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SPORTING CLUB THAMESMEAD FROM THE EDITOR... Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to Sporting Club Thamesmead for as we continue our FA Cup journey.
Thamesmead Town FC Sporting Club Thamesmead Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ Tel: 0208 311 4211 Company Number: 03915330
Sittingbourne are the opponents here this afternoon after our victory over Redhill in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, and fingers crossed for an entertaining game as the Mead progress a further step forward in the tournament. There’s been two away defeats since our last outing here, with losses coming at the hands of both Wealdstone and Maidstone, but I’m sure that Keith and the team will be confident of a result today to help build some momentum. One final note to remind you all that we’re back here again next weekend as we take on East Thurrock United - we hope to see you all again.
Company Director: Keith McMahon Company Director: Paul Bowden-Brown Company Secretary: Paul Bowden-Brown Honourable Positions
Club President: Albert Panting Vice-Presidents: Peter Tierney & Keith Dunsmore Club Officials Football Committee
Chairman: Terry Hill Vice-Chairman: Alan Martin Secretary: Dave Joy Youth Secretary: Paul Turner Marketing & Communications: Mike Green Matchday Press Officer: Colin Mair Club Photographer: Louisa Coulthurst Boardroom Hospitality: Sue Dingwell Welfare Officer: Paul Turner Website Editor: Colin Mair Football Management
Feature Interview Sir Trevor Brooking was on hand to officially open Sporting Club Thamesmead during the course of this week.
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Senior Manager: Keith McMahon Assistant Manager: Steve Wait Senior Coaches: Peter Deadman & Ray Bagnall Physios: Alan Woodward & Carly Payne U21s Manager: Andy Weeks U18s Manager: Mark Paine U16s Manager: Danny Harris U15s Manager: Spencer Jones U14s Manager: Alan Porter U12s Manager: Keith Medlen MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF THAMESMEAD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB 2013/14
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04 The Chairman 08 In Opposition: Sittingbourne 13
The Treatment Room
Ryman Round-Up 22 Action Replay: Wealdstone 31 Facts & Stats
Saturday 28th September 2013
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
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FROM THE CHAIRMAN:
“Last Monday the Thamesmead Trust had their official opening day for the SCT & it was opened by Sir Trevor Brooking”
Good afternoon everyone and, firstly, let me welcome the Sittingbourne players and officials to our new home of Sporting Club Thamesmead. The last time we met our opponents was during pre-season, and I was looking forward to meeting my old sparring partner Jim Ward again but, sadly, he has parted company with Sittingbourne. Today wer’e in FA Cup action again with the Second Qualifying Round, and it is a fixture that will be worth £4,500 to the winners - something that I’m sure is much needed by both clubs, so it should be a good game. Time for a moan now, though! One thing I don’t understand at the moment is players who are leaving the club to join others who are in the same division as us. There’s a difference when players cannot get in the side and have more of an opportunity to play regularly for someone else, I understand that. But when you have looked after these players and helped them to progress, I find it hard to take. Maybe the grass is greener on 04 The Mead v Sittingbourne
someone else’s pitch, but I guess only time will tell. Second moan - since our FA Cup win against Redhill, we have had two very tough away games against Wealdstone and Maidstone, eventually losing 2-0 to Wealdstone and 4-0 to Maidstone. I am not saying we didn’t get beaten by the better side, far from it and they are two very good footballing sides which is they are both up the top of the league. But both games were affected by refereeing decisions that made a crucial impact. Anyway, enough moaning! I want to say a big thank you to Paul, Mike and Daniel for their hard work in producing such a fine, professional programme this season. There’s lots of information, player profiles, interviews from the gaffer and even from the treatment room to explain who is fit and who isn’t. The programme will only get better, so well done boys. We have a Sportsman’s Dinner arranged with Dermot Gallagher on the 31st October, with more information to be found on the advert of the inside cover in today’s
programme. If you would like to come then please contact the club for details or come and say hello to any one of us at the game this afternoon. I am sure that Dermot will have a few stories to tell about players he has sent off and so on, so it promises to be a good night to be had by all. Last Monday, the Thamesmead Trust had their official opening day for Sporting Club Thamesmead, and it was opened by none other than Sir Trevor Brooking. What a nice man he is! A down to earth, local lad who has never lost the values of where he came from. He was very impressed with Sporting Club Thamesmead and, in his own words, home to Thamesmead Town Football Club. He knows our Premier League well as his brother is involved with Met Police, and he also knew that we had taken a point off them. You can see the plaque with his name on at the top of the stairs by the bar. Enjoy the game, Terry
FROM THE DUGOUT:
KEITH McMAHON “To have Sir Trevor Brooking here sent a shiver down my spine & it was a real pleasure to talk about our club”
Good afternoon and welcome back for this afternoon’s FA Cup game with Sittingbourne. I extend that welcome to all of the players, officials and supporters of Sittingbourne, and I hope that you enjoy your brief stay with us and have a safe journey home. I’d also like to add my congratulations to Matt Wyatt and Nick Davis on their appointment as joint-managers last weekend to replace the Ward brothers who departed the Brickies earlier this month! The big event for the club this week was, of course, the official opening of Sporting Club Thamesmead, with proceedings carried out by none other than Sir Trevor Brooking - apt on this FA Cup weekend, too. Whilst I was growing up, I wanted to emulate Sir Trevor and play at Wembley and, on days like today, we must make our pitch a mini-Wembley as we attempt to reach the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round for the very first time in our history. For me as a manager, to have someone like Sir Trevor Brooking in the building on Monday morning really did send a
shiver down my spine. Although I don’t look old enough, I do remember the goal against Hungary in 1981 when the ball stuck in the stanchion and spent many an hour trying to get my shot to stick in the frame of the goal without ever managing to do it! It was a real pleasure for me to stand up in front of all the dignitaries and talk about our club. It was great to remember my early days at the club to where we are now. On day one walking through the door I did honestly think that the place looked like a prison camp - the car park was poor, the facilities we had here with a chicken wire fence all around the first team pitch and over at Crossways where the juniors play can best be described as poor! We used to turn up and find the goals slanted from end to end, there was a burned out car in one goal mouth and broken glass all over the place! When Mick Hayes from the Trust first came to us about building the SCT I think a lot of us probably thought it was too good to be true. It was something that the club had to do to survive and so we felt liek the
luckiest club around! We’ve always had a goal at this club to train the local youngsters and give them the best facilities that we can, and now rather than glass, burned out cars and goodness knows what, they get these wonderful facilities that we have here at the SCT. We literally have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. We now have the facilities to attract people to the club which makes the future prospects brilliant. We’ve got a full-time academy and all we have to do now is get more people through the gates to watch us, but I am sure that can happen now that the people of Thamesmead can see this wonderful facility which is, after all, as much theirs as it is our home! The Trust deserve immense credit for sticking by us as we’re not the easiest club to get on with at times - now all we have to do on the pitch is to repay that faith. Fingers crossed that we’ll still be in velvet bag on Monday morning! Enjoy the game, The Gaffer The Mead v Sittingbourne
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WORK HARD. PLAY HARDER.
