News 2013/14

  • Presentation Night 2013/14

    Wingate & Finchley held their end of season awards night on Saturday, with midfielder Tommy Tejan-Sie coming away with two headline awards - Player and Players' Player of the Season. Ahmet Rifat finished top scorer with 15 goals, whilst the youth structure of the club was on full show: Spencer McCall won young Player of the Year as the teenager consistently featured with 39 league appearances, and Jemal Fredericks picked up the U21 Player of the Year award having broken through into the first team midway through the season.
    The Under 17's won their league this season, in no small part thanks to the two award winners Cyrus Brown and Alex Williams.
    The full list of winners is below. Photos by Mike Bayly are also available from HERE.

    Player of The Season - TOMMY TEJAN-SIE
    Board of Directors Player of The Season - MARC WEATHERSTONE
    Players Player of The Season - TOMMY TEJAN-SIE
    Supporters Player of The Season - BOBBY SMITH
    Young Player of The Season - SPENCER McCALL
    Top Goalscorer - AHMET RIFAT
    Club Person of The Year - MIKE BAYLY
    Under 21 Player of The Season - JEMAL FREDERICKS
    Under 21 Players Player of The Season - DAVID LONGE-KING
    Under 21 Players Player of The Season - JACK METCALFE
    Under 18 Player of The Season - ALEX YEARWOOD
    Under 18 Players Player of The Season - JAMIE NELSON
    Under 17 Player of The Season - CYRUS BROWN
    Under 17 Players Player of The Season - ALEX WILLIAMS

  • Norman and Nielsen Put Pen to Paper

    Aron Sharpe writes .....
    Another season comes to end and it unfortunately ends our current stay in the Ryman Premier Division. Disappointing yes, end of the world….. no!
    How many ever expected to see us even reach the play-offs in 2011, let alone win a treble, and spend the following three years in the Ryman Premier division? We have a philosophy/ethos and we shall be sticking to it.
    Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that next season started on Sunday, I have no less ambition than for the club to bounce straight back and I am pleased to announce agreement has been made with our current management team to continue to implement our development plan at the club - and we are pleased that our director of football David Norman and head coach Daniel Nielsen have committed their midterm future to the club.
    Many other teams would be distressed at relegation, however we must be realistic and understand on our current budget it was always going to be difficult to maintain our status. Despite some negative comments by other teams' supporters on the stadium being too big for the club and having very little support (although hugely vociferous), it is amazing how other coaching staff and committees hold us in high esteem. Looking with envy at our youth development programme and seeing who they may pick for their teams for the following season.
    Today sees another Wingate success story - Scott Kashket who signed a two year professional contract at Leyton Orient. This is on top of the eight other boys who made debuts at the age of 18 this season in the Ryman Premier division.
    What should we count as success?
    The first team squad have immense loyalty to the club and we are pleased to say that we have already secured the services of most of our existing squad for next year with just a few left to put pen to paper. I have full belief in all of my team, directors, players, supporters and volunteers.The only thing I would have changed this year is our luck!! Here is to a great summer and a winning return next season.
    Aron

  • U18's win AFA Cup Final

    The Blues were up against Bealonians FC who we knew nothing about, and so we treated the final like any other final by giving the opposition the utmost respect. Wingate started the game very cagily and were just keeping the ball and being patient until the fifth minute, when in our first attack, Alex Yearwood scored with a left footed volley high into the net. By the tenth minute we were 4-0 up with goals from Alex Yearwood again, Darnell Maxwell and Jamie Nelson.
    Without being disrespectful to the opposition it was all a bit too easy. The difference in class between both teams was enormous to say the least. Just before half time, Yearwoodcompleted his hat trick. Half time score 5-0
    The second half was a continuation of the first half with Wingate completely dominating the game. We added another four goals by the time the final whistle came. Maxwell scored his second goal and one each were from substitutes Matt Hennigan and Nathan Frazer-Carrol. We did concede one goal which was well struck just out of the reach of Ross. The highlight of the game was Alex Yearwood scoring his fourth goal and rightly receiving the man of the match award. Final score 9-1
    A big thank you to the parents and friends that turned up on the day. It is always nice to see you there. Also a big thanks to Gary and Malcolm for their continued support throughout the season and on the day.

