The Ambers Matchday Programme




Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium for this much anticipated – and covid/weather threatened – festive derby against our friends and rivals, Enfield Town.

Thanks to the pandemic, it has been almost two years since Enfield’s last visit when, despite two equalisers from Mo Camara and Ryan Moss, a second strike from Billy Bricknell was enough to give the Middlesex side a 3-2 victory.
With the Covid issues refusing to go away completely, we would ask all supporters to try and ensure you give your fellow supporters a little space  where possible, We will endeavour to open both bars – the SportsBar and Club Amber to allow everyone a little more space, please do try to move away from the immediate bar area at busy times to allow others to order.
Enjoy the game


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

Good afternoon everyone, and a Merry Christmas to you all.

I hope you and yours have had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the festive football fixtures.

It’s certainly a special time of year in the football calendar and one that I look forward to every year.

Football over the Christmas and New Year period is somewhat of a tradition, although it’s increasingly become the annual season of complaints from certain Premier League managers, who bemoan of there being too many games in a short space of time. Thankfully they weren’t around when matches were played on Christmas Day! In fact, I’m surprised Craig didn’t arrange a friendly on Saturday!

We kick off the festive fixtures against our local rivals Enfield Town. I can’t recall us ever being this close to Enfield Town in my time as Chairman, not only in terms of league position, but also as a club. Everything about our club has grown and improved in those ten years, and it’s now beginning to show on the pitch. It makes for a great game and I hope Santa has left us one more present in his sack!

This year of course we are also having to deal with Covid, and we await a Government announcement on any further restrictions. Hopefully these will not affect non-league football, and our upcoming fixtures with Bishop’s Stortford and Harringey will go ahead as scheduled. We have included a UEFA produced video in the programme below,

In the meantime show your support and enjoy the match today.


Kind Regards,


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FA Trophy Cheshunt 0 Bishop's Stortford 0 Cheshunt win 4-3 on penalties

Cheshunt 0 Bishop’s Stortford 0.

Cheshunt win 4-3 on penalties.
Attendance 387
Entertainment 3

Star Man George Marsh. Cheshunt.

Fourth v Fifth in the Isthmian Premier, a fourteen match unbeaten run versus a fifteen match unbeaten run, going head to head in the FA Trophy, something had to give today.  A depleted Cheshunt squad with thirteen fit players took the field with Manager Craig Edwards confident the side selected would deliver. Bishop’s Stortford made changes too to account for cup tied regulars.
The match started at pace & no quarter was given, Cheshunt were forced into a reshuffle early when Enock Ekongo suffered a head injury & Mo Camara slotted into midfield and Amadou Kassarate took on the right back role.

The action took place for most of the half in the central areas as both sides fought to wrestle control of the game.  Final balls from both sides were too long, misplaced or not beating a first man and forwards fed on scraps, Merrifield & Cass looked dangerous for the Blues on occasion, their best chance of the half being a free kick, powerfully struck, on target, but straight into the midriff of Ambers keeper George Marsh.  The home crowd had something to cheer when Zack Newton went on a mazy run into the Stortford box and a shot from in form Rowan Liburd was well saved with an outstretched leg by Jack Giddens deflecting the ball onto the post & out for a corner.
The second half saw more of the same as well organised defences snuffed out advances into the final thirds at both ends, and the midfield continued their wrestling match, sometimes quite literally. Yellow cards started to be flourished and as the game went on there was an expectation of perhaps a red card more than a goal.  Stortford pressed in the final twenty and took the upper hand but failed to finish, Cheshunt held out for the draw and a penalty shoot out.
Both pairs of strikers despatched their penalties for 2-2, Jonathon Giles then hit the bar for the Blues, his opposite number Taylor Miles gave Cheshunt the advantage, successful penalties saw the score at 4-3 when George Marsh dived full length to his right to save Stortford’s last attempt and send Cheshunt further than they have been before in this competition.






Firstly I’d like to welcome my old adversaries Andy & Mario plus everyone who has made the short journey for our eagerly awaited top of the table clash and of course the A10 El Classico derby.
I’d also like to welcome our matchday officials. I hope they have an enjoyable game and enjoy the special Cheshunt hospitality.
Both teams come into the game in decent form aside from Enfield’s understandable exit from the FA trophy.
We come off the back of a great trophy win on penalties against a very direct, robust Stortford side. To be honest it wasn’t a great spectacle but nonetheless very intriguing and always on a knife edge. Stortford are very experienced and tried every trick in the book to gain an advantage, but whilst we were far from our best we were very resolute and determined. Thankfully we had a top drawer referee who didn’t stand for their tricks and eventually we went to penalties.
Having only 12 fully fit players and losing Enock in the 1st minute certainly didn’t help but once again the boys showed an incredible will and desire to triumph.

I’m not one of those people that consider penalties a lottery. It takes great courage and nerve to take the walk from the halfway line in front of a big crowd after a very hard fought game to show the composure and technique to pick your spot and score. Added to the efforts of the keeper who more often than not will try everything to put you off. Then there is the skill of the keeper to make a save or two.

I heard the interview of the Stortford owner/manager in the week with a mixture of amusement and disappointment after the game. They were by far the better team, dominated the game, we just lumped it forward, Liburd didn’t get a sniff (note: he had more attempts on target than their entire team) our pitch was too small, penalties are a lottery and they didn’t lose and are still unbeaten in 16 games !!! Wow ………

Having watched the game back on VEO and receiving the stats we had 9 attempts, 5 on target, they had 6 attempts 1 on target (from a FK straight down George’s throat) we had 5 corners to their 3. Whilst stats are stats, I do hope we don’t ‘dominate’ too many games, as they claim to have done last week, this season.
It’s never nice losing or going out of a cup on pens but you have to man up and take it on the chin. He certainly looked like a loser.

Anyway back to todays game I thought we were a little unfortunate in a 1-0 loss at Enfield early in the season in a very entertaining game. I feel we have improved since, as no doubt Enfield have too. Both sets of supporters were great that day and no doubt will be again today. It promises to be a great day.

Best Wishes for 2022, Enjoy the Match !



Our Local Non League You Tube Channel.

Our Local Non League is a You Tube channel hosted by David Square of HTFC-TV posting pre & post match interviews and match highlights from local teams including Cheshunt, Enfield Town, FC Romania, Ware & Hertford Town.

You can see David chatting with Enfield Town Manager , Andy Leese,  just before the Christmas holidays here

You can catch up on David’s Christmas Eve chat with  Craig, Linda, Ugo, Annabel & Curtis here


Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

FA Amateur Cup 2nd round
11th January 1969
In the twenty years since they were formed, Enfield Town have continued to provide Cheshunt with their most relished local derby, continuing from their predecessors, the original Enfield Football Club. Today’s Look back in Amber focuses on the biggest head-to-head the two clubs ever had…
The 1968/69 season had some interesting comparisons to this season for Cheshunt with Premier league Football (Athenian not Isthmian) and the best cup run enjoyed in many years, but in the Amateur Cup instead of today’s FA Trophy. Player-Manager Les Pickings side had got off to a shaky start in their league programme but in the Amateur Cup, everything clicked. Baldock Town, Harlow, Hoddesdon and Clapton were defeated in the qualifying rounds before an impressive 1-0 win at Ilfords old Lynn Road ground in the 1st round proper set up a home tie against the Isthmian League Champions, Enfield.
Theobalds Lane saw its biggest gate in 19 years as a remarkable 2,800 spectators filled the ground, putting the newly opened covered east terracing to its biggest test. The 750 programmes the club had printed were sold out 30 minutes before kick-off and, for the first and only time in the Clubs history, Ticket-touts were spotted operating outside the turnstiles, selling 5/- (25p) seats for 10/- (50p).
The match itself was an anti-climax with good performances from Alan McDonnell and Dave Gigg weren’t enough to crack the Enfield defence.
Cheshunt keeper Brian Goymer beats former Amber Ray Hill (dark shorts) to the ball. Note the huge crowd surrounding the pitch – an attendance not matched in the 52 years since 
After the game, E’s Manager Tommy Lawrence said ‘we aimed to draw or win and I an very happy with the result’.  Also happy was Cheshunt’s ambitious President Roy Stewardson. As well as the record £387 gate receipts he told match reporter Roy Bailey ‘To hold the top Amateur side in the Country to a draw is remarkable achievement. I am very proud of our boys’
A week later in the replay at Southbury Road, 2,086 fans watched a ‘lucky’ Enfield win 2-1, according to Roy Bailey (who admittedly reported on Cheshunt games with a scarf and rattle!)
Enfield would go two more rounds before being knocked out by Skelmersdale,  whilst Cheshunt would again play in front of another four-figure crowd in the Herts Senior Cup final where they lost 2-3 to St Albans.

