Monday, 27 July 2015


In a era when many mangers come and go it's very rare to see one person in charge of a club for ten years in particular if that club had lost it's ground and been forced to ground share for six of those years.

Gary McCann has been in charge at Hendon since February 2005 after making 196 appearances in goal for the club. The club have finished in 11th, 19th, 14th, 7th, 16th, 10th, 15th, 7th, 10th, 8th and 2nd in the Ryman Premier Division during McCann's reign as boss with last season being his most successful lifting the Ryman League Cup and the London Senior Cup alongside going to so close to promotion in losing to Margate in the play-off final. The club have also qualified for the FA Cup first round proper on two occasions in 2010 losing to Chelmsford City and 2012 losing to Aldershot Town.

The Cold End sends congratulations to Gary and hopes many people attend the game tomorrow at Earlsmead. If your local to the area why not pop along as it's pay what you want at the turnstiles.

Sunday, 26 July 2015


The 2015/16 Hertsavers Senior County League season kicks off on Saturday 15th August. Since the original league constitutions were announced a few weeks ago there has been a few amendments with the official line-ups as follows -

Premier Division  

1) Belstone
2) Bovingdon
3) Buntingford Town (promoted from Division One)
4) Bushey Sports Club
5) Chipperfield
6) Cuffley
7) Evergreen (promoted from Division One)
8) Hadley Wood & Wingate (new club)
9) Hatfield Social 

10) Hinton (promoted from Division One)
11) Letchworth Garden City Eagles
12) London Lions (from SSMFL Division One)
13) Old Parminterians (promoted from Division One)
14) Sandridge Rovers
15) Sarratt
16) Standon & Puckeridge 

17) Ware Sports (formerly Hertford Heath)
18) Wormley Rovers

Division One 
1) AFC Hatfield
2) Bedmond Sports & Social
3) Bengeo Trinity 

4) Bracha Sparta 2015 (new club)
5) Broadfields 
6) Bushey Rangers (rejoining league) 
7) Colney Heath (Res) 
8) Croxley Green 
9) FC Lemsford 
10) Hampstead Heath 
11) Harefield United U21s (new club)
12) Hatfield Town Res
13) Hertford Town U21
14) Ickleford
15) Knebworth
16) Lemsford
17) Lings Elite (new club)

Reserve & Development
North & East

1) Buntingford Town Res
2) Cuffley Res
3) Knebworth Res
4) Lemsford Res
5) Letchworth Garden City Eagles Res
6) Nirankari Hitchin

7) Sandridge Rovers Res
8) Tottenhall 
9) Welwyn Pegasus 
10) Wormley Rovers Res

Reserve and Development 
South & West
1) Berkhamstead Rangers
2) Bovingdon Res
3) Bushey Rangers Res
4) Bushey Sports Club
5) Chipperfield Res
6) Evergreen Res
7) Hadley 'A'
8) Old Parminterians Res
9) Sarratt Res

The opening fixtures for the two weeks are as follows. Midweek fixtures marked * kick off at 7.30pm - all others kick off at 6.30pm...although you're probably better checking with clubs before travelling just to make sure -  

Saturday 15th August
Premier Division
Bovingdon v Hinton Green Lane
Buntingford Town v Sandridge Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Cuffley
Hadley Wood & Wingate v Bushey Sports Club
Hatfield Social v Evergreen 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Wormley Rovers 
London Lions v Ware Sports
Old Parmiterians v Sarratt 
Standon and Puckeridge v Belstone

Division One
AFC Hatfield v Broadfields 
Bracha Sparta 2015 v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Colney Heath Reserves v Hampstead Heath 
FC Lemsford v Bengeo Trinity 
Harefield United U21 v Bushey Rangers
Hertford Town U21 v Croxley Green FC 
Knebworth v Hatfield Town Reserves
Lings Elite v Lemsford 

Tuesday 18th August
Premier Division
Bushey Sports Club v Hatfield Social
Hadley Wood & Wingate v LondonLions*
Sandridge Rovers v Old Parmiterians
Ware Sports v Standon and Puckeridge*
Wormley Rovers v Cuffley

Division One
Broadfields v Harefield United U21*
Bushey Rangers v Croxley Green
Hampstead Heath v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Hatfield Town Reserves v FC Lemsford
Lemsford v AFC Hatfield 
Lings Elite v Hertford Town U21

Wednesday 19th August
Premier Division
Evergreen v Chipperfield Corinthians
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Buntingford Town
Sarratt v Bovingdon

