Saturday, 23 January 2021


In 1982 Letchworth Garden City hosted the FA Sunday Cup Semi-Final as The Twin Foxes of Stevenage played Arras who represented the Arras Club which was a Sports and Social club located on the Hertford Road in the Enfield Highway area. 

The Twin Foxes was pub in Stevenage not to far away from Broadhall Way where Stevenage FC play. The pub opened in 1953 but unfortunately like so many licenced premises it shut down a few years ago and is now housing. 

It was named after the famous twin sons Ebenezer Albert Fox and Albert Ebenezer Fox who were born in the area in 1857. They were named after the Baptist Ebenezer Chapel on Albert Street in Stevenage where their father was a lay-preacher.

Despite their respectable upbringing they had became notorious criminals in the area with over 200 convictions between them - they apparently never engaged in activities together and were on many occasions able to provide alibis for each other to the local police. This attracted the attention of Sir Edward Henry was researching the fact that individuals could be identified by his or her fingerprints. and that the twins were one of the first criminals to receive a conviction due to the use of fingerprints.  

Edenezer dies in 1926 with Albert living until 1937 - Their notoriety and stories continued in the locality hence The Twin Foxes pub opening, as stated, in 1953. 

In the nearby village of Woolmer Green there is a housing estate was even named in honour of them. 

The football team has been formed in 1965 with many of the players frequenting the pub with it being a member of the Stevenage Sunday League since 1966 with it being one of the most successful teams - they had reached the 1980 FA Sunday Cup final where they lost to Liverpool based Fantail FC who won the cup again in 1981. 

As you'll see from their team pen-pictures both teams had a number of names familiar to local football. 

Goalkeeper Keith Allinson had played for Boreham Wood and went on to play for Stevenage Borough. Martin Allinson was playing for Stevenage Borough at the time with Manager Tim Jolly once on the books at Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Dance was also another Stevenage Borough player who spent time locally with St Albans City, Hertford Town and Arlesey Town. He had been an England youth international and had been a youth player with Nottingham Forest. 


The most interesting player has to be Mickey Herring who was an "aggressive ball winning midfield player" and "as one stage took up professional wrestling" and had the nickname Mickey 'the dropkick' Herring. 

The Arras had players in their team who were playing for Ware, Hertford Town, Hoddesdon Town and Walthamstow Avenue. 

They famously won the 1978 FA Sunday Cup (2-1 v Lion Rangers) and a number of the squad in this game were members of the winning team including Dennis Bond who at the time of this game would of been in his early 30s. He had a successful professional career with Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic. When he joined Spurs in 1967 the amount of £30,000 was a then record transfer fee received for Watford. 

Letchworth Garden City Football Club were celebrating their 75th Anniversary and had some great artwork by  'Kevin 81' on the programme cover. They continued until 2002 (renamed Letchworth FC in 1995) when they very unfortunately folded. 

Their ground is still there luckily with lots of improvements and redevelopment taking place over the years - It is the headquarters of the Herts FA and is used by many teams throughout the week including Stevenage Ladies for matches on Sundays. 

Twin Foxes won this game and got through to the final again where they lost to Dingle Rail 2-1 who were another famous side to come out of Merseyside. 


The history of the Crown & Manor club can be traced back to 1903 when the New North Road Club was founded by the Rev Claude Eliot who was the vicar of Christchurch in Hoxton. The club went under a variety of names for the first few years and it catered for children in one of the most 'notorious parts of London' at the time. The club was renamed Hoxton Manor in 1921. The club suffered financial problems ands instability for a number years but was rescued by The Manor Trust who were the body which managed the famous Eton Manor Club - this was when the building of new premises in Wiltshire Row was arranged.  

A football team was formed and gained senior status in 1932 when they joined the Spartan League - Division Two East where in the first season they were champions winning the league by 14 points and scored an impressive total of 102 goals in just 26 games. This gained them Promotion to the Premier Division. 

