Glynn Hughes RIP

All Town followers will be sad to hear of the passing of Glynn Hughes yesterday evening. Glynn was a great enthusiast for football and loved Stratford Town FC. His good humour and enthusiasm for the club will be greatly missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with Craig and the Hughes family at this sad time.

Baillie – “We’re Right In The Play Off Mix Now”

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“It was a very tough game against a very good team” reflected Town boss Thomas Baillie after seeing his side battle to a fully deserved point against  the League leaders.

“But we are a good team ourselves as we proved this afternoon.  we don’t fear anybody and we are right in the mix for the play-off places now.

I thought that Dan Preston on his debut was absolutely immense for us.  while he was on the field one or two of the Stourbridge midfielders went missing only to return when I took him off as he hasn’t had much game time recently.

I must also mention Lewis Wilson who did a tremendous job as a stand-in right back against one of the best wide players in the League.

It’s good to have both Nabil Shariff and Dan Summerfield back.   Nabil gives up something different up front while Dan can play in a number of positions.

Kynan Isaac has now completed his suspension and will be available for New Year’s Day against Biggleswade while Albi Skendi is expected back soon.

Albi is a massive player for us, but it’s worth pointing out that we haven’t lost during his absence as other players have come in and shown that we now have depth to our squad which is essential if we are to continue the run we are on.”

Town 0 Stourbridge 0

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Town and Stourbridge both battled hard but neither could find the one goal that would have been decisive so after a tense encounter in front the Arden Garages Stadium’s biggest attendance of the season so far the points were shared.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Dan And Nabil Return While Mo Arrives

On the eve of Town’s crucial match against League leaders Stourbridge three new signings have been announced  as Thomas Baillie continues to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.

Two are familiar faces with defender Dan Summerfield returning after spells with Redditch United and Bedworth United while striker Nabil Shariff is back after switching to St Neots Town  back in August and playing for the Saints against Town last Saturday.

Also joining Town is midfielder Muhammad Sebbeh Njie  from Redditch United.

Christmas Raffle Winners

The Association’s Christmas Raffle was drawn after the Boxing Day game against Banbury United and the lucky winners are as under :-

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5lb whole fillet of beef                                         –          Tom Harding
10-12lb strip of pork loin                                    –           Tony Morris
Weekend car hire from Arden Garages         –           Josie Lovett
Bottle of brandy                                                     –           Martin Brookes
Hair voucher                                                           –           Jill Grant
£20 meal token                                                      –           Alexis Greenwood
Bottle of Gordons gin                                          –           R Thiel
Crabtree & Evelyn Gift Set                                 –           T Munday
Case of Corona Lager                                          –           Janice Rowland
Bottles of wine                                                       –          S Morris
Tin of biscuits                                                         –           Kerry Cooper
Bottle of liqueur                                                    –           R Holmes
Box of chocolates                                                 –          J Cox
Bottle of Port                                                          –          Chloe Kemp
Bottle of Prosecco                                                –          Tony Conway

Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and congratulations to all our winners

“We’ve Been Under The Radar But Teams Are Taking Notice Of Us Now” – Baillie

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“We’re on a good run and it’s a sign of a good team if you can win when not at your best” reflected Thomas Baillie after Town’s second narrow 2-1 win of the Christmas period.

“We were missing some key players today but the lads have plenty of belief and confidence and we have won on both Saturday and today without playing as well as I know we can.

We are now in the play off places with games in hand and while I think that we have been under the radar  previously plenty of teams are now sitting up and taking notice of us.

Saturday against Stourbridge will be a really tough test for us.  We have  a number of walking wounded including Chris Cox from this afternoon and I think Stourbridge are the best team in the League even if they don’t go on to win it.

But we’ve taken a bit of pressure of ourselves by winning our last two matches and we will give it our best shot.”

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