Division One
Colney Heath Reserves v Bracha Sparta 2015*
Ickleford v Knebworth

Saturday 22nd August
Premier Division
Belstone v Bovingdon The Medburn Ground
Bushey Sports Club v Wormley Rovers
Chipperfield Corinthians v Buntingford Town 
Cuffley v Hadley Wood & Wingate 
Hinton v Letchworth Garden City Eagles
London Lions v Sarratt 
Old Parmiterians v Evergreen 
Standon and Puckeridge v Sandridge Rovers 
Ware Sports v Hatfield Social 

Division One
Bracha Sparta 2015 v Lemsford 
Broadfields v Ickleford
Bushey Rangers v Hampstead Heath
Croxley Green FC v Colney Heath Reserves 
FC Lemsford v Hertford Town U21 
Harefield United U21 v AFC Hatfield 
Hatfield Town Reserves v Bedmond Sports and Social Club
Knebworth v Lings Elite

Tuesday 25th August
Premier Division
Belstone v Bushey Sports Club 
Bovingdon v Chipperfield Corinthians 
Cuffley v London Lions 
Sandridge Rovers v Hatfield Social
Sarratt v Evergreen
Wormley Rovers v Hadley Wood & Wingate 

Division One
AFC Hatfield v FC Lemsford 
Bedmond Sports and Social Club v Bushey Rangers 
Bengeo Trinity v Lings Elite 
Bracha Sparta 2015 v Broadfields*
Hertford Town U21 v Ickleford* 
Lemsford v Hatfield Town Reserves 

Wednesday 26th August
Premier Division
Buntingford Town v Standon and Puckeridge 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Ware Sports 

Division One
Colney Heath Reserves v Knebworth*
Croxley Green FC v Hampstead Heath 


The United Counites and Peterborough and District Leagues return next weekend with a ground hoping event taking in an amazing eight games in just three games as follows -

Friday 31st July
Harborough Town v Yaxley Town (UCL Premier) - 7.45pm

Saturday 1st August
Ketton v Netherton United (PDFL Division 1)  - 10.45am
Blackstones v Rushden & Higham United (UCL Division 1) - 1.45pm
Stamford Belvedere v Wittering Town (PDFL Division 2) - 4.30pm
Oakham United v Buckingham Town (UCL 1) - 7.45pm 

Sunday 2nd August: 
Thrapston Town v St Neots Saints (UCL Division 1) - 10.45am
Oundle Town v Baston (PDFL Division 1) - 2pm
Kings Cliffe United v Stamford Lions (PDFL Division 1) - 5pm 

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Both teams will take a number of positives from today's game. Enfield Town passed the ball around well and had lots of possession of the ball but never really got going up front. Romford worked hard and looked more direct but will be happy with recording a win over Premier Division opponents. They took the lead with a header around the half hour mark with Enfield scoring almost immediately via a fantastic shot from Samir Bihmoutine. Romford scored the winner in the second half when Anthony Page saved a penalty only for the follow up to be placed in the back of the net. No highlights today just some picutres of the game below




Friday, 24 July 2015


The new season is just over two weeks away so the pre-season friendlies are now well underway for the Ryman Premier Division sides. Here is the latest news from each club -

Twenty-Two year old Rowan Liburd has signed for Championship side Reading for an undisclosed fee. He was one of the stand out players in the division last season scoring 22 goals for The Blues after missing the first few months with a broken arm. This is fantastic new for the club and shows there are many promising players for football league clubs to pick up in non-league football. It'll be great to see Liburd scoring some goals for Reading in the near future.

Craig Edwards has recently recruited a striker in Jamie Guy to his squad who was with Grays Atheltic and Witham Town last season.

Billericay won their first three friendly games versus London Bari (5-0), Thurrock (2-0), Romford (1-0). They have then drawn against St Albans City (0-0) and lost versus Bishops Stortford (0-1) and AFC Hornchurch (0-2)

They host Ebbsfleet United on Saturday afternoon before finishing their pre-season with trips to Cray Wanderers next Tuesday and Guernsey on Saturday 1st August.

The Rocks have played four games so far drawing 2-2 versus Gosport Borough and 1-1 with a very strong Portsmouth side. This week they have won 4-2 at Pagham and lost 2-0 at Moneyfields. They go to Worthing (next Monday) and then Havant and Waterlooville (Wednesday).

Dean Holdsworth's new look side achieved a creditable 2-1 victory over a Southend United XI at home on Tuesday evening. Ex Enfield Town striker Liam Hope and Shad Ngandu

They have three more home games in pre-season with Witham Town, Chatham Town and Harlow Town visiting in the next week.

