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TRING ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB

The Grass Roots Stadium,Dorian Williams Sports Centre,Cow Lane,Tring,Herts,HP23 5NS
01442 891144 with answerphone or 07810 696696
tringathleticfc@hotmail.com
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NEWS
New Reserve Team Management (posted Fri 22nd May 2015)
Following Colin Phillips decision to stand down as Manager of the Reserve Team after 4 years the Club has moved quickly to appoint his successor. The Club is pleased to announce that Richard Smith has been appointed as Joint Reserve Manager with Chris Juraszek with immediate effect. Richard and Chris have worked successfully together in the past and Richard has a wide range of skills and experience including team management, coaching and first aid qualifications whilst he has been successfully running a F A Standard Chartered Sunday team carry out roles of Manager, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition Richard has a strong administration background and is Fixture and Registration Secretary for the North Home Counties Sunday Football League. We thank Colin for his past efforts in building our current Reserve Team and look forward to Chris and Richard continuing this development.

The Club is also looking to add further to its Managemt Team and there are opportunities for a Goalkeeping Coach and a Sports Therapist. Any interested persons should send their CV via Email to tringathleticfc@hotmail.com for the attention of the Chairman - Mick Eldridge
Bowls Competition Success (posted Sun 17th May 2015)
We entered a team of 12 persons into this annual competition and Barry Simmons who captained our team lifted the trophy which we hold and defend this time next year. Great hospitality was shown by our colleagues at Tring Bowls Club and the "green", prepared by our own groundsman, was in great condition.

Barry Simmons receiving the Bowls trophy
Presentation Evening 2015 (posted Sun 17th May 2015)
A very successful Presentation Evening was held on Saturday 16th May to celebrate Season 2014-15 with approx. 100 persons enjoying a sit down meal, comedian and disco. The award winners were:-

First Team:-
Players Player Kevin McManus;
Managers Player: Chris Vardy;
Supporters Player: Kevin McManus.

Reserve Team:-
Players Player & Managers Player James Cullimore

A Team:-
Players Player: Luke Naylor
Managers Player: Jack Gibbs

B Team:-
Players Player: Dave Allen & Ashley OBrien
Managers Player: Phil Monaghan

Under 18 Team:-
Players Player: Harry Stroud & Joe Fitzgerald
Managers Player: Anthony McCormack

Under 15 Team:-
Players Player: Matt Cowan
Managers Player: Will Alexander

Clubman
Awarded to our Vice Chairman, Programme Editor, Sandwich maker, Changing room cleaner, pipe cleaner etc etc during the year - Barry Simmons.

Appearance Awards
Stuart Stedman has been promoted to the 500 Club with 520 appearances for the Club. Born in 1980 made his debut as a sub in the Reserve Away fixture at Stony Stratford when, as an 18 year old, he came on as a sub in a 2-1 victory. Stuart made his First debut on 16th April 2001 against Ampthill Town.

Trevor Gibbs has moved into the 400 Club finishing the season on the same number and has scored 50 goals. Born 1983 and made his debut at 17 years old, as substitute, against Greenacres on 19th August 2000 in a 3-0 victory.

Various awards and thanks were given to the many helpers around the Club including Darrell Bodimeade (Groundsman); Dee Wells (Kit); Gill Eldridge & Sandra Foskett (refreshments); Colin Sturges (website); Ali Parker & Amanda Stacey (Cleaning); Ralph Griffiths & Geoff Gaut (Match Reports) and Keith Eldridge (Social Media)

The Club was able to advise those present that Bob Winter, Hon Secretary, is recovering well following his serious operation but was not able to be at the evening.

Kevin McManus - Players' player & supporters' player of the year
Julian's First Team Report (posted Thu 14th May 2015)
JULIAN ROBINSONS FIRST TEAM REPORT

A long season has come to a close with an excellent display, all be it a defeat to a very strong Conference South Hemel Hempstead side in the St Marys Cup Final. Its been another long season but we have again built on last year and again enjoyed another good finish to the season ending with 70 points which was an improvement of 12 on last season.

