Monday, 31 August 2009


**Roberto Minnitti, Seria D's loss is Town's gain**

**Shayne Johnson was rather harshly booked**

Enfield Town brought home the points this afternoon to make it an impressive 3 wins and a draw from the first five games in their league campaign. The weather was lovely and the pitch at Oakwood was immaculate. I'll make the prediction now that Town won't play on many better surfaces this season.

There were no clear cut chances until the 13th minute when from a long throw Chris Wild headed onwards for Roberto Minnitti to overhead kick the ball from the left hand side of the goal for Stuart Blackburne to score the easiest goal he'll score for a long time heading the ball into the net on the goal line.

The game was one of few incidents with VCD knocking the ball around well but having no clear cut chances. Uche Ibemere looked good up front but had no luck with Chris Wild, Dave Blower, Ross Edwards and in particular Darryl Ellams looking a good back four for Town. Ellams is fast becoming known as the new Darren Annon as no one beats him or gets round him.

Just before half-time Stuart Blackburne picked up a through ball and went one on one with James Tedder in the VCD goal, Stuart touched the ball towards the goal which went just wide but Tedder played no part of the ball and took Stuart out with his challenge. It wasn't nasty but it was late....very late. A clear penalty. Referee Mr Phillips awarded a goal kick with Stuart needing treatment on the floor. Tedder was very lucky.

***How was it not a penalty???**

Half time 1-0.

Just into the second half Minnitti laid the ball off to Richard Morton on the edge of the box whose shot was excellently saved by Tedder to his right. That was the chance for Enfield to put the game to bed. Town got on top for a while but didn't create any further real chances. Adam Wallace came on for Minnitti and Rudi Hall for Fabio Valenti. Town saw the game out well.

VCD plugged away but made no real chances. Town's back four looked really impressive with Rob Blackburne claiming the ball well and with authority on numerous occasions.

Full Time 1-0.

Darryl Ellams and Chris Wild had really good games today. It was most fans opinion that Fabio Valenti's best postion is not wide on the left, He would do much better towards the front attacking the goal.

Ten points from the first five games and things are looking up for Town. Roll on Saturday and another victory versus Potters Bar Town.

Enfield Town -
Rob Blackburne, Dave Blower, Darryl Ellams, Shayne Johnson, Chris Wild, Ross Edwards, Paul Marks, Richard Morton, Stuart Blackburne, Roberto Minnitti, Fabio Valenti.

Subs - Mckay, Thompson, Hall, Wallace, Holmes.


The Cold End is not ashamed to admit to shedding a tear on two occasions following Enfield FC from 1988 and then Enfield Town from 2001.
I was in Buckinghamshire in April 1994 on the first occasion. A nightmare journey up the M40 on the supporters coaches caused us to miss most of the first half of the Trophy Semi Final replay versus Woking. Darren Hay celebrating his goal in front of us was hard to take but seeing the mass ranks of Cards fans bouncing up and down celebrating on the pitch set me off. Feelings of dejection set in, I was totally gutted. We had been so close to Wembley when Saint hit the post in the 2nd Leg. This is what made following football so endearing, The highs and lows and the ups and downs.

Fast forward almost a year to the day in April 1995 and we all would be celebrating our glorious league title with a 5-0 home win versus Marlow. We were Champions and returning to the promised land of the Conference. The rumours of the 'irregular balance sheet' were already circulating in the bar afterwards but I ignored them as the beer was flowing and we were winners. Over the next few days and weeks the news broke that the E's weren't being promoted and I suppose that was when some of the rot set in for Enfield FC as we knew it. The team's mammoth effort in the league in the next season only to be denied on goal difference (one goal!!!!) was remarkable but all the more heart-breaking.

The second time I cried was in September 1999 and the last league game at Southbury Road. Walking round from the Town End at full time as it became reality that this would be the last game at the once proud home of the kings of non league football was too much to take. The bulldozers were moving in. Sadly I missed the midweek bonus of the cup game versus Barton Rovers.
It's my dad's fault I supported Enfield FC and he wasn't even a fan. Back in December 1988 he had planned to take me to Highbury to watch Arsenal V Everton but his back was playing up. So, My mum probably to get me out of the way for a few hours let me go on the short walk to Southbury Road and the rest is history. That season we had the glory of the Trophy run to the final. Two games stand out being the 2-0 home victory versus Barnet in the February and the Trophy victory against Lincoln City when some of their 'fans' threw coins onto the pitch at the end. I never forget Andy Pape handing me about £3 in loose change, I was thrilled. Thanks to the Imps so called supporters I was in profit for the day.
So many games stand out for me. The cup games versus Leyton Orient, Cardiff City and Peterborough United. The MOTD camera's along with John Motson visiting in 1991 versus Barnet, Not such a good result that time but over 5000 crammed in to the stadium. The trophy replay in 1994 versus Sutton United when Graham Roberts scored at the Kingsmead End, the cold end remembers a great atmosphere under the stands that night. Also in that season beating a sorry Wivenhoe Town side 8-0 and seeing Budgie Burridge running the length of pitch to take a penalty urged on by the E's fans under the Town End only to be waved back by Robbo and Borg in the dugout and the aforementioned glory glory season on 1994/1995 with the legend Johnny Bailey on the wing.
Much has happened since 2001 with the formation and development of Enfield Town FC coupled with the ups and downs of the club we knew as Enfield FC finally coming to end in 2007 and the subsequent formation of Enfield FC 1893. In a perfect world there would only be one club in Enfield and maybe one day soon both will come together. It was certainly a very strange experience in our games versus Enfield FC seeing the badge of the club we love opposing us and reading the history we all had been part of.

So, this September 2009 it will be ten long years since Southbury Road went. I must admit sometimes when I have occasion to drive down the A10 I look across to see if the 'E' floodlights are there, sadly we know they are not. Some people in Enfield now don't even know there was a stadium there and have no idea where Enfield Town play (or EFC 1893)
Southbury Road will always be in our hearts as the spiritual home of football in Enfield but we must look to the future with the QE2 stadium or the 'Donkeydome' as some fans have nicknamed it due the stadium's proximity to Donkey Lane.
***Photo's are from the vaults at the cold end so are not that high quality. They were taken around 1991***
For better photo's of the great old stadium from the 1980's onwards click on Houndog's FLICKR link below, has some great photo's of recent Town games too:

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Toonstar Tipper is dining out again tonight

The Toonstar is already full of King Prawns from yesterday's return of £120.23 and now thanks to Man City's win at Pompey his back-up treble of Liverpool, Stoke and Man City also came in giving him another £58.65.

TT has informed me it'll be another celebration take-out tonight by pushing the boat out and going for Jerk Chicken washed down with a few Red Stripe Beers.....

Can TT's luck keep rolling??? Read The Cold End to find out.

The Director's bank holiday tips

We had success at last in midweek and are now in profit for the season.

Bwin aren’t offering FA Cup odds so I’m going straight for a Bank Holiday Bonanza of Concord, Northwood and Wingate & Finchley.

Harlow Town have been besieged by off-field issues and it looks like it has affected moral on the pitch with a couple of poor results of late. Concord finished their midweek draw with Heybridge strongly and I think they look great value to win at 2.7.

Northwood are in outstanding form and thrashed Ware in midweek, I think they’ll be too strong for an improving Thamesmead and am backing them for a narrow home win at 1.6

Finally, Wingate & Finchley look generously priced at 2.4 to win at Romford. Wingate like to keep the ball on the deck and the pitch at Aveley this year will definitely allow them to do that. I reckon the away side will have enough quality for the win.

The treble pays a very decent 10.37

Good Luck

the director

A rare trip South of the River up next for Town....