  • David Wolff Celebration

    David Wolff has described the past 50 years of being chairman of the Maccabi Sunday Football League as “a pleasure”. Wolff’s half-century of service to Jewish football was recognised at an anniversary dinner on Monday evening at Redbridge Jewish Care’s Sinclair House. Presented with awards of recognition from the MGBSFL, Masters and Jewish News Maccabi Junior Football League, Wolff was also honoured by Maccabi GB and the London Football Association.
    Addressing an audience of 100 people which included former players, managers, referees and League officials, he said: “It’s been a great pleasure in the main, there have been times when it hasn’t been as good as one may hop, but in the main it’s been a great pleasure.
    “It means I’ve done something correct over the past 50 years to see so many people here and it proves what we’re doing is the right thing as a football league and that’s what it boils down to.
    “Maccabi GB is the anchor, the body that we are affiliated to. It’s the body which projects Jewish sport in the community, it plays such an important part in our football – and for our people.
    “I’m proud to be vice-president of this league and I will try and do my best in the future, while my health allows me to and as long as you want me here!” And looking back on the past 50 years, he says: “My biggest achievement has been seeing the league grow, seeing it grow to 65 teams, sadly it’s gone back in recent years, but that was my greatest achievement of all.
    “I’d like to see more teams come into the League and hopefully that will be what happens in the future.”

  • Charity Walk for Children's Charity

    A group of Wingate & Finchley FC supporters will forgo the usual methods of travel to their away fixture with Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday 5th April, by taking to the road and walking the 13 miles instead. The Blues are undertaking the walk as part of the ongoing fundraising campaign for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
    Mike Bayly said. “We held a walk a few years ago to Waltham Abbey FC which was a lot of fun, so it made sense to do something similar. We wanted to make the walk a reasonable challenge but not so excessive that younger or older supporters would be excluded. We already have a lot of people signed up to take part, including some who will be undertaking smaller legs of the journey, which is fantastic. Dulwich Hamlet FC have also allowed us hold a half time bucket collection at their ground, for which we are immensely grateful."

    More information on the Community Day can be obtained by emailing mike@wingatefinchley.com Further details on the club’s sponsored walk can be found by visiting the fundraising page HERE

  • Pay What You Want This Saturday

    Here is a reminder that the Club will be holding our annual Community Day at home to promotion chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday 29th March. The event is a fundraiser for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice based in Barnet - Noah's Ark Children's Hospice provides practical and emotional support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, within the communities of North London.
    In addition to a ‘pay what you want’ entry incentive on the day, a number of additional activities have been planned, including kids' coaching, penalty shootout competitions and a special fundraising raffle. As Community Manager Mike Bayly advised, the Blues are going to extra lengths to attract supporters on the day: “We’ve held open days for the last few seasons and this time wanted to focus on a truly local cause, involving local people. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a very important local organisation and one we are proud to raise money for. We have sent out 10,000 fliers to local homes and businesses in the lead up to the event in the hope of maximising attendance and fundraising opportunities. We’ve run a pay what you want incentive on previous occasions and it’s proved really popular. Hopefully we can replicate this popularity again.” .

  • Introducing Craig Davies

    Our new forward is 25 years old, and has featured in the Welsh Premier League with Connah's Quay and Newtown, but has had some time out in recent years with a lengthy injury. He has has played for a few sides in the Conference North and has also coached at QPR and Bolton. Davies scored on his debut on Sunday in the draw at Cray.

  • AFA U18 Rep Side

    For the second time in 8 days, the AFA U18s travelled to Leeds to take on West Riding CFA U18s in the FA County Youth Cup Quarter-Finals. The squad included two players from the Wingate and Finchley under 18 team - Ross Weinreb and Aris Savva. After taking a 3-0 first half lead, West Riding battled their way back into the tie with 3 goals of their own in the second half. The score remained at 3-3 after extra time and the tie needed a penalty shoot-out for the second time in a week. The AFA held their nerve and triumphed 4-2 on penalties to seal a trip to Suffolk FA in the semi-finals next weekend (Saturday 22nd March).
    Read more by clicking HERE

