Interview with John Campbell

An interview with former Southwell City manager, John Campbell, ahead of the big sign off game at the Memorial Ground next month. John Cunningham and Jonny Upton spent an hour chatting with John this week. In a wide ranging discussion, John talks about how he got into football, the success he saw at City and the day that Paul Hart turned on the club floodlights and Marlon Harewood stole the buffet!

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New Sponsor for City’s Youngest Footballers

Southwell City’s youngest football teams, this year’s Under 7’s and Under 8’s, have a new kit sponsor, The Bramley. Starting this season, those teams will be wearing the distinctive red logo on the front of their shirts for the first time. And very smart they will look too!

City Chairman, John Cunningham said: “As a club, we wanted to recognise the important role that The Bramley has in supporting our local community and in promoting local sport. So, we were pleased to come to an agreement to promote the newspaper on the front of our youngest teams’ shirts. The kits look really smart, and I am sure the children will be proud to wear them when they play matches around the county.”

The club used a local supplier, Sportstar of Southwell, to design and manufacture the kit, part of a wider commitment with them to produce teamwear for all City teams.

Any boys and girls that are keen to play football can find information on the club website. As well as teams in most age groups, very young players can also attend City Kickers, which is for the youngest players aged 4-7.

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City Kickers – Book Online Now!

Now booking for Saturday – pre-booking is essential as all places will be filled.

For Young Footballers

Our fun football sessions for young footballers run every Saturday at the Memorial Ground, Southwell. These sessions are run by our partner, Canoville Coaching. This local coaching company was founded by Lee Canoville, a former professional footballer with over 200 games played for teams including Arsenal, Northampton Town, Torquay United and Notts County.

Training take place every Saturday at 9.00am and costs £5 per session. If your child is looking to play for a Southwell City team, these sessions are the starting point.

Due to high demand, we ask that all bookings are made in advance on a week-to-week basis. You can book a number of weeks ahead if this works for you. Payment is taken at the end of each month by direct debit for the number of sessions attended.

Please book one or more sessions using the form below. If you child is attending for the first time, you will then be sent an email to register your child’s details with the club and to confirm the booking and payment.

Times (based on 2021/22 school year)
F2 and Year 1: 09.00 to 10.00 am
Year 2 & above: 10:00 to 11.00 am


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City Seeking More Girl Players

Cavaliers & Roundheads Unite!

The girls section at Southwell City Football Club is continuously growing!

We are currently proud to announce that we have football teams for girls at Under 15’s, Under 14’s, Under 13’s, Under 12’s Under 11’s Under 10’s and Under 9’s.

We are not wanting to stop there though!

The long term vision is to be able to have teams in the aforementioned age groups, as well as boast teams at Ladies, U’18’s, U16’s, Under 8’s, Under 7’s as well as a girls mini’s section to feed up into the age groups above.

If this vision becomes reality, this will mean that Southwell City FC will be able to boast girls and ladies teams at all age groups.

All this means that we are on the lookout for players as well as coaches to join our growing community club, with a pathway being established throughout the year groups to adult football.

So, what are we looking for?

Seeking players for the following age groups:

Under 8’s – School Year 3 (2021/2022)
Under 7’s – School Year 2 (2021/2022)

Coaching positions available:

Under 8’s Girls Coach
Under 7’s Girls Coach

Coaches will be supported in achieving their coaching qualifications.

Additionally, all our current age groups always welcome new players.

If there is any interest, please contact Sven Richards, Girls & Ladies Football Development Officer on 07818274336 or [email protected]

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Success for City Girls

Southwell City Under 13 Girls have enjoyed a successful end to a heavily disrupted season. Needing a win in their last league game at home to Arnold to guarantee winning their league, they were ahead 1-0 at half time thanks to a goal direct from a corner from Lucy Carney and a clean sheet from Hope Barnes in goal. The second half saw a completely dominant display by Southwell go unrewarded as Arnold went 2-1 up with two quick-break goals. Then two goals from Seren Elias using her electrifying pace to out-sprint the defence followed by a fingertip save by Lucy Carney in the dying minutes secured the win and the 2nd Division title with an unbeaten record of 8 wins and 2 draws.

Three of the players, Alana Priestley, Lucy Carney & Hope Barnes then capped their fine seasons off by stepping up a year and helping the Under 14 girls to victory in their plate final against West Bridgford with a 4-1 win.

