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CLUB INFORMATION SEASON 2023-2024 CHANGES FOR SEASON 2023-2024 ARE IN RED Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2024  Laurence Hughes

NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO JOIN - PLEASE NOTE

  • We now only take on players who are friends or relatives of current club members.
  • 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.
  • We play on SUNDAYS (Mainly morning kick-offs, but some early afternoons) !
  • 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 and can attend midweek training sessions.
    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. All players are now ID-checked as per FA rules.

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      OUR TEAM & THE LEAGUE WE PLAY IN  - UPDATED

For Season 2023-2024 we will once again be running just the ONE adult mens 11-a-side team in the BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE. Our team will be predominantly 17 to 19-year-olds in their second or third season of playing adults football for the club, plus some older players in their late 20’s & early-30’s to add experience to the squad if and when needed. As such, we will once again be playing in DIVISION FIVE, which is the 7th division down of eight divisions. (The bottom division is for newly-formed teams only).

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, but we then struggled in Division One for four seasons (including two disrupted by Covid), so we therefore decided to withdraw when the lockdown ended in April 2021 to re-start the club in the bottom division the following season with a new group of 16 & 17-year-old players.
The Barnet Sunday League only had three divisions when we joined in 2016 but it is a rapidly expanding League due to it’s use of social media and the You Tube presence of clubs such as ourselves. It now has eight open-aged divisions with at least 10 teams in each plus two new Veterans divisions for Season 2023-2024.
The current League Tables for all divisions can be viewed HERE on Full-Time.
The League season normally starts on the first Sunday of September and finishes in early May.

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           LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS - UPDATED

We will be playing in the Barnet Sunday League’s ROGER JONES SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP, which is for all teams in the League.
If we get knocked out in the First, Second or Third Rounds of that competition, we then go into the JOHN MOTSON JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP.
We will also be playing in the BSFL SHIELD, which is for teams in Divisions 5 & 6 only.

If we get knocked out in the early rounds of all three of the above Cups and/or a number of teams drop out of our division during the course of the season, we will then also go in the RICHARD MARTIN MEMORIAL CUP, as will other teams in the lower divisions who are in the same predicament.
All of the above competitions are now played on a knockout basis.
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 again be playing in the LONDON SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP, which is supposed to be for teams in the lower divisions of their respective Leagues, although Premier Division and Division One teams do often ‘slip through the net’ !

The London F.A. Sunday 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 Cup 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.
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 2007-2008 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 re-introduce the recording of professional commentary 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 pay for the commentary.

   

HOME PITCH - UPDATED

Our Home Pitch for Season 2023-2024 will be Pitch Three at Enfield Playing Fields with the nearest entrance to that pitch being a walk down the pathway alongside the Astroturf pitches at the rear of the Southbury Leisure Centre. We will be able to use the Southbury Leisure Centre car park free of charge.

The postcode for the Southbury Leisure Centre (in Southbury Road, Enfield) is EN1 1YP.

From 2015 up until this season we played our Home games at a private ground, the Edmonton Sports & Social Club, but that venue is now being used for Youth football only on Sundays.

As Enfield Playing Fields is a Council Ground, we will now have to put goalnets and corner flagposts up ourselves before each Home match. This may be done on a rota basis organised by the Team Manager.

  

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SQUADS & UNAVAILABILITY FOR MATCHES

All registered players will be deemed as available for selection for each match unless they inform the Team Manager otherwise. In general, the squad of 16 allowed for competitive matches is announced in the Club WhatsApp Group on the day before a match.

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                KICK-OFF & MEETING TIMES    UPDATED RULE

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. However, due to a lot more teams joining the League in recent seasons and a lack of pitches available for them all to play in the morning, an increasing number of Away matches will Kick-Off at any time between 12.00 mid-day and 2.00 pm. This is now a League rule and Away teams can no longer opt out due to other commitments in the afternoons.
Our Home games will all be 10.30 am Kick-Offs.
The general rule for our players is that they must arrive at whatever venue we are playing at in time to be changed and out on the pitch ready for the pre-match warm-up at least 30 minutes before that kick-off time.

However, if players are on a rota for putting the goalnets up, then they must arrive one hour before the kick-off.

If you are going to be late for the pre-match warm-up or have to cry off on the morning of the match, please post a message in the Club WhatsApp Group or contact whoever is Manager on the day as soon as possible. Players who are not at the ground in time 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).

All players who do not drive are expected to make their own arrangements for a lift from their relatives, 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. If the weather looks 'dodgy', but you have not heard anything by 9.30.a.m. (for a 10.30 Kick-Off), 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 or the Team Manager first to see if the game is still on.

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.

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       TRAINING SESSIONS DURING THE SEASON  - UPDATED

This season for our regular midweek training sessions we will once again (ideally) be using half the full-size floodlit 3G pitch at Latymer School in Haselbury Road, Edmonton, London N9 9TN, although this will be subject to availability.

Last season we were often able to book either a Half-Pitch or a Quarter-Pitch for an hour from 6.30 pm until either 7.30 or 8.00 pm on Wednesday evenings, but we were not able to do that every week as we could not afford to block-book the pitch for the whole season due to a lack of sponsorship.

Tuesday & Thursday evenings are already block-booked by Norsemen FC, who have priority for bookings there.
If we are able to use a Half-Pitch with a full-size goal, these training sessions will be used primarily for practising team play, tactical work and goalkeeping drills. If we are only able to use a Quarter-Pitch, then the sessions will focus more on 2-3-touch 7-a-side practice, fitness and ballwork.
The sessions will be for club members only, plus any prospective new players invited along by club members, who must obtain permission from the Team Manager in advance.
We are hoping that sponsorship will pay for these floodlit midweek training sessions, but if not, the cost will be paid for by quarterly subs payment instalments.

All players MUST make sure their bring the correct footwear for playing on a 3G pitch, which is plastic moulded studs only.

  

               PRE-SEASON TRAINING & FRIENDLIES   - UPDATED

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

All sessions will be held at Enfield Playing Fields with us meeting on the pitches behind the trees on the left as you enter the Ladysmith Road car park, the postcode of which is EN1 3AJ.

All players must arrive at the venue by 10.00.a.m. for the Sunday morning sessions and as soon as they can after work or college for the midweek evening sessions, which we will try and start at 6.30 pm. We will start training for each session as soon as we have enough players changed and ready. Players who are running late or have decided not to attend when they originally said they would be MUST either leave a message in the Club WhatsApp Group or inform whoever is in charge of the session.

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 will be arranged from mid-August onwards depending on pitch and player availability. Any Pre-Season Friendlies that are arranged will be announced on the Forthcoming Fixtures page.
Please note that new players will only be picked to play in Pre-Season Friendlies if they have attended Pre-Season Training (or if our Management team have seen them play in a competitive match elsewhere).

  

          PLAYER REGISTRATIONS (for playing on Sundays) - UPDATED

All player registrations for the Barnet Sunday League (and our London FA Sunday Cup matches) are done online using the F.A.’s Whole Game System. This requires new players joining the club to give Club Secretary Laurence Hughes their name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, mobile phone number, and a suitable selfie mugshot photo (if they do not already have a Whole Game System profile with a photo uploaded).

There are no longer any paper forms to fill in and no signatures required.
If you are already on the Whole Game System, you may need to to login at this link (using the e-mail address that was used when you first registered) to update your ID photo and enter any missing or changed details, then the League will process your registration.
Any new players who are taken on who have not been brought along by an existing club member will need to show Laurence Hughes proof of their ID (via WhatsApp) 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 players signing up under false names. Players who we are keeping from the previous season will be automatically re-registered to play for the club this season.

The deadline for players to be registered to play for us in our first League match of the season (to be played on Sunday 3rd September) is Saturday 26th August. Players registering after that date will miss that first League match, but from the following week onwards they will have until 6.00 pm on a Friday evening before the game to do so.

  

BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE MATCHDAY SQUAD LIST

Unlike other Leagues, the Barnet Sunday League no longer use paper teamsheets that have to be filled in and signed before the kick-off for each match. Instead, they use the Squad List PDF download facility from the F.A.’s Whole Game (Club Portal) System that lists each team’s registered players together with their I.D. photos and their age.

Club Secretaries then exchange their Squad Lists with each other via WhatsApp when confirming the fixture so that their opponents can check for unregistered players before the kick-off or even during the game and then stop them from playing (or claim the match afterwards). Teams then have to list their line-ups, goalscorers and Referee’s mark from the match on the Full-Time system by the following evening, otherwise they are heavily fined.

Players can therefore get on with their pre-match warm-ups instead of having to sign anything and it is a much better system than was used when we first joined the League.

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

For Season 2023-2024, we will be charging all players who wish to play regularly (or at least play a part in 10 or more matches and/or attend midweek training sessions throughout the course of the season) a £50.00 ‘membership/signing-on fee’.

