Cheshunt Sports and Leisure LTD. Company registration: 07532736, VAT Number: 117532823.
Good Afternoon, Happy New Year and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium for another A10 Derby, this time against our old friends from the beginning of the dual-carriageway, Haringey Borough.
Due to the pandemic, this is Borough’s first visit since August 2019 when Chiduben Onokwai’s 69th minute goal gave them all three points.
Defeat at Bishop’s Stortford on New Years Day brought our impressive 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions to an end. Was it a Club record ask the Stattos amongst you?
I can reveal Craig Edwards’ side still had some way to go as the Ambers went on a 25-match unbeaten run in all competitions spanning the 1946/47 and 1947/48 seasons from 6th March 1948, when Cheshunt beat the Royal Ordinance Factories 3-1, until losing at Hitchin in the Amateur Cup 0-2 on 20th November 1948 in front of 3,200 spectators at Top Field!
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.
Welcome back to Theobalds Lane and may I wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year. Let’s hope we can put the last couple of years behind us and look ahead with optimism.
A warm welcome also to Aki Achillea and his Haringey Borough FC, whom I all hope will enjoy our hospitality.
Although the club’s financial year end is June, this time of year is always one of consideration for the year ahead. I’ve never been one for setting three or five year goals, the last couple of years being testament to the unpredictability of what lays ahead.
Instead, we have a vision of the club playing at the highest level possible, in fantastic facilities, with a wide range of youth and community teams. Craig is doing a wonderful job on the pitch and this year, as with every year, I will be looking to continue to grow and improve the club wherever I can, being ready and responsive to whatever opportunities arise.
My main focus this year is implementing Cheshunt Sports Village. We will be continuing our dialogue with the Council and I’m hopeful that an agreement will be reached. I will also look into a loyalty scheme at the bar and turnstile, while at the same time growing our community teams and hopefully picking up more volunteers and supporters along the way.
I have no doubt other opportunities will also arise that are yet unknown, and there will be other matters that we will improve upon in the year ahead.
To our supporters, committee members and volunteers, I thank you as always for joining us on our journey and for your fantastic help and support.
Enjoy the match.
Before the Enfield Town match kicked off representatives from Cheshunt Inclusive FC presented Councillor Steve Wortley with a Cheshunt Inclusive shirt as a thank you for his support & sponsorship of all the Inclusive teams via his Herts CC locality fund.
L to R Mason Lane, George Parry, Councillor Steve Wortley & Max Forsey
Firstly I’d like to welcome Tom, his team and everyone who has made the short journey over from Haringey for todays Premier division game. Also a warm welcome to our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable game and enjoy the special Cheshunt hospitality.
So our 16 game long unbeaten run came to an end at Stortford on Saturday. I suppose it had to come to an end sometime, but the manner of it was hard to take. Stortford were good but for the first 30 minutes we were shocking. We were off the pace. sluggish, 2nd best all over the pitch and probably fortunate to only be three down. We didn’t start playing until we went 3 down and had a couple of good chances to pull a goal back before the break.
We were far better in the 2nd period which to be fair wasn’t difficult. We actually had the better chances through the game, especially in the final 15 mins which could have given us an unlikely and unfair result.
Prior to this we had an expected tough local derby in front of a great crowd with neighbours Enfield Town. The intensity was terrific from both sides for the 90 and backed up with an incredible atmosphere with both sets of supporters. Enfield Town probably edged it and were a little unlucky to come away with nothing but after coming away from theirs early in the season after battering them it levelled itself out.
The big disappointment was the horror tackle on Adam Crowther which is expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks. He was missed on Saturday and we’ll look to add a defender in this week.
On to todays game. My games with Toms teams are generally hard fought and exciting affairs so hopefully today will see you entertained with us looking to put Saturday firmly behind us.
Enjoy the Match !
The Ambers are delighted to announce they have signed left sided Centre Back Jalen Jones from Carshalton Athletic where he has played eighteen times this season including the match at Theobalds Lane where Carshalton Athletic inflicted the 3-1 defeat on us earlier in the campaign.
