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Garry Haylock. Photo: Dan Westwell.

‘Garry Haylock guaranteed goals’

Our friends at Football in Berkshire have produced a little profile on new Binfield boss Garry Haylock, describing him as a ‘dream No9’ during his playing days.

Haylock played for much of his career in Ireland and Northern Ireland, featuring for clubs such as Shelbourne, Portadown, Glenavon, Glentoran, Linfield, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

Portadown fan and former BelfastLive editor Chris Sherrard wrote for the publication: “Haylock made such a big impression when he joined Linfield that he was the dream No9 for any team to have because he guaranteed goals – and success.

“I was delighted when he signed for Portadown and, sure enough, with him came so many goals and also trophies including a coveted league title.”

Read the full article on Football in Berkshire here.

Garry Haylock in Ireland, a goalscoring montage

New Binfield manager Garry Haylock.

Club statement: New first team manager

Binfield FC are absolutely delighted and excited to announce Garry Haylock as new First Team Manager with immediate effect.   

Garry brings to the club a significant amount of playing and managerial experience.  A full-time professional footballer, Garry played for many seasons at Huddersfield Town and enjoyed some very successful seasons playing in the top flight of Irish League Football where he won many awards and accolades, including winning the Republic of Ireland League Championship twice and the Northern Ireland League Championship twice. His honours list also includes three FAI Cups and two IFA Cups.  A Golden Boot winner on two occasions, Garry also played 26 times in European competition and even has a season of playing in Greece to add to his significant and experienced playing career.

Garry has had an equally impressive managerial and coaching career. He was manager at Hayes & Yeading United for a number of years and won promotion to the National League with them in 2009. He was First Team Coach at Exeter City for four seasons as well as manager at Farnborough, Walton & Hersham and has been involved in numerous high-profile academies and enjoys close ties to many local clubs that play at a higher level.

Related: New Binfield boss was ‘dream No9’ in Ireland

Garry Haylock. Photo: Dan Westwell.
Garry Haylock during his second spell with Hayes & Yeading. Photo: Dan Westwell.

A UEFA Pro Licence holder, Garry has spent his whole life involved in football.  There’s just too much to list here other than to say that he will be retaining his day job role as Director of Football at King Edwards School, combining this with his role at Binfield FC.

Binfield FC Chairman Andy Cotton noted: “Securing Garry’s signature is a huge milestone for our football club.  His playing and managerial experience, combined with his incredible coaching knowledge and history of player development is remarkable.  I’m absolutely thrilled that Garry has come aboard and I know that our hugely talented First Team will be equally delighted that he’s joined the Binfield family. Garry has been following the progress of the team for some time now and is eager to just get started, excited about the group and the challenge ahead”

We are delighted to confirm that current caretaker boss Roger Herridge, Liam Day and Tony Perry are staying as part of the First Team Management group as this underpins our ambition of always keeping Binfield club people involved.  We hope to announce the details of our new physio very soon.

Binfield drawn away in FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round

After a hard-working 2-1 win over Thame United on Saturday in the FA Trophy, the Moles have been drawn away in the Third Qualifying Round.

Binfield will travel to Step 3 Hendon of the Southern League Premier Division South on Saturday 8th October 2022 with the winners due £2,450, a game that will reunite our number one, Chris Grace, with his former club.

So another away day following on from the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw that pitches the Moles against Beckenham Town.

Meanwhile, the Moles will host Marlow on Tuesday night in the Isthmian League Cup, the Velocity Trophy. Ticket details here.

Watch Roger Herridge’s post match reaction after Saturday’s FA Trophy win at Thame United

Binfield FC Club Statement: Carl Withers & Jamie McClurg

Binfield FC are disappointed to announce the departure of joint managers Carl Withers and Jamie McClurg and the First Team Coaching Support team following an approach from Bracknell Town over their vacant management position.

The timing of this news, particularly on the back of the club’s recent success on the pitch in both league and all cup competitions where we remain unbeaten, coupled with the enormous effort by the club in supporting our move up to Step 4 football through significant investment in Ground improvements, is somewhat disappointing.

The club would of course like to put on record our sincere thanks to both Carl & Jamie for their service to the club. The pair oversaw the overhaul and development of the First Team these past couple of seasons as well as managing us through one of the most successful periods in the club’s history in 2020/21 with promotion from the Hellenic League and reaching the FA Vase final in the same season. Both also played for the club over their playing careers, with Carl Withers making over 650 appearances for the Moles. We wish them both the very best for their future footballing ambitions and we are sad to see them go at this time.

Binfield FC at Wembley for the FA Vase Final. Photo: Neil Graham.
Binfield FC at Wembley for the FA Vase Final. Photo: Neil Graham.

Chairman Andy Cotton said “Binfield FC is a wonderful football club which plays a hugely significant role within our borough of Binfield and beyond. We are proud of being one of only a handful of clubs nationally that play at Step 4 whilst also running 36 Junior Boys and Girls Teams plus an Allied Counties Under 18’s and Under 23 Development team – all of which is achieved on a voluntary basis. We shall miss Carl and Jamie and I want to express my thanks to them both and to the coaching team for all their hard work over the past couple of seasons. I wish them the very best.

