Archive for Buckingham United Football Club

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.

B&B Vets Cup Final: Buckingham United Vets manager previews county cup final

Buckingham United Veterans manager Larry Woodward has looked ahead to the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup Final against MK Irish Veterans at Buckingham Athletic Football Club, kick-off 7.30pm, on Tuesday (7th May 2019).

Larry Woodward

Woodward’s side are new to this category of football but have a final to prepare for already.

The United Veterans boss told Sports Shots:

We were only formed in November last year so it’s quite an achievement to have actually reached a prestigious Cup Final like this. Every round on our run has been more difficult than the last and they don’t come any harder than our opponents.

I think they’ve lost just three League games in six years and steamrollered the MK Vets League consistently so that speaks for itself. However, we’ll give it our best shot as always and look to upset the odds.

We will be missing Tony Gibbard and Andrew Jenner with injuries, which is a shame for them, but everyone else is available.

If everyone turns up and puts a shift in on the night I’m confident we can cause MK Irish problems.

Buckingham United Veterans squad for Tuesday:
James Cox, Neil Walker, Matthew Thatcher, Ollie Prentice, Chris Doherty, Robert Henry, Matt Alcock, Paul Hull, Adam Williams, Neil O’Connell, Mike Oliver, Marc Bassinder, Richie Barnes, Adam Cooper, Gavin Hansell, Paul Gibbs.

B&B Vets Cup, SF: Woodward previews United Vets cup semi-final

Buckingham United Veterans manager Larry Woodward has spoken with Sports Shots as his side travel to North Furzton this Sunday (14th April) to face MK Gallacticos in the Berks and Bucks County Veterans Cup, semi-final.

Larry Woodward

The Lace Hill-based boss said:

When we started this little campaign in January it was mainly to have a dry run in preparation for next season. To have reached the semi-final is something of a bonus, but the opportunity to reach the final is something that all the players thoroughly deserve.

We warmed up with a 4-2 win at W Portsmouth last week with many players missing, so I will have a selection headache for this game. But whatever side we do choose to go with, I’m sure we can give a good account of ourselves and with one more push who knows what might happen?

Buckingham United seeking a new 1st team manager

Following the announcement of Dean O’Connor stepping down, Buckingham United are looking for a new First Team Manager for next season.

With a number of facility improvements in the pipeline over the summer to come in place with our application for the Spartan South Midlands League, the ideal candidate will be tasked with putting together a side capable of competing in Division Two of the SSML, under realistic targets amongst some of the best facilities in that division.

A good core of the squad are committed for the forthcoming season and the successful applicant will receive continuous support from the club’s committee. We strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for a new manager to continue the great work achieved so far, taking the club to the next level and building for the future.

Anyone interested in the applying is encouraged to contact the club via the club email address – or Club Chairman Matt Hawes on 07734 395513.

Buckingham United FC manager to step down

Buckingham United have confirmed that manager Dean O’Connor is to step down from his role at the club, in a statement released today:


It is with regret that we have to announce First Team Manager Dean O’Connor has decided to step down from his role at the end of the season due to family commitments.

Anyone who has met Dean will know he is extremely family orientated and following the birth of his 5th child earlier in the season it will be time to call a close on his First Team role.

Dean O’Connor

Dean joined the club as manager back in 2016 building an extremely talented squad for our level, bringing the club our first ever silverware and creating some truly unforgettable memories along the way. Dean’s commitment, dedication and success to the club has been at the forefront of the recent growth over the last couple of years, for that everyone at the club will always be incredibly thankful.

This does of course mean that we are now in search for a new manager to continue the growth over the last few years, for the right person, we believe this is an incredibly exciting position.

With a number of facility improvements in the pipeline over the summer to come in place with our application for the Spartan South Midlands League, the ideal candidate will be tasked with putting together a side capable of competing in Division Two of the SSML, under realistic targets amongst some of the best facilities in that division. A good core of the squad are committed for the forthcoming season and the successful applicant will receive continuous support from the club’s committee. We strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for a new manager to continue the great work achieved, taking the club to the next level and building for the future.

Anyone interested in the application is encouraged to contact the club via the club email address – or Club Chairman Matt Hawes on 07734 395513.