Jalen has been a pivotal member of their back line that had the second tightest defence in the league (Only behind the mighty Ambers). Jalen is an experienced player at our level having represented Carshalton, Merstham, Worthing and Dartford. He goes straight into the squad for the match v Haringey Borough tomorrow.
Welcome to The Ambers Jalen !
Spending Christmas Eve verti-draining the main pitch and Boxing Day forking puddles, paid dividends for Cheshunt groundsman Darren Atkins when a one o’clock pitch inspection declared his pitch playable despite the 60mm of rain that had fallen on it in the three days prior to the eagerly awaited A10 Classico derby match with Enfield Town.
Both sides had enforced changes, Maja & Coker missing from the Enfield line up & Reece Beckles Richards & Chevron McLean joining Zack Newton in withdrawing from the Ambers squad. With a number of local matches falling to the weather a bumper crowd of Cheshunt & Enfield fans was swelled by a number of additional non league football fans seeking a festive football fix. The 966 gate is thought to be the largest recorded attendance at Theobalds Lane since 1969.
Town started brightly, going long to former Amber Adam Cunnington to hold up and bring midfielders into play, and it was not a surprise Enfield took the lead early when a long throw from full back Lee Chappell was cleared but only back to him, and his return cross flashed across the Cheshunt six yard box for Sam Youngs to get the last touch.
Cheshunt continued to build slowly and pick their passes, a slick team build up down the Cheshunt right culminated in Mo Camara stealing in at the back post to beat the diving Nathan MacDonald and equalise for Cheshunt five minutes later.
Despite the equaliser Enfield continued to be the stronger team, winning the 50/50 challenges and enjoying more possession, however with the exception of a fine run from Percy Kiangebeni producing a shot that ricocheted off a post, Enfield failed to capitalise on their dominance, not really testing George Marsh in the Ambers goal with anything more than tidying up weak efforts and going to ground too easily for the referee’s liking, and that of the Cheshunt faithful who wasted no time in advising the offenders from the sidelines. For Cheshunt, the defence worked hard and in unison to break up Enfield attacks, Ekongo & Ojo covered a lot of ground to support Cheshunt attacks, but get back quickly when moves broke down, Mo Camara was industrious always looking to release Rowan Liburd up front, and Amadou Kassarate battled hard in the middle.
The second half started with a similar pattern, the battle between Adam Crowther & Adam Cunnington was worth the entrance fee alone , and as the Ambers centre half started to get the better of his former team mate, then Enfield had to look for alternatives, they found them in top scorer Mo Faal whose speed & close control caused regular problems, it is easy to understand why teams from higher leagues are regularly watching the Town striker. His activities were countered with the introduction of Taylor MacKenzie joining Tom Gardiner & Crowther in defence, twice last ditch blocks diverted the ball clear of the Ambers goal, when Enfield did get the ball in the net, they were pulled back for a handball infringement in the build up, and then their rather desperate pleas for a penalty waved away.
On the hour mark Crowther starting to win the battle was a turning point for the match, the Ambers started to take control in the middle with Reynolds, Miles & skipper Re feeding off a supply from Kassarate and passing it around the visitors before they could engage. The introduction of Zubayr Boadi into the middle of the park gave the Ambers even more short pass options & the substitute didn’t disappoint, his ability to retain possession under pressure and use every pass saw the home side wrest control of the match. The Townies were visibly tiring, running out of ideas, and not closing down, when a clever chip forward to Jamie Reynolds saw him flick the ball inside the advancing Chappell putting Rowan Liburd through on a goal bound run in between the two centre halves, as the ball bounced the striker jumped into his shot to strike the ball over the advancing keeper & into the far corner for the winner.
The Ambers had opportunities to put the game safe but were thwarted by some good saves from Nathan MacDonald. Town made two late substitutions in an attempt to salvage a point but Cheshunt were now comfortable and saw out the latter stages of the match to move above Enfield in the league table. Stats may show Enfield had more possession, but when in possession chances have to be created & taken, in the reverse fixture at the QE2 earlier in the season the Ambers had played all the football and failed to take their chances, eventually losing to a Mo Faal goal, the tables were turned this time around.
