Steve Claridge on Thatcham and Luke Holmes

Steve Claridge on Thatcham and Luke Holmes
Manager Steve Claridge spoke today about the upcoming Emirates FA Cup game against Thatcham Town FC and the release of Luke Holmes.

"I went to watch Thatcham on Tuesday night and they were excellent, they won three-nil and it could have been more. We will need to be at our very best to get something from the game. It looked like a really difficult surface to get the ball down and pass on but they played it very well, getting the ball forward very early and relying on the two front players, who work very hard to get hold of the ball and play from there. They’re well organised and we will have to make sure that we’re ready to match them all over the pitch if we’re to get a result.

"Unfortunately, one player who won’t be part of the team is Luke Holmes who has decided that the environment with regard to the expectation and pressure he found himself in meant he felt he wasn’t strong enough to deal with that. I’m disappointed but Luke has reiterated that it’s nothing to do with us as a football club, more that he doesn’t feel mentally strong enough for this sort of challenge. The club and I wish him all the best."



Ros Phillips Funeral

Ros Phillips

The funeral of Ros Phillips will take place at Salisbury Crematorium at 1pm on the 16th September.



Thatcham Town vs. the Whites - game chosen for BBC streaming.

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As part of BBC Sport giving prominence to the Emirates FA Cup, they are giving live coverage at every stage of the competition.

Our game at Thatcham has been selected, and can be seen via the BBC Sport website, and therefore available to watch on tablet, phone, and desktop.

Travelling supporters in particular should note that in order to accommodate this, the kick off time has been changed to 12-30pm rather than the original, 3pm.

Speaking to Manager Steve Claridge, he commented: “It’s good that this coverage goes from start to finish of the competition all the way up to the Final.

At this stage it gives teams at our level a chance to showcase themselves. It should be a good game as I know Thatcham to be a good side, so hopefully the coverage will be a good advert for the Non League game.”

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Ros Phillips

Ros Phillips

We are saddened to learn that in the past few days, Ros, ex Chairman Dave Phillips’ wife, has passed away after a short illness. David, who served the Club in his role for over two years and was one of five people who was involved in the formation of Salisbury FC in 2015 was, and still is, a very popular figure amongst fans.

The Club sends its sincere condolences to the family

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

FA Youth Cup And u18s Update

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YOUTH: A big week for the under 18’s

After a satisfying pre-season for the under 18’s youth side, they now enter competitive football.

Nothing could be seen as more ‘straight in at the deep end’ with next Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup Extra Preliminary round tie. Last years competition was won by Liverpool on pens over Manchester City. (revenge for the EPL?)

The Whites would probably have hoped for a lesser opponent than Sparsholt colleges ‘elite’ squad that enter this prestigious competition under the Andover banner. However, you just have to get on and play your own game irrespective of the opposition. Mark Winter, manager of Salisbury’s Saturday side comments that we know Sparsholt run a very well-respected Football program over there, indeed 4 of our own squad are going to the college for the next two seasons. They have some 48 players to chose from I am told, which in normal years you would think would be an immediate advantage. However, while we don’t have 48 lads to call on, we do have two U18 squads this season. One in the South West Counties League, the other in the Hampshire Youth League. This does mean we have around 35 lads in the Pool. So, at the very least we can’t complain that we can’t raise a team.

While neither side will realistically expect to be there taking on the premier league academy sides in the final rounds, some supporters will remember two seasons back when Rich Rendall’s lads including the likes of Josh Sommerton took Swindon Town right to the wire in a nail-biting 3 v 2 defeat in the 2nd round proper. Rich, who is now one of this groups lead coaches will be hoping to progress past the first hurdle.

The Andover side went one better when they made it to the 3rd round last year before going down to Ipswich Town 3 v 0 at Portman road. Neil and our own Lewis Benson whom run the Sparsholt set up will no doubt be hoping to get close to that stage of the competition again.

The young Whites, thanks to the board of the club have a final chance to get used to the Ray Mac pitch this Saturday morning (31/8) when they take on Tadley Calleva U18’s in their final pre-season outing. Match is a 10:30 K.O.

FA Youth Cup match details
Wed 4th September
K.O 7:30pm
Gates open 6:30pm
Bar and tea hut 1 will be open.

Adults / concessions £3
Children 11-16 £1.50
U11 Free



Player Movements

Luke Holmes
The Whites are pleased to announce that they have agreed the release of 22-year-old midfielder Luke Holmes with Wimborne Town, subject to finalization of documentation.

Holmes, son of Magpies’ Manager Matty Holmes, started his career at AFC Bournemouth at Academy level, and his clubs since include Poole Town, Dorchester and Wimborne, from whom he joins Salisbury.

Leaving the Club are Defender Nuno Felix, who has joined Melksham Town, and attacking midfielder Jacob Bancroft.

Steve Claridge said, of those players leaving:

Nuno has made a permanent move to Melksham, and I would like to thank him for his efforts in pre-season and wish him all the best at his new club.

