Monday, 31 May 2010


With the World Cup fast approaching it'll be pre-season before we know it. Here is a list of the friendly games scheduled so far for the Ryman North teams. The cold end will update the list with results and other games as they are announced as the season approaches. Pre-season form may point towards what clubs will be up the top of the league at the start of the season:


9/7 - Haverhill Rovers
13/7 - Brantham Athletic
17/7 - Conard United
20/7 - WREXHAM
31/7 - Burnham Ramblers


To be announced






17/7 - Boreham Wood
20/7 - Colney Heath
24/7 - Daventry Town
3/8 - AVELEY
16/8 - Wealdstone


31/7 - MARGATE
3/8 - Burnham Ramblers




10/7 - Wivenhoe Town
24/7 - Burnham Ramblers




20/7 - Wroxham
24/7 - Kings Lynn
29/7 - Thetford Town
3/8 - Haverhill Rovers
7/8 - Soham Town Rangers


17/7 - Hillingdon Borough
27/7 - Harefield United
31/7 - Hanwell Town
10/8 - HENDON


24/7 - Harefield United
27/7 - Colney Heath
14/8 - HENDON


31/7 - Stotfold
2/8 - Enfield 1893
12/8 - Runwell Hospital


24/7 - Felixstowe and Walton
27/7 - Basildon United
7/8 - Hillingdon Borough
14/8 - Billericay Town FC.


3/8 - Stansted


10/7 - Basildon United
24/7 - ENFIELD 1893


31/7 - Takeley
7/8 - Afc Hayes
10/8 - AVELEY
14/8 - Whyteleafe


24/7 - HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN - Herts Charity Cup

Sunday, 30 May 2010


'Three facts for a Sunday' didn't really have a ring to it so may the cold end present to you 'bring some football facts to the web on Sunday'. Each week TCE will publish three amazing (or not so amazing facts) about the beautiful game. This Sunday we go South of the River:


One of Charlton Athletic's nicknames is 'The Addicks', the origin of this name is that in 1919 when they first moved to The Valley there were no dressing rooms as such so the players and officials used to use a room over a nearby fish shop in East Street behind a public house called 'The Lads of the Village'. The fishmonger became a keen supporter of the team and regularly attended matches with a haddock nailed to a stick which he waved around during the game. The club was known as The Haddocks which later was derived as 'the addicks' due to the local South London accent. Teams were also rewarded with fish and chips after the match.

On the 13th November 1948 Charlton's neighbour's Millwall were playing an away Divsion Three (South) game at Walsall. 0-1 up The Lion's goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson was kicked in the face and had to go to hospital to get stiches in the wound he received. Centre forward Jimmy Constantine replaced him in goal and was unable to prevent the score being reversed to 3-1. Finlayson arrived back from the hospital in the 2nd half to find the gates to the ground locked and unable to get in. The custodian still dazed from his injury scaled the gates and nearly made for the wrong end but eventually resumed in goal. Incredibly the Lion's went 3-4 up only for Walsall to pull it back to 4-4. Millwall went 4-5 up but the home side equalised to make it 5-5. Millwall's John Short made it 5-6 in the 86th minute when he scored to complete a hat-trick. Walsall hit the crossbar in the dying moments of the game. 9,604 watched one of the most exciting games ever played at Walsall's old Fellows Park stadium. Millwall's win was the only away success in England outside of Division One that day.


Crystal Palace only scored 33 goals in their 42 Division Three (South) matches in 1950/51. They scored 4 goals in two occasions failing to hit the back of the net at all in a massive 24 games.

Monday, 24 May 2010


The cold end can exclusively reveal the results for the forthcoming world cup as an exclusively appointed panel of experts have consulted the form book and come up with the following route to the final at Soccer City, Johannesburg on Sunday 11th July 2010.

When I say Panel of experts it really means four biased English blokes under the influence of a small amount of alcohol in a pub waiting for the PDC Darts final to start yesterday, which unfortunately it didn't as there was a power cut in the Wembley area. We were gutted travelling from the London area but really did feel for the two German lads we met in the queue who had come over especially for the event and fly back today.
So, thanks to the cold end, two spurs fans and a Manchester United/Colchester United loyalist who can drink more beer than anyone else I have ever met ever in the world, we can reveal the World Cup Final 2010 will be a return to 1966 between Germany and England.
Master of Ceremonies John McDonald talks to the disappointed crowd last night.
The final 16 line up we came up with is:
France V South Korea
England V Australia
Germany V USA
Argentina V South Africa
Holland V Paraguay
Brazil V Chilie
Italy V Japan
Spain V Portugal

Wembley stadium looks amazing from the outside, If only they could get the pitch right??

The surprise team being Japan who will defeat Italy before going down to Germany in the Quarter Finals. The shock results we have in the group stages are Italy drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw with Paraguay and The Swiss beating Spain in their opener. Spain will then storm back to win the group.

Moving on to the Quarter Final results:

Holland 2 France 1
Japan o Germany 3
England 2 Argentina 1 *One Spurs fan said we'd lose which was quickly shouted down by the biased majority.
Brazil 2 Spain 2 AET - Spain win on Pens

Semi Finals
Germany 0 Holland 0 AET - Germany win on Pens
England 2 Spain 1 - AET

Germany 2 England 4

The Spurs fan's then took over stating Peter Crouch would be Geoff Hurst and bag a hat-trick with James Milner opening the scoring. Whether or not there will be a Russian Linesman and a controversial goal we couldn't decide on.. offer odds of 25/1 for a Germany V England final. The favourite pairing for the final is Brazil V Spain at 9/1. If you are a optimistic punter you can go for a Algeria V New Zealand final at 10,000/1.

Maybe, Just maybe!!!!

Sunday, 23 May 2010


1) Most football fans know that Alf Common was the first £1,000 player when transferring from Sunderland to Middlesbrough in February 1905 but did you know Common was the subject of the first £500 fee when moving to Roker Park from Sheffield United.

2) Common went back to haunt one of his old clubs for Middlesbrough in one of his first games for his new club scoring the only goal of the game at Brammal Lane against Sheffield United to give The Smoggies their first away win for two years.

3) He played 168 times for Middlesbrough hitting the back of the net 58 times transferring South to play for Woolwich Arsenal for 2 years before moving back North to play for Preston North End. Common won only 3 England caps during his career scoring twice.

Saturday, 22 May 2010



The fact you can get lower odds of 250/1 ( that Alien Extraterrestrial life will be confirmed on planet earth this year than New Zealand, top priced 3000/1 with, to win the World Cup 2010 shows what confidence the bookmakers have in the All Whites.

Rarely do they get it wrong but with the gap closing between the top and lower rated teams the cold end asks is there a chance one of the outsiders may spring a surprise an actually get a positive result in winning or drawing a game?

I'm not going to get carried away and tip Honduras at 1000/1 with to win the competition but with most guides to the World Cup concentrating on the Spain's and Brazil's of this world the cold end will take a look at the minnows swimming amongst the big fish and try to predict if they will in fact cause an upset or two in the group stages.

The first team is New Zealand, who play in the tournament for the first time since Spain 1982. They qualified by winning the OFC Nations Cup finishing on top of the group which included Fiji (who inflicted New Zealand's only defeat in a 0-2 victory), New Caledonia and Vanuatu. They then beat 5th placed Asian Qualifying side in Bharain over 2 legs to earn the right to travel to South Africa.

They are placed in Group F alongside current Champions Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia. Being such huge underdogs in South Africa means gaining just a point in one of the group games would be considered success.

So, can the 3000/1 outsiders get a positive result?? They are best priced 10/1 to win in their first group game against Slovakia (4/9 - draw is 10/3) on the 15th June. In their second game versus Italy they are 20/1 for the win with a draw at 29/4 and The Azzurri very strong odds on at 1/6. In their last game against Paraguay they are back to 10/1 for the win, with a draw at 4/1 and a South American win odds on at 2/5.

New Zealand usually play a five man defensive formation including Captain Ryan Nelson of Blackburn Rovers, so may frustrate teams in the group games with Plymouth Argyle's Rory Fallon, Middlesborough's Chris Killen and West Bromich Albion's Chris Woods being among the forward line.

