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2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09 All Seasons News All Seasons News
23-May-16 Seasons End - New Beginnings Homepage Headline - "Seasons End - New Beginnings"
Well, that's the last season over! Normally, we would be saying that News will be a bit slower but to keep an eye on our website for details of developments and pre-season matches. Still true of course but given current circumstances News may not be quite as slow as usual!. Last Years new beginnings was of course the Ladies team
22-May-16 Vacancy The club are now inviting applications for the position of 1st team manager at Verwood Town FC. Please apply in writing as soon as possible to the Chairman Steve Jefferis via email preferably with your CV or an indication of your football management and/or coaching experience
20-May-16 The club are sad to announce that Alan Lay has resigned as team manager. The process to find a replacement will start immediately. We would like to wish Alan all the best in his future football career and thank him for his efforts at the club
14-May-16 Presentation Evening Homepage Headline - "Presentation Evening"
Was held on Saturday at the Carlton Hotel in Bournemouth. Pictured is Zac Phelps collecting the Chairmans Young Player Award

Awards Pictures here and a full list of winners across First, Reserves and Ladies Teams are as follows:-

1st team ’Player's Player’ - Liam Donachy and Russell Dyer (joint winners)
1st team ’Manager's Player’ - Joe Wood
1st team ’Goal of the Season’ - Brad Goddard (vs Sholing FC. 20th April 2016)
Supporters Matchman ’Player of the Year’ - Liam Donachy (following deciding vote as both Liam and Russell Dyer were level)
Chairman's ’Young Player of the year’ - Zac Phelps
Reserve team ’Player's Player’ - Alex Eaton
Reserve team ’Managers Player’ - Chris Bailey
Reserve team ’Goal of the Season’ - Matt Collins
Ladies team ’Player's Player’ - Sarah Lally
Ladies team ’Managers Player’ - Charlie Dunn
Ladies team ’Goal of the Season’ - Karla Jordan (Versus Poole Town Reserves 13th December 2015)
Verwood Town FC ’President's cup’ - Dave Atkinson

07-May-16 The 'F' Word .. (that's Finished) Homepage Headline - "The 'F' Word .. (that's Finished)"
Time is finally called on the extended season that is now finally finished. It certainly wasn't fun in the sun for Verwood's much changed side going down to a heavy defeat (6-0).

Steviestats™ Corners Fareham 5 Verwood 2, Attempts on target Fareham 10 Verwood 2, Attempts off target Fareham 6 Verwood 4

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Aaron Atkinson
02-May-16 AGM 2016 The Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th June at the Verwood Sports & Social Club, Black Hill, Verwood BH31 6HA. The meeting will start at 7.30pm
30-Apr-16 DeanoBlaster Homepage Headline - "DeanoBlaster"
Dean Evans cracking shot wins it against Lymington Town in the last First Team home game of the season.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 3 Lymington 5, Attempts on target Verwood 9 Lymington 7, Attempts off target Verwood 8 Lymington 5

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic
30-Apr-16 Applause for Steve Prior to the start of Saturday's match with Lymington, a minutes's applause was observed by all in the ground for former local player Steve Moore who recently lost his fight against cancer (see News article 16-Apr)
25-Apr-16 It's a hard life.. Homepage Headline - "It's a hard life.." ..and a long arduous day with the trip across the water last Saturday. Tremendous dedication though from our Players, management, committee & a good number of supporters who spent most of the day on the trip lengthened by some unfortunate ferry rescheduling.

Our Roving Reporter - ‘Mr Nolie Unplayable‘ found them still in good cheer in the ferry queue"

23-Apr-16 Cowes Sailing Departs without Points Homepage Headline - "Cowes Sailing Departs without Points"
It's another narrow defeat, this time at Cowes Sports as a Verwood side reduced to 10 put up a gallant fight to get back on level terms.

Steviestats™ Corners Cowes 4 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Cowes 8 Verwood 4, Attempts off target Cowes 2 Verwood 2

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy
23-Apr-16 Midweek misery - First Team narrowly lose out 3-2 at Sholing.

Steviestats™ Corners Sholing 5 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Sholing 6 Verwood 5, Attempts off target Sholing 4 Verwood 2

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was James Guthrie.
19-Apr-16 Presentation Night 2016 Homepage Headline - "Presentation Night 2016"
Presentation Night 2016 Saturday 14th May at the Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff. Bournemouth 6.30pm drinks for a 7pm dinner Tickets £20 per head for a 3 course dinnner Click here or see Dan Scott for a menu booking form to be back with payment by 30th April. Tel : 07971 275248
17-Apr-16 Close but not Close Enough Homepage Headline - "Close but not Close Enough"
Ladies lose out to a single goal against Poole.
A single first half goal wins it for Poole Town in the Dorset Womens League Match at Potterne Park. Verwood Town Ladies 0 Poole Town Ladies Reserves 1
17-Apr-16 Golf Day "Golf Day 2016" - For Full report and all the winners - see Neville's Golf Report

The overall individual shield winner who won a £100 voucher at Crane Valley was Kris Anderton (Top left) who bagged an impressive 41 Stableford points.

The winning team was Choke it, Stroke it, Grip it, Sip it (bottom left) consisting of Simon Guy, Shaun Gale, Colin Dyson and Elliot Eaton, with 117 stableford points. They won a trophy each and round of Golf at the picturesque course at the Isle of Purbeck.

16-Apr-16
Steve Moore Homepage Headline - "Steve Moore"
It is with great sorrow that we learn of the passing of former player Steve Moore who lost his fight against cancer on Friday. Together with all the local Dorset club sides Steve represented both prior to and after his involvement with ourselves, and the non-league football community in the area our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends at this time.

