Southport 1 Sutton United 1 - full report and reaction
22nd October 2016
A Jamie Collins spot-kick earned the U's a point from the penalty spot seconds after Nick Bailey had seen another penalty saved, after the U's had trailed at the interval to a goal by Andrai Jones. Goalkeeper Ross Worner made sure of the point with a string of second half saves including a brilliant stoppage time block from Jones. Full report here and Paul Doswell's views here.
Dads and Lads Football
20th October 2016
Sunday 13th November, 4.30 to 7.30
Dads and Lads football event. Free to all ages, no need to book just turn up and play. In association with the Sutton Housing Partnership.
FA Youth Cup Misery as Sutton Bow Out
19th October 2016
Sutton were well beaten tonight in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round as Corinthian scored 3 without reply at Gander Green Lane. Match report here.
Meanwhile Sutton have been drawn away to Redhill or Guildford City, who play on Monday, in the 2nd Round of the Surrey Under-18s Midweek Floodlit Cup. The tie will take place week commencing 7th November.
Subsidised travel to Dartford
19th October 2016
The football club is to subsidise Supporters' Club coaches to Dartford for the FA Cup first round tie on Saturday 5 November. The fare will be £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s, and as many coaches as are necessary will run. Paul Doswell said: ''We want as much support as possible in what's likely to be a near 2,000 crowd, and we hope all supporters will take up this offer of cheap travel.'' Anyone wanting to book can contact Wayne Shaw on 07881 304120 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or see Nigel Guest in the club shop at Tuesday night's game against Maidstone.
As to the draw itself, Paul said: ''I think both sides will see it as a tough game but both will see it as winnable . They're unbeaten at home and I think it's probably a 50/50 game. You really want a home tie, or a game against a big Football League side, and it's neither of those, but if you'd offered me this before Saturday's game against Forest Green I'd have snapped your hand off.''
Pair agree contract extensions as Paul brings in defender
19th October 2016
Defender Kevin Amankwaah and midfielder Nicky Bailey have this week agreed one year extensions to their contracts with Sutton United which will keep them at the club to the end of next season. Manager Paul Doswell was delighted, saying: ''Kevin and Nicky are both experienced players who have been outstanding for us so far this season and it's a real boost for us that they've committed to us for the extra year.''
Paul has also agreed a month's loan deal with Portsmouth for left back Brandon Haunstrup. The defender, who will be 20 next week, played for Pompey in the pre-season friendly at Gander Green Lane in July, and is in his second season on a professional contract after graduating through the Fratton Park youth ranks. Paul explained: 'George McLennan has played about half an hour's football in the last five months, so we don't want to do too much with him too quickly and with Dan Spence injured Brandon will help us in that position while George eases his way back in to action.''
Darts away in FA Cup
17th October 2016
Sutton will be away to Dartford in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 5 November. Dartford beat Tonbridge on Saturday to reach this stage, and are currently 7th in Vanarama National League South, two points outside the playoff zone and unbeaten in their six home league games, although three of those have been drawn. Sutton's last visit to Princes Park was early last season and finished in a 2-2 draw.
17th October 2016
We were saddened to learn that Dennis Clarke, a well-known figure in Essex football and a member of our famous team from the late 1960s / early 70s, passed away on Friday after a brief illness. Dennis played in our team that met Leeds United in the 4th Round of the FA Cup.
We pass on our deepest sympathies to Dennis's family and friends.
Sutton United 2 Forest Green Rovers 1 - full report, photos, goals and reaction
15th October 2016
A 90th minute header from Roarie Deacon gave the U's victory in a game that showed there is still plenty of life in the FA Cup. Ross Stearn had earlier equalised with a free-kick from distance after the visitors had taken the lead following a quickly-taken corner. Full report, with photos, here and you can see manager Paul Doswell giving his reaction to a thrilling afternoon here as well as the goals from the game.
The first round draw is on Monday just after 7.00pm, and will be live on BT Sport and BBC2. Sutton's ball will be 63.
Quiz Night 4th November
13th October 2016
Youths Sink South Park in Surrey Cup
10th October 2016
Sutton's Youth Team fired in eleven goals without reply tonight against South Park's Southern Youth League side as their bid to win the Surrey Under-18s Midweek Floodlit Cup for a fifth consecutive season began. Archie Harland-Goddard, Josh Danquah, Jean-Luc Kinsaba, Rommel Hunte-Christie and Lamar Fowlkes settled the tie by half time, before Darnell Austin, Aaron Afriyie and two goals each from Stefan ilic and Tom Mallett added to the scoreline. Match report here.
Sutton return to FA Youth Cup action next Wednesday 19th October, 8pm kick-off when they host Kent side Corinthian at Gander Green Lane as they look to reach the 1st Round Proper.
SUFC TV Highlights - Woking and Dover
10th October 2016
Click here for SUFC TV's highlights of Saturday's win against Woking and last Tuesday's game at Dover, the latter courtesy of Dover Athletic.
Community Team Goal-Bonanza
09th October 2016
Both Sutton United Community teams enjoyed a goal-feast against very well organised QPR Trust teams before yesterday's first team game against Woking.
Sutton United A 12 [ Mills 8 (eight), Taylor 3, Ford ] QPR A 2
The scoreline may read like an easy win for the Sutton United Community team but this was not the case, QPR A provided a very good test and hit the woodwork on several occasions and proved difficult opponents. However this was going to be Sutton's day, playing the best football since the community team was formed this was a real team performance with all the players playing at their very best.
Manager Steve King said " What a fantastic performance for the team. I really don't want to single anybody out but Shaun Mills scoring 8 goals is a fantastic achievement although this really was the complete team performance. I want to thank QPR coach Nathan, who brought two very good teams making it another memorable day."
Sutton U's 6 [ Rose 2, West 2, Evans, M Reynolds] QPR 5
A cracking game that ended with the U's winning an 11-goal thriller saw Nick West playing a excellent game up front, holding the ball up and scoring 2 excellent goals. The real hero of the match was the outstanding young Mark Heritage, the U's goalkeeper again made several superb saves and when he faced a late penalty it was no surprise when Mark made an incredible save to secure a fine win for the U's. Man of Match Mark Heritage.
Coach Steve Preedy commented "This was another special day for the newly formed U's, with Nick West looking good upfront and young goalkeeper Mark being outstanding: I can't wait for the rest of the season."
Strikers Are Key 2016-17 no. 8
09th October 2016
It was a euphoric Players' Bar which greeted the eighth Strikers Are Key draw of the season made after yesterday's terrific victory against Woking, a fitting on-field performance to mark Paul Doswell's 500th game in charge of the U's; all of which left every Sutton fan in attendance in celebratory mood."
Hooked on U's" ball number 21, owned by Julian Rozario, was the latest to emerge from the purple velvet bag. In Julian's absence and with the pot swelled by £50 courtesy of returning striker Craig McAllister's excellent headed goal, Dos stepped forward to try his luck on Julian's behalf but sadly chose the wrong key(ring), all of which means the coffers increase to a minimum of £450 for the next draw and the £50 consolation prize goes to JR.
A great day at Gander Green Lane yesterday - lots of amber and lots of pride.
Onwards and upwards we go.
Sutton United 4-1 Woking - full report, photos & reaction
08th October 2016
Sutton celebrated Paul Doswell's 500th game as the club's manager with a resounding win today. Man of the match Roarie Deacon put U's ahead in the 21st minute and they put the game beyond Woking's reach with three goals in a ten minute spell either side of half time from Ross Stearn, Nicky Bailey and Craig McAllister. Matt Tubbs scored a consolation for Woking with fifteen minutes to go. Full report, with photos, here and the views of a delighted Paul Doswell here.
Player news and Woking preview
07th October 2016
Manager Paul Doswell has moved quickly to fill the hole left by Dan Wishart's departure to Forest Green, signing 20-year-old left back George McLennan, who will have the squad number 18 and goes in to the squad for tomorrow's game against Woking. George, who is a Scottish Under 19 international, was a regular in Cheltenham's National League winning squad last season. Paul said: ''George comes to us highly recommended - we've had our eye on him for some time and hope he will have a successful time with us and make similar progress to Dan''. We welcome George to the club.
Also available tomorrow after missing the Dover game are Max Biamou, Nicky Bailey and Dean Beckwith, although Ryan Burge and Simon Downer remain injured, and Louis John has joined Hampton & Richmond on a month's loan.
It's almost a local derby tomorrow against a side with whom U's have had many meetings in tha past, and Woking will be looking to improve on an away record that is worse than any side except York and bottom of the table Guiseley, with their seven away games producing five defeats and two draws at Solihull and Guiseley. Sutton, meanwhile, have won five of their seven home games, keeping clean sheets in all five, and with little luck or success in away games at the moment will hope to build on that good home record.
Before the game Sutton's community teams will be playing two games against the QPR Community Trust, while you can also keep an eye on the 12.15 National League game between Tranmere and Wrexham. Then after the game at 5pm stay at the club to watch Gareth Southgate's first game as England manager, the World Cup qualifier against Malta (kick off 5pm).
Match sponsors tomorrow are Green Go Waste, our first team home shirt sponsors, while Ron Denyer and Tony Dolbear are the ball sponsors.
Sporting Dinner with England World Cup legend George Cohen
07th October 2016
50 years after England's only World Cup win, what better way to celebrate than with one of the eleven players who won the trophy; former Fulham right-back George Cohen. Alongside George will be one of the dinner circuit's best-known comic speakers, Bob "The Cat" Bevan. These events are always a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment.
Today's academy fixtures - results
05th October 2016
Our National League Under 19 Alliance academy teams are both in action today, with a home game in Division F against Luton Town Cedars at Gander Green Lane, kick off 2pm, free admission, and the Sutton United Ambers team with an away game in Division A at AFC Hornchurch, also at 2pm at Hornchurch's Bridge Avenue ground.
The game at Gander Green Lane ended in a 3-2 defeat against Luton, while at Hornchurch the points were shared in a 3-3 draw.
Dover 3-1 Sutton United - full report, reaction and photos
05th October 2016
Sutton suffered a fifth consecutive away defeat tonight, going down 3-1 at Dover. Ricky Miller gave the home side an early lead, but U's should have had an equaliser when a Bedsente Gomis header hit the bar and bounced down behind the line only for play to be waved on. Miller scored a second on the hour before Dover's Moses Emmanuel was sent off for a foul on Kevin Amankwaah, who then pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes left. U's had several chances to equalise, but Jim Stevenson's deflected shot ended the comeback although there was still time for Bradley Hudson-Odoi to have a penalty saved. Full report, with photos, here with Paul Doswell's views here.
Youths Emerge Victorious in 9-Goal Cup Thriller
03rd October 2016
Sutton's Under-18s eventually won through to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup after a nailbiting 5-4 win at home against Molesey. Rommel Hunte-Christie scored the solitary first half goal which gave no indication of the excitement to come, as two goals in as many minutes from Sam Whatley and Arun Astley turned the scoreline around and Loreaz Manolias looked to have sealed the win for the visitors in the 86th minute, but an 88th minute penalty from Tom Mallett and Crossley Lema's injury time header took the game into extra time. Josh Danquah put Sutton back in front in the 93rd minute and Stefan Ilic added a 5th with 3 minutes to play, but there was still time for Molesey to pull a goal back through Max Lewis to set up a nervy last 90 seconds. Match report here.
The draw for the 3rd Qualifying Round will take place on Friday. Meanwhile Sutton begin their defence of the Surrey Under-18s Midweek Floodlit Cup next Monday 10th October at South Park, 7.45pm kick-off.
Dan goes Green
03rd October 2016
We can confirm that we have accepted a substantial offer from Forest Green Rovers for Dan Wishart, whose move to The New Lawn will go through subject to FA and National League approval. Dan joined us in November 2014 from Hayes & Yeading and was in line to make his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday against Woking. His form last season saw him capped by England C in the game against Slovakia at Gander Green Lane in June.
Manager Paul Doswell said: ''It's a good move for both the club and Dan - it's a substantial fee, with possible add-ons, and Dan gets his wish to give up his job and concentrate on a full time career which will hopefully see him realise his ambition to play in the Football League, possibly with Forest Green who have made clear their ambitions for promotion. We'd like to thank Forest Green for the professional way they have conducted the negotiations and look forward to welcoming them in the FA Cup on Saturday week, when we have a gentlemen's agreement that Dan won't play.
Dan has asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone, from the chairman through to the supporters, for their encouragement while he's been with us. He says that when he joined us nearly two years ago his career was in danger of going nowhere, and he is grateful for the support of all the staff, without which he feels he might not still be playing. It again proves that we will not stand in the way of any player provided we feel that the deal is a good one, and this is a great deal for both the club and Dan.''
Strikers Are Key Number 7
02nd October 2016
There was a popular winner of the seventh Strikers Are Key draw of the season made in the Players' Bar after the 1-0 win against Guiseley.
Ball 20 made its first-ever appearance out of the purple velvet bag, owned by Steve, Vicky and Adam King. Steve, of course, does a tremendous job as Manager of the SUFC Community teams and he was delighted to learn that, in his absence yesterday, Micky Joyce stepped (gingerly) on to the SAK stage and selected the correct key (card) for him, thereby winning Kingy's syndicate the £850 prize. Joycey has always been one of Steve's heroes - a mantle cemented by yesterday's performance!
We hope to back to traditional metallic unlocking devices for next week's eighth draw of the season in the expectation of imminent good news from the ironmonger- we go again after the eagerly-anticipated local derby v Woking.
See you there and congratulations to Kingy again!
Sutton United 1-0 Guiseley - Full report with photos
01st October 2016
Despite not playing as well as they have in some defeats this season, Sutton took maximum points against Guiseley this afternoon, the only goal coming when Connor Brown, making his debut for the visitors, turned a Kevin Amankwaah cross in to his own net in trying to clear for a corner. Ross Worner made two superb saves in the second half, one from a misdirected Chris Dickson header, to deny bottom of the table Guiseley the point they probably deserved, and Jordan Preston shot over a gaping goal in the last minute. Full report and photos here.
U's were again without Nicky Bailey, who will also miss the game at Dover after picking up a two match suspension following an incident with the reserve official before last week's game at Eastleigh.
27th September 2016
The Pavilion at Rosehill Recretaion Ground was the venue on Monday for a very special Mc-Eventz Funday in support of people with disabilities and their carers. And, of course, the borough's best-known giraffe couldn't be kept away !
Charity Partner 2016/17
27th September 2016
We are delighted to announce ONE STEP AT A TIME as our charity partners for the current season.
One Step at a Time is a small local charity supporting families with special needs/disabled children in Sutton.
The aim of the charity is to bring families together for friendship and support, to allow children to express themselves through play. Their mission is to create a safe haven for all children with additional needs to have fun and develop their play skills. The chairityy raises funds for specialised toys and equipment, also accessible outings for all the family.
The every day activities that most parents take for granted can be a tiring, anxious and unpleasant experience for many families. This along with the personal journey of the Mumford family and their son Alfie led them to create One Step at a Time in the hope of reaching other families in a similar situation to their own.
Facebook one step at a time Twitter @onestepcharity_
"We are delighted to announce One Step at a Time as our new partners" said club chairman Bruce Elliott. "As a small local charity they are exactly the sort of organisation we want to work with and, quite clearly, the work they are doing is very important and is a perfect fit with our own ethos. We hope that we can help them in a variety of ways over the coming months."
Youths Pick Up Three More Points
26th September 2016
Sutton's Youth Team secured their first win at Gander Green Lane this season with a 3-1 win over Tooting & Mitcham United thanks to goals from Josh Danquah, Rommell Hunte-Christie and a Tobi Adaje penalty. Match report here.
Next up for the Under-18s is Molesey in the FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round which will be played next Monday 3rd October, 7.45pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane.
Eastleigh v Sutton - SUFC TV Highlights
26th September 2016
Click here for SUFC TV's highlights of Saturday's game at Eastleigh
COMMUNITY TEAMS REPORT September 2016
26th September 2016
Sutton United Community Pan Disability teams both play in the Surrey FA “Football For All” League. Sutton United A play in the Surrey FA Championship and are strong contenders to compete for the title gaining promotion to the elite disability division in Surrey.
