Steve King's new Community Team get ready for the new season with their first Community Disco, on Monday 27th July from 4pm to 6pm in the Times Square Lounge. Admission costs just one pound and is free for carers. Tickets on the door.
JUST 500 LEFT
01st July 2015
With the big-push still to start in Sutton High Street over the next few days, we are delighted to announce that there are JUST FIVE HUNDRED season-tickets remaining for sale at the extra special discount prices. If you haven't bought yours yet, you can do it NOW on-line, go to www.suttonunited.net/seasontickets
When they're gone, they're gone !
Super Sponsors' Club Draw 2015-16
01st July 2015
The Super Sponsors' draw for 2015-16 took place on Monday evening in the Vice-Presidents' lounge at Gander Green Lane. The four winners are shown below, and we would like to thank all our Super Sponsors for their continued support.
1st (company name on back of first team home kit) - SMITH and BYFORD
2nd (company name on first team track suits)- ATW SERVICES
3rd (table for 10 at a Gentlemen's Evening) - COBRA FINANCIAL SERVICES
4th (2 match day sponsorships) - MAURICE ANDREWS
Summer holiday football courses at The Lane
01st July 2015
In conjunction with JD's Football School, we are delighted to offer summer holiday football courses for boys and girls aged 4-13 at Gander Green Lane in the coming weeks. The first course runs from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July, and there are then courses every week up to an including the week beginning Monday 24 August. The courses run from 9am to 3pm each day, and cost £15 per day or £70 for the full week, with a discount for siblings. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07506 622818
U's and NESCOT Academy - summer trials
30th June 2015
Two more trial dates have been announced for the Sutton United/NESCOT academy which is due to start next season. Both trials will be at NESCOT as follows
Tuesday 21 July - 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Tuesday 11 August - 12 noon - 2.00pm.
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 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
3G Cup - The Veterans at Maidstone
27th June 2015
Three teams competed in a round-robin tournamnet organised by the hosts, with teams playing each other twice. Ultimately the hosts won the cup, this is how the day unfolded.
Sutton 1 Harlow 0
An early goal by Eddie Akuamoah decided this opening fixture.
Sutton 0 Maidstone 1
The U’s passing style was in contrast to the home team tactic of long balls launched by their number 6. Sutton had their chances but the Stones nicked it with a close-range effort.
Maidstone 2 Harlow 0
Sutton 2 Harlow 0
By 5 minutes into the game Harlow had “gone”, with two players injured and the heat of the afternoon taking effect they were outrun. The U’s almost camped around the penalty box but wasted opening after opening. Finally grabbing two goals from Steve Fowler, the second from the spot after Mark Watson was tripped. That foul proved to be a double mistake for the defender, not only giving away a penalty but also bringing Watso down on top of him, ending his afternoon. When Watso V.2015 falls on you, you stay fell upon!
Sutton 1 Maidstone 0
U’s went into their final game against a Maidstone side who benefitted from a rest period but this time it was the U’s who triumphed to send the tournament’s destiny into its final game. The U’s again enjoyed significant possession but found the home custodian in splendid form until, with 30 seconds to go, Stevie Fowler kept his composure to grab his third goal of the afternoon.
Maidstone 4 Harlow 0
The battle-scarred visitors hardly made it out of their own half, except for one surreal moment when their crazy goalkeeper regressed to the rush-goalie days of his youth and streaked out of goal and down the left wing past three men. Of course, getting back after he lost the ball was another matter entirely. So, 4-0 to the Stones and the inaugural Veterans’ 3G Cup was won on goal-difference.
(Rear) Mark Watson, Ryan Palmer, Nko Ekoku, Mark Golley, Steve Fowler, Clive Offer, Andy Boxall, Adrian Welch, Nigel Golley, Micky Joyce. (Front) Lee Hughes, Rob Hughes, Paul “George” Thornton, Tony Boorman, Mark Hynes, Eddie Akuamoah, Phil Dawson.
So, what about the 3G pitch?
