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I wasn't sure where to post this one, and not directly SSML related, however photographs from the 2013/14 FA Inter League Cup Final between the Isle of Man League and the Herts Senior County League, played at the Bowl in Douglas on Saturday 10 May 2014, the Isle of Man League won a tight and exciting contest 3-2. The appointed Herts Senior County League boss Mick Miller, who's 'day job' at the time was boss of Bushey Sports Club, unsurprisingly had six of his own players in the squad as well as seven players from Belstone FC. Bovingdon and Sarratt were in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division that season but they don't seem to have got a look in:

Herts Senior County League squad: Sam Styles (Belstone FC), Nathan Ratcliffe (Standon & Puckeridge FC), Wes Fox (Bush Hill Rangers FC), Chris Ingham (Belstone FC), Nick Turner (Belstone FC), Tom Guainiere (Bushey Sports Club), Rob Courtnage (Bushey Sports Club), Jamie Hurst (Bushey Sports Club), Darren Butler (Belstone FC), Jack Brown (Bushey Sports Club), Lee Inch (Belstone FC), Drew Tyler (Cuffley FC), Gavin Chatterpaul (Bushey Sports Club), Ross Shorto. (Bushey Sports Club), Jamie Arthur (Belstone FC), Darren Turner (Belstone FC), James Endacott (Standon & Puckeridge FC). 

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The FA Inter-League Cup Final: Isle of Man League v Herts Senior County League

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I am more likely to remember a cup final than a poor league game.

Cliff... if Karen has ignored you then fair enough! You deserve it...

Hi all Yep, I sadly watched the semi final on a live feed, Hebburn were dominant throughout, was a great game.    Pre season has been more positive than negative, but never read to much

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

Herts Senior County League squad: Sam Styles (Belstone FC), 

The ex Oxhey Jets, Edgware Town and Rayners Lane number 1.

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On 27/01/2021 at 16:25, Rhodes said:

Joes - What was your thinking in bringing Connor on so late in the day against Leiston out of interest, I'm assuming he wasn't anywhere near full fitness however he didn't enter the fray until the 83rd minute. Leiston were on the ropes for the entire second half and seemed a fairly average Step 3 side who were there for the taking after Archie McClelland had pulled a goal back soon after they had made it 2-0, had Connor been brought on mid way through the second half there would have still been ample time to equalise and even win the tie in ninety minutes with Leiston giving away a lot of free kicks just outside the penalty area. 

Joes hasn't answered this one as yet so just bringing it to the front page, I still feel that had Leighton Town beaten Leiston they would have been more than capable of beating AFC Telford United at Bell Close in the Third Qualifying Round as Leiston did, albeit on penalties. Then it would have been Barnet at Bell Close in the Fourth Qualifying Round and anything could have happened as they played a very under strength side, only beating Leiston 3-2, it just seemed like such a missed opportunity with Leiston on the ropes pretty much from the moment Archie McClelland pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 on the half hour mark.

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An interesting piece from the legendary Tony Incenzo where he lists his favourite ten Non League grounds and he has been to a fair few. Here is a taster, no doubt Football Man who used to post on here was part of that World Record:

The Non-League Football Paper

PELICAN FC, BRIAN WAKEFIELD MEMORIAL GROUND, NOTTINGHAM: The only world record for groundhopping was set on March 20, 2004. I joined 250 other football fanatics to watch five matches at five different football grounds in one day in the Central Midlands League in the Nottingham/Derby area. The schedule read: 11am at Greenwood Meadows FC, 1pm at Pelican FC, 3pm at Dunkirk FC, 5:30pm at Sandiacre Town FC and 8pm at Graham Street Prims FC. This is listed in the Guinness Book of Records and we received certificates confirming the world record after the fifth game. I remember having a huge row with my girlfriend of that time because she wanted to go back to our hotel at the end of the second match at the Brian Wakefield Memorial Ground where Pelican lost 2-1 to Dinnington Town. But I told her there were three further matches to go and we had to complete the world record. She subsequently disappeared in a taxi. Strangely enough, that was the last time I ever saw her.

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On 10/02/2021 at 20:59, Rhodes said:

I remember having a huge row with my girlfriend of that time because she wanted to go back to our hotel at the end of the second match at the Brian Wakefield Memorial Ground where Pelican lost 2-1 to Dinnington Town. But I told her there were three further matches to go and we had to complete the world record. She subsequently disappeared in a taxi. Strangely enough, that was the last time I ever saw her.

