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  1. I am too far away to offer a valid opinion but our current league position is what it is only because we have played more games than most. Won 5 lost 4 looks like previous seasons revisited - mid table and never a threat of playoffs or promotion. I can only support other views that changes must be made. Mediocrity is not what this club was created for. I am beginning to forget what a game of football looks like here in Melbourne. After three or four practice games back in Feb/March our season was suspended and ultimately cancelled in its entirety. All the best to the team over the next period.
  2. The way things are going it is going to be a long second half of the season. The last month has been very disappointing.
  3. Ebbsfleet are averaging 1,011 attendance for home games, so you might assume that they would bring a few more supporters than a number of visitors this season. However, given their dismal league position I would not bank on too many more. Hopefully more ETFC people will decide to turn up.
  4. Hartley Witney are currently 13th in the Southern League Premier Division South and Chichester City are 5th in the Isthmian Division One South East. It's away and nothing at this stage is easy but there could have been tougher draws.
  5. A very pleasing result and a good one to wake up to on a cold Melbourne morning. Good also to see the photos up within an hour of the game finishing. I will enjoy this until the weekend remembering the very old saying “one swallow a summer doth not make”. At this stage last season we had just come off an excellent away win at Folkestone and were soon to have an even better win at to be promoted Tonbridge but it soon tailed off. Hopefully coming results will sustain a good start this time.
  6. Not certain if it is just me but the new/upgraded club website does not impress. On a laptop it looks more like a site for the print handicapped and I miss having the latest result, up coming fixtures and Twitter feed on the front page. My eyesight is not what it was when I was younger but I do not understand why every entry has to be so large. Not a winner with me.
  7. Andy et al I fully understand that managers move and players follow. I wasn't trying to suggest that it was an isolated happening. I was trying to put AL's task when he joined in some perspective. In passing, the Australian club I list in my profile is a club that I was a director of for nearly 20 years, that I am a life member of and of which I have just published a club history. At the end of last season our coach/manager announced that he was moving to another club. The upshot was that every senior player left and we have had to start from scratch - new manager and a totally new team. Talk about deja vu. I will still support Knox City and Enfield Town.
  8. Another disappointing result. The above observation about 18th and 11th finishes in the two seasons under the current manager depends on getting some points from the last four games. If we don't it could easily be 18th and 14th or even 15th, and that certainly would not be progress. I also note other observations about how the budget has increased under the current manager. I recall a post on this forum when he was appointed (can't remember if it was an ETFC person or an outsider offering some advice) but the post suggested that his ability to get budgets increased on a regular basis was well known. So maybe we shouldn't be too surprised at this aspect. When he was appointed, it was under difficult circumstances with basically an entire team leaving with the departing manager. I suspect that it created a fair degree of goodwill to a manager having to deal with this so close to a new season. I also sense that much of that goodwill has dissipated. Being 12,000 miles away I get little value for my membership, other than to get up in the early hours of Sunday mornings to hopefully see a good result emerging. All I am seeing is inconsistency - some really good results (particularly early on) mixed with some dire ones. What the Board does about it is, in my mind, largely connected with how ambitious they are. As it stands, I can only see a mediocre future. This season offered a great opportunity with no one team standing out at the beginning. It's an opportunity lost. I will continue to renew my membership.
  9. Can't remember is the short answer. My first away game was a coach trip to Aylesbury United in the early 1950s. It was a very wet day, suitable for a club called the Ducks. It was a cup-tie. My investigations have ruled out the FA Cup, so I guess it probably was the FA Amateur Cup. The problem is the source I usually use for this sort of information (Football Club History Database) only has Amateur Cup results from later rounds during this period of history. Enfield lost I believe. In response to MT Head, he is right Enfield did beat Headington United 4-3 in the FA Cup in 1959. I definitely remember being there on that day and against Bournemouth in the next round. Headington had a player in that game who became very famous as a manager. Ron Atkinson, who went on to manage Man Utd. I think his brother, Graham, was also in the team that day. Great atmosphere.
  10. Great result but it only highlights the problem - inconsistency. Away wins at Folkestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels, Bognor Regis and Worthing, all of which would have been considered amongst the favourites for promotion at the start of the season, only makes our current position more difficult to understand. 7 wins away and 4 at home is just another way of expressing the issue. There is still plenty of time to get ourselves firmly in the promotion race but only if we can do it on a week by week basis, not just now and then.
