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Josh Barton catches up with Marcus Smith

Thursday 25 Nov 2021

This interview took place after our away defeat to league leaders, Horndean FC. Josh Barton: We are getting to a point in the season where we can look back and reflect. How have you found it so far? Marcus Smith: There’s been ups-and-downs I’ve felt, it’s been really challenging, but we’re a young side and we are definitely learning. It’s somewhat similar to last season in some ways, but for the most part, we’ve improved as a group massively. Frank [Franklyn Clarke] and Sam [Sam Poole] have been outstanding with us as a group, helping us progress. The more experienced players in the dressing room have been a massive impact on us and they’ve been helping us a lot this season. JB: You’ve been given a little more responsibility with Macca [Ryan McKechnie] being unfortunately out injured, with you taking the vice-captain role, how have you found that so far? MS: I’m very happy with Frank trusting me with it. I’m glad I’m seen as that role now, but nothing changes, I’m always wanting to get better and progress. JB: From the point of view of the players, there’s been some up and down results. How far do you think this group can go? MS: This season, I think we’ll be having a flipping point soon. We’re getting some results now and we’re getting some good performances, and that’s the biggest thing for me. The Blackfield and Langley game for me is one of the turning points of the season. It’s a massive confidence boost and I feel like we can do that for more games this season. Obviously, the next game we played was against the top of the league, and it’s an unbelievable team, and a very hard place to come. I still feel we played well and made the chances, but they were just the better side. I feel like we can be pushing on now, picking up some results. As a team, we’re progressing, and that’s the way it’s going to go. JB: As Frank said to me earlier on, it’s just the one defeat in six, do you think it’s just a couple of wins and a bit of consistency away from being a really solid team? MS: One-hundred percent, yes. A couple of wins for us in the next few months would be outstanding. We’ve got another tough fixture next week [Home to Hamble Club FC], and that’ll be another chance to build on, but we’re looking forward to the rest of the season and I reckon we will get a lot better. JB: There seems to be a very good team spirit with a lot of camaraderie amongst the squad, it is important to have that squad ethic, isn’t it? MS: One-hundred percent, yes. That’s one of the differences from last season, not that we didn’t have that, but it’s improved. That helps with the performances on the pitch.

U18 Player Recruitment

Monday 08 Nov 2021

Due to the huge success of our Pathway, which has seen many of our Youth players progress into Men’s football at the Club, we now have more spaces in our U18 Team squad managed by Andrew Mallett and Gary Rowe. We currently have eight of our original Youth team now playing for the Club on Saturdays at Dorset Premier League and Wessex Prem League level, which has far exceeded our expectations but this has created spaces in our Youth Team. If you are interested in joining our Youth Team, with a very realistic prospect of progressing along our proven Pathway and into Men’s football, please contact our Secretary, Randle: This is a great chance to join our friendly and well-run club.


Thursday 23 Sep 2021

18 year old, local lad, Troy, has signed for The Blues as a striker. Troy has been featuring for Weymouth U23s.

Great start to our U18s playing in the Dorset U18s League West.

Sunday 05 Sep 2021

6 – 1! Charlie Rowe (sponsored by Mowlam Transport Ltd) opened up the scoring followed by Taylor Edmonds (also sponsored by Mowlam Transport Ltd). Taylor was not content with one and went on to score a hat trick! Haydon Scott (sponsored by Margaret Keegan) scored the fifth (bearing in mind Haydon played, and played very well, for the First Team in their loss to Baffins yesterday). Icing on the cake was supplied by Charlie Rowe with his second goal of the fixture. Team work/individual work was superb and I am sure the 50+ folks in attendance would agree. Congratulations to our Joint Team Managers; Andy Mallett and Garry Rowe. They go again this Wednesday but please note the fixture has been reversed and our U18s will be hosting Portland Panthers U18s at The Camp & Satherley Stadium. KO time to be confirmed.

