Fleet Town Football Club
Fleet Town FC was officially formed in 1890, making it the oldest sports club in the town. 2017-18 sees the club enter its 16th consecutive season at this level and brings new challenges as it looks for stability and progress under the new management team of Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt.
Alec Grant, Chairman
For the last sixteen seasons, the Club, which is affiliated to the Hampshire FA, has maintained its status playing in Step 4 of the Football League in England & Wales and plays in the Southern League, now known as the Evo-Stik League South, in the East Division.
As of the 25th September 2017 I became the Club’s new Chairman and besides thanking the committee for their faith in me I would like to say a big thank you to Chris Arnold who, following the tragic demise of Steve Cantle, stood up to the plate as acting Chairman for nine months. I can only imagine how difficult that time would have been for all those involved with the club.
I am a dedicated supporter of local football in my home town but when I moved to Fleet from the West Country I was promptly seconded away to Barrow-in-Furness. Eventually on my return Fleet Town FC came to my attention via Richard Whittington our Secretary.
However, my credentials for Chairman stem from my career in business and it is in this area that I believe I can add most value to the Club. I am absolutely committed to making this a vibrant community club and would like to see a return of many previous events and competitions.
I am convinced the management team will get it right on the pitch but their success will be dependent on the revenue we can raise from our facilities for which we have significant plans for improvement. We are fortunate to have some very significant sponsorship including the Frankii Foundations ground, the Brackenwood stand and Domino Pizzas in conjunction with Surrey Hire for the first team strip. Many local businesses also take banners around the ground and we are extremely grateful to them as they give the club a community feel.
In Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt we have a very competent and passionate management team. Steve and Andy have experience at our level of football together with extensive knowledge and contacts, both locally and within the game.
With virtually an entirely brand new squad of players, the team have already shown in pre-season games that they are coming together as a team and that we can produce winning football that is good to watch. Of late we have not had the run of the ball but we are not complaining as things even out over a season and I have complete faith in the management and the team.
More people involved at Fleet Town FC will further improve our stability and maintain our status within the Hart District as a football club that is supported by and contributes to its local community.
During the coming season the Club is also looking to extend and reinforce our close ties with Fleet Town Colts FC, and Fleet Town Girls & Ladies FC. Furthermore, the Fleet Town FC U18 Youth team has been relaunched this season and will play midweek games in the Allied Counties Youth League.
The Club’s aim is to provide an environment where local players can progress from their junior and youth teams to represent the area at a level appropriate to their ability and hopefully represent the Fleet Town FC First Team.
Fleet Town FC Joint Managers Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt
Steve and Andy became joint managers in June 2017 following the departure of Craig Davis who had been the player manager for the last five seasons.
With only two players staying from last season, they face a rebuilding job this season in difficult circumstances as we look to maintain our step 4 status. Both bring a lot of experience to the club through playing and managing. They are forming the basis of a good squad that with time will gel into a solid team.
Their approach is to create something new at the club and they have taken on a real hands on approach to being part of our set up. They both have a wide range of contacts in and around the area and have been able to bring on some large sponsorship deals this season that haven’t been seen before.
Andy Hunt said, “Fleet Town has always been a special club for me as I made my senior player debut for them when I was just 18 years old. This is a huge task to get them back into a place where they should be but both Steve and I are very confident we will create something special here that the club and supporters can be proud of. This season we want to build the foundations to move forward in the future. It will be tough but we know exactly what is needed.”
Fleet Town Girls & Ladies Fc
Fleet Town Girls Football Club was formed in 2001, with a couple of teams. In 2003 the club attained Chartered Standard Status and was the first all-girls club to achieve chartered status in Hampshire. In the 2008/09 season the club was awarded Hampshire FA Charter Standard Club Fair Play Award Winners. In 2009, as our numbers had grown and we had teams at most age groups from U10’s to U18’s the next natural progression was to start the Ladies Team.
The Ladies Team Formed was formed for the 2009/10 season and included some of the players who had started the Girls club in 2001. 2013/14 season saw the Club get another award, The Hampshire FA (Aldershot District) Charter Standard Club of the year. In 2014/5 the club received two more awards; Hampshire FA Fair Play Award Female Youth Winners and Hampshire FA Respect Award Winners.
Fleet Town girls and Ladies now has over 150 members, with teams starting at U10’s through to the Ladies Team. The Club has now attained FA Charter Standard Development Status. The growth of the club would not have got to where it is today without all the hard work from countless volunteers over the years.
The Fleet Town Colts Youth Football Club
The Fleet Town Colts Youth football club was started in July 1992 and has since seen significant growth throughout the years in terms of the numbers of playing participating each week at both training and in competitive matches.
For the past few seasons the Club has had close to 300 children participating in football, with teams at age groups from U7 through to U18. In addition the Club works closely with the Fleet Town FC Youth teams for 16 to 18 year olds. In many of the younger age groups our numbers are such that it enables us to have as many as five teams within one age group. The increase in our numbers over the years reflects the success of the club’s development programme which starts with the ever popular and successful Saturday morning club for those aged five and six. Our success as a club culminated in our achievement of the FA Charter Standard Award in August 2003, which we have managed to maintain ever since.
Given the continued growth in the number of boys and teams playing for Fleet Town Colts – we had over 300 players and 23 teams last season; we are seen as one of the largest clubs in Surrey and Hampshire. To ensure that the Club is able to recognise the differing needs of 11-a-side, 9–a-side, 7-a-side and 5-a-side football, the Club is run by a single management committee, but tries to split itself to deal with the different characteristics and formats of mini-soccer (5-a-side and 7-a-side), youth junior (9-a-side) and youth senior (11-a-side) football.
The Club, which is affiliated to the Hampshire FA is one of the largest in Surrey and Hampshire and plays the majority of its football in the Surrey Primary League (www.thesurreyprimaryleague.com) with a number of our teams competing in the North East Hants Youth League (www.nehyl.org.uk) and the East Berkshire Football Alliance (www.eastberksfa.com).
This season, as well as our teams competing in the traditional 7v7 mini-soccer and 11-a-side youth soccer, we will also compete in the 5v5 and 9v9 formats of the game recently introduced by the Football Association at mini-soccer, and junior level.
The Club is affiliated to the senior adult club, Fleet Town FC, as well as the Fleet Town FC Youth team, and also has close ties with Fleet Town Girls & Ladies FC.