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Topsoil and Verti-draining

Buckley Town’s preparation for next season has begun already and work on the pitch has already commenced.

Verti-draining was carried out today and topsoil and top dressing also arrived.

This is to be applied on Saturday morning and we need volunteers to shift the 20 tons of top dressing.

If you can spare some time, work will commence at 10.30am.

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Presentation Evening

Buckley Town’s Committee, Players, Family and Supporters gathered at Buckley Cricket Club for the annual Presentation Evening where trophies were handed out by Chairman Pete Gunson, Manager Dan Moore, Reserve Manager Ryan Dunn & Veterans Secretary Duncan Macaskill for members of the club whose efforts have deserved merit for the season just gone.

Managers Players: Luke Blizard and Chris Hibbert

Players Players: Callum Humphries and Joe Trueman

Top Scorers: Jake Roberts and Tom Gunson

Supporters Players: Aron Williams and Tom Gunson

Clubman of the Year: Kev Williams 

Supporter of the Year: Louis Parry

 

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Close Season Maintenance

Mr. Spooner has been going mad with his yellow paint again. If we did not stop him, he would paint the whole ground luminous yellow during the close season!

Seriously though, the close season is always the time when our volunteer Ground Staff begin the annual cycle and the arduous task of ground maintenance looking to maintain, repair and upgrade the facilities of the Globe. With the last game of the season played as recently as Saturday the work began in earnest this week and already, we have seen improvements made:

  • Wheelchair users now have designated spaces within the Redrow stand.
  • New signs have been sited together with yellow markings to highlight non standing areas in front of the stand to ensure a good view for our disabled supporters.

We are always looking for help with ground maintenance tasks, so if you have any free time over the Summer and wish to give a helping hand, whilst at the same time show support for your community-based football club, we would more than welcome you. Just email us and let us know when you are available and what sort of skills that you have. Click here.

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Dan’s Season Review

Today marks the day of our final fixture back in the Huws Gray Alliance, two short years on from our unwelcome relegation to the Welsh National League, as we welcome Penrhyncoch to The Globe.

By comparison, we find ourselves in the luxurious position of mid-table mediocrity this time around, and also in a period of calm, compared to this time last year whilst in the thick of a tense title race with Brickfield Rangers, we all know what happened there!

On the football front, we have seen some excellent progress over the course of the season.  It is important not to lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of our playing squad is made up of our WNL title-winning squad of last season, with just a handful of new additions, this is something which we are very proud of, the players have made the step up and more than competed!

Another factor to be proud of is the progression of our ‘one club’ approach towards team selection, twenty players have represented both the first team and the reserve team this season; with the integration of nine 16 & 17 year olds into our senior squad being the icing on the cake, we are focussed on nurturing and growing our future first team players internally.

The season has been full of highs and lows, and a lot of ‘what ifs’, I dread to think where we could have finished this season if our games ended in the 85th minute!  But we can’t be overly critical of our players, they have given everything and shown unbelievable commitment.

The future is certainly bright for our Club, we have an excellent group of Under 16s who I have worked with intermittently this season alongside their manager, Ste Jones, we look forward to integrating them into our senior setup over the summer.

Not to mention all of the exciting off field developments which we hope will secure the future of our Club for all of our young players to enjoy for generations to come (no exaggeration!).

Finally, to our supporters and volunteers, you are the best.  Please know that we appreciate you turning up week after week, there are faces which we see every single week and we’re overwhelmed by your loyalty.

We hope that we’ve given you something to be proud of over the last couple of seasons.

See you all next season!

Dan.

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Plaque erected in honour for two of the Town’s stalwarts

We at Buckley Town Football Club have erected a plaque honouring the loyal, hard-working efforts of the late Cllr Ron Hampson and Cllr Dennis Hutchison. Both men have helped and supported the football club for over 40 years and in the process have operated from chairman to volunteering. The clubs HRGo stand was obtained in thanks to both men and it still stands proud at the Globe. 

Not only have they served Buckley Town Football Club well, but we will never forget their long-standing duties as town councillors. Cllr Ron Hampson was a well-respected man of the town who lived for Buckley and whenever possible he frequented the Globe with son Stephen. Cllr Dennis Hutchinson the same, in that offering his help and support to the football club and the town in general.

Thank you to both from all at Buckley Town Football Club. 

Photographed left to right.

Pete Gunson, Cllr Jeanne Hutchinson, Rita Hampson, Dennis Hutchinson

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New Sponsor : A. T. Green Ltd.

We are glad to welcome A. T. Green Ltd to our ever-growing list of Pitch Side Sponsors & thank them for their support of our football club.

A. T. Green Ltd was established in 1975 as a small family business, gradually progressing to their current premises in North Wales and significantly grown in size.

Approaching their 40th year, their team now consists of a core workforce of electricians, supported by office staff, warehouse team and portable appliance testing team.

Over the last three decades, A. T. Green Ltd has strived to build a solid client base, including local authorities, industrial factory contracts, major house builders, maintenance work & PAT testing contracts.