Portland Utd FC 4 – 2 Alresford Town FC

Saturday 28 Aug 2021

Well done to our lads today – as a team and as individual players – kept their noses to the grindstone and applied themselves 100% as I am sure all 110 watching would agree. Nobody could knock their effort to the final whistle against a very experienced Alresford side – and that was with a number of first team players missing so a huge credit must go also to our young management team. As you would have seen already, Joel Hewitt picked up the match ball following his hat trick. And also picked up the Man of the Match Award from Match Sponsors; Irene and Bob King who were treated with a platter fit for a King or two kings and their friends! Thank you Lesley Whyton for serving up such a feast. Greg Borthwick (sponsored by Houghton’s Tiles) came on as a substitute following the break and within a minute of the second half whistle had scored to make it 3 – 1. That goal will remain in many people’s minds - I am sure – including some of The Magpies. We also thank our young mascots today; Brooke Houston, Cameron Edney and Blake Burr and our Commercial Manager, Vic Holland, for supplying their superb mementos of the day. The minute’s silence was held in respect of former player of The Blues, Colin Robertson and it was lovely to see the family at the ground. First Team are at home again on Tues in the 2nd Round of the Wessex League Cup v Romsey Town from the 1st Div who today beat Totton & Eling 3 – 1. Our Reserves are also home the following evening (1st Sept) when they will be hosting Poole Borough

Saturday saw a well-attended inaugural darts competition sponsored by Robin Satherley.

Monday 16 Aug 2021

The winner, Paul Carter, is an ex British Darts Organisation professional on the comeback trail after suffering a bout of dartitis. Among the local entrants was our only lady entry Samantha Kirton from the Island who won through to the knockout stages. She is a County A player and is regularly in the top five Averages, winner of the Hampshire Open in 2018 and numerous local competitions. Overall a very enjoyable day with food and drink provided by Hannah and her amazing staff.


Monday 16 Aug 2021

Firstly, thank you to everyone who entered last year and congratulations to all the winners. As I’m sure you are all very aware the 100 club provides vital funds to help with our training facilities. This year is no different, we need your support. However, I have decided to change things a little, hopefully for the better. I’m going to try and run the 100 club for the year rather than the 10 months. This will save a lot of time stopping and starting and also hopefully generate a little more funds and a couple of extra winners. I also would like to change the prize pot to; 1st - £100 2nd - £25 3rd - a spot prize. This means that for the whole years entry it will be £60 or for those who wish to do it monthly then just £5 a month. There’s no obligation to enter for the whole year but you’ve got to be in it to win it!! I can accept cash or cheques but the easiest way is to do bank transfer and the details are as follows: Lloyds bank Account 34720860 Sort code 30-99-56 Account name: PUFC Utd 100 club. Please put your name as reference. 1st draw will be on Saturday, 28th August so get your entries in quick. Thanks again for your continued support. Lesley Whyton

Alex Halloran ran out yesterday as Captain of our Reserves – his 400th game in blue!!

Sunday 15 Aug 2021

“Reaching 400 appearances for a club like Portland Utd is an achievement not to underestimated and Alex did this playing at a time when competition for places and squad strength was at its highest. Getting to 400 appearances is one thing but to be a major contributor to the club winning promotions and league titles along the way makes it even more special. Alex was well renowned for his passing ability and skill on the ball but his work rate and desire to win were a big part of his attributes too. He was a pleasure to manage and it’s great to see him still contributing at the club passing on his knowledge to the young players coming through. Well done Alex a fantastic achievement”. Gary Bailey. A few more recent stats: 2015/16 season and Portland Utd FC had been promoted back into the Wessex League – Div 1. Alex started for The Blues 35 times (31 one of those were league games – also scoring six league goals). What a season that was under Gary Bailey; played 34 games, winning 27 and drawing three. Just losing four matches! Following promotion to the Prem Division, Alex was also involved the next season, when, once again led by Gary Bailey, The Blues ended up topping the table. Alex started 34 times (32 league games with 6 league goals).

