The Ambers Matchday Programme

       

                                     

 

Welcome

Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium. We extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Folkestone Invicta, who have started the season with a bang. 

As one of only the handful of sides we hosted in last seasons curtailed fixture list, the Kentish men were here last October where Mo Camara and Adam Cunnington were on target to earn a 2-1 win.

With Joe Re having just passed his 100th appearance, Taylor McKenzie on the verge of doing so, and long-time servant Josh Cooper having been overlooked when he passed the century mark in his second stint at the Club, all three shall be rewarded with a memento from the Club to commemorate this milestone.

With Remembrance Day falling this week, we respectfully ask all supporters to observe a minutes silence as a mark of respect. This will be immediately before kick off, starting & ending on the referee’s whistle.   Thank you.

Enjoy the game

Waysider              

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News From The Boardroom

Chairman Dean Williamson

Welcome back everyone to Theobalds Lane for this eagerly anticipated Isthmian Premier League clash.It marks a return to league action after our recent progression in both the FA Trophy and Herts County Cup.

Both us and Folkestone are up there in the form table, with today’s opponents above us in third place in the league. It promises to be a great game and will certainly be a test of how we have come this season. We’re enjoying a good run at the moment and picked up good results against some tough teams.

The succession of games has certainly stretched us as a squad, and it was pleasing to see Jamie Reynolds get some minutes during the week. Our ‘January’ transfer window is open all season though and I know Craig will strengthen the squad where he can. We have a great team spirit at the moment with players playing for each other not only as teammates but as friends. Any new additions will therefore not only have to add to the quality we have, but also buy into the team bond.

It’s great to see the club coming together, not only our progression with the men’s team, but also that of the women’s team and the growth of the club across all sections. There is also our new Cheshunt Sports Village scheme that we are working hard on in the background.

We have a bright future ahead of us, both on and off the pitch, and I thank you all for supporting us on our journey.

Enjoy the game.

Kind Regards,

Dean Williamson

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IN THE DUGOUT WITH CRAIG EDWARDS

 

Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Neil, his staff, team and everyone who has travelled up from Folkestone for today’s game. Also congratulations to Neil and his team for picking up the manager of the month award, well deserved.

It’s been quite a week for us as we continued our impressive form. At home to Cray we played very well, moving the ball at great pace and looking so solid defensively. We had a number of key players missing but you’d never have noticed which is massive knowing we have that sort of strength in depth.

Although we went in at half time goalless I was confident going into the 2nd half that our dominance would be rewarded and that proved correct as we banged in four quality unanswered goals.

On Thursday night we had a terrific curry night after training with the initiation singers for entertainment. The night got even better when Neil, Howard and Fletch got the bill. Thanks for that fellas we really appreciated it.

At Corinthian Casuals in the FA Trophy we were the opposite. It was truly an awful game, which wasn’t helped by the condition of the pitch. George never had a save to make and although we were much the better side we weren’t exactly peppering their goal either.

The one piece of real quality in the game was the move at the start of the 2nd half that resulted in our winner. After that we weren’t threatened at all and it was a pretty comfortable 1-0 win. It showed we could ‘win ugly’ which in a way was as satisfying as the performance against Cray.

We rang out the changes on Tuesday in the Herts Senior Cup against Baldock, missed enough clear cut chances to have won five games and in the end had to settle for a goal in which Mo blocked the keepers clearance. Fair play to Baldock who never gave up and put in a great shift.

On to today’s game. Whilst we are unbeaten in six and conceding a solitary goal in that run, we face a really tough test against the only unbeaten side in the league. Our games against Folkestone tend to be end to end with little in it, so today should be a cracker.
Hopefully it’ll be another exciting game with plenty of goals.

Enjoy the Match !

Craig

 

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Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

Cheshunt 4-0 Shillingdon 

Southern Midweek Floodlit Cup (group stage)

Wednesday 6th November 1991

Today we look back exactly 30 years to one of the most obscure games in Cheshunt’s history. 

1991-92 was the fifth consecutive season Cheshunt had languished in the London Spartan League, regularly playing in front of less than 40 spectators and padding out a feeble fixture list with a list of minor cup competitions to generate extra income and interest. The Ambers entered a record-equalling nine competitions that season with their lowly status reflected in the FA Vase instead of the Trophy, the Herts Centenary Trophy instead of the Senior Cup and the Herts Charity Shield instead of the Charity Cup. Along with these, Cheshunt entered the Middlesex Senior Cup and the obscurest of all, the Southern Midweek Floodlit Cup.

Arranged that season in groups, this Luton-centric competition saw Cheshunt host Hitchin Town, Arlesey and Hoddesdon but also lowly Stansted and the tiny now-defunct Bedfordshire village side, Shillingdon.

Ten games into a club-record twelve consecutive wins in all competitions, the Ambers put them to the sword 4-0 with goals from new striker Jamie Stapleton (2), a recently returned Paul Davis and, in his first season, a young Ryan Harris.

Having been given his debut as a substitute by Manager Dave Bidwell at Viking Sports two months previously, Harris would go onto make 22 appearances that season and 149 before leaving in 1996. Despite his small stature, Harris was a remarkably dynamic and adaptable player. Preferring to play in midfield, he was often started in defence but still managed to have a scoring record most forwards would be proud of. He would return to the Club in 2002, skippering the side to the Isthmian Second division championship before leaving a second time in January 2005 having made a total of 273 appearances and 62 goals, making him 14th  in the all-time Cheshunt appearance table and 18th in the leading goalscorers. 

During his time at Theobalds Lane, he started in every number shirt except 10 – including famously when a no-show from keeper Trevor Lake forced Ryan Harris to pull on the number 1 shirt at Saffron Waldon! 