Well, it certainly suited the passing style of the U’s vets, lots of two-touch football and give and goes. Talking to a few of the players afterwards they enjoyed it, saying it didn’t feel any different to good grass. There were a few comments though about the ball running slowly and the pitch seeming to make them run slower (of course, this had nothing to do with the combined age of the side being approximately 550!). Oliver Ash, Maidstone’s apostle of 3G, admitted that the ball does run slower on hot days. This can be countered by watering. He also said that the method for laying their pitch is different to the new pitch at The Lane. The depth of rubber crumb on our pitch will be less than they have but instead we will have a shock-pad underneath. The overall effect is that our surface should be quicker and have a more natural bounce. That isn’t to say Maidstone’s pitch isn’t superb, it’s just that this technology is continually advancing and we benefit by being newer.
A Busy Summer Down The Lane
26th June 2015
Dave Farebrother, chairman of the board, reflects on a hectic summer at Gander Green Lane.
"I have been coming down to Sutton since 1968 and have been on the management committee for 28 years but I can’t recall looking forward to a new season as much as this one. There is so much going on and it’s all positive, it’s hard to know where to start.
Of course, the most obvious change is our brand new 3G pitch. This will achieve so much more than giving us a better quality playing surface. It will be usable in almost all weathers, it will enable us to bring our youth team games back to The Lane and also to train on our own pitch. Then there is the additional usage it will allow for our own Junior boys’ and girls’ teams and other local clubs. Sir Thomas Wall wanted the ground to be used for the benefit of the people of Sutton and Cheam and it is hard to imagine that his wish has ever been so fully realised.
For the first time since our youth team was established we can also look forward to the introduction of not one but two new teams to the senior side of the club. Our new academy venture under the leadership of Marvin Williams and in partnership with NESCOT and UFA is a really exciting venture but arguably of more immediate impact could be our new development squad. The game has changed so much in recent years and it is envisaged that the development squad approach will bring a greater level of support to the first team and provide a better pathway for young players to progress through the ranks, particularly as Marvin will also be managing the development squad.
Our third big initiative this summer is the massive discounts that have been applied to season tickets. £99 for an adult season ticket is a reduction of more than 50% on last year’s prices and for existing ticket holders the cost is just £75, that’s under £3.50 per game! Our aim, of course, is to significantly increase the number of spectators who hold season tickets and press on towards our goal of an average home gate in excess of one thousand.
If we want to see our attendances increase, then a new-look stadium with lower prices and top quality pitch should all play a part but, ultimately, it will be how we fare on the pitch that counts and our manager has not been slow to make some really exciting additions to the playing squad. When he was with us eighteen months ago Jason Brown was, in my opinion, as good as any goalkeeper I have seen play for the club and he played a big part in our long unbeaten run that ultimately saw us finish second in the league. But it is upfront that we hope to see a big difference with the addition of three experienced, top-quality, attack-minded players who all know how to find the back of the net; Ross Stearn, Craig McAllister and Stuart Fleetwood, plus the promotion of young striker Emil Salama, who has netted over fifty times for our reserves and youth team.
There has been a lot more happening behind the scenes and I’d really like to thank my colleagues on the board and management committee and all of the other volunteers who have put in so much work this summer.
If you haven’t yet got your season ticket, or if you haven’t been to watch us previously, then I’d really encourage you to make the effort and be part of what we all hope will be one of the most exciting seasons in the club’s history."
Paul Doswell is inviting all Sutton United supporters to watch the team train on Tuesdays during the season.
"We have a real affinity with the supporters and having open training sessions on a Tuesday will enable them to see how hard the players work and what we actually do on the coaching side. After we return from Jersey, the supporters will be welcome to come and watch from the main stand and we will look forward to seeing them. Training will take place between 10.30 and 12.00 and 13.00 to 14.00."
Looking ahead to Jersey
24th June 2015
SUFC director Dave Mathers has just returned from his third visit to Jersey in the last few weeks (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!), putting the final touches to the arrangements for our trip there next month. “The stadium is looking a picture”, he reports “And the Jersey FA have been excellent. They are looking forward to the match as much as we are and I am sure that our players and management, as well as all of the supporters travelling out to the island, will really enjoy their visit.”
Jersey, like Guernsey and Gibraltar, is a non-EU Tax territory so is VAT and duty free for shoppers! Match entry will be £5 for adults and children and students will be free. A souvenir programme for will be on sale for £1.
