It was another memorable weekend for the SUFC Juniors section as the season draws to a close with title triumphs to celebrate for both the boys' under-11 and under-13 sides.
Our Under-11 Youth Boys collected their Super Division Winners Awards at the Surrey Youth League Presentation Day. Many Congratulations to all once again.
Our Under-13 Colts also celebrated winning the Surrey Youth League Premier Championship. Well Done Lads !
Strikers Are Key - The Final Countdown
17th May 2015
The final Strikers are Key draws of the season took place at last night's End Of Season party. There were three unsuccessful attempts to open the safe (despite the wrong key being discarded after each futile attempt) which means that the following four syndicates received an equal £50 share in the £200 left over in the safe after the "regular season" draws. The four winning syndicates were:
Ball 10 - "The Strikers" represented on the evening by Craig Dundas. Ball 21 - "Sharman's Howlers" comprising David Sharman, Ashley Secker, Gareth Lambe, Kevin Sutton and Julian Rozario. Ball 33 - "K and D" - Keith Creasey and David Mathers. Ball 47 - "Chargo and Si" - Charlotte Granville-Overton and Simon Longman.
Thank you to EVERYONE involved in the scheme for their outstanding support again this season. Thank you also to those who have confirmed their involvement for next year too. I would be grateful if remaining players could let me know their plans so that we can finalise arrangements. Here's to 2015/16! Up the U's! Adrian
Player of the Year awards
17th May 2015
Michael Spillane received the Club's Player of the Year award at last night's presentation event at Gander Green Lane. The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 international played in 40 league and cup games last season, in both defence and midfield, the second highest number of appearances in the first team squad in the campaign. Shaun Cooper received the Andrew James Trophy as Players' Player of the Year award and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick the Ralph Carr Young Player of the Year award. Adrian Barry was Clubman of the Year, the award named in memory of Barry Aplin.
Other awards went to Emil Salama (reserve team player of the year), Terry Murray (reserve team most improved player of the year) and Jack Strange(youth team player of the year). The reserve and youth teams made a presentation to manager James Bracken, who guided the reserves to their second consecutive league and cup treble and who takes over as first team manager at Corinthian Casuals this summer.
The goal of the season was Ricky Wellard's late winner at Staines in February, beating Dan Wishart's effort at home to Wealdstone by just one vote.
U's and NESCOT Academy - half term trial
17th May 2015
There are still two trial dates for the Sutton United/NESCOT academy which is to start next season, with the next one at NESCOT next week, during half term, Wednesday 27 May, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
After that there is one remaining trial, again at NESCOT, on Saturday 20 June from, 10.30am to 12.30pm
The inaugural 16-18 Sutton United FC Academy, in association with Ultimate Football Academy, is run by former Sutton striker Marvin Williams, and NESCOT, one of the South East's top colleges, where students will work towards a BTEC in Sport. At Sutton United, the students will have the opportunity to work alongside UEFA licensed coaches, while the club is applying to play in the Football Conference Youth Alliance League.
The scheme will also give further opportunities to local young footballers already playing within the existing thriving Juniors set-up and beyond to continue their development, enabling players to feed into James Bracken's first-class youth and reserves set-up with the ultimate goal of first-team football.
For further information and contact details, and to register for one of the trials, click here.
First home friendly arranged
15th May 2015
Sutton will play a friendly against this season's Vanarama Conference South champions Bromley at Gander Green Lane on Saturday 1 August, a week before the new league season starts . This gives U's three friendlies arranged so far, with away games against Winchester City (Satuday 11 July) and Jersey(Saturday 18 July).
Girls Scoop Treble
15th May 2015
UNDER-11 GIRLS HIT A HIGH NOTE AS THE TREBLE IS ACHIEVED
United’s under-11 girls completed their season with a fine win in the final of the Surrey League Cup. Having already secured the Surrey League and the London Capital Cup they were up against Barnes Eagles, the only team to have beaten them this season, and things certainly didn’t go their way in the first half with the team going in at half time 1-0 down and looking well below their usual high standard.
However, after the break they started to play more like a team heading for the record books and it wasn’t long before Becky Mayersbeth’s great strike started them on their way. A few minutes later Morgan Pope went on a great run skilfully beating three players before unleashing a stunning shot which the Barnes keeper did well to save but Megan Button was on hand to slot the ball home from the rebound. The third Sutton goal followed a good cross from the wing which was converted by Pope at the back post and the scoring was completed when, virtually on full-time, Barnes unfortunately gifted U's an own-goal.
So having won everything they could win and scoring over 120 goals they are a team of which Sutton United can rightly feel proud.
Many congratulations to all of the girls and their manager, Jacky Allen.
