We start the league fixtures with a home game (posted Tue 16th Jul 2019)
We welcome Colney Heath and a return of "Clemy" for our opening league game of 2019/20 season.
First Team Friendlies (posted Mon 15th Jul 2019)
The First team have their first home friendly on Tuesday 16th against St. Margaretsbury. ko 7;30pm.
This is followed on Saturday with another home game against step 3 Chesham United. Come along and meet our new management team and some of our new players as well as some old faces.
Also this week, the Reserves will be playing the Midweek under 18's on the main pitch on Thursday ko 7pm
FA Competitions 2019/20 (posted Fri 12th Jul 2019)
The FA have today made their draws for the early round of their national competitions.
In the FA Cup we will travel to Burnham on 10th August in the Extra Preliminary Round. The winners will then play at either Slimbridge or Edgware Town in the Preliminary Round two weeks later.
Our runners up position in the league last year gives us a bye through the two qualifying rounds and we will enter at the First Round Proper on 12th October.
Our under 18s will play away at Hungerford Town in the FA Youth Cup in early September. The winners of this tie will then travel to
Good luck Liam (posted Wed 10th Jul 2019)
Best of luck to our very own Liam Irons playing for England tonight in the IFCPF World Cup against Japan in Seville. After an opening 5-2 win over Germany on Monday, the Para Lions hope to keep the momentum going before facing Brazil on Friday.
You can watch tonights game here. Kick off 8pm.
More about the England CP squad on the FA website http://www.thefa.com/news/2019/jul/04/meet-the-england-cp-squad-for-world-cup-040719
Club announcement- (posted Tue 25th Jun 2019)
The Club welcomes a new First Team management group for the coming season. The new Manager is Kevin Christou who will be supported by Stuart Stedman. Kevin is a UEFA B Licensed Coach who has impressed with his ambitions and understanding of the importance of community. His coaching involvement has included St Margetsbury, Hertford, Hulbridge, Royston,Thurrock and Basildon.
''I am looking forward to my role with Tring Athletic and I would like to thank Howard Wells Trings chairman for allowing me this opportunity. I want to let the fans and followers of Tring know that the aim is to build on last seasons success and have a team that the community can be excited about.
The management team are already working hard behind the scenes to strengthen last seasons squad. I am very fortunate and delighted that Stuart has made the decision to stay at the club and be part of the management team.
I will be adding to the management team and bringing in coaches who bring a wealth of experience from Tottenham and Leyton Orient. I myself come into the club from being part of the management team at Hullbridge who won the Essex senior league last season as well as being part of the management team that won this league with Royston in 2012.
I will be making player announcements in the very near future I look forward to a long and successful reign as manager of Tring Athletic''
Howard Wells, Chairman added Kevin is well aware of the Clubs expectations on the playing field and I am confident he will meet them. The Club is looking forward to another progressive season.
Further news detailing new and continuing sponsors to the club will be announced shortly.
Code of Conduct - spectators / supporters (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
We expect our players who represent our club to behave in a respectful way throughout the season. There are also responsibilities attaching to our supporters who come and watch our teams. in fact, we should set an example of good behaviour so that our players can take a lead from us. The club has produced a Code of Conduct which it attached. it is set out to help increase awareness of the standards of behaviour that are expected within the modern game.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR SUPPORTERS, PARENTS, SPECTATORS
Play your part and support Tring Athletics Code of Respect:
Enjoy match day; its what were all here for!
Celebrate good play from both sides
Always respect the Officials, Managers and Coaches and encourage players to do the same
Stay behind the boundaries/touchline at all times
When players make mistakes, give them encouragement to try again next time
Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
If you do not follow the Code, you may be:
issued with a verbal warning
asked to leave the ground
required to meet with the Club Committee, League or Child Welfare Officer
obliged to undertake an FA education course
requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed
issued with a fine
Annual General Meeting (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
The Club's AGM will be held in the Club House on Monday, 2nd September, commencing at 7.15. We hope members will be able to attend. If a member wishes to put forward a proposal for a change to our constitution they should let Bob Winter know at least a week before the meeting.
