– FWT 23/02/17 –
Fakenham back in the Senior Cup – at second time of asking.

Fakenham Town will face Harleston in the Semi-Final of the Norfolk Senior Cup – but only after they were forced to replay their Quarter-Final tie against Diss Town on Tuesday night.

The replay came about after a Norfolk FA meeting last Friday, when it was deemed that two players who featured in the 1-0 win were in fact ineligible.

Ordinarily that would mean immediate expulsion from the competition. However, as the error had originated from the suspension list provided to the club by the Norfolk FA, The Ghosts were more unfortunate in their selection than trying to pull the wool.

While the list clearly stated the suspensions for Sam Garner and Kyle Plumb would start on Monday, 13 February, both should have read Saturday February 11 instead – an error acknowledged by Norfolk FA’s Matt Carpenter shortly before the semi-final draw was made.

Ultimately, the ruling turned out to be irrelevant, as The Ghosts beat  Diss 2-1 on Tuesday. A first half opener from George Abbott was cancelled out midway through the second half by Callum Webb for Diss, before Josh Youngs scored with a diving header in the 85th minute, sending The Ghosts into a semi-final against Anglian Combination Premier Division high-flyers Harleston on Wednesday March 15, at the FDC.

The cup win came after Fakenham had returned from Stanway Rovers with a hard fought 1-0 win at the weekend.

Ghosts manager Wayne Anderson had been concerned Friday’s decision could have an adverse effect on his squad’s preparation, but clearly that wasn’t the case as Ashley Jarvis scored the winner from the penalty spot against the fifth-placed side. This Saturday, The Ghosts travel to thirdplaced Newmarket Town.

Fakenham’s Reserves side were far from welcoming on Saturday with the visit of Sheringham Reserves, hammering their opponents 12-0 – the opener coming after just 75 seconds.

Ricky Claxton helped himself to a stunning triple hat-trick as The Ghosts cemented their place at the summit of the Anglian Combination Division Three table. Brain, Harrison & East scored the other goals. Brandon Town visit on Saturday (2.30pm).

CLUB STATEMENT

OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT – Fakenham Town Football Club would like to clarify their position in response to the “Player Eligibility Issues” decision by the Norfolk FA to replay the tie against Diss Town.

 

Team selection for the tie in question was made around all available resources regarding player eligibility and we, as a club have adhered to those resources to the letter.

 

All documentation available prior to the game (and still available now) stated/states clearly that suspensions would start on 13/02/2017 – 2 days after the tie in question, therefore we didn’t see any eligibility issues at the time, and can’t understand how the decision has been made to replay the tie.

 

As a club, we are not happy with, and certainly do not agree with the ruling made earlier today – and feel we have been unfairly blamed for an error that we have not made.

Ladies under new leadership.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Ben Binder to the club, who will be taking on the position of Ladies Team Manager.

Ben has a wealth of experience in local grassroots football and is relishing the challenge ahead. He will be assisted by Lennie Drummie.

We wish the both of them the best of luck in their new roles.

Up The Ghosts


– FWT 11/08/16 –
‘Ghosts’ killer touch goes missing in cup.

Fakenham Town exited the FA Cup at the weekend going down to a one-goal goal defeat against Sleaford Town in the Extra Preliminary Round.

The only goal of the game came in the eighth minute when a Sleaford corner wasn’t cleared, and the visiting striker nodded the ball home.

The Ghosts rallied, and created chances of their own – the most prominent of the first half being a superb header from Kyle Plumb which the Sleaford keeper did well to tip over.

The second half belonged to Fakenham, with chance after chance being created to level things up – but it was to be a frustrating afternoon as The Ghosts lacked that final touch – literally.

Callum Brain twice stretched to meet the ball at the far post, Stephen Harvey had a similar chance and Sam Garner firing into the side netting after the keeper had fluffed a clearance.

The visitors had their captain sent off with a few minutes remaining, having clashed with Ghosts striker Kyle Plumb –  a battle which had threatened to boil over throughout the majority of the match.

With the man advantage, albeit for a very short time, the onslaught on the Sleaford goal continued, with Ghosts goalkeeper Tommy Rix even making his way forward for a free-kick.

But ultimately the chances and pressure came to nothing and The Ghosts bowed out.

The main concern for Fakenham though will be for Matt Gilchrist who landed awkwardly and after lengthy treatment on his lower back spent the last 10 minutes or so sprawled out on the touchline – clearly in major discomfort.

That turned out to be a very busy time for the Fakenham physio as at about the same time Matty Dye was clattered by team-mate Rix punching clear and then Jack Barber was taken down in the centre circle, prompting more calls from The Ghosts bench for treatment.

There was no time for rest for Fakenham as they were quickly back in match action, with the visit of Great Yarmouth Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last night – after the paper had gone to print.

While the First Team  – who won their opening league game – travel to Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday, Wymondham Town are the friendly opposition for the Ghosts’ reserve side as the management team of Dean Betts & Trevor Daniels prepare their side ahead of the Anglian Combination Division Three opener at Brandon Town next Saturday.

Reserves set for a bright future!

Fakenham Town FC would like to confirm our Reserve Team will definitely be part of the Anglian Combination League in division 3 for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

We are delighted and excited to welcome 33 year old Trevor Daniels to Clipbush Park as our new Reserves Manager.