Lara Sparrow, Amelie Darey, Becky Mayersbeth, Morgan Pope, Megan Button, Misha Clarke, Ellie Sturton, Jess West and Nichole Hayes
Shaun hits five as reserves finish in style
13th May 2015
Sutton's reserves completed their Suburban League campaign with a convincing 6-1 victory over Tonbridge Angels last night. Ollie Sitch put U's ahead before Shaun Okojie took over, scoring all five of the remaining goals as U's finished the season unbeaten. Congratulations to James Bracken and his team on an outstanding season which saw them achieve the treble of League championship, Suburban League Cup and Suburban League Champions' Cup. Report to follow.
Us Reveal Kit Designs for 2015/16
12th May 2015
Our kit designs for next season, to be supplied by Joma, have been confirmed. Click here to see the designs.
Reserves sign off this evening
12th May 2015
With the championship, League Cup and Champions' Cup safely secured for the season, Sutton's reserves take their leave of the Suburban League this evening with the last league game of the season against Tonbridge Angels, kicking off at 7.45 at Gander Green Lane. U's are looking to complete the campaign unbeaten in league and cup football, with the last defeat for the reserves coming at Welling in March 2014 - indeed they have only suffered three defeats since the start of the 2012-13 season, and the unbeaten run will extend to 44 games if they avoid defeat tonight.
An Old Favourite Returns
10th May 2015
Former U's striker Dominic Feltham has accepted a position as adviser to the board of directors. One of the most popular players of the last twenty-five years, Dominic has enjoyed a successful business career and is currently CEO of Reed Business International.
Company Chairman Dave Farebrother is looking forward to working with the freescoring striker. "Dominic and I have been talking for over a year about him getting involved here in some way but he is very busy with work and other commitments, not to mention his family. Given Dominic's business experience and all of the exciting things happening at the club at the moment, now seems like a great time to bring him on board. One of the strengths of this club has always been the involvement of its players once their playing careers are over and I am sure Dominic will be a great addition to the team off the pitch.
Paul welcomes new additions
08th May 2015
Manager Paul Doswell has spoken of his delight at the return of goalkeeper Jason Brown and the signing of wingers Ross Stearn and Tom Bolarinwa. He also confirms which players from the current squad will be with the club next season, and gives the reasons behind the departures of Aaron Howe, Dale Binns and Ricky Wellard. Full interview here.
Youths Finish Season with Disappointing Defeat
05th May 2015
A poor performance by Sutton tonight saw Chipstead run out 2-0 winners at High Road as the Under-18s, playing their 17th match in a little over 2 months, finally ran out of steam. Match report here.
With most of this year's squad being first year youth players, winning the County Cup, reaching the League Cup final and finishing third in the Ryman Youth Leage Central Division can still be seen as a successful season.
Thanks to second year players Jack Lewis, Jack Watret and Dan Haines for their efforts over the last two seasons with the club and, on behalf of the players, thanks to James Bracken, Will Letts, Jon Williams and Geoff Moxey for their ongoing hard work.
Operation Target 1000
05th May 2015
Our marketing campaign is gathering momentum and we need YOUR help!
We have been given permission to hand out season ticket leaflets at the end of the school day NEXT MONDAY & TUESDAY at the following three schools:
This is a fantastic opportunity to promote SUFC to thousands of local secondary schoolchildren. Given over 2,000 pupils leave from school in a ten-minute period around 3pm we're going to need LOTS of help PLEASE. A very concentrated twenty minute period is all we need but many hands will make light work.
We will be getting special leaflets printed this week to hand out - all we need now is as many people as possible to spend twenty minutes handing them out!Please register your help by e-mailing Adrian Barry on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're going to need 8-10 people minimum please to do the job properly.
#target1000 is in full swing....
Thanks and well done to Steve King for enabling this to happen and to the schools concerned for their great support. Hopefully more to follow.
Time to spread the good news guys and gals....now is the time.
Bank Holiday Bonanza
04th May 2015
Weekend brings 25 sales.
With more than twenty local businesses and other organisations signed up to our Partners' scheme, the Bank Holiday has seen more than two dozen new ticket sales. "AB and his team are putting in a tremendous amount of effort and it's paying off", said Bruce Elliott. "But don't let anybody tell you that there is any such thing as a close season! It is always busy behind the scenes but this year is already the most hectic I have ever known. I am sure it will be worth it and to be a quarter of the way to our sales target of a thousand season tickets already is amazing. It shows that there is a tremendous appetite in the town for Conference football."
Reserves complete trophy treble
04th May 2015
Sutton's reserves added the Suburban League Champions' Cup to the League and League Cup already achieved when they swept Uxbridge aside 7-0 in the second leg of the final today. Ollie Sitch scored a hat-trick, and the other goals came from Jordan Oldershaw, Emil Salama, Josh Uzun and a Ben King penalty. It was the third time in little more than a fortnight that U's had scored seven against Uxbridge. There is now one more game between Sutton and an unbeaten league and cup season, with Tonbridge visiting Gander Green Lane next Tuesday in the last league match of the season.
