Wednesday, 20 June 2018

KENT COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR 2018/19

A total of 90 teams will compete in the Kent County League for the 2018/19 season with the Premier Division consisting of 16 teams as follows -

PREMIER DIVISION
(16 teams)
Bexley
Borden Village 
Crockenhill 
Farnborough OB Guild 
Faversham Strike Force 
Fleetdown United 
Hawkinge Town 
Kings Hill 
Metrogas 
New Romney 
Old Bromleians 
Otford United 
Peckham Town 
Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) 
Staplehurst Monarchs United 
Tudor Sports 

DIVISION ONE CENTRAL & EAST 
(12 teams)
Burgess Hodgson 
Cuxton 91 
Deal Sports 
Guru Nanak 
Holland & Blair Reserves 
K Sports Reserves 
Lordswood Reserves 
Lydd Town Reserves 
Ramsgate Reserves 
Rochester City
Rolvenden 
Wateringbury 

DIVISION ONE WEST 
(12 teams)
AFC Mottingham 
Chipstead 
Club Langley 
Halls AFC 
Halstead United 
Ide Hill
Long Lane 
South East Athletic 
Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) Reserves 
Sutton Athletic Reserves 
Sydenham Sports 
Welling Park 

DIVISION TWO CENTRAL & EAST 
(11 teams)
AEI Sports 
AFC Ashford Athletic 
Ashford Bearsted Reserves 
Deal Sports Reserves 
Faversham Town Reserves 
Punjab United Reserves 
Rusthall Reserves 
Snodland Town Reserves 
Southborough 
Tonbridge Invicta 
West Farleigh 

DIVISION TWO WEST 
(12 teams)
Belvedere 
Bexley Reserves 
Crayford Arrows 
Drummond Athletic 
Dulwich Village 
Fleetdown United Reserves 
HSFP & Ten-Em-Bee 
Johnson & Phillips 
Metrogas Reserves 
Orpington
Red Velvet 
Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves 

DIVISION THREE CENTRAL & EAST 
(13 teams)
Aylesford 
Bromley Green 
CC Sport 
Deal Town Rangers 
Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers 
New Romney Reserves 
Paddock Wood 
Rochester City Reserves 
Staplehurst & Monarchs United Reserves 
Sturry 
Tenterden Town 
University of Kent 
Woodnesborough 

DIVISION THREE WEST 
(14 teams)
AFC Lewisham 
Bridon Ropes Reserves 
Danson Sports 
Equinocial 
Farnborough OB Guild Reserves 
Greenways Aces 
Halstead United Reserves  
Long Lane Reserves 
Old Bromleians Reserves 
Parkwood Rangers 
Peckham Town Reserves 
South East Athletic Reserves 
Tudor Sports Reserves 
Welling Town Reserves

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A NEW START FOR FOOTBALL IN EAST LONDON - CUSTOM HOUSE UNITED ARE FORMED

The London Borough of Newham has seen a major change at the grass roots level of football over recent months with the merger of "Custom House FC" and "Custom House Community FC" announced to form a new club Custom House United who will compete in the Essex Alliance Football League. 

Custom House Community were formed in 2013 and finished bottom of the EAL Division Three last season with Custom House FC forming in 2011 finishing in 10th of 12 clubs Division Two table for the 2017/18 campaign. It was a real struggle for CHC as they were beaten nineteen times in twenty league games conceding 153 goals in the process. 

Hopefully now with the two clubs now one football for the local area will be in a stronger position for the forthcoming campaign and beyond. 

TheColdEnd spoke to Nick Field who will be first team manager of the club next season. Nick has been involved in the game for over 40 years and has represented Dagenham and Stevenage Borough many years ago.  

WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS FOR THE CLUB THIS FORTHCOMING SEASON? 
To maintain a serious title challenge and have at least one good cup run. 