  • Sharpe's County Call Up

    Our under 21 player Joe Sharpe aged 19, received the honour of a call up to the Middlesex Senior County side to represent them against the AFA at Uxbridge FC on Wednesday 12 March.Joe who has been a strong presence this season with our under 21 team and has been out on loan with Banbury Town in the Calor Premier, Takeley and currently North Greenford in the Calor Central.Joe was in comfortable surroundings having represented the AFA county team at U16 and being part of the U18 team that won the South of England County League last year.
    Both his coach and manager from those teams were managing the AFA senior team and the physio was our own Chad Smith. He was also fortunate enough to play alongside ex-Wingate players Max Mitchell and Leon Smith. The game finished 1-1 with Leon Smith scoring the goal and Max Mitchell captaining the team. Joe has the honour of playing county football at every level and the club is proud of the fact that he was the youngest player on the field during the evening, a real credit to our youth development programme.

  • Club Statement Regarding George Borg

    In response to quotes made by George Borg following his punishment by the FA, Wingate and Finchley Football Club would like to issue the following statement:

    George Borg was found guilty of aggravated misconduct by breaching FA Rule E3(1), and it was found that the allegation was an aggravated breach as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin, and/or race, and/or religion or belief.
    As a result of his misconduct, George Borg has been directed to attend an educational programme on racial prejudice.
    For a man and manager in the twilight of his career, there is no doubt that this will be his legacy and speaks entirely for itself.
    We all have a duty to protect every person in football from any type of prejudice or racism, as it has no place in society.
    That is why Wingate FC was formed in 1946 in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War - to fight racism through sport.
    George Borg's allegations with regard to his reasoning for making the remarks are simply not worthy of comment save to say, as the club has on a previous occasion, that they are strenuously denied.
    Finally, we would like to publicly thank and praise Enfield Town for taking swift action in sacking Mr Borg after the incident. It is clear that the decision has been vindicated by his proven guilt and continual denial.

  • Club Announces Two Charity Events

    Wingate & Finchley FC have two exciting events for charity to announce in March and April:
    Firstly, the Club will be holding their annual Community Day at home to promotion chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday 29th March. The event is a fundraiser for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice based in Barnet - Noah's Ark Children's Hospice provides practical and emotional support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, within the communities of North London.

    In addition to a ‘pay what you want’ entry incentive on the day, a number of additional activities have been planned, including kids' coaching, penalty shootout competitions and a special fundraising raffle. As Community Manager Mike Bayly advised, the Blues are going to extra lengths to attract supporters on the day: “We’ve held open days for the last few seasons and this time wanted to focus on a truly local cause, involving local people. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a very important local organisation and one we are proud to raise money for. We will be sending out 10,000 fliers to local homes and businesses in the lead up to the event in the hope of maximising attendance and fundraising opportunities. We’ve run a pay what you want incentive on previous occasions and it’s proved really popular. Hopefully we can replicate this popularity again.”

    Secondly, a group of Wingate & Finchley FC supporters will forgo the usual methods of travel to their away fixture with Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday 5th April, by taking to the road and walking the 13 miles instead. The Blues are undertaking the walk as part of the ongoing fundraising campaign for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
    Mike Bayly went on to say. “We held a walk a few years ago to Waltham Abbey FC which was a lot of fun, so it made sense to do something similar. We wanted to make the walk a reasonable challenge but not so excessive that younger or older supporters would be excluded. We already have a lot of people signed up to take part, including some who will be undertaking smaller legs of the journey, which is fantastic. Dulwich Hamlet FC have also allowed us hold a half time bucket collection at their ground, for which we are immensely grateful."

    More information on the Community Day can be obtained by emailing mike@wingatefinchley.com
    Further details on the club’s sponsored walk can be found by visiting the fundraising page here

  • David Laird Departs

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that centre forward David Laird is to leave the club, and is set to join Harlow Town in Division One North.

    Laird joined five years ago and was pivotal in the club's treble season of 2010/11 in partnership with Leon Smith. He had also become a fans' favourite due to his graceful playing style and art of scoring spectacular goals, with lobs at Leatherhead and Canvey Island living long in the memory.
    Director of Football David Norman said "David has been a great servant to the club and I am immensely proud of what he has achieved here at Wingate over the past 5 seasons. We have both decided that he will leave the club to pursue 1st team football. David is a special talent that would complement any side - he will always be welcome back here at Wingate and I am certain our paths will cross again in the future."

