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6/9/2018

MAYORAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

Be part of the Peacocks’ new adventure in 2018-19 and become a season ticket holder! Season tickets are now on sale and will give you a big saving against paying for admission on a game by game basis. The ticket will also entitle you to free entry to all home pre-season friendlies so what are you waiting for! Full information can be found HERE or by emailing finance@tauntontown.com

Meanwhile we are delighted to report that Mayor of Taunton Deane Catherine Herbert and her consort, husband Robin, have again renewed their season tickets ahead of the Peacocks’ first season at Southern Premier level. Catherine commented:” I have witnessed the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone at TTFC over the last few years. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to make the club what it is, from the chairman, board members and volunteers to the coaching and support staff. The players are all motivated to achieve and give 100% with their training and match performances and it was great to see their terrific cup run in 2016/2017 and now their promotion. I am really proud to be a season ticket holder and show my support for our team.” Please follow Catherine and Robin’s lead and support your local club!

Catherine and Robin are pictured above with Chairman Kevin Sturmey.


6/9/2018

CHANGE IN DIVISIONAL LINE-UP

The constitution of our new home for the coming season, the Southern Premier South, has experienced a late change following the news yesterday (8th June) that Shaw Lane of the Northern Premier League have withdrawn and will cease operating at senior level. To fill the gap at Step 3, the team with the best points per game average across Step 4 is promoted which in this case is Wimborne Town who are placed in our division. To accommodate this there has been further reshuffling across the leagues which sees Banbury United, originally placed in the Southern Premier South, moved to the Southern Premier Central. However both Banbury and Hednesford Town who have been switched from the Southern League back to the Northern Premier have lodged an appeal with the FA against their moves so the final line-ups are still subject to ratification.


6/9/2018

FRIENDLY RESCHEDULED

As reported earlier this week on our SM channels, the away friendly at Melksham Town originally arranged for Friday 3rd August has been brought forward 24 hours to Thursday 2nd August. Kick-off remains at 7.45pm. We still hope to arrange one or maybe two more friendlies, details of which will be announced soon.


6/8/2018

Stand out from the crowd

We are pleased to announce that our annual Sponsor’s Draw will again be taking place this year! However there is a change this time out, let us reveal all......in recent years, the draw has determined which company had their name printed on the first team shirt but this year we are offering the chance to have the current Tom Harris Stand renamed after your business or organisation. The Tom Harris Stand is the long stand adjoining the main car park and will provide a perfect location for your company’s name to hit the heights. President Tom Harris commented:” Having been lucky enough to win the right to have my name on the long stand over a decade ago, I am pleased to hear the club are again organising a draw for the chance to have their name displayed in place of mine which will also bring in much-needed funds ahead of our first season at Southern Premier level. Good luck to all entrants.”  

The stand draw is just one of a number of sponsorship opportunities on offer at the club, Chairman Kevin Sturmey added:” With the success of the club over the last two seasons both on and off the pitch, it has meant a lot more interest from major sponsors who want to be associated with our brand and be seen on our new Joma bespoke kits. The launch of our new badge and the imminent launch of the new website means we keep moving forward. However, our Sponsors Draw has always been popular for shirts so this year we will launch the draw to rename the Tom Harris Stand which Tom won in another draw I organised many years ago! It's a great opportunity for our loyal sponsors and also a way to attract new sponsors with a chance to win a high value prize for very little outlay which also includes a Corporate Season Ticket.”


6/2/2018

ONE STAYS, TWO DEPART

More good news for Peacocks’ fans is the confirmation that midfield man Matt Buse has agreed terms to remain at the Viridor Stadium for the 2018-19 campaign. He featured in 31 of Town’s games after rejoining the club from Gosport Borough last season. However two of the Peacock squad have decided to seek pastures new, with Brett Trowbridge set to link up with Street and Les Afful joining Buckland Athletic. We would like to thank both players for their efforts whilst with the club and wish them good luck for the future.

Manager Leigh Robinson remarked:” We have lost Les and Brett who decided to move on this week for very understandable reasons. Les wants to wind his football down a bit, spend more time on his business and with his family so a move to Buckland made sense as it’s local to him. Brett has recently moved to Shepton Mallet and has his first baby on the way this summer so decided to play locally so he can be there to support his partner. Brett also wants to play centre midfield after suffering the facial injury playing in defence for us last year and Street were willing to offer this whilst I saw him more as a centre back for us. Being impartial I think both have made the right decision in their circumstances and we wish both the best for the future. Brett has the fantastic memories of captaining the club in the FA Cup first round and Les winning the title last year so we’ve enjoyed having them and I’m sure they’ve enjoyed their time at the club.”


6/2/2018

NEW STRIKER ON BOARD

The first addition to the Peacocks’ squad for season 2018/19 has been made with the recruitment of striker Andrew Neal from National League South side Truro City. As reported on our SM channels yesterday evening, we are delighted to report that ‘Rocky’ has agreed terms for the new campaign after spending the last two years with the Cornish side where he was leading scorer in his first season. He has previously played for Ivybridge Town and Plymouth Parkway and had a brief spell at Tiverton Town in 2015 before joining Peninsula League outfit Bodmin Town where he netted 60 goals in 44 appearances.

