Saturday, 6 February 2016

STILL NO WINS FOR ST FRANCIS RANGERS BUT A CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT

Picture courtesy of @Pier__Pressure
The Cold End brought to you news of Southern Combination League Premier Division side St Francis Rangers and their win-less record a few weeks ago. Since then Rangers have parted company with then boss Kai Bichard and recruited League Tow Barnet FC's head of recruitment Joe Monks as new manager who has signed a number of new players all aged between 17 and 22 - a number from The Bee's academy.  

Today was Monk's first game in charge as they welcomed Eastbourne Town and their brilliant fans, who you can follow on twitter at the above link, to The Colwell Ground. Town recorded a 0-9 victory - they are currently top of the division and looking at a return to Ryman League football which they left in 2014.

So it's twenty four games so far and twenty four defeats along with -165 goal difference! Next weekend they make the journey to eighth placed Pagham looking for that illusive draw or even a victory.

FA SUNDAY CUP - UPDATE

The FA Sunday Cup is down the last eight (Fifth Round) aside from one game scheduled to be played in the Fourth Round tomorrow between Burradon & New Fordley and Hardwick Social. The full line up of fixtures for the Fifth Round is as follows -

The Molly v Campfield 
A Mersyside derby as The Molly (of the Liverpool & District Sunday League) take on current holder's Campfield (of the Liverpool Business Houses League).

OJM v Burradon & New Fordley/Hardwick Social 
Birmingham/West Midland's based OJM (named after Oliver J Mee, a former soldier, who was tragically murdered in 2007) of the Warley District Sunday League were last season's runners up and they face the winners of the Burradon & New Fordley and Hardwick Social clash. Burradon are members of the Blyth and Wansbeck Sunday League and is a village to the North of Newcastle and South of Blyth. Hardwick Social are members of the Stockton Sunday League so for tomorrow's game it'll be very competative Newcastle v Middlesborough affair. 

Barnes AFC v Black Horse (Redditch)
Barnes AFC (members of the Chiswick & District Sunday League) and are not to be confused with Barnes Albion who also play in the same division and were runner's up in the competition in 2013. They host Black Horse who were formed back in 1961 and play in the Redditch and South Warwickshire Combination.

St Josephs (Sunday) v New Salamis 
This should be a cracking cup tie as St Josephs (of the North Home Counties Sunday League), who have a rich history in the competition winning it in 1995 and 1996 as well as being runner's up in 98,99 and 2006, welcome last season's semi-finalists to Arlesey Town's ground. Haringey based New Salamis play in the KOPA Cypriot Football League.

LAST FOUR WINNERS 
2015 - Campfield
2014 - Humbledon Plains Farm 
2013 - Oyster Martyrs 
2012 - Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

WADHAM LODGE SUPPORT THE DANNY WALTON FUND


Wednesday 10th February 2016 is another date for local football fan's as Wadham Lodge welcome Sawbridgeworth Town to East London for their Gordon Brasted Quarter-Final game. The club will be donating a percentage of the gate fee and holding a collection for a very worthwhile cause.

Danny Walton is a 16 year old boy, who lives locally, who has Cerebral Palsy which severely affects his movement meaning he is unable to walk and needs a wheelchair to get out and about. His speech and language are limited and he requires 24 hour care.

A decent turnout from the local football family would be great to see. Let's hope Wadham Lodge raise a good amount of money.

If you are close to E17 why not get down to Wadham Lodge to see the game and support Danny.

HELP THE HAMLET SUPPORT REFUGEES


Wednesday 2nd March is a date to mark in your diary as Ryman Premier Division Dulwich Hamlet have arranged a friendly game against Middlesex County League club FC Assyria to raise money and resources for refugees in the local area.

The game came about after Southwark Councillor Jasmine Ali made an initial approach to the Chairman of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust Duncan Hart, to see if our club could help to highlight and fund raise in some way, after being approached by some of the local people, originally from Syria, who she represents as their local councillor.Duncan then passed on her details to fellow Trust Board member Mishi Morath, who could take the idea forward, as a member of the Football Club Committee.

FC Assyria compete in the Middlesex County Premier Division which is one above Stonewall FC who played at Champion Hill in 2015 in a friendly 'Anti-Homophobia' match 

The club were formed in the late 1960's to represent the Assyrian Society of United Kingdom in Ealing, West London. Over the past thirty years or so, the team have successfully competed in the local leagues, challenging for both league and cup honours. These traditions are still alive today with the team playing at Step Seven of the non-league ladder.

