Because of half-term and bank holiday, and in response to requests, City are allowing one extra working day to get your 2013-14 season ticket at the cheapest price. Apply by Monday, 3 June and you get the early bird deal. Ticket sales so far have gone very well, and this helps the club massively over the Summer period and in signing the players we need to be capable of pushing for a play off place next season.
The FA Leagues Committee have annouced the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 for the 2013-14 season and the Conference South line-up sees a returning club from the North, the arrival of City’s 2012-13 FA Cup conquerors and two new opponents. Bishop’s Stortford have returned south after two seasons in the Conference North whilst Gosport Borough, who knocked City out of the FA Cup back in October, make their bow in step two along with Concord Rangers and Whitehawk. City will meet these two clubs for the first time in their history, although by then the latter are likely to be known as Brighton City as they look to continue their meteoric climb up the non-league pyramid. The full Conference South line-up is:
As in previous years, there are a number of issues that may yet impact on these allocations and therefore they remain subject to change until the dates of the AGMs of the four competitions involved.
City have confirmed that long-serving defender Gethin Jones (pictured), striker Charlie Griffin and winger Kerry Morgan will not be offered contracts for the 2013-14 season. The club would like to thank them all for their efforts and wish them every success in their future careers. Negoiations are continuing with existing members of the squad plus potential new arrivals, and further announcements will be made in due course.
Don’t go booking any holidays over the 12th July weekend. Bristol Rovers are coming back to Twerton for a pre-season friendly on Friday 12 July. We are delighted to host them, and by then, we will all need our football fix once more. Let’s pack the park again! We will be doing special food and drink offers, so come straight from work, enjoy a summer evening of football, and friendly fun! The game kicks off at 7.30pm and admission is £10 adult, £5 concs and students, £1 children (U16).
City’s U18 side narrowly missed out on cup success at Mayday Trust Park this evening when they lost by a single goal to Newport County in the final of the Gary Else Memorial League Cup. The Welsh side deservedly went in front midway through the first half from a close range finish. This seemed to wake City up and they dominated the rest of the half and continued to look the better side into the second period. However, they struggled to create any clear cut openings and with 16 minutes left suffered a further setback when Matt McCarthy was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Exiles keeper Swan. To their credit City continued to push forward but only a late penalty appeal – that the referee adjudged a foul but just outside the box – gave the visitors a scare and it was the Welsh side celebrating at the final whistle.
City have posted a statement of intent for the 2013-14 season with the treble signing of Ross Stearn, David Pratt and Andy Watkins. Highly-rated 22-year old winger Stearn has makes the switch from Weston Super Mare where he played a major role in their best ever Conference South season last year. Experienced striker Pratt, 24, returns to the West Country having previously played for Chippenham Town before enjoying successful spells with Basingstoke Town and Maidenhead United. And completing the new arrivals is 27-year old Truro City player of the year Watkins, having scored well over 100 goals for the Cornish side since joining them from Bideford in 2006. All signings are subject to paperwork.
Jason Mellor was a double winner at City’s end of season presentation evening at Mayday Trust Park this evening. The keeper picked up the supporters’ player of the season as well as the players player of the season, recognising his excellent performances during the 2012-13 season. Noah Keats was named manager’s player of the season whilst Charlie Griffin’s 20 goals saw him take home the golden boot. Off the pitch Ken Norris was named supporter of the season and Bob Chester volunteer of the season.
For those City fans already missing their football, there is one more chance to get your fix this season when the U18 side meet Newport County at Mayday Trust Park in the final of the Gary Else Memorial League Cup on Thursday 9 May (ko 7.30pm). Billy Clark’s side have already enjoyed two big wins over the Welsh side in the South West Counties Youth League – where they currently sit in second place with one game left – this season and will hope to complete a hat-trick and lift the trophy. The game is free admission for all supporters.