Godmanchester Rovers

Chairman Karly Hurst
karlsuehurst@hotmail.com 07785 983204
Secretary Richard Cosbey
secretary@godmanchesterroversfc.co.uk 01480 390173
07734 136419
Fixture Secretary Roger Carpenter
rogergrfc@gmail.com 07552 771338
Programme Editor Steve Bengree
rovers@maddogs.co.uk 07967 014507
Manager Ollie Drake
ollie.drake13@gmail.com 07843 276840
GroundThe David Wilson Homes Ground, Godmanchester, Cambs, PE29 2LQ
Midweek Matches – Wednesday
ColoursRoyal Blue Shirts Royal Blue Shorts Royal Blue Socks
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Website https://godmanchesterroversfc.co.uk/
Twitter @GoddyRoversFc

First Team Squad – 2019 – 2020

Ollie Drake – Head Coach

The gaffer is going into his third full season at The Farm, and after winning two cups last season the expectations will only be higher this year. Ollie has a strong idea about how football should be played and the commitment levels he wants from his players.

Steve Drake – Assistant

Mr Motivator. As passionate as anybody about Goddy, Stevo is constantly looking for ways in which he can support the progress of the club, on and off the field. Very popular in the dressing room, the place wouldn’t be the same without him.

Errol McGammon – Assistant

Errol stepped up to Ollie’s assistant last season and made an instant impact, combining his understanding of sports fitness with his understanding of the game. Errol has been around the non-league game for years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the coaching team.

Tom Sweeney – Coach

Joined Goddy having worked alongside the gaffer at various other clubs. Combines his work with the goalkeepers with opposition information and performance analysis. Still looking to complete his UEFA B licence, he has a coaching degree and a developing tactical knowledge about the game.

Kev Nixon – Kit Man

Kitman Kev is exactly the sort of person who makes a non-league club run. If there is a job that Killer hasn’t done we are yet to find it (and if we do he will no doubt have a go). A top bloke and someone you want fighting for you not against you!

Rich Cosbey

U18s manager who has become the link between the youngsters and the senior teams. Goddy man through and through, who was ever present during pre-season. Will be a useful addition to the coaching staff this season!

Paul France

Mr Performance Analysis. Another who has stepped up from the U18s and shown exactly why he brings another dimension to the first team coaching group. Exciting to have Paul on board for the season!

Niall Conroy (GK)

Returned to Goddy last summer after a few seasons in the higher leagues and immediately showed his quality. A season of high quality performances meant that he was one of the first players to be tied down for this season. Big personality in the dressing room.

Reece King

Winger-turned-full-back is another with a fantastic attitude who does everything which is asked of him. Arguably Goddy’s Mr Consistent, Reece has shown good quality in possession on top of his excellent defensive work.

Charlie Bowen

Club captain for the coming season and arguably the best Centre Back in the league. Bones is fully committed to everything he does and has shown his leadership qualities already. Despite being brilliant defensively, he might be best known for his rampaging runs out of defence.

Jake Burton

Came back into the first team fold during the second half of last season and showed that he had something to offer. His whole-hearted performances meant he was quickly trusted in pressure situations.

Tom Spark

Another who played in a variety of positions last season but will be aiming to make a central role his own for the coming season. Sparky has great quality in possession and an ability to glide past players at speed. Will be looking to add more goals and assists to his game.

Mike Hyem

Another who came back from the higher leagues to re-sign for Godmanchester 2 seasons ago. Captained the side last season and showed his experience with a number of important goals and assists. A key member of the Goddy squad, his experience will be vital in helping develop the younger players in the squad this season.

Jack Chandler

Mr Unproven from 2 seasons ago is the biggest success story having stepped up from Hardwick with the gaffer. Over 50 goals from out-wide is an outstanding return and we are delighted that Bingy is returning for a 3rd season.

Austen Diaper

Last season’s Manager’s Player of the Season will want to show the same form again this time around. Incredibly versatile and quality wherever he plays, Austin has exactly the attitude that managers and teammates love.

