Tuesday, 15 August 2017

McWILLIAMS STUNNER MAKES IT ALL SQUARE IN LOCAL DERBY

Only a few miles separate and a very short journey along the A10 separate Wodson Park and FC Broxbourne Borough so tonight's Spartan South Midlands League Division One game was a real local derby. Going into the match the home side had drawn 1-1 at Bedford on the opening day and followed this up with a good 3-2 at home to Broadfields United. FC Broxbourne had played Tower Hamlet twice in the Emirates FA Cup drawing the first game 1-1 before going down 1-0 at The Mile End Stadium in a replay. They followed this up with a disappointing 0-4 home defeat against Winslow United. 

A draw was the right result in this one. Wodson Park scored first just after half-time with FC Broxbourne bringing things all square with a fantastic goal from James McWilliams - He confidently struck the ball home from a long way out of the box with the keeper looking beaten from the moment it left his foot. 

Each side played some good football with both having chances at the end to win it. Both keepers made at least one decent save in the final 20 minutes of the game. 

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NON-LEAGUE CROWDS!  THE OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE WAS GIVEN AS 14 PAYING CUSTOMERS 







 FC BROXBOURNE BOROUGH'S MANAGER ROY BLEAU - THEIR CLUB TRACKSUITS MADE BY KAPPA LOOKED FANTASTIC 

Monday, 14 August 2017

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - ETON MANOR 1975/76

They didn't draw massive crowds to their games but Eton Manor Football Club were and still are much loved by many - they are currently in abeyance after withdrawing from the Essex Senior League at the end of last season season - they are classed as non-playing members of the league at present. Hopefully the club formed in 1901 will be back at some level of football for the 2018/19 campaign especially as they came about through a number of affluent, rich and influential families bringing sport to the poor and underprivileged youth of the East End of London. The club's spiritual home and local area has changed remarkably over the past ten to fifteen years especially with the 2012 Olympics and the development of Stratford - I believe there is still a place for such a historic and important football club in the area even if it's at a lower level of the pyramid but closer to their roots.  

The club's football, cricket and football sections used the sports-ground at Hackney Marshes known as 'The Wilderness' up until the 1950s. Since then they have played at a number of different venues in East London and Hertfordshire. 

Here we travel back over 40 years to the 1975/76 Essex Senior League season when Eton Manor ground shared at Walthamstow Avenue's Green Pond Road ground. The two programmes are for games against Tiptree and Stansted - one mentions Eton Manor travelling to Southend United after a midweek defeat to Billericay Town (who were eventual champions with Tiptree as runner's up!) and coming away with a win thanks to a hat-trick by John Inkersole. Southend United entered an 'A' side in the ESL in 1971/72 and from 1974 to 1976. 

Eton Manor finished seventh in the table after losing their opening six games - They lost eleven games in total which means they had an impressive record of just five defeats in their last twenty-two games.  








Of the pubs advertised in the programmes The Sebright Arms is still open and is a very popular local music venue. Like many pubs in the area The Norfolk and The Duke of Devonshire are now unfortunately shut. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE (SUNDAYS) CONSTITUTION FOR 2017/18

PREMIER DIVISION 
BAA Heathrow (Sunday) 
Brentford St. Georges 
Club Assyria 
FC Bengals 
Manor 
Old Greenfordians 
Old Southall 
R Benson 
Yeading Town Abbey 

DIVISION ONE 
Barnhill Club 
Brentford City 
CB Hounslow United (Sunday) 
Cool Oak Rangers 
FC Brentford 
Heathrow Club 
Hendon Athletic 
Sandgate 
UB6 United 

DIVISION TWO
Hare & Hounds 
Heathrow Club Reserves 
Heston Celtic 
Ivy Leaf WD 
Reality 
Roxeth District Albion 
Royal Park 
Ruislip Rovers 
West Drayton 
West Hillingdon 
Willow Park 

DIVISION THREE 
BAA Heathrow (Sunday) Reserves 
AFC Heathrow 
Ashford Town Wanderers 
CB Hounslow United (Sunday) Reserves 
Court Park Utd 
Grenfell Athletic 
JL Rovers (Sunday) 
King William IV 
West Drayton Reserves 
Willesden Working Mans 
Wishing Well Wanderers 
Lord Hill

GREAT START TO THE THURLOW NUNN PREMIER DIVISION BY COGGESHALL TOWN

Coggeshall Town have continued on from their brilliant 2016/17 campaign where they finished as runner's up in Division One achieving promotion to the Premier Division. 

