St Albans City 2-4 Sutton United - full report and photos
30th August 2014
Sutton bounced back from the Bank Holiday defeat with a fine win at St Albans this afternoon. With Callum Hart and Dale Binns returning to action, Binns took just five minutes to make an impact with a cross that was turned in by Jamie Taylor, but after Alan Julian had made a superb save from John Frendo's penalty St Albans equalised on the stroke of half time through Sean Shields, who then hit the bar just 14 seconds after the break. Charlie Clough restored the lead with a bullet header from Matt Lockwood's corner,and although U's lost Hart with a twisted ankle, when substitute Jessy Reindorf made it 3-1 with six minutes left the points seemed safe. However Frendo scored just as the game entered five extra minutes at the end to leave U's supporters watching anxiously until another substitute, Kane Haysman, finished off a brilliant counter-attack from Lockwood and Marvin Williams. Full report and photos here.
St Albans v Sutton preview
29th August 2014
Sutton return to a once-familiar ground for the first time in over six years tomorrow with an away game at St Albans (travel details here), who gained promotion back to Vanarama Conference South at the end of last season from the Southern League, ending a three year absence that had follwoed their relegation in 2011. Sutton's last visit to Clarence Park was in January 2008, and provided one of the few highspots of a miserable campaign as U's came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to an injury time goal by John Scarborough that gave supporters what proved to be a false hope that the season might turn round.
Saints have made a decent start back at this level, beaten on the opening day of the season at home to Hayes & Yeading but then picking up three consecutive wins away to Staines and Farnborough and at home to Bishop's Stortford before a narrow defeat at league leaders Eastbourne on Monday.
Sutton welcome Callum Hart and Dale Binns in to the squad for the game, with Will Spetch now the only injury absentee, and manager Paul Doswell expects him to be in contention in another two weeks or so. Paul also said that he is in talks with a striker and hopes to be able to announce a signing next week.
Not making the trip to Clarence Park, though, will be Peter Beadle, who has left the position of Head Coach after discussions this week with Paul. We would like to wish Peter well for the future and thank him for his services during his time at the club.
Calling Fans Of @rickyboylan1
27th August 2014
Watch Sutton United for just £5 if you've got a ticket for Ricky's next fight.
6th September is national Non-League Day, season ticket holders of Premiership and Football League clubs can watch our game at home to Concord Rangers for just £5 (usual price £12) and we are extending this offer to any of Ricky's fans who have a ticket for his next fight at Manchester Phones4U Arena. No need to book, just turn up on the day (3.00 kick-off) and show your ticket at the gate.
Help Paint The Borough Amber
27th August 2014
We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with our regular poster delivery mission across the borough. Last year we had one person taking care of all the sites but he has fresh commitments and we think the best option is to split the load. These posters are a vital part of our match-promotion efforts.
Here's where we need help: 1) Schools - Steve King has volunteered to continue his good work promoting matches in schools throughout the Borough. Thanks Steve. 2) Leisure and Community centres - Rob Hardy has volunteered to display posters in these sites (20). Thanks Rob. 3) North Cheam - AB will ensure this patch is covered (20) We would love volunteers to help with the following areas ( remember named sites are already happy to display in each area, no persuading necessary!) 4) Sutton High Street top - (20) 5) Sutton High Street mid - (20) 6) Sutton High Street bottom - (20) 7) Collingwood/ GGL/ Tesco's/ McDs - (15) 8) Cheam - (30) 9) Worcester Park (15) 10) Rose Hill (15)
26th August 2014
Saturday 6th September, when there are no Premiership games as it's international week, has been designated as Non-League Day for 2014. We will be at home to Concord Rangers that day in the Vanarama Conference South and will, as usual, be doing our bit to promote the non-League game and Sutton United in particular.
To any spectator with a current season ticket for a club in the Premiership or Football League
Adult admission £5, Concessions/Juniors £1 (season ticket valid for one person only)
No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Sutton United 1-3 Boreham Wood - full report, photos and reaction
25th August 2014
Two goals in stoppage time consigned Sutton to defeat this afternoon at a rainswept Gander Green Lane. U's seemed on course for victory in what had been a tight game when Louis John headed in Matt Lockwood's corner with sixteen minutes left, but an unmarked Josh Hill headed an equaliser from a free kick with eight minutes left. In stoppage time U's were caught on the break pushing for a winner and substitute Austin Lipman scored with a crisp shot from the edge of the penalty area, and Lee Angol secured the points for the visitors with the last kick of the game. Full report, with photos, here and the views of head coach Peter Beadle here.
Strikers Are Key - It's Back
25th August 2014
The first three Strikers are Key draws duly took place in the Players' Bar after today's match v Boreham Wood
1) The draw for the Havant game - £300 was in the safe following Jessy's two goals v Maidenhead and Havant. Ball number 9 (yes, really!!) was pulled out of the purple velvet bag, owned by "The Old Ds" syndicate. Peter Dillon sadly didn't choose the correct key winning his syndicate the £50 consolation prize instead.
2) The draw for the Salisbury game that never was - £500 was in the safe. Ball number 32 was pulled out of the purple velvet bag, owned by "Bruce's Retirement Fund" syndicate. Chris Elliott sadly didn't choose the correct key either, winning his syndicate the £50 consolation prize too.
3) The draw following today's match v Boreham Wood - £700 was in the safe. Ball number 16 was pulled out of the purple velvet bag, owned by the "Lucky Strikers" syndicate. Bob Hasler chose wisely, (eventually) opening the safe thereby winning his syndicate the £700 cash prize. Congratulations to him and his fellow syndicate members, Tony Cove and Stewart Howe.
Onwards to Concord in two weeks time. Up the U's!
More Working Parties
25th August 2014
Following the success of the working parties this month, two more have been arranged for Thursday 4th September and Thursday 11th September, each from 4.00pm to 7.30pm. If you are able to volunteer during either or both of these sessions, please contact email@example.com or 07908 611354. If you are willing to volunteer but cannot make these sessions, there are light tasks for one or two hours that can be carried out at your convenience – contact as above for details.
Many thanks for your help.
Sutton v Boreham Wood preview
25th August 2014
For the third time in four seasons Sutton host Boreham Wood on a Bank Holiday this afternoon, looking to make it four wins out of four in the fixture since gaining promotion in 2011. Boreham Wood have made a solid start to the season, including one of the eye-catching results so far when they won 6-0 at Maidenhead, and Saturday's draw at home to Bromley left them with seven points from four games, with a win at home to Farnborough and a 2-1 defeat at Staines completing their record so far. Sutton have played one game fewer, and have one win, one draw and one defeat from the schedule so far.
Callum Hart, Dale Binns and Alan Julian all featured in the reserves' game against Corinthian at the weekend and could feature in the squad for what should be an entertaining game between two sides hopeful of success this season.
Don't forget that after the game the first Strikers Are Key draws will take place in the Players' Bar, with three draws today to cover not just today's games but also the recent game against Havant and also the cancelled game against Salisbury.
Chelmsford City 1-1 Sutton United - full report and photos
23rd August 2014
Sutton survived the dismissal of goalkeeper Tom Lovelock to grab a point at Melbourne Stadium this afternoon. After a goalless first half, Lovelock was sent off six minutes after half time for bringing down Michael Cheek in the penalty area. Luke Ruddick, who revealed after the game that he had never kept goal before, took over from Lovelock and was beaten by Glen Southam's penalty but Sutton levelled when Jack Evans, who switched from left back to right back as part of the reshuffle following Lovelock's red card, fired in a low cross after a superb run, and home defender James Love turned the ball in to his own net. Chelmsford failed to test Ruddick in the last twenty minutes, Luke Callender blazing the best chance over the bar, and Evans came close to a last minute winner when his low shot hit the side netting. Full report and photos here.