  11. I cannot make any observation on entertaining or effective playing styles, as I am 12,000 miles away in Australia. I can only comment on what I see on YouTube highlights and read as facts on the website and this forum. All I can say is that I am finding this season disappointing and a mid-table finish is becoming ever more likely. I desperately want ETFC to do well and I started the season on a high given the early performances but that is all drifting away. W are now 14 points off the top and 14 points above the relegation places. That's a good definition of mediocrity. What makes it all the more galling is we are fourteen points behind a team that four seasons ago was in the Essex Senior League, a team which has a couple of ex-ETFC players and an ex-Enfield FC manager. I am talking about a team that I knew when I reached adulthood as Edmonton, plying their trade in such august leagues as the Delphian League. When ETFC was formed in 2001 they were, as Edmonton & Haringey, in the South Midlands Spartan League playing before minimal crowds. The question is what have they done that is right and why hasn't ETFC not done as well? I cannot believe that they have bigger and better resources than us. I support many of the above comments. I am not one who advocates change at the drop of a hat but the Board needs to think long and hard about where they want the club to be and what is the right structure to get there. National League South ought to be the minimum.
  12. I have read the announcement of the new structure on the Isthmian League website but the League does not explain how promotion and relegation within the Isthmian structure will work. What is known/announced is that there is a Premier Division of 22 teams and three 20 team leagues under this, North Central, South East. My question is how many teams will get relegated to the lower leagues and how will teams from the lower leagues win promotion. The Champions should be promoted automatically so that means at least three teams should get relegated from the Premier Division, but short of six teams getting promoted (Champions plus play-off winner from each of three divisions - unworkable I would have thought) there will have to be some way of reducing the play off winners to maybe one only. Maybe the League has not had time to work this one out but it is an interesting challenge.
  13. Try these teams being closer to ETFC for a start - Hendon Harrow Borough Staines Town Needham Market Hitchin Town Royston Town Chesham United All are in one of the two Southern Leagues. I would need to get the map and GPS out to work out more but they would be north of ETFC
  14. I might have only posted 15 times according to the stats (I thought it was more) but there's no chance of me disappearing. I was born in Carterhatch Road, was a foundation member of this club, I have a named seat in the far stand and I supported Enfield FC from the 1950s until ETFC was formed. I watched a number of games in 2011/12 when we came back to England. Not certain when/if I will get back again but if I do I will be watching again. I hope the club can consolidate on the first half of the season. The Play offs are not yet out of the question - difficult but still possible.
  15. I am interested in the various views and I respect all of them. I am 12,000 miles away so do not have the luxury ofactually seeing the team play. I can only go on the facts and what people say. After 24 games last year, by my calculations, we had 36 points. This year, we have 34 points. After all the off season turmoil, with a manager and 80 -90% of the squad leaving, I would have taken where we are now at the start of the season and I think most people would have too, if they are honest. Would I like to have seen the team higher - of course I would but I think we have to support the management team in their rebuilding project. That's all I can offer to the debate.
  16. At face value, very good appointments. A proven manager at this level and one with a record of staying at a club (a testament to not only him but his last club). Not certain whether they will be co-managers or the same sort of arrangement with Borg-Quinton and Quinton-Porter but we get not one but two well credentialed persons. Darren Purse comes with the experience of 556 Premier and Football League games under his belt and transfer fees paid for him of GBP2.5 million. Also played in a League Cup Final and was player of the year during his time at Birmingham City. I saw him play when we were in London in 2011/12. He was playing with Plymouth Argyle at the time. A no-nonsense, well organized player who will hopefully instil the same in our defence. Well done to the Board.
  17. The reality is that promotion via play offs is difficult whatever league uses this system. I am not advocating a return to "the good old days" when in all leagues it was two up, two down, but the new system is fraught with pitfalls. Looking at the Ryman Premier (and I am writing this before the Bognor - Dulwich match starts), Bognor were one goal away from automatic promotion. They finished 12 points above Dulwich. If Bognor had scored the winnerin their last game Havant would have been runners-up and 14 points clear of third place, yet past results will show finishing well clear in second place doesn't always turn into promotion. Play offs are great theatre and they attract big crowds so they are here to stay but it doesn't mean they are perfect.
  18. Proud of the team despite the result. Seven wins on the trot to make the playoffs was special. Hopefully next season will be even better. Just need to get off to a good start in August.
  19. Good luck to Brad and the boys today from 12,000 miles away. I have just got home from watching a match today here in Melbourne and my team won 6-0. Just hoping for a win from ETFC, doesn't have to be as big a score as that. All the very best. I hope the crowd is massive.
  20. Thank you to The Traveller for his comprehensive answer. I thought Goals Scored would come into the equation but I had no idea what criteria are used if teams still cannot be separated after that. Let's hope that we win on Saturday and we can then worry about what that means for the playoffs depending on the Wingate - Dulwich match. I will be at a football match in Melbourne on Saturday but my mind will be 12,000 miles away. Good Luck to my home Town.
