Friendly Fixtures April/May 2021

Bedworth United will be participating in the following friendlies during April and May currently these fixtures will be held behind closed doors but should guidance change then we will inform you.

17th April 2021 – TIVIDALE (H)

24th April 2021– Tividale (A)

1st May 2021– HALESOWEN (H)

8th May 2021– Halesowen (A)

Dates for new season

Season 2021/22

Excitement mounts as dates for the new season are announced.

Subject to FA Council ratifying the FA Alliance Committee decision to ‘curtail’ the 2020/21 season when it meets on Thursday, 18th March, the Board of the Pitching In Southern Football League has decided that the 2021/22 season will commence on Saturday, 14th August 2021 for all four divisions.

The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round is scheduled to take place on Saturday 7th August, with the Preliminary Round on Saturday, 21st August.

Statement on first team season

An update on Steps 3-6 of the NLS
The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have now considered the large amount of dataand information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week. Submissions were made by 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4, and 95.8% of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. We would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone.

The results of the survey showed that over 76% of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April 2021. During this process, taking into account views of clubs and leagues it was decided that extending the 2020-21 league season beyond the end of May 2021 would not be a viable
option. This was due to various considerations, including the financial implications for many clubs, player contracts and the extent of the fixture scheduling issues caused by the national lockdown and various postponements which had resulted in there being 81% of matches left
to complete for Steps 3 and 4, and 75% at Steps 5 and 6.

Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which continues to adversely affect incomes for clubs due to restrictions on both spectators and hospitality, The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have reached a consensus that subject to the approval of FA Council, the 2020-21 league season for Steps 3-6 of the NLS should be curtailed with immediate effect, with no further league matches taking place this season.

The Committees will now present their collective recommendations to The FA Council for ratification.
It has also been decided that subject to FA Council’s decision regarding the curtailment of the season at Steps 3 to 6, both committees will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the NLS, which was previously agreed and has been on hold since the 2019-20 season. A further update on this will be provided in due course.

Statement from The FA

Step 3 to 6 NLS Survey update


The FA would like to provide an update in relation to the recent survey sent to clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System.

Submissions were made by 99.1% of clubs at Steps 3 and 4 and 95.8% of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. The FA would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses at what we appreciate it an incredibly challenging time for everyone.

The FA’s Alliance & Leagues Committees now have a large amount of data and information to consider before determining a proposed  way forward. Ultimately any proposal made by the committees will be put to FA Council for consideration. FA Council will then make any final decision on a way forward.

The Alliance and Leagues Committees recognise the desire for clubs to be updated whilst these issues are being carefully considered . Therefore, both Committees commit to providing updates to Leagues and Clubs as the process progresses; and remain mindful of the difficulties faced by clubs at present.

Further information will follow in due course.

BUFC Statement regarding The OVAL

Following the recent decisions made by the Government and Leagues in our area.

We have looked at the demographic of the users of The OVAL and its obvious we have a number of players and/or coaching staff that live in Coventry or Leicestershire.

As a result the club have decided to close the facilities at The Oval, except for the College Course which comes under the Department for Education and has different legislation under Tier 4 requirements.

This decision has been made for a number of reasons including the management of which players can and cannot train, the fairness of us continuing for some players/teams and not being able to for others and the management of finances.

We also have a duty of care to our staff and volunteers and whether we would be acting as a responsible employer by asking these people to have to attend the stadium in the current climate.

We will be keeping the position under continual review and when any changes are made to the Tier that this area is in or any changes to the rules within each Tier we will look at this decision again.

You will be kept up to date of any developments as soon as they are received by the club. 

Board of Directors


Club get a new goalkeeping coach

Bedworth United are pleased to announce that Lucas Bailey has been appointed as the clubs goalkeeping coach,  Lucas will work with the First Team, U21, Youth and Juniors he will also be heavily involved with the Academy and will be looking at the progression of the clubs goalkeepers from junior up to the first team.

