Wednesday, 30 May 2012

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - PRE SEASON GAMES

Here is a list of pre-season games that have been arranged so far by the Ryman Premier Division teams. As with pre-season games it's prone to change and last minute changes. I will try to keep it updated over the coming months.

Some teams are left blank as I can't currently find details of any games announced.

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 
Mon 16th July  - Selsey
Sat 21st       - AFC WIMBLEDON
Sun 29th       - PAGHAM
Weds 1st Aug   - LEATHERHEAD
Sat 4th        - Godalming Town
Fri 10th       - WORTHING 

BURY TOWN  
Fri 13th July - Newmarket Town 
Tue 17th      - BRAINTREE TOWN 
Fri 20th      - Diss Town 
Tue 24th     - Mildenhall Town 
Tue 31st     - CHARLTON ATHLETIC 
Mon 6th Aug  - CAMBRIDGE UNITED 

CANVEY ISLAND 

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 

CONCORD RANGERS 
Tue 17th July - St Neots Town
Sat 21st      - GRAYS ATHLETIC 
Tue 24th      - DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 
Sat 28th      - CHESHAM UNITED 
Tue 31st      - TONBRIDGE ANGELS 
Sat 4th Aug   - SOUTHEND UNITED XI
Tue 7th       - Maldon and Tiptree 
Sat 11th      - Harlow Town 

CRAY WANDERERS 
Sat 7th July - Beckenham Town 
Sat 14th     - Bridon Ropes 
Tue 17th     - Lordswood 
Sat 21st     - Sevenoaks Town 
Tue 24th     - VCD Athletic 
Sat 28th     - Cray Valley
Tue 31st     - Chipstead 
Wed 1st Aug  - CRYSTAL PALACE
Sat 4th      - Leatherhead 
Sat 11th     - Whitstable Town 

EAST THURROCK UNITED 

ENFIELD TOWN 
Sun 8 July       - WREXHAM        - Supporter's Direct Cup 
also includes    - Fisher v Lewes - Supporter's Direct Shield 
Tuesday 17th     - Northwood 
Sunday 22nd      - Cheshunt 
Tuesday 24th     - Brentwood Town
Saturday 28th    - NORWICH CITY 
Tuesday 31st     - Billericay Town 
Saturday 4th Aug - Potters Bar FC
Tuesday 7th      - ST ALBANS CITY 
Saturday 11th    - BOREHAM WOOD 

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH 
Fri 13th July    - BRENTFORD 

HARROW BOROUGH 
Mon 23 July - North Greenford United  
Sat 28th    - MAIDENHEAD UNITED
Tue 31st    - HAYES & YEADING UTD 
Sat 4th Aug - SLOUGH TOWN 
Tue 7th     - Chesham United 
Sat 11th    - Chalfont St Peter

HASTINGS UNITED 
Sat 14th July - Westfield 
Tue 17th      - Sevenoaks Town 
Sat 21st      - BRIGHTON & HA XI
Tue 24st      - Hythe Town
Sat 28th      - BEXHILL UNITED - Kick Off 12pm
              - LITTLE COMMON - Kick Off 3pm
Sat 4th Aug   - Three Bridges 
Tue 7th       - BROMLEY
Sat 11th      - EASTBOURNE UNITED 

HENDON 
Tues 17th July - North Greenford United
Sat 21st       - HAYES & YEADING UNITED (@ The Hive - 2.00pm)
Tue 24th       - Potters Bar Town and Tring Athletic
Thu 26th       - Cheshunt
Sat 28th July  - Wembley
Sat 4th Aug    - Maidenhead United (@ Bisham Abbey - 12.30pm)
Tue 7th Aug    - Chalfont St Peter
Sun 12th Aug   - Hitchin Town (1.00pm)

LEISTON 
Tues 17th July - Brightlingsea Regent 
Sat 21st       - Witham Town 
Tue 24th       - Hadleigh United - Hadleigh Charity Cup 
Tue 7th Aug    - Wroxham 
Sat 11th       - Billericay Town 

