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Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt stadium. We particularly would like to extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Merstham.
As neither of last seasons scheduled fixtures were played, we have to look back to the 2019/20 season for the Sussex sides only visit to Theobalds Lane. That game finished in a 3-0 win for the Ambers with goals coming from Ibrahim Diallo, Ryan Moss and Zach Newton.
Supporters will be pleased to note we have drawn County rivals Hitchin Town of the Southern Premier League in the 2nd round of the FA Cup. Our league game at Horsham FC shall now be rearranged at a later date. Please see the club website match section for details once we have confirmed dates with Horsham FC
Enjoy the game and stay safe,
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Welcome to Theobalds Lane for this Isthmian Premier League encounter.
There’s been plenty of league and cup action since my last programme notes, and of course the obligatory friendly!
We were hoping to pick up at least four points over the bank holiday weekend, but ended up with just the one. Despite losing our unbeaten start to our close rivals Enfield, I thought we were much the better team with plenty of positives to take from the game. One positive is knowing that we provide good hospitality here at Cheshunt. I hope Merstham’s travelling players, officials and fans will agree and enjoy their stay with us.
On to the FA Cup and the team put on a good second half performance against a well-drilled Brentwood side to put us into the next round. The reward is another stern test away to Southern Premier side Hitchin Town next week. I do hope this year will be the year we enjoy a good cup run!
Off the pitch we still await the Planning Inspector’s decision on our appeal for our Cheshunt Sports Village development. I was hoping to have the decision by now, but given the scheme has been over eight years in the making, another few more weeks isn’t so long to wait in the scheme of things. You’ll know as soon as I do via our new website!
Enjoy the match.
St Margaretsbury 2. Cheshunt 4
Cheshunt u18 team overcame St Margaretsbury with a strong second half performance. After going behind in the first half they fought back with Bobby Sumison equalising with a long range pass into the corner of the net when a high Cheshunt press and poor clearance presented him with time to look up, see the keeper stranded and take his opportunity.
Luca Gordon stepped up to take Cheshunt to the break 2-1 up via a penalty on the stroke of half time. St Margaretsbury started the second half well and got a deserved equaliser considering their efforts, but Cheshunt got back on top with the commanding runs of Aala Ezzedine generating problems for the home side, who tired considerably after the hour mark. Astute substitutions from Cheshunt injected pace to take advantage and Alfie Nicholls bagged a deserved goal for his endeavours, tapping home a square ball from close range, before sub Kane England put the game beyond St Mags five minutes later.
Cheshunt have drawn Barking away in the next round, date to be confirmed.
Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Frank, his staff, team and everyone who has travelled up from Merstham for today’s game.
Our mixed start continued with terrific performances not matched with the deserved results. A disappointing bank holiday weekend saw us outplay Margate but have to settle for a point. Monday seemed even more unfair as we dominated high flying Enfield but left empty handed. It was a bitter pill to take. Two mistakes and five points dropped whilst we were very wasteful with our opportunities.
The four league games have seen so many positives and also plenty of lessons learnt. Having said that I’m sure we will soon be rewarded for the quality of our play.
We then travelled to an in form Brentwood in what looked a very tricky FA Cup tie. As it turned out we put in a very competent, professional performance and a pretty comfortable win. We have drawn Hitchin Town away next week, it could have been better but also much worse.
On to today’s game. Frank’s teams like to play so I’m sure you will be entertained. Hopefully with three welcome points.
Enjoy Your Afternoon.
C’mon You Ambers!
Merstham Football Club History
In the early years of Merstham FC, matches were played at the old Merstham Lime Works known as Limeworks Meadow. The level of football played in the first five years is unclear. In 1897 the club were founder members of the Redhill & District League and playing in the Redhill & District League Division Two by the 1905/06 season. In the early 1920s, the club moved to its present location in Albury Road. The club’s first major success was winning the league in 1927, and in 1930 added the East Surrey Junior Cup to their trophy cabinet. In 1935 and 1936 Merstham won the Redhill League Premier Division back to back, a record later repeated in 1950 and 1951. The club applied for intermediate status and joined the Eastern Section of the Surrey Intermediate League. In the 1952-53 season, the club won the title at their first attempt.
