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
FA Member Club Representative
Bideford FC - Ron Ackland
Area Representatives
Tony Alcock
Robert Bates
Tony Cloak
Brian Fishleigh
Dave Parish
Mick Tattersall
League Council Member Representatives
Kingsley League - Alan Bewes
Kingsley Youth League - Chris Ham
North Devon Gazette Football League - Vacant
S1 Sports North Devon Youth League - Gina Maynard
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

November 6, 2013: County Cup Draws

The next rounds for the County Cups can be viewed here External Link graphic.

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.

August 12, 2013: North Cornwall Cup win for Bideford AFC U14s

Photo: Bideford Youth U14s Cup win

Bideford AFC Under 14s have emerged as Champions in the prestigious North Cornwall Cup Tournament. The North Cornwall Cup has become one of the largest and most recognised football events in the South West, with touring sides taking the opportunity to combine competitive small sided football with a family holiday. Only conceding one goal in the whole tournament and without losing a single game, the Robins faced Billing United, one of largest youth setups in Northamptonshire in the final. With neither team able to break the deadlock a nervy penalty shootout ensued before the silverware could be lifted. With the 5 penalty takers having completed their duties and the scores still even at 4 each. 6 more sudden death penalties were taken with much nail biting before the reds could finally celebrate. Mark Floyd, Bideford Under 14 Manager was keen to praise the attitude of the players. "It has been a long day, and we have had some tough battles, the boys have shown great spirit and fully deserve their victory. I would like to thank the organisers of this excellent tournament for what is a very well run event, we are always made really welcome here and look forward to coming back and defending our title in 2014."Club Secretary Neil Blackburn said, "It is a great result for the Under 14s and reflects the hard work of the coaches and the commitment of the players. It caps a very successful season on and off the pitch for the Club as a whole. We are now looking forward to the new season with increased opportunities for new players and with additional teams as the club grows."

August 11, 2013: New FA Coaches for Bideford Youth

No less than 14 new coaches from Bideford AFC Youth have just passed the FA Level one assessment with Devon FA. The qualification will allow them to take training sessions at the Charter Standard Club, and in many cases with their own adult teams as well. The course and assessment took place at Westcroft School during the first two weeks of August. Head Coach Peter North was delighted with the level of interest from adults wanting to be part of Bideford AFC Youth, and also the 100% pass rate. " The Club is totally dependent on volunteers and we select people very carefully to work with youngsters. I am delighted that there is so much interest in coaching and that they want to be part of our progressive Club.  We are trying hard to drive up standards in line with FA guidance: For example, coaching ratios are very important when working with young players, we always ensure that there are at least two qualified coaches per squad of around 16-18 children. This will now allow us to improve that ratio even further and to bring on new teams in the future. We are really pleased with the number of female coaches and also young coaches who will be excellent role models for aspiring players." Neil Blackburn, Club Secretary added "I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Westcroft School who have provided the facilities to us at cost, and also to Torridge District Council and Devon FA who have provided financial support. The ultimate beneficiaries will be the young players in Bideford and Torridge who will benefit from the quality training opportunities as the coaches apply their skills." Bideford AFC Youth is currently starting football teams for girls: interested players should contact Pete North on 01237 478840 or

August 8, 2013: Bideford Youth - Girls Football Kicks Off

Photo: Bideford Girls 2013

Girl's football has kicked off at The Robins as Bideford Ladies join forces with Bideford AFC Youth. The new junior squads will train on Thursdays with training at Westcroft School for 7 to 16 year olds on Thursdays from 6 until 7.30. The first get together will be on the 29th August and all girls are welcome.  From the 19th September, training will move to Bideford College Astro from 7 until 8, also on a Thursday. anyone is welcome to turn up and have a go. those that choose to commit to joini will be provided with home and away playing kit. Bideford AFC Youth is Devon's 2013 Charter Standard Club of the Year and is supported by Torridge District Council, Bideford and Northam Town Councils and by Devon FA. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Pete North on 01237 278840 or Vanessa Saunders on 01237 424630

July 13, 2013: Bideford Youth - Charter Standard Club of the Year

Bideford AFC Youth have been presented with the prestigious Charter Standard Club of the Year award by Devon FA at the annual awards ceremony in Newton Abbott. A judges panel comprising senior FA officials decided to recognise Bideford AFC Youth with the award for upholding high standards of development and good practice in delivery. The Club ensures that there are at least two qualified coaches for each squad of no more than 20 players. Training sessions are based on a consistent, child centred development programme based on the FA four corner model covering technical, physical, psychological and social aspects. The achievement of this award is even more remarkable due to the fact that Bideford AFC Youth was only formed 2 seasons ago, and already has around 100 children enjoying football in its ranks. "We are very honoured to receive this award, and the credit belongs to the coaches, parents, players and officials who work hard for the benefit of all. We are particularly grateful to Torridge District Council and to Bideford and Northam Town Councils who have given us tremendous support in establishing the Club". The Club, who train on Thursday evenings are now looking to establish girls' teams by working in partnership with Bideford Ladies FC. Any girls who are interested in finding out more about Bideford AFC Youth can contact Head Coach Pete North on 01237 478840 (H) or 07543 827224 (M). You can also email or Vanessa Saunders on 01237 424630 (H) or 07791 335946 (M)

