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Bosham FC


A spectacular second half goal from Nick Edgington capped a super team display as Bosham retained the Division 2 Cup against AFC Varndeanians.


The Robins become the first side since the SCFL’s inception in 1983/84 to win the competition in consecutive seasons, in beating the League champions 2-1 on a momentous night at Storrington.


Bosham went into the game without captain James Wilson – recovering from an ACL knee injury – and leading goal scorer, Alex Barnes – but it didn’t dispirit the team who put in a hard-working performance from the off, with Giambelardini’s opener right before the break giving Andy Probee’s side the momentum they needed to go on and lift the trophy for a fourth time.


However it could have been very different as Charlie Young smashed against the crossbar early on, with Varndean pressing to put their own stamp on the final, in what was otherwise a fairly even first half, with two decent footballing sides largely cancelling each other out in the middle of the park.


Enter long-serving midfielder, Edgington who gave the travelling support some relief with Bosham’s crucial second on 62 minutes – and in some style.


Good work from Ryan Hillier down the right saw his lofted ball in come at the perfect height for Edgington to see his overhead kick loop over stranded Varndeanians ‘keeper, Connor Berwick.


Varndean brought on three substitutes with noticeable impact – and made for a nervy ending when left-back Ellis Hull hit a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner beyond the dive of ‘keeper, Kieran Magee, who was also called into action with a diving stop from prolific marksman, Jack Langford.


George Bunch received his marching orders right at the death for serious foul play, taking out Graeme Dowden on half-way with Bosham man’s path through on goal checked, and Bosham ran down the clock to secure a momentous victory for the club.


It made for a happy end to a League campaign which started with so much promise, before a prolonged spell out owing to the weather left the reds playing catch-up – amassing 11 games in April alone! Only two reverses in this time resulted in a sixth place finish in what was one of the most competitive leagues for many seasons, and signing-off with a cup victory against the champions will ensure they go into 2016/17 as one of the favourites to take the League scalp themselves.


Danny Mullen’s reserves have come on in leaps and bounds this season – hitting the ground running with no real pre-season, he has developed a squad who have gone on to hold their own in the West Division ending with three wins from their last four.


Meanwhile the club’s commitment to youth produced a great performance from the newly formed under 15’s in their first season – a fourth placed finish in Division ‘C’ of the Arun & Chichester League, while three of John Stead’s under 18’s have gone on to make their reserve team debuts this season. Football Foundation funding has also contributed to under 15 managers, Rick Kennett and Chris Rustell obtaining their FA Level 1 coaching badges.


Andy Probee won the FA’s Southern Region award for Step 7 Groundsman of the Year for a third time, with the Walton Lane pitch seeing significant investment over the summer to renovate, thanks to a West Sussex County Council ‘Big Society’ Fund grant. A new bar shutter, pitch line marker, perimeter barrier and external storage has also been ordered.


The club’s match programme has once again been acknowledged in the Soccer Club Swap Shop awards – being named 21st best in the country from 585 entries – remarkable given the limited resource and volunteer contributions.


A successful evening was also had at the Bosham Parish Assembly, where we showcased our club amongst the local community – thank you to all those who attended and came to say hello!


Bosham Football Club are giving local businesses an opportunity to share in our continued progress, in offering a range of exciting sponsorship and advertising packages for the 2016/17 season – including the main club (shirt) sponsor. Please contact us: info@boshamfc.co.uk for more info.



Bosham Football Club News


Bosham celebrate winning the Division 3 Challenge Cup.

Bosham Football Club ended their first season back in the Sussex County League on high, by seeing off local rivals Sidlesham to claim the Division 3 Cup on a memorable evening at Pagham’s Nyetimber Lane ground.
A healthy crowd of 349 witnessed the Robins win the cup for a third time, with leading goal scorer for the season, Dave Storey, getting his side off to the perfect start – his 18th of the campaign. Nick Edgington then doubled Bosham’s advantage to put Andy Probee’s side a commanding position going into the half-time break, before Matt Docherty added gloss to the result in the closing stages with a fantastic strike to ensure the silverware headed back to Walton Lane.