Their opponents their first season were RAF Henlow, Bushey United, Hitchin Town Reserves, Stevenage Town, Lea Bridge Gas, Harlow Town, Polytechnic, Ware, Letchworth Town Reserves. Hertford Town Reserves, Welwyn Garden City, Lyons Club Reserves and Waltham Comrades. 

They were very successful and earned a title of 'The wonder team from Wiltshire Row'. It was believed they were the youngest team playing Senior Football in London at the time. 

They went on to finished second in Division One in 33/34 and were promoted to the Premier Division where they finished in third place for the 34/35 season with Metropolitan Police and Hitchin Town above them. Mid-table finishes followed between 1935 and 1938 with a thirteenth place (of fourteen) finish in 38/39. 

With the outbreak of World War II came the amalgamation of Hoxton Manor and The Crown Club who were also based in the local area with the club continuing throughout the war with players on leave making up numbers. 

Crown & Manor searched for a ground of their own after the war. They played in Cheshunt, Hendon and Wimbledon before playing at Turkey Street (where Old Ignation FC now play) in Enfield from 1974 where they played until 1984 when they played at various venues around London before playing at The Mile End Stadium which is only a few miles away from their spiritual home in Hoxton. 

The club's first team were founding members of the London Spartan League in 1975 where they remained until 1991. The club returned for one season in 97/98 when they played in Division One (South) of the then Spartan South Midlands League alongside Chingford Town, Leyton, Leyton Youth and Leyton County. They played in the London Intermediate League until 2003 when they joined the Middlesex County League Premier Division where they played until 2006 - their last game was  4-1 victory over Brazilian on Saturday 20th May 2006. They had beaten Walthamstow Avenue & Pennant 2-0 on Thursday 18th May. 

Crown and Manor played in the FA Cup during the late 40s and regularly entered the FA Vase in the 1970s and 1980s. In 83/84 they reached the fourth round beating Brightlingsea United, Tring Town, Stowmarket Town and Holbeach United before losing to Leyton Wingate 5-0 at the famous Hare & Hounds ground in Leyton. 

The Crown and Manor club is still located in Wiltshire Row an area which has changed remarkably since the 1920s. A new state of the art building was opened in early 2013 with classrooms, computer rooms, multi-purpose gym, a games room and a weight's room. It continues to provide valuable facilities to children and young adults in the Hoxton and surrounding areas. 

The club still have a number of youth teams in local football. The club's sessions "build confidence, motivation and respect for yourself and others"

It would be fantastic to see Crown and Manor return to adult's football - With Eton Manor, another highly respected local club their history deeply rooted in London's East End, not playing since 2017 maybe a combined Crown and Eton Manor FC could play in a local league? 
CROWN AND ETON MANOR FC? just an idea for a forthcoming season?

The Cold End has featured another Crown & Manor programme from 1976 when they played Enfield FC in 1976 - Please click here to read the article. 

The Cold End has featured a number of Eton Manor's programmes from the 1975/76 season - Please click here to read the article. 

Crown and Manor's opponents for this game were Southwark Borough who had been formed as Southwark Sports in 1975 and played in Sunday football up until 1982 when they joined the London Spartan League. In 1988 they changed names to Southwark Borough and left the league at the end of the 88/89 season. They were ground-sharing at Fisher Athletic's Surrey Docks Stadium at the time. 

The club made an application to join the Essex Senior League which was unsuccessful and unfortunately the club was folded on Tuesday 3rd April 1990 which as a mark of respect was one year to the day after one of their finest ever results which was a 1-1 draw against Fisher Athletic (then a Conference side) in front of a crowd of 325 people. 

The club's official crest during the 88/89 season was the 'Cockney Sparrow' so it was very fitting for them to be playing Crown & Manor! 


Supporters & Players - we all miss the buzz, thrill and excitement of a non-league match day. The build up to the game, the banter with mates, the pre-match pint, chatting about the game, the friendly sound of the turnstile clicking, picking up the match programme, the opposition goalkeeper talking to fans whilst the ball is up the other end, the unique smell of the burger bar, drinking a tea to keep you warm, goals, open goals, sliding tackles, singing songs, cheering and shouting, amazing saves and best of all celebrating a last minute winner with a huge bundle with fans and players.  

