There are big savings to be made by purchasing a Season Ticket for Town’s new adventure in the Southern League South in 2018-19. With increasing costs inevitable at the higher level, admission prices are unfortunately having to rise for next season, with adult admission being set at £10, Concessions £8 and Under 18’s £5, with Under 14’s continuing to be admitted for free. To put the price increases in context , it is only the second occasion since 2007 (when an adult ticket increased to £7 that admission prices have risen but these increases can be more than offset by becoming a Season Ticket holder, with prices set as £156 for Adults, £120 for Concessions and £80 for Under 18’s.
Chairman Kevin Sturmey has provided the following insight for tauntontown.com:
”As we plan for the new season inevitably finance will be high on the agenda. We have assembled a very good squad who made huge sacrifices to achieve what they have in the last 10 months. We have a great rapport on and off the pitch but the simple fact will be each season we will need to raise more money to be competitive at what ever level we reach. No one at the Viridor Stadium, especially me, wants us to be an ok team in an ok league. We want to be competing in the top part but we must also continue to be sustainable.
We need the Taunton community, and local and County Councils to support us so we can grow in to a football hub entrenched in the community. To achieve this will mean lots of sacrifices, lots of long days and late nights, and a passion to deliver results on and off the pitch. Everything is achievable and I have no fear about challenging people to help us achieve our goals. But a new league will mean more cost with longer travel times and therefore we will need to budget carefully but also invest in our players and the Viridor Stadium. The last two seasons have been an incredible ride but £3000 for winning the West Division won’t go very far.
We have decided admission must go up as everyone needs to understand we do not receive the full amount of money that is paid at the gate; HMRC get 20% VAT on every admission ticket sold so for each £8 paid last season, we actually benefitted by £6.67. We really need to clear £8 after VAT so it was agreed that the VAT inclusive admission for 2018/19 will be £10 (TTFC get £8.33), £8 (£6.67) and £5 (£4.17) with under 14’s still able to gain free admission to encourage them to be a long term Peacocks supporter. What we really need is everyone to spend money once they are in the stadium as it all goes in to the pot so we need you all to buy a programme, a drink in the bar, a burger, tea etc. Also the Club Shop is a great way of spending some money to help the club and also show your support with the Claret & Blue.
We have absorbed two price increases in the bar but again there is now the sugar tax to consider so some products are a lot more expensive to buy. We will always try to keep our prices competitive but we set targets for each area of the club and we have to hit certain levels of profit otherwise we will be in trouble.
For the fans who have been a round a long time the cost of watching a match has risen by only a pound during the last eleven years when sometimes the football was poor. Now the standard is very high, the players fitter than ever plus in my opinion they can all take us much higher! We will continue to offer discounted days for various organisations and also subject to fixtures, we hope to offer a 4 4 3 deal after Christmas. We will never rest on our laurels and continue to improve the Viridor Stadium over the next 5-10 years so whatever level we play at our facilities will not hold us back. The simple fact is the higher we go, the more money we will need, and hope everyone understands we never make decisions lightly and look at all factors.
The great thing about this is if you buy a Season Ticket and they will go on sale on 1st June, you will get a massive FIVE games free, so I urge Peacock fans to get in early and buy your season ticket which will get you a huge 24% discount. You help yourself but you also help the club front load our finances. The season ticket cost shows a discount of £54 for Adults, £48 for Concessions and £25 for Under 18’s.”
Three pre-season friendlies have so far been confirmed for the Peacocks ahead of their debut season at the higher level. A Plymouth Argyle XI will visit the Viridor Stadium on Tuesday 24th July while we will also host a Bristol City XI on Monday 6th August, both games kicking off at 7.45pm. The first of Town’s friendlies sees them visit Western League side Willand Rovers on Friday 13th July. Further friendlies will be announced in due course with another Football League club due to come to the Viridor Stadium at the end of July.
The Peacocks’ momentous 2017-18 season was celebrated at our Champions’ Dinner held on Thursday (24th May) at the Cooper Associates County Ground, home of Somerset County Cricket Club. The evening, hosted by BBC Somerset’s Claire Carter and club director Giuseppe Fraschini , proved a great success. An excellent three course meal was interspersed with the revealing of the club’s new logo as well as a sneak preview of Town’s up and coming new website and plans for the development of the Viridor Stadium. Head Steward and soon to be recipient of the Clubman of the Year award Rob Wenham got the guests singing with two Peacock-flavoured ditties and there was also an auction and a raffle which included prizes of a season ticket for the 2018-19 season and a cake decorated with the new club crest.