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.
Bishop’s Stortford 3. Charles 13, Henshaw 25, Harris 38
Cheshunt 1 Miles 85
The Blues of Bishop’s Stortford exacted revenge for being dumped out of the FA Trophy on penalties before Christmas by starting this league game at a hundred miles an hour, clearly wound up and ready to go from the off Stortford pinned Cheshunt in their own half, launching balls into the channels and seeking to turn the Ambers defence, the pressure told as early as the thirteenth minute when the Cheshunt defence got pulled out to cover the Stortford right & an early cross in found Ryan Charles unmarked in a central position with time to glance a well placed header wide of George Marsh. Stortford had lined up with a back line loaded with centre halves who readily despatched any Cheshunt attack from the air with relative ease. The pain was doubled for the Ambers when Blues skipper Ryan Henshaw doubled their lead with a free header at the back post from a corner.
The Ambers defence struggled to deal with the direct long game Stortford were playing and the midfield seemed powerless to help out all too often cut out of the play completely as the ball sailed over them. Typical of the play was Stortford keeper Giddens having a legitimate claim to the assist for their third goal when his long punt straight down the middle found Chris Harris clean through on goal, it has to be said a straight long ball should have been cleared first time but once it was allowed to bounce it was gone, Harris still had to beat the advancing George Marsh & a deft feint wrong footed the Ambers keeper & Harris just beat him to the scramble across the six yard line to stab home next to the near post.
The third goal finally woke the Ambers up, Rowan Liburd beat two defenders on the left, and shaped to shoot but good Stortford cover forced him into a square pass to Reece Beckles Richards whose shot whistled just wide of the post. Liburd then took on Sam Robbins down the Cheshunt right in a race to the bye line & beat him to produce a low cross that Jamie Reynolds drove goal wards only to see it blocked and ricochet over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Taylor Miles went very close with a long range shot that just moved away from the far post with the spin. 0-3 down at half time in a match that could have been 2-5.
The half time team talk clearly had an impact as Cheshunt took to the field in the second half with more invention, width and the ball on the grass. As the second half ticked away the Ambers fitness started to show & they saw more of the ball, and got their midfielders passing game going. Substitutions gave fresh impetus & with Chevron McLean & Enock Ekongo able to advance wide options were becoming available to the man on the ball. The defence had to stay alert to the home side going long as they pushed up to close the gap between them & their midfield, George Marsh making a great diving save to his right to tip a rising drive over the bar.
As the match entered the final quarter Zubayr Boadi found himself free in the box on the right with an angle to shoot, alas his attempt was pulled, and fired across the box & wide. From the left good interplay worked Jamie Reynolds into position to drive a low cross from the edge of the box, the cross cut the keeper out and Mo Camara slid in at the far post along with half the home defence, a goal appeared certain, but the ball somehow contrived to deflect wide. The Ambers finally breached the Stortford defence with the goal of the match when again sharp passing moves took them to the edge of the box, a resulting throw in threatened the edge of the Blues box but the clearance ball fell to Taylor Miles who struck a clean shot into the top right corner of the net from twenty yards that keeper Giddens didn’t see until it was going past him. Five minutes additional time to be added gave Cheshunt a glimmer of hope they might yet rescue the match, but Stortford were experienced enough to waste enough time to take the wind out of Amber sails & Miles’ top bins special was but a consolation. (Enjoy it again clicking here)
When Haringey Borough last visited Cheshunt Stadium two seasons ago, Look back in Amber focused on the history of one of their forerunners, Tufnell Park FC and their interesting relationship with both the old and the current Cheshunt Football Clubs.
Today we look at the other root in the Haringey Borough family Tree, Wood Green Town FC and their home, Coles Park.
