The Ambers Matchday Programme





Good Evening and welcome to Cheshunt stadium. We particularly would like to extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Colney Heath, who make their first trip to Theobalds Lane since December 2019. That match was a Herts Senior Cup 2nd round tie and resulted in a 3-1 win for the Ambers, goals coming from Reece Beckles Richards, Ryan Moss & Joe Re. The Colney Heath last minute consolation goal courtesy of Dan Westmore.

Please note Herts FA are not holding the Charity Cup this year in a bid to avoid fixture congestion.

After the win at Hitchin Town in the FA cup, we face Stowamarket or AFC Sudbury on October 2nd and will need to reschedule the planned league match. Please see the club website match section for details once we have confirmed dates with Leatherhead FC

Enjoy the game and stay safe,



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News From The Boardroom

Chairman Dean Williamson

Good Evening & Welcome to Theobalds Lane for this Herts FA Senior Challenge Cup match.

We have had two very good results in cup matches recently, and I hope we can progress further in this County Competition, we have made the semi finals of this and the Isthmian League Cup in recent times, a trip to a final would be a wonderful experience.

I have been pleased to see the Youth teams getting their seasons underway with some positive results, the Women’s team are joint top of the Eastern Regional League they were promoted to last year, and I have seen some very positive comments about a recent Inclusive teams tournament held here at Cheshunt, Congratulations to Dave, Paul, Steve, Gary, George & all the coaches for such a great start.

I have been working through the feedback from the  recent hearings on Cheshunt Sports Village & hope to have news for you via this column in this weekends programme v Carshalton.

Enjoy the match tonight.


Dean Williamson

Remembering Jimmy Greaves.


Jimmy Greaves 1940-2021

At Cheshunt Football Club I’d argue that there is an established connection with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club; and if that statement is true then by definition there is a connection with the greatest goal scorer this country has ever seen; the one, the only, Jimmy Greaves.

I was a little young to see him in his absolute pomp and I only got to see him a few times in the latter days of his playing career at Tottenham and West Ham. That being the unfortunate case I’d have to say that although the light was dimming by 1969, when I started going to games, he was still capable of putting any defence to the sword who dared even to consider that he wasn’t a goalscoring phenomenon to be reckoned with. This was a player who set records for fun; and those records were related to him scoring goals, more goals and then even more goals.

He started at Chelsea in 1957 when on August 24th of that year he scored on his debut,  which ironically enough was against Tottenham Hotspurs. In that season he went on to play 37 times for Chelsea and totted up 22 goals. The following season he netted 32 goals in only 42 league games. 

The game clearly had someone special and when you think of the fuss made of an emerging Michael Owen in 1997 you can only speculate what the modern game would have made of someone with Greavsie’s goal scoring figures. 

At the end of the 1960/61 season he left Chelsea for AC Milan with a goal scoring record of 124 goals in 157 games. That is an average of 0.79 goals a game. Have we got any English players going anywhere near that now?

His time in Italy was short and was said to be an unhappy time; it’s said he even tried to cancel the contract before kicking a ball. Even with all the problems he still managed 9 goals in 12 games and again scored on his debut against Botafogo in a 2-2 draw.

Greavsie then turned up at White Hart Lane in December 1961 and a love story began. He stayed for nine seasons, he played 321 games and stuck the ball in the net 220 times. At 0.69 goals a game it might not have been as phenomenal a rate as at Chelsea but remember this was over a far longer period of his career. 

As usual it began with him scoring a hat-trick on his debut against Blackpool. He remained an absolute idol of the Spurs fans throughout his career and although his time there ended in a slightly unhappy manner he has never stopped being loved by the Spurs supporters of that era, and he would forever be remembered fondly for helping deliver two FA Cup Final Victories and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1962.

His move to West Ham in March 1970 saw Martin Peters make the journey in the other direction, and although he only played 38 games for The Hammers he still managed 13 goals, two of them again coming on his debut against Manchester City.

He played on for a short time at, Chelmsford, Brentwood and  Barnet but the sun was setting on this mercurial career. He scored a few goals but he was by now starting to face up to another battle, which I’ll come to later.

It is perhaps though for England that his goalscoring record becomes something quite astonishing. In 57 games he found the net a staggering 44 times, and if Sir Alf Ramsey had played him after 1967 he would have smashed all records by some considerable distance. He was netting goals at an average of .78 per game ; compare that to Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals in 130 games and you get an idea of just how incredible this man Greaves was.

It’s an often-missed statistic that as an England U23 player he played 12 games and scored 13 goals!

