in the Ledbury Reporter on 20 September 1947:

Bromyard Town Reserves 1 Staunton and Corse United 2

Ledbury League fixtures commenced on Saturday with a match at Bromyard between two newcomers, Bromyard Reserves and Staunton and Corse.  A well contested game resulted in a win for Staunton and Corse by 2-1.  Exchanges were even but Bromyard should have made the issue safe when awarded two penalties, both of which were missed.

 

Only four league points were gained in our eighteen league fixtures, all from home draws, with Pendock, Trumpet United, Redmarley and Saltmarshe and Norton United.  Below is an action picture from the 2-2 draw with Saltmarshe, played on 20 March 1947.  At that time home to Staunton and Corse United (as we then were) was in the field on the opposite side of the main road from the present Playing Fields.

 

And now here we are in our first season in the Cheltenham League, and it is to be hoped that history does not repeat itself with a winless campaign in a new league.  Still, there is always someone worse off than yourself: Tunstall Town from the Staffordshire County Senior League celebrated a draw last week, following no less than 143 consecutive defeats, in a run stretching back to September 2007. (AH)

News from the Committee Meeting

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2013

With the wet weather wiping out most of the last month’s fixtures, there was little to report from either team’s manager.  The firsts had played poorly at Bredon before Christmas, but it was felt that they deserved to get something out of Saturday’s game against Churchdown, in which they created many chances but again failed to convert them.  The Reserves had enjoyed a three-goal win at Southside, scoring their first goal on the break and then adding two more at the end as their hosts became frustrated at their inability to break down the Staunton defence.

 

Secretary Kieron Smith reported on the recent meeting with the Cheltenham League, at which we had successfully appealed against the deduction of three points for playing an ineligible player.  Treasurer Trevor Jones outlined the healthy financial situation of the club, helped by the Christmas Draw, which made in excess of £250, and by events held in the club over Christmas.  The next events in the club are a Quiz Night, to be held on Saturday 19 January, and a Poker Night, scheduled for Saturday 23 February.  The assistant secretary Geoff Davies distributed the new rota for marking the pitch (which is now online). 

 

The current poor state of the Playing Field was discussed and committee members were informed that approaches had been made to use the pitch at Bromesberrow.  Work would be needed in rolling the pitch, filling in rabbit holes and levelling mole hills, but it was a large, level field which drained well, and with some work could be made into a good playing surface.  It was confirmed that there would be no tour this season, but it was hoped that an overseas tour could be arranged for the following season. 

Fifty Years Since the Big Freeze

SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2013

On the BBC Sports website there is an interesting video clip looking back fifty years to the big freeze of 1963, which caused considerable problems with the FA Cup Third Round, and in particular the Lincoln City v Coventry City tie, which was postponed no less than twelve times.  In the Club Magazine last year we published an article on the Winter of 1962-63 and its effect on football, both nationally and at our level.  The article is reproduced below (apologies for the repeats, but it is something that even BBC and ITV resort to at this time of year!)

“Snow Game this Weekend”

The television pictures last winter of the Ipswich Town v Leicester City game being played in a blizzard on a white pitch, with an orange ball and blue pitch markings took us back to the days before undersoil heating, glove-wearing pampered professionals and thoughts of spectator health and safety, when games in winter were frequently played either on snow covered pitches or on frozen surfaces more suited to Robin Cousins or Torvill and Dean.

The protracted snow and ice inevitably stirred memories of winters past and led the media to make comparison with the winter of 1962-63. Was it really as bad as people say?

That winter, the snow started falling on Boxing Day 1962 and the big freeze lasted until March 1963. Blizzards caused snowdrifts up to 15 foot deep, overhead electricity lines were brought down and temperatures fell so low that the sea and the Severn froze over. In Gloucestershire, country roads were impassable. The relentless blustering wind meant that even when a snow plough had cleared a road, the snow was blown back and the road refilled within hours. This went on for week after week.

The average temperature that icy winter was minus 0.3C and the January average was minus 3.1C. Sub-zero conditions played havoc with the Football League’s fixture list and the third round of the F.A. Cup took 66 days to complete. The Scottish Cup First Round clash between Airdrieonians and Stranraer was postponed no less than 33 times, before Airdrie’s 3-0 win finally secured a plum home tie with Rangers in the next round. The Airdrie – Stranraer tie remains the British record for the most postponed game. Only 17 games were played on 29 December 1962, and it took until February for the weather to slowly improve. Eleven Football League games were played on the 16 February and then 24 on the 23 February: the most since 22 December when the fog had come down, and the first Saturday since then on which the newly convened Pools Panel had not been required to meet. It took until 16th March before the first full league card since mid December could be played.

Norwich City unsuccessfully tried to clear their pitch with a flamethrower in a last desperate attempt to get their FA Cup third round game with Blackpool played. It was not a success: as fast as the ice melted, it froze again. Halifax Town tried to recoup some of the income they had lost at the turnstile by opening their ground up on 2 March as a public ice rink.

So how were Staunton & Corse affected by the winter of 1962-63? The club was then playing in Division 3 of the North Gloucestershire League, which is equivalent to today’s Division 2. Those were the good old days when “First Division” meant just that. No Premier, Elite or Supreme Divisions then!

