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2012

Happy New Year From All At Fry Club JFC!

Fry Club JFC would like to wish you all a Happy New Year as 2012 closes.  We hope that next year is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for all, and for our teams, a successful and injury free one.  See you in 2013!

 
Merry Christmas From All At Fry Club JFC!

Fry Club JFC would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas as 2012 nears its end.  We hope that Santa brings you everything that you want, whilst we here at Frys are just hoping that Santa brings dry weather so that the flooding goes and we can play again! For more pictures, visit the Flood page.

Flood!!!
 
Frys U9's Go Video Against Avon Athletic!

With our U9's now playing organised games in the Hanham Minor League, they have decided to record a few for posterity.  There is now a brand new Video Lounge on this site where each of the films can be centrally accessed, as well as going direct to YouTube to watch them.  Here we have Avon Athletic on 30th September 2012, and the film of game 1.  For more on the Under 9's, visit their Team Page.

Coming soon to a cinema near you!

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - The End!
Finally the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their European Tour during Easter 2012, closes.  After a wonderful experience for the players, siblings and parents who made the 1000 mile round-trip, we made the journey home full of happy memories.  Here are photos of the players and parents having fun On Tour.  For more on the Tour as well as the Team Blog, visit the Tour Page.  There is also a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Flying the flag for England and Frys

 

Easter International Open

 
The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly On... Frys!

Yes it's the time of the season!  Major rainfall in just three days has seen the entire bottom fields flood, and means that there will be no football at Frys this weekend, with more rain forecast. Click to see more photos from the flood earlier in 2012, or you can trawl the Flood Archive for past rain delays.....

Believe it or not, this is the bottom car park with the fields to the right!

 
Frys Remembers Past Teams!
Going back through the archives, Fry Club JFC can again present some more of its history to the online world. This is our Under 11 team from the 1976-77 season and are: Back Row, left to right: Dave Kipling, Dave Tucker, Mark Salter, Neil Bidgood, Colin Down, Shaun Hutchins, Dave Brock, Lee Woodman & ?, Front Row, left to right: Keith Heywood, ?, Johnny Little, Martin Beard, Simon Maddox, Mark Hicks, ?, Mark Crawford & Paul Hirons. Do you know any of these players, especially those whose names are missing?  If so, please e-mail us. If you look closely, you will even spot the parent of a member of the U5 Management Team!

Back Row, left to right: Dave Kipling, Dave Tucker, Mark Salter, Neil Bidgood, Colin Down, Shaun Hutchins, Dave Brock, Lee Woodman & ?, Front Row, left to right: Keith Heywood, ?, Johnny Little, Martin Beard, Simon Maddox, Mark Hicks, ?, Mark Crawford & Paul Hirons.

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 8
Almost completing the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their European Tour during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos of the players and parents on their Journey To The Tournament. For more on the Tour as well as the Team Blog, visit the Tour Page.  There is also a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Ready to depart for Holland

 

Easter International Open

 
The Role Of Social Media In Football
This week, a directive was issued by the Avon Youth League reminding Clubs about the role of Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter, and reminding everyone involved in sport that using social media to spread abuse or defamation will not be tolerated. Social media has been at the forefront of controversy recently with Kevin Pietersen of England Cricket, American Football's TJ Lang of the Green Bay Packers and Football's Ashley Cole all falling foul of their sport's governing bodies over Social Media.  This Wall Street Journal article takes a closer look at the way the governing bodies are dealing with this, this ESPN article asks if sports stars need better social media education, and this Independent article looks at some recent Twitter controversies.

Facebook

Twitter

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 7
Continuing the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their European Tour during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos of the players and parents relaxing and having fun at the Het Heijderbos Centerparc where they stayed. For more on the Tour as well as the Team Blog, visit the Tour Page.  There is also a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Is this lad old enough to drink?

 

Easter International Open

 
FA Clarifies Playing With Hearing Aids
The FA have clarified their stance on players wearing Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants.  "Players wearing hearing aids or devices should be permitted to play. Modern technology has enabled hearing aid devices to be lightweight, made of suitable material, compact and cause no safety issues to the player wearing the device or any other player."  More guidance can be read on the websites of The FA and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) to who Fry Club JFC have signed up for the Deaf Friendly Football Club Pledge.

