The Ambers Matchday Programme

       

                                       

 

Welcome

Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt stadium. We particularly would like to extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Carshalton Athletic who make their first trip to Theobalds Lane since November 2019 when the vistors left with a 1-0 victory thanks to an Omar Karoma goal in the first half.

Please note we are at home again on Tuesday night versus Brightlingsea Regent, and also there are seats available on the coach for next week’s FA Cup tie away to AFC Sudbury.

Enjoy the game and stay safe,

Waysider

Please note Cheshunt FC operates a No Dogs policy. (except Assistance Dogs)

You are responsible for your own children on the site, unless they are participating in an organised event at the site with qualified staff.

News From The Boardroom

Chairman Dean Williamson

Welcome everyone to Theobalds Lane. We’re back in league action today following our recent cup matches and welcome the players, fans and officials from Carshalton Athletic.

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! At the time of my last programme notes we had suffered our first league defeat to Enfield and lost on the day to Merstham. Fast forward to today and everything seems so much rosier!

We’ve had three excellent results against other Hertfordshire clubs and we won our appeal for Cheshunt Sports Village!

Our performance against Potters Bar was fantastic and a much needed win. What was also pleasing was the army of travelling support. It wasn’t so long ago that it was just a handful of committee members travelling to away games. I was blown away therefore to see over 100 fans with flags and scarves behind the goal at Potters Bar. It’s great to see and shows the momentum we’re building at the club.

The momentum continued on the pitch with another great performance away at Hitchin in the FA Cup. Every time we have been to Hitchin in recent years we’ve been thumped so it was good to put the record straight and progress in the cup to the third qualifying round, which we’ve never reached in my time at the club.

 

As well as a good result in the Herts County Cup midweek, the icing on the cake has been winning our appeal and gaining planning consent for Cheshunt Sports Village. It’s a significant milestone in the club’s long history and marks a significant step forward in bringing our vision to reality for what will be a vibrant community, leisure and business hub for the local area and the Borough of Broxbourne as a whole. I’m look forwarding to working positively with both Broxbourne and Hertfordshire Council who, as landowners, will ultimately determine whether the scheme will be delivered. I’ll of course keep you updated and keep an eye out in the coming days for our press releases.

Thank you all for your wonderful support and enjoy the game.

COYA!

Dean Williamson

Remembering Jimmy Greaves

THE GREATEST GOAL SCORING MACHINE ….. EVER!!!!

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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IN THE DUGOUT WITH CRAIG EDWARDS

Good Afternoon and a warm welcome to Peter, his team and everyone who has travelled up from Carshalton for today’s league game. I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable, entertaining and trouble free 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. We have been rewarded with a tough but winnable tie at AFC Sudbury.

We then had a comfortable win in the 1st Round of the Herts Senior Cup despite making nine changes. It got some much needed minutes in the legs in boys that needed it. We are at home to St.Margeretsbury or Baldock Town in the next and will be looking to emulate the two semi final appearances in the last two competitions.

So three wins out of three, nine goals and just the one against. It’s been a good week and a big thank you to our great support who deserve nothing less, but another tough week lays ahead starting with today’s visitors. Carshalton are an entertaining team so we hope to give you an enjoyable afternoon, a few goals with hopefully the majority going in their end.

Enjoy The Match,         Craig

 

Carshalton Athletic FC History

 

Carshalton Athletic  Football Club History since 2008

Isthmian League 2008–onwards

The new millenium did little to help the club’s financial problems. Like many clubs at the time Carshalton Athletic found it difficult to pay its bills and was severely overstretched by a hefty playing budget.

The previous season’s relegation was a blow, but the Club was not new to hard times – over the previous two decades the club had been on the edge of bankrupcy numerous times, seeing five different owners and a long line of chairmen. In 2008 the club was technically insolvent. Despite having some sucess in stabilising Carshalton Athletic, the then current owners could not see a way through its financial difficulties without change, there were large tax bills that the club could not pay.

Local businessman Paul Dipre purchased the club in 2008, paid off substantial tax bills and set out a ten year plan to develop the club into a community hub. Dipre promised to re-juvenate the club from the bottom up.

