Football Club


Scroll down for end of season reports from the chairman, seniors & managers, or alternatively use the links below for quick access to individual reports.

Chairmans Report - Rich Farthing

Seniors Report - Paul Huddlestone

u13's Report - Neil Huddlestone

u10's Report - Martin Pulford

u8's Report - Declan Mellett


Chairmans Report

During the past year the club has experienced a period of consolidation following the achievement of becoming an FA Charter Standard Club. Not only was this inevitable with a number of changes at Committee level but also because of the need to draw breath and take of stock of what had been achieved and the future direction of the club.

The committee had two new posts created, Head Coach and Assistant Secretary. Not only was I elected as the new Chairman but also a new Treasurer, Gordon Betts, was also elected. Fortunately we have received great support from other experienced members of the committee in particular Tony Glasscoe, Mick Holt and Neil Huddlestone.

Keeping administration matters away from the team managers so that they could concentrate on running their teams has been at the forefront of my mind. We have looked at different ways of holding managers meetings and this season Wayne Pulford has actively tried to keep the managers meetings to football based discussions. The balance between the two has been difficult to achieve and this is something that still needs to be worked on next season.

Next season we hope to add a position of School Liaison Officer to raise awareness of the club and to attract players before other clubs do so.

In terms of the club's FA Charter Status we continue to meet the criteria, which will continue. Neil Huddlestone, Neil Cooper and Peter Day have attended the required amount of training courses and seminars etc for which I am very grateful. We have also achieved the goal of having all managers/coaches connected to our teams at Junior Level qualified to FA Level 1 before September 2006. In addition four coaches are currently awaiting final assessment for the Level 2 award.

The club has a development plan in existence, which will be worked updated and submitted to the County FA with the intention of gaining FA Charter Development status. The intention is to deliver the facilities and standards required by our members both safely and efficiently.

There has been a lot of talk regarding the future growth of the club and funding opportunities. It is true that holding FA Charter Status will assist the club in funding opportunities; currently we are looking at applying for education grants to pay for coaching courses etc. Pitch space is difficult with a number of teams pitch sharing. I wish to thank The Revel Prison College, St Margaret's School and the Wolston community for letting us use their pitches. Next season will be just as difficult and we continue to look at all options. The club have liaised with Broad Street Rugby Club about renting land and recently 4.5 acres of land was sold in Brinklow for over £60,000. However to apply for these grants we need to be clear in what we want in terms of costs and whether we want to own or rent the land. These are key factors, which determine how much money is available and for how many years the club is prepared to commit itself.

With these issues in mind we held an open meeting, which we called "Dwarf or Giant" the aim was to discuss where the club saw itself now and where it wanted to be in the future. Are we a community village based club with a reasonable sized membership or were we going to expand to have our own facilities and become more self-sufficient. The committee, some managers and only a handful of parents or supporters attended the meeting. Clearly to expand and become a giant, the club would become a business and would need to be run in such away. Some of the committee positions would be a full time role and at this stage the club does not appear ready to develop in this way. It was decided that we need to focus on what we already have and improve them before our club is ready to take those "Giant" steps.

Whilst on the subject of facilities, I have been in regular contact with the Parish Council throughout the season regarding the need to improve Barr Lane. I appreciate that the progress has been slow, but never the less progress has been made. A new hut has been built, which we share with other village groups. The ditch at the bottom of ground has been cleared to improve pitch drainage and the PC has agreed to have the whole area aerated and fertilised to improve the surface compaction. I still see the need to improve facilities even more and would like to see changing rooms available so that the Seniors can return to Barr Lane. Again although the progress has been slow I am pleased to report that the current PC agree and they have tabled one or two suggestions, which include extending the old Church Rooms or building a new structure although the later is more difficult because of planning permission. I am very confident that it is now very likely that we will soon have changing rooms on Barr Lane.

On the pitch Paul Huddlestone took the decision to enter a team into the Coventry Alliance League on a Saturday. The decision was a good one because they won the league, were runners up in two Cup Finals and raised the profile of the club. The Sunday Seniors were also successful finishing runners up in the league and winning the Cup. The girls section is also continuing to flourish with both the under 11 and under 13 teams entering league for the first time. Both did extremely well in their first season with the under 13 finishing runners up in their Cup Final. The boys Junior Section is growing and we now have a team in all of the age groups except the under 16's. The micro section continues to be popular and we already have a new manager in place for next season's new players. Other notable achievements were the under 10, 12 and 13's were runners up at the Brinklow Tournament, the under 7's were runners up at the Chetwyn tournament, under 8's runners up of the Central Ajax tournament and the under 10's got a second runners up at the Admirals tournament. Many of the teams went to Great Yarmouth on the club tour and although we returned without any trophies it was another successful weekend for the club in terms of its profile and the behaviour of our players.

I wish to thank all of the managers and coaches for their hard work and dedication.

For the first time the 6 a side tournament was held over 2 weekends so that we could run a girls competition. The girls section was held on the Friday night so that they would feel part of the main tournament however I now accept that this caused problems with teams travelling from the under 11 Leicester League. Having said that I am delighted with how the girl's section went and we received many positive comments from the other teams on how well run the event was. The boy's competition and the senior's section were a great success and once again many positive comments have been received. I believe that the Brinklow 6 a side is now recognised as the finest in the area, it is well-organised, friendly and with a high standard of football.

