The Peacocks have made their fifth capture of the close season with the acquisition of centre half Arran Pugh. As reported on our Twitter account yesterday (3rd June), the 27 year old who stands 6’ 6” tall has joined Town from Truro City where he was captain last season. The main part of his career to date has been spent at Truro where he has had two lengthy terms interspersed with a spell at Dorchester Town.
The arrival of Pugh (pictured) comes hot on the heels of four new faces who were announced on Friday including three former Truro teammates in Ryan Brett, Ben Adelsbury and Les Afful along with the returning Chris McGrath from Bideford. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We’re really happy with the five signings we’ve made so far. Naturally the ex-Truro lads come with a higher level experience which we were looking for and for them they are coming into a dressing room where they already know people in Wrighty and Shane, have had success playing with those players and that added to our excellent set-up means it makes sense for both parties. Chris McGrath is an ideal replacement for Ed Palmer as they are pretty similar. He had a great year at Bideford, was outstanding against us in April and knows plenty of people around the place so he’ll fit in nicely. I’m sure the fans will enjoy watching these new lads in action when July comes around as I know they are all chomping at the bit to get started with us in pre-season.”
As revealed on the club’s Twitter account earlier today, we are pleased to announce that four new players have been added to the Peacocks’ squad for the 2017-18 season. Returning to the Viridor Stadium is centre half Chris McGrath who appeared 93 times for Town in his first spell at the club from February 2010 until his departure in 2012 when he went on to play for Bridgwater Town, Tiverton Town and Frome Town. A former Republic of Ireland youth international, 32 year old McGrath has signed from Bideford where he won both the Supporters and Manager’s Player of the Year awards last season.
Also joining up with the Peacocks are three players who were with National League South side Truro City last term. Left sided defender/midfielder Ryan Brett began his career at Plymouth Argyle before spending three seasons at Salisbury City, helping them win promotion to the Conference Premier. The 26 year old then signed for Truro in the summer of 2014 and was part of the side that gained National League South status in 2016. Another former Salisbury man who has come on board at the Viridor is 26 year old midfielder Ben Adelsbury who was on the books of Swansea City as a youngster. He then went on to spend two and a half years with Salisbury from 2009 before going on to play for Eastbourne Borough and Bath City. Completing the trio is experienced 33 year old winger Les Afful who featured in over 250 games for Truro. Starting off as a trainee at Exeter City, he went on to play 78 games for the League side until switching to Forest Green Rovers in 2006 where he also totted up more than 100 appearances and played for the English National Game XI.
We welcome all four players to the club and in more good news, goalkeeper Lloyd Irish has agreed terms for next season. Irish picked up both the Supporters’ and Player’s Player of the Year awards at the presentation dinner yesterday evening (1st June) held at Somerset County Cricket Club. A full review of the evening will be available soon.
Further player news will be announced over the coming days.
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We are pleased to report that striker Matt Wright and midfielder Shane White have both agreed terms to stay at the club for next season. Wright signed for the Peacocks last summer from Truro City and scored 28 goals in a successful first campaign at the Viridor Stadium while White joined from Truro in October and proved a reliable and versatile addition to the team after also filling the centre back berth on several occasions. Wright has subsequently been appointed captain for 2017-18 and White vice-captain.
Speaking about his appointment, Wright remarked: “I’m over the moon to have signed again for next year and honoured to have been given the opportunity to captain such a great bunch of lads. I learnt a lot from Brett last year when I stepped in in his absence and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the challenge and hopefully we can go one better than last year. See you all next season.”
Manager Leigh Robinson added: “It’s fantastic for us to have secured Wrighty for another season. He was phenomenal last season and gives us so much both on and off the pitch. I like to change the captaincy every year to keep it fresh and having captained the team on a few occasions last year in Brett's absence, I am a million percent sure that Wrighty will do a great job along with Shane White as vice-captain.”
Centre half Ed Palmer though has decided to leave the club and is set to join Truro City. We thank Ed for his efforts last season and wish him the best of luck for the future.
