Monday, 15 September 2014

CHINGFORD TOWN REFORM FOR 2014/15

The following article was originally published by The Cold End in June 2012 but is reproduced here with an update regarding Chingford Town reforming for this season and playing in the Essex Alliance League.

When Chingford played at White Hart Lane (or could it have been The Spurs Training Ground in Cheshunt???)

Chingford v Margate Reserves 1963


Today  we feature Chingford FC v Margate FC from Saturday 24th August 1963 in the Metropolitan League. The history of football in Enfield's neighbouring town is a rather complex one with numerous clubs popping up over the years. Here is time line which helps with the history (with thanks to Roger Reed of Enfield Town Football Club for completing some of the gaps that I had) -

1948 - Chingford Town join the Southern League and finish 21st (out of 22) and 24th (out of 24) in the two subsequent seasons. Eight teams from the 1948/49 season have since gone on to join The Football League.


1950/51 - Withdrew from the Southern League and first team take over Reserve team fixtures in the Metropolitan League. Town reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup where they lose to local rival's Woodford Town in a home replay 0-4. They beat Ilford and Crittall Athletic to reach this stage which is the furthest the club ever got in it's short history.  


1951 - Chingford Town fold

1952/53 - Parkhill (Chingford) enter the London League. There is a Parkhill Road in E4 which is just at the top of Kings Head Hill which is where this name may originate.

1955/56 - Parkhill (Chingford) become Chingford FC and continue to play in the London League until 1962/63

1963/64   - Chingford FC play in the Metropolitan League Division Two for one season.

1964/65 - Chingford FC join the Greater London League

1971/72 - Greater London League merges with Metropolitan League to form 'Metropolitan London League' 


1975 - Chingford FC are founder members of the London Spartan League which is formed when 'Metropolitan London League and 'Spartan League' merge.  


1979/80 - Chingford FC finish 5th in the Premier Division (the highest position in their 11 season stay)...competing against teams such at Berkhamsted Town, Amersham Town, Merstham, Fisher Athletic (who finished 8th) and Kingsbury Town amongst others.  


1987 - Chingford FC leave the London Spartan League


1991 - Chingford Wanderers join the London Spartan League Division Two


1992 - Chingford Wanderers change name to Chingford Town and play in the London Spartan League


1993/94 - Chingford Town withdraw from the LSL and record expunged


1994/95 - Chingford United join the LSL Division Two


1997 - Chingford United change name to Chingford Town and are founder members of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One


1998/99 - Chingford Town leave SSML after finishing bottom of the table and conceding 174 goals in just 24 games.


1999 - Chingford Town join the London Intermediate League and compete for three seasons until 2002.


2007 - Chingford Athletic FC form and play in the Ilford and District League  


2009 - Chingford Harriers FC form and play in the Ilford and District League


2010 - Chingford Town whom had been playing in the GA Roberts Enfield Alliance withdraw from the League after failing to fulfill their fixtures.

2011/12 - Chingford Athletic move up the pyramid and join the Essex Olympian League finishing 9th in Division Three. The club also moves to the Matchday Centre aka Wadham Lodge.

********UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012*********

2014/15 - Chingford Town reform and join the newly formed Essex Alliance League (a merger of the Essex Business Houses and Ilford and District Leagues). Town play in the Premier Division alongside Chingford Atlhetic (who have dropped down from the EOL) and Chingford Harriers. 

Town play their home games at the Jubilee Sports Ground in Highams Park, Athletic at Leyton Sixth Form college in E10 and Harriers at Parmiter's School in E4. 

You can follow Chingford Town on twitter - @ChingfordTownFC






The programme issued for this match was simple four pager with the team line ups in the centre pages along with club notes on the rear page. The club notes are very interesting as they state 'we would take this opportunity of expressing our sincere gratitude to the officials of Tottenham Hotspur FC for the use of the ground, it is indeed a very fine gesture by this great club' which appears to indicate this game was played at White Hart Lane??.... or most probably at the then Spur's training ground in Cheshunt which at the time had three pitches. One had a stand which held around 40-50 people. 

The notes go on 'of todays game, we are all anxious to see how our lads shape up to this new venture. Margate are considered to be one of the best teams in the league, but the lads have the ability to rise to the occasion and it should prove a truly great game. We hope that our own ground will be ready by the 14th September, when we entertain the Civil Services in the London Senior Cup'

This fixture was played in the Metropolitan League Division Two and it was against the reserve side of Margate as at the time their first team played in the Southern League.

The Metropolitan League was formed in 1949 and went on until 1975 when a merger with the Spartan League created the London Spartan League. It had been named the Metropolitan-London League from 1971 to 1975 after a merger with The Greater London League. The league featured many football league 'A' sides during the 1950's and 1960's with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic all wining the league title in this period. The winners of the last Metropolitan League in 1971 were Epping Town with Cray Wanderers winning the 1975 Metropolitan-London League. The wikipedia page for the league is full of lots of nice information here.