In 1960, the changing room and tearoom were built and followed some years later by a small stand., Merstham continued to play in the Surrey Intermediate League until they gained senior status in 1964 and joined the Surrey Senior League. In 14 years in the Surrey Senior League, Merstham managed to win the title only once in 1971/72. In 1978 they joined the London Spartan League and finished third in their first two seasons. They also won the Surrey Senior Charity Cup and the London Spartan League Challenge Cup in the first season, adding the East Surrey Charities Cup the following year.
In 1984/85, Merstham joined the Combined Counties League and were runners-up in the league in 1987/88. The following year they reached the fourth round of the FA Vase losing to Billericay Town at home 2-3, but did win the League Cup beating Chipstead 2-1 after extra time. This was some consolation as Chipstead had pipped Merstham to the title by a point. The 1990/91 season saw floodlights erected and an official ‘Floodlight Opener’ against Crystal Palace, whose side included the current England Manager Gareth Southgate. Merstham again reached the League Cup final, but were beaten 1-0 by Frimley Green in a replay. The next few seasons saw Merstham generally settle for mid-table anonymity. The 1995/96 season brought some success to Merstham, as they finished fourth in the League, and the reserves won the Reserve League Challenge Cup, defeating Godalming. The FA Cup of 1996/97 saw Merstham’s biggest home defeat when they were crushed 8-1 by Aldershot in the 1st Qualifying Round.
The 2000/01 season was Merstham’s most successful for nearly a decade. They reached the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and finished eighth in the league, after being in the top six for most of the season. The 2002/03 season saw AFC Wimbledon join the league and their visit to Merstham attracted 1,582 fans, a record home attendance for a league game. A successful application to the FA Stadia Fund enabled the club to build new changing rooms and add a perimeter fence. Silverware returned to Merstham in the 2004/05 season when they beat AFC Guildford 3-0 in the final of the Premier Challenge Cup and they also won the East Surrey Hospitals Charity Cup (ESHCC) with a victory over Redhill. But a poor run of results saw them finish 16th in the league.
The 2005/06 was a case of so close yet so far. Beaten finalists in the Premier Challenge Cup and ESHCC, and runners-up in the Combined Counties Premier Division, with keeper Colin Harris returning an incredible 19 clean sheets in the league. However, disappointment followed when they were denied promotion to the Ryman League because their stand was delivered two weeks late. For the 2006/07 season manager, Mick Sullivan, along with assistants Micky Stratford and Rhys Williams built a side that again finished second in the league, but won the Premier Challenge Cup beating North Greenford Utd 4-1 in the final. In the league, they notched 100 goals, nearly a quarter of which were scored by striker Kwabena Agyei. The Southern Combination Cup was shared between Merstham and Staines Lammas when a fixture date couldn’t be agreed. The final of the ESHCC against Redhill was delayed until the start of the 2007/08 season which Merstham won 3-2.
The 2007/08 season, Mick Sullivan’s seventh, brought the Club into a new era with a treble winning side, a fantastic run in the FA Vase and, more significantly, promotion to the Isthmian League South as they finally finished top of the CCL after two seasons as runners up. After losing on the opening day of the season, Merstham then went undefeated for the rest of the season, winning 35 times and drawing six, finishing with 111 points and 114 goals. The dream of a Wembley final in the FA Vase ended in the Quarter Final when they lost at home to Needham Market 2-3 in extra time, watched by 841 fans. Merstham successfully defended the Premier Challenge Cup beating Bedfont Green 4-2 in the final. In the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final, they beat Redhill 4-3 with the help of a hat-trick from Mark Simmons. The final against Whyteleafe, saw the Moatsiders twice come from behind to win 3-2 in extra time.
In 2008/09, Merstham’s first season in the Isthmian League Division One South, they finished 8th, narrowly missing out on the play-offs. In the Surrey Senior Cup, they went out to Conference side Woking in the semi-final. However, the club suffered a real shock when Sullivan announced that he was leaving to join Leatherhead. Former Banstead Athletic Manager Graeme Banyard was appointed in his place.
