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Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium.
We would particularly like to welcome our neighbours from North London, Wingate and Finchley, who will have battled through the current weekend roadworks on the M25/A10 junction to be here!
The Blues last visit here was in October 2020 when a 54th minute strike by Afolabi Akinyemi was enough to give Cheshunt all three points.
After the Velocity Cup win away at Bowers & Pitsea, we now face former Ambers manager Tom Loizou’s Haringey in the quarter finals next Thursday.
Supporters may be interested to note since the last home game, both myself and Paul Forsey have joined (or rejoined, in my case) the Club Committee, please feel free to ask us about our roles and what we hope to contribute to the future of the club.
The appalling events taking place in the Ukraine currently are generating a refugee crisis, as a club we will be seeking to assist with this in the longer term, to support the immediate needs a collection for the Red Cross will take place tonight, please consider a donation to help the Ukrainian people impacted by the tragic events unfolding in their own country.
Enjoy the game today
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.
Waysider has delved into his archives to come up with previous Cheshunt results on March 12th How many do you remember?
On this day 12th March
|1949||Hitchin Town||HSC SF||A||1782||4-1||Ainsworth, Cowie, Sapsford, Spiller|
|1955||Slough Centre||Delphian League||H||1-2||Slee|
|1960||Willesden||Aetolian League||A||3-2||Briggs, Carter, Taylor|
|1966||Hemel Hempstead Town||HSC SF||A||2-3||Gray, Scales|
|1977||Bishops Stortford||HSC SF||A||1-2||Kiff|
|1983||Maidenhead United||Isthmian League 1||H||72||0-0|
|1985||Flackwell Heath||Isthmian League 2N||H||1-1||Warwick|
|1988||Redhill||Southern League Cup 3||A||0-1|
|1994||Harlow Town||Isthmian League 3||H||135||0-0|
|1996||Hemel Hempstead Town||Isthmian League 2||H||32||0-0|
|2005||Northwood||Isthmian League Premier||A||139||0-2|
|2011||IIford||Isthmian League 1N||A||41||0-1|
|2016||Phoenix Sports||Isthmian League 1N||H||153||1-0||Hallett|
Welcome to Theobalds Lane for today’s Isthmian Premier League match against Wingate & Finchley. Tonight I extend my welcome to Aron Sharpe and the directors and officials of Wingate & Finchley. I hope you enjoy our hospitality.
You may have noticed a familiar fixture is back at Theobalds Lane. Our marquee has been renewed and given a new lease of life! Having that extra outside space makes a huge difference, which was particularly noticeable when we were without it.
Our plan is to erect some end walls and create a fan zone, complete with outside bar and catering. With our ever increasing attendances and support, I know the additional catering is something you have all suggested and I think a fan zone will be a welcome addition. We are looking into catering options which, given lead in times for food kiosks, is something we intend to have in place for the start of next season.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who gave up your afternoon yesterday to put the marquee roof on in the wind and rain!
In my last programme notes I introduced our campaign to help support the Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing their country. The response has been overwhelming, with over 200 boxes collected from the club to date.
Nothing can undo the damage, destruction and suffering the war in Ukraine has caused, but we hope that our campaign can bring an element of hope or joy to those in need. If nothing else, it shows that we are thinking of the people of Ukraine, and supporting them in any way we can.
Please do see Howard, Ria or a member of staff to collect a box if you have not done so already. There are also collection tins supporting the Red Cross work helping the victims of the war in Ukraine, again at this match there will be a collection, you are welcome to contribute.
Thanks as always for your support and enjoy the match.
Enjoy the game.
The teams sparred through the opening few minutes with Cray winning an early corner from which Cook’s cross was flicked goalwards by Jacob Munting but the ball was cleared away. The first real moment of danger for the Ambers came in the 9th minute when a cross from Barton out on the right to the far post was glanced wide by Chris Dickson.
Cheshunt though are a strong side and have been one of the few teams to win at Worthing this season and soon started to impose themselves, coming close twice within a minute to scoring when a ball forward from Taylor Miles was headed away by Joe Wright out of his area and the ball came to Beckles Richards who cut in from the right and his shot was then well held by Wright. On 12 minutes the ball was played down the left channel to the lively Rowan Liburd whose near post shot was well pushed behind by Wright.