After all that there was the small matter of presenting the end of season awards! Dan Sullivan scooped the Supporters Player of the Year prize as well as the Press Writers Player of the Season, a new award introduced by the Somerset County Gazette. Ryan Brett also won two accolades on the evening, namely the Champagne Performer for the highest number of Man of the Match / Player of the Month awards and the Players’ Player which he shared with Ben Adelsbury. The Ernie Price Memorial Cup was presented to Lloyd Irish for his brilliant achievement of being ever-present for three consecutive seasons (211 appearances) while the Chairman’s Award went to Dan Howell for his fantastic work filming the games for Peacocks TV.
Thanks to all those who attended and a special thanks to those who presented awards, Claire for again being a superb host and to Somerset CCC for their great hospitality. Photos of the evening from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.
The full list of award winners:
100 Appearances: OLLIE CHAMBERLAIN and MATT WRIGHT (presented by Life Member Gordon Nelson)
Hat Tricks: MATT WRIGHT (2), ROSS STALEY (presented by Matt Portt from Portt & Co)
Champagne Performer: RYAN BRETT (presented by Jason Gunningham, Vice-Principal of Bridgwater & Taunton College)
Top Goalscorer: MATT WRIGHT (presented by Dave Penny, MD Invest Southwest)
Goal of the Season: SHANE WHITE away at Yate Town (presented by Stuart Berry, MD Berrys Coaches)
Players Player: BEN ADELSBURY & RYAN BRETT (presented by Adrian Giblett, Director Tony Pryce Sports)
Supporters’ Player: DAN SULLIVAN (presented by Peacocks’ supporter Willie Whitelaw)
Ernie Price Memorial Cup: LLOYD IRISH (presented by Mayor of Taunton Deane Catherine Herbert)
Supporter of the Year: CAMERON ADAMS (presented by manager Leigh Robinson)
Chairman’s Award: DAN HOWELL (presented by Chairman Kevin Sturmey)
Clubman of the Year: ROB WENHAM (presented by President Tom Harris)
Press Writers’ Player of the Season: DAN SULLIVAN (presented by Richard Browne , Somerset County Gazette)
Chairman Kevin Sturmey reflected on the evening by commenting:” In the last few years we have had some great days and nights and this year’s dinner will go down as a great night. The food and ambience at Somerset CCC was outstanding as always for the 165 guests, a record attendance. Claire Carter and our own Zeppi Fraschini were excellent hosts and for the first time ever I was able to relax and enjoy the night with only brief bits from me. This year’s dinner highlights the changing world we live in and I will never be satisfied until I feel we have reached the true level Taunton Town is capable of. Formality has a role but as I keep saying tradition has to be modernised and the world moves on and we must be seen to be leaders not followers.”
The dinner was the launchpad for the club’s new crest and the chairman continued:”Launching anything new will divide opinion but as someone who was unsure about a badge change initially, I am 100% enthused and know Zeppi was right, and as a Board we have delivered something quite unique. The vision released and the new website soon to be launched will show that we will not stand still which is amazing when you consider the club is run 95% by volunteers.
“I think we just about got the award winners right as for some awards there will always be lots of candidates but what we have is a group of people on and off the pitch who care passionately about their club and make massive sacrifices every day in the pursuit of success. Times are changing, we need to be open minded and sometimes decisive with our decision making but one thing will never be questioned, we care passionately about our club, our town and our community and if it needs football to show the way we will be there driving the club and town forward. Up The Peacocks!”
Taunton Town Football Club in partnership with football logo designer Christopher Payne, are delighted to reveal the club’s new crest with immediate effect.
Following the most successful two years of the Peacock’s history, reaching the First Round Proper of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy and clinching the Southern League West title, the board wanted to build on these successes and recent commercial growth by creating a new brand to further reach its ambitions of National League football and beyond.
Marketing and Communications Director Giuseppe Fraschini remarked: “The new club emblem proudly displays a peacock at the heart of its design and is instantly recognisable. Unless you really know about the town of Taunton and its historic crest, you may not understand what it represents. Our new design gives us an identity that our supporters can truly be proud of and the club is indebted to Chris who undertook this challenge with passion and dedication. He spent months researching and understanding the character of our club and town and has produced a beautiful modern design. I’m really looking forward to working with Chris and taking our club to the next level”.