The Assyrians of today are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking descendants of the ancient Assyrian people, one of the earliest civilisations emerging in the Middle East, and have a history spanning over 6750 years. The Assyrians are Christian, with their own unique language, culture and heritage living mainly in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey. Unfortunately due to War and ISIS attacks, many Assyrians have had to flee their homelands and become Refugees. This game gives Dulwich supporters and all local fans an opportunity to reach out to both the local refugee community in Southwark and across London.

All of the money raised at the match will be split between two very important charities, one local to Dulwich and one national. The Southwark Refugee Communities Forum are one of Hamlet's match partners, with the other half being donated to the much larger national British Red Cross Syria Appeal.

Mishi Morath stated "This really is a case of each & every one of us pulling together & all mucking in, doing something that’s appreciated & backed not just by our own fans, but the whole of our wider community in SE22 & beyond.”

The game kicks off at 7.45pm with admission only £5 for adults, £2 concessions & all under 12's free.

FA Assyria have a chance of getting to the Middlesex Intermediate Cup Final as they face fellow Middlesex County Premier Division club Indian Gymkhana Club in their next game on Saturday 6th March. Their games in the competition so far have produced a number of goals - In Round Two they beat Pitshanger Dynamo 6-4 and in the Quarter Final they squeezed through 3-4 at AFC Hillgate.

Check out Dulwich's website for more information on the game - pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

NORTHERN, SOUTHERN OR ISTHMIAN PREMIER DIVISIONS - WHO IS THE STRONGEST LEAGUE?

The Cold End first published the below table in 2011 comparing the Northern Premier, Isthmian and Southern League Premier Divisions. It was from the season 1986/87 season when automatic promotion to the football league from the Conference was introduced. I have updated it to include the last few seasons and it shows since the creation of the Conference South and North divisions only AFC Wimbledon have made it into the football league. I wonder if any team will make it up into League Two and follow in The Dons footsteps? Maybe Maidstone United, FC United, AFC Fylde or Truro City over the next few seasons?

CHAMPIONS TABLE  
SEASON   NPL                  ISTHMIAN             SOUTHERN 
1986-87  Macclesfield Town    Wycombe Wanderers    Fisher Athletic   
1987-88  Chorley              Yeovil Town          Aylesbury United 
1988–89  Barrow               Leytonstone/Ilford   Merthyr Tydfil 
1989–90  Colne Dynamoes*      Sutton United        Dover Athletic 
1990–91  Witton Albion        Redbridge Forest     Farnborough Town 
1991–92  Stalybridge Celtic   Woking               Bromsgrove Rovers 
1992–93  Southport            Chesham              Dover Athletic 
1993–94  Marine*              Stevenage Borough    Farnborough Town 
1994–95  Marine*              Enfield FC*          Hednesford Town 
1995–96  Bamber Bridge*       Hayes                Rushden and Diamonds 
1996–97  Leek Town            Yeovil Town          Gresley Rovers* 
1997–98  Barrow               Kingstonian          Forest Green Rovers 
1998–99  Altrincham           Sutton United        Nuneaton Borough 
1999-00  Leigh RMI            Dag and Red          Boston United 
2000–01  Stalybridge Celtic   Farnborough Town     Margate 
2001–02  Burton Albion        Gravesend and N      Kettering Town 
2002–03  Accrington Stanley   Aldershot Town       Tamworth 
2003–04  Hucknall Town*       Canvey Island        Crawley Town 
------------  Creation of Conference South and North Divisions ------------ 
2004–05  Hyde United          Yeading              Histon  
2005–06  Blyth Spartans       Braintree Town       Salisbury City 
2006–07  Burscough            Hampton and Rich     Bath City 
2007–08  Fleetwood Town       Chelmsford City      Kings Lynn 
2008–09  Eastwood Town        Dover Athletic       Corby Town 
2009–10  Guiseley             Dartford             Farnborough
2010–11  FC Halifax Town      Sutton United        Truro City
2011-12  Chester              Billericay Town      Brackley Town 
2012-13  North Ferriby        Whitehawk            Leamington 
2013-14  Chorley              Wealdstone           Hemel Hempstead Town 
2014-15  FC United            Maidstone United     Corby Town 

