Today I am pleased we can announce another piece of very good news. Recently the club was approached by an ex professional footballer who lives locally.
He has been watching us during pre-season and at last weeks game. Darren Pitcher is now our Director of Football, Darren played 64 games for Crystal Palace and 173 games for Charlton Athletic over a professional career lasting 12 years. Darren has literally tonnes of football experienced gained at the top level and he is only too willing to help the club and the clubs players develop their football and indeed enjoyment of the game. So Darren is going to add yet more to the club and it is exciting times for us all.
I am also pleased to announce that this week Milton Park confirmed their sponsorship of the first team, this follows sponsorship deals for the U18 Girls from Oxford Air Conditioning and for the U11s from Infinium. All are local companies to Milton and we are very grateful to all 3 companies for their much-needed support for our teams.
This week also saw the first ‘on the ground’ activities at the Milton Heights Development. A site office has appeared this week and this will house site survey teams. During the summer break the Developer appointed Redrow Homes to build 458 to the south and east of our Club. We have secured funding for the much-needed replacement for the Clubhouse and land for a new pitch to the east of the Bowls Club. Bottom line for us is there is going to Facility improvement money which the Landowner and Developer very much want to see a large proportion invested on-site in better facilities for the Club and Community. This is great news and we want to ensure we benefit for the club and football in our area.
A lot of extra work is needed to support these activities, which lead me nicely onto to - It is the usual request! We need more volunteers across the club and our numbers are growing; feel free to speak to any of the Committee if you are interested. In particular we are seeking individuals who are interested in some of the Club Officer positions.
Please look at our website on http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/miltonunited/ for details of news and fixtures.
Best of football to both teams. UP THE MILTONIANS
It does not seem to be appropriate writing about football on a glorious hot summer’s day, but if I have learnt anything during my time as Chairman at Milton United it is that there is no let up or such thing as a closed season for the Club and its committee!
It is fair to say that football aside this has been a very significant year in the history of Milton United and one that we hope will shape and define a positive future. Of course by this I mean the Club’s involvement in the Milton Heights development together with the Parish Council, school, developer and landowners. The Club believed from the outset that it was essential that we get funding and approval for a replacement clubhouse that could also accommodate community groups and activities.
Working with the Parish Council and mindful of the needs of St Blaise School and the new community the Club remains a significant stakeholder and net contributor to the realisation of new and improved facilities at Milton Heights. The Club has sold its land to facilitate the much-needed expansion of St Blaise School. At this time we are waiting on the VWHDC to publish the agreed 106 decision. Within the decision will be our hard-earned arrangements (both financial and timelines) which include replacement land and a replacement clubhouse which will become a community building.
Milton United’s first team has been competing in the Hellenic Division 1 West and cup competitions that included the FA Cup and FA Vase. The team had an average year, not quite hitting form for any significant length of time. So next season is very much about re-grouping and we have appointed new management in Tim Davies and Craig Griffiths to encourage a local and youthful team to press forward with.
The youth and girl’s teams continue to do well, in particular the Girls U18s have had a fantastic year winning their league unbeaten and reaching the final of the County Cup.
Milton United are especially proud of the Club’s efforts in hosting Schools Representative Football, we are considered to be the home of the Vale’s Representative teams who openly admit that without Milton United’s support there would be no Schools Representative team.
We have once again hosted a number of cup finals, as local leagues appreciate our facilities and hospitality. The Club has justifiably received high praise from all quarters.
Our real frustration is that although we are a good club, with huge potential to do more for local sport and the community our No 1 restricting factor is lack of help/volunteers. Those that are already helping in various roles are already heavily committed; with double the numbers we can indeed do twice as much. Therefore we would welcome anyone who would want to get involved at the club and you are welcome to attend our AGM.
The Milton United FC AGM will be held at the Club on Wednesday 19 July at 7.00pm.
Looking forward to next season Milton United FC will be entering 2 senior teams into the Hellenic League, U18 girls team will enter the Thames Counties League, the U16s will enter the Oxfordshire Invitation League and our remaining youth teams will enter the Oxford Mail Youth League. We will be supporting Hellenic League Veterans Teams and the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League. Additionally, we will continue to support the English Schools FA and host Vale and County level School Representative football. All of which will require a huge effort.
