North Area Football

Photo: Rob BatesWelcome to the website for the North Area of Devon. This site is run by Rob Bates who is the Devon FA Area Co-Ordinator for the North Area. The aim of the site is to provide a one stop resource for all things to do with football in the North Area. Devon FA LogoIf you wish to submit information or articles for the site please contact us.

Your North Area Representatives on the Devon FA are below, their contact details can be found in the Devon FA Handbook:

Vice President & Life Member
John Fry
Life Members
Bill Smale
Ron Ackland
FA Member Club Representative
Bideford FC - Chris Leather
Area Representatives
Tony Alcock
Robert Bates
Tony Cloak
Dave Parish
Mick Tattersall
League Council Member Representatives
Kingsley League - Alan Bewes
North Devon Gazette Football League - Keith Greenleaf
S1 Sports North Devon Youth League - tba
North Devon Sunday League - Dave Loder
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North Devon Pitches

The clubs who are allocated at a pitch for the season have priority for bookings but if the pitch is not being used and is fit for play the contact details are below:

Rock Park/Tarka Tennis Centre
Contact: Tony Cloak 07854 119477

Tews Lane Pitches
Contact: Clare Dalley - Parish Clerk
Fremington Parish Council
01271 321063 (between 9am & 1pm Monday to Friday) or by e-mailing

Please note: If you wish to train on any of these pitches you still need to pay a hire fee.

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North Area News

June 17 , 2014: North Area success at the Devon FA AGM

Photo: Bideford Ladies FCThe Devon FA AGM took place at Padbrook Park, Cullompton on Saturday and Bideford Ladies FC picked up the North Area Charles Norsworthy Award and received the Kivell Cup, a certificate and a cheque for £250. The team were selected due to their excellent disciplinary record, high standard of administration and hospitality towards referees and other teams. The photo shows Mark Lewis (Team Coach) and Nicole Lamey (Player) picking up their awards from Devon FA Chairman, Bernard Leach and President Mervyn Benney. Photo: Bill Downs Trophy winnersIt was also success for the North Area representatives as they beat the other four areas in a highly technical game of crazy golf. The picture shows Keith Greenleaf, Tony Alcock and Tony Cloak receiving the Bill Downs Trophy from Devon FA Chairman, Bernard Leach and President Mervyn Benney. Keith did the area proud as he scored the lowest score of all 12 competitors. John Fry was re-elected as the North Area Vice-President at Devon FA. John has been serving the County since 1973.

June 06 , 2014: Latest Devon FA Newsletter

The latest Devon FA Newsletter can now be read here External Link graphic.

May 21 , 2014: Pete North bags two categories at Devon Sports awards

Photo: Pete NorthBideford AFC Youth Head Coach Pete North has been recognised as "Community Coach of the Year" and he also won the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award". The Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards, was held at Exeter Chief's home, Sandy Park last Friday. The event was hosted by BBC Spotlight's Jenny Walrond. and with special guest Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi.MBE. " Well done and congratulations, This is for all of the things that Pete has done in the community with football I am sure that you all agree that this is well deserved" said Jenny. Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi was full of praise for Pete and had some encouraging words for his Club " Bideford AFC Youth, you have had a brilliant year, it's phenomenal! You know each day and every day that Pete is there working hard, and today he has been recognised, twice he came up, he's the man!" Pete was both delighted and surprised to have won the awards. " I am overwhelmed; I was genuinely not expecting to win the Community Coach Award with so many worthy candidates. When it came to the final award and Jenny was reading out the citation, I began to realise that they were talking about me! To win the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award is incredible. I am certain that it recognises not only what I have managed to contribute, but also the success of Bideford AFC Youth in providing opportunities for young people".

April 23 , 2014: Bideford Ladies have received a new Adidas Away kit

Bideford Ladies have received a new Adidas Away kit, due to grant funding of £600 provided by Torridge and Bideford Councillor Tony Inch. The ladies are shown, with manager, Mark Lewis, and with Cllr Inch in a team photograph before a match against Exmouth Ladies on 17th April. They went on to win the game 11-0. Ladies' and Girls' football is thriving at the Robins with around 30 lady players plus 35 girls. The girls' section (aged 7 to 16) only started in August, but the Club has had a huge response. Any ladies of girls wishing to play football can contact Ladies Captain Sam Ayres on 07852 281637 or Manager Mark Lewis on 07870 832427. Remember, your District and County Councillors have a pot of money for community causes and if you don't ask, you don't get. Contributing towards sporting matters helps them reach a lot of voters and there are elections next year...

