2007-2008 Season
United Counties Football League
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Hinchingbrooke Cup draw

Preliminary Round (to be played by 15 October 2007)


First Round (to be played by 30 November 2007)


FA Vase - entries accepted

The following member clubs have been accepted into the FA Vase for season 2007-08:-

AFC Kempston Rovers, Blackstones, Boston Town, Bourne Town, Buckingham Town, Bugbrooke St Michaels, Cogenhoe United, Daventry United, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Eynesbury Rovers, Holbeach United, Huntingdon Town, Long Buckby, Newport Pagnell Town, Northampton Spencer, Potton United, Raunds Town, Rothwell Corinthians, Sileby Rangers, Sleaford Town, St Ives Town, St Neots Town, Stewarts & Lloyds, Stotfold, Thrapston Town, Wellingborough Town, Wootton Blue Cross, Yaxley.

The entry of 29 clubs from the Eagle Bitter UCL is the league's highest ever representation in the competition.

Sleaford Town and Thrapston Town will be playing in the competition for the first time.

Five clubs have been granted exemption from the Qualifying Rounds. Cogenhoe United and Potton United, who both reached the 4th Round in the 2006-07 competition, enter the fray at the Second Round stage. Premier Division top three Deeping Rangers, Boston Town and Wellingborough Town start in Round One.   

FA Cup - entries accepted

The following Eagle Bitter UCL clubs have been accepted into the FA Cup for season 2007-08:-

Blackstones, Boston Town, Bourne Town, Buckingham Town, Cogenhoe United, Daventry United, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Holbeach United, Long Buckby, Newport Pagnell Town, Northampton Spencer, Potton United, Raunds Town, St Ives Town, St Neots Town, Stewarts & Lloyds, Stotfold, Wellingborough Town, Wootton Blue Cross, Yaxley.

Stewarts & Lloyds and Wellingborough Town are both new entries into the competition for 2007-08.

Trebble chance for Walnut Boys

AFC Kempston Rovers have appointed Neil Trebble as their new manager.

The Hitchin born 38 year old played professionally for Scunthorpe United, Preston North End and Scarborough, making 80 Football League appearances and scoring 14 goals. He then joined Stevenage and helped them to the Conference championship in 1995-96 before being part of the Borough team which took Newcastle to a replay in the FA Cup.

On a journey round the home counties non league circuit Trebble also played for St Albans, Welling, Hayes and Molesey. He then had a spell as assistant manager at Arlesey and took charge at Aylesbury United from December 2005 to April 2006.

Clive Black has rejoined Kempston as head coach. He coached at the Rushden & Diamonds academy for four years before first linking up with the Walnut Boys as coach in the summer of 2004. Injuries sustained in a car accident curtailed his involvement during that first season but he returned to co-manage the club with John Leeson in the summer of 2005 before opting to take a break from the game last term.

Steve Damon will manage the Rovers second string on their return to the UCL. He will continue to hold the reins of the club's successful under 18 team and before joining the Walnut Boys he also managed the Bedford Town youth side. 

Tinkler takes charge at Wootton

Wootton have unveiled Tony Tinkler as their new manager.

Tinkler was briefly a Wootton player in the early eighties after having trials for the England schoolboy side. He also had spells with Kempston, Bedford Town, Potton and Ampthill as a player and trialled with a number of professional clubs including Chelsea and Southampton.

The new Wootton boss is a fully qualified coach and in recent years he has scouted for Aston Villa where he had a spell on the coaching staff under Graham Taylor's management.

Martin Hole will assist Tinkler.

Potton unveil management team

Potton United have unveiled their new management team.

Arriving at The Hollow as co-managers are Jim Benton and Dean Chapman. Benton is a former Northampton Town professional who managed Stotfold during the 2005-06 season. Chapman is widely travelled on the non league circuit and had spells with Woodford and Buckingham last term. He is a former Royals player.

Assisting the duo will be Chapman's brother Adam who also had a spell with Potton during his playing career. Former Berks & Bucks under 18 coach Kelvin Ash will be head coach while Pat Booden also joins the Potton coaching staff.

Leeson in Wootton about turn

Wootton Blue Cross are again on the lookout for a new manager after John Leeson quit the job after only a couple of weeks at the helm.

The former AFC Kempston Rovers manager, who steered the Walnut Boys to promotion in the 2006-07 season, has now resigned at Weston Park for family reasons. 

Creasey in Tigers return

Dick Creasey has returned to Holbeach United as co-manager alongside existing player boss Shaun Keeble, who has also assumed a director of football role with the Tigers.

Creasey spent three seasons at the Holbeach helm from 2000 to 2003 and in the final year of his tenure he steered the Tigers to the Premier Division championship, twelve months after they took the runners-up medals.

A move to neighbours Spalding followed and Creasey retained the 'Midas touch' by leading the Tulips to the championship and promotion to the UniBond League.

For the last two and a half years Creasey has been in charge at Wisbech Town in the Ridgeons League, but resigned at the end of the 2006-07 season. 

2007-08 constitution of divisions

Premier Division (21): AFC Kempston Rovers, Blackstones, Boston Town, Bourne Town, Cogenhoe United, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Holbeach United, Long Buckby, Newport Pagnell Town, Northampton Spencer, Potton United, Raunds Town, Sleaford Town, St Ives Town, St Neots Town, Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, Stotfold, Wellingborough Town 2004, Wootton BlueCross, Yaxley.

Division One (16): Buckingham Town, Bugbrooke St Michaels, Burton Park Wanderers, Daventry Town, Daventry United, Eynesbury Rovers, Huntingdon Town, Irchester United, Northampton ON Chenecks, Northampton Sileby Rangers, Olney Town, Peterborough Northern Star, Rothwell Corinthians, Rushden & Higham United, Thrapston Town, Whitworths.

Reserve Division One (17): Blackstones, Bourne Town, Bugbrooke St Michaels, Cogenhoe United, Daventry United, Deeping Rangers, Desborough Town, Northampton Sileby Rangers, Northampton Spencer, Olney Town, Raunds Town, St Neots Town, Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, Stotfold, Whitworths, Woodford United, Yaxley. 

Reserve Division Two (16): AFC Kempston Rovers, Buckingham Town, Burton Park Wanderers, Daventry Town, Eynesbury Rovers, Huntingdon Town, Irchester United, Northampton ON Chenecks, Peterborough Northern Star, Potton United, Rothwell Corinthians, Rushden & Higham United, St Ives Town, ThrapstonTown, Wellingborough Town 2004, Wootton Blue Cross.

2007-08 League Knockout Cup draw

Preliminary Round: Stewarts & Lloyds Corby v St Ives Town; Buckingham Town v Blackstones; Northampton ON Chenecks v Eynesbury Rovers; Sleaford Town v Thrapston Town; Rothwell Corinthians v Newport Pagnell Town.

First Round: Olney Town v Sleaford Town or Thrapston Town; Yaxley v Deeping Rangers;St Neots Town v Northampton Spencer; Rothwell Corinthians or Newport Pagnell Town v Stotfold; AFC Kempston Rovers v Desborough Town; Bourne Town v Wootton Blue Cross; Boston Town v Holbeach United; Potton United v Wellingborough Town 2004; Cogenhoe United v Northampton Sileby Rangers; Daventry Town v Daventry United; Rushden & Higham United v Northampton ON Chenecks or Eynesbury Rovers; Whitworths v Huntingdon Town; Raunds Town v Peterborough Northern Star; Irchester United v Long Buckby; Stewarts & Lloyds Corby or St IvesTown v Burton Park Wanderers; Bugbrooke St Michaels v Buckingham Town or Blackstones.

2007-08 Reserve Knockout Cup draw

Preliminary Round: Bourne Town v Rothwell Corinthians.

First Round: Buckingham Town v Rushden & Higham United; Northampton Spencer v Stewarts & Lloyds Corby; Huntingdon Town v Deeping Rangers; Daventry Town v Woodford United; Olney Town v Potton United; Raunds Town v Whitworths; St Neots Town v AFC Kempston Rovers; Northampton Sileby Rangers v St Ives Town; Bourne Town or Rothwell Corinthians v Peterborough Northern Star; Bugbrooke St Michaels v Thrapston Town; Cogenhoe United v Irchester United; Desborough Town v Daventry United; Wellingborough Town 2004 v Wootton Blue Cross; Yaxley v Burton Park Wanderers; Stotfold v Northampton ON Chenecks; Blackstones v Eynesbury Rovers.  

2007 AGM presentations

The league's Annual General Meeting was held at St Neots Town FC on 6 June 2007.

Peter Gowans of league sponsors Wells & Young performed a number of presentations, starting with the Manager of the Year trophy awarded to Tuncay Korkmaz of Deeping Rangers.

Fair play awards were collected by Huntingdon Town secretary Russell Yezek and Wellingborough Town 2004 reserve team manager Steve Kirchin, with the top three clubs overall Bourne Town, Cogenhoe United and Woodford United receiving cheques.

The next trophies handed out were the hospitality awards. Bugbrooke St Michaels secretary Sharon Macgowan collected the award for referee markings with St Neots Town match secretary Marion Izzard picking up the award for club marks. Hospitality cheques were distributed to overall top three Cogenhoe United, St Neots Town and Potton United.

Boston Town manager Bob Don-Duncan collected the Baker Perkins Trophy awarded to the club scoring the Highest Aggregate of Goals, while Chris Knowles collected his second award of the Eric Evans Trophy for referee of the year.

