Saturday, 1 August 2020

NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL IS BACK WITH A VISIT TO CROCKENHILL'S WESTED MEADOW

THE LONG WALK FROM SWANLEY STATION IS DOWN THIS COUNTRY LANE FROM THE VILLAGE OF CROCKENHILL... 
…..YOU THINK THE GROUND WILL NEVER APPEAR BUT THEN THE HIDDEN GEM OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL POPS UP IN THE FORM OF WESTED MEADOW - THE PROUD HOME OF CROCKENHILL FOOTBALL CLUB







For many non-league fans and players up and down the country it was a return to football today as teams from Step Seven and down were allowed to have supporters watching their pre-season games with social distancing measures in place. 

For a special day
I made a rare journey South of the River to Wested Meadow and wasn't disapointed as the home of Crockenhill Football Club is one of the best football grounds I have ever visited. I would describe it as 'wonderfully old fashioned' with 'heaps of character'. The bar area is amazing with near enough ever inch of wall dedicated to historic pictures of Crockenhill teams and matches along with shirts and memorabilia from other clubs up and down the country. If you haven't visited I can highly recommend a trip. The walk from Swanley station and back I made was worth every minute - It's around 30 minutes each way!







IT WAS A WONDERFUL DAY IN KENT WATCHING THE CROCS 

The modern day Crockenhill were formed in 1946 with the ground previously being used by a club called Crockenhill United. The bar is actually a converted Nissen hut which was built on the site during World War II as it was a base for a Barrage Balloon. The ground was made famous in film in 2018 when The Bromley Boys was filmed there. 

Tony Cascarino, who was born locally in St Paul's Cray, started his career with The Crocs in 1980 and 1981 before moving to Gillingham. 














Todays game saw Crockenhill, who were in thirteenth place of the Kent County Premier Division when the football season was halted in 19/20, entertained Belvedere who were in eigth place of Division One (West). 

It wasn't a classic game played in very hot conditions but it was nice for the crowd of around 30 to 40 people to see some football being played catching up with friends and also for the players to get back to a competitive game. The Crocs ended up 1-0 winners via a well taken goal on the counter-attack in the first half. 

Crockenhill FC have a number of scheduled pre-season friendly games coming up as follows including two games at home next Saturday! - Please check with the club before travelling - 

Wednesday 5th August - PADDOCK WOOD - 6.45pm 
Saturday 8th August - NEW ASH GREEN - 11am 
Saturday 8th August - BEARSTED RESERVES - 2pm 
Saturday 15th August - Red Velvet - 3pm 
Saturday 22nd August - Rochester United - 3pm 
Thursday 27th August - APD FC - 6.30pm 
Saturday 29th August - SC THAMESMEAD - 3pm 

I'm not sure at present of Belvedere's full pre-season fixture list - they do have a game against K Sports Reserves on Saturday 15th August. 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 








TALKING TO BEN SHORT OF JK SILVERTOWN

With grass roots football hopefully returning to some sort of normality soon The Cold End recently spoke to Ben Short who is the Manager and Chairman for East London based club JK SILVERTOWN who play in the Essex Sunday Combination.  

HOW AND WHY WERE JK SILVERTOWN FORMED? 
The club were formed in memory of our great friend James Kiely who died in December 2011. 

ARE ALL THE PLAYERS FROM THE LOCAL AREA? WHO TRAVELS FROM THE FURTHEST AWAY? 
Most players are from local area in Silvertown and North Woolwich with some moving out to around the Hornchurch and Romford area. I travel the furthest as I moved to Rayleigh in Essex last year. 

WHAT'S SILVERTOWN LIKE AS AN AREA NOW - HAS ANY OF THE OLYMPIC MONEY BEEN SPENT IN SILVERTOWN? 
It’s completely changed - old buildings are knocked down and new flats are put up in no time at all. The whole area feels like a building site at times. 

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST RESULT OF THE 2019/20 SEASON? 
Beating Barkingside who were undefeated and top of the league for a long while. 


WHAT WAS YOUR WORST RESULT OF THE SEASON? 
That will have to be Manor House in Essex Sunday Premier Cup  - It was just an all round bad day at the office. 

