Home tie for the G’s
Followin their win on Tuesday away at Farnham Town, Godalming will host Bagshot FC in the next round of the Div1 Challenge Cup exact details and timings to follow.
New management duo for Ladies Development team
Two ex G’s ladies players Kimberley Funnell and Paige Donnithorne have taken over the management of the Ladies Development team for the upcoming season. They started well with a win in their debut match.
G’s match day programmes and match pictures now online
This seasons match day programmes and match photographs are once again available on line.
Darren Wheeler retires from first team football
Les received a message from Darren following last Thursday’s training session. Darren said that he felt it was time to hang his boots up having had a long and largely successful football career in non league. He was finding it tough not to be able to do the things that came so easy to him in previous years. This must have been a tough and searching decision for Darren and Les thanked him for both his honesty and trying to help us out under difficult circumstances
Darren has given the club and fans many great moments and wonderful memories and all those who have watched him marvelled at his great skills. He has been and will continue to be, in his role of manager of the successful Ladies team, a great servant of the club.
He is truly a G’s legend!
Surrey Saturday Premier Cup
Godalming have been drawn away to Alfold in the first round of the Surrey Premier Cup. The tie is scheduled to be played on Tues 23 October KO 7:45pm.
Updated fixtures for the fist team
Les continues to build his backroom team
Joe Prosser joins to provdie analytical and match preperation support
We’d like to welcome Joe Prosser to the team. Joe has come highly recommend from UCFB Wembley and has been working in football for the past 5 years in three different countries. His main involvement has been as a coach where he gained his level 2 in 2014 before going on to do his youth awards the following year, Joe begin began his UEFA journey this September, starting with his B license. In the past two years He has been making his way into football analysis working for a company who provides analysis for the football league and premiership and working on individual analysis of game footage obtained at university where he’s studying football coaching and management. Joe will prove to be a valued member of the team with his match analysis and match preparation work.
Simon Pullen joins the staff
Simon comes to the club with a vast experience in a coaching and scouting capacity. He’ has worked as part of first team set ups for Watford, Swansea, Blackburn Rovers and Exeter City in various scouting capacities. He has gained his UEFA b license which he used in coaching Badshot Lea and Beaconsfield SYCOB . He then returned to the scouting side of things with Reading academy where he gained vast experience in scouting abroad. After proving himself he was head hunted by Brentford for a similar role in their academy.
His last full time role was as head of recruitment at Barnet where he had great success in helping the U18s to win there merit league and in developing six players that went on to play in the football league. Has a very good relationship with Les Cleevely and will be a great asset for to the club.
Jason Kerbey joins Les’s team
We are pleased to announce that a further assistant Jason Kerbey has joined Les Cleevely’s team. Jason has been involved in Youth football for the pas t12 years working across various different age groups and with some of the top young players in Surrey. For the past 2 seasons he has assisted Les with his role as academy manager at Carshalton Athletic
Having played non league football, Jason gained a level 1 coaching qualification and got involved in coaching when jointly running a very successful Cheam side which then transferred over to form Carshalton Athletic academy u16s.
Since then Jason has been coaching as a member Carshalton’s u16 Academy staff. Jason has also been working with Carshalton Athletic youth team working specifically with the goalkeepers. He is a quiet unassuming man that is a real hardworking and valued member of our team.
Jordan Knight appointed assistant to Les
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jordan Knight as assistant to Les Cleevely.
Jordan started his career at AFC Wimbledon and was on their books for 10 years. Jordan completed his apprenticeship at Wimbledon and made his first team debut at 17. After leaving Wimbledon Jordan spent time at Walton Casuals followed by Banstead Athletic before putting his playing career on hold to pursue and further his coaching career.
Jordan is currently going into his 3rd season as Academy Head of Goalkeeping at Wimbledon. He combines this with his role at Chelsea Women where he is 1st Team assistant GK Coach. Jordan has spent the past 3 seasons working with the Women’s Elite Development Squad (U23s) at Chelsea, the first 2 seasons as the GK and assistant coach and the past season (17/18) as the Head Coach. Now moving into the 1st Team environment full time it allows him to go back and continue his playing career, linking up again with Les Cleevely – who has been Jordan’s goalkeeper coach since the age of 9.
Jordan currently holds his UEFA B Licence, FA Youth Award and is awaiting assessment on his Goalkeeping B Licence.
New first team manager
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Les Cleevely as first team manager.
Les’s professional career started with an apprenticeship at Southampton FC. He had spells with Notts County, IFK Kungsbacca in Sweden before coming back to the first of two spells with Crystal Palace.
Having had limited first team experiences and numerous injuries including broken ankles and a broken spine Les moved into non league football playing over 1,000 games for clubs such as Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United, Farnborough Town, Enfield ,Welling United and Dulwich Hamlet where Les had his first non league management experiences.
It was then that Les embarked upon taking his coaching badges which included his UEFA A and goalkeeper A license and as well as this he took a masters degree in sports Psychology .
Les’s first professional coaching job was with Millwall before moving onto Fulham, It was at Fulham Les also had his first experience with ladies football as part of his contract was to work with a very successful ladies set up.
From Fulham Les went to Crystal Palace as the first team goalkeeping coach and was then lucky to spend two years working with Spurs before moving to his Boyhood club Chelsea working at all levels.
Les then embarked on a teaching route at The Harrodian school, other
Teaching roles have included the likes of Charterhouse and Eton.
Managerial roles included Carshalton and Walton and Hersham, Player coach at Aldershot the last two years have been spent building and managing Carshalton’s academy.
Les’s goalkeeping school has now been running for 22 years producing some 60 plus professional goalkeepers and a large number in the semi professional game.
Les will appoint his assistants in due course and we will introduce them as they are appointed.
We will hold a meet the manager session as soon as can be arranged and we look forward to your continued support and progress in the following seasons.
Godalming Town to play in Combined Counties Division 1 next season
The new step 5 and 6 leagues have been announced today Friday 25th May. Despite confusion throughout the whole season as to what might happen to the third from bottom team it now confirmed that Godalming are relegated and will play in the Combined Counties first division next season. The full list of teams in CCL1 are shown below:
- AC London
- Ash Utd
- Bedfont and Feltham
- British Airways (P)
- Chessington and Hook
- Dorking Wanderers reserves (N)
- Epsom & Ewell (R)
- Eversley and California
- Farnham Town (R)
- FC Deportivo Galicia
- Fleet Spurs
- Frimley Green
- Godalming Town (R)
- Kensington Borough
- Sandhurst Town (M)
- Tooting Bec FC (P)
P-promoted, R-Relegated, N-New, M-Moved