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Walton Casuals Match Preview - Steve's Thoughts.

After our win against Staines Town on Saturday, Salisbury travel to the Elmbridge Sports Hub on Tuesday evening where we face Walton Casuals. Looking to gain a further three points after our success at the weekend to move us further up the table. Walton chalked up their first win of the season on Saturday against Swindon Supermarine and will be full of confidence heading into the match.

When I asked Steve about his plans, he said “We’ll be waiting until shortly before the game to be sure which players we have available. We didn’t play Jake Wannell during Saturday’s game to keep him fit for the midweek trip. The pitch at Walton is a 3G surface, which Kane O’Keefe can’t play on due to his knee. So with Elliot Wheeler’s suspension coming up, it was better to keep Jake for Tuesday rather than risk him gaining an injury and us ending up with a lack of centre-half options.

“It's always a bit of an unknown on synthetic pitches, the quality differs from one to another. We handled it well when we visited Cirencester last season, so I would hope for a similar outcome this time.”

Jake and SteveJake Wannell and Steve Claridge - Photos by Roger Elliott

The Whites are currently sitting 11th in the league with this match being our game in hand over the teams around us, it would be a valuable win if we can claim it.

Safe journey to the team and all travelling fans.


Ian Pearson



Walton Casuals v Salisbury FC 19.45 KO 18/09/2018


Elmbridge Sports Hub, KT12 2JP



Wiltshire Senior Cup 2018/19 - Round 1

Salisbury, along with Chippenham Town, Trowbridge Town, and Swindon Supermarine, have all been given byes in this round, all other games for which are scheduled to have been completed by 17th October.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

FA Cup Draw & Mick's thoughts

Should the Whites come through their replay at Yate Town tomorrow evening, they will visit National League South side Weston Super Mare in the Second Qualifying Round, at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday 22 September, KO 3 pm.

Director of Football Mick Jenkins commented: "Before even thinking about that game, we have to overcome Yate Town tomorrow evening in what will be a very difficult game. Whoever goes through will also have a tough task at Weston, who are in the National League South. 

It's a pity that, with all the teams left in the competition, either Yate or ourselves will have to face a tie against one from the highest level involved at this stage, but that's just the luck of the draw."

The winners of tomorrow night's game will receive £6000 and will progress to face Weston with prize money of £9000 at stake.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Salisbury Hospitals Cup

The Whites will play at home to Shaftesbury Town, of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division in the Quarter Final of the competition.


The tie will take place on Tuesday 27 November, kick off 7-45pm.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Player News

The Whites are pleased to confirm that midfielder Bay Downing will make his squad debut at Harrow Borough in tomorrow's Evo-Stik League match. Manager Steve Claridge commented: "Two games later than we expected, he is available, and we are really pleased as we are absolutely desperate for bodies with injuries and suspensions taking their toll. I haven't seen him play, so we're taking a bit of a chance, but by all accounts he's a good player."

As Downing arrives, so George Barker departs, and Claridge confirmed:"To be fair, I was under the misapprehension that he is a wide player, from enquiries made, but he assures me that he is a No 10. That is where he wants to play, but of course we are well catered for in that position. He is is going to Staines Town, and no doubt we'll see him back here on 15 September, when we play them."

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Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Youth Football and Breakfast at the Ray Mac

Kick this Saturday off with bacon rolls, a cup of tea and football at the Ray Mac for breakfast

Warm up for the trip up to Harrow Borough this Saturday with a peek into the future, when White's under 16's take on Bristol Inner City academy in what will be the final pre-season game for both sides.

The two sides met in the 1st round of the Junior Premier League 'elite' cup back in October. That was a seriously entertaining game in which the whites came back from being 2 down to level the game. An end to end final 20 minutes saw both sides create chances to win it, however it was the Bristol side that took their chance and progressed to the next round. In fact they went on to win the whole thing with victory in Manchester over Worcester City that saw them crowned the 'JPL National Elite Cup Winners'. That rounded off a remarkable season that saw only one defeat in over 30 competitive fixtures.

