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Welcome to the Bypass Ground—home of Romsey Town FC. We hope you enjoy your stay here at the club. Chairman: Ken Jacobs Commercial Director: Craig Buckingham Manager: Wayne Mew Assistant Manager: Stuart Long Coach: Dave Smith Res. Manager: Francis Benali Res. Coach: Craig Mew Treasurer: Paul Taylor Secretary: Carolyn Mew Wyvern Secretary: Laura Hicks Medical Staff: Paul Coffin & Dave Penny Programme Editor: Cameron Melling Safety Officer: Mike Garner Youth Protection Officer: Laura Hicks Front cpver photo by pitchsidephotogrpahy.com

Home colours: White & Black Away Colours: Blue First Team Midweek Games: Tuesdays Reserve Midweek Games: Tuesdays Club Website: www.romseytownfc.com Founded: 1886 Ground: The Bypass Ground Last Season Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division: 16th FA Cup: Extra Preliminary Round FA Vase: Second Qualifying Round Hampshire Senior Cup: 2nd Round League Cup: 1st Round


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New Milton Town 2-3 Romsey Town 22/10/11 By Cameron Melling

Romsey Town took on New Milton Town at Fawcetts Field with a New Milton side which included five ex-Romsey players and the former managerial team of Glenn Burnett and Lee Harrison. Romsey dominated the early exchanges and the pressure finally paid off when Ben White broke free of the New Milton defence only to be brought down by the onrushing ‘keeper after attempting to round him. The Referee pointed to the spot immediately but took slightly longer to decide on the colour of the card which he would show to New Milton’s shot-stopper. In the end the decision was yellow but it could have so easily been red. However, Romsey’s top goalscorer Simon De’ath spotted the ball and stepped up to slot the ball into the back of New Milton’s net to give Romsey the early advantage. Despite conceding, the decision not to send of their goalkeeper seemed to galvanise New Milton who quickly equalised after some poor defending by Romsey. The ball managed to find its way into the Romsey box and after some sliced clearances and attempts to get rid of the ball, Callum Tanner took advantage of the sloppy defending to fire home the equaliser against his former team just outside the six yard box. Buoyed by their equaliser, New Milton soon found their feet and almost took the lead moments later when the ball was squared from the right wing only for the New Milton striker somehow to miss the ball in front of gaping open goal and then to see the ball roll harmlessly wide. However, this did not distract the hosts and they soon took the lead from an almost identical attack which saw them miss moments before. Again this time the ball was squared from the right wing across the face of the Romsey goal but this former Romsey player, Tommy Donaldson was there to fire home from close range. Romsey were struggling to get back into the game and just could not keep possession under heavy New Milton pressure and were probably delighted to hear the half time whistle despite trailing 2-1 to a battling New Milton side. The second half began with Romsey controlling the start of half. This constant bombardment would soon pay off when a deep cross came into the box. De’ath reacted first peeling of the defender on the back post to control the ball on his chest and stab home from close range past the keeper. The game was now 2-2 and a very evenly matched affair until Ryan Long picked up the ball just outside the box and drove into it passing a few New Milton players. He was then forced slightly wide but was taken out from a clumsy challenge by exRomsey captain Darren Curtis. The referee duly blew up for another penalty but did not book Curtis. Again De’ath calmly placed the ball on the spot and ran up to score is 14th goal of the season and to complete his second hat-trick of the season. From then on Romsey were happy to defend their 3-2 lead and this effort was helped by Ben White who worked tirelessly throughout the game to ensure Romsey to their fifth win in a row. The battle of Romsey and many of their ex-counterparts would end Romsey Town 3-2 New Milton Town.


Today Romsey take on Fawley for the second time at home this season after Fawley’s 3-1 win over The Town earlier this season in the FA Vase. There is only a point separating the two sides in the league at the moment so is bound to be a tight match. Last year’s results: 1-1 & 2-1 to Fawley.

