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THE MEAD THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF THAMESMEAD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB 2013/14

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Thursday 26th December 2013

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CONTENTS

WELCOME TO

SPORTING CLUB THAMESMEAD FROM THE EDITOR... Welcome back to Sporting Club Thamesmead today for the final time in 2013 after an eventful year for the Mead both on and off the pitch.

Thamesmead Town FC Sporting Club Thamesmead Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ Tel: 0208 311 4211 Company Number: 03915330

Of course, 2013 has been the year that the club have moved into these fantastic new facilities, as well as ventured into the unknown with the maiden campaign in the Ryman Premier League after that brilliant day in May. Whilst life on the pitch has been tough this season, a solid run of results sees Keith and the side on a run of one defeat in seven - and such solidarity will hopefully see the Mead begin to claw their way out of trouble as we head into the New Year. We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas Day and will enjoy more festivities later but we want to see you back here on January 4th as we take on Billericay Town!

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

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Chris Saunders Former Cray player Chris Saunders explains to the programme today why he switched to the Mead and his hopes for 2014.

BEST OF THE REST... 05 The Manager 08 In Opposition: Cray Wanderers 13

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Action Replay: Lowestoft 23 Ryman Premier Round-Up 34 Next Up: Billericay

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

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THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF THAMESMEAD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB 2013/14

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THE CHAIRMAN

FROM THE CHAIRMAN:

TERRY HILL

“We find ourselves in the bottom four so we are going to have to fight our way out & we have to start winning games now”

Good afternoon everyone and, firstly, let me welcome the players and officials of Cray Wanderers to our new home here at Sporting Club Thamesmead. On behalf of everyone at Thamesmead Town Football Club, I’d like to wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It is the time of the year where family and friends get together, and today’s earlier kick-off ensures that we can still go and spend some special time with our families later on this afternoon. As always, we will undoubtedly have far too much to eat and drink, so hopefully the football this afternoon will allow us to get some fresh air and blow off the cobwebs!

The Mead need to stick together to fight their way out of trouble

find themselves in a similar position to us in the bottom four, which isn’t a position that either of would have wanted to be in.

Fingers crossed the players haven’t had too much Christmas pudding and so we will be in for an entertaining game from both sides as both teams look to strive for league safety.

However, we are and so we are going to have to fight our way out of it during the second half of the season that is now upon us.

Without a game last week, Keith and the side have had time to prepare for this afternoon’s game, which, however you choose to look at it, is a big sixpointer for both sides.

At this stage of the season, we really have to start winning games so let’s hope we can begin that this afternoon and string a run of results together as we head into 2014.

Both clubs will feel that way and it’s also a local derby. Our friends at Cray

Cray have undergone a change in their management team since we last

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played them back in August where, thanks to goals from Lewis Tozer, Michael Power, Ross Lover and Stuart Zanone we came away as 4-3 winners in an entertaining game. Cray are having a difficult time of it at the moment though, coming into today’s game off the back of two 4-0 defeats and a 6-0 defeat before Saturday’s tough visit of Leiston. After today, we travel to Met Police on Saturday and then away to Margate on New Year - I hope to see you all there! Enjoy the game, Terry


THE MANAGER

FROM THE DUGOUT:

KEITH McMAHON “It has been an up & down first half of the season - very challenging personally but also fairly enjoyable too”

Good afternoon and welcome back for today’s Boxing Day game against Cray Wanderers, and welcome to the management and players - I hope you enjoy your short stay here and I hope you have a safe journey home afterwards.

gear and I thought it was only a matter of time before we equalised. That happened on the hour mark with a great header from Junior Baker. We should have gone in front with just ten minutes remaining when Shamir Mullings put Theo clear through but he couldn’t hit the target.

Firstly, a Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you all had a great day with your families, didn’t go overboard and aren’t feeling at all rough today... especially my players!

Lowestoft thought they won it when they went 2-1 in front in the 89th minute, but we didn’t give up and went straight up the other end and got a penalty when new signing Mo Conteh was pulled down. Lewis Tozer kept his nerve to earn us what was a well-deserved point in the end.

Last Saturday saw us pick up another very good result with a 2-2 draw with Lowestoft. We took a right hammering at their place back in August with a 5-0 defeat, so to get a result just four months later shows how far we’ve come. I did feel we could have had all three, though - the lads showed great fighting spirit to come back twice and it shows what we’re all about. I was especially pleased with the second forty-five as we created chances and had a lot more of the ball.

I was really pleased with the performance. I thought our shape was good again and we defended very well as a team. We look dangerous going forward, especially with Shamir up front who was a handful all day for Lowestoft. It was another point which keeps us going in the right direction.

Lowestoft shaded the first half and went 1-0 up with a great cross which, unfortunately, went in after deflecting off of young Jay Porter.

It’s been an up and down first half of the season - very challenging personally, but also fairly enjoyable. I knew at the beginning of the season that it was going to be very difficult for us. We are the smallest club in the division and just to compete at this level is an achievement.

The second half saw us step it up a

After a tough start I believe we have

now got to grips with the level and are competing in every game. There is still half of the season to go and I’m still positive that we can stay up. This week I have added another three players in Lanre Azeez from Margate, Baff Addae has resigned from VCD Athletic and Rashid Kamara from Aveley. I’m also pleased that Shamir Mullings has decided to sign for us permanently, but it has been a busy week for Dave Joy and I. We can now go into the second half of the season with a positive attitude and really kick on. We have a difficult period over Christmas but, if we can get a couple of wins, it will build a good platform for the New Year, starting with today’s game. It will be another tough game for us as local derbies always are - Cray have improved since we played them earlier in the season and, like us, they are fighting for their lives so I’m expecting a battle today. We need to show the same discipline as we have shown recently with a little bit of quality, and I’m sure we can get a positive result. Finally, a Happy New Year to you all - let’s hope 2014 is a positive one for Thamesmead Town Football Club. Enjoy the game, The Gaffer The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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THE BOARDROOM

FROM THE BOARDROOM:

PAUL BOWDEN-BROWN

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“Keith has accommodated the changes in playing standards very well & I think the assembled squad will hold its own”

May I welcome the directors, officials, players and supporters of Cray to the SCT and a safe journey home after an enjoyable game and refreshments. I hope you all had a great day yesterday with your families, getting all of the presents you wanted and enjoying the break. May I also take this opportunity to wish you the very best for the New Year. Hopefully our friends from Cray will also get their just rewards regarding the planning permission for a new ground - it would be a travesty if they were refused it. Unfortunately, I won’t be joining you today as I’m having a family meal with four generations - the timing is unfortunate but, having been in football for the past twenty-five years, the day had to come where I would be family first. I will, of course, have the phone app up and running to ensure I know the score so I’ll be here in spirit, if not in body! Well we’ve reached the end of 2013 now and, personally, I think it’s been a very difficult and challenging year for the club. We made our long-awaited move to our new home after numerous delays, as well as the momentous step of promotion - and we’re still dealing with the great feeling it gave us.