Cochlear Implant

 
Frys Remembers The Carnival Atmosphere!
Going back through the archives, Fry Club JFC can again present some more of its history to the online world. Back in the 1970's and early 1980's, Keynsham regularly held an annual Carnival, and whenever possible, Somerdale Wanderers would enter its own Float into the parade.  Photographs from 1978, 1979 and 1982 have recently been unearthed, and can be viewed via the Archives page.  If you look closely in the 1982 photographs, you may even spot a current Frys Manager taking part back when he was a player.

Somerdale Wanderers players wearing the latest fashion...

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 6
Continuing the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their amazing experience during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their sixth and final game against Islev BK, a game which ended 9-0 to Frys. This was our controversial ending to the Tour, not because of this game, but because of the actions on the next pitch by Voorschoten'97 who deliberately lost their game by a high score to prevent us from making the final! (We have an e-mailed admission!)   You can read the Match Report, and for more on the Tour as well as the Team Blog, visit the Tour Page.  There is also a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Del starts another attack against Islev BK

 

Easter International Open

 
A Sad Farewell!
Fry Club JFC regret to announce that the U11 team have had to withdraw from the League.  Starting just two years ago with the bare minimum of players, the team slowly grew in terms of results, however the Management have had non-football issues to contend with and could no longer give the time commitment that they knew the role needed.  We thank Ian and his Team for their efforts.
Fry Club JFC U10's
   
Sunday 9th September 2012, 10:30am
Fry Club JFC would like to wish all teams the very best for the coming season.  We hope that you have a successful, enjoyable and injury free year.
Kick Off Time.........
   
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 5
Continuing the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their fantastic adventure during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their fifth game against Voorschoten'97, a game which ended 2-0 to Frys. You can read the Match Report, and for more on the Tour as well as the Team Blog, visit the Tour Page.  There is also a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Aaron rolls the ball into the net for the first goal against Voorschoten'97

 

Easter International Open

 
U11's Triumph At Cadbury Heath
Over the summer, Fry Club U11's (now U12's) travelled to a number of tournaments and were successful in a couple of them.  One was the Cadbury Heath 6-a-side, and a photograph of the boys before the tournament can be seen here.  For more on the U12's, click on their Team Page.
Cadbury Heath 6's Winners 19/05/12
   
Player's Need To Colour Code Their Tape!
A new directive has been passed down straight from FIFA, following on from last years directive that underarmour needs to match the kit in terms of colour.  This season, FIFA are stating that all tape must match the colour of the kit it's on top of.  If you have black socks, use black tape! Also, wearing a different colour ankle sock outside the football sock thus giving the appearance of a different colour to the ankle area of the football sock, is being outlawed.  If (for example) a referee sees a player with black insulation tape over red socks that is visible, he or she will order the player to remove the tape (or if the ankle socks are worn over the football sock, remove the ankle sock).  Failure to do so will lead to the referee stopping the player from taking part until they have complied.  If the tape is under the turnover of the sock and is not visible then this is not a problem.

The wearing of tape that clashes with the official sock colour is no longer allowed

 

You can now buy all colours of tapes, but make sure they match your socks, home and away!

 
All Team's Fixtures Are Now Online
As each team finalises their squads, the various Leagues complete their work, including publishing the upcoming season fixtures.  Full-Time, which is administered by the FA, is the preference for the majority of Leagues now, and the Bristol U18 & U21 Football Combination, the Avon Youth League, the Bristol Girls League and the Hanham Minor League are no different.  To see your upcoming fixtures, go to your team page via the Current Teams link on the left, and browse away.

The fixtures are ready!

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 4
Continuing the tale of Fry Club U15 Colts and their amazing experience during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their fourth game against Husum BK, a game which ended 0-0, and ultimately decided the group. You can read the Match Report, and for more on the Tour plus Team Blog, visit their Tour Page.  There is also now a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Eye on the ball against Husum BK

 

Easter International Open

 
FA Overhaul Youth Football System
In the biggest change to Youth Football since the inception of the FA, a new way of thinking has finally been approved.  A new Player Pathway has been approved which includes the following mandated formats.  For U7's and U8's, 5v5 will be the playing structure.  This will progress to 7v7 for U9's and U10's, before progressing again to 9v9 for U11's and U12's.  At U13's, there is the open option; carry on playing 9v9 up to U16, or convert to 11v11 for the final four youth years.  What impact this has on the structure of local youth Leagues remains to be seen, as does the implications on Clubs with relation to facilities for the differing size formats of both pitch and goalpost.  More information on the ideals behind these changes can be found via the website of the FA.  Comment and consideration can also be found at Club Website including the 25 Recommendations and The Future Game technical document.  For more information, you can also click here to download the FA Youth Development Proposals PowerPoint presentation.

