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3 hours ago, Rhodes said:

No doubt our friend AlwaysLeighton took this photograph too with the heading on Twitter 'Bell Close is an absolute fortress', that sounds like him all over. One thing about Bell Close though is that it is a groundhoppers dream with all the clear signage for photographic purposes both inside the ground and outside:

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Well, the fact that it was posted by an account called Non-League Statistics would probably mean it wasn’t me.

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It’s absolutely spot on and sums him up perfectly. Personally, I don’t think he deserves anymore air time so I’m hanging my gloves up. 

Think Bradford Town could be the limit of the run. Checking this morning, they are top of their league and have won 9 of the last 10 in the league. would love to go this game but apparently it is

This may well interest AlwaysLeighton, a report from when Connor Calcutt plied his trade at Broadwater for Berkhamsted and I see James Towell was a Comrades player too back then. I expect Connor can't

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58 minutes ago, AlwaysLeighton said:

Well, the fact that it was posted by an account called Non-League Statistics would probably mean it wasn’t me.

AlwaysLeighton - It was more the words used which was why I automatically assumed it was you 'Bell Close is an absolute fortress' sounds like something you would say. I always admire your huge enthusiasm and love for the Club, you won't hear a bad word said against them will you such as Connor Calcutt being disappointing since his arrival and the young chavs who tend to give Leighton Town a reputation but that's not a criticism of you as it's great that you wear your heart on your sleeve.

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3 hours ago, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - It was more the words used which was why I automatically assumed it was you 'Bell Close is an absolute fortress' sounds like something you would say. I always admire your huge enthusiasm and love for the Club, you won't hear a bad word said against them will you such as Connor Calcutt being disappointing since his arrival and the young chavs who tend to give Leighton Town a reputation but that's not a criticism of you as it's great that you wear your heart on your sleeve.

To be fair, I’m happy to say Connor Calcutt was disappointing, certainly did not live up to the potential he has, however, he really brought into Leighton as a club and had nothing but praise for the place as a whole. Top bloke as well. 
 

I like our reputation, it’s fun to play around with and I like the way it winds people up. 

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AlwaysLeighton - Coming back to Scott Reynolds if I may (sorry), there was a thread on the Forum just before the 2017/18 campaign started and posters called LeightonLad and LeightonHatter were very optimistic about Scott taking the reins, I don't know whether you know who they are. They predicted it was going to be a good season whereas Stingray, who I hadn't realised until recently is a Leighton Town fan, wasn't so enthusiastic and predicted a 14th place finish, how little he knew:

 

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22 hours ago, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - Coming back to Scott Reynolds if I may (sorry), there was a thread on the Forum just before the 2017/18 campaign started and posters called LeightonLad and LeightonHatter were very optimistic about Scott taking the reins, I don't know whether you know who they are. They predicted it was going to be a good season whereas Stingray, who I hadn't realised until recently is a Leighton Town fan, wasn't so enthusiastic and predicted a 14th place finish, how little he knew:

 

I suppose predictions are few and far between. As we’ve discussed before, the definition of the 17/18 season is one that can be argued.

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AlwaysLeighton - I think there are going to be a lot of people who disagree with you about Scott and the 2017/18 campaign under him, okay it was perhaps ill advised to up sticks and leave Bell Close for Haywood Way at the end of that season but you can't blame him for being ambitious. I think that's your problem as you are blaming Scott for leaving when he did and have a chip on your shoulder, if he hadn't left and the Club had achieved promotion back to the Southern League the following season, which no doubt they would have done, he would have been the best thing since sliced bread.

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - I think there are going to be a lot of people who disagree with you about Scott and the 2017/18 campaign under him, okay it was perhaps ill advised to up sticks and leave Bell Close for Haywood Way at the end of that season but you can't blame him for being ambitious. I think that's your problem as you are blaming Scott for leaving when he did and have a chip on your shoulder, if he hadn't left and the Club had achieved promotion back to the Southern League the following season, which no doubt they would have done, he would have been the best thing since sliced bread.

I don’t quite understand what you’re on about? 

Not once have I blamed Scott for leaving, Rhodes. I’ve explained my points about him in great length. 
 

I’d reiterate the fact you told me you had not seen Scott’s Leighton team play, nor met the man. So to say we would have no doubt gone up the following season, is frankly ill-judged. 