Next season, as well as winning promotion to the 1st Division, the girls will be moving to 11-a-side on full size pitches. Anyone currently in Year 8, no matter what your ability, who would like to give football a try, please contact Chris Barnes on 07870 928233

Back row, left to right: Alana Priestley, Chris Barnes (coach), Anna Cunningham, Alex Brackenbury, Alicia Vickers (birthday girl and great-granddaughter of Eddie Shimwell), Seren Elias, Lucy Carney, Isla Smail, Jess Robinson, Stephen Robinson (assistant coach). Front row, left to right, Darcey Bex, Tara Fogarty, Edie Kelly, Chloe Thompson, TL, Hope Barnes. Absent Lydia Tank, Isla McAdam, absent from the photo but played, Priya Bharker

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Juniors Presentation Day

Sat 10th July

Brinkley – a great venue to cycle to; head down Crew Lane across the fields (off road) for a great start to the day. It’s even a pleasant walk from town.

  • Event held on Sat 10th July at Brinkley
  • Each team will run independently with an individual photo slot, 15 min time allocation on a mini soccer pitch, followed by 10 or 15 min presentation event.
  • Ensure you are ready to go @ your photo slot in the club house, changing room side on time to not encroach on your playing time.
  • Two mini Soccer pitches to be set up on near to the club house.
  • Pitch Time = Each age group decides on what they do (Dads/mums v Lads/girls, Inter age group game, American/Penalty shoot out competition)
  • 5 minute changeover time to get to club house if wet; you can use outside if you wish as well.
  • Presentations – Each age group decide on their format but must finish on time; the change over time is 5 minutes between each.
  • Medals & Awards as usual

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City Looking To The Future

A new development team is being launched by Southwell City FC. And it is hoped that this will lead to a stream of young talent progressing into the club’s senior teams.

The new team is designed to keep the best Under 21 players at the club, whilst attracting local talent that may be playing elsewhere. They will begin next season by playing in the Notts Senior League Development Division, a new competition that has been designed to provide a vital link between junior and senior football.

The club has been running a number of trial matches for players that would like to play for the new development team. There has been a lot of interest and the quality of those players attending has been very high, which will make the choosing of a final squad a difficult but enjoyable experience for the new manager.

John Cunningham, chairman of Southwell City, said: “Our newly formed Under 21s team offers a fantastic opportunity for City players to compete in a highly competitive development league. It’s so important that we bring through young talent at City as we currently lose many great prospects at the age of 18. This new team provides the next step in our youth pathway and these players will provide the future talent for our senior teams, so it is a very exciting project to be involved in.”

It’s not too late for new players to be considered for next season’s squad. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved with the new team, and is aged between 16 and 20 years old, should initially contact the club using the enquiry form.

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Ged Law

The club has been devastated by the recent passing of Ged Law. Ged was not only our 1st team secretary, he was the father of Calum, and a person who was highly regarded throughout the club. An absolute gentleman who’ll be thoroughly missed.

The statement below, made by Jonny Upton, our first team manager, reflects how we all feel at the club.

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New Clubhouse Taking Shape

New Clubhouse

The redevelopment of the Southwell City football clubhouse at Brinkley has been making great progress, despite these difficult times. It is hoped that the building will be open for use by Spring 2021.

Southwell architect Joseph Kemish came up with the design for the new building and the builder carrying out the work is Chris Davies, who is also based locally. Both have been working closely with Jonny Upton and Rich Wilson from the football club.

City Chairman John Cunningham said “Joe and Chris have been so important throughout this whole project. Joe came up with a fantastic design and Chris and his team have been fundamental in delivering his idea. We are confident that the new clubhouse will be a great asset to the football club and the local community. It will also be a great advert for these two local businesses that have been so generous in their support of their local football team. We are all looking forward to it opening in 2021”

To speak to Joe or Chris about any local building project, please contact Joseph Kemish (01636 816972) or Chris Davies (07914 402113) and they will be pleased to assist.

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Coaching Boost For City

Southwell City are pleased to announce a new partnership with Canoville Coaching, which is run by ex-Arsenal and Notts County footballer, Lee Canoville.

Lee is a familiar figure locally and his coaching camps have become a popular attraction for young footballers in the area. Initially Lee, and his team of coaches will be working with young boys and girls who are just starting to learn how to play football.

City chairman, John Cunningham said “We are so pleased to be able to involve Lee in our coaching set-up. Lee has a fantastic reputation for developing young players and I’m really excited with what he can bring to our football club. We are looking forward to working with him.”

Canoville Coaching will be running one-hour training sessions each Saturday morning at the Memorial Ground in Southwell from 9.30am. Initially, these will be open to children in school years 1 and 2. Each session costs £5 and space are limited so pre-booking is a must. Please visit to check availability and to register online.

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