Thursday, 27 November 2014

CLUB FOCUS - WANDERERS FC


Not many football fans will know that the famous Wanderers FC were reformed back in 2009. The first Wanderers FC were formed way back in 1859 as Forest Football Club and existed until 1887. The founder of the club Charles Alcock (he founded the club with his brother John Forster Alcock) and secretary AW McKenzie were present at the meeting which established the Football Association in 1863 and the club won the FA Cup an amazing five times before folding in 1887.

In 2009 with the backing of descendants of the Alcock the club were reformed to ensure that the legacy of the original club lives on and to raise money for worthy causes. The legacy of the Alcock brother's lived on in 2010 when on Saturday 7th November JF Alcock's Great-Great-Great Grandson Johannes Gunnell played his first game for the club.

After playing a number of charity matches in 2009 and 2010 the club joined the Surrey South Eastern Combination Junior Division Four and have since won two promotions. For the 2014/15 campaign the club's first team are in the Junior Division Two alongside teams such as Norbiton Dragons, Wilf Kroucher* and Ewell Conquerors. The club also have a ladies team formed for this season which is great to see.


The club have been playing matches in Belair Park, Dulwich but have recently announced they have secured a ground share with AFC Croydon Athletic. Their first match at Mayfield Park is this Saturday against AFC Ewell which kicks off at 2pm. They then play two more home games prior to Christmas against Norbiton Dragons (13th December) and Trinty Reserves (20th December).

The club's aim is to rise though the leagues and hopefully one day return to the world's greatest cup competition.

You can check out their website here and follow them on twitter here


* The name Wilf Kroucher is shrouded in mystery but apparently comes from some of the members of the team who were on a trip to India and when paying a visit to the very basic toilet had to crouch down or squat. This coined the phrase "going for a Wilf Kroucher" from which the football team was named after. 

A FOGGY NIGHT IN HERTFORDSHIRE BUT THE GAME WENT AHEAD





Visibility problems! - but the game went ahead
At half time you could still see the goal posts at the other end of the pitch so the game continued
"Who scored that then?" was the question asked by most of the crowd at Herns Way last night when Welwyn Garden City scored the only goal of the game in the first half against Baldock Town. It was really was a case that nobody knew as the fog that descended on the area had given the fans present some challenging conditions to watch a football match in - as you can see from the above pictures. Some match highlights are also below but the fog effected filming for me so it's only brief I'm afraid. They include a great save from the Baldock keeper which the referee gave a goal kick from when it should of been a corner. His reply to a Citizen's player asking for a corner was "I never saw him touch it!" - for once the man in the middle had an excuse with the fog.

The match saw Welwyn 1-0 up at half time with Baldock battling well in the second half to get back into the game but the home side's defence held firm showing why they have only conceded just 3 goals in 12 league games prior to this match. Baldock themselves are having a very good season and this defeat was only their fith in seventeen league games. It's clear both sides will be up the top of the division fighting for the two promotion places available at the end of the season.

Whilst his team didn't perform as well as they can (could put this down to the conditions?) Welwyn manager Adam Fisher will be pleased to pick up another three points in the race for the Division One title.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

1893 COME BACK TO RECORD MEMORABLE VICTORY AGAINST SOUTHEND MANOR

It's been a fairly chaotic season for Enfield 1893 FC who now play at Harlow Town's ground after they left Goldsdown Road in the summer. They started the season with a new manager in Paul Norris who was assistant to Luke Giddings for the 2013/14 campaign. Giddings had the club due to increased work commitments. Norris left after just two league games which were both home defeats against Stansted (0-3) and Haringey Borough (1-10) with Scott Curley taking over who is assisted by ex Towner Daniel Alleyne. It's Curley's first managerial appointment having played for a host of local non-league side's such as Harlow Town, Aveley, East Thurrock United and Leyton to name a few.

Since Curley took over they have a record of three wins, two draws and nine losses from 14 games played. On Tuesday evening they welcomed Southend Manor to Barrows Farm for a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Second Round tie. 1893 included ex Towner's Dave Kendall, Tyler Christian Law (Town reserves) and Jon Stevenson (who was substitute) in their line-up which included just Tom Phillips, Michael Georgiou and Billy Jones who remained from their first starting XI on August 9th.

For a large part of the game last night it was looking like 10 defeats from 15 games played as Southend Manor dominated proceedings with 1893's best chance coming from a Dave Kendall header which was very well saved by the Manor keeper. Manor's young side were 0-2 up and cruising to victory with around twenty minutes to go. The Cold End was very impressed with their manager Wayne Seal who gave his player's constant encouragement from the dug-out throughout the 90 minutes.

It all went downhill for the away side as 1893 came back, showing some tremendous fighting spirit, to record what maybe a season changing victory. Manor who had been passing the ball well and playing with width stretching the home backline went suddenly to putting long balls down the middle which Jon Stevenson, who came on at half time, won nearly everytime. Billy Jones scored two penalty kicks in quick succession and then got a third with substitute Steve Hutchinson scoring a fourth right on full time.