The next outsider team is the unknown quantity of North Korea who are best priced at 2,000/1 to win the competition. Only a handful of the squad play outside of their native country including Jong Tae-Se who was born in South Korea and plays in the Japanese J-League for Kawaski Frontale.

The mystery men are in the so called group of death along with Ivory Coast, Brazil and Portugal. The bookies rate them as big underdogs in all of their games. Best priced as 33/1 against Brazil, 20/1 versus Portugal and 14/1 versus the Ivory Coast.

There is one other team priced in four figures to lift the trophy in Honduras at 1,000/1 with, There is a vast difference in odds as only have Los Catrachos at 350/1. Reinaldo Rivera's team are drawn in Group H and face Spain, Switzerland and Chile. They are best priced at 5/1 in their opener agianst Chile, 20/1 agianst Spain and 15/4 in their 3rd group game versus The Swiss.

Their most well known player has to be Wilson Palacios of Tottenham Hotspur along with Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Julio Cesar De Leon (currently playing for Torino in Italy, Nicknamed 'Rambo' and considered a free-kick speicialist) and national idol centre forward Carlos Pavon who has scored 57 goals in 96 caps for his country.

So, out of the three teams rated in four figures (1,000/1 +), the bookies think Honduras have the best chance of getting a result. The cold end, looking at the New Zealand team and the fact they usually play five at the back, thinks they maybe the team to spring a surprise by getting at least a point in the games versus Paraguay or Slovakia. Is it beyond possibilty that even Italy who are notorious slow starters at big competitions may stumble against Ricki Herbert's team? They only conceded six goals in the eight qualifying games they played indicating they are tough to break down.

People would be right to argue the World Cup is a different level but which pundit would of predicted Cameroon would of beaten Argentina in 1990, Senegal would of beaten France in 2002, Trinidad and Tobago would of held Sweden to a 0-0 in their opening group game of 2006 or the Republic of Ireland would of beaten Italy 1-0 in 1994.

There will be at least one shock result this summer with everyone wanting to pick the one game that will bag them a big win at the Bookmakers and with just under 3 weeks to go now until hosts South Africa kick off agianst Mexico on Friday 11th June World Cup Mania is about to start.

The bookies think you may be better off investing your hard earned cash on Alien life being confirmed this year at 250/1 but the cold end loves an underdog so will be routing and possibly backing New Zealand in their games versus Slovakia and Paraguay.


Friday, 21 May 2010


The cold end wonders how many Chelsea fan's celebrating at the National Stadium would of known that technically their road to Wembley started in August 2009 at Pancake Lane in depths of Hertfordshire.

The journey also took in Goldsdown Road, A 'giant killing' at Capershots, Stompond Lane, Gander Green Lane, Another 'giant killing' at The Beveree, Edgar Street and Deepdale before arriving at Stamford Bridge in the 5th Round.

Here is the alternate road from Pancake Lane to Wembley!!

EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND - Leverstock Green 2 Burnham Ramblers 1 - Att:57
PRELIMINARY ROUND - Enfield Town 2 Leverstock Green 0 - Att:157
1st QR - Waltham Abbey 0 Enfield Town 1 - Att:260
2nd QR - Walton & Hersham 3 Enfield Town 2 - Att:228
3rd QR - Sutton United 1 Walton & Hersham 0 - Att:536
4th QR - Hampton & Richmond Boro 1 Sutton United 3 - Att:669
1st Round - Hereford United 2 Sutton United 0 - Att:1,713
2nd Round - Hereford United 0 Colchester United 1 - Att:2,225
3rd Round - Preston NE 7 Colchester United 0 - Att:7,621
4th Round - Preston NE 0 Chelsea 2 - Att:23,119
5th Round - Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1 - Att:40,827
Quarter-Final - Chelsea 2 Stoke City 0 - Att:41,322
Semi-Final - Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 3 - Att:85,472
Final - Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 1 - Att:88,335

Wednesday, 19 May 2010


The club rumoured to have one of the biggest playing budgets in the division were crowned Champions by 4 points from second placed Chalfont St Peter. Aylesbury FC are promoted to the newly named *was the Midland division* Zameratto Division One (Central) and thus fire up the local rivalry with Aylesbury United who finished bottom of the midland division last season, The Ducks look set to join the SSMFL for the 2010/11 season. United are currently ground sharing with Leighton Town having left Buckingham Road in 2006. The ground now stands overgrown and derelict as these pictures taken in 2007 show - BUCKINGHAM ROAD BUCKINGHAM ROAD (pictures courtesy of

The Ducks are bound to bring a larger than average travelling support in the league next season which will be good to see, whether or not they will be able to mount a decent Championship challenge will be evident after a few months of the new season.

Aylesbury FC, Known at The Moles, were the early pace setters in the league winning eight out of their first nine games. Two surprising defeats at home to St Margaretsbury (0-1) and away at Biggleswade United (3-2) before another eight game unbeaten run (seven wins and a draw) and their only other defeat prior to Christmas in a 0-3 loss at home to Harefield United. Only three games were played in January due to the bad weather but with only three more defeats for the rest of their campaign (Kingsbury London Tigers at home 1-2, Dunstable Town 4-1 away and Langford's 1-2 victory on the last game of the season at Haywood Way when they had already been crowned Champions) showed they were the best team in the league. In the space of 3 days at the beginning of April the club took part in two amazing games winning 9-0 at home to Kentish Town and then going one better avenging the earlier defeat to Biggleswade United by thrashing the visitors 10-0.

Their run in the FA Cup also caught the headlines when they reached the 4th Qualifying Road by beating Langford, Leighton Town, Erith Town, Wingate and Finchley and Chesham United before unluckily going down to Ryman Premier Wealdstone 2-4 in front of a crowd of 682 at Haywood Way. The achievement looks even better when you look at the fact Leighton Town, W&F and Chesham United are all in leagues a step above Aylesbury. They also lifted the Premier Division Cup by defeating Hanwell Town 2-1 thanks to two goals from top scorer Craig Henney who hit the back of the net an incredible 54 times in all league and cup games, a feat which included seven hat-tricks for the former Prestwood, Holmer Green and Aylesbury United marksman.

The nearest challengers to Aylesbury were Chalfont St Peter (88 pts), Tring Athletic (84 pts) and Royston Town (84 pts). The Saints were top-scorers in the league with 121 goals but sadly missed out on the title due to the amounts of games they lost particularly at the beginning of the season. Three defeats in late October and early November was followed by a league record of 18 wins, 4 draws and only 2 defeats to the end of the season. This record can be glossed with the fact the two defeats were in the last two games of the season. Chalfont's record would of won them the league title in 2008/2009 and they have now come extremely close to title glory in the last three years by finishing 2nd, 3rd and 2nd.

The Cold End expects all three teams to be pushing for the title next season in particular Chalfont St Peter if they keep their side together during the summer. The Crows of Royston Town had a superb season back in the Premier Division with their impressive 4th placed finish. Garden Walk had the highest average attendance at 140 with the league's top crowd of 231 attending their game versus Welwyn Garden City which they won 8-0. Royston were 2nd top scorers in the league with 118 goals. In league and cup competitions seven players got into double figures on the goal scoring front with Ryan Lockett (ex of Cambridge United, Bishops Stortford and Boreham Wood) top of the list with 21 goals.

Other clubs in the top half of the league included Colney Heath who were right in the thick of things losing only three of their opening twenty games, two of these were against Aylesbury and Chalfont St Peter. A run of six defeats in ten games then stemmed any hopes the Magpies had of winning the league title.

Harefield United, runners up to Biggleswade Town by a single goal at the end of the 2008/2009 season ended up in sixth position with Dunstable Town below them in eight place. Dunstable freshly relegated from Step 4 will want to have a better season for the 2010/11 campaign.

At the bottom of the table Welwyn Garden City had a terrible season with only two games won in the first eighteen games. One of these games was the local derby versus their then tenants in Hatfield Town. The game was won 2-0 but overshadowed by the fact Welwyn were found to have played unregistered players and were subsequently deducted the 3 points they won by the Spartan South Midlands League.

