Cheddar Cheesenen on lookout for new manager

As has been reported, Cheddar parted with their manager Jared Greenhalgh in midweek, and a statement issued by club chairman Matt Postins, reads: “It is with great regret that Cheddar Football Club have taken the decision to part company with first team manager Jared Greenhalgh.

“Given the loyalty and positive impact that Jared has brought to the club over the last three seasons, this was not an easy decision to make and was not taken lightly.

“Whilst recognising that team have had a number of injuries to key players, the results this season have been disappointing but we believe that it is in the best interests of the club to take action now and start to rebuild our season in earnest.   

“Cheddar Football Club would like to place on record that they are truly grateful for all Jared has done for the club over the past three seasons and really appreciate how much time and effort he has put into the role and to the club in general.  

“He has taken the club to its highest position in the Toolstation Western League for two consecutive seasons and has lead the club into FA cup qualification for the first time in our history.  We would like to wish Jared Greenhalgh well in the future and he will be someone who will always be welcome at the club.

“Shaun Potter (assistant manager) will be taking over as interim first team manager, with assistance from club and team captain(s) Adam Jones and George Booth.  

“The club will now be looking for a replacement who has the credentials, enthusiasm and commitment to take Cheddar Football Club. ”

Any interested applicants who wish to be considered for the position should contact club secretary. Alan Cooper, by email (either via the website www.cheddarcheesemen.co.uk ) or to alancooper7@sky.com  as soon as possible.

Cheeseman gear up for new season with a good win at Thornbury and add to their squad with some quality signings

The Cheesemen, having undergone training sessions at Cheddar’s Kings Fitness Centre twice weekly for the last month, were in pre-season friendly action at Marcliff Gloucestershire County League side, Thornbury Town on Saturday, with a morale boosting 3-1 win.

The Cheddar management team opting to travel with a squad of 18 players comprising a mixture of first team players, reserves and trialists, went ahead on 24 minutes from Sam King’s well placed far post header following Ricky Bennett’s precision free kick.

Further efforts from the visitor’s twin strike force of Adam Jones and Robbi Maggs were denied by the acrobatics of home keeper Tom Shepherd before Thornbury’s all action midfield player Tom Webb had the Cheddar rear-guard busy keeping their defence tight as the diminutive youngster tested the Cheesemen with his darting runs.

Cheddar however added to their tally on 45 minutes, Will Wallis stepping-up from the reserve team, slotting calmly past Shepherd from close range after good combination work from Bennett and Cheddar captain George Booth.

The home side reduced the arrears against the run of play a minute later, Jim Brock stealing through to hit a firm shot past Weston super Mare and England Colleges loanee Liam Kingston, and then just before the half-time whistle, Adam Jones thought he had added a third, but his scorching volley was cruelly ruled offside.

The Toolstation Western League side made the game safe on 70 minutes, trialist Anthony Cleave finishing well after fellow trialist Taryn Selway-Joseph’s effort was parried, to give the match a pleasing score for the visitors.

For the statisticians amongst you, the starting line up on the day for the Cheesemen was:

1. Liam Kingston

2. Joe Grant

3. Adam Davies

4. George Booth (capt)

5. Sam King

6. Nathan Best

7. Kristian Bell

8. Ricky Bennett

9. Robbi Maggs

10. Adam Jones

11. Will Wallis

And in the second half, the team was:

1. Liam Kingston

2. Jacob Staines

3. Sam Merreywether

4. Jake Buxton

5. Danny Griffiths

6. Tom Manning

7. Ricky Bennett

8. Adam Davies

9. Anthony Cleave

10. Taryn Selway-Joseph

11. Adam Jones (capt)

Following the match, Cheddar manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Today was a great start for us, the new players blended well, and the shape and team communications were great.

“We still have players to come into the squad and against a good Thornbury side I think we created some good chances especially in the first half. We made six changes for the second half but this didn’t halt our progress although we did lose a little of our shape which is only to be expected.

“As a start I couldn’t be happier, we still have work to do over the next few weeks but I am looking forward to getting the team ready for the new season.”