Craig Dundas started the afternoon on the substitutes' bench following the birth of his son early this morning. Congratulations to Craig and Sarah on the new arrival.
With Tom Lovelock facing a suspension in a fortnight against Concord Rangers, it was opportune that Alan Julian returned to action today in the reserves' 3-0 win against Corinthian. Callum Hart and Dale Binns also played an hour at Merland Rise, where the goals came from Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, Kevant Serbonij and Michael Rouse. Report to follow.
Chelmsford v Sutton preview
22nd August 2014
After an early season lay-off of eleven days, Sutton return to action tomorrow with an away game at Chelmsford (travel details here), a ground on which U's have won on two of their three visits since being promoted in 2011. Last season goals from Chelmsford old boy Jamie Slabber and Dale Binns gave U's a 2-0 win on a day when four players, David Gregory, Alex Wynter, Rhys Weston and Dammy Shitta made their Sutton debuts. Of those four, only Shitta is likely to feature tomorrow as U's look to build on their win at home to Havant against a side still looking for their first goal of the season. After a 1-0 home defeat to Gosport, Chelmsford lost 2-0 at Eastbourne before picking up a first point at Bath last Saturday, although the goal-less scoreline left both sides still with a blank in the 'goals for' column.
Sutton have players coming back from injury but tomorrow might come too soon for them, although manager Paul Doswell is hopeful that some may have a run-out for the reserves, who play Corinthian at Banstead, with a view to being included for Monday's game at home to Boreham Wood.
Commentary on tomorrow's game will be available on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sufctv---matchday-live-commentary.
Qualified People Wanted
18th August 2014
If you know how to operate a shovel or broom or can drive a wheelbarrow, the club is looking for your help on Thursday between 4.00pm and 8.00pm, even if only for an hour.
It would help enormously if some of us can get down the club on Thursday afternoon/evening from 4.00pm to 8.00pm for as long as possible just to make the car park and ground respectable and clear from leaves, twigs, etc. left by the JCB we had in today. There is also a need to fill a few holes to prevent puddles forming when it rains.
If anyone can get down earlier on Thursday or tomorrow or Wednesday let me know and I will let you know what needs doing.
Bank Holiday Monday 25th August - 5:45pm -Players' Bar
Strikers are Key - IT'S BACK!
50 balls -1 safe - 1 good key, 3 bad keys - 21 home League matches each contributing £200 - 21 draws - three forwards whose League goals contribute an additional £50 per goal - 50 syndicates all sold.
We're all set.
So; after the game v Boreham Wood there will be THREE draws ( yes, three!)1)
The draw relating to the match v Havant - the safe will contain £300 - £200 for the game plus £50 for each of Jessy's goals v Maidenhead and Havant.
2) The draw relating to the cancelled match v Salisbury - the safe will either contain £200 or £500 ( if the first draw doesn't result in a safe- cracking)
3) The draw relating to the match v Boreham Wood. The safe will either contain £200 plus £50 per goal scored by the nominated forwards v Chelmsford or Boreham Wood ( if the safe is successfully opened after the second draw), £400 plus £50 per goal scored by the nominated strikers v Chelmsford or Boreham Wood ( if the safe is opened after the first draw, but not the second) or £700 plus £50 per goal scored by the nominated strikers v Chelmsford or Boreham Wood ( if the safe remains unopened after the first two draws).
Got it? Make sure your rashers and eggs are put back fifteen minutes for your tea.
I've got lots to say!
Reserves hit six for starters
16th August 2014
Sutton's reserves made an impressive start to their defence of the Suburban League title today with a 6-1 win away to Boreham Wood. Ollie Sitch continued his impressive scoring form of last season with two goals, Ben Cotton and Michael Rouse were both on target and there was a debut goal for Charlie Baker and Jake May. Report to follow.
Reserves start season
15th August 2014
Sutton's first team may be without a game this weekend after scheduled opponents Salisbury had their appeal against expulsion from the league rejected, but the reserves, who won every trophy available to them last season, begin their defence of the championship at Boreham Wood on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Twelve clubs will line up in the Premier Division this season, two more than last season, with Corinthian, Royston Town, Tring Athletic and Uxbridge joining, and Bromley and Tooting dropping out.
Ricky Aims For The Top
13th August 2014
Local hero Ricky Boylan is looking to continue his rise up the British rankings when he boxes his next bout on Saturday 13th September at the famous Phones4UArena in Manchester. A little road trip for #TEAMBOYLAN.
The show will be headlined by: Scott Quigg Vs. Paulis Ambunda in a WBA World Title defence with a chief supporting contest of Anthony Crolla v Amaliel Diaz plus Scott Cardle v Kirk Goodings and Sam Eggington v Denton Vassell; along with an action packed undercard including Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Gamal Yafai, Jack Massey, Ricky and more.
All fights will be televised live on Sky Sports. Ricky has had a really frustrating 8 weeks since his injury but is happy to be back in the gym and working hard: fingers crossed all injuries are behind him now and he can finish 2014 off with a few more wins to his name! Hopefully both Ricky and the U's are on their way to championships in their respective sports.
Tickets: £40 - Outer Standard, £60 - Inner Standard, £100 - Outer Ringside, £150 - VIP Inner Ringside - Including FREE BAR! There will also be a coach going from Cheam & back, all are welcome to get on the coach just let Ricky know numbers ASAP as it will determine price. Go to www.rickyboylan.com
We are hoping to have a working party this Saturday to continue getting our great new-look ground into shape. The plan is to meet between 10.00am to 4.00pm, although volunteers don't have to stay all day and just an hour or two of help will be most welcome. There is plenty to do to include cutting back the nettles and brambles from around the car park; cutting back the vegetation that has grown over the “shed” building to the left of Rose’s; clearing and making safe behind the new terrace where the ball seems to end up a lot; general sorting of rubbish ready for a grab loader lorry to collect another day.
It might be prudent if you intend to pop along to let me know so I can let you know what tools you may need.
Sutton United 1-0 Havant & Waterlooville - full coverage
13th August 2014
Sutton picked up their first points of the Vanarama Conference South season with a single goal win over Havant & Waterlooville, Jessy Reindorf heading the winner eleven minutes before half time with his first touch after replacing the injured Marvin Williams. U's were, though, indebted to goalkeeper Tom Lovelock for a string of fine saves in the last ten minutes as Havant searched for an equaliser. Full report and photos here, with match highlights and Paul Doswell post-match interview here
Sutton v Havant & Waterlooville preview
12th August 2014
Two sides looking to bounce back from opening day defeats meet at Gander Green Lane tonight when Sutton entertain Havant & Waterlooville. Both sides are expected to be among the challengers at the top of the table this season, but started with setbacks on Saturday, U's going down 2-1 at Maidenhead and Havant beaten 3-1 at home by Bromley at the start of a tough week for the Hampshire side, who visit Ebbsfleet on Saturday. Sutton completed the league double over Havant last season, winning 5-0 away and then 3-1 at Gander Green Lane in April, although Havant did gain a measure of revenge with a 2-1 win in the FA Trophy which set them on the way to a run to the semi-finals where they lost over two legs to local rivals Gosport Borough.
Two players to have impressed for Havant last season, Sahr Kabba and Christian Nanetti, have moved on to Lincoln and Dover respectively, but one summer signing has been Bradley Bubb, another player to have done well against Sutton in recent years.