With a huge wealth of football experience from playing at King’s Lynn to coaching in the USA and with Peterborough United, Trevor will be a great addition to the senior management team of Wayne Anderson, Neil Jarvis and Kristian Jones.

Training sessions have already begun for the new season and if you’re interested in playing at our fantastic facilities whilst being trained by our high quality coaches please get in touch.

For the First Team – wayneanderson@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk
For the Reserves – trevordaniels@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk / kristianjones@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk
For the Under 18’s – neiljarvis@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk

Don’t forget the big pre-season friendlies on 20th July v Leicester City and 23rd July v Norwich City development squads at FTFC, Clipbush Park!

Ticket details for The Ghosts v Leicester / Norwich Development sides.

Tickets for the upcoming pre-season friendlies against Development sides from Leicester City (20th July, 7pm) & Norwich City (23rd July, 3pm) will go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 15th June via the clubs official website, and can be collected on the corresponding matchday.

The price for an Adult ticket will be £8, and £4 for a Child ticket.

HOWEVER (!!)

If you buy your tickets before midnight on Saturday 18th June, you’ll only pay £6 (Adult) & £3 (Child).

All tickets are subject to a PayPal fee of 75p (Adult) & 50p (Child) each.

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The option to receive match tickets in the post is open to those supporters that wish to do so, and an additional postal charge will be added to the order.

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Turnstile entry will of course be available on matchday for anyone that hasn’t purchased tickets previously.


Notice of
Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Fakenham Town Football Club will be held at

Fakenham Town Football Club, Clipbush Park, Clipbush Lane, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 8SW.

Tuesday 14th June 2016, 7pm.

Standing for election are the following candidates:-
Chairman – Mark Brooks , Andrew Jarvis
Vice Chairman – Matt Hagon
Secretary – Ian Semmons
Treasurer – Lorraine Clayton

Committee – Stuart Ballett, Nina Batchelor, Shane Fysh, Michelle Harrison, Tony Miles, Andy Payne, Jackie Price, Nigel Worthington.

Ghosts, Foxes & Canaries set to make for an interesting pre-season at Clipbush Park.

Fakenham Town are set to host 2 prestigious pre-season friendlies this July, with the visit of “Development Squads” from both Leicester City and Norwich City.
The first fixture against newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City will take place on Wednesday 20th July, with kick-off at 7pm.

Norwich City then visit on Saturday 23rd July, with kick-off at 3pm.

While “Development Squads” generally means the Under 21’s, being pre-season it’s possible that fringe players, returning (from injury) players or even trialists (as Norwich City have included in the past) may feature. It’s hoped that both will attract bumper crowds for The Ghosts, with tickets going on sale on Wednesday 15th June.

Work behind the scenes readying Clipbush Park for the matches began as soon as the season finished, with a merry gang of workers (including members of the committee, youth managers, coaches and players) covering the vast array of jobs that need doing.

Club Chairman Andrew Jarvis was quick to praise everyone involved in the work behind-the-scenes. “With such illustrious opposition willing to come along to play us, we want the whole ground to look the part. We’ve got a great team here at Fakenham, both on and off the pitch, and so many are putting in the effort to get everything up to scratch. I really can’t thank them enough for their help”, he said.

Club Ambassador Nigel Worthington has also been no stranger to rolling up his sleeves to paint the walls either – a far cry from his management days. “I can’t imagine Delia Smith would ever have asked Nigel to get up a ladder to ‘give the place a fresh lick of paint’, but he’s here to chip in to help and certainly has made a difference”, said Jarvis.

Ticket prices for both fixtures will be announced in due course, and will be available direct from the club website www.fakenhamtownfc.co.uk from the 15th of June, aswell as other outlets.

The clubs AGM will be held on the 14th June at Clipbush Park, beginning at 7pm.

Ghosts set to host “Norfolk Senior Cup Winners Reunion”.

Fakenham Town Football Club are set to host a Norfolk Senior Cup Winners Reunion, 45 years on from when the club first won the competition.

The 1970-1971 is the first of the 7 times that the trophy has been lifted, and after a suggestion from a member of that squad The Ghosts are looking to organise something for the last home game of the season – Haverhill Rovers on the 23rd of April.

The club are now seeking to hear from any former player that featured in any of the wins, especially the initial 70/71 team.

Press Officer Tony Miles said “The suggestion came in an email from David Harris, a member of the first team to win the title and we’re now looking to do something for the last home game, when of course we announce the Supporters Player Of The Season aswell”.

“We’re wanting to extend it to anyone that’s ever won the tournament wearing a Fakenham shirt, and are trying to contact as many people as possible in the hope they’ll come along. With Norwich not now playing that day, with luck we’ll get a good crowd and as many of the Cup Winners there as possible” he said.

Anyone who has ever featured in a Ghosts Cup win is urged to contact Tony on 07899057877, or by email on webmaster@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk

Ghosts to host 5-a-side tournament at Clipbush Park.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”center” margin_bottom=”0″]Fakenham Town Youth FC are hosting a 5-A-Side Tournament for age groups Under 7’s up to Under 15s, to be held on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June.

The Tournament will consist of 10 teams from each age group over the weekend.

Finals will be played on the main Clipbush Park pitch, and trophies will be presented to the winners.

 There will be refreshments available on the days for players and spectators.

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Click here to download an Entry Form.
To enter a team or for more details, either private message the FTFC page or email nevkirby@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk