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Christmas Raffle Winners

The club is proud to announce that its Christmas Raffle, drawn on the 19th December at the Annual St Martins Christmas Dinner at the Greyhound Inn in St Martins, has raised £500 for the club this year. 

Thank you to everyone involved this year and Merry Christmas to you all.

 Here is the list of Winners and their Prizes – Congratulations.

 Signed Cook  book – Ticket 101 – Peter from Stans
 St Martins Hamper – Ticket 824 – Player, Callum Bennett
 Bottle of Wine – Ticket 95 – Steph Phillips
 Toy Gunn JCB – Ticket 88 – Joyce Fennell
 Christmas Light up Cuddly Toy – Ticket 758 – Player Jackson Hassanyah
 Cash Prize £50 – Ticket 774 – Player Jackson Hassanyah
 Cash Prize £25 – Ticket 21 – Amanda Lacey
 Piece of Jewellery – Ticket 869 – Lionel Edge (Criftins)
 Stans Hamper – Ticket 49 – Jim Wadkin
 Set of Club Merchandise – Ticket 689 – Manager Dan Stevens
 Parker Pen – Ticket 770 – Club Physio James Steer
 £20 House of Party Voucher – Ticket 318 – Andrew from the Greyhound
 £20 Greyhound Inn Voucher – Ticket 715 – Player Brendan Price
 Bottle of Whiskey – Ticket 933 – Player George Durrell
 Bottle of Wine – Ticket 673 – Player Jay Stoker
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MATCH PREVIEW: From The Balcony

We welcome Stockport Town today and hope everyone connected enjoyed their visit to the Venue.

When we last played Stockport, it was a very competitive game and I expect no different today, it took a last minute penalty from us to take three points after a dominant first half display, Stockport really improved in the second half. We have a run of home games which im sure the management and players will be looking to take as many points as possible from.

Our home form has been a bit patchy this season. We have had fantastic wins against Rylands, Barnton and Cammell Lairds, a good draw against Stone on Saturday and Nomads earlier in November, but we had poor performances against Eccleshall and Ellesmere. Im sure this is something we will improve when we play on a regular basis on the Venue pitch.

I was impressed with Jackson Hassanyeh on Saturday, he has had a period out of football with work and now he is starting to find fitness and form. He has a good attitude towards the team which I like and is always positive and hopefully as fitness and sharpness returns, he will be a real asset. George Durrell has started to look a very solid player in the last few games as well, which is pleasing for us as we have real competition for places in the squad and the manager will trust players if they are training hard and putting performances in. I would also like to welcome Liam Vaughan to our media team, who is doing a fantastic job, along with Mike and Prabhat who are working with video and analyst software for us.

There have been a couple of goodbyes lately, Dave Hartshorne has left us for Four Crosses, Dave is a great lad and I hope it works out for him there, he is a real talent, and if he applies himself correctly he could go and be a top player. We are also saying goodbye to Dave Easthope who is leaving to join Eccleshall. Dave is a great lad and someone we are sad to see depart but these things do happen in football. Andy, Dave’s dad, has travelled to 99% of the games home and way and even did photography for us and I will personally miss chatting to him on a match day. I wish both players all the best, except when we face Eccleshall in a few weeks.

Lets hope we attack today’s game and show some more good form like our games against Barnton and Stone!

Yours in Football

Craig Rogers

General Manager

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NEWS: Austin Wins Reusch Goalkeeper of the Month

After a superb November between the sticks, George Austin has been voted the Hallmark Security Division One South Reusch goalkeeper of the month.

The league website wrote:

“George appeared in all seven games for St Martins in a busy November (six league and one cup game) and kept three clean sheets and earned two Man of the Match nominations in the process.

His impressive form is no surprise to anyone at the club, as his consistency has meant he has not missed a game for the club since April 2017.

During November George made some key saves at crucial stages in games, and played his part in helping the Saints team earn valuable points in what was a tough month, when they lost just twice in seven games.”

Well deserved for the Saints ‘keeper!

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Remembering Derek

If you talk to anyone who is familiar with local football in Shropshire over the last 50 years, they will be aware of the name Derek Stokes! Derek was a renowned classic central defender with skills that graced the game. Derek achieved many football accolades including representing Shropshire and won numerous competitions and titles, in a career playing for his beloved St. Martins FC, a career, that started as a ambitious 14 year old, incredibly playing senior football as a young teenager and concluded as a dedicated ‘Club Manager’ who was prepared to play when required at the age of 60. Derek’s dedication to St. Martins FC included every possible role, from player, manager, treasurer, secretary to marking the pitch out and washing the kit.

Derek’s efforts were justifiably recognised at county level when the Shropshire FA presented him with a ‘Fifty Year Long Service Award’ in 2011 however, Derek was well known for many other positive reasons. Derek was the very first “Unsung Hero” of St Martins. Nominations were asked for and voting arranged through the then Parish Council’s ‘Newsletter’ and an overwhelming result confirming Derek as the St Martins “Unsung Hero” 2013.The Chair of the Parish Council at the time, ‘Sue Schofield’ described Derek as; “A man who inspired many” and remembered Derek as ‘one of those characters’ that anyone new to the village got to hear about very quickly.