[Picture] Steve in August 2008 Captaining Verwood Town


We understand from the Steve Moore XI Twitter Feed that Steve(mooro) service will be at St Aldhelms church branksome on Thursday 28 April KO 2pm then onto Wimborne Fc to celebrate Steves life no mourning clothes as bright as you like if you have any pics of Steve bring along so we can leave for his son Teddy to look back on and be proud of his dad All welcome! Only family flowers please" See the Steve Moore XI Twitter Feed for further information.
13-Apr-16 Honours Heathen Homepage Headline - "Honours Heathen"
Joe Wood's first half goal for Verwood is levelled by Bemerton in the second. 1-1 the result.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 3 Bemerton 2, Attempts on target Verwood 3 Bemerton 3, Attempts off target Verwood 7 Bemerton 9

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Martin Smith.
09-Apr-16 Wampart Wossgarth Win Quiz "Wampant Wossgarth Win Quiz"
The Verwood Town FC Quiz night was won by the "Wampant Wossgarth" team who were 3 points ahead of "We've Got Payet" in second place who were themselves only 2 ahead of third placed "Murder on Zidane's Floor". A good night was had by all at the event which was held at Parley Sports and Social Club. Further positions were 4th "Donners Kebab", 5th equal were "The Committed" and "Not at Parley Surely", 7th "Murrays Mincersv, 8th "Poole Wanderers" and 9th "United Reds"
09-Apr-16 Cowes Caught by Late Goals Homepage Headline - "Cowes Caught by Late Goals"
Two very late goals save the day for Verwood as they come back to level 2-2 against Cowes Sports. 85th (Atkinson) and an 88th minute (Dyer, Penalty) goals rescue a point. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Zac Phelps.
06-Apr-16 Second Half Strikes Settle It Homepage Headline - "Second Half Strikes Settle It"
Verwood take the lead against Horndean (Atkinson) but the sides go in level at half-time. Two second half headers (Donachy and Gajic) put Verwood in the driving seat. Horndean respond just before the finish and so it ends 3-2. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Chris Lynch

Team Manager Alan Lay Post Match Interview clapperboard provided by Jack Tanner at South Coast Journalism
03-Apr-16 Ladies Lose Out to Blandford Homepage Headline - "Ladies Lose Out to Blandford"
Verwood Town Ladies rue some missed opportunities but Blandford have the upper hand as they take the victory at Potterne
02-Apr-16 Portchester pull It Back Homepage Headline - "Portchester pull It Back"
AFC Portchester overturn the Verwood Half-Time lead (Verwood goal Jack Swann) to win it 3-1. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy
29-Mar-16 Solent Seal Victory Homepage Headline - "Solent Seal Victory"
An entertaining match surviving the wet conditions which saw many postponed matches tonight. It's Team Solent who gain the win 2-0.

Steviestats™ Corners Solent 8 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Solent 8 Verwood 6, Attempts off target Solent 6 Verwood 5

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Jack Swann.
29-Mar-16 For Alf Prior to the start of the match at Team Solent, a minutes silence was observed for Alf Peckham a founder and former Chairman and President of the Wessex League who sadly passed away last weekend.
26-Mar-16 Point Taken Homepage Headline - "Point Taken"
It finishes as it starts - no goals and 0-0 at Moneyfields.

Steviestats™ Corners Moneyfields 11 Verwood 1, Attempts on target Moneyfields 9: Verwood 0, Attempts off target Moneyfields 4: Verwood 1

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Chris Lynch. The Reserves win 5-3 against Fawley at Potterne.
19-Mar-16 Cornered Homepage Headline - "Cornered"
Two first half corners are the undoing of Verwood. Third placed Andover Town take the points in a 2-1 victory at Potterne. Verwood have an improved second half and a rousing finish but are unable to find an equaliser. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer. The Reserves draw 2-2 at top placed Alton Town Reserves in the Wyvern League
16-Mar-16 Defeat against Brockenhurst Homepage Headline - "Defeat against Brockenhurst"
Two goals scored in quick succession in the first half consign Verwood to defeat in the midweek match at Potterne.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 4 Brockenhurst 2, Attempts on target Verwood 4 Brockenhurst 6, Attempts off target Verwood 3 Brockenhurst 9

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was James Murray
12-Mar-16 Ten Man Turnaround Homepage Headline - "Ten Man Turnaround"
A Red card proves a catalyst as a 10 man Verwood fight back. 2-0 down (h-t 0-0) and three quarters of the match gone but Rutten, Wood and Gajic goals give Verwood the win.

Steviestats™ Corners Alresford 3 Verwood 4, Attempts on target Alresford 4 Verwood 13, Attempts off target Alresford 6 Verwood 6

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Aaron Atkinson
05-Mar-16 Third vs Fourth finishes 4-3 Homepage Headline - "Third vs Fourth finishes 4-3"
The Reserves consolidate third position in Wyvern League Division One with a win over fourth placed Laverstock and Ford. Verwood goals from Goddard, Wood, Cleft and Eaton.
01-Mar-16 Our thanks to Rossgarth YFC Homepage Headline - "Our thanks to Rossgarth YFC"
Our special thanks to Rossgarth Youth Football Club for their work with us last Saturday. The Rossgarth lads are pictured with Verwood Town First Team Manager Alan Lay prior to the match with Salisbury. Rossgarth are based in Verwood and our two clubs are affiliated together with Rossgarth providing opportunities to boys and girls of all abilities.
27-Feb-16 A Spirited Team Effort Homepage Headline - "A Spirited Team Effort"
League leaders Salisbury were pushed hard after Verwood had levelled Salisbury's late first half goal with a second half goal from Jordan Fisk - Final Score Verwood 1 Salisbury 2. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy
24-Feb-16 Quiz Night 2016 Homepage Headline - "Quiz Night 2016"
Is being held on Saturday 9th April at Parley Sports & Social Club. A fun event of General knowledge (with a generous helping of sports) questions and audio/visual rounds for Teams of up to 6 people. Tickets £8/person which includes food. Available from Tea Bar at home matches or from Dan Scott 07971 275248. This year, we are also incorporating the quiz material our good friend and Committee Member, the late Mick Cunningham was working on for us at the time of his death, and which was passed on to us by his father (re News article 20-Oct)
21-Feb-16 Ladies in action vs Merley Homepage Headline - "Ladies in action vs Merley"
Following the run of weather postponed matches, the Ladies take on FC Merley in the Dorset Womens League, however they were defeated by a very well organised FC Merley side losing 5-0
20-Feb-16 Fisk Brace Fires Verwood in Front Homepage Headline - "Fisk Brace Fires Verwood in Front"
Jordan Fisk bags two first half goals against Fareham Town, Aaron Atkinson and Max Brimson score in the second half for a 4-0 win.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 4 Fareham 5, Attempts on target Verwood 6 Fareham 6, Attempts off target Verwood 6 Fareham 4

Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Jordan Fisk
18-Feb-16 Golf Day 2016 Homepage Headline - "Golf Day 2016"
The Verwood Town FC Golf Day (now in it's seventh year) is Friday 15th April at Crane Valley. Once again being held at Crane Valley Golf Club. Entry Form Available here Entries, together with cheque by 30th March 2016 to Neville Munson
16-Feb-16 Reserves in Romsey Win Homepage Headline - "Reserves in Romsey Win"
In a brief respite between the very wet and/or very cold weather! Verwood Town Reserves take a 3-2 victory against Romsey Town Reserves in the Tuesday match at Potterne
10-Feb-16 No Goals at Fawley Homepage Headline - "No Goals at Fawley"
No goals in the midweek match away at Fawley. Both sides create some chances but none drop in!

Steviestats™ Corners Fawley 4 Verwood 8, Attempts on target Fawley 7 Verwood 10, Attempts off target Fawley 3 Verwood 5

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Aaron Atkinson
06-Feb-16 Falling Foul at Folland Homepage Headline - "Falling Foul at Folland"
Verwood surrender a two goal half-time lead as the home side fight back to win 3-2. Tyler Rutten(pen) and Joe Wood scored in the first half for Verwood.

Steviestats™ Corners Folland 3 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Folland 8 Verwood 4, Attempts off target Folland 4 Verwood 3

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Dean Evans
03-Feb-16 Becalmed by Solent Homepage Headline - "Becalmed by Solent"
Team Solent score two second half goals to take the points in the midweek match at Potterne. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy
23-Jan-16 Blackfield Win at Potterne Homepage Headline - "Blackfield Win at Potterne"
It finishes 3-2 to Blackfield & Langley who score an 84th minute winner after Verwood had levelled at 2-2 (H-T 1-2)

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 5 Blackfield 5, Attempts on target Verwood 5 Blackfield 7, Attempts off target Verwood 7 Blackfield 8

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Max Brimson.
16-Jan-16 Brock Rocked with Late Winner Homepage Headline - "Brock Rocked with Late Winner"
Efforts are eventually rewarded as Verwood seal victory at Brockenhurst with a late Joe Wood goal.

Steviestats™ Corners Brockenhurst 9 Verwood 7, Attempts on target Brockenhurst 3 Verwood 10, Attempts off target Brockenhurst 4 Verwood 7

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic.
14-Jan-16 Here's Hoping Homepage Headline - "Here‘s Hoping"
..that we get some football this weekend after all the wet weather! It's been almost a month since any of our teams played a match. Fingers crossed that the weather stays kind this weekend. On Saturday the First team are away at Brockenhurst, the Reserves home to Alton Town. On Sunday the Ladies are home to Dorchester Town in the Dorset Womens Cup
09-Jan-16 Weekend Washout #2 Homepage Headline - "Weekend Washout #2"
Another weekend washout as Verwood Town First team, Reserves and Ladies team matches all postponed
05-Jan-16 B there Homepage Headline - "‘B’ there"
The wet weather may have brought out the Anorak, but strangely we find ourselves scheduled to play all the teams in our league beginning with ‘B’ in succession. Following the match at Bournemouth prior to Christmas we now have Bemerton, Brockehurst and Blackfield in the next three matches. We hope you can ‘B’ on Saturday when we welcome Bemerton Heath Harlequins to Potterne Park
03-Jan-16 Weekend Washout Homepage Headline - "Weekend Washout"
Fit mainly for Ducks. Both Saturday's First team fixture at Fawley and Sunday's Ladies team fixture at Portland fall foul of the weather.
30-Dec-15 duckPostponed Tonight's scheduled match, our last of 2015 vs Team Solent. Not as bad as in the north of the country battered by storm ‘Frank‘, but following this mornings strong winds the rain duly arrived!!
24-Dec-15 Happy Christmas Homepage Headline - "Happy Christmas and New Year"
Seasons Greetings from all at Verwood Town FC. We wish all of our teams good fortune in the New Year and don't forget that there is still one scheduled fixture for the First Team in 2015 next Wednesday December 30th when we are home to Team Solent
19-Dec-15 Poppies Points Homepage Headline - "Poppies Points"
Defeat at Bournemouth Poppies as a second half penalty takes it's toll. Verwood get one back and pressure to level but it finishes 2-1 to Bournemouth

Steviestats™ Corners Poppies 2 Verwood 4, Attempts on target Poppies 7 Verwood 4, Attempts off target Poppies 3 Verwood 3

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Jack Swann. Meanwhile at Potterne, the Reserves with a goal from Alex Eaton win 1-0 against Wyvern League leaders AFC Stoneham which moves them into the top three.
17-Dec-15 Christmas Curry Night Homepage Headline - "Christmas Curry Night"
Thanks to all those who attended our Christmas Curry and our hosts at "Spice of India" Verwood on Thursday evening
16-Dec-15 Out of the Wessex League Cup - Defeat at Sholing 3-0.