LEWES 
Sun 8th July - Fisher - Supporters Direct Shield @ The QE II Stadium
Tue 17th     - BRIGHTON & HA 
 

LOWESTOFT TOWN 
Tue 17th       - Kirkley & Pakefield
Sat 21st       - Gorleston 
Sat 28th       - Kings Lynn Town
Sat 4th August - BILLERICAY TOWN
Tue 7th        - Needham Market
Sat 11th       - DULWICH HAMLET

MARGATE 
Tue 17th July - Corinthian 
Fri 27th      - CRYSTAL PALACE 
Sat 4th Aug   - BROMLEY 
Sat 11th      - Dover Athletic

THURROCK 

WEALDSTONE 
Sat 21st Jul - WATFORD 
Sat 28th     - BRAINTREE TOWN 
Tue 31st     - Potters Bar Town
Fri 3rd Aug  - FOREST GREEN ROVERS 
Tue 7th      - Northwood
Sat 11th     - HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN 

WHITEHAWK 
Tue 17th July - PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE
Tue 24th      - Eastbourne Town 
Fri 27th      - EASTBOURNE BORO 
Tues 31st     - Burgess Hill Town 
Sat 4th Aug   - WORTHING 
Tues 7th      - Three Bridges - Roy Haydan Trophy 
Sat 11th      - HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE  

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
Sat 14th July - Prestatyn Town 
Thu 19th      - Codicote
Tues 24th     - Oxhey Jets
Sat 28th      - BILERICAY TOWN 
Wed 1st Aug   - WYCOMBE WANDERERS
Sat 4th       - CHESHAM UNITED
Tue 7th       - CHELMSFORD CITY 
Mon 9th       - Uxbridge 
Sat 11th      - Ware 

JOHN DOCKER



The Cold End is very sad to hear about John Docker passing away over the past weekend. John was very popular when he played for Enfield FC over 100 times in the 1980's and had recently visited Enfield Town FC where he very proudly watched his son play for AFC Sudbury and Brentwood Town.

The above photo courtesy of Mr Tom Scott shows John in action for The E's putting in a cross at The Town End against Scarborough in January 1987.

All our thoughts are with John's family and friends at this time.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

RYMAN LEAGUE CONSTITUTION FOR 2012/13

Apologies for the inactivity of late here on TheColdEnd. There will be some news and more stuff up and coming over the next week or so. What has been announced over the past few days in the proposed constitution for the Ryman League's 2012/13 season.

For Enfield Town it looks set to be a great season with some fabulous new trips to Bognor Regis Town, Hastings United, Lewes, Margate and Whitehawk (based in East Brighton) amongst others.

PREMIER DIVISION
Bognor Regis Town (up from South)
Bury Town
Canvey Island
Carshalton Athletic
Concord Rangers
Cray Wanderers
East Thurrock United
Enfield Town (up from North)
Hampton & Richmond Borough (down from Conference South)
Harrow Borough
Hastings United
Hendon
Kingstonian
Leiston (up from North)
Lewes
Lowestoft Town
Margate
Metropolitan Police
Thurrock (down from Conference South)
Wealdstone
Whitehawk (up from South)
Wingate & Finchley.

DIVISION ONE (NORTH)
AFC Sudbury
Aveley (down from Premier)
Brentwood Town
Cheshunt
Chatham Town
Grays Athletic
Harlow Town
Heybridge Swifts
Ilford
Maldon & Tiptree
Needham Market
Potters Bar Town
Redbridge
Romford
Soham Town Rangers
Thamesmead Town
Tilbury
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Forest
Ware (reprieved from relegation)
Witham (up from Essex Senior League)
Wroxham (up from Eastern Counties League)

