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PUKKA PIES ARE SAFE AGAIN --- ROSEY FAILS TO HIT THE TARGET.
"There was never any danger that we would distribute any pies on Saturday" said the Managing Director of Pukka Pies, " Rosey couldn't hit a cows ar*e with a banjo." He later reported that he gave the tray of pies to Simmo who is always hungry.

Saturday 15th November 2008 -- FIRST TEAM progress in Kent/Surrey Cup beating SINJUNS GRAMMARIANS  2 - 1. 

This is the first in a series of promotions at the club run by PUKKA PIES --- every spectator will be a given a FREE Steak and Kidney Pie and a pint of lager  IF CHRIS ROSE scores. I advise you to bring your own food to this game and some money for a pint.

 

ROUND UP -- SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2008

Almost another clean sweep but Lady Luck deserted the Reserves in the KENT/SURREY cup tie at Nottsborough we were leading 1 – 0 via a James Gibson header when the home side scored deep into injury time after extra time. Unfortunately we missed 2 of our pens and this was enough to show us the door. Gibbo and Dave Adams scored from the spot for us.

  The other four sides all won and once again I was able to watch both the Threes and Fours and the staggered kick offs helped.

The Threes game was straight out of Holby City with injuries galore but alas, no good looking nurses in attendance. We soon lost skipper Scotty with a damaged fetlock – he was followed by Mad Dog who was in a bad way – I was sure that he was practising some Morris Dancing steps when he left the field but he later confirmed that it was a bruised heel. Then Bully left the pitch with a dodgy thumb and Dan Howlett took the gloves. We led 2 – 1 at half time with goals from James Dunne and Marlon (aka Paul Jolly). The second half was like the Battle of the Somme with players scattered round the park from some over enthusiastic tackles by the Lloyds Bankers. Jon Laidley and  Marlon limped their way through the last 25 minutes and Marlon managed to complete a hat trick whilst standing on one leg. The third came from a tremendous move and he slotted in a precise cross from Matt Eagle. The goal of the game came from Stuart Holmes who gave a Kenny Dalglish impression out on the left flank when he dropped his shoulder, swerved round a defender and cracked the ball into the top right hand corner. Dan Howlett was untroubled at the other end. This game was always interesting with some good football at times and ended 5 – 1.

  The Fours had a ding dong battle with table topping Polytechnic and triumphed 2 – 1 after going a goal behind. They played some terrific football but the final ball was often too ambitious – we made plenty of chances but it was left to central defender Adam Newman to get the winner and remove himself from the non scorers list at the same time. The skill and experience of Greg Parsons, Greg Palmer and Darren Martin dovetailed well with the young, dynamic lads – the keeper also looks a “find.”  Nick Beck scored the first and used all 3 substitutes in the second period and they all looked up to the standard.

The Fives hammered Carshalton in the SAL Cup  7 – 0 with skipper Stuart Naish getting a hat – trick – young Benito scored twice and Jake Powell and Phil Grimsley also scored. It’s good to see the new boys getting amongst the goals. Of the boys that Brutus introduced on the Grant Scheme, Justin, Jake, Martin, Benito, Geoff and Ash have all scored for the club.

  The Sixes travelled to Gunnersbury Park to play Old Actonians with the bare eleven – not a nice trip by train as many things can go wrong on a Saturday afternoon but they came back with three precious points via two rocket shots from Geoff Boadu and another from the great Raymondo who has score with his head, his left foot and his right foot in the last three games. This was a really good effort by the Sixes – will Dickie and The Rat get their places back. Man of the Match was shared by Geoff Boadu and Fahad.

 

More good news -- AC won the raffle – a bottle of Camus Napoleon Brandy but unfortunately dropped it on the pavement outside his house, luckily whilst retrieving it he found a £50 note.

  Well done to everybody.

REVIEW -- SATURDAY  1st November 2008

A great effort by all five teams in a day full of incidents. The Threes had 4 players stranded at the Dartford Tunnel when Danny Howlett’s car conked out – luckily Mad Dog had room to spare but he was already racing up the M25 – like a true Blue he turned round and collected the stricken players. Having surmounted that problem, we then had a call from Mickleham Old Boxhillians to say that they were approaching our ground only to discover that they had forgotten their kit. Jumbo came to the rescue with the yellow strip and I hope that Keith collected at least a tenner to wash them.

  Then the weather took a turn for the worse and it hammered down all afternoon damaging Jon William’s hair and causing his mascara to run– in the end we all received a drenching but this was all in a good cause as we won all five games scoring 20 goals with only three against – 4 clean sheets.

  With no First Team game I was able to look at all 3 home games and I really enjoyed it. I spent most time watching the Sixes Cup game against Old Manorians, 15 minutes watching the Reserves and 20 minutes watching the Fours.

  I was impressed with the Sixes – they had a tough game on their hands in the AFA Cup against a good side from the AFC League and they went one down via a superb headed own goal by Karl Watling (Carragher did the self same thing a few hours later). Adrian Gentles levelled matters but the visitors scored again before half time with the help of the slope, the wind and some poor defending. Lee Tobin always looked dangerous and he equalised – when I returned Old Manorians had just scored but it was only an equaliser as Bobby Sullivan had put us 3 – 2 ahead with a free kick. The battle raged from end to end and Liam in goal launched some tremendous kicks which the oppo did well to defend. Extra time was played in semi darkness and there was some great play by Ray Sievey , Ronnie Byrne and Karl Watling – every ball was contested fiercely. The introduction of Geoff Boadu really helped the attack (what is he doing playing in the Sixes) and Andre is probably the quickest player over 15 yards that I have seen this year. The game was won by a tremendous strike from Ray Sievey who controlled the ball, beat a couple of players (he will tell you that he beat 4 players) and whacked a shot into the net via the underside of the bar. Emrah and Adrian should have made the score line healthier but tiredness got the better of them with only the keeper to beat. Manager Richard Payne spent most of his time complaining that his “goal” was never offside nor was the one he “scored” last week. The game was played in great spirit, in difficult conditions and was very well refereed. Maybe it’s the green and white kit that inspires our sides because I don’t recall anybody losing in this strip. Rich make sure that it’s returned to me for next week – cheers.

  The Reserves AFA Cup game against Mickleham OB game a No Contest and how the visitors escaped with only a 9 – 0 scoreline is beyond me. We were 4 – 0 up at half time – but I saw at least 5 easy chances missed with atrocious finishing and I am fully expecting letters of complaint from the residents of Ben Curtis Home – balls were flying into their gardens with monotonous regularity – the highlights came from Russ D’Urso whose shot landed in Focus at Coney Hall and Dave Adam’s shot which landed in the Addington Road. There were other similar ones and I bet I missed another ten or so. However, we played some good football against an outclassed side and it was “shots in” in the second half. The goals came from Danny Haines three, Dave Adams two and one each from Eddie Clark, Ryan West, James Owlett and Joe Ivory and several came from terrific moves. Unfortunately, some boys missed a great chance to get off the Non Scorers list – Sam Kemp, Richard John , the double D’Ursos must be wondering why they didn’t score and so am I. Anyway, well done you can only beat what’s in front of you – we can win this Cup this season but remember the full First Team squad will be available soon so protect your place by training hard and winning games. Next week is another big Cup tie at Nottsborough so get ready for it now.

  The Fours had a ding dong battle with South Bank Cuaco – another game played in true SAL spirit and referee Stuart “The Fridge” Abrey said that it was an enjoyable game to control. The Fours seem to be improving and are essentially a young squad and it was a fine left wing cross from Josh Morris which was headed into the net by skipper Nick Beck to give us a 1 – 0 win in the SAL Cup. I have high hopes that this side can win the League and at least one Cup this season – they have the talent and quite a few of them train regularly. Thanks to new boy Fahad who turned up as Sub at 20 minutes notice – this is the kind of attitude that makes us a great club.

  The Fives went all the way to Old Wilsonians (about 1000 metres) and got all three points with some ease via goals from Stuart Naish, Jake Powell and Dave Beaumont. With Teaguey, Bertie, Rockin Boy, Jumbo and others returning from injury and James Williams and Weasel needing fitness games in the next few weeks selection will be difficult – SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU TRAIN – no, not go on a train – TRAINING is Tuesday and Thursday at the club --- the club is where you play your home games. Anyway well done – by all accounts we were much the better side.

  The Threes overcame their travel problems and won 3 – 0 at Old Stationers – an awful place to travel to on a very wet Saturday – the ground gets really heavy and it’s hard to play good football there. Again, when you look at the Threes squad there are players who are not stretching themselves and some could play higher without too much effort. However, they came back with the points—skipper Scot Holmes scored twice and Dan Amesbury got the other – by all accounts Scotty should have had a hat-trick and Sam Davis had an outstanding game.

 T hanks to the boys who stood in for Dave behind the bar and Kempy’s Mob who turn up every week to practice their drinking skills.

REVIEW  -- SATURDAY 26th October 2008

  Fours triumph in clash with the Fives.
The bookies got this one right with Simon McGeough leading the Fours to a 4 - 1 victory but the scoreline was a little flattering but the younger legs proved the deciding factor. Three of the winners goals came from 17 year olds in Josh Morris, Matt Connor and Neil Fleming with Darren Cornwall getting his second of the season to complete the scoring. The Fives goal also came from a 17 year old - Martin Greenidge (again).

Reserves Fight back secures a point.
Civil Service are always a big, strong side who are difficult to beat and it was no different on Saturday -- they took a 2-0 lead but Dave Adams narrowed the deficit with another free kick before half time. We dominated the second period and equalised via Stu D'Urso but the winning goal eluded us and Manager Keith D'Urso felt that we should have had all three points but agreed that this was a big improvement on the previous weeks performance at Sevenoaks,

Threes lose Cup Battle at Nottsborough  4 - 2. (AFA Cup)
A good effort by Scotty's side against the top team in the highest division and we fought back after giving them a 2 goal start with goals from "Mad Dog" Freeman and Paul Jolly but we ran out of steam against a fitter side but this was no disgrace.

Sixes hammer Seven past South Bank Cuaco
Adrian Gentles was the star -- he came off the bench to score a hat -trick -- his first for the club and Emrah, Bobby Sullivan, Lee Tobin and Scott Saville joined in the fun. Manager for the day Paul "The Rat" Martins claimed all the credit for the victory with his cunning substitutions and debutante Fahad had a great game. It ended 7 -0.

AC's "Raggle Taggle Army" come home empty handed.
He took the remaining unused players to Cray Valley and lost comprehensively 5 - 2 and it could have been more. Everett never turned up and Boar was crocked again so we effectively only had 11 with no wing backs and three schoolboy debutants from Ravenswood. Things started badly when we told that there would be no Assistants Refs but worse followed when the ref didn't show. The game was controlled well by one of their players  but the squad was never really interested in this one and we were soon 3  down on a bumpy pitch. Most of the players were strangers  to each other and most were playing in strange positions. We did better in the second half with 2 good goals from Ollie Waite and the impressive Daniel Haines but only tremendous defending by Gibson, Simmonds and Askew kept the scoreline respectable. The young lads did well enough and they will make considerable progress as the season progresses -- they have undoubted ability and will soon adjust to the faster pace and fitness of the SAL.

 

 

 

Fourth Team skipper Nick Beck hands the reins to his vice captain for Saturday's Clash of the Titans.

The squad will miss Beck's goal scoring prowess but Simon McGeough, who will lead the side. said "We are very confident about the outcome -- our away form is excellent and I only hope that the opposition will not lower the cross bars to prevent them getting a good hiding. Also we get a free meal and, no doubt, as always, the home side will buy us a traditional jug of beer." The Fours squad will be at training on mass tomorrow night and have decided not to bring back Tom Pardon for Saturday's game -- "we wanted to get Tom back for an easy game and there won't be many easier ones than this," said McGeough "but Tom felt it unfair to play against a lower side as it would give him an unfair advantage over Kingo in the Golden Boot competition."

Fives skipper Stewart Naish is dumbstruck at the prospect of facing the rest of the club in the bar after Saturday's game -- not a word has been issued from the Fives camp so maybe they have got something up their sleeve. They are trying to rush Beaumont, Kienlen, Salter, Newton and Roberts back but frankly the outlook looks bleak for the "old boys".

Naish denied the claim that the referee would be given a calculator before the game.

 

HISTORY will be made at CORKSCREW HILL this Saturday --WEST WICKHAM 4's  v  WEST WICKHAM 5's
The club has never had 2 sides in the same Division ever before  and we mean to celebrate this event with a "big day" at the clubhouse. Neither side is renowned for it's drinking prowess and I have never even seen half of them in the bar after games but Saturday will be different. The skippers are already formulating their sides and I will be keeping an eye out for any sharp practice. Players not appearing in the bar after the big game will be fined £5 so be warned -- we need your money. Players will be "twinned" so that you can make sure that your opposite player is in the bar. No doubt the skippers will be wagering beer on the result or betting by how many goals they will win by -- no money only beer.

Will the Jennings brothers be in opposition? Will Airey and Teaguey be up for the challenge of the young virile 4th teamers -- some weren't born when these 2 played their first game for Wickham? But can they still compete? Jumbo versus Beck -- experience against pace -- who will come out on top? The Fours are full of "young spunkers" and my money is on them to win by a big score. Andy Eadon in the Fours goal is in blinding form but will he be buying Big Glen a beer after the game? Personally, I can't see how the Fives will score a goal -- they may not get in the Fours half very .

I have asked Keith to switch this game to the First Team pitch but he has declined --- there may be a programme made if I get the teams early enough so get selecting skippers. If you want to keep your squad under wraps send it to me ONLY for monitoring -- I will not divulge any information (even for money).

Will any of the teams train on Thursday ?-- the answer is "yes" because many of the Fours always train and they want to win this game as they are on a run. No doubt, Raffles will be running a Big Raffle after the game but wait until the Ones get back before doing the draw. Can we get a Dolly Bird to present the prizes -- who has a beautiful sister? or mother?

Current odds are the Fours 1/2 -- draw 9/5 -- Fives 9/4. These odds will no doubt fluctuate during the next hectic four days. Make sure that you are at Corkscrew Hill on Saturday -- be part of our history -- bring your camera.

 

SAL REPRESENTATIVE TEAM is off to Turin to play in the Carlsberg EUFA Cup competition next Friday where they will play 3 games. We have three players in the squad Adam Freeman, Neil Currie and Chris Rose and we wish them the best of luck. The team is called ENGLAND AMATEURS and it is a big honour for the SAL and the squad to be representing England. Manager Bob Leeds has been in constant touch with Fabio on the tactics and he is also speaking perfect Italian with a Cockney accent -- Buon Fortuna boys -- we have the quality to progress so let's relax and enjoy the competition -- forget the razzmattaz - it's all about what happens on the pitch on the day.

 

KENT SENIOR TROPHY DRAW -- ROUND TWO

WEST  WICKHAM  have drawn local Kent League side BECKENHAM TOWN in the  second round of the Kent Senior Trophy -- the game will be played at Eden Park Road Beckenham on Saturday 13th December 2008

 

KENT SENIOR TROPHY      Saturday  11th October  KO 3pm at HOME

WEST WICKHAM    4    v    NORTON SPORTS   0

See First Team Match Reports for full story.

 

NEW SPONSORS
We are extremely pleased that Killicks Funeral Directors, Peach Designs and Coventry Scaffolding have sponsored the club this season. Killicks (established 1879) also had a well established building firm before concentrating solely on the funeral business and they, in fact, built the original wooden football pavilion at Corkscrew Hill. 

Peach Designs have replaced the West Wickham FC sign over the bar and provided a further sign for the clubhouse to accentuate its much smarter appearance.

Coventry Scaffolding was established in 1950 and have a long standing connection with West Wickham FC and their current Managing Director Paul Hannifan was a free scoring centre forward for the club in the 1990's.

Thanks to all these sponsors for their highly valued support.

CLUB REFURBISHMENT CONTINUES  -- SO SUPPORT IT.

The Club is looking much smarter so make sure you come back for a drink and tell us your tales of glory or woe AND --- the NEW WEST WICKHAM sign will be unveiled tomorrow thanks to the efforts of Jon Williams and the generosity of PEACH DESIGNS and there will be more about them and our other new sponsors shortly.

Results for Saturday 20th September 2008

First Team
The Ones had two games over the weekend and beat WINCHMORE  Hill 1- 0 in the League and beat the SAL side 4 - 2 on Sunday. On Saturday we visited the Paulin Ground without Owlett, Waite, Freeman, David, Scarborough, Jackson, McCarthy, Everett, Wadey, Taylor and James Williams. Twelve of last seasons First Team squad were missing so any points would have been welcome -- to get three was a bonus. Not surprisingly we were outplayed by a new look Winchmore side and they were, by all accounts, very unlucky not to win. However, the squad must have performed adequately to get the points -- maybe it wasn't pretty but it demonstrates that we will fight to the last kick. Steve Foster, deputising for Mark Owlett in goal, kept a clean sheet with a little help from the crosssbar. Matt King got the only goal of the game and the home side will rue not taking advantage of our availability problems.

On Sunday we entertained the SAL Rep side and ran out 4 - 2 winners with goals from new boy Daniel Haines 2, Matt King again and Dave Adams. Luckily we did not pick up any further injuries and we may have all but Williams, David, McCarthy and Taylor back for our next game on Saturday 5th October against local rivals Old Wilsonians at Corkscrew Hill.