The Hillians won a triangular tournament at Worthing beating the hosts 3-2 and drawing with Horsham 2-2 last Saturday. They beat Peacehaven and Telscombe 3-1 on Tuesday evening before drawing 2-2 with Hassocks on Wednesday evening. They host Three Bridges this Saturday.

Former Premier League player Junior Lewis has joined the club's coaching staff. His last job in football was as Assistant Coach to Dave Hockaday at Leeds United last season. Since retiring as a player Lewis has coached at Wycombe Wanderers, Bradford City and Hendon. His experience will be invaluable for The Gulls next season. They has certainly been a few goals in the pre-season games so far with an average of 5.25 in the four games played. A good crowd of 872 people saw a full strength Southend United side record a 0-4 victory on Wednesday evening. Prior to this they had drawn 4-4 with Aveley, beaten Bishops Stortford 4-3 and lost to Dartford 0-2. They host AFC Hornchurch on Saturday. New signing Martin Tuohy scored two goals against Stortford and is expected to be amongst the goals this season.

Four defeats and two wins for The Hamlet so fat this pre-season. The two wins came against a very strong Charlton Athletic team 2-1 at Champion Hill and 0-4 away at Aveley on Tuesday evening. They have also narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Peterborough United and 3-5 to German side Altona. The other defeat coming away at Erith and Belvedere 3-2. The four goals at Aveley came from Danny Waldren, Nyren Clunis, Jacob Erskine and a Junior Baker (playing against his former club) own goal. New signing Charlie Penny also played against Aveley and impressed playing just in front of the midfield. The Cold End thinks the 20 year old ex Welling United and Millwall player will be a good player for Hamlet this season. They travel to Whyteleafe tomorrow.

The Rooks have been in good goal scoring form in pre-season with 4-1 and 4-2 victories over Witham Town and Waltham Abbey before a 0-2 home defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge. Kris Newby scored two versus Witham Town with Sam Higgins netting a brace versus Witham.

Two games for the Towners so far which have been a 2-1 victory over Rushden and Diamonds and a 2-4 defeat versus a young and very talented Brighton and HA team. Corey Whitely and Bobby Devyne have been amongst the goals already.

Manager Spencer Day is interested in signing centre-back Keith Emmerson (the 32 year old has been Captain of the British Army team and has been on dual registration terms with Camberley Town and Poole Town recently). Raheem Sterling-Parker also played in the 1-2 home defeat to Egham Town on Tuesday evening. He was most recently with Boreham Wood and spent a period on loan at Enfield Town during 2013/14. Bradley Fraser scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 victory over Sandhurst Town last Saturday. They travel to AFC Totton tomorrow

It's local derby day for Grays Athletic as they travel to rival's Tilbury for the annual Stan Veness Trophy. Mark Bentley's side have had a good pre-season with a 2-2 draw at Hullbridge Sports with a side made up mostly of trialists alongside wins at Bishops Stortford (2-3), Hayes and Yeading (0-4) and Thamesmead Town (2-4). They travel to Concord Rangers on Wednesday evening and then host Southend United in a 125th anniversay celebration match on Saturday 1st August.

Striker Bradley Tomlinson has been in good scoring form netting a hat-trick versus Hayes and Yeading and one goal against Thamesmead Town where ex Enfield Town player Jey Siva also scored.

Manager Alan Dowson has been very pro-active in getting the playing budget he requires for the season. The ex Kingstonian boss is running the Elmbridge 10k (not once but twice!!!!) to raise funds for a potential signing. Dan Thompson scored their goal in the 1-1 midweek draw with Spelthorne Sports and they lost 0-1 to National League side Aldershot Town last weekend in a game which goalkeeper Seb Brown was man of the match. The Cold End expects The Beavers to finish much higher than the 15th place they ended last season in.

Borough have three pre-season game left with Uxbridge at home on Saturday, Harefield United away on Tuesday and then home versus Ashford Town or Cockfoster in the final of the delayed 2015 Middlesex Charity Cup Final. They are unbeaten so far with results as follows - AFC Hayes (0-0), Oxhey Jets (w 2-0), Burnham (w 1-0) and Hayes & Yeading (1-1).

The big news for Hendon FC has been off the pitch as at the club's AGM they signed a ten year lease to play at Silver Jubilee Park rent free. This will cut operating costs for the club by approximately £25,000 a season. The is a work to be carried out at SJP so it is thought the club will start the 2016/17 in their new home.


Gary McCann's side travel to the seaside tomorrow afternoon to play National League South side Eastbourne Borough before hosting a QPR XI at Earlsmead on Tuesday evening and travelling to play Fisher FC at Dulwich Hamlet on Thursday evening. They then travel to Maidstone United on Saturday 1st August in the Ryman League Charity Shield.