Manager Leigh Robinson commented:” He’s a fantastic signing for us and one that I’m sure will make a massive difference. At this admittedly very early stage, I can see our league being very close and competitive next year, much like the championship where everyone beats everyone and therefore the teams with that extra bit of firepower will turn draws into wins so I was keen to make sure we have as many goals in us as possible. Rocky is a very dynamic, hardworking striker with an excellent goal scoring record who asks a lot of questions of defences with his movement, and therefore perfect for us as we attempt to strengthen.”  


6/2/2018

TWO MORE FRIENDLIES CONFIRMED

The Peacocks have added two more pre-season games to their schedule. League Two side Exeter City will visit the Viridor Stadium on Saturday 28th July, kick-off 3.00pm, which is sure to attract another sizeable crowd with the Grecians likely to field a strong side ahead of the start of their league campaign a week later. It will be the third successive year that Town have hosted Exeter who will be under newly appointed manager Matty Taylor. The Peacocks also venture into Wiltshire on Friday 3rd August for a friendly against Melksham Town who have been promoted into the Southern League for 2018-19 after finishing as runners-up in the Western League last season. Kick-off will be 7.45pm. There are likely to be one or two more friendlies arranged which will be announced in due course.


5/30/2018

2018/19 Season Ticket & Admission Prices

There are big savings to be made by purchasing a Season Ticket for Town’s new adventure in the Southern League South in 2018-19. With increasing costs inevitable at the higher level, admission prices are unfortunately having to rise for next season, with adult admission being set at £10, Concessions £8 and Under 18’s £5, with Under 14’s continuing to be admitted for free.  To put the price increases in context , it is only the second occasion since 2007 (when an adult ticket increased to £7) that admission prices have risen but these increases can be more than offset by becoming a Season Ticket holder, with prices set as £156 for Adults, £120 for Concessions and £75 for Under 18’s.       

Chairman Kevin Sturmey has provided the following insight for tauntontown.com:

”As we plan for the new season inevitably finance will be high on the agenda. We have assembled a very good squad who made huge sacrifices to achieve what they have in the last 10 months. We have a great rapport on and off the pitch but the simple fact will be each season we will need to raise more money to be competitive at what ever level we reach. No one at the Viridor Stadium, especially me, wants us to be an ok team in an ok league. We want to be competing in the top part but we must also continue to be sustainable.

We need the Taunton community, and local and County Councils to support us so we can grow in to a football hub entrenched in the community. To achieve this will mean lots of sacrifices, lots of long days and late nights, and a passion to deliver results on and off the pitch. Everything is achievable and I have no fear about challenging people to help us achieve our goals. But a new league will mean more cost with longer travel times and therefore we will need to budget carefully but also invest in our players and the Viridor Stadium. The last two seasons have been an incredible ride but £3000 for winning the West Division won’t go very far.

We have decided admission must go up as everyone needs to understand we do not receive the full amount of money that is paid at the gate;  HMRC get 20% VAT on every admission ticket sold so for each £8 paid last season, we actually benefitted by £6.67. We really need to clear £8 after VAT so it was agreed that the VAT inclusive admission for 2018/19 will be £10 (TTFC get £8.33), £8 (£6.67) and £5 (£4.17) with under 14’s still able to gain free admission to encourage them to be a long term Peacocks supporter. What we really need is everyone to spend money once they are in the stadium as it all goes in to the pot so we need you all to buy a programme, a drink in the bar, a burger, tea etc. Also the Club Shop is a great way of spending some money to help the club and also show your support with the Claret & Blue.

We have absorbed two price increases in the bar but again there is now the sugar tax to consider so some products are a lot more expensive to buy. We will always try to keep our prices competitive but we set targets for each area of the club and we have to hit certain levels of profit otherwise we will be in trouble.

For the fans who have been a round a long time the cost of watching a match has risen by only a pound during the last eleven years when sometimes the football was poor. Now the standard is very high, the players fitter than ever plus in my opinion they can all take us much higher! We will continue to offer discounted days for various organisations and also subject to fixtures, we hope to offer a 4 4 3 deal after Christmas. We will never rest on our laurels and continue to improve the Viridor Stadium over the next 5-10 years so whatever level we play at our facilities will not hold us back. The simple fact is the higher we go, the more money we will need, and hope everyone understands we never make decisions lightly and look at all factors.

The great thing about this is if you buy a Season Ticket and they will go on sale on 1st June, you will get a massive FIVE games free, so I urge Peacock fans to get in early and buy your season ticket which will get you a huge 24% discount. You help yourself but you also help the club front load our finances. The season ticket cost shows a discount of £54 for Adults, £48 for Concessions and £30 for Under 18’s.”

