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Grainger’s Managerial Memories

Here we look back on Kevin Grainger’s time leading the first team of which started back in September 2009 with a 5-1 home defeat to Walsham le Willows. Taking over from the departing Karl Johnson the side had just been knocked out of the FA Vase losing 2-1 to St Neots and in the seven league games played already had won just one and drawn two and were sitting on five points. In what was always likely to be a tough season ahead having just been promoted as champions back into the Premier Division the task was to avoid relegation and stay in the league.

 

Grainger’s last game in charge (last Saturday) funnily enough also saw him host Walsham le Willows as he did all those years ago for his first game in charge, this time however it was five goals for the jockeys with no reply and a comprehensive victory, how the times have changed since 2009. The first few years were a struggle to avoid relegation before finally going down back to the First Division at the end of the 2011/12 season.

The next season 2012/13 promotion back to the Premier Division followed at the first time of asking having been runners up in the First Division and it was the following season that the clubs fortunes really turned. Grainger linked with the Cambridge University Press side that had folded after winning the First Division and brought in many of that winning squad. This gave Newmarket Town one of the best squads it had starting a season in many years.

 

A League Cup Final victory in May 2014 against Felixstowe & Walton for the first time in the clubs history winning 2-1 along with a 9th place finish back in the Premier Division capped a fantastic season and one Kevin is very proud of.

This followed a 6th place league finish, 13th the following season and then equaling the highest in the clubs history with a third place last season. Last season also saw the club reach the League Cup Final for the second time, this time as runners up to Mildenhall Town, whilst also reaching the Semi Final of the Suffolk Premier Cup losing to Lowestoft Town.

The full statistics of Kevin Graingers managerial career at Newmarket Town as First Team Manager are:

Games; 409

Won; 170

Drawn; 72

Lost; 167

Win Percentage; 42%

Scored; 743

Conceded; 750

Goal Difference; -7

Total League Points; 460

Average league points per season; 51

We asked Grainger to reflect on his time in charge with a few questions.

Best/Most Memorable game?

That would have to be the Cup Final victory against Felixstowe at Diss Town. What a day, the build up, the game, the match plan we had that worked to perfection, the goal, the finish by Ross Paterson and the celebrations that followed, that is what the years of hard work are about, those days.

Worst Game you want to forget?

A Friday night away at Felixstowe, what a nightmare, everyone was late and we barely warmed up, if i remember rightly 6-0 down at half time. We let in some horrendous goals that night with errors from everyone. The final score was 6-2, we were slightly better second half but that was a long drive home on a Friday night.

Best Signing Made?

Jack Higgs, just pure quality, a sweet left foot and was far too good for us/our level, such an asset to the team.

Best Trainer?

This would have to be between Jack Watson and Scott Paterson, both train as they play.

Player Most Committed to the club?

Scott Paterson, he has been great to the club, a leader in the squad and all round fantastic for the club.

Most Disappointing/Frustrating Moment?

The Semi Final Loss to Lowestoft last season. A team two leagues higher than us and we competed with them throughout, the scoreline of 2-0 didn’t really reflect the game as it was far closer than that and gutted for the lads, myself and the club to miss out on another cup final.

Favorite Away Ground?

Hadleigh United, what a great set up, lovely clubhouse, dressing rooms and hospitality the lot. Even though we have had a mixed bag of results there over the years.

Unluckiest Away Ground?

Kirkley and Pakefield, it is miles away and we never seem to get any great results there neither and have been on the end of some big defeats, last minute winners and all round very unlucky place for us to go, which always makes the drive home worse.

Over the seasons Kevin has had a total of 232 players play for him and the top of appearances and goalscorer charts for him are.

And from all the players that have represented Newmarket Town in his time we asked Kevin to pick his best team from those 232 and this was his selected line up

Thanks once again to Kevin Grainger for his time as the Club Manager and for his information for this interview.

 

 

End of an Era and Club Changes

Newmarket Town Football Club are sad but excited to announce changes within the club.

The First change and unfortunately due to ill health sees John Olive step down from his role as Chairman. The club can not thank him enough for his leadership over the years, taking over as Chairman in 2009 with the club still financially struggling he has been key in turning things around. Leading the committee with all the new changes to the ground in recent years including the fantastic 3G and he leaves the club in a far better place on and off the field.

Everyone at the club would like to wish John all the best for the future and hope his health improves, he has already said he will be around for games whenever possible.

