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									THE BISHOPS
           SO U THIL L
           AL EXANDER F C

      Going Beyond the Game

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 WELCOME                                                 P R O G R A M M E

The owners of Southill Alexander FC          Southill Alexander Football Club is owned
welcome you all to the Carlsberg             by its fans who make the decisions
Stadium. This is the Bishops very first      relating to the running of the club
season, and we would like to thank all       through our innovative web site. New
those who have contributed to getting        owners have the unique opportunity to
the club off the ground. We are a brand-     become part of something brand-new
new club, playing League football for the    and really own their football club. Real
first time this season as members of the     ownership      and    Club     Web     site
Bedfordshire County Football League’s        Membership provides the funding for
Premier Division. We are owned by            shareholders to decide how the club
shareholders from all over the world,        develops, controlling their budget and
who make decisions on every aspect of        strategically planning to select the club’s
the club’s development, and we are           future. If you would like to be involved
delighted to be ground sharing here at       please get in touch, all the necessary
this lovely stadium.                         contact details are enclosed in this
If you are here as a visitor or here to
support The Bishops we hope that you         Whoever you are here to support, good
enjoy the experience, mostly, we hope        luck and welcome!
that you enjoy the football. Please let us
know if there is anything that we can look
to do to improve your enjoyment here at
The Carlsberg Stadium.

           Southill Alexander FC
    Biggleswade United Reserves
    Wednesday 24th March 2010
               Kick Off 7:45pm                                                                3
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HISTORY                                                  P R O G R A M M E

Southill Alexander FC was founded this       field playing a game of football is a major
year – in fact, this is our very first       achievement in our eyes.
season!     This fledgling club is just      Our club is owned by its shareholders,
                                             who come from all parts of the world,
embarking on its journey, and unlike our
                                             and they chose our name, picked our
opponents, we have no illustrious history
                                             colours and designed our badge.
or honours to celebrate. Where this
road will take us only time will tell, but   “Southill” is of course a reference to the
we hope the future is exciting as our        village of Southill, just around the corner
short past has been.                         from the Carlsberg stadium. “Alexander”
                                             is a nod to Bishop Alexander, also
The club started as a dream amongst          known as Alexander the Magnificent. He
several people with a strong passion for     was the Bishop of Lincoln in the twelfth
football and the belief that the sport       century and was granted the manor of
should belong 100% to the fans. This         Biggleswade by Henry 1st. Alexander
dream became a reality a few short           gives us our nickname, “The Bishops”.
months ago when Southill Alexander was
formed. The journey has not been easy      The purple kit reflects a Bishop’s purple
but it has always been fun and that was    robes – having chosen the colour, we
the whole intention when we                were hard-pressed to find a kit
established this club - to bring football  manufacturer      who      could    supply
back to the fans.                          everything in the same shade! However,
                                           we are happy with the result and we
In these days of huge contracts in the think all the searching has been worth it.
Premiership, players earning more in a
week than some clubs have to survive on Our badge reflects the elements of our
in a year, fans being milked for every name – the Bishop’s mitre and cross,
penny they have, we felt something had with crossed crosiers, and the shield of
to change. Football is supposed to be Bedfordshire.
fun, and that is what we hope to achieve
with the Bishops.                          Finally our motto – some of us believe is
                                           that there is nothing greater than loyalty
Each match is another small step in in adversity, in sport as in life. Hence
moving this club forward and creating “Loyalty Above All”. We are proud to
history. Win, lose or draw today the fact see it on our players’ shirts today.
that Southill Alexander is actually on the

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 HISTORY                     P R O G R A M M E

