Club Profile- Haddenham United

In this months club profile we take a look into Haddenham United. A club officially founded in 1910 and still going strong today.

We would like to thank Rachael Bamford, Haddenham United secretary for putting the below together for us.

Club History
The first recorded mention of football in the village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire was during a meeting in September 1896. The main objective of the meeting was to form an organised football club.

Haddenham United Football Club was ‘officially’ founded in 1910 when Haddenham and Cuddington combined and joined the Aylesbury & District League (ADL).

Although we have played in various leagues since then (including the Oxfordshire Senior League and Wycombe and District League) today, we continue to play in the ADL. We have a thriving squad of players with a First Team and a Reserve Team.  We also have a Veteran’s team who play ‘friendlies’ with other local Veterans teams.

Club Structure
Currently, the club has over 50 players signed on. We operate with a one club philosophy -everybody within the club (in either of our teams) trains together, socialises together and gets to know everyone. We believe this is the best way to create a unified club with different teams - rather than have separate teams with different personnel and ambitions. Our setup allows players to move freely between the teams to suit their individual needs.

In terms of management, Haddenham United is currently going through a transitional stage. After a fairly dismal season for both teams, our First Team Manager for the past 3 years - Gavin Way took the decision to stand down to focus his attention on other things. Gavin has been a great manager (and player) over the past years and a credit to the club.

We have recently announced that Chris Davies will take over management for 2017/2018. Chris has a wealth of football knowledge and experience. Chris brings Lee Parrack and Nick Gurney with him to the management team and we hope we can return to winning ways!

Our Reserve Team management is also changing for the coming season. Shane Copcutt (who also played for Haddenham United in his younger years!) and Andrew Wagerfield have done a great job for us this season in challenging and difficult circumstances. We are currently in discussions with various parties (who we are confident can fulfil the role) but as yet, have not made any appointments.

With new Managers coming in next season, we hope the club can continue to get stronger and get us back to where we want to be.  

Haddenham United has a very well run, but rather small, Committee. It is made up of current and ex-players and avid supporters of the club. The Committee are there to ensure the club is run as efficiently and effectively as possible whilst making sure that everyone is enjoying being part of our club. Our main objective is to be the best local club around with the best facilities. 

The club has been very fortunate over the years to have loyal sponsors. These have included Decorare, Way Builders Limited, K&A Scaffolding and Blanchford. All of our sponsors have contributed in keeping the club financially secure and improving our match day and training facilities and we thank them for their financial contributions.

The club is also very lucky to have some dedicated supporters who come and watch us in all weathers. We thank them for their continued support.

Good Practice
We are very proud with the way we run the club and the facilities we have to offer. Over the past few seasons we have made substantial improvements to our facilities and this year we have been fortunate to get funding from our sponsors to purchase portable floodlights to enhance our training facilities. We want our club to be the best locally with the best facilities and by being so, encourage people to come and play for us and get involved with the club.

We also work hard to engage younger members of the squad and bring young players through from the Youth Teams to adult football. This is always challenging but we now have several key members of the squad we can regularly rely on.

What does the club need help with?
As a small club we are run by a very small number of people. We are always looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time – whether that is helping out with training, marking the pitches, helping the managers and teams on match days etc.

Haddenham United Football Club is always on the lookout for new players. During the season, training is usually held on Wednesday evening and matches on Saturday afternoons.

If you feel you can help in any way or are looking for a club, please contact Rachael Bamford (Club Secretary)  secretary@haddenhamunited.co.uk

More information about the club can be found on our website: www.haddenhamutdfc.co.uk

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