WARMLEY U-11s OPPORTUNITY FOR OUTFIELDERS: Warmley Rangers Under-11s are after outfield players, particularly defenders, to play in the Hanham Minor League A Division. Training takes place on Wednesday evenings at The Grange Secondary School, Warmley. If you are interested please contact manager Matthew Withers on 07887 573660.
GAS DOUBLE HALF-TERM GIVEAWAY TO UNDER-16S: Bristol Rovers are delivering a tempting school half-term enticement to children – by offering all under-16s the chance to get into two games free of charge! The Pirates entertain Port Vale on Tuesday, October 25 (7.45pm) before Dagenham & Redbridge visit the Memorial Stadium four days later, on Saturday 29 (3pm). Under-16s who take advantage of the deals must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
BRISTOL CITY CALL FOR FUTSAL DRIVERS: Bristol City Community Trust is calling on volunteers to transport the club’s futsal team to training sessions and matches. Anyone aged between 25 and 69 wishing to be considered for the unpaid role – there are certain criteria to be met by applicants – should contact David Lloyd on 01179 630421.
MEM TO PLAY HOST TO POPULAR ‘ELVIS’ ACT: Bristol’s Memorial Stadium is to host an Elvis Tribute Act on Saturday, October 22. Welsh crooner MT Knight plays the face and voice of the great Elvis Presley for an evening of entertainment in the Uplands Suite, which includes a ploughman’s supper. For further details of the event, which costs only £10 per head, call 01179 524964.
YOU CAN BANK ON GORDON BEING A HIT AT HEATH: England’s legendary World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks is to be the special guest at Coalpit Heath FC’s inaugural sportsman’s dinner on Friday, October 14. The event, which costs £45 per person and includes a three-course meal, takes place at Bristol’s Aztec Hotel, starting at 7pm. Full info can be obtained by calling 01454 851423 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
MANGOS AND YATE LEGENDS LEAP TO AID OF HEROES: Mangotsfield United will hold another Help For Heroes charity football match at their Cossham Street ground on Sunday, August 14, involving a Mangotsfield United Legends team, managed by Brian and son Lee Knighton, and Richard Thompson’s Yate Town Legends. The game kicks off at 3pm and will be proceeded by live music and entertainment, an auction and raffle. Entry cost is £5.
GAS GET SET FOR KIDS’ FOOTY FUN DAYS: Bristol Rovers are staging summer football fun days throughout the school holidays. Each day kicks-off at 10am and concludes at 3pm. The sessions takes place at the Golden Hill Sports Ground near Tesco and children of all abilities, aged between 6 and 13, are welcome to attend. To find out more about booking a place for your child, contact 01179 522540. Each day costs £10 while a week-long course is £40.
SEAGULLS THROW OPEN DOORS TO SUPPORTERS: Weston-super-Mare are to host a pre-season fans forum at Woodspring Stadium on Sunday, July 31 (11am). The event will be chaired by chairman Paul Bliss while manager Craig Laird will be on hand to outline his hopes for the new campaign and talk about the strengths of his squad.
EUGENE GETS CLEEVE WEST CALL TO COACH: Somerset County League side Cleeve West Town get their pre-season training underway with a light session at the club on Saturday, July 2 (2pm-4pm). Players new and old are welcome. Full training starts in earnest on Tuesday, July 5 at Cleeve from 7pm.
Ex-Southern League and Cleeve player Eugene Dunn will be joining the management structure as first team coach, to the “delight” of manager Simon Tarr. Ian Mitchell and Mike Harris also join the backroom staff.
Chairman Mark Williams said: “We now have a great blend of youth and experience in our management team. Eugene’s appointment, plus that of Nathan Stacey as new reserve team manager, has given us a real boost going into the new season.”
KNOCK-DOWN PRICES FOR CITY-BAGGIES TUSSLE: Bristol City are offering cut-price ticket deals for their prestigious pre-season friendly with Premier League West Brom at Ashton Gate on Saturday, July 30 (3pm). Get your passes before the day and adults can get in for £5 and under-16s for £2.50. Full details are availble from City’s officlal website. Prices rise to £10 adults and £5 under-16s if purchased on the day.
EXCITING ACRO DISPLAY COMES TO YATE: King Edmund Gym Club are hosting an exciting acrogymnastics display and fun day at Shireway Community Centre in Yate on Sunday, May 29. Entry is free and members of the club’s highly-successful competition squad will be performing, including world men’s pairs champions Jake Underdown and Chris Child. Also on the menu will be plant and home-made cake sale, bric-a-brac stall, coconut shy, bouncy castle and barbecue. Activities start at 1pm.
FIELD ISSUE INVITE TO ANNUAL HAND-OUTS: Mangotsfield United’s annual presentation evening will be held at their Cossham Street HQ on Saturday, May 14 at 7.30pm. Entry is free and dress code is smart/casual.
CLEVEDON TOWN LADIES OPENS ITS DOORS: Clevedon Town are currently recruiting fresh faces for their ladies team ahead of next season. Any player aged 16 or over as of September 1 2011 can contact Sam on 07826 718880. The club say they have a “fair playing time” policy, regardless of ability. Training sessions are already underway.
