This time, specifically for a few players looking at U21/1st team Football in the Farnborough/Cove/Badshot Lea/Guildford area with their contact details:
DF Adam Ormerod 07896829186 (ex AFC Wimbledon, Brentford and Watford right-back)
MF Michael Uche 07943656063 (currently training with QPR College)
ST Adam Valu 07712114001 (ex-Manor Colts and Alton United)
GK Kwaku De Gea 07539858088 (currently with Lambeth College)
DF Joel Thomas 07903597917 (ex-Brentford & Wycombe Wanderers)
MF Sam Tuohy 07590677947 (ex-Chelsea and Brentford trialist)
MF Jordan Smith 07946223549 (ex-Woking Academy, currently training with Hampton & Richmond Reserves)
A list of players still looking for a club, with brief playing details and contact numbers/emails as well as the standard they are looking for:
Dan Kitchen, aged 20, previously with Wealdstone, Hemel Hempstead Town and ACD Pecciolese (Italian semi-pro side). Training with a specialist coach at Brighton & Hove Albion. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07910059858, Hertfordshire based.
James Kendall, aged 22, previously with Kingstonian. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com. Surrey based.
Abdulkadir Mohamed, aged 18, previously with Brentford, Watford and Charlton Athletic Youth Development Centres. Looking for Step 4 or better (may consider a Step 5 club that is close and pays well and offers 1st team football). Highly ambitious player, 07534098248, Middlesex based.
Wade Morton, aged 23, previously with Takeley and Harlow Town. Looking for Step 5 or better so long as the club pays. 07958064004, Essex based.
Scott O'Neill, aged 20, previously with Tooting & Mitcham, Nescot College and The Paul Elliott Academy. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07557226522, Surrey based.
John Mulligan, aged 24, previously with Everton, Cork City, FAI Academy, Republic of Ireland U18s, Hull City and Crewe Alexandra. Outstanding young GK. Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org. Based in the Republic of Ireland but will move to UK if a club can help assist him and his girlfriend with work. Recently trialed for Tonbridge Angels.
Andy Carthy, aged 20, previously with Cobh Ramblers. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07583370281, North London based.
Jorge Jiminez, aged 19, previously played to a high youth level in Spain. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07415833266, East London based.
Joe Docherty, aged 22, previously played for Bromley Academy and Chipstead (Kent League, not the Ryman Division 1 side!) Looking for any senior standard of football. 07850252720, South London based.
Omar Ejlilou, aged 18, currently training with Watford Youth Development Centre. Looking for Step 4 or better (may consider a good standard Step 5). email@example.com, North London based.
Jordan Long, aged 22, former Crystal Palace youth trainee (trained by Steve Kember). Looking for any senior standard of football near Croydon, 07904616815, Croydon/South London based.
Jake Grogan, aged 25, former Spalding Town, Bourne Town, Kings Lynn Town and Holbeach United player. Looking for Step 5 or better, 07908710757/Gtifirstname.lastname@example.org, Surrey based.
Tomas Belousas, aged 22, former FK Vetra and FK Zalgris (Lithuania) player. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, West London based, currently with BB Eagles but looking for a better challenge.
Elliott Corton, aged 23, former Romford, Redbridge, Cheshunt, Hatfield Town and Essex County U18s player. Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, Essex based.
Bradley Diallo, aged 23, former Olympique Marseille and Oldham Athletic player. Looking for Step 2 up only. Twitter is @BradleyDiallo.
Henry Gunn, aged 21, former Sussex County youth player and 1500m sprinter. Versatile and has a Level 2 FA Qualification. Looking for any senior standard of football. 07774 318468, East London based.
Antonio Agyemang, aged 19, former Serie C Youth Player. Hard working and committed, looking for any senior standard of football email@example.com/, North London (Edmonton) based,
Lucas Leon, aged 20, former Spanish semi-pro player (can also play in midfield and as a winger). Looking for Step 4 or better, firstname.lastname@example.org. Holds a UK Passport, South London based.
Joel Thomas, aged 21, former Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers Youth Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07903597917, West London based and is very versatile (can play in all outfield positions).
Ezra Barned, aged 18, former Bedfont Town and Kentish Town player currently studying with ELWLC QPR Football College Academy. Versatile and determined player, Looking for Step 4 or better, 07533603504, East London based.
Mahamed Ashi, aged 20, has limited experience in a team but lots of enthusiasm. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, West Drayton/Harmondsworth based.
Kennedy Abusomwan, aged 18, former Thurrock and Lewisham Borough player. Very versatile and looking for any senior standard of football. 07903545762, South London based.
Baptiste Billault, aged 23, former French semi-pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07553165770, East London based.
Andrea Giuliano, aged 24, former Italian semi-pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07511622654, East London based.
James Hadfield, aged 22, played for University of Greenwich. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07854067958, East London based.
Ben Adeyemi, aged 18, former Boreham Wood player. Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, South London based.
Kevin Domoraud, aged 21, former Shalford player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07950654754, South London based.
Joseph Kamara, aged 20, former Fulham trainee, Charlton Athletic, trialist and Gambian U18. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07415199389, South London based.
Jackson Olmedo, aged 26, former Venezuelan semi-pro and Charlton Athletic trialist, also played for Beckenham Town and Lewisham Borough. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, South London (Deptford) based.
Abraham Udofia, aged 24, former Wealdstone, Brentwood Town,Hampton & Richmond and Hendon utility player. Looking for Step 4 or better, firstname.lastname@example.org, North London based.
Yusuf Forbes, aged 18, former QPR Youth Academy, Staines Town and Richmond College player and has started to coach with Fulham. Looking for any senior standard of football, versatile and determined player, 07541622040, West London based.
Mhon Kebell, aged 22, former Cameroon Youth Professional. Briefly played in Scotland in Strathclyde League. Looking for Step 4 or better, email@example.com, East London based.
Luke Fagan, aged 21, former Pro Touch Soccer Academy Player (has played at top level for U18s against clubs like Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and QPR). Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, North London based.
Taylor Beahan, aged 22, former Tonbridge Angels and Leyton Orient trialist. Versatile player, looking for any senior standard of football, 07742214644, North London based.
Amin Ibrahim, aged 22, former Tottenham Hotspur Youth, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Karabukspor and Harlow Town player. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07718282579, East London based.
Billy Pittman, aged 20, former Chelsea Academy player and has played 1st team football in the Ryman League. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07531125581, East London based.
Mihalis Spartiatis, aged 24, former London League player and QPR trialist. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07988805145, East London based.
Marcel Andrade, aged 20, former Spanish semi-pro player (Spanish 3rd Division). Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, North London based.
Mircea Ivanov, aged 18, former Dinamo Bucharest Youth player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07825745797, East London based.
Adam Ormerod, aged 18, former Brentford, AFC Wimbledon and Watford Youth player. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07896829186, Middlesex based.
George Okyere, aged 25, former Tottenham Hotspur, Maidstone United, Hendon and Harrow Borough player. Looking for Step 4 or better, firstname.lastname@example.org, North London based.
Joshua Antoniou, aged 18 - also a coach with Leyton Orient. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07786979944, Middlesex based.
Parth Patel, aged 19, training with QPR through Hammersmith College. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07568161772, West London based.
Renaldi Bemba, aged 21, former French semi-pro player. Versatile player, looking for any senior standard of football, 07903329907, South London based.
Harry Smith, aged 23, former Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town Youth Player (former team-mate of Scott Sinclair), Looking for any senior standard of football, 07811007802, South London based.
Romaine Henry, aged 18, currently training with Watford Youth Development, Looking for Step 4 or better (a good standard Step 5 side would be considered if they paid) and is a very determined player. 07956523656/Romaine16@hotmail.co.uk, North London based.
Omar Thomas, aged 26, former Jamaican Youth Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07951034189, South London based.
Josemar Gomes, aged 25, former Portuguese Semi-Pro Player with a 1 in 1.5 strike rate. Looking for any senior standard, 07741104575, Battersea based but can travel and holds a UK Passport.
Jordan McGown, aged 21, former Gillingham trainee. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07874642286, Kent based.
Tim Allen (not the comedian!), aged 21, determined midfielder looking for any senior standard of football in Guildford/Woking/Dorking areas of Surrey. 07720294741, Guildford based.
Joel Ramos, aged 23, friends with Josemar (so would sign together). Also has 1 in 1.5 strike rate. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07778719210, South London based.
Junior Pires, aged 21, former professional in Angola and semi-pro player in Portugal. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07776542885, West London based.
Jesus Otero, aged 22, former player in the Spanish Third Division. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07450559715, South London based.
Abdel Vieira, aged 21, former Sporting Lisbon, Leiria and AS Monaco Youth Player. Looking for Step 4 or better, email@example.com. North London based.
Jeran Dawkins, aged 21, former Jamaican Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07969783000, South London based.
Adam Thomas, aged 28, former Hampton & Richmond Player. Passed Level 15 on Bleep Test and can run 100m in under 11 seconds. Looking for Step 4 or better only, 07446930650, West London based.
Zubir Bapir, aged 18, former Luton Town Academy, Croydon and Dulwich Hamlet Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07523551735, Crystal Palace based.
Zain Abdull, aged 21, former Dutch Semi-Pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07715086477/Zain.firstname.lastname@example.org, North London based.
Hussein Alsaidy, aged 19, former Dutch Semi-Pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07864607773, North London based.
Abdou Diawara, aged 18, former Senegal Semi-Pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07984583379, South London based.
Tiziano Battistella, aged 23, former Italian Semi-Pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, Clapham based.
Anil Bugday, aged 21, former Tottenham Hotspur Youth, Karabukspor, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Staines Town Player. Looking for Step 4 or better, firstname.lastname@example.org , Leyton based.
Toni Leon, aged 25, elder brother of Lucas Leon and looking for similar standard of football as him. Toni has played for Semi Pro sides in Spain, trialed for Newtown AFC (Welsh Premier) under Roger Preece and trialed for Shrewsbury Town. email@example.com and is UK Passport holder.
Michael Uche, aged 18, former Northwood player and AS Bari trialist currently studying with QPR College Academy under Danny Edwards (I believe Danny featured in 'Dream On'). Looking for Step 4 or better (may consider a good, well paid Step 5), 07943656063, Middlesex based.
Jermelle Stewart, aged 19, former Greek League player and trains with Arsenal coaches. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07507826488, North London based.
Dylan Lallier, aged 19, former Staines Town, Sutton United, Hampton & Richmond and Leatherhead player. Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, Surrey based.
Glen Asamoah, aged 25, former Charlton Athletic Youth, Brimsdown Rovers and Haringey Borough player. Looking for any senior standard of football 07904386928/ email@example.com, Middlesex based.
Nathan Brook, aged 19, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07816258748, Surrey based.
Helton Fancony, aged 25, former Portuguese Semi-Pro player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07931314583/ firstname.lastname@example.org , South London based.
Orvin Davidson, aged 31, experienced Step 5-7 player (Combined Counties and Middlesex League). Looking for any senior standard of football, 07747864298, South London based.
Christian Bulembi, aged 21, former Leyton Orient and Peterborough United player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07428653709, East London based.
Dwayne Mitchell, aged 30, former Kentish Town, Cockfosters and Tollington Park player. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, North London based.
Stefan Sowah, aged 18, former Boreham Wood player. Looking for Step 4 or better, firstname.lastname@example.org, South London based.
Ethon Muschett, aged 21, former Chelsea and Arsenal trialist. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, Stockwell based.
Adam Humar, aged 17, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07508470694, Surrey based.
Socrate Nsungu, aged 19, currently with Dagenham Academy after playing youth football at Chelsea, Tooting & Mitcham, AFC Wimbledon and Bromley. Has also represented Surrey and Croydon District. Looking to get experience at Step 1-4, 07983819980, South London based.
Ashley Furnell, aged 21, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07538712052, Middlesex based.
Ashley Stewart, aged 18, young disciplined striker. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), firstname.lastname@example.org, South London based.
Ilidio, aged 26, former Portuguese Semi-Pro Player with Seixal FC. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07425917010, South London based.
Andrews Bangoura, aged 21, former African Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, but really determined to go pro soon. email@example.com, Middlesex based.
Jake Allam, aged 19, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07925925270, South London based.
Abdou Sohona, aged 20, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07447588537, Buckinghamshire based.
Renato Agrela, aged 18, former Portuguese Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07950759665/R.firstname.lastname@example.org, South London based.
Jacob Deyoul, aged 23, former Birmingham City Youth, Luton Town Academy and Boreham Wood player. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07578000113/J.Deyoul@Hotmail.Com, Harrow based.
Sohaib Ahmad, aged 18, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07745321477, Essex based.
Etienne Nigg, aged 22, former Liechtenstein U18 International. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07999787893, South London based.
Robin Da Silva Lieres, aged 19, former Diegem Sport and Clubbe Brugge and Anderlecht trialist. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07730191124, North London based.
Brett Bowsher, aged 20, former Portsmouth Academy and Staines Town player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07714524176 , Middlesex based.
Ben Jackson, aged 20, former Charlton Athletic Youth and David Beckham Academy player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07415352495, South London based.
Laurence Burton, aged 20, former St. Albans City and Barnet Protec Academy player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07884112001 , North London based.
Muhammad (Mo) Khan, aged 22, former player in the Iranian Football League. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, South London (Norbury) based.
Nathan Bryant, aged 19, former Dulwich Hamlet Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07951684051, South London based.
Joshua Soutchay, aged 26, former FC Oss and Canterbury City (NZ) Player, Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, East London based.
Kawane Loving-Williams, aged 18, former Wealdstone, Hanwell Town, Hayes & Yeading and Bedfont Town Player. Looking for Step 4 or better, 07429462952, Middlesex based.
Fabio Pocas, aged 19, former Portuguese Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07572766433, Middlesex based.
Ajaja Oladipo, aged 23, former Pepsi Academy, Police Force and F2G Soccer Academy (all Nigeria) player, Looking for any senior standard of football, 07534353322, East London based.
Jay Aduba, aged 20, former Nigerian Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, East London based.
Dalain Grant, aged 20, former Eastbourne Borough and Hailsham Town player, Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, South London based.
Francis Comovic, aged 23, former Serie C Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07840612270, South London based.
Ike Nzuruba, aged 23, former Leyton, Bishops Stortford and Hayes & Yeading United player (trialist with Cowdenbeath and Cardiff City). Looking for Step 4 or better, long-shot specialist, 07939937820/Lawrence_ike@hotmail.co.uk, North London based.
Arafat Kabuye, aged 24, former Croydon Athletic player and Ugandan International. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, South London based.
Javier Ramirez, aged 23, former Colombian Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, firstname.lastname@example.org, North London based.
Ben Wynter, aged 21, former AC London Player whom has been scouted by Arsenal. Looking for any senior standard of football, 07957679355, South London based.
Alistair John, aged 24, former Charlton Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion, Stevenage and Torquay United 1st Team Player. Looking for any senior standard of football, email@example.com, Surrey based.
Rhys Hutchinson, aged 22, former Australian Semi-Pro player, Looking for any senior standard of football, 07502397926, West London based.
Shay Danieli, aged 18, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07773111555/Shay.Danieli7@gmail.com , West London based.
John Fuller, aged 20, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07807192860, Crystal Palace based.
Calum Green, aged 20, former Brighton & Hove Albion Youth and Eastbourne United Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07885266663, Bedfordshire based.
Tshepo Johnson, aged 18, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07453921387, West London based.
Abdalla Sharef, aged 23, former Potters Bar Town and South Kilburn Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07899998087, North London based.
David Brewington, aged 29, former Brentwood Town, Barkingside and Burnham Ramblers Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07527366383, Harlow based.
Armin Babaali, aged 21, former Professional Player in Dubai. Looking for any standard of senior football, firstname.lastname@example.org, Middlesex based.
Marco Franzini, aged 21, former Woking, Dulwich Hamlet, Charlton Athletic and Grays Athletic Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07946449757, Kent based.
Sam Tuohy, aged 21, former Kingstonian Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07590677947, Middlesex based.
Dominic Ferrol, aged 23, former Fulham, Charlton Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Brentwood Town Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07507544958, East London based.
Matthew Bunn, aged 21, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07902699333 , West London based.
Calvin Crooke, aged 26, former Cockfosters, Dartford and Leatherhead Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07572581108, South London based.
Rabia Azzaz, aged 23, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07507678461/ email@example.com, West London based.
Dominique Kipre, aged 23, former French Semi-Pro Player (Fourth Division), Looking for any standard of senior football, 07438085031, South London based.
Stuart Darbyshire, aged 23, former Watford, Harefields United and Hayes & Yeading Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07527743013, Hertfordshire based.
John Hansen, aged 23, former FAW Academy and Swansea Schoolboys. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07825408384, Sevenoaks based.
Chris Meredith, aged 26, former South Glamorgan (Cardiff) County Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07584095625, South London based.
Kenny Williams, aged 23, formerly scouted by Fulham. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07999319378, Buckinghamshire based.
Chris Booker, aged 27, amateur player looking to play Semi-Pro. Average of 1 in 1 strike rate. 07891613476/Christopher_bookerno1@yahoo.co.uk, South London based.
Lewis Wynne, aged 21, former Grays Athletic and Tony Cottee Academy Player. Looking for any standard of senior football above Essex Olympian, 07896724432, Essex based.
Sheka Bangura, aged 19, former Cray Wanderers and SV Avanti (Netherlands) Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07852491494, South London based.
Idris Taiwo, aged 24, former Fulham, East Thurrock United and Leatherhead Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07903563669, South London based.
Francisco Louriero, aged 23, former Potuguese Professional Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07503393031, South London based.
Dwayne Omaghomi, aged 24, former Wembley, Edgware Town and Boreham Wood Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07825854969, North London based.
Shishman Shishmanov, aged 19, former Russian Semi-Pro Player. Looking for any standard of senior football, 07776913701, Kent based.
Abolaji Oretimehin, aged 21, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07535620685, Surrey based.
Michael Botchway, aged 17, does not have much experience team-wise but is determined and focused. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), 07985284019, Middlesex based.
Adam Craven, aged 23, former Kingstonian player. Looking for any standard of senior football (even reserves), firstname.lastname@example.org, Surrey based.
A number of players from the UKFF Elite Development Squad (http://www.ukfffc.co.uk/club/254451/Squad) and UKFF 1st Team (http://www.ukfffc.co.uk/club/248797/Squad) are also looking for new clubs, so please contact UKFF via the website if interested.
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Is it that time of the year already? It must be my age, but it feels like the new football season has come around very quickly!
When I was younger, it seemed to take almost an eternity for the new season to start. I remember looking forward to seeing whom Arsenal and Cwmbran Town would be playing first - however, since Cwmbran Town have faded away and are now little more than a badly run Gwent County side it is sad to say that my interest in them has sadly been diminished.
Yet, in 1993, I can fondly recall my home town club winning the first ever League of Wales Championship and with it qualification to the preliminary round of the UEFA Champions League. Cwmbran won the league with 87 points and things looked good for them - however, by the mid 2000s they were cash-strapped and had plummeted down the Welsh Leagues. Today, they are a shell of what they used to be, and you'd be laughed at by the youth of the town were you to tell them that a Manchester United side containing Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs played against Cwmbran Town in 1996 (in the words of Max Boyce 'I was there!')
In the year when Cwmbran Town won the League of Wales, Llanelli AFC finished 14th. Llanelli AFC have also, sadly, suffered from the same negligence as befell Cwmbran. Like Barry Town (also in trouble) they played in European Competitions and pulled off a shock result by beating Motherwell of the Scottish Premier League!
Sadly, it seems that there is no room for history or sentiment with those at the FAW who have seemingly axed Barry Town and Llanelli AFC from any future league involvement. Yesterday, Barry Town played a Cardiff City Development side and narrowly lost 2-3. However, given that Barry Town have no league to play in and had over 400 people in attendance, it really was one in the eye for the FAW who were angry that this game went ahead in the first place.
Going back to 1993, the following teams were members of the League of Wales http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992%E2%80%9393_League_of_Wales. A number of clubs have fallen by the wayside, or as is the case with Ebbw Vale and Maesteg Park, gone out of business altogether. The FAW shed no tears then, and it sheds no tears now, despite Ebbw Vale playing in Europe and being 'a great representative of Welsh football.' Were Manchester United or Liverpool to go under, I doubt the FA would be so cold-hearted.
I usually talk about UKFF in my blogs, and this one will be no exception. I am glad that clubs like Guildford City, Hayes and Yeading and Leatherhead are coming on board to help the UKFF players develop their full potential and the latest match report from their Greek tour sounds impressive with pro scouts monitoring goalkeeper Jamie Halsall who only just failed to get a place at Cheltenham Town. Bradley Diallo (former Olympique Marseille, Oldham Athletic and UKFF player) is also a player that has been monitored by a number of clubs, and hopefully a Conference (or Skrill - WTH?) side will move for him soon.
Finally, for a laugh, it seems that the Veggie Hippies (Forest Green) are bringing out their own paint! With talk about sustainability and 'green', one can overlook the fact that there is a football team in upper Nailsworth.
Good luck to your team for the season ahead!
In what was probably the earliest pre-season game of the new season, UK Football Finder's Elite Development Squad traveled north from their London base up the A1(M) to Baldock to face a Hitchin Town XI at The Arena.
The Arena is an impressive community-focused venue with a 3G pitch that the UK FF lads soon got used to playing on. It was the first time that they had played on an artificial pitch, but from the way they played you would never have guessed it.
The Hitchin Town XI were actually composed of a Luton Town Development side, which sounds strange until you realise that Hitchin Town work in partnership with Luton Town in order to help develop their next generation of players. If the truth be told, however, the lads that played in Hitchin Town's colours against UK FF were far from impressive. They were second best in everything - tackling, passing, creating chances and just could not beat Thatcham Town's Aaron Bufton in the UK FF goal. A commanding performance from Aaron who was one of three players that could easily have been Man of the Match.
The intention of the match was for new Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke to both assess how his young charges would fare, and also if Hitchin Town could benefit from adding players from UK FF. At the end of the game, the result and performance spoke volumes - a 3-0 win to the UK FF lads, and Luton Town's youngsters shocked at how easily they had been beaten.
UK FF lined up thus:
Aaron Bufton, Rachid Rouga, Jerome Kinsonga, Jarrell Gray, Kurtis Spencer, Amin Ibrahim, Axel Oxybel, Maxime Morice (MoM), Fabio Pocas, Antonio Diehadou, Daniel Toto King Bisgunu (Subs: Stuart Darbyshire, Joel Nana, Niko Williams, Paul Abu, Jonathan Tshishimbi and Pierson Honegan). Players in Italics made their debut for UK FF.
UK FF were well up for the challenge and set about their opponents from the off. Playing in a 3-4-3 formation, their passing was superb and, on the rare occasions Hitchin did manage to get forward, the brick-walls that are Rachid Rouga, Jerome Kinsonga and Jarrell Gray snuffed out any threat. Jarrell has recently joined Hayes & Yeading United and was being monitored by Michael Nelson who is a close friend of their new manager Phil Babb. Jerome was my personal MoM as he looked a class apart, winning headers and tackling cleanly and also getting a few testing shots in on goal. Hitchin took good note of him and Maxime who scored UK FF's second goal after Antoine Diehadou opened the scoring early on after a good through pass from Ibrahim. Former Arsenal, Leeds United and England player Chris Whyte was also in attendance and looked impressed with the UK FF players.
