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SSMFL D2; Sarratt v Buckingham United preview + manager Sean Devine’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 7th September 2019
Sarratt v Buckingham United
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
George V Way
K.O. 3.00


Last season’s league standings:

North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division (11 teams)

Buckingham United 4th


Spartan South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Sarratt 12th


This game last season:



Last four games:

Buckingham United:

L 1-2 home v Twyford United 23rd April NBDL

W 3-1 home v Mursley United Development 6th April NBDL

W 0-3 away v Clean Slate Reserves 23rd March NBDL

L 3-4 home v Wing Village 16th March NBDL


D 2-2 home v The 61 FC (Luton) 31st August SSMFL

D 2-2 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 24th August SSMFL

L 2-1 away v Colney Heath 20th August SSMFL LCT

L 2-3 home v Berkhamsted Raiders 17th August SSMFL


Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with United manager Sean Devine to ask if he’s had much time away from the game since last season finished?

No, I don’t think you ever totally switch off and obviously after joining a new club it was a busy summer with planning for the season ahead

When did you begin your pre-season training, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We went back in early July, numbers were good and commitment was in abundance from all the players at the club including the reserves

How has it been signing on players, and have you lost many that have depleted your plans?

The signing of players has been ok as we did not need to add too many, maybe only needing to add three or four

How have your pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

Results have been decent, and our performances have got better with the more games we have played

Simon King has this week signed for United

Do you still have players yet to sign on, or are you squad ready?

Our squad is more or less there, but you always need to leave the door open just in case players come along that you know will strengthen the squad

First game of the season this Saturday at Sarratt, what are you expecting & have you got much info on your opponents?

We are expecting a tough game from a team that is already looking hard to beat going off their results so far

At this early stage, what are you targets for the first few games?

To get as many points on the board as we can which helps with building confidence for a team new to this level

Finally, are there any games this season you are in particular looking forward to?

All of them, as they will no doubt all be different in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, & for us being our first season in this division

Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for his time this week

2019/20 Buckingham Senior Cup draw made

2019/ 2020


Winslow United BSCC Winners 2019

PSF: Buckingham El Classico sees Ath defeat United

Entertainment was plentiful as the Athletic defeated United 13-2 in a Buckingham El Classico pre-season friendly at Stratford Fields this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

A United penalty miss was sandwiched between two Athletic goals in the opening few minutes. A trend which continued on a sunny afternoon in the heartland of the town.

Aaron King

Aaron King scored in the first minute before the visitors were awarded a penalty. Sonny Devine’s spot kick hit the post and came straight back to him. He put away the rebound but with no other player touching the ball in between it was disallowed.

Harry Dalton made it two on six minutes.

In the 23rd minute Matt Cruse netted number three but within sixty seconds United had another penalty. This time George Lawrence saw his spot kick saved by Josh McAdoo.

Cruse (26) and Dalton (28) bagged goal four and five for the home side before Cruse completed his hat-trick on 33 minutes.

Matt Cruse

King scored on the stroke of half time to make it seven-nil at the break.

Penalty save – Josh McAdoo

United, with their two missed penalties also had Matt Carr hit the crossbar, before George Armstrong finally hit the net for United.

Cruse scored twice to make it nine taking his personal tally to five.

Dalton and King both completed hat-tricks before Zee Mawemba scored again for United.

Zee Mawemba

King finished off the scoring with number thirteen, his fifth.


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Buckingham Athletic v Buckingham United



SSMFL Division Two fixtures released for August & September


The Spartan South Midlands Football League have released the first two months of fixtures for Division Two teams, although at this stage these games are subject to change.



Saturday 3rd August – Kick Off 3.00pm


Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos


Saturday 10th August – Kick Off 3.00pm


Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United

Sarratt v New Bradwell St Peter

Totternhoe v Codicote

Tring Corinthians v MK Gallacticos


Saturday 17th August – Kick Off 3.00pm


Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders

Tring Corinthians v Aston Clinton

Unite MK v Old Bradwell United


Tuesday 20th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Codicote

Colney Heath v Sarratt

Edgware Town v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Leverstock Green v New Bradwell St Peter


Wednesday 21st August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


New Salamis v Berkhamsted Raiders

Unite MK v Ampthill Town


Saturday 24th August – Kick Off 3.00pm


Mursley United v Park View

Tring Corinthians v Old Bradwell United



Aston Clinton v New Bradwell St Peter

Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Sarratt

The 61FC (Luton) v Codicote

Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos


Saturday 31st August – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Qualifying

Holyport v Unite MK

New Salamis v Codicote



Mursley United v Totternhoe

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v New Bradwell St Peter

Sarratt v The 61FC (Luton)

Tring Corinthians v Berkhamsted Raiders



(Note: Subject to change once County Cup draws are known)


Saturday 7th September – Kick Off 3.00pm


MK Gallacticos v Langford



Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Codicote v Aston Clinton

Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton)

Sarratt v Buckingham United

Tring Corinthians v Grendon Rangers

Unite MK v New Bradwell St Peter


Tuesday 10th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated


Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Harefield United v Buckingham United


Saturday 14th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round Qualifying

New Salamis or Codicote v Tower Hamlets

Wellingborough Town or Wellingborough Whitworth v Holyport or Unite MK



Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic



Buckingham United v Codicote (Subject to FA Vase)

Grendon Rangers v Sarratt

MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United

Mursley United v Berkhamsted Raiders

New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Subject to FA Vase)

The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

Totternhoe v Bovingdon


Saturday 21st September – Kick Off 3.00pm


Aston Clinton v Bovingdon



Berkhamsted Raiders v Grendon Rangers

Codicote v Unite MK

Sarratt v Totternhoe

Tring Corinthians v Buckingham United

Ath, United & Moretonville donate £601.00 to Sports Shots charities

The joint fundraising event by Buckingham Athletic, Buckingham United and Moretonville JFC has seen Sports Shots charities benefit to the tune of an amazing £601.00.

The event at Stratford Fields, back in May, started with a Youth Festival at 9am which ran through until Buckingham Athletic Development played Buckingham United for the Tom Goom Memorial Cup.

The overall total raised was an incredible £1,202.00. The three clubs kindly decided to donate one half to Sports Shots, whilst selecting YC2 Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers to receive the other half.

Our donation was split, as always, with Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK both receiving £300.50 each. You can view these donations via our two JustGiving pages.

Sports Shots has now raised £8,190.72 for good causes.

Sports Shots Statement:

We would like to issue a public thank you to Buckingham Athletic Football Club, Buckingham United Football Club and Moretonville Junior Football Club for their very kind gesture.

We greatly appreciate being selected as one of the two beneficiaries of this community day.

More on YC2 Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers.

We are part of a local charity called Community Care North Bucks (CCNB) and they have a website on which YC2 is featured. We do not have a social media page unfortunately as no one yet has time or expertise to run it.

WE are ALL volunteers. Only voluntary non funded by Bucks County Council Young Carers organisation in Bucks. Why? Because in the past 20 years since there has been a young carers awareness in UK, the funded organisations only operate out of Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Wycombe.

If young carers come from North Bucks the only club support/outings they get is if they can travel to one of these cities from home-and on a week night and straight after school-impossible for families with illness, disability, mental health, low income, no car etc-  that’s why YC2 was started to bring the same benefits to young children from our local area as others get who live nearer the main offices.

Edan has been a member of YC2 for 11 years, and is a great example of where a family with a sibling with serious disabilities just cannot access support and respite for the young carer. Edan’s story is typical -he is a fantastic young man who is caring and loyal and works hard. YC2 sent him on a Young Leaders course (3 months) some years ago and he has been a great source of support at juniors club nights-helping run the sporting activities, clearing away, chatting to the younger members and listening to them when they are upset. He has come on away weekends to help-on duty from Friday afternoon to Sunday tea time-helping in every way. We have sent him on courses that would enhance his future educational and employment opportunities-he joined the local army cadets where his friendly calm and enthusiastic nature made him an outstanding cadet.

He has now been accepted for a mechanical engineering apprenticeship in the Royal Engineers.

He still has an active caring role at home for his young sister.


YC2 started nearly 15 years ago, we have supported 100s of young carers aged 7 and over, seen them through education onto apprenticeships, universities, college and to bringing up families of their own.

Without YC2 there would be NO provision for children or young people in North Bucks whose lives are restricted (however willing they are) by the significant caring responsibilities they carry. They are such a special group of young people!



Buckingham United vice chairman talks about promotion to South Midlands League

As Sports Shots confirmed earlier this week, Buckingham United Football Club will start the 2019/2020 season in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two after having their application to transfer from the North Bucks & District League accepted.

Adam Bray

This week we caught up with United vice chairman Adam Bray to offer our congratulations and to find out how & when they received the good news:

Thank you for the congratulations, we found out just before eleven pm on Friday night (7th June) when the written confirmation letter arrived in the club’s inbox

Had that wait been a nervous one for the club, or were they expecting success?

We always believed that we had a strong application and matched all the criteria set out, the ground grading report came back very complimentary and no questions were asked of our application. However in football anything can happen and while we were all confident it was a fantastic feeling to finally have it all confirmed

Why did the club opt to apply for the move, and was the NBDL premier not an option?

The North Bucks and District League Premier was very much an option but opportunities to make the step up into the NLS do not come around all the time, there is a tremendous amount of momentum within the club and this is something we want to harvest and not lose. The timing felt right and had we not made the decision then we may well not have been in the position again for years to do so. Many people may look at us and think the jump up from the NBDFL Intermediate to the SSMFL Division Two is too big a jump and they would probably be right to think that, however we are delighted to have Sean Devine and John Walton on board supported by Matt Marsden in the reserves, they all have an impressive group of contacts and players to call on, strengthening us on the pitch

How much of a difference will being in the SSMFL make to attracting players?

Hopefully, as with anything we try to do, it will bring a positive result, moving up the pyramid always gets people talking in the summer. There are a lot of very good local players who currently play for step seven clubs outside of the MK18 postcode rather than a club in their own town, we are certainly hopeful we will see a few of these at preseason

Have the club had to make any changes to meet the any rules?

Off the pitch there is more administration and obviously different rules etc, for this reason Matt Day has joined our committee and is our first team secretary moving forward. Matt has a lot of SSMFL experience and knows the league when it comes to everything off the pitch which is what we needed. Regarding ground grading for step seven, you will be seeing dugouts going in soon along with perimeter spectator rails which is currently being firmed up and going through council. While post and rope is a minimum, we like to try and do things properly

Where does the club realistically see itself competing in its new surroundings?

As a committee we made it clear when on the search for a new manager that we would be delighted with consolidating in our first season. As per Sports Shots interview with Sean he wants to win and has a great desire for winning, we would love to do well in cup competitions and there are some great new grounds for us to visit too

So is the plan to try and climb higher in the leagues or will the ground hold them back?

Lace Hill in its current state would be restricted to step seven, but what I will say is let’s see what the future brings, our whole committee, management teams and players across the club are all incredibly driven to succeed and do well

With lots of new cup competitions on the horizon, which will be the most looked forward to?

Personally I am really looking forward to the League Challenge Trophy, there are some really nice grounds in the SSMFL Prem and it would be great to get a good away day at one of those. Aside from that we would love to do well in the Buckingham Charity Cup

With three clubs now in the SSMFL from that MK18 catchment, can they all compete in such a small confined area?

Absolutely yes, there is a difference between SSMFL division one and two and let’s remember that both Winslow United & Buckingham Athletic finished in third and fourth place respectively, had that been this coming season they would both have been promoted with the top four going up. As mentioned earlier there are also a lot of good players in the town currently travelling to clubs outside of MK18 to play at step seven

Finally, what is the message from BUFC to the people and/or players from the Buckingham area?

While there is a lot of focus on the first team and their placement into SSMFL we also have five other teams of varying ability to match players own requirements in the club, our reserves, under eighteen’s, veterans (over thirty-five) and our two Sunday morning A and B teams. If you are looking for a new club, recently left a junior club and looking to get into men’s football, or even looking to get back into football then please do come along to preseason training, have a chat and see what we are all about.

It would also be great to see even more people at our games supporting our teams, if anyone in the town is at a loose end over the weekend then please come and watch, and remember, there is no entry fee!

Sports Shots would like to thank Adam for his time this week

Buckingham United FC confirmed into Spartan South Midlands Div. 2

The Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two constitution has been confirmed and see’s Buckingham United transferred from the North Bucks & District League following a successful application.

The number of new clubs to the division totals three; Clean Slate failed re-election after finishing bottom last season with just three points, whilst Codicote drop down from the first division, and Tring Corinthians join as a new club.

Sports Shots will bring more reaction from Buckingham United over the coming days….

Buckingham United FC seeking away friendlies

Buckingham United FC, Berks and Bucks FA affiliated, and new to the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two for this season (subject to FA approval), are looking for “away” friendlies for the following dates


Saturday 13th July

Saturday 20th July

Saturday 3rd August


Please email any enquiries to:

New Buckingham United manager gives thoughts & plans for season ahead

Buckingham United Football Club announced recently the appointment of Sean Devine as their new manager for the coming season along with John Walton agreeing to become his assistant, the pair working together last season at Leighton Town development which ended in success as their young side lifted the Spartan South Midlands Development Challenge Trophy with a solitary goal victory over Stotfold.

Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side (image: Natalie Walton)

This week Sports Shots caught up with the former Leighton Town development gaffer to ask for his initial thoughts after landing the job:

Both myself and John are excited and happy to be being given the opportunity to coach / manage at this level, and being part of a club that is looking to move in the right direction

When did they apply for the roles, and what were their opinion after meeting the club:

We applied for the job not long after our season had finished, when we met Matt (Hawes) and Adam (Bray) their enthusiasm for the direction that they want to take the club was unbelievable which really sold it to both of us

What has been Sean’s football career to date?

Wow that might take a while lol, I was a pro for around fifteen years playing for teams such as Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers & Exeter City, I also had a stint playing in the Australian ‘A’ League, I also represented Ireland B

What are the immediate plans for the summer now, and what help will he bring in?

To recruit a few new faces to add a bit more depth and strength to the current squad, plan pre-season training & games, and make sure we are ready for the start of the season. John Walton will be helping me as we worked together last season at Leighton Town and John also gave me the opportunity to get back into football, he also has a lot of contacts in the area and a lot of respect in the game. We may also look at bringing in another coach to assist with training & match days etc

Does Sean have any South Midlands experience & what are they expecting?

We have quite a bit of experience at this level as John has managed at this level before, and we were both with Leighton Town who were part of their development league. We feel it’s the next level up for us as its first team football but not too much of a big step too soon. The league will no doubt be competitive and we have got to make sure we are ready

What are the plans for the season at this stage?

To gain promotion and win a trophy, also to develop players who want to learn and progress

In terms of the squad, how many players can they retain and bring in?

We have been told that ten of last year’s team want to start with us pre-season and we are looking to bring seven or eight lads from our development team over to the club, then we also have five or six confirmed who want to come down pre-season who have played at this level or higher

How does Sean describe the way he manages, and what style of football do his sides play?

Approachable, we want to support players and create a positive attitude amongst the group, with lots of question and answers as we like players to problem solve, ask them the question. We like to play an attacking style of football with a high tempo and energy

Finally does the new manager have thoughts for the people of Buckingham United?

We are looking forward to the coming season for all the teams involved with the club and want everyone to feel welcome and be part of a growing club. There will be an open training session (date TBC) for us to also look at what players may be in the local area or close to it that may be good enough to play at this level

Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for his time this week

NBDL; Buckingham United announce managerial appointment

Buckingham United have today confirmed their new first team manager ahead of next season with the arrival of former Barnet, Wycombe & Exeter City player Sean Devine, with the following statement:

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Sean Devine as the club’s new First Team Manager joined by John Walton as Assistant Manager.

Sean and John both join us from Leighton Town where they recently enjoyed success winning the Sparten South Midlands League Development League Cup.

Sean’s footballing CV is impressive with spells at Barnet, Wycombe and Exeter before playing in New Zealand. This includes previously holding the record for highest number of goals in a season at Wycombe in the Football League. While at Exeter Sean famously Captained the side that drew 0-0 against Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd Round back in 2005.

John has been involved in local football over a number of years coaching and managing at Leighton Town Reserves/Development teams, while also having a successful spell at Pitstone and Ivinghoe United in the South Midlands League Division Two.

Preseason will begin in June with dates to be confirmed.