Merstham’s second season in the Ryman League was far more challenging than their first, not helped as many of the previous season’s team left to join Sullivan at Leatherhead. New players came and went as Merstham struggled in the league. In the 2010/11 season Banyard resigned and Andy Martin took over as caretaker with Merstham sliding towards relegation. Martin managed to keep the side in the division despite being deducted a point and was appointed Manager for the 2011/12 season.
After just twenty games in charge, Martin left the club and Antony Williams and Rob Smith took over as caretakers. In January 2012, it was announced that former Bromley boss Hayden Bird would be the new Merstham manager with immediate effect. Bird rang the changes and Merstham finished a creditable 9th place. The 2012/13 season didn’t live up to expectations with Merstham finishing 12th and without a cup run. Bird again rang the changes for the 2013/14 season bringing in more experienced players with the goal of a play-off position. At Christmas Merstham were languishing in 18th place with just 25 points from 21 games. However, after a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home to Chipstead, Merstham went on an unbeaten 13-game run, winning 11 and just missing out on the play-offs.
The 2014/15 season was to be the best in the Club’s history. Merstham gained promotion to the Ryman Premier Division by winning the play-offs in style and were also runners-up in the Surrey Senior Cup. Merstham finished fourth in the Ryman League Division One South, with 93 points and scoring 107 goals. In the Play-Off Semi-Final after a 0-0 deadlock after extra time, Merstham won on penalties 5-4 with keeper Brannon Daly making the all-important save. At Folkestone in front of 1465, Merstham won promotion beating the home side 3-0 with goals from Taurean Roberts, Tutu Henriques and skipper Fabio Saraiva. Just four days later, a tired-looking Merstham lost 2-0 in the Surrey Senior Cup final to Met Police.
The 2015/16 season saw Merstham attaining their highest position in the Football Pyramid finishing 10th in their first season in The Isthmian Premier. This was helped by 20 goals from Charlie Penny and 14 from Fabio Saraiva, who were both snapped up by Conference side Woking after the Moatsiders beat them in the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup. The season finished on another high when they trounced Godalming Town 4-1 in the final.
Merstham’s second season in the Ryman Premier League was full of drama. The Moatsiders reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. They achieved this with some of the finest football ever seen at the Moatside. They beat East Preston (4-1), Colliers Wood Utd (2-1 in a replay), Thamesmead Town (5-1) and Ebbsfleet Utd (2-1) before facing League One side Oxford United. The loss of skipper Fabio Saraiva and Charlie Penny to Woking was a blow, but Bird was determined to build on the success of the previous season. He brought in experienced goalkeeper Phil Wilson and Tom Kavanagh was given the skipper’s armband. Prolific goalscorer Charlie Penny returned to the Moatside and scored twice in his first game back. However, a serious injury during the FA Cup game against Ebbsfleet finished his season. The obvious highlight of the season was facing Oxford United which saw a record-breaking crowd of 1,920 packed into the Moatside. Unfortunately, Merstham seemed a little overwhelmed by the occasion losing 5-0. After the euphoria of the cup run, Merstham’s season went downhill, losing games they should have easily won and the club only just avoided relegation, not helped by the loss of three points for fielding an eligible player.
During the close season Manager Hayden Bird made wholesale changes to his squad. Assistant Manager Mick Sullivan left the club and was replaced by Merstham player/coach Tutu Henriques. In 2017/18, Merstham celebrated their 125th anniversary, finish 12th in the league and for the second time in four years won the Surrey Senior Cup, beating Leatherhead 3-1 at Gander Green Lane.
The 2018/19 season saw the club just miss out on promotion to the Conference South. A strong league campaign saw the Moatsiders qualify for the play-offs with a fifth-place finish. In the play-off semi-finals they produced a superb performance to beat Carshalton away 2-1 and reach the play off final away to Tonbridge. In a scrappy, niggly game, which saw two players sent off, the Moatsiders went down 1-0.
Hayden Bird, after the play-off final defeat decided to join Kingstonian, taking the entire first team squad with him. Former Tooting & Mitcham Manager Frank Wilson was appointed in June 2019 and set about building a brand-new team. The new team struggled to maintain their Premier League status and when the season was finally brought to a premature end, with all records being expunged, Merstham were in a relegation dog fight.