The 1991-92 season would again end in failure, with Bidwell’s side going on an inexplicable losing streak in December they would not recover from and a mediocre 8th place finish, the only minor consolation being a violence-marred victory in Herts Centenary Trophy.

 

The Amber Scribe Tony Madden shares his thoughts on Folkestone

A Warm Welcome To Our Visitors From Folkestone…

From The British Lion to The Mariners, and from Kipps to The Folkestone Wine Company the town of Folkestone has a charm in its lanes and steep stairways that is really very special; it furthermore has an array of bars and restaurants that will keep any visitor busy should they decide to take a brief vacation to this lovely little corner of Kent. 

I spend an awful lot of time in this little town and I’m a strong advocate for its longstanding charm and its increasing vitality. I’m proudly starting to convert my friends in Cheshunt to seeing its much more than just a town with an old disused harbour or from thinking it’s Dover’s ugly sister! 

It’s nothing of the sort. In fact, as you move along this coastline where once you would hear Folkestone described by Kent people in the most unflattering language, it is now considered to be up and coming, even trendy, and what I particularly like is how it is trying to keep its soul, and not just be a ‘Baby Brighton’ in Kent. 

The DFL (Down From London) community is growing, that’s unquestionably true, but from what I observe they’ve not managed to completely change the dynamic of the town, and dare I say it they may even have added to it. Like it or not where you increase demand you increase supply, and the new Folkestone has seen a remarkable growth in the hospitality trade meaning there’s far more to do than there was previously.

In my visits as well as being a frequent visitor to the Harbour Arm, I’ve become a regular in The British Lion and must thank Dee and Nick and all the regulars (Brian, Ian, Chris, Richard & Mac) for making me so welcome, similarly I always enjoy a pint or two with John and his bar team in The Mariners either watching the football or observing life go by on the Harbour.

This summer on June 12th at 5.30am, along with Jim Tuite, Gary Fleming, and Howard Bailey, I set off on a sponsored bike ride from the gates of Cheshunt FC to Folkestone. It was a distance of 97 miles and it took us 8 hours 35 minutes to ride, and when we arrived on the Leas, stopping for pictures at the Bandstand, I’d never been so glad to see the old place or sink those first few pints outside the Skuba Bar!

Later we had an evening meal in The British Lion and despite all plans to move on and explore the town we were too exhausted and just settled there and sunk a few to celebrate our achievement. Everyone was so friendly to us and genuinely impressed that we’d raised over £12,000 for The Willow Foundation; it was a very special evening to be part of. 

The following morning, after a huge breakfast in The Diamond Café on Tontine Street, we settled for a few pints on The Harbour Arm at which point Gary, Jim and Howard were clearly seeing Folkestone in a whole new light, all declaring they were definitely heading back; and they all have. Folkestone can do that!

There is also of course the home of our opponents today, another place I’ve enjoyed visiting and couldn’t help but be struck by the similarities of our two grounds, both real lower league stadiums with a charm that is sadly lacking in many of the modern bowls they call football stadiums.

I’ll round off now as I think I’ve done enough for the Folkestone Tourist Board, so until they start paying for the positive publicity I give them, or until I’m thanked for the upturn in Hertfordshire and Kent relations I’ll sign off. 

I hope the visiting fans today feel they have been properly welcomed and that they have an ok day, not a win, but an ok day!

It’s good to have you here and maybe I’ll see you in Folkestone in the not too distant future.

Tony Madden

Folkestone Invicta FC History

A HISTORY OF FOLKESTONE INVICTA

Folkestone Invicta Football Club, which was formed in 1936 and played in the East Kent Amateur League, took over use of the Cheriton Road ground in early 1991 after the demise of the old Folkestone club who had enjoyed a long history in the Southern League. 

Under manager Gary Staniforth, Invicta joined the Winstonlead Kent League and completed the Division Two league and cup double during the 1991-92 season, also winning the Kent Intermediate Shield that season. 

Invicta achieved senior status and joined Division One of the Winstonlead Kent League, making steady progress in its first two seasons at this level under club stalwart Staniforth. The nearest the club came to another trophy during these two seasons was when they lost the 1994 Plaaya Kent Senior Trophy Final 3-1 against Alma Swanley at Gravesend & Northfleet’s Stonebridge Road. 

Former Folkestone, Dover Athletic, Hythe Town, Crawley Town and Sittingbourne player Tim Hulme then took over as player-manager for the 1994-95 season. Invicta at one point chased the Kent League treble that season, but ended up empty handed. The club were runners up for a second successive season in the Plaaya Kent Senior Trophy after losing a penalty shoot out in the final against Deal Town at Dover’s Crabble ground following a 2-2 draw after extra time. 

Invicta entered the F. A. Cup for the first time during the 1994-95 season, beating Hailsham Town and then Southern League Premier Division side Sittingbourne before going out 2-1 at home to a Worthing side which included former Tottenham striker Mark Falco. 

Hopes were high for the 1995-96 season as Invicta strengthened their squad, but things turned sour during the second half of the season as Hulme left the club, with his assistant Micky Dix taking over for the remainder of the season.

Former Canterbury City boss Darren Hare was recruited for the 1996-97 season, but after a poor start he was soon replaced by one-time Folkestone Town manager Denis Hunt, assisted by veteran player Bobby Wilson. 

It was during this season that a club record 2,332 saw the club play hosts to West Ham United in a benefit game following freak floods in the town. Harry Redknapp brought down a strong West Ham side that won 6-0 and included Portuguese World Cup star Paolo Futre, Julian Dicks, a young Frank Lampard and Stan Lazaridis. 

