lovely stuff reacted to 4wembleyfinals in Season Over?
Strange I remember saying a lot of this over 3 years ago especially when we acquired the lease on the QE2. I now find myself having sympathy with both sides of the argument. Why, because both points of view have very little merit unless one side or the other pushes for change. That will I am afraid split the club down the middle.
I have always thought that since the club achieved entry into the Ryman Premier league the majority of members, what ever side they were on, were happy with the default position of the club retaining the status quo. I believe that is where AL came in and to be fair he has achieved this.
But that said I often think our motto should be based on the constantly repeated mantra of "we can't really afford it but look where we are".
How do we get out of this I am not sure but one thing I believe we certainly won't progress if we are not ready to give it a try. What is the worst that can happen, demotion.
With an ever ageing membership one has to look towards the future. Consequently very soon we will be required to encourage more younger supporters to join as full members. However, with their present mind set I feel they will not tolerate their team standing still.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Isthmian League Football Paused
I cannot for the life of me understand this decision, nor our club's support for it.
Football clubs voting not to play football in the current circumstances is bonkers. Will ruin the Christmas of a lot of people, including our players. Thoroughly depressed about the whole situation, just at a time when it seemed there was some hope.
Non league football has become a sad joke and the public won't thank them for it. Another wasted season.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in good news
Really disappointed with that decision, just can't see the sense in it at all.
If that is the decision that's accepted by the league then I can't see anything other than another wasted void season. We're not going to be going into Tier 1 anytime soon as far as I can see - Tier 2 is as good as we're going to get for many months.
Why close down at a time when the rest of the football community is opening up? Charlton had 2,000 fans last night.
lovely stuff reacted to Barney in Retention of players for clubs like ours.
Agree with much of what's been said above - LS's suggestion of getting players to sign nominal contracts so that they command a fee should they move on higher sounds good to me, but as I've said before isn't something that I think we can just do unilaterally. If we do, then those promising young players that might have joined us would go up the road to another club in the division who aren't insisting on this, as it affords them a much greater chance of moving up the leagues if they do well.
It would be great if all clubs at our step agreed to do this en-masse, so players didn't have the option of going to a club willing to take them on a non-contact basis, it would be even better if the FA / Leagues put something official in place to reimburse clubs that have nurtured talented youngsters who have then gone on to do well higher up... but I'm not holding my breath.
lovely stuff reacted to wilson in Carshalton Ath. v Enfield Town
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.
lovely stuff reacted to 4wembleyfinals in ETFC v Margate
I wish I was a "young whippersnapper" again Steph, but when you were old enough to have been taken to see George V1's coronation and then an evacuee in 1942, I take your remark as a great compliment. Us oldies can still give as good as we get.
lovely stuff reacted to littlehampton in FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Round Enfield Town v Ramsgate
As most Towners will be aware, the Draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy was made yesterday, and the 39th ball out of the bag landed us a home tie against Kent side Ramsgate, who compete in the Isthmian League South East Division.
This match will be played at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium on Saturday 31st October KO; 3.00pm. The match will be decided on the day. There will be no extra time or replay, in the event of scores being level at ninety minutes, the match will proceed immediately to penalties, to decide the winners and who progresses to the next round.
We look forward to extending a warm welcome to The Rams and their supporters for this important match. The winners of this cup-tie will pick up £2450, losers £625.
Should be quite a game. Don't miss it! Keep an eye on the main website for match ticket availability news.
See you there. COYT
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Good luck
Completely agree with 4wembleyfinals! Whilst I didn't really want to be in Peterborough for an extra half hour on a Tuesday night, going straight to penalties with no extra time didn't feel right. Penalties always feels unfair when you lose - and brilliant when you win! - but it almost made the journey feel worthless last night! That's how disappointed I was - I agree with others that, financially, last night's result was a disaster but, unfortunately, even with best intentions football has a habit of kicking you in the unmentionables!
An objective view of last night, 18 hours after the event, is that we came up against a very good side and acquitted ourselves pretty well for the most part, especially when you consider that was our second game in a few days with little training in the previous 2 weeks due to the Covid isolation. I thought we were on top for the first half, definitely off the pace for the majority of the second half (too much giving the ball away in the midfield area) but did well to claw our way back into the game before the dreaded penalties. Only one miss (actually a save) from either team - and that from our regular penalty taker who rarely misses. Typical - but happens to the best of players, Billy! Man of the match for me was the Peterborough Sports No 10.
The attendance was given as 235 - seemed like more, with a good attendance from our fans even if some understandably chose to stay at home. Actually I thought Peterborough Sports handled the game well and certainly better than some of us were expecting when we heard they would only take cash. A very friendly and efficient young lady dealt with the NHS Test & Trace details and signage was clear, with one way systems in operation in part. Seemed like a nice club and I wish them well in the next round.
Their twitter feed (@PSLFC) has some very nice things to say about our club and our fans including '2 top sides and as good a game as seen for some time. But off the field a class act with travelling supporters a real credit to you with numerous comments from our staff about their friendliness. What Non-League is about'. Another said ' the London side (is) one of the best I have seen at the Bee Arena'. Well done everybody, even if the lottery of penalties went against us.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Grays Athletic Away
It was great to be back watching football again over at Aveley yesterday.
