Buildbase FA Vase Draw for Ebac Norther League Teams

Saturday 11 November 2017 Second Round Proper
Kick Off No. Home Away
1 Stockton Town VS Bootle
2 North Shields VS Knaresborough Town_
3 Dunston UTS VS Worksop Town
4 AFC Darwen / Marske VS Shildon
5 Sunderland Ryhope CW VS City of Liverpool
6 1874 Northwich_ VS Tow Law Town
7 Hall Road Rangers VS Pontefract Collieries
8 West Auckland Town VS Billingham Town
9 Team Northumbria / Runcorn L VS Sunderland RCA
10 Ashton Ath / Liversedge VS Morpeth Town
11 Bedlington Terriers VS Newcastle Benfield
12 Thornaby VS Whitley Bay

Sponsor waves flag at UEFA HQ

Members of our Home Kit and main sponsor Unite the Union @ Nissan were attending an annual meeting at Nissan Headquarters at Rolle, Switzerland. There they were invited to for a tour of the UEFA HQ in Nyon.

While on the tour, they couldn’t help a photo opportunity with a Washington home kit inform of predominant UEFA trophies.

Pictured above (from left to right) are Paul Coz, Unite the Union at Nissan Sunderland; Tony Murphy, Unite the Union National Officer for the Automotive Industry and Martin Lydon, Unite Convenor at Nissan Sunderland.

We could not be prouder to have a sponsor and club partner as driven and committed to the success of the club.

 

If you have any information or queries on Unite the Union, please visit their website

www.unitetheunion.org

Waahington FC vs Penrith AFC – Match Preview

Washington FC v Penrith AFC
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Saturday 7th October 2017 Kick Off 3pm
Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex

 

Washington FC welcome visiting Cumbrians, Penrith AFC, to Nissan on Saturday afternoon with both teams finding themselves at the foot of the table. Just two points separate the sides going into Saturday’s fixture although, having only just completed the first quarter of the season, it may just be too early to be considered definitive.

Washington go into Saturday on the back of a one-all draw away to Whitley Bay, a game they were leading from the first minute until almost the last, when Whitley Bay’s Scott Jasper denied the Mechanics their first away win of the season. In the following few days, Washington have generated some outside attention with the signing of former Wigan Athletic, Spurs and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda, who was in attendance at Whitley Bay to support his new club.

The signing has been described by manager James Clark as a real “sign of intent” on the club’s part. Having received the clearances needed to play, Chimbonda is free to make his debut against Penrith.

The Mechanics have been enjoying a good run of form in the league of late, having picked up four points from their last three games. In contrast, Penrith have suffered five consecutive defeats in all competitions, conceding eighteen goals. Washington will be looking to build on their recent momentum, hoping that the acquisition of a former League Cup winner can provide the extra boost needed to begin climbing up the league table.

Chimbonda follows a string of new signings made by Clark, who stated that business at the club was certainly “slowing down” but did not completely rule out the possibility of further additions to his squad stating;
“If there’s somebody who comes up who can improve the squad then I’m always interested.”

Clark went on to praise the support and backing of the club’s board, saying;

“they have supported everything I’ve wanted to do.”

As the bolstered squad begins to take shape, Washington will be aiming for all three points and their second win of the league campaign.

 

Be sure to arrive early. Gates open from 1pm

– Liam Kendal

Club Statement – Pascal Chimbonda

Bienvenue, Pascal!

Washington FC welcomes their new signing, former Tottenham, Sunderland and Wigan  defender Pascal Chimbonda to the club. The signing has been described by Washington manager, James Clark, as a real ‘statement of intent’ by the club.

Chimbonda had been in attendance to see Washington’s 1-1 draw away to Whitley Bay on Tuesday night and his signing was completed two days later. We caught up with Pascal shortly after he signed on the dotted line to welcome him to the club and ask both Chimbonda and Clark some questions on Pascal’s new role with the Mechanics.

 

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing.  I spoke with the manager and we had a good chat and we started from there.

I think the team need more character, like when you’re winning one-nil and there’s three or four minutes of extra time you have to be solid and don’t concede a goal. So I think we have to learn about this and I think the more you play games the more confidence is coming and the players are more focussed on the football pitch.

 I never stopped playing. I’ve always been a part of the football, always training myself or training with a team. It’s going to be good to play a proper game, a normal game and we’ll see where we come from; if I play or sit on the bench with the manager, we’ll see.”

The signing comes after weeks of hard work by Mechanics Manager Clark and when the Committee were given the opportunity to bring in a play of Chimbonda’s quality they gave Clark their full support.

 

Clark said on his new addition

“It came through a third-party contact. We’ve had associates that we’ve known for a long time so when the opportunity came up to sign Pascal it was something I couldn’t turn down.

Since the start with the new board they’ve looked to help me as much as possible and support everything I’ve wanted to do and this really is a statement of intent for the league from Washington.

He [Pascal] has come in to be a player and he’s come in to step up the level as a player for the squad and as he’s stated he can help those players, the younger ones that we do have in the squad, to grow. They have great technical ability and a lot of will and a lot of heart “

 

When we asked Clark about Chimbonda’s experience including PFA Team of the Year [2005-2006 season], a League Cup, 2006 [France] World Cup squad playing with some of the greats; Zidane, Henry, Thuram…

Clark replied “We’re signing them next week.”

 

Supporters will get their first look of Chimbonda as he is expected to start this Saturday (7th October) as Washington host Penrith Town in the Ebac Northern League. Timing couldn’t have been better for both player and club as focus falls on Non-League football due to the International break.

Washington are offering half price entry for Adults and free entry for all Children and concessions.

