After a disappointing 2009/10 season, it is time to wipe the slate clean and look forward to the 2010/11 season with optimism for this great football club. Please see below a list of all the positions that are available within the club. If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the positions can you please inform Ian Collier by Sunday 6th June: President (currently Graham White) Vice-President (currently not filled after Mel Ashton's passing away) Chairman (currently Ian Collier) Vice-Chairman (currently Jon Rodgers) Secretary (currently Ian Collier) Assistant Secretary (currently Derek Heath) Treasurer (currently John Edwards) Committee Officers (currently Lee Evans, Mark Poyzer, Ron Oram, Simon Brinkworth, Richard Halford, Phil Halford, Jason Batty, Lyndon Beard, Alex Mayne) 1st Team Manager (currently Trevor Keen) 1st Team Assistant Manager (currently Mark Roberts) 2nd Team Manager (currently James Blackborrow) 2nd Team Assistant Manager (currently Kevin Thomas) 3rd Team Manager (currently Ian Collier) 3rd Team Assistant Manager (currently John Edwards) Under 18's Team Manager (currently not filled) Under 18's Team Assistant Managers (currently not filled) Club Coach (currently Kevin Davies) It would be great to see as many people involved with the club turn up as possible as there are plenty of issues to discuss which need to get sorted if the club is to be successful next season i.e. 1st team manager, coaching positions etc. This is the players chance to have their say on how the club is run so turn up and voice your opinions. If you would like to add anything to the agenda which you would like bought up at the AGM can you please let Ian Collier know by Sunday 6th June. Thank you.
The end of season 2009/10 presentation night took place last night (Friday 28th May) and trophies were awarded to the following players: 1st Team Manager's Player of the Year â€“ Karl Whittaker 1st Team Player's Player of the Year â€“ Mikey Peck 2nd Team Manager's Player of the Year â€“ Matthew Brunnock 2nd Team Player's Player of the Year â€“ Jamie Taylor 3rd Team Manager's Player of the Year â€“ Josh Wilkins 3rd Team Player's Player of the Year â€“ Lee Sharma Young Player of the Year (George Numes Shield) â€“ Daniel Whittaker Sportsman of the Year â€“ (Ivor James Trophy) â€“ Chris James Clubman of the Year (Rogerstone Community Council Shield) â€“ Ian Collier Most Improved Player of the Year (George Ray Shield) â€“ Daniel Sims Goalkeeper of the Year (Ivor James Shield) â€“ Not awarded this season Top Goalscorer Award (Craig Cowland Shield) â€“ Daniel Whittaker Lifetime Achievement Award (20 Years Service to Rogerstone AFC) â€“ Mark Goodfellow The Chairman also gave out two special awards to Jamie Taylor and Richard Clayton for helping him during the season. A big thank you to everyone who turned up and made the evening a success. Finally, congratulations to the award winners â€“ fully deserved to every individual after a difficult season. Pictured Above (L-R) Daniel Whittaker, Jamie Taylor, Mark Goodfellow. More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.
The annual end of season presentation night will take place on Friday 28th May, 8.00pm at the Rogerstone & Bassaleg Social Club. Awards on the night are: 1st Team Manager's Player of the Year 1st Team Player's Player of the Year 2nd Team Manager's Player of the Year 2nd Team Player's Player of the Year 3rd Team Manager's Player of the Year 3rd Team Player's Player of the Year Young Player of the Year (George Numes Shield) Sportsman of the Year Clubman of the Year (Rogerstone Community Council Shield) Most Improved Player of the Year (George Ray Shield) Goalkeeper of the Year (Ivor James Shield) Top Goalscorer Award (Craig Cowland Shield) There is a comedian booked called Johnny Dimes who comes highly reccomended. Tickets are priced at £2.50 and are available from Phil Halford and Ivor Collier, or you can just pay on the door on the night.
With the A.G.M. just three weeks away the Club is advertising for the positions of manager and assistant manager for the 1st Team, 2nd Team, 3rd Team and Under 18's for the 2010/11 season. The Club is also looking for active coaches to help take training and improve the ability of the squads and challenge the players. This season has been a struggle both on and off the pitch with the teams struggling in their respective league tables and player numbers dropping to an all time low. But it is hoped that if the Club can put into place motivated managers and coaches this will rub off the on the players and a successful season will be had by all. The Clubs seeks individuals who are motivated and committed with managerial and coaching experience. It is hoped that at the A.G.M. the Club's committee will be able to discuss all of the applications with the players and get their opinions on who they want in charge ahead of the start of pre-season training, which begins on Tuesday 29th June. If you are interested in applying for any of the manager/assistant manager/coaching positions please contact the Club Chairman Ivor Collier on 01633 897887 or 07708831611, write to 75 Greenfield Road, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9BT or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications/letters of interest is Sunday 6th June. More information can be found at www.clubwebsite.co.uk/rogerstoneafc.