Remaining Pre-Season Friendlies

Tuesday 10 Aug 2021

A few more pre-season friendlies – last one for our Reserves tomorrow evening before they host Sturminster Newton in the Dorset Premier League this coming Saturday – 14th August - here at The Camp & Satherley Stadium. (Please note that, due to FA Cup fixtures involving teams from the Wessex League, our Reserve game v Bournemouth Sports scheduled here for the 21st has been postponed. Instead our Reserves are hosting Bridport Res in the Dorset Prem League.) 1st team away tonight in the replay of the Emirates FA Cup but our U18s are playing at Redlands if you feel the need of a little football fix. Will just add that, as at this moment (8 am Tues), Spennylympics who Porland Utd FC were proud to host their football event, have now raised just under £144K for Motor Neurone Disease.


Friday 06 Aug 2021

1: Thoughts on the upcoming season? I am really excited about the coming season, having had a couple seasons now that have been disrupted by the pandemic. I am just looking forward to what will hopefully be a more stable season in which we can find some form and consistency and really gel and move forward as a group. 2: How important was the test against Weymouth? The Weymouth game was a really important test for us as a group on the pitch. We really had to be so organised as a unit defensively to try and keep out Weymouth's attack as well as having to work so hard to keep up with their high levels of fitness. I feel we did a good job despite the score line and we showed a few glimpses of quality when we did have possession of the ball. Also it was a good test for some of the lads mentally as they had not played a game against such high level opposition or in front of that many fans before, however, I think all the lads did a really good job of just focusing on the game and their individual roles rather than getting distracted by the occasion. I really enjoyed the challenge personally and it was good to have that many spectators back up at the ground. 3: Personal goals for the season? To try and have as many goal involvements as possible. I'd love to score 15 goals and be the best player in the league. As well as this, I’d just like to help the team do as well as we possibly can in the league and to really enjoy my football whilst trying to ensure the other lads are also feeling good and wanting to play for PUFC. I want to help them on the pitch by getting results and by trying to be a good influence in the dressing room making the younger boys feel welcome and helping them settle in. 4: How much does it mean to you being one of the more experienced players even at a younger age? It feels a bit strange if I’m honest! It doesn’t feel like long ago that I was 16/17 getting into men’s football and trying to progress and earn minutes coming off the bench. All of a sudden I’ve played however many games in men’s football and find myself as one of the more experienced lads in our dressing room. I’m really proud to be in a position where I can try and help some of the younger boys in the dressing room. I can help teach a few things but also I know that I’ve got a lot to learn myself and this is a really good opportunity to learn all sorts about being a leader and developing my own game. 5: What can the Blues do this season? I don’t want to jinx anything but I can’t see why we couldn’t be right up there in the league this season with the way we have started so far this summer. All of the boys have applied themselves and we have had some of the quality we have shown in training and friendlies. We have plenty of room to grow and develop as a team; I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I think that we will only get better and better

Man of the Match v Shaftesbury

Wednesday 04 Aug 2021

Tuesday's Man of the Match Sponsor, Kevin Winsper of KW Motors, handing over the bubbly to Sam Poole (sponsored by Wey & Portland Motor Mechanics Ltd.

A Massive, Massive Thank You. At the moment raised so far . . . £1,942

Sunday 01 Aug 2021

Centenary Fun Day: After costs (bouncy castle, tickets etc) the grand total (at the moment) being split between Weldmar and The 3 Ells Trust is £1,942 so a massive thank you to everyone who came up and supported The Blues. Pleased to report that all the players survived the Legends Charity Match – no medics called out with oxygen! Final score was Gary’s team 4 (Godders scored twice, Beasley one – not sure of fourth (and nor is the Manager!!). Rob Maxted scored for the Chris Wilson’s team. So many people to thank for helping to make this special day just so special but I am going to name Lesley Whyton as being a great ambassador for the club – without her enthusiasm and endless energy, the day would not have been the success it was! Thank you to the lady who not only made our wonderful cake but also donated it to us. I have not as yet been given her name but will find it and add to this post. The face painter was Danielle Apsey – she was absolutely marvellous; a very talented young woman – if you ever need a face painter, contact Danielle on her facebook page: Thank you to our three bands: Leggomen playing inside, Music with Jan outside and then Under The Carousel got everyone up and dancing in the bar and burning off calories gained courtesy of Portland Paella’s very, very tasty and very, very generous servings!! Thank you to everyone who came up and helped and to those who helped clean up on Sunday. It really was a great team effort. Many more photos on our facebook page.