  • Leon Smith Departs

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that striker Leon Smith has left the club by mutual consent, and is set to join near neighbours Hendon.
    Smith has become increasingly frustrated by his lack of first team football this year, and Director of Football David Norman stated "Leon has been a fantastic servant to the football club over the last 5 seasons. He has had a major part in the club's success over this time. However it is now time for Leon to move on and rekindle the form of old. Leon is still only 28 years old and has lots of football to look forward to. I am immensely proud of him and what he has achieved here at Wingate - just five years ago Leon was playing Sunday league football and he has proven he can be a prolific goal scorer at this level. On Sunday I had a long conversation with him and we both felt that a fresh challenge would be in both the club's interest and his.
    I have put the wheels in motion for Leon to join Hendon as I feel that a new challenge will help him to get back on track. Leon will always be welcome here at Wingate & Finchley FC and has left the club with our best wishes for the future."
    Smith is the club's record scorer since being promoted to this level of the pyramid in 1995, with 110 goals, and we would all like to thank him for his services and look forward to seeing him again soon.

    Also, U21 Development side assistant manager Darren Yarlett is to leave the side by mutual consent. Stuart Crawford will be assisted by Paul Stevenson in the immediate future until a permanent coach is found, and Stuart in particular would like to thank Darren for all his hard work this year and wishes him well for his career.

  • Milestones

    Here we take a quick look at some milestone statistics reached at the end of 2013 ...

    Marc Weatherstone played his 300th game for the club against Daventry Town in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round game at Home.
    Ahmet Rifat started his 200th game for the club against Margate
    Leon Smith overtook Dean Williams as the leading scorer for the Club since we joined the Ryman League in season 1995/96 with his goal against 1st goal against East Thurrock. He has 110 goals for the Club.
    Marc Henry made his 150th appearance for the club against Margate.
    Kieron Street made his 150th appearance for the Club against Margate.
    Paul Wright started his 100th game for the club against Kingstonian at home.
    Bobby Smith started his 100th League game for the Club against Lewes
    Bobby Aisien started his 100th League game for the Club against Hendon.

  • Adam Bolle Signs

    Wingate & Finchley's Director of Football David Norman is please to announce the recent signing of striker Adam Bolle. Norman has been tracking Bolle's progress for 18 months, and Adam's impressive displays have led to Norman putting in a 7-days-notice of approach for the young centre-forward after scoring 23 goals in 26 games so far this season for Hoddeston FC in the Spartan Midland Premier Division.
    Norman believes Adam has the qualities to make the grade: "Adam has proven that he has the ability to score goals at the level he was playing at, and although there is a significant difference in the levels between the Spartan Midland Premier and Ryman Premier, I believe he has the raw ability to make the step up." He continued "Adam is big, strong and hardworking and certainly knows where the goal is. He has a great attitude which is rare in young players today. He has shown in the last two seasons that he has an eye for goal. We know it will be difficult for Adam making the transition, but given time, his quality will come through."
    Bolle made his debut for Wingate some 15 years after leading the Blues out as a 7 year old Mascot when his father Jon was a first team regular. He did not take long to settle, scoring on his debut with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hendon on Boxing Day.
    Norman was "...very pleased with not only Adam's goal but the work ethic and all round play. Adam has added a new dimension to the side which will only improve us as a team."

  • Boxing Day Offer

    Wingate & Finchley will be offering supporters a chance to watch their important Boxing Day derby against Hendon for half price. Any supporter bringing a ticket stub from the Enfield Town v Wealdstone game, which kicks off at 12.30pm a few miles down the road, will be able to get in to the Harry Abrahams Stadium at Summers Lane for either £5 (adult) or £2.50 (concessional rate).
    Community Manager Mike Bayly commented “Boxing Day is one of the highlights of the football calendar, particularly when it’s a local derby. It’s always nice to see a big crowd, so we decided to run this initiative and see what kind of a response it gets. There are many local football enthusiasts in the area who this might appeal to and as always, we will make any returning or first time visitors very welcome.”
    Further information can be obtained by emailing Mike Bayly on mike@wingatefinchley.com