Highlights of the season included another good run in the FA Vase, winning 4 rounds and only losing 1-0 to a very strong Norwich United side, who won their Eastern Counties League by 26 points. On the day, the game could have gone either way and at 0-0 with 30 minutes to go we feel they should have had a defender sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity, which was a very poor decision and a massive turning point in the game, Good wins at Wembley, Kings Langley, Hoddesdon and Leverstock Green highlighted our good away form, but we need to sort out our home displays if we are to be truly competitive.

The side has evolved over the last four seasons, with the majority of the older players moving on or retiring with the ones that have stayed being a great influence on the squad. Its no secret that we don't pay players in any way, this is tough in a league where the vast majority of teams do, and with this in mind we have really focused on recruiting younger players from other clubs, and of course promoting what we have coming through our own very hard working reserve and youth set up.

The theory has worked well with our side's average age being 23, and 7 of our cup final squad were 20 or under. We have to make this system work and reward the good committed players who see their future with us and having game time. We need to balance that with remaining competitive and challenging on all fronts. To highlight this,18 year old Jack Hopwood came into the side in November when Matt Evans unluckily got injured and he hasn't missed a game since, a feat which is quite something for a goalkeeper of his age at this level. He is off to America coaching until November and we look forward to seeing him back.

We had 3 players this season score 21 goals or more, which has been a fantastic achievement and something which they should be very proud of. Chris Vardy, Kieran Turner and Taylor Collins scored 70 between them which is a staggering statistic and a great reward for their hard work this season.

Our midfield has been key to our season, with Greg Deer, Sam Joliffe, Ollie Hogg, Ryan Sturges, Ryan McMahon, Lee Stobbs, Trevor Gibbs, Rob Tomlin and Luke Dunstan giving us real energy and allowed us to play a real high tempo pressing and attacking game. All at times have looked outstanding in a long and gruelling season.

Defensively we have looked very good as the season progressed. Dan Steadman, Adam Toone, Chris Salmon and new boy Kevin McManus have all shone in the 3-5-2 formation that we have played. Its something different in this league but it has allowed us to play 3 centre halves with wing backs which fitted with the players we have at the club.

Like all clubs we have had our fair share of injuries through the season with Stewart King, Dave Salmon, George Tomlin and Ollie Butler missing big chunks of the season. We had 4 players who didn't play at all, Jack Seaton, Jack Sunderland, Nick Holden and Rob Duncan all underwent various operations, obviously we will be looking at all of them returning next season as they regain full fitness.

Hopefully we can retain all of our players for next season and really push on, it will be a waste if we don't have the chance to build on this season, and what we are trying to achieve at Tring Athletic on and off the field. Its always a difficult time with players being tempted with payments and the lure of higher football, but we genuinely believe with two or three more players we can really give the league and cups a good go, and try to improve a stage further in the Vase and the FA Cups.

I genuinely hope we keep everyone together and push on, potentially its a very exciting squad which deserves to achieve something, hopefully we have learnt from the last campaign and 15/16 will be our season. We have already put together the bulk of our pre season plans and have some arranged some exciting friendlies which are being added to the website. We return to training on the Tuesday 30th June and are talking to new players but everyone is welcome, it never stops.

Enjoy the summer

Julian Robinson
First Team Manager
Tring Athletic F C

Bob Winter (posted Fri 8th May 2015)
Bob, our Hon Secretary, underwent major surgery today and we are pleased to advise that all has gone well and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
100 Club Winners - April 2015 (posted Sun 3rd May 2015)
The monthly draw took place after the Reserve team match v Uxbridge and the winners for the month of April were:- 4th April: Barry Johnson 10; 11th April: Pete Stilwell 10; 18th April: Diane Griffiths 10 and 25th April: Steve Manzie 100 and T Rice 30.
Successful Quiz Night (posted Sat 25th Apr 2015)
Richard Vincent ran another successful Quiz night with 65 persons attending and it was tightly contested. The winners were "Dorset Divers" with 179 points followed by "The Highlanders" on 176 points and "D'Campers Minus 2" on 171 points with the "Premiership Team" picking up the tubes of Smarties for coming in the last position - all identities have been withheld! A good fund raiser for the club and a fun evening for all those attending.
Stephen Simmons returns - Friday 16th October (posted Fri 17th Apr 2015)
The club is delighted to announce that the Nashville country artist Stephen Simmons will be returning for another live concert at the club on Friday 16th October 2015 as part of his European Tour. Stephen is a widely respected artist in Nashville and Europe and has 6 albums released and has appeared in session on BBC Radio 2 and other leading radio stations on the continent. Its something of a coup to have Stephen playing in Tring and advance purchase of tickets is recommended - prices and how to purchase will be advised soon.