There was major let off for Cray in the 17th minute when Cheshunt had the ball in the net when Jamie Reynolds finished well at the second attempt down the left of the area after his initial shot saved by Wright but after consultation between referee and linesman the goal was disallowed for Liburd who was running parallel to the play was adjudged offside, and while the ball didn’t come to him, he was adjudged to be close enough to be interfering ……..debateable
Still the better chances were falling to Cheshunt and in the 23rd minute came close Beckles Richards down the right laid the ball across to Liburd who hit a snap shot which Wright got down well to save and then a minute later Reynolds found space down the left of the area and his shot was well saved again by Wright who did well to turn the ball behind.
Cray came close when down the right when Barton found Narcis-Florin Filip who set up Sam Wood for an acrobatic overhead kick from 14 yards which was on target but well held by experienced keeper Preston Edwards.
In the 42nd minute came a big moment in the game when the ball was worked towards the edge of the area and Dickson flicked the ball into the area to Cook who was bundled to the ground in the tackle by Chevron McLean and a penalty kick was awarded. To make matters worse there was no ‘double jeopardy’ available, McLean was sent off as he was deemed the last man denying a goal scoring opportunity . Cook who had been on 99 career goals since scoring at East Thurrock United on New Years Day picked himself up & stroked home the penalty to reach his century of goals.
Despite being down to ten men, Cheshunt were still playing the better football and it was not clear who was a man down. they came close in the 58th minute when Taylor Miles picked up the ball inside the D and his goal bound shot was turned round the post well by Wright. Then from a free kick, Joe Re curled the ball round the wall and it had to be claimed by Wright.
The feeling among home support was that Cray were going to need a second goal and twenty minutes into the half almost got it when Barton’s cross from the right into the area was cushioned across by Filip to Cook who fired over from 12 yards.
In the 71st minute Cray were unlucky not to score a second after a fine passing move saw Kasim Aidoo find Wood who set up Dickson for a shot from 25 yards which was well saved as Edwards turned the ball behind for a corner. However, a minute later Cheshunt drew level when they won back possession with a high pressing game in the final third, Reynolds set up Liburd who hit a cracking strike from outside the area which hit the back of the net via the crossbar to make it 1-1.
Both teams sought a winner in the last quarter of an hour. For Cray who brought on Jamie Yila and Luca Albon late on, Dickson’s ball across found Filip who was denied by a defensive block from McKenzie for a corner. Then Barton just outside the area saw a shot blocked. Cheshunt came close to going in front when Reynolds set up Re inside, and his shot was blocked for a corner. Re saw a shot from 20 yards fielded by Wright who had a very good game and then a Re cross was punched away by Wright and the ball came out to Taylor Miles who drove the ball back towards goal and Danquah cleared from off the line.
A point a piece when reality both teams needed all three available, Cheshunt to keep pace with the play off places as they will need to win the 3 matches in hand, and Wanderers to pull clear of the relegation places.
First I’d like to welcome Marc, his team and everyone who has made the short journey from Wingate for todays game. I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our match officials and hope they enjoy our hospitality and the game this afternoon.
Since my last notes we’ve squeezed four important games in from last Tuesday. The workload doesn’t ease up as we go from todays game to a semi final Tuesday, quarter final next Thursday and then a little trip down to Folkestone on the Saturday. We have the last 7 weeks of the season could potentially throw up 23 fixtures !!! However we’re not complaining on the contrary it’s great to be playing in such meaningful games at this stage of the season.
Last Tuesday we entertained Potters Bar. We dominated the game from start to finish and only our wasteful finishing and two poorly disallowed goals at crucial times cost us dear as we dropped two points. Amadou’s wonder strike was chalked off only 45 seconds before they took the lead and Dans goal disallowed just two minutes from time. With the red card dished out to Ama for two of the softest yellows as the veo was to prove, It really was a hard one to take.
We then travelled to Cray in what was a familiar story, totally dominant, very wasteful in front of goal and another good goal disallowed. Jamie ran with the ball played a one/two off of their defender and scored. I’ve watched the veo over and over and it’s not even close to offside. As half time approached I was still very confident of the three points when disaster struck. Chev lunged in to prevent a shot at goal and a penalty was correctly awarded. I was disappointed this was followed by a red card as he clearly tried to win the ball. So we had it all to do. The boys dug in and played so well in the 2nd half and got the very least we deserved when Rowan smashed home an equaliser.