It was the arrival of manager Neil Cugley from Ashford Town during the summer of 1997 which was to provide the catalyst for the return of Southern League football to the town. 

Cugley made an immediate impact as promotion was achieved by finishing runners up to Herne Bay in 1997-98 when the club also finished runners up in the Plaaya Kent Senior Trophy for the third time after losing 1-0 in the final to Greenwich Borough at Ashford Town’s Homelands ground. 

But under manager Cugley the club were to be permanent fixtures in the top three of their respective division for three successive seasons.

The club continued to make good progress in 1998-99 as Southern League football returned to Folkestone. Invicta finished third in the Dr. Martens League Southern Division behind champions Havant & Waterlooville and runners up Margate, with the promotion race going to the final day of the season. Invicta also reached the final of the 1999 Kent Senior Cup where they lost 1-0 at home to then Conference club Welling United. The club also made its mark in the F.A. Umbro Trophy by beating Conference club Hayes to reach the Third Round before going out 8-4 in an incredible tie away to three-times winners Woking.

The 1999-2000 season saw the club achieve more progress with promotion to the Dr. Martens League Premier Division as runners up to Fisher Athletic (London) in the Eastern Division. Again there was final day heartbreak for Invicta as the championship went right to the wire with Fisher winning away to Newport (Isle of Wight) to make Invicta’s final day win at Wisbech in vein.  Invicta went down 1-0 at home to holders and eventual winners Kingstonian in the F.A. Umbro Trophy and again reached the Kent Senior Cup Final, but went down again, this time 3-0 to Gravesend & Northfleet, their fifth successive defeat in a cup final as a senior side. It was a good season all round for the club as the reserves won the Kent Intermediate Cup and the youth team won their section of the MUSH Kent Youth League and reached the 2nd Round of the Times Sponsored F. A. Youth Cup before bowing out 6-0 against a strong Millwall side at the New Den 

The 2000-01 season saw the club compete in the Dr Martens League Premier Division for the first time and Invicta achieved their objective of staying up. In the process they were the only side to win away to Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion at Eton Park.

The 2001-02 season saw an improved Invicta side briefly top the Premier Division table for the first time in the club’s history during the opening weeks of the season. The club reached the 4th Qualifying Round of the F. A. Cup but were beaten 5-1 in a replay away to Welling United after drawing the initial tie 1-1 with a lucrative trip to Reading as the prize. The season ended on a dramatic note as Invicta 3-3 home draw with Tamworth on the final day of the season denied the Lambs the championship – that game was watched by a crowd of 1,277, the highest ever home attendance for an Invicta league match. 

That record was broken in August 2002 when the visit of neighbours Dover Athletic attracted a crowd of 1,446 to Cheriton Road. But the 2002-03 season was to prove a difficult season for Invicta as financial constraints took their toll. The club finished bottom of the table and was relegated back down to the Eastern Division. 

The 2003-04 season was more successful for Invicta as the club finished fifth in the Eastern Division to win promotion via the re-structuring of the non-league game. Highlights of the season were a club record unbeaten 24-match league run and reaching the Third Round of the F. A. Trophy before bowing out at home to Nationwide Conference club Stevenage Borough.

The club switched from the Southern League to the Isthmian (Isthmian) Premier League for the 2004-05 season and finished in a mid table position. Striker James Dryden broke both the club’s record senior appearance and goalscoring records during the season and a new home league record attendance of 2,278 saw Invicta win 1-0 at home to local rivals Dover Athletic over Christmas. A 2,390 crowd saw Invicta win the return 1-0 over the Easter weekend. 

But the club was to suffer real tragedy on Tuesday April 12th, 2005 when striker Paul Sykes collapsed on the pitch and died during a Kent Senior Cup semi final against one of his former clubs Margate. Invicta subsequently pulled out of the competition to allow Margate to play another of Paul’s former clubs Dover Athletic in the final at Folkestone when the Kent footballing community came together to remember one of its most popular characters.

Folkestone Invicta went into the 2005-06 season in good spirits with a new sponsorship deal with local coach company Buzzlines. The club subsequently enjoyed its best ever run in the F. A. Cup, going down 2-1 away to Chester City in the First Round after leading 1-0 at half time thanks to an early Adam Flanagan goal which was shown on Match of the Day. The reserves also finished as champions of the Kentish Observer Football League Division Two and the club also enjoyed great success at youth level. 

The 2006-07 season saw the club maintain its Isthmian Premier League status on the final day of the season with a 1-1 draw away to Carshalton.  But the next season was to see the club relegated on the final day of the season with a 1-0 home defeat against Maidstone United in a winner-takes-all encounter.

2008-09 saw the club in the Isthmian League Division One South but a financial crisis put paid to early season hopes of promotion and the club put its faith in a predominantly young, local, up-and-coming side. 

That faith came to fruition during a truly remarkable 2009-10 season that saw the club win promotion from the Isthmian League Division One South and reach the final of the Kent Senior Cup (losing 3-1 to Sittingbourne). Operating with a small squad, Invicta were denied the championship after being docked ten points for entering into a CVA agreement but were promoted via the pay-offs. 

Croydon Athletic clinched the championship with a 0-0 draw on a memorable night at Invicta after both towns had paid tribute to Rifleman Peter Aldridge of A Company 4 Rifles, who had died in an explosion in Afghanistan, aged just 19, becoming the 250th UK serviceman to die in the campaign. New Invicta chairman Lynn Woods’ efforts in staging the commemoration were rewarded with a 2,134 crowd.

