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FOBG Crowdfunding Project - latest update

Day 11 of 42.

A massive Thank you to Britain's Oldest Brewer Shepherd Neame (£1,000) and former player Duncan Ainsby (£1,050) who pledged directly into the club's account bringing our grand total to £4,500 of our £7,000 target!!!!! An incredible effort by all those involved in raising awareness of the Guild's plight!!!!

Thank you so much for your support!!!! We have some fundraising efforts due to take place at our presentation on Saturday 4 June and a curry night on Tuesday 14 June at the Village Cuisine - please email the club to secure your seat(s).

Please keep spreading the word. We can't get lazy! It requires everybody raising the awareness of this critical project to keep the pot growing!!!

We will need help from the corporate world - sponsorship deals available!

The News Shopper has caught wind of our campaign...take a look HERE.

Below is a picture of what the new dressing rooms would look like if we reach our target:

Dressing toom mockup


FOBG Cobra & Curry Fundraising Evening

The next FOBG Fundraising Cobra & Curry Evening will take place on Tuesday 14th June from 8.15pm at Village Cuisine, High Street, Farnborough Village.

The event will follow the same format as previous evenings with a set menu including a small Cobra served buffet style so plenty to eat. The price will be £25 per head which will be split between the club and the restaurant and additional beers need to be paid for on the night.

All club profits from the evening will go towards our Crowdfunding project for the dressing rooms refurb.

This event is open to all associated with the club so can you inform Roger French or email the club if you are intending to go in order to secure one of the limited 38 places on offer. 

Pitch works update

Bourne Amenity have started work on our two pitches.

  • The main pitch has been verti drained (spiked and aerated);
  • The top pitch has been taped off;
  • Plant machinery has been delivered;
  • Grass and vegetation is dying back;
  • Existing drainage channels have been located and marked out.
Top pitch Plant machinery ready to go


Weekend round-up

Just the one league match played last weekend.

The Fourth XI beat River Plate 4-2 in a home match with Nick Pitt (2), Jamie Spiteri, Kane Allen and Alex Barnes on the scoresheet for FOBG.

The Fourth XI bring down the curtain on another Guild season on Wednesday 25 May when they play away to Eden Park Rangers at Coney Hall FC, kick off 6.45pm.

Congratulations Luke and Rachel!

Congratulations to First XI co-manager Luke Johnson and his wife Rachel, who gave birth to Sophia Grace at ten past midnight on Tuesday 17 May.

Sophia Grace weighed in at 6lb 7oz.

Mother and baby Lioness are doing well.

p.s. you have to admire the timing, 10 days after Luke retired as manager!



Our First XI were crowned Champions of the Kent County League Division One West on Saturday 7 May.  

Since that day's dramatic events, the League have confirmed that unless we update our changing facilities over the next two months, the club, players and fans will not be rewarded for their hard work this season with promotion into the Premier Division of the Kent County League.

We urgently need to raise £7,000 to cover the required changes to the WCs and showering facilities in particular.

We have set up a Crowdfunding project at 

Please take a minute to visit the page and get more details.

Any small contribution you could make, added to other donations, could make all the difference and help to place the Guild in its correct position on the non-league pyramid, enabling the club as a whole to progress.

Feel free to forward to friends and family!

Thanks from all at the Guild; you can visit us at


The First XI drew 1-1 with title rivals Peckham Town at Farrow Fields on Saturday 7 May, thus earning the point required to win the NRG Kent County League Division 1 West championship.  Peckham needed to win to snatch the title themselves.

Lee Friend's 50th minute goal cancelled out the visitors' 40th minute strike in a match of few chances.

Commiserations to Peckham who played a full part in an entertaining match.

Major pitch works at Farrow Fields

You may not be aware that we are undertaking substantial work on our two pitches starting this week. 

We have contracted Bourne Amenity of Newenden, Kent to renovate the top pitch, with the emphasis on improving surface drainage, including levelling and re-seeding.  In addition, Bourne will be addressing some of the most pressing problems we have had with the main pitch.

The decision to concentrate our resources on the top pitch rather than the main one reflects its poorer structural condition due largely to its previous life as a cricket pitch; with a little further work on the main pitch we should have two pitches of excellent standard over the coming seasons.

