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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.
Bideford Youth Under 8s picture 2013

March 19, 2013: Important Advice from Devon FA regarding the use of social media

Important advice has just been issued by Devon FA regarding the use of social media - External Link graphic

March 03, 2013: Bideford youngsters take up the whistle!

Bideford AFC Youth have launched a new referee training initiative, with the first five players completing the FA Course this month. The five youngsters aged 14 to 16 have joined others in studying for 6 weeks at Bideford Arts Centre to qualify as referees. They will now take charge of a minimum of six matches, during which they will be assessed practically. The newly qualified referees have recieved an all black kit, and everything required, from assistant’s flags, cards, a notebook and even a whistle. Devon County Councillor Sam Robinson provided financial support for the initiative with the allocation of a Community Grant.
" I am really pleased to be able to assist Bideford AFC Youth who already provide valuable opportunities for young people in Bideford.” Said Cllr Robinson. “ As well as the personal benefits of increased confidence, responsibility and a broader knowledge of the game, this initiative enables young people to give something back to their Club and the local Community."

Andy Walter FA Referee Tutor was quick to praise Bideford AFC and Cllr Robinson for supporting the project.
Getting anyone to take up football refereeing is difficult. It is especially hard to get youngsters involved. Anything that helps, and encourages, them to get involved has to be good, not only for the game at grassroots level, but also for the youngster themselves. They do not just only learn how to referee a game of football. But by taking up the whistle and getting out there and taking charge of 22 players, in what can be quite demanding situations, it teaches them so many useful life skills, and helps build and develop their characters. > Supporting the younger generation by encouraging them to be active and involved in sport, in whichever way, has to be good for everyone and the support these youngster have received, in their refereeing training, is both vital, and much appreciated.

Neil Blackburn, Youth Secretary also undertook the training and will act as Club Referee Co-ordinator.
" An important part of what we do is providing various additional opportunities for young people involved in football. Referee training is something that we are hoping to offer to our members each year. We will also be providing coaching opportunities for our older players, which will include attendance at FA coaching courses, as well as first aid training.

Photo : Charlie Allman, Michael Gardner-Skeete, Youth Secretary Neil Blackburn, Ryan Peters, Adam North, Billy Blackburn
Bideford Youth referees picture 2013

March 03, 2013: Coaches gain more skills to help youth players

Bideford AFC Youth Coaches Neil Armstrong and Gary Bedler have passed the FA Level 2 Coaching qualification having completed the programme of study over 5 months. Neil coaches the under 10 team alongside Level Two Coach Craig Poole who has just completed his FA Youth Module 1 in addition. Gary Bedler coaches the under 8 team alongside Team Manager Quinton Davies. Head coach and under 16 Team Manager Peter North has also completed his FA Youth Module 3. Peter is also currently studying for his FA Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

Photo : newly qualified Level Two coaches Neil Armstrong and Gary Bedler
Bideford Youth Coaches picture 2013

February 15, 2013: Mike Stevens

Mike Stevens passed away this morning (Friday). Mike was a highly respected figure in North Devon Football. He was the referee appointments officer for the Kingsley League and North Devon League for many years. He served on the Management Committee of the North Devon League and his experience was a great asset. He became a Devon FA councillor in 1987 and remained so with a short break in 2001. In 2011 he became a Life Member of Devon FA. He received a Rose Bowl in 2009 from Devon FA in recognition of his long and devoted service to football in Devon. His contribution to refereeing in Devon and North Devon in particular was huge. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and all those in the footballing community who knew Mike.

