Sholing FC News Archive - 2017/18

11 May - Sholing Youth Season Review

On behalf of Sholing Youth FC I would like to say thank you to Patrick Mcgonigle for all the years of being a manager starting at U10s all the way through to U18s! He has now been rewarded with an opportunity to become Manager of the Development Squad permanently so he can continue to progress not only the players who have played through the Youth age groups with him but other players joining the Club and other Sholing Youth players who have made the step up into adult football.

I am so incredibly grateful to Patrick personally who has been my right-hand man for some years now as Vice Chair and CWO and I am pleased to report he will remain in those roles which will further assist to strengthen the relationship between our Youth and Adult Sections.

Sholing FC have proven year on year our ethos of youth progression through the age groups and as a Club we ensure those players who are ready for semi-professional football are given an opportunity.

Patrick and his U18 Team have had a fantastic season what with the amazing FA Youth Cup run to 2nd Round Proper which memories will live with me up there with the FA Vase win together with finishing on a high winning the League Cup last night.

Huge thanks to Patrick's assistant Steve Terry together with Steven "Rhino" Ross who has assisted the Club for a number of years ensuring those players who are ready to step up get an opportunity to prove themselves. I am hopeful that Rhino will remain involved in the Youth set up as his experience of developing and pushing players through is vast.

Thank you also to the Team's sponsor Emerald Motor Cars your support and assistance has been invaluable.

Thank you also to the parents family members and spectators you really have been the Team's 12 man!

Finally but by no means least thank you to the players it has been a joy watching you all grow improve and give your all to the Club. Those players who are no longer eligible for U18s I wish you all the luck in the world and look forward to seeing those that remain at the Club following their progression to the Development Squad and First Team.

Moving to next season our first year U18s it's time for you to assist and mentor our new U18s following the trials passing on your experiences of this season. I cannot wait to see what we can achieve. This last season has certainly set a benchmark.

With that in mind myself and the rest of the Committee have offered the role of U18 Manager to Gary Cassell and I'm pleased to report the offer was accepted.

Gary has many years of experience of youth football and has achieved many accolades with our current U15s to include a number of Hants Cup Final wins Tyro Cup Final wins League Division winners. He certainly knows how to manage and develop football players and I know he is excited about the prospect of being our new U18 Manager and to further assist the Club in building players for our future.

The future is certainly bright for Sholing FC!

Carly Kinsey - Sholing Youth FC Chairperson

25 April - End of Season Awards

Congratulations to the following for their End of Season Awards :

Supporters Player of the Season : Dan Miller

Players Player of the Season : Marv McLean

Young Player of the Season : Owen Royl

Manager's Player of the Season : Ryan Gosney

600 Appearances : Marv McLean

500 Appearances : Byron Mason

300 Appearances : Dan Mason

Leading Scorer : Dan Mason (32 goals)

Clubman : Ray Tyrrell - Ray is stepping down as a volunteer after many long years working behind the scenes in the bar, running the tea bar for Soccer Schools, Youth Games, Ladies games, as well as many of the day to day jobs around the ground that always need doing.  Thanks Ray.

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28 Feb - Budweiser Grant Update

Budweiser have today extended their partnership with the Football Association. Dave Diaper was interviewed by the FA and gave an update on the £100k grant, we were kindly awarded by Budweiser...

"Looking back at that moment last year when we found out we were receiving £100,000 from Budweiser, it still feels unbelievable."

"To get rewarded that amount of money, it’s given us hope that we can progress the club in the future. We were always a Wessex League team without much of a future beyond that, as it just wouldn’t be sustainable with the facilities that we have."

"I’ve been manager here for 19 years now and while I’m still enthusiastic, I admit that before the award came about, I was starting to flag a little bit because it was hard and we were limited with what we could do with the facilities that we had."

"So this award was a little bit of an enticement to carry on, manage the club and lead us to success. There’s now some light at the end of the tunnel and this award has given everyone a boost and some hope of moving through the pyramid if we can improve the facilities and grow the club from within. Ultimately, it’s all about the community and we want to produce our own home-grown talent and attract better players and we will be able to do that with upgraded facilities."

"A new club house is our first priority and we’ve made a start with the Budweiser money and getting plans in place.We’ve used the first cash from the grant to fund the feasibility studies about that project, which would see better facilities and a new club house. It’s a long-term project and these things always take time, but the investments made by Budweiser into grassroots football can go a long way."