Staunton & Corse v Mitcheldean Reserves, 10 November 1962 (won 2-1)

After thrashing Worrall Hill Reserves 8-0 on 22 December 1962, it was to be seven weeks before Staunton were able to play their next game, a 5-3 win at Wagon Works on 16 February. No further game was possible until 2 March, so between December and March they played only one game in ten weeks.

The North Gloucestershire League extended their season to the 18 May and took the then-radical step of scheduling Sunday afternoon games in order to combat the huge backlog of outstanding fixtures. Staunton’s first ever Sunday game was played on 3 March 1963 at home to Redmarley and this was followed by further Sunday games against Shire Hall and Viney St Swithins Reserves and then the return fixture at Redmarley.

Staunton were luckier than some teams, as following first round exits in both the County and Hospital Cup competitions the situation was not complicated by additional cup fixtures. They probably didn’t see “being left to concentrate on the league” as a blessing at the time, however, as they had reached the final in both competitions the previous season. By the time that the 1962-63 league season was finally concluded in late May, Staunton & Corse had secured the league championship, winning 23 out of their 28 games and finishing with 48 points, three ahead of runners-up English Bicknor and five ahead of Tidenham in third. In the end neither of the wins against Worrall Hill or Wagon Works counted for anything as both teams withdrew before the end of the season faced with a mountain of uncompleted fixtures, and their records were expunged from the final table.

(C) Andrew Houldey

Defeat for Firsts, Win for Reserves

SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2013

After a month without a game, the first team went down 2-1 at home to Churchdown Panthers, and now find themselves firmly rooted at the foot of the table with four points from eleven games.  The gap above them remains five points, after Winchcombe Reserves lost 4-2 at Southside, while Northleach Town Reserves completed a double over Upton Town to put themselves on thirteen points.  There was a good result too for fellow strugglers Bredon Reserves, who won 2-0 at the Newlands against FC Barometrics Reserves, but who remain in twelfth place with 12 points from 12 games.  The gap between the firsts and safety is now eight points, but it should be remembered that there are still fifteen games to be played between now and the end of the season.

The Reserves extended their winning run to six games, with a 3-0 win away to Southside Reserves in a game switched to the King George V ground.  Scorers were Mark Grizzell and Dan Rees with two.  Leaders Newlands Athletic were in County Cup action, losing somewhat surprisingly to Cirencester League Beeches Reserves by two goals to nil, while Dowty Dynamos won in the same competition away to Ruardean Hill Rangers 'A' by the only goal of the game.  Shurdington Rovers Reserves lost their County Cup tie 5-3 at home to Witney League Bourton Rovers 'A'.  Strugglers Cheltenham Saracens 'A' showed an improvement in losing 4-2 away to FC Barometric 'A' in the Minor Charities Cup.  Staunton and Corse Reserves are now up to sixth place,  but if one adds the three points that were deducted and have now been re-instated they will be in fourth.

Venue Change for Reserves

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2013

The Reserves' away game against Southside Reserves has been switched to the St Mark's Pitch at King George V Playing Field. which is at the end of Edinburgh Place (off Princess Elizabeth Way).  Kick-off is at 2 p.m.

Committee Meeting this Monday

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2013

While the weather will have the ultimate say as to whether the two sides' games take place tomorrow, the January committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday will go ahead, at the Football Club, starting at 7.30 pm.  All club committee members are expected to attend.

Points Deduction Rescinded

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2013

One bit of good news, as the decision to deduct three points from the Reserves for playing an ineligible player in the defeat at Winchcombe Town Reserves has been reversed by the Management Committee of the Cheltenham League. 

Secretary Kieron Smith and Chairman Andrew Houldey made a plea for mitigation to the League Management Committee, pleading guilty to the offence, but arguing that it was an administrative error rather than an attempt to deceive, that no advantage had been gained by fielding an ineligible player and that the fine was sufficient punishment.  The club are grateful for what we consider to be a sensible decision by the Mangement Committee. The Reserves now have 16 points from 11 games.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

TUESDAY 1 JANUARY 2012

We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all viewing this site. We can only hope that 2013 brings an upturn in fortunes for the first team after a difficult first half of the season in Cheltenham League Division 2.  Despite sitting in bottom place in the table, a couple of wins would see us climb out of the relegation positions. 

With recent games postponed due to waterlogged pitches and no sign of the main road opening at Maisemore, it is hoped that we can get the season back on track with a home game against Churchdown Panthers (kick-off 2.00 pm).  This will be a chance to gain revenge for an early-season 6-1 reverse in the away game.  The Reserves travel to the Burrows Playing Field in Leckhampton to play Southside Reserves, at the third time of asking, following two earlier postponements.  Kick-off is also at 2.00 p.m.

Snippets from the Committee Meeting

WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2012

At Monday's Committee Meeting, Secretary Kieron Smith briefed the Committee on events at the Cheltenham League management committee meeting.  Staunton and Corse were mentioned twice in dispatches, being commended for re-arranging the Shurdington game to avold a cancellation and then as the only club to stay behind at Shurdington for a drink.  The lack of teams staying behind at our club (in comparison with the North Gloucestershire League clubs) has financial implications for us too.  Attention was drawn to the lengthy fines list, upon which thankfully we did not feature.

