Stratford Town welcomed Ilmington United under 11s football team to their match against Tividale
The team with the Man of the Match
Stratford Town welcomed Ilmington United under 11s football team to their match against Tividale. This is Ilmington’s annual team day out, which has had to be postponed several times due to the terrible weather we have had this year.
Ilmington United under 11s play in the Ambassador Evesham Football League and although they are currently 4th, they are striving for a top two finish this season. They have scored 51 goals in their 14 league games this season, which makes them the second highest scorers and have an attacking philosophy throughout the team. They have also reached the semi-final of the under 11 Plate, which will be played next weekend.
The team of Sam Bayliss , Sean Bennett, Michael Benton. Jack Caine, Ben Coupe, Devon Cook. Joe Dutton, Thomas Jones, Giles King, Kieran Trippick, Jack Wiltshire, Will Willing along with coaches Rob Dutton and Mark Coupe had the opportunity to train on the 3G pitch prior to kick off and the walk out with the players before the game. At half time they were given a banquet in the members bar along with the club officials and their parents. Unfortunately Jack Hardwidge could not join them due to family commitments. All the boys come from the local area, including Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Ettington, Alderminster, Weston Sub-Edge, Shipston and Brailes.
This is the second year running Ilmington have chosen to have their team trip at Stratford Town. They have enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere and the great facilities and hospitality which the club offers on both visits.
More frustration as the weather wins again
After 18 hours heavy rain Friday & Saturday morning the pitch was covered in surface water resulting in Town's game versus Westfields being postponed. Other local sides suffered a similar fate with games at Studley, Alvechurch and Highgate also being called off.
Town keeping fit and focused despite the bad weather
A snowy 3G
Town manager Carl Adams took full advantage of the 3G facility this week to keep his team in shape for the rest of the season. Saturday's postponement against Heath hayes saw the 1st team play the reserves in a friendly in the afternoon followed by two training sessions Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Although the start of the forecast snow came down Thursday evening, it didn't interupt training which saw a welcome return to training of Aaron Stringfellow after his car accident.
Denys Shorrt awarded OBE
Denys Shortt – entrepreneur and founder of DCS Europe plc in Stratford-upon-Avon has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to the economy.
Denys, known for his endless energy and enthusiasm, started his first business DCS Europe in 1994. His company DCS is now the UK’s leading distributor of health, beauty and household brands with sales of £150 million and 250 employees. Denys has also created two technology companies - Enable Software and Deal Track Limited which employ 30 people.
Denys has created the Enliven brand – a range of health and beauty products which are Made in England and where millions of bottles are exported to 70 countries world wide. He recently invested over £4 million into a new toiletries factory in Stratford-upon-Avon with the aim to help revive British Manufacturing.
In his younger days Denys had a very different career in mind. After attending Eagle House School, it was at Warwick School at age 15 where he was selected to play hockey for England.
Denys believes his drive and determination comes from his younger days playing international hockey. His aim was to follow a career in sport and he decided not to attend university but instead work for his father, a former tea planter in Assam, who in the 80’s was manufacturing and selling tea under the Shakespeare brand in Henley-in-Arden. Denys’ focus quickly moved to business as he honed his skills in sales and finance. In his late 20’s he started DCS - after his initials.
Aside from running his business Denys is very active in local and national community organisations as well as advising other businesses.
In December 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. He led the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP to national recognition with several successes. He also organised and Chaired the first National LEP Conference in Coventry with Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
At a local level in Stratford-upon-Avon Denys has formed Stratford Vision – a group focussed on improving the local economy and creating a jobs and growth plan for Shakespeare’s home town for the next 20 years.
Denys is currently on the Board of Warwick Business School and advises at the Royal Agricultural College on entrepreneurship. He is a former Governor of Cheltenham College.
Denys donates considerable time as well as funding to his local Stratford community – supporting the Shakespeare Hospice, Orchestra of the Swan and the Pride of Stratford Awards. He is also a Director and the main sponsor of Stratford Town Football Club where he has recently started a Junior Academy. In hockey Denys supports Great Britain as well as the new National Hockey Museum.
Denys lives in the Cotswolds and in his spare time he runs a farm breeding pedigree belted Galloway cattle. Aside from farming his passion is flying - he has been a helicopter pilot for 14 years.
Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi congratulated Denys on his honour, “Denys is one of our country's great entrepreneurs. He's an unstoppable force who has built not just a fantastic global business right here in Stratford Upon Avon, but also been a major driving force behind the success of Local Enterprise Partnerships both in Coventry and Warwickshire and nationally. The country needs more people like Denys and I'm delighted his efforts have been rewarded.”
On being included in the New Year’s honours list, Denys said, “I am absolutely delighted and proud to receive this honour. Britain is a great place to build a business and I am delighted that entrepreneurship is recognised within the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list”.
Stratford Town 2 Loughborough University 3
Town's unbeaten league record went today when they were beaten by an excellent Loughborough side. Town went a goal Town after just 5 minutes with a fantastic strike from 30 yards by George Nash. Loughborough dominated possession for the opening 15 minutes but Town eventually got a foothold in the game with a fantastic curling shot from Joe Halsall. Aaron Forde then gave Town the lead with an equally impressive strike from 25 yards.
The second half saw the game swing from end to end and Town were denied further goals when Tyrone Fagan hit the post and Loughborough's keeper made 2 great saves from Robinson. But the students superior passing gradually got the better of Town and they scored 2 goals from in form striker Daniel Nti.
However with Stourport also losing Town still remain 6 points clear at the top of the table.
Full report now available under the First Team Match Reports link.
Stratford Town 1 Rocester 1
Town were held to a hard earned draw against a strong well organised Rocester side at the DCS Stadium. After a tight first half ended goaless Town stepped up the pressure in the 2nd but found it difficult to break down a solid Rocester defence. Despite dominating most of the play Rocester always looked dangerous on the break and they took the lead on 69 minutes. When Town did break through they found Froggatt in the Rocester goal in excellent form but the pressure finally paid off when Joe Halsall equalised in the 85th minute. Town nearly picked up all 3 points when a Chris Lait shot from 25 yards was touched onto the crossbar by Froggatt and scrambeled clear.
Full report now available on the First Team Match Reports link.
Stratford Town 3 Banbury United 6 (after extra time)
Town went down to an extra time defeat after battling back from a 3 - 0 half time deficit. Town made 7 changes to the team and Banbury proved too quick in the first 30 minutes racing to a 3 nil lead. However a battling second half display saw them level the tie with goals from Jamie Bailey, Harry Donaghey and an 85th minute equaliser from Josh O'Grady and could have won the game in the dying minute missing a good chance.
However Banbury put the game beyond Town with two quick goals in extra time and another late on.
Full report now available on First Team Match Reports link.
Causeway 1 Stratford Town 2
Another 3 points for Town with a gritty performance at a ground we have struggled in recent seasons to get a result. Anthony Robinson scored in the second half to put Town 1 up, having now scored in the last six games. Chris Lait made it 2 - 0 but a late goal from Causeway made for a nervous last 5 minutes. With Stouport losing Town move 8 points clear at the top of the MFA table
Full report now available under the First Team Match Reports link
Alvechurch 1 Stratford Town 3
Town picked up another 3 points at in form side Alvechurch with a battling win and an imposing 2nd half display. Town went ahead after 2 minutes when Harry Donagheys corner was flicked on by Anthony Robinson and Luke Edwards headed home. In a competitive game Alvechurch equalised after 36 minutes. The second half saw both sides aggressively seeking the win but Town came out on top when the prolific Tony Robinson put Town ahead following a Chris Lait cross. Town secured the points when new signing Tyrone Fagan raced clear and cooly slotted home the third.
Full report now available on First Team Match Reports link.
New signings bolster squad
Manager Carl Adams added 2 new signings to the playing squad this week.
Tyrone Fagan aged 32, striker, signed from Rugby Town. He will be well known to Town followers when, during the season 2006/7 season, playing for Romulus, he was neck and neck with Stratfords Tony Robinson for the golden boot award which Robbo won. He is available for the trip to Alvechurch Saturday.
Also signed is Aaron Stringfellow 24 a right back previously with Rugby, Daventry, Banbury and recently Redditch United.