Due to the new GDPR regulations, the Club will be contacting all existing Season Ticket holders by post early in June. This contact will include a Privacy policy, GDPR consent forms, application forms for new Season Tickets, details of how to pay for Season Tickets and information regarding the AGM in July. For further information or for supporters who wish to purchase a 2018-19 Season Ticket but were not holders last season, please email finance@tauntontown.com.      


5/27/2018

First three pre-season fixtures confirmed

Three pre-season friendlies have so far been confirmed for the Peacocks ahead of their debut season at the higher level. A Plymouth Argyle XI will visit the Viridor Stadium on Tuesday 24th July while we will also host a Bristol City XI on Monday 6th August, both games kicking off at 7.45pm. The first of Town’s friendlies sees them visit Western League side Willand Rovers on Friday 13th July. Further friendlies will be announced in due course with another Football League club due to come to the Viridor Stadium at the end of July. 


5/27/2018

CHAMPIONS DINNER REVIEW

The Peacocks’ momentous 2017-18 season was celebrated at our Champions’ Dinner held on Thursday (24th May) at the Cooper Associates County Ground, home of Somerset County Cricket Club. The evening, hosted by BBC Somerset’s Claire Carter and club director Giuseppe Fraschini , proved a great success. An excellent three course meal was interspersed with the revealing of the club’s new logo as well as a sneak preview of Town’s up and coming new website and plans for the development of the Viridor Stadium. Head Steward and soon to be recipient of the Clubman of the Year award Rob Wenham got the guests singing with two Peacock-flavoured ditties and there was also an auction and a raffle which included prizes of a season ticket for the 2018-19 season and a cake decorated with the new club crest.

After all that there was the small matter of presenting the end of season awards! Dan Sullivan scooped the Supporters Player of the Year prize as well as the Press Writers Player of the Season, a new award introduced by the Somerset County Gazette. Ryan Brett also won two accolades on the evening, namely the Champagne Performer for the highest number of Man of the Match / Player of the Month awards and the Players’ Player which he shared with Ben Adelsbury. The Ernie Price Memorial Cup was presented to Lloyd Irish for his brilliant achievement of being ever-present for three consecutive seasons (211 appearances) while the Chairman’s Award went to Dan Howell for his fantastic work filming the games for Peacocks TV.

Thanks to all those who attended and a special thanks to those who presented awards, Claire for again being a superb host and to Somerset CCC for their great hospitality. Photos of the evening from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.

The full list of award winners:

100 Appearances:  OLLIE CHAMBERLAIN and MATT WRIGHT (presented by Life Member Gordon Nelson)

Hat Tricks: MATT WRIGHT (2), ROSS STALEY (presented by Matt Portt from Portt & Co)

Champagne Performer: RYAN BRETT (presented by Jason Gunningham, Vice-Principal of Bridgwater & Taunton College)

Top Goalscorer: MATT WRIGHT (presented by Dave Penny, MD Invest Southwest)

Goal of the Season: SHANE WHITE away at Yate Town (presented by Stuart Berry, MD Berrys Coaches)

Players Player: BEN ADELSBURY & RYAN BRETT (presented by Adrian Giblett, Director Tony Pryce Sports)

Supporters’ Player: DAN SULLIVAN (presented by Peacocks’ supporter Willie Whitelaw)

Ernie Price Memorial Cup: LLOYD IRISH (presented by Mayor of Taunton Deane Catherine Herbert)

Supporter of the Year: CAMERON ADAMS (presented by manager Leigh Robinson)

Chairman’s Award: DAN HOWELL (presented by Chairman Kevin Sturmey)

Clubman of the Year: ROB WENHAM (presented by President Tom Harris)

Press Writers’ Player of the Season: DAN SULLIVAN (presented by Richard Browne , Somerset County Gazette)

Chairman Kevin Sturmey reflected on the evening by commenting:” In the last few years we have had some great days and nights and this year’s dinner will go down as a great night. The food and ambience at Somerset CCC was outstanding as always for the 165 guests, a record attendance. Claire Carter and our own Zeppi Fraschini were excellent hosts and for the first time ever I was able to relax and enjoy the night with only brief bits from me. This year’s dinner highlights the changing world we live in and I will never be satisfied until I feel we have reached the true level Taunton Town is capable of. Formality has a role but as I keep saying tradition has to be modernised and the world moves on and we must be seen to be leaders not followers.”

The dinner was the launchpad for the club’s new crest and the chairman continued:”Launching anything new will divide opinion but as someone who was unsure about a badge change initially, I am 100% enthused and know Zeppi was right, and as a Board we have delivered something quite unique. The vision released and the new website soon to be launched will show that we will not stand still which is amazing when you consider the club is run 95% by volunteers.

“I think we just about got the award winners right as for some awards there will always be lots of candidates but what we have is a group of people on and off the pitch who care passionately about their club and make massive sacrifices every day in the pursuit of success. Times are changing, we need to be open minded and sometimes decisive with our decision making but one thing will never be questioned, we care passionately about our club, our town and our community and if it needs football to show the way we will be there driving the club and town forward. Up The Peacocks!”


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