Gloucestershire Northern Senior League - Latest News

The Latest news from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League will be posted on this page.

Please ensure that you check this page regularly to stay up-to-date with everything that is happening in the GNSL


Reg Davis Cup Final Postponed

This evening's Reg Davis Cup Final, between Cam Bulldogs and Gala Wilton, has been postponed because of the significant rainfall suffered by the Tuffley area over the course of the last 24 hours.

The match will now be rearranged for an alternative date later in the season.


Brockworth Albion win the GFA Senior Amateur Cup

A year after losing out to Harrow Hill in the 2011 Senior Amateur Cup Final, Brockworth Albion have finally got their hands on the trophy this season.

Returning to the scene of their surprise defeat by last year's Division Two Champions, Brockworth were this time up against another side from the League's second tier, Minsterworth, in the final at Slimbridge's Wisloe Road ground.

Again, the score was 3-1, just like last season, but this time the score-line favoured the reigning Northern Senior League Champions, who consequently picked up the trophy for the first time since 1995


Deadline Date for Return of League Trophies

Clubs are reminded that the deadline for the return of League trophies won last season is March 1st each year, in accordance with the stipulations of League Rule 18.

Clubs that are in possession of one of the League's Trophies are, therefore, asked to make contact with the League Secretary as soon as possible to make arrangements to ensure that the trophies are returned to the League by Thursday, March 1st.


New Date for League AGM

Due to Several reasons beyond the League's control, the date of the Annual General Meeting has had to be changed and will now take place on a different day to the one published in the handbook.

The Annual General Meeting will still take place at Frampton Community Centre but will now be held on FRIDAY, 18th MAY, 2012, commencing at 7-30 pm sharp.


GFA Senior Amateur Cup Semi Finals

The League has, today, received details of the draw for the Semi Final stage of the Gloucestershire Football Association's Senior Amateur Challenge Cup competition.

All four of the clubs still involved are from the Northern Senior League, with two teams from Division One and two from Division Two. As fortune would have it, the Division Two representatives have been drawn at home in both instances and will play host to their Division One opponents on Saturday, 3rd March.

In the first Semi-Final, Minsterworth will entertain Shortwood United Reserves, whilst in the other match, FC Barometrics will welcome current League Champions and last season's beatne finalists, Brockworth Albion to The Newlands in Bishop's Cleeve.

Both games will kick-off at 2.00 pm.


Contacting Match Officials - Important Instruction

It is not an easy task to keep the number of Referees constant within the League. The League is not allocated them anymore as it was in the past and, as a consequence, Referee appointment is solely down to the League's Secretary.

Following the assignment of Referees to particular fixtures, the League Secretary is obligeded to constantly swap and change them each and everyweek because of the requirements of County League Lines, County Cups, illness, non-availability etc. Never a week goes past without something occuring which requires a change to be made but this generally remains invisible to all clubs.

So when there are situations as have occurred recently, where Referees do not arrive to officiate because the Home Club involved did not contact them and speak with them DIRECTLY to confirm the match, as required by the League's Rules, it gives everyone problems and does the reputation of the League no good at all.

Please understand what League Requirements are.

The Home club in each fixture must ring the appointed Referee on the Monday evening before the Saturday match and speak with HIM, not his wife or his children or anyone else, HIM. If it is not possible to speak with him, then a second attempt to contact him must be made on the Tuesday evening. If this is still unsuccesful, the Home Club must then contact the League Secretary, as he has numbers that are not generally available.  He will use these to, hopefully, eliminate any further problems, as outlined above.

Apart from the £10 fine that will be incurred for non-compliance it is not fair on opponents who will be travelling away from home and having such inconvenience, not to mention the personal embarrassment that will be caused by the obvious lack of attention to duties.



Player International Clearance - Critical Update

The FA has announced changes to the procedure for the application of International Clearance and Transfer by players. 

Further Information relating to these changes, which are described by the GFA as "Critical" can be found on the new "Player International Clearance" page of this web site.  This new page can be opened by either selecting the appropriate link on the navigator on the left (under "League Information" ) or by clicking here

Please ensure that, if you are responsible for the registration of players for your club, you are fully conversant with the requirements as now stipultated by the Football Association.