Sutton United A 5 (Mills 2, Dixon, Cheeseman, Evans H) Guilford 0
Sutton United A 0 Chelsea Stamford 0
Sutton United A 1 (Evans) Woking 0
Sutton United 4 (Mills, Wilson, Dixon, og) Surrey Blues 0
Sutton United A 0 Chelsea Bridge 0
Sutton made a great start to the season with 3 wins and 2 draws and a total of 11 points. This put Sutton 2nd in the table behind Woking, who won 4 of their 5 games. With Woking winning 4 and losing 1, meaning 12 points, meaning Sutton United lay second in the championship. The Man of the Tournament for Sutton United A was the outstanding Ben Wilson, who is the Community team’s Nicky Bailey.
Manager Steve King said it has been a superb start of the season for both sides, with the A team starting superbly without conceding a goal and this should set the team up for a great season. With the U's Community team enjoying a Fantastic first tournament and very unlucky not to win the tournament in their first ever month, watching their faces when goals went in was great to see and it was an amazing occasion.
This is the first ever season for our second team, the Sutton U's Community Pan Disability Team, known as the U’s, Who are playing in their first ever tournament
The Surrey FA League 1 works in a different way, meaning that there is a monthly tournament winner.
Sutton U's League 1 results
U's 2 [Evans M, West N] Woking B 0
U's 1 [West J] Wandgas 2
U's 4 [Evans M 2, Rose, Cardello] Chelsea Bridge B 0
U's 2 [Rose 2] Surrey Blues C 0
U's 1 [Evans M] Guildford B 0
It was a fantastic performance for the Sutton U's to finish 2nd on goal difference to September winners Wandgas. It was a great experience for the players, capped with leading Community Team U's scorer Matt Evans scoring 4 goals.
Eastleigh 2-1 Sutton United - full report, photos and post-match reaction
24th September 2016
Two goals in the first five minutes of the second half from Eastleigh's Luke Coulson proved enough to beat Sutton at the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon but not before a fine Sutton fightback which would have earned reward but for a superb performance from goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, signed this week from AFC Wimbledon, whose saves included keeping out a Bedsente Gomis penalty with five minutes left, just after Ross Stearn's low 20-yard shot had reduced the arrears. Full report, with photos, here and Paul Doswell's post-match interview with SUFC TV here.
Click here for highlights of Saturday's game against Tranmere and Paul Doswell's interview with SUFC TV after the game.
A Nice Message
18th September 2016
We were delighted to receive this unsolicited email this morning from a visiting Tranmere supporter. (all names removed).
We came to you as Tranmere fans yesterday and we didn't do so well, but I wanted to pass on thanks and gratitude to your fans and staff.
I am speaking on behalf of lots of us and I have never contacted another club before. We were treated with such friendliness unlike anything we have ever experienced anywhere else. We were invited into your social club, we were invited to join the stand and when we lost the match, we were even consoled by some of your fans who shook our hand and wished us a safe journey home.
In my 31 years of supporting every Tranmere game I have never experienced such warmth and it touched a great deal of us deeply. This is how football should be and your example was humbling. I wish all of our fans were as well-behaved and positive to visiting fans. Please pass this on to your fans as they should all be rewarded for such friendliness, and to the two girls who consoled us at the end of the match, you are perfect examples of how we should allbehave. I want Tranmere to do well, but from now on, I shall also be cheering on Sutton and nothing would make me happier than both of us going up together at the end of the season. Well here's hoping!
With much appreciation, etc
Strikers Are Key 2016-17 nos. 5 & 6
17th September 2016
Ten to three was Strikers are Key time after today's terrific victory against Tranmere Rovers.
There were two draws; the fifth of the season in respect of the match last Tuesday v Braintree and, of course, the sixth following today's match against our visitors from the Wirral.Draw 5 of the season in which £400 was up for grabs saw Ball number 24 emerge from the purple velvet bag, the ball owned by Steve Beck and Brian French. Away on official business, Bobby Childs stepped forward on their behalf but chose the wrong key thereby winning the syndicate the £50 consolation prize.
Draw 6 of the season which followed swiftly afterwards saw ball 11 make its first appearance of the season, owned by Phil White. Dan Fitchett's goal today increased the prize fund to £650 but, with Phil too late to to make an appearance in the bar on his return today from holiday, Norman Summerfield substituted for him but was unable to choose the right key meaning only £50 is coming Phil's way.It all means that a minimum of £850 will be in the safe ahead of Draw 7 of the season after the game v Guiseley in a fortnight's time. After yielding its contents in the first three draws of the season, the SAK safe is regaining its Scrooge-like reputation with three consecutive unsuccessful attempts to open it.Here's hoping it will be fit for action after "essential repairs" required after today's draws!
Thanks to our good sports from Tranmere who helped to conduct today's draws - great to see.
See you on Oct 1.
Sutton United 1-0 Tranmere Rovers - full report & photos
17th September 2016
A goal by Dan Fitchett early in the second half gave Sutton a deserved victory over Tranmere in front of the BT Sport cameras and a crowd of 1,680 today. Fitchett headed home from close range after Max Biamou had headed down a Kevin Amankwaah cross. Full report, with photos, here.
Youths Back to Winning Ways at Dorking Wanderers
15th September 2016
Sutton's Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win in the Ryman Youth League Central Division tonight at Dorking Wanderers. The home side levelled the scores after Tom Mallett had put Sutton in front, but Mallett added his second and Jean-Luc Kinsaba extended the lead midway through the first half. Match report here.
Sutton have a week off next week before hosting Tooting & Mitcham United on Monday 26th September, 7.45pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane.
Sutton v Braintree - SUFC TV highlights
15th September 2016
Click here for SUFC TV highlights of Tuesday night's game against Braintree.
Sutton United 1-2 Braintree Town - report, photos and reaction
13th September 2016
A spectacular goal in the first minute of stoppage time by Braintree skipper Chez Isaac condemned Sutton to a third consecutive Vanarama National League defeat tonight. U's led in the 35th minute through Nicky Bailey's penalty, but the game turned on the stroke of half time when U's gave the ball away on the edge of their own penalty area and Michael Cheek was brought down by Ross Worner, allowing Isaac to equalise from the penalty spot. Both sides had chances in the second half and U's hopes rose when Ian Gayle was sent off five minutes from time for a foul on Ryan Burge that denied U's substitute a clear run on goal, but Isaac's 30 yard piledriver as U's pushed for a winner proved decisive. Full report, with photos, here and Paul Doswell's SUFC TV interview here.
Wrexham v Sutton - SUFC TV highlights
12th September 2016
Click here for the SUFC TV highlights of Saturday's game at Wrexham.
Wrexham 1-0 Sutton United - Report & photos
10th September 2016
For the second week running Sutton came back from a long trip with a narrow defeat in a game from which they should have taken at least a point. U's had the majority of chances, Chris Dickson coming closest when he hit the bar, but their failure to convert them was punished when Sean Newton scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute. Full report with photos here.
Gateshead v Sutton highlights
06th September 2016
Click here to see the SUFC TV highlights of Saturday's game at Gateshead.
Late Goal Defeats Youths
05th September 2016
An entertaining Ryman Youth League Central Division match tonight at Gander Green Lane saw Woking score the winner late in the game as they ran out 2-1 winners. Darnell Austin levelled the scores in the 34th minute after the visitors had taken a 2nd minute lead. Match report here.
Sutton are next in action next Thursday as they visit Dorking Wanderers.
Gateshead 1-0 Sutton United - report, photos and reaction
03rd September 2016
A goal by substitute Rhys Oates five minutes after coming in to make his debut condemned Sutton to a narrow defeat today. The goal came just after Nicky Bailey had had a header cleared off the line, and Dean Beckwith later hit the bar as U's were unfortunate not to come away with a point. Full report, with photos, here and Paul Doswell's post match reaction as told to SUFC TV here. Extended highlights to follow.
Youths Crash Out of Lucas Fettes Cup
31st August 2016
Defensive mistakes cost Sutton dear as Sutton's Youth Team crashed out of the Lucas Fettes Cup in the 1st round against Met Police. Sutton gifted the visiting side a two-goal lead at half time but a vastly improved second half performance saw Sutton pull a goal back through Tobi Adaje, and looked odds on to level the scores when Met Police were reduced to ten men until they were gifted another goal to restore their two-goal cushion. Kieran Rhule pulled a further goal back late on but it was too little too late. Match report here.
Sutton return to Ryman Youth League action on Monday as they host Woking at Gander Green Lane, 7.45pm kick-off
Dan Wishart update
31st August 2016
We're delighted to say that Dan Wishart will not be leaving the club during this transfer window. Despite lengthy talks with a League One club, Dan's recent hamstring strain has meant that all parties are happy to look at the situation when the next window opens in January.
Manager Paul Doswell commented: ''Dan's had a huge amount of interest in him from Football League clubs, but the recent minor hamstring injury he sustained against Torquay has meant that we've been unable to conclude any permanent transfer. Dan will be available for the game at Wrexham next Saturday, and I'm sure he will push on and join a really good League club in the future. In my opinion he will be a great asset to any league club, but for now he is our asset and I know Dan can't wait to get back playing and helping the team.
Dan echoed the views of his manager: ''It's nice to be linked, and I want to play at the highest level possible, but I love playing here. I signed a new two-year contract in the summer, and the team spirit and closeness of the group makes it a fantastic place to come in to work. I need to keep working hard to improve, and we will see where that takes me. The gaffer has been brilliant with me, keeping me fully updated, and it's humbling to know how much everyone at the football club is trying to help in my progression.''
Boost the Budget – #inittogether – 31 Aug update
31st August 2016
The strong connection between our terrific squad of players and our terrific fans is amply demonstrated by the number of Boost the Budget Share applications which continue to come in to the club. We are delighted to report that the total sum contributed now stands at £37,450 which is 94% of the way to the £40,000 amount the manager targeted at the start of the campaign. Brilliant news!
Paul is understandably delighted, saying: “There is a real buzz about the place at the moment which is just wonderful to see. We’ve made such great strides as a club over the last twelve months and must continue to do so. Thank you to EVERYONE who has contributed to this scheme so far which will go a long way to ensuring our playing squad remains as strong as it needs to for us to compete at this level.
I was also delighted to see such a good crowd in the ground on Monday, the fourth highest of the day in the division; hopefully crowds will continue to grow as the summer holiday season comes to a close – the games certainly come thick and fast and the team greatly appreciates the wonderful support we are receiving right now, home and away. It would be marvellous if we could even exceed the Boost the Budget target we originally set as our fan base continues to increase and more supporters engage with the club”
SUFC TV - weekend highlights
31st August 2016
Click here to watch SUFC TV highlights of the weekend games against Chester and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Strikers Are Key 2016-17 no. 4
29th August 2016
The Strikers are Key safe finally bared its teeth in draw 4 of the season after today's terrific win against Dagenham and Redbridge, refusing to yield to the latest syndicate looking to relieve it of its contents in much the same way as Sutton's excellent defensive performance held firm today on the pitch!
Ball 37, owned by "It's a Dog's Life", comprising Paul Chalmers, "Duke", Mark Notton and "Nick the Greek" did the decent thing and spent their £50 consolation prize across the bar. Onwards and upwards to draws 5 and 6 of the season which will take place at 2:50pm after the televised match v Tranmere Rovers on Sat 17th September.
U's 1 Daggers 0 - full report, plus reaction from Dos
29th August 2016
A bumper bank holiday crowd of 1,951 saw Sutton put Saturday's on the road defeat behind them with a deserved 1-0 win over high-flying Dagenham & Redbridge. Bradley Hudson-Odoi was on target in the first half as the U's created the better chances throughout, with the visitors' main threat coming from set-pieces. U's had to play the last ten minutes with ten men after Simon Downer was sent off for a foul on substitute Paul Benson. Full report here and Paul Doswell's verdict as told to SUFC TV is here.
Paul's view on Chester defeat
28th August 2016
Click here to see Paul Doswell's post match interview with SUFC TV following yesterday's defeat at Chester.
They're Back! The Return Of The Clappers.
28th August 2016
The club has ordered another 3,000 clapper boards,after the success of using them last season.
The team needed that final push from the crowd last season and they proved highly popular amongst the supporters, especially those in the main stand. The atmosphere improved massively in the last month of the season when the clappers were used and we hope by doing this initiative again the team will gain even greater support.
Paul Doswell was delighted, "They are a real fun way of getting behind the team and add to the overall match day experience. The players love playing in a vibrant noisy atmosphere and these will help. Leicester City have also done this again this season and it's a fact they have helped their home form. Hopefully it helps us tomorrow against Dagenham and Redbridge!"
It's Here! New Kit Makes Its Debut On Monday
28th August 2016
We are pleased to confirm that the new kit has finally arrived from Joma Spain, and the team will play in it tomorrow against front-runners Dagenham and Redbridge.
A problem at Joma's Zaragoza manufacturing department was behind the delay and despite this the club is excited before its unveiling tomorrow. The home and away kit will be the same design for the next two years and will be available to order immediately.
The club is also delighted to announce a three year sponsorship with Joma, following their involvement with Sutton United over the last two years. Bruce Elliott is looking forward to seeing the partnership with Joma grow and flourish. "The quality of the training and match kit has been excellent and we have been in discussions for some time with Joma to provide many quality products for our new online shop which will prove very popular with our supporters. We think this sponsorship shows another positive step in the club's development as a National League team and to secure a high profile sponsor such as Joma is very encouraging."
Paul Doswell was equally enthused. "The players have loved the quality of training kit and the staff have also been impressed with the new kit. It's a great design and the white and red away strip looks modern and current.The supporters will enjoy the new products coming and these will be available very soon on the new website via the online club shop."
Chester 4-0 Sutton United - full report & photos
27th August 2016
Two Chester goals in the first six minutes gave Sutton a task that was ultimately beyond them at the Deva Stadium today. Although they enjoyed plenty of possession for much of the rest of the game they were unable to recover and concede twice more in the last ten minutes, the first of those coming from a hotly disputed penalty. Full report, with photos, here.
Youths Begin League Defence With Three Points
22nd August 2016
Jamie De Cruz's first competitive match as Ryman Youth League team manager saw Sutton claim all three points as they ran out 3-1 winners at Chertsey Town. Skipper Tom Mallett gave Sutton the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half and Darnell Austin added a second before half time, but the home side pulled a goal back early in the second half before Tobi Adaje secured the points with a late strike. Match report here.
Sutton v Macclesfield - highlights
22nd August 2016
Click here to see free, extended highlights of Saturday's 2-0 win against Macclesfield courtesy of SUFC TV.
Strikers Are Key 2016-17 nos. 2 & 3
21st August 2016
After proving so difficult to crack last season, the Strikers are Key safe is seemingly joining in the feeling of exhilaration being experienced by every Sutton United fan right now by yielding its contents with very little resistance!
BOTH draws made after yesterday's 2-0 win v Macclesfield Town resulted in the correct key being chosen and the safe relieved of its booty!Draw two of the season ( in respect of the match v Torquay) saw ball 10 emerge from the purple velvet bag, owned by the team's Strikers. Roarie Deacon capped a fine display on the pitch by winning the team £250 off it by successfully unlocking the safe. Shortly afterwards Nicky Bailey did the same on behalf of the owners of ball 48 in draw three of the season, thereby winning Richard Wilmott and Annie Hall, owners of the syndicate " Happipotimice", £200 along the way!It's been that sort of season so far!! These players have the Midas touch!!
On to Dagenham on Bank Holiday Monday and draw number 4.
See you there!
Sutton United 2 Macclesfield Town 0 - Report, photos and reaction
20th August 2016
Sutton moved up to third place in the Vanarama National League today when first half goals from Ross Stearn and Bedsente Gomis earned a 2-0 win over Macclesfield, who had Andy Halls sent off in the second half for a foul on Gomis.
Click here for the full match report, with photos, and here for Paul Doswell's post match interview.
Boost the Budget – the final push
19th August 2016
Great news over the last week as the “Boost the Budget” share initiative sum soared to a total of £34,800, helped in no small way by a fantastic gesture by long-standing U’s fan, Mark Bravery (aka Amber Aleman), whose tremendously generous £4,000 contribution to the fund enabled the scheme to reach 87% of the £40,000 total which the manager targeted at the start of the campaign. Mark was delighted to be able to help boost the scheme, saying: “It has been an exhilarating start to the season in the National League, but there are a lot of testing games to come and an extra few thousand pounds in the playing budget could give the club that added edge as we go through to next spring. The season ticket offer has helped to boost crowds, which is great news, and if just ten of the supporters who bought those superb-value tickets can now afford to invest in ten shares each then we can hit the target and be really confident of continuing to compete at this level of football”.