Derek pictured at the centre of the photo with his mining colleagues.

Derek was proud to have been a ‘Senior Electrical Engineer’ at Ifton Mine, and was a respected, and inspirational ‘work colleague’ at the Mine so shared the Miner’s spirit of togetherness, a spirit that resonated in various other arenas. He was still playing competitive tennis for example, in his 60s, a passion that he shared with his beloved wife Sue.

His sons Martin and Simon were proud of Derek’s achievements alongside Jane and Sian, who Derek affectionately called their waifs and stray’s, all united in their pride and deep affection for Derek and Sue. Alongside friends they remember how ultra competitive Derek would be! Always determined to win when playing any game but never swore whilst competing, even in the most extreme circumstances he remained calm whilst those around him, particularly the opposition, lost their cool. This calmness was a priceless asset that benefited Derek and those close to him, all of his life.

Derek’s brother ‘Travis’ was a formidable fellow footballer, strengthening the St, Martins F.C. defence with powerful tackling at fullback, he and Derek were an impressive defensive combination. As an Ex-Miner, Travis shared the Miner’s ‘spirit of cooperation’, a spirit that was utilised in combination with Derek on and of the football field.

Derek epitomised ‘commitment’ investing 100% to the cause, and that cause, was often ‘St. Martins F.C’ however, he played in the ‘Shropshire Sunday League Cup’ for the ‘George FC’ but he justified this deviation because the games were played on a Sunday and importantly he agreed to play for the ‘George FC’ because he was asked to play by his friend Terry Stedman. Derek cared for his friends and in return, his friends cared about him, a fact personified by the huge number of people who attended Derek’s funeral.

Derek captured busy at work but typically smiling.

Although Derek won many sporting accolades and received justified acclaim for his massive investment into football, Derek would not seek the limelight and his modest temperament never sought that acclaim. Derek’s confidence in playing football however was not replicated as a spectator of his beloved ‘St. Martins FC’. As a spectator; he would often look away from the pitch when the team were not performing at their best. It was always an experience when Derek was trying to find the numerous venues that ‘St. Martin’s F.C’ played in the ‘West Midland League’ and whenever he stopped to ask someone the way, inevitably the wrong person would be asked so the wrong directions would be followed resulting in an inadvertent tour of the West Midlands before actually finding the correct venue.

Derek had a broad sense of humour however, so he would always laugh about the missed direction and point to the fact that, he always found the football ground eventually, and experienced the fascination of the West Midland urban sprawl and country-side as a result of the miss-direction. That was Derek, who never shied away from life’s challenges, who had a distinct appetite for those challenges but was able to smile and start again on the occasions when the direction toward those challenges wavered. In short, Derek embraced life; he and his wife ‘Sue’ both loved their family, the variation of their life which involved running their own gardening business, love of sport and ongoing friendships. Derek and Sue’s investment into life resulted in life embracing them, a fact typified by the relationship they have both shared with their family and friends, a love captured perhaps by their pet-dog ‘Abi’ who is still grieving following Derek’s death.

Derek pictured receiving the coveted Ethlestone Cup on behalf of St. Martins FC.

Derek would be proud of the fact that St. Martins F.C, are now playing at the highest level of the club’s 100 year-plus history as they compete in their first season in the ‘North West Counties League Division One (South)’ (20018-19). He would be amazed at the fact that the club have already topped the league and maintained a place in the top four of this league at the start of the season (20018-19). He would be even more surprised at the fact that if the club finishes the season in the top four they will play in the FA Cup next season. St. Martins FC is on the brink of amazing developments both on and off the field but none of these developments would be possible without the efforts and inspiration of Derek Stokes.

THANK YOU DEREK!

Written by: Les Williams (Vice Chairman of St Martins Football Club

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Remembering Derek

If you talk to anyone who is familiar with local football in Shropshire over the last 50 years, they will be aware of the name Derek Stokes! Derek was a renowned classic central defender with skills that graced the game. Derek achieved many football accolades including representing Shropshire and won numerous competitions and titles, in a career playing for his beloved St. Martins FC, a career, that started as a ambitious 14 year old, incredibly playing senior football as a young teenager and concluded as a dedicated ‘Club Manager’ who was prepared to play when required at the age of 60. Derek’s dedication to St. Martins FC included every possible role, from player, manager, treasurer, secretary to marking the pitch out and washing the kit.