It's back for the fourth year in a row, the big game between the Over 35's and the Under 35's. The Under 35's have won the first three years on the trot; however this could well be the Over 35's year. Mikey Peck is running the Over 35's team, whilst Mogsy is running the Under 35's team. If you are interested in playing can you please let either Pecky or Mogsy know ASAP so they can start to plan their squads? The changing rooms at the Welfare Grounds will be open at 11.30am ready for a 12.00pm kick-off on the big pitch (full length this year). The game will once again be refereed by Phil Halford. After the game it's back to the Rogerstone & Bassaleg Social Club who is kindly putting on a BBQ and showing the FA Cup Final live on the big screen between Chelsea and Portsmouth. After the FA Cup Final, Lee Evans will be handing out his FA Cup envelopes and the winners will be announced. Finally the last tote draw of the season will take place. Fingers crossed will have the same good weather as last year and everyone will enjoy a fun day so bring the family.
The family of Rogerstone football legend Craig Cowland, who tragically passed away in May 2008, are arranging a charity night on Wednesday 5th May (which would have been Craig's 30th birthday). The event will take place at the Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club and there will be entertainment and fun and games to raise money for CRY which stands for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Helen and Stephen Piacentini or behind the bar at the Rogerstone & Bassaleg Social Club. It is going to be a good night for a great cause and the South Wales Argus will also be present at the event.
You can now follow all the goings on from The Rogie Aces at our Facebook page. Just log onto Facebook and search for Rogerstone AFC and click join group. The page has loads of new photos on their as well a list of all the upcoming Club events.
News broke over the weekend that 1st Team regulars Andrew Cook and Josh Clayton are to leave the club with immediate effect. Andrew, aka Cookie, has been a superb servant to the club since joining back in the summer of 2004 and has gone to appear for the 1st Team for what must be over 100 appearances during those five and a half season. A tough tackling deference who was feared by many Gwent County wingers, Cookie has owned the right back shirt and worn it with pride every single match he has played. Cookie has left to join his home town club Caerleon and will be sorely missed by everyone at the club. Josh, who picked up the clubâ€™s Young Player of the Season award back in 2008/09 has flourished at the club which he joined back in January 2007 and played for both the seniors and the under 18â€™s. He began as an unknown in the 3rd Team and quickly rose to be a key figure in Jimmy Blackborrowâ€™s 2nd Team. It was last season though that Josh made his mark in the 1st Team and featured heavily in centre midfield during the teamâ€™s run to the Amateur Cup Final. Josh is a class act and his choice to step up to the next level and join Risca United in the Welsh League doesnâ€™t come as a surprise to many. Everyone at the club would like to wish Cookie and Josh the very best of luck for the future â€“ stay in touch lads. That means that only Trevor Keen (Manager) and Richard Halford (Captain) remain from last seasonâ€™s cup final team. We already know that Trevor is stepping down at the end of season and I believe now should be the time that the club looks to the future and start planning for life after the cup final team of 2009.
At Monday nightï¿½s committee meeting, it was agreed that Mark Roberts would make the step up from the 3rd Team to fill the vacant 1st Team Assistant Managers position, which was turned down Dave Goddard. Mark will bring a lot of commitment and drive to the 1st Team and I am sure the new 1st Team squad will enjoy working with Mark, who is looking forward to assisting Trevor Keen. That decision meant that their were positions available in the 3rd Team, and following training last night it was agreed that Ian Collier and John Edwards would take up the challenge of managing the 3rd Team for the forthcoming season. Ian and John begin their new roles tonight when they take a squad up to Ynysddu Crusaders for their first pre-season friendly. I am sure Ian and John will create a good dressing room atmosphere and will enjoy a successful first season in charge. So just to confirm, these are the management teams for the 2009/10 season: 1st Team ï¿½ Trevor Keen and Mark Roberts 2nd Team ï¿½ Jimmy Blackborow and Kevin Thomas 3rd Team ï¿½ Ian Collier and John Edwards Under 18ï¿½s ï¿½ Alex Mayne and Karl Whittaker Coaches ï¿½ Kevin Davies and Jon Rodgers
We are into the second week of pre-season training and the signs are that the 2009/10 season will the start of a new era for Rogerstone AFC. It seems that the bulk of the 1st Team, who over the past five seasons have clinched the Gwent County Division Three title and reached the Gwent County FA Amateur Cup Final have come to the end of their Rogie Aces careers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the likes of Adam Edwards, Garry Moores, Richard Clayton, Steven Treasure, Eddie Clement and John Abbott for all their effort over the past seasons.....you have certainly done the Club proud. It is still hoped that the likes of Louis Clement, Ceri Evans, Nathan Evans and James Young return before the start of pre-season training, but this is unknown as they are currently training with other clubs. The loss of these influential players will open the door for every other player in the Club and I hope everyone will now strive to