Not everything was perfect for him, he missed the World Cup Final in 1966, as Ramsey preferred to stick with Geoff Hurst following Greaves being injured early in the tournament. Further along the road of his career his light inevitably dimmed as the severity of his battle with alcohol began to diminish his playing abilities. 

This though was a battle he was eventually to emerge from positively and it provided him a victory which allowed him to flourish again as a TV presenter and journalist of the highest calibre. Any person in their forties and fifties will remember Jimmy and Ian St John giving the British public a whole new way of enjoying sports presentation. They became TV legends and irrespective of their playing affiliations were adored by the British football audience. 

Like George Best it would have been possible to remember a man beaten by his demons but like George, and even more so with Jimmy, we are left with the memories of a footballing icon. We are left to marvel at the wizardry and genius of a man who was born to score goals.

As the months and years go by, we will all hopefully realise just how special he was. We will hopefully finally see him given a posthumous knighthood that will allow his family the right to acknowledge that ‘their’ Jimmy Greaves was the man to light up football in the sixties and that even though he wasn’t in that team of eleven players against West Germany in July 1966, he was the best goalscoring machine these shores have ever produced.

Rest In Peace Jimmy Greaves and thank you for sharing your talent with us. The privilege really was all ours.

Tony Madden



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Good evening and a warm welcome to everyone who has travelled down from Colney Heath for tonight’s Herts Senior Cup game. I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable game.

It’s been a hell of a week since my last notes. At home to Merstham although the better side, we laboured on the lush but slow surface in the heat. For all the possession we didn’t threaten the goal nearly enough. They took the lead with a shocker of a goal from our point of view. We didn’t get the rub of the green with two decisions in a 30 second period when we were denied a penalty after a blatant handball and then a good goal chalked off for offside. To be fair we had the benefit of a video replay and the officials probably had better games than we did.

Other than an unbelievable save from their keeper from Kenny they defended valiantly and left with the three points.

We then travelled to Potters Bar in what is always a tough local derby. As it was we were sensational on the night and probably worth more than the 3-1 win. I was disappointed with conceding with virtually the last kick but we bounced back with a vengeance.

Saturday saw us with a difficult looking trip to Hitchin Town in the FA Cup but to a man we were magnificent and well worth a very comfortable 3-0 win. Their match report emphasised our superiority and was a very fair reflection.

So tonight we entertain Colney Heath. Although we will be making a number of changes it gives the boys that didn’t start on Saturday a chance to stake a claim. The side will be similar to the sides that figured in recent draws with St.Albans, Dartford and Welling which tells you of the strength in depth we have and having reached the semi finals for the past two seasons we aim to go a step further this year.

I hope it’s an enjoyable entertaining game with a few goals hopefully more in their end !!

Enjoy the game


C’mon You Ambers!

Colney Heath FC History


The “Magpies” were founded in 1907 and played their early football in the Hatfield District League and, after the 1st World War, joined the Mid Herts League, where the 3rd  team played until recently. Earlier records indicate the winning of a Harcourt Cup but in is believed that this was Junior football some 18 month earlier, 1905-6.

Earlier matches were played on two grounds in Coursers Road (the Meadow and the Warren).

Success was a long time coming – 1935-36, and was disrupted by the 2nd World War.  The golden era of football came from 1946 through to 1960 when the club won the Mid Herts Benevolent Shield twice, the Bingham Cox Cup, Division 1 and Premier Division titles.  

In 1952 the switch was made from Fuzzen Field to the Recreation Ground and into the Herts County League. Division Two was won at the first attempt and success continued with two Playing Fields Cups, the Aubrey Cup twice, Division 1 and Premier titles.  This culminated over the Easter weekend in 1960 with the Herts Intermediate Cup and Aubrey Cup double.  The Reserve side also completed a double in 1958 winning both Cup and League. 

In 1965-66, 1968-69 and 1975-76 saw relegations and a slip down to Division 3. Promotions in 1979-80, 1983-84 and 1985-86 saw a return to the Premier Division after a 20 year gap only to be relegated back immediately.

Odd trophies were picked up in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s but these were pretty barren years on the field.  

Off the field, however, the club fought for permission to use its old clubhouse.   This was secured with leases still running today.

 In August 1988 while modernising the building, the club burnt down.  Without a clubhouse, the Magpies, playing from a Portacabin, regained entry to the Premier Division winning the Division 1 title.

 A new clubhouse was built in 1989 and an extension added in 1993, along with post and rails. Floodlights were erected in February 2000.

