THE SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM WHO HAVE BEEN
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CLUB INFORMATION SEASON 2020-2021 CHANGES FOR SEASON 2020-2021 ARE IN RED Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2020  Laurence Hughes

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 2020-2021 we will once again 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 three seasons in Division One but struggled in all of them due to season-ending injuries for a number of key players and being unable to field a settled side. The Barnet Sunday League had only three divisions when we joined in 2016 but it now has seven divisions for Season 2020-2021 with 32 new teams joining. The current League Tables for all divisions can be viewed HERE on Full-Time. 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 is for all teams in the League, and also the League SENIOR CUP, which is for all teams in the Premier Division & Division One. 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 once again 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 Challenge Trophy 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 and also to pay our ever-increasing pitch fees.
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 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. 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               UPDATED RULE

The general rule this season is that all registered players must inform the Team Manager privately via WhatsApp on or before a Friday each week as to whether they are available or not for the forthcoming Sunday’s match. If the Team Manager has no reply, then he will assume that player is unavailable.

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 chosen on the Friday or a Saturday before the match and players are then informed privately by the Team Manager if they are in it or not. The reason we have introduced this new policy this season instead of using the players WhatsApp Group is to stop players from dropping out when they see that a key player is unavailable. Also, unlike other clubs, we do not use the F.A. Matchday App because it requires each player to actively use an e-mail address...and most players only use WhatsApp/mobile phone numbers nowadays !

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 & 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. 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 30 minutes before that kick-off time. However, due to the new Covid-19 guidelines (See the section below), players need to be already changed when they arrive, so the general rule will now be that 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).

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.

All players who do not drive are expected to make their own arrangements for a lift from their team-mates (subject to Covid-19 guidelines) 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.

  

                                             COVID-19 GUIDELINES                  NEW PROCEDURES !

For us to resume training and play competive matches, we now have to adhere to strict Government & Football Association guidelines that will help to protect ourselves from catching coronavirus. These can all been found HERE ON THE LONDON F.A. WEBSITE.
The main guideline that affects us is that changing rooms cannot be used until further notice, so that means players will need to use/purchase their own pairs of plain black shorts and forest green socks which they then take home with them and wash after every match. The players will have to arrive for every match already changed...apart from our usual numbered shirts which the club will continue to wash after players have handed them in following every match. Players MUST also bring their own shinpads. You will no longer be allowed to share club ones.
The plain forest green socks that we use can be 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

Please do NOT wear any other colour of base layer under our dark green & black shirts. Referees will tell you to take them off.
The other main guidelines that we need to be aware of are the general common-sense ones of social distancing, proper hand-washing & sanitising, and not attending if you have symptoms or have been sharing a house with somebody who has symptoms.
Any further guidance we receive will be notified to our players via WhatsApp.

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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             NEW PROCEDURE

This season we now have access to a new floodlit 3G 5-a-side pitch at Haringey 6th Form College in Tottenham for a regular weekly training session on Friday evenings at 8.00 pm thanks to a partnership with the College team and Estudiantes London, both of which are run by our new Club Welfare Officer Darren Wiltshire. The idea is that some players from those two teams will move into adults football by playing for us on Sundays where the professional filming of our matches will help them eventually progress into the Semi-Professional or even the full professional game. The cost of these training sessions will hopefully be paid for by sponsorship, details of which will follow.
The drive-in entrance to the College’s 3G pitch car park is in College Road, Tottenham N17 8DY.
If you are a new player wishing to attend training with a view to playing for us on Sunday mornings, please read the notice at the top of this page and then contact Manager Lexton Harrison on 07939 820163.

  

 PRE-SEASON TRAINING & FRIENDLIES

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

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 10.00.a.m. for the Sunday morning sessions and as soon as they can after work for the Wednesday evening sessions. 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 are normally arranged for every Sunday morning in August, but due to the Covid-19 lockdown delaying this season, we are more likely to train instead. Any Pre-Season Friendlies we do arrange 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 PROCEDURE

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 does not require the player to do anything apart from giving 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). It will then be very easy to register you to play for the club, even just hours before a match if necessary. 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 if any of your details have changed and need updating.
All NEW players who wish to play for the club will need to show Laurence Hughes 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.
Players from the previous season will be automatically re-registered to play for the club this season unless they inform us that they are leaving.

The deadline for players to be registered to play for us in our first League match of the season (to be played on Sunday 6th September) is Saturday 29th August. 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

The Barnet Sunday League use a triplicate carbonated teamsheet for each match which has 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. The participating players names and shirt numbers have to be listed on the teamsheet, 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.




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

Annual Subs’ for Season 2020-2021 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.
However, a £20.00 Annual Sub can be charged instead of £40.00 for students and for players we register who are unlikely to get a regular game. This will be at the Management Committee’s discretion.
Annual Subs MUST be paid before players are allowed to play in a competitive (League or Cup) match this season.
We are not supposed to take cash payments now due to Covid-19 regulations, but we do have a card reader to take contactless payments at matches, while players can also pay online into the club account at 77-91-14 / 86725960 using their name as the Reference. (Paying online is our preferred option).
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).

As with Annual Subs, we are not supposed to take cash payments now due to Covid-19 regulations, so the card reader will be used to take contactless payments at matches, while players can also pay online into the club account at 77-91-14 / 86725960 using their name as the Reference. (Paying online is our preferred option).

If players need to know how much they owe, please text/message/e-mail Laurence Hughes.
PLEASE NOTE that we are trying to secure sponsorship for this season that will enable players to play in matches free of charge as long as they have paid their Annual Subscriptions. However, until we secure that sponsorship, all Match Fees will need to be paid as normal.

  

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 2020-2021. 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               UPDATED RULE

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 £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. for this season). 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             UPDATED RULE

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 (Due to Covid-19)

This season, as we are not allowed to use changing rooms and showers until further notice, all players will have to wear their own shorts, socks and shinpads and wash them themselves after each match. (See Covid-19 Guidelines above on this page).

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.
Because of Covid-19 ‘risks’ with the club keeping and washing the shirts, all players are advised to purchase BLACK base layers or t-shirts to wear underneath that they then take home and wash themselves. Base layers or t-shirts that are any colour other than black (or dark green) will not be permitted by Referees. 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.

If a player forgets to bring their own black shorts, dark green socks & shinpads to a match, then they will not be able to play. Players should not be borrowing boots from team-mates either (due to the new restrictions).
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.

  

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 Annual & Weekly 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 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.