Tufnell Park were founding members of the Isthmian League and, prior to the Second World War, one of the best Amateur sides in the Country. Unrest within the Club saw their reserve side break away in 1911, renaming themselves Tufnell Spartans and playing in the Spartan League. The club initially played in Barnet, before relocating to Wood Green Recreation Ground, where White Hart Lane meets Wood Green High Road (it is much changed today and too small for a football pitch). In 1920 they moved again, this time to a ground on White Hart Lane opposite Perth Road (todays Woodside High School) when they also changed their name to Wood Green FC.
It was at this time they first played the original Cheshunt Football Club, drawing each other in the Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup in the 1922/23 season. A 0-0 draw at Cheshunt’s Albury Ride ground was followed by an impressive 5-0 win in the replay in N22.
In Cheshunts final season (1929/30) they met again in the FA Cup, this time the Preliminary round where the old Black and Whites won 4-2. Their run would go onto the 3rd qualifying round (the exact same system of rounds has existed unchanged since 1921) when they were beaten 0-2 in a replay at Wealdstone before folding at the end of that season.
In 1930 Wood Green became Wood Green Town and moved to their final ground, Coles Park on White Hart Lane.
Apart from a few wartime blips, Wood Green Town remained in the Spartan League until 1967, facing the current Cheshunt Football Club during our two-season stint in 1962/63 and 1963/64 winning 5-2 (H) and 4-3 (A) and then 4-2 (H) before crashing 0-3 (A). While the Ambers went upwards to join the Athenian League, the following season Wood Green Town nose-dived down into the Northern suburban league with only a merger with Edmonton FC (the new name for the ever-wandering Tufnell Park FC) saving them from probable extinction and in the process bringing both Clubs finally back together in 1973 under the new name of Edmonton & Haringey. The new club would take Edmonton’s place in the Athenian League and see floodlights erected at Coles Park for the first time. Their final rename – Haringey Borough – came in 1976 and, with the absorption of what remained of the Athenian League into the Isthmian leagues second division, our two Clubs crossed paths again in the 1984/85 season when a 1-4 home defeat was followed by a resounding 7-2 win at Coles Park. In 1985/86 Borough won both games 0-3 (A) and 0-1 (H) before Cheshunts disastrous relegation season of 1986/87 when 106 spectators saw Haringey romp away 1-5 winners on our opening home game followed another 1-5 defeat at Coles Park two months later (attendance 50).
Cheshunt dropped down into the Spartan League and Haringey joined them two years later. In the early 1990’s, a takeover of the committee at Haringey saw them replace the original low wooden stand with today’s impressive 262-seat elevated grandstand along with an ill-fated golf driving range scheme, the remains of which can still be seen in the nets behind the eastern goal and the bays, which were converted into the covered terracing around ten years ago.
While Cheshunt returned to the Isthmian League in 1994, Haringey had to wait until 2016, returning via the Essex Senior league. Their remarkable success since – promotion to the Premier division and a run to the 1st round of the FA Cup in 2019 – has been mirrored by the rejuvenation of Coles Park, seeing new floodlights and a 3G synthetic pitch installed in 2016 along with a ten-fold increase in attendances.
It was not until 1970 that a team competed under the name of Haringey Borough when WOOD GREEN TOWN who had played at Coles Park since 1930 changed their name to Haringey Borough. A merger with EDMONTON FC resulted in a brief change of name to Edmonton & Haringey FC until 1976 when the present name was re-adopted The merged Club played in the Athenian League until it ceased to operate at the end of the 1983/84 season and then played for 4 seasons in Division 2 North of the Isthmian League. After a period of instability culminating ia year in the wilderness away from Senior football in 1988/89 they were admitted to the Spartan League in 1989/90 retaining Premier Division membership throughout until the South Midlands League merger in season 1997/98 when they finished 7th.in the Premier Division South to secure membership of the new “combined” Premier Division for 1998/99 as well as being runners up in the League’s Premier Division Cup. In 2004 after an unsuccessful attempt to move the Club to the nearby New River Sports stadium and a walk out of the existing Committee Aki Achillea who had commenced his association with the Club in 1995 was appointed to lead the Club forward and together with George Kilikita and Secretary John Bacon the club sought to engage more with the local community and tap into the talent locally.
