Friday, 31 July 2009

Battling Brimsdown looking to Bamboozle Bedfordshire's Barton

No game for Enfield Town tomorrow but there is a veritable feast of pre-season action in the local area.

Brimsdown Rovers take on ex Enfield player Gary Fitzgerald's Barton Rovers at Goldsdown Road.

Hertford Town play Cheshunt at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford lost 2-4 at home to Ware on Tuesday night in a 'friendly' match which included the referee brandishing three red cards.

Other local matches of interest are -

Waltham Abbey V Soham Town Rangers
Cockfosters V Eton Manor
Haringey Borough V Uxbridge
Enfield 1893 V Ware
Potters Bar Town V Wealdstone (two matches with first kick off at 1pm)

TCE can find no news to confirm if Harlow Town's scheduled match with a Southend United XI will take place at Burrows Park. The financially troubled club's midweek game at Waltham Abbey was called off.

TCE recommends a call to any of the ground's before travelling to check if the games are still on.

North of the border the Co-Op Insurance Cup and Highland League kicks off. In the co-op cup TCE's favourite Scottish Club Montrose are away in a tough tie at Ross County and Cowdenbeath host higher division opposition in Morton.

TCE's tie of the round is newly promoted 2nd Division Stenhousemuir playing hose to 1st Division champions and new SPL side St Johnstone at Ochilview. St Johnstone are missing Kevin Rutkiewicz, Martin Mardie and Andy Jackson for the game. The Saint's beat The Warrior's at the same stage and same venue last year 5-1. BlueSquare.com list a home win at 10/3, a draw at 11/4 and the away win at 8/13.

TCE loves an outsider so the bet of day is Montrose to cause a shock at Victoria Park by beating Ross County. The Third division Links Park club were very unlucky to loose 5-3 on PENS at Terry Butcher's Inverness Cally Thistle in last week's Alba Cup match. ICT were relegated from the SPL last year whereas Ross County finished 08/09 in 8th position in Division One.

The Gable Endies are 9/2 to win against The Staggies with bluesquare.

In the Highland Football League Champions Cove Rangers kick off with a home game against Forres Mechanics. Other games included Turriff United V Brora Rangers and Rothes V Formartine United.

Sir Bobby Robson - A True Legend

It was very sad news today to hear Sir Bobby Robson had passed away at the age of 76, He had fought a long battle against Cancer.

A true gentleman and legend, Sir Bobby was an ambassador for football and will be greatly missed. The first world cup I truly remember is Italia '90 and I will never forget Sir Bobby on the sidelines watching Gazza, Lineker, Waddle and Co so nearly make it to the final. The greatest achievement for an England side since 1966.

In 1985 when getting the England job he said 'I think I have the best job in the country'....

One of the best quotes involving Sir Bobby will be the exchange between a journalist and Shola Ameobi, enquiring if the forward has a nickname..

Q - "What do the lads call you?"
A - "Shola"
Q - "What does Bobby Robson call you?"
A - "Bobby calls me Carl Court"

Read more on the following links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8177945.stm

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article6734448.ece

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2565418/Sir-Bobby-Robson-dead-after-cancer-battle.html

Blue Sqaure Premier Preview

With the big Kick Off in Non-League's premier division just over 7 days away TCE thought it best to do a bit of research on the division and predict who will finish where.

AFC Wimbledon

Terry Brown knows the Premier from his time with Aldershot Town. The Champions of the Blue Square South have prepared well for this season bringing in a number of new players to add to their impressive squad. 6feet 4inch Midfielder Ricky Wellard from Ashford Town (Middlesex) is predicted to have a good season. TCE PREDICTION - EDGE OF THE PLAY OFFS BUT SUPPORTERS WILL BE HAPPY WITH MID-TABLE.