"Budweiser are a terrific bunch of guys and we’re delighted to hear that they’ve extended their commitment even further."

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27 Feb - New Sholing Youth Secretary

Sholing Youth FC are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Club Secretary, Sharon Betts. Sharon has a wealth of experience having been secretary at local club Hedge End Youth for a number of years. We are certain this appointment is going to help the Club come on leaps and bounds with our ethos and Club Spirit and will assist myself (Carly, Youth Chairperson) hugely in the administrative day-to-day running of the Club. Welcome on board Sharon (  07900 430115)

28 Dec - End of an era as Barry Mason moves on

Barry Mason has left Sholing to sign for neighbours Hamble Club. Manager, Dave Diaper, explains the move saying:

“Yes it’s true, I spoke to Barry when I signed him on during pre-season and said that due to the size of the squad and our policy of giving youth the opportunity to progress, that he would not be starting every game. Baz still signed because he loves the Club. However, although he has made 27 appearances this season for the Boatmen, he felt frustrated at not starting games. I can fully understand and sympathise with that and when Knells (Ben Kneller, Hamble Manager) called me, I gave him permission to talk to him"

"I would like to publically thank Bazza for all he has done for the Boatmen and salute his loyalty and commitment over 556 games for the club and wish him well for the future."

Barry joined the club (when we were called VTFC) 11 years ago. He started at Salisbury and then played for Eastleigh before making the move to Portsmouth Road after Paul Doswell, Spitfires manager at the time, rang Dave Diaper to recommend Barry to him. He's always been a fans favourite for his wholehearted approach to the game and being a nice bloke off the pitch.  Barry clocked up 556 appearances for VT/Sholing and played a big part in the club winning the FA Vase in 2014.  It was Bazza's goal in the first round 1-0 win at Winchester City that set Sholing on the road to Wembley. As the eldest of the Mason's, he also was a key factor in Byron & Dan joining the club.  We wish Bazza all the best at Hamble, he'll always be a Boatmen Legend.

Barry Mason had this to add "Would just like to wish everyone at Sholing all the best for the season and the future. Had some amazing times winning a lot of things and of course the FA Vase in 2014. Great people and a great club"


28 Oct - Drone footage of Fareham game

1 Oct - Four Masons

30 June - FC Augsburg train at Sholing

German Bundesliga team, FC Augsburg, used the Universal Stadium pitch to train on today, ahead of their friendly with Saints this week. They held a morning and afternoon session at the ground and our thanks go to the club volunteers who gave up their time to make sure it went smoothly.  This is a short video by Augsburg filmed at our ground :

7 June - Football for a Fiver!

It's football for £5 all season long at Sholing with the announcement of a decrease in the Adult matchday admission price for 1st team games.  It's £4 for Over 60's, Disabled & Students. £3 for 12-16 and U12's go Free (accompanied by an adult).  Sholing season ticket holders get £1 off admission for Cup games.   Development Squad prices stay the same at £3 for Adults, £2 for Over 60's and U16's free.

6 June - Sholing U16's win Spanish Tournament

Huge congratulations to our Sholing Youth team who won the prestigious "Spain Trophy" in the U17 category.  The lads went undefeated in the tournament which was held to the south of Barcelona, winning all 6 of their matches and only conceding 1 goal.  They had a perfect record in their group, beating teams from Spain, Germany & Italy, before sweeping through the knock-out rounds to face Spanish team, CD Cuatrovientos, in the Final, which they won 1-0.  A brilliant achievement and a great football & life experience for the lads.



1 June - Thank you Budweiser!!!

We are blown away by Budweiser's £100,000 donation towards improving the Football facilities at Sholing and eternally grateful to them and the FA for listening to our story and sharing our vision. 

The Full Story & Club Statement can be found here

1 June - Sholing FC Code of Conduct


Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally.

Sholing Football Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for supporters, officials, players and volunteers. This applies to everyone, irrespective of their age, culture, ability, gender, sexual identity, language, racial origin or religious belief.

Sholing Football Club will not tolerate racist or sexist abuse at our games, be they home or away.

Sholing Football Club will not tolerate bullying, verbal abuse or physical assault.

If you hear or see any of the above at one of our games or on our property, please report it to a club official immediately.

Thank you

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