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Sound Investment

Sound Investment

TESTING...testing...1,2,3. A reminder that we are looking for a volunteer to step up to the mic and become our new match-day announcer for the 2024-25 season. The rare vacancy to become the Voice of Ladysmead has come about following the retirement of the Man with the Golden Larynx, Ian Humphries, at the end of the least campaign. If you are interested keeping the Yellows' fans abreast of the teams, substitutions, club functions and match events, as well as playing some suitably inspiring music before and after the game and at half-time, why not contact Executive Committee member Deb Whiteway to arrange a chat? Deb can be contacted via email on debwhiteway@gmail.com . We would love to hear from you.

Executive Action

Executive Action

THE 2023-24 season was a challenging one for Tiverton Town, on and off the pitch. Together - club officials, fans, management, players, staff and volunteers - Yellows stood up to that challenge, faced it down, and came through. In the heat of adversity, foundations were laid that bode well for Tivvy's future: it is now time to build on those foundations. The club has ambitions to grow. To begin that process, Yellows are looking to expand its Executive Committee, which has the ultimate say in how the club is run. Three positions need to be filled - three roles that are key to Tivvy's development: Commercial Director, Hospitality Director and Community Director. The roles are specific but being an Executive Committee Member means being involved in all aspects of the club, taking an active role in shaping the future of the Yellows, starting with attending regular board meetings alongside the Chairman, Secretary and other committee members. Tiverton Vice-Chairman Matthew Conridge said: "This is a chance for experienced and talented people to join the group which runs the club and help us drive it to the next level. “This club has more than 110 years of history and it’s time to write the next chapter by moving the club towards a more community-focused organization that is here to serve the whole of Tiverton." The voluntary roles comprise: Commercial Director Responsible for the overview of Yellows' commercial relationships with their partners. The Commercial Director works closely with the Commercial Manager, developing links with local businesses, and creating new ideas for generating partnerships and revenue across the whole club. Hospitality Director Responsible for bars, functions and catering, working alongside the Bar Manager to develop opportunities within the club to increase revenue and search for external partners to work alongside. Community Director Managing relationships with Tiverton Town's additional teams such as the Under-18s side, the Under-16s sides and the Ability Counts sides, and the club's external relationships with other youth sides, local schools and more. Anyone who would like to be considered for one of the roles, or for an informal discussion, should contact Matthew Conridge via chairman@tivertontownfc.co.uk or on 07967 315321. Anyone who would like to be involved, but not necessarily for the available roles, can also contact Matthew for a chat.

We're Hiring

We're Hiring

CAN you pour a pretty perfect pint? Cascade a chilled chianti? Mix a mean mojito? If you can, or if you would like to know how to and to work for your favourite football club, we would love to hear from you.

Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening

A FEW visual memories of the club's annual Presentation Evening, attended by players, fans, staff, volunteers and officials to bring down the curtain on a challenging campaign. Big licks to Executive Committee member Andy Greig for organising and hosting and to Darren Holmes for the bingo. One of the highlights of the night was a fantastic speech by club president Gavin Haigh, which reinforced the one club mentality running through the Ian Moorcroft Stadium that ultimatel served us so well. Vice-chairman Matthew Conridge said: "No one can deny that it's been a difficult season in many ways, but we have certainly turned a significant corner, on and off the field. "The Presentation Evening, and the wonderful atmosphere that it generated, brought together all the positives that have emerged from a resilience formed in adversity that will stand us in good stead for a bright future. "Onwards and upwards" We did it! Award winners Supporters' Player of the Year Jack Rice Young Player of the Year Zak Baker Players' Player of the Year Dylan Jones Manager’s Player of the Year Jack Rice Volunteers of the Year Viv Curtis Kevin Newcombe March Player of the Month Joe Parker April Player of the Month Joe Parker