Tuesday saw us travel to Merstham and in a pretty dour game it was lit by a superb Reece strike from a great ball from Sammy, high lifting what he will bring to the side.
Thursday we travelled to Bowers in the League Cup 4th Round. Travelling to Bowers I really didn’t expect any support to travel but once again was surprised and delighted with our incredible amber army. Bowers put out a young side and it was a relatively comfortable win. No doubt we will have a tougher time when we visit them in a couple of weeks.
Today sees another tough challenge in the shape of a local derby. Marc has got Wingate playing some good stuff so we can look forward to an entertaining battle.
Enjoy the Match !
LOOK BACK IN AMBER
By Jim Tuite
WINGATE & FINCHLEY 4-1 CHESHUNT
Tuesday 18th August 2009
Isthmian (Ryman) Division One North
This afternoon we look back thirteen years to the start of Bob Dearie’s two-year spell as Cheshunt Manager.
Having stepped up as Reserve Team Manager following the departure of Glyn ‘Mace’ Mason at the end of the 2008-09 season, Dearie’s side repeated the previous seasons scoreline at the Harold Abrahams Stadium, putting the Ambers bottom of the league after only two games. The Cheshunt squad was depleted with the withdrawal of Bradley Harrison due to a hamstring injury, the unavailability of Ricky Light and the continuing suspension of Skipper Glen Parry.
The home side put Cheshunt under the cosh from the start with Darren Williams and Adem Salih doing well to make several last-ditch clearances in defence. It would be the Ambers though who would take the lead against the run of play when Tom Tresadern looped in a free kick towards the back post from the touchline, 35 yards from goal. Referee Connolly, making only his second appearance at this level, blew his whistle to signal the free kick after Tresadern had struck it, causing players to turn and ignore the ball, thinking the kick would have to be retaken. Instead the ball curled inside the post and, to everyone in the grounds amazement, the Referee signaled a goal!
However, within ten minutes the Blues equalised when a header across the goalmouth was struck home by Leon Nelson.
Just before half time a throw in from the left saw Cheshunt’s reliable centre-half Darren Williams rise to get his head to the ball but unfortunately glance it past keeper Christiaan Beaupierre into the net, though Nelson would claim it.
The second half saw Cheshunt collapse in the opening moments when a series of failed clearances eventually saw the ball fall to the feet of Nelson who rattled in Wingates third.
Soon after former Amber Danny Neilson made it 4-1 and it felt like the home side might reach double figures.
The pace of the game thankfully dropped and the introduction of a few substitutes could even have brought Cheshunt back into the game when a loose ball dropped to young Frankie Bellini who fired over from only five yards out. Late in the game a fierce drive from Wingates Chris Chase rattled the crossbar and Beaupierre did well to save at the feet of Leon Smith when he pounced on the rebound, making amends for previous errors.
Dearies side would lose the following three games, including an FA Cup exit, before recovering to finish in 15th (a position they hovered around from November onwards) and reaching the final of the Herts Senior Cup, losing 0-4 to Bishops Stortford, which is Cheshunt’s last appearance in the final.
WHY WE MUST BE PROUD TO CARE…
Growing up I always had an interest in the second world war. I was young and war seemed to me an adventure, something that could be played out with your friends and where the only anger was when the boy you had fired at didn’t lie down and take his shot. Many a playground battle ended right there and then when the kid who you were convinced you’d killed ran off saying you’d missed, or that he was only wounded.
As I grew older the interest became more to do with the history and the details of the characters involved. I read books on Hitler, Churchill, Himmler and the SS. I wanted to be able to understand the story, the rise of Hitler and fascism, the stoicism of the British, and the ruthlessness the Russian army in defeating Germany.
In gaining that information I also formed views that formed a huge part of my adult political being. I detested fascism and saw in it the pure evil that hatred brings. Hitler had given the German people an excuse for hatred by providing a perpetrator for all their woes. He pointed the finger towards the Jewish people who he claimed represented the financiers, the bankers, and he argued these were the people who had created the collapse of the German economy, whilst conveniently ignoring the worldwide recession that went way beyond Germany in its financial impacts.
In setting this hatred lose he lit the fuse for the worst atrocities the modern world had ever seen.
Our allies in WW2 of course included the Russians. A country who had relatively recently undergone its own changes. The 1917 workers revolution had completely altered the outlook of the political landscape and the first socialist republic was the consequence. However as we moved to the end of war in 1945, a war that had seen ideologies combine in defeating fascism, we began to see a very different world emerging and in some respects the divide in those ideologies remain at the very heart of what creates our issues today.