FROM THE BOARDROOM:
“We are all positive for the long-term security of the club & look forward to all the future work within the local community”
May I welcome the directors, officials, players and supporters of Sittingbourne to the SCT and a safe journey home after an enjoyable game and refreshments. Also, I’d like to make an especially warm personal welcome to Andy Spice, now the Vice-Chairman, should he be traveling to the match as Andy and I go back a long way. Well, here we are after a couple of hard league games on the road back at SCT playing in the next round of the FA Cup. Today we take on a Sittingbourne side that has recently had a change of manager, aswell as moving to a new home at Woodstock after many years playing at Bourne Park. One of the new joint-management team being Nick Davis who played for me many years ago. We visited Maidstone United earlier this week at the Gallagher Stadium and, as a team, we did not get the rub of the green. There were two blatant offsides resulting in two goals and we came away losing 4-0. To be honest, I personally do not believe the score really conveys the balance of the game, but we have to
dust ourselves down and get on with the job ensuring at all times that we give encouragement to the players and management. They know what is required and they will achieve it in their own way I am sure, but our continued and unconditional support on and off the field will assist them achieving these aims. We return to Maidstone again on Tuesday in the Kent Senior Cup, but playing at the purpose-built Gallagher Stadium suitably brings me on to our own fantastic facility the SCT that we are now playing in. On Monday of this week Sir Trevor Brooking officially opened the SCT and, during all the speeches from members of the Trust and from Keith on behalf of the Football Club, even as a person not involved during those years you could not help but feel the sense of pride and achievement from all involved in the building project. The plans were initially conceived some nine years ago and the original build contract was due to take eighteen months, but it took five years after a number of serious building delays that the football club, its supporters and the committee had to endure during this period.
But, with hard work and determination by those dedicated committee members, it was finally achieved to ensure the sanctuary of the Football Club, culminating with promotion to the Ryman Premier League at the end of last season. Well here we are now using the fantastic facilities at our disposal, with not one pitch but two with one a 3G pitch that is ideal to train on in all weathers. There are also two bars and numerous function rooms with viewing areas over either pitch, and what a long way we have come since those dark and gloomy days when the car park mirrored a lake. We are all positive for the long term security of the football club, and looking forward to the future where we will continue to work within the community. Doing so will hopefully increase the awareness of what the football club has achieved and can offer to one and all within the local community, resulting in greater gates. Now let’s enjoy the match. Paul Bowden-Brown Director The Mead v Sittingbourne
SITTINGBOURNE “We go to Thamesmead as underdogs & not many people will expect us to win, but we expect us to win & I hope the players do”
FACT FILE Nickname: The Brickies Founded: 1886 Ground: Woodstock Park Chairman: Maurice Dunk Managers: Matt Wyatt & Nick Davis Last Season: 9th (Div One South)
LIKELY LINE-UP 10 11 3
1 Adam Molloy, 2 Jonathan Hogg, 3 Reece Crimmen, 4 Nick Davis, 5 George Crimmen, 6 Nick Dunsdon, 7 Joe Taylor, 8 Luke Girt, 9 Ryan Golding, 10 Hassan Jallow, 11 Hitcham Akhazzan
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Life might have started with difficulty for the Mead in the Ryman Premier League, but the FA Cup provided a welcome respite two weeks ago with victory over Redhill. That victory set up a clash with Sittingbourne this afternoon, after the Brickies from Woodstock Park overcame Littlehampton Town 3-2 in a closely-fought encounter. Sittingbourne, who weren’t far off a play-off place in the Ryman League Division One South last season, will also enjoy some respite from the league campaign this season, with the side currently sat just three points above the drop zone in the league. The Brickies have struggled for goals this season and, including cup
competitions, have run out as winners in five of their last seven matches now, three of those in cups. Joint-manager Matt Wyatt insisted this week that the side would be going all out to progress further in the FA Cup - a round that the Brickies haven’t achieved in the past sixteen years of trying. “We’d love to get to the first round proper of the FA Cup. It’s a big ask and we’ll need a little bit of luck,” he told Kent Online this week. “We go to Thamesmead as underdogs. Not many people will be expecting us to go to a Ryman Premier side and win. “But Nick and I expect us to win and I hope the players expect us to win as well.”
