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Matchday 2

Our second matchday of the season saw just one game take place – UBAFC’s 6s vs Geog Soc’s 1s. Geog Soc had proved victorious the last time the sides met earlier on in 2020 meaning the UBAFC boys were out for revenge. Here’s how they went about getting it…


Result: Bristol 6s 4 – 1 Geog Soc 1s

A mixed UBAFC side took on GeogSoc at Dingle on a rainy Saturday afternoon having lost to the same team earlier in the year.

The game started with UBAFC dominating possession and creating several chances before the pressure finally told when Wenzi Ngcobo won a penalty from a corner and subsequently converted. Minutes later, George Gers used the weather conditions to full effect, scoring directly from a corner. 2-0 UBAFC at HT with UBAFC seemingly in cruise control.

The 2nd half started in dramatic fashion with Cian McCormack giving away a penalty after a mix up in communication led to him picking the ball up after believing he’d been fouled. The penalty was converted making the score 2-1 but UBAFC managed the game well following this – a strong header from Shane Hoeberichts and then a great strike from Duro Adebayo topping off a fine performance and a good win for Bristol.

A fantastic start for the boys who are looking to carry this form into their next fixture on the 3G next Saturday.

Man of the Match: Shane Hoeberichts

Report by Rory McGoldrick & Dom Lynch (Captains of the 5s & 6s)

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Matchday 1

Our first proper matchday of the new season saw Warwick 1s and 2s travel down to the 3G at Almondsbury to take on our corresponding teams. The 3s and 4s then played out a highly competitive in-house game to conclude a full day of games. It is so good to be back.


Result: Bristol 1s 0 – 2 Warwick 1s

A team of fresh faces, painted nails and outright talent took on Warwick 1s this Wednesday at Almondsbury. Despite a 2-0 loss, there were elements of what is to come with impressive performances from McCormack, O’Neill and Baleanu. Chances were indefinitely spurned and it was evident that this Bristol team hadn’t quite gelled given a number of formation changes. Undone by 2 set pieces (cheers Pooler) and skipper Anderson getting lamped, it certainly was not our finest performance. However, the flair is apparent. Tyers should not have a problem moulding this team into one capable of rock n’ roll football.

Man of the Match: Cian McCormack

Report by James Anderson (1s Captain)


Result: Bristol 2s 3-0 Warwick 2s

After a long spell out of action, the 2’s were finally back in action yesterday. Things got off to a bit shaky start, with Warwick dominating the opening ten minutes, however we grew into the game with every passing minute. The back four set the tone with some firm challenges which got the boys going. A small reshuffle in the midfield, going man to man, further nullified the opposition. We also began beating their high press, balls into George JP and Adam Blades helped us progress up the pitch. Half-time 0-0, the opposition has been figured out, now it was just a question of whether we could get a result. The energy was brilliant, all eleven getting stuck in as soon as the whistle went – not a single challenge was shied away from. Nik Muller and JP were giving their fullbacks nightmares, tucking in slightly to receive the ball. A goal was coming, I could feel it.

Chisholm had been up and down the right-hand side all game and his hard work was finally rewarded when a mis-hit cross left the keeper scrambling but to no avail as the ball nestled in the top corner (there’s no chance he meant it). The first goal gave us the confidence to really start moving the ball round, two touches max and working the ball from side to side with purpose waiting for the holes to open, which they inevitably did.

The second of the game came from a corner, the ball has landed at Blades’ feet and with no hesitation he’s hit the back of the net. 2-0 up and in full control. The one wobble of the game arrived when Will Straw found himself left one-on-one in the box. He’s slid in and the ball has come straight off his outstretched arm. The referee hasn’t seen it somehow but we’d definitely earned our luck.

The third goal was the best of the bunch, Robbie Matthews (who was brilliant off the bench) hangs one up back post. The ball loops elegantly across the box, I was stood there praying that the delivery would be met with the sort of finish that kind of cross deserves, and I wasn’t disappointed. Adam Blades leaps into the air, emerging from a crowded penalty area, and hangs in the air for what felt like 30 seconds, heading the ball powerfully into the bottom corner.

