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Strong Pompey line-up announced

Pre-season is getting ever closer, our first fixture is now only five days away. We host Portsmouth on Saturday, it will be Kenny Jackett’s first game in charge of the League One Side.

Salisbury Football Club are delighted to announce that Portsmouth will be bringing their entire First Team, and contrary to what was previously reported, there will not be three sides for 30 minutes.

This will be the first time for Whites fans to cast their eyes on new signings Stuart Green, Chris Shephard and Jake Wannell. Aswell as welcoming back Charlie Searle to the Ray Mac.

It will also be the first time Salisbury are in action in their new home kit. The second Macron design signals that start of a two-year deal with Berry Telecom as main club sponsor. Cara Glass remain a vital commercial partner, now occupying the back of the shirt.

Tickets are available online in advance https://www.salisburyfc.co.uk/index.php/shop#!/TICKETS-Portsmouth/c/23511001/offset=0&sort=normal or can be purchased on the day at the Turnstiles

Charlie welcomed back to the Ray Mac

After successfully concluding extended negotiations with his opposite number at Havant and Waterlooville, Lee Bradbury, Whites manager Steve Claridge has signed goalkeeper Charlie Searle on a season-long loan.

Charlie returns to the Ray Mac after an excellent first spell on loan in the club’s inaugural season when he helped Whites to the Wessex League title and the semi-final of the FA Vase with some outstanding displays.

 Steve wanted 21-year-old Charlie to return last season but there was a hitch with the Hawks wanting him to be available to them for cup games should the need arise. Instead, he had a loan spell at AFC Totton after Christmas.

 This time there is no such barrier to the full-season arrangement and Hawks have agreed that Charlie will be available to Salisbury FC for all cup games.

 “We never wanted Charlie to leave so it is great to welcome him back,” said Steve. “He is a good young goalkeeper available at the right price and we’ll be looking for him to perform as he did for us the season before last.”

Charlie will join up with the Whites squad when they begin pre-season training next Tuesday (June 27th) ahead of the first pre-season match against Portsmouth on Saturday July 1st.
That match will represent the very first game in the tenure of new manager Kenny Jackett as newly promoted Pompey look ahead to a season in Football League Division One.
 

Oldham to visit Ray Mac

Salisbury Football Club are pleased to announce further matches to the pre-season schedule, which starts in just two eleven days time.

We are delighted to announce the addition of a home fixture against Sky Bet League One side Oldham Athletic. John Sheridan’s side will visit the Ray Mac on Wednesday July 12th (7.45pm kick off). The Latics will be based at The University of Bath's Sports Training Village for a pre-season training camp and the visit to the Ray Mac will be the only public match of the tour.

An Oldham Athletic Spokesman spoke of the match-up “We’re delighted to be heading down to Salisbury for a pre-season friendly. It’s a new ground for all Oldham Athletic supporters so hopefully they will travel down in their numbers. It will be a good test for John Sheridan’s side and hopefully it will be a night enjoyed by all.”

The Whites have also added two away fixtures to their schedule, a trip to Chichester City on Thursday July 6th, as well as a fixture at Downton on Tuesday July 25th. Steve Claridge’s side’s full schedule is as follows:

Date Comp   Team H/A Time
Sat July 1st FR   Portsmouth H 15:00
Thu July 6th FR   Chichester City A 19.45
Wed July 12th FR   Oldham Athletic H 19.45
Sat July 15th FR   Bristol Rovers H 13:00
Tue July 18th FR   Andover Town A 19:45
Tue July 25th FR   Downton A 19.45
Sat July 29th FR   Weston-super-Mare H 15:00
Sat Aug 5th FR   Basingstoke Town H 15:00

 

 

Whites see promotion chances doubled

Whites’ chances of automatic promotion have been doubled next season as a result of new plans for the restructuring of Non-League football.

Following their AGM in Southampton on Saturday, the Evo-Stik League South have announced that two clubs will be promoted automatically from the two regional divisions, which have been retitled, of South West, in which Whites will compete, and South East.

This is due to the FA’s decision to introduce a new league at Step 3 level to add to the Southern Premier, Northern Premier and Isthmian Premier leagues for 2018/19.

As a result of that, 19 clubs will be promoted from Step 4 – Whites’ current level - at the end of the forthcoming season, as opposed to the usual 12.

