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  1. Yes, Arsenal fan has a point especially as neither Old Bradwell United and Milton Keynes Robins (or Buckingham Town) have won the Challenge Trophy previously so it would be a nice touch to make them joint winners. I may be wrong but I believe only two other Division Two Club's have reached the Challenge Trophy Final in the past, Thame United in 2017 and Old Dunstablians in 2003, I'm sure Motty will put me right if I'm mistaken.
  2. An added 'footnote' has come with the Hertfordshire FA's decision to null and void their 2019/20 County Cup Competitions whereby finalists, where already known, will be declared joint winners, therefore the joint winners of the Senior Challenge Cup this season are Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead Town who were due to contest the Final: Due to the un-precedented impact of COVID-19 this season's Hertfordshire FA County Cups have been declared null and void. After careful consideration we have concluded that it will not be possible to complete our 2019/20 County Cup competitions in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result these have been declared null and void, with finalists, where these were known, being declared 'joint winners'. In a joint statement issued with our Competitions Committee, Hertfordshire FA Chair Graham Phillips said: "COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on all of us not only football and has left us to come to terms with the loss of the ability to enjoy family and leisure activities we all took for granted and are now having to adjust to a different lifestyle choices, albeit for the right reasons. Government and Public Health England are updating on a daily basis the developments of the virus and we are all too aware of their message ‘Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS.’ There are still many uncertainties which have even developed during the lockdown and no indication when the ongoing and necessary social distancing measures can be removed to the point where football can safely resume. Whilst there was a genuine desire to do everything we could to find a way of playing these Competitions the true reality of the situation was that there were too many unknowns to make this a viable option and we felt that the County Cups were not the primary consideration for participants at the moment. When coming to any decision we realise that it is impossible to that will please everybody and sympathise with the teams that will miss out on the chance of playing in a Final at Hertfordshire FA. However, it should be realised that the decision was not taken lightly and was made in the best interests of everyone involved in football. I hope you and your families are staying safe and we look forward to seeing you all playing and participating in football as and when it is safe to do so." Further details of the considerations behind this decision can be found in the full statement which can be downloaded via the link below. Statement: Conclusion of County Cups 2019/20
  3. An added 'footnote' has come with the Hertfordshire FA's decision to null and void their 2019/20 County Cup Competitions whereby finalists, where already known, will be declared joint winners, therefore the joint winners of the Senior Centenary Trophy this season are Oxhey Jets Reserves and Wormley Rovers who were due to contest the Final: Due to the un-precedented impact of COVID-19 this season's Hertfordshire FA County Cups have been declared null and void. After careful consideration we have concluded that it will not be possible to complete our 2019/20 County Cup competitions in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result these have been declared null and void, with finalists, where these were known, being declared 'joint winners'. In a joint statement issued with our Competitions Committee, Hertfordshire FA Chair Graham Phillips said: "COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on all of us not only football and has left us to come to terms with the loss of the ability to enjoy family and leisure activities we all took for granted and are now having to adjust to a different lifestyle choices, albeit for the right reasons. Government and Public Health England are updating on a daily basis the developments of the virus and we are all too aware of their message ‘Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS.’ There are still many uncertainties which have even developed during the lockdown and no indication when the ongoing and necessary social distancing measures can be removed to the point where football can safely resume. Whilst there was a genuine desire to do everything we could to find a way of playing these Competitions the true reality of the situation was that there were too many unknowns to make this a viable option and we felt that the County Cups were not the primary consideration for participants at the moment. When coming to any decision we realise that it is impossible to that will please everybody and sympathise with the teams that will miss out on the chance of playing in a Final at Hertfordshire FA. However, it should be realised that the decision was not taken lightly and was made in the best interests of everyone involved in football. I hope you and your families are staying safe and we look forward to seeing you all playing and participating in football as and when it is safe to do so." Further details of the considerations behind this decision can be found in the full statement which can be downloaded via the link below. Statement: Conclusion of County Cups 2019/20
  4. AFC Fylde's Chairman, David Haythornthwaite, has made a statement and lays into the National League for their total lack of leadership and the lack of clarity on lots of critical things. To be fair nobody seems to have a clue what is going on, not only the National League however today the FA Council have granted the National League an extension to the 2019/20 campaign meaning that they can hold playoffs beyond the end of May although that doesn't mean they will definitely take place and, crucially, the National League still haven't offered their Club's a vote on how to end the season:
  5. An added 'footnote' has come with the Hertfordshire FA's decision to null and void their 2019/20 County Cup Competitions whereby finalists, where already know, will be declared joint winners, unfortunately that is not the case with the Charity Shield with one of the Semi Finals, between Ware and London Colney, not as yet concluded: Due to the un-precedented impact of COVID-19 this season's Hertfordshire FA County Cups have been declared null and void. After careful consideration we have concluded that it will not be possible to complete our 2019/20 County Cup competitions in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result these have been declared null and void, with finalists, where these were known, being declared 'joint winners'. In a joint statement issued with our Competitions Committee, Hertfordshire FA Chair Graham Phillips said: "COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on all of us not only football and has left us to come to terms with the loss of the ability to enjoy family and leisure activities we all took for granted and are now having to adjust to a different lifestyle choices, albeit for the right reasons. Government and Public Health England are updating on a daily basis the developments of the virus and we are all too aware of their message ‘Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS.’ There are still many uncertainties which have even developed during the lockdown and no indication when the ongoing and necessary social distancing measures can be removed to the point where football can safely resume. Whilst there was a genuine desire to do everything we could to find a way of playing these Competitions the true reality of the situation was that there were too many unknowns to make this a viable option and we felt that the County Cups were not the primary consideration for participants at the moment. When coming to any decision we realise that it is impossible to that will please everybody and sympathise with the teams that will miss out on the chance of playing in a Final at Hertfordshire FA. However, it should be realised that the decision was not taken lightly and was made in the best interests of everyone involved in football. I hope you and your families are staying safe and we look forward to seeing you all playing and participating in football as and when it is safe to do so." Further details of the considerations behind this decision can be found in the full statement which can be downloaded via the link below. Statement: Conclusion of County Cups 2019/20
  6. Savagebee - Yes, as you can see from this link, George is bracketed with all the great Fulham strikers of yesteryear such as Johnny Haynes, Dimitar Berbatov, Jimmy Hill, Gordon Davies, Rodney Marsh and John Mitchell to name a few, that says it all really doesn't it, he was only 19 when he arrived at Craven Cottage in June 1991, having been talent spotted at Wembley, and was very popular in his short time with the Club: http://www.ashwaterpress.co.uk/fulhamstrikersdetails.html
  7. Savagebee - How long have you got, you only need to read the earlier posts and on the thread below from 2016 when the Under 25 Development Division first got off the ground for the 2016/17 campaign and surprisingly lasted for three seasons before it was scrubbed. The Division was laughed out of Court as soon as it came off the drawing board at the SSML Management Committee meeting on 24 May 2016 and making it a Step 6 and above requirement, therefore excluding Division Two Club's, repeat (roll on roll off) substitutions, shortage of match Officials and the over age players issue were just four of the many criticisms, I felt a bit sorry for Karen as she was taking all the flack and bravely and loyally batted off every single criticism in a Ian Botham, Donald Bradman and Gary Sobers style: U-25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION SEASON 2016/17 At the Management Committee meeting on 24th May, it was agreed that: 1. The League will run a U-25 Development Division, with a maximum of 5 over age players allowed. 2. If there is enough support, the League will also run a smaller Reserve Division for those clubs who do not meet the Grade requirements for the above or do not wish to join the above. There will be a maximum of 5 over age players allowed to be allowed on the Team Sheet, although only 3 substitutes can be used (FA Regulations). We will however allow repeat substitutions. Age will be defined as at 1st August each year. Membership will be open to all current Reserve teams whose clubs are in the SSMFL and with an F or G Grade. Clubs will be encouraged to change the name of their Reserve team to a Development XI and will have the option of fielding a U-21 or U-23 team if they so wished. This move should also help clubs to attract new and younger players (as well as retaining existing players) who may find joining a Development team as a step forward in their career. Although the majority of games will be played on a Saturday, clubs should be available for midweek games as and when required. One of the hoped for benefits of a Development Division would be the ability to provide 3 match officials. Unfortunately in the short term, due to an overall shortage of officials, it may prove impossible to allocate 3 to every game. However there will be a guaranteed minimum of I official provided every week, and should the situation change this will be increased.