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
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Akhazzan (20), Taylor (34), Golding (90p)
LITTLEHAMPTON TOWN Gray (3, 40)
Saturday 14th September 2013 Woodstock Park
BRICKIES COME THROUGH CLOSE BATTLE Report by Peter Pitts
Sittingbourne progressed to the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup with Budweiser thanks to a 3-2 victory over Sussex County league side Littlehampton Town, but it was a close thing, with the winning goal not coming until the 5th minute of time added on when Ryan Golding converted a penalty after Connor Coyne was felled in the area. Littlehampton Town got off to a perfect start with a 3rd minute goal from Ben Gray but after a slow start Sittingbourne found some form, Luke Girt had a shot that went wide but on 34 minutes the Brickies were level through Hicham Akhazzan. Joe Taylor had a shot that was palmed away by Littlehampton keeper Josh Hendrick but on 34 minutes he put the Brickies in the lead after beating the Town keeper to the ball and deftly looped the ball wide of him and into the net. In a typical cup tie Gray scored his and Town’s second 5 minutes before half time after he latched on to a defence splitting pass and despite Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy coming out of his goal to try and narrow the angle Gray did well to find the net and equalise. Littlehampton’s Jamie Thompson
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had the first effort of the second half when he sent a stunning shot over the Brickies bar but then Taylor got in on the act again at the other end with two efforts that sailed wide. Littlehampton though were always looking dangerous, especially on the break, and on 53 minutes only a stunning tip over by Molloy from Gray’s shot prevented Littlehampton from regaining the lead. It was a very open game now with both sides having half chances, although it was more than a half chance that fell to Littlehampton’s Scott Packer alone at the Brickies far post but he thumped the ball well over the bar. A crude challenge on Nick Davis by Littlehampton substitute Dan Simmons,
making his debut for Town, earned the Littlehampton man a second yellow card and the Town were down to 10 men for the final minutes of the half. With a minute left Sittingbourne looked to have taken the lead when Hendrick dropped the ball in the area after being challenged by Ryan Golding and Golding put the ball in the net, only for the “goal” to be disallowed. It now looked like there would be a long midweek trip to Littlehampton for a replay for Sittingbourne but with 4 minutes of added time gone Coyne was felled in the Littlehampton penalty area and Sittingbourne were awarded a penalty that Golding coolly converted to give Sittingbourne the win. The Mead v Sittingbourne
CLUB HISTORY Although an earlier Sittingbourne United club had been playing since as early as 1881, Sittingbourne FC traces its lineage to 1886 when the club was reorganised under the new name. The club moved to a field behind the Bull pub in 1892, where they were to remain for nearly 100 years. Senior status was acquired in 1893, and the following year the club joined the first incarnation of the Kent League, before withdrawing to enter the South Eastern League in 1905. After World War I the club rejoined the Kent League, where they played until 1927 when they joined the Southern League. In 1930 they left this league and it is unclear where they played next. After World War II the Brickies rejoined the Kent League once again, where they were champions in 1957–58 and 1958–59. After the second title win they rejoined the Southern League, but after a promising start their performances declined and in 1966–67, after finishing bottom, they dropped out to join the newly-formed Kent Premier League (a successor to the original Kent League, which had folded, and soon to be renamed the Kent League itself). During season 1961-62 Accrington Stanley left the football league. This created a vacancy and 25 clubs applied to join, of which Sittingbourne were one. They did not obtain any votes and Oxford United were elected with 39 votes. Sittingbourne were Kent League
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champions in 1975–76, 1983–84 and 1990–91, the third title win earning them a place back in the Southern League. In 1992–93, by now playing at the new Central Park ground, they won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, however a financial crisis led to relegation two years later. Although the team bounced back, winning the Southern Division title at the first attempt, they were relegated again in 1998 as the club hovered on the brink of being wound up completely. A move out of Central Park and a drastic reduction in the playing budget saw the Brickies through their troubles, but they flirted with relegation back to the Kent League for a number of years, only finishing in the top half of the table on one occasion in the next eight seasons. In 2006 a re-organisation of the English football league system saw Sittingbourne moved into the Isthmian League, starting in Division One South. The 2009–10 season ended with Sittingbourne winning the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 52 years. Gary Abbott left his position as manager in May 2011 and was
replaced by his assistant Richard Brady. He brought in ex-Brickie Jamie Coyle as his assistant. In Sept 2011 after a brief spell in charge they were offered management positions at Leatherhead and indicated that the positions were too good to turn down. Long-serving player, Joe Dowley took over the caretaker position of manager with the assistance of players Bradley Spice (assistant manager) and Bryan Glover (coach). In November 2011 the committee were impressed with what had been achieved that they made their positions permanent. Joe Dowley resigned as manager after the last game of the 2011-12 season stating that he wished to return to his playing career. In May 2012 the club employed the Scottish brothers Jim & Danny Ward as joint managers. They were previously with Ramsgate who they left in April 2012. The Ward brothers left their position in September 2013 by mutual consent and, after a brief, successful spell as caretaker managers, Matt Wyatt and current player and captain Nick Davis were appointed joint-managers.
BRICKIE BOSSES “We’ve dreamt about having this job & we made it clear from the start - we’ve worked very hard & deserved something”
Four wins in five game since taking over as caretaker managers have propelled Matt Wyatt and Nick Davis into the hot seat at Sittingbourne. They were appointed on the pitch in front of the players by chairman Maurice Dunk immediately after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham. Wyatt was coach and Davis captain under previous managers Jim and Danny Ward, who resigned earlier this month, but neither have managed a team before. Wyatt said: “Nick and I have dreamed about having this job and we made it clear from the start we wanted it. We’ve worked very hard and the players have responded with some very good performances. Even in the only game we lost, at Chipstead, I thought we deserved something. “So far this season we’ve had a good run of results at home but we’ve been terrible away. We’ve got to look at that and
will change the formation a little bit next time. “We’re also bringing in another player who will hopefully be beneficial to the club and that will give us a squad of 20 players. We’re still in four cups so we want to make sure that when we have to make changes it won’t disrupt the team too much. We want players coming on who are just as good as those they’ve replaced. “We wanted the job and results govern what happens. No disrespect to the Wards but they had 3 points out of 18 and we’ve got 6 out of 9 and including cup-ties have four wins out of five.” Sittingbourne drew 0-0 with Corinthian Casuals in the league on Tuesday and now head into this afternoon’s clash with the Mead in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with all sights set on causing somewhat of an upset. With thanks to Tony Rickson for this interview The Mead v Sittingbourne
SPORTING CLUB THAMESMEAD UPDATES
SPORTING CLUB THAMESMEAD:
FANCY A PARTY? With the Mead now beginning to settle into their new surroundings at Sporting Club Thamesmead, we bring you the latest from the Thamesmead Trust who helped so much in creating our reality
We are now taking bookings for functions at Sporting Club Thamesmead. So whether you or a member of your family has a significant birthday coming up or you are planning a family together why not take a look at our fantastic facilities and catering offer? Need Inspiration for Your Child’s Birthday Celebration? Then look no further and give your child a birthday party to remember at Sporting Club Thamesmead. We’ve got everything to make the birthday boy or girl and their friends go home happy with our themed parties for children aged 8-12. Start with the activity of your choice and then it’s time for party food and goody bags. There’s also a medal and party bag for each dancer. We even supply the invitations!