In the second half, substitute Stuart Darbyshire made it 3-0 after good work from the midfield and he cut inside his marker to fire home a great goal. Darbyshire is surely headed for the Football League, in the future, and looked professional and competent throughout his time on the pitch. There were also some good cameo performances from Niko Williams, Jonathan Tshishimbi and Pierson Honegan and Niko (formerly at Tottenham and Reading) looks to be a future Football League player if he carries on playing as well as he did.
The next stop for the UK FF lads will be at The Sharda Glass Community Stadium in Hayes on Saturday 6th July when they will play a mixed Hayes & Yeading and Reading Youth side.
Hullbridge Sports Football Club are an English football club based in Hullbridge, Essex. The club are currently members of theEssex Senior League and play at Lower Road.
==History Hullbridge Sports Football Club are an English football club based in Hullbridge, Essex. The club are currently members of the Essex Senior League and play at Lower Road. records show that Hullbridge United Football Club was formed by a group of local men,fronted by the then proprietor of the Anchor Inn,a Mr.A.W.Moss.He owed a room behind the pub known as Buff's Hall.This was where the club held its first meeting.A Mr Brown generously allowed the club to play on his land,on the corner of Pooles Lane and Long Lane. Hullbridge United's first colours were green and gold quartered shirts,white shorts and green socks,which by an amazing coincidence,were the same colours as those on the flag flying outside the Anchor Inn!Affiliating to the Essex County FA in 1947,Hullbridge United entered the Southend & District League for the upcoming 1947-48 season.1950-51 saw Hullbridge United reach their first Cup finals.In the section 'C'final of the Southend Charity Competition,United beat MaxwellSports 4-1.Four weeks later,in the Southend and District League's French Cup,Hullbridge faced Rochford Athletic but,somehow unluckily,lost the Final by three goals to four.After six seasons of Second Division football,1951-52 saw Hullbridge finally gain promotion - and they did it in style, winning both the championship and the French Cup. In the final, Hullbridge defeated the reserves of Great Wakering Rovers by three goals to nil. In all, the club played 28 matches that season, scoring an amazing 141 goals. The summer of 1953 saw the club change name to Hullbridge Sports. After a few poor seasons, times improved for the club when they won the 1956-57 Third Division Championship and the League's Shaw Cup. They finished five points clear of Canvey Island Sports in the league and saw off Victory Athletic reserves 3-2 after extra time in the Cup Final. Suffering relegation at the end of the 1958-59 season, Sports' stay in the Third Division lasted but four seasons as, in 1962-63, 'Bridge won promotion as runner-up in the newly named Second Division with a dramatic final day victory to ensure promotion on goal average. Drawing 4-4 at home to Southwick Rover, 'Bridge scored three goals in the final fifteen minutes to gain a 7-4 victory and promotion. Another double was achieved during 1965-66 season when Hullbridge won the First Division Championship and Section 'C' of the Southend Charity Competition beating Southchurch Rovers 3-0 in a re-play after a 2-2 draw. A respectable fifth place finish was achieved in the Premier Division the following season, along with being French Cup finalists. 1968-69 saw Hullbridge finish bottom of the Premier Division but just three seasons later the club regained their Premier Division status, finishing runner-up to Canvey Island Amateur FC at the end of the 1971-72 season. Good cup runs that year saw the club reach the semi-final of the Ramuz Cup and the Fourth Round of the Essex Junior Cup. In the late 1970's the club decided it wanted it's own ground. Negotiations with Rochford Council proved successful and the club took control of 16 and a half acres of farmland in Lower Road (at the top of Coventry Hill), with the club moving in during 1980. Transformation of the site was slow, with the clubhouse not offically opened until 1983. The end of 1979-80, Sports put six goals past the Southend Estuary 'keeper to win Section 'B' of the Southend Charity Competition. A move up to the newly-formed Southend and District Alliance in 1982 found the club wanting. Finishes of sixth and eighth and First Round knock-outs in the League Cup wasn't exactly what the club had hoped for. The only bright spot was reaching the 1982-83 Southend Charity Shield Final, although they lost 0-4 Rayleigh Town. Nevertheless, again looking for a higher standard of football,Sports then joined the Esex Olympian League for the 1984-85 season. They immediately won promotion after finishing third in the Second Division. At the end of the weather-hit 1987-88 season,Hullbridge (now in the Second Division again)brought home the Essex Intermediate League Cup, beating first Division Benfleet in the Final, held at the old New writtle Street ground of Chelmsford City FC. After a 1-1 extra time draw, courtesy of a Mark Wood goal, Sports went into the re-play 12 days later having played five league matches in between! However after a goal-less 120 minutes, Sports won 5-4 on penalties. Looking for a further climb up the non-league ladder, Hullbridge made improvements to the ground during 1989 so that it passed the grade for senior football. 1990 saw the Essex County FA grant the club senior status and so the club joined the Essex Senior League for the 1990-91. Matt Petre had the honour of scoring the club's first goal in senior football when, on 25th August 1990, in the club's first match of the Essex Senior League season, he scored Sports' only goal in a 1-3 defeat by visitors Stansted, in front of a 163 crowd. At the end of their first season, the club finished in a respectable 12th place. Since gaining senior status in 1990, success has been hard to come by for the first eleven; in fact only seasons 1996-97 (7th place) and 1997-98 (6th) have seen the club finish in the top half of the table. The new floodlights were put to good use during the 1999-2000 season when, after seven cup ties, the youth team reached the Third Round (last 64) of the FA Youth Cup. Visitors Blackburn Rovers won the tie 6-0 in front of a crowd of 800+. Since taking over the managers hot seat during February 2006, Enrico Tiritera has overseen a gradual improvement in the club's fortunes on the pitch. 2008-09 saw one of the best seasons for the club since gaining senior status. They attained their highest number of points (41) over a 30 match programme and reached the Quarter-finals of the East Anglian Cup for the first time. Season (2009-10) Hullbridge reached the Quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup, again for the first time,before losing narrowly to Football League side Dagenham & Redbridge (0-1) Finally in the 2010-11 Hullbridge Sports FC reached their first cup final as a senior club, the Country FA's Tolleshunt D'Arcy Memorial Cup. Unfortunately Sports were beaten 1-2 by Braintree Town.On December 19th 2012 Hullbridge played Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup at Lower Road in front of 280 fans(senior attendance record for an official first team game) and lost 5-0 with 4 second half goals from Freddy Eastwood and co after an impressive first half.
FA Cup best performance: Preliminary round in 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2008–09
FA Vase best performance: Second round in 2010–11
Hi, My name is Jason Pinnock and I work with the elite football development team at Milton Keynes College. Our aim is to develop and progress footballers through the ranks and to help them play at a good standard of football. All the players in our Elite team are from Academy backgrounds and are looking to push them selves in the right direction.
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Further to my posts on UK Football Finder, I spoke with their Chairman Adam Parry recently about the club in order to find out more about it and the challenges facing the club as well as their plans for the future:
AK: UK Football Finder FC is not a club which many people would have heard of, yet among other clubs it is quite unique. Can you tell me more about how the club operates?
AP: Certainly - the club was founded in Summer 2012 by Darren Irving of UK Football Finder and on our staff we are lucky to have the services of some fantastic coaches in Ewemade Orbator, Dennis Booth (former Carlisle United and Watford Assistant Manager), Kyrie Donnelly, Theo Scott, Joel Samuel and Carl Samuel.
We currently run three squads - an Elite Squad, a 1st Team playing in the Surrey SE Combination and a Reserve Team playing in the Surrey Juniors. Our Elite Squad is the one which you saw at Leatherhead FC recently..
AK: Yes, and I must say I was very impressed. I gather that you are growing a relationship with 'The Tanners?'
AP: That's right. Leatherhead were one of the very first clubs to take us seriously and we've developed a good relationship thus far. We have sent a number of players to either train with them or play for their Reserve team with the view to them hopefully playing for their first team. It benefits Leatherhead and it benefits us, because we know that we can move quality players on and that the 'conveyor belt' doesn't get clogged up; we are always recruiting new players and so we will need to move players on.
AK: You spoke about the club being 'taken seriously' - has this been a problem?
AP: In some cases yes, in others no. We had been looking for a 'gateway' club for a while, but a chance email by a friend to Leatherhead's management mentioned us and we managed to get a friendly sorted between Leatherhead's Reserves and our Elite Squad which we won 4-2. That victory made people take note of us and realise that we're not some ten bob outfit and that we do have a lot of good players playing for us who would complement most teams at between Steps 1 and 6 of the game.
Where it's not been a problem is that UK Football Finder has been around, as an organisation, for five years and is tried, trusted and respected. Players have used the site to find new clubs since the 2007/08 season, and over 250,000 players have found a new club by using the service. That, for me, speaks volumes. The only other problems we get is when people look at our name and go 'eh, who are you?', which in a way you'd expect but it's not a major cause for concern, and when players looking for a club fail to acknowledge us when we try to help them. I hate to say it, but when you need something you cannot be choosy - you wouldn't see a homeless man, for example, refuse a bag of chips because there wasn't enough salt and vinegar on them. Therefore if somebody is trying to help you get a club, you should at least have the respect to acknowledge that and reply to phone calls and emails when an opportunity presents itself. It's harder for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than an unknown get into a football club - isn't that what the Bible says?
AK: So which players have stood out for you so far?
AP: Most of them! No kidding there. John Kamara is a player who springs to mind as he has been looked at by Brighton and Cardiff City - God only knows why he is not at a league club at the moment. Joseph Kamara too is a fantastic defender and was unlucky not to have been given a pro deal by Crystal Palace. One player I have to mention is Aaron Bufton - an amazing 'keeper who would be a 1st choice at most Step 1-4 clubs, he has been unlucky to have been overlooked but isn't grumpy about it and he is studying hard at Brunel University. I did hear that Woking were looking at him in the Leatherhead game, but I haven't heard anything back definite from them.
Anil Bugday is a great striker, and with a bit of work he could be a Football League standard player. He is an all-action striker and I have heard that Woking and Dartford have been looking at him but again nothing definite. Jerome Kaganwa too is an amazing prospect, having joined us from LOSC Lille. He is a 22 year old full-back and easily a Football League player as is Bradley Diallo who played 15 times for Oldham Athletic last season.
Away from the EDS, Josemar Gomes and Ass-Malik Niane Deng are phenomenal strikers; Ass-Malik reminds me of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink when he was playing for Leeds United and Chelsea and Josemar's goal-scoring record is 1 in 1.5. Together with his friend Joel Ramos they would scare the hell out of most defences in Steps 1 to 4 of non-league. Ben Jackson and El-Hadji Drame (both wingers) would also easily complement most Step 4 sides and upwards, and our youngest player Alex Lever (16, midfielder) would fit in at Step 4-6 sides quite comfortably.
AK: Is it hard for these players to get taken seriously?
AP: It is, unfortunately, but it's part of life. Most managers and chairmen have been quite 'cold' towards us, or they aren't interested in talking with us which is a shame because they are missing out on some very good players. We have been extremely fortunate with Leatherhead though, and as they will testify we aren't full of the smelly brown stuff! However, when clubs do put faith in us they are rewarded with good honest players - Amin Ibrahim to Hitchin Town, Ishmael Camara to West Ham United and now Richard Brindley to Hull City on trial.
AK: What plans do you have for the future, taking the club forward?
AP: Well, our manager recently put together a dossier with my permission and instruction, and our main objective this season is to get players in, train them and then move them on. At the same time, we must have three efficient sides running and also 'replenish stock'. The trouble is that some of 'the stock' either won't be very good or will not turn up or just generally be snotty about playing for us - and that is no good to man nor beast.
Ultimately, we want to move the EDS team to compete regularly at Step 6 or Step 7, and we are working hard on this to make this a reality as soon as possible.
AK: That sounds great, so you are evidently a club going places. One final thought on where you'd like the club to be five years from now?
AP: Easy - winning the FA Cup and FA Vase at Wembley and sticking two fingers up to our detractors and people who think we're a joke side. We've already beaten a decent Leatherhead side and are doing well in our domestic leagues, so that should be proof that we mean business.
A lot of changes may, of course, happen between now and then - nobody knows what's going to happen tomorrow, for instance. However, I am confident that very soon we will become a house-hold name just as Yeovil Town became one all those years ago when they were causing shocks in the FA Cup. We have something very special at UK Football Finder FC and we want the world to know about us - we're half-way to making sure that becomes a reality.
AK: Adam, Mr. Chairman, thanks very much for your time.
EDIT: This recent Pitchero article should hopefully be of interest: http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/uk-football-finder-fc--making-a-mark-17001/ It explains in more detail who UK Football Finder FC are and their coaches/players etc.
As somebody who has harped on about the newly created UK Football Finder team, I was delighted to have been given the chance to see them in action at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove stadium last night.
Having attended a business meeting in Sittingbourne earlier in the day with a contact from Tewkesbury, we decided to take in the game at Leatherhead on the way back home. The agreement being that I paid for tickets and drinks (strictly lemonade for the driver, although a few morons on the M25 drove as if they had swallowed a brewery!)
It's a good job that we gave ourselves some extra time, as the Sat-Nav in my mate's car had no idea where to take us! We headed into the Town Centre just before 19:00 and managed to find somebody who was actually en route to the game - so with a navigator on board we pulled up to the ground at 19:10 exactly and made our way into the clubhouse.
UK Football Finder FC came out in their 'Barcelona' type kit, and were followed by the Leatherhead team in their traditional green and white strip. A few (maybe non-ironic) chants of 'who are ya?' by the home fans echoed around the ground, and as if to answer the question the visitors put in a performance that was confident and competent.
Despite not having much match practice, and according to their manager after most of the players had to come along at the last minute to due being let down by 'no-shows', it seemed as if the players had known each other for years as they played a quick passing game and supported each other well. The first goal was testament to their skills - ex Lille full-back Jerome Kagawa combining with former Woking Academy midfielder Jordan Smith to thread the ball through to ex Salisbury City and Muangthong United striker Michael Dixon who gave the home 'keeper no chance. A second goal for the visitors duly followed when Kagawa ran from wide and crossed for the on-rushing Giuseppe Puma who had left his marker for dead. He rose to head home, but his header deflected in off the Leatherhead #5 and left the home 'keeper clutching thin air.
The standard of football by the visitors was amazing, and at times you could be forgiven for thinking that you actually were watching Barcelona! 2-0 down at the break, the home team manager looked bewildered as he left the field. Leatherhead, in fairness, had not played bad at all - and at times had forced a few openings. However the visitors defence was extremely impressive - marshalled well by John Kamara and Jarrell Gray (who had been called up to play a few hours before the game - he played a nerveless and competent game and dealt with crosses and strikers effortlessly). Their goalkeeper was also impressive, pulling off some good saves from the Leatherhead strikers, and the talk from the locals at half-time was 'Ruddy heck, them lads are good - hope Richard or Barry signs them up!' A visiting scout from a Football League club who I spoke to at the tea-hut at half time said that he was 'amazed that the lads in the Barcelona colours had not been signed up' and that he would be telling his boss about them.
The visitors made a host of changes at half-time, and maybe this disrupted their game-plan as Leatherhead managed to peg it back to 2-2. However, the visitors dug deep and were rewarded when the ball was played through to Dixon (who was my man-of-the-match) who rifled home an unstoppable shot after great build up. The win was wrapped up close to the end when former Bishop's Stortford winger Ike Nzuraba got clear and slotted home for a 4-2 win to the visitors.
Leatherhead were very gracious in defeat, with handshakes and smiles aplenty. They knew that they had been given a good game and it was a great gesture by the home fans to give the visitors a standing ovation as they left the field.
As well as Michael Dixon, goalkeeper Aaron Bufton, full-back Richard Brindley (once of Norwich City and now a free-agent) and central defender John Kamara (who was on trial with Brighton & Hove Albion until recently) played exceptionally well.
A fantastic game at a friendly club, and the talk in the car on the way back to Gloucester was about how we had both witnessed one of the best games of football in many a long while.
This morning should have seen Gloucester City fans recovering from a hangover, after celebrating the good news that the council were happy for our long proposed new stadium to go ahead.
Alas, the wait goes on.
The council have not said no, but have not said yes and as a result the club's future is very much in limbo. They have asked for more time (they have had years to consider the plans!) and in doing so have caused fans to worry that the future of the club could be in serious doubt or that they may have to retrench back to the Western/Hellenic Leagues and ground-share with Slimbridge.
As somebody who has supported and backed the club since moving to the city over three years ago, I am deeply gutted by this news and I know how hurt chairman Nigel Hughes and Director Colin Peake are by the council's (non)decision. The club have, so far, spent £250,000 on getting the new stadium - that same amount could have got them a League 2 type squad.
Nigel's tone in an interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire was downbeat, and he has hinted that further work towards getting the stadium built will cost an extra £100,000 (including consultants fees - bet them b*stards are rubbing their mits in glee!) I think that he thinks it is not going to be worth it with a council that would have nosebleeds over deciding whether to have custard creams or ginger nuts in the biscuit tin.
Had it been Gloucester RFC in need of help, and had Kingsholm flooded instead, the council would have bent over backwards to help them - but because it's little (well not that little, it's the biggest club in the biggest UK city never to have been represented in the Football League) Gloucester City then f**k them they don't matter.
Ranting aside, what does the future hold for the club?
A YES in the future = problem solved
A NO would mean (in no order)...
* Eamonn McGurk would walk away from the club, leaving it in financial peril.
* Unless land could be acquired at either The Railway Triangle or Waterwells/Naas Lane, and the council agree to build and own the stadium (as in the cases of Swansea City FC and Manchester City FC), or Gloucester RFC agree that Gloucester City can play their games there on a ground-sharing agreement, then Gloucester City will have nowhere in the city to play in the future.
* Gloucester City would have to resign from the Blue Square North and reform in the Western/Hellenic League next season
* We would have to find an investor pretty sharpish!
Gloucester City cannot keep spending money on this scheme if the council will defer at every meeting. There has to be a clear YES or NO, because either way this has to be sorted. A yes means the club moves forward and can hopefully become a league club at last, whilst a no means that the club has to start from scratch again. Either way, keeping the club in suspense is not going to do the playing staff, club management nor fans any good at all.
I usually slate Gloucester's players after poor results (and we've slumped down the table after only one win so far!), but even after Brackley beat them 4-1 at Whaddon Road last night I can forgive them putting in a crap performance when they are worried that soon they might not have a club to play for.
Here are two excellent threads from Tigerroar which echo what most Gloucester fans feel:
Also, here is what local newspaper The Citizen thought of the outcome:
A very worrying time to be a Tigers fan...
The hardest job for any manager, apart from getting the chairman to open his/her wallet, has to be assembling a good squad of players.
However, with budgets tightening and good quality players hard to find, it can be a seemingly impossible task to build a competitive squad on a shoe-string. Even at Steps 5-7, there are the 'haves' and 'have-nots', and if your club falls into the latter category you are more likely to dread the start of the new season than welcome it with open arms.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a Tesco or Morrison's for players, or even a Farmers Market, where you could get a good quality player without affecting squad morale and without the chairman recoiling for fear of splashing the cash?
Well, maybe there is a place - UK Football Finder FC has recently come into being. Playing in the Surrey South East Combination, although with longer term plans to move up the non-league pyramid, it offers players who have been released by clubs the chance to get back into football who would otherwise go undetected by clubs who could benefit from signing a few of these players.
Personally, I admire UK Football Finder for plugging a pretty big hole in football; the hole that drops a player out on his backside at 17/18 and makes it difficult for him to realise his potential. Without a good education, and bad influences, that player could go from a potential world-beater to being unemployed or even jail within a short space of time.
Unlike the Glenn Hoddle Academy, UK Football Finder takes in players from everywhere and there is a great mix of British and Foreign players at their club. It is hard to pinpoint a stand-out player among a pool of 40 or more talented stars, but John Mulligan is one of those players surely destined for bigger and better things. He is a young Irish goalkeeper who originally was on the books of Everton and has played for the Republic of Ireland U18s as well as trial spells with Crewe Alexandra and Hull City. An injury put paid to his trial at Hull City and meant that he would return to the Republic of Ireland and would have to rebuild his career with the FAI Academy, Cobh Ramblers (where Roy Keane started his playing career) and Cork City. John has played against Ipswich Town and Sunderland for Cork City and clearly has the talent to play in the Football League. Yet, he has had to drop down to the Surrey South East Combination for the chance to play in England due to a lack of interest or acknowledgement when he has applied to clubs to train with them for pre-season. John is an agile shot-stopper who commands his area well and can deal with crosses into the box with ease, and having impressed Everton he must surely be worthy of consideration for any club needing a solid goalkeeper.
Anil Bugday is also a star in the making - released by Tottenham Hotspur as a youngster, and following stints in Turkey with Karsiyaka, Galatasaray and Karabukspor, he is an agile goal-scorer who is not yet 20 whom would be comfortable playing at most levels of non-league.
Recent success stories for UK Football Finder FC have seen former Camberley Town player Ben Kator sign for League Two side Barnet, whilst 15 year old striker Ishmael Kamara was recently offered a scholarship with Premier League new boys West Ham United. Goalkeeper Sam Freeman has recently joined Hampton & Richmond (keeping a clean sheet on his debut), defender/striker John Kamara (no relation) has been scouted by Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion and Joseph Odedina has been scouted by Millwall and Leyton Orient. All will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of a player now at Manchester City who used the site to advertise his services - that player is Abdul Razak.
The only sour note is the dismissal of two players - Reece Perry and Junior Pires - for a serious altercation against Mayfair FC. Very sad, especially as both players were being scouted by Cheltenham Town and Brentford in this match. Reece's talent in particular cannot be faulted (he was at Fulham until six months ago) but by threatening a player with 'a visit from his gang' he may well and truly have blotted his copy book for good.
It will be interesting to see how UK Football Finder FC develops, but one thing is certain - they are in it for the long haul. True, they will lose players along the way to bigger clubs (as they would expect to) but the club is always 'replenishing its stock' and already has over 50 players currently signed up. With their season starting in September, and having been strong in pre-season beating Colliers Wood United's Reserves 8-2 recently, they are a team to watch this season for more reasons than one!
I have rarely enjoyed myself at a neutral ground as much as i have today at Westfields Football Club.
After plumping for their first Midland Alliance League game of the season over Winterbourne's Western League game with Larkhall Athletic, I headed over to Hereford from Gloucester and arrived about 40 minutes before kick-off to be met by a committee member who shook my hand and showed me into the clubhouse.
I was very impressed with their set-up and even got my first drink 'on the house' which was very well received (a pint of Old Hooky, just in case you were curious). I had planned on going to their game against Blackburn Rovers (yes, that's right, they played Blackburn Rovers in pre-season due to one of their ex players now being on the coaching staff at the Lancashire club) but work commitments curtailed that - a shame as it was a great game with Blackburn winning 2-1. They had also run a near full-strength Hereford United side close as well in pre-season, and despite being pipped at the post for promotion last season by Gresley they were looking forward to the forthcoming campaign and are the favourites to go up this time.
Westfields are planning for the future, and have a thriving youth set-up as well as plans for ladies and disabled football in the future at their allpay:park venue. They are very professional,on and off the pitch, and as Westfields ran out for the start of the game they looked fired up and ready to go. The visitors, Ellesmere Rangers, have had a somewhat turbulent summer with committee and management changes but they looked decent enough - although they are far from promotion material.
Westfields played some neat, attractive football and always looked like the side that was going to win. The final score being 3-2 to the hosts and it really could have been a lot more one-sided but for some good saves by the Ellesmere 'keeper and some stubborn defending (especially in the second-half).
Their opening day win sees them 4th in the table behind Rocester (dark horses for promotion who won 5-1 against new boys Gornal Athletic), Tividale (who won away at Leicestershire side Kirkby Muxloe 3-0) and newly cash-rich Bridgnorth Town (who won 3-1 at Coleshill Town). Ellesmere Rangers are 15th after their defeat.
The Dave Gardner Memorial Tournament is an annual pre-season event played for since 2005 by Falmouth Town, Helston Athletic, Penzance and Porthleven, the four local clubs he played for before his untimely death from cancer in 2003 aged 36. The tournament raises funds for Cornwall Hospice Care and Cancer Funding for Cornwall, two charities close to the Gardner family.
Penzance v Helston Athletic (Penzance forfeited the match due to shortage of players)
Porthleven v Falmouth Town
Helston Athletic v Porthleven (6.45pm)
Falmouth Town v Penzance (7.30pm)
Sat. 4-8-12 (both matches at Falmouth Town)
Penzance v Porthleven (2pm)
Falmouth Town v Helston Athletic (5pm)
Full Time: Cirencester Town 5-1 Gloucester City
Yes, it was as bad as it sounds!
After missing Gloucester's last few games, I ventured down the A417 to Cirencester to watch The Tigers return to a former 'home from home' at the impressive Corinium Stadium.
After being made homeless by the vicious floods of five summers ago, Gloucester played their home games at The Corinum Stadium until 2010 when they were given permission to ground-share with Cheltenham Town.
Cirencester and Gloucester have a good relationship, and a few players for both teams had previously played for the other (Steve Davies and Ben Hunt used to play for Cirencester before joining Gloucester, and Lee Sysum and Alex Allard were both previously with Gloucester before joing Cirencester).
In fine summer sunshine (hoorah!) the game got underway just before 15:00 and Cirencester went on the attack from the off. Cirencester fielded their strongest XI whilst Gloucester's team looked 'patched together' with a number of 1st team players absent. Word is that there is player unrest within the Tigers camp, and that ex Forest Green Rovers Director Colin Peake has been brought in to steady the ship. David Mehew looked like a man under real pressure today, and talk is that his job is on the line.
Gloucester scored first, after a good counter-attack on three minutes. Ben Hunt cut through the Cirencester back line to slot in a well placed shot past Cirencester 'keeper Thompson. That was as good as it would get for the Tigers, as five minutes later sloppy marking allowed Allard to fire home from distance. A marvellous goal, the best I've seen scored this pre-season.
The first half was pretty even, with Gloucester breaking the ball down well in the middle of the park but no end product. Davies looked lively, but his shots from distance were well saved/punched away by the Cirencester 'keeper who had a decent game. Cirencester looked menacing and always looked to get the ball forward, Allard went close again and Danny Hale fired just over from a dipping volley before the break.
The two minutes after the break were dire - first a bad foul in the area on Danny Hale by a Gloucester defender (no idea who he was, certainly not a first-teamer) gave Cirencester a penalty which was converted by Lee Collier and Hale then made it 3-1 after a smart attacking move.
Gloucester looked insipid and devoid of any ideas. Truly sucker-punched, and things got worse for them when a cross wasn't cleared properly and a Cirencester head popped up to head home (couldn't see who it was,sorry!) Allard compounded the misery for Gloucester on 65 minutes after a neat build up, cutting in from the right and rifling home a shot into the corner.
This was the key for a number of the travelling fans to head home, disgusted with a poor Tigers performance. I stayed until the end, but there was little to cheer about. At full time, the score read 5-1 to the home team - a side two divisions below their visitors. It was as if Cirencester were the Conference North side today! David Mehew may preach that pre-season is nothing, well that is exactly what he is getting off his players, which is very worrying ahead of the new league season.
Tuesday night and another match on my pre-season tour (as it's becoming) of non-league teams close to Gloucester.
This time, my travels took me northwards to a ground where I used to play (albeit for nine games in 2004), and little seems to have changed since. The club still looks tatty and unkempt, which is a shame because with a bit of love and attention it could be a club that could go places other than the West Midlands League. True, they did spend a few years at Step 4 recently, however the squad (some of whom are still playing for them now) were not up to standard and they have since plummeted on and off the field. Boardroom rows and disagreements saw former chairman Richard Bond walk away in 2010 and despite a succession of managers coming and going the club has been unable to stabalise and now faces its second season in the West Midlands Premier League.
Malvern have stopped paying players, and as such the quality of player and football this season is expected to be poor indeed in comparison with sides like AFC Wulfurians, Black Country Rangers and Bewdley Town who are paying players (albeit not a fortune, but enough to get players of Step 4/5 quality in through the doors).
Arriving at the club, I met up with an old contact, Danny Goodwin, and his friend Adrian Barrett. Both have been quite vocal in demanding change at the club, and both have offered ideas to the board who seem dis-interested in ideas which could help the club progress. There has even been an offer of paid signage to the ground by a potential sponsor turned down, and it looks like the club is staying apart from the community - rather than being a part of it. As proof, there were more Evesham fans in the ground (30 or so) than Malvern fans, despite it being a Step 6 v Step 4 game.
Over a can of cola and a hot dog (healthy hopper food, don't you know!) I took my seat in the recently renamed Brian Scott stand (named after their former General Manager, who passed away two years ago an who's widow Margaret still works for the club) and conversation turned towards how well (or not!) Malvern might do this season. Their manager has been boisterous about promotion, but a senior team player has been more cautious and has said that promotion might not be achievable until the club 'gets properly sorted.' The club are finding out that doing things, with no cloth to cut, is nigh but impossible - however, the 'closed minded mentality' of club members is doing little to help matters.
Anyway, club politics aside, the teams strode out onto the pitch at 19:40 and five minutes later the game was underway. Evesham bossed possession and it wasn't long until the first goal went in - a bad challenge by a Malvern defender on ex Worcester striker Luke Corbett was punished by a rasper of a free kick by Evesham player-coach Neil MacKenzie. The ball was aimed hard and low, and despite the Malvern 'keeper getting a hand to it he couldn't stop the ball from going in. The same 'keeper was caught out for Evesham's second, after failing to hold onto a cross which Roland Agbor smashed home with aplomb.
A quick counter attack on 30 mins led to Evesham's third goal, when the ball was hit behind the hesitant Malvern defence and Pavel Gierdi benefitted from poor marking by steering it home. A pile-driver of a shot from Lee Downing just before the break gave Evesham a comfortable 4-0 platform.
The general tone at half-time was 'typical Malvern, no guts and no desire' and the game was more or less over.
In the second half, Evesham hit two more goals - both scored by Agbor who teased and tormented the poor Malvern defence all night. Easily the man of the match, probably good enough to play at a higher level than Evesham. Malvern's goal was against the run of play, with Lewis Loader hitting a volley from distance. However, Evesham were always going to be the winners and almost scored seven when ex-Hereford youngster Marcus Palmer hit the post after being played through by a defence-splitting pass.
On this showing, Evesham will be one of the favourites for promotion from Step 4. On this showing, however, Malvern are going to really struggle.
After Thursday's drab performance at the Causeway Stadium in Cinderford, I gave watching Gloucester City's game against Bishop's Cleeve a miss today (maybe the right choice as they lost 1-0 to the Villagers!) and instead headed south to Cambridge to watch Slimbridge take on Clevedon Town of the Southern League South & West Division.
Cambridge? That is surely EAST of Gloucester I hear you say. Ah, but this is Cambridge village (pronounced CAM-BRIDGE) where Slimbridge (the village of which is one mile to the west, beyond which lies the famous Wetlands where you might occasionally observe the lesser spotted Oddie or Humble) play their home games at the impressive (for its level) Wisloe Road Stadium.
Slimbridge were a very impressive side, too good for Step 5 imho, and they played some neat-passing and quick counter-attacking football exploiting the flanks and sending in penetrating crosses which the Clevedon defence had to be alert to. Clevedon looked average, despite winning the Southern League Cup last year, although whispers are that soon they will see an investment which could take them up to the Conference South (or North, as the borderline edges ever southward!) Changes will need to happen soon, in any case, if they are to avoid relegation to the Western League - as on this showing they were far from impressive.