Town venture South of the River on Bank Holiday Monday to play Vickers, Crayford and Dartford Athletic (VCD Athletic). The Bulmer's Kent League Champions have made a steady start to Ryman League life with the following results:

15/08 Northwood (away) LOST 2-0
18/08 Tilbury (home) WON 3-2
22/08 Concord (home) DREW 2-2
25/08 Brentwood Town (away) DREW 1-1
29/08 Corinthian Casuals (home) WON 3-1 **FA CUP**

Another tough away trip in prospect for the Town. Don't forget it's £1.50 each way over the Crossing and through the Tunnel if your coming that way.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

FA CUP Preliminary round results for Saturday 29th August involving Ryman North sides -

Barton Rovers 2 Ware 3
Cheshunt 2 Maldon Town 3
Corinthian-Casuals 1 VCD Athletic 3
Dunstable Town 0 Wingate & Finchley 2
East Thurrock United 2 Brentwood Town 0
Enfield Town 2 Leverstock Green 0
Great Wakering Rovers 0 Waltham Forest 0
Hanwell Town 1 Concord Rangers 3,
Harlow Town 2 Kingsbury London Tigers 2
Lowestoft Town 3 Great Yarmouth Town 0
Marlow 3 Ilford 0
Newport Pagnell Town 0 Heybridge Swifts 2
Northwood 3 St. Margaretsbury 1
Potters Bar Town 1 Cockfosters 1
Redbridge 0 Romford 1,
Thamesmead Town 4 Tilbury 2

A good day all round for Ryman North sides with only Ilford being knocked out by Marlow. Maldon Town, East Thurrock, Romford and Thamesmead all knocked out other Ryman North teams and Potters Bar, Harlow and Waltham Forest/GWR all face replays.

Out of the 21 teams which started the day 6 are definitely out with the replays scheduled for next mid-week.

EFC 1893 had a good result winning 7-0 at home to Crawley Green. The cold end's unofficial road to Wembley which started with Hatfield Town versus Southend Manor has a new team following Arlesey Town's 2-0 home victory versus the Hats.

Town go one step closer to Wembley

Enfield Town went through to the next round of the FA Cup today thanks to a routine 2-0 victory against SSML Premier side Leverstock Green.

1. Jason Holmes
2. Dave Blower
3. Darryl Ellams
4. Craig Mackay
5. Chris Wild
6. Alex Kirby
7. Matt Thomson
8. Andy Jones
9. Stuart Blackburne
10. Roberto Minnitti
11. Fabio Valenti
SUBS - Dave Allen, Ross Edwards, Paul Marks, Shayne Johnson, Mark Blackburne, Rudi Hall.
1. Nick Gardner
2. Lee Bircham
3. Mark Welling
4. Gary Connolly
5. Billy Morgan
6. Richard Harvey
7. Ben Hammond
8. Dales Sears
9. Lewis Pritchard
10. Dan Griggs
11. Jack Johnson
SUBS - Allan Arthur, Jamie Sharples, Adam Mallisey, Gary White.

The boys from Pancake Lane had the first chance of the game in near enough the first minute when Craig Mackay made an error with a poor back pass which Jack Johnson latched onto and went one on one with Jason Holmes, Johnson sensing Cup glory fluffed his shot straight into Holmes. A let off for Town.

It was a fairly level affair with the fast becoming cult hero Roberto Minnitti showing some deft touches and continental flicks and tricks up front for Town with Stuart (as usual) running his socks off. Stuart had a good chance with a cross come shot which Gardner in the Leverstock goal palmed out for a corner. Billy Morgan was then rather harshly booked for a foul at the edge of the box, Fabio Valenti's free kick being blazed over.
Town took the lead when the Italian blasted home a shot from the edge of the box with Gardner having no chance in the Leverstock's goal.

Stuart Blackburne went close with a right foot flick and the first half finished with Andy Jones being booked for a late tackle.
Leverstock had a good spell of play at the beginning of the second half with Ben Hammond looking a good player in midfield. Dales Sears was unlucky with a shot which was cleared by Town's defence. Andy Jones was then lucky to stay on the pitch with another late tackle causing the Town management to bring on Paul Marks for Town's captain before he got booked again with Rudi coming on for Minnitti a short while later.
Town made the game safe when a long range pass from Ellams at left back went to Stuart Blackburne on the right hand side, Stuart worked wonders to keep the ball in and crossed for Fabio to luckily mis kick the ball into the right hand side of the net. They all count and the game was now safe.
Leverstock thought they had a way back into the game when Hammond put through Mallisey into the box who was clipped and a fair penalty was given. The spot kick by Dan Griggs was poor and Holmes saved to his left hand side.
Overall a good victory if not spectacular. Town are through to the next round and talk on a potential run to the first round proper with away trips to Leeds, Southampton, Norwich and Charlton a possibility. There are four games to go so the cold end is not going to get carried way. It's nice to dream though.


Congratulations to the toonstar tipper whose treble of Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and Charlton came in to win him £120.23. His other treble looks on track too with only Pompey to loosed versus Man City tomorrow to win him another £58.65. Well Done!!!!
News from Toon Towers is the tipper is dinning out in some style tonight on Tandori King Prawns and due to his win he is going overboard with two lots of Keema Naan.
The Cold End (now officially the worst tipper in the world) was blown out yet again with Barnet's brilliant victory versus Notts County and and Swansea's draw versus Watford. RUBBISH!!! Will I win a bet this season....I wouldn't bet on it.
VCD Athletic gained a 3-1 win at Corinthian Casuals so the scheduled game for Bank Holiday Monday will go ahead. Kingsbury London Tigers as predicted got a creditable draw away at Harlow Town and the local derby between Potters Bar Town and Cockfosters ended in a 1-1 stalemate. Both sides form the SSML will fancy their chances of an upset at home in midweek. Round up to follow!!!

Friday, 28 August 2009


Hoddesdon Town V Royston Town
FA CUP Preliminary Round
Friday 28th August 2009

The cold end can't resist the magic of the FA Cup so made a trip to Hertingfordbury Park where Hoddesdon Town entertained Royston Town tonight. In the hour leading up to the match there was down pour of rain and some thunder and lighting thrown in to the mix but luckily the weather cleared and as the match began there were nice conditions to play in with a rainbow forming over the stable end of the ground.

The first half was a very tight affair with Hoddesdon's front two of Lee Tombs and Richard Howard working hard but unable to create no real clear cut chances. The Crows had the better chances forcing a good save from Allan Buck in the Hoddy goal before taking the lead when Luke Robins scored with a well taken shot from about 6 yards out which Buck had no chance of saving.

* Hoddesdon Town's Richard Howard (ex ETFC)

Hoddesdon's best chance came when a cross came in from the right which was cleared close to the line by Royston's Jamie Babbage.

The Crow's went in 1-0 up at the break in what was a pretty level half of football.

Hoddy piled on the pressure in the 2nd Half with a header from a free kick from the right unluckily flying past the far post and Richard Howard working hard but still not having a clear cut chance.

Royston's defence held firm with Ryan Wade and Luke Robins looking good on the break. Wade looped a shot just wide from the left hand side.

Hoddesdon were very unlucky not to get anything from the game giving it 100% but just couldn't get a decent shot on goal.

Royston should of scored with a late header which went just over the bar.

In the end it was Royston who found the £1500 pot of gold at the end of the rainbow making it through to the 1st Qualifying Round.

The cold end thought Brian Okwera at the back for Hoddesdon was a good player and looked very composed when on the ball.

Final Score - Hoddesdon Town 0 Royston Town 1.