That brought its own set of problems, though, and anyone who thought that dealing with the promotion would be easily has most definitely been incorrect. The jump from Ryman North to the Ryman Premier is tremendous. You play against numerous teams that hold very high playing budgets, whilst the standard of play is also very different Keith has had to review his original squad as a result. He has accommodated those changes very well and been busy in the market without breaking the bank - I think the squad assembled will hold its own within this league. Our current league position provides another worry, as all of our players are in the shop window to be cherry-picked by those bigger clubs with greater financial muscle. We aren’t going to bankrupt the club by trying to pay what we can’t afford. We will rely on Keith and his abilities to work with the players within our agreed budget, although it can be difficult. Another bombshell dropped on our desks recently after discussions with the Trust related to outstanding capital work required by a 31st March deadline in order to meet league criteria following promotion. We were previously advised it was

within the original capital building costs covered by the Trust, but this has now changed - we are advised that the club must fund any work, so now the directors have to ensure this funding is available or else we will be relegated at the end of the season. This is extra pressure being put on the directors to covet these additional costs. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for their support during this year. Yes, I know there’s been changes forced upon them but I think they understand the reasons, and I must not forget my fellow director Keith - be assured that without this man there would not have been a club to support. Keith is truly Mr Thamesmead and I feel honoured to work with him at the club. Last and certainly not least, let’s not forget a thank you to all of the home supporters, new and old, that have contributed to our increased gates. Please continue to help the club and keep advising your friends, work colleagues and everyone you know to come and support your local club. Now let’s look forward to a good game of football, and a Happy New Year to you all. Paul Bowden-Brown Director

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IN OPPOSITION

IN OPPOSITION:

CRAY “Big wins over the Met Police & Dulwich Hamlet show that the Wands can turn on the style - but time is running out for them”

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It’s another big six-pointer for the Mead this afternoon, as the side look to shake off the Christmas festivities and pick up maximum points as we welcome Cray Wanderers to the SCT. It has been the most difficult of seasons for the Wands so far, who haven’t found life any easier since the Mead stole a 4-3 win at the Courage Stadium back in August.

the back of successive 4-0, 4-0 and 6-0 defeats. Upon his appointment, Bird admitted that the job was tough. “It’s a big job with a lot to be done,” he explained. “The budget isn’t enough really to play in this league so we’ve got a big job to do, and not just in terms of keeping the club up.”

Having conceded 73 goals already at an average of 3.3 per game, the Wands took the decision to install Keith Bird as manager at the end of September.

With a 4-1 win over the Met Police and a 5-1 win over Dulwich Hamlet in the cup recently, the Wands have shown that when it clicks, they can really turn on the style.

Despite picking up two wins in his first four games, the Wands have gone on to collect just one point from the next twenty-one and come to the SCT off

But with the season progressing at a rapid pace, Keith Bird’s side already face a race against time if they are to salvage anything from the season.


IN OPPOSITION

CLUB HISTORY The 2012/13 season was a critical one for the future of Cray Wanderers FC, the oldest football club in London and the second oldest in the world. The Wands have requested planning consent from Bromley Council to build a new football stadium at Sandy Lane, in St Paul’s Cray. Unfortunately for the Wands after nearly five years of hard work and expense their initial application was thrown out on 20 September when the LB Bromley planning committee said that the club’s plan for a new football ground and community sports complex in the Crays was insufficient good reason to allow development of a site that is designated as greenbelt. Cray Wanderers have been in exile from the Crays since 1972 when they lost the Grassmeade ground in Chelsfield Road, due to housing development. They moved to Oxford Road, on the borders of Footscray and Sidcup, but when that ground was ruled to be unsuitable for Step 5 football (the Wands were then playing in the Kent League) it became necessary from 1998/99 to play first team matches at Hayes Lane, as tenants of Bromley FC. Cray have been most grateful to Bromley FC for granting them the ground-sharing arrangement, but with the lease due to expire in 2014 the need for Cray to have their own home ground has become paramount. The first origins of Cray Wanderers are linked to the construction of the London, Chatham & Dover railway line during 1858 to 1860. During their leisure time, migrant workers kicked a ball around, and that is how the club originated in the St Mary Cray village. The pitch at Star Lane is now a cemetery, and is located beneath the nine-arch railway viaduct that spans the Cray Valley. The industrial belt of the River Cray, especially the paper mills, provided much of the club’s support up till the 1950s. Cray Wanderers were a strong force in

senior county football at the turn of the century. After being Kent Junior Cup semi-finalists and finalists in 1890/91 and 1891/92 they entered the first ever FA Amateur Cup competition in 1893/94. They had a spell as a professional club between 1895 and 1907. They were a nursery club for Woolwich Arsenal during part of this period. They were one of the founder members of the Kent League in 1894/95, and they won the championship in 1901/02. Other honours included Southern Suburban League champions in 1898/99, West Kent League champions in 1903/04, and Kent Senior Cup runners-up in 1899/1900. After World War One, Cray switched to the London League where they remained till 1934. In 1930/31 they won the Kent Amateur Cup. Cray rejoined the Kent League in 1934/35, but their four year stay came to grief when 1936 saw the loss of the Fordcroft ground in Cray Avenue, their home since 1898. Cray were forced to drop into a lower level of football, drifting from one temporary pitch to another while the club committee dwindled to a perilously small number. The team struggled badly in the South London Alliance and the Kent Amateur League. 1951/52 heralded a new era, and an upturn in the club’s fortunes, when local businessman Mick Slater took over at the helm. The club was elected to the London League and regained its senior status. Cray moved to a new ground at Grassmeade in 1955. Their stay there was a very successful period in the club’s history. Drawing extra support from the commuter town of Orpington, they played in the London League and then the Aetolian League. They were three times crowned champions, won the League Cup twice, and also won the Kent Amateur Cup three times. Cray switched to the semi-professional Metropolitan League for five seasons commencing in 1966/67. In 1971/72 the Met London League was created by a merger of the Metropolitan League and the Greater London League.