March 28 , 2014: Barnstaple Town Veterans win County Final

Congratulations to Barnstaple Town Veterans who beat Hatherleigh Town Veterans 4-2 to win the County Veterans Final. It was a great display from both North Area teams and match officials.

March 26 , 2014: John 'Pops' Palfreyman - UPDATED

Again it is with great sadness that the North Devon Gazette Football League has to report that John “Pops” Palfreyman has passed away. Pops has been a big part of local football, being secretary of North Molton for over 50 years until he stopped 2 seasons ago. He received the prize for Outstanding Services to North Devon Sport at the North Devon Journal Sports Awards in 2010 and was also honoured by Devon FA in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to community football. League Secretary, Mick Tattersall said "Again we have lost another stalwart from a small group of longstanding great servants to their clubs and the league." Pops had been suffering with various problems for a few months and had a heart attack yesterday from which he did not recover. As a show of respect to Mr John “Pops” Palfreyman, his family and his beloved club North Molton FC, the league would like to kindly request that all NDFL teams hold a 1 minute silence in his honour on Saturday 29th March. For further information would all correspondence and calls go via Tim Perry (Club Secretary) 01598 740119 or Mob 07824728897 UPDATED - Pop's funeral is on Monday the 7th of April 2014, it is a family only service at the crematorium, and there is a celebration of his life at North Molton Church afterwards at 2.30pm. Then up to North Molton Sports Club for food and a drink.

March 21 , 2014: Edith Cook - UPDATED

It is with the deepest sadness that the North Devon Gazette Football League has to report that Mrs Edith Cook passed away on Sunday Evening. Edith has been a big part of local football being secretary for Hartland for over 50 years. She was a big part of the North Devon Football League also and is one of a small group of longstanding great servants to their club and the league. Devon FA awarded a rose bowl to Edith in 1991 in recognition of her service to football in Devon. As a show of respect to Mrs Edith Cook, her family and her beloved club Hartland FC, the League would like to kindly request that all NDFL teams hold a 1 minutes silence in her honour before their next match. UPDATED - Edith’s Funeral is going to be held on Wednesday 2nd April at Stoke Church Hartland at 2pm.

March 13 , 2014: Referee Promotions

Congratulations to Krzysztof Wegrzynowski and Alfie Gomez who have been promoted to level 6 and to David Williams and Ben Chance who have been promoted to level 5.

March 08 , 2014: Hartland reach County Final

Congratulations to Hartland who beat Watts Blake Bearne Reserves 4-3 to reach the County Intermediate Final. The final will be at Newton Abbot on April 24 and will be against either Bar Sol Ona or Otterton. In the Senior semi-final Park United bowed out of the competition with a 2-6 defeat at home to Exwick Villa.

March 08 , 2014: Devon FA Councillor Elections

Nominations are now open for the election of Devon FA councillors. There are 5 vacancies in the North Area. Details of how to stand can be found on page 128 of the County handbook or by contacting me or Applications must be received by Devon FA by 30/04/2014

February 26 , 2014: North Molton 6-a-side Tournaments

The details for this year's tournaments can now be read on the cups page.

January 13 , 2014: Futsal Success in Bideford

Bideford AFC Youth have introduced a weekly Futsal Club for its members to help tackle the issue of waterlogged pitches and a lack of games. The small sided version of football, played with a smaller and heavier ball is played indoors and training is accompanied by music in order to increase the enjoyment. Bideford AFC Youth Head Coach Pete North is a big fan of small sided football. "The main reason we play Futsal is for fun, and it provides welcome practise in the winter when we are unable to play on grass pitches. You can see that our youth players are enjoying themselves and learning new skills that they can take to the full size game. Futsal is recognised as one of the best available tools for player improvement and many of the best footballers in the world were introduced to this small sided game initially. Players get on average 11 times more touches of the ball playing futsal than an 11 aside Football match." Bideford AFC Youth provides regular Futsal sessions throughout the winter for all squads throughout the Club from age 6 to 18.

