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

MOHAMED ALI

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

Age 20

 DEBUT:  12th August 2018 v. Oracle Rangers (Pre-Season Friendly at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  ‘Mo’ is a young, tall left-footed attacking player who was brought along in Pre-Season by his cousin Nassir Ali along with a couple of others. Has already scored one spectacular goal and created a number of chances with good skill and vision cutting in from a right-sided attacking role and we are hoping he can gain a regular place in the side this season once he gains more experience.





NASSIR ALI

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

Age 27

 DEBUT:  5th August 2018 v. Downs (Pre-Season Friendly at Hackney Marshes)

PROFILE:  ‘Nass’ joined us in Pre-Season after Manager Tony McKay spotted him training on his own at Enfield Playing Fields while we were training and then asked him if he wanted to join in. As it happened, he had previously played in the same team as Oshade Watson in ex-Barnet Sunday League Premier Division side Panathinaikos where neither of them really got much of a look in, so he accepted Tony’s offer. He has since proved to be a very useful signing, scoring a number of goals from midfield and showing good experience.




NATHAN ALLEN

FORWARD

Age 32

 DEBUT:  20th May 2018 v. Boston Celtics (Inter-League Challenge Cup Semi-Final at the Low Hall Sports Ground, Walthamstow)

PROFILE:  Nathan is an experienced tall and powerful forward who was brought along by Daniel Daley to play in our last match of the 2017-2018 Season as trialists were allowed to take part in that particular competition. He wasn’t fully fit after a few seasons without playing, but clearly has good awareness and will be a useful foil for Ayo Matthews if he can overcome a hamstring injury which he suffered in Pre-Season. Previous clubs include London APSA in the Essex Senior League and Winchmore Hill in the Southern Amateur League.




CURTIS BAALAM

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

Age 29

 DEBUT:  7th August 2016 v. AC Milano (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Low Hall Sports Ground, Walthamstow)

PROFILE:  Curtis joined us in Pre-Season 2016-2017 after answering one of our adverts for new players and then attending our training sessions at Enfield Playing Fields, close to where he had just moved to from Erith in Kent during the Summer. Although he then moved on from Enfield to live in East London last season, he continued to play for us but was hampered by a broken rib in Pre-Season and then work commitments towards the end of the season. Has previously played at Sunday League level in Erith and for Erith Town at Step 5 level in the Kent League on Saturdays in his younger days, so he is an experienced player and an excellent signing for us. Can play either as a defender or in a midfield holding role, which is probably his best position as he has great passing vision from deep.


JACK BANGS

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

Age 29

 DEBUT:  23rd September 2012 v. Turnford Geese (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

PROFILE: Jack signed for us at the start of Season 2012-2013 alongside Riaz Daniels after both of them played against us in the Monday Night 7-a-side League at the Southgate Hockey Centre for ‘Pat’s Boys’ that Summer. Jack was one of their better players in their two matches against us, scoring ‘several’ goals, and he carried on that form at 11-a-side in a good first season for us. Has a 'bustling 'Carlos Tevez' style of play with a high work-rate and he is also an excellent finisher whose speciality is scoring spectacular goals from long range...which is quite rare for a Rovers player ! Prefers to play just behind a lone striker in a central midfield attacking role, but can also play out wide if needed. Previously played Sunday League football for now-defunct KOPA (Cypriot) Sunday League sides AC Varosi and Pendayia alongside Riaz but suffered from that League’s rules of only two non-Cypriots being allowed to play at any one time, so he therefore decided to join us instead. Following his first season for us, Jack suffered from a lack of fitness from being unable to do his job as a landscape gardener for the rich & famous in the Hadley Wood area due to long spells of appalling weather which saw him lounging around and putting on weight, although he still invariably managed to finish as our top goalscorer despite that ! He then went on a crash vegetarian diet during our 2016-2017 Division Two trophy-winning season though and is now back to how he was when he first joined us...apart from the array of weird hairstyles that he keeps turning up with !