Invicta – who conceded just 23 goals in 42 league games – recovered from the disappointment of missing out on the championship by winning the play-offs. A thrilling semi final saw the club come back from 2-0 down at half time against Leatherhead to force a 2-2 draw after extra time and win 5-3 on penalties. Godalming Town were then beaten in the final as Invicta returned to the Isthmian Premier League. The club also won the Isthmian League Division One South Fair Play Award during 2009-10 and again in 2012-13.

But continuing financial constraints meant that the club found life back in the Isthmian Premier League difficult and it was relegated back down to Division One South in 2010-11.

For the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons the club reached the semi finals of the play offs, losing away to Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United respectively. 

In 2013-14 the club finished as Isthmian League Division One South runners up and reached the play off final after beating Hastings United 3-2 after extra time in the semi final but lost the final 3-1 on penalties at home to Leatherhead following a 1-1 draw after extra time. The club also had young striker Johan Ter Horst signed by Premiership club Hull City during May 2014.

Folkestone Invicta won both the Division One South’s Fair Play and Respect awards in 2013-14, the third successive season that it had been rewarded for its disciplinary record. 

The club again finished as runners up in the Isthmian League Division One South during 2014-15 and the season was again to end in home play-off heartbreak as Invicta lost the final 3-0 against Merstham after beating Whyteleafe 2-1 after extra time in the semi final. 

It was a different story in 2015-16 as Invicta won the Isthmian League Division One South championship by 24 points and manager Neil Cugley completed 1,000 matches as the club’s manager.

During the summer of 2016 the club prepared for life back in the Isthmian League Premier Division and sold striker Harry Smith to League Division One club Millwall. The club achieved its objective of staying in the Premier Division which was confirmed with a 3-0 final day win away to Grays Athletic amid a party atmosphere at Aveley and also won the division’s Respect award. 

Invicta stepped up a gear during the 2017-18 season scoring over 100 goals in the Isthmian League Premier Division and reaching the Play Offs where they lost 4-0 in the semi final away to Hendon. It had been an exciting end to the season as the club lost on penalties in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Final away to Maidstone United and finished their scheduled league programme with a 2-2 draw away to Billericay Town where a stoppage time Jamie O’Hara screamer denied them a league ‘double’ over the champions. 

Despite winning its last five matches during April, Invicta narrowly missed out on the play offs on the final day of the 2018-19 season. 

Invicta were still very much in the Isthmian League Premier Division promotion race and in the semi finals of the League Cup when the 2019-20 season came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The start of the curtailed 2020-21 season was a strange time with COVID protocols and procedures and with elite level sport continuing behind-closed-doors, Invicta was for a short spell one of the best supported clubs in the country.

SENIOR HONOURS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Joined Kent League: 1991-92.

Achieved senior status: 1992.

Kent League Division One runners up: 1997-98.

Plaaya Kent Senior Trophy runners up: 1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98.

Kent League Division Two champions: 1991-92.

Kentish Observer Football League Division Two champions: 2005-06

Kent League Division Two Cup winners: 1991-92, 1995-96.

Kent League Division One Cup runners up: 2000-01.

Kent Intermediate Shield Winners: 1991-92.

Kent Intermediate Cup Winners: 1999-2000.

Joined Southern League: 1998.

Dr. Martens League Eastern Division runners up: 1999-2000.

Kent Senior Cup runners up: 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2009-10, 2017-18.

Joined Isthmian League in 2004

Isthmian League Division One South Champions: 2015-16.

Isthmian League Division One South Play Off winners: 2009-10.

Isthmian League Division One South Play Off runners up: 2013-14, 2014-15.

Isthmian League Division One South runners up: 2009-10, 2013-14, 2014-15.

 

 

Folkestone Invicta FC Player Profiles

 

FOLKESTONE INVICTA PEN PICTURES 2021-22

NEIL CUGLEY (Manager): Now in his 25th season as the club’s manager and has completed over 1,100 games in charge. Neil became the longest-serving manager in the top seven tiers of English football when Arsene Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season. Led the team to winning the Isthmian League Division One championship by 24 points in 2015-16 when he collected many personal accolades such as Manager of the Season and the Ray East Award. He also received a Lifetime Achievement award from The Non-League Paper at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. Neil has also managed Ashford Town, Folkestone Town and Hythe Town. As a player, Neil had three spells at Folkestone Town and also played for Ashford, Dartford, Margate, Dover Athletic, Maidstone United and Thanet. In the 1982-83 season he broke Folkestone’s goalscoring record with 46 goals. Date of birth: November 20, 1956.

ROLAND EDGE (Assistant Manager): Re-joined the club from Maidstone United during the summer of 2010 having originally joined the club during 2007. A left-sided player who had been out of the game after his professional career was curtailed by injury. He joined his hometown club Gillingham as a 16-year-old and made 126 appearances for the club, scoring one Football League goal between the 1997-98 and 2002-03 seasons. He then joined Hibernian and concluded his professional career at Hull City. Has the distinction of having played at both Wembley Stadium, when Gillingham beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 after extra time in the 2000 Second Division play-off final, and Hampden Park when Hibernian lost 2-0 against Livingston in the 2004 Scottish League Cup Final. Date of birth: November 25, 1978.

MICHEAL EVERITT (Player-Coach): The club’s record appearance holder (750+) who was appointed to the coaching staff during the summer of 2017. Supporters’ Player of the Year for 2009-10 – when he led the club to promotion from the Isthmian League Division One South and was ever present in all competitions – and again in 2018-19. Also a member of the championship-winning side of 2015-16. Micheal came through the successful youth system at Invicta, where he captained the side that played away to Millwall youths in the Second Round of the F. A. Youth Cup in 1999-2000. He was rewarded with a testimonial at the club during 2008. Has also had a loan spell at Sittingbourne, where he was captain during the 2001-02 season, and also had a spell as Player-Coach at Whitstable Town. Date of birth: October 16, 1982.

