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

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DEREK DORWARD

FORWARD or MIDFIELDER

310 Appearances

 DEBUT:  27th February 1994 v. St. Mary's (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division 5 Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

 LAST MATCH:  13th April 2008 v. Cheshunt Sunday (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

PROFILE:  Scottish-born attacking player who joined the club after being brought along by his younger brother Stuart. Scored a spectacular goal in only his second game for the club (against Streatham & Mitcham in March 1994) which features in Rovers ‘90’s Goal of the Decade Competition, and that ensured him a regular place in the side which he kept ever since. Had a good goalscoring record with well over 100 goals for the club and finished the season as Top Goalscorer on a number of occasions despite often playing in a wide midfield position.  Like his brother Stuart, 'Del' previously played in the Edmonton Sunday League for the Accies (in the bottom Division) before joining Rovers and 'stepping up in class' !

Kept himself fit as he got older, initially by working as a fitted kitchen installer, and then more recently in a LIDL's warehouse, but suffered a broken ankle against Cheshunt (Sunday) in April 2008 which unfortunately put an end to his Rovers career, although increasing work and family commitments also played a major part. Now lives in Perth, Australia.

STUART DORWARD

DEFENDER or MIDFIELDER

375 Appearances

 DEBUT:  9th January 1994 v. Old Bulls Head (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division 5 Match at Presdales, Ware)

 LAST MATCH:  23rd August 2015 v. Sumners Athletic (Pre-Season Friendly at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE: Stuart joined the club way back in 1994 as a 19-year-old after several of his ex-Edmonton County School colleagues (who were playing for us at the time) brought him along. Like his older brother Derek, who also played for us for many years, Stuart was born in Scotland but moved to England at an early age, although both remain fiercely patriotic to the land of their birth (and parentage). Stuart made an immediate impression as an attacking midfield player on his Rovers debut and became a regular in the side ever since, going on to become our Club Captain and breaking the All-Time Club Appearances record which now stands at 375 after re-signing for the 2015-2016 Season to play when needed. Had a lengthy spell playing Senior Saturday football for Spartan South Midlands League side Hoddesdon Town in the mid-90's which really improved his fitness and this saw him being voted as Rovers Player of the Year three times in four seasons by his fellow players who were really appreciative of his work-rate. Due to a persistent back problem he then gave up playing Saturday football in the late-90's and concentrated on playing for Rovers instead, invariably after out-drinking all his team-mates down the ‘Polo Club’ the night before but still managing to play to an incredibly high standard the following morning !  Over the years, Stuart’s most effective position for Rovers was undoubtedly as a sweeper, where his well-timed runs straight down the pitch into goalscoring positions often caught opposing teams out, although towards the end of his career he reverted back to an attacking midfield role with others playing in defence. Won the Players Player Of The Year Award for a fourth time at the end of Season 2006-2007 and is undoubtedly one of the best players to ever pull on a Rovers shirt. Unfortunately, niggling injuries and work & family commitments curtailed his appearances towards the end of the 2000’s as he reached his late-30’s and he finally decided to call it a day at the end of Season 2010-2011 to give some of our more promising younger players a chance. Stuart is a Spurs supporter and sometimes missed matches through having to entertain clients in his company’s executive boxes at White Hart Lane and various other venues.

CHRIS DRAPER

DEFENDER

189 Appearances

 DEBUT:  16th September 1979 v. Kingfisher 'D' (Edmonton Sunday League Division 8 Match at Pymmes Park)

 LAST MATCH:  28th April 1987 v. Tottenham Mitre (Haringey Sunday League Division 2 Match at Firs Farm)

PROFILE: Consistent Right-Back who was brought along to the club by his former Bishop Stopford school colleague Demitrius Nurse. Was lucky enough to slot into a successful side in his first season and win some trophies, but he was one of a number of players who started to lose interest by the mid-80's and eventually leave. (Perhaps getting sent off for fighting in a Haringey League Cup Final didn't help ?!) Gave up playing football long ago, but still lives locally and keeps in touch with some of his old team-mates socially.

