30 April - Updated : Coach to Hampshire Cup Final

Coach is now leaving from the layby opposite the entrance to the Sholing ground at 6:15pm.  Ok to park your car at the Silverlake Arena.  Just a handful of places left, to book your place email asap: secretary@sholingfc.com

Admission at Fratton Park is pay on the turnstiles. £10 Adults, £5 for Over 65's & U16's

24 April - Youth 6-a-side Tournament


11th & 12th July 2015 at Stoneham Park

Sholing Youth FC are delighted to announce their first 6-a-side tournament following our successful 9v9 U10 Invitational Tournament last season.

Entrance Fee is £25 per team of 10 players. Plenty of parking on site - £3 per car including tournament programme

  • There will be food and drinks available to purchase
  • Age groups will be for the current season 2014/15
  • Sanctioned by Hampshire FA
  • Tournament Rules are attached together with Team Registration Form to bring on the day

We are offering the following events:

Saturday 11th July 2015

  • U7s, U8s and Ladies AM Registration 8.30am for games to start at 9am
  • U10s, U14s and U16s PM Registration 1pm for games to start at 1.30pm

Sunday 12th July 2015

  • U9s, U11s and U12s AM Registration 8.30am for games to start at 9am
  • U13s and U15s PM Registration 1pm for games to start at 1.30pm

Please send your completed entry form and cheques (made payable to “Sholing Youth FC” to our

Tournament Coordinator Iain Calder, Sholing Youth FC, 13 Greenfinch Close, Eastleigh, Southampton, SO50 9JN (telephone number 07766 521544). Any queries either call Iain or send an e-mail to sholing.youth@sky.com

Download an entry form by clicking this link & then print it off : Sholing 6-a-side Tournament Entry Form

9 April - End of Season Presentation Evening

We have our First Team & Reserve Team Presentation night on Saturday 9th May at 7.45 at Julies Dance Studios (Ashley Crescent, by Vauxhall Garage on Portsmouth Road)

There will be awards for the following:

First Team Players Player
First Team Manager's Player
Golden Boot

Reserve Team Players Player
Reserve Team Manager's Player
Golden Boot

Young Player of the Year
Club Man of The Year
Supporters Player of the Year


Ticket Price £12 includes Buffet / Curry and Rice.  There will also be a DJ.


To book : please email Greg Dickson on secretary@sholingfc.com  or Phone : 07948 832944  or Contact Greg on Facebook

Full Details Here

5 March - U12 Hampshire Cup Final


Hampshire Cup U12 Final - Pickwick v Sholing Youth FC - takes place Sunday 22nd March 2015 10.30am ko at Hampshire FA HQ, Winklebury Football Complex, Winklebury Way, Basingstoke, RG23 8BF. It would be amazing to get as many supporters there to get behind the side at this fantastic Final. Tickets prices are £4 adults, Concessions £1 and U10s free.

Directions From J6 of M3: Leave the M3 at junction 6, then at roundabout take the exit onto the M3 SPUR (signposted Basingstoke). At Black Dam Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A339 (signposted Ring Road North, Newbury). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A339 (signposted Newbury). At the following roundabout take the first exit onto Roman Road (signposted Winklebury, Worting) Turn left onto Winklebury Way and follow the road through several traffic control measures. Just as the road bends round to the left, turn right into the car park for Winklebury Playing Fields

13 March - New Signing - Lewis Blackmore

LewisBlackmoreIn a week when we beat AFC Bournemouth in the Hampshire Cup and will face Gosport Borough in the final, it's very fitting that we've signed Lewis (Lewy) Blackmore on loan (currently awaiting official confirmation from the Southern League). 

Lewis started his career at AFC Bournemouth and scored 21 goals in 48 games for their Youth Team.  Last week he signed for Gosport Borough, but Alex Pike approached Dave Diaper to offer him on loan to gain experience. Blackmore has also played for Bashley and most recently he was playing University Soccer in Florida for Embry-Riddle University (pictured) whilst studying Business Administration. 

20 year old Lewy can play on either wing, but is right-footed.

12 March - Bridgwater Preview

Bridgwater sit comfortably in mid-table and come into this match on the back of a recent win over Merthyr Town away so we know we will need to be at our best if we are going to get anything from the game.