After having more than 40 games played on it over the course of the season, the Viridor Stadium pitch is now taking a well-earned rest before the action kicks off again in July. Straight after Yeovil Town Ladies game against Reading Ladies on Wednesday evening concluded activity for 2016-17, the goalposts were removed in readiness for the maintenance programme beginning the next day. On Thursday the playing surface was cut completely and verti-drained and then yesterday (19 May) the pitch was scarified and reseeded, all before the deluge of rain appeared in the afternoon which flooded the bottom corner of the ground. Plenty more work is planned for the pitch before the Peacocks’ first scheduled home pre-season friendly against League One side Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 18th July.
The Evo-Stik League Southern South and West Division for 2017-18 will have a familiar look for the Peacocks after the club allocations were issued by the FA today (14th May). Although the constitution shows four changes from last season, Town have met three of the new sides on numerous occasions over the years. Cinderford Town and Cirencester Town were both relegated from the Southern Premier while the only club stepping up via promotion is Bristol Manor Farm who won the Western League Premier Division title by ten points. The only new opponents for the Peacocks will be Kidlington who were League newcomers last season and who have been switched from the Central Division. Last season’s South and West champions Hereford and play-off winners Tiverton Town are promoted to the Premier Division, and moving in the opposite direction are relegated clubs Wantage Town and Bridgwater Town. The club allocations are subject to appeal within the next 14 days and will be ratified at the Southern League AGM on June 17th before the new season kicks off on Saturday 12th August.
The full line-up is as follows:
Bristol Manor Farm (promoted as champions of the Western League)
Cinderford Town (relegated from Southern League Premier Division)
Cirencester Town (relegated from Southern League Premier Division)
Kidlington (transferred from Southern League Central Division)
The full allocation for Steps 1 to 4 can be viewed HERE.
Following the Peacocks most successful season in its history, we are pleased to announce that the cost of a season ticket for the upcoming 2017/18 season has been frozen.
The cost remains at £128 (Adults), £96 (Concessions) and £48 (14-18 year olds) and includes all 21 home league fixtures and free admission to all home pre-season friendlies.
Associate Director Giuseppe Fraschini commented, "The club continues in its aim to provide entertaining and affordable football for our supporters to enjoy. Our fans have been magnificent this season and have really got behind the team. We have seen our attendances continue to rise and we hope many will take advantage of our season ticket offering and help push us on in our bid for promotion."
Season tickets go on sale from 19th June and are available to purchase from the club office.
Town ended their long season on a high with a well-deserved 4-2 victory over Weston-super-Mare in the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Bridgwater Town yesterday evening (5th May). The Peacocks scored all their goals in a one-sided first half and although the National League South side pulled two back after the break it was not enough to prevent Town from lifting the trophy. Owen Irish put the Peacocks in front on 13 minutes when he headed home a Shane White corner and the same combination doubled the lead six minutes later, another trademark Irish header beating Weston keeper Liam Kingston. Town kept up the pressure to make it 3-0 after 25 minutes when White's curling cross was cleared by Jordan Morris straight to Matt Buse who clinically slotted into the net from ten yards before Brad Ash headed a good chance over the top for Weston. Josh Searle came close for the Peacocks who struck number four two minutes from half time, Buse scoring his second of the night after a free kick hit his leg and allowed him to run clear, round Kingston and slide his finish into the opposite corner. An unmarked Owen Irish volleyed wide to pass up the opportunity of his hat trick before the Seagulls got on the scoresheet through Morris on 74 minutes, his angled shot squirming through the hands of Lloyd Irish to roll over the line. The goal pepped Weston up and after Rollin Menayese's close range effort had hit the bar, Jamie Laird notched a second with a header over Irish after he couldn't hold Danny Greenslade's free kick. Town though withstood further Weston pressure to claim the Somerset Premier Cup for the third time in four years. Match report can be viewed HERE while match photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE with more from Colin Andrews to follow.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson remarked:" A good win and a nice way to finish off a memorable season with a trophy. The first half performance was excellent on a tricky pitch and meant we could sit back a bit in the second half. I was disappointed not to be able to get the young lads on for a run out at the end but Weston scored two quick goals and were throwing everything at us so I felt we needed all our experience, height and physicality on the pitch at that point but they contributed massively to winning this trophy in the previous rounds so all credit to them. Good to see the fans with smiles on faces after the game as we know they really like this cup. Thanks to everyone for all your support during this long and fantastic season and we look forward to seeing you in pre-season."