Special awards were presented to mark Whitworths' unbeaten 2006-07 season in Division One, secretary John Betts the recipient, and Potton United secretary Bev Strong collected an award to recognise Royals striker Steve Kuhne's 300 goals in UCL football.

Bev was making a return visit to the top table having earlier been awarded the Administrator of the Year trophy which was presented by John Lyon who had donated the trophy to the league. 

Pre-season fixtures

Saturday 7 July: Rothwell Corinthians v Wellingborough, Sleaford v Lincoln Moorlands.
Saturday 14 July: Buckingham v Ampthill (at Stowe School), Bugbrooke v Newport Pagnell, Godalming v Wellingborough; Huntingdon v St Neots.

Sunday 15 July: Cogenhoe v Nuneaton.

Tuesday 17 July: AFC Kempston v Bedford Town; Cogenhoe v Rushden & Higham, Deeping v Soham, Irchester v Wellingborough; Peterborough Northern Star v March, Sleaford v Mansfield Town; St Neots v Cambridge United.

Thursday 19 July: Sleaford v Stamford.

Saturday 21 July: AFC Kempston v Chesham; Buckingham Athletic v Buckingham Town, Bugbrooke v Wootton, Cogenhoe v Chasetown; Newport Pagnell v Cambridge City, Northampton Spencer v Abingdon United; Rothwell Corinthians v Long Buckby, Saffron Walden v St Ives; Shepshed v Desborough; Sleaford v Holwell Sports;St Neots v Bedford Town; Wellingborough v Brackley; Whitworths v Yaxley, Wroxham v Blackstones..
Tuesday 24 July: Aylesbury Vale v Northampton Spencer, Biggleswade United v St Ives; Cambridge University Press v Blackstones, Cogenhoe v Corby Town, Daventry United v Leamington, Long Buckby v Coalville, Newport Pagnell v Dunstable, Peterborough Northern Star v Holbeach, Potton v Witworths, St Neots v Soham, Stotfold v Boreham Wood, Wisbech v Yaxley.

Wednesday 25 July: Bugbrooke v AFC Kempston, Roade v Irchester.
Thursday 26 July: Deeping v Grantham, RAF Wittering v Blackstones, Thrapston v Soham, Yaxley v Perkins.

Friday 27 July: Wellingborough v Whitworths.
Saturday 28 July: AFC Kempston v Leverstock Green; Buckingham v Thame, Bugbrooke v Roade, Cogenhoe v Oadby, Great Shelford v Yaxley, Holwell Sports v Deeping, Long Buckby v Oxford City, Newport Pagnell v Metropolitan Police, Northampton Spencer v North Leigh, Peterborough Northern Star v Bourne, Rushden & Higham v Stotfold, Sleaford v Soham, St Ives v Ipswich Wanderers, Wroxham v Potton.

Monday 30 July: Wellingborough v Rugby.

Tuesday 31 July: Arlesey v Stotfold, Biggleswade United v St Neots, Blackstones v Peterborough Northern Star, Buckingham v Aylesbury United, Deeping v Stamford, Eynesbury v AFC Kempston, March v St Ives, Newport Pagnell v MK Dons, Potton v Broxbourne, Quorn v Northampton Spencer, Rushden & Higham v Raunds, Sleaford v Grantham, Whitworths v Stewarts & Lloyds, Yaxley v Rothwell Town.

Thursday 2 August: Whitworths v Woodford.

Friday 3 August: Long Buckby v Rushden & Diamonds.
Saturday 4 August: AFC Kempston v Ruislip Manor, Barton Rovers v Stotfold, Bicester v Buckingham, Blackstones v Daventry Town,Bourne v Holwell Sports, Bugbrooke v Potton, Chalfont St Peter v Wootton, Cogenhoe v Soham, Daventry United v Coventry Sphinx, Ely v Yaxley, Long Buckby v Harpole, Northampton Spencer v Aylesbury United, Rushden & Higham v Wroxham, Skegness v Peterborough Northern Star, Sleaford v Thackley, St Ives v Hillingdon, St Neots v Arlesey, Thrapston v Newport Pagnell, Wellingborough v Enfield.

Tuesday 7 August: Boston Town v Grantham, Buckingham v Ardley, Cogenhoe v Irchester, Holwell Sports v Blackstones, Long Buckby v Moulton, Rushden & Higham v Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford v Northampton Spencer, Stotfold v Harlow, Winslow v Buckingham, Yaxley v Whittlesey.
Wednesday 8 August: Bugbrooke v Woodford, Sleaford v Sheffield United.

Thursday 9 August: Peterborough Northern Star v Hampton.

Saturday 11 August: Bugbrooke v Ravensthorpe, Huntingdon v Holwell Sports, Moulton v Irchester..