DIVISION ONE (SOUTH)
Burgess Hill Town
Chipstead
Corinthian-Casuals
Crawley Down
Dulwich Hamlet
Eastbourne Town
Faversham Town
Folkestone Invicta
Herne Bay (up from Kent League)
Horsham (down from Premier)
Hythe Town
Leatherhead (down from Premier)
Maidstone United
Merstham
Ramsgate
Sittingbourne
Three Bridges (up from Sussex County League)
 Tooting & Mitcham United (down from Premier)
Walton & Hersham
Walton Casuals
Whitstable Town
Worthing

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

LUCAS LEAVES 1893 FOR ILFORD, BUDD GOES TO THAMESMEAD AND STIMSON THE NEW BOSS AT SHIP LANE

Enfield 1893 FC have announced via their website that Kevin Lucas will be leaving their club as he has been offered the manager's position at Ryman Division One (North) Ilford.

Lucas replaces recently departed Colin Walton whom left Cricklefields along with his coaching staff of Bert Hoyte, Wayne Grant, Ben Schiffer-Harte along with physio Lucelta Eugene.

Goalkeeper Rob Budd has also recently left Ilford after four seasons and 122 appearances for the East London club. Budd, popular with all fans in the Ryman League, has moved South to Thamesmead Town. They have lost the services of their promising keeper Sam Mott whom has moved up to the Blue Square South Division with Welling United. The Cold End sends a Good Luck message to Sam in playing at a higher level of football next season. It's great to see players move up the pyramid.

Thurrock FC, whom finished bottom of the Blue Square South for 2011/12 and look set to be placed in the Ryman Premier Division alongside Enfield Town, have made a interesting managerial appointment in former Grays Athletic, Stevenage Borough, Barnet, Kettering Town and Gillingham boss Mark Stimson. Details can be found in this Thurrock Gazette article.

CANARIES TO VISIT DONKEY LANE

Enfield Town have announced some pre-season friendlies with more in the pipe-line. The stand out fixture so far in on Saturday 28th July when Barclay's Premier League Norwich City send a side down to face Steve Newing's team. The Town also have local trips to Potters Bar Town and Chesunt lined up along with a visit from Southern League St Albans City. This is alongside the opening game of the pre-season on Sunday 8th July when the Supporter's Direct Cup and Shield take place at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. Kent League Fisher FC face Ryman Premier Lewes in the Shield with Town taking on Blue Square Premier side Wrexham in the Cup. It's sure to be a great occasion with supporters of all four teams mixing and enjoying the summer sunshine...... and it's only seven Sunday's away!! Keep an eye on the ETFC official website here for more matches to be announced in the coming weeks.

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - LEYTON V ENFIELD - 1958


Back in 1958 both Leyton and Enfield were members of the Athenian League alongside a host of other famous non-league clubs such as Hendon, Wealdstone and Grays Athletic.

The programme issued for this game, which was played on Thursday 4th September, was just a single one sided sheet with the teams detailed. Kick off was at 6.15pm and as you can see the match finished 2-2 with team changes and scorers listed for the Leyton side. Their scorers were R.Nugent and J.Gooch.

The Athenian League Senior Section final table for 1958/59 is listed below and shows Barnet won the title by a margin/goal difference of just 6 goals to runners up Wealdstone.

The E's finished ninth with Leyton in thirteenth place.

                                   P  W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1.Barnet                         30 20  4  6  85  44  44
 2.Wealdstone                     30 19  6  5  74  39  44
 3.Maidstone United               30 16  6  8  53  37  38
 4.Hendon                         30 15  6  9  69  56  36
 5.Grays Athletic                 30 11 11  8  67  52  33
 6.Hounslow Town                  30 13  7 10  62  49  33
 7.Hayes                          30 13  7 10  61  58  33
 8.Finchley                       30 13  3 14  61  70  29
 9.Enfield                        30 10  7 13  63  55  27
10.Sutton United                  30 10  6 14  49  60  26
11.Carshalton Athletic            30  8 10 12  41  61  26
12.Southall                       30  8  9 13  50  56  25
13.Leyton                         30 10  4 16  49  65  24
14.Hitchin Town                   30  8  8 14  37  52  24
15.Walton & Hersham               30  9  4 17  39  61  22
16.Redhill                        30  5  6 19  35  80  16

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

BALDOCK TOWN IN ANAGRAM TROPHY GLORY!