Altrincham

100/1 to win the league with the sponsors. Alty finished nearer the bottom than the top last year and haven't really added to their squad. PREDICTION - RELEGATION OR JUST SCRAPE SURVIVAL

Barrow

Finished just above the relegation zone last year. Have signed Phil Bolland from Cambridge United. PREDICTION - ANOTHER HARD SEASON FOR HOLKER STREET TEAM AND POSSIBLE RELEGATION

Cambridge United

The U's went all out for promotion last year and will suffer from a hang over after their loss at Wembley in the play off final. Loosing influential manager Gary Brabin won't help. New boss Martin Ling will steady the ship but mid-table mediocrity beckons. PREDICTION - MID TABLE

Chester City

Would of finished bottom of League 2 last year had it not been for Luton's -30 deduction. Start the season on -10 following a summer of financial difficulties and problems. PREDICTION - A SEASON OF STRUGGLE, MAY ONLY JUST SURVIVE RELEGATION

Crawley Town

Jefferson Louis has joined from Wrexham, he scored 15 goals last year. Romone McCrae has left to join the many ex non-league players at Peterbrough and reports suggest Jake Wright may be going to Brighton. PREDICTION - MID TABLE RESPECTABLE FINISH

Eastbourne Borough

Chairman Len Smith has made a bold prediction that joint managers Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood will lead the club into the football league in the 09/10 season. They have taken the club from the Sussex County League and the chairman believes they can take the Priory Lane club further. It would be really good for football to see Boro riding high at the top of the league come May next year.
Blue Square list them at 50/1 for the title. TCE admires the club for looking up to the football league but PREDICTS ANOTHER SEASON IN A MID-TABLE POSITION where the club can build on for coming seasons.

Ebbsfleet United

The loss of Michael Gash for £55,000 to York City will be big. Ebbsfleet finished on 58 points last year. PREDICTION - HARD SEASON IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE TABLE

Forest Green Rovers

Jim Harvey has signed Mike Fowler from Salisbury City. PREDICTION - THE NEW LAWN CLUB WILL HAVE JUST ENOUGH TO STAY IN THE LEAGUE

Gateshead

Blue Square North play off winners are a unknown quantity in the higher league. They spent a few season's in the conference in the 90's with a best finish of 5th. Loosing hitman Lee Novak to Huddersfield will be a big loss. PREDICTION - HOVERING JUST ABOVE THE RELEGATION ZONE WHICH THEIR FANS WILL BE HAPPY WITH

Grays Athletic

Nick McKoy and Marcel McKie have arrived with Steve Browne from Enfield Town. 50/1 for the league title and finished 2 places above the dreaded relegation zone last year. PREDICTION - FIGHTING TO STAY OUT OF THE RELEGATION ZONE

Hayes and Yeading

Winners of the South play off final H&Y are 100/1 outsiders. It would be nice to see a well run club do well but TCE PREDICTS THEM TO BE FIGHTING WITH GRAYS TO STAY UP

Histon

A respectable 8th place finish for a club which TCE admires. Matthew Mitchell-King and Patrick Ada have moved on to a higher standard in the football league. Nathan Bowden-Haase has moved to the Stute's from Hemel Hempstead Town. PREDICTION - ANYTHING BETTER THAN 10th PLACE WILL BE NICE

Kettering Town

8th place finish last year. 20/1 to win the league this year. PREDICTION - MAY PUSH FOR A PLAY OFF PLACE.

Kidderminster Harriers

No major movement in or out of Aggborough in the summer. Kiddy missed out on the play offs by just 2 points last year. PREDICTION - THE CHASING PACK HAS IMPROVED AND THE HARRIERS WILL STRUGGLE TO IMPROVE ON LAST YEAR'S PLACING

Luton Town

11/4 title favourites. The capture of Liam Hatch will improve the Hatter's squad from last year's league campaign. Will be up there at the top of the league but will find non-league's top division just as good standard as League Two. PREDICTION - UP THERE BUT TWO, MAYBE THREE TEAMS WILL FINISH ABOVE THEM. THE DERBY MATCHES WITH STEVENAGE WILL ATTRACT BIG CROWDS. TCE PREDICTS KENILWORTH ROAD WILL BREAK THE CONFERENCE RECORD ATTENDANCE FIGURE THIS YEAR PROBABLY WHEN THEY PLAY OXFORD UNITED OR WIMBLEDON

Mansfield Town

Over 10 new players signed including Jason Bradley from Darlington. David Holdsworth's Stags are 14/1 for the title. PREDICTION - PLAY OFF CHASING

Oxford United

With the arrival of Jack Midson from Histon who scored 23 goals last year and 23 goal James Constable signing permanently from Shrewsbury Town the U's have an impressive front pairing. They only lost twice in the league from the turn of the new year at home to promoted Torquay 0-2 and at home to Northwich Victoria on the last day of season 1-2 in front of 10,298 fans.
Oxford are 7/2 to win the title and TCE PREDICTS IT MAY BE A WINNING YEAR AT THE KASSAM STADIUM

