3rd Nov… Hamp Cup day.. Navy torpedoed and all at CC.

Hampshire Intermediate Cup.


U S Portsmouth Res 1 v 5 BRADING TOWN.

A excellent away win for the Romans, as they sank US Portsmouth Res, who play in the “superior” Wyvern East League. The game was played on a G4 pitch ( Plastic )……

Quigley returned from topping his tan up, and Younie from shopping with a friend!!


Brading won through to the last 32 of the Hamp Intermediate Cup, with a resounding victory at US Portsmouth FC. Although sloppy at times, a superb display of finishing from Dan Vale, made sure we progressed. With Ollie Buckett picking up an injury in training, Caymen Collins came into the side, which other than a re-shuffle across the back line, remained the same as last week.

Playing on a 4G pitch, both sides took time to settle, thanks to Paul Ruck’s brilliant save, Brading were able to take the lead, Collins was hauled down in the box. Danny Vale stepped up to confidently dispatched the resulting spot kick, 0-1. Only moments later, Collins fed Vale, who unleashed a 25 yard screamer into the top corner. 0-2.

The Romans then had a 10 minute spell where they played some excellent football,  but were unable to increase their lead and went in 0-2 up at half time.

Brading started the second half in poor fashion, needlessly giving the ball away and making some poor decisions. From one of these Brading conceded a free-kick which was driven into the wall, defenders were slow to react to the second ball, this saw their striker smash the ball into the top corner, giving Ruck no chance. 1-2.

This setback seemed to wake Brading up and they scored moments later. The exceptional Collins scrambled home from close range. 1-3. Moments later, he again supplied Vale who finished brilliantly with his head. 1-4.

The referee then missed a blatant elbow on Collins by their centre back. This left Collins needing treatment. A minute after the “elbow”.. he was the victim of a terrible challenge from behind, which also went unpunished !!!! For his own safety he was substituted for Justin Henderson.

Ben Armstrong made way for Josh Younie. The game was made safe when Younie’s 25 yarder was spilled by the home keeper, Vale pounced for his 4th goal of the game. The goalkeepers handling was almost as shocking as his pink shirt !!!

Si Armstrong then gave way to the returning Quigley for the last 15 mins, as the Romans saw the game out, playing some decent football along the way. Henderson’s touch and vision was a great sight to see and he was unfortunate not to score himself.

MOM?? It seems strange that a player that scores 4 goals, is not named as Man of the Match. On any other day, it would have been Vale. So it speaks volumes for his performance, that the award goes to Caymen COLLINS. His work rate was incredible, he never gave their back four a moments peace, he had a hand in 3 of Vale’s goals and grabbed one himself. Caymen is a dream to manage, he gives the manager no trouble what so ever and works so hard for the team. The ” Lawts ” challenged him to produce the same sort of performance Brading had from Ollie Buckett the previous week, he did that and more.

With the squad Brading have, it’s important that every player maintain their standards. Manager Lawton has had to make some tough decisions in the last few weeks, some of which have been accepted with how he would like them …… some not. The manager and his right hand man, Steve Rowe, can’t pick everyone. They select who they feel are the best side for any particular game, 1-14 !

Let’s hope for a home draw in the last 32 and continue our impressive start to the season. UTR!!

Team.. Ruck Woodnutt Connor Attrill Hitchcox S. Armstrong Lawson Wilson B. Armstrong Vale C. Collins.

Sub.. Henderson Quigley Younie.

( Daniel VALE 4, Caymen COLLINS 1 )

Brading Town Man of the Match: CAYMEN COLLINS.


Hampshire Junior “A” Cup.

BRADING TOWN Res P P Andover Lions Res.

Referee: Mr. Ian Smith called the game off following an inspection. ( pitch waterlogged )


Saturday, 27th October…

Brading Town MOM.. Oliver Buckett. ( Photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons )

IOW Harwoods Vauxhall League, Division 1.

Osborne Coburg 1 v 2 BRADING TOWN.

( Daniel Vale & Benjamin Armstrong )

Once again Manager Lawton had several players missing… trying to field his strongest team seems a like a tuff job, esp with players dropping like flies each weekend.

Various reasons, ranging from….. having a tan top up, having a tatt, shopping with girlfriend/boyfriend, having a haircut, to p***ed to play, down the bookies, just woke up, not got home yet, could not be ar**d and my mum kept me in!!!


The game saw Brading “kicking” into a very strong wind….. it was soon evident that Coburg were more up for this than Brading.

Two things came to mind…

1. Bill Shankley, quote. Football is a simple game, you pass the ball to a player with the same colour shirt!!

2. Brian Clough, quote. If you haven’t got 5 or 6 BIG hearts, turn the bus round and go home!!

Half Time: 1 v 0 !!!!!!!!!

2nd half.. The players came out with the manager’s ” hairdryer” still ringing in their ears…  Brading were transformed from the start of the 2nd half.

They got the ball down and passed it around, they worked for each other, no whingeing and moaning. Got the ball wide, and the crosses started to rain on the Coburg defence, esp down the left. Brading were in total control from back to front.

Goals from Daniel VALE and Ben ARMSTRONG sealed the points, but Brading should really have buried Coburg in the 2nd half. Buckett was Brading’s MOM, worked non stop and was always available. Henderson came on and led the Coburg back four a merry dance, he could and should have come off with a hat-trick, at least.

Manager Lawton will have a tough decision soon, as he ponders how long before “Hendo” starts his first full 90 mins for the 1st team. Caymen Collins, ( fresh from a shopping trip )  also showed his worth when he came on.  Memo to CC, no more shopping 😉

Team.. Ruck Woodnutt Connor Attrill Hitchcox S. Armstrong Lawson Wilson B. Armstrong Vale Buckett.