The 2012 final of the Anagram Records Trophy (aka Captail Counties Feeder League's Trophy) was played The County Ground in Letchworth GC on Sunday afternoon. For the second year running it was a Hertfordshire Senior County League side taking on a Spartan South Midlands League Division Two side and Hertfordshire versus Buckinghamshire. The teams were different though as Champions of the Hertfordshire Senior Premier Division Baldock Town took on Risborough Rangers who finished 2nd in their league below Champions Aston Clinton who competed in the final last year against Letchworth GC Eagles. (2011 final LINK HERE)
The Risborough Ranger's Ultras
In front of a good crowd of 325 people with a good percentage making the trip from Buckinghamshire it was Baldock who were the better side. Risborough were backed by some noisy fans who stood behind each of their goals in each half which was really good to see. Baldock had one effort cleared off the line in the first half with Risborough's best chances to score coming early in the second half.



Baldock's chance cleared off the line by Risborough
Just as the game was drifiting towards extra time a speculative shot from outside of the box by Louis Taylor crept into the net to win the game for Baldock.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW

Saturday, 19 May 2012

HODDY RESERVES LIFT THE SOUTH MIDLANDS FLOODLIGHT CUP

DEFENCES ON TOP & PENALTY SHOOT OUT DRAMA







Pictures from The Recreation Ground on Wednesday night. Thought I best include the floodlights in the last one seeing as it was the 'Floodlight Cup Final'

St Marageretsbury Reserves and Hoddesdon Town Reserves finally got to play their rain delayed South Midlands Floodlight Cup Final on Wednesday 16th May. The local derby was a keenly contested encounter with lots of tackles flying in and was played in front of a really decent crowd at 'Bury's Recreation Ground. Defences were on top throughout the ninety minutes and thirty minutes extra-time with there being very few proper goalscoring chances. Saying that thought every player gave 100% and there was lots of effort put in indicated by numerous players from both teams going down with cramp in extra-time - this after running themselves into the ground on a heavy pitch for 90+ minutes!

The game was originally scheduled for Thursday 3rd May but was postponed due a waterlogged pitch as the below photo by shows.
The Rec pitch on Thursday 3rd May.

The game went down to the drama of a penalty shoot-out which is all captured on camera with highlights shown below.

Friday, 18 May 2012

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO DARTFORD FC

The Cold End sends out a massive congratulations to the players and supporters of Dartford FC whom on Sunday sealed promotion to the Blue Square Premier Division for the 2012/13 season with a 1-0 play-off victory over local rival's Welling United. It's been an ultra rapid rise upwards for The Darts since leaving the Ryman Division One (North) as Champions in 2007/08.

They spent two seasons each in the Ryman Premier and Blue Square South Divisions and next season will host Hereford United, Macclesfield Town, Stockort County and Mansfield Town amongst others at their brilliant Princes Park Stadium#. A long way away from losing 0-1 to Enfield Town at Ebbsfleet's ground on Saturday 4th March 2006 in front of 434 people. Bryan Hammatt scored the goal in the Southern League Division One (East) game.

The Darts move back to their home borough into the new stadium in 2006 has seen an upturn in the club's fortunes. Something which we all hope Enfield Town FC can mirror. I am not saying Enfield Town will reach the Blue Square Premier in four seasons but Dartford are a club to be admired. Manager Tony Burman has been in place since January 2005 overseeing the progression the club has made with the backing of the fans and board at all times by the looks of it. Something, which has, and I hope will continue to happen at Enfield Town FC.