December 09 , 2013: Latest Devon FA Newsletter

The latest Devon FA Newsletter can now be read here External Link graphic.

December 09, 2013: Bideford Youth seeking new players

Bideford AFC Youth are looking for keen young footballers who would like to play for your their Town. The Bideford Club which was awarded Devon Charter Standard Club of the Year 2013 is looking to build on its success by progressively expanding the number of its teams. Pete North, Head Coach said “This is an opportunity for boys and girls to get involved at the start by forming a new Under 8s team as part of Bideford AFC Youth. All players benefit from a structured training programme and will play in mini festivals and tournaments. They will train at Bideford College on the astro facility and also enjoy regular indoor “Futsal” sessions throughout the winter. If anyone wants further information, I would encourage them to make contact at the earliest opportunity. Here at the Robins, we get a huge number of enquiries across the various ages, but we always ensure that there is a manageable number of players to each qualified coach. The under 13s have one or two places but the other squads throughout the Club are virtually at full capacity. “ Training for the new team will be at 6-7pm on Thursdays and on Mondays from Sept 2014. Players in year 2 and 3 who would like to find out more, can contact contact Head Coach Pete North on 01237 478840 or 07543 827224

November 29, 2013: Bideford Ladies Receive New Kit Thanks To Councillor

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Bideford Ladies FC are celebrating after receiving a Community Grant, courtesy of Torridge District Councillor Roger Johnson. The grant of £600 pounds has enabled them to purchase a new set of playing kit. Bideford Ladies play in the Devon Ladies Premier League having gained promotion last season and they play matches at The Sports Ground, Bideford. "I am delighted to be able to support Bideford ladies," said Cllr Johnson. "They put a lot back into the community themselves, with the introduction of teams for girls, and providing free turn up and play sessions for youngsters. I would like to wish them every success on and off the pitch." "It is such a nice kit," said defender Natalie Barnes. And Ladies Captain Sam Ayres added, "A huge big thank you to Roger and Torridge District Council for their support and the funding of this beautiful kit, we've never had one like this, it's perfect."
Any ladies or girls interested in playing football can contact Sam Ayres on 07852 281637. If you are interested in applying for a councillor grant please contact Torridge’s Community Development Team on 01237 428700 or e-mail

November 14, 2013: Bideford Girls play Bristol

On Sunday Bideford AFC Youth and Bideford Ladies took 25 girls from their newly formed girls sides to Bristol Ladies for friendly games and a social get-together. Bideford AFC launched girls' football in early September and already there are over 30 members wearing the Robin's kit. The coach trip to Bristol Ladies' Academy was the first opportunity to try their skills against other sides. Bideford Mascot "Rocket Robin" joined the girls on the trip and was well received by the Bristol Team. "What a great time we had and lovely weather" said Head Coach, Peter North "The hospitality was first class and we are looking forward to the return fixtures in the new year. All the girls played well and many of the younger ones had never played a 'real' game before, but they were 'great'. Thanks to all the coaches and parents and of course, Rocket Robin, for their support!
Bideford Girls play Bristol

November 14, 2013: Under 12 Representative Squad

Photo: U12 Representative Squad

The attached photo shows the North Devon Westcountry Cleaning League Under 12 Representative squad before their fine win over Bideford AFC Youth under 13's. The players have all been selected from the Clubs that make up the North Devon Under 12s League, following trials held in Barnstaple during October and November. Pete North (under 12 coach) said "I was impressed with the overall performance. The quality of commitment and one-touch football was superb, especially as this was the first full game that they have played as a team. They now need to take this approach into their first competitive game on 24th November at Barnstaple Town Ground - 12.00 KO". North Devon Squad: Isaac Clarke, Richard Orchard, Lucy Palmer, Luke Barnes, Adam Jerret, Jak Daglish, Bradley Norman, Jake Chesworth (capt), Lewis Lowe, Lewis Hazell, Luke Hale, Charlie Jaques, Archie Popham, Joseph Grigg and Ryan Mugford.. With coaches Pete North, Craig Poole and Neil Blackburn.

