The Ambers Matchday Programme

       

 

 

 

Welcome

 

Good afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt stadium.
We would particularly like to welcome the players, officials and supporters of Horsham who, due to last season’s curtailment, are making their first trip here since September 2019 when an own goal by Ibrahim Diallo and two red cards for the Ambers were all that separated our sides. We have of course already met this season when goals from Reece Beckles Richards and Nordibek Bobomurodov gave the Ambers all three points at the Camping World Stadium back in October.
Much interest has been expressed by supporters about next month’s FA Trophy tie at Stockport. The club have organised a supporters coach for the match, coach tickets are available via the web site now on a first come basis. Match day ticket details to follow

Enjoy the game

Waysider              

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News From The Boardroom

Chairman Dean Williamson

Welcome everyone to Theobalds Lane, and a particularly warm welcome to our visiting friends from Horsham. We always enjoy the hospitality at Horsham and hope we can return the same today.

Well, what a week it has been! A fantastic result last weekend at St Albans City to put us into the last 16 of the FA Trophy. To see the reaction on social media, read about us in the national press and hear friends and strangers talking about Cheshunt has been brilliant.

We go away to Stockport County for what will be a memorable occasion for all involved whether we win, lose or draw. It’s the furthest we’ve been in the competition and is one of the biggest games in the clubs history.

I’ve written before about the positive progress the club as a whole is making, and the Stockport game, with all the excitement and fanfare that goes with it, feels like a culmination of all the hard work and effort of everyone at the club over the last few years.

It’s our day in the sun, and I for one am certainly looking forward to it.

There is a supporter’s coach available for those wishing to travel to the game and back on the Saturday, so please book early to avoid disappointment. We will assess coach ticket sales and can lay on more coaches if needed.

Today though we must have our feet firmly on the ground against a good Horsham side as we look to make up ground in the league.

As always I thank you for your support and ask you to get behind Craig and the team today.

Kind Regards,

Dean Williamson

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FA Trophy 4th Round St Albans City 0 Cheshunt 3

St Albans City 0 

Cheshunt 3

Beckles Richards 49

Liburd 58, 73

Man of the Match  Taylor Miles (Cheshunt)

Attendance 947

This eagerly awaited all Hertfordshire tie didn’t disappoint as the Ambers turned up at Clarence Park with a strong and vocal following to take on their National League South rivals. Cheshunt opened the match on the front foot and enjoyed the better of the first twenty minutes without really testing Michael Johnson in the Saints goal.

St Albans City slowly took on the role of senior side and hosts, starting to wrest a degree of control in the midfield of a large pitch, Zane Banton was prominent in their build ups and had a shot on target parried clear by Preston Edwards in the Ambers goal starting his second spell at Cheshunt, Johnny Goddard blazed the return over the bar. Moments later Banton drove a low cross through the Ambers’ box but all the Saints forward men were on their heels and arrived to late to make a connection. Enock Ekongo at right back patrolled a lot of space in front of him and closed down Saints only threat, forcing everything inside where Taylor Mackenzie, Tom Gardiner and Amadou Kassarate  stood firm forcing the home side into speculative and wayward shots from the edge of the area.  In front of Ekongo, Zack Newton tracked back but when released forward gave the fullback a torrid time with his twists & turns down the right. On the left hand side Reece Beckles Richards & Chevron McLean combined well to advance the Ambers into the final third.  McLean shot just over the bar when a free kick twenty five yards out called for his left foot, and striker Rowan Liburd beat his marker to a through ball, completing a thirty yard break with a shot over the bar that whilst off target served as a warning the home defence couldn’t be too complacent. 

No goals at half time with neither goalkeeper seriously troubled, the Ambers matching St Albans in every department. 

Cheshunt started the second half with the same intensity as they did the first, this time they were rewarded early, tight passing twenty or so yards out saw Reece Beckles Richards create space and a gap to fire the ball into the top right hand corner giving Johnson no chance. The home crowd expected their team to respond, but Cheshunt allowed no such opportunity, Mackenzie & Gardiner worked well centrally, Ekongo & McLean were advanced, and Kassarate started to boss the space at the base of Cheshunt’s midfield, advancing himself or laying passes off to the ever reliable Joe Re, and former Saint Taylor Miles who was playing with a smile and relentlessly covering acres of ground to release Beckles Richards & Newton.

