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Dinnington Announce Development Plans

14th June, 2008

Dinnington Town Football Club make great strides this week in their endeavour to bring the club into the big time.

After a great season winning the Northern Counties East League Division One title and securing promotion to the Premier League, Town have kept development plans under wraps until securing final permissions.

In April, Town received approval from CISWO, the ground's owners, to move forward with plans to develop the Phoenix Park Ground.

Immediately, Town's Club Secretary and Development Manager Chris Dearns put together a DTFC Project team.

He said: "After a great season, this news has come just at the right time.

"The club needs to maintain momentum going forward but we were worried our existing facilities would hold the club up as we strive to move up the leagues.

"The club formed in 2000 and from that time we have made a great impact in the Dinnington community.

"The club now boasts 14 teams but have little or no facilities for the Junior teams and limited facilities for the Senior team. We have held the top FA Community Charter for nearly four years and believe it is now our turn to be awarded for our hard work.

"The ?1,000,000 project will provide a clubhouse for all the teams, changing rooms, toilets and disabled facilities.

"It is important we increase the number of pitches for our growing junior section, provide a much needed all weather training pitch and increase security and safety of the site.

"We have put a great Project team together, John and Rayna Cawkwell-Stansfield from Dinnington based CS Surveying & Architectural Design Ltd who will secure planning and detailing the project.

"And, Mindy Davies and Louise Tiderwell from Sports Consultants Plan4Sport will secure the funding.

"Both companies have, in a short time, made inroads into the estimated ?1,000,000 project. Surveys have taken place and feasibility studies are underway."

The club has to raise ?10,000 towards the initial fees, and fund raising is going well with nearly ?6,000 in the bank but more is needed.

Anyone who would like to help with sponsorship or in the development is act to contact Chris Dearns on 07802 542335

He added: "Realistically we are 18 months away from seeing anything concrete but we are really excited and will do every thing to make this a success."

(Story Source: Dinnington Town)

Dinnington Are Division One Champions

31st March, 2008

Congratulations to Dinnington Town who were crowned Division One champions at the weekend.

Knowing that they needed three points from any of their final six matches, they got what they needed with a 2-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic on Saturday.

The vital goals came from Grant Allott and Ant Lynam, his fourtieth of the season.

The victory put them thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Rainworth Miners Welfare, and their title triumph is greatly deserved after only being beaten once in the league all season.

Steve Toyne's side will be hoping to secure a double as they go for a place in the Final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup tomorrow night at home to Worksop Town.

That is followed by a trip on Sunday to Scarborough Athletic with a great number of Dinnington supporters expected to make the trip to the Queensgate Stadium to celebrate the Championship triumph.

All at the NCEL congratulate Dinnington on their achievement.

FA Top Award Extended For Dinnington

14th February, 2008

Dinnington Town have been granted an extension to a top Football Association award they were given in 2005.

The Phoenix Park outfit were handed the FA Charter Standard at Community Club Status as part of a national scheme that focusses on placing clubs at the heart of their community.

The status runs for three years and, over the last few months, the club have been working towards renewal of the award.

Yesterday, Club Secretary Chris Dearns met with Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA Official Marc Birkett who has approved the documentation to renew it for another three years.

The application has been sent to the FA for full accreditation.

Birkett said: "On behalf of the Charter Standard Committee, congratulations, and we look forward to working with you for another three years."

Dearns added: "It was a great achievement getting the FA award in 2005 and now, to get the approval for a further three years, it shows the club has not slackened in their efforts to play the game of football at the highest of standards.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club who have helped me and have taken valuable time out of their busy lives to attain their FA qualifications and for the time they spend with our young players over the season.

"This gives us comfort that the children involved at our club are looked after in the correct way and their welfare is paramount before anything else.

"A special mention and thanks must go to the club's Child Protection Officer, Anita White, and Junior Club Secretary, Zoe Lowe, who spend their own valuable time making sure all our volunteers attend the courses and update their qualifications when required."

The club will be hoping this achievement will help them gain funding in the near future when they look to provide facilities they need and surely deserve.

(Story Source: Dinnington Town)

Williams Forced To Retire

15th December, 2007

Veteran Dinnington Town midfielder Michael Williams has decided to hang up his boots.

The 38-year-old ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley player has had a recurring knee injury that has been difficult to shake off.

He had also recently moved to Bradford to take up a post as Community Football Coach so his injury and working on Saturdays has made it difficult for him to turn out for the NCEL Division One side recently.

Club Secretary Chris Dearns said: "Michael will be sadly missed.

"I remember his days on the wing at Sheffield Wednesday with great pleasure and we couldn't believe it when he came to sign for us four years ago.

"He played a controlling central midfield role for us and was a major factor in our promotion the the Northern Counties East League two years ago.

"His encouragement to the younger players was invaluable and his dressing room humour will be sorely missed."

(Story Source: Dinnington Town)

Toyne Urges Backers To Come Forward

29th November, 2007

Dinnington Town manager Steve Toyne is appealing for sponsors to help to improve the club's 'desperate' financial situation.

Despite the team's stirring FA Cup run, when big crowds brought in much-needed revenue, the club's coffers have dwindled due to a lack of sponsorship and low attendances.

Toyne had hoped that the club's high-profile success in the FA Cup would bring new fans through the gates of Phoenix Park.

But, since 13th October when 518 people watched them crash out of the competition, the attendance figures for home games have peaked at a lowly 87.

The Dinnington boss said: "We're looking for sponsors to get involved. We're a well-run, successful club and we need people to get behind the club financially."

The club has a thriving junior section, which caters for children in the local area, but Toyne believes it could all be in jeopardy if the financial situation does not improve.