You get all this in a top quality venue at a fantastic price. Dance Mania Learn all the cool moves to Zumba, Hip Hop and more with this themed party for 8-12 year olds. The party includes an instructor and an after party meal with a choice of three menus including the Healthy Dancer option. Football Mania 60 minutes of football with our party coach on the super 4G pitch followed by an hour in the party room for that wellearned party meal with a choice of three menus including the Junior Sports Healthy option. Sound great? So how much? All for only £8 per player. When can I book? Saturdays 10am-12pm or 2-4pm, weekdays 4-6pm It may be possible to book parties at other times subject to availability. Please ask at Reception for more details. Coming soon: Go Karts and Inflatable soft play parties for the under 8s! Like what you’re hearing? Simon Jones is SCT’s Centre Manager and he is keen to work with local partners to ensure the facility provides a bit of everything, so please get in touch if you would like to see your activity at Sporting Club Thamesmead! Come and say hello if you see him around and watch out for updates in match day programmes and on our website. www.sportingclubthamesmead.co.uk
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THE TREATMENT ROOM:
BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR “At this level the after care with players is the hard bit - people forget these guys go out to work so can’t simply rest up”
The win over Redhill in the FA Cup was great for the club, but the injury count certainly got worse and the treatment room was packed. A major plus though was having Dan K back around and getting into a good sweat on the exercise bike. He’s a top fella even if he can’t drink! Another plus is having Carly and myself both in there, so it’s easier on a matchday having two beds to work on. What is hard, however, is the after care at this level as a lot of people forget the lads still have to go to work, and often
manual work. They can’t just rest up for a couple of days.
risen to this leage - it takes time to adapt but we’ll get there.
Ross is still having problems with his knee and is seeing someone on Monday, Anton has a sore hamstring and will be out for a week or so, but the rest are bumps and bruises which will heal in time.
Tuesday at Maidstone was always going to be tough but, without doubt, our luck was out after some shocking decisions. The team battled and gave everything but, sometimes, it’s just not your night. It was positive, though, to see Ash back out there in the warm up at least.
Results haven’t gone our way, but the work ethic instilled is starting to surface. The performance at Wealdstone was excellent and I don’t think the boys could have done much more. It’s about cutting out mistakes. People have to realise how quick we have
Let’s enjoy the game, stick together and be positive in the FA Cup today, and let’s get the win that we will give 100% to earn. Alan
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Matt Badcock from the NonLeague Paper discusses diving & what not to do afterwards
Diving, simulation, feigning, cheating – whatever you want to call it, there’s little doubt it makes the blood boil. No player, manager or fan likes their team to be on the wrong end of an opponent conning a referee into something that wasn’t. So it’s easy to understand why Walton & Hersham manager Steve Baker was so annoyed when he saw Worthing striker Freddie Barker boasting to a mate about his alleged indiscretion on social network site twitter. An off-theball incident led to a penalty and a red card for Walton’s Ismail Thomas. Now I wasn’t at the Ryman South game so it’s impossible to say what did or didn’t happen. The referee and his officials must have seen, or thought they’d seen, something. Whatever, it might not be the wisest thing to brag about on a public forum and Baker has called for retrospective action. These incidents can often be game changing, be it a penalty or a red card. In some cases they are life changing. Many of us remember watching Croatia’s Slaven Billic fall down
clutching his face leading to Laurent Blanc being shown a red card and thus denied the chance to play in a World Cup final in his home country at France 98. I don’t know, those big bad foreigners eh? And of course the disease has now spread from the continent to these shores. Britain, the last bastion of fair play in football, has been infiltrated at the highest level. Just see the furore over Ashley Young’s theatrics this season and the promise from manager David Moyes to have a word. Last year it was Gareth Bale under the spotlight as former players and pundits queue up to register their disgust and blame the influx of overseas players. In reality, players have been ‘winning’ free-kicks and penalties here for years. Francis Lee, the former Manchester City striker, was a genius when it came to tricking the ref. A little tap on the back of his heel and down he’d go. Search for diving videos on YouTube and you’ll see Lee accusing George Best of going down easily in pure pantomime gold by swan diving onto the pitch as he explained his version of events while Best received treatment.
And there’s a great video online from The Big Match where QPR’s Dave Clement goes sprawling to win a penalty against Middlesbrough. We like to get outraged by it in the modern day game, but it has always happened. But what is diving? Where is the line if there is one at all? And is there a difference between out and out tripping over thin air and going down as soon as you’re touched by an opponent. The Laws of the Game say a referee must be 100 per cent certain no contact has been made. Does that mean that if a player feels the slightest touch and they go down, that’s fair game? Or is it an art? In The NLP this summer we had four managers sat around a table for a feature where they chewed the football fat. In it Liam Watson admitted he’d taught Shaun Whalley how to slam on the brakes in the box and cause a defender to plough straight into the back of him. He says that’s not cheating and I don’t disagree. It’s part of the game. It always has been and no doubt always will be. Just don’t brag about it on the internet. The Mead v Sittingbourne
Last Monday will go down as a great day for everyone involved with Sporting Club Thamesmead. That’s because the SCT held the official opening event with guest of honour Sir Trevor Brooking CBE. Sir Trevor spoke of the importance of grass roots football and the development of quality facilities such as those at Sporting Club Thamesmead to encourage young people to put down their computer games and take part in physical activities.
important for the local community.
