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August 2003

Darren Dykes has resigned from Swindon after a season as a pro and Dean Chapman and Simon Carmichael have rejoined from Newport Pagnell Town.

10 June 2003

Buckingham Town have recently agreed to link with Padbury United. Padbury United will now be known as Padbury BTFC and continue to compete in South Midlands League Division 2. Padbury approached BTFC and wished to be "absorbed" because they needed to strengthen their team in order to compete in the SML. They will be able to do this by drawing from the BTFC player pool, giving some of the BTFC players experience more challenging than UCL Reserve Divn. 2.
BTFC will henceforth have teams in 2 branches of the non-league pyramid.

Thanks to Derek Carpenter for this news item.

31 March 2003

Injury Progress.

Matthew Primus had an operation on Thursday and we wish him well during his recuperation.
Michael Cox is recovering well from his ankle injury sustained in  the Newport Pagnell game on Boxing day and is expected to be fit for the Run in.
Junior George is expected to be back for next Wednesday’s game against Cogenhoe United


17 August 2002

MANAGER Morell Maison starts his third full season as manager of Buckingham Town with hopes it will be the most successful to date.

Unlike several of the local sides, he has managed to keep the majority of last season's squad and many of the younger members will be the better for the experience they gained last season.
Only Darren Dykes (to Swindon Town), Jason Hagglewood and Graham Forbes have moved on from Ford Meadow, while there have been a couple of additions.
Pre-season performances have been encouraging, and Maison is happy with the way things have gone.
"We have been looking good in our friendlies and things have gone very well," he said.
"I'm happy with the squad and their attitude, and the way the players have applied themselves."
While he knows there are no easy games in the UCL Premier Division, he can't wait for the new campaign to start.
"I'm really looking forward to it and I'm really excited," he said.
So, can the Robins take a big step towards bringing the glory days back to Ford Meadow?
Certainly, things off the pitch are better than for some years, so can the team match that improvement?
Maison is realistic enough to know it will be tough, but believes he has a squad that can go places.
"Everybody in the league seems to have strengthened up and, unlike us at Ford Meadow, there seems to be a lot of money about," he said.
"But I'm looking for a massive improvement and the aim has to be the top six.
"If we're there or thereabouts at Christmas, we will be looking at how much further we can go."
But Maison has another aim which, perhaps, goes hand-in-hand with a successful season.
"We want people to identify us with good football and we want to get those people going through the turnstiles," he added.
The Robins do not have the easiest of starts, away at Bourne tomorrow, Saturday, August 17. They entertain Woodford on the following Wednesday.

Taken from the website.


4 August 2002

Darren Dykes has signed for Second Division Swindon Town. The 20 year old right sided flank player becomes the Robins first export to professional football in two decades, the last being Ian Russell who spent a brief spell with Derby County. 

Dykes caught the eye of Swindon manager Andy King who invited Dykes and team mate Junior George for pre-season trials. 

Excellent performances against Hereford, Didcot and Newport IOW earned Darren the offer of a professional contract.

A pre-season visit from Swindon next year is part of the deal. 

Swindon will continue to monitor George's progress too. 


Saturday 2 February 2002.

In the last couple of months there have been a few new signings. 

From Bedford Town, the ex-Rushden & Diamonds midfielder Chris Jones, Kenny Cunniff who played for the Robins in their Southern League days and strikers Paul Talbot from Winslow and Kevin Millington, widely travelled on the local scene, and most recently with Newport Pagnell. Another recent recruit, ex-Wembley midfielder Peter Sogbudjur, is about to depart for New Zealand after being offered a contract by Auckland Raiders.

Goalkeeper Chris Chandler is now fit again after suffering a double fracture at Bugbrooke last season, and his return is timely as James Paviour broke three fingers in the reverse at Holbeach.

Buckingham's 'game of the season' so far saw them edge out Newport Pagnell 6-5 to reach the semi-final of the Buckingham Charity Cup. Scott Ladley scored five times in the win, but strike partner James Darby suffered a broken leg during the game.

Wednesday 14 November.

Danny Griggs has moved to Wootton BC due to a financial incentive.


In the Buckingham Charity Cup the Robins have been drawn at home against Newport Pagnell, who currently have a number of former Town men. 

While in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup, the Robins will entertain Hellenic League side, Abingdon United. Both games are yet to be allocated dates. 