The senior men’s team having been relegated to Division One of the Spartan South Midlands League in 2006/7 bounced back with promotion at the very first attempt and a fine season ended with both promotion and the winning of the Division One Cup. Back in the Premier Division for the season 2008/09 the Club again quickly found itself among the relegation strugglers leading to the appointment of the current Manager – the vastly experienced Tom Loizou. Tom and his excellent loyal team of coaching staff have been instrumental in turning around the Club’s fortunes in the intervening years. In 2011/12 a highest ever 5th place was achieved and the League Challenge Trophy won. After massive stadium improvements in the close season with the erection of a new Clubhouse and new dressing rooms hopes were high for 2012/13 but the poor weather and the problematic pitch led to a massive fixture backlog which negated any chance of a serious challenge for honours and the Club finished 9th. In 2013/14 the Club’s challenge for promotion took place in the Essex Senior League following a sideways switch imposed by the FA. The Club had what was then its most successful season ever finishing runners up by just a solitary point to Great Wakering Rovers and ended the season with 20 wins and one draw from the final 21 League games. The League title was nevertheless secured at the second attempt in 2014/15 with a haul of 103 points from 38 games and with it promotion to Step 4 in which we were allocated to the Ryman League Division One North. The first season at the higher level was a baptism of fire when only 7 points were garnered from the first 17 games but by the close of the season a further 43 points had been amassed from the remaining 29 games and the Club finished in a comfortable 15th place. The first season in the FA Trophy produced two fine victories before a replay loss to Hitchin Town of the Evostik South Premier Division. The summer of 2016 saw yet further investment in the close season in the form of a 3G synthetic main pitch and added improvements to the perimeter, the spectator rails and the floodlights and has created a facility of which the Club can be proud; and has afforded a greater opportunity for the Club to move forward in all aspects. The first team in 2016/17 improved markedly on the previous season and had an excellent all round campaign although rather unfortunate not to finish the season on a high having ended with the “double heartbreak” of missing out on promotion through a 4-5 closely fought semi final play-off defeat at Maldon & Tiptree FC after finishing 5th in the Division and an odd goal 2-3 London Senior Cup semi-final loss at Metropolitan Police. But 2017/18 was to be the Club’s best ever and culminated in promotion to Step 3 via the play-off route with a 3-1 win over Canvey Island after automatic promotion had been missed by just two points. And in FA Competitions the 4th and final round of the Qualifying rounds for the FA Cup was reached, although that ended in disappointment with a 2-4 home defeat by Heybridge Swifts who then enjoyed a visit to Exeter City in the First Round Proper. In the FA Trophy we went right through the qualifying campaign and were lucky enough to draw Leyton Orient in the First Round Proper which brought a record attendance of 1,133 to Coles Park and “The O’s” left mightily relieved at having come back to win 2-1 after going a goal down in the fifth minute. 2018/19 was another great but ultimately disappointing season season with an FA Cup run which took us into the First Round Proper where it was ended rather cruelly by AFC Wimbledon’s last minute goal at Coles Park in front of a record crowd of 2,710. Having led the Premier Division for several weeks in mid-season it was somewhat surprising that we dropped from 2nd to 3rd on the last day of the season after a poor late run but still enjoyed home advantage in the Play-Off Semi-final in which a 45 minute second half onslaught on the Tonbridge Angels goal produced only one goal in response to the two they had scored before the interval. The 2019/20 season’s early termination was less of a disappointment for us than for most other Isthmian Premier Division Clubs as we were marooned in mid-table with no realistic prospect of entering either the promotion or relegation zones. The highlight of the season should have been the visit of National League Yeovil Town in the Final Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup but, as is well known, appalling crowd behaviour brought that game to an early end and the second game seemed something of an anti-climax. In fact, without making excuses, that unpleasant episode seems to have adversely affected our players for some time for, whereas we had been well in the promotion places mix, thereafter we just drifted downwards The early termination of League Fixtures for 2020/21 was more of a blow than was the previous seasons voiding as we were well placed to make a charge towards a play-off place at least. However the Buildbase FA Trophy continued and we enjoyed a run through to the 4th Round Proper when Oxford City of the National League South finally eliminated us 4-2 after we had been two up; en route we had overcome Faversham Town, Bishops Stortford, Eastbourne Borough and Dartford, the last two also being National League South Clubs. The London Senior Cup also carried on and due to withdrawals, we reached the quarter-final without playing a game but lost a penalty shoot out to Hanwell Town after a 2-2 draw.