The high rolling Toonstar Tipper has sent the cold end his weekend bets as follows:

TT goes for a Nottingham Forest local grudge match victory versus Derby County, Charlton to win at John Barnes's Tranmere Rovers and MK Dons on their visit to the West Country to win at the real St James Park by beating Exeter City. £10 stake pays £120.23 with skybet.

In his covering bet he goes for Liverpool to beat Bolton at The Reebok, Stoke City bolstered by the signings of Robert Huth and Tuncay to overcome Sunderland at The Brittania and like the cold end he goes for Man City to win at Pompey. £10 stake pays £58.65.

The cold end agrees with the Charlton victory against Tranmere Rovers and at odds of 5/4 is a good bet. Lets hope fot TT Forest and MK Dons win too else its bread and water for the next week or so... .

Weekend Tips

Due to the FA Cup there are no tips from 'the director' who will return for the bank holiday Ryman fixtures.

The cold end now now has the unenviable record of 7 bets and 7 losses for this season, Not a great start but as I keep saying the only way is up (hopefully)

Here are my tips:

Swansea play Watford at home in the Championship. Watford have relied too much on Tommy Smith and will miss him following his move to Pompey. Swansea in turn have struggled since Roberto Martinez's move to Wigan especially on the goalscoring front this season. The acquisition of striker Craig Beattie from W.B.A and getting Swans Legend Lee Trundle back on loan from Bristol City will fire the home team and crowd up. The Welsh team can follow up their impressive 1-0 away victory at Coventry with a home win. Take Swansea at 11/10.

Sol Campbell, Sven Goran Erikson and the rest of Notts County's League Two galaticos visit Hertfordshire on Saturday to play Barnet at Underhill. The Bee's have won their last two games against Torquay (away) and Morecambe (home) but the cold end can only see an away win in this game after County's 3-0 defeat of Dagenham & Redbridge who were previously unbeaten. Take Notts County at evens in the bet of the weekend.
*This game will be of interest as we will see 34 year old Sol Campbell up against 40 year old Paul Furlong.

Premier League big Spenders Manchester City visit Fratton Park on Sunday. Pompey are going to miss Sylvain Distin in the middle of defence and the signings of Michael Brown, Tommy Smith and Aruna Dindane won't do much to help them against a City side that is starting to gel together and look quality. Take City at 4/7 (the cold end doesn't like betting odds on but to kick start my season i'm going for it)

A Swansea City, Notts County and Man City treble pays £6.60 with

If you fancy a long shot, Burnley are an incredible 22/1 to win at Stamford Bridge in their match versus Chelsea who are 1/7 to win with the stalemate at 6/1.

Tips from the Toonstar Tipper will follow soon.

On this day..............

1989............Enfield FC go down 4-0 at Macclesfield Town in the GM Vauxhall Conference in front of 1,375. The team that day was Andy Pape, Brian Cottington, Roy Parkyn, Dave Howell, Nigel Keen, Kevin Mudd, Paul Harding, Henry Hughton, Nicky Francis, Gary Abbott and Paul Furlong. Subs - John Cooper and George Dalorto

2001......Enfield Town thrash Saffron Walden 5-0 at Caton's Lane in the Essex Senior League Cup. Town line up - Andy Hall, Lee Smart, Matthew Negus, Bradley Quinn, Bradley Brotherton, Jamie Morris, Vulkan Gundogdu, Danny Snowshill, Danny Clarke, Kevin Riley and Danny Alleyne. Subs were Ambrose Idaewor, Gary Byrne and Nicky Morgan. Scorers for the town that night were Lee Smart, Danny Clarke, Jamie Morris and Danny Alleyne (2). Crowd - 187.


Snakes Lane as it stands presently

Woodford Town were evicted from there Snakes Lane ground in 1993 and a fire destroyed the main building in 1996. They played their final game on 7th May 2003 losing 6-0 to Bowers United in the Essex Senior League, the League decided not to re-elect them for the 03/04 season. The 02/03 season was a struggle for Town playing at Clapton FC's Spotted Dog ground which is around 3 miles from Woodford.

The ground in Snakes Lane is still visible with the floodlights still standing and nothing built on it…yet!!!!

another view of the ground with the floodlights still in place

The club were formed in 1937 and played in the Delphian and Metropolitan leagues up until 1971 when they were elected to join the Southern League Southern Division. The first and only season at this time was a disaster winning only 4 games and the club dropped into intermediate football for a few years before joining the Essex Senior League in 1976.

They tried again in the Southern League from 1982 to 1987. Finishing 16th, 19th, 11th, 16th before a glory year in 1986/87 where a 3rd place finish was attained winning 22 out of 38 games. This season was the best on record for Town having a great FA Cup run beating Hertford Town, Grays Athletic, Harwich & Parkeston and Kings Lynn before entertaining local league rivals Leyton Orient in the 1st round proper loosing 1-0 in a very close match.

The club dropped into the Essex Senior League again for the 1987/88 season and were members of the Spartan/South Midlands league from 1993-1999 (playing at various non-league grounds around East London) and they returned to the Essex Senior League for the 1999/2000 season .

Enfield Town fans will be aware of Woodford’s poor record from then on finishing bottom of the pack in 00/01, 01/02 and their final season in 02/03. In 00/01 they went 26 matches without a win.

the old entrance to the ground
It was a struggle for the club to stay alive losing most of their fan base playing outside of Woodford. There was talk of a return to Woodford with a planning application being put in to develop Roding Lane North sports ground (a stones throw from Snakes Lane) to an Isthmian standard. The ground formerly used by Amateur side Old Monovians was in the Roding Valley conservation area so these plans unfortunately never came to fruition.

The start of the 01/02 season was disaster losing 9-0. 7-0, 3-1, 5-0, 6-5, 5-1, 12-2, 3-0, 6-1 before gaining a first point with a 1-1 draw and 2-1 win versus Stansted who had beaten them in the 6-5 game. Sandwiched between these games was another 1-0 loss. By the time ETFC in our first season got round to playing them they had improved slightly with Town winning 3-0 on a extremely terrible Spotted Dog pitch on the 12th January and the return game being won 6-1 at on the 18th February. The game played under the lights at Goldsdown Road is remembered by the cold end as future town favourite Asa Pamplin equalised for Woodford after Town had gone 1-0 up through an OG. Rudi Hall was on the score sheet for ETFC that night.

In the 02/03 season ETFC beat Woodford 3-1 on the 9th October at Golsdown Road, Woodford’s goal coming from Delroy Forde. Woodford included future Towner Steve Baldwin in their team. The return game in Forest Gate on 21st December was won by ETFC 6-1. Woodford’s problems of raising a team at the time was outlined as in the 2 and ½ months between games their starting line up was completely different.

In this last season in 02/03 the club suffered numerous problems with two games at the end of the season being awarded to their opponents with no games being played culminating in the club not being elected for the 03/04 season and subsequently folding.

The club’s last season in the FA Cup was 87/88 (the season after their historic cup run) when they lost to Harlow Town 1-0 away. Their final season in the Vase was 02/03 when they lost to Soham Town Rangers 4-1.

So, Another club in the East London area to be put to the history books alongside Walthamstow Avenue, Leystonstone, Ilford (the first time round) and Chingford Town amongst others.

In 2006 there were reports that a group of supporters were looking to reform the club with applications to several step 5 leagues. However, nothing further came of this announcement and there has been no more news.

The cold end hopes this famous old club will return soon.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Only eleven games to Wembley!!