The club are additionally pleased to announce the signing of two top additions to their squad, with the signing of goalkeeper Liam Kingston on a season long loan from Vanarama Conference South side Weston super Mare, together with experienced centre back Nathan Best, formerly of Bristol City, Weston super Mare, Shepton Mallet, and Bridgwater Town.

Speaking earlier this week, Liam Kingston, 17, said: “Last season I had originally signed a contract at Weston super Mare and the agreement was for me to go out on loan to gain experience.

“This meant that I started playing close to 20 games for the club. After this, Weston moved me on from Cheddar to Bridgwater Town.

“I stayed there (Bridgwater) until the end of the season. At the beginning of last season, I had trials to be a part of the England Colleges team. It was decided that I was the reserve goalkeeper for England colleges \but in April of this year I was given the chance to play at game (at Filton) against Wales. I then got to attend a presentation at Walsall FC and was given an England colleges cap.

“This season I have signed another season long deal with the same arrangement to get more experience. Luckily, the gaffer (Jared Greenhalgh) is happy to let me come back and play for Cheddar this season.

“I’m glad to be back at Cheddar and I’m looking forward to being involved with everyone again this season. Up the Cheese!!”

Next to be interviewed was new signing Nathan Best, a well-renowned central-defender.

Nathan said: “I’m joining Cheddar because I want to play at a decent standard. The club has a really good set up with a great bunch of lads that I’m really looking forward to being a part of.”

With their first pre-season friendly having taken place, the Cheesemen travel to Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor stadium tonight (Tuesday (18th July, kick-off: 7.30pm) with a further away match at Burnham United on Saturday (22nd July, kick off time 2pm) before two consecutive home friendlies, initially on Wednesday 26th July (kick-off: 7pm) against a Yeovil Town XI followed by a match against Welsh League Division Three side, Ely Rangers which takes place on Saturday 29th July (kick-off: 3pm).

Details (including admission prices) will appear on the club’s website and new Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballClub over the next few days.

Elsewhere, Cheddar Reserves, still buoyed by their 4-3 win over West End last weekend, are in pre-season matchday action again at the weekend, travelling to Wiltshire to take on Trowbridge Town on Saturday (22nd July).

With last season’s third place finish, the Cheesemen have again qualified for the FA cup and have been given a home tie in the Extra Preliminary Round against Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers, who they face on Saturday 5th August (kick-off: 3pm).

Should the match require a replay the match will take place at Willand Rovers Silver Street ground on Wednesday 9th August (kick-off: 7.30pm).

Meanwhile, the Cheesemen have been drawn to play Vanarama National League (South) side Bath City in a match that is scheduled for early October. As soon as the confirmed date of this exciting looking fixture is made known, this will of course be published as normal.

The club are also advertising for a new physiotherapist, who should be available on matchdays on Saturdays and for occasional evening games.

Ideally applications would be welcomed from individuals who wish to become involved at a senior football club and would suit an individual in training and applications (which should include experience and qualifications gained) should be emailed to the secretary (Alan Cooper) at alancooper7@sky.com preferably by not later than 31st July 2017.

Cheesemen Pre-Season preparation fully under way as they busily prepare for the new season

The Cheesemen, well into their pre-season training regime are gearing up for their first pre-season match and are busily preparing for their first outing when they travel to Gloucestershire League side Thornbury Town at the weekend, who are sure to give manager Jared Greenhalgh’s team a good run for their money when they take to the field of play at Mundy Playing Fields on Saturday (15th July) kick-off: 3pm.

 The first team’s next game follows in hot pursuit when they travel to Glastonbury’s Abbey Moor Stadium to take on the Somerset County League side in a match that kicks off at 7.30pm.

For those club members and the ‘Cheese Army’ travelling to both games to follow the team, venue details are:

For Thornbury Town FC:  Mundy Playing Fields, Kington Road, Thornbury BS35 1NA

For Glastonbury FC:  Abbey Moor Stadium, Godney Road, Glastonbury BA6 9DR

Elsewhere the Reserve team fresh from last Saturday’s morale boosting win over West End, take to the road again a week on Saturday (22nd July, kick-off: 3pm) when they visit Trowbridge Town, followed by a visit to Street’s Tannery Ground where they face the Toolstation Western League Premier Division side’s reserve side on Friday 28th July (kick-off: 7.45pm).  