July 19, 2012: Devon FA Community Awards

This year saw three North Area winners and one runner-up.
Gina Maynard received the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award. Gina has been involved with the North Devon Youth League for over 20 years and is the current chair. She is also chair of SAS football Club. She has been instrumental in helping the youth league grow and has helped introduce Futsal to the younger age groups. Gina’s ethos is one of ‘Sport for all’ rather than an elitist approach.
Peter Evans received the Steve Betts Memorial Trophy for showing outstanding commitment to the development of the grass roots element of the game. Peter has been involved with Bideford Blues and Appledore Youth FC for numerous seasons. He has also recently stepped in as the Secretary of the North Devon Youth League, and along with other Committee Members has embraced the need for change Youth Football and importance of the FA Youth Review – working with clubs, County FA’s and other partners to implement recommendations, long before they become mandatory - For example 9v9 football & Futsal.
Peter North received the award for Coach of the Year. Peter is a level 2 coach with many other football qualifications. He runs the under 15 team but as the club’s senior coach, he is also involved with all teams on training nights. He is extremely dedicated and committed to the Bideford AFC Youth Programme.
Bideford Youth AFC also picked up the runners-up award for Charter Standard Club of the Year. Bideford have only been running for one season so this and Peter North's achievement is fantastic.
Well done to all the winners and runners-up.

June 25, 2012: Pivot Trophy Cheque Presentation

The picture below shows Paul Harris (L) and Bill Smale(R) handing over cheques on behalf of the Kingsley League and North Devon Gazette League respectively. Receiving them on behalf of the North Devon Hospital Chemotherapy Appeal is Sharon Bates. The money was raised from the proceeds and kind donations at the annual Pivot Trophy match.

2012 Chemotherapy Appeal cheque from Kingsley League and North Devon Gazette League

June 23, 2012: FIFA Rule Changes

FIFA have issued a letter regarding rule changes for Season 2012-13. If you have any questions regarding the changes please contact Devon FA. Read the letter pdf document link 2.55MB.

June 05, 2012: Bideford Youth Expand

Bideford AFC Youth will introduce two new age groups within the successful junior section for the 2012/2013 season. These will be under 8s and under 10s which are for boys and girls in school years 3 and 5 next year.
“This is an exciting opportunity for high ability players with the right attitude, who would like to play youth football for Bideford AFC and to benefit from a structured coaching programme with FA qualified coaches at an up an coming Charter Standard Football Club”. explained Head Coach Peter North. “It is our ambition that some of these young players will go on to play for the First Team one day”.
2011-2012 was Bideford AFC’s most successful season in the League. The first team and reserves both finishing top of their tables. The Youth section was officially launched in September and all teams have fared extremely well. The Club is looking to build on this success by providing football opportunities for younger players.
Try out evenings will be held on the 21st and 28th June at Moreton Park (Bideford College) between 6 and 8 p.m. and children will need to register in advance. A few opportunities also exist in the u12, u14 and u16 teams for next season who are looking for players who feel that they can contribute to a successful team.
For further information or to register for a tryout, players should call Peter North on 01237 478840 or email
Bideford Youth 2012

June 16, 2012: North Area Awards - Devon FA AGM

With this year's Devon FA AGM being held in the North Area we were proud to be able to reward individuals and teams that have put so much into grassroots football. Below are pictures of the receipients, congratulations to them all:-

Woolsery Juniors Charles Norsworthy Winners North Area 2012

Woolsery Juniors - North Area Winners, Charles Norsworthy Trophy and Kivell Cup Winners.

Ron Ackland - Long Service Award and new Vice-President 2012

Ron Ackland (Bideford FC) - Long Service Award and new Vice-President.

Rose Lock - Long Service Award 2012

Rose Lock (Dolton FC) - Long Service Award.

John Adams (Buckland Brewer) - Long Service Award 2012

John Adams (Buckland Brewer) - Long Service Award.

Ken Turner (Kingsley League) - Long Service Award 2012

Ken Turner (Kingsley League) - Long Service Award.

Jimmy Jewell - Long Service Award 2012

Jimmy Jewell - Long Service Award.

Ron Holman (Ilfracombe Town) - Special Award for Outstanding Service to Football 2012

Ron Holman (Ilfracombe Town) - Special Award for Outstanding Service to Football.

April 25 , 2012: Congratulations to Bideford Veterans

Bideford Veterans emulated their Junior teams by taking top spot in Group A of the Devon Veteran's League winning 3-1 against Barnstaple Veterans on a very wet pitch. The team is pictured below looking a lot cleaner than after the final whistle!
Bideford Veterans

March 24, 2011: Hayward Shield - Senior Presentation

The Senior Hayward Shield is presented to the team from the North Area that gets the furthest in the Devon Senior Cup. This season it was shared by Bideford Reserves and Wrey Arms. The picture below shows Devon FA Councillor Dave Parish presenting the shield to club captains, Marc Churchill (Wrey Arms) and Sam Grimley (Bideford Reserves) before their North Devon Gazette League fixture.