Paul Doswell was delighted to learn that the on-pitch performances so far this season had seemingly acted as a catalyst for this, and other recent contributions to the scheme, commenting: “Everyone at the club is rightly excited about how things have developed over the last few months. Increased attendances, great on-pitch performances and schemes like “Boost the Budget” continue to prove how much we really are all #inittogether at this football club. However, as I mentioned in the post-match interview on Tuesday, this is only the start, and we must ensure we have the appropriate playing budget for the club to stay fully competitive at this level without breaking the bank. It is a long season! For that to happen, reaching (and hopefully) exceeding the £40,000 target for “Boost the Budget” is vital for us to retain and continue to strengthen this tremendous squad of players”
Let’s get to #target£40000 – full details to be a part of this scheme and YOUR football club are on the website at www.suttonunited.net or you can e mail Dave Farebrother on email@example.com or see AB at games home and away.
Boost The Budget 17 August
17th August 2016
The start of the new season has seen our Boost The Budget total rise rapidly and we are now at 87% of Dos's £40,000 total, with pledges totalling £34,800
If you did indicate that you would buy shares through the scheme but have yet to instigate payment, please could we ask that you confirm whether you will be going ahead.
Sutton United Under-16 Goalkeeper Opportunity
17th August 2016
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we can offer the opportunity for a talented goalkeeper to join one of our Under-16 teams who play their competitive football in the Premier Elite Division of the Surrey Youth League. We would expect the goalkeeper to be of a high technical standard.
Any interested players should contact Phil Greenhead via email on firstname.lastname@example.org with your football C.V.
Sutton Utd 2 Torquay Utd 0 - full report & photos
16th August 2016
A first half goal by Man of the Match Max Biamou and a 55th minute penalty blasted home by Nicky Bailey after a foul on Biamou, for which Ben Gerring was sent off for a second yellow card, brought the U's three points from an exciting, free-flowing performance. The crowd of 1625 were treated to an open game and the home element will surely be eager to return on Saturday for the visit of Macclesfield. Full report with photos here.
Fares Please !
14th August 2016
Sutton United have commissioned a further model bus from Exclusive First Editions, to celebrate winning the National League South in season 2015/2016. This is a strictly limited edition of 100 models, each with a numbered certificate, and is an open top AEC Routemaster bus (33105A).
These will be available on a strictly first come, first served basis at £32 each + £3 postage and packing (where applicable).
Please note that the models are expected to be delivered in the next few days. Cheques, made payable to Sutton United FC, should be sent to Bruce Elliott, Sutton United FC, Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM12EY. Payment can also be made by Credit Card, in this case, please email 'email@example.com' for details of how to arrange payment or if you require any further information regarding this model.
Lincoln City 1 Sutton United 3 - full report, reaction & photos
13th August 2016
After Dan Wishart's free-kick had been cancelled out early in the second half by a flukey overhit cross, the U's deservedly claimed all three points at Lincoln with goals by Jamie Collins and Roarie Deacon. Full report with photos here, and Paul Doswell's reaction here.
Jimmy Hill Legacy
12th August 2016
Coventry City / Sky Blues in the Community The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund
A campaign in tribute to legendary man of the game, Jimmy Hill, who passed away in December 2015. Jimmy began his legendary coaching career with the U's, whilst still playing for Fulham.
· Funding goes towards various important programmes run by the Sky Blues in the Community, CCFC’s community foundation. Causes have been selected as those Jimmy would have supported.
· Exciting prizes like signed footballs & shirts, the chance to be a mascot for a game, and more to come
We have just learned that our former player and manager, Keith Blunt, sadly passed away this morning after a long fight against cancer.
Keith scored his first Sutton goal in the friendly against Arsenal in 1963 that was our first match under the new floodlights and was also a member of the Isthmian League title-winning squad in 1967.
One of the many coaching graduates from Sid Cann's reign at Sutton, Keith was arguably one of the club's most successful "exports". Keith had a varied career after playing, including roles as head coach at Lilleshall, youth team coach at Spurs, assistant manager at Plymouth Argyle, and u-19 and u-23 coach of the Chinese national team. He was, of course, also the manager of Sutton who kicked off our revival by reaching the Anglo Italian Cup Final and was responsible for bringing Barrie Williams to the club. Keith left the U's to manage Malmo, then a top European side, and later Viking before rejoining the U's after Williams in turn left the club.
We send our deepest sympathies to Keith's wife Pauline, his family and friends. He was a man steeped in football who will be greatly missed.
Paul's view on Forest Green
11th August 2016
Manager Paul Doswell felt that Sutton were well worth the draw at Forest Green on Tuesday and was delighted with the way U's reacted to the home side's strong start. Read the full interview here.
Forest Green Rovers 1 Sutton United 1 - full report & photos
09th August 2016
The U's bounced back from Saturday's disappointment to get a 1-1 draw away to title favourites Forest Green Rovers, thanks to Nicky Bailey's penalty ten minutes after half time, awarded when Roarie Deacon was tripped. Matt Tubbs had earlier headed in from a free kick to give the home side a 7th minute lead. Full report, with photoa, here and reaction to come.
07th August 2016
Despite the result, Chairman Bruce Elliott was still in a positive mood after yesterday's game.
"I am disappointed with the result, obviously, but I thought we played very well in the first half and if we can continue like that we will see a lot of exciting matches. The big plus point for me was the crowd, to go comfortably into four figures was very encouraging especially as we know a lot of people are on holiday this time of year. The other success of the day was to sell our one thousandth season ticket. When Adrian announced that this was his target I have to admit that I thought he was being a bit ambitious but he has been ceaseless in his efforts to push this scheme and supported by others, but by Tony Dunmore and Jenny Graham in particular, he has well and truly delivered.
I do want to emphasise what an achievement this is. I know it is on the back of a fantastic season and our great value early-bird prices but two years ago we only sold 125 season-tickets, so that is a 700% increase. Our season-tickets continue to represent excellent value, so I hope the number can still creep even higher."
Championship DVD 2015/16
07th August 2016
The latest DVD from SUFCtv is now available to buy. It is a fantastic record of last season's championship triumph and is 2 DVD Disc Set: £14 + pp if required, available to buy online NOW!
Sutton United FC fully supports the National League’s new Smoke No Joke campaign to reduce and eradicate the indiscriminate use of flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics at matches.
Flares and smoke bombs disrupt play and people’s enjoyment of games, and the toxins they contain can seriously damage health and/or cause life-threatening injury or concern. Due to their chemical make-up, pyrotechnic devices can lead to serious health consequences for those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Clubs have been directed to take the strongest action available against anyone found in possession of a Flare, Smoke Bomb or any other such pyrotechnic article(s), and spectators are warned that a zero tolerance approach will be taken to anyone attempting to bring such article(s) into The Borough Sports Ground
In order to protect all supporters, we reserve the right to search your person and/or effects, and we further reserve the right to pursue legal action, civil or criminal, against any person who contravenes current legislation or our stadium regulations.
To further safeguard all supporters and players we would welcome the receipt of any information which could assist us to deter, apprehend, detain and, where appropriate, prosecute anyone in possession of, or found discharging or being a party to the discharge of, such an article. Courts have a sentencing guideline of three months’ imprisonment and a three-year football banning order. Those prosecuted face not only a criminal record and imprisonment but also many future difficulties, including restrictions on travel overseas.
Please support The U’s safely and responsibly this season.
Strikers Are Key 2016-17 no.1
06th August 2016
The first Strikers Are Key draw of the season duly took place after today's match v Solihull.
Ball number 33, owned by the syndicate "K & D" comprising Keith Creasey and David Mathers, was the first ball out of the purple velvet bag. in their absence, club Chairman Mr Elliott stepped forward and promptly selected the right key on their behalf, winning the syndicate £200!Congratulations to Keith and David as we move on to Sat 20th Aug when TWO draws will take place ( in respect of the matches v Torquay on Tues 16th and the game v Macclesfield on that Saturday).
See you then.
#Amber and proud.
06th August 2016
Target One Thousand was hit today ! 1,000 season-tickets sold. That's a tremendous effort by everyone involved and we offer a big thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket or encouraged someone else to do so. That total is almost double our average home attendance from two seasons ago.
However, that signals the end of our "early bird" offer and so now our full prices kick-in for the season. They are still great value though.
Sutton United 1 Solihull Moors 3 - Full report & photos
06th August 2016
Sutton's miserable record in opening games of the season continued today in the battle of last season's Vanarama North and South champions. Despite dominating the first half U's fell behind to Solihull's first shot eight minutes before half time from Ryan Beswick, but before the break Dean Beckwith equalised following a corner. Solihull regained the lead when Omari Sterling-James' low volley went under Ross Worner, and secured the points through Andy Brown thirteen minutes from time. Full report with photos here.
One in and Maybe One Out ?
05th August 2016
The club can confirm that we have received a bid from a League club for our England ‘C’ international Dan Wishart.
Paul Doswell was not surprised and commented, "We have had several clubs make their interest known in Dan and, without doubt, he has all the attributes to play at a much higher level. Clubs from the Championship to League Two, and a Scottish Premiership side, have been in contact and I expect he will leave in this transfer window. He is someone with unbelievable pace, crossing ability and a great work ethic and he fully deserves the chance to play League football. It would be another success story for all involved in Dan’s progression at Sutton United but at this moment he is still very much a Sutton player and we will see how the offer from this League club progresses.
Dan himself was typically relaxed about the situation. Speaking after Thursday's training session he said, "It's every players dream to play in the Football League and I'm no different. Sutton United have been brilliant with me and I've just signed a new two-year contract and I can't wait for the season to start on Saturday. I need to keep working hard and progressing and see where it takes me, but for now all my focus is on the first game against Solihull Moors."
Paul Doswell is delighted to confirm the loan signing of Wales U-19 captain Joe Morrell from Bristol City.
" Joe played on Tuesday night and was outstanding, deservedly winning man of the match. He reminded me so much of Harry Beautyman and we all know how good he was. Joe enjoyed the game and asked me if he could be part of the squad this year, particularly the chance to train and learn in a first team environment with midfielders such as Nicky Bailey, Craig Eastmond, Ryan Burge, Bedsia and Shaun Cooper.
He also trained very well on Thursday with us and he is an exciting addition to the squad. He will continue to play games for Bristol City's 21s on Mondays and we look forward to helping him with his career progression."
Squad numbers announced
04th August 2016
Sutton have today announced the squad numbers for the coming Vanarama National League season. They are: 1. Ross Worner; 2. Kevin Amankwaah; 3. Dan Wishart; 4 Dean Beckwith; 5 Louis John; 6 Jamie Collins; 7 Bradley Hudson-Odoi; 8 Bedsente Gomis; 9 Craig McAllister; 10 Dan Fitchett; 11 Ross Stearn; 14 Craig Dundas; 15 Craig Eastmond; 16 Nicky Bailey; 17 Dan Spence; 19 Chris Dickson; 20 Tommy Wright; 21 Roarie Deacon; 22 Shaun Cooper; 23 Ryan Burge; 24 Maxime Biamou; 27 Simon Downer; 29 Wayne Shaw.
Academy appointment for lifelong fan
03rd August 2016
Following the recent appointments of former players Ricky Wellard and Damian Scannell to the Academy coaching staff, former Aldershot academy coach Alan Tate, a lifelong Sutton supporter, has been added to the staff as a Head Coach. The academy, set up in conjunction with NESCOT, will be running four teams this season, including two in the National League Under 19 Alliance, and saw one of their number from last season, Fred Hill, feature in last night's friendly against Tonbridge.
Jenny Needs A Mate
03rd August 2016
We are looking for someone, or more than person, who would like to take on the mantle of Jenny The Giraffe for the new season. This could involve other events but we particularly need someone to take on the role for home matchdays.
Jenny is a very important part of the club's face to the outside world but her current best friend is suffering from an over indulgence on acacia leaves !
If you'd like to apply for this role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
(long-necks not essential)
Sutton United 3 Tonbridge Angels 1
02nd August 2016
Sutton ended their pre-season campaign with a victory tonight against Steve McKimm's Tonbridge, who included former U's Damian Scannell and James Folkes in their line-up. U's gave appearances to former Southampton youth goalkeeper Will Britt and Bristol City Academy graduate Joe Morrell, a Welsh Under 19 international, and the latter impressed throughout with some incisive running and passing, deservedly being voted the Man of the Match.
Sutton went in front in the 25th minute when Dan Wishart broke down the left and pulled a low cross back to the edge of the penalty area for Bedsente Gomis to send a shot low in to the corner of the net. There was a chance to double the lead when Jack Doherty charged down a clearance and the ball ran through to Bradley Hudson-Odoi, but he was unable to beat the advancing Anthony di Bernardo, while Wishart clipped the top of the crossbar with a free kick.
U's made three changes at half time, including an appearance for Academy player Fred Hill at left back, and although still on top they were rocked just after the hour when referee Nigel Lugg spotted some pushing as a free kick came in and awarded a penalty from which Luke Allen equalised. A minute later, though, Sutton were back in front when Chris Dickson guided a deep Gomis cross just inside the post. They should have had a third when Gomis's low shot was pushed on to the post by Di Bernardo, who then brought down Dickson as the striker tried to pounce on the rebound, but Gomis, so impressive from the spot last season, sent an awful penalty high and wide. Five minutes from time U's did extend their lead, though, when Craig Dundas turned on the right of the penalty area and toe-poked a shot beyond Di Bernardo in to the far corner of the net. Aidan Brown and Jack Strange, members of last season's youth team who featured in the Surrey Senior Cup, both appeared in the second half and Brown caught the eye with some lively attacking play.
Team: W Britt, K Amankwaah, D Wishart(sub F Hill H-T), L John, S Cooper(sub J Strange 67), J Doherty(sub T Wright H-T), B Hudson-Odoi (sub A Brown 62), B Gomis, C Dundas, J Morrell, M Biamou(sub C Dickson H-T).
Dr. Dr. Give me the news
31st July 2016
We'd like to introduce two new members of the team for this season, Chris Bosshardt and Ray Leung, who will be sharing the role of matchday club doctor.
They are both young doctors, with an interest and previous experience of medical support at sporting events and we wish them both a warm welcome to the club.
Sutton United 2 Ebbsfleet United 0
30th July 2016
Sutton repeated April's 2-0 National League South success over Ebbsfleet when the sides met in a pre-season friendly this afternoon. Whereas in April the goals came in the first half, this time it was two in a five minute spell early in the second half that proved decisive after a first half in which there had been few clear chances. Nicky Bailey had Sutton's two efforts of note, a dipping volley that just cleared the corner followed by a fiercely struck 25 yard shot that went narrowly wide of the post. There was also a threat from Roarie Deacon, who exchanged passes with Ryan Burge but found himself crowded out on the edge of the six yard box, an offside flag bringing the attack to a close. Sutton's defence was impressive in the first half, with Ross Worner relatively untroubled, and the visitors' first shot worthy of the description was from Bradley Bubb early in the second half, the ball hitting the side netting.
Seven minutes after half time U's achieved the breakthrough when Ross Stearn's corner was met by a downward header from Jamie Collins, and although Nathan Ashmore got both hands to the ball he was unable to prevent it squirming over the line. There was almost a remarkable equaliser as Jack Powell saw Worner off his line direct from the kick off, U's keeper back-pedalling to tip the ball over, but five minutes later Nicky Bailey headed clear an Ebbsfleet corner and Stearn produced a superb counter attack on the left, travelling from the edge of his own penalty area deep in to the Ebbsfleet half before turning inside and sending over a deep cross which was headed down firmly past Ashmore by Dan Fitchett.
Fitchett's reward was to be the in the first batch of the afternoon's substitutions for U's before play restarted, and the second batch five minutes later saw a debut for new signing Chris Dickson, the 31-year-old former Charlton striker signing this week after several seasons playing in Cyprus. Dickson ended the game with an ice pack on his neck after an awkward fall, but showed some good touches and linked well with Stearn on one occasion, setting him free on the right but unable to stretch enough to direct the header from the resulting corner.
That was the closest to a third goal, while there was little threat at the other end as U's comfortably defended their lead for a third victory of the pre-season campaign.