JAMES DYER

DEFENDER

100 Appearances

 DEBUT:  5th August 1990 v. White Hart (Friendly Match at Picketts Lock Astroturf)

 LAST MATCH:  6th April 1997 v. Winchmore Hill (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division 2 Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

PROFILE:  Younger brother of John & Stafford who spent his early Sunday football career playing for Hornsey Vale in the Edmonton Sunday League before being persuaded to join Rovers, where he then went on to become a useful if somewhat casual defender. Also spent a season playing for Somersett Ambury's Sunday Reserve Team in the mid-90's before returning to Rovers the following year. Will probably be best remembered for his man-marking job on 'some flash German playmaker' on Tour in 1992 where he stuck to him so tightly he even followed him off the pitch !  Two sending-offs in his Rovers career confirmed him as a 'typical Dyer' !  'Retired' in 1997 to get married and move up to live in Cambridge.

JOHN DYER

DEFENDER

151 Appearances

 DEBUT:  20th May 1979 v. Southgate CTA (Edmonton Sunday League Division 8 Match at Firs Farm)

 LAST MATCH:  14th November 1999 v. Sporting Club Tropic (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division 2 Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Diminutive but tough-tackling defender who made his debut as a 16-year-old 'ringer' in a one-off match back in 1979 just to help us out when we were short of players, but was not persuaded to leave his club at that time (Winchmore Hill) until October 1987 when his arrival helped us to win the Division 2 title in the Haringey League that season. Unfortunately he then went off to play for Edmonton Sunday League side Bird In Hand for 5 seasons during the early-90's, but then returned for another spell with Rovers in 1996 when his experience proved vital in helping a number of young players (and the erratic Gary Southam !) get through their games. However, work commitments as a bus driver finally put an end to his Rovers career in November 1999 and he has not been heard from since.

STAFFORD DYER

DEFENDER

162 Appearances

 DEBUT:  8th November 1987 v. Duke of Cambridge Reserves (Haringey League Division 2 Match at Downhills Rec., Tottenham)

 LAST MATCH:  12th September 1999 v. Hoddesdon Snooker Club (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Roy Bailey Challenge Cup Match at Presdales Playing Fields, Ware)

PROFILE:  The eldest of the four Dyer brothers who have played for the club and probably the least talented, but a loyal servant to Rovers nonetheless and a real character (particularly when there was a video camera around !) Joined in the same season as his brother John, but always stayed with the club and was often a very vocal supporter on the touchline on the many occasions when he was not in the starting line-up. However, work commitments as a furniture salesman and nightclub bouncer (in the now-demolished Townhouse !) put an end to his Rovers career in the late 90's.

MARCO ELLERKER

MIDFIELDER

77 Appearances

 DEBUT:  8th August 2000 v. Trojans (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Picketts Lock Astroturf)

 LAST MATCH:  12th September 2004 v. Northmet (Riverside) (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Premier Division Match at the Riverside Club, Turkey Street)

PROFILE:  Experienced attacking midfielder who first played for Rovers in the 7-a-side League at the Southgate Hockey Centre during our Summer 2000 campaign, having been brought along to the club by Russell Beeden who was fortunate enough to be on Marco's side in a Film Industry 6-a-side Tournament at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Ground a few months earlier. Marco then subsequently signed up to play 11-a-side in the Mercury Waltham Sunday League and not surprisingly turned out to be a class act, especially after having had a successful spell with then Ryman League Premier Division side Chertsey Town in the mid-90's where his team-mates included ex-England Internationals Kenny Sansom & Ricky Hill !  Also previously played for Barnet Sunday League side Oakleigh Rovers, but the best moment of his footballing 'career' was undoubtedly when he starred in the Chertsey side that produced a shock 3-0 win against Enfield in the 1994 Ryman League Cup Final. Won Rovers First Team Player Of The Year Award twice in his four seasons with the club and is rated by many as our best-ever player, mainly on the basis that he was able to 'take the piss' in the Premier Division whereas most of our other 'greats' only did that at a lower level.

