Thursday, 30 June 2016

GROUND IMPROVEMENTS AT HERNS LANE



 
Work amounting to over £400,000 is underway at Herns Lane to give our home ground the biggest facelift it has seen in the 48 years that WGC FC have played there.
 
Thanks to £100,000 from the Premier League funded Football Stadia Improvement Fund, WGC will install two new stands on the ground, not only to meet the Ground Grading F standard needed for them to continue competing in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, where they were fourth last season, but also to meet the E grading they will need if promotion is won.
 
One new stand will accommodate 120 standing spectators and the second will have 163 seats. Both enclosures will have wheelchair access.
 
The club are also making major improvements to their clubhouse and changing room facilities, with a new changing block including improved showers, toilet facilities, enlarged dressing rooms and a new physio room.
 
The Herns Lane clubhouse is also being extended to include an improved kitchen area and bar and possibly a new committee room. A loan from the club's brewers Charles Wells of Bedford, is assisting with these improvements.
 
Finally, Welwyn Hatfield Council is funding a new community use 3G pitch at Herns Lane. WGC FC teams will have priority use, but the new facility, costing around £200,000, will also be for community use, with priority given to youth, disabled and women's football.
 
Work begins on the construction of the project very shortly and it is hoped to have it opened in time for the new season.
 
Among those most excited by these ambitious plans is manager Adam Fisher. He says: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the funding we have received, particularly for the development of the ground.
 
"This has been something in the making for over a year and just proves where we are now as a club. We very much needed new player and supporter facilities. Once completed, our ground will meet Step 4 grading and will give us the belief that we can hopefully take the club up to that standard for the first time in its history.
 
"Knowing what was planned at the club played a large part in helping us retain our players from last season and attracting some excellent new additions. We also hope to add a few more shortly.''
 
"We are also extremely lucky to be having a 3G training pitch built at our ground. This will be a great surface to train on at least once a week and should make a huge difference to us.''
 
"I would also like to take the time thank everyone who has been part of this process from our club, especially Karen Fisher, Phil Ravitz, Olly Croft and Malcolm Kiely and the rest of the committee who have contributed.''

* THE CITIZEN'S FIRST PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY 9th JULY WHEN THEY TRAVEL TO PETERBOROUGH SPORTS WHO WERE UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS LAST SEASON.  

BRIMSDOWN FC PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Brimsdown have announced their pre-season schedule as below with three games arranged against Ware, Sporting Bengal United and Cricklewood Wanderers. The club are looking for sponsorship and can be contacted on the below email for more details. 

You can follow Brimsdown FC on twitter - @brimsdown_fc



PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY WEEKEND UPDATE

Every football fan has probably had enough of talking about England's poor performance against Iceland this weekend so TheColdEnd can bring you some good news in that there are some local pre-season freindly games schedueld for this weekend. As always with pre-season games please check with the respective clubs about venues and kick off times as some change at short notice - 

FRIDAY 1st JULY
ALDERSHOT TOWN v QUEENS PARK RANGERS 
On Friday evening Vanarama National side Aldershot Town welcome Championship team Queens Park Rangers to The EBB Stadium. Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink's provisional squad is expected to include Steven Caulker, Karl Henry, Grant Hall, Tjaronn Chery, James Perch, Daniel Tozser, Jamie Mackie, Sebastian Polter, Nasser El Khayati and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. 

SATURDAY 2nd JULY
CB HOUNSLOW UNITED v EVERSLEY & CALIFORNIA 
DORKING v LYNE 
GLEBE v ERITH TOWN 
GODMANCHESTER ROVERS v BARTON ROVERS 
HANWORTH VILLA v MOLESEY 
LAINDON ORIENT v ENFIELD 1893 
Enfield 1893 travel to Laindon Orient who were managed by Neil Blackburn who is now in charge of the Essex Senior League side. 