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New Sponsor : Inside Flintshire Magazine

We are glad to welcome Inside Flintshire Magazine to our ever growing list of Pitch Side Sponsors & thank them for their support of our football club. They are a totally independent local magazine business providing affordable advertising to local businesses for over five years. Having gone from strength to strength, their Inside Flintshire 1 & 2 magazine’s cover 16,000 homes & businesses across Flintshire every month, making them the Largest distributor of A5 Publications in Flintshire by some way.

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An afternoon with legendary groundhopper John Stancombe

A Groundhopper (for those that don’t know) is a person who collects football grounds, as well as supporting their own team.  Doing it properly entails a lot of planning, travelling, time and money.

John Stancombe is no ordinary groundhopper, he is a man who takes it seriously with over 10,522 miles travelled.  In January this year John got in touch with the club wishing to make Buckley Town’s ground his 1,705th non-league ground visited.

What makes John’s story even more remarkable is that he is totally blind, travels by himself and lives in Lowestoft.  John is not content with just visiting the ground he wants to be able to learn about the layout and the structures within, plus be able to follow and enjoy a game of football.

This is where he relies on volunteers at the club to help him enjoy the day and at Buckley Town, he found a club with the community at its heart, with volunteers who welcomed him with open arms. 

John organised to come to the club to watch Buckley Town’s game against Holyhead Hotspur a day after watching Rhyl’s game against Holywell Town.  Rhyl won 1-0 so the indications were that he might bring some luck with his visit (not that the Buckley Team needed it of late after a decent run of results).

David Carlisle (Rhyl’s Media Officer) kindly dropped him off on the day and on meeting him in person, John clearly sets out what he wants to get from the day.  Like any serious groundhopper he has an agenda and time was not to be wasted.

The day started with a tour around the ground, where I was called upon to describe every little detail such as the shape of the buildings, materials used, to how many seats and rows were in each stand.  Everything was recorded on his Dictaphone so that he could refer to it when he returned home.

His mental arithmetic put me to shame and he also put me to test on my use of adjectives. What would have normally taken 15 mins took just around an hour to complete.  On completion of the tour I was going hoarse and was getting a little concerned about my next task; commentary of the game.

For this, I had to run around to find the team sheet to help me with the challenge.  Feeling a little guilty I left John in the bar, however, this was unnecessary as on my return I found him holding court testing everyone on their knowledge of Buckley Town.  Not only listening intently to see what new things he could learn but also correcting people from what can only be described as photographic memory of the Welsh lower leagues.

As kick off drew near we decided to sit ourselves in the centre of the main stand at the back to give me the best advantage of the game to ensure that he didn’t miss out on any of the game action.  I was relatively apprehensive about this part as putting names to faces was going to be a difficult task and the thought of talking non-stop for 45 mins was challenging. 

One of the great things about Buckley Town Football Club is their football fans.  Not wanting to see one of their own struggling they chipped in with their take on the events which must have gave John relief from my voice!

John’s presence had the desired affect on the Buckley side with the team winning 2-0 and, in his view, it was a better game than the Rhyl match (Sorry David Carlisle).  Once the match was over there was one last bit of generosity on Buckley Town’s part as Events and Fundraising Officer Kevin Williams presented him a Buckley Town hat. From there I whisked him off to Chester Station so he could get his train back to Lowestoft which would get him in at past midnight.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet John, his enthusiasm and dedication to groundhopping shone through and he was also very knowledgeable about the game.  He had a great personality and lots of character which will stand him in good stead as he completes his challenge.  Whilst it was an honour to help him on his way to achieving his goal, I am hoping that he left Buckley Town thinking that we were not just another statistic but a proper club at the heart and soul of the community.       

Duncan Macaskill

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New Sponsor: William Gleave Estate Agents

We are glad to welcome William Gleave Estate Agents to our ever growing list of Pitch Side Sponsors & thank them for their support of our football club.

William Gleave is a fully independent firm of estate agents operating in the Buckley area. They offer the following services to our local community:

Expertise

Residential sales. Lettings. Property management. New homes. Land. Investments.

People

At William Gleave, we are more than just a name above the door. The directors are actively involved in all aspects of the business, and are always available to discuss your requirements on a one–to–one basis. 

We have cherry–picked the best staff in the area, and we also invest heavily in their training to ensure that we are always able to offer our clients the best advice and assistance.

Technology

Our sophisticated computer network gives us fingertip access to extensive databases covering every aspect of the local property market.

Marketing

We are currently upgrading our website to include moving images, sound and walk–through viewings of properties available for sale and rent. We normally feature properties within 24 hours of receiving instructions, and we receive hundreds of genuine enquiries each week. 

We pride ourselves on producing high quality, highly informative literature on the properties we market, whether for sale or rental.

Investment Advice

If you wish to invest in the property market, we can provide you with an investment service. This would include finding you a suitable property to purchase in the area of your choice, advising you of the likely rent and yield of the property, recommending a solicitor, mortgage broker, architect or contractor to suit your requirements. We would also handle the eventual rental and management of the property on your behalf and recommend a suitable accountant to handle your tax affairs, especially if you reside abroad.

Region

We cover all of Buckley and the surrounding area of North East Wales and Chester.

Buckley Branch

1-3 Mold Road, Buckley,
Flintshire
CH7 2JA

Tel:  01244 54 36 51

Email: buckley@wgestateagents.co.uk