He said: "The juniors always manage to get sponsorship, but the first team don't, and if there's no first team the club will fold like a pack of cards.

"If it wasn't for the FA Cup run we would have big problems."

On the field, Toyne has steered his side to a position where wins in their games in hand could see them get into the top two of Division One.

(Story Source: Dinnington Guardian)

Floodlight Problems Identified

3rd October, 2007

The cause of a recent fault to the floodlights at Dinnington Town's Phoenix Park has been discovered.

It has been found that work outside the ground three weeks ago damaged a service cable.

The location of the fault has been identified and repairs should be complete this week in time for next Wednesday night's Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup First Round tie with Central Midlands side, Yorkshire Main.

(Story Source: Dinnington Town)

All-NCEL Tie Kicks Off FA Cup

20th August, 2007

Dinnington Town's home FA Cup clash with NCEL rivals Maltby Main was named as the Tie Of The Round by the Football Association.

That meant it was brought forward to a Friday evening game and kicked-off at 7.30 so that it would officially get the competition underway.

Sky Sports cameras were there to capture the moment and the FA Cup itself was on display at Phoenix Park.

622 people turned up to the match that saw Maltby Main take the lead just after the half-hour mark through Ashley Longstaff.

But, the home side recovered and went through with a 2-1 victory after strikes from Kieran Gallagher and Ant Lynam in the last twenty minutes.

All-NCEL FA Cup Clash Is Tie Of The Round

5th August, 2007

Dinnington Town have been told by the FA that the FA Cup tie with Maltby Main is to be the featured game of the Extra Preliminary Round.

Club Secretary Chris Dearns said: "The club is over the moon to get this chance in our first entry in the FA Cup against local rivals Maltby Main from the Premier Division.

"To get the chance to even play in the FA Cup is quite an achievement for the club when you consider all the hard work that has gone into the ground over the last few years to allow progress into the Northern Counties East League.

"It is also a coincidence that this is the Centenary Year for Dinnington football.

"In 1908, Dinnington Colliery played the first football on our ground, so a thank you must go to the miners for giving us this opportunity.

"The details of the event will be made clearer on Monday but we do know that the local press and TV will be at the ground and Sky Sports will be on hand to take interviews and film the game.

"The FA Cup will also be on hand under strict guard but there will be an opportunity for the local supporters to get a close look and get photos.

"We hope that this game will put both Dinnington Town and Maltby Main in the spotlight to show local football fans they don't have to pay a fortune to see a good standard of football."

The match at Dinnington's Phoenix Park ground takes place at 7.45pm on Friday 17th August, admission ?4.

(Story Source: Dinnington Town)

Town Welcome Big Three In Pre-Season

22nd June, 2007

Dinnington Town host three of the biggest clubs in the area and make their debut in the oldest cup competition in the world in what promises to be an exciting start to the season.

Dinnington play cross-city rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United and also entertain Rotherham United in a game where the proceeds go to charity.

And on Saturday 18th August, Town make their bow in the FA Cup, the first time the Phoenix Park club have ever been entered in the grand old competition.

Manager Steve Toyne said: "We are awaiting the draw for the FA Cup with great interest. It's a very exciting time for this football club."

The friendlies with the three Football League clubs are the only home dates the Northern Counties East League club have.

A Sheffield Wednesday XI visit Phoenix Park on Tuesday 31st July, kick-off 7pm.

Rotherham United are the visitors on Tuesday 7th August (7pm).

This match is in aid of charity with the proceeds split between Bluebell Wood and the Dinnington Resource Centre.

And a Sheffield United side travel to Dinnington on Monday 13th August (7.30pm), just two days after the NCEL Division One campaign kicks-off.

A delighted Toyne said: "Three home fixtures against three league clubs shows the strides we have made in recent years.

"It shows that we are a force in non-league football and not just a Sunday league team."

Dinnington's star striker Liam Cartledge is making steady progress after suffering a fractured skull at the end of last season. He is currently in light training but will not be fit for the start of the season.

Pre-season training begins on Monday 2nd July and Dinnington's first friendly ? one of six scheduled away warm-ups ? is at Alfreton Town on Thursday 5th July.

(Story Source: Dinnington Today)


NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 38 91 79
P 2 Glapwell 38 78 48
3 Pickering Town 38 73 26
4 Liversedge 38 68 32
5 Nostell MW 38 64 17
6 Hallam 38 62 13
7 Selby Town 38 60 24
8 Parkgate 38 58 26
9 Armthorpe Welfare 38 58 4
10 Arnold Town 38 56 5
11 Eccleshill United 38 50 -17
12 Long Eaton United 38 49 -15
13 Brodsworth Welf (-2) 38 45 -30
14 Mickleover Spts 38 43 -20
15 Shirebrook Town 38 42 -25
16 Thackley 38 40 -21
17 Sth Normanton (-3) 38 39 -21
18 Maltby Main 38 36 -20
19 Lincoln Moorlands 38 33 -30
R 20 Glasshoughton Welf 38 18 -75
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Dinnington Town 32 78 48
P 2 Hall Road Rangers 32 67 23
3 Bottesford Town 32 62 22
4 Rainworth MW 32 57 22
5 Scarborough Ath (-6) 32 55 35
6 Gedling Town 32 55 25
7 Leeds Carnegie 32 55 22
8 Staveley MW 32 46 -4
9 Barton Town Old Boys (-3) 32 45 20
10 Teversal 32 42 -8
11 AFC Emley 32 38 -7
12 Tadcaster Albion 32 34 -18
13 Borrowash Victoria 32 30 -27
14 Yorkshire Amateur 32 29 -30
15 Worsbrough Bridge 32 27 -27
16 Rossington Main 32 24 -40
17 Pontefract Collieries 32 9 -56

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