PLAY OFF PROMOTION WINNERS FROM 2004 - 2011
2004-05  Workington           Eastleigh            Hednesford Town
2005-06  Farsley Celtic       Fisher Athletic      Bedford Town 
2006-07  AFC Telford United   Bromley              Maidenhead United 
2007-08  Gateshead            AFC Wimbledon        Team Bath
2008-09  Ilkeston Town        Staines Town         Gloucester City   
2009-10  Boston United        Boreham Wood         Nuneaton Town 
2010-11  Colwyn Bay           Tonbridge Angels     Salisbury City
2011-12  Bradford PA          AFC Hornchurch       Oxford City 
2012-13  Hednesford           Concord Rangers      Gosport Borough 
2013-14  AFC Fylde            Lowestoft Town       St Albans City 
2014-15  Curzon Ashton        Margate              Truro City 

red denotes went to become a football league club
* denotes not promoted 
1989/90 - Gateshead promoted in place of Colne Dynamoes
1993/94 - No club promoted in place of Marine 
1994/95 - Morecambe promoted in place of Marine
          Slough Town promoted in place of Enfield
1995/96 - No club promoted in place of Bamber Bridge
1996/97 - Cheltenham Town promoted in place of Gresley Rovers 
2003/04 - No team promoted in place of Hucknall Town

Number of clubs who made it into the football league since 1986/87
ISTHMIAN LEAGUE - SIX
NORTHERN LEAGUE - FIVE  
SOUTHERN LEAGUE - FOUR

Where are the promoted teams now?

League One   - Burton Albion and Fleetwood Town
League Two   - Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge
               Morecambe, Stevenage FC, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town
Vanarama Nat - Aldershot Town, Cheltenham Town and Macclesfield Town
Vanarama Nor - Boston United
Evo Stik Cent- AFC Rushden & Diamonds (new club)  

Monday, 25 January 2016

LETCHWORTH SEEMS TO BE THE PLACE TO SEE GOALS IN SUNDAY FOOTBALL


The Garden City of Letchworth in Hertfordshire seems to be the place to see goals in Sunday football. 'AFC Letchworth' (of the Hitchin Sunday League Premier Division) have played fifteen league and cup games so far this season and 146 goals have been scored which is an average of 9.73 goals per game.

 'Letchworth Albion' of Division Two have played sixteen league and cup games with a total of 90 goals scored which is an average of 5.63 goals per game. Their last fixture away at FC Hitchin yesterday ended 0-0! 

'Garden City Galaxy' of Division One haven't played a league game since Sunday 1st November being involved in various cup games - two of which were against local rival's Albion (W 8-0) and AFC (W 3-0). Their goals per game is 5.19 in sixteen league and cup games. 

Sunday's fixtures see AFC Letchworth away at 'The Boot Baldock' in a Premier Division game, Garden City Galaxy at home to Kimpton in Division One and Albion on their travels to AC Malone (who are based in Hitchin). How many goals will be scored? Why not pop along to your nearest Sunday League game and see some goals, goals and more goals???

   

THE COLD END SUPPORTS FOOTBALL V HOMOPHOBIA


February is the international campaign month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and is supporting the initiative. FvH is a campaign uniting fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football. 

Year round, FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game. This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to join together in making a visible stand against prejudice and for inclusion.

The campaign was launched in 2010 and manages to generate global attention. In the UK there has been a massive show of support and many clubs take action every year. 

 
The Cold End, as always, is very pleased to be supporting the campaign. 

Homophobia and LGBT discrimination has long been an issue in football. In 1990 the first professional football player in the UK to come out as gay, Justin Fashanu, had an intense struggle with his sexuality and how it was received in the game. 

More recently we have seen Robbie Rogers come out. Robbie retired briefly when he made the announcement about his sexuality. But now, following massive support from players and fans alike, he plays in the US for LA Galaxy. In 2014 former Premier League  player Thomas Hitzlsperger also came out as gay. Both of these players have talked about the challenge of being gay and working as professional footballers, and the impact that anti-gay jokes and language can have on confidence and self-esteem.

Casey Stoney, former England Women’s Captain has also spoken out about her sexuality. Whilst she felt accepted within football circles, she has also spoken of her fears of stereotypes and of being judged by the ‘outside world’ for being gay.

More than twenty years after our first professional player came out, football is starting to show progress on the issue of homophobia in the game. However we still have some way to go. Even heterosexual players and supporters can suffer homophobic abuse, when fans and teammates think its ok to call someone ‘gay’ as a term of abuse or make jokes about someone’s sexuality because they don’t fit in with the team or simply because they’re not having a very good game.

Change always starts with education and I think we all should play a role in raising awareness of homophobia and LGB discrimination within whatever football club you support and your community. 

Check out the FvH website here for more information.