As the dust settled on WW2 the post war land grab in Europe started, and despite the fight for a democratic Germany seemingly having been achieved, the sadness became that the east became the USSR and democracy was again in short supply. A state of political tension that remained for well over fifty years.
So why the potted history? Well as often quoted we ignore history at our own peril and today we sit back on the brink of the abyss which Europe faced in the 1930’s. Back then a fanatic had seized power through a series of political manoeuvres in the 1930’s, which led to a political regime that by the outbreak of war in 1939 meant there was no room for dissent from the German people. In the years that followed shame was heaped on Germany and its population.
Was that fair? Well obviously the Nazi regime had its fanatical supporters who imposed a state of terror on the people. What was promised was far from what was being carried out and in truth we now know that many German people detested what had happened in their name.
Today we see comparisons, a fanatical leader, unrepresentative of the majority of the Russian people, leading a country to a war they neither want nor need. If ever the expression that its politicians that cause wars but its ordinary people who fight and die in them made sense, then it does today.
It was so then and it is so today. The ordinary people rarely cause war but they do suffer it.
In March 2022 we are unbelievably looking at Ukraine invaded, and its people persecuted. We are looking at atrocity and suffering and we are looking for those who can to help to anything they can.
Not since 1939 have we seen a population flee its homelands in the way we are witnessing today.
Ukraine of 2022 sees woman and children fleeing war, the vulnerable people such the old and infirm being moved from their homes, innocent people killed, homes destroyed, schools and hospitals bombed. Refugees in their millions spilling across the borders of all European countries.
Should we fall back behind the politics and lay low? Is it possible to argue for isolation and do nothing?
Well I think the people of the world have made it clear that isn’t going to happen.
A worldwide humanitarian effort has begun, and I suspect this is only the start. We are responding as one. We are accepting refugees across Europe, we are sending money through charities, we are sending food, clothing and blankets, and we are doing what we can to completely cripple the Russian economy in the form of sanctions.
In the UK collection points are popping up all over the country, people are donating what they can, even to the extent that some collection points are asking for time to clear their sites before they can take any more. We are seeing people collecting funds to ensure food and essentials are purchased through charities, we are seeing demonstrations, we are seeing total backing for sanctions no matter the inconvenience.
Humanity is responding across the world and without questioning the long term. The time for response is now and the time for deliberation is later would seem to be the message from the people of Europe and beyond. If pride is allowed at a desperate time like this then perhaps a pride in greater humanity should be acknowledged.
The sanctions which are being imposed on Russia will inevitably have reverberations beyond the impact on the Russian economy and some will hit here. We have to be ready to share some discomfort, we have to be ready to see the expansive picture, because in the end it will be the right thing.
At Cheshunt Football Club we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We have already started collecting for The Red Cross and your generosity has been amazing. However we can’t be complacent, we can’t do one collection and think we’ve done our bit. This will last as long as it lasts and these innocent victims need safety, warmth, food and of course our love and we will continue to ask for support whether it be money or collecting essential items.
We have agreed as a club to also work with The Rotary Shoe Box scheme where you can take a box from the club and fill it with essential non-perishable items which will help people with the day to day essentials which become so scarce in times of crisis such as we have in Ukraine. Every element of our efforts are essential and schemes like The Rotary Shoe Box are every bit as important as a financial contribution.
Please do all you can to contribute to our work at Cheshunt Football Club to support in helping the people of the Ukraine.
Come On You Ambers
Come On You Ambers!!!!
Wingate and Finchley Football club can trace its roots back to the formation of Finchley Football Club in 1874 making it one of the oldest clubs in the country. Founded by Pa Jackson, who also was instrumental in the creation of the Corinthians, The London Football Association as well as later serving as secretary of the FA, Finchley became founder members of the Athenian League in 1912 after spells in the London League and North London League. They finished fourth in the maiden season, higher than such luminaries as Grays Athletic, Chelmsford City and Enfield.
However their stay was cut short due to the onset of World War One and they would only return for a lone season in 1929 before returning to the London League and forging success. The club’s first piece of silverware was won during the 1934-1935 season when the League Cup was captured, with the taste of achievement forming Finchley went on to win the London League in 1936-1937 before World War Two scuppered their winning streak.
