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

TEM ADIL

MIDFIELDER

Age 28

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:  20th February 2005 v. F.C. Boca Hill (Mercury Waltham Sunday League Premier Division Match at Hazelwood Sports Ground)

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

PROFILE: Tem was brought along to the club as a 16-year-old by Colin Bester at Pre-Season Training during the Summer of 2004 after previously playing in Youth Football, particularly in the 7-a-side Leagues at the Southbury Leisure Centre. Scored a good goal on his debut for the Reserve Team shortly afterwards and then went on to make 14 appearances for the Reserves until we folded the side up at the end of that season. Tem then decided to play in a Turkish Community Youth League for most of the 2005-2006 Season following the Reserve Team's demise, but returned towards the end of the season to try and gain a regular place in the First Team. Won the Most Improved Player Award for Season 2007-2008 from having good ball control and passing ability, but a lack of fitness often let him down (due to eating too many kebabs ?), thereby resulting in some niggling injuries. He also missed a number of matches back then from working in the Arsenal Club Shop on Sundays, particularly in the months leading up to Christmas, and that saw him eventually give up playing for us for a three-year spell as he was unable to gain a regular place in the side. Suddenly re-emerged towards the end of Season 2013-2014 though after going on a seemingly manic fitness drive and he then became a regular in our starting line-up last season, but with new Manager Tony McKay bringing in a lot of new players for the 2016-2017 Season, he has now lost his place again and decided to try his luck elsewhere.

JOHAN AHIPEAUD

FORWARD

Age 24

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

PROFILE:  Johan is a new signing made half-way through this season to bolster our squad in attacking positions and give 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 last season. Has already shown his worth with a number of goals and assists and will clearly give our chances of winning a trophy this season a boost.

CHRIS AKINRELE

MIDFIELDER

Age 30

 DEBUT:  17th July 2005 v. Europa (Risden Wood Pre-Season Tournament Match at the Met Police Sports Ground, Chigwell)

PROFILE:  Chris was first brought along to the club as a 19-year-old by Eric Ibekwem back in July 2005 to play in the Summer 7-a-side League at the Southgate Hockey Centre and then in a couple of matches as a defender in an 11-a-side Pre-Season Tournament in Chigwell. The hope back then was that he would then sign up to play League matches for us on an occasional basis when he was back down in London from studying law at Nottingham University, but that never materialised, probably because we lost 9-0 in the second of those two Pre-Season matches after some of our players set a bad example by turning up late and ‘pissed’ ! Chris then went on to play for the British Public Schools XI as well as for Nottingham University before playing for Old Parmiterians First XI in the top division of the Amateur Football Combination on Saturdays up until the end of last season. Has now stopped playing Saturday football due to taking up Marathon running and will be playing for us on Sundays instead (if required) while in-between training for those Marathons. Chris is a big, strong genuine two-footed player who prefers to play in an attacking wide midfield position.

PETER AKOM

MIDFIELDER

Age 24

 DEBUT:  20th November 2017 v. Churchbury (Barnet Sunday League Senior Cup Second Round Match at Enfield Playing Fields)

PROFILE:  Peter is a big strong left-footed central midfielder who was brought along by his Saturday Church Team colleague Harold Ofori back in November to boost our squad in that department. Unfortunately though, an injury in only his third match for us has sidelined him since and other players have taken the chance to claim a regular place in the side in his absence. May well feature again before the end of the season though.

BEN ANKRAH

DEFENDER or GOALKEEPER

Age 33

 FIRST TEAM DEBUT:  30th October 2016 v. Brotherhood (Barnet Sunday League Division Two Match at the New River Stadium)

 RESERVE TEAM DEBUT:  17th August 2003 v. CDL Spartans (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Green)

PROFILE:  Ben intially came along this season to train with us with a view to getting himself fit, but he was given a runout as an outfield substitute in our match Away to Brotherhood back in October, only to struggle with the pace of the game...and possibly the 3G surface ? He then volunteered to go in goal for us for his next appearance against London Turkish Masters in a Cup game and did well in helping us to another win, so that position is more than likely where he will play for us from now on when needed. Ben was actually brought along to the club as a 20-year-old way back in 2003 when he played in a Pre-Season Friendly for our Reserve Team and also in some of our Summer 7-a-side matches at the Southgate Hockey Centre, but he didn’t sign up to play in League matches thereafter.

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 Pre-Season 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. 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 a very good new signing for us. Curtis is a big strong competitive player who can play either in a midfield holding role or as a central defender.


 

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 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 for most of last season as well with Grant only playing a handful of matches. Thankfully that appears to have been resolved for the coming season though, and that will improve our chances of winning a trophy as Grant is a properly-coached goalkeeper who has also played for London APSA in the Essex Senior League on Saturdays.

JACK BANGS

FORWARD

Age 27

 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 who is capable of scoring from long range...which is quite rare for a Rovers player ! Prefers to play as a forward in a 4-4-2 system but can also play as an attacking wide midfielder if needed. Previously played Sunday League football for 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. Unfortunately, since his first season with us, Jack has suffered from a lack of fitness from invariably being unable to do his job as a landscape gardener for the rich & famous due to long spells of appalling weather which sees him lounging around and putting on weight, although he has still managed to finish as our top goalscorer for the last two seasons despite that ! Has now managed to regain his fitness for this season though, and will hopefully be a key player for us if work commitments allow.