November 6, 2013: County Cup Draws

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November 6 , 2013: Latest Devon FA Newsletter

The latest Devon FA Newsletter can now be read here External Link graphic.

October 30, 2013: Girls' Football Kicks Off

Bideford AFC Youth in conjunction with Bideford Ladies have started girls' football for girls aged 8-18.  Training is at Bideford College Astro on a Thursday evening 7-8pm and players of all abilities are welcome. There has been an amazing turn out with over 30 girls of all ages wanting to be taught the right technique, skill and the correct way to play football. said Head Coach Pete North. "Bideford Ladies Manager Mark Lewis and the Ladies coaches have been putting on really enjoyable sessions on and I'm sure this has resulted in this great participation rate." The Bideford AFC Girls' Squad will be playing their first games on 10th November. They will be travelling by coach to Bristol Academy for friendly matches and a social afternoon.

September 24, 2013: First Under 18 Game of the Season

Photo: Bideford Youth U18s

The first under 18 game was played in the Westcountry Cleaning League sponsored by Petroc on Sunday 22nd September, with Bideford AFC Youth coming out 6-3 winners against SAS Barnstaple in a thoroughly entertaining match. It looked like it would be a tough game for Bideford when Barum raced into an early 2-0 lead. However once the Robins found their wings they pulled it back to lead 6-2 with Barnstaple scoring a third near the end. Scorers for Bideford were Ryan Peters (3), Ben Radcliffe, Billy Taylor and Charlie Allman. Pete North (Head Coach of Bideford AFC Youth and League Under 18 Development Officer) said " It has been hard work getting this new league started, but hopefully it will grow year-on-year to bridge the gap between under 16 and men's football." North, who was Devon FA Coach of the Year in 2012 has been working with Petroc and The Westcountry Cleaning League Committee to provide what he believes is a logical step. "I'm an advocate of players going through under-18s to men's football. Even training is a big step up from Junior to Adult football. Some of the big players can hold their own but some won't be able to make the step up yet and under-18s is the best pathway for them."
The Under 18 League consists of Teams from Bideford AFC, Barnstaple Town, SAS Barnstaple, Bideford College Academy with Petroc and Barnstaple FC joining after the winter break.

September 15, 2013: Torridge Cup Draw

The first draw for the Torridge Cup can be viewed on the cups page.

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Diary Dates

Date 13-15 June - Bideford & Appledore Blues 6-a-side
Sandymere - entry details on the cups page
Date 14 June - North Molton 6-a-side
U/8, U/10, U/12 & U14
North Molton - entry details on the cups page
Date 15 June - North Molton 6-a-side
U/7, U/9, U/11, U/13, U/15
North Molton - entry details on the cups page
Date 21 June - North Molton 6-a-side
Men's and Veterans
North Molton - entry details on the cups page
Date 12 July - South Molton 6-a-side
South Molton - entry details on the cups page

Results -
Date 24 April - Intermediate County Cup Final
Hartland 2-2 (4-5 after penalties) Bar Sol Ona
Date 28 March - Veterans County Cup Final
Barnstaple Town 4-2 Hatherleigh Town
Date 11 March - Premier County Cup Semi Final
Brixham AFC 3-0 Appledore
Date 08 March - Senior County Cup Semi Final
Park United 2-6 Exwick Villa Reserves
Date 08 March - Intermediate County Cup Semi Final
Hartland 4-3 Watts Blake Bearne Reserves
Date 23 February - U14 Boys County Cup Quarter Final
Tedburn St Mary Youth 3-2 Braunton Wanderers Youth
Date 22 February - Premier County Cup Quarter Final
Appledore 5-0 Willand Rovers Reserves
Date 22 February - Senior County Cup Quarter Final
Ashwater 1-3 Exwick Villa Reserves
Date 22 February - Intermediate County Cup Quarter Final (North Area Final)
Woolacombe & Mortehoe 0-6 Hartland
Date 2 August - Albert Beer Memorial Shield
Bideford Reserves 5-1 Torridgeside

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