Cray moved to Oxford Road in 1973/74. Johnny Biddle and Jimmy Wakeling proved to be successful managers. In 1974/75 Cray won the Met London League and League Cup, scoring 170 goals in all matches that season. In 1976/77 and 1977/78 Cray won the London Spartan League championship. Cray decided to return to the Kent League in 1978/79. Success came quickly because Cray won the championship in 1980/81, having been runners-up the year before. Their powerful new team under manager Harry Richardson reached the FA Vase quarter-final and 5th round in those two seasons. After that, the 1980s decade brought only one more piece of silverware, the Kent League Cup in 1983/84. After finishing Kent League runners up in 1990/91, Cray had a lean period during most of the 1990s, with the exception of 1992/93 when they won the Kent Senior Trophy. A new club chairman Gary Hillman arrived in 1994/95 and Ian Jenkins, a Cray player since 1993, was appointed manager in 1999. By now, Cray were tenants of Bromley FC. As champions of the Kent League in 2002/03 and 2003/04, also reaching the FA Vase quarter-final, they achieved promotion into the Ryman League Division One. Five years later at the end of season 2008/09 came further promotion into the Ryman Premier League. After four years of establishing themselves in the Ryman Premier, the highest level of football that the club has played at since the war, Cray Wanderers are ambitious to continue their upward progress on the field. However, the club has a critically important agenda off the field in 2013/14 as it pursues a return to its homeland in the Crays, despite the setback from Bromley Council on 20 September 2012 when initial planning consent for a new ground was declined. A revised planning application is due to be submitted in autumn 2013.

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ACTION REPLAY

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CRAY WANDERERS HENDON Seeby (3), Fisher (21), Louis (24, 55), Thomas (44), Flegg (66)

Tuesday 17th December 2013 The Courage Stadium

Hendon bounced back from their defeat at Dulwich Hamlet with an utterly dominant 6-0 victory at bottom club Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night. On a wet evening, Gary McCann made three changes to the starting line-up with debutant keeper Ross Fitzsimons, on loan from Crystal Palace for a month, replacing Tomer Sherman between the sticks, whilst Anthony Thomas and James Fisher replaced Dean Cracknell and Sam Flegg, the latter dropping to the bench.

Jefferson Louis netted twice

The Greens took the advantage early on, as they took the lead in the third minute. A free kick was swung into the box, and the ball found Chris Seeby completely unmarked in front of goal, and he had an easy task to turn the ball into the net for his first league goal for the club.

ended with Dave Diedhiou being inches away from heading the ball home.

In the 10th minute, Michael Bryan had a good run with the ball, but his shot was straight at the keeper, but the second goal was only another ten minutes away.

The fourth goal came just before half time when Louis received the ball out wide, and he delivered a delicious cross which found the unmarked Anthony Thomas who slammed the ball into the net with delight.

A corner from Tony Taggart was delivered to the far side of the six yard box where James Fisher rose unmarked to head the ball home. This was his first goal for the club in his 87th appearance. Just three minutes later Hendon were three goals to the good when Jefferson Louis bundled home a dangerous cross from Michael Bryan from close range. The passing from the Greens throughout the game was of the highest quality. In particular a move that started with Seeby, involved Thomas, Jack Bennett and Seeby again 10

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Another move involving Casey Maclaren, Diedhiou and Taggart set up Louis for another chance, but Charlie Grainger was able to turn the ball away for a corner.

Cray, who had tried to play the game the right way on the occasions they had possession started the second half brightly and had a couple of chances early in the period, but they were unable to test Fitzsimons. Yet another superb passing move involving Taggart, Bryan and Thomas ended with Louis heading side, but the fifth goal came in the 55th minute when Louis headed home a cross from Thomas to score his 20th league goal of the campaign.

The final goal of the evening came with 25 minutes to go when Sam Flegg rose to head the ball home - the goal being the 50th league goal the club have scored this season in just the 21st game. Last season saw the Greens score just 48 in the whole league campaign. There was still time for Thomas to hit the post, and the Greens to try and set Louis up for his hat-trick, whilst at the other end the home side’s best effort was a 30 yard drive from Tommy Whitnell late on which flew just over the bar. This really was an excellent performance by Hendon, even taking into account the fact that Cray Wanderers are currently in the midst of a very poor run of results. Credit must go to the home side who never gave up, even at 6-0 down, and tried to play the game the right way. The result moves the Greens back into the top half of the table, in 11th place, as they now go into a nine day break before the Christmas and New Year fixtures begin at Wingate & Finchley on Boxing Day.


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CRAY WANDERERS RYMAN PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES & RESULTS

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MANAGEMENT

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Keith, and his assistant Mike Paye, both joined the Hayes Lane side at the end of September to take over from Ian Jenkinson. The duo have been working together for the last eight years and have enjoyed considerable success with the Bromley FC U18s side, as well as the club’s reserve team. Keith is working towards his UEFA B coaching badge and Mike is a former Wanderers player who, prior to that, played for Charlton Athletic. They have been joined at the Wands by Michael McDonald who will fill the coaching and physio roles. Club chairman, Gary Hillman, said: “I was very impressed with how Keith and Mike have performed in their management roles at Bromley – particularly the professionalism they’ve displayed and the strong organisational skills they have demonstrated. “They are born winners. I see this appointment as a three to five year project. Although its going to be very hard at the beginning with the limited resources and league position they have inherited, I believe they will turn it around allowing the club to kick on.”

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Coaches ‘a dispensable tracksuit’ in football’s layered management structure While Tim Sherwood steers the Tottenham Hotspur ship through muddy waters and a customary hectic Christmas schedule this week, it’s highly unlikely that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy holds the same level of confidence in the interim manager’s abilities as Jack Walker once did.

the Baggies’ Premier League presence. At Spurs, Villas Boas has paid the price for failing to gel sufficiently quickly the swathe of new signings made in large part by Franco Baldini, himself a summer 2013 recruit. Other factors will have played a part though. His demeanour often failed to lend itself to currying favour and some decisions, such as his handling of the Hugo Lloris concussion scandal, and defensive set ups let him down.

