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Just to reassure Berkhamsted Raiders that the Kings Langley v Barking FA Cup tie is going ahead this afternoon, that must be music to the Club's ears:

The pitch is looking great ahead of today's FA Cup tie against Barking. Make sure you get yourself down and support the team in their first home game of the season.

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I see Berkhamsted Raiders maintained their 100% league record this afternoon at The 61 FC (Luton) winning 5-0 with Josh Mantle netting four times on his first team league bow. The Club now look forward to their first home game of the campaign on Tuesday evening against Pitstone and Ivinghoe at the Sadiku Stadium.

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Berkhamsted Raiders make their home bow this evening at the Sadiku Stadium. The Club have won it’s first four league games of the campaign at Sarratt, Bovingdon, Tring Corinthians AFC and The 61 FC (Luton) and sit proudly at the summit of Division Two without having kicked a ball in anger on home soil, they will no doubt be looking forward to the visit of mid table Pitstone and Ivinghoe who are unlikely to put up much resistance despite plying their trade at such salubrious surroundings

 

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On 10/07/2019 at 09:39, Savagebee said:

I don't blame Berkhamsted FC for being upset to be honest.

Savagebee - Further to the spat between Berkhamsted FC and Berkhamsted Raiders, this article explains more. Raiders Chairman Keith Pollard stated at the time that 'It was not a takeover of Berkhamsted FC' but that's exactly what it was and the Club would have had to drop down the Pyramid as the proposed new facilities would not have met Step 4 criteria, they now sit proudly at the summit of the Southern League Division 1 Central with the distinct possibility of promotion to Step 3 next season:

https://www.livingmags.info/football-row/

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16 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - Further to the spat between Berkhamsted FC and Berkhamsted Raiders, this article explains more. Raiders Chairman Keith Pollard stated at the time that 'It was not a takeover of Berkhamsted FC' but that's exactly what it was and the Club would have had to drop down the Pyramid as the proposed new facilities would not have met Step 4 criteria, they now sit proudly at the summit of the Southern League Division 1 Central with the distinct possibility of promotion to Step 3 next season:

https://www.livingmags.info/football-row/

Always enjoyed my visits to Berkhamsted FC. Glad to hear that they are doing well. 

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Savagebee - I would have given my right arm to be an insect or fly on the wall during the discussions between Keith Pollard and Berkhamsted FC Chairman Steve Davis, you can tell that Mr Pollard tried to ride roughshod as that is very much his style but Mr Davis wasn't having any of it was he.

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On 04/09/2019 at 11:49, Rhodes said:

Berkhamsted Raiders scheduled home fixtures against Pitstone & Ivinghoe on Tuesday 17 September and MK Gallacticos on Saturday 21 September. 

I expect Berkhamsted Raiders were praying for Kings Langley to, firstly, be beaten by Barking in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round and, secondly, to be drawn away in the Second Qualifying Round so they could meet MK Gallacticos at the recently renamed Orbital Fasterners Stadium as arranged tomorrow. Instead, with Kings Langley now hosting Folkestone Invicta, they will be sitting at home twiddling their thumbs as will MK Gallacticos who unfortunately have to forfeit playing tomorrow through no fault of their own.

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Whilst we're on the subject of Kings Langley I see that their manager Dean Barker has surprisingly resigned:

Kings Langley boss Dean Barker resigns

Sep 19, 2019 | Chimp Weekly Headlines, newsnow, Top Stories

Dean Barker has resigned from his role as manager of Kings Langley.

Kings have taken eight points from their opening seven games this season in the BetVictor Southern Premier Central. Barker took charge back in June and was described by the club as ‘the perfect fit to further develop the club’s young squad.’

The former Northwood boss has now departed, though, and the club have posted this statement this morning:

“Kings Langley Football Club have reluctantly accepted the resignation of first-team manager, Dean Barker. Dean joined the club under challenging circumstances with the club’s entire pre-season and early league fixtures all played away from home.

“Dean showed exceptional resolve to overcome these difficulties to lead the team to a positive start to the season. The club recognise and acknowledge the unrelenting work ethic and commitment Dean has displayed during his tenure and would like to put on record their appreciation of the contribution he has made to Kings Langley Football Club in a short space of time.

“The club wish him all the very best in his future career.”

http://nonleaguedaily.com/kings-langley-boss-dean-barker-resigns/?utm_source=All+Football&utm_campaign=f7bb75a2b9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_21_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b33754a738-f7bb75a2b9-412243449&mc_cid=f7bb75a2b9&mc_eid=d914ad9d95#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kings-langley-boss-dean-barker-resigns

 

 

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Berkhamsted Raiders must have been spitting feathers this afternoon when the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw was announced as Kings Langley were drawn at home to Corinthian Casuals on 5 October, they were due to host Totternhoe that day in a SSML Division 2 fixture at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium:

http://nonleaguedaily.com/fa-cup-third-round-qualifying-draw-2/?mc_cid=e77401b67c&mc_eid=d914ad9d95#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fa-cup-third-round-qualifying-draw-2

Edited by Rhodes

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On 18/09/2019 at 17:04, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - Further to the spat between Berkhamsted FC and Berkhamsted Raiders, this article explains more. Raiders Chairman Keith Pollard stated at the time that 'It was not a takeover of Berkhamsted FC' but that's exactly what it was and the Club would have had to drop down the Pyramid as the proposed new facilities would not have met Step 4 criteria, they now sit proudly at the summit of the Southern League Division 1 Central with the distinct possibility of promotion to Step 3 next season:

https://www.livingmags.info/football-row/

As someone directly involved in this 2 year dispute I can categorically confirm it was an underhanded attempt to takeover Berkhamsted FC's ground and trust me he more than met his match and went away with his tail firmly between his legs.  