Town's Reserves moved up into the top five after defeating high-flying Holbeach 3-0 at Ford Meadow last Saturday. Paul London's young side played some excellent football after taking the lead in the opening minutes and fully deserved the points when Danny Dykes scored the goal of the match twenty minutes from time. Tomorrow they travel to Long Buckby, while on Tuesday the play at Daventry.


Saturday 13 October 2001.


Club captain Dean Chapman has decided to move to Newport Pagnell Town from the UCL First Division due to a financial incentive that Morell is not willing to match as money is required for amongst other things, improvements to floodlights.

Stuart Blaik will now become Club Captain. 

There are some new signings. 

'Keeper Paul Sheppard (Ex Shepshed and British Universities)

Full Back Dean O'Leary (Ex Kingstonian)

Midfielder Andy Taylor (Ex Colchester United) and

Utility player Joey Cumber who has been playing Ryman League football.


(Taken from the excellent and informative match programme for the Desborough Town match)


Monday 24 September 2001.

The Robins will travel to Norfolk side Dereham Town in the next round of the FA Vase which is played on  the 20 October.  Dereham were runners up in the Jewson Eastern League last season and are positioned in mid table in the Premier Division at the moment.

Their address is: Aldiss Park, Norwich Road, Dereham, Norfolk. NR20 3AL.

Tel and Fax: 01362 690460 Map here.


This month  James Carmichael joined Buckingham Town from Newport Pagnell Town and Craig Connell left to join Newport Pagnell Town.


Saturday 15 September 2001.

Damien Griggs has signed from Ampthill.


Wednesday 19 July 2001.

Arranged pre-season fixtures are:

Saturday 21 July: Berkamstead Town at Stowe school (3pm)

Monday 23 July: Aylesbury Utd at Stowe school (7.00pm)

Tuesday 31 July: Thame Utd at Stowe school (7.00pm)

Saturday 4 August: Leighton Town. at Stowe school (3pm)


Saturday 30 June 2001.

The draws for the FA Cup and FA Vase have been made. Buckingham have to travel in all of the opening games.

In the FA Cup Buckingham Town will travel to Maldon Town in the Preliminary Round. Winners of that match will travel to the winner of the Lowestoft Town v Wembley match.

In the FA Vase Buckingham will travel to UCL neighbours Wootton Blue Cross.


Sunday 24 June 2001.

Morell Maison has been appointed head coach at Launton Ladies Football Club. As there are five qualified coaches at the club, the work will be shared and the priority will still be with Buckingham Town.

The Robins pre-season training begins on Monday 25 June. There will be increased emphasis on the under 18 team and the introduction of the reserve side. Any under 16 upwards players are also welcome to attend.

There are some attractive pre-season fixtures lined up too.

Thursday 19 July: Thame United at home (7.30pm)

Saturday 21 July: Berkhamstead Town (FA Vase Finalists) at home (3pm)

Tuesday 7 August: Tring Town, Away

At the Robins’ presentation evening for the 2000-01 season, Dean Chapman received the award for players’ player of the season. Chris Chandler was named managers player of the season. Most improved player was Abdul Abdi. Leading scorer was Meshach Cole. Special awards went to Ruben Max-Grant (UCL leading scorer for March) and to Robin Taylor from the Berks & Bucks FA for his distinguished service to football.

The draw for the Knockout League Cup has been made. The Robins have been drawn away to Wootton Blue Cross or Newport Pagnel Town from Division One in the first round.


The newly formed reserve team have been drawn at home to Irchester United in the Reserve League Knockout Cup.


Top Scorers for the season 2000-01:

Meshach Cole 21 (3)

Ruben Max Grant 18 (1)

Alan Collins 9 (4)

Abdul Abdi 7 (1)


(Bracketed numbers indicate goals from the total scored in cup matches)


Monday 30 April 2001.

In a recent meeting Morell Maison explained his five-year plan that will see him introduce an under16/18 and reserve side for next season. 

He is looking to explore how BTFC can go into the community and become a side that people support every Saturday. The open meetings, where people are invited to attend and ask questions, will be held every six weeks over the summer months and during the league season.

Saturday 14 April 2001.

The "Eagle Bitter" UCL league season has been extended until 19th May 2001 so that postponed games can be played without too hectic a schedule.


The Robins will be entering a side in the UCL reserve league next season.


Tuesday 13 March 2001.

Reuben Max-Grant is the United Counties League Premier Division goalscorer of the month with 5 goals scored in 5 games. Closely followed by Meshach Cole also with 5 goals but in 6 games.