Lucas  holds a wealth of coaching qualifications including a UEFA B coaching in Goalkeeping, he has previously been the Academy goalkeeper coach at Coventry City FC, Lead goalkeeping coach at Strachan football foundation he is currently the lead goalkeeping coach at Leicester City ladies RTC and will continue this role in line with his new role here at Bedworth United.  Lucas has also worked with professional goalkeepers at international level with Wales U18s and U21s.

Lucas will be running the juniors sessions on a Monday starting on Monday 4th January 2021 with a new timing of 5.30 to 7pm.  As previously all of Bedworth United’s junior goalkeepers are welcome to attend and the sessions will be free of charge to players signed to Bedworth United.

Message from the Manager

Seasons greetings to everyone at and connected with BUFC

It has been a strange season so far and I think we are all wondering if we will ever get back to any kind of normality and finish the season off. The players have shown a growing togetherness and buckets full of character during the first quarter of the season. We have had some great comebacks, with lots of goals gaining valuable points, which see us sitting joint top. In saying all that I still feel we have not got going yet and our usual strength which history shows is that we get stronger as the season continues. But it is going to be very difficult to get that momentum, confidence and style of play back instantaneously when we hopefully restart in 2021 There are so many facets in making a team click and these take time to in still into players. Fitness, focus, attitude, tactical awareness, game management, positive attitude, stress levels, unselfishness, communication mentality and the will to win are all facets and then you have players individual issues to contend with on top. Management is not easy and I am blessed that I have great people around me in Andy Penny, Jamie Lenton, Mark Albrighton and Sarah, our physio. I am not always correct in my personal thoughts with players and formations, but most football fans think they know better for their team without any facts, issues and they just see 90 minutes, but there is so much more to it. This is where we are very fortunate with such a wealth of experience and knowledge with the non-playing staff at the football club.

As we seem to be on a dormant front on the playing side because of the pandemic, planning on the development side of the club is still continuing. When I became manger back in December 2013, I was promised that the club would progress and improve. Neill (Chairman) and the board have kept their word and 7 years down the line the difference is quite amazing. They do the job voluntary. spending a lot of their personal time ensuring the club runs smoothly. Many people are quite ignorant of the fact that we are a non-profit making organisation. So, comments like the football club are ‘raking it in’ and that we are a ‘greedy’ football club could not be further from the truth. Non profit-making means that every penny made by the club will go back into our community club wherever the money may be needed and no body whatsoever can take a penny away. This ignorance frustrates me as running a football club is very difficult and costly. As you can probably see the board have created a great environment for the community to enjoy with further developments in hand too.

Off the pitch things that have been developed in my tenure are; car park, clubhouse toilets, VEO coaching camera, mini bus, classroom, mini grass floodlit pitch, terrace stand roofing, the brand-new modern clubhouse and of course the 3G pitch.

On the pitch the tots, junior section, disability football, women’s’ and girl’s sections have all developed well during this period too, as has the youth team, under 21s and the first team. We now have 30+ teams enjoying what we have to offer, as well as the new popular football education programme that will push the club forward again with even more clear progression routes for those players that are more serious about their football. With any form of progress and development there will be changes to come, so please be open to keep improving this non-profit making club.

I would also, finally like to thank all the volunteers (you know who you are) that make the club tick over. So many to mention but all vital and all part of our Bedworth United FC family.

Try and have a good Xmas and see you soon hopefully.       

Stuart Storer

Fixture Change


Friendly fixtures

With the league campaign halted Bedworth United will be facing off against Stratford Town in a double header over the Christmas break with a match at The OVAL on Tuesday 29th December kicking off at 7.30pm and the reverse match on the 2nd January Away at Stratford.

Admission on the 29th will be £5 with season tickets honoured

In Memory of a True Greenback

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of fellow director and life member John Roberts this morning.

John was instrumental in implementing the procedures for the clubs new community status. His  Knowledge and attention  to detail in writing up the operating manuals was first class. Without his help and guidance the club would not be in the position we are today

John also served as the club physiotherapist for many years and will be fondly remembered by many past players he helped over the years.

John will be missed by all the Bedworth United Family.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to John’s wife Sue at this sad time

Neill Rayson-Randle