THE SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM WHO HAVE BEEN
PROFESSIONALLY FILMING ALL THEIR MATCHES SINCE 1990 !

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NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO JOIN - PLEASE READ !

  • We are NOT a Semi-Professional club who will pay you for playing. We are strictly amateur (Sunday League) and you will have to pay ‘Subs’ if you want to play for us. (Please see the Annual Subs and Match Subs sections for details).
  • We play on Sunday MORNINGS !
  • We only run ONE TEAM. To get a regular game you will need to be committed, pay your subs and have the necessary ability.
  • We are an ADULT MENS 11-A-SIDE team and we cannot take on players aged under 16.
  • We are NOT a Disability Team...and the League we play in does not have a Disability Division.
  • We will only take on players who already live in or near the London Borough of Enfield. We do not arrange visas and work permits for players from abroad.
  • Players will NOT be taken on who give us a false name & date of birth and/or have no online evidence of having played for previous clubs at the standard we require.
  • Players will NOT be taken on unless they attend a Pre-Season or regular-season training session at which their ability can be assessed.

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OUR TEAM & THE LEAGUE WE PLAY IN

For Season 2019-2020 we will be running just the ONE adult mens 11-a-side team in Division One of the BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE. Several teams in the Barnet Sunday League play in the London Borough of Enfield like ourselves, while others play in the Boroughs of Barnet and Haringey. We joined this League in 2016 after the Waltham Sunday League (which we had previously been in for 28 years) folded. Our first season in the Barnet Sunday League saw us win the Division Two title, hence our promotion to Division One the following season. We have now completed two seasons in Division One but struggled in both due to season-ending injuries for a number of key players and being unable to field a settled side. The League season starts on the first Sunday of September and finishes in early May.
NOTE: If we have a particularly large squad of players who are not getting a regular game, we will then arrange a number of ‘Reserve Team’ Friendly matches throughout the season.

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LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS

We will be playing in the Barnet Sunday League’s CHALLENGE CUP, which this season is for all teams in the League, and also the League INTERMEDIATE CUP, which is for all teams in Divisions One & Two. There may also be a SUPPLEMENTARY/CONSOLATION CUP for us to enter towards the end of the season depending on how many League fixtures we have remaining.
Details of our opponents will be displayed on the Latest Club News page of this website once the draws are made.

  

COUNTY AFFILIATION & COUNTY CUP

We are affiliated to the LONDON FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, which means that we can enter London F.A. Sunday Cup competitions each season. This season we will be playing in the LONDON SUNDAY CHALLENGE TROPHY, which is primarily for teams in Division One of their respective Leagues. (I.e. ‘Intermediate’ standard).

The London F.A. Cup Competitions can see us having to travel to awkward places to get to such as Mitcham, Crystal Palace and Putney (for 10.30.a.m. kick-offs !), but the travelling is often good for team spirit, especially if we win.

Click on the London F.A. Sunday Junior Cup link above to view the Draw & Results from this season’s competition once they appear from late-August onwards. Details of our opponents will be displayed on the Latest Club News page of this website.
A history of our results in London F.A. Sunday Competitions over the years can be found here.

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CLUB COLOURS

Our current first choice kit is Green Shirts, Black Shorts & Green Socks, with green (or various shades of it !) being our traditional club colours. Our current Green & Black kit is custom-made by kituk.net.

Our change strip is Orange Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks.
The Barnet Sunday League have a rule in place where the HOME team has to change colours in the event of a clash, so we may have to wear our orange kit a few times this season.
CLICK HERE to view of PDF of team photos featuring all the different kits we have worn since our formation in 1976.

  

SPONSORSHIP

Our current first-choice green & black kit is sponsored by chartered accountants ANTHONISZ NEVILLE LLP.
Please support these sponsors by visiting their website and using their services if needed.
We also have a sponsorship from BRISTOL STREET MOTORS WALTHAM CROSS for match-day rain jackets for our players and Management team. Please support these sponsors by clicking on their logo (right) to visit their website and using their services if needed.
Other sponsorship options are still available to help with the filming of our matches and the production of match highlights on You Tube.
Please contact Club Secretary Laurence Hughes if your company are interested.