Photo is of Head Coach Peter North, Devon FA Chairman Bernard Leach, Bideford AFC Youth President Cllr Roger Johnson, Chairman Bob lovelace and Secretary Neil Blackburn.
Bideford Youth - Charter Standard Club of the Year 2013

June 17, 2013: Bideford AFC Youth Charter Standard Award

Bideford AFC Youth Football Club are celebrating after qualifying for the FA Charter Standard Development Club Status, only 24 months after establishing Youth Football at The Sports Ground. The prestigious award will be presented by The FA in July.
The Football Association Charter Standard scheme recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount. Development Club status requires coaches to have additional qualifications. The Club must have an agreed 3 to 5 year development plan and a minimum of five youth teams across four age groups.

Bideford AFC Youth Head Coach Pete North was delighted that the Club has been recognised so soon. “ We have put a lot of work in, to try and do things well, and in line with FA best practice. In the Club development plan, we have addressed areas such as good coaching ratios, coach development and working to a coaching program. Whilst we are all volunteers, we want to do the best for the young players to ensure that they enjoy their football in a safe and progressive environment. Having achieved the FA Charter Standard last season, it is a natural progression for us to achieve the Development Club Status and we are pleased to have been recognized by the FA in this way”.

Secretary Neil Blackburn was keen to praise those that support the Club. " Torridge District Council and Bideford Town Council have been brilliant with their practical help and they can see how much this is benefiting young people in the Town. We are also very grateful to the sponsors that have put their hands in their pockets including Torridge, Bideford and Northam Town Councils and also the private donors. There is also a growing army of volunteers without which we would not be able to function. It is great to receive this recognition but we are already looking to the future and ensuring that we grow the Club in a sustainable way."

April 28, 2013: Bideford AFC Youth host Under 8s festival

Bideford AFC Youth have hosted the end of season Westcountry Cleaning North Devon Youth League under 8s festival. The event, held at Bideford College was considered to be a huge success with around 80 players taking part from around North Devon. Under 8s do not now play in Leagues, but instead take part in "round robin" festivals that focus on enjoyment, player development and coaching correct techniques. Neil Blackburn Bideford AFC Youth Secretary explained "This way, the youngsters can enjoy the game, whilst they are learning. In line with the FA Youth Strategy they are encouraged to build good foundations based on physical, psychological, social and technical development without the pressure that League tables can bring." Bideford AFC under 8s coach Gary Bedler, himself an ex-Bideford player said "There was some excellent football played today from all teams. Clearly there is some great ability and the future of football in North Devon is looking very good. The event has been well supported and we would like to extend our thanks to all those that have come along and to those that have assisted." The teams that took part were Bideford AFC Youth, Bideford Blues and Appledore, Barnstaple, West Buckland, Braunton and South Molton , Every player who took part received a medal, presented by The Westcountry Cleaning North Devon Youth League. Drinks and fresh fruit were provided courtesy of Tesco Bideford.
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March 19, 2013: Important Advice from Devon FA regarding the use of social media

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Diary Dates

Date 07 December - Next Rounds of the County Cups
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Results -
Date 2 August -Albert Beer Memorial Shield
Bideford Reserves 5-1 Torridgeside
Date 25 May - YMCA Cup Final
Landkey Town 2-0 South Molton
Date 18 May - North Devon Gazette League - Brayford Cup Final
Bideford Reserves 1-2 Torridgeside
Date 12 May - Braunton Cup Final
High Bickington 0-4 Park United
Date 06 May - Hansen Cup Final
Braunton 0-4 Torridgeside
Date 05 May - Westward Ho! Cup Final
Boca Seniors 3-0 Bude Town
Date 02 May - Torridge Cup Final
Torridgeside 5-1 Hatherleigh
Date 27 April - North Devon Gazette League - Arlington Cup Final
Barnstaple FC 2-1 Northside Atlantic
Date 25 April - Devon County Boys Under 15's Cup - Final
Braunton Wanderers 0-5 Elm United
Date 21 April - Devon County Veterans Cup - Final
Barnstaple Veterans 0-2 Topsham Town Veterans
Date 20 April - North Devon Gazette League - North Devon Journal Cup Final
Fremington Reserves 0-0 AET (Penalties 1-4) Braunton Fourths
Date 11 April- Devon County Intermediate Cup - Final
Millwey Rise 5-1 Northside Atlantic
Date 04 April - Devon County Womens Supplementary Cup - Final
Barnstaple Ladies 1-5 Ashmoor Ladies
Date 27 March - Pivot Trophy
Kingsley League Select XI 1-6 Fremington FC
Date 9 March- Devon County Intermediate Cup - Semi Final
Northside Atlantic 2-1 AET Buckland & Milber
Date 17 February - Devon County Sunday Senior Cup - North Area Final
Landkey Sunday 3-7 Athletico Borough
Date 17 February - Devon County Sunday Supplementary Cup - North Area Final
Northsham 9-3 LA Buddies
Date 16 February - Devon County Intermediate Cup - North Area Final
Hartland 0-1 Northside Atlantic
Date 4 August - Albert Beer Memorial Shield
Boca Seniors 4-0 Ilfracombe Town Reserves

