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First Team Update from Manager, Julian Robinson (posted Sat 27th Sep 2014)
Just thought I would write a bit of an update to the start of the season as things have now settled down and the season is well under way, having now played almost a quarter of our league games we sit in a good position in the league, and are currently unbeaten in 8 league and cup games since our frustrating home 4-3 FA cup defeat to Holmer Green. This run was capped by a terrific 9-0 win at Stony Stratford in the week, When we looked excellent in what could have been a really tricky midweek away game.

The Reserves have settled well into the new league, they have been mainly on the road in a very lopsided early fixture list but they will benefit from a good few home games in the next few months. They have coped very well in the Premier Division and hopefully as a few of the injured players return to fitness they will have some excellent players to choose which will in turn strengthen them for the games ahead.

We have all started well with a good preseason behind us. We have recruited well and only lost our captain Graham Hall who sadly chose to hang up his boots, and Matt Jarvis who joined Sun Postal, two big influences in their own ways for the teams over the recent seasons. We would like to thank them for all there efforts for Tring Athletic.

Despite these departures, we have strengthened the existing squad in both numbers and most importantly with some quality young players, we have added a number of new faces with Greg Deer returning from university, Michael Green re-joined from Oxhey Jets, Matt Evans joined us in goal, Luke Dunston from Leighton Town, Sonny Aird from Northwood, Kevin Mcmanus joined from 61fc in Luton, Ryan McMahon from university and Nick Holden joined us along with our most recent recruit Keiron Turner who signed from Berkhamstead. All of these signings have greatly reduced the average age of the first team squad and hopefully we can add one or two more to the squad to keep the competition for places keen.

Finally a number of our supporters have asked me over the weeks for updates on the injured players, I have never known an injury list like it with at least six of our players having such serious injuries that they have/will require major operations.

Andy Hughes had an serious ankle op on the ligament injury he sustained in the St Marys cup final in May 2013 and has tried to return but is considering retirement due to the weakness in the ankle and work commitments, we would really like him to stay involved with the club in some way.

Rob Duncan is awaiting an ankle operation on an injury that has dragged on from last season, the ankle has been scanned and he needs to have an amount of floating bone removed, he is just waiting a date for the op and hopefully he can return to action quite quickly after.

Jack Sunderland has an operation on his leg he ruptured his ACL in January 2014, the injury wasnít initially picked up, he was finally operated on in June this year and he is well on the road to recovery but looking at April 2015 for a return.

Dave Salmon after having a full ACL reconstruction on one leg in 2012 he sustained another serious injury on the other leg last season at Biggleswade United, he has just had another MRI scan and is currently awaiting the results of the outcome.

Jack Seaton was injured in a pre season game, after returning from holiday, he has had a MRI Scan which has shown serious damage to his ACL, this we fear may need surgery, he is awaiting a further appointment to see the specialist, and await news and his return date.

Vinnie Iannone has had a clean up operation on his knee cartilage, staggeringly it was also discovered that he has no ACL, it would appear this may have happened up to four years ago. The doctors have advised him he can play on once the cartlidge operation heals as it appears he has been playing for four years without the ACL, we could be looking at mid October at a return.

George Tomlin was injured at the end of last season in the away game at London Tigers when he blocked a cross with his knee, He damaged his ligaments /cartlidge and is just about to start a return to training and should be playing very soon.

Nick Holden was again injured in a pre season game, he has sustained damage to his knee ligaments, we are hoping he is about to return to training in the very near future and return to competitive action shortly after.

We really hope to see all the players back at the club and playing as soon as possible, its sad to see players injured and has been a tough time for them, some still have a way to go but fingers crossed they come back to join us soon.

Hopefully this will give you an insight into what is going on behind the 16 that make the squad each week and the reasons why players arenít around or selected, we have the F A Vase next week hopefully we can push on and enjoy another Vase run as we did last season.
Herts Senior Cup 2014/15 (posted Wed 17th Sep 2014)
Athletic have been handed a bye in the 1st round of the Herts Senior Cup. We will then face the winners of the landlords vs tenants clash between Potter Bar & Hadley in the second round. Our home tie in the 2nd round is likely to be played on Tuesday 2nd December at the Grass Roots Stadium but will be confirmed once the 1st round tie is decided.
100 Club Winners - August 2014 (posted Thu 4th Sep 2014)
The draw took place after the U18 match against Ampthill Town and the lucky winners for the month of August were:- 2nd August: Mark Boniface £10; 9th August: Lisa Bradley £10; 16th August: Martin Richards £10; 23rd August: Amanda Stacey £10 and 30th August: Brian Rutherford £100 and Mick Murphy £20. As usual winnings can be collected from the bar on match days. New members welcome to join at just £1 per week and a standing form can be downloaded from our website or collected form the Club.

