We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of match balls by the Steve Bernard Foundation for all teams from the Under 6's to the First XI including the ladies teams.
At the FA Vase match on the 17th of November, Jacques Bernard assisted by two ball boys presents the match ball to Club Chairman Peter Rolph in front of the main stand at Christchurch FC on behalf of the Steve Bernard Foundation.
In my last notes i was looking forward to the next round of various cups including todays excellent tie.While our league form has been inconsistant there is no doubt we are more than a match for any team in a cup tie which brings out all the best qualites in the team....just ask VT who we brushed aside in the league cup Kempie has been working hard with the players to get some league form and our 3-0 win at Lymington on saturday shows our league position is misleading given our games in hand.We are also very active in the transfer market so expect to see a few new faces who will bring extra quality to the team and increase pressure on places.
A big note for the diary is our trip to Aldershot Town on Tuesday 27 November kick off 745pm.The conference high fliers try to overcome the Church in the hants senior cup and everyone needs to be there to cheer on the team.The winners are away to Hamble so a much shorter trip for us in the next round.
On 7 November our Hampshire Under 18s met Bristol Rovers under18s in the first round proper of the FA Youth cup after winning through three qualifying rounds and what credit they did the club.The lads gave everything and more than matched their league opponents.With ten minutes left it was 2-1 to Bristol with everything to play for and our league opponents beginning to waste time. A final goal as we poured forward for an equaliser would not come and Bristol sneaked a last minute goal to take the tie 3-1.Great credit to Andy and Tim and to the lads themselves who showed they have the quality to compete at the highest level and our future looks bright if we can hold on to such talent.
The reserves continue to lie 3rd in the league and Tony Bernards under 18s are second in the division in their first year at that level.Finally we have Pete Olds Dorset boys having a great season in the top half of the first division.
All in all a healthy position for the club with only the financial pressures on the club being a constant cloud and any sponsorship or fundraising by any supporter would be gratefully received. With greater financial clout we could do so much better and it is the players who deserve all the credit for sticking with it even if it feels that we cannot compete on a level playing field with some of the big payers of player wages in our division.
Enjoy the game this afternoon and whatever the outcome we hope we make new friends in sport just as we did in previous rounds against Cove and Sandhurst.
As a true lifelong Crystal Palace fan i cannot finally let the demise of our manager Peter Taylor pass without comment .For the first time in many years i did not renew my season ticket at Selhurst Park and in true marketing mode i was reminded many times that i should do so.Eventually i got a call at work from the marketing department at the club and a polite young woman asked why i had not renewed.Feeling honesty to be the best policy i said the real reason was that the football was crap under Peter Taylor.She said " i know...sorry to have bothered you " Still a new era with one of the few managers that make Kempie look calm!!
Enjoy the game
A firm favourite on the Christchurch FC calendar the Race Night was enjoyed by all.
Saturday 10th November - Big Race Night
Don't miss this evening which recreates the fun of a day at the races but in the comfort of the club lounge. All welcome to what is sure to be a great evening. 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
Saturday 22nd December - Players Xmas Party
Celebrate Christmas at our party. All welcome to what is sure to be a great evening. Our Gigantic Christmas Draw will take place during the evening.
Friday 9th May 2008 - Presentation Evening
This very popular end of season award night rounds off the season in style.
All players are expected to attend these events, which will be held in the clubhouse at Hurn Bridge. Reminders will be posted for each event on the web site.
After our last home win in the league against Downton the club had a week of four cup-ties.The first team carried on the long road to Wembley in the vase with a convincing win over Sandhurst Town.I was not able to get to the match but by all accounts it was a hard-working and professional performance which sets up another home tie against Mersham who are top of the division in which both our last two opponents play so the players will have to perform and if they do there is no reason at all why further progress cant be made. Next it was the turn of the reserves in the cup to demolish Brockenhurst 12-1 on thursday.A real goal fest against poor opposition but could not disguise a real team effort where the team passed and moved for the full 90 minutes.All the more creditable given the qualifications for the cup prevented a number of regular players from being eligible and Tim not being able to call upon any under18s who had their own cuptie the following night. A great team effort.
Friday night saw the turn of the under 18s to try and progress in the F A Youth Cup against quality opposition from Moneyfields . It was certainly a pulsating cup tie that swung one way then the other. Nothing could separate the teams in normal time where they were locked at 1-1 with it being anybodies tie. In extra time church were awarded a penalty and missed.The tie drifted into the second period of extra time with penalties beckoning and tired heavy legs dragging the boys up and down the pitch on willpower alone. The breakthrough came as Russell Cooke who worked tirelessly chased down the middle to out muscle the tired defender to rifle the ball home for the winner.Great credit to both sides and a great advert for the quality of the youth set up at this club which bodes well for the future if we can hold onto this talent.Next round Poole Town --away.