Manager Paul Faulkner who had taken over at Herns Lane from Steve Newing and Del Deanus left the club in early October. Phil Reid took over the managerial reigns but The Citizen's remained rooted to the bottom of the table with a season to forget for their supporters especially the home defeats to Dunstable Town (0-12) and Chalfont St Peter (2-9). Probably their best result of the season came on the final day with a 0-5 away win at Hillingdon Borough.

Second from bottom were Brimsdown Rovers who were considered as one of the pre-season title favourites with the impressive squad of players Justin Molesey had put together at Goldsdown Road. Who would of thought then that Brimsdown would of merged with Enfield 1893 FC and joined the Essex Senior League for 2010/11?? The new club is now simply known at Enfield 1893 FC with it being reported that the Brimsdown Rovers name will be incorporated into the name of the new club for 2011/12 season.

In summary another eventful season in the Spartan South Midlands League with some great goals, great games and talking points. Roll on 2010/11!!



HIGHEST - 231 - Royston Town V WGC (31/10/2009)
LOWEST - 11 - Kingbury London Tigers V Broxbourne Boro (16/03/2010)
BEST AVERAGE - 140 - Royston Town
WORST AVERAGE - 26 - Kingsbury London Tigers and Kentish Town


MOST SCORED - 121 - Chalfont St Peter
MOST SCORED HOME - 62 - Royston Town
MOST SCORED AWAY - 68 - Chalfont St Peter
LEAST SCORED - 48 - Biggleswade United
LEAST SCORED HOME - 19 - Brimsdown Rovers
LEAST SCORED AWAY - 16 - Hertford Town


MOST OVERALL - 28 - Chalfont St Peter and Aylesbury
MOST HOME - 15 - Chalfont St Peter
MOST AWAY - 15 - Aylesbury
LEAST OVERALL - 9 - Welwyn Garden City
LEAST HOME - 4 - Langford and Hillingdon Borough
LEAST AWAY - 3 - Welwyn GC, Biggleswade United and Kentish Town.


MOST OVERALL - 28 - Welwyn GC
MOST HOME - 15 - Langford
MOST AWAY - 16 - Biggleswade United
LEAST OVERALL - 6 - Aylesbury
LEAST HOME - 4 - Aylesbury
LEAST AWAY - 2 - Aylesbury


MOST OVERALL - 13 - St Margaretsbury
MOST HOME - 8 - St Margaretsbury
MOST AWAY - 6 - Brimsdown Rovers
LEAST OVERALL - 3 - St Margaretsbury and Royston Town
LEAST HOME - 0 - Tring Athletic
LEAST AWAY - 0 - Hatfield Town

BIGGEST DEFEAT - 0-12 - Welwyn GC V Dunstable Town (20/2/10)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


Highest Crowd - 1,139. Lowestoft Town V Cheshunt - Saturday 10th April 2010.

This figure eclipsed the aggregate home totals for both Waltham Forest (1,096) and Leyton (1,109). Enfield Town's aggregate home crowd was 3,832 which was 2nd to The Trawlerboy's total of 15,395.

The highest crowd in Division One (South) was 2,134 spectators who witnessed 2nd placed Folkestone Invicta play Champions Croydon Athletic on Tuesday 20th April.

The highest crowd in the Premier Division was recorded when Dartford hosted Aveley on the 17th April which attracted 2,162 people.

Lowest Crowd - 26. Leyton V Redbridge - Tuesday 9th March 2010

The lowest figure recorded in Division One (South) was 43 who saw Corinthian Casuals win 1-4 at Whyteleafe on Wednesday 7th April.

The Premier Division's lowest crowd was 82 at the Waltham Abbey V Bognor Regis Town battle of the basement dwellers on Tuesday 20th April.

Most wins - Lowestoft Town 32
Least wins - Leyton 5
Most home wins - Lowestoft Town 17
Least home wins - Leyton 0

Most away wins - Lowestoft Town 15
Least away wins - Redbridge 2

Most defeats - Harlow Town 29
Least defeats -Lowestoft Town 5
Most home defeats - Harlow Town 16
Least home defeats - Concord Rangers 2
Most away defeats - Ilford 14
Least away defeats - Lowestoft Town 2

Most goals - Lowestoft Town 115
Least goals - Leyton 40
Most home goals - Lowestoft Town 66
Least home goals - Leyton 15
Most away goals - Concord Rangers and Lowestoft Town - 49
Least away goals - Ilford 14

Most draws - Redbridge and Ilford 15
Least draws - Cheshunt 2
Most home draws - Ilford 9
Least home draws - Cheshunt 0
Most away draws - Redbridge 10
Least away draws - Ilford 1

Most goals conceded - Harlow Town 98
Most goals conceded home - Harlow Town 55
Most goals conceded away - Leyton and Romford 46
Least goals conceded -Lowestoft Town 37
Least goals conceded home - Concord Rangers 15
Least goals conceded away - Lowestoft Town 21 (Enfield Town 2nd on 23)

Biggest Victory - Lowestoft Town 8 Leyton 0 played on Saturday 28th November 09.

Highest scoring match - 9 goal on three occasions
Thamesmead 7 Cheshunt 2 on the 24th April
Ilford 5 Tilbury 4 on the 27th February
Romford 5 Harlow Town 4 on the 20th April

Best performance in the FA Cup - Lowestoft Town 1st Round Proper lost away to Wrexham 1-0.
Best performance in the FA Trophy - Northwood 1st Round Proper Replay lost 0-5 at home to Carshalton Athletic.

FA Trophy and FA Cup Giant Killing acts -
Lowestoft Town : Beat Boston United (Step 3) and Gloucester City (Step 2) in the FA Cup.
Enfield Town : Beat Waltham Abbey (Step 3) in the FA Cup.
Heybridge Swifts : Beat St Albans City (Step 2) in the FA Cup.
Northwood : Beat Basingstoke Town (Step 2) in the FA Trophy.

Top League Goal Scorers -
Sam Higgins (East Thurrock United) - 36 gls in 34 games
Leon Smith (Wingate & Finchley) - 26 gls in 41 games
Matt Nolan (Lowestoft Town) - 24 gls in 36 games

There is doubt from reading these facts and figures that Lowestoft Town were by far and above the best team in the Division and quite rightly crowned Champions. The Trawlerboys had the most wins, least defeats, scored the most goals and had the meanest defence in conceding just 37 goals all season.

Monday, 17 May 2010


The Ryman League Division One (North) line up for 2010/11 has been announced today with the line up currently as follows:

AFC Sudbury
Brentwood Town
East Thurrock United
Enfield Town
Great Wakering Rovers
Harlow Town
Heybridge Swifts
Maldon & Tiptree
Needham Market
Potters Bar Town
Thamesmead Town
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Forest
Wingate & Finchley

The big news is that Harlow Town and Leyton have been very very lucky in escaping relegation to the Essex Senior League after finishing in the bottom two of the league. The Ryman League have announced VCD Athletic's Oakwood ground has failed to achieve the necessary ground grading so therefore they are classed as finishing 22nd in the league and relegated back to the Kent League with the Leyton who finished 21st not going down due to the number of clubs at a higher level folding or deciding to drop down. Grays Athletic, who dropped out of the Conference have not been placed in any league at Step 4 and above so will probably play at Step 5 in the Essex Senior League. To say their fans are angry and upset is a bit of an understatement as their message board makes interesting reading.

Rumours are circulating of an appeal being made by VCD following their relegation which I'm sure will be reported in the next few days but the current situation is that there will be three new clubs in Enfield Town's division next season. Two of which are well known to us in AFC Sudbury and Waltham Abbey. Sudbury come back to the Ryman League from the Zamaretto Midland's Division where by their standards had a poor season finishing 14th. The Abbey return to Step 4 after one disappointing season in the Premier Division.

