Stanway Rovers

A Community Club

Updated Fixtures & Results

03/08/19 Newmarket Town H 15:00 W 2-1
06/08/19 Hadleigh United A 19:45 W 3-2
10/08/19 Hullbridge Sports (FA Cup) A 15:00 W 2-1
17/08/19 Thetford Town H 15:00 W 2-1
21/08/19 Long Melford A 19:45 W 9-1
24/08/19 Tilbury (FA Cup) A 15:00 L   1-3
27/08/19 Whitton United H 19:45 L   0-2
31/08/19 Hoddesdon Town (FA Vase) A 15:00 W 2-1
07/09/19 Ely City A 15:00 D  0-0
10/09/19 FC Clacton (Essex Senior Cup) H 19:45 VOID
14/09/19 Wodson Park (FA Vase) H 15:00 W 7-1
17/09/19 FC Clacton (Essex Senior Cup) H 19:45
21/09/19 Stowmarket Town A 15:00
24/09/19 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves A 19:45
28/09/19 Swaffham Town H 15:00
05/10/19 Godmanchester Rovers H 15:00
12/10/19 Lopes Tavares A 15:00
18/10/19 Hadleigh United H 19:45
25/10/19 Brantham Athletic A 19:45
02/11/19 Gorleston H 15:00
09/11/19 Newmarket Town A 15:00
16/11/19 Woodbridge Town H 15:00
23/11/19 Norwich United H 15:00
30/11/19 Walsham le Willows A 15:00
03/12/19 Brantham Athletic H 19:45
07/12/19 Stowmarket Town H 15:00
14/12/19 Haverhill Rovers A 15:00
21/12/19 Long Melford H 15:00
28/12/19 FC Clacton A 15:00
04/01/20 Mildenhall Town H 15:00
11/01/20 Gorleston A 15:00
18/01/20 Wroxham H 15:00
25/01/20 Godmanchester Rovers A 15:00
08/02/20 Wroxham A 15:00
15/02/20 Ely City H 15:00
22/02/20 Swaffham Town A 15:00
29/02/20 Whitton United A 15:00
07/03/20 Kirkley & Pakefield H 15:00
14/03/20 Mildenhall Town A 15:00
28/03/20 Norwich United A 15:00
04/04/20 Kirkley & Pakefield A 15:00
11/04/20 Woodbridge Town A 15:00
13/04/20 FC Clacton H 15:00
18/04/20 Thetford Town A 15:00
25/04/20 Walsham le Willows H 15:00
TBC Haverhill Rovers H

Rovers drawn away to Lopes Tavares in Buildbase FA Vase 1st Round Proper

Following our outstanding 7-1 victory over Wodson Park on Saturday, the draw for the 1st round proper of the FA Vase took place at Wembley Stadium yesterday (16/9).

Rovers have been drawn away to Lopes Tavares of the Thurlow Nunn First Division South.

Lopes Tavares currently sit 3rd in the table having won all four of their league matches to date.  They have progressed to this stage of the competition following a 2-0 victory against Harwich & Parkeston, and a 3-1 victory against Catholic United in previous rounds.

The tie is due to take place on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Pictured below is Man of Match Jamie Shaw picking up his award after Saturday’s 7-1 victory from our main sponsor T & S Wild Plumbing & Heating.


Hughes tells the Gazette he believes Rovers can become the heartbeat of the Stanway community

Article by Matt Plumber following an exclusive interview with midfielder Craig Hughes as published in The Gazette


STANWAY Rovers joint-assistant boss Craig Hughes hopes the club’s early-season success can help place it at the heart of the community and lure more supporters to The Hawthorns.

Dressed for success: Stanway's successful FA Vase team, pictured before Saturday's 7-1 victory. They are pictured wearing their new kit sponsored by T&S Wild Ltd, who have been key to the club's success on and off the pitch, according to j

Danny Slatter’s men have made a stunning start to the new campaign, winning four of their opening six Thurlow Nunn League matches.

They are through to the first-round proper of the FA Vase, following Saturday’s 7-1 victory against Wodson Park.

And for good measure, they are also still in the Essex Senior Cup and looking forward to a first-round tie at home to neighbours FC Clacton tonight (kick-off 7.45pm). Hughes admits it’s been a dream start but insists no-one is resting on their laurels.

“We’ve given an excellent account of ourselves so far,” said the former Colchester United youngster.

“We couldn’t have asked for more but now it’s about kicking on and going again, given the high standards and expectations we’ve got.

“We’ll never rest on our laurels and know we’re capable of more.

“The new players have gelled really well.

“We’ve brought lads in who can help us be successful at this level and they know the way we want to play.

“They also know what we’re about as a club, in terms of the club’s importance in the area.”