FA Charter Standard club

The cup victory also gave Bosham reason to cheer after their Division 3 title ambitions faded in the closing weeks having lead the table for much of the campaign. Despite losing key players in Kieran Hartley and Graeme Dowden to Chichester City at the end of the year, the team comfortably finished in the top four following promotion only last season, and are sure to give the 16-team re-branded Southern Combination a real go in 2015/16.

Frank Antony’s reserves finished their season with a 1-1 draw at Rustington in the West Division, with Josh Williams on the score sheet with a superb effort into the top corner. The reserves made a significant jump up from the West Sussex League Division 4, but have done well to adjust to the improved standard after a difficult start. They continue to work in tandem with both the first and youth teams and play a vital role in the structure of the club.
Off the field it’s been another of success, with the Sport England improvement works carried out last summer to the clubhouse helping increase the club profile, with Portsmouth Ambassador, Alan Knight officially re-opening the building in August. This lead to a charity and club fundraiser in November taking place involving the ‘Pompey Legends’ which was well supported despite the forecast. The make-over of the clubhouse gave us the necessary standard not only for the League, but to assist with our longer term sustainability.
Our links with Portsmouth also assisted with the end of season presentation, with former striker Ray Crawford – one of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation – our guest of honour, accompanied by a replica of the FA Cup for attendees to enjoy. More on that next month!
We also successfully renewed our FA Charter Standard status to now incorporate our youth team – a kit mark in recognition of being a well-run organisation, providing organised coaching in a safe environment.


The award winning Bosham programme

This status was also acknowledged at the Sussex Sport Awards, with Chairman Alan Price the recipient on the club’s behalf at a black-tie event in Brighton.
The club is proud to have given many youngsters the opportunity to not only participate, but progress into the senior set-up over the years, with our under 16’s – under the guidance of John Stead – looking to continue that trend. A second side at under 15 level will take to the field in 2015/16 to further strengthen our youth section – in part supported through our Football Foundation grant gained last season. If you are interested in joining the under 15’s next season, please get in touch with manager, Rick Kennett: 07749 865070.
Kick-backs from our FA Charter Standard status include free kit and footballs, in addition to receiving complimentary tickets to see the first England women’s game at Wembley Stadium – an inspiring occasion enjoyed by our under 16’s – many of whom had never been to our national stadium before.
The playing surface at Walton Lane has again been maintained to a high standard this season on finite resource, with Andy Probee – and Rhys Hughes from Mulberry Contractors – receiving deserved recognition via a visit from Southampton FC’s Head Groundsman, Andy Gray, as part of the Sussex FA Groundsman of the Year Awards.
The club’s website – www.boshamfc.co.uk – rubbed shoulders with clubs from higher up the pyramid in being ranked No 1 in the Pitchero network, while our presence on social media has grown significantly as we close in on 1,000 followers on Twitter (@BoshamFC). Our match day programme is again set to feature prominently at the Soccer Club Swap Shop programme awards – last season we received a ‘merit’ and were ranked 43rd nationally.
We are also looking to work in partnership with the Parish Council to assist their application for provision of a defibrillator to be sited at the adjacent Village Hall, which can be accessed by all users of the recreation ground.Alan-Knight-Door-Aug30

Alan Knight re-opens the refurbished clubhouse in August

Calling local businesses! We have a number of cost effective advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for the 2015/16. As a voluntary run organisation, we rely heavily on the support on the effort of our committee and backing of sponsors to keep us thriving within the local community. We’re also on the look out for more match day help in the bar and kitchen. To be part of our winning team, please contact Commercial Manager, Simon Jasinski – simon@boshamfc.co.uk. Opportunities can be downloaded via the ‘commercial’ button on our website, BoshamFC.co.uk.