Nickname: The Oilers Team Colours: Dark Blue Manager: Paul Wiltshire Assistant: Colin Lane Physio: John Collings 10/11 League Position: 20th 10/11 Most Appearances: Callum Earl (39) 10/11 Top Goalscorer: Craig Feeney (10) Esso have a long history with the Hampshire League, since they were first elected as AGWI United in 1929/30 to the Hampshire League Division 2, but finished 14th and last place that first season. In 1935 they won the Southampton Senior Cup. AGWI played in the Hampshire League until 1938/39, with a highest finish of 3rd in 1933/34. AGWI did not return to Hampshire League action immediately after the war, but in 1948/9 were elected to the 3rd division West. Like their earlier debut they had four poor seasons, finishing 14th and last on their comeback, with just 10 points from a possible 52. Renamed Esso (Fawley) in 1949/50, that season saw them up one place, to 13th then 9th and 14th again, before winning there first title, the Division 3 West Championship, in 1952/53, piping Blackfield and Langley on goal average. However Esso found Division 2 difficult, gathering only 6 points from 52, 13 points adrift at the bottom. Trying their hand in the 3rd Division East. The Oilers propped up the table again with 5 points from 40 in 1954/55. A reorganized 3rd Division the following year saw them second from bottom and they dropped out the league into the Southampton Junior League until 1960/61 when they were readmitted to 3rd Division. This time Esso could definitely consider it third time lucky, ending a respectable 4th and scoring 103 goals in 30 matches! Esso had won the Southampton Wednesday League in 1960/61, a feat repeated in 1967/8. They managed mid table security, finishing 4th again in 1963/64 before slipping to 16 and last in 1967/68. The following year the division was reorganized and Esso bottomed out again with there worst ever record of just 3 points! They were last again in 1969/70 and dropped out the county league for the 3rd time. This time the gap was 22 seasons before election to the 3rd Division in 1992/93. In the mean time in 1978/79 Esso won the Southampton Junior A Cup and were Champions of Division 3. Improvements continued as Esso won the Senior League Division 2 title in 1979/80, the Senior 1 title came in 1987/88. Back in the Hampshire League in 1992/1993, and leaning from past experience, they made good and finished in the top half of the table for there first few seasons. Their best season was 1994/95 when they finished champions in Division 3 and runners up to Romsey in the Southampton Senior Cup played at The Dell. In 1997/98 the club finished 5th in the Division 2, their highest position in Hampshire football ever. However the success did not stop and in 1998/99 the club was promoted into the top flight of Hampshire Football League for the first time. In 1999/2000 the club was promoted into the newly formed Hampshire Premier League. Renamed Fawley AFC, and now in the Wessex League 2nd Division the first 2 seasons were spent at the wrong end of the table. With the club re-organised and the young players meeting their potential 2005/6 saw Fawley AFC finish 7th. The league was renamed, and with the club now competing in Wessex Division 1 for 2006/7, the future is looking good with the charms of the Wessex league well and truly in their dreams and aspirations! The ultimate goal was achieved 2009/10 season when we were promoted to the Wessex Premier Division.


Steve Hollick

Jake LOng

Richard Hayter

Gareth Batchelor

Luke Baker

Luke Dempsey

Ross Gregory

Steve Hollicks – Position: Goalkeeper In his debut season for the Town in goal. Great shot stopper. Jake Fulford – Position: Goalkeeper Young goalkeeper who came through from QK. Matthew Brown – Position: Goalkeeper Good ‘keeper, has been solid every time he’s been called on. Jake Long – Position: Left back Tough full back resigned last season from Lymington after previously being at Romsey Richard Hayter - Position: Defender Solid defender who can play all across the back—ever present last season Gareth Batchelor – Position: Centre Back Skilful centre back who begins his second season with Romsey. Can play at the heart of midfield. Ross Gregory – Position: Centre back Captain spent many years at Romsey before signing for AFC Totton and is back at the heart of the defence Henry Rule – Position: Centre back New signing, previously of M&T. Luke Baker – Position: Centre Midfield Second season at Town, formed a solid partnership with Chris Hall last season. Luke Dempsey Position: Midfield Tough tackling centre mid who can also fill in at centre back signed from high flyers Sholing. Chris Hall – Position: Midfield Second season in centre midfield and an eye for a goal. Converted into right back this season. Kieran Gallagher – Position: Centre Midfield Joined part way through last season and has been solid since. Abbas ‘Baz’ Agopo – Position: Centre Midfield Adds a lot of strength to the centre of midfield. Student in Southampton. Chris Morris – Position: Midfield New midfielder recruited from Alresford, very, very skilful and can walk past players. Macs Sampays – Position: Wing Third season at Romsey, never misses a game. Puts a good ball into the box and beats players. Callum Stanley – Position: Wing Very fast winger who can beat anyone. James Whitlock – Position: Wing Skilful winger who has progressed through the reserves Simon De’ath – Position: Striker The Assassin, Romsey legend, longest ever serving player and all time top goalscorer. Guaranteed to score you goals. Ryan Long – Position: Striker Very quick striker who resigned halfway through last season after leaving for Gosport for 6 months. Can also use his pace on the wing. Ben ‘Chalky’ White – Position: Striker New striker signed from Alton Town has scored over 30 goals in the past two seasons. Contributes much more than goals.