Steviestats™ Corners Sholing 10 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Sholing 14 Verwood 4, Attempts off target Sholing 9 Verwood 1

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Chris Lynch
13-Dec-15 Fine Win for Ladies Homepage Headline - "Fine Win for Ladies"
In what was their last scheduled match in 2015, the Ladies finished off with a fine performance and an impressive 2-0 win against Poole Town Reserves in the Dorset Womens League match.
12-Dec-15 Strong against Sholing Homepage Headline - "Strong against Sholing"
Verwood put in a strong performance against fifth placed Sholing. It finishes all square at 1-1. A deflected Tyler Rutten shot gives Verwood a first half lead which is levelled by Sholing in the second.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 1 Sholing 2, Attempts on target Verwood 4: Sholing 2, Attempts off target Verwood 4: Sholing 8

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Jack Swann
05-Dec-15 A Worthy Win Homepage Headline - "A Worthy Win"
A win at Hamworthy United by one goal to nil. Leaving the field at the end of the game, scorer Joe Wood (left) being directed to the camera by Liam Donachy. For the second match in succession Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer.

Steviestats™ Corners Hamworthy 8 Verwood 3, Attempts on target Hamworthy 4: Verwood 4, Attempts off target Hamworthy 5: Verwood 4

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02-Dec-15 Second Half Strikes for Weymouth Homepage Headline - "Second Half Strikes for Weymouth"
Two second half goals for our visitors from Weymouth win the Dorset Senior Cup Quarter final tie. The sides had gone in 0-0 at 45 minutes.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 2 Weymouth 7, Attempts on target Verwood 3: Weymouth 7, Attempts off target Verwood 3: Weymouth 4

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer
30-Nov-15 Race Night - New Date Christmas Curry Night - Thursday 17th December. hristmas Curry night at the Spice of India, Verwood is for Players, Commitee and Supporters.
Get your names to Dan Scott asap to reserve a place £12.95 for a 5 course banquet
28-Nov-15 Race Night - New Date A big thank you to everyone who supported our Race Night on Saturday evening. We hope you all had an enjoyable time. Particular thanks of course to Dan Scott (assisted by Sam on the evning) for putting the event together, Steve and Jan Yerby for running our Tote, Richard Stainer the Breakfastbutler for food, Roy Mortimer for the Audio-Visual and our hosts at Verwood Sports and Social Club (29-Nov)
28-Nov-15 Islanders Take Victory Homepage Headline - "Islanders Take Victory"
Verwood are defeated by Newport IoW by a single goal at Potterne Park.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 5 Newport 11, Attempts on target Verwood 3: Newport 2, Attempts off target Verwood 6: Newport 9

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic
24-Nov-15 Shield win over Sholing Homepage Headline - "Shield win over Sholing"
The Reserves take the win in the last group fixture of the the Wyvern League's John Stimpson Memorial Shield Competition. Goals from Gill, Swann and Rutten.
21-Nov-15 Comeback Homepage Headline - "Comeback"
Verwood comeback twice in the match against Whitchurch. Goals from Fisk, Atkinson, Wood. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer.
17-Nov-15 Fourmidable Homepage Headline - "Fourmidable"
Joe Wood (pictured) scores the first of his two goals in the victory against Lymington Town in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup.
14-Nov-15 League Cup Win vs Lymington Homepage Headline - "League Cup Win vs Lymington"
Joe Wood (pictured) scores the first of his two goals in the victory against Lymington Town in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy.
08-Nov-15 Much to Praise Despite Defeat Homepage Headline - "Much to Praise Despite Defeat"
It was never going to be easy against Dorchester Town Ladies but when Verwood brought it back to 3-1 in the second half (celebrations in picture) having applied sustained pressure hope sprang.
Dorchester, champions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and runners up in 2015 had scored 42 goals in their three previous league outings and their clinical finishing was again evident today.
03-Nov-15 Tuesday Evening defeat at Andover Town by 3 goals to one (Murray with the Verwood goal). With the win Andover move level on points with Salisbury at the top of the division. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic.
31-Oct-15 Pieces of Eight Homepage Headline - "Pieces of Eight"
Reserves resurgent with an 8-1 win over Tadley Calleva at Potterne Park. Hat-Tricks each for Joe Kimber and Joe Wood and two from Declan Cleft (pictured right)
27-Oct-15 Belated Matchman award for Wood Belated Matchman award for Wood
Although the result didn't go our way a few weeks back at New Milton we still have our special "Cup" Matchhman award for performance on the day. The award was presented to Joe Wood by Chairman Steve Jefferis prior to last Saturday's match
24-Oct-15 A Bonnie[sic] Tyler Brace... Homepage Headline - "A Bonnie[sic] Tyler Brace..."
..keeps it at 2-2 in the derby with Bournemouth. Tyler Rutten seen here slotting in goal number one of two and making sure ‘it's No heartache‘
Bournemouth Poppies in the lead twice once at the start after just a few minutes and they go in 2-1 up after a late first half penalty. Tyler Rutten scores his second goal to level it up at 2-2. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer. Our Reserves also finish 2-2 away at Romsey
20-Oct-15
A Letter of thanks was received by our club Vice Chairman from Ron Cunningham, father of Mick Cunningham who recently so sadly passed away. In it, he expresses his wish that thanks be passed on.
The letter says it all really and is reproduced below:-

16th Oct 2015

Dear Mr Munson,

Please find enclosed the Quiz that my son Michael was preparing for you, it is
as we discussed, it needs further questions on Animals, I do hope you have an
Interesting evening when you have the event.

I know that Michael was happy to be associated with Verwood Football Club
and to go to different villages when you had away games, especially after he
was made redundant at Bournemouth, it gave him a real lift to his football life
and for that I am grateful to your club.

