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Berkhamsted Raiders prayers have been answered, Kings Langley have been drawn away to Maidstone United so they can have the run of the Orbital Fasterners Stadium on Saturday 19 October and entertain Aston Clinton in the Division 2 Cup, Karen will be relieved.

 

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The full FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round draw, highlights include the other former SSML Club's Potters Bar Town, Haringey Borough, Royston Town and Oxford City hosting Barnet, Yeovil Town, Maldon & Tiptree and Margate respectively:

Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

Dartford v Kingstonian or Weston Super Mare

Weymouth v Dover Athletic

Sutton United v Billericay Town

Torquay United v Boreham Wood

Potters Bar Town v Barnet

Royston Town v Maldon & Tiptree

Hayes and Yeading United v Poole Town

Canvey Island or Bowers & Pitsea v Chichester City

Oxford City v Margate

Maidenhead United v Bristol Manor Farm or Wealdstone

Maidstone United v Kings Langley

Bromley v Aldershot Town

Welling United v Eastleigh

Ebbsfleet United v Woking

Havant & Waterlooville v Dulwich Hamlet

Haringey Borough v Yeovil Town

Whyteleafe v Chippenham Town or Slough Town

AFC Fylde v Peterborough Sports

Tamworth or Hereford v Darlington

Southport v Altrincham

Chorley v Spennymoor Town

Nantwich Town v King’s Lynn Town

Hartlepool United v Brackley Town

Whitby Town or Gloucester City v Stourbridge

Barrow AFC v Solihull Moors

Gateshead v Colne

Hednesford Town v Boston United

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There were four ties missing from the Northern Section of the draw:

York City v Stockport County

Notts County v Belper Town

Chesterfield v Wrexham

FC Halifax Town v Harrogate Town

http://nonleaguedaily.com/fa-cup-fourth-round-qualifying-draw/?mc_cid=7e17218db5&mc_eid=d914ad9d95#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fa-cup-fourth-round-qualifying-draw

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It's so sad reading this now, eight years on, and Berkhamsted FC's best-laid plans for the beloved Broadwater Club and football in the area which has always been a hot bed of local talent. The sky could have quite easily been the limit if only Berkhamsted Raiders hadn't wanted things all their own way and, instead, worked hand in hand with Berkhamsted FC over the years, Premier League and Community minded Watford are just on the doorstep with all their millions so if Berkhamsted Raiders had played their cards right from the outset they may well have had their own stadium by now and all this bad feeling towards them could have been avoided:

Many of you know me and that I do a lot with local football in the Dacorum area especially in Berko. Thanks to Admin for allowing me to make this post.

Recently I have been asked to become a Director at Berkhamsted FC, which I have declined for now in order to establish a Supporters Association at the Club. To cut to the chase I am looking to generate membership and you can see a little more information at 
www.berkocomrades.org or apply at www.berkocomrades.org/apply (forms are downloadable or you can sign-up online and pay by PayPal).

There is a bit more info below and I realise that most of you will have little interest but thanks for reading anyway. Any questions please post below or email me at 
chair@berkocomrades.org.

Background Information:

As you may know Berkhamsted FC Limited was incorporated in March 2009 and is now playing in its third season having won two successive divisional titles and the promotion to the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division. Berkhamsted FC also recently received the Sir Stanley Rous Trophy from Herts FA as recognition of our two successive promotions, joining the ranks of previous winners that include Watford FC and Stevenage FC.

Berkhamsted FC (BFC) is the senior football club in the Town and many Berkhamsted Raiders youth players are now making the transition into the adult ranks as the two clubs are forging a closer and closer relationship. However, like most small clubs, it is obvious that BFC needs more volunteers and will need to continue to invest in the infrastructure of the club and we have every confidence in the current management treading the correct path based upon sound financial management.

I am leading a group of supporters (that includes one Berko FC director) in forming a Supporters Group and I will hold office in the Group. BFC is aware of the Supporters Association scheme and are positive towards its development. I would make the point, though, that the Supporters Association is distinct from Berkhamsted FC Limited.

