The Boss – View From The Bench 24/08/18

Hi Everyone

There is undoubtedly a buzz around the club at the minute. We have had a solid if not spectacular start to the season. It’s a young side we have assembled at Arundel with new faces coming into the club and a new playing philosophy has been impressed on the players.

The response from the players has been very positive, but undoubtedly it is a work in progress and will take time.

I think that was exposed on Tuesday evening which culminated in our poorest performance of the season losing 3-1at home to Hassocks.  We need to stay patient and focused as a group and club and I’m sure we will continue to develop and grow.

 I hope that defeat has sharpened the minds of the squad and I expect a reaction on Saturday in our FA Cup Prelim tie at home to division higher opponents Herne Bay.  We certainly need to.

The FA Cup lifts everyone, the history and nostalgure of the greatest Cup competition in the world and being part of it is very special. Of course the financial gains are really important for our club and most welcome.

I really hope we can generate a lot of local interest and the town of Arundel get down to support the lads on Saturday afternoon at Mill Road.

We are comfortable in our position as underdogs, not many people outside the club would fancy us getting a result on Saturday.

I had Herne Bay watched last week and the information fed back through a couple of good contacts of mine was how comfortable Herne Bay are in possession of the ball.  They are a young side who play the right way. 

The players here at Arundel and I, are really looking forward to the challenge on Saturday and will fully embrace it.

Enjoy the game.


Simon

 

   

 

Arundel FC’s *Liam Brady* makes FA Cup History

Sussex footballer makes FA Cup history on senior debut

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason‘Littlehampton Gazette’

 

Young gun Liam Brady made his own piece of FA Cup history over the weekend.

Liam Brady, 16, got the opener to become the first player born in the 21st century – after December, 31 2000 – to net in English football’s oldest cup competition as Arundel ran out 4-1 winners over Combined Counties Premier Division Chertsey Town FC at Mill Road on Saturday.

The young debutant, dual-signed with Bostik League Premier Division Bognor, was forced off at half-time after picking up a knock before Harry Russell struck twice and Ben Gray netted in the second half to ensure Mullets’ progress.

Arundel secured £2,250 in prize money for the victory and have been rewarded with a home tie against division-higher Bostik League South East Herne BayFC in the preliminary round on Saturday week.

Liam Brady, appearing in the FA Cup for the first time, said it was a day he’d never forget.

He said: “It’s brilliant to have made my own bit of history in the FA Cup, it felt good getting the goal. I took a bit of a knock and had to come off at half-time but I was pleased the team went on to win the game.

Simon Hull; (Arundel manager) has shown great faith in me and given me chances, I was just happy to get a goal for the team.

“I’m dual-signed with Bognor and train with them and Arundel each week. My family were really proud, my mum was at the game and saw me get my goal.

“It’ll be a tough test in the next round against Herne Bay but it’s a game that myself and the squad are really looking forward to.”

Mullets manager Simon Hull has been tracking Brady for a couple of years and had no hesitation handing him his competitive debut in the FA Cup. Hull’sdecision paid dividends as the Tangmere-based talent got the opener to set Arundel on their way to an FA Cup win.

Hull said: “Liam is a winner and someone I have watched for a couple of years during his days with the youth teams at Barnham Trojans.

“I gave him a chance in our pre-season friendly against Paulsgrove FC, he impressed there, so was deserving of his place in the team for our FA Cup game.

“He’s a winner, a real talent technically and battles for everything on the field.

Liam is dual-singed with Bognor, a really promising talent, what we can offer him is senior football now which will hopefully benefit him in the long run.”

 

 

Ex Mullets Manager ‘Steve Johnson’ Passes Away

Arundel Fc are sad to announce that ex- manager 'Steve Johnson' has passed away aged only 61.

Steve was one of footballs true characters, and with good football contacts at professional level, he was able to have a good crop of quality players at his disposal. Steve was manager when Arundel won he ‘John O'Hara League Cup’ in 2003-04.

He will be sadly missed by the many friends he made during his management days, and our condolences go out to his family at this very sad time. RIP: Steve. 

Hull Relishing New Arundel Boss Role (12/07/2018)

Report courtesy of Lewis Mason – Littlehampton Gazette


Hull Relishing New Arundel Role

Simon Hull says his Arundel Football Club is nearing completion ahead of another season in the Southern Combination League Premier Division. Former assistant manager Hull switched roles with Richard Towers at the end of the previous campaign, seeing him become a boss at senior level for the first time. 

Hull has experience managing at youth and reserve standard but is relishing his big break at Mill Road. Mullets were one of the first teams to return for pre-season, getting back to work last month, and Hull has been busy bolstering his playing squad. Forward Ben Gray, who has a wealth of experience at SCFL Premier Division level, has agreed on a switch from relegated rivals Littlehampton Town. Midfielder Matt Noble, having previously worked with Hull at Wick, is now a Arundel player, while Ash Hawkes completes the trio to have joined over the summer so far. 