Thankyou for your kind messages of condolence and the beautiful flowers, if
your supporters have a website could you please ask them to put a message of
thanks on it from me for their kind messages of condolence and tributes

With regards


Yours Sincerely,    sig


Ron Cunningham

17-Oct-15 Level at Lymington Homepage Headline - "Level at Lymington"
A 1-1 draw at Lymington Town. All goals in the second half, Lymington level after Joe Wood had put Verwood in the lead. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Chris Lynch. Meanwhile at Potterne, the Reserves win 4-0 against Alresford
16-Oct-15 Verwood Town Ladies - Have unfortunately had their third match in succession scratched. The match at Wimborne on Sunday now postponed. With what would now be a three week lay off, the Ladies Team Management are looking to see if a friendly can be arranged
14-Oct-15 Potterne win for Portchester puts them second Homepage Headline - "Potterne win for Portchester puts them second"
Verwood lose 2-0 to AFC Portchester in the Wednesday match. The visitors take the spoils with a goal in each half. Portchester move up to second in the league table following the win. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Zac Phelps
10-Oct-15 Wood Goal Good Enough Homepage Headline - "Wood Goal Good Enough"
Joe Wood's first half goal was good enough to secure the win over Alresford Town. Final score 1-0.
Three points against Alresford as Joe Wood scores the only goal of the game on 27 minutes. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Dean Evans
09-Oct-15 Race Night - New Date Race Night - New Date Now planned for Saturday 28th November 7:00pm at Verwood Sports & Social Club. Free Entry, Supper available (Burger and Chips or Sausage and Chips £3.50 orders taken on the night.
07-Oct-15 golfday"Golf Day 2016" Yes make a note- a date for your diaries already Advance notice of our VTFC Golf Day (now in it's Seventh Year!) scheduled for Friday April 15th 2016 at Crane Valley. £45 entry fee, teams of 4.
06-Oct-15 All square at Blackfield and Langley. 2-2 (1-1 HT) in the Tuesday match. Coming back twice from being behind. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Tyler Rutten
03-Oct-15 A Minute For Mick Homepage Headline - "A Minute For Mick"
A Minutes silence was observed today prior to the New Milton Verwood Town FA Vase match in remembrance of Mick Cunningham, Verwood Town Committee Member, Photographer and long time AFC Bournemouth servant.
On the field today Verwood lose to New Milton Town 3-2

Steviestats™ Corners New Milton 2 Verwood 4, Attempts on target New Milton 8: Verwood 6, Attempts off target New Milton 3: Verwood 5

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Joe Wood. The Reserves also lose there Dorset Senior Tropy Cup encounter at Potterne with last seasons winners Chickerell United 4-1.
03-Oct-15 The Ladies match scheduled for Sunday 4th October has been cancelled due to the opposition having a lack of available players. The following match (11th) had already been cancelled for a similar reason. The team are seeking to arrange some additional matches to fill the gap since their last match on 27th September and the next one which is currently scheduled for 18th October
29-Sep-15 Last Gasp Goal Denies Verwood Homepage Headline - "October 10th Non-League Day"
Across the country, wherever you may be, support a Non-League club on October 10th.
Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar and scheduled to coincide with an international break [see the Non-League day website www.nonleagueday.co.uk for full details]
27-Sep-15 Last Gasp Goal Denies Verwood Homepage Headline - "Last Gasp Goal Denies Verwood"
A 93rd minute goal gives victory to Home side Horndean as Verwood go down 2-1 on Saturday and also a first league defeat for the Reserves at Tadley Calleva, our Ladies also lose out to Poole Town Ladies Reserves on Sunday Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Max Brimson
27-Sep-15 Mick It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of Committee member Mick Cunningham who died today at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Mick collapsed yesterday whilst covering the AFC Bournemouth match at Stoke as photographer. Heartfelt sympathy and condolences from everyone at Verwood Town FC are with his family and friends at this time
20-Sep-15 Two out of Three Ain't Bad Two out of Three Ain't Bad Homepage Headline - "Two out of Three Ain't Bad"
A historic weekend with all three Verwood Teams in action for the firts time! The First team recording a fine away win at Whitchurch United. The Ladies Team record a win in their first League Match. Unfortunately our Reserves couldn't make it three losing out to AFC Stoneham in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield match. From the Whitchurch match

Steviestats™ Corners Whitchurch 9 Verwood 4, Attempts on target Whitchurch 6: Verwood 8, Attempts off target Whitchurch 6: Verwood 8

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic
18-Sep-15 Homepage Headline - "Twitter Count"
Our man on Twitter (what do you call one of them - No surely not :-)!!) recently pulled these statistics on current Twitter followers amongst the Sydenhams Wessex League Clubs. I guess there's a few on here (us inlcuded at present) who would't mind swapping their Twitter position for a League position!!
Premier DivisionDivision 1
Salisbury 6672 Christchurch 984
Sholing 2444 Alton Town 972
Brockenhurst 1990 Hythe & Dibden 853
Team Solent 1517 Romsey Town 769
AFC Portchester 1436 Fleet Spurs 747
Verwood Town 1369 Tadley Calleva 618
Blackfield & Langley 1296 New Milton Town 607
Newport IOW 1249Ringwood Town 573
Horndean 1152 Downton 531
Andover 1013 US Portsmouth 527
Bournemouth 844 Totton & Eling 465
Fareham Town 813 East Cowes Vics 455
Moneyfields 758 AFC Stoneham 440
Cowes Sports 713 Portland United 422
Hamworthy 523 Pewsey Vale 360
Bemerton Heath Harlequins 491 Laverstock & Ford 341
Alresford Town 429Andover New Street 315
Lymington Town 358    
Fawley 224    
Whitchurch United 209    
16-Sep-15 Final Pre-Season vs Stoneham Homepage Headline - "Final Pre-Season vs Stoneham"
Verwood Town Ladies held their last pre-season match prior to the Season opener at Potterne this Sunday afternoon. A great run out and a close and competitive match which the visitors AFC Stoneham edged 3-2
15-Sep-15 Race Night is 3rd October Homepage Headline - "Race Night" - There will be a new date announced due to the Rugby World Cup - To be advised shortly