The wish to play South Midlands football eluded the club with 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th finishes from 1994 – 1998, when second place would have been enough.  Centenary Trophies back to back and another Aubrey Cup were won but the Herts County title only came in 1999/2000, when coming from 15 points behind in January to win by 10 points from rivals, Wormley.  

The club’s ambition was to gain Premier Division status and with it FA Cup entry. Finishes of 5th 3rd 5th 6th and 5th were not enough in the initial seasons, despite numerous semi-final appearances and consecutive Charity Cup successes in seasons.(2001/2 and 2002/3) The South Midland Reserve Challenge trophy was collected in 2004/5.The First Division title eventually came in 2005/6. With this came the Premier Division and the FA Cup. We hadur 15 happy seasons and steadily improving picking up the Premier Division Cup in 2010/11 with a 2-0 win against Leverstock Green. Our FA Vase run of 2013/14 saw us to a 3rd round replay which we followed up by being thrown out of the competition in 2014/15 which was a troubled season with many managerial changes. Our last few seasons  have continued with changes for the better with Ryan ‘Tomo’ Thompson installing a togetherness across the club and an FA Cup run that may take some beating in future years and the little reward of second and third Charity Shield wins in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Our aim of promotion was achieved by a FA restructure with the continuing of ground improvements to the fore. Turnstiles have been acquired and with the support of local authorities and sponsors we hope to continue to make the small village proud for many years to come.


As with all clubs, the Heath – or the Magpies – as they are more commonly known now, had its own breed of characters throughout the years.  The pre war sides, would have been drawn from entirely local players. Sides would have featured an Allen, a Franklin, or a Littlechild. In recent times a Whitehead or an Eames.   The most well known club man of yesteryear was the manager around the War Years who later went on to hold positions in The County League and Herts FA whom he served for many loyal years.  This was Jesse Saywell.
In the olden days it was eleven players and the manager, where a Committee picked the side. Assisting off the field were Messrs Pickett, Archer, Kiff and Costain. C S Kiff ‘Charlie’ later became Secretary of the club and the Mid Herts League producing the League Centenary brochure in 1993. Players of this time included Roy Turner who went on to Barnet and Jimmy Whiting and Dickie Last who went on to St Albans, then both top amateur sides in the Country. Last and Whiting both returned in the 70’s.  They helped to win the trophies of the 50’s.

Many players of the sixties were drawn away to the emerging London Colney and latterly Selby but had their roots and early times for the Magpies of this period. The foes of these years were North Mymms, Redbourn, Markyate and of course London Colney.

During the emergence of Sunday ‘factory’ football of the sixties the club slipped down the reconstituted County League. Con Patient had a few years at the helm where he had an up and coming star in Ian ‘Grumpy’ Whitehead. Grumpy went on to captain both St Albans and Stevenage and later returned to manage for a year in the early 90’s. Another of Con’s stars was Tony Chapman, who must have had the longest throw ever. It is alleged that Tony injured himself slipping in the Marble Halls at Highbury when he was with the other Magpies, Newcastle!

Geoff Blundell along with Jim Eames dragged the sides along after this with the assistance for a short period (6 games) of Ronnie Dukes. He was the famous City manager at the time of the Torquay United FA Cup tie. Torquay complained that they had no soap, so Ronnie took a case along for the replay.

Malcolm Waller a centre forward under Geoff Blundell had a spell leading the side of mainly Hatfield boys during the 80’s. Geoff did provide us with the ‘legend’ who served us well before departing to play for and later manage Hertford. ‘Lege is of course Dave Whitehead. Dave scored over 200 goals for Hertford before moving to Potters Bar and then back home, where he continued to score goals until breaking a leg in 2002.. Tony Draper then had a spell before the most successful side of the late 80’s was managed by Ian Yule, who plucked stars from all over the place. He was a successful Sunday League manager but still ended getting the sack after failing to produce the goods with his aging all-stars in the Premier Division of the County League. 