Carshalton finished mid table in 2006–07 but the following season 2007–08 saw disappointing early results and as a result the manager Dave Garland left the club in October 2007. The appointment of Hayden Bird was one of the last acts of the previous owners.

Hayden made some high profile signings and there was a noticeable commitment to playing attractive, passing football but the Robins still faced another nail-biting fight for survival in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Paul Dipre injected sufficient funds to strengthen the squad in an effort to avoid relegation. It went right to the wire and, miraculously, last day results elsewhere fell perfectly and Carshalton’s home win over Tonbridge Angels was enough to secure their status.

The season 2008–09 was the first full season under new ownership. The reserves and junior sections were axed in favour of a new academy and junior section. The club began a long-term investment program to renew its crumbling facilities. Directors and staff were axed in favour of a new management team.

The first year under Dipre was one of the club’s most successful. On the pitch, aided with 31 goals from Richard Jolly, The Robins finished in 4th place, setting up a play-off semi-final with Tonbridge Angels. Athletic claimed a thrilling 3-2 win to meet Staines Town in the final. Held at Staines’s Wheatsheaf Park Ground, Carshalton more than held their own against Staines, who had finished 2nd in the regular season. Sadly for The Robins, an 85th-minute penalty was saved by Staines ‘keeper Louis Wells, and Scott Taylor scored an extra-time winner for Staines.

At the end of this season the club decided to revert to its original colours of Red and also modernised its badge. The change was supported by the majority of fans who saw the colour change as one that reflected the club’s early heritage, but a small group of fans (largely led by the club officials ousted by Dipre) lobbied against the change strongly.

On 1 September 2009, manager Hayden Bird resigned as the club’s first team manager; Ian Hazel was placed in caretaker charge. On 10 September the club announced the appointment of former Carshalton player Francis Vines as Bird’s permanent replacement.

Shortly before the 2010–11 season Mark Butler was placed in charge of the club. After a promising first half of the season, Butlers results went from bad to worse until finally the owner Paul Dipre too the reins. The team finished 13th.

The 2011–12 season was a rollercoaster for the first team. Dipre’s first season as manager ended in 16th position. Despite the inconsistent league form there was much to celebrate in the FA Trophy with one of the most Historic results in the club’s history when they beat Lincoln City 3–1 at Colston Avenue, Paul Vines scoring a hat-trick. At the beginning of the following season Dipre removed himself from the manager’s position and coach Tommy Williams, also a former player of the club, took the reins and officially took the job in October 2012.

Carshalton Athletic was bestowed with three community club awards throughout 2012 – the South East Regional Community Club of the Year, the Surrey FA Community Club of the Year and the FA National Community Club of the Year, the latter awarded to (the then) club chairman Frank Thompson, youth development officer Paul Williams and club director Kelly Anscombe  by ex-professional footballers Chris Kamara and Martin Keown, plus TV presenter Ben Shepherd.

In the following year the club won the UEFA silver award for the best grassroots club in Europe, one of the greatest accolades in the club’s history.

In Tommy Williams first season as manager, Carshalton finished 21st in the Isthmian Premier in 2012-13, which ordinarily would have seen them relegated. However, a points deduction and consequent relegation for Thurrock gave them a reprieve, keeping them in the Isthmian Premier for the 2013-14 season.

In the following season Carshalton Athletic were relegated to the Ryman South under Stuart Massey.

The 3G

In 2015 the club decided to apply for planning permission to install a 3G pitch. The application was supported by almost everyone at Carshalton Athletic. The 3G was intended to provide facilities for the 500 or so junior players and other local clubs. It would secure the club’s future.  The club applied for planning. The original planning application was recommended by the council for approval, but rejected by councillors in January 2014. The club appealed, and won in January 2015.

The 3g was installed in the Summer of 2015. The entire Ground was also refurbished between May 2016 – August 2017. Colston Avenue has become a busy sports and community hub seven days a week serving teams, clubs and community organisations.

