THE SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM WHO HAVE BEEN
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CLUB INFORMATION SEASON 2021-2022 CHANGES FOR SEASON 2021-2022 ARE IN RED Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2021  Laurence Hughes

NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO JOIN - PLEASE NOTE

  • This season we are only taking on players who are brought along by 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 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 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

For Season 2021-2022 we will once again be running just the ONE adult mens 11-a-side team in the BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE. As that one team will consist of mainly 16-17 year-olds who will be new to adults football, we will now be playing in DIVISION SIX, the bottom division. 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 been in Division One ever since, but the last two seasons have been disrupted by Covid lockdowns and we withdrew from the League for the April 2021 re-start of last season due to various issues which are explained here.  
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 divisions for Season 2021-2022 with at least 10 teams in each.
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

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 JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP.
We will also be playing in the BSFL SHIELD, which is for teams in Divisions 5 & 6 only.

There may also be a SUPPLEMENTARY CUP for us to enter towards the end of the season depending on how many League fixtures we have remaining and if a large number of teams have dropped out of the League/our division.
All of the above competitions are 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 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. 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.
Other equipment and our midweek training sessions this season will be sponsored by PHDM SOLUTIONS, who are run by our long-serving midfielder Daniel Cascoe.
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 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 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. We have been playing at this venue since 2015, having previously played at Hazelwood Sports Ground in Palmers Green (an Enfield Council pitch) for many years.
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

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 Players WhatsApp Group on the Friday before a match.

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KICK-OFF & MEETING TIMES

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 should all be 10.30 am Kick-Offs, but there may be occasions where we have to kick-off at either 10.00 am or 12.30 pm due to Norsemen Youth running more teams and having priority at our Home ground.
The normal 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 at least 30 minutes before that kick-off time.

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 Players 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 and/or privately messaged by Laurence Hughes or the Team Manager. 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 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.

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TRAINING SESSIONS DURING THE SEASON

This season we will be using half a full-size floodlit 3G pitch at the AIM Academy in Turin Road N9 8DQ for regular Wednesday evening training sessions between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm.
We will therefore be practicing team play, tactical work and goalkeeping drills as well as fitness and ballwork by using these excellent facilities.
These training sessions will be for club members only, plus those invited along by club members, who must obtain permission from the Team Manager in advance.

Gates to the Academy site will be opened for us at 6:45 pm and we will be able to do a warm-up on the surrounding areas before going into the cage at 7.00 pm.
There will be no charge for attending floodlit midweek training sessions as the cost will be paid for by sponsorship.

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

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

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 always meet up for our Pre-Season Training. 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 10.00.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 6.00 pm or 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 Players 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 July 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)

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, their FAN number (if they are already on the system having played for another club) and a suitable selfie mugshot photo (if they do not already have a Whole Game System profile with a photo uploaded). There are no paper forms to fill in and no signatures required.
Once you are on the Whole Game System, you will need to use your e-mail address to login at this link and give your consent that you wish to register to play for us, 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 12th September) is Saturday 11th September. Players registering after that date will miss that first League match, but from the following week onwards they will have until a Saturday lunchtime before the game to do so.

  

                   BARNET SUNDAY LEAGUE MATCHDAY TEAMSHEET         UPDATED

For the last few seasons, the Barnet Sunday League have been using a triplicate carbonated teamsheet for each match which had to be filled in by the Club Secretary or Team Manager before the kick-off with copies being given to both the Referee and the opposing team. However, this has now been scrapped for Season 2021-2022 and replaced by Squad List downloads from the FA’s Whole Game System Club Portal which have photos of each player and their ages. These are then swapped with the opposing team via WhatsApp before the kick-off so that any attempts to play unregistered players can then be challenged. Club Secretaries are then responsible for entering their team line-ups, substitutions made, goalscorers and Referee’s mark onto Full-Time, either by a direct login or via the FA Matchday app. Players can therefore get on with their pre-match warm-up instead of having to sign anything.

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

This season we have brought in a new payment scheme for players’ Annual and Match Subscriptions where both sets of fees are now combined as four quarterly £45.00 payments per season.

The First £45.00 instalment must be paid on joining the club and before playing a match...or before the first League match of the season for existing players from the previous season. (These fees will be taken from the 1st July onwards once we start registering players).

The Second £45.00 instalment must be paid before the 1st November.

The Third £45.00 instalment must be paid before the 1st February.

The Fourth £45.00 instalment must be paid before the 1st April.

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

Parents and even individual sponsors can pay a player’s subs, although if any player is genuinely struggling for reasons beyond their control (or if they have a long-term injury or rarely get a game), then the Management Committee will deal with each case on its merit and give a credit if necessary.

These subs payment instalments should ideally be made online directly into the club’s TSB Enfield bank account at 77-91-14 / 86725960 using their name as the Reference, but we do have a card reader for chip & pin or contactless (including Apple Pay from a phone) and cash payments can also be taken.

If a player joins the club half-way through the season, they may only need to pay one, two or three £45.00 instalments (at the Management Committee’s discretion).

  

               FURTHER NON-PAYMENT OF SUBS & CLUB DISCIPLINARY MEASURES     UPDATED RULE

  • 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 2021-2022. 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 £45.00 instalment that is due (or still owing money from previous seasons) 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) must pay the London F.A.’s £12.00 fine/administration charge by re-imbursing the club. (Please note that this is a £2.00 increase that has been imposed by the F.A. recently). 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 £40.00 Fine.
(The fines in red above are increases for this season imposed by the F.A.).

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         UPDATED

This season, all players will 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.
The plain forest green socks that we use are purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/Mercury-Plain-Forest-Sock
Plain black (unbranded Mitre) shorts can be purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/mitre-prime-ii-black-football-short

Plain BLACK base layers can be purchased from here: https://www.discountfootballkits.com/mitre-neutron-compression-black-base-layer-top

  

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 by the 4 x £45 Subs payments.

  

MARKS OUT OF 10 & ‘VIDEO NOTES’

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. 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 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.