Southwell City Saracens have had a great winter season. The Under 12’s team play on a Saturday in the Young Elizabethan League Division 2 and they have produced some superb football this season in a very competitive league.
The team has been averaging nearly 3 goals per game and are building a side that plays a quick passing game, in preparation for next season’s push for promotion to Division 1.
As well as playing good football, the team is also looking good thanks to the kind sponsorship of Peak Insurance. The company has provided the team with new shirts and training kit.
Manager Mat Bell said: “We are really grateful to Peak Insurance for providing new gear for the team. The kit looks great and I am sure the boys will be proud to wear it on the pitch. The future is bright for the Saracens!”
With next season in mind, the team are looking for new players to boost the squad for the jump up to 11-a-side football. Any players that are currently in Year 7 who are interested in playing for the Saracens should contact Mat on 07970 703305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Back Row (L to R): Mat Bell (Manager), Zak Goodson, Joe Bell, Ewan McAdam, Jack Chandler-Crawshaw, Freddie Raynes, Henry Allen. Front: Sam Higman, Evan Purdy, Rory Allen, Joe Walker
Local Architecture Practice, Joseph Kemish Architects Ltd. (JKA), have enthusiastically offered their support for Southwell City Under 15 team for the second year.
JKA contributed to the local football team, the Southwell Cobras Under 15’s, with new shirts last season and this season has helped the team purchase some new training tops. Jacob and Enzo representing the team are pictured receiving the new tops from JKA.
The Under 15’s have been together for just over 3 years and are now playing in the Notts Youth League. Training on Mondays, with matches on Saturdays, the team have had a strong start to the current season. They sit at the top of the division and Jacob comments that the team are not complacent and know there are many more games to come.
Coaches Richard and Lee are really pleased with the team and the progress of all players. Currently around 20 are regularly at training; it will be great to see them with the new training tops, timed just right for the cooler evenings and oncoming winter months. The thanks of all the players and managers are passed over to Joseph Kemish Architects Ltd.
Joseph Kemish Architects Ltd. are very proud to support a young local sports team and wish them every success for this season. We are a Southwell based company working throughout the East Midlands providing creative architectural solutions for all types of projects. The practice is currently working on a wide variety of commissions for domestic and commercial clients. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss projects of all scales and are always excited to bring a creative approach to your scheme.
City staged a remarkable cup comeback on Wednesday night, eventually overcoming Bingham Town 6-4, after extra-time, in a thrilling League Cup fixture at the War Memorial Ground.
The game looked dead and buried for City at half-time in the tie. After 45 minutes the lads were 0-3 down to a clinical Bingham team that had taken their chances well in the first period. This was despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men after they’d had a player sent off after 29 minutes.
After the restart, Jonny Nussey pulled a goal back for City on 55 minutes with a fine header. 3 minutes later Nussey was on the mark again, slotting home to make it 3-2. A Bob Haigh header, pulled City level on 82 minutes, taking the tie into extra-time.
Into extra-time, and at it was the visitors who went ahead again, 2 minutes into the added on period. Super sub Hill made it 4-4 minutes later. The game finally swung in favour of city when another Bingham player was dismissed, and then another, taking the opponents down to just 8 players!
Nussey made it 5-4 as the game entered the second period of extra-time. With 2 minutes left, Nussey made it 4 goals for the night, curling his shot over the keeper into the Bingham net. Final Score 6-4 to City on a crazy night of football!
The boys now await the quarter-final draw to see who they player in the next round.
Picture: Four Goal Nussey and 16-year old MOTM, George Caudwell
Southwell City FC has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade its facilities to better serve the needs of the many adult, boys and girls teams that it currently runs.
At present, teams play matches at both Memorial Park and Brinkley and this long-term development plan would see the clubhouses and playing facilities at both sites remodelled and updated.
In order to start the scheme, the club is initially looking for funding from the Aviva Community Fund. It is appealing for players, fans and residents of Southwell to vote online for the project so that a judging panel can consider it.
If the bid is successful, the young footballers of Southwell will benefit from an improved playing surface and clubhouse facilities at Memorial Park. Female changing rooms, improved disabled facilities, child focused amenities and a new kitchen will all be included in the work.
The clubhouse at Memorial Park will also be redesigned to become a social hub for all teams. Club members, spectators and friends we be able to use the facilities for everything from match day refreshments, to birthday parties, wedding receptions and social meetings.
At Brinkley the redevelopment would focus on improving the facilities for 11-A-Side football and improving the clubhouse and changing areas. It is hoped that Football Association funding could pay for the cost of this work.
To vote for the project visit: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2270
Sam, Tom George, William some familiar names now as then, the boys that made up Southwell City Football Club in 1911. The team photo was to mark their win in the final of the Newark and District League Challenge Cup. None of them could have foreseen the events to follow, four years of War that would leave 16 million dead across the globe.
A Postmaster’s son, baker, lace maker, solicitor’s clerk, professional soldier and a silk worker from Maythorne a Century on it is known that, of those who served in WW1, almost half would be dead before the end of the conflict.