The Ambers second goal came when Newton released Beckles Richards down the inside right channel, allowing the ball to run across him to the byline he looked up to see Rowan Liburd advancing towards the far post, a high floated cross removed the keeper from the equation and with height, momentum and desire there was only one winner as Liburd rose above the far post guard and headed down into the corner for the second goal, sending the Ambers fans packed into the stand behind the goal delirious. 

St Albans made changes in a bid to get back into the match, their first shot on target coming from a Mitchell Weiss drive , low and central. Preston Edwards was spot on with his handling, getting down well, covering with his body, and ensuring no easy rebounds. A promising position for a free kick on the left was squandered by Saints when they elected to pull it back square for yet another shot over the bar, the ball boys spending this half busier than the Ambers keeper as a succession of attempts cleared the bar & at times the stand behind. 

Cheshunt put the game beyond  doubt with fifteen to go, when a move down the right allowed Beckles Richards a run at the defence, his shot was blocked but span across the front of the box towards Rowan Liburd who turned his marker, got the ball out from under his feet and picked his spot across the keeper into the far corner.  Mo Camara came on to replace Liburd, giving a weary Saints defence the run around and unlucky not to connect with a Newton cross in the latter stages. 

In the heart of the Ambers midfield Taylor Miles had run & run & run, his replacement Jamie Reynolds triggered more one two passing around the home side as the Ambers confidence was shining in contrast to the Saints ideas waning by the minute. Reynolds Newton & Re combined to set Beckles Richards with another opportunity, he carefully lifted the ball over the advancing keeper, but was foiled by the bar coming to the home team’s rescue.   As the additional time ticked over it was great to see club captain Ola Williams make the field as the last substitution after coming back for injury, just in time to lead the celebrations as the Ambers advance further still in this competition than they ever have before in their seventy five year history. 

Catch the match highlights below.

Note:  Cheshunt have been drawn ‘away’  to play  Vanarama National League side Stockport County on February 12th.

IN THE DUGOUT WITH CRAIG EDWARDS

 

 

Firstly I’d like to welcome Dom, his team and everyone who has made the trip up from Horsham for todays game.

I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable afternoon.

Once again it’s been a mad couple of weeks since my last notes. We completed a disappointing New Years weekend with a draw at home to Haringey. It was a very disappointing performance on the back of our only loss in the last 19 games at Stortford. Having said that Amadou’s disallowed goal when Joe was wiped out in the area cost us dearly, it looked even worse on the video.

So we travelled to a strong St.Albans in the trophy with a bit of a blip in an incredible run. We would have to be at our very best to have had a chance and we certainly were. We had 10 corners to their 1 in the 1st half but didn’t really make the most of them and didn’t create enough clear cut chances our play warranted. As has been the case for much of the season the 2nd half was a different story and we looked likely to score every time we went forward. Reece’s goal was spectacular but my favourite was the 2nd with great interplay with Zac and Reece and a great finish from Rowan.

There was almost a thousand there and I don’t know how many were our supporters but you’d have thought there was twice as many with the noise and support they gave us. They most definitely won their battle as did the boys on the pitch.

After the game talking to a number of people I was amazed at the amount of different players were considered M.O.M. It was testimony to a real team performance where everyone in the squad played their part.

I was asked after the game would I a) prefer a home draw? b) a winnable tie against a team from our level? or c) a glamorous away draw against an ex league side. I went for C and was duly rewarded with a fantastic tie at Stockport County. They were the side I tipped to win the Conference and I still feel confident they will. Their current form is incredible winning their last 6 home games and scoring 25 goals in the process. After the draw was made the phone didn’t stop and to a tee everyone said what an incredible draw for us. Hopefully they will have peaked by the time we go there.

I wanted a big tie as a reward for the club, It’s a reward for our magnificent, growing support. The players who’ve worked so hard this season, we’ve already gone through five tough rounds beating some very good sides along the way and all the countless people who work so hard at the club.