NBDL; United midfielder looking to put end to bad run and start with a Clean Slate

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Clean Slate Reserves v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Intermediate Division
Downs Barn Pavillion
K.O. 3.00

Buckingham United travel across to Clean Slate reserves on Saturday looking for the three points to put pressure on the top three places in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division but having played more games than all three of those sides they must win their remaining four league games and hope those above slip up. The Lace Hill outfits chances of finishing in those upper echelons of the division have been shattered in the last two weeks, after two successive home defeats to Wing Village & AFC Santander shipping nine goals in the process, but they now face the opportunity to get off that horrible run as they travel to the leagues bottom side who have lost fifteen of their sixteen league games this season, at home they haven’t mustered a single point scoring just eight goals in seven games in return for conceding forty-nine! In their sixteen league games they have leaked one hundred and one goals, including the ten that Buckingham put past them back in October, surely United will be looking to increase that on Saturday?

Craig Rumble

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Craig Rumble to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how he’s enjoyed it since:

I joined the club a few games into last season after stepping down as Padbury manager the season before, I wanted to push myself again with a competitive team. A few old team mates were at the club and I just got chatting with Deano (O’Connor) and it seemed the right fit, it has been like a breath of fresh air fitting in as they are certainly moving in the right direction and with a great bunch of lads throughout

How good a season does he feel he has had so far?

My season couldn’t have started off better, I was fit, playing really well and most of all we were winning games. Since then it has been a bit hit and miss personally with injuries and selection but I feel whenever and whichever team I have played for I have never failed to give less than one hundred percent and backed it up with some solid performances

How good does Craig feel the squad is at Buckingham?

The squad has always been strong; it is just a shame we have struggled every week to have a consistent squad and it just doesn’t keep the fluidity and progression required to challenge like we certainly should be. I am not one for sounding out individuals, all I will say is when we work hard as a team the results should and will be there. Lewis Parkin is always a massive miss when unavailable, I couldn’t not mention him

What is Craig favoured position & formation in the side?

My favoured position would be holding midfield but I honestly am a team player and happy with the Gaffa’s choice either way. Our best formation with the right personnel for me is three-five-two with me in holding midfield, this proved to work well at the start of the season. The inconsistent squad has hampered us on numerous occasions

Three successive defeats for the side recently, how were the games against Potterspury, Santander & Wing?

It’s just been disappointing and I will sound out to the lads that we are better than this and we put it right as a team, starting this weekend. The Potterspury game wasn’t a bad performance we just lost to the better & more clinical team, Santander for me was one of the worse team performances I have seen, a lack of grit and determination which is always disappointing, I was injured last week but watched and it was anyone’s game. I believe our squad was made up of more reserves through late omissions which shows a lack of commitment to the cause, the guys who stepped up though more than held their own, so thanks for that

Is this week’s game at Clean Slate reserves the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways?

We won’t take the opposition lightly as I am sure we have learned from a few this season that we should have won. It is about putting it right as a team and building for next season with hopefully a strong finish by all

What are the targets for now to the end of the season?

As afore mentioned it is all about finishing on a high and building for next year, with our squad and depth throughout the club we should & will push to win both leagues next year

Finally, we asked Craig if he could nominate any team mate to go on any TV programme who and what would he choose?

Tough one to think of, maybe Jason (Wilson) and TOWIE, as his all year round tan and pearly whites wouldn’t put him out of place!!

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

B&B Vets Trophy QF: United Vets ease into semi-final of county cup

Buckingham United Veterans are into the last four of the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup.

Larry Woodward

Larry Woodward’s side have gone through their quarter-final tie after their opponents, Abingdon Vets, conceded this weekend’s tie due to being unable to field team.

United will now face either MK Irish, MK Gallacticos or Holyport in the semi-final, with dates yet to be released.

NBDL; United defender admits visit to league champions will be no stroll in the Park

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Potterspury v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Interdivisional Knockout Trophy
Meadow View
K.O. 2.30pm

Buckingham United travel to the reigning North Bucks & District Football League champions on Saturday to face Potterspury in the second round of the interdivisional knockout trophy for the right to face Great Horwood in the quarter-finals. The Northamptonshire hosts are in the division above their guests and will be red hot favourites to progress in the competition, they’ve only lost once in their last ten games in all competition and come off the back of handing out a six goal drubbing to Newport Pagnell Athletic last weekend, and currently sit in second place in the Premier Division table some eighteen points off league leaders Duston Dynamo’s albeit with five games in hand. United at present sit third in the intermediate division but have played more games than any of the other top four, they’ve have won four and lost four of their last eight in all competition, but come into this game on the back of two straight victories and have had a two week break with no game last weekend, but this will be the toughest test of their season to date without fail!

Daniel Parkin

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Dan Parkin to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

I have been at the club a year and a half now, Lewis Parkin, Josh Sullivan, Aaron Jones and Tom O’Connell were all playing at Buckingham before me and told me to join the club, they are all good mates so it was a no brainier to play football with them. I have settled in well, the Buckingham lot are a great bunch of lads and have welcomed me in

How good a season does he feel he’s had so far?