1893 now travel to Clapton in the Third Round of the competition.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 
including all the goals scored


GORDON BRASTED MEMORIAL TROPHY 2014/15
FIRST ROUND
WALTHAM FOREST 1 BARKING 2
HARINGEY BOROUGH 2 ILFORD 1
SOUTHEND MANOR 3 STANSTED 1

SECOND ROUND
GREENHOUSE LONDON 1 BARKING 2
BASILDON UNITED 1 ETON MANOR 2
NEWHAM 1 TAKELEY 1 (AWAY WIN 5-6 ON PENALTIES)
TOWER HAMLETS 1 SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN 7
CLAPTON 2 LONDON BARI 1
SPORTING BENGAL 4 FC ROMANIA 1* 
ENFIELD 1893 FC 4 SOUTHEND MANOR 2
HULLBRIDGE SPORTS v HARINGEY BOROUGH
* SPORTING BENGAL removed from competition for playing inelligable player and FC ROMANIA reinstated

QUARTER FINAL
BARKING v ETON MANOR
TAKELEY v FC ROMANIA 
CLAPTON v ENFIELD 1893 FC
HULLBRDIGE SPORTS or HARINGEY BOROUGH v SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

GOOD LUCK TONIGHT CONCORD RANGERS

FROM 48 PEOPLE TO THE FA CUP FIRST ROUND 

Just seven years ago Concord Rangers were members of the Essex Senior League at Step 5 of the Non-League ladder. On Saturday 24th November they welcomed Barking for a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy game which they won 6-0 in front of 76 people and on Tuesday 27th November they entertained Waltham Forest in an Essex Senior Cup game which they won 4-3 in front of just 48 people.

Fast forward just seven years and the Essex club have been members of the Conference South Division for the last two seasons. Tonight they play the biggest game in their history when they welcome League Two Mansfield Town to Essex for their all important FA Cup First Qualfiying Replay which will be played in front of a crowd well in excess of a thousand people.

GOOD LUCK TO OUR OLD RIVALS FROM THE ESSEX SENIOR AND RYMAN LEAGUE. THEY ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE TO ALL NON-LEAGUE CLUBS LOOKING TO MOVE UP THE PYRAMID.






Friday, 21 November 2014

BIG HERTFORDSHIRE LOCAL DERBY TOMORROW


Around five miles seperate the villages of Kimpton and Knebworth in Hertfordshire so the Hertsavers County League Division One match between the two sides tomorrow is a real local derby. It's 12th v 8th (only twelve teams in the division) in the table as Kimpton have not had the best of starts to their campaign with just one win in nine league games and conceding 40 goals in the process.The K's have won four of their ten games scoring 23 and letting in 19 goals.

As you can see from the picture The Recreation Ground at Kimpton is one of the most picturesque places to watch football in the local area so it's well worth a visit.

The big kick off is at 2pm!

FA VASE SECOND ROUND PROPER THIS WEEKEND

The FA Vase continues this weekend with nine Spartan South Midlands League sides in action. Just Hullbridge Sports represent the Essex Senior League on the road to Wembley and they entertain AFC Rushden and Diamonds at Lower Road. It'll be a tough game for Sports as Diamonds are top of the United Counites League Premier Division. 

The fixtures are below with Ampthill Town entering the competition at this stage as a reward for them reaching the Quarter-Final stage last season. That will seem a long time ago to the fan's of the Bedfordshire side as in May their then manager Craig Bicknell left the club. Ex Peterborough Northern Star coach Derwayne Stupple has been given the job of rebuilding the team after many players also left the club. So far they haven't won a game this season but did earn a well deserved point in a 1-1 draw at home to Harefield United in the league on Tuesday evening. Can they build on this in their game at home to Tring Athletic who won 0-4 at Enfield 1893 in the last round? Tring are in 15th position in the league and only have one win in their last eight Premier Division games. They won 0-2 at Ampthill earlier in the season. 

It should be really good game at Bellmount Wood Avenue as current Premier Division table topper's Sun Sports welcome Stanway Rovers who are in fifth place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.  

HISTORY - St Mags going for their best Vase performance in nearly thirty years.
 A win for St Margarestsbury against Ipswich Wanderers (ninth place in Thurlow Nunn Premier) would see them qualify for the Third Round of the Vase for the first time since 1985/86. 

The winner's of the Second Round ties receive £1200 from the Football Association prize fund.  
Good Luck to all sides involved.

Saturday 
Ampthill Town v Tring Athletic
Deeping Rangers v Oxhey Jets
Hullbridge Sports v Rushden and Diamonds 
London Colney v Northampton Spencer
Saffron Walden Town v Kings Langley
St Margaretsbury v Ipswich Wanderers
Sun Sports v Stanway Rovers
Wembley v Brantham Athletic

Sunday 
AFC Dunstable v Kirkley and Pakefield 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

SAVE HITCHIN - SAVE TOP FIELD!!



The future of Hitchin Town's historic Top Field stadium is in doubt with plans afoot to develop the site into a supermarket. The beautiful game has been played at Top Field since 1871 when the original Hitchin FC drew with Crystal Palace in an FA Cup game with Hitchin Town calling it home since their formation in 1928. The Cold End is fully backing the campaign to save Top Field. As the above picture states this is not just about a football club but the Town in general - This excellent Game Of The People article explains things in a little more detail.

If you're a fan of football in the local area the club need your support on Saturday 6th December 2014 when after the march there is free entry to their game against current Calor Southern League Premier Division table topper's Poole Town.

Check out savehtfc.wordpress.com for more details.