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Braunton go six points clear in North Devon League Senior..

Braunton went six points clear at the top of the North Devon League Senior Division with a 5-0 win over Putford. Will Dale, Alan Woodcock, Dan Roberts, Joe Seldon and Tom Hunnibell scored in a commanding display at Lobb Field. The win moved Braunton further clear of second-placed Landkey Town who have two games in hand on the leaders. Merton remain fifth after Craig McConnachie scored twice in  a 4-0 victory over Lynton and Lynmouth. Cousins Luke and James Ashton got the other goals....

Aaron Stevens scores twice as Bideford beat Barnstaple AAC

Two goals from substitute Aaron Stevens helped Bideford secure a 3-2 win over Barnstaple AAC in the North Devon League. In the only Premier Division fixture to take place this weekend, the Robins edged a tight match at the Sports Ground, closing the gap on pace-setters Boca Seniors and Braunton. Stevens went on in the early stages after an injury to defender Jake Shambrook forced the home side into a reshuffle. A cool finish from Ollie Rigler put Barnstaple ahead but Stevens equalised with...

Ilfracombe Town beaten by Bridport in Toolstation Western League

Defensive mistakes proved costly for Ilfracombe Town in a 4-2 defeat to Bridport in the Toolstation Western League this afternoon.  Goals from Chris Luke, Chris Clarke, Darren Watts and Dan Wise gave the Dorset club a deserved victory at Marlborough Park. After going 2-0 down in the first 26 minutes, Ilfracombe pulled one back with a header from Frank Paxton before half time. A late strike from Mark Clunie was not enough to prevent the Bluebirds slipping to their ninth defeat in the...

Away defeat for Barnstaple Town against Cribbs in Toolstation...

Barnstaple Town slipped to sixth place in the Toolstation Western League First Division after a 1-0 defeat at Cribbs this afternoon. It was a third defeat in four away league games for Barnstaple and saw Cribbs leap above them from fifth to second place. They are three points ahead of Barum but the North Devon side have three games in hand. Both teams had a man sent off in the first half, with captain Aaron Harper-Penman shown the red card for Barnstaple. Cribbs' winning goal came around the...

Owen Howe scores after 25 seconds as Bideford beat Bedford

Owen Howe scored after 25 seconds as Bideford won 4-2 at Bedford Town in the Calor League. Howe turned in a cross from Sean Downing, giving the Robins a great start after the 260-mile journey from North Devon. Downing scored twice and Ashley Yeoman lobbed the fourth goal from long range, moving Bideford up one place to third in the Premier Division. Trailing 2-0 inside 24 minutes, Bedford hit back with a sharp finish from Taylor Rhiney after Rob Farkins had been caught in possession. Downing...

Ilfracombe Town against Bridport to go ahead in Western League

Ilfracombe Town have confirmed their match against Bridport in the Toolstation Western League will go ahead this afternoon (3pm). Marlborough Park has passed a pitch inspection which means Combe can play only their second home game in the Toolstation Western League since September. Barnstaple Town are away to Cribbs in the First Division and Bideford travel to Bedford Town in the Calor League. Heavy rain has forced Holsworthy to postpone their home game against Helston Athletic in the...

Saturday Sport Live - November 9

We will have rugby and football updates in this afternoon's North Devon Journal Saturday Sport Live. Journal sports editor Andrew Jones will be keeping you informed about Barnstaple's National League Three South West clash with Old Patesians. In football, Journal sports writer Mark Jenkin is following Ilfracombe Town's match against Bridport in the Toolstation Western League. Follow the action here and let us know what's happening where you are by tweeting using #ndsport or through the comment...

Injury to Ben Gerring is a blow for unbeaten Bideford

Bideford will have to cope without Ben Gerring as they protect their unbeaten record in the Calor League at Bedford Town tomorrow. The central defender has been in excellent form since signing for the Robins during pre-season. But he suffered medial knee ligament damage in the recent win over St Neots Town and looks unlikely to play before Christmas. Playing alongside Rob Farkins and Jack Furzer, Gerring, the former Truro City player, has been part of a formidable three-man defence. His...