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2 NEW BARDS AND JACK BACK (27/01/23)
SPORTING EVENING GARY NEWBON (21/1/23)
DAWSEY RETURNS TO YEOVIL (14/1/23)
The club have stated in their Royston match report that Will Dawes has returned to Yeovil after being here on loan.
2 IN ON LOAN FROM CHELTENHAM (14/1/23)
https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/news/a-pair-of-loan-robins-ready-to-face-the-crows-on-saturday – Youngsters Callum Ebanks and Adulai Sambu have joined on loan from Cheltenham. Callum played against for us for Cheltenham back in July in the pre season friendly.
Both have been added to our current players list showing their previous clubs on loan and both have played a couple of times for Cheltenham.
Adulai is a right sided player – wing-back, right hand side of midfield and featured as a make shift striker on his debut! He scored 11 goals in 13 games on loan at Cirencester inclusing a hat-trick in the FA Trophy at Basingstoke.
Callum is a powerful centre-forward who scored four times in an 8-4 FA Youth Cup victory over Portsmouth.
BUNGA AND CHAMBERS JOIN – RILEY LEAVES (7/1/23)
Defender Hamilton Bunga who played for The Bards v Kings Langley was at Rushden and Diamonds until Boxing Day – his previous clubs are listed on our previous clubs page. According to the league website, striker Karnell Chambers has also re-joined. Karnell first joined us in March 2020 and made 1 start before Covid ended the season. 2 years later he made 1 sub appearance at BarwelL
Redditch United have announced they have singed Martin Riley. Ashley Sammons who recently left has re-joined Halesowen and Jack Storer is now playing in Gibraltar for Bruno’s Magpies – see where are they now for other players destinations
CODY23 SHIRT RETIRED AND BLESSED 05/01/23
from club twitter
The club is also looking at setting up a Cody Fisher Community Fund associated to the academy with funds used for young adults to get a coaching license to be able to coach kids in schools like Cody did.
FRY, SAMMONS, WILDING AND ON-LOAN MACE DEPART – TURNER OUT ON LOAN (26/12/22)
The club have stated that Jimmy Fry has left the club (after coming in as coach for a couple of months) now that Keenen Meakin-Richards has been appointed as Assistant Manager and Head Coach
The club also confirmed that Ashley Sammons left during the week. Ashley featured in most games in the 3 seasons that he has been at the club and scored some memorable goals, some thunderbolts from outside the area, scoring 7 last season and the winner against Hednesford this season.
It was also confirmed Jack Turner is being loaned for the rest of the season to give him game time after his injury- looks like to Corby Town. Jack played across the back 4 again this season making 14 appearances.
Defensive midfielder Sam Wilding has left to secure regular first team football after not featuring since Mickleover. He made 7 consecutive appearances, 1 as sub.
In addition, James Mace who was on loan has returned to Leamington after playing 3 times for The Bards.
NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER / HEAD COACH (21/12/22)
Keenen Meakin-Richards joins The Bards as new Assistant Manager and Head Coach
“After having a fantastic non league playing career with a number of clubs including Hednesford Town, Walsall Wood, Bromsgrove Sporting and Sporting Khalsa, Keenen was appointed as Hednesford’s new academy manager at the start of the 2019/20 season”
In October 2020, he took charge of Hednesford Town on an interim basis and after winning 3 out of 5, was handed the job on a permanent basis taking the Pitmen to their best league finish in 5 years of 9th last season. He left Hednesford towards the end of August, a week after losing 1-0 at The Bards.
WILL DAWES IS BACK! (03/12/22)
Will Dawes was back on our team sheet for the defeat at Hednesford
He is back from Yeovil, who he joined in September, on a three-month loan deal that is subject to an immediate recall.
Will was The Supporters Player of the Year last year and it’s great to have him back here temporarily.
AHMED OBENG BACK AND JAMES MACE BROUGHT IN (24/11/22)
The club announced a double signing on Friday 25th November – going for experience again – a welcome return of Ahmed Obeng, back after leaving for Tamworth and defender James Mace on a dual registration from Leamington
Ahmed scored 3 goals in home games (against Redditch and in both games v Nuneaton) in 22 appearances (4 as sub). He set up many other chances as well on the wing.
James Mace has played over 420 times in 10 seasons for Leamington, scoring 13 goals for The Brakes. “James has spent the majority of his time at Leamington at right back and in central defence. His previous clubs include Rushall Olympic, Coleshill Town, Bedworth United, Atherstone Town and Hinckley United”. More stats on Leamington FC website
JIMMY O’NEILL DEPARTS (19/11/22)
Stratford Town confirm that defender Jimmy O’Neill has left the club by mutual consent.
Jimmy has moved to Stafford Rangers and the club wish him every success in his career.