Finally in a breathless week the first team travelled to Porchester in the Hants senior cup with the prize of an away tie at Aldershot Town at stake. Church took an early lead and looked comfortable. Porchester rallied and had a good spell during which they scored and but for some excellent goalkeeping by Dan Loader would have taken the lead. As Porchester ran out of steam Church extended their lead with a great goal from Marc Burrows,a real strikers goal and further goals from Marc and Robbie sealed the tie .The trip to high flying conference premier division Aldershot Town in the next round will be a real highlight of the season which i hope the players really enjoy for all the right reasons.
Four cup ties-four wins a great week.
Back to league action where we all hope to get some more points on the board given the real talent in our squad and the often not appreciated[except by those who see it] sheer hard work of our management teams.
Finally Transfer news sees us welcoming back Lee Hodder Toby Williams Jason Lovell and Jason Atkins and i am sure they will be great additions to the squad and keep pressure on places.
We also say goodbye to Alan Walker Harris and Mike Green and thank them for their time with us and wish them both the very best with their new clubs......except if we play them !!!
Onwards and Upwards
Last Saturday saw us in FA Cup action against Didcot Town from the Southern League.I thought we started slowly and showed our opponents too much respect giving them time and space to play. With quality players on show they used the space to go into a two goal lead by half time! We had chances to get back in the game before the break but poor finishing and lack of composure cost us. In the second half we competed but conceded another two goals to put the tie beyond our reach. Two late goals for church gave an air of respectability to the final scoreline and was reward for some hard work on the day. In truth i did not think we did ourselves justice on the day.
Tuesday saw us at the FA Vase finalists AFC Totton where their highly paid squad are many peoples tip for the title. Church battled for every ball from the first whistle and it was no surprise that just before the break we scored with a Midge rocket from outside the area....I really must go on pitchside and tell everyone how good he is...Totton responded in the second half and I thought our defence was superb but with twenty to go they equalised and it was time to see if church had the bottle to grind out the result.The team responded and had chances to win late on which was a great performance which shows we have a squad who can compete with any club in this division.Not many sides will go to Totton and take a point.
On Saturday we travelled to Cove FC in the FA Vase in what turned out to be a real game of two halves. The first half was frankly an embarrassment and was as poor a half from church as I have seen. The whole squad was so poor that if they had to give themselves a kick up the backside most would have missed! We found ourselves 2-0 down at the break. Kempys team talk at the break peeled the paint off the dressing room wall and the second half started with a church goal with a neat finish from Kev Collins....Game on..
Church had seized the initiative and poured forward in a manner that suggested they had played together before. The equaliser was a good move finished off in some style by Midge... It looked as if the tie would soon be won as we attacked at will and the bar and close misses meant it would be a matter of time...or would it?
With only six minutes of the tie remaining our keeper decided it would be a good moment to foul their winger off the ball in the penalty area right in front of the referee who had no hesitation in pointing to the spot for a penalty. It was a moment of immature petulance which would in normal circumstances have rightly lead to the long walk back to the dressing room.
Our keeper stayed on and picked the ball out of the net as the penalty was drilled into the bottom corner. With five minutes left the minutes flew by and Kempy brought on super sub Lewis[ five in two] Till. We entered the last minute of added time and Tom Hughes last strike at goal saw the keeper palm the ball into the air and in that slow motion moment it looped towards the goal where super Tilly was on hand to apply the touch over the line.
It was so late i even had my hands on the sweepstake cash for drawing 3-2 to cove only for it to be snatched back for Mollie who had drawn 3-3. The referee blew as the kick off was taken and the rollercoaster came to a halt.
And so we welcome the committee players and supporters of Cove FC for what we hope will be an entertaining replay....
Good news from the reserves where Tim Collins has worked wonders and we now sit second in the table after our last 4-1 win at the weekend. Those who endured the torture of last season deserve some success to repay their loyalty in sticking with us. We have a squad who can compete with any side in the league and the team spirit and commitment are excellent.
Onwards and Upwards
An Assistant coach/manager is required for one of our U18 teams. This is an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience in coaching and to be involved in a large club set up.
Contact Fiona Legg via email at
Another successful evening for the club with over £700 being raised. Everyone quickly got into the spirit of the evening and kept the 'bookies' busy.
Getting the bets on.
They are off
A winner. Is this a sign of things to come?
In May 2007 Graham Kemp was appointed First Team Manager with Chris Hart as Assistant Manager and Paul "Chalky" White as First Team Coach. Tony Brown remains on the management team and Mick Ryan remains our Director of Football.
In the 2007/2008 season we will be running 3 under 18 sides which show the club's ongoing commitment to youth development and the future of the club. We are also strengthening our links with the youth section of Christchurch Football Club to provide a truly community based club for all ages in the Christchurch area, including girls and ladies.
With Graham Kemp as Manager we are looking forward to making great progress on the playing side and the committee continue to work hard behind the scenes to improve the financial structure of the club and progress the dressing room complex project.