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Q & A : Chris Roberts

Kev Williams asks the questions in the latest of his series of Q&As with the most experienced member of our squad and home town lad Chris Roberts.

Q1. League winner, Cup winner and several European matches under your belt, but how does it feel being back home playing for Buckley Town?

Well, it’s my home town club so its a pleasure to play for Buckley Town, seeing the direction in which the club is going I feel there are exciting times ahead. There’s always a warm welcome from a very loyal set of fans which is always appreciated and I’m really enjoying it.

Q2. Looking back over your career it’s been a successful time, what memories stand out for you?

I’m lucky to have some great memories over the years with Welsh Premier League wins and Welsh Cup wins, but to make 16 European appearances and walk out onto the pitch in Champions League ties and Europa League ties have got to be the pinnacle, as they would for most footballers out there I’m sure.

Q3. Rhyl and Bangor are two of Welsh footballs biggest clubs, that must be an honour representing them two. Bangor fans even gave you a standing ovation as you where subbed when Buckley played there. How was it playing in the Welsh Premier and then in the Europa League? Let’s not forget dominating in some of the matches too.

They were both fantastic clubs with some great players and support at the time. The step up to European footy was much different from Welsh Prem as you can imagine. going from playing against decent Welsh Prem players to international footballers. But we always set out to compete and be in the tie for as long as possible and a few times it paid off.

Q4. Is there any standout players you played with or against that come to mind?

Played against Man U reserves a few years back which had Pogba, Lingard, etc but believe it or not I think Danny Drinkwater was the best player on the pitch that night. Ross Barkley and John Stones were very good when we played Everton in a friendly. Our very own Dylan Roberts stands out for me, goes about his business quietly but very efficiently and is a great prospect.

Q5. The Beckham-esk worldy you scored against Airbus. It has to be one of the best long-range goals seen in a long time. Was that your best goal?

I think it has to be one of my best, I was quite pleased with that and then Jake Robbo goes and smashes a worldy free kick in top bins making mine look standard.

Q6. What advice would you give to the youngsters playing the game today?

Be happy with your game and you’ll show your true potential. If you are happy you will be more committed to the cause. Enjoy it.

Q7. Messi or Ronaldo?

Both fantastic footballers but I think Messi just pips it for me. The consistency of the level he plays at is extraordinary.

Q8. Finally, a word to the fans…

Thanks for your support as always. The lads really appreciate every single one of you. UP THE BUCKS.

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Farther’s Day | Season Ticket

Looking for ideas for Father’s Day on Sunday the 16th of June?  Why not get a Buckley Town FC Season Ticket?

Buying now at £20 will save you £10. These tickets will be £30 from the first game of the season, so be an early bird and get your Dad or Grandad a season ticket which he can use over the next eight months.

Tickets available from Grade One, Richies Barbers, AM/PM Newsagents, Susan’s Coffee Shop and the Blue Anchor. Or you can buy online via PayPal.

FOR TICKETS OR MORE DETAILS CONTACT: admin@buckleytownfootballclub.co.uk

To make payments through PayPal:

  • Please make sure you Complete the Google Form to advise us that a payment is being made and providing your details: https://forms.gle/tgWkBSdjZJvqcXJy6
  • Open PayPal and make the payment using the email address: admin@buckleytownfootballclub.co.uk
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Women’s World Cup Fun Day

On behalf of the FAW Trust, we are hosting a Women’s World Cup Fun Day on 29th June 2019 which is aimed at primary school aged girls 4-11. 

This coincides with the Women’s World Cup in France 7th June 2019 to 7th July 2019.

In our catchment area we have four primary schools: Southdown, Mountain Lane, Westwood and Drury and, hopefully, they will all be well represented.  There is a total of 517 girl learners in all the schools combined!