Senior Hayward Shield Presentation 2012

February 24, 2011: Bideford AFC Youth Presented with Charter Standard Award

Bideford AFC Youth have now been presented with their Charter Standard Award. The photo below shows Chairman Bob Lovelace receiving The FA Charter Standard award from Lee Rider, FA County Development Manager. With Bob are Bideford AFC Youth Club Captain Dom Luongo and Robbie "Rocket" Robin.

Bideford Youth receiving Charter Standard Award 2012

February 10, 2012: Brett Huxtable - Devon Sports Awards 2012

Congratulations to local referee Brett Huxtable who came second last night in the Devon Sports Awards 2012. They were held at Sandy Park, Exeter and he was nominated in the Official of the Year.

February 03, 2012: Young Robins Hit The Standard

Bideford AFC Youth has good reason to celebrate after achieving the coveted FA Charter Standard Award, in the Club’s first season.

The FA give this award in recognition of the support that clubs like Bideford AFC Youth offer to the community in promoting best football practice, both on and off the pitch. The FA Charter Standard Scheme is the guide that sets recommended standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League. As a benchmark for quality, achievement of the award will improve the playing experience for all. The club currently accommodates 50 young players in three agegroups who play on Sundays in the Westcountry Cleaning North Devon Youth League and who train at Bideford College.

Reflecting on this early success, Gary Smith, Youth Development Manager said "It’s such an exciting time to be involved in the club, new teams planned, new coaches, futsal, success on and off the pitch and achieving our FA Charter Standard award in a short space of time. We will not now be resting on our laurels, and will continue to develop both players and coaches alike to help provide a better playing experience.”

Bob Lovelace, Youth Chairman added “ The Club prides itself in striving to do things the right way; The Charter Standard is recognition that we, as a club in our first season, are on track and have created a platform from which we can build and challenge ourselves to improve further. With the help of Torridge District Council, Bideford Town Council, Bideford AFC, Devon FA and all those associated with the club, we really are setting ourselves up well for the future.”

Bideford Youth Fc Charter Standard

December 11, 2011: Bideford's Got Talent

There seems to be a sense of magic at Bideford AFC this season with the First Team topping the Southern League Division One South and West, the Reserve Team topping the North Devon Gazette Senior League and of course the thriving Youth section. Perhaps that isn't surprizing with local performer Merlin Cadogan as a supporter and lending a hand with teaching the youngsters a few tricks! The well known local entertainer and star of Britain's Got Talent has been helping out with goalkeeper coaching and popped in to share a few special moves with the ball.

"It is a pleasure to help the youth section of Bideford AFC and there are some very talented players. They are all enjoying their football playing for the town and have got off to a great start."

Merlin is currently appearing in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple until 2nd January 2012.

Bideford Youth Fc with Merlin

September 17, 2011: Richard Stapley - Presentation

Below is a picture of Richard Stapley being presented with his award for being nominated as the North Area's best young ref. Jason Haywood of Devon FA is making the presentation.

Richard Stapley

September 10, 2011: Bideford Youth - Official Launch

Bideford AFC Youth Celebrate their official launch with MP Geoffery Cox, Q.C., M.P.(3rd from left), Torridge District Council Leader, Barry Parsons (4th from left) and Bideford Mayor Trevor Johns (2nd from right.)

Bideford AFC Youth Launch

The under 15s team are pictured in their new first team home strip. The photo was taken at half time during Bideford's 4-0 win against Tiverton Town in the FA Cup. Youth players from the under 11s and under 13s acted as mascots for the match whilst the under 15s were ball boys. MP Geoffery Cox joined some of the youth players in the stand during the match and talked with them about the opportunity that they have with Bideford AFC.