2015/6

The 2015/16 was a reasonable year for the first team finishing a respectable 10th place in Ryman South. Managers Matt Howard and Chris McGinn each had good spells on the pitch. Fans favourite Tommy Bradford won the players of the year award with 24 goals and performances improved as the season went on. By the end of the season and following a number of unsuccessful appointments over recent years,  the club decided on a new approach to the 1st team management structure. That new structure was implemented in April 2016 when Peter Adeniyi, Ted Dale and Mike Gilham were appointed as Manager, Head Coach and Coach respectively. 

2016/17

Peter Adeniyi’s first season was a good one. Peter further improved the teams style of play and pushed the youth policy with renewed vigour. Ex- player Stuart Searle joined Peter’s team as coach in replacement of Mike Gilham who had moved into an Academy role at Fulham.  The club was in the playoff places for much of the season but not at the time when it counted and finished one place short of a valuable playoff position. Nevertheless The Robins had made clear their ambitions on the pitch and Peter Adeniyi agreed to stay on for the season 2017/18.

2017/18

Peter Adeniyi’s second season started with some important new signings. Billy Bishop took the number 1 shirt, Raheem Sterling Parker joined from Chipstead and Jordan Cheadle from Walton casuals. At Christmas Keith Boanas joined the Robins in the role of head Coach. In January, academy graduate and Top goalscorer Mickel Miller transferred to Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical for an undisclosed fee. 

The Robins won the Isthmian South League and were promoted to the Isthmian Premier.

2018/19

The Robins made a comfortable start in the Isthmian Premier league. There were very few team changes from the previous season, but one important signing was that of Harry Ottaway, who joined in January 2019.

The team enjoyed a long winning run in the second half of the season to finish runners up in the league, but lost their first playoff game against Merstham FC.

A full history starting in 1903 can be viewed by clicking here

Carshalton v Cheshunt 1968

Carshalton Athletic Player Profiles

Link directly to the Robins website for a view of the 1st team squad

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

    Carshalton Athletic FC

Manager  Peter Adenyi

Danny Basset

Oreofe Bello

Daniel Bennett

Tommy Bradford

Jordan Cheadle

Ezekuchwu Ebuzoene

Paris Hamilton Downes

Arnold Haxhiu

Daniel Hector

Jalen Jones

Ronaldo Kapica

Kelvin Manuel

Harry Ottaway

Bobby Price

Luke Read

Chris Sessegnon

Tom Lloyd

Lewis White

Bradley Williams

Todays Officials:

Mr Lawrence Torz Brown,

Mr Joseph Kasper,   Mr Peter Georgiou

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

 

Go Find Those Old Football Boots !

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.

Click on the picture below to learn more about Charity Boots, how your boots will be distributed and where in the world they might next be scoring their next hat trick!

 

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 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 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 they then 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 the 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

THE FA’s restructure at Steps 4-6 this summer solved some problems but not all.

Clubs who had performed consistently over the curtailed seasons of 2019-20 and 2020-21 were awarded promotion on points-per-game.

In total, 110 clubs were upwardly moved as a new Northern Premier League Midlands division was formed at Step 4, two new Step 5 divisions administered by the Combined Counties League and the United Counties League and the Step 6 structure reduced to 17 divisions.

But vacancies across Steps 1-4, due to the resignations of clubs over the past two years, still remained although it was never the FA’s intention to fill them as part of the restructure.

Instead, the vacancies will be filled ahead of the 2022-23 season via reprieves as laid down in the FA rules.

Providing no club goes under or fails its ground grading during this season, this is what should happen:

At Step 2, each champion and play-off winner is promoted (four clubs in total). The bottom clubs in National League North and South will be relegated (two clubs in total). Step 2 is increasing to 24 teams in each league from the 2022-23 season.

At Step 3, each champion and play-off winner is promoted (eight clubs in total). Of the 16 clubs finishing in relegation positions, seven will be reprieved, comprising the clubs finishing 4th bottom in each Step 3 division plus three of the four clubs that finish 3rd bottom with the best unweighted points-per-game record. The 3rd bottom club with the worst PPG record across the Step, plus all 2nd bottom and bottom placed clubs will be relegated.

