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Major Changes at Basford

6th June, 2014

Basford United have announced an overhaul of the club's backroom structure with some significant changes to its administration for the new season.

Long-time chairman of the football club and shareholder Neville Sheldon will take on the position of life president and will continue his very important work for the Nottingham based outfit.

Last season's director of football and shareholder Chris Munroe steps up to take on the overall club chairman role.

Director and shareholder Neil McGowan remains at the forefront of the club in the position of club secretary.

Basford are also delighted to welcome ex-Eastwood Town and most recently Carlton Town secretary Tracie Witton to Basford as general & match secretary. Tracie takes over full responsibility for the secretarial duties of the club including registrations, contracts and is the first point of contact for their respective first team at County FA and their respective Step 5 league.

The club also welcomes Neil Swift to the position of club groundsman.

The committee also expect to announce a significant change in the near future with regard to the catering and bar management side with a view to taking this full-time, to cater for the full-time football academy.

Commenting on the changes, Chris Munroe said: "Myself and Neil would like to express our sincere thanks to Nev for his tireless work and funding of the football club. He has and will be a key person at the football club and continue to have significant input. I am delighted and very honoured to take this role in what is without question a great football club. The club has not only reached an excellent level of football but continues to be geared for growth at time when so many clubs are failing."

Also commenting as to the other changes, he said: "We are delighted to recruit Tracie who has a first class pedigree and will do a fantastic job for us in this key role. With regard to the appointment of Neil Swift who is regarded as one of the best groundsmen in the East Midlands, this is again a major coup for the football club. It is no coincidence that the quality of the Greenwich Avenue main pitch showed a marked improvement when Neil and his team started working on it. Now, having his expertise on a full time basis is a great move."

Munroe now feels the backroom side is close to completion to provide the support for the progression of the first team and will plot a significant assault to make the progression to the Evo-Stik in the forthcoming seasons.

Whilst it will not be easy, Munroe is confident with the current first team management and the new infrastructure, the pieces are in place to drive Basford forward over the next three years

(Story Source: Basford United)

Basford in Running for 100,000 Windfall

29th January, 2014

Courtesy of the Budweiser Club Futures programme, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Basford United is set to go head-to-head with seven other clubs for a chance of securing ?100,000 worth of funding in a fans? vote.

The fortunes of the side have already changed significantly, following the announcement last month that the club had successfully secured ?50,000 through the programme. This funding will make a huge reduction on their carbon footprint as they review their electricity setup.

A further ?100,000 would transform the club even further, allowing it to repair the floodlights on the training pitch. Further to this, the Super Grant would help fund the installation of an irrigation system drawing off the local River Leen, in a bid to bolster the club's ecological credentials.

To find out more about why you should vote for Basford United visit www.facebook.com/budweiseruk or www.facebook.com/thefacup.

Chris Munroe, General Manager at Basford United, said: "Winning this grant is already a massive boost for our club, but winning an additional ?100k would mean so much more as we strive to make Basford United a place where people can socialize, feel at home, and most importantly enjoy their football. They may not seem like big things, but new hot water and electrical systems will dramatically reduce our outgoings, enabling us to build for a sustainable future."

Budweiser Club Futures ambassador, Alan Pardew, said: "Eight clubs have already received a significant amount of money at the ?50,000 stage, but the ?100,000 Super Grant injection will be like a huge lottery win for one club. I'd encourage all football fans to cast their vote for the Super Grant winner to help change the future of clubs like Basford.

"Being involved with this programme for the last two seasons has evoked some great memories. Having started my career at non-league, I've said all along I appreciate just how hard it is to sustain a local club, which is why the Budweiser Club Futures programme is so important. It's been fantastic to see the difference the funding has made to all the recipients.""

Budweiser Senior Brand Manager Christian Flouch said: "Non-league clubs are really important to the future of the beautiful game and to local communities. We've started seeing some great results following improvements made by the clubs from season one, so look forward to similar results this season and wish all clubs luck in the Facebook vote."

(Story Source: Basford United)

Hendrie Signs for Basford

4th December, 2013

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Basford United have announced the signing of ex-Aston Villa and England central midfielder Lee Hendrie.

United manager Martin Carruthers completed the signing today in Birmingham and commented: "Delighted to sign such a high calibre player in Lee for Basford.

"Lee will bring the best out of the group and without question is a major addition with an ability to get goals from midfield and provide great energy in the middle of the park."

General manager Chris Munroe commented also: "This signing highlights the ambition and the appetite to increase the profile of Basford United FC and we expect the continued addition of quality of players to arrive in the near future to supplement a developing squad."

(Story Source: Basford United)

Basford To Receive Budweiser Boost

11th November, 2013

Budweiser have announced Basford United as one of eight recipients of a ?50,000 grant as part of its Club Futures programme.

Budweiser Club Futures, which is in its second season, will help non-league side Basford United, who play in?Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, make a huge reduction on their carbon footprint as they review their electricity setup. Further to this an irrigation system drawing off the local River Leen will be installed in a bid to bolster the club's ecological credentials.

The ambition of Budweiser Club Futures is to help clubs to help themselves, with the grant recipients using their funding to improve their general facilities and make their club more financially sustainable. These funds support the clubs to be at the heart of their communities, helping to ensure the future of the beautiful game at the grassroots level across the UK.