Major changes to English football from the FA

 

The Future Game best practice technical document

 

The format of youth football is changing

 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 3
Fry Club U15 Colts had an amazing experience during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven and Nijmegen in Holland, and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their third game against IF Kvistgard, which Frys won 1-0, taking them through as group winners, and you can also read the Match Report.  For more on the Tour and to read the Team Blog, visit their Tour Page.  There is also now a short video showing highlights of the Tour, and this can be found in the team Video Lounge.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Winning the tackles against IF Kvistgard

 

Easter International Open

 
U11's Triumph At Frome
Over the summer, Fry Club U11's (now U12's) travelled to a number of tournaments and were successful in a couple of them.  One was the Frome Town Youth 6-a-side, and a photograph of the boys with their medals can be seen here.  For more on the U12's, click on their Team Page.
Frome Town Youth 6's Winners 12/05/12
   
Think You Know The Laws Of The Game?
Click on Laws_Of_The_Game and see if you do!  Alternatively, if you would like to see the official version, just click on FIFA to go to their website, and download Laws of the Game 2012/2013.  You may be surprised at what read ......
Think you know the Laws of the Game?
   
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 2
Fry Club U15 Colts embarked on a great Tour over to Holland during Easter 2012.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their second game against vv Sliedrecht, which Frys won 2-0, and you can also read the Match Report.  For more on the Tour and to read the Team Blog, visit their Tour Page.  For more on the now U16 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Frys subs ready to come on against vv Sliedrecht

Easter International Open

 
IFAB Say Yes To Goal-Line Technology.

On Thursday 5th July 2012 at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting, a vote was taken over the future use of goal-line technology as reported on the BBC Website.  There are eight members of IFAB, with the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FA's making up four of the members, and FIFA holding the other four votes.  For any law change to be agreed, there must be at least six votes in favour.  There were two competing technologies on offer, Hawkeye and GoalRef, and the calls for technology had increased after Ukraine had had a legitimate goal disallowed against England when John Terry had cleared the ball from behind the goal-line.  FIFA have also announced that individual FA's can make their own decision on whether to introduce the system, with the English, German, Swiss and Dutch all indicating that they will.  UEFA, under the leadership of Michel Platini still favour the use of two extra Match officials, one by each goal, however that approach was in place for the England v Ukraine match, and they still failed to spot the goal....  This technology is expected to be in place at the next World Club Championship and will be in use at the next World Cup.  The Premier League will implement it as soon as possible, but it may be too late for the 2012-13 season.

Hawkeye

 

 

 

 

GoalRef

 
Congratulations To All Award Winners!
The Fry Club JFC Annual Presentation 2012 was held on Sunday 10th June at Frys.  The presentation rewards all of the hard work and effort that each player puts into the Club, and the major awards presented are Penalty Competition Winner, Skill Award Winner (Up to U11), Sportsperson of the Year and Player of the Year.  Also loyalty is rewarded with the Stan Taylor Five Year Award and the Les Stroud Ten Year Award. For photographs of the Winners, please click the link.
Trophies
   
Fry Club JFC Annual General Meeting.
Fry Club JFC will be holding their AGM on Monday 25th June 2012 at Fry Club & Conference Centre, starting 8.00pm.  All members are welcome to attend.  If you have any motion that you would like to see tabled at the AGM, please contact the Club Secretary by e-mail before the close of play, Friday 22nd June. Full details can be found by clicking AGM.
The Constitution
   
Aaron Wins Kickboxing Area Title!
Fry Club U15 Colts player Aaron Sutton is a British Kickboxing Area Champion.  His planned British Title fight was postponed but Aaron instead fought for the U17 Area Title, even though he is still an U15.  Aaron won his title after just three rounds as his opponent, who had just turned 18, was unable to continue.  Aaron, who fights out of the Phoenix Freestyle Club, is now looking forward to a possible Celtic Challenge.  To find out more about Kickboxing, you can visit the websites of the World Kickboxing Federation, the International Sport Kickboxing Association or the British & International Kickboxing & Martial Arts Association. For more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Aaron with his Title Belt

 
Goal-Line Technology To Be Tested By England.