Having won the then FA Premier League in 1995, Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish expressed an interest in signing the Bordeaux midfielder Zinedine Zidane, to which Walker reportedly and infamously replied, “Why do you want Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?” Prior to his stint in charge of Spurs, Sherwood has never managed a professional side, taking the club’s youth sides including in the Next Gen Series, defunct for now. Hardly the pedigree to manage one of English football’s top sides. At least, having picked up a Premier League medal and a place in the PFA Team of the Year in 1995, Walker had a basis, if retrospectively embarrassing, for Sherwood’s championing. Daniel Levy will look elsewhere for Andre Villas Boas’ replacement in the White Hart Lane dugout, as will Jeremy Peace at West Bromwich Albion, in the search for Steve Clarke’s successor. By the time you read this, one or both of these teams may be helmed by new men. Like Sherwood, Keith Downing shouldn’t get too cosy. For, it is the structure at these clubs, not the managers, or head coaches to be exact, that dominate direction, strategy

and decision making.

Clarke arrived at West Brom a renowned coach, assisting at Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham. With a non-existent managerial reputation, he was perhaps viewed as the ideal man on the ground as operations were ran and transfer targets made from above.

For the purposes of clarity, let’s call them managers. They, managers, want to work, and at attractive clubs too of which Tottenham Hotspur and West Brom are two. But trends suggest they are more so than ever seen as the dispensable ‘Head Coach’ figure working within a Director of Football structure which leaves them more vulnerable than ever before.

It is little surprise that Mike Phelan and Gianfranco Zola continue to be linked with the vacancy. The club made a last gasp attempt to re-sign Romelu Lukaku on loan at the end of the summer transfer window. Clarke will have undoubtedly been open to keeping the Belgian since he started impressing, twelve months ago.

Their role now is akin to a mere fall guy. The ‘manager’ is just a dispensable tracksuit at folly of men in power.

The director of football though, will face no consequence for his failure to capture Lukaku, instead bringing in Victor Anichebe.

It should be qualified that this isn’t a black and white case of the good guy manager working under the looming shadow of a threat to his authority. At West Brom especially, the Director of Football structure has worked well in the past, most notably when Dan Ashworth and Roy Hodgson combined to consolidate

Compare Clarke’s plight with Everton’s fine season, spearheaded by the young striker. Yet the coach, a conqueror of Manchester United and so very almost of Chelsea, bites the bullet. Within an impregnable structure, they key personnel remain sadly dispensable. The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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NON-LEAGUE PAPER

Matt Badcock from the NonLeague Paper takes a look back at the year of 2013 as it ends It’s that time of the year for resolutions and reflections.

with Mansfield Town winning it on the final day.

So what better place to begin those resolutions and reflections than looking at last year’s... err... resolutions and reflections!

Chief reporter Stuart Hammonds is still waiting for the Football League to allow clubs to play on 3G pitches, while my vision of successful Non-League managers getting a chance higher up the chain has been met with a big fat slap in the face.

At the end of 2012, we at The NonLeague Paper, along with Alan Alger and BBC Non-League Show’s Caroline Barker donned our tin hats and gave our opinions of the previous 12 months. Best moment, best goal seen live, player and team of the year – you know the drill. We also took time to look ahead to 2013 so let’s now see how that went. Hopes for 2013 Our News Editor Sam Elliott was clearly fed-up of all the postponements we were having at the time with his call for no more rain. Ambitious maybe, but compared to last November/December we’re not in bad shape so far! Elsewhere, Alan Alger and NLP reporter Steve Coney were hoping for a Conference Premier title race that went to the wire – and they got that

Fear for 2013 Caroline Barker said it was time for more clubs to get fans on board in order to halt the worrying trend of clubs dying. That was a familiar answer for this one and still we see clubs like Hinckley United going to the wall with insurmountable debts. Overall clubs seem to be getting better and new financial rules appear to be having an effect. But you wouldn’t bet your last pound on everyone surviving 2014.

Conference Premier and League Two, Sam thought the FA should fund new pitch covers. Stuart wanted away with the rule that every player who receives treatment has to leave the pitch, Steven said clubs should lower ticket prices and Caroline insisted on allowing Conference clubs to play on 3G pitches. At least the Conference North and South play-off finals will be on a Saturday this season as was my wish. Player to Watch 2013 A roaring success here. Alan, Sam and Steve went for Kidderminster Harriers’ Jamille Matt who was soon on his way to the Football League when Fleetwood Town forked out around £300,000. Stuart went for Antoni Sarcevic – now at Fleetwood – after continuing to star in Chester’s Conference North title win before a wonderful goal on his England C debut.

Sam was worried about more rain. What You’d Change in 2013 The powers that be obviously didn’t agree with this section. Alan wanted three-up/three-down between the

And I went for Altrincham’s Duncan Watmore. He scored one of the goals of the season and, after interest from Peterborough, was snapped up by Premier League Sunderland. The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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THAMESMEAD TOWN Baker (61), Tozer (90p)

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Saturday 14th December 2013 Sporting Club Thamesmead

Porter (16og), Reed (89)

SKIPPER SPOT ON AS LATE POINT IS SAVED A pulsating end to end fascinating and truly intriguing game saw The Mead twice come from behind to salvage a deserved point after a moment of magic had seemingly won the game for Lowestoft and taken the points up the A12 to Suffolk. The Gaffer was understandably happy after the game and admitted that he even thought that his side were unfortunate not to get all three points. Two contrasting sides - one looking to challenge for the play-offs whilst the other are battling to try and get a foothold in the division - but what a fabulous contest they provided. The visitors were quickly into their stride and on 12 minutes, Chris Henderson cut in from the the left and was desperately unlucky with a curling shot that beat Rob Budd only to cannon to safety off of the left post - that was to become the “theme”of the game. Disaster struck for the home side on 16 minutes when a cross from Stuart Ainsley was allowed to bounce through the box and after taking a shocking bounce hit the unfortunate 16

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Junior Baker opened the scoring and picked up MOTM

Jay Porter on the shoulder and ricocheted beyond the prone figure of Buddy and into the net. Both sides then struck the frame of the goal as the game swung one way and then the other.

denied by the woodwork.