Rushden & Diamonds

Justin Edinburgh has brought in influential Gray's player Jamie Stuart and Cliff Akurang amongst others. 20/1 for title. PREDICTION - MID TABLE

Salisbury City

80/1 for the title. Financial problems are reported at the Raymond McEnhill stadium. PREDICTION - BOTTOM OF THE PACK

Stevenage Borough

Ex Enfield manager Graham Westley has lost Steve Morrsion to Millwall but has acted quickly in bringing in several new players to strengthen his squad who reached the play offs last season. PREDICTION - BORO WILL BE UP THERE WITH LUTON AND OXFORD AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

Tamworth

Champions of the North division last year. PREDICTION - BOTTOM HALF TO JUST ABOVE RELEGATION ZONE. 50/1 for the title.

Wrexham

Dean Saunders has signed lots of new players at the Racecourse and a good season looks in prospect. Midfielder Nathan Fairhurst turned down a new deal with PNE to sign with the welsh club. PREDICTION - PLAY OFFS.

York City

Runners up in the FA Trophy last year the Kit Kat crescent team have strengthend their sqaud with the signing of Michael Gash from Ebbsfleet for £55,000. City struggled in the league last year. PREDICTION - WILL IMPROVE THIS YEAR BUT NOT ENOUGH TO REACH THE PLAY OFFS.

TCE best bets -

Oxford United for the title @ 7/2
Stevenage Borough to qualify for play offs @ 6/4.

Jack Midson top goalscorer @ 18/1
James Constable top goalscorer @ 8/1

All odds courtesy of http://www.bluesq.com/bet

Opening day fixtures on 8th August 2009

AFC Wimbledon V Luton Town
Altricham V Ebbsfleet
Cambridge United V Barrow
Forest Green Rovers V Kettering Town
Gateshead V Histon
Kidderminster Harriers V H&Y
Mansfield Town V Crawley Town
Oxford United V York City
R&D V Salisbury City
Stevenage Borough V Tamworth
Wrexham V Eastbourne Borough

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Enfield Town 3 AFC Hornchurch 2

Starting line up

1. Rob Blackburne
2. Shayne Johnston
3. M Bardell
4. Craig Mckay
5. Chris Wild
6. Ross Edwards
7. Paul Marks
8. Andy Jones
9. Stuart Blackburne
10. Luke Marshall
11. Fabio Valenti

Subs inc - Sammy Winston, Adam Wallace, Alex Kirby, David Allen, Mark Blackburne and a few others.

It was a feast of goals tonight on a freshly cut Brimsdown pitch. Town looked in control from the start against an Urchins team featuring ex town players Jason Willis and Gazmend Dauti. Ross Edwards put us 1-0 with a looping header from just inside the box following a corner at the cold end. Town continued to pass the ball well with Stuart Blackburne looking good up front and the Edwards/Wild centre back partnership looking good for the start of the season.

Stuart got a deserved goal to make it 2-0 on 40 minutes with a nice composed finish after rounding the goalkeeper.

HALF TIME 2-0

A raft of substitutions were made by Town just into the 2nd Half. AFC came back into the match and scored the best goal of the night with a lovely finish from the right of the box. They made it 2-2 after a defensive mix up (get them out the way whilst it doesn't matter lads) where the Urchin player tapped into the open net.

Sammy Winston and Adam 'guns' Wallace were now up front for the Town and both showed some useful touches. Town's winner was scored by Richard Morton who shot from the edge of the box past Jason Willis after Sammy showed some good skill. Sammy was unlucky not to score late on with a audacious lob from the right hand side of the box which finished scrapping the bar into the top netting.

FINAL SCORE - 3-2

*Overall another good performance from the Town and it looks as if Steve Newing and Del Deanus are shaping together a team that will hopefully be up in the top half of the league challenging.

Enfield Town V AFC Hornchurch - Preview

Town take on The Urchins at Goldsdown Road tonight in another pre-season friendly. AFC are no strangers to us having played us before being promoted to the top division a few seasons ago.

They have played two pre-season games so far loosing at Concord Rangers 2-1 on 18th July and on Tuesday drawing 1-1 at Bridge Avenue against Eastbourne Borough in front of a crowd of 193.