Subs.. Henderson C. Collins (used)   A. Burford (unused)

Brading Town Man of the Match.. Oliver BUCKETT.

Referee: Mr. D. Hughes: 72/100.


Saturday, 20th Oct 2012..

Brading Town MOM, Scott Lawson. ( Photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons )

IW Challenge Cup.


Ryde Saints 0 v 3 BRADING TOWN.

Referee: Mr. A. Jones 80/100.

( Ben Armstrong 2, Oliver Wilson 1 )

Team.. Ruck Woodnutt Younie Connor Hitchcox B. Armstrong Lawson Wilson S. Armstrong Buckett Vale.

Subs: Attrill, C. Collins, Henderson.  ( all used )

Stan Dupp’s Man of the Match.. SCOTT LAWSON.


IW Saturday League, Comb 1.


( Failed pitch inspection )


Manager’s view….

Another big game this Saturday away to Ryde Saints in the Challenge Cup. After our last visit, we know that we will need to be at our best to get a result.

Looking back at Sat’s game against West Wight, shows how far we’ve come, as we were disappointed not to win. The reaction of their fans and bench at the final whistle, showed how happy they were with the point!! If Valer and Oli’s strikes had been a fraction lower, we would have taken the win we richly deserved. We looked the better side for long periods, the fact that they only had one shot on target and that their keeper was their best player, speaks volumes.

I thought the whole team played their part, a special mention to keeper Paul Ruck, who has come to our aid since the injury to the excellent Paul Brenchley. Paul Ruck played only his second game in over a year, he showed a good pair of hands and pulled off a point blank save in the second half.

The back four were very good , including Luke Hitchcox who turned in a very good performance at centre half. Scotty Lawson and Oli Wilson were impressive against a very strong opposition ,who played 3 in the middle, but were still contained and at times outplayed by those two.

Good to see Oli Buckett having a good run out on his return to the first team. A very experienced and quality striker, who will add options to our team.

On the injury front…  hopefully Brench’s injury will not be as bad as we first thought and he’ll be back soon.

Simon Armstrong started his comeback from injury, by scoring in the reserves on Saturday.

James Ranson began his comeback with a 20 min appearance on Sat, hopefully he will be back to his best over the next few weeks.

Justin Henderson is another that should be close to a return, which will give us a very creative and skilful option.

John Chambers is still in a lot of discomfort after Saturday’s awful challenge, we are awaiting further news.

A big pat on the back to Keith and the reserves, who have started the season in excellent fashion, currently unbeaten and joint top of Combination 1. The side is a young one, containing players that have the ability to knock on the first team door. Knowlsey, James Woodhouse, Chris Murray, Matty Trundle, Ross Phelps, Paul Davis and Chris De Moulipied, are all players that have played Div 1 football over the last 18 months and have the ability to step up when needed. The first team players are aware of that and it helps keep them on their toes!

I’d also just like to mention Geoff and the rest of our excellent committee, for their continued hard work and support. Finally, a big thanks to the support that we have received this season and I hope that you will continue to get behind the lads.

Lawts. ( 1st Team manager )

Mr. Frederick Charles Scott…… a “Proper” legend….

IW football medals, pre the Great War.

A collection of IW football medals, that very recently came into the hands of Brading Town FC.

These medals were won by Fred Scott. Fred lived his whole life in Brading and played football for the village side.

During his Army service, Fred was awarded the Military Medal for GALLANTRY, in the Battle for YPRES in First World War, where Fred received a serious foot injury.

The medals range from 1904 to 1914. All are Sterling Silver.


Saturday, 13th October…”Champs” hang on for a point!!


Brading Town MOM, James ( No 6 ) Phipps. ( Photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons)

IOW Harwoods Vauxhall Saturday League, Division 1.


BRADING TOWN 0 v 0 West Wight.

Brading had Brenchley, Quigley, Attrill, Caymen Collins & Henderson all unavailable. Si Armstrong returned from injury with a reserve team run out.

The game was totally changed when a ” really poor ” tackle on Chambers led to him being substituted. A yellow card was shown but it was to be the worst tackle of the game!!

Brading had to re-organise and Phipps had to go to left back, and Wilson to the mid-field. Up till this moment, Phipps was having a major impact on the game… the change limited his input, tho it meant WW had their right flank “closed down ”

It was a tight game, with Brading edging the best opportunity count and both keepers making good saves. Vale And Buckett were a handful for the WW defence throughout. Vale having a disputed goal ruled offside and striking the bar with a lovely shot on goal. Ollie Buckett held the ball up well, bringing others into the game, good to see him back!!

All in all, both sides would probably be happy with the point.

Brading Town Man of the Match.. JAMES PHIPPS.

Team.. Ruck Woodnutt Connor Hitchcox Chambers Younie Lawson Phipps Wilson Vale Buckett. Subs.. B. Armstrong & Ranson (used) Roper (unused)

Referee: Mr. Abu Gates.. 90/100.


IOW Harwoods Vauxhall League, Combination 1.

Osborne Coburg Res 1 v 2 BRADING TOWN Res.

( Simon Armstrong 1 & Chris De Moulipied 1 )

Referee: Mr.P.Phillips.. 80/100.

Brading Town Man of the Match.. SAM KNOWLES.

Team.. J. White R. Phelps Knowles Woodhouse De Moulipied Sloane B Burns Boirand A Burford Davis S. Armstrong.

Subs..  Trundle Sayers A. Lawton. ( all used )