Some families would lose more than one son. Sam and Arthur Humberstone both played for the team and worked at Carey & Sons lace factory. Sam lived on Westgate with his wife and two young sons. Like most of the team the brother enlisted with the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters and would leave Southwell with the Battalion in August 1914. Both were promoted to Corporal whist in France. Sam was killed in action in June 1915 his younger brother Arthur two years later.
Several other members of the team worked at Carey & Sons and are remembered on the Memorial at the bottom of the Burgage, the former site of this factory. These included Herbert Kirk the team’s striker of Burgage Lane and Edwin Gilbert both killed in action in France in the third year of the war. The Gilbert family would also suffer the loss of Edwin’s younger brother Jack who, having survived 4 years on the battlefields of France, died of his wounds just a week before the end of the war in November 1918.
The team’s goalkeeper John Watson formally of Sheppards Row and employee of the Southwell Co-op store would also be killed in action and is buried in France along with many of his comrades.
Whilst we tend to remember those who died we should not forget those of the team who returned home many wounded and suffering from the effects of war. Oscar Longmore who lived at the Post Office on Queen Street, Southwell was shot and wounded in September 1916 and after recovering at home was posted back to France in early 1917. He survived the war having spent several months as a prisoner of war in Germany. Richard Revill also survived the war returning to his home on Chatham Street in Southwell after being wounded in August 1915.
All who returned had to deal with tragedy and loss perhaps none more so than Alfred Townsend. Alfred survived but returned home to what must have been a very different World. He and his siblings had lost both their parents by 1910 and, at the time of the Census in 1911, Alfred was living with the Hazelwood family on Private Road Southwell whilst his siblings were boarding with other families across the town. Whilst Alfred survived the war it claimed the lives of both of his younger brothers, Walter and Robert and also Arthur the only son of the Hazelwood family.
In this the final Centenary year of World War One we remember them all.
Southwell City U14 Girls are looking to recruit new players who are currently in Year 8 or Year 9 to join this successful and developing football team, having moved onto 11 a side this year. Training times are on Monday evenings at Centenary Sports Ground, Fiskerton Road, Brinkley, NG24 OTP at 7pm – 8pm. League games are on Sunday mornings. For further details, please contact Dan Cousins on 07905 709528.
Having come across a Southwell team photo taken in 1911 I have spent some time researching the lives behind each of the names and the impact of World War One on the team. As the Centenary years of WW1 drawn to a close the outcome on the War devastated our team.
Of the players from the Southwell squad who won the Newark and District Challenge Cup in the 1910/11 season almost half would lose their lives in the conflict 1914-18, others came home wounded and traumatised.
I hope that the brief summary below will at least bring some of the names to life. As we see those named on posts around our town and gather at the Burgage next Sunday please pause to remember them all.
Two brothers Sam and Arthur Humberstone both played for the team and worked at Carey & Sons lace factory. Sam lived on Westgate with his wife and two young sons. The brothers enlisted with the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters and would leave Southwell with the Battalion in August 1914. Both were promoted to Corporal whist in France. Sam was killed in action in June 1915 his younger brother Arthur two years later.
Herbert Kirk, also an employee of Careys, the team’s striker of Burgage Lane enlisted in June 1915 and went to France in July 1916. In one season he scored 51 goals for Southwell City and went on to play professionally for Mansfield Mechanics. Herbert was killed in action in October 1916.
Edwin Gilbert of Dover Street was killed in action in March 1916 (the Gilbert family would also suffer the loss of Edwin’s younger brother Jack who, having survived 4 years on the battlefields of France, died of his wounds just a week before the end of the war in November 1918).
The team’s goalkeeper John Watson formally of Sheppards Row and employee of the Southwell Co-op store would also be killed in France in 1916 and is buried there along with many of his comrades.
Others from the team survived the war but would return home to a very different town. These included Alfred Townsend. Having lost both his parents prior to 1910 the war claimed the lives of both his younger brothers, Walter and Robert.
In this the final Centenary year of World War One we remember them all.
Southwell City Cougars U13’s are looking to sign new players to supplement the current side. The team was started in 2014 and have moved to eleven a side football this year.
The team play their games on Saturday mornings in the Young Elizabethan League. Training is on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on the Minster Pitches, Southwell. Experience players preferred but not essential.
Interested players should contact Kevin Bloomfield on 07887 511 663 email@example.com
A makeshift City line-up took on Welbeck Lions this afternoon in the Notts FA Saturday Senior Cup. Despite a below par performance from the team, they progress to the next round courtesy of goals from Law and Nussey (Pen).
It was a memorable afternoon though for 16 year old, Ben Napier who came on as a substitute and made his senior debut for City today. (Pictured above)
Earlier in the week, City strengthened their grip on the top of the Notts Senior League Premier Division table with an 8-1 demolishing of Bilborough Town at the Memorial Ground. This is now the third time the team have scored eight in a match this season.