Enfield Town FC History & Honours


Formed on 23rd June 2001, Enfield Town FC started life in the Essex Senior League in 2001-02. The club finished runners-up in that first season before winning the league championship the following year.  Their time spent in the ESL was successful, with two championships, two league cups, a Middlesex Charity Cup and wins in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and Capital Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy finals to show for their efforts.

After securing promotion to the Southern League (East) in 2005 under manager Jim Chandler, the Towners had a successful first season at that level, before eventually losing to Wivenhoe Town in the promotion play-offs.  The following year, following a move into the Ryman League for 2006-07, the club again finished 3rd – this time losing out in the play-offs to AFC Sudbury. In 2009-10, the club yet again only just missed out on promotion, being beaten this time by Concord Rangers in the play-off final.

The club originally played at Brimsdown Rovers’ Goldsdown Road in a ground share arrangement. But in October 2008, the London Borough of Enfield announced a deal with the club which paved the way for it to relocate to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.  Realising a long-held dream, the club worked closely with the Council to see the old athletics arena restored and upgraded to be able to host Isthmian League football.  At last the club had a home of its own, a short distance from the former Enfield FC stadium in Southbury Road.

While retaining a running track as a training facility for local use, the club has been able to provide an atmospheric environment. The Stadium was formally opened in November 2011 with a match against a Tottenham Hotspur XI.

Following the move to the new ground, after finishing as Ryman League Division One (North) runners-up under manager Steve Newing, Town overcame Grays Athletic and Needham Market in two very close play-off matches to secure promotion to Step 3. Subsequently, after aiming for a period of consolidation, safety was only guaranteed on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign with a 2-1 win at Cray Wanderers.

Bradley Quinton succeeded George Borg as first team manager in August 2014 and, such was the team’s improvement that a play-off place was achieved, only for three crucial points to be deducted in controversial circumstances towards the end of the campaign which consequently led to a final league placing of 7th.

In 2015-16, the side embarked upon on an impressive late run, but missed out on a play-off spot by two points. Then in 2016-17, the club’s Premier Division play-off dream was realised, but a 2-4 reverse at Dulwich Hamlet in the semi-final put paid to further progress.

Following the departure of Quinton to Braintree Town, Andy Leese took over the managerial reins at the start of the 2017-18 season and, under his management, the club have progressed further in the FA Cup and FA Trophy than ever before and won the Velocity Trophy (Isthmian League Cup) for the first time in 2019.

In June 2017, the club were awarded the Charter Standard Community Club of the Year by the Middlesex Football Association, one of several awards received in recognition of all the hard work being done to support the local community. In November 2017 a 3G training facility was opened adjacent to the club’s stadium. This London Borough of Enfield project was made possible with a grant via the Football Foundation and is used primarily by Enfield Town FC as well as a range of local schools and other clubs. Subsequently, Enfield Town FC Community Sport Development Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation run independently of the football club, was formed to support local community activities, which currently include football schools, holiday clubs, disability football and walking football. This organisation was recently granted charity status.

In the summer of 2018, the QEII Stadium hosted eight matches (including the final) of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) Football World Cup. Between January 2019 and January 2020 three players – Rian McLean, Josh Davison and Muhammadu Faal – were signed by EFL clubs.

The first supporter-owned club in the country, growth continues at a sustainable pace. Over the years, successful Reserve, Youth and Ladies sides have been developed, alongside other teams of various age groups and abilities, including a learning difficulties squad. The club continues to pursue its vision as an inclusive club for all and a football and social centre for the community, with a range of teams playing at the highest sustainable levels possible.