The only unknown quantity in a new club is that of Needham Market who won the Eastern Counties League by one point from 2nd placed CRC. They also won the Ridgeon's League Challenge Cup beating Kirkley and Pakefield 2-1 in front of 360 people. Market also had a good run in the FA Vase reaching the Quarter Final where they were beaten by fellow Eastern Counties side Wroxham who went on the reach the final. So, Bloomfields is the only new ground Town will visit next season. The Suffolk town is situated to the North of Ipswich just below Stowmarket. Their closet rivals will of course be AFC Sudbury who are a short distance WEST and SOUTH of them. Needham will not be under-estimated as Ryman fan's all know the Eastern Counties League is a very strong one with any team who wins the title to be classed as dangerous if promoted to the next level. Lowestoft Town showed us this last year. A random fact about Needham Markt is that June Brown aka Dorothy Cotton from Eastenders was born in the Suffolk Town in 1927. Pictures of their Bloomfield's ground can be found at extremegroundhopping.

Witham Town who finished 2nd in the Essex Senior League, were expected to be promoted to Enfield Town's Ryman Division as Champions Stansted didn't have a ground suitable for going up but have unfortunately been left in the ESL for 2010/11.

Witham's situation can be explained and confirmed in that there are currently 14 feeder leagues from step 5 to step 4 with only 12 promotion spots available. Of the fourteen leagues only ten of the Champions were eligible for promotion as follows:

Barwell (Midlands Alliance)
Newcastle Town (NW Counties)
Daventry Town (United Counties)
Faversham Town (Kent)
Almondsbury Town (Hellenic)
North Greenford (Combined Counties)
Needham Market (Eastern Counties)
Bideford (Western)
Whitehawk (Sussex)
Aylesbury FC (Spartan South Midlands)

The final two promotion places are taken up by the two best clubs who finished in runners up positions in the 4 remaining leagues, assuming they were eligible for promotion. This is decided on a points per game record over the season. This is where unfortunately Witham Town miss out as Rainworth Miners Welfare (Northern Counties East) 2.18 points per game (ppg) and Wimborne Town (Wessex League) 2.15ppg had a better record than that of Witham's at 2.00ppg.


This programme marked the last ever competitive match played at the historic ground of Granleigh Road. Leytonstone/Ilford had finished the season in 12th position in Division One of the Isthmian League sandwiched between Lewes and Finchley.

The game not only marked the last ever game before the club moved to Green Pond Road and incorporated Walthamstow Avenue but also 100 years of football for Leytonstone who were formed in 1886. The programme states Ilford purists would feel a little cheated as their club were 105 years old being founded in 1881. The coalition of the two big East London rivals in Leytonstone and Ilford had happened in 1979.

In Ilford's history section the programme states their first ever recorded game in 1881 was against 'Forest Gate Amatuers' who on enquiring about the changing facilities were directed to a deep ditch on the far side of the ground. The Ilford side didn't need a dressing room as they played in ordinary attire which didn't seem to effect their performance as they won the match 2-0. Celebrations were had with their opponents in a little coffee house which then stood on Ilford High Road.
L&I were then managed by John Still who of course has gone on to run very successfully the club which grew from the Leytonstone/Ilford/Walthamstow Avenue/Redbridge Forest and Dagenham mergers. The representative side was managed by Sutton United's Barrie Williams and Larry Pritchard. United had pipped Yeovil Town to the Premier Division title by four points.

In the L&I side were several well known Isthmian players such as Dave Mallett, Micky Dingwall and Lincoln Manderson (who went on to represent Enfield FC in the early 1990's). In goal for the representative side was Mark McCutcheon who was playing for Billericay Town at the time who had been relegated from the Premier Division. The giant keeper went on to play for Enfield FC along with Manderson in the early 90s.
Also in the side was Alan Pardew who was playing for Yeovil Town at the time prior to his football league career. Pardew had transferred to Huish Park from Dulwich Hamlet for a fee of £5,000. Only Colin Dixon of Uxbridge who played in Division One at the time played for a club outside of the Premier Division in the representative side.

Leytonstone/Ilford's last ever league game at Granleigh Road was on the 26th April 1986 when they drew 1-1 with Finchley in front of 74 people. There highest crowd of the season being 161 in the home game versus Leyton/Wingate on the 29th October 1985.
John Still went on to manage Maidstone United, Dagenham and Redbridge (the club which emerged from Leytonstone/Ilford and others), Peterborough United and Barnet before returning to Victoria Road to take the club into the football league. The amazing 6-0 play off semi-final first leg result yesterday sees the Daggers firmly on their way to Wembley and possible promotion to League One.

The cold end thinks Still is one of the best (if not the best) managers in the lower divisions of league football as a vast number of his current squad having been picked up from non-league football.

Of the squad for yesterday's game the following players were all signed directly from non-league football:
Scott Doe (signed from Weymouth), Danny Green (Bishops Stortford), Jon Nurse (Stevenage), Josh Scott (Hayes and Yeading), Paul Benson (White Ensign), Graeme Montgomery (Wealdstone), Phil Walsh (Tiverton Town), Chris Lewington (Hampton and Richmond) and Tommy Tejan-Sie (Braintree Town).

Nine players out of the sqaud of eighteen shows Still and his staff have a great knowledge of the non-league game. No doubt more players will arrive at Victoria Road in the Summer even if the club are promoted to League One.
*click on the images to enlarge and read

Sunday, 16 May 2010


Leyton - 21st place

One story will dominate Leyton's season, which was the imprisonment of their ex-chairman Costas Sophocleous for eight years, after he was found guilty of fraud offences. This story is well known and covered in detail elsewhere on the web, more information can be found at the following links-

The cold end likes to concentrate on football, so on the pitch Leyton had a torrid season winning only five games all away from home. They had to wait an incredible 24 games between wins after their shock 1-2 victory at Concord Rangers on the 24th October 2009 and the 0-1 result which got them a welcome three points at Potters Bar Town on the 3rd April 2010.

It was somewhat of a managerial merry-go-round in E10 with Tony Levoli in the hot-seat at the beginning of the season who left in September to be replaced by Craig Edwards who only had a short stay at Lea Bridge Road as he left in November to be replaced by Ivan Persaud who left to be replaced by Malcolm Dannie. Dannie is assisted by Wilson Frimpong who joined the club from Ashford Town (Middlesex) where he was Reserve Team manager. A host of signings were made following Dannie and Frimpong's arrival. Sadly for them they couldn't steer their new club away from the relegation zone even with a run of five draws to finish the season off with.

Best result - The 0-1 win at Potters Bar on the 3rd April to end their terrible run without a win.
Worst result - Lost to local rival's Ilford 0-1 at home on the 24th November.

Best player - Charlie Hamsher (ex of AFC Wimbledon) arrived at Lea Bridge Road late in the season only making his debut in the above Potters Bar game but ended up top scorer with 4 goals in 6 games.

Harlow Town - 22nd place

With financial problems, points being deducted and bottom of the league facing relegation to the Essex Senior League the Hawks loyal band of supporters still sang loudly throughout the season. Without doubt one of the best groups of supporters in the Ryman League - the ESL won't know whats hit it next season.

Anthony Anstead was tasked with building a squad in only a few short weeks after Glen Alzapiedi left in pre-season following the resignation of Chairman Simon Morgan. Anstead's first game in charge couldn't of been better recording a 4-2 home win against Great Wakering Rovers with James Edgerley (later to play for Wingate and Finchley) bagging himself a hat-trick. The Hawks then only won one more game until the end of the November when Anstead was replacing by club legend Marvin Samuel. Samuel's reign lasted until early March with only one victory during his time in the hot-seat.

During Samuel's time at Barrows Farm ex Manager Tommy Cunningham along with his business partner John Barnett had taken over the running of the troubled club.

Cunningham took over from Samuel as caretaker boss with well known Hawk's player Kevin Warren as his assistant. A further change was made for the last four games of the season when Warren was given overall control of the team.

March was a good month for the Hawks with a 1-2 win away at VCD Athletic, a 0-3 win at Redbridge and a 0-3 win at relegation rivals Leyton giving some hope but in the end relegation was confirmed after a terrible season the pitch and an eventful one off the pitch.

Pending the impending announcement of league constitutions it looks as though Harlow Town will be members of the Essex Senior League for next season. A new manager has yet to be appointed with Warrens name in the hat amongst others. It's certain to be another eventful season for 2010/11 with all the ESL sides wanting to put one over on the Hawks if they do join. Whoever is appointed manager will certainly know it won't be an easy ride with a certain newly merged side due to play at Goldsdown Road likely to be one of their big rivals.