2016/17 saw the introduction of a much needed “second” team, formed to compete in the Ryman Development League it being basically intended for Under 21 players but with the facility to include up to 4 older players in every squad. The team held their own comfortably in the League finishing a very creditable 6th place and the benefits of the Club’s participation were all too evident with the introduction of a number of players into the first team squad throughout the season and the opportunity for first team squad players to keep fresh and those who were returning from injury had a platform to get fit. Thereby proving the benefits of having such a side. The age restriction was amended to Under 23 for 2017/18 and the team has always been near the top of the table and continued to do well in the following seasons
Youth teams were commenced and run successfully for many years at various age levels with some considerable success particularly at the older age groups including progress into the 2nd round proper of the FA Youth Cup in 2006/07. They were Divisional winners of the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League in 2004/05 (and also winners of the League’s Colwyn Cup competition) and 2009/10. After a few seasons absence from Youth football the Under 18s rejoined the Southern Counties competition in 2017/18, winning its Divisional Championship at the first attempt. This will again provide a pathway for talented local boys to make their way into the first team squad and ultimately the first team itself.
The Women’s Team was formed in 1999 and competed in the Eastern Region Womens League winning promotion in its first season and then to its Premier Division for 2002/03; and there they have remained save for two seasons, the first being in 2011/12 following relegation to Division 1 from which they made an immediate Premier Division return as runners-up . Steady improvement began and we were extremely fortunate to have been approached midway through the 2014/15 season by renowned coach and former professional footballer Steve Browne who at the time was involved in the highly successful S & T Academy Girls football .Steve was duly appointed Manager and preserved the Women’s Premier Division status. In 2015/16 a mid table position was easily secured from an uneven campaign which included convincing away wins at the top 2 Clubs and some surprisingly disappointing performances against lower placed teams. In 2017/18, by Christmas the team were runaway League leaders only to be thrown off course by the tragic early death of Steve on New Years Day but after a shaky period the Women re-asserted themselves to win the League Championship on the last day of the season and with it, promotion to the Women’s Premier League and followed that up by adding the League Cup with a 5-1 win over Cambridge City to complete the double which was a a fitting, lasting legacy for their Manager. The loss of many of the successful squad, several to American University Scholarships, proved too much of a handicap at the higher level and relegation back to the Eastern Regional League was an unsurprising outcome. Now under the stewardship of Bobby Cato significant steps forward seem certain and promotion is again a realistic prospect.
The foundations are in place for an eventual assault on the title to secure a National League place for the men’s senior side and an exciting season is in prospect in which a challenge for at least a Play-off position is a realistic prospect as we pursue our ambition to achieve promotion to the National League should be within the capabilities of our talented squad. The facilities and structures are in place for all the Club’s teams to improve and enhance on recent successes.
GEORGIOS ARESTI – Cypriot International midfielder who numbers AEK Athens among his previous Clubs; 2017/18 deadline day signing and near automatic selection last season
BOBSON BAWLING – attacking midfielder who joined us from Enfield Town at the start of this season having previously been with Crawley Town, Woking and St. Albans City
SAMI BESSADI Attacking midfielder who has come right through the ranks with the Under 18s and Under 23s and is now a challenger for a First Team berth.