River of No Return

River of No Return

MIDFIELDER River Allen is leaving Tiverton Town. The end of the skilful playmaker's fourth spell with the Yellows sees him depart the Ian Moorcroft Stadium having made a total of 94 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and creating many more. The former club captain leaves Ladysmead with the grateful thanks of Tivvy supporters who have appreciated the 28-year-old's skills over many seasons. Plymouth-born Riv enjoyed one season as a professional at his hometown Argyle in 2014, making four appearances before being released by manager John Sheridan. He first played for Tiverton in 2018, impressing in a short loan spell from Truro City before making the move to Devon permanent. He then returned to Truro City in 2018–2019, before a third spell at Ladysmead in 2019-20, when he was made club captain and during which he scored 15 goals in 30 matches. A stint at Plymouth Parkway followed between 2020–2022 before a fourth spell with Tiverton Town beginning in 2022. The past season was his most prolific in terms of appearances (38) and starts (36). Everyone at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium thanks River for his contribution to the cause and wishes him nothing but the best for the future.

Mic Drop - Want to Pick it Up?

Mic Drop - Want to Pick it Up?

THERE might have been no nerves at Tivvy's last game of the Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South season, but there was plenty of emotion. The 1-0 victory against Sholing at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium was the last game on the mic for the maestro of match-day announcers, Ian Humphries. The Voice of Ladysmead was presented with a memento of thanks before he called his final 90 minutes, Vice-Chairman Matthew Conridge handing over a bottle of something to keep his golden larynx well lubricated in retirement. All of which means that we are now looking for someone to fill Ian's volunteer role, starting from the 2024-25 pre-season, keeping the Yellows' fans abreast of the teams, substitutions, club functions and match events, and playing some suitably inspiring music before and after the game and at half-time. If that could be you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Executive Committee member Deb Whiteway via email on debwhiteway@gmail.com .

Parker, Baker, Miracle Makers

Parker, Baker, Miracle Makers

AMONG the many important contributions to Tivvy's successful survival scrap to avoid relegation from the Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South were those of goalkeeper Zak Baker and striker Joe Parker. Both players were loaned to Tiverton - teenager Zak by Plymouth Argyle and the more experienced Joe by Gloucester City - and both were inarguably pivotal to the Yellows' fortunes. Zak played 29 times, keeping eight clean sheets - including five in the final ten games of the season that ultimately ensured Tivvy steered clear of the bottom four; Joe scored 11 goals in 15 matches without which Tivvy would have dropped at least another six points. It is beyond doubt that Yellows' fans would like to see both players back at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium next season but manager Leigh Robinson recognises that might not be a wish that he can fulfil. He said: "Joe's on contract to Gloucester at the minute, but he's really enjoyed his time here and scored goals, put himself back in the back in the spotlight as it were, has really mixed in with the boys in the dressing room. "We weren't worked scoring many goals and, when he came in, he really transformed the season in terms of the goals that he scored, which had a great effect on everyone else, as well. "Zak has been absolutely superb and for such a young kid to have authority and such presence in the goal, to make the saves that he saved, has been absolutely massive. "Whether we can get him next year, who knows? Plymouth may want him to go higher. But he's been a fantastic asset for us "It's always difficult because when you get when you get younger pros from professional clubs, but, from minute one, he was he was fully part of it. "What people don't see in our games we've had where he's made an unbelievable save minutes after 60, 65, 70 minutes or whatever and we have gone on to win. Sometimes those moments get forgotten about because it's the goalscorer that gets all the glory. "But he's made so many of those big contributions this year and if we can get him back next year, all well and good; if not, someone's got some big shoes to fill."

