New Signing: Steve Kingdon

Bristol Manor Farm can confirm the signing of centre-back Steve Kingdon from Tiverton Town. With this signing, Steve Kingdon becomes the second newest signing for us on-top of Striker Lewis Powell joining from Weston-Super-Mare.

Looking to further strengthen our squad, manager Lee Lashenko has swooped in to sign Steve Kingdon, former Taunton Town and Tiverton Town Captain. With lots of big teams looking to sign Steve, we are very glad he has decided to commit to Bristol Manor Farm for the 2017/18 season as we head in to our first season of the Southern League. This signing, on top of players like Ashley Clarke, Lloyd Mills, and Martin Stowell returning to The Creek, gives Manor Farm an excellent and strong defensive line to build on.

“Steves professionalism and experience was a big factor in us going for him. The rest of the team will benefit greatly from having him in the defensive line so we’re glad we could get him.”Lee Lashenko

Before captaining Tiverton and Taunton, Steve Kingdon came from Bristol Rovers youth ranks before being promoted to the senior team and then joining Clevedon Town for three seasons. He helped Taunton Town achieve their highest ever Southern League finish as captain and, last season, helped Tiverton Town win the play-offs against competition such as former team Taunton Town and Salisbury to achieve promotion to the Southern League Premier Divison.

So lets all give a big welcome from the Farmy Army to Steve Kingdon as we look forward to seeing him in red next season for the Farm!


First New Signing of the Season: Lewis Powell

We’ve made our first new signing of the season (not counting Kye Hollys return), and it’s striker Lewis Powell who is joining us from National League side Weston-Super-Mare. Lewis has played in the Southern League before for Yate Town, as well as playing for Western League side Bitton AFC.

“Lewis has been on our radar for a while and it’s great to be able to get him for the club. His past in the Southern League will be an asset and we know that a few clubs were in for him so we’re glad he has decided to join us. We’re sure it will be a boost for the whole squad.”Lee Lashenko

Lewis is now the 13th player confirmed for our 2017/18 squad and, with a lot more in the works, next season is shaping up to be a good one.


Jake Cox Signs On For Next Season

Jake Cox, pictured above, controlling the midfield against Sherborne Town.

Experienced midfielder Jake Cox is the latest person to join a growing list of players committing to the club for next season.

Jake has played for a variety of teams including many years at Yate Town as well as a brief stint at Mangotsfield and Taunton Town. Fans will surely be glad to see him back at The Creek next season as he played a key role in the midfield, especially at the start of the season, that helped contribute to our long unbeaten streak in all competitions and paved the way for a dominant Toolstation Western League Championship win.

Jake started 37 games last season and managed an impressive 15 goals from the midfield for us and will surely be looking to build on that in the Southern League, knowing he’ll have tough competition for that starting spot.

This makes Jake the twelfth Manor Farm player to join the 2017/18 squad, you can see the rest of those signings HERE. He certainly won’t be the last as well as manager Lee Lashenko is working around the clock to fortify our squad for next season so make sure to check for updates here or at the Manor Farm Twitter page at @ManorFarmFC.


Bristol Manor Farm vs Bristol City

Bristol Manor Farm will be the host to Bristol City’s annual community game this year. The game will fall on the 9th of July with the match kicking off at 4PM but plenty of activities from the Bristol City Community Trust from 1.30pm, delivering a range of activities for supporters of all ages including speed guns, target cages, and small-sided matches.

“When I heard Bristol City were willing to look at Bristol Manor Farm as a club to host what will be their fifth annual Community Match, to say I was excited is an understatement. I think what Bristol City have done over the last four seasons is great for grassroots football, the City supporters and the charities that gain funds to support their cause. This will be a unique first derby match between City and the third Bristol club with Bristol in its name. Our thanks go to Bristol City for picking our club for the fifth annual Community Match. We hope to fill the ground and raise a lot of money for charity.”
Geoff Sellek

The Bristol City Community Trust head of operations, Dan White has said: “We are delighted to be taking the Bristol City annual Community Match to Bristol Manor Farm at the start of the new season. It demonstrates the club’s long-term commitment towards supporting the local community through the Community Trust.

“A big thank you goes to Lee Johnson and his first team staff and players for once again supporting the annual event, which we are confident will be a fun and enjoyable day for all.

“The funds raised from the day will go straight back into grassroots football, supporting Manor Farm in upgrading their floodlights and the Trust’s very own football provision throughout South Bristol.”

City head coach Lee Johnson commented: “Last year it was a fantastic occasion. It’s great to see everybody in that kind of environment, giving us the opportunity to be so interactive with the fans.

“It’s always good to be able to come together like that at the start of the season – particularly for so many young kids to meet the players. We’re all looking forward to the Community Match again this year.”

This is a great opportunity for us at Manor Farm, the capacity for the ground is set at 1400 and tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. A sell-out game is expected so fans are advised to buy their tickets as early as possible. Tickets are currently available online and are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for U-16s with a range of other options, including parking tickets, available. If you wish to purchase your ticket now head over to Eventbrites ticket page where you can view details on the game as well as tickets.

Manor Farm would like to thank Bristol City for the opportunity to play them this season and would like to show a big sign of respect for their continued commitment to non-league football. We look forward to what will surely be a great day for both clubs!

If you want to read more details on the game from the Bristol City website then click here.


2017/18 Updates

A handful of players have already committed to Bristol Manor Farm for next season, this list includes prolofic goal scorer Dean Stamp, Captain Jordan Metters, commanding centre-backs Martin Stowell and Lloyd Mills as well as versatile defenders Jamie Turner, Harley Purnell and Aron Robbins. Fan-favourite Jack Durrant will also be returning to the club for the 2017/18 season and we’ll also see the return of influential midfielder Kye Holly who is returning to the Farm after a year out. Finally we have goal-scorers Troy Simpson and Ben Bament returning, as well as Iain Harvey who will be continuing his role as player/assistant manager.

On top of all these players committing to the Farm, we also have ex-Yate and Weston-Super-Mare assistant manager Rob Boyd who joins our coaching staff. Big welcome to this great addition!

There will be plenty more additions and news so make sure to watch this space or follow our twitter account at @ManorFarmFC


PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Pre-Season Fixtures ahead of the 2017/18 season have been released. We currently have 12 matches lined up for a mixture of the first and reserve team players.

Matches include us hosting the first-team of Bristol City in a Bristol vs Bristol Derby on the 9th of July, more information on that historic club game can be found here.

Our friendlies line-up also includes travelling to Southern League Prem side Frome Town and an away trip to Cornwall-based side Saltash United! Our friendlies include something for every one so hopefully the Farmy Army can be out in full-force for as many home and away games as they can manage and get to see the old and new players!

Please keep in mind that ALL fixtures are subject to change so make sure to check this page or visit the Twitter account at @ManorFarmFC for any update on the games.