“They leave us with a wonderful group of First Team players whom we will continue to nurture and support as we’ve always done. I’m pleased to announce that Roger Herridge who is part of this season’s First Team Coaching group will immediately take over as Caretaker Manager supported by Tony Perry and Keith Pennicott-Bowen. We are obviously in safe hands as Roger has years of Management experience and was our First Team Manager for a number of years prior to the departing managers.”

A statement will be released over the coming days with information regarding the vacant managerial position.

Away day for Binfield in FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw

Binfield will be back on the road for the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw after stunning Tonbridge Angels at the weekend.

The Moles will travel to Beckenham Town in Kent after the draw was revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Binfield breezed past Vanarama National League South Tonbridge on Saturday, winning 4-0 in front of 389 spectators on a pristine playing surface at Hill Farm Lane.

Beckenham – a fellow Step 4 side – have started the season as well as Binfield, winning all four of their opening Isthmian League South East Division One but were knocked out of the FA Trophy on penalties at home to Heybridge Swifts.

Ties are due to be played on the weekend of Saturday 1st October 2022 which means the Moles trip to Westfield in the league will be moved to accommodate.

In Pictures: Binfield Stun In FA Cup Thrashing

Binfield youngster Ben Collins.

Let’s help Binfield youngster Ben Collins get playing again

Beneath the first team at Binfield Football Club there are hundreds and hundreds of youngsters enjoying, learning and playing the game.

Unfortunately, one of our own, 11-year-old Ben Collins, suffered an ACL injury while playing for Binfield Pumas so we wanted to raise a little awareness and hopefully a little money to help Ben with his recovery.

Ben’s mum Lisa wrote: “Ben Collins is a boy who is all about his sport. He’s suffered some really bad luck and we’re asking for a little help to get him over it. During an innocuous tackle in a friendly football match playing for his club, the Binfield Pumas, Ben suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee, as well as a micro-fracture, a segond (not second, although it sort of is!) fracture to his tibia and a likely meniscus tear. This is very rare for a boy so young.”

Without surgery Ben won’t be able to play sports again, but surgery waiting times at the moment mean that it could be years before he is able to play again anyway.

Ben’s parents Lisa and Paul have therefore set up a JustGiving page to raise £5,000 to try and get their son the operation and rehabilitation he needs much sooner.

Lisa writes: “We’re asking for a little help from anyone who’s willing and able to give it, to literally help Ben get back on his feet and back into doing the sports he loves, especially football. Any donations will be gratefully received and will help pay for the operation and for the physiotherapy that Ben will need afterwards.”

If you are able to make a donation, however big or small, you can do so on the JustGiving page here.

In pictures: Binfield stun in FA Cup thrashing

Well, what a day. Few people gave us a chance against Vanarama National League South Tonbridge Angels in the FA Cup but boy oh boy did we show them.

I should’ve known that our Binfield boys wouldn’t let the small matter of a two division gap bother them (I said as much in this weeks newsletter), but 4-0, that’s breathtaking.

Thankfully, we had young photographer Daisy Spiers on hand to capture some memories of the day for us and she’s done it brilliantly. So for now, sit back and get scrolling down the page.

Look out for the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw on Tuesday.

Gabe George in action for Slough Town. Photo: George Beck

Gabe George returns to Binfield on loan

Left-sided midfielder Gabriel George has re-signed for Binfield on a month-long loan from Vanarama National League South Slough Town.

No stranger to Hill Farm Lane, George played 20 times for the Moles last season scoring one goal in the 3-1 win at Guernsey.

A graduate of Slough’s under 23 academy, the midfielder has made nine appearances for the Rebels first team following his debut in August 2021.

A statement on the Slough Town website from manager Neil Baker said: “Having missed a large chunk of pre-season, he has found it difficult so far to get minutes and we feel that a month playing will hugely benefit him.

“We wish him the best in an environment he knows, and look forward to him coming back and challenging for a place.”

George’s last game for Binfield last season came in the 2-1 defeat to Chipstead in April where he played the full 90 minutes.

Binfield goalkeeper Chris Grace. Photo: Neil Graham.

Chris Grace wins Isthmian League award

Binfield goalkeeper Chris Grace has won an Isthmian League goalkeeping award after conceding just one goal in the opening month of the season.

The Moles sit second in the Pitching In Isthmian League South Central Division One table, in no small part due to the solidity of the back five which has only been breached once by William Montague in the 1-1 draw with Chertsey Town.

The Moles have won the other three league games as well as two further ties in the FA Cup, all without conceding.

A post on the Isthmian League website said: “There were very few holes in the Moles defence during August. With three clean sheets from four games- and only one goal conceded in the other- Binfield are deservedly flying high in Pitching In Isthmian South Central. Again, we don’t take such things into account, but they also won in the FA Cup without conceding a goal, so that’s four clean sheets out of five. Chris Grace has been between the posts, and Moles fans will want to change his name to Amazing!”

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Chris on this achievement. The awards are sponsored by AB1 Goalkeeping.

Marlow Game postponed

Tomorrow’s FA Trophy fixture against Marlow FC has been postponed following the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The game will now be played on Tuesday 13th September at 19:45.

Binfield FC joins the nation and the rest of the world in mourning the devastating loss of HM Queen Elizabeth ll. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.