Even better was the final play of the game which summed up our performance. A Warwick midfielder breaks with the ball after a corner only to be chased down by the impressive Solly Tomlin-Kent and then Niko Godby comes flying in and clears everything out: ball, man and Solly. Unreal. A superb shift all around from the boys, a stellar performance and result, what a way to get things going.

Man of the match: Ben Chisholm

Report by Aidan Nylander (2s Captain)


Result: Bristol 3s 1 – 1 Bristol 4s

Here is the version of events by 3s captain Luke Coleman…

Wednesday saw the 3s play a tough in-house game against the 4s and the boys were looking forward to finally getting some minutes on the pitch.

The first half was hard-fought and very end to end, but with few chances going forward. Wenzi Ngcobo was denied a goal after a great run down the left, cutting inside and hitting it towards the top bins, only for it to be excellently saved by the fresher in the 4s net.

The second half was problematic for the 3s, a few sloppy passes and a lot of headlosses led to a feeling of being overrun in midfield. Some poor man-marking led to us conceding from a volley inside the box and we looked to bounce back a reply. Unfortunately, this reply didn’t come until the final kick of the match with Newman floating forward into the box to guide home a nice volley on his weaker foot.

All credit to the 4s today who controlled much of the game, we will look to try and improve in the next game.

Man of the Match: Henry Newman

And now 4s captain Dylan Bull’s take on proceedings…

On Wednesday, the long-anticipated wait for a competitive game finally came to an end and what better way than a 3s vs 4s grudge match. The 4s from the off proved to be a dominant force, our aggressive attitude combined with our relentless pressing saw us cause all sorts of problems for the 3s defensive back line. A close free-kick effort from DB as well as a missed sitter for James Hill were the closest attempts in the first half from us. Let’s not forget our debutant between the sticks, Jack Dennehy, who after a nervy start took the game in his stride, pulling off some fantastic saves in the first half, helping the 4s keep the belief that it was their game for the taking.

In the second half, yet again, the defence played with the perfect balance of composure and belligerence, with Joe Holland commanding the backline with immense authority. It was both Fouad’s and Paisley’s unwavering chemistry in the midfield that saw us retain the ball in the latter stages of the second half, of which lead to Paisley playing a darting ball out wide to DB, who drove with the ball, cut in and found the overlapping run of Toby-Spencer Pickup who took the ball in his stride and played a mouth-watering cross into the 6 yard box, where James Hill was there to tap it in and put us 1-0 up with around 15 mins to go: due reward for the hard-working effort put in by the whole team. Unfortunately like all grudge matches go, there was late drama as the 4s grabbed a late equaliser. Special mention must go to Stanley Waldron, our MOTM for today, who was asked to play out of position in RB and did so in style with great determination, winning almost every 50/50 that came his way as well as distributing the ball from the back with a great degree of collectedness.

A great first performance for the 4s and if we have started as we mean to go on, we should be in for a successful season.

Man of the Match: Stanley Waldron

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UBAFC Season Review 2019/20

Following the club’s unprecedented success over the last few years, the 2019/20 season seemed destined to be one of consolidation for most UBAFC teams. With the 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s all in higher leagues than ever before, general consensus was that it would be a brilliant achievement if these teams maintained their status in their new divisions, alongside some silverware from the 1s or 2s to continue the rich winning heritage of the club.

Judging from these criteria, it is crystal clear that the 2019/20 season qualifies as another hugely successful one for the club. The 1s second consecutive conquering of Western 1A undoubtedly serves as the main highlight but the campaign was littered with momentous days such as the 4s knocking Cardiff 1s out of the cup and the 2s cup final appearance – not to mention the 3s beating the 2s to kick start a highly competitive season-long rivalry.

Below is a short season review by the respective team captains, along with club legend Alan Tyers report of the season’s affairs for the 1s

1s

“Our last league game wrapped up the season in stylish fashion: a dominant 4-1 win over rivals UWE”