Biggleswade United Football Club was re-     the club progress from Division Three of
formed on the 16th July 1959. However,       the Bedford and District League to County
local history records indicate that there    Senior Club status in just 15 years.
was a Biggleswade United side playing at
Second Meadow as early as 1929. Our          The 1995/96 season was the most
first season (1959/60) saw us competing      successful in the club's history - winning
in Division Three of the North Herts.        five     major    honours;     the     Beds
League (NHL). After 10 successful years in   Intermediate County Cup, Bedford and
the NHL the club made the step up to         District League Championship, League
South Midlands League (SML) football.        Cup Championship and as the League's
But towards the end of a 15-year             representatives the club won the Beds.
association with the SML the club began      FA Centenary Cup. Having won every
to struggle and after three years of         major Bedford League honour the club
finishing in the bottom three of Division    felt it was time to move on and made the
One we sought fresh fields. The club         decision to make the step up once again
joined the Herts. Senior but club            and returned to Division One of the SML.
continued to find the going tough. In        In an exceptionally successful first season
1986 we elected to return to local League    we celebrated a Division One "double" by
football, joining the Bedford and District   winning the Championship and the
Football League and began to build again.    Division One Cup. We also retained the
                                             Beds. FA Intermediate County Cup, only
The appointment of Brian Swords as first     the second club in the competition's
team manager in 87/88 proved to be the       history to achieve this feat. To crown our
turning point in the club's fortunes.        success the club were awarded the SML
During the next ten years the club           Special Achievement Trophy in July 1997.
achieved a tremendous amount of              In the season 1997/98 we finally achieved
success on and off the football pitch. Our   Senior status. This was achieved not only
record of League and Cup honours speak       through the endeavours of the players on
for themselves but aligned to this a great   the field but ultimately as a result of an
deal of work went on behind the scenes       extremely hard working committee. With
to match the on-field success. The club      the help of the Biggleswade Town council
now boasts one of the best clubhouse         a new stand was erected and perimeter
and ground facilities in the Mid-            fencing installed. And two season later
Bedfordshire area. The success of the        the club erected floodlights and on the
club has also attracted many new players     evening of 26th October 1999 we played
as well as commanding a great deal of        our first-ever floodlit game at Second
loyalty from those players who helped        Meadow. Ryman League side Leighton                                                                5
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HISTORY                     P R O G R A M M E

Town were the visitors          in   the senior sides and provide an excellent
Bedfordshire Premier Cup.                opportunity for our youth teams.

The next eleven years saw the first team    January 5th 2009 saw the club embark on
lead by Steve "Snowy" Wright and under      further ambitious ground improvements.
his managership the club continued to       With financial backing from Biggleswade
enjoy a very high level of League and Cup   Town Council, Mid Beds District Council
success ultimately achieving promotion to   and the Football Foundation further
the Molten Spartan South Midlands           enhancements to the ground will see the
League Premier Division and with it the     ground fully enclosed, a new 260 seater
opportunity to compete in the FA Cup.       stand located down the cricket ground
And under Snowy the club made three         side of the pitch, a double turnstile and
Beds FA Senior Challenge Cup final          players' entrance to the pitch. The
appearances, winning two of the three       completion of the facilities upgrade is
with victories over Stotfold (4-1) and      scheduled for the end of March 2009. The
Leighton Town (1-0) but missed out in       new ground will certainly help us
2006/07 going down 2-0 to Dunstable         celebrate our Golden Jubilee in 2009 /
Town. Snowy's other cup success came in     2010.
the form of the Hunts Premier Cup, North
Beds Charity Cup, Hinchingbrooke Cup,       The club has certainly come a long way in
the SML Division One Cup and the SML        relatively few years but we could not
Special Achievement Award once again.       have done it without the help of a very
The end of the 2006 2007 saw Snowy step     supportive Town and District Council who
down as manager with his assistant, Nick    clearly understand the benefits of having
Burton taking over the first team reins.    a community based club in Biggleswade.
                                            Our success is also very much down to a
The 2006 2007 season marked a crucial       very hard working committee who
time in the club's history with the         throughout the year - not just the football
formation of a youth structure that sees    season - continue to volunteer their time
Biggleswade girls and boys aged 7 to 18     and commitment to the club, to help it
able to be part of Biggleswade United. We   continue to thrive and be a source of
now have twelve youth teams with a well     enjoyment for our supporters and the
established youth committee. We have        Biggleswade community
also teamed up with Two Touch Football
and North Herts College to establish a
Biggleswade United Football Academy
which we hope will reap dividends for the

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LEAGUE NEWS                                           P R O G R A M M E