The treasurer Trevor Jones noted that the financial position was relatively healthy, with last year's backlog of player subscriptions cleared, but also highlighted the need for players to pay their annual subscriptions, particularly amongst the first team.

The first team manager Richard Kelly gave a review of recent games, and it was generally agreed that our lack of luck in front of goal was costing us dear, and it was hoped that once we got that elusive first win then confidence would increase.  The reserves had picked up, following a poor start to the campaign, with good wins over Hesters Way, Dowty Dynamos and then 11-0 against Cheltenham Saracens 'A'.

There would be a Christmas Social with buffet at the club on 15 December, from six o' clock onwards and a night on the town in Cheltenham afterwards.  It was intended that the Christmas hamper draw would be made then and players were urged to sell all their tickets.  There would be no tour this season but a weekend away at Butlins in Minehead was likely.

In any other business, concerns were raised as to the state of the pitch following the recent wet weather, and it was agreed to look into the possibility of improving the drainage with the Playing Fields Committee.  To finish, Chairman Andrew Houldey sent out an appeal for match reports from both sides for the website.

Was it a Record?

MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2012

Was Saturday's 11-0 win over Cheltenham Saracens a record victory for the Reserves?  No, but it was their biggest margin of victory since 2007-08 when we defeated Blakeney Reserves by the same score.  The Reserves'  biggest win remains the opening day of the season defeat of Longhope by 13-0 in 1997, followed by a 12-0 success at home to Puma 'A' in 2004-05.  Out of interest, the firsts' greatest recorded win was 19-1 against Shire Hall Reserves in 1954-55, while the Sunday side managed a 21-0 victory over Ebley on 12 December 1993.

It is also not the first big win over Cheltenham Saracens- the Reserves won 9-1 in the first game at Folley Lane earlier this season, while the Firsts beat Cheltenham Saracens Reserves 10-0 in the Senior Amateur Cup in 2003-04.  So three games, three wins and thirty goals.

December Committee Meeting Tomorrow

MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2012

A reminder that the December club committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 4 December, at the Football Club, starting at 7.30 p.m.  All committee members are expected to attend.

Big Win for Reserves, Firsts Still Without a Win

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 2012

There was more disappointment for the firsts, as despite peppering the Northleach goals throughout the game they still contrived to lose 2-1 and remain rooted to the foot of the table. 

The Reserves completed a double over Cheltenham Saracens 'A', with a crushing 11-0 win on a mudbath of a pitch at Corse.  4-0 up in eighteen minutes, the result was never in doubt, with goals from Andy Phelps (3), Alex Salter (3), Josh Preston, Mark Grizzell, Jon Hulls, Dave Taylor and Stu Barton.  Credit is due to Saracens who played the game in the right spirit throughout, never gave up and continued to play some good passing football in difficult conditions and were unlucky not to score on several occasions.

The Reserves move up to sixth position; the Firsts remain in fourteenth, two points adrift of Bredon Reserves whom they play next Saturday. 

Weekend Preview

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2012

The firsts will be looking to put their disappointing performance at Shurdington behind them when they travel to Northleach Town.  One of the longest serving members of the Cheltenham League, Northleach have been in Division 2 for most of the last decade.  They play at the King George V Playing Fields and their colours are red shirts and black shorts.  They finished last season in 9th position (out of 11).  This is the longest away trip for the firsts, and a crucial game as we seek to get away from the bottom of the table.   

Although this is the first time that Staunton and Corse have played against Northleach’s first team, we faced their Reserves in the County Cup no less than four times in nine seasons between 1988 and 1997.  We lost the first game in the first round of the Primary Cup in 1988 4-0 at Northleach, but then home advantage proved decisive in 1992 and 1993 when Staunton gained revenge with a 3-0 win (scorers Adam Gresty, John Barnard and Malcolm Willetts) in the opening round of the Intermediate Cup, and we then triumphed 2-1 in the Third Round of the same competition the following season.  The last game between the two clubs was in season 1997-98, when we won 6-1 at the King George V Playing Fields, again in the County Intermediate Cup, with goals from Steve Beveridge (3), Jayson Bourne and a brace from Lee Knowles.

 

The game kicks off at 2 p.m., and if you are intending travelling, Northleach’s ground is at Mill End, next to the Junior School, which is a turn off from the main square. 

 

The Reserves will be looking to extend their recent winning run by completing the double against Cheltenham Saracens ‘A’ at Corse.  Saracens remain rooted to the bottom of the table, after losing players pre-season to Pittville, and were beaten 9-1 by our Reserves in the first match.  Kick-off is at 2 p.m., but the game is subject to an early-morning pitch inspection.

Game off this afternoon

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2012

Not really a surprise, but this afternoon's Cheltenham League Division 2 game between Staunton and Corse and Brockworth Albion Reserves has been postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch.  The Reserves were in any case without a game this weekend.

First Team Game Reversed

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2012

The first team's home game against Shurdington Rovers scheduled for this afternoon has been reversed because of the condition of our pitch.  The game will instead be played at King George V Playing Fields, which is on the main A46, behind the Bell Inn.  Kick off is at 2 p.m.  The Reserves game away to Dowty Dynamos is still on- this will be played at Dowty Staverton in Hatherley Lane, kick-off 2 p.m.