All of these things shall return very soon and it will be better than it ever was! 

For now please stay safe and look after one another. 

Friday, 22 January 2021


The Football Federation of Belarus Executive Committee met on Friday 22nd January and have approved a new regulation which limits the maximum fixed monthly salaries, bonuses and other remuneration for employees of major league clubs.  

Under the new regulations the following rules stated below are now in place. Exisiting contracts are not affected -  

1) Fifteen Thousand Belarusian rubles excluding bonuses is the salary ceiling of a player in the Belarusian championship which equates to £4300 at today's exchange rate. 

Only the footballers of the Belarusian national team are permitted to received this sum. They must of played in at least 50% of International matches in the last two years and three foreign International players or 'leigionnaires'.  

2) The maximum monthly sun for each team's squad should not excess 150,000 Belarusian rubles with is around £43,000, 

3) The salary for a head coach should not exceed 8,000 rubles or £2,295. Assistant coaches are limited to 4,000 rubles or £1,146. These figures are excluding bonuses. 

4) The following limits are set for bonuses for football players and representatives of the coaching and administration staff- 

Winning a championship match - 30,000 rubles or £8,600. 
Winning a cup game - 20,000 rubles or £5.730. 
Winning a game in European Competition - 60,000 rubles or £17,200. 

Also decided was the date for the Belarusian Super Cup which will take place on Tuesday 2nd March where 2019/20 Cup winner's BATE Borisov and League Champion's Shakhtyor Soligorsk will face off at the FC Minsk stadium. The game will be played at the Capital ABFF Arena if there is bad weather. 

The following weekend of the Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March will see the Belarusian Cup Quarter-Finals take place with the opening round of Premier League fixtures being played the weekend afterwards on the 13th/14th March. 

It doesn't seem like a year ago that many interest in the Belarusian game came about when Energetik-BGU famously beat BATE Borisov on the opening day of the 2020 season on Thursday 19th March - WHAT A YEAR WE'VE ALL HAD SINCE THEN! 

Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Arsenal Dzerzhinsk 
BATE Borisov v Vitebsk 
FC Minsk v Isloch 
Shakhtyor Soligork v Neman Grodno 