July 21, 2011: Election Result & Community Awards

Devon FA have today confirmed the result of the recent Councillor elections for the North Area vacancies. The three successful names were Tony Alcock, Tony Cloak and Brian Fishleigh.

Last night at the Community Awards at Exeter FC the following North Area people were honoured with certificates for being nominated and John Palfreyman who won his nominated category:
Coach of the year - Dave Langford
Volunteer of the year - Lesley Paddon, Lorraine Lee
Services to Refereeing - Mike Stevens
Duncan Underhill Young Referee of the year - Richard Stapely
Outstanding Contribution to Community Football - Alan Webster, John Palfreyman (winner)
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

June 23, 2011: Ilfracombe FC - Charles Norsworthy Winners - North Area

Ilfracombe Town FC capped off a fine season by their Ladies Team being the North Area's nomination for the Charles Norsworthy Award for Season 2010/11. They received a cheque for £250 and a certificate from Devon FA. They were also presented with the Kivell Cup on behalf of the North Area Members to go with the Les Philips Cup they have already won, the Fairplay Award for the Western League and finishing 3rd in the Western League. Below are photos of the team:
Ilfracombe Ladies FC 2011

L-R - Steve Boni, Sophie Russell, Jordan Davey, Rob Bates - North Area Co-Ordinator, Kizzy Tarrant, Bill Cresswell, In the front are Liz Middleton and Donna Adams.

Ilfracombe Ladies FC 2011

L-R - Rob Bates - North Area Co-Ordinator, Kristy Parish.

Ilfracombe Ladies FC 2011

L-R - Kizzy Tarrant, Jordan Davey, Donna Adams, Liz Middleton, Sophie Russell.

June 16, 2011: Match Based Discipline

If you have not attended one of the sessions on the new regime for discipline then you should take a look at the guide that can be found on this page External website link

June 08, 2011: Bideford AFC Launch New Youth-Community Football Initiative

Bideford AFC Youth Launch

L-R - Alan and Jennie Lindsay, Franchise holders for the Robin’s Nest, Kevin Tyrrell - Football Secretary, Roy Portch - Club Chairman, Bob Lovelace - Youth Chairman, Pete North - Head Youth Coach, Neil Blackburn - Youth Secretary, Gary Smith - Youth Development Officer, In the front are hopefuls, Billy Blackburn and Ben Floyd.

Youth and Community Football is about to receive a major boost in BIDEFORD with the announcement that BIDEFORD AFC will join forces with an experienced group of FA Coaches and professionals, to launch a new Junior Football Section at the Sports Ground.
Recognising the demand for dedicated, fully experienced and responsible coaching of junior football enthusiasts in the region, a management team has been assembled which will provide under the umbrella of BIDEFORD AFC, a comprehensive and structured, coaching, training and match-play environment for Juniors between the ages of 11-15 years. Subject only to sufficient interest and numbers, it is anticipated that THREE age levels/teams will be entered to play in local League football for season 2011-2012. The three squads will be structured for UNDER 11’s, UNDER 13’s, UNDER 14/15’s.
The new venture will be run by licensed FA coaches and a senior management team who will focus on the development of young, local players. The driving force behind this initiative is the idea that it will provide quality-based football coaching for all youngsters who have a desire to play and be part of their local teams; all aspects of administration, finance, welfare, Health & Safety, training/ coaching, will be undertaken independently of Bideford AFC. Match and training venues have been identified and secured.
HEAD YOUTH COACH PETER NORTH who has over 20 years coaching experience of young players commented: "This must be seen as an extension to existing youth football in the area, which will result in MORE young people actually playing football. There are many high ability players out there that cannot get regular games in the area and who then travel further afield to play. I want to give them every chance of playing close to home. What makes this venture so appealing is that we have a defined relationship with BIDEFORD AFC whose playing reputation speaks for itself, and who have welcomed this as the first part of a new chapter in giving local talent full support and encouragement."
BIDEFORD AFC Chairman ROY PORTCH said: "The timing is right for this as we recognise that there are many quality, young players out there. I am particularly keen to encourage this because it is all about creating the right environment, nurturing the talent, seeing it grow and develop until it can realise it’s real potential. I hope we will see the day when one of these youngsters pulls on the famous red shirt for the BIDEFORD AFC 1st Team!!"
Information/contact notes: Young Players that are eligible for any of the 3 age groups next season, can find out more by contacting PETER NORTH on 01237 478840 or 07543 827224 for informal discussions/details.