The recent distributed Newsletter showed the above draw but was incorrectly based on July dates resulting in one less winner, a further draw has taken place with Amanda Stacey winning £10.
Supper Quiz Night - Saturday 18th October (posted Tue 19th Aug 2014)
The popular sixth monthly Richard Vincent's General knowledge quiz night returns on Saturday 18th October with teams between 4 and 8 persons plus a Ploughmans Supper. Tickets cost £6 per person and we would ask Members and Non Members to add their names to list in the club house or email the club on tringathleticfc@hotmail.com to book your place. Come as a team or make one up on the night. It would help us if we have numbers attending ahead of the evening so that we cater for the correct number of persons.
First team
 Sat 27th Sep 2014 League
TAFC 0-1 Colney Heath
ONE OVER THE EIGHT A STEP TOO FAR After enjoying the highs of a successful series of results we hit the buffers in our attempt to stretch our fine recent form to 9 games without defeat. We came up against a strong Colney Heath side, who were also on a good run themselves, who grabbed the only go... [full report]
Reserve team
 Sat 27th Sep 2014 League
Hampton & Richmond 3-1 TAFC
Bill Bryson has written to the club as he would like to come on board the "Beamer Bus" with the Reserves to write his next book titled "Tales from the M25". Ridiculously, for the 6th weekend in 7 they were sent on a long journey to Hampton - though thankfully there weren't the usual traffic delays t... [full report]
A team
 Sat 27th Sep 2014 League
Hadley A 3-0 TAFC
B team
 Sat 27th Sep 2014 Herts Jnr Cup
TAFC 1-4 Heath Rovers
Youth Team
 Thu 25th Sep 2014 F A Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Northwood 3-3 (5-3 AET) TAFC
Northwood FCís Chestnut Avenue Ground was the venue for this 1st Round Qualifying FA Youth Cup tie. After 2 recent and comprehensive defeats, Tring travelled to the game very under strength and low on morale but still determined to put on a performance. The home side having had scouts at the Leve... [full report]
U15 Youth Team
 Sun 28th Sep 2014 W&SBMFL Div 1
TAFC 3-6 Bucks CC
Another super effort against a good side today where we learned that if you switch off for a second you can be punished in this division. Every player played as well as they could and the Management Team were delighted with the effort put in by all the players. Matt Cowan played very well for th... [full report]
First team
 Sat 4th Oct 2014 3pm: Home (Cow Lane) FA Vase match versus Woodford United
Reserve team
 Sat 4th Oct 2014 3pm: Away Suburban League match versus Carshalton Utd
A team
 Sat 4th Oct 2014 2pm: Away League match versus Kings Sports * POSTPONED *
B team
 Sat 4th Oct 2014 2pm: Home (Cow Lane) WHJ Charity Group D match versus Langleybury CC FC
Youth Team
 Wed 1st Oct 2014 7:45pm: Home (Cow Lane) League match versus Leverstock Green
U15 Youth Team
 Sun 5th Oct 2014 13:30: Away W&SBMFL Div 1 match versus Thame Boys
Sat 18th Oct 2014 - Supper Quiz Night
Richard Vincent's General knowledge quiz with teams between 4 and 8 persons with Ploughmans Supper. Tickets cost £6 per person and please add name to list or email the club on tringathleticfc@hotmail.com to help with catering for the correct number of persons.
Thu 30th Oct 2014 - Stephen Simmons Live Concert
The club is delighted to announce that the Nashville country artist Stephen Simmons will be live in concert at the club on 30th October 2014 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. Itís something of a coup to have Stephen playing in Tring and advance purchase of tickets is recommended (we have already sold some of the limited allocation).

Ticket Details Ė Priced at £10 each (advance purchase price) tickets are available over the bar at the club, through our Hon Secretary Bob Winter Ė contact Bob on 07979 816528 or robert.winter2007@ntlworld.com.

Tickets can be bought online by clicking here.

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