Everyone knows how I love a challenge and they don’t come much bigger than this. Jim Tuite will always text me with, we’ve never done this, we’ve never gone this far or never beaten them and I relish ticking the boxes.

Back to the matters in hand and a tough game against an always entertaining Horsham. Ironically we went to Horsham when they’d just been drawn a big FA Cup tie. We played ever so well on the night to grab a 2-0 win. Once again we’ll have to be at our very best to get the points.

Hopefully the game will be as good as it was at their place and the same result would be nice.

Enjoy the game

Craig

 

Look Back In Amber by Jim Tuite

LOOK BACK IN AMBER

By Jim Tuite
This seasons record-breaking run in the FA Trophy has posed some interesting questions. ‘The win at St Albans must go down as one of Cheshunt’s greatest ever results’ said one supporter. So with that in mind, here are what I consider Cheshunt’s five greatest away wins in Cup competitions…
1. ST ALBANS CITY 2-3 CHESHUNT
FA Cup 2nd qualifying round
9th October 1958
To describe this as an upset would be an understatement. Cheshunts status in the London League was so low, they had only been allowed to re-enter the FA Cup the season before after a break of four years. The Ambers had an unremarkable league season, finishing tenth and, expecting to be expelled that summer for the poor facilities at Theobalds Lane, resigned and joined the new Aetolian league. But in the FA Cup, Cheshunt went on their best-ever run beating Bishops Stortford and Hoddesdon at home before being drawn away to Isthmian league St Albans City. The gulf between the two Clubs was enormous – The Isthmian league was the top Amateur league in the country, the equivalent to the current National league (then featuring Wimbledon and Wycombe Wanderers, now in the Football League) whilst the London League today would still be the same status as what it has evolved into, the Spartan South Midland League.
Yet the Ambers went to Clarence Park and stunned the home side with a 3-2 scoreline with Cheshunts goals coming from Brian Daysh (2) and Ray Taylor.
 Cheshunt went onto beat Enfield at home before crashing 0-6 at home to Southern League Kings Lynn, who themselves would go onto 2nd round proper before being knocked out by Brentford.
2. BARKING 3-4 CHESHUNT
Mithras Cup final, second leg
26th May 1970
The novelty of floodlights – and the need to make them pay for the investment the Club had made in them – were the factors in Cheshunt entering the Mithras Cup. Named after the Roman God of light, this London-based competition was played in a two-legged knock out format. Cheshunt had reached the semi-final stage in previous years but 1969/70 saw the Ambers in the final for the first time. Isthmian league Barking were the opposition, playing what would be considered at least a level above Cheshunt’s Athenian Premier league standing.
The first leg at Theobalds Lane ended in a tight 1-1 draw, with Dave Gigg scoring Cheshunts goal, and little hope was held for the return leg at Barkings old Vicarage Field. Yet a young Eddie Sedgwick scored twice, along with Alan Carrington and Dave Sharkey to bring the impressive Trophy back to Hertfordshire.
3. WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0-1 CHESHUNT
Amateur Cup 1st round
9th December 1972
In the final season of the Amateur cup, after knocking out Southall in the qualifying round, Cheshunt drew the impossible task of an away tie against non-league giants Wycombe Wanderers in the first round. Reigning Isthmian league champions, Wycombe were determined to win the last-ever Amateur Cup but hadn’t banked on the enthusiasm of newly-appointed John Drabwell’s young side. John Poole scored an 8th minute opener and after that it was best described as ‘the Alamo’ by all who were there. Dave O’Neill played the game of his life in goal and somehow the Ambers hung on to record a stunning win that was national news and became the springboard for the success enjoyed by Drabwell’s side in the years to come.
4. YEADING 4-4 CHESHUNT (Cheshunt win 9-8 on penalties)
Isthmian League Cup 3rd round
3rd January 2004
Andy Leese’s newly promoted Cheshunt hit the ground running in the Isthmian League Division One North, with the season soon developing into a three-horse race with Leyton and up and coming Yeading. The head-to-head game in the league were tight affairs but the league cup tie that season was anything but! Both sides attacked from the start and the 4-4 scoreline reflected the best both sides had to offer. Going to a penalty shoot out, stand-in keeper Andy Lovell not only scored his penalty but broke the deadlock by saving one too, leaving full-back Sam Ledger to put away the winner and continue a run that would go all the way to the semi-final – still Cheshunt’s best performance in the competition.
Yeading would finish Champions with Cheshunt also being promoted in 3rd place but whilst the west London side would go onto greater things the following year, playing Newcastle United in the 3rd round in a televised game switched to Loftus Road, Leese’s side fell apart as they decamped en masse to Boreham Wood.
5. BRACKNELL TOWN 0-3 CHESHUNT
Isthmian League Division One South Central Play-off final
4th May 2019
Does this count as a cup game? Certainly it felt like one as the Ambers travelled to Larges Lane to face the division runners-up in the play-off final. Craig Edwards’ side had beaten the Berkshire club 2-0 at Theobalds Lane and drew 1-1 in the return league games so on paper, could face them with confidence but it was the astonishing run of form from March onwards that swept Cheshunt into the play-off spots and saw off Marlow in the semi-final, Where skipper Mark Hughes was leading by example and Jason Hallett scored the last of his 130 goals for the club, On Final Day it was Cheshunt’s ‘little & large’, Shane Cojocarel and Brian Moses, who netted that day to silence the 837 home supporters and lift Cheshunt back to the Isthmian Premier division for only the second time in the Club’s history.
(This, of course, is only a personal choice. If any supporters have a different selection prior to this season, please feel free to discuss this with me as you buy me a pint at the bar after the game)