Best result - 4-2 at home in the first game of the season and it all looked good for the Hawks.
Worst result - Concord's 0-7 win at Barrows Farm at the end of September.

Best player - Pacey right-winger Reece Dobson was very impressive in the game at Goldsdown Road in early February.


Presenting a new feature for Sunday nights during the close season, each week the cold end will bring you three amazing facts about our wonderful game of football, you never know they may come in handy in a pub quiz sometime soon. Here we go with the first three:

1) Southampton has a perfectly symmetrical record for their Second Division campaign in the 1922/23 season. They had 42 points from 42 matches, 14 wins, 14 draws, and 14 defeats with a goals for tally of 40 and a goals against total of 40.

2) The 1979 Scottish cup game between Inverness Thistle and Falkirk was postponed a massive 29 times before Falkirk won the tie on the 22nd of February, the original game was scheduled to have been played on January 6th.

3) Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-3 win over Rangers on October 17th 1961 attracted a huge crowd of 104,493 to Hampden Park, a record attendance for a friendly match at the time.

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Enfield Town FC hosted an open day this morning at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium to show supporters how the building work and plans on the new stadium redevelopment is coming along.

Here are some images on what the ground looks like at present:

The above three photo's show the red running track and old pitch have been removed with the foundations for a new six lane track along with stands, terracing and what looks to be a a very impressive pitch taking shape.

There is still along way to go but very soon football will come home to Enfield.

The view back across the playing fields towards Southbury Road. The newly developed QE Stadium will a stone's throw from the spiritual home of the now defunct Enfield FC.

Friday, 14 May 2010


The match the cold end saw on the 16th February 2010 at Hoddesdon Town will live long in the memory as it was more like a game of water polo than football.

It seems footballers in Belgium don't complain about the state of pitches either as this article on the excellent European Football Weekends shows.
RWD Molenbeek on EFW LINK

The cold end can't make up it's mind as to what was the best surface for silky soccer skills but can say next time someone is moaning about the state of pitch they should take a look at these!!!

Thursday, 13 May 2010


Redbridge - 17th place

The problems with the pitch at the Motormen's Oakside stadium is undoubtedly the talking point of the season for their fans. Nearly three months passed between the home games of the 0-5 defeat versus Lowestoft Town on the 15th December and the 0-1 defeat versus Potters Bar on the 2nd March.

Finished the season well with only 2 defeats in 12 games which were against Lowestoft Town and Great Wakering Rovers. Dave Ross who took over from Jay Deveraux in late September will have a chance to show what his East London side can do in the 10/11 season. Ross will need to recruit a goalscorer as their top scorer came up with only 13 goals with the next best at 4 and then a clutch of players on two goals. Bound to improve on 17th place.

Best result - Beating both Concord Rangers and East Thurrock United at home this season.
Worst result - Losing 0-3 at home to bottom side Harlow Town or losing at Ilford in October.

Best player - Ex Enfield FC defender Simon Peddie had a good season playing at centre back.

Ware - 18th place

Tony Faulkner took over the hot seat at Wodson Park after Paul Halsey left the club following the 1-1 draw with Thamesmead Town on the 21st November. Ware had only won 2 of their opening 18 games and were staring firmly at a relegation battle. A host of players followed Faulkner up the A10 from Spartan South Midlands side Broxbourne Borough and results began to improve enough to pull away from the relegation zone. With Faulkner now firmly in the Manager's seat at Wodson Park with a full pre-season preparation the cold end forecasts Ware will be up in top half of the league next season.

Best result - Winning 2-3 at Champions Lowestoft Town in February was a fantastic result.
Worst result - After Ware had lost a 3-0 lead to Town in the remarkable game on the 9th February most people thought they would beat Waltham Forest at home in the the next game. They didn't ending up losing the game 1-3.

Best player - Ryan Wade stepped up from his goalscoring exploits in the Spartan South Midlands League and scored 15 goals in 22 league games. He is bound to hit the back of the net many times next season. Centre backs Danny Swift and Matthew Turpin impressed the cold end in the first half of the 3-3 game in February. Turpin scored 9 league goals which is an impressive total for a defender.

Ilford - 19th place

The Foxes were rightly top of the table after three games with victories over Heybridge Swifts and impressively away from home at Enfield Town and Lowestoft Town. Pundits are always heard stating that league titles are won in April and May and not August, this can be applied to the East London side because after impressing us all with their opening hat-trick of wins they went on to win a few and lose a few with a terrible run of 2 wins in 20 games from the end of November to the beginning of April slid slowly down the table towards the dreaded relegation zone. Manager Chris Wood left the club after the 0-3 home defeat to VCD Athletic on the 12th October 2009 and was replaced by his assistant Colin Walton and coach Michael Thompson. A 9 point deduction from the Ryman League for fielding an ineligible player in John Hughes earlier in the season didn't help their fight to beat the drop but thankfully for their loyal group of fans Walton was able to steer his side to finishing on 34 points which was only 4 above Leyton in the drop-zone. NON LEAGUE 24 ARTICLE relating to points deduction.

Best result - 0-1 win at Lowestfot Town in front of 709 people sent the Foxes top of the table on August 22nd.
Worst result -Foxes tenants Waltham Forest won their local derby 'home' game 3-0 at Cricklefields on the 20th February.

Best player - Goalkeeper Rob Budd performed heroics in a man of the match performance in the 0-1 win at Goldsdown Road in the second game of the season.


Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Cheshunt - 14th place

Some of their supporters celebrated like they'd won the league when they beat Town 3-1 at Theobald's Lane on the 16th March. When those fans look at their team's campaign they would have to say it was overall a disappointing season for The Ambers who lost 24 games with only bottom side Harlow Town losing more games (29). Bob Dearie's side only won two games against the top 9 sides being the above mentioned local derby game and the 4-2 defeat of East Thurrock United in their final home game of the season.
Cheshunt finished in 14th place for the 08/09 season on 56 points and got to the same position this season but on 6 less points with a total of 50.

The cold end thinks Cheshunt will improve for the 10/11 season and may even surprise a few teams by being up in the top 10 challenging for the play-offs.

Best result - Beating Town 3-1 on the 16th March
Worst results - Thamesmead Town liked to hit the back of the net versus The Ambers this season bagging 12 goals and letting in 3 in their 5-1 and 7-2 wins.

Best player - Chris Meikle scoring 19 goals in 39 league and cup games looks a very good prospect.

Waltham Forest - 15th place

The Stags never won more than three games in row which was a feat they only achieved once in late September and early October (VCD Home 2-1, Romford Away 3-4, Leyton Home 1-0). Manager Phil Miles who only took over in September 2009 left Cricklefields at the end of March along with some players including top scorer Danny Gabriel, who moved to Premier Division Aveley. Forest had a poor record of only three wins in their last twenty games and are another team who will want to improve next season.

Best result - The Stags 1-2 victory at VCD Athletic in January was only the Vicker's second home defeat of the season at the time.
Worst result - Losing 1-4 at home to Romford

Best players - Midfielder Peter Smith played well in the game the cold end saw at Wingate and Finchley and full back Ryan Oliva.

Maldon Town - 16th place

The big news of two old rivals forming an Alliance/Coalition is of course not at Downing Street but over in East Essex. Maldon Town will be known as 'Maldon and Tiptree FC' from next season after tenants Tiptree United decided not to field a side in the Essex Senior League for the 10/11 season. The Maldon Standard reports the Jam Makers will still maintain their status as a Senior Club and it is not a case of a merger. More information can be found at Maldon Standard website article

Manager (and ex Tiptree United boss) Colin Wallington left Maldon at the end of the season bringing down the curtain on a magnificent 20 year career at non-league level.

A new boss has yet to be named but Chairman Alan Brockhouse has reported an announcement is imminent.

Best result - Winning 1-5 at then play-off challenging Thamesmead Town on the 27th February was a welcome result especially after being thrashed 0-4 at home to Potters Bar Town in the preceding week.
Worst result - As above v Potters Bar or the 0-3 loss at home to Redbridge on the 20th March which makes even worse reading as the Motormen were without a win in eleven games prior.