Race Night at Verwood Sports and Social Club. All Welcome.
12-Sep-15 Reorganised Ressies Win Homepage Headline - "Reorganised Ressies Win"
With Manager Martin Gilham away, acting Manager Steve Course described his side as ‘a bit makehift today due to many absences‘ However the team performed with merit, found the net and won the Wyvern League encounter with Lymington Town Reserves 3-2
09-Sep-15 Honours Even against Hamworthy Homepage Headline - "Honours Even against Hamworthy"
Tyler Rutten scores another brace as Verwood go two up but are brought back to 2-2 by Hamworthy United before half-time. Hammers then go ahead in the second half only for Joe Wood to level it at 3-3. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Tyler Rutten. A small clip of camera phone footage showing Verwood's equalising goal (Joe Wood). clapperboard
07-Sep-15 FA Cup & Vase ‘Matchman‘ Awards Homepage Headline - "FA Cup & Vase ‘Matchman‘ Awards"
Two Matchman Awards were presented at Saturday's match. Prior to kick-off one was presented by the Chairman to Aaron Atkinson for his performance in the previous weeks FA Cup tie at Almondsbury (top). After the 3-2 win against Fareham Town in the FA Vase match, 2 goal hero Tyler Rutten was presented with his Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" award by Glyn Davies from Sponsors ‘Forward Electrical Services‘ (bottom).

Verwood Town Supporters ‘Matchman‘ Awards are judged by our Supporters on the day with special awards for Cup games

05-Sep-15 First Team Manager Appointment - Verwood Town FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Lay as our new first team manager. Alan was previously manager of Swanage Town & Herston in the Dorset Premier League for over two seasons and is also currently manager of the Dorset under 16 team. He will be joined by Gavin Reeves who is already a very popular coach at the club together with Brian Churchill and Ben Sullivan both of whom he has worked succesfully with at Swanage. Alan is very ambitious and extremely enthusiastic about joining us. His first match in charge will be this Wednesday's game against Hamworthy.
The club would like to thank Matt Groves for helping the club as caretaker manager for the last 4 games and are hopeful he will stay with the club in a playing capacity.
05-Sep-15 Extra-Time Vase Victory Homepage Headline - "Extra-Time Vase Victory"
Tyler Rutten hits the net with the Verwood Winner in the first period of extra time, his second goal of the game. A close match against Fareham Town which eventually resolved itself in extra time 3-2 in Verwood's favour. Verwood had taken the lead on 42 minutes only for Fareham to score two before half-time! An equaliser just after the start of the second half and it stayed that way to the end of normal time. Verwood will play New Milton Town in the next round on October 3rd. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Tyler Rutten
04-Sep-15 Verwood Town FC put a team in the Parley Sports Club Golf tournament held at Moors Valley on Friday 4th September. Our team of Vice Chairman Neville, Committee member Andy Mercer, ex player and Reserve team Manager Billy Andrews along with supporter Roger Coggan put up a sterling performance and although not winning the tournament were the highest finishing Football Club amongst the entries for the second year running. Congratulations to the organisers for a well run tournament and we look forward to seeing them at the Verwood Town Golf Day next April.
02-Sep-15 Ladies First Homepage Headline - "Ladies First"
...pre-season friendly at Potterne Park against Boscombe Albion.
01-Sep-15 Salisbury go top after win Homepage Headline - "Salisbury go top after win"
A 5-0 defeat at high Scoring Salisbury in front of a crowd of 682. The home side go top of the division.

Steviestats™ Corners Salisbury 6 Verwood 2, Attempts on target Salisbury 10: Verwood 2, Attempts off target Salisbury 5: Verwood 4

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Charlie Gajic
31-Aug-15 Verwood at the Rustic Fayre Homepage Headline - "Verwood at the Rustic Fayre"
This year the club had a stand at Verwood Rotary's Rustic Fayre. A popular event in the town held each August Bank Holiday. A hardy group of club volunteers helped set up the club stand (in the miserable morning rain!) and help staff it during the afternoon at the 'Rustic Fayre' on Monday. Our special thanks to David and Sheila Leigh and also to Nigel Watts, Mick Cunningham, Roy Mortimer, Steve Jefferis, Andy and Anna Mercer, and Club Captain Charlie Gajic for their help on the day
29-Aug-15 End of Road for FA Cup Trail Homepage Headline - "End of Road for FA Cup Trail"
1-1 at Half-time and just as some supporters were starting to think about a possible replay Almondsbury score, with Verwood chasing the equaliser they add another at the death to make it 3-1. Earlier Almondsbury had taken an early lead which was cancelled out by a Joe Wood goal just before half-time.

Steviestats™ Corners Almondsbury 3 Verwood 7, Attempts on target Almondsbury 9: Verwood 4, Attempts off target Almondsbury 4: Verwood 9

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Aaron Atkinson who will receive his award of £25 in keeping with all FA Cup matches at this Saturdays game with Fareham.
28-Aug-15 With great thanks to them both, Matt Groves will continue as caretaker manager for the next three matches assisted by coach Gavin Reeves. The process for appointing a permanent First Team manager is in progress. Enquiries and applications in respect to the position should be directed to club Chairman Steve Jefferis.
26-Aug-15 Finding the net proves difficult against Folland Homepage Headline - "Finding the net proves difficult against Folland"
A number went close but finding the net proves elusive and a Folland side reduced to 10 eventually take the lead. Joe Wood scores to level and a final score of 1-1. A one minute silence was onserved before the game in memory of those who tragically passed away at the Shoreham Air Show crash which included members from Worthing United FC. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer.
26-Aug-15 Reminiscing Reminiscing - I recently reported the finding of some 2004/2005 ‘archive‘ team pictures (see News item 4th August) and asked if anyone had any other ‘archive‘ items that we could share.

