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  1. The last time I was at Rayners Lane, September 2019, at a midweek game, the programmes didn't turn up until ten to ten. Punters at the turnstiles at 7.45 were told 'The chap who does them hasn't delivered them yet'. Yes he had. He had delivered them much earlier and left them in a cupboard in the clubhouse. Unfortunately, he didn't tell anyone, and so it was only after the game that someone opened the cupboard and found them. The delights of Step 6.
  2. Wednesday, September 23rd To Rowley Lane, a brisk twenty-five minute walk from Elstree & Borehamwood station, to see London Lions host Shefford Town & Campton, a team I hadn't seen before. Lions are a strong side, and had a good pre-season, beating the likes of Hadley and Cockfosters, and were judged unlucky to lose their FA Cup tie at Step 5 Walthamstow, having twice taken the lead during the game. STC, on the other hand, began their campaign with a 5-1 defeat at St Panteleimon, and so I was expecting to see a fairly straightforward home win. On this most dismal of evenings, in appalling conditions, I was both surprised and entertained. Rain began falling a few minutes before kick-off, quickly became very heavy, and didn't let-up for over an hour, and yet despite this, I saw some good football from both sides. Both keepers had work to do, and both sides could have scored a couple before Lions captain Landesberg bundled the ball home from a corner after 70 minutes. I thought that this would decide it, but STC came back strongly and were awarded a penalty on 76 minutes, scored by McNamara, and a lively last fifteen minutes passed with both sides having chances to win it. Lions will probably be disappointed at the result, but from this neutral's point of view, Shefford more than deserved a point. Do Lions have enough to challenge St Panteleimon and New Salamis at the top ? Probably not quite, but they aren't far away and are certainly one of the sides to watch, while STC, who probably wouldn't have chosen St P and Lions as their first two fixtures, can be pleased with their performance and should be looking forward to a good season. Despite the rain, and it being unexpectedly cold, I had a fine evening, and still had time for a couple of late stiffeners in the Hart & Spool, in Borehamwood, on the final night of eleven pm closing. Happy days.
  3. Referring to the report above on the London Tigers game, perhaps a little background information for the uninitiated. As reported, it was Tigers' first game of the season, and it was also the new manager's first senior role, having spent the last two seasons as manager of Cockfosters reserves in the Step 7 Herts Senior. Eight of yesterday's squad were playing for him last season, so, given that at the time of closedown in March Cockfosters were in the bottom four of the Herts, taking on a Step 5 side like Chenecks was always going to be difficult. I think it says a lot for the manager that so many young players, largely from areas like Edmonton, Enfield and Tottenham, are willing to join a side based in Southall and playing in Amersham to stay on board with him. And as for the 'profanity laden criticism' mentioned above, well, he used to be a goalkeeper at Welwyn Garden City FC, so perhaps that is where he picked it up...
  4. Thanks for posting R. A fine article about a fine man.
  5. Agamemnon3, (whoever he is), was at Silver Jubilee Park yesterday watching Edgware Town huff and puff their way to a 3-1 win over a game, but limited, Irchester United before a pitiful 'crowd' of 48. Of possibly more interest than the football on offer were the grumblings in the newly-refurbished clubhouse from the ET regulars. It would appear, much to the disgust of those present, that draught beers are only to be available at Hendon FC home games, while the undoubtedly second-class ET faithful must learn to survive on over-priced bottles. Indeed, standing quietly, and listening to the talk around me, it was apparent that there are a number of issues on which the two clubs do not agree, certainly enough to suggest that off-field relations between the co-tenants are somewhat strained. This, of course, can often happen when one is unlucky enough to have a cuckoo in one's nest.
  6. No, sorry R, I couldn't do Thursday. Good to see that Harefield have some points on the board anyway. They are a good club, doing the right things.
  7. No longer SSML Clubs perhaps, but still old friends and interested parties: St Albans City v Hadley (Wednesday 9 September 7.00pm) Cockfosters v Tilbury (Thursday 10 September 7.45pm)
  8. Harefield completely outplayed yesterday, and lucky to get away with only a 4-1 defeat. What makes it even worse is that although officially 'Cockfosters Reserves', back at Chalk lane they are referred to as 'the U23s', and even include a handful of last season's U18s. I don't know what the general standard is in the Suburban League, but on yesterday's showing the step-up to the Herts Prem for Harefield was ill advised. Referring to my earlier post, why are new sides in the Prem anyway ? Surely they should be required to start in the Senior Division ? That would be fairer, and better, for everyone. Anyway, Harefield are a decent bunch and a good club, so let us hope yesterday was just first-day nerves. No doubt Chipperfield will have something to say about that on Thursday.