Laird Budge (Spurs kit man) and Dave Lawrence ex City and Bishops Stortford skipper in their Trophy days had a spell before the club turned to ex Watford Coventry and Irish International, Pat Morrissey. Pat’s first job was to save the club from relegation. He kept the side up on a goal difference of one goal on the last day of the season back in 1993, at then Champions Sandridge, after being 15 points adrift at Xmas after taking over from Frank Patrick.   Pat was unable to fulfil the promotion dream but did bring Cup success with Centenary Trophies and a Charity Cup. ‘Grumpy’ had a year then Pat returned from Hemel leaving us with ‘Shag’ Jeggo. Pat is sadly no longer with us. Darren, to give (Shag) his correct name did not really possess stars, other than Welsh International Malcolm Allen and a talented group of Stevenage Trainees, but kept us there or thereabouts in a plan to get us further up the ladder, both on and off the field. He introduced the club to ‘Sven’ O’Vell and since then between them the Aubrey Cup and the Championship, along with successful youth teams have provided us with what you have today. Geoff, like Pat gave us Cup successes and got us very close to the position we felt we ought to be in but handed the reins to Craig ‘Jonno’ Johnstone to pursue the grail. 

Craig almost single handedly fulfilled this dream in 2005/6 after an amazing unbeaten run of 18 league games (including 14 straight wins at the start of the season) that carried us to our first Senior South Midlands title. The title winning season saw us score 106 league goals conceding only 27, with 26 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats.

Going into our second Centenary having come a long, long way. The FA Vase was a regular feature; we had improved our league position to a best ever 3rd in 2013/14. We also won the Premier Cup in.2011. The managerial pair of ex-Magpie players, Scott Lacey (102 club goals) and Wesley Awad called it a day and we hoped to continue the pattern with Kevin Cooper and Glenn Draper. However despite their best efforts and an indifferent start we had to turn to the experienced local ex-pro Gary Phillips. In the past he had donned the gloves for Barnet before managing at Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Grays before taking time out to refresh himself at the Rec. After a few months the ‘professional lure’ of a coaching position at League 2 Stevenage proved too much for him (and latterly Crystal Palace) and so we found ourselves with a Parry / Beels combo. Glen played over 250 games for Cheshunt before a caretaker spell gave him the whiff of a managers office and Mark was a former number one at Broxbourne Borough who actually won a Challenge Trophy success at Colney Heath over London Colney in 2010.

This didn’t last long for personal reasons!

Wes returned with Matt Chalkley a year later to give our best finish and another first.

A Herts Charity Shield with a 2-1 win at Letchworth against St Margaretsbury.

The 2014/5 season was a bit of a nightmare. Great expectations ended with 4 managers and expulsion from the FAVase (and subsequently the following two FA Cup entries) but a creditable runners up spot in the Premier Cup where we lost on penalties to Berkhamsted. The search for managers led us to a loss of an entire team twice in a season and the ones who did remain loyal went at the start of the following season. A new management team headed by Steve Rolfe with a new team then struggled to come to terms with the rigours of step 5 football. We saw the experience of Micky Nathan added and we stayed up on the last day of the season ironically at Broxbourne. 20th was our lowest table position. So onward and upward we were back in the Vase  for 2016-17.

Micky was retained as manager with support from Mark Royal and Pete Waller and like previous generations wanted to make his mark but at the end of November 2016 he was relieved of his duties after a series of heavy defeats and replaced by Ryan ‘Tomo’ Thompson with assistance from Tony ‘Kavs’ Kavanagh.

This change saw us stay up in 18th place and the hope of continuing forward.  A 10th place finish followed and was climaxed by a return to the FA Cup and a best ever FA Cup performance going out in a 2nd Qualifying Round Replay at Burgess Hill Town after wins against Tring Athletic, Shortwood United and Cockfosters. The seasons highlight was the addition of our second Charity Shield with a win over Welwyn Garden City at Hemel Hempstead by 2-0.With the fruit of the under 18’s being pushed forward and the re-establishing of the Reserves in the County League Premier Division it is believed we can go on to a brighter future as we forward. .In 2018-19 a finish coming 6th and an unbeaten 11 match run culminating with the retention of the Herts Charity Shield with a 1-0 win over Berkhamsted.  We took that run forward to see where it led.

That run was indeed taken forward with an undefeated run of seven league wins at the start of the 2019-20 season and it continued in an amazing undefeated run of home games which stretched to over a year. Games in hand over Tring Athletic were caught up and with continuing success in both the Premier Division Cup and the Herts Charity Shield we looked forward to the possible of a treble. The Leagues top scorer Jon Clements along with the League’s meanest defence were a possible 11 games from history. A Semi Final against Leighton Town (with the winners playing either Leverstock Green or Newport Pagnell Town) in the Premier Cup was up for grabs and we were already waiting for London Colney to play Ware Town in the Herts Charity Shield Final. We did become only the second side ever to reach three consecutive finals. Cheshunt did back in the mid 1950’s, but only won one out of three. That brings us back to the Spartan South Midland League Premier Division. Team of the month twice, top discipline side three times and top overall, top of the league for four months with a 6 point league and a game in hand and the world is hit by the worst pandemic for over 100 years. As at the time of writing, over 4 million people had died worldwide from Covid 19 Coronavirus, (nearly 130,000) from the UK including the SSML secretary, Mike Appleby. What is clear is that people and health is more important than football but I can only write with the respect of the history of Colney Heath Football Club.