Best player - Forward Jack Jeffery scored 13 goals in league and cup. Midfielder Stanley Murvo was a big dominating presence in the midfield who also showed a nice skillful touch when he was required to do so.


Monday, 10 May 2010


The cold end was saddened to hear the news that former club director and groundsman Roy Butler passed away this weekend.

Without people giving up their time like he did so often there wouldn't be football club's like Enfield Town in existence.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.


Above - Some views of Top Field fan's of the old Enfield FC will be familiar with.

The final of the George John Memorial Trophy was played on Sunday evening at Hitchin Town FC's Top Field ground. The Hitchin Sunday League competition was competed for by Premier Division Red Star (playing in yellow) and Division One Cannon Reserves (playing in red). Cannon's first team were holders of the Trophy from 2009.

Red Star controlled the first half scoring in the third minute but then were unable to convert all the pressure they put Cannon under into any clear cut chances with one shot rising high over the bar from close range being the only other decent effort of the half.

Cannon equalised just after the break when a shot from a free kick outside the box could only be parried by the Red Star keeper allowing the grateful Cannon player to put the ball into the net.

Red Star then took control of the game making it 2-1 (just caught on camera) but were never were able to make the game look comfortable. The Cannon keeper made two good saves to keep his side in the game.

The Hitchin Sunday League issued a good 12 page programme for the match which was good to see.

Watch the highlights of the game below:

Sunday, 9 May 2010


Tilbury - 10th place

If the Docker's could of transformed results on their travels they may well have had a chance of landing in the play-offs as only the top 5 teams in the division had better results at home. In fact Martin Chester's side made Chadfields into a mini-fortress with only Lowestoft Town, VCD Athletic, Northwood, Heybridge Swifts and Potters Bar Town leaving with all three points during the season. Before the turn of the year they had a home record of 7 wins, 2 defeats and 2 draws with their away record a complete opposite with only 1 win, 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Chester has since left the hot-seat - All the news on why and how can be found by clicking the following links -


It has been announced Chester has been replaced by Paul Vaughan who has worked as a scout for Charlton Athletic and been involved in the youth set up at East Thurrock United and Grays Athletic.

Best result - A 4-1 defeat of local rival's Romford at Chadfields in October.
Worst result - Can only be the amazing game on the 27th February when the Docker's scored 4 goals away all courtesy of ex Enfield 1893 and Eton Manor player Manlee Brown, only to be trumped by home side opponents Ilford who scored 5 to take the three points.

Cold end best players - Central Midfielder Ben Bradbury impressed the cold end in the early season game at Goldsdown Road and scored the goal in the 1-0 defeat of Town at Chadfield's towards the end of the season. Ex Towner Andy Hall, as we all know he is always a reliable and dependable goalkeeper.

Brentwood Town - 11th place

The Blues who were one of the pre-season favourites to win the division up until losing chairman Keith Woodcock and manager Carl Griffiths in the week before the opening game of the season proper. The upheaval resulted in only one win (a surprising one at that 1-2 at East Thurrock United) in the first ten league games as Les Whitton took over the managerial reigns. Gradually the results came with an unbeaten run of 9 games in October, November and the beginning of December but the International arena side never recovered from the start of the season. Whitton has rebuilt the team and now in the cold end's opinion has a very strong side (they gave Town a great game on the 11th March despite having played 48 hours prior in Lowestoft) capable of a play-off challenge next season. The foundations have certainly be laid. The club appear to have a thriving youth section, their under 18 side having reached the final of the Lucas FettesCup going down 0-1 to Woking's full time academy side.

Best Result -1-2 win at Champions Lowestoft Town on the 9th March. A performance which gained many plaudits from the Trawler Boys faithful.
Worst Result - No team likes an early exit from the FA Cup - East Thurrock United gained revenge for their league defeat beating The Blues 2-0 in the 1 QR at the end of August.

Best players - Right back Junior Luke is the Ryman league's answer to Rory Delap as he can launch a monster throw in. Centre midfielder Dean Pennant also impressed the cold end in the game at Goldsdown Road in March

Romford - 12th place

A respectable first season back at Ryman North level for Boro. The best news for their supporters being Havering Council giving the go ahead for a new stadium to be built at Westlands Playing Fields allowing the club to return home after many years ground sharing. Boro struggled at first with only two wins the first eleven games but had some stand out results after that beating both East Thurrock and Concord Rangers at home.

Best result - The above mentioned victories against The Rocks and Rangers.
Worst result - AFC Sudbury winning 7-0 at The Mill Field in the FA Trophy preliminary round will be a result all Boro fans will want to forget.

Best player - Paul Kavanagh played 42 league and cup games in the midfield and received the manager's player of the year award.

Potters Bar Town - 13th place

Adam Lee's side struggled at home winning just 4 games (out of 21) and scoring only 16 goals in the process. Only second from bottom Leyton scored less at home (15). Strangely The Scholar's had an excellent away record beaten only by eighth placed VCD Atheltic and the top four in the league. If they had matched their away from at home it would of pushed them to the fringes of the play-offs. If Lee adds to his squad next season they will improve on this campaign's 13th placed finish.

Best result - 1-4 win at local rival's Ware in November or the 0-4 win at Maldon Town in February.
Worst result - Losing 6-1 at Ilford on the 5th April in front of just 39 people.

Best player - Ex Towner Gaz Dauti performed in the midfeild for the Scholars all season.


Saturday, 8 May 2010


Toonstar Tipper has acquired a new nickname this afternoon as another of his trebles came in. Thanks to Millwall, Charlton and Barnet (just....last minute goal) all winning he bagged an impressive return of £80.67 off a £10 stake. Where else can you get a return like that??

The Human cash machine, as some people have now tagged him, has an impressive season's total of +£367.31. Well played Mr TT for bashing the bookies!!!

Friday, 7 May 2010


TT signs off the season with his usual weekend treble that he hopes will take his winning total up towards a respectable profit for the season. Not quite the £500 he promised back at Christmas when he'd had one too many babychams but at least it's a profit and he had successfully bashed the bookies. Toonstar sticks within the M25 for his teams this weekend with the following treble:

Millwall to beat Swindon Town at The New Den
Charlton Athletic to beat Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park
Barnet to win their 'must win if Grimbsy Town win at Burton Albion' game at home to already promoted Rochdale. (cold end note - All eyes will be on the old Enfield FC's rival's match at Underhill tomorrow with memories of 2001 and Torquay United winning to relegate the Bee's to non-league football. There are even rumours circulating of some Town fans/ex Enfield FC fans making the trip to Underhill to watch the drama unfold. The one sure thing is that at 5pm tomorrow one set of supporters will be sick as parrots. There are bound to be lots of twists and turns during the afternoon, the cold end can't confidently predict what will happen at either game. With both Grimsby and Barnet fighting for their league places I can see both games having lots of goals in them so maybe a double of both team's scoring in both matches may be the bet of the day @ 7/4 with sky bet.

TT's treble returns £80.67 off a £10 bet with sky bet.

As the Toon fan's sang as Loftus Road towards the QPR fans TT says to the cold end readers 'we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when' tonight*

*In exclusive news The Cold End can reveal TT will be back when the World Cup starts with some tips for the tournament. Just like Terry Venables, the cold end and Toonstar (and Benny Toon) can dream and let that dream come true please!!!....COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!


Lowestoft Town - Champions
What a season for the Suffolk side who won the title by an amazing 15 points losing only 5 games, scoring 115 goals and amassing 101 points in the process. They never lost more than one game in a row and when they strengthened their side with the signing of Joe Francis at the beginning of December they never looked back. Francis scored 16 goals in 22 league appearances to help his new side to the Championship. The trawlerboys also had a fantastic run in the FA Cup beating local rivals Great Yarmouth Town, Dereham Town, Boston United, Sutton Coldfield Town and Gloucester City to qualify for the first round proper for the first time in over 30 years bravely going out to a goal in the last moments of the game at Blue Square Premier Wrexham. The cold end thinks if the Welsh side would have had to journey to Crown Meadow in a replay they would of struggled to get a result.
If can keep the nucleus of their team together with a few additions to the squad the cold end can see no reason why The Trawlerboy's can push for the play-offs or maybe the Championship in the higher division.