Stroud FC New Secretary Details

Stroud FC has a new Secretary.

His details are as follows:

Steve Woodward,
3 Field Road,
Glos, GL6 6AQ.

Tel: Home 01453 756202,
Mobile 07831 262205.



Offensive Behaviour - Important New FA Instruction

An issue was raised at GFA Council last week concerning the action a referee could take if a participant urinates in a public area during a football match. 

 The Football Association has advised that any participant who is seen by a match official to urinate in a public area, immediately before, during or after a match could be dismissed under Law 12 for “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”. 

 The Association will advise all GFA registered match officials of the action that can be taken.


Cup Review 24th - 28th September

Gala Wilton claimed the Reg Davis Memorial Cup for the first time on the evening of Wednesday, 28th September, courtesy of a 3-2 victory in a richly entertaining final against Star FC, played at the Glevum Stadium by kind permission of Tuffley Rovers FC.

Gala Wilton’s two previous triumphs in the League Cup Competition had seen them lift the Diamond Jubilee Cup back at the tailend of the 1980’s. This time round, they took the lead after just two minutes, when 17 year old Tom Hoskins arrived unchallenged in the Star FC goal area to head home a corner from 5 yards.

Gala Wilton could have added to their early strike on numerous occasions in the next 10 minutes but Star gradually established a foot-hold in the match and their captain, Stuart Walker, nearly had the ball in the net after a quarter of an hour, before realising that he had been flagged off side.

Star then hit the self-destruct button as they conceded two own goals in the space of five minutes midway through the half. First, an Adam Hemming shot from the edge of the area was parried but not cleared, giving the Gala Wilton midfielder a second opportunity to strike at goal. This time, his effort hit Michael Bolton on the knee before ballooning over Brett Pittaway, in the Star goal, and settling in the back of the net.

The unfortunate Bolton was involved again soon after, when he inexplicably headed a long throw from Hemming, on the left, past his own ‘keeper at the near post from just 3 yards out to make it 3-0 to Gala Wilton.

If it seemed as if the game was over, then Star FC had other ideas, though. Steve Conway, the Star FC player manager, announced the team’s intentions by hitting the bar with a shot on the turn from 12 yards and then Shaun Gluyas produced a clinical finish to bring the score back to 3-1 on 31 minutes. If this reduced the arrears, then Steve Conway’s goal just before the break, running onto a defence splitting pass from strike partner Gluyas and coolly slotting it under Gareth Eakers in the Gala Wilton goal, brought Star right back into contention and the 150 strong crowd sat back at half time in eager anticipation of the second half.

There were no further goals after the break, however, even though Gala Wilton, through the ever willing Dorian Colling and hard working Gary O’Durny, went closest to adding to the score. Star could have snatched a draw at the death, with a goal that would have sent the game into extra time, but Steve Conway’s shot was blocked by his own team captain, Stuart Walker, and it was Gala Wilton who were presented with the cup by Mrs Anne Jackson, daughter of the late Reg Davis.

Meanwhile, last Saturday (24th September), 18 Gloucestershire Northern Senior League teams were in County Cup action and there were more than a fair share of surprises amongst the results of the 11 games that were contested.

In the GFA Senior Amateur Cup, Moreton Rangers, from Division Two, took pride of place with a noteworthy 4-1 success away to last season’s Division One runners-up, Broadwell Amateurs. Cain Penkethman got onto the score-sheet for the home side but this strike was eclipsed by Mark Boydell and a Douglas Wallace hat-trick for the visitors. Moreton Rangers will now be away to Kings AFC, from Division One of the Cheltenham League, in round two.

Special mention should also be made of Chalford, who travelled to last season’s Division Two runners-up, Harrow Hill, and came away from the side that is, currently, in 9th place in Division One with a 2-1 victory that has earned them a home draw against Star FC in the next round.