May 24, 2011: North Devon Development Centre Presentation Evening

John Fry and myself attended this great evening to recognise the achievements and hard work put in by the children and coaches this season. North Devon old boy and guest of honour, George Friend (Doncaster Rovers) attended. George answered questions about his career and experiences in the game and is a credit to the game. Read the article that was in the North Devon Journal. North Devon Journal match report External website link

March 14, 2011: Snoods Banned

Please see the information below that relates to the wearing of Snoods at all Levels of Football.

Snoods (Neck Scarves)
The International Football Association Board held their Annual meeting on Saturday 5th March. At that meeting it was decided that Snoods (Neck Scarves) that some players wear could constitute a danger to themselves if an opponent pulled them, and were not part of the Basic Equipment as outlined under Law 4 - Players Equipment. Therefore, with immediate effect players are not allowed to wear these garments.

North Devon Journal Sports Awards 2010

November 19th, 2010: North Devon Journal Sports Awards 2010

Woolsery FC

It was a great night at the Journal Sports Awards for the North Devon Gazette League. Woolsery FC were announced as the Senior Team of the Year following their success in the Devon County Intermediate Cup and league and cup double last season. And John Palfreyman of North Molton SC picked up the Outstanding Services to North Devon Sport Award for his 60 years involvement. Showing his dedication John even dropped off a registration form on the way to the ceremony! Well done to both.




October 11th, 2010: Exeter Lions FC

Exeter Lions FC, Devon's First Gay Friendly football club. Formed in 2009, the club was started to provide gay (and straight) men and women with an opportunity to play football in a non-judgemental environment and make new friends along the way. They currently have members from Exeter, East Devon, Plymouth, Newton Abbot and Taunton. They welcome players of all ages, abilities and sexuality so why not go along and meet them! If you need a lift to get to Exeter get in contact with them and they'll see if they can find you a lift. For further information please go to External website link.

August 21st, 2010: Kingsley League Website now live

You can now view the Kingsley League tables, fixtures and results via their FA Full Time website External website link or get an instant glance at all the leagues on this page.

August 21st, 2010: Exeter City North Devon Development Centre

A new relationship has been made between Exeter City FC and the North Devon Centre of Excellence. This is really good news for the centre which really has been making good ground since Devon FA decided not to fund the centre and the reins were taken on by Dave Langford. With four level-three coaches — Langford, Ray Charran, Bob Moon and Jeremy Huggins — and goalkeeping coach David Bennett, North Devon has one of the most knowledgeable teams in the county. New players in the under-10 and under-11 age groups can go to Park School for trials on September 6 and 13 from 4.45 to 6pm. On the same dates, players wishing to try out for the under-12s and under-13s will train from 6.15 to 7.45pm. Promising under-9s are also encouraged to go to the early sessions as they may be offered an opportunity to join. Boys who already train at North Devon start again on September 20. There are also plans to start a new girls group on Fridays from October. To book a place in any of the sessions or to find out more, call Dave Langford on 01237 479625 or 07877 730986. Alternatively, e-mail

June 30th, 2010: North Devon Football League Sponsors

The North Devon Football League is pleased to announce a sponsorship deal with the North Devon Gazette. The League's name will be the North Devon Gazette Football League.



Photo: Bideford Ladies Charles Norsworthy Nomination North Area Devon FA 2010

June 20th, 2010: Devon FA AGM

It was the Devon FA AGM on Saturday and, current Devon FA Vice-President, John Fry narrowly missed out on being elected as the new President by 24-22 votes. However, Bideford Ladies were the North Area's nomination for the Charles Norsworthy Award this season. Two of their players attended for the presentation, Sophie Smart (left) and Tanya Murphy (right) seen in the photo accepting their award from the newly elected President Mervyn Benney. They received a certificate, the Kivell Cup and a cheque for £250. They were recommended to the North Area by the Devon Women's League where they also won the Premier Division fairplay award. "They are a credit to the North Area and thoroughly deserved the nomination," commented North Area Co-Ordinator Rob Bates.

