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MATT LE TISSIER AT THE RAY MAC...

Salisbury FC are delighted to announce An Evening With Matt Le Tissier at the Ray Mac Stadium on Friday December 4th.

The Southampton and England legend will be the star guest and speaker in the Sarum Suite as part of a richly entertaining evening that will also see Whites manager Steve Claridge act as auctioneer.

Tickets are priced at £35, to include a sit-down, three-course meal, and are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We are very grateful to Matt for agreeing to appear and for helping our new club," said Steve.

"He is a very entertaining speaker with lots of great stories and people are in for a treat."

Steve will also personally be auctioning some very special sporting memorabilia and merchandise on the night.

"Not only will it be a lot of fun, but there will be some great stuff for people to bid for," added Steve. "It should be a fantastic night."

For tickets, please ring Mandy Woolford at the club on 01722 776655 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Match Day Sponsorship Packages

Our Matchday Sponsorship Packages are designed to bring supporting companies and the Club together. For the 2015/16 season, we are offering an improved match day hospitality experience and excellent food at The Ray Mac. 
Not only will the sponsor benefit from direct advertising on the match day but also via social media on the run up to the match too.

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Christmas Orders

With the seasons changing and mornings getting colder, this can only mean one thing - Christmas is on its way.......

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Whites at Calne Town in FA Vase

Salisbury FC have been drawn at Calne Town of the Toolstation Western League Division One in the first round proper of the FA Vase. The tie is scheduled for Saturday October 31st.

Calne won their second qualifying round tie at Romsey Town, of Sydenhams Wessex Division One, by 2-0 on Saturday. They are currenly 17th in their league, with 10 points from nine games.

"I would have preferred to be at home but we can't be too unhappy," said Whites manager Steve Claridge. "It's a game against a team from a level below so it gives us a good chance to progress.

"It's going to be about getting our attitude right on the day. If we don't - and I've seen it before in these types of games - we are going to have problems.

"It's probably a good draw for both clubs. It's not too far for our fans to go across the county and Calne should get a good crowd out of it so hopefully everyone will enjoy the day."

 

 

Fans' Forum - full report

Supporters’ Forum – 1 October 2015

 

REPORT BY ALEC HAYTER

 

Chairman David Phillips and Vice Chairman Ian Ridley attended initially, being joined later by Team Manager Steve Claridge, and the meeting concentrated on the following topics:

The Raymond McEnhill stadium

In response to a question about the possibility of playing at the stadium in future, it was stated there was no reason to doubt, after recent talks with the McEnhill trustees, that we would continue as at present. This however, was, and always has been subject to “actively looking for a new home”.

“We will be moving, but not in the foreseeable future," said Dave.

“There have been meetings with Sports England, Councils, and all manner of interested parties to try and produce a plan. with an integrated approach involving Youth teams and sections to create a sporting hub for football in Salisbury. That hub could include 4g pitches and all sorts of facilities as there is a dearth of such facilities in Salisbury.

"We are looking at locations for that, but it is not going to be a quick exercise. However, there is no reason why it should drag on. In return for our continuing efforts we are confident that the Trustees will extend our lease.

An important part of the development is the youth setup. We currently have 18 teams.”

Season progress and financial state.

It was stated from the floor that things were going well on the pitch, but was the Club receiving support from the community?  

“The crowds are better than we had expected, and we have probably met our targets in terms of gate revenue, and all of us are extremely grateful to supporters," said Ian. "We have not done as well as we had hoped on the commercial side, but that is not to say we have done badly. We haven’t, and have shirt, shorts, stand and dug-out sponsors as well as pitch-side boards. We would like to sell more programme advertising, but maybe there is still some resistance from people following their involvement with the previous club. Also, we believe that the current playing level is not attractive to some for advertising purposes. We have to up our game in selling boxes and attracting matchday sponsors.

"We cut our cloth accordingly, with a wage bill at approximately 35% of revenue. However, we have money in reserve to see us through the winter months, and in the event that we need it to push for the League.

"The stadium running costs and overheads in running the Club are more than we budgeted for. We have pretty much hit our targets on revenue, but stadium costs accrue in addition to the rent, with unexpected capital expenditures which could not have been foreseen,"

"For example," added Dave, "our first water bill, covering 80 days, was over £2000. We are taking active measures to minimize our usage of all utilities, but we have also had capital expenditure on the pitch, lights etc. We have however had support from the Council on rates.

"We all love football and that is why we are here, but we would much prefer to spend our resources on that!”

A question was asked in relation to ground upkeep expenditure and the landlord’s responsibilities in that respect, but it was confirmed that the lease made the club accountable for those costs, some of which are necessarily incurred to comply with the Safety Certificate.

Shop stock

“We have made mistakes in the ordering process, but have learned from the experience, and are working on correcting the situation," said Dave.

Playing matters

Steve Claridge confirmed that he had to release several players who had not fulfilled his hopes, and that the Club is now looking at adding quality players, but that is proving difficult.

“If you had said a few months ago, without having any players or anyone at the Club, that we would be where we are now, I think we would have taken that. We have been able to provide something entertaining and competitive.

"We had a friendly at Gosport and played well, fielding some promising youngsters. Are these players ready? – no. Have we got better players? – yes, but come back with your question in 18 months and I might give you different answers”.

Steve added that he had been impressed with Harry Hale and Tom Thorne from the Under 18s.