With the debate hotting up over the use of goal-line technology, we have look at the two competing technologies which are to be tested.  One is Hawkeye, already used at major sporting events such as Tennis and Cricket, and this will be tested during the England v Belgium friendly on the 2nd June.  Hawkeye works by utilising six cameras per goal to track the ball on the pitch.  The system triangulates the exact location of the football, and an encrypted radio signal is sent to the referee's wristwatch to indicate a goal has been scored.  The other system is GoalRef, which was tested on 20th May, at the Danish Superliga game between Silkeborg IF and SønderjyskE.  GoalRef works by usings a microchip implanted in the ball and the use of low magnetic waves around the goal which detects if a goal has been scored, and a message is then relayed to the referee.  More on this story can be found on the BBC Website.  The final decision is due on Thursday 5th July 2012 at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting.

Hawkeye

 

 

 

GoalRef

 
Manager's Win Back Ron Williams Cup.
After four trophy-less seasons, the managers of Fry Club JFC finally won back the Ron Williams Cup.  This Cup is competed for annually by the U16's at the end of their "youth" tenure with the Club, against a combination team made up from their parents, and the managers within the Club.  For the second time in our history we had two U16 teams, and so it was agreed that the managers would play the U16 Colts first, then the U16 Juniors, in two 50 minute games, and then the two scores would be added to give the overall result.  First up were the U16 Colts, fresh from winning the 3rd Division, but they were no match for the quality of the managers who, for the first time in years had a squad with an average age of under 50 thanks to the new, younger managers who have joined the Club in recent years.  The managers won the first game 3-0 and set the U16 Juniors, fresh from winning the 4th Division, a daunting challenge; win, and win by three goals to retain their trophy.  It was not to be however as the managers won this game 2-0.  For photos of the day, click on Manager's Match.  There are also links above to both U16 teams and a history of the Cup.

Fry Club JFC Managers

 

Fry Club U16 Colts

 

Fry Club U16 Juniors

 
Keynsham Retain Bob Whittington Cup!

In a close, but enjoyable match, Keynsham Town narrowly retained the Bob Whittington Memorial Cup with a 3-1 win over Fry Club JFC.  Played in a great spirit on the new astro surface at Keynsham, this match is an annual celebration of the life of Bob Whittington, who had close ties to both Clubs, and who was killed in a road accident on his way to watch his son play at Keynsham in 1998.  With both Clubs running two sides at U16 level for the first time it was decided to play three thirds, with Keynsham Town Juniors (runners-up in the 1st division) playing Fry Club Colts (winners of the 3rd division) first, then Keynsham Town Colts (9th in the 4th division) play Fry Club Juniors (winners of the 4th division) next, before finally an mix of all teams play the final third.  Unfortunately due to injury and commitments Frys could only field a joint team to play all thirds.  Keynsham Juniors won the first third 1-0 before Keynsham Colts and Frys drew the next period 1-1, Clappy getting the Frys goal, and finally Keynsham beat Frys 1-0 in the final period to win 3-1 overall.  For photos from the match click on the Bob Whittington link, or for the respective team pages please click on the team names.

Keynsham Town Juniors

Fry Club JFC

Keynsham Town Colts

Keynsham Town's Captain retains the Bob Whittington Memorial Trophy

Frys Player Takes A Shot At The Title!
Fry Club U15 Colts player Aaron Sutton is getting ready for a British Kickboxing Title fight.  Aaron, who fights out of The Banjo Freestyle & Parkwall Tae Kwon Do Club, has his fight at Avonmouth Rugby Club on Saturday 9th June, alongside 24 other bouts which include four other British Title Fights, across the Boxing, Kickboxing and Thai Boxing disciplines.  If anyone is interested in supporting Aaron then tickets range from £20 standing, to £35 seating with waiter service, and are available via Aaron's mum Sam on 07954 430296.  For more images of a recent bout in Evesham, visit Tarncroft Photography. To find out more about Kickboxing, you can visit the websites of the World Kickboxing Federation, the International Sport Kickboxing Association or the British & International Kickboxing & Martial Arts Association. For more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Aaron in a previous fight

© Tarncroft Photography 2012

The Banjo Freestyle & Parkwall Tae Kwon Do Club

 
U15 Colts Start The Summer With A Win
Fry Club U15 Colts started their annual Summer of Tournaments with a win at the FC Chippenham Youth tournament.  They met another team from our Club in the final, in the guise of the U15 Juniors, and in a 40 minute final, ran out 4-1 winners.  There is a backstory behind their progress to the final, but that's not important right now.  What's important is that they played, and came away 2012 Champions.  To watch a video of their medal presentation, click YouTube, or for past videos click Video Lounge. For more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.

