Reviewing Overton United FC’s season

Talking all things football with Overton United FC.


CommunityAd had the pleasure of speaking with Overton United’s Club Secretary Karen Fletcher where we reflected on the recent season and discussed aims for the next campaign…


To readers who may not know, can you explain your own background in football and when you first started being involved with Overton United?

I have been involved with both youth and senior football in Overton for about 25 years in various roles ranging from Chairman to Secretary. Our Treasurer, Colin Phillimore, has been involved with the Club, since 1975, in the capacity of player, secretary and Chairman. Colin is the current Chairman of the Hampshire Premier League and has held several positions in the Basingstoke and North Hants leagues over the years.

We have a small group of volunteers that have given many years of service both as players and support fundraising and match day activities. Phil and Anita Wheeler, Richard Lloyd, Gary Savory, Derek Burry, Adrian Gibbons and Derek Davies.


How would you assess the season overall?

It has been a mixed season from a league perspective for our teams, both our 1st Team and Vets side have struggled in their respective divisions with the 2 Basingstoke leagues sides both ending the season in a mid-table position. We brought in an interim 1st team manager for our final 12 games of the season and saw a marked improvement in results and performances and are pleased to say that Grant Powell and his backroom team have accepted the position on a permanent basis.

The weather this season has been problematic with dry pitches and extreme heat at the start of the season to heavy frosts at the beginning of this year along with heavy rain.


What would you say have been your most memorable moments from this season?

We have seen some great performances in some cup competitions, by reaching 3 cup finals. Unfortunately, we were not successful in bringing home any silverware as a club for the first time in many years, but it was great to see the teams participating in 3 really competitive matches.


What are your aims for next season?

Silverware is always an aim for any club, successful season for our first team will entice new players to the club and build on the atmosphere and camaraderie we offer to players, managers and supporters alike.


Will you be looking for any players/ volunteers next season and for any readers interested, how can they enquire?

We will always welcome volunteers at the club with a wide range of skills and enthusiasm for match days, back office administration & fund raising needed.

Also anyone interested in getting involved from a playing or management perspective, we have some of the best footballing playing and training facilities in the area. If any of your readers are interested in being part of an organisation that has been a sporting institution for over almost a century in Overton, please can they contact Gary Savory on 07917 425600 or email [email protected]

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