ALEXIS ANDRE (Goalkeeper): Goalkeeper who joined the club during October 2021 who made his debut in a 1-0 Emirates F A Cup win at home to Gloucester City AFC. A French-born Guadeloupean, he was most recently with Bristol Rovers and has also had loan spells at Salisbury, Gloucester, Truro City, Yate Town, Tiverton and Paulton. He has also played overseas with  Kehler FC in Germany and Schiltigheim in France. Date of birth: May 31, 1997. 

CONNOR COLLINS (Goalkeeper): Goalkeeper called up from the youth team into the first team squad for this season. Date of birth: August 11, 2003. 

CALLUM DAVIES (Defender): Joined the club initially on loan from Maidstone United during August 2016 and has now made over 150 appearances for the club. Swept the board at the club’s Player of the Year presentations during 2017-18 winning Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year and even walking away with the young Player of the Year award! Callum began his career at Gillingham, for whom he began as a trainee, captained the youth team, progressed to the reserves and made 29 first team appearances between 2010-15. He won a League Division Two title medal under Martin Allen in 2013 but injury restricted his progress under Justin Edinburgh. During that time he also had loan spells at Lewes, Thurrock, Dover Athletic, Bromley and Eastleigh before joining Maidstone. Date of birth: February 8, 1993.

RONNIE DOLAN (Midfield): Midfielder who scored with his first touch for the club as a substitute at home to Corinthian-Casuals in November 2014. Joined the club from Hastings United and has also had spells at Ashford Town, Ashford United, Hythe Town and Welling United. Was a part of the 2015-16 Isthmian League Division One South championship winning team. Has been unlucky with injuries over the past few seasons. Date of birth: March 3, 1992.

IAN DRAYCOTT (Striker): Broke James Dryden’s record of 141 senior goals for the club when he scored from the penalty spot at home to Potters Bar Town September 2021. Joined the club from Leatherhead during the summer of 2014. He scored 43 goals in 57 appearances in his debut season and then 40 goals in 53 appearances during the championship-winning season of 2015-16. In 2014-15 he shared the Isthmian League Division One South Golden Boot with 34 goals and then won it outright in 2015-16 with 40 league goals. Was included in the Team of the Season selected by the managers for 2014-15. Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year in 2014-15. Helped Leatherhead (2013-14) and Maidstone United (2012-13) to play off success in the Isthmian League Division One South and was a part of the 2015-16 Isthmian League Division One South championship winning team. Has also played for Lewes and Bedford Town. Had a loan spell at Chatham Town at the end of 2019-20. Date of birth: June 18, 1988.

SCOTT HEARD (Midfield): Re-joined the club from Dagenham & Redbridge during the summer of 2017 having signed for the Daggers in October 2016. Originally joined the club from Whitstable Town during November 2015 and was a part of the 2015-16 Isthmian League Division One South championship winning team. Had come from the youth system at Whitstable and also represented Kent at youth level. Made over 200 appearances for Whitstable having started out as a youngster at Canterbury and is an exciting player who covers a lot of ground. Has made over 150 appearances for the club. Had a loan spell at East Thurrock United from Dagenham & Redbridge. Date of birth: July 23, 1993. 

RYAN JOHNSON (Defender / Midfield): Joined the club from Ramsgate for this season. RJ has also recently played for Maidstone United, Hythe Town (two spells), East Grinstead Town and Greenwich Borough, helping the latter win the SCEFL. Born in Ashford, Ryan was part of Queens Park Rangers’ youth set up from the age of ten and played for Kent during his schooldays. He was an unused substitute for QPR in the Championship at Nottingham Forest in December 2004 and made 31 reserve team appearances before being released at the end of the 2005-06 season. He was also loaned to Maidenhead in the Conference South and then Dagenham & Redbridge, also playing for AFC Bournemouth reserves. He joined Maidenhead on a permanent basis before having spells at Slade Green and Sittingbourne before joining Welling United in the Conference South. He then joined Dartford in December 2009 helping them to win the Isthmian League Premier Division. Ryan rejoined Sittingbourne before spells at Corinthian (twice), Margate and Erith & Belvedere. Date of birth: January 15, 1987. 

KIERON McCANN (Midfield): Rejoined the club from Cray Valley (PM) for this season having left in the summer of 2020. Had originally joined the club during the summer of 2017 from Sevenoaks Town, for whom he played in their 2017 2-0 Southern East League Counties Challenge Cup Final win over Sheppey United at Tonbridge’s Longmead Stadium when the club finished in a highest ever third place in the league table. Won Invicta’s Goal of the 2017-18 Season award for his strike from outside the penalty area at home to Billericay Town. Had two spells at Chatham Town, for whom he had initially joined from Sevenoaks and was the Chats’ Young Player of the Year for 2014. Other former clubs include Croydon Athletic, Erith & Belvedere, Whyteleafe and Cray Wanderers. Played in Cray Valley (PM)’s F A Cup First Round tie at Havant and Waterlooville. Date of birth: May 6, 1992.

MATT NEWMAN (Defender / Midfield): Re-joined the club from Hythe Town during August 2017 and impressed as a central defender having played predominantly in midfield during his first spell with the club. Originally joined the club during March 2013 from Chatham Town, where he had been Player of the Year. A member of the 2015-16 championship-winning side before joining Hythe Town early in the 2017-18 season. His other previous clubs include Erith & Belvedere, Ashford Town, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Angels. Players;’ Player of the Year for 2018-19. Date of birth: February 10, 1988.