At Step 4, each champion and play-off winner is promoted (16 clubs in total). Sixteen Step 5 champion clubs are automatically promoted and replace the bottom and 2nd bottom clubs at Step 4. Nine clubs with the best points-per-game are reprieved due to the vacancies at Steps 1-4 and the number of clubs at Step 2 increasing. This will leave seven Step 4 clubs playing off against seven Step 5 runners-up with the remaining eligible Step 5 clubs promoted.

Although reprieves are usually awarded to clubs with the best PPG records, the FA Alliance Committee has the power to vary that model.

Get your calculators and spreadsheets at the ready for the final weeks of the season!

 

Promoted

Relegated

Step 2

Champion and play-off winner (4 clubs in total)

Bottom clubs in NL North and South (2 clubs in total

Step 3

Champion and play-off winner (8 clubs in total)

16 clubs in relegation positions – 7 clubs with the best PPG reprieved, 9 clubs relegated

Step 4

Champion and play-off winner (16 clubs in total)

8 bottom-placed clubs and 8 second-bottom clubs relegated.

9 of the 16 third and fourth bottom clubs with best PPG are reprieved.

Remaining 4th and 3rdbottom clubs go into play-offs vs Step 5 runners-up

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Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

LOOK BACK IN AMBER

By Jim Tuite

v Braintree Town

Isthmian Premier League

Saturday 25th September 2004

This afternoon we look back 16 years to the day Cheshunt travelled to Braintree’s Cressing Road ground, won 2-1 and went to the top of the Isthmian League for the first time.

Two successive promotions had taken Andy Leeses’ exciting young side from the Second to the Premier division and they hit the ground running in 2004-05, chalking up some impressive wins and only two defeats before taking on one of the divisions’ big names, Braintree.

Leese had strengthened his squad that summer, taking a chance on the gifted but injury prone former Arsenal midfielder Michael Black. He began his career as an Arsenal trainee in 1993 and was later joined there by his brother Tommy. He won the 1994 FA Youth Cup and graduated to the first team squad during the 1997–98 season, making his only full appearance in a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Panathinaikos in December 1998, when he replaced Alberto Méndez after 78 minutes in a 3-1 win in Athens. Black joined Second Division Brentford on a one-month loan in August 1997 where he failed to make an appearance for the club and was then loaned again to Second Division Millwall for three months in October 1997.  He made his debut in a 2–1 victory over Blackpool and scored the first senior goal of his career in the following game, hitting the winner in a 2–1 victory over Oldham Athletic. Black went onto make 14 appearances and score 2 goals before returning to Highbury in January 1998. 

Black signed a permanent deal with First Division Tranmere Rovers in July 1999.  He made 27 appearances during the 1999–00 season and was an unused substitute during their 2000 League Cup Final defeat to Leicester City. Failing to appear for Tranmere the following season, Black joined Third Division Southend United on a one-month loan December 2000 and after three appearances, his loan was made permanent. He made 16 appearances and scored one goal during the 2000–01 season but after failing to agree terms over a new contract, Black left the club during the summer. 

Following persistent trouble with a knee ligament problem (which caused potential moves to Chesterfield and Queens Park Rangers to fall through), Black joined Isthmian League side Barking & East Ham United during the early months of the 2001–02 season. After returning to fitness, Black was awarded the captaincy and won the club’s Supporters’ Player of the Year award. This attracted the attention of Isthmian League Premier Division Bishop’s Stortford during the summer of 2003. His injury however caused him to rarely complete 90 minutes when given a start so he was more often utilised as a substitute.  Black made only seven appearances for the club before departing in late October 2003 and re-signed for Barking & East Ham United. After only three appearances he joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Billericay Town where he made 23 appearances and scored two goals during the 2003–04 before coming to Theobalds Lane.

His experience in the changing room, even though he was joining a squad that had been promoted twice, was appreciated, even if his nickname was “I used to play for Arsenal you know”. He made 33 appearances and scored 6 goals and contributed greatly to Cheshunts bright start, peaking that day with Leon Archer and Danny Grieves scoring in a 2-1 win.