Sutton: R Worner, S Downer(sub K Amankwaah 62), D Wishart, D Beckwith, C Eastmond(sub J Doherty 71), J Collins(sub L John 68), R Deacon(sub C Dundas 68), N Bailey(sub S Cooper 62), R Burge(sub C Dickson 68), D Fitchett(sub B Hudson-Odoi 62), R Stearn
New Accessible Facilities
30th July 2016
The club is delighted to announce a partnership with Interserve, one of the UK's largest providers of building services and facilities management, to provide a purpose-built accessible toilet for the use of persons with a disability. Interserve have kindly made available the sum of £3,000 from their Corporate Responsibility programme and, without their generosity, it would have been difficult if not impossible to bring this project to fruition.
The new facility is situated off the main foyer, adjacent to the first aid room, and will meet relevant DDA requirements and be controlled by a universal "radar" key.
Dave Mathers, the club director responsible for overseeing this summer's refurbishment programme, commented "We are extremely grateful to the Interserve Employee Foundation and to the staff from the Interserve Special Events Met Police Contract for their help. In particular Junior Nero, who controlled the rest of the staff who assisted in the operation, and to former Supporters' Club Chairwoman Alison Denyer for submitting the project for funding, without their support we would not have been able to do this at this time."
Alison and her manager also volunteered in their own time to help paint the existing toilets to the foyer, and we would like to them very much for their help.
Matchday Arrangements 2016/17
29th July 2016
A new league means new challenges not just for Dos and the team on the pitch but also for our off-field team. We anticipate larger home attendances this season with more away clubs bringing significantly greater numbers of supporters than we have been accustomed to, so we have had to review our matchday procedures in line with regulations and expectations for the National League.
We anticipate our car-park being full for every game. We have taken on a new car-park manager employed through G4S and matchday parking will be restricted to essential personnel (such as the opposition !) and people displaying a SUFC annual parking permit. Please remember that the car-park manager is not a Sutton person, he is a contractor and he will not recognise people – so if you have a parking pass please do display it in your windscreen otherwise you may be refused access to park. There are still a handful of passes left on sale at £50 each.
The next issue we have had to consider is segregation. This is the club’s decision and we will risk assess each game and make a decision based on consultations with the away club and the police. We had a very good meeting with our police liaison officer this week and put in place a set of standard guidelines on how the stadium will be run on matchdays.
If visiting supporters arrive by coach, those coaches will drop off their passengers in Collingwood Road and the supporters will be guided to enter via the Collingwood Rec turnstiles. If the match is segregated, then away fans must use these turnstiles and home supporters will not be allowed to do so. We therefore suggest that home fans get into the habit of using the Gander Green Lane entrances. We aim to have all of the turnstiles open at that end, with one dedicated to season-ticket holders. We aim to have at least one turnstile here open from 1pm on Saturdays. For segregated matches, home supporters will not have access into the ground from the car-park, other than via the GGL turnstiles.
Away supporters, subject to police guidance, will be welcome to use the Times Square Lounge before matches. For segregated matches, the car park entrance at the far end of the stand will be closed after kick-off and away fans will not have access to the bars at half-time or after the match.
A segregation gate will be installed soon on the park-side of the stadium, at the Collingwood Road end of the covered terrace. New toilets have been provided for home supporters close to “The Shoebox” terrace. We recognise that these facilities will not be adequate to cope with all of our home support and so home supporters will also be able to use the toilets under the grandstand off the main foyer, including a new accessible wc for persons with a disability. This wc is locked and access is restricted to people with a “radar” key.
Given the higher attendances and the greater number of non-playing people who will be in and around the dressing rooms and tunnel area on matchdays, we also have to look at how we can best manage risk by providing some sort of separation between spectators and players/management/tv crews etc. Our layout restricts to the one tunnel entrance and so the following procedures have been agreed with the police and will apply to all games:-
Spectators will not be allowed to use the tunnel door to enter or leave the stadium before the match and until ten minutes after kick-off. The tunnel access will then be open, with stewards on duty, until half-time (when the gates will be closed as usual whilst the players leave the pitch). The tunnel will then be closed again when the referee rings the bell for the players at the start of the second half and will remain closed until five minutes after kick-off. Access by the stairs into the back of the main stand is restricted to persons with allocated seating in the centre section of the stand.
We hope these arrangements are not too complicated or burdensome, we needed to find a balance between security requirements and ease of use of the stadium and its facilities on matchdays.
We thank you all for your cooperation and look forward to an exciting and stress-free season.
Advertise With Us
29th July 2016
Our superb, full-colour matchday programme remains a cost-effective vehicle through which to promote your business for the 2016/17 season.
The programme remains an integral part of the fans’ matchday experience with thousands of programmes sold each year over our 23 home league matches, as well as every cup game.
With tens of thousands of matchday visitors each season, it's also an ideal advertising platform for businesses looking to promote their services within the local community; and a great way to support your local club.
Programme advertising is a great way to target both home and away fans, distributed on match days and available daily through the club shop. Unlike newspapers, match day programmes are a collectable item.
Advertising space in the programme is limited, so there’s less ‘noise’ to get lost in and your advert will be surrounded by lively and relevant copy. You can take a full page advert or maybe sponsor one of our regular features in the programme – how about the Manager’s Programme Notes? Your business name, logo, website and/or details will appear on the bottom of your chosen page for every game of the season.
We’re flexible, and we understand the benefits of advertising in matchday programmes, which is why we will change any of your adverts free of charge throughout the season to suit your own campaigns. We can offer your business season-long or individual match programme advertising options, with discounted rates offered for season-long bookings. Prices can be negotiated (eg season for £500 + VAT ). To discuss how we can help you, speak to Graham on 07816 088281 or email him at email@example.com
27th July 2016
The rapidly approaching opening day of the league season hasn’t meant a slow down backstage, in fact very much the reverse.
A bit of a slow-burner was recruiting Micky Joyce onto the board. It’s something we had been looking at for a while but it wasn’t an option whilst Mick had some ongoing commitments . Our other new director this summer, Pat Carr, has hit the ground running and I am sure it won’t be long before we all get to see her fingerprints all over our on-line presence. A lot of work is going on on the re-design of our website, with quite a few of us involved to help make sure we get it right.
Rob Oakes has been confirmed as our new Treasurer, with assistance from Jenny Graham, and has been working with Bruce to finalise last year’s accounts. I don’t expect we will hit the figure in the coming season but it will be interesting to see how close we get to the magic one million pounds turnover.
I met up with the police this week, it has taken all summer to set up, and agreed our match-management procedures. Some matches will be segregated but it will be our decision, taken after discussions with the police and visiting club. It was interesting to learn how the approach to policing football matches has changed over the years and now it is quite rare to have a presence inside a stadium, even for games at Wembley. We have changed our third-party stewarding company and will be using the firm that is responsible for Wembley. We have also taken on a new car park manager, through G4S, so - if you have one - please remember to display your pass in your windscreen.
One thing that we do want to try to put a stop to is people kicking and banging the back walls of our terraces. It annoys our neighbours and it causes damage that can be expensive to repair. We have identified an acoustic treatment that will hopefully deaden the noise and we will also clamp down on people who ignore requests not to do it.
At times it has seemed as though our summer has revolved around toilets, but it was all work that needed doing and we hope that it makes a difference. There’s a brand new accessible wc off the main foyer, something we have needed for a while, and that work also gave us an opportunity to re-jig the 1st Aid room. There are also brand new toilets on the far side, at the “home” end for segregated matches and, as you have probably seen by now, the toilets to the Times Square Lounge have been given a comprehensive makeover. Even the old Collingwood Road toilets have had a bit of a tarting-up. We also have new doors being fitted in the next few days on the main entrance to the club.
A new shelter is on order for spectators in wheelchairs, but that probably won’t be ready for another three weeks or so. It will go in front of the main stand, towards the Collingwood end, where the pitch-fence is set back. We have changed the main double-gates at the Gander Green Lane end and hope to bring all four of the turnstiles there back into use. The segregation gate for the far side is also on order and we have a new stadium perimeter fence going up at the very back of the ground, between us and Collingwood Rec.
There will be quite a lot going on this Saturday, too. Before the match against Ebbsfleet we have a stewards’ training session arranged and will also be showing a DVD of the 1966 World Cup (1.30 VPs’ Lounge - all welcome) and then afterwards (5.00 VPs’ Lounge) we are putting on another Meet The Manager Q&A session.
The finishing touches are being put to our championship season commemorative book and SUFCtv have also been busy, preparing the eagerly-waited DVD of last season. Even Bruce has got in on the act with a limited edition championship pennant.
Hampton & Richmond 2 Sutton Utd 1
26th July 2016
A goal with virtually the last kick of the game condemned Sutton to defeat at The Beveree this evening. Triallist striker Maxime Biamou headed U's in front just after the hour mark, but Manny Williams equalised four minutes later and Nicky Kabamba scored the home team's late winner.
Sutton rested Roarie Deacon and Ryan Burge from the side that beat Crystal Palace on Saturday, but in a first half of few chances they came closest when Jamie Collins had a header tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Billy Bishop. After Shaun Cooper had replaced Nicky Bailey early in the second half Sutton went in front when Ross Stearn collected a short corner on the right and chipped in a cross which was headed in from close range by Biamou. Before the restart Collins and Dean Beckwith made way for Louis John and Simon Downer, but the lead lasted only four minutes before Williams survived a tight offside call to run on to a headed flick and round Ross Worner before rolling the ball in to the far corner of the net.
U's made three more substitutions, while much of the Hampton side was changed in the last half hour, and Craig Eastmond had loud penalty appeals waved away when he went over under a challenge from a Hampton defender before Cooper's ferociosuly struck 30-yard shot was beaten away by the keeper. With a draw the likeliest outcome, though, Kabamba took advantage of some defensive hesitation to get between John and Downer to reach a through ball, and although Worner came out to challenge, the ball ran loose and allowed Kabamba to walk it in to the empty net. Despite the number of substitutions in the second half running in to double figures, the referee blew the final whistle on the stroke of 90 minutes as soon as U's had kicked off.
Sutton: R Worner, K Amankwaah, D Wishart, D Beckwith(sub L John 61), C Eastmond, J Collins (sub S Downer), B Hudson-Odoi(sub C Dundas 68), B Gomis(sub J Doherty 68), M Biamou, N Bailey(sub S Cooper 56), R Stearn (sub D Fitchett 68).
Community Team Visit Arsenal
24th July 2016
The U's Community Team took up the offer from our friends at Arsenal to visit and play a mini-tournament with two Arsenal Community Teams, Arsenal A and Arsenal Step.
The U's results:-
U's 2 [Taylor Leconte ] Arsenal A 2
U's 6 [ Matt Evans hat trick ] Phillips Ford Leconte Arsenal Steps 0
U's 3 [Mills  Taylor Arsenal A 0
Mini Tournament Final
U's 4 [Mills  Taylor Leconte Arsenal A 0
The Sutton United Community team for the day was a mixture of all the SUFC Community Team Squads. The highlights of the day were a hat trick by Mathew Evans and seeing Shaun Mills scoring his first goals for the U's and also the new solid defensive pairing of Bradley Dixon and Ryan Ford making their first ever appearances for the U's. And afterwards the Community team visited the Emirates and had a stadium tour. Manager Steve King commented "I would like to thank Luke Howard of Arsenal for the great hospitality, it was another special day for the team and arrangements are already being made for another visit from Arsenal to GGL in March."
24th July 2016
We have commissioned a limited edition souvenir pennant to commemorate being crowned National League South Champions. There have been only 50 produced, of which 25 will be retained by the club to use this season and the remaining 25 will be made available on a first come, first served basis, to supporters. These will be priced at £15 each.
Anybody who would like to buy one next Saturday at our home match against Ebbsfleet should see me anytime from 2pm onwards. If you would like me to reserve you one,t o collect on Saturday, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce.'
Sutton United 1 Crystal Palace XI 0- report, reaction and photos
23rd July 2016
A stunning 25-yard strike by Bedsente Gomis with six minutes to go decided a friendly that was a credit to both teams given the sweltering conditions. Sutton, who were without Dan Wishart due to work commitments, deserved the victory after creating more chances, but a goalless draw seemed an inevitable outcome when Gomis, one of seven second half substitutes for Sutton, created some space outside the penalty area and hit a shot that flew past Colum McAdam, who had only just replaced Kleton Perntreou in the Palace goal.
Before half time Perntreou saved from Ross Stearn and Craig Eastmond, while Jamie Collins headed over from a free kick. Either side of half time U's were twice penalised for handball on the edge of the penalty area, but Noor Husin was unable to test Ross Worner on either occasion. A total of fifteen substitutions in the space of 22 second half minutes affected the fluency of the game, but the last ten minutes then proved the most exciting of the afternoon as Collins had a header blocked on the line before Gomis produced the decisive strike. Almost immediately Palace could have equalised when Kieran Flanagan volleyed over from just inside the penalty area, but U's held on to claim the victory.
Sutton: Ross Worner, Dan Spence (sub Simon Downer 65), Shaun Cooper, Dean Beckwith(sub Louis John 65), Craig Eastmond(sub Jack Doherty 57), Jamie Collins, Roarie Deacon(sub Craig Dundas 65), Nicky Bailey(sub Kevin Amankwaah H-T), Ryan Burge, Dan Fitchett(sub Bedsente Gomis 57), Ross Stearn(sub Bradley Hudson-Odoi H-T).
Paul Doswell spoke to SUFC TV's Tom Mitchell after the game. Watch the interview here.
Academy welcomes some old friends
23rd July 2016
The U's academy has welcomed back two former players as members of the coaching team. Ricky Wellard joins as the academy's Head Coach and and also on board will be Damian Scannell, who has just signed for Steve McKimm at Tonbridge Angels.
"I am delighted to have both Ricky and Damian with us", said Marvin Williams, "and I am sure that our young players will love working with them."
Academy Team Fixtures
23rd July 2016
2016/17 League Fixtures
22nd July 2016
It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Mike Bidmead - "Blakey" - passed away this week after a long illness.
Mike took up refereeing as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and was one of the first to obtain a Gold award, learning through the Kingston Referees Society.
He became Secretary of Surbiton Town Football Club in The Surrey Combination Football League and was also the Referees’ Secretary for that competition and the Mid-Surrey Professional League.
Mike went on to referee on Surrey Senior League, Southern Football League and on the Conference from 1979 and served as assistant and referee on the Football League from 1976 to 1981. His major refereeing honours include refereeing the FA Youth Cup Final in 1981 and the Surrey FA Senior Cup Final in 1980. He also officiated in European competitions.
In 1971 following the demise of the Isthmian Football League reserve divisions, Mike formed as founding Secretary The Suburban Football League, which he ran for some four decades as Chief Executive. He previously served on the committee at Woking FC before joining Sutton United, where he served as Treasurer and a Director until last summer.
Mike was proud of being awarded a commendation by the Chief Constable of Surrey Police for “Community work Against Racism in Football” in February 2002.
Everyone at the club sends our sympathies and deepest commiserations to his wife, Val, and to his family and friends.
There will be a minute's silence before tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace.
Addition To The Board
21st July 2016
We are pleased to announce another new appointment to the board of Sutton United Football Club Ltd. and it is someone who needs absolutely no introduction to Sutton supporters.
We are delighted to welcome as a director the one and only Micky Joyce. Mick's goalscoring exploits with the club are legendary, including the famous nine in one game against Leatherhead, and after his playing career of more than 400 games was over he also enjoyed a period here as the Capital and reserve team coach. He was part of the England semi-pro squad that won the Euro-Nations Tournament in 1983 and represented the FA on numerous occasions as well as the Middlesex Wanderers. Mick is the senior partner in his own residential property letting and management business. He has a long association with Woodmansterne Cricket Club as captain and a life member. He will bring a deep knowledge of the non-league game to the board, as well as his own unique brand of enthusiasm. Initially, Mick will be focusing on the proposed new pavilion scheme.
I have known Mick for a long time and recently we have spent a lot of time discussing the pavilion project and the former players' association and I am sure he will be a valuable addition to the board, forming a link with players and supporters past and present.
Kingstonian 1 Sutton Utd 1
20th July 2016
Sutton were rather fortunate to come away from Kingsmeadow with a draw and the hosts were left ruing the numerous goal chances presented to them by Sutton players who seemed to have trouble dealing with the grass surface that was being left especially long to protect the pitch ahead of the long season of football to be played upon it.