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT FOOTBALL AT GRASS ROOTS LEVEL? 
The getting together of players from all different backgrounds, from playing football together to becoming life long friends. Community spirit too which we are fortunate to have in Silvertown. 

WHAT'S THE WORST THING ABOUT FOOTBALL AT GRASS ROOTS LEVEL? 
I think more recently it's funding or how expensive things are - Pitch hire prices seem like robbery at times and I know this pre season most clubs are struggling to find pitches that are available and be able to afford it. 

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN IN FOOTBALL?
Play with a smile and enjoy the game - I think that be should be the message right through football. 

HOW HAVE YOU AND ALL THE LADS BEEN GETTING ON WITH THE CURRENT LOCKDOWN SITUATION AND MISSING FOOTY?
Like every other club, we had some working and some at home not getting paid awaiting for government grants, but we’ve all chipped in and helped each other out if people were struggling for money or other bits. Things are slowly getting get back to normal now hopefully but we all still have to be sensible of course and football being back is a bonus! 

PLEASE CHECK OUT JK SILVERTOWN ON TWITTER @JKSILVERTOWNFC AND ON INSTAGRAM AT @jksilvertownfc 

I WISH JK SILVERTOWN THE VERY BEST OF LUCK FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON. I'M MORE THAN SURE THAT JAMES WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED IN HIS NAME. 


Friday, 31 July 2020

THE ENGLISHMEN NORTH OF THE BORDER


The 2020–21 Scottish Premiership season begins this weekend albeit behind closed doors - It will be the eighth season of the Scottish football's top division as we know it. The league was established in July 2013, after the a merger of the then Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League. 

The 2019/20 season was cut short due to the covid-19 pandemic - football was suspended on Friday 13th March with the season curtailed in mid May. Celtic were crowned Champions on PPG basis (2.67 to second placed Ranger's total of 2.31) with Heart of Midlothian relegated on a PPG total of 0.77. 

Here we look at the member clubs for the forthcoming season and the English players plying their trade North of the border. 

ABERDEEN 

Striker Sam Cosgrove has been the subject of some transfer rumours over the summer. The 23 year old who came through the academy ranks at Wigan Athletic cost the club only £20,000 when moving from Carlisle United in 2018 has turned down a move to French second tier side Guingamp - The club has reportedly accepted a bid of around £2,000,000 for him. McInnes has stated that it's likely Cosgrove will be sold in the coming months. He scored 21 goals in 44 games in 2018/19 and 23 in 37 games last season. Will he end up at an English club for the 2020/21 season?

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis, 32, is the Aberdeen club Captain and has made over 100 appearances for the club since joining in 2016. He was born in Bury St Edmunds and came through the youth ranks at Norwich City. As well as his time with Aberdeen he is most well known for his time with Peterborough United whom he joined in 2008 for a reported fee of £400,000 from Norwich City. He played 167 times for The Posh before moving to Cardiff City in 2012. 

The next game Shay Logan will play for Aberdeen with be the Manchester born right back's 200th appearance for the club. He came through the ranks at Manchester City making one league cup appearance against Bristol City - He had loan spells with a number of clubs before moving to Brentford in 2011 where he played in over 100 games for the London club. 

Striker Curtis Main grew up in South Shields and came through the academy ranks at Darlington before a move to Middlesbrough in 2011 who were then managed by Tony Mowbray. He played in 52 games for Middlesbrough in three seasons. He then went on to play for Shrewsbury Town, Doncaster Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth before moving North of the Border to play for Motherwell. He joined Abderdeen in June 2019 on a two year deal and scored four times in twenty-four games last season. 

CELTIC 
The champions currently have no English players on their books. The Hoops have had many Englishmen play for them including Chris Sutton, Scott Sinclair, Fraser Forster, Carlton Cole, Ian Wright MBE and Gary Hooper to name a few in recent times. 

DUNDEE UNITED 

Callum Butcher, 29, signed for The Tangerines in January 2019 for a second spell with the club. Born in Essex he came through the youth ranks at Ipswich Town, Southend United and Tottenham Hotspur. Whilst with Spurs he spent some time on loan with Barnet but was released and moved to Danish side FC Hjorring for the 2011/12 campaign. He spent the 12/13 season with then Conference south side Hayes & Yeading. He then headed North for a trial with Dundee United and signed for the club initially in the summer of 2013. The midfielder has since played for Burton Albion, Millwall, Mansfield Town and Billericay Town. He signed a new contract last November which keeps him at the club until 2023. 

