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TRING ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB

The Grass Roots Stadium, Dorian Williams Sports Centre, Cow Lane,Tring, Herts, HP23 5NS
01442 891144 (match days) or 07810 696696
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NEWS
Extraordinary General Meeting : 6th June (posted Sat 27th May 2017)
In light of the recent announcement that Mick Eldridge will be stepping down at the end of his current term as Chairman, the Committee have called an Extraordinary General Meeting at 8pm on Tuesday 6th June at the Clubhouse. If you are involved in the club in any capacity, including being a member or regular/occasional supporter, you are invited to attend. In fact it is critical that there is a good turn out to this meeting as we will be discussing arrangements for the future and, specifically the new 2017/18 season. So if you care about the club, and am sure most people are passionate about it, please do your very best to attend.
Pitch Renovations Complete (posted Sat 20th May 2017)
Following a slight delay in undertaking the pitch renovations due to the very dry weather ground works were completed this week with 21 tonnes of sand applied, pitch verti drained and drill seeded. Our Groundsman, Darrell Bodimeade, has also undertaken additional seeding in the goal mouths and other keys areas of the pitch. Whilst not wishing for wet weather the recent showers and sunshine will help the pitch recover before pre-season starts.
Welcome to Phil Crawford (posted Sat 20th May 2017)
We are delighted to advise and welcome Phil Crawford who has joined the Club and will be helping to manage the Reserve Team for the coming season. Phil has been in the RAF for 28 years playing and coaching abroad and has most recently been managing Chinnor Reserves in the Hellenic league. Phil has a Level 2 Coaching Award together with appropriate First Aid qualifications and will be a good asset to our Management team.
End of Season Awards (posted Mon 15th May 2017)
The Club's Annual Presentation took place on Saturday 13th May with a good attendance from all teams and supporters. The Club had had an excellent season with the First Team finishing 5th in the SSMFL Premier Division, defeated Kings Langley to win the St Mary's Cup, lost to Berkhamsted in the Herts Charity Cup and had their best run in the F A Vase reaching the 4th round.

First Team awards went to: Players Player - Sam Joliffe, Managers Player and Supporters Player - Luke Dunstan.

The Reserve team finished mid-table in the Suburban Premier Division and reached the SFL Plate Final being defeated by Knaphill FC.
Reserve Team awards went to: Players Player (joint award) - Joe Naylor and Max Hercules; Managers Player - Ben Alcock.

The "A" Team finished Runners Up in the West Herts Premier Division and their awards went to; Players Player - Luke Naylor and Managers Player - Arthur Cull.

The "B" Team had a great season winning the West Herts Division 2 and also the Sir Stanley Rous Cup and their awards went to: Players Player - Louis Hakner and Managers Player - Phil Monaghan.

The Youth Team held their own in a league with many senior clubs finishing mid table and their awards went to: Players Player - Joe Smith and Managers Player - Max Hercules.

The Clubman of the Year award went to the "A" Manager and long standing member of the Club Ian Butler. He returned to management of the "A" team creating an excellent spirit amongst the players.

Thanks went to all Managers and their assistants in completing an excellent season for the Club and also those Committee members and helpers in the background who helped the club run smoothly throughout the season.

Arthur Cull
Under 18 Open Trial Sessions (posted Mon 15th May 2017)
Local football legend Cliff Hercules will again be running our Under 18s Team following their successful opening season in the Southern Counties Midweek Floodlit Youth League last year.

Despite having a young squad and competing against youth teams from more senior clubs our U18s more than held their own and finished in a respectable position in the table. Some of the players stepped up to make appearances for the Reserve Team and two progressed as far as the First Team.

In preparation for the forthcoming 2017/18 season we will be holding three Open Trials sessions for players aged 15-17 on the following dates:

Open Trials
Monday 26th June from 6.45pm to 8.30pm
Monday 3rd July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Monday 10th July from 7pm to 8.30pm

Following the trials Training Sessions will be held on the following dates:

Training
Thursday 13th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Monday 17th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 20th July from 7pm to 8.30pm

The Open Trials and Training sessions will be held at our Grass Roots Stadium, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5NS.