It was immediately after the conflict that saw Major Harry Sadow, Frank Davis, George Hyams and Asher Rebak form a Jewish Football Club believing the field of play was a ground of battling the ignorance of anti-Semitism. So in 1946 Wingate Football Club began life in the Middlesex Senior League. The club was named after General Orde C. Wingate who despite not being Jewish himself oversaw the creation of the Israeli Army during the Second World War. The club enjoyed early success and by 1952 they were promoted to the London League.
Meanwhile Finchley, back in the Athenian League, were in the middle of their glory years with the 1952-1953 season proving to be the pinnacle. That year saw their progression to the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup. Defeated along the way were Chelmsford City, Kidderminster Harriers (1-0 at Aggborough) and Crystal Palace (3-1 at Summers Lane) before the Finches were finally beaten 2-0 at Gay Meadow against Shrewsbury Town.
Despite an Amateur Cup semi-final appearance, losing to bitter local rivals Hendon at Highbury in 1965, a sense of decline was starting to emerge. A switch to the Isthmian Premier League failed to stop the halt, and in 1980-81 Finchley were relegated to the second division.
Wingate by now had become a senior club and were competing in the Athenian League. Many players had become members of the Middlesex FA representative side and also partook on behalf of Great Britain in the Maccabiah Games. Disaster struck though in 1972 when their Hall Lane ground in Hendon was lost to the M1 extension and despite a short ground share with Finchley FC the club reverted to junior football.
Wingate finally returned to the senior game with a brief merger with Leyton FC. This partnership proved to be unsuccessful and despite a 1984-1985 League Cup victory, ironically defeating Finchley in the final, both clubs went their separate ways.
In 1991 with Finchley struggling in the Isthmian League Second Division and with mounting debts it was announced that a merger with Wingate would take place in the summer. After extensive refurbishment and a name change of the Summers Lane ground in honour of long time Wingate supporter Harry Abrahams, Wingate and Finchley took to the field for the start of the 1991-1992 season.
Success was immediate and despite starting life in the South Midlands League the club were quickly competing in the Isthmian League and by season 2003-2004 were members of the newly formed Division One North.
In recent seasons the club has continued its growth. A brief flirtation with the Southern League was shortly followed by the arrivals of Manager Michael Stone and Chairman Aron Sharpe. Now back in the Isthmian League a youthful squad achieved seventh position in the First Division North in the 2008-2009.
Stone sadly left the club in 2009 after being offered the post of Assistant Manager at Conference giants Rushden and Diamonds. The club’s first team manager in time for the start of the 2009/10 season was former Oswestry Town manager and Total Network Solutions Llansantffraid midfielder David Norman. At the end this season the Club finished in a record high position of 3rd in the Ryman Division One North, mainly thanks to a record run of 17 matches without defeat from the turn of the year, a run which included 13 wins. The Club reached the playoffs but lost out to Enfield Town in the semi-final 3-2 in an incredible match. This paved the way for what was to be a monumental and unforgettable 2010/11 season.
The Club was quickly becoming the most progressive non-league club in the area, thanks to Sharpe’s focus on youth development. Bobby Aisien and Medi Alabimba had progressed from Hadley Wood and Wingate to earn professional contracts, and in 2011 over 20 of the U16-18 age group represented their County. Six boys at U16’s were given scholarships with pro sides and the club developed into a community club with a Mencap disability initiative, work with schools, and it entered its fourth year of the Flex educational scheme.
A consistent league season for the First Team saw the side match their previous 3rd place league finish and earn a second crack at the playoffs. In the semi-final Harlow Town were beaten 4-2 after extra time, and promotion to the Ryman premier Division was won with a 118th minute winner over Brentwood Town in extra time of the final – The Blues winning 3-2 on their home turf.
This victory was the middle leg of a remarkable and unique Treble. Earlier that season the club had lifted the Ryman League Cup having beaten Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 at Imber Court, and London Senior Cup success was to follow shortly afterwards when Hendon were convincingly beaten 3-1 in the final.
Success flowed throughout the Club this year, with the youth teams also building on their previous season’s work as they progressed superbly. The U18’s won the Middlesex County Cup, and at U15 level the League Title and three Cup trophies followed (two County cups and the League cup). Even the Under 10’s were getting in on the action as they lifted the Spring Cup!
The first season in the Ryman Premier Division in 2011/12 saw the side secure safety in this new level with a comfortable mid-table finish, ending up closer to the playoffs than from relegation. The final third of the season saw breakthroughs for youth players Liron Mannie and David Smouha who both played big roles in the first team squad. Meanwhile there was huge cup success at youth level yet again; The Under 18’s won the AFA Cup, beating Valley Park after extra time, as well as the London County Cup. The Under 17’s won a double as they beat Thurrock in the EJA League Cup final to add to their earlier AFA Cup success having beaten Bethwin 8-1! The Under 16’s also got in on the action securing their AFA Cup title beating Woodford FC, which they added later on securing their EJA (Herts) League title.
Success of the youth sides prompted three players – Ross Weinreb, Nathan Sollosi and Joe Sharpe – to earn selection to the Great Britain Maccabi Team for the world games in Israel during July 2013. Meanwhile the Barnet Mencap disability sides grew in strength as they entered the fourth season with the club, with three sides now competing in the Camden Step Leagues. The year ended on a high as McDonalds joined in lucrative sponsorship deal.
The following season, 2012-13, was a difficult one for the first team. Early season poor form led to the departure of Norman in November as ex-Northwood boss Gary Meakin came in. The Club flirted with relegation all season until a momentous 3-2 victory over Lowestoft two days before the final day secured survival. However Norman rejoined the Club in the summer as Director of Football, as veteran defender Daniel Nielsen was put in place as Head Coach. Meanwhile a new Under 21 Development squad was set up to compete in the inaugural Ryman U21 League.
There was continual success for the youth sides. The U17’s added the London County Cup to an earlier EJA league title, the EJA cup and the AFA cup. These were also followed up with the League Regional Playoff title. The U16’s won two cups in this season, the EJA and AFA trophies.
In 2014 the side faced another relegation fight in the league, which was lost on goal difference on the final day of the season despite a 5-0 victory over Billericay Town. However, when Worksop Town pulled out of the Southern League due to financial problems, Wingate & Finchley were the first in line to earn the reprieve back to the Ryman Premier Division.
The 2014-15 season resulted in a record finish of 12th place in the Ryman Premier League, and at the end of the season Norman departed, to be replaced by Simon Lane as Director of Football. However for the start of 2016 he was replaced by former Northern Ireland International Keith Rowland and the side finished in a stable 13th position. In August 2016 the stadium at Summers Lane was re-named after Wingate FC co-founder Maurice Rebak who had passed away in February of that year aged 95.
The 2016-17 season saw the club set a new record, finishing in 5th place in the Ryman Premier League and qualifying for the end of season playoffs. A last-minute defeat at Bognor Regis Town in the semi-final ended the season, but this was a magnificent achievement and saw the Blues win the League’s Team Performance of the Year Award.
A ninth-place finish followed in 2017-18 as the Blues narrowly missed out on a second successive play-off berth. There was success for the Under 23 side who won the Isthmian Development League North Division at a canter. Over the summer the Club embarked on an extensive state-of-the-art refurbishment of the stadium, for the first time since 1991’s merger, giving the clubhouse a much-welcomed overhaul and making the stadium one of the most impressive in non-league football.
The subsequent three seasons saw a period of uncertainty both on and off the pitch, with short management stints for ex England International Nicky Shorey, ex Premier League stalwart Glen Little and ex West Ham Academy and Wingate & Finchley favourite Steve Clarke, followed by two null and void seasons under the stewardship of Spencer Knight due to the COVID pandemic. However, during this period there were still many successes, including U18s winning County Cup in consecutive seasons and the London Champion of Champions trophy, U23 Development Squad being victorious in Herts League Cup fielding a squad largely made up of Under 18s, while both U13s and U12s secured League Titles.
In the summer of 2021, Club legends Ahmet Rifat (Director of Football) and Marc Weatherstone (Manager) were appointed as a new Management Team after nearly 1000 first team appearances between them.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Kayne Diedrick Roberts
Wingate & Finchley FC
Manager: Marc Weatherstone
Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi
Mr Mark Stevens
Mr Paul Valentin Mihalache Mr Jordan Lee
WHEN James Doe created Non-League Day in 2010, not even he could have imagined the beast he had unmasked.
What started off as a suggestion to help acknowledge the plight of Non-League football in the community has now become one of the biggest occasions in the Non-League calendar, celebrating all aspects of the game outside of the Premier League and EFL.