Unfortunately, Marco probably joined us a few years too late, as he was in his mid-30's when he did so and had to give up playing football in September 2004 due to increasing work and family commitments.

PAUL ELLERKER

MIDFIELDER

115 Appearances

 DEBUT:  20th August 2000 v. Rose & Crown (Welwyn) (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Welwyn Playing Fields)

 LAST MATCH:  29th October 2006 v. St. Margaretsbury (Sunday) (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at St. Margaretsbury F.C.)

PROFILE:  Younger brother of former Rovers midfielder Marco, Paul also played in the Film Industry 6-a-sides at Stamford Bridge with Russell Beeden where Marco was spotted back in the Summer of 2000, but was initially a bit more reluctant to join Rovers than his elder brother. However, a successful spell playing for us in the Summer 7-a-side League made him change his mind and two goals in his 11-a-side debut in a Pre-Season Friendly confirmed that he would be a useful signing. Unfortunately, Paul suffered a loss of confidence in front of goal towards the end of his first season with the club, but a switch to a midfield holding role during the 2002-2003 Season saw him rejuvenated and earn a regular place in the starting line-up where he became a vital player for us. Paul also played (on and off) for teams in the Barnet Sunday League and was a good competitive player who always gave 100%, even with a 'hangover'...which was quite often ! Various work, family and social commitments eventually put paid to his Rovers career in October 2006, with a long-term back injury eventually ruling out any comeback.

BILLY HOWARD

FORWARD

140 Appearances

 DEBUT:  17th August 1980 v. Finches (Edmonton Sunday League 'Friendly' Match at the Barrass Surround)

 LAST MATCH:  3rd March 1985 v. Forest Royals (Haringey League Division 6 Match at Lordship Rec., Tottenham)

PROFILE:  Was signed (along with a number of other players) from fellow Edmonton Sunday League side Cinova when they folded in 1980, this coinciding with the 'B' (Reserve) Team's formation. Billy then went on to set all sorts of club records as a 'B' Team regular throughout their 5-year history with his pace, sharpness and trickery in front of goal being far too good for the bottom Division. Played just one game for the First Team, but was unable to stay and play for them when the 'B' Team folded due to a career-ending back injury caused by a carpet falling on top of him when he worked at the Cinova furniture factory !?

JOHN HOWARD

MIDFIELDER

131 Appearances

 DEBUT:  26th August 1979 v. Kingfisher (Edmonton Sunday League 'Friendly' Match at Durants Park, Enfield)

 LAST MATCH:  22nd May 1983 v. E.N.M. (Edmonton Sunday League Division 8 Match at Firs Farm)

PROFILE:  Elder brother of Billy, attacking midfielder John actually signed for Rovers a year earlier and played an important part in the First Team's most successful-ever season in the 1979-1980 campaign. However, he was often named as a substitute for the First Team and therefore dropped down to join his brother in the 'B' Team on their formation a year later where he got a more regular game. Left at the end of the 1982-1983 Season due to work & family commitments (and old age ?).

MARK HOWLEY

RESERVE TEAM MANAGER

34 Appearances

 DEBUT:  3rd November 1991 v. Addison (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division Five Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

 LAST MATCH:  23rd January 2005 v. Northmet (Riverside) Reserves (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division Four Match (Reserve Team) at The Riverside Club, Turkey Street)

