THE CLUB COMMITTEE
OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
CHAIRMAN – ROBERT GREGORY
Bob played for Bridgwater Town and Forest Green in Southern League Football in the 80’s and was top scorer for Bridgwater in 1983.
He then had spells in the Western League for Frome Town, Clevedon Town & Keynsham Town. He joined Nailsea Town in 1988 and holds the scoring record for the club with 54 goals in a season! Bob managed Nailsea Town and took the Club from the Somerset County League Div 3 to the Premier Division. Bob has been the club Chairman for Nailsea & Tickenham FC since its creation.
He played his last competitive 1st team game at the age of 49 scoring the winner in the last kick of the final game v Backwell United!
Best moment in my playing career – Scoring at the Old Wembley Stadium for JJB Sports versus a Rod Stewart celebrity eleven, and then getting both goals and MOM in the return at Wigan stadium the following week.
VICE CHAIRMAN & JOINT FIRST TEAM MANAGER – JAMIE SMITH
Jamie formed Tickenham United F.C. in 2007 and led the club to 5 back to back promotions including Cup silverware, as well as raising the clubs profile off the pitch culminating in Tickenham United’s ground share at the Hand Stadium. He is an FA qualified coach and has made hundreds of appearances in local football since beginning his playing days at Nailsea Junior F. C., founded by his Grandfather Len Smith in 1974.
Since the merger, Jamie has managed the Reserve team, who became champions of Somerset County Div 2 West before gaining another promotion into the newer structure of Division 1 in the following season. Jamie has now been appointed as joint 1st Team Manager for the 2020/21 season.
SECRETARY – PAUL BALSHAW
Paul has lived in Nailsea for 48 years and has always had a keen interest in grass roots football, especially with having 2 sons of his own that he has seen come through local junior football & been involved with, including having his level 1 coaching badge. Being the club secretary for Nailsea & Tickenham FC is Paul’s way of giving something back to the community. He thoroughly enjoys & is very proud of his role within this great football club & whatever the weather, he can be seen down at the ground cheering the home team on, on match days.
TREASURER – JOHN MURRAY M.B.E.
John has been the club Treasurer for past 4 years and also looks after the pitch and ground with Rob Gregory. He moved from London to Nailsea with his wife Sue and 3 children, Ben, Emily and Jake in 1996 to continue his career with the MOD. He was awarded an M.B.E. by the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2011 for “Services to the Defence of the Nation”.John likes motor bikes and is currently rebuilding a 1945 Norton found in the barn of his cousin. He is also helping the club to improve the ground facilities with a new clubhouse, floodlights and other
enhancements such that promotion to Western League football becomes a realistic prospect.
JOINT FIRST TEAM MANAGER – NICK STEADMAN
Nic has been with Nailsea and Tickenham F.C. for the last two seasons where he started as Captain/Assistant Manager to Jamie Smith. He is now one of the joint managers for the 1st team.
Previous to this Nic was involved at Portishead Town F.C. where he managed for 3 seasons, winning two cups and one league title in that period. He was a Portishead Town player for a number of years, playing as a striker for the 1st team in the Tool Station league and the reserves in Somerset League.
Nic has had a successful playing career and is now hoping to help the Swags achieve more silverware and progression.
JOINT FIRST TEAM MANAGER – RICH LUCAS
From the age of 12 Rich was part of the Bristol City Academy and remained with the club until he was 16, when he was released.
He then joined Clevedon Town for a season, moving on to Weston-Super-Mare FC where he played with a few ex pro’s, including Ricky Chandler and Lee Rodgers who both played for Bristol City. He played right wing back, but still managed to weigh in with 10 goals and won their ‘Young Player of the Year’ award.
He then moved back to Clevedon Town and onto Backwell Utd, until ending up at Bishop Sutton where he spent 8 enjoyable years Captaining the club.
In his thirties he once again played for Clevedon Town and Keynsham Town, with whom he got to the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase.
He then joined Clevedon United and it was here he played for played for Alan ‘Smudge’ Smith. He followed Smudge to Wrington Redhill where he ended his playing career and began coaching, and ultimately managing the club.
In 2017, Rich joined the Swags as Smudges’ coach, a role he enjoys and still performs as part of the current management structure.
JOINT RESERVE TEAM MANAGER – KRIS SHEILDS
Kris spent his early playing days in Southampton for Hythe Strikers under 6’s, where he was a nippy winger with a decent right foot. Following a house move he ended up at North Ferriby Utd as a u-18 player. Another move followed with Kris coming to North Somerset where he joined Nailsea Town in 2004. He played for the club for 5 years, which included playing with our chairman Rob Gregory, until he moved onto Cleve West Town. He stayed with CWT for 10 years as a player and then a player manager, until in 2020 when he returned to the Swags as their reserve team manager.
Kris is now looking forward to the challenge of managing the reserves and is hoping for success. He is also turning out for the newly formed SWAGs Vets team!
The highlight of his playing career so far was playing at the old Hull City FC ground, Boothferry Park, while playing for North Ferriby in a cup final that they won.
FIRST TEAM PHYSIOTHERAPIST – GARY RICKETTS
Gary started playing football in 1972 for Manor Farm Boys Club as a centre forward. He did “OK” and at 15 went to play for Hallen, which he says were nowhere near as good as they are now! Gary played there for a year or so, then he left to play for his works team (Commonwealth Smelting Ltd) in the Premier Suburban League, still playing up front. He then joined St Stephens FC in the Bristol and District league where he learned the skill of never having two feet planted on the floor at the same time. It was called tackling, although a more accurate term would be GBH with a football boot, but he loved it! Gary kept going into his mid-forties, eventually having to hang up his boots through injury.
Every Saturday he misses playing, but still enjoys being involved in amateur football with the Swags and the lads that play for the club.
COMMITTEE MEMBER – JOHN HUGHES
Bio to follow…
COMMITTEE MEMBER – ALAN SMITH
COMMUNITY MANAGER – AL PARSONS
Al has played local football since he was 7 years old when his family moved to the area. His adult playing days saw him play every season for Tickenham United, this was preceeded with many happy days spent with Nailsea United in the Somerset League and a brief spell with Nailsea Town. Al lifted the challenge cup for Tickenham United in 2012 and he then qualified as an FA Coach.
Al was Reserves Team Assistant Manager before becoming the clubs Community Manager. Al is responsible for organising Frythtival, our extremely successful community festival.
MEDIA MANAGER – PAUL HARNDEN
Bio to follow…