Butcher joined the club with striker Kudus Oyenuga who also had played for Hayes and Yeading in the 12/13 campaign. Oyenuga only made one appearance for Dundee United and played on loan for Cowdenbeath in the 14/14 season. He was last with Isthmian League side's Margate and Leatherhead in the 2019/20 season. 

Luke Bolton is a twenty year old winger/full back currently on loan from Manchester City. He spent some of the 18/19 campaign on loan with Wycombe Wanderers and the 19/20 season with Luton Town where he made 24 Championship appearances. 

HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 
Will Collar joined the club in the summer of 2019 after coming through the ranks at Brighton & HA. He made one appearance for The Seagulls in the 2018/19 league cup game against Southampton. He played in 19 games for The Accies last season. 

Former Carshalton Athletic striker Mickel Miller scored 12 goals in 68 games between 2017 to 2020 - He joined English Championship side Rotherham United in early July on a two year deal. 

HIBERNIAN 
Winger Drey Wright, 25, has recently joined Hibs from St Johnstone where he had been since 2018 after joining from Colchester United. He was out of the game through a nasty knee injury for much of the 18/19 campaign. His Dad is Jermaine Wright who is most well known for his time with Southampton, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Crewe Alexandra during his playing career. His younger brother is Diaz Wright who also came through the ranks at Colchester and is still with the club - He spent time on loan with Welling United and Dagenham & Redbridge last season.

Centre Back Adam Jackson was released by Barnsley in the summer of 2019 and joined Hibs on a two year deal. He made 22 appearances for the club last season. The 26 year old was a product of the Middlesbrough academy.  

KILMARNOCK 
Alex Dyer recently signed a permanent two year deal to be manager of Kilmarnock. He had been in temporary charge after Angelo Alessio was sacked in December. Was assistant manager to Steve Clark between 2017 to 2019.

With Dyer in charge there are a number of English players on the books at Rugby Park.  

Liverpool born Aaron McGowan recently joined the club from Hamilton Academical where he had spent two seasons and was named as player of the year and fan's player of the year in the 18/19 campaign. The full back made over 100 appearances for League Two side Morecambe between 2012 to 2018. 

Another recent signed in left back Brandon Haunstrup who joins from League One side Portsmouth where he was more of squad player making 20, 12 and 19 appearances in the last three seasons. In 2015 he spent time on loan in the Isthmian League with Bognor Regis Town. 

Striker Nicke Kabamba signed a one and half year contract for Kilmarnock in January 2019. The 27 year old was born in Brent, London and played for a number of local non-league sides including Hayes and Yeading United, Uxbridge, Hayes, Burnham and Hemel Hempstead Town before a two year spell with Hampton and Richmond Borough where he scored 40 goals in 80 games saw him gain a move to then League Two side Portsmouth. His time at Fratton Park saw game time limited and he then joined Havant & Waterlooville before moving to Hartlepool United where he moved to Kilmarnock from. He scored four goals in twelve games before the season was curtailed in March. 

Mitchell Pinnock is another summer signing for Dyer - this time after spending two seasons with AFC Wimbledon. The midfielder, 25, is another to have spent time in the non-league game around the south-east of England. He spent time as a youth with Southend United and Arsenal before playing for Billericay Town, East Thurrock United, Bromley, Concord Rangers, Maidstone United, Tonbridge Angels, Dover Athletic and Kingstonian. 

Zeno Rossi is a tall central defender who was born in Streatham, South London. The 19 year old has signed on loan for the season from AFC Bournemouth where he is rated very highly by their coaching staff. 

Striker Danny Whitehall has recently joined the club on a six month contract after scoring 13 times in 38 games for National League side Maidenhead United last season. The 24 year old was born in Warrington and played as a youth for Rochdale before spells with Southport and Marine. He has also played in the USA for a club called Chattanooga FC who ply their trade in the third tier of the game in America. 

