Thursday, 5 March 2015

RYMAN DIVISION ONE (NORTH) - UPDATE

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In the Ryman League Division One (North) it's still a race between Needham Market and Harlow for the league title followed by a race between AFC Sudbury, Brentwood Town, Wroxham, Dereham Town and Thurrock for the remaining three play-off spots. Brightlingsea Regent and Ware still have have an outside chance but will need to put together a good run of wins together to get back involved in the top five places. 

Saturday sees Harlow Town have a home Essex derby game versus Aveley (10th place) and Needham Market hosting Soham Town Rangers (11th). 

The game of the weekend comes when Wroxham (5th) entertain their Norfolk rival's Dereham Town (6th) for a play-off six pointer game. The Yachtsmen only have one defeat in their last six (which was a 0-1 home loss v Tilbury) in contrast to Town who have lost their last two games (against Barkingside and Thamesmead Town). 

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Romford only have one win in their last sixteen games (away at Thamesmead Town 0-1 on Tuesday 6th January) play Chatham Town (18th) at home on Saturday looking to record their first victory in eight games.  They need to pick up wins quickly to keep out of the bottom three they have recently dropped into following Barkingside's run of four wins (v Redbridge, Soham Town, Heybridge and Dereham) in row before they lost away at Harlow Town and Ware. 

For Burnham Ramblers and Cray Wanderers it's looking increasingly like relegation as there is now a gap of 17 and 13 points between them and safety. 

Burnham Ramblers entertain Brightlingsea Regent with Cray Wanderers travelling to Cheshunt on Saturday. The Ambers last victory came back on New Years Day when they won 2-1 at Ware - since then they have picked up just four points from the twenty-seven on offer from the games they have played. They certainly need a few more win to make sure they don't finish in the bottom three. A win versus Cray and then versus Barkingside in midweek would be most welcome at Theobalds Lane.

RYMAN PREMIER WEEKEND PREVIEW

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SATURDAY 7th MARCH
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION FIXTURES

BILLERICAY TOWN (14th) v BURY TOWN (24th) 
DULWICH HAMLET (3rd) v VCD ATHLETIC (23rd) 
GRAYS ATHLETIC (13th) v LEISTON (6th) 
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH (18th) v HENDON (4th) 
HARROW BOROUGH (22nd) v MAIDSTONE UNITED (1st) 
LEATHERHEAD (11th) v CANVEY ISLAND (15th) 
LEWES (19th) v KINGSTONIAN (10th) 
MARGATE (2nd) v ENFIELD TOWN (12th) 
MET POLICE (5th) v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY (8th) 
TONBRIDGE ANGELS (16th) v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN (9th) 
WITHAM TOWN (20th) v AFC HORNCHURCH (21st) 

PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE (17th) v EAST THURROCK UNITED (7th)
- playing Sunday 8th March 

The game of the day comes down at the bottom of the league in a relegation six pointer as Witham Town on the right side of the drop zone face AFC Hornchurch on the wrong side and in the fourth relegation spot. The Urchins have two wins in their last six games which have both (importantly) come against relegation rival's VCD Athletic and Bury Town. Witham Town have one victory in their last six which came against another team fighting to avoid relegation in Harrow Borough. They have lost their last two games - both against Hendon! 

A draw could see both sides end the day in the relegation zone if Harrow Borough beat Maidstone United at Earlsmead. Of course it's a big IF but Harrow will be in a confident mood following their 5-1 win at home to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday evening. Ben Long, Lewis Driver, Marc Charles Smith, David Taylor and Ryan Hope scored the goals for Borough. After going five games without a win at home they have now won two in a row at Earlsmead.

Witham Town have scored eight times and let in nine in their last six compared to AFC Hornchurch on seven and seven with four coming in the game versus bottom side Bury Town. 

POS TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS PPG WIN% FORM PPG (8)
20 WITHAM TOWN 34 7 12 15 52 64 -12 33 0.97 20.59% DDWDLL 0.75
21 AFC HORNCHURCH 33 8 8 17 31 41 -10 32 0.97 24.24% LLWDWL 1.25

Two coach loads of Enfield Town fans will be making the trip down to Margate. The last time The Towners were in Kent they recorded a unexpected 0-3 victory over table topper's Maidstone United. The Gate have conceded six goals and scored thirteen in the their last six league games with the Towner's on nine and six. Terry Brown's side have only lost twice at Hartsdown Park in seventeen league games which came against Peachaven and Telscombe and Dulwich Hamlet. The game is the return from the memorable night at Donkey Lane when Town convincingly beat the Kent side 3-1 in October. Nathan Livings, Ryan Doyle and Liam Hope got the goals then. 