AFC have recently been put into administration and will start the 09/10 Ryman Premier season on -10 points. Colin McBride is the manager and they start the campaign proper on 15th August with a trip to Tonbridge Angels.

Last year the club finished 6th in the Premier missing out on a play-off place by 2 points. They had a good run in the FA Cup playing Darren Ferguson's Peterborough United in the First Round proper, loosing 1-0 after a brave performance at Bridge Avenue.

They have among their squad ex Enfield player Andy Tomlinson and ex Town keeper Jason Willis.

FC Sheriff Tiraspol settle for draw

TCE's favourite Moldovan club had to settle for a scoreless draw last night in the Champions League Qualifying match. Sheriff had a goal disallowed in the first half and hit the post in the dying seconds of the match. For large parts of the match they dominated with Prague playing a counter attacking game. The 2nd leg is scheduled for 5th August next week.
Slavia who had several key players such as Deniss Romanovs, ex Liverpool front man Vladimír Šmicer, Josef Kaufman, Tomáš Pekhart and Matej Krajčík missing.

TCE lost the bet last night which is nothing new; We'll see if we can get our money with a Sheriff away win next week.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

European Adventure begins for Fulham..

Fulham FC travel to Lithuania to play Futbolo Klubas Vetra (FK Vetra) tomorrow night with a kick off of 6pm in the Europa League 3rd Qualifying round match. Fulham are playing their first match in the competition with the Lithuanian club having to play 2 rounds (4 matches) to get to this point. They have beaten CS Grevenmacher of Luxembourg and HJK Helksinki of Finland to get to this stage.

FK were only formed in 1996 and moved to Vilnius in 2003 to play in their own 5,900 capacity stadium, They were 3rd in the Lithuanian A lyga last season to qualify for Europa League. The club are now the first Lithuanian club to get to this stage of European competition.

They are no strangers to Europe having played in the Inter-Toto cup from 2004 (beating Hibernian on aggregate) to 2007.. Their match with Legia Warsaw was abandoned due to the Polish fans causing trouble, In the next round they lost to Blackburn Rovers.

From 2008 they have competed in the UEFA/Europa cup.

Their team is made up of all home country players apart from Estonian Nikolai Mastev and the well travelled Cameroonian Betrand Ngapounou. Betrand has now played for club sides in Lithuania, Khazakstan, Romania and Russia.

Their scorers in the last leg win agianst HJK were Jevgenig Moroz, Mindaugas Grigalevicius and Algi Jankauskas.

The 2nd leg is played in West London next week. TCE predicts a good turn out from the away fans, probably made up of the large Lithuanian community now residing in London and surrounding area.

Fulham fans travelling to this game look set for a nice day with the weather sunny and warm. A pint of lager costs roughly £1.20 -only just (!!!) cheaper than the bars and pubs around Craven Cottage.

Skybet.com have Fulham as strong favourites for this match at 4/9. FK are 11/2 and the draw 11/4.

FC Sheriff Tiraspol attempt to qualify for Champions League group stages

Tonight in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League FC Sherriff (champions of Moldovan league) take on Slavia Prague (Champions of Czech league). FC Sheriff play in a very nice 14,300 capacity stadium and were the first side in Moldova to sign contracted foriegn players.

They have players from Brazil, Serbia, Georgia, Russia, Burkina Faso, Belarus, Romania, Senegal, Argentina, Togo and Latvia as well as Moldovans. They have dominated their home football since 2001 winning the league on each occasion. Since then they have tried and failed to qualify for the group stages proper. Will they manage to beat Slavia Prague??

If like TCE you like a punt especially on a Champions League Glory Glory qualifying tie skybet have the home side at 12/5, away win at 10/11 and the draw 9/4. TCE likes an outsider so is going for a half time draw and full time FK Tiraspol win which is 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Random Results

Here is a selection of results from tonight's numerous pre-season friendly games:

At Top Field, Hitchin the Canaries prepared from their Southern League Division One (Midland) divsion season by beating Ryman Premier Boreham Wood 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Arlick first half goal. Hichin included Ex-Towner Steve Velandia in their midfield. Another ex Town player Jeff Hammond, although not playing tonight has been turning out for the Hertfordshire club in some of their pre-season games.

A few miles down the A505 at newly non-league Luton Town's Kenilworth Road The Hatters entertained a Ole Gunnar Solksjaer managed Manchester United XI. In front of a bumper 7,480 Luton went down 1-2 thanks to early goals from Brandy and Cleaverly.

