Cheesemen announce important changes and initiatives as new season beckons

With their special 125th Anniversary season rapidly approaching, Cheddar Football Club have announced that long serving centre-forward Adam Jones is to be appointed club captain, with battling midfield orchestrator George Booth taking up the role of team captain.  Former Weston super Mare defender and the club’s cultured right back, Craig Mawford is to be appointed vice-captain.

Additionally, the Cheesemen who are to re-enter a team in the Somerset Youth Floodlit League for the new season, have announced that former Reserve team manager, Malcolm Parsons is to manage the Under 18 team.  Malcolm, who previously managed the reserve team in 2014-15 brings much knowledge and experience to the Cheesemen’s youth set up having been formerly been Youth team manager in 2011-12.  Parsons has managed other Junior sides in Somerset as well as senior sides in the Bristol area.   Speaking with the club website earlier this week, Malcolm Parsons said: “Following a meeting with the club chairman I’m delighted to be appointed to this exciting position.  I’m sure that we’ll all pull together and we’ll be able to make the new season a very exciting one for us all at Cheddar Football Club”.

Meanwhile, the club’s reserve team have announced their pre-season schedule which starts on Saturday 8th July with a match against West End FC (to be played at Worle’s 3G pitch), followed by a match at Trowbridge Town on Saturday 22nd July, both games kick off at 3pm; a home match will follow against Uphill Castle on Tuesday 1st August (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Elsewhere, with the club’s AGM taking place on Tuesday week, 11th July (7.30pm), the club committee are currently undertaking discussions with a view to the introduction of an ‘Honours Board’ more on which is likely to be discussed at the forthcoming AGM.

The club are furthermore hopeful that they will introduce a club shop in the new season, which will include club shirts (that can be worn with or without a tie), club ties, as well as club pennants.  It is planned these items will be available to order at the club’s AGM together with ‘limited edition’ Cheeseman pin-badges.   Prices for all these items will be advised either before or immediately following the club AGM.  The club are also hopeful of launching a Vice-President’s Club and a ‘Pound-a-Point’ club for the new season, should there be sufficient interest.  Further news on both initiatives will be made known to all attending the AGM on 11th July.

Additionally, advertising opportunities continue to be available in the club’s new matchday programme together with opportunities for ‘pitch side’ board advertising. There are also attractive ‘match day sponsorship packages’ which include match day sponsorship (prices range between £75.00 to £175 depending on the category of the game) and match ball sponsorship (which can be attained for just £25.00).  

What better way to entertain your friends and family than an afternoon (or evening game) in style at Bowdens Park for the forthcoming season.  Club members and supporters are urged to contact the club secretary (via the club Facebook page or website for further information).

Cheddar AFC’s George Booth and Ricky Bennett commit to the Cheesemen cause whilst departing Billy Vaughan ‘gutted’ to leave club

Following recent reports of departures from Bowdens Park, we haves been active in gauging responses from some of the senior players; the first two to approach the club with their comments were ace midfielder’s, and two of the finest players in the Toolstation Western League, these being George Booth and Ricky Bennett, and here are their interviews:

George Booth said: “Obviously the news has now come out that a few players have moved on.

“I personally wish them all the best with their respective moves, of course we are going to miss them both on and off the pitch as we are all close friends, but now it’s time to draw a line under it and look forward to the upcoming season.

“[Manager] Jared Greenhalgh and [assistant manager] Shaun Potter are working hard on bringing new faces into the club and the players they have been talking to have good quality and will fit right into the squad.

“The squad remaining from last season are eager to put last season right!

“A lot is going on behind the scenes, so we get next season right, there’s no need to panic.

“Let’s see where we are when we line up for the FA Cup at the start of August.

“I want the supporters to know that I’m fully behind the cause at Bowdens Park and I’m fully behind the club! Up the Cheese”

Ricky Bennett said: “Nobody likes to see players leave the team, especially of their quality.

“However, that’s football and players come and go, you just have to get on with it.

“Everybody has been working hard over the close season and I’m sure that come August we will have a squad strong enough to get that promotion we deserve.

“I’m fully committed to the cause! Up the Cheese!”

Elsewhere, departing midfield dynamo Billy Vaughan wanted to share the following message with fans:

“I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Cheddar Football Club for making me so welcome whilst I’ve been at the club, from the ladies behind the bar to Laura who takes the photos – you all make it a fantastic club.

“I was so disappointed to miss out on promotion this year but maybe some things are meant to be.

“I always gave my all when I put on the Cheddar shirt on and I hope that showed in my performances.

“I am gutted to be leaving the club but I’m about to move into my own place and my work commitments had to come first.