LIVINGSTON 
Jack Fitzwater, 22, joined Livingston this summer from West Bromwich Albion. The Birmingham born defender came through the ranks at The Hawthorns but never made an appearances for The Baggies playing on loan for Walsall, Forest Green Rovers, Hednesford Town and Chesterfield. 

Marvin Bartley in the Livingston Captain and is another player to come through the English non-league system. He was born in Reading and played for Burnham, Didcot Town, Hayes and Hampton & Richmond Borough before a move to AFC Bournemouth in 2007 who were then in League One. He followed Manager Eddie Howe to Burnley in 2011 after making over 100 appearances for The Cherries. He then played for Leyton Orient in 14/15 season before moving North of the Border to player for Hibernian where he played in over 100 games before a move to Livingston last summer. 

Jon Guthrie began his football career in Wiltshire with Pewsey Vale where he played for the youth teams and first team from 2001 to 2012. The 27 year old defender then moved to Crewe Alexandra and then onto Walsall in 2017. Joined Livingston last summer and played in 32 games last season netting 6 goals. 

Hakeem Odoffin, 22, was born in Barnet and spent time as a youth player with Tottenham Hotspur, Reading and The Bees. He only made a handful of appearances for Barnet before a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee. He played on loan for Eastleigh during his time in the West Midlands but was released with making a first team appearance. He joined Northampton Town in 2018 and moved on Livingston last summer. Only played in seven first team games last season. 

MOTHERWELL 
25 year old defender/midfielder Liam Grimshaw joined Motherwell in 2017 from Preston North End where he spent the 2016/17 season. He came through the ranks of Manchester United. He has two caps for the England under 18 side in 2012 and 2013. A first team regular with Motherwell. 

Nathan McGinley is a new signing for the 2020/21 season. The 23 year old Middlesbrough born left back/centre back joins after a two season spell with Forest Green Rovers in League Two. He was a youth player with his home town club but only made one appearance in the 2018 League Cup tie with Notts County where he came on as a substitute. 

Jermaine Hylton, 27, is another player with his roots in the non-league game in England. He was born in Birmingham and played as a youth for Kidderminster Harriers and Birmingham City before representing Continental Star and Redditch United. In January 2015 the forward gained a move to Swindon Town where made thirty-nine League One appearances between 2015 to 2017. He only scored one goal (against Peterborough United) in his spell at Swindon. He played for Soliull Moors from 2017 to 2019 before moving to Motherwell. He made 36 appearances last season netting 4 goals. 

Callum Lang has recently joined on loan from Wigan Athletic. The 21 year old forward has been with Wigan as a youth since 2013 and signed first team forms in 2017. He has been on loan with Morecambe (17/18), Oldham Athletic (18/19) and Shrewsbury Town (19/20). 

Chris Long is a former England youth International who joined the club from Blackpool in 2019. A product of the Everton academy he has also played for Burnley, Fleetwod Town and a number of clubs on loan. The 25 year old scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for Motherwell last season. 

RANGERS 
With Steven Gerrard MBE the boss at Ibrox it's no surprise to see a number of English players on the books including Jermaine Defoe OBE who joined the club on a permanent basis after his contract at AFC Bournemouth recently expired - He has signed a one year contract. He joined Rangers on loan in January 2019 and has since scored 25 goals in 52 games for the club. The former England International turns 38 in October but has shown no signs of slowing down and will no doubt be amongst the goals this season in the twilight of his illustrious career. Defoe is only a few years younger than his boss and former England team mate - Gerrard turned 40 in May! 

James Tavernier is the club captain and plays at right back. He is 28 years old and came through the ranks at Leeds United and Newcastle United signed as a professional at St James Park in 2009. He stayed with the club until 2014 but spent loan spells with Gateshead, Carlisle United, MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town and Rotherham United before moving permanently to Wigan Athletic. His game time was limited with Wigan and in 2015 he made the move to Rangers for a reported transfer fee of £200,000. Rangers were then in the second tier of the Scottish game. He has since played over 150 times for the club.  

Connor Goldson signed for the club in 2018 from Brighton & HA. The 6ft 3inch centre back has also played for Shrewsbury Town and Cheltenham Town (loan) during his career so far. He is close to making 100 appearances for the Ibrox side. 