FC Chippenham Youth winners 2012

 
Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day!

As this Spanish Armada inspired rhyme from the time of Queen Elizabeth I suggests, there has been quite a lot of rain recently.  One consequence familiar to the teams who play at Frys, is the flooding of the bottom fields.  Click to see more photos from this 2012 Flood, or you can trawl the Flood Archive for past rain delays.....

Spot the goalposts

There go the bottom pitches....
 
U15 Colts Tour Of Holland - Part 1
Fry Club U15 Colts recently returned from a great Tour over to Holland.  Taking Part in the Easter International Open centred in the area between Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Germany, this was a four day trip for a two day Tournament.  Here are photos from their first game against Vios '38, which Frys won 5-0, and you can also read the Match Report.  For more on the Tour and to read the Team Blog, visit their Tour Page.  For more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Frys and Vios '38 exchange Pennants before the first game of the tournament

Easter International Open

 
U16 Colts - Division 3 Champions!
Congratulations to Fry Club U16 Colts for winning the Avon Youth League 3rd Division.  After the U15's won the 5th Division last season, they had enough players to form a second team, and those players duly became the Juniors.  With the Juniors taking up the Division 4 position, the Colts were pushed up to Division 3.  They have had a great season, with their only defeat a controversial League decision, after Frys withdrew their players at half-time due to safety concerns.  Their final game of the season was against Bitton in a winner takes all match.  In front of a large crowd, and after going one down, Frys stormed to a 3-1 victory, and with it the title.  Click for photos of the after match Celebrations, including relaxing back at Frys.  Click for photos of the game against Bitton from earlier in the season.  For more on this team, click on their Team Page.

A Large Crowd Watch The Decider

Fry Club U16 Colts - Division 3 Champions!

The Succesful Management Team

 
U16 Juniors - Division 4 Champions!
Congratulations to Fry Club U16 Juniors for winning the Avon Youth League 4th Division.  After the U15's won the 5th Division last season, they had enough players to form a second team, and those players duly became the Juniors.  With the original Colts moving to Division 3, it fell to the Juniors to see what they could achieve.  They had an inauspicious start, losing 7-1 to Mangotsfield Utd as well as drawing and then losing 5-1.  From that point they rose, and aside from losing to Mangotsfield again, this time just 2-1, they won every other game, beating Mangotsfield to the title by just one point.  Congratulations must also go to debut manager Phil Spencer and assistant Ade Rowbottom for knitting the team into an excellent football squad, and for forming 19 disparate young men into a group of friends.  For more on this team, click on their Team Page.

Fry Club U16 Juniors - Division 4 Champions!

 

 

Fry Club U16 Juniors - Division 4 Champions!

 
Player's Health To The Fore.
With the recent heart attack suffered by Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, and even more recently the revelation that Stiliyan Petrov has Acute Leukaemia, health awareness in football is at a very high level.  These are not the only players to suffer illnesses at a young age, with Cameroon international Marc Vivien Foe, formerly of Manchester City collapsing on pitch during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and dying shortly afterwards of Hypertrophic Cardio Myopathy, and players such as Ajax's ex-Bristol City player Evander Sno (survived a Cardiac Arrest), Swansea striker Besian Idrizaj who died in 2010 aged 22 of a suspected Heart Attack, Bangalore Mars Football Club striker Venkatesh died on the pitch less than a week after Muamba's attack, and Gary Ablett, the only player to win the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton recently lost his battle with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  But it's not all doom and gloom.  Muamba is making a steady recovery, and ex-England and Crystal Palace player Geoff Thomas (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia), former Bolton player Alan Stubbs (Testicular Cancer), and ex-Arsenal striker John Hartson (Testicular Cancer) have successfully battled deadly illnesses.  English football has also recently come together to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer, and it is hoped that with a greater understanding of each of these afflictions, that one day a cure will be found for each.

Give Blood

 

 
U15 Colts Countdown To Tour!

Fry Club U15 Colts are just two weeks away from their Tour to Holland.  They are entered into the Easter Open, International Youth Tournament which is centred around Limberg in Holland and runs from the 6th to the 9th April.  For more on the Tournament, click on the U15 Tour Page, and for more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.  You can also view a list of other teams which have entered the tournament, and from which country by clicking on Opposition.  There will also be a Tour Blog which we hope each player will contribute to whilst they are away.  The countdown has begun!