The Sutton management decided to use this fixture to try out some alternative formations and the confusion in the defence saw Kingstonian easily find holes early on in the match that saw Kingstonian take a fifth minute lead, when Tom Derry cut inside Jamie Collins and let fly with a curling 15 yard effort that Sutton keeper Ross Worner did well to palm away from goal only for the loose ball to fall to the incoming Ryan Moss to fire the ball goal wards from 6 yards out. Simon Downer attempted to block on then line but only managed to divert the ball into the roof of the net. Sutton could have been back level on 8 minutes as Dan Wishart cut inside the K’s right back and drilled a low shot from 12 yards out into the side netting. Sutton’s defensive frailties were evident again on 10 minutes as George Wells collected a through ball and had enough time to fire a shot away from 8 yards out that beat Ross Worner and the far post. A minute later Louis John was outjumped by Moss, the K’s striker’s header falling nicely into the path of his strike partner Pelayo Pico Gomez for a volley from 8 yards out that flashed wide of Worner’s near post.
Roarie Deacon saw his free-kick from 20 yards out curl the wrong side of the post on 13 minutes with Kingstonian keeper Rob Tolfrey struggling to get across to cover the near post. Craig Eastmond floated a deep ball into the far post on 18 minutes but it was just too high for Dan Fitchett ghosting in at the back post to reach. Kingstonian should have doubled their lead on 21 minutes as a defence splitting pass found Tom Derry skipping away from the Sutton back three and manage to round advancing Ross Worner, Derry’s shot from 8 yards out though was blocked by the despairing lunge of Jamie Collins. Sutton managed to get some respite from the Kingstonian attacks with sporadic counter attacks, Ryan Burge on 24 minutes clipping the ball into the K’s box, Dan Fitchett with a header flicked back across the box that fell to Deacon with rasping volley 12 yards out that curled just over the crossbar.
Kingstonian once again should have doubled the lead on 38 minutes as Moss sent Derry clear on an overlap, Derry cutting inside but Worner was out quickly, spreading himself and managing to force the home midfielder to screw his effort well wide of the far upright when it looked easier to score. The last action of the first half fell to Sutton on 42 minutes, Wishart picking up a back-heel from Collins that allowed the winger to drift in to the by line and cut the ball back into the path of Bedsente Gomis whom unfortunately managed to get his feet tangled up when trying to get a shot away allowing three K’s players to surround him 8 yards out but Gomis still managed to push the ball into the path of Deacon with a fierce drive 10 yards out that was still rising as it went over Tolfrey’s crossbar.
Half-time: Kingstonian 1 Sutton United 0
Sutton made six half-time changes and another change in formation. After the entertainment of the first half, the early stages of the second half was more like a normal pre-season fixture as the ball seemed to be in the middle third of the pitch for the majority of the opening exchanges. Deacon spread the ball out to the right wing finding Ross Stearn on 55 minutes with a chest trap and then beat his marker for pace before whipping the ball across the six-yard box trying to find either Bradley Hudson-Odoi or Craig Dundas, the cross though was blocked by the outstretched foot of Aaron Goode by the near post but fortune was not on the visitors’ side as Hogg was on hand to clear the loose ball just as it was going to reach Hudson-Odoi.
Sutton made two further changes on 60 minutes and a further change in formation by the Sutton management. Stearn used his pace on 66 minutes to drive down the left wing before being taken out with lunging tackle by Sam Page. The resulting free-kick from 30 yards out taken by Stearn curled into the side netting with K’s keeper Nick Hamann seemingly having it covered. Leo Burgess set up another great opportunity for the hosts to extend their lead on 72 minutes as quick interchange of passes found Dixon on the edge of box with a speculative attempt to curl the ball into the top corner with the outside of his boot but the attempt floated just too high and wide of Ross Worner’s goal.
Kingstonian were again back on top possession-wise as the match clicked into the final fifteen minutes and panic occurred in the Sutton defence on 75 minutes as a cross into the Sutton box was not dealt with, a scramble ensued on the edge of the six yard box with K’s midfielder Burgess managing to get a definitive touch on the ball to roll it into the path of Dean whom saw his effort from 3 yards out with the goal glaring in front of him manage to lean back and sky the ball over the goal and the John Green (Kingston Road) stand behind. Nicky Bailey on 78 minutes splayed a deep cross into the path of Stearn who managed to beat his marker and ping in a deep cross right under the K’s cross bar, Kingstonian keeper Nick Hamann managing to fumble the ball under his own cross bar and collide with his own defender Ratteray-Smith, the ball rolling into the path of Hudson-Odoi to execute a powerful shot from 12 yards out that managed to hit the unaware Ratteray-Smith.
Stearn unleashed a powerful shot from just outside the box on 80 minutes that forced Kingstonian keeper Hamann into a flying outstretched save to his left to push the ball away from the far post and for a Sutton corner. A silly free-kick was conceded by Sutton in 82 minutes for a petty infringement just outside of the box by Louis John, the Wells free-kick had Worner flying to his right but the free-kick was still rising as it cleared the crossbar. Sutton were given a lifeline as the match was just about to tick into injury time as Spence was brought down from behind inside the box for a penalty which Hudson-Odoi despatched to Hamann’s right as the K’s keeper dived left.
Overall a good work out for the Sutton squad, some positives & some negatives for the squad and management to think about but a combination of the heat and the length of the grass saw the game be rather slow and both sides were unable to play conducive passing football on the deck resulting a battle of aerial chess that saw both sets of supporters grumbling by the end of the match.
Both teams started brightly on a warm afternoon but it was the U’s who drew first blood after just 7 minutes. Dan Spence found space on the right and fed newcomer Roarie Deacon, who took the ball inside onto his left foot and finished with a low shot into the corner from 16 yards.
The visitors responded with a slick move down their left flank but Chaplin’s tame shot from 12 yards out was easily saved by Ross Worner. The U’s were playing some confident football with some slick interchanges and after one promising attacked was ended by a foul just outside the box, Ryan Burge curled a free-kick about a foot over the bar. A minute later Ross Stearn tried his luck from 35 yards with a first-time chip, having spotted Bass of his line, but he cleared the bar as well as the keeper. The U’s had their tails up though and Dan Wishart robbed a ball-watching Sessegnon on the left and surged forward to fire in a powerful cross-shot that Bass blocked and was relieved to see the follow-up effort diverted wide for a corner, which Bedsente Gomis headed wide.
That should have been a warning for Portsmouth but five minutes later good work by Dan Fitchett allowed Deacon to whip in a cross that Gomis headed firmly against the bar and saw the U’s win a corner. Still the lesson hadn’t been learnt and when the corner was touched short to Stearn, his deep cross found Gomis unmarked beyond the far post and this time his towering header cannoned into the back of the net.
Despite looking nervy at the back Portsmouth were playing some good football in Sutton’s half and Lalkovic brought a good save out of Worner. It was Bass though who probably prevented another goal before the break when he was out quickly to take the ball off Fitchett’s toe as the hard-working forward threatened to leave himself with a tap-in.
The second half had barely started when Craig Eastmond found himself with space and time 12 yards out but put his first-time effort way over the top. Fitted then gave the ball away on the half-way line with a lazy pass and Portsmouth broke quickly, ending with Main hitting the bar with a clever lob. The U’s then started to make substitutions, changing five players in a ten minute spell and, having already replaced Burgess, the visitors then changed the rest of their outfield line-up.
The match didn’t have the feel of a mid-July friendly with the pace barely dropping and both sides looking for the win, although it was the full-timers who were getting on top in the last 25 minutes and they started to create some good openings. Craig Dundas made a good block from Widdrington after Worner had failed to gather a free-kick from the right and Baker put a free-kick narrowly wide from 25 yards before seeing Worner keep out another effort with his legs. A goal felt inevitable but the U’s were slightly aggrieved when it came, feeling Hunt was offside before winning a free-kick on the edge of the box and they were still arguing when the kick was taken swiftly and Baker crossed low for Oxlade-Chamberlain to score from 6 yards. Despite some scares at the other end, it was the U’s who came closest to another goal; Kevin Amankwaah’s run and cross almost resulting in Bass fumbling the ball over his own line.
Sutton United v Macclesfield Town - 20 August 2016
15th July 2016
We wish to advise supporters that notification has been received that a contingency plan exists at BT Sport to possibly screen this fixture LIVE on the date set, Saturday 20 August. This is apparently due to their planned advanced scheduling of football listings for that date which could be affected by a result in a European competition.
It is right that the clubs should share this information at this early stage due to the fact should this take place the kick off time would be brought forward from 3pm to 12.15pm.
For those supporters planning to attend the fixture, confirmation of whether the match is to be screened will be conveyed prior to the start of the season, so no later than the 6th August.
As soon as the Club receives any further information on this matter we will convey those details to supporters. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
U's to Feature on BT Sport
14th July 2016
BT Sport has confirmed details of a further six screenings from the Vanarama National League for August and September.
The latest selection not only offers a mix of traditional and attractive fixtures, as in the case of Wrexham hosting neighbours Chester FC, it is interlaced with a number which represent why across the Vanarama National League every match day there are always on offer many which catch the eye of the football world.
As part of the overall presentation from BT Sport of the great value to be found each weekend in the Vanarama National League, the overall increase in televised games allows a regular pattern to be adopted by fans. Regular screening of a LIVE televised match on a Saturday via BTSport 1 will allow fans time to take up their own personal choice of another game to watch and on the Sunday the opportunity to round off their weekend with the BT Sport Highlights Show. Each 30 minute show brings all the goals scored on Saturday coupled with the rest of the important action, interviews and news from around the Vanarama National League. #BTWeekends.Below timings are Kick-Off times.
All games will be on BT Sport 1 except Torquay v Lincoln on September 3rd which will be on BT Sport 2
Saturday 27th August Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham 12.15pm
Monday 29th August Tranmere Rovers v Guiseley 5.30pm
Saturday 3rd September Torquay United v Lincoln City 5.30pm
Saturday 10th September Dover Athletic v Forest Green Rovers 12.15pm
Saturday 17th September Sutton United v Tranmere Rovers 12.15pm
Saturday 24th September Wrexham v Chester FC 12.15pm
Academy Team - Driver Wanted
13th July 2016
The SUFC Academy is on the look out for a minibus driver every Wednesday for away fixtures. This would be a paid role.
Manager Paul Doswell claimed to have made one of his best signings after securing the services of 24 year old winger Roarie Deacon from Crawley Town. The former Arsenal youngster has also played for Stevenage and has three England Under 19 caps Paul said: ''Roarie is a player we've tracked for a while and is a big signing for the club as a direct replacement for Tom Bolarinwa.''
10th July 2016
This season will bring our longest regular journeys for many years. The Supporters' Club is very keen to run coaches to matches and Dos and the players would love to see as many people as possible at away games to cheer the team on.
It can be difficut organising trips, in the near and distant future, but if possible the Supporters' Club would welcome as many people as possible to place names down for the forthcoming away matches. (excluding Forest Green Rovers)
The costs will be totally dependant upon the numbers, with a range of £25 to£95 for long distances and £15 to £70 for the shorter trips (Deposits will be required).
Lincoln City on the 13th August is 'just around the corner' time-wise and it is essential that supporters interested provide their names by the 24th July. THE MORE WE HAVE THE CHEAPER THE COST.
You can register your interest at the Club Shop on matchdays or on the fans' forum.
Strikers Are Key 2016-17
10th July 2016
The 2016/17 Strikers Are Key cast list is nearing completion - thank you to all those involved again this season and to the numerous newcomers.
There are 154 people with a stake in this year's scheme - terrific support. There are 50 syndicates involved - details of your ball number (please check, as I've had to do a bit of shuffling around) and fellow members will be circulated in advance, will be featured in the Matchday programme and of course on Mr Double-Barrelled's excellent SAK Board in the Players' Bar. Draws will take place in the Players' Bar at 5:35pm after every home Saturday and Bank Holiday League game. Draws in relation to home Tuesday matches will take place on the next home Saturday. Every home game adds £200 to the pot - and there are two extra games this season!
The three Strikers whose League goals also count towards the pot will be announced shortly. The purple velvet bag and the green velvet bag have been sent to the cleaners, the keys are oiled, the safe polished, the squeezebox serviced...we're all set for Sat 6 Aug.
Sutton United 1 Fulham XI 3 - report, photos and video
09th July 2016
Making nine changes at half time, Sutton conceded three second half goals this afternoon after an encouraging first half performance highlighted by a spectacular 25th minute goal from summer signing Bradley Hudson-Odoi. U's enjoyed the better of the first half and took advantage of Fulham's desire to play the ball out of their penalty area, often gaining possession within thirty yards of goal, but Fulham keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond tipped over efforts from Bedsente Gomis and Dean Beckwith, while Ross Stearn twice shot wildly over when well placed. The goal that did come, though, was worth waiting for as Ashby-Hammond punched away a corner from the left and Hudson-Odoi's volley on the run from the edge of the penalty area flew back past him in to the net.
From the starting line-up only Stearn and goalkeeper Denzel Gerrar re-appeared after half time as several triallists were among the new faces, and one of them, Silvano Obeng, almost made an immediate impact with a turn and powerful shot from twenty yards that crashed down off the underside of the bar. Nine minutes in to the second half, though, Gerrar came out to challenge Jon D'Agur Thorsteinsson to a bouncing ball inside the penalty area and made contact with the player rather than the ball, and Thorsteinsson picked himself up to equalise from the penalty spot. Unsurprisingly given the number of changes Sutton failed to regain the fluency of the first half, and with fifteen minutes left Elijah Adebayo ran on to a through pass and slotted the ball past Gerrar. Fulham put the game beyond reach two minutes from time when Cassian Thomas forced the ball in after Gerrar had failed to gather Adebayo's low cross.
Click here for Paul Doswell's views as told to SUFC TV.
Sutton: Denzel Gerrar, Dan Spence, Dan Wishart, Dean Beckwith, Shaun Cooper, Jamie Collins, Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Bedsente Gomis, Craig Eastmond, Dan Fitchett, Ross Stearn. Substitutes (all used at half time): Kevin Amankwaah, Louis John, Craig Dundas, Craig McAllister, Oman Patrick, Silvano Obeng, Tommy Wright, Fabrice Blewordah, Simon Downer. Hudson-Odoi replaced Stearn on 70 minutes.
Youth Team Fixture Details
08th July 2016
New manager Jamie De Cruz began the Ryman Youth League team's training last week and the team has a varied pre-season friendly schedule lined up over the next few weeks in anticipation of the League season starting week commencing 22nd August. League fixtures will be announced later this month.
Pre-season matches confirmed so far are:
Monday 11th July v Pick Up Academy (7.45pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane)
Wednesday 20th July v Sandhurst Town (7.45pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane)
Friday 22nd July v Fulham U16s (2.00pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane)
Tuesday 26th July v Crystal Palace U16s (7.30pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane)
Thursday 4th August v Aldershot Town (6pm kick-off at Aldershot training ground)
Monday 15th August v Corinthian (7.45pm kick-off at Gander Green Lane)
Entry to the above home friendlies is free for all Season Ticket Holders, £2 for adults and free for all concessions.
Meanwhile, we have been given exemption to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup courtesy of the club's new National League status and will enter the competition week commencing 3rd October.
The U's Other Team
07th July 2016
With the first team now back in pre-season on the pitch, the club is also continuing to move forward and re-shape off the pitch. Following on from the appointment of Pat Carr to the board of directors, the club is delighted to announce its new finance team with Robert Oakes appointed Treasurer and Jenny Graham as Match Day/Assistant Treasurer.
Rob is a qualified accountant and has an experienced footballing finance background that spans nearly fifteen years, having been Treasurer of his former club Epsom & Ewell FC for seven years and Treasurer of the Southern Youth League for the past six years - a post that he continues to hold. He steps into the role of Treasurer following holding the role of Assistant Treasurer under the club’s previous Treasurer Mike Bidmead for the past two seasons, which has seen him manage to computerise the accounting system processes over this time and bring this aspect of the club into the 21st century.
Jenny is well known to many at Sutton United, having first been a volunteer over 30 years ago in “Rose’s Tea Hut”, while most supporters are more familiar with Jenny in her role as a match-day programme seller at Gander Green Lane over the last 15 years. Jenny has been Season-Ticket/Membership Secretary since 2009 and assisted with various match-day duties. She assumed full Match-Day Treasurer duties midway through last season due to the sad deterioration in health of Mike Bidmead. Chairman Bruce Elliott would like to thank Jenny for standing in last season and has asked her to take on this role on a permanent basis.