The day will start at 10:00 am and finish at 2:00 pm and the aim of the day is to:

  • Provide girls of all ages and their families the opportunity to try football for the first time.
  • To encourage existing players to enjoy their favourite sport with their friends and siblings.
  • To raise the profile of the women’s game as a whole.

The girls will arrive and pick up their passport from ‘Passport Control’ and then go around the ground  (The Globe, Buckley) and take part in eight different stations.  Each station will be a ‘country’ and they will get their passport stamped as well as having lots of fun!  The activities for the girls will be varied and not just football based e.g. there will be face painting, an art area, and Buckley Cricket Club.

Further information can be found at https://www.fawtrust.cymru/get-inspired/news/join-our-womens-world-cup-fun-days/

#UpTheBucks #FIFAWWC

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Q & A : Jake Roberts

Kev Williams asks the questions in another Q&A with our leading goal scorer Jake Roberts as he reflects on the season just gone and the one we are about to go into.

Q1: Jake you’ve finished top scorer again this year at the Bucks how does that feel?

It’s a great achievement to be in that position again after having such a slow start to the season. 

Q2: Have you noticed the step up from last season as we’ve competed in the Huws Gray Alliance?

Yes, the standard was higher but there was no way we as our team was out of our depth and that reflects in our final league position.

Q3: Who do you like to play alongside at the club?

We work well as a team and enjoy playing with everyone but for that link up play in the final third I have a good relationship with Aron and Kei.

Q4: Next season, it gets harder and harder. How will the Bucks do?

It will be a tough season again with more big clubs joining the league but we are more than capable of challenging against anyone. 

Q5: What advice would you give to the youngsters playing the game?

Well I’m still a youngster myself but working hard and being committed is crucial but most importantly enjoy the game.

Q6: Who were your footballing idols growing up?

I’d have to say either David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo as they’ve both come up the ranks, worked hard and become extremely successful.

Q7: Putting it simply who is the best in the world today? Would you still give that accolade to Lionel Messi?

That’s a difficult one between Messi and Ronaldo as they’re both exceptional in their own right and offer different qualities.

Q8: Finally, a message to the fans…

Thanks for your continued support home and away. It makes such a difference knowing we’ve got such a great following and long may it continue.

UP THE BUCKS!

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Sponsorship opportunity – Away Kit

Away Kit

Buckley Town FC is currently looking for Sponsors to help establish the club in the top tiers of Welsh football.

To cement that position, the club needs to attract new partner companies and sponsors to compete at every level of competition, develop their ground to full UEFA standard and build for the future.

The club is well supported by the growing population of the town whose residents work for companies and businesses locally or commute to the nearby cities of Chester, Liverpool, and Wrexham.

Since the millennium the club has won the Cymru Alliance League, the Cymru Alliance League Cup, the NEWFA Challenge & Presidents Cups, and the Welsh National League Premier Division.

Buckley Town Football Club offers business many different opportunities to advertise their brand and attract new customers. We offer advertising packages that can be used as a vehicle to advertise your brand in our match day programme, on our football shirts, on our website and Social Media platforms or around our ground.

For more information, please contact Justine Jones on 07808 093151 or 07757 616541.

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Early Bird Season Ticket Offer

The most cost-effective way to watch Buckley Town’s teams play in the 2019-20 Season will be to buy an Early Bird Season Ticket which can be purchased from our usual outlets Grade One Hairdresser or AM/PM Newsagents in the town, Richie’s Barbers on Chester Road or from the Blue Anchor pub on Mold Road. You can also buy online (see below).

The ‘Early-Bird’ price is £20.00 for Adults and includes all Welsh Conference North, WNL Reserves Division and U19 league games. This price will only be available until the date prior to the first Welsh Conference North league game of the season.

From the first Welsh Conference North league game of the season onwards, the season ticket price will be £30.00.

This ‘Early Bird’ price of £20.00 includes all 16 home league games in the Welsh Conference North with the added bonus of all home league games in the WNL Reserves Division and U19s league. That’s 16 Welsh Conference North home games in all (given the addition of Colwyn Bay to the league) for a cost of £1.25 per game. If you add in the Reserves and U19s home games its even better value so don’t delay and buy your ticket early.