impress 1st Team Manager Trevor Keen during training and the upcoming friendlies. There is no reason why any of the players who played last season, and the new faces who are attending training can't push for the 1st Team spot in the next couple of weeks. We received good news tonight that Dave Goddard will be taking up the role as 1st Team Assistant Manager as from this Thursday. The former Whiteheads AFC manager will be at training to assist Trevor and Kevin Davies with the coaching and I am sure he will bring plenty of new ideas to the table.....which is what is needed to begin this new era. I hope you all will make Dave feel welcome to the Club, he will be a big help in the 1st Team this season. On a sad note, former Club Vice-President Mel Ashton past away after months of illness at 5.00am today. During Mel's short spell in the role he helped the Club a lot financially and also bought forward a lot of good ideas to committee meetings. Our thoughts go out to Mel's family. We will keep you informed of the funeral arrangements as soon as we know them. Finally, there has been some alterations to the pre-season friendly list as Trevor Keen has requested that all mid week games be postponed as he would like to just focus on training during the week and leave the friendlies to a Saturday afternoon. These are challenging but exciting times ahead and I am sure Trevor, Dave and Kevin will thrive on putting together a new look 1st Team and hope all the players will accept this challenge too.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) marks the beginning of the 2009/10 season for the Club, where the seasonï¿½s committee, managers and the way the Club is run is discussed and confirmed. It takes place on Monday 6th July, 8.00pm at the R&B Social Club and everyone is welcome. The 2008/09 season was one of the best seasons in the Clubï¿½s recent history with all three senior teams and the Under 18ï¿½s finishing in the top half of their respective tables, and not forgetting the 1st Team putting the Club on the map with a good performance in the Gwent County FA Amateur Cup Final even though the result didnï¿½t go our way. A good point was to me earlier in the week that ï¿½if is not broke donï¿½t fix itï¿½, and that will be near enough the case as head into the new season. However, there will be some changes which will be confirmed at the AGM, but these are all positive changes for the football club. Starting with the committee positions. Please see below a lost of candidates putting themselves forward for election for the committee positions: President ï¿½ Graham White, replacing Club founder Ivor James (R.I.P.) Vice President ï¿½ Mel Ashton (Would be his third season in the role) Chairman ï¿½ Alex Mayne (Would be my second season in the role) Vice Chairman ï¿½ Jon Rodgers, replacing Richard Halford who agreed to step down to open the way for Jon who wants to help take the Club forward. Secretary ï¿½ Ian Collier, replacing Louise Howells who steps down after one season and a big thank you to Louise for all her hard work last season. Ian wants to return after a season break and has a wealth of experience in the role. Treasurer ï¿½ John Edwards (Simply the Best ï¿½ has been going for too many seasons to remember) Officers ï¿½ Ron Oram (also Under 18ï¿½s Treasurer), Jason Batty, Richard Halford, Phil Halford, Lyndon Beard, Richard Clayton Unfortunately, I have been informed that Ray Samuel (Reaper), Louise Howells and Ceri Evans will not be continuing on the committee next season and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their effort during their time on the committee. I am still waiting to hear from Alan Edwards and Adam Edwards as to whether they are continuing on the committee next season. There are positions available on the committee as we are always looking for hard working football enthusiasts to help run the Club. If you are interested in joining the committee please let me know before the AGM. There are roles available such as helping the 1st team on matchdays, updating the website, writing articles/match reports for the programme, organising fundraising events and helping to the get Club into the media. Or maybe you have another idea/role which would benefit the committee ï¿½ please just let me know, I am open to all ideas/suggestions. So now on the serious stuff ï¿½ the management teams. I have spoken to all the managers and assistant managers this week and we are set for different changing rooms next year. Trevor Keen will be continuing as 1st Team manager following the success of his first season in charge and he is full of ambition to take the Club even further forward next season. However, his assistant manager last season, Kevin Davies, will not be continuing that role next season as he is not available every Saturday next season. Kevin will be moving upstairs and take up a new role of Club Coach (Director of Football in the real world). He will continue to take training through pre-season and the winter months, however, rather than just concentrating on the 1st team on the Saturdays he is available, he will now be watching every team in the Club and helping to coach/improve all the players. Kevin has managed and coached at the top level of Gwent County football and next season the Club intends to use Kevin to his full potential to improve the coaching and therefore all the players within the Club rather than just the 1st Team ï¿½ you will all be seeing a lot of Kevin next season. So that leaves an open space on the 1st Team bench which I am sure will be filled shortly as we are already in talks with local men who maybe interested. The Club just wouldnï¿½t be the