RAYLEIGH TOWN v ILFORD 
The Foxes travel out of East London and into Essex to face Olympian League Premier Division side Rayleigh Town. 
RAYNERS LANE v HANWELL TOWN 
RAYNES PARK VALE v BEXHILL UNITED 
RAYLEIGH TOWN v ILFORD 
RAYNERS LANE v HANWELL TOWN 
RAYNES PARK VALE v BEXHILL UNITED 
WALTON CASUALS v GUILDFORD CITY 
WEALDSTONE v QUEENS PARK RANGERS u21s 
QPR are in action again on Saturday afternoon with their under 21 side at Grosvenor Vale. Stones manager Gordon Bartlett will be fielding some of the players he has signed over the summer for their fans to take a first look at.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

EARLY ODDS ON THE VANARAMA SOUTH LEAGUE

WILL IT BE ONE OF THE BOOKMAKER'S FAVOURITES TO WIN THE TITLE?
Ladbrokes.com are offerring early odds for the Vanarama South League title with last season's long term leaders and play-off final loser's Ebbsfleet United 5/2 favourites followed by Whitehawk, who finished fifth and lost to The Fleer in the play-off semi-final, at 9/2

The Hawks under the management of Argentinian Pablo Asensio have been very busy in the transfer market of late. The former Southport, Macclesfield Town, Accrington Stanley and Droylsden coach has confirmed fellow Countryman Sergio Torres will stay at The Enclosed Ground as Captain for the forthcoming campaign. He has also signed ex Albanian u21 International defender Albi Llenga, striker Duncan Culley who moves from Hampton and Richmond, defender Marvin Hamilton who rejoins The Hawks after spells with Eastbourne Borough and VCD Athletic, Midfielders Ahmed Abdulla (another to rejoin the club) from Staines Town, Argentinian defensive midfielder Javier Favarel who is 24 years old and has played for Estudiantes in the Argentinian top flight along with Uraguayan Primera Division side Sud America and Deportivo Maldonado. 
THE WHITEHAWK SQUAD WILL HAVE A VERY INTERNATIONAL FEEL TO IT FOR THE 2016/17 CAMPAIGN
Asensio has also recruited five Brazilian players. 22 year old Attacking Midfielder Jose Mauricio Guzzi who was most recently on the books of Albanian side KF Terbuni along with Marcos Ribeiro, a 21 year old who has played for Chapecoense and EC Sao Luiz in Brazil along with Kleyton Agostnini (a midfielder), Gabriel Yan and Rodrigo Mann (both defenders).  French striker Wilfied Tago, 26 years old, formerly of Bulgarian club's PFC Velbazhd Kyustendil and FC Kaliakra along with Evry FC in France, Finn Harps in Ireland and Pars FC in Sweden.

The International signings have continued with Spanish Centre-Back Ramon Marimon. He is 20 years old and has most recenrtly been with AEC Manlleu and Terrassa. 

Defender Chris M'Boungou has also comited to The Hawks after impressing late last season when he joined from Bishops Stortford. 

Ebbsfleet United boss Darryl McMahon has confirmed stiker Charlie Sheringham will be staying with the club and has signed another striker in Byron Bubb from Oxford City who scored scored 18 times in 24 games last season. The biggest change for The Fleet will be the ground improvements being made at Stonebridge Road. 

Welling United are next up at 8/1. The Wings were relegated from the National League and are now under the management of ex Bromley manager Mark Goldberg who was in charge of The Ravens when they won the Vanarama South title in 2015. He has been very busy signing players with a number coming from the Ryman League. Danny Waldren, Mitchell Nelson, Jordan Brown all make the short journey from Dulwich Hamlet, Oliver Sprague from Hendon, Jonte Smith from Lewes, George Allen (formerly of Stevenage and Bishops Stortford) , Bobby Devyne from Enfield Town, Pierre Joseph Dubois (from Bromley), Rickie Hayles from East Thurrock United, Sean Francis from Bromley and the experienced Striker Jamie Slabber.

They are the three main favourites with Chelmsford City and Maidenhead United at 10/1. The promoted sides are rated at 14/1 for Poole Town. 33/1 for Hampton and Richmond Borough, 40/1 for Hungerford Town and 66/1 for East Thurrock United. 

VANARAMA SOUTH TITLE ODDS
courtesy of Ladbrokes.com 
EBBSFLEET UNITED 5/2 
WHITEHAWK 9/2 
WELLING UNITED 8/1 
CHELMSFORD CITY 10/1 
MAIDENHEAD UNITED 10/1 
POOLE TOWN 14/1 
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN 14/1 
WEALDSTONE 14/1 
OXFORD CITY 16/1 
DARTFORD 16/1 
ST ALBANS CITY 20/1 
TRURO CITY 20/1 
CONCORD RANGERS 20/1 
GOSPORT BOROUGH 25/1 
BATH CITY 28/1 
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND 33/1 
MARGATE 40/1 
HUNGERFORD TOWN 40/1 
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 50/1 
BISHOPS STORTFORD 66/1 
EAST THURROCK UNITED 66/1 
WESTON-SUPER-MARE 66/1 

Here is a list of the pre-season friendly games arranged for the top three in the betting. It'll be interesting to see how the teams prepare for what should be a very interesting season.