from formation of the league in 1971/72.
PN denotes position gained in the next season.
* denotes Coggeshall Town spent the 1986/87 season in reserve division.
* denotes Newham renamed London APSA for the 2016/17 and played in the EOFL Division One.
* denotes Hackney Wick finished in 6th place of the 2018/19 Thurlow Nunn First Division South.
DNP denotes DID NOT PLAY in the following season.
# denotes Sporting Bengal United deducted 5 points in the 2014/15 season.
# denotes Hackney Wick deducted 3 points in the 2017/18 season.
2019/20 season was declared null and void due to the pandemic. 
2020/21 season still to be decided. 
1971/72 STANSTED 16 1 0 15 11 55 -44 2 3/10 0.13
1972/73 MALDON TOWN 18 3 3 12 16 34 -189 7/10 0.50
1973/74 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 18 1 1 16 9 50 -41 3 13/15 0.17
1974/75 BRIGHTLINGSEA UNITED 28 4 4 20 24 69 -45 12 6/15 0.43
1975/76 STANSTED 28 3 3 22 27 90 -63 9 16/17 0.32
1976/77 COGGESHALL TOWN 32 4 10 18 30 70 -40 18 14/16 0.56
1977/78 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 30 5 5 20 29 63 -34 15 17/17 0.50
1978/79 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 32 3 2 27 29 104 -75 8 7/16 0.25
1979/80 STANSTED 30 2 3 25 18 93 -75 7 9/17 0.23
1980/81 ETON MANOR 32 6 6 20 32 56 -24 18 16/17 0.56
1981/82 EAST HAM UNITED 32 3 7 22 29 57 -28 13 16/17 0.41
1982/83 EAST THURROCK UNITED 32 4 9 19 29 66 -37 17 12/17 0.53
1983/84 COGGESHALL TOWN 32 1 7 24 19 116 -97 9 16/16 0.28
1984/85 COGGESHALL TOWN 30 2 0 28 8 124 -116 6 17/17 0.20
1985/86 COGGESHALL TOWN 32 2 5 2531 105 -74 11 * 0.34
1986/87 BRIGHTLINGSEA UNITED 32 2 14 16 27 63 -36 20 11/17 0.63
1987/88 COGGESHALL TOWN 32 1 4 27 22 121 -997 14/17 0.22
1988/89 MALDON TOWN 32 3 7 22 28 72 -44 16 15/16 0.50
1989/90 EAST HAM UNITED 30 1 2 27 17 124 -107 5 14/15 0.17
1990/91 WOODFORD TOWN 28 5 3 20 33 64 -31 18 10/17 0.64
1991/92 MALDON TOWN 32 1 3 28 20 104 -84 20 12/17 0.63
1992/93 STANSTED 32 2 6 2427 87 -60 12 16/16 0.38
1993/94 STANSTED 30 4 7 29 28 68 -40 19 12/15 0.63
1994/95 ETON MANOR 28 2 4 22 19 93 -74 10 13/15 0.36
1995/96 EAST HAM UNITED 28 0 3 25 18 103 -85 3 13/15 0.11
1996/97 ETON MANOR 28 1 4 23 13 108 -90 7 13/14 0.25
1997/98 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN 26 3 2 21 24 100 -76 11 3/14 0.42
1998/99 ETON MANOR 26 3 4 19 36 63 -27 13 12/15 0.50
1999/00 STANSTED 28 2 3 22 35 86-51 9 9/16 0.32
2000/01 WOODFORD TOWN 30 2 2 26 23 119 -96 7 16/16 0.23
2001/02 WOODFORD TOWN 30 5 4 21 29 101 -72 19 17/17 0.63
2002/03 WOODFORD TOWN 32 3 3 26 22 87 -65 12 DNP 0.38
2003/04 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 30 2 3 25 28 72 -44 9 15/15 0.30
2004/05 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 28 1 4 23 22 70 -48 7 14/16 0.25
2005/06 STANSTED 30 5 8 17 31 59 -28 23 16/16 0.77
2006/07 STANSTED 30 1 4 25 20 105 -85 7 10/17 0.23
2007/08 LONDON APSA 32 2 4 26 24 99 -75 10 14/16 0.31
2008/09 CLAPTON 30 5 3 22 40 91 -51 18 16/18 0.60
2009/10 MAURITIUS SPORTS 34 3 4 27 31 97 -66 13 11/17 0.38
2010/11 CLAPTON 32 3 9 20 37 84 -47 18 17/18 0.56
2011/12 BASILDON UNITED 34 3 7 24 42 92 -50 16 13/19 0.47
2012/13 BOWERS & PITSEA 36 4 8 24 42 110 -68 20 13/20 0.56
2013/14 LONDON BARI 38 3 6 29 29 96 -77 15 15/20 0.39
2014/15 SPORTING BENGAL UNITED 38 5 6 27 44 111 -67 16# 12/21 0.41# (0.55)
2015/16 NEWHAM  40 4 9 27 40 111 -71 21 * 0.53
2016/17 HARINGEY & WALTHAM 42 4 8 30 38 124 -86 20 DNP 0.48
2017/18 HACKNEY WICK  40 10 2 28 48 89 -41 29# * 0.73# (0.80)
2018/19 LEYTON ATHLETIC  38 4 11 23 36 89 -53 23 DNP 0.61
2019/20 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN  28 2 2 24 30 99 -69 8 15/18 0.29
2020/21 CLAPTON  11 0 4 7 13 38 -25 4

STANSTED hold the record of EIGHT basement finishes but they have been ever present members of the league.