Robinson's Jam

Robinson's Jam

THE applause that greeted the final whistle at the conclusion of the Yellows' last game of the season had barely dissolved on the breeze before manager Leigh Robinson was turning his thoughts to the 2024-25 Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South campaign. Leigh oversaw a long survival fight against possible relegation after his appointment on November 1, with Tivvy's concluding 1-0 home victory over Sholing taking them to a safe mid-table finish that looked a long way off during some dark winter months. Leigh said: "Managers of teams have just avoided relegation will always drop this line out, which I'm about to do, that the first job is to make sure that we're not in this position next year and, for us at the moment as a club, just progress on and off the pitch. "Obviously we've got a brand new committee off the pitch. We're doing so much work behind the scenes and they've got so much work to kind of rebuild the football club, give it a little shot in the arm, and they're working really hard to do that. "So I don't want to put on any labels on where we should finish next year in terms of positions or anything like that but just win as many matches as you can. "We've got to make sure that now we take this season and we build towards trying to win something in the future because avoiding relegation is the minimum I think this club should be achieving. The team hasn't won anything apart from survival." Leigh also paid tribute to Martyn Rogers and Scott Rogers, who had begun the season in charge of the Yellows before he and assistant Ben Gerring took over. He said: "They put together a really good squad this year that we were lucky to inherit when we did. So big respect and appreciation for them because we've not made wholesale changes, so it shows that it was the right squad. "I think this squad has got some really good togetherness, a really good chemistry. We could improve a couple of things in a couple of areas and we'll see where we are in terms of that. I've got a meeting next week. "We need to improve a little bit on the pitch and a lot off the pitch which the club will help me to do. "They did warn me when I came in that they weren't ideally set up for this level of football. So we got a lot of work to do, on the pitch and off the pitch and on the pitch next season. "That will start almost immediately."

Jack the Great Lad

Jack the Great Lad

IT was perhaps appropriate that Tiverton Town's 2023-24 campaign concluded with a victory that came from the boot of the Yellows' fans' Player of the Season - with the not inconsiderable help of the thigh of an unwitting Sholing FC defender. Jack Rice's speculative, hugely deflected, drive midway through the first half of the final game of the Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South gave Tivvy a 1-0 win over the Boatmen and rubberstamped their successful hard fought late-season fight for survival. It is not only the home supporters who have delighted in all-action midfielder Jack this season. So. too, has manager Leigh Robinson, who took over at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium, with assistant Ben Gerring, in late autumn. Leigh said: "We walked in the door on November 1 and I don't think he'd been playing - he'd been injured or had been playing injured. "I was led to believe it might have been a bit of a problem behind the scenes but, ever since we got here, he's been absolutely superb: not missed training; barely missed a game; pops up with some crucial goals at crucial times; and just a great lad to have around, as well. "Hopefully, we can retain him next year and he can be a crucial part of our plans moving forward next year. Everything is crossed we can make it happen."