  • Isthmian League Division One (North) Runners-up and play-off winners 2011-12
  • Essex Senior League Champions 2002-03 and 2004-05
  • Essex Senior League Runners-up 2001-02
  • Isthmian League Cup Winners 2018-19
  • Essex Senior League Cup Winners 2001-02 and 2003-04
  • Middlesex Super Cup Winners 2009-10
  • Middlesex Charity Cup Winners 2001-02 and 2007-08
  • Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners 2002-03
  • Capital Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy Winners 2001-02
  • Middlesex Senior Cup Runners-up 2002-03 and 2015-16
  • Middlesex Charity Cup Runners-up 2005-06 and 2009-10

The latest Enfield Town FC news is available here;

Enfield Town FC Player Profiles

Andy Leese – Manager

Andy spent more than ten years as Manager of Southern Premier League side Chesham United. His most memorable moment was probably his sides 1-0 FA Cup first round victory over Bristol Rovers at the  Memorial Stadium, in November 2015 in Bristol. Chesham were eventually knocked out in the second round by Bradford City. He took over the reins at Town in 2017. 

Andy has managed Cheshunt previously during their time in the Southern Premier League. 

Nathan MacDonald – Goalkeeper

Nathan signed from Braintree Town for his first spell at the club in the summer of 2014 and went on to be an ever-present in the league for three years. An England C international, he moved back to Braintree in time for the 2017-18 season, helping them to promotion via the play-offs. He switched to Chelmsford City in August 2018 before a move back to the QEII Stadium in May 2019.

Jeremiah Gyebi – Defender

20 year-old Jeremiah has had experience with Yeovil Town, Barnstaple Town, Poole Town (on loan), Ankaran Hrvatini (Slovenia) and IFK Mora (Sweden). He signed on the dotted line at the QEII Stadium in August 2020.

Josh McLeod-Urquhart – Defender

Josh is a versatile defender who started out at West Ham United and Northampton Town as a youngster. He signed for the club in January 2020 from Billericay Town where he made over 50 appearances, lifting the Essex Senior Cup, Isthmian League Cup and Isthmian League title in 2017-18 before moving on to East Thurrock United. Amongst his previous other clubs are Hampton & Richmond Borough, and Olympic Kingsway in Australia.

Lee Chapell – Defender

Lee is an experienced defender who signed for Town in September 2020, playing a handful of league games before the season’s eventual shut down. Usually deployed as a left-back, he has also played with Wealdstone, St Albans City and Royston Town, on occasion in a central midfield role.

Rian Bray – Defender

22-year-old centre-back Rian has joined Town this season. He has already racked up extensive experience, with over 170 appearances to his name with Millwall’s academy, Welling United, Leatherhead, Bishop’s Stortford, Hampton & Richmond, Tonbridge Angels and Hendon.

Ryan Kirwan – Defender

Ryan joined Town for this new 2021-22 season. Deployed primarily as a left-back in pre-season, he’s also capable of playing in midfield or at centre-back.

Emmanuel Maja – Midfielder

Manny signed for Town at the start of this 2021/22 season, joining from Welling United. A ball-playing central midfielder, he began his career at ninth-tier Croydon FC, where his performances earned him a trial with Manchester City’s Under-18s, before going on to join Welling at the beginning of last season.

Lewis Taaffe – Midfielder

Lewis returned to Concord Rangers in the 2018-19 season after spells at Hemel Hempstead Town and Billericay Town, eventually notching over 150 Concord appearances and becoming a fans’ favourite with his energetic style. He signed for Town in the summer of 2018.

Percy Kiangebeni – Midfielder

23 year-old Percy returned to Town for a second spell at the club in 2020/21, having previously made 33 appearances. His positional versatility and commitment made him a popular figure with supporters during his initial spell, and he subsequently represented Concord Rangers, St Albans City, Hendon and Hertford Town.

Sam Youngs – Midfielder

Sam is in his fourth season at EnfieldTown. Amongst his former clubs are Chesham United, Rugby Town, Redditch United, Hemel Hempstead, and Halesowen Town.

Scott Thomas – Midfielder/Captain

Scott was named club captain ahead of the 21/22 campaign. Formerly with Hemel Hempstead Town, Chesham United, Boreham Wood and St Albans City, Scott made the short move from Boreham Wood, where he had won promotion to the National League, to St Albans in August 2015. He was subsequently on a dual registration arrangement with Royston Town for a spell and featured in the Crows team that overcame Town 2-0 in the FA Trophy in October 2017.