County Cup Game for Firsts

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER 2012

The first team renew old acquaintances with Milkwall tomorrow afternoon in the Gloucestershire Junior Cup.  Last season Milkwall finished as runners-up to Ruardean Hill Rangers, pushing them for the title right to the last game; this season they are up there again, second to Woolaston, and go into the game following a fine 5-1 win at home to Mitcheldean.  The clubs have only met once before in the County Cup, in 1995-96, when we lost 3-2 at Edenwall Road; the scorers that day were Steve Beveridge from the penalty spot, and Duncan Templeton.  The game kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

The Reserves host Smiths Athletic Reserves in Cheltenham League Division 5.  Their visitors sit in mid table with two wins, a draw and three defeats in league games; the Reserves are in tenth position.  Smiths lost their last game- a County Primary Cup 2nd Round tie- to Cirencester League Beeches FC Reserves by the odd goal in five.  This game kicks off at 3 p.m.

Results Round Up

WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2012

Both sides have struggled to adjust to the better playing standards in the Cheltenham League.  The first team were lucky to get away with only a 2-0 defeat away to Gala Wilton Reserves, before putting in a much-improved performance at home to Winchcombe Town Reserves.  Having hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line, Staunton and Corse were unlucky not to take all three points in a 2-2 draw. 

The Reserves had an embarrassing 6-0 home defeat to Star 'A', and then showed a vast improvement in effort and application against Winchcombe Town 'A'.  Struggling to adapt to the narrow pitch and a lively home midfield, the Reserves were decidedly second best in the first half, but the better team after the interval, and missed umpteen chances to take the lead before falling to a sucker punch breakaway goal in the last minute to lose 2-1.  The scorer was Dan Walters.  Neither side had a game last Saturday.

Pitch Marking Rota

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2012

The rota for marking the pitch up until the end of January 2013 has been posted at the bottom of the Events section.  Committee members are reminded that it is your responsibility to find someone to swap if you cannot do your week.  Keys to the equipment shed are available from Trevor Jones or Richard Kelly.

Club Merchandise

THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Staunton and Corse Football Club merchandise is available through Macron Store at http://www.macronstoregloucester.com/staunton-corse-fc/  Products include a tracksuit top, windbreaker, holdall, polo shirt, training shirts and replica kit.   Pictured below are the quarter zip jersey, the polo shirt, the anorak and the training top.  Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for making the arrangements with Macron, who of course supply our first team shirts.

 Staunton & Corse 1/4 Zip Jersey         Staunton & Corse Polo Shirt          Staunton & Corse Windbreaker        Staunton & Corse Training T-shirt

 

Committee Meeting Tonight, Training Tomorrow

TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2012

A reminder that there is a Committee Meeting at the Football Club tonight at 7.30 p.m. 

Also, that training will be on Wednesdays at the Playing Fields until the end of September when it will continue under the lights at Hartpury College.  All players are expected to attend.

Reserves fall at first hurdle

MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Reserves are out of the County Primary Cup after they lost 2-1 on a warm afternoon to Division 5 leaders Newlands Athletic.  There was no disgrace in defeat as Newlands were a very accomplished footballing side and one can see how they won Division 6 at a canter last season. 

After falling two goals behind on the hour, Staunton gave themselves a lifeline when Lee Roberts was on hand to head home a cross to set up a nervous last ten minutes for their Bishop's Cleeve-based visitors.  So, as they say, we are left to concentrate on the league (and the Charity Cup of course).  Next up is the visit of Star 'A' next Saturday (the former Eagle Star).

Revenge for Reserves

THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2012

A huge improvement too for the Reserves, who gained ample revenge for last week's 5-1 drubbing at Northway with a 5-1 win of their own last night at Corse & Staunton Playing Fields.  There were goals for Dan Walters (3), Dan Rees and Mark Lawrence, with the hosts racing into a three goal lead within a quarter of an hour, before Northway got back into the game when they were the first to react to Alex Salter's spot-kick save.  Two further goals on the break after the break were enough to secure a hard-earned victory, with Corse always looking dangerous on the counter attack. 

Next up is Newlands Athletic at home in the County Primary Cup this Saturday; note that the game kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Point for Firsts at Upton

WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Staunton shared the spoils at The Hill Centre with Upton Town, drawing 1-1 in a closely-contested game.  Stuart Hall gave the visitors the lead on the hour, but Upton then applied the pressure before drawing level with 20 minutes remaining.  This was a much-improved performance by Staunton and Corse, and they could have returned with all three points after Gareth Yardley narrowly failed to convert the rebound after a Will Wellon shot came crashing back off the post.

Staunton Mauled by Panthers

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Fielding a weakened team due to cricket call-ups, the first team crashed to a 6-0 defeat after a listless performance away to Churchdown Panthers.  Only a goal down at the break, and after having chances to score themselves, Staunton seemed to lose heart in the second half and were as well beaten as the score suggests.  They now have to pick themselves up for Tuesday's return game away to Upton Town.  Churchdown go top, the only side with maximum points after two games, while Shurdington Rovers prop up the table with no points after their heavy 10-1 defeat away to Newton F.C.  Just above them in thirteenth place are Staunton and Corse. Upton lost 2-1 at home to Northleach Town. 

