Revive Associates Sponsors New Defibrillator
By Admin - 07/06/17
AFC Stoneham are delighted to announce our sponsors Revive associates have sponsored a brand new Emergency defibrillator.
FA Mcdonalds Community day - Sunday July 9th
By Admin - 07/06/17
AFC Stoneham are delighted to announce that we have been awarded by the FA the opportunity to host an FA Mcdonalds Community day on Sunday July 9th from 10.30am - 4.30pm .
The objective of the day will be to reach out to a wider audience in the community to hopefully get more people involved in all types of football including volunteering, playing, coaching and officiating.
During the day we will have games/demonstrations of all types of football including girls, ladies, walking ,pan disability , mini soccer, futsal, soccer skills school and much more.
We will confirm the days schedule later this week but please come along and get involved.
For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07764882966
By Admin - 16/03/17
AFC Stoneham are delighted to announce that we have a new sponsor . Revive Associates are Business Consultants and are very kindly sponsoring kit and the purchase of a very much needed Defibrillator. Further details on Revive Associates are shown below.
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Contact : Steve Porcher 07796183664
AFC STONEHAM SATURDAY FUN SOCCER
By Admin - 16/03/17
AFC Stoneham are delighted to launch their first ever Saturday morning Soccer Fun Club for age 4-9 year olds starting on Saturday April 8th at our ground in Chestnut Avenue,Eastleigh.
Qualified FA Coaches will supervise the sessions and children can simply pay as they play. (£3 per hour).
Please see attached poster for all details or if further information is required please contact 07764882966 / 07753 858082 or email@example.com
Come along and have fun!
Geoff Smith collects "Team of the Month" Award
By Admin - 01/03/17
Club Secretary Geoff Smith collects the Sydenhams Wessex League "Team of the Month" award for January on behalf of AFC Stoneham
AFC Stoneham stalwart Geoff Smith is stepping down after 50 years' service
By Admin - 15/02/17
AFC STONEHAM are on the lookout for a new general club secretary.
The vacancy has arisen due to current club secretary Geoff Smith wishing to take a very well-earned rest after a phenomenal 50 years' service.
Smith's replacement will work primarily with the Purples' two men's teams in the Sydenhams Wessex and Wyvern Combination leagues.
The role will be supported by two other youth secretaries dealing with the other 21 teams within the rapidly expanding Sydenhams One club.
"Geoff Smith will still be very much involved with the club and will hand over duties whilst always being available to the new person for help and support on a day-to-day basis," explained Stoneham chairman Mark Stupple.
"AFC Stoneham are going from strength to strength and recently presented to around 100 people their plans and ambitions for the future.
"It includes increasing the number of teams prior to moving into a brand new facility in a couple of years.
"The general club secretary's role will be an integral part of the club's plans and ambitions."
The new secretary must be well organised, enthusiastic, possess strong communication skills, be computer literate and very personable.
Interested parties should contact Mark Stupple, in confidence, on 07764 882966 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
U8 Sponsored Fun Run
By Admin - 14/02/17
On Saturday 19th November, the 4 U8 teams took part in a sponsored fun run at the AFC Stoneham ground. The fun run consisted of weaving in and out of poles, jumping through hoops, over hurdles, underneath 2 nets and a sprint. Once the circuit had been completed, the children then did a penalty shoot out through holes in a sheet. They enjoyed it so much, they all did at least 5 circuits, with some of them doing more, and they even managed to make Darren join in too! Although it was cold, drizzly and very muddy, the children had a great time and were still smiling at the end of it. Each team raised their own amount of money, so a great effort from all the children, parents and sponsors.
Club Meeting and Presentation
By Admin - 5/2/17
On February 2nd the club organised a night in front of nearly 100 invited guests, from both the club and the local community, to present the clubs future plans,aspirations and vision.
Chairman,Mark Stupple, and Club Secretary, Geoff Smith, presented the history of the club, their ongoing plans and objectives. The club has exciting initiatives and growth plans which will run aside their move to a new facility in the near future.
The club also launched a brand new club folder outlining the future and sponsorship opportunities including all ground naming rights at both the current and new ground. The need for fresh volunteers to ensure the club continues to move forward at a fast pace was also highlighted throughout the night.
Chairman Mark Stupple said " Considering this was our first attempt at such an event we are very pleased with the turnout and the very positive response from all that attended. The new club folder will also allow us to present something slightly more meaningful to both individuals and companies moving forward. I am sure we will hold a similar event durng the summer as an update whilst we continue to look for more volunteers to help us meet our exciting vision particularly with the move to our new facility".