We kick the season off with a number of pre-season home friendlies, which include some good local derbies:
Wednesday 12 July WANTAGE TOWN 1ST @ Milton United FC 7.45pm kick off
Saturday 15 July BADSHOT LEA 1ST @ Milton United FC 3pm kick off
Saturday 22 July THATCHAM TOWN 1ST @ Milton United FC 3pm kick off
Tuesday 25 July DIDCOT TOWN 1ST @ Milton United FC 7.45pm kick off
Please come along and support.
Milton United FC
Born and bred Milton village resident John Cannon (pictured) appeals for help from locals and users of Milton United facilties with the on going tasks.
"I am disgusted by the lack of support given to the Chairman (Andy Burchette. After many requests for help during and at the end of the season to help with work on the dressing rooms and field, there was no response!"
"OK, I am retired, an ex-player and supporter of Milton United, who with two or three others have done our bit. Where are the players, managers and parents of the younger teams players? You all expect decent facilities but are not prepared to help, or put yourself out. It is not good enough."
"We are in the excellent position of having new premises. If it was not for all Andy’s time and effort, we would not have this. You have no idea what has been involved. It is about time you all pulled your fingers out and showed commitment to the Club and your Chairman."
"The Club has a great opportunity to go forward – don’t let it down."
Milton United are pleased to announce that Rich Stevenson has agreed to come on board as a player/coach for the new season.
Rich brings heaps of experience in the Uhlsport Hellenic league and was in charge at fellow Division 1 West side Cheltenham Saracens for the first half of the season.
Rich joins Tim Davies and Craig Griffiths on the coaching side at Milton and is already looking forward to the new challenge.
Milton United are still looking for a physio to join the team, with its own physio room and equipment within the club this is a good opportunity for anyone wishing to take the role on. Please contact Tim Davies on 07798844294
With the new management team set in place, Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One Milton United are now looking to recruit new players and coaching staff for next season.
We are looking for players who desire to play a good standard and style of football, and can support this with good commitment levels.
Pre-season starts Tuesday 13 June, pre season friendlies are already in place.
Also we have opportunities for a physio and coach. If you would like to become involved, or to find out more, please contact Tim Davies on 07798844294.
Tim Davies and Craig Griffiths have agreed to become the new Management team of Milton United for the 2017/18 Uhlsport Hellenic League season.
Tim and Craig took over the First Team until the end of the season when Marcus Brown left in February, the duo have been tasked with establishing a team style of play and work ethic that had dwindled throughout the first half of the season.
Tim (right) has been working with the club's youth teams in the past few years, after leaving his local side Garsington FC, Tim had also taken a more prominent role at the club in the last year in the style of Director of football.
Craig 'Griff' Grififiths (left) is a long serving player at the club, joining as youth team player - all of 16 years ago - and spent the majority of his playing career at United interspersed with spells at Conference side Yeading, Didcot Town, Wallingford Town and Harwell International.
The chairman and committee members are fully behind Tim and Craig and their ideas for the new season and with the new development of the clubhouse going ahead in the near future, things are very positive around the club.
We are inviting you all to our OPEN DAY on Saturday 06 May at 2.00pm.
Try your hand at bowling on our all-weather green at Milton Heights, behind the Football Club. Bowls is for fun, friendship and fresh air.
Flat shoes should be worn but don’t worry as we can provide over-shoes. We also have various sizes of bowls suitable for all ages.
We would love to see you on the day. If this is not convenient, you can contact Maureen Broad on 01235 831423 who can arrange to meet you at a suitable time.
Winter nets for the seniors have concluded for 2017 and our attention now focuses on junior and senior fixtures - All our fixtures can be found on our Facebook page and on our website - some notable dates:
May 14th – First home Sunday fixture for the seniors
July 2nd – Junior Kwik Cricket tournament
On July 2nd, Sutton Courtenay are hosting junior cricket teams from around the area in a Kwik Cricket fixture, a BBQ will be available and drinks will be available from the Football Club bar, please come along support the Sutton Courtenay junior cricketers.
