We have now started our summer programme with Year Six from the school to give them a weekly taster of, and introduction to, bowls.
The first session was interrupted by a downpour but when it stopped, we were straight out playing again but then the woods left tracks on the wet surface to act as guides.
The following week’s event was cancelled due to the weather but we live in hope that summer will come soon. Flaming June!
Other matches have also been damp affairs this month, but we are a healthy fourth place in both the KLV and A-B Leagues. Our friendlies are social occasions which we enjoy whatever the conditions, even if play is minimised, we can always fill up on cake.
If you would like to have a try just turn up at a Club Night from 6.00pm on a Monday for an informal roll-up.
We are by the new Blaise Park development.
The summer has barely began and we are now starting the 2019/20 season in earnest.
Our season starts with pre-season training for the First Team and Development Team on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
A number of good looking pre-season home friendlies have been arranged.
13 July - 1st Team v Wantage Town KO 12.00noon
13 July - Development v Headington A KO 3.30pm
16 July – 1st Team v Didcot Town KO 7.45pm
20 July - 1st Team v North Leigh KO 3.00pm
23 July - 1st Team v Ardley KO 7.30pm
25 July - Development v Reading U23 KO 7.30pm
The First Team will be competing within the Hellenic Division 1 East alongside Abingdon United and Town, Didcot Town Dev, Wallingford and Kidlington Dev. Some really good local derbies to look forward to. The Development Team is entering Hellenic Division 2. This team is going to be centred around last season’s U19s and their first step into adult football. Some of these players have been at the Club since U10s so it is great to see their progression into adult football happen at Milton.
The Youth Section is expanding rapidly with teams being entered to play in the Oxford Mail Youth League at U15, U14 and U13 age groups. The recently formed Milton Mini Kickers has been well supported with growing numbers of U11 boys and girls enjoying a good run around on Saturday mornings. If you are interested please see our website for details.
You can keep up with club and team news for the new season via our Twitter site and the Milton United FC website.
Throughout the Club we are always interested in people who wish to be involved, not just the players but also the people that help make it all happen. You may not think you have anything to offer, however, you may well be surprised at what can be achieved. We have committee positions available and with the replacement for our clubhouse on the horizon a huge challenge to help deliver a new Community and Sports Pavilion.
Anyone who is interested please contact Andy Burchette, Chairman – 07845 961276 for a chat!
Ex Professional Footballer Gary Elkins (right) will be Head Coach with Sam Elkins moving into management alongside joint manager Marcus Brown. New coach and former Oxford United Youth player Sam Parish completes the Team.
Gary needs no introduction to those who follow football, with his professional spells at both Fulham, Wimbledon and Swindon Town during 80s and 90s. Since leaving the Professional game Gary has been involved in management teams at Didcot Town, but he is also known locally for his work with young offenders and first aid training. The former Wimbledon defender used to strike fear into the opposition as part of the Crazy Gang, but now leads a quieter existence rehabilitating prisoners and helping to save lives with his first aid training provider company, SaveYu.
Sam Elkins will be making his first step into management, introducing himself he said. "I’m delighted to be joining Milton, it’s a great club with all the right people, focus & energy to succeed & take the team from strength to strength."
"Many of you reading this may be aware of my football career so I will keep this short. I started my football career with Crowmarsh Boys & after many offers from various clubs to join their youth squads I picked Reading FC Academy, as it was closer to home plus Brendan Rodgers was a superb manager/coach however at such a young age the pressure proved too much & I chose to leave."
"I have made approximately 500 appearances for Abingdon United, North Leigh and mainly Didcot Town, where in 2018 an injury to my knee put a halt on my playing career. Since the injury I had conversation with Paul Bedwell regarding playing a role with Milton & since Paul moved onto Didcot (congratulations) I knew wanted to grab this opportunity to step up to the management role at Milton. I’m looking forward to starting my management career and getting the club back to where it should be & look forward to your support."