 

The Amber Scribe Tony Madden shares his thoughts on the influence of Fans

What Difference Does The Crowd Make?  Tony Madden

I bet you’ve lost count of how many times have you heard managers, players, or the media refer to the crowd as the twelfth man. It may be an old adage and one that’s rolled out with a frequency that makes you wonder why most teams don’t hire a choir instead of a coach, but it’s one that nonetheless is true. I’ve been around football long enough to understand just how important it is for players to feel supported. There isn’t a player anywhere who doesn’t perform better if he feels the support of teammates, of his manager or of the crowd.

In recent months it has been noticeable how Cheshunt have been lifted by the fantastic vocal encouragement of the fans and most notably the vociferous ultra’s who follow the team home and away.

A couple of months back I was lucky enough to travel to Margate to watch us. That afternoon was a real example of how fans can help a side out of a tough spot. We were up against it at times in that match but the support given by ‘The Ultras’ was clearly a major part in lifting the team to keep fighting.

Last weekend at St Albans it was the Cheshunt contingent again who were making the noise and you could sense how it was lifting the players. 

Obviously crowd support isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s as old as the hills, although in its more modern form probably about sixty years. My recollection is that grounds like Anfield, Old Trafford and White Hart Lane were amongst the first crowds to start the showing of appreciation in song back in the early 1960’s. In fact by the mid 60’s most clubs had developed home ends where the noise came from. 

Some people have told me that fans at Arsenal used to sing club songs in the thirties but I’m not sure how organised it was and I’m fairly sure that home ends like the Kop, The Stretford End or The Shed were creations of the sixties.

Watching Cheshunt a few seasons ago I remember thinking how much the experience of players and supporters would benefit from a more vocal element amongst the crowd. Thankfully that vocal element to the club’s support has well and truly arrived.

Standing with them at St Albans last week was a real treat. It took me back to my years standing on various terraces up and down the country and loving the excitement and the rivalry that developed between sets of supporters.

What was even more fun was that the home fans were clearly jealous of the atmosphere and fun being created. In fact with about ten minutes to go the stewards in front of us were turning and applauding the atmosphere we were creating. Been a long time since I’ve seen that kind of recognition.

So as we move into the business end of the season and the players need all the support they can get lets make sure we appreciate the atmosphere these young people are creating.

Special times. Special Fans.

