THE SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM WHO HAVE BEEN
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LAURENCE HUGHES

CHAIRMAN & CLUB SECRETARY

Tel.:  07949 128505 (Mobile)

e-mail:  laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk

PROFILE: Now aged 65, Laurence Hughes has been Edmonton Rovers' Club Secretary since the age of 17 and has ambitions only to 'retire' when the club eventually folds !  Although as a player he made a total of 172 Appearances for the club (scoring 14 Goals), well over 100 of them were either as a substitute for an injured player or as a last-minute call-up when players had failed to turn up. This was no doubt down to the fact that he was too small and 'weedy' as a teenager and bottled out of headers and challenges too much, even though he was a skilful winger in his time with 'Beckham-like' crossing and shooting ability. Unable to even get a game for his school 'House Team' because of the standard 'Get stuck in and get rid of it' English football policy of the 1970's, Hughes was therefore never going to be good enough to be a regular in Rovers' side, so being involved as Secretary was probably the next best thing !  On leaving school in 1976 (the year Rovers were founded), Hughes worked for WH Smith at various branches until he left in 1990 to start 'Hughes Video Services', his own Company specialising in the filming of Amateur & 'Non-League' Football matches. This of course included filming Rovers matches, something which has given the club great publicity in recent years (see Video History). A mind of information on anything to do with Edmonton Rovers or indeed Sunday League football in general in the North London area, Hughes admits he is a complete Sunday League ‘trainspotter’ and he is always being subjected to much good-humoured 'piss-taking' from his Rovers team-mates because of that (and his love of 70’s jazz-funk, soul & ‘rare groove’ tunes), but they all accept that without him Rovers would probably cease to exist !

JOSH WAKEFORD

TEAM MANAGER

Tel.:  07852 457361 (Mobile)

e-mail:  

PROFILE: Josh is one of our 18-year-old players who joined the club for our ‘Project Re-Start’ in July 2021. He has now been appointed Team Manager for the 2023-2024 Season as we go back to how we successfully started the club in the late-1970’s with 18 & 19-year-olds picking the team. We are hoping this will enable the club to survive with most of our other Management Committee members now well into their 60’s.




STUART DORWARD

ASSISTANT MANAGER/COACH

Tel.:  07526 252188 (Mobile)

e-mail:  dorwardstuart@icloud.com

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 just short of 400 as he still continues to play when needed, despite being in his late-40’s. Had a lengthy spell playing Non-League Step 5 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 as a regular player 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 misses matches through having to entertain clients in his company’s executive boxes at White Hart Lane and various other venues. After several years of playing Veterans football, Stuart re-joined the club as a Player-Coach for our ‘Project Re-Start’ for Season 2021-2022 with his son Harry joining as a player, and has since had a spell as Manager when Tony McKay stepped down after having a major operation. Increasing work commitments at home and abroad means Stuart has now had to relinquish the Manager’s role for this season though, but he will still help out on the coaching side when he is not playing Vets football…if and when needed.

RODERICK BENNETT

ASSISTANT COACH

PROFILE:  On his appointment as Manager in 2016, Tony McKay immediately brought his old Newbury Youth colleague Roderick along as his Assistant for our first Pre-Season Friendly and since then, he has had an important role to play in motivating our players...and helping to carry Laurence Hughes’s filming platform over to the pitch ! As a player, Roderick was centre-forward for the great Continental side of the late-1970’s & early-80’s that won the London Sunday Challenge Cup on three occasions and were arguably one of the best Sunday teams in the country. He then later became Manager of the now-defunct PERME team that competed in the Enfield Alliance on Saturdays for many years, so he has great experience of football at parks level. Despite moving to live in Braintree in Essex, Roderick still attends our matches on a regular basis to help out on the coaching side when needed with his Grandson Harvey Antoniou and Great-Nephew Rashawn Bennett-Dyer now playing for us.

BOB CLEARY

ASSISTANT COACH & CLUB LINESMAN

PROFILE:  Like Tony McKay & Roderick Bennett, Bob joined us on a permanent basis at the start of Season 2016-2017, taking on the role of goalkeeping coach and also as a regular Club Linesman for whenever Referees ask for one, having done that role for us on two or three occasions when it was mandatory for clubs to supply one in the Waltham Sunday League. Bob was previously a goalkeeper with Monarch and then involved with Oakwood United, both in the Waltham Sunday League, before becoming a League Officer alongside Laurence Hughes in that League until it folded at the end of Season 2015-2016. Unfortunately a back problem means that Bob is unable to continue as a goalkeeping Coach, but he will continue to help out our team Mangement while running the line for us again this season.