The Association will have many aims with the main goals being the development and sustainability of BFC, investment in BFC’s infrastructure as well as wider community objectives being at its core. It will provide volunteers and generate funds through fundraising activities. It will be a not-for-profit organisation, one-member one-vote, owned by the Community for the Community. We are discussing with the BFC board the ownership that the Association will have in BFC and the level of Board representation. For now though we have one shareholder who will pass on his shareholding of 20% to the Association. I am liaising closely with Supporters Direct (formed under a Government initiative in 2000) and we will be working towards becoming a Community Benefit Society which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority. 

The “Comrades Supporters Association” has just been created and we have a significant number of members already lined up but we want to bring its existence to the attention of as many people as possible. We are planning a flyer distribution next week and we are talking in the region of 30,000 flyers. We have the backing of David Gauke MP, Tommy Smith, Peter Drury, Ashlyns, Thomas Coram and Bridgewater Schools, BerkoTown Council, Supporters Direct and the local MenCap society to name a few and they will become honorary members and figureheads.

Berkohorn, Dec 10, 2011

http://wfcforums.com/index.php?threads/the-comrades-supporters-association-berko-fc.35478/

Edited by Rhodes

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Bromley v Aldershot. Big game, played at both grounds and been a spectator at both, good grounds. Think I might try and make this one. 

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I wonder whether Berkhamsted Raiders breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday when Kings Langley were unceremoniously dispatched from the FA Cup by Maidstone United, it was a disappointing draw for them and a home tie at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium would have been nice but that would have meant Berkhamsted Raiders having yet another home fixture chalked off. As it was they struggled to beat Aston Clinton in the Division Two Cup and only prevailed 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw where, I gather, they led 3-1, what has gone so horribly wrong for the Club of late with three successive league defeats to Totternhoe, Old Bradwell United and MK Gallacticos after such a positive start to the campaign. 

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Berkhamsted Raiders were left twiddling their thumbs yet again yesterday afternoon however they entertain Letchworth Garden City Eagles next Saturday in the Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy Second Round although I'm sure their preference would be to play a league fixture. The Club then travel to Codicote a week later before finally having a run of four consecutive home games against Buckingham United, Aston Clinton, New Bradwell St Peter and Tring Corinthians AFC having completed only two league fixtures at the Orbital Fasterners Stadium thus far due to complications with their three way groundshare with Kings Langley and Watford Ladies.

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17 hours ago, Rhodes said:

The Club then travel to Codicote a week later 

Kings Langley's 5-3 FA Trophy First Qualifying Round victory at Phoenix Sports on Saturday has added to Berkhamsted Raiders woes as their Southern League Premier Central Division fixture with Biggleswade Town at the Orbital Fasteners Stadium on Saturday 9 November will now have to be postponed and re-arranged. The beleaguered Club must feel their hands are tied this season and this could well have contributed to their appalling run of form of late where they have lost three league games on the spin and struggled to beat Aston Clinton in the Division 2 Cup last week, only prevailing in a penalty shoot out. Should Kings Langley be drawn away later today in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round I wonder whether Karen will immediately spring into action and reverse Berkhamsted Raiders visit to Codicote on 9 November to a home fixture with the Orbital Fasteners Stadium sitting idle that day.

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Karen certainly doesn't let the grass grow does she and I see she has already re-arranged the Division Two fixtures for Saturday 9 November, Berkhamsted Raiders now entertain Aston Clinton at the Orbital Fasteners Stadium, for a repeat of their recent Division Two Cup First Round tie, with Codicote now travelling to the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre to face Buckingham United.