Chris Hall

Baz Agopo

Chris Morris

Macs Sampays

Simon De’ath

Ryan Long

Chalky White


Date

Opposition

H/A

Competition

Result

Scorers

12/08/11

Bournemouth

Home

League

1-0

Simon De’ath

20/08/11

Brading Town

Home

FA Cup

0-1

23/08/11

Moneyfields

Away

League

5-6

Simon De’ath 2, Ryan Long 2, Macs Sampays

27/08/11

Newport (IOW)

Home

League

1-3

Macs Sampays

29/08/11

Winchester

Home

League

2-3

Simon De’ath, Ryan Long

03/09/11

Hayling United

Away

League

2-1

Simon De’ath, Chalky White

06/09/11

Bemerton Heath

Home

League

1-0

Ryan Long

10/09/11

Bournemouth

Away

League

1-3

Simon De’ath

13/09/11

Cowes Sports

Home

Hampshire Senior Cup

7-3

White 3, De’ath, Morris, Baker, R.Long

17/09/11

Lymington

Home

League

0-1

20/09/11

Blackfield & Langley

Home

League

4-5

Simon De’ath 3, Chris Hall

24/09/11

Fawley

Home

FA Vase

1-3

Simon De’ath

27/09/11

Moneyfields

Home

League

3-0

Chris Hall, Ross Gregory, Macs Sampsays

01/10/11

GE Hamble

Away

League

0-2

08/10/11

Rozel Rovers

Home

Hampshire Senior Cup

2-0

Ryan Long 2

12/10/11

Newport (IOW)

Away

League

2-0

Ryan Long 2

15/10/11

Hamworthy

Home

League

2-1

Luk Baker, Jamie Thoroughgood

18/10/11

AFC Portchester

Away

League Cup

1-0

Ben White

22/10/11

New Milton

Away

League

3-2

Simon De’ath 3

29/10/11

Fareham

Home

League

05/11/11

Alton

Home

League

08/11/11

Lymington

Away

League

15/11/11

Christchurch

Home

League

19/11/11

Brading Town

Home

League

26/11/11

Winchester

Away

League

03/12/11

Fawley

Away

League

10/12/11

Alresford

Away

League

03/01/12

Totton & Eling

Home

League

07/01/12

Laverstock & Ford

Home

League

14/01/12

Hamworthy

Away

League

21/01/12

Downton

Away

League

28/01/12

Christchurch

Home

League

04/02/12

Alton

Away

League

11/02/12

Brading Town

Away

League

18/02/12

Horndean

Home

League

03/03/12

Hayling

Home

League

10/03/12

Fareham

Away

League

17/03/12

Alresford

Home

League

31/03/12

Laverstock & Ford

Away

League

07/04/12

Downton

Home

League

09/04/12

Totton & Eling

Away

League

21/04/12

Bemerton Heath

Away

League

28/04/12

Blackfield & Langley

Home

League


Romsey Town: A brief history The history of Romsey Town Football Club goes back to 1886 when a meeting took place at the Town Hall to consider the desirability of forming a football club in the town. In the season 1889/90 they played their football at Alma Road, playing in local football. By the 1920’s they had gained entry into the Hampshire League and played their games at Priestlands which is now Romsey School. They had great success and won the Hampshire Intermediate Cup for the first time. After the Second World War Romsey Town went on to produce some of their best attacking sides. In 1949 they reached the 2nd Round of the F.A. Cup and the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup in the same season. By 1955-56 they moved to their current home – the Bypass Ground – however they were relegated and the club fell into decline. By the 1970’s the club started to climb out of the doldrums of lower league football and in 1974-75 won the Hampshire League Division 4 title. By the late 80’s Romsey had reached the Hampshire League Division 1 and in 1990 became the second club (after Bashley) to win the Wessex League title. In the years to follow the club could not maintain the high standards and went into another decline until recently. In 2007 the club finished 3rd in Division 1 of the Wessex League and gained promotion to the Premier Division. After a good start to the 2007-08 campaign, the side suffered a poor second half of the season and finished 18th. The reserves finished 4th in Combination 2 and were beaten finalists in the Southampton Senior Cup Final at St Mary’s.