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AlwaysLeighton - Apologies if there has been any misunderstanding however you do appear to have an unfair dislike of Scott and although, as you said, you have explained your reasons in great length, he still took you to fourth in the table that 2017/18 campaign and to the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase masterminding that great 4-3 win at Wolverhampton Sporting Community in the Fifth Round. One of the reasons you gave for not liking Scott was that he was apparently 'more bothered about looking good on a post match interview than he was about coaching his squad of players', I think that's a bit below the belt, the interview that I recently posted after you beat London Tigers 7-0 in April 2018 was really impressive to watch and the eloquent way in which Scott spoke:

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - Apologies if there has been any misunderstanding however you do appear to have an unfair dislike of Scott and although, as you said, you have explained your reasons in great length, he still took you to fourth in the table that 2017/18 campaign and to the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase masterminding that great 4-3 win at Wolverhampton Sporting Community in the Fifth Round. One of the reasons you gave for not liking Scott was that he was apparently 'more bothered about looking good on a post match interview than he was about coaching his squad of players', I think that's a bit below the belt, the interview that I recently posted after you beat London Tigers 7-0 in April 2018 was really impressive to watch and the eloquent way in which Scott spoke:

It’s absolutely spot on and sums him up perfectly. Personally, I don’t think he deserves anymore air time so I’m hanging my gloves up. 

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AlwaysLeighton - Fair enough and I'm sorry for going on about it, I just think you are being a bit hypocritical that's all as I'm sure you were jumping for joy at Wolverhampton Sporting Community on Saturday 10 February 2018 when Alex O'Brien calmly slotted home that penalty (see below) to make it 4-3 and also at the final whistle. I take it you are in a lot of the photographs, I thought the inflatable was rather unsavoury and uncalled for:

Wolverhampton Sporting CFC v Leighton Town | Flickr

WSCFC v LTFC-739

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On 10/12/2020 at 20:43, Rhodes said:

Photographs and match reports from Aylesbury v Leighton Town, at Haywood Way on Saturday 19 March 2016, in a Southern League Division One Central fixture from 2015/16, resulting in a 0-0 stalemate. Leighton Town were relegated to the SSML at the end of that disappointing campaign finishing second from bottom to North Greenford United who were also relegated to the Combined Counties League:

https://www.leightontownfc.co.uk/teams/11587/match-centre/1-1609222/report

https://www.aylesburyvaledynamos.co.uk/teams/77541/match-centre/1-1609222/report

YouTube coverage from the Southern League Division One Central fixture at Haywood Way on Saturday 19 March 2016:

 

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Brief highlights, and match report, from Leighton Town v Luton Town in a 2013/14 Bedfordshire FA Senior Challenge Cup Second Round tie, at Bell Close on Tuesday 4 February 2014, Luton Town won 2-0. I'm not sure what the dispute was with the penalty award for the first goal, Warren Plowright almost had the lace out of the ball and he was rightly booked for his protests:

Match Report: Leighton Town 0 - 2 Luton Town : First Team (leightontownfc.co.uk)

 

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Leighton Town's 'mouthpiece' AlwaysLeighton has gone terribly quiet hasn't he. Here is a bit of good news amongst the current doom and gloom as despite the 2020/21 season having been 'curtailed', as was announced by the FA earlier this evening, the FA Vase will thankfully continue with Leighton Town due to meet the winners of Guildford City and Walton & Hersham in the Fourth Round:

The FA Alliance and Leagues Committee curtail the 2020/21 season at Steps 3 to 6
Our alliance and leagues committees have now considered the large amount of data and information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week.
Submissions were made by 99.1 per cent of clubs at Steps 3 and 4, and 95.8 per cent of clubs at Steps 5 and 6. We would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone.
The results of the survey showed that over 76 per cent of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April.  
During this process, taking into account views of clubs and leagues, it was decided that extending the 2020-21 league season beyond the end of May 2021 would not be a viable option. This was due to various considerations, including the financial implications for many clubs, player contracts and the extent of the fixture scheduling issues caused by the national lockdown and various postponements which had resulted in there being 81 per cent of matches left to complete for Steps 3 and 4, and 75 per cent at Steps 5 and 6. 
Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which continues to adversely affect incomes for clubs due to restrictions on both spectators and hospitality, our alliance and leagues committees have reached a consensus that, subject to the approval of FA Council, the 2020-21 league season for Steps 3-6 of the NLS should be curtailed with immediate effect, with no further league matches taking place this season. 
The committees will now present their collective recommendations to the FA Council for ratification.
It has also been decided that, subject to FA Council’s decision regarding the curtailment of the season at Steps 3-6, both committees will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the NLS, which was originally agreed and has been on hold since the 2019-20 season. A further update on this will be provided in due course.
The FA intends to complete the 2020-21 FA Vase on the basis that the road map is implemented as set out by the Government earlier this week.
“We are currently liaising with the relevant parties with regards to a revised schedule for the Competition and will communicate this along with other details (such as emergency Rule amendments or modifications) as soon as these have been finalised. Please note that due to time limitations, the Competition will resume at the earliest opportunity (meaning that all Clubs should be prepared to resume playing FA Vase fixtures in early April) to ensure that all remaining fixtures can be played and the Competition can be completed in its usual format.”
 