#UPDATED# Tournament Day 1 - Group E - Fixture List and a full explanation of how to get to the final is on our U15 Tour Page.

Cross of St George

Flag of the Netherlands

 
More Somerdale History Unearthed!
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Fry Club JFC can present some more of its history to the online world. Starting in 1979 as U10's managed first by Ken Iles, and then later by Mike Bruton, this team went on to forge the link betwen the junior and senior sections of Fry Club football when as U16's in 1985 they switched as a team to adult football, becoming the Fry Club 4th team, a link which continues to this day.  For photos of this team through the years click on their Team Page, and for more past teams, click Previous Teams.

Somerdale Wanderers Under 11's, 1980-81 season wearing the classic "Away" green!

 
Frys Girls Pack Up For Christmas!
On the 15th December 2011, Fry Club U13 Girls helped with Christmas bag packing for customers at ASDA, Longwell Green, to raise funds for new kit. The girls worked really hard and raised over £300!  We would like to thank ASDA and their staff and customers for kindly allowing us to do the bag pack again this year.  For more on our U13 Girls, please look at their Team Page.

Raising team funds by bag packing at ASDA

 
The Deaf Friendly Football Club Pledge!
Fry Club JFC have signed up to the Deaf Friendly Football Club Pledge and undertook some recent training in Coaching Deaf Footballers, and basic football British Sign Language (BSL).  By signing up to the Deaf Friendly Football Club Pledge our Club commits to taking small and simple steps to help break down these barriers and become genuinely inclusive for deaf children and young people.  By signing up to The Pledge our Club doesn’t have to spend money and it doesn’t need to have sign language interpreters.  Our Football Club just needs to be aware of the issues and barriers that a deaf young person faces when walking into a brand new football club and adopt a positive attitude towards deafness and deaf issues.  More information can be found on our Coaching Deaf Footballers & BSL page, and also on their website under Find A Club.  For any Club looking to sign up to the Pledge, please download the Pledge Leaflet PDF, and return to the address provided.  To contact our Deaf Friendly Co-ordinator, please e-mail.

Coaches on the Coaching Deaf Footballers course in Yeovil on 18th Feb 2012

What is Deaf Friendly FC?

Coaches on An Introduction To British Sign Language For Football course at the SFA HQ, Glastonbury on 25th Feb 2012

 
Plans For The New Fry Club Confirmed!
Taylor Wimpey have released their plans for building the new Fry Club & Conference Centre.  It aims to have the Club up and running by January 1st 2014, as reported in This Is Bristol.  Further details can also to be found at Keynsham People.  The new Club has been the source of much debate, with many doubting it would ever be built.  Now hopefully people can rest assured that there will continue to be a Fry Club in Keynsham, with all Sections fully functioning and seeking new members!

Fry Club & Conference Centre

 
Frys Attend Record SFA Coaching Event!
On Saturday 11th February 2012, Somerset FA ran one of its regular Continuous Professional Development in-service workshops for Charter Standard Clubs.  This was a special workshop as Somerset FA's very own Brendan Dix ran a Goal Keeping workshop that was attended by more than 50 coaches from across 30 clubs countywide, a record number for this type of event.  It was an introduction to goal keeping with Brendan delivering 90 minutes of useful goal keeping drills and small sided games that the coaches could use to deliver to their club goalkeepers.  For more information on the event, click on the Yeovil Goalkeeper Coaching link.  These events and more are provided by the Somerset FA, and information on these Courses can be found on their Website.  You can also watch 'keeper drills delivered by England Coach Tony Parks by clicking on the 'Keeper Coaching link here, or on the left side of our Home Page.

Oufield players in readiness for spills, watched by more than 50 coaches from Somerset Charter Standard Clubs

Somerset FA

A large crowd of coaches learn new goalkeeper training drills and techniques

 
Goal-Line Technology Decision Due In July
With many recent disputes and controversies over "did it go in or didn't it" FIFA have confirmed that a final decision will be made in July 2012 at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting, over the use of goal-line technology.  Read more via the BBC, The Science Of Sport website and the Talk Sport website where the article also has video links showing examples of where this technology could have changed the result of the game, and in the case of Bolton v Everton, changed who was ultimately relegated from the Premiership in the 1997-98 season.  Also check out footy-boots.com with their excellent look at the subject in four parts; The Technology, Testing The Technology, Alternatives and finally The Manager's Perspective.