Stratford Town 4 Ellesmere Rangers 1
Town maintained their lead at the top of the MFA table with a comfortable 4 - 1 win against lowly Ellesmere Rangers. They took the lead with an excellent finish by Harry Doanghey but despite creating several chances were unable to add to their lead. The second half saw them increase the lead through Chris Lait but Williams pulled a goal back for the visitors. Tony Robinson scored a brace in the 66th and 88th minute
Full report now available on First Team Match Reports link.
Morton Titterton resigned his position as First Team Manager of the Stratford Town
Chairman Craig Hughes said, " As a club it is with reluctance and regret we accepted his resignation and wish him all the best for the future to him and his family. I would like to thank him for his time at the club and enjoyed working with him because of his professionalism, drive and management skills. If he had continued I know he would have brought the success he deserved. At the moment this is not going to happen due to his circumstances and the priorities towards his work and family"
"It is hoped that sometime in the future he will in some way be connected with the club again"
Tipton Town 3 Stratford Town 3
Town were denied all 3 points when Tipton equalised in the 89th minute. Town took the lead through a Tony Robinson strike only for Tipton to equalise through a disputed penalty given for handball against Joe Halsall. Tony Robinson put Town ahead before half time. Tipton equalised when a cross was deflected in by Joe Halsall. Town regained the lead when Josh O'Grady cooly slotted home after a through ball by Robinson. Tipton equalised in the 89th minute when Town failed to deal with a corner and the the ball was bundled in.
Full report now available on the Match Reports link.
Stratford Town 9 Continental Star 0
Town erased the memory of last weeks cup defeat with a resounding win at the DCS Stadium today. An evenly matched first half turned when Star's leading goalscorer Garvey was sent off for Abusive language directed at the referee. It took Town until the 40th minute to break the deadlock and adding a second on the stroke of half time.
The second half saw Town wear down their opponents and score a flurry of goals in the last 20 minutes. There were hat tricks for Tony Robinson and Chris Lait, Harry Donaghey penalty., Luke Edwards header and a screamer from Aaron Forde
Full report now available on Match Reports link.
October Fixtures announced
The MFA today published the Fixtures for October with 2 home and 2 away games. No midweek games but we still have to finalise our home Birmingham Senior Cup match against Banbury United. The MFA are promising to publish the remaining fixtures for the season shortly. See the Fixtures & Results Tab for the details.
300 Not Out for Fauldsy
The loudest cheer of an otherwise gloomy afternoon as Town tumbled out of the F A Carlsberg Vase on Saturday was heard halfway through the second half when Mark Faulds came off the subs bench to make his 300th Town appearance.
Such player loyalty is virtually unique these days, so well done Mark and many thanks for all your past - and future - efforts in a Town shirt.
Another away win for Town
Dunkirk 1 Stratford Town 2
Despite going a goal down in the first half Town secured another impressive win against 5th placed Dunkirk. Town struggle to find any meaningful possession in the first half and Dunkirk went a goal ahead after 25 minutes. However the second half was a different story. A few tactical changes were made and Town took the game to their Nottingham based hosts and deservedly equalised through a Jamie Bailey header. The returning Luke Williams put Town 2-1 ahead finishing off a fine move.
With other results going their way Town have opened up a six point gap at the top of the league.
Full match report now available on the Match Report link.
Excitng Game sees Town go 3 points clear
Stratford Town 2 Alvechurch 1
Town scored 2 late goals to pick up all three points at the DCS stadium in a thoroughly entertaining game. Alvechurch with the influx of 5 Birmingham City academy players proved to be tough opponents and closed the first half on top but were denied taking the lead by 3 outstanding saves by Town keeper Brendan Hazlett. They did however take the lead 5 minutes into the second half through former Town striker Joe Wright but Town never gave up and a terrific strike from Chris Lait after 83 minutes levelled the game before Tony Robinson scored the winner in the 90th minute.
Full match report now available on the Match Reports link.
Town hit top spot with win at Heather St John
Town made it three away wins in a row and three clean sheets after a hard working performance at Heather St Johns. Despite having 4 players unavailable on the day Town went ahead after 6 minutes through a Ricky Baker header.
Town have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top when they entertain Alvechurch at home on Tuesday night, 7.45pm kick off, in the only MFA being played this week.