FINN O’MARA (Defender): Signed for the club from Gillingham during October 2018 having had two loan spells. Finn spent six years at Gillingham having joined them at the age of 13. He made his professional debut during the 2017-18 season when he came on as a substitute away to Blackburn Rovers and he then started in a 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win away to Colchester three days later before making his full league debut at home to Portsmouth in a game shown live on Sky Sports. His final first team Gills appearance came in a 7-5 Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading in November 2017.  Has made over 50 appearances for the club. Date of birth: February 3rd, 1999.

ALFIE PAXMAN (Striker): Striker who signed for the club in May 2018 from Ramsgate, for whom he scored 30 goals during 2017-18. He emerged from the Rams’ youth set up and represented Kent at youth level. He signed for the Dover Academy at the age of 16 but featured in the Ramsgate first team and Under 21s during 2015-16 until a late move to Leatherhead and ended up playing in Dover’s last match of that season. Won the Derek Knight Trophy as Young Player of the Year and the Goal of the Season award for 2018-19 for his strike at home to AFC Hornchurch. Date of birth: December 15, 1997.

TIM ROBERTS (Goalkeeper): Joined the club in September 2013 from Walton & Hersham and made his debut against his former club a day later! Had joined Walton & Hersham from Chatham Town, having also played for Croydon, Erith Town, Sittingbourne and Dulwich Hamlet. Tim was on the scoresheet when the club won 4-0 at home to Horsham during March 2014. Has now made over 300 appearances for the club and was ever present during 2014-15. Supporters’ Player of the Year for the championship-winning season of 2015-16 with 20 league clean sheets, the first goalkeeper to win the award since 1995. Date of birth: October 26, 1988. 

DAVID SMITH (Striker): Joined the club in August 2020 having scored 23 goals for Ashford United last season before the campaign was curtailed. David started out as a youth team player at Maidstone United before joining Sittingbourne. He moved on to Dover Athletic at the start of the 2018-19 season and had loan spells at Sevenoaks Town and Sittingbourne before joining Ashford during July 2019. Scored on his debut for the club ta home to Worthing on the opening day of the season. Date of birth: May 22, 1999. 

TYLER STERLING (Midfield / Striker): Teenager who has progressed through the youth section. Scored a stunning first senior goal after coming on as a substitute against Carshalton Athletic in February 2020 which won the club’s Goal of the Season award for 2019-20. He then made his starting debut in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup against Tonbridge Angels having made his senior debut as a substitute against Bognor Regis Town in the League Cup. Date of birth: April 11, 2002. 

JOSH VINCENT (Defender): Now the club’s longest-serving player, Josh stepped up into the first team squad during 2008-09. He has now made 500 appearances for the club. The club’s Young Player of the Year in 2008-09. Goalscoring right back who scored in the 2009-10 Isthmian League Division One South play-off final win against Godalming Town. A member of the 2015-16 Isthmian League Division One South championship winning team. Was rewarded with a testimonial season for 2017-18. Date of birth: February 8, 1990.

JORDAN WRIGHT (Defender / Midfield): Re-joined the club towards the end of the curtailed 2019-20 season and can play in defence or midfield. Originally impressed during pre-season in the summer of 2014 and subsequently made over 150 appearances for the club. Won the Derek Knight Trophy as the club’s Young Player of the Year for three successive seasons: 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. A member of the 2015-16 Isthmian League Division One South championship winning team. Previous clubs include Lydd Town, Ashford United, Whitstable Town and Canterbury City. Date of birth: July 15, 1994.

ADE YUSUFF (Striker): Striker who re-joined the club in April 2021 having left at the end of the 2018-19 season to join Dulwich Hamlet. Originally joined the club during 2017 and was top goalscorer during 2017-18 with 30 in all competitions and again during 2018-19 with 21. Having started out as a youngster at Stevenage Borough he had a loan spell with Biggleswade Town before joining St Neots Town, Banbury, AFC Hornchurch and Aveley. He then signed for Chatham Town in December 2013, from whom he made a high profile transfer to Dagenham & Redbridge in September 2014. After loan spells at St Albans City, Leatherhead, East Thurrock United and Welling United he re-joined Chatham Town before moving on to Billericay Town and then back to AFC Hornchurch and on to Heybridge Swifts. After joining Dulwich, Ade also had spells with Dover Athletic, Tonbridge Angels, Cray Valley (PM) and Braintree Town. He played in a televised F A Cup tie for Dulwich at home to Carlisle United and for Cray Valley (PM) in the First Round at Havant and Waterlooville. Date of birth: May 25, 1994.

 

 

Folkestone Invicta FC Player Profiles

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Today's Teams Selected From:

171206-AMBER-CFC-LOGO.png   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

Nordirbek Bobomurodov

 

Folkestone Invicta FC

Manager  Neil Cugley

Alexis Andre
Josh Vincent
Jordan Wright
Matt Newman
Callum Davies (captain)
Ryan Johnson
Scott Heard
Ronnie Dolan
David Smith
Ade Yusuff
Alfie Paxman
Ian Draycott
Tyler Sterling
Finn O’Mara
Kieron McCann
Tim Roberts

Todays Officials:

Mr Shelby Elson

Mr  Colman O’Meara    Mr Erno Vajda

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordirbek Bobomurodov

Stuart Fuller. The Ball Is Round Football Blog

The Five Most Disappointing English Exports (revised)

by Stuart Fuller

There are a number of promising English players now playing abroad, but was that always the case? We look back on those Englishmen who set foot on foreign soil as pioneers with the nation’s hopes on their shoulders, only to return with nothing more than a sombrero, some cheap tequila and a strange rash.