On the Gate Admission Price will be as follows:

All Adults: £6.00

OAP: £3.00

Children U16: Free

All other games in the Welsh FA Cup, League Cup, and the NEWFA Challenge Cup are priced separately as above.

FOR TICKETS OR MORE DETAILS CONTACT: admin@buckleytownfootballclub.co.uk

To make payments through PayPal:

  • Please make sure you Complete the Google Form to advise us that a payment is being made and providing your details: https://forms.gle/tgWkBSdjZJvqcXJy6
  • Open PayPal and make the payment using the email address: admin@buckleytownfootballclub.co.uk
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Sponsorship Opportunity

TRAINING KIT

Buckley Town FC is currently looking for Sponsors to help establish the club in the top tiers of Welsh football. 

To cement that position, the club needs to attract new partner companies and sponsors to compete at every level of competition, develop their ground to full UEFA standard and build for the future.

The club is well supported by the growing population of the town whose residents work for companies and businesses locally or commute to the nearby cities of Chester, Liverpool, and Wrexham.

Since the millennium the club has won the Cymru Alliance League, the Cymru Alliance League Cup, the NEWFA Challenge & Presidents Cups, and the Welsh National League Premier Division.

Buckley Town Football Club offers business many different opportunities to advertise their brand and attract new customers. We offer advertising packages that can be used as a vehicle to advertise your brand in our match day programme, on our football shirts, on our website and Social Media platforms or around our ground.

For more information, please contact Justine Jones on 07808 093151 or 07757 616541.

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Buckley Town 1 Penrhyncoch 1

Conceding late goals seems to have been one of the main features of our season and so it was against Penrhyncoch.

The highlight of Buckley Town’s first half was a well-executed volley from Tom Gunson, in for the injured Jake Roberts, that pinged off the joint of cross bar and post. The 18-year-old had a good game holding the ball up well and laying off the ball to create opportunities throughout. He still has a lot to learn but showed that he has a future at this level having featured mostly for the Reserves this season.

Penrhyncoch are in a relegation battle at the bottom of the league and had no intention of making it easy for Buckley. In fact, they had the best of the first half and looked the most likely to score, looking dangerous from set plays and corners.

Buckley’s passing was poor and their play often disjointed with a make shift defence due to the injury absence of Luke Blizard, Chris and Dylan Roberts they gave the ball away far too many times with misplaced passes. Starting with three at the back, they quickly reverted to a 4-4-2 when Lewis Hone’s injury woes continued. Rhys Hewitt came in at left back and Kieron Moore, who had started at left wing back and with a change of boots, reverted to his more familiar offensive role.

The second half was much of the same with Penrhyncoch more than competitive but Buckley’s reshuffle made them a little more effective going forward. Yet, it was not until the 72nd minute that we saw the best bit of quality in the game. With Aron Williams just off the bench a great passage of passing play saw Tom Gunson play the ball wide to Williams on the right wing and with almost his first touch he fired the ball across the box for Adam Eden to thump it home.

Penrhyncoch were gutted but to their credit they went looking for an equaliser and for the Buckley faithful the prospect of missing out on another winning position was all too evident. You could see it coming and Buckley succumbed in the 85th minute when Jon Evans bagged an equaliser.

Over the thirty games of the season we have seen this happen too often. Had we taken the points in the games we have been ahead this season, who knows where we would have found ourselves come the end of the season? That said we have a young side and they can only learn from these harsh disappointments. Another year older, another year wiser and a group of players that will only get stronger as they mature and come into the prime of their playing careers.

Finally, we would have to thank our supporters who again turned out in high numbers for our final game of the season. It was extremely pleasing to see so many youngsters in the crowd along side those who have supported the club for many years. Our Presentation Evening is next Saturday starting at 4:00pm at Buckley Cricket Club. It is open to all so come along and meet the players.