George Edmundson was born in Manchester and joined Rangers from Oldham Athletic in 2019. The 22 year old central defender made 15 appearances for the club last season. 

Ryan Kent spent the 18/19 season on loan at Ibrox from Liverpool and joined on a permanent basis in the summer of 2019 for an initial transfer fee of £6,500,000. The 23 year old is predominantly a left sided attacker and scored 8 goals in 32 game last season. 

Brandon Baker is a product of the academy at Manchester City whom he moved to Rangers from in 2019. He made one appearance as a substitute in an FA Cup game against Chelsea in 2016 for City and had loan spells with Rotherham United, NAC Breda, Hibernian and Preston NE whilst with the club. The former England youth International, now 23, made just 12 appearances for Rangers last season. 

Andy Firth is a goalkeeper who was with Liverpool as a youth but left Anfield to join Barrow for the 18/19 season. He joined Rangers in January 2019. 

Calvin Bassey is a 20 year old left back who has recently signed a four year contract with Rangers after leaving Leicester City. There were many clubs interested in signing the athletic and powerfully built defender but it was Gerrard who was successful in gaining his signature. 

ROSS COUNTY 
Despite being the furthest North club in the current Scottish Premiership The Staggies have seven English players on their books! 

Connor Randall was born in Liverpool and came though the Anfield club's academy playing on loan at Shrewsbury Town, Heart of Midlothian and Rochdale before moving to Bulgarian club Arda Kardzhali after being released last September. The 24 year old right back recently joined Ross County. 

Carl Tremarco is another Liverpudlian in the squad. He recently joined the club from local rival's Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he had made over 150 appearances since 2013. The defender, 34, has also played for Tranmere Rovers, Macclesfield Town, Wrexham, Darlington and Maltese club Floriana during his career. 

Defender Liam Fontaine was born in Beckenham in South London in 1986 and is known mostly for his eight year spell with Bristol City between 2006 and 2014. He came through the ranks at Fulham and joined Ross County from Hibernian in 2018. 

Ross Draper is another former Inverness Caledonian Thistle player in the squad. He came through Shrewsbury Town's academy before dropping into non-league football with Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town before moving back up to the football league with Macclesfield Town. He was with Thistle from 2012 to 2017 where he joined Ross County from.

Tom Grivosti is another player who was born in Liverpool. He was with Bolton Wanderers as a youth player before moving to Ross County in 2017. Since 2018 the 21 year old defender has played 27 times for County. 

Regan Charles-Cook was born in Lewisham and was with Charlton Athletic as a youth player. Now 23 years old he spent time on loan with Woking and Solihull Moors before moving to Gillingham in 2018. The midfielder played 52 games for the Kent club and recently made the very long journey to join Ross County in June. 

Jordan Tilson joined Ross County in January and made 8 appearances prior to the season being put on hold. He was born in Bath and played for Exeter City from 2012 to 2020 making over 100 appearances for the Devon club. 

ST JOHNSTONE 
Scott Tanser has been with the club since 2017 - The left back played for Rochdale and Port Vale in England before moving North of the Border.

Elliot Parish is a well travelled goalkeeper who joined last summer but only played in two league cup games last season. Now 30 years old he is a product of the Aston Villa academy system and has also represented Cardiff City, Bristol City, Blackpool, Colchester United, Accrington Stanley and Dundee prior to moving to McDiarmid Park. 

Issac Olaofe is a 20 year old forward who has recently joined on loan from Millwall where he was a member of their under 23 side. He spent some time on loan at National League side Sutton United. Olaofe joins the club with Danny McNamara (Republic of Ireland u21 international) who has also joined on loan from the South London club. New manager Callum Davidson has recently replaced Tommy Wright was assistant manager to Gary Rowett at The New Den prior to his appointment with The Saints. 

ST MIRREN 
Jak Alnwick spent time with both Sunderland and Newcastle United as a youngster and made 6 Premier League appearances for The Toon in the 2014/15 season. He went on to play for Port Vale before a move to Rangers in 2016 where over four seasons he only played in 10 first team games. Spent the 18/19 season on loan with Scunthorpe United and last season with Blackpool. Recently signed a two year contract with the club and will be the replacement for out going goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky.

