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Grass Roots Talk
Good Afternoon and welcome to The Grassroots Stadium for this Spartan South
Midland Premier Division match
Today we welcome the players, officials and supporters of Oxhey Jets to Tring, and we
hope you enjoy your short stay with us. We also give a warm welcome to our match officials- Referee- Ian Stewart- and his
assistants-John Fowler & Phil Wilkinson
Todays match is sponsored by- Dick Lovelace and we would like to thank him for his
continued generous support.
Jets are well known to us and games are usually tight affairs between our two sides.
Last Saturday we continued our fine run of form, gaining a 1-1 draw against a good
Harefield Utd side. This leaves us still top of the league but we have played more games
then anyone else but it is a nice position to be in. On Tuesday we held a friendly against Hitchen Town and competed well only losing by
the odd goal in seven.
On Tuesday we continued our great winning run which has taken us to the top of the
The Reserve went down 4-1 at Wellin in The Suburban Premier. The score did not
reflect the game and after playing on some superb grounds and surfaces they were
confronted by an all weather surface at a school which may have stopped them reaching
the high standards they have set themselves so far this season. The A team continue to find their feet with a new side and manager but yet again the
younger players did themselves proud. The B Team were without a game but the under
15's bounced back with an 8-0 win against Bovingdon.
The under 18's were well beaten last week at Leverstock Green 8-1 .On Wednesday
after taking an early lead they went down 4-1 to AFC Dunstable. On Tuesday The First team travel to Stoney Stratford in The League Challenge Trophy
and next Saturday are here again against Colney Heath.
The reserves have yet two more away fixtures. Today at Biggleswade in the cup then
next week at Hampton & Richmond in the league.
The youngsters play here tomorrow and the midweek side travel to Northwood in The
Youth FA Cup on Monday evening.
Finally enjoy the game and give your support to all involved.
TRING ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB *Charter Standard Club*
The Grass Roots Stadium, Pendley Sports, Centre, Cow Lane, Tring, Herts. HP23 5NS Tel. No; 01442 891144
Website: www.tafc.co.uk email; [email protected]
Members of: Molten Spartan South Midland Football League. Hertfordshire Football Association. West Herts Football Association. Suburban Combination League.
Under 15 Wycombe Sunday League . Under 18 Southern Floodlit Corinthian League
President David Evans MBE
Life Vice Presidents Barry Johnson, Bob Allum, Jean & Les Robins, Ralph Griffiths, Harry Bowden, Pete Stilwell.
Alan Foskett. Pete Oakley
Chairman Mick Eldridge.
Programme Editor/ Vice Chairman Barry Simmons.
Hon. Secretary Robert Winter
Hon. Treasurer Keith Hamilton.
Commercial Manager Dan Barnett
South Midlands & Suburban. Leagues. Match Secretary - Tony Steadman
Match Secretary-West Herts David Stacey.
Registration Secretary Trevor Langley
Club Welfare Officer Trevor Langley
Club Coach Gareth Jackson
First Team Managers Julian Robinson, Ian Richardson.
Reserve Team Managers Colin Philips & Chris Juraszek, Stuart Stedman
A Team Managers. Steve Punshan
B Team Managers Steve Alford & Phil Monaghan
Under 18s Youth Nick Seaton & Matt Hayward Under 15s Youth Graham Poll & Ian Butler Sports Therapist. Kim Harris.
Press Officer. Ralph Griffiths/Geoff Gaut
Groundsman Darrell Bodimeade
Membership Secretary. Mick Eldridge.
Kit Laundering. Dee Wells.
Catering Jack Winter, Morgan Weston, Matt Stacey, Gill Eldridge & Sandra Foskett.
Cleaning Amanda Stacey & Alison Parker.
Committee Members. Ray Brimsom, Keith Eldridge, Paul Humphreys, Andy Ayres, Mark Weston, Richard Vincent.
Tring Athletic Football Club CLUB HONOURS-
WEST HERTS LEAGUE 1961/2: Champions Division 1
1964/5: Champions Division 1 1962/3: R/U Division 2 (Res)
1965/6: Champions Division 1 Winners WH-Challenge Cup
1971/2: R/U Division 1, R/U Apsley Senior Cup
Champions Division 2 (Res.)
1972/3: R/U Premier Division, R/U Premier Res (Res)
Winners Marsworth Cup (Res.)
