Calling all current and future Poly members. That time of year has come again where we dust off our boots (and trainers) and get excited for a new season of football – it’s only pre-season training time.
Pre-season has begun for the 1s and 2s and anyone else who wants to be considered for selection in those squads this season. The rest of the club will begin training 25th July.
Training times are:
Monday 7.00pm – 9pm
Wednesday 7.00pm – 9pm
Training is at the same place as last year at Chiswick Cricket Club. The address is: Chiswick Cricket Club, Riverside Drive, Chiswick, W4 2SP.
Last year was probably our most successful in our history with us winning four leagues, including the top division, and a further four cups. however, we are always looking for new members so please get the word out there that the mighty Poly are recruiting for new blood and hopefully we can make this coming season even more successful than the last.
Andy Calvert died last week aged 79.
Andy, who was recently made a Club Vice President, played all of his football at the Poly and stood out because he was profoundly deaf from birth.
He nevertheless was a gifted player, in fact, one of the best at the Poly of recent times. He joined in 1954 when he was 18 and at about 20 was the regular 1st team centre forward. A fellow team member said that if he could have given up the smoking and the beer he could have been a professional!
Over the years he dropped down to the 3rd’s and then to the Strollers. He was one of the characters of the Weston Super Mare tour from its beginning in 1960 and because he could lip read, many were unaware at first of his disability. His humour will be missed by all.
Here’s Andy scoring for the 1st team on the Stadium pitch in 1954.
The club offers its deepest sympathies to the family of Lecretia Seales, sister of former Polytechnic 1st Team captain Jeremy, who passed away recently after a long illness.
Lecretia fought a lengthy battle with brain cancer since first being diagnosed in 2011.
In recent months, Lecretia gained extensive publicity in her homeland as she fought a legal battle for the rights of terminally ill people to die at the time and place of their own choosing.
More details of Lecretia’s life and her legal struggle can be found at lecretia.org/about.
Polytechnic FC are saddened to learn of the recent passing of club Vice President Barry Albin-Dyer.
Barry was a Poly player for many years and captained the 2nd team at one stage. He is remembered as a strong and skilful centre-forward and a popular presence at the club.
Away from the Poly, Barry was a prominent businessman and philanthropist in his local community of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. He also authored several books, one of which was made into the ITV serial “Don’t Drop the Coffin” several years ago.
A longer article about Barry’s life can be found here.
Polytechnic Football Club offer sincere condolences to Saturday Veterans member Kelly Adim and his two young children following the recent passing of wife and mother Yvonne, after a long battle with cancer.
Friends and team mates are invited to attend a service for Yvonne at St Winifred’s Church, TW9 3HB, on Thursday 5th March at 11AM and afterwards at Mortlake Crematorium.
Dear Poly FC Member
The start of our playing season is almost upon us.
We hope you are excited and optimistic about the new season as we certainly are!
The facilities we enjoy at the Poly – the pitches, the training, the bar atmosphere and the after match meals – are, we believe, the best of any amateur football club in our area. However, you will appreciate that these have to be paid for. The cost of pitches, food, referees, equipment and league affiliations this year will be approaching £55,000 for running our twelve teams for the season.
We do our very best to control these costs
…but the vast majority are wholly outside of our control and are inevitably increased year on year. For the past 3 seasons the club has run at a loss of several thousand pounds each season. Had we not received a one off windfall of sponsorship from our match at Buckingham Palace last year and other kind donations, we would have exhausted all reserves by the end of last season, including the legacy left to the club by Eddie Galvin, who served as Club Secretary for half a century.
To keep our budget in balance this year, we must ask the membership to absorb a significant increase in annual subs. Annual Membership will rise to £125 if paid by 20th September or £130 if any later.
This year there will be a number of additional benefits.
1) Entry to the End of Season Awards night will be free to all members this season (and it won’t be held in the school half term!).
2) For the first time we will allow members to pay their annual membership in instalments by direct debit, at no additional cost if this is set up early in the season. This will be through a 3rd Party, www.gocardless.com, further details will follow in the coming weeks.
3) We have recently entered in to a partnership agreement with Nike that will allow us to roll out complete (with shorts and socks), high quality playing strips to our squads over the course of the coming seasons.
So, please do your best to get your membership paid or direct debit set up as early as possible in the season as you can.
Thank you for reading and for your continued understanding and support for Polytechnic FC.
Yours in Football
The Management Committee
The Polytechnic Football Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday July 14th at the Chiswick Clubhouse, starting 7pm. All members are encouraged to attend.
Want to play for the best club in the Southern Amateur Football League?
Are you a good player who feels they can still cut it at a decent level? Or do you just fancy dusting off the old boots and getting yourself active on a Saturday afternoon?
Come and join the Poly, where we have a great laugh as well as playing some terrific football.
Pre-Season Training kicks off on Monday 4th August @ 7pm at our home ground.
Training Info here.
Joining Info here.
See you on the 4th August!
– Poly HQ.
Friday saw a cracking night at the Poly.
Special thanks to Colin Mongul, Dom Rowles and the UOW for putting on the night.
Photos and a summary of the night can be found here
– Poly HQ