News 'from the bench'
Biggleswade FC Uefa A licence coach James Petty on his first 6 months at the club and how he is enjoying life at Biggleswade........
Since joining the club it has been refreshing to see a young group of players hungry to learn and take away lessons from each game. Attendances at training are always fantastic and it has been satisfying to see the players take on board new concepts and training techniques that have transferred into matches. The most memorable games so far have to be the 3 different and adaptable victories against Welwyn Garden City as well as excellent cup performances against AFC Dunstable and an amazing 5 player counter attacking goal that started from the defence of a corner in The FA Vase game against Crawley Green.
With set piece routines and a more compact pressing defensive style it is making for an extremely attractive style of play combined with the attacking flair we like to promote.
We are continually trying to add extra dimensions to our attacking play and continued improvements in game management have seen a fantastic start to life in our first ever season at Step 5.
This group of players are without doubt the most talented group I have coached alongside professional club academies and if they continue to work hard and remain enthusiastic and open minded to new ways of thinking then who knows what potential can be achieved with this young squad.
Biggleswade FC needs you!
Our vibrant young club is having a great season in the SSMFL Premier Division, in only the second year of our history and we are trying to do things the right way, on and off the field. We have a great squad of players and a large and enthusiastic committee which puts in a great amount of time to the club before and during match days.
We are very keen as a club to grow our local, community support and hope that if you haven't seen us play yet, you will want to come and watch one of our matches at Langford Road. New supporters and youngsters are especially welcome!
We would like to hear from anyone who is interested
in becoming involved with the organisation and running of Biggleswade FC -
joining the committee or offering any support, help and expertise that you may
have. We would really like to attract new sponsors, who can be assured of
associating themselves with a club that is really going places and attracting a
lot of attention and a high profile in the football world locally and
further afield. You will be made to feel very welcome and a full part of our
football 'family', which now extends internationally, with a supporter in
Piacenza, Italy, proudly displaying one of our scarves!
If you are interested in this or in finding out more, please contact the Chairman or Manager through our website's contact email or our Secretary at: BiggleswadeFC@outlook.com
Biggleswade FC was formed in May 2016 from the very successful Biggleswade Town Under 18s side that competed in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. In the season 2014/15, the Biggleswade Under 18s won the northern division, losing just one league game all season. The young Waders, along with all the other area league champions in the Thurlow Nunn Leagues entered the Champions Trophy which is a knockout competition, where after defeating Brightlingsea in the semi-final, they won a thrilling final beating Woodbridge Town 4-2 in extra time with goals coming from Keinan Davis, Lee Northfield, Zac Tyrell and George Bailey. Keinan was later to secure a five year professional contract with Aston Villa – a magnificent achievement for both himself and the Under 18s side.
The following season, after league changes, the Waders were placed in the Cambridge Division which provided a number of different opponents to the previous season. The team again won both the title and the Champions Trophy, beating Sudbury Town Academy, whose side contained many ex Ipswich Town and Colchester United Academy players, in the final. Champions of East Anglia once again, the young Waders also entered the FA Youth Cup in the season 2015/16, where they reached the second round proper after winning 4 previous rounds, in a completion eventually won by Chelsea FC.
It was after this victory and with no further pathway with Biggleswade Town available, that the decision was taken to form the new club. After forming the new side and with a ground share agreement in place with Biggleswade Town and their fantastic facilities, Biggleswade FC applied to enter the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One and Step 6 football. After two meetings and a successful appeal at Wembley with the FA, on June 7th 2016 Biggleswade FC was awarded Step 6 and the new side was officially able to take its place in the league for season 2016/17.
In their very first season in senior football in 2016-17, Biggleswade FC’s squad of young, talented players won the SSMFL Division One title with 99 points, 6 clear of Harpenden in second place and was duly promoted to the Premier Division. Totally vindicating the decision to start off by being placed at Step 6 football, the new club made a huge impact on and off the pitch and succeeded in doing things the right way. The players, under the astute management of Dave Northfield and Mark Inskip, deserved a huge amount of credit, not only for playing football as it should be played, but also for working and bonding so well together – a real team in every respect. Some of the performances were breathtaking - the 8-1 destruction of Langford at Christmas and the 4-2 away win at previously unbeaten Baldock were both particular highlights. Others saw the team digging in and keeping going to the very last minute to secure vital wins, such as the matches at Risborough and Hillingdon Borough, when the group of young players truly matured into senior footballers. Setbacks such as against Kensington at home and the unexpected loss at Bedford merely served to galvanise the players and they then went on subsequent runs of wins to get back on course. The sheer excitement of the journey during this season was fantastic to experience by everyone connected with the club and its growing band of supporters and football ‘family’. No-one there will never forget the excitement of the thrilling FA Vase run – again the last minute winner against Takeley and the extraordinary see saw game down in London as FC beat Canning Town 5-4 in extra time in a match that some social media sites called the match of the season at Step 6 – this to go with the statistic that we were also the leading goal scorers in the country at this level – what an achievement and all the more remarkable when one considers that the team’s goals were shared around so many members of the team.
On and off the field, Biggleswade FC won a lot of friends over the 2016-17 season. Crowds increased, more supporters and sponsors came on board and the club set out to cultivate links with the local community, especially children and their families.
Everyone connected with Biggleswade FC is looking forward to the new challenges that await in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division in the 2017-18 season.