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LAURENCE HUGHES

CHAIRMAN & CLUB SECRETARY

Tel.:  07949 128505 (Mobile)

e-mail:  laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk

PROFILE: Now aged 62, 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 ‘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 !

TONY McKAY

TEAM MANAGER

Tel.:  07940 002488 (Mobile)

e-mail:  mckayca57@hotmail.co.uk

PROFILE:  63-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 currently unable to commit to the job this season due to family commitments though, Tony has now agreed to return as Manager where he is very much looking forward to working with a settled squad of younger and more committed players as we had during his first season. Like Laurence Hughes and Stuart Dorward, Tony is a Spurs supporter.

SIMON JACKSON

COACH/ASSISTANT MANAGER

Tel.:  07393 683452 (Mobile)

e-mail:  psy_jacko@hotmail.co.uk

PROFILE: ‘Jacko’ is an experienced goalkeeper in his mid-40’s who 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. Spent the early part of his Rovers career in competition with another very good goalkeeper in Daryl Johnson and therefore didn’t notch up as many appearances as he could have done, but injury problems and his number one sport being cricket also contributed to spells away from the club. However, Jacko has now played well over 100 matches for Rovers over the years in different spells, including several games at the start of last season before another Covid lockdown ended the season prematurely, and indeed he is likely to be our regular goalkeeper again this season in addition to being our main coaching assistant to Manager Tony McKay. In fact Jacko had a year as Rovers Manager himself from November 2014 onwards before concentrating on Youth football and helping coach his son Patrick, who is also a promising goalkeeper and hopefully a future Rovers player in that position once he is old enough next season. In addition to his coaching roles in recent years, Jacko is also best known amongst Rovers players past and present for entering 'Ironman' competitions, his changing room banter, his broad Northern accent bellowing around the grounds we played at, and particularly his goalkeeping at training sessions in flinging himself about on the rock-hard first generation Astroturf at the Southgate Hockey Centre without wearing padded keepers’ trousers ! Yes, it is safe to say that Jacko is a real character !

STUART DORWARD

ASSISTANT COACH

Tel.:  07526 252188 (Mobile)

e-mail:  dorwardstuart@yahoo.co.uk

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 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 missed 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 has now re-joined the club as an Assistant Coach for Season 2021-2022 with his son Harry joining as a player.

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.


SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS

LEON McKENZIE-McKAY

FITNESS COACH/OVER-35’s PLAYER

PROFILE: Leon is the son of our recently re-appointed Manager Tony McKay and he will be our lone outfield player from last season to continue playing for us on a regular basis, quite likely as Club Captain in addition to supervising Pre-Match warm-ups and fitness drills at training sessions. Leon first trained with the club during the 2002-2003 Season as an 18-year-old after being brought along by Jerome Harrison (Lexton's Cousin) and immediately impressed everyone with his ability either as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. He previously played for various teams in the Cheshunt Youth League, but the 2003-2004 Season was his first taste of properly organised Men's Football and that saw him struggle against experienced defenders when he played for the First Team in the Premier Division. However, most of his appearances for the Reserve Team that season found Division Four much more to his liking where he was a key player with his pace, skill and trickery. Unfortunately Leon left the club the following season due to a lack of First Team opportunities and work commitments, but then returned for the 2007-2008 Season where he scored 8 goals in 12 matches for us in Division One. He then decided to join McKenzie Rangers the following season though, but returned to us in the Summer of 2011 for a third spell after McKenzies folded. However, he only played in 10 matches that season and then took the whole of Season 2012-2013 off because of a back injury. Despite competition for his signature from other teams in the Waltham Sunday League, Leon decided to sign up for us for a fourth time in October 2013 and he has since been a regular in the starting line-up in an attacking midfield role after retiring from playing regularly for Wormley Rovers in the Herts Senior County League on Saturdays due to increasing family commitments. Leon was appointed Club Captain and Player-Coach as soon as his father Tony McKay came in as Manager in 2016 and he played a big part in our Division Two title win that first season. Unfortunately though, Leon missed most of the following season after suffering a broken ankle Away to FC Lokomotiv Thunder in early November, but he made a playing comeback during Season 2018-2019 despite approaching the ‘Veteran’ stage of his Rovers career. Leon is a Manchester United supporter.

BOB CLEARY

GOALKEEPING COACH & CLUB LINESMAN

PROFILE:  Like Tony McKay & Roderick Bennett, Bob joined us 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 involved with Oakwood United and then as a League Officer with the Waltham Sunday League until that League folded at the end of Season 2015-2016. He has also now taken on the role of goalkeeping coach for Norsemen Youth at our Home ground at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club but will continue to treat us as priority on match-days if any fixtures clash.

RODERICK BENNETT

CLUB FIRST AIDER

PROFILE:  On his appointment as Manager in 2016, Tony McKay immediately brought Roderick along as his Assistant for our first Pre-Season Friendly, and during Tony’s initial four seasons in charge, Roderick had an important role to play in motivating our players...and helping to carry Laurence Hughes’s video equipment over to the pitch ! Roderick was previously 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. With the Football Association’s Covid-19 guidelines now demanding that each club has a qualified first-aider with access to the necessary sanitisation equipment, Roderick has now taken on that role as his full-time job is an ambulanceman. Despite moving to live in Braintree in Essex, Roderick still plans to attend matches this season as his Grandson Harvey is hoping to play for us.

DANIEL CASCOE

CLUB SPONSOR/OVER-35’s PLAYER

Tel.:  07495 460402 (Mobile)

e-mail:  info@phdmsolutions.co.uk

PROFILE: ‘Cass’ was brought along to training during the 2002-2003 Season by Leon McKenzie-McKay and signed a registration form after impressing everyone with his ability in either of the full-back positions in 11-a-side practice matches. However, he did not make his debut until August 2004 due to a persistent groin injury....and going out clubbing on Saturday nights ?! That saw him only play a handful of games for us that season and he left shortly afterwards, later re-surfacing playing for our Division One rivals McKenzie Rangers, where he scored the winner for them in a 1-0 victory against us at Hazelwood during the 2010-2011 season ! He then decided to re-join us at the start of Season 2011-2012 along with several other players when McKenzie Rangers folded, but as a central midfielder (having ‘filled out a bit’ since his younger days with us !) Played for some successful Youth Teams in the past in the Echo Junior League in East London and also played for Wormley Rovers in the Herts Senior County League on Saturdays. ‘Cass’ is a Spurs supporter and a very strong player who is similar in style to Moussa Dembele, but after having a really good start to Season 2014-2015 after improving his fitness he unfortunately suffered a badly broken and dislocated ankle in a match against Premier Division Champions Upshire in January 2015 which put him out of action for nine months. Thankfully though after two operations he made a comeback in October 2015 and then got back to playing regularly again, although increasing work commitments have more-or-less put an end to his Rovers career. However, those work commitments with his increasingly successful plumbing & heating company phdmsolutions.co.uk have resulted in an excellent sponsorship for the club, while ‘Cass’ will also register as one of our over-35’s players to help out on the pitch if needed.

