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Surrey Confirms Provisional Friendlies for May 2021

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce 2 friendlies have been provisionally arranged for May 2021 at Farnham Town FC and Merstham FC, which will kick off the Surrey men’s 6 fixture stong Summer plans.

Both fixtures remain subject to confirmation closer to the time, but are intended to include fan attendance with both online ticket sales and on the day tickets available, details of which will be announced at a later date. The game at Farnham Town will feature Surrey’s postponed charity match against a Hampshire XI side in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK, with money raised from the fixture being split 50/50 between the two charities and the match will stay sponsored by Farnborough based Milestone Transport Planning.

The second of the two fixtures announced today will see Surrey’s return to Merstham since our last game hosted at the east Surrey venue against the Chagos Islands. Exact details regarding opposition will be announced at a later date, and is intended to take place one week after the team’s charity game as Surrey prepares to host the Southern Frontier Cup soon after.

Details regarding the rescheduled Southern Frontier Cup, originally planned for May 2020, but now pushed back to 2021, are still being planned before any announcements can be made publicly. Additionally Surrey’s participation in the inaugural WUFA World Series is also being planned, with details being discussed but not in a position to be announced publicly.

Surrey’s women’s team that postponed its trial game amid the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK, had also announced last week it’ll be planning to host its first home debut at Merstham FC in 2021, details of which remain in the early stages with no confirmation regarding potential opposition.

Matthew Nash Appointed Surrey Men’s Manager

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Nash as the new manager of Surrey’s senior men’s team.

Matthew Nash who has previously managed a number of clubs in Surrey and Sussex, including Farleigh Rovers, Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers, Crawley Down, Netherne and many more during his time in coaching will be joining International Surrey Football for the departed Matt Dilger. Despite the decision to step down from the role voluntarily last month, it is expected that Matt Dilger may continue to provide occasional assistance for the team’s recently launched video service, Surrey Football TV, which is hoping to expand content over the course of the 2020/21 season.

Matt Nash will be preparing the team for a busy summer in 2021 with a number of fixtures already scheduled or being organised to take place in 2021 including 2 friendlies, our rearranged charity match against a Hampshire XI side as well as 1 additional friendly to be confirmed ahead of the postponed Southern Frontier Cup that is also currently being arranged for next year and expected to still take place at Whyteleafe FC.

As well as this, the team is planning to take part in the inaugural edition of the first WUFA World Series tournament organised by the World Unity Football Alliance, details regarding the tournament will be announced in due course but is currently scheduled to take place in 2021.

Matt Dilger Steps Down as Surrey Men’s Manager

Matt Dilger, appointed Surrey manager in 2019 and oversaw the team in our most recent game against the Chagos Islands in December 2019, will be stepping down as Surrey’s senior men’s manager with immediate effect.

Matt Dilger was supposed to manage Surrey men in their May 2020 fixtures involving 2 friendlies, including our Hampshire XI charity match and the inaugural Southern Frontier Cup, unfortunately, COVID-19 forced the postponement of all fixtures, now in the process of rescheduling for 2021.

Speaking of the resignation Surrey President, Danny Clarke, said “We’ve accepted Matt’s resignation, and we thank him for his help in our most recent game and hoped he’d been able to manage more fixtures, but circumstances haven’t allowed that. We have no men’s games scheduled for the near future meaning the role will remain vacant for the time being.”

Detail regarding the appointment of Surrey’s next men’s manager will be announced when available.

2020/21 Surrey Fixture Update

Following our 2020 AGM we considered a number of fixtures for both our men and women’s team in 2020/21. We’re holding back on finalising dates until we know the relevant club fixtures to ensure no risk of conflict. However, we are happy to share some updates about what fans can begin to look forward to.

We currently only have 1 friendly planned in 2020 due to a likely congested club fixture list, we’ll be announcing details of our women’s trial game soon, once dates are confirmed, but a venue and likely opposition have been decided, subject to dates. The game will be held behind closed doors, even if there is a change in government/FA guidelines, this is to best prepare ourselves and ensure the safety and well being of everyone in our first game since December 2019.

We’re hoping our 2021 Surrey home friendlies will be open to spectators and will retain our existing price structure for both Surrey men and women’s games. Adult: £5, 65+/Student: £3 and U16: Free. Meanwhile our Southern Frontier Cup prices will also remain the same as they were for the original 2020 edition, however the Early bird discount deadlines will change, tickets will launch in August, exact date to be confirmed, and will remain available until the end of 2020, on January 1st 2021, the prices will change to general sale, so don’t miss out on getting your tickets early with up to 1/3 off.

All games open to spectators will be ticket only, and details of how you can purchase your tickets will be announced when details are confirmed. This is to both ensure we comply with any track and trace measures and limited capacity measures still in place for our games.

Our men’s team will play their long overdue friendly against a Hampshire Xi side in aid of St Catherines Hospice and Crohn’s and Colitis UK in May 2021, and will still be sponsored by Milestone Transport Planning.

We’ll also be aiming to announce new dates for the Southern Frontier Cup soon as well. Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire are automatically re-invited to the rescheduled tournament, but their places will be confirmed once new dates have been agreed

We’ll also be looking to confirm details for other fixtures, especially our women’s home debut soon as well, and potential opposition for this game is also being looked into.

Bringing Tigres to Surrey

Finding sponsors this season is proving difficult for many teams and we’re no exception, we have a number of games to look forward to, especially in 2021, and that is why we want to use this opportunity to bring Tigres closer to our plans than ever before to promote the club’s fantastic fanbase in the UK. If everyone of the 100s of Tigres fans donated just £5 (~MEX$145) we’d be able to afford everything we’d need this season!

We want to celebrate our unique connection with the Tigres fans and help them to promote their club to UK fans, that’s why we’re planning to run a special crowdfunder to support our 2020/21 plans.

We’re aiming to raise £1,200 (~MEX$35,000) to give Tigres fans our Gold Tier sponsorship of our very own Southern Frontier Cup tournament which will see the Tigres name and image spread across the 2-day tournament, but also cover a pitchside banner (like the one below) that will be present at a Surrey football ground all season including during several upcoming Surrey games.

As part of our Gold Tier Sponsorship (Full Details) of our main event in 2021. This would mean that we will incorporate the Tigres image onto our new 2021 kit that will go on sale later this year. (Example shown below)

We’ll also incorporate Tigres into our website, our tournament programmes, banners around the football stadium and more. The games will also be live-streamed for free and available internationally with English commentary provided by our partners at CW Sport Radio.

While we’re aiming for £1,200, if we raise more than beyond this, we’ll come up with more ways of celebrating the Tigres fans for helping up this season. As well as our tournament we have other games including a charity match and the debut of our new women’s team and we’d look to thank Tigres supporters here as well.

Fans interested in supporting the Tigres Supporters sponsorship of International Surrey Football in the 2020/21 season, can contribute here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tigres-fans-supporting-surrey