James Bracken to manage Corinthian-Casuals
04th May 2015
Reserve team manager James Bracken has accepted a great opportunity to take over as first team manager at Corinthian-Casuals.
In his eight years at The Lane James has enjoyed tremendous success with our Suburban and Youth Teams and we are delighted to confirm that James will be continuing his role with our youth side. The chance for his first go at the "top job" was too good to miss and we wish him every success in his new post. He is building a reputation as one of the brightest young coaches around and fully deserves this opportunity.
Partners Scheme Gathers Pace
01st May 2015
Two weeks after launch, our new “Partners Programme” is growing at a steady rate. Surrey County Cricket Club was the first to “sign up” but the total of participating organisations of different types and sizes is growing all the time, all promoting Sutton United season tickets to their staff or members at the special Partners’ Rate of just £75. T
he list includes Sutton, Wallington and Woodmansterne Cricket Clubs, New Malden Sports Club, Sutton Tennis & Squash Club, Rose Hill Bowls Club, Cheam Social Club, NESCOT, Sutton Water, Planet First, Royal Mail, Surrey Sports Park, Goals, St Raphael’s Hospice and Reed Business International.
More new partners will be added in the coming weeks.
Chairman Bruce Elliott is delighted at the progress made so far. “The team contacting local clubs and businesses is finding it really easy to engage with potential partners; I am very pleased how engaged the community is with this initiative and it bodes well for ticket sales. The season has only just ended but already excitement levels about next season are rising day by day.”
STOP PRESS - Sutton Chamber Of Commerce joins the scheme.
Reserves Secure League and Cup Double
30th April 2015
Sutton's Reserve team beat Boreham Wood 4-1 tonight in the Final of the Suburban League Cup at Uxbridge. Emil Salama put Sutton a goal up early in the game before Boreham Wood equalised late in the first half, but Shawn Okojie put Sutton back in front immediately from the kick-off. Salama went on to secure his hat-trick in the second half to secure the silverware. Match report to follow.
The Reserves can clinch a second consecutive treble on Monday afternoon when they take on Uxbridge in the second leg of the Suburban Champions Trophy, with the first league ending goalless earlier in the season. The match kicks off at 3pm at Gander Green Lane.
Youths Final Home Game Ends in Narrow Victory
30th April 2015
Sutton's final Ryman Youth League match at Banstead ended in a narrow 1-0 victory over Whyteleafe tonight thanks to Aidan Brown's solitary first half strike. Match report here.
The Youths end their season on Tuesday with a trip to Chipstead, 7.30pm kick-off at High Road.
Reserves chase league and cup double
30th April 2015
Having clinched the Suburban League title, Sutton's reserves will look to add the League Cup to their collection of silverware tonight when they face Boreham Wood in the final at Uxbridge's Honeycroft ground in Horton Road, West Drayton UB7 8HX. Boreham Wood look set to finish the league season in a mid-table position in the Premier Division, but Sutton had much the better of the two league encounters early in the season, winning 6-1 at Boreham Wood and 6-2 at Banstead. Kick off tonight is 7.45pm.
Sutton welcome AFC Wimbledon ladies team
30th April 2015
Sutton United are pleased to announce a second groundshare for the 2015-16 season with the news that AFC Wimbledon's Ladies will play their home games and train at Gander Green Lane from July. Having recently won the Surrey FA Women's Cup, AFC Wimbledon are currently fourth in the Premier Division of the London & South East Regional Women's League, and will play two friendlies on the 3G surface on Sunday 9 August and Sunday 16 August before their league season starts on Sunday 23 August. In addition, the club's 11v11 teams, comprising the development team, the Under 18s, Under 16s, Under 15s and Under 14s, will use Gander Green Lane for training.
Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott said: ''We have always had a good relationship with AFC Wimbledon since providing the opposition for their first game in 2002, and we are delighted to welcome their ladies' teams to the club and hope it will help their ambitions to progress.'' Manager Paul Doswell added: ''This is another exciting development following our decision to change to a 3G pitch, and with the ladies and girls' teams coming to Gander Green Lane will add to the community feeling that we are cultivating.''
AFC Wimbledon ladies' Life President Carl Sims was equally enthusiastic about the move.''It's brilliant news. A great venue; local, plenty of parking, nice bar, good stadium. I am really looking forward to it, and some great games!” Manager Chris Lyons emphasised the playing advantages. ''Our ultimate goal is to put this club back into the Women’s Premier League. To play at the next level the infrastructure has to be right, and training and playing at the prestigious new facilities at Sutton United is another big statement on how determined we are. This will help even more in raising our profile, and the more forgiving surface of their 3G pitch will mean fewer training related injuries”
A poor performance tonight from Sutton's Youth Team saw them lose 2-0 to Met Police at Imber Court. Match report here.
With two games to play, Sutton will finish in third position in the Ryman Youth League Central Division behind Met Police and Woking, who were crowned champions tonight.
Congratulations to skipper Jack Lewis who made his 50th appearance for Sutton's Youth Team tonight having joined the club from Knaphill at the beginning of last season.
