Marie Wedges funeral is on Friday 17th February at Worthing Crematorium (11am). The wake will be held back at Arundel Social Club. Everyone is welcome to attend in a celebration and to remember Marie's all to short life.
It is with great sadness Arundel FC have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Marie Wedge. Marie was a long serving social and staff member at the club, her smiling face will be sorely missed behind the bar and up at the club.
Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family at this extremely sad time.
RIP Marie x
Mullets part company with management duo Craig Stuart & Barry Pidgeon
Following a committee meeting at Mill Road this morning, Mullets’ board came to a decision to sack the pair.
Both Pidgeon and Stuart guided nine-man Arundel to a 1-1 Southern Combination League Premier Division draw at rivals Wick on Boxing Day, in what was their final game in charge.
The pair replaced Simon Butler early last season but Mullets have struggled so far this campaign, collecting just 19 points from 22 league matches, leaving them fourth-bottom.
Arundel chairman Bob Marchant admitted sacking the duo was not an easy decision and said: “It’s never a nice call to make but as a committee we believe this was the right thing to do. We did not want to look back and say we should have made a change earlier, we just felt this was the right time to do so.
“Some of our results, especially against the lesser teams, have not been good enough this season. Both Barry and Craig have been brilliant for us in their time here and I wish them well in the future. “They’ve given so much time and effort but we’ve been struggling for results of late.
“We’ve been in discussion with potential successors and we hope to have someone in place sooner, rather than later.”
Following his departure, former joint-manager Pidgeon hopes his successor is able to turn things around
He said: “We’ve struggled for consistency at times this season, with injuries not helping us. We weren’t in a great position but both myself and Craig (Stuart) were hoping for a couple of victories to turn things around but the committee have come to this decision.
“I’ve really enjoyed the time at Arundel, it’s a great club and I wish them all the best in the future. I think myself and Craig will take a short break, before getting out and watching a few matches in the new year.”
Regrettably Ryan's MRI scan results following his injury at Newhaven, have confirmed that he has ruptured his (ACL) Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and also potentially damaged his Meniscus.
Ryan will need to wait for the inflammation to go down around his knee before he can be admitted for surgery. The specialist has informed him that he won't be able to play football for at least 12 months after surgery.
Everyone at Arundel FC would like to wish Ryan a full and ‘speedier’ recovery than expected.
The club will miss you hugely on the pitch. Please stay positive.
1000 Grounds Visited
Kieron ‘Groundhopper’ Bridges Review
Keen Groundhopper Kieron Bridges has chosen Mill Road, Arundel to mark as his 1000th Ground. To get to the 1000 has entailed, meticulous planning and dedication; from train Journeys from Worcestershire up to West Didsbury on a Friday night to overnight bus journeys across to Germany and negotiating public transport systems in the Czech Republic. Here are a few of the highs and lows:
Countries I’ve seen football in – 20
Favourite ground in the world – Omonia Nicosia, (Cyprus)
Favourite UK ground – Rothes (Highland League, Scotland) – nothing better than a distillery next door to the ground and a game delayed by rabbits invading the pitch!
Most scenic ground – (present ground excepted) – Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, beautiful backdrop of Mountains/volcano
Most surreal experience – Branik (Czech Republic)– postponement when away side boss launched a full on assault on the referee
Most ambitious hop – The Liberec/Pardubice/Pardubice treble ( 2 football matches and horseracing in the Czech Republic)
Best social club – Gainsborough (so far!)
Worst ground visited – Grantham – athletics track meaning miles from the pitch
Worst experience – Trying to get the first ‘z’ ground in at Zarica Kranj (Slovenia) and the heavens literally opening with a dumping of snow.
Most dilapidated ground – Dunipace (West Scotland)) – not quite sure how many attempts at arson had been made on their facilities!
What happens next…
Ground 1001 – Longsocks (West Sussex Sunday league tomorrow – followed immediately by Horsham!)
Along with his long suffering girlfriend Jane, who is on 950 herself Kieron is looking forward to his day at Mill Road and is keen to push on towards 2000!
Arundel FC congratulate you on this amazing achievement and wish you all the best for your future exploits.
We hope you and your girlfriend Jane Andrews (Currently on 950 Grounds visited) enjoy you time at our lovely picturreie ground and enjoy our hospitality.
Arundel FC Committee, Players and all associated with the club
Arundel FC would like to thank 'Arundel Group' for kindly sponsoring our NEW AWAY KIT. Please see 'Our Sponsors' page the 'Arundel Groups' website link.