Best result - Beating East Thurrock United 1-2 away on the 19th January.
Worst result - Losing to Concord Rangers 0-5 away on the 2nd March.

Cold end best player - Ex Scotland international midfielder Gary Holt is a class act and can surely return to playing at a higher level.

Concord Rangers - 2nd place
The Thames Road outfit had a great season finding only Lowestoft Town better than them in the league. The additions of left-back Danny Glozier and the experience of Marvin Samuel made an already strong squad look stronger. We all know what occurred in the play off final where Concord were promoted to the Premier Division. They will play the first league Canvey Island local derbies next season that are sure to attract a large crowds.

Best result - Beating Enfield Town 3-1 in the play off final on the 1st May
Worst result - Losing to Enfield Town 2-1 at Goldsdown Road on the 24th November

Cold end best player - Left back Danny Glozier is a dead ball and penalty specialist. Always looks a good player when facing the Town which he has done so for Brentwood Town and AFC Hornchurch as well as Rangers.

Wingate and Finchley - 3rd place
Dave Norman's side were arguably the best side in the division in the second half of the season losing only one game when they were trounced 6-1 by Concord Rangers at home. September and October wasn't a good month for the Blues when they were dumped out of the FA Cup at Spartan South Midland's side Aylesbury FC and the FA Trophy at Ryman South Sittingbourne. They also lost league games at Tilbury, East Thurrock United and Lowestoft Town as well as going down at home to Great Wakering Rovers. Highly impressive forward Leon Smith chipped in with many impressive goals prompting rumours to circulate of a move to a league side. If they keep the bulk of their side from this season Town's North London neighbours are sure to be challenging next season for the league title. Wingate play a nice passing attractive game on their wonderful pitch which has to be one of the best in the Ryman League. It certainly is miles better than the nearby National Stadium's surface at Wembley.

Best result - Beating Enfield Town 4-2 (7/11/09)
Worst result - Losing to Northwood 0-4 at home (29/12/09)

Cold end best player - Leon Smith, a skillful, strong and pacey forward who scored 29 goals in league and cup competitions. Tough tackling midfielder Ahmet Rifat is always a presence in the Wingate team, He is the sort of player opposing fans love to hate but most would love to have him in their team.

Enfield Town - 4th place
The cold end has already gone into detail about the wonderful season Steve and Del's team had culminating in going so close to promotion in the play-off final. The three loses in late October against East Thurrock United, Northwood and at Concord in the FA Trophy prompted the signings of Ben Hammond and Liam Hope along with the arrivals of Mark Kirby (to replace the departing Chris Wild) and Michael Bardle freshened the squad up and the Town never looked back. December and January resulted in an eight game winning run pushing the Town up the league into the play off mix. We all know what happened and there's no doubt at cold end HQ that Town will bounce back next season using the play-off final defeat as a positive factor to push the team on to better and bigger things.

Best Result - Beating Concord Rangers 2-1 at home
Worst Result - Losing at Walton and Hersham in the FA Cup 2nd QR.

Cold end best player - The cold end can't pick a best player for Town. The whole squad has done fantastically.

East Thurrock United - 5th place
John Coventry's side suffered defeat in the play offs again this season. This season's points total of 77 got them to 5th place which is way down 18 pts from their 95 total in the 08/09 campaign. Aveley pipped them to the title in 2009 and they were beaten by their local rival's Concord in the play off's at home, this season the roles were reversed and they were undone by Lyle Taylor's last minute goal at Thames Road in the Semi-Final. The Rock's are always full of goals making our 0-0 draw there a great result and are bound to be up in the top half of the league next season.

Best result - The 4-0 win at Goldsdown Road in October.
Worst result - Losing 3-2 at Romford in December.

Cold end best player - 'An ex Millwall trainee who knows where the goal is and scores at a rate of a goal every game' - Not Lyle Taylor of Concord Rangers. Sammy Higgins scored 36 goals in 36 league and cup games ending up the league's top scorer. Richard Wray proved what a great goalkeeper he is when pulling off that last minute save from Fabio Valenti's free kick against Town at Rookery Hill.

Heybridge Swifts - 6th place
Wayne Bond's side finished in a respectable league position missing out on the play-offs by 6 points. Losing nine games prior to Christmas was probably the Essex side's undoing, as was their lack of goal-scoring with their top league scorer on only 8 goals. The Swift's record post new year of losing only four games (all to team's in the top half of the division - Lowestoft Town, Enfield Town, W&F and Thamesmead Town) shows they are a good side and with a few additions for next season in particular a 20+ goalscorer they will be there or thereabouts in the top half on the league

Best result - The 2-1 win at home versus Concord Rangers on the 10th April.
Worst result - The 4-1 loss at Romford on the 7th November.

Cold end best player - Goalkeeper Jamie Bowyer won the Swift's supporter's player of the year award.

Thamesmead Town - 7th place
A great improvement on their debut season in the Ryman League for The Mead who were in contention for the play-offs up until dropping off in the last few months of the season when they went on a horrific run of 8 loses in 9 matches. An impressive front pairing of Cable and Constable scored 34 goals in the league for the South Londoners which improved their points tally from 40 in the debut 08/09 season to a respectable 67 this season.

Best Result - Beating East Thurrock and Concord Rangers both 2-1 in the space of 3 days at Bayliss Avenue at the beginning of December.
Worst Result - The 0-1 loss at home to Waltham Forest on the 5th April capped a run of six loses in a row.

Cold end best player - Lewis Tozer recovered from Swine Flu in the pre-season to play 39 league games for the Mead. The full back has spent time at Fisher Athletic and Dulwich Hamlet previous to his spell at Bayliss Avenue.

VCD Athletic - 8th place
A superb year for the Vickers who were in touch with the play offs until the last few months of the season. The period from winning at Potters Bar on the 31st October before losing at home to Waltham Forest on 16th January where they won seven, drew two and lost only one game at Lowestoft Town was their best spell. They lost forward Leroy Huggins to Premier Division Margate with a few months of the season left but still continued to get good results losing only four times in seventeen games from the beginning of February. If they can improve next season they may well surprise a few teams on their Oakwood pitch which is one of the best in the league.

Best result - The three victories in a row at Enfield Town (1-2), Heybridge Swifts (1-2) and at home to W&F (2-1) at the end of November and beginning of December.
Worst result - Losing to basement boy's Harlow Town, then managed by Marvin Samuel, 1-2 at home on the 9th March.

Cold end best player - Left midfielder Nick Hegley was man of the match in the Vicker's win at Goldsdown Road in November.

Great Wakering Rovers - 8th place
Rover's manager Iain O'Connell left for Premier Division Margate with 12 games left of the season allowing his assistant Ryan Wilkinson and physio Cleve Taylor to step up into the hot seat and finish with a record of 5 loses, 4 wins and 3 draws in those games. Rover's were in with a good shout of the play-offs but just fell away towards the end. Wilkinson and Taylor have been given the managerial ropes for next season with a target of beating the 64 points the club got this campaign.

Best result - A 2-0 win at home to East Thurrock United in September.
Worst result - Losing 4-1 at Romford in March.

Cold end best player - "Experience" - you can't buy it and you can't beat it. Centre-Back's Nikki Beale and Steve Heffer typify this saying. Midfielder and captain Dan Trenkel had a gantastic game in their 2-3 win at Goldsdown Road, is also another great player to pull on the green and white shirt this season. Trenks and Beale always like to get involved in the banter from the opposing fan's showing which is what non-league football is all about. Visiting supporters are always give a warm welcome at Burroughs Park. Town always seem to be involved in good games with Rovers, the 3-3 draw and 2-3 defeat this season are perfect examples.

Northwood - 9th place
Dave Anderson stepped down from the hot seat at the beginning of March and was replaced by Mark Barnham. Barnham has since appointed ex Enfield FC legend Mark Pye and Wood's Surburban League side manager Mark Adams to assist him. Anderson stepped down due to chairman Ian Barry announcing a reduction in expenditure to safeguard the club's future. So it was a season of mid-table mediocrity for Northwood where they won 17 drew 10 and lost 15 games.