United Too Hot For Spurs
27th April 2015
Having already secured the Surrey Women and Girls' League title Sutton United’s Under-11 girls were looking for the double on Sunday against an unbeaten Tottenham Hotspur Ladies team at Kew Association Sports Ground.
In front of a big crowd U's started slowly and unluckily found themselves two down inside the first 15 mins with both goals coming from deflections. However, United always looked capable of getting back into the game and after the Spurs' goal lived a charmed life, with shots raining in from all angles, the girls got their reward with a well-taken goal by Amelie Darey just before half-time.
The second half was all Sutton with crossbar and post taking a pounding and the pressure paid off when a rash tackle on Megan Button lead to a penalty and from the spot Darey smashed the ball high into the net. There were chances for Sutton to win the game in normal time but eventually the ref blew his whistle and it was into extra-time. Midway through the first half a superb crossfield angled pass from Darey found Megan Button and Surrey’s leading female scorer duly volleyed the ball home from distance. There were chances to extend the advantage but it was left to Sutton keeper, Lara Sparrow, to make a fine save in order to preserve the lead and moments later the referee’s whistle signalled wild celebrations amongst the girls and parents.
The girls now move on to play Barnes Eagles at Merstham F.C. on Sunday 10th May, kick off 10.30am, in the final of the Surrey Women and Girls' League Cup and are going for a unique treble. One note of caution – Barnes are the only team to have beaten United this season and it will be a tough match.
Manager Jacky Allen, said of the Spurs game, “The girls were magnificent as they have been all season and the final was a great advert for girls' football. It was pleasing to hear many neutral supporters saying some very nice things about the quality of our team and I say to all United supporters, give yourself a treat and pop down to Merstham to watch your under-11 girls play – your support will be very much appreciated.
Sutton Team: - Lara Sparrow, Amelie Darey, Becky Mayersbeth, Morgan Pope, Megan Button, Misha Clarke, Ellie Sturton, Jess West and Nichole Hayes
Your Own Piece Of History
26th April 2015
What are your greatest memories of the Borough Sports Ground?
The day a team in amber shirts took on the all-white of England's leading club?
John Rains lifting the Isthmian League Championship Shield?
Mark Golley scoring against Middlesbrough?
Beating Bangor City in the FA Trophy semi-final?
Or THAT day against Coventry?
Well, the blades of grass might actually change from year to year but the pitch has been essentially the same for more than half a century and what scenes it has witnessed. The time has now come to say goodbye to the old grass pitch and welcome in a brand new 3G playing surface. There have been so many enquiries from supporters wanting a piece of turf for themselves that we have decided to sell it off after the last game.
The logistics won't be easy, the bull-dozers are scheduled to move in the day after the last match. So, the plan is for any supporter who wants to take home a patch of turf (1 sq yard) to come down to The Lane in the evening of Sunday 17th May to dig up their own square (help will be on hand in case you are not able to dig). Now, we know some bits of turf will be more popular than others so, for a handful of selected areas we will conduct a blind auction in advance, with supporters asked to email or write in with their bid. For everywhere else it will be first come, first served. When you turn up on the 17th you will be given a number (just like the deli queue at the supermarket) and take your turn in line to choose your square. We will provide spades to dig with and garden sacks so that you do not get mud all over your car.
The auction areas are:- - The corner by the GGL turnstiles that led to the opening goal v Coventry. - The corner at the Collingwood end that led to the winning goal v Coventry. - The spot where Phil Dawson chipped in for Matt Hanlan's winning goal v Coventry. - The spot where Hanlan actually scored from. - The two penalty spots. - The centre spot.
To bid on these areas, email email@example.com or write to Dave Farebrother, Sutton United FC, The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane , Sutton SM1 2EY .
All bids must be received by midnight on Wednesday 13th May. All other areas of the pitch will be available for £10/sq yard, payable on the night.
Sutton United 1-2 Maidenhead United - full report & photos
25th April 2015
Sutton's season ended in a disappointing defeat today despite the boost of a 6th minute Dale Binns goal. Harry Pritchard equalised with a 25 yard shot that went straight through Wayne Shaw, making his first appearance of the season in goal, and the winner came six minutes from time through substitute Stefan Brown after U's lost concentration at a free kick. Full report and photos here.
Before the game Bedsente Gomis received the Supporters' Club Player of the Year award from Supporters' Club chairman Mark Notton.
The reserves drew 2-2 at Royston after leading 2-0 at half time thanks to two Stuart Young goals. Report to follow.
Cup Final Weekend for Young Yellows
24th April 2015
Two of our Juniors sides will be involved in Cup Finals on Sunday and all support will be welcomed.
First up are the Under-11 Girls who take on Tottenham Hotspur's Girls in the Final of the Capital Girls Cup, 10.30am kick-off at Kew and Ham Sports Association (Ham Playing Fields, Riverside Drive, TW10 7RX).