Full report now available under the Match Reports link.
Town maintain winning run
Stratford maintained their winning run with a comfortable win at Studley by 3 goals to Nil.
On a wet blustery day another hard working performance saw them take a 1 - 0 interval lead after Joe Halsall headed home Jamie Bailey's excellent cross.
The second half continued with Town on top and an Anthony Robinson penalty and a close range effort from Ricky Baker secured the points.
Full report now available under the Match Reports link.
Camera Crews Arrive at the DCS
This weekend saw the arrival of ESPN and the support crew that will show the Birmingham City Ladies live game tonight at 7.30pm
A nine camera shoot saw Scaffolding Towers erected and miles of cables laid around the stadium. Some challenges when a 44 ton lorry containing the mobile studio got stuck in the soft ground behind the goal.
Morton Recovering after back Surgery
Joint manager Morton Titterton is recovering in Walsgrave Hospital after undergoing surgery .
Morton had been suffering with a back problem and a Tumour was discovered and he was operated on Thursday which has been successful and he is currently in recovery. He is hoping to return in the next few weeks subject to rehabilitation.
Everbody connected with the club wishes him a speedy recovery and looks forward to his return in the near future. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
Kirby Muxloe 0 Stratford Town 3
Town moved up to 4th place in the league with a game in hand after a positive and dominant performance at Kirby Muxloe.
Starting with a high tempo it paid rewards when Joe Halsall quickly closed down Kirby's centre half, won the ball and cooly slotted the ball into the net after just 4 minutes. Town were creating lots of opportunities and extended the lead after 24 minutes through Dan Kerrigan. With Kirby restricted to only a few chances Town went 3 up 10 minutes into the second half when Dan Kerrigan's shot was deflected in by Jamie Bailey. Some excellent saves denied Town more goals but ran out comfortable winners.
Full report available on the Match Reports link.
Stratford Town 2 Coleshill Town 1
Stratford picked up all 3 points at the DCS stadium after weathering a tense last 20 minutes as Coleshill came close to an equaliser. With 3 new players in the side, Anthony Robison, Jordan Fincher and Aaron Forde, it was Stratford who took the lead after 2 minutes when a cross field pass from Dan Kerrigan was turned in by Jamie Bailey. The lead became 2 when new signing Aaron Forde struck a shot from 25 yards through a crowd of players into the bottom corner. Stratford should have added to the lead but Coleshill always looked dangerous from set pieces.
The second half saw both sides create chances but as the game wore on Coleshill started to create chances and finally scored from a Ling header. It was a nervous final 10 minutes as Coleshill pressed for an equaliser but Town hung on and the win keeps them in 6th place.
Full report available on Match Reports link.
Televised Live game at Stratford Town's DCS Stadium
Live football will be broadcast on ESPN for Birmingham City Ladies home game against Bristol Academy on Monday 27th August 2012 kick off 7.30pm
This will be a first for the club and further details can be found on Birmingham ladies website
Stratford Town 4 Highgate United 2
Town made it 4 points out of a possible 6 with an entertaining 4 - 2 win against Highagte United. In an open game with both sides creating several chances Town took the lead after 17 minutes through a Luke Edwards header. But after missing a few chances to extend the lead Bennett levelled the score after 34 minutes. Luke Williams put Town 2-1 up from the penalty spot which saw Highgate reduced to 10 men when King was sent off for handling the ball on the line. Further goals from Luke Edwards and Ricky Baker before Bennett scored his 2nd late on for Highgate.
Match report now available on the Match Report link.
Town Complete Their Pre-Season Schedule
Town slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Hinckley United in their last pre-esason friendly on Saturday.
Click on the Match Reports link for further details and the after match comments from Joint Manager Carl Adams.