1983/4: R/U Division 1 1985/6: R/U Division 1
1986/7: R/U Watford Peace 1987/8: R/U Apsley Senior Cup
1993/4: R/U Apsley Junior Cup (Res.) 1994/5: R/U Apsley Junior Cup (Res.)
1999/0: R/U Division 3 (A Team) 2000/1: R/U Division 3 (B Team)
2001/2: R/U Apsley Junior Cup (A Team) 2002/3: R/U Division 2 (A Team)
2009/2010 Winners Sir Stanley Rous Challenge Cup (B Team)
2012/13 A Team winners Watford Peace Memorial Shield
SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE-
1994/5: R/U Senior Division Cup
1996/7: Winners St Marys Cup
1997/8: R/U Senior Division
Champions Reserve Division 2 (Res)
1998/9: Winners- St Marys Cup
Winners- Senior Division Cup
1999/0: Champions Senior Division. Winners- Herts. Charity Shield .
Winners- Herts. Senior Centenary Trophy. Winners- Cherry Red Books Trophy.
R/U Senior Division Cup. R/U Herts. Intermediate Cup (Res.). Finalists: St Marys Cup (not played).
Winners- Houghton Regis Cup.
Winners-Managers of the Year.
2000/1: Winners- Herts. Senior Centenary Trophy Winners- Cherry Red Books Trophy
Winners- Reserve Division 1 (Res.), Winner-Best Playing Surface
2001/2: Winners- Herts. Charity Shield
Winner-Best Playing Surface
2002/3: Winners Herts. Senior Centenary Trophy.
Winners- Division 1 Cup, R/U Cherry Red Books Trophy, Winner-Best Playing Surface
2004/5: Winners- St Mary's Cup, Finalists of South Midlands Floodlit Cup
2007/8: Winners-Herts Charity Shield
2008/09 Winners- South Midland League Challenge Trophy. Winners- South Midland League Premier
Div. Cup. Winners- St.Marys Cup
LADIES- 2005/2006: TVCWL- Runners up. League cup finalist
2006/2007: North London Div 2 Runners up
2007/2008: North London Div 1 Runners up
2011/2012: Winners- Greater London Womens Football Northern Div., County Cup Finalists
History of Tring Athletic: Formed in March 1958 by a group of local men who contributed app. 2,000 towards the cost of the land, fencing,
changing rooms etc .Players, Committee members and friends carried out the work while the team played on another
pitch. Originally formed for youngsters under the age of 21, the team won many trophies in the West Herts. Div. 3
including the Div. 1 title 3 times in 5 years, often playing against adult sides.
The 70s/80s The Club went through a lean time and it was decided to scrap the upper age limit. Many former players returned which
resulted in another successful period in the early 1970s.
Many fine players turned out for the Club and went on to play for professional/senior clubs. In the mid-seventies the
Club nearly folded and the ground was sold to the Council. The reserves were disbanded and the First team dropped
down through the leagues. It was decided to turn to youth again. This formula enabled the Club to work back through
the leagues and by 1986 we were competing in the Premier Div. and the reserves were resurrected. South Midlands-The 90s. In 1988 the Club joined The South Midlands and as a result gained Senior status with The Herts. FA
In 1989 we entered in a 3 year ground sharing agreement with Tring Town.
In 1992 the first team moved back to Miswell Lane, where the Reserves had continued to play. The side established
itself in The South Midlands and gained promotion to the newly formed Senior Div.
in 1993. In 1994/5 season, the First Team reached the final of the Senior Div. Cup While the Reserves were finalists in
the Apsley Junior Cup for the second year running.
In 1996/7 after leading the Div. for the whole season, some poor results at the end found us finishing 3rd. We also
reached the semi- final of the Herts. Charity Shield and won the St. Marys Cup beating 5 Senior sides including
Isthmian League Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted Town In 1997/8 after winning the last 14 games we lost out on
the Title on goal difference of 2. The Reserves won their league by 10 points winning every home game.
The following year we won the South Midlands Senior Div. Cup and also The St. Marys Cup for the second time,
defeating neighbours Tring Town in the semi-final in front of a crowd of 350, mostly Athletic supporters. In the league
after suffering just one defeat in 28 games, we finished 3rd.
The 1999/2000 season proved to be one to remember. 50k was spent on new changing roo