  

FILMING OF MATCHES & HIGHLIGHTS ON YOU TUBE

Club Secretary Laurence Hughes is a professional cameraman specialising in the filming of Non-League football matches and as such, the club is used as his main ‘advertising vehicle’. Every match has been filmed (properly) since way back in February 1990 (except for about 20 occasions when needed as a player !).
Highlights of matches from Season 2009-2010 onwards are all on You Tube, with matches from late November 2013 onwards having been filmed in high definition.

For highlights from the current season, visit the Match Reports page and click on the yellow Highlights links. For highlights from previous seasons, go to the Archive Section on this website, then once you have chosen a Season, click on Match Reports and choose the yellow highlights link of the match you want to watch.
The Hughes Video Services Channel on You Tube (featuring Edmonton Rovers matches and other Non-League games) can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/hughesvideo  
This season we hope to continue having a professional commentary recorded onto our match highlights on You Tube. Please contact Club Secretary Laurence Hughes if your company are interested in sponsoring the highlights so that we can continue paying for the commentary.

   

HOME PITCH

Our Home Ground is Pitch Two at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club, Church Street, Edmonton, London N9 9HL. This is a private ground with excellent facilities including modern spacious changing rooms, a clubhouse & bar and plenty of car parking space. We also have the goalnets and corner flagposts already put up for us, while the pitches are all rolled & forked and have the grass cut...unlike many local Council pitches. This venue is also the Home of Norsemen F.C. on Saturdays, Norsemen Youth on Sundays and Edmonton Cricket Club during the Summer.
Here is a pitch map of the Edmonton Sports & Social Club.
Pitch Two is otherwise known as the ‘Allotment Pitch’ in the top left-hand corner of the ground where one of the corner flags is almost on the A10. That is the second-best pitch over there, but if it is waterlogged or unavailable for a particular match, we sometimes have the option of playing on Pitch Five, which is the ‘Best Grocers Pitch’ furthest away through the gap in the trees on the right. The Norsemen First XI Pitch is generally only used on Sunday mornings if the weather has been good during the season and any of the teams playing over there (i.e. ourselves and the various Norsemen Youth teams) have an important match such as a Cup Semi-Final or a League title decider.

  

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SQUADS & UNAVAILABILITY FOR MATCHES

The general rule is that all registered players are expected to be available for selection for every match unless they inform Team Manager Tony McKay otherwise. That can be on a week-by-week basis or just in general where players have only signed up to help out if we are short.

As the Barnet Sunday League allow five substitutes to be used on a roll-on, roll-off basis, we therefore pick a squad of 16 for every match. That squad is then named on the Friday before the match using the WhatsApp Group that we have for all our registered players, although we will make use of the F.A. Matchday App instead this season if it works properly in conjunction with the Barnet Sunday League.

If players need to know if they are likely to get a FULL game (or ‘decent runout’) or not BEFORE they travel to a particular match (because they have the option to work or baby-sit instead), they must contact the Team Manager privately.

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KICK-OFF TIMES & TRAVELLING TO MATCHES

All League & Cup Matches in the Barnet Sunday League generally Kick-Off at 10.30.am., as do the majority of matches in London F.A. Sunday Cup Competitions. The basic rule for our players is that they must arrive at whatever venue we are playing at at least one hour before the scheduled kick-off time with a view to being changed and out on the pitch ready for the pre-match warm-up 30 minutes before that kick-off time. Players who have not arrived at the ground and are not changed and ready for the warm-up could find themselves being named as a substitute or left out of the squad altogether (at the Team Manager’s discretion).

If you are going to be late for the pre-match warm-up or have had to ‘cry off’ at the ‘last minute’, please post a message in the Players WhatsApp Group or contact Manager Tony McKay on 07940 002488 as soon as possible.

All players who do not drive are expected to make their own arrangements for a lift from their team-mates or by using public transport.

If players cause a late kick-off by arriving late, they will have to share the cost of the fine between them if the club is fined by the League.

  

FAILING TO TURN UP FOR A MATCH

Any player named in a squad who does not turn up for a match without informing a member of the Management Committee of the reason beforehand will be suspended for the next match unless the Team Manager decides otherwise.

  

POSTPONEMENTS ON THE DAY OF A MATCH

Quite often during the course of a season we have a number of matches called off at the ‘last minute’ (i.e. between 8.30.a.m. & 10.00.a.m.) on a Sunday morning due to waterlogged or frozen pitches. Whenever that happens, all players named in the squad will be informed via the club WhatsApp Group and/or texted by Laurence Hughes or the Team Manager. If the weather looks 'dodgy', but you have not heard anything by 9.30.a.m., then you MUST take it that the game is still on and turn up at the venue. Any player who wrongly assumes that a game will be called off and therefore stays in bed will be left out of the squad for the next match, and especially if it leaves us with less than eleven players.

Club Members who are not in the squad for a particular match and are not in the WhatsApp Group will not be contacted, so if they intend coming along to watch the game, they are advised to check with Laurence Hughes first to see if the game is still on. In most cases it will be announced on Twitter straight away if a game has been called off anyway.

In the case of frozen pitches, local Council groundsmen do not call the games off and leave it up to the referee to make a decision, which means we all have to turn up at the venue even if it seems ‘obvious’ that the game will not go ahead. If the opposition are there but the majority of our players don’t bother to turn up because they think the game will be off, then the opposing team will be given the points even if the referee deems the pitch unplayable.

  

      TRAINING SESSIONS DURING THE SEASON

We have now re-commenced midweek training sessions on the same half-full-size floodlit 3G pitch at Enfield Playing Fields that we used last season. These sessions will continue until at least the end of March. We have now managed to secure an 8.00 - 9.00 pm timeslot for the rest of this season after previously using the facility ourselves between 9.00 - 10.00 pm. This is due to Herts Senior County League side New River Athletic folding, so some of their players will now be joining in with us for just a one-hour session instead of both teams sharing the pitch for two hours. These training sessions will be free for all students and we will be relying on donations from our current players and sponsorship from companies or individuals to pay for the sessions. The address of this venue is Donkey Lane, Enfield EN1 3PL and the car park for the 3G pitch is straight ahead as you go down Donkey Lane before the road bends round to the right towards the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Please note there are no changing rooms and players must also make sure they bring the right boots for playing on a 3G pitch.
If you are a new player wishing to attend training, please contact our Team Manager Tony McKay on 07940 002488.

  

 PRE-SEASON TRAINING & FRIENDLIES

Our Pre-Season Training sessions this Summer will be held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings starting from early July.

All sessions will be held at Enfield Playing Fields with us meeting near to the Outdoor Gym at the Donkey Lane/Queen Elizabeth Stadium end where we did our Pre-Season Training last Summer. We will then go on the nearest suitable pitch if there are any marked out.

For those of our players/trialists who do not know where that part of Enfield Playing Fields is, the postcode is EN1 3PL. That will take you to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (Enfield Town FC) where the car park is also used for Enfield Playing Fields.

All players must arrive at the venue by 10.30.a.m. for the Sunday morning sessions and as soon as they can after work for the Wednesday evening sessions. Manager Tony McKay will be at the venue for the Wednesday evening sessions from 6.30 pm onwards unless players are informed otherwise. We will start training for each session as soon as we have enough players changed and ready. If players turn up after we have already started, and particularly if they do not inform us that they are running late, they will NOT be picked to play in Pre-Season Friendlies if we have 16 other players available who DID turn up to Pre-Season Training on time or who informed us in advance that they were not available for a particular session. Frequent lateness for matches and training will NOT be tolerated.

Please note that there will be no use of any changing rooms (or floodlights) for Pre-Season Training at Enfield Playing Fields, so players will therefore not be charged any ‘subs’ for attending. Players are also advised to bring their own water (and insect repellant !)

Pre-Season Friendlies are normally arranged for every Sunday morning in August. Any Pre-Season Friendlies we arrange will be announced on the Forthcoming Fixtures page in late July.

Midweek Pre-Season Training Sessions at the Donkey Lane end of Enfield Playing Fields will continue throughout August once our Sunday morning Pre-Season Friendlies start.
Please note that new players will only be picked to play in Pre-Season Friendlies if they have attended Pre-Season Training (or if Manager Tony McKay has seen them play in a competitive match elsewhere).

  

                             PLAYER REGISTRATIONS (for playing on Sundays)              NEW RULE !

This season, all new players to the club will need to register themselves on the F.A.’s Whole Game System if they are not already on there with a FAN number. That FAN number and the player’s name, date of birth, address, e-mail address and mobile phone number is then given to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes who will register you to play for the club.
If you are already on the Whole Game System, you will need to use your FAN number to login at this link and ensure that you have a passport-style mugshot photo of yourself uploaded and that your details are correct.
All players who wish to play for the club this season (including existing ones) also now have to show the Club Secretary proof of their ID in the form of a passport, driving licence or birth certificate before the League process their registrations. This is a new League rule to stop banned or illegal immigrant players signing up under false names.
If you are unsure about how to register yourself on the Whole Game System, just give your details and a mugshot photo to Manager Tony McKay via WhatsApp and we will do the registration for you.

The deadline for players to be registered to play for us in our first League match of the season (to be played on Sunday 1st September) is Saturday 24th August.
Players registering after that date will miss that first League match, but from the following week onwards they have until a Saturday lunchtime before the game to do so and be able to play in the next match.

  

                            BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE MATCHDAY TEAMSHEET       NEW PROCEDURE !

This season (after much campaigning), the Barnet Sunday League have brought in a new pre-match teamsheet which no longer requires player signatures. However, this new teamsheet still has to be given to the Referee and our opponents before the kick-off with the players names and shirt numbers listed, so if any of our players turn up late and delay the kick-off from us not being able to enter them on the teamsheet until they arrive, they will then have to pay the £8.00 fine that will be imposed by the League.




  

                                ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS (& ‘SIGNING-ON FEE’)                  NEW RULE !

After a vote at the Annual General Meeting, it was agreed that 'Annual Subs’ for Season 2019-2020 will be £40.00 per player with no refunds being given should the player decide to leave (or get injured) after only a handful of matches. In other words the same as a gym membership. These amounts MUST be paid before players are allowed to play in a competitive (League or Cup) match this season.
Cash or card reader payments for Annual Subs must be made to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes at matches or training sessions, but players can also pay online into the club account at 77-91-14 / 86725960 using their name as the Reference.
If a player joins the club half-way through the season, they will be charged an appropriate amount depending on the circumstances as to when and why they were signed.

  

                                        MATCH FEES (‘WEEKLY SUBS’)                        UPDATED RULE

As the Barnet Sunday League allow five substitutes to be used with roll-on, roll-off changes throughout the course of a match, we use a ‘sliding-scale’ system for our players to pay their Match Subs based on the total amount of time they spend on the field of play.

These are as follows:

£10.00 for a full 90 minutes

£7.00 for 61-90 minutes (Over an hour)

£5.00 for 31-60 minutes (A decent run-out)

£3.00 for 5-30 minutes (Like a brief fitness workout down the gym !)

Free for less than 5 minutes ! (Compensation for getting injured or for just being a time-wasting sub).

Cash or card reader payments for Match Fees must be made to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes at matches or training sessions, but players can also pay their subs online into the club account at 77-91-14 / 86725960 using their name as the Reference.

If players need to know how much they owe, please text/message/e-mail Laurence Hughes.

  

NON-PAYMENT OF SUBS & CLUB DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

  • All players MUST pay what they owe from the previous season before they are allowed to play in ANY match (including Pre-Season Friendlies) for Season 2019-2020. Also, players who wish to re-join the club MUST pay any subs they owe from their previous spell(s) before they are picked to play in any match.
  • New Players who are picked to play in a Pre-Season Friendly will not be allowed to play in a second Friendly until they have paid for the first match. If current players are responsible for bringing a new player along who does not pay Match Subs, then the amount that player has been charged will be added onto the subs owed of the player who brought him along.
  • No player (either current or new) will be allowed to play in a competitive (League or Cup) match until they have paid their Annual Subs (unless we cannot field eleven players without them).
  • Any player owing the club over £30.00 in subscriptions will only be played in competitive (League & Cup) matches if we do not have enough players without them. This is a rule that we have had in place for a number of years and the total includes money owed from previous seasons, part-payment of Annual Subs, midweek training session fees and any London F.A. Fines for bookings & sending-offs that have not been paid.
  • If players genuinely cannot afford to pay their subs because of work or family-related problems or they are students at college or University, a decision will then be made by the Team Manager in conjunction with the rest of the Management Committee as to whether they can be allowed to continue playing or not and/or for a reduced rate.

  

BOOKINGS

When a player is booked in a match and it is sent in to the London F.A. by the Referee, that player must pay the London F.A.’s £10.00 fine/administration charge by re-imbursing the club. Players who are booked five times or more in a season while playing for us will be liable to a further F.A. Fine (£10.00) and a one match suspension.

  

SENDING-OFFS

When a player is Sent Off in a match and it is sent in to the London F.A. by the Referee, that player must pay the London F.A.’s fine/administration charge by re-imbursing the club.
Players who get themselves sent off playing in Sunday League football are suspended for a number of matches instead of a number of days (the same as in all professional and Semi-Professional football on Saturdays). However, they will NOT be suspended for their Saturday club while they are suspended from playing for us (and vice-versa). If players are registered for two different Sunday clubs in different Leagues though, they cannot play for their other Sunday club while they are serving a suspension for the other.
All players should note the following before they do ‘something silly’ !:
A Sending-Off for a Professional Foul or for Two Bookable Offences is a ONE MATCH suspension and a £25.00 Fine.

A Sending-Off for ‘Serious Foul Play’ is a TWO MATCH suspension and a £35.00 Fine.

A Sending-Off for 'Swearing at the Referee' or for ‘Violent Conduct’ (e.g. Having a punch-up) is a THREE MATCH suspension and a £35.00 Fine.

Players who are Sent Off will not be played in matches (as a 'ringer') while they are under an F.A. Suspension.

  

BRINGING THE CLUB INTO DISREPUTE

During the past few seasons we have more-or-less phased out fining players ourselves. However, the Management Committee still have the power to suspend or expel any member who they have deemed to be ‘bringing the club into disrepute’ at training, matches or any other club functions.

  

REFEREES’ (FIFA) RULES & REGULATIONS

All players are advised that if they play in any match for the club (including Friendlies), Referees will not allow them to take part if they do not have shinpads and/or if they are wearing jewellery. The club do have a couple of spare pairs of shinpads in the medical kit bag for when players genuinely forget to bring their own, but these must not be used as your first-choice pair every week. Also, in all competitive League & Cup matches, all outfield players must wear the same colour kit as provided by the club.

  

CLUB LINESMAN

Unlike in the Waltham League (which we played in for 28 years), the Barnet Sunday League do not fine clubs who are unable to provide a willing Club Linesmen, mainly because some of the League’s Referees prefer not to use them. We also now have a regular non-playing volunteer in our goalkeeping coach Bob Cleary to do the job anyway (if required), so the Club Rule we used to have in our Waltham Sunday League days whereby players would have money off their subs owed if they were forced to run the line will no longer apply.

  

OUTFIELD PLAYERS BEING FORCED TO GO IN GOAL

Over the past few seasons we have had problems with proper goalkeepers making themselves unavailable now and again and outfield players having to go in goal instead (against their will). We therefore have a rule whereby if an outfield player has to go in goal for a full match, they will be given £5.00 credit off their subs owed. Similarly, if a goalkeeper is forced to play as an outfield player, he will also be given a credit off his subs dependent on how long he is on the field of play for (at the Team Manager’s discretion).

  

DIRTY KIT COLLECTION AFTER MATCHES

All players, and particularly new players to the club, are advised that club kit MUST be handed in immediately after each match and put in the white ‘clothes washing’ bag which is in the black kit bag. The only kit which should be in the black kit bag at the end of the match is clean (unused) kit. Players are also advised that we only wash club kit, so no more underpants please !

If there are no showers at a venue and players ‘have to’ go home in their club shorts & socks, these must be brought back washed and clean for the following week’s match. If that player is not playing the following week, then they will have to make sure their kit is returned to a Management Committee member before that match takes place.
Please note that all used rain jackets go back in the big blue holdall ONLY.

  

INJURY INSURANCE POLICY

Since the start of the 2013-2014 Season, we have had to pay for Player Injury Insurance as a club policy. This is now mandatory for all affiliated Sunday League Clubs and full details can be found here at Sportsguard. We generally go for the £96.00 per year option which gives players a £50.00 per week payout if they are off work through injury. It's not much, but it is better than nothing…which is what we had for the first 38 years of our existence ! The cost of this insurance policy is paid for by Annual & Weekly Subs payments.

  

                            MARKS OUT OF 10 & ‘VIDEO NOTES’              UPDATED

For many years since the club was formed back in 1976, we always used to award Marks out of 10 for each player and nominated a Man-of-the-Match after every game. However, that idea was scrapped for the start of the 2014-2015 Season and thereafter when Trevor Hughes emigrated to Cyprus and we appointed a succession of different Team Managers, all of whom felt it was disruptive to team spirit.

However, with Club Secretary Laurence Hughes professionally filming every match, we have continued to make use of the match footage for performance analysis, firstly by distributing a PDF of ‘Video Notes’ to players pointing out who may have been ‘at fault’ for goals along with other things that we can improve on, then when current Manager Tony McKay took over in 2016, he then studied whole matches himself from viewing the footage after games, which was something that our previous Managers never had time to do. Ideally we would like to take this even further by having access to a Sky Sports-style Telestrator for us to highlight things from our matches for our players to view (to be uploaded to You Tube for Club Members only), but we will probably need a significant sponsorship for that !

  

CLUB TOURS, SOCIAL FUNCTIONS & FUND-RAISING

Since 1986 when we went on our first Club Tour to Holland, we have visited Germany (twice), Spain (twice), Belgium, the Isle of Wight and most recently Prague in 2001, but we have since had difficulties in arranging Club Tours because of family commitments and players leading different lifestyles nowadays where we no longer have a 'pub drinking culture'. However, if the chance arises for us to undertake a Club Tour in the future, then we will of course try to arrange it if it is suitable for the majority of our players.

Nowadays, our only club social event each year is our Annual General Meeting, which is held at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club sometime in July. In addition to the Trophy Presentations & Agenda, we show a Goal Of The Season Competition and other match video footage and it is always a good 'night out' when we can get a reasonable number to attend.

  

OUR ATTITUDE

Our basic policy as a club is for our players to enjoy their football first and foremost. The majority of our players are intelligent & well-educated, so the changing rooms can be a dangerous place if you are not able to keep up with all the banter and good-humoured 'piss-taking' that goes on ! Our relaxed attitude and good team spirit is complimented by the club being very well-run in terms of administration & on-the-field behaviour, and quite often we end up being the only club in the League not to get fined or have any players sent off during the course of a season.

We are very proud of our multi-racial, multicultural history where players of all sorts of nationalties and religions have successfully mixed together on and off the pitch ever since we were formed. We make every effort to ensure that our squad has an even mix of colours and creeds to accurately reflect the diversity of where we are based and to encourage social integration through football.

Having recently won our first trophy for 29 years, our aim is to get back to where we were in Season 2002-2003 by gaining further promotions and then challenging for a Premier Division title, which would therefore allow us to enter the London F.A.’s top Sunday (Challenge) Cup competition and even compete in the F.A. National Sunday Cup.