 The decision to null and void the seasons 2019-20 and 2020-21 and at a very late stage use points per game (ppg) over the two seasons and a restructure at all levels of the non league pyramid enabled us to be promoted to Step 4.

The Southern League Central Division One awaits for season 2021-22. We shall miss the FA Vase and embrace the Buildbase FA Trophy.

It is still unclear as to when football will get back to normal with spectators at all levels. The longer it goes on the game will never be the same again or not for a very long while. 

Spectators are allowed at our level and crowds have increased as Premier and Football League games are still partially behind closed doors. Lets hope these additional fans enjoy local football and keep coming back.

As we come out of ‘mask time’it is still hoped that when the Saywell’s, Kiff’s, ‘silver fox’ Morrissey, Shag Jeggo and the numerous Littlechild’s look down on us they approve of what they started and what continues today.  After all, it’s still only a game! 



ColneyHeath FC Playing Staff Season 21/22

Connor Sansom – Connor is enjoying his second spell with the Magpies having returned to the team last season. Loves a clean sheet, and shows tremendous leadership in his role between the sticks. 

Jack Green– Jack joined the Magpies on load from Hitchin Town and made his debut in the FA Cup win last week.

Martin Standen – Stanno returned to the Magpies in 2020/21 after several years away, and added steel and leadership to the team. 

Yasin Boodhoo Experienced and dependable, Yasin has enjoyed a fine career at the heart of the Magpies defence. 

Jay Lovell Solid and reliable at left-back this season, Jay loves a strong tackle to break-up opposition play.

Harry Shepherd Despite making his debut in 2017/18 season, Harry will only turn 20 in August. Harry has 65 appearances in two spells with the club going in to this campaign. 

Max Jessop Max has proved himself to be a vital player in midfield. Twenty-two appearances last season was the highest for an outfield player.

Chris Griffin A regular place in the engine room for the Magpies last season for this reliable and responsible player. 

Jack Woods Versatile and skilful, Jack brings character and craft to the team. Things just seem to happen when Jack is around, and his eight goals from 15 starts last season is a solid return for a player often found wider or deeper in the formation. 

Brett O’Connor Brett has enjoyed various spells with the Magpies. He returned to the club last season to help with the promotion push out of step 5. 

Jon Clements Jon scores goals for fun, famously notching 32 goals from 43 starts in season 2018/19. Returned to the club late last season and is now looking to add to his tally.

Sam Doolan A longstanding Colney Heath defensive rock, Sam was one of Ryan Thompson’s first signings as manager in late 2016. Sam has 135 appearances in two spells at the club prior to season 2021/22.

Daniel Ferrigno Dan is an August signing with previous experience at Walthamstow FC. We are looking forward to seeing him in the black and white stripes of Colney Heath. (A product of Cheshunt Youth)

Danny Fitzgerald A reliable leader in the midfield or at the centre of defence, Danny has 98 appearances for the Magpies going in to this season.

Hadley Gleeson –Part of our U18 crop of 2021, Hadley has pace to burn and a keen eye for goal. 

Joe Ladbury Another product of the youth system, Joe has emerged as a solid defender with tremendous leadership potential. 

Harry Lewis Harry provides powerful options from his full-back role, and is one of the longest serving of the players at the club since making his debut in 2017/18. 

Jack McShane Jack exhibited guile and power in his debut season last campaign as he stepped up from U18 football. 

Luke Metselaar Luke joined in the close season after impressing in friendly fixtures post-lockdown. Previous experience with Potters Bar Town. 

Kyle Rahho Another product of the U18s, Kyle is dependable and solid in the middle of the defence. 

Bailey Stevenson Limited to only 11 appearances in his shortened debut season. Scored his first goal for the club in October 2020 vs Leverstock Green.

Sean Walsh Sean adapted quickly to senior football from the U18 team in 2020/21, and is looking to enhance his reputation as a tough competitor who influences matches by his relentless spirit and drive.

Dom Knaggs – Dom is a product of our youth system, and regularly impresses in his full-back role. Seventy-seven league appearances for the Magpies already, and still only 20 years old.