same without Jimmy Blackborow, so donï¿½t panic as Jimmy is enthusiastic as ever and has signed up for another season with the Reserve Team. However, Jimmyï¿½s faithful assistant Ray Samuel (Reaper) has decided to step down due to family commitments, which is understandable. Jimmy and Ray have created a great working partnership over the past couple of seasons and Ray will be sadly missed. But he is still signing on for the Club and intends putting on his playing boots every Saturday so we will still be seeing plenty of the Reaper. That opens another door and Jimmy has begun looking for a new assistant manager which I am sure will be announced shortly. The most improved side within the Club last season, the 3rd Team, will have the man behind the evolution in Mark Roberts for his second season in charge. Markï¿½s win-win attitude changed the 3rd Team changing room philosophy last season and he canï¿½t wait to continue this progress next season. Alongside Mark will be the ever reliant Kevin Thomas, who the biggest breath of fresh air the Club has experienced for many seasons when he joined last summer and itï¿½s great to have him back on for another season. There have been several conversations with possible replacements for the open assistant manager positions with local lads Ben Brewer (who has coached Risca United) and Niki McGowan (a top player for Rogie before his bad run of injuries). Talks are still ongoing with Ben and Niki and as soon as I get news I will let you know. If there is anyone else out there who is interested in applying for the vacant assistant manager positions please get in touch. The Under 18ï¿½s are continuing for their third straight season, and as the majority of last seasons squad are now too old, there will be a new squad of players pulling on jersey next season, the majority from the successful Rogerstone Rangers Under 16ï¿½s team. The Under 16ï¿½s managers didnï¿½t fancy making the step-up to the Under 18ï¿½s, so Ron Oram and I will continue from where we left off last season and work with the new squad. I am looking forward to finding the next Josh Clayton and Danny Whittaker. Of course, all of the committee members and the managers are not yet guaranteed their roles for next season as they need the players to turn up at the AGM and vote for them so we need as many people their as possible. Finally, the AGM is the place where the players can put forward their ideas/thoughts on how the Club should be run next season. At the end of the day it is your Club, the committee only run it, so please attend the AGM and come forward with any suggestions which you have, big or small. You may have an opinion on the coaching, the finances, the R&B Social Club, training, matchday organisation or even the kits ï¿½ come along to the AGM and get it off your chest. I think that covers everything for now. The pre-season fixtures list is nearly confirmed and this will be posted on the website shortly. If you can not make the AGM then donï¿½t worry as I understand some of you may think it is boring. Look forward to seeing you at the AGM ï¿½ Monday 6th July, 8.00pm at the R&B Social Club. Alex Mayne Chairman Rogerstone P.S. ï¿½ Donï¿½t forget seniors pre-season training begins on Tuesday 14th July, 6.30pm at the Welfare Grounds, whilst the Under 18ï¿½s pre-season training will begin on Wednesday 15th July, 6.30pm at Cefn Wood pitches.
As we approach the 1st July, the official start to the 2009/10 season, Rogerstone AFC are pleased to announce another significant step in improving the football club even further. For many season it seems the club has no official club colour, in recent seasons the 1st Team has played in blue, the 2nd team has played in yellow and the 3rd team has played in red. In addition royal blue polo shirts have been worn by everyone involved in the club on matchdays. In recent years the Under 18's have started wearing a green strip and this was followed by the 2nd team last season, and not forgetting the other local football set-up Rogerstone Rangers JFC have green as their main club colour. The other major sporting teams within the community of Rogerstone, cricket and rugby, also play in green. Therefore, the decision has been made that Rogerstone AFC's main club colour will be green going forward. It may take several years to purchase green kits for the 1st and 3rd team, however, the aim is that within three seasons all the teams within club play in green on matchdays. This will of course see the end of the royal blue polo shirts, which have seen the club through good and bad times in recent years. They were worn when the club welcomed Newport County to the Welfare Grounds for a pre-season friendly back in 2006 and 2007. They were are on full view by players and supporters at last season's Amateur Cup Final appearance. And not forgetting they were worn by everyone present at Ivor James' and Craig Cowland's funerals, both club legends. So royal blue and a mix of different colours is no more.....and Rogerstone AFC move into a new era of the club's existence wearing green, and this will keep us associated with the local community.
Any ladies interested in playing football out there? Well why not get yourself along to the Rogerstone Welfare Grounds every Monday and Thursday evening from 7.00pm - 8.00pm and join in the fun. You will need to bring the appropriate equipment such as football boots and shin pads. There is a welcoming and fun atmosphere so get yourself along and let off some steam. Everyone welcome, even if you have never played football before, just come along and give it a go - you will enjoy it.
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