May 14th, 2010: Positive Mental Attitude Football - Flyer

David Carpenter, the Disability Football Development Officer for Devon FA has asked if the North Area can assist with a new project. "The project I am currently setting up is football sessions in Barnstaple for players with mental health issues and homeless players. A lot of the guys that show up have addiction problems, or may be on a lot of treatment prescriptions for mental health problems, and most are homeless. We’ve only started this recently but it is going quite well so we would like to get the players some equipment. I can get them footballs; but they need football boots and shin pads etc. The guys currently turn up and play in whatever clothes and shoes they have – be that jeans and a pair of Dr Martins – whatever shoes they currently own. Could you ask all mainstream men’s football teams in your area to ask all players if they can donate any old football boots (be they studs or blades) to this project? Specifically any players that will be getting new boots over the summer for next season – I am after those old boots to recycle and give to these players. Similarly any old pairs of shin pads, goalkeeper gloves – anything that could be re-used by these players to benefit them."

If you know of anyone who would like to attend the sessions, they take place every Wednesday 11am to 1pm at the Tarka Tennis Centre Pitches in Barnstaple. View the flyer here Icon Word document 234kB. If you have any kit, and I am sure every club has spare kit somewhere, then please either drop it along to the session or contact me and I can make arrangements to collect.

April 22nd, 2010: Appledore - Devon Premier Cup Champions

Appledore Devon Premier Cup Champions 2010

Congratulations to Appledore who pulled off a stunning comeback to win 5-3 against the Royal Marines to bring the Devon Premier Cup back to the North Area for a second season. It was a cracking game and Geoff Copp should be congratulated for his team's attitude, particularly towards the end of the game. Read the match report External Link on the North Devon Journal website Link to North Devon Journal website. There is also a report on the Devon County FA's site External Link which is written by Jim Pearcy. Photos of the day can be seen and purchased on the County FA's photographer's website External Link.

April 19th, 2010: Bideford Blues & Appledore Girls - Devon Under 14 Girls Cup Champions

Congratulations to Bideford Blues & Appledore Girls who beat Ashmoor 5-1 at Coach Road, Newton Abbot on Monday night to become the Devon Under 14 Girls Cup Champions of Devon. There is a report on the Devon County FA's site External Link which is written by Jim Pearcy. Photos of the day can be seen and purchased on the County FA's photographer's website External Link.

April 9th, 2010: Woolsery - Devon Intermediate Cup Champions

Woolsery Devon Intermediate Cup Champions 2010

Congratulations to Woolsery who beat Windsor Car Sales 4-2 at Coach Road, Newton Abbot on Thursday night to become the Intermediate Champions of Devon. It was a cracking game and Woolsery thoroughly deserved the win. I was honoured and very proud to be the Guest at this game. Woolsery are a fine advert for North Area football. Read the match report on the North Devon Journal website Link to North Devon Journal website. The pre-match reports are also well worth reading, read them here External Link and here External Link on the North Devon Journal website Link to North Devon Journal website. There is also a report on the Devon County FA's site External Link which is written by Jim Pearcy. Photos of the day can be seen and purchased on the County FA's photographer's website External Link.

March 17th, 2010: Pivot Trophy

Congratulations to the Hodgson Insurance Kingsley League who pipped North Devon Journal League representatives Landkey Town at the post in a 4-3 thoroughly entertaining match. On the night £214 was raised for the Cancer Fund at the NDDH including a very generous donation from Landkey Town of £83. Read the match report on the Journal's website Link to North Devon Journal website External Link.

Photo: Andrew Winser and Rob BatesFebruary 28th, 2010: Hayward Shields

Both Shields have now been presented. The Senior Shield went to Halwill (pictured below) and the Intermediate Shield went to Woolsery. The Shields are presented to the Senior and Intermediate team from the North Area that gets the furthest in their respective cup. The photo on the right show Andrew (Winnie) Winser receiving the Shield from Rob Bates, Devon FA Area Co-Ordinator. Click on the photos for larger version.