Best result - A 0-4 win at local rival's W&F followed by a 1-4 win at Concord Rangers in their next game albiet with a gap of almost a month between them due to the bad weather in Janauary and December
Worst result - Seven loses in a row from mid march to the end of April put an end to the faint hopes Wood fans had of a play-off place.

Best player - Forward Scott Orphanu chipped in with 11 league goals this season.


Tuesday, 4 May 2010

"Just one of those nights" - Charity Cup Glory goes to North Greenford United

Despite having the lion's share of possession and chances at The Beveree, Enfield Town couldn't find their way past an inspired Gary Jallow in the North Greenford United goal in the 101st Middlesex Senior Charity Cup Final. Steve Ringrose's side carried out a smash and grab raid in their 1-0 win to lift the trophy, their goal came in one of their very few attacks in the second half and their only memorable attempt on target.

Town had numerous chances and a goal disallowed in the second half. The referee blew up for a foul he saw before the ball dropped into the net from a Rudi Hall header. The final action of the game was North Greenford frantically clearing the ball off the line and then literally seconds after celebrating when the referee blew up for full time.

It was a case of "just one of those nights" where the game could of been played until midnight and Town still wouldn't of hit the net as the luck seemed to be on North Greenford's side.

Match action below:

Monday, 3 May 2010


Above - The programmes for the 1992 and 2002 finals.

One final game of the season takes place tonight, when Enfield Town take on Combined Counties Premier Division winners North Greenford United who we may well be facing in the Ryman Division One (North) next season should they be placed in our league upon promotion to the higher level.

Town are actually holders of the Trophy having won the 07/08 competition against Hillingdon Borough 4-1 AET on the 12th Augsut 2008. Luke Marshall got a hat-trick with Glen Harvey getting the other one for Town in front of a massive crowd of 138 people. Last season's (08/09) competition was scrapped.

The competition has a rich history having first been played in 1901/02 when Clapton Orient lifted the silverware beating Ealing 1-0 in the final. Some familiar names have lifted the trophy such as Barnet in 1925 and 1927, the old Enfield FC on numerous occasions. In 1910 the E's won the final 2-1 agianst the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. During the 2nd World War years the competition was played as 'the Senior Red Cross Cup' during which time Queens Park Rangers got to the final only to be beaten by Tufnell Park 3-2.

In the late 80's and early 90's even Chelsea entered a team winning the trophy three times in 1989 against Kingsbury Town, 1990 against Hampton and 1992 against Edgware Town. Their team line up in the programme for the 1992 final included Kevin Hitchcock, Frank Sinclair, Craig Burley, Alan Dickens and Neil Shipperley along with Dave Beasant who was playing against his old club is Edgware Town who included Town's very own Steve Newing in their line up in the programme.

The 1987/88 competition was sponsored by famous astrologer and Middlesex football supporter Russell Grant, the final was played at Wembley Stadium between two local rival teams who play in the shadow of the national stadium in Hendon and Wembley. The Greens were victorious against The Lions by 2 goals to nil.

The next season's competition was the first where Chelsea had competed and the final was played at Stamdord Bridge with Kingsbury Town going down 4-0.

Above - The programme line-ups for the 1992 final including Steve Newing

Town famously lifted the Trophy in our first season beating Wealdstone on penalties on the 9th May 2002 played on Brook House's wonderful pitch, which at the time was rumoured to be the best playing surface in the county.

Above - Ruislip Manor (then of the Isthmian Division Two South) entertained Chelsea as Grosvenor Vale in the 1990 competition. Chelsea listed Graeme Le Saux and Jason Cundy in their side. Chelsea no longer enter the competition. With all the Champions League football to contend with I can't see Drogba, Lampard, Terry and Co turning out in a midweek fixture at a Ryman League side.

North Greenford United are sure to be wanting to complete a league and cup 'double' tonight in what's bound to be another eventful game. They have had a tremendous season having only lost once in the league since the 1st January (Guildford City 3-1 away on the 6th March). Their top scorer in league and cup competitions is Dave Lawrence who has hit the back of the net an amazing 41 times in 45 games.

The game takes place at Hampton & Richmond Borough's Beveree Ground and kicks off at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 2 May 2010


The players of Dun Cow Reserves and Highview served up a brilliant match this morning in the 'Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League Division One Cup Final' which was played at The Lamex Stadium aka Broadhall Way in Stevenage.

Dun Cow reserves went into the match as favourites having just been crowned Division One Champions with Highview in 5th place of 9 clubs in the league. Highview are the only club to take points off of Dun Cow in the league this season.

Dun Cow sprinted into a 3-0 lead within about twenty minutes from the start with their number 9 looking very lively up front against Adam Wombwell (who the cold end has seen turn out for Saturday side's Southill Alexander and Langford this season) in the Highview defence. Wombwell is described as Mr Highview in the programme. Apparently he has a Highview tattoo and bed sheets along with a little Highview mascot on the way too. There's commitment for you - Well done Adam!

Both teams played some very nice and neat football along with some crunching but honest tackles and challenges - this was proper football - it wasn't just lump the long ball up field stuff some people may expect on a Sunday morning.

Gradually Highview got into the game and got a penalty to make it 1-3 at half time. The second half opened up into a great game as Highview made it 2-3 with Dun Cow having chances to make the game safe. In the end the 3 early goals Dun Cow got were enough to win the trophy as Highview unfortunately couldn't claw there way back to 3-3.

A really good and enjoyable match played in good spirit by both sides. Watch the highlights including all the goals below -


The Town Army took over Thames Road yesterday

Enfield Town's promotion dream ended yesterday despite a resilient fight back against a strong Concord Rangers side who dominated the first twenty minutes of the game which enabled them to take a 2-0 lead which helped the Canvey Islander's to victory.

The game changed on a pivotal decision in the second half when Town had had the better of the play from the break and the game was finely balanced at 1-2. Stuart Blackburne chased a ball into the box, got a touch and appeared to be brought down by Ranger's keeper Dale Brightly. Most members of the 751 crowd crammed into Thames Road thought penalty kick, only for the referee after consultation with his assistant to wave play on and then book Blackburne for diving, which appeared incredibly harsh.

It was great to see so many fan's old and new present outnumbering the home supporters by a good percentage, It was just a case of it wasn't to be this year for the Town!

Rangers started the brighter team and took the lead after 5 minutes when a free kick from the edge of the box was powerfully headed home by centre back John Easterford, It was 2-0 after just 20 minutes when right back Ashley Miller unleashed a brilliant shot from outside of the box which cracked against the cross bar for Steve King to react first and head the ball past Rob Blackburne in the Town goal.

Rob Blackburne got his hand to John Easterford's header but couldn't keep the ball from going into the net
Town bravely fought back into the game and had a few half chances with Stuart Blackburne inches away from making it 2-1 when his rolling shot hit the post just before the break.

Into the second half and Town came out attacking the Concord back four and got the break they required when King handballed in the area right in front of goal. Stuart Blackburne scored the resulting penalty and it was game on.

Brightly made a comfortable tip over the bar as Town pilled on the pressure and it was then the controvesial decision occured.

The very impressive Lyle Taylor was denied twice by good saves from Rob Blackburne before Danny Heale bundled the ball over to seal the home side's 3-1 victory.
Looking at the match from a neutral's point of view the cold end has to say on the day Concord Rangers were the better side and just about shaded the game.

There were 19 other Ryman Division One (North) side's who would have traded places with us yesterday to play in the final. Last year when we lost to Ilford 0-1 at home in the penultimate game of a very forgetful and disappointing season we would of never thought in our wildest dream's we'd be in a play-off final a year later. That success can only be put down to the hard work of Steve, Del, Jason, Bomber and the squad of players they have assembled. Travelling on the Team coach yesterday the cold end got to see what a great bunch of lads they are.

The Town player's did their very best yesterday and can hold their heads up high and proud after such a fantastic season where we went so close to promotion glory.

Now onto one final game - the Middlesex Charity Cup Final on Monday night and some silerware??