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

JOHAN AHIPEAUD

FORWARD

Age 25

 DEBUT:  8th January 2017 v. Northaw (Barnet Sunday League Division Two Match at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club)

PROFILE:  Johan joined us half-way through last season to bolster our squad in attacking positions, giving us some different options up front. He contacted us having just moved into the Edmonton area and finding we were the nearest Sunday League club with an online presence, although of course the You Tube match highlights helped as we had already started winning more-or-less every game. Johan is a tall strong forward with good ability and technique, which is not surprising as he was on the books of a number of professional club academies both at home and abroad as a youngster before suffering from injuries which saw him take some time out from the game before returning to play briefly for GTFA in our League during Season 2015-2016. Scored some important goals for us towards the end of last season, but has unfortunately suffered from niggling injuries and family commitments since then.

CURTIS BAALAM

MIDFIELDER or DEFENDER

Age 28

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

PROFILE:  Curtis joined us in July 2016 after answering one of our adverts for new players and then attending our Pre-Season training sessions at Enfield Playing Fields, close to where he had just moved to from Erith in Kent that Summer. Played a big part in our Barnet Sunday League Division Two title success last season as a strong competitive midfield holding player with a good range of passing, but he is also capable of playing equally as well as a full-back or central defender when needed. Curtis previously played at Sunday League level in Erith and also for Erith Town at Step 5 level in the Kent League on Saturdays in his younger days, so he has a lot of experience and is very much a key player for us. Missed a couple of months at the the start of this season with a rib injury suffered in Pre-Season, but is now regaining full fitness. Now lives in Bromley-by-Bow, but like our many other East London-based players is still willing to travel to play for us every Sunday morning.

GRANT BAKER

GOALKEEPER

Age 24

 DEBUT:  31st August 2014 v. Hadley Green (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE: Grant is a quality young goalkeeper who joined us towards the end of Season 2013-2014 after playing against us in the London FA Sunday Junior Cup for top Wanstead-based side Asianos that season. He didn’t have a shot to save in that match because of our woeful finishing, but he looked very impressive in training and was only denied a start that season because Manager Trevor Hughes decided to stay loyal to the more experienced Mal Saphiris, as did Trevor’s replacement James Hatchett at the start of Season 2014-2015. With James and Mal both departing half-way through that season though, Grant became new Manager Simon Jackson’s first-choice goalkeeper, but unfortunately he was unable to get out of work commitments on Sundays and find somebody to give him a lift to matches from his home in Ilford, and that situation continued up until half-way through last season as well with Grant only playing a handful of matches. He did manage to play a bit more regularly during the second half of last season though, where along with Stephen Roussety, he helped us win our first trophy for 29 years by ensuring that we had a proper goalkeeper available at all times. Grant is a properly-coached goalkeeper who has also played for London APSA in the Essex Senior League on Saturdays in the past, and as such, he will stand a good chance of being our first-choice No.1 if he makes himself available.

JACK BANGS

FORWARD

Age 28

 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 either as a forward or 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 last 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

DEFENDER

Age 35

 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 apart. However, Ivan improved his fitness during the Summer before last, and he was an important part of our Division Two title-winning side last 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.

LEON BERNARD

MIDFIELDER

Age 22

 DEBUT:   18th October 2015 v. Sporting Enfield (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club)

PROFILE: Leon is an attacking midfielder who was brought along to the club by goalkeeper Grant Baker just before our last season in the Waltham Sunday League, but after playing a few games for us in the Summer 7-a-side League he picked up a slight injury and was unable to feature in our Pre-Season Friendlies. He finally made his debut for us as a substitute in October that season though, but like Grant, work commitments and travelling difficulties from his home in Ilford caused a problem and he ended up playing only three times during that campaign and concentrated more on Saturday football at Step 5 level where he played for Sporting Bengal United in the Essex Senior League. He then made a comeback for us this Pre-Season and played in our first League match, but has now decided to play more locally for East Ham Dasmesh Darbar in Division Two of the Essex Sunday Football Combination. However, Leon is still registered for us as well should he wish to make another comeback.

TAUREAN BRYAN

DEFENDER or MIDFIELDER

Age 29

 DEBUT:  6th August 2017 v. FC Alpha (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Wadham Lodge 3G, Walthamstow)

PROFILE:  Taurean is a new signing this season after he moved from South London to live in Palmers Green during the Summer and attended our Pre-Season Training sessions. Played for South London Football Network in the Wimbledon & District League on Saturdays last season where he was co-incidentally filmed by Rovers Club Secretary Laurence Hughes in a London FA Junior Cup match against United London where he aquitted himself well as a central defender in a back three. However, he does prefer to play as a forward, but has been used in midfield and as a stand-in goalkeeper for us already, so he could turn out to be a very useful utility player for us.
  
  
  

RAJPAL BUMBRA

MIDFIELDER

Age 21

 DEBUT:  13th August 2017 v. Riverside Corinthians (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Raj is a skilful two-footed attacking wide midfielder who joined us this Pre-Season along with Leon Bernard, Miles Levy & Sergio Garcia after being brought along by goalkeeper Grant Baker. Like those four players he is based in East London/West Essex and is also registered for other clubs in that area, with East Ham Dasmesh Darbar appearing to be his main team. Raj is also an England Under-23 Futsal International, and as that is is main sport, he may not be available to play for us too many times this season, although he is registered for us just in case.