He said: “I am so pleased to be opening such a fantastic facility. Projects such this one in Thamesmead are so
“They help increase participation in our national game by allowing more people to play, purely for the love of
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it. They are also critical to supporting The FA’s agenda for developing more home-grown talent. “The funding provided by the
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Premier League, the FA, and the Government through the Football Foundation is making a real difference, with stunning new facilities, such as this one, springing up right across the country. “I congratulate everyone involved, including the London FA, for their work in making this happen.” Trust Thamesmead Board Member Vic Grimes took the opportunity to thank our supporters and funders and said what a proud day it was for him personally. He said: “I’m very pleased to see the completion of this project which will provide a
step change in sports provision in Thamesmead. None of this would’ve been possible without the solid support we have received from Bexley Council’s Members and Officers during the planning and construction stages. “This, coupled with the fantastic response from the Football Foundation and our other funders, means that Thamesmead will at last have the quality facility it has been sorely lacking for so long.” During his tour of SCT Sir Trevor met representatives of the Mead before talking exclusively to us for today’s feature interview on page eighteen. The Mead v Sittingbourne
It’s another FA Cup afternoon here at Sporting Club Thamesmead today as Keith McMahon’s side look to continue their Wembley dream for a while longer, and this week saw a true FA Cup legend officially open the SCT.
international caps and over five-hundred senior appearances, Sir Trevor will always be remembered for two goals - one in the 1980 FA Cup Final, and the second for England away to Hungary in 1981 when his shot got stuck in the stanchion of the goal.
One of s mall band of players to score a winning FA Cup Final goal, Sir Trevor Brooking was on hand to open the facilities here and we caught up exclusively with the former England player as he was shown around.
But which is his favourite?
But did looking around the facilities make him wish to be forty years younger?! “I don’t know about that,” he chuckled. “I think I was lucky that we only had one black and white TV channel, so there weren’t the same distractions. “With the money today I’m often asked if I wished I was still playing, even though I came through a great generation with fabulous characters. “But I was very lucky to have a nineteenyear career with the club I supported, as well as thirty years or so of still being involved in the sport I love. “To get paid for any involvement in the game is special.” The game has undoubtedly changed in many ways since Sir Trevor hung up his playing boots and, even down in the lower echelons of the pyramid, examples such as the SCT are frequently more commonplace. He acknowledged that such facilities and opportunities are crucial in an age where parents want to know their children are in safe environment. “If you’re a mum or dad then everyone wants to know that their youngsters are in structured sessions with a qualified adult on the side,” he explained. “Which is why facilities such as the SCT are so important. “In my generation we just kicked the ball around for hours with friends and developed skills from that, but that’s important to remember - there must be a fun element!” In a career that included almost fifty 18
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“Undoubtedly the cup final,” he revealed. “Whilst the goal against Hungary technically was a special strike and any goal for your country is a massive honour, you aspire as a youngster to play for the club you support and then you hope to try and win something along the way. “So to win the FA Cup was right up there with any other trophy that you could win, certainly for my generation. “It was almost as though the whole country, whether or not you like football, would tune into the build-up for the game and the game itself. Here we are thirty-odd years later, hardly a week goes by without someone reminding me about it! “It’s always a fun discussion point and is, without doubt, a key part of my life, so I would never choose any other goal but that header!” Of course, the Mead still have a number of games to play before dreams of a First Round Proper tie against league opposition could materialise, with today the Second Qualifying Round. Having spent his entire English career plying his trade for West Ham United, Sir Trevor admitted that he never played in the qualifying rounds like today. Of course, as a two-time FA Cup winner though he has plenty of memories of the competition! “I didn’t actually play in the qualifying rounds myself, although I did play non league football for Romford after staying on at school, but we didn’t progress into the qualifying rounds,” he explained. “But, aside from the Final, I’ve still got many memories,” he admitted. “One is against Hereford the year that they beat Newcastle - most people forget we knocked them out 3-0 in a replay in the next round. “There were numerous power strikes on at the time and we played the replay
midweek on an afternoon. We were in the middle of a three-day week with plenty of strikes going on at the time. “I can remember the club closing the gates over an hour before the game because Upton Park was already full!” It has been suggested in a number of circles that, certainly at the peak of the football pyramid, the FA Cup may have lost a little of its prestige or aura in recent years. However, the financial benefits remain plentiful to clubs lower down, and progression could be extremely lucrative to clubs like the Mead if they can make it through a few rounds. Sir Trevor explained: “I’m well aware that if a small club can go on a good run then it can pay for the rest of the season’s budget, if not even longer! “There is still a big carrot for all clubs today to possibly get a televised game if you can get that far.” Having played over five-hundred times for a successful West Ham United side and have racked up almost half a century of England caps, Sir Trevor can surely pass on plenty of footballing wisdom to future stars. But he admits that anyone who wants to make it needs to take the game seriously and dedicate themselves. “Football is our national sport, and to progress you’ve got to take things seriously,” he suggested. “I don’t think there are many that will burn the candle at both ends and still get far in the game. “It’s also a team game so you have to know your role in the team and avoid hiding when things aren’t going your way. You need leaders on the pitch to stand up and be counted when you go behind. “Football is all about those little things but, if you’re enjoying it, doing your best and contributing then that is what you want. “With enough players in your team with that attitude you will have a terrific chance of winning.”