And so the game which was played at a terrific pace throughout swung again as Theo Fairweather-Johnson “BOTH SIDES drilled the ball THEN STRUCK THE across the face of FRAME OF THE goal fractionally GOAL AS THE GAME in front of the SWUNG ONE WAY & lunging Shamir THEN THE OTHER Mullings. IN A FABULOUS

Ross Jarvis thought he’d doubled the lead CONTEST AT when his shot beat The visitors went THE SCT” Buddy but the bar into the break in came to the home front and came out sides rescue whilst at the the other side firing and other end Junior Baker sent the almost doubled the lead within Lowestoft bar shaking as his header seconds as Buddy was forced into a (from Chris Saunders’ corner) was fine tip over save.


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The boys though were not to be put off and deservedly levelled just past the hour as Junior powered home a head from another fine set piece delivery into the Lowestoft box. With the score level, the pendulum swung more and more - a chaotic exchange took place in the home box as bodies flew in all directions to block shots before the chance as eventually cleared, before Shamir and Theo broke

brilliantly only for the latter to drag his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. It then seemed that a true moment of brilliance from Robert Eagle seemed to have won the game for the visitors. A terrific run left defenders in his wake and when he centred, Reed soared at the back post to power what appeared to be an 89th minute winner.

But there was another twist in this pulsating game, as debutant sub Mo Conteh (who had been on the pitch for less than five minutes) went down in the box and referee Goldsmith had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up strode Lewis Tozer and the skipper duly blasted the spot kick beyond Jones and into the net to give the home side a deserved share of the spoils. The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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FESTIVE FOOTBALL

Mike Green looks back at a football tradition of years gone by Christmas Day football

The last time the majority of league clubs played matches on Christmas Day was in 1957 when 38 league matches were played. After that, the number of games played dropped dramatically - largely due to a lack of public transport and the wish of fans to stay at home on Christmas Day. Indeed in just two years, 38 had become just two with games at Ewood Park, Blackburn, and at Highfield Road, Coventry. It was to be six years until the next match played on Christmas Day took place at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, on December 25th 1965. Only once since has any club tried

playing on December 25th and that was 30 years ago in 1983! Brentford had scheduled their Third Division match against Wimbledon at 11am hoping, as a Brentford spokesman was quoted at the time as saying, that the Bees were looking “to revive the old tradition of husbands going to football on Christmas Day while the wives cook the turkey”. But the wives thought differently and supporters protests saw the match brought forward to Christmas Eve. So what was the atmosphere like for a Christmas Day match? The following is reproduced the recollections of a Sheffield United

supporter who attended his first Christmas Day match in 1948: “The match kicked off in the morning and, as there were no trams running, my dad and I made an early start and walked to Bramall Lane from Millhouses. Once inside the ground it was clear this was no ordinary occasion, for the atmosphere was something special - particularly to a nine-year-old. “The band played Christmas carols and many of the crowd sported their presents. New scarves and gloves were much in evidence, whilst the aroma of cigar smoke hung everywhere. Spirit flasks were passed among groups of friends and swigged with a slightly furtive air.” Because of travelling problems, Christmas Day fixtures were generally local derbies, but that was not always the case. In1954 Portsmouth had to travel to Blackpool, a 500 mile round trip! Two days later Blackpool had to travel to Portsmouth for the return fixture, a match in which Jimmy Armfield made his debut for Blackpool. In later years, Armfield remembered the difficulties in travelling to that match: “We had to take the bus from Blackpool to Preston, then get a train from Preston to London, stay overnight in London, get up the next morning, get on a bus to Waterloo station where we took the train to Portsmouth, had lunch and went to Fratton Park. And by the time we got there, the gates were closed, it was a full house!” Plenty of goals have been scored in Christmas Day matches. Jimmy

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Greaves scored his first League hat-trick (he eventually scored 4) in Chelsea’s 7-4 victory over Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge on Christmas Day 1957.

as organising the fixture list in those pre-computer days and forming the Referees Association. In that job one Christmas Eve a referee informed him that he couldn’t officiate at a Christmas Day match because of illness. Sutcliffe decided to forego his own Christmas to referee the match himself and at 9am on a freezing Christmas Day morning he caught a train (yes they had Christmas Day trains in those days, it’s a true story!) for a three-hour journey across Lancashire.

Leicester’s John Duncan scored a club record six goals in the 7-0 Second Division defeat of Port Vale at Filbert Street on December 25th 1924. Unsurprisingly, the footballing rules were more relaxed in war-time. On Christmas Day 1940 two famous footballers each played two matches - for different clubs! Len Shackleton played for Bradford Park Avenue in the morning and Bradford City in the afternoon and Tommy Lawton turned out for Everton (against Liverpool) in the morning and for Tranmere in the afternoon. On the same day in Norwich the visiting Brighton & Hove Albion side arrived with just five players. They made up the numbers with Norwich reserve players and fans who turned up expecting to be spectators. Norwich won 18-0!

descended on Stamford Bridge. The fog was so bad that Charlton ‘keeper Sam Bartram was unaware that the match had ended, assuming that his inactivity was due to the play being in the Chelsea half. It was 15 minutes or so before a policeman told him that the game had been abandoned!

When Arsenal moved to their new rented Highbury ground in 1913 their landlords were the St John’s College of Divinity and, because of the religious connection, they were banned from playing matches at Highbury on Of course, it should never be forgotten Christmas Day and Good Friday. That that Christmas Day has a religious prohibition stayed with them until they significance and players had the right bought the ground for £64,000 and not to play on Christmas Day (or Good so, in 1925, Arsenal presented Friday). Many took up that the Highbury faithful with right. Amongst them their first Christmas were Sunderland’s “FANCY GOING Day match, a 3-0 First Arthur Bridgett and TO A EUROPEAN Division defeat of Swindon’s Harold AWAY MATCH ON Notts County. Fleming, who were CHRISTMAS DAY? both England IT DID HAPPEN, It is said that internationals. BUT THE IDEA Charles Sutcliffe DIDN’T CATCH ON was the man who There are many tales AFTER!” we all have to thank and stories that go for organizing football in with December 25th this country. In the 60 years football, with one of the or so before his death in 1939 he best coming from the First Division had done practically everything in match between Chelsea and Charlton the Football League - from playing in on Christmas Day 1937 which suffered it to becoming President of it, as well an abandonment when heavy fog