Over the years Sutton United has run primarily as a traditional football club from a financial viewpoint, with a relatively small number of transactions taking place each month; but now with the 3G pitch receiving rave reviews and community aspects mixed in with promotion to the highest tier of non-league football in England, the club is now seeing a vast increase in transactions from a commercial viewpoint and also from the successful initiatives that the club have been running such as Strikers Are Key, Boost The Budget and the season-ticket offers, which means that the finance role is having to expand into a finance team.
Champions meet on opening day
06th July 2016
The champions of last seasons's National League North and South will meet on the opening day of the new National League season as Sutton begin their campaign on Saturday 6 August with a home game against Solihull Moors, one of six sides Sutton will play for the first time next season. Solihull finished nine points clear of runners-up North Ferriby United, who were also promoted and who will visit Sutton at the end of March, U's having travelled to Humberside in November.
Following the home game against Solihull U's are away to Forest Green Rovers, last season's beaten play-off finalists at Wembley, on Tuesday 9th, the longest of U's four scheduled midweek trips which include Dover, Boreham Wood and Maidstone. U's then travel to Lincoln City, where they were denied victory on their only previous visit in 1988 by a last minute equaliser before entertaining Torquay and then Macclesfield before finishing August with a trip to Chester and a home Bank Holiday game against relegated Dagenham & Redbridge.
Sutton will play Bromley over the Christmas period, visiting Hayes Lane on Boxing Day and then hosting the return fixture on New Year's Day, while at Easter Gateshead visit Gander Green Lane on Good Friday before U's visit Dagenham on Easter Monday. The season finishes on April 29 with a game at Macclesfield.
The full fixture list is now available on the fixtures page.
Our popular pre match lunches are back for the new season, starting with Fulham on 9th July and then Portsmouth and Crystal Palace games. There will not be a lunch when we host Ebbsfleet. For bookings and further information call the club on 020 8644 4440 or email email@example.com
The price lwill be £12.50,with a 12 o'clock meeting time.
SUFC TV interviews as U's return to training
02nd July 2016
Sutton's players returned to training today in advance of their return to the National League and SUFC TV's Tom Mitchell was there to speak to manager Paul Doswell and skipper Jamie Collins. Click here for the interviews, and also to see Tom present Craig Dundas with his 'goal of the season' trophy for his goal at Concord Rangers in December.
BBC Local Radio stations sign agreement to cover 68 National League clubs
01st July 2016
The BBC Local Radio stations across England and Wales have signed an agreement with the National League to provide coverage of the league’s matches until 2020.The National League has 68 member clubs in three divisions, known as the National League, National League North and the National League South.
Welcoming the announcement Jason Horton, BBC Head of Sport for England said:
“Today’s deal with the National League demonstrates the BBC local radio stations' commitment to bring sports fans across England and Wales all the sporting action from their area. So whether you’re tuning in to BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s coverage of Lincoln City, listening to BBC Radio Solent reporting on Eastleigh or following one of the other 66 clubs across The National League we’ll be bringing you the latest action.”
Brian Barwick, Chairman at The National League said:
“The National League is pleased to confirm our existing partnership has been extended until 2020. This will permit continuing stadium access with match commentary, thus complementing the excellent support given generally by BBC Local Radio stations covering all 68 member clubs and their local communities".
Tom Bolarinwa Joins League 2 Grimsby Town
30th June 2016
The club has agreed terms with newly-promoted Grimsby Town for the transfer of flying winger Tom Bolarinwa, for an undisclosed five-figure fee.
“I am delighted for Tom”, said manager Paul Doswell. “Although we are sorry to see him go I am really pleased for Tom, we brought him in from Cray Wanderers with the belief that he could do very well for us and maybe earn himself a shot at League Football. He trains hard, he had a great season and helped us to win the title and fully deserves his chance. We all wish him well. Like I always say, we will not stand in the way of a player who has a chance to further his career and Tom’s move is further evidence that Sutton United is a great club for any ambitious player to be at.”
Matchday Parking 2016/17
28th June 2016
Last season we charged for car-parking for the first time. It worked, but not without a few issues.
We had thought to revert to a simple pay-on-the-day but many of you asked us to persevere with an annual permit system. We have therefore decided to sell annual passes again for next season, valid for all home first team games. Your pass will ensure a space is available for you, although it will not be the same space each week.
We apologise for the delay in announcing our plans but it has been quite difficult to work out how many places will be available once the various spaces we need to allocate for "official" reasons are taken into account. The price has increased, sorry for that but we are only trying to cover our costs.
So, the scheme's details will be:-
A reserved parking spot, even if you turn up after the kick-off
Valid for all home first team games
You MUST display the parking sticker in your windscreen. We will be employing a car-park manager who is not associated with the club, he will not recognise people and may turn you away if you do not have your pass on show.
If you want to purchase a reserved parking space, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is only a limited number of spaces available and allocation will be on a first come, first served basis. We do not envisage that there will be any parking available on matchdays unless you have a pass, other than blue badge holders.
26th June 2016
In two weeks time we will have started our pre-season programme. We have a varied and attractive list of home games lined up:-
9th July v Fulham XI
16th July v Portsmouth
23rd July v Crystal Palace XI
30th July v Ebbsfleet United
2nd August v Tonbridge Angels
Admission prices for the pre-season friendlies will be:
Adults £10, Concessions £5 and under-16s £2 for League opponents and
Adults £8, Concessions £4 and under-16s £1 for the other two matches.
Just Two Weeks.....
24th June 2016
and live football returns to Sutton United with the visit of a Fulham squad for the first of the pre-season friendlies. See below for more details, and download the poster here.
U's finish 3rd in Belfast
24th June 2016
The U's Community Team began Day 2 of the George Best Memorial Cup with a 1-0 win over NWSO. They followed this up with further wins over Stirling (3-0) and Bradford City (7-0) before clinching 3rd spot with a 2-0 win over Lakeland.
Girls football to benefit from Grow the Game grant
24th June 2016
We are delighted that Sutton United FC has received a £4,500 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country's largest sporting charity.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Sutton, has paved the way for the club to develop Girls' football for Under 8s (Year 3 in September 2016) this year and two other young girls' teams over the following two years and to educate coaches involved with these teams. The money will also help fund the coaching sessions, the girls kits and equipment.
We will be holding open trials at the club on Monday 4 July 2016 at 5.00pm for any girls wishing to join. No previous football experience is necessary.
The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game amongst under-represented groups by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams. It is funded by the Premier League and The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. Grow the Game goes beyond providing temporary activity sessions, which are more susceptible to drops in participation, but instead creates a solid infrastructure of newly-trained coaches and grassroots teams that play in FA-affiliated leagues for the long term. This means that the participation increases elicited by Grow the Game are sustainable and long-term rather than transient.
Grow the Game grants enable clubs to provide regular football for three specific sections of society where there is a demand but also a lack of opportunities. These sections are: women and girls; disabled players; and boys and mens’ teams from the Under-15 age group and above. This demographic has been targeted specifically to address the decline in participation in male football that occurs as boys progress through school to the more crucial exam years and eventually leave school and college altogether.
Bobby Childs, Sutton United's Business Development and Community Fund Manager, said: ''We are very grateful to the Football Foundation for this opportunity to get more local girls involved in football at Sutton United.''
A Football Foundation Ambassador and one of the UK’s best-known female sports journalists, Hayley McQueen, said: “Very well done to Sutton United FC for working with the Football Foundation and Surrey County FA to secure this Grow the Game grant. This investment, which is provided by the Premier League and The FA, has created an opportunity for more people to play football, which will not only keep them fit and healthy but also develop their life-skills. Grants like this one make a real difference to grassroots football. They help clubs meet the costs associated with starting a new team – like getting volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges – and so help to drive up participation levels in the sport, especially amongst under-represented groups.”
Soccercise at Sutton United
23rd June 2016
Soccercise is a new fun way to exercise with your friends. Aimed at women aged 14 to 25 it is a football-based activity but no previous experience is necessary.
#It'sallabouthavingfun #Gettogetherwiththegirls #Getinshapewithamate The classes last approximately 45 minutes and are FREE to attend. To register your interest please email email@example.com
U's top their group in Belfast
23rd June 2016
The Sutton United Community Team flew to Belfast on Wednesday to take up an invitation from the Northern Ireland FA to compete in the George Best Memorial Cup, for players with disabilities, at the Billy Neil Centre of Excellence in Dundonald, Belfast.
Today's first day of competition could not have gone better for the U's, as they finished top of their group (Roy Hodgson, take note).
Results - Group 5
Sutton Utd 6 Kare 0
Sutton Utd 4 Lisburn 1
Sutton Utd 1 Coleraine 'A' 0
Sutton Utd 4 Lakeland 0
Sutton Utd 3 PFC Flames 0
Team manager Steve King was delighted with the way the day went. "First of all, I'd like to thank the Northern Irish FA for the invitation and also congratulate them on the arrangements for the event, it could not be better organised. We have had a good day, winning all five of our group games, but today was really about the organisers working out the relative strength of the 72 teams, who come from all across the UK and Ireland. Tomorrow's final rounds of matches will be much tougher, after our results today we expect to placed into a difficut section, but we are really looking forward to the challenge and however it turns out we have all had a brilliant time."
Steve is very grateful for support from the Community Team sponsors whose generosity has enabled the team to take part in their first George Best Trophy. ”I am sure there will be tough opposition but this is a great opportunity for the guys to be part of a big competition and gain valuable experience. I will be tweeting our results as we go forward so that supporters can track our progress.”
United In The Community
22nd June 2016
After three fantastic years, the club has reviewed the objectives of its award-winning United In The Community programme and drawn on the lessons of the last few years. A decision has been taken to to focus on those areas where the programme has been most successful and, in particular, where the activities can take advantage of the club's superb 3G pitch. As a consequence, the key areas of focus will be:-
Sport for young people
Sport for persons with disabilities
Health & well-being
Sporting activities will, naturally, centre on but not be restricted to football. In terms of the other three focus areas sport, and especially football, will be used as keys to open dialogue with target audiences. For example, health & well-being will include walking football for men over fifty and a variety of dance activities. We want to continue to expand and develop our relationships with local charities, especially in areas around helping people to find work.
Expressions of interest are invited in relation to the following three packages:-
Approx 100 hours per annum. To develop and maintain the club's relationships, short-term and long-term, with local schools and other educational bodies.
Approx 100 hours per annum. To develop and maintain the club's relationships, short-term and long-term, with charities and other local partners in non-sporting areas that align with our overall objectives.
Hours as required. To manage and develop the club's disability football programme.
The hourly rates are negotiable but will be approximately £11/hour.
The club would like to thank the Football Conference Trust for its support, without which the programme could never have started, and also local firm Smith & Byford who are major supporters of the club's work in these areas.
Anyone interested in helping the club to deliver its community objectives is invited to indicate their interest by 30th June, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Boost The Budget 17 June
17th June 2016
The current total for our Boost The Budget scheme is £24,200.
That's tremendous, thank you all so much and even I now think that Dos's ambitious dream of £40k is possible. Quite randomly though, one of my first thoughts this morning was that we won't be able to hold the AGM in the boardroom anymore ! With an incredible 86 people now having bought shares this summer, the vast majority of whom were not existing shareholders, we have essentially doubled our ownership base and I think we will have to move the next AGM to the Times Square Lounge.
The phrase "a fans-owned club" is bandied about a lot these days and several clubs try to claim it began with them. Well, Sutton United was one of the first clubs in England at any level to adopt a limited company structure and, since that initiative in 1953, we have always been fan-owned. Okay, in the early days there were only fifty £1 shares but even though the giant figure of Andrew Letts was the majority shareholder he had previously been on the supporters' club committee and every one of the other shareholders was a former player or official or supporter of long-standing. In fact, if you look at many of the areas where this club was amongst the trend-setters, if not the outright first in its field, from employing professional coaches to installing floodlights, then Andrew casts a long shadow and we will forever be in his debt.
I am sure that both Andrew and another early shareholder and director, Ralph Carr, would be delighted to see their families still represented on the board through Phil Letts, who is our lead on the academy project, and Pat Carr, who has only been on-board for a few weeks but is creating some mighty waves with her advice on marketing and our on-line presence.
So, who amongst our latest intake of shareholders will end up on the board ? Maybe as chairman or chairwoman. Could it be you ?
15th June 2016
A further insight into how the SUFC swan is paddling away furiously beneath the seemingly calm surface....
It's still an amazingly busy time behind the scenes but we have made quite a lot of progress in the last week or two.
The refurbishment of the toilets to the Times Square Lounge is complete and it is quite a transformation. The new, additional toilets for the far side are in hand and we have arranged for the cleaning and improvement of the toilets under the main stand and at the Collingwood Road end. We will also be installing a dedicated accessible WC under the main stand to support all of our function rooms and are indebted to support from a local business to facilitate this - look out for further details. The shelter for wheelchair users is also on order but we are still waiting to see whether our bid has been successful in securing some turnstiles from Upton Park. We are also looking to repair the stadium perimeter fence behind Collingwood goal and install segregation fencing.
Pat Carr, our newest director, hit the ground running and made a big impression in her first meeting with the team of volunteers who look after our various on-line communications. You will notice some changes in due course to the way we do things including, as Dos has hinted, a completely new website but most of the work will be going on behind the scenes
We have had quite a few volunteers come forward to offer their help in various ways next season and that's fantastic and really appreciated. As Bruce says (repeatedly ! ) you can never have too much help. So, many thanks to everyone who has offered their assistance but if you'd like to help there's still time to get in touch (as usual, email email@example.com)
Against this background we have also had to work with the FA to plan for the international match here between England and Slovakia. That was a special occasion and a unique showpiece to end a memorable twelve months.
On the Saturday just gone we travelled down to Celtic Manor for the league's annual dinner, with Ray Ward also attending the AGM earlier in the day. It was a good evening for the club, with five players selected in the divisional team of the year and Dos named as Manager of the Year. We also collected the cheque for £7,500 as prize money for winning the league. It's quite sobering though to realise that the players return to training in just 17 days !
Catching Up With The Boss
14th June 2016
Paul Doswell was delighted with the news that we had smashed through the £20,000 barrier at the Vanarama National League awards dinner, at Celtic Manor on Saturday night. "Dave Farebrother informed me that we have sold £22,100 of shares on Saturday night and it was brilliant to hear. We're not halfway through June yet and it looks likely that we can hit our ambitious £40,000 target now, before the start of a new and exciting season.
I can't emphasise enough how much of a difference this and Strikers Are Key make to our playing budget and I'm truly grateful to all the Sutton Supporters who have backed these important initiatives.
If we can sell another £17,900 of shares it will enable me to add another quality striker to the squad and all the monies that have been raised so far have helped retain our excellent squad for next season. We currently have 19 contracted players for next season and some beyond."
Currently contracted for next season are:-
Ross Worner, Kevin Amankwaah, Jamis Collins, Dean Beckwith, Dan Wishart, Louis John, Simon Downer, Dan Spence, Ross Stearn, Bedsente Gomis, Craig Eastmond, Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Tom Bolarinwa, Nicky Bailey, Ryan Burge, Dan Fitchett, Craig McAllister, Craig Dundas and Shaun Cooper.
"We also have Denzel Gerrar and Tommy Wright signed on non-contract terms and hope to secure them good dual-registration loans with Conference South/Ryman Premier teams if they require game time during the season.
We thoroughly enjoyed the awards dinner at Celtic Manor and I was delighted to see five of the team make the all-star side. Also, seeing Sutton United host an England C fixture was a very proud moment, as the investment in the infrastructure of the ground paid off with the "old lady"never looking better. To then see Dan Wishart and Louis John play their part, with the latter scoring two goals, rounded off a perfect day.
We return to pre-season training on Saturday 2nd July to prepare for the new season and we are really pleased with the pre-season games that have been organised. In particular, Portsmouth's first team will be a great fixture and it's their first Saturday match after their tour to Ireland so we should have a large following from them.
Finally the club is working hard on a new website design, that hopefully will be in place for the first game of the season, and it will be another huge step forward in raising the club's profile. With nearly 1,000 season tickets sold, and the feel good factor around the club, it has never been a better time to keep pushing on with our club mantra of All In It Together."
Vanarama extend sponsorship - #Vantastic
14th June 2016
The National League announced at the formal meeting of clubs who assembled at the Annual Congress at Celtic Manor on Saturday 11th June the following:
Vanarama have extended their existing Title Sponsorship deal.
The new deal will be a 12 month rolling contract which in the first instance will see them continue at least for a fourth year up to June 2018. This was excellent news for clubs to receive when announced to the meeting.
