2020/21 Season Review
Is definitely one way of describing this season. Even though it was the season that never was...
Sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic and associated lockdowns, the season was cancelled. The first team were flying high at the top of division 2a, undefeated in nine games. The reserves were holding their own in 4a, in their first season back after nine years absence. Training was well attended, firstly at the Moor whilst the light was good, then on the excellent 4g surface at Shelford Rugby Club. All this despite the uncertainty COVID-19 has brought into all our lives.
Recently as lockdown was eased we were able to field both teams in the Cambs FA 'champions league' style competition. Both sides performed with great credit at times, playing against higher placed opposition more often than not. Particularly the first team who nearly qualified for the knockout stages.
Perhaps the thing to be most proud of this season has been the unity and drive of all concerned in the club. There have been many new faces this season, two new managers took the reins for starters, who then integrated several new players. Everyone has mucked in and worked hard. This is perhaps most obviously demonstrated in our charitable efforts. We held a Gin Night, a Quiz Night, ran two Last Man Standing competitions and - last but by no means least - virtually ran to Istanbul and back for CPSL Mind. The combined tally of this seasons fund raising efforts is as follows:
25% of general fund raising - £467.76
Virtual run to Istanbul - £3375.28 raised + £843.82 gift aid = £4219.10
Total = £4686.86
Our fantastic sponsors.
Steve & Kerry and team at the Black Horse for making us feel so welcome.
Terry Muncey for technical expertise and time when sorting out the store room.
Everyone who came and watched us play.
Everyone who donated to charity.
Everyone who ran or walked to Istanbul.
Everyone who lent a hand with something!
We'll see you next season down the Moor.
All football at our level is suspended until further notice. Hopefully things will improve and we can all get back playing safely soon.
Lest We Forget
Sadly the club will not be able to play with poppies on our shirts this weekend.
As with previous years we were ready to wear them with pride, to commemorate those who gave everything to protect the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy today.
We will remember them.
Sad news this week as former player Martin Winter lost his long and brave battle with cancer. Martin was a handy forward in local football. His figures in our 'appearances and goals list' do not do him justice, as they came at the end of his playing days.
Those of us lucky enough to have played with him will never forget his wry humour or pessimistic assessments of our chances in the game ahead. Sayings like, "This lot are going to stuff us today!" were not uncommon.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Race Night Postponement
Due to the new restrictions regarding public house closing times etc. we have taken the decision to postpone the race night until further notice. We will let you know as soon as we re-schedule.
August Bank Holiday Gin Festival
Cheers! A great night was had by all in the Black Horse garden.
Finally the weather relented enough to let everyone enjoy the outdoors and some Gin and mixers. On offer were: Bulldog, Opihr, Roku, Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger, Pinksters, Tanqueray Seville & Adnams Copper. Tonics or ginger ale plus a variety of fruit to suit all tastes.
It was another well attended event and thanks are extended to Ben Fox for organising things. Thanks also to Steve and Kerry at the Black Horse for their warm hospitality.
On the night £872 was raised and will be distributed as follows:
£386 - Melbourn Football Club
£386 - Meldreth United Football Club
£100 - Shepreth Wildlife Park
Friendly Fixtures & Training
We are pleased to announce the following friendly matches ahead of the season starting on Saturday 12th September. All games are 6:30pm kick off's.
Thursday August 6th
Melbourn XI v Melbourn XI v Melbourn XI!
Thursday August 13th
Bassingbourn 3 - 1 First Team
Reserve Team 1 - 2 Orwell Reserves
Thursday August 20th
Orwell Reserves 3 - 1 Melbourn
Reserve Team 2 - 1 Duxford Reserves
Thursday August 27th
First Team 1 - 4 Barrington
Steeple Morden Reserves 2 - 0 Reserve Team
Thursday September 3rd
Bassingbourn 1 - 1 First Team
Reserve Team 1 - 0 Harston Reserves
Tuesday September 8th
Reserve Team 3 - 2 Cambridge Ambassadors
Training moves to Tuesday nights 6:30pm, starting August 4th.
The official total raised last season for CPSL Mind was £1,829.74!
Carlin Pipe was once again Players' Player of the season. He had the honour of choosing CPSL Mind again for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
For more information regarding our fund raising efforts for CPLS Mind please visit our new dedicated page - CPSL Mind
The Ressies Are Back!
Melbourn FC are delighted to announce more exciting news with the confirmation of the return of the Reserve team.
The Cambridgeshire FA have accepted our application, to confirm the return after several years as a single team club. Taking the reigns as the new Reserve team manager will be Gareth Crouch, who brings with him experience of managing near neighbours Barrington Reserves. Gareth had this to say on his appointment, "It's superb news the reserves have been accepted into the league. Training has been great and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone, it looks like the squad will be strong. I can't wait to get the ball rolling!"
The excellent numbers and quality on display at training sessions should ensure both teams challenge in their respective divisions next season.
A message from Chairman Mick Walker - "We are very pleased to welcome Gareth 'Gaz' Crouch to Melbourn FC as our Reserve team manager and would like to thank him for choosing us. He will be working very closely with first team manager, Chay Wilson, to ensure we offer appropriate development for our squad members and local youth for the benefit of our club. We're looking forward to seeing the club continue to grow with Chay and Gaz in charge of on-field matters"
The Reserve team is also intended to be a platform for young players transitioning from youth football. Any players interested should contact the club secretary Simon Gascoyne (07732 613555).
With the 2019-20 season officially completed we can now confirm a change of management, and announce Chay Wilson as the new manager of Melbourn Football Club. He will replace outgoing player-manager Ben Fox. Fox had already signalled his intentions to step down in the summer to the Club’s committee, primarily due to his work commitments as a fireman. Fox will remain with the club as a player and committee member.
At 27, Chay Wilson is another young FA qualified coach for Melbourn. Due to injuries disrupting his playing career, Wilson found a new love for the game in management. In his debut season as a manager he secured silverware at Orwell Reserves and now firmly believes that he can build on Melbourn’s success in recent times.
On his appointment Wilson said “I’m very excited to get things started for the season ahead. With the depth of the current squad and some potential new signings I am confident we can have a squad that can challenge for the league title this season”.
We officially closed off the 2019-2020 season by hosting our virtual presentation night.
A last bit of fundraising for club funds, (as usual 25% will be donated to Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind - CPSL Mind, our official charity of the season), which saw a brief race night followed by the awards.
Here are the winners from the evening:
GOLDEN BOOT - No surprises here! Kieran Butler picks up the award, scoring 20 goals in just 16 appearances. (Deadly from penalties!)
MANAGER'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Veteran defender and vice-captain picks this award up for the 2nd time in 5 years! He also made the most appearances of all our players this season! Congratulations Rhett Monahan.
CLUBMAN - The Clubman award this year goes to Stuart Smith. A former player, now committee member, he carries out tremendous work behind the scenes. Particularly, organising and acting as quiz master for our hugely successful annual fundraising quiz night.
PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR - The big one! - What. An. Achievement. For the second year running Carlin Pipe is voted Players' Player of the Year. He will have the privilege of choosing our official charity for next season (again!).
Mind Awareness Day
£1002.31 raised. Thank you to all involved!
The final figure for the season will be announced soon!