I feel like I have had a good season so far, my performances and fitness have been good

How good does Dan feel this squad is and have any players stood out?

I think we have a very strong squad this season. The player that has impressed me is Aaron Jones, he is the heart of our midfield, what he does on the pitch wins us games & just wins everything in the middle

How does he feel United have adapted to life in their new division this season?

We have adopted well in the intermediate division, we should have played better in some games but considering it’s our first season in the league we are not doing too badly

We asked Dan what his preferred position in the side is and what formation he feels works best?

My favourite position in the team is at centre-back, but can play anywhere in the defence. Any formation suits me but I prefer to play in a four-three-three, I feel like the team play better in this formation

Buckingham have only played five league games in 2019 so far, does this affect the squad in terms of routine and momentum?

It’s very frustrating because obviously we would all like to play every Saturday, thankfully Deano (Dean O’Connor, manager) has got us some friendless so we haven’t missed out too much, I don’t feel like it’s affected us much on results side of things

A heavy defeat at Santander has been followed up by two successive wins, how does Dan look back over these games?

Santander was a very poor game from Buckingham’s side of it, we didn’t play as a team or work together, since that game we have all come together and started to play good football, like we know we can!

Short distance trip to Potterspury this week for the toughest game of the season to date, what are they expecting?

Potterspury are a very good side, I don’t know anyone there and have never played their first team before but it will be a tough game for us, everyone at Buckingham United knows it’s going be a tough game, so we are going to have to work hard and play our game, but we are looking forward to the challenge

Finally, we asked Dan to nominate anyone of his team mates that’d like to see on any TV programme and explain why?

I would choose Josh Sullivan to go on Undateables as he never seems to get himself into a relationship

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

B&B Vets Cup 2nd rd: United Vets progress into the quarter finals

Buckingham United Veterans are into the last eight of the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup.

Match action: Buckingham United Veterans v AFC Sherington Veterans

Larry Woodward’s side reached the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over AFC Sherington at Lace Hill on Sunday morning.

Richie Barnes fired in from close range after a pulled back to give United Veterans the lead.

That advantage was soon doubled as Neil Walker’s brilliant 40-yard shot lobbed the visiting goalkeeper.

In the second half Gavin Hansell wrapped up the scoring with a curling shot from the left flank.

United Veterans: James Cox, Jamie Law, Tony Gibbard, Matthew Thatcher, Neil Walker, Adam Williams, Paul Hull, Marc Bassinder, Richie Barnes, Gavin Hansell, Adam Cooper.

Subs: Rob Henry, Trevor Bateman, Grant Munday, Neil Harding.

Match photograph link:

B&B Veterans Cup 2nd Rd: United boss previews the next stage of the new journey for Vets side

Buckingham United Veterans manager Larry Woodward has spoken to Sports Shots as his side host AFC Sherington Veterans in the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup on Sunday morning.

Buckingham United Vets launch! L to R: Adam Bray, Larry Woodward, Matthew Hawkes, Geoff Sharpe.

The county cup tie starts at 10.30am with a quarter-final place awaiting the winners.

The new venture at Lace Hill saw Woodward pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest he has received.

It was even better than we first imagined. After the initial launch we received interest from places as far away as the Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Bedford areas. After our first game in the Berks and Bucks Vets Cup last month a steady trickle of enquiries started again.

Although it is still early days since the side launched, squad numbers are very good.

The plan was to enter the Milton Keynes Vets League in August but we took the opportunity to have a dry run this season by entering the Berks and Bucks Vets County Cup. We managed to win 4-0 away at Hazlemere Sports after just one training session, just four days before the game. Very few players knew each other so it was a pleasing start. We also played Bletchley Park and lost 4-2 in a build-up game for Sunday. We’ve used 27 players in those two games.

The next part of the journey is set to continue this weekend.

We have a difficult tie against an established side in AFC Sherington Vets. They sit top of the Milton Keynes Vets League Division Three and are unbeaten so far. It’ll be difficult pruning the squad down for the game but a place in the quarter-final awaits and I’m sure we can be competitive on the day.

With a league season on the horizon to plan for, Woodward is still keen to hear from potential new players.

We still have next season very much in mind and would still like to hear from anyone wanting to get involved in playing some decent competitive football before hanging those old boots up. Just get in touch with the club or come and introduce yourselves at the game.

In closing, Woodward kindly added.

I would also like to add that everyone at Buckingham United Football Club would like to thank Sports Shots for their ever improving coverage of local grassroots football. A truly impressive success story.

Kick-off at Lace Hill is 10.30am on Sunday morning with any spectators welcome to pop along.