So Mark Winter and Richard Rendall's young squad are in for a tough challenge this Saturday morning. There preseason has been a trio of 1 v 1 draws against Basingstoke, Eastleigh academy and our own U18's. Both coaches will be looking for a positive performance to take into their opening JPL league fixture next Saturday away to Portsmouth.

SFC youth is extremely grateful to the club for giving both teams the opportunity to play this game at the Ray Mac. As some of the young Whites will be hoping they can break into the development side this season, getting on the pitch tomorrow should be the greatest encouragement they can get to push on and get back out there on a regular basis.  

Admission is free

Gates open 9:30am

Kick off 10:30am

Tea Hut 1 will be open and serving hot drinks and bacon rolls.


FA Cup Draw - Steve's thoughts

The Whites have been drawn at home against Yate Town of the Evo-Stik South Division One South in the Emirates FA Cup on 8 September (KO 3pm).

Commenting on the draw, Manager Steve Claridge said “Normally you would look at a home draw against a team from a lower division as being a good one, but they are unbeaten at the top of their league, winning two of their three league games away from home. In addition, to get to this stage, they won 3-0 at Cheddar Town on Saturday. On the face of it, any home draw is good, but this will be a very difficult tie.” 

A prize of £6000 from the FA Prize Fund awaits the winners, but, as opposed to past rounds, losing clubs do not receive a payment.



Press Officer

Alec Hayter


Sam Roberts

Whites' youngster Sam Roberts, who has been with Salisbury FC from the Club's early days, has decided to take a break from the game, and his contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

All at the Club wish him well for the future.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

New signing

The Whites have signed 22 year old midfielder Bay Downing on dual registration with Vanarama National League North Altrincham.

Downing signed for Alty on his return to the UK after having played for Tampa Spartans, and had trials with Macclesfield Town and Salford City.

He came off the bench for Altrincham’s first team against FC United, and recently scored twice in a reserve team fixture. He will be available for Monday’s match against Swindon Supermarine, but not for the Whites’ FA Cup and FA Trophy matches.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Swindon Supermarine game

In spite of what may have appeared in certain press outlets our game versus Swindon Supermarine WILL take place on Monday 27 August (KO 3 pm) irrespective of whether Supermarine or ourselves are involved in a replay.

This season there are exceptional circumstances caused by various changes to the pyramid, and entries into the FA Cup, and any replay onvolving ourselves will take place in the week commencing 3 September, whereas, normally, such replays would take place before the Thursday following the first fixture.

So please get along to the Ray Mac on Monday, even if we are involved in a replay with Hamble Club. Any replay would take place on Tuesday 4 September at the Hamble Community Facility.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Welcome back, Tom!

The Whites are delighted to confirm that they have re-signed their former midfielder Tom Whelan,  and that he should be available tomorrow's game at home to Dorchester  (KO 3pm). Whelan left Salisbury at the end of last season to ply his trade nearer his Liverpool home and become involved in League football, and Salisbury Manager Steve Claridge was quick to act when his availability became known.

Claridge said "We jumped at the chance to get Tom back. He was with us since the start of our new Club and had been one of our best players. He will take us to a new level."

Whelan 2

Tom is back at the Ray Mac

Alec Hayter

Press Officer 


Salisbury Hospitals Cup

The Whites will play a home tie against either Pewsey Vale or Shaftesbury in the Quarter Final of the competition, after the oponents have been determined in Round One which is to be completed by the end of October.

The Quarter Final games have to be played by the end of December.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Southern League Cup

Salisbury FC is one of 44 clubs to receive a bye in the Preliminary Round of this competition, and will now enter at the First Round stage in week commencing 1st October.

Teams in our Division who have ties in the Preliminary Round, (week commencing 3rd September), are Beaconsfield Town, Chesham United, Farnborough, Gosport Borough, Harrow Borough, Kings Langley, Swindon Supermarine, Taunton Town, and Walton Casuals.

Participation in the competition is compulsory for season 2018/9, as opposed to past seasons when clubs could opt out on making a payment to do so.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer