Wednesday, 27 May 2015

RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION NEWS

* Alright so I said I was going on a break from writing for The Cold End but here we are back again with some news for the forthcoming Ryman Premier Division season.  After the disapoinment of Enfield Town's three point deduction my club can hopefully use this as motivation for an even better 2015/16 campaign.
 
BILLERICAY TOWN

Glenn Poole has left New Lodge for a new challenge after playing for The Blues since 2011. Town manager Craig Edwards has moved quickly to replace him by signing midfielder Frank Curley from AFC Hornchurch. The Essex side have a number of pre-season friendly games arranged as follows - 

Saturday 4th July - London Bari @ Robert Clack Leisure Centre, Dagenham   
Saturday 11th July - Thurrock          
Wednesday 15th July - DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 
Thursday 23rd July - AFC Hornchurch 
Saturday 25th July - EBBSFLEET UNITED     
Saturday 1st August - Guernsey        

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN

The Rocks have signed Sami El-Abd from relegated Peacehaven and Telscombe. El-Abd, a central defender, is 27 years old and has lots of experience having played for Whitehaven, Lewes, Hayes and Yeading, Chelmsford City, Team Bath and Crawley Town. Bognor welcome Portsmouth to Nyewood Lane on Friday 17th July in their traditional pre-season friendly which will be a well attended game raising some much needed funds for the club. 

BRENTWOOD TOWN 

Town are still to announce their new manager following Adam Flannagan (to Concord Rangers) and Danny Dafter departing the club after a successful season which saw the club promoted via the play-offs from Division One (North). An announcement is expected by the end of May. Attacking midfielder Sam Bantick, who impressed many with his performances last season, has followed Flannagan to Concord. Bantick scored 18 goals and made a huge number of assists in Town's successful Division One (North) campaign. The 23 year old, was a youth team player with Brentwood and has also played for Heybridge Swifts, Cheshunt, Ware, Hatfield Town and Great Wakering Rovers. 

BURGESS HILL TOWN 

The Hillians had a superb season in being crowned Division One (South) Champions. Ian Champman's side have a number of pre-season friendly games arranged in preparation for their first season at Step 3 of the non-league ladder. 

Saturday 4th July - Loxwood @ Ardingly College. 
Saturday 11th July - NORTHAMPTON TOWN 
Wednesday 15th July - CRAWLEY TOWN 
Tuesday 21st July - PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE 
Friday 24th July - Horsham YMCA v Burgess Hill Town XI) 
Saturday 25th July - HASTINGS UNITED 
Wednesday 29th July - South Park 
Friday 31st July - Shoreham v Burgess Hill Town XI
Saturday 1st August - Whyteleafe 

CANVEY ISLAND 

The Islander's have four home pre-season games arranged as well as a short trip to Division One (North) side Great Wakering Rovers. 

Saturday 11th July - DARTFORD 
Tuesday 14th July - CHELMSFORD CITY 
Tuesday 28th July - Great Wakering Rovers 
Saturday 1st August - RAMSGATE 
Wednesday 5th August - WEST HAM UNITED XI 

DULWICH HAMLET 

Left-Back Frazer Shaw has been recognised for his brilliant performances during the 2014/15 season by being called into the England C squad for their forthcoming friendly game against Republic of Ireland U21s in Galway on Monday 1st June. Shaw is the first Hamlet player to be selected for the team formerly known as the England semi-pro International team formed in 1979.

The South London side have a full list of pre-season games arranged including a home game versus Peterborough United which will see Erhan Oztumer return to Champion Hill following his move to the League One side in the summer of 2014. German side Altona 1893 also visit on Saturday 11th July which should be a fanstastic occasion. They play in the Oberliga Hamburg which sits in the fifth tier of the German game. This game kicks off at 6pm which could see ground hoppers and football followers getting in an early pre-season double if they couple this fixture with a nearby 3pm kick off. 



Wednesday 8th July - PETERBOROUGH UNITED 
Saturday 11th July - ALTONA 1893 
Tuesday 14th July - DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE 
Saturday 18th July - CHARLTON ATHLETIC 
Tuesday 21st July - Aveley 
Saturday 25th July - Whyteleafe 
Tuesday 28th July - Chipstead 
Thursday 30th July - Beckenham Town 

EAST THURROCK UNITED 

The East Thurrock United website reports that Sam Higgins who scored an amazing 44 goals for The Rocks last season has committed to stay at Rookery Hill for the 2015/16 season. Defender Tom Stephen who played in 58 of their 59 fixtures has moved up to Step 2 of the non-league ladder in joining Concord Rangers. The 22 year old has attracted attention from a number of other clubs. 

ENFIELD TOWN

As written about elsewhere on The Cold End the Town will now be without their inspirational captain and central defender Mark Kirby. After spending five eventful years with the club Kirbs has re-joined league rival's Hendon. 

Supporter's player of the year Stanley Muguo, Claudio Vilcu, Tyler Campbell, Ryan Doyle, Joe Stevens and Jordon Lockie have all committed to playing for Bradley Quinton's side for the 2015/16 campaign. 

The club will be holding trials in June and invite players to send their footballing CV's to the club's chief scout Errol Hassan (enfieldtownscout@gmail.co.uk) - The two trials will be held on Monday 15th June and Wednesday 17th June with a match to be played on Saturday 20th June.

Three pre-season friendly games have been arranged so far with AFC Rushden and Diamonds visiting Donkey Lane on Saturday 18th July followed by Championship side Brighton & HA sending a team on Tuesday 21st July. On Wednesday 29th July Town make the short journey to St Margaretsbury in a match to officially open their new floodlights which have recently been installed - Their will be a special programme produced for the game.
 
FARNBOROUGH 

Farnborough play Slough Town in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 11th July with a 2pm kick off which will be followed by Reading Women v Durham Women in a FA WSL 2 fixture with a 6pm kick off at Cherrywood Road. The following week Spencer Day's side visit Sandhurst Town. 
  
GRAYS ATHLETIC

Athletic have lost the services of goal-keeper Conor Gough (another Ryman player moving to Concord Rangers) and right back Aaron Best who joins VCD Athletic.  Gough, 21 years old, played 51 times for Athletic last season after leaving Bristol Rovers where he had spent two seasons. Born in Ilford, he started his career with Charlton Athletic.

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH

Ex AFC Wimbledon keeper Seb Brown has committed to playing for The Beavers next season as well as striker and fan's favourite Charlie Goode who was the Ryman Premier golden boot winner for the 2013/14 season with over 40 goals. He scored 19 times last season after returning to the club 

Defender Joe Hicks has joined the club from Division One (South) Corinthian Casuals. He played at Kingstonian prior to his move to Casuals in 2010 where current Beaver's manager Alan Dowson was in charge. 

HARROW BOROUGH

Manager Steve Baker, who joined the club midway through the season from Division One (South) side Chipstead and subsquently kept Borough in the Premier Division with a number of brilliant results, has signed a two year contact at Earlsmead. Saturday 1st August sees Harrow Borough play either Ashford Town or Cockfosters in the final of the delayed 2014/15 Middlesex Charity Cup following Enfield Town being removed from the competition. The game will be played at Earlsmead.

HENDON 

As well as the signing of Mark Kirby the club have also signed Mahrez Battache from Corinthian Casuals. The attacking midfielder came through the youth ranks at Fulham. Central-Defender Charlie Goode has capped a fantastic season for the club after signing from AFC Hayes in November 2014 by being selected for the England C squad for their game against Republic of Ireland as mentioned under Dulwich Hamlet. Goode will no doubt develop into an even better player alongside Kirbs next season. 

KINGSTONIAN 

Experienced striker Richard Jolly has signed for The K's. Jolly has played for AFC Wimbledon and Wealdstone amongst other clubs and is known to manager Tommy Williams from their time at Carshalton Athletic.  The K's have a full list of friendly games as below. The game against AFC Wimbledon is a testimonial match for goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey who has made 277 appearances for The K's since signing from Horsham in 2009 -

Saturday 11th July - Whyteleafe 
Monday 13th July - CHELSEA XI 
Saturday 18th July - Hastings United 
Tuesday 21st July - MILLWALL XI 
Saturday 25th July - Tooting and Mitcham United 
Thursday 30th July - AFC WIMBLEDON 
Monday 3rd August - Corinthian Casuals 

LEATHERHEAD 

The Tanners have arranged the following pre-season games - 

Saturday 11th July - Corinthian
Wednesday 15th July - Three Bridges
Saturday 18th July - Sutton Athletic
Tuesday 21st July Cobham
Thursday 23rd July - Erith & Belvedere
Saturday 25th July - DARTFORD
Saturday 28th July - Thamesmead Town

LEISTON

Long serving midfielder Stuart Broadley who has clocked up over 300 appearances for the Suffolk side was thought to be leaving Victory Road this summer. However, Broadley has now taken up the Assistant Manger's job and will also continue to play for Leiston during the 2015/16 campaign. They have three pre-season friendly games arranged with trips to Brantham Athletic (Tuesday 14th July) and Hadleigh United (Friday 17th July) along with a home game versus National League North side Lowestoft Town on Wednesday 22nd July. 
 