You can hear commentary on the game at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sufctv---matchday-live-commentary.
Maidenhead United 2-1 Sutton United
09th August 2014
Two goals from Dave Tarpey on his competitive debut for Maidenhead ensured that Sutton lost their first Vanarama Conference South game of the season for the fourth consecutive year at York Road this afternoon. Tarpey put the home side ahead in the 19th minute, just after Kane Haysman had hit the post at the other end, but Sutton levelled eleven minutes after half time through Jessy Reindorf, starting the game after Jamie Taylor was delayed en route. Tarpey struck again six minutes from timewith a neat finish to condemn Sutton to defeat at a ground which remains the only ground on which U's have lost a league game in 2014. Full report here.
After five weeks of pre-season action, Sutton's players will finally return to competitive football tomorrow when the Vanarama Conference South season begins at Maidenhead (travel details here), who finished last season just one point above the relegation zone. Summer signings at York Road suggest that they may be a stronger force this time round, with ex-Sutton favourite Simon Downer joined by former Hampton and Farnborough striker Dave Tarpey and Eddie Hutchinson, another to have played for Sutton but who last season was with Havant & Waterlooville.
Maidenhead are the only side to have beaten Sutton in a league game in 2014, having come from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at York Road in April, Danny Green scoring a late winner after Jamie Taylor had scored twice for Sutton, but Green is suspended for tomorrow's game after a sending off at the end of last season. The game earlier in the season at Sutton also ended 3-2, but in Sutton's favour.
Sutton have added two players to the squad ahead of tomorrow's game - left winger Albert Jarrett, most recently with Bromley, who has also played for Barnet and represented Sierra Leone, and defender Jack Evans, who graduated through the youth ranks to first team level at Gillingham and who was with Tamworth last season.
Live commentary of the game is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sufctv---matchday-live-commentary.
SUFC Summer Footy School - latest news
08th August 2014
Our Summer School has proved to be very successful this week and we have now decided to open it up to age groups from Under-7 upwards (both girls & boys) for the following two weeks. The dates are August 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th and 21st, from 10am to 2pm in Collingwood Recreation Ground. It’s still a turn up, pay & play event and we look forward to welcoming all you mini-U’s over the next couple of weeks.
Salisbury appeal fails
05th August 2014
The FA this afternoon dismissed Salisbury City's appeal against their expulsion from the Vanarama Conference, as a result of which the Vanarama Conference South will comprise 21 clubs this season. This means that Sutton will be without a game on the second Saturday of the season, August 16, when Salisbury were due to visit Gander Green Lane, while the number of midweek trips facing U's has dropped with the cancellation of the game at Salisbury on Tuesday 7 October. The full statement from the Vanarama Conference is as follows.
''A Football Association Appeal Board today heard an appeal from Salisbury City FC in respect of the Club’s expulsion from The Football Conference. The Appeal was dismissed.
The parties to the appeal, who were both given the full opportunity of attending the hearing at Wembley Stadium today, were Salisbury City FC Ltd under its present owners and The Football Conference.
The Appeal Board decided not to allow the former owners of the Club to attend the hearing. The Appeal Board carefully considered a request from those former owners to take a full part in the appeal but came to the view they had no legal standing to represent the Club.
As a result of this appeal, Salisbury City FC is no longer able to participate in any Division of the Football Conference. The Club will now be removed from the Vanarama Conference South fixture list for the coming season which starts this Saturday, 9th August.''
Board Statement from Vanarama Conference - Respect
05th August 2014
The Vanarama Conference has listened to supporters, especially those bringing children to matches, before embarking on the next stage of its Respect programme, designed to tackle concerns and to continue its objectives to make the match day experience enjoyable for everyone involved.
Two Board directives, one a new initiative, are now required to be closely monitored by appointed Club Respect Directors, who will be responsible for overseeing issues that come under the Competition's scrutiny, designed to increase 'Respect & Sportsmanship' through applying consistent standards.
Non-playing staff have been instructed not to enter the field of play at half time or full time. They are asked to allow match officials to return to their Dressing Room unimpeded. This will reduce the potential of confrontation, which often leads to scenes that discredit those individuals concerned and their Clubs. These unhelpful scenes frequently lead to unpleasant incidents which result in strong disciplinary sanctions being imposed by the Football Association.The second initiative is the reinforcement of a practice introduced by the Conference approximately six years ago. The Board has mandated Clubs to ensure that any member of its bench personnel, if dismissed from the Technical Area by the Match Referee, must be directed to a place that does not afford a view of the pitch, for the remainder of the match. The object of the exercise being to prevent continuing undesirable conduct, in full gaze of the viewing public; and to protect the participant from being the subject of similar unpleasant conduct from others.
Chairman Brian Lee commented, "The Conference has been showing an improvement year on year with on-field player discipline, which is a welcome trend; but we accept the actions of some individuals still raise concern. The two areas now to be focussed upon have been identified in various communications received from supporters who attend matches. Unacceptable language is also high on the agenda of dislikes pointed out by spectators, particularly those attending with children. Collectively we must recognise that 'family values' are so important, if clubs are to see long term return from their efforts to encourage and retain future generations of support".
"It is impossible to remove all emotion from our game, and no football lover would want to, but the lack of self control demonstrated by a few individuals needs to be addressed. Bad language and confrontation on the field with match officials is unseemly and erodes our efforts to attract more families. Quite simply, these are elements of our great game which The Vanarama Conference seeks to eradicate. Clubs have been warned to take ownership and how to do it.
Individuals who misbehave will be accountable to the Football Association. Ultimately though it is down to our Members to enforce the directives on a match day. Penalties can be punitive. We want our Clubs to sit up, 'smell the coffee', and advise their Staff how to conduct themselves, thus avoiding stringent financial penalties and the unnecessary suspension of individuals for their lack of self control".
Sutton United 0-3 Cambridge United
02nd August 2014
Sutton's pre-season programme finished on a disappointing note today with a defeat at home to Cambridge United, who warmed up for their return to the Football League with a relatively comfortable victory. The kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes after Cambridge had been held up by motorway traffic, and once the game had started Sutton almost went in front when Kane Haysman's shot from an angle was scrambled away by goalkeeper Chris Dunn. In the 18th minute, though, Kwesi Appiah beat Louis John to a ball over the top, and although the Sutton defender appeared to have recovered his position Appiah produced an acrobatic volley that beat John and Tom Lovelock. Ten minutes later Cambridge doubled their lead through Greg Taylor's crisp shot from just outside the penalty area after a cross from the right had been laid off by Ryan Donaldson as U's defence stood off. Sutton found it difficult to make any impact on a solid Cambridge defence, the visitors rated by coach Peter Beadle as the best side Sutton have faced in the pre-season schedule, and twelve minutes after half time the lead was further extended as Lovelock's poor clearance went straight to Appiah, who went through to score with ease. Substitutes Delano Sam-Yorke and Bobby-Jo Taylor might have added to the Cambridge score before the end, while the lively Haysman ended one good run with a shot that lacked the power to beat Dunn as Sutton looked in vain for a consolation goal.
Sutton complete the pre-season warm-up this afternoon with a visit from Cambridge United, who are a week short of resuming their Football League career with a home game against Plymouth Argyle having gaimed promotion through the Conference play-offs at the end of last season. Sutton visit Maidenhead next week in the opening game of the Vanarama Conference South season, so this afternoon should give U's fans some idea of the possible line-up at York Road. Matt Lockwood, who has been back in Scotland for the last couple of weeks, could be involved in this afternoon's game against a side that visited Gander Green Lane as a Conference club for a pre-season game a year ago and won 2-1, a last minute winner coming from a bad defensive mistake after U's had more than matched their opposition during the afternoon. Admission today is £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for juniors.