Tony Madden

Horsham FC History

Horsham Football Club can trace its roots back to February 18th 1871, when it played its inaugural match against Reigate Priory. Records of those formative years are sparse but we do know that the club’s existence largely depended upon enough players being available to form a side and it wasn’t until the club reformed in 1881 that fixtures were played on a more regular basis. For this reason, and by no means diminishing the efforts of those early trailblazers, the club acknowledges 1881 as the year of its official formation.

In September 1882, the club helped found the Sussex County Football Association before becoming became founder members of the West Sussex Senior League in 1896, winning the championship in 1899/00, 1900/01 and 1901/02, and claiming the Royal Irish Rifles Cup in 1900. Having initially played at both Horsham Park and Springfield Meadow, the club secured Queen Street as its permanent home in 1904 but some lean form over the ensuing years saw Horsham overlooked when the Sussex County League was created in 1920 and it wasn’t until their fourth West Sussex Senior League triumph in 1925/26 that they were invited to make the step up.

The 1930s was a golden era for the club and the County League was won six times during the decade, Horsham regularly scoring over one hundred goals a season. Cup competitions provided more silverware with the Sussex RUR Cup (seven times) and the Sussex Senior Cup (twice) both finding their way back to Queen Street before the outbreak of war. When peace returned to the world, Horsham won the first post-war title in 1947, the RUR Cup in 1946, 1949 and 1951, and the Sussex Senior Cup in 1950.

In 1947/48 the club reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time, taking a first minute lead against Notts County before losing 9-1. Having had successive applications to join the Athenian League rejected, the club changed tack and successfully applied to become members of the Metropolitan & District League that included the ’A’ sides of top Football League clubs, the reserve sides of ‘professional’ non-league clubs and a few amateur teams, with Horsham confounding common opinion by winning the championship at the first attempt. However, over the years the league became stronger and stronger and eventually the amateur clubs struggled to make any impact at all and Horsham finished the 1956/57 season at the foot of the table, having already decided to quit the league in favour of the Corinthian League where they began a period of consistent progress, finishing thirteenth, ninth, eighth and fifth before their best ever season in 1961/62 when third place was achieved.

Following a mass exodus of players, Horsham were forced to rebuild with a young, local team that would peak at fourth place in 1964/65 only to become the first Horsham side ever to be relegated the following season. Under coach Pat Tobin, the team was rebuilt once more and this reaped dividends in 1966/67 when the club once again reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, with the visit of Swindon Town drawing a record 7,134 crowd to Queen Street. Despite this achievement this was a frustrating period of near misses for the club who finished third, third and fifth and suffered three consecutive defeats in the final of the Sussex Senior Cup. By now nicknamed the Hornets, following a supporters’ competition, the club appointed Roy Osborne as their new manager and the change brought immediate success with the championship of Division Two achieved in 1969/70, the Division One title in 1972/73, and the Sussex Senior Cup in 1972.

Instead of taking their place in the Athenian League Premier Division, Horsham became members of the Isthmian League when that competition expanded to two divisions in 1973/74, finishing eighth in its first season and rounding the season off in style by winning the Sussex Senior Cup. Now under the guidance of Tony Elkins-Green, 1976/77 saw the Hornets finish in a best ever sixth place but financial problems threatened the club’s very survival and only the dedicated work of chairman Frank King saw the club saved from bankruptcy and dissolution although it couldn’t prevent a young amateur team from finishing bottom of Division One in 1979/80 and the club was relegated to the new Division Two. Horsham endured some dark times under numerous managers in the 1980s, finishing bottom of the league in 1983/84 and 1989/90, when only a successful two-legged relegation play-off against Letchworth Garden City maintained the club’s Isthmian status.

Progress was made under the management of Peter Evans from 1990, during which time the club reached the final qualifying round of the FA Cup, though under his replacement, John Yems, Horsham once again propped up the entire league in 1993/4 leading to the appointment of former captain Mark Dunk as manager. He led his side to the Division Three championship in 1995/96, narrowly missing out on a second successive promotion before departing in 1997.