First Team Honours
Redhill & District League: Division Two Champions 1927
East Surrey Junior Cup: Winners 1930
Redhill & District League: Premier Division Champions 1934-35, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1950-51
Surrey Intermediate League: Champions 1952-53
Surrey Senior Charity Cup: Winners 1976-77
London Spartan Challenge Cup: Winners 1979-80
East Surrey Charities Cup: Winners 1980-81, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2006-07
Dan Air Class Elite Cup: Winners 1989-90
Surrey Veterans County Cup: Winners 1995-96
Premier Challenge Cup: Winners 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08 Runners-Up 2005-06
Combined Counties Premier Division: Champions 2007-08
Surrey Senior Cup: Winners 2007-08, 2015-16, 2017-18
Ryman League Division One South Fair Play Award: Winners 2010-11
Ryman League South Play-Off: Winners 2014-15
Merstham Football Club Playing Squad 2021-2022
Goalkeeper. Toby is on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion’s academy side. He has been with the Seagulls since the age of 10 and has represented Ireland U19s. Had a short loan spell at Worthing last season.
Goalkeeper. Stepped up from the U23s to the first team squad following some good performances in pre-season. Commanding presence at the back and good shot-stopper.
Defender. A tall, strong, commanding defender with vast experience at Step 3. James was one of Frank Wilson’s first signings at Merstham. He originally signed James towards the end of 2018/19 season, during his brief spell at Kingstonian bringing the experienced defender over from Burgess Hill Town.
Defender. Attack-minded left-back, who joined the Moatsiders on loan from Sutton United and impressed during the shortened season. The loan became a permanent signing at the start of this season.
Defender. Reuben returns to the Moatside after spells with Basingstoke Town and Billericay Town. He was named Wimbledon’s Academy Player of the Year in 2019. He signed for Truro City at the start of the 2020/21 campaign following his release from AFC Wimbledon. Frank Wilson was delighted to welcome the powerful defender back to Merstham this season.
Defender. A tall, central defender and commanding in the air, Bertie originally joined Merstham on loan from Tonbridge Angels during the curtailed 2020/21 campaign. He returned to the Moatsiders at the start of this campaign to sign permanently.
Defender/Midfield. Jack is a versatile player and during pre-season, he’s played in the centre of defence, full back and in midfield. Powerful and strong in the air and in the tackle, Jack also has two good feet. Previously at Balham FC, Jack was one of our first signings this season.
Defender. A left-back who joined Merstham two seasons ago as an U23 and impressed in pre-season in first-team friendlies. Previously at South Park and Sutton Common Rovers. Started his career at Brighton’s academy.
Midfield. Promising youngster who began his career at the Moatside before moving to Tooting & Mitcham and the on to Grays Athletic. Returned to Merstham towards the end of pre-season.
Midfield. A central midfielder and gifted ballplayer, with two good feet. Chace spent four years at AFC Wimbledon’s Academy, graduating into the first team squad before spending a season at Portimonense, who play in Portugal’s top-flight. Chace first joined the Moatsiders for the 2019/20 campaign and returned in pre-season this year.
Midfield. A silky midfielder, James is on loan from Dorking Wanderers. James joined them aged 16 and made his debut in the National League South at 18. He has also represented England schoolboys U18 in the Centenary Shield in Milan.
Midfield. Nimble and agile winger or wing back. Laurence joined the Moatsiders in pre-season. Started at QPR’s youth academy and then had spells at both Aldershot and Mansfield Town’s youth sides.
Midfield. A fast and tricky winger, Dylan was part of the AFC Wimbledon team that won the Youth Alliance Cup last season. After eight years at the Dons, Dylan signed his first pro contract this summer and Frank Wilson was delighted to secure Dylan on loan.
Midfield. A technically gifted midfielder, Ayman joined us from Cheshunt during pre-season. Previously at Eastbourne Borough, moving up from their U23 side to their first team.
Midfield. Charlie is an all-action midfielder. A great engine, good in the air and technically very gifted, Charlie impressed during an open trial in June and since then has been a permanent fixture throughout pre-season in the Merstham midfield.
Forward. A quick, powerful central striker, Reyon began his career with Crystal Palace before joining Corinthian Casuals. In January 2021, he signed for League of Ireland side, Cork City. Reyon joined the Moatsiders in pre-season.
