End of an era, as David Ray and Matt Partridge move on from BTFC…

It’s with a hugely heavy heart that Basingstoke Town FC announce that captain David Ray is to move on to pastures new next season. It’s been a difficult time for both player and club but the move is one that makes sense for both parties.

David is looking at the option of signing for a club a little closer to the family home and BTFC are continuing the project of bringing in young, talented players with a long term view of giving those players everything they need in order to head up the football pyramid under Manager Terry Brown’s stewardship.

David Ray among the goals against Winchester in the Hampshire Senior Cup Semi Final

The only senior player to remain with squad after the 2015/16 season – as the club embarked on a new era focused on youth and a full time professional set up – Ray was a pretty much ever-present figure in the Basingstoke Town First Team in the 2016/17 season. His leadership and guidance was in no doubt key to helping Terry Brown’s young side reach and ultimately become champions of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Terry Brown said of Ray:

David is a consummate professional and he embodies Basingstoke Town Football Club. He’s been with the club through its ups and downs but always gives 100% and wears his heart on his sleeve. Razor has a special place in many of the clubs fans and it’s not hard to see why. He will be a massive miss but it was the right decision at this point in time – we wish him every success in the future!

Ray played almost 400 games for BTFC, scoring a good number of trademark goals along the way!

David Ray and Manager Terry Brown celebrate becoming 2016/17 Hampshire Senior Cup Champions

As some will have already seen on social media, Matt Partridge has also left the club by mutual consent and we wish him all the best in his next footballing venture. Matt is a player of similar stature to David, an established non-league player with bags of experience and talent to go along with it. Partridge helped form a strong spine at the club in 2016/17, whether playing in midfield or along side the former captain at the heart of defence.

Matt Partridge in action against Hitchin Town

Terry Brown added of Matt:

It’s a shame we are losing two senior players in one go but circumstances at the club have forced our hand a little and I remain as positive as ever about the project here and Basingstoke. Both Matty and Razor offered a wealth of experience on and off the field and will be missed but, again, it’s the right decision at this point.

David and Matt, from everyone at the club, you will be massively missed and we all wish you the very best of luck for the future! #BTFCForever !!

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