After 60 competitive matches, the Peacocks bring the curtain down on their impressive season with the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Bridgwater Town FC tomorrow evening (5th May), kick-off 7.45pm. The game against Weston-super-Mare gives Town the opportunity to end the season with some silverware and claim the trophy for the third time in four years but they face a tough task against the National League South side which completed the campaign in 15th spot after gaining four victories from their final six fixtures. Town though have risen to the occasion against Weston’s divisional rivals this season, beating both Hampton and Richmond Borough and Hemel Hempstead Town in the FA Cup and only losing out to Chelmsford City with a last minute goal in the FA Trophy, so they will again hope to bridge the gap at Fairfax Park tomorrow evening. After having a bye in the first round, the Peacocks have progressed to the Final with wins over Western League sides Odd Down (on penalties), Clevedon Town and Keynsham Town while the Seagulls have disposed of Shepton Mallet, Larkhall Athletic, Bath City and Brislington.
The Peacocks will not be at full strength for tomorrow’s meeting though with several players absent for various reasons. Ed Palmer has been given a two game suspension for his dismissal at Tiverton in last week’s Play-Off Final, meaning he will also miss the first match of next season, and Craig Veal has a hip injury whilst Ben Palmer is cup tied having played for Bridgwater in an earlier round and Jordan Rogers, Ross Staley and Craig Duff are all away. As in previous rounds, the squad will include development players Tom Stone, Billy Greene, Charlie Melvin-Sparks, Kye Toogood and Rhys Ford. Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” We’re hopeful of ending the season with a trophy but of course will start as big underdogs against Weston. I was always going to include all the young lads who have got us this far in the competition as it’s certainly the right thing to do and they have deserved it. The pitch at Bridgwater wasn’t the greatest to say the least on Easter Saturday so hopefully that will be a leveller but we’ll give everything and hope to give the fans a reward for their support in this very long but memorable season.”
The club is delighted to announce our official youth development partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College. This exciting partnership reaffirms our commitment to youth development and will allow for greater opportunities and pathways right through to the Peacocks first team.
Trial dates for U13 & U14’s are Friday 19th May and the U15 & U16’s on Friday 26th May, both being held at Bishops Fox’s School Taunton, between 7-8.30pm and are free to attend.
Peacocks Chairman Kevin Sturmey commented:
“I am delighted that Paul West in his role as Development Coach has recommended to the Board that we run JPL teams at 13-16 age groups and this will further complement and link to the exciting partnerships we will be officially announcing shortly with Bridgwater & Taunton College and University Centre Somerset. It is also fantastic to have current 1st team player Ben Palmer working within this exciting development for young players with a clear pathway and achievable goals”.
Town's Development Coach Paul West remarked:
"It's a massive step in the right direction for the development of young footballers. I'm so pleased the club trusted my judgment on the direction for us to take with youth policy. The partnership with BTC will soon allow us to give the youngsters a pathway all the way to university football and beyond."
Sam Reilly, Head of Sports, Outdoor Education and Public Services at Bridgwater & Taunton College said:
"We are delighted to announce our partnership with Taunton Town FC to help support the development of talented footballers across the South-West of England. It is our aim at Bridgwater and Taunton College to provide outstanding opportunities to students in the local community and this partnership will ensure the highest-quality coaching, guidance and support is available for all players. The JPL programme will link directly to Bridgwater and Taunton College and give students within the JPL setup the opportunity to make a smooth transition into our Sports Performance programmes, where they will be able to compete within the U18 South West Counties Youth League, whilst receiving an outstanding academic offer to support their long-term career ambitions. This pathway will provide a unique opportunity to provide Higher-Education football to students, representing the University Centre Somerset within the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues which no other college across the South-West of England currently offers. Providing an opportunity that transcends through Secondary, Further and Higher education provides a best practice model to creating home-grown talent that will be pivotal to supporting Taunton Town with their footballing vision"
For further details about studying Sport at Bridgwater and Taunton College please contact Sam Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.