View from the Dugout

13 November 2017 – First Team update – Jon and Gavin

“Call to Arms from the Dugout”

Well it’s been just over three weeks since Gavin and I took over at the G’s. Whilst results have not been what we would have liked we have been pleased with the application of many at the club both behind the scenes and from the players who are in the spotlight/firing line each game. Despite our lowly league position we believe the club is on the turn and we will be working extra-specially hard over the coming weeks to start getting the results all this hard work deserves.

In our four games so far anyone who has been at the games will know we haven’t been too far off the pace. In all but one of the games  against Sutton Common Rovers, Chertsey and Balham the players have given us absolutely everything and but for some small adjustments which in fairness we have not had the chance to work on in training we may well have got something out of the Chertsey and Balham games.

Despite not having a game on Saturday as our league fixture with Epsom & Ewell was postponed due to their involvement in the FA Vase, we have trained well this week. There have been three competitive sessions, both run by our excellent UEFA acredited coach Paul Barry, the third  at Surrey Sports Park’s dynamic new facility just off the A3. It has also been exciting to witness the clubs potential future generation with a handful of the very good U18 side now training with the 1st XI on a regular basis. We hope to see some of them break into the 1st XI in the months ahead.

Looking forward we have another big week. On Tuesday we have a Surrey Senior County Cup 2nd Round match away against Ryman Premier, Dorking Wanderers. This will be an extremely tough assignment as the  Wanderers have an excellent squad over at Westhumble Playing Fields, however we will go into the game with nothing to lose and hope to spring a surprise… & having won the competition twice in the last decade perhaps it can prove a ‘lucky’ competition for the G’s. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck by working hard however luck has definitely not been on our side especially in a couple of our tighter games so far – that will change soon I’m sure! Later in the week, after another training session at Wey Court on Thursday, we return to league action on Saturday with an important league game at home against Bedfont Sports. They are going extremely well this season currently sitting 3rd in the league behind table-toppers Westfield and Walton & Hersham and we will need to have the players “totally at the races” if we are going to get anything out of the game.

That’s it for now however we will be providing regular updates to you throughout the rest of the season. All that remains is for us to ask for your continued support and if possible attendance at one or both of our games this week – as a gentle reminder; Tuesday 14th November: Surrey Senior County Cup 2nd Round Away at Dorking Wanderers, KO 7.45pm and Saturday 18th November: Combined Counties Premier Home at Wey Court v Bedfont Sports KO 3.00pm

Best wishes

Gavin and Jon

01 November 2017 – First Team update – Jon and Gavin

The games come thick and fast at this time of year, as I write Gav and I are preparing for a tough Wednesday night fixture away at Balham FC. We then go straight into another relatively local “trans-Hogs Back” derby game against a good Farnham side. The squad – our squad – is starting to take shape and whilst there is still some fine tuning required we are more than happy with the progress we have made both on and off the field in the two weeks since we arrived.

Last Saturday’s game against Chertsey was one of great frustration for us. The lads fully deserved to get something out of the game. We played some excellent football in the first half and should have been two or three goals to the good. As it was, all we had to show for all our industry and enterprise, was an excellent 25 yard curling strike from Gary Gokman marking his home debut for the club with a great goal. But as so often happens in football though if you don’t take your chances you will get punished and we conceded two arguably avoidable goals at the end of each half to lose 2-1.

Next we have a tricky away fixture at Balham FC. Hopefully we will be able to get something out of that game and start to pick up points on a regular basis to help us start to climb the table.

On Saturday we play Farnham and being local lads, Gavin & I would like to extend a warm welcome to Farnham Town FC, their management team, players and supporters. Hopefully you will enjoy your afternoon with us at Wey Court – but not too much!

After Saturdays fixture we have a mini-break as at the time of going to press, the league have not re-assigned us a game on Saturday 11th November due to the postponement of the Epsom & Ewell game (FA Vase commitments) and we are not due to play any midweek league or cup football.