  • FA Youth Cup

    Wingate & Finchley 3 Burgess Hill Town 4

    Wingate & Finchley's impressive FA Youth Cup run came to an end on Tuesday night against a strong Burgess Hill side who always just held the upper hand. The Blues had the better of the early exchanges with Charlie Waite flashing a header wide after 18 minutes, and Josh Goldstein firing a shot past the post a few minutes later. Goldstein had another opportunity a few minutes later, knocking wide from a few yards out after good home pressure. Despite this, Burgess Hill looked the more threatening in the final third and took the lead on the half hour mark, turning in a cross from two yards out which eluded the Wingate backline.
    However, as has been shown throughout the Youth Cup campaign, The Blues were more than capable of bouncing back, and ten minutes later Freddie Hill reacted quickest to a long range save from the keeper to head home the equaliser. Unfortunately for the home side the lead didn't last long. On the stroke of half time a brilliant cross from the right was expertly headed in to give Burgess Hill a retrospectively fair lead. It could have been 3-1 seconds later after their striker was put clear on goal, but his effort was well saved by the Blues keeper Ross Weinrabe.
    HT 1-2
    Both sides came out for the second half looking for the goal that could change the momentum of the match, but it wasn't until the 75th minute that it came, and in rather fortuitous circumstances. Wingate's Jamie Nelson collected the ball outside the area and his shot deflected over the stranded keeper to make it 2-2. In truth it was a little against the run of play and the away side finally rubber stamped their superiority with two goals in the final ten minutes. Although Alex Williams pulled one back in injury time with a brilliant half volley to make it 4-3, it was symptomatic of a game that always appeared just out of the Blues' reach.

  • Ryan Sellers

    We are pleased to announce that Ryan Sellers has sealed a place in the NIKE academy. The club wishes him every success with his time there. Ryan has been with the club since he was 13 years old and this season been a regular with the first team squad, having broken through at left-back and more recently on the wing.
    The Nike Football Academy is an English association football academy run by Nike, and is made up of unsigned under-20 players to help them find a professional contract.

  • Youth Progress In Cup

    The U18 side are through to the FA Youth Cup 1st Round Proper. This was after Thursday's superb 1-0 win at Thurrock. Alex Yearwood hit the post, and Carlo Marenghi struck the winner midway through the second half. We will next host Havant & Waterlooville or Burgess Hill Town. They face each other on Nov 1st.

  • Football Show Visits

    We can confirm that the Grass Roots Football Show for 93.7 Express FM, will be making the trip this Saturday to North London, for Wingate & Finchley v Bognor Regis Town. Sam Garrett will be hosting and leading the commentary on behalf of the radio station for the LIVE coverage of the match. Tune in from 14:15 this Saturday for live build-up followed by commentary. Available here

  • Veterans at the Lane

    We are pleased to announce that Wingate & Finchley will be entering a veterans side in this year's Middlesex County Cup. The over 35's squad will host North Greenford United in the first round at 2pm on Sunday 13th October.
    The side will feature the likes of Chairman Aron Sharpe, Director David Thrilling, Director of Football David Norman, and many other stalwarts of the club. Coach Stuart Crawford will play, as will Rocky Baptiste, Peter Renkin, and Ryman supremo Kypros Kyprianou.

  • Aisien on loan

    Bobby Aisien has gone to Division One side Cheshunt on loan for a month. The defender is returning from a long-term injury and the plan is for him to gain invaluable game time and fitness over the next 4 weeks.

  • FA Youth Cup

    Wingate & Finchley 2-2 Wealdstone (7-6p)

    Wingate and Finchley Under 18's beat Wealdstone on penalties in the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night, to set up a next round tie with Kings Langley at home. The game finished 2-2 after normal time with goals from Alex Yearwood and Matthew Hennigan, and poised at 1-1 both sides dramatically scored a goal each in stoppage time. They could not be separated in extra time and the game went to a shootout.
    Wealdstone hit the post with the fifth penalty which could have won the match, and all 22 players were required to take a spot kick and eventually it finished 7-6 to the Blues.

  • Charity Match at Summers Lane

    We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a charity football match between Arsenal Legends and a Celebrity XI on Sunday 29th September. The game has been set up by LOVE (inlovewithfashion.com) for The Princes Trust, and will see the likes of Paul Davies, Calum Best, Ralph Little, Jermain Defoe, Martin Hayes, Ian Allinson, Omer Riza and many others compete for charity at Summers Lane.
    LOVE will be hosting mini matches before the big game to involve local schools teams, as well as showcasing London based dance troops and cheerleaders!