Then our Under-15 Boys, managed by ex-Sutton midfielder Steve Fowler, take on Shelton Athletic in the Surrey Cup, 12.30pm kick-off at South Park FC (Whitehall Lane, Reigate, RH2 8LG).
Good luck to both sides!!
Sutton v Maidenhead preview
24th April 2015
The last Vanarama Conference South game to be played on grass at Gander Green Lane takes place tomorrow as Sutton bring the curtain down on the season with a home game against Maidenhead United, for whom the game will also mark the end of an era with manager Johnson Hippolyte set to leave the club at the end of the season after eight years in charge.
Neither side has had the season that would have been hoped for at the start of the campaign, when Maidenhead opened proceedings with a 2-1 win over U's at York Road, and it is only in recent weeks that the prospect of relegation has receded for the Magpies, although a comfortable ten points now separates them from Farnborough. For U's, 13th place is the highest position that can be attained with a win tomorrow, coupled with a Bath defeat at Staines and St Albans failing to beat Hayes & Yeading.
Simon Downer, who moved from Sutton at the end of last season, is set to feature for Maidenhead tomorrow while Eddie Hutchinson is another former U who could be in the squad, while Sutton will be without Micky Spillane, who has incurred a two match suspension for accumulating ten cautions and will also miss the first game of next season.
Before the game tomorrow the Supporters' Club will be presenting their Player of the Year award, while at lunchtime you can watch Mauricio Pochettino take his Tottenham team back to his former home at St Mary's as Spurs visit Southampton in the 12.45 Premier League game on BT Sport, both teams battling for a European place next season.
After the game tomorrow Paul Doswell and Bruce Elliott will hold a supporters' forum in the Players' Bar.
The reserves have their final away game in the Suburban League tomorrow, making the long trip to Royston.
Extra Time Misery as Youths Miss Out on Cup Double
23rd April 2015
2 extra-time goals from Brentwood Town won them the Lucas Fettes Cup tonight at Whyteleafe, running out eventual 3-1 winners over Sutton's Youth Team. Aidan Brown had levelled the scores for Sutton shortly before half-time. Match report and photos here.
Sutton will need to pick themselves up quickly as they fight for the runners-up slot in the Ryman Youth League Central Division when they visit current 2nd-placed side Metropolitan Police on Monday, 7.45pm kick-off at Imber Court.
Season Ticket Sales Hit 20%
22nd April 2015
With the current season still in its final stages, advance sales of season tickets for the next campaign have already reached 20% of the One Thousand Special Offer tickets on offer. "I read in the papers today that West Ham are slashing their prices too", said Bruce Elliott, "It's nice to be setting a trend!"
"Partnership agreements have been put in place with a number of local clubs and businesses over the last few days, enabling their members and staff to take advantage of the extra special discounted price of just £75, so we're hopeful that we can build on this really good start."
Lucas Fettes Youth Cup Final Preview
22nd April 2015
Sutton United take on Brentwood Town in this season's Lucas Fettes Youth Cup Final on Thursday evening, 7.30pm kick-off at Whyteleafe Football Club (Church Road, Whyteleafe, CR3 0AR).
This will be the fourth successive season that Sutton have contested the Final of the competition, having beaten Potters Bar 3-1 last year, losing 1-0 to Staines Town after extra time the season before and beating this year's finalists 3-0 in the 2011/12 final. Admission prices are £5 for adults, £2 for concessions.
Brentwood Town are eligible to enter the competition by virtue of their First Team playing in the Ryman North Division, and they can look forward to competing in this season's promotion play-offs. Their Youth team are currently top of the Eastern Junior Alliance Essex Division, whilst their Academy side can also look forward to a Cup Final when they take on Gateshead in the Conference Youth Alliance League Cup Final on 6th May.
U's announce groundshare with Sutton Common Rovers
22nd April 2015
We're pleased to announce that Sutton United has agreed a groundshare arrangement for next season that will see Combined Counties League Premier Division side Sutton Common Rovers play home games at Gander Green Lane, ending an eight year absence from the borough in which the club has its origins. Due to a lack of local facilities the club has been playing in the Mole Valley and Elmbridge areas, most recently at Cobham FC, and adopted the name Mole Valley SCR, but a decision had already been made to revert to the club's original name of Sutton Common Rovers before the agreement to play games at Gander Green Lane.
Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott said :''We're pleased to have come to this arrangement with Sutton Common Rovers and to have been able to help them return 'home', and we look forward to hosting them next season. I'm sure our supporters will take a keen interest in their fortunes''.
SCR president Gary Brigden commented: ''Our agreement could not have been timelier, tying in perfectly with our name change as we finally see our seniors, colts and veterans sides reunited in the Sutton borough. We are all very excited at this venture and look forward to a prosperous relationship with Sutton United moving forward. We would also like to place on record our thanks to Cobham FC for their hospitality over the past six years. They have made us feel extremely welcome, and we wish them every success in the future.''