3G or Not 3G ?
01st August 2014
The Vanarama Conference today released a statement sanctioning the use of Artificial Turf Pitches in the competition from the beginning of the 2015-16 season. As a club we applaud that decision, having proposed a vote among clubs earlier this year that such surfaces should be allowed.
It has always been our position that as these pitches are allowed at levels of the game up to and including Champions' League and World Cup qualifiers, all clubs at this level should have the option of deciding for themselves whether to play their home games on an approved surface without fear of relegation or being denied promotion.
As we said at the time of the earlier vote, we will continue to monitor the situation and should the opportunity arise we will take a carefully considered view on whether such an option would be right for Sutton United.
Conference welcomes new title sponsors
30th July 2014
Vanarama.co.uk, the market disrupting van leasing business, is the new title sponsor of the Football Conference. The partnership was launched today at the member clubs' pre-season meeting at Telford, and will see the commercial vehicle specialist stake the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15.
To mark the launch of the partnership, Vanarama will bring back the competition's traditional name after a 7 year absence. From the start of the new season the leagues will be known as the Vanarama Conference, Vanarama Conference North and Vanarama Conference South.
The deal is a statement of intent for Vanarama joining Barclays Bank plc and Sky Bet as one of only three title partners of the top tier of English football. Vanarama will use the Vanarama Conference platform to further build rapid UK wide awareness and understanding of the Vanarama business viathe League’s established national, regional and social media platforms.
Vanarama.co.uk is part of the Autorama Group of companies. Vanarama are specialists in van, pickup truck and car leasing, where customers lease their vehicles instead of buying them.
A company of football fans, Vanarama will support the sponsorship with a series of fan-based initiatives. The first of these initiatives is for each club’s community scheme to earn from every car or van leased from Vanarama, or one of its sister companies through a special Club offer.
The partnership was negotiated by sports marketing agency SportQuake who will also assist in managing and delivering the national sponsorship campaign. SportQuake specialise in helping consumer brands and rights owners to deliver commercial and cultural value through sport. This year SportQuake has already completed over 100 football partnership deals including major transactions with all 20 English Premier League clubs.
The first game in the new Vanarama Conference will take place on Saturday 9th August 2014 when Bristol Rovers host Grimsby Town at 12.45pm live on BT Sport.
Andy Alderson, Vanarama.co.uk’s Managing Director, said: “With the construction sector predicted to play a major role in the growth of the UK economy over the next few years Britain’s van drivers, our customers, will be at their busiest since the peak of 2007. Our research shows a clear fit between our customers and football fans UK wide and as soon as I became aware of this unique opportunity to become such an important part of the national game I just had to get involved.”
Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: "I am sure I speak for the whole of the Football Conference family in welcoming such a competitive and innovative brand as Vanarama to become our new Title Sponsor. We all look forward to working with Andy and his first class committed team to establish a partnership going forward which will be of major benefit to both over the next few years. Branding is a key element in this sponsorship for Vanarama, who will now be able to link their rapidly growing name, allied to our national sport through our position in it, backed with vibrant media coverage".
Sutton United 1-1 Aldershot Town
29th July 2014
Sutton conceded an equaliser seven minutes from the end of tonight's friendly against Conference Premier team Aldershot having been the better side for much of the game. Jamie Taylor gave U's the lead in the 33rd minute, chipping in his first goal of the pre-season campaign from Louis John's pass, and he might have had more either side of half time, but after Sutton had made seven substitutions in the second half Aldershot finished the game strongly and Claudiu Hoban's ill-advised back pass allowed Tom Derry to equalise. Hoban nearly redeemed himself in the last minute when he met Lloyd Foot's diagonal pass with a sweetly struck volley that was well saved by Aldershot's substitute goalkeeper.
Sutton have completed the signing this morning of defender Lloyd Foot, the former captain of the Southampton Under-21 side who has featured in a number of this summer's friendlies. Manager Paul Doswell commented: ''Lloyd's done very well in the pre-season games and will challenge Luke Ruddick for the right-back position. We need depth in the squad with Luke, Callum Hart, Dale Binns and Will Spetch all struggling to be fit for the start of the league season. Luke, Callum and Dale could possibly be available at Maidenhead, but we're looking at the Chelmsford game on August 23 as being more likely, while Will is still suffering from tendinitis in his knee, so we do need back-up. We've been impressed with Max Kontic in the games he's played and we'll be talking to him, and Matt Lockwood will be back with us for the Cambridge United game on Saturday. He's been in Scotland for the last couple of weeks but has been training every day. The only other news concerns Alan Julian, who's had a scan on his knee - it doesn't look to be too serious and he should be available again before the end of August.''
Shots Visit The Lane
27th July 2014
The U's pre-season programme continues on Tuesday night at The Lane (7.45) with the visit of Conference National outfit Aldershot Town, who are managed by former Sutton player Andy Scott. After grabbing a 1-0 win at Ryman League Maidstone on Saturday, despite fielding a team largely devoid of the expected first eleven, the U's are expected to be closer to full strength for the visit of the Shots with the start of the Conference South League season just under two weeks away.
Aldershot won 1-0 at Sutton's rivals Staines Town at the weekend.
Admission prices are £10 for adults, £6 concessions and £2 Under-16s.
Try The JR World Cup Dance Camp at Sutton United F.C.
27th July 2014
Try the JR ‘World Cup’ Dance Camp at Sutton United F.C.
Monday 4th August to Friday 8th August 2014
1st Session: 10am– 11.30am: 3-6 year olds. Fee £35
Lots of different workshops that cover a variety of dance styles with a ‘World Cup’ theme. Friday will then be ‘Fun Friday’ where all pupils will be involved in our ‘Final Fiesta’ for you to see what your son/daughter has been learning.
A late goal from Jordan Hibbert earned a narrow win for what was very much a second-string U’s line-up in very hot conditions on Maidstone’s controversial 3G pitch. Only Charlie Clough of U’s starting eleven could be sure of a starting berth on the opening day of the league season as the Sutton management continued to take advantage of opportunities to look at a string of youngsters including Jernade Meade, Max Kontic, Dylan Bonella and Hibbert. However, it was the slightly older trio of Kane Haysman, Clauiu Hoban and Dammy Shitta who caught the eye in the opening 45 minutes, using the perfectly flat surface to ping the ball around with confidence.
Debutant keeper Willem Puddy began the move that led to the game’s first chance, feeding Meade on the left who advanced with purpose before laying the ball inside to Haysman who, in turn, fed Hoban and the Romanian winger was only thwarted by a well-timed last-gasp tackle, Jessy Reindorf picking up the rebound only for ex-Angels keeper Lee Worgan to concede a corner. Worgan also made a comfortable save from Shitta’s 25-yard effort before Jay May headed a corner wide at the other end. Hoban then shot narrowly wide after being set up by Reindorf following a patient move down the left flank. Just before the break the ball fell nicely for Clough from a corner and although his effort was miscued Worgan had to think quickly to kick the ball off the line.
U’s made their only change of the day at half-time, with Michael Spillane replacing Clough, and Maidstone brought prolific goalscorer Frannie Collin on upfront. The hosts looked livelier after the break and finally managed a shot on target in the 56th minute when Puddy had to make a top notch save low to his right to keep the score level and then followed up with two more first class aves inside 3 minutes, tipping one rasping drive onto the post and saving acrobatically to his left from another fierce drive.
As the heat took its toll the game slowed down, with U’s main threat coming from Meade on the left, but with the draw looking odds-on Hibbert struck in the closing moments, a well-placed left foot shot erasing memories of two earlier, wilder efforts.
Charlie Clough (h/t Michael Spillane)
Subs not used:- Tom Lovelock, Craig Dundas, Ricky Wellard, Marvin Williams, Jamie Taylor
Referee Paul Harris
The attendance was 568.
Sutton United 0 West Ham 1
23rd July 2014
A 50th minute goal by an un-named triallist gave the young West Ham side a narrow win over an almost as young Sutton side as the U's rang the changes following last night's match at Kingsmeadow, featuring three triallists from last year's Hereford youth side.
After a quiet opening the first chance fell to Jamie Taylor, but he headed wildly over the bar when Jesse Reindorf was better placed behind him. Dylan Bonella then sidefooted wide from a low cross after a patient build-up down the right. The Irons' first chance came in the 18th minute but the anonymous number 10 toe poked the ball wide after a fortuitous rebound off Louis John. Another good right wing move ended with Reindorf heading well from 12 yards but the visiting keeeper saved comfortably and then Tom Lovelock made a good low save from Jordan Brown, who took too long over his shot. Jordan Hibbert attacked well down the left but his low cross was turned over the bar from close range by Reindorf. Lovelock saved easily from a 25-yard free-kick by the prolific Elliott Lee and then Claudiu Hoban chipped over the bar after being set up by Taylor's back-flick.
The second half began with Lee putting Sadlier though but Lovelock stood tall to save well. A great run by impressive triallist Jernade Meade anded with his cross being met by an air-shot from Hoban and the Hammers broke at pace to see the number ten turn in a right wing cross. Hibbert then headed over from Hoban's cross but then a spate of substitutions, with West Ham changing nine players at once, gave the game a very different feel. Lovelock again stood out, making a good penalty save from Parfitt-Williams after Max Kontic had tripped the tricky Hector-Ingram. Craig Dundas did drag a shot wide but the several more substitutions did little to help the pattern of the game.
Line-Up 1 Tom Lovelock 2 Louis John 45 (Kane Haysman) 3 Jernade Meade 74 (Ben King) 4 Dammy Shitta 5 Max Kontic 79 (Emil Salama) 6 Charlie Clough 69 (Michael Spillane) 7 Claudiu Hoban 79 (Brandon Johnson) 8 Jordan Hibbert 9 Jesse Reindorf 64 (Craig Dundas) 10 Jamie Taylor 79 (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick) 11 Dylan Bonella 64 (Ricky Wellard)
Referee: Mike Coen Attendance: 442
West Ham:- 1/. St Louis-Hamilton 2/. Westley, 3/.Knoyle 4/. Cullen 5/. Burke 6/. Pask 7/. Sadlier, 8/. Lletget 9/. Lee 10/. Trialist 11/. Brown
h/t 17 for 58m 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 27 for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9 64m 23 for 11 69m 20 for 10
AFC Wimbledon 2 Sutton United 1
23rd July 2014
Line-Up: Tom Lovelock, Louis John, Lloyd Foot (Shitta, 54), Michael Spillane, Max Kontic, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman (Hoban, 75), Craig Dundas (Hibbert, 75), Jessy Reindorf, Ricky Wellard, Marvin Williams (Taylor, 75)
Subs: Dammy Shitta, Jordan Hibbert, Jamie Taylor, Claudiu Hoban
Sutton continued their pre-season warm-up campaign with an entertaining match away on a balmy midweek evening at Kingsmeadow against a full strength AFC Wimbledon squad who had hosted Jose Mourino’s Chelsea squad just 72 hours previously. Despite a narrow defeat, the Sutton squad would have gained quite a few positives from the performance.
Sutton almost were ahead in the second minute as Marvin Williams latched on to a mistake in the AFC Wimbledon defence as he picked up a loose ball to surge clear for a clear run in towards goal, AFC Wimbledon defender Will Nightingale being forced into well timed sliding challenge to block Williams’ shot from 12 yards out that was deflected out for a corner. The early chance for Sutton resulted in an early wake-up call for AFC Wimbledon as the hosts turned their performance up a number of gears resulting in Sutton being boxed into their own half for the next quarter an hour.
A well timed move on 9 minutes saw Lloyd Foot turned by Kevin Sainte-Luce allowing the ball to be rolled into the path of Adebayo Akinfenwa to fire a wild shot high and wide of Tom Lovelock’s goal from 10 yards out. Poor Sutton defending allowed Adebayo Azeez to pick up a stray pass on 11 minutes in the middle of the Sutton half and pick out Kevin Sainte-Luce with a diagonal chip, Sainte-Luce shot from just inside the box going harmlessly high and wide of the Sutton goal. The pressure was becoming relentless from AFC Wimbledon seeing Sutton make simple defensive mistakes when trying to relieve some of the pressure and the hosts should have been ahead on 12 minutes as another pinpoint cross into the box found Tom Beere arriving eight yards out with a diving downward header that beat the despairing dive of Lovelock but rebounded off the foot of the post, Charlie Clough first to the loose ball to hook the ball clear.
Sutton’s defence was undone with a ball over the top on 16 minutes that fed Kevin Sainte-Luce to float a cross into the box that Adebayo Akinfenwa headed back into the path of Harry Pell to unleash a rising shot from 12 yards out that required Tom Lovelock to parry away at full stretch. The hosts’ pressure eventually telling on 19 minutes as a ball slid between Foot and Clough releasing Adebayo Azeez to collect the pass and fire a low shot into the far corner of the net from 10 yards out past Tom Lovelock. Chris Arthur slipped the ball into Harry Pell on 24 minutes, Pell managing to evade the tackles of Craig Dundas and Max Kontic before unleashing a powerful shot from 20 yards out that required Tom Lovelock to pull off another full stretch flying save to keep the ball away from the top corner.
The high tempo pressing from AFC Wimbledon could not be maintained by the hosts as Sutton played their way back into the match in the last twenty minutes of the first half. Michael Spillane going on a charging run from just inside the AFC Wimbledon half to the edge of the Wimbledon box on 26 minutes that saw him evade three attempted challenges before hitting an effort that beat the dive of Wimbledon keeper Ross Worner but agonisingly also wide of the far post by a couple of feet.
Sutton’s forward partnership of Marvin Williams and Jessy Reindorf was causing the host’s defence all sorts of headaches as Sutton forced a succession of corners in the final quarter an hour of the half. Kane Haysman’s floated corner into the box on 35 minutes found Charlie Clough with a powerful header towards the top corner which was deflected wide by Jack Smith for another corner. The resulting Kane Haysman corner only being half cleared by Will Nightingale; Haysman whipping the ball back deep into the box forcing Barry Fuller to get a crucial connection to head the ball over his own cross bar for another corner, both Charlie Clough and Ricky Wellard being in prime position and unmarked for an opportunity to equalise.
Sloppy passing by AFC Wimbledon on 39 minutes saw Kane Haysman collect the ball in the middle of the hosts half, Haysman skipped over two attempted challenges as he darted in to the box with a run before hitting a curling effort from 12 yards out that beat Worner’s dive and also the far post. It was Haysman again on 41 minutes that picked up another loose pass by the hosts, Tom Beere attempted to dispossess the young Sutton midfielder but Kane Haysman in full flight hurdled this challenge and hit a powerful shot from 25 yards out that curled slightly in flight, Wimbledon keeper Ross Worner at full stretch managing to get both gloves on the ball but the power on the shot could not prevent the ball finding the back of the net. Ricky Wellard created the final chance of the first half moments before the referee’s whistle as his whipped in cross saw panic in the hosts’ defence of who was marking Jessy Reindorf resulting in the unmarked Sutton striker ghost in behind the defence and be just a couple of inches away from connecting Wellard’s free-kick as it flashed out for a goal kick.
A slow opening five minutes of the second half suddenly sprung into life on 50 minutes as a cross-field ball by Michael Spillane over the top of the AFC Wimbledon defence saw Marvin Williams tussle with the hosts’ Andy Frampton fresh on at half-time for the ball, Williams managing to square the ball into the path of Craig Dundas’ run into the edge of the box, Dundas rolling the ball back into the path of the supporting Jessy Reindorf to execute a shot that curled harmlessly over the top of Worner’s goal. The hosts once again realising the threat went up a gear. Sutton keeper Tom Lovelock was called upon again on 52 minutes as half-time sub Matt Tubbs was in prime position to connect with a low Adebayo Azeez pass but Lovelock made a low blocking save, Tubbs tried to be first to the loose ball but appeared to stumble over his own foot as the hosts’ appeals for a penalty were waved away.
An excellently worked passage of play on 57 minutes by AFC Wimbledon saw the ball played through the Sutton defensive line and into the path of Matt Tubbs to race in towards goal, the presence of Tom Lovelock having come speeding off his line to narrow the angle and Louis John tracking back managed to put Tubbs off as the AFC striker screwed his effort from the edge of the box wide of the near post. Sutton had a similar good chance on 59 minutes as Ricky Wellard split the AFC Wimbledon defence with a pass into the path of Marvin Williams to use his pace to show a clean pair of heels to Andy Frampton but the aware Ross Worner managed to get to the ball and clear the danger a split second ahead of Williams’ arrival.
Adebayo Azeez collected a through ball on 62 minutes, the midfielder unleashing a fierce shot from 12 yards out forcing Tom Lovelock into his third full length save of the evening to deflect the ball just wide of the post. Sean Rigg on an overlap run cut into the box on 65 minutes to collect and hit a first time effort from 10 yards out that Tom Lovelock was able top block low down to his right. The mini-spell of pressure by AFC Wimbledon continued and it was Sean Rigg again on 68 minutes that managed to collect a ball slipped into him by Chace Jacquart, his effort from 12 yards out was straight at Tom Lovelock who managed to make a comfortable save in his midriff.
Tom Beere’s shoulder height cross for AFC Wimbledon on 72 minutes managed to find the head of Matt Tubbs, the AFC striker though was unable to control the ball due to the excessive power on the arriving cross allowing Charlie Clough to be quick enough to the loose ball to clear. A Wellard free-kick into the edge of the AFC Wimbledon box on 80 minutes was half cleared to Jordan Hibbert just inside the AFC Wimbledon half, a pinged cross field ball over the hosts defence found Jamie Taylor managing to bring the ball down in his stride and hit a sweet right footed effort that was curling towards the top corner but substitute AFC Wimbledon keeper Joe McDonnell at full stretch made the save look so simple.
A smart AFC Wimbledon move on 82 minutes saw the ball find Dannie Bulman arriving in the Sutton area to stab the ball goal bound, Tom Lovelock managed to make a fine point blank reaction save, the ball falling kindly to Chace Jacquart to slot the loose ball home from 8 yards out. The remaining minutes saw AFC Wimbledon attempting to hold on for the victory as Sutton battled to try to grab an equaliser. Jordan Hibbert picked up the ball just inside the AFC Wimbledon half on 84 minutes as he managed to go on a run through the middle before being scythed down by George Francomb on the edge of the hosts’ box. The resulting free-kick by Michael Spillane smacking the corner of post and bar, the clearance only being half cleared as far as Ricky Wellard who is able to ride a couple of challenges before hitting a rising effort from a similar range to Kane Haysman’s goal in the first half which was deflected wide for a corner off the torso of George Oakley. The final notable piece of action occurred when Claudiu Hoban fed the ball into the path of Jamie Taylor on 87 minutes, the Sutton striker turning his marker and rolling the ball into the path of strike partner Jessy Reindorf to fire a first time shot in at goal from 8 yards out that was blazed over the crossbar.
Junior Football At Goals Sutton
21st July 2014
Goals Sutton are holding a junior football tournament on Friday 1st August, starting at 6pm, for teams at age groups under 12, 14 and 16. Girls teams are welcome to enter. See attached poster for more details.
This Wednesday, 23rd July (7.45), sees a West Ham development squad visit The Lane for what promises to be another interesting clash, and hopes are high that it will be as entertaining as the young Irons last visit.
The West Ham squad is likely to comprise the following players and may give U's fans a chance to see highly rated youngsters Blair Turgott, Seb Lletget and Reece Oxford:-
Admission will be £10 for adults, £6 concessions and just £2 for under-16s.
Legends Dazzle In First Tache Trophy Game
20th July 2014
The John Rains all-star XI appropriately took the inaugural Tache Trophy by beating the Cup Legends 3-2 in a veterans game staged to commemorate 25 years since THAT FA Cup win. With only Phil Dawson missing from the starting eleven from that famous January day in 1989, the Coventry heroes took a deserved lead through Paul McKinnon but then Nko Ekoku equalised. Jack Moore, grandson of former Chairman Dave Hermitage restored the lead just after the interval before John’s son Matt Rains equalised with the goal of the game. The winner for the John Rains XI came from Paul “George” Thornton.
Line-Up Graham Morris, Paul Rogers, Trevor Roffey, Mike Cornwell, Nigel Golley, Vernon Pratt, Matt Hanlan Lennie Dennis, Paul McKinnon, Robyn Jones, Barrie Williams, Tony Rains, Steve Fowler, Micky Stephens.
Referee(s): Mark Frake & Paul Doswell
This was a great way to mark the 25th anniversary, with so many Sutton legends on the pitch at the same time and stirring great memories for all who watched. £140 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support through a ground collection and the raffle of a signed football.
U's 4 Reading XI 0 - full report
19th July 2014
On a scorching hot afternoon the U’s rolled out comfortable winners against a talented but physically outgunned Reading side and all fifteen U’s players on view enjoyed valuable playing time and each turned in a good performance.
The opening goal came after just 5 minutes, U’s keeping possession inside the Reading box until Charlie Clough finished with a delicate chip into the far corner. Jamie Taylor and Marvin Williams were looking especially lively and when JT set up his strike partner with a cheeky back flick the number 11 saw his shot saved by Henley for a corner. Tom Lovelock made a good low stop after a slip by Louis John had let in Samuel but it was the young defender who then made it 2-0 with a diving header in the 31st minute from Michael Spillane’s free-kick after a foul on Kane Haysman. Just before the break Williams grabbed a well-deserved goal, firing home left footed from another Taylor lay-off.
Williams' last act of the afternoon was to set up Jessy Reindorf for goal number four in the 52nd minute with a low near-post cross and then Henley saved well from a Reindorf header, the Rwandan player showing plenty of evidence why he could be aerial threat this season. Henley saved well again, this time at the feet of Claudiu Hoban before the last ten minutes saw the pace slow as the heat took its toll.
Starting XI:- Tom Lovelock, Lloyd Foot, Luke Ruddick, Michael Spillane, Louis John, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman, Craig Dundas, Ricky Wellard, Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams.
