Former Cinderford Town forward Jody Bevan says he is “delighted” to bring his Fairford Town side to the Causeway to be part of the club’s centenary via the Severn Sport Shield.
Bevan, who spent three spells with Cinderford Town during his playing career, will be heading back to his old stomping ground as part of our pre-season tournament in July.
On Monday we confirmed that the tournament is to be hosted by Cinderford Town as part of their centenary celebrations, which start in pre-season and Fairford Town are now the second side confirmed for the tournament.
The 2021 Severn Sport Shield will take place the week commencing the 12th July, with Semi-Final 1 taking place on Tuesday 13th, Semi-Final 2 taking place on Wednesday 14th, with the finals day (3rd placed play-off followed by the final) taking place on Saturday 17th July. As ever, all games will be taking place at the host ground.
We will be announcing the remaining three participants throughout the week and also announcing the 2022 host club on Friday.
Following the news that the tournament is to be part of Cinderford’s centenary celebrations Bevan told Severn Sport that he is even more excited to return to the Causeway.
“I’m really looking forward to the Shield! Personally with it being part of Cinderford’s centenary celebrations I am to delighted to be part of the occasion.
Cinderford Town is a fantastic club which I have a long history with from my playing days and I always get a warm welcome when I go back there, so I’m very excited to go back once again!
The tournament will also provide us with some excellent games in our pre-season schedule as we look forward with some excitement to the 2021/22 season,” Bevan added.
Head of Programming at Severn Sport, Ryan Butler, has reacted:
“We are delighted to have Fairford involved this year. Having discussed with Jody and Lee [Randall] last season we were keen to have them involved for the first time this summer.
When I started trying to arrange everything Jody told me he hadn’t booked a thing as the Shield was what he was waiting for and would be a major feature of their pre-season and that is insane to be told that.
For me I think Fairford will be the side that everyone will want to avoid in the semi finals, however saying that the pressure will be on them to continue the high standards we have seen from them in the Hellenic League in the last two seasons.”