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RYMAN REVIEW Steve Whitney rounds up all the action from the Ryman Premier League in midweek Kingstonian returned to the top of the Ryman Premier Division table on Tuesday night following a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory over Metropolitan Police at Imber Court. Recent signing Charlie Knight opened the scoring in the fifth minute from a free-kick and while the K’s spurned a number of other chances, Andre McCollin did head home a second goal in the 40th minute. Maidstone United are second after a 4-0 home drubbing of neighbours Thamesmead Town. A crowd of 1,517 saw defender Jerome Sobers put the Stones in front after less than two minutes. Zac Attwood doubled their advantage 10 minutes before the break and then Frannie Collin on 66 minutes and sub Fabio Saraiva two minutes from time, completed a comfortable night’s work for the Stones. A superb first half strike from Frankie Curley and a clinical finish from Stefan Payne ensured AFC Hornchurch returned to the Bridge with all three points at Enfield Town. Curley’s effort came after 15 minutes and then Payne made sure with the
second eight minutes from time. A stunning free-kick from Kevin James after just two minutes and a late goal from Ian Daly four minutes from the end gave Dulwich Hamlet a win in the first of their back-to-back games with Margate. Bognor Regis Town are seventh after taking full advantage of struggling visitors Cray Wanderers being reduced to ten-men just before half-time to win 4-0. The Rocks were already leading through Ben Johnson`s 10th minute effort when Gary Cook was dismissed a minute before the break. Ollie Pearce doubled Bognor’s lead three minutes after the restart and three minutes later Dan Sackman increased the home side’s lead. Harvey Whyte added a fourth three minutes after that to wrap up an impressive win. For the second successive game, Harrow Borough came back from being behind, but this time it was to win rather than earn a share of the spoils at Maidstone last Saturday. Steve Butterworth gave Carshalton Athletic a ninth minute lead at Colston Avenue, but with 15 minutes remaining, Ronnel Dennis equalised
from the spot. And a minute from time Jordan Berry won it for Dave Anderson’s side. Canvey Island got back to winning ways with a convincing 2-0 win at Leiston. The Gulls took the lead in the 21st minute through Harrison Chatting when the winger, starting his first game of the season, capitalised on Rio Bryan-Edwards knock down from Sheldon Sellears’ free kick. It was a Sellears free-kick that gave Canvey their second goal on 58 minutes, this time delivering an excellent ball to the back post for Rob Bartley to thump home a powerful effort. A 0-0 draw looked on the cards at Rookery Hill between East Thurrock United and Lowestoft Town. However, in injury-time at the end of the game, Curtis Haynes-Brown popped up with a winner for the Trawlerboys. Hampton & Richmond Borough moved out of the bottom four after a 2-1 win at Wingate & Finchley, who replaced them. Charlie Moone was once again the Beavers` hero, bagging a quick-fire brace with goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes. Farai Hallam reduced the arrears in the 56th minute, but Hampton held on for the points. The Mead v Sittingbourne
ACTION REPLAY 2 0
WEALDSTONE Moore (33, 82)
Saturday 21st September 2013 Grosvenor Vale
BATTLING PERFORMANCE WITHOUT JOY FOR MEAD The Mead have faced two away games since their last outing here at the SCT, and they made the journey across London to take on Wealdstone in the first of those two games. It would prove to be another frustrating time as a defensive mistake and a blatant handball condemned Keith McMahonâ€™s side to a 2-0 defeat after a battling performance. Wealdstone, who sat second in the league at the beginning of the game, went close early on as Scott McGleish headed over. Jon Main mirrored the effort with one of his own for the Mead as he connected to a cross from Jack Hopkins, and it was Hopkins who next surged forward only to see his shot saved.
sail north of the crossbar. The first breakthrough came just after the half hour mark, as the Mead lost the ball in their own half and McGleish found himself with it out wide.
Rob Budd stood tall in the visiting goal to deny McGleish again when the veteran striker found himself through on goal twice.
He whipped a ball across goal and Chris Moore was on hand to power home an opening game.
Sean Roberts benefitted from a good passing move by the Mead to find himself in plenty of space, but he was left frustrated as he watched his shot
Jon Main was presented with a couple of opportunities to restore parity shortly after the break, just missing a Richard Butler cross before dragging a
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shot wide of the post after the home goalkeeper had fumbled a cross by Jay Porter. The hosts were pressing for a second goal to kill the game and, despite the Mead defending resolutely for long spells, the game was sealed inside the last ten minutes when a Wealdstone cross sat up for Moore to slot home his second of the afternoon. It was tough luck for the Mead who worked valiantly all afternoon against one of the contenders this season.
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MACRON OFFICIAL BENCH WEAR SUPPLIER TO THE RYMAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
WORK HARD. PLAY HARDER.
THE FUTURE MEAD:
Like most clubs these days, the Mead have our own Football Academy. The Football Academy is a two-year, full-time Education and Football Development programme delivered in partnership with professional and non-league football clubs. Open to talented footballers aged between 16–18 years, the Academy Programme is a must for any football enthusiast, and a playing trial is required as places will be offered based on playing ability. Currently, there are eighteen lads who make up the Mead’s academy squad to both play football and study for an education at the same time. We are in partnership with a company called SCL (Soccer Coaching Limited) who are responsible for the management and delivery of the educational element of The Football Academy.
