Miles Rutherford

Rutherford eyes Community Shield silverware

Chichester City preview ahead of Community Shield

The Sussex Community Shield in aid of the NSPCC is due to take place on Tuesday 30 July between Bognor Regis Town and Chichester City. 

Bognor Regis Town vs. Chichester City
Sussex Community Shield in aid of the NSPCC
Date: Tuesday 30 July 2019
Kick-off: 7:30pm 
Venue: Sussex County FA HQ, Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9AX

Southern Combination Football League winners Chichester City are looking forward to the 2019/20 season and for manager Miles Rutherford that kicks-off against local neighbours Bognor Regis Town.

Rutherford said: “We have two tough games to start what is a big year for the football club. We’ve got a cup final against some old friends in Bognor and then we have an FA Cup tie against Erith Town before the league season starts, so its two tough games coming up.”

Speaking about his opposite number on Tuesday night, Jack Pearce, and his Bognor Regis Town side, Miles was complimentary about their approach and style.

“Playing Bognor is a chance for us to see where we are, as they are always a good side and like to play Jack’s way, which is attractive football. 

“As much as Jack sometimes gets unjustified criticism, he will never spend money the club can’t afford, and has given the supporters years of good football with a club that everyone strides to be like. People do have short memories sometimes, and really without Jack Bognor wouldn’t be where they are today.”

Focusing back on his side the Chichester boss said: “It’s a big year for us this year, having achieved promotion we are going into an unknown league, against teams we are not familiar with, and some grounds we’ve not visited before, but we will definitely be giving it our best shot.

“The players were a credit to the club last year, and we were not expecting to be in this position because financially the club are at least two years behind where we need to be. But, the players are all up for the challenge, as is everyone involved in the club.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s local derby the message from the gaffer was succinct: “We will be going into the game looking forward to meeting lots of friends, but wanting to come away with the trophy!”

Entry prices for the Sussex Community Shield in aid of the NSPCC are as follows:
£7.00 Adult (17+)
£4.00 Concession (65+ and students with valid student ID card)
£1.00 Child (16 and under)

For further details about the Sussex Community Shield in aid of the NSPCC please contact Competitions:

T: 01903 753547