Alan Tyers, 1s Manager

The 2019/20 season saw UBAFC 1s retain the Western Division 1A by a massive ten-point margin. The league was basically wrapped up by an impressive start to the season as the first three games were won playing an exciting brand of football. We beat Bournemouth away with an impressive 4-0 score-line and then battered Bath at home 6-1. The best performance of the season saw us play a good Marjons side completely off the park, showcasing some scintillating football – they could not cope with the pace, precision and power we displayed and they were swept a-side: 3-0. Southampton came to dingle with a very defensive game plan and left with a 1-1 draw; we failed to find a solution to the problems they posed despite having huge amounts of possession. We then went away to UWE and came away with a 2-0 victory despite a below par performance. We went on to complete the double over Bournemouth (4-1) and then suffered our only league defeat, 3-2, away against Bath. This slight blip in our season continued in the next game with a 1-1 draw against Marjons at Dingle. Normality was restored with a 1-0 win away at Southampton, playing extremely well in the process. Our last league game wrapped up the season in stylish fashion: a dominant 4-1 win over rivals UWE. The cup saw us put in some indifferent performances. We beat Bath 2-0 in the first round and then bested Cambridge 3-2 away in the second round. Possibly our worst performance of the season saw us lose 3-2 at home to St. Mary’s in the quarter finals – a result caused by making wrong decisions at the wrong time and failing to capitalize on goal scoring opportunities. All in all, it was a good season, with Hinks scoring for fun, ably supported with goals-a-plenty from Haire, Toby and Big Bertie. Gale, Pags and Jasper provided the ammunition from the flanks, safe in the knowledge that they were protected by a solid back 5. A huge thank you must go to Gale and Hinks for supporting me enormously as captain and vice-captain. We are losing some big players next season but the breakthrough of Dan Sutton as well as the retention of Anderson, Anton, Cam, Gauts, Gale and Toby mean that the future is certainly looking bright.

Player of the Season: Jack Haire

As previously stated there were a number of players who performed well throughout the season: Hinks was the runaway golden boot winner whilst Nibbs picked up the most MotMs. In general, the defence was solid and the attack was fluid and easy on the eye. It is the middle man connecting the two who gets the award for me. The ever-present Jack Haire in central midfield broke up play, created chances for others and popped up with the occasional goal himself. He leaves Bristol this year and will be sorely missed for the tenacity, experience and flair he brings to the 1s midfield.

2s

“Winning is a habit that is hard to break and when the wins started, they just kept on coming”

Adam Blades, 2s Captain

After two games of the season, we were sitting rock bottom of the table with zero points having just been outplayed by the 3s in front of a large club contingent. Under the guidance of gaffer Al Harlington, we slowly but surely started getting better and better, our results on the pitch reflecting this. Winning is a habit that is hard to break and when the wins started, they just kept on coming. Our form wasn’t limited to the league either as huge cup wins over Exeter, Gloucestershire and Solent saw us march on through the rounds. Remarkably, with two games left in the season, we were two wins away from recording a historic league and cup double. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We drew 2-2 away at Exeter to hand Gloucestershire 1s the title and then were outplayed by a very good Hartpury side in the cup final the following week. Despite the disappointing end to the season, we had a superb year with many fantastic results which ended up with the teams’ highest ever league finish. The success we had has to be attributed to the effect that Al had on the team as coach. He instilled a standard of hard-work and quality throughout the team which turned our season around from catastrophic to almost victorious.

Player of the Season: Henry Edwards

Having your goalkeeper win player of the season doesn’t look good for the rest of the team but it is impossible to ignore the contribution Henry made this year. He made seemingly impossible saves in almost every game which no doubt won us many points over the course of the season.

3s

“The four back-to-back away days at the start of the season were some of my best times in the club”

Ryane Tully, 3s Captain

Coming into this season, we knew it was going to be tough – we were now playing in the same league as the 2s and just one division below the 1s. To do well in this league I knew we would have to over-perform in every single game. With this in mind, I channeled my inner Mourinho to turn every game into a battle. We kicked the season off against Exeter 2s where none other than fresher Finn Wallace-Abbott (CB) screams at me that he can do a better job than all of our CM’s; I put my faith in him and he goes and scores two goals to earn us a point. Finn ended the season with 2 goals. As the season progressed, we had the pleasure of playing with George JP as he rose up the ranks – thanks must be given to Hemmings and Sage for deploying him in the no.10 role where he dominated. I must also thank Hardless who helped me manage the team and clatter every striker he played against within 5 minutes of each game. With the current and future social secs (Chisholm and Cian) in the team, it is unsurprising that all away days, win or lose, were followed by a fun bus home. It was here that each time, without fail, Barnaby treated us to a rendition of Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten’ – magical. Two great memories which stick with me were Joe Williams ripping his top off to sing ‘Dance Wiv Me’ by Dizzy Rascal and watching the 40 minute tirade of abuse being hurled in the direction of Niall-no-goals-Beirne. As the season developed, we were graced with the footballing prowess of Shaneo – adorning his brand new white boots, it was like watching the second coming of Ronaldinho. It has been an absolute pleasure to manage and captain the 3s this year and a big thank you goes out to everyone who played for me (a list which somehow includes Hyde). The four back-to-back away days at the start of the season were some of my best times in the club. I wish the 3s – the greatest UBAFC team – the best of luck next year.