In Division 5, there were double figure scores for Dowty Dynamos, who romped home 14-0 at home to Cheltenham Saracens 'A' and for next week's opponents Newlands Athetic, who beat Smiths Athletic Reserves 11-2.  Dowty are top on goal difference from Newlands, while at the other end Southside Reserves, Staunton and Corse Reserves, Star 'A', Smiths Athletic Reserves and Cheltenham Saracens 'A' all remain pointless.

Reserves off to poor start

THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2012

Two down in ten minutes, a not-particularly-fit-looking Staunton and Corse Reserves struggled away to Northway Reserves, going down 5-1.  The scorer of Staunton's first goal in the Cheltenham League was left back Trevor Jones who slotted home from close range, putting the Reserves back in the game at 2-1.  Northway responded with a third before the break, and it is to the Reserves' credit that they restricted the free-ranging Northway forwards to only two goals in the second half.  Making a return in central defence for Staunton was Mike Collins, after a break of fifteen years out of football.  Welcome back!

Defeat to Upton in first Cheltenham League game

WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2012

Anyone who thought that the Cheltenham League would be somehow easier than the North Gloucestershire League had their illusions shattered by an impressive Upton Town outfit last night.  In a sometimes one-sided game, Paul Baillie Lane and Jason Walker dealt superbly with all that was thrown at them in central defence, while Dan Jones and Josh Steele both had good games at full back. 

Upton dominated the midfield before the break but failed to create many clear cut chances.  After the interval Stu Hall began to run things in midfield for Corse, but Upton always looked sharp on the break, and two goals with 20 minutes remaining sealed the game for their Worcestershire visitors against a Staunton side who never looked like getting back in the game, although substitute Jamie Bubb had a goal disallowed for offside.  The return game is next Tuesday.

Team: Austin Garlick; Josh Steele, Dan Jones, Paul Baillie Lane, Jason Walker; Adam Gresty, Stu Hall, Tim Hall, Joseph Szewczuk; Dan Walters, Mark Lawrence.  Subs: Jamie Bubb

Difficulties with Editing Website

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2012

We are currently having difficulties editing the home page of this website, a fault which it is hoped will be rectified over the weekend.  In the meantime, please note that the Reserves game at Southside Reserves has been postponed as no less than 13 of our players are performing in the crunch Redmarley v Corse & Staunton cricket match this afternoon.  The first team game at Dowty Rotol is unaffected.

Viewing of the home page should be unaffected.

The Fixtures and Results section has been updated to include re-arranged league games for both the firsts and seconds as a result of County Cup draws.

Please further note that information on contacts is now on the About Us page.

Friendly Cancelled / Work Party at the Playing Fields

WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2012

The Reserves' scheduled friendly for Thursday night has been cancelled as Gloucester Sunday League opponents Land Registry were unable to raise a team.

So with no more pre-season games remaining, the season starts in earnest next Tuesday, with the visit of Upton Town for our historic first-ever game in the Cheltenham League. The posts are up, the stanchions are mended and there will be a work party on Bank Holiday Monday morning to mark the pitch and tidy up around the club, so if you would like to lend a hand we will be meeting at the club at 10 am.

Spoils Shared with Kings

WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2012

A fine second half performance and a goal from Joe Szewczuk secured a 1-1 draw with Kings AFC at Dowty Staverton last night. Fielding a side based on whoever wasn't either on holiday or injured, Staunton took time to settle in the first half, falling behind to a Kings goal from an uncleared corner, and they had goalkeeper Ozzie Garlick to thank for a finger tip save to keep them in the game at the interval. The visitors more than matched their higher-graded opponents in the second half, and scored a deserved equaliser with 20 minutes remaining, and could even have won the game if Jamie Bubb's dinked chip had not come back off the post.

Reserves Win at Gala Wilton

FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 2012

The Reserves came out on top by the odd goal in three against a very good Gala Wilton third team on Tuesday night. With their successful under-18 team making the step up into senior football, this year's Gala third team contain a high proportion of last year's Reserves, and they played some excellent football, particularly in the first half, and with better finishing would have won this game. It is to the Reserves' credit that they toughed it out against a better football side, and took the chances that came their way.

In other news, next Tuesday's away game against Kings has been switched to Dowty Rotol in Down Hatherley Lane, Staverton, while the Reserves have an additional friendly, on Thursday night, away to Sunday League side Land Registry. This game will be played at Sir Thomas Rich's School in Longlevens, and kicks off at 6.30 p.m.

Reserves' friendly tonight

TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2012

After three squad friendlies, which have used a mixture of firsts and seconds, the Reserves have a friendly tonight at the Gala Club against fellow Cheltenham League Division 5 side Gala Wilton 'A'. Obviously performances are more important than results at this stage of the season, and the club will be encouraged by a good first half performance at Newlands last week, which saw them take a 2-1 interval lead against F.C. Lakeside. With wholesale changes and a weaker Staunton line-up after the break, F.C. Lakeside hit back to win 3-2. The last pre-season game is next Tuesday away to Kings A.F.C., at Plock Court, kick-off 6.30 p.m. and then the season gets underway with the visit of Upton Town on Tuesday 28 August.