No.5 – Anton Ferdinand

Some transfers will always end in tears. You don’t need to be a footballing expert to see that. Take the case of young Anton joining Turkish club Antalyaspor. Ferdinand comes from a close-knit South London family. He came through the West Ham youth system and played over 130 games for the Hammers before he headed north to Sunderland. A couple of seasons at QPR where he became embroiled in the John Terry racially-aggravated public order trial before being released in the summer of 2013. After a brief loan period with Bursaspor in the Turkish Super League he joined rivals Antalyaspor. Thousands of miles from home with no knowledge of the language, what could go wrong? The Turks tore up his contract after just 3 games and 2 years left on it. He then headed to Thailand where he was unveiled as a new signing for Police United. He never played for the club, returning to England to play for Reading (twice).

No.4 – Stan Collymore

Few people will realise that Collymore actually played the game. That is unless you listen to his post-match rants on the radio where anyone who dares to have a different opinion will be challenged as not knowing what they are talking about because they have never played the game. But Collymore was once a good player. He was part of the Nottingham Forest team that looked like they would be a real threat to English football, scoring goals for fun. Forty one goals in sixty five games earnt him England caps and a big money move to Liverpool. But it was when he left Liverpool, his off the field behaviour started to have an impact on performances. Handfuls of games for Fulham, Leicester City and Bradford City didn’t bring any success so it was with some surprise that in January 2001 that he signed for Real Oviedo. Collymore’s debut for Oviedo was as a second-half substitute away to Las Palmas on 4 February 2001. He was again brought on during the second half of his home debut a week later against Villarreal, but was then dropped by Coach Radomir Antić and warned to improve his fitness. He played just one more game for Oviedo, before he announced his retirement at the age of 30, on 7 March 2001, just five weeks after he had joined the Spanish club.

No.3 – Jermaine Pennant

The story that to me sums up all that is wrong with modern footballers is based on Pennant’s very short spell overseas. In January 2011 Pennant’s Porsche Turbo with his personal number plate was found abandoned at a railway station in Zaragoza with five months’ worth of parking tickets. He was reported to have forgotten he owned the car after he returned to England from his year in Spain where he played twenty five times. His performances were average to say the least and there were no surprises when he returned back to England. His career has been full of moves since including stints in Singapore and India, finishing with a much publicised move to Billericay Town.

No.2 – Gary Charles

Another player who has had more than his fair share of brushes with the law during his time as a player. Charles was a promising youngster, breaking through at Nottingham Forest before moving to Derby County and Aston Villa. He even managed a couple of England caps, known as a mobile, attacking full-back. In 1999 Graeme Souness signed Charles to play for Benfica, and joining a growing band of British players in Lisbon including Scott Minto, Dean Saunders, Brian Deane, Michael Thomas, Mark Pembridge and Steve Harkness. Charles played a grand total of 4 times for the Portuguese giants before leaving on the same plane as Souness. He joined West Ham, played 5 games before 3 more games at Birmingham City before retiring from the game aged 30 years old.

No.1 – Jonathan Woodgate

“#WTF” would have been the trending hashtag if Twitter would have been invented back in 2004. Woodgate was a promising youngster in the young Leeds side that reached the latter stages of the Champions League, although even at an early age he was very injury prone. A protracted court case where he was found guilty of affray didn’t help his cause although he did move to Newcastle United in 2003. His stay on Tyneside was brief before Real Madrid came in and paid a jaw-dropping £13.4 million. The Bernabau faithful had to wait over a year before they got to see Woodgate due to injury before he made his debut in September 2005 against Athletic Bilbao. He marked the game in style, scoring an own-goal before being sent off. His Real career lasted 8 more games in two more years before he was sold to Spurs for £8m in 2008. The newspaper Marca held a poll in 2007 that saw Woodgate voted the worst ever signing of the 21st century with over 37% of the vote.

From ‘Non League Notes’ at theballisround.co.uk

 

Matt Badcock writes for the Non League Paper

YOU HAVE to wonder what Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney really made of their first experience of Non-League football.

In case you hadn’t heard, the actors who bought Wrexham turned up at Maidenhead United to see their first Red Dragons in the flesh last week.

For people who roll in some pretty high-profile and glamorous circles, walking in to be greeted with some heckling must have been an eye-opening experience. I doubt that happens on the red carpet.

The depth of the National League System on full show with more than 1,600 turning out on a dark night to watch 90 minutes of the Beautiful Game. Fantastic.

I imagine they returned home with an even greater sense of how vital all these clubs are to their communities, not to mention how much it means to the supporters of the club they now own.

Of course, as is the way with these things, their team lost 3-2 before conceding a late equaliser against Torquay United on Saturday to draw 1-1.

The documentary covering their take-over will be titled Welcome to Wrexham. Last week was also a Welcome to Football. Where it rarely goes to plan.

After Tuesday’s defeat, Deadpool star Reynolds – a seriously successful businessman to boot – described his feelings on an instagram post.

“Football is a staggering, heartbreaking, gorgeous, tommy-gun of soul-deadening, evil and beauty and I’m never sleeping again ever, ever.”

Whether you are interested in their takeover or are indifferent, we can probably all relate, in some form, to that summary.

Whoever you support, there must have been times when you think: Why do I do this? I know I have.

There are millions of people in this country who have no interest in this mad game. Who don’t spend their Saturdays – or midweek evenings – standing in the cold, or glued to websites and social media to see how their team and rivals have got on.

And sometimes, after those last-minute goals, you do wonder if it would be easier to not bother.

But that’s the thing with football. It hooks you in. It refuses to let go. Conceding stoppage-time goals is equalled out by those stoppage-time winners. Or at least the hope of one.

