Sunday, 2 August 2015

THE TRUE MEANING OF THE GAME

With the season due to start next weekend the above quote from Sir Bobby Robson reproduced by The Football Supporter's Federation shows what football is all about. Forget all about the vast sums of money that now dominates the top end of the game - it's about supporting your team no matter what.

Sir Bobby knew the game he loved so much.

Let's hope the 2015/16 campaign beings us some very memorable moments.

Friday, 31 July 2015

SEAN BRETTELL SATURDAY TOMORROW


Sean Brettell broke his leg in four places playing football last Saturday. Sean played for Welwyn Garden City FC for two seasons and was a much loved player by the supporters and his team mates during his time with the club.

He was spotted by Evo Stick side Bedford Town FC who invited him to join them in the forthcoming 2015-16 season. Sean played his first game in a pre-season friendly against his old club and sadly Sean was involved in a challenge and broke his leg. The game was abandoned.

This game shows the true spirit of non-league football - Because Sean is self-employed he can't work due to the injury so Welwyn are donating all the proceeds from the game tomorrow to help him financially over the the immediate future. A crowdfunnding site has also been set up which has raised an impressive amount of money so far - to donate please visit justgiving.com/WGCFC-Sean-Brettell

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

SPECIAL OCCASION AT ST MARGARETSBURY THIS THURSDAY

Enfield Town's next pre-season friendly is on Thursday evening when they travel up the A10 to play Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side St Margaretsbury in a special match to mark the inauguration of Bury's new floodlights. Why not pop along to mark a special occasion at The Recreation Ground.


BETVICTOR.COM POST ODDS FOR THE RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)

Betvictor.com have also added odds for the Ryman Division One (North) as below. They rate relegated from the Premier Division AFC Hornchurch as 5/2 favourites followed by Cray Wanderers (who finished last season extremely well) at 6/1 as well as Harlow Town at 6/1 who so narrowly missed out on the title last season.  

Former Aldershot Town and Kingstonian striker Andre McCollin, who many people rated as one of the best players in the Ryman Premier when with The K's, has been playing for Cray Wanderers this pre-season scoring a hat-trick versus Holmesdale and also scoring versus Billericay Town last night. If he stays with The Wands he will give Harlow's Alex Read a run for his money in the race for the division's golden boot.

AFC Hornchurch 5/2 

Cary Wanderers 6/1 
Harlow Town 6/1 

AFC Sudbury 14/1 
Maldon and Tiptree 14/1 
Thurrock 14/1 
Witham Town 14/1 

Brightlingsea Regent 16/1 
Dereham Town 16/1 
Wroxham 16/1 

Aveley 25/1 
Bury Town 25/1 
Great Wakering Rovers 25/1
Haringey Borough 25/1 
Heybridge Swifts 25/1 
Thamesmead Town 25/1 
Tilbury 25/1 

Phoenix Sports 33/1 

Redbridge 40/1 
Soham Town Rangers 40/1 

Barkingside 50/1 
Cheshunt 50/1 
Romford 50/1 
Waltham Abbey 50/1

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BETVICTOR.COM POST ODDS FOR THE RYMAN PREMIER TITLE

Bookmaker's BETVICTOR.COM (via oddschecker.com) have recently posted odds for the Ryman Premier title as follows. You can get 1/4 of the odds each way if your selected team finishes in the top three. They have currently made three sides joint favourites at 6/1. I have given up giving betting advice as it usually is wrong but looking at the list there are definately one or two teams under rated by the odd's compilers who I think are really good value for money. I'll let you decide your own!! Remember - Please gamble responsibly.

Dulwich Hamlet 6/1 
Hendon 6/1 
Staines Town 6/1 

Billericay Town 8/1

Grays Athletic  12/1

Burgess Hill Town 16/1
Kingstonian 16/1
Needham Market 16/1

Bognor Regis Town 20/1
East Thurrock United 20/1
Enfield Town 20/1
Metropolitan Police 20/1

Brentwood Town 25/1
Canvey Island 25/1
Farnborough 25/1
Hampton and Richmond 25/1
Harrow Borough 25/1
Leatherhead 25/1
Leiston 25/1
Lewes 25/1
Merstham 25/1
Wingate and Finchley 25/1

Tonbridge Angels 33/1
VCD Athletic 33/1 

TOWN WINNERS AGAINST CRYSTAL PALACE YOUNGSTERS

The pitch at Donkey Lane is looking good - very green and ready to go for the season proper.
Enfield Town recorded a good 2-0 victory over a very youthful Crystal Palace side (made up of players from their current under 18 squad) at Donkey Lane this evening via goals from Bobby Devyne and Aryan Tajbakhsh. Devyne could of made it 1-0 via a penalty early in the first half when he was brought down in the area by Palace goalkeeper Oliver Pain. His spot kick was well saved by the Australian keeper. Shortly after the half hour mark Devyne sprung the offside trap to delightfully chip over Pain to make it 1-0.


Town dominated for most of the game with Deyyne and Whiteley looking very impressive up front - Palace caused the home side little problems in front of goal with substitute Ayan Tajbakhsh scoring with a nice finish from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 with around 10 minutes to go. My man of the match went to Micky Parcell who put in a energetic performance at right back for the home side combined with a number of excellent tackles all through the game.

Crystal Palace's Jason Akiotu on the ball

Sam Woods of Crystal Palace comes forward with the ball


Levi Lumeka of Crystal Palace attacks

Enfield Town's Micky Parcell

Above - Bobby Devyne's first half penalty was well saved by Oliver Pain

Corey Whiteley puts the ball into the area

David Hughes claims the ball well from a Palace corner
The beautiful game at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium on a lovely evening for football

Monday, 27 July 2015

GARY McCANN'S TESTIMONIAL MATCH TOMORROW


In a era when many mangers come and go it's very rare to see one person in charge of a club for ten years in particular if that club had lost it's ground and been forced to ground share for six of those years.

Gary McCann has been in charge at Hendon since February 2005 after making 196 appearances in goal for the club. The club have finished in 11th, 19th, 14th, 7th, 16th, 10th, 15th, 7th, 10th, 8th and 2nd in the Ryman Premier Division during McCann's reign as boss with last season being his most successful lifting the Ryman League Cup and the London Senior Cup alongside going to so close to promotion in losing to Margate in the play-off final. The club have also qualified for the FA Cup first round proper on two occasions in 2010 losing to Chelmsford City and 2012 losing to Aldershot Town.

The Cold End sends congratulations to Gary and hopes many people attend the game tomorrow at Earlsmead. If your local to the area why not pop along as it's pay what you want at the turnstiles.