Pictures Courtesy of Trevor Jones

Pictures Courtesy of Nic Johnston

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
6th April 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 247

Ground

The Globe
Globe Way, Buckley CH7 3LY, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Buckley Town011Draw
Penrhyncoch011Draw

Buckley Town

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Joe MakarukGoalkeeper0000
2Luke Douglas Defender0010
3Kieron MooreMidfield0010
4Chris HibbertDefender0010
5Callum HumphriesDefender0000
6Lewis Hone 12Defender0000
7Connor Littler 15Forward0000
8Joshua JonesMidfield0000
9Tom GunsonForward0000
10Phill Molyneux 14Midfield0000
11Adam EdenForward1000
12Rhys Hewitt 6Defender0000
14Shaun Tinsley 10Midfield0000
15Aron Williams 7Midfield0100
16Daniel MooreDefender0000
 Total 1130

Penrhyncoch

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
 1000

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee
Aled Rhys WilliamsP S Ellis

 

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Denbigh Town 0 Buckley Town 1

Shaun Tinsley grabs all three points with a fine individual strike.

As previously in the season Buckley Town found it difficult to deal with the physicality of Denbigh Town who tried to make it difficult for them to play any kind of passing game on a hard and dry pitch as a result of a lack of recent rain. The result was not a pretty game to watch with the ball in the air more than Buckley would have wished.

Buckley did open the game the brightest of the two sides and had their best period of the game for the first half hour. It was during that period Aron Williams was able to break free down the right and crossed for Jake Roberts. From his challenge in the air with Denbigh’s skipper Toni Davies the ball fell to Shaun Tinsley’s right ten yards from goal. He lifted the ball over defender Stu Vernon’s head to get the ball onto his left side and fired the ball home past Craig Vernon in the Denbigh goal with a left footed strike.

The second half was played mostly on the back foot as Denbigh came straight out of the dressing rooms looking for an equaliser. The best chances of the half fell mostly to Denbigh but on the occasions, they were able to get decent shots in on goal, Buckley captain Joe Makaruk was there to make the save. He made two good stops on either side of his goal diving at full stretch to turn the ball away for corner kicks.

The last few minutes became increasingly about Buckley Town holding on to what they had with Denbigh throwing everything into a final blitz to try and win something from the game, even sending the keeper up for corner kicks. Buckley held firm and earned another three points away from home. Denbigh will now have to battle to retain their place in the league with three tough games remaining at Rhyl and at home to Holywell and Llanrhaeadr.

Pictures Courtesy of Nic Johnston

Pictures Courtesy of Trevor Jones

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
30th March 2019 2:30 pm Huws Gray Alliance 2019 90' 141

Ground

Central Park
Central Park, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 3EW

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Denbigh Town000Loss
Buckley Town101Win

Denbigh Town

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
 0000

Buckley Town

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Joe Makaruk Goalkeeper0000
2Luke Blizard 16Defender0000
3Dylan RobertsDefender0000
4Luke DouglasDefender0000
5Callum HumphriesDefender0000
6Lewis HoneDefender0000
7Aron WilliamsMidfield0000
8Kieron MooreMidfield0000
9Jake RobertsForward0000
10Aled Bellis 14Midfield0000
11Shaun Tinsley 15Midfield1000
12Chris HibbertDefender0000
14Phill Molyneux 10Midfield0000
15Adam Eden 11Forward0000
16Joshua Jones 2Midfield0000
17Rhys JonesMidfield0000
 Total 1000

Assistant Manager: Alan Edwards
1st Team Manager: Daniel Moore
Physio: Rhian Williams
Coach: Jason Aldcroft
Goalkeeping Coach: Rich Goodier

Officials

Referee1st Assistant Referee2nd Assistant Referee
David WrightNathan WheatleySimon McCormick
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