Romsey Town: Honours Wessex League Champions 1989/90 Hampshire League Division 2 Champions 1978/79, Runners-up 1994/95 Hampshire League Division 3 Runners-up 1946/47, 1977/78 & 2003/04 Hampshire League Division 4 Champions 1975/76 Hampshire Senior Cup Winners 1978/79. Finalists 1948/49 Hampshire Intermediate Cup Winners 1926/26, 1930/31 & 1977/78 Hampshire Junior Cup Winners 1900/01, 1909/10 & 1923/24. Finalists 1898/99 & 1899/1900 Russell Cotes Cup Runners-up 1932/33 & 1988/89 Southampton Senior Cup Winners 1973/74 & 1994/95. Southampton Junior Cup Winners 1922/23 Southampton League Premier Division Champions 1980/81 & 1983/84 Southampton League Senior Division 1

Champions 1926/27, 1973/74 & 1976/77. Southampton League Senior Division 2 Champions 1972/73, Southampton League West Division Champions 1951/52 Southampton League Romsey Division Champions 1927/28 Southampton League Junior Division 3 Runners-up 1924/25 Southampton League Junior Division 4 Champions 1974/75 Salisbury & District League Champions 1898/99 South Hants League Champions 1900/01 Winchester League Champions 1921/22 Eastleigh League Champions 1922/23, 1923/24, 1928/29.


Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division (Correct to 23/10/10)


While you wait for the action to restart, why not have a go at this week’s football quiz? This week’s subject: Midfield Maestros

1. Which superstar was fined £5,00 for a disgraceful piece of play acting in the 2002 World Cup? 2. Who was John Cruyff’s skilful and occasionally violent sidekick at Ajax and with Holland? 3. Which Brazilian joined Manchester Unitedafter the 2002 World Cup but largely flopped in his two years there? 4. Which Portuguese star made his debut for Sporting Lisbon aged 16? 5. Which former Spurs Dutch midfielder wore goggles during matches? 6. Which Argentinian playmaker joined Manchester United before being sold to Chelsea? 7. Which member of the 2002 Brazilian World Cup winning squad signed fore Arsenal after the tournament? 8. Which Aussie was PFA’s Player of the Year in 2000?

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Rivaldo Johan Neeskens Kléberson Cristiano Ronaldo Edgar Davids Juan Sebastian Veron Gilberto Silva Harry Kewll

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Romsey’s League—Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division—Level 9 Sydenhams Wessex Division One—Level 10

Evo-Stik Southern Division One South & West—Level 8

Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central—Level 8

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Romsey Town Pld

Fawley AFC

Sub Gl

Pld

Steve Hollicks (GK) Matthew Brown (GK) Jake Long

Sub Gl

Dan Loader Jonathan Page Samuel Longman

Richard Hayter

Elliot Earl

Gareth Batchelor

Dave Downie

Ross Gregory (C)

Nick Lane

Jamie Thoroughgood

Ryan Matthews

Danny Barker

Callum Earl

Luke Baker

Matt Vining

Luke Dempsey

Lewis Ross

Chris Hall

Adam Wiltshire

Kieran Gallagher

Neil Crowson

Chris Morris

Zac Anderson

Macs Sampays

Justin Grandison

Callum Stanley

Luke Kelsey

Simon De’ath Ryan Long

Darren Morris Danny Mockridge

Ben ‘Chalky’ White

Aaron Blaxhall

Form: WWWWW

White Shirts Black Shorts Black Socks Next Home Game: Fareham Town Saturday 29th October KO: 15:00 Next Away Game: Amesbury Town (League Cup 2nd Round) Tuesday 1st November KO: 19:45

Form: WLDLW

Dark Blue Shirts Dark Blue Shorts White Socks

Match Officials Referee: J. Foster Assistants: J. Harvey D. Richards Full Time Score

Squads subject to change


Romsey Town v Fawley 25.10.11 Programme