  8. The article in the Non League Paper from Sunday 26 April:
  9. Nice photographs from Buckingham Town v Rushden & Higham United, particularly of an iconic Ford Meadow, on 10 October 2009 in a United Counties League Division One fixture. It's 'criminal' what happened to the ground isn't it where Buckingham Town played from 1883, following their formation, until 2011 when, as discussed in detail at the time on another Forum, the Club were unceremoniously evicted: http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forum/gforum.cgi?do=post_view_flat;post=331244;page=1;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;mh=25;guest=335903503
  10. Buckingham Athletic's food bank has been a huge success story hasn't it and you have to hand it to Chairman Tony Checkley for readily agreeing for the Clubhouse to be used during the crisis and whilst there has been no football at Stratford Fields: https://www.sportsshots.org.uk/2020/05/26/buckingham-athletic-fc-emergency-food-centre-153-parcels-delivered-still-going/
  11. Looking at these photographs from a random 2017/18 SSML Under 25 Development Division fixture between Buckingham Athletic and Leighton Town, on 28 October 2017 at Stratford Fields, I have to say it doesn't look particularly inspiring with scruffy track suited linesmen and one man and his dog in attendance, Leighton Town won 4-1 if, in the unlikely event, anyone is interested:
  12. I see that Stevenage owner Phil Wallace is starting to get twitchy about the prospect of his Club being relegated to the National League, he states in his statement that "there is absolutely no integrity whatsoever in using a mathematical formula to expel a club from the EFL, that is unjust and wholly wrong" and I suppose you can see his point:
  13. George Georgiou you mean, I'm pretty sure he is just biding his time waiting for the right opportunity to come along, it would be interesting if he came up against New Salamis sometime in the future wouldn't it. George could have gone all the way in the game as a player and were you aware he played five times for Fulham during the 1991/92 season having started his career at Wembley and going on to play for Enfield, Dagenham & Redbridge, Purfleet, Leyton, Cheshunt and Haringey Borough, whilst at Purfleet he netted this effortless hat trick at Aylesbury United in front of a spellbound 457 at Buckingham Road: Friday 12th November 1999 - Ryman League Premier Division - Aylesbury United 0 Purfleet 3 After a good 2-1 victory away at Slough six days earlier, United's defensive faults quickly returned for this Friday night encounter (to avoid clashing with Scotland v England) and the visitors could easily have won by a greater margin. Player/Manager Gary Phillips retained the same starting line-up as for Slough but his side were unable to produce the goods two games in a row. A 25-yard Allan Pluckrose free kick which curled just over after 27 minutes was all that United had to show for a lacklustre opening half. Purfleet had already gone close twice, then on 30 minutes George Georgiou headed past Phillips from close range to break the deadlock. Just before the interval Phillips pulled off a superb point blank save from another Georgiou header and United were rather fortunate to be only one goal down at the break. Aylesbury did improve in the second half and, on 47 minutes, Steve Heard made a good run but his angled drive went just wide. On 55 minutes Neil Selby twisted and turned past two defenders, only to see his shot deflect for a corner. United kept up the pressure and on 66 minutes Phil Mason curled in a cross from the left, Selby 'ducked' out of the way and Howard did well to clear off the goal-line. Mason was again in the action on 74 minutes with a 20-yard volley which dipped just over the bar, but two minutes later on the counter attack, Georgiou raced through unchallenged and slotted past Phillips to put the visitors 2-0 ahead. United were unable to respond and never troubled keeper Mead. Infact Mead didn't have one save to make all evening. Three minutes from time Georgiou beat United's offside trap and advanced alone before burying the ball past Phillips to complete his hat-trick. After this game, their sixteenth in the league, United had already surpassed their goals conceded record of 38 goals from 42 league matches the previous season.