I would like to thank everybody who gave up their valuable time to help organise the event but especially the committee. For the first time we decided to run our own bar, which took an enormous amount of effort by Paul Huddlestone and Val Britton. It was very well run and made a significant contribution to the profit made by the club over the two weekends.

The annual presentation night returned to Barr Lane and we hired a large marquee, which was very impressive. Gordon Betts put together a fine introduction presentation with superb accompanying music intro's for the managers. With fine weather to help us the event went very well and was supported by all of the age groups. It was fantastic to see the entire club together on the club's home ground. The players were all well rewarded for the fantastic effort during the season.

I would like to thank the outgoing committee for all of the hard work and enjoyment that we have had during the year. I would especially like to thank Tony Glasscoe and Mick Holt for their advice and support, these two-gentleman put so much time and effort into the club and I appreciate everything they have done. Paul Wilby is the man responsible for the website and On the Brink, so many members of the club have no idea of the time that Paul spends on these items and we are very lucky as a club to have his expertise and dedication. Finally I want to thank my wife Hayley for having to eat sleep and breath Brinklow Football Club.

Rich Farthing


Seniors Report

Last season saw a new challenge for the Brinklow Senior Team, moving from the Rugby and District Sunday League into the Coventry Alliance Saturday League. We were lucky that a team from a higher division pulled out of the league and so the committee was able to put us into Alliance Division 4 rather than starting at the bottom of the pile in Alliance Division 5.
Our pre-season started well with our side winning all our friendlies against Yelvertoft, Hillmorton, Rugby Utd Reserves, and Aei Rugby. This giving us the spring board we needed to go into the new season with plenty of confidence.

I won't bore you with all the season's details but summarise with the fact that we won the league by a massive 12 points, winning 18 games, drawing 3 and losing just once. We scored 109 league goals and conceded just 24 giving us a goal difference of 85, more than twice that of any other team in the whole Coventry Alliance. One of our players, Justin Neal, also picking up the prestigious Coventry Alliance Golden Boot Award along the way.

We had two great cup runs in the Major Boyd Carpenter Cup and the Peter Toogood Cup, getting to the final in both competitions. Unfortunately because of our league form our opposition in these two finals was a lot stronger than it really should have been with both of our opponents fielding several of their higher league players to strengthen their chances of victory. We did eventually go on to lose both finals, after taking both to extra time with one of them only being decided on penalties. I feel that the club as a whole should be very proud of what the players achieved this year, placing the name of Brinklow Football Club well and truly on the map at a senior level.

Paul Huddlestone

u13's Report

The under 13's had once again a mammoth league of 19 teams, meaning a total of 36 games plus the cup competition, we managed to play 32 of these. Out of the 4 teams we could not play 3 were in the bottom quarter of the league table. But to our credit we managed to finish only 2 weeks before Brinklow's 6-a-side competition in a creditable position, just
below half way.

Tour to Yarmouth
The current under 13's toured for their 4th year running and once again went along with the other teams to Great Yarmouth. Good fun was had by not only the players but also the parents seemed to have a good time, and although we didn't bring home any silverware this year, it was most definitely a worth while weekend.

Brinklow's 6-a-side
This year we entered 2 teams in to our own 6-a-side once again, and with some very good football from all the players. One of our teams managed the runners up spot, adding to out tally of silverware we have already managed from previous years at our own tournament.

Finally, thanks must go to everyone for their help last season and I hope to build on all the positives we picked up on, and carry this through to next season.

Neil Huddlestone

u10's Report

On the footballing aspect of our age group, I as the manager, along with my coaches, have been absolutely delighted with the remarkable improvement every player has achieved during the season, collectively culminating in both sides ending their participation in mini soccer with comfortable mid table standings in their respective divisions and appearing as finalists in two tournaments. The afore mentioned statistics are solely down to the incredible effort, committment and attitude of all of the extremely talented players we have in our age group coupled with their unbelievable appetite to improve their football.
We as an age group are now well into our 11-a-side preparations and although it is early days, we in the bootroom are extremely encouraged.
Off the pitch, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee, coaches and parents for their constant support and hard work it is very much appreciated.
Finally I would like to finish by thanking our magnificent sponsors, Wood Glaister, Technibond and Texaco for their kind donations and hope to continue with our close partnerships in the future.

Martin Pulford

u8's Report

Ran two teams in the Coventry Minor League. 18 boys playing football and having fun.

Blue Team
Ran by Will, struggled at first, but towards the end of the season starting to get results.
Have attracted some new players, starting to make a difference – summer tournaments have proved this.

Red Team
Finished fifth in the league.

Semi-finalist - Hinckley 36 teams
Runner ups - Warwick Ajax
Brinklow - Missed by 1 goal to reach the semis
Won - Dunlop tournament

Finished the season yesterday on a real high (Dunlop tournament).

Blue team - 4 draws and 2 loses

Red team - 8 games:
7 straight wins
1 won on penalties.

Thanks to Dave Wright for his skills training.

Declan Mellett