PROFILE:  Mark made his debut for the club as a right-sided midfielder in a 7-4 defeat to Addison in a Division 5 match during the 1991-1992 Season after being brought along by his ex-Edmonton County School colleagues Conor Mc,Govern and Steve 'Willie' Platt. Played in 17 matches that season but then only played 13 matches in the next four seasons due to a persistent back injury and other commitments. Gave up playing completely after that although he still kept in touch by watching the occasional match and after doing some coaching in Youth Football he subsequently decided to give Management a try when our Reserve Team was re-formed at the start of the 2003-2004 Season. Managed to win the Mercury Waltham Sunday League's Top Club Linesman Award for Division Four that season and also received the club's Clubman Award from his fellow Management Committee Members in recognition of the tough job he had on his hands in trying to organise so many new players into a cohesive unit. Unfortunately, Mark decided to take a break from running the Reserve Team towards the end of their final season in 2004-2005 due to increasing work commitments in his job as a self-employed electrician and also because of the poor attitude of a number of Reserve Team players. However, he then became Assistant Manager to First Team Manager Trevor Hughes for the 2005-2006 Season, but then moved to live in Braintree in Essex and was unable to commit himself to the club thereafter. Also seems to spend a lot of his time in Australia.

TREVOR HUGHES

MANAGER & TREASURER

145 Appearances

 DEBUT (As a Player):  11th September 1976 v. Eton Manor (Enfield Youth League U-17’s Division Match at Chingford Playing Fields)

 LAST MATCH (As Manager):  27th April 2014 v. Upshire Reserves (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE: Trevor is the younger brother of Laurence Hughes and was also a founder member back in 1976 when his school colleague David Ashton founded the club. Was then involved with the club ever since until he emigrated to Cyprus in May 2014, becoming Treasurer in the late-1970's and then Team Manager in 1991 after Demitrius Nurse resigned. A qualified F.A. Coach, Hughes's appointment as Manager arrested a slide down the Divisions in the Waltham Sunday League as a number of good young players such as Conor McGovern, Steve Beasley & Russell Beeden really came of age under his tutelage and it was his 'innovative' tactics of zonal marking from corners, playing with a sweeper and a midfield holding player and defending deep and hitting teams on the break which saw Rovers gain various promotions and eventually reach the Premier Division. Was an uncompromising central defender in his playing days having been school 'B' Team Captain and then a regular in Rovers 'B' Team when it was formed in 1980. Also played a fair number of games as a regular in Rovers First Team in the early-80's with 145 Appearances for the club in total, although he only managed to score 3 goals (all of them spectacular long-range efforts !) However, he decided to retire from playing regularly at the end of the 1982/83 season (when he was only 21) and as his coaching 'career' developed he stopped playing completely by 1988, although a big increase in weight played a part as well !  During his days in England, Trevor was an Arsenal Season-Ticket Holder and worked as a Magistrates Clerk where he often came into contact with ex-Rovers players while doing his job !

SIMON JACKSON

GOALKEEPER & MANAGER

125 Appearances

 DEBUT:  10th August 2003 v. Enfield Crusaders (Reserve Team Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge)

 LAST MATCH:  28th February 2016 v. Cheshunt Town (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club)

PROFILE:  Goalkeeper ‘Jacko’ was brought along to the club in the Summer of 2003 by Conor McGovern, whose ex-girlfriend is a friend of Jacko’s wife. Originally from Stoke-On-Trent, Jacko is a loyal Stoke City supporter and before he joined Rovers he spent his Sunday mornings playing with other ex-pats from the Stoke area for a Pub team in the Chiswick Sunday League called 'Hole In The Head' (or something like that ?!). However, as he lives in Enfield, playing for Rovers was obviously a lot more convenient. Decided to retire from playing regularly towards the end of Season 2012-2013 despite actually being in contention for the Player Of The Year award after a number of Man-Of-The-Match performances, but some costly mistakes in an 8-1 defeat in a London FA Sunday Junior Cup Quarter-Final seemed to affect his confidence. Jacko was always an excellent shot-stopper in his time playing for us, but was hampered by injury problems and a lack of concentration and commitment at times since joining us due to his number one sport being cricket, where he is an ex-fast bowler for the First XI of top Hertfordshire side Radlett. Has also entered ‘Tough Guy' competitions as another pastime that stopped him playing for us, but the final 2 or 3 seasons of his Rovers career saw him concentrate more on football, especially at our training sessions in midweek where he would fling himself about on the rock-hard first generation Astroturf at the Southgate Hockey Centre without wearing padded keepers’ trousers ! Jacko was a very vocal presence on the pitch for us with his broad Northern accent often bellowing round the grounds we play at, while off the pitch he was most definitely a real character as a player with his changing room banter (particularly in the showers), together with his Forum comments and George N’Bogwou alter-ego(s)...amongst other things. Ran his son's former Youth Team at Whitewebbs Eagles during the 2013-2014 Season, but decided to take a break from Youth football and become our goalkeeping coach (and backup goalkeeper) for our new Management regime at the start of Season 2014-2015. When they then left in November of that season, Jacko was then immediately appointed Manager and had some initial success until he resigned mid-way through the following season due to a perceived lack of support from certain players and also family commitments. However, Jacko still helped us out as a goalkeeper from time to time for the remainder of last season, but a poor performance in an 8-2 Home defeat to Cheshunt Town eventually forced him into retirement.

