THE SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM WHO ARE 'FAMOUS'
FOR HAVING ALL THEIR MATCHES CAPTURED ON VIDEO

CLUB INFORMATION SEASON 2017-2018 CHANGES FOR SEASON 2017-2018 ARE IN RED Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2017  Laurence Hughes

OUR TEAM & THE LEAGUE WE PLAY IN

For Season 2017-2018 we will be running just the one adult mens 11-a-side team in Division One of the BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE. 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 for this season. 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.
The Barnet Sunday League season starts on the first Sunday of September and finishes in early May.

ALL PROSPECTIVE NEW PLAYERS PLEASE NOTE: 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).

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LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS

We will be playing in the Barnet Sunday League’s SENIOR CUP, which is for all teams in the League apart from the Veterans Division(s) that they run, and also the League JUNIOR CUP, which is for all teams in Divisions One & Two plus all the Veterans Teams.
Details of our opponents will be displayed on the Latest Club News page of this website once the draws are made.

  

SUMMER 7-A-SIDE LEAGUE

Since 1999, we have often entered a Summer 7-a-side Football League played on a sand-based Hockey Astroturf at the Southgate Hockey Centre on Monday and/or Thursday evenings between early-May until early-September. However, we have not entered for the past two summers as we have preferred to concentrate on 11-a-side Pre-Season Training in July & August and give players a break during May & June.

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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 once again be playing in the LONDON SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP, which is supposed to be for teams in the middle or lower divisions of their respective Leagues.

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 (with Black Shoulders), Black Shorts & Green Socks, Green (or various shades of it !) being our traditional club colours.

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 unfortunately we may have to wear our old orange kit a few times this season with several other teams in Division One also wearing green.
CLICK HERE to view of PDF of team photos featuring all the different kits we have worn since our formation in 1976.

  

                                SPONSORSHIP                      UPDATED

This season we will be wearing a new customised green & black kit made by kituk.net which we should receive in time for our first League match on the 3rd September. This kit has been kindly sponsored by chartered accountants ANTHONISZ NEVILLE LLP, whose name will therefore be on the front of the shirts.
Please support Anthonisz Neville LLP by visiting their website and using their services if needed.
We also have three other options still available for potential sponsors, and they can be found in this downloadable PDF.
 This includes rain jackets for our squad and Management Team to wear on matchdays, which will be highly visible on our You Tube highlights with a sponsors name on the back. 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 11-a-side match has been filmed (properly) since way back in February 1990 (except for about 20 occasions when needed as a player !) and full match DVD’s or 1080p downloads are available for all of them. (See ‘The Videos’ section for full details).
Highlights of matches from Season 2009-2010 onwards are 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 You Tube 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  

   

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, a floodlit grass training area 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 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 and/or Club Secretary Laurence Hughes otherwise.
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.
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.a.m., as do the majority of matches in London F.A. Sunday Cup Competitions.

Players must arrive at the venue for matches by 9.30.a.m. at the latest with a view to being changed and out on the pitch ready for the pre-match warm-up by 10.00.a.m. Players who 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 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 or no referee being available, which is a problem that all Sunday Leagues face. 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 (& NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO JOIN)          UPDATED

Due to work shifts, University placements and the majority of our players basically living too far away to travel to Edmonton in midweek, we no longer have midweek training sessions once the season starts.
However, should we suddenly find enough players who can attend on a regular basis and make it worthwhile, then we will look to start training again, hopefully on Wednesday evenings on the floodlit grass area at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club (our Home Ground). As far as fitness during the season is concerned, most of our players either go down the gym or play 5-a-side in midweek.
We also encourage players who have not been included in the squad to still turn up to matches and join in the Pre-Match warm-up for an extra fitness session and then support their team-mates from the touchline during the match. New players who wish to join the club once the season starts will also need to do that before they are registered and picked for a match-day squad.
Please note that should we re-start midweek training sessions at any time, players attending will be charged a minimum of £3.00 each. It may cost more depending on where we train.

  

                        PRE-SEASON TRAINING & FRIENDLIES               NEW !

Our Pre-Season Training sessions this Summer will be held on Sunday mornings starting from the 9th July and also on Wednesday evenings starting from the 12th July.
Both sessions will be held at the Donkey Lane end of Enfield Playing Fields, near to the Outdoor Gym. (This is where we did our Pre-Season Training last Summer).
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 10.00.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 6.00 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.
11-a-side Pre-Season Friendlies are normally arranged for every Sunday morning in August. We will once again be hiring a pitch at Enfield Playing Fields for most of them as the Edmonton Sports & Social Club will be unavailable due to cricket. Any Pre-Season Friendlies we arrange will be announced on the Forthcoming Fixtures page in late July.

Midweek Training Sessions at the Donkey Lane end of Enfield Playing Fields will continue throughout August once our Sunday morning Pre-Season Friendlies start.