Derek’s efforts were justifiably recognised at county level when the Shropshire FA presented him with a ‘Fifty Year Long Service Award’ in 2011 however, Derek was well known for many other positive reasons. Derek was the very first “Unsung Hero” of St Martins. Nominations were asked for and voting arranged through the then Parish Council’s ‘Newsletter’ and an overwhelming result confirming Derek as the St Martins “Unsung Hero” 2013.The Chair of the Parish Council at the time, ‘Sue Schofield’ described Derek as; “A man who inspired many” and remembered Derek as ‘one of those characters’ that anyone new to the village got to hear about very quickly.

Derek pictured at the centre of the photo with his mining colleagues.

Derek was proud to have been a ‘Senior Electrical Engineer’ at Ifton Mine, and was a respected, and inspirational ‘work colleague’ at the Mine so shared the Miner’s spirit of togetherness, a spirit that resonated in various other arenas. He was still playing competitive tennis for example, in his 60s, a passion that he shared with his beloved wife Sue.

His sons Martin and Simon were proud of Derek’s achievements alongside Jane and Sian, who Derek affectionately called their waifs and stray’s, all united in their pride and deep affection for Derek and Sue. Alongside friends they remember how ultra competitive Derek would be! Always determined to win when playing any game but never swore whilst competing, even in the most extreme circumstances he remained calm whilst those around him, particularly the opposition, lost their cool. This calmness was a priceless asset that benefited Derek and those close to him, all of his life.

Derek’s brother ‘Travis’ was a formidable fellow footballer, strengthening the St, Martins F.C. defence with powerful tackling at fullback, he and Derek were an impressive defensive combination. As an Ex-Miner, Travis shared the Miner’s ‘spirit of cooperation’, a spirit that was utilised in combination with Derek on and of the football field.

Derek epitomised ‘commitment’ investing 100% to the cause, and that cause, was often ‘St. Martins F.C’ however, he played in the ‘Shropshire Sunday League Cup’ for the ‘George FC’ but he justified this deviation because the games were played on a Sunday and importantly he agreed to play for the ‘George FC’ because he was asked to play by his friend Terry Stedman. Derek cared for his friends and in return, his friends cared about him, a fact personified by the huge number of people who attended Derek’s funeral.

Derek captured busy at work but typically smiling.

Although Derek won many sporting accolades and received justified acclaim for his massive investment into football, Derek would not seek the limelight and his modest temperament never sought that acclaim. Derek’s confidence in playing football however was not replicated as a spectator of his beloved ‘St. Martins FC’. As a spectator; he would often look away from the pitch when the team were not performing at their best. It was always an experience when Derek was trying to find the numerous venues that ‘St. Martin’s F.C’ played in the ‘West Midland League’ and whenever he stopped to ask someone the way, inevitably the wrong person would be asked so the wrong directions would be followed resulting in an inadvertent tour of the West Midlands before actually finding the correct venue.

Derek had a broad sense of humour however, so he would always laugh about the missed direction and point to the fact that, he always found the football ground eventually, and experienced the fascination of the West Midland urban sprawl and country-side as a result of the miss-direction. That was Derek, who never shied away from life’s challenges, who had a distinct appetite for those challenges but was able to smile and start again on the occasions when the direction toward those challenges wavered. In short, Derek embraced life; he and his wife ‘Sue’ both loved their family, the variation of their life which involved running their own gardening business, love of sport and ongoing friendships. Derek and Sue’s investment into life resulted in life embracing them, a fact typified by the relationship they have both shared with their family and friends, a love captured perhaps by their pet-dog ‘Abi’ who is still grieving following Derek’s death.

Derek pictured receiving the coveted Ethlestone Cup on behalf of St. Martins FC.

Derek would be proud of the fact that St. Martins F.C, are now playing at the highest level of the club’s 100 year-plus history as they compete in their first season in the ‘North West Counties League Division One (South)’ (20018-19). He would be amazed at the fact that the club have already topped the league and maintained a place in the top four of this league at the start of the season (20018-19). He would be even more surprised at the fact that if the club finishes the season in the top four they will play in the FA Cup next season. St. Martins FC is on the brink of amazing developments both on and off the field but none of these developments would be possible without the efforts and inspiration of Derek Stokes.

THANK YOU DEREK!

Written by: Les Williams (Vice Chairman of St Martins Football Club

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Travel Information: Nelson Vs St Martins

We take a trip to Nelson in the First Division Cup on the 8th September 2018.

There will be a coach available for the team and supporters to travel with the club to the game.

Seats are available at £5 per head

There will only be one pick up point, this will be at Stans Superstore in St Martins.

The coach will leave St Martins at 11:15am

If you are interested in traveling with the team, please contact us via social media or email to reserve your seat.

Email: stmartinsfootballclub1948@gmail.com

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FA Vase Coach Travel

We will be running a coach for players and supports to our FA Vase game against Wellington FC on the 1st September.

The cost is £5 per head.

Pick times are:

The Venue: 11:30am

Shrewsbury Business Park: 12:00pm

If you are interested in traveling with us and supporting us during our FA Vase game, please contact us via social media or email: stmartinsfootballclub1948@gmail.com

It would be great to see old and new faces to support the Saints in the cup!