First Pre-Season Game Confirmed
21st April 2015
We have accepted an invitation from the Jersey FA to play a pre-season friendly against their representative side in the national stadium in St Helier on Saturday 18th July. Paul Doswell was delighted to receive the offer. "It's a good option for us. It's something a little different from our usual fixtures and I know it will interest our supporters, it is a chance to play on their new 3G pitch and will also be a very useful team-building exercise."
We’d like to say a very big thank you to the Jersey FA and their Chief Executive, Neville Davidson, not only for the invitation but also for helping to sponsor the game. We'd also like to thank the local businesses who have helped with sponsorship to make the trip viable.
If supporters are thinking about going out for the game, then the flights from Gatwick or Southampton are under an hour or, if you like the sea, a less expensive option is the ferry. Jersey Travel have a web site at www.jerseytravel.com where you can put together a trip yourself, and if you need further help call them and mention “Jersey v Sutton United” and they will be pleased to advise on your trip.
The match will take place at Springfield Stadium, a 10 min ride or 20 min walk from the centre of St Helier, and kick-off will be at 3pm. Jersey is a beautiful Island with much to explore and, as it is outside of the EU, it is VAT and DUTY FREE !!
Club Official Honoured
21st April 2015
At last Friday's Surrey County FA Annual Dinner, held at the Reigate Manor Hotel, club Treasurer and Director Mike Bidmead was presented with the Football Association long service award, celebrating his fifty years in football.
Although many know Mike through his forty plus years with the Suburban League, or his links with Woking and Sutton, it is maybe less well known that "Blakey" is also a former referee, who rose to officiate in the old First Division and in Europe and also refereed a FA Youth Cup Final.
Our congratulations to Mike on this well-deserved award.
Reserves repeat dose
20th April 2015
Two days after a 7-1 win against Uxbridge in the Suburban League Cup, Sutton repeated the scoreline against the same opposition in tonight's league game. Josh Uzun followed up Saturday's hat trick with two more goals, and the other goals came from Ayman El Mogharbel, Ben King, Ollie Sitch, Emil Salama and Charlie Baker. Report to follow.
Bath City 0-2 Sutton United - full report & photos
18th April 2015
Sutton's end of season improvement continued today with a 2-0 win at Bath, U's third win in four games. The home side lost Chris Allen in the first minute when he was sent off for a foul on Damian Scannell, and U's went ahead when Micky Spillane's chip found the net following a corner for his first league goal of the season. Substitute Dan Fitchett scored his first goal since the middle of February to clinch the victory near the end. Full report and photos here.
Sutton's reserves reached the Suburban League Cup fnal with a 7-1 defeat of Uxbridge. Josh Uzun scored a hat trick, there were two goals for Ollie Sitch and the scoring was completed by Jerson Dos Santos and Emil Salama. The sides meet again on Monday at Banstead in the Suburban League.
Elsewhere congratulations to Bromley, who clinched the Vanarama Conference South championship with a home win against Weston-super-Mare, while Whitehawk completed the play-off line-up, joining Boreham Wood, Basingstoke and Havant & Waterlooville after a 3-1 win against Hemel Hempstead. With three points covering the four teams, the exact play-off fixtures will be decided by next week's games in which Havant and Whitehawk play each other at West Leigh Park while Boreham Wood visit Chelmsford and Basingstoke are away to Weston-super-Mare.
Golf Day for St Raphael's
17th April 2015
Every year Carshalton Beeches Rotary Club puts on a Golf Day in support of a local charity and this year St Raphael's Hospice is delighted to have been chosen as the beneficiary.
The Golf Day will be on Wednesday 24th June at Surrey Downs Golf Club. The day costs £200 for a team of four and includes a hot drink and bacon sandwich on arrival, a round of golf, and a two-course meal. To book your place or for more information please contact.
Sutton beat Walton & Hersham 2-0 in tonight's Ryman Youth League Central Division fixture thanks to an early goal from Alex Bannister and a late Reyon Dillon strike as they kept up their hopes of a runners-up slot with 3 games to go. Match report here.
Sutton are next in action next Thursday evening when they take on Brentwood Town in the Final of the Lucas Fettes Cup, 7.30pm kick-off at Whyteleafe.
Season Tickets Selling Like Hot Cakes
15th April 2015
Ahead of our season-ticket promotion hitting doormats across the borough over the next few days, sales are already set to burst through the 200 barrier; almost 20% of the one thousand tickets available.
Following on from today's earlier announcement that the reserve team is to withdraw from the Suburban League, Chairman Bruce Elliott reveals an exciting new initiative.
"As founder members of the Suburban League it was a hard decision to take but we decided that the time was right to explore new directions in terms of player development. But it does not mean the end of reserve team football at Sutton, just a change of direction. We have already announced the new Academy, and that team will be playing in the Conference under-19s league, but we will also be introducing a new development squad. This team will be playing friendlies, often against pro clubs, and will allow us much more flexibility in terms of who plays and when. We have some good young players at the club and we believe this will enhance their chances of establishing themselves at first team level."