ADEYINKA COLE – much travelled attacking midfielder signed from Heybridge Swifts a few weeks into the current season who has appeared for many other Isthmian Clubs including Grays Athletic, Enfield Town, Aveley, Romford and Leiston; as well as Clubs now in the National League – Dulwich Hamlet, Billericay Town, Hemel Hempstead Town and Braintree Town
CHRISTOS DJAMAS Cypriot Under 21 International signed in October 2020. Midfielder who was most recently on contract at Othello Athienoy and previously with Apoel Nicosia and Agia Napa
JORGE DJASSI-SAMBU midfield powerhouse now in 7th season with Club; opponents know when they have been tackled by this non-stop box to box player . Dangerous in opponents box at set piece situations.
NARCIS-FLORIN FILIP – energetic striker whose relentless closing down all action style will cause many a defence a headache. November signing who numbers FC Romania and Hoddesdomn Town among his previous berths.
ANDRONICOS GEORGIOU – recently signed forward who graduated from Stevenage Academy and played in their EFL team. Last season was with Wycombe Wanderers. Has also been loaned to Kings Langley, St. Albans City and Middlesbrough Under 23s.
LAMAR JOSEPH-JOHNSON – a much travelled goalkeeper signed in November after release from Bowers & Pitsea. St. Lucian International who numbers Concord Rangers, Grays Athletic and Aveley among previous Clubs.
CALLUM ISMAIL skilful young full back previously with Bowers and Pitsea who joined us in September 2018 and after establishing himself in the Under 23s and on the bench made his first start in December 2019
MEKHI LEACOCK-McLEOD Recent signing lastly with Romford. Wide attacker who numbers Halifax Town, Accrington Stanley and Eastleigh among his previous berths and Fulham, Wolverhalmpton Wandereres and Glasgow Rangers at Under 23 level.
ANTHONY McDONALD fast tricky wide player entering his 9th season with us; excellent finisher with 13 League goals in an injury hit 2016/17; first team regular but appearances have been interrupted by injuries.
SCOTT MITCHELL – a summer 2017 signing; 22 year old central defender who was previously with Dagenham & Redbridge. Almost an ever present in 2017/18 season and now an established member of the squad
JAMIE-LEE O’DONOGHUE strong running striker re-joining us this season; was with Baldock Town last season and numbers Cleethorpes Town among his previous Clubs. Older brother of our full back, Michael
MICHAEL O’DONOGHUE – powerful full back rejoining us after a year away at National League side Concord Rangers. Formerly a professional with Colchester United.
DAVID “TOSIN” OLUFEMI – attack minded full back who rejoins us this season after a year away with National League side Concord Rangers. Also numbers Colchester United among his former Clubs.
SAMUEL OWUSU – midfielderv signed from East Thurrock United on Christmas Eve who immediately took a place onn the Boxing Day match and made a 20 minute debut.appearance
TYRESE OWEN – Tall ball playing central defender or midfielder who was with National League South Hemel Hempstead Town last season. Numbers Potters Bar Town and Carshalton Athletic among his previous Clubs and spent a season in Sweden
RAKIM RICHARDS versatile player with us since 2010 and most usually to be found in a defensive role but quite at home in midfield and a menace in the opponents penalty area when corner kicks arrive.
CHRISTOS ROSSOS – another goalkeeper signed in November having been released at the end of last season by Anorthosis Famagus
ALEXANDER ZAMANI – a goalkeeper signed on Christmas Eve having played in Poland and after returning to England for Tonbridge Angels and Bexhill United. Made the bench on Boxing Day.
HARINGEY BOROUGH PEN PICTURES – STAFF
TOM LOIZOU (MANAGER) A man with wealth of experience and knowledge of the game who is always running around for the club; his passion is there for everyone to see and he keeps everyone at the Club their toes – not just the players!
DAVID CUMBERBATCH (ASSISTANT MANAGER) Often sits in the main stand watching the game and recording bits for time to time known sometimes as ‘Terry Connor or Howard the Halifax man” who gives you extra…”
JOHNNY FITSIOU (COACH) his extensive knowledge and experience of conditioning has made the Borough players more aware of how to exert their power and pace game plan
THOMAS O’DONOGHUE (COACH) known as ‘Tucker’ is an experienced coach who joined the coaching staff at the Borough in 2016.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Manager Tom Loizou
Mr Robert Clausen. Mr Morgan Conn. Mr Benjamin Kelly.