The Reserves won their AFA Cup game v Old Lyonians with a goal from the ever reliable Jon Laidley  and they are away at NORSEMEN in the next round on 4th October.The only other side to win was the Fours who trounced Old Woodhouseians 8 - 2 with Tom Pardon hitting five and Nick Beck, Jack Stevens and Alec Cudby also scoring. They are drawn at home to WAKE GREEN in the next round on October 18th.

 

Results  for Saturday 13th September 2008

First team   2   v   OLD ESTHAMEIANS  1                   
A well contested game saw Wickham win with goals from debutante Dan Haines and a late winner from Joe Ivory -- cool as a cucumber. You could say that the visitors deserved a point as they played well but we missed enough chances early in the game to have won before half time. I was impressed with Old E's and they will have a big say in the League this season -- they have experience and youth -- so watch them. We were missing over half of the squad but we still won -- however, skipper Freeman and top goal scorer Waite ended up in casualty so our mettle will be tested next week without them at Winchmore Hill. Rob Palmer will be in charge, assisted by Adam Freeman and I expect to receive a winning phone call in Majorca. Make sure you train and keep your place -- Gibbo, Kingo and Rosey will be back, so the squad wont change much  next week but make sure you do enough to stay in it for what could be the most momentous season in the clubs history.

Reserves   3     v    Carshalton  1
Another pleasing win with goals from Ryan West, Dave Adams and Jon Laidley --- these boys are looking for a First Team place and we still have 2 of our best footballers to come back -- Neil and James Owlett. Will they be able to get into the First team -- they have every chance. The Reserves have a newish side and today's players will have to perform well to stay in the side with so many players to come back. REMEMBER -- possession is nine tenths of the law -- train well -- give 100% - make it difficult for the Manager to drop you.

Threes    3    v   Polytechnic   3
We threw away a 2- 0 lead. Goals came from Scott Holmes and 2 from Marlon -- worryingly I didn't see Marlon in the bar. Are you sick Marlon? I wanted to hear about the goals.

SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER REPORTS

Last Saturday was the first full week of fixtures for the club – all Friendlies – and plenty of goals.

The First Team without Everett , Guppy, McCarthy, Currie, Willis, David, Askew, Scarborough and Simmonds entertained MERTON in dire conditions which made ball control extremely difficult. The rain lashed down during the warm up and got even heavier when the game started so it was no surprise to see so many passes ending up in the bushes. Both sides had difficulty in finding their men but Merton coped a bit better with the conditions than we did and took an early lead when Waite and Wadey both called for a loose ball and then left it to each other. The Merton midfielder nipped in and his half hit shot hit the post and bounced into the net giving Owlett no chance. The first half was almost devoid of goal scoring chances although Owlett had to tidy up another defensive error with a brave save. We persisted with long balls to the front men and they had little or no chance of collecting anything that was not played to their feet. We improved towards half time but it was by far our poorest performance of the pre-season calendar.

  There was a marked improvement in the second period and Jon Waite headed over the bar when normally he would have scored and we looked dangerous in the air from set pieces. Williams was providing some good crosses but the visitors kept their goal in tact until the 76th minute when Jon Laidley converted an excellent cross from Steve Jones. Laidley had replaced Matt King after 65 minutes and his downward header was clinically place in the far corner. Charlie Jackson made his debut and showed some neat touches before a late challenge slowed him down but this was near the final whistle and 1 – 1 was a fair result. We did play the ball shorter in the second half and there were pleasing performances from Tommy Williams, Richard John and Steve Jones – as usual we were strong in defence and the goal that we conceded was a rare misunderstanding. Generally I thought that our communication, particularly in the first half, was poor and we were caught in possession too frequently for comfort. It was an unpleasant day and we played below our high standards and we will need to improve next Saturday when newly promoted Old Esthameians visit Corkscrew Hill. They will be a tough side to beat but we await the start of the season knowing that every side will want to beat last season’s runaway Champions.

The Reserves went to Merton and came back with a convincing 4 - 0 win but Manager Keith D'Urso still saw room for improvement before they open their League season with a trip to Carshalton. Taking the conditions into account the win looks healthy and Neil Currie, Phil Slaney, Eddie Clark and Joe Ivory all got on the score sheet. It was good to see "Awesome" Barham back in action but Sam Davis was missing with a foot injury.

 The Threes played Old Bromleians First team and went down 2 - 0 which was disappointing. The Fours were also at Old Broms against their Reserves.

 Both the Fives and Sixes went to HSBC and took part in a goalfest  -- The Five s won 6 - 5 after being up 2 - 0 in the first five minutes. New Manager Stewart Naish got 2 and, not to be outdone, his brother James also score twice. Geoff Airey who "retired" last season swiflty came out of retirement and, as usual, scored. Darren Cornwall, not noted for his goal scoring, got the sixth so he doesn't have to worry about being on the Cold List. The Sixes won 8 - 4 and The Rat says that they gave away some stupid goals and could have scored more. The Peckam Posse accounted for all but one of the goals which was scored by new Manager Dickie Payne. Bobby Sullivan hit two and Adrian Gentles, Lee Tobin, Scott Saville, Carl Watling and Geoff Boadu one each.

 

CLUB IMPROVEMENTS
We are in the process of giving the clubhouse and dressing rooms a "facelift" before the season starts and the jobs will, hopefully, be completed by 13th September 2008. Thanks to all those who have given their time and money to make these changes possible including the renovation of all 3 sets of goals. kThe First team play hosts to OLD ESTHAMEIANS  on the 13th --they were promoted last season and we wish them well for the new campaign. The following day we entertain the SAL Representative XI in the Annual Champs v The League fixture and we hope that a good crowd will support the event. The game kicks off at 2pm -- so come and have a beer in the comfort of the newly decorated Clubhouse.

 

 

FIRST TEAM --- PRE-SEASON  FIXTURE SCHEDULE  ----   SEASON 2008/9

Saturday  26th August           v     HOLMESDALE (A)                     Won     1 - 0     Matt King

Wednesday 13th  August       v     CROYDON ATHLETIC (H)       Won     3 - 2     Matt King 2  Neil Currie

Saturday     13th  August       v     HSBC (A)                                     Drew   0 - 0      The Invisible Man 2

Saturday     20th  August       v     BROMLEIAN SPORTS (A)         Won    2 - 0      Matt King  Lloyd Willis

Saturday     27th August        v     LLOYDS (H)                                Won    6 - 0      Matt King 4   Chris Rose  2

Saturday      6th September   v      MERTON (H)                              Drew   1 - 1.    Jon Laidley

 

COUNTY CUP DRAWS 2008/9

UMBRO KENT SENIOR TROPHY

WEST WICKHAM     v     NORTON SPORTS     HOME       SATURDAY  11th OCTOBER 2008

KENT INTERMEDIATE CUP

WEST WICKHAM RESERVES     v     SEVENOAKS TOWN RESERVES     AWAY     SATURDAY   4th OCTOBER 

Not bad draws -- the First Team entertain the side that were promoted to the Kent League Premier Division last season while the Reserves visit Sevenoaks Town Reserves who play in Div One of the Kent League finishing 5th of 12 last season.

 

AFA CUP DRAW IS KIND TO WEST WICKHAM

Four sides have been drawn at home in their first cup games -- the First team and Sixes have a first round byes but the Reserves and Fours start their campaign with home fixtures on September 20th against Old Lyonians and Old Woodhouseians respectively. The Sixes are at home on 1st November to Old Manorians. The First team have to wait until 8th November to entertain Old Stationers while the Threes and Fives travel to Nottsborough and Broomfield in October.

 

2007/8 SEASON REPORT

 

 

Resrves  -- had a campaign that resembled the “curates egg” – good in some parts but bad in others – on 2nd February we had an excellent chance of winning both the League and the Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup and had played pretty well up to that point but within a couple of weeks their season was effectively ended. We lost the semi final 1 – 0 to HAC (a game that we should and could have won) and then went on dismal run drawing 0 – 0 with Owens and losing to bottom sides Old Actonians, Old Wilsonians and then EBOGS.

 

We came back with 2 good wins and finished 7 points behind the leaders in third place BUT Actonians and Wilsonians were both relegated and we should not have lost these games. I personally watched 3 games and we played very well in those games ---I saw players who will play in the First Team in the near future so it’s hard to put your finger on what went wrong. I know that Bear and Fozzie put a lot of hard work into the season and they deserved something for their efforts. Ollie and Stu Owlett got most of their goals but their availability was fragmented whilst the youngsters Tommy Williams, Jo Kemp and Kent Osborn gave the squad some young legs and added enthusiasm and skill.

 

The Threes also finished third in the Junior Div 2 and again looked like challenging for promotion at the turn of the year but went on a losing run of 4 games in Jan and Feb which cooked their goose. They then finished strongly winning 5 of the last 8 and drawing one. Congratulations to the D’Urso boys for their efforts – they supported Scotty very well and Stu got 10 goals one more than Scotty and Russ was always in the firing line. Scott gradually introduced his brother Stuart and his pal Callum into the club – they are still only 16 and have a good future ahead of them with the club.

 

I was sorry to see the Fours lose their place in the top Division by one point as Harry Charilaou took the job at the last minute when he was injured and for most of the season he looked like finishing mid table. We were in the Quarter Finals of both Cups but lost them both rather unluckily and that seemed to knock the heart out of the side and they failed to win any of their last 9 games – drawing 4 and losing 5. One win would have meant survival. Thanks to Harry who unearthed Andy Eadon as an excellent keeper 9he was kicking in on McAndrews just before kick off when Harry recruited him. He was joined later by his brother Chris who played towards the end of the season and scored 5 in very few games. Tom Pardon finished top scorer with 19 – top effort Tom.

 

The Fives had a great season and were in an inch of winning the league under Steve Salter – they finished second by only one point. They scored 72 goals with a goal difference of plus 42 and lost only 2 games. Stu Naish was top scorer with 23 and James Owlett was one behind with 22. Geoff Airey finished his last season at the age of 43 with 12 goals – I remember him playing in the 6,s when I was skipper when he was 15 or 16 and he has always given WWFC 100% effort every Saturday – he made the First Team, played their successfully and then continued to lend his experience as age crept up on him – so thanks Geoff. It was good to see Andy Teague back in the fray and Bertie Kienlen too.

 

The Sixes won promotion under Stu Abrey and the Peckham posse scored nearly all their goals via Geoff Boadu, Bobby Sullivan, Adrian Gentles and Emrah Hassan. We urgently need a Manager for next season and we need to keep the Peckham Boys interested as they are the nucleus of the squad.

 

In summary it was a good season and it is sad to have to say farewell to those stalwart’s who are hanging up their boots or leaving the club for other reasons – Gary Blakeney, Geoff Airey, Paul Blakeney and Stu Abrey – thanks for your efforts both on and off the field over the years.

 

 

 

FIRST TEAM WIN LEAGUE TITLE 2007/8

The final League table shows that West Wickham won the title by a massive 12 points but, in truth, the race was much closer and it was only the results in the last couple of weeks that showed the value of playing your fixtures on time and ensuring that you collect valuable  6points along the way. A fixture pile up at the end of the season is to be avoided as they always throw up some unexpected results due to player unavailability and insufficient pre-match preparation time. West Wickham suffered last season when I am convinced that we would have won an unprecedented Treble if we could have avoided the end of season chaos. This season Old Owens, and to a lesser extent, Nottsborough suffered and poor old Owens were too tired to even fulfill their fixtures (poor lambs). Let's hope that the SAL management come up with a solution to fixture congestion bearing in mind that the Rep team have to visit Turin in October which will mean fixture cancellations.

The First Team Squad, led by skipper Adam Freeman, did a magnificent job -- they trained hard, bonded strongly and fought for every ball for 90 minutes (and sometimes a lot longer) in every game. Everybody made the maximum effort to keep fit and to regain fitness after injury -- a costly business no doubt. New players were introduced during the season and they blended in very well and, if they are with us next season, there will be fierce competition for places in the squad. The goals were shared around with Jon Waite leading the way with 17, Matt King (who returned to form with a bang) 11,Chris Rose with 11, and Ash Everett, James Gibson and Marcus Elliott all hit 8 with Ben David getting 6. Ross Simmonds scored 2 but these were vital goals as they clinched penalty Shoot Outs which enabled us to retain the Kent/Surrey Cup.

We had to contend with some lengthy injury periods -- Elliott missed 5 months of the season with a groin injury, Jon Waite was out with ankle damage for 6 weeks and Ben David missed the Christmas fixtures and the end of season run-in with leg injuries. Luckily we could call on James Taylor, Rob Guppy and Tom Smith when they were available from their studies. Neil Owlett did a good job for the side in the first half of the season and, I am sure that he will be back in contention next season.

Defensively we were excellent -- you can count the serious errors on one hand -- conceding only 16 goals in the top division is an excellent performance and Mark Owlett was only beaten 13 times in 18 league games and saved seven penalties. The "Air Control Unit" seemed even stronger this season with Adam Freeman, Neil Currie, James Gibson and Ross Simmonds in total command on almost every occasion. It's not to say that we didn't miss "Awesome" Paul Barham's presence in the squad -- let's hope that he is re- motivated next season.

The club has always been strong in the middle of the park -- Neil Owlett, Adam Wadey, Ben David and Jay Askew did most of the work for most of the season although Cuzza supplemented the midfield late in the season. They combined physical strength and high work rate with some excellent tackling which gave us a high percentage of possession in most games and the wing backs saw plenty of the ball.

Chris Rose, Ashley Everett and Mike McCarthy all did terrific jobs and scored plenty of goals but we should have converted more of our chances and this is a repetitive theme in my match reports. Many games should have been won by four or five goals but ended up with a single goal advantage -- however, we did meet some excellent goalkeepers during the season and witnessed some unbelievable stops.

Jon Waite and Matt King formed a potent strike force supplemented by three excellent young footballers during the campaign in James Taylor, Rob Guppy and Tom Smith. All five made major contributions to the teams success with their goals but I was also impressed with their all round skills and work rate.

We also called on the services of Greg Palmer, Greg Brown, Ollie Waite, Kent Osborn and Tommy Williams and welcomed back James Owlett (let's hope that he is up for it come July) and Paul Jennings (proving that you are never too old to "rock and roll") for the vital last four games which saw us defeat Alleyns 2 - 1, Broomfield 6 - 1, Polytechnic 1- 0 and Nottsborough 2 - 1. Thanks to James and Paul, particularly, as they influenced the course of events at the death when we had injuries to contend with.

Trying to pick out highlights from an exciting season is not too difficult -- how about these:

Mike McCarthy's howitzer which almost removed the net from it's moorings at Broomfield in our 6 -1 victory.

Kingo's tremendous shot on the run from 25 meters which gave us a 1-0 lead in the vital away game against Nottsborough and his hat-trick at Broomfield.

Gibbo's headed winner in the Kent/Surrey Cup Final against Old Salesians after only 3 minutes.

Mark Owlett's fantastic one handed save in the same game which kept our lead in tact -- not to mention his penalty "shoot out" saves against Bank of England and Nottsborough.

Rob Guppy's sensational strike to give us a 2 - 1 lead at Old Salesians one minute after coming on as sub at half time.

Simmo's cool nerve in converting the match winning penalty in the semi final "shoot out" at Nottsborough (he did the same against Bank of England in the previous round).

Ashley Everett's "goal from nowhere" against Winchmore Hill when we were down to 10 men - there was no danger when Ash had the ball near the half way line out on the touchline -- next minute it was in the back of the net.

Waitey's winner at Nottsborough in the "show down" game which gave us a 2 - 1 win near the end of the 90 minutes and sealed the championship for the Bluebloods.

We did have some rare cock ups -- namely against VCD when we gave them 2 silly goals and against Nottsborough in the AFA Quarter Final when we repeated the feat -- we lost both games and these were games that we should have won -- and who knows -- we could have won both the Kent Senior Trophy and retained the AFA Senior Cup to make up a Foursome.

We had a great season because we were committed to the cause and enjoyed Mark Hudson's training sessions even though our facilities limit what we can do. Basically the squad picked itself because we played to a high standard throughout the campaign but there are players "knocking on the door" and their patience will be rewarded in the future, if they retain their enthusiasm and commitment -- Richard John, Greg Brown, Kent Osborn, Joe Kemp, Tommy Williams, Steve Jones, Chris Eadon, Joe Ivory, Mitch Lawley, Ben Precious, Matt Connor, Josh Morris and Stu Holmes all fall into this category (and maybe their are some that I have missed as I see very few none First Team games). There are also established players who come into the reckoning for next season if they want it -- including Ollie Waite ( his all round quality on the ball would have added another ingredient to the mix)-- Paul Barham (original ACU stalwart mixes hard tackling with a welcome "joie de vivre" -- missed by us all this season) -- Neil Owlett ( more skill than almost everybody in the club - will he be back in contention? we hope so). Hopefully next season Ben Scarborough will have recovered from his injured foot (most of the referees asked where "Wild Boar" was as their notebooks were missing his name) and Lloyd Willis should recover from his sojourn in Australia (he's still as white as a sheet). Both Mark Pettyfer and Dave Adams had niggling injuries which they tried to play through, without success, but they will be back at the coal face in July as will James Williams and Sam Kemp (who both played for the First Team 2 seasons ago).