Forward. Better known as ‘Izzy’. Pacey forward with an eye for goal. Former ‘Golden Boot’ winner at Chipstead and Bedfont Sports. Spent last season at East Thurrock.
Forward. Sam joined Merstham as an U23 player and played in their very successful team for the last couple of seasons. He was given the opportunity in the first team in pre-season and has impressed, netting a couple of times in his three outings so far.
Forward. Omar is a familiar face to Merstham supporters, having spent the 2016/17 campaign at the Moatside. Omar played under boss Frank Wilson at Tooting and spent three seasons with the Terriers before being re-signed by Frank at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Forward. A vastly experienced player, Serge made his debut for Milton Keynes Dons in 2004 in 2–1 defeat in the southern section second round of the Football League Trophy against Bristol City. He has previously played for Kettering Town, Maidenhead United, Halesowen Town, Potters Bar Town, Croydon Athletic, Grays Athletic, Burton Albion, Grimsby Town, Farnborough, Concord Rangers, Havant & Waterlooville, PAEEK and Gresley.
Forward/Midfield. French-born Yannick is comfortable both in midfield and up-front. Began his career at Carquefou in France, before joining FSV Luckenwalde in Germany. Moved to England and had a spell at East Thurrock United before joining the Moatsiders.
Forward. A vastly experienced forward. Delano began his career at Woking and has played for a number of clubs including Basingstoke Town, Cambridge United, Lincoln City and Maidstone United. Delano is in his second spell at the Moatside, having originally signed in 2019/20 before picking up a string of injuries which curtailed his time at Merstham.
Shola started out at Dublin-based Cherry Orchard FC before being spotted and signed by Stoke City in 2015, when he was 16. After impressing in their Under-16’s, he worked his way through to the Under-23’s where he made his debut against Newcastle United. Although used mainly as a substitute, Shola racked up ten appearances, scoring three goals. Also represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-18 level. He joined the Moatsiders from Worthing in 2019, but picked up an ACL injury in pre-season in August 2020. The Moatsiders are eagerly awaiting his return.
Forward/Assistant Manager. Barry began his career in the Spartan League with Willesden Hawkeye before playing for Stevenage Borough, Bristol Rovers, Fulham, Sheffield United, Millwall, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, St Albans City, Arlesey Town, Truro City, before player/coach roles at Chesham United and Windsor. Barry made over 200 appearances during his spell at Fulham, scoring 44 league goals and helping them to two promotions. He was capped ten times by Jamaica at international level.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Manager Frank Wilson
Dylan Adjei Hersey
Mr Paul Stratton, Mr Andrew Simmonds, Mr Charlie Roberts
Sometimes You’ve Got To See There Is A Positive…
As the objects flew down from the stands in Budapest only narrowly missing Raheem Sterling I couldn’t help think of how it contrasted with the magnificent reception Bukayo Saka had been given by Spurs fans at the pre-season friendly at the White Hart Lane.
Here was a stadium full of supporters who are Arsenal’s bitterest rivals, yet the fans of Tottenham Hotspurs, who could easily have had some easy sport at the expense of the Arsenal player, instead chose to demonstrate a solidarity with something they clearly saw as far bigger than the usual rivalry.
The consequence was the football world unanimously applauded Tottenham Hotspurs, and the Spurs fans knew they’d really shown themselves and their club in a way they could be proud of.
Compare that to how ridiculous the Hungarian fans had made themselves look with their antiquated attitudes and hateful treatment of young black English players. After that hateful display and the previous ones currently under investigation just how does a young black player in the Hungarian league feel now? Included? Appreciated? Supported? I doubt it!
Personally, I’m becoming very proud of how the majority of fans in the UK are getting it right. We clearly still have some who are uncomfortable with supporting the fight against inequality in the way the players are asking to be supported, but the reality is they are hugely outnumbered by those who decided long ago that being part of change was a better place to be than being stuck with the fear of changing attitudes to equality.
We have started a journey here that others across parts of Europe are really struggling with and although there remain huge challenges, I’d like to think we’ve started to get it. We’ve started not wanting to be the dinosaurs and instead to be part of a future process to be a better society and it’s something all football fans at every club should feel positive about.