Jon Obika might be the record holder for most number of loan spells in a football career. He was born in North London growing up in Edmonton and being part of the Tottenham Hotspur academy and signed professional forms in 2008. Whilst at Spurs he spent time on loan at Yeovil Town (4 spells), Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic (2 spells) and Brington & HA. He made a total of 4 first team appearances for Spurs in the League Cup and FA Cup before spending three seasons with Swindon Town and two with Oxford United. He joined St Mirren last summer and scored 12 goals in 34 games last season. 

Dean Lyness is a goalkeeper who has played for Birmingham City, Heart of Midlothian, East Fife (Loan), Kidderminster Harriers, Burton Albion, Blackpool, Nuneaton Town and Raith Rovers. He joined St Mirren for a second spell in June 2019 after a short spell with the club between September 2018 to January 2019. 

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP OPENING WEEKEND FIXTURES 
Saturday 1st August
3pm unless stated 
Aberdeen v Rangers - 12.30pm 
Dundee Utd v St Johnstone
Hibernian v Kilmarnock 
St. Mirren v Livingston 

Sunday 2nd August 
Celtic v Hamilton Academical - 4.30pm 

Monday 3rd August
Ross County v Motherwell - 7.45pm 

SKYBET.COM CURRENT ODDS FOR THE TITLE 
Celtic 4/9 
Rangers 7/4 
Aberdeen 66/1 
Hibernian 200/1 
Motherwell 500/1 
Kilmarnock 750/1 
Dundee United 1000/1 
Livingston 1000/1 
St Johnstone 1000/1 
Ross County 1500/1 
Hamilton 2500/1 
St Mirren 2500/1

There is no surprise to see Rangers and Celtic heading the betting for the title. The question most fans will ask is in what order of the top two will the Glasgow giants finish. If Celtic should win the 2020/21 title it will be a historic tenth title in a row which will beat the current record of nine in a row. Celtic achieved this feat between 1966 to 1974 and also from 2012 to 2020 with Rangers winning nine from 1989 to 1997. 

If you like an outside bet Hamilton Academical are 25/1 to win at Celtic Park on Sunday with the hosts at massively odds on of 1/12 and a draw being 19/2. In recent times (since 2008) the two clubs have played each other a total of 27 times with Celtic winning 24 games, 2 draws and just one victory for The Accies which came at Celtic Park in October 2014 when Alistair Crawford scored the only goal of the game! As they say football is a funny old game so you never know? 

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

NEW CLUB DIAL SQUARE ANNOUNCE THEIR PRE-SEASON FIXTURES


New Club Dial Square have announced their pre-season schedule which starts on Wednesday 5th August with a friendly against Old Windsor. The home games, as their league games will be, are to be played at the home of Combined Counties League Abbey Rangers where they will ground share. 

Abbey Rangers's home ground is called Addlestone Moor and is as the name suggests is in Addlestone, Surrey.

When Dial Square FC commence their debut season it will be in the Guildford and Woking Alliance Football League with aspirations of hopefully moving up through the leagues over the next few seasons.  



Season tickets for their 2020/21 campaign can be purchased for just £30 for adults and £10 for under 16s. 

The club also has fantastic replica kit available on their website - Link Below. If you're an Arsenal fan I'm sure you'll be interested in taking a look. 



Dial Square FC Website - dialsquarefc.com
Dial Square FC on Twitter - @DialSquareFC1

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

ФАКТЫ І СТАТЫСТЫКА - THE BELARUSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON SO FAR

After losing their first two away games BATE BORISOV are without a defeat in seven away games - six of which they have won. In all seven of those games they have scored two or more goals. 

They have only failed to score in three of their nineteen games so far - at home in the 0-0 draw with Torepdo and defeats to Energetyk (0-1) and Dynamo Minsk (0-2). 

The next two games for BELSHINA BOBRUISK, who are rock bottom of the table, are crucial in their fight for survival. The travel to Smolevichy (15th) this weekend before hosting Slutsk (12th) next weekend. They have only scored twice in two of their nine away games so far which came against fellow struggler's FC Minsk and Slutsk. Six points from these games (or four or even three) would put the pressure on the teams above them! 