However, we can still improve the level of our performance as a team and I expect that everybody is looking forward to starting training again on July 15th -- we will put maximum effort into the campaign from the word "Go" as we will have Kent Senior Trophy games in early September before the League starts.

 

WICKHAM ARE CHAMPIONS  --- a  2 - 1 victory at Nottsborough on Saturday brought the Championship Trophy back to West Wickham.

 

WONDERFUL “ONE EYED” WAITEY WINS IT FOR WICKHAM

 

What a performance by all 14 players at Nottsborough – a 2 – 1 victory secured the first Senior Division One championship for The Bluebloods since 1990/91 – Old Owens needed to win at Wilsonians to keep their dream alive but a 2 – 2 draw scuppered their ambitions. We were up for this game from the first whistle and we started in a confident vein – the midfield trio of Currie, Wadey and Askew set the tone with a high work rate and some determined tackling which gave Wickham the upper hand in the first 15 minutes and we took the lead with a tremendous goal from Matt King. He collected a through ball and judged the bounce perfectly to smash a fierce drive into the net from just outside the area – the Nottsborough keeper had no chance of saving it and, had he got near it, he may have ended up in the back of the net alongside the ball. As usual, the home side were not daunted and they gradually worked their way into the game with some clever play from Ewin and Stavri but the main threat came from Swindle, who always seems to play well against us – skipper Rolfe set him up for some dangerous forays down the right flank and Chrissy Rose had to be at his best to keep him in check. The battle between Alec Ewin and Adam Freeman is nearly always the key to these big games and the Wickham captain was in top form – he gave the Nottsborough striker little or nothing, which is a feat in itself, and Nick Stavri carried the bigger threat – his ball control is excellent and he kept our defence on their toes without being able to deliver a killer ball.  Jon Waite was working hard up front but lost his right contact lens after 30 minutes and called for a white stick --- after one valiant chase into the Nottsborough box his momentum carried him on to the adjoining pitch and he played 5 minutes in that game until Connor was sent to retrieve him. Eventually, after much faffing and running back and forward to the dressing room (which was miles away) Connor and Freeo Senior managed to find a spare lens and Waitey’s vision was restored.

 

At half time I was confident that we could win the game if we could weather the inevitable period when the opposition would dominate. Nottsborough continued to play controlled football and Stavri was proving a real handful and he levelled the scores when he twisted and turned on the left side of the penalty box and squeezed his shot past the diving Owlett into the right hand corner of the net. This heralded a panicky ten minutes for the Wickham rearguard and tempers started to fray – fortunately some strong words from Gibbo restored sanity but Nottsborough were clearly on top and we had a lucky escape when, a somewhat rattled skipper, headed a dangerous cross against his own cross bar with keeper Owlett stranded. Rolfe then had a goal bound header cleared off the line by the ever vigilant Rose and we had survived two narrow escapes.  Games often turn on moments like these but the strength and determination of Wadey and Askew made sure that the damage was minimal. Matt King had to leave the field after 60 minutes with a back injury and PJ, the old warhorse, was introduced into the fray, with instructions to calm proceedings down. The substitution came at a dangerous time as, we were on the back foot, but there is nothing like an old head in a game like this and Jennings knew his job and did it well. Stavri left the field with what looked like a thigh strain but maybe one or two crunching tackles from Simmonds had slowed his momentum. Elliott replaced him, and he is another dangerous player, particularly in the air, but you need to be better than “good” to win aerial battles against Gibson, Freeman, Simmonds and Currie. This is where the Wickham strength lies ---- we have only conceded 16 goals in 19 games this season and it was the same last season when we only let in 17 in 20 games. Mark Owlett’s keeping has again been top quality and he is, undoubtedly, the best keeper in the SAL, whatever anybody else thinks. The home side kept trying but Jay Askew was running the show in the middle and his link with Chris Rose was creating panic in the tiring Nottsborough defence. Both Waite and Askew were off target with headers from Rose’s crosses and we clawed back the advantage as the half proceeded. Ashley Everett, who had done every well defensively was replaced by James Owlett with fifteen minutes left with instructions to run at the Nottsborough defence at every opportunity. There was no point in us sitting on a point when we had the chance to take all three and Jon Waite almost gave us the lead on a couple of occasions but he was thwarted by some last ditch tackling. Waitey never gives up and he got his reward in the 80th minute when he controlled the ball in the box, turned the last man, and put the ball into the bottom right hand corner. This was a tremendous piece of poaching by Waitey, who was struggling with his ankle again and he was almost immediately replaced by Marcus Elliott who has not played for the First Team since 17th November 2007. There was only seven minutes left but referee Phil Cook added on a further six minutes --- sometimes this can be a frantic, nervous period but not on this occasion --- the experience of Paul Jennings was matched by the much less experienced James Owlett and Marcus Elliott – they kept the ball intelligently and  Rose and Askew joined in and prevented Nottsborough from getting possession. I was never looking at my watch calling for the whistle because it was obvious that the players were in full control and enjoying themselves. We played extremely well in the last 20 minutes after weathering a panicky period when Nottsborough were unlucky not to take a lead.

 

The news that Old Wilsonians had held our nearest rivals Old Owens to a draw meant that we were Champions --- I don’t think that anybody would dispute that West Wickham are worthy of the title and it was fitting that we should win it at the ground of last years Champions. I think that Nottsborough, Owens and Wickham and, probably, Old Salesians could all play at a much higher level and still win things and the standard of football this season in the SAL has been well worth watching. Thanks to the officials who did a good job but it was the players who made their job easy on the day – there was hardly a foul in the game and the behaviour of both teams was exemplary.

 

Thanks to our supporters who turn up every week to add that extra ingredient – we hope that we entertained you --- and there is still one game to go. This will be a BIG GAME --- I do not want to even think about finishing the season on a losing note – we will play Old Owens at Corkscrew Hill on Monday 5th May at 3pm and I expect to field a full side. Good luck to the boys who are representing the SAL in the Carlsberg Cup Final next Saturday – I trust that you will win and be ready for an all action Monday afternoon.

 

Man of the Match went to “One Eyed” Waitey, who has now score 18 goals in 25 games --- enough said. Everybody did their job on Saturday – nobody shirked any issues (which is normal) – we showed both maturity and awareness as the game progressed and this is a step forward for the team. Except for three players, we have a young squad and they are improving all the time – the only disappointment this season was not winning the AFA Cup again but next year we will have it back.

 

RESULTS    --  SATURDAY 12th April 2008

FIRST TEAM     6     v     BROOMFIELD     1
Matt King 3 Jon Waite
James Gibson Mike McCarthy

RESERVES     5     v     EBOGS     1
Greg Brown 2  James Owlett 2
Jon Laidley

THREES     2     v     HSBC     3
Ian Fieldwick Paul Jolly

FOURS     4     v     WINCHMORE HILL     0
Tom Pardon2 Chris Eadon 2

 

West Wickham 1st     2     v   Alleyns   1

Another win for Wickham on Wednesday night on a pitch which resembled Southport beach. We started indifferently, which is a nicer word than turgidly, but gradually settled own and won a penalty when Ash Everett was poleaxed in the box and up stepped Chris Rose to put us ahead. Ash was enjoying himself and chipped a superb ball across the six yard box to give Chris a second goal. We looked comfortable as the half drew to a close but lost Ben David with a knee injury just before the break. Alleyns, who moaned and groaned almost as much as Actonians, were then awarded a dire penalty -- the award was the result of constant pressure on the referee -- nobody knew what the award was for -- the home side converted and were back in the game.

The second half was end to end, Alleyns threatened up to the last third but then ran out of ideas -- Currie was outstanding in midfield and Wadey and Askew created some fine scoring chances but their keeper made three terrific saves. The game ended 2- 1 to Wickham but in truth it could have been 5 - 0 --- Alleyns are in a bit of trouble but I think, and hope, that they will get out of it -- they have a crunch game on Saturday against Winchmore Hill and a victory would send The Hill down (in my opinion). We go to Broomfield on Saturday and this will be a very difficult game -- although they have lost their last 2 games Broomfield are a good side, particularly at home and we need to win to keep the pressure on Old Owens and Nottsborough.

RESULTS--SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2008

FIRST TEAM         1    v       OLD SALESIANS      0        Kent/Surrey Cup Final

James Gibson                              

THIRD TEAM        7      v         Bank of England          1

Paul Jolly 2  Scott  Holmes  Jon Laidley  Sam Truman  Steve Jones   Stu D;Urso    

FOURTH TEAM      1    v       Civil Service            1      

SIXTH TEAM        7    v            Merton               1

Marcus Elliott 4  Adrian Gentles 2  Scott Saville

 

RESULTS -- SATURDAY 29th MARCH 2008

  RESERVES    2   v    NOTTSBOROUGH   1 

Greg Brown   Jon Laidley                                                                        
                                                                                        

 THREES     2     v      OLD SALESIANS    0 

Scott Holmes  Paul Jolly                                                          
                                                                                              

 FOURS   2     v      WINCHMORE HILL     4

Rob Guppy  Chris Eadon                                                         

 SIXES    5    v    CIVIL SERVICE         1

Ash Everett Marcus Elliott Adrian Gentles                           

Paul Blakeney  Geoff Boadu                                                  

 

CLUB DINNER will be held AT THE CLUBHOUSE on SATURDAY 26th APRIL at 7pm.

Please make sure that you attend this uproarious event -- ticket details will be issued soon -- put the date in your diary. All the individual and team awards will be presented on the night so will Managers start to collect votes for their Player of the Season.                                                                                   

 

RESULTS  -- SATURDAY 15th MARCH 2008

FIRST TEAM  0     v    OLD ACTONIANS     0

 RESERVES   2     v      EAST BARNET OG     3   
Andy Foster 2                                                                                             

THREES               1     v     CARSHALTON    3   
Paul Jolly                                                                                                   

 FOURS    0     v     OLD ACTONIANS   4           

FIVES    3       v     KEW           1                       
Colin Roberts 2  Geoff Airey                                                                   

                                  

                                RESULTS -- SATURDAY 1st March 2008

RESERVES    0    v      OLD OWENS          0

THREES         2    v      BROOMFIELD       0
Jon Laidley Scott Holmes

FOURS            0    v      OLD OWENS           3

FIVES              0    v     OLD WILSONIANS  1

REVIEW -- SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2008
The First Team badly under performed in their Kent/Surrey Semi Final against Nottsborough at Kingston University but still, somehow, managed to reach the final. We squandered a two goal lead given to us by Jon Waite and Adam Wadey but survived to extra time with the score at 2 - 2. We improved in extra time but were then struck down by bad injuries to Waite, Everett and Currie. No further goals meant a "penalty shoot out" with only seven fit players, as we had to leave one out as Nottsborough had a man, unluckily, sent off. Our penalty taking matched our overall performance -- below our normal standard -- but, thanks to keeper Mark Owlett and some poor pens we won 3 - 2 with Chris Rose, Jay Askew and Ross Simmonds scoring (I wont mention that Freeo, Brutus and Cuzza missed).

The Reserves are still in with a chance of retaining their title with a 2 - 1 win over HSBC at Corkscrew Hill via an own goal and one from Ollie Waite. They MUST win all their five remaining games and hope that their challengers slip up -- and I have seen this happen many times. 

The Fours are, apparently, playing quite well but are just not scoring and the score line of 1 - 0 to Old Actonians illustrates this point. They have only scored 3 times in their last four games and we hope to change that this week at Broomfield.

The Sixes should have beaten Old Actonians but let a one goal lead slip and had to thank Lee Tobin for securing a 2 - 2 draw with a last minute strike to add to the one scored by Barney Farmer. Missed chances cost them 2vital points although we are still top and should, at least, be promoted.

REVIEW -- SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2008
A good weekend for the three teams that are top of their respective tables with two wins and a hard fought away draw. The First Team put a hesitant first half performance behind them and came out with all guns blazing in the second period to beat Civil Service 3 - 1. Chris Rose gave us an early lead from close range but the visitors were level within a minute with a smart move and finish which gave The Owl no chance. But Ash Everett and Ben David provided pin point crosses for Jonny Waite to score twice in quick succession. Waitey also hit the bar with a fine header and we could  easily have scored six or seven.

The Reserves surprisingly lost 4 - 1 at Old Actonians after being level at 1 -1 at the break. Skipper Steve Foster was very disappointed at the lack of fighting spirit shown in the second half and this is very unlike a West Wickham side. Richard John scored our goal. 

The Fours went down fighting 2-0 to the top side Winchmore Hill and while they can still technically win the League they will have to rely on those ahead of them to lose a few.

The Fives keep on rolling -- Matt Waite notched at BB Eagles and this was a point won rather than 2 points lost as the Eagles are one of the best sides in the division. We now have only 3 games left -- they are all at home and they are against the bottom 3 sides -- let's win all three games and take the title in style. Stevie Salter will make sure that there is no complacency.

The Sixes steamrollered Old Wilsonians 9 - 2 and it could and should have been a lot more. Adrian Gentles and Geoff Boadu scored two each and the other Peckham Posse added three of the others via Emrah, Lee Tobin and Bobby Sullivan while Barney Farmer and an own goal completed the rout. They are in a good position ahead of Kew who have four games in hand with a nine point gap but we have to play Kew at home which will be a big game and could decide the title.

RESULTS -- SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2008

FIRST TEAM     3    v  CIVIL SERVICE   1
Chris Rose  Jon Waite 2

RESERVES        1    v   ACTONIANS           4
Richard John

FOURS               0     v   WINCHMORE HILL  2

FIVES                 1    v    BB EAGLES                1
Matt Waite

SIXES                 9    v    OLD WILSONIANS     2
Adrian Gentles 2
Geoff Boadu 2
Bobby Sullivan
Lee Tobin  Emrah
Barney Farmer OG

 


Saturday 9th February Review

Disappointingly the Reserves went out of the Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup in their semi final game with HAC -- THE GAME WAS DECIDED WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE 90 MINUTES WHEN OUR VISITORS SCORED THE ONLY GOAL OF THE GAME AND WE WISH THEM WELL IN THE FINAL.

The First Team came back from Winchmore Hill with all 3 points after a very hard fought 1 - 0 victory in a game spoiled a bit by erratic refereeing. Games at the Paulin Ground are always hard fought -- the first half was one way traffic but the ref evened the game up by sending off Brutus for a dive -- he couldn't dive if he tried -- this was a ludicrous decision as he was clearly fouled while racing into the area. Still justice was done when Ash Everett scored but we had to battle hard in the last 20 to retain our lead.

The Threes are having a bad run and were hammered 4 - 0 at old Westminster Citz while the Fours played poorly and lost 2 - 1 at home to Civil Service -- Tom Pardon got our goal. However, the Fives continued to score goals for fun getting eight against HSBC -- I think that four players each scored 2 (Teaguey, Stu Naish, Dave Adams and Geoff Aierey) -- but I also heard that Matt" One foot " Waite also scored -- so confusion reigns.

The One's. Fives and Sixes are all still top of the table but there is a long way to go.

 

Man United Babes rocked by West Wickham Under 11's

This morning's game between West Wickham Under 11's and the Manchester United Babes ended in a tremendous victory for Peter Hart's charges. The odds were stacked against the Bluebloods in this Remembrance game in honour of those who died in the Munich Disaster in 1958. To avert any crowd congestion in the area and prevent a clash with this afternoon's big Semi Final for WW Reserves, the police asked us to kick off at 7.30am. The day got off to a bad start for the Mancs who decided not to risk the skies and travelled down by Luxury Coach -- unfortunately, the coach driver Georgie Pigstock, misjudged the width of the Corkscrew Hill entrance and got the coach wedged between the hedges and nobody could get out of the vehicle for 45 minutes until The Shoe arrived and dragged them out by tractor. 

The Mancs were captained by a lad called Edward Duncans -- and I say "lad" advisedly, as he was five foot ten and weighed about 12 stone -- up against his marker, Ollie, who is no bigger than 3foot ten and weighs about 3 stone, this looked the biggest mismatch since the Ricky Hatton fight. To be fair to Ollie, he wasn't phased but the sight of the GAMS (Girlfriends and Mums) getting off the coach took poor Ollie's breath away. The oldest was no more than 25 and they looked the business -- regaled in leather micro- mini skirts and long Jimmy Choo boots they were showing enough cleavage to make any player dribble.

"The pitch looks a bit bumpy" said their Manager Matt Frisbee but nobody took any notice of him. "What do Mancs know about football" said Jed " they should take a look at their own pitch, it's rubbish." I suppose the sagging cross bars at McAndrews are unusual and the goalmouths are are worse than Ground Zero but it suits Wickham's style and you could see that the Mancs were not impressed.

"Watch out for that Bobby Carlton" said Manager Hart in his team talk.
"Who is he?" said Joe.
"He's the bald kid with that funny strand of hair combed across his head" said Hart.

The first 30 minutes was a little bit one sided and the only time we got in their half was when we won the toss and kicked off. However, nature came to our rescue in the form of the "wild West wind" -- now everybody who frequents West Wickham FC knows that on Saturday a beautiful sunny, mild morning is always followed by gale force winds in the afternoon. This morning it was all so different -- the wind changed it's mind and howled into the faces of the Mancs and the other Ollie, Matt and Tom had no trouble in keeping the score sheet blank. Poor old Bobby Carlton was hampered by the wind blowing what was left of his hair over his eyes so his shooting was all over the place. 