LEWES

Steve Brown has been appointed full time manager after joining the club as interim manager in February. He will assisted by Jay Lovett who played 98 times for the club between 2003 to 2006 and spent last season with Eastbourne Borough and Metropolitan Police. 

MERTSHAM 

Not much news coming from Moatside at present. Mertsham are managed by Hayden Bird and will play at Step 3 of the non-league for the first time in their history for the 2015/16 campaign. Their ground is a short walk from the Town's train station which makes it a great game for an away day - A journey time of just over 30 minutes to London Bridge or London Victoria (with a change at East Croydon) sounds much better than braving the M25 traffic, of which junction 7 is very close to Mertsham. 

METROPOLITAN POLICE 

There is no news at present from Imber Court in respect of pre-season games or any player movement aside for Jay Lovett's aforementioned move to Lewes.

NEEDHAM MARKET 

Following their promotion from Division One (North) Manager Mark Morlsey has signed a new five year contract at Bloomfields. He had signed a four year deal back in February 2013 but has shown his commitment to the club and them to him by agreeing the new deal.

STAINES TOWN 

The Swans have two friendly games arranged with Woking (Tuesday 14th July) and Wealdstone (Saturday 18th July) visiting Wheatsheaf Park. A Former Premier League defender will continue playing for Nicky Forster's side for the forthcoming campaign. Darren Purse made ten appearances for the club towards the end of last season. At 38 years old he brings with him a wealth of experience having played for Leyton Orient, BF-IFK, Oxford United, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Yeovil Town, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, IFK Mariehamn, Chesham United and Welling United during his career which started back in 1994. 

TONBRIDGE ANGELS

Steve McKimm has signed goalkeeper Anthony Di Bernado from Peacehaven and Telscombe and Luke Blewden who scored nine goals in nineteen starts for Lewes last season. Angels have the following games lined up for their pre-season preparations - 

Tuesday 7th July - Whyteleafe 
Saturday 11th July - GILLINGHAM 
Tuesday 14th July - Sevenoaks Town 
Saturday 18th July - AFC WIMBLEDON 
Tuesday 21st July - EBBSFLEET UNITED 
Saturday 1st August - Dorking Wanderers  

VCD ATHLETIC

Former Thamesmead Town boss Keith McMahon is the new VCD manager following the departure of Tony Russell to Division One (North) side Cray Wanderers. McMahon is no stranger to Oakwood having been Assistant Manager and under 18 manager a few years back. Ashley Probets, who spent many seasons with McMahon at Thamesmead, has joined the club along with the impressive signing of 22 year old Niko Muir who scored 28 goals for Northwood in the Evo Stik Division One (Central) last season. Lewis Dark (ex of Witham Town, Maldon and Tiptree and Grays Athletic) has also signed along with right midfielder Ryan Palmer. 

Ebbsfleet United visit Oakwood on Tuesday 14th July before new National League side Bromley travel on Saturday 18th July. 

WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 

There has been a change in the management structure at The Harry Abrahams Stadium with Simon Lane coming in as new Director of Football. Lane will be in charge of the first team management and the club's youth development programme. Lane is a UEFA 'A' qualified coach and joins after spending many years as first team coach with Maidenhead United. He has also managed Windsor and Eton, Berkhamsted Town and Nexxar Lions (Malta) as well as scouting for AFC Wimbledon. He is also holds a UEFA Academy manager's licence so seems a very good appointment for the future development of players at Wingate and Finchley. Last seasons Director of Football Daniel Neilsen is staying at the club as first team coach. 


Lane has already brought two players to the club in Martel Powell and Jevani Brown - both midfielder players from Arlesey Town.  Powell worked with Lane at Maidenhead United and was an Arsenal trainee with Brown being a former professional with Peterborough United.  