DYNAMO MINSK have ten clean sheets in their nineteen games played so far. Seven of those shut outs have come in their ten home games played. Going forward they have scored two or more goals in only six of their nineteen games. Eight of their games have finished 1-0 (four wins and four defeats). Fourteen of their nineteen games have ended in under 2.5 goals being scored including their last seven games played and nine of their ten home games played. 


GORODEYA are without a win in seven away games. In their ten games on the road they have scored one goal eight times and no goals two times. In all of their nineteen games played so far they have only scored three or more goals once which came in the 3-0 home win over Slutsk.

ISLOCH only have two wins away from home in nine games played which came against two teams who are fighting to stay away from the relegation zone - They won 1-0 at FC Minsk and 2-0 at Gorodeya. All seven of their other away games have ended in defeat with just three goals score and fifteen goals conceded. 

Since winning 0-1 at BATE it's been three defeats for ENERGETYK-BGU who have also lost their top scorer Jasurbek Yaxishiboev (to Shakhtyor) and Liberian winger/attacker David Tweh who have joined Dynamo Brest. Their 1-8 home defeat to Rukh was the highest scoring game of the season so far. Could they get back to winning ways at Gorodeya this weekend? 


NEMAN GRODNO are on a run of not conceded a goal in seven league games (four home and three away). Four of those seven games have ended in 1-0 wins! They travel to clean sheet specialist's Dynamo Minsk at the weekend - What price a 4-4 draw? 

RUKH BREST have played nine away games and only one has ended in defeat which was a narrow 1-0 loss at table topper's BATE Borisov. They are currently seven away games unbeaten and go to FC Minsk at the weekend. 57.69% (fifteen) of their twenty-six goals scored have come in three games - 3-0 at home to Belshina, 4-2 at Neman and that crazy 8-1 win at Energetyk.  

SHAKHTYOR SOLIGORSK lost two of their opening five games but have since played fourteen games without a defeat. They have twelve clean sheets in their nineteen games played. 

SLUTSK won their opening three away games but have since lost six in a row on their travels. 

SMOLEVICHY are the only side left without an away win. They have three draws and six defeats so far. They have lost their last five away games. They are unbeaten in four games at home and have scored twelve times in those games.


Aside from a narrow 1-0 defeat at Torpedo Zhodino VITEBSK have a record of four wins and seven draws in their last twelve games played. Only Salvia Mozyr  have come away from Vitebsk with all three points - They are unbeaten in eight home games. Like Rukh Brest they like a draw with eight of their games ended all square so far this season.  

EIGHT YEARS AGO - WHERE ARE THEY NOW? - ENFIELD TOWN v NORWICH CITY XI

It eight years ago today when Enfield Town welcomed a young Norwich City side to Donkey Lane on Saturday 28th July 2012. It was a memorable weekend sporting wise at the London Olympic's opening ceremony had just taken place on the Friday night. The game finished 2-2. Town's goals were credited as an own goal (Tyler Campbell's free kick was touched into the net when it re-bounded off the post) and Liam Hope. City's goals came from Jacob Murphy and Olu Durojaiye (assisted by Jamar Loza). 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

 
Here we take a look at the the Norwich City squad on the day and were they are playing now.  

Remi Matthews - Was 18 years old when he faced Enfield Town. The Gorleston born Goalkeeper stayed on the books at Carrow Road until 2019 but didn't make a first team appearance. He did spend time on loan at Plymouth Argyle, Burton Albion, Hamilton Academicals, Bolton Wanderers and Burton Albion. Joined Bolton Wanderers on a full time basis in January 2019. 
Football League appearances - 88. Scottish Premier League appearances - 17.

Ewan McNeil - Had only just joined Norwich from Rangers and stayed in Norfolk until 2014 before heading back North of the border to play for Brechin City, Berwick Rangers, Clyde and Stirling Albion. The last team I can find him playing for was Pollock in Scottish Junior Football in the 2018/19 season. 

George Brislen-Hall - Came through the famous academy ranks at Arsenal before moving to Norwich in 2012. Moved on to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2013. Played for Enfield Town in some pre-season friendly games of 2015. Has also played for Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Olympian League. I am unsure if he's playing football at the moment. 