GARETH JOHN

FORWARD

202 Appearances

 DEBUT:  8th August 1982 v. Finches (Edmonton Sunday League 'Friendly' Match at Durants Park, Enfield)

 LAST MATCH:  27th August 1995 v. Data Reserves (Friendly Match at the Barrass Surround)

PROFILE:  A powerful but erratic Welsh-born centre forward standing well over 6 feet tall, Gareth would often frighten the lives out of defenders with his physique but then let himself down at times with wayward finishing, although he still managed to score a total of 116 Goals in his 202 Appearances.  Joined the club as a 19-year-old and played fairly regularly until the end of the 1990-1991 Season when he then decided to  retire. Made an abortive comeback at the start of the 1995-1996 Season which only lasted for two matches although he later played regularly against us in Pre-Season Friendly matches for Trojans. Still works as a graphic designer and indeed our club badge is one of his works of art !

HUW JOHN

MIDFIELDER

178 Appearances

 DEBUT:  16th September 1984 v. Kolok (Haringey Sunday League Match at Bush Hill Park)

 LAST MATCH:  2nd May 1993 v. Castle United (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division 5 Match at Grundy Park, Cheshunt)

PROFILE:  Younger brother of Gareth, Huw made his Rovers debut in our first-ever Haringey League match back in September 1984 but that was his only game that season as he still had another year to complete at University. However, he became a regular the following season and played in virtually every match from then on right up until the start of the 1991-1992 Season when he decided to play for the Armenian Youth Association on Sundays in another League. Came back to play regularly during the 1992-1993 Season but then retired for good after starring against Castle United in Rovers 'Best Ever Performance' and going out on a high note. A skilful winger/midfielder  who will always be remembered for his mazy dribbles, particularly in our Haringey League days. Later played against us in regular Pre-Season Friendlies for Trojans on the Astroturf at Picketts Lock.

DARRYL JOHNSON

GOALKEEPER

136 Appearances

 DEBUT:  19th August 2001 v. Cheshunt Sunday (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Cheshunt F.C.)

 LAST MATCH:  6th November 2011 v. Asco (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

PROFILE: Darryl was signed back in 2001 along with Steve Cokell when their previous club Beehive (Wormley) folded, and he proved to be a useful acquisition in his first season standing-in for then first-choice keeper Stavros Elia, although work & family commitments on a Sunday restricted his appearances to just six. However, when Stavros left the club during the middle of Season 2002-2003, Darryl became Rovers regular first-choice keeper and played well enough to earn himself the Most Improved Player Award at the end of the season. Although Darryl let in a couple of 'silly' goals when playing against us for Beehive in the 2000-2001 Season, that proved to be a rare bad performance and over the years he proved to be very capable in goal with his height being an obvious advantage. Works as a car dealer and had long spells of unavailability from time to time due to that, family commitments and various injuries, thereby resulting in a constant battle with Simon Jackson to regain his place in the side whenever he was available. Was finally forced to retire during the 2011-2012 Season due to injury, but will certainly be known as one of the better goalkeepers we have had play for us since our formation. Darryl also played on Saturdays for East Barnet Old Grammarians First XI in the Southern Amateur League and may well continue playing for them if injuries permit.