  14. Just a reminder that the other Non League Football Show is still going strong even if Ollie Bayliss's one on BBC Three Counties Radio sadly isn't and I still don't know why it was taken off air, the lame excuse was due to the radio station 'adapting the schedule to provide a vital local service to the Community during the Coronavirus outbreak' and I wonder how many listeners they lost for that one hour a week on a Tuesday evening by doing that: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/7vnes-591f4/The-Non-League-Football-Show-Podcast
  15. I see it was announced today that the Women's Super League and Championship have been ended, no decision has been made as yet on how to decide the lower Leagues of the Women's game:
  16. Again well after the Lord Mayors Show I'm afraid but photographs from London Lions v Langford on 6 March 2012 in a 2011/12 SSML Division One fixture at Goffs Lane where London Lions were groundsharing at the time, London Lions won 3-1. Both sides netted within the first fifteen minutes and the Langford Captain was dismissed after thirty minutes following a two footed challenge which appeared to be a harsh decision, that changed the game as London Lions made their man advantage tell during the second period although they left it surprisingly late with Sam Sloma netting twice in the last five minutes:
  17. Well after the Lord Mayors Show, and we are scraping the barrel a bit now, but photographs from the 2011/2012 SSML Premier Division fixture between Broxbourne Borough V&E and Harefield United, at Goffs Lane on 18 February 2012, which the visitors won 3-2. Harefield United raced into a 3-0 lead after just half an hour with goals from Keemo Maphela and two from Aban Majeed however, incredibly, Broxbourne Borough then pulled two back before the interval, you would never have imagined in a million years that the second period would be goalless: http://localbusdriver.blogspot.com/2012/02/broxbourne-borough-v-fc-3-4-harefield.html
  18. Here we go folks, a wonderful photo of the great man and a match report from New Salamis's 4-0 Aubrey Cup Quarter Final win over Ware Sports who didn't really know what day it was at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium on 6 April 2019, Richard Georgiou, Ryan Hervel, Leon Mckenzie and Kyri Portou netted to send them through to a Semi Final with Belstone who must have been quaking in their boots at the prospect and with good reason as they lost 6-1: http://www.parikiaki.com/2019/04/new-salamis-through-to-semi-final/
  19. Savagebee - Well that says it all about George Georgiou doesn't it to be able to entice a player like Leon McKenzie to the Club, that's what was so great about George as he could literally charm the birds from the trees and I bet Leon was playing for nothing as he was about 34 at that time and in the twilight of his illustrious career. He had been at AFC Hornchurch, East Thurrock United, Maldon & Tiptree, Corby Town, Bromley, Kettering Town, Boreham Wood, Thurrock, Bishop's Stortford, Grays Athletic and Waltham Forest previously, always finding the net, and I gather is currently with Waltham Abbey, he is still as fit as a flea.
  20. I remember Karen posting this article a while back, following a survey of Referees, and it was shocking to read: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/35007620
  21. Do we know where the great Robert Pattwell is these days, here is a photo of him that I took myself when he was plying his trade for Tokyngton Manor not long before being appointed player manager at Welwyn Garden City during the 2010/11 season where he worked tirelessly to stabilise the playing side in Division One of the SSML following relegation from the Premier Division in 2009/10 when the Herns Lane Club were in a state of turmoil both on and off the pitch at that time: https://www.walthamstowfc.com/2013/10/14/pattwell-brought-in-as-assistant/
  22. So what is in the Non League Paper today folks, anything interesting, they must have really been struggling for material over the last two months or so:
  23. The Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division, this was the finishing positions with New Salamis being promoted to the SSML as Letchworth Garden City Eagles ground didn't meet with Step 6 approval: 1 Letchworth Garden City Eagles 2 New Salamis 3 Bushey Sports 4 Ware Sports 5 Chipperfield Corinthians 6 Cuffley 7 Sandridge Rovers 8 Colney Heath Development 9 Belstone 10 Bedmond Sports 11 Knebworth 12 Weston 13 Broadfields 14 Evergreen
  24. George Georgiou organised a pre season friendly at the start of the 2015/16 campaign between Potters Bar Town and New Salamis at Parkfield on 13 August 2015 however the three tier difference at that time told with Potters Bar Town running out 6-1 winners, I wonder what the score would have been had the game been played at the start of this season:
  25. Over sixty photographs from a friendly fixture between London Colney and Cheshunt at Cotlandswick on 8 September 2015 which London Colney won 2-1, I gather the game was arranged at short notice due to the postponement of Cheshunt's league fixture with Maldon & Tiptree:
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