The stadium on Jersey and its 3G pitch
Season Ticket Sales Soaring
23rd June 2015
Chairman of the Board Dave Farebrother is pleased with the way ticket sales are progressing. "We have seen a steady weekly flow since the original rush and with the pre-season friendlies approaching we are expecting a busy July and August. We have just sent out another 25,000 leaflets to the residents of the borough, have a daily advert on-line in the Sutton Guardian and have a monthly back page advert also in the -Guardian. So the club is really driving the promotion.
Adrian Barry has also been organising the troops to get into the High Street and local fairs and fetes and we are hopeful that the people of the borough, and wider afield, will really embrace this amazing offer of just £3 a game to watch Conference South football plus four really competitive friendlies.
We are starting to nudge the landmark 500 figure now but we still have a way to go to hit our ultimate target. As the saying goes, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party", so let's all make a huge effort over these next two months to hit that magical 1000 mark. If you can help, just let me know."
Having completed his signings for the summer last week, manager Paul Doswell is as surprised as anyone to be announcing one more but is delighted to do be able to do so.
"Simon Downer has rung me this morning to confirm he will be signing for the coming season. We didn't think it would happen due to Simon's work situation, but the job he was hoping for hasn't come to fruition and I think he's secretly pleased that was the case, as he's now back at the club he loves being at. I'm delighted to have him back and Simon adds great competition to the squad which now really is complete!"
When Craig Says Jump...
22nd June 2015
Craig Dundas has been appointed as the club's strength and conditioning coach, alongside his playing role.
Paul Doswell welcomed the appointment "Craig's main job at the gym where he works is in this area of expertise, so were delighted to get him on board. He's Sutton United through and through and I was very keen to get him more involved. He will have the immediate respect of the players and I'm sure they will benefit from Craig's appointment."
Paul Urges Fans To Buy Their Tickets Now
21st June 2015
Although the Premiership fixtures came out a few days ago it will be another couple of weeks before we receive our National League South fixtures and Paul Doswell admits that he can't wait.
"I'm buzzing. I'm a big cricket fan and the ODIs against New Zealand have been a breath of fresh air. It's amazing in sport how the crowd reacts to a positive attitude from the players and the players, in turn, feed off that energy and you get a sort of virtuous circle that can create an unforgettable experience. It would be fantastic if we can generate that sort of atmosphere at Sutton this season, I'll certainly be sending the team out to attack and play good football.
The Bristol Rovers game gives us four pre-season friendlies at home, add in the twenty-one league games and that means season-ticket holders could be getting their football for just three pounds per game*. Three pounds ! You can pay that for a cup coffee up in town. Of course, to get the best value fans need to buy their season-tickets in time for the first friendly, which is only three weeks away, so if you haven't got yours I'd urge you to get cracking."
* Season tickets are also valid for the club's youth and academy league games, and of course concessions and young people's tickets are even cheaper.
We have agreed to play Carshalton Athletic at Colston Avenue on Tuesday 28th July at 7.45 for the Sutton Guardian Cup. This is the final PSF in our schedule and will feature mainly squad players who have not had enough game time and players from the academy and u-18s.
Squad Completed by Final Signing
20th June 2015
Sutton United are pleased to announce Dan Spence as their final signing of the summer. Paul Doswell was delighted with the signing.
"Again we had to be very patient with this signing. Dan enjoyed an outstanding season playing in the Conference last year,and was hoping to play at the same level or higher. We watched him many times last year and made him aware of our interest after his release. Dan rightly wanted to see what his options were, but having seen Craig and Stuart sign recently, he's now happy to sign a two-year deal. He shares the vision we all have at the club, and we are really pleased to have signed him."
Dan is equally comfortable playing as a right or left back, and offers great competition to Kevin Amankwah and Callum Hart. One player departing the club is Bedsente Gomis, the supporters player of the year.
"Bedsi rang me Friday to say that, for family reasons, he wanted to remain in France with his wife and young baby and, of course, we totally respect his decision. With Shaun Cooper wanting to play his preferred midfield role, and Glen Southam, Mickey Spillane and Craig Dundas, we still have real competition in the central midfield areas and are happy with the midfield we now have. Billy Medlock is close to signing for another club, so we have now completed the squad to start pre-season."
It's Back ! Strikers Are Key 2015/16
19th June 2015
It’s back by popular demand! Given the exciting news regarding our great summer signings, it is more important than ever that the Strikers Are Key scheme is fully subscribed and we are already well on our way. Goals win matches and provide all scheme members with the chance to win BIG prizes!