Town start on the road to Wembley glory on Saturday with a home game in the preliminary round versus Spartan South Midlands Premier Leverstock Green. These games are very important for clubs at our level due to the FA prize money on offer with a healthy £1500 going to the winner of this match who will play Waltham Abbey in the next round. Whoever gets through the next game at Capershots it will be a hard one as ex Ware manager Glen Alzapiedi has just taken over the (temporary) manager reigns following the exit of Tony Tilbrook and Andy Purcell.

The Green have a new manager in the hot seat for the 09/10 season in Steve Heath who successfully managed Kings Langley for 4 years prior. Their form has been up and down so far this year with the following results:

08/08 - Harefield United(h) d1-1 att:100
11/08 - Oxhey Jets (a) d0-0 att:72
15/08 - Burnham Ramblers (h) w2-1 att:57 *FA Cup Extra Prelimanary round
18/08 - Kingsbury London Tigers (a) L3-1 att:45
22/08 - Hatfield Town (h) w6-1 att:44
25/08 - Dunstable Town (a) L3-0 att:122

The Green have entered the cup since 2004 when the infamous floodlight blew up versus Enfield Town. They have never got past the preliminary round so far loosing to Essex Senior Hullbridge Sports 2-1 away last year in the extra preliminary round. Their result at home versus Hatfield Town who had made a good start to Premier Division life stands out from their record this season.

It will be a tough match but the cold end thinks Town will do enough to get through. All supporters will be willing on Enfield Town to go on a cup run after last season's 'effort' at a very poor Hillingdon Borough side, you can't beat the excitement of the cup!!!

The cup campaign starts for the 21 other Ryman North clubs with 5 all division ties as follows

Cheshunt V Maldon Town
East Thurrock United V Brentwood (United will be eager to avenge their 1-2 recent defeat in the league)
Great Wakering Rovers V Waltham Forest
Redbridge V Romford
Thamesmead V Tilbury

Our opponents on Monday (if no replays) VCD Athletic travel to Ryman South Corinthian Casuals.

The Cold End predicts a shock may be on the cards at Harlow Town who entertain Kingsbury London Tigers. The away side may nick a draw and take The Hawks back to Silver Jubilee Park for a difficult replay.

The local tie of the round has to be Cockfosters taking a very short trip up the road to Potters Bar Town. Fosters play two levels below Town so it'll be a tough game for them but the cold end using the old adage that the cup is a great leveler thinks that this game may also end in a draw.

The cup magic starts on Friday night with two local games, Brimsdown Rovers take on Flackwell Heath and Hoddesdon Town verus Royston Town (to be played at Hertford Town).

So, at least five teams from our division will not make it through to the next round. Lets hope at least one team (hopefully Enfield Town) from our division goes on a nice cup run like Ware did in 2007 when they reached the 1st Round proper.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Cold End says....

The scenes from inside and outside of The Boleyn Ground last night were shocking in what had been a very nasty atmosphere building up all day in the local area according to the the cold end's West Ham correspondent. Those that carried out this violence are SCUM and need to be dealt with in the harshest way possible. They are not football fans they are animalisict moronic yobs.

Grown men, some aged between 40-50 who should know better were seen throwing bottles, bricks, coins and anything they could get their hands on as they fought with each other and the police. Local residents and innocent fans ran in terror of this senseless, savage and shameful behaviour.

The statue of Bobby Moore near to Upton Park was boarded and covered up for the night, The England Legend who loved the game would of been ashamed of what occurred.

As well as the perpetrators being brought to justice The Cold End states the following punishments should be handed out:

1) Both West Ham and Millwall should be removed from the Carling Cup for the next 5 years.

2) If the clubs play each other in the future the match should be played behind closed doors in an undisclosed foreign country.

These punishments are harsh on the real supporters who love the game and support their team without fighting and rioting but a stance needs to be taken to rid our wonderful game of this behaviour once and for all.

the cold end

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Town take a point and 'the director' strikes with a treble

The cold end was otherwise engaged tonight so didn't make the game at Redbridge. Steve and Del made some changes from Saturday with Jason Holmes coming in for Rob Blackburne in goal and McCoy, Blower and Thompson in for Allen, Hall and Valenti (who was injured)

Town took a point thanks to Roberto Minnitti's goal in the 2nd half.


Well done to the the director who scooped a treble with W&F's victory at Harlow Town, Northwood's demolition job on Ware and Thamesmead's victory versus PBT. A good 7.3/1 treble which puts him in profit for the season. WELL DONE TO THE DIRECTOR, LONG MAY HE CONTINUE TO BASH THE BOOKIES.

Elsewhere my record of tipping gets worse, Leamington obliged with a win at Bedford but Stocksbridge lost 3-1 at Buxton.

Toonstar hit the post in his first tip on TCE with Burnley's scraping through versus the Monkey Hangers in extra time blowing his treble out.

Town's cup opponents Leverstock Green lost 3-0 at Dunstable Town in the SSML. Brimsdown Rovers went down 3-1 at Oxhey Jets and Kingsbury London Tigers beat Haringey Boro 3-0 at Coles Park.

The Cold End recommends...

...the following excellent website on the history of Enfield FC's gone but not forgotten near neighbours Walthamstow Avenue 1900-1988. I never got the chance to visit Green Pond Road before it was demolished in the late 80s (bit too young) but i'm sure their are still a few Town fans who remember the old Enfield FC matches with the Avenue in the 60s and 70s at Green Pond and Southbury Road.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Midweek Tips


Still no betting joy this season, I need to buck my ideas up!

I’m aiming to recover my losses with another Div 1 North treble of the following

Northwood to defeat Ware
Thamesmead to win at home to PBT
Wingate & Finchley to take the three points at Harlow.

Northwood look a team in form and are not conceding many, Ware on the other hand don’t look to have gelled yet and only have one point to show for their efforts so far this season, I’m therefore heavily fancying the home side for a comfortable win. PBT and Thamesmead have both had decent starts to their campaigns but I think the awkward midweek journey maybe enough to tip the balance in the home teams favour at a little over evens on bwin. Finally, after opening day success, Harlow have had a couple of poor results and I predict that Wingate and Finchley will be too strong for the home side.

The treble pays 7.3/1

Good Luck

the director

The TOONSTAR TIPPER is known as a high roller in some establishments especially at The Rendezvous Casino in Southend-On-Sea where most staff know him by his first name after one notoriously heavy night a few years back at the Blackjack table. He's sent me the following 'value' Carling Cup tip from Toon Towers:

Birmingham to beat Southampton at St Marys.....evens
Burnley after their great start to the Premiership to win away to Hartlepool.........5/6
Peterborough to win at home versus Roy Keane's stuttering Ipswich side..............evens

As stated the toonstar is a 'high roller' and states a £10 bet pays £73.33 with The cold end thinks Peterborough versus Ipswich is a very close call and may go to ET with pens but what do I know.


A 'great' start to the season's tipping for me with a record of minus £6.00 and o wins from 6 bets.

My luck will turn tomorrow night with a 'double' of Leamington to sure-up their leaky defence from Saturday (would of won against Banbury United 3-2 if it wasn't for the
Puritan's 90th minute goal) with a win at Bedford at 11/8 who lost 2-0 at Stourbridge on Saturday in The Zamaretto Premier.

Coupled with Stocksbridge PS to win away at Buxton in the Unibond League at 11/8. SPS are top of the league with a 100% record from 3 games (scoring 14 goals in the process) whereas Buxton have drawn both of their 2 matches (scoring only 2 goals) so far. SPS beat Nantwitch Town 5-3 on Saturday and were 4-1 up after 59 minutes with the away side pulling two goals back late on the make the scoreline somewhat respectable.

£1 bet pays £6.23 with

Good Luck and remember to gamble responsibly.