Andy Alderson MD (below) said "The rebrand exercise taken by The National League twelve months ago has in part helped our own brand image grow in and outside our industry. Our profile and recognition has risen beyond our expectations. We look forward to continuing to work closely with everyone connected with the League and our early decision to extend to 2018 validates how partnerships can flourish if the mix is right".
Charlie Clapham, Vice Chairman of the League commented; "Since Vanarama joined with us two seasons ago our partnership, and above all else our friendship, has grown and this news was a massive boost to everyone present at Congress. Thanks to Andy and all his wonderful staff".
U's recognised in league awards
12th June 2016
Sutton's outstanding season which resulted in the Vanarama National League South championship was recognised at the league's annual awards dinner at the Celtic Manor resort on Saturday as manager Paul Doswell was awarded the Manager of the Year award for the division and five players were named in the team of the year, voted for by the clubs.
Skipper Jamie Collins was named along with his central defensive partner Dean Beckwith, while left back Dan Wishart, who won an England C cap last week, midfielder Craig Eastmond and winger Tom Bolarinwa were also included. The side was completed by Maidstone goalkeeper Lee Worgan, Whitehawk's trio of Nick Arnold, Sergio Torres and Danny Mills, and the strike duo of Bishop's Stortford's Elliott Buchanan, who was also named Player of the Season after finishing as leading scorer, and Ebbsfleet's Stevenage-bound Matt Godden. The Kent club's programme was also voted best in the division.
Paul Doswell is named Manager of the Year for Vanarama National League South
The U's collect their Championship prize cheque
Jamie Collins, Paul Doswell, Ian Baird and Bruce Elliott with the Vanarama trophy
England C v Slovakia U21 - SUFC TV Highlights
09th June 2016
Click here to see the SUFC TV highlights from Sunday's international at Gander Green Lane.
Childrens' Summer Sixes
09th June 2016
We will be hosting tournaments at four age levels, under-7 to under-10, this summer on July 10th and 17th. Please see poster below for full details.
Is there a doctor in the house ?
06th June 2016
We are looking to appoint a club doctor for the 2016/17 season. The role would suit someone whe enjoys sport and may be looking to branch out into a new area of specialism, although all applicants would be welcomed.
If you are professionally qualified and this might suit you, please apply in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis and Dan speak to SUFC TV
05th June 2016
Louis John and Dan Wishart both appeared for England C this afternoon against Slovakia and took time out to speak to SUFC TV after the game - click here for the interviews.
Slovakia comeback spoils Louis debut
05th June 2016
Louis John became the first Sutton player since Paul Rogers in 1989 to score for the England C team this afternoon as he scored twice having come on as a first half substitute, but saw the edge taken off his debut as Slovakia Under 21s came back from 3-1 down to grab victory with a controversial winner in the last of six minutes' stoppage time. The visitors went in front through Lukas Haraslin, but Bromley centre back Jack Holland headed an equaliser before limping off injured to give Louis, who was only called in to the squad on Saturday, his chance and almost immediately the Sutton player bundled the ball over the line to put England in front, and early in the second half his glancing header from a corner made it 3-1. Dan Wishart then joined his Sutton team-mate on the pitch, but Slovakia quickly pulled a goal back through captain Tomas Huk, and substitute Michal Fasko then levelled. On a hot afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,527, most people would have felt the draw about right, but Louis was then penalised by the Danish referee for what seemed a good tackle on the edge of the penalty area, and Fasko drilled the free kick in to win the game for Slovakia.
England: Hall (Ebbsfleet) Bolton (Halifax), Habergham(Braintree), Henegan(Chester), Holland(Bromley), Gallagher(Aldershot), Leesley(Alfreton), Woodyard(Braintree), Southwell(Boston), Whitehouse(Nuneaton), Goddard(Swindon). Subs Butler(Hemel Hempstead) for Hall; John(Sutton) for Holland; Wishart(Sutton) for Bolton; Sweeney(Maidstone) for Whitehouse; Williams(Barrow) for Southwell.
Sutton Player Gets International Call-Up
04th June 2016
Defender Louis John has been called into the England C squad ahead of tomorrow's game against Slovakia under-21s at Gander Green Lane, following the withdrawal of Sean Raggett. Louis will join up with the rest of the squad for training this afternoon.
Manager Paul Doswell was pleased for his player. "We have a good set of central defenders at the club and it has been difficult for Louis after being out for so long with injury but he played an important part in our championship run-in and I am delighted for him to get this England recognition."
Photos from the training session, can be found here.
04th June 2016
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing this week of one of the great names and characters from one of the club's greatest ever teams; no, make that one of the greatest amateur teams ever.
Rod Brookes joined the U's from local rivals Wimbledon in September 1965 and later played for Dulwich Hamlet. Initially a centre forward, Rod played as a right winger for much of the 1966/67 season and then frequently filled in at right back during the following season. In 1968/69 he took over at right-half after Ted Powell broke his leg and Rod played in that position in the 1969 Amateur Cup Final and also featured in the famous FA Cup tie against Leeds United. He made 351 appearances for the U's, scoring 46 goals.
We send our deepest condolences to Rod's wife Sue and to all of his family and friends.
Very Special Offer To Season Ticket Holders
01st June 2016
Our fantastic season began way back in July last year with a friendly on the lovely island of Jersey. We will not be going back there this summer but we know that many of you who went last year were hoping to go back and that others were looking forward to going this year.
Well, as a Thank You to all of our fantastic supporters who have bought season tickets in record numbers, we have negotiated this very special offer with Seymour Hotels to stay at the world famous Pomme D’Or hotel in St Helier.
Seymour hotels have kindly set up a special offer called the “Sutton United Season Ticket special rate”.
It is valid from October this year through to the end of March 2017 and starts at £85 per night for a standard room. This rate is valid on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (subject to availability) and includes breakfast. It is per room, regardless of the number of people occupying the room.
The only way to book this special offer is online. Go to the website and select the “Book Online” option, the window below opens. Then enter the word Sutton into the promotion code box (highlighted in the example below) which will give access to this special rate.
Without the code you will not find this rate. In order to keep it exclusive to our season-ticket holders, the rate is not available in any other form than directly from the hotel’s website.
Jersey is a lovely island, with much to see an do, and we had a memorable stay there last year. Thank you to our friends at Seymour for this amazing offer.
Season Tickets 2016/17; cut-price offer running out
22nd May 2016
There are only 57 tickets left at our current low rates before our new 2016/17 prices kick in.
Don't forget that your season-ticket will not only get you in to see matches aganst the likes of Lincoln City, Torquay, Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham and York City but is also valid for our youth team league games and all of our pre-season friendlies. We have already announced home games against:
Fulham XI on Saturday 9 July, 3.00pm
Ebbsfleet United Saturday 30th July, 3.00pm
Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday 2nd August, 7.45pm
We hope to be able to confirm two further home friendlies against League clubs during the course of next week.
New face in the boardroom
20th May 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new director to the board of Sutton United Football Club Ltd. Pat Carr bears a name that needs no introduction to Sutton fans, it is woven into the fabric of the club. Ralph Carr is a club legend for his many years devoted to the club as a top-class goalkeeper and later as manager, director and club secretary, so we are very pleased to welcome his daughter Patricia onto the board to maintain the family connection. Pat works in the music industry and has a strong marketing background and will, in particular, develop and coordinate our on-line presence and marketing approach.
Dave Farebrother is pleased to have strengthened the team. "I have known Pat for many years and am delighted that she accepted the invitation to become a director and I am confident that she will bring new skills and a different perspective to the board at this exciting time as we strive to develop and improve the club for the benefit of all players and supporters. She has already hit the ground running and some of the enhancements that she is initiating will become obvious in the next few weeks."
Paul pays tribute to award-winning keeper
20th May 2016
Manager Paul Doswell was delighted for Ross Worner after he received his award as Reusch Goalkeeper of the Year in at the Non-League Paper's National Game Awards lunch at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
"Ross has been outstanding this season, and the number of clean sheets he kept was a credit to himself and the back four. He is enormously popular in the dressing room and as I said many times last season in interviews the best goalkeeper in the league. He's loved it at Sutton,and I am pleased to announce that Ross has also signed a new two year contract with the club. It's another sign of the club's progress that he was so willing to sign, and I believe that he will be winning another award again next season"
19th May 2016
Whilst the players take a well-earned rest following their magnificent championship win, things have never been busier behind the scenes. In the first of a series of snapshots, chairman of the board Dave Farebrother offers a little insight into some of the activity taking place.
"We had a conveniently scheduled board meeting on 28th April, days after clinching the title. OK, the meeting started a little later than usual because of the AGM but it didn't actually finish until the 29th - a sign of things to come! We have fitted in three meetings to plan for the England C game we are hosting on 5th June, the college game and a 4-hour working lunch with the manager. I also met up with Dominic Feltham today to bring him up to speed following a recent business trip and, just for a change, some of us were down the club last night to film some footage in relation to the Chieti final all those years ago.
Next week we have a management committee meeting and also a meeting to review our comms strategy. Lyall is busy planning the look and layout for next season's programme, Jenny has licked more envelopes for season tickets than in the last five years combined and Paul has been turning his photos into a range of posters and flyers. We have even sent Kris to West Ham to see what might be worth rescuing from Upton Park. We know we need to recruit more manpower for next season, matchday volunteers for a variety of roles, there's away travel to plan and a book to write about last season !
The normal work goes on though. Bobby and Wayne are still busy with hirings on the pitch, Bruce has the annual accounts to prepare and all of the kit has to be ordered. And the list goes on. And as you might imagine, the email links have been glowing red-hot.
Promotion is very exciting but brings some big challenges off the field as well as on it. We have to plan for the possibility of segregation, which means additional facilities will need to be provided as well as a security gate, the toilets to the Times Square are being refurbished and we want to get some covered accommodation back in place for wheelchair users. That's not all of the work we are considering but we have to assess what's achievable and affordable and hopefully I can give more details further down the line."
"Oh, and there's the small matter of the league's AGM and annual dinner to attend....as CHAMPIONS."
The U's Get To Wembley
19th May 2016
The Sutton United walking football team has been invited by the Surrey FA to play on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium in an exhibition match at the Non-League Day (FA Tophy and Vase finals) on Sunday 22nd May.
One of the team, Steve King, was delighted by the news. "It's everyone's dream to play at Wembley, we are all massively excited. What an amazing way to end an amazing season."Earlier today the U's walking football team had a great day at the Woking FC Walking Football Tournament, supported by the Surrey FA at Woking's Laithwaite Community Stadium. The U's competed in group 3 and played some good football but despite only losing one match narrowly failed to qualify for the Semi-Finals, going out in goal difference in the group stages.
Sutton United 2 [King 2 ] Richmond 1
Sutton United 1 [King ] Epsom 0
Sutton United 2 [King, Akkaya ] Walton 3
Sutton United 0 Bracknell 0
Sutton United 1 [King ] Guildford 0
18th May 2016
Paul Doswell has completed his pre season friendlies schedule with three games at home against league sides and a home game against Ebbsfleet United on Saturday July 30th (3pm).
Paul commented "We've been asked to wait until next week so we can announce the games jointly with our league opposition but I am delighted with the quality of the three games, which are all on Saturday afternoons, July 9th, 16th and 23rd.
With Ebbsfleet on Saturday July 30th, Steve Mckimm's Tonbridge the following Tuesday and a visit to Hampton on Tuesday July 26th, it's a nice mix of opposition which will prepare us for the new season."
First new face added
16th May 2016
Manager Paul Doswell has made his first addition to his squad in readiness for the National League, signing 27-year-old winger Bradley Hudson-Odoi from Wealdstone, where he was voted Player of the Year last season, scoring fifteen league and cup goals. He was previously with Hereford, Grays amd Metropolitan Police, and represented Ghana at Under 20 level at the 2007 Toulon tournament.
Paul was delighted with the signing. '' He totally fits the type of player I've been looking to sign - young, hungry to succeed and with pace to burn. I watched him many times last season and he was Wealdstone's main attacking threat with some outstanding wing play. He has already played in the Football League for Hereford, and is ambitious to play in the National League and improve his game. He offers great competition to Tom Bolarinwa and Ross Stearn.''
Bradley is also looking forward to joining U's and said: ''Once I knew Paul was interested it was something I really wanted to happen. They were the stand-out team last season, and their attacking style of play with two wingers will really suit my game. I want to keep improving and developing as a player and know that this will happen at Sutton. I also know some of the players and that really helps when settling in to a new club, and they all spoke so highly of the club and the ambition it has. The hard work starts for me now, and I can't wait for pre-season to get started.''
New youth team manager appointed
15th May 2016
Sutton United are delighted to announce the appointment of Jamie Decruz as youth team manager, replacing James Bracken who left the club earlier this month. Jamie, who is a UEFA B qualified coach, runs JD's Football School which has close connections with the club, and says he is relishing the prospect of taking over the youth team. ''I'm really grateful for the chance - it's an opportunity I'm really looking forward to and I can't wait to get started. The club has a tradition of success at Under 18 level and I'll be looking for that to continue.''
Mayor's reception for title success
12th May 2016
Representatives of Sutton United are pictured above at a reception held by the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Muhammid Sadiq, on Monday to mark the club's championship success in the Vanarama National League South and subsequent promotion.
11th May 2016
We are looking to recruit experienced, part-time bar-staff. For further details e-mail email@example.com and please include a contact number.
This is varied and interesting work servicing a range of different customers, including our live music nights.
'Champions' T-shirts - now available
10th May 2016
CultZeros, a company run by a Sutton United supporter, have produced a range of T-shirts to mark Sutton's Vanarama National League South championship success. Priced £12 each, postage and packing is free and £2 from every order will go to the club. For the full selection,and to order, click here.
A Message from the Manager
05th May 2016
A BIG THANK YOU to our superb fans who have been simply terrific this season, turning up in increasing numbers home and away, and vocal too. It was a real fillip for the team to see and hear the banks of amber in the crowd, proving that we really are all #inittogether at this marvellous football club.
As I mentioned in my post-match interview after the win at Maidstone, it was a night that made me very proud to be associated with Sutton United FC. The team performed magnificently on the pitch and the fans were wonderful on the terraces. A true team effort! Then, the increasing attendances at Gander Green Lane, culminating in the huge crowd for the match v Ebbsfleet, proves to me that the level of support we can generate to watch our team can continue to increase.
Then of course we have the club’s amazing season ticket offer! Who would have believed a couple of years ago that we would have 800 season ticket holders already signed up for the new season before the old season had even finished! Of course it is an unbelievable offer; the opportunity to watch 23 Home League games in the National League plus 5 or 6 high profile pre-season friendlies for a maximum hitherto of £99 is just incredible value! But we want to see GGL full of people every week and you, our fans, have a big part to play in the team’s fortunes. We look forward to another highly exciting season in 2016/17 TOGETHER.
My job now is to assemble the squad within an acceptable budget to enable us to compete in the higher division. As I mentioned in one interview recently, we’re not planning to go up there just to make up the numbers! This is where I really need your help; hence the release of the “Boost the Budget” campaign, where ALL funds contributed will go towards the playing budget for 2016/17. For a minimum of just £10 per month (Jul – Apr) , you can own a piece of your football club by receiving two shares in SUFC Ltd (per £100 contributed) and, in so doing, help me to put together a squad of which we can all hopefully be very proud, as we take Sutton United into the top tier of Non-League football where we all want to be.
Thank you in advance for your continued, fantastic support
Yours in amber,
Paul and Ross nominated in awards
04th May 2016
Sutton's success in the Vanarama National League South has been rewarded with nominations in the Non-League Paper National Game Awards, with the winners receiving their awards at a lunch at Stamfrd Bridge on Wednesday 18 May. Paul Doswell has been included in the shortlist for Manager of the Year, while Ross Worner is one of the nominees for Goalkeeper of the Year. For further details and how to vote, click here. Voting closes at midday on Friday 6 May.
Strikers Are Key 2016-17
04th May 2016
Hi fellow Sutton United supporter and Strikers are Key member/applicant!
Well; what a hugely exciting season we have enjoyed down the Lane!! Thank you for your support of this fun scheme this year which has played an important part in helping the club achieve its ambition for 2015/16. We really are all #inittogether.
Now of course we turn our attention to 2016/17 – a season we await with huge excitement!!
It’s also a season when the “Strikers are Key” initiative provides even greater value as we have two more home League games to enjoy and contribute to the scheme!!