Player of the Season: Barnaby Arnold

Whilst I finished as top goal scorer (shock), Barnaby is player of the year for sure. He was the heartbeat of our midfield and the life and soul of the team both on and off the pitch. A close runner up is Sir Adam Blades; it cannot be understated how pivotal he was in our monumental victory against the 2s at the start of the season.

4s

“The real highlight of our season came in the cup, knocking out one of the pre-tournament favourites, Cardiff 1s”

Louise Hemmings and Sean Sage, 4s Captains.

With the 4s gaining promotion on the final day of last season, this year was always going to be a tough one. Despite the challenge, we comfortably maintained our status in tier 3 with a league double over relegation rivals Swansea as well as a huge win to seal our safety against Cardiff 3s at the end of the season. However, the real highlight of our season came in the cup, knocking out one of the pre-tournament favourites, Cardiff 1s, on penalties in the first round (in no small part to a last-minute equalizer from Rich Newton and some goalkeeping heroics from Zac Seddon). We went on to beat USW 2s in the next round before unluckily losing to Cardiff Met 4s. This fantastic cup run no doubt helped the 2s in their journey to the final, only for them to bottle it (shock). An all-round great season for the 4s and a lot of fun was had along the way.

Player of the Season: Wenzi Ngcobo

The lethal striker started in the 3s but came to us in November and never looked back. He finished as our top goal scorer and was a consistent high-level performer week in, week out. His best performance was against Cardiff Met 3s in which he scored a superb hat-trick to secure a vital point in the league.

5s

“In our new league, we knew that this season would be a real challenge”

Giuseppe Lombardelli, 5s Captain

In our new league, we knew that this season would be a real challenge. My aim was to build a side with pure passion, drive and the ability to dismantle any opposition – an aim I knew was possible with the quality of players within the team. We finished a very admirable third, contributed to with huge wins over USW 3s and Cardiff 4s, both of whom were top of the league at the time we played them. You naturally get a high player turnover in a 5s team but I feel we still gelled really well and it felt like being part of a family. There was no other team I would rather have been a part of.

Player of the Season: Duro Adebayo

His natural talent was plain to see from day 1 and his blistering pace was always going to trouble any opposition. As the season progressed, with the help of some coaching, he turned into a regular goal-scorer and one of the first names on the team-sheet.

6s

“There is no side I would have rather managed”

Will Straw, 6s Manager

It is impossible to condense all of the trials and tribulations of the 6s season into a few words but it is an honour for me to try. A hectic 6-4 win against Bath Spa on the opening day set the tone for what was to come: pure drama. The 6s demonstrated all the qualities of a top tier side – passion, talent and grit were all showcased in notable victories against Cardiff, Aberystwyth and unforgettably, in the 3-2 comeback victory against Cardiff Met at fortress dingle in front of many club members. A third-place finish was the highest ever for the 6s and off the pitch a largely fresher side integrated fantastically into the club. Whilst the job was an emotional rollercoaster and had my heart rate in bits at points, there is no side I would have rather managed. The 6s players leaving Bristol this summer remain a part of the UBAFC family and I’m excited to hit the ground running next season with the boys who are still about.

Player of the Season: Alfie Airey

An incredibly tough call as we had so many consistent high-quality performers throughout the season. However, it is impossible to ignore the influence Alfie had on the team. Stationed in the ‘regista’ role in the centre of the park, he controlled games, never shirked a tackle and came up with some vital goals. Alfie rightly shot up the UBAFC ranks after Christmas, culminating in him bagging a hat-trick for the 3s – big things to come from this boy.