Yesterday I was pleased to receive an email from former Player, Treasurer & Secretary Martin Shutler with some memories and a couple of Team photos from 1985 and 1988. These are shown (see left - click picture to enlarge). These pictures have also been added to our Squad Page and listed with all the names Martin can remember

(there's was one name missing originally but individual subsequently identified as Graham Fox by Alan Shakeshaft - thanks Alan).


I include Martin's words below :-
" I thought you might be interested in the following Verwood Town squad photos dating from the 1985 & 1988 seasons. I was a player, Treasurer & Secretary during this period and these photos contain the core of the players that won the Pickford Cup twice, Dorset Senior Trophy; and finished runners up in the Bmth League Div 1, nearly becoming our own ‘Invincibles‘ only losing one game, last game of the season 1 - 0 to our arch rivals Trinidad Bluebird FC, but going on to gain election to the Hampshire League the following year. "

Once again, if anyone has something intersting from their ‘archives‘ and happy to share then please let me know. We have precious little information or images of Verwood Football prior to 2000 and it would be good to improve that position as we move ever closer to a 100th Anniversary. Let me know at the Webmaster address - Roy
26-Aug-15 Carl Poore left his position as Team Manager yesterday. Matt Groves as assistant manager will take charge of the team for tonight's match vs Folland sports
22-Aug-15 Disappointing Day as Moneyfields Cash In Homepage Headline - "Disappointing Day as Moneyfields Cash In"
An enterprising start but Moneyfields put them in to inflict a heavy 5-0 defeat

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 6 Moneyfields 6, Attempts on target Verwood 7: Moneyfields 10, Attempts off target Verwood 3: Moneyfields 5

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Harrison Harding
19-Aug-15 Ladies Team - The Dorset Womens League fixtures for our inaugural season starting in September have been announced - Fixtures and Results for the Ladies and all our teams are on the Results page
18-Aug-15 Midweek defeat at Bemerton Homepage Headline - "Midweek defeat at Bemerton"
Bemerton Heath Harlequins have the upper hand in a 4-1 win.

Steviestats™ Corners Bemerton 5 Verwood 2, Attempts on target Bemerton 10: Verwood 5, Attempts off target Bemerton 4: Verwood 4

. Supporters "Matchman" was Russell Dyer. On the same evening our Reserves lose out to AFC Stoneham 3-1
17-Aug-15 Reason To Celebrate Chris receives Cup Match "Matchman" award - Always a special "Matchman" award in FA Cup matches, this time it was Chris Lynch who won the Supporters "Matchman" award for his performance on Saturday. He received the award from Ray Jenkins on behalf of match sponsors Forward Electrical Services
15-Aug-15 Reason To Celebrate Homepage Headline - "Reason To Celebrate"
Progression through to the next round (Preliminary round) of the Emirates FA Cup with a win over Newport. Liam Donachy(top on ground) and Joe Wood (bottom) the Verwood scorers

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 2 Newport 8, Attempts on target Verwood 4: Newport 4, Attempts off target Verwood 4: Newport 6

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Chris Lynch
12-Aug-15 More Refinement needed as Fawley take the Points Homepage Headline - "More Refinement needed as Fawley take the Points"
Fawley gain the edge in our midweek encounter as we lose 0-1. A second-half penalty the only goal of the game.

Steviestats™ Corners Verwood 3 Fawley 7, Attempts on target Verwood 5: Fawley 8, Attempts off target Verwood 8: Fawley 7

. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" (for the second match in succession) was Liam Donachy.
11-Aug-15 KO Time - Having been advised that the A31 East and Westbound is due to close at 10pm on the night of the match for roadworks and resurfacing; the start time for this Wednesday's match vs Fawley will be brought forward a little to 7:30pm
08-Aug-15 A pair of Jack's give Verwood the upper hand Homepage Headline - "A pair of Jack's give Verwood the upper hand"
Goals from the Jack's (Messrs Swann and Mills) as Verwood overcome Newport in today's season opener on the Island. A Verwood goal each side of half-time in an opening day 2-1 win after Newport had taken the lead on a very hot and sunny day on the Isle of Wight. Verwood Town Supporters "Matchman" was Liam Donachy.

Steviestats™ Corners Newport 6 Verwood 7, Attempts on target Newport 3: Verwood 6, Attempts off target Newport 6: Verwood 6

. The two teams meet again next Saturday in the FA Cup.
06-Aug-15 Poore On Season Ahead Pre-Season patter - Poore on Season ahead

A short while ago Mick Cunningham caught up with Carl Poore and gained some thoughts from him on the season ahead:-


"We haven't got the money to splash the cash! If I had £150 to spend on a player it does a help of course, but I still want to deliver results. It's a hard league coming up with the likes of Sholing and Salisbury, but I believe if we can show that we work as a team, which we can do, we will not make it easy for anyone. Money doesn't get you anything if you have a squad that is willing to work hard every week. I do believe that with the players we have, and experience from pre-season that we are capable of getting good results. I did rely on loan players last season, particularly from my old club Poole. We had to try and get a squad together quickly given all the changes and we did bring in dual sign/loan players. I do realise that we can't go down that route because we need lads who are committed to the club and want to be at training every week. There is a great back up team and we are looking forward to the season ahead"