THE APPEAL of football at Christmas showed its popularity once more even in challenging conditions for supporters.
Despite Omicron cases rising over 100,000 in England and the weather being as wet and windy as ever, fans still turned out in big numbers for the festive fixtures.
Attendances in Non-League have been impressive after fears the pandemic may put off some spectators returning to matches. But football – coupled with the hard work of club volunteers – has shown it can be a safe space.
The failed European Super League plan is likely to have also benefitted the lower levels with some supporters turning their back on the top-flight.
Non-League’s affordability remains as does the ‘real’ feel of attending matches and standing on terraces.
The game as these levels is continuing to grow and the Boxing Day schedule provided further proof of that.
Stockport County welcomed 8,896 for their Boxing Day clash with Altrincham. It was the highest crowd on the day outside of the Championship and the club’s biggest league attendance since 2008.
Elsewhere in the National League, there was 3,830 at Torquay United in their game against Yeovil Town. A crowd of 3,759 was at Hayes Lane for Bromley’s televised fixture with Southend United as 3,699 took in the local derby between Aldershot Town and Woking.
In National League North, AFC Fylde and Chorley had 2,608 spectators while the derby between Spennymoor Town and Darlington saw a crowd of 2,404. There was also 2,082 at AFC Telford United for the visit of Chester.
Dorking Wanderers welcomed a record crowd of 2,048 on National League South and put on a show with an 8-0 victory over promotion rivals Havant & Waterlooville. Tonbridge Angels had the next highest of 1,669 against Maidstone United followed by Oxford City with 1,208.
The Northern Premier League had a combined total of more than 30,000 in attendance for their final games of the year on December 27th. There were ten four-figure crowds across the four divisions, including more than 2,000 at FC United, Matlock Town and Marine.
A total of 12,213 fans went through the turnstiles in the 11 Premier Division games, averaging at 1,110 per game.
In the West Division, the average crowd was even bigger coming in at 1,155 across the seven games, including a 2,150 sell-out for Marine’s local derby with Bootle, who won 3-0.
There were 1,679 at Clitheroe for their 5-1 win over Colne, while 1,100 saw Leek Town win away at Kidsgrove Athletic.
There was a four-figure crowd in the East Division too, where Marske United lost at home to Stockton Town in front of 1,250.
Horsham hosted 1,284 for their fixture with Lewes in the Isthmian League Premier while 1,314 were at Bury Town against Stowmarket Town in the North division. In the South East, Herne Bay won 7-2 against Whitstable Town in front of 1,119.
Banbury United attracted their biggest league attendance for 52 years of 1,221. The Southern League Premier Central leaders beat Stratford Town 1-0. Bromsgrove Sporting had 1,658 against Stourbridge and Hednesford drew 1,142 for their game with Rushall Olympic.
In the Southern League Division One South (Step 4), Frome Town’s crowd was 1,103 for their 3-3 draw with Melksham Town.
Phoenix club Macclesfield FC, at Step 5, had the biggest attendance on December 27 of 4,353 and there was 972 at Step 6 side Steeton AFC. The depth, and support, of the English pyramid continues to be incredible.
It was also heart-warming to see many Non-League clubs supporting the #NoHomeKit campaign over the Christmas fixtures to raise money and awareness around homelessness. The idea – created by charity Shelter – called for clubs to ditch their home kit and instead wear an away or third kit in an act of support and solidarity for people without a home.
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.
“The Isthmian Football League strongly supports the FA statement that there should be a zero-tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse whether it by reason of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex and sexual orientation or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association.” (The FA 0800 085 0508 / Kick it Out 020 7253 0162).The Isthmian League and all Member Clubs in the League are committed to promoting equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and providing access and opportunities for all members of the community.”