DANIEL CASCOE

MIDFIELDER

Age 32

 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 last season and managed to get back to his best, although a further setback in July this Pre-Season where he broke a metatarsal in training has seen him miss the whole of August & September. Is working hard to make another comeback as soon as he can though.

LUCAS CASCOE

MIDFIELDER

Age 19

 DEBUT:  13th August 2017 v. Riverside Corinthians (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Lucas is the much younger brother of Rovers stalwart Daniel and is virtually identical in style, playing in the same centre midfield holding position and being very comfortable on the ball with good passing ability. Joined us this Pre-Season but has found it difficult to get into the squad for competitive matches so far because of the sheer number of more experienced players in front of him. Is very much one for the future though and may feature more as the season goes on.

TOM CROAKE

FORWARD or MIDFIELDER

Age 19

 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 last season, in his case having just moved into the Enfield area from Clacton in Essex. He then subsequently made his debut for us last Pre-Season 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 last season 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, so he has good quality and showed that on a number of occasions in a wide attacking position towards the end of last season and in this Pre-Season. Was more often used as a substitute last season but has age on his side where he can improve and ‘bulk up’ a bit to become a regular in the starting line-up.

DANIEL DALEY

FORWARD

Age 31

 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 since, having now played well over 200 matches and nearing 100 goals for the club. Daley is a Manchester United supporter.

ABDESLAM EL-HABASSI

GOALKEEPER or DEFENDER

Age 34

 DEBUT:  3rd September 2017 v. Belfry (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford)

PROFILE:  ‘Abz’ has been brought along this season by joint-Assistant Manager Tyronne Petrie to add a bit more experience and aggressiveness to our side with a lot of our players being a bit quiet in that department. Abz previously played alongside Tyronne for teams in the Turkish Community Football Federation and the KOPA (Cypriot) Sunday League several years ago but hasn’t played at all for a couple of seasons. Made his debut for us as a right-back in a Pre-Season Friendly against Belfry where he put in some fierce challenges, and then helped us out as a goalkeeper in our first League match the following week with our regular goalkeepers both unavailable. However, he suffered a knee injury in that match which has kept him out since, but we are hoping he will still be able to re-join the squad soon.

SERGIO GARCIA

MIDFIELDER

Age 22

 DEBUT:  20th August 2017 v. Beehive B.H.P. (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Sergio is a midfield playmaker who was brought along by goalkeeper Grant Baker to play for us in Pre-Season, having played for Sporting Bengal United last season in the Essex Senior League on Saturdays. Is yet to feature in our League match squads so far as he joined us after most of our other new players, several of whom play in the same position and have taken their chance to get in the side ahead of him.

LEXTON HARRISON

DEFENDER or FORWARD

Age 37

 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 couple of 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.

GEORGE HOUSE

MIDFIELDER

Age 26

 DEBUT:  6th August 2017 v. FC Alpha (Pre-Season Friendly Match at Wadham Lodge 3G, Walthamstow)

PROFILE: George is a new player to the club this season who, like many others, turned up in Pre-Season after seeing our website and our match highlights on You Tube. He is a central midfield playmaker who has played at Step 3, 4 & 5 level on Saturdays in the past for the likes of Chesham United, Tring Athletic, Aylesbury & Thame United, but had lost his fitness after a number of injury setbacks and is now keen to get back into shape at our level. Has mainly been used in a No.10 role so far when we play a 4-2-3-1 formation, often alternating with Jack Bangs in that position depending on the state of the game. Will hopefully be an important player for us this season with his Semi-Pro background.

 

  

  

  

  

  

ANEES IKRAMULLAH

MIDFIELDER or DEFENDER

Age 27

 DEBUT:  6th March 2016 v. Old Pond Athletic (Waltham Sunday League Division One Match at the Country Club, Cheshunt)

PROFILE:  Anees is another one of our East London/West Essex-based players who was first brought along to the club by goalkeeper Grant Baker near the end of our last season in the Waltham Sunday League where he ended up only playing in one match before the League folded. He then re-appeared in February last season to boost our squad during the run-in to us winning the Division Two title in our first season in the Barnet Sunday League and is now battling for a place in the starting line-up this season, primarily as a holding midfielder in competition with several others. As Anees is a Manager/Coach of Kitroom FC in the Essex Alliance League on Saturdays and also runs a sports management company though, he has the intelligence to be able to play in other positions, which will no doubt be very useful for us this season.
  
  

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Daniel DALEY

Abdeslam EL-HABASSI

Sergio GARCIA

Lexton HARRISON

George HOUSE

Anees IKRAMULLAH

Aiden KAVANAGH

Lawrence KILL

Andreas KRITICOS

Chris KRITICOS

Miles LEVY

Johan AHIPEAUD

Curtis BAALAM

Grant BAKER

Jack BANGS

Ivan BASS

Leon BERNARD

Taurean BRYAN

Rajpal BUMBRA

Daniel CASCOE

Lucas CASCOE

Tom CROAKE

Chris LUE

Ayo MATTHEWS

Rhys McKAY

Khaheem McKENZIE

Leon McKENZIE-McKAY

Harold OFORI

Hal OZKAN

Vishal PATEL

Tyronne PETRIE

Stephen ROUSSETY

John SCOULLER