IVAN BASS

CENTRAL DEFENDER

Age 36

 DEBUT:  19th August 2012 v. Cheshunt Corinthians (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Southgate Hockey Centre)

PROFILE: Ivan is a strong experienced central defender who was brought along to the club in the Summer of 2012 by Lexton Harrison, his former team-mate from Brimsdown Rovers back in their Spartan South Midlands League days in Saturday football. Had not played much since then due to work and family commitments which saw him make only eight appearances for us in his first three seasons, mainly because he was unable to attend training due to shift-work for London Underground. However, Ivan became more of a regular for us during our last season in the Waltham Sunday League, but then struggled for fitness and consistency along with everybody else due to matches being frequently postponed when that League fell apart. However, Ivan improved his fitness during the Summer of 2016, and he was an important part of our Division Two title-winning side the following season alongside Harold Ofori as a first-choice central defender. Ivan is also a big threat from set-pieces where he has scored a number of vital goals for us. Now lives in Stevenage but still travels all that way to play for us on a Sunday morning whenever he can.

ENI BEZATI

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

Age 28

 DEBUT:  12th August 2018 v. Oracle Rangers (Pre-Season Friendly at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Eni is a work colleague of Player-Coach Tyronne Petrie’s at our rain jacket sponsors, Bristol Street Motors in Waltham Cross. He is a skilful attacking central midfielder who has previously played for teams in the KOPA (Cypriot) Sunday League, but unfortunately he suffered an achilles injury in Pre-Season after scoring on his debut for us against Oracle Rangers and will miss the first few months of the season while he recovers.

TROY BLAKE

CENTRAL DEFENDER

Age 27

 DEBUT:  26th August 2018 v. FC Potters Bar ‘18 (Pre-Season Friendly at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Troy was brought along in Pre-Season by his midweek 5-a-side team colleague Jack Bangs to boost our central defensive options with Ivan Bass struggling for fitness and Harold Ofori working abroad. He has since formed an excellent partnership with another new player, Richard Harris, and hopefully they can maintain that understanding as the season goes on. Previously played for Edmonton Lions United in the Edmonton Sunday League, a team that folded at the end of last season.





DANIEL CASCOE

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

Age 33

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:  29th August 2004 v. Risden Wood Reserves (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Fairways, Harlow)

 RESERVE TEAM DEBUT:  8th August 2004 v. Northmet (Riverside) Reserves (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Riverside Club, Turkey Street, Enfield)

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 has 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 managed to get back to his best for a while, although he has since suffered further fitness problems and was only used sparingly last season. Is now making an effort to improve his fitness and gain a regular place in the starting line-up this season.

TOM CROAKE

FORWARD

Age 20

 DEBUT:  7th August 2016 v. AC Milano (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Low Hall Sports Ground, Walthamstow)

PROFILE: Tom is another player who answered an advert for new players before the start of Season 2016-2017, in his case having just moved into the Enfield area from Clacton in Essex. He then subsequently made his debut for us in Pre-Season that year after attending a number of training sessions...some of which he was very nearly the only one there ! He wasn’t put off by that though, and stayed with us to become a loyal member of the squad and earn himself the Clubman Award at our end-of-season AGM. Tom played for FC Clacton’s Youth & Reserve sides in the Eastern Counties League before moving back down to Enfield, where he had previously played in Youth football for Eden Hall Youth, so he has good quality and showed that on a number of occasions in a wide attacking position last season where he scored a number of Goal Of The Season contenders. Can also play as a lone striker when necessary and is now one of the first names in Manager Tony McKay’s match-day squad of 16.

DANIEL DALEY

FORWARD

Age 32

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:  15th August 2004 v. P.T. Rangers (Pre-Season Friendly Match at The Meads, Hertford)

 RESERVE TEAM DEBUT:  8th August 2004 v. Northmet (Riverside) Reserves (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Riverside Club, Turkey Street, Enfield)

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 up, 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 has since been very much one of our first-choice attacking players under various Managers, having now played well over 200 matches and nearing 100 goals for the club. Daley is a Manchester United supporter.

RICHARD HARRIS

CENTRAL DEFENDER

Age 33

 DEBUT:  8th April 2018 v. Valentine United (Friendly Match at Old Parkonians F.C.)