That means each of the six regional divisions of Southern, Northern and Isthmian leagues will see two clubs promoted automatically, along with the third-placed team with the best points-per-game ratio across the six divisions.

The other six places will then go to the winners of the play-offs, which will be for clubs who finish between third and sixth, or seventh in the case of the league with the best third-placed team.

 “It’s good news,” said Whites manager Steve Claridge. “You’ve got to be happy when you get two chances to go straight up.

“In fact, there are four chances to be promoted, what with the best third place and the play-offs.

“We know it will be tough again, with the likes of Taunton and Evesham getting stronger, but we have to believe we can make it up this time around.”

 

Ian Hammond is new Whites chairman

Statement from Salisbury FC board

IAN HAMMOND has today been elected the new chairman of Salisbury FC following an Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders.

Ian, who joined the board last season and was a well-known business figure in Salisbury until his retirement last year, will be the replacement for David Phillips, who has been voted off the board. Under FA regulations, the club must operate with a chairman.

“I’m delighted the board has placed their faith in me,” said Ian today. “I will do my best to serve the club and make it successful on the field and sustainable off the field.”

Ian, born in Birkenhead and a supporter of Tranmere Rovers, qualified as an Actuary in 1973 and left Merseyside two years later to join UK Provident (later Friends Provident) in Salisbury.

In 1986 he became Managing Director of James Hay and in 2006 he led a management buy-out of part of the business to form a new company, Rowanmoor Group PLC.  He remained Managing Director of Rowanmoor until he retired in July 2016 when the company was acquired by Embark Group. 

 Ian lives in Ringwood and is married to Helena. He has three children and five grandchildren. As well as being chairman, he will use his experience in the financial sector to oversee the Whites’ finances.
The club would like to thank David Phillips for his hard work in helping to form Salisbury FC and then establishing it on the footballing map again, first as Wessex League Champions then as runners-up in Evo-Stik Southern, South West Division last season.

He was unable to attend the EGM but a statement from him was read out. It confirmed that he no longer felt able to work with certain members of the board.

That situation, which he first signalled a month ago when he delivered an ultimatum to the board that either he or those members departed, led to a board meeting at that time, at which the board decided that they would prefer to retain the services of the board members that David wished to be removed from office.

The board wish to make it clear that at no stage was David asked to leave but having issued the ultimatum and called for the vote, David did not receive the board’s support for continuing as chairman.
It led to the board calling an EGM due to a feeling that in the circumstances, it would be inappropriate for David to continue as a director, a decision rubber-stamped at today’s EGM.

The EGM also re-elected Ian Ridley to the board and he will assume the role again of vice-chairman, with responsibility for overseeing the administrative, public relations and commercial areas of the club.
Jeremy Harwood will continue in his role as Director of Safety, with Graeme Mundy remaining Facilities Director.

Thom Belk’s hard work within the club day-to-day has been recognised by the board and he will become General Manager with responsibility for administrative matters
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The board also heard a financial report from Ian Hammond showing that, contrary to speculation in some parts, the club’s finances were in good shape. There had been a small loss on last season, which was covered by directors and the profit made by the club in its inaugural season. The manager has been allocated the same budget as last season.

The board agreed to host a fans’ forum to discuss with supporters any questions and issues they wish to explore as further explanation of recent events and the club’s strategy going forward.

It will take place in the Sarum Suite at 6pm on Saturday July 1st , following the first-pre-season friendly against Portsmouth.

Steve responds to Killick ‘myth’

WHITES manager Steve Claridge has hit back at claims by Poole Town manager Tommy Killick that the club is paying “National League money” for players, following Marvin Brooks’s decision to swap Tatnam for the Ray Mac.

Killick told the Bournemouth Echo : “Salisbury are paying National League money. It's astounding, really, what they do in the league they're in.”

Steve replied: “That’s absolute nonsense. A myth. I can’t think of a club in the National League that would have more than half its squad on £140 a week or less.

“It’s also a bit rich coming from a club which has been happily spending sums on wages to win promotions while the infrastructure is clearly not up to scratch.”

Killick added of Marvin: “He doesn’t want to play in that league but feels it's something he has to do because of the financial reward.”

Steve responded: “This is so far off the mark and Tommy is betraying his lack of knowledge of our club and our league, and showing a disrespect to both.