Games are played in midweek under floodlights and by joining our Youth Team you will benefit from the following:-

- A family friendly club.
- An excellent standard of football.
- Coaching by UEFA B coaches.
- Proactive youth player development.
- A realistic route to the First Team via Reserve football.
- Experience of playing on Senior Non-league grounds such as Hemel Hempstead, Chesham Utd & Borehamwood.

Donít worry if you can't make the Open Trials you are more than welcome to attend the training sessions.

For further information please contact Cliff Hercules 07711 903575 or email him at cliff@herculessports.co.uk
Richard "Dickie" Smith departs (posted Fri 12th May 2017)
Dickie who has successfully run the Reserve Team with Chris Juraszek is standing down from his position as Assistant Manager now that we have reached the end of the season. Dickie has been instrumental in the success of the Reserves and has had offers to manage at First Team level elsewhere which he is keen to do. Dickie goes with the Club's good wishes and of course we would always welcome him back should it not work out for him.
Herts Charity Shield 2017/18 Draw (posted Thu 11th May 2017)
The draw for the above competition took place today and we have been drawn to play Leverstock Green at Home in the 1st Round of next season's competition with this fixture set to be played before the start of our League and F A Cup Competitions.

The winners have been drawn at HOME in the 2nd Round to either Berkhamsted or Oxhey Jets.

The date for the above fixture will be added to the website fixtures when confirmed.
100 Club Winners - April 2017 (posted Sun 30th Apr 2017)
The monthly draw was made after the Reserve team match on Saturday and the winners for the month of April were:- 1st April: Darren Pond £10; 8th April: Chris Langford £10; 15th April: Mick Eldridge £10; 22nd April: Debbie Dunstan £10 and 29th April: Ben Stacey £100 and Sean Rutherford £30. As usual the winnings can be collected from the Club bar or by contacting the Club.
RESULTS
First team
 Fri 12th May 2017 St Mary's Challenge Cup Final
Kings Langley 0-1 TAFC
WE RETAIN CUP FOLLOWING READIE'S GOAL (Played at Hemel Hempstead) We overcame our underdog status by beating Southern League Premier Division side Kings Langley to lift the prestigious St Marys Cup for the second year running. A superbly taken goal by Jack Read proved to be enough to continu... [full report]
Reserve team
 Tue 9th May 2017 Suburban Football League Premier Division
North Greenford United 2-4 TAFC
Our season which started on Wednesday July 27th finally finished with a convincing win against old foes North Greenford United, who as recently as April had knocked us out of the Challenge Shield. Ironically our opponents started quickly and had a possible call for a penalty after a clumsy challen... [full report]
A team
 Sat 13th May 2017 West Herts Premier Division
TAFC P-P home win Hemel Hempstead Rovers
B team
 Sat 6th May 2017 West Herts Division Two
TAFC 3-2 Sun Sports Rovers
Youth Team
 Thu 20th Apr 2017 Southern Counties Football Youth League - Corinthian Division
Boreham Wood 6-0 TAFC
FIXTURES
First team
 Sun 18th Jun 2017 10:30am: Neutral Friendly match versus Maccabi Great Britain
Reserve team
 Thu 20th Jul 2017 7.45pm: Away Friendly match versus Wallingford
A team
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B team
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Youth Team
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EVENTS
Tue 6th Jun 2017 - Extraordinary General Meeting
Commences at 8pm and open to all Members, Players, helpers and all those interested in the future running of the Club.
Sat 24th Jun 2017 - SSMFL AGM
Spartan South Midlands League Annual General Meeting open to all SSMFL Clubs who may send 2 representatives. Commences at 10am.
Mon 26th Mar 2018 - AFL - Sheffield Jackman Cup Final
Kick off 7:30pm
Fri 30th Mar 2018 - AFL - Thomas Field Shield Cup Final
Kick off 10:45am
Mon 9th Apr 2018 - AFL - Marsworth Senior Cup Final
Kick off 7:30pm
Mon 16th Apr 2018 - AFL - Reserves League Cup Final
Kick off 7:30pm
Mon 23rd Apr 2018 - AFL - Marsworth Reserve Cup Final
Kick off 7:30pm
Mon 30th Apr 2018 - AFL - Tom Sparkes League Cup Final
Kick off 7:30pm