The second is the change of role for First Team Manager Kevin Grainger who comments.

“I would like to inform everyone that after Saturday’s game at home vs Walsham le Willows I will be stepping down as First Team Manager, this is to take up the position of Chairman at the club due to the ill health of John Olive.

It has been great times, especially the last five years with two cup finals and a Suffolk Cup semi-final. Finishing 9th, 6th and 3rd last year in the league have been highlights for me.

I have had great support from the Chairman, committee and staff at the club and would like to thank them all, it also goes without saying that without the players I wouldn’t have had the success neither and they have been fantastic and a privilege to manage.

At the club with the changes and new pitch it has now become a seven day a week operation and along with the committee we move forward.”

It has been great times for the club with Kevin as First Team manager reaching two League Challenge Cup finals, winning the first one in the club’s history in 2014.

Last season 2016/17 saw the clubs most successful season on the pitch in its history, Runners up in the League Challenge Cup Final, a Suffolk Premier Cup Semi Final and a third placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division (equalling the highest league position for the club).

The club would like to thank Kevin for all his work over the years as first team manager, taking over in September 2009 to lead the team he is “Mr Newmarket” and no one more fitting to fill the shoes as the new club Chairman than Kevin himself.

The Third and final change to the infrastructure sees the club install a new First Team Manager and stepping up into that role is Michael Shinn. Having joined the club as Assistant to Kevin in October 2017 he will now lead the team on the pitch, a man with great experience as a player and as a manager at this level previously with Haverhill Rovers.

New Chairman Kevin Grainger say’s “I will endeavour to give Michael my full support as we look to move the club onto the next level.”

Everyone at the club wishes him all the best and every success for the future.

National Non League Day and Youth Day

Last Saturday to celebrate National Non League Day we also celebrated our own Youth set up at the club. Inviting all youth teams along including players, coaches and managers, to watch the game, take part in a half time photo and have the opportunity to be drawn out of the hat to be one of eleven mascots on the day.

With over 400 attending the game with Histon on the day it was a great turnout made even better by the 4-0 victory.

A big thanks to everyone organising and taking part on the day it was a huge success.

Here are some of the photos taken from the day

Club announce new Stadium Sponsor



Newmarket Town are delighted to announce a new one-year sponsorship deal with construction industry experts Bloor International Enterprises.

Bloorie will become the Club’s stadium sponsor and back of shirt sponsor for the remainder of this season starting from today, with their logo prominently featuring on the back of all club shirts and training wear.

With a Head Office and Manufacturing facility based near Thetford, Bloorie deliver a range of services from large-scale commercial glazing to architecturally designed and manufactured rooflights and skylights for the domestic marketplace.

Sponsorship Manager, James Blair said of the partnership: “Bloor International Enterprises have made a commitment to supporting local and community driven organisations. This is why becoming the Stadium Sponsor at Newmarket Town FC is so important to us. Not only does it give us the opportunity to showcase our brand to a wide and captive audience, but it gives us the privilege of supporting a club that opens its doors to hundreds of children almost every day of the year. Sport is something that unites everyone, from all corners of the globe, and we firmly believe that by investing in Newmarket Town FC, we are making sure that those doors are kept open for our local community, week in week out, for the foreseeable future.”

John Olive, Chairman commented that: “Bloorie have a strong community connection being a local company and we are delighted that they have added us to their partnership clubs which already includes Cambridge United and Norwich. Two clubs that Newmarket have a great working relationship with.”

We thank Bloor International Enterprises for their support and welcome them to todays game.

For more information on Bloor International Enterprises please visit www.bloorie.com

Ladies Team Player Lauren Deller to offer Physio facilities in the clubhouse

The club is delighted to announce that Lauren Deller – BSc Hons Sports therapist, part of the Ladies team that gained qualification to the next round of the Ladies FA Cup has decided to rent a room in the Newmarket Town FC clubhouse to offer local people sports therapy.  As part of this deal Lauren has agreed to offer an exclusive discount to existing members of Newmarket Town Football Club.

Lauren is an experienced sports therapist and has BSc Hons Degree, ITEC level 4 sports massage qualification, Kinesiology taping, and dry needling qualification. Lauren has worked in numerous sports injury clinics, as well as at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Bury Town FC, Mildenhall Town FC and Ipswich Town FC.