The Cold End


Sunday, 23 August 2009

Town looking to drive away with a win versus the Motormen

Town travel to Oakside on Tuesday night to face Jay Deveraux's Redbridge side who have so far won 1 drawn 1 and lost 1. Their record is as follows:

15/08 Wingate & Finchley (home) 0-0 att:31
18/08 Potters Bar Town (away) w 2-0 att:41
22/08 East Thurrock United (away) L 3-0 att:157

Last year the Motormen finished a respectable 8th with 18 wins from 42 games and a total of 64 points, this after a great third place finish and penalty heartache in the play offs in 07/08 under Dean Holdsworth who departed for pastures new.

Ex Ilford player Carl Bruce has netted the only two goals so far this season. They also have Nathan Scarborough up front who scored an amazing 64 times in 27 starts in Sunday football, most of last year was spent in the injury room but he is back this season and the cold end thinks he is a very dangerous player for town to look out for. Redbridge also have ex Enfield centre back Simon Peddie and two players from last season's ESL champion's Romford (Ben Turner and Ricki Machin) among their ranks. Andy Edmunds (not the old Enfield player) was a substitute for them on Saturday.

Jay Deveraux's teams are always well organised and hard working so it'll be a tough game in prospect. If Town can play like they did in the first half against Tilbury the cold end is confident 3 points can be won.

New Feature on the cold end

Scrolling away in red above is a new feature "THE COLD END'S RANDOM FOOTBALL FACTS"... An amazing soccer related fact will appear at random times throughout the season.

The Cold End

Saturday, 22 August 2009



The Cold End result of the day has to be in the Bulmer's Cider Kent League where Sporting Bengal United won 3-1 at Norton Sports thanks to goals from Akram, Shelly and Juned. Regular readers will know SBU lost 32 out of 32 last season and lost their first game 0-6 this year. A great acheivement in front of just 50 people. The East-Londoner's were knocked out of the FA Cup last week so their next scheduled match in their other road to wembley when they travel to Colney Heath in the FA Vase on 5th September. The cold end's other non-league result of the day came in South Wales where ex-Redbridge manager Dean Holdsworth's Newport County beat Chelmsford City 4-0 in front of 1042. The County website has video highlights of all their matches -


Ilford proved that Tuesday''s result at Goldsdown Road wasn't a fluke when they won 1-0 at Lowestoft Town. Reports from the east coast are that Ilford's keeper Pape Diagne (not Rob Budd who played on Tuesday) had a blinder and much the same as Tuesday the foxes player's worked hard to achieve the result and rode their luck as The Trawler Boy's missed a penalty. Well done Ilford!! They have another tough test on Wednesday night at home versus East Thurrock United. Will the Foxes bubble burst then?? The crowd of 709 at Crown Meadow was the second highest in the three Ryman League's beaten only by the 717 at Hastings United V Dartford in the Premier.
Cheshunt still remain on NIL points after being beaten 3-2 at Great Wakering Rovers, Tilbury after their defeat are the only other team on NIL as Maldon Town won 3-1 at Ware. The lowest crowd of the day was 50 at Cricklefield Stadium, Ilford where Waltham Forest beat Brentwood by 1-0, a fine victory for the Stags. Other results included Potters Bar beating Harlow Town 1-0 in front of 110 and East Thurrock United winnig easily 3-0 at home to Redbridge.
The league is now only 3 games old but it looks as though this year it's going to be very tight with every team being able to beat every team.


Brimsdown Rovers went down 3-1 at Biggleswade United. Haringey Borough were roundly beaten in Bedfordshire by Dunstable Town 6-2. St Margaretsbury had a fine 2-0 away win at Harefield United and Broxbourne Boro continued their good form wining 5-0 at Langford. Town's FA Cup opponents warmed up for next week with a 6-1 demolition of Hatfield Town at home, This was a good result as Hatfield Town had won their first two league games. In Division One Tokyngton Manor were thrashed 7-1 at Stony Stratford Town and Sport London E Benfica lost 2-3 at home to New Bradwell St Peter.


Bethnal Green United's crowd dropped from 200+ in midweek to 78 in their 0-0 draw with Stansted at Mile End. Top crowd was the 84 who watched EFC 1893 beat Maritius Sports Association 4-1. The worst crowd of the day was at Witham Town where just 26 watched the home side beat Clapton 5-3.


Another sorry day for The Cold End where the two trebles both blew out... In the first FC United and Macclesfield only drew and Tonbridge did win. In the second one Gillingham were on the end of a 'shock' at home to Hartlepool 0-1 and Leamington scored 3 but also let in 3 v Banbury. Not Good!!!

The Diretor's treble was blown out by Ilford's victory and Waltham Forest's 1-0 victory v Brentwood. Not Good!!!

Better luck next time for both of us.

In order to halt the slide of horrific luck the cold end has recruited another punter for next week's matches. A Newcastle United fan from birth (so you can't call him a glory hunter) "The Toonstar Tipper" has a good record of wins over the last year or so and is welcomed by the cold end.

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At times it wasn't pretty but Enfield Town managed (just) to edge past Tilbury today in what should of been an easier victory than it was. The towner's were unchanged from Tuesday (when was the last time that happened?, a nice change from last season) facing the Docker's who had the luxury of having Lee Hodges warming their bench.

Teams were:


1) Rob Blackburne
2) Fabio Valenti
3) Darryl Ellams
4) David Allen
5) Chris Wild
6) Ross Edwards
7) Paul Marks
8) Andy Jones
9) Stuart Blackburne
10) Adam Wallace
11) Rudi Hall

Subs - Dave Blower, Matt Thompson, Shayne Johnson, Roberto Minnitti, Jason Holmes.


1) Andy Hall
2) Danny Smith
3) Joe Keith
4) Ricky Hayles
5) Glen Golby
6) Ben Bradbury
7) Jamie Wallace
8) Christian Wheeler
9) Zubair Haleem
10) Chris Taylor
11) Dean Stannard

Subs - Taylor Thomas, Lee Hayes, Lee Hodges, Chris Stowe, Oliver Gee-Howes

The Essex side started well and had the Town rattled when they hit the cross-bar from close range in the opening five minutes. For the first 10 minutes the game was played largely in midfield apart from this chance. Town did get the ball in the net but not after fouling Chopper in the docker's goal. It was somewhat against the run of play when Gunz on the right wing swung in a wonderful cross towards the goal which Stuart Blackburne got on the end of to head the ball into the net. 1-0 and things were looking good.

Town then got on top of Tilbury and about 10 minutes later Stuart was threw in a one on one with Chopper just inside the edge of the box. Chopper slid in and from what i saw won some of the ball and then took down Stuart. Somewhat harshly referee Chris O'Donnell blew up and pointed to the spot. Rudi Hall dispatched the resultant penalty to make it 2-0. BRILLIANT!!

Things got even better for Town who were now well on top of what had been a well organised Tilbury team for the first ten minutes. A fantastic 40 yard ball from midfield by Paul Marks went to Stuart on the right wing, he dribbled the ball into the box and crossed the ball which hit a Tilbury defender's hand (which was raised) inside the box. Another Penalty.

This penalty was placed in the net by rudi to chopper's left hand side after what appeared to be the referee blowing to say take the kick but he was still arguing with a Tilbury player and chopper was to the right of the goal bending down having a drink from his water bottle. The referee ordered a re-take and Chopper saved well to his right.

Town then made it 3-0 when Rudi's corner kick looked like it was going in at the near post anyway was touched in by Stuart who widely celebrated with a somersault. 3-0 and it wasn't even half-time yet. Tuesday's game versus Ilford was now well and truly put to bed and Town were cruising to 3 points. OR WHERE THEY???

