Fry Club FC kick off season ahead with move to new HQ
Published on: 04 Sep 2015
The 2015/16 season ahead is a time of change for Fry Club FC as they say goodbye to what has been their home for the past 60 years and make the move to their new HQ at Somerdale Pavilion.
The last home game with the familiar Cadbury’s sign as a backdrop will be played this Saturday, September 5, before action moves to the pitch in front of the new sports club and finally to the new floodlit pitch set to be ready for mid-October.
While there is some sadness at leaving their characterful Fry Club base, senior committee member Daniel Webb said the change is very much a positive one for the club.
“This move will give us what we believe are the best sporting facilities in the local area,” he said. “We are very excited about the new opportunities for progress, as there were limitations with the old facilities and their accessibility. The new facilities will grow over the coming months and years to feel like our club.”
The First Team finished last season in second place in Somerset County League’s Premier Division, an incredible effort from the squad capped off by winning the Somerset Senior Cup in May, said manager Rob Mallett.
“On that night in May, it wasn’t just the first team winning that trophy, it was the whole club,” he said. “The majority of last season’s side have stuck together and, with a few additions, I feel this has given me the best squad I’ve had since I’ve been here.”
The season’s aim, he said, was to finish eligible for promotion into the Toolstation Western League again, with the club’s new facilities in place to enable them to move forward.
Meanwhile, Reserves manager Graham Hunter said he had been very pleased with the players’ application during pre-season, adapting to a new coaching style and formation.
“Pre-season has been really busy with a lot of games. We were proud to represent Fry Club in the Fry Cup, which was an honour and a challenge. We were disappointed not to do as well as we could have, not progressing past the first round and we have had mixed results during pre-season. I’m pleased with the progress the team has made and we’ve got a strong squad moving forward.”
Thanking the other team managers for their help as he settled into his role, Graham said the goal for the season was to take the chance for promotion and to close the gap between the First Team and the Reserves, who are just two divisions below.
A Team manager Sam Murray said his squad had moved up a division last season to Bristol and District League’s first division so wanted to take their pre-season very seriously this year.
“We have played mixed opposition and have put in some outstanding performances,” he said. “Our 1-0 win against Imperial First Team shows what we are capable of this year. We are excited to get the season under way and are hopeful about our chances in this tough division.”
With a large number of players turning up for pre-season training with the B Team, manager Gordy Clark said he is in the unusual – and favourable – situation of facing a selection headache.
“I’m really pleased with the young lads coming up through the junior section, which creates competition for places and makes the whole squad feel they have earned their place,” he said.
Looking ahead to mid-season, the squad want to be middle of the table in Bristol and District League Division 3 by Christmas, Gordy added.
The club also has two Old Boys’ teams, taking the number of senior teams to six, offering a wide range of opportunities for players of all abilities and ages, from those who want to progress their footballing career to those who play as a hobby.
The club is also celebrating a new connection with local firm Alchemy Cleaning, which has signed up as kit sponsor for the next two seasons.
Daniel Webb said: “Crucial to the ongoing success of the club is the support from local sponsors and advertising partners, our main source of funding. This season we are delighted to agree a two-year sponsorship deal with local firm Alchemy Cleaning, with special thanks to managing director David Jones. This support enables us to offer our players quality training, equipment and kit and is very much appreciated. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with them.”
Anyone who would like to get involved at Fry Club FC this season can contact secretary Steve Curtis on 07929 746815 for more information.