Cheltenham League Meeting

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2012

Last week's Cheltenham League meeting agenda was dominated by this season's rule changes. Member clubs were reminded that eleven registration forms per team needed to be lodged with the league by 14 August. To transfer players, there is a transfer form on the website which should be accompanied by a completed registration form.

Results will need to be texted via SMS. Club nominees (decided by Friday 25 August) will receive a text message from Full Time to which they need to respond within two and a half hours after kick-off. This system has been in use over the last season by the Northern Senior League. Results will appear immediately on Full Time.

Home clubs need to notify their opponents and the referee by e-mail (and copy to league officials) three days before the match, giving ground directions and team colours.

Artificial pitches have been sanctioned by the League, but clubs intending to use a 3G pitch in the event of bad weather need to register the pitch with the League at the start of the season.

Team sheets can be scanned and sent to Ben Hill, the League Results Secretary, while the template for results cards can be firstly downloaded and then e-mailed. There is no referee's card, but the club referee's card needs to be signed by both teams before the match, completed by the club referee and then scanned and submitted by the home secretary to the League Results Secretary.

Clubs were finally reminded that there is a list of the common rule offences and typical fines at the back of the handbook. And to finish, each club was presented with three Uhlsport footballs per team as part of a league sponsorship.

County Cup Draws Announced

WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2012

There were tough draws for both sides when the draws for the first round of the County Cup was announced today. The First Team travel to last season's North Gloucestershire League Premier Division Runners-Up Milkwall, while the Reserves have a home tie with last season's runaway Cheltenham League Division 6 Champions Newlands Athletic. The Reserves' game is on Saturday 8 September (kick-off 2.30 p.m.) while the Firsts' trip to Edenwall Road is on Saturday 6 October.

The early outing for the Reserves means that their away league game with Pittville United scheduled for that day will be re-arranged, while the First Team's home game with Newton F.C. will also be rescheduled, as the County Cup will take precedence for the ground. If there is any news on the re-arranged games following on from tonight's Cheltenham League meeting then it will be posted on here tomorrow.

Committee Meeting

TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2012

Committee members last night discussed arrangements for the new season. Both the league and County F.A. affiliation fees had been paid, and all registered players are now covered for third party and for personal accident insurance. The treasurer Trevor Jones reported that the club had made over £100 running stalls at the Village Jubilee Party and the Ledbury Hunt Open Day, which had been used to buy new socks and two first aid bags. Arrangements were made to repair the goal stanchions in readiness for the first league game of the season on 28 August.

In league news, we will be required to text in results after both home and away games, so volunteers were sought from both sides to take this responsibility. Richard Kelly, first team manager reported that dates have been set for the three remaining pre-season games, away to F.C. Lakeside, Gala Wilton 'A' and Kings A.F.C. and that attendance at training had been good. Andrew Houldey stated that he had been in touch with Derek Hall, who is currently compiling a photographic history of Corse and Staunton, to offer team and match photographs of the Football Club. The usual request was made for articles and match reports for the website.

The date for the next meeting was set for Tuesday 11 September, at the Football Club, starting at 7.30 p.m. It is intended that all meetings will be held on a Tuesday night this season.

Pre-Season Friendlies

TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2012

An extra friendly and a change of date to announce. Following tomorrow's stern test at Newlands against F.C. Lakeside, there is a game for the Reserves next Tuesday 14th August away to Gala Wilton at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, kick-off 6.30 p.m. (note the change in date).

An additional pre-season game has been arranged, away to Kings A.F.C., which will take place on Tuesday 21st August at Plock Court, Longford, getting underway at 6.30 p.m. Kings play in Division 1 of the Cheltenham League.

Committee Meeting Tonight, F.C. Lakeside on Wednesday

MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2012

A reminder that there is a club committee meeting tonight, starting at 7.30 p.m. at the Football Club, and that the next pre-season friendly is on Wednesday at Newlands, Bishop's Cleeve, against Cheltenham League Division 3 side F.C. Lakeside (kick-off 6.30 p.m.)

Win at Apperley

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2012

Goals from Mark Lawrence, Stu Hall and a brace from debutant James Griffiths saw Staunton & Corse to a 4-1 win at Apperley last night. Both teams fielded a mixture of firsts and seconds with Apperley choosing to field their strongest eleven for the first half hour, their reserves for the next half hour and then a mixture for the remaining 30 minutes, while Staunton fielded two roughly equal standard mixes of firsts, seconds and trialists, making large changes at half-time. Apperley & Tewkesbury Dynamos took the lead after 25 minutes when Jamie Bayliss headed over his own goalkeeper, but Mark Lawrence equalised shortly before the break. Staunton took the lead through Stu Hall, before both goalkeepers saved a penalty a-piece. James Griffiths capped an impressive debut with two late goals, the latter crashing off the underside of the bar in the final minute.

A word of thanks to Apperley who worked very hard to get the game underway, with extensive re-building work in the changing quarters and the need to clear recently-mown loose grass off the pitch before kick-off. We wish them well for the coming season.

The next game is away to Cheltenham League Division 3 side F.C. Lakeside next Wednesday, and it is hoped that we will be able to organise another pre-season game, at Division 1 side Kings. The Reserves' game at Gala Wilton has been re-arranged (date to be confirmed).

