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2016/17 End of Season Update by Chairman, Pat Curran

posted 10 Jul 2017, 02:45 by Kim Norris   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 03:52 ]

Well, what can I say, what a fantastic year for Takeley FC.  It’s like I’ve been waiting for years for a bus to come along and then they all arrive at once.  I for one am still dancing on air.


It is difficult to summarise our year but I will attempt to outline some of our successes.


A new management team joined the club last summer under the leadership of Marc Das and what a job they have all done.  To start with, let us talk about the U18 teams.


Thursday U18’s


Our U18 Thursday team ended up fourth in the League finishing only 4 points behind 3rd place Edgware Town. 


Sunday U18’s


Then of course the Sunday U18’s side.  Having achieved success in their league cup final 2-1 against Hitchin Town Hawks, they then went on to beat BS Swifts on 30th April, 6-1 to clinch the league.  Therefore, they achieved the double and finished top of Division 1 Royston Crow Youth League five points clear.

Freddie Burrell and Frankie Oatham from the U18’s have both featured in the first team squad and made appearances in the League cup Final.  Many of the U18’s have also played in the reserve team




Reserves under the management of Jamie Page have finished in fifth place.  We all appreciate the work Jamie has done and it would be nice for him to get some help next year.  The reserves are now being used as they should be - as a feeder for the first team - and Marc, Jamie and everyone else  have been working together to achieve this goal.


First Team


And then we come on to the first team, who achieved fourth in the league –the team’s aim at the start of the season was a top four finish – s.  By which time they had already won the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and then went on to win the league cup.  What a fantastic achievement in Das’ first year.  Having said he wanted to win some silverware, he then went on to win two prestige cups!



Golden Boot Award


Then of course, last but by no means least, Charlie Cole came away with the golden boot award and, of course, beat the league’s highest ever goal scorer Dwight Gayle (now playing for Newcastle) with 59 goals!  Dwight Gayle’s record was 57. 


Charlie’s hat-trick results speak for themselves, along with 4 and 5 goal games, he has had 6 hat-tricks this season.  Well done Charlie on your record-breaking season.



Management, support and volunteer Staff


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the management, support staff and volunteers for all their hard work behind the scenes.  A special mention to Ivor Parrish who after 20 odd years of cutting the grass has finally hung up his mower.  Everybody at the club is indebted to him.  Thanks of course, also goes to all the footballers for turning out every week and giving their all to Takeley FC and helping to make our Club a force to be reckoned with.


As you all know the Club would not exist without the effort all the team put in behind the scenes; from maintaining the grounds, washing and organising kits, doing the club administration, making burgers and teas, arranging sandwiches and programmes for home games, collecting money at door, etc. etc.  The list is never ending and quite exhaustive.  We appreciate the jobs undertaken by each and every one of our volunteers, team management and players.


Congratulations from the management team and myself.  I am looking forward to the 2017-18 season.  Let us hope we can continue this momentum – onwards and upwards.