Over in Broxbourne, The tennants lost to the landlords 2-1. Enfield 1893 face Boro in the FA Cup in a few weeks in another interesting match.

ETFC's opponents on Thursday AFC Hornchurch drew 1-1 with Eastbourne Borough at Bridge Avenue. The Urchins included ex Enfield player Andy Tomlinson in their line up.

Wigan Athletic fans have a new hero in Jason Scotland. The big striker helping his new team to a 4-1 at Preston. Other scorers for the Latics at Deepdale were N'Zogbia, Brown and Rodellaga. Neil Mellor got a late consolation goal for North End.

Best result of the night comes in the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Leg -
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 1 Pacos Ferreira 0. The Israeli team have already played 2 qualifying rounds (4 matches) prior to this match beating Azerbaijani team Simurq Zaqatala and Latvian team FC Dinaburg on aggregate. Lets wish them luck in the return leg in Portugal.

Peter Crouch V Darren Bent

Peter Crouch's arrival at White Hart Lane yesterday has proved the catalyst for Darren Bent's impending move to Sunderland with the striker reported to be in talks with The Black Cats.

Bent has had two seasons at Spurs and most fans would say he did not live up to his £16.5 million transfer fee.

Looking at the statistics for Premier League games only Peter has scored 50 goals in 176 matches (ratio of 3.52 games per goal)and Darren has netted 49 times in 127 appearances (ratio of 2.59 games per goal).

These figues show that the ex Charlton and Ipswich player is clearly the better scorer. Fans may argue that Crouch is the better link-up player.

Crouch has totalled £33,560,000 in transfer fees during his career compared to Bent's total of around £34,000,000 (if the proposed £15millionish move to the north east goes ahead)

Crouch has been capped for England 34 times and scored 16 times. Bent has 4 caps and is yet to score for his country.

Bent is 25 years old which is three years younger than the new spurs man.

Only time will tell but TCE predicts if Bent settles in the North East he could forge a good partnership with Kenwyn Jones.

if you like a punt Skybet.com lists Bent at 40/1 and Crouch at 50/1 to be top Premier League scorer next year.

TCE's favourite quote involving the man famed for his robot dance is when he was asked on Soccer AM in 2007 what he would be if he wasn't a footballer? His reply 'A virgin'.

PICK OF TONIGHT'S FRIENDLY GAMES

In the pick of tonight's friendly games Luton Town take on a Manchester United XI at Kenilworth Road. It will be interesting what sort of team turn out for the Red Devils.

Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire, ex West Ham and QPR legend Steve Lomas has his UCL team St Neots Town take on a Tottenham Hotspur XI at Rowley Park. KO 7.30pm

Monday, 27 July 2009

Classic Away Days Part One


Thinking back to the glory days of the mid 90s following Enfield FC mostly all the matches that stand out in my memory are away from home in the FA Cup or FA Trophy.

What fantastic memories of standing side by side with fellow E's fans out singing the home support with choruses of 'George Borg's blue and white army' or 'givvvveeee usssss annnn eeeeee!!!'. The Cold End's personal favourite was and will always be 'time flys by when your the driver of a train....'.

With this in mind TCE presents part one of classic away days looking back at the FA Trophy First round tie at then Conference side Bromsgrove Rovers on Saturday 21st January 1995 (over 14 years ago!!!).

We took two coaches up if I remember correctly and they left Southbury Road for the journey up to the West Midlands at about 10am. On the way the weather was terrible with torrential downpours and listening to Radio Five reporting of mostly all football games being cancelled due to water logging got everyone on the coach talking and worried the journey would be a waste of time.

Luckily, when we arrived I remember taking a peek through the fence at The Victoria Ground and saw the pitch (due to it being on a slope) was in a playable condition. Other supporters confirmed the game was on, one of the only surviving games of the day.

I was 18 years old at the time and had just taken up (legally) drinking in pubs so it was off to the nearest watering hole for a few pre-match beers.

Over an hour later we entered the ground and saw the end where the E's were shooting was open and the very strong wind was blowing Bromsgrove's way. For the first half an hour they were all over us and deserved their 1-0 lead. We equalised from John Bailey (it was really an own goal wasn't it) and went in at the break 1-1.

