Colaton Raleigh FC moves home
Colaton Raleigh Football Club are switching homes - from Bicton College to Newton Poppleford, in time for the new season.
Colaton Raleigh Football Club are switching homes - from Bicton College to Newton Poppleford, in time for the new season. Raleigh boss Riki Pitter is delighted with the move saying: We enjoyed our time at Bicton, but there were no showers near the pitch and we had to use the village hall. At Newton Poppleford there are excellent facilities, showers, storage and a kitchen so we can do post-match food which will be a good thing to offer. "There is everything we need there and I can't wait to get going." Wayne Harris will be Pitter's assistant next season. l The team start pre-season training next Tuesday, July 7 at 6.30pm, at Newton Poppleford playing field, on Back Lane. All players, old and new, will be given a warm welcome. Anyone interested in getting involved should call Pitter on 07907 466917.Colaton Raleigh have some exciting times ahead. They have been invited to take part in a European tournament later in the season which will really test the squad.l Last season, the Devon and Exeter senior 5 league team finished mid table in their division and reached two cup finals, despite playing all but four of their matches without a recognised goalkeeper. Outfield players, Mark Gerry, James Santer, Tony Cox and Graham Hughes all played between the sticks at various times to help the team and Manager Riki Pitter has made the signing of a goalkeeper a priority for the coming season.l The club has made its first new signing for the new season, Sixteen-year-old Ben Farrington, an attacking full back who last season played for Tiverton under-16s 21 times and scoring three goals. l At the well-attended football club presentation evening, Damian Armes was awarded both the Manager's Player of the Year trophy, and Players' Player of the Year trophy.Committee Player of the Year award went to Connor Macallum. Supporters' Player of the Year award was picked up by Riki Pitter. Most Improved Player was Adrian Parr, Clubman Award went to Wayne Harris, Top Goalscorer was Paul Dowling and Graham Hughes received the 'Goal-assist king' trophy.