The reserve team then have two further friendly matches on Tuesday 1st August (vs Uphill), kick-off: 7.45pm before they conclude their pre-season schedule on Monday 7th August, both games of which are to be played at Bowdens Park.

Last Saturday’s first outing for the Reserve side saw the Wallis/Carpenter new management team secure the Cheesemen second string secure a morale boosting win on Worle’s 3G pitch last Saturday (8th July) taking on fellow Weston & District side West End FC….

The opening 20 minutes of the match didn’t bring much to the game, both teams sloppy in possession but Cheddar with the upper hand forced a corner which was ably delivered to into the danger area by Sam Merreyweather, only for the ball to be turned just wide of the post by Harry Hughes.

 With 23 minutes played the best chance came via first team defender Craig Mawford, gathering valuable minutes, whose precision pass to Robbie Wallis, in turn found Taryn Selway-Joseph who slid in a well weighted throw ball to Hughes who slotted keenly past the goalkeeper of his former team only to be unfairly ruled offside.

 Ten minutes later and the breakthrough came, a deflected cross from Chris Coombs falling to Selway-Joseph who slotted first time past the keeper. West End to their credit applied plenty of pressure requiring some top drawer saves from new keeper Garth Flynn, but the hosts got their break via a penalty with Flynn harshly being adjudged to bring down a West End player, taking the scores to 1-1 at half time.

After the break, the visitors started the brighter with young player of the year Tom Catling picking the ball from the half way line and driving forward to score from the edge of the box.  

Moments later Italian maestro Stefano Pennington underwent a mazy run and was denied goal glory when his effort was blocked.  

On the ‘counter’ West End equalised with cross-cum-shot from the outside right channel.  On the hour mark a defensive error led to West End taking the lead with a well-placed finish.  

Five minutes later though Pennington won the ball in midfield and played out wide to Robbie Wallis whose well struck 27-yard effort flew into the top corner to bring the Cheesemen level.  

Moments later Chris Coombs found himself on the ball in 20 yards of space and struck a scuffed shot from all of 30 yards to find the back of the net to put the visitors into a 4-3 lead.

The hosts applied more pressure in the closing quarter but were unable to equalise.  

Youngster Henry Favre rolled in one-v-one by a through ball from Wallis but unfortunately Favre was unable to control the ball in the tightness of space and the Cheesemen second string held on throughout the dying minutes to win a hard-fought game to start pre-season how they finished last season.

Meanwhile, the club held their Annual General Meeting last evening (Tuesday 11th July) in the club house in front of an encouraging attendance.  

Matthew Postins was elected as club chairman for his second term in office, and Mark Higginbottom was elected to continue as vice-chairman.  

Andy Wallis and Alan Cooper were re-elected as club treasurer and club/football secretary respectively. The committee for the new season will be Karen Heal, Russ Heal, Jared Greenhalgh, Jo Reason, Laura Raisey, Sophie Jones, George Booth, Ricky Bennett, Don White, and Simon Childs.   

New members voted on to the committee were Robbie Wallis and Dave Maggs.  Standing down from last season’s committee are Mike Dangerfield, John Kemp, and Shane Fear, all of whom were thanked for their efforts whilst in post, by chairman Postins.

The next website update will include details of the first team’s two home pre-season friendly matches (vs Yeovil Town XI on Wednesday 26th July, which has been very kindly sponsored by Mages Group of Cheddar – www.mages-group.com – courtesy of managing director Tony Mages and Director Ben Mages), together with the Saturday match (29th July) vs Welsh League Division Two side Ely Rangers, together with details of the Cheesemen’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round cup tie against Toolstation Western League side Willand Rovers, which is to be played at Bowdens Park on Saturday 5th August, not forgetting details of the FA Vase First Qualifying Round tie against Radstock Town on Saturday 9th September.

All this and more in the next website bulletin….

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 AFC Presentation Night 2017

Cheddar Football Club held their End of Season Presentation Evening on Saturday (13th May) when they were delighted to welcome Mr Ashley Wilson, Sales Director of club sponsors Wyke Farms Ltd, who kindly agreed to present the awards.