TONY McKAY

ASSISTANT COACH

Tel.:  07940 002488 (Mobile)

e-mail:  mckayca57@hotmail.co.uk

PROFILE:  65-year-old Tony is the father of our long-serving player Leon McKenzie-McKay, and he was appointed Team Manager in July 2016 following the retirement of our then Caretaker Player-Manager Terry Moore. As a player back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Tony played in the KOPA League and also featured for Edmonton-based Newbury Youth Centre in the Northern Suburban League on Saturdays and for FC Porto of London on Sundays in the South-West London area, both of whom were highly successful sides. That winning experience brought Tony immediate success in his first season in charge for us as he ended a 29-year wait for a trophy by leading us to the Barnet Sunday League Division Two title, remaining unbeaten in the League all season while doing so. Unfortunately our promotion to Division One saw us struggle to field a settled side with a huge turnover of players and Tony decided to resign for the start of Season 2020-2021 after four years in charge and with Covid lockdowns causing all sorts of problems. With Tony’s replacement Lexton Harrison unable to commit to the job due to family commitments though, Tony agreed to return as Manager at the start of Season 2021-2022 to work with a new squad of younger and more committed players who rekindled his enthusiasm. With Tony having to miss the first half of the current 2022-2023 Season while recovering from a major operation though, he decided to step down and is now only generally available to help out on the coaching side now and again when family commitments permit.
Like Laurence Hughes and Stuart Dorward, Tony is a Spurs supporter.

TREVOR HUGHES

ASSISTANT COACH

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 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 who had just joined 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. With Covid lockdowns having stopped him from travelling over the past few seasons, Trevor is now hoping to come over from Cyprus more often to help out with the coaching of our new young team when needed as it mirrors what we did with the club both in the late-1970’s and the early-1990’s in building a new team to progress up the divisions.

ALAN BARNARD

TREASURER

Tel.: 07973 506642 (Mobile)

e-mail:  apbarnard@gmail.com

PROFILE: ‘Barney' made just one Pre-Season Friendly appearance back in 2001 but was unable to join the club at the time due to work and studying commitments in Portsmouth. Still managed to play for Edmonton Cricket Club during the Summer for several years though, which was where he knew some of our players from, and having returned to live in the Edmonton area at the start of Season 2006-2007 he decided to sign up and play for Rovers on a regular basis, albeit a bit reluctantly at first due to Saturday Night partying ?! Immediately gained a regular place in the side as a ‘cultured’ ball-playing central defender/sweeper and was very much a key player who was always in the running for the Players Player Of The Year Award every season, although invariably just missing out !  In addition to being a regular player for us, Barney has also dabbled in snowboarding, running marathons, long-distance cycling and even netball amongst other sports and was undoubtedly one of our fittest players even into his late-30’s. Barney has been a Rovers Management Committee member for a number of seasons where his responsibilities included organising Pre-Match warm-ups & fitness sessions at training, cleaning out the changing rooms & showers after Home matches, and picking up litter from the touchlines. Well, somebody’s got to do it ! Was appointed as Club Treasurer at the start of Season 2014-2015 and has continued in that role despite his retirement as a player at the end of Season 2015-2016 and moving to live away from the area. Is a big supporter of Isthmian League side Enfield Town on Saturdays and probably could have played at that level if he had wanted to.

HILARY CAREY

CLUB WELFARE OFFICER

Tel.:   07960 179143 (Mobile)

e-mail:  cwo@edmontonrovers.co.uk

PROFILE: Hilary is the younger sister of Laurence & Trevor Hughes, and as a former school-teaching assistant, she kindly agreed to become our Club Welfare Officer at the start of last season as it is now a mandatory position under new Football Association Safeguarding guidance for adult teams playing 16 & 17-year-old players.








CLUB PRESIDENTS

LIFE-PRESIDENT

Laurence Hughes

LIFE VICE-PRESIDENTS

David Ashton, Trevor Hughes, Demitrius Nurse, Aaron Dart, Gary Southam, Russell Beeden, Steve Beasley, Tim Beeden,
Stuart Dorward & Conor McGovern.