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Nathaniel Holland joins Surrey as Content Manager

We’re pleased to welcome Nathaniel Holland into a formal role as part of International Surrey Football, serving as our new content manager, gathering content to be published on our social media channels, website and future match day programmes, including both written and photographic content.

Nathaniel has been involved with Surrey on an informal basis in recent months and served as match photographer at our away friendly against the Army, as well as providing live twitter updates and other assistance at Sunday’s friendly against the Chagos Islands.

Nathaniel is the first of many appointments that will be made this summer before Surrey announces its next home friendly.

Liam Parrington to Step Down as Surrey Manager

Liam Parrington, appointed Surrey manager in 2017 and oversaw the team in their debut game against Barawa, will be stepping down as Surrey’s senior men’s manager upon the appointment of a new manager.

Liam, who wasn’t available to manage the team in yesterday’s loss to the Chagos Islands, will be stepping down to allow him to focus on other endeavours such as running Stateside Today, his US College Scholarship Consultancy and Surrey sponsors. However, Liam will remain involved with the Blue and Gold, taking on the vacant First Team Coach instead.

Liam will remain the Surrey manager in the meantime, leading any training sessions or fixtures ahead of the appointment of our new senior men’s manager.

In a statement Surrey President, Danny Clarke, said “Liam’s involvement in getting the team to its debut was vital and helped to set the team up to grow as it has, but it’s great that he’ll remain involved with the team as his contribution remains important.”

International Surrey Football will now accept applications for the First team Manager Role, candidates should send their applications to

Surrey Offers Honorary Vice-President with Donation

International Surrey Football are pleased to announce that we’re now offering our vacant Vice-President role as an honorary role to anyone that donates £10 or more to the team using the link below.

This will entitle you to updates about both our Surrey men’s and women’s teams through our mailing list, your name will also be listed on our new Honorary Vice-Presidents page for all those that had donated to support International Surrey Football. The appointment may also be given out to recognise those that have worked to support International Surrey Football’s growth and development and may be handed out by the Association Committee.

Donate £10 or more here

Match Report – Army FA vs Surrey

International Surrey Football were handed their first ever defeat, in only their second ever match, when they lost 6-0 to the British Army at the Aldershot Military Stadium, writes Nathaniel Holland (a.k.a The Terrace Traveller).

Hat trick hero Adam Wakely opened the scoring early in the game before Kyle Cassell doubled the lead before the break. Wakely netted the next two goals as the Army went 4-0 up with 20 minutes to go. Substitute Sean Thomson netted the fifth from close range before Sam Atkinson’s free kick took a wicked deflection into the back of the net to round off the scoring.

The game was a great warm-up for upcoming matches for both the Army and Surrey. The visitors have their first home game of the season at the end of April when they host the Chagos Islands at Merstham FC’s Moatside Ground. The Army head into next week’s inter-services opener with the RAF at Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground.

Ashley West, Lea’van Sullivan, Felix Ahorlu, Ben Ewing, Mal Thomas and Jay Jones all returned to the Surrey side for their second caps, whilst debuts were handed out to Ali Fofanah, Bas Morally, Era Kabuye, Kieran Campbell and Daz Siaw.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors as Lewisham Borough’s Jones laid the ball off to Thomas who saw his shot whistle just wide of the post. However it was the hosts who took the lead on 12 minutes when Surrey could only half clear a corner into the box and the ball was crossed back in, West dropped the ball and Wakely bundled the ball in over the line.

At the other end Kabuye was left in acres of space on the right wing as he collected a lobbed diagonal ball forward that caught out the Army defence, however, the Chessington & Hook midfielder sent his cross high and wide when he possibly could have tested the ‘keeper with a shot instead.

The Army doubled their lead with another soft goal on 23 minutes when Daniel Stoneman’s low cross evaded everybody inside the are and fell to Cassell at the back post to drill the ball into the back of the net.

It was a close encounter with much of the play bogged down in the midfield, with the hostsprobably just shading the possession as both sides tried to get a foothold in the match. Ahorlu, who plays at club level for Knaphill, had a curling effort fizz just wide of Luke Cairney’s goal. The Poole Town keeper was having a fairly quiet night between the sticks.

Chessington & Hook’s Daz Siaw was also a physical presence in attack for the Yellows, but the Army were organised at the back. Surrey were dealt an injury blow just before the interval when Fofanah of Colliers Wood United limped off with an ankle injury after taking a bad knock in a challenge on the touchline. This forced the opening substitute of the game as Ayman Dahdouh came on for his first cap.

At half time, Surrey made a change between the sticks as Kevin Wheller of Knaphill replaced West for his second cap, and there was also changes in personnel for the Army side too.

Matt Glass was denied by the inside of the post when he managed to work a shooting opportunity before firing an absolute pile driver at goal that cannoned off the post after it had the beating of Wheller.

The third goal did come on 57 minutes when a long ball forward caught out Ewing, who could only direct his header backwards, allowing Cassell to put a low cross into the box and Wakely tapped in from close range for his second of the night.

Surrey created a chance of their own after some build up play and Kabuye worked some space inside the area but Cairney made a good block at the near post to concede a corner.

The visitors were dealt another injury blow and were forced into another substitution as Ahorlu limped off with an ankle injury to be replaced by Wanderers’ player Dare Mustapha. Wakely completed his hat trick on 69 minutes when Thomas sloppily gave the ball way to Stoneman who put in a pinpoint cross for Wakely to head in from five yards out and end all hopes of a Surrey comeback.

Army coach Sean Birchnall made plenty of changes as his squad gained vital game time ahead of their inter-services matches and with Surrey all out of changes, the fresh legs were to be the difference in the final 20 minutes.

With five minutes left on the clock, a long ball forward to towering forward Jack May left him through on goal, but he was nudged over inside the area by Morally who escaped a card in the spirit of the friendly. Glass stepped up to take but his shot was well saved by Wheller, but Army substitute Thomson was on hand to nod into the back of the net with the rebound.

The Army finished the game strongly and the sixth goal went in from Sam Atkinson’s drilled free kick from the edge of the box, taking a wicked deflection and nestling into the back of the net with Wheller wrong-footed.

This report was brought to you by The Terrace Traveller, a full album of images from the game can be found on The Terrace Traveller’s Facebook page!

Surrey XI to play Army FA on March 13th

We’re pleased to announce the Surrey players that will play the Army FA at the Aldershot Military Stadium on Wednesday 13th March, the list includes the return of 10 players that featured in the debut fixture against Barawa in Rotherhithe in May 2018, with a further 6 new players receiving their first Surrey caps in this fixture.

1. Ashers West (GK)
2. Bas Morally (First Cap)
3. James Curran (First Cap)
4. Felix Ahorlu
5. Lea’van Sullivan (C)
6. Era Kabuya (First Cap)
7. Darryl Siaw (First Cap)
8. Jordan Holmes
9. Jay Jones
10. Mal Thomas
11. Jarvis Nutt
12. Kevin Wheller (GK)
13. Kieren Campbell (First Cap)
14. Dare Mustapha
15. Ayman Dahdouh (First Cap)
16. Kyle Bailey

Due to the absence of Surrey manager Liam Parrington, Assistant Manager and player, Ben Ewing, will be leading the management of the team with assistance from Goalkeeping coach and Director of Women’s Football John O’Brien. Leavan Sullivan will serve as Surrey’s first captain for this fixture, the appointment may change ahead of Surrey’s game against the Chagos Islands on April 28th.

The above list is not the starting 11, this will be announced ahead of kick off. Live twitter updates as well as additional content will be posted on our Instagram account, follow us on both to follow the game if you’re unable to attend.