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BUCS Match Day 8

First Team

Result: 2-1 loss vs Bath 2s.

Next week: No game.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 5-7 Loss vs Exeter 2s Home.

Next week: Gloucester 1s Home.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: 4-2 Win vs Bournemouth 2s.

‘Right so where do i start with this one, we have hosted the titans of Bournemouth at the fortress of Combe Dingle pitch 2, in a match that attracted spectators from across the country, namely Barnaby Arnold’s Mum and Dad from Shrewsbury. After a bad patch of form we knew we needed to stop the rot, Bournemouth 2s have come off the back off 4 straight losses so we knew we were in for a challenge. 2 minutes in Guiseppe’s raucous chanting has got them rattled. Tully wanting to show the world he has more to his locker than the famous Pin&Roll™️, collects the ball at the edge of the box, drops his shoulder quicker than it takes Barney to drop a pinger on the weekend which puts him through on goal ready to rifle it in to the bottom corner. After that the Bristol 3’s pile on pressure but take their foot off the gas and we concede in the last kick of the game for a deflected shot after a mistake puts them through. In the second half Cian gets warned that any more chat to the ref will mean he gets a 10 minute sin bin. Needless to say, 5 minutes later he tells the ref “he’s got no idea what he’s doing” and we are down to ten men. A structural reshuffle to a 4-4-1 meant that we didn’t concede for those troubling times. A quick change up where we’ve moved goalscorer Beirne from RW to ST and Rory cornellius (ex 1s Captain for Leicester that has somehow been playing 5s). And no other than NIAL BEIRNE HAS STEPPED UP TO SCORE THE GOAL THAT PUTS US AHEAD, I shed a tear for Niall who has finally scored his first goal since the end of February. The Titans of Bournemouth looked dejected, and that’s when the baby faced George JP strikes, a nutmeg through the keepers legs sealed the deal’.

Next week: Exeter 2s Home.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-8 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s.

Next week: Cardiff Met 3s Home.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: Game rescheduled.

Next week: USW 3s Home.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: Game rescheduled.

Next week: Cardiff 6s Home.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 7

First Team

Result: 2-0 win vs Bath 2s.

‘Our first cup match against Bath 2s who we faced for the second time this season was contested on a chilly evening under the lights at Coombe Dingle. Having beaten them 6-1 earlier in the season, we looked to continue our unbeaten run and progress through to the next round of the cup. The match began slowly, with long balls being the main method of attack as Bath implemented a very high press, and we came close after Femiola cut the ball back to Gale who tries to slide the ball into the path of Hinks for a tap in but we could not convert. Our defence stood strong with little threat to our goal, and the first half was fairly even as the opposition were very organised and hard to break down. Towards the end of the first half, however, Bath began to tire as we seemed a lot more dangerous on the counter attack, yet the score remained 0-0 as the half came to a close. The second half began much the same, with a lack of quality from the home side, however our relentless attacks eventually led to a mistake from their defence that fell to the feet of Femiola who takes it past their defender and smashes the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 1-0 up and it seemed the goals were going to come. Soon after we earned ourselves a corner and Hinks was the man to whip it in. The ball is delivered close to the keeper who after an unfortunate mistake spills it into his own net. After doubling our lead and the heads of Bath beginning to drop, we saw the match out comfortably to progress through to the next round, where we face Cambridge away in two weeks time. Man of the match was William Nibbs who put in another superb performance at left back, both defensively and offensively, keeping a clean sheet and causing problems when he ventured forwards’.

Next week: Bath 2s Away.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 4-1 Win vs Gloucester 1s Home (Cup).

‘The 2s hosted Gloucestershire 1s at fortress Almondsbury in the Cup in our first home game on 3G. We started well, dominating the ball and creating a hatful of chances which we failed to convert with Gloucester’s only real chances coming from cleverly crafted set piece routines. This was until their number 10 played one of the best passes you’ll ever see from his own half to send their winger through to score on the stroke of half time-their only shot of the half. Undeterred by the current result we played the exact same way in the second half dominating the ball and creating more chances with Rushab finally firing in a shot from close range to draw us level. After missing an impossibly stupid amount of chances the score somehow remained 1-1 at full time. After begging the Gloucestershire FA not to boot us off the pitch for overrunning onto someone else’s booking, extra time began with us even more dominant than during the 90, the Gloucestershire players visibly knackered after chasing shadows for 90 mins. Finally we made our dominance pay with solly beating two and finishing nicely before Roberto and Dan tucked to give us the score line we deserved and 4 wins from our last 4. Man of the Match: Roberto’.