Then the heavens opened causing the Bromsgrove fans to stay put in the covered end for the 2nd half next to us which created a great cup tie atmosphere. George sent on The Saint in a one of his many genius tactical changes and for the next 45 minutes it was like watching Brazil. TCE thinks even the South Americans would of struggled to play against John Richardson's mazzy runs that day on the pitch which was cutting up in the rain.

I sang my heart out and after Andy Kerr nodded us in the lead the game looked safe. When The Saint knocked in the third after cutting back it was mayhem behind the goal. "We're on the march with George's army..." over and over...We were on our way to Wembley.

The best chant which sticks in my mind was the E's fans (reply to Bromsgrove's chants of "We hate cockney's") "We hate scousers and we hate scousers" causing numerous shouts of "we're not scouser's we're brummies".. Oh the irony!

After the coach journey back I spent the evening in the bar getting royally drunk, stumbling home at about midnight. What a day!!

Great memories like these is why we all love the non-league game; Some people I know went to Wembley at the weekend paying £50+ to watch a pre-season friendly sitting on a plastic seat whilst paying £4+ for a pint of flat lager in a plastic cup, not forgetting Burger and Chips for £7 +. Give me an away cup tie in the early rounds of the cup over that anyday.

Please Steve, Del and the players give the Town a good cup run this year.

EFC's team that day was Andy Pape, Gary Blackford, Super Jimmy Carstairs, Paul Turner, Andy Kerr, Mark Pye, John Bailey, Paul Hobson, Gary Abbott, Al-James Hannigan and John Richardson. Subs - John Ridout, Martin St Hilaire (on for AJ at half time) and Les Cleevely.

Crowd - 1,439.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

"The Italian Ryan Giggs"

Gabriele Ambroseti who Gianlucca Vialli dubbed 'the Italian Ryan Giggs' when paying Vicenza £3.5m for the winger in August 1999.

Scoring 44 goals in 214 appearance in Italy he had impressed the then Chelsea boss in playing against the West London club in the previous season's European Cup Winner's Cup Semi Final.

After making his debut for Chelsea he failed to live up to the tag and netted only once in the 5-0 Champions League rout in Galatasary.

Ambroseti made a total of 16 league appearances (seven from the substitutes bench) in his stay at Stamford Bridge.

After lenghty loan spell's at Piacenza and previous club Vicenza he left for £3.5m less than he had arrived for and headed back to Italy retiring from the game in 2006.

Fisher FC win

Fisher FC won by the odd goal in five against Romford this afternoon in their debut game. The final result 3-2 to the visitors.

Random Facts of the day

Of the 22 teams that competed in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93 only 9 will compete in the top tier of the English game in the forthcoming season.

There are five teams from the 92/93 season who have dropped down two levels to now League One being Norwich City, MK Dons technically through Wimbledon, Leeds United, Southampton and Oldham Athletic.

A total of six clubs have suffered relegation from the Premier on three occasions being Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

Bradford City are the only previous Premier League side to be playing in League Two this year.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Cold End recommends...

you to click on the following link to a really nice article on visits to Southbury Road and the Enfield area.

http://www.twohundredpercent.net/?p=1665

T.C.E is a fan of twohundredpercent.

Cult Hero - The First Brazilian to play in England

Francisco Ernami Lima de Silva or better known as Mirandinha was the first Brazilian to play in English football signing for Newcastle United in 1987 after he scored a goal against the Three Lions in the 1987 Rous Cup.

Manager Willie McFaul paid £575,000 to secure his services from Palmeiras two weeks into the 87/88 season. He was 28 years old at the time and was reputed to have signed a three year contract worth around £1,250,00.

He won four senior caps for Brazil all in May 1987, scoring the one previously mentioned goal versus England.

He scored his first goals for The Toon (in his third start) in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford instantly making him a hero on the terraces.

Newcastle were on a downward spiral and it was hoped a bit of Samba Soccer would brighten up their play.

The usual comments followed when a South American signs for a Northen club such as 'he wouldn't play well in the cold' and that being a flare player he would fail able to adapt to the harshness of the English game. Newcastle fans remember his mazzy runs and quick speed over the the first few yeards but it seemed everytime he got in the box he would shoot therefore, in some fans opinions being a very frustrating player.