Well what a week this has been with a hard fought draw away to Mangotsfield last Saturday and a very creditable win on Wednesday night against AFC Bournemouth U21 Development side which saw our 1-0 win take us through to the Hants Senior Cup final at Fratton Park on May 5th.

I have seen gradual progression in the squads development during the last few weeks and was very pleased with our performance against a very strong Bournemouth side where we all worked collectively to ensure passage through to the final. We showed Desire, Discipline, Concentration and above all mental strength to achieve a result which I am sure must have surprised even our most ardent fans. Saturday's team selection, barring injuries, will reflect how well we played and this same group of players will be rewarded by giving them the opportunity to repeat that level of performance.

I am in the process of player recruitment for next season, but during the next 5 or 6 games you will see the team shape and personnel shuffled around as I believe we need to see if the players we have in the reserves are capable of stepping up to the plate. That said, I will be keen in the run up to the final to field a settled side to ensure we hit the Final in a rich vein of form - Enjoy the Game, Dave

Saturday's Game is Sponsored by "Industrial Boiler Services"

24 February - Horndean Preview

I am sure you will see a tight competitive game against a Horndean Side that seem to step up to the plate in cup games, as was shown against a very strong Eastleigh Team in the Hampshire Senior Cup winning 3-0.

We come into tonight's game on the back of a 3-5 defeat at home to Swindon Supermarine a game that was eventually decided by Two super strikes from their substitute. That said, it was disappointing to concede 3 goals in a 9 minute spell from a match that we should have put to bed at 3-2 with missed chances that were to prove costly.

There were a number of positives we took from the game considering the atrocious conditions we tried to get the ball down and play and I thought that we looked dangerous in wide areas with Marv and Toby causing Swindon problems all afternoon. It was also good to see Byron get 90 minutes under his belt and it was good to see him linking up with Dan Mason and causing panic in the Swindon defence.

I must also thank you the supporters who despite "Icelandic" conditions stayed with us and were very vocal during the game trying to help the  guys to stay positive please do the on Wednesday as we strive to get into the semis.
Enjoy the game - Dave

23 February - Hampshire U15 Cup Final - Horndean v Sholing

Hants15CupFlyerHampshire Cup U15 Final - Horndean v Sholing Youth FC - takes place this Sunday 1st March 2015 10.30am ko at Hampshire FA HQ, Winklebury Football Complex, Winklebury Way, Basingstoke, RG23 8BF. It would be amazing to get as many supporters there to get behind the side at this fantastic Final. Tickets prices are £4 adults, Concessions £1 and U10s free.

Directions From J6 of M3: Leave the M3 at junction 6, then at roundabout take the exit onto the M3 SPUR (signposted Basingstoke). At Black Dam Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A339 (signposted Ring Road North, Newbury). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A339 (signposted Newbury). At the following roundabout take the first exit onto Roman Road (signposted Winklebury, Worting) Turn left onto Winklebury Way and follow the road through several traffic control measures. Just as the road bends round to the left, turn right into the car park for Winklebury Playing Fields


19 February - Chairman's Corner

I like to keep you updated as much as I can and this has been a busy period both on and off the field so here goes...

On the field we have seen a gradual improvement with us winning 4 out of our last 5 games until we met a very good Evesham side.  They impressed me with their movement and you can see why they are pushing for a play off position. That said, considering the difference in the league standings, I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves and proves that we are not far off being a top 8 side. In the end I thought they had more to play for and they were marginally quicker in their thought process, which, as we have experienced when we were fighting for that play off spot, just gives you that edge.

The only difference this year is that we are missing a 40 goal a season striker. No disrespect to our forwards, but when you have a player like Lee Wort in your team, you are always confident that if you concede a goal you will get back into the game. But the same can't be said at the moment. However, Dan Mason is still learning and I feel getting better with every game. True, we have had many injuries but we must not paper over the cracks. We are at the moment having to work really hard just to keep in games and this wont change until we add two or three players of quality and this will be my main challenge in the coming months.

We are still in two Cup Competitions, The Russell Cotes Cup (1/4 finals) and the Hampshire Senior Cup (semi-finals) and if I am honest these games now take priority as they give us the opportunity to get some Silverware. Horndean (who beat a very strong Eastleigh side 3-0 in the Hants Senior Cup) and AFC Bournemouth will fancy their chances against us in our period of transition. Although I won't have it any other way it is pleasing to see the players playing with passion and a genuine desire to win games so we are not far away and as always the lads appreciate your support. Lets hope we can give you something to cheer about on Saturday.