The notes end with 'GOOD LUCK CHINGFORD'


Chingford Town and Chingford FC played at a ground in Newgate Street which if your familiar with the area is just off of Friday Hill near to Woodford Golf Course. The following pictures were taken by TheColdEnd recently and they show that there is not much left of a football stadium let alone a pitch. There are remnants/remains of a scaffold type stand and some concrete terracing which I think were part of the ground -








It's not just football in the local area which has unfortunately seen stadiums disappear, as more famously the nearby Walthamstow Dog Stadium has very sadly stood empty and unused since August 2008. At one point in time there were 33 greyhound tracks in London but now only Romford, Wimbldeon and Crayford remain. As this Waltham Forest Guardian article reports (from Tuesday 8th May 2012) planning permission for the building of a housing estate have been passed. The Save Our Stow website also has news on the current status of the site. The current status is that the approved application has to be referred to London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Greater London Assembly. What will happen is still unknown??

***************UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012***********

In October 2012 planning permission to build housing and a leisure centre on the site was passed. The famous stadium now has little chance of reopening which is a crying shame for the heritage and history of London and the local community in my opinion. 


The Iconic Walthamstow Stadium - June 2012

COLD END BETTING SYSTEMS FOR MIDWEEK GAMES

RYMAN PREMIER DRAW PREDICTOR

One game qualifies for the draw predictor this midweek which is Canvey Island (14th place) v Leatherhead (12th) but it is rated at only 2 so no matches selected this time.

VANARAMA CONFERENCE UNDER/OVER 

THE RECORD SO FAR
red denotes winning bet
DATE SELECTION + (RATING)  ODDS RESULT
6th September FC HALIFAX v ALDERSHOT TOWN over 2.5 (23) 5/6 1-0
6th September WOKING v LINCOLN CITY over 2.5 (23) 5/6 3-1
6th September TORQUAY UNITED v NUNEATON TOWN under 2.5 (9) 8/11 4-0
9th September LINCOLN CITY v GRIMSBY TOWN over 2.5 (28) 10/11 3-2
9th September NUNEATON v FOREST GREEN ROVERS under 2.5 (9) 4/5 1-0
13th SeptemberGRIMSBY TOWN v TORQUAY UNITED over 2.5 (29) 10/11 0-2
13th September NUNEATON v ALDERSHOT TOWN under 2.5 (9)  4/5 1-1

One winning bet and one losing bet in the games at the weekend. It was close with two goals being scored in the Grimsby Town v Torquay United game. So far we have had seven selections out of which were four winning bets. The system is currently in profit!!! - The Cold End is not getting too carried away though as if you base it in a £1 bet made on all selections we'd be up by the huge amount of 34p! Below are the midweek fixtures for the system. It's a simple rating's system based on the total number of goals scored by each team in the last six league games

BOLD denotes highest rated
RED denotes lowest rated
MATCH RATING
ALDERSHOT v BRAINTREE 16
ALFRETON v AFC TELFORD 14
BARNET v WREXHAM 24
BRISTOL ROVERS v NUNEATON 12
CHESTER v SOUTHPORT 11
DARTFORD v DOVER ATHLETIC 12
EASTLEIGH v FGR  16
FC HALIFAX v GRIMSBY TOWN 27
KIDDERMINSTER v ALTRINCHAM 13
MACCLESFIELD v GATESHEAD 16
TORQUAY UNITED v WOKING 26
WELLING UNITED v LINCOLN CITY 18

Grimsby Town's trip (66.66% of last six league games have been over 2.5 gls) to FC Halifax (50%) is selected for the over 2.5 bet at 5/6. Barnet v Wrexham (24) and Torquay United v Woking (26) are also high rating so could possibly be good bets for over 2.5 goals scored.

The lowest rated games (just) is Chester (last three league games under 2.5) v Southport (50% of last six under 2.5) rated at 4/5.

Remember to gamble responsibly please and that this is just a little bit of fun.

FA CUP UPDATE - SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made and the following teams are left in the draw looking for some more Cup Glory -

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE
Staines Town v LEVERSTOCK GREEN
Needham Market v LONDON TIGERS

Just two Spartan South Midlands League teams remain. Leverstock Green won 1-2 away at Biggleswade United on Saturday and now face a very tough looking trip to Vanarama South side Staines Town. The Middlesex side are currently 18th in the table winning three and losing five of their games so far.

