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Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium,
A sense of deja vu can be felt as for the second season in a row we host East Thurrock United in the opening game of the campaign. Last seasons curtain-raiser saw Nana Adarkwa score the only goal of a tightly contested contest. Today we hope he has left his shooting boots on the coach as he lines up for the Essex men along with fellow former Amber Johnny Ashman.
In the eight months since the cancellation of the 2020-21 season, supporters will be pleased to see a few changes at Theobalds Lane… a new club website is now up and running, which is far simpler to navigate than its predecessor. On there you will also find details of how to purchase a season ticket or a discounted advance ticket for home matches.
Also you will see replicas of the new home kit for sale, which has been brought out – along with a retro club badge – to mark the 75th anniversary of the Clubs foundation. The home shirt, designed by supporter Paul Forsey, is based on the Black and Amber ‘Motherwell-style’ jersey worn in the 1946-47 season.
Finally the Club requests spectators to remember, whilst covid restrictions are being lifted, we all would like a full season this year, please be mindful that not everyone has been fully vaccinated and many around us are still vulnerable so HANDS FACE SPACE is still well worth being observed please.
Enjoy the game and stay safe,
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.
Here we go again!
Its our third season in the Isthmian Premier League and I hope this time round we get to finish the league. Strangely enough its the third time that we have played East Thurrock on the opening day. There must be a glitch in the fixture computer!
It has of course been a difficult 18 months for everyone and our thoughts are with those that have lost loved ones or jobs. In particular our thoughts are with our youth team manager Ozgur Tanak and his family, Ozgur is currently in hospital fighting Covid.
The club has been fortunate to have pulled through the pandemic and we look forward to getting back to a more certain future.
Craig as always has been tireless in shaping a squad for the season ahead. His enthusiasm is contagious and I can’t wait to see how the squad shapes up over the coming matches.
Away from the pitch we’ve been as busy as ever since the previous season was curtailed. You will have hopefully noticed our new website which I’m really pleased with, and of course you’re reading our latest version of an e-programme. I appreciate that e-programmes are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel that its the way that clubs of all levels are going. It uses less resources to put together, has a wider audience reach and of course provides an interactive experience.
Last month we also had the planning inquiry for our Cheshunt Sports Village scheme. It was an exhaustive yet enjoyable experience, and I hope the planning inspector sees the community benefits in our proposals and grants permission for the redevelopment of the club. Fingers crossed!
We have some exciting times ahead, not least some live football back at Theobalds Lane. I look forward to seeing you all again and cheering the team on.
Firstly I’d like to welcome Magic, his team and everyone who has travelled over from East Thurrock for today’s game, for the 3rd time in a row we have met them first game up.
A big welcome also to our match officials and we hope they enjoy the game and the hospitality on offer.
The pitch is perfect and we have Darren to thank for doing such a good job.
We finished last season as we would have without the intervention of Covid by playing a series of friendlies when we could. After a six week break we returned to a normal pre-season. I was really pleased with the condition the players have come back in. It is without doubt the fittest side I’ve ever had.
The pre season games have gone very well. Whilst results in the triallist games have been a bit of a mixed bag, they did what they were designed to do, whilst the performances in the front line games have been excellent.
Like most teams we go into the season on a wave of optimism. Hopefully you will see an entertaining game, plenty of goals and three valuable points.
Enjoy Your Afternoon.
C’mon You Ambers!
A very comprehensive, entertaining and enjoyable read covering the history of East Thurrock United can be found here
Written by founding member Terry Keating, it charts the formation, progress and trials and tribulations of running a senior non league side. From changing grounds, winning everything, almost going bust, having a goalkeeper named David Seaman, some great photos complete with 70s hair, it’s all in here.
Terry first published back in 2013, and has revisited to update more recently.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
East Thurrock United FC
Manager Paul Martin
Mr Karl Sear, Mr Mahdi Elhalawany, Mr Daniel Statham
There is an old saying that a day without wine is like a day without air, well if that’s true then fourteen months without proper football is like a year stuck in a cave! The loss of two seasons was like being frozen in time.
It was at the end of 2019/20 season that we went into lockdown but we never really saw what was coming did we?
My memory of the start of the pandemic was the tiny TV news snippets about COVID becoming louder and more noticeable in their volume and seriousness. I’d been in Australia for Christmas and New Year with all my family so nothing could have been more removed from our thinking than a pandemic hitting the world, in fact in Australia they were much more worried about the dreadful fires spreading across the country.
The news reports grew in their levels of concern and for me it culminated on March 14th when I was due to step on a flight to New York to enjoy St Patricks Day celebrations, something I’d dreamt of doing for years but had never actually achieved. I never got on that plane and like many others I haven’t left the UK since returning from Australia in January 2020.
The horrors and terrible costs of COVID were so distressing and we saw our lives turned upside down within weeks. Stay at home was the order, stay away from one another was demanded and sport was most definitely no longer something to share.
It was not watching football that immediately impacted on me. A minimal cost in terms of the trauma thousands of people were enduring but it was my own little loss. Football for me is a lifeblood, its something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. I’ve never really known what its like not to have my feast of football from August to May but all of a sudden the unthinkable was a reality. Football was suspended; it was gone and I was like an addict without a fix.