  21. LS - I think that is correct only in some scenarios. Tell me if I am wrong. Dulwich has 77 points, a goal difference of 31 and has scored 86 goals. ETFC has 75 points, a goal difference of 29 and has scored 85 goals. So if Dulwich draws with Wingate 0-0 they would have 78 points, a goal difference of 31 (unchanged) and 86 goals (also unchanged). If ETFC wins 2-0 they would have 78 points, a goal difference of 31 and 87 goals scored. I agree with your prognosis in this case, BUT what if ETFC wins 2-0 and Dulwich draws 1-1. They too would have same points and goal difference and same goals scored. Who knows what would happen in this case, but if they draw 2-2 they would have scored one more goal than ETFC, So on the basis that the Ryman League uses points, then goal difference and then goals scored, Dulwich would remain in third position. If my assumption about goals scored is correct there are many other scenarios with an ETFC win and a Dulwich draw, some of which would see ETFC in third position and others would favour Dulwich. If the League does not use goals scored when points and goal difference are the same what do they use? Obviously a better outcome would be ETFC to win and Wingate to win.
  22. I posted the Club's statement on the Non-League Matters forum (formerly run by the late another) - http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forum/gforum.cgi The responses so far have almost unanimously supportive of ETFC. One poster pointed out that the player has 3 separate records on the F.A's governance database. He supposedly picked up 9 yellows during his time at Cheshunt and 2 at VCD, which would warrant a 2 game suspension but the records may have been on different databases. In my humble opinion, given that the F.A. acknowledged the problem at their end, told the club not to play the player for 2 games (in effect the suspension) and also notified the Isthmian League, any appeal should be successful, but I do not know what it would cost to launch such an appeal. I just feel for the Board, coaching staff and players after such a good season.
  23. Congratulations to everyone at the Club for ensuring another season in the Isthmian Premier League, nerve jangling though it was at the finish. It was probably hard watching the matches towards the end but it was also hard here 12,000 miles away in Australia. I got up in the middle of the night to see the results. I am very glad I did not sit up and watch the Twitter feeds as they evolved. That would have been too much, seeing Wingate pile on the goals and East Thurrock coming from behind to win whilst we had not made our game safe. Having said that, after only gathering 16 points in the first half of the season, it was a remarkable turn around to gather 35 points in the second half. This was good enough to be the equal 8th best second half record and without the four game blip prior to the Cray game, would have been good enough to be top 5. The second half of the season was much more even throughout the league. In the first half, 2 teams achieved 50 plus points, none in the second half, with the highest being Bognor's 46. After the first half, four teams had 16 or fewer points. In the second half only 2 teams gathered less than 20 points. Two teams more than doubled their first half tally - ETFC with 35 against 16 and Thamemead with 31 against 15. Despite winning 6 of their last 7 Thamesmead still didn't do enough. Who would have predicted the way the bottom teams picked up points at the end. Thanks to all the people who helped me keep abreast of happenings, including The Col End with his wonderful website with videos, photos and reports. Anyway, here's looking forward to a slightly less nervous next season. Well done.
  24. Serious Sid has a good point. Why did Southern Stars think they were getting five players for nothing with airfares paid etc. It transpires that Woolley and Noel had been living in a Melbourne hotel all the time. Who was picking up the cost of this? As a former official and life member of a Victorian team that reached the Premier League briefly a few years back, I am sure we would have been highly suspicious of such an offer. Believe me, over here it is not uncommon for players coming from the UK and elsewhere to ask for hundreds of dollars a game, even those who only have had experience at lower than Conference level. One newspaper over here has also questioned why the Victorian Football Federation would not query why players coming from decent clubs overseas were not getting paid, but, again from personal experience not much gets picked up over here. Many players play as amateur, which allows them to be paid expenses up to but no more than $100 a game but talk to some of these players and they say they are getting many times that. For a club of modest means like mine, that was always the end of any discussion. Apparently, two of the players left Southern Stars in July and went to play in the Queensland Premier league. According to one paper those results are being looked at. The reporter also mentioned Hornchurch but whether he was just drawing a long bow, I don't know.
  25. I am in Australia. It is all over the front pages of the daily newspapers. Apparently five players and the coach (manager) have been arrested and bailed pending a court case. Maximum penalty for the offences charged in Victoria is 10 years under legislation passed in this state last year. The reports say that 4 more players are being interviewed and may be charged as well. The named players are David Obaze, Nicholas McKoy, Reiss Noel and Joe Woolley. The latter two are named in the report as leaving AFC Hornchurch to go to Australia but no English clubs have been given for the first two (Obaze and McKoy).
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