Ross Munro

Quality in possession, deadly from free kicks and sees things which others don’t, Ross took the chance in pre-season to ensure that he was a permanent fixture in the starting line-up once the season started. Looks to be fitter than we have ever seen him and this could just be his season.

Jonathon Hall

No-nonsense defender re-signed at Goddy after a spell away. Equally adept at left back or in the middle Jonny will quickly show exactly why the gaffer was desperate to get him back at the club.

James Hall

Another who has re-signed for Goddy for this season. Strong, good in the air and with a great left foot, Jimmy is equally adept up front or on the wing. Will be a complete handful to all defenders who come up against him this season.

Arron MkCay

Re-joins after 6 months away from Goddy due to other commitments. Azza can either play at centre back or up front and will be used in both positions during the season. Combines height, speed and ability on the ball which will be a high asset for Goddy.

Cav King

Stepped up from Brampton last season and instantly showed exactly why he should be playing at this level by making one centre back spot his own. Fantastic in the air and improving rapidly with the ball at his feet, Cav is quickly becoming one of Goddy’s most important players.

Harrison Radwell

Stepped up from the u18s at the end of last season, and did enough to be invited in for pre-season. Showed the quality which we knew he had and will be an asset due to his strength and speed. Will be another exciting prospect on either wing for Goddy.

Harry McGreggor

Another new signing for this season, who instantly made an impression during pre-season with some moments of real quality. Once Harry has settled in he could quite easily make the No.10 shirt his own. One to watch.

Tom Lloyd

Stepped up from the reserves at times last season and took a full part in pre-season this year. Showed quality in possession and an improving understanding of his responsibilities without the ball.

Reece White

Another signed for this season who can play anywhere across the back 4. Showed a great attitude during preseason, takes responsibility defensively and comfortable in possession.

Chris Hyem

Mr Godmanchester has been around the club for about as long as anyone can remember, who has done just about everything to get the club to where it is today. When fully fit Chris will be an integral part of the team, with a drive and passion which carries others around him. Can usually be heard shouting at his brother.

Ellis Ogle

Stepped up from Brampton during pre-season and his combination of speed and strength instantly made him an exciting signing. He could well be quicker running with the ball than without, which makes Ellis an incredibly exciting prospect. We can’t wait to see how he goes at this level.

Club Honours

Hunts Senior Challenge Cup

Winners 2014/15 (Godmanchester Rovers 3 Yaxley 0)
Winners 2018/19 (Rovers 6 – St Neots Town 0)

Hunts Junior Cup

Winners 1929/30
Winners 1988/89

Hinchingbrooke Cup

Winners 2018/2019 (Rovers 2 – Pinchbeck Unites 2 [4-2 Penalties])

Mayors Cup

Winners 2019/2020 (Huntingdon Town 0 – Rovers 4)

Eastern Counties Premier Division Highest Position

Premier Division Runners Up 2014/15

Eastern Counties Division One Highest Position

Division One Champions 2011/12

Eastern Counties Premier Division League Cup

Winners 2013/14

Eastern Counties Division One Knockout Cup

Winners 2011/12

Cambridgeshire League

League Cup Winners 1994/5, 1995/6, 1996/97

Furthest FA Cup Round

First Qualifying Round 2009/10

Furthest FA Vase Round

Fourth Round 2018/2019

Highest Recorded Cup Attendance

252 vs Sporting Khalsa, FA Vase Fourth round, 5 January 2019

Highest Recorded League Attendance

170 vs Thetford Town (Saturday 18th April 2012)

Club History

Situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, 16 miles North West of Cambridge, on the A14. Godmanchester is a town, not a village as it was chartered in 1212 and again in 1604. Godmanchester has been inhabited for over 2000 years and was a very important Roman settlement.

Football has been played in Godmanchester since the late 1890’s

Godmanchester Rovers came into existence in 1911, previously playing as Godmanchester Town.

The first recorded mention of the club is from the ‘Cambridge Independent Press’ newspaper dated Friday 26th December 1913 where Godmanchester Rovers had a fixture against St-Ives on Boxing Day.

