Manager: Stewart Parsons – Takes charge of the senior team for his third year.
Secretary: Terry Parsons – More than the team secretary as also helps with team finances and maintenance of facilities in and around Chiseldon Rec.
Home kit: Blue and White striped tops, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Away Kit: Red and black Tops, red shorts, red socks.
Nanogreen Cleaning has been a sponsor of the club for the past 4 seasons and have supported the club in a variety of ways.
Its thanks to the continued support of Craig Duff at Nanogreen that the club and all its teams, have been able to benefit from kit sponsorship as well as help and upkeep of the facilities and equipment.
The club reformed in its current state 11 years ago and has had a number of different youth teams and senior teams playing at both district and county level in that period.
The current management team took over 3 years ago with the team struggling at the bottom of division 1 in the Swindon and District. Huge improvements have been made off the pitch with a more structured and detailed approach being adopted by the management team.
On the pitch, things have improved but expectations for last season weren’t quite met after a dip in form and the team struggled to pick up the maximum points they probably should have.
The end result saw the team finish 6th in the league (5 points behind 3rd place) but a top 3 finish was targeted at the start of the season.
How has preseason gone?
Preseason has been planned out with the emphasis on training sessions in the early weeks to allow new players mix in with the squad, as well as allowing players to gain some fitness, before any games are played.
The two preseason games played so far have resulted in a 2-1 win, against newly formed Regent FC, and a 7-5 loss to Intel. Results aren’t too important in preseason games as the focus is on the performance and the carrying out of the game plan.
Of course, should the game plan be carried out correctly, the wins should come and it was disappointing not to pick up the win after leading in our opening game.
We have 4 more games lined up before the start of the season and with a big squad of players available, it will be interesting to see which of those players make the biggest stake for starting places.
New signings are always welcomed at the start of every season as it helps to add a bit of freshness to the squad. We also have lost a few players to longer term injury and university so new faces always help to fill these gaps.
This year we have had a number of new faces who are still in the trial stages but we can confirm the signings of:
Expectations For The Season
Following on from last seasons plans, we will be looking to push for a top 3 finish as a minimum with the ultimate goal of challenging for the title, if not winning it.
Long Term Plans
The initial plan is to build a squad that can compete at the top levels of the Swindon and District Premier division and become a team that are considered “a good footballing team”.
With the facilities we have at the clubs disposal, we are ready and able to compete at County level. If we can therefore achieve our first goal, we will hopefully be able to pull together a team that is able to compete in the Wiltshire league, as we have done in years gone by.
If we can achieve this goal, we would look to expand the club further by putting together a reserve team to continue to compete in the district league.
Predictions for league winners
The merge of the three divisions down in to two this year, has resulted in very competitive divisions. It is difficult to single out “an easy game” and there are a number of teams that could be pushing for the winners spot.
Preseason games have brought up some good results for Swindon AFC who look a solid outfit this year.
Priory Vale’s 9-2 result against Redhouse a few weeks back stands out, and based on that sort of result and the squad they have formed, they have to be feeling confident and are likely to be number one contenders for the top spot.
With that said, as with most teams, we are backing ourselves and are hoping to be one of the teams in the chasing for the top spot.