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 - Gina Maynard
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North Devon Pitches

There are currently pitches free at Rock Park so if your pitch is out of action these might still be playable. 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: 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

December 10, 2014: Latest Devon FA Newsletter

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October 24, 2014: Free Referee Course

Devon FA are pleased to announce that in partnership with the North Devon Gazette Football League,  Westcountry Cleaning North Devon Youth League & Active Devon we are now able to offer people in the North Devon Area the opportunity to attend a Basic Referee Course for free.

The normal cost of the course is £150 per candidate but due to the great relationship we have with the leagues and Active Devon we are now able to offer the course for free. Referees are needed in the Youth & Senior Leagues in North Devon to meet the growing demand of both competitions. 16 places will be available to those who want to referee in the Youth League and 8 places for those who are 16 and over and wish to go straight into senior football. In order to complete the course candidates will need to referee 8 games on their chosen league before the end of the season.

‘We have a great support structure for referees in North Devon’ said Devon FA Referee Development Officer, ‘The North Devon Branch of the Referees Association and the Leagues themselves are great at making sure referees are looked after especially in the early stages of their careers.’

If you wish to book a place on the course contact Jason Haywood or Mick Tattersall (North Devon Gazette League):
Jason Haywood – or 01626 325917
Mick Tattersall - or 07742 251140

Basic Referee Course, Park Community School, Barnstaple.
Friday 21st November , Friday 28th November, Saturday 29th November, Saturday 6th December & Tuesday 9th December. Full dates and times can be found at


There isn’t a better time to become a referee!

September 30, 2014: Hansen Cup Draw

To be played by 30 November:
Merton v Putford Reserves
Fremington Reserves v Ilfracombe Reserves
Equalizers v Northam Lions
Kilkhampton v Pilton Academicals
Woolsery Reserves v High Bickington
Landkey Town Reserves v Sporting Barum
Bridgerule v Hartland Reserves
Morwenstow v Braunton Thirds

September 10, 2014: North Devon Sunday League

The Sunday League will not be running for Season 2014/15. It is hoped to relaunch the league for next season. If you are interested in entering a team please let me know and I will forward on your details.

July 26, 2014: Funding helps Bideford AFC Grow The Game

Grassroots football in Bideford has been given a helping hand following a £4,500 Grow the Game grant, over 3 years, from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. The grant will allow Bideford AFC Youth to create a new Academy team and two girls’ teams playing in the Devon Girls’ League and in the Westcountry Cleaning Youth League. Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA. So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,791 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 72,872 new players participating each week and 10,959 new qualifications or courses being completed. The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends. Head Coach, Peter North said: We are very grateful to The Football foundation and to Torridge District Council who have supported this initiative. This will result is increased opportunities for players moving from youth into adult football, and notably for Girls who are still under-represented in local football”. Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges. “This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country. “Congratulations to Bideford AFC Youth for working with Devon FA to secure their Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”

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.

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Diary Dates

Date 11 January - Devon County Cups -
U16 Cup Boys -
Brixington Blues Youth v Bideford AFC Youth
Date 14 February - Devon County Cups -
Senior Cup Quarter Final -
Landkey Town v Upottery (2pm)
Intermediate Cup Quarter Final (North Area Final) (2pm) -
Haxton Rangers v Pilton Academicals

Results -
Devon County Cup Results
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Date 06 December - Devon County Cups -
Premier Cup -
St Martins 2-1 Hatherleigh Town
Senior Cup -
Upottery 3-0 Woolacombe & Mortehoe
Landkey Town 9-0 Broadhempston United
Intermediate Cup -
Haxton Rangers 5-2 Appledore Academy
Pilton Academicals 3-1 Winkleigh
Date 07 December - Devon County Cups -
U16 Girls -
Bideford Youth 5-10 West Exe Youth

Date 1 August - Albert Beer Memorial Shield
Boca Seniors 2-2 Braunton

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