Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:40
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW This Saturday sees us travel to Banbury United for our next Southern League fixture. The restructure of non-league football meant that the 2004-05 season was anticipated as keenly as any in the history of the club and Banbury United were equal to the challenge of Premier Division football – but only just. Winless after five games, they rose to ninth by the end of October but then struggled and by February had sunk to within one place of the relegation zone and spent two months there before a late improvement saw them to safety with a game to spare.   Five wins in the first eight games of the 2011-2 season took United to second place but as players left the cash-strapped club, tempted by better offers, an alarming slump followed. Winning only six of their next 31 matches, United fell into the relegation places on Easter Monday. Two wins in the last three games saw them to safety.   In 2013/14 Banbury finished 16th in the table nine points above the relegation zone.  Relegated the following season Banbury bounced straight back to the Premier Division via the play-offs.  Since then Banbury finished one place shy of the play-offs in 2016/17 and last season they were ninth.  This season they have started well and are fifth in the table – still unbeaten – with a match in hand of the four clubs ahead of them. Our record at Banbury is not good with just one victory and two draws in five visits.   The one victory came five seasons ago when Jay Davies scored the only goal of the game but last season we battled well to a 1-1 draw with Dylan Williams producing a second half equalizer after we had trailed at the break.   At home it is a different story with four victories in five matches.  Good news for Saints fans is that it is expected that former striker Nabil Shariff is expected to be in the starting line-up following his return from his short spell with Stratford Town John Walker      
Sunday, 09 September 2018 19:55
Please Welcome our new Assistant Manager – Jack Cassidy – To St Neots Town Football Club Manager MATT CLEMENTS has moved quickly to fill the vacant Assistant Manager’s post after yesterday’s announcement of MATT HANIVER’s departure to sunnier shores by appointing another highly regarded, hugely talented young man to fill the void in the form of JACK CASSIDY. JACK, An FA Level 1 and 2, FA Goalkeeping Level 2 and UEFA ‘B’ Licence Coach, joins us after a nine month spell as First Team Coach at Southern League Central Division Club Bedford Town. JACK is better known locally having spent a highly successful spell as Assistant Manager to Ricky Marheineke at St Ives Town, Having helped the Saints achieve promotion to STEP 3 Football under their stewardship. Prior to this, JACK had spells working at Histon FC and Scottish side Partick Thistle. Please join us in welcoming JACK to The Saints and we hope your time with us will be successful, enjoyable and an engaging time for you.
Saturday, 08 September 2018 19:51
On a day of celebrations for the Club, with the First Team winning in the FA Cup and the Reserves winning their first three points of the season, it's also tinged with sadness as we announce that Assistant Manager MATT HANIVER is to leave the club. In what he quite rightly described as an "opportunity of a lifetime and one which he just couldn't turn down", MATT will be jetting of to Saudi Arabia to take up the position of Lead Coach at the Juventus Academy. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Matty all the very best of luck in his new appointment and thank him for all his time and efforts spent with Matt Clements on the training ground, along with the now departed David Bridges, moulding this group of talented individuals into a very entertaining, competitive unit and in the dugout on a matchday and, of course Matt, you will always be made very, very welcome should you choose to come visit us in the future. Once A Saint, Always A Saint
Friday, 07 September 2018 19:05