I think I have contacted those syndicate leaders who have agreed to support the scheme again next year plus a few new members (the overall total will remain at 50). Now can I please request that you fill out the attached form and return to me at your earliest convenience….. and no later than 30th June please.
Thank you again for your outstanding support. #champions
Strikers are Key Organiser
Click on these links to download the rules and application form
Young U's Complete The Treble
04th May 2016
Already holders of the Surrey under-18 Midweek Cup and champions of the Ryman Youth League Central Division, the U's tonight added the Ryman Champions' Cup after beating Corinthian 3-2 at Colston Avenue.
Aidan Brown opened the scoring with a first-half screamer before Corinthian equalised after the break. Reyon Dillon made it 2-1 but the U's were pegged back again before Callum Phillip hit the winner with a quarter of an hour to go.
After 4 highly successful and enjoyable years for both parties, we are pleased to announce that Abbotts have signed a brand new 3-year contract, which will come up for renewal in May 2019.
Jeremy Ramsden, the Group Sales Director for Abbotts, commented "I’d personally like to say a massive thank you to Sutton United for the unconditional support the club have given to me and my team over the last 4 years. At the very core of Sutton United is the Club’s deep-rooted commitment to its local community and the burning desire to provide the very highest standard of football whilst offering a totally inclusive environment for players. From elite to disability, Sutton United truly offers football for all. The club is equally committed to businesses across South London, offering a clear commercial strategy for companies to connect and network. Whether this is sponsorship/advertising campaigns, business networking or CSR/Community Outreach projects, Sutton United have demonstrated a tried and tested model, which continues to be taken extremely seriously by businesses, corporations and charities across the region."
Sutton United joined forces with Abbotts in May 2012 and, since then, all parties have benefitted immensely from the partnership.
Some time ago, Bruce Elliott (Chairman – Sutton United) provided the following testimonial:-
"We, Sutton United FC, engaged the professional services of Abbotts Group back in May 2012. In the last 2½ years, they’ve not only generated substantial financial investment, but also played a significant role in the club winning 2 prestigious Sutton Business Awards in 2013 – ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Commitment to the Community’.
Since then, Abbotts have been the backbone of all aspects of the Club’s commercial activities from major investment sponsorship campaigns to smaller one-off deals."
Ahead of the 2016/17 season, just some of the commercial inventory secured, by Abbotts, are as follows....
150 Corporate Members of the Sutton United ‘community business network’
1st team kit sponsorship: a). Front of home playing shirt b). Front of away playing shirt c). Back of away playing shirt d). Home playing shorts
Professional academy sponsorship Disability team sponsorship Pitch-side advertising billboards (Full) Stadium advertising billboards (nearly Full) Car-park advertising billboards (Full)
We have had so many messages of congratulations and good wishes since winning the title that it would take a month of Sundays to respond to every one individually or even to list them all here. We have heard from other clubs, former players, supporters who have moved away, local politicians and many, many more.
So, on behalf of Paul and his management team, the players and everyone at Sutton United we would just like to thank all of those who have sent us their good wishes for their kind thoughts.
News From The Boardroom
02nd May 2016
Regular supporters will have noted the absence of one well-known face during the course of the season. Our Treasurer, Mike Bidmead, was taken ill early in the season and had to spend a considerable period of time in hospital. He is now in a nursing home but we have been advised that he will not be able to return to his duties at the club and is therefore resigning his position as Treasurer and as a Director.
Mike began his career in football as a referee, officiating in the old First Division and in Europe, and also served with Woking Football Club before joining Sutton. However he is probably best known for some four decades at the helm of the Suburban League, where he was Chief Executive until a couple of years ago. Mike's wife Val (the "Olive" to his "Blakey") is also a familiar face, helping out as one of the Boardroom Ladies who provide such welcoming hospitality to visiting directors and guests.
We would like to thank them both for all of their help and support and we are sure you will all join us in sending our very best wishes to both Mike and Val.
Is there a doctor in the house ?
01st May 2016
One requirement of promotion is that we have a doctor present for every game but we have not had the position of Club Doctor permanently filled for several years. So, if you are a qualified doctor and might like to take on this role, or perhaps know somebody else who could be interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The duties could be carried out by just one doctor or by two or more on a rota basis if that is more convenient.
Oxford City 0 Sutton United 1 - full report, photos, plus action and reaction
30th April 2016
Sutton finished the season with a seventh consecutive victory as Tom Bolarinwa's first half goal earned success at Oxford City. It was U's 26th league game unbeaten and a fifth clean sheet in a row, with Denzel Gerrar making his debut in goal. Much of the rest of the game had an end of season feel to it but there was a party mood off the pitch as the supporters celebrated finishing top of the table, six points clear of runners-up Ebbsfleet. Full report with photos here, Paul Doswell's post-match interview with SUFC TV here, and film of Tom Bolarinwa's winner here.
Boost The Budget And Own A Piece Of Your Club
29th April 2016
National League Budget – own a piece of YOUR club - #inittogether
The feeling of elation following our title win and subsequent promotion to the National League continues to pervade every corner of Gander Green Lane and, for sure, everyone associated with Sutton United Football Club has had a very wide smile on their face since last Saturday afternoon!
Now, of course, we must turn our minds quickly to the business of ensuring we are as strong as we can be, both on and off the pitch, as we turn to face the challenge of establishing ourselves at this higher level. As the Manager was quoted as saying in the press last weekend “we are not aiming to go up there just to make up the numbers!”
Increasing our playing budget is obviously a key element of the club’s ambitions to compete strongly in this Division. We want to keep this great squad who have entertained us so royally this term; indeed we want to add to it. To that end, we are sending out a call to arms for you to help in this quest and, in so doing, own a part of this very special football club.
Just £10 per month for ten months (July – April) will buy you two shares in the football club at season’s end (that’s just £2.50 per week) - £20 per month will buy you 4 shares etc etc. It is a great opportunity for our terrific supporters to play a really important part in helping to maintain and improve the great team we already have and raise the additional funds we need to help us to progress. All monies raised through this initiative will go directly to the playing budget – Dos is hoping for as many supporters as possible to help him keep the momentum moving forwards for next season.
In every sense, we are #inittogether at Sutton United FC.
To apply or for more information please e mail email@example.com heading your e-mail “National League budget share option” and indicating how many shares you wish to buy or click on the attached application form here and send to the address stated.
Thank you in advance for your tremendous support.
Onwards and upwards we go.
SPONSORS FOR THE 2016/17 SEASON
28th April 2016
Sutton United are pleased to announce the following sponsors for the season 2016/17 in the Vanarama National League:
The draw was held today at 10am in the SUFC board room for the Main Sponsors draw, this was made by Graham Baker [Commercial Manager] and was witnessed by Bruce Elliott [Chairman] and we would like to thank all of the companies who entered the draw for their support,.
Logo on the front of home shirt GREEN GO WASTE
Logo on the front of away shirt CHAMPION TIMBER
Logo on the back of the first team home shirts ACCTIVE SYSTEMS
Logo on the back or the first team away shirts VIRIDOR
Logo on the first team home shorts KT PARTNERSHIP
Logo on the first team away shorts AUTOTEC WORKSHOP
Logo on the first team tracksuits DREW SMITH HOMES
Table for 10 at SUFC's Gents' Evening in November 2016 REED BUSINESS INFORMATION
Table for 10 at SUFC's Gents' Evening in March 2017 DAVID SERCOMBE
A Strikers are key ball for the season 2016/17 BURGE AND GUNSON
2 Corporate advert boards D ADAMS ROOFING
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and hope that we can give them an exciting 2016/17 season.
Preparing For Next Season
27th April 2016
There may still be one game left to play this season but now that we have clinched promotion we have already started to turn our thoughts to next season. One area that we do need to address is matchday resourcing. With bigger crowds anticipated we will need extra help in terms of managing the car-park (including a paid manager's role), match stewarding, gate people, meeters & greeters/commissionaires.
It's been confirmed that in extending the unbeaten league run to 25 games with Saturday's win over Chelmsford, the current squad has created a new club record, surpassing the 24 game unbeaten run achieved by the Isthmian League championship team of 1986. That run, like this one, contained five draws, and it ran from the middle of October to the end of April before being ended at Yeovil.
Manager Paul Doswell commented: ''To think this squad of players has achieved something unsurpassed in the club's 118-year history does just underline what a special group we have, and they deserve all the credit and plaudits coming their way.''
Reflections From The Board
25th April 2016
Well, what a remarkable and memorable twelve months !
This time last year the overwhelming feeling was one of disappointment after a season that never really took off. Having finished as runners-up in 2014 we had gone into the season full of optimism but, for one reason or another, we didn't quite click. The point at which things changed can be traced back to that evening in early Spring last year when we all gathered in the Times Square Lounge to announce three new initiatives.
The first announcement was the formation of the new Sutton United Academy. That has rather flown under the radar given everything else that has been going on but it has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of ex-U Marvin Williams and will play an increasingly important part in the life of the club in future years.
The second initiative was the decision to install a 3G pitch. It was touch and go to squeeze the work in between the planning decision and the start of the new season but Slatters did an outstanding job, not only to meet the deadline but to give us a surface that has been widely praised as the best 3G surface around. Others will surpass us, of course - that's the nature of technology - but we have a fantastic surface that should serve us well for years to come and has played its part in a season full of exciting football. This pitch has also allowed us to provide a home for Sutton Common Rovers FC and AFC Wimbledon Ladies, with a cornucopia of other events also taking place from charity matches and veterans' walking football to kids' starter sessions. The icing on the cake was being awarded the international match between England C and Slovakia under-21s this June. That promises to be a great day to round off the season and bring another set of memories to treasure.
Our third initiative to be announced was perhaps the biggest gamble but also the most important step we took, to offer season tickets at greatly reduced prices in order to attract a greater number of regular supporters. We were delighted to sell so many tickets, a factor of four more than the previous year, but of course the question would be what effect selling tickets so much below the equivalent match day admission prices would have on total revenue. We were pleased to see that the result was all we had hoped for, the total league match income was actually higher than for 2014/15, and that's before our bumper gate against Ebbsfleet. Our average gate in the league was 1,043. The directors therefore took little time in agreeing to put a similar scheme in place for next season and sales for 2016/17 have already sailed past this year's figure.
Ticket sales and attendances, of course, owe more than a little to events on the field. We started slowly, as is our habit, playing good football but not always getting the results we thought we deserved. We had a good little run in the FA Cup, unluckily losing at Aldershot in the final qualifying round, but after losing at home to Hayes & Yeading we found ourselves 8th in the league, 14 points behind leaders Ebbsfleet having each played 16 games. The manager made some minor changes to the team and we went on a little unbeaten run, edging into the play-off places. That unbeaten run then extended beyond Christmas and our place in the top five began to look a bit more assured. A reprieve in the FA Trophy saw us enjoy our best run in that competition for several years before being knocked out by a good Bognor side but that was maybe a blessing in disguise. Our unbeaten league run had continued but we still found ourselves 12 points behind Ebbsfleet, albeit with games in hand because of our involvement in the Trophy. Gradually the gap narrowed as games in hand were turned into points on the board and we went into a vital game at Maidstone United, the 2nd leg of the "3G Derby", in good form and turned in an excellent display to move above our hosts into second place. Our second match in a matter of weeks in front of a crowd in excess of 3,000 people then saw us beat Ebbbsfleet 2-0 at The Lane to move three points clear at the top of the table.
And so to the final home game, against Chelmsford City, knowing that a single point would see us clinch the league title. A composed 2-0 win, with more than a little excellent one-touch football, was followed by the presentation of the trophy, celebrations on the pitch and a non-stop party evening. here may still be one league match left to play but work has already begun on planning for the new challenges we will face on and off the field next season. One of the challenges we will face will be around resourcing, we are already blessed with more wonderful volunteers than most other clubs but we need more ! So, if you you think you can help next season, in any way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
So, many congratulations to Paul and his management team and all of the players on a magnificent season and for winning what must be considered the biggest trophy in the club's history. Of course, this club is about so much more than the first eleven and we must also congratulate James Bracken and his youth team for again winning the Ryman Youth League Central Division and the Surrey U-18 Midweek Cup and also Steve King for the highly successful inaugural season of the Community Team, beating both Arsenal and Chelsea. We also enjoyed considerable success with our junior boys' and girls' teams. Well done to everybody involved this season, from Paul Doswell to the car-park stewards. #InItTogether
Bruce Elliott and Dave Farebrother
Player of the year awards
24th April 2016
After the celebrations on the pitch on Saturday following Sutton's clinching of the Vanarama National League South championship, the party carried on in to the evening at the annual Player of the Year awards evening, where midfielder Craig Eastmond took the honours, winning the club Player of the Year award and the Andrew James Trophy for Players' Player of the Year. Sharing the spotlight from the first team was goalkeeper Ross Worner, who was voted Player of the Year by the Supporters' Club, whose chairman Mark Notton had presented him with the trophy prior to the game against Chelmsford (below). In the SUFC TV Goal of the Season award, Dan Wishart's effort at Margate a fortnight ago was just pipped by Craig Dundas's solo effort at Concord Rangers in December.
Popular kitman Clive Baxter won the Barry Aplin Clubman of the Year award, while the Ralph Carr Memorial Trophy for young player of the year went to youth team striker Reyon Dillon, who impressed on his appearances in the Surrey Senior Cup, scoring on his debut at Corinthian Casuals.
Reyon's captain in the youth team, Jack Strange, was the Youth Team player of the year while Jordan Watson-Brown was voted Most Improved Player for the Under 18s.
There were three awards for the Academy side which went to Max Felloni (Player of the Year), Leon Dadey (Players' Player of the Year) and Sheriff Njie (most improved player).
The community side, which has recently beaten Chelsea and Arsenal, scoring 21 goals in the process, were also honoured with England hopeful Harry Evans winning the Player of the Year, Joshua Taylor the Players' Player, Paul Leconte winning the Golden Boot as leading scorer, and William Stone the Clubman of the Year.
Steve King, the driving force behind the community team as well as a number of other initiatives, was also presented with the inaugural Sutton United Community Award.
CHAMPIONS! - Sutton v Chelmsford report & photos
23rd April 2016
Sutton duly clinched the Vanarama National League South championship this afternon with first half goals from Dan Fitchett and Ross Stearn enough to beat Chelmsford. Full report with photos here.
The league trophy was presented after the game, and the celebrations went on long in to the night at the end of season party where Craig Eastmond was voted Player of the Year and Ross Worner picked up the Supporters' Club award.
Sutton United 2 Ebbsfleet United 0 - full report & photos
16th April 2016
In front of a bumper crowd of 3,142 the U's went three points clear of their visitors at the top of the Vanarama National League South with first half goals by Dan Fitchett and Bedsente Gomis (a penalty). The U's will be confirmed as champions if they can win either of their last two games.
Bobby Childs & Wayne Shaw , the club's Business Development Team, are delighted to have a dedicated website to promote the 3G pitch. "It has taken a little longer to launch than we had hoped but it has been worth the wait and we are really pleased with how it looks and works. It is vital that such a top quality facility is easy to discover, research and book. Everyone who uses it says what a great surface it is to play on plus, unlike a lot of 3G facilities, we offer the whole stadium experience and even if you are only 5 or 55 years old it's like playing at Wembley!"
Our season ticket campaign and other promotions have proved so successful that we have caused ourselves a problem, a nice problem to have; our mailing list has outgrown the simple Outlook-based approach we have been using.
After exploring our options, we have decided to switch to Mailchimp, which is one of the most widely used mailing services. Many of our supporters and followers will have already received an email from the club in the last week or two inviting them to sign up for the new service. If you have received the invitation but have not yet signed up, please do so as this will enable us to keep you better informed about all of the exciting things that happen at the club.
If you have not received an invitation to join our Mailchimp family, please follow this link http://eepurl.com/by6mFf to sign-up.
We will principally be using Mailchimp to send out weekly newsletters but it will also enable us to send out notices of meetings and other pieces of information. Don't forget that you will always have the option to unsubscribe from the service.
3G Pitch Hire - Corporate Packages
15th September 2015
We are pleased to offer local buisness the chance to play on our magnificent new 3G pitch.
Footwear for 3G
23rd July 2015
Our new 3G is getting rave reviews, but like any surface there are some types of footwear that suit it better than others. If you might be playing on the pitch, please see the guide below for what is suitable and what is not allowed. Also, please ensure your boots are clean - 3G and mud don't mix !