# it's a great stadium and one of the best in non-league football even if Enfield Town's only ever visit was the 1-6 defeat on Saturday 1st December 2007. This is the only time Town have played in front of a four-figure crowd since formation in 2001. 1,004 saw Dave Bastian score for Enfield Town. The line-up for that day for Town was Andre Foster, Malcolm Dannie, Glen Harvey, Tom Hodge, Dave Bastian, Kofi Nyamah, Rudi Hall, Richard Georgiou, Dareen Grieves, Bryan Hammatt and Ricci Crace. Subs - Luke Marshall, Simon Tickner, Steve Velandia, Max Mitchell and Ozzie Foster.

DARTFORD'S RISE THROUGH NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL
SEASONDIVISIONPWDLGFGAGDPTSPOS
2007/08RD1 (N)42278710742+65891/22
2008/09RP 421711146249+136210/22
2009/10RP42296710145+56931/22
2010/11BSS421512156059+15710/22
2011/12BSS42261068940+49882/22*
* denotes promoted via play-offs. Beat Welling United in the final 1-0 in front of 4,088 after beating Basingstoke Town 3-1 on agg over 2 legs (crowds - 1691 @ Camrose and 2210 @ Princes Park)

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - POSSIBLE LINE-UP FOR 2012/13

It's a guessing game for TheColdEnd at the moment but here is what I think what the Ryman Premier Division will look like for the 2012/13 season.

Billericay Town and AFC Hornchurch have been promoted to the Blue Square South so will need to be replaced by either two of three teams in the relegation places being Thurrock, Maidenhead United or Hampton & Richmond Borough. This could be wrong as teams could be moved sideways from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier to accommodate other teams and we need to take into account teams in the Blue Sqaure Divisions receiving reprieves which has a domino effect down the non-league ladder.

My money is on Hampton and Richmond Borough and Thurrock but I am a rubbish gambler so what do I know. If these two teams do join the Ryman League it'll probably see Maidenhead United and Hinckley United (bottom three of the Blue Square North) join the Evo Stik Southern Premier bearing in mind Stourbridge, Redditch United, Leamington and Barwell (local rivals to Hinckley) are already in that division.

So here's what TheColdEnd predicts will be the Ryman Premier Division next season -

TEAMPOSN 11/12AVG CROWDMILES*
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 2nd (D1S) 509 75
BURY TOWN 5th 420 65
CANVEY ISLAND 8th 375 36
CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 16th 251 22
CONCORD RANGERS 14th 190 36
CRAY WANDERERS 9th 191 25
EAST THURROCK UNITED 10th 174 30
ENFIELD TOWN 2nd (D1N) 330 -
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND 21st (BSS) 501 25
HARROW BOROUGH 17th 191 13
HASTINGS UNITED 18th 378 72
HENDON     7th 201 8
KINGSTONIAN 11th 331 22
LEISTON 1st (D1N) 193 92
LEWES         6th 634 60
LOWESTOFT TOWN 3rd 668 110
MARGATE 15th 343 80
MET POLICE 12th 176 25
THURROCK  22nd (BSS) 292 22
WEALDSTONE 4th 502 13
WHITEHAWK 1st (D1S) 125 65
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 13th 139 7

*miles from Enfield - distances calculated via rac.co.uk/route-planner on 'quickest' route which showed as across London on most routes South... If you use the quickest route (probably around the M25) it'll be a few more miles!

The only problem with the league line up predicted is the Big Bumper Boxing Day and Bank Holiday local derby games. There are some good ones -

Canvey Island v Concord Rangers
East Thurrock United v Thurrock
Leiston v Lowestoft Town
Lewes v Whitehawk
Wealdstone v Harrow Borough
Hastings v Bognor
Kingstonian v Met Police
Cray v Carshalton Athletic
Hendon v Wingate and Finchley

which leaves Margate, Bury Town, Hampton and Richmond Borough and Enfield Town..........The Beveree is not a big distance from Enfield so it's not too bad but Margate having to trek to Bury or vice-versa seems a tad harsh...It may be that Cray play Margate in a Kent derby of sorts and Carshalton Athletic play Hampton and Richmond leaving Enfield Town and Bury Town paired together. I'd prefer to play a more local games against Hendon, Wingate, Wealdstone or Harrow but they, of course, have teams closer to them.