Next week: Exeter 2s Home.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: No game.

Next week: Bournemouth 2s Home.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-2 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s Away (Cup).

Next week: Cardiff Met 4s Home.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: No game.

Next week: USW 4s Home.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: No game.

Next week: Hartpury 4s Home.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 5

First Team

Result: 0-2 Win vs UWE 1s.

‘On Wednesday we made the trip across Bristol to face UWE 1s at Lockleaze sports centre. We were looking to bounce back from a disappointing result against Southampton the week before where we felt we deserved more from the match. The match began with us seeing lots of the ball, with Gale and Pagano looking dangerous on the wing, with them both having opportunities to assist Femiola in attack. After continual pressure, Bertie converts a floated corner kick from Haire which puts us 1-0 up, however this probably should have been 2 or 3 by this point. Going in at 1-0 at half time, we knew the next goal was crucial. The second half started with a stronger start from UWE who managed to get in between the lines and pose a more attacking threat. However our defence stood strong with a solid performance from Gabe Smith in particular. We managed to convert a second after a fortunate deflection from Pagano fell to the feet of Hinks who plays a one-two with the post before eventually smashing home. Overall, a much more positive performance from Bristol with good intensity levels from the outset and receiving a very well deserved 3 points at a difficult place to go. Man of the match was Samuele Pagano who was a threat on the wing all match, causing their full back all sorts of problems. #MindTheGap’.

Next week: Bournemouth 1s Home.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 1-3 Win vs Exeter 3s (Cup).

‘Following a comfortable first victory of the season last week against Solent, the 2s turned their attention to the cup where they competently dispatched Exeter 3s on a shocking pitch. The first 20 minutes were fairly even with both keepers making decent stops to keep it goalless. That was until Connor Smith sent a curling, dipping strike into the top corner-the great goal was only to be ruined by the awful knee slide which followed. From here on in we dominated the game, Exeter barely got a kick. Cian Whyte calmly doubled the lead from close range after a clever free kick routine and it looked a question of how many from then on. Then from absolutely no where Exeter got a goal back and they thought they were back in it. Alas not. Almost immediately the two goal lead was restored as Felix Hannam tapped the ball after the skipper yet again failed to convert a golden opportunity. The last 20 minutes as a game of keep ball and then the final whistle sounded to send us through. Man of the Match: Connor Smith’.

Next week: Bournemouth 2s Away.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: 2-0 Loss vs Southampton Solent 1s (Cup).

Next week: Southampton Solent 1s Away.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-2 Win vs USW 2s (Cup). 

‘The 4s went away to USW 2s in the second round of the cup having beaten Cardiff 1s in the last round. We went in huge underdogs having lost 4-1 to them in the league the previous weak and with only 1 sub due to it being reading week. We dominated possession in the 1st half and Harry Robinson won it off their defender and slotted home to go 1-0 up. We continued to play well and Sage linked up with Nik muller on the right before crossing it to hemmings who scored after a number of deflections. 2-0. In the second half they started strongly and scored a well worked goal to make it 2-1. We then dug very deep, the wingers tucking in and everyone scrapping to win any 50:50 challenge. We managed to hold on. Henry Newman played unbelievably well in his first game for the 4s and organising from the back (he also gave me his boots). But man of the match goes to Harry robinson for his best display of the season, bullying their defenders all day and working hard for 90 minutes. The cup run continues, up the 4s’.

Next week: Cardiff 3s Away.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: 0-3 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s (Cup).

Next week: Cardiff 4s Away.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: 1-2 Loss vs UWE 4s (Cup). 

Next week: UWE 4s Away.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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Alumni Dinner

The first ever UBAFC Alumni Dinner took place on the September 28th 2019 at the Indian Orchard, North Finchley. This was an incredibly successful evening in which 64 member attended across 7 years of the clubs history. This evening started off in a sophisticated manner with old friends catching up but quickly reverted back to the good old days with chants flying and pints flowing.