The Cricket Club in conjunction with the ECB will soon be running "All Stars Cricket" coaching as part of nationwide initiative to get more children from the age of 5 playing cricket. Please check our website and Facebook pages for more information. This is being run by qualified coaches and we expect it run to run on Tuesday evenings from 6pm at The Recreation Ground from the end of May.
We would like to thank the football club for the use of their facilities on match days this year. We are also pleased to announce support from following organisations – Davis Tate, Aspera and Dan Housego Cricket Coaching.
We want more people playing - from All Stars Cricket for children aged 5 to 8. Juniors from 8 upwards and Seniors from 16 years upwards. Training sessions are held on various evenings during the week at The Recreation Ground - and we actively encourage parents to train with their children.
The club can provide all the equipment to get you started and it really is a cheap way to get some exercise
For more information please see
Facebook "Sutton Courtenay cricket club"
2016 was a good year for the Club as our juniors continued to impress, regularly winning games throughout the season. Our continued thanks to the parents, children and volunteers who make this happen. In 2017, we plan to have the junior teams entered into local leagues.
Many people supported our Fun Day and Junior Tournament last year; this helped raise much needed funds for the Club and a contribution to Cancer Research too. We plan to use the club funds for new equipment for the juniors and train our volunteer coaches too.
The Recreation Ground saw cricket being played in Sutton Courtenay again in 2016. Thanks to all those who helped make that happen: in particular the Football Club, the Parish Council and members of the Cricket Club in getting the pitch sorted. The Seniors had some closely fought but friendly matches- our most notable win being over Dorchester with whom we have a friendly rivalry. We are looking forward to again playing our home matches at the Recreation Ground in 2017
We would like to thank Kit Thomas who is stepping down as Captain of the Senior team after 5 years. He will stay on as Secretary but his enthusiasm and commitment to the team was greatly appreciated by all those in the Club. We look forward to many more years of his playing and perhaps a few wise words of advice to the new captain every now and then.
New Players: We are always looking for new players of all abilities and age. We would like to start a ladies team too. If you are interested, please get in touch or come along to our winter nets at the Sports Hall, Radley College on Sunday mornings from 9.00 - 10.00 - open to all, come and have a go...
Volunteers: Our thanks go out to our volunteers who help behind the scenes, organising matches, ferrying kids and adults to/from matches, those who make teas and everyone else. We always need more people to help - if you can spare a few hours a month please get in touch.
Sponsorship and Donations: The Club simply cannot survive on membership fees alone. In 2016 we had fantastic support from CostCutter, C+N Autos, The Plum Pudding, The Swan, Burgreys, Mathews Garden Centre and Florist, The Fish and Silver Fox Silver as well as many individual donations. The Club's website, Facebook page and Twitter account attract hundreds of views each month and offer local businesses a reach to the local communities and beyond.
Cricket isn't an expensive sport to get into and the Club has many items of equipment to lend new players. Apart from the gentle exercise, the Club has a good social side, in 2017 another Open Day / Junior Tournament is planned as well as a couple of trips for T20 or Test Match Cricket.
There Will Be An Open Meeting At Milton Football Club Between Milton Parish Council And Milton United Football Club On Monday 13th February At 7.15 pm
J Burnett - Parish Clerk
This is an opportunity for all to attend and give your views on what you would like for the future of the Community Building/Clubhouse and what facilities are required. If you cannot attend, please email your views to email@example.com or telephone 07826 539743 and leave a message.
Milton Hill Bowls Club is a mixed club, with a total of some 50 members; playing in the Kennet Leagues, the Ladies Ridgeway league and the Ashley Baker mixed triples league. Plus a number of friendly games (mens, ladies and mixed) are included in our annual programme of events.
Some 82 friendly and league matches were played from April to September in 2016 plus many internal club competitions.
We have an excellent All-Weather Green, so that we can also play throughout the winter.
We invite members from other Clubs to join us for the Winter Bowls season as Associate Members. For further details visit Milton Hill Bowls Club website.