A question was asked about player discipline, and Steve confirmed that steps had already been taken to improve. Players know that should they receive suspensions then they might find it difficult to get back into the side, bearing in mind the breadth of the squad. At other clubs players may have been able to get away with it, but not here.

Regarding other clubs’ pitches and other teams’ attitude when playing us: “You cannot make changes specially for pitches, but you can adapt. We played on what looked like a very good surface at Sholing, but it actually turned out to be a lot worse than it appeared. It was rutted, and it appeared that they had not worked on it after the previous Wednesday, maybe thinking it would prevent our playing our natural passing game.

"We understand that opponents regard a game against us as their game of the season, and their team personnel is affected, ensuring that we get to play their strongest teams. We have watched teams before playing them, and on the day of our game teams are very different.

"Newport was a good example, as the way they played against us must have been better than against others who have beaten them.

"Cowes came off the pitch saying it had been the best they had played all season. If they played like that against the Andovers and Sholings they would give them problems, but they will probably have a go at those teams.

"We have to have the quality to break teams down, and, as with you, have the patience when we can’t put the result to bed early. We get nervous because we know we cannot afford to drop points to those sorts of sides, but Cowes had not been beaten away from home so maybe it was not such a bad result. This is a 7 team league with regard to winning the title, and it is important that we play well against our main rivals.”

After SC left the meeting, questions were asked about the possibility of being promoted to the Southern League South & West. In reply the chairman stated that there was no guarantee of automatic promotion at our level. There was also no guarantee of a promotion destination.

The Chairman assured supporters that in spite of rumours, we were not “buying” the league, and are happy to be doing things properly. The Club is aware of other clubs spending more than ourselves.” I think we would be comfortable with this team in the Southern S&W, and maybe even in the Southern Premier”.

A further appeal was made for volunteer stewards, as this enables the Club to open the whole stadium.

Regarding the bar facilities, an effort would be made to allow quicker access.

Regarding the lack of media coverage, it was stated that in spite of efforts made, we were too low down the pyramid to attract greater attention, although BBC Wiltshire were offered a free facility. Spire FM had a reporter who provided post match interviews for supporters, and we hoped for continued coverage in the Journal.

A question was asked about the status of players (contract or non-contract) and it was stated that the manager’s policy was to award contracts, relying on his own judgement.

The meeting end after running for just over an hour.

Christmas derby date confirmed

Agreement has now been reached with Bemerton Heath Harlequins to bring forward the Christmas derby at the Ray Mac from Tuesday evening, 29th December, to Monday 28th December, which is a bank holiday. Kick-off will be at 2pm.

In return, Salisbury FC will play at Bemerton on Easter Monday, 28th March, brought forward from the following evening, Tuesday 29th.

These new arrangements have now been sanctioned by the Sydenhams Wessex League. 

Salisbury FC would like to express its gratitude to Harlequins for their agreement to the changes. We believe it will benefit fans by making the games more accessible on a holidays and both clubs.

 

Wilts Senior Cup 1st Rnd v Wroughton

A reminder that our 1st rnd match in the Wilts Senior Cup v Wroughton, is to be played on Saturday 10th October at Highworth.

 

Venue:        The Elms Highworth SN67DD.    

Kick off       3pm.

Directions:  

Across roundabout from plough hill take A419 towards cirencester.

Approx 3rd exit take A361 Highworth to Burford road .

Parking:     

On entry to Highworth take left turn into the golf club area.

There is some parking available at the ground.

Admission: 

£5 for adults and £2 concessions .

Replica Shirts

 

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 A number of replica shirts both home and away have now arrived at the club. Anyone wishing to order directly can do so via http://www.buysportskit.com/salisbury-fc-610-c.asp where you can choose to have your items delivered to you home address or the club.

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been waiting for this delivery to arrive.

 

 

Match Preview - Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC

Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC- Match Preview

By Liam Brown

After our 7th win on the trot last Friday (11th September), in a confident 6-0 win at home to Alresford Town, we move on to our 9th game in the Wessex Premier, away to 2nd placed Sholing FC tomorrow (19th September, 3pm kick off), in a top of the table clash.

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Match Preview - Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC

Sholing FC VS Salisbury FC- Match Preview

By Liam Brown

After our 7th win on the trot last Friday (11th September), in a confident 6-0 win at home to Alresford Town, we move on to our 9th game in the Wessex Premier, away to 2nd placed Sholing FC tomorrow (19th September, 3pm kick off), in a top of the table clash.

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Jack's the lad for Steve

Whites manager Steve Claridge has secured the services of defender Jack Vallis from Southern League Premier Division outfit Frome Town.

Jack, 22, is from Durrington and previously played for Amesbury Town, Shrewton, Downton, Eastleigh and Gillingham Town, where he was manager's player and player's player of the season in 2012/13.

Jack, who was also an England Schools Under 18s international, played 65 games for Frome over the last two seasons, scoring eight goals.

We welcome Jack to Salisbury FC and hope he enjoys his career with us.

Thank you to Eastleigh FC for the use of the image of Jack.

Wiltshire Senior Cup

Whites have been drawn away to Wroughton in the first round of the Wiltshire Senior Cup. The tie will take place on Saturday October 10th.

It means that our Sydenhams Wessex League away game at Moneyfields scheduled for that day has been moved and will now take place on Tuesday October 13th.