CLUB STATEMENT – UPDATE

Following positive meetings at the club with coaching staff and players, it has been agreed that Neil Jarvis will take charge of the first team for the remaining three games of this season including the Norfolk Senior Cup Final against Kings Lynn Town at Carrow Road.

We are also very pleased to announce that Neil will remain as Under 18s team manager for the 2017/2018 season.

Fakenham Town Football Club will now move forward and begin the process of appointing a first team manager for the 2017/2018 season. Anyone wishing to apply, please email Vice Chairman Matt Hagon on matthagon@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk with a covering letter. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2017, and a job description can be downloaded here.

Carrow Road here we come!!

We are through!!!!!!

Fakenham reach the final after a 1-1 draw after extra time, and winning 5-4 on penalties!

Jarvis with the goal for The Ghosts.

A remarkable effort after playing most of the game with 10 men after Abbott got sent off after 2 yellows.

Well done to all the players and also a huge thank you to the supporters who made the trip to the FDC.

On to Carrow Road!!!

Up The Ghosts! 👻🚂

Situations Vacant!

Your club needs you!!

Would you like to join Fakenham Town Football Clubs senior committee??

We have the posts of Club Secretary and Fixture Secretary available from May.

Senior Team Fixtures Secretary

To cover First, Reserves, U18 and Ladies.

To confirm all home fixtures with :-

3 match officials, Opponents, Team management, Facilities Manager, Groundsman, Kit Person, Programme Editor.

To confirm away fixtures with opposition, team management and kit person.

Send all relevant documents within pre-determined deadlines to League or FA.

Club Secretary

Fill in team sheets for first team home and away.

Fill in team poster to be displayed in clubhouse for first team home games.

Attend league meetings and club committee meetings, and do all FA charter standard paperwork required.

Ensure all paperwork regarding fines and player registration is carried out and dealt with according to league guidelines.

 

Should you require any further information about these posts or to put your name forward, please contact Club Chairman Andrew Jarvis on andrewjarvis@fakenhamtownfc.co.uk

– FWT 09/03/17 –
Cup fever grips Ghosts ahead of County semi against Harleston.

Cup fever is hotting up in Fakenham ahead of next week’s Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final.

The Ghosts are gearing up to take on Harleston on Wednesday March 15, at the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe, Norwich with kick-off at 7:30pm. Admission is adults £5 with concessions £3.

A supporters coach has been organised after the tremendous following The Ghosts received at their replayed quarter-final fixture at Diss, when a Josh Youngs header sent Fakenham through in the 85th minute, after George Abbott’s opener had been cancelled out.

There are still spaces on the coach available to pre-book at £5 at Fakenham’s home Reserve game on Saturday against Hemsby.

The first team welcomed Haverhill to Clipbush Park on Saturday, and despite taking the lead midway through the first half, fell to a 1-2 defeat.

After a cagey start by both sides, the deadlock was broken after 23 minutes when a Garner cross was flicked on by Glover to Jackson behind him, who made no mistake in opening his Ghosts goal account from eight yards.

The lead lasted just over 10 minutes, when Tommy Rix was beaten from the penalty spot, having felled the Haverhill striker.

The Ghosts almost retook the lead immediately, but George Abbott’s shot flew just wide of the post. A header from Ashley Jarvis then forced the visiting keeper into a flying save.

The visitors started the second half in full flow and scored what ultimately turned out to be the winner less than two minutes after the restart – a lapse in concentration allowing the striker to skip through the defence, and slot past Rix.

The best chance of the half for The Ghosts came when a Matt Gilchrist header rattled the Haverhill post late on.

Before their cup exploits continue on Wednesday, the Ghosts travel to face Hadleigh United on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, 3pm.

At the weekend there was a 0-7 defeat at Clipbush Park for Fakenham Ladies, who make the trip to Sprowston in the Plate this Sunday.

The twice postponed Under 18s Youth Cup fixture against Sheringham was due to have taken place last night.

– 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.