Substitutes:- Claudiu Hoban, Jessy Reindorf, Dammy Shitta, Jordan Hibbert, Jamie Lawrence
Changes:- 45 Hoban for Haysman, Shitta for Spillane, Reindorf for Foot 50 Hibbert for Dundas 52 Haysman for Williams 57 Lawreence for Ruddick 64 Foot for Taylor 70 Spillane for Wellard
Ref: Mike Coen
Sutton United 0 Chelsea U-21s 0
14th July 2014
A crowd of 1738 watched Sutton and Chelsea's Under-21s cancel each other out for the most part at a revamped Gander Green Lane on Saturday. Marvin Williams had Sutton's best chance of the first half, latching onto Ben King's cross but was denied by a smart save by the visiting keeper whilst Michael Spillane could only find the side netting after cleverly beating his marker. A host of substitutions during and after half-time, together with the July heat, limited the match as a spectacle but Chelsea had the better of the chances and were denied by both the woodwork and some excellent goalkeeping by U's stopper Tom Lovelock.
Sutton are next in action this Saturday against Reading Under-21s.
Sutton squad: Tom Lovelock, Louis John, Ben King, Dammy Shitta, Luke Ruddick, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman, Michael Spillane, Ricky Wellard, Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams, Lloyd Foot, Craig Dundas, Claudio Hoban, Jordan Hibbert, Isaac Philpot, Scott Munro, Jamie Lawrence
Ricky signs up
08th July 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has completed the signing of midfielder Ricky Wellard,who appeared in the pre-season friendly against Winchester on Saturday. The 26-year-old began his career with Ashford Town (Middlesex) before a move to AFC Wimbledon, for whom he made over 80 appearances. He has also played for Cambridge United and most recently Salisbury, appearing regularly in the Conference Premier last season.
The U's 2013/14 end of season 2- Disc DVD: ORDER NOW!
08th July 2014
A year in the making, the 2013-14 season review DVD features coverage of every game played from the 1st PSF to the last kick of the play-off semi-final against Dover in May. We have video from 49 matches making this the most complete compilation of any season in the club's history.
Follow every twist and turn as the U's come so desperately close to promotion to the Conference Premier after the club's best ever finish in the Conference South as 'Runners-up'. The double DVD set includes interviews and photos from Paul Loughlin as well over 2 hours of video action.
Sutton United Season 2013-14 The Blue Square South Return Vol 3 'Runners-up' DVD.
Marvin Williams scored twice, and summer signings Jessy Reindorf and Matt Lockwood opened their accounts for Sutton as U's came from a goal down at half time to win 5-1 in today's first friendly. Craig Dundas was the other scorer. Sutton had most of the possession before half time but were unable to find a breakthrough, with Jamie Taylor having a shot saved and Ricky Wellard, most recently with Salisbury but previously with Ashford and AFC Wimbledon, ended a strong run with a shot that hit the post. It was Winchester who took the lead five minutes before half time when the Sutton defence failed to deal with a low cross and the ball was tapped over the line. U's made a number of half time substitutions and one of the replacements, Williams, scored the equaliser when he capitalised on a goalkeeping error. Soon afterwards he turned provider when his run and cross found Reindorf, whose shot was miscued but found the net. Williams scored again, following up after Marvin Brooks, with Poole Town last season, had seen his shot saved, and another substitute, Craig Dundas, then powered in a header from a corner. It seemed as though Williams would complete a hat-trick when he went through, but he was upended by the goalkeeper, who would probably have been sent off had it not been a friendly. Lockwood converted the penalty to round off a good afternoon for Sutton, whose squad also included Southampton Academy player Lloyd Foot and triallist Scott Monro.
Team: Alan Julian, Lloyd Foot, Matt Lockwood, Michael Spillane, Louis John, Charlie Clough, Claudio Huban, Ricky Wellard, Jessy Reindorf, Jamie Taylor, Kane Haysman. Subs used Marvin Williams, Marvin Brooks, Craig Dundas, Dammy Shitta, Scott Monro, Ben King, Tom Lovelock. Att 181
One absentee was Lee Sawyer, who is joining Chelmsford on a three month loan.
FA Youth Cup Draw
04th July 2014
Sutton will travel to Kent Youth League side Phoenix Sports in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup following today's draw at Wembley. With both clubs given a bye from the Preliminary Round, the match will be played week commencing 22nd September.
Dos Excited By New Season And Visit Of Chelsea Stars
29th June 2014
Wow, what a great six weeks we've had since the end of my best ever season. The ground has had a major facelift and the pitch has been laser levelled and reseeded and looks magnificent. As you can imagine we've all been extremely busy getting the ground remodelled, all ready for the visit of Chelsea U-21s, who are the best in the country at the moment.
Last season we had a crowd of over 2500 for the Chelsea game and I can't emphasise enough what a huge difference it makes to the club financially to help kick start the season. One of the main reasons for that attendance was the help the supporters gave to this great club in getting out there delivering leaflets, getting into the town and getting the interest going into the game. We desperately need this same push urgently again for this season's game and I really hope when people see what the new ground looks like they will return in their numbers!!
This is a special club, one that we all get drawn to. The "we're all in it together" motto that we have adopted was never more needed. The club has backed the vision of modernising, and the next five years will be spent growing organically with good young players and financial prudence, which is a feature of the boardroom and one which must be applauded. We are not awash with money and the five-year plan includes paying for this re-modernisation whilst keeping a competitive playing squad. I believe the recent signings and departures point to this new direction, and I would ask all of you to appreciate we are taking a very different approach to some clubs in our league, and the sad situation at Salisbury and Hereford, only strengthens our resolve to be sensible.
Success is judged in many ways and a top five finish and good cup runs are my measure for Sutton. I am determined to keep pushing to play in the Conference National, and can assure you all we will work tirelessly to achieve this aim. Whilst it's right we are looking forward, it is also so important to remember the club's great history, and although I have heard many stories of the previous players and matches, the FA Cup win against Coventry must rank as the biggest and best!! It is a great honour to let you know that Frakey has allowed me to referee the second half of the veterans' match on the 19th July and all the stars of the past will be there. I'm sure it will be a great occasion and one I'm really looking forward to!!
I can't finish without some hellos and goodbyes. Steve McKimm begins his fledgling managerial career at Tonbridge and was a great servant to the club. I really hope he has great success and maybe one day we could see him back at Sutton. Paul Telfer has settled in well at Indy 11 and is coming back at Xmas to say hello. The departures of these two were expected and I am delighted that Peter Beadle and Matty Lockwood are joining Micky, Jamie Lawrence and myself as Head Coach and assistant player coach respectively. It is a real coup to get Peter and Matty and they share in the new long-term vision at the club. Indeed it was Bead's success at West Brom's Academy and subsequent FA Youth Cup fourth round game against Manchester City at the Etihad with Hereford that convinced me he was the right man to approach. Matty was assistant manager at Dundee and both possess UEFA A coaching badges, so the young players couldn't ask for a better coaching set up to improve.
On the playing front we were sorry to lose Jamie and Damian in the close season, but the fee and change of direction to encourage our young players was accepted. We wish both well. Kane Haysman is back with us on July first and, subject to one trial with a league one club, has agreed to a one year contract, and Louis John has also signed a two year deal. Luke Ruddick and Callum Hart, players I personally know very well from Salisbury, have joined, and as with Marvin Williams have accepted pay as you play contracts which shows a measure of the character of all three players, but also their belief in themselves that they can have productive, injury-free seasons. We wish them all well!! Finally, let's get the ground rocking this year. The new covered terrace at the Collingwood Road end will improve the atmosphere, and you are so important as our twelfth man.
Let's show everyone what it really means to be IN IT TOGETHER!!!