  

                                  PLAYER REGISTRATIONS (for playing on Sundays)              UPDATED

All Barnet Sunday League-registered players who were still with the club at the end of last season (as far as our Players’ WhatsApp Group is concerned) will be automatically re-registered for Season 2017-2018 without having to complete and sign a new registration form. That also applies to any registered players who left the WhatsApp Group during the season and who now want to make a comeback.
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new players joining the club will need to sign a proper League registration form (see image left) which will be pre-printed for them with their name, address, date of birth and previous club. That information must be given to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes together with their mobile phone number and e-mail address when they attend their first training session. Manager Tony McKay will then decide if that particular player is good enough to have a registration form printed out for them to sign, which they can then fill in at the next session they attend. Alternatively, the players could fill in the details on a downloadable registration form from here on the League website on their computers themselves, then print off and sign one half of the form and post it to Laurence Hughes at 9 Wimborne Road, Edmonton, London N9 9EZ...who then has to sign the form as well before posing it off. That second option will have to be done if certain players are unable to attend any training sessions or matches in Pre-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 (for us in terms of posting) Wednesday 23rd August. Players signing a form after that date will miss that first League match, but they have until a Friday evening before the game to put a signed Registration Form through the League Registration Secretary’s door for the 10th September onwards. The League also allow one ‘emergency’ registration per team on the morning of a match so that teams do not end up playing with only 10 men. That works by informing the opposing Club Secretary before the kick-off that an emergency signing is being made.
Please note that the Barnet Sunday League do not currently require a passport-style photo for their player registrations.

  

BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE MATCHDAY TEAMSHEET

Unlike our previous League the Waltham Sunday, the Barnet Sunday League have a teamsheet that has to be printed off by the Home Team Secretary and signed by each player from both sides before the kick-off...even if it is pouring down with rain, the inkjet printing has smudged and the pen will not work ! We also have to complete teamsheets before the kick-off for London FA Sunday Junior Cup matches, but they are done by the Club Secretary or Manager only and do not have to be signed by the players. Needless to say, if any of our players turn up late and delay the kick-off through not having signed a Barnet Sunday League teamsheet, they will then have to pay the £8.00 fine that will be imposed by the League.
  

  

                                    ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS (‘SIGNING-ON FEE’)                  UPDATED

As we are no longer a new club to the Barnet Sunday League, we now get our first 20 player registrations for the coming season free of charge, and we also do not have to pay the £100.00 deposit for joining the League as we had to last season. As such, we will not be charging ‘Annual Subs’ for any player who was registered with us last season. However, new players to the club will be charged a £10.00 ‘Annual Sub’/’Signing-On Fee’ to cover the charges being imposed by the League for additional registrations over the 20 free ones that we will be given. This amount MUST be paid (to Club Secretary Laurence Hughes) in cash or online before that player plays in a League match. Please note that in our Waltham Sunday League days we had to charge each player a £25.00 Annual Sub in order to cover that League’s costs, so playing for us is actually a lot cheaper now than it used to be !

  

                                     MATCH FEES (‘WEEKLY SUBS’)                    UPDATED

As the Barnet Sunday League allow five substitutes to be used with roll-on, roll-off changes throughout the course of a match, we now 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:
£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).

However, please note that as the Edmonton Sports & Social Club have significantly increased their charges for using our Home pitch this season, we may have to increase the above Match Subs at some stage during the season if we are using only 11 or 12 players per match on a regular basis.

Cash 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 followed by ‘Subs’ as the Reference.
If players need to know how much they owe, please text/message/e-mail Laurence Hughes.

  

NON-PAYMENT OF SUBS

Any player owing the club over £50.00 in subscriptions will only be played in 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. This total includes money owed from previous seasons, together with 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, 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.
Please note that if a player decides to leave the club while owing a large amount of subs (and particularly if it is over £50.00), we will then ask the London F.A. to block their registration for any other team until they have paid us what they owe.
Similarly, players who wish to re-join the club MUST pay any subs they owe from their previous spell(s) with the club before they are picked to play in matches...unless we are short of 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 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 (both 11-a-side and 7-a-side), 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 11-a-side League & Cup matches, all outfield players must wear the same colour kit as provided by the club.

  

CLUB LINESMAN

Unlike the Waltham League (which we played in for 28 years), the Barnet Sunday League do not fine clubs who are unable to provide a Club Linesmen, mainly because some of the League’s Referees prefer not to use them. We also now have a regular non-playing volunteer 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.

  

                                INJURY INSURANCE POLICY                      UPDATED

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 have gone 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 use notes of tactical information from matches whilst editing the video which points out who may be ‘at fault’ for goals along with other things that we can improve on. The Video Notes have always been for club members only (via e-mail and the WhatsApp Group) and they are not publicly viewable from the website like the Match Reports are that previously had the Marks out of 10 on. The ‘Video Notes’ are usually completed by a Wednesday afternoon after each match and then e-mailed out to club members before that evening’s training session (if we have training) so that certain things can be discussed and worked on there. This is the sort of video analysis that Semi-Professional Saturday clubs use and it is doubtful whether any other Sunday League club has such ‘technology’ at their disposal ! Ideally we would like to take this even further by having access to a Telestrator with Manager Tony McKay highlighting things from our matches (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 DVD's and it is always a good 'night out' when we can get a reasonable number to attend.

  

                                  OUR ATTITUDE               UPDATED

Our basic policy as a club is for our players to enjoy their football first and foremost. It is very rare that we will have a major inquest or bust-up in the changing rooms after a defeat - our players tend to just laugh it off and then discuss any problems rationally after watching the video highlights in order to see who was at fault. 

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 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 mixture of colours and creeds to accurately reflect the diversity of where we are based and to encourage social integration through football.
Having just won our first trophy for 29 years, our aim is to get back to where we were in Season 2002-2003 by gaining another promotion 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.