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Bishop Sutton AFC are champions
Friday, 31 May 2013
Captain Sam Payne and his Bishop Sutton team-mates, celebrate winning the Toolstation Western League Premier title on Saturday April 27 at Lakeview
Congratulations to Bishop Sutton AFC on winning the Toolstation Western League Premiership title.
In one of the most exciting seasons ever seen in this league for many a year, Bishop Sutton finally prevailed after some intense pressure coming from their nearest rivals Brislington in the latter end of the season. Brislington were actually 15 points clear of Sutton back in October, which makes this fantastic achievement even more spectacular for the Chew Valley side.
The average age of this Bishop Sutton side is around 23 years old, and the style, flair and fitness levels they have consistently displayed this season, is a huge credit to all the players themselves and to manager Lee Leshenko and his assistant ‘Wints’ and coaching staff ‘Bailesy’ and ‘Buffs’.
A team that plays football with the ball on the floor with such speed, accuracy and great technique is a joy for all to witness, and a great advert for this football club and how the beautiful game should be played. In terrific surroundings at their Lakeview pitch, and with such good facilities for spectators to enjoy, this side will be attracting a much greater volume of supporters in the coming seasons.
This is a side that is starting to mature as a complete unit, after ‘knocking on the door’over the past couple of seasons.
It is hard to compare teams in the modern game with so many changes from the past game, but there is a similarity in age, stature, ability, character, togetherness and ambition as the great early 80s Bishop Sutton side put together and kept together for over a decade by the still ever-present George Williams.
This current side have already set their focus and ambitions on stepping up to the Southern League ranks in the next few years.
Of course good football sides need a good playing surface, and a special mention should go out to Head Grounds man ‘Tractor Bob’, who has game after game provided this team a pitch surface, in its best condition in its club history, through sheer focus and hard work, all during a pretty horrid winter too. Recognition has to go to all the very hard working volunteer staff behind the scenes too, the Hunt family Malcolm, Jason and Hannah, the Williams family George, Ian and Deb, the ‘dietician’ chefs Debbie Buffs, Ross and Mr Lashenko, the helping hands of Merv, Ray and Sylvia, Paul Williams, Steve Hillier and Steve Tovey, also to Nigel, Kevin, Martin and all their players in the reserve and U18s set up. Darren and Lee Milton
Bishop Sutton AFC is currently searching for players for the 2013/2014 season; If you are between the age of 16-30yrs old, fit and healthy, and looking to play football at a very good level in a beautiful location and facility in the Chew Valley, then we would like to hear from you. Contact Darren Milton, reserve team manager on 07966-681443 or George Williams Youth Team Manager U18s on 01275-333279
Stop Press: Following the surprise decision of Lee Lashenko to step down from his role at Bishop Sutton AFC, the club have issued this statement: “Bishop Sutton Football Club are disappointed that Lee has decided to stand down after six increasingly successful seasons culminating in winning the Western League Premier division.
“The club are very appreciative of the enormous efforts that Lee has made to put together an outstanding team and for his wholehearted involvement and assistance in running the club.
“We fully understand and support Lee’s ambition to manage at Southern League level and wish him every success in furthering his career in the football pyramid.”
Do you think it would be a good idea for Bath and North East Somerset Council to choose the Chew Valley Children's Centre to be one of the centres whose services would be relocated to Keynsham? (See the front page story on the November editon)