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New Manager Appointed - 7th May

Duncan Colwell, who helped secure Oxford City Nomads’ promotion to the Premier Division in season 2008/9, has been appointed as manager of Abingdon Town.

Duncan was with Oxford City for 10 years, managing youth teams as well as joint manager of Oxford City Nomads, before City unexpectedly announced a change of manager just prior to the start of the season.

Colwell has said he has been very impressed with the squad this year and believes Mark O'Hara has done a terrific job, "One that has built Towns' reputation back up and built fantastic foundations to kick on next season". Duncan also added" I sincerely hope the current squad will stay at the Town and show him the support "Marco" experienced, allowing me continue the work Marco has started.

Abingdon Town hold their end of season Presentation evening tonight. Danny Thomas was voted supporters player of the year after a poll taken from the Abingdon Town supporters at the last home game. Danny is one of the only players to have featured in every league game this season and has progressed extremely well this season under Marco. Danny will receive his trophy at tonight's get together. Graham Edney was an extremely close second.

 

Abbot's Seeking New Manager - 4th May

Abingdon Town are looking for a new Manager as Mark O'Hara stood down after Saturday's emphatic 8 - 0 win over Malmesbury Vic's that will consign Vic's to Division One West football next season.

Anyone who is interested in the challenging post of Manager at Abingdon Town should contact Club Chairman Tom Larman Snr on 07887 602752 or 01235 521684 for further information.

 

It's A Joke - 9th April

hellenic league mark o'hara abingdon townAbingdon Town boss Mark O’Hara has hit out in the Oxford Mail at "the ‘joke’ scheduling of fixtures" as he prepares his team for four away matches in eight days.

Kieren Bushnell writes: They begin their marathon stint with a Premier Division trip to Highworth on Saturday, before visiting Shortwood next Tuesday. They then face a Hellenic League Cup semi-final at Ardley United on Thursday, followed by a long trip to Herefordshire to take on Pegasus Juniors next Saturday. And O’Hara is unhappy, particularly as they chase silverware in the league cup. “Fixture scheduling is a joke,” he said. “I know I’m not the only one who thinks this. My team are in fine form, but being asked to travel to four away games in eight days is just ridiculous. “I think there should be a restructure, and the league should have fewer clubs and be more regional.”

But league general manager Brian King said: “There were plenty of matches played in midweek before Christmas. “The early part of the season sees a lot of FA Cup and FA Vase games, and many of these are played on Saturdays. We’ve just come through the worst winter in 30 years, certainly the worst since Mark O’Hara has been a player and manager. We have had almost 800 fixture amendments and most were due to the bad weather, so Mark needs to take these factors into account before making such scurrilous remarks in the press."

King later added. "Clubs have every opportunity to make their views known, but very rarely do. It is a great pity that someone like ‘Marco’, who was held in high esteem as a player, has resorted to the local press to attempt to put across a message that both he and his Club Chairman, Tom Larman, could quite easily have discussed with the League Management Members to illicit their views. It is also very strange that these views are aired as ‘Town’ go into a challenging period in their season that has not seen a fixture problem previously. To save people checking Town played about TWELVE midweek fixtures up to the end of December and to ensure there was not a great backlog of ‘Postponed Matches’, if a bad winter set in, this included FIVE Home matches at the request of Chairman Larman"

 

Top Six Abbots? - 26th March

Abingdon Town boss Mark O’Hara has targeted a top-six finish as his side prepare for the trip to Fairford Town in the Premier Division tomorrow.


Abingdon have won their last three games, including a 3-0 midweek win at Ascot. O’Hara said: “We are in the best form of the season. Graham Edney is on fire and scored a hat-trick at Abingdon, and in our last three games we’ve only conceded one goal. It’s not unrealistic to get into the top six and we are still in the League Cup.”


Daniel Warne (ankle), Dwight Jones (hamstring) and Stuart Douglas (thigh) are doubts, so Ben Ellwood, 17, cousin of Swindon striker Charlie Austin comes in.

 

Pleased With Progress - 13th November

hellenic league mark o'hara abingdon townAbingdon Town manager Mark O’Hara is pleased with his side’s progress, despite last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at leaders Reading Town.


With Abingdon slowly, but surely, returning to full-strength, O’Hara’s men produced an excellent midweek victory at Chalfont St Peter in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, and O’Hara is now targeting further league success. He said: “We actually went to Reading with a depleted squad and lost the game, but the win against Chalfont was a real boost.”


O’Hara has slight doubts over Dean Moss (pelvis) and Christian Perkins (hamstring) ahead of their home clash with Shrivenham.

 

Issues Ease - 6th November

Abingdon Town manager Mark O’Hara (pictured) has selection issues of a better kind as he prepares to take his side to table-topping Reading Town in the FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier Division tomorrow.


All season, O’Hara has seen his team decimated by injury, but he says the crisis at Culham Road is finally showing signs of easing. “For the first time this season, I have decisions to make as players are returning,” O’Hara said.


Ryan Brooks, Lance Williams and Dwight Jones all come into contention tomorrow, although there are still doubts over Liam Barson (dead leg) and Luke Brandon (thigh). Christian Perkins (hamstring) and Jason Thomas (ankle) are still out, as are Marc Gass and Mark Simms with knee injuries.

 

hellenic league chris hooperHooper Back In The Hellenic - 30th October

Abingdon Town give a debut to former Milton United and Abingdon United player Chris Hooper when they travel to Kidlington tomorrow.

Midfielder Hooper (pictured) was with Milton until two seasons ago when he decided to take a break from Hellenic League football, joining North Berks high flyers Saxton Rovers along with other of his former teammates from Milton.