Another Division Two side that did themselves proud by getting past Division One opposition was Barnwood United. 120 minutes failed to produce a winner from their home tie with Leonard Stanley, with Darren Brown and Tony Allen contributing the Barnwood goals to a 2-2 draw whilst Bradley Brinkworth and Matthew Fanstone replied for the visitors. Barnwood United got themselves into the next round by scoring all 5 of their penalties, however, to win the shoot out 5-4 and will now face FC Barometrics, again at home, in round 2.

Bourton Rovers had goals from David Gainford and Adam Webley to thank for their 2-1 win at Hardwicke, who’s only goal was contributed by Craig Harris, whilst extra-time was also needed to separate Cheltenham Civil Service and their visitors, Abbeymead Rovers. 2-1 up with 2 minutes to go, thanks to a brace from Stuart Mitchinson, Civil Service were pegged back at the last by Abbeymead and then conceded two further goals in the extra half an hour to end up on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline. Sam Pritchard, Nathan Davenport and Steve Hodges, with two, scored the goals for Abbeymead. The draw for the second round has handed Abbeymead Rovers a home tie with Fairford United Reserves.

In other games, an all First Division clash saw Winchcombe Town beaten 4-0 at home by Frampton United and Gala Wilton, from Division One, put three past Wotton Rovers, of Division Two, with out reply at Fairmile Gardens. Both victors now have away ties in the next round, at Smiths Athletic and Stonehouse Town respectively.

Meanwhile, Stroud FC and Lydbrook Athletic both succumbed to Cheltenham League opposition, losing out 1-0 to Bishop’s Cleeve III and AC Olympia respectively but a Sam Green strike ensured that Viney St Swithins beat Apperley & Tewkesbury Dynamos, also of the Cheltenham League, 1-0 to set up a second round trip to Soudley.

Finally, in the first round of the Worcestershire FA County Junior Cup, Bredon beat Tenbury United, 4-1, courtesy of goals from Sam Wood and Jake Petitt, who scored a hat-trick.


Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final Preview

The Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final is to be played on Wednesday, 28th September, 2011 and a preview of the match can be accessed by clicking here

The Cup Final is being played at Tuffley Rovers ground and will kick off at 7.30 pm, with proceeds going to charity


Football Kit for the Kids of Uganda

Some of you will remember Russ Green, both through his referreeing activities here in Gloucestershire, (he's now living near Preston) and the fact that he used to be the League's Assistant Secretary.  He is also, of course, the son of League Secretary John Green.  Last year, Russ went to Uganda with a charity called 'Teams4u' and took out football equipment for the youngsters out there. They were really appreciative as they love the game of football and know all the English Premier teams but have absolutely nothing - zilch, they play the game in either bare feet or flip flops!, sometimes without a proper ball! 

Russ and his fellow charity workers took out donated football kit and equipment items for them, together with pencils and note pads and a healthy supply of sweets. He said it was a pleasure to see their faces when he gave them out to them. 

They are going out again in the next couple of months and he has asked if anyone has any unwanted football kits, boots, trainers, bibs, old footballs, old referees kit, used socks, flags, red and yellow cards - in short, whether or not you have anything that relates to football that you don't need anymore and would be able to donate to such a worthy cause. 

Don't worry about collection as something will be arranged something and there is a special arrangemet with the KLM Airline so they can get these items shipped out there.  We all take this for granted on a Saturday afternoon as part of the game we love but believe me it will be well accepted by these kids and will make a real difference to them. Thank you all in anticiapation.

If you think you can help, please contact John Green, the League's Secretary,  as soon as can  so we can get things moving.


League Review - Saturday, 17th September, 2011

A 0-0 draw at Dursley Town proved to be enough for Frampton United to hold on to top spot in Division One, even though Gala Wilton retained their 100% record with a 5-0 win at Leonard Stanley. Brockworth Albion have also made a perfect start to the season, making it 9 points out of 9 with a 3-0 home win over Stroud at Mill Lane. Dave Wilkinson, with two, and Eddie Rimmer were on the score sheet for the home side.