Oddly though as I say we should be proud of how we are embracing change I can hear the dissent amongst those who fear we haven’t done anywhere near enough and that inequality still dominates and disadvantages too many. Given the appalling reaction after the Euro’s of a very small number of idiots it’s clear we aren’t out of the woods yet by a long way, but we have to grasp that the huge majority saw the actions of those idiots as disgusting. That has to be acknowledged and not glossed over.
It would be great to wake up one morning and see all negative attitudes gone, we aren’t there yet but at least it feels like people are trying to acknowledge inequality and are trying to embrace change. The mass condemnation of the behaviour of Hungarian fans and a few of our own is a start in that process, and it should be embraced not ridiculed.
A positive attitude isn’t new here in the English Football League. I was listening to a story told by Luther Blissett about Graham Taylor the other day. Taylor was managing Watford at the time when he and John Barnes were playing for Watford in the 1980’s and he heard Watford fans making monkey noises at Notts County players, and delivering other such abuse. As the Watford team came in at half time the players were aware their manager wasn’t giving the team talk, but then they heard his voice coming over the tannoy telling Watford fans in no uncertain terms that he wouldn’t allow this to continue, that any supporter found to be involved would be banned for life and also reported to police. Blissett said it never happened again, and after this he felt Watford became a much more inclusive club in the years that followed.
Football doesn’t have to have all the answers for all the ills of racism, that’s a societal issue but football does have the chance to demonstrate it’s putting its own house in order, I’m becoming quite excited about how this is starting to be embedded into the progress of the game in this country.
As I have said we have a very long journey to go on but lets just occasionally stop to realise what football has achieved. We need to be positive about what we have done and why we are continuing to do it.
Here at Cheshunt Football Club, I know that we have a club playing its part, seeing why we change and always wanting to be better, it makes me feel very positive. I sincerely hope it does the same for all of you as well.
PRESSURE in football is supposedly reserved for managers, players and even referees – but there can’t be anyone who has to perform when it really matters like the physio.
Most of the time we’re used to seeing them dash on for minor knocks and strains. A bit of treatment, a blast of the freeze spray, a dab of the magic sponge, a squirt of the water bottle and on we go (I’m sure it’s roughly that easy!).
Yet nobody is in the bar after saying, “Physio had a great game today”. It’s probably how they prefer it. Unseen, just going about their business quietly and efficiently.
But I’m here to argue physios – and other medical staff at games – are the most important people in a football ground. Because when something really goes wrong, they are front and centre – often with hundreds, if not thousands, of eyes staring right at them.
Anyone who has been in a ground when a bad injury occurs knows it can be quite a scary time – especially anything involving the head, neck or spine. I’ll never forget hearing a striker’s leg break in a challenge at the other end of a ground. Or seeing a player having a seizure on the ground.
But the medical experts can’t get caught up in all that. Keeping calm, assessing the situation, they go through their processes, using all their knowledge from years of studying and observing to give the best possible care to a player.
Already this season we’ve seen cases of games abandoned because of really bad injuries.
Last season Darlington’s Nicky Hunt suffered a head injury in a National League North game against Boston United.
Darlo therapist Danny O’Connor – who was helped by the Pilgrims’ medical staff as well – spoke after about the situation that even saw Hunt stop breathing twice. The team stayed in position for hours waiting for an ambulance, keeping Hunt comfortable.
“You kind of go into robot mode when something like this happens,” he told NE Sport News. “It’s a bit strange because you’re just dealing with the situation and everything else becomes irrelevant.
“It’s quite interesting really because when I’ve spoken to people afterwards the majority say they wouldn’t know what to do in that situation, whereas I felt quite comfortable knowing what to do and when to do it, but that just comes down to experience.”
It’s a remarkable responsibility to take on – I’d wager the majority of us couldn’t do a job like that.
Last month Hallam physio Shannon Brooks drew high praise for her expertise and care when assistant referee Andrew Jarvis fell in during a game. Her quick actions saved his life and has led Shannon to fundraise for defibrillators having seen the importance of one being available first-hand.
Thankfully, incidents like this tend to be few and far between. Hopefully at your game today you have no real need to notice any of the medical staff.