Any interested parties in either sponsorship or volunteering can contact Mark on 07764 882966 or email@example.com
By Admin - 13/1/17
I would like to welcome both the players and officials of Fleet Spurs, along with todays match officials, to the Elliotts Arena
for todays Wessex League Div 1 game.
Our boys are currently on a good run of form culminating with a superb 5-0 win over Aldershot Town on Tuesday night in the Russell Cotes cup . We will now travel to Gosport Borough in the quarter final whilst we also look forward to our Hampshire Cup quarter final on Tuesday at Basingstoke Town which will be another big night for the club having never reached this stage of the competition before.
Whilst our first team did not play last saturday our young reserve team won 6-0 at New Milton including two goals from 16 year old Max Cullen. The reserve team is a vital part of our club structure and will continue to develop in importance particularly in terms of developing young players from our youth teams whilst making the sometimes underestimated transition into mens football and ultimately into our first team.
On Saturday we rightly had 3 senior first team players dropping into the reserves to gain minutes having not played recently for various reasons.I was delighted with the example and attitude they displayed to our young players which is not only part of their development but again illustrates exactly how the two senior teams should function together to the overall benefit of the club. Thank you to Welchy, Merl and Sergio for the great example and attitude that they all displayed.
Whilst we are enjoying a tremendous season on the pitch we are always looking to progress off the pitch as well. This week we announced that our 3rd summer tournament will take place over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd whilst we have arranged an important night on Thursday Feb 2nd at Eastleigh FC (7.30pm) to present our plans and vision for the club moving forward. We are hoping many people in the local community will attend to learn more about AFC Stoneham and we would be delighted to see you there on the night.
Finally, we had a very tough game away at Fleet earlier in the season winning by the odd goal in seven and I am sure today will be another tough encounter.
I hope you enjoy the game and your visit to AFC Stoneham
By Admin - 12/01/17
Our cup form this season to date has been tremendous and leaves us now going into the new year with three quarter finals to look forward to starting with our first ever appearance in the last eight of the Hampshire Senior Cup next Tuesday at Basingstoke Town.
We have reached these games by beating higher ranked clubs in various competitions such as Aldershot Town, Fawley and Blackfield and Langley.
The quarter final competitions and dates are as follows :
Tuesday January 17th
Hampshire Senior Cup Basingstoke Town away
Tuesday January 31st
Russell Cotes Cup Gosport Borough away
Monday February 6th
Southampton Senior Cup Team Solent away
By Admin - 16/11/16
Our injury list and unavailability of players has been very well documented and has clearly impacted on our season to date although this has led to opportunities for particularly young players including Tom Hogan, Luke Cron, Conor Humphries,Tom Moore,Greg Cooper and Scott Bullock .
We sadly lost the services of Liam Mcgee, Terry New and Andy Turner who transferred to Romsey Town although are delighted to announce that Tom Egerton has returned after a short sabbatical. To the players that have moved to pastures new we wish them every success and still hope that one day they may return to play in purple as they are all very good characters.
On the injury front we have been hampered by Ben Dexters recurring injury which means he has not been able to play 2 consecutive games and a long term injury to captain and midfied dynamo Chris Manning. On a far brighter note Alex Welch and Graham Bird should be returning to action within a week or so from long term injuries coupled with the return of spaniard Sergio Caballero who has been away in Mexico.
We have "irons in the fire" on a couple of new signings very soon and would like to welcome the first of these , Billy Lawrence from Hythe, to the club.
New Floodlights are up!!
By Admin - 06/10/16
After nearly a year of hard work including grant applications, quotations, planning permission,ecology reports and many meetings our brand new lights are now up.
Our preferred supplier , Surfacelux Ltd of Liverpool, commenced the work on Monday and all the lights were up and running at 8pm on Thursday night. We also took the old lights down which were some 30 years old and sadly no longer fit for purpose in the Wessex League and Step 6 football whilst our new lights will give us at least Step 4 grading criteria and hopefully beyond.
Ourgroundsman,IaindCowe,had done an unbelievable job in getting the old lights re-assembled and working last year, after they hadstoodtdormant for some 15 years, to allow us to enter the Wessex League however we always knew that we would need to replace them as soon as possible for us to move forward whilst seeing them blown down during the winter on a regular basis was not helping our stress levels!!
Iain, present when they were switched on, said " I have aged 20 years with these old lights and to say they have been a challenge would be a big understatement. To see the new lights up and working was brilliant and at last I can sleep well at night knowing these lights will stay up and work! . I didnt shed too many tears when I took the old ones down for the last time!".