This project has been funded following a successful application submitted to the Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust for a £15,000 grant in October 2015 by Senior Vets co-manager Roger French.

The top pitch will be completely resurfaced incorporating 200 tonnes of red sand to allow rainwater to reach the existing drainage and leave us with a levelled, reseeded pitch come the start of next season. Bourne Amenity will also carry out repairs to the main pitch to include top dressing and overseeding.

Following the works, we will need volunteers over the summer to help with irrigation of the two pitches – watch this space!

The planned schedule of works over the next few weeks is:

Top Pitch

11th May – spray off existing vegetation on top pitch with a glyphosate application;

17th May to 18th May – fence off site with orange barrier fencing, de-cap existing drainage channels and replace with coarse red sand;

19th May – power harrow the existing playing surface;                    

20th May – tractor and box grade to gain an even surface;

21st May to 24th May – spread 200 tonnes of coarse red sand over the entire playing surface;

25th May – seed bed preparation to include rotary cultivation and stone removal;

26th May – box grade the surface once more;

27th May – apply fertiliser and new sports pitch seed drilled in two directions;

28th May to 31st May – find existing main carrier pipe and install new exit pipe out of banks and dig out ditch at the bottom of top banking.

Main Pitch

11th May – apply a selective herbicide and liquid fertiliser to the pitch;

24th May – top dress the pitch with 60 tonnes of washed sports sand and drag in several directions concentrating on dipped areas;

27th May – pre-seed fertilise with 20-10-10 fertiliser at 35gms using 10 bags;

28th May – overseed in two directions using 11 bags of Bourne Football renovation mix.

Training finished

Club training has now finished for the season.

Please keep an eye on the website for news of summer / pre-season training.

New players are welcome to attend.

FOBG Club Clothing

The Club in conjunction with Winston Sports have commissioned a range of FOBG clothing incorporating the club badge and optional name or initials. The price range is as shown below and if you are interested in purchasing any item please contact Roger French, Senior Vets co-manager, or email the club giving details of item required, size and initials to be added if desired.

FOBG Club Clothing
Scarves (NEW - 2 designs available) £10.00
Sweatshirts £17.00
Hoodies £19.00
Full zip hoodies £21.00
Rain jackets £27.00
Rain trousers £19.00
Polo Shirts £16.00
Beanie £8.00
T-shirts £11.00
Add initials £4.00
Add name £6.00
Size Guide XS S M L XL
Sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts 36 38 40 42-44 46
Rain jackets - 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48


Disciplinary and Match Day Fines

Every player that registers to play league/cup football for Farnborough Old Boys Guild (FOBG) agrees to abide by the rules of not only the club but of the league that they play in. As a result players will be responsible for the payment of any disciplinary fines arising during matches played.

Once a fine has been officially notified to the club the appropriate team manager and the player concerned will be notified by email and/or text msg. The player will then have 14 days to settle the balance with the club treasurer.
If payment is not made by the end of this period the player concerned will be asked to submit a written explanation to detailing why payment has not been made. This will be reviewed by the Management Committee at the next available monthly meeting and an appropriate decision will be made to resolve payment.
If no written explanation is provided by the player by the next available Committee meeting or the player persists in non-payment then the Management Committee will consider suspending the player from playing for FOBG until part or full payment has been received.

Games played
Wednesday 25th May 2016

Bromley League
Premier Division
Eden Park Rangers
- Fourth XI

Games played
Sunday 22nd May 2016

Sunday XI
- No fixture

Sunday Res.
- No fixture

Young Vets XI
- No fixture

Senior Vets XI
- No fixture

Games played
Saturday 21st May 2016

First XI
- No fixture

- No fixture

Third XI
- No fixture
Bromley League
Premier Division
Fourth XI
Nick Pitt 2, Jamie Spiteri, Kane Allen, Alex Barnes
5 - 2 Ten Em Bee

Fixtures for
Wednesday 25th May 2016

Fourth XI v.
Eden Park Rangers
Away at: 
Coney Hall FC, Tie Pigs Lane, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9BT
Comp:  Bromley League
Premier Division
Kick off:  6:45pm Meet:   5:30pm
Referee: J. Bradbury

Fixtures for
Saturday 28th May 2016

Reserves v.

Third XI v.

Fourth XI v.
To be advised

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