Click HERE for details of the scheme and HERE for a downloadable application form. We still have six balls available for syndicates and/or individuals to buy.
STOP PRESS – this season’s nominated strikers are: Craig McAllister, Dan Fitchett and Stuart Fleetwood.
There are two and a half (!) balls still available - 28, 23 and half of number 19. If you want to buy a ball, get in touch with us now.
Join in the fun and play your part in enabling the club to secure the services of these terrific strikers. It is going to be one exciting season!
U's announce important new signing
17th June 2015
The club has today completed the signing of Stuart Fleetwood on a 2 year deal, following his release from Forest Green Rovers.
Paul Doswell was delighted to announce the latest signing. "We have had to be patient on this signing, we've been talking for some time regards the club's ambitions and hopes for the future whilst also sticking to our strict budget. We are delighted that Stuart has agreed a two-year deal, after returning from a family holiday. He is really looking forward to joining the club,and adding much needed competition to the two Craigs and Dan Fitchett in the forwards department.
Stuart's best position is as a second striker playing off a target man, and I think the fact we share that opinion was a significant factor in him coming. He's had to play out wide in a 4-3-3 system and, whilst happy enough to play there, it's clearly not his preferred position.
We also had fantastic reports on him from Richard Hill and Ady Pennock, his managers last season, and knowing so many of the current squad will help immensely."
Paul also confirmed that Billy Medlock has been allowed to talk to other clubs, after receiving a recent driving ban that might make travelling in during the day expensive and logistically difficult. "We will wait and see with Billy, we were always keen on Stuart Fleetwood regardless of this situation but a goalscorer of Billy's calibre will be sought after. He's already talking to three clubs, and we have circulated his details today."
In other news Paul is delighted with the progress of the new pitch. The contractors have done really well to this point, and the Bristol Rovers game will be the first time the pitch will be used. We were hoping to train at the club on the Tuesday and Thursday before the Rovers game, but that now looks unlikely, so Guildford will be used for the first week back in all probability.
Callum Hart has started training and is looking strong and Louis John will step up to running in week two of pre-season. We have also invited Emil Salama to join the squad after his great season with the Reserves and he was delighted to accept.
Finally, we have appointed Marvin Williams as our new development/U21 manager, which this week saw a comprehensive set of fixtures released, which will see them play against the likes of Dartford, Ebbsfleet, Woking, Maidstone,and Basingstoke amongst others. "We are delighted to appoint Marvin in this important role,and it's a great fit with his job as Academy manager. In addition, it helps the first team to play any players that need games, due to injuries, suspension and lack of game time.
Many thanks to Ray Ward for being part of the steering group to see this through,and I believe this will be hugely beneficial to the football club".
Marvin Williams was equally pleased."I can't wait to get started in my new roles and I will be working closely with Paul on both.The eventual aim is to get players into the first team and it has been shown by the club before that they will give you a chance. It's up to these young men to accept the challenge and progress"
FREE ROOM HIRE
16th June 2015
Thinking of having a party or holding a quiz night for up to 70 people? Then look no further as our recently decorated Vice-Presidents Lounge is now FREE to hire from 7pm until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Keith Dodwell, chairman of the wine committee, has stepped down from his role on the management committee. "Keith did a an excellent job," said Bruce Elliott "and his knowledge of the insurance industry also came in very helpful. We are sorry to see him go and thank him for his contribution."
Mark Kidd, who is currently in charge of the matchball sponsorship scheme, will take over as wine committee chairman.
Rovers added to pre-season list
12th June 2015
Sutton have added another pre-season friendly to the schedule, agreeing a home friendly against Bristol Rovers on Sunday 12 July, kick off 1pm.
Manager Paul Doswell is delighted to welcome Rovers, who regained their Football League status at the first attempt after winning last month's Vanarama promotion final against Grimsby at Wembley, as a prelude to the official pitch opening the following Tuesday against a Crystal Palace XI.
''We are delighted that Rovers have agreed to play us'', he said, ''and after their Wembley triumph and well-deserved promotion we look forward to playing them on our fantastic new surface. It will be our first taste of playing on it and will set us up nicely for the grand opening against Crystal Palace on the Tuesday, which promises to be a special evening. The whole squad will be used at Winchester and against Bristol Rovers over that weekend, and with Palace on Tuesday, training on Thursday and flying to Jersey on the Friday we have a really busy week ahead, but one which we are all looking forward to.''