This amount MUST be paid before a player is allowed to play in a competitive match this season.

Further amounts (of up to three £50.00 instalments) will only need to be paid if we are unable to secure the necessary sponsorship to cover our expenses for the rest of the season. Those further instalment due dates will then be on the 1st November, the 1st February and the 1st April.

If a second, third or fourth instalment is required but not paid, players will be left out of the team/squad until they pay.

As always, we will be registering a number of players to play in emergencies only, plus others who will be going to University and may only be able to play during breaks in term during August & September, at Christmas or at Easter. These players can choose to pay £5.00 per match that they play over 45 minutes in and £5.00 per floodlit midweek training session they attend, but they will not be picked to play ahead of players who have paid a £50.00 membership.

All subs instalments must either be paid online into the club’s Lloyds Business account at 30-98-97 / 80271263 using the player’s name as the Reference or by cash payments made to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes at matches or training sessions. (Cash is still needed to pay most Referees).

If a new player joins the club half-way through the season, they MUST still pay a £50.00 membership/signing-on fee.

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 FURTHER 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 2023-2024. 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.
  • Any player not having paid a £50.00 instalment that is due (or still owing money from previous seasons or previous matches & training sessions) will only be played in competitive (League & Cup) matches if we do not have enough players without them.

  

 BOOKINGS

When a player is booked in a match and it is sent in to the London F.A. by the Referee, that player (or his parents/sponsor if they are under 18) must pay the London F.A.’s £12.00 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 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 £30.00 Fine.

A Sending-Off for ‘Serious Foul Play’ is a TWO MATCH suspension and a £40.00 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 £55.00 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 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 shorts & socks 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 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).

  

CLUB KIT USE AND DIRTY KIT COLLECTION AFTER MATCHES - UPDATED

This season, all players will continue to keep and wear their own shorts, socks and shinpads and wash them themselves after each match.

However, all shirts (including the goalkeeper’s) will be provided by the club, and these MUST be handed in immediately after each match and put in the white string ‘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. We cannot afford to lose any club shirts from players taking them home after matches as the company that manufactured them have now gone bust.
Our club shirts are all short-sleeved, so if players wish to wear base layers or t-shirts underneath, they MUST be either black or dark green in colour. Referees will not permit any other colour to be worn that is visible underneath our shirts.
If club rain jackets are used (once the weather gets cold), these must be put in the white string clothes washing bag alongside the dirty shirts. Clean rain jackets are kept in the big blue holdall.

On paying their £50.00 membership/signing-on fee, all NEW players to the club will be given a pair of squad-numbered black shorts and forest green socks to keep, wash and bring to each match themselves.

Players can also buy their own spares as well if they wish.
The plain forest green socks that we use are purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/Mercury-Plain-Forest-Sock
Plain black (Joma) shorts can be purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/joma-nobel-short-black

Plain BLACK base layers can be purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/Base-Layer

  

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 cheapest 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 from club funds.

  

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 Tony McKay took over as Manager 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.

Our players are now given access to watch an unedited version of the whole match on You Tube so that they can analyse their own performances, but ideally we would like to take this even further by using companies to produce various stats on each player’s performance as all professional clubs and most Step 1-7 Semi-Pro Saturday clubs do nowadays. However, we will probably need a significant sponsorship for that !

  

     CLUB TOURS, SOCIAL FUNCTIONS & POST-MATCH DRINKING

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 & Presentation Night, which is normally held at the end of June or early-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.

With us now having to play Home matches at Enfield Playing Fields this season, it means we have now lost the use of the clubhouse bar at our previous ground, the Edmonton Sports & Social Club, but apparently Enfield Town F.C. now allow Barnet Sunday League teams playing at Enfield Playing Fields to use their clubhouse bar in the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium at the Donkey Lane end of the ground, so we may now drink in there after matches if it is convenient for our players.

  

OUR ATTITUDE

Our basic policy as a club is for our players to enjoy their football first and foremost. The large 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. Indeed we won the Barnet Sunday League’s Sportsmanship Award for Season 2022-2023 for all 8 divisions from marks awarded by Referees and our opponents.

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 both our squad and our Management Committee have a good 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 (in 2016-2017), our aim is to eventually get back to where we were in Season 2002-2003 by going up the divisions with a new young side that will stick together for several years and then eventually challenge for a Premier Division title (as we did back in Season 2002-2003 in the Waltham Sunday League), 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.