Tilbury were using the long throw tactic much the same as what Town do with Darryl Ellams and it was from a long throw they got back into the game, Chris Wild headed the ball clear but did climb on the back on the Tilbury player inside the box. Looking back it was soft penalty to give, It was one of those ones which you've seen given and not given.

Another day it would of been play on. Joe Keith scored the spot-kick and made it 3-1.

Still no need to worry as Town were playing well and 3-1 up.

Adam Wallace then had a turn and shot at the edge of the box well saved and soon after Tilbury's Ben Bradbury thought he had made it 3-2 when he headed the ball into the the Town net. The Assistant flagged for what was clearly offside.


Town kicked off the second half and it all went horribly wrong for a little while. Tilbury brought on Lee Hodges and apart from a few stray passes you could tell he had played at a higher level. A defensive mix-up and Tilbury made it 3-2. Surprise, Surprise the whinging fan then appeared behind the goal - "come on" "do something" "now".... Did he not see the first half performance?? The Cold End has never seen him happy.

Stuart Blackburne then spoiled what had been a great performance for him. He went in for a tackle with Rickie Hayles and didn't play the ball and was booked, It looked a booking and he should of just run off and played on. Instead he sarcastically applauded the referee who immediately brandished a 2nd yellow and the red card. It was so silly and shouldn't of happened.

Tilbury took advantage of playing versus 10 men and made it 3-3 quickly after.

Lee Hodges showed some good touches and was now pulling the strings in midfield for Tilbury. Andy Jones in the Town midfield was having a shocker if the cold end is honest (other fans thought this too)...too many stray passes. A bad day at the office for Jonah!!

Steve and Dell then took Rudi and David Allen off and replaced them with Matt Thompson and Dave Blower.

Town looked like they were a man short and didn't threaten the Tilbury goal until Fabio who was playing brilliantly passed to Paul Marks who rolled the ball towards the Tilbury net..."it's going in!! It's in! YE"..........No!!! Christian Wheeler slid in and cleared the ball off the line just when it looked like it was in. So close.

Tilbury went forward looking for a winner and had a few shots on and off target and looked the more dangerous team. Lee Hodges put a free kick just wide of the left hand post.

Adam Wallace was replaced by Roberto Minnitti shortly afterwards and it was Town who took the points when Fabio through on goal passed the ball into the net to much celebration from the town fans, players and bench.

There were a few scares for Town fans in the closing minutes with Ben Bradbury's shot being well saved and a few more shots going wide.

Rickie Hayles was very lucky to stay on the pitch when after a free kick was claimed by both Rob Blackburne's hands he launched an over the top challenge on town's keeper. Both player's stayed down injured and the referee gave a yellow card.


A good game with loads of incidents and a good result. Town looked good in the first half and parts of the second half. Andy Jones as mentioned didn't have the best of games in midfield and letting in 3 goals isn't the best but, Town won and that's all that matters.

From the first 3 games most Town supporters would of took 6 points and Town can now kick on and win at Redbridge on Tuesday before the road to wembley starts next Saturday.

Above Picture - Enfield Town's army of fans at The Cold End this afternoon

Friday, 21 August 2009

Weekend preview....The Foxes go East

The only unbeaten teams in the Ryman North meet this weekend on the East Coast, Lowestoft Town fresh from their 5-0 victory at home to Concord will be looking to make it 3 out of 3 against Ilford. As Town fans know the foxes were very lucky in the first half on Tuesday and as 'the director' has stated if Lowestoft get an early goal he can see only a home win in prospect. The Cold End believes that Ilford's luck will run out at the seaside and Lowestoft will win by at least 2 or 3 goals. The Trawler Boys will be looking to better Tuesday night's impressive crowd of 690.

There are 3 teams on NIL points presently, One being Tilbury who travel to the Town . The others being Cheshunt who make the trip to Burrough's Park to play Great Wakering Rovers and Maldon Town who play Ware at Woodson Park.

The Cold End's game of the day in the Premier Division is Hendon (2 wins from 2 matches) entertaining one of the pre-season favourites for the league Sutton United (1 win and 1 draw) at Vale Farm where they now ground share. Aveley travel to play Kingstonian who were roundly beaten by Dave Howell's Harrow Borough on Monday night. In Divsion One (South) Croydon Athletic who have scored 12 and let in no goals in their two wins go to Imber Court to play Met Police who have drawn 1 and lost 1.

In the SSML Premier Division Haringey Borough have a tough trip to Dunstable Town and FA Cup mid-week winners Harefield United and St Margeretsbury play each other. Broxbourne Borough travel to Langford. In Divsion One Cockfosters play AFC Dunstable at Chalk Lane, Sport London E Benfica play New Bradwell St Peter at Cole's Park.

In Division Two newly re-formed Berkhamsted have made storming start winning 2 out of 2 scoring 14 goals and leaking 5 in the process entertain Old Bradwell United who are also 2 out of 2 scoring 9 and letting in 3. A high scoring game should occur. Berkhamsted have beaten MK Wanderers 6-2 at home in front of 109 and Bletchley Town away 8-3 in front of 80 people. Bletchley Town usually get crowds of 20-50. The Cold End can only see Berko winning this league by a large margin. Also in this Division Woodson Park now ground sharing with Ware go to Risborough Rangers.

In the Essex Senior League Bethnal Green United (2 wins from 2) entertain Stansted and Enfield 1893 go for glory at home versus Maritius Sports Association. The other 100% team Sawbridgeworth play Bowers & Pitsea.

One of the cold end's favourite teams Sporting Bengal United travel to Norton Sports in the Kent League in their quest for a win (or even a draw).

In the Hellinec League Division One (East) Wokingham & Emmbrook play Prestwood. W&E are the old Wokingham Town and Emmbrook Sports merged. WTFC were Enfield's regular opponents in the 1990's. Finchampstead Road was a cold end favourite ground (who remembers the greenhouse end) another one gone to housing developments. W&E are now managed by Wayne Wanklyn, another familiar name to Enfield and Isthmian fans from the 90's.

Also in this division South Kilburn play Kintbury Rangers. The Cold End is led to believe South Kilburn play somewhere in the Vale Farm sports complex where Hendon play Sutton as previously mentioned.

The game of the day can only be at Goldsdown Road...Town V The Dockers and 3 points in the bag!!!!

The Cold End's weekend bets

This week the cold end is going for two treble bets. Hopefully my luck will change this week!!!

The first treble involves 3 away wins. Firstly, Tonbridge Angels in the Ryman Prem are EVENS to win at Waltham Abbey. The Angels have started out with a 1-2 home defeat versus Hornchurch and a good 3-1 midweek win at Cray. Abbey gained a creditble draw at Tooting and then lost at home to Maidstone 1-2. I can only see another Kent victory versus Essex this weekend.

FC United in the Unibond League have been unlucky so far loosing 1-2 at home to Boston and then 3-2 away at Bradford PA. They are 6/4 to beat Retford United away who could only draw 1-1 at home to North Ferriby United in the week in what was their first game. United should be too strong for The Badgers who were Champions of Divsion One (South) last season.

Macclesfied Town are 11/4 to win at Morecambe in League Two. Sammy McIlroy's team have been shipping goals at an alarming rate loosing 2-0 at Barnet in midweek and 5-2 at Burton Albion last Saturday. They did draw 2-2 with Hereford United at home on day one of the season but let in another 5 goals at Preston in the Carling Cup whereas the Silkmen lost 2-0 at home to a very good Leicester side in a battling performance. Macc only won 6 out of 23 away games last year but have already gained a respectable 0-0 draw at Northampton and beaten Port Vale at home 2-0. Ignoring the 4-0 home reverse by League Two galactico Notts County, they'll have too much for The Shrimpers.