He played 54 times scoring 20 times for Newcastle from 87-89. Newcastle ended up being relegated and Mira went back to Brazil on a free transfer. They only won 3 games out of 38 that season being sent down with West Ham and Middlesborough.

He is best known among some Geordie fans for his knug fu style kick on the back legs of Dave Beasant after The Wombles defeated the Geordie boys in an FA Cup tie at St Jame's Park.

Newcastle fans used to sing "his name is Mirandinha, he's not from Argentina, he's from Brazil, he's ****ing brill".

The question The Cold End asks is apart from Juninho (who was relgated with Middlesbrough) and Gilberto (some Gunner's fans would argue) has any Brazilian player set English football alight.

Fisher FC to make debut on Sunday

Fisher FC travel to Ryman League Division One (North) Romford on Sunday with a 2pm kick off. It's Fisher's first game after rising from the ashes of Blue Square South Fisher Athletic in the summer. The game is being played at Aveley's The Mill Field where Romford currently groundshare.

Romford who lost 2-0 at Needham Market (away) on Saturday plan to use this game to play some of their new players with a few trialists.

Fisher have been entered into the Bulmer's Kent League for the 09/10 season and are still ground sharing at Champion Hill. They kick off the season proper on Saturday 8th August with a trip to Slade Green followed by two local derby matches at home on 10th to Beckenham Town and then entertain Greenwich Borough on the 15th. The Boro kick off on the same day as Fisher's second home game with a trip to Theobalds Lane to play Cheshunt.

Elsewhere at The Wembley Cup Spurs are 4/5 to beat Celtic who are 13/5 with the draw priced at 12/5. In the first match at the home of football Barca are 1/6 to beat Al Ahly who are 11/1, the draw being 9/2. TCE doesn't advise a bet on a pre-season match or tournament due to the unpredictable team selections.

However, to make it interesting watching TCE will be having a little bet on Robbie Keane at 5/1 to be first goal-scorer.

Prices courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.

Spare a thought for....

Sporting Bengal United of the Bulmers Kent League who finished last season on a points total of zero having been beaten in 32 of their 32 league games shipping 160 goals and scoring just 26.

The Bengal Tigers who play at The Mile End Stadium (the only Kent League club to play outside of Kent north of the River Thames) are a unique club selecting their players from the Bangladeshi FA (UK) affiliated BFA Sunday clubs in the local area.


Since joining the Kent League they have finished (out of 17) - 17, 14, 15, 17, 17 and 17...winning only 18 games out of 188 in total.

With London APSA they were the first Asian clubs to compete in the FA Cup in 2005.

They kick off their league season on 8th August 2009 with an away match at Tunbridge Wells (who finished 10th of 17 last year with 45 points and 13 wins).


In the FA Cup the club face an away trip to Bedfordshire to play Wooton Blue Cross on 15th August and they face another away trip on the FA Vase travelling to Hertfordshire to play Colney Heath on 5th September.

The Mile End Stadium is now also used by newly promoted Bethnal Green United in the Essex Senior League.

T.C.E thinks Sporting should consider a transfer across to this league they will face some local derby matches against United, Clapton, Barking, Barkingside and London APSA.

The Cold End wishes them luck for the season and will be keeping a close eye out for their first win of the season.

Town 1 Wealdstone 2

The Sun was shining over The Goldsdown today as the Town took to the field against a Wealdstone reserve side. As is normal in pre-season the result doesn't matter and this proved a useful run out for a 'work in progress' Town team that is looking good for the start of the season.

In very hot conditions we knocked the ball around well, Our goal was scored by ex-Leyton midfielder Paul Killick. Wealdstone scored through Jamie Osbourne and Lucas Williams. Their second was a good strike from just inside the box.

Town made a number of substitutions at half time and through the second half. It's good to see Big Chris Wild in defence who hopefully will show how good he is this year.

Paul Marks played some good soccer, half time substitute Sammy Winston worked hard up front showing some good skillful touches.

Crowd Guess - between 50-80 people with only a handful of Stones making the journey. Most of their support choosing to make the easier journey to AFC Hayes

Overall it's looking good for the Town and once the team gets settled I can see a good season in prospect. The Cold End is 100% behind Steve Newing and Del Deanus and is looking forward to the proper start of the season on 15th August.