“Everybody seems to offer an opinion about our football club without knowing the true facts. We are not paying fortunes, despite this view of us put about by those who have some sort of agenda or who guess at these things.

 “We will have the same budget as last year when we were a long way from being the highest payers in our league. Even if you take Hereford out, there were others paying more than us.

“We pushed the boat out for one player last year and that was Justin Bennett. When he decided to go to Oxford City, I knew we had to use his money for another big player and that player was Marvin Brooks, who will be on the same as Justin was last year.

“We cut our cloth according to the gate money we bring in from our fantastic average league crowds of 700, events, sponsorship and other revenue, as a report today from our finance director has confirmed.

“To say that Marvin didn’t want to play in our league is probably true as he wants to progress, as does Salisbury FC. He certainly wanted to play for me and this club. That was clear from our conversations.

“As for his money being ‘astounding’, well, when he told Poole he was leaving, all of a sudden they offered him the same money but he still wanted to go because of certain issues between him and the club.

“I think he realises that Salisbury FC have a lot of potential and I know he was disappointed that Poole were unable to take their place in the National League South play-offs.”

Steve is also surprised at Killick’s statement that: “I was confident Marvin would have been one of the best strikers in the National South next season and that's why it's so horrific that he will playing in the league he's going to.”

Said Steve: “Marvin wasn’t even seen as a striker by Poole last season. If you read some of the reports when he was used up front on rare occasions, he was described as an ‘emergency striker’.

“I definitely see him as a striker and that’s another reason why he wanted to come.”

Steve also takes issue with Killick saying of Salisbury FC: "It must have been a catastrophe for them not to get out of that league and you would imagine they'll win it by 20 or 30 points next season.”

 “We finished second to Hereford and reached the play-off final in our first season in the Southern League South and West Division. How is that a catastrophe?” said Steve.

“As for winning the league by that amount, I hope he’s right but I doubt it very much. He seems to have forgotten about the depth of opposition we faced last season in our league and will do again.

“I just think that when a manager can’t keep a player, he should show a little dignity rather than grandstand like this to put the blame on others.

“You don’t hear me having a pop at Oxford City because we couldn’t match what they were offering Justin Bennett. It’s football and you have to be big enough to take it.

“I’m only speaking out because this idea that we are somehow paying fortunes is just plain wrong. Comments like Tommy Killick’s just further the myth and at some point we have to make a stand rather than let this go unchallenged.

“We’re all trying to get Salisbury FC back to the level it should be but there’s no-one here at this club prepared to be irresponsible with the way we go about that.

 “I want everyone to know, including our fans, that we certainly do not have the wage bill people like Tommy Killick are putting out there in an effort to try and divert attention from what’s happening at their own club.”

Under 18 Trials for Salisbury FC

Salisbury Football Club are delighted to announce trials for our successful under 18's side.

The squad competes in the South West Counties Youth League. In the 2016/17 season the side also enjoyed a successful run in the FA Youth cup to the first round proper where only a last gasp winner for Swindon town denied the young whites a replay.

Salisbury FC provides a pathway for talented players that want to not only stay in football, but also still have ambitions of progressing into the pro, or semi pro game. Our under 18's also have the opportunity to stake a claim for selection to our U23 squad and ultimately first team football. 4 players from the squad made their 1st team debuts in Steve Claridges squad during the 16/17 season.  

The trials will be held at Bulford recreation ground, Watergate lane, Bulford SP4 9DY. They commence Tuesday 20th June from 7pm - 8:30pm and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday for the foreseeable future.

Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton are keen to look at players in all positions including goal keeper.

In the first instance interested players should book a place by contacting manager Richard Rendall on the below contact details

Mobile 07767 839890

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Francis becomes fifth new signing

By Thom Belk

Salisbury Football Club have made another addition to the squad for the forthcoming season, the capture of Striker Mark Francis.

The 22-year-old former Swindon Town player has joined from Wantage Town, where he was leading goal scorer last term.
  The 5”10” netted an impressive 18 goals in 40 appearances for the basement club. The last goal for The Alfredians came in a 2-0 win over Slimbridge on April 15th.

Following his release by Swindon Town in 2014 has had spells with Didcot Town, Chippenham Town and Frome Town, before joining Wantage Town.

