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  1. 3 points
    Paul_C

    Wk 6 50/50 Tickets on Sale Now!

    Don't forget to buy your tickets for this Saturday's draw.
  2. 3 points
    Dear All, As a lot of you are aware Boris is likely to announce this week that bars, restaurants etc will be allowed to open again from Saturday 4th July with certain rules in place. As you can imagine we would like to take advantage of this announcement to try and raise much needed funds for the club and I’m sure you’re all willing to help out with that by drinking ice cold pints of beers. But with this, the government will release rules which we will be adhering to strictly. With this in mind most of the tables will likely be outside as well as tables inside being at least 2 metres apart, no crowding at the bar etc. Until the rules are officially released I am just guessing on what they’ll Be comparing them to countries such as Spain and Germany. There’ll be a limit on how many people we will be allowed into the club also so table reservations and guest lists etc will be sorted. More info on this will be posted this week but for now - Please save the date! Cheers, Luke. Any issues 07962802552
  3. 3 points
    Karen Browne

    SSML Constitution - 2020/2021

    Expect changes to Division One, one club has resigned due to Corona Virus but they have still to make this information public so with respect I will not be naming them
  4. 2 points
    Mick the bat

    Bar opening

    A big thank you to all the staff, especially the girls behind the bar and to colin for his donation to the cricket club, we had a great day ,from your friends at Ardleigh green,havering atte bower cc
  5. 2 points
    Saw this in the "Club News" section. I have a couple of questions. I don't personally know Colin Burford and I couldn't see a link or any contact information so how do I actually contact him for more information? I always stand on the West Side behind the Home dugout (Makes it easier to pass on advice to Mark but he has correctly previously ignored me at Thurrock and Waltham Abbey) so am I eligible? Can I buy a seat but never actually sit in it? Is it a contractual obligation to have my real name on the seat or can I use an amusing pseudonym (PG rated of course as Jago refused my first two or three monikers in the prediction league) If I buy a seat will it improve my chances in the 50/50 draw Will having my name on a seat improve my chances with the ladeeees? If I do choose to sit on the Eastside and someone is in "my" chair can I get a steward to remove them? (I'd bribe them with a cup of tea but I've happily been buying them tea at half time for a while now after someone suggested it would be a nice idea) Does the above apply if it is Colin or Alex (although I usually talk to them in the West Side seats) If Mikey Christou buys a seat can I pay another £5 to have it painted in the style of a TFL cycle lane? [Mikey, you know I love you to bits and yet you shred me every single game]
  6. 2 points
    1961 COYS

    Bar opening

    Well said Sal great day with great company, bar staff worked very hard and was much appreciated.
  7. 2 points
    CMcBride

    Clean up

    Another great effort, you are such a credit to our club, special mention to les 12 beers 5 rolls
  8. 2 points
    1961 COYS

    Clean up

    There are specific jobs for all, someone has to drink the beers and eat the rolls 😉
  9. 1 point
    SidtheChin97

    New Flag

    Morning People, I have just ordered a new flag for when the season finally resumes and wondered whether anyone would like to chip in. It's going to be the same as the below but fully stitched. It's also 12ft by 6ft. For everyones peace of mind I will be taking no responsibility of the flag so it should last longer than 6 months! Up the Chins! Sid
  10. 1 point
    LukeXIX

    Bar Open Saturday 11th July

    After a successful reopening last weekend the club bar will be open again this Saturday from 12pm onwards with football on the tv yet again Hopefully see a few regular and new faces this weekend, Luke
  11. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Pre-Season Friendlies 2020

    I have held off for as long as possible and apologies to PetetheGreek for stealing his thunder. Here is a thread for pre-season friendlies involving teams of Club's who will participate in the Spartan South Midlands Football League (SSML), Premier Division, Division 1 and Division 2, for season 2020/2021, please note that the information provided should be used as a guide only and those wishing to attend games (if allowed to) are advised to check with the Club's first, particularly in the current climate. I see that a pre-season friendlies thread has opened on another Forum and the same sort of common sense principle can be used here: https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/pre-season-friendly-games.1740/ We know the PSF thread on here is highly regarded as THE best source of pre season fixtures either on the interweb or in print. We don't know when the season will start so we know that all the PSFs that are 'arranged' are provisional. Because of that we do not want to restart the official PSF thread until the start date for non league is finalised and the PSF fixtures then become real fixtures rather than conjecture. Hope you understand that viewpoint. In the meantime you can continue to post provisional arrangements on this thread if you wish.
  12. 1 point
    MikeMike

    New Flag

    It was lucky it made it home from Worthing to be fair.
  13. 1 point
    Fat Tom Daley

    Next Clean Up Day - 11/7

    Hi All, Hope everyone is safe and well. We won't be having a clean up day this Saturday so people can enjoy the day down the club to have a pint or six. However we will be returning on the 11/7. See everyone this Saturday for a few beverages! Jordan.
  14. 1 point
    SidtheChin97

    New Flag

    Nice one mate! Once it's arrived I'll drop you a message
  15. 1 point
    Fat Tom Daley

    Next Clean Up Day - 11/7

    Hi All, just to confirm that we shall be holding our next club day on Saturday from 8am. The bar will be open from 12 as per previously advertised. Hopefully see you all Saturday. Jordan.
  16. 1 point
    Rhodes

    New Bradwell St Peter

    What a photo this is from New Bradwell St Peter v Old Bradwell United in a 2014/15 SSML Division Two fixture on Saturday 27 December 2014, with the windmill in all its glory although I wonder what the linesman is flagging for, Old Bradwell United won 1-0 with a Peter Maddigan strike: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newbradwellstpeter/photos/20141227-old-bradwell-united-by-paul-paxford-551092.html
  17. 1 point
    Kel

    “BUY YOUR SEAT” SCHEME

    And Burf is the bald old guy who wanders around the clubhouse before home games with papers in his hand trying to get money from people ...
  18. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    That's great, £54,000 isn't to be sniffed at is it: In these difficult circumstances that we are all going through it is always a real lift to hear some good news for once. The Executive Committee at Leighton Town FC are thrilled to announce that another important step towards rebuilding our club both on and off the pitch has been achieved. We received fantastic news recently that our applications for funding to carry out major refurbishment to the club’s facilities have been successful. The club is to receive £54,000 in funding, which is made up from money secured by Central Bedfordshire Council from new local housing developments and also a Community Asset Grant. The work which starts later this month will include the installation of a brand-new disabled toilet facility along with disabled access to the grounds. The other toilet facilities in the club will also be completely refurbished. The function hall will receive new flooring and the main bar will have the ceiling and lighting replaced. The club’s roof has been patched up for a long time and this funding will also help to replace the section that is close to collapsing. On top of this we hope to redecorate as much of the club as we can afford from our own resources. This was a very competitive process and huge thanks must go to Sean Downey and Steve Harris who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to prepare the bid and establish support for our plans to access this important stream of funding. “This is great news for our club” said Director of Football Sean Downey. “At the last AGM I promised our members that we would do everything we could to access funding to improve our disability facilities and I am so pleased that we are finally able to carry out this important work. We are a community focused club and we want the best facilities possible to allow all our supporters, hirers and other users to enjoy their time at the club, whether this be playing for or supporting the teams, participating in classes and community activities or attending social functions in the hall. As the town grows it is important that we keep our social hubs strong, well maintained and vibrant. This is not just about football it is about community” Vice Chairman and Financial Controller Steve Harris added: “We would like to put on record our thanks to a number of people and organisations that have supported us in our bid. These include Councillor Brian Spurr and his excellent colleagues at Central Bedfordshire Council and the Rotary Club; their advice and support have been extremely helpful and hugely appreciated by both Sean and me during this process” Thanks in advance must also go to John Turner who will play a key role in project managing the work. Huge thanks John. Work is due to begin later this month. Our Town: Our Team: Our Community. Best wishes to all The Executive Committee at Leighton Town FC
  19. 1 point
    Rhodes has always been good at spending other peoples money......
  20. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    This is quite amusing, not sure why Aylesbury United fans keep such a close eye on Bell Close but they seem to rate Joe Sweeney, then again who doesn't, he's such a great Manager for you and hope he will stay long term: http://www.aufcforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2043.0
  21. 1 point
    Winslow Boy

    WTF? 🤔

    No tax money for the government from 15 people stood watching a game.
  22. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    Ouch!
  23. 1 point
    Tel

    Colliers Wood United FC

    Well done to all involved, I will endeavour to make another visit when things get started again
  24. 1 point
    Just a reminder for this Saturday! We have taken stock of all draught beer and bottled beverages as well as a full range of spirits/mixers
  25. 1 point
    That's not very nice, calling Karen a horse.
  26. 1 point
    Savagebee

    Leighton Town

    Part of the future of the club im sure 👍
  27. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    An excellent summary of the 2019/20 from a Leighton Town supporter, Joes couldn't have put it better himself: A FANS VIEW OF LEIGHTONS 2019/20 SEASON The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for just about everyone, especially as a Leighton Town fan. The dire start to the season and the anxiety that came with it to the highs of the FA Vase run and the staggering undefeated run of five months in the league, being just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve followed the town for about 10 years now, on and off, but this year was different. It was the first time I really supported the club, and followed them home and away. The atmosphere around the club this past season has been immense, nothing like anything I’ve ever experienced before in football, especially not at this level. From the board, the manager, the boys themselves to the media officers and more who put in work behind the scenes, the overall ethos of the club is so strong and apparent to everyone who visits Bell Close. Everybody seems to really ‘get’ the club and what it’s about. The perfect balance of admirable respectability and raw passion for the game. The club creates an atmosphere that is contagiously attracting new fans as well as quality players who see the town as not only a great place to play their football, but as a club that can support them into developing into even better footballers. Just look at Danny Webb! These are the qualities that, from my uneducated eye, propel the town miles above any other club at this level of the game, on and off the pitch. A shaky start to the season saw the town only gain a point from the first 8 league games, showing quality on occasions in cup matches, notably the 2-1 win over Hadleigh United in the Vase, the catalyst for Leighton to really push on with the season and turn their fortunes around. In the following three games in the league the town notched up 18 goals and grabbed their first three wins of the season. This being the start of a phenomenal unbeaten run in the league that stretched across five months. Parallel to this new found success in the league was the FA vase run, in which the town managed to reach the quarter final, only to be defeated 4-3 in a competitive game at the hands of Kent-based Corinthian. Along the FA vase journey were many of my favourite moments from the season. The highlight being Ashton Campbell’s heroism in Cambridgeshire as he latched on to the end of a peach of a pass over the top courtesy of Ben Pattie, in the last minute of tie and tucked away the winner! Not of course forgetting the two he scored before to get us back to 3-3 anyway! I get goosebumps just typing about it. For me the best performance of the season was the following vase game, all the way in Wiltshire, against a table topping Bradford Town. From Brad’s impeccable display in the sticks, James Towell’s man-of-the-match winning performance and wonder strike, the town had really shown another level to their game with every man on the pitch in red and white giving everything they could. Dave Murphy even managed to refrain from getting booked! Personally I think it is near impossible to name a player of the year. Every player is in contention. Webby leading the charts with his goals, Jordan Frederick’s immense captaincy and Carl Resch returning from injury better than ever to name just a few outstanders, but I really could go on all night! Despite an unforeseen end to the season, I still consider the past 9 months a huge success for Leighton Town, not only due to the performance of the team in both league and cup, but the potential for success in coming years that has been highlighted this term. Hard work into the club and a new wave of support puts the town in a very, very exciting position for the coming seasons, and I personally, cannot wait.
  28. 1 point
    Winslow Boy

    Crawley Green

    Grim, I remember Potters Bar played around one of those (not 3G just Astro turf) back in the late 80’s or early 90’s.
  29. 1 point
    Seaside Towner

    Crowd funding appeal

    Hi chaps, not seen this posted on here, so I thought I'd put a link on. Get your wallets out ! https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/shine-a-light-for-enfield-town-fc
  30. 1 point
    Mick the bat

    Clean Up Day - 27/6

    See u sat
  31. 1 point
    Winslow Boy

    Leighton Town

    Smart move putting him through the middle then. That ratio is up their with the best I can think of in recent years.
  32. 1 point
    MoleseyMan

    2020/21 Season

    Is there any point non-league football starting without spectators allowed?
  33. 1 point
    Digits

    Clean Up Day - 20/06/20

    Indeed great effort at the weekend made serious inroads . Also nice to see so many old and new faces helping out. See people this Saturday if they can make it
  34. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    AlwaysLeighton - How do you think Joes feels about losing Webby, it's a big body blow to him isn't it, hopefully he will come on here later to tell us and also how he plans to replace him at Bell Close but I wouldn't mind betting that he says exactly the same as you that it’s a wonderful opportunity for Webby at Hemel Hempstead Town:
  35. 1 point
    Savagebee

    Tring Athletic

    Tring Athletic FCs ground is looking as nice and green as ever.
  36. 1 point
    CMcBride

    Clean Up Day - 20/06/20

    Great effort chaps
  37. 1 point
    petethegreek

    SSML Constitution - 2020/2021

    Had you done some basic detective work you would know that Park View have already completed their affiliation for next season unlike FC Broxbourne Borough. You were thrown some bait, went fishing and caught a tin can.
  38. 1 point
    Urchins

    Archive game for 20th June

    Firstly, apologies for no archive game last week - i just couldn't get round to it. We're back though with this game. It's the season opener from 2007 away to Ashford Town (Middx). This game briefly featured the legend that is Jim McFarlane, who got injured early on and hobbled off the field only to find out later in the day that he had broken his leg ! Enjoy ! https://youtu.be/Kb-4IAuhFg0
  39. 1 point
    Winslow Boy

    SSML Constitution - 2020/2021

    Come on Karen, we all know it was you, it definitely wasn’t me, so no need to scroll up and check!
  40. 1 point
    Chris Clapham

    2020/21 Season

    SUMMARY OF FA MEETING TODAY WITH STEP 5 & 6 LEAGUES: Firstly the FA produced a series of slides for their presentation which they have said will be emailed out later today. The meeting obviously went into more details than the slides and each league was able to ask a question. Summarising the main points: THIS SUMMER Even if a league at a higher step has a vacancy caused by a club folding or requesting voluntary relegation, NO Promotion will occur and that league will run short. The FA will look at applications to enter the pyramid to fill a vacancy (AFC Bury and Isle of Mann were only ones mentioned). FUNDING The FA National Game have had a 38% cut in funding. This will impact all NLS leagues who will no longer receive FA Development funding, but they will still receive Administration grants at current level. FA Vase prize money will be reduced by approx 6% COMPETITIONS It is the FA’s ambition still to run the FA Cup & FA Vase in full, BUT that may not be possible and certainly with the FA Cup they are contractually bound to have the FA Cup 3rd Rd on the opening weekend of January, so the dates and numbers of earlier rounds may be affected by that. The non-league final day at Wembley is subject to the FA calendar given that Euro 2020 matches now have to fit into 2021. Consideration is being given to do away with Replays in both Cup & Vase to aid fitting in league fixtures. If the season does not start in August then League and County Cups cannot be run in the traditional formats during the league playing season, but possible that new ways could be found to run Cups. RESTARTING NLS FOOTBALL The FA stated that NLS will only re-start when the Dept of Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS) gives approval AND subject to any conditions that the DCMS makes. Games cannot re-start at Steps 1 to 7 of the NLS without spectators, AND ALL STEPS ARE TIED TOGETHER on a restart date (eg Step 6 cannot start whilst Step 3 is not allowed and vice versa) Football BELOW Step 7 where no admission is taken may start on a different date and is subject to specific “grass-roots” Govt guidance. The FA are working on various scenarios as to when and how it affects the programme of games, this was explained as: August – A normal season September/October – Full League seasons to be priority with NO League or County Cups November/January – Not possible for a full league season to be played and in this situation either half seasons (play each other once) or splitting divisions in half (probably on geographics) so that in our case we have 4 divisions of 10 rather than 2 of 20 Later than January – Worse case scenario with re-structure and leagues maybe held over again until 2021/22 season. Whilst NOT a commitment or guarantee by any means, the FA said the most likely current scenario would be September. Pre-Season – The FA stated a pre-season would occur before commencement of matches, but they were not prepared to say what duration in weeks that timeframe would be. End of season – Flexibility to go into May rather than the last weekend of April, but again this would really depend on the starting date of the season. Possible agreement prior to restarting so that if a 2nd spike forced another curtailment of next season, that the leagues could be awarded based on the percentage of games actually played at that time – details to follow. CLUBS The FA will require ALL CLUBS to produce and publish a Risk assessment and/or action plans to ensure they are Covid secure. This is specifically for clubs that are neither “elite” nor “grassroots” and will cover such things as: Return to full training / matches Use of facilities including clubhouses, dressing rooms etc Travel The volunteer workforce at each club The FA are currently writing a guidance paper on this and it will follow to clubs in the near future. Ground Grading: The FA have built into the temporary changes to regulations some flexibility regarding ground grading dates, whilst no specific date or rule has been changed, the FA stated that it is “Not the intention to relegate any clubs for work that Covid has meant they have been unable to do.” Next FA Leagues meeting on July 14th .
  41. 1 point
    Rhodes