LEXTON HARRISON

CLUB HELPER/OVER-35’s PLAYER

PROFILE: Lexton came to England from his native Jamaica in 1997 as a 17-year-old and immediately joined Edmonton Cricket Club to play his more natural sport, but was soon encouraged into taking up football with Rovers even though he had never played in a properly organised match before. Was played as a forward and was initially troubled by experienced Sunday League defenders winding him up to try and get him sent off, but Manager Trevor Hughes's coaching soon paid dividends with Lexton's powerful build and pace bringing comparisons with Emile Heskey (albeit in a 'semi-humorous' article in a Camcorder magazine !). Missed the whole of Season 2001-2002 as he had to catch up on his studying after ending up in hospital with a bad knee injury suffered against Upshire Coach & Horses in March 2001. Was then more often used as a substitute when we finished third in the Premier Division in Season 2002-2003 and then played mainly for our Reserve Team when we re-formed them the following Season. However, Lexton then left the club at the start of the 2004-2005 Season and surprisingly re-surfaced a couple of years later playing for Brimsdown Rovers in the Spartan South Midlands League and then for Enfield Town in the Ryman League...but as a central defender ! He then left Enfield Town and seemingly just ‘disappeared’ for four years...he was busy studying as it turned out...until Simon Jackson suddenly decided to phone him out of the blue at the start of Season 2010-2011 to see whether he wanted to start playing for Rovers again. Surprisingly, Lexton agreed and subsequently showed a far greater awareness of tactics than in his previous spell with the club, particularly when as a central defender he scooped both the Players Player Of The Year and the Manager's Player Of The Year awards for Season 2012-2013. In recent seasons, Lexton played as our regular right-back but he lost his place due to old age half-way through Season 2019-2020 and then turned to playing in Veterans football. However, with Tony McKay stepping down as Manager for the following 2020-2021 Season, Lexton volunteered to take on that role, but Covid lockdowns soon put an end to that and with family commitments now his priority, he has had to relinquish that position. However, Lexton will still register as a player and come along to help out in coaching our new younger players when he can. Although his days of playing as a forward appear to be long gone, Lexton still holds a Club Goalscoring Record by scoring six in one match in a Pre-Season Friendly against then-Division Four side BBFC in August 2002, which is a record that is unlikely to be beaten. He is also third on the list of All-Time Club Appearances, just four behind Demitrius Nurse, so that record could still be surpassed. Lexton is an Arsenal supporter.

DANIEL DALEY

CLUB HELPER/OVER-35’s PLAYER

PROFILE: ‘Daley’ was brought along as an 18-year-old (un-announced !) to a Reserve Team Pre-Season Friendly in August 2004 by Leon McKenzie-McKay and promptly scored two goals in a minute within 30 seconds of coming on as a substitute...despite never having played in a properly-organised game of 11-a-side football before !! He then went on to score a hat-trick on his First Team debut in another Pre-Season Friendly whilst showing some frightening pace, skill and ability. Only ended up playing in nine matches in that first spell with the club though, mainly because he thought his team-mates were having a go at him when they were just trying to help him and explain things tactically...having a tendency to run offside and running off the pitch without asking the referee's permission being just two of 'Daley's problems ! Also tended to spend his subs on gold chains and loud designer tracksuits in those early days, but after a spell playing for the Reserve Team of then Conference South side Thurrock, he soon accepted the error of his ways and made a comeback for us towards the end of Season 2006-2007 when he immediately made an impact by bringing some much-needed pace to our ageing forward line. Gained a fairly regular place in the side thereafter, but left at the start of Season 2010-2011 to try his luck with McKenzie Rangers following our usual lack of success at winning trophies. However, he returned to the club for the start of Season 2011-2012 along with Leon McKenzie-McKay and Daniel Cascoe with McKenzie Rangers having folded, and admitted he made a mistake leaving in the first place. Finished Season 2012-2013 as our Top Goalscorer despite serving a lengthy F.A. suspension for a sending-off, and although he had a poor season the following year and lost his place at the start of Season 2014-2015 under then new Manager James Hatchett, he returned when James departed and was very much one of our first-choice attacking players under various Managers since then until he broke his leg Away to GTFA in December 2018, an injury which left him sidelined for a year. Further niggling injuries since then saw him take on the Assistant Manager’s role under Lexton Harrison, although like Lexton, he is unable to commit to that role for this season due to increasing work & family commitments. However, despite living in Surrey nowadays, Daley is still prepared to travel to play and Coach when needed. Has played well over 200 matches and scored nearly 100 goals for the club. Daley is a Manchester United supporter.

DARREN WILTSHIRE

CLUB WELFARE OFFICER

Tel.:   07913 133014 (Mobile)

e-mail:  darren.wiltshire@haringey6.ac.uk

PROFILE:  Darren has been re-appointed as the Club’s Welfare Officer for Season 2021-2022 as that is a new requirement from the Football Association for adult teams who may sign up 16 or 17-year-olds to play. Darren works for Haringey 6th Form College’s Sports Department and also runs Estudiantes London, who will play on Saturdays in the Middlesex County League this season and in midweek College matches. It is possible that some of Darren’s 6th Form/Estudiantes players may play for us on Sundays as well should we need to boost our squad with more players of that age group.

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.