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Andover FC v Vics 11th September 1948

Bournemouth Poppies v Vics 1st March 1969

1989 - Alan Reed - Vics New Manager…

Back in 1989 Alan Reed took over as Vics Manager.

Alan - brother of Daz Dyer’s Mum - took over when money was tight but vowed to bring Vics on and up in the following 1990/91 season. He had  played in over 650 games in 20 years service to Vics and was quoted as saying back then: “ten years ago beating Newport once was something you dreamed of. Since then we have beaten them in four Gold Cup Finals and achieved Hampshire League doubles. Graham Daish must take a lot of the credit. He got the team together that made our minds up and got the floodlights.”

Sadly, through injury, Alan missed out on one the greatest games in Vics history, The Hampshire Senior Cup Final at the Dell, commenting further: “I still wonder how we would have faired against Sholing in 1984 with our full team, as Kim Hopcroft and John Carragher were also missing from  that side. Having beaten Southern Leaguers Waterlooville and Fareham en route, it would have been highly probable that Vics could have been the giant-killers.

Later Vics celebrated the Hampshire League title and moved up to the Wessex League with a team comprising many Isle of Wight favourites such as: John Hazell, Paul Cade, Gerry Shaw, the Watson brothers and Steve Greening. Other notable players back in those days were: Steve Ryan, Sparky Hutton and Simon Moore.

Alan, himself, caught the eye of the Hampshire FA and was duly rewarded some games for the county. He also achieved getting the Vics into the Wessex League. Alan remarked later, comparing Hampshire League with the Wessex League: “The Wessex League is a good competitive league, but not a lot stronger than the Hampshire League we first won, as it has become something of an elite Hampshire League.”

Alan was also responsible for bringing ex Saint Nick Holmes to Beatrice Avenue. He received some criticism for this but stated at the time: “there is nothing contentuous about Nick. It was great to be in the same side as him and he also did a lot for Vics youngsters”.

Alan’s favourite formation was a 4-3-3 line up, which he introduced from the outset as Manager, but sadly half the team were missing on his first game due injury and sickness, but soldiered on. Away from Vics his favourite team was Chelsea, and looking to the future. his six year old son Matthew had already had his first game playing for the Binstead Youth Nursey side.

Joe Reed, Matthew’s Grandad applauded young Matthew’s efforts as like father, like son for untiring effort. Alan and wife Sue have two other children: Lara (8) and little Alexander (2).

Acknowledgement: Isle of Wight Weekly Post 26.1.1989. - Précis of John Hannam’s article for the Post.

1956 - East Cowes Vics V Shanklin - Hants Senior Cup 1st Round Saturday October 20th 1956. Result: Shanklin 5 - 1 East Cowes Vics

Special thanks to Derek Smith for loan of the programme - No.6 in the programme for Shanklin.

Derek is well known on the Island as a teacher in local schools, plus playing for Island clubs: 1955 to the 1980’s… Hampshire League Clubs (then): Cowes Sports, Sandown and Vics and Island League Clubs: Shanklin, Haylands and Bembridge - Derek also played in Australia in the Queensland State League for Latrobe in Division 1.