Soham have announced that Ian Benjamin has informed the club of his intentions to stand down from his position as 1st Team Manager at the end of the season.
Having previously been at the Lane as player, then joint Manager alongside Richard Goodjohn in 2000, Ian returned to the club at the start of the 2005/06 season, following Kevin Pritchards departure at the end of the previous campaign. Despite finishing tenth and eighth in the League in his first two seasons, Soham did get through to consecutive Cambs Invitation Cup finals, winning the first against Great Shelford in 2006, before returning to the Abbey Stadium the following year, narrowly losing to Cambridge City. However, Benjamins greatest achievement came in 2007/08 when he masterminded the Greens to their first ever Ridgeons League title, thanks to a 4-0 home victory over their closest rivals Needham Market on the final day of the season, and with it helping Soham gain promotion to the Southern League for the first time in their history. The first two seasons at Level Four saw fifteenth and eleventh placed finishes, but this season has been more difficult, with the Greens struggling at the wrong end of the division for the majority of the campaign, which included a number of games bottom of the table. However, with only a few matches to go, it appears Soham have now picked up enough points to stay up for another season. The club would like to thank Ian for everything he has achieved whilst at the club and wish him all the best for the future. Ians Soham record (As of 02/04/11): 2005/06 - 53 Games (26 wins, 11 draws, 16 defeats) 2006/07 - 54 Games (28 wins, 7 draws, 19 defeats) 2007/08 - 52 Games (37 wins, 6 draws, 9 defeats) 2008/09 - 48 Games (15 wins, 7 draws, 26 defeats) 2009/10 - 50 Games (19 wins, 9 draws, 22 defeats) 2010/11 - 43 Games (11 wins, 6 draws, 26 defeats) TOTAL - 300 Games (136 wins, 46 draws, 118 defeats)