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Latest News

Pre-season friendlies arranged

It's a busy time for the club behind the scenes, and Manager Simon Lane has now arranged his schedule of pre-season friendlies, two of which will be played at Northwood Park.

Woods take on Ryman Premier Metropolitan Police (Tuesday 25th July) and Brentwood Town (Saturday 5th August) at home, after starting with games against Spartan South Midlands League outfits Harefield United, Edgware Town and Hadley.

Northwood will also play away to Leverstock Green and Molesey in warm-up fixtures; the full fixture list is here.

26 May 2017 

Woods seek a first team physiotherapist

Northwood FC are now seeking a physiotherapist to support the first team, working under the club’s new Manager, Simon Lane.

Applicants must be qualified or working their way towards qualification. Reliability and professionalism are paramount. Ideally you will have your own transport and can be available to support the players on Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus Saturday afternoons throughout the Evo-Stik Southern League season.

A good knowledge of the latest injury prevention and rehabilitation procedures will be needed for this crucial role within the club’s management team. The role would particularly suit a second or third year student who wishes to gain valuable experience in a progressive and professional environment.

To apply, please email the Manager Simon Lane with your details etc and including a Curriculum Vitae.

25 May 2017 

Snap up a Woods' season ticket - just £40!!

For the 2017-18 season, the club are again offering their incredible Super Season Ticket deal, which is open to everyone – and enables you to watch all home league games at Northwood FC for just £40.00 for the whole season!!

In addition to all the football, a year’s social membership to the newly-refurbished clubhouse is included, and you will be entitled to promotional discounts and reductions on booking the clubhouse for events. The fee of £40.00 covers all groups – adults, concessions and juniors.

Click here for more information, and to apply for your Woods Super Season Tickets!

22 May 2017 

First team coach is named

The Woods new manager Simon Lane has recruited the first of his back-room staff members with the appointment of Jake Heracleous as the first team coach.

Jake is an experienced coach who was also assistant manager at National League South side Bishops Stortford, while he has also had spells with Ryman Premier club Wingate & Finchley in Isthmian North as well as at Spartan South Midlands League outfit Cockfosters. Jake has also worked with professional clubs as an Academy Coach/Scout with clubs including Arsenal and Brentford, while currently assisting Everton as a London-based scout.

Simon Lane said " I'm very happy to welcome Jake to the club, he fully shares my philosophy and has an excellent track record of developing young players, which is essential here as we rebuild the first team and beyond. We can't wait to get going with players when they return for pre-season training."

20 May 2017 

Simon Lane is appointed new Woods manager

Northwood chairman Ian Barry this morning announces that the club have appointed its new manager, and Simon Lane will be taking up the post with immediate effect. He said: “The response to our advertisement for our new manager was genuinely overwhelming. Following interviews, I'm delighted to announce that Simon is joining the club, and he brings with him a wealth of experience of football at a higher level than ours in recent times and we all look forward to working with him. Please give Simon your support, like you did with Mark Burgess, as we take this great club into a new and hopefully successful era.”

Simon Lane is an experienced and highly qualified, innovative manager with a proven track-record of achieving results with challenging budgets while playing detailed attention to the development of young players. After injury curtailed a playing career with clubs such as Yeovil Town, Woking, Bath City, Hayes and Aylesbury United, he turned to coaching and has held the UEFA “A” licence since 1998, when he was also club coach at Leighton Town.

He became the youngest Head Coach in European football when given the opportunity to take charge of Maltese side Naxxar Lions and then had his first non-League managerial role with Berkhamsted in 2003. After a successful spell as Windsor & Eton boss, Simon then spent three years as first-team coach at Conference South Maidenhead United alongside Johnson Hippolyte. In 2015 Simon was appointed as Manager and Director of Football at Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman Premier and enjoyed considerable success before departing the Summers Lane outfit in January 2016.

After accepting the offer to link up and take charge here at Northwood, Simon enthused: “I am delighted to be joining my local club Northwood and take on the challenge of rebuilding the club's fortunes on the pitch. This is one of the few clubs that I would have dropped into this league for and the pull of managing a club in my own community, working with the excellent people here, was too much to resist.