A 3-1 win (Okojie & 2 trialists), sunshine (though a bit too windy!), familiar faces - whats not to like?!
Social distancing was very easy so if anybody has any worries on that front I can reassure you. Grays were taking their responsibilities seriously (tickets booked in advance and details collected for track and trace) and I was very pleased to hear what we as a club have been doing on this front. The documentation posted on the website is a lot more than the tick-box exercise I've seen elsewhere - thank you to all those involved for all the hard work.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Isthmian League Update
Confirmation now from The Isthmian League:
However, if you look at the table they've produced, it's not the capacity of the ground that's used but the minimum capacity for the league. For us at Step 3 that's 1,950 so 15% is 300 (presumably they've rounded the figures!).
For Grays, at step 4, it's 1,350 so 15% is 200.
Grays have tweeted to say they will announce very shortly their plans to allow spectators to watch their home games from this Saturday.
lovely stuff reacted to Raingod in Coronavirus
I agree LS - I think they have to finish all the leagues whether it is June, August or next January! Then 20-21 can be deal with by no cups, etc
If the season is "extended" then the transfer window being closed means that players can ONLY play for their current club - this would help non league ..
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Bishop's Stortford v Enfield Town
Agree with much of what was said in the previous two posts - what was pleasing was the way we battled to the end and kept the clean sheet.
Should have put the game to bed earlier but Bishop's Stortford will feel they could have got something out of the game if they'd taken their chances so I think we should be pleased with the 3 points.
Glenn Wilson was brought into central defence with Jon Muleba moving across to the right to replace Sam Hatton (I wonder if that was with Aaron Greene's pace in mind?). Lyle Della-Verde also replaced Ken Charles in the starting 11. MoM for me was Lyle, with strong performances too from Jon Muleba and Ryan Blackman. Nice to see Shaun Okojie get his goal - a proper striker's goal getting across the defender to meet a good cross from Muleba.
Strange weather - not as cold as in recent weeks (about time!) but with a strong wind that had an impact.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in ETFC v Lewes
Disappointing result and performance last night. Whilst Lewes have picked up a few points since the recent appointment of a new manager, I thought that side last night were there for the taking. Yes, they had a very tall centre forward making his debut for them on loan who had a good game but I still felt they looked pretty poor overall.
Just watched Andy's interview and I agree with him that we seemed to drop off in performance level after the first 20 minutes. What surprised me though is that it seemed to me and others around me last night that we were crying out for more width to stretch the game wheareas Andy said they chose to make it more compact in the second half! All about opinions I suppose. I thought we had more success when Josh pushed further forward from left back, but a left footed player there might have produced better results.
Lots of games to come this month including 3 of the top 6. Crucial that we get a run of wins together if we're to push for that play-off place - last night didn't help.
Interesting to hear that we've signed Mo Faal's 21 year old cousin, a centre forward who's been playing in Germany. Looking forward to seeing him play if he's anything like Mo (or Joe Gomez!).
lovely stuff reacted to Wildlife rescue in He's not the Messiah...
How about praising the work Arky and his team do by keeping our club with such a selection of merchandise.
I have followed the town since there formation and Enfield before and I have never heard a negative remark about our shop.
Well done Dave Pat Sheila and Cliff.??
lovely stuff reacted to Arky in He's not the Messiah...
We do take cards in the shop and have done all season.
As for the navy things, it.'s what people have asked for as the team have navy tops, gillet's etc.
If you' d like more of the lighter Royal Blue more than happy to oblige. In fact we had some of that shade polo shirts in the shop last night.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in U23s
We don't see much comment on here about the U23s but I thought last night's game is worth a mention given the involvement of several first team squad players.
It's become usual practice for a lot of clubs to ask the U23s to play in the same manner as the first team - in our case, maybe be shouldn't follow that quite so religiously!
What looked a very strong Town side (on paper) should have been good enough to beat a spirited Bedfont & Feltham in the Quarter Final of the Middlesex FA Premier Cup but we eventually came out on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline. The Town line-up included the likes of Matt Nolan (in goal), Joe Payne (in central defence), Junior Mubayi (in centre Mid), Bobson Bawling (in his usual wing role), and Jack Hockney & Samson Esan (up front).
Samson put in the sort of performance that Josh Davison was giving in the U23s last year and scored a hat-trick whilst Joe Payne scored a towering header. Must be difficult for the U23s management to include quite so many non-regulars but at least it gave some game time to the first team squad players who may be called upon with a lot of games in March.
Good luck to Bedfont & Feltham who must have a real chance of winning this cup now.
lovely stuff reacted to AnfieldTowner in Merstham v Enfield Town
A pleasing solid team performance. Much better side on the day - we'll have tougher tests in the coming weeks.
Both forwards, Ken & Billy, looked sharp. Lewis was excellent again in the first half and Lyle took over in the second half. MoM for me was Sam Youngs for consistency throughout, though I agree Sam Hatton had a very good game.