Dwight Jones returns, though new signings Omar Takriti and Massimo Lagioia, are unavailable. They are without Piers McGlynn, Dean Moss, Colin Fleet (all away), Stuart Douglas (suspended), Luke Brandon (thigh), Christian Perkins (hamstring), Ryan Brooks (back), Jason Thomas (ankle) and Lance Williams (ankle).

 

hellenic league lance williams abingdon townWilliams Out For Abbotts's -2nd October

Abingdon Town will be without Lance Williams for at least eight weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage during Tuesday night’s home defeat against Marlow United.


Williams was on the receiving end of a bad challenge, and scans confirmed ligament damage. He misses the home game with struggling Hook Norton. Luke Brandon is away, although Ian Lovegrove returns.

 

hellenic league marc gassUpdate On Gassy - 16th September

Marc Gass as some of you will be aware left Culham Road in an Ambulance last Saturday. Gassy went in for a tackle and came out of it on the wrong side, no blame is attached to anyone. He returned home later that night with a leg in plaster from thigh to toe, with a request to return for further scans and X Rays on Wednesday.

The latest news is that he has not broken his leg however it is very probable that he has cruciate ligament damage which may well see this season over for the popular 18 year old. Marc is set for a return to the hospital Friday for further investigations and scans. Gassy has already had visits from numerous people to see how he is but notably from 1st Team Centre Back Christian Perkins on the Sunday who arrived with Grapes, a cucumber and Milk to build up Gassy's bones!

 

"Goalden" Oldie - 3rd September

Veteran keeper Colin Fleet comes out of retirement to help out Abingdon Town for Saturday's trip to Oxfordshire rivals hellenic league colin fleet abingdon townHenley Town in the FA Vase first qualifying round.


Fleet (pictured) played in goal for Oxford City at Wembley in 1995, and is now Abingdon’s goalkeeping coach. But with regular keeper Matt Dixon unavailable, 43-year-old Fleet steps in to fill the void.


Town manager Mark O’Hara said: “I’m perfectly confident in Colin. He’s probably still one of the best goalkeepers around, and will do the job for me.”


Defender Jon Steedman misses the game as he is attending a wedding, while Graham Edney and Jason Thomas are both sidelined with ankle problems. Stuart Douglas (back), Emmett McGovern (groin), Nathan Woodley (back) and Dwight Jones (collar bone) are also absent.

 

Additional Signings For Abingdon - 13th July

After a weekend training and team bonding session Abingdon Town manager Mark O'Hara advises the signings of a further players.

Lee Bolton previously with Kidlington FC who will add some much needed bite to the defence, Ian Lovegrove previously with Bicester Town who can play in a centre back or sweeper role. Another signing is Dwight Jones, previously with Milton United who is able to either operate in a right sided midfield or defender role, also signing was Marc Gass and Alex Mott both very talented youth team players from last year along with George Moore, Paul Brewerton and Michael Terry .

 

Update on "The Abbot’s" - 10th July


After 3 training sessions Abingdon Town’s FTL Futobl Hellenic Premier squad under new management of Marc O’Hara and Dean Moss is already taking shape, 18 players are signed on for the 2009/10 season. It’s not all about numbers it's about quality and all 18 players signed so far are first team quality.

O’Hara commented: “The training sessions provided by Matty Whitehead have been of real quality and have gone a long way in helping myself and Mossy get these quality players signed on. Goalkeeper Coach Colin Fleet put in a session with for the club’s ‘keepers this week which was a very high standard. It’s been a pleasure watching people work hard with a smile on their faces”.

On the ‘old chesnut’ of player payments Marc said; “Everyone within the club knows that although the financial rewards aren't available if we get the team spirit right and start winning games it's not about money it's about winning things. Everyone connected with the club from chairman, Tommy Larman, reserve team manager Warren, the club’s ground staff and Kenny More have given 100% at what is the hardest part of the season, if as a group we can continue to do this and not let outside distractions affect us who knows what we can achieve this season. Lots of hard work ahead, but things already looking bright for the Abbots”!

RHellenic LeagueRyan Curtinyan Curtin (pictured) is a major coup and proof that Abingdon Town manager Marc O'Hara means business. Ryan’s signing is a massive boost to the season ahead. Marco has also signed Jon Steedman ex Witney, Luke Brandon ex Oxford City and Witney United as well as Danny Thomas from last years team. The first team squad is starting to become a real force with these additions and sure to be making teams around the area look over their shoulders at what is building at The Town. Add to these signings the re-signing of Drew Fowler and Aaron Davies. Drew was an exciting prospect for the Town last year and we are sure he will be like signing a completely new player with the new players coming in around him. Aaron played quite a few games for the reserves last year, a County youth player it is fantastic to keep hold of young talent.

Marco stated; “I am convinced that more signings will follow after the first three sessions, we still have players away on holiday or who are unable to attend because of work still to turn up at training. Add to this the players all ready at training working hard and already signed on the season is looking exciting.

Seven Ride In To Town -19th June

tom butler hellenic leaguegraham edney hellenic leagueAbingdon Town's newly appointed manager Mark O'Hara has put his player contact talents to early use and is pleased to announce that he has, so far, gained the signatures and commitment of seven players to this seasons first team squad. Last seasons player of the season Paul 'spud' Alder, Club Captain Jason Thomas, Goalkeeper Gareth Walker and leading scorer Mark Simms have all committed to play for 'The Town'.

The club also welcome from last seasons Championship winning team at Hungerford, Graham Edney (left) and North Leigh's Tom Butler (right). Add to these Dean Moss and Town have a great base to build from.

Marco said "I expect to sign more players very soon especially on June 30th which is the day Town return to pre season training". He also stated that all interested players are welcome to attend for a 7.00pm start".

 
 
 
 
 
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