London Tigers beat Ryman Division One (North) side Brightlingsea Regent 1-0 at Avenue Park and now also have an away trip. They go to Needham Market who currently top the Division One (North) and recorded an excellent 2-4 away win at Cambridge City at the weekend to get to this stage.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
FC ROMANIA v Sutton United

FC Romania, playing in the FA Cup for the first time in their short history, are making lots of headlines for themselves and the Essex Senior League. On Saturday they went to Ryman Division One (North) side AFC Sudbury as underdogs and recorded a famous 1-3 win to get to the Second Qualifying Round stage. Sutton United, currently sixth in the Vanarama South, visit Theobalds Lane on Saturday 27th September which is a game which will attract a decent crowd. Sutton will know they will be in for a game against FCR.

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH)
Maidstone United v BRENTWOOD TOWN
NEEDHAM MARKET v London Tigers
Grays Athletic or HARLOW TOWN v Hastings United
ROMFORD v Kinstonian
Boston United v St Neots Town or DEREHAM TOWN
THURROCK v AVELEY
WALTHAM ABBEY v North Greenford United or Northampton Sileby Rangers

Six Division One (North) sides are through to the Second Qualifying Round stage with possibly Harlow Town and Dereham Town as well subject to the result of their midweek replays. Brentwood Town have the toughest tie travelling to Premier Division table topper's Maidstone United who won 10-0 versus Litttlehampton Town at the weekend!

There is also an ultra local Essex derby when Aveley travel the distance of just over a mile to Ship Lane to play Thurrock.

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
BILLERICAY TOWN v Raynes Park Vale
WITHAM TOWN V BOGNOR REGIS TOWN or LEWES
Eastbourne Borough v ENFIELD TOWN
Folkestone Invicta or MARGATE v Barton Rovers or Northwood
GRAYS ATHLETIC or Harlow Town v Hastings United
HENDON v LEISTON
Burnham v CANVEY ISLAND
Romford v  KINGSTONIAN
MAIDSTONE UNITED v Brentwood Town
Boreham Wood v PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE or East Preston
South Park or METROPOLITAN POLICE v AFC HORNCHURCH or EAST THURROCK UNITED
Redhill v TONBRIDGE ANGELS
VCD ATHLETIC v HARROW BOROUGH
Hitchin Town v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY or Ipswich Wanderers

Four Ryman Premier Division sides were knocked out on Saturday. Dulwich Hamlet (v Worthing), Leatherhead (v Faversham Town) and Bury Town (v Romford) all lost to teams from Step 4 of the pyramid with Hampton and Richmond Borough being edged out 3-2 at VCD Athletic. Nince teams are involved in midweek replays and eleven are definately through.


ENFIELD TOWN V FELIXSTOWE AND WALTON HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE

The tie that stands our for The Cold End (being an Enfield Town fan) is of course Town's trip to Eastbourne Borough. The Sports have an impressive recent record in the competition reaching the First Round Proper in 2005/06, 2007/08 and 2008/09. Last season they lost at Ebbsfleet United in the Third Qualifying Round. They are currently managed by Tommy Widdrington who joined them in 2012 who has also managed at Hemel Hempstead Town and Salisbury City.

It'll be a very tough test for Bradley Quinton's side who will be the underdogs as Borough are currently seventh in their table winning four, drawing two and losing two of the games so far. They are very strong at their Priory Lane home winning three of their four games played. Their current average crowd is 558 (lowest being 410 and highest 733).

Before the big cup tie they travel to Bath City on Saturday 20th September - I'm sure Enfield Town fans will have an eye on the result of this game at Twerton Park.

It's a fantastic seaside trip to look forward to for The Enfield Town Ultras who will be in attendance in large numbers out to make some noise, back their team 100%  and hope the Town can cause an upset!!

The winners of the 2nd Qualifying Round games pick up an impressive £4,500 from the Football Association prize fund. 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

NO GOALS AT WODSON PARK


Wodson Park entertained Bush Hill Rangers in a Spartan South Midlands League Division One game on Wednesday evening. Going into the game Wodson had played six league games drawing two and losing four scoring eight and letting in eighteen with Bush Hill making a great start to their life at Step 6 of the non-league ladder winning three drawing one and losing one of their opening five fixtures.

Both teams never really got going on the night and the game finished goalless. Rangers were reduced to ten men on half time for an off the ball incident which caused a little bit of a 'handbags' between the two teams. The ten men worked hard in the second half and created a few decent chances to score but it ended all square with both teams happy to get a point on the night.

Wodson are now one of four teams in Division One without a win joining Amersham Town, Winslow United and Arlesey Town Reserves. There are five teams currently unbeaten - Welwyn GC, Bedford, Harpenden Town, Baldock Town and Hatfield Town.