Today's Teams Selected From:

Cheshunt FC                                                        

Manager Craig Edwards

Charlie Taylor

George Marsh

Theo Osinfolarin

Ola Williams

Jack Thomas

Lennie Armstrong

Adam Crowther

Tom Gardiner

Taylor Mackenzie

Mo Camara

Joe Re

Taylor Miles.

Jamie Reynolds

Reece Beckles Richards

Ken Charles

Great Evans

Zac Newton

Enock Ekongo

Zubayr Bodie

Amadou Kassarate

Colney Heath  FC

Manager Ryan Thompson

Connor Sansom

Jack Green

Martin Standen

Yasin Boodhoo

Jay Lovell

Harry Shepherd

Max Jessop

Chris Griffin

Jack Woods

Brett O’Connor

Jon Clements

Sam Doolan

Daniel Ferrigno

Danny Fitzgerald

Hadley Gleeson

Joe Ladbury

Harry Lewis

Luke Metselaar

Jack McShane

Kyle Rahho

Bailey Stevenson

Sean Walsh

Tejon Brown

Rhys Monaghan

George Sippetts

Jamie Lunniss


Todays Officials:

Mr Lee Grimsey,   Mr Phil sharpe,   Mr TBC

The starting eleven & substitutes for both sides on the day will be available on match day just before kick off via football web pages here

Cheshunt Youth Match reports


Following last Sunday’s opening league game and 2-3 defeat at home to Enfield Borough, CYFC U16’s took on Saffron Walden CFC, in the EJA midweek cup 1st Round. The youngsters got off to a flying start with Harry Caine scooping the ball into the net from an Ediz Ibrahim corner kick, after just 2 minutes play. Then on 10 minutes Louie Quinn-Harrison provided a defence splitting pass for Caine to bag his second goal. Mason Rolfe put the game out of the visitors reach on 15 mins, with a fine run and powerful shot past goalkeeper Olly Howell. Then before half-time Olly Perry and Riley Warmerdam, rifled in two fine shots to make it 5-0. After the break the young Ambers added 3 more goals from Mason Rolfe(1) and Lemacchi Nawanna(2,1pen), to round off a very convincing win and a home game against Chelmsford City in the next round.

Match Reporter Neil Harrison. Pictures Scott Lear


Cheshunt Blacks u15’s v Ilford Hawks

The opening game of their first EJA season and Cheshunt Blacks travelled to Ilford’s Cricklefield Stadium, without their regular goalkeeper.

Cheshunt started strongly with Mason Bound in the first few minutes’ advancing on goal but just missing, The Ambers hit Ilford’s woodwork numerous times within the first quarter Cheshunt just couldn’t find the net. A long range shot from Ilford in the 20th minute sailed into the top corner past the stand in keeper Piotr Stolarek.

Fighting back Charlie Parsons cleared an attack moving the ball forward, sending it down the channel to Jaydon Cover to drive further and feed Josh Gavin with a wonderful ball to cross on to the head of Mason Bound to level the game 1-1. End to end football, but then Ilford from a corner, slipped in a 2nd goal. 

Cheshunt kept up the attacking play but still not finding the net with fresh legs from Andreas Argyrou.  A slight slip and Ilford again took advantage to shoot past the advancing Cheshunt keeper giving Ilford a 3-1 lead at HT.

The 2nd half and Cheshunt made changes with fresh players & continued to create numerous attempts from Rehan Field, Ayo Brown, Sanusie Jabbie and Luca Mansfield-Osborne went just wide & a free kick awarded landed in the Ilford keepers hands.

Holding a firm defence, Arda Kizilboga , Delfin , Luca Archer & Emmanuel Magwere did fantastically well. Cheshunt started moving the ball around freely and another strong cross from Rehan Field found the head of Josh Gavin in the area,  it landed at Billy Allen’s feet but his effort cleared the bar. Ilford were more clinical & made Cheshunt pay for wasting chances as they advanced on the right, giving them the chance to grab their 4th goal.  

Not giving up Andreas Argyrou latched on to the ball in midfield & a quick succession of passes between him & Edward Purser at the edge of the box resulted in Edward scoring at the far post in the dying minutes of the game, Final result 4-2 to Ilford.

The score line did not reflect the quality of football played by Cheshunt who were incredibly unlucky  not have scored more, but it was an enjoyable, fast & physical game played, a good introduction to EJA level football, plenty to learn and build on.

MOM awarded to Sanusie – well played boys!

Match Reporter Lauren Batten.