U's Announce Revised Playing Structure
13th April 2015
After much soul searching and deliberation the directors have taken the difficult decision to withdraw the reserve team from the Suburban League for next season.
To enable younger players to continue to progress, the club will continue with its Under-18 team but , excitingly, an Under-19 Academy is being set up in partnership with Nescot under the guidance of U’s own Marvin Williams to play competitive football in the Football Conference Youth Alliance League. It is hoped that this will help players make the transition to senior football as the gap from Suburban to Conference South has been difficult to bridge.
In coming to this decision, the directors acknowledge the outstanding contribution and achievements of the manager James Bracken and his support team and are delighted that James is to continue to manage the Under-18 team.
With the installation of the 3G pitch, supporters will be able to watch the Academy matches at The Lane on a Wednesday afternoon whilst Under-18 matches will also be back at home in future.
Sutton United 2 Basingstoke Town 1 - report, photos & reaction
11th April 2015
A late header by Shaun Cooper gave the U's all three points in a well deserved win over title-challenging Stoke, who had levelled from the spot after Jamie Collins had opened the scoring. Full report, with photos, here and Paul Doswell's post match interview here. News of the Community Team's first ever game against Woking to follow.
The U's Community Team celebrates its first-ever goal and the penalty tournament success later in the afternoon.
Bruce Elliott presents cheques from the FA Community Shield fund to Kerry Thomas of St Raphael's Hospice and Tracey Hickey of Sutton Mencap.
U's Launch New Community Team
09th April 2015
After much effort behind the scenes and several months of training to build a squad, the new Sutton United Community Team takes to the field for the first time this Saturday when they entertain Woking (Borough Sports Ground 12.30), competing for the Smith & Byford Community Cup. Coach Steve King is delighted to see the culmination of so much hard work, after volunteering to take the special courses to become a qualified coach for disability sports. “It’s a step into the unknown”, said Steve. “The guys have all trained really hard and are looking forward to the game but, until we kick-off, we really have no idea of how we will fare against more established sides. I’d particularly like to thank Stephen Preedy and Paul Leconte for helping with the coaching and getting the team to this stage. We are also very grateful to the local community for responding so positively to this innovation, to Jeremy at Abbotts for finding our sponsors and, especially, to the sponsors themselves for their vital contribution.”
The new SUFC Community Team is sponsored by Hunters, Nudge Factory, Aline, SureCare, Predactor Pest Solution, Imageworx, and Abbotts
At half time in the Vanarama Conference South match, which kicks-off at 3.00, Sutton and Woking will be in competition again, this time a penalty shoot-out.
The final word has to go the hard-working King, who adds that “We commissioned a brand new kit for the guys, a replica of the strip Sutton wore when they defeated Coventry City in the FA Cup in 1989, and I know they will be bursting with pride when they take the field in their new kit on Saturday. We are all really look forward to it and I hope spectators will get there a bit earlier than usual to take in the match.”
Season Ticket Sale In Full Swing
07th April 2015
With the U's new £99 adult season tickets for next season already selling well, Chairman Bruce Elliott is looking forward to the tickets being available more widely when the club's ambitious marketing campaign kicks-off across the borough next week.
"Sales have gone well so far, we've already passed this season's total and a large number of the tickets have gone to supporters who didn't have a season ticket this year, so we have had a flying start towards the target of one thousand sales. We will have almost one hundred thousand leaflets hitting homes in the next few weeks, so a one percent response rate would see us sell out. I know this is a lot earlier than people usually get their new ticket but our regular supporters might like to purchase their season tickets sooner rather than later to be sure of taking advantage of the special low rate. I'd also remind them that we are offering an even bigger discount on renewals, just £75."
The £75 discount price is available, for the first 1,000 tickets only, to all current season ticket holders, shareholders in SUFC Ltd and members of the Supporters’ Trust or Supporters’ Club. It is still possible to join the Supporters’ Club online for £5.
£75 Concessions (60 or over, students in f/t education, or those on Jobseeker’s Allowance)
"The VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE" is coming..........along with two new broadcasting initiatives and a new three year TV deal with BT SPORT.
The Football Conference is proud to announce that "The Vanarama National League" is coming to a ground near you!
In a rebranding initiative, which will underline the competition's status at the pinnacle of the semi-professional game, and linked to a community programme the length and breadth of the country, the Vanarama National League will engage fans not only of the competition’s 68 member clubs but football throughout the UK and beyond.
The new "Vanarama National League" will officially take its place in the football family on June 6th and the changes will include a new look logo, which whilst acknowledging the past looks to the future, to strengthen the competition's identity.
