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7 months ago By Matt Davis

New managers, players a target as Wick bid to build on County League encouragement

Wick Football club are on the hunt for players and managers for its Reserve team that play in the Bristol & District Senior Division and their A team that play in division 3 of the same league. See below full GFA news article:

WICK’S dedicated vice-chairman Dave Beer says his club is thirsting for more on the back of a commendable first campaign in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League, writes Simon Parkinson.

The Oldbury Lane outfit, finally promoted to step 7 action on the non-League football pyramid as 2016-17 Bristol Premier Combination runners-up, ended up eighth on the County League ladder this term under manager Mike Strawford’s astute guidance.
Beer, who has played for and administered at the club for 43 years, believes that laudable first finishing position might easily have been bettered had a raft of injuries, not least to their prolific front-line, not hampered their progress. While Wick’s ambitious first team remains at the forefront of minds behind the scenes, club officials are determined to ensure infrastructure throughout continues to improve, which is why they are seeking new managers and players for their two established District League teams, as well as planning for the prospect of a new youth set-up to be introduced.

Beer, whose own impressive longevity at Wick has actually been surpassed by chairman John Towler’s eye-watering five-decade stint, enthused: “We’re over the moon with how our first season in the County League has gone. “For around two decades we’ve either not finished high enough to be in contention for promotion to it or had issues with the ground in terms of conforming to requirements for the next level up. “It was extremely hard work getting here but now we’ve arrived it’s really enjoyable and we’ve more than held our own. Had injuries not bitten so hard, I’m convinced we’d have been top-six material.
“For all that it’s still been a superb season and the foundations are there to build on, both on and off the pitch.” Of those lofty plans for further progression, Beer explained: “Even though we already have among the best pitches at our level around, more work is being done over the summer to improve them and we’re making enquiries about the potential for floodlights. “We have our own ground in that it belongs in trust to Wick as a village for the purposes of sport, although clearly we need to explore what, if any, the restrictions are when it comes to enhancing the already-excellent facilities we have with a view to competing at even higher levels than we are. “The fact we’ve discussed further progression as a club at our management meetings is a statement of intent that we don’t simply want to stop still. I’ve been here for 43 years as a player, vice-chairman, chief cook and bottle washer and I’m not prepared to settle for what we have!”

Beer insisted: “If we want to move forward we need to get ourselves together as a Western League club in the making, the way in which we operate now. “That means getting things right in other areas of the club such as our reserves, who finished in a healthy mid-table position in the District Senior Division, and our A team, who did well to stay clear of a relegation position in District Three. “There was something of a reliance on older players with that third team of ours and it’s important we redress the balance there and start opening the door to younger lads. “As well as new players we’re looking for similar-minded ambitious managers for both those District League teams and we’re also open to anyone interested in forming a youth section which can be affiliated to us. “And just like any other club in our position, we’re always on the look-out for new non-playing members to get involved and be part of what we feel is an exciting project here.”

Anyone wishing to become a player, manager or club member/administrator can email Dave Beer at or call him on 07801 129560.

See GFA link below under news from 04/06:

Updated 10:51 - 30 Jul 2018 by Matt Davis

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