The K' scored their first goals of pre-season and got their first win on Tuesday evening. Richard Jolly and Mohamed Makanera scored in a 2-1 victory over a Millwall XI.

The Tanners host National League South side Dartford on Saturday in a game which will see Richard Avery, Adam Green, Joe Bruce and Louis Wells playing against their former side. The Darts include former Tanner's Tom Bradbrook, Deren Ibrahim and Becka Dembele.

Richard Wilkin's side travel to Ipswich Wanderers tonight following an impressive 6-2 victory over Lowestoft Town on Wednesday evening. Joe Francis impressed in this game with a hat-trick alongside Christy Finch (1 goal) and Jack Baker who scored with a 40 yard effort!

The Rooks are unbeaten so far in pre-season winning 3-0 at Peacehaven and Telscombe, drawing 0-0 at home to Brighton and HA u21s and 1-0 at Worthing in midweek. They travel to Hassocks tomorrow afternoon.

Three wins in as many games for Merstham indicates a great start to preparation for their first season at Ryman Premier Division level. Hayden Bird's side go into tomorrow's friendly versus AFC Wimbledon after wins v Chatham Town (3-0), Tooting & Mitcham (3-0) and 3-0 versus South Park.

The Met travel to Godalming Town tomorrow. Aside from the Geoff Harvey Memorial Trophy results against Tooting and Mitcham (0-3) and Corinthian Casuals (0-1) the Met's pre-season results have been good. Stand out results have been a 1-0 win at home to a Fulham XI and a 2-2 draw at home to an AFC Wimbledon XI.

The Marketmen travel to Brantham Athletic tomorrow following a 2-0 home victory over Colchester United under 21's thanks to goals from Kem Izzet and Sam Newson. They have announced the signing of Danny Smith from Suffolk and Ipswich League side Framlingham Town. Not only did the teenage striker score 26 goals in 25 games for their 1st team last season he also scored 26 in 17 appearances for their under 18 side. Smith has signed a two year deal and looks a very promising player. He certainly knows where the goal is!!

A 100% record so far for The Swans with victories over Tooting and Mitcham (5-0), Burnham (2-0), Wealdstone (2-1), Woking (3-2) and Brentford XI (3-2). They host Maidenhead United tomorrow afternoon. Defender Joe O'Cearuill has recently signed for the club having spent time with Haringey Borough, Heybridge Swifts and Dover Athletic last season. The ex Arsenal trainee was with Enfield Town for a short spell in 2013.


The Angels host Fisher in the 2015 Supporters Direct Shield tomorrow afternoon at Longmeadow. Tuesday night saw them lose 0-2 at home to Ebbsfleet United following a good 1-0 win over an AFC Wimbledon XI last Saturday. 

Following the tragic death of Junior Dian the club have announced it will be introducing heart screening for all their players, together with other Kent footballers between the ages of 14 and 35. The programme will be up and running within the next 6 months.The cost of such screening is £35.00 per player which in the eyes of the club seems a small price to pay if a life can be saved. To donate to the football fightback campaign please visit their just giving page.
VCD travel to new Division One (North) side Phoenix Sports tonight following defeats against 1-3 versus Ebbsfleet United, 2-3 versus Aveley, 0-5 versus Bromley and a 3-0 win at Erith Town on Wednesday evening.

There are three more friendly games left for Wingate. They face Slough Town (tomorrow) and Hemel Hempstead Town (Tuesday evening) at home and then travel to Ware on Saturday 1st August. They recorded a 4-2 victory at Royston Town through goals from Rob Laney, Billy Healy, Karl Oliyide and Mechak Williams coming back from being behind 1-0 and 2-1 during the game.


Weather permitting (it's raining at present and loads more to follow!!) Enfield Town travel to Thurrock's Ship Lane ground to play Division One (North) side Romford tomorrow afternoon. The fixture will evoke some good memories for veteran supporters of both clubs as The Boro (then one of the strongest clubs in the Southern League) played the old Enfield FC in FA Cup in the 1960's. The first time came in October 1960 when The E's were members of the Athenian League and lost 2-1 at Romford's famous Brooklands stadium. The home side went on to beat Sutton United 5-0 after a 2-2 draw at Gander Green Lane and then were knocked out 1-5 at home to Division Four side Northampton Town. The two club's drew each other in the 1964/65 season when The E's had moved to the Isthmian League and following two 0-0 draws at Brooklands and Southbury Road the 2nd replay was played at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium with Enfield recording a famous 4-2 victory going on the the 2nd round when they drew 4-4 at home to Barnet before a 3-0 defeat at Underhill.