Cheshunt Inclusive Team A Picture Gallery

A selection of pictures & further links from the recent tournament held at Cheshunt FC

Cheshunt Inclusive Team B Picture Gallery

A selection of pictures & further links from the recent tournament held at Cheshunt FC

Cheshunt Inclusive Team C Picture Gallery

A selection of pictures & further links from the recent tournament held at Cheshunt FC

The Amber Scribe Tony Madden shares his thoughts on recent events.

Missing a game you’ve been looking forward to is probably one of the most annoying things that happens to a football fan. Sometimes its because the weather decides that the fixture needs to be shelved; recently it’s been because the Corona virus has dictated that we aren’t allowed into any stadiums. Perhaps though the most aggravating one is when travel decides you aren’t seeing the game you wanted hoped to..

I’ve had too many of these over the years. 

I’ve been stuck on a train on the outskirts of Bolton in a complete British Rail meltdown is created by a derailment over 100 miles away. I’ve been stuck on the M6 turn off within sight of Villa Park listening to the game on the radio and not knowing whether to laugh or cry as my team take the lead. Then arriving at the stadium as Villa equalise and it ends 1-1!

On another occasion I was in France when I was told the tale of a certain Arsenal fan who’d been trying to scale the walls of the Auxerre stadium only to fall from his climb straight into the huge paladin that he’d been using to elevate himself. He hurt himself so badly he was in the first aid room throughout the game.

Another Arsenal fan I know (Martin Buchan) once travelled to watch Arsenal play Winterslag in Belgium. Unfortunately he and his travelling companion hadn’t explored the town as it was pouring with rain all day. If they had it might have struck them that there weren’t any other Arsenal supporters in the town, and their plight only emerged when they asked for a cab to the stadium. The bar owner said the ground was over 100 miles away and it was only then that they realised they’d travelled to Ghenk instead of Ghent!

Another mate made the long journey from Tottenham to Anfield only to be told within sight of the stadium that the game had been called off.

This kind of stuff happens to football fans. Its part of the deal, part of the experience and part of what makes us the rare breed we are.

I can remember being in the Cheshunt Sportsbar a couple of seasons back when a late postponement led to an impromptu party with George and Fletch making an unexpected debut as Cheshunt’s answer to Wham! You don’t forget things like that!

It just kind of happens doesn’t it? You should expect it. You shouldn’t mind should you? Wrong!!

I missed the Hitchin v Cheshunt FA Cup tie victory because a simple 83-mile journey took me 4 hours and 30 minutes! I was fuming and I’d paid in advance for my bloody match ticket!

How can it be beyond the wit of man to design a road system that can cross a bloody river from Kent into Essex or South London into East London, I swear to God if we gave the pencil to a ten-year-old for their school project they’d be able to come up with something better than the Dartford or Blackwall Tunnels!

Still I’m told it was a great performance, with some great goals and that a good time was had by all. I’m pleased for them I really am although I sincerely wished it had rained and been about minus fifteen with a freezing cold wind coming in from Siberia. Its lucky I’m not the vengeful sort isn’t it?!

If like me and many others you have a story of travelling woe or misfortune then please send them into the club and I’ll be happy to share your tale because as my old mate Steve Brandon used to say ….’in life there’s nothing as funny as misfortune, just so long as it’s someone else’s’!

Stay Safe and look out for my Football Travel Guide which will be out soon.

Tony Madden

Matthew Badcock writes for the Non League Paper

It’s funny how things fall into place sometimes. As much as we plan The NLP’s pages each week, occasionally you stumble into the perfect storm.

Take last week’s paper, where three of our FA Cup previews worked perfectly in tandem with a family theme.

In many ways, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Non-League football in particular has always had the family feel. In this weekend’s FA Cup, that’s no different.

But these feel-good stories only served two underline just how many strong links run through the game.

First stop is Nuneaton Borough, where dad and son are making waves in the FA Cup.

Carl Baker has had a fine career that took him from Non-League with Prescot Cables and Southport to the Football League where he won promotions with MK Dons and Portsmouth, after spending five seasons with Coventry City.

At 38 he may be on the back nine of his career, but he’s still going strong — although son Louis is now grabbing the headlines too.

There can’t have been a much better feeling for Carl to be on the same pitch as his 20-year-old son, and Boro team-mate, when he scored an excellent goal against Lichfield City.

“I probably celebrated his goal more than I’ve ever celebrated any of my own,” he said. “The stats on my GPS probably showed I ran quicker then than at any other time in the game as I went to jump on his back. It was a fantastic feeling.