Three years of lower mid-table obscurity followed before former Crawley Town boss John Maggs took over as manager in January 2000, taking a struggling side out of the relegation zone to Division Two runners-up in three seasons and a promotion play-off final appearance in 2004/05. Promotion to the Premier Division was achieved the following season with another runners-up finish and the club went on to establish itself as a consistent performer, even challenging for a place in Conference South in 2007/8 before ending up eleventh. The Hornets made history in 2007/08 by reaching the second round proper of the FA Cup and taking eventual League One champions Swansea City to a replay, with both matches shown live on Sky TV.

Having sold their ground for redevelopment at the end of the season, Horsham played at Worthing during 2008/09 and again reached the fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup where they took Conference side Stevenage Borough to a replay before ending an injury-ravaged year in thirteenth place. Season 2009/10 saw a return to Horsham, entering into a groundshare agreement with their old neighbours Horsham YMCA as their quest for a new ground continued, but fortunes were on the wane and an acute overhaul of the club’s finances in 2011 resulted in the departure of Maggs and virtually the entire playing squad.

A turbulent 2011/12 found the club under three different managers, with Simon Colbran ultimately unable to prevent the side from returning to Division One South. A season of stability followed, with the Hornets ending the campaign in fifteenth and claiming the Brighton Charity Cup for a second successive season. The club entered a new chapter in November 2013 when, following Colbran’s departure to Crowborough Athletic, long-serving player Gary Charman was appointed as first team manager. Charman, who played more than six hundred times for the Hornets, steered the club to sixteenth place but a poor run of results the following season led to him being replaced by two more former players, Anthony Storey and Cliff Cant, in January 2015. That same month, the club’s misery was compounded when an application to build a new home on the outskirts of the town was unanimously rejected by Horsham District Council. Despite some impressive initial results, Storey and Cant were unable to save the club from relegation so former East Preston manager Dominic di Paola was appointed towards the end of the campaign with a view to rebuilding a side capable of competing in the Sussex County League for the first time since 1951.

After a season-long battle with Eastbourne Town, Horsham took the title by eleven points to secure a record-equalling eighth County League title, thus securing an immediate return to the Isthmian League. During that 2015/16 campaign, the club recorded a club record ninety-seven points whilst conceding the fewest goals in their history (twenty-two). After a slow start to the 2016/17 campaign, in which just three of the first thirteen matches were won, the Hornets recovered to finish in a not unsatisfactory sixteenth place in Division One South. Off the pitch the club finally got the news it longed for when, on March 21st 2017, a revised ground application was submitted and overwhelmingly approved by HDC, meaning work could finally begin on constructing a new community stadium off the Worthing Road.

With the arrangement at YMCA having come to an end, Horsham moved into the Sussex FA Headquarters at Lancing’s Culver Road in the summer of 2017 but a crippling injury list put paid to any pre-season expectations of improving the club’s position, with the lowpoint of the season coming in an 8-0 reverse at Cray Wanderers in what is the club’s heaviest ever FA Trophy defeat. Yet that result proved the catalyst for the side to kick on and only six of the next nineteen matches ended in defeat, a run that lifted Horsham to eleventh in the table, only to fall away again in the closing months of the season before ending in fifteenth spot, one better than the previous year.

Hopes that the club might start the 2018/19 campaign in the new ground went unfulfilled but the disappointment didn’t seem to affect the players who turned Culver Road into something of a fortress, losing just four matches in all competitions – two of them to higher-league opponents Bath City and Eastbourne Borough. Overdue runs to the latter stages of the qualifying rounds in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy bred confidence that was transferred into their league form and, from early December, the Hornets never dropped below fourth place, finally finishing as runners-up to Cray Wanderers. With automatic promotion the right of only the champions, Horsham faced a play-off semi-final clash with Haywards Heath Town – the only side to have recorded a league double over them during the campaign – and duly won 3-0 to set up a home final with Ashford United. After a tense tie, played in front of over eight hundred spectators, Horsham won through 2-1 after extra-time to return to the Premier Division after an absence of seven years.

The sad passing of President Frank King in May 2019 meant that he tragically missed seeing his beloved Hornets finally take ownership of its new ground, just a few weeks after his death. His name, however, will live on through the popular decision to dedicate the club’s new boardroom in his memory.