As to Jacob, Steve added:

Jacob was with us on trial and on the basis that he could be recalled at any time. He has now gone back to his club in view of the limited opportunities he was likely to get with us. There was no point in having him here unless he was going to command a regular place, and it is in his own interests that he has regular match time. He is a wonderful lad and has been a pleasure to work with, and I wish him well with his career in the game.”

Alec Hayter

Press Officer. 

FA Cup First Qualifying Round

FA cup draw news

The Whites have been drawn away to BetVictor Southern League South Thatcham Town.

The tie will be played on Saturday 7 September (KO 3pm) and the winners will receive £4500 from the FA Prize Fund with the losers receiving £1500.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

FA Cup - important information

Yate on

Contrary to previous information, we can now confirm that our game against Yate Town on Monday will definitely go ahead, irrespective of the result in their tie against Exmouth Town on Saturday, as the FA have advised that any replays would take place in week commencing 2 September. Yate Town have not applied for an earlier replay date, should one be necessary.

The draw for the Preliminary Round, our first involvement, will be available on Tuesday 27th by 1pm. Details can also be found on social media.

We can now look forward to an entertaining game at the Ray Mac on Monday, kick off 3 pm, so please come in your numbers and help the Whites in their quest for the three points.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer


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Derek Sharp 1933 - 2019


Salisbury Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of 86 year old Derek Sharp, a long-term supporter who had fulfilled many roles during his involvement with the Club in its various forms over many years.

Mr Sharp served as Treasurer over a period of ten years, having joined the Club Management Committee in 1959, and became Club Secretary in 1970 for a period of some 13 years. During his time in this latter role, he was involved in the organization of the 1st Round FA Cup game against Millwall in the 1979/80 season played at Southampton FC's ground, the Dell. He also joined the Southern League Management Committee in 1978.

The Club sends its sincere condolences to his wife Renee, a willing volunteer helper for many years alongside Derek.

Alec Hayter

Press Officer


Media coverage


We were pleased to welcome BBC Radio Solent’s Cliff Pledge to Saturday’s game against Dorchester. Cliff is a “roving reporter" for BBC Radio Solent, who have always given great coverage to Non League football in the past, and continue to do so for clubs in the BBCRS area by means of in-game updates and subsequent podcasts.

To hear the podcast following Saturday’s game, which includes a lengthy piece on Salisbury FC, click the BBC Sounds icon

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 We were glad to see Cliff, and he has responded following his first ever visit to the Ray Mac:

“Thanks for your kindness and hospitality on Saturday. From the stewards to the Chairman it was nice to meet so many friendly people. Hope to see you again in the course of the season.”

And so say all of us – good, local coverage, and doing the job as it should be done!

Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Latest Team News


Manager Steve Claridge advises that before tomorrow’s game against Dorchester Town, two of the squad who played in Tuesday’s win over Gosport Borough will undergo fitness tests. Fans will be pleased to learn however that goalkeeper Gerard Benfield is making good progress towards his return to action.

Alec Hayter
Press Officer


The Blue Bee Bar launches at the Ray Mac.

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On Tuesday evening, as we won 1-0 against Gosport Borough, we launched our newly named Blue Bee Bar. This extends an excellent partnership between the club and Blue Bee for another three years. The staff from Blue Bee joined us for the evening and also chose Tom Smith as the Man of the Match as we celebrated this new beginning for our popular watering hole. 

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The club will be receiving an ultramodern online package, including a fresh website design and build, hosting, email services and ongoing support from Blue Bee. We've been working closely with Blue Bee for several years now and we're excited that this relationship is continuing. Having had a sneak peek at the new website I can confirm it will put us top of the league when it comes to our online presence. It should be launching soon. I need to work on filling it with all of our required content and then it will be ready to go. Luke, Ashley and Mark have been extremely helpful during the building process and have crafted the perfect website for us. 


If you want to see what all the buzz is about, why not come along before and/or after the Dorchester game on Saturday. We'll be showing the Arsenal v Burnley fixture and then after the main event out on the pitch, we'll be showing Tom Whelan's Yeovil Town as they visit Barrow. The Yeovil game will coincide with our BEER OFFER!! Fosters and Ringwood will be Just £3 a pint. We're sure it will be a hive of activity. 




Southern League Challenge Cup

The Whites have received a bye in the Preliminary Round of the Competition, and will now begin their involvement in week commencing 1 October, in the First Round Proper.


Alec Hayter

Press Officer

Young Gun Joins

Tom Smith
We're delighted to welcome Tom Smith from Arsenal youth to the Ray Mac. The goalkeeper, who is a colleague of the former Salisbury FC stopper, James Hillson, is joining us on work experience for a month which will help to cover our keeper injury situation. I had a quick chat with James and he's informed me that "Tom is a great keeper and really nice lad that will fit in well at the Ray Mac".