3G Pitch Progress Gallery
08th June 2015
There is now a growing gallery of photographs charting the progression of the installation of our new 3G playing surface. Click here for photos.
Vanarama National League name change now in effect
08th June 2015
The official rebranding of the top tier of English non-league football as The National League is now effective.
The Parent Company, formerly known as The Football Conference Ltd, officially enacted the name change at its Congress weekend on Saturday June 6th 2015 at Celtic Manor, Newport.
Its three Divisions are henceforth officially entitled the:
Vanarama National League
Vanarama National League North
Vanarama National League South.
Brian Barwick, Chairman of The National League said: “As the incoming Chairman of the Vanarama National League, I am pleased to welcome the new name in the full knowledge that it will be coupled with existing values and strengths of the competition that have been in existence for over 35 years. It is an exciting time to take over as Chairman and I look forward to the new season. I would also like to pay tribute to the person who I am succeeding; as a fellow Brian, I know it will be a tough act to follow Brian Lee who has enjoyed the respect of the game for many years.”
Competition Title Sponsor Vanarama, who last month announced a sponsorship extension and further financial support, employed sports marketing agency SportQuake to facilitate the name change and logo design. SportQuake specialise in creating world class two-way partnerships between rights owners and brands.
Managing Director of Vanarama Andy Alderson said: “Vanarama is proud to support the highest level of English non-league football. Re-branding as the Vanarama National League will increase the spotlight as the action kicks off again on 8th August. Next season, we’re thrilled to also support the pioneering NLTV Broadcasting Academy which will provide opportunities and equipment to media students.”
National League announces new President
08th June 2015
The National League is pleased to announce, following the retirement of Bill King as President of the Football Conference, the Board of the National League has invited Brian Lee to assume the position of President, which he has accepted.
Brian commented on the appointment "It is a privilege and honour to receive the invitation and I relish my continuing association with such an outstanding competition. Together with my wife Shirley-Ann we will look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones over the coming seasons. I wish Brian Barwick, the Board and the Member Clubs a successful transition into a new era, under the brand of "The National League".
Director Steps Down
06th June 2015
Following the decision to press on with the 3G pitch, club director Steve Moore has decided the time is right to step down from the board of directors.
Steve,of course is the founder and director of Sportsturf, the club's groundsman contractor, but Steve's decision to retire isn't a protest, in fact Steve has been urging the club to go down this route for several years.
Sportsturf have performed wonders in recent years to transform the pitch and it is always in magnificent condition early season but once the rains come it is hard to maintain and the surface loses its flatness. It still looks good from the sidelines but if you have walked across the pitch you will know how bumpy it gets.
"I'd like to thank Steve for everything he has done for the club over so many years", said board chairman Dave Farebrother. "Steve tried everything he could to give us the best grass pitch possible and the work Sportsturf put in did pay dividends but we had to take all training and reserve and youth games off the pitch, which isn't sustainable in the longer term. Steve's was the loudest voice in the boardroom advocating 3G, he was convinced it was the way ahead. We wish him well as he looks forward to retirement and hope that he might find a bit more time to come to just watch."
Green Light for 3G
04th June 2015
The club's application to install a 3G Artificial Turf pitch was approved by the council's planning committee yesterday, much to the delight of Paul Doswell. "We have obviously done a lot of work already in relation to a new drainage system but it was great to hear that we can now press ahead with the new surface. I'd like to offer particular thanks to our planning consultant, Richard Tier, who worked really hard to ensure we submitted the best possible application."
Bruce Elliott echoed his manager's thoughts but also had a few words for Paul. "Everyone knows how much energy Paul has and without his vision and drive we would not have got to this point. Like everyone else I can't wait to see the new surface. I'd also commend Bobby Childs, who only took up his position a few weeks ago but is working flat-out to ensure the success of this project."
Staying on the 3G theme, the U’s have been invited to be one of four clubs to compete in a veterans’ tournament at Maidstone United on Saturday 27th June. Each game will last for 25 minutes. The U’s squad will be managed by Micky Joyce. The aim of the day, other than showcasing 3G, will be to have fun and so the sides will feature a wide range of “mature” ages rather than just nippy 35 year-olds ! Supporters will be very welcome.