Star FC also remain unbeaten but drop to 5th place in Division One following their 2-2 draw at Harrow Hill. Dan Baglin twice found the net for the home side but Shaun Gluyas replied with a couple of goals of his own for the visitors to ensure that the points were shared. Winchcombe Town also had to be happy with a share of the spoils when they entertained Ramblers, with the final score ending 3-3.

Lydbrook remain anchored to the bottom of the Division without a point to their name, however, following a third successive League defeat this season, this time at home to Sharpness. Mike Etheridge did get on the score sheet for the home side but a hatrick from Higgs and a further strike from Hawes sealed a 4-1 victory for the visitors. Smiths Athletic are only one point better off than Lydbrook and couldn’t add to this tally following their home fixture with Broadwell Amateurs. Stuart Edward scored for Smiths in their 3-1 defeat, which was confirmed by goals from Belfitt, Lewis and Powell for Broadwell.

Meanwhile, in Division Two, only Bredon and Hardwicke can boast 100% records as the League heads for a break, this coming weekend, for County Cup ties. Both teams negotiated tricky looking away games at the weekend and both won 2-1, with Bredon made it 4 wins out of 4 at Moreton Rangers whilst Hardwicke picked up another victory at Cam Bulldogs. Both teams now have 12 points at the top of the table, with Bredon in first place courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Abbeymead Rovers bounced back after their 8-1 mauling at home to Moreton last week by picking up a useful three points on their travels, courtesy of a 3-2 win at Chalford, whilst another side who were under the hammer last week, FC Barometrics, got things back on an even keel following their 5-1 defeat at Bredon 7 days previously with a 1-1 home draw against Soudley.

James Colwell and Dan Wallace contributed the goals to Longford’s 2-0 home win over Cheltenham Civil Service, whilst Viney St Swithins won by the same score at Tetbury Town, thanks to a brace from Sam Green. Barnwood United, meanwhile, picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 win at Bourton and Neal Griffiths, Dean Goddard and Will Steadman made sure of a 4-1 success for Minsterworth when they visited Wotton Rovers


Dursley Town Secretary Change of Address

The new postal address for Scott Thomas, the Secretary of Dursley Town, is as follows

1 Ash Close
Norman Hill
GL11 5FZ
All contact numbers and email address are the same.

League Review - Saturday, 10th September, 2011

Frampton United continued their perfect start to their first season back in Division One with a 2-1 win at Sharpness on Saturday. Stuart Moore scored both goals to make it three wins out of three for the League’s early leaders.

Harrow Hill are also readjusting to life back in the top flight and they gained their first win of the season at the weekend, beating Dursley Town 2-1 at the War Memorial Recreation Ground. Will Steel was on target for the home side but his strike was cancelled out by goals for the visitors from Dan Baglin and Paul Manns.

Lydbrook Athletic failed to gain their first points of the season, though, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Stonehouse Town. Mike Ashenhurst, with two, and Harry Wotton scored the goals for the home side whilst Tom Creed contributed the solitary reply for Lydbrook.

Leonard Stanley, who finished their first ever campaign in Division One by finishing 6th last year, finally got their season up and running with a 2-1 defeat of Stroud lost 2-1 at Harrow Hill. Meanwhile, in the other Division One game, last season’s runners-up, Broadwell Amateurs drew 0-0 at home with Winchcombe Town.

In Division Two, Bredon reclaimed top spot by putting 5 past FC Barometrics to ensure that they maintained their own 100 per cent record. The scorers for the new Divisional Leaders in their 5-1 win were Mark Williams, Nick Hill, Jack Pettit, Daniel Hughes and Wayne Dobson. They ahead of second placed Hardwicke at the top of the table on goal difference after the League newcomers secured a 1-0 home win over Longford, courtesy of Craig Harris.

Another team new to the League, last season’s Stroud League Champions Abbeymead Rovers, returned home on the wrong end of an 8-1 scoreline following their visit to Moreton Rangers. Moreton moved into 3rd place, again on goal difference, thanks to goals from Shaun Stanley, who scored 4, John Neale, Matthew Magee and a brace from Doug Wallace. One of the teams level in the table with Moreton is Minsterworth, who moved onto 7 points following a 4-2 win over Bourton Rovers to which Dean Goddard, Jerome Lewis and Stacy Lee contributed the goals.