Boosted by their fabulous new facilities, named after ground sponsor Camping World in a minimum three-year deal, the club confounded expectations by occupying one of the play-off spots for much of 2019/2020, topping the division on more than one occasion, whilst also reaching the last four of the Isthmian League Cup for the first time, only for the campaign to be declared null and void in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although it ultimately counted for nothing, their standing of 6th place at the premature conclusion to the season represented the highest finish in the club’s history. With an average league attendance of 596 at the new ground, including a best of 913 for the New Year’s Day visit of Lewes, the club could be highly satisfied by its first season in its new stadium.

Honours

West Sussex Senior League 1899-1900, 1900-01, 1925-26

Sussex County League 1931-32, 1932-33, 1934-35, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1946-47

Metropolitan League 1951-52

Athenian League Division Two 1969-70

Athenian League Division One 1972-73

Isthmian League Division Three 1995-96

Isthmian League South-East Play-Off winners 2018-19

Southern Combination Football League Premier Division 2015-16

Brighton Charity Cup 1967-68, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2012-13

Sussex RUR Cup 1900, 1931, 1932, 1934 (joint), 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 (joint), 1946, 1949 (joint), 1951, 1952, 1957

Sussex Floodlight Cup 1977-78, 2001-02

Sussex Senior Cup 1933-34, 1938-39, 1949-50, 1953-54, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76

FA Cup First Round Proper 1947-48, 1966-67

FA Cup Second Round Proper 2007-08

Record attendance 7,134 v Swindon Town FA Cup 1st round 26th November 1966

Record transfer fee paid £2,500 to Lewes for Lee Farrell, July 2007

Record transfer fee received £10,000 from Tonbridge Angels for Carl Rook, December 2008

Players progressing to football league:
George Cox (Arsenal)
Peter Small (Luton Town, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest)
Darren Freeman (Gillingham, Brentford, Fulham, Brighton)
Jamie Taylor (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Jamie Ndah (Torquay United)

 

Horsham FC Player Profiles

Click the squad photo to go direct to the Horsham FC player profile site.

Today's Teams Selected From:

171206-AMBER-CFC-LOGO.png   Cheshunt FC                                                        

Manager Craig Edwards

George Marsh

Preston Edwards

Ola Williams

Chevron McLean

Adam Crowther

Tom Gardiner

Taylor Mackenzie

Jalen Jones

Mo Camara

Joe Re

Taylor Miles.

Jamie Reynolds

Reece Beckles Richards

Zac Newton

Enock Ekongo

Zubayr Boadi

Amadou Kassarate

Rowan Liburd

 


Horsham FC

 

 

Manager Dominic Di Paola

Sam Howes
Christopher Sessegnon
Harvey Sparks
Doug Tuck
Danny Dudley
Jack Brivio
Lucas Rodrigues
Charlie Hester-Cook
Shamir Fenelon
Charlie Harris
Eddie Dsane
Tom Day
Will Miles
Tom Kavanagh
Tom Richards
Rob O’Toole

 

 

Todays Officials:

 

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

 

 

Taylor Miles

David Richardson writes for the Non League Paper

THE PHRASE ‘magic of the cup’ is synonymous with the FA Cup’s early rounds but in recent weeks it has been used alongside the FA Trophy.

The competition for the top four tiers of Non-League football is now entering the last 16 and those clubs will be starting to dream of the Wembley final in May.

While some National League sides may devalue the Trophy in place of league success and promotion to the Football League, the knock-out competition, which has been played since 1969, provides a valuable opportunity to lower-league clubs.

Just look what it meant for Needham Market last weekend winning a dramatic penalty shootout 8-7 at top-flight Yeovil Town, who have created plenty of their own cup history. Market boss Kevin Horlock described it as a ‘special day’ for the Step 3 side.

Elsewhere, Cheshunt, also playing at the same level as Needham, won 3-0 at National League South club St Albans City while Morpeth Town came out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller against Step 2 Boston United, winning 4-3. Tonbridge Angels upset National League King’s Lynn Town too.

And it’s not even the victories that can provide memories. Larkhall Athletic, of the Southern League Division One South, enjoyed a trip to National League high-flyers Stockport County on Saturday.