EBBSFLEET UNITED
Saturday 16th July - Deal Town
Sunday 17th July - Dartford (Ryan Hayes Testimonial)
Tuesday 19th July - Thamesmead Town
Saturday 23rd July - Billericay Town
Tuesday 26th July - Folkestone Invicta
Saturday 30th July - Sutton United
Tuesday 2nd August - Greenwich Borough

WHITEHAWK
Saturday 9th July - WORTHING
Tuesday 12th July - HASSOCKS
Saturday 16th July - BURGESS HILL TOWN
Saturday 23rd July - HORSHAM
Wednesday 27th July - BRIGHTON & HA

WELLING UNITED
Saturday 9th July - CHARLTON ATHLETIC 
Tuesday 12th July - ERITH & BELVEDERE 
Saturday 16th July - MAIDSTONE UNITED 
Tuesday 19th July - VCD Athletic 
Thursday 21st July - Thamesmead Town 
Saturday 23rd July - Hastings United 
Tuesday 26th July - DOVER ATHLETIC 
Saturday 30th July - BROMLEY 
Monday 1st August - MILLWALL 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

ETFC TV MEETS...

Enfield Town Football Club TV have been working hard meeting some of the hard working people from behind the scenes at the club showing that evey football club is not just the Manager and the Squad. It's well worth a watch. Here they meet the club shop staff, Jack Lucas the groundsman, Andy Brown the turnstile operator and Neil Butterfield the club's kit man.


THE 2016/17 SEASON BEGINS - WELSH CLUBS IN EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ACTION

The 2016/17 football season officially kicks off this mid-week as the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League start. On Tuesday evening THE NEW SAINTS welcome San Marino side SP TRE PENNE who are the champions of the Campionato Sammarinese Di Calcio, they have played in European Competition in four previous seasons (twice in the Europa League and twice in the UEFA Champions League) with a record of eight losses in as many games, goal for 5 and goals against 35. All the other sides are involved in Europa League action as follows -

BALA TOWN travel to Swedish side AIK SOLNA with MBI LLANDUDNO travelling to another Swedish side IFC GOTEBURG, who famously won the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987.

GAP CONNAH'S QUAY welcome Norwegian side STABEAK FC who are managed by former Scottish International Billy McKinlay. This match is being played at Rhyl's Belle Vue Stadium

It's a historic moment for both GAP CONNAH'S QUAY and MBI LLAN DUDNO who are in European action for the first time ever.

The bookmakers don't give Llandudno much hope making them 15/1 to record a victory with a home win 1/10 and a draw rated at 15/2. Connah's Quay are 15/4 for the win with an away victory at 7/10 and a draw at 3/1. Bala Town are also outsiders at 14/1 with AIK at 2/13 and a draw at 6/1. TNS are 1/10 to win with SP Tre Penne an amazing 30/1 to record what would be a shock victory - it's 11/1 for them to nick a draw.

As always with the early European qualifying rounds there are many unknown teams in action. Gibraltar title winners LINCOLN RED IMPS travel to FC FLORA TALLIN in the UEFA Champions League. Another team from Gibraltar EUROPA FC (runner's up) are in Europa League action against PYUNIK from Armenia.

Could the Estonian side cause an upset in Edinburgh?
Scottish sides ABERDEEN and HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN are also in action against CS FOLA ESCH (from Luxembourg) and FC INFONET (another club from Tallin in Estonia). The Scottish sides are heavily odds on at 1/5 and 4/11 so even a £1 double will only give you a return of £1.64 if they both win. FC INFONET won 36-0 versus Amateur side Virtsu in a 2015/16 Estonian Cup Match whici did equal Arbroath's famous victory over Bon Accord in the Scottish Cup. HIBERNIAN enter the competion in the Second Qualifying Round stage.

Good luck to all teams involved. 



