We are delighted to announce that Brad Clayton has re-signed with the club for at least the 2022/23 season, putting pen to paper on a contract in recent weeks. Brad has been an integral part of the squad at the Meadow over the last four seasons since joining from Brentford in August 2018, an exciting attacking midfielder and fans favourite.
With 47 goals in 119 games in his 4 seasons at the club, including 26 goals last seasons to finish as Top Scorer as well as picking up the Supporters Trust Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season at the end of season awards.
We spoke to Brad about re-signing at the Meadow; “I’m delighted to be re-signing with the club for next season, I think we’ve got a really bright future as a club with the team that JD & Muzza have put together. We’re all looking forward to pushing on next season again
I’m delighted to be staying part of the club, this is only the second club of my career (after leaving Brentford), and the club & supporters have been great with me and my family when they come down to games with their Chesham scarves.”
With managers James Duncan & Michael Murray understandably delighted that Brad has put pen to paper; “We are really pleased to be signing Brad up for at least another season at the Meadow. Brad has been brilliant for us and has established himself as one of the best attacking players in the league.
We know his re-signing will be a popular one with supporters and we are looking forward to next season already with lots of positive conversations with last year’s squad and possible new additions already”
And Chairman Peter Brown was also delighted with the news; “Brad has had an excellent season and I am really pleased that we have been able to agree terms with him nice and early for us to start to build a team to compete at the top end of the table again next season. I know the managers have had lots of positives conversations that we’ll be able to announce in due course”
It is with regret that the club can confirm that midfielder Dave Pearce has decided to leave the club in search of more first team football after 8 seasons at the Meadow.
Pearcey made his debut for the club in August 2014, going on to make 268 appearances for the club and scoring 80 goals. Dave was involved in some of the greatest game in the clubs recent history including all 3 FA Cup 1st/2nd Proper fixtures in the 15/16 and 16/17 seasons.
We understand Dave is in the process of signing for a local club at Step 4 and at Chesham we have done everything we can to make this a smooth transfer for him.
We’d like to thank Dave for his service and wish him all the best for the future.
Dave had the following message for supporters as he departs the club:
I’m saddened to announce that my time at Chesham United has come to an end. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to play for Chesham since my debut in 2014. I’m taking with me some amazing memories, especially the incredible FA Cup runs, which I will never forget.
Unfortunately, this season hasn’t worked out how I’d hoped abut I’d like to thank all the supporters over the years who have been great with me! Chesham is a great club with lots of amazing people running it behind the scenes and I wish them all the very best for the future. A special thank you to my sponsor at the club George Adams who has sponsored me since I signed – big thanks George for all your support of me
Up the Generals
JD & Muzza have added to the squad this week with the addition of Kylian Kouassi, a young striker from Sutton United, joining on a months loan Kylian joined up with us on Tuesday night and started in the 2-2 draw v Beaconsfield.
Welcome to the club Kylian
Firstly, we hope everyone is safe and well. In what has been a crazy year we hope everyone is staying healthy and in a good place mentally.
Second lockdown has arrived and just as we started to show improvements in our performances and we had key players returning from injury. For large parts of most games we have been defensively sound and competitive, we would of liked to have scored more goals though, however in the last three games we were pleased with how we played in the attacking third.
Our last game, saw a much improved second half performance which resulted in a penalty win. As much as we were disappointed with our first half performance you have to give credit to Whyteleafe, we thought their forward line was a real threat, caused us loads of problems and more than deserved their two goal lead. The second half saw us dominate possession and we pressed much higher up the pitch which resulted in us creating lots of chances and eventually scoring the equaliser with the last kick of the game. We managed to overcome our penalty disappointment against Hastings in the FA Cup, scoring 4 with Sam stopping 3 penalties in the match to see us through.
Now into Lockdown2, the players have been given a fitness schedule to follow and have been in close dialogue with the us and the rest of the management team so we can track progress. If the situation improves, it seems football will return from 3rd December onwards with matches from the following midweek but we await final dates from the League and FA Trophy organisers. The support we have had for the home games was absolutely brilliant and as management and players we are grateful for your continued support.
Finally, the club are arranging a Managers/Supporters evening over Zoom for the end of lockdown and all supporters are welcome to join and ask us questions.
We are look forward to seeing everyone soon! Stay safe
JD and Muzz
Chesham United are delighted to announce the signing of 19 year old forward, Tyrone Lewthwaite on dual-registration terms. Tyrone can play across the frontline and arrives from Vanarama National League South side Hampton & Richmond.
A Northern Ireland Under-19 international, Tyrone made 10 appearances last season for Hampton, scoring 4 goals in that time. Prior to joining Hampton, Tyrone had spells at Rotherham United and Watford where he came through the Academy setup.
Tyrone goes into the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Yate and the club would like to thank Gary McCann and Hampton & Richmond for getting this over the line today.
JD & Muzza have added to their squad ahead of the season starts with the additions of Billie Busari & Reece Yorke who both appeared through pre season as trialists.
Billie Busari is a talented 19 year old winger who started his career at Fulham before joining Reading’s academy and eventually Tring Athletic where he made 26 appearances scoring 4 goals as a 17 year old in 2018/19. Billie (or Trialist D) on the night scored the opening goal of the game in our first home friendly v Northwood with a fine half volley from the edge of the box.