HOW CAN THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HELP CLUBS LIKE YOURS IN GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL? 
Lower fees and offer more coaching workshops 

HOW CAN LOCAL COUNCILS HELP CLUBS LIKE CUSTOM HOUSE UNITED? 
Stop charging outrageous fees for poor park pitches, fix up dilapidated changing facilities and relax some of the ludicrous parking restrictions 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO GET A GAME ON THIS SEASON? 
I have no dealings with the finance but I believe it is in the region of £100 per home game 

DO ALL OF YOUR PLAYERS LIVE IN THE CUSTOM HOUSE AREA... THE AREA HAS OBVIOUSLY CHANGED LOTS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.. IS IT FOR THE WORSE OR THE BEST? 
The vast majority of our squad live or have ties to Custom House. The regeneration process can only be good for the area but not so good for the residents. All of this new affordable housing they babble on about is not affordable for the vast majority of Custom House residents.

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING THIS SEASON?
I would have to say Newham Royals. We always have good games (Field managed Custom House FC last season) with them and a fierce rivalry is noticeable when we play them. 



United have four pre-season games lined up begining on Saturday 28th July when they play Glendale FC followed by a charity game against a team from The Abbey Arms in nearby Plaistow on Saturday 4th August. Then on Saturday 11th August it's the local-derby mentioned above against Newham Royals followed by Avondale Rangers on Saturday 18th August. 

You can follow Custom House United on twitter @ChfcUtd


Sunday, 17 June 2018

THE EAGLES RETURN - EALING TOWN TO PLAY IN THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE FOR 2018/19

There has been some great news for non-league football in West London this summer with the announcement that Ealing Town Football Club are to return after we last saw them unable to complete the 2014/15 Spartan South Midlands Division Two season. The team will now play in the Middlesex County Football League and will play home games at "Club Des Sports" in East Acton. TheColdEnd spoke to Club Chairman Ayman Suleman about the new season and the return of The Eagles 

WHATS THE HISTORY OF YOUR EALING TOWN? 
The club started as a Sunday league side called 'Aym Higher FC' in 2011 and then went on to the Middlesex County League where we later changed the name to Ealing Town FC after a merger with a team called 'AFC Hillgate' The club unfortunately folded during the 2014/15 season. 

(AFC Hillgate had finished top of the Middlesex County League Division Two in 13/14 with Aym Higher finishing in ninth place of the thirteen team division)

WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS FOR THE CLUB THIS FORTHCOMING SEASON? 
Everyone wants to win but we want to win in the right way. Our aim is to get promoted by playing attractive football and we can do that by building a cohesive group both on & off the pitch. 

HOW CAN THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HELP CLUBS LIKE YOURS IN GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL? 
They can provide us with more opportunities to progress up the footballing ladder - for example providing clubs with connections to apply for good funding opportunities. 

HOW CAN LOCAL COUNCILS HELP CLUBS LIKE YOURS? 
The local council have a great audience in the area and they can give exposure to their local club by making football fans in Ealing aware about Ealing Town FC. The council can also help reduce the rates of costs in pitch hiring and provide the clubs with land to build their own ground. 

EALING TOWN DIDN'T COMPLETE THE 2014/15 SEASON IN THE SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION TWO CAMPAIGN.. WHAT WENT WRONG? 
The club weren’t able to continue as they didn’t have the capabilities to go on. Now with a fresh start, we have great confidence in everyone involved who will help steady the ship if there are difficulties ahead. The whole infrastructure of the club has changed from the coaches to our new owners. The health and fitness organisation (@LiveRight2018) will be co-owning the club with Al Manaar. 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO GET A GAME ON THIS SEASON? 
It will roughly cost the club £15,000 to run throughout the year. 

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING THIS SEASON? 
There are a few teams out there that I’m sure will be tough to play against. We don’t know much about these teams as we’ve previously played in the SSMFL but it would be interesting to see the different styles we come up against.

THE EAGLES BEFORE THEIR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY WITH LONDON COLNEY IN 2014. 