The line-ups for the respective leagues are expected to be be announced in the next few weeks.


RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - THE 50/50 TABLE

TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1.NEEDHAM MARKET2113535818+4044 1.LEISTON 2115335219+3348
2.ENFIELD TOWN2113534827+21442.ENFIELD TOWN2114434819+2946
3.LEISTON2113444722+25433.TILBURY2113444329+1443
4.GRAYS ATHLETIC2113444622+2440*4.REDBRIDGE2112544026+1441
5.AFC SUDBURY 21 11 5 5 30 26 +14 38 5.GRAYS ATHLETIC2111463425+937
6.TILBURY2110743933+637 6.MALDON &TIPTREE 21 10 6 5 31 23 -8 36
7.HARLOW TOWN 21 10 6 5 34 21 +13 36 7.HARLOW TOWN 21 11 2 8 36 28 +8 35
8.BRENTWOOD TOWN 21 9 5 7 32 18 +14 32 8.NEEDHAM MARKET2110384638+833
9.REDBRIDGE 21 9 5 7 40 33 +7 32 9.AFC SUDBURY 21 9 4 8 35 31 +4 31
10.ROMFORD 21 8 8 5 36 31 +5 32 10.BRENTWOOD TOWN 21 9 3 9 26 24 +2 30
11. THAMESMEAD TOWN 21 9 5 7 34 35 -1 32 11.WALTHAM ABBEY 21 7 7 7 37 31 +6 28
12.HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 21 9 4 8 34 29 +5 31 12.THAMESMEAD TOWN 21 8 2 11 34 36 -2 26
13.POTTERS BAR TOWN 21 9 4 8 34 41 -7 31 13.POTTERS BAR TOWN 21 7 5 9 33 35 -2 26
14.CHATHAM TOWN 21 9 3 9 29 30 -1 30 14.ROMFORD 21 7 4 10 28 42 -14 25
15.WALTHAM ABBEY 21 8 3 10 42 45 -3 27 15.ILFORD 21 7 2 12 28 42 -14 25
16.WALTHAM FOREST 21 7 5 9 40 43 -3 26 16.CHATHAM TOWN 21 7 3 11 25 33 -8 24
17.MALDON & TIPTREE 21 6 4 11 31 43 -12 22 17.WARE 21 7 1 13 25 37 -12 24
18.CHESHUNT 21 4 8 9 20 39 -19 20 18.HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 21 6 3 12 25 35 -10 21
19.SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 21 3 8 10 28 45 -17 17 19. CHESHUNT 21 5 4 12 22 44 -22 19
20.GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 21 3 5 13 23 55 -32 14 20. SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 21 4 5 12 27 48 -21 17
21.WARE 21 1 5 15 15 41 -26 6 21. WALTHAM FOREST 21 5 2 4 19 52 -33 17
22.ILFORD 21 1 4 16 19 43 -24 5 22. GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 21 3 6 12 20 36 -16 15

The above table (may give you a slight headache due to the colour scheme) indicates (which shows the teams records over the first and last 21 matches) that overall the best two teams were promoted in Leiston and Enfield Town. Needham Market were top over the first 21 (only on GD) but their eight defeats in the second half on the campaign put an end to to their championship hopes. The teams in red are the top five teams overall so it shows that Redbridge, despite losing a number of key players after their cup run, had a decent end to the season where they just missed out on a play-off place.

Ilford (22nd and bottom after 21 games) improved as they always seem to do after Christmas finishing 15th of 22 teams to save them from a relegation place. Great Wakering (20th and 22nd) finished bottom in the final table along with Ware just above them (22st and 17th).