FA Cup & FA Trophy dates announced

By Thom Belk

The dates for this seasons The Emirates FA Cup have this morning been announced, it will see Salisbury FC join the competition in the Preliminary Round Stage, on Saturday August 19th.

It was The Whites debut season in the competition last season, their first ever match in the competition saw them host AFC Bitton on Saturday August 20th infront of a crowd of 561. The match ended in a resounding 5-0
for Steve Claridge's side, Justin Bennett netted a hat-trick, with Lewis Benson and Tommy Wright also netting.

Next followed another home tie, this time against higher opposition, a 2-0 win for ten-men Whites against Frome Towns set up a home tie against Gloucester City. The brave Whites nearly forced a replay when Sam Roberts cancelled
out Chris Knowles opener, however, Luke Hopper's late goal broke Salisbury hearts.

The Buildbase FA Trophy Dates have also been announced, Salisbury will once again enter at the Preliminary Round, which takes place on Saturday October 7th.

Last season The Whites saw off Hereford 4-3, thanks to an Eddie Perrett double, Tommy Wright and Justin Bennett also scored. The next round was a local derby against Chippenham Town, a last minute winner
from David Pratt edged out the two sides.

Buildbase FA Trophy Dates:

Preliminary Round - Oct 7th

1Q - Oct 28th

2Q - Nov 11th

3Q - Nov 25th

R1 - Dec 16th

R2 - Jan 13th

R3 - Feb 3rd

R4 - Feb 24th

SF - Mar 17th/Mar 24th

FINAL - MAY 20TH



Marvellous Marvin arrives at the Ray Mac

WHITES manager Steve Claridge has completed a transfer coup with the signing of attacker Marvin Brooks from Poole Town.
 Marvin, 27, has been a regular in the Vanarama National League South side having been at the club for six seasons, during which time he has regularly topped 20 goals a season.

He has proved himself a versatile player, having mostly played in midfield and even as a defender, but Steve sees him as a striker, particularly as Marvin was top scorer for Poole the season before last with 17 goals in National League South.

 “I’ve watched him, Callum Hart has watched him and we both agree that he is quality. Different class,” said Steve.

 “He’s a natural attacker in my view. He’s 6ft tall, quick, strong and good in the air. I think he’ll be a big player for us.”

 Marvin is the fourth new player to sign after defender Jake Wannell, attacking midfielder Chris Shephard and 25-year-old central midfielder Stuart Green, whose signing was announced earlier this week.

 “We’ve been watching Stuart for a while,” said Steve. “We liked the look of him in our games against Winchester last season.

 “He’s a real nice lad who had plenty of offers but wanted to come to us because he likes what we’re looking to achieve.

 “Stuart’s got good energy, gets around the pitch, has a good eye for goal and will also offer us leadership qualities, having been Winchester’s captain last season.

“He’s also got a good pedigree, coming from Bognor Regis Town, where he was their player of the season the year before last.”

 Steve is now getting close to finalising next season’s squad with just a couple of places up for grabs, and is talking to a goalkeeper and a potential new striker.
 
 

Green the latest addition

Salisbury Football Club are delighted to have agreed terms with Stuart Green for the 2017/18 season.

Green is the third new face to join up with Steve Claridge’s side ahead of the new season. Last term Green, who can play in both midfield and attack, captained The Citizens under Ian Saunders and Craig Davis.

Green’s last goal for Winchester came in a 4-1 against Evesham United on February 18
th at the Den Plan City Ground.

Salisbury Football Club look forward to Stuart joining us for pre-season and are thrilled that he will be part of an exciting season ahead for The Whites

Stuart spoke of the move on Twitter

"Delighted to be with you. Very much looking forward to the challenge ahead."

 

Whelan signs up

Salisbury Football Club are pleased to announce that influential midfielder Tom Whelan has signed for the 2017/18 season.

We announced on May 26th that Tom, along with nine other players from last season, had agreed deals to remain at the Ray Mac.
Tom today completed the deal and is currently preparing for the start of pre-season.

The club will be announcing further signings this week, with some new faces to be unveiled.

New lease for the Ray Mac

Salisbury Football Club are delighted to announce that with effect from today, there is a new five-year lease in place at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, for continued use of the Stadium.

Salisbury Football Club would like to thank the trustees for their continuing support of the Football Club.

We can now look forward to an exciting season ahead.