If you want to find out more about Stephen Simmons and his music you can do so at

http://www.stephensimmonsmusic.com/.


RESULTS
First team
 Mon 4th May 2015 St Marys Cup Final
Hemel Hempstead Town 1-0 TAFC
NO SILVERWARE BUT OPTIMISM IS HIGH FOR FUTURE (played at Hemel Hempstead) The curtain came down on the season with this appearance in the Final of the St Mary's Cup in warm Spring sunshine at Vauxhall Road, home of Hemel Hempstead who play in the Vanarama Football Conference South Division, thre... [full report]
Reserve team
 Sat 2nd May 2015 League
TAFC 2-0 Uxbridge
Goals from Ollie Butler and a cracker from Joe Fitzgerald saw the Reserves finish their season with a victory over Uxbridge
A team
 Sat 9th May 2015 League
Hemel Rovers 3-1 TAFC
B team
 Sat 25th Apr 2015 League
TAFC 2-6 Maple Cross
Youth Team
 Wed 25th Mar 2015 League
TAFC 0-6 Luton Town Cedars
A very tough match for our Youth team against a strong Luton Town Cedars side who were clinical when taking chances in the first 45 minutes. Athletic went in five goals down but in the second half performed far better competing all round the pitch and conceding just one further goal.
U15 Youth Team
 Sun 17th May 2015 W&SBMFL Div 1
Hughenden Valley 0-2 TAFC
FIXTURES
First team
 Tue 14th Jul 2015 7.45pm: Home (Cow Lane) Friendly match versus Hendon
Reserve team
 Mon 27th Jul 2015 TBC: Away Friendly match versus Pitstone & Ivinghoe
A team
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B team
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Youth Team
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U15 Youth Team
 (none on file)
EVENTS
Wed 10th Jun 2015 - TAFC Golf Society
To be played at West Herts Golf Club
Fri 3rd Jul 2015 - TAFC Annual Golf Day
27 hole competition including 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning on the Rothschild Championship course followed by the main 18 hole competition, with nearest the pin and longest drive, competition in the afternoon on the Rosebery Championship course. Coffee on arrival, lunch and 2 course evening meal with prize giving.

This will also be one of the qualifiers for the TAFC Golf Society but the day is open to players of all abilities whether members or non members of the Club.

Registration and coffee from 8am, first tee time 9:04, lunch 11:30am followed by afternoon competition with a 1st tee time of 12:32pm and post competition meal at 6:30pm.

Email the Club to book your place or add name to the noticeboard listing. EM: tringathleticfc@hotmail.com
Fri 10th Jul 2015 - Chilfest
Chilfest is back for 2015
Friday line up is Sister Sledge, Shalamar, Jocelyn Brown, Odyssey & Shakatak.
Tickets available via www.chilfest.co.uk
Sat 11th Jul 2015 - Chilfest
Chilfest is back for 2015 with Billy Ocean headlining on Saturday night. Also playing will be ABC, Bad Manners, Limahl, The Real Thing, The Blow Monkeys & Sonia.

Full details & ticket information via www.chilfest.co.uk
Fri 16th Oct 2015 - Stephen Simmods Concert
The club is delighted to announce that the Nashville country artist Stephen Simmons will be returning for another live concert at the club on Friday 16th October 2015 as part of his European Tour. Stephen is a widely respected artist in Nashville and Europe and has 6 albums released and has appeared in session on BBC Radio 2 and other leading radio stations on the continent. Its something of a coup to have Stephen playing in Tring and advance purchase of tickets is recommended - prices and how to purchase will be advised soon.

If you want to find out more about Stephen Simmons and his music you can do so at

http://www.stephensimmonsmusic.com/.