''Chairman's pre-season message'' (posted Sat 22nd Jun 2019)
The pre-season is a busy time for the Club. Certainly, the current heavy rain will have helped the pitch, compared with this time last year. We will be running six teams during the coming season. We welcome a new team in the Junior Eastern Alliance, which will play on Sundays and coached by Michael Churchill. This team has stepped up from Tring Tornadoes and is a further example of the important relationship with the junior club.
Some players will come and go. It is inevitable at this level and as long as they leave us to step up and better themselves, we wish them well. Stuart Stedman has been busy developing his support team and encouraging new players to the Club. We welcome Kevin Christou to the Club. Kevin is a UEFA B Licence holder and has worked at several clubs at our level and above. Owing to the pressure of his teaching job, Stuart has decided to remain as the No 2 and Kevin will assume the lead role. We shall look forward to the first match of the season with the new team.
We have also had some lively coaches meetings, to ensure we are all on the same page in moving forward.
Marking time is not an option for me. We need to have bold plans, both on and off the pitch. We engaged Paul Randell of Consul Max, in January to take the lead with regard to the Clubs Commercial activities, so, as a result, we will see some new company names this season. Allied to this, we have been working to modernise the website, set up by Colin Sturges, so that we can provide benefits to supporters and to promote our sponsors more actively. The match day programme will move on line with a sponsored team sheet available on match days. We are also intending to take a more coordinated approach to maximise the use of social media, building on the work of Keith Eldridge in particular.
Our developing relationship with Tring School is very important in this regard, as we tap in to their resources and skills and to encourage more junior members and supporters. Ralph Griffiths and Geoff Gaunt have decided to retire from their press duties, and we thank them for their lengthy commitment. We are seeking replacements, particularly to attend matches, to produce match reports, so please do not be embarrassed to come forward to pick up these roles. We are also looking at a new camera system, which would allow matches and training to be filmed and downloaded. Watch this space.
Off the field, several stalwarts will have been working to maintain the stadium at a high standard. Barry Simmons and Dave Stacey will have been leading the charge, but with assistance from Debbie and Will Dunstan, Richard Vincent and former Chairman, Mick Eldridge. Paul Vockins has been busy sorting out kit orders for the new season. His wife, Dee gets something of a respite from washing the kit in the off season! Finding new people to give of their time is a challenge for sport at all levels. That is another reason for working closely with Tring School.
There is also a fair amount of administrative work at this time of year led by our joint secretaries, Robert Winter and Tony Stedman, whose attention to detail is vital in ensuring there are no banana skins before the season starts. We will all be interested to see how the sin bin idea works. We certainly hope few of our players experience it first hand! When I was CEO of the Irish FA, I was a member of the International Football Association Board, together with the other three Home Nations and FIFA. We debated goal line technology in 2005, with a ready system available. It took until 2014 for it to be implemented. I hope the sin bin idea does not take as long to bed in!
We are pressing on with our plans, which we intend to include new floodlights, a 3g synthetic grass pitch at the Tornadoes end and also a redeveloped stand to assist the management of the Club in relocating Ashridge Nursery there. There are other ideas afoot and supporters will be kept informed. We have engaged Bob Breen Associates to take the lead with regards to planning issues.
I am hoping that my old chum, Roy Hodgson will put on a coaching demonstration at the Club, before the season starts. This will be either on a Sunday morning, or an evening and will be open to all local coaches. I am In discussion with Roy about a suitable date, before he starts working his magic at Crystal Palace again. Again, watch this space
Finally, please note that following a year of monitoring the communal car park, the five clubs on the site have agreed to engage a commercial company CPM Ltd to manage that car park. This means that offending vehicles which do not park within the lines will incur fines. We intend to make greater use of the top carpark and are exploring other options.