STFC in the local community this Friday
This Friday Stratford will holding an Olympic Party for the whole community and Stratford Town are getting involved
We will be there, doing demonstrations with some of Stratford Town Juniors , headed up by Paul Eden and Jason Cadden. They will be encouraging the local community to get involved. We will also have a stall at the event promoting the club and all the amazing things that we do. If anyone would like to know more please contact Melanie at the club or on 07968 600300
Stratford 1 Kidderminster 5
Town entertained a full strength Kidderminster side at the DCS Stadium. Harriers used 20 players on the night and raced into an early 2 goal lead in what proved to be a tough night for the Town side. Kidderminster featured 2 former Stratford players in Jack Byrne and Rob Thompson-Brown as well as two strikers who featured against Town in recent years who had made the step up to Conference football. Ryan Rowe won the MFA Golden boot when playing for Cradley Town and Anthony Malbon will be remembered for the 5 goals he scored last season for Newcastle Town in that epic 5-5 draw in the FA Cup.
Overall a good workout for Town who were made to work hard and the crowd entertained by some excellent players on display on the night. Luke Williams scored from the penalty spot for Town.
Pershore Town 0 Stratford Town 3
Town raced into an early two goal lead at Pershore Town with goals from James Travis and Joe Halsall. Totally dominating the first 45 minutes the score could have been more but for some outstanding saves from the Pershore keeper.
The second half saw several changes and while Town were generally comfortable they failed to add to the score until the 85th minute through an own goal. There were appearances from Andy Gregory and Joss Holford who have been away on holiday. Luke Williams and Ben Porter were absent with injuries as was Ricky Baker who didn't risk an ankle strain.
MFA Fixtures Published
The fixtures for the first 2 weeks of the new season have been published by the Midland Football Alliance.
Town's first league fixture will be away to Heath Hayes on Saturday 4th August 2012. The 1st home game will be on Tuesday 7th against Highgate United.
The following Saturday (11th) Town will be travelling to Tividale in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup and then play Alvechurch at home on Tuesday 14th August.
The fixtures for the remainder of the year should be out around 19th July 2012.
Stratford Town 0 Worcester City 3
Town went dow 3 - 0 at home to Conference side Worcester City at the DCS Stadium. Worcester played 2 different sides in each half giving Town a hard workout.
After dominating the first half Worcester scored twice through Symons, Town also made a few changes at half time and gave a better account in the second period but conceded a 3rd from a penalty scored by Green after 75 minutes.
Next game will be at Pershore Town on Tuesday night 7.45pm kick off.
Racing Club Warwick 1 Stratford Town 1
Town drew in their first pre-season friendly of the season against a young enthusiastic Racing Club side. Town used 17 players on the night and were unfortunate that new striker Luke Williams went off after 20 minutes with an ankle injury. Town were dominant in the second half and James Travis equalised from an excellent Harry Donaghey cross. Missing on the night was Ben Porter who was injured and Andy Gregory who will return to training on Thursday after being away on holiday.
Next up will a tough test against Worcester City at home on Saturday kick off 3pm.
FA Cup and Vase draws
Town face an away trip to Tividale on the 11th August 2012 in the FA Cup extra preliminary round. The winners will be away to either Dudley or Heath Hayes
In the FA Vase Town have a bye from the 1st Qualifying round but have a home draw against Eccleshall to be played on 15th September 2012
In the FA Youth Cup Town will be at home to Newcastle Town the tie to be played week commencing 3rd September 2012
Pre-season training gets underway
Carl Adams and Paul Eden put 23 players through their paces at Elmdon Park, Solihull on Tuesday evening. This will be repeated with 3 training sessions a week for the next fortnight before the pre-season friendlies get underway. With the best sun tan award going to Dan Parker on the night!
Only a couple of absentees with Andy Gregory away on holiday and Chris Murphy who is still struggling with the groin injury that caused him problems at the end of last season not there.
More news on signings to follow in the next few days.
Town duo move to Daventry Town
Morton and Carl confirmed that Richard Morris and Mykel Beckley had signed for Daventry Town. We wish them all the best for the season.
Further information on confirmed Town signings for this coming season to follow shortly.
MFA meeting confirms teams for season 2012/13
Town secretary Brian Rose attended the MFA annual meeting last night and confirmed the sides promoted and relegated.
Atherstone and Willenhall are confirmed as relegated, the 3 sides joining the MFA next season will be Gornal Athletic, Continental Star and Stourport Swifts. The league confirmed that 3 sides will be relegated at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Another Friendly Added
Tuesday 17th July 2012 kick 7pm versus Christ the King of the Coventry Alliance. The game versus Banbury scheduled for the 21st has been cancelled.