ODDS - Will both title chasing sides win on Saturday? The bookmakers will give you odds of 1.25/1. Will they both lose? The bookmakers will give you odds of 19.25/1

Wingate and Finchley will need to get back to winning ways following their midweek defeat. They face a tough trip to Met Police who lost their long unbeaten home run to a 0-1 defeat against Grays Athletic last Saturday. 

The other play-off chasing sides are all on the road - East Thurrock United travel to P&T on Sunday, Leiston go to Grays Athletic, Bognor at Tonbridge and Kingstonian at Lewes. The Peacehaven game is being played on Sunday due to "The Big Parks Project Peacehaven" community event taking place in the town on Saturday. 

Lewes are now under new management as Steve Brown has agreed to become interim manager until the end of the season. He will be assisted by Dave Jupp at The Dripping Pan. The ex Charlton Athletic played was in charge at Blue Square South side Ebbsfleet United until November. He took the Kent side to the play offs last season. His first game in charge will be Saturday's game versus Kingstonian. 

ODDS - Will Steve Brown's appointment have a positive effect on The Rooks? You can get 7/5 for a home victory. 

The biggest odds of the day are 4/1 which are for a Bury Town victory at Billericay Town or for VCD Athletic to win at Dulwich Hamlet. 

ESSEX ALLIANCE LEAGUE - UPDATE

The Essex Alliance League was formed in the Summer of 2014 when the Ilford and District League and Essex Business Houses Football League merged to form three divisions covering the Ilford, East London and surrounding areas. Here we have a look at how the season is going. 

PREMIER DIVISION 
POS TEAM P GD PTS
1 MAY & BAKER EC A 17 +21 43
2 CHINGFORD ATHLETIC 11 +31 28
3 JOLOF SPORTS CLUB 15 +14 27
4 NEWHAM UNITED RES 17 +8 25
5 AAH ROMFORD 18 0 24
6 CHINGFORD TOWN 11 +10 21
7 MELBOURNE SPORTS 13 +2 21
8 CRANES UNITED 14 -5 17
9 CHINGFORD HARRIERS 16 -27 16
10 EASTSIDE RANGERS 15 -13 13
11 ST FRANCIS 12 -13 10
12 RAINHAM WMC 17 -28 5

ADJUSTMENTS
29/11/2014: +3 points for May & Baker - Rainham WMC fielded an ineligible player 
29/11/2014: -3 points for Rainham Working Mens Club - Rainham WMC fielded an ineligible player 06/12/2014: +2 points for Melbourne Sports - Rainham WMC fielded an ineligible player 
06/12/2014: -1 points for Rainham Working Mens Club - Rainham WMC fielded an ineligible player 

May and Baker head the division with an impressive record of thirteen wins, one draw and three defeats. They are fifteen points ahead of Chingford Athletic but they have six games in hand which IF they win all of them will put them ahead of M&B by three points. 

Premier Division Champions??
Saturday 28th Match could be a pivotal day in the title race as May and Baker travel to play Chingford Athletic. The return game still has to be played as well. Athletic's only league defeat so far came against Melbourne Sports (2-1) on Saturday 18th October. 

At the foot of the table it's been a difficult season for Rainham Working Men's Club with just one win all season which amazingly came away at table topper's M&B on Saturday 29th November. The 1-4 win was chalked off the record books though as they fielded an ineligible player. 


Jolof Sports Club, currently in third place, have (I think) one of the best club badges in local football featuring a Baobab Tree. The origin of the badge can be found in the club/team history below.

The Kingdom of JOLOF (1549-1875) situated in West Africa (Senegal) where used to live Great Warriors & Wrestler Champions has been a positive inspiration for many generations. JOLOF SPORTS FC was founded in 2012 by Ahmadou Seye, a Passionate Ambitious Young Man who dedicated all his work & success to his father Doudou Seye, his source of inspiration, who past away in March 2012 (R.I.P).


Club Badge JSFC Symbol:

Green Color = Hope
Yellow Color = Progress
Red Color = Proud
Tree = Baobab Tree, mainly found in dry & hot countries is a Source of Life. It symbolises Strength, Power and Abundance (Food, Fruits, Medicines, Shelter)


DIVISION ONE  
POS TEAM P GD PTS
1 BLUE MARLIN 16 +36 41
2 LONDON BARI RES15 +1 27
3 ST JOHNS DEAF 12 +22 25
4 VITTORIOSA FALCONS 15 +15 25
5 THREE COLTS 16 -1 22
6 NORTHEND 11 +7 20
7 FOREST GREEN 17 -17 17
8 NORTH END 14 -10 9
9 CHINGFORD TOWN RES 13 -30 9
10 GLENDALE 11 -23 6


Blue Marlin lead the way in Division One and with a gap of 14 points between them and second placed London Bari Res they look real favourites for the title. They were formed in 1993 and are recognised as the most successful and high profile Mauritian football club in the United Kingdom. At the bottom of the table it's a three way race between Glendale, Northend and Chingford Town Reserves for the bottom spot. 

