Further postponements for the Cheesemen manager Shaun Potter gives is mid-season review and the club announce major plans for their 125th Anniversary Weekend in May

The unpredictable weather that has been playing having with the festive season fixture list struck a further blow at the weekend, the Cheesemen having the ignominy of further match postponed when their match against Warminster Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bowdens Park, causing even more headaches for the club’s hardworking groundsman Russell Heal.  Saturday’s postponement has in effect meant that their last match day action on home soil was almost six weeks ago when they defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-0 on 2nd December.   Matches after that outstanding win and team performance have seen Shaun Potter’s team suffer an abandonment at Devizes and defeats on the road at Welton Rovers and Roman Glass, as well as three successive league postponements.  Matches will of course be rearranged, but Shaun Potter’s team, with just one game under their belts since mid-December, now find themselves in catch up mode with re-arranged matches at Devizes (16th January); Bishop Sutton (6th February) both away and home games with Sherborne Town (20th February) and now Warminster Town (30th January).  Due to a fixture re-arrangement headache the Bowdens Park club find they have dropped to seventh position in the Toolstation League Division One, albeit they have four games in hand over league leaders, Westbury United, but are scheduled to be back in league action on Saturday (13th January) when they host fourth placed Radstock Town, who are just three points ahead of the Cheesemen who have a game in hand over their visitors.  Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm.

Speaking with the club website at the weekend, manager Shaun Potter, reviewing his team’s season so far said:

“We’ve had a good overall season so far; a shaky start perhaps but since the Sherborne game in September we have been very good.  We were rock bottom in early September, so to even be in the promotion mix now is a great achievement and it’s what the lads deserve.  Since taking on the job on a permanent basis I’ve tried to give the lads some belief and put some enjoyment back into the game and the players have responded really well.  In my opinion we are the best footballing side in the league, so the winter months are usually the trickiest for a side like us, but we have dug in and picked up some great results.  The last two games haven’t quite gone as we had planned and the Christmas period was a little bit stop-start due to postponements which hasn’t really helped but these lads have a great attitude and those two defeats have really hurt them so I’m expecting a big response this month.  We have quite a few games in January which will only be good for us as we look to get back to winning ways and put another run together.  My aim is of course to get promotion this season but more than that, it’s to enjoy the game every week and play good football. We do that by being consistent and sticking to our principles. The players trust the philosophy and there is a real belief that we can win every game we play.  We take it game by game and try not to look too far ahead; we know that if we perform week in, week out the end goal is inevitable.  It’s a great club to be involved in and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go in the next few seasons”

What was particularly impressive was the evidence of high team morale and an excellent spirit this weekend, as the full first team squad gathered as one at a leading gym in Weston super Mare at the weekend to undertake a period of strenuous exercise and ‘Boxercise’ training.


Elsewhere last weekend (6th January) the Reserve team continued their recent good form with a great 2-0 win at Tunley Athletic.  Here are assistant manager Mike Carpenter’s thoughts on the game:

Cheddar Reserves went into the game with an unchanged squad for the fourth successive game. Tunley however started the brightest earning an early free from just outside the box which went uncapitalised.   From that moment it was all Cheddar; the midfield of Callum French, Tom Manning and John Edwards dictated play, moving the ball freely and creating vast opportunities in the final third

The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes when Manning found Hughes out wide and with a lot to do he managed to get in a cross-shot which aided by a small deflection found the back of the net. The Cheesemen Reserves had several attempts on goal throughout the half and through Billy Manning and John Edwards, but these were to no avail.

The second half began, and Cheddar started to make their presence felt with substitute Connell Edwards making an immediate impact in the defensive line.  The width of Hughes and Selway-Joseph was causing early problems for the home defence.   After ten minutes second half play, Hughes was found by a brilliant French through ball, but the striker hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper.  The Cheese maintained their pressure with substitute Tom Caitlin hitting the bar and the Tunley goalkeeper pulling off some fine saves.

Cheddar’s second goal came on 67 minutes, Tom Manning finding his namesake Billy with a delightful chipped pass and the latter made no mistake, slotting the ball past the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty box.  The visitors remained well disciplined and retained their shape, sticking to their game plan, and could easily have gone for more goals.   The last few minutes of the game were played out with neither side pushing for goals with Sam Talbot in the Cheddar goal a virtual bystander to another good performance.