The cold wind played havoc with the GAMS -- they were soon sporting goose pimples on their thighs and cleavages and even Dave the Barman said he felt nauseous. Needless to say their Moschino handbags were filled with cans of lager and meat pies and they were soon bevied.

I felt sorry for Matt Frisbee -- there was no half time tea, oranges or anything else to cheer him up and his boys looked decidedly edgy and we had a 20 minute interval to allow the wind to change round. The second half was carnage -- our side that recently lost 10 - 0 and 10 - 1 to Croydon A, were not going to let a bunch of northern tripe- hounds beat them and we tore into the tackle. Goals from Sam the Man, Jumping Jack Flash, Connor and Guy gave us an unassailable lead. It didn't seem to bother the GAMS who were lying unconscious by the swings.

Well by now (its 10am) the Frisbee Babes will be on their way back to Manchester to watch the Derby game -- the boys were very well behaved and took their defeat in in good grace BUT can we rely on the Manchester fans to behave in an appropriate manner tomorrow afternoon and remember The Babes with the respect that their talent and sportsmanship deserve????

FIXTURES    SATURDAY  9th  February 2008

 FIRST TEAM         1     v        WINCHMORE HILL   (A)        0
Everett


 
RESERVES             0     v       HAC    (H)        1
     

 THREES               0        v       OLD WESTMINSTER CITZ     (A)     4

 FOURS                  1       v       CIVIL SERVICE    (H)           2
Pardon

     
 FIVES                   8       v       HSBC   (H)               1
Geoff Airey 2   Stu Naish
Dave Adams 2 Matt Waite
Andy Teague 2

SIXES                   NO FIXTURE

All games now kick off at 2.30pm EXCEPT  CUP GAMES.

 

WEEKEND REVIEW --- SATURDAY  2nd FEBRUARY 2008

Well done to all the players who turned out on Saturday – we were really struggling in all six sides so to win four, draw one and lose one was a great effort. I had a strong feeling that we would do well this Saturday – past experiences indicate that when the chips are down players pull something extra out and the atmosphere in the First Team dressing room was excellent – no doubt it was the same in the dressing rooms of the other five sides. No big speeches were necessary we all knew that losing was not on the agenda as losing would severely dent all our Championship hopes. Club skipper Adam Freeman played while only half fit, Jonny Waite was there on the line ready to help if needed despite being unfit, Pagey came along to watch and ended up as sub for the Ones at the age of (about) 43 while Dave Cross played for the Threes despite being far from fit and Paul Freeman was in a poor state in the Fives game but notched twice.

The First Team squad was without Currie, Elliott, Williams, Scarborough , Jon Waite, Jay Askew, Rob Guppy and James Taylor and introduced Tommy Williams as our only fit sub against Alleyns who had only lost once so far this season. There was a quiet determination about the squad though – we know that we have been under performing and we were determined to put matters right and we played very well in the first 30 minutes making many chances which we were unable to convert. We looked much livelier in midfield with The Weasel quickly getting control of the ball and Brutus and Ben adding much needed energy. True we only won the game with the next to last kick of the 90 minutes via Chris Rose after sterling work by Brutus – but we were much the better side and deserved the 3 points.

  The Reserves have hit a purple patch and with their resources stretched, they beat the league leaders Carshalton by a single Ollie Waite goal. Make no mistake this was a big win and sets us up for next week’s semi final in the Kent/Surrey Intermediate Cup at Corkscrew Hill against the Honourable Artillery Company --- kick off at 2pm.. Also we are not giving up hope of retaining our League title – we need to win all our games but we are good enough – put the effort in at training boys and we can win something – I will be disappointed if the whole squad isn’t at training in the remaining weeks of the season.

  The Threes game started late due to traffic problems and finished in the dark when Sam Truman was injured and the game was delayed for 30 minutes. Sam fell on his head and we were worried about his neck but thankfully he is ok after being x rayed. The game ended with a 4 – 1 win for top side, Kew – Mark Pettyfer getting our goal. At  2 – 1 we had chances to level the scores but the game was severely disrupted and the score line flattered the visitors who are a decent side. Many thanks to the ref for his handling of Sam’s injury and for the understanding and behaviour of the very young Kew side.

  The Fours were on the road at Alexandra Park and got a point via two goals from Stevie X which gets him off the Non Scorers List – James Dunne scored for the Sixes in their 5 – 2 win at Polytechnic. They were down 2 – 0 at half time but an own goal and one from Emrah put us back in the lead then Emrah’s mate Chris got two more – happy days. Well done to the Peckham Posse.

  Another fine performance from Salter’s Marauders (the Fives) who slapped Old Westminster Citz by 6 – 4. Paul Freeman scored twice (when did that last happen), Teaguey has found his scoring boots, he got one – Stu Naish got another two but that’s normal – the same comment applies to Geoff Airey who got the other one.

 

In the last five games the Fives have score 23 goals and won all 5 games – the Sixes have score 20 goals and won all five games so congratulations to all the players and, more importantly, to the Managers Steve Salter and Stu Abrey for organising the sides each week. I know that they will keep the pressure up and finish at the top – don’t let anybody relax in their efforts to win silver and make it a big year for the Club.  In the last 5 games the First Team has scored only 5 goals (and six penalties) – however, we have kept 3 clean sheets which shows how important a strong defence is.

 

The Ones, Fives and Sixes all head their respective tables this morning and the battle is on to retain those positions --  the Reserves are in second spot – and the Fours are in third spot --- for sure it was a big, big effort at the weekend and we must keep this positive attitude for the next 2 months and give 100% at all times – leave the ale until Saturday night when the points are in the bag. The injury list stretches to more than 40 players so let's hope that some of these players are back in action this coming Saturday.

 

CONGATULATIONS TO   STUART NAISH --- Stu reached 20 League goals for the FIVES --- CAN HE DOUBLE HIS TALLY??? If he does we will win the League – give it a go Stu.

 

RESULTS   SATURDAY  2nd February 2008

 FIRST TEAM        1       v       ALLEYNS           0
Chris Rose

 
RESERVES           1       v       CARSHALTON   0
Ollie Waite      

 THREES                 1      v       KEW                     4
Mark Pettyfer

 FOURS                   2      v        ALEXANDRA PARK        2
Steve Xenophontes 2
     
 FIVES                      6     v       OLD WESTMINSTER CITZ      4
Stuart Naish 2
Paul Freeman 2
Geoff Airey 
Andy Teague

SIXES                      5     v        POLYTECHNIC     2
Emrah   OG
James Dunne
Chris 2

All games now kick off at 2.30pm.

 

RESULTS --- SATURDAY  26th JANUARY 2008

 FIRST TEAM  0       v     BANK OF ENGLAND   0   KENT/SURREY CUP QUARTER FINAL
WON  6 - 5 penalties

Currie Rose Gibson Askew Everett  Simmonds
Mark Owlett saved four kicks 
             

RESERVES     4        v      OLD OWENS               0
Ben David 2  Richard John
Greg Brown

THREES          0       v       CARSHALTON             4

FOURS             2        v      OLD ACTONIANS       1 
Simon McGough
Phil Slaney       

FIVES               3       v      POLYTECHNIC            1
Andy Teague 2
Stu Naish 

SIXES               3         v      OLD ACTONIANS      0
Bobby Sullivan 2
Aaron Jones      

All games kick off at 2pm except First Team.      

RESULTS   ------   SATURDAY 19th JANUARY 2008

FIRST TEAM     1     v     POLYTECHNIC     1
Ashley Everett              

RESERVES    (A)     v     OLD ACTONIANS          postponed

THREES         (A)     v      WESTMINSTER CITZ     postponed  

FOURS                     2      v     POLYTECHNIC                 4  
Phil Slaney  Nick Beck

FIVES                       4      v     CIVIL SERVICE                 1
Geoff Airey 3  Matt Eagle

SIXES                      5     v     POLYTECHNIC                    1
Geoff Boadu  Adrian Gentles
Emrah Hassan Lee Tobin
Greg Parsons

 

 

FIRST TEAM SELF- DESTRUCTS  IN AFA CUP.
The holders of the AFA Cup generously gave their visitors Nottsborough three goals -- in return Nottsborough gave us one back and then Rob Guppy scored a stunner to make the final score 3 - 2 in favour of the visitors. This was a game that we should have won but our calamitous defensive errors, when we had fought back to lead 2 - 1, cost us dearly and we wish Nottsborough "Good Luck" for the rest of the competition -- they certainly had it yesterday but they also played some very good football.

FOURS ALSO OUT IN A THRILLER
Harry Charilaou's team can count themselves unlucky as they went out of the AFA Minor Cup with the last kick of extra time at Weirside Rangers. We were rescued in the 90 minutes by an 89th minute penalty by skipper Chris Jones that levelled the scores at 1 - 1. We had our chances in extra time but conceded a goal at the death to lose 2 - 1. A great effort though by a very young side.

SENIOR DIVISION ONE -- ANALYSIS AT HALF WAY
An exciting second of the season is now under weigh and the ultimate League winners will, almost certainly, have to wait until the very end of the season before they can claim the spoils. At the moment Nottsborough and West Wickham head the table with 16 points -- both have played nine games. Old Wilsonians are bottom with 5points BUT they have only played four games and if they were to win their 5 games in hand they would be top by four points. Old Owens have only played 5 games and they have eight points so winning their games in hand of the leaders would also put them on 20 points (4 points ahead of the leaders). Four sides have lost only one game so far -- West Wickham, Alleyns, Old Owens and Old Wilsonians and the only sides that look unlikely to be in the final shake up are Old Actonians and Broomfield. However, both of these are good sides and Actonians are the only side to beat us so far.

I cannot remember the last time that the championship was so intriguing -- there is very little between all the eleven sides and almost all the games so far have been close run affairs. Thirty four of the eighty eight games have ended in draws which is 38.6%. Compare this statistic with what happened last season -- there were only 26 draws (11.8%) and Nottsborough won the league with 50 points -- the previous season there were 54 draws and Old Owens won the league with 43 points.. It's unlikely that the draw % will stay at 38.6% but if it did then there would be 84 draws It appears that the League could be won with as little as 40 points and maybe less and who knows -- goal difference may come into the equation.

However, we can get some respite from the league battle in the next 3 weeks as we are involved in two Cup games which, for us, is a secondary consideration. We entertain our friends from Nottsborough this Saturday and Bank of England in two weeks time and this will give us a chance to, hopefully, clear up our injury list. We are still without Mark Owlett, Marcus Elliott, Ollie Waite, Ben David, James Williams and Ben Scarborough while James Taylor has returned to University. Both Sam Kemp and Paul Barham are on their way back after illness and injury and they should be ok for the League run in. Saturday's team against Nottsborough will include only five of the players that played in the winning side against them last season in the AFA Cup but this will give a chance for the younger players to make a claim for a First Team place in the near future.

RESULTS ---  SATURDAY 12th JANUARY 2008

First Team   2      v    Nottsborough            3
Ashley Everett   Rob Guppy

Reserves       1     v     Old Esthameians      2                 
Tommy Williams

Threes                 v      Broomfield                           POSTPONED

Fours            1     v      Weirside Rangers    2    After extra time
Chris Jones pen

Sixes             5     v      Civil Service            2 
Joe Ivory 2  Colin Roberts  
Lee Tobin  Geoff Boadu                       

 

 

RESULTS ---- SATURDAY 5th JANUARY 2008

WEST WICKHAM    1     v    BROOMFIELD           0
Jon Waite

RESERVES                4     v    REIGATIANS FIRST    0
Matt King 3  Paul Jennings

THREES                     2    v    CROUCH END              5
Darren Martin  Stu D'Urso

FOURS                       4    v    CROUCH END               1
Phil Slaney  Tom Pardon
Jack Stevens Simon McGough

FIVES                       5    v      CARSHALTON              1
Stu Naish 3 Dave Beaumont
Andy Teague

SIXES --- abandoned.

 

SATURDAY  29th DECEMBER 2007

WEST WICKHAM  2   v   OLD WILSONIANS  2
 
An excellent afternoons entertainment saw Wickham fight back from a 2 - 0 deficit to earn a draw. Old Wilsonians will be disappointed that they couldn't hold on to their advantage but they scored from 2 free kicks (one a penalty) and Mark Owlett had only one save to make. At the other end their keeper made at least three top quality saves -- 2 from Ash Everett which looked certain goals and absorbed our constant second half pressure. It was a very enjoyable day and the game was watched by a crowd of over 70 people -- the bar was lively after the game and everybody enjoyed themselves so thanks to our hosts for their hospitality. Jon Waite, who played while only half fit, got both our goals and could still win the Golden Boot. Rob Guppy made his First Team debut and did very well. Match Report to follow on First Team page.

UNDERS  3     v    OVERS  3    v  ABREY 3
The Unders, as expected, triumphed in a penalty shoot out by 5 - 4 --- ref Stu Abrey did his best by allowing the Overs to play with 12 men for 30 minutes and awarding a goal that was nowhere near the goal line. At this stage we were up 3 - 1 and the game was out of reach but The Abri gave them hope -- he then ruled out 3 perfectly good goals for us but none of the Unders complained. The game ended 3 - 3 as the oppo scored via The Weasel and Bingo and a farcical "goal" that never was. The trophy winner was pre- destined and Sam Kemp duly collected the James Collins Cup -- goals came from Rob Guppy (plus 2 disallowed), Chris Rose and Steve Jones while Greg Brown also scored only for the Abri to rule it illegal.

The penalty shoot out was great entertainment and all 20 of the Unders wanted the honour of winning an excellent game. Cuzza got us off on the right foot (nobody except me noticed that he took the pen with his left foot instead of his right), Steve Jones easily converted as did Chris Rose but Kingo, Neil Owlett and Brutus levelled the scores Rob Guppy stepped up and it was 4 - 3 to the Unders -- up steps Rockin Boy and we knew that the game was over. Wooly Bully saved the kick with ease and it was up to Gibbo to keep them in contention which he did. We had one kick left to win the Cup and Richie John had already claimed the fifth kick (despite Chris Jones, Greg Palmer and Tommy Williams all wanting the kick) -- Rich strolled up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

A big thank you to everybody who turned up to support the James Collins Cup day -- thanks to Jenny for presenting the Cup to Sam Kemp -- to Dave the Barman for organising the food and drink -- to Rat and  GB for turning out their side and competing very well -- to all those who gave Raffle Prizes (made about £205).

If anybody has a Charity that is close to their family please contact me, as Jenny Collins wants the funds to go to a worthy cause of our choice.

It was good to remember James again - as the Rat said -- he was a top bloke -- always smiling, always willing to help, always giving 100%. Roll on next year.

UNDERS
Adam Newman/ Nick Bull
Sam Truman/ Chris Jones
Joe Kemp/ Rich John
Ross Simmonds/ Joe Ivory
Tommy Williams/Chris Ross
Sam Kemp/ Greg Brown
Stu D'Urso/ Greg Palmer
Ryan Burt/ Neil Currie
Kent Osborn/ Steve Jones
Rob Guppy/James Taylor

I haven't shown the Overs team as they are all well known players but just look above and you will see the huge potential that we have with young players -- many of them in their first year with the club.

 

21st DECEMBER 2007  -- RESERVES  3  v  OLD WILSONIANS  0

Rob Guppy forces the Wilsonians keeper to fish the ball out of the net twice -- one a cunning lob, the other a clinical drive after a penalty box dribble. Waitey also scored from an excellent run by Rob. We hit the bar several times and the visitors also struck wood -- but they should have struck gold when Tookey gave away another penalty but the taker scuffed his shot and it went, harmlessly and slowly wide of the right hand post. Both sides played some good football but Wickham were well on top for most of the game -- the side contained four seventeen year olds and is probably the youngest Reserves side that we have fielded for many a year. Referee --the Right Honourable Derek Horner refused to give us a penalty -- even old Ernie saw it and had to be restrained from running on to the playing area to give Mr Horner his spectacles. It didn't make any difference to the result and Derek had a good game on the whole.

 

REVIEW -- SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER 2007

Despite being under severe pressure for players, the club had a good weekend all things considered --- 3 wins and 2 draws.

  A quick resume of the First Team game --- a 1 – 1 draw with Old Salesians looks bad on paper but nobody should let their head go down – I take some responsibility as I said at half time that they were the worst team that we had played this season. We should have been, at least, 3 goals ahead as we had played very well but in the second half we gave away a duff goal by being asleep and then couldn’t quite pick up the pieces. An injury to Ollie (he score for us) didn’t help but Old Salesians proved that their League position is justified and we were holding on at the end when we should have been out of sight. We need to convert a higher ratio of our chances – we made lots of them but on another day we will score 6 or 7. So lets concentrate on Winchmore Hill next week – they lost – we didn’t. We were all very disappointed at not winning this game and to be truthful we have not really been at our best for some weeks – several players are performing below their normal standard but the effort is going in and results will improve in the coming weeks. Every game will be a “cup final” because everybody wants to beat West Wickham but we have a strong squad and we will repel all boarders.

  Pride of place, again, goes to the Fours – lead by Chris Jones they won 5 – 3 at Old Parkonians in the SAL Cup and go into the Quarter Final with a home draw. They travelled away for the second week running with only 11 and came back victorious with goals from Phil Slaney 2, Simon McGough, Ryan Burt and Tom Pardon. Andy Siggers showed true Wickham spirit by dropping down a side and driving the boys to a famous win. Keep it going guys – it would be a tremendous feat if you could win this trophy. The rest of the club salute you.