“We were leading 1-0 at the time with about five minutes to go. As he’s striding up the pitch I’m on the opposite side thinking he should just go and hold it up in the corner.

“I could see what he was going to do so when he cut in and scored it was probably the best feeling I’ve ever had on a football pitch – you can see that from my reaction.”

There will be a slightly different feel at Brackley Town’s game with Coalville Town where Dean twins Gaz and Alex play each other in a competitive game for the first time.

At 31, they’ve had to wait for the chance — although mum Gill isn’t thrilled about the showdown!

“Mum’s not happy,” Brackley defender Gaz told us. “I got a text saying, ‘Be nice to your brother’. She says it’s her worse nightmare come true because she’s going to have one disappointed twin.

“But it’s probably my dad’s dream to see us go toe-to-toe with each other – it’s opposite ends of the spectrum between the two parents, I think.”

Alex added: “When we were little we were terrible — we used to fight all the time over any sport in the garden.

“We were blessed with where we lived because we had a good sized garden so we were forever playing football, cricket, badminton – anything like that. I am competitive. But he is ten times worse. He gets ever so grouchy.”

Although Gaz has promised to buy his brother a pint in Brackley’s bar after.

And at Sutton Common Rovers it will be a proud day for manager Darren Salmon.

The gaffer has been involved with the club for 35 years having played and become manager of the team, then playing in Sunday League, aged 21.

His dad, Alan, founded the club in 1978 and is still chairman while his brother Justin is club secretary.

“I think that’s been a real strength for us keeping that family feel and continuity,” said Salmon, whose in-laws look after the matchday hospitality and stewarding, brother-in-law is youth club secretary and sister operates the tea bar on matchdays.

Family ties will be everywhere in Non-League this weekend. We enjoyed scratching the surface.

Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

v Kingsbury Town

Spartan League

Saturday 21st September 1963

This afternoon we go back 58 years to Cheshunts early season trip to Jubilee Park, Kingsbury as defending Spartan League Champions and the long awaited debut of Les Champelovier.

Despite winning the league, the Board decided not to give Caretaker Manager Fred Pointing the permanent post and instead appoint Tom Tyler as the new Boss. One of his first moves was to sign former England Amateur International, Les Champelovier from Hoddesdon. The Lilliewhites had only just got his signature at the end of the previous season from Harlow and had yet to kick a ball for his new club when Cheshunt swooped in for him. A very disgruntled Hoddesdon complained to the FA and withheld his registration until a decision was made in Cheshunts favour and they were forced to release him. 

Six games had passed before he was finally able to travel to North West London and pull on an Amber jersey.

Now aged 30, Champelovier was a west Londoner yet had not been picked up by any club until he was spotted playing in an RAF side during his National Service by Ilford. Upon discharge, he was introduced to Hayes by Southall’s goalkeeper Ron Leakey.  This was very much Hayes’ gain and Southall’s loss. He made his Hayes début at the start of 1954-55 season and played for eight full seasons, totalling 266 appearances and scoring 137 goals. Once installed in a Hayes shirt, the honours just flowed: he gained three amateur international caps, scoring a hat-trick in his first match against Wales at Peterborough – he was the last of Hayes’ four England amateur internationals; he represented Middlesex many times, London FA, the Athenian League side on seven occasions, Middlesex Wanderers, including tours of Uganda and Nigeria, Southern Counties and FA Amateur XIs. He signed amateur forms for Chelsea in 1954 and played for Brighton in the Football League. Marrying  in Belfast in March 1958, he found housing too expensive in the Hayes area, so he found a job at Cossor Electrics and moved to Harlow in 1962.  At the time, it was hoped that he would be able to continue to play for Hayes, but he joined Harlow Town for the 1962-63 season, linking up with former Hayes players Arthur Ash, Ray Dowse and Dudley Baker and then signing for Cheshunt a year later. 

He was not on the scoresheet on his Ambers debut but a fine performance contributed to a 4-0 win. His first goals would not come until the following month against Rayners Lane and he was then selected for the Spartan League against Cambridge University,  which was played at Theobalds Lane. But then in the New Year both Cheshunt and Champeloviers form dipped and, despite some impressive scorelines, inexplicable defeats brought a disappointing 5th place finish to the Ambers second and final season in the Spartan League. It would be a disappointing finish to Champeloviers competitive playing career too, leaving Cheshunt after 37 appearances and 7 goals that season to play for his works team in Harlow until 1968, when a knee problem forced his retirement. 

Now aged 88, he is still a regular face at Hayes home games and I thank Hayes FC for much of the information on his career in this article.


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