The Evo-Stik League Southern launched a new website yesterday (7th July). Further information can be read in the official press release HERE. Meanwhile it is hoped that Taunton Town FC’s new website will be up and running during the next few weeks. More news as we have it.
With the first pre-season friendly at Willand Rovers only one week away, the Peacocks have secured the signatures of several players who have agreed terms at the Viridor Stadium for the upcoming season. Among those who have put pen to paper from last season’s squad are goalkeeper Lloyd Irish, Jordan Rogers, Charlie Hitchings, Brett Trowbridge, Josh Searle and Matt Villis along with former Under 18 players Max Dyer, Charlie Bridges and Callum Mooney, all of whom featured in the senior squad during last term. Details of other players to re-sign plus new signings will be announced soon. Jamie Short though has decided to end a lengthy career with Taunton and join Tiverton Town along with Jamie Price, and the club thanks both players for their service.
The club can also announce that Brett Trowbridge will be first team captain for 2016-17. Midfielder Trowbridge (pictured) who returned to the Viridor in February from Yate Town after playing for the Peacocks in the preceding campaign commented:” 'I am delighted Leigh has asked me to be the captain of Taunton Town for the coming season. I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead in what will be a very competitive league.” Manager Robinson added:” I’m very pleased that Brett has agreed to be captain this year. He's very professional, highly respected by everyone at the club and will be a great influence both on and off the pitch. He's been a great asset to us in the past couple of seasons and with added responsibility this year, I am sure he'll reach another level.”
The Peacocks have added two more new faces to their squad as pre-season preparations get into full swing. Midfielder Adam Kelly and left back Callum Martindale have signed for Town, with both present at last night’s (30th June) second training session of the summer. Kelly (pictured below left) began his career at Tiverton Town before going on to play for Bashley, Poole Town and Salisbury City amongst others. A return to Tiverton in 2013 was followed by two years at Weymouth before rejoining Salisbury for the last two months of 2015-16. Highly rated Martindale (pictured below centre) meanwhile arrives at the Viridor Stadium from Plymouth Parkway where he was a regular member of their side which finished fourth in the Peninsula League last season. Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” They are two really good signings for us going into the new season. Adam has played plenty of football in the leagues above and will give us great quality, creativity and influence on the pitch. Callum came highly recommended to us and is very hungry to prove himself at a higher level. Crucially Callum will also give us a natural left footer at left back, something we’ve struggled to find in the last few seasons, often having to play a right footer there. We welcome them both and look forward to seeing them in action in the coming weeks.” Kelly and Martindale join other new signings to date Jake Cox from Yate Town and Matt Wright (pictured below right) from Truro City.
We are pleased to confirm that Karl Lindsay will remain with the club for the coming season. Karl joined the Peacocks as Head Coach for the Under 18 side two years ago and has since gone on to assume the roles of Kit Manager and Assistant Coach for the first team, as well as now becoming the permanent Head of Football Development after inheriting the position on an interim basis during last season. He commented:” After a summer of deciding I`m really pleased to be reappointed at the club in various roles for another year. Despite a couple of other opportunities presenting themselves to me over the last couple of months I felt I owed myself one more year fulfilling my role with the youth and as Head of Football Development. I`m really happy with the backroom team I have appointed this season, with Anthony Cornish remaining as physio for the Youth team and Paul Mooney coming in as Assistant Manager. The squad is still at the trial stage but again, there is a really exciting group of players being assembled. The bridges we are building with local clubs and our own Development centres makes it an exciting period with Taunton. None of it would be possible without the great partnership we have built with Richard Huish College who have been a great support with facilities and personnel to make it all happen. To avoid any further confusion, our Development centres which are not in any way a money making exercise have no connection with Taunton and District Schools who are a separate organisation.”
Season ticket and admission charges for Adults and Concessions will remain unchanged for the 2016-17 season at the Viridor Stadium. Early Bird offers are again available for supporters who purchase season tickets up to and including 31st July, with discounted prices available of £128 for Adults, £96 for Concessions and £48 for Juniors. A pass to bring a guest free of charge to one Evo-Stik League game of their choice will also be given with all Early Bird purchases. Prices will rise from 1st August onwards to £144, £108 and £54 respectively. A season ticket entitles the holder to free entry to all first team home games in the Evo-Stik League Southern plus all home pre-season friendlies and all Under 18 home matches in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League.
Matchday admission prices will stay at £8 for Adults and £6 for Concessions although there are other slight amendments being introduced. Finance Director Alan Slade explained:” After the Club's most successful season in the Southern League, we are holding season ticket prices for Adult and Concessions at the same level as last year. The admission charge for Juniors is increasing from £2 per game to £3 per game but to compensate for this increase the Club is now allowing children under 14 to gain free entry to all games and the Junior qualification will cover ages 14 to 18 inclusive rather than Under 16 as in previous years. This change has been made to encourage our younger fans to remain loyal from their 'mascot years' through the whole of their education and into adulthood. The other change within the season ticket price is a company membership fee. This fee is a condition of the Club's 'Company Limited by Guarantee' status and the payment entitles the company member to attend and vote at the Company's General Meetings.'
A season ticket order form can be downloaded by clicking HERE. The completed form can be sent to the club at the Viridor Stadium, Wordsworth Drive, Taunton TA1 2HG along with the relevant payment and copy of concessionary qualification if appropriate, and tickets will then be posted out. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org, ring the office on (01823) 254909 or call into the ground in person.
Following the Annual General Meeting of the Southern League held in Torquay yesterday (18th June), the constitution of the South and West Division we will be competing in for 2016-17 can now be confirmed. The line-up is as per the original composition released by the FA in May, with Evesham United reinstated into the Division after their successful appeal to the FA heard last week whilst Cinderford Town are promoted to the Premier Division after the FA enforced them to move up. League fixtures are scheduled for release on Friday 15th July at 9.00am ahead of the new season commencing on Saturday 6th August.
The confirmed line-up:
In other news from the AGM, all clubs were issued with electronic substitute boards for use in the coming season. These boards have been supplied at no cost to the clubs, having been funded by the League. The Southern League also has a new chairman in Terry Barratt from Hitchin Town who was elected to replace Ken Turner, whilst Brian McCarthy of Chesham United won the vote to take on the role of Vice-Chairman in place of John Eastment who is standing down. Our own Club Director Brian Rose was elected for another year onto the Southern League Board.