Premier Division                           Britannia Cup Second Round

Blunham's lead at the head of the          Biggleswade United Reserves will now
Premier Division supported by              face current holders Caldecote at the
Sportsform league table is now down        Semi-Final stage after running out 3-0
to just goal difference after Ickwell &    home winners over Westoning
Old Warden netted their 11th win on        Recreation Club, goals from Matthew
the bounce with a 5-1 victory at           McCartney, Byn Williams and Nathan
Wilshamstead. Andrew Vallom with a         Morris doing the damage.
brace plus single strikes from Anup
Kalyan, Rob Gaylor and Steve Thomas        The other Semi-Final tie will be
doing the damage against a lone            between Woburn and Southill
home reply from Ben Slater.                Alexander after The Safari Boys came
                                           up with an 4-3 extra time win at
For third place Oakley Sports, it was      Blunham,on the half-hour mark Andy
only a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw   Smith shot the home side in front only
at Dunton who remain deep in the           to see Lewis Murray level matters just
relegation mix after this their seventh    two minutes later, that was the way it
home game without a win.                   stayed until extra time got underway,
                                           Ivan Finch restoring the home sides
Meanwhile, Sharnbrook were ending          lead in the opening period which
Campton's four game winning home           Martin Holland quickly cancelled out,
run at Rectory Road by holding them        before goals from Josh Holt and Alex
to a 1-1 draw, Andrew Hayday opened        Otterway in the final period took the
the scoring for the home side just         visitors 4-2 ahead until Michael
three minutes into the contest only to     Hutton reduced matters just a minute
see Scott Rothery level matters on the     from time.
half-hour mark.

The day's final scheduled game at
Hillgrounds, between AFC Kempston
Town and Southill Alexander being
postponed.                                                     7
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TEAM NEWS                                        P R O G R A M M E

                            FIRST TEAM SQUADS
    Southill Alexander FC                       Biggleswade United Reserves

Matt Saunders (GK)                               Gavin Carr
Lenny Labiche (VC)                               Tony Norman
Michael Ettienne (C)                             Neil Carr
Marco Capontes                                   Joe Jordan
Laurence Revell                                  Mark Wright
Jamie Thomas                                     Dan Bean
Matt Pye                          Referee      Dan Manning
                              Mr Colin Denison Carl Fletcher
Jermaine Bradley
Jason Lynch                                      Matthew McCartney
Brad O'Donovan                                   Jack Gabbitas
David Kane                                       Bryn Williams
Aaron Serieux                                    David Sells

Lasalle Simon                                    Barry Sells

Kay Brown                                        James Trundley

Ross Randall                                     Lewis Giddings

Jason Lynch                                      Nathan Morris

Richard Lewin

                              Bedfordshire County Football League : Premier Division supported by Sportsform
                              Wednesday 24th March 2010

                                   Team                                        P   W        D       L    F    A   GD        PTS
                              1    Blunham                                18       13   3       2       60   30   30    42
                              2    Ickwell & Old Warden                   18       14   0       4       51   33   18    42
                                                                                                                                  LEAGUE TABLE

                              3    Oakley Sports                          17       11   1       5       44   28   16    34
                              4    Caldecote                              19       10   3       6       48   30   18    33
                              5    Biggleswade United Reserves            20       10   1       9       47   49   -2    31
                              6    Campton                                19       9    2       8       48   40   8     29
                              7    Wilshamstead                           16       6    5       5       41   33   8     23
                              8    Renhold United                         20       6    5       9       37   51   -14   23
                              9    Sharnbrook                             18       6    4       8       30   37   -7    22
                              10   AFC Kempston Town                      14       6    2       6       35   31   4     20
                              11   Woburn                                 17       6    2       9       39   45   -6    20
                              12   Dunton                                 19       4    3       12      24   43   -19   15
                              13   Southill Alexander                     16       3    4       9       34   41   -7    13
                              14   Westoning Recreation Club [Saturday]   17       2    1       14      31   78   -47   7
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FUN AND GAMES                                                                                                       P R O G R A M M E

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                                                                                                   through 9 appear in each row.
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                                                                                                                    letter of the alphabet at
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                                                                                                                    represents which letter.
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                                                                                                                    letters into the code bar.
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FUN AND GAMES                                           P R O G R A M M E

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      Here are the solutions for today’s programme                                                8   6   1   9   7   2   5   3   4
      puzzles. We hope you all enjoyed them as                                                    5   7   2   1   4   3   8   9   6
      much as watching the football.                                                              3   9   4   5   6   8   7   1   2
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OWN THE CLUB                                               P R O G R A M M E