  The Reserves also had a much changed squad for their trip to table topping Winchmore Hill – Kingo was adjudged to have fouled inside the area when our boys swear it was outside and they scored the penalty --- but not before the diving Foster tipped the kick onto the far post – the ball rebounded towards the other post when Fozzie prone on the ground managed to head it upwards where it struck the cross bar and ricocheted fiercely onto the other post. The ball came to rest on the goal line and Fozzie, in his haste to clear it, smacked it into the back of the net. Bad luck Skip. In the second half we improved our performance significantly and Rob Guppy, making his debut equalised with a cool finish. We were denied a penalty when the ref missed a handball and we were disappointed not to take all 3 points. Ben Precious twisted his ankle after 5 minutes which didn’t help the cause but Wayne Aris did a good job as his deputy. You may spot some poetic licence in this report.

  The Threes won again 1 – 0 with a blinder from Paul Blakeney, against HSBC, in a game that looked messy and by all accounts was messy. I did see one bizarre incident when their keeper went down like a bag of cement and the ball went under him and struck the inside of the post – Jon Laidley was unable to get his foot to it and it squirmed along the line and was cleared. Scottie was injured again so no change their.

  The Salter boys (aka The Fives) won 5 – 3 at Old Wilsonians with 2 from James Owlett, 2 from Stu Naish and one from Matt Eagle. A good result when we played without a keeper for the second week and Manager Salter has now let in 9 goals in two games – keep up the good work Steve. They are now top of the table with 19 goal difference so we should be challenging for honours this season.

   

SATURDAY SUMMARY -- 8th DECEMBER 2007

Ones,Threes and Fours -- all away games -- were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches but the two home games went ahead and groundsman Dave Buck had the pitches in excellent condition bearing in mind the heavy rain of the previous 2 days. The Reserves attracted a decent crowd and turned in an excellent performance to beat a good Civil Service side 3 - 0. They dominated the game from start to finish and. perhaps, a three goal margin did not do them justice. Goals came from Mike "Weasel" McCarthy, Ollie Waite and Jon Laidley. Jon is now in double figures with 10 all in the League and is launching a strong challenge for the Golden Boot. The side featured three seventeen year olds and they all did extremely well which bodes well for the future.

The Sixes won 2 - 1 with a last minute goal by substitute Brutus (back from injury) after Gary Blakeney (yes Gary Blakeney) had put us ahead. Old Wilsonians fought back strongly and equalised before half time but just when it seemed that they had ridden the storm we scored from a free kick which was undefended -- and the ball was calmly slotted into the vacant net. It proves the point that arguing with the referee is futile and often costly.

The Fives went out of the AFA Cup at Albanian -- losing 6 - 4 after leading 3 - 1 at half time. The details will follow. Goals came from the usual sources -- Stu Naish two and one each for James and Stu Owlett.

FIRST TEAM GAME v OLD WILSONIANS CONFIRMED FOR SAT 29th DECEMBER 2007.
AT OLD WILSON'S GROUND AT HAYES HILL --- KICK OFF 1.30pm. PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY.

 

THE GOLDEN BOOT update Monday 10th December.
 The current leader James Owlett scored again to take his total to 17 -- three ahead of Tom Pardon 14 both Stu Naish 2 and one from Stu Owlett keep them well in the hunt and both have 13. Close behind is Jon Laidley with 10. Geoff Boadu and Darren Martin have 9. Don't rule out Jon Waite and Marcus Elliott who are both on 8. Both Waitey and Darren have scored in each of the last four games so they are right in form.

SATURDAY  8th DECEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES

FIRST TEAM  (A)    v   POLYTECHNIC           postponed

    
RESERVES     (H)    v    CIVIL SERVICE          Won 3 - 0
Mike McCarthy, Ollie Waite,  Jon Laidley.

THREES         (A)     v    BROOMFIELD            postponed

FOURS           (A)      v    OLD PARKONIANS   postponed
SAL CUP  

FIVES             (A)     v     ALBANIAN                   Lost 6 - 4
AFA CUP

SIXES             (H)     v     OLD WILSONIANS     Won 2 - 1
Blakeney G  Brutus  

 

 

FIRST TEAM GO INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE AFA CUP
with a 3 - 0 win over a determined Leyton County side who put up a great fight. Goals came from Ashley Everett and two from Jon Waite.

SATURDAY  1st DECEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES

FIRST TEAM  (H)    v   LEYTON COUNTY        Won 3 - 0
Ashley Everett   Jon Waite  2 

    
RESERVES     (A)    v    HSBC                               Won 2 - 1
Ollie Waite  Chris Tookey

THREES         (A)     v    ESTHAMEIANS              Lost 6 - 4
Darren Martin 2  Rob Guppy  Chris Eales 


FOURS           (H)      v    NOTTSBOROUGH        Drew 1 - 1
Tom Pardon

FIVES             (H)     v     BB EAGLES                   Drew 2 - 2
Stu Owlett 2

SIXES             (A)     v     POLYTECHNIC             Postponed      

HAPPY AS LARRY or SICK AS A PARROT

Let’s deal with the HAPPY first – congratulations to Harry and Steve for guiding the Fours and Fives into the next round of the AFA Cup. The Fives were expected to win but the Fours had a very tough task at Old Meadonians the premier club of the AFC League – but the boys came back with an excellent 2 – 0 victory – nobody would guess who scored – yes it’s Tom Pardon and “Raffles”  Martin again. They travelled with 12 men but no goalkeeper --- but they were not deterred and with John Baker pulling the gloves on they took a 1 -0 half time lead and doubled it in the second period. A great effort.

The Fives goals came form Stu Owlett (back after injury) and Dave Adams (back after injury) on their 2 – 0 won over Old Finchleians and Steve’s team, who were below strength, are on a roll at the moment and hopefully will maintain their form and win something this season.

  The Three also did well – after being 2 – 1 down at home to Old Westminster Ctitizens they added three more goals to Dave Cross’s opener from Tim Hollands, Russell Urso and new boy Rob Guppy. It was good that Rob scored on his debut and Russ opened his account but has a long way to go to catch his brother.

The other two games are reported under The Sick as a Parrot section.  How the First Team managed to lose is a mystery – Actonians scored from a deflected free kick and TWO blatantly offside goals. We missed chance after chance but Jay Askew had put us in the lead with his first of the season and we were cruising when two awful goals put us behind at half time. It was like the Alamo in the second half and Jon Waite ’s penalty soon put us level --- then the Parrot was sick all over us – a dire error in defence gave them a chance which was lurching towards the net when a bloke standing offside applied the finishing touch. We then battered them for the last 25 minutes and could have scored four or five with a bit of luck – Gibbo hit the bar and we then had a clear cut penalty – everybody saw their defender knock the ball away with his hand except the ref -- he never saw it – mind you there were about 19 players in their penalty area. These games happen once or twice in the season and we played pretty well at times but Lady Luck was marooned at Acton Town station trying to sort out the chaos there – we needed her at Old Actonians.

  The Reserves had a shocker losing 3 – 0 after missing a penalty – where was Brutus? I understand a series of expensive errors helped Weirside Rangers to go through – disappointing as we had just started to improve our performances and by all accounts we didn't play badly.  

 

 

WEST WICKHAM AWARDED the FA CHARTER STANDARD
The club has been awarded the FA CHARTER STANDARD which is a prestigious award recognising that the club is managed to the high standards that Football Association requires. We will now press on with our plans to improve our football facilities and attract new members to our thriving Senior, Junior and Nursery sections. We plan to introduce Ladies football in the near future as soon as the club refurbishment is complete. New dressing rooms, with dedicated showers, are required and improved training areas and pitch improvements are high on our agenda. A big thank you to John Uwins, the general club Chairman, who spearheaded the drive to win this award -- thanks also to all those members of the  Junior Section who played a big part in our success.

SATURDAY  24th NOVEMBER 2007 -- FIXTURES

FIRST TEAM  (A)    v    OLD ACTONIANS        SAL             Lost 2 -3
Jay Askew Jon Waite (pen)

    
RESERVES     (H)    v     WEIRSIDE RANGERS   AFA CUP   Lost 0 - 3

THREES         (H)     v     OLD WEST CITZ          SAL              Won 4 - 2
Dave Cross  Russ D'Urso  Rob Guppy  Tim Hollands

FOURS           (A)      v     OLD MEADONIANS    AFA CUP     Won 2 - 0
Tom Pardon  Darren Martin

FIVES             (H)     v      OLD FINCHLEIANS     AFA CUP     Won 2 - 0
Stu Owlett  Dave Adams
           

 

SATURDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2007 -- RESULTS

FIRST TEAM  (A)    v    OLD WEST CITZ         WON 3 - 1  Cup
Waite J  David  Elliott      
RESERVES     (H)    v    OLD ACTONIANS      WON 4 - 0
Wadey  Kemp J   Osborn  Laidley
THREES         (A)     v     OLD LATYMERIANS LOST 3 - 0 Cup
FOURS           (H)      v    CIVIL SERVICE          WON 4 - 0
Martin 2  Pardon  Slaney
FIVES             (A)     v     HSBC                           WON 2 - 1
Owlett J  Owlett S
SIXES             (H)     v     WINCHMORE HILL   LOST 5 - 1 Cup
Morris

 

Saturday 17th November 2007

The Fours pulled off another big win on Saturday defeating Civil Service 4 – 0 with two goals from Darren Martin who seems to score for whichever team he plays for – one from Tom Pardon and the other from Phil “Haircut” Slaney (his first of the season). The Fours are certainly pulling together and most of them were seen analysing their victory in the bar afterwards – it’s a very long time since I saw the Fours demonstrating such togetherness. Well done boys and well done Harry C. Steve said that he will ring you this afternoon for some guidance on Wednesday.

  The Reserves also hit four against Old Actonians without reply – goals came from an Adam Wadey penalty and a Jon Laidley deflection but there was much debate about the other two – the goals were credited to Kent Osborn and Joe Kemp but Tommy Williams, Billy Newman and John Williams all claimed credit for these 2 goals. However, it was clear to me that these boys were just jumping on the band wagon. Well done to the Bear Boys.

The First Team went to Old Westminster Citizens expecting a tough encounter in the Kent/Surrey Senior Cup – we got off to a bad start when Everett and Elliott had their usual problem with the trains and arrived 35 minutes late. We were on course for a 12.30 arrival at Mitcham when I received a frantic call from skipper Freeman to announce that there was no toilet paper at the ground and could I call at a supermarket to buy some. Cuzza said that Waitrose did the best bog rolls but Ashley disagreed and wanted to go to Superdrug – it was getting late and Connor said “Just use the Sun.” Luckily I was running out of petrol and the sight of a Shell garage relieved the tension – most of the pumps were out of order so we had to wait while time slipped by – Cuzza raced in and came back with two packets of nasal tissues and explained that there had been an early morning “run” on toilet paper and they were sold out. Some ancient gentleman had pulled up at the pump next to me and narrowly avoided taking off the passenger door and almost causing Cuzza to use the tissues before we could rescue Freeo. Then we hit road works and eventually arrived at 12.50pm from an 11.30am meet ---- not the best of preparation for a Cup game.

  The skipper (who had caused most of the trouble) was asked to play centre midfield as “penance” with Gibbo returning to the defensive unit and Sam Kemp retaining the right wing back slot. The home side started the game at a high tempo and won most of the 50: 50 balls – we seemed to be asleep most of the time and some of our defensive work was either too hurried or too sloppy but give Westminster credit for applying early pressure. The pressure eventually told when Simmonds made his second back pass to keeper Owlett but it only reached their centre forward who gleefully put the ball into the back of our net. I use the word ”net” advisedly --- the goal net must have been knitted by somebody from the blind school – you could have sieved bulldogs through it. The home side deserved to be ahead but Wickham broke away straight from the kick off Ben David sent Chris Rose through but the final shot cleared the bar and ended up on Mitcham Common. However, the goal was a wake up call and we rolled our sleeves up and attacked non stop for the next 15 minutes. Ben David sent in some excellent corners and Jon Waite came close to converting two of them and their goal was blessed with a big slice of luck but it couldn’t last and Marcus Elliott converted a low cross from David to equalise the scores at half time. We had already lost Kemp with a knee injury and his replacement Everett had looked quite dangerous on the right flank but in summary – this was a poor half for the Bluebloods but the equaliser came at a critical point and I never had any doubt about the outcome.

  The home side kept flying into tackles like the Leeds side of the 60’s and stoppages were abundant – Freeman reverted to marker for Simmonds and Greg Palmer came on in central midfield – this move paid immediate dividends when his pass inside their full back released Elliott and his cross was smashed into the net by David. Their keeper did well to save a long range shot from Elliott and their defence was subjected to constant pressure and their substitute came on with what appeared to be the sole intention of crippling somebody – Palmer was having none of it and he found his name in the book after a fierce challenge was deemed excessive by the ref. Neil Owlett replaced a back to form Jay Askew but he soon felt the force of yet another late tackle as did Everett and another booking resulted for a Citizen’s defender. Gibbo was then poleaxed but while he was down a cross from the right wing was converted by Jon Waite – the home side complained that we should have kicked the ball out of play so Gibbo could be stretchered off but by now they had lost the plot a bit and to our credit the intimidatory remarks were ignored. There was no time to add any more goals and 3 – 1 flattered OWC – they are down at the bottom of Division Three  but I am sure that they will win more games than they lose as their defence was strong and they competed for every ball.

  Man of the Match went to Cuzza for his outstanding defensive work and for bailing out Freeo – at the other end of the park the combination of Elliott and Waite gave the home side’s defence no peace and we have a formidable array of talent in midfield. Wadey, Scarborough and Williams have yet to appear after injury and several Young Guns are knocking at the door so make sure that you are fit and ready for the challenges ahead. We have set ourselves high standards and these must be maintained. Thanks to the 14 strong squad for their efforts and for our loyal band of seven supporters who turn up at every game – three of them never see a ball kicked as they have their own game.

  The Threes and Sixes went out of their respective cups 3 – 0 at Old Latymerians and 5 – 1 at home to Winchmore Hill. The Sixes were only 2 – 1 in arrears with 45 minutes to go but having missed a penalty the “fell in a hole” at the end against an unbeaten side four divisions above them – congratulations to 16 year old Josh Morris who scored his first goal for the club (this boy has a bright future).

  Salter’s crew won 2 – 1 at HSBC – he complained that the pitch was too flat and even but the Fives overcame the problem of playing on such a surface with goals from the Owlett brothers James and Stu. They are still up at the  top of the league and going very well so well done Steve and the boys. Dave Beaumont made an appearance – let’s hope that he enjoyed himself enough to commit himself to the club that he played for as a Junior.

LATE FIREWORKS DISPLAY FROM WICKHAM

A great set of results for the Bluebloods with only the Sixes losing in a dramatic AFA Cup game against a team 3 divisions higher  -- Alexandra Park are also top of their division and we were leading them 3 – 2 when a calamity in our box gave them an equaliser in the last minute. The visitors scored two in extra time but this was a good effort by The Abris boys. Goals came from Aaron Jones, Jack Stevens and Gary Blakeney – yes, Gary Blakeney.

  The other two Cup games ended in comfortable wins for both the First Team and the Reserves. The Ones won 4 – 0 but it could have been double figures but for an extra – ordinary display by the Old Salopians keeper who kept the game scoreless at half time. How he did it I don’t know – he was only beaten once – by his centre half who, in a panic, crashed the ball against his own cross bar. The first 5 minutes after the interval were crucial and John Waite scored twice and further goals came from Ben David and Marcus Elliott. Cuzza went off injured at half time and Greg Palmer came on and did very well. Greg Brown and Joe Ivory also played their part and didn’t look out of place so the future looks bright.

The Reserves started well when Ollie Waite , with his new hair cut, headed home Ash Everett’s cross and we scored a very similar goal in the second half when Weasel headed home a cross From Adam Wadey. Our  opponents Carshalton seldom threatened our goal and our keepers Mark Owlett and Steve Foster were virtually unemployed.

  The three away sides ALL WON --- top effort. Harry Charilaou ’s Fours continue to amaze us – they travelled to Old Actonians with the bare eleven and won 3 – 1 with goals from Tom Pardon 2 and Darren Martin. Both these boys are good for goals but this was a real team effort and their win pleased me more than any other – good to see Pagey back in the mix – this week he was in goal but where will he be next week?

The Threes went to the Bank of England and came back with 3 points in a 4 – 1 win. Goals came from Manager Scotty, Jon Laidley, Stu D’Urso and Paul Blakeney. Another good effort and Jon Laidley has now scored in all the four games that he has played for the club. Stu is also scoring regularly.

  The Fives came back from Kew with a 3 – 0 win and they are really going great guns and need to keep it up prior to Xmas ready for  a crack at the title. Jumbo Cummings thinks he is a centre forward and scored again from centre back while Stu Naish, another regular scorer, and Barney Farmer completed the scoring.

  These guys opened their account for the season

  JACK STEVENS            GARY BLAKENEY        BARNEY FARMER       
Have you scored yet?