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On 23/02/2021 at 02:00, Rhodes said:

Brief highlights, and match report, from Leighton Town v Luton Town in a 2013/14 Bedfordshire FA Senior Challenge Cup Second Round tie, at Bell Close on Tuesday 4 February 2014, Luton Town won 2-0. I'm not sure what the dispute was with the penalty award for the first goalWarren Plowright almost had the lace out of the ball and he was rightly booked for his protests:

Match Report: Leighton Town 0 - 2 Luton Town : First Team (leightontownfc.co.uk)

 

Maybe because the Referee indicated a corner then gave a penalty for hand ball?

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On 25/02/2021 at 00:15, AlwaysLeighton said:

Oh no, 5 days since I replied to a post. Almost like I have a full-time job...

AlwaysLeighton - I just thought you would have come straight on to comment on the FA Vase being given the nod to continue by the FA in early April, do you have a preference of who you would like to host at Bell Close in the Fourth Round between Guildford City and Walton & Hersham. Historically I think you have only played Guildford City twice in the 2012/13 Southern League Division One Central campaign, losing both games including a 6-0 drubbing at Bell Close, but have never locked horns with the famous FA Cup giant killers from the early 1970's despite both Club's being in the Isthmian League together between 1992/93 and 2003/04, no doubt Karen will correct me if I'm wrong.

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52 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - I just thought you would have come straight on to comment on the FA Vase being given the nod to continue by the FA in early April, do you have a preference of who you would like to host at Bell Close in the Fourth Round between Guildford City and Walton & Hersham. Historically I think you have only played Guildford City twice in the 2012/13 Southern League Division One Central campaign, losing both games including a 6-0 drubbing at Bell Close, but have never locked horns with the famous FA Cup giant killers from the early 1970's despite both Club's being in the Isthmian League together between 1992/93 and 2003/04, no doubt Karen will correct me if I'm wrong.

I have absolutely no preference, we’ll batter either of them 

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Who remembers Leighton Town lifting the Isthmian League Vandanel Trophy sky high in 1998/99 (pictured), beating Windsor & Eton 1-0 in a Final played at Chesham United on Tuesday 4 May 1999 in front of a healthy 258 with the goal coming on half an hour. The Vandanel Trophy, back in the day, was a competition devised for lowly Division Two and Division Three Club's and Leighton Town never rose beyond Division Two whilst in the Isthmian League between 1992/93 and 2003/04 before winning Division Two and joining the Southern League Division One East on promotion in 2004/05. Surprisingly little or nothing is mentioned of the Club's Vandanel Trophy success in 1998/99 however it was not an achievement to be sniffed at with 42 Club's taking part and they defeated Wingate & Finchley 4-0, Northwood 2-1, Bedford Town 3-1, Wivenhoe Town 2-1 and Tooting & Mitcham United 3-2 along the way. Despite that success however joint Managers Paul Burgess and Andy McMahon were relieved of their duties at the end of the season and Reserve boss Guy Kefford accepted the offer to step up with Coach Sean Downey as his right hand man.

LEIGHTON TOWN v MOSELEY 1999-2000 Isthmian League Division 2

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On 26/01/2021 at 01:54, Rhodes said:

AlwaysLeighton - I have found some very brief footage of Leighton Town's winning goal at Bell Close against Aldershot Town on Saturday 30 January 1993, it's exactly nine minutes into the YouTube video below and was a towering header from close range following a corner:

(331) Aldershot Town FC - Class Of 92 - Part 2 - YouTube

It was Steve Norman who got the goal at Bell Close that afternoon, not the Spandau Ballet saxophonist: 

Billedresultat for steve norman leighton town fc pictures

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Photographs, and match report, from a 2005/06 FA Trophy First Qualifying Round tie between Leighton Town and Rugby Town, at Bell Close on Saturday 15 October 2005. Leighton Town won 2-1 to progress to the First Round proper that season losing narrowly 1-0 at Boreham Wood, having also won at Burnham in a 5-4 thriller and beaten then Conference South Eastleigh 2-1 in a backs against the wall replay following a 1-1 draw at Bell Close:

Rugby Town FC | Official Website

Rugby Town FC | Official Website

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I see that the Non League Paper have randomly used a photograph from the 2017/18 Wolverhampton Sporting Community v Leighton Town FA Vase Fifth Round tie on 10 February 2018 for this article:

Step 5 and 6 leagues weigh up next moves as focus turns to pyramid restructure - The Non-League Football Paper

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A recent article from the Leighton Buzzard Observer:

Leighton still have the Vase to cling on to | Leighton Buzzard Observer (leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk)

Leighton joint-manager Joe Sweeney confirmed the club are now preparing for a proposed date of Saturday April 10 for their home tie with either Guildford City or Walton & Hersham

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