Wodson get a chance to record their first win with a local derby game at FC Broxbourne Borough today and then a home game with Bedford on Wednesday followed by Southall visiting Wodson on Saturday 20th September. Rangers host Southall at Goldsdown Road today and travel to Harpenden Town on Saturday 20th September.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 

VANARAM CONFERENCE UNDER/OVER #3

THE RECORD SO FAR
red denotes correct
DATE SELECTION + (RATING)  ODDS RESULT
6th September FC HALIFAX v ALDERSHOT TOWN over 2.5 (23) 5/6 1-0
6th September WOKING v LINCOLN CITY over 2.5 (23) 5/6 3-1
6th September TORQUAY UNITED v NUNEATON TOWN under 2.5 (9) 8/11 4-0
9th September LINCOLN CITY v GRIMSBY TOWN over 2.5 (28) 10/11 3-2
9th September NUNEATON v FOREST GREEN ROVERS under 2.5 (9) 4/5 1-0

Two winning bets for the midweek Conference games so we move onto today's fixtures with confidence....hopefully! Please remember to bet responsibly.

Grimsby Town v Torquay United is the highest rated game at 29 so over 2.5 goals is rated at 10/11 with Nuneaton v Aldershot the lowest at 9 where under 2.5 goals is rated at 4/5.  

BOLD denotes highest rated
RED denotes lowest rated
MATCH RATING
AFC TELFORD v BARNET 20
ALTRINCHAM v EASTLEIGH 17
BRAINTREE v KIDDERMINSTER 16
DOVER v MACCLESFIELD 13
FGR v FC HALIFAX 17
GATESHEAD v DARTFORD 16
GRIMSBY v TORQUAY  29
LINCOLN v BRISTOL 18
NUNEATON v ALDERSHOT  9
SOUTHPORT v ALFRETON 11
WOKING v CHESTER 20
WREXHAM v WELLING  13

Friday, 12 September 2014

0-2 TO THE SMALL TOWN NEAR HATFIELD

Edgware Town's Barmy Army!!
"You're just a small town near Hatfield!!!" sang the two very noisy Edgware Town fans on the Underhill terraces towards the large contingent of travelling fans from Welwyn Garden City. Edgware are playing at Barnet's old ground for the first few months of the season whilst a 3G surface is installed at their new home of Silver Jubilee Park in  Kingsbury. Many Bee's fans took the opportunity to take a look at the stadium they have so many fond memories of on Tuesday evening. It is still in good condition having been used as a training base and for reserve matches by the London Broncos rugby league side.

The game was a won with two second half goals from Welwyn Garden City to maintain their impressive 100% winning start to their league campaign. Daryl Smith and Jason Caswell were the scorers on a night where The Citizens didn't play as well as they could but they worked hard to grind out the win which they just about deserved.

Edgware have a few more games scheduled to take place at Underhill so you've still got a chance to see the stadium as it stands now. They play Bedford on Saturday 20th September, Kings Langley (Cup) on Tuesday 23rd September and Amersham Town on Saturday 27th September. Check out their website here for details.

Welwyn Garden City's next game comes on Saturday when they travel to Ryman Divison One (North) side Thurrock in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round. Cup fever has spread across the town and there are now two coach loads of fans set to travel to Essex to cheer on Adam Fisher's team.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ARE BELOW



PICTURES OF UNDERHILL ON TUESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2014














Monday, 8 September 2014

ENFIELD TOWN v MAIDSTONE UNITED HIGHLIGHTS

Below are highlights of Maidstone United's comprehensive 0-4 victory against Enfield Town on Saturday courtesy of the excellent MUFCtv. The main talking point was Nathan Living's sending off in the second half for what the referee deemed a two footed dangerous tackle. See from 6mins onwards for this incident and the reaction afterwards. Many thought United defender Steve Watt was lucky to stay on the pitch for his reaction for which he was booked for. MUFCtv have provided Enfield Town with the footage of the incident as the club appeal the decision with the Football Association. This is fantastic to see so thanks very much to them for doing this.

Maidstone United are a good side and it no surprise they are top of the league winning eight and losing just one of their opening nine games. The aforementioned Watt was fantastic at the back for them - He won virtually every header required and whilst he will probably admit he is not the most technically gifted skillful player he is an experienced defender who could play at a much higher level. A player you hate opposing you and who you would have in your team straight away. There is no surprise to see he was with Chelsea earlier in his career where he made one Premier League appearance and has also played in Scotland for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County as well as Grimsby Town in the Conference. You'll see on the video that Maidstone's Alex Flisher possesses a huge throw in which in it's self is worth a few more points every season. Those points perhaps could be the difference at the end of the season??

There is no doubt in my mind that either Maidstone United or Margate will win the title as the early league table suggests - although Hendon's 3-2 victory over Peacehaven & Telscombe tonight puts them up to a lofty third position just four points below The Stones.

Tuesday 23rd September is a date for you diary as Margate welcome Maidstone United in a Kent Ryman Premier Derby which TheColdEnd predicts will attract a crowd of well over 2,000 people at Hartsdown Park.