UPDATE ON LOCAL PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY GAMES

The start of the "pre-season friendly season" is less than two weeks away as many local clubs are in action in preparation of the 2016/17 season proper. Here we look at some of the local games arranged over the next month - please check with clubs before travelling as some pre-season games are moved at the last minute and venues are changed - 

The new look Hertford Town under the new management of Gavin Kelsey travel to East London on Tuesday 12th July to face Essex Senior League Clapton in what should be a well attended game for a pre-season match with some of the Clapton Ultras present. Kelsey has been busy building his squad which is expected to make a challenge for the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title. Kelsey has signed Reece Buck, Jonah Evans, Tommy Wade (who re-joins Hertford after a year at Hoddy), Glen Draper, Ricky Light, Mark Summers, Ollie Sharman, Dan Ferrigno, Phil Lowen, Jack Barlettt and Ben Andreos from his former club along with Welwyn Garden City defender Jay Lovell. They also face local rival's Ware on Saturday 30th July before travelling to WGC on Tuesday 2nd August for a Hertfordshire Charity Shield game.

Ware return to the Ryman Division One (North) after one season in the Evo Stik Southern League Division One (Central). Managed by ex football league player Ken Charlery they have a number of interesting friendly games arranged at Wodson Park including the visit of teams representing Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday 12th July, Queens Park Rangers XI on Saturday 23rd July and Peterborugh United on Saturday 30th July.

Many players have followed manager Paul Halsey from Hertford to Hoddesdon Town. The Lillywhites have confirmed the signings of Jordan Watson Cardan Campbell, Leigh Rose, Louis Rose, Bradley Fraser, Joe Pearce, Dominic Njoya, Ryan Redford, Michael Bardle. Jason Brown, Ross Clemo, George Laffar, Matt Turpin, Frazer John and Chris Wild along with Tom Cowell, Connor Scully, Charlie Edwards and Brett O'Conner who have commited to the club for next season. John signs after impressing for Cockfosters last season and Wild (formerly of Billericay Town and Enfield Town) returns to football after a break from the game. They return to action on Saturday 9th July against Wodson Park with their stand out fixture being a trip down the A10 to face Cheshunt on Tuesday 2nd August.

Cheshunt host a team from League Two Barnet on Saturday 9th July as well as Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 23rd July.

Hendon have a four-team tournament scheduled over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July which sees them take on Carshalton Athletic at 1pm and Farnborough play Slough Town at 3.30pm on the Saturday with the losing teams facing each other at 1pm on Sunday following by the final at 3.30pm. Admission per day at Silver Jubilee Park is £5 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Gary McCann's

Cockfosters start their pre-season schedule with a trip to Codicote on Tuesday 12th July followed by a trip to Clapton on Saturday 16th July. They also have trips to Langford, Boreham Wood u21s, Waltham Forest, Sawbridgeworth Town and Rayners Lane.

Waltham Forest, under the new management of ex Ware boss Kem Kemal, start with a home game against Brentwood Town arranged for Monday 4th July. They also have a trip to Letchworth Garden City Eagles on Saturday 16th July followed by home games versus Westhamians and, as above, Cockfosters finishing with an away day to St Margaretsbury.

Enfield Town open with a home game versus Barnet on Saturday 16th July followed by Reading u21s on Tuesday 19th July, Brighton and Hove Albion XI on Friday 22nd July and Queeens Park Rangers u21s on Saturday 23rd July. They travel to Ware on Thursday 28th July and Skelmersdale United on Saturday 30th July to commemorate the 1967 FA Amateur Cup Final which took place between Skemersdale and the old Enfield Football Club. They finish by travelling locally to Haringey Borough which will mark the opening of the new 3G pitch at Coles Park on Saturday 6th August.

Essex Senior League Eton Manor (whose Assistant Manager is former Enfield Town fan's favourite) Asa Pamplin have a home game (should be played at Broxbourne Borough's Goffs Lane) on Saturday 16th July against Edgeware Town  

London Colney have both Aylesbury sides visiting Cotslandwick in two days on Tuesday 19th July Aylesbury FC visit before United visit on Thursday 21st July.

New club Enfield Borough also visit Cotslandwick on Tuesday 26th July just four days before they play Ryman Premier Division (North) side Brentwood Town on Saturday 30th July at Donkey Lane.


Aylesbury FC host the Jartazi Cup on Saturday 23rd July which also features Harrow Borough, Greenwich Borough and Egham Town. Each game last 60 mins with roll on and roll off substitutes - the timings will be 12pm for the first game, 1.30pm for the second game. 3.30pm for the 3rd/4th play off and 5pm for the final. There is a great prize for the winners which is £1000 worth of kit provided by Jartazi which should make the competition competitive.