Details can be found on the Washington Football Club website www.washingtonfc.co.uk

 

Preview – Dunston UTS

Dunston UTS return to the Nissan Sports and Leisure complex only 10 days after victory in the Emirates FA Cup. On the day Washington were second best and could have been worse if not for the brilliant stops by Dan Gladstone and solid performances from Laws and White in the Washington defence.

Despite the first half performance which didn’t show Washington’s pre season form, there were glimmers of hope in the second half. Better passing and linkup play throughout the team steadied the ship and Washington put in a better performance.
Washington were disappointed to have their season opener against Whitley Bay postponed due to an Emirates FA Cup replay for the seasiders. This would mean Washington’s first game in the League would be away to Sunderland RCA. An improved performance from Washington earned them a share of the points after a 1-1 draw, whilst been unfortunate not to take all 3.

Dunston have had a somewhat mixed start to the season. They started the season a week ago with a home game against a strong Shildon side losing 4-2. They come into tonight’s match on the back of a 2-0 home win against Consett and will be slight favourites to take the 3 points.

Matty Waters is serving the 3rd of a five game ban, but Manager James Clark has several other options in that area. Washington will be looking for a much improved performance this time round against the UTS and have the option of defender Andrew Brown who was suspended for the FA cup game to help give extra stability.

 

Last Season:
Washington 1 – 4 Dunston UTS
Wednesday, 14 September 2016

FA Cup:
Washington 0 – 3 Dunston UTS
Saturday, 05 August 2017

 

Form Guide: 
Washington - WLWLD
Dunston- LLWLW

Details

Date Time League Season
15/08/2017 7:45 pm Northern League Division 1 2017/18

Preview – SUNDERLAND RCA

Our next home game could be classed as a local derby.  On Saturday we travel to Sunderland RCA.

Sunderland RCA have had a flying start to the new season.

They have progressed to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup, beating Garforth Town of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League 3-1.
On Tuesday night they played hosts to Penrith beating them 2-1.

 

Washington come into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Dunston UTS in the Emirates FA Cup.  Although Dunston ran out easy winners on the day, Washington can take positives from a better performance in the second half.

Due to Whitley Bay needing a replay against Seaham Red Star, Washington’s opening game of the League season was postponed. The Mechanics are hoping to get the campaign off to a winning start.

 

“We are looking to get over the disappointment of the Dunston game quickly. We welcome back Andrew Brown from suspension and Adam Shanks to the group giving us other options. There is a possibility of another signing before the weekend but nothing is done until it’s done.”

James Clark, First Team Manager

 

Last Season:
Sunderland RCA 2 – 1 Washington
Saturday, 29 October 2016

Form Guide:
Sunderland - WWWWW
Washington - WWLWL

Details

Date Time League Season
12/08/2017 3:00 pm Northern League Division 1 2017/18

Fixture Changes

We have had the following fixture changed due to FA Competitions.

Whitley Bay – Away

Previous Date & Time:
Tuesday, 08 August 2017; 19:45

New Date & Time:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017; 19:45

 

Seaham Red Star – Home

Previous Date & Time:
Monday, 28 August 2017; 19:45

New Date & Time:
Tuesday, 29 August 2017; 19:45

 

Morpeth Town – Away

Previous Date & Time
Saturday, 31 March 2018; 15:00

New Date & Time
Saturday, 09 September 2017; 15:00

A Family Growing – Training 20 July

Two months ago Washington Football Club were on the brink of collapse. Resignation had been handed into the League and a plea was sent to the community for assistance.
Its saviour would come in the form of Junior Club Washington AFC.

Since then the links between the clubs have been growing. Some AFC players were invited to join the Under 23 side and play in a friendly against the First Team, and they did not disappoint.

Tonight we were invited to train at the Northern Playing Fields, home to the AFC.

Thankfully the sun was out and the rain had dried up. And what a picturesque place to train. The lads were put through their paces by Manager James Clark and Coach Ross McKay alongside training sessions for the Lionesses and Washington WFC youth teams.

These preparations for the season ahead further cement the foundations of the partnership between the two clubs. It must be an inspiration for the young players to see a Northern League club under the same banners as them training just feet away.

Both clubs look forward to future and stronger ties between the clubs. Washington FC hope to emulate success that is becoming the normal with Washington AFC.

Washington FC Secretary Stephen Haywood is pleased with progress of the first team and is anticipating a strong start to the season.

Pre season preparations continue tomorrow with an away friendly to Newcastle Uni tomorrow night (Friday) and then Jarrow FC a week on Saturday.

Volunteers Needed

 

 

Now we are getting close to the start of the season.

Excitement is building up and we cannot wait for our first game.

But we need your help.

We are looking for volunteers to help us on home games and some away games.

 

We need assistance in the following areas:

Turnstile Attendant (Home games only)
–  Arrival at least 30 minutes prior to home games
–  Tend entrance and take relevant payments for entry
–  Advise where facilities are for spectators
–  Assist with general enquirers
–  Job share available

Kit Person(This would be for home and away, but can be shared between people)
–  Required to ensure all play kit is clean and pressed ready for home and away games
–  Bring relevant colored kit to home and away games
–  Have kit prepared in changing rooms prior to players arriving to home and away games
–  Gather kit from changing rooms after use and ensure it is cleaned and ready for the next game needed
–  Report any kit issues to management
–  Job share available
 

Support Staff (Home games to help with any queries from spectators)
–  General assistance for spectators at home games.
–   Due to set fixtures, you would have to be able to attend Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex about an 30 minutes before the kickoff of a home game. 

 

 

 

 

As these are volunteer positions, job shares are available.
There may be other positions available throughout the season.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact the club on info@washingtonfc.co.uk or call Andrew Gibson on 07961767957