Pre-season training underway for Blues

Dean Holdsworth’s aquad kicked off pre-season training at The Brentwood Centre on Tuesday evening. Thirteen of last season's squad have already signed for Blues and there are nine new names that have now signed for the new season. So on the first night of training, there were some new and some old faces but Dean was pleased to welcome on board Mitch Hahn, Liam Hope, Nick Symons, Dave Collins, Matthew Gill, Ritchie Jones, Tim Pitman, Sam Lechmere and Jordan Holdsworth. Dean described the intense session as very promising and is looking forward to working the squad hard in readiness for Blues start of the season in their newly-promoted Ryman Premier status.

Pre-Season matches

The following home pre-season matches have so far been arranged:

Wednesday July 8th – Dagenham & Redbridge

Tuesday July 14th – Colchester United

Tuesday July 21st – Southend United

Saturday July 25th Witham Town

Saturday August 1st Harlow Town

First team coaching appointments

Brentwood Town’s new Director of Football and first team Manager, Dean Holdsworth, has announced that Paul Hilton and Tarkan Mustafa have agreed to join the coaching staff at the club.

“This is excellent news for the club.” said Holdsworth. “Paul Hilton has great experience in playing football and coaching with players from all divisions. Tarkan has also played football to a high level and is extremely professional. He wants to take a step into coaching and get educated in management and he will be an excellent addition who will relate to the players very well.

“We know we have a big task in front of us and the staff will be just as important as the players. We will build a great team spirit together. “


Joint managers, Adam Flanagan and Danny Dafter, have left Brentwood Town FC.

The joint managers, who took the Club from the lower half of the Ryman Isthmian League Division One North to the Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division via play-off wins against AFC Sudbury and Thurrock FC, are going their separate ways.

Danny adopted the role of player/joint manager and has enjoyed a run in the team this season but has struggled to retain full fitness from game to game. Danny has been on the scene at Brentwood Town for a decade and has enjoyed playing into his 30s but knew this would be his last season as a Player and has now “hung up his boots”.

Adam came in to a joint manager position with Danny the season before last and this was his first venture into management although he had been involved in coaching roles at other local clubs at this level. Adam moves onwards and upwards to manage Vanarama South side Concord Rangers following the departure of their manager, Danny Cowley, to Braintree Town.

Brentwood Town FC are indebted to these two young managers who took on a difficult job and achieved well beyond expectations. Charged with the emphasis of promoting local youth, the joint managers took on that challenge and there were very high percentages of local youth and ex-youth players regularly featuring and later dominating the team sheet. Under the guidance of the joint managers, this young squad flourished and, despite a slight dip in form in the closing weeks of the season, raised their game in the 5–0 second half win against Thurrock in the play-off Final last weekend.

All at Brentwood Town FC wish Adam success at Concord and Danny a satisfying “retirement” from the game – although we all expect he will return to his passion at some stage.

The Club have been inundated with interest for the vacant manager’s post and remain open-minded at present. Applications are invited. Interested parties should forward their CVS to the Club Secretary, Ray Stevens, at or by post to 59 Slewins Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 2BZ.

Brentwood Town Youth season 2015/16

We are currently seeking players in all positions to join our existing squads in preparation for next season. If you would like join us for some training sessions with a view to trialling at a later date, please contact us at the email address below for the relevant age group with a brief history of your playing career along with your age and preferred position.

Brentwood Town’s youth policy provides a path of progression from youth to senior first team football in the Ryman League with 9 current first team players having played for Brentwood Town youth. You will be coached by a UEFA A licence coach.

SEASON 2015/16

U13 - current year 7 -

U14 - current year 8 -

U15 - current year 9 -

U16 - current year 10 -

U17 - current year 11 -

U18 - current year 11 + 12 -

U21 - current year 11 upwards -

Brentwood Town clinch history making promotion with Thurrock thrashing

Sunday 3rd May
By Martin Voller

(Photos by the Brentwood Gazette)

Brentwood Town will compete in the Ryman Premier Division for the very first time after a comprehensive 5-0 victory over 10-man Thurrock in the Ryman North play-off final.

After a goalless first half, Brentwood blew their local rivals away with four goals in the first 19 minutes.

Alex Akrofi put the Blues in the driving seat with two fine finishes before he completed a 13-minute hat-trick from the spot after Thurrock’s Aaron Waters saw red for a clumsy challenge on the striker.

Robbie Rees added Brentwood’s fourth before Sherwin Stanley completed the scoring in front of a crowd of 763 at The Arena.

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