    Tickets are £10 (seats), £5 (standing), and Under 5's go free! Kick off is at 2pm, and further information can be found HERE

  • Sporting Hackney 1 Wingate & Finchley Development 3

    On Tuesday the U21 Development side travelled to the home of grass roots football - Hackney Marshes. Playing on the new show-piece pitch, it was a far cry from the old days at the marshes.
    Pitted against Sporting Hackney who play in the Middlesex County League and who were worthy cup winners last year, it was a tall order for the young Blues team. However, they ran out eventual winners 3-1 playing fantastic football against a strong and competitive team, which had two ex-Wingate first team players in the squad . The game was attractive to watch and shows the strength and depth of talent at the club.

  • The Blues 1 Maidenhead Utd 1

    Wingate & Finchley drew 1-1 with Conference South's Maidenhead United, in their only home friendly before the start of the season.
    In the first half, Wingate's new goalkeeper signing Cain Davies - previously of the Hadley Wood and Wingate youth sides - was called upon to make three superb early blocks with his body and feet, denying Richard Pacquette and Michael Malcolm. Malcolm then had a distant free kick saved in the 30th minute, but scored the resulting corner with a near-post header. Maidenhead's lead had been coming after a wave of pressure, but it finally shocked Wingate into life.
    The hosts' first chance arrived as Ola Williams fed through Leon Smith but his one on one was parried. Maidenhead's Danny Green had a near post shot tipped wide by Davies, but he skied his next effort with a bad slice as he received a rebound off the crossbar.
    Five minutes before the break Wingate levelled. A cross from the right wing was needlessly handballed by sloppy work from Ujah, and Leon Smith tucked away the penalty with the ball bouncing in off the post.
    Wingate were much brighter in the second half and looked the most likely to score a winner. Hector Mackie released Smith down the left, who cut the ball across to Spencer McCall. He took his time with only the keeper to beat but only rattled the crossbar. David Laird had a goal disallowed for a narrow offside, and right-winger Marcus Milner forced a superb diving save from Elvijs Putnins with a fierce drive having forced his way into the box.
    Although Maidenhead could have been out of sight in the first half, Wingate forced their way back into the game and were worthy of the draw against higher level opposition.
    Next up is a visit to Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday night who are playing at the Sharda Glass Stadium Beaconsfield Rd . Hayes, Middx UB40SL.

    Lineup: 1. Cain Davis, 2 Ola Williams, 3 Ryan Sellers, 4 Tommy Tejan-Sie, 5 Marc Weatherstone, 6 Farai Hallam, 7 Dean Mason, 8 Spencer McCall, 9 Leon Smith, 10 Daniel McGonigle, 11 Hector Mackie. Subs: 12. Frankie Webb, 14. Paul Wright, 15 Rob Hughes, 16 John Christian, 17 David Laird, 18 Marcus Milner.

  • Think you know football?

    Think you know football? Join our all new competition, Last Man Standing!

    What is Last Man Standing?
    Last Man Standing is a fantasy knock-out competition based on the real-world results of the English Premier League.

    How do I play?
    You choose a Premiership team you think will win their fixture on a given weekend. If your chosen team wins, you sail safely through to the next gameweek. If your team draws or loses, you are unceremoniously knocked out of the game. You are playing to win with every choice you make! Each week more and more of your fellow players will be knocked out of the game until only one player is left – you, the winner!

    That sounds easy!
    Not quite. The catch – you can only pick each team once per game. So every week you survive, you'll have fewer good teams left to choose from.

    Entry
    It costs £10 to join the game. Half of the money will be donated to Wingate & Finchley, and the other half of the pot will go entirely to the last man standing!

    Note..the game will be ended after ten weeks, and any remaining players will split the pot so that registration can re-open for a new game to start the following week.
    To enter please pay Paul Lerman before the first game kicks off by cash or cheque made out to W&FFC. You will then be given instructions of the website where the results will be stored.

  • Cup And Trophy Opponents

    In the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, on Sunday 15th September, we will host Biggleswade Town from the Southern League, who we have not faced since our days in the South Midlands League 20 years ago.
    They made the playoffs of Division One last year so will be an exciting prospect to face.
    In the FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round in October we will host Hitchin Town who of course beat us 3-0 after a replay last season.
    Meanwhile in the FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round we have another home tie, with near neighbours Wealdstone.