  GOLDEN BOOT
This promises to be an exciting contest with James Owlett still in the lead but Jon Waite is hitting form and Stu Naish, Stu D’Urso, Tom Pardon and Jon Laidley are all knocking them in – Stu Owlett should be back soon to add to the drama. Marcus, Geoff Boadu, Emrah and Ollie are also in the frame along with Kingo. Who will get the wooden spoon? Cuzza, Macca, Tookey, Simmo, PJ? No, I reckon it’s the Year of the Rat.

SATURDAY 3rd November 2007
A good weekend with all the Cup sides progressing and three players scoring hat - tricks. Ollie Waite and Joe Ivory got 3 each in the Reserves 7 - 0 win (Sam Kemp got the other). Jon Laidley got 3 in the Threes 5 - 0 demolition of Crouch End -- Scott Holmes and Andy Siggers got the other two. The Fives hit top form with a 5 - 0 win at Old Alleyns -- Matt Waite playing his first game for 6 months scored two and so did James Owlett and Stuart Naish -- the other came from Andy Newton. Well done to all three sides.

In the League games the First Team let a 1 goal lead, from Matt King, slip and Civil Service struck the woodwork twice in the second period before they deservedly equalised. Most of the other sides in the top division drew and a phenomenal 53.8% of the games have resulted in draws ie 28 out of 52. This indicates that the title will be fiercely contested this season although Wickham still lead the race one point ahead of Nottsborough who were the only side to win at the weekend.

The Fours went down 4 - 1 to a good Old Owens side -- Chris Jones got a consolation goal for us.

The Sixes's scorers were the ones that score every week it seems -- Scott Saville, Geoff Boadu and Emrah Hassan (The Peckham Posse) while Aaron Jones another Peckham lad got the fourth. Thanks to 16 year old Joe Kallas and Josh Morris for turning out at the last minute and playing very well. The game ended 4 - 1 to Wickham.

SATURDAY -- 27th October 2007

WEST WICKHAM   3  v  NOTTSBOROUGH  1
The result of this game was in doubt right up to the 73rd minute when Brutus entered the fray. Adam Freeman had put us ahead after 17 minutes with a glancing header from an Askew free kick. The Manager, of course, took the plaudits for moving the skipper into a more attacking role rather than loitering around with Cuzza , Simmo, Gibbo, Porno and Owletto. We did ok for the first 30 minutes but Nottsborough are too good a side to lie down and they gradually forced their way back into the game and we finished the first half at half time (which is quite normal for us). The second half began not long after the first half finished -- this also seems to happen to us every week. Snail number 3 wins the Big Race -- bad news -- Sievey eats the winner (this is out of sequence but so what).

I knew that our visitors were much better than the way they played in the first half and the result would depend on who could raise their game and take advantage of the breaks. Wickham couldn't retain the ball for long enough to release the front runners and Nottsborough began to dominate the game without really looking like scoring.  Notts equalised with a goal that would turn a negro grey - the full back ran 50 metres at a pace that was not much above Snail 3 's pace and toe poked the ball past The Owl.  This was a setback - but Wickham responded well.  Waite and Askew were indefatigueable in there search for the winner. The Notts defence looked strong although King and Elliott gave them no respite and we always looked like we could score but didn't-- we missed out on two close range headers and, although we got in good positions  we seemed destined to give our worthy opponents a point. AND THEN ---

On came Brutus --- not match fit but confident of his own invincibility -- I was frightened just standing on the line -- he created mayhem and so disturbed a defender in the box that Marcus Elliott had a half chance which he lashed into the back of the net. Maybe Notts  could feel hard done by but really they never looked like scoring -- they had as much of the ball as us but Mark Owlett had nothing to do in goal. With 10 minutes left Chris Rose scored a wonderful goal -- he mesmerized three defenders, side stepped Kingo-- slipped past Waitey -- tripped over  a defenders foot and then did something that he normally doesn't do -- he kept calm -- and put the ball in the back of the net.  For me this was a great goal and I  know that Rosey will do this almost every week from now on-- it was quality. Ash Everett had replaced Ross Simmonds  who had battled hard - having received a knock on the ankle he then decided to bite some guys elbow which resulted in a split lip (sometimes called a Mather). We dominated the last 10 minutes but overall the there wasn't much between the teams. Greg Palmer then made his debut -- he only got 5 minutes but he had already played 90 minutes for the Fours so he got charged £15 Match fee which I put on Snail 3 and won £270.

I will, however, give Greg his £15 back -- IF he meets me on Wednesday night on the Kop when Robbie Fowler takes on Liverpool . Robbie will race Sami Hyppia before the game, over 50 metres and the winner will take on Snail 3. Snail 3 is trading at 5 to 2 ON on Betfair.

 

PAUL "Not so jolly" JOLLY
Bad luck on "Marlon" who broke his arm in and has a double fracture of  his elbow in the game against Crouch End on Saturday. Unfortunately it was his right arm so he is now drinking left handed -- we all wish Marlon a speedy recovery.

LAST WEEKS STAR WAS  --- JON LAIDLEY with a hat - trick in his first game for the club in the Sixes. Will he repeat the feat this week in the Threes at EBOGS. Emrah Hassan got two in the same game but elsewhere the goals dried up. 

 

FIRST TEAM KEEP THE FLAG FLYING
Only the First Team took all 3 points on Saturday 13th October with a hard fought 1 - 0 win over a well organised Winchmore Hill side. The only goal came from a Matt King penalty mid way through the first half and neither side really troubled Owlett and Carter in the respective goals.

The Reserves had a tough game at Civil Service who are unbeaten -- after taking a first half lead through an own goal they gave away 2 in the second half and lost 2 -1. The Threes took an early lead against Crouch End but the visitors hit back with 2 quick goals to lead 2 - 1 at the break. However, Andy Siggers scored his first of the season to add to Paul Freeman's first half strike and the game ended in a 2 -  draw.

The Fours went to another top side, Winchmore Hill and went down 3 - 1 -- Tom Pardon scored our goal. The Fives were blitzed 8 - 3 by a rampant Civil Service -- Jamie Owlett got 2 and the other was an own goal. The Sixes went down 2 - 1 at Kew who are also top -- Geoff Boadu scored for us.

BIG RACE NIGHT AT THE CLUB    Saturday 27th October 2007
Our Impresario, The Great Raymondo, proudly presents a Big Race Night --- if you haven't already bought a horse then buy one this Saturday -- they are only a fiver and you can be a lucky owner. Your horse could bring you untold riches and you could go on to bigger things, Ascot, Goodwood, Sandown or the beach at Camber Sands. The club needs your support -- I would hate to see Ray rewarded for all his hard work BY JUST THE "HARDCORE" PLAYERS SO ALL MAKE AN EFFORT -- BRING YOUR WIFE -- YOUR GIRLFRIEND -- THE MOTHER IN LAW-- THE BUDGIE -- THE HAMSTER but most of all bring your MONEY.

FIRST TEAM  0  v   VCD  2       KENT SENIOR TROPHY 
Sat 6th October 2007       Kick off  3pm

This First Round tie probably came a bit too early in the season for us and we didn't help ourselves by giving them two first half from mistakes that only happen maybe 3 or 4 times a season and are punished. Strikers at this level "don't look gift horses in the mouth" -- in a league game we may have escaped the consequences but not on Saturday. Down 2 - 0 at half time, we fought back very well but couldn't score. There was some consolation from the comments of the referee and his Assistant who thought that we were a good side who would feature at the top of the Kent League if we were to enter. Their Chairman said much the same thing but we know that we could have played much better and Winchmore Hill (our visitors on Saturday) could feel our wrath in an important League game.

ANOTHER GOOD WEEK END
The RESERVES maintained their form with a 1 - 0 win in the AFA Cup at Old Wilsonians. By all accounts it was a drab game and Mark Pettyfer's goal put us into the next round.

Scott's THREES also won a hard game against Broomfield by 2 - 1 with the young guns coming up trumps with the goals -- Greg Brown and Jo Kemp 

The FIVES were, surprisingly held 2 - 2 by HSBC -- unsurprisingly Geoff Airey scored again and so did one of their defenders.

The Abri is up for Manager of the Month with a 3- 0 win for the SIXES over a strong Merton side -- goals from the Peckham Posse ( Geoff Boadu, Emrah Hassan and Scott Saville) saw us home -- has Bobby Sullivan's goal rush fizzled out?

WICKHAM SCORE 30 GOALS ON SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
Tom Pardon
is top dog with 5 against Crouch End in the Fours 9 - 1 win and Dave Cross hits a hat - trick for the Threes in their 7 - 0 Cup win against the Royal Bank of Scotland. Jon Waite got 2 for the First Team in their 3 - 2 win over last seasons runners up in the top league, Old Wilsonians. Geoff Airey notched 2 for the Fives in their 4 - 1 win over Carshalton with Stuart Naish and James Owlett keeping up their goal scoring form with one each. James Stretton, Greg Palmer, Rob Adams and Chris Hall who came through from last seasons Junior ranks all scored their first Senior goals for the club and another new boy, Greg Brown scored his first for the club for the Threes (Darren Martin, Stu Holmes and Callum Hodge got the others). Matt King scored for the First Team and Emrah Hassan for the Sixes who were the only team not to win -- they were held 1 - 1 by Civil Service.

The rest of the goals came in the Reserves game  -- Joe Ivory 2, Stu Owlett, Mike McCarthy, Ollie Waite and Dave Adams. They ran out 6 - 1 winners at Old Esthameians -- a top performance.

THE IRON MAN RETURNS
Barham is back next Saturday after his feats of derring -do in the  EUROPEAN IRON MAN contest -- he finished the course in a very good time and he has asked me to thank all those who sponsored him. Apparently he only entered the competition to ensure that he was fit for his September social activities -- I believe that he was Best Man on 3 consecutive Saturdays and had to look after the Groom and, of course, the bridesmaids. This Saturday he will leave Wandsworth on foot and run to London Bridge where he will dive into the Thames carrying half a hundredweight on sand in his haversack -- he will swim towards Oxford at record breaking speed, underwater. At Oxford he will take the parts for his bike out of the haversack -- assemble it and ride, ferociously towards Sandown Park where he will jump all the fences on the steeplechase course in under 6 minutes still carrying the haversack full of wet sand and his bike. From there it's a piece of cake -- he will simply hop all the way to the ground at Corkscrew Hill ready for the warm up. He said that if he leaves his flat at 1.30pm he should be at the ground by 2.10pm. Stuart Owlett has agreed to do the course with him if he gets up in time.

BEAUMONT'S GOT A BEAUTY --- no we are not on about his girlfriend or anything else -- we are describing Jon Beaumont's first goal for the club after 4 seasons. By all accounts it was a first class effort and he duly bought all the team a beer. Well done Beau -- will we have to wait another 4 years for your next goal.?

WICKHAM HAMMER POLYTECHNIC  23 - 6 --- Saturday 22nd September 2007
Well done to Scott Holmes and Stu Abrey who took the Threes and Sixes to Polytechnic and won 5 - 4  and 7 - 1 respectively. The highlight was Andy Foster's hat-trick for the Sixes in his first League game for the club -- Geoff Boadu, Richard Payne, Tom Pardon and Ross Simmonds got the others. The Threes game was a see-saw ride but Wickham eventually won the game with 2 from Scotty, 2 from Paul Jolly and Stu D'Urso also scored again. Polytechnic 4's came to Corkscrew Hill and were thumped 11 - 1 by Steve Salter's side. Both Stuart Naish and James Owlett scored four each and Ray Sievey, Andy Newton and Jon Beaumont (at last) added the others.

Not such good fortune for the other two home sides --- the Reserves, disappointingly lost 1 - 0 to Carshalton despite having the better chances. The visitng keeper had an excellent game but we will bounce back next week. The Fours had a ding dong battle with Alexandra Park who took an early two goal lead via their Albanian striker. This guy was a right handful and James Stretton knew that he had been in a game. We fought back with goals from Nick Beck and Chris Jones but proceeded to miss a bagful of chances. When a draw looked certain their striker scored an outstanding goal with a couple of minutes left and they added a fourth with the last kick of the game. 

KENT COUNTY INTER CUP 
WEST WICKHAM RESERVES   0  v   SITTINGBOURNE RES   4
The Rymans South club turned out a strong side last night and were worthy winners on a blustery night -- the bumpy pitch didn't help us but it didn't hinder them and the crossbar was our best defender.

SATURDAY  15th SEPTEMBER 2007
FIRST TEAM    3    v    CLAPHAM OX     1
The visitors put up a spirited performance but were lucky to be on terms at 1 - 1 at half time -- they equalised with what can only be described as a defensive cock - up which left our keeper with no chance. Despite injuries to Taylor and King we battled hard and James Gibson added two late goals to Ashley Everett's superb opener.

RESERVES    1    v    OLD MANORIANS    0    AFA  CUP  (AET)
Stu Owlett, sporting a cut eye, scored in the last minute of extra time to give us victory in a fractious encounter which saw 2 Wickham players dismissed near the end for dissent -- not an auspicious start to the season for the club

THREES        6     v     HSBC        1
An easy win for Scotty's squad after going 1 - 0 down in this Friendly at Lennard Road. Tim Hollands hit 3 and Jo Kemp, Darren Martin and Stu D'Urso completed the scoring.

SALTER'S SQUAD   5     v    ABREY'S SQUAD     4
A goal feast and an enjoyable match ended in favour of Steve Salters squad after Geoff Boadu had put the Sixes into an early lead. He scored again and Emrah Hassan and the returning Adam Wadey completed the scoring but Stuart Naish replied with two and Geoff Airey, Andy Newton and James Owlett made sure that there was not a big upset.

SATURDAY  8th SEPTEMBER 2007

FIRST TEAM  5     v   SINJUNS    0
The First Team continued in winning vein with a 5 - 0 victory at Corkscrew Hill with two goals from Ben David and one each from Chris Rose, James Taylor and Adam Freeman. "Rockin Boy" Roberts was dragged out of the Reserves due to injuries during the game to Ben Scarborough and Ashley Everett -- one critic said "he looked like he had never been away" but another said "he ought to go away". Who was right ? Well according to the skipper Rockin Boy had a blinder.

RESERVES   2      v    LLOYDS FIRST X1     1
Two more goals from a rejuvenated Stuart Owlett secured another win for Bear's Boys. Stu has already scored 5 this season -- what would he be like if he trained and got even half fit. He will score 20 this season if he doesn't get crocked.

THREES      1       v     ALLEYNS        3
A good work out saw Scotty's squad go down to a useful Alleyn's side with Chris Jones getting our goal.

 

FOUR GAMES -FOUR WINS - SIXTEEN GOALS (w/e 1st Sept 2007)
Pride of place goes to Eddie Clark with a hat trick for the 3's at MERTON where they won 4 - 1 --- at the same ground Ben Scarborough and Stu Owlett both got two and Weasel one in the Reserves 5 -2 win whilst at Corkscrew Hill Richard John, Matt King and James Taylor saw the First team home 3 - 1 also against MERTON. The Fives were involved in a high scoring game and ran out 4 - 3 winners against WICKHAM PARK 3's -- goals from James Owlett, Bobby Sullivan, .Simon McGough and a cracker from darren Cornwall.

"THE SHOE" SHINES AT NUMBER THREE
"Geoffrey" Clapshoe put down his spade and picked up his bat to lead WWFC Wanderers to victory against Barbados Overseas Cricket Association on Wednesday. Chasing only 90 runs to win after fine bowling by Matt King, Jay Askew,  Tony "Boom Boom" Stuart and ex keeper Johnny Wright -- the Shoe featured in a 46 run fourth wicket stand with Jay Askew.

We lost three quick wickets as PJ and Boom Boom went cheaply and, not to be outdone, Jonny Waite decided to follow them back to the pavilion. Whilst all this was going on The Shoe was leaning nonchalantly on his bat waiting for his next partner --- in came A. Skew and a monumental, match winning stand took place. Unmoved by some quick bowling on an unpredictable wicket The Shoe and the Skew took us in sight of victory before The Shoe was caught behind after a stand of 46. The Shoe was clapped all the way back to the bar for his fine contribution of NONE --- mind you it only took him 13 overs to get this duck.  Hugh the Oz and Jamie (54) saw us home with 20 overs remaining.. Wickets went to Kingo 3, Jamie, Hugh and Wrighty Almighty 2 each and Boom Boom 1 -- Boom Boom took an extra-ordinary catch which was really ACs but the greedy b*****d snatched it out of my hands at the last minute  and then rolled over four or five times clutching the ball to his ample bosom. Having already caught two AC was not happy about this "grand larceny" and banished Boom Boom to fly slip for the rest of the game. Other catches were taken by PJ and Skew but none could match Boom Boom's effort.

INTERESTING WEEKEND -- Saturday 25th August 2007
The First team and the Reserves visited Bromleian Sports, our near neighbours, on Saturday with two unusual sides -- the Ones only had 11 and most of them had never played with each other before and one or two of them didn't even know the others -- so a 3 - 1 defeat was not a bad effort particularly as the third goal came in the last minute as we were trying hard to equalise. Even the height of our keeper Mark Hanrahan couldn't help us convert the numerous corners that we won -- and it was interesting seeing him sprint back to his goal after failing to head anything except fresh air. We played pretty well after the first 20 minutes but by then we were two behind -- Ben David pulled one back and their excellent keeper kept us at bay. With 2 debutants, a new skipper in Neil Owlett and a very attacking midfield we made enough chances to win the game against a good side. 