Olumide Durojaiye - Was with Norwich City for the one season 2012/13 after coming through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur. He moved to Falkirk for two seasons where he made a handful of appearances before playing a number of games for Enfield Town in the early part of the 2015/15 season. He then played for a host of non-league sides and was last with Haringey Borough. 

Adel Gafatai - French born defender who had only just turned 18 on the day of the game. He stayed with Norwich until 2016 without making a first team appearance. He made one football league appearance for Oldham Athletic on loan in the 13/14 season. When he left Carrow Road he joined Algerian side MC Ocran before playing in France for Noisy-Le-Sac and Rodeo - He then played in Ukraine for Zirka Kropyvnytyski. He returned to England in 2018 and played for Mousehole FC in the South Western Peninsular League before making the move to then football league side Yeovil Town.  He played in 22 League Two games for The Glovers in the 2018/19 season. He was last with Truro City in the Southern Premier South Division. 

Ramil Sheriff - London born defender/midfielder who left Norwich in 2013 and played for Cockfosters, Northwood, Harrow Borough and Haringey Borough. He also played in Belgium for Woluwe-Zaventem. Has one Jamaican full International cap when he came on as a 65th minute substitute against France in 2014.  

Jacob Murphy - Went on to play 37 Championship games when he broke into the Norwich City first team in 2016/17 after loan spells with a number of football league sides including a full season in League One with Coventry City in 2015/16 where he made 42 appearances. He signed for Newcastle United in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee and is still with the Premier League club where he had made 34 appearances in the Premier League. He has spent the last two seasons on loan in the Championship with West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday. 

Josh Murphy - Twin brother of Josh who also broke into the first team at Carrow Road. He made 100 appearances for The Canaries between 2013 to 2108 before a move to Cardiff City which was reported to be £11,000,000 although it was officially announced as 'undisclosed'. He is still a first team regular for the Welsh club. 

Ronnie Hawkins - Hawkins came through the ranks at White Hart Lane and was reported to be attracting interest from Dutch giant's Ajax in the summer of 2012 when he played in this game on trial for The Canaries. He joined Cardiff City in the November of 2012 on a three month contract. I am unsure of where his footballing career went from there. This game was Hawkins second game at Donkey Lane having played for Spurs in the ground opening game in November 2011. 

Jamar Loza - Has recently signed for Kings Lynn Town who have just been promoted to non-league's top division. He made a handful of appearances for Nowich City as well as spending time on loan at Coventry City, Leyton Orient, Southend United, Yeovil Town, Stevenage and Southend United. He joined Maidstone United in 2016 and has since played for Woking, Billericay Town, Chelmsford City and Woking. 

Callum Webb - Was on trial for Norwich City in this game - It was his only game for The Canaries. He came through the ranks at Arsenal and QPR. He joined Bishops Stortford in October 2012 and has since played for Welling United, Billericay Town, Kingstonian, Walton Casuals, Beaconsfield Town and Canvey Island. 

Paddy Hester - Played three games on trial for The Canaries in 2012. He didn't sign a contract with the club. He was a youth player with AFC Bournemouth prior to 2012. He went to play for Wimbourne Town, Bashley and Hamworthy United. 

Jack Dean - Another trialist on the day who was with Fulham as a youngster - He Captained their under 18 side. He also trialled with Sheffield Untied before playing in non-league for Worksop Town, Ilkeston and Goole AFC. Has also played in Northern Ireland for Linfield and in Norway for Lysekloster IL. 

Callum King - King was listed as a substitute and came on in the second half - I can't find any details about him at present. 



Monday, 27 July 2020

THE COLD END FLASHBACK - SEPTEMBER 2011 - WELWYN GARDEN CITY v HODDESDON TOWN


 Views of Herns Way... A very nice place to watch non-league football. As the photo indicates the ground was on the flight path for the nearby Panshanger Aerodrome which has unfortunatley closed in 2014.   
We return to September 2011 and a Spartan South Midlands League Division One match where Welwyn Garden City entertained Hoddesdon Town. All four goals scored in the match are included in the highlights below.