Adam Cunnington – Forward

Adam, following spells at clubs including Barwell, Solihull Moors and Kettering Town, has enjoyed Conference experience at Tamworth and Cambridge United, Ebbsfleet and Bromley. He has also made EFL appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge as well as Cambridge and Cheshunt.

Muhammadu Faal – Forward

Muhammadu re-joined Town for a second spell ahead of this 2021-22 season, having become a fans’ favourite during his first stint in a blue and white shirt. Netting 24 goals in 25 appearances in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign earned him a move to EFL side Bolton Wanderers. He has also represented Boreham Wood, Italian side L’Aquila, Dulwich Hamlet, Kingstonian and Barnet.

Andre Coker – Forward

Andre joined Town in August from Kingstonian and lost no time repaying his manager’s faith in him by scoring their two goals last Saturday to send the club into the 2nd Qualifying round. He has also played for Maidstone, Dartford, and Cray Wanderers.

Lyle Della-Verde – Forward

Lyle re-signed for the club from Welling United  and made his first start in the victory over Dereham Town in the FA Cup last Saturday. He made 22 previous appearances for Town during two truncated Covid-hit seasons, becoming a firm favourite with the fans.


Today's Teams Selected From:


Cheshunt FC                                                  

Manager Craig Edwards

Charlie Taylor

George Marsh

Ola Williams

Adam Crowther

Tom Gardiner

Taylor Mackenzie

Chevron McLean

Mo Camara

Joe Re

Taylor Miles.

Jamie Reynolds

Reece Beckles Richards

Zac Newton

Enock Ekongo

Zubayr Bodie

Amadou Kassarate

Rowan Liburd

Daniel Ojo





Enfield Town  FC

Manager  Andy Leese




Mario Noto

Nathan McDonald

Adi Connolly

Harold Joseph

Jeremiah Gyebi

Jonathan Muleba

Josh McLeod Urquhart

Nathan Smith

Lee Chappell

Rian Bray

Ryan Kirwan

Lyle Della Verde

Muhammadu Faal

Emmanuel Maja

Kurtis Cumberbatch

Percy Kiangbeni

Lewis Taaffe

Scott Thomas 

Adam Cunnington

Andre Coker

Sam Youngs

Neville Nzembela

Larry Asare

Michael Dome-Bemwin.

Todays Officials:

Mr Craig Barnett,   Mr Michael Scott,   Mr Leigh Ballinger



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








Antonin Panenka, The Champion of Austria. by Chris Nee @SphinxFtbl

SK Rapid Wien have won the Austrian title 32 times, eight more than nearest rivals — in both senses — FK Austria Wien. Austria took home the championship in 2012/13, five years after Rapid’s most recent success. Neither are likely to topple dominant Red Bull Salzburg anytime soon.

Despite being their nation’s most successful club domestically Rapid have endured title droughts before. Before their penultimate triumph in 2004/05 they hadn’t won the shield since 1996.

Compared to the 1970s, though, that was a mere sabbatical. Rapid won the league in 1960, 1964, 1967 and 1968. And then… nothing.

Die Grün-Weißen lifted the Austrian Cup a few times but the championship eluded them until 1981/82. They finished three points clear of Austria Wien thanks to an ability to draw instead of lose when things were starting to go awry.

They’d come close in the intervening years. Three points short here. Two points short there. But in 1981/82 Rapid turned the three-point deficit of the previous season into a three-point victory over their great rivals. Austria had just won the league five times in a row.

Rapid’s coach, Walter Skocik, was a former Rapid player and Austrian international who was born in the town of Schwechat in occupied Austria in 1940.

In March 1982, 26 games into the Austrian season, Skocik left the club under a cloud having apparently fallen out with the players and was replaced by Rudolf Nuske, his assistant. You can’t change the team, said the newspaper reports that followed. So you have to change the coach.

The title-winning team at his disposal was impressively consistent in all but Skocik’s final weeks.

Goalkeeper Herbert Feurer, then in his mid-20s, would go on to rack up more than 300 matches for Rapid, as would defender Heribert Weber. Johann Pregesbauer was a one-club man. Bernd Krauss and Kurt Garger were the other regulars at the back and have enjoyed long coaching careers after representing Austria as players.