Slimbridge were 2-0 up with 80 minutes gone, and it looked for all the world that it would stay that way, before two counter-attacking moves saw Clevedon score two very fortunate goals inthe 81st and 89th minute. A draw was not a fair result, as Slimbridge were definitely the better side, but playing like this will see Slimbridge do very well in the Hellenic Premier this season.
Twenty four hours ago, I was relieved that this game was definitely on. Now I am beginning to wonder why the heck I bothered.
After Gloucester City's game against Brislington was called off on Saturday (correct choice, by the way, as their pitch was unplayable), it was tonight that the Tigers got their pre-season underway at neighbours Cinderford Town who play in the Southern League South & West division, two leagues below the Tigers.
The Tigers fielded new signing Lewis Hogg, who joined up with former Bath City team-mate Darren Edwards upfront, and hopes were that the Tigers would have a comfortable win against their hosts.
Alas, it was Cinderford who looked the better side in the first half. Good passing and quick thinking meant that they exposed the Gloucester back-line, and only some good defending and goalkeeping stopped Cinderford from sneaking ahead.
Gloucester wasted their chances, when presented with them, and despite pressuring more in the second half could not force an opening goal. Edwards was unlucky in front of goal, but Will 'Morph' Morford is definitely on borrowed time as he lost focus and concentration - being picked off easily by the Cinderford players.
I know that friendlies do not count for much, but this was a poor performance by a side who should have recorded a win and clean sheet tonight. If this is a taster of what is to expect this season, it will be back to the Southern League for us in 2013-14.
Good to see some familiar faces in the crowd - Chairman Nigel Hughes and Shayne Bradley (former player with the Tigers, now involved in their Youth prograame) were stood near me and one ex-Tiger turned out for Cinderford in the form of Lee Smith. Very lively and will surely get 20+ goals for Cinderford this season.
Southall FC, win the race to sign Top Class Goalkeeper,
Yesterday evening Southall FC 1st team manager Colin Brown, made a statement of intent for the forthcoming season after securing the signature of much sought after, ex- Gambian International goal-Keeper Gary Jallow, for an undisclosed fee.
Teams such as Didcot FC, Walton & Hersham, Hanwell Town & Chalfont St. Peter were all in the running to sign Mr Jallow, but it was the new project at Southall FC which appealed the most.
Gary Jallow 32, had had spells in London with Hayes FC ( now Hayes & Yeading ) and North Greenford Utd, before moving to Bristol where he played for Mangotsfield FC in the Evo-Stick Southern League division one. After a reasonably successful period in Bristol, Gary moved back to West London where he was once again reunited with North Greenford Utd. It was during this second spell at North Greenford that Gary arguably enjoyed his most successful season to date, being an integral member of the team that gained promotion from the Combined Counties to the Evo-Stick Southern League Central Division.
Whilst Gary Jallow’s has a very impressive Club footballing CV, its most amazing fact is that it also illustrates that he has achieved 16 International caps at senior level for his native homeland Gambia.
When interviewed a few hours after signing his contract, Gary stated “I have known Brownie (manager) for years, he is a very straightforward person and has always been very ambitious. I only needed one conversation with him, to know that I wanted to be a part of Southall’s future”
Manager Colin Brown later added:
“These are very exciting times for Southall FC, when we can attract the quality of Gary Jallow to the club. I have admired Gary’s talent for many years, but this is the first time that I have had an opportunity to work with him. Gary has been an excellent servant to the semi pro game, and he feels that this is the right time in his career to embark on the project that Southall FC represents”.
“Aye Aye Skipper “
Cristian Barratt named as Southall FC Club Captain
Mr Colin Brown was delighted to announce his first major signing since being appointed as Southall FC 1st team manager; unsurprisingly it was the signature of Club Captain Cristian Barratt.
Cristian Barratt 38, has a very impressive footballing CV and many years of experience. Having spent time at Charlton Ath & Southend Utd during his youth, Cristian has since played for a number of large semipro clubs such as Tilbury, Fisher & Welling ( in the Vauxhall Conference ). His most successful season to date came arguably in 1995 when he played an integral part in Faversham’s Utd double winning team. Cristian also earned International honours, when he represented an England Semi Pro XI managed by Paul Fairclough versus a Jersey XI to celebrate the Queen’s Centenary.
Latterly Cristian has spent his playing career at Southall FC, whom he joined in 2000. Despite his long serving Cristian was ecstatic to have been announced as Club Captain for the forthcoming 2012/2013. “I know that the competition for places is going to be tough, so with Colin Brown showing his faith in me & asking me to wear the armband, I am inspired to try my very best to help the club achieve its aims”
Cristian Barratt fully understands his responsibility as Club Captain and stated that “as a young player coming into the game at Beckenham Town, I had two mentors in Mickey Hobbs and Dave Eden, who talked to me and gave me the support, advice and foundation that have made me the player I am today. I owe those two gentlemen a lot & I hope to replicate what they did for me, for some of the younger players within this new Southall Team
When asked about last season’s exploits Cristian replied “It was great that we gained promotion, but it was tinged with too many losses, brought about by a lack of discipline. Had we resolved these issues, who knows we may have gone up as Champions!. Already from the 1st night of this pre season, you can feel a difference; there are no discipline issues and around the camp is an air of professionalism that you would normally associate with a professional setup”.
Cristian added “I spoke to Colin at the presentation evening for our very successful Southall FC mini soccer setup, I was very impressed with his vision for the club, you can tell by speaking to him that Colin has loads of experience and will set the right foundation for the team to move forward. These are exciting and progressive times for Southall FC, and taking the harder Spartan League route into Ryman football is a real statement from the club, it will mean more travelling but the reward of promotion from this league will more satisfying. I also am very much in favour of there being one first team squad, divided up into playing in the Spartan Midland South Div 1 and the Middlesex County. Many Semi Pro clubs are now setting themselves up with this structure, as it ensures all players are competing at a high level each match day”.
“To be honest after many years of nightmares at the club, I am really looking forward to the season ahead.”
On the 1st June 2012 Southall Football Club appointed Colin Brown 46, as their new 1st team Manager. Mr Brown replaces Steve Embletton who did a great job in securing promotion for the club from the Middlesex County Premier to the Spartan South division 1.
Mr Colin Brown, takes this role after an extensive playing career, which started out as a West Bromwich Albion YTS player before moving onto clubs such as, Viking FC ( 2 spells ), Egham FC, Moseley FC, Feltham FC ( 2 spells ), Brookhouse FC and Walton Casuals.
Mr Colin Brown began to make strides into Management / Coaching whilst at Feltham FC, assisting 1st team manager Phil Eggy, and was a major part of the 2002 backroom staff in Feltham’s most successful season in, which saw them lift the Middlesex Cup and the Super Cup beating Hendon in the final.
Mr Colin Brown’s thirst for football management grew and he sought to take his coaching Badges which he hoped could lead into a career in the professional game. Indeed he found opportunities at QPR, Fulham, and Watford before being head hunted to join West London club Brentford FC as a Player Development Manager.
The experience and knowledge that Mr Colin Brown has gained throughout his playing and coaching career to date, means that he is the right man to help restore the values and professionalism that Southall FC require to move the club forward.
Mr Colin Brown, has already appointed an experienced backroom staff at Southall FC and through his vast network within the professional & semi professional game, Colin will be strengthening the playing staff for the 2012 / 2013 season ahead.
In an earlier interview Mr Brown stated:
“I am very very pleased to have been offered this opportunity to try and take this wonderful club along their journey to restore Southall FC as a viable, stable and competitive semi professional club. The Chairmen Mr Tommy Taylor & Mr Chana Gill are very ambitious and so am I, so my aim is to fulfil the faith shown in me, with a team playing an entertaining brand of football”