Well done to Iain for all of his hard work in getting us to this stage . Another great day for AFC Stoneham!
By Admin - 06/10/16
After our victory over Longlevens in the last round we have been handed a home tie with Shaftesbury in the next round of the FA Vase on Saturday October 22nd with a 3pm kick off. We have already travelled to Shaftesbury in the league losing 3-2 and with home advantage this game should be a very good one
AFC Stoneham to have new floodlights installed
By Admin - 28/08/16
We are delighted to announce that the club are having new floodlights installed with work due to commence on Monday September 19th.
The new lights and columns will replace equipment which in some cases is now 25 years old.
This will be the culmination of 9 months hard work including obtaining 2 seperate grants and planning permission with a full ecology report on our ground. We are very grateful to both the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and The National Sports Centre Trust in helping us to fund the project.
Once the lights are installed we would hope to arrange a game against prestigeous opposition to officially launch the lights .
Chairman Mark Stupple said "This is fantastic news for the club and the result of a huge amount of work. Our groundsman, Iain Cowe,has done a superb job installing and revamping the old lights which did the job last season however the brand new lights will meet the ground grading criteria for 2 levels above where we currently are as a club".
First Team make solid start to the new season
By Admin - 16 August 2016
Our first team have won both their opening games having secured an excellent 4-1 away win on the first day at Weymouth and then a very good 6-2 win on saturday against a spirited Andover New Street.
Our opening day fixture against newly promoted and fancied Weymouth was always going to be a tough start however the boys played exceptionally well with a brace from both Andrew Turner and Sergio Caballero.
This was followed by an excellent 6-2 home win over Andover New Street who made up a 2 goal deficit to claw their way back into the game at 2-2 however 4 second half goals sealed the points . Goalscorers were Matthew Palmer,Liam Magee,Sergio Caballero,Andrew Turner (2) and Matthew Stupple.
Manager Tim Cole said "I am really pleased with the start we have made and team sprit is great however it is only 2 games and we all know it is a marathom not a sprint."
AFC Stoneham ladies win their first ever trophy
By Admin - July 7th 2016
Our AFC Stoneham ladies won their first ever trophy on Sunday lifting the Worborne Challenge Cup
played for at Verwood in Dorset.
Beth and Claire both won "Player of the Tournament" and player manager Claire said after the game " we were so pleased to win our first ever trophy having only formed a year ago. We have had a great pre-season and signed a few new players who have bolstered our squad from last season. We are now really looking forward to the new season".
The Ladies will again play in Division 1 of the Hampshire County Womens league.
Well done girls !!
Video Highlights - Pre-Season friendly against Eastleigh FC
By Admin - July 7th 2016
A great night at AFC Stoneham in glorious sunshine as Eastleigh won 2-0 against the Purples with goals from Yemi and new signing Scott Wilson in each half.
Both keepers , Mark Childs and Sam Whieldon, saved penalties in front of an estimated crowd of 340 .
We would like to thank both Eastleigh FC and every spectator who came along . We hope they enjoyed their visit and
will come along again very soon to support the Purples.
Thank you very much for all of your support.
Enjoy video highlights below
1st Team Pre-Season friendy at home to Eastleigh FC
By Gary Rushby - June 9th, 2016
AFC Stoneham are delighted to announce that our first pre-season friendly will take place on Tuesday July 5th with a 7.45pm kick off at the Elliotts Arena. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eastleigh FC, and their officials for arranging the game and very much look forward to seeing the spitfires in action.
AFC STONEHAM ROYALS U11
By Admin - July 30th, 2016
AFC Stoneham Royals are looking to add players to their existing team for next season. The age group for players is year 6 at primary school. We are an established team that are entered to play in the 2016/17 Southampton Tyro League at the under 11 age group.Last season the team won the EDMSL Fair Play Award for their league and also toured Holland to compete in an international junior football tournament. We are planning to visit Holland again next spring.If your son or daugther are keen to get involved with a progressive TEAM BACKED BY a strong footballing structure, please get in contact: MANAGER Kevin Longman - 07768 698170 firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams Back From Holland Tour
By Admin - 22 May 2016
Another successful trip in terms of organisation, with all 3 teams having had a great experience.
Both U15's were consistent throughout finishing joint runners up narrowly missing out on goal difference to hosts VFC.
Our U10s endured a tough campaign, but gained experience playing 11-a-side football for the first time.
Another trip is already on the cards for next year!