DIVISION TWO 
POS TEAM P GD PTS
1 WEST ESSEX RES 16 +36 40
2 GROVE UNITED15 +7 38
3 LEYTON GREEN 17 +28 35
4 COWLEY COMMUNITY 15 +34 30
5 CUSTOM HOUSE 17 +28 28
6 SINGH SABHA SLOUGH 14 -9 21
7 DAGENHAM UNITED 16 -1 20
8 CANIO 20 -41 12
9 NEWHAM ROYALS 16 -26 11
10 ST FRANCIS RES 16 -44 11
10 NORTHEND RES 16 -29 7

In Division Two it's a really exciting race for the title with West Essex Reserves currently leading the way from Grove United just two points below with a game in hand. Leyton Green are in third place having played more games five points back from the top spot. 

The Fenton Cup is the league's cup competition competed for by teams across the three divisions is currently at the Quarter-Final stage. There are also divisional cup competitions as well. It's a real chance for the players to play at a football league ground as the finals are played at Dagenham and Redbridge.

FENTON CUP QUARTER FINALS 
CHINGFORD TOWN v CUSTOM HOUSE 
ST FRANCIS 1 CHINGFORD ATHLETIC 6 
CRANES UNITED v THREE COLTS or ST JOHNS DEAF 
MELBOURNE SPORTS or LEYTON GREEN v GROVE UNITED 


In the goal-scoring charts across all competitions  it's Izynna Ogedi-Uzokew of Division Two side Cowley Community leading the way on 30 goals scored so far followed by Harry Chalk (26 gls) of Grove United. Senkatuka Nelson of Cranes United follows on 24 along with Daniel Vearer of Vittoriosa Falcons. 


Chalk has played higher up the football pyramid for Clapton in the Essex Senior League along with Ilford when they were members of the Ryman Division One (North). 

The top scorer in the Premier Division is currently Steven Richards of AAH Romford who has netted 16 times in league fixtures. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

SOUTHERN AMATEUR LEAGUE V AMATEUR FOOTBALL COMBINATION MATCH

Next Wednesday 11th March sees the representative teams of the Southern Amateur League and the Amateur Football Combination for The Steve Langley Cup. The games takes place at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium at Donkey Lane and kicks off at 7.30pm. The match is played each year in the memory of Steve Langley who captained the SAL side along with his club side Crouch End Vampires. He sadly passed away, through lung cancer, aged just 42 years old in 2003. 

This Saturday also sees the semi-finals of the Amateur Football Alliance Senior Cup played. The first sees Old Wilsonians (3rd in the SAL Senior Division One) face Old Suttonians (4th in the AFC Premier) at The Bank of England Sports Ground.        

The second match sees Old Meadonians (2nd in the AFC Premier) played West Wickham (10th SAL Senior Division One) at the HSBC Sports Ground. 

Both of these games kick off at 3pm. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

COMMUNITY DAY AT CONCORD RANGERS

Concord Rangers hold their Annual Community Day this Saturday with free admission to eveyone for their Vanarama Conference South game with St Albans City. The club are asking for donations to be made to the The Indee Rose Trust Charity. If you're local to Canvey Island why not take a trip down to Concord?
 

HERTFORDSHIRE, ESSEX & MIDDLESEX CUP COMPETITIONS - UPDATE


HERTFORDSHIRE

Charity Cup Final 
Bishops Stortford 1 Royston Town 0 
played on Tuesday 17th February

Senior Centenary Trophy Final 
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Belstone 
to be played Tuesday 23rd Match

Charity Shield Final
Hertford Town 1 London Colney 0 
Tuesday 24th March 
match report and highlights  - Hertford Town Charity Shield Glory

Senior Challenge Cup
Semi-Finals
Boreham Wood v St Albans City 
Berkhamsted v Hemel Hempstead Town 
to be played on Tuesday 10th March 

Intermediate Cup
Semi-Finals
Bishops Stortford FC u21s v St Margaretsbury Reserves - Sat 7th March
Sun Sports Reserves v Berkhamsted Reserves 
Final scheduled for Tuesday 14th April

Junior Cup
Semi-Finals
FC Cornerstone v Harpenden Rovers 
Westmill v Hemel Hempstead Rovers 
to be played Saturday 7th March 

Sunday Senior Cup
Final 
Skew Bridge v Nicolas Breakspear Old Boys 
to be played on Sunday 22nd March

Sunday Intermediate Cup
Semi-Finals 
Reed Rangers v London Road 
The Bull and Jacks v Skew Bridge Reserves 
to be played on Sunday 15th March

Sunday Junior Cup
Semi-Finals
Sun Postal Sunday 0 Echoes 3 
Church End v Broxbourne Rangers Old Boys - Sun 8th March 

Women's Cup Final 
Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies v Stevenage Ladies
to be played on Sunday 15th March


* All finals played at The County Ground, Letchworth GC. 