England denied a goal in the Worl Cup 2010 against Germany, as Frank Lampard's shot clearly went over the line

 
Frys Wanderers Get Valuable Win!
Fry Club U15 Wanderers finally got their first points on the board last Sunday with a great win over Southmead C.S. Colts at Frys.  Having already won games this season, Frys had cruelly lost those points as those teams had withdrawn from the League.  Frys dominated play and should have scored more, however Jordan Harris and Jake Holmes ensured that Frys took all three points despite going a goal down early on.  Full-time doesn't include goal difference, however this actually moves Frys off of the bottom of the table.  For photos from the game, click on Southmead, and you can also check out the Wanderers via their Team Page.

Frys Wanderers equalise against Southmead

 
Ex-Frys Player Making His Mark In The Conference League.
A Frys Colts / Somerdale Wanderers old boy is making a name for himself this season in the Blue Square Premier Conference League.  Keynsham's Matthew Green first started playing football under the current U15 Colts Manager back in 1995 as an Under 9, before joining his friends in the newly formed Frys Bees under Glyn Rossiter.  He left after two years to join Keynsham, however came back to the original Colts as an U14 on a part-time basis, and played in the U16 County Cup Final.  As a professional, Matt spent two years at Newport County, then two at Cardiff City as well as loan & permanent spells with Oxford Utd, Torquay Utd and Darlington.  In this time, Matt scored the opening goal at Wembley Stadium as Oxford defeated York City 3–1 in the 2010 Conference National play-off Final on the 16 May 2010.  Now with Mansfield Town, 25 year old Matt is scoring regularly as these screenshots from Sky Soccer Saturday show.

Matt scores against Ebbsfleet

Matt scores against York

Matt scores against Cambridge

 
Santa Claus Was Coming To Town...!
For their last training session just before Christmas, our U15 Colts decided to get into the party spirit.  Every player (and trainer) wore festive hats, and to enhance the party atmosphere, their Manager provided each player with a Goodie bag, containing a drink, balloons, toys and party blowers.  There was then a selection of sweets and treats to be won in the various training games.  It was a great way to see out the year.  Click for more photos of the Training Session, and for more on the U15 Colts, click on their Team Page.

Hats off to the U15 Colts

 
The End Of The Factory?
It is being reported locally that the plans for Somerdale include the demolition of most of the Factory, an iconic landmark in the local area.  Also in the news however is a report that the "Hams" area, our bottom pitches located on the flood-plain, will be gifted to Fry Club, as well as the construction of a £2 to £3 million new Fry Club.  Much as we would be sad to see our Factory go, if this is born out then it would guarantee the future of Fry Club, and with it hopefully our Junior section.  To read the latest, click on Bristol Evening Post.

Cadbury's Factory, possible due for demolition

Our iconic local landmark

 
Wimpey Homes Buys Somerdale Site!
It was announced on Saturday that Kraft have sold the Somerdale site to Wimpey Homes for around £50 million.  Plans for the site include about 700 homes, a school and a hotel as well as a nursing home, restaurant and a new Fry Club. You can read various articles via the following links at the BBC, This Is Gloucestershire, Keynsham People and via the Daily Mail.
The Somerdale site that Wimpey Homes have just bought.
 
Racism In Football And England.
With Luis Suarez currently serving an eight match ban for racism, and two men finally being found guilty of the murder of Stephen Lawrence on April 22nd 1993, we wonder just how prevalent racism is in our Country? From Daily Mirror Football, this Brian Reade article explores the situation for black people within the FA, this Tony Parsons article looks at the life of Stephen Lawrence as well as racism in Great Britain, this Brian Reade article looks at the conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris, Martin Lipton looks at the ban and the implication for English football, and Oliver Holt argues that the ban is right.
Stephen Lawrence
 
Welcome 2012 With A New Poll.
Fry Club JFC welcome you to 2012, and following on from last year's successful kit poll, kick off the new year with a new poll.  This time we are looking the four major US sports, and asking you to vote on which you think is the best?  This poll will run throughout the year, with the results revealed at Christmas.  Happy voting!
 

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It is hoped, perhaps forlornly, that more parents and players involved in Youth Football will come to realise that its not just about winning. Anyone reading this and wondering what is meant by this should visit the FA Website