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Savagebee - To quote the legendary Barry Davies commentary of the Francis Lee goal for Derby at Maine Road in 1974 , that's interesting, very interesting. If Keith Pollard had been nice about it and simply gone to his counterpart, Steve Davis at Berkhamsted FC, cap in hand and on bended knee then Mr Davis may well have been happy to listen and tried to be more receptive and accommodating to the plan however why should he if Mr Pollard was simply trying to ride roughshod over a much loved Club who had played on the hallowed Broadwater turf for a hundred years. The arrogant and assuming piece below from Berkhamsted Raiders website says it all really:

https://www.berkhamstedraiders.com/update-on-the-berkhamsted-community-stadium-project/

 

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Also, reading this interesting article, originated by the innovative Dacorum Sports Network, the ambitious plans and report Berkhamsted Raiders submitted to Dacorum Council, after a 13 month delay and without even showing Berkhamsted FC, breached about ten FA rules which would have meant relegation to a lower league for Berkhamsted FC, not just one league but possibly two or even three, unless of course they vacated Broadwater and groundshared with another Club. Fortunately, the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association (BSGCA), who are the freeholders of Broadwater, appear to have been on Berkhamsted FC's side and had informed Berkhamsted Raiders in no uncertain terms to demonstrate that the project needed to satisfy various criteria and to show sufficient progress on planning and finance issues which Keith Pollard was unable to do, indeed his presentation was fundamentally flawed:

https://www.dacorumsports.net/news/berkhamsted-football-club-future/

 

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I see that Berkhamsted Raiders are actually scheduled to play another home league game next Wednesday evening against Old Bradwell United and then a Division 2 Cup First Round tie on Saturday 19 October against Aston Clinton however that will take us into early November with the Club only having completed two home league fixtures by then at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium. It's not ideal is it with another twelve home league fixtures still to play and possibly two more in the Division 2 Cup if they are 'unlucky' with the Quarter and Semi Final draws. We also don't know how the hallowed turf at the stadium is going to hold up throughout the winter months with Kings Langley, Watford Ladies and Berkhamsted Raiders all playing on it.

Edited by Rhodes

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I wonder whether the pressure is actually starting to tell on Berkhamsted Raiders, not so much on the pitch but off it. It must be difficult having to play away from home every week and I get the impression that Kings Langley don't really want them there as tenants, they would just be content with Watford Ladies who must be paying a tidy sum to play at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium. I would be interested to know how much Keith Pollard agreed to pay Kings Langley to ground share however Berkhamster Raiders have deep pockets from subscriptions, sponsorship, donations and fundraising, he is also very well connected to the great and the good in this Country and around the World.

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Sorry to keep quoting the Barry Davies commentary from 1974 but it will be interesting, very interesting to see whether the Berkhamsted Raiders v Old Bradwell United Division 2 fixture will go ahead this evening at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium particularly if there is any further rain today which, fortunately for Berkhamsted Raiders, is looking unlikely. It wouldn't surprise me if Kings Langley took their tenants to one side and asked for a cancellation with their FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round tie on Saturday against Corinthian Casuals and Watford Ladies entertaining Oxford United Ladies on Sunday, indeed Watford Ladies have three home game in a week on 6, 9 and 13 October, Kings Langley are also at home again on 12 October. We don't really know as yet how the hallowed turf is holding up following the early season problems and the deluge yesterday may well have thrown a spanner into the works.

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No rain today during daylight hours in 'Sunny Surry'

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Munchkin - Thanks for that, what do you suppose has gone so horribly wrong for Berkhamsted Raiders in the last two games, at Totternhoe on Saturday and this evening

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Posted (edited)

Can’t comment on Saturday. Don’t think anything went wrong tonight.

we had the better chances overall, but Berko missed a sitter after about 20 when they were on top. We then scored 2 in quick succession and saw out the half.

2nd half lacked a bit of quality all over with neither team that effective in the final third.

after our defeat against Codicote very happy to win the last 2 as we enter a couple of cup games.

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The match report from last night makes interesting reading, after finishing third, fifth two seasons running and runners up last season, as well as winning the Division 2 Cup, Old Bradwell United now look capable of winning Division 2 which would be great although, unfortunately, Abbey Road doesn't allow the Club to gain promotion to Step 6 does it which is a shame:

https://www.oldbradwellunited.com/teams/222532/match-centre/1-4802755/report

http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=47247

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I see that Kings Langley progressed further yesterday in the FA Cup against Corinthian Casuals so Berkhamsted Raiders will no doubt be huddled around their transistor radios at lunchtime tomorrow waiting for those numbers to come out of the velvet bag. Should Kings Langley be drawn at home in the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday 19 October that would mean Berkhamsted Raiders Division 2 Cup First Round tie against Aston Clinton will be postponed leaving them twiddling their thumbs on a Saturday afternoon yet again.

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

 leaving them twiddling their thumbs on a Saturday afternoon yet again.

No they will be playing football

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Karen - So you will find Berkhamsted Raiders a game on 19 October come what may, the only way I believe you can do it, should Kings Langley be drawn at home in the FA Cup, is to send them to Codicote in Division 2 who don't appear to have a game scheduled for that day, I gather Aston Clinton's Development team are playing at home so Berkhamsted Raiders can't go there  for a Division 2 fixture.

 

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Just to let Berkhamsted Raiders know that the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round draw will be made live on Talk Sport radio at 1.30pm, I wonder whether the Club are on their knees as yet praying for an away tie for Kings Langley:

http://www.thefa.com/news/2019/oct/04/fa-cup-fourth-round-qualifying-draw-details-041019

 

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