Rice Cracker Provides Tasty Finish

Rice Cracker Provides Tasty Finish

Pitching In Southern League, Premier Division South  Tiverton Town 1 (Rice 27) Sholing 0  Saturday, April 27 . The Ian Moorcroft Stadium   THE Yellows’ season concluded against the backdrop of a party-like atmosphere. The locals were out in force and, although the last game of the season usually attracts a good turnout, attendances generally have been noticeably up and this was the third attendance beyond 400 in the closing months of the season.  This is down to the club re-engaging with the community, as well as performances on the pitch. With the threat of relegation hovering over them, Leigh Robinson's side have entertained and played an attractive brand of football.  With Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South safety assured courtesy of Parkway’s midweek win against Hayes & Yeading, the shackles were off for both Tivvy and opponents Sholing, the passionate away support and our growing band of fans making for a wonderful football occasion.  Supporter’s Player of the Season Jack Rice was restored to the starting 11 and Marcio Neves kept his place in Tiverton’s midfield. Alfie Moulden and Matt Britton were amongst the substitutes as the Yellows and the Boatmen played out the final 90 minutes of their respective seasons.  The game took a while to settle down and the opening exchanges were frenetic. Sholing’s link-up play was a little better than ours, though, and they were the first to get a foothold in the game.  On ten minutes, they gained a free-kick just outside the Tivvy box, but ex-Salisbury man Charlie Davis’s attempt cannoned of the Yellows’ wall and away for a corner.  Although not fully in their stride, the Yellows were busy in closing down a good footballing side and the work-rate of Yellows’ players like Javan Wright, Joe Parker, Rice and Carlo Garside was clearly evident.   We were not as fluent in possession as the Boatmen, but some cultured passing and subtle changes of direction from River Allen, good hold-up play and purposeful running from Wright, and the artistry of Neves were also influencing proceedings.   Sholing’s front two, top scorer Dan Mason and Lee Wort, were asking lots of questions of the Yellows’ backline. They combined after 15 minutes had been played, Wort holding off Josh Jones and finding Mason, who forced Tivvy goalkeeper Zak Baker into a decent stop. Then Jake Flannigan saw his effort rise above the upright.  Wright then found Parker, but due to the close attention of two Sholing defenders, he was unable to get a good connection on his shot and the imposing Giullo Girelli gathered between the sticks.  Both wide man Billy Stedman and former Premier League player James Hesketh were impressive in the Boatmen’s build-up play. However, Tiverton were now becoming more fluent in possession and, for the appreciative audience, the football on display was a good watch.  The chances, though, were still falling to Sholing and Brad Targett fired over after an incisive move from the visitors. Then Jack Rice tried his luck from distance and a fortunate deflection rapidly took the ball in the opposite direction to which Girelli was initially moving and into the goal. Tiverton were ahead slightly against the run of play.   Our opponents were quick in their pursuit of levelling things up and the dangerous Wort was a real menace, playing on the shoulder of our central defenders. Baker was alert in thwarting him as he got in between Josh Jones and Jamie Richards.  The game was now very open and both sides were driving quickly through the thirds with real intensity. Neves crossed for Parker, but Girelli once again claimed his attempt. There was still time for Wort to go one-on-one with Baker, but it was Tiverton’s number one who outfoxed the big striker.  Tivvy held the advantage with the players heading for the dressing rooms, in a first half in which Sholing had slightly the better of the action.  In a contrasting second half, it was the home side who were, for the most part, in the ascendancy. Neat passing movements, with Carlo Garside in particular to the fore, along with Allen, instigating our approach play and the ever-available Wright and Rice popping up in little pockets in and around the Sholing box.  Niall Thompson was also bursting forward more frequently, and our play was a good spectacle for the fans. Half-chances for Hesketh and Wort, when the visitors broke, went high and wide of the target, before a flurry of substitutions were made, Britton and Alfie Moulden replacing Allen and Neves for the Yellows.   This re-energised us and we began to dominate further. Wright saw his header go over from Rice’s inviting cross into the box, A scorching shot from Moulden was not far away and Rice also went close with a shot from just inside the Boatmen’s area. Flannigan, for the visitors, also missed the target.  Some slick interplay down Sholing’s left involving Wright and Thompson resulted in a Yellows’ corner. A good delivery from Rice was met by Richards. However, his header just cleared the crossbar.  Sholing then desperately in the closing minutes tried to salvage a draw. Ben Gerring came on for the tireless Wright and another powerfully built player Dan Miller was a substitute for the visitors.  In those final few minutes, Milner-Smith saw his header claimed by the commanding Baker and the final action of the match almost amounted to a Sholing equaliser, a magnificent free-kick from Davis clipping the crossbar with Baker beaten. However, the season finished on a high and the lads can all be proud of their stickability in a difficult campaign. I would like to thank Aaron Kendall and Rick Cowdery, our social media team, for their help when compiling the match reports and, of course, the fans, staff and players for their untold contributions. See you all in July for pre season. Have a good Summer. #YellowBlackArmy