This treble with returns £16.88 from a £1 stake.

In the 2nd treble i'm going for Gillingham to be too strong for Hartlepool in Kent. Mark Stimson's side have demolished Swindon Town 5-0 and higher division Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at home in the Carling Cup and should win this one easily as Hartlepool have lost their last 2 league games versus Charlton and Bristol Rovers. They did gain a good 0-0 draw at MK Dons on day one but only won 5 out of 23 on the road last season. Gillingham are 10/11 for the win. Gill's striker Simeon Jackson has been in good form and is 5/4 to score at any time which is also a nice bet.

Leamington should be beat Banbury United at home in the Zamaretto League. They lost to the league champions in wating Farnborough on the opening day but gained a good 4-1 home win versus Evesham in the week. The Puritans have shipped 3 goals versus Stourbridge and 2 at Cambridge City in the week. The home victory is 8/11.

Lastly, Rotherham United should beat Rochdale at the Don Valley on Sunday. The Miller's recently broke what is thought to be their transfer record by signing Dale forward and goal scorer Adam Le Fondre and according to the cold end's Miller's correspondent will be too strong at 4/5 on Sunday. Le fondre is 5/4 to score against his old team at any time which also looks a good bet.

This treble is somewhat 'less risky' and pays £5.94 off a £1 stake.

Good luck betting and remember to gamble sensibly (which probably means don't take my advice)

The Cold End

The Director's weekend treble.....

Hello Punters,

Town and Northwood failed to win in midweek and spoilt our midweek wager. There were again a number of surprise results and the league has yet to settle down.

My Saturday treble again involves Northwood and also includes midweek winners Lowestoft and Brentwood.

Lowestoft are at home to Ilford and I strongly fancy the home side, especially if they can grab an early goal. Northwood visit Romford whose confidence would have surely been dented by a midweek thrashing, the pitch at Aveley looks good this season and Northwood like to knock it about a bit and I’m backing them for a narrow away win. Finally, Brentwood, who had a great win at ETU midweek, travel to the billiard like playing surface at Ilford to face Waltham Forest… Brentwood looked a strong side last week and I reckon they’ll keep a clean sheet again the Stags as well as having enough about them to snatch at least one at the other end.

The odds are…

Northwood @ 2.00
Brentwood @ 2.25
Lowestoft @ 1.75

Treble returns 7.88

The Director

odds at

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Town's next game is on Saturday 22nd August when they entertain Tilbury FC in a Ryman League Division One (North) match. Graham Chester's team hasn't had the best of starts to the season loosing at home to Potters Bar Town by a single second half goal and on Tuesday going down 3-2 away at VCD Athletic.

Tilbury finished 11th last season but Chester showed what a good cup manager he is (he was in charge of Eton Manor in 2008 when they won the Essex Senior League Trophy, the club's first for more than 70 years) when The Docker's won the Isthmian League Cup by beating Folkestone Invicta, Whitstable Town, Ramsgate, Staines Town, Billericay Town and Harrow Borough 2-0 in the final. This was Tilbury's first senior trophy since 1975 when they won the Essex Senior Cup.

Apart from two seasons (04/05 in the Southern League Division One (East) and 05/06 in the Essex Senior League) the club have been members of the Isthmian League since 1973 and apart from a brief spell in the top division in the 1970's they have spent most of their time in lower division obscurity. From 92/93 the club finished 17th, 17th, 14th, 11th, 16th and 20th in Division Two being relegated to the third division for 98/99. Its fare to say their success in winning the League Cup last year was well deserved and well received by their supporters.

The club's most famous season has to be 1977/78 when they reached the FA Cup 3rd round proper. Starting in the preliminary round they beat Kingstonian, Bracknell Town, Witney Town, Feltham, Tonbridge, Kettering Town (after two replays) and Nuneaton Borough to play Stoke City who at the time were in Division 2 after being relegated the season before. The match played at the Victoria Ground in front of over 16,000 (over 2,500 travelled from Essex) was lost 3-0. City's side that day included Howard Kendall, Garth Crooks, Dennis Smith, Viv Busby and Alec Lindsay.

In the following 78/79 season the club's cup glory was brought back down to earth with a bump with a 1st qualifying round exit to Leyton Wingate (away) 1-0. Their best performance since is to reach the 3rd QR in 1997 where they were thrashed 6-1 by Slough Town. SInce 2005 the club haven't got past the Preliminary round. The Docker's travel to fellow Ryman Leaguer's Thamesmead Town in the FA Cup on 29/08/2009 where they will hope to put a stop to their recent poor cup form.

Tilbury's squad currently includes ex ETFC stopper and favourite Andy Hall who was last season's player of the year. Also featured is Ex Brentwood, Ilford, Waltham Forest and Eton Manor player Rickie Hayles, Glen Golby who was at Champions Aveley last season, Joe Keith who made over 200+ appearances for Colchester United and also played in the league for Leyton Orient and Brentford.

The club's most well known current player is Lee Hodges who started his career at his local club West Ham in 1995 making 3 appearances. He was an England Schoolboy International described as a player in the role of Eyal Berkovic during his time at The Boleyn Ground. He spent time on loan at Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Plymouth, Ipswich and Southend finally transfering to Scunthorpe United in 1999 for a fee of £130,000. A fans favourite at Glandford Park he made over 100 appearances for the Iron and scored 20+ times. His most famous goal coming in the 2001 FA Cup tie versus Doncaster Rovers which was featured on Match of the Day to the praise of Alan Hansen. He then transferred to Rochdale and spent time at Bristol Rovers. Since 2005 he has spent time at Thurrock, Billericay Town and AFC Hornchurch. He still has lots of skill and is a very dangerous player as this goal he scored against Hornchurch for Billericay Town a few years back shows.

After last night's 1-0 disapointment Town will be hoping for a good performance and 3 points.
Town won last season's game v the Dockers 1-0 on 11th April 2009 in front of 216 people thanks to Ellis Remy's goal.



The Cold End is fast becoming the world's worst football tipping web page. Things can only get better after last nights disaster. My treble of Woking (drew), Wealdstone (beaten 2-0 by Tooting and Mitcham) and Farnborough (won) blew out.. FC Sherrif lost to Olympiacos 2-0 and now face an uphill battle in Greece to qualify. Elsewhere the director's treble was blown out by Town's 1-0 defeat. Saturday is the day our luck turns!!

In the local results round up the result of the night goes to Bethnal Green United who beat Takeley 2-0 at Mile End, the newcomers to the ESL are now 100% after 2 games. What was impressive was the crowd of 207.

In the FA Cup Hatfield Town travelled to Southend Manor and came away with a 3-0 victory in front of 56 people, St Margaretsbury also travelled to Essex and beat Hullbridge Sports 1-0 in front of 50 people. Haringey Borough lost at home to Harefield United 3-1 in front of 78 whereas Hoddesdon Town progressed thanks to a 2-0 win versus Potton United with a crowd of 71.

In the Ryman League Division One (North) Lowestoft Town drew the biggest crowd across the three Ryman divisions by attracting 690 to their 5-0 demolition of Concord Rangers. The Cold End thinks this is win is a statement of intent and that the Crown Meadow outfit will be right up at the top of the league this year. The Trawler Boys will attact some four figure crowds to their home games this season.

Town's opponents on Saturday Tilbury have now lost 2 in 2 after going down 3-2 at newcomers VCD Athletic, Brentwood Town won 2-1 at East Thurrock in front of 166 and Potters Bar couldn't follow up their opening day victory going down 2-0 at the south mimms travel stadium to Redbridge.