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 last season, but then struggled for fitness and consistency along with everybody else due to matches being frequently postponed with the Waltham Sunday League falling apart. However, Ivan has made an effort to improve his fitness during the Summer and has since gained a regular place in the starting line up as we start our first season in the Barnet Sunday League.

DANIEL CASCOE

MIDFIELDER

Age 31

 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.

TOM CROAKE

FORWARD or MIDFIELDER

Age 18

 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 during the Summer having just moved into the Enfield area from Clacton in Essex. He then subsequently made his debut for us in 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 is now making an effort to gain a regular place in the side after missing the start of the season through injury and other commitments. Tom played for FC Clacton’s Youth & Reserve sides last season, so he has good quality and will be useful for us in a wide attacking position as we do not have many players who can play that role.

MARTIN CRUICKSHANK

DEFENDER

Age 26

 DEBUT:  7th August 2011 v. Inter Trac (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Southgate Hockey Centre)

PROFILE: Martin is a Scottish-born defender who was brought along to training by his girlfriend’s brother and ex-Rovers player Lee King during Season 2010-2011 having previously played against us for our local rivals St. Mary’s. He was then signed up for the following season where he immediately became a regular in the side as an attacking right-back where his pace, skill and crossing ability proved to be a big asset. However, he was probably a bit too attacking in a lot of our matches where he was found wanting defensively, so he was then often played as a right-sided midfielder by Manager Trevor Hughes whenever we played a 4-4-2 formation. Competition for places in that position during Season 2012-2013 saw Martin playing at right-back again though where he showed a bit more positional sense, but he then lost his place as a result of unavailability from family commitments and not being able to afford to pay his subs, and he ended up only playing in 8 matches for us during Season 2013-2014 for those reasons. Was therefore not taken on by our new Manager James Hatchett at the start of Season 2014-2015, but he returned for another spell with the club under James’s replacement Simon Jackson in November 2014 where he then became our regular right-back again. Has not featured this season yet due to family commitments again, but will hopefully be available when needed. Martin is an Arsenal supporter.

DANIEL DALEY

FORWARD

Age 30

 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 !! 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 new Manager James Hatchett, he is now very much one of our first-choice attacking players since James’s departure and he is sure to be a key player again this season. Daley is a Manchester United supporter.

RYAN DOBSON

FORWARD or MIDFIELDER

Age 23

 DEBUT:  20th November 2016 v. St. Johns Deaf (Barnet Sunday League Division Two Match at the Edmonton Sports & Social Club)

PROFILE:  Ryan was brought along by Rhys McKay to play as an Emergency Registration signing in our Home League match against St. Johns Deaf back in November as Manager Tony McKay used that game against the bottom team to have a look at new players. Ryan is clearly a good attacking player, but his lack of fitness was a problem in that and he has since gone away to improve on that before looking to gain a regular place in the side.  

DANNY HAGAN

MIDFIELDER

Age 28

 DEBUT:  27th August 2006 v. Flamstead End (Pre-Season Friendly Match at the Country Club, Cheshunt)

PROFILE: Danny joined the club as an 18-year-old back in August 2006 after becoming disillusioned with the poor standard of football at his previous club in the Premier Division of the now defunct Walthamstow-based Forest Sunday League. As he had previously been on the books of Leyton Orient as a Junior and was already playing for Crouch End Vampires' First XI in the Southern Amateur League on Saturdays though, we had no hesitation in taking him on despite him just e-mailing us out of the blue (having seen our club website...and videos ?) and not knowing anybody !  Not surprisingly he made a good impression as a competitive central midfield player on his debut in a Pre-Season Friendly against Flamstead End, and then in several League and Cup matches thereafter. Unfortunately though, Danny has been very injury-prone during his Rovers career and he has missed virtually all of last season and most of this season so far with a serious knee injury which now requires another operation. Has had various spells as Club Captain in previous seasons but Leon McKenzie-McKay has now taken over that role this season due to Danny’s long-term absence. Danny is a mad keen Spurs supporter.

LEXTON HARRISON

DEFENDER or FORWARD

Age 36

 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 we played him as a central defender where he scooped both the Players Player Of The Year and the Manager's Player Of The Year awards for Season 2012-2013 after playing in that position. This season, Lexton is now playing as our regular right-back where he is still showing good pace and strength despite him now being eligible to play in Veterans football. 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.

PLAYER PROFILES SEASON 2016-2017 Site Designed & Maintained by Laurence Hughes (Club Secretary, Chairman & Cameraman !) e-mail: laurence_hughes@yahoo.co.uk  © 2017  Laurence Hughes

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Martin CRUICKSHANK

Daniel DALEY

Ryan DOBSON

Danny HAGAN

Lexton HARRISON

Scott JENKINS

Aiden KAVANAGH

Connor KAVANAGH

Andreas KRITICOS

Chris KRITICOS

Chris LUE

Tem ADIL

Johan AHIPEAUD

Chris AKINRELE

Peter AKOM

Ben ANKRAH

Curtis BAALAM

Grant BAKER

Jack BANGS

Ivan BASS

Daniel CASCOE

Tom CROAKE

Ayo MATTHEWS

Marley McKAY

Rhys McKAY

Khaheem McKENZIE

Leon McKENZIE-McKAY

Harold OFORI

Hal OZKAN

Tyronne PETRIE

Stephen ROUSSETY

John SCOULLER

Zac TROULLOUS