PROFILE: Richard is a tall central defender who was brought along by goalkeeper Grant Baker to play in a run of Friendly matches we had towards the end of last season. Made a couple of unfortunate errors in a couple of those games but actually played well otherwise, and so far this season he has shown that he is actually a very good player with some man-of-the-match performances while also forming an excellent partnership at the back with another new signing, Troy Blake. Travels all the way from Romford to play for us and is also a regular at our midweek training sessions, unlike others who live similar sort of distances away.




LEXTON HARRISON

DEFENDER

Age 38

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:  22nd July 1997 v. Trojans (Friendly Match at Picketts Lock Astroturf)

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

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 has since shown 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. For the past few seasons, Lexton has played as our regular right-back where he is still showing good pace and strength despite him now being eligible to play in Veterans football. 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. Lexton is an Arsenal supporter.

RAFIEL JOHNSON

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

Age 31

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:   22nd August 2004 v. Cheshunt Sunday (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Cheshunt FC Outside Pitch)

 RESERVE TEAM DEBUT:  8th August 2004 v. Northmet (Riverside) Reserves (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Riverside Club, Turkey Street, Enfield)

PROFILE: 'Raf' made his debut for us in a Reserve Team Pre-Season Friendly way back in 2004 as a 16-year-old alongside his fellow teenagers at the time Daniel Cascoe, Daniel Daley & his Cousin Leon McKenzie-McKay. However he did not sign up to play in League matches that season, and after three Friendly appearances for us he ended up playing for McKenzie Rangers, from whom we signed him at the start of Season 2012-2013 a year after their demise. Raf had a good first season back for us playing regularly every week in a wide attacking midfield position or as a forward in a 4-4-2 formation, but he then missed the next two seasons due to work and family commitments before deciding to return for another spell for Season 2015-2016. However, with the Waltham Sunday League folding at the end of that season and ourselves having very few matches, Raf was one of a number of players who became disillusioned and gave up playing altogether. He has now decided to have a third spell with the club this season though, but will need to improve his fitness to gain a regular place in the starting line-up.

AIDEN KAVANAGH

LEFT-BACK

Age 23

 DEBUT:  14th August 2016 v. Broxbourne Rangers Old Boys (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE: Aiden joined us in Pre-Season 2016 alongside his twin brother Connor after being brought along by newly-appointed Manager Tony McKay, whose daughter was Aiden’s girlfriend at the time. Aiden immediately made an impact by scoring both our goals in a Pre-Season Friendly against Highgate Albion Reserves to give us only our second win in 17 matches and we never looked back after that, with Aiden going on to win the Players Player Of The Year award in his first season after playing a massive part in our first trophy success for 29 years as we clinched the Barnet Sunday League Division Two title. Aiden is a tall and skilful attacking left-back who can also play as a midfielder when required. Scoring from free-kicks is a particular speciality, and a large number of his goals so far have come from those situations, although he is equally as deadly from making overlapping runs in behind unsuspecting defences to run onto through balls and score. As a left-footed left-back, Aiden had solved what has been very much a problem position for us in recent seasons, but unfortunately for us he returned to his studies at Brunel University last season and concentrated on playing Futsal for them instead, which is a situation that is likely to continue this season, although he is still likely to play more games for us this season now that his studies have finished. Before playing at University, both Aiden and his twin brother Connor (who now lives in China) actually played in Youth football locally for a successful Chase Side Youth side under one of Rovers Greats of the Past Demitrius Nurse, so they had a connection with Rovers even back then !

PLAYER PROFILES SEASON 2018-2019 Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2018  Laurence Hughes

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Daniel DALEY

Richard HARRIS

Lexton HARRISON

Rafiel JOHNSON

Aiden KAVANAGH

Ayo MATTHEWS

Leon McKENZIE-McKAY

David NGUYEN

Nana OBENG

Harold OFORI

Mohamed ALI

Nassir ALI

Nathan ALLEN

Curtis BAALAM

Jack BANGS

Ivan BASS

Eni BEZATI

Troy BLAKE

Daniel CASCOE

Tom CROAKE

Vishal PATEL

Tyronne PETRIE

Stephen ROUSSETY

Said SAID

Jordan UMPIRE

Oshade WATSON

Ian WHITMORE

Sam WOOLLEY