Speaking to the website after the game, Mike Carpenter said:

“The boys did a great job, and all realise the job in hand regarding our strong promotion push.  Today we could have thrown it away looking for goals, but we remained well disciplined and kept it safe with the result going our way.  Our focus is now onto the next game to look for those next three points”

Meanwhile, the club have announced some important diary dates for the Spring.

The club are to hold their Annual Presentation and Awards Evening on Saturday evening 28th April, starting at 7.00 for 7.30pm, and two weeks afterwards are to hold their very special 125th Anniversary weekend, which is to take the form of two successive evenings in a marquee at the club’s Bowdens Park ground.  The first of two major events to hosted by the club is to take place on Friday 18th May when the club have literally pulled off what they consider something of a coup, when they are to welcome former Arsenal and England top name Ray Parlour to a Sportsman’s Evening.  The eloquent Ray Parlour who is additionally current talkSPORT and Sky TV pundit is expected to be big draw for the local public and will be accompanied by a top comedian.   A ‘Harvest Home’ styled dinner dance that will feature top entertainment will take place on the Saturday night (19th May). The club have advised that ticketing arrangements together with further news on these major events will follow shortly here on the club website and its Facebook www.Facebook.com/CheddarFootballlClub

Finally, onto the weekend (Saturday 13th January), with just the first team in action (as reported earlier in this update the Cheesemen are in action at Bowdens Park for the first time since early December with a home Toolstation League Division One clash against fourth placed Radstock Town, kick-off is at 3pm)  Both the Reserve team and the ‘A’ team are without a match this weekend, with the Under 18’s match on Tuesday night (9th January) also having seen a late call-off due to an unsuitable playing surface.

Cheddar FC dates for your diary

As a ‘Look Forward’ we are aiming to give all our club members and supporters as full information as is currently available for our 125th Anniversary weekend which is to take place on Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May, but in the meantime please do make a note of the date of the Annual End of Season Presentation/Awards Evening which is to take place on Saturday 28th April 201

The ‘A’s Lose Their Table Topping Clash, But Cheddar Ladies Pull Off An Amazing Result On Their Sunday Trip To Porlock

With the first team’s scheduled home Toolstation Western League (Division One) match against Calne Town last Saturday (11th November) falling foul of the weather conditions that saturated the Bowdens Park pitch, Shaun Potter’s boys were without a game last weekend. 

As has transpired owing to the results of the past week, the ‘Cheese’ have dropped to fourth place in the league, Radstock Town having now climbed to second place courtesy of their 1-0 victory over Bishop Sutton on Tuesday (14th November) evening.  ‘The Miners’ (alias Radstock Town) are now on 33 points from 17 games.   

Keynsham Town (who were in second place following (last) Saturday’s results are in third place on 32 points (from 17 games) and ‘The Cheese’ are in fourth place with 31 points (also from 17 games).  In fifth place currently are Welton Rovers who the Cheese visit on Saturday 16th December.  

Rovers have 30 points (from 17 games) and in sixth are Oldland Abbotonians who travel to Bowdens Park on Saturday 2nd December, for the first of two December home games, the second being Sherborne Town, who visit on Saturday 23rd December, in the final home league game of 2017.

Westbury United continue to lead the league with 35 points (also from 17 games) and are two points ahead of Radstock, three ahead of Keynsham and four points ahead of ourselves.   

Interestingly, the Wiltshire side are to visit Keynsham on Tuesday next (21st November) before hosting ourselves on the Saturday (25th November) in what are two eye-catching games.

In other first team news, as many supporters will already be aware, steely (and popular) defender Shaun ‘Lambo’ Lambert has returned to the club following a spell at Bridgwater Town.  

Weston based Shaun who signed terms on Monday of this week, said: “I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pitch with the lads and hopefully this year we can go up!

” I can’t wait to get back playing, it’s going to be a good season!”

Manager Shaun Potter on completing his latest signing, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Shaun back to the club, he has been a vital member of the squad over the past few seasons and gives us something different to what we have already, as well as adding some depth to our back four.