SCL deliver the NVQ Football Coaching Diploma in partnership with over thirty Sixth Form Colleges, Further Education Colleges and professional/non-league football academies in the south of England. As part of a recent school Sixth Form OFSTED report, the course and delivery were awarded: ‘Excellent, without any weaknesses’ Football Training and Match Provision Overview • 8-10 hours a week of the Football Development Training Programme with UEFA A and B Licenced Coaches • Matches each Wednesday afternoon. • Training will focus on technical, tactical and physical attributes of each player with regular appraisal and feedback opportunities. • Training will take place right here at Sporting Club Thamesmead. • Matches will be hosted at Sporting Club Thamesmead. The Education Programme is a twoyear programme during which time
“AS PART OF A RECENT OFSTED REPORT, THE COURSE & DELIVERY WAS AWARDED ‘EXCELLENT WITHOUT WEAKNESS’”
academy players will study a variety of nationally recognised qualifications within the subject of sport, coaching and fitness. The education programme will include qualifications such as VRQ Diplomas, delivered at Level Two and Level Three (A-Level equivalence). Successful completion of the educational programme will enable players to follow both pathways into Higher Education at selected universities and employment opportunities within the sport and leisure industry, including coaching placements and playing scholarships in America. Over the coming weeks and months I hope to provide you with news of the boys progress both on and off the pitch as well as introduce you to some of the people behind the Academy. Enjoy the game, Dan Academy Progress Manager The Mead v Sittingbourne
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Sporting Club Thamesmead on the day that Keith and the boys take another step down the Road to Wembley in the greatest cup competition of them all - or, to give it its full title, “The Football Association Challenge Cup with Budweiser”! We welcome our friends from Sittingbourne for this cup tie that is important for both clubs as we have never been beyond the Second Qualifying Round in our history whilst Sittingboure haven’t gone further since the 1990’s! From a personal point of view, I’d like to welcome the Sittingbourne officials (in particular John and Peter who are two of the nicest and most helpful people you will ever meet in football) to the SCT and hope that you not only enjoy your stay with us, but will notice the “small changes” that have been made since your last visit! It’s a big day for the club off the pitch too, as this afternoon our new website is launched and to celebrate we welcome Lewis Broad from Trigger London Limited and his fantastic team who have completely rebuilt the club’s website. Lewis used to play for one of the club’s juniors team and its great to have him involved again with the club - its just another example of how we at the club are trying to use local companies to promote everything Thamesmead.
And, before we move on, a huge note of thanks to everyone who has been involved with the old websites that the club have had that have been maintained during on occasion very trying times.
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The new website address is www.thamesmeadtownfc.com and we look forward to seeing you there. The new website along with the agreement with Pixelform Studios to record all first team home games (of which highlights will be available through the website) are just two massive examples once again that we are committed to boosting the Thamesmead name outside of the area! Now my question to you is simple - would your company like to be next?! Do you own a local company or are associated with one and would like to become part of our family here at the SCT? Simply get in touch with me on a matchday or by the contact details listed elsewhere. Any replay from this afternoon’s tie will be at the Woodstock Club, Broadoak Road, Sittingbourne. ME9 8AG on Tuesday evening (October 1st) at 7:45pm, whilst our Ryman Premier game that was scheduled to be played here this afternoon against Bognor Regis Town has been re-arranged for Tuesday November 5th at 7:45pm and for now not a word about fireworks promise!
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One final word from me - once again today due to Football Association regulations NO BEER MAY BE PURCHASED OR CONSUMED WITHIN THE SIGHT OF THE PLAYING AREA which is why you’ll find the blinds drawn in the Mead lounge during the game. Cheers, Greenie
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RYMAN LEAGUE STATISTICS
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FACTS & STATS ATTENDANCES
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Kingstonian Maidstone United AFC Hornchurch Wealdstone Dulwich Hamlet Lewes Grays Athletic Bognor Regis Town Margate Bury Town Lowestoft Town Billericay Town East Thurrock United Canvey Island Harrow Borough Enfield Town Hendon Hampton & RB Leiston Metropolitan Police Wingate & Finchley Carshalton Athletic Thamesmead Cray Wanderers
P 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 11 10 11 11 11 11
W 8 7 7 6 7 5 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1
D 1 3 3 5 2 6 3 2 3 4 4 3 2 1 3 3 2 2 1 3 3 1 1 1
L 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 3 3 3 3 4 5 6 5 5 6 5 7 5 6 8 9 9
F 21 28 24 27 20 16 23 24 14 21 18 18 12 9 15 16 20 10 12 8 13 10 9 8
A 6 12 11 10 9 8 17 14 12 14 11 16 14 13 20 23 20 15 22 14 21 21 31 42
GD 15 16 13 17 11 8 6 10 2 7 7 2 -2 -4 -5 -7 0 -5 -10 -6 -8 -11 -22 -34
Pts 25 24 24 23 23 21 21 20 18 16 16 15 14 13 12 12 11 11 10 9 9 7 4 4
Maidstone United Lewes Wealdstone Dulwich Hamlet Lowestoft Town Bury Town Margate Hampton & Richmond Borough Bognor Regis Town Kingstonian Canvey Island Enfield Town Billericay Town Harrow Borough Grays Athletic AFC Hornchurch Cray Wanderers Carshalton Athletic Metropolitan Police Leiston Hendon East Thurrock United Wingate & Finchley Thamesmead Town
Min 1,517 362 425 466 257 251 153 149 372 261 185 289 163 170 179 210 147 144 120 190 132 124 107 60
Max 2,138 788 686 607 653 737 887 769 478 504 461 363 409 452 344 328 521 374 425 254 251 267 179 202
Ave 1,795 595 561 526 509 435 432 423 414 369 333 331 312 281 256 253 238 220 219 217 188 169 141 100
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Maidstone United Kingstonian
Kingstonian Enfield Town
Margate (3), Maidstone (4)
Reneil (Ricky) Sappleton
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Bognor Regis Town
Hampton & RB
East Thurrock United
