Clevedon Town face Wellington friendly ahead of FA Vase return

Clevedon Town's Syd Camper attacks against Wellington

Clevedon Town's Syd Camper attacks against Wellington in October 2020 - Credit:

Clevedon Town are making the most of the short time they have had to prepare for their FA Vase tie on April 17.

After a week of training, all first-team and under-18 players played a full game last Saturday and will face fellow Toolstation Western Leaguer side Wellington in a behind-closed-doors friendly at The Everyone Active Stadium.

Manager Micky Bell said: "We want to make sure everyone is fit and ready to go and we are very grateful to Wellington for agreeing to give us a game on Saturday."

Where Clevedon play their fourth-round tie remains to be seen. If Fareham Town beat Plymouth Parkway in the third round, the Seasiders will be off to play the Creeksiders in Hampshire, which was the venue for a topsy-turvy Southern League game 25 years ago when Clevedon were 5-0 up after 23 minutes but struggled to hold on for a 5-5 draw.

Clevedon Town's Finlay Biggs in action against Wellington

Clevedon Town's Finlay Biggs in action against Wellington in October 2020 - Credit:

But as Parkway are playing the Fareham game at Devon FA’s superb Coach Road headquarters, due to extensive ground redevelopment and pitch replacement at their own Bolitho Park ground, Clevedon are likely to have to face Parkway on the Coach Road 3G pitch.

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Bell added: "We will not let where the game is played affect us. Whoever it is and whether it is on grass or 3G, it’s about us. Given the importance of the game we’re only concerned about our own performance. We all know if we lose it's season over for us and none of us want that."

Clevedon Town's Jay Murray attacks against Wellington

Clevedon Town's Jay Murray attacks against Wellington in October 2020 - Credit:

*Following last week's article on Bristol City players who played for Clevedon Town, reader Richard James pointed out that Mickey Tanner be added to the list.

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Tanner made 19 appearances for City between 1985-87, including games in City’s run to two Freight Rover Trophy Finals at Wembley, although he did not appear in either final.

And the combative midfielder played for Clevedon in the 1993-94 season, scoring six times but boasting a poor disciplinary record.

Another to add is Simon Panes, who made five appearances for City in 1982-83, the last at Chester where he was replaced by the returning Chris Garland and never played again.

Panes had five successful seasons at Clevedon, netting 58 goals with a habit of scoring in spectacular short bursts, including four in a 5-0 win against Bideford in 1989 and four in a 5-1 win at Bristol Manor Farm on New Year's Day 1990.

He had another great New Year the following season, scoring five in four games, but left in 1991 when the prolific Andy Perrett announced his arrival with 34 goals.

Panes became a sports consultant and chief executive of the Herefordshire FA and is now back in the area as Head of Academy and Recruitment at Weston.

Clevedon Town historian Paul Davis said: "We still don’t think the list is complete so please let the club or the Times know of any other players you think played first-team football for both clubs."

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