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On 13/01/2021 at 23:24, Joes said:

Cheers for the question, always happy to have communication, so long as it stays on the side of positive, keep in touch

Now Joes has very sadly departed Bell Close after three exciting years in charge I wonder if he will come on to this thread he created and tell us why he decided to go, was the decision triggered at beleaguered Oxhey Jets this afternoon where Leighton Town were 2-0 down before 'Webby' missed a last minute penalty to make it 3-2. There is no announcement as yet on the Club's website or twitter page, possibly and hopefully leaving Joes open to a change of heart if his decision was made in the heat of the moment as he loves the Cub and everyone loves him.

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

Now Joes has very sadly departed Bell Close after three exciting years in charge I wonder if he will come on to this thread he created and tell us why he decided to go, was the decision triggered at beleaguered Oxhey Jets this afternoon where Leighton Town were 2-0 down before 'Webby' missed a last minute penalty to make it 3-2. There is no announcement as yet on the Club's website or twitter page, possibly and hopefully leaving Joes open to a change of heart if his decision was made in the heat of the moment as he loves the Cub and everyone loves him.

To be honest with the squad they’ve assembled, they’ve been poor this season. Shame as they were very good in the 2 shortened seasons. Nice bloke Joe, faced him at Abbey Road when he was Chesham Reserves manager. Simple fact is though results have been poor this season.

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On 09/10/2021 at 23:23, Rhodes said:

Now Joes has very sadly departed Bell Close after three exciting years in charge I wonder if he will come on to this thread he created and tell us why he decided to go

The silence is deafening from Joes isn't it, he must have plenty of time on his hands these days as he is not in work. It's still a complete mystery as to why he just walked away from Bell Close after that 2-2 draw at Oxhey Jets despite his bizarre explanation on Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show the day after. 'His' team have won every game since he left, other than the 1-1 draw at Dunstable Town, and Paul Bonham must surely be thinking Christmas has come early to walk into the job and with what he has inherited, hopefully Paul, being the gentleman he is, won't take all the credit for himself if, as fully anticipated, Leighton Town win the Championship and return to Step 4. One good thing to come out of Joe's sad departure, if that's possible, is the great appointment of Ant Christophi who deserves some success in his career so far, a truly nice chap.

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4 hours ago, Rhodes said:

The silence is deafening from Joes isn't it, he must have plenty of time on his hands these days as he is not in work. It's still a complete mystery as to why he just walked away from Bell Close after that 2-2 draw at Oxhey Jets despite his bizarre explanation on Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show the day after. 'His' team have won every game since he left, other than the 1-1 draw at Dunstable Town, and Paul Bonham must surely be thinking Christmas has come early to walk into the job and with what he has inherited, hopefully Paul, being the gentleman he is, won't take all the credit for himself if, as fully anticipated, Leighton Town win the Championship and return to Step 4. One good thing to come out of Joe's sad departure, if that's possible, is the great appointment of Ant Christophi who deserves some success in his career so far, a truly nice chap.

Have you seen the table? Leighton ain't going to win the league, it's Risborough's to lose (and they are much better imo).

Think player power might have played a part in Joes departure, he subbed the number 7 in his last game at Jets (possibly the captain from memory?) and he petulantly stormed off. An hour later word came the boss had gone.

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56 minutes ago, Winslow Boy said:

Can Risboro go up?

I had ruled out Risborough Rangers for promotion because I don't believe they can get a Step 4 ground grading which just leaves New Salamis as possible contenders and competition for Leighton Town, Harpenden Town are likely to fall away soon and, again, Rothamsted Park surely wouldn't meet Step 4 requirement.

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2 hours ago, View from the Boundary said:

Think player power might have played a part in Joes departure

View from the Boundary - Do you really think so, Joe was idolised at Bell Close by everyone and especially the players.

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2 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

View from the Boundary - Do you really think so, Joe was idolised at Bell Close by everyone and especially the players.

Just telling you what I saw. The player concerned threw a right strop, was very unprofessional, kicking the dugout, ripping his shirt off then marching off round the perimeter of the pitch to the tunnel on the opposite side. Might not have been anything to do with his departure, I don't claim to have the inside track.

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