The TV and Radio stations were busy finding things to talk about. Would football come back? How could it come back? Would the season be null and void?? Would Liverpool be robbed of their first title in 30 years?? Every discussion focused on the top of the pyramid and scandalously there was little consideration given to how the lower leagues would be coping.
As the football shutdown escalated, we saw just how preoccupied everyone is with the higher echelons of the game and again we in the lower leagues found ourselves having to shout louder and louder for support; perversely though in all this we saw positives in that the crisis created an atmosphere where the strong began to see their duty to those without their levels of wealth and power.
The saying that you should never waste a crisis was quite apt in the summer of 2020 for those teams not playing in the top three or four divisions in UK football and I’d like to think that the positives which emerged will now develop into the fabric of the whole games financing.
For me personally the late spring and summer was a time of walking and bike riding to the extreme. Along with Cheshunt FC’s very own Howard Bailey I must have trodden every inch of the New River and the paths and fields between Cheshunt and Cuffley, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Howard’s gorgeous Labrador Mia has become like family to me and we must have literally walked hundreds of miles around the stunning Hertfordshire countryside.
Now though we need to plan for a return to normality, a return to wrapping up warm, a return to coach trips to exotic away matches, a return to cold beers in new bars, a return to cheering on our teams from the sidelines, personally, I cannot wait !
I’m not wishing away the summer, but I am wanting the fix of a proper season of football and all the fun and anxiety that it brings, and if that means getting to autumn and winter quickly then so be it. The 2021/22 football season just cannot come quick enough.
I’ve had my COVID jabs, and I’ll have more jabs if it means I can have my life back. Football is back !!!!
Long Live Football!!!!!!
Finley Chung sat down with Joe Re, the winner of both Players Player and Supporters player of the season awards in 2020/21, to get his thoughts on the new season, the awards he won, and how the new signings have settled into life at Theobalds Lane.
“Even though COVID-19 once again cut the season short last time out, you picked up two awards last season, how did that feel”?
To win the awards that I did was a fantastic feeling. You don’t spend time thinking about winning individual awards, you just want to get your head down, play and do the best for the team. So, to be recognised by the various groups within the club for what I’ve tried to do over the last couple of years meant a lot.
“How does it feel having retained most of last season’s squad, do you think it will have a positive impact”?
I think a massive part of why we were so successful at the beginning of last season was because of the squad we managed to get together. We’ve not only got some top players but also top personalities within the team which in my opinion can play a huge part in the success of a team. I believe that retaining all the boys should set us in good stead to start the season well and bring that winning mentality from last year into this one.
“How have some of the new lads settled into life with The Ambers”?
The new lads have settled in very well since the very beginning and throughout pre-season. Like I mentioned previously, they all bring something different with their personalities within the dressing room and there’s a mixture of both youth and experience that the Gaffa has brought in at both ends of the pitch. So, I’m looking forward to getting going with them and I’m sure they’ll make the difference in pushing us that one space further in the league compared to last year.
“How do you see the season going, what are your objectives, both personally and for the team”?
On a personal note, I think a huge target of mine is to score more goals. That’s always been a part of my game I feel like I’ve fallen short in over the years, so to be able to help the team out in that way is definitely something I want to do more of. As a team our goal is to win the league. I feel like in our first season in the division we were just finding our feet and the following year we started to kick on further but obviously got cut short due to Covid, so with the talent we have, combined with the hard work the Gaffer, Ugo and Curtis have put us through over the last 6 weeks, we have full belief that we can win the division!
The first 100 paying supporters through the turnstile (advance ticket, season ticket & pay on the day) on Saturday 14th August will be entered into a draw made at half time for the chance to be forwarded into an Isthmian League Draw, where one supporter from each Isthmian League club will be entered into a Grand Draw made in September for the following prizes, courtesy of League sponsor Mitchells Travel.
1st Prize – 7-day holiday for a family of four (or the equivalent) to a value of £2,500.
2nd Prize – £150 holiday voucher
3rd Prize – 2 tickets to a Premier League match at Southampton FC
4th Prize – £75 holiday vouchers
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PRIZE DRAW HELD BY CHESHUNT FC as a Member of the Isthmian League Limited
1. Each of the first 100 spectators paying an admission fee to the first home match of a Member Club of the Isthmian League Limited for Season 2021-2022 shall be entitled to be entered into a draw by that Club.
2. Each Member Club will determine how it is to conduct its draw. The provisions of the Gaming Act set out below/overleaf must be adhered to.
3. The intention is that the draw will be held at half-time during the first match and the name of the winning person is to be communicated to the League Office within 24 hours of the draw.
3. The draw is not open to any person who has complimentary admission to the first match.
4. The draw is not open to any employee of the Isthmian Football League Limited nor to any person holding an Office either a Director or a Committee Member of the Club conducting the draw.
5. There is no cash alternative to the draw and in the event of any dispute between the winner and the company donating the prize shall be determined in its absolute discretion by the Isthmian Football League Limited.
6. The first prize is a 7 day holiday for a family of four (or the equivalent) to a retail value of £2,500. This has been donated by George Mitchell Travel and is available for any holiday nominated by George Mitchell Travel and is subject to availability.
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