And there’s something bizarrely magical about being out in the freezing cold watching a drab draw.

Especially in Non-League. Where you’re so close to the action and feel so much a part of it. I think we’ve seen that this season with some of the attendances across all levels – a combination of people just happy to be out at games again, mixed with an apathy of the higher reaches of the game.

Because, yes, football can be a real pain at times. There are issues at all levels that really grate and things in Non-League that could be better.

But it also provides more drama and moments than any Hollywood script. Hopefully the Wrexham duo saw that for themselves.

  

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Corinthian Casuals 0 Cheshunt 1. FA Trophy 3QR

King Georges Field drained  well after extended periods of overnight rain, but the regular deluges continuing into the Saturday morning left the surface extremely heavy, giving the impression both teams were finding it difficult to move the ball freely, passing looked laboured and forced at times.

The first half opened with a Corinthian Casuals free kick on the edge of the box looking dangerous but a tamely struck shot was well held by Ambers keeper George Marsh for the home sides only attempt on goal in the first forty five.

The Ambers had much more possession and should have been the more likely to open the scoring, but heavy touches, misplaced passes and some last ditch defending in the final third restricted the Ambers to longer range efforts. Joe Re making his one hundredth appearance went close with a left foot shot over the bar, Reece Beckles Richards followed suit, and with a minute of the half remaining Mo Camara blazed an angled volley just over with only the keeper to beat.  0-0 at half time with defences clearly on top, aided by the pitch and the officials slowing the pace of the game considerably.

Zack Newton had spent the first half being well marshalled by Emmanuel Mensah & Andy Mills doubling up on the Ambers danger man each time he threatened, however within two minutes of the restart a move inside from his wide right position as Cheshunt built on their left saw a series of short passes from Re, Beckles Richards, Miles & McLean open the home defence and find Newton in the penalty box, back to goal.  A feint one way & a roll the other saw him clear the attentions of Mills and stroke the ball past Dan Bracken in the home goal.  The Ambers now had all of the second half to pick off Corinthians as they pressed for an equaliser. A second goal for Cheshunt should have been delivered when a long throw created panic at the Corinthians near post, the ball bounced at pace off several boots, a forest of shins, and a post before dribbling out for a goal kick. Former Amber Bobby Mills was the pick of the home team efforts, often picking the ball up & running at the Cheshunt defence, but eventually reaching Taylor Mackenzie, who steered him wide of any threat. Mensah too was having a decent game in an unfamiliar position, until a needless kick at Mo Camara & a verbal spat with Beckles Richards blotted his copy.

Corinthians huffed & puffed their way to one on target attempt for the second half, a header from range, cleared easily from the line for a corner.  Nordirbek Bobomuradov & Ola Williams came on for Cheshunt in the latter stages to provide fresh legs wide, and secure the back line.  Both were successful in the objectives, Bobomuradov breaking a weak offside line & coming close to beating Bracken to a through ball in the latter stages. Late in the game a succession of corners & throw ins for Cheshunt in the Corinthians half ensured the tie was safe.

An ugly win, but a win all the same, a clean sheet, £2,500 in the bag, the Ambers have drawn the current leaders of the Southern League Central Division, Berkhamsted, in the next round, to be played Saturday November 13th,  (Wingate & Finchley league game to be rearranged).

Cheshunt Youth in the Eastern Junior Alliance League

The Eastern Junior Alliance League (or EJA as it’s abbreviated to) is one of the South East of England’s leading youth development football leagues. Established in 1987 at just Under 18 level it has now progressed to age levels U13 to U18, with 6 age levels in total now. Success has been great at each level, with some players achieving success at professional level.

Cheshunt Youth have competed at all available age groups for a number of years now, and have enjoyed a good degree of success. You can check this seasons progress from the current league tables below.

Under 18

Under 16

Under 15

Under 14

 

Under 13

 

A History of Clapham Rovers 1869-1914 Rob Cavallini

A History Of Clapham Rovers

Association Football Club 1869-1914

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The Clapham Rovers were the fifth club to lift the F.A. Cup, yet little is known about them.  An elite club for over a decade, their decline was even quicker.

For the first time, the story of the Rovers is now told from their first match at Hitchin, through to World War One when the club suspended operations and never re-emerged at the end of the hostilities.

This book charts the fortunes of the club with the pinnacle being in 1880 when they lifted the F.A. Cup and later its failed attempts to re-establish itself via the Mid-Surrey League and the A.F.A.

The Book includes:

·       200+ Pages

·       Photographs

·       Full statistics of results and appearances

·       Profiles of 20+ players

Subscribe now for the reduced price and to get your name included in the book. Closing date Sunday 28th November 2021. Books are expected to be posted by mid-December.

Available from www.dognduck.net

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Barnet F.C. 1882-2020

Casuals F.C. 1883-1939

Corinthian F.C. 1882-1939

Corinthian-Casuals F.C. 1939-2009

Wanderers F.C.  

Islington Corinthians F.C. World Tour 1937/38

 

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Charity Boots is a UK based charity that collects unwanted football boots & donates them to children across the world who cannot afford a pair.

Football is the most popular sport worldwide, and there are so many children who do not have the same opportunities to safely play the game that they are so passionate about.

In the UK, children are often buying new pairs of football boots every season, as they so quickly outgrow their old pairs. This means that their used football boots are often left in near-perfect condition.

Our goal is to give these football boots a second chance and to bring joy to children who don’t have the same opportunity.

Cheshunt FC teams are collecting boots for this very worthwhile charity, please check your cupboards for any boots you may be able to bring along to the club and donate.

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