Club Chairman Matt Postins, welcoming the club sponsors and the 100+ attendance paid tribute to all the club’s players, supporters, team managers and volunteers that had helped the club achieve its aims during the season

He stated that the football season had been most enjoyable and it was most encouraging to see such a large attendance from all the club’s active teams (first team, reserves, ‘A’ team and ladies team) attending the evening.

Mr Postins looked forward to leading the club into its 125th anniversary celebrations and hoped that all teams could continue to improve on the last season’s third place finish by the first team!

Mr Postins also looked forward to seeing the re-establishment of the club’s Under 18’s team.

First team manager Jared Greenhalgh said: “Each year our presentation evening gets better and better; the room was fantastic, the food superb, and everyone had a great time.

“It’s brilliant to see the whole Ladies team here tonight and their performances under guide of their manager (Russell Heal) improving so much, and they are a welcome addition to the club.

“We have a special club with great people and to see all the teams mixing and supporting each other fills all of us with great optimism for the future.”

A summary of the awards presented on the evening is as follows:

First Team

Players Player of the Year: Adam Jones

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Mark Armstrong

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Reserve Team

Top Goalscorer: Callum Sully

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Players Player of the Year: Connor Heal

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Jake Buxton

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‘A’ Team

Manager’s Player of the Year: Sam Smith

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Player’s Player of the Year: Ryan Llewyllyn

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Top Goalscorer: James Parker

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Ladies Team

Top Goalscorer: Valerie Walsh

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Most improved Player: Charlotte Caley

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Players Player of the Year: Jade Burton

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Manager’s Player of the Year: Megan Dyer

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Special Award

Performance of the Season Adam Jones

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(* first team award)

 

Club Awards

Golden Boot/club leading goalscorer: Callum Ham

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Young Player of the Year: Tom Catling

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Clubman of the Year Award: Karen & Russell Heal (joint award)

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In addition, club secretary Alan Cooper was presented with a framed signed shirt by the first team squad for his efforts during the season.

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Cheddar Ladies’ guest of honour and team sponsor Jacqui Lewis of the Bath Arms was presented with a bunch of flowers

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Karen was also thanked for all her hard work and effort this season for the club and teams

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Cheesemen receive Infrastructure Grant

Cheddar Football Club started working together with GrassRoots Power when they stepped up to help the Cheesemen following storm damage to one of their floodlight pylons last winter.

Where other suppliers were quoting long lead times, Grassroots bent over backwards to achieve a cost-effective repair enabling an end of season evening fixture to be completed.

As a Community Interest Company, GrassRoots have subsequently enabled Cheddar Football Club to apply for a grant towards infrastructure improvements.

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GrassRoots CEO Harry Riste is pictured presenting a cheque for £1847.43 to Cheddar chairman, Matt Postins at the club’s annual presentation evening on Saturday (13th May).

Cheddar FC news

The club are to host the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final on Tuesday evening, 2nd May, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

The cup final is to be played between Bath Villa FC and Baltonsborough FC and match night gates open at 6pm.

The match is ‘All Pay’. In addition to the Somerset Intermediate Cup Final, Cheddar FC are also to host the Somerset County Sunday Challenge Cup Final which is to take place on Wednesday 17th May as well as two Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals which are to take place on Saturday 20th May.

Details of the Somerset County Challenge Cup Final and the Weston super Mare and District Cup Finals will be advised on this website nearer to the dates in question.

Cheddar Football Club Annual Presentation Night is to take place on Saturday 13th May, with a 7 for 7.30pm start.

Admission tickets (which will be available on the door) are £10 per person which will include a ‘Hog Roast and a pint’.

Supporters and friends of Cheddar Football Club are most welcome to attend along with all players, and the club are hopeful of a large attendance as indeed was the case last year, 2016.

Enquiries are welcomed and should be e-mailed to the Secretary via the club website contact page
Turning to Pre-season Friendlies; the first pre-season friendly for the 2017-18 season has been arranged and is to be a match against a Yeovil Town XI on Wednesday 26th July 2017, kick-off: 7pm. Further news on pre-season will follow at the right time. Pre-season arrangements are currently under discussion between the first team manager and the football secretary.