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A Great Weekend for Stanway Rovers Youth

A Great Weekend for Stanway Rovers Youth

Stanway Rovers Youth Football Club enjoyed a memorable weekend taking part in a number of finals.

Congratulations to the Under 10s ‘Royals’ Girls Team who won the Essex County President’s Cup with a fantastic victory.


Congratulations also to the Boys Under 7 side who won 3-2 in their final against Colchester Villa.


The U12 Boys side were also successful in their final in front of a big crowd at Broad Lane.


The 15’s started a memorable few days for the youth section in beating Elmden 5-3 AET completing an incredible league and cup triple!


BREAKING NEWS – Slatts confirms his first signings – Craig Hughes set to return!!!

Following his appointment as permanent manager this summer, Danny Slatter is delighted to confirm his first signings of the summer.

Firstly Slatts has moved to appoint his Assistant Manager; the vastly experienced Adam Munn.  Adam was previously with Brightlingsea Regent Reserves.  Adam holds a UEFA B Licence and has coached at West Ham United at youth level.

Resigning for next season is last years Managers and Players Player of the Year, Tyler Kemp.  Tyler was club captain last season and enjoyed a fantastic season after rejoining the club.

Returning to the club is midfield meastro Craig Hughes.  Hughesy will need no introduction to the Rovers faithful.  Craig was part of Rovers most successful ever side which finished third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier League and reached the last eight of the F A Vase.   One of the most technically gifted players in the area, the signing will be seen as a big statement of intent by Slatter.  Hughes was with Brantham Athletic last season.

Also joining the club is goal machine Tom Holdstock.  Tom is best known for his goal scoring exploits with F C Clacton and will bring pace and potency to the Rovers attack.

The club would like to warmly welcome all of the new signings to the club and wish them every success in their careers with the club.


Support the Rovers in Gazette Team of the Year competition

It’s been another thrilling season of local non-league football action and The Gazette are now looking to shine the spotlight on our stars of 2018/19.

With the help of Gazette readers, they want to assemble their very own dream team featuring the cream of north Essex talent.

Their non-league team of the year will feature players from any of the senior sides they cover, from National League Braintree Town through to the Thurlow Nunn and Essex Senior Leagues.

Iron players could get the nod or will their headline-grabbers come from Bostik League quartet Brightlingsea Regent, Heybridge Swifts, Maldon and Tiptree or Coggeshall Town?

There have also been some eye-catching performances from step five players, from Thurlow Nunn League premier division pair FC Clacton and Brantham Athletic and our very own Stanway Rovers, of the Essex Senior League.

Voting for players from Thurlow Nunn League first division south – talismen from Halstead Town, Wivenhoe Town, Harwich and Parkeston, Little Oakley, Holland FC, Coggeshall United, Brightlingsea Regent Reserves or Braintree Town Reserves is also allowed.

First they need your nominations, which can be sent to their sports team via their individual Twitter handles – Matt Plummer (@MattPlummer4), Simon Spurgeon (@SimonSpurgeon) and Jonathan Waldron (@JonWaldron1). Alternatively, drop them an email via

Make it clear whether you’re nominating a manager, goalkeeper, full-back, centre-back, winger, midfielder or striker.

When all the names are in, they’ll narrow it down to a shortlist of five for each category and readers will have the chance to back their favourites by voting on the Gazette website (

Then they’ll be close to reaching their all-star non-league XI.

“It’s been another very exciting season,” said sports reporter Matt Plummer.

“Non-league football has a strong following in this part of the world, players give everything for the cause and supporters are just as passionate as those of big professional clubs.

“As a newspaper, it’s something we feel very strongly about and in terms of talent, excitement and raw emotion, it’s a breath of fresh air. A real spectacle.

“That’s why we want to honour and reward this year’s star players – those who have shone for their respective teams – and we can’t wait to see some of the names put forward by our readers.”

Slatts tells The Gazette he sees big potential….

Article by Mark Tuxford as published in  Gazette

NEW Stanway Rovers boss Danny Slatter says he will do everything he can on and off the pitch to put the club back on the local map.

Slatter has the club’s best interests at heart and was recently given the opportunity to steady the ship in the last few games of the season after the sudden departure of the experienced Terry Spillane.

Slatter impressed Rovers chairman Dave Jones enough to then be confirmed as the new manager at The Hawthorns on a permanent basis.

As you would expect, the former Chelsea youth-team product is raring to go in his first managerial role.

“I’m a local lad and I love the club, so it was a no-brainer for me to say yes,” he said.