‘After a message from Alan Tyers explaining the financial trouble the Club were in, arranging an Alumni curry night was the least we could do. With just a few weeks’ notice we had 64 attendees and next time we will be aiming for many more. Over £2,200 was raised and it would have been higher had we not drank the restaurant dry so early. Let’s hope it keeps that red flagging fly high for the next generation of UBAFC players’.

Matt Shelly (Former Club Captain)

‘The Alumni dinner was a huge success on so many levels. It was great to meet up with so many ex club captains, ex players and Chiangy. The venue and the food were splendid and the singing was electrifying. The event generated over £2000 and will go a long way to overcome the financial difficulties of the club. A huge thank you to all who supported the club and a special thank you to Shelley who -I felt was in great shape- for organising the whole thing. I hope that this is the start of a long and much closer link with the alumni. We look forward to the game coming up at the Dingle later this month and to see who still has the old magic in their feet’.

Alan Tyers (1s Manager)

‘UBAFC’s first alumni dinner was an overwhelming success, an evening of reminiscence and nostalgia with members from a spread of years coming togther in celebration of the club they love. A delicious curry was provided by the Indian Orchid thanks to Jay Patel, whilst stories and speeches were in full sway and the boys even found time for a game of Bradford at the end. All in all it was an excellent evening for the club that brought it over £2000. A special that is to the Indian Orchid for hosting, Matt Shelley for being a huge driver in organising it and Alan Tyers for being our guest of honour. We are planning to do another one come the end of the season so keep an eye out on the website and social media. We hope to see as many of you there as possible’.

Joe Williams (Club Captain 2019/20)

The club would like to say a huge thank you to Matt Shelly for organising the evening, Jay Patel for allowing us to use his venue and providing us top quality food and Alan Tyers. Most of the work he does goes unnoticed from year to year and we would most certainly not be here without his hard-work and commitment. Lastly we would like to thank all the alumni that attended this evening and supported the club through donations, it has gone a long way to helping the club to improve its financial situation. We hope this as a benchmark too reconnect with all of our alumni for more events this year and for years to come.

Next Alumni Event:

Alumni Match @ Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. Saturday 2nd November 2019.

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BUCS Match Day 1

First Team

Result: 0-4 win vs Bournemouth 1s.

The first team travelled away to Bournemouth in a difficult opening BUCS fixture. The match began evenly and William Nibbs set the precedent early on with some big tackles – nobody was getting past him at left back. We had the better chances and eventually a shot by Jack Haire forced a save by their keeper which fell to the feet of Femiola who squared it to Pagano to see us go 1-0 up. After half time we continued to apply the pressure, which showed in a horrendous challenge by their centre back who was subsequently shown a red card. The game now opened up with Pagano returning the favour to Femiola who slotted home for our second. Robbie Atkinson replaced Pagano who made a very big impact, providing an assist to Gale who headed home from 12 yards out. Selwood replaced a cautioned Anderson and linked up well with the likes of Haire and Hinks. He also got on the scoresheet – jumping as high as his little legs would allow him to knock in a header from 2 yards out. Man of the match was Nibbs who was a rock at the back before going off injured after a bad challenge. Overall, a very good day at the office for Bristol 1s!

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 1-4 loss vs Gloucester 1s.

Alan Harlington (Manager)


Third Team

Result: 2-2 draw vs Exeter 2s.

A wet rainy day on a low quality bobbly pitch that screamed out for a pin and roll. We go in half time at 0-0, start the second half as the better team only to be suckerpunched by a class individual goal and freak penalty (hardless headloss). Finn Wallace-Abbott a fresher center back screams at me that he can do a job in CM , the gaffer trusts him and finn repays his faith with 2 headers to get Bristols first point on the league table.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 0-3 loss vs Cardiff Met 3s.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: 2-5 loss vs USW 3s.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: 0-2 win vs Cardiff 6s.