In Division Two’s other two games, Cam Bulldogs overcame the conditions to record a noteworthy 3-2 success at Soudley whilst Chalford ensured that Barnwood United remain one of four clubs at the bottom of the table without a point yet this season when they won 4-0 at the Walls Sports Ground

Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final 2011 - Gala Wilton v Star FC

The finalists in the Reg Davis Memorial Cup competition were decided at the weekend, when both Semi Finals were played.

In the First Semi, which was shifted to Gala Wilton's Fairmile Gardens ground because Shortwood United's First team were at home, Gala Wilton earned their place in the final thanks to a 1-0 win. The game was a scrappy affair with few chances, although the hosts had the a majority of what there was, and the windy conditions made it difficult for both sides. Joel White was denied by two outstanding saves in the second half before the deadlock was broken after approximately 70 minutes. Shortwood failed to clear a Gala Wilton corner and Gary O’Durny hooked the loose ball into the net. Following the goal Shortwood pushed hard for an equaliser but Gala Wilton held out to progress to the final.

In the other match, played at Cheltenham Road in Bishop's Cleeve, Division One Star FC established a two goal, first half lead over Cheltenham Civil Service, from Division Two, thanks to goals from Player-Manager Steve Conway and team captain Stuart Walker.  The visitors came back into the match strongly after the break, however, and the match was brought back on to level terms courtesy of two penalties, both of which were scored by Ryan McDonald.  As the momentum of the match now seemed to have swung the way of the Division Two leaders, the home team had to dig deep to find a response but they claimed their place in the final with a winning goal 10 minutes from the end, scored directly from a free kick by Paul Dean.

Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final 2011

The final of the Reg Davis Memorial Cup will, this season, be played on the ground of Tuffley Rovers on Wednesday, 28th September, 2011.  The kick off will be 7.30 pm

The Final will be contested between the winners of the semi final between Shortwood United Reserves and Gala Wilton and the victors in the other game in the last four, which sees Star FC entertain Cheltenham Civil Service. Both of these games will be played on Saturday, 10th September, when the will kick off at 2.30 pm

Change of Club Secretary - Smiths Athletic

The League has been informed that Stuart Elbourn has decided to step down as Secretary of Smiths Athletic.

His replacement will be John Tapp.  John's details are as follows

Mr. John Tapp
21 Muscroft Road,
GL52 5DG
Home Telephone: 01242 582328, Work Telephone: 01242 221491 Ext 33490

Shortwood United Reserves v Lydbrook Athletic Postponed

The Division One fixture between Shortwood United Reserves and Lydbrook Athletic, which was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, 3rd September, 2011, has now been postponed.

This postponement was necessary because Shortwood United's First team have gained a home draw in the 1st Preliminary round of the FA Cup.

The match between Shortwood United and Lydbrook Athletic will now be re-arranged for a new date later in the season


Referee Appointments - 27th August 2011

Please find below details of the referee appointments that have been made for the first round of League matches, which are scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27th August, 2011

Division One

Broadwell Amateurs v Shortwood United Reserves (J Cox)
Dursley Town v Leonard Stanley (T Gladwin)
Gala Wilton v Ramblers (M Scarisbrick)
Lydbrook Athletic v Frampton United (D Brown)
Sharpness v Brockworth Albion (D Purser)
Star FC v Smiths Athletic (D Cook)
Stonehouse Town v Harrow Hill (S Arkwell)
Stroud FC v Winchcombe Town (S Shaw)

Division Two

Abbeymead Rovers v Cam Bulldogs (R Tyler)
Barnwood United v FC Barometrics (W Millin)
Bourton Rovers v Viney St Swithins (A Smee)
Bredon v Longford (P Daly)
Minsterworth v Cheltenham Civil Service (R Meredith)
Moreton Rangers v Chalford ( A Hart)
Tetbury Town v Soudley (K Iles)
Wotton Rovers v Hardwicke (P Middlecote)

GFA Senior Amateur Cup 1st Round - Further Update

Further to the information relating to the GFA Senior Amateur Cup that is detailed below, the Gloucestershire FA has been informed today that Siddington FC are disbanding.  