The Vanarama National League will also launch a new broadcasting company, NLTV, which will be the first fully dedicated broadcasting channel focusing solely on the 68 member clubs, creating a regular narrative for the competition that will run throughout the season and lastly, in yet another first, the competition will create the all new NLTV Broadcasting Academy.
Brian Barwick, the incoming chairman of the new Vanarama National League says: "I am delighted to be joining at this vibrant time with this exciting new branding. It offers so much to our existing partners whilst at the same time opening up potential new opportunities. I look forward to steering this great competition to new levels of awareness and visibility.”
As a further resounding endorsement for this level of the game and in support of the new branding initiative, BT Sport have agreed a new three year deal with the competition which will extend the live coverage of matches and feature a regular weekly highlights show to be broadcast on a Sunday evening.
Tony Kleanthous, board director responsible for broadcasting said: "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with BT Sport and indeed embracing their expertise and experience. NLTV's aim is to launch a very affordable internet subscriber portal in 2016 where fans anywhere in the world can keep up to speed with what's going on across the activities of all member clubs and everything which affects them, their players and even their fans. The NLTV daily show will include short clips, podcasts and updates from clubs around the country and our new digital platform will also feature highlights from every game every week so you never need miss the action."
Steve Norris, Commercial director at BT Sport said "We are proud to continue our sponsorship of this level of the game with a significant further investment for another three years. We are also pleased to support the academy initiative which underlines our commitment not only to grass roots football but the future education for all the young students out there who want a helping hand up the sports broadcasting ladder."
Chairman of Vanarama David Bernstein says "My extensive involvement in football over the years has allowed me to be connected with a wide range of initiatives. I am particularly excited by this announcement and the Broadcasting Academy is an educational project to which Vanarama is proud to extend its support. We have demonstrated our commitment to football and their communities up and down the country and want to continue working with an organisation whose vibrancy and ethos matches our own."
The final words come from the outgoing Chairman of the Football Conference, Brian Lee, who will complete his tenure at the end of this current season "Our announcement around the name change, broadcasting channel and academy excites me and I sincerely hope it excites the football world. I know I am passing on this organisation in good shape and there is much more to come with the positivity showed so far it can only be more exciting for our clubs, our fans and the future of our game".
BT Sport has also teamed up with Vanarama to provide financial support for the all new "NLTV Broadcasting Academy". This will be another first for the industry, whereby forty eight media students from around the country will be given the opportunity to be part of this exciting new initiative where they will be trained in filming techniques and then embedded with clubs, provided with BT professional broadcasting equipment and taught by BT Sport technical staff how to film, edit and stream media to a new production hub.
Tony Kleanthous added "This would never have been possible without the committed support of the commercial team at BT Sport and our hugely supportive title sponsor Vanarama who have committed extra funding and other resources to help get this worthy project up and running. This will provide students with the best teaching, using the best equipment in the best environment, real on the job training and I just can't wait to see the smiles on the faces of the graduates who receive the first diplomas we will be handing out next year".
Vanarama, the competition’s Title Sponsor, together with leading sports marketing agency SportQuake have combined to facilitate the name change and logo design, culminating in the announcement last month that Vanarama were extending not only their main sponsorship but adding support for the academy. This underlines their commitment not only to the competition but also to education and community. SportQuake specialise in creating world class two-way partnerships between rights owners and brands.
SUFC Hall of Fame
04th April 2015
The fifth round of inductions into the Sutton United Hall Of Fame today saw three further names drafted into the company of those club legends already honoured, in front of a good crowd of former players enjoying another club Legends’ Day.
The three new inductees were:-
A star from the 1950s who won Athenian League and London Senior Cup with the club, Don Stoker is still described by those who recall seeing him play as one of the club’s greatest players. Don was reputed to have a shot like a cannonball and was capped at amateur international by England and Great Britain, playing in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. Don later managed the club briefly before enjoying a successful managerial career with several local clubs including Walton & Hersham
Dario was one of several Loughborough College students to represent the club in the 1960s, where he became a regular in the side that won the Isthmian League and reached the Amateur Cup Final and he also played against Leeds United in the FA Cup 4th Round in 1970. Required by archane FA rules to give up playing as an amateur in favour of a coaching career, Dario soon established his coaching credentials and although he managed the club for a short period in the mid 1970s he will be best remembered for managerial stints at Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and, most notably, Crewe Alexandra.
Immortalised by the tea bar that bears her name, Rose was an instantly recognisable figure to almost anyone who has supported Sutton since the end of the second World War. Husband Dennis played for the club but Rose served the club, literally, for some six decades, introducing generations of fans to hot Bovril and cheese rolls. Rose also helped with washing the club’s kit and in providing food after training.
Company Chairman Dave Farebrother makes the Hall of Fame presentations to
(left to right) Colin Stoker, Peter Drabwell and Jan Ford
Coming Up At The Famous Boom Boom Club
29th March 2015
The Boom Boom Club at Sutton United is the leading local venue for live music, the best in blues, soul and top tribute bands.