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Abingdon Town Transfer Competition - 2 May

Abingdon Town are to transfer from Uhlsport Hellenic League to play in the North Berks League next season.

The Uhlsport Hellenic League’s General Manager Brian King confirmed last night that the Culham Road club had officially requested demotion from the Hellenic League to the North Berks League.

Phil Annets, of the North Berks League, said: “We have had an official form from the club to join the North Berks League with both their first and reserve sides.”

Abingdon, one of 14 clubs looking to join the North Berks, will be interviewed on May 12. “They will be assessed on reasons for joining, finances, charter standard status and what level they want to play at,” added Annets.

Abingdon Town were one of the top clubs when the Hellenic League was formed in the early 1950s, winning the leaguechampionship four times, although the last of these was in 1987. They then were promoted to the Isthmian League, returning to the Hellenic League in 2005.

 

paul davis hellenic leagueNew Man At The Abbot's - 13 November

Abingdon Town chairman Tom Larman has announced the appointment of Paul Davis as manager of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division team.

27 year old Davis, who is in involved full time in coaching, was until recently assistant manager at Calor League (Southern League) Didcot Town, looking after the team for a short period between managers.

Although this is Davis's first management role, he has been involved with several other Southern League clubs, his coaching experience and in depth knowledge of local players could be the catalyst to improve the fortunes of the Abbots.

 

Abingdon Town Management - 5 November

Gavin Jones has taken the decision to relinquish his management position at Abingdon Town, with the club now looking to appoint a new manager.

Abingdon Town spokesperson Dawn Walker comments: " Gavin made the decision with great reluctance, but his work load as manager and daily job is taking its toll on him and he feels, has no alternative than to leave the post with immediate effect. With that in mind, the show must go on and as a long standing club in the Hellenic League, we are committed to seeing the season through, despite loosing two managers already".

Club chairman Tom Larman said: "My thanks Gav for all his efforts in taking on the role of our manager (at such short notice) and for bringing in a squad week after week, along with some highly regarded players too. We will miss him terribly at the club, but understands the importance of work and appreciates the time and effort Gav has given to us"

Walker continues: "The Abbots welcome Hook Norton to Culham Road tonight, this is the second time this season Abbots have had to face the Hooky, this time in the Flying Press Floodlit Cup competition".

Danny Morgan and Gareth Walker will be working together and take over as caretaker managers for tonight’s game the squad was already in place for the match.

With regard to the vacant position Dawn added. "There is no official new manager appointed at this time, although we have a few ideas up our sleeves, we would like to stress, we are looking for a new manager so please, if you are interested - Don't hesitate to get in touch".

 

Signings At Abingdon Town - 17 July

New Town manager Gavin Jones has made several new signings in the few days since taking on the role.

Those signed are Drew Fowler and Danny Thomas, welcome returns to the club for these two. New players include, Declan Hartigan, Joseph Parker, Kieran Hughes and Mark Mossop, a mixture of defenders, wings and strikers.

Town have also signed Jamie Brooks, previously at Oxford United, as well as retaining some players from the previous season, even more big named players are set to be signed through out the week.

Abingdon comment that. "Gavin Jones and Danny Morgan are already embracing their new roles and proving to the club they are serious for the season ahead. They are also very much looking forward to their first match, in charge". which takes place against Clanfield this Saturday July 20, at Culham Road KO 3pm."

 

Smith Resigns As "Abbot's" Manager - 15 July

It is reported on the Abingdon Town Twitter feed that Shaun Smith has resigned as manager. Gavin Jones taking responsibility for the team, with Danny Morgan assisting him.

It is stated that Smith has resigned for personal and family reasons. The uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division side hosted their first game of pre-season fixtures on Friday night, where they struggled to perform against a Didcot Town side.

Smith took on the managerial role at Abingdon in June 2012, finishing the season second from bottom in the table with a total of 21 points.

Experienced Hellenic League player Gavin Jones, moved to the club in June this year as player/assistant manager, having played for many years with Wantage Town.

In a later statement from Abingdon Town they confirm Smith has resigned. Dawn Walker on behalf of the club stated. "He decided early last week that Fridays' game would be his last game with the club. He spoke with the club members, and every player, before Fridays game, and announced his decision to leave. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Shaun in his efforts with the club and of course the team and wish him and his family well."

Jones and Morgan have been confirmed as taking on the management.

 

Macca To Coach Abbots - 24 June

paul mackay hellenic league Abingdon Town are delighted to confirm that Paul Mackay (pictured) will be returning as first team coach for the forthcoming season.

A meeting was held last week between the management team and a clear strategy for preseason is now in place. Manager Shaun Smith said. "I am delighted “Macca” has decided to come back and coach the players, his knowledge of the game is second to none and in my opinion he is a fantastic local coach. He loves the ball work side of things, which is refreshing, we will obviously be taking the lads on a couple of road runs to initially get there fitness. But Pauls' main focus will be helping the players feel comfortable in possession of the football (which is vital to the way we want to try and play), along with aiding Gavin Jones and myself in getting the players organised, confident and raring to go."

Smith added. "More good news on the coaching front is that Bob Parry is also coming over to coach the keepers for the forthcoming season. With pre-season a little over a week now (Tuesday 2 July) so hopefully see you all there."

 

Smith & Jones Ride Into Town - 6 June

Abingdon Town are delighted to announce Shaun Smith will remain at the club next season as Manager, along with the appointment of Gavin Jones as assistant manager.

Manager Shaun Smith commented. "When my assistant, Andy Cummings, told me last week he didn’t think he could commit the time next season I started to think who could replace him. Historically I have always had a player as my number 2, as I feel they can give you a different view from being on the pitch as opposed to both standing there watching. Gav came to mind almost straight away and after meeting with the chairman it became apparent he felt the same way so I meet with Gav on Tuesday night and almost immediately , the decision was made."

"It is a massive coup for the club, firstly, he is a really genuine lad who always gives his all and has a great honesty and integrity which is really important in a number 2. He has a knowledge of local players and is very well respected amongst the local footballer fraternity. He seems really passionate about the club and shares my vision of where we see the club going in the next couple of years. He also appears to have a completely different personality to me which will aid myself and the team. If you like I can be my usual grumpy self, and he can be the nice guy.. Finally and probably most importantly I am delighted to say he will be playing again next season which is brilliant as he is one of our key players." Humorously Smith joked. "Which is one more player than I had at the start of last season, so things are looking up but if any new signings want to wear number 11 shirt it could be an issue!”

gavin jones hellenic league footballJones commented on joining the club. "I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and my aim for this season just like Shaun’s. To try and add to our current squad with a good bunch of lads that want to firstly play for Abingdon Town and hopefully bring in the correct people who will help us build/improve our team spirit. I think a realistic aim would be to finish in the top half of the table and have a good little cup run along the way. Along with a few beers here and there!!! (obviously on a Saturday night)".

Pre-season is going to start at The Town on 2nd July (which is only four weeks away) and the management team will be working tirelessly to try and attract some quality new players to add to the ones we manage to keep from last season.

"Smith and Jones" are now on the case of sourcing these potential targets and are really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, especially with the prospect of a real local derby returning with the old foe Abingdon United.

 
 
 
 
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