See you on the 12th,
U's v Chelsea U-21 pre-match lunch
29th June 2014
There will be a pre-match lunch before our prestigious pre-season friendly against Chelsea U-21s, on Saturday 12th July
The bar opens at 12 midday and lunch will start at 12.30, a 3-course meal with tea/coffee and chocolates costs just £12.50 per person, so if you would like to book a place or bring along family and friends, just email, firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday 8th July.
Ball Donors for Season 2014-15
24th June 2014
Would you like to be a Sutton United ball donor this season ?
For just £50 you can.
There are opportunities to be a ball sponsor at any of our pre-season matches including the prestigious game against the Chelsea U-21 side on July the 12th
Season tickets for the coming 2014-15 season are now available, giving admission not just to all home Conference South, Suburban League and Ryman Youth League games for the season but also the pre-season friendlies against Chelsea (12 July), Farnborough (19 July), Aldershot (29 July) and Cambridge United (2 August).
All prices remain unchanged, so a stand season ticket costs £210 and a ground season ticket £185. Concessionary charges for senior supporters (age 60 and over) are £120 for a stand season ticket and £95 for a ground ticket, while Under 16 supporters and those in full time education can once again take advantage of our junior season tickets at £25. This is a particular incentive to full-time students over the age of 16 who would otherwise pay the concessionary matchday admission of £6.
Season ticket holders over 18 can also become Vice-Presidents for an extra £25.
To download and print an adult/senior renewal form click here
Please note that existing season ticket holders should by now have received renewal invitations through the post giving details of the discount on these prices due to the temporarily reduced matchday admission prices last season, and should use that form to renew.
Two in, one out in defensive switch
19th June 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has signed defenders Luke Ruddick and Callum Hart from Salisbury City, but has confirmed that Simon Downer will not be in Sutton colours next season. 24-year-old Luke Ruddick is a right-back who has also played for Bath City, while Callum Hart is a 28-year-old left-sided defender who has played in the Football League for Bournemouth and has been with Salisbury for three seasons. Both players appeared regularly in the Conference Premier last season. Paul said: ''These are two good signings of players who have played at a higher level and were very keen to join us. I'm hopefully going to make one more signing next week in central midfield, then the squad for next season should be complete.''
However Simon Downer has left the club just short of his 200th appearance. He first joined U's in November 2008 for a short spell but rejoined in the summer of 2010, playing a key role in the Ryman championship success of 2011 and winning the Players' Player of the Year award the following season as U's reached the Conference South play-offs at the first attempt. Paul said: ''Simon's work circumstances have changed, and made travelling from his Swindon home more difficult, so it's likely that he's going to join a club nearer to home which will be more convenient. He has been a pillar of our defence for several seasons, and I'd like to thank him for his contribution to our success.''
Volunteer Needed - Vital Role
13th June 2014
Most of us, including members of the Board and Committee, turn up for games or meetings or Boom Boom nights without much thought for the myriad of little tasks that are undertaken behind the scenes on an almost everyday basis. But, if those jobs didn't get done things would grind to a halt.
We are now looking for someone who can take on the role of coordinating and managing these jobs. You don't have to be a handyman yourself, although a little understanding wouldn't do any harm, but you do need to be excellent at getting things done. It's about assessing the problem, sometimes getting quotes, getting someone in and making sure the work gets done at the right time and when it doesn't interfere with anything else that's going on. You can think of the role as maintenance manager, estates manager or general factotum, what's important is that you are reliable and work well with other people.
As always, this is a volunteer role but it would be helpful if you are able to get down the ground during the week, not every day but maybe once or twice, so perhaps the role would suit someone who is retired or has their own business. If you think you could take on this role, please e-mail email@example.com
Strikers Are Key 2014-15
10th June 2014
YES, IT'S BACK !
Strikers Are Key was a massive success last year and, most importantly, everybody seemed to enjoy the fun so we are delighted to announce details of this year's scheme. Paul Doswell has confirmed that the three strikers to feature in the scheme will be Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams and our new international centre forward, Jessy Reindorf.
To read the details of this year's scheme and download an application form, click on the links below.
Manager Paul Doswell has agreed terms with former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood, who will join the club in a player-coach role for the coming season. Matt, who has been playing for Dundee for the past four seasons, including one season in the Scottish Premier League, made over 300 appearances for Orient between 1998 and 2007, being named three times in the PFA Team of the Season for their division. He previously played 63 games for Bristol Rovers and has also played for Nottingham Forest, Colchester and Barnet. Paul said of his new signing: ''We've signed Matt as a player first and foremost, but he's also, along with Jamie Lawrence, going to help Peter Beadle on the coaching side. He's a Business Development Officer for a casino and will be in London for his work, so his circumstances are well suited to him joining us.'' Matt says that he is looking forward to joining Sutton. ''I was talking to Paul this time last year, but the timing wasn't quite right for me, but we've been speaking again for the last 4-6 weeks, and I know he's passionate about the club, successful and has ambitions to take the club to the next level, so it's an exciting project. Although I'm 37 I'm still fit and can still do a job on the pitch, but the coaching aspect appeals to me as well and I'm really looking forward to it.''
Paul says that there may be another signing to come soon.''I've been talking to a right-back who's been playing in the Conference for the last two seasons, and hopefully something will happen there in the next few days.'' In other news from the playing squad, Craig Dundas has been appointed club captain, although Charlie Clough will remain as team captain on the pitch. ''Craig was delighted to be asked'', said Paul. ''He's so highly thought of within the club, and his experience will be invaluable''. Paul also said that new signing Jessy Reindorf will join Jamie Taylor and Marvin Williams as qualifying players in this season's 'Strikers Are Key' scheme.
Paul excited by two new signings
07th June 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has announced two new signings today and says he is excited about seeing both players in action for Sutton. Jessy Reindorf is a 22-year-old, 6'5'' French-born striker who has represented Rwanda at full international level, including World Cup qualifiers, and played for Bury and Tamworth last season, scoring for Bury in the League Cup against Norwich and then finding the target four times in eight games at the end of the season from Tamworth. Paul said: ''Steve Beck watched him twice before the end of last season, while Peter Beadle saw him when he played against Hereford and he scored against Alan Julian in the game against Dartford. He's a raw and exciting talent, and is flying over at the end of June to join us - my mum and dad are going to put him up. It's a great opportunity for him to be coached and hopefully turn in to a superstar, and I'm excited about his signing because he'll offer us something different.''
Also with Tamworth last season was 22-year-old Romanian-born winger Claudiu Hoban, who was a junior with Leicester City and had subsequent spells with Kettering, Daventry and Histon. Paul said: ''Through watching Jessy we became aware of Claudiu, who again is a very raw, young, exciting talent who we think we can coach to become even better. Both players were very keen to join us with the morning training, and while neither is the finished article, they'll bring a great freshness and work ethic to the squad and we're looking forward to working with them.''
Paul hopes also to announce the signing of an experienced defender later this week.
Admission Prices Frozen
02nd June 2014
We are delighted to confirm that admission prices for next season have been frozen. That means that Adult Admission to the Lane stays at £12, with concessions at £6 (Senior Citizens aged 60 & over, and students with valid photo-ID) and junior admission (under-16s) still at just £2.
Season Tickets also stay unchanged:-
Adult Ground £185 Adult Stand £210
Senior Citizens Ground £95 Senior Citizens Stand £120
Juniors (under 16) £25. As a bonus, this price is also available to full-time students who would otherwise have to pay the matchday admission price of £6.
Vice-Presidency costs £25 on top of the season ticket price.
Also, following last season's period of reduced prices, any existing season ticket holder who renews will get a 10% discount on these prices.
Season ticket application forms will be available shortly.