If you have any questions, or if you wish to offer your time in the months ahead, please drop me a line at:
Howard J C Wells
''TRING ATHLETIC U15 TRIALS'' (posted Thu 20th Jun 2019)
Our new U15 Side are looking for players. Please see below for details
Pre season training (posted Mon 17th Jun 2019)
Club training returns on Tuesday 2nd July at 7pm and continues on Thursdays & Tuesdays thereafter. Sessions will either be held on the TAFC training pitch or Westbrook Hay School. Full session details tbc but the first weeks sessions will be at on our training pitch at Cow Lane.
All players both old & new are welcome. For more information please contact one of our team managers or coaches. You can find their contact details on this website by selecting "Information" then "Officials"
''Club Physio Required'' (posted Mon 17th Jun 2019)
Tring Athletic Football Club, are looking to recruit a club physio.
All equipment costs and travel expenses will be covered. This is an ideal for a trainee or as part of a degree course. The successful applicant would need to be available Saturday afternoons throughout the season.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or for any further information information.
100 Club Winners - April & May 2019 (posted Sun 16th Jun 2019)
A belated draw took place after yesterdays "work" party and the winners for both April and May are shown below:-
April: 6th: James Livingstone £10; 13th: Dave Foskett £10; 20th: Paul Brannan £10; 27th: Amanda Stacey £100 and Chris Martin £30.
May: 4th John Perry £10; 11th: Keith Hamilton; 18th: John Brannan £10 and 25th: Mick Hartley £100 and Richard Vincent £30.
Congratulations to the winners, which were well spread, whilst we do have a few spare numbers for Club members and supporters. Not expensive at just £1 per week with 50% of takings paid in prizes.
Spartan South Midlands News (posted Sat 15th Jun 2019)
We had previously posted that Colney Heath and London Colney had been transferred to the Essex Senior League for next season but both appealed (twice) and have succeeded in their endeavours and remain in the SSMFL for next season. We do however unfortunately lose our friends at Hadley who have agreed to move to the Essex Senior League. They go with our best wishes and we have enjoyed our numerous meetings with them over the years.
''Exciting addition to our youth teams'' (posted Wed 12th Jun 2019)
Continuing our aim of providing local youth with a pathway to our adult teams. We are delighted to announce the following addition to our youth sides. This progression is being achieved by working along side Tring Tornadoes Junior Sports Club and their goal of providing sport for all local children to the highest level possible. We hope this is the first step to achieving the joint aims of both clubs.
''Engaging with the local community'' (posted Sun 9th Jun 2019)
The Club has engaged with Tring School with a design competition to produce a new logo on the understanding that the Club reserved the right to retain the existing logo.
The School organised this as an Inter House competition. There were 500 entries.
A panel Chaired by Robert Winter and which included Ralph Griffiths and Paul Randell, our Commercial Officer, evaluated the 500 entries.
The Chairman will announce the winners at the Schools Assembly on 20 June.
''Opening of Tring Swimming Pool'' (posted Fri 7th Jun 2019)
Chairman Howard Wells along with Club Sponsor David Evans and local dignitaries seen officiating at the Opening of the rebuilt swimming pool at Tring School on Saturday 8 June
Ian Richardson steps down (posted Fri 7th Jun 2019)
TAFC would like to thank Ian Richardson who steps down as first team manager. Ian stepped up from his role his role in the reserves in 2012/13 to assist Julian Robinson before taking on the top role himself.
Under Ian's tenure the club has won the St Mary's Cup in 2016 and 2017 as well being finalists in the Herts Charity Shield twice.
Athletic also went on two memorable FA Vase runs reaching the 4th Round and then the last 16 for the first time in the club's history in front of a crowd of 1,236 at Melksham Town. Last season Tring finished in our joint highest ever league position with runners up spot in the SSML Premier Division. Club Chairman, Howard Wells thanked Richardson for his sterling work. Ian did an excellent job in achieving the Runner Up position in the League last season and having two great runs in The FA Vase over the last two years. The Club is indebted to him for his seven years in various managerial roles. We wish him all the best. and he can be assured he will always be most welcome at the club.