Honours shared in first friendly

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2012

Fielding a mix of first teamers, reserve players and new recruits, Staunton and Corse drew their first pre-season game one-all at Longford last night. Longford fielded their Reserve side, who play in Division 5 of the Stroud League, and they had the best of the first half, showing more composure on the ball and taking a deserved lead on the half-hour mark.

Much improved after the break, Staunton equalised through Ashley Helmore, and had further chances to take the lead, although they had the woodwork to thank when a late cross cum shot from a Longford forward crashed off the corner of upright and bar. Making their debut for Staunton were second-half substitutes Matt Brown and Toby Dudfield, while there were welcome returns for Ollie Humphries in midfield, Alex Salter in goal and scorer Ashley Helmore.

Pre-Season Friendlies

MONDAY 23 JULY 2012

The following pre-season games have been arranged:

Tuesday 24 July A Longford

Wednesday 1 August A Apperley & Tewkesbury Dynamos

Wednesday 8 August A F.C. Lakeside (at Newlands, Bishop's Cleeve)

The Reserves have the following game:

Thursday 23 August A Gala Wilton 'A' (at Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens)

All games kick-off at 6.30 p.m. A reminder too that training this Thursday will be at Redmarley.

Tour of the Mountains

TUESDAY 10 JULY 2012

Just a reminder that we will be taking to the hills on Thursday for training. With the Playing Fields still very wet, we will instead be going for a run up the Malverns. So bring your daps and meet at the Playing Fields at 6 p.m. Three pre-season friendlies have also been arranged- dates and details will be posted on here over the next couple of days.

2012-13 Fixtures Released

MONDAY 9 JULY 2012

Staunton and Corse make their debut in the Cheltenham League with a Division 2 game at home to Upton Town on Tuesday 28 August (kick-off 6.15 p.m.). The Reserves get underway the following night with a trip to Tewkesbury to play fellow newcomers Northway Reserves. On the Saturday the firsts travel to Dowty Rotol to play promoted Churchdown Panthers (note the change in home ground) while the Reserves have a free week. The following midweek both the firsts and the reserves play the return matches with Upton and Northway.

In the league cups, the first team have been placed in the Senior Charity Cup section, where they will play fellow Division 2 side Newton F.C. on 13 October. The Reserves will be competing in the Minor Charity Cup and they travel to Agg Gardners at Pittville to play new Division 6 side Leckhampton Rovers Reserves on the same day.

Two differences to note for this season: games kick-off at 3 p.m. except in the months of November, December and January when they will start at 2, and also that the fixtures have been given out for the whole season rather than on the monthly basis that is the norm with the North Gloucestershire League. The full list of fixtures have been posted for both sides under the Fixtures and Results section.

Two changes in ground since the Preview was compiled: as noted above Churchdown Panthers will be playing at Dowty Rotol Sports Ground, Down Hatherley Lane, Staverton rather than Plock Court, and in Division 5 Hesters Way United will be playing their home games at Agg Gardeners Recreation Ground, Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham rather than the King George V ground at Brooklyn Road.

Division 5 Preview, Part 2

FRIDAY 6 JULY 2012

We conclude our preview of the Cheltenham League by looking at the remainder of the clubs that the Reserves face this coming season:

Pittville United

A relatively new club, Pittville finished in fourth place last season in Division 6 (out of 13), after a tenth position in their first season (2010-11). Their home ground is in Pittville at Agg Gardeners Recreation Ground, Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham and their colours are pale blue and white striped shirts.

Shurdington Rovers Reserves

Rovers play at the King George V Playing Field on the main A46 in Shurdington (behind the Bell Inn) in red shirts and blue shorts. Their first team will be playing in the same division as our firsts. Last season the Reserves were promoted from Division 6, after finishing in 7th position (out of 13). The previous season Rovers were members of the Stroud League, finishing in 13th (out of 14) in Division 8.

Smiths Athletic Reserves

Smiths finished last season in 12th (out of 14) in Division 5. They play at the Dowty Rotol Sports Ground, Down Hatherley Lane, Staverton, and their colours are green and black shirts and black shorts. Smiths’ first team play in Division 1 of the Northern Senior League, in which competition we faced their firsts between 2005 and 2007, winning two and losing two. Our first team played Smiths Athletic 'B' in 2000-01 in the third round of the County Minor Cup, winning 4-1 at Bishop’s Cleeve.

Southside Reserves

Southside play at the Burrows Playing Field, Moorend Grove, Leckhampton in yellow and blue shirts and blue shorts. Another of the clubs whose first team are in the same division as our firsts. Fifth place in Division 6 (out of 13) last season was good enough to secure promotion. This will be the third season that Southside have been running a reserve side.

Star FC III

Relegated from Division 4 last season, after finishing bottom. Founded as Eagle Star in 1965, they were re-named Star FC after the parent company severed its ties in 2004. The Star first team finished last season in fifth place in Division 1 of the Northern Senior League. Star thirds play in royal blue shirts and shorts at the Bishop’s Cleeve Sports Ground, Cheltenham Road, Bishop’s Cleeve.