Saturday 21st September Bognor Regis Town 4-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough Carshalton Athletic 1-0 Billericay Town Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Canvey Island East Thurrock United 3-0 Cray Wanderers Enfield Town 2-2 Lowestoft Town Grays Athletic 3-0 Margate Hendon 1-2 Kingstonian Leiston 2-3 AFC Hornchurch Maidstone United 4-4 Harrow Borough Metropolitan Police 0-3 Bury Town Wealdstone 2-0 Thamesmead Town Wingate & Finchley 1-3 Lewes Monday 23rd September Hendon 1-2 Billericay Town Wealdstone 2-2 Lewes Tuesday 24th September Bognor Regis Town 4-0 Cray Wanderers Carshalton Athletic 1-2 Harrow Borough Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Margate East Thurrock United 0-1 Lowestoft Town Enfield Town 0-2 AFC Hornchurch Leiston 0-2 Canvey Island Maidstone United 4-0 Thamesmead Town Metropolitan Police 0-2 Kingstonian Wingate & Finchley 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough
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2013/14 FIXTURES & RESULTS
2013/14 FIRST TEAM
FIXTURES & RESULTS Date Opposition August Sat 10 Hendon Tue 13 Lowestoft Town Sat 17 Billericay Town Tue 20 Metropolitan Police Sat 24 Margate Mon 26 Cray Wanderers Sat 31 Enfield Town September Sat 7 Wingate & Finchley Wed 11 Dulwich Hamlet Sat 14 Redhill Sat 21 Wealdstone Tue 24 Maidstone United Sat 28 Sittingbourne October Tue 1 Maidstone United Sat 5 East Thurrock United Sun 13 Kingstonian Tue 15 Greenhouse London Sat 19 Metropolitan Police Sat 26 Hampton & Richmond Tue 29 Ware November Sat 2 Canvey Island Tue 5 Bognor Regis Town Sat 9 AFC Hornchurch Sat 16 Harrow Borough Sat 23 Carshalton Athletic Sat 30 Lewes December Sat 7 Leiston Sat 14 Lowestoft Town Sat 21 Hendon Thu 26 Cray Wanderers Sat 28 Metropolitan Police January 2014 Wed 1 Margate Sat 4 Billericay Town Sat 11 Bury Town Sat 18 Grays Athletic Tue 21 Maidstone United Sat 25 Wingate & Finchley February Sat 1 Enfield Town Sat 8 Bognor Regis Town Tue 11 Dulwich Hamlet Sat 15 Wealdstone Sat 22 Kingstonian March Sat 1 East Thurrock United Sat 8 AFC Hornchurch Sat 15 Harrow Borough Sat 22 Carshalton Athletic Sat 29 Lewes April Sat 5 Leiston Sat 12 Hampton & Richmond Sat 19 Canvey Island Mon 21 Grays Athletic Sat 26 Bury Town
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81 520 261 60 94 149 339
Budd Budd McGeehan Turner Budd Budd Budd
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Porter Thomas Thomas Douglas Porter Porter Porter
Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins
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Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins
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Donovan Donovan Donovan McGeehan McGeehan Donovan McGeehan
Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts
Wilson Addae Lover Lover Lover Lover Lover
Zanone Main Main Main Power Power Power
Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Carter Zanone Zanone Zanone Zanone
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Butler Donovan Donovan Donovan Donovan
Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts
Wilson Ibemere Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Gordon-Young
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Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson Ollie Fairweather-Johnson
Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips
Ailey (9) Donovan (6)
Wilson (3) Fairweather-Johnson (10)
Corne (8) Corne (8)
Main (8) Carter (5) Power (9)
Carter (9) Power (9) Carter (8)
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EAST THURROCK POSITION: 13th
Saturday 5th October 2013 15.00 FORM: L L D W L LAST TIME: Lowestoft (H) L 0-1
It’s a return to league action here next weekend as the Mead welcome East Thurrock United to Sporting Club Thamesmead. The Rocks haven’t been in the best league form themselves in recent weeks, and following a tough set of fixtures, Keith McMahon’s side will be hoping that this is a home game where points can be taken, particularly if some momentum could be started this afternoon. John Coventry’s side have most notably been known in recent seasons for their FA Cup exploits, losing to Macclesfield in the First Round Proper two seasons ago and coming close to a tie with Colchester United last season. But, following a promising start to the campaign, life has been hard for Coventry’s men recently and, following a run of five games without victory, the boss admitted to being delighted when his side pulled out a 3-0 victory against basement side Cray Wanderers last Saturday.
“We haven’t been going through the best of times lately so the win was a very welcome one,” he admitted to the Echo. “We could have been four or five up by half-time and we probably should’ve won by more but it’s still pleasing to have won.”
The Rocks lost 1-0 to Lowestoft in midweek and face Harrow Borough in Premier League action this afternoon, having lost 2-1 at home to AFC Hornchurch in the First Qualifying Round two weeks ago, and Coventry will be hoping that last Saturday is a sign of more positive things to come.
ON THE ROAD:
MAIDSTONE UNITED Tuesday 1st October
Follow the M2 until junction 3. Follow the signs to Maidstone on the A229. At the White Rabbit roundabout, take the third exit on to James Whatman Way, where the ground will appear in front of you. Please note: on first team matchdays, parking within the stadium is reserved. Passes have been provided to all those who are parking there. These will be checked on the road leading down to the gates. Please do not go to James Whatman Way unless you have a pre-reserved parking pass.
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OFFICIALS Referee: Jon Panconi
Manager: Keith McMahon
Managers: Matt Wyatt & Nick Davis
Richard Stevens Tyrus Gordon-Young Daniel Ailey Antone Douglas Danny Phillips Sam Corne Javlon Campbell
Assistants: Mark Stevens Phillip Evans
OTHER FIXTURES Tuesday 1st October AFC Hornchurch v Carshalton Bury v Dulwich Saturday 5th October Billericay v Kingstonian Bognor Regis v Enfield Bury v Hendon Carshalton v Canvey Island Cray v Met Police Dulwich v Lewes Grays v AFC Hornchurch Harrow v Wingate & Finchley Leiston v Hampton & RB Maidstone v Lowestoft The Mead v East Thurrock Wealdstone v Margate Tuesday 8th October Canvey Island v Maidstone Saturday 12th October AFC Hornchurch v Bognor Regis Canvey Island v Grays East Thurrock v Dulwich Enfield v Billericay Hampton & RB v Harrow Hendon v Wealdstone Lewes v Cray Lowestoft v Carshalton Margate v Bury Town Met Police v Leiston Wingate & Finchley v Maidstone Sunday 13th October Kingstonian v The Mead
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East Thurrock United Saturday 5th October Ryman Premier League Kick-Off: 3.00pm