Joining at the start of the season, Jimmy has played all 20 games bar the recent 1-1 draw at Coalville and according to the club website only had 1 booking
He scored 1 goal but what a spectacular goal it was – the volley against Basford
CARL DICKINSON JOINS (10/11/22)
Bards have brought in another experienced defender – 35 year old Carl Dickinson who has played over 500 games for various clubs, mainly in the Midlands, through all top 5 divisions. He dropped down to National League level in 2019. According to Wikipedia – “Dickinson is a vocal player noted for his commitment, hard work and dedication”. From his interview on the Bards website, he can play left back and centre half and centre midfield last season as well –
Dickinson who spent most of his career in The Potteries left his last club Hanley in October where he was player manager – https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/carl-dickinson-hanley-stoke-vale-7701861 and he has also started coaching at Stoke City academy.
JACK STORER AND DEXTER WALTERS DEPART (09/11/22)
The club have announced that attacking players Jack Storer and Dexter Walters, who weren’t selected on Saturday, “have left the club by mutual consent” – https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/news/jack-and-dex-depart?id=416723
Jack joined around this time last year and will be remembered for his spectacular goals, but also his 3 red cards (including our only red this season). According to the club website, he made a total of 23 appearances plus 5 as sub, scored 9 goals, had 11 yellow cards and the 3 reds. Life was never dull with Jack on the pitch who played through the middle and on the right side this season.
Winger Dexter joined at the start of the season and had a fine start making 8 appearances plus 7 as sub, scoring 2 goals. For me, he will be remembered for his late goal against Bromsgrove to seal the points – “a late flourish from substitute, Dexter Walters, saw him break from his own half, twist and turn the visitors’ defence before finishing emphatically.”
The club thanks them for their services and wishes them every success with their ongoing careers.
MIKEY’S BACK AND DEFENDER BROUGHT IN (04/11/22)
The club announced a double signing on Friday 4th – going for experience – Mikey Taylor (who needs no introduction to fans) arriving from Bromsgrove and defender Martin Riley from Hednesford
34-year-old Mikey had 3 productive on and off seasons at The Bards from 2016/19 scoring 45 goals in 119 appearances (30 as sub) including being top scorer with 21 goals in his last season. As well as his goalscoring record, he became a fans favourite affectionally being nicknamed ‘The Beast’ through using his strength to bulldoze through the defence and holding the ball up. He returned briefly last year where he made 8 appearances (4 as sub). Mikey played against us for Bromsgrove this year
35-year-old defender Martin has spent most of his career in the higher levels of non-league football before dropping down to step 3 in 2020. More stats on Wikipedia
AKUBUINE MAKES BARDS SWITCH (28/10/22)
Stratford Town have signed midfielder Jesse Akubuine from Pitching In Southern League Premier Division Central rivals AFC Rushden & Diamonds – https://southern-football-league.co.uk/news/132829/Akubuine-Makes-Bards-Switch. He joined the Diamonds in 2019 and scored 9 goals in 74 games. He played in our 2-0 win against Diamonds in September and was booked after 78 minutes! He also scored against us in their 4-2 win in 2020
SAM WILDING JOINS THE BARDS (17/10/22)
The Bards have announced former Sunderland Under 23 captain Sam Wilding has joined us –https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/news/sam-wilding-joins-the-bards?id=416174. Sam is a defensive midfielder and was at Hednesford earlier in the season
BARDS V BAGGIES IN BIRMINGHAM SENIOR CUP (14/10/22)
Bards will be at home to a West Bromwich Albion side in the 2nd round of the Birmingham Senior Cup. Date to be arranged – ties must be played by Saturday 26 November (usually on a Tuesday night). It will be the Baggies second visit to The Arden Garages Stadium this year after the sides met in a friendly in July – https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/Matchreport.aspx?id=580477
ANDRE WRIGHT SIGNS FOR THE BARDS (13/10/22)
The Bards moved swiftly to sign forward player Andre Wright following Adam Rooney’s departure. Andre has come from a higher level and seemed to have most success in The League of Ireland Premier Division including scoring 4 goals in one game – more from the club – https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/news/andre-wright-signs-for-the-bards
ADAM ROONEY JOINS BRACKLEY TOWN (11/10/22)
Adam Rooney has left the Bards to join Brackley Town a step above us. Adam scored 2 league goals in 7 appearances plus the hattrick at Cleethorpes in the FA Cup – and maybe should have scored a few more. His experience will be missed – it was noticeable that he was guiding several players during the games. more from the club – https://www.stratfordtownfc.co.uk/news/rooney-leaves-the-bards
NEW KEEPER NUMBER 6 (8/10/21)
The Bards have signed yet another goalkeeper – our 6th, 9 weeks into the season. Luke Bell made his debut v Royston in The FA Trophy. Luke has joined on a 1 month youth loan from Coventry City to cover for the injuries – more here
NEW KEEPER NUMBER 5 (5/10/21)
The Bards have a signed another goalkeeper after Leon was injured after replacing the injured Liam. If Niall Maher makes the starting line up on Saturday he will be goalkeeper number 5, 9 weeks into the season – more here – Stratford Town have signed goalkeeper Niall Maher (league website)
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