The new Ryman League season is scheduled to start on Saturday 8th August.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

"SUPER CAPTAIN KIRBY" LEAVES THE TOWN


It was a very cold February evening in 2013 at The Harry Abrahams Stadium when Mark Kirby ran back to his centre-back position with a broad smile and both hands cupped behind his ears as he was listening to the Wingate and Finchley supporters who had been absolutely slating the Town Captain all evening as a 'pie-eater' amongst other things - this was after scoring another important goal. That season Kirbs scored the winner in both games versus our rivals and this, for me, sums up what a fantastic player he was for Enfield Town. He always gave 100% setting an example for the whole team and was (and still will continue to be) a legend amongst the Town fans. Kirbs leaves to re-join Hendon whom he left to join the Town five years ago.

Super Captain Kirby - it goes without saying you will always be welcome back at Donkey Lane anytime. ENFIELD TOWN LEGEND!!


Captain Kirby celebrates winning the Ryman Division One (North) 2012 play-off final
*The Cold End was supposed to be on a break but had to write something about Kirbs leaving Enfield Town Football Club.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

THE COLD END TAKES A BREAK

As the eventful non-league football season is now over The Cold End is taking a break from blogging/writing the website for a few weeks. I will be back soon to bring you news, match reports and more from local football in Hertfordshire, North London and beyond with a slight bias for my team Enfield Town Football Club.

Saturday 4th July and Saturday 11th July seems to be the days when a large number of clubs begin their pre-season matches with training and preparation for the 2015/16 season starting in late June.

Thank you for reading, your support and positive comments about the blog, they are very much appreciated.

Enjoy your summer and see you all again for the new season.

Friday, 15 May 2015

RYMAN LEAGUE LINE UP FOR 2015/16

The Football Association have recently announced the line-up's for the non-league step's 1 to 4 which include the Ryman League as below


PREMIER DIVISION

BILLERICAY TOWN 
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
BRENTWOOD TOWN - promoted from R1N
BURGESS HILL TOWN - promoted from R1S
CANVEY ISLAND 
DULWICH HAMLET 
EAST THURROCK UNITED 
ENFIELD TOWN
FARNBOROUGH - relegated from Conference South 
GRAYS ATHLETIC
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
HARROW BOROUGH
KINGSTONIAN 
LEATHERHEAD 
LEISTON
LEWES
MERTSHAM - promoted from R1S
MET POLICE 
NEEDHAM MARKET - promoted from R1N 
STAINES TOWN - relegated from Conference South
TONBRIDGE ANGELS
VCD ATHLETIC
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY 
+ either HENDON or MARGATE 

New clubs in the Premier Division are Needham Market, Brentwood, Mertsham and Burgess Hill Town all of whom will play at Step Three of the non-league ladder for the first time in their history. Farnborough and Staines Town return to Step Four after spending five and six seasons respectively in the Conference South. Either Hendon or Margate will be promoted with the play-off final being played on Sunday afternoon.

DIVISION ONE (NORTH)

AFC HORNCHURCH - relegated from Premier Division 
AFC SUDBURY 
AVELEY 
BARKINGSIDE - reprieved 
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT 
BURY TOWN - relegated from Premier Division 
CHESHUNT 
CRAY WANDERERS 
DEREHAM TOWN 
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS 
HARINGEY BOROUGH - promoted from Essex Senior League 
HARLOW TOWN 
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
MALDON & TIPTREE 
PHOENIX SPORTS - promoted from Southern Counties East League 
ROMFORD 
SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 
THAMESMEAD TOWN 
THURROCK 
TILBURY 
WALTHAM ABBEY 
WARE 
WITHAM TOWN - relegated from Premier Division 
WROXHAM 

AFC Hornchurch, Bury Town and Witham Town join Division One (North) after relegation from the Premier Division and are joined by Essex Senior League Champion's Haringey Borough alone with Southern Counties East League Champion's Phoenix Sports who are based in Barnehurst which is in-between Bexleyheath and Dartford. Barkingside (who finished 22nd) received a reprieve from relegation.  Phoenix have risen through the pyramid over the past few years - They won the Kent County League Division Two (West) in 2004/05, Division One (West) in 2007/08, the Kent Invicta League in 2012/13 and then the Southern Counties East League last season.