“‘Lambo’ is a popular figure in the dressing room so I’m sure that he’ll slot back in quickly.

“He will be available for selection this weekend.”

The first team are back in action on Saturday (18th November) when they travel to Warminster Town in the first round of the Les Phillips (League) Cup.  Kick off at Warminster’s Weymouth Street ground on Saturday is 3pm.

Turning to the Reserve team, there was also no game for the Reserves last weekend, but Andy Wallis’s lads are back in action this Saturday when they host Banwell in the Somerset County League (Division Two).  The match kicks off at 3pm.

The ‘A’ team have been enjoying a string of good results of late and on Saturday they hosted a table-topping clash with Weston super Mare & District League Division Four leaders, Burnham United ‘A’.

Unfortunately, the ‘A’ team were to lose their good run of form at the weekend and were defeated 3-5 by a Burnham team, despite the Cheddar team leading the match 3-2 at one stage in the match.  Cheddar goal scorers were John Edwards (with two goals) and Sam Smith.

The ‘A’ team are in action again at Sharpham Road this coming weekend when they take on Bath Villa in the Somerset Intermediate Cup, in an earlier kick off time of 1.45pm.

Flying the flag again for the club last weekend was again Cheddar Ladies.  Here is manager Russell Heal’s report on an amazing result at Porlock…

The Cheese girls travelled to Porlock and knew that the match would be a tough encounter against the second placed team in the league and it turned out to be a very entertaining game with both sides playing some fantastic football.  

The home side started very strongly and energetically, creating some early chances and took the lead in the third minute when a Jo Reason volley put the home side in the lead, after the Cheddar full back steered the ball past her own goalkeeper but six minutes later Valerie Walsh grabbed an equaliser.  

Porlock then regained the lead two minutes later but then Lauren Faulkner equalised again with a great long range shot that cleared the goalkeeper and dropped into the net just under the crossbar.

 Valerie Walsh then got her hat-trick by scoring in both the 29th and 31st minutes.  Megan Dyer then grabbed a fifth for Cheddar just before half time.  The home side started the second half very strongly grabbing their third goal after just three second half minutes, but the Cheese girls took total control of the game with two further goals coming from Holly Hael and one from Charlotte Caley to make the final score Porlock 3 Cheddar Ladies 8.

Player of the match was Valerie Walsh, but this was an outstanding performance by the complete team.

Cheddar Ladies play at home to Crewkerne on Sunday (19th November), kick off 2.00pm.

Cheddar Football Club appoint Shaun Potter as first team manager on a permanent basis

Cheddar Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Shaun Potter in the role of first team manager, following his leadership of the team in the last six weeks as caretaker manager.

In a statement released by the club on Tuesday afternoon (17th October 2017), the club chairman (Matt Postins) said:

“We have had a number of well qualified and experienced applicants for the position, which I would like to thank for them for their time in applying for the role. Whilst they may be disappointed not to have progressed, given how well the team have done since Shaun has taken the reins, then it wasn’t a difficult decision to appoint Shaun.  He has been involved with the first team as assistant manager for the past nine months, so he not only understands the desires and goals of the club but he has also bought into what we are trying to achieve here and he challenges we face.   I consider that we have a worthy successor to Jared Greenhalgh and I am sure that Shaun will build on the progress that Jared made with the team over the past few seasons.  It is great to see that out of a very difficult position we were in, that we have some continuity within the club and I hope now that Shaun and the players can now build on the great start that he has had with the team”

Shaun Potter, on taking up his appointment said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed manager on a permanent basis.  It’s a great club and since coming in around a year ago I’ve loved every minute.  I agreed to take on the role on an interim basis six weeks ago and since then I’ve enjoyed it even more; the response on the field of play has been superb which is a credit to the great bunch of lads we’ve got here at the club. The people behind the scenes at this club are amongst the best I’ve ever been around.  It’s a brilliantly run club with a great philosophy, which matches my own.   It’s clear that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet and for me that’s really important and this was a huge factor in my ‘chucking my name into the hat’ for the job.  I’ll be doing everything in my power to bring this club the success that it deserves and I can’t wait to get started”.

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.