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Buckley Town Juniors U10s

Buckley Town Juniors U10s United Team is on a recruitment drive for new players for the coming season and if you are interested then please contact Rob Alexander on 07740 199765.

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More yellow paint!

Well, it is obvious that Mr. Spooner has been taking his hip surgery rehab seriously as the yellow paintbrush has been out again at the Globe as summer ground maintenance continues.

Signs to remind our four-legged friends (of which there are a few) owners to please clean up after their indiscretions have also been erected.

Hold on Mr. Spooner, you have missed a bit!

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Football and its Buckley roots

Football as we know it soon rose from the birth of the industrial revolution sometime in the mid 19th century. The game had been played for centuries earlier in many different forms mainly in connection with rugby football and in most cases forbidden by the ruling class.

It was in 1863 that the Football Association was founded, and the game took on new rules and its popularity grew. Sheffield FC is known as the world’s oldest club forming in 1857 although that is disputed with Cambridge University AFC who formed at approximately the same time. Other clubs emerged, like Hallam FC, Cray Wanderers and Wrexham AFC were to be the trendsetters.

As football in and around North Wales grew it wasn’t until the middle of the 1880s that Buckley had a taste of the action. With the lord of the manor Philip Bryan Davies-Cooke prohibiting the establishment of goalposts, the Buckley common was used as a makeshift pitch where jumpers were really used as goalposts. With the area being so close to the Belmont Brickworks, the Belmont Swifts were the first team up and running playing only for the love of the game.

Originally soft rubber balls, pigs’ bladders and stockings where used until the kind introduction of a “football” from a Liverpool clergyman with the surname Shields. Heading into the 1900s football became more accepted and the game progressed more into a competitive sport. 

Early clubs to exist in Buckley included Buckley Engineers, The Square, Nant Mawr Jolly Boys, Lane End Corinthians, Buckley Co-Op Wednesday, The Albion and many more local amateur football teams. Buckley Town (pre-war), Burntwood Rovers and Buckley United are remembered for having great sides and then after the second world war the Buckley Rovers and the Buckley Wanderers flood many memories from Buckley’s footballing past. 

Up the Bucks…

Reproduced at the courtesy of The Buckley Society
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Nathaniel MG Cup

The FAW has announced a new format for the Nathaniel MG Cup for Season 2019/20 which will include all Tier 2 clubs and one Wildcard entry.

Any club who believe that they should be considered for the Wildcard position should contact gderfel@faw.co.uk by Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 stating their reasons and staking their claim for the available place.

  • Is a club reaching a specific milestone this year?
  • Has your team created waves in your League or Cup competition?
  • Is there an old rivalry that you’d like to resurrect?

Let them know your story and your application will be considered before an announcement is made on June 1st, 2019.

Clubs without floodlights can apply for the Wildcard position – but will have to play away from home from Round 3 onwards.

In all 46 Clubs will be admitted into the Competition:

  • 12 Welsh Premier League Clubs in 2019/20 
    17 Tier 2 clubs (North Wales) in 2019/20 
    16 Tier 2 clubs (South Wales) in 2019/20 
    1 Wildcard

Round 1: Involves Wildcard & Tier 2 Clubs – Weekend of August 3rd, 2019 
Round 2: JD WPL Clubs join – Weekend of August 10th, 2019
Round 3: September 24th, 2019 
QF: October 29th, 2019 
SF: November 23rd, 2019 
Final: Weekend of  February 1st, 2020

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FAW Tier 2 First Instance Body decision

Buckley Town FC was one of the 16 clubs from the Huws Gray Alliance that met the infrastructure and personnel criteria for Tier 2 Certification.

The FAW Tier 2 First Instance Body met yesterday, 8 May 2019 in Cardiff to consider the Tier 2 Certification Applications for the 2019/20 season.

The Panel assessed 47 applicants for the Tier 2 Certification as FAW Tier 2 Certification is a mandatory requirement for clubs to participate at Tier 2 of the Welsh Football Pyramid for the 2019/20 season.

For a full list of the clubs certified see here

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John Spooner

Buckley Town FC is delighted that their Vice Chairman, John Spooner, is making remarkable progress after undergoing a hip replacement at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital earlier this week. John must be keen to continue his sterling work at the club as he was discharged a mere 24 hours after the successful operation!

The club would like to extend their good wishes to John for his continuing recovery and look forward to seeing him enjoying the return of his former mobility after such a long wait for the surgery. During that time John continued to support the club as an enthusiastic and hard-working member of the committee.

In anticipation for his return, the club has purchased a set of new brushes and a couple of tins of yellow paint!

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Sponsorship Opportunity

PERIMETER BOARDS

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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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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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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Buckley Town Juniors FC

Buckley Town Juniors FC provide football for all ages & abilities, for both Boys and Girls aged between 5 to 16.

We have a proud history and a strong following of over 300 children in all age groups. We play in the Flintshire league and compete on all fronts. 

We are always looking for new members and currently are actively recruiting for our Girls teams 12+.

We also have our Under 5’s starting again in September along with our Under 6’s as well.

We cater for all. So a space will be there for your child. We are all volunteers and are always on the lookout for valued help behind the scenes & for coaches. If you feel you have skills that could benefit such a role please contact the club to enquire further.

Thank you.

Kevin Holden

Buckley Town JFC Chairman