The new crest was first revealed in public via a specially produced video at last night’s Champions Dinner and was created by British graphic designer Christopher Payne who is based in the USA and has carried out similar work for other clubs including Alfreton Town. He commented: ”The club's progress over recent years and desire to keep progressing and keep improving in all areas was what attracted me to this project. Working with Giuseppe and Kevin and the rest of the people behind the scenes at Taunton Town FC was great and it is a massive honour to play my part in the history of this football club.” Elaborating on the rationale behind the redesign, he continued: ”The board realises that ambitious football clubs can't stand still, they must evolve with the times and constantly look to progress in all areas, and that drive and desire to better the football club was evident in all interactions that I had with the club. A football club's logo needs to be adaptable across many different use cases and scenarios, and whist I understand that the original logo served the club well for many years, there were many use cases where the original logo didn't work. This new design stands out when used on all use cases, from club merchandising, to stadium signage, kit design, print advertisements, and particularly digital screens such as TV’s and mobile devices, just to name a few. The new logo is modern and stylish and clearly tells the viewer who and what it represents. It will provide the football club with solid foundations to progress the brand and move forward in the modern era”.
The new Peacocks’ logo will now be in place for the team’s first season at Step 3 of the non-league system, opportune timing for Chairman Kevin Sturmey who concluded: “This shows how far we have come as a club in the last two years. Zeppi (Marketing & Communications Director) felt we needed to modernise our badge to which the Board agreed, and he set about finding a designer. We are indebted to the work done by Christopher. I think it shows not only what we have achieved but it's also just the start of our journey. Tradition is great but we all must move with the times and you must constantly modernise tradition to engage with our community and keep attracting new as well as younger fans. Expectation is normal for young people these days and we need to keep progressing on and off the pitch as the world will not slow down and we must try to keep ahead of the game."
No time to rest at the Viridor Stadium! The 2017-18 season has barely finished but plans are already being made for the club's historic first season at Southern Premier level and as part of those plans we would love to hear from anyone who wants to become more involved with the Peacocks on a voluntary basis. We are looking to fill several roles and more details can be found by clicking HERE.
Last Sunday (13th May) saw the first ever Viridor Day held at the Viridor Stadium which saw a six-a-side football tournament held on the pitch before summer maintenance started the following day. Several late withdrawals meant the number of teams was lower than anticipated but there was no lack of skill (debatable in some cases!) or effort from those participating. As well as a Peacocks supporters’ team, there was a Taunton Town staff team which included Ollie Chamberlain, Leigh Robinson and Rob Dray while another first teamer from 2017-18 Tom Stone represented Karius to Glory who were the eventual winners.
Congratulations to them and thanks to everyone who took part and to Alic and Ellis Brown for officiating. Needless to say some participants were feeling the physical effects on Monday but there’s another year to prepare for the next one!
The Peacocks added yet another award to their memorable Evo-Stik League season when they were named the April Club of the Month for the West Division last week. The award is given to the club with the best average points per game which Town had after winning six and drawing one of their seven fixtures during the month, and is the fourth occasion that the club scooped the accolade during 2017-18 after previously winning in August, October and December. An engraved glass memento plus prize money will be presented to us in due course.
Following the FA Leagues Committee meeting of today (10th May), the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 of the non-league structure can now be revealed for the 2018-19 season. As expected, the Peacocks will play in the Southern Premier which has now been divided into the Southern League South and Southern League Central due to restructuring, with Town being placed in the South Division. There will be a host of new clubs to take on including five which have been transferred from the Isthmian League. Rivalries will again be renewed with the likes of Tiverton Town, Frome Town and Salisbury along with Poole Town who were relegated from the National League South and Beaconsfield who were beaten by Town in the Southern League Championship game last weekend. The club allocations are subject to appeal within the next seven days and will be ratified at the Southern League AGM on 23rd June before the league season commences on Saturday 11th August.