COGGESHALL TOWN finished bottom FIVE times in a sixteen season stay in the league.

SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN & STANSTED have finished in the highest position in the season after finishing bottom. TOWN had a season to forget in 97/98 but bounced back the next campaign to finish in third place and then were crowned champions in 99/00. The Airportmen finished bottom of the table in the first season followed by a third place finish in 72/73. 

Only EAST HAM UNITED in 1995/96 have failed to win a game in an Essex Senior League season.

COGGESHALL TOWN's goal difference of -116 in 1984/85 is still the worst goal difference recorded in a season.


4/12 ABERDEEN2211 29 24 +5 39 
11/12MOTHERWELL    22 411 1933 -14 19 

ABERDEEN  222 67-1 8

Lewis Ferguson - 8 goals in 19 games 
Devante Cole - 3 goals in 11 games. 
Callum Lang - 3 goals in 17 games. 
Mark O'Hara - 3 goals in 20 games. 
Tony Watt - 3 goals in 21 games. 

ABDERDEEN - 2, 0, 2, 0, 1, 1. (Average 1) (Season Average 1.32)
MOTHERWELL - 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1.  (Average 0.5) (Season Average 0.86)

ABERDEEN -  0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 4. (Average1.17 ) (Season Average 1.09)
MOTHERWELL - 0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 1. (Average 1.33 ) (Season Average 1.50)

Sunday 20th September - Aberdeen 0 Motherwell 3 
Wednesday 23rd December - Motherwell 0 Aberdeen 0  

MATCH ODDS (currently available with
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Aberdeen 10/11 Draw 11/5 Mothwell 29/10 

Devante Cole - 25 year old forward who is the son of Andrew Cole. He recently re-joined Motherwell in October on a full time basis after spending a loan spell at Fir Park for the first six months of the 19/20 season. He has so far scored three goals in eleven games one of which came in their 1-1 draw with Rangers last weekend a game in which he played very well in. 
Sherwin Seedorf - Midfielder, aged 22, who is distantly related to Clarence Seedorf. He came through the ranks at Dutch clubs NAC Breda and Excelsior before a one season stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2018/19 where he spent time on loan with Bradford City and Spanish second tier side Jumila. He joined Motherwell in 2019. 
Bevis Mugabi - 6ft 2inch defender who joined Motherwell in 2019 from Yeovil Town. He came through the academy ranks of Fulham and Southampton. He was born in Harrow but represents Uganda at International level where he currently has 10 caps to his name. He played very well in Motherwell's 1-1 draw with Rangers. 
Lewis Ferguson - Midfielder who has netted 8 times for The Dons this season so far. Aged only 21 so a play with lots of potential. He has caps for Scotland at u19, u20 and u21 level. 
Sam Cosgrove - English Striker who came through the academy ranks of Everton and Wigan Athletic. He joined The Dons from Carlisle United in 2018. After scoring 44 goals in in 82 games in the 18/19 and 19/20 campaigns he attracted lots of interest from many clubs. French second division club Guingamp had a bid of £2,000,000 accepted in the summer but Cosgrove turned down the offer. So far this season he has netted 3 goals in 13 league and cup games. His current contract ends in May 2022. The fee which would of been paid for his services is amazing when you read he was playing in the National League on loan for North Ferriby United in the 16/17 season. 
Scott Wright - Forward who came through the academy ranks at the club. The 23 year old suffered a cruciate ligament injury in September 2019 so spent the rest of the season on the side-lines. The Scottish u21 International has three goals in thirteen games so far in 2020/21. 

Aberdeen's four goal defeat at Ross County last weekend was the first time they had let in four goals in the league (other than against Rangers or Celtic) since Sunday 15th May 2016 when ironically they were beaten 0-4 by Ross County at home. 

