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Under 18’s Announcement

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Portland Utd FC are very excited to announce that we have applied to join the Dorset Football U18 League for the 2021/22 season and we are now awaiting confirmation. The Club are very keen to grow links with the local community and to attract young, local, talented players to the Club - as part of the Club’s long-term plans. The Club can offer a pathway into adult football for ambitious young players via the Club’s Reserve Team (who play in the Dorset Premier League) and hopefully onto the First Team, playing in the Wessex League. Danny Nash will be overseeing the initial setup of the team. Danny’s Portland Utd Sports Youth Team have progressed very successfully through Youth football together. They have won the County Cup, League Cup and League in their age group on 3 occasions. This talented group of young players will provide a fantastic start for the new Youth Team and this will provide the players with the opportunity to progress. Open trials, overseen by first team management, Franklyn Clarke and Sam Poole, will be arranged shortly for any players aged 15 – 17 who may be interested. For more information or to register an interest in joining our setup, please send an email to: secretary.portlandutdfc@aol.co.uk Sessions will be arranged in the coming weeks to form our squad for next season. Club Chairman, Matt Lucas.

Welcome Addition

Sunday 09 May 2021

Portland United FC are pleased to announce a new addition to the team. Vic Holland is joining us as a commercial manager. Vic comes to The Blues with a wealth of experience and has already been busy drumming up programme adverts and advertising boards. An exciting year ahead, we have lots being planned to celebrate our centenary and we are extremely pleased to have Vic Holland onboard. Vic is helping to promote the Blues Social Club whilst also seeking new sponsors to support our lovely club. If you want to contact Vic, please do not hesitate to give him a call on 07802 600108 or email Vick: vicatportlandunited@gmail.com. Welcome Vic #theblues

Chairman hails 'amazing' vision for club

Friday 23 Apr 2021

PORTLAND United chairman Matt Lucas has revealed the Blues have a vision to become a community hub on the island. Lucas was last month appointed as successor to Portland legend and retiring chief Robin Satherley. Former Dorchester Town supremo Lucas, who led the Magpies’ for five years until 2019, is looking to build on the work undertaken by the Blues’ committee. Lucas admitted he has been “amazed” by plans drawn up by Portland’s volunteers. He told Echosport: “First of all, the welcome I’ve received has been immense. “I’m so excited and buoyed by the vision that the committee already had at Portland. “In many ways, I’m just looking to add some weight behind that vision and help implement the plans going forward. “I’m absolutely amazed by the workload that many volunteers do at the club. “One of the things I’m personally looking to do is build relationships and build on relationships within the local community to become a real hub and to promote the club to the Portland community. “The reasons why I’ve joined up is because I mirror that vision and stand for the type of vision they have going forward. I want to be part of it.” He added: “Everyone is very loyal at Portland and everyone is very encouraging. “I’ve not heard one adverse comment about what Portland United stand for. I was aware of that reputation when I was at Dorchester and it’s a real breath of fresh air. “I just enjoy being around that environment where everyone works hard for the club. “Everyone enjoys coming to watch their football on Portland and there’s a real togetherness. “That is such a great start to continue to build on when you’ve got everybody pulling together as one.”

Lucas as chairman is 'brilliant' for club

Sunday 18 Apr 2021

PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke believes the addition of Matt Lucas as chairman is “brilliant” for the Blues. Lucas, who served as Dorchester Town head from 2014 to 2019, succeeded retiring chief Robin Satherley in March. Clarke and Lucas have previously worked together at the Magpies and the former Wimborne midfielder heaped praise on the Blues’ supremo. He told Echosport: “I’m really happy for the club and for Matt, I’ve worked with him at Dorchester on a couple of occasions. “He’ll be brilliant for the football club, he’s got a lot of experience. “He’s just a gentleman, he’s very approachable, he’ll speak to everyone on a matchday and makes everyone feel welcome. “That’s what he was always known for. He’ll make time and effort for people, which is really important to create that nice feel at the club.” Lucas will help oversee the Blues’ 100th anniversary celebrations, which are due to begin later this year.

Clarke plans `clear pathway` for Blues

Friday 16 Apr 2021

PORTLAND United manager Franklyn Clarke has revealed the Blues are unlikely to add to their squad over the summer. Clarke and assistant Sam Poole, who won the Wessex League with Blackfield & Langley in 2017/18, are focusing on developing the islanders’ young talent. And the former Dorchester Town skipper has designs on creating a “pathway” to the first team from the youth ranks. Clarke told Echosport: “I’m happy with the squad I’ve got going into next season. “We’ve got a good 16 that I’m happy with. There will be opportunities for them if they do well. I’m really trying to create that pathway from the under-18s to the reserves to the first team. “It’s so important, that’s the direction we’re going in. "We want to produce the best young lads in this area, we want Portland to be the place to be for first-team football, because I will play them." Portland have elected not to join any end-of-season mini competition organised by Wessex League officials and are training in April and May before pre-season in July.