The club’s need to reconnect with the community, local media and its fans are at the heart of Slatter’s long-term plans for Stanway.

“I’m not here just to manage the team,” he said.

“I want to take the club forward on so many levels, which I love doing because I believe the club has good potential and it’s important to me that we’re all on the same page.

“But I also know that I’m not safe in the job.

“We have to win games to do that.

“Football is a results business at the end of the day.

“If you’re not winning games then you have to change personnel and players.

“I’m surrounded by good people at the club from the chairman and director of football Angelo (Harrop) to the groundsman and those behind the scenes and I’m really grateful for their support.”

Slatter is a popular character around the club, where he made a name for himself for his larger than life persona.

He would often be seen regularly barking out orders to his fellow teammates in his role as a combative, midfield enforcer, captaining the team for several years before moving into the coaching side of the game under his predecessors Harrop and Spillane respectively.

“Obviously I was working with Terry last season as his assistant where I learnt a great deal, as I did under Angelo and Al Drennan a few years back,” he said.

“I think that period in my career will stand me in good stead for what’s to come.”

Slatter has come full circle in his career, starting his footballing obsession training as a schoolboy with the club he now manages.

But there’s been plenty of ups and downs along the way during his eventful playing days, including a spell spent at Chelsea.

“I was at Colchester United as a schoolboy, as well as being part of the FA National School,” he said.

“It was through that I went on trial to Chelsea and ended up signing for them and becoming a professional on my 17th birthday.

“I made the bench three times, once at home to Manchester City, Sunderland away and in the European Cup against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv.

“The atmosphere and experience of it all was second to none.

“But for whatever reason, I never got the opportunity to get onto the pitch.

“They say you need to have that little bit of luck in football.

“I felt I needed ten or 15 minutes to show what I could do but that never came.

“Unfortunately, they didn’t renew my contract when it came up for renewal but the whole experience of it all and playing with world-class players, nobody can take that away from me.”

Slatter then went on trials with Portsmouth, Dundee United and QPR, where he performed well and nearly signed terms.

In the end, decisions were made elsewhere that were out of his control.

“I then became disillusioned with football,” Slatted admitted.

“Having come so close to signing for a professional club and then having setback after setback, it really hit me in the end.”

After a break away from football, Slatter finally returned to the game he adores with spells at Chelmsford City, Welling United, Gravesend and Northfleet, Ebbsfleet Town and Farnborough before returning to his beloved Stanway.

During his time in the game, Slatter has worked with many managers that have their own management style, so what can we expect from Stanway’s main man in the hot-seat?

“I want my players to believe in the process and give it their all,” he said.

“I’m a big believer in man-management and that’s one thing I know I can bring to the role.

“I won’t be shouting at them in a negative way.

“Any criticism will be seen as a positive to achieve better for the football club and themselves.”

With Slatter’s drive and passion being fed through the club from top to bottom, it’s exciting times ahead at The Hawthorns.

“There is no reason why we can’t give it a really good go,” he said.

“I always gave my all as a player for the club and that will be no different as the manager of Stanway Rovers.”

Stanway Rovers – The Place to watch the European Cup Finals on 29 May and 1 June

With Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all reaching the finals it promises to be a historic few days of European Cup Finals for our English teams.

Why not watch the finals at Stanway Rovers on the multiples screens in our members bar enjoying a friendly atmosphere and competitively priced well stocked bar whilst enjoying the company of Kevin, our resident charming Bar Manager.

Live from Baku Arsenal will kick off against Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League Final on Wednesday 29 May at 8pm.

On Saturday 1 June Liverpool will play Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Final at 8pm.   Curry and Rice will be available on the night for you to enjoy.


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Newson busts the Net!

Following the end of the regular season, the first of our Net Busters competitions has now finished.

Congratulations to Rick Newson who claimed the whopping 200 pounds first prize.  A full list of prize winners is available in the Members Bar.

(Pictured above winner Rick Newson with club Vice Chairman and part time model Kevin Mather)

The club would like to sincerely thank all those who entered the competition in this important fund raising initiative.  The club would also link to thank Bob Ritchie who kindly administered the competition.

Stay tuned for further competitions during the 2019-2020 season with even bigger prize money!!

Race Night – Saturday 29 June

Join us on Saturday 29 June for a Race Night on the big screen in the Members Bar

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Doors open at 7pm with the first race due to go under Starters Orders at 8pm.

All the family are welcome.

Horses are now available for owners to purchase priced as just £5 if purchased before the night.

Please see Kevin or Dougal for further details.