During the 1928–29 season, when they won the Hunts Junior Cup. They played in the Huntingdonshire League for many years before joining the Cambridgeshire League. They won the Hunts Junior Cup again in 1988–89, and in 1992 were promoted to the top division of the Cambridgeshire League. In 1994–95 they won the League Cup, retaining it for the next two seasons. However, they were relegated to the Senior Division in 2000.

With the club about to move into a new ground, they made a speculative application to join the Eastern Counties League in 2002. Despite being in the second tier of the Cambridgeshire League, the club were successful. They finished bottom of the division in 2004–05, but were not relegated as the league was under strength in terms of numbers. In 2011–12 the club won the Eastern Counties Division One on goal difference to earn promotion to the Premier Division, also winning the Division One Knock-out Cup, defeating Whitton United 1–0 in the final.

In the 2014-15 season the club finished as runners-up in the Premier Division also adding the Hunts Senior Cup to an all-round successful record for the season. At the end of season, Nev Nania, retired from his role as First Team manager and took the position of Football Consultant within the club.

The 2015-16 saw the appointment of Matt Clements as First Team Manager, with Matty Haniver keeping his role as First Team Player Coach. The season ended as the previous season with a second place finish, unbeaten in the last 17 League games.

Before the start of the 2016-17 season Rovers saw the resignation of Matt Clements and the appointment of Adrian Cambridge as First Team coach. At the same time, much of the established first team players moved to different clubs, leaving Aidy Cambridge with the job of rebuilding the first team. Shortly into the new season Matty Haniver, 1st team Player Coach, departed, with his role filled by John Bitting.

After 19 games in charge, Manager Aidy Cambridge and Assistant John Bitting stood down from their roles at the club. The clubs football consultant, Nev Nania took temporary charge for the next home match.

Former Godmanchester Rovers player, Chris Hyem was appointed First Team manager after being released from Histon FC. Hyem started his tenure with five straight wins, rapidly moving the team up the league and well away from the relegation zone. After a brief run of loses and draws over the Christmas and New Year period, Rovers found their stride again and finished in 12th place.

After securing Premiership football for the 2017-2018 season Chris Hyem stood down as manager, electing for a player-assistant role. Ollie Drake was appointed first team manager, fresh from winning the Kershaw League, Premier Division title with Hardwick. Drake will be joined at Rovers by his father Steve.

The 2017-2018 Season was marred with high number of postponed games creating a large backlog of matches to be played, due to severe weather, notably ‘The Beast From The East’ and heavy rain.

Ollie Drakes aim for the 2017-2018 was to build on the progress made by Chris Hyem during 2016-2017 season and secure a mid-table position. The first few months, in Ollie’s own words ‘A little lack luster’ starting with a run of draws and losses both at home and away.

Results started to improve with the return of a number of players that departed at the end of the 2016-2017 season with a run of 7 winning games putting Rovers in 10th position at the start of October.  The next 6 weeks then proved to be a difficult period, losing three premiership games, and knocked out of the Hunts Senior Cup and FA Vase.

Fortune then returned and from Mid-November through to the end of the season, Rovers won 24, drew 1 and lost 6 of their remaining 31 matches landing Roves a 4th place finish in the seasons 24 team league.  This also included a run of 9 games undefeated.

During the season break work was undertaken to add addition drainage to the pitch to elevate potential postponed matches.

Starting this new season, Chris Hyem has stepped down from his assistant manager role to focus on his player role at the club. A majority of the 2017-2018 squad have signed on for a further year with further new signings to further bolster the squad for a promotion push.

Our reserves have appointed Alex Ramos as manager and Stephen Hurst as his assistant. Stephen will also have a role as reserves player.

Godmanchester Rovers is very much a family orientated club and most of the improvements to the facilities have been carried out by the committee, volunteers and friends of the club. 90% of the current first team squad are local lads with seven of them from local families.

The 2018 -19 season sees the club participating in the Thurlow Nunn Premier, Cambs Mead Plant 1B and the Thurlow Nunn Under 18 Youth League.  Additionally, the club has Junior Youth sides between the ages of U7 and U15 playing under the Godmanchester Town FC name.

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