The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 26th June 2012
A packed clubhouse was in attendance as chairman John Applegate introduced new manager Nathan Rudge, who in turn unveiled five new Bluebirds.
Headlining the clutch of new faces is experienced former Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City striker Lee Phillips.
The 31-year-old has also enjoyed a successful career at Conference Premier level with Cambridge United and joins the Bluebirds form Bath City.
Rudge has also signed experienced former Tiverton Town and Forest Green Rovers midfielder Scott Rogers, 32, from Newport County.
Another recruit from Bath is 20-year-old forward Josh Egan, who had a spell at Blackpool after leaving Cheltenham Town’s academy.
England Futsal captain and winger Luke Ballinger has joined from rivals Frome Town, while Shaun Lamb was re-introduced to the Bluebirds faithful.
The full-back left the club towards the end of last season to join Toolstation Western Leaguers Bitton but has re-signed for Chippenham.
Rudge also introduced his assistant, former Bitton manager Richard Fey, and confirmed that Pete Hussey and Matty Bown will continue their rolls on the coaching staff.
Vice-chairman Neil Blackmore also outlined Chippenham’s plans to further become a community-based club with the introduction of two new sides, Chippenham Park and Chippenham Park Reserves, who will be formed following an alliance with FC Chippenham, with the intention of providing a pathway for local youngsters to progress from under-8’s to senior football.