Sam has also introduced Sam Parish to the Management Team. Sam Parish commented."Firstly I'd like to thank Sam Elkins for getting in touch regarding a management/coaching roll within Milton United Football Club. I started my footballing career with Crowmarsh Boys FC, I was soon picked up by Oxford United at Under 9 level being offered contracts all the way up to their Youth Team system at Under 18s. I had a wonderful time there playing with and against some incredible players. Since 18 I went on trial at various professional clubs as well as playing more local Southern League and Hellenic football. I’ve had good spells at Didcot Town, Swindon Supermarine, North Leigh and Wantage Town. Due to illness unfortunately my football career came to a halt a few years ago. Since then I’ve been involved with Didcot Town FC as part of their management team I currently have my Level 2 coaching badges and with my extra added help hopefully the club can push on and get back to where they should be. "
Club Chairman Andy Burchette said of the appointments. "We have been working hard to get the right people involved at Milton, the First Team Management is an extremely important part of the Club. Losing Bedders (Paul Bedwell) to Didcot Town (where we wish him all the best!) just knocked us back on our heels for a while. But we have bounced back quickly, found and appointed a new exciting Management Team that will enable us to go forward with confidence."
The 2018/19 football season has come to a close during which we have been extremely busy. We are now taking stock of the Club and the team’s achievements and looking at the future challenges. Much of what we are undertaking is being influence by the dramatic changes to our area. Many will know that we are being surrounded by 2 housing developments and we will also be affected by the expanding school. We have worked on positive relationships with all the stakeholders to ensure that, together with the Parish Council, we achieve the best facilities for both the community and the Football Club.
In addition to this we are endeavouring to take on more. One of our new projects is the setting up of the Milton Mini Kickers for U11 boys and girls starting on Saturday 01 June. Secondly, we are moving our U19 boys into adult football. The majority of these boys have been at the Club for 10 years and this season they won the Oxford Invitational A League. Equally successful have been the Milton Ladies. Their first season as Ladies was seen as a big challenge and they have stepped up. They were runners up in the Thames Valley Counties League and Cup Winners. The junior section also saw successes for the U12s. But it is easy to get carried away with the trophies; the true measure of success is getting more people involved at the Club and slowly but surely we are.
The Milton First Team has had an up and down year, finishing within a group of teams mid table, and the League has proved to be competitive. We are looking to strengthen, and as our youth teams get closer to the adult teams we hope to see our first team’s fortunes improving.
We will be having a busy close season, preparing the pitches and maintain the clubhouse. In next to no time we will start next season and you can keep up with games via our Twitter site and the Milton United FC website.
Throughout the Club we are always interested in people who wish to be involved, not just the players but also the people that help make it all happen. You may not think you have anything to offer, however, you may well be surprised at what can be achieved. We have committee positions available and with the replacement for our Clubhouse on the horizon, a huge challenge to help deliver a new Community and Sports Pavillion.
Anyone who is interested please contact Andy Burchette, Chairman – 07845 961276 for a chat!
We hope to see you at the ‘Heights’
We are up and running for the new season having started with the Chairman’s vs Captains’ challenge which the Chair’s side won by a flattering 40-28. Hilda Jones won the Spider with a toucher. Those softies who play only indoor bowls in the winter noticed the difference a bit of mid-April wind can make but we all acclimatised soon enough. Mind you, the hot cuppa after was most welcome.
The pavilion will be so much roomier for our post-match teas in the future as we premiered the use of a separate set of changing rooms and no longer have to share the space. No more tripping over bowls bags on the way to the buffet table!
Our Open Day is on Saturday 11 May from 2.00pm when you are cordially invited to come along and have a go yourselves. Flat footwear is preferred but overshoes can be provided. Players of any experience or none are welcome - our outdoor carpet is on a concrete base so, unlike delicate grass greens, can accommodate all sorts of unorthodox styles of delivery without being dented.
Tea/coffee, biscuits and a friendly chat are provided free. See you there? You’ll probably enjoy it.
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As the weather improves and the evenings grow longer it is nearly time for the 2019 outdoor bowls season, starting with the annual Chairman’s vs Captains’ battle on Saturday 13 April at 2.00pm. There will also be a ‘spider’ where bowlers spread themselves around the 30m x 30m green perimeter and on the whistle, bowl one wood hoping to end up closest to a jack in the middle. Two minutes of fun and chaos, all for a much-prized bottle.
The first competitive match is home to Kintbury on Wednesday 24 April in the Ashley-Baker League. Members are reminded that having a full-size artificial surface means we can practice as much as we want (or need) before then to be on form from the off.
This year the entrance to The Heights has been modified as the development of Blaise Park progresses, with new fencing alongside the roadway and the gate now at the far end. We are also pleased to announce the opening of a new set of changing rooms.
Spectators are always welcome to witness the excitement and should you like a go yourself we can easily arrange that to suit or come to our Open Day on Saturday 11 May at 2.00pm.
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