Off the field it has been well documented that we still have not had a decision regarding the VAT on the new build and I am unable to come to terms with it.  Why oh why is it taking so much time to answer the questions we have put to them (HMRC) ?? Do they not realise that failure to respond and get back to us will jeopardise the future of this club?

I will be recommending to the board that we remain in the Southern League next season.  I will not lie, it will be a struggle and we must be pro-active in our pursuit of new sponsors or else it will be a level which will not be sustainable with our current ground set-up. We need your help with suggestions on boosting our resources throughout the coming months so feel free to contact me if you come up with any ideas. The Club intend to hold a Golf Day probably in Autumn so this is something keen golfers or hackers like me can enter so keep a look out on this site for details which will give you times date and fees of entry. Let me know if you want to enter a team of four as we hope to have decent prizes for those who come out on top. We are also looking at a scheme forwarded by Phil Bell and hope to announce details of that in the coming weeks.

As always, onwards and upwards! - Dave

To contact Dave Diaper, please email : admin@sholingfc.com  Or Phone : 07770 873555

5 February - Half Term Football Course

Sholing Football Club are proud to offer your child a chance to participate in our Football courses happening this half term for 5-12 years at Sholing FC. Your child will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of Football activities, such as: Coaching sessions, Penalty shootouts, Crossbar Challenge, and lots of Matches to keep the children entertained & enthusiastic throughout. Also prizes can be won at the end of the week.

Monday 16th to Friday 20th February, 9am to 3pm each day, £45 for Five Days coaching & activities

Please contact Kevin via email to reserve a place at performingsports@hotmail.co.uk 

You will also need to fill out this Parent/Guardian authorisation form :  Booking Form Here (opens as PDF file)

4 February - The Black Football Heritage Book Launch

Wednesday 25th February 1pm-3pm at Southampton Solent University Sports Ground, Millbrook

BlackFootballHeritageBookThe main purpose of this event is to launch locally "The Black Football Heritage Book" by Jim Cadman. This book helps us to reflect on an array of talented individuals who have provided entertainment with their skills and endeavours on the fields of play. It also helps us to reminisce about their struggles, their commitments and their contributions.

Furthermore, it is felt that this provides an important opportunity to celebrate the significance and the relevance of "Diversity" and in particular "Race". There has been a perception that issues of "Race" have diminished in recent years because fewer bananas are being thrown on the pitch; but sadly there is still some work to be done to ensure that we quite rightly value diversity in football as an essential element in promoting good race relations in Southampton. We are also reminded us that there are relatively few black people amongst coaches, managers, administrators, board members and decision makers in Football; which may suggest some element of discrimination and exclusion. As a consequence we will be formally resurrecting the "Racism Just Ain't Saintly" campaign which played an important part in responding to issues of "race" in the city for many years.

The event will include presentations from the author Jim Cadman and The National Children's Football Alliance. There will also be contributions from Southampton Solent University, Southampton schools, Sholing FC and a special presentation from St George's Catholic School.

For further details or if you wish to get involved please contact Don John: don@donjohn.co.uk

29 January - From the Dugout

We welcome Cinderford Town to the Silverlake Arena this weekend. Cinderford are sitting comfortably in mid-table and we will have to be at our best if we are going to get anything from the game. We have accumulated 21 points out of our total of 28 points from home games this season and it is important to carry on that good form with a good solid performance against decent opposition.

We come into the game on the back of a poor 4-1 defeat at Yate Town where we were completely outplayed by a team that had good movement and above all players who could finish off chances created, we must work hard and be clinical in front of goal it's as simple as that.

On the plus side we are starting to see our long term injuries filter back into contention with Matt Brown coming through a reserve game on Wednesday, Toby Adekunle, Marvin Mclean, Pete Castle back at training on Wednesday and TJ now on the mend. It is my job to ensure the players stay focused and not just let this season tail off into obscurity, and I have reminded the players that they are lucky enough to have one of the most loyal, vocal group of supporters in the league who turn up Home and Away "The Ultras" thanks for your support guys.

Enjoy The Game!