Budweiser Club Futures has also been supported by the Football Foundation, who helped decide the grant recipients, and The FA Facilities and Investment team, who provided advice and guidance to the non-league clubs applying. The programme has now invested a total of ?1million directly into 16 non-league football clubs in the UK over the last two seasons.

Basford United is now in with a chance of winning an additional ?100,000 Super Grant which will top up their funding to a total of ?150,000 following a vote by football fans on Facebook. The voting opens in January 2014 on the Budweiser UK and FA Cup Facebook pages*.

Chris Munroe, General Manger at Basford United, said: "There is an overriding feeling of gratitude and delight at Basford United upon hearing this news. This grant from Budweiser enables us to make significant improvements to our facilities, which goes hand in hand with our medium term objective to increase local participation in football."

Budweiser Club Futures ambassador, Alan Pardew, said: "Having plied my trade in non-league football, I am under no illusions as to the graft and dedication required to sustain a local club.

"As Budweiser Club Futures ambassador for a second season, I have seen first-hand the difference the funding has made to last year's recipients. Once again, we received some brilliant and inspiring applications. This is great to see as it reinforces the passion that these clubs have to grow and achieve their ambitions."

"Basford United's application was outstanding, and to think they could add a further super grant of ?100,000 means that Chris and his staff have an exciting few months ahead."

Budweiser Senior Brand Manager, Christian Flouch, said: "Non-league clubs are the backbone of the beautiful game in this country, and often of their local communities too. Whether the money goes towards resurrecting clubs on the brink of extinction or fulfilling their dreams of climbing the football pyramid, watching them flourish as a result of Budweiser Club Futures is fantastic. Congratulations to Basford United and we look forward to seeing the results of the grant award."

The 2013/14 grant recipients, all in steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid, are:
Bedfont Sports FC - London
East Grinstead Town FC - South East
Parley Sports Club - South West
Bromsgrove Sporting FC - West Midlands
Basford United - East Midlands
Handsworth Junior Sporting Club - North East
Wythenshawe Amateurs FC - North West
Linton Granta FC - East

All clubs that have applied for grants over the two seasons' have received 'Running a Sustainable Club', a guidance booklet to help them become more sustainable.

For more information on The FA Cup with Budweiser and 'Budweiser Club Futures' please visit www.TheFA.com/TheFACup.

For more information on The FA Cup with Budweiser visit www.facebook.com/budweiseruk and youtube.budweiser.co.uk.

* Terms and conditions apply. Please see www.facebook.com/budweiseruk or www.facebook.com/thefacup from January 2014 for details.

(Story Source: Basford United)

New Pavilion Well on Course

25th July, 2013

Despite a very slight delay, Basford United officials expect to unveil the new changing complex fit for use at their Greenwich Avenue ground before the end of next month.

Basford have targeted to go live on August 31st, currently the date for the home Premier Division game against Garforth Town.

But, if Basford can see off Holwell Sports in their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round qualifier, a tie in the next round against either Quorn or Holbrook Sports will take preference on that date.

With the new clubhouse and brand new permanent perimeter fence around the main pitch area, it is exciting times at the Greenwich Avenue sports complex, home of the NCEL newcomers.

(Story Source: Basford United)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Brighouse Town 44 101 88
2 Barton Town Old Boys 44 93 72
3 Tadcaster Albion (-4) 44 93 68
4 Worksop Parramore 44 92 52
5 Basford United 44 84 40
6 Albion Sports 44 80 32
7 Pickering Town 44 79 48
8 Heanor Town 44 77 32
9 Retford United 44 76 43
10 Athersley Rec 44 76 30
11 Long Eaton United 44 72 13
12 Bridlington Town 44 71 18
13 Thackley 44 70 9
14 Garforth Town 44 64 15
15 Maltby Main (-12) 44 48 1
16 Glasshoughton Welf 44 48 -39
17 Staveley MW (-1) 44 44 -19
18 Armthorpe Welfare 44 40 -38
19 Parkgate 44 39 -29
20 Liversedge 44 36 -57
21 Nostell MW 44 22 -88
R 22 Winterton Rangers 44 21 -104
R 23 Lincoln Moorlands 44 8 -187
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Cleethorpes Town 42 91 54
P 2 Shaw Lane 42 87 80
3 Bottesford Town 42 84 58
4 Eccleshill United 42 81 43
5 Shirebrook Town 42 76 44
6 Knaresborough 42 76 40
7 Clipstone 42 76 25
8 AFC Emley 42 74 20
9 Pontefract Collieries 42 73 38
10 Worsbrough Bridge 42 73 32
11 Hall Road Rangers 42 58 5
12 Selby Town (-3) 42 57 -9
13 Rossington Main 42 57 -24
14 Dronfield Town 42 51 -14
15 Teversal 42 50 -15
16 Grimsby Borough (-3) 42 46 -25
17 Hemsworth MW 42 45 -18
R 18 Dinnington Town 42 40 -52
19 Yorkshire Amateur 42 38 -40
20 Hallam 42 29 -41
21 Louth Town 42 20 -87
R 22 Appleby Frodingham 42 13 -114

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