Hans Krankl was Rapid’s goalscorer, scoring 23 times in all competitions in 1981/82 with a handy, youthful supporting cast of Johann Gröss, Christian Keglevits and Helmut Hofmann weighing in with some goals of their own.

The midfield was a similar blend of youth and experience. Reinhard Kienast, then in his early 20s, played 41 times. Rudolf Steinbauer played 30 times. Teenagers Rudi Weinhofer and Gerald Willfurth, blooded in 1981/82, both became fixtures in the Rapid midfield throughout the 1980s.

Josef Hickersberger, meanwhile, was about to retire. Anatoli Zinchenko wasn’t far behind. Both played key roles in Rapid’s championship win.

But alongside these big names was a man whose own name became more famous than he did. A name that connects him irrevocably to Zinedine Zidane, Sergio Ramos, Andrea Pirlo, Eden Hazard and Francesco Totti. To Rogerio Ceni, Neymar, Robin van Persie and Antonio Cassano.

They all did — or didn’t do — something Antonín Panenka famously did before them.

Panenka was no one-trick pony, his moment in the spotlight no single spark in an otherwise hidden career. In 1981/82 he was instrumental in Rapid finally ending Austria Wien’s dominance and taking the title back to the green districts of the capital.

Panenka never reached the truly elite levels of European club football but he was highly regarded as a creative, cultured midfield player.

His intelligent weight of pass and his ability to fire longer balls accurately around the park made him a threat. He was a conductor, dropping deep to pick up the ball and popping up in every midfield position whenever he saw fit.

His impact in the attacking third made his name. He wasn’t lightning quick but he did pack enough of a turn of pace to escape the clutches of defenders when space opened up, and he was willing to take a risk with a pass in attacking positions. The outcome was unpredictable but when it worked, it worked.

Panenka’s reputation was that of a set piece specialist. He earned it with a regular supply of dead ball wizardry and a string of opponents desperate to avoid affording him direct free kick opportunities.

It was a different type of dead ball that made Panenka a European football icon and gave him the greatest triumph of his career.

Czechoslovakia and West Germany met in Belgrade in the final of the UEFA European Championships in 1976 and Václav Ježek’s team went 2-0 up only to concede a late equaliser.

With the penalty shoot-out poised at 3-3, Ladislav Jurkemik put Czechoslovakia in front and Uli Hoeness missed West Germany’s fourth kick. Panenka chipped in Czechoslovakia’s fifth.

By the time Panenka switched from Prague club Bohemians to the Austrian league in 1981, Austria Vienna’s championship success had grown tiresome for supporters of their city rivals. Panenka and Rapid set out to put a stop to it.

The new playmaker scored their first goal of the season but Rapid started with a loss at Sturm Graz. He scored again in September as Rapid defeated Admira to go second behind Austria.

The top two stayed the same until the end of November, when a 2-1 win over Grazer AK — their fourth win on the bounce — finally dragged Rapid to the top of the table.

By the time his team reached the summit Panenka had scored seven league goals, all but the first in victories including two against Grazer in September and two more in a 6-1 dismantling of Wiener SC.

Four Rapid wins coincided with four winless matches for Austria and Die Grün-Weißen briefly took control before their own wobble occurred as winter became spring, seeing off Skocik in the process.

Austria took advantage and Rapid were forced to haul them back once more. By the time the two kicked off on 4th May 1982, Nuske’s side were within striking distance. Strike they did.

A bumper crowd at Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadion watched on as Austria and Rapid played out a tense first half. Krankl, inevitably, was the man who snapped the atmosphere with a goal a couple of minutes before the break.

Gröss made it 2-0 to Rapid on the hour, putting the visitors firmly in charge. With ten minutes left on the clock Panenka sealed the points and more.

The 1981/82 Austrian title was effectively decided by the matches between Vienna’s rivals. Rapid could only lose and draw against Austria at home but they won both away fixtures. One might even argue it all came down to that Rapid win in May.