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I was just looking at the Betvictor Southern League Division One Central League table and see that Berkhamsted are still riding sky high in second place behind Corby Town, the two sides met last Saturday at Corby's Steel Park with Berkhamsted coming back from 2-0 down only to lose narrowly 3-2 in front of a 500 crowd after being the better side throughout. There's a nice article on the Broadwater Club in last Sunday's Non League paper, which mentions the SSML, and joint Managers Lee Bircham and Steve Bateman are doing an amazing job on a shoe string budget. My point in all of this is that if Berkhamsted Raiders had had their way then none of this success would have been possible and the Comrades, who could well be playing at Step 3 next season, would have been demoted two, possibly three, divisions when the Raiders wanted to redevelop Broadwater for their own gain and replace the hallowed grass pitch with an artificial 3G surface. In a local press statement they said that 'a Community stadium would represent a unique opportunity for the town by bringing together youth and senior football alongside other sports' as apparently the town's cycling Club who just happened to be looking for a new home at the time were keen to be involved with the project. Fortunately Berkhamsted born and bred Chairman Steve Davis, not to be confused with the snooker player and who's Father George played for the Club, stood firm and saw off the threat to his beloved Club sending his counterpart at Berkhamsted Raiders, Keith Pollard, packing. Mr Pollard said in the local press that 'we don't want to see Berkhamsted Football Club leave and we don't intend to run senior football ourselves, we would like them to be involved but we do have different philosophies on this, we think it would offer a secure future for a Club that dissolved only nine years ago, the Community stadium project is a model that has worked at many other similar Club's, although no drawings are on the table yet, Raiders trustees have sanctioned expenditure to move the project forward to an outline planning stage over the next few weeks'. 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Berkhamsted Raiders for winning the Community Club of the Year award recently at the prestigious Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards event at the University of Hertfordshire:

https://www.berkhamstedraiders.com/raiders-wins-herts-community-club-of-the-year-2019/

On Tuesday 19th November Berkhamsted Raiders CFC was delighted to win the ‘Community Club of the Year’ award at the Hertfordshire Service to Sports Awards which took place at the University of Hertfordshire in front of a packed audience of community volunteers and local dignitaries.

The award recognises the massive contribution of Berkhamsted Raiders in promoting football participation in the community, which has seen huge growth in recent years in the numbers of boys, and especially girls, playing all forms of football in the local area.

Keith Pollard, Berkhamsted Raiders CFC Club Chairman, said “This award is hugely important to the club as it recognises the hard work of all our volunteers in enabling children and young adults to play football on a regular basis in the local community”.

The award was collected by Keith Pollard, Club Chairman alongside Club members Sean McKay and Paul Reynolds and caps a great year for recognition of the club which also won Community Club of the Year at the Dacorum Sports Awards in July.

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22 hours ago, Rhodes said:

and caps a great year for recognition of the club which also won Community Club of the Year at the Dacorum Sports Awards in July

You have to hand it to Berkhamsted Raiders don't you for all the 'gongs' the Club win, they don't seem to be giving any other Club's in Hertfordshire a look in:

http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/all-news/2019/07/19/sporting-stars-celebrated-at-dacorum-sports-awards-2019

Sporting stars celebrated at Dacorum Sports Awards 2019

We celebrated the borough's sporting achievements with Everyone Active at the Dacorum Sports Awards 2019.

The event at Pendley Manor, Tring, on Thursday 18 July was hosted by Olympic Silver Medallist Colin Jackson.

There was entertainment from Longdean Academy Dance Troop, the Singing for Pleasure Community Choir and magician Dean Maudsley.

Ten awards were presented to the following winners:

  • Female Community Coach of the Year: Verna Burgess
  • Male Community Coach of the Year: Ken Corbin
  • Disability Sports Coach of the Year: Trevor Beale - Puffins
  • Professional Community Project of the Year: Active Communities Programme
  • This Girl Can in Dacorum: Karen Silverton and Amanda Kirby
  • Contribution to Disability Sport: Little Gaddesden RDA Vaulting
  • Community Club of the Year: Berkhamsted Raiders
  • Unsung Hero: Kevin Clarke
  • This Year's Rising Star: Isaac Pitblado
  • Service to Sport: David Stacey

Congratulations to all those who were nominated and especially to those who won.

We sponsored the event along with support sponsor Tring Athletic Football Club.

Edited by Rhodes

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It's a mystery isn't it what has gone so horribly wrong at beleaguered Berkhamsted Raiders who exited the Division 2 Cup this afternoon, going down 2-0 at Pitstone & Ivinghoe. In their last league outing, prior to the enforced postponement last week against Tring Corinthians AFC, they struggled to overcome lowly Buckingham Athletic who were very unlucky not to come away from the Orbital Fasteners Stadium with a point.

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