Sports Therapy is an attribute to healthcare that can offer injury assessment, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for acute or chronic injuries. The injuries can occur from sport or work, it is important that the injury is treated quickly and effective; as this will promote sufficient healing and reduce the risk of injury re-occurrence due to the area being left weak and vulnerable.
Sports Therapy provides treatment includes sports massage, kinesiology taping, electrotherapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation for a wide range of injuries such as:

  • Muscles strains/tears
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Muscle pain/ soreness (DOMS)
  • Muscle stiffness/ increased muscle tightness
  • Postural defects ~ Acute (new) and chronic (old) injuries
  • Joint pain or injury Inflammation
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica.

To find out more or book Lauren’s services please see her poster below:

Youth Day 2017 – in conjunction with Non League Football Day

Saturday 7th October sees our annual Youth Team Day, showcasing the strong foundations the football club is built on by celebrating the participation of all of our youth teams from under 7’s all the way up to under 18’s
The culmination of this day will see us invite all of our youth teams on to our fantastic 3G pitch at half time for a large panoramic photo
Also as part of this day we are offering eleven exclusive mascot places for any children part of our Youth Team setup attending the youth day.  As a mascot you will be invited into the dressing room before the game, walk onto the pitch alongside your chosen player, take part in the pre-match photo and could be chosen to ask questions after the game during a Q&A session.  To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive experience, please collect your raffle ticket before the game – the draw will be made at 2.30pm on match day.
There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and various other activities going on.
Book your tickets online to get Adult tickets for just £2 each, all Children Under 16 go free.

 

Please note tickets are only £2 via this link and will be full price on the gate. You will need to download and print your tickets to gain access, please don’t do this on a mobile – after purchasing you will receive an email containing a download link to the ticket. Please check your junk email if you haven’t received it.


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If you are a local business and interested in advertising in the match day programme or exhibiting on the day, please email sponsorship@newmarkettownfc.co.uk for more details

U18’s Coach Wanted

Newmarket Town U18’s are looking for a coach to join the management team.

The side train on a Monday and play in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cambridge Division with games midweek.

The club are looking for an enthusiastic coach to join as part of the team to help with training sessions and on matchdays

We would be looking for someone with at least an FA Level 2 in coaching or working towards it.

The coach would also need to have an up to date DBS certificate.

For anyone interested please contact Kevin Parsons by email on kdp888@hotmail.co.uk

It’s a wrap – Cambridge United prove the perfect build up to FA Cup Weekend

Tuesday 19th July 2016, and the newly revamped Ridgeon’s Stadium played host to an all-star Cambridge first team as the wraps fully came off the brand new £750,000 pitch. It was a day of excitement and crowds flocked to see the pitch in all its finery.
Fast forward just over a year and yet again the Cambridge United/Newmarket Town partnership that sees hundreds of Cambridge youth team members train regularly at the state of the art 3G pitch was helped further when Cambridge United sent over a development squad. If 2016 was about the uncovering and the spectacle, 2017 was most certainly about the future. Cambridge’s team packed full of youth and talent. And after Newmarket Town’s near miss on promotion last season, the excitement is very much about what the current team might dare to dream and ultimately achieve.
The game didn’t disappoint with both teams starting well and play a high energy, high pressing game. The first half ended with Newmarket Town one nil down, but the game was in the balance.  The old cliche is that the next goal was crucial, and that was provided for Newmarket by Simon Swinton. It proved the turning point and the Jockeys soon took a 2-1 lead through Lloyd Groves before Cambridge pegged them back to 2-2. With the game approaching the closing stages it was our top striker from last season, Lewis Whitehead, who found himself through on goal before expertly placing a delicate chip over the keeper to seal a 3-2 win.
The Jockeys have one last pre-season friendly away at Bar Hill tomorrow (Thursday) evening 6.30pm kick off.
The new season starts at 3pm on Saturday 5th August with a home FA Cup game versus Great Wakering Rovers.