“I am under no illusions of the size of the task but I'll be calling on my experience of working with extremely challenging economics, relying on good coaching to improve the club in a progressive way, over time. I am an ambitious person by nature and the club has some good plans for the future. I hope that all those traditional Northwood fans that have maybe drifted away in the past can come back this season and see some football that they can enjoy and get behind."

Now the hard work begins as Simon looks to form his backroom team and recruit the players he would like to form his squad for the new season. There will be more updates throughout the summer as and when we have them.

17 May 2017 

Ian Barry statement on departure of Mark Burgess

Following the departure of Mark Burgess from the club, Chairman Ian Barry made the following announcement today:

“Mark was Manager at Northwood for around four and a half years. He fitted the profile exactly of what, at that time, I was looking for in our new Manager. He also had the previous experience of being here as a player, notching up over 200 appearances in his time here. For the first three seasons, it could and should be acknowledged that he over-achieved, taking into account the tight budget constraints the club works under and has done for some time.

“In his time here, he took us to our second Middlesex Senior Cup triumph in our history, with the season before this one ending in a seventh place finish and a League Cup Semi Final defeat on penalties. As can happen to clubs like ours, the local 'vultures' swarmed over our players and no less than nine left before the new season had started; naturally, this was going to be a more challenging season and despite a slow start, we were sitting comfortably in mid-table around November time and looking to push on in the League. However, further departures were to follow, we struggled to recruit the players of the necessary quality to play at this level and our form plummeted. With just two wins in our last 24 games and the standard of play falling to unacceptable levels, we could not turn around the season and narrowly avoided relegation, which would have been a disaster for a club like ours.

“Following the end of the season, I needed time to reflect on why we had become so poor, with my own acceptance that I could maybe have done more myself to avoid our downturn in form. After much deliberation, I decided that we needed to change our Manager and the change had to be immediate, as I felt the incoming Manager needed the time to bring in his own back room staff and recruit players before the pre-season work started. Regrettably, I had to inform Mark of this decision, which I can genuinely say was the most difficult conversation I have had in my time here. However, we need to move on and get back to where I believe we could be and I had my own ideas of the type of Manager we needed to take us forward again. I learnt more last season personally than I have done previously in my time here but I was clear about how I wanted us to progress.

“On behalf of myself and all at the club, I thank Mark most sincerely for all of his hard work here, his brother James and in fact the entire Burgess family, who were a fantastic support to me, especially following the untimely death of my Dad last year. I will never forget that and they know they are always welcome back at the club at any time."

17 May 2017 

2017-18 Southern League line-up announced

The Football Association have now announced the line-ups for Steps 1 to 4 in the pyramid, as a result of which, the Woods will face several new clubs in Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central in 2017-18.

Moving into the division are Wessex League champions Moneyfields, Hartley Wintney (Combined Counties League) and Thame United (Hellenic League), whilst relegated sides Cambridge City and Hayes & Yeading (Southern Premier) also join, and AFC Rushden & Diamonds are moved back from the Northern Premier League.

Therefore, Northwood’s division looks like this: AFC Dunstable, AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Arlesey Town, Ashford Town, Aylesbury, Aylesbury United, Barton Rovers, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Bedford Town, Cambridge City, Chalfont St Peter, Egham Town, Fleet Town, Hanwell Town, Hartley Wintney, Hayes & Yeading United, Kempston Rovers, Marlow, Moneyfields, Northwood, Thame United and Uxbridge. The league directory on this website has been updated.

15 May 2017 

Mark Burgess leaves Northwood

Northwood FC today announces the departure of player-manager Mark Burgess after four and a half years in charge.

Mark Burgess became Northwood manager in November 2012, and has also made 229 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.

A further club statement will be released in due course.

5 May 2017

Farnborough join Royston in Premier

Farnborough will join Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central champions Royston Town in the Premier Division next season, having defeated Barton Rovers 2-0 in this afternoon's play-off final.

Former QPR, Reading - and many other clubs - striker Jamie Cureton put Farnborough ahead in the first half, with Perry Coles making it 2-0 midway through the second period, to ensure that the two clubs with allegedly the highest budgets move up to step three.

Dropping down from the Premier Division are Cambridge City, Hayes & Yeading, Cirencester Town and Cinderford Town, with the latter two clubs expected to be allocated to the South & West Division.

1 May 2017

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