Be a part of Footballing History.              Purchasing
Southill Alexander commences their             Players Kit, Training Equipment
Football Journey playing in the 2009/2010
season. A brand new club started from          Website / IT
scratch will begin playing at Step 7 of the    Work with the Clubs IT Managers to
Non League Pyramid in the Bedfordshire         implement the tools Owners need.
County Football League Premier Division.
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Join the growing revolution that gives you     Help plan & add resources to create the
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and jointly define its future.                 Help develop links with the local
                                               community and Schools
How does it work?
SAFC is founded upon traditional lines and     Southill Alexander will play their home
has already secured funding from               league and cup games ground sharing at
sponsorship to compete at this level, a        the Carlsberg Stadium, home of
limited number of owners will fund and         Biggleswade Town FC in a new stadium
direct budgetary planning on key areas         built for the start of the 2008-2009 season.
such as:-
                                               Where's the Boardroom?
Finance                                        SAFC is run via its own website and forums,
Full Access to Club Financial management,      owners can purchase up to 5 shares priced
budgetary planning and joint decision          at £25 each with 1 as a minimum entry
making.                                        requirement and a yearly subscription of
                                               £25 to the website. Share purchase can be
Merchandise                                    a once only purchase but owners will
Club Supporters Shirts, etc. Setting Pricing   decide each year on further issues. A
and Budgeting Income.                          limited One Thousand have been issued
                                               this year, a very limited number remain.
Members will drive recruitment, develop        System Requirements
new income streams and marketing the           Internet Connection, you must be over 18,
club both locally and globally.                enthusiasm v.1

                                               Apply at:                                                             15
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MEET AN OWNER                                           P R O G R A M M E

With SAFC’s unique ownership model, owners are spread across the globe. It is time to
unmask these owners and find out their views on the vital questions in life:


 AGE? 51

 HOMETOWN? Biggleswade.

 really be able to get a club run by its owners, you had to start from scratch. I
 guess I’ve been there from day one.

 got a club together, in a League and playing competitive football this season.
 That took a hell of a lot of work from a number of people. DISAPPOINTMENT?
 Well, we haven’t yet achieved our early promise, but I guess it takes time!

 followed Manchester United since I was 7 years old. I’m also a lifelong fan of
 Exeter City, as I was born in Exeter and went loads of times with my Aunty Peg
 when I was a kid – then back again with my nephew when I was in my 20s.

 Manager for a company which runs residential and nursing homes across
 North London, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. That means I travel around quite
 a lot, seeing the managers and residents

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? I couldn’t pick one, there are several for
 every decade – but my parents loved “Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael,
 performed by Nat King Cole. That has to be up there for me as it brings back
 many memories of them.

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MEET AN OWNER                                      P R O G R A M M E
LIKE TO SEE PLAY THE LEAD ROLE AS YOU? Someone with a bit of character –
maybe Victoria Wood, we’re the same age
be able to know for sure what people were going to do next. That seems

WHAT CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Not very exciting I’m afraid, but it’s good on the
fuel consumption – a diesel VW Golf.

hats, then realised I looked stupid. So now I only have a couple of woolly
ones for football.

yogurt, cheese slices, some butter. That’s about it as a rule.

NOT? I enjoyed school and was fairly swotty, as I was rubbish at sport. I loved
English Literature and reading poetry is still a daily joy and passion.

favourite poet, but at the moment my favourite poem is not by Larkin, I’d go
for "Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days" by Ted Hughes.

AND YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK? I don't really read much fiction these days but
I'd say Anthony Powell, “A Dance to the Music of Time”. It's got about 12
volumes, I like long novels which go on and on.

FAVOURITE CHEESE? Leerdammer. You can get it in slices (WHY? IS SLICING
BUY GRATED CHEESE! HONESTLY!!!)                                                  17
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CONTACT INFORMATION                                     P R O G R A M M E

The Carlsberg Stadium
Langford Road
Bedfordshire SG18 9JT

Telephone - 07771 994685

For general queries we can be contacted at

For queries relating to sponsorship or marketing we can be contacted at

For issues relating to your purchase of shares or website membership we can be
contacted at

Chief Executive - Gordon Parham
You can contact Gordon at

Company/Club Secretary - Sally Fletcher
You can contact Sally at

Director of Football - Steve Foster
You can contact Steve at

Director of Marketing - Simon Kerfoot
You can contact Simon at

Director of Member Recruitment
You can contact Mike at

Director of Member Recruitment
You can contact Willie at

       Loyalty Above All

Southill Alexander Football Club

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