Monday, 14 May 2012

DUN COW FC COMPLETE FAMOUS TREBLE

MICKY CLEMENTS WATCHES FROM THE TOP FIELD DUG OUT.
DESCRIBED AS 'MR DUN COW' AND AN 'ABSOLUTE LEGEND' IN THE PROGRAMME.
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League Challenge Cup Final (sponsored by trophyUK.net) was played on Sunday 13th May 2012 at Hitchin Town's Top Field ground and TheColdEnd was there to see Dun Cow FC complete a historic and famous treble with a 5-0 victory over Real Stevenage CF.

Dun Cow FC had already been crowned Premier Division Champions and lifted the Premier Division Cup prior to this game and had beaten Real Stevenage CF twice already. In the league games they had won 4-1 and been handed the reverse fixture by default. In the Premier Division Cup Real had lead 5-2 at half time but Dun Cow had run out 7-5 winners!! They had also had a great run to the Herts FA Sunday Senior Cup Quarter Final where they were beaten by Comet Sports Club, whom went to become champions of the Berkhamsted Sunday League Premier Division beating AFC Boars (the team who lifted the Senior Cup) into second place.
A GLORIOUS MORNING FOR FOOTBALL AT TOP FIELD

SOME OF THE CROWD WATCH THE ACTION UNFOLD
In the Dun Cow FC line up were some familiar faces to TheColdEnd from local football. Glen Lamacraft has played for Stotfold and Hitchin Town along with James Dillnut who started his career at Stevenage Borough and has also played for Colney Heath, Hemel Hempstead Town and Hitchin Town amongst others. The match programme describes 'still lives off his Boro days and always talking about that game when he played against Newcastle and the day he had Shearer in his pocket, same story every Sunday in The Cow...zzzzzzzzzz.... Loves a challenge and a drink, probably still drinking from last week's cup final...Legend'. Also starting up front was ex Enfield FC player and Hitchin Town legend Shaun Marshall.  Described in the programme as follows 'when Marsh gets changed you know we must be short of players, these days his 2nd touch in a tackle. Loves a night out with the boys but usually a slow drinker so thinks he is a top boy at the end but never has double always singles (lightweight). Also a dead ringer for Frank Sinclair'. Unfortunately for Shaun he picked up a knock early on and was substituted.



Real Stevenage CF are a newer club having been formed in July 2011 and thrown in at the deep end of Premier Division football. They have finished a respectable 6th of 9 teams in their debut season as well as getting through to this cup final.

The result of 5-0 was about right as Dun Cow dominated the game especially in the second period where all five goals were scored. Even when Real had a chance to score right at the end they found the Cow goalkeeper in good form.
DUN COW RATTLED THE CROSS-BAR EARLY ON IN THE GAME




ABOVE - THE DUN COW FC PLAYERS CELEBRATE WITH THE IMPRESSIVE TROPHY
The Challenge Cup Trophy, which has been in existence since the 1961/62 season, has new sponsors this season being trophyuk.net and as you can see from the pictures that thenew Trophy the company have provided is pretty special. Something to rival the Premier League trophy Vincent Kompany lifted yesterday???

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW inc all five goals scored



If your interested TheColdEnd saw Dun Cow Reserves play Highview in the League's Division One Cup Final of 2010 which was also a really entertaining match. Link here - HIGHVIEW v DUN COW RES 2010

Saturday, 12 May 2012

MORE PHOTOS OF THE ETFC PROMOTION PARTY

The following were stills taken from the video footage but show how much of a quality day it was for us all at Enfield Town Football Club -




Above - The goal what won it!!  Adam Wallace crosses for Walid Matata to head home



Above - The final whistle
Steve Newing can be seen jumping for joy inbetween the dug outs

Above - proud to be a Towner - @markdoylese joins in the celebrations








Above - Happy Days!!! - The players thank the fans in front of The David Wilkinson Stand


Above - The Skipper and The Boss - Legends!!











Above - Trophy celebrations.
Nine months of hard graft - well worth it!!


Above - The packed stand at The Donkey Dome in the first half.