Sunday 4 February 2001.

Check out the message board for Morell Maison’s latest comments about the team and new signings.

Wednesday 10 January 2001.

Some information about recent signings. Massimo Lagioia (brother of Zeppi) has signed from Arlesey. Abdul Aziz, from MK City, and Warren Kee has signed from Dorchester.

Monday 25 December 2000.

Morell Maison has kindly answered a couple of queries that have been posted to the message board. Thanks very much Morell!

Thursday 30 November 2000.

A message board has been added to this site. Feel free to leave messages about BTFC, yourself, this site or anything else you think may be of interest.

Monday 13 November 2000.

BTFC now travel to Wellingborough Town on Saturday as Eynesbury have a county game. Alan Collins has a 135 day suspension and so will not be playing for some time. Good news though, that Meshach Cole’s suspension of 35 days has come to an end and he is available now to play.

Saturday 28 October 2000.

The Robins will entertain Aylesbury United on Tuesday evening (31st October) in a friendly. (Postponed due to waterlogged pitch).

The Robins have linked up with Aylesbury (The Ducks) and Tuesday evening will see both of us given the chance to link-up and have a look at players.

As the Ducks do not have a reserve side, the Robins will sign a number of promising youngsters as players 'bridge the gap' between reserve and Ryman League football.

The game on Tuesday will see 19 new advertising boards around Ford Meadow.

The Club is on the way back and looking back towards its old self !!

Friday 20 October 2000.

Robins travel to play MK City in the FA Vase tomorrow hopeful of picking from a full squad.
The only omission being leading goalscorer Meshach Cole who is still suspended.Fellow forwards, Alan Collins and Abdul Abdi, both have injuries that Morell Maison hopes they will shake off in time, although Collins may need a fitness test after leaving Ford Meadow on Tuesday on one leg !!. The replay will be on Tuesday evening if required.
Wolverton Park on Saturday will see a competitive game !!

Thu 12 October 2000.

Robins have recently signed Nicky Caine from Brache Sparta, Adam Dedman and goalkeeper Chris Chandler.

Tue 10 October 2000.

Town lose their unbeaten league record going down 1-2 to Wootton Blue Cross

Sat 7th October 2000.

The match versus Desborough Town was postponed apparently. As Boston Town lost at home to Cogenhoe United, BTFC now have the only unbeaten record in the league.

Fri 30 September 2000.

Mon 25 September 2000.

Buckingham Town emerged from knowing that they will play at Milton Keynes City in the First Round of the FA Vase with a rye smile as the connections between the two clubs at present are amazing! Milton Keynes City are managed by former Robins favourite, Terry Shrieves who holds all goalscoring records for Buckingham Town (see history page) and is a huge favourite amongst Town supporters, since he has known most of them for twenty years. Robins have Collins, Abdi, Fenton, Justin, Richards, Bray, Lagiona who are all former MK City boys. The game is one that will be enjoyed on 21 October.

Friday 22 September 2000. 

Robins have signed former Barnet, Southend, Stevenage and Hendon centre-half Richard Nugent. Nugent is added to the squad  that demolished Bourne 7-2, along with Rory Bray who returns from suspension. 

Buckingham Town emerged from knowing that they will play at Milton Keynes City in the First Round of the FA Vase with a rye smile as the connections between the two clubs at present are amazing!

Tue 12 September 2000.

Player coach Danny Nicholls has left the club.

Rory Brays suspension will end after the Saturday game against Raunds T.

Sat 9 September 2000.

Buckingham win 7-2 against Bourne Town. The last time they scored as many as seven was back in 1990 versus Baldock. 

Tue 8 August 2000.

Buckingham Towns new manager Morell Maison has brought in a lot of new players to strengthen the team that had so many problems for most of last season.

New strikers Danny Nicholls and Rory Bray from Berkhamsted, Allan Collins and Abdul Abdi from Milton Keynes City, join the squad.

Midfielders also from Milton Keynes are Carmine Chiucariello and Giuseppe Lagioia, whilst Chinuka Nduka has joined from Harpenden. Adam Turner comes in from Leighton and there’s also Mark Waldron.

In the defense the new players are full back Dean Chapman from Berkhamstead and centre half Lee Richards.

There’s a new goalkeeper Justin Hartley from junior football, and Paul Lyon from Mursley.

The team has had an excellent start to the season with two away draws, 1-1 against Stotfold who finished fourth last season and  2-2 against last seasons champions Ford Sports Daventry.