KEVIN JOHNSON

MIDFIELDER

155 Appearances

 DEBUT:  31st August 1976 v. Cheshunt Youth (Friendly Match at Cheshunt F.C.)

 LAST MATCH:  24th February 1985 v. Richmond (Haringey Sunday League Division 6 Match at Albany Park, Enfield)

PROFILE:  A speedy winger who was one of the original founder members of the club, making his debut in the first-ever match and playing regularly in Rovers first season in the Enfield & District Youth League. However, along with a number of other founder members he declined to play in men's football when Rovers joined the Edmonton Sunday League for the start of the following season and only re-joined the club when the 'B' (Reserve) Team was formed in 1980. That saw him become one of the mainstays of the 'B' Team during the early-80's, but like many others he left the club and gave up playing football altogether when the 'B' Team folded.

TONY KING

UTILITY PLAYER

122 Appearances

 DEBUT:  10th September 2006 v. Trent Park (Arkay) (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

 LAST MATCH:  28th October 2012 v. Bromley Knights (London FA Sunday Junior Cup First Round Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

PROFILE: Tony joined us at the start of Season 2006-2007 after being brought along by Manager Trevor Hughes, who was working with him at Highgate Magistrates Court at the time. Comes from Hull and was very proud to see Hull City in the Premier League when they first got there ! Played in the 20-Division -strong Hull Sunday League in his younger days, but had not played for several years before joining us and subsequently found it hard to gain a regular place in the side at first, although other commitments also played a part in that. Playing regularly  for us in the Summer 7-a-side League improved his fitness though, and he then became a very loyal player for us for six seasons, showing plenty of good skill and clever touches while being asked to play in a variety of different positions for the team when his preferred choice is as a forward. Played most of Season 2011-2012 as a left-back with us being very short in that department and he was expected to be a regular in that role the following season but ended up leaving the club at the end of 2012 after losing his place in the side from being unable to attend training. Sadly, Tony has not been heard from since.

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All Appearances & Goalscorers Totals referred to are for First Team & 'B' (Reserve) Team combined.

Players selected for this ‘Greats Of The Past’ section are mainly those who made over 100 appearances for the club or served us loyally in a management or administrative role. However, other players have been included who fell short of the 100 appearances landmark but ability-wise were widely regarded as being a ‘definite’ for a place in the starting line-up for our ‘best-ever’ team.

Francesco APICELLA

David ASHTON

John BEASLEY

Steve BEASLEY

Chris ‘Nugget’ BEEDEN

Russell BEEDEN

Tim BEEDEN

Adam BRAMLEY

Jerome BURNIKELL

Karl CHRISTODOULOU

Terry CLARK

Steve COKELL

Steve CRACKNELL

Aaron DART

Kevin DEDMAN

Derek DORWARD

Stuart DORWARD

Chris DRAPER

James DYER

John DYER

Stafford DYER

Marco ELLERKER

Paul ELLERKER

Billy HOWARD

John HOWARD

Mark HOWLEY

Trevor HUGHES

Simon JACKSON

Gareth JOHN

Huw JOHN

Darryl JOHNSON

Kevin JOHNSON

Tony KING

Bobby LAKE

Alan LEE

Martin LOVEDAY

Conor McGOVERN

Kieran McGREGOR

Robert McMAHON

Terry MOORE

Peter MURPHY

Demitrius NURSE

Julien NURSE

Tony O’DRISCOLL

Shaun O’NEILL

Lee OSBORN

Steve ‘Willie’ PLATT

Glenn POOLEY

Robin PRYKE

Paul REBAIRO

Giuseppe SARNO

Gary SOUTHAM

Glen SOUTHAM

Tony SPELLER

Mitchell TAYLOR

Mark TEPPER

Tony TOMBLING

Ian WATTS

Glenn WEAVER

Paul WOOLSTON