  • Pre Season Friendlies Announced

    The final list of pre season friendlies is as follows

    Saturday 13th July v Potters Bar Town (at Rowley Lane) 11am
    Tuesday 16th July v Codicote (Away) 7pm
    Saturday 20th July v Romford (Away) 1pm
    Saturday 20th July v Met Police Bushey (Away) 2pm
    Saturday 20th July v Romford (Away) 3pm
    Tuesday 23rd July v Berkhampsted Town (Away) 7:30pm
    Saturday 27th July v Maidenhead (Home) 3pm
    Saturday 27th July v Haringey Borough (Away) 3pm
    Tuesday 30th July v Hayes & Yeading (Away) 7:30pm
    Tuesday 30th July v Hertford Town (Away) 7.30pm
    Saturday 3rd August v Maldon & Tiptree (Away) 3pm

  • Squad News

    We are pleased to announce that the club has retained almost our entire squad from last season, and signed all of our targets. Included in these, we are happy to confirm the following players have re-signed for the club after a short hiatus elsewhere in the Ryman Premier Division:

    Ola Williams
    David Laird
    Mark Henry

    We would also like to confirm that the following players have put pen to paper:
    Bobby Smith
    Jack Middleton
    Scott Shulton
    Mark Weatherstone
    Ahmet Rifat
    Leon Smith
    Kieran Street
    Hector Mackie
    Ryan Scott
    Dean Mason
    Spencer McCall
    John Christian
    Daniel McGonigle
    Gary Burrell

    The following youth players, who have all come through our youth system, have also signed :
    Gavin Sudell
    Andreas Kyprianou
    Joe Sharpe
    Ryan Sellers

    There will be one or two more players sign and we shall give updates as and when they are finalised.

  • U21 League News

    The two divisions of the inaugural Ryman U21 league will be made up as below. Note that all of our home games will be on Saturdays, with away games fixture days in brackets.

    North Division
    Enfield Town (Midweek)
    Grays Athletic (Saturday)
    Heybridge Swifts (Midweek)
    Leiston (Saturday)
    Needham Market (Midweek)
    VCD (TBC)
    Waltham Forest (TBC)
    Waltham Abbey (Midweek)
    Ware (Saturday)
    Wingate & Finchley

    South Division
    Burgess Hill Town
    Crawley Down Gatwick
    Hastings United
    Leatherhead
    Maidstone United
    Margate
    Ramsgate
    Thamesmead Town
    Three Bridges
    Whitstable Town

  • New Management In Place

    As recently reported, the Club has made the decision not to continue with the existing First Team management squad for the 2013/14 season. Over the last few seasons, the Club had invested heavily in a programme aimed towards development, stability and succession. Consequently, when digression from this vision was becoming evident, there were discussions between the Club's Board of Directors who agreed a need to return to a more progressive approach. The Directors have committed to the implementIon of a mid to long-term structure for the club. We are a club who strongly believe in development from within and the new structure will refine this pathway.
    We are pleased to announce that the First Team and Development squads will be led by a Director of Football, who will also take responsibility for heading the coaching staff of the First Team and Development squad. In addition, we are able to confirm that Daniel Nielsen shall take on the role of First Team Head Coach. The Club veteran, with over 430 appearances, will be assisted by a coaching team; Dean Smith and Gavin King, the latter of whom will adopt the role of Goalkeeping Coach.
    We have for this season disbanded the Reserve team and will replace this with a 'shadow' Development squad composed of under-21 players whom we feel are committed to, and able to compete in, the First Team. This team will compete in the Ryman Under-21 League and will play friendlies against development sides of professional clubs. The squad will be managed by Stuart Crawford and his coaches will be Darren Yarlett and Frankie Webb.
    I am also pleased to confirm that the final piece of the jigsaw; the return to the Club of David Norman. Our former First Team Manager shall be appointed to the Club Board of Directors, his role to oversee all footballing activity of the First Team and Development Squads. The Board of Directors are excited by the new structure and very much look forward to the beginning of a new era.
    We will bring further news of squad signings and friendlies for the pre-season within the coming week.