The promotion party evening with the Abba Girls scheduled for this Saturday has unfortunately had to be postponed. It is hoped we will be able to rearrange the event for a later date.
Fixtures released on Wednesday
01st July 2016
The National League fixtures are released at lunchtime on Wednesday (July 6th), when we will know the schedule that awaits Sutton as we return to the top flight of English non-league football.
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
New Academy Trial Date
21st June 2016
Another trial date has been announced for anyone wishing to join the Sutton United Academy for the next academic year. It will be at Sutton United FC on Wednesday 13 July from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. For further details click here.
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.
Smoke No Joke
05th August 2015
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.
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 !