DIVISION ONE (SOUTH)

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC
CHATHAM TOWN - transferred from Division One (North)
CHIPSTEAD
CORINTHIAN CASUALS
DORKING WANDERERS - promoted from Sussex County League
EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN - reprieved
FAVERSHAM TOWN
FOLKESTONE INVICTA
GUERNSEY
HASTINGS UNITED
HERNE BAY
HYTHE TOWN
MOLESEY - promoted from Combined Counties League
PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE - relegated from Premier Division
RAMSGATE
SITTINGBOURNE
SOUTH PARK
THREE BRIDGES
TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED
WALTON CASUALS
WALTON & HERSHAM
WHITSTABLE TOWN
WHYTELEAFE
WORTHING

Peacehaven and Telscombe will play Division One (South) football for 2015/16 after spending one season in the Premier Division. East Grinstead Town (22nd place) receive a repirve with Chatham Town moving across from Division One (North). Molesey (Champions of the Combined Counties League) return to the Isthmian League after spending seven seasons at Step 5. Dorking Wanderers (runner's up in the Sussex County League) were only formed in 1999 and will play at Step 4 for the first time in their history - They have climbed from spending one season in the Crawley and District Football League when they were formed to joining the West Sussex Football League Division Four in 2000/01.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

FINAL DAY OF THE EOFL PREMIER DIVISION SEASON

 PREMIER DIVISION
current table - top four only
POSITION TEAMP GD PTS POSS PTS
1 HANNAKINS FARM 26 +35 59 59
2 WADHAM LODGE  25 +51 58 61
3 HAROLD WOOD ATHLETIC 25 +37 58 61
4 KELVEDON HATCH 25 +28 58 61

After twenty-five games in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division it has come down to one of three teams who could win the championship. Second placed Wadham Lodge go to third placed Harold Wood Athletic where a win for either side would see them win the title - if this game ends all square then a win for Kelvedon Hatch at home to Southmister would see them lift the trophy. If both games end in a draw then Wadham Lodge will be champions as they have the best goal difference.

FINAL FIXTURES involving the top four teams 
Games kick off at 2.30pm  

Saturday 16th May
Harold Wood Athletic v Wadham Lodge
Kelvedon Hatch v Southminster St Leonards

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ENFIELD TOWN FC APPEAL UNSUCCESSFUL


ENFIELD TOWN FC STATEMENT 
courtesy of enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk

Enfield Town Football Club has today (Tuesday) been unsuccessful in its bid to overturn the verdict of the FA Regulatory Commission in respect of alleged breaches of FA Rule E10 (fielding a player while suspended).

The FA’s decision and today’s appeal outcome are both very disappointing for everyone associated with the Club. We await the FA’s written reasons for their decision. We would like to thank James Mulholland QC for his work on our behalf.

We also wish to take this opportunity to thank all Enfield Town Supporters Society Members who responded so positively by donating funds to pursue further appeals as deemed necessary, and also other clubs and supporters for their hundreds of messages of support. In the best interests of the Club itself and in order to avoid further wider uncertainty and inconvenience, not least to clubs involved in the Ryman League Premier Division Play-offs, the Board has taken the unanimous decision not to take any action that would delay the play offs any further. ETFCSSL members will be contacted shortly in order to make arrangements for handling donations made.

Enfield Town’s Board would like to express its view that:
• This decision sets a dangerous precedent;
• Clubs taking every precaution when checking the FA’s disciplinary record system may be subject to this charge (irrespective of whether or not the FA announce changes or a thorough overhaul of current arrangements); and
• The Club would have taken exactly the same action once charged by the FA irrespective of whether or not it had finished the 2014-15 season in a play-off position.

The Club will now put this unsatisfactory outcome behind it, and look forward positively to the 2015-16 season. We wish the Clubs in the play offs the best of luck.

ETFC Board

The Ryman Premier Division play-offs will now be Hendon v Met Police and Margate v Dulwich Hamlet at a date to be announced - I would say the games will probably take place on Saturday.

  

Friday, 8 May 2015

HINTON REACH THE FINAL OF THE CHAIRMANS CUP


Enfield based Hertsavers Senior County League side Hinton Football Club have a cup final to play which takes place at Colney Heath's ground next Saturday 16th May 2015. They have reached The Chairmans Cup Final where they will face fellow Division One side Old Parmiterians. The league games finished 3-3 and a 2-0 win for Hinton in the regular season.

To qualify for the final Hinton have beatean Hampstead Heath and Broadfields with Old Parmiterians have beaten Evergreen and Croxley Green.

The game kicks off at 3pm. You can follow @HintonFC1 on twitter.