  9. Thanks for that R. Yes, as you say, the Herts Prem looks like a seriously competitive division. Although, quite honestly, I'm not sure what I think about this. Are the 'genuine' Herts clubs, (Belstone, Cuffley, Ware Sports etc), being asked for too much in taking on Step 4 and 5 reserve sides week after week, or do they actually gain from the experience ? And similarly, in the Senior Div, what's in it for the 'genuine' Herts clubs , (Evergreen, Hinton, Knebworth etc) ? Wouldn't they be in the Prem if it weren't for other clubs' reserve/development sides ? It's a difficult one, and, as I say, I'm not entirely sure what to think. But yes, you're right again, the Suburban League is certainly in trouble. But then parts of their website haven't been updated since 2015, which speaks volumes.
  10. Turned up at the Medburn Ground this afternoon to watch Belstone v London Lions, but all I could find was a friendly groundsman pottering about. Evidently both sides have some injuries, and so with the season's start almost upon us, decided to cancel the game. On Thursday. One might have thought that such a snippet of information was worth mentioning on a club website, or a club twitter feed, but clearly neither club could be bothered. Ho hum... Welcome back to grassroots football...
  11. Cockfosters Reserves, of the Herts Senior, seem to think that their first league game, (September 5th), is away at Harefield United. Which would suggest that Harefield Res have joined the Herts. I can't find a Herts constitution anywhere. Does anyone have anything more on this ?
  12. 'Attendance only 47.' Well if you choose to schedule a game against a 'B' side at the same time as their first team are playing, then what can you expect ? There was no need whatsoever for this game to have been played this evening. The general lack of initiative and imagination among non-league Club Secretaries in and around London continues to be nothing short of staggering. (As an aside, an attendance that is equally shocking this evening must surely be the 223 who turned up to watch the cup-tie between Barnet and Farsley Celtic. This, you will recall, was called off a couple of weeks ago only seconds before the kick-off time, after both sets of players had been warming up on the pitch for about an hour). In passing, you may also have noted an impressive win by St Panteleimon over a hastily-cobbled-together Cockfosters Reserves side. A thoroughly unnecessary game and a complete waste of an evening for all concerned. If, however, it has brought some small measure of comfort to some of the people at St Panteleimon, then so be it. Anyway, the good news is that the lazy and ignorant blazers of the Middlesex FA can now all sleep soundly knowing that their rules have been adhered to. Because that's all that really matters, isn't it ?
  13. Interesting to note that Leighton Town had their highest attendance of the season yesterday --- an impressive 260 for a run-of-the-mill game v Wembley FC. So what's happening here ? Are the good people of Leighton Buzzard turning out in their droves to show their support for their club's brave stand against unacceptable behaviour ? Or are the obnoxious ones actually turning up as usual but this time dragging along an aged person with them in order to facilitate entry ? Fascinating times at Bell Close...
  14. Just a brief update. The Middlesex FA, as boneheadedly out of touch as ever, have decided that the St Panteleimon v Cockfosters tie must be replayed, as per their rules, within seven days of the initial abandonment. Cockfosters have done the honourable thing and offered to forfeit the game and allow St Panteleimon to progress unhindered to the next round. Surprisingly perhaps, St Panteleimon have turned down this offer, and want to go ahead with the game, leaving Cockfosters with no real choice but to agree. This completely unnecessary game will therefore take place at 7.45pm on Tuesday at Rayners Lane FC.
  15. Just to expand on Winslow Boy's post a little. Thiago died in a road accident while on his way to Rayners Lane to play for St Panteleimon in their MPC tie v Cockfosters Reserves. News of the accident reached those at the ground with fifteen minutes of the game left, with St Panteleimon leading 2-0. The game was immediately abandoned, with the full agreement of everyone there. The Middlesex FA will decide what happens with the tie, but I would hope that Cockfosters do the right thing and allow St Panteleimon to progress without further ado. A dreadfully sad evening for London football.
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