    SSML - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    An interesting summary of this afternoon' meeting between the FA and Step 5 and 6 leagues: https://www.swpleague.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SUMMARY-OF-FA-MEETING-TODAY-WITH-STEP-5.pdf
  42. 1 point
    I tend to agree Cuppa. Problem is, who followa on ??
  43. 1 point
    Savagebee

    Leighton Town

    Looking good 👍
  44. 1 point
    Steph1

    FAO Arkwright

    Hi, Just a thought, it is likely that we will be obliged to wear masks for most of next season. Can you arrange to have masks made in ETFC colours with the badge on them. I will order 3 if you do.
  45. 1 point
    petethegreek

    Grenfell Athletic

    Likely to be Combined Counties from where they are based once the restructure (eventually) kicks in.
  46. 1 point
    Kentish Maid

    Alex Bentley

    Has left Tonbridge Angels. I'd welcome him back with pleasure but he did very well at Tonbridge at Conference South Level.
  47. 1 point
    PONY TAILED URCHIN

    Alex Bentley

    I would love to see Alex back in an Urchin's shirt as he is a brilliant professional player and always had time for everyone and is a real fan favorite. I hope he finds a new challenge that allows him to showcase his talents for the new season wherever he goes.
  48. 1 point
    littlehampton

    Crowd funding appeal

    Evening all, seems a long, long time since our last match, and a lot has happened since in these unpredictable, unprecedented times. Whilst there hasn't been any action on the pitch, there has been plenty off the field, and our Board members and Football management team have been working hard to ensure we are in the best possible shape for the re-start, whenever that may be. Knowing how tight money is for most non-league clubs at our level, it is very encouraging that our Club has embarked upon this major fund-raising initiative, and it is a great opportunity for all us Towners, local and otherwise, to contribute as much as we can afford, to show how much our Club means to us, and help finance all the improvements being planned at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
  49. 1 point
    Savagebee

    Leighton Town

    I see Ollie Bayliss has this picture of the Leighton Town FC choir on his twitter page 😀 ⬇️ https://mobile.twitter.com/Ollie_Bayliss
  50. 1 point
    Rhodes

    Leighton Town

    Only the one photograph but just to say that the Leighton Town Football Club sign behind the goal is heaven where taking photographs is concerned, there is actually a lot of really good signage at Bell Close, both inside and outside, which is always a groundhoppers dream and there have been plenty of those visiting over the years, sometimes you go to a ground and there are very few signs, if any, or ones that are barely visible:


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