Winchcombe Town III

The third club in the Cheltenham League who will be playing fixtures against both our firsts and our reserves. Like their second team, Winchcombe thirds play at the King George V Playing Fields at the bottom of Mill Lane (off Gloucester Street). Winchcombe finished last season in eighth place in Division 6 (out of thirteen), which secured promotion, whereas the previous season’s fourth place didn’t! Their colours are black and white striped shirts and black shorts.

Division 5 Preview, Part 1

SUNDAY 1 JULY 2012

We continue our preview of the Cheltenham League by looking at some of the teams that the Reserves will be facing in Division 5 next season:

Apperley & Tewkesbury Dynamos Reserves

Fixtures with Apperley go back as far as 1920 when we both competed in the newly-formed Staunton League. Apperley played in the Cheltenham League until the 1980s, and then in the Cheltenham Sunday League until 2007, when they switched back to Saturday football. They had one season in Division 3 as Apperley before amalgamating with Tewkesbury Dynamos. Their first team now play in Division 1, while the Reserves will next season be in their third season in Division 5. In last year’s campaign they finished 11th out of 14. Their ground is at Apperley Playing Fields in Sawpit Lane (changing at the Village Hall) and their colours are yellow shirts and black shorts.

Cheltenham Saracens IV

Saracens were relegated from Division 4 last season after finishing in 13th (out of 14). They were champions of Division 5 in 2009-10. The club runs four teams, with the firsts playing in the Hellenic League. Saracens’ third and fourth teams play at The Folley Playing Fields (University of Gloucestershire), Swindon Road, Cheltenham and their colours are all yellow. Our first team played Cheltenham Saracens Reserves in the Second Round of the Senior Amateur Cup in 2003-04, winning 10-0.

Dowty Dynamos

Dowty Dynamos finished the 2011-12 season as runners-up in Division 6 to Newlands Athletic, with 56 points from 24 games. The previous season their first team had been playing in Division 2 and their reserves finished third in Division 6. Their home ground is Dowty Rotol Sports Ground, Down Hatherley Lane, Staverton, and their colours are red shirts with black sleeves. Dynamos had three seasons in the Gloucestershire County League between 1991 and 1994.

Hesters Way United

Hesters Way will be starting out on their third season in the Cheltenham League and their first in Division 5 after finishing third in Division 6 (out of 13) and seventh (out of 13) the previous season. After playing last season at King George V Playing Field, Brooklyn Road, Cheltenham, Hesters Way will be based at Agg Gardeners Recreation Ground, Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham. Their colours are graphite and gold shirts (whatever that means).

Newlands Athletic

Newlands ran away with Division 6 in their first season, scoring 132 goals, and finishing nine points clear of Dowty Dynamos, but lost to Division 5 Champions Welland in the final of the Minor Charities Cup 2-1 after extra-time. As their name suggests, they play at Newlands Park, Cheltenham Road, Bishop’s Cleeve, and we’ll need to take a change kit as their registered colours are orange shirts and black shorts.

Northway Reserves

A new entrant in the Cheltenham League this season, Tewkesbury side Northway have been playing in the Worcester & District League. Last season they finished third in Division 2 in an eight-team division, and the previous season in eighth out of fourteen when the Worcester Saturday League was a one-division affair. Their firsts have recently been promoted to Division 1 of the Cheltenham League. Home for Northway is the Gould Playing Fields, off Northway Lane, Tewkesbury.

Pre-Season Training Starts Next Week

FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2012

With the summer at its hottest, those words will strike dread into those of us who wince at the thought of sprints, star jumps and running laps of the pitch. In readiness for our new adventure in the Cheltenham League we will be training twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, starting next Monday, July 2nd at the Playing Fields, 6 for 6.30 pm. New players are most welcome. And we'd like to see the old ones too....

Back in the N.G.L.

FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2012

The North Gloucestershire League sees the return of a couple of familiar names next season. Aylburton Rovers, who dropped out of the Northern Senior League at the start of the 2010-11 season, return after a year's absence and will start afresh in Division 4, where they will be joined by Hilldene Athletic, who folded back in the mid-1990s, while also members of the Senior League. The other new teams are Lydney Town 'B' and Broadwell Amateurs 'A'. As well as ourselves, Weston Athletic have also left the North Gloucestershire League, and will play in the Herefordshire League as Ross Juniors.

In the Premier Division, Ruardean Hill Rangers are promoted to the Northern Senior League, while Newnham United and Mushet & Coalway United are relegated to Division 1. Replacing them are the promoted Huntley, Redbrook Rovers, St Briavels and Bream Amateurs. Four clubs were promoted from Division 2: Lydney Town 'A' (as champions), Whitecroft Reserves, Worrall Hill and sixth-placed White Horse. Redmarley and Harrow Hill Reserves drop down to Division 3.

Fixture Change for Reserves

FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2012

The Reserves game away to Southside Reserves has been brought forward to Saturday 1 September, kick-off 3 p.m. Note that the game will be played at Naunton Park Rec, Asquith Road, Leckhampton GL53 7EJ.  Southside usually play at Burrows Sports Field in Moorend Grove. This game was originally scheduled for Saturday 5 January. The firsts will be at Dowty Rotol playing Churchdown Panthers on the same day.

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