Reece Yorke is an experienced centre-back who joined the Generals in September 2020 from Beaconsfield after 3 years with the Rams as a key part of their starting XI.
In addition to the two new faces, the club are delighted to announce that two players from the clubs Academy have signed first team forms. Second year scholar Blaaze Lawrence (17yo), another talented young winger who was on the bench last season in the League Cup, came on to make his debut in the friendly against Wycombe Wanderers and first year scholar and young goalkeeper, Dan Hosier (16yo), who saved a penalty and shined in the FA Youth Cup, has signed and will be joining the first team keepers at training to continue his development. The club are delighted with the progression of our young academy players, with Blaaze and Dan being the 2nd & 3rd scholars to sign forms after Josh Smith became the first last season away at Newport Pagnell in the County Cup.
Firstly, we hope everyone connected to the club and those close to you are keeping healthy and safe.
A big thank you to everyone that came to the club awards on the 11th, it was great to see everyone and we know everyone at the club is looking forward to next season.
And speaking of next season, for the past few months we have been no nearer to knowing when we will be getting back down on the pitch. We are delighted to be in a position now where we have a restart date and the plans we have been putting in place over the last few months can be confirmed and we are able to to start confirming the 2020/21 squad this week.
We will continue to be supported by a fantastic backroom staff with Mick Johnson continuing as Assistant Manager, David Murphy as First Team Coach and Daryl Vas as goalkeeping coach. Matt Loomes will continue to provide the players with the very best medical care as the clubs first team physio. The full backroom team will be invaluable to the players as we go through the season and we are delighted to have them all back for 2020/21.
As mentioned in yesterday’s club statement, we hope to have an exciting pre-season programme for the supporters after such a lengthy lay off, with details of individual games being confirmed as agreed with the opponents.
Please keep an eye on social media & the website for further announcements over the coming weeks.
Joint Manager’s James Duncan and Michael Murray have strengthened the squad this week with the signing of Scott Shulton and the return of Lewis Rolfe.
The managers are delighted with the additions and hopes both Scott and Lewis will give the squad a boost as we come towards to the business end of the season in a strong position. Both additions go straight into the match day squad for the visit to Wimborne Town on Saturday.
30 year old ball playing central midfielder Scott Shulton joins from St Albans City and has been a consistent performer over the last few seasons for local rivals St Albans and Hemel; where he was highly regarded at that level. Scott started his career at Watford before signing professional terms with Wycombe Wanderers. Opportunities were limited at Adams Park meaning spells at various clubs followed including Ebbsfleet, Braintree and Hemel before his recent spell at St Albans City.
27 year old versatile defender Lewis Rolfe has rejoined the club for a 3rd spell to add to his 68 appearances for the Generals after leaving in the summer for Cambridge City and then Hitchin Town. Lewis made 33 appearances last season, then moved on in the summer but is back with the Generals for the run-in. Welcome back to the Meadow, Lewis Rolfe.
We are delighted to have extended Zack Joseph’s loan deal from Hampton & Richmond Borough for a second month. Zack is improving every game and he has improved the team since arriving, he scored his first goal on Tuesday night and I’m sure this is the first of many to come. Going the other way, Jonathan North has been recalled from his loan spell by his parent club Wealdstone this week but we are delighted to have Ben Goode back fit from his shoulder injury.
Carl Pearce and Tosh Gallimore have joined the squad after being involved in pre-season, Carl is an excellent centre back, who represented an England C team last season in the Falkland Islands last season. Tosh Gallimore (19 year old British Virgin Islands international midfielder), joined us in pre-season and has just returned from injury.
On the injury news, we have recently welcomed back Bradley Clayton who has had no reaction to his ankle injury and is now fully fit. Bayley Brown has had a slight setback during training with his groin strain, but he should be back in two weeks, Billy Adcock has made good progress and has started some light training and Ronny Mifinda picked up an ankle injury in the Wimborne game which will see him sidelined for a further 2/3 weeks. Steve Brown is still suffering from concussion and we are awaiting some scan results this week.
As a management team, we recently passed a year in a charge and what a year it’s been. Last October with the club being bottom of the league and 10 points adrift, to finish securing a solid mid table finish it’s something we are very proud of. We have made a solid start to this season, and returning 28 points from the 14 games so far this year is something we would have taken at the start of the campaign.
We’d would like to thank the club, chairman, board members, volunteers and supporters for all your support; you have all been fantastic from the day we arrived.
JD & Muzza
Chesham United are delighted to announce the signing of Zak Joesph on a one month loan deal from Vanarama National League South side Hampton & Richmond.
Zak can play across the frontline and was prolific in guiding Hendon to Isthmian League play off final in 2017/18, scoring 18 goals in all competitions, before following manager Gary McCann to the Beavers in the summer of 2018. Played a key role in Hampton’s FA Cup run to the first round proper where they were beaten by Oldham Athletic in front of the BT Sports cameras.
Zak was an unused substitute last Saturday at the Meadow for Hampton’s FA Cup victory, and has signed in time to make his Chesham debut this Saturday against Yate Town.