“I hope the door is always open for a return.

“Thank you again to everybody. UP THE CHEESE!!”

Meanwhile, training for the new season commences next week, on Tuesday evening, 27th June to be exact, starting at 6.45pm.

Everyone is advised pre-season training will be at the Sharpham Road playing fields and NOT at the King’s of Wessex Playing Fields as previously published.

Busy times for Cheesemen manager and the season hasn’t yet started

No sooner had Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh returned from his close season brief sojourn to the Balearic isles with his team, then he was dealing with transfer speculation.

Greenhalgh has confirmed that no less than six of his players from last (2016-17) would not be wearing Cheddar colours next season, namely Mike Dangerfield, Kris Bell, Billy Vaughan, Shaun Lambert, Callum Ham and Mark Armstrong, and it is understood that the latter three will be joining Toolstation Premier Division side Bridgwater Town, whom will be aiming to regain their Southern League at the first attempt.

Greenhalgh added that he had “spoken to the all the departing lads personally and wished them good luck for the future but publicly wanted to thank them for all their efforts over the previous season”.

Greenhalgh continued; “As a club we move forward and we have already secured a great deal of the squad from last year and to this [assistant manager] Shaun Potter and myself are scouring for the right mix of new players to elevate the club to the position we want to be in.

“The right quality and desire is essential as this is a special club with an ethos unlike any other club, and I know the players leaving feel this and have done so with a heavy heart.

“The club is on the verge of bringing in several new players as well as looking at a couple of the younger players who represented the reserves last year.

“It was essential we re-introduce the Under 18’s as the pathway to the first team from our junior section, which would be a priority for the forthcoming season, we had hoped that we had this in place but unfortunately this has met with a few challenges.”

Cheddar Football Club have confirmed that pre-season training is to commence on Tuesday 27th June at the Kings of Wessex School Playing Fields at 6.45pm, to which all current and new players will be warmly welcomed.

The club have also confirmed their pre-season schedule which starts at Gloucestershire League side Thornbury Town on Saturday 15th July (kick-off: 7.30pm), followed by two further away matches at Somerset Senior League sides Glastonbury on Tuesday 18th July (kick-off: 7.30pm) and Burnham United on Saturday 22nd July (kick off: 3pm).

The Cheeseman complete their pre-season preparation with two home matches on Wednesday 26th July against a Yeovil Town XI (kick off: 7pm) and a match against Welsh League Division Two side Ely Rangers on Saturday 29th July (kick off: 3pm).

The Reserve team have also confirmed a number of friendly matches and are to play West End (at Worle) on Saturday 8th July, followed by a trip to Trowbridge Town on Saturday 22nd July (both games kick off at 3pm), before returning to Bowdens Park to play Uphill Castle on Tuesday 1st August (kick off: 7.30pm).

The club have been busy with off the field preparations and are undertaking a degree of building work ensuring that a new pay-box and gate system is in place well before the new season gets underway.

Elsewhere the Cheesemen have announced their AGM which is to take place in the clubhouse on Tuesday 11th July, starting at 7 for 7.30pm.

Any person who wishes to stand for one of the club officer positions or wishes to raise questions at the AGM is urged to contact the secretary (Alan Cooper) by e-mail to alancooper7@sky.com by not later than Monday 3rd July.

Cooper has also advised that club membership(s) for the new season will be available for registration and purchase at the AGM together with a limited number of the club’s enamel pin-badges, which will also be available on the evening, costing £3.50.

Meanwhile, the club are pleased to announce that Jack Griffiths is to take the helm as manager of the club’s ‘A’ team who compete in the Weston super and District League Division Four.

Griffiths, who is looking forward to his new position is hopeful of leading his team to former glories in local Weston super Mare and District football.

Cheddar Cheesemen on the Ibiza trail

Cheddar FC first team squad fresh from their highest ever finish, ending the season in third place in the Toolstation Western League Division One have taken themselves off for a well earned team bonding in sunny Ibiza.

Seen below are the team squad at Bristol Airport this week before they jetted off to thelr Belearic island break, coupled with a further team bonding pic beside the pool following a morning swim!

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Meanwhile the record breaking Cheesemen have arranged three pre-season friendly matches with games at Glastonbury (Tues 18 July, kick off: 7.30pm), and home matches against a Yeovil Town XI (Wed 26 July, kick off: 7.00pm) and Welsh League Division Two side Ely Rangers Sat 29 July, kick off: 3pm).

The Cheesemen, who are due to return to pre-season training week commencing Monday 26th June, are hopeful of announcing two further pre-season away matches on Saturday’s 15th and 22nd July.