Arriving with plenty of time to spare, he spent the next couple of hours in the empty streets - he was teetotal, so no pubs for him. After the match he donated his referees’ fee and expenses to the players’ Christmas Box at which point he was invited to share a Hot Pot with the players in the dressing room. After that bit of warmth he started his long and cold journey back home. While waiting at the railway station he was surprised to see the home club secretary chasing after him. The secretary said he was pleased to have caught him as he had forgotten to pay for the Hot Pot! Fancy going to a European away match on Christmas day? It did happen. European club competition started in 1955 and on Christmas Day 1955 Barcelona hosted an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now Europa League) match. The visitors were Stævnet - the Copenhagen representative side - with Barcelona winning 6-2. The idea didn’t catch on! So the concept of Christmas Day is nothing new, but I wonder if it truly has been consigned to the history books. Time as they say will tell, but if it does, I cant really see Mrs Green letting me watch it any time! The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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THE FEATURE INTERVIEW:

ONE-ON-ONE WITH

CHRIS SAUNDERS This season has seen the Mead squad changing quite frequently as Keith McMahon looks to adapt his side for the challenges of the Ryman Premier Division.

“I THINK WE ARE A CLUB ON THE UP - IT’S AN EXCITING PROJECT & I’M DELIGHTED TO BE A PART OF IT - WE’RE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”

One of those additions, Chris Saunders, will be a familiar face to today’s visitors having made the switch from Hayes Lane not so long ago after four years with the Wands. Speaking to today’s matchday programme, Chris explained that he was keen to be a part of the project here at Sporting Club Thamesmead. “I think we’re a club on the up and Keith was very keen to sign me,” he explained. “It’s an exciting project and I’m delighted to be a part of it. “I played for Cray for four good years but, to be honest, this is probably the toughest that the Ryman Premier has been in my time - people take their chances against you and you’re punished for mistakes a lot more often.” With the Mead now half way through their maiden voyage in the Ryman Premier League, the side have really found their feet in recent weeks - as just one defeat in the last seven league games testifies. And Chris believes that the side have now settled down and adjusted to the step up: “There’s a definite step up in the standard, but we’re knuckling down now and have to make sure we’re as tight as we can be at both ends of the pitch. “It’s going to be a long season, but everyone here is up for the challenge. “There’s been games where we’ve not taken chances and been punished, but we can take positives with each game we play.

“There are some really dominant sides at the top of the division who play really good football, and that makes our job that bit tougher - it’s a big challenge to match them! “But that’s what we have to do, and pretty quickly at that. There’s still a long way to go in the season and I’m sure we’re starting to head in the right direction.”

simply because you can feel his passion from the side and how much he wants it. “His talks are passionate and his preparation is meticulous, and that’s what we need as players to go out on the pitch and give it our all.”

QUICK FIRE FOUR

Chris revealed that Mead boss Keith McMahon was an instrumental factor in bringing him to Sporting Club Thamesmead, and explained how the gaffer injects so much belief into the squad. “Keith always demonstrates that he is willing to put the work in to ensure we as prepared as we can be for each game,” Chris revealed. “That leaves me with a lot of confidence, personally. “He’s very good to play for

Favourite other team? West Ham Favourite other player? Steven Gerrard Which four people would you invite for dinner? Rihanna, Boyonce, Rita Ora and Kelly Brook Out of the current squad who’s bottom of your invite out list and why? Danny Phillips - the guy can’t handle alcohol!

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LEAGUE ROUND-UP:

RYMAN REVIEW Steve Whitney rounds up the the recent action from the Ryman Premier Division AFC Hornchurch came twice from behind to maintain their place as Ryman League Premier Division leaders against Margate. The Kent visitors took the lead twice in the game before being pegged back both times, and then the Urchins went ahead for the first time before holding out for a 3-2 win. Wealdstone remain in second spot after a good 3-1 win at Nyewood Lane against sixth-placed Bognor Regis Town. The Rocks found themselves two-down inside half an hour and, just past the hour, Jonathan Wright added a third before a late consolation. Kingstonian, Maidstone United and Dulwich Hamlet complete the top five with victories. K’s won 1-0 at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium against Enfield, while the Stones struggled to overcome second-bottom Carshalton - in the end, one goal proved to be enough. Dulwich, meanwhile, saw off Hendon 2-0 at Champion Hill, breaking the deadlock on the hour-mark and then completing victory thanks to an own goal. Lewes and Lowestoft Town still harbor hopes of mounting play-off challenges in the New Year, but both had to settle for away draws. The Rooks failed to take advantage of having an extra man for three-quarters of the game against Hampton & Richmond, even falling behind.

But in the second minute of injury-time, Nathan Crabb turned in a cross to grab an important equaliser.

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Cray were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at Park Lane by Canvey Island, for whom onloan Tony Stokes bagged a brace.

Bognor Regis Town

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6

Wealdstone

19

6

Margate

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7

It wasn’t until the 64th minute that the Gulls were able to relax when they were awarded a penalty.

Hendon

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7

Maidstone United

18

11

Hampton & RB

18

14

Dulwich Hamlet

18

16

Wingate & Finchley

20

17

Enfield Town

19

17

Thamesmead Town

22

19

Cray Wanderers

20

19

Leiston

21

21

Lewes

20

21

Billericay Town

20

24

Lowestoft Town

20

28

Bury Town

19

28

Met Police eased their relegation fears with a convincing 3-0 win at fellow strugglers Wingate & Finchley, taking Jim Cooper`s side level on points with the hosts and seven in front of fourth-bottom Thamesmead.

Carshalton Athletic

19

28

Kingstonian

20

29

Canvey Island

21

34

Harrow Borough

20

35

Grays Athletic

18

42

Elliot Taylor gave the Met a great start with a goal inside the opening four minutes.

East Thurrock United

18

47

Metropolitan Police

20

68

A third defeat on the trot for Harrow meant that they’re starting to look over their shoulders again. Leiston enjoyed one of their best wins of the season, beating Grays Athletic 4-1 at Victory Road to leap-frog their victims into twelfth place in the table. Two quickfire goals provided comfort before a third finished the contest off.

Steve Sutherland doubled their advantage on 21 minutes and Bradley Hudson-Odoi, having just hit the bar, lowered his sights slightly to make it 3-0 in the 62nd minute.

Dave Bryant gave the Rocks a 22nd minute lead that Joseph Ekim levelled six minutes before half-time.

Billericay Town twice came back from behind to earn a 2-2 Essex derby draw at Rookery Hill against East Thurrock United.