You can follow the club on twitter @EalingTownFC where details of pre-season games will be announced very soon. TheColdEnd wishes them the very best of luck for the 2018/19 campaign. 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

ENFIELD 1893 FC PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Essex Senior League side Enfield 1893 FC have announced their pre-season schedule which kicks off on Saturday 7th July with an away game at Southgate based Old Minchendians who finished in 10th (of 11) place of the Amateur Football Combination Premier Division last season. Matt Hanning's side have three home games arranged against Bostik League side's Waltham Abbey, Basildon United and Ware. 



ENFIELD 1893 FC PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE 
Saturday 7th July - Old Minchendians
Saturday 14th July - WALTHAM ABBEY 
Saturday 21st July - Ryan FC 
Tuesday 24th July - BASILDON UNITED 
Saturday 28th July - WARE 

WALTHAMSTOW PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED


Essex Senior League side Walthamstow FC have made a number of impressive signings ahead of the 2018/19 Essex Sernior League campaign and they have a busy pre-season schedule arranged including a fantastic home game against Vanarama South Dulwich Hamlet in less than a month's time on Saturday 7th July. The also host Grays Athletic, Enfield Town and Billericay Town as well as travelling to Coggeshall United, Epping and Cheshunt/Harlow Town in a three team tournament. 

The club (formerly Waltham Forest) need all the support they can get so if you are local to E17 please pay them a visit - you will be made most welcome. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

HARTHAM UNITED FORMED IN MEMORY OF ALFIE CALVERT


Andy Calvert founded a football team called Hartham United FC is 2008 in memory of his son Alfie Calvert, who was born sleeping on the 29th July 2015. 

The club and the team is his way of keeping Alfie's name alive whilst doing something good for the amazing charity @_4louis who place memory boxes in UK hospitals in aid of bereaved parents who have lost a child through stillbirth or neonatal death. 


Hartham United's aim is to get each player that plays for the cause, a sponsor, which can be anyone and anything, each player having a target of £50. The club will play in the East Herts Corinthian Sunday League Division Two and have a number of pre-season games (as detailed above) arranged. 

You can find out more on their Just Giving page or follow them on twitter @HarthamUnitedFC or you pop along to the club's charity match and fun day at Hartham Common in Hertford with a 12.30pm kick off. This date coincides with Alfie's third birthday so it would be great to see a good turn out and some money raised for the charity.  


Good luck to Andy and everyone at Hartham United for the forthcoming season. 


HUGE NEWS FROM EAST LONDON - CLAPTON COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB

Some massive news from the non-league scene in East London has been announced today as the fans of Essex Senior League side Clapton FC, formed in 1877, have announced they have joined the club's surviving life members to announced they will field a team for the forthcoming season with the supporters, volunteers and members making the decision to break with the entity affiliated to the ESL in order to preserve the legacy of one London's oldest and most historic football clubs. The announcement comes just days after The Ton's entire youth team structure quit the club to move to Hackney Wick FC. 

The decision has been made due to their dispute with the club's current owner where they have been boycotting the club's home games at The Old Spotted Dog for the entire 2017/18 season. More details can be found on claptoncfc.co.uk

CLAPTON COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB will play in the Middlesex County Football League and will be completely fan owned where each member will have an equal vote in the running of the club with their mission statement wonderfully championing community football with it's aim to promote wider community participation in local grassroots football. They will play home games at Wadham Lodge in Walthamstow. 

The campaign and fight to save The Old Spotted Dog, which is London's oldest football ground, from liquidation is ongoing and is back by the local Member of Parliament, The Mayor of Newham, local councillors and nearly 2000 people who have signed an on line petition to keep the ground as a community asset. They have been helped and advised by the marvellous people at Supporter's Direct to get to this stage. 

I'm sure the Middlesex County League will have some record attendances to report for the 2018/19 campaign. Three hugely anticipated pre-season fixtures have announced so far with more to follow in the following week 

SATURDAY 21st JULY  
Holland v Clapton Community Football Club 

TUESDAY 7th AUGUST 
Enfield Town XI v Clapton Community Football Club 

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 
Clapton Community Football Club v Wanderers AFC 
@ Wadham Lodge