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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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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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Huws Gray Alliance Team of the Season

Both Chris Roberts and Joe Makuruk were voted into the Huws Gray Alliance Team of the Season which is compiled from the man of the match nominations throughout the whole season.

Despite Robbo only featuring in 14 league games all season scoring four goals along the way, it shows how much he is still respected by many as one of the best central defenders to have graced both this league and the Welsh Premier.

In a season disrupted by injury, he still managed to complete the London Marathon and showed there is still something left in those old legs. His experience is a valuable asset amongst our squad of young players and his ability to get on the end crosses from set plays has meant he has scored some important goals along the way, no better than the one from within his own half at Airbus at the tail end of the season.

Skipper Joe Makaruk must have been close to making the first team in the vote, as he won an individual Player of the Month award again turning down overtures from Welsh Premier clubs to play for his home town club.

Chris Roberts is another local lad, in his third spell at the club, proving that there are few better clubs to play for locally than this community-based club and testament to what we are trying to achieve in developing talent from the age of five right through to the senior ranks.

For the whole Team see here

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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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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

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.