ESSEX

Senior Cup (with BBC Essex)
Semi-Finals
Concord Rangers v Billericay Town 
Monday 20th April @ Dagenham & Redbridge 

Premier Cup
Semi-Finals
Brightlingsea Regent Reserves v Catholic United 
Kelvedon Hatch v Old Southendian 
Saturday 7th March 

Final to be played on Wednesday 8th April at Thurrock FC 

Junior Cup
Semi-Finals
Southend Collegians v Great Baddow 
Sumners v Alemite Athletic 
Saturday 14th March 

Final to be played on Wednesday 22nd April at Maldon and Tiptree 

Junior Trophy 
Semi Finals
ACD United v Pro-Athletic 
Mayland Village v Barkingside u21s
 
Final to be played on Wednesday 25th March at Bowers and Pitsea FC

Sunday Premier Cup (with BBC Essex)
Semi-Finals
Priory Sports or Upshire (8/3/15) v Social Club Crittall
St Cleres v FC Corecelona 
to be played on Sunday 15th March 
 
Final to be played on Sunday 3rd May at Maldon and Tiptree 

Sunday Junior Cup
Semi-Finals
Parsloe Athletic v Valley Green
Manor House v Campion Old Boys 
to be played on Sunday 8th March 

Final to be played on Sunday 29th Match at Brightlingsea Regent 

Sunday Junior Trophy
Semi-Finals
Brightlingsea Regent or Boreham Reserves (8/3/15) v Woodham Town 
to be played on Sunday 15th March
Blackwater v Springfield
to be played on Sunday 8th March 

Final to be played on Sunday 12th April at Saffron Walden Town 

Women's Cup (with BBC Essex) Final
Billericay Town Ladies v C&K Basildon
to be played at AFC Hornchurch on Thursday 2nd April

Women's Trophy Final
Eastern Avenue v Walden 
to be played at Saffron Walden Town on Sunday 12th April 


MIDDLESEX 

Senior Challenge Cup Final
Hanwell Town v Harrow Borough 
to be played at Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday 9th May 

Senior Charity Cup with Help for Heroes
Semi Finals
Enfield Town v Cockfosters 
Wembley or Harrow Borough (10/3/15) v Uxbridge 

Final to be played at Enfield Town on Monday 4th May 

Premier Cup Final 
Edgware Town v Enfield Town u21s
to be played on Wednesday 29th April at Northwood FC 


Intermediate Cup Final 

LPOSSA v Park View 
to be played on Monday 27th April at Bedfont & Feltham 

Junior Cup Final
Spelthorne Sports Reserves v AFC Wembley 
to be played on Wednesday 22nd April at North Greenford United 

Junior Trophy Final
New Hanford Reserves v Paddington Elite 
to be played on Thursday 16th April at Hanwell Town 

Sunday Premier Cup Final
Broadfield United v Enfield Rangers Old Boys
to be played on Sunday 26th April at Wealdstone FC 

Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
Highgate Albion v Shire United 
to be played on Sunday 19th April at Hanworth Villa 

Sunday Junior Cup Final
FC Bridge v FC Irish of London or BAA Heathrow Res 

Sunday Junior Trophy 
Spelthorne Sports Sunday v Club Assyria 
to be played on Monday 13th April at Harefield United 

Capital Women's Cup 
West Ham United Ladies v Charlton Athletic Ladies 
to be played on Wednesday 6th May at Harrow Borough 

Monday, 2 March 2015

CLASSIC PROGRAMMES - BECKTON UNITED v BARKINGSIDE (1978)

Wednesday 27th September 1978 saw East London rival's Beckton United and Barkingside play out a London Spartan League fixture at Woodford Town's Snakes Lane ground. The small programme issued cost just 30p and had a write up on the club captain John West who 'would be the first to admit he is not the youngest member of the squad' and who has 'great pride in his personal performance as well as that of the teams'. There is also a match report of their game versus Waltham Abbey who are described as 'arch rivals'. 







 
The Cold End wrote an article on the history of both Beckton United and East Ham United which can be found by clicking on the link here - Forgotten Football - April 2010 - Beckton United

There is also an interview with Tony Quinlan who played for the club during the 1970s here A Quick Word With Tony Quinlan