They have won 0-3 at Fakenham Town, 5-1 and 2-0 at home to Stanway Rovers and Godmanchester Rovers followed by a 0-3 Friday night victory over Brantham Athletic. Gorleston are close behind them having only played three games with a 100% record. 

Coggeshall's next game is at home to Ipswich Wanderers next Saturday. Gorleston go to Stowmarket Town (who finished above The Seedgrowers as D1 Champions last season) on Tuesday evening before they travel to Essex Senior League side Southend Manor in the Emirates FA Cup next weekend. 



WELL PLAYED KINGSTONIAN + BOSTIK PREMIER MIDWEEK FIXTURES

You'd had to have been living on Mars over the past 24 hours not to know the result of the opening day of the Bostik Premier Division which lit up social media. At this current time the K's official club tweet of the result has been re-tweeted 708 times and liked a further 1,500 times since it was posted. Lewis Taylor (who scored the winner for Tonbridge Angels in the 2011 Premier Division play-off final) scored the only goal of the game in the 90th minute. Craig Edwards team is back in action tomorrow evening at 'home*' to Burgess Hill Town who recorded a 1-1 draw at home to Needham Market on Saturday.

For title favourite's Billericay Town it's a long trip to the Suffolk coast to face Lowestoft Town on Tuesday evening where they will be looking to get their first three points of the season before a massive game at Champion Hill next Saturday against Dulwich Hamlet.  

Merstham were top scorers of the day netting four times against Wingate and Finchley. Alex Addai scored twice for The Moatsiders. 

* The K's are ground-sharing with Leatherhead after moving out of Kingsmeadow  

BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION MIDWEEK FIXTURES 
MONDAY 
Kingstonian v Burgess Hill Town 

TUESDAY 

Brightlingsea Regent v Leiston 
Dorking Wanderers v Metropolitan Police 
Folkestone Invicta v Merstham 
Harlow Town v Dulwich Hamlet 
Hendon v Enfield Town 
Lowestoft Town v Billericay Town 
Margate v Tonbridge Angels 
Needham Market v Thurrock 
Staines Town v Tooting & Mitcham United 
Wingate & Finchley v Harrow Borough

WEDNESDAY 

Leatherhead v Worthing 

NORTH FERRIBY UNITED LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST WIN

It's been a terrible start to the Vanarama North season for North Ferriby United who finished bottom of the Vanarama National last season. The Villagers have been well beaten in their first three league games by scorelines of 0-4, 0-2 and 0-5. 

There next two games are away from home at Alfreton Town on Tuesday and Blyth Spartans on Saturday. Both have won one of their opening three games. 

They are rated at 7/2 to win the game on Tuesday evening with Alfreton best priced at 13/16. 

Hopefully for their loyal fans the 2015 FA Trophy winners can pick up a win or two in the coming months. 


Saturday, 12 August 2017

ALL SQUARE AT DONKEY LANE ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE SEASON

It was all square between Enfield Town and Folkestone Invicta in the opening day Bostik League game at Donkey Lane today. The Towner's had a starting XI all making their debut for the club as the Andy Leese era got underway. The visitors had alot of the possession in the first half and were much the better side going forward with debutant Ade Yussuff causing problems throughout playing in free role across the top line. It was his run down the left wing which set up Ian Draycott who was unlucky not to score with a far post header which flashed past the post. 

It was much better in the opening moments of the second half for the home side when Drew Roberts received the ball at the edge of the box and placed the ball past Tim Roberts in the away goal to make it 1-0. Invicta put on the pressure looking for an equaliser and got their reward when a quickly taken free kick caught the Towners out and allowed Yussuff to tap home from close range. The final minutes of the game got quite scrappy with a few fouls and bookings given. 

It's early days yet for both sides. A 1-1 draw was about the right result. Former Dagenham and Redbridge striker Ade Yussuff looks a really good signing for Invicta - he will score many goals this season I think. 

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TOWN'S NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM - ANDY LEESE, DARREN PURSE and SHAUN REECE 


"MR FOLKESTONE" - INVICTA MANAGER NEIL CUGLEY HAS BEEN WITH THE CLUB FOR 21 SEASONS. HE SCORED 46 TIMES FOR THE CLUB IN THE 1982/83 SEASON













DREW ROBERTS SCORES ENFIELD TOWN'S GOAL 
TOWN CELEBRATE THEIR GOAL 
THE TRAVELLING INVICTA FANS MADE LOTS OF NOISE WHICH WAS GREAT TO SEE.