Enfield Town and Romford have played each other in the Essex Senior League and Ryman Division One (North) over the past decade when the club were playing at Rush Green Road and Aveley's Mill Field ground. Since 2012/13 Romford have ground shared at Thurrock which is a round trip of around 18 miles from their home town which isn't ideal for their loyal band of supporters.

Work is still ongoing behind the scenes to build The Boro a new home at Westlands Playing Fields in the Essex Town. I sincerely hope the club and supporters get their wish of having their own home soon.

Romford struggled last season finishing in 20th place in Division One (North) just three points above the bottom three just three points above Redbridge and Barkingside who were reprieved from relegation. This was their lowest placed position since re-joining the Isthmian League in 2009 - they have finished in 13th, 12th, 13th, 8th, 11th and 20th since then.

Paul Martin in the manager assisted by Alex Goldstone and Mark Lord. Martin has been boss since being promoted from reserve team boss in 2007/08 and in his first full season in charge the club won the Essex Senior League.

So far this pre-season they have played four games. On Tuesday 14th July they won 0-1 at Essex Senior League Clapton thanks to a Bradley Morgan goal. The on Thursday 16th they lost to Billericay Town (0-1 at home) followed by 2-2 with Essex Olympian League side Frenford Senior and a 2-3 win yesterday evening at Seven Acres and Sidcup.

Some of the players in these squads have been

Atu Ngoy - A goalkeeper who has previously played 50 times for the club during 2012/13 and 2013/14. He has rejoined for this season.
Aaron Omand  - Goalkeeper who has represented East Thurrock United and Waltham Forest
George Tubey - Midfielder who played his first game for The Boro in 2007. He has also played for Barkingside.
George Woodward - primarily a defender but has played in almost every position for the club. Scored against Seven Acres and Sidcup on Thursday. Was sidelined through injury for last season.
Reece Cosson - a product of Romford's youth team playing during 2008/09. Played for Barkingside during 2012/13 and rejoined The Boro for the 2014/15 season.
Chris Barry - Midfielder has played over 100 times for The Boro. He has also played for Ilford. 
Ryan Imbert - A striker with pace to burn who once scored a memorable hat-trick away at AFC Sudbury. Has also played for Thurrock.
Joe Bricknell - Midfielder woh has recently joined the club. Has played for Cheshunt, Aylesbury United and Aveley.
Jake Giddings - Another midfielder to recently join the club. Has played for Waltham Abbey and Barkingside.
Joe Tingey - scored the 88th minute winner versus Seven Acres and Sidcup.
Joe Scott - centre forward who joined from AFC Hornchurch u21's in February.
Bradley Morgan - netted the winner versus Clapton FC.
Danny Crossington - Central Midfielder and another ex Barkingside player. Also played for Burnham Ramblers.
Robbie Norris - Midfielder signed from Thurrock FC at the start of the 2013/14 season. 
Nathan Cooper - Centre back signed at the start of the 2014/15 season.
Nick Reynolds - Top scorer for the club in 2012/13 and then joined Maldon and Tiptree. Now back at The Boro.
Jamie Dicks - FA Cup goal scoring hero against Bury Town last season in a 1-0 victory over the then Ryman Premier side.
Matt Frew - Centre back nicknamed Burger/Burgs due to his choice of half time food whilst playing for Barking. Recently re-joined the club having played during 2003/04. Was player/manager with Barkingside for four seasons so the 34 year old brings with him a huge amount of experience on and off the pitch. 
Greg Akpele - 24 year old striker who has joined this summer. Also played for Cheshunt, Burnham Ramblers and another player to have represented Barkingside.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm at Thurrock FC's Ship Lane ground.

The Romford and Enfield FC teams on Saturday 22nd October 1960


Today marks THE COLD END's sixth birthday as back in 2009 I posted the following -

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

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

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

Initially I was going to be write about my team (Enfield Town) but TCE has since developed into following non-league football in Hertfordshire, North London and beyond which I hope still interests the loyal people who continue to read and visit the website.

I  must send a massive amount of gratitude to everyone, in particular the people who have taken part in interviews over the past year, which have been very popular. Also I must say thank you to my wonderful wife who continues to put up with me and allows me to go to football whenever I can - you are officially amazing. 

Over 500,000 people have clicked on the website since 2009 which is amazing with the most popular posts being THE FORGOTTEN FOOTBALL series I wrote - the links you can see on the right hand side about clubs such as Edmonton FC, Rainham Town and Woodford Town. Each one of these posts has received over 4000+ individual hits alone. Please take a look as the comments written underneath by fans and players at the clubs are worth a read on their own.

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