Game A v B - 14.30 Sutton United v Harlow Town
Game C v D – 15.00 Whyteleafe v Maidstone United
Game A v C – 15.30 Sutton v Whyteleafe
Game B v D – 16.00 Harlow v Maidstone
Game A v D – 16.30 Maidstone v Sutton
Game B v C – 17.00 Harlow v Whyteleafe
Season Tickets Outpace New Zealand Batsmen
31st May 2015
With the first Test and the FA Cup Final only just completed, our season ticket promotion for next season is already making fantastic headway with over 400 tickets now sent out.
Manager Paul Doswell is delighted that the town is getting behind the team "We have already announced some excellent new signings for next season, there's maybe a bit more of the jigsaw to put in place, and I am really excited by how things are shaping up. An exciting team cheered on by a packed stadium would make for a great season."
Paul gets his target man
29th May 2015
Manager Paul Doswell was delighted this afternoon to be able to announce the signing of striker Craig McAllister, who follows defender Dean Beckwith this week in making the move to Sutton from Eastleigh, where his goals over the past three seasons helped them win the Conference South title, and then reach the Conference play-offs last season. The Glaswegian striker, who will be 35 next month, began his career with Eastleigh in their Wessex League days and was in the side beaten 5-1 at Sutton in the FA Cup in September 2001. He subsequently joined Basingstoke, averaging better than a goal every other game in over 100 appearances, and went on to play for Woking, Exeter, Crawley, where he featured in the Conference winning squad in 2011 and played against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, and Newport before rejoining Eastleigh. Paul said: ''I've known Craig for a long time and am really pleased to get him. He's done well for Eastleigh, and will be the target man that we need.''
Paul also took the opportunity to provide an update on the progress of the season ticket sales, with the incentive to buy early increased with the arrangement of a friendly against a strong Crystal Palace XI on Tuesday 14 July. 'We're getting close to the 400 mark, and we're hoping those who haven't renewed yet will do so quickly now we know we have an attractive game to open the 3G pitch for which season tickets will be valid. If everyone of our supporters can persuade a friend to buy a season ticket as well we'll be very close to our target.''
Painting Help Required
29th May 2015
We need some volunteers please from Saturday 6th June to help start to paint the home, away and match officials' dressing rooms; start from 10.00am, all paint and brushes supplied; please wear old clothing or overalls. Help on subsequent days to complete task will also be very welcome. Please contact Ray Ward at email@example.com or 07908 611354.
Palace to open 3G
26th May 2015
We're delighted to announce that Crystal Palace have agreed to send a side to Gander Green Lane to officially open the new 3G facility. The game, against a strong Crystal Palace XI, will be on Tuesday 14 July, kick off 7.45pm.
26th May 2015
Manager Paul Doswell has secured the signing of centre-back Dean Beckwith, who has been with Eastleigh for the last season and a half, helping them to promotion in 2014 and a regular in their Conference side last season. The 31-year-old began his career with Gillingham before making 130 appearances for Hereford between 2005 and 2009. He also played for Northampton and Luton before joining Eastleigh in January 2013. Paul said: ''Dean is one of the players I was keen to sign this summer. We almost got him two years ago when he left Luton, and I'm delighted he's joined us now. He's a major signing, and we're hoping to be able to announce another next week as we're in negotiations with a striker. We're also still hoping to sign one more player who will be very familiar to Sutton supporters.''
Paul also revealed that left-winger Dan Wishart will be part of the squad next season, having signed from Hayes & Yeading in November.
Another home friendly arranged
24th May 2015
Sutton will play a pre-season friendly against Welling United at Gander Green Lane on Saturday 25 July, kick off 3pm.
Ryman Youth League Constitution - 2015/16 Season
22nd May 2015
Sutton's Under-18s will continue to compete in the Central Division of the Ryman Youth League next season with the League's Constitution being confirmed today. Sutton's league opponents next season will be Carshalton Athletic, Chertsey Town, Chipstead, Dorking Wanderers, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Leatherhead, Metropolitan Police, Walton & Hersham and Woking.
Juniors Section Celebrates Title Successes
18th May 2015
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.
Early and Late Goals Decisive for Youths
16th April 2015
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.