After two games (not counting Waltham Forest's game with Northwood tonight) there are now only two teams with a 100% record being Lowestoft Town and Ilford. This will end on Saturday somehow as the Foxes take a trip to the Suffolk coast. There are three clubs with 0 points being Tilbury, Cheshunt and Maldon Town.

In the SSML Town's FA Cup opponents Leverstock Green lost 3-1 at Kingsbury London Tigers and Broxbourne Boro somewhat surprisingly beat Royston Town 6-1 in front of 90 people. In Division One 23 people saw Sun Postal and Sport London E Benfica share six goals in a 3-3 thriller.

The promoted sides had differing fortunes in the Ryman Premier - Aveley got a good 1-0 victory away at Hastings United whilst Waltham Abbey went down 2-1 at Capershotts to Maidstone United.

Finally, The Cold End sends respect out to the travelling Morecambe fans who saw there team go down 2-0 at Barnet for whom Paul Furlong scored. A near 500 mile round trip on a Tuesday night and a defeat. Loyal supporters!!!


Tuesday, 18 August 2009


FULL TIME - Enfield Town 0 Ilford 1

Line Ups


1. Rob Blackburne
2. Fabio Valenti
3. Darryl Ellams
4. Dave Allen
5. Chris Wild
6. Ross Edwards
7. Paul Marks
8. Andy Jones (captain)
9. Stuart Blackburne
10. Adam Wallace
11. Rudi Hall

subs - Dave Blower, Matt Thompson, Roberto Minnitti, Shayne Johnson, Jason Holmes


1. Rob Budd
2. Michael Noble
3. Anton Trice
4. Harry Chalk
5. Aaron Scott
6. Tony Russell
7. Bradley Drisdale
8. Neil Matthews
9. Callum McGeehan
10. Des Gallen
11. Victor Omegiban

Subs - Jamie Pooley, Dereck Hawtin, Junior Appiah, Jack Sawyer, Jason Sanfeen

What a disappointing night down at Goldsdown Road, The Foxes had one meaningful shot on target from open play and still took home the three points. To be honest they came with tactics of getting behind the ball to frustrate Town and did the job well .

The first 15-20 minutes of the match were very scrappy (much the same as Brentwood) with only an Adam Wallace header to count as any opening of sorts. Then came the first whinge of the season from the whinging fan.
Timed at just over 20 minutes into the first home game came the comment - 'Come on Wallace do something!!!!'.....

With about 35 minutes on the clock the game came to life for Town and they started to get on top of Ilford. Darryl Ellams crossed in from the left edge of the box to find Stuart Blackburne unmarked whose shot beat Rob Budd in the Ilford goal but rebounded off the post... 'It's gonna be one of them nights' was the word behind the goal.

Darryl then had a good shot from the left which just missed the target and Andy Jones had a shot from the centre of field saved by Budd. It was only a matter of time before Town converted the pressure into a goal or was it??

Next from a Ellams long throw Chris Wild headed the ball on for Ross Edwards to hit the ball on the cross bar, the ball bounced down and out of the goalmouth.. I couldn't see if the ball crossed the line and there were no appeals so i would say it didn't cross the line. 'It's definitely going to be one of those nights" was now muttered behind the goal

As the referee blew for half time most supporters thought if Town played like the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half we should win the match easily.

At half time Jack Sawyer replaced Anton Trice for Ilford.

It was early in the 2nd half when referee Hillier angered most of the Enfield fans present when with Ilford player Neil Matthews down with what appeared an innocuous looking leg injury (certainly not a head injury) and with town breaking away he blew his whistle so the Ilford Physio could come on to treat Matthews who was up and playing again within about 30 seconds.

Enfield then conceded a free kick on just outside the edge of the box to the right hand side of the goal as you look at it. Enfield's wall was just inside the area, the free kick was taken and struck Andy Jones's elbow/arm (who was on the end of the wall)... The referee blew for a penalty. It didn't look intentional but Andy did raise his arm so there weren't many complaints. Des Gallen smashed the resultant penalty kick down the centre of goal past Rob Blackburne who dived to his left. 1-0 Ilford.

Some of Ilford's players then started to go down injured and need treatment for a number of minutes which slowed the game down.

Junior Appiah then replaced Bradley Drisdale.

The referee then in most fan's opinion then lost control of the game and became very whistle happy. Town player's seemed to get frustrated at Ilford's apparent time wasting tactics which played right into Ilford's hands really.

The town management then sent on some Italian Flair to shake the game up in the form of Roberto Minnitti on for Gunz Wallace. A few minutes later Shayne Johnson and Matt Thompson replaced Fabio and Marksy.

The referee then brandished a red card to Ilford's Michael Noble who launched a tackle through a Town player in front of the town bench. Ilford were now down to 10 men. Surely Town could rescue a point.

But it was Ilford who got the best chance after that when a rare error by Dave Allen was seized upon by Omegibin whose shot was well saved by Blackburne.

A chance then fell to Rudi whose shot went past the keeper heading goalwards only to hit an Ilford defender and then cleared.

Ilford then went down to 9 men when one of their player's who had already been booked tripped Shayne Johnson and was booked for a second time. I don't know who this player was as he ran off down the tunnel before I could see.

After 8 minutes injury time mostly caused by Ilford's players going down injured the referee blew up for full time to the delight of the Foxes players and supporters who were present.

As stated they came to frustrate and do a job, they rode their luck (town hit the post and crossbar) and got the penalty which they scored from. Aaron Scott (their number 5) seemed to win every header in the 2nd half and had an immense game for them. It wasn't pretty football but they got the points.

Cold End positive notes:

1) Enfield Town we have played two games and not conceded a goal from open play and with a bit more luck in the 1st half I think we would of won the game as Ilford would of had to have changed their tactics.

2) Stuart Blackburne run his socks off tonight and if he keeps up this enthusiastic approach the goals will come.

3) For once when red cards were brandished at Goldsdown Road it wasn't towards Town players.

As the saying goes Rome wasn't built in a day, Town should put this result behind them and look at the positives for the game with Tilbury on Saturday and hopefully three points won.


Bet of the night

The cold end's favourite Moldovan team FC Sheriff Tiraspol take on Olympiacos tonight in the 1st leg of their Champions League match. The winners of the two matches will qualify for the Group stages proper.

FC Sheriff are underdogs and have been all through their run to this stage, they are 10/3 for the win with the Greek side 8/11 and the draw being 9/4.

So far they have beaten Inter Turku of Finland and Czech champions Slavia Prague thanks to a late equaliser in the away 2nd leg.

Sheriff have just started their league campaign with a 5-0 win, Olympiacos haven't started their league season;

The Cold End loves an underdog and is going for a shock home win at the nice 10/3 odds. Sheriff ran Slavia Prague close at home in the previous leg and are no push-overs.

Now i've tipped them expect an away rout!!!

Monday, 17 August 2009


Hello Tipsters,

There are a lot of tight games this midweek, this coupled with some surprising opening day results has left a treble hard to predict.

I’m going to stick my cash on the treble of Lowestoft, Northwood and the mighty Town.

Lowestoft face a tricky home game against Concord but I think the long trip for Rangers coupled with a vocal home support will be enough to carry the hosts to victory. The Town face Ilford who had a great result on Saturday beating new boys Heybridge Swifts. I was impressed with the Town rearguard on Saturday and a similar performance coupled with our attacking threat should see us nick a hard-fought win. Finally, Northwood travel to Waltham Forest on Wednesday, both sides had impressive wins at the weekend but I reckon Northwood are the stronger side and seem generously priced at 2.2.

Overall the treble pays nearly 7/1

The Director

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