20 January - Three Masons


Boatmen have been getting some Media attention following our Brothers, Dan, Barry & Byron Mason all scoring in the same game against Shortwood.  It appears the first time to happen at Step 4 or above since the Fenoughty brothers scored for Matlock Town in 1978 (unless you know different!?). BBC South Today kindly covered the story Monday night and the BBC Football Website has also written a nice piece on the story HERE



19 January - Airlynx Express


15 January - From the Dugout

I would like to start my notes by welcoming Shortwood United, John Evans and his players for Saturday's game in the Evo-Stik Southern South & West Division. Shortwood are sitting comfortably in 8th position in the league and have established themselves as a very capable Southern League Club.

We come into Saturday's game on the back of two 3-1 league defeats (Didcot and Wimborne) although the players worked hard in both games, we were missing that little bit of quality needed to win games. We could hide behind the fact that we have numerous players out with injuries, but even with the players all back we still lack that 40 Goal a Season player that we have had at this Club in the recent past.  It is not through the lack of trying, but there seems to be generally a lack of natural goalscorers around at the moment and those who have that gift of clinical finishing are tied up with contracts. Still, we are where we are at the moment and one thing for sure we won't bury our heads in the sand.

I am at the moment having to look closely at the squad of players we have and I have had to ship out players who in my opinion would not be featuring on a regular basis when we have all our players back. I would like to thank Taurean Manders, Jude Nwachukwu, Alex Baldacchino, Lewis Fear (on Loan to AFC Stoneham) and Demitri for their input this season. I would also like to thank Sam Wilson for his short stay with us and wish him well with his move to Hungerford Town.

I have been busy in trying to strengthen the squad and at time of writing we have 7 day approaches in for Ian Oliver (Wimborne), Michael Dixon (Andover), Oakley Hanger (Dorchester Town) and Jamie Barron (Follands) so watch this space.

I feel i need to inform you of where we are with the FA in our quest to go ahead with the new clubhouse & 3G pitch facilities. The fact is that although we were given verbally the go ahead we have not received it formally in writing. When questioned by us, the FA have said that there may be issues with the Contract with the Football Foundation, although I am unable to disclose (for legal reasons) what those issues are, we should know by the end of the month what our fate is. I must say I am frustrated with the lack of progress and so much so that David Bennett will now represent the Views of VT Sports Club and Sholing FC and he will deal with all Media Associated with the application.

You will be aware of the monstrosity positioned in front of the Hospitality. This is necessary to comply with Ground Grading Requirements that state that "People using the Bar must be provided with separate Toilet Facilities" (the worlds gone mad)... and on that note i will sign off - Enjoy the Game - Dave Diaper

12 January - Mugs!

Mugs1Sholing FC Mugs are now available. 

Three different designs, one commemorating the FA Vase win, one with "Ultras" and one with just the club badges.  They are £6 each or all three for £15. 

Available at home games from Greg, either see him pitchside or in Hospitality before the game.



9 January - Player movements

As the season enters its second half, a number of fringe first team players have been loaned out to get match action and experience.  Jude Nwachukwu is now dual-signed with Blackfield & Langley and Lewis Fear is having a spell at Hampshire League highflyers, AFC Stoneham.   Taurean Manders is joining Whitchurch United.   Another possible departure is Sam Wilson, after Southern Premier side, Hungerford Town, put in a 7 day approach for the striker.

Dave Diaper told the Echo: “I don’t want Sam to leave, but it would have been wrong of me not to tell him Hungerford were interested. If he wants to progress to the Southern Premier, I’ve got no problem with that. When I took over again as manager I inherited a large squad and, despite all our injuries, some have been on the edge of things and they need to play. It’s important we maintain our Southern League status and I needed to trim the playing staff a bit. I’m still open to giving youngsters opportunities and lads like Jess Walklin, Liam Golding and Josh Oxlade have all featured. Declan McCarthy has come in, but he’s only a young lad and it’s difficult because of the physicality of the Southern League. You have to get the balance right. Realistically, mid-table is where we’re ending up and I’ll give as many opportunities to the young ones as I can. Things may change slightly when we get senior players back, but it’s all about finding out if players are good enough for next season.”

Update: Sam Wilson has indeed completed a move to Hungerford Town.  Good luck & thanks from all at Sholing.

Club is looking for a "Kit-man" to help out on First Team matchdays (home & away). Responsiblities will include getting kit to and from the Launderette as well as general assistance to the first team management. If interested, please contact Dave Diaper on 07770 873555

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