It was the furthest the club had been in the competition and they made sure to make the most of it by staying over on the Friday night AND Saturday to enjoy themselves post-match. The Larks supporters travelled well too with 169 in attendance at Edgeley Park.

Larkhall manager Ollie Price, no stranger to a big cup tie having played against Norwich City in a televised FA Cup first round game for Paulton Rovers, told The NLP of the club’s excitement before the Stockport fixture. “It’s an absolutely incredible draw, it’ll be a fantastic day for the club and everyone connected,” he said. “This is what it’s all about. I know they say the magic of the FA Cup but this is the magic of the Trophy!”

The FA Trophy is made extra special by the FA’s persistence to play the final at Wembley on Non-League Finals Day, also featuring the FA Vase which always delivers a brilliant spectacle – the last six finals have produced 24 goals between them!

Some supporters may say the final should be held at a smaller, more intimate ground but speak to any manager or player and they will say they want to be walking out under the arch.

We’ve been treated to so many great finals over the years, not least most recently when Step 3 Hornchurch beat Hereford. It’s given many clubs from the same level hope they can go all the way too.

Brackley Town’s penalty victory over Bromley was also dramatic, so too was North Ferriby United’s upset of Wrexham in 2015. The memories go on and on.

So, the Trophy is still special, still ‘magic’ and it was a pleasure to have Needham Market’s upset taking centre-stage on our front page last weekend – sorry Yeovil fans, you had your turn last month in the FA Cup!

 

  

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Cheshunt 1 Haringey Borough 1. Isthmian Premier League 3rd January

Cheshunt 1 Haringey Borough 1 

A slow start on a heavy pitch saw both sides spend the first half misplacing passes & giving up possession too easily.  Cheshunt again looked sluggish similar to the first half on New Years Day, Haringey looked the more likely side with Andronicus Georgiou finding a lot of space on their right, and always available as the ‘out’ ball. The Cheshunt line up featured Jalen Jones making his debut, and with Adam Crowther out injured he took his place alongside Taylor McKenzie in the central positions with Tom Gardiner moving to right back. 

Haringey went close with a curling free kick from Georgiou on twenty minutes, Cheshunt responded with a shot from Joe Re blocked on the line, and with the loose ball crossed back in immediately, Mo Camara headed on target but Lamar Johnson the Borough keeper was well positioned. Johnson had good positioning again to deal with a Taylor Miles volley from distance, but the home side were not getting behind the visitors defence.  At the other end, twice the Cheshunt back line had to scramble clearances from within the six yard box as Haringey applied pressure with the re-signed Adeyinka Cole prominent. Haringey took the lead when a long clearance caught the home defence square on the half way line and Alfred Bawling ran the length of the Cheshunt half and squeezed the ball beyond the advancing George Marsh. 

View the Alfred Bawling Haringey Borough goal here 

Cheshunt did have the ball in the net when Joe Re almost wriggled clear in the Borough box, with the ball spinning to Amadou Kassarate who slotted home, only for the referee’s whistle to be blowing before the ball hit the back of the net, had he not played an advantage, was he giving a penalty for a foul on Re as he sought to turn? Alas no, remarkably he deemed the Ambers captain had fouled the tackling defender in looking for a turn and shot.

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The second half saw Cheshunt press for an equaliser with more possession, but no clear cut chances, the visitors defended in numbers but still looked dangerous on the break. Bawling had chances and didn’t take them, As the game turned scrappy each side accumulated three yellow cards apiece. Cheshunt bought two forwards on for extra attacking options and the excellent Zubayr Boadi to get their passing game going again, they now looked the more likely to score but were still just wide of either post with shots, and just failed to connect with some well worked crosses.  The referee indicated an additional five minutes to be added and the Haringey midfield were slowing everything down as much as possible to see the game out, when inexplicably from a Cheshunt throw inJorge Djassi Sambu covering the near post for Haringey wrapped his arms around  Cheshunt forward, Beckles Richards and threw him to the ground right in front of the referee.  An injury time penalty awarded, which Ambers striker Rowan Liburd despatched gratefully to see Cheshunt escape with a point from a match form suggested they perhaps should have expected to win. 

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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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