[Ed – As there is no Saturday game why not plan to come and support the Ladies on Sunday 12th November as they continue their campaign in the Women’s FA Cup away to AFC Wimbledon Ladies. The game will be plated at Sutton United’s ground, KO:13:00]

Our next scheduled game will be away in the Surrey Senior Cup (2nd Round) against Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday 14th November. We will be putting out a strong side for this fixture and we would really appreciate your support for a game in a competition where the G’s have very fond recent memories on multiple occasions. ​


21 October 2017 – First Team new management – Jon and Gavin

After the departure of the previous management team last weekend GTFC moved quickly to instal ex-players Gavin Smith and Jon Palmer as joint first team managers at the beginning of the week. Gavin and Jon are known to many at Godalming having played for the club for 5 years and will bring with them a wealth of non-League experience and contacts to help the club progress.

Acting Chairman Matthew Clay caught up with Gavin and Jon earlier in the week and plans have been put in place to change the club for the better. These plans will be shared in due course however the most important item on the agenda was preparing for this Saturday’s fixture against a good, well drilled Sutton Common Rovers outfit.

Gavin and Jon are delighted with the initial conversations they have had with existing players and a few new additions to bolster the current squad. We can announce the following player updates/movements;

Players from the current squad who have agreed to stay: Dimi Kyriatzis, Isy Nzelo, Steve Bettencourt, Piers Oldland, Hakim Griffiths, Bobby Bennett, Kieran Wright, Hailu Theodros, Esteban Salgado, Tom Webb, Callum Roots, Mert Varli, Ben Cotton, Eugene Bongo, Tre Trowers & Romario Hart.

Players who have left by mutual consent and who the club thank for their efforts and wish them well; Lewis Taylor, Shawn Lyle, Kyen Nicholas and Luke Elgar.

New additions: on dual registration, Gary Gokmen (from Hayes & Yeading), Alex Rodriguez, Jon Bennett & Khalib Senussi (Bracknell), Kurt Greenaway (Badshot Lea) and Rory Sellick (Dorking Wanderers)

Gavin & Jon also delighted to announce that they have agreed to add the experience of Paul Barry as a UEFA accredited coach to the back room team.

Lastly we would appeal to all GTFC fans  come back, watch some games and support the lad. Starting this Saturday 21 October with our away trip to Sutton Common Rovers at their very impressive Gander Green Lane Ground, home of Conference Sutton United.

Bank Holiday weekend August 2017 – First Team – Simon 

Good afternoon everyone, Farnham at home in the FA cup was a good draw for us which probably saw us as favourites on the day. It took us a little while to get going and we seemed to give the ball away a lot or play too many long balls for my liking but we did grow into the game and took the lead through Hakim after a fancy flick from Shawn down the right-hand side. He then crossed for Hakim who turned and finished in the bottom corner. Second half apart from one chance, which Aaron saved, I don’t think they caused us many problems. Hakim who was excellent again in the second half won us two penalties which Lewis put away nicely so all in all a good 3-0 win. Lastly I have to sadly tell you that my assistant Matt Drew has left the club for one reason or another and I’m disappointed he has gone as he is a good coach and a good friend. I would like to thank him for all his hard work in the short time he has been here.

01 August 2017 — Ladies and Ladies Development Team (pre-season) – Steve

This season sees an exciting time for Ladies Football at this club. Last season certainly was one of the good news stories coming out of Godalming. Under new Management of Darren Wheeler and Steve Davies the Ladies had a real transformation which saw them just miss out on a league title but did see them get promoted to Tier 4 of Ladies Football.

 This Season sees even more change, due to high demand and popularity there is a now a new Development side which will be Managed by Pat Adams (ex Fulham youth coach) and assisted by Sam Bonniface (ex Ladies player). They go into Division 3 of the Greater London League and will play their home games at Broadwater school. For the First team it’s all change too, they welcome a Goalkeeping coach (Ben Hacker) and Fitness coach (Laura Funnell) as well as a host of new players. New players seem to be attracted to the positive, exciting and ambitious Godalming Ladies set up with players joining from Fulham, Wimbledon, Watford, Portsmouth and more

The Ladies game in this country is growing at a fast pace at the moment and Darren & Steve have a clear vision to grow this club at the same pace. They would love your support each week at the games where you will see great football. Last season saw over 130 supporters come to one game and they hope that will be the case at even more games this season!