Photo: Halwill FC team photo 2010

Photo: Albert Beer

THE DEVON football community has paid tribute to Albert Beer who died last week (16th January 2010). Mr Beer, 91, was president of the Devon County Football Association and the North Devon Journal League. After playing for his local team Appledore prior to the Second World War, he went on to enjoy a long connection with the sport. Mr Beer joined the North Devon League as an independent member in 1955. He was voted on to the Devon FA in 1962 and served for 11 years before returning in 1987, becoming county president in 2005. Bill Smale, his friend and long-time colleague at the North Devon League, has fond memories of a "little man with a heart of gold". In recent years, Mr Smale drove Mr Beer to watch numerous local league and county youth games. "We travelled miles and he always loved talking about football — it was a great passion with Albert," he said. "He had a marvellous memory, going back to his playing days for Appledore. "And of course Albert was like all of us, we loved playing football and we always wish we could play forever." Born in Appledore in 1918, Mr Beer spent more than six years in the army before setting up a painting and decorating business in 1949. Becoming Devon FA president was special for Mr Beer and Mr Smale recalls his reaction at seeing his name written on the wall at the Devon FA headquarters in Newton Abbot. Listed alongside previous presidents, many with letters after their name, Mr Beer showed his down-to-earth sense of humour. "He looked at me and he said Albert Beer PD — painter and decorator," said Bill. "That was Albert" Living for many years in Northam with his wife Florie, the couple had one daughter, Kathryn. In recent years, after Florie died, Mr Beer lived at Kathryn's home just a short walk from Bideford Football Club. But it was trips up the road to Marshford or visits to the smaller North Devon League clubs he enjoyed most. Last April came one of the proudest moments of his presidency when a team from North Devon won the Devon Premier Cup. In one of his last public engagements for the Devon FA, Mr Beer presented the trophy to Boca Seniors after their win against Bovey Tracey at Ladysmead in Tiverton. "He was absolutely delighted because Boca Seniors became the first team from the North Devon League to win it," said Mr Smale. "Although he would be quick to tell you Appledore won the competition several years ago when they were a South Western League side." Former secretary of the North Devon League Philip Shelton paid tribute to an "admirable figure for the League and the FA", describing him as "someone to whom you always turned when you wanted to make sure you were doing things correctly". "The source of knowledge he had is probably still there, but in the heads of three or four other people rather than one," he said. The Devon FA's north area coordinator, Rob Bates, said Mr Beer had always encouraged and advised him when he started out in football administration. "His knowledge and authority on the game in Devon was unrivalled," he said. "It is testament to Albert's involvement over the years how good a position North Devon football is in today." Paul Morrison, chief executive at the Devon FA, said Mr Beer's wealth of knowledge could often settle a dispute. "He spoke very quietly but always attracted people's attention with each word he said," he said. "He reminded me of the old wise owl sitting in the tree observing all that is happening around him. "What was so wonderful about Albert was that he always loved talking to people about football — ranging from the old boys who put up the nets to those who were the big chiefs of professional clubs — and always treated them all with the same enthusiasm." When he closed annual meetings at Newton Abbot, Mr Beer would talk of his pride at being president. Morrison added: "It always brought a tear to his eye as he rejoiced in telling all he had come from being a humble painter and decorator who loved football, to being the president of one of the biggest county Football Associations in the country. "The Devon FA is hurting as we have lost one of our most well-loved men. But we can ease that pain with the lovely memories Albert gave us all."

August 15, 2009: Jewellery Issue - Important Message for All Players

All referees have been instructed by The FA to strictly apply the Laws of the Game in relation to the wearing of jewellery and in particular wedding rings. Up until this season, at local level, it has been acceptable practice for a single band wedding ring, which cannot be removed, to be taped up. This is no longer permitted and that, from the start of the forthcoming season, ALL jewellery, including wedding rings, MUST be removed. This does also apply to referees (except for a watch or similar device for timing the match).

June 12, 2009: Debt Recovery

The Devon FA can assist your club to recover monies due to your club. However there are strict criteria, mainly involving time limits.

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