But let’s keep showing them the appreciation they deserve.
v Waltham Forest
Isthmian League Division One North
Wednesday 11th September 2013
Today we go back eight years to a midweek trip to East London’s Wadham Lodge, the ‘new’ home of Waltham Forest (now Essex Senior Leagues Walthamstow FC ).
Tracing their roots back to the original Leyton Football Club, founded in 1868, Waltham Forest was the latest incarnation of the Club that had changed grounds and names frequently over the previous two decades. Finally back after a five year stint at Ilford’s Cricklefield Stadium, the local crowds didn’t exactly flood back as the attendance of 56 that night showed.
Cheshunt were still in the honeymoon stage of Omer Riza’s spell as Player-Manager. Taking over from Tony Faulkner after he left the club by mutual agreement following a disappointing start to the season, Riza had recovered from his opening defeat in the FA Cup at Hertford and made an impressive case to be given the job permanently at Waltham Forest.
London-born of Turkish-Cypriot decent, Riza had been a striker of great promise at Arsenal, making one first team appearance against Derby County in the League Cup in November 1998 (and several more as an unused substitute) before being loaned out to Dutch side Den Haag and then finally transferred to West Ham United a year later.
Unable to break into West Ham’s side, he was loaned out to Barnet and then Cambridge United who eventually signed him in 2002. After 46 appearances and 17 goals, he drew the attention of Turkish side Denizlispor, who he signed for in 2003. After three years he moved to the Black Sea and Trabzonspor, arguably Turkey’s most successful side outside of Istanbul. But after two seasons, where he scored 4 goals in 35 appearances, he walked out claiming he hadn’t been paid and returned to London. Trabzonspor however retained his registration and for over a year he was unable to play for another club before, in a case with FIFA, a Swiss judge ruled the Turkish Football Federation had no right to deny him playing elsewhere and he subsequently signed for League two Shrewsbury Town. Moves to Aldershot, Histon, Boreham Wood and Chelmsford followed before arriving at Theobalds Lane in August 2013, replacing the man who signed him after only two games.
Against Waltham Forest that night, Riza scored a hat-trick in an impressive 4-0 win (Luke Marshall scored the other goal), making his permanent appointment a formality.
However, after a bright start with great football being played, a weather-blighted winter along with inexplicable inconsistency caused many points to be dropped and, come May, the Ambers limped across the finishing line in 15th place.
Riza left acrimoniously that summer, going onto sign for Harlow and then Newmarket before being famously put in charge of Leyton Orient in March 2017, when they were relegated to the National league after 112 years in the Football League.
EMIRATES FA CUP 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
BRENTWOOD TOWN 0 – 2 CHESHUNT
For much of the first half Brentwood looked capable of holding their own against Isthmian Premier Cheshunt, but the Ambers eased their way into the next round of the FA Cup with two second half goals in the space of five minutes from Joe Re and Mo Camara.
Ken Charles missed a good chance for the Ambers in the early stages, clearing the bar from close range, and Brentwood’s Connor Hogan headed against his own team’s crossbar as he tried to clear. Zubayr Boadi was busy in the Cheshunt midfield, dropping to pick up a pass, and then keen turn quickly and then drive into the space his own movement had created. In goal, George Marsh making his competitive debut worked well with Centre halves Crowther & Gardiner to limit Brentwood attacking opportunity. They did well to keep experienced striker Tom Richardson quiet, leading to his eventual second half substitution, Richardson did hit the outside of a post with a header from George Craddock’s free kick but didnt have any other opportunities..
Home keeper Ollie Bowles saved well from Ashley Nzala at the start of the second half and Blues defender Matt Cripps headed over the Cheshunt bar from a free kick.
The Ambers fitness started to tell, and the game opened up for them, In the 72nd minute substitute Zack Newton turned the Brentwood defence inside out before pulling back a low cross which Re converted gently guiding it into the corner of the net. Five minutes later Mo Camara broke from his defensive midfield position springing the Brentwood offside line chasing down a pass over the top of the high line, beating the advancing Bowles and the turned defender to the bounce he coolly finished with a lobbed shot over the keeper to make it 2-0 and put the tie safe.
Cheshunt have drawn Southern Premier League team Hitchin Town in the next round, with the fixture date to be confirmed, expected to be September 18th, the Isthmian Premier League game v Horsham to be rescheduled.
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