The Reserves dominated their game but it ended 2 - 2 due to, either slackness or over confidence in the last 15 minutes, when we sat back and paid the penalty. Joe Ivory scored a lovely goal and Stu Owlett crashed in a screamer.

The First team were without 10 of last years squad and that's not counting Matt King who is back from his travels. The Reserves were also five short so the performances were encouraging.

WICKHAM DOUBLE UP AT THE BANK
The First Team beat HSBC 4 - 0 yesterday with two goals from Marcus Elliott and one each from Dave Adams and Chris Rose whilst our other First Team squad beat their Reserves 1 - 0 with a goal from Joe Ivory ( both Match Reports available later under the TEAMS section of the menu).

A combined 3/4's team earned a 1 - 1 draw against Wickham Park first team -- another good effort.

BIG NEWS FOR THE BLUEBLOODS
Last night KEVIN O'DELL confirmed that he is ready to return to West Wickham -- Kevin was last seen on the field some eight years ago and large crowds used to turn up at Corkscrew Hill to witness his silky skills and dynamic midfield running. Words such as "wondrous"- "unbelievable" --" breathtaking" were some of the many adjectives used to describe O'Dells performances. Kevin explained that he is "the missing ingredient in the first team mix" and asked where I would play him. To be fair I am lost for words -- can anybody advise me where Kev should play. Personally I think that he should get in touch with Jessie.

WEST WICKHAM 4th TEAM    1    v  WARLINGHAM RESERVES   3
An excellent effort by the 4/5's against the Combined Counties side -- with a mixed team who hadn't met or played with each other this season we did very well. True Warlingham had many more chances but we stuck to a very difficult task after losing our keeper after 35 minutes with a suspected broken fibula -- we also lost Russ D'Urso in the same incident. It was a complete accident and unfortunately resulted in their second goal and we were 2 - 0 down at half time. Four players had to leave after 50 minutes to play five a side so we ended up with just enough players to see the game through. Joe Kemp scored our goal.

This game once again demonstrates that the standard of play throughout the club continues to improve.

FIRST TEAM WIN 16 - 0 (see 1st Team Match Report)
LLOYDS stepped into the vacant fixture due to an error in the Reigate Priory date and ended up on the end of a 16-0 defeat. However, they played the game in the right spirit and never got downhearted. Nine players got on the score sheet and Gibbo and Marcus move to the top of the Golden Boot chart.

RYMAN'S PREMIER SIDE HOLD WEST WICKHAM TO A DRAW.
WEST WICKHAM   2    v    CARSHALTON ATHLETIC    2
The First team threw away a 2 goal lead against the Ryman's Premier side with some hesitant defending but this was an encouraging performance as this was our first game of the season whilst the home side have been at it since the start of July. Our goals came from Chris Rose and Ashley Everett. Saturday's squads were without 13 players due to injury, cricket or holidays and we introduced three new players in the First Team game. Despite this, the Reserves did very well but went down 3 - 2 to Carshalton Youth team -- with goals from Paul Blakeney and Darren Martin -- we could have put this game to bed in the last 10 minutes but chances went astray.

 

WEST WICKHAM WANDERERS  v HAYES (kent) CC
Another excellent game of cricket despite the bad weather. Batting first we were cruising at 142 for 1 when PJ was dismissed for 85 giving a difficult catch to Stu Eddicott. This was an excellent effort by PJ who hasn't played for ages and it was only tiredness that got him out. We then collapsed to 155 for 6 in a twenty minute spell but Scotty and Boom Boom steadied the ship prior to lunch. Jonny Waite featured in a 98 first wicket stand with PJ before being given out lbw for 34. The rain came just after lunch but we reached 209 for 7 before we were forced off the field for 2 hours with 38 overs bowled and Scotty looking in top form.

We decided to make the game a 40 over contest and we added another 10 runs in the final 2 overs with Scotty and Bingo not out.

The new conditions favoured the home side and matters were made worse when both AC and Waitey went down with hamstring injuries which left us 2 bowlers short. Bingo opened the bowling and bowled some really unplayable deliveries while Scotty tied up the other end. Hayes were way behind the run rate because our fielding was excellent -- PJ and Ronnie Byrne saved loads of boundaries but Dave Cross was proving a handful but on 50 he was snaffled by Boom Boom -- a great catch in the deep (this is Boom Boom's speciality and this time he didn't fall over the boundary rope). Waitey then caught Naughty Tom at mid wicket and Johnny Miller stumped their number 6. Fielders bowled steadily to keep the runs down and Raffles had a bowl and did ok---  but the turning point was AC's decision to bring on Freeo with two good batsmen at the wicket. He threw down some assorted rubbish but the made an outstanding low catch to dismiss their overseas player -- poor man couldn't believe that he hit a ball that bounced twice straight back to Freeo. Stu Eddicott then battered Freeo for 10 in two balls but was the caught by PJ in the deep -- another fine effort. Off came Freeo and on came Ronnie Byrne and we were running out of bowlers. With five overs left we looked in a bit of trouble because they only needed 10 an over and PJ was yet to have a bowl -- Scotty came back on and the run chase looked like going Hayes way. In the last over they only needed 10 to win and Fielders was recalled to win us the game -- which he did with a fine over which went for only two plus 4 leg byes and byes. Hayes finished on 216 for 7 chasing our 219 for 6 so we won by 3 runs in an excellent game.

Fortunately a big crowd from the club saw Freeo drop an absolute sitter -- they loved it but Freeo did bail us out with 2 vital wickets -- however, PJ was MOM for his 85 and excellent fielding -- Scotty was not far behind with 30 not out and 2 wickets. Waitey and Ronnie also fielded very well but dodgy hamstrings almost cost us the game.

 

 

WEST WICKHAM WANDERERS  v BALCOMBE CC at Balcombe

The cricket team had a great day out under the astute leadership of Raffa and there were some fine performances -- not least being that of "Boom Boom" Stuart who drove home from Horsham in 37 minutes. After 3 pints and breakfast in the Half Moon I won the toss and decided to bat on the Academy wicket which was quaint (to say the least). Barnes Walker opened with Holy Grail (Mike Quest for the---) -- these youngsters gave us a solid base with 25 and 24 respectively. Wetters (very short of cricket) smacked 58 with ten fours and a six before giving way to Freeo who resembled a baseball player more than a cricketer. However, Freeo is getting better all the time but lost Boom Boom who mistimed a shot and gave the bowler a simple catch for a quacker. AC then demonstrated the art of running between the wicket to further Freeo's cricketing education. Adam went on to score a fine 68 not out with eight fours and two sixes -- AC departed after scoring 17 to be replaced by Jon Waite who batted very well for 34 not out with five fours. I declared on 253 for 5 -- Kingo, Jacko, Millero and Tookeyo didn't bat.

They started badly when their opener was run out without facing a ball in the first over -- Barnes throw gave Johnny Miller a chance to get into the game and he removed the bails with the poor batsman stranded. However, Balcombe soon got going and we struggled to get another wicket although Boom Boom did catch their opener on the boundary but stepped over ( he did exactly the same thing in the Sunday game on the same ground from the same batsman). Chris Tookey opened the bowling with memories of his last over at Balcombe in his mind (16 runs from it with about 7 wides) -- he did much better though and could have had 2 or 3 wickets (Boom Boom's bad luck was also Chris's). He went for 57 off his six overs which was a big improvement -- at the other end Kingo was having no luck as Waitey kept dropping catches in the slips. At last Jacko got their number 3 out for 51 -- Boom Boom removed the number four with the help of a catch by Wetters and Jacko got another plumb lbw. The left handed Aussie was giving us some trouble and with the opener he looked likely to win the game for them but AC bowled the opener for 88 and the number 8 first ball and they still need seven an over off the last 20 but Kingo's 2 overs of  leg spin went for plenty and the odds were turning in favour of the home side. The Aussie hit AC for 6 and a four (courtesy of Boom Boom's sloppy fielding which cost him money) and we were looking a bit shaky. But the skipper brought back Jacko with 8 overs left and only 57 needed of 8 on a small ground with 4 wickets left. Jacko tempted the Aussie into a big hit and John Miller duly stumped him -- Freeo then took a stunning overhead catch at short mid wicket off AC -- boyo this ball was travelling.

Balcombe's run chase had turned into a fight for survival at 233 for 8 with one over left -- Jacko removed the number 10 but the last man survived the last 2 balls -- so an eventful draw watched by an appreciative crowd including 3 or 4 lovely young ladies and they affected our fielding somewhat as we spilled about seven catches.

 

 

THE LAST WORD ON LAST SEASON -- it's history -- on with 2007/8

Here is the Final Performance Analysis for all six teams for 2006/7.

 

League & Cup Other Total Games
Played Goals GPG Played Goals GPG Played Goals GPG
FIRST TEAM 37 96 2.59 4 13 3.25 41 109 2.66
RESERVES 28 63 2.25 4 20 5.00 32 83 2.59
THREES 24 52 2.17 3 8 2.67 27 60 2.22
FOURS 25 57 2.28 2 6 3.00 26 63 2.42
FIVES 24 61 2.54 2 7 3.50 26 68 2.62
SIXES 24 65 2.71 2 3 1.50 25 68 2.72
TOTALS 162 394 2.43 17 57 3.35 177 451 2.55

 

FIRST TEAM FRIENDLY SCHEDULE

  • Game v Carshalton Athletic at their ground is set for Saturday 4th August 2007.

  • Gonzalez Cup is on Saturday 25th August -- both the First team and Reserves will play at Bromleian Sports.

  • The outside pitch has been booked for friendlies on 1st and 8th September 2007 for the First team.

Summer Vets League

Last week we lost against Edenstone but our back 3 were Stu Abrey, Paul Martins and Paul Cummings (total weight 48 stone) so that's no surprise. BUT last night Wickham took on the pros of Bromley FC and slaughtered them 4 - 0 -- all the players were drug tested and found to be completely innocent which surprises everybody. The Rat, in his interview with Norma Stits of the Wickham Bugle, said " We woz awesome Babe" -- never lost for words, the Rat added "Palace are next."

Norma, being a bit naive, said "I didn't know that the Queen had a football team."

RESULTS TO WED 20th JUNE 2007

Lost to Edenstone  3 - 2 
Darren Martin 2

Lost to Bromley FC 13 - 5  
Geoff Airey 3 Andy Newton  Darren Martin

Won v Real Wickham  8 - 4  
Geoff Airey 3 Darren Martin  PJ OG  No Legs 2

Won v Wickham Park  4 - 0 
Geoff Airey 2  No Legs  Gibbo

Won v Colonials   4 - 0
Darren Martin 2  Gibbo

Lost  v  Edenstone  4 - 2

 

Won v  Bromley FC  4 - 0
Darren Martin  Geoff Airey  Paul Jennings

Won   v  Real Wickham   5 - 1
Airey 2   Martin 2   Cotton 1

 

 

FIRST TEAM  1   v  EBOGS    1
Thanks to EBOGS for completing the league season and we hope to see you back in 2008/9 BUT don't bring that goalie again. You had to see this game to believe it -- it could have been 5 - 1 after 15 minutes and about 8 - 1 at half time but for the keeper who had an absolute blinder. He continued in the same vein in the second half and we perpetrated some incredible misses. Hitting the bar 3 times doesn't count boys , we need to hit the net. Two refereeing errors ruled out 2 legitimate goals but it was all a academic really as the season limped to an end. But EBOGS defended bravely in true SAL tradition and it was unlucky for them that several players left for pastures new and the first team suffered. Our goal came from Neil Owlett late in the first half. It was good to see "Wild Boar" Scarborough back in action whist Joe Ivory made his full debut for the Ones -- both did very well indeed but couldn't prevent Richard John from winning the Man of the Match award. The team contained only 4 regulars but the squad system came into its own and we played very well up to the six yard box then we got too excited.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to NOTTSBOROUGH
on winning the Senior Division title-- their success is well deserved.

TUESDAY'S SHOULD BE BANNED
The First Team just can't seem to score on Tuesday's as last weeks game against a determined but outplayed Old Wilsonians demonstrated. The final score of 0 - 0 could well have been 4 or 5 nil but their keeper had a blinder -- we attacked none stop but couldn't find the net. We were without Ollie Waite. Sam Kemp, James Williams, Ross Simmonds and the recovering Adam Wadey but we played well enough to have won.

SATURDAY'S ARE BETTER.
We were again short of staff against Old Owens with Jay Askew and Ollie Waite playing cricket, Willy still at Uni and Paul Barham at a wedding. Sam Kemp was back and Dave Adams joined him on the bench. This was a good game against a good footballing side and despite playing all the second half with 10 men Old Owens never gave up. They took an early lead and we then squandered a penalty but Jon Waite made amends when he scored two good goals with the assistance of skipper Freeman - we gave them a soft goal when we neglected our defensive duties but James Gibson powered in a winning header after good work by Chris Rose. Their keeper had an absolute blinder saving the ball with all parts of his body as we rampaged forward but once again I was impressed with the way Owens play and they will be a force to be reckoned with next season. 

 

 

FIRST TEAM FALTER IN SEARCH OF TREBLE.
The team went to Owens knowing that they had to win all of their remaining games and hope that Nottsborough would lose two of their remaining six -- a tall order if ever I saw one. the game at Owens was played on a bumpy pitch and we came out 2 - 1 winners with a good header from James Gibson and an own goal -- we gave away a sloppy goal at the back post which was disappointing but the team battled hard.

On Tuesday 24th April we faced Nottsborough at Kingston University and it was a pleasure to play on a flat surface with a good cover of grass. We were without Neil Currie, Paul Barham, Sam Kemp and James Williams for this vital game and we dominated the opening 20 minutes but slack marking let their centre forward through and despite Simmond's determined effort to stop him the ball flew into the net. Everett went straight to the other end and almost equalized -- we did have the ball in the net via Gibson just before half time but the linesman overruled the goal. Two more sloppy goals early in the second period "cooked our goose" -- Ollie Waite reduced the arrears with a fine header but we were down to 10 men for the last ten minutes when Everett went off with neck damage. On the balance of play the home side deserved their victory as they turned in a high class performance and should now win the League.

On Saturday we entertained Broomfield without Jay Askew, James Gibson, Ollie Waite, Sam Kemp and James Williams but still ran out comfortable 4 - 0 winners. Goals came from Paul Freeman, two from Ash Everett and a fine header from Jon Waite. Joe Ivory and Scott Holmes had a run out in the last 25 minutes and despite the score line Mark owlett had to be at his best to keep out several dangerous shots.

This Tuesday we entertain local rivals Old Wilsonians -- Tuesdays have not been kind to us so far this season so a big effort is needed just in case Nottsborough get the shakes (they lost last Saturday to a vastly under strength Winchmore Hill).

FIRST TEAM DRAW 1 - 1 at ALLEYN OB last night after a hard fought game -- unfortunately we missed a penalty and despite constant attacking their defence held firm. NOTTSBOROUGH didn't take advantage of our slip as they also drew 2 - 2 with local rivals OLD SALESIANS.

THIRD TEAM v CARSHALTON -- League decision awaited after we draw 1 - 1 with an unusual Carshalton third team and fail to win promotion. We await the decision with a high level of interest on several fronts (more to follow).

THE "GLEMNET GREEN GODDESS" --- 
CAME "ROCKIN" HOME WITH THE AFA CUP LAST NIGHT - AFTER A   COMPREHENSIVE 4 -- 0 WIN AGAINST OLD HAMPTONIANS.

A fantastic performance by the Bluebloods swept Old Hamptonians aside within the first 20 minutes with goals from Jay Askew and Jon Waite -- Ashley Everett soon added a third but we had Marcus Elliott controversially sent off for mild retaliation after 40 minutes. Playing with 10 men in the second half made little difference to the game as Wickham still dominated it and could have added more goals before Jon Waite capped an outstanding display by converting a penalty. Skipper, Adam Freeman collected the Cup from AFA President Bill Evans and Jonny Waite collected the Man of the Match Trophy -- the rest of us collected hangovers as the bus "rocked and rolled" home. The Sievey Male Voice Choir was in full swing lead by The Rat and The Thumb and Bill Roberts and Neil Linter's solos were top draw.

The Reserves lost a 2-0 lead away at Winchmore Hill which dented their championship hopes -- goals from Chris Tookey (again) and James Williams -- a 2 - 2 draw means we are relying on Civil Service to go to pieces.

The Threes also let a 2 - 0 lead evaporate and they lost 3 - 2 to EBOGS but they could still  be promoted if they win their last game and EBOGS fail to win their last 4 games. Goals came from Darren Hunter and Paul Jolly.   

WED NIGHT --11th April 2007
Fifth Team drew 2 - 2 with Carshalton -- they led 2 - 1 with a minute to go but conceded a penalty-- goals from the 2 Lees (Jones and Cornwall)

WEST WICKHAM 5   v   BOLIVIA   1
Goals from Ross Simmonds, Chris Tookey, Neil Owlett and two pens converted by James Gibson and Joe Ivory give us a resounding win against the exiles from Bolivia who compete in an International League in London

WEST WICKHAM  1 v  CIVIL SERVICE 0  Tuesday 3 April
Another clean sheet for The Owl and a pen from Jay Askew keep the first team in with a chance of the Championship. 