Year-on-year, the turnstiles continued to click and Non-League Day got bigger and bigger until Covid brought the concept to an abrupt halt in 2020 and 2021.
Now, however, it’s back for the first time in three years and Doe believes this year’s event has the potential to be the best yet.
“I think it has the potential to be the biggest one yet,” Doe said of the event, which takes place on Saturday March 26 this year. “We’ve had a couple of years off and the world of football has changed quite a bit.
“I think there’s still a bit of reaction to the whole European Super League filtering down, I think a lot of people discovered Non-League during the pandemic because they were locked out of their big clubs. As we’ve seen, there are big crowds at lots of games this season that you wouldn’t necessarily normally get.
“It feels extra special this year because of the gap. We’ve had a couple of false dawns where we thought we would go with it and then things flared up and new variants appeared.
Doe, a QPR fan, came up with the idea when watching his local side Harrow Borough.
And its legacy has already contributed to huge rises in attendances up and down the country which was strangely enhanced by Covid and the government restrictions which went with it.
In the past, clubs have embraced Non-League Day with quirky events and traditions to get supporters through the gates. Bungay Town handed out mushrooms on the door and even paid each supporter 5p one year in order to hit the headlines.
At Great Yarmouth Town, you got a free fish sandwich and Grantham Town dished out gingerbread men, courtesy of the chairman.
Once again this year, Prostate Cancer UK are supporting the event – as they have done since 2014.
They are urging fans to be aware of their risk of the most common cancer in men by taking a 30-second test on their website, while Doe is promoting awareness by pulling on a PCUK jersey for his annual Non-League Day ground hop.
A match map, detailing which games are on, is now live on the Non-League Day website, and Premier League clubs have also got involved, promoting local games in their jurisdiction.
“It’s always been a celebration, it’s not a protest,” Doe said. “We’re trying to being every element of the football community together. That’s the idea and I think it largely has done.
“It will be good to get as many people involved as possible and be as positive as we can. It’s supposed to be a bit of fun.
“I’ve been chatting to the guys at Harrow recently and they’ve got someone who has become an outreach officer. They did their first big promotion against Taunton where they invited loads of school kids and they pretty much all turned up.
“It doubled the crowd, from an incredibly diverse background with people who would have never stepped foot in a football ground before that and it could be really transformative.
“We’d love as many clubs as possible to get involved.”
Past meetings with Wingate & Finchley
|1950-1951||London Senior Cup||A||0-5|
|1951-1952||Amateur Cup||H||7-3||Whymark 3,Ainsworth,Pointing,Raynor,Wade.|
|London Senior Cup||A||0-5|
|1963-1964||London Senior Cup||H||0-2|
|1969-1970||Athenian League||H||5-0||Gigg 2,Williams 2,Sedgwick.|
|A||7-0||Gigg 4,Murphy 2,Pudney.|
|1977-1978||FA Trophy||H||4-2||Cray 2,Bishop,Hyde.|
|1981-1982||Isthmian Div 2||H||1-0||Gayle.|
|1984-1985||Isthmian Div 2 North||H||0-2|
|1955-1956||London League||H||4-5||Wade 2,Negus,Whittaker.|
|London Senior Cup||A||0-4|
|1956-1957||London League||H||4-2||Ferguson 2,Brace,Pointing.|
|1958-1959||London League||H||4-1||McGuiness 2,Glasscock,Spiller.|
|London League Cup||A||2-1||Meadows,White.|
|1964-1965||Athenian Div 2||H||3-0||Briggs,Hill,Roebuck.|
|1965-1966||Athenian Div 2||H||3-1||Taylor 2,Hill.|
|A||5-0||Kitchener 2,Skeggs 2,Scales.|
|Athenian Div 2 Cup||A||4-1||Hill 2,Warman,og.|
As Wingate & Finchley
|1998-1999||Isthmian Div 3||H||140||2-2||Boyce,Gregorio.|
|1999-2000||Isthmian Div 2||H||55||0-1|
|2003-2004||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||120||1-2||Archer.|
|2008-2009||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||97||0-1|
|2009-2010||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||115||1-3||Light.|
|2010-2011||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||128||0-4|
|2020-2021||Isthmian Premier||A||262||2-2||Reynolds, Pinto|
|2021-2022||Isthmian Premier||A||121||3-1||Crowther 3|
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.”