Michael Black (blue centre)

Cheshunt remained on top for another three weeks before an overnight exodus to Boreham Wood in January 2005 – including Black – caused a slow tumble down the table and a final day relegation.

While Leese found himself dismissed within months of joining Boreham Wood, Black was one of the only former Cheshunt players who stayed after his departure. In the 2005–06 season, he made the highest seasonal appearance and goalscoring totals of his career so far, with 46 appearances and six goals. In a successful season, the Wood reached the FA Trophy semi-finals and won the Southern League First Division East championship.

He went onto appear for Enfield Town ,Potters Bar Town ,Billericay Town (again) and then finally Tilbury where he won only the second piece of silverware of his career when he played in the 2–0 2009 Isthmian League Cup Final win over Harrow Borough before retiring from football that summer.

 

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Herts FA Senior Cup 1st Round Cheshunt 3 Colney Heath 0

 

Manager Craig Edwards made multiple changes to the starting line up for this cup tie with players needing match minutes or returning from injuries coming into the side, the strength in depth of his assembled squad was very apparent as the first viewing of the team sheet found no apparent weakness, and with Messrs Marsh, Charles, Re, Newton & Beckles Richards on the bench a comparison with Manchester City or Chelsea was not unreasonable.

Colney Heath lined up with plenty of experience including former Cheshunt player Dan Ferrigno, and for the first half they coped well with the Ambers, getting their tackles in, and having the confidence to try & run the home full backs to the byeline. Captain Ola Williams & Chevron McLean were up to the challenge, McLean inparticular winning some entertaining foot races over fifty plus yards, and not only winning the ball, but turning & emerging from defence to set up the next Cheshunt move. Yemi Ayodele & Jack Thomas stood firm, read the long ball well & worked well with keeper Charlie Taylor to build from the back.

Holding the midfield Taylor Miles (replaced by Joe Re after picking up a knock) & Lennie Armstrong were available at all times, dropping in, turning and feeding busy Zubayr Boadi, Jacob Katonia & the impressive Nordi Bobomuradov in front of them. Starting in the nine slot on loan Aaron Blair was a constant threat with his pace and movement.

Heath were not without their chances, and were good value for the level 0-0 at half time, but with the bench at his disposal manager Edwards looked confident in his selections and how the second half would develop.

On the hour mark changes were made with two goal hero from the week end coming on and repeating the feat, with a well placed shot from a central position for the first and then popping up in the right place at the right time for a close range despatch in the closing minutes. In between Newton strikes Reece Beckles Richards narrowly missed getting on the end of a low cross first time round, but made no mistake the second time getting across the defender & beating the keeper to slide home Cheshunt’s second from a Bobomurodov cross.

A sound & patient performance with the Ambers stronger & fitter in the final quarter to progress to the next round where they will meet with victors of the tie between St Margaretsbury & Baldock Town being played on Tuesday 28th.

 

 

 

Cheshunt Women 2 Herts Vipers 2

The much anticipated Herts derby between 2nd placed Cheshunt and top of the table Herts Vipers delivered an excellent match between the two favourites for the league title.

Cheshunt, with new signing Victoria Wotton making her Amber debut, started the strongest, and went 1-0 up after only 13 minutes, when top scorer Fran Gamble found the back of the net to add to her impressive goal tally this season.

Herts Vipers pressed for the equaliser, but with another seven shots on goal between the two sides in the first half, the defences held strong and Cheshunt went into the break with a slender 1-0 lead.

The second half started much like the first ended, with both teams, making the most of the multiple substitutions allowed, had plenty of chances to score. It was the Vipers who managed the next goal, when on 64 minutes, an unfortunate own goal by Kellly Smith who whilst attempting a clearance headed the ball into her own net.

With the clock ticking, it was the Ambers who scored next when Karesha Iton struck on 78 minutes for the hosts to once again take the lead.

With the match 3 minutes into time added on, Vipers substitute, Hall scored with an excellent strike from outside of the box with almost the last kick of the match.

The match finished 2-2 and with both sides still unbeaten in the league, Herts Vipers stay top with 10 points from 4 matches, and Cheshunt stay second with 9 points from 5.

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