Chairman hails volunteers

Tuesday 13 Apr 2021

EXTENSIVE work is under way to renovate Portland United’s Camp and Satherley Stadium. The Blues, who opted out of a mini league in the wake of the coronavirus-hit season, have capitalised on the absence of games. Sitting on the halfway line, the Butch Nash stand will receive a new roof, purloins and seating. A metal staircase has been installed leading from the bar to pitchside, while care of the playing surface has also begun. Blues’ chairman Matt Lucas told Echosport: “The pitch is being reseeded and prepared early. “We made a club decision that we weren’t going to engage in any organised cup competition and would bring the players back to get them working together. “And, perhaps do a few inter-club activities to get a head start on the work that’s going on this week. “Also, with regards to developing the Butch Nash stand it’s lovely to see the volunteers working so hard there and Darren and Lewis Whyton, who’ve worked tirelessly at the club.”

FA to invite 110 clubs for promotion in non-League restructure

Sunday 11 Apr 2021

THE FA will invite 110 clubs at Steps 5-7 for promotion under the planned restructure of non-League football. Relevant officials have met and will recommend the changes to the FA Council in order to 'address the imbalance that currently exists and achieve the 'pure pyramid' at Steps 1-6.' Under the restructure, one additional division at Step 4 will be added to the Northern Premier League. Two new tiers will be administered at Step 5 by the United Counties League and Combined Counties League. Step 6 will therefore have 17 divisions instead of 20 from next season. In total, 20 clubs will be promoted from Step 5 and 60 teams from Step 6 - comprised of 20 to backfill those promoted and 40 to divide between the two fresh tiers. Thirty clubs will be chosen for promotion to Step 6 from regional feeder leagues, such as the Dorset Premier League. Teams eligible for promotion will be decided by an unweighted points per game model, taking in combined results from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. It will not be mandatory for clubs to apply for promotion when invited. The FA said: "The top three ranked clubs from each of the North West Counties League, Northern Counties East League and Northern League, along with the top ranked club from the remaining 11 Step 5 divisions, will be considered eligible for upward movement to Step 4 and will be invited to make an application to do so. "Multiple clubs will be upwardly moved from these specific leagues, as per the previous ratification by FA Council, in order to address specific challenges with travelling distance and time which exist at Step 4. "The top two ranked clubs in each of the South West Peninsula League divisions, along with the top three ranked clubs from the 18 remaining Step 6 divisions, will be considered eligible for upward movement to Step 5 and will be invited to make an application for upward movement. "Fewer clubs will be upwardly moved from the South West Peninsula League Divisions, as per the previous ratification by FA Council, on the basis of geographical reasons for the relevant divisions at Step 5." Lastly, Step 6 leagues and relevant feeder leagues will liaise to decide the 30 promoted clubs from Step 7.

Portland United to resume training on Saturday

Thursday 01 Apr 2021

PORTLAND United will lay on six training sessions from Saturday before commencing preparations for the 2021/22 season. Franklyn Clarke’s Blues will train three times in April and on three occasions in May, including a final workout on Saturday, May 29. The islanders saw their Sydenhams Wessex League campaign curtailed by the FA in March, and opted against playing in a replacement cup tournament. Following the six training sessions, Portland will take June off and begin pre-season in July. As with Dorchester Town, none of the Blues’ squad will be paid for coming in to train. Clarke told Echosport: “We’ve got the lads in three times in April and three times in May. “It’s just to get everyone back together again. We’ve got the first team, the reserves and the under-18s. “We want to create that pathway and it’ll give me a good chance to look at the younger lads that we’ve got coming through.” Portland boss Clarke explained there will be no friendlies for the Blues in Spring, but did reveal pre-season’s warm-up matches are already organised. “It’s just training for the time being,” he confirmed. “We’ve got some fixtures arranged for pre-season pretty much sorted. “We’ll have a rest before we come back. We’ll train on the 3rd, 10th and the 24th (of April) and the 1st, 8th and 29th (of May). “Everyone’s missed it and they’re dead keen to come in. “It’s important for us, where we’re a new group, to come in for the next two months before pre-season for everyone to get to know each other that bit more. “It will help us progress.”

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