Hull has been dealt a double blow with Rob Loftingand Lewis Jenkins both leaving but the new Mullets boss is satisfied with the position they currently find themselves in. 

He said: “I’m just really looking forward to getting started. It’s a great opportunity for me at a great club with some great people. Ben (Gray) is a high calibre player who we are delighted to have here. Matt (Noble) will add that bit of experience our young squad was lacking last season and Ash (Hawkes) is an exciting talent looking to test himself at this level. 

 “We’re sorry to see Lewis (Jenkins) go and Rob (Lofting) for travel reasons. If players want to move on we won’t stand in their way.” Mullets’ first pre-season friendly at Sidlesham on Tuesday was called off as their pitch was deemed unplayable. 

Hull’s opening match as Arundel boss will now take place at Billingshurst on Saturday (3pm). 

Arundel are looking for opponents to play in a friendly on Tuesday (July 17). Anyone interested should contact vice-chairman Simon Butler on 077145 31367 or direct message the club on Twitter (@ArundelFC).

Read more at: https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/sport/football/hull-relishing-new-arundel-role-1-8565198

 

Pre-Season Games so Far ……….

Pre-Season Games: 

Sat 14th July – Billingshurst FC 1 v 1 Arundel (Ash Hawkes)

Tue 17th July – Lingfield FC 2 v 1 Arundel (Jake Jephson)

Sat 21st July – Sutton Common Rovers 2 v 1 Arundel (Nathan Foster)

Tue 24th July – Arundel 2 v 4 Wick FC  (Jordan Dudas, Ash Hawkes)

Sat 28th July – Paulsgrove FC (H) - Double-Header

We Are Sad To Announce The Passing Of *Peter Wells*

The club are really sad to announce the passing of Peter Wells after a long illness 

Peter was a life Vice President of the club and a true gentleman and a top sportsman. 

Peter served the club in many ways over a very long period of time.

Our thoughts are with Penny this wife and their children Gavin and Alison, as well as other family and friends at this very sad time.

The funeral arrangements are as follows - Worthing Crematorium   Thursday 28 June 3pm then Arundel FC

RIP Pete X


Arundel FC Players Awards 2017-18

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(Above) Alex Biggs - Managers Player Of The Year

(Above) Jordan Dudas - Players Player of The Year & Supporters Player

(Above) Elliot Dollner - Young Player Of The Year

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(1st Team Awards 2017-18)

Managers Player: Alex Biggs

Players Player: Jordan Dudas

Young Player: Elliot Dollner 

Top Scorer: Dion Jarvis

Goal Of The Season: Josh Biggs

Supporters Player - Jordan Dudas

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(Reserve Team Awards 2017-18)

Managers Player: Nathan Madgwick

Players Player: Scott Callaghan

Top Scorer: Luke Richards

Goal Of The Season: George Bird

All Change at the helm for 2018-19 season

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All change at Arundel FC - Arundel 1stManager & Assistant Manager Switch Roles

Richard Towers,after steering Arundel FC to ‘Premier League’ safety hands over his 1stteam manager job to his assistant Simon Hull due to work commitments. However, Richard will be assistant manager to Simon Hull,to retain consistency within the management team at the club.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Richard for all of his hard-work this season, and also wish Simon the best of luck for the coming 2018-19 season.

From The Bench - Simon Hull

I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to Manage Arundel. It’s a wonderful Club with great people involved on and off the pitch.

It’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to and I hope we can put some smiles on the faces of the loyal supporters that back us week in week out.

Rich will still be around although work commitments may limit Rich’s time.

Rich’s invaluable experience and knowledge is something I will definitely be leveraging over the coming season. Rich has done a tremendous job at Arundel in his spells here and is greatly respected by all at the club.

I hope to add a couple of fresh faces to the exciting young squad we have here and play some expansive free flowing football when the opportunity permits.

I believe the experience of last season’s struggles will ultimately help the squad and strengthen us as a group.

We will all work hard as a group and aim to improve on this season and target a mid table or above finish and a decent cup run would be nice.

My playing career was based in Kent 25 years ago representing my County at youth level and later Bromley Fc.

Previous Management Roles:

Barnham Trojans U15’s 2014-2015 Arun & Chichester Div A League Champions

Barnham Trojans U16’s 2015-2016 Sussex Sunday Youth League 6th

Wick Under 18’s 2016-2017 County League 5th

Wick Under 21’s Manager & First Team Assistant 2017

Arundel Assistant Manager Sept 2017-2018

Arundel FC – New Marketing Manager – Tom Nicholls

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Everyone at Arundel FC would like to welcome our new ‘Marketing Manager’

Thomas will help the Club to work closely with local businesses and community groups, to increase attendances and boost sponsorship, hospitality and event income.

He currently is also working for 180 Group as Marketing Manager, Thomas spends most of his working week designing websites and marketing local businesses and he is excited to join the team at Arundel FC.

“With the Club being an essential part of the town, it is time to also make further progress off the pitch and build a successful future which involves everybody in Arundel and the close surrounding areas”