Motherwell parted company with manager Stephen Robinson on new years eve. He has been replaced by former Salford City boss Graham Alexander who has steadied the ship with two draws in his first two games. They defended very well against Rangers last Sunday especially in the second half when under lots of pressure. The two points have lifted them off the bottom of the table to be replaced by Hamilton Academical currently on goal difference. 

Motherwell will be tough to break down as they were in their games at St Mirren and at home to Rangers. Aberdeen will want to be much better defensively after leaking four goals at Ross County. Their last game was 0-0 just prior to Christmas. 

I'll go for a newly confident Motherwell, who badly need points, to take the lead and to just shade it - Aberdeen 0 Motherwell 1. 

As you can see over the past few weeks my predictions haven't been great! 

2/1/20  ROSS COUNTY v ST JOHNSTONE   2-1  1-1  X X
9/1/20  KILMARNOCK v  HAMILTON  1-1   2-0   X X
15/1/20  GREENOCK v DUNFERMLINE   1-1  0-0 X +
23/1/20 ABDEREEN v MOTHERWELL   01  


Thursday, 21 January 2021


* Denotes the Belazovets Winter Tournament played in Zhodino 

Wednesday 20th January
BATE Borisov 1-4 Neman Grodno 
FC Minsk 5-1 Isloch 
Slavia Mozyr 1-1 Shakhtyor Petrikov 

PICUTRES FROM ISLOCH V FC MINSK - Courtesy of @fcisloch

Former Gorodeya midfielder Mikhail Shibun scored Slavia's goal.  Vladimir Kharlanov scored Petrikov's goal. 

BATE reported "the main aim of this sparring was to look at the reserves on the go". Their goal scorer was 19 year old Nigerian striker Idris Nuradin. 

Neman Grodno's scorers were former FC Minsk player Roman Gribovsky (2), Valery Zhukovsky and Anton Suchkov who is only 18 years old. The midfielder came on as substitute for two league games (Smolevichy and Isloch) last season. 

FC Minsk fielded players such as defender Petr Kazanstev who was with Smorgon in the first league last season. Maksim Kasarab who is only 17 years old and yet to make his full first debut for FC Minsk. 18 year old Evgeni Malashevich also played in the second half - He came on as a substitute in FC Minsk's league game at BATE last season. Pavel Gorbach, 20, a Belarusian u19 International scored one of the FCM goals. 

Thursday 21st January 
Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Shakhtyor Soligrosk (United Arab Emirates) 

Saturday 23rd January 
Rukh Brest v Krumkachy Minsk 
Slavia Mozyr v FC Gomel 

Sunday 24th January 
BATE Borisov   Isloch 
Zenit St Petersburg  Shakhtyor Soligorsk (UAE) 

Tuesday 26th January
Krasnador v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (UAE) 

Friday 29th January
Salvia Mozyr v Sputnik Rechitsa #
Slavia Mozyr v Lokomotiv Gomel #
# two games listed this day so 

Saturday 30th January 
Riga FC v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (UAE) 
Minai v Rukh Brest (Turkey) - to be confirmed 

Monday 1st February 
Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Slutsk *
Neman Grodno v Isloch *

Tuesday 2nd February
Arsenal Dzerzhinsk v Krumkhachy Minsk * 
Bleshina Bobruisk v Dynamo Minsk Res * 

Wednesday 3rd February
Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Neman Grodno *
Isloch v Slutsk *
Rukh Lviv v Rukh Brest (Turkey) - to be confirmed 

Thursday 4th February
Arsenal Dzerzhinsk v Dynamo Minsk Res * 
Belshina Bobruisk v Krumkachy Minsk *

Friday 5th February
Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Isloch *
Neman Grodno v Slutsk * 
Vitebsk v FC Gomel 

Saturday 6th February 
Dynamo Minsk Res v Krumkhacy Minsk *
Belshina Bobruisk v Arsenal Dzerzhinsk *
Spartak Moscow v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (UAE) 

Sunday 7th February
Runner Up Group A v Runner Up Group B (3rd/4th play off) * 
Winner Group A v Winner Group B (Final) *