Hughes is a firm believer that his club have a big role to play in the Stanway community.

In addition to their success on the pitch, Rovers are launching their own football academy in 2020.

“We want to get the community involved again, as they were when we were here before,” said Hughes.

“It’s a big community club and if you look at the facilities here, they’re great.

“We’re trying to do things as professionally as we can.

“We want to do things the right way and give these boys the very best opportunity to be successful on the pitch.”

Hughes is focusing heavily on his managerial responsibilities at the moment.

He is still a key player at the club but on the sidelines due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. He is due to have an exploratory operation on October 24.

If the ACL doesn’t need replacing, he could be back by Christmas.

If not, he will spend the rest of this season rehabilitating before making his comeback in 2020.

“At the moment, I’m doing what I need to do to give myself the best chance of a full recovery,” said Hughes.

“Josh Congdon, from Reflex-18 Physiotherapy Clinic, has been a great help during my time in rehab and also around the club.

“I also spoke to (Brightlingsea Regent assistant manager and former Stanway team-mate) Pip (Boyland) shortly after I’d done it in July.

“It was really helpful to speak to someone who’s been through it but is now back playing.

“It’s a hard thing to deal with and any footballer knows this injury is the last one you want to pick up.

“But Pip’s a great guy and his reassurance has really helped.

“He knows my character.

“We both know I’ve got to me patient and I’ll take his advice.

“If I do end up needing it replacing, Pip’s shown that you can still come back and play again.”

The winners of tonight’s Essex Senior Cup match will host West Essex in the second round, on or before September 28.

FA Youth Cup Fixture to take place on Thursday 19 September

Following their superb 2-1 victory against Sawbridgeworth Town in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup, Rovers will play Bowers & Pitsea at The Hawthorns in the First Qualifying Round.

Bowers were 7-1 winners against Cheshunt FC in their preliminary round tie.

The tie will take place on Thursday 19 September.  Kick off is 7.45pm

Please come along and support our talented Under 18 team.


Match Reports

To further enrich the pleasure of supporting Stanway Rovers, we will be endeavoring to provide Match Reports on the website during the course of the season after each game.

A new drop down ‘Match Reports’ has been added to the Main Menu of the website and write ups from our opening two games are now available for Member’s perusal and enjoyment.

Please note all reports are the opinion of the individual contributor and not necessarily the views of the club.


New Match Day Programme launches on Saturday

Rovers are delighted to announce that we will once again be publishing a Match Day programme this coming season.  The 16 page full colour edition will be available for the season opener against Newmarket Town and all following home games, priced at just 1.50. This weeks edition includes exclusive content from Chairman Dave Jones as well as Manager Danny Slatter, and if that is not enough there is even a photo of resident club model Kevin Mather on the front cover.


Essex Senior Cup Draw to take place on Wednesday 31 July

Essex’s Step Five and Six clubs from the Essex Senior and Eastern Senior Leagues will find out who they face in the BBC Essex Senior Cup Preliminary, First and Second Round Draws when they’re broadcast live on Wednesday 31st July from BBC Essex station’s Chelmsford studios.

The draws will take place on the Wednesday Sport show at around 6:20pm and 6:45pm as part of a special preview programme featuring local clubs ahead of the new 2019/20 season. There are 54 sides taking part in the Senior Cup this year, including Southend United and Colchester United, with newcomers Hashtag United entering for the first ever time.

East Thurrock United are the current holders following their 3-1 victory in the final against Chelmsford City in front of 1,822 spectators at Colchester United FC in March. They join the rest of the Football League, National League and Isthmian League teams in a group exempt until Round Three of this year’s competition.

The following clubs will be involved in the Preliminary, First and Second Round Draws: Barkingside, Benfleet, Burnham Ramblers, Coggeshall United, FC Clacton, Fire United Christian, Frenford, Halstead Town, Harwich & Parkeston, Hashtag United, Holland, Ilford, Leyton Athletic, Little Oakley, Lopes Tavares London, May & Baker Eastbrook Community, Newbury Forest, Redbridge, Saffron Walden Town, Southend Manor, Stansted, Stanway Rovers, Takeley, Walthamstow, West Essex, White Ensign, Wivenhoe Town

The following clubs are exempt until the Third Round: Aveley, Barking, Basildon United, Billericay Town, Bowers & Pitsea, Braintree Town, Brentwood Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, Coggeshall Town, Colchester United, Concord Rangers, Dagenham & Redbridge, East Thurrock United, Grays Athletic, Great Wakering Rovers, Harlow Town, Heybridge Swifts, Hornchurch, Hullbridge Sports, Maldon & Tiptree, Romford, Southend United, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey, Witham Town