Friday, 23 June 2017

WADHAM LODGE PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Essex Senior League Wadham Lodge have announced their pre-season schedule including games against Wivenhoe Town and Enfield Borough as follows - 


HATFIELD TOWN AND THE JAMIE McVEIGH FOUNDATION


Hatfield Town and Hatfield Town Reserves will proudly wear the logo of The Jamie McVeigh Foundation on their shirts for the forthcoming season.

The Foundation is named after Jamie McVeigh (who was well known and loved playing football in the Hertfordshire town) whose life sadly and tragically came to a sudden end on Wednesday 19th March 2014 in circumstances which are still quite unclear.  Jamie's family and friends have set up a foundation in his name so that no other family has to go through what they have gone through. 

The aim of the foundation is to break down the barriers in young men so they know its OK not to be OK. The foundation also aims to support young boys and girls from less fortunate backgrounds by increasing their life opportunities through financial support to join football clubs and teams.


CHATHAM TOWN PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

Chatham Town Football Club return to the Southern Counties East League Premier Division for the first time since 2001 although it was known as The Kent League then. It was a season to forget in 2016/17 as they finished 22nd of 24 teams in the Ryman League Divison One (South) winning just seven of their forty-six games played and letting in 120 goals in the process. 

Their biggest pre-season game comes on Tuesday 18th July against local League One side Gillingham which is bound to attract a decent crowd. 



CLUB FOOTBALL RETURNS - WELSH CLUBS START THEIR EUROPEAN CAMPAIGNS NEXT WEEK

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND FIRST LEG  

THE NEW SAINTS v FC EUROPA - TUESDAY 27th JUNE 


The New Saints play Gibraltar Premier Division Champions FC Europa. The Green Machine (as FC Europa) are nick named have played in the Champions League since 2014. They lost to FC Vaduz in 14/15, SK Slovan Bratislava in 15/16 before beating Armenian side FC Pyunik last season 3-2 on aggregate - they lost (0-2 on agg) in the second qualifying round to Swedish side AIK. 


TNS have won the Welsh Premier League for six years in a row and have a long history of playing in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Cup. They have won four ties - In the 2010/11 Champion's League they beat Irish League side Bohemians 4-1 on agg, Northern Irish side Cliftonville were beaten 2-1 in the Europa League before two victories in the last two seasons of the UEFA Champions League. B36 Torshavn (of the Faore Islands) were beaten 6-2 on agg in 15/16 and San Marino's Tre Penne 5-1 in 16/17. 


TNS are hot favourites to win the game at Park Hall (which is actually in Oswestry, England*) priced at 1/4 with Paddy Power - the visitors are 8/1 and a draw priced at 9/2. 


The club moved to redeveloped ground in Oswestry in 2007 from the Recreation Ground in Llansantffraid. 


UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND FIRST LEG 

BALA TOWN v FC VADUZ - THURSDAY 29th JUNE 

Bala Town make their fourth appearance in the EUROPA league - they have lost on all three previous occasions to Levadia Tallin (13/14), Differdange (15/16) and AIK (16/17). 

FC Vaduz (of Liechtenstein) are a unique club as they play in the Swiss Football League but represent their home country when playing in Europe as they compete in the Liechtenstein domestic cup - the country don't organise it's own National League. Vaduz's home (The Rheinpark Stadium) is only metres from the border with Switzerland. 

They are another side with a long history of playing qualification games in European competition first playing in 1992/93 in the European Cup Winners Cup - they lost their first two ties 1-12 and 1-14 on aggregate. In total they have played 62 games winning 16 times. 

CONNAH'S KEY NOMADS v HJK HELSINKI- THURSDAY 29th JUNE 

The Nomads made history last season playing in Europe for the first time in their history. They won their first Europa League tie against Norwegian side Stabaek before losing to Seriban side Vojvodina Novi Sad in the second qualifying round. HJK Helsinki are their opponents this year who are the only Finnish side to qualify for the Champion's League group stages which was in 1998/99. In 2014/15 they qualified for the Europa League group stage. They first played in Europe in 1965 losing to Manchester United 2-9 on aggregate. 

LYNGBY BOLDKLUB v BANGOR CITY - THURSDAY 29th JUNE 

The Citizens first foray into Europe came way back in 1962/63 when they lost to Napoli in the Cup Winner's Cup in a play off at Highbury after a 3-3 draw over two legs in Wales and Italy. Their last game in Europe was in 2014 when Icelandic side Stjarnan won 8-0 over two legs. Their opponents are making their European debut having finished third in the Danish Superliga - they won Denmark's second division in 2015/16. 


THE COLD END WISHES BANGOR CITY, CONNAH'S KEY NOMADS, BALA TOWN and THE NEW SAINTS THE BEST OF LUCK IN EUROPEAN ACTION. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

BUSY PRE-SEASON AT SILVER JUBILEE PARK


Silver Jubilee Park, home to both Edgware Town and Hendon, has a busy pre-season schedule arranged including the Silver Jubilee Community Cup which features Hendon, Hemel Hempstead Town, Hitchin Town and Hayes & Yeading United over the weekend of Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July with games at 1.30pm and 3.30pm on both days. 


ENFIELD FC 1893 PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Enfield 1893 FC have announced their pre-season schedule with the club also looking for one more away game. The 2017/18 campaign will be their eleventh in the Essex Senior League and their fourth ground-sharing with Harlow Town. They start on Saturday 8th July with a trip to Walthamstow based Globe Rangers who won The Amateur Football Combination Intermediate North Division last season. They also play St Margaretsbury and then have home games against Oxhey Jets, Bowers and Pitsea and Aveley FC. 

Sat 8th July - Globe Rangers @ George White Sports Ground, E17 - 2pm
Sat 15th July - St Margaretsbury @ Mark Hall Academy (Harlow) 12pm 
Tue 18th July - OXHEY JETS
Sat 22nd July - BOWERS AND PITSEA
Sat 29th July - AVELEY 

GLOBE RANGERS v ENFIELD 1893 FC ON SATURDAY 8th JULY
 

SPORTING BENGAL UNITED PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal United have a busy pre-season schedule lined up beginning very early with a game against Gravesend based Punjab United who won the Kent County League Premier Division last season and will be proud members of the Southern Counites East League Division One for the 2017/18 campaign. Stepney Green 3G pitch is then the venue for games against AC London, FC Hamlets, Manford Way and Wapping before on Saturday 29th July the Essex Senior League season begins. 

SBU finished 19th of 22 clubs last season.