 GOALS -- TOTAL 414

WELL DONE TO EVERYBODY SATURDAY --- THE RESULTS MEAN THAT ALL THE FIRST 3 SIDES CAN STILL WIN THEIR RESPECTIVE LEAGUES.

The First Team readily disposed of the leaders Winchmore Hill 2 – 0 and, believe me, it could have been 6 -1 but for their keeper. To win the League we need to win all of our games and hope that Nottsborough lose one of their remaining fixtures other than one to us. It’s a tall order but we are playing with high confidence and the addition of Gibbo to the squad is a big bonus because we have a difficult run in and we need the whole squad to be fit and available. Goals from Ashley Everett and Jon Waite .

The shake up in the Reserves seemed to do the trick and they ran out 3 – 0 winners against Winchmore with goals from Bear (a beauty, I hear),  Mark Pettyfer and Darren “Raffles” Martin.. We need to win our remaining games and hope that Civil Service drop 2 points somewhere along the line.  

The Threes had a great weekend without even playing as EBOGS dropped 5 points in a double header and close rivals Carshalton got battered 7 -3 which means that we can still win the League – if we win both our remaining games then we will be promoted DEFINITELY. Any of 4 teams can still be champions but we have got to play 2 of them Carshalton and EBOGS AND Alleyns (the leaders) have also got to play EBOGS so something has to give.

The Fours got a good point at home to championship chasing Winchmore Hill and stay in fourth place with 2 to play both away BUT we can still finish in the top 3 which would be a tremendous effort by Pageys team --- Neil Jennings got our goal and is removed, with due ceremony, from THE LIST.

The Sixes had a great day out winning both their games against South Bank /Cuaco 2 – 1 (Boadu and Rockin Boy) and 3 – 0 (Boadu, Bobby Sullivan and Harrison Yeboah) – well done the Abri – they should finish in the top four.

The Fives have 2 play and could (with a bit of luck) finish in the top four.

The DINNER IS ON 28th APRIL and WE EXPECT YOU ALL TO BE THERE – TO CELEBRATE THE BEST SEASON THAT THE CLUB HAS HAD FOR AGES.

CAN WE SCORE 500 GOALS THIS  SEASON??

So far we have scored 395 goals -- there are 26 games remaining so we need to score just over 4 goals per game. It's not impossible but if we do make 500 then almost certainly we will have quite a few honours coming our way so let's go for it. Ten of the games are First Team games and they are all difficult ones but we will be doing our best to help achieve the target. Everybody needs to put their shooting boots on  -- it's just a pity that we are not playing Andorra this week because I am sure that we would get 4 or 5 against them.

FIRST TEAM WIN THE  KENT/SURREY CUP FINAL --- BEATING HAC 3 - 1.

Jon Waite set the Ones on the victory trail with a superb headed goal from Ash Everett 's cross. We hit a purple patch early in the second half with 2 goals in three minutes from Chris Rose and Marcus Elliott -- we then conceded a silly goal by losing our shape with everybody thinking they could score and temporarily neglecting their defensive duties. The Owl was not amused at letting in a goal -- he only had 2 saves to make all game and this breaks his run of five clean sheets. Both Everett and Jon Waite could have added further goals but the HAC keeper was in fine form and four or five fine saves.

Thanks to the large number of fans who made the trip to the Bank of England ground -- there were, unfortunately, quite a few drop outs from the coach party but Ashley's children and nieces and nephews filled a few gaps. Maya and Ben Linter were certainly lucky mascots for the Club -- thanks for the Wickham balloons guys they looked great on the Cup. Match Report to follow.

The Reserves had an unexpected reverse when they went down 4 - 0 at home to Old Finchleians -- but we still have a good chance of winning the title as we lead the table by one point but Civil Service have a game in hand.

The Threes showed a lot of commitment and the whole squad performed well in overcoming title chasing Alleyn Old Boys 2 - 0. Paul Jolly capitalised on good work by Joe Ivory to give us the lead and Darren Hunter came off the bench to revitalise the attack and set up young Stuart Holmes who scored his first goal for the club -- well done both of you. This was a good comeback by Scott's side after the disappointment of the 0 - 0 draw last week. Keep it up boys -- if you win the last 2 games you will win the title or at worst get promotion.

The Fives smacked eight past a hapless IBIS side with goals from Chris Jones (2), Lloyd Willis, two own goals and the others from Stuart Naish (2) and Lee Jones.

MIXED FORTUNES FOR THE BLUEBLOODS
We have only got six sides but we played 8 games on one Saturday afternoon -- I tried to explain this to my wife but she gave up trying to understand the reasoning and said that she preferred ironing to logicising.

Anyway, the First Team extended their winning run by beating Old Lyonians 3 - 0 -- but the Reserves had their championship hopes dented when they failed to take the required six points from the double header at Nottsborough. They drew 1 - 1 and won 3 - 0 -- which was the home game and which was the away game? I need this information to keep my performance records straight. Marcus Elliott scored two and Jay Askew got the other for the Ones while Borelly Kizamba score in the Reserves drawn game and Mark Pettyfer and Ollie Waite notched in the other "game". 

Robin Cross and Joe Ivory both youngsters made pleasing debuts for the First Team.

The Threes lost a bit of ground in their quest for promotion when they could only draw 0 -0 with Old Salesians but they can still do it if they win their last 3 games (all against title chasing opponents).

The Fours pulled off a 2 - 1 win at Old Stationers  with a radically changed side -- so thanks to all the players who made the journey at the last minute via the help of Nick Stretton. Chris Jones got our equaliser and skipper Page scored a blinding winner in the last minute.

The Fives went down 8 - 4 at Carshalton and their opponents can still win that division as they have games in hand.

The Sixes had to play a double header and lost them both 2 - 0 and 1 - 0 to Old Westminster Citz and this puts paid to any chance they had of getting promoted.

 

 

FIRST TEAM win through to AFA SENIOR CUP FINAL with a 2 - 0 win over NOTTSBOROUGH.

The First Team had a hard fought victory at UCLA against an excellent Nottsborough side. The game went to extra time after Ash Everett hit the post with the last kick of the 90 minutes. We played much better in extra time than we did in the second half of normal time when Nottsborough had more possession but could not pierce our strong defence. Goals came in the last 3 minutes via Ash Everett and Jon Waite from the spot. We now meet Old Hamptonians on 14th April 2007 at Old Parkonians ground at Barkingside. Hopefully we will arrange a coach and it's not impossible that we will arrange a party on that night win or lose.

The Reserves, with a depleted side drew 0 - 0 at Old Wilsonians and they maintained there lead  at the top of the table. They are a point ahead of Civil Service with a game in hand and 7 games left to play.

The Threes also turned out a depleted side but ran our 4 - 0 winners against Old Westminster Citz with goals from Scot Holmes, Darren Hunter, Sam Kimber and Neal Downe. Stuart Holmes made his debut aged just 16 and was unlucky not to mark his first start with a goal.

The Fours pulled off a great 2-1 win at Old Finchleians with goals from Georgie Goodridge and Adrian Gentles -- well done Pagey and his depleted side.

The Fives unfortunately lost 2-1 at Old Wilsonians with the last kick of the match --Lee Jones scored from the spot but the team underperformed which is disappointing.

The Sixes went down 4 - 0 at home to Civil Service.

  JO COTTONresul

MORE HONOURS ON THE WAY FOR WICKHAM

Good luck to KEITH JONES who completes his Net Erection and Pegging Course at Bisham Abbey this Wednesday. Keith has produced some excellent results over the last six weeks under the careful eye of Bill Currie and Ian Freeman. This 10 week course is well worth the effort and I am confident that Keith will pass with flying colours. Once qualified he will be able to assemble and dis-assemble nets on any football pitch in the UK and erect corner flags and centre line flags.

 

FIXTURES -- SATURDAY    22nd November  2008

F
IRST TEAM         v    WEIRSIDE RANGERS (H)
                                        Kick Off  2.15pm

RESERVES            v     LEYTON COUNTY  (H)
AFA CUP                       Kick Off   1.45pm

THREES                  v    MERTON  (A)
                                        Kick Off  2.15pm
FOURS                     v   BB EAGLES  (A)
                                         Kick Off  2.15pm

FIVES                       v     HSBC 4  (A)
                                          Kick Off  2.15pm
SIXES                       v     HSBC   (H)
SAL NOVETS CUP         Kick Off  1.45pm


 

 RESULTS -- SATURDAY    15th November  2008

F
IRST TEAM    2     v   SINJUNS GRAMMARIANS   1
Ross Simmonds  Daniel Haines

RESERVES          2   v    EAST BARNET    0
Jon Laidley  Ryan West

THREES                2    v    CROUCH END   3

FOURS                   0   v    KEW       2

FIVES                     2   v     CIVIL SERVICE     2
Colin Roberts  Stuart Naish

SIXES                     4   v     SALESIANS       1
Ray Sievey  Fahad  Richard Payne
Scott Saville  

 

 

RESULTS  -- SATURDAY    8th November  2008

RESERVES           1  v    NOTTSBOROUGH   1
KENT/SURREY CUP
James Gibson
Lost 2 - 4 on pens aet
James Gibson Dave Adams

THREES                 5   v    LLOYDS   1
SAL CUP

Paul Jolly 3  James Dunne  Stuart Holmes


FOURS                   2   v     POLYTECHNIC  1
Nick Beck  Adam Newman

FIVES                      7  v     CARSHALTON          0
AFACUP
Jake Powell  Benito 2
Stuart Naish 3 Phil Grimsley

SIXES                     3    v     ACTONIANS   1     
Geoff Boadu 2  Ray Sievey

 

RESULTS  -- SATURDAY    1st November  2008

RESERVES           9   v    MICKELHAM O BOXHILIANS  0
AFA INTER MEDIATE CUP 
Daniel Haines 3  Dave Adams 2
Ryan West  James Owlett
Eddie Clarke  Joe  Ivory

THREES                 3   v    STATIONERS  (A)        0
Scot  Holmes 2  Danny Amesbury

FOURS                   1   v     SOUTH BANK/CUACO    0
SAL MINOR CUP
Nick Beck

FIVES                      3  v     WILSONIANS  (A)          0
Jake Powell Dave Beaumont
Stuart Naish

SIXES                     4    v     OLD MANORIANS    3  aet     
AFA INTER NOVETS CUP
Adrian Gentles  Lee Tobin
Bobby Sullivan  Ray Sievey

 

RESULTS -- SATURDAY    25th October  2008

RESERVES          2    v    CIVIL SERVICE (H)       2
Stu D'Urso  Dave Adams


THREES                 2   v    NOTTSBOROUGH (A)   4
AFA Cup
Paul Jolly  Paul Freeman

FOURS                    4   v     FIVES  (A)                   1
Darren Cornwall  Josh Morris
Matt Connor  Neil Fleming


FIVES                        1  v     FOURS (H)                  4
Martin Greenidge

SIXES                        7   v     CUACO (H)                  0
Adrian Gentles 3 Lee Tobin
Emrah  Scott Saville  Bobby Sullivan                  
             

 

 

Article from the Kentish Football website prior to Norton Sports game.

West Wickham split over League future PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2008

MINNOWS West Wickham are looking to spring yet another surprise in the Kent Senior Trophy on Saturday, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Southern Amateur League outfit are confident that they can knock out a Norton Sports side that are in sixth place in their first ever Bulmers Cider Kent League campaign, with a record of four wins and five defeats.

Admission to the first round tie is free, although the club are issuing a match day programme, costing £2, in a big to entice people to watch the game.

"We are looking forward to their visit,” Cotton told www.kentishfootball.co.uk.

“I have not seen them play, but they were in the same league as our neighbours Coney Hall last season and they said that they were a good, strong side, so we will be in for a tough encounter no doubt.

“To be honest, we have not been playing well this season due to unavailability and injuries plus three of our players are playing for England Amateurs in Turin later this month in the UEFA National Cup competition and this seems to have affected their performances.

“We have lost our two English Junior International players to University and they will only play during University holidays, but we have some good young players coming through our strong connections with local schools.

“We hope to get a few more supporters than normal and, of course, admission is free as our ground is not enclosed.

“We hope to sell a few programmes so that we are not out of pocket and those that do come will find that they receive a warm welcome and they are welcome in the clubhouse for drinks and snacks.”

Past performances in this competition has given Cotton confidence that it could well and truly be their year this term.

He said: “This season we are chasing five trophies, we have already won two of them, but we have never won the Kent Senior Trophy and we will have a good crack at it this year.

“Remember Whitstable two season’s ago? We would have won the Cup that year, but for their keeper and the crossbar - we lost the penalty shoot out 6-5.

“I can’t say anymore about Saturday’s game as we haven’t seen Norton Sports play and I can only look at their league position to get some idea of their strength.

“They are probably on par with Holmesdale, who we beat comfortably in their last pre-season friendly, but it is dangerous to draw too many conclusions without any hard evidence.

“Whichever way we will be determined to enjoy Saturday’s game and look forward to having a beer with the Norton boys afterwards.”

West Wickham appear to be split whether to make the jump into the Vandanel Kent County League - or even the Bulmers Cider Kent League - or stay where they are.

Cotton is even thinking about contacting local Kent League clubs to find out how much it’ll cost groundsharing as their ground at Corkscrew Hill is not fit for that level of football.

“We touched on the subject of the Kent League before and we have, at times, considered moving into the pyramid but, as you know, at the bottom (of the non-league pyramid) the pitches are generally poor and the standard of football is a long way below the level that we are currently playing at,” Cotton explained.

“So this is a big deterrent for the current players and I believe that they would drift away and play for somebody else if we joined.

“We would need to recruit new players, which would make progress difficult so, in order to move up the pyramid, we would probably have to move backwards to start with and we would end up with a different type of player.

“At the moment we do lose players but they move upward into the Ryman League mainly and, luckily for us, some return to the club with one or two pals. That’s’ why we have been successful in recent years.

“The other problem is midweek fixtures and the amount of travelling involved. The players simply don’t want to do it and many would find it impossible to get time off from their businesses.

“In many ways it’s a pity that we cannot play in a higher standard. We have a good pitch but no floodlights and the local people block our attempts to get floodlights.

“We run six adult sides and ten junior sides so we provide a very good local sporting service to the community, but this counts for little with the locals.

“Another problem would be to find a local ground sharing facility. Beckenham Town are our nearest club, but we haven’t explored the possibilities of a link with them. However, to keep the door open, I will start a dialogue wit them to find out the costs involved.

“We already attract bigger crowds than most of the Kent League sides and they don’t have to pay to get in, although we will produce a programme for Saturday’s game and sell them at £2 each.

“We won the top division of the Southern Amateur League last season by 12 points as well as the Kent/Surrey Senior Cup and we were unfortunate to go out of the Kent Senior Trophy when we gave VCD Athletic a two goal start and lost 2-0.

“This was our first game of the season whilst VCD were well into their programme. Had the game been played a month later, I think we would have beaten them.”

West Wickham v Norton Sports
Kent Senior Trophy First Round
Saturday 11th October 2008
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, Kent

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 October 2008 )

 

RESULTS-- SATURDAY    18th October  2008

FIRST TEAM      1     v   ALLEYNS       0
Adam Freeman

RESERVES          1    v   SEVENOAKS TOWN    4
Dave Adams


THREES               1    v    HSBC  (A)                      2
Dan Amesbury


FOURS                  1   v     WAKE GREEN            0
AFA Junior Cup
Nick Beck


FIVES                 v     POLYTECHNIC   postponed

SIXES                   4    v      MERTON                     0
SAL Cup   
Geoff Boadu   Emrah Hassan  Carl Watling  Lee Tobin             

 

Results -- SATURDAY    11th October  2008

FIRST TEAM    4    v   NORTON SPORTS    0
Kent Senior Trophy
Matt King 2 Jay Askew Adam Wadey

RESERVES        1   v   EBOGS          1
Joe Ivory 

FOURS               2    v    WEIRSIDE RANGERS    3
Josh Morris   Alex Cudby

FIVES                 4     v    BROOMFIELD         2
AFA Senior Novets Cup
Jake Powell   Martin Greenidge    Tom Peraux  2

 

RESULTS -- SATURDAY    4th October  2008

FIRST TEAM   3  v   WILSONIANS   2
James Gibson  Ollie Waite 2

RESERVES      2   v   NORSEMEN     1    AFA Cup
Joe Ivory  Dave Adams


THREES          2    v   WILSONIANS    1
Scott Holmes Dan Amesbury


FOURS            1   v   HSBC                 1
Alex Cudby

FIVES              8   v     BB EAGLES      1
Martin Greenidge 3  Geoff Airey  
Jake Powell  Rob Watts  Luke   Tom                  


SIXES             2    v     MERTON           6
Adrian Gentles  Benito                    

 

RESULTS -- SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2008

FIRST TEAM                NO GAME

RESERVES     4   v    ESTHAMEIANS     2
Laidley, Everett, Adams, Marvin

THREES           5  v     FINCHLEIANS       1
Cross 2, Scott Holmes, Siggers, Steve Jones.

FOURS             1   v      WILSONIANS        1
Martin

FIVES               6    v      KEW                        3
Stewart Naish 3, Gibson, Martin Greenidge, Neil

SIXES               3    v     KEW                         3
Sullivan, Boadu.OG

Once again I have wiped out everything in this column by accident -- so there will be more rubbish appearing soon as I am back from holidays with plenty of interesting stories.

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