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW This weekend sees us on our long trip to the FA Cup Final at Wembley next May!! Yes, it is the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup and for the fifth time in seven seasons since we have been at Step Three and have entered the competition at this stage, we have been favoured with a home tie.   Twice in those home ties we have won and twice drawn but on both of the replays away from home we were beaten.  Our last home defeat in the FA Cup here at the Premier Plus Stadium was four years ago in the Second Round Qualifying when we had drawn at Canvey Island but lost the replay.    Our visitors this Saturday are to be Bishops Stortford who are now playing in the Bostik (Isthmian League) having been moved sideways from the Southern League Premier Division in the latest FA reorganization. Stortford were here earlier this year (24th March) for a Southern League Premier Division match which was their only other visit for a competitive fixture.   That match finished 2-2 with our visitors taking the lead a minute before the break.   Nabil Shariff and Dylan Williams then scored to put us ahead at 2-1 but with four minutes left the visitors snatches a late equaliser to take a point home back down the M11.   The incentive to do well in this competition is unashamedly financial – maybe this will be the year we make up for all those disappointments.  The last time we tasted real success was our trip to the First Round Proper in 1966/67 so maybe we are overdue a good run.   Bishops Stortford on the other hand were the first ever club to lift both the FA Amateur Cup and the FA Trophy so their cup pedigree is assured.   Four years ago (2013/14) Stortford reached the First Round Proper losing to Northampton Town after four earlier victories in the competition. Both of our sides would dearly love a good National Cup run this season in the hope that it would boost a rather flagging start to the season.   Both our sides have played six league fixtures and only won one each - both having identical records - five points from six matches.     John Walker
Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:41
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Two more matches in quick succession for St Neots including a venue for a league match for the first time. On Saturday we travel to Halesowen in the West Midlands – a venue we visited five years ago on the 19th October 2013 for a first Qualifying Round tie in the FA Trophy.   That match resulted in a 3-1 victory for them with Jake Woolley, Dave Deeney and Ed Adjei on the scoresheet.   Halesowen like St Neots have had an indifferent start to the season, winning one and drawing one of their first four matches.   They have been members of the Evo Stik Northern Premier League finishing 19th last season five points clear of the relegation zone.   They join the Southern League Central Premier Division this season along with four other sides from that division.  (Stourbridge, Barwell, Coalville and Rushall Olympic).  They have a proud record in Cup competition having won the FA Vase twice in 1985 and 1986 and being runners-up in 1983, and in the FA Cup they have reached the first round Proper on no fewer than nine occasions.   Next Tuesday it is back to the Premier Plus Stadium for the first round of the Southern League Cup.   The visitors are to be Bedford Town from Step Four and the match is a repeat of the first round on the 2011/12 season – played at Bedford.   That was St Neots first season at Step Four in the Southern League and at that stage Bedford were then a Step Three club.   The Eagles won that encounter after we had taken the lead through Stefan Moore, but two late second half goals clinched it for Bedford after they had drawn level in the first half.   We then played Bedford in the league for two seasons in 2012/13 and 2013/14 prior to their relegation from the Premier Division.   The record of those matches reads one victory and one draw but two defeats for our lads, so we have some catching up to do.   Bedford had made a blistering start to the season with two victories in two outings with eight goals scored and none conceded but they did concede one goal in their 4-1 home FA Cup victory over Dereham Town and they lost their third league match away at Cambridge City.   John Walker        
Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:32
St Neots Town are delighted to confirm that St Neots Interiors will be the front of the home shirt partners for season 2018/19. This will be the third consecutive season the Saints will have the St Neots Interiors brand on the front of the shirt as they return to the quarters so popular with players and supporters alike. St Neots Interiors Proprietor Stuart Currington commented  "We are delighted to be first team sponsors for a third year. St Neots Interiors has grown significantly since our partnership started, we look forward to the upcoming season on and off the pitch. Come on you Saints!"   Barry Cavilla, Chairman of St Neots Town added "We are so pleased to have a prestigious St Neots brand on the front of our home shirts. Stuart Currington and St Neots Interiors have been superb club partners and we are pleased this will be continuing this season on this fantastic new shirt."   Saints will be making the shirt available to supporters as part of a new retail offering and will be making an announcement on this in the coming weeks.
Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:46
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Following their two home fixtures St Neots have a very entertaining but challenging Bank Holiday weekend ahead of them.   On Saturday a trip to Norfolk to face old adversaries Kings Lynn Town and on Monday a very attractive home fixture with AFC Rushden and Diamonds the visitors. Lynn began the season as one of the title favourites having narrowly missed out on promotion last season – beaten by Slough in the play-off final.   After a disappointing start to the season beaten at home by Biggleswade on the opening day, and away at Kettering in midweek, they travelled to Tamworth, just relegated from Step Two, and they got their season on track with a narrow 1-0 victory.   St Neots Southern League record at The Walks is excellent win a win and two draws in three visits- however at home they have lost two out of three.   Last season Lynn featured two former Saints in their line up – Tom Ward and Ryan Hawkins.   The former moved on in the close season, but Ryan is likely to be looking to put one over on his former teammates at the weekend.   Lynn have a bye in the Southern League Cup whilst our lads welcome Bedford Town to the Premier Plus Stadium on September 4th.  The return match with Lynn is scheduled for Easter Saturday (20th April) – our last but one home fixture of the season. AFC Rushden & Diamonds promoted from Step Four at the end of last season and they began the season in style with an impressive 5-2 home victory over Redditch with former Saint Ben Farrell on the scoresheet.   Ben played for St Neots in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons making 33 appearances plus five as substitute and scoring two notable goals – one at Arlesey in a 1-1 draw and the winner at Weymouth in a 2-1 victory.   Since the opening day Diamonds have twice been defeated – 1-0 away at Biggleswade and 2-1 away at Stourbridge.  The original Rushden & Diamonds were expelled from the Conference National on 11 June 2011; their unstable financial position meant they could not guarantee to complete all their fixtures in the 2011/12 season, and resulted in their dissolution.  Their way back to this level has been measured and organized and without a home began with as a groundshare at the ‘Dog and Duck’ – home of Wellingborough Town FC.  Now back in their spiritual home at Hayden Road in Rushden they have upgraded the facilities and regrown their loyal fan base – some of whom used to support our lads when they had no active team of their own.   John Walker        
Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:57
In an effort to prepare his troops for the long season ahead, manager MATT CLEMENTS recently took the lads paintballing, a great way to promote teamwork and encourage togetherness and build team spirit. Matt and the boys were looked after superbly by our friends at Commando Elite Paintball and Airsoft and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them and we look forward to the next session after what was a fun filled , enjoyable day out. If you fancy having a go, contact COMMANDO ELITE by the following means: 64 Acre Paintball & Airsoft Centre with Clubhouse & Military Vehicles The perfect venue for your special event Monks Wood, Huntingdon Tel: 0771 435 1824 www.commandoelitepaintball.co.uk \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:18
The Goldstraw Stand St Neots Town Football Club are excited to announce a new Business Partnership that will see the Main Stand renamed the Goldstraw Stand. The stand seats 250, including the executive and directors seating, plus the Press and media area and will carry the Goldstraw Goldsmiths brand for the 2018/19 season. Barry Cavilla- St Neots Town FC Chairman commented“We are delighted to welcome Paul Goldstraw and another prestigious St Neots brand to our growing family of partners. His commitment supports our vision for the club, growing both our business partner and supporter base. As a community club with an ambitious manager and exciting young team we need businesses like Paul’s to help us achieve our aims. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business partnership with Goldstraw Goldsmiths”     Paul Goldstraw (Proprietor) of Goldstraw  Goldsmiths said “Goldstraw Goldsmiths are proud to be associated with St Neots Town FC. Thanks to the people of St Neots, Goldstraw Goldsmiths has grown and flourished, and this is a small way for us to share our success and hopefully help The Saints fulfil their potential in the 2018-2019 season". Why not give them a visit by clicking here: https://www.goldstraw.co.uk/
Friday, 17 August 2018 12:32
Business Partner announcement GESS Arena St Neots Town FC are excited to announce that GESS have agreed to continue to support St Neots Town FC by re-negotiating and renewing their sponsorship of the clubs brand new 3G astro.  The GESS Arena is now a state of the art, first class facility that not just benefits the club but also its youth partners and is also widely used by Primary Schools, walking Football and many more as part of the clubs Gift of use Community Support Programme.   Barry Cavilla - St Neots Town FC Chairman commented “We are delighted that Gess Scaffolding Services have commited to be partners to the newly refurbished Arena for a further three years. Their commitment supports a new era for the club with a new board of directors, an ambitious young manager and team playing in a newly restructured League, with a commitment to become a sustainable, successful, community football club. “ Martin Hicks, Managing Director of Gess Scaffolding Services stated “We are extremely proud to be Partners with St Neots Town FC for another 3 years at such an exciting time for the Club. We are based in St Neots and the majority of our staff live here, so it’s great to be involved with the Arena which provides such a first class facility for both the Club and the surrounding community!”
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