Interview with Morton Titterton and Carl Adams
Morton and Carl met up at the club Tuesday night to complete the signings of 5 new players and answered questions put to them by Mark Bickley
Morton - How would sum up last season?
It was very disappointing that we didn't kick on from the form we showed at the end of the previous season. We didn't replace the quality we lost in Tom James and Rob Thomson-Brown and suffered badly with absence of some key players for several weeks at a time. Andy Gregory, Liam Reynolds and Stu Herlihy were unavailable for periods and loosing Sam Alsop was a big blow along with Craig Attwood who looked a good replacement. Despite that we had several games where we dominated but we never found a 30 goal a season player to take advantage of the chances we created.
On a positive note the introduction of Dan Parker, Ricky Baker and Chris Lait brought some quality back into the side as well as the introduction of promising young players who gained valuable MFA experience. Sam Brady, Jordan Ward, Tom Dyke and Jamie Molyneux showed they can step up to the challenge the league poses.
Morton - Why did you bring in Carl Adams?
When the team isn't performing as you would like, before criticising the players you have to look at your own performance and commitment and I would have to say it wasn't good enough. I wanted to bring in someone who would be committed to the cause, have an experience of what playing in the MFA is about and a good network of contacts to help improve the team. I knew Carl from my playing days where we played together at Solihull Borough and appreciated his focus and passion for the game. I have also been impressed at how his has tried to manage a side in this league in difficult financial circumstances. When I approached him it was an immediate yes.
Carl - Having seen Stratford as an opposition manager what do you think is needed to win this league?
Stratford has always been viewed as the best club in the league the facilities and set up is second to none and every team always wants to ‘put one over them'. The players we need to be successful at this level need to be hungry and committed to the club, and be experienced at what playing and winning games in this league is all about. Players from higher leagues unless they have previously played in the MFA won't always have the impact you want from them. Their attitude and work ethic have to spot on to get results. The players we are trying to bring to the club will meet those criteria.
Carl and Morton - So what is the pre-season schedule
Training starts Tuesday 26th June 2012 with 3 sessions per week for the first two weeks. We expect to have 20 to 25 players involved. We start our friendlies away against Racing Club Warwick followed by a trip and stay over in Dorset where we will play Hamworthy United from the Wessex League. We then take on some higher level opposition with Kidderminster Harriers and Hinckley United visiting the DCS. We are finalising a couple more friendlies which hopefully will be confirmed in the next few days.
Carl and Morton - Who do you, think will be challenging for the title this season?
We would expect Westfields and Loughborough University to be the main threat based on their performances last season. But would expect Tividale to be strong again as well as Rocester who ended last season well.
Carl and Morton - So who is staying from last year's squad and who are the new signings?
We expect the majority of the players to stay. Nothing is certain until the paperwork is signed as this is the time of year where promises are made by clubs and players but don't materialise. We will be disappointed if those who have given a definite ‘Yes' don't sign but in addition 5 new players have already put pen to paper. These are:-
Joe Halsall - 22 year old Midfield player was with Redditch United last season.
Ben Porter - Midfield player finished last season with Coleshill Town
Luke Edwards - Centre Half from Romulus
Harry Donaghey - Left Back from Boldmere St Michaels
John Powys - Full Back or Midfield from Daventry TownSeveral others will be announced when the paperwork is completed
Sportsman Dinner Success
It was a full house on friday night for what proved to be an excellent evening, many thanks for all those who attended.
Guest speakers Alex Stepney and Ian 'Sludge' Lees provided and entertaining and amusing night.
Ricky Baker makes it a hat Trick of awards
Ricky Baker added to his Herald player of the year award by adding the 'Players Player' and 'Managers Player' of the year.
28th April - Town win the last game of the season
Stratford won the last game of the season 2 - 1 against Boldmere St Micheal
Mykel Beckley scored both goals for Stratford
Mark Faulds - Supporters Player of the year
Mark Faulds was voted supporters player of the year and received his award from Louise and Les Weatherhead before today's home game against Heath Hayes. Mark celebrated by scoring Town's 3rd goal in stoppage time.