The 6s officially kicked off their season with a tough away fixture against Cardiff Uni 6s. Bristol completely outplayed their opponents, yet the Cardiff goal lived a charmed life; in spite of hitting the woodwork more than 6 times, the game was still goalless heading into the 70th minute. Finally, Bristol were rewarded for their dominance, Rohan squaring it to Alfie to open the scoring and Liam Sweeney then grabbing a quick-fire second. The 2-0 score line does not reflect how convincing Bristol were in what was an exceptional team performance. A number of quality individual performances also stood out; Alfie dictating the tempo of the game as a regista and Tom Nunez picking up MOTM for a tenacious, aggressive showing in CM being a few examples. It is onwards and upwards for the 6s with 3pts on the board in the league and a successive win keeping morale sky high in the squad.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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Pre-Season Match Reports

First Team

Result: 4-3 win vs Oxford 1s.

The first team travelled away to play Oxford 1s at Oxford City Football Club. We started the game well however went 1-0 down due to a good header. Being dominant, Pagano cuts in from the right hand side and threads a lovely lofted pass into the path of Femiola who slots it past the keeper – 1-1. We continue to dominate possession and subsequently go 2-1 up after a good cross sees Femiola tap home for his second. We go into the break at 2-2 after a very good through ball saw their striker take it round a stranded Stevens in goal. Second half we start slow which leads to Willis scoring an own goal. However, we showed good character and kept digging away, winning a penalty that was converted by Haire. 3-3 with 10 minutes left, Lewis from wide on the right whips a cross in that is flicked over their keeper by Hinks to see us win the match 4-3. MOTM was G. Smith who was solid at left back the whole match. Overall a very good performance from the lads going into our first BUCS fixture next week.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 5-0 win vs Oxford 2s.

Home to Oxford 2s. We were dominant from start to finish. Goalscorers in first half were Blades and fresher Aidan, jasper ran riot. Second half we made a few changes bringing on freshers Solly and Dylan, Rushab came on and absolutely ran the show and caused havoc down the left forcing and own goal. Solly scored from a cross/shot and Akim tucked a pen. MoM was Cian who was class at starting plays from the back, woat of the day was jasper for hitting the bar about 5 times including from 2 yards. Everyone was class.

Alan Harlington (Manager)


Third Team

Result: 3-2 loss vs Bath 3s.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 4-1 loss vs Bath 4s

Louie Hemmings and Sean Sage (4s Captains)


Fifth Team

Result: 3-0 win vs Bath Spa 1s.

We went away to Bath Spa 1’s. We had many chances in the first half but it stayed at 0-0 through good goalkeeping from the Bath Spa keeper. I broke the deadlock through slotting a penalty down the middle. Fred Mather passed into an open goal from a cross to make it 2-0. Jack O’ Carroll hit the top bins from the edge of the area to make the game finish 3-0. Every player put a shift in and I couldn’t have asked for more from a team who were playing for the first time.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth team

Result: 6-4 win vs Bath Spa 2s.

The 6s edged Bath Spa Uni 2s in a 10 goal thriller, securing a 6-4 win to start the season. Most players were making their debuts for the club and there were some stellar performances; ST Joe bagging a hat-trick and Alfie putting in a MOTM shift at RB. The result puts the boys in good stead for our first BUCS fixture in a week.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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Job Opening: 2s Manager

University of Bristol Football Club – 2nd Team Coach  

Pay: £17.20 p/h and £50.00 home and away BUCS games

3 Hours Coaching/Analysis & BUCS games x 12 over 27 weeks (start September) 

Contract Type: Part Time (HPT contract) 

Place of Work: Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (training is Monday and Friday night) 


The University of Bristol are appointing a part time Football coach that would work within the Performance club with the 2nd team for the up and coming new season. Your week would include technical sessions, analysis opportunities and going each week home and away to a BUCS fixture on a Wednesday. 

Working alongside the University of Bristol Football club, committee, and Head Coach to continue to create a fun learning environment where players can develop, be creative and grow as young leaders in this large and dynamic Performance student club with ambitions of growth and success in the BUCS leagues this season. 

The role holder will also work collaboratively with the Performance team, WeAreBristol coaching community and support staff to support the professional delivery of the sport within the University environment and become part of our coaching workforce and team.

Please apply for this post with your football coaching CV (minimum level one & experience with this level) and covering letter why you feel you can add value to the club next season, and send to Matt Paine in the email below. 

Any questions regarding this post please email matt.paine@bristol.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 8th September 2019 5pm 

Proposed Interview Dates will include a practical element: Dates TBC