Other News from today

1,600 travelling Geordies were left very disappointed in East London when Leyton Orient thrashed a full Toon team (including Beye, Colocini, Enrique, Nolan, Barton, Martins, Duff, Smith, Guiterrex and Taylor) 6-1. The O's fan's mocking the troubled side with chants of 'your not very good'. The crowd at Brisbane Road was 3,615. The Cold End asks how Skybet.com can make the St James Park team 9/2 favourites for the Championship.

Over at Underhill 799 people witnessed a youthful Charlton side beaten by Barnet 2-0 thanks to goals from Albert Adomah and 41 year old Paul Furlong. He will start his 19th season in the Football League this year. A true professional who is still extremely fit and obviously loves the game. It only seems like yesterday he was playing as a 19/20 year old at Southbury Road.

The result of the day comes from North of the border in the Alba Cup 1st round where third division Albion Rovers shocked first division Ayr United with a 2-0 win. Albion only won 5 times out of 18 games in the league last season scoring only 21 goals. David McFarlane sealed the win for Rovers on 84 minutes scoring from a tight angle. Crowd - 979

Friday, 24 July 2009

Newly promoted Opponents

The Town have 5 'new' opponents in League fixtures this year with three club's promoted and two relegated from the Ryman Premier.

Here is some information on the newly promoted clubs:

VCD Athletic

VCD Athletic were formed in 1916 and joined senior football in the Kent League in 1997. They returned home to The Oakwood Sports ground in 2006 after several years of nomadic ground sharing with Thamesmead Town and Greenwich Borough.

They are the current champions of the Kent League Premier Division which gained them promotion to the Ryman for this season. They had a good run in the FA Cup last year beating Three Bridges, Croydon and Hythe Town before being beaten by East Thurrock United (away) 3-0. In the FA Vase they bowed out in the 4th round with a home defeat to Marske United 2-3.

The Vicker's are managed by Dean Frost.

Lowestoft Town

The Trawler Boys were formed in 1887 and play at Crown Meadow in the most easterly town in England on the Sunshine Coast of Suffolk. Mick Chapman and Ady Gallagher are joint managers.

They have prepared for the forthcoming Ryman campaign by signing Andrew Fisk and Adam Smith, both former products of the Norwich City Youth academy and Craig Bussens from AFC Sudbury.

They are champions of the Eastern Counties League, which is a very difficult and strongly competitive league. I can see the runner's up of the FA Vase 07/08 being right up in contention near the top of the league.

They were knocked out by Cambridge City in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round and lost out to Whitley Bay in the FA Vase Semi Final.

Their games against local rivals Kirkley & Pakefield last year drew crowds of 1523 (Home) and 1068 (Away).

Romford

The 'Boro' need no introduction to Town fans having played us in the Essex Senior League before our promotion. They won the Essex Senior League last year beating Enfield 1893 to the championship and currently ground share with Aveley.

A return home is hoped for in the near future with the club submitting planning for a community based ground on Westlands Playing Fields, London Road.

Last season they lost to Leyton 1-2 away in the 1st Qualifying round of the FA Cup and bowed out of the Vase at St Ives Town with the same scoreline.

Paul Martin is the current man in the dugout.

Tip for top scorer in the Championship

Chedwyn Elvis Evan Evans to use his full name has made the move from Manchester City to Sheffield United for £3 million today. He didn't stand a chance of getting regular football at Eastlands with the arrival of Tevez, Santa Cruz and Adebayor along with Robinho and Bellamy.

During the 07/08 season he spent some time on loan at Norwich City scoring 10 goals in 2o starts and 8 substitute appearances including a goal in the East Anglian Derby.

City's loss will be the Blade's gain and in paying £3m for Evans Kevin Blackwell looks to have done good business.

Skybet.com currently have him at odds of 20/1 to be top scorer next season which is worth a punt in my opinion.

The joint favourites currently are the Toon's Obefemi Martins and Middlesbrough's Mido and Alves at 12/1.

Preview - Enfield Town V Wealdstone - Saturday 25th July 2009

The club's new management team of Steve Newing & Del Deanus make their debut at Goldsdown Road tomorrow afternoon in a pre-season friendly against Wealdstone.

The Stone's also have a game at AFC Hayes scheduled so what sort of team they send over and how many away supporters travel will be interesting to see.

They have had a good start to their pre-season, firstly loosing at home to Watford 0-3 but then beating a strong Leeds United side 2-1 at Grosvenor Vale on Tuesday night in front of a bumper crowd of 1102.