We are actively seeking a new manager and hope an announcement can be made in the near future.
Athletic Players on tour (posted Thu 6th Jun 2019)
Three of last seasons players were invited to play for Middlesex Wanderers in a round robin tournament in Jersey- See report below.
The Club have been invited by the Jersey FA to be part of the Jackson International Trophy Four team tournament to be held on Thursday May 23rd until Sunday 26th May in the capital, St. Helier. Amateur representative teams from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will make up the other sides in this round robin competition. The hosts have a number of high profile games lined up including a game against The British Army in the Southern Counties Cup competition after beating the Royal Navy 6-0. They also have the annual Muratti final against Guernsey as they contemplate maybe joining the pyramid.
All the games will be played at the national stadium which boasts a new 4G surface.
Wanderers are taking a contingent of 40 as we take a touring squad along with a team of veterans to take on Jersey in an exhibition game on Saturday.
Middlesex Wanderers will kick off the first game against Jersey on Thursday night after arriving.
The veterans will then play on Saturday followed by the touring party taking on a Northern Ireland representative side in the afternoon before facing the Republic of Ireland Representative side on the Sunday morning before coming home.
It is a great honour to be invited back after last touring in 2013 when we also went to Guernsey.
Team: Matt Nolan (Enfield) Rob Laney (Wingate and Finchley) James Folkes DSean Theobalds (both Tonbridge Angels) Tom Bonner (Dartford) George Ironton Carl Mensah Jon Clement (all Tring Athletic) Jay Rolfe (Welwyn Garden City) Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar Town) Mike Jones (Hungerford Town) Kyran Clements Ryan Horne (both Bury Town) Dean Inman (Kingstonian) Josh Urquart (Harlow Town) Khale Da Costa (St. Albans City)
In the first match upon our arrival on the Thursday against the hosts Jersey at the National stadium Middlesex Wanderers recovered from a goal down to secure a draw courtesy of a Rob Laney (Wingate and Finchley) strike.
On Saturday 25th May the Wanderers took on a Republic of Ireland side that had beaten the England C team recently. Again the team had to reduce the arrears thanks to a quality strike from D'Sean Theobalds (Tonbridge Angels). Unfortunately The Irish team snatched victory late on to secure the 3 points. In what was a grueling schedule Wanderers played their third match in 4 days and again Theobalds managed to give the tourists the lead with a penalty after Mike Jones of Hungerford Town had been brought down. Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar) doubled the lead only for Northern Ireland to strike back. However the Wanderers held on for victory to finish behind the Republic Ireland in this inaugural Trophy.
Steve Ward from the MWAFC said "I was pleased that Carl, George and Jon were able to tour and have some tournament football experience against some national sides. Over the matches all played their part in helping the side finish as runners up in this inaugural Trophy and represented themselves and Tring Athletic in a very positive way. They were up against some good players and also played with other experienced players. All were inducted as Middlesex Wanderers and have now a special relationship with this great club which is able to give players a different footballing football experience.
Mr S. Ward
Non League Allocations : SSMFL Premier Division 2018-19 (posted Sun 19th May 2019)
The Football Association have announced changes to the pyramid system for next season and we show the changes below with our website to be update re travel etc :-
OUT: London Tigers and Stotfold Relegated and Biggleswade FC Promoted. Moved to the ESSEX Senior League are Colney Heath, Cockfosters and London Colney.
IN: Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Southern League Central); Broadfields United (SSM1); Dunstable Town (Southern League Central); Eynesbury Rovers (United Counties League Premier); Harefield United (SSM1) and Newport Pagnell Town (United Counties League Premier).
In addition our friends at Risborough Rangers have been switched to the Hellenic Football League Division One.
Sad to see some old foes leave but we welcome the new teams, some of which we have done battle with before.
A team win county cup final 2-1 (posted Fri 19th Apr 2019)