Season ends in disappointment

Sadly Newmarket Town’s season ended in disappointment with two defeats in their final weekend of games in the Thurlow Nunn League. The Jockeys lost the League Challenge Cup Final to local rivals Mildenhall in a closely fought game at Diss on a cold Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. The game got off to a disastrous start for Newmarket when Luke Butcher scored for the Hall from a Steve Spriggs free kick in the first minute of the game. Lewis Whitehead almost levelled the scores five minutes later when skipper Jack Watson fed him a perfect pass but his shot curled away over the head of a defender. Ollie Snaith, who had been recalled into the Newmarket squad following his recent stint with Cambridge City, was then was involved in a couple of scoring opportunities which sadly came to nothing. Mildenhall then conceded several free kicks for fouls on Lewis Whitehead and Deakan Napier but unfortunately none of these resulted in good scoring chances. Mildenhall finished the half strongly with Steve Spriggs putting in two great shots which were blocked by Ben Nower and Mark Webster respectively. Half Time Score 1-0

The Jockeys were soon back on level terms after the resumption when Jamie Thurlbourne put in a superb cross to Mark Webster who headed the ball down into the net from close range. The Jockeys were playing some excellent passing football which resulted in shots from Ollie Snaith and Deakan Napier. Mildenhall preferred a more direct route to goal and they also came close to scoring when Ben Nower had to make a stunning one handed save from a shot by Steve Spriggs. The decisive moment came in the seventieth minute when Dan Brown broke free down the left side of the pitch and put in a cross to the unmarked Steve Spriggs who hammered the ball into the net from twenty yards out. The Jockeys almost got back on level terms when Simon Swinton just failed to connect with another of Jack Watson’s teasing crosses. Final Score Mildenhall 2 Newmarket 1

On Saturday the Jockeys got off to an equally bad start when a shot by Callum Bennett in the fourth minute rebounded off James Chivers and Bennett made no mistake with his second opportunity to put the ball into the net. Jamie Thurlbourne, Jack Watson and Simon Swinton all had good chances to score before the interval but Craig Jennings came closest to scoring for the home side when he forced Ben Nower to make a brilliant save ten minutes before the break. Half Time Score 1-0

The Jockeys tried hard to get back into the game in the second half but Tom Winter sealed the points for the home side with a well taken goal in the sixtieth minute. This victory sealed the runners up spot in the League for Felixstowe. Final Score Felixstowe & Walton 2 Newmarket Town 0

Despite the weekend’s disappointments the Jockeys have finished the season in third place in the League scoring more goals than any of the other teams by a wide margin. Lewis Whitehead has also topped the individual goal scoring chart. Overall this has been the best season for the Jockeys since way back in the 1990’s and there is no doubt that this is down to the quality of both the current squad of players and the new 3G pitch at the Ridgeons Stadium. The hard working committee of the Club are planning some further ground improvements over the summer and everything bodes well for the future of football in Newmarket.

Report by Graham Edwards

Newmarket v Cambridge

Honours even in final home game

Both sides failed to convert several good scoring opportunities into goals in Newmarket’s final home game of the season and the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils. The Jockeys had two early chances to score but Eamon Hatoum’s shots were both cleared away for a corner. Following the second of these corners Jordan Haverson broke down field for the visitors and his shot was only cleared by the defence to Jack Herbert. His low shot went through a crowd of players in the home goalmouth to give the visitors an early lead. However the Jockeys levelled the scores in the 28th minute when Jamie Thurlbourne weaved his way past a defender. His shot was parried away by Luis Tibbles but only to Charlie Bowen who headed the ball firmly into the net. With just minutes remaining in the half Nathan Stone broke through the defence and despite having four attackers against just two defenders he chose to shoot himself from long range. Fortunately for the home side his shot went well wide of the goal! Half Time Score: Newmarket 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 1

Mid way through the second half Lewis Whitehead set up great chances for both Deakan Napier and Charlie Bowen but sadly neither could hit the back of the net. In an attempt to break the deadlock Kevin Grainger moved Jamie Thurlbourne from full back into the attack and this move helped create several more chances. With ten minutes remaining Thurlbourne found Deakan Napier who took the ball to the line and pulled it back to skipper Jack Watson but his tremendous shot was just saved by Luis Tibbles. Napier then had a shot from just six yards out which was again saved by the visiting keeper who was in fine form. In the final minute of the game a great passing move involving several of the home side ended when Jack Watson fired the ball over the bar. Full Time Score Newmarket 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 1

This result leaves the Jockeys in third place in the league. They now need to win their final game at second placed Felixstowe & Walton next Saturday by four clear goals  if they are to overtake the Seasiders and claim second place for the first time in 50 years. It is a tough ask but with this group of determined players anything is possible. It’s certainly going to be a tough and exciting end the to season next weekend with the League Cup Final against Mildenhall also taking place on Bank Holiday Monday.

Match Report by Graham Edwards