The Final Sholing

The Final Sholing

Saturday, April 27 . Ian Moorcroft Stadium . 3pm  Tiverton Town v Sholing   Pitching In Southern League, Premier Division South      IN a dramatic second half last Saturday, Tivvy’s Javan Wright cancelled out Harrow Borough's first-half opener. Then Zak Baker saved a penalty before Jack Rice had a penalty saved. With less than a minute left of added time, a sweeping break from the Yellows was decisively finished by Dylan Jones.     Cue the celebrations with Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South safety virtually secured and hero status for a player who has always been a fan favourite. Arithmetically, that was confirmed on Wednesday night by Plymouth Parkway’s victory against Hayes & Yeading, so Saturday’s meeting with Sholing is no longer fraught with danger.    It is only fair to praise Leigh Robinson and the impact he has had since taking the hot seat at the beginning of November, when the Yellows were struggling on 10 points with 13 games played. Since then, they have taken 39 points from 28 matches going into the final game of the season.    It is a top effort with the bulk of an inherited squad and, to my mind, the obvious but telling contribution of serial goalscorer Joe Parker and the significant, but not as well documented, influential performances of Bailey Kempster, Jerry Lawrence and fellow loanee Joe O’Connor.    The arrival of goalkeeper Zak Baker on loan from Plymouth Argyle cannot be underestimated. Performances beyond his years have been equally as valuable in Tiverton’s fight for survival. The young ’keeper’s all-round goalkeeping abilities and Parker’s instincts in the final third have been pivotal.    With their performances under the microscope, the squad that started the season have risen to the task they have faced, and players like Jack Rice have responded to the changes at the club in a positive and inspiring fashion and Rices has blossomed into the player he was always capable of being under Leigh Robinson and assistant Ben Gerring.    A model of consistency, for me, has been Josh Jones, who so often has been our best player this term. His powerful and commanding performances have been a constant in the Yellows’ backline. Namesake Dylan Jones has always been popular at the Ian Moorcroft stadium and his industry, ability on the ball, and never-say-die attitude have made a big impression amongst the Tiverton faithful.  Wright’s balance, skill and superb work-rate have made him a rough diamond and Carlo Garside, too, has emerged at this level. The creative, ball-playing midfielder is, like Wright, one for the future. The potential of Marcio Neves, who has dazzled at times, definitely needs exploring; Alfie Moulden, too, is similarly technically gifted and is starting to resemble the player that will provide assists and goals in equal measure.    The experience, quality and knowhow of semi pros Jamie Richards, Niall Thompson, Matt Britton and River Allen have been essential in winning the fight against relegation and, latterly, Ben Gerring’s displays and organisation have been vital.    Jack Veale, although missing through injury at the back end of the campaign, was integral to the side before that.  The team will be looking to complete the double over another side for only the second time this term. Sholing, meanwhile, are I am sure, eager to avenge their 4-0 reverse a short way into Leigh Robinson’s reign.    The Boatmen, who were newly promoted into our division this season, found their way to 49 points last weekend with a 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Swindon Supermarine, Parkway’s victory in midweek guaranteeing them another campaign in Southern League Premier South.    The Southampton-based side who are ahead of us in the table by a goal, are managed by Paul Doswell. He had big shoes to fill as the much-heralded Dave Diaper, their previous boss, was in charge for 23 seasons, gaining promotions from the Hampshire League, the Wessex League and Southern League Division One and winning the FA Vase in a meteoric rise.     Sholing have a close-knit dressing room and four of last Saturday’s matchday Squad all made their debuts in the 2011-12 season.   Brothers captain Byron Mason and striker Dan Mason - apart from one season away - have been part of the success, as have central defender Dan Miller and Marvin Mclean, who has been converted into a full-back after starting out as a winger.    Levi Colwill, the Chelsea and England defender, was watching Sholing last Saturday and the nephew of the Masons has attended quite a few games in recent seasons.    With the pressure off, both sides should be free to express themselves. There are plenty of goals in the Boatmen's front two, with Dan Mason having scored more than 200 goals in his time with the club. Strike partner Lee Wort also has a century of goals to his name in three spells with Sholing; attacking midfielder James Hesketh made a few appearances for Southampton in the Premier League at the start of his career.    Much like the Yellows, Sholing are a very capable side, so we all look forward to the season finale and anticipate a good and entertaining game.   #YellowBlackArmy

Present and Correct

Present and Correct

YOU are all cordially invited to our Annual Presentation Night, which takes place at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium on Friday, May 3. Tickets are available from the club bar at £10 each, which includes a free drink, buffet, and prize bingo on the night. Also included, at no extra cost, are loads of laughs and celebrations, as well as a look back at a challenging and interesting season. The club is looking forward to welcoming as many of the Yellow and Black Army as possible to make the night truly memorable. The event is 7pm for a 7.30pm start. See you there!

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