As Siddington had received a bye through the First round of the Senior Amateur Cup, this has meant that the competition has had to be slightly amended.

The result of this amendment is that the first round tie between Cheltenham Saracens Reserves and Shortwood United Reserves will not, now, be played.  Instead, both teams will receive a bye through to the second round.

For further information with regard to how this decision was reached, please refer to the GFA directly

GFA Senior Amateur Cup 1st Round Draw.

The Gloucestershire FA has released details of the First Round Draw for the Senior Amateur Cup

Ties in this round of the Competition will be played on Saturday, 24th September and will kick off at 2.30 pm. Details of the games that involve Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Clubs are now available on Full-Time and can be accessed by opening up each clubs fixture list.  A full listing of these games can also be obtained by clicking here

Alternatively, click here to open up the Full GFA Listing for the First Round draws of all County Cup Competitions.

The clubs who have received byes through the first round and who will not, therefore, have a game detailed on the list, mentioned above, for 24th September are as follows

Star FC
Dursley Town
Brockworth Albion
Cam Bulldogs
FC Barometrics
Smiths Athletic
Tetbury Town
Stonehouse Town

Gloucestershire FA - Referees Courses

The Gloucestershire FA has recently set up its Refereeing Courses for the 2011/12 season.
In order to help them to fill up these courses and, therefore, to increase the numbers of referees available to grassroots football, they have produced an advert to help promote these courses to a larger audience.

The Advert can be launched by clicking here

Please make as many people as possible aware of this recruitment campaign for referees so that a real difference can be made to a major problem at grassroots level

First 15 Registration Forms - Deadline Day approaches

In accordance with League Rule 8(b), all clubs must have submitted at least 15 correctly completed League Registration Forms to the League's Assistant Secretary by the date that is 14 days prior to the commencement of the season.  As the season starts on Wednesday, 10th August with the first round of the Reg Davis Memorial Trophy, this means that every one of the League's 32 clubs is obligated to have submitted at least 15 registration forms to Dave Birt, the Assistant Secretary, by Tuesday, 26th July.  So far, Dave has only received forms from a handful of clubs so everyone else is reminded that the deadline for meeting the requirements of  this rule is fast approaching.  The fine for failing to comply is £15.

Match Based Suspension Handbook

Following on from the presentation that was made immediately after the AGM on 24th May, the GFA has now released the Football Association's Match Based Suspension Handbook, to further aid comprehension of the new system and, also, to serve as a reference point in the future.

The League has, already, circulated this handbook to all Club Secretaries but the GFA has also asked that the handbook be made available, in downloadable format, on each affiliated League's web site.  Therefore, the handbook can also be accessed by clicking the "Match Based Discipline Handbook" link, which can be found under "League Information" on the navigator to the left of this web site.

If there are any questions relating to this matter, they should be directed to the GFA in the first instance.

 AGM Report

The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League held its AGM this evening and three new clubs were elected to membership of the League. The Champions of the North Gloucestershire League - Minsterworth - and the Champions of the Stroud League - Abbeymead Rovers - were elected into Division Two, along with the Stroud League Runners-up, Hardwicke, who took the place made available by the promotion of Longlevens, who now leave the GNSL to move up to the County League.

 League AGM

The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League will be holding its 2011 AGM on Tuesday, 24th May at the Frampton Community Centre.  Doors will open at 7.00 pm and the meeting will commence at 7.30 pm.  All Club Secretaries should, now, have received their AGM packs, which were sent out via email over the course of the weekend of 14th-15th May.  Any one who hasn't received their packs should contact the League's Secretary, John Green, as soon as possible.

The AGM will be followed by a presentation on the new Match based Disciplinary process that is being introduced for all levels of football at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.  Attendance at this presentation is compulsory and it is estimated that this part of the meeting will take approximately 1 hour



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