Article: Michael Cunningham 2015

05-Aug-15 Countdon Quiz Countdown Quiz or "Not Quite the Magnificent Seven" - Here then are the answers to the Pre-season Countdown Quiz. How many did you manage to recognise from the legs only? - Click on the picture (left) to reveal all.
The answers are 1 Charlie Gajic, 2 Josh Buck, 3 Tyler Rutten, 4 Dean Evans, 5 Taffy Richardson, 6 Russell Dyer and 7 Jordan Fisk
05-Aug-15 Ressies Ringwood Match Up Homepage Headline - "Ressies Ringwood Match Up"
The Reserves had their second pre-season outing with a game against neighbours Ringwood Town. The match ended in a 2-2 draw with the Verwood goals from Damian Gill and Matt Collins
04-Aug-15
Out of the Archives Out of the Archives - Not quite vintage yet I know, but lurking on some dusty CD's found at the bottom of Mick Cunningham's sock drawer :-), he came across these pictures of his from 2005 (top two - recorded as December) and 2004 (lower one recorded as August). You can click on the image (left) to get a closer look, and the Team Pictures have also been added to our Squad page
If anyone else out there has some interesting 'archive' Verwood Town FC pictures of their own that they would be happy to share then please let me know Webmaster
01-Aug-15 Website Makeover - You will have noticed the makeover to our website implemented today. Hopefully nothing too dramatic and you should still be able to easily find all the regular News, Photos and Match features. It's been nearly 8 years since our last major revision which proved so successful. This rework will hopefully provide a fresher feel and also make it a little more responsive for some devices. The site will continue to evolve and your feedback is most welcome. As always, if you spot errors, or want to make suggestions for the site please let me know at the Webmaster address - Roy
For the record, our homepage hit web counter stood at 297,963 on the changeover
30-Jul-15 Latest Pre-Season Action Homepage Headline - "Latest Pre-Season Action"
..was at Merley Cobham on Thursday evening. Merley finished 3-1 winners at the end
28-Jul-15 Reserves start Pre-season Friendlies Homepage Headline - "Reserves start Pre-season Friendlies"
The Reserves begin their pre-season matches with the visit of Bournemouth Electric. Score was 1-2 to Electric
24-Jul-15 Poore On Groves Pre-Season patter - Matt Groves on becoming Assistant Manager

It will be hard, I'm very aware of that. At this level, players will be away and I know the commitment level is not the same. There is a big difference and that's down to money. We don't pay anything, but we have had a good turnout for training and during the pre-season, we have done well. We know we have to work round certain things, but we knew that from the start, but it is all positive so far and Carl and I have been happy.

We are trying to work on things and people are listening, so hopefully we can take that in to the games. I have seen an improvement in everything both on and off the pitch, players and non-players. When I first joined, we didn't know what players would be playing as we got them from everywhere. We know we can't do that and we are looking for a core of around 18 players and there is no problem about aiming for a top ten spot.

We are looking forward to the season. Yes we want money to get to a new level, but that is not here now so we accept that. There is no reason why we can't be a success though. The determination, organisation and commitment we have here can get us a long way and that is what we want and what we aim for."

Article: Michael Cunningham July 2015

18-Jul-15 Poore on Groves Pre-Season patter - "Poore On Groves!" - Manager Carl Poore talks to www.vtfc.co.uk about his new assistant manager, Matt Groves

"Having Grovesy around had been fantastic. His knowledge of the game is second to none because he has played at a great standard of non-league football. He has passed on little pieces of information and his experience in the game to the players, and I think in pre-season it has showed. I don't always see what he does and Gavin Reeves can also see things that I don't, so we now have three sets of eyes on the field, picking out things where we can improve. There was a few eyebrows raised when he first joined, but he has been superb for us. He is a local lad who wants to play his football. He gets looked after at Verwood, he knows what a great club it is and to have him as my assistant is a great bonus to me."

Article: Michael Cunningham July 2015

18-Jul-15 Pre-Season Win against Wimborne Homepage Headline - "Pre-Season Win against Wimborne" It finishes 3-0 to Verwood today in the latest pre-season match
10-Jul-15 First run out Homepage Headline - "First Run Out" Our first pre-season match at Cranborne took place on Friday evening and 2 goals each from those not well known and probably not solicitors "Bergin, Swann, and Wood" give Verwood the win on the evening ;-)
03-Jul-15 FA Cup and FA Vase Draws Homepage Headline - "FA Cup and FA Vase Draws" The Football Association have made the draws for the early rounds of the both competitions. In the Emirates FA Cup we are home to Newport IOW and in the FA Vase we are home to Fareham Town.
20-Jun-15 Countdown Quiz Homepage Headline - "Countdown Quiz"
Ok, with news being a little slower and with only seven Saturday's before the Sydenhams Wessex League season starts with matches on 7th/8th August - a fun quiz to keep us amused. Each week, a picture from last season! can you identify the owner of the legs. Picture 1 of 7 left, click on this to reveal more as the weeks progress. Six more legs pictures until the season starts - All answers at the end!
10-Jun-15 Reserve Team currently recruiting young and experienced players who are looking to aspire to play in Wessex League Premier. Training on 3G with qualified coaches, Saturday afternoon matches on high quality Wessex League pitches. Contact Manager (Martin Gilham) 07921 246234 for further details or email Martin
10-Jun-15 Ladies Team Training Underway Homepage Headline - "Ladies Team Training Underway"
Our mens training doesn't start until July but with the new challenge ahead our ladies team training has already commenced and continues 7:30pm at Potterne this Tuesday. All welcome. See below for contact information and details of the Ladies Facebook and Twitter pages.
News, Information and fixture details for our Ladies team will appear here on the website as the season approaches. The Ladies have also established theirselves on fbFacebook and twTwitter. As noted previously should you be interested in joining the ladies team or require further information please contact Kerry Dewsnap on 07518 767387
02-Jun-15 Pre-Season Training starts 30th June Homepage Headline - "Pre-Season Training starts 30th June"
Starts 7:00pm on Tuesday 30th June at Potterne Park. All welcome
23-May-15 Verwood Town FC Ladies Team Homepage Headline - "Verwood Town FC Ladies Team"
- Verwood Town F C are pleased to announce that they have formed a ladies team and will be applying for a place in the Dorset Women's League for the 2015/2016 season. Further details will follow in due course but in the meantime should you be interested in joining the ladies team please contact Kerry on 07518 767387
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