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I think if a manager is aware of the situation before the his tenure begins, then it isn't a problem. I've always said there is no shame in Spartan football, as long as everyone is singing from the sa

I'd be interested to know why they have folded, it's a shame as they are a long established club. Bicknell managed Leighton and after he left there was a difficult phase where a squad didn't really ex

Can see Leighton shocking a few people next season. Seemed to turn it around towards the end of last season.   As for Barker, the statement when he left seemed to imply him taking on a step 4 team w

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Bit of a backward step is it not.

 

Oh, I don't know --- there are those who, looking at the bigger picture, might argue that being the manager of the development squad at a step 3 side is a much better place

to be than overall manager of a step 5 side that has no possible chance of promotion...

 

For what it's worth, my own view is that Barker has taken the plunge a year too early.  With Hertford gone, and Colney imploding, there was a very real chance of the side that

Barker had put together at Cockfosters winning the league in 17/18.  Given that at least one of the 16/17 step 5 league winners had a player wage bill of over £100.000, to win

a step 5 league on a zero-budget would really be something worth having on one's cv...

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I agree Cockfosters would have had a great chance to win the league this year if Barker had stayed and kept the squad together, but must have been in back of his mind that without having a ground that could get promoted, would it be worth it? No disrespect to Cockfosters as they seem a good club, but having put all that effort in, surely you'd want to make sure you could go up if you win it

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I agree Cockfosters would have had a great chance to win the league this year if Barker had stayed and kept the squad together, but must have been in back of his mind that without having a ground that could get promoted, would it be worth it? No disrespect to Cockfosters as they seem a good club, but having put all that effort in, surely you'd want to make sure you could go up if you win it

 

Why ?  Surely winning the league that you are in is always worth it, purely for its own sake...  Before all this silly pyramid nonsense, that's exactly what teams did --- strive to win the

league that they were in, and then next year, strive to win it again...  Sometimes, a club with ambition, (and a couple of wealthy directors), would apply to join a higher league, but

most other clubs didn't bother --- and it was a system that worked perfectly well for seventy years or more...

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Winning the league should be the primary motivation, promotion is a by-product of that success.

 

Those who say 'we couldn't get promoted anyway, so whats the point' are using it as an excuse for bottling it when it came to the crunch.

 

That said, I would have been very surprised if Dean or anyone else (at this level) could have taken Cockfosters any further. Their apparent lack of resources in comparison to other clubs will make it very difficult to keep hold of their better players or bring in new players of the required quality.

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I'm pretty sure being able to get promoted is important to the managers who work hard all season to try and win the league. I'd expect that was a big part of the reason why Gavin Kelsey left Hoddesdon and Ryan Thompson left London Colney in recent years. just my opinion, but I don't think many managers at teams near the top would be happy if they won it and then had to do it all again in the same league the following season.

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I think if a manager is aware of the situation before the his tenure begins, then it isn't a problem. I've always said there is no shame in Spartan football, as long as everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet and understands the situation.

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Wont be out of the game long im sure.

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I am sure Craig Bicknell will be back involved in no time, good manager and a shame he is no longer at New Bradwell - thought they may have done something this year in SML2 i watched them a few times last year as i am friends with Les Smith who runs the club. I have heard all their players from last year are moving on also.

 

Stacey Field is currently training with Berkhamstead, may have already signed (goalscorer)

Ashley Farmer is training with Totternhoe, again may have already signed (watched him when we played against Winslow he was outstanding)

Nimi is training with Kettering (didn't see much of but heard good things, youngster)

 

Would be interesting to see where the likes of Dan Green/Billy Lobjoit go? (ex leyton orient)

 

3 lads that were brilliant last year and i am sure will do well for their new clubs.

 

On a brighter note, good seeing the lads against FC Wasps - few good trialists on show and i have no doubt we will have a good season! 

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I am sure Craig Bicknell will be back involved in no time, good manager and a shame he is no longer at New Bradwell - thought they may have done something this year in SML2 i watched them a few times last year as i am friends with Les Smith who runs the club. I have heard all their players from last year are moving on also.

 

New Bradwell St Peter are in Division One this season

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I am sure Craig Bicknell will be back involved in no time, good manager and a shame he is no longer at New Bradwell - thought they may have done something this year in SML2 i watched them a few times last year as i am friends with Les Smith who runs the club. I have heard all their players from last year are moving on also.

 

Stacey Field is currently training with Berkhamstead, may have already signed (goalscorer)

Ashley Farmer is training with Totternhoe, again may have already signed (watched him when we played against Winslow he was outstanding)

Nimi is training with Kettering (didn't see much of but heard good things, youngster)

 

Would be interesting to see where the likes of Dan Green/Billy Lobjoit go? (ex leyton orient)

 

3 lads that were brilliant last year and i am sure will do well for their new clubs.

 

On a brighter note, good seeing the lads against FC Wasps - few good trialists on show and i have no doubt we will have a good season!

Caleb Bolton has signed with Buckingham Atheltic as well.

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Ex Holmer Green FC legend Dean Allen has joined Flackwell Heath FC.

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Following today's excellent 3-3 draw at home to Southern Premier League side Chesham Utd, Berkhamsted FC signed 14 players in one afternoon according to their official twitter page.

 

Have to say, as a spectator today they looked really good in front of a healthy crowd of 141 with plenty of good new players on display.  New Manager Steve Bateman obviously has great connections from managing at a higher level but being a Berko boy he clearly feels he wants to achieve the same at his home town club.

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Funny that. That's exactly what I'd imagine someone who's been messed about by Northwood to say. 

 

Seriously belated reply, I know, but something has just surfaced.

Barker was indeed messed about, having been promised a manager's job by a chairman in February.

But it wasn't at Northwood.

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Heard last night that New Bradwell will be pulling out. Not sure of the accuracy, but suspect it is true. Also that Mk Gallacticos tried to get in there but was rejected.

As soon as CB stood down I thought that would happen, why apply for promotion then. I wonder why the manager left, all the talk coming from New Bradwell sounded very positive and determined. It does mean even number of teams in the division.

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