As final furlongs go, Rapid’s stroll to the title after their defeat of Austria was unimpressive. A 2-2 draw at Admira and a loss against LASK Linz prevented May 1982 from dissolving into a victory lap but the season ended as it had begun: with a Panenka goal, his second in a 5-0 win against Wacker Innsbruck.

The first was pure Panenka. Having been played into the penalty area with two minutes to go and just the Innsbruck goalkeeper to beat, the Czechoslovakian performed an outrageous scoop, effortlessly lifting the ball over the stranded goalkeeper and dropping it into the net, all within the space of ten yards.

Panenka scored 13 league goals in 1981/82, none of them from the penalty spot. His two goals in Rapid’s short run to the third round of the UEFA Cup, however, were both spot kicks.

Rapid retained the title and won it twice consecutively again later in the decade, all three under Otto Barić, but their real high point in the 1980s was a run in Europe.

Panenka and Krankl were influential as their team reached the final of the 1984/85 UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Panenka scored three times as Rapid defeated Besiktas in the first round — twice from the penalty spot — and again in their comfortable quarter-final win against Dynamo Dresden.

The second round tie against Celtic? That’s a whole different story.

Sam Emery writes for the Non League Paper

WHETHER they be taking charge of a local game on a Sunday morning or a cup final in front of a 80,000 capacity stadium, referees and their assistants get called all sorts.

But certain names that never get muttered by managers, players or supporters alike are “vital”, “integral” and “lifeblood” of the game we all love.

Last week, we ran a feature on a dangerous shortage of officials which is threatening to send the grassroots game spiraling into crisis.

Already, it has led to matches at Step 7 and above being played without a qualified referee or, even worse, cancelled altogether.

Indeed, the Liverpool County Premier League has even had to scratch scheduled games in the divisions below its top flight this season due to their pool of referees being required to officiate matches in FA competitions or County Cups.

And it’s not just a problem being experienced at local level. This season, three referees who normally operate in the Championship were drafted in to take charge of FA Trophy qualifiers during the October international weekend due to shortages.

Just why the situation has worsened so suddenly is unclear but it doesn’t take a genius to work out where the problem may lie.

Covid hasn’t helped, of course, but abuse directed at match officials for just doing their job (voluntarily in many case) is a problem which sadly won’t go away.

The NLP’s feature highlighted the work done by Cheshire FA to recruit new match officials and protect existing referees from becoming victims.

“Abuse directed at match officials is one factor but that’s been a problem for a while,” said Cheshire League chairman Rob Goodwin-Davey. “But it’s definitely not the sole reason.

“We’ve all lost match officials, but not been able to replace them. There isn’t a quick fix.”

Cumberland FA have run a series of extra courses throughout the summer to attract the new batch of matchday officials with a number having hung up their whistle since the Covid outbreak.

The average age of those attending was 15, showing that a demand still exists among the next generation, both male and female.

“I’m encouraged by the take-up,” said Scott Taylor, the area’s referee development officer.

“We’ve got youngsters who are still playing and want to referee alongside, those who referee for health reasons, and those who want a bit of pocket money.

“Because we’ve not been able to put on courses for almost two years, those 14 or 15-year-olds are now 16 or 17 and might now be doing other things.”

Another bone of contention is the cost of applying for a place on the course – a problem which the West Lancashire League is trying to address.

The fee, around £130, is said to have put off potential match officials – and it’s easy to see why. I mean, who would cough up £130 just to qualify to be abused week in, week out?

With this in mind, the West Lancashire League has pledged to reimburse newly-qualified referees a percentage of the course price once they’ve taken charge of five fixtures in that competition.

Barry Cropp, referee appointments officer for the West Lancashire League said: “Registrations are down in Lancashire and the £20 fee for doing so should have been waived this season to encourage people back.

“The same goes for the course fees. It’s a lot of money when you don’t often read positive news about refereeing.”

Keeping the conveyor belt of new referees rolling with courses such as this have now become vital in ensuring the grassroots game has a future.

For all the negativity which is publicised, a career as a matchday official has many perks and advantages and can often provide a healthy second income at senior Non-League level.

As New Year’s Resolutions go, I would thoroughly recommend you get in touch with your local county or regional FA and enquire about becoming a football referee. You may just even contribute to help save the beautiful grassroots game.

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at The Non League Paper.

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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!


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