LIVERPOOL NAME SQUAD FOR BOURNE CHALLENGE: Much of the Liverpool Legends squad set to take on a past and present Winterbourne United XI at Almondsbury’s Oaklands Park on Saturday, July 23 (3pm) has been confirmed. Already signed up for the Bourne centenary match are Alan Kennedy, Phil Neal, Gary Gillespie, Jimmy Case, John Wark, Jan Molby, Mike Marsh and Paul Walsh. Winterbourne are hoping Bruce Grobbelaar, Don Hutchison, Jason McAteer and Steve McManaman will also feature after positive indications.
Tickets, priced at £10 adults and £5 children, are likely to go on sale at the end of March. Full details can be found at www.aspieschool.org/winterbourneunitedfc01
Meanwhile Bourne have a new kit sponsor, David Hodes & Company Solicitors, who are a locally-based accident management firm providing “free impartial advice on all accident cases”. Their website is www.aspieschool.org
WESTERN LEAGUE SIDE SAINTS SEEK NEW No.2: Roman Glass St George, currently battling to stay out of trouble in the Toolstation League first division, are seeking a new assistant manager after current No.2 to boss Roger Hudd, Shaun Honour, announced he was stepping down due to work commitments. Anyone interested in the position can call the club on 01179 837019.
GAS ON THE BALL WITH VALENTINE’S SPECIAL: The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is the venue for Bristol Rovers’ popular annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday, February 19. Players and directors will be in attendance and tickets are priced at £55 per head. Magic Mirror, said to be a “dynamic four-piece local band”, will provide the music. Tickets for the event can be booked by calling Ian on 01179 096350.
WESTON TO STAGE HALF-TERM FOOTY FUN: Weston-super-Mare will be staging five days of half-term football fun for children between Monday, February 21 and Friday 25 at their Woodspring Stadium ground. Cost is only £8 per day and there will be games and competition for participants, boys and girls, aged 7-14. To book a place call Joanne on 07904 000668, or email email@example.com
SEAGULLS CHIEFS BRACED FOR FANS FORUM: Weston-super-Mare FC are to hold an open forum at the club’s Woodspring Stadium on Sunday, January 23 (11am). The event offers supporters the chance to grill the management team of Craig Laird, Jon Haile, Ryan Northmore and skipper Craig Rand. Seagulls chairman Paul Bliss will be in attendance to answer questions. The meeting will also throw up the chance for fans to become associate directors with the Blue Square South club.
TOP BAND TO ROCK ASHTON GATE AGAIN: Bon Jovi have announced they are to make a quickfire return to the Ashton Gate stage this summer. The band will perform at Bristol City’s stadium on Monday, June 27. Bon Jovi played a successful concert at the same venue in 2008. Tickets have already gone on general sale.
WICKWAR BOYS IN NEED OF FRIENDLY FIXTURES: Wickwar Wanderers Under-11s would like to organise some friendly ‘B’ team fixtures on Saturday mornings for their collection of eager players who do not receive regular league action. If you wish to give your second-team players a welcome run-out too, please call Simon on 01454 299699 or 07922 008772 to arrange a game.
ALL THE FUN OF THE ANTIQUES FAIR: Bristol’s Memorial Stadium is to play host to a monthly antiques and collectors fair, which kicks off on Sunday, December 5 and is being staged by West Country Fairs. Admission cost is £1 and the wheeling and dealing runs between 10am and 4pm. Organisers say there will be “thousands of collectables” for people to peruse and purchase. Anyone wishing to know more about the event should call 01749 677114.
CLEVEDON’S GROUNDS TO EXTEND A HAND: Clevedon Town are extending an invitation to local non-League clubs who might be seeking ground-share opportunities for next season. Hand Stadium spokesman Richard Phelps insisted: “Our football facilities are first class, the envy of The Southern League. The venue also lends itself to hire for corporate or private functions, as well as dance and fitness classes. Within the last month the catering facilities on offer have been awarded a four-star rating in the North Somerset Health and Hygiene inspection.” Any club finding itself potentially homeless, or looking to progress, is urged to contact secretary Brian Rose on 07768 100992, Matt Hector on 07736 777239, or Hand Stadium on 01275 871775.
SMASH AND GRAB BACK FOR BOOK LAUNCH: Stars of Bristol Rovers’ successful 1973-74 promotion-winning team will be at the Memorial Stadium (12.30-2pm) on Saturday, December 4 to sign copies of a new book, A Season to Remember (£14.99), written by Mike Jay and Ian Haddrell. The signing session, which will boast legendary Gas strike pairing Bruce Bannister and Alan Warboys (Smash and Grab) from the era, not to mention then-boss Don Megson, will take place before Rovers’ home game with Bournemouth that day.
MANGOS TO GIVE THE GIRLS A BIG NIGHT IN: Mangotsfield United are hosting a Ladies Evening at theirCossham Street HQ on Friday, November 26. A drag queen and “two artistes” will perform on an occasion that kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets, costing £10, are available from Val on 01179 560001.
GOULD TAKES CENTRE-STAGE FOR BIG GAS NIGHT: Bristol Rovers’ legendary former player and manager Bobby Gould is to be the centrepiece of a special sportsman’s dinner at the Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 18 (7.30pm). Gould will speak of his long and distinguished career in the game and be on hand to sign copies of his new autobiography, ’24 Carat Gould’. The evening, costing £35, incorporates a three-course meal and complimentary copy of the book. Tickets can be obtained from Ian Holty on 01179 524883 or Leah Stevens (01179 224010).