The full line-up of the Southern League South is as follows (all clubs were in Southern Premier last season unless stated otherwise) :
Beaconsfield Town (promoted as champions of the Southern League East Division)
Harrow Borough (transferred from Isthmian League Premier Division)
Hartley Wintney (promoted as Play-Off winners of Southern League East Division)
Hendon (transferred from Isthmian League Premier Division)
Metropolitan Police (transferred from Isthmian League Premier Division)
Poole Town (relegated from National League South)
Salisbury (promoted from Southern League West Division)
Staines Town (transferred from Isthmian League Premier Division)
Swindon Supermarine (promoted as Play-Off winners of Southern League West Division)
TAUNTON TOWN (promoted as champions of the Southern League West Division)
Walton Casuals (promoted as Play-Off winners of Isthmian League South Division)
The full list of club allocations can be read HERE.
Peacocks' boss Leigh Robinson caught up with tauntontown.com to give his thoughts on the unforgettable 2017-18 campaign:
"Well, it’s been an amazing year, possibly the best ever for this football club and I am sure that everyone involved at the club is on cloud nine at the moment. I think the most pleasing thing for me is not what we have achieved but the way we have done it, with the long unbeaten run, unbeaten away run and how comprehensively we won the league in the end. There's winning and there's winning in style and we certainly did the latter.
There isn't a non-league club in the south west that has had a better two seasons than us when you throw in FA Cup first round, FA Trophy first round, a league title, a county cup, play-offs last season and how this has grown the club massively off the pitch too in terms of revenue, crowd numbers and community engagement. We are on a massive upward curve in terms of momentum and hopefully this will spill over into next season.
Winning the league is a journey over 10 months and 42 games. Rightly so, the players who were here at the end of the season have had all the plaudits and they have been astonishingly good but it is also important to remember the contribution of other players along the way this season who didn't finish the campaign with us through a variety of reasons but certainly played a part. Therefore (and I hope I don't miss anyone) I do want to place on record my thanks to Arran Pugh, Mark Preece, Owen Irish, Ben Palmer, Lewis Powell, Omar Simpson, Chris McGrath, Matt Villis, Ross Staley, Tom Stone and especially Brett Trowbridge for their efforts earlier in the season.
The planning for next season has been going on for the best part of two months now and I am delighted that we have secured the majority of the squad for next year, all of whom were biting my hand off to stay whereas some summers it is me having to beg them! We will of course have to make improvements and tweaks to the squad as the league will be a lot tougher week in week out next year and certainly more physically demanding. It is worth remembering that in the last two seasons we have beaten four National League South sides and taken a National League side to a replay so we know that on our day we are a match for anyone in the non-league pyramid but we need to be at that level consistently next season.
There are so many hard working people behind the scenes who deserve this success more than anyone as they work their fingers to the bone for the club and make such valuable contributions in so many different ways. The head of all of this is of course Kevin Sturmey who is probably the hardest working man in Taunton I reckon. For us now, we get to rest but Kevin now has his busiest time of year getting the ground ready for so many local cup finals which we host at the Viridor which is a key part of us engaging the community and of course brings in much needed revenue out of season. At the end of May his body will be screaming but secretly I think he loves it.
The support has been brilliant this year and most noticeably away from home. I have loved walking into opposition clubhouses when you lot are going mad and cheering everyone of us who comes through the door. That we travel in such good numbers and so vociferously shows how we are growing as a football club as nothing similar ever happens at home games so that goes to show how great our support must be.
Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, as a club we must make sure this is not as good as it gets. In my opinion the top of the mountain has not been reached yet. We must keep improving on and off the pitch which myself, Kevin, the management team and the players will all strive to do moving into next season as this club has huge potential, momentum behind it and by no means is the Southern Premier League the holy grail for this club.
Thank you for all your support this year and for all of the kind messages that we have received. It’s been great to put smiles on so many faces and we look forward to seeing you all in July."
As reported on our Social Media channels at the weekend, we are delighted to report that the majority of our title-winning squad have already committed to the Peacocks for the 2018-19 season, the first ever in the Southern Premier League. Top goalscorer and skipper Matt Wright will again captain the side, ably supported by reappointed vice-captain Shane White, while other players to agree terms are ever-present goalkeeper Lloyd Irish, Ollie Chamberlain, Ryan Brett, Dan Sullivan, Ben Adelsbury, Pierce Mitchell, Craig Veal, Josh Nelmes, Keith Emmerson and Nuno Felix. The management are consulting with the remaining members of the squad who have all been offered terms for next season and talks will be ongoing.