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Since the East Thurrock United game here on October 5th when a Tyrus Gordon-Young goal sealed all three points for the Mead, the club have been awarding a Man of the Match. Each home game, the award will be made by the Cooper family, pictured above, who have very kindly sponsored the Mead Man of the Match award for the rest of the campaign. Our sincere thanks go to the family for their continued support, whilst the Man of the Match award winners are listed below - who will add their name to the list this evening?

East Thurrock - Rob Budd Met Police - Lewis Tozer Bognor Regis Town - George Monger AFC Hornchurch - Danny Phillips Carshalton Athletic - Lewis Tozer Hampton & Richmond - Sean Roberts Leiston - Jay Porter Lowestoft Town - Junior Baker Cray Wanderers Billericay Town Grays Athletic Maidstone United Enfield Town Wealdstone Kingstonian Harrow Borough Lewes Canvey Island Bury Town -

Junior Baker vs Lowestoft

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RYMAN LEAGUE STATISTICS

RYMAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

FACTS & STATS ATTENDANCES

LEAGUE TABLE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

AFC Hornchurch Wealdstone Kingstonian Dulwich Hamlet Maidstone United Bognor Regis Town Lewes Lowestoft Town Bury Town Canvey Island Hendon Billericay Town Leiston Grays Athletic Margate Hampton & RB Harrow Borough Wingate & Finchley Metropolitan Police East Thurrock United Thamesmead Enfield Town Carshalton Athletic Cray Wanderers

P 22 20 21 20 20 22 21 21 20 22 21 21 22 19 22 19 21 21 21 19 23 20 20 22

W 14 13 14 14 12 11 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 5 5 3 3 2 3

D 5 6 2 2 6 3 8 6 5 4 3 5 4 4 4 6 6 4 7 5 6 4 5 2

L 3 1 5 4 2 8 4 6 6 9 9 8 10 7 10 7 9 11 9 9 14 13 13 17

F 44 48 40 44 41 49 33 35 35 26 50 33 39 31 27 24 30 30 20 25 26 25 17 19

A 24 17 14 25 19 37 24 20 31 27 36 31 40 33 35 25 36 39 29 30 56 52 38 73

GD +20 +31 +26 +19 +22 +12 +9 +15 +4 -1 +14 +2 -1 -2 -8 -1 -6 -9 -9 -5 -30 -27 -21 -54

Pts 47 45 44 44 42 36 35 33 32 31 30 29 28 28 28 24 24 22 22 20 15 13 11 11

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Min 1,517 466 287 425 257 372 202 289 142 149 226 163 185 145 127 144 168 101 104 68 124 103 95 56

Maidstone United Dulwich Hamlet Lewes Wealdstone Lowestoft Town Bognor Regis Town Bury Town Enfield Town Margate Hampton & Richmond Borough Kingstonian Billericay Town Canvey Island AFC Hornchurch Grays Athletic Carshalton Athletic Leiston Harrow Borough Cray Wanderers Metropolitan Police East Thurrock United Hendon Wingate & Finchley Thamesmead Town

Max 2,138 843 788 686 653 506 737 554 887 769 504 434 461 360 344 374 254 452 521 425 267 251 225 202

Ave 1,779 616 546 542 495 433 360 352 343 336 329 315 310 233 232 220 211 198 195 180 175 158 140 86

LATEST RESULTS

TOP GOALSCORERS

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Jefferson Louis

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Hendon

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Charles Moone

16

Hampton & RB

3

Ryan Moss

14

Kingstonian

4

Andre McCollin

13

Kingstonian

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Erhun Oztumer

13

Dulwich Hamlet

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Frannie Collin

13

Maidstone United

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George Purcell

13

AFC Hornchurch

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Stefan Payne

13

AFC Hornchurch

9

Terry Dodd

11

Bognor Regis Town

10 Scott McGleish

10

Wealdstone

11 Chris Moore

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Wealdstone

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Joao Carlos

9

Grays Athletic

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John Sands

9

Canvey Island

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Liam Hope

9

Enfield Town

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Stephen Butterworth

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Harrow Borough

Tuesday 10th December Bury Town 2-0 Wingate & Finchley Leiston 5-2 Bognor Regis Town Margate 1-2 Billericay Town Wednesday 11th December Grays Athletic 1-3 Hendon Saturday 14th December AFC Hornchurch 3-2 Margate Bognor Regis Town 1-3 Wealdstone Canvey Island 4-0 Cray Wanderers Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Hendon East Thurrock United 2-2 Billericay Town Enfield Town 0-1 Kingstonian Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-1 Lewes Harrow Borough 0-2 Bury Town Leiston 4-1 Grays Athletic Maidstone United 1-0 Carshalton Athletic Thamesmead Town 2-2 Lowestoft Town Wingate & Finchley 0-3 Metropolitan Police Tuesday 17th December Cray Wanderers 0-6 Hendon Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Maidstone United The Mead v Cray Wanderers

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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 Sat 19 Metropolitan Police Sat 26 Hendon November Tue 5 Bognor Regis Town Sat 9 AFC Hornchurch Sat 16 Harrow Borough Tue 19 Ware Sat 23 Carshalton Athletic Tue 26 Hampton & Richmond Sat 30 Lewes December Tue 3 Canvey Island Sat 7 Leiston Sat 14 Lowestoft Town 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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5

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RP RP RP RP RP RP RP

0-4 0-5 2-3 0-0 0-2 4-3 1-3

81 520 261 60 94 149 339

Budd Budd McGeehan Turner Budd Budd Budd

Edwards Edwards Tozer Tozer Tozer Tozer Tozer

Porter Thomas Thomas Douglas Porter Porter Porter

Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins

Scarborough Scarborough Scarborough Scarborough Scarborough Scarborough Scarborough

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RP RP FACQ1 RP RP FACQ2

1-2 1-3 2-0 0-2 0-4 1-2

64 202 51 686 1,517 123

Budd Budd Budd Budd Budd Budd

Tozer Tozer Tozer Tozer Tozer Tozer

Porter Porter Thomas Porter Porter Bankole

Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Douglas

Scarborough Pennant Pennant Pennant Pennant Pennant

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KSC2 RP RP FATQ1 RP

1-4* 1-0 1-4 1-2 2-5

315 56 249 TBC 103

Budd Budd Budd Budd Budd

Tozer Tozer Butler Tozer Tozer

Butler Porter Porter Butler Bankole

Power Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Baker

Jewers Bankole Bankole Saunders Saunders

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Porter Porter Saunders Saunders Saunders Porter Porter

Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Udoji Udoji

Baker Baker Baker Baker Baker Baker Baker

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Porter Porter Porter

Udoji Udoji Butler

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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

Fairweather-Johnson Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips

Carter Carter Ailey Ailey (9) Donovan (6) Ailey Ailey

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Wilson (3) Fairweather-Johnson (10) Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson

Corne (8) Corne (8)

Butler Donovan Donovan Donovan Donovan Donovan

Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts

Wilson Ibemere Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Gordon-Young

Power Main Main Main Campbell Beckford

Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson Ollie Fairweather-Johnson Fairweather-Johnson

Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips

Main (8) Carter (5) Power (9) Butler Main (5) Scarborough (3)

Carter (9) Power (9) Carter (8) Carter Bankole (11) Jewers (5)

Douglas (6)

Donovan Donovan Donovan Donovan Hibbert

Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts

Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Gordon-Young Fairweather-Johnson

Beckford Beckford Beckford Beckford Suarez

Fairweather-Johnson Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell

Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips

Murphy (5) Douglas (10) Hibbert (8) Fairweather-Johnson (8) Gordon-Young (10)

Ailey (4) Butler (9) Douglas (5) Bankole (3) Ailey (3)

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Roberts Roberts Roberts Hayles Roberts Roberts Roberts

Fairweather-Johnson Saunders Fairweather-Johnson Ibemere Ibemere Fairweather-Johnson Ibemere

Gordon-Young Suarez Suarez Gordon-Young Suarez Gordon-Young Gordon-Young

Hibbert Hibbert Saunders

Roberts Roberts Roberts

Ibemere Ibemere Fairweather-Johnson

Gordon-Young Mullings Mullings

Monger Phillips Bankole (8) Ailey (9) Monger Phillips Fairweather-Johnson (10) Gordon-Young (9) Monger Phillips Butler (10) Ailey (8) Monger Fairweather-Johnson Ailey Jewers Monger Phillips Fairweather-Johnson (8) Gordon-Young (10) Saunders Phillips Butler (9) Ibemere (4) Fairweather-Johnson Phillips Monger (9) Butler (4) Saunders Saunders Monger

Phillips Fairweather-Johnson Phillips

Monger (10) Monger (9) Hibbert (11)

Butler (4) Butler (10) Conteh (9)

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Ailey (11) Scarborough Power (9) Stevens (10) Monger (7) Hibbert (9) Hayles (8)

Ramadan

Ramadan (8)

Jewers (10)

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BILLERICAY POSITION: 12th

Saturday 4th January 2014

LEAGUE FORM: LWLWD

15.00

LAST: East Thurrock (A) D 2-2

Next time the Mead are in action here at Sporting Club Thamesmead it will be 2014, with Craig Edwards’ Billericay side the opposition. The Blues would have had their sights set on an immediate return to the Conference South following last season’s relegation, but a slow start has left them lagging somewhat in the race for promotion. Perhaps the New Lodge side suffered a hangover of sorts from their relegation, but just six points from their opening seven games left them well off the pace, despite following it up with a run of five wins in six. The Essex club currently find themselves some thirteen points adrift of the top five, whilst three of the four play-off spot occupants also hold a game in hand. Most recently, the Blues were denied all three points on their travels by John Coventry’s East Thurrock United side,

Billericay will need to improve to mount a promotion push

and Edwards admitted afterwards that he believed his outfit ought to have been heading back with all three points. “It is frustrating as we had to score two very good goals to cancel out two bad goals,” he explained. “These are the sort you games we need to win but four points in a week

away from home isn’t too bad.” If the boys from New Lodge are to mount a play-off surge, though, they will rely on the goals of hotshot, Ricky Sappleton - and Edwards believes he has the division’s best striker. “Ricky was fantastic and is the best in the division in my book. He did everything but score.”

ON THE ROAD:

METROPOLITAN POLICE Saturday 28th December

Kick-off: 3.00pm

KT8 0BT

29 miles

1 hour, 12 minutes

Follow the A2 westbound along the Thames before joining the A3 southbound by the Oval cricket ground. Remain on the A3 until you reach the A309 signposted for Staines. Whilst on the A309, turn right at the first roundabout to remain on the road and then, at the second roundabout, take the first exit left signposted for E & W Molesey. Imber Court is directly in front of you as you then approach the end of that right - take a right and immediate left to enter the car park.

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OFFICIALS Referee: Nick Dunn

THAMESMEAD

CRAY WANDERERs

Manager: Keith McMahon

Manager: Micky Chapman

Rob Budd

Charlie Grainger

Jay Porter

Dmitri Larin

Lewis Tozer

Carlos Talbot

Sean Roberts

Aaron Day

James Donovan

Helge Orome

Theo Fairweather-Johnson

Alex Stavrinou

Robert Carter

Jack Sherrat

Ross Lover

Nathan Simpson

Richard Butler

Adrian Stone

Chris Saunders

Tommy Whitnell

Richard Stevens

Jack Clark

Daniel Ailey

Elyon Marshall-Katung

Antone Douglas

Gary Beckett

Danny Phillips

Danny Young

George Monger

Rhys Coleman

Jordan Hibbert

Jason Henry

Junior Baker Adem Ramadan Shamir Mullings Mo Conteh Emmanuel Udoji Lanre Azeez

Assistants: Gerry Heron Jamal Horne

OTHER FIXTURES Today AFC Hornchurch v Billericay Bognor Regis v Lewes Canvey Island v Bury Dulwich v Grays East Thurrock v Carshalton Enfield v Wealdstone Hampton & RB v Kingstonian Harrow v Met Police Leiston v Lowestoft Maidstone v Margate The Mead v Cray Wingate & Finchley v Hendon Saturday 28th December Billericay v Maidstone Bury v AFC Hornchurch Carshalton v Bognor Regis Cray v Dulwich Grays v Wingate & Finchley Hendon v Leiston Kingstonian v Harrow Lewes v East Thurrock Lowestoft v Canvey Island Margate v Enfield Met Police v The Mead Wealdstone v Hampton & RB

Rashid Kamara Baff Addae

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Billericay Town Saturday 4th January Ryman Premier League Kick-Off: 3.00pm

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