News 2014/15

  • Awards Night

    Wingate & Finchley held the end of season awards night for 2014/15 on Sunday. On an emotional night where we said goodbye to both David Norman and Mike Bayly, there was plenty of success to celebrate - on the back of a club record league finish and the Under 18's reaching their first ever county cup final.
    Harvey Ackerman completed 20 years of service and picked up the Club Person of the Year award, whilst Testimonials were announced next year for Ahmet Rifat and Daniel Nielsen. Rifat has now completed 10 years of playing for the club, and Nielsen 14 years in two separate spells.
    Marc Weatherstone, currently in his 9th year of service, shall also be honoured with his own testimonial the season afterwards. The full list of winners are:

    Fan's Player of the Year Rob Laney
    Manager's Player of the Year David Knight
    Young Player of the Year Mark Goodman
    Players Player of the Year Tommy Tejan-Sie
    Top scorer David Knight
    Directors' Player of the Year Ola Sogbanmu
    Club Person of the Year Harvey Ackerman

    U21 Player of the Year Josh Nzau
    U21 Players Player of the Year Karl Stevenson
    U18 Player of the Year Luke Prokopiou
    U18 Players Player of the Year Nathan Lock
    U15 Player of the Year Josh Barry
    U15 Players Player of the Year Ben Reynolds

  • David Norman - Director of Football

    The club would like to announce that David Norman shall step down as Director of Football after the final game of the season next weekend. Dave brought the club unrivalled success, in his first appointment as a manager, winning the unprecedented Treble in 2011 of the Ryman League Cup, Playoff Final and London Senior Cup. He was asked to come in as DoF in 2013 to work alongside Daniel Nielsen to bring experience and knowledge with a strict brief on club infrastructure.
    It is non-league football's worst kept secret that we work on an almost impossible budget with a small support base, relying heavily on volunteers, good will and loyalty. The term 'family' is an often overused term for a football club, however, that is exactly what we are and stand for.
    I, together with my board of Directors, have an obligation to ensure that this club is financially sound and successful. Furthermore, we have a model and strategy that we believe will bring us sustainability and progression.
    Dave, unfortunately, has had to work within these parameters and with very few tools. Both he and I have spent a lot of time having discussions over such issues, yet without this time spent I doubt Wingate & Finchley would be where we are now; at the end of a record-breaking season.
    I can honestly say he is a fine football manager who shall go on to a higher level and be successful. Somehow we both knew it had come to the point where Dave had taken the club as far as he could on our minimal budget and the directives he had received.
    We met on numerous occasions recently and together came to the conclusion that the club needed a change at the helm.
    The club wishes Dave all the success that he deserves and he knows he shall always be welcome back here. On a personal level I feel a huge loss, but it is for the club itself to continue to be successful and that is the Directors' job at hand going forward.
    It is not goodbye; it is simply until next time. The club wishes you and your family success and happiness for the future .

    From Aron Sharpe and all at Wingate and Finchley FC

  • Community Day

    Wingate & Finchley’s annual community day will take place on Saturday 28th March 2015 as part of a festival of football in North London.
    The Blues' match against title contenders Dulwich Hamlet will kick off at 1PM and has been designated a ‘pay-what-you-want’ day in an attempt to attract extra fans through the gate. Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation will also be present, promoting a ‘fans for diversity’ message, with a number of local children acting as flag bearers before kick-off.
    The club will also be raising money via a raffle for The Noah’s Ark Hospice, who provide support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in North London. There are a number of prizes up for grabs, including two tickets to the FA Trophy final on Sunday 29th March. Speaking of the plans, club director Paul Lerman advised: “Wingate & Finchley Football Club plays an important role in the community, providing sporting opportunities for people with a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. More than that, we are well positioned to promote messages of inclusion, given the club’s heritage. Finchley is an increasingly multi-cultural area and we want to reach out to as many local people as possible. Hopefully this community day will encourage people to come down, see what we are about, and raise funds for a good cause”.
    The first team game will be followed by a Wingate & Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet supporters match, kicking off on the main pitch at 4pm. For those looking for a bonus game to attend elsewhere, high flying Essex Senior League side Haringey Borough will be kicking off against Hullbridge Sports at 3.30pm. The White Hart Lane club, who are in with a strong chance of promotion to the Ryman League, are even sending a free minibus to Summers Lane to escort groundhoppers between venues. Anyone interested in reserving a seat on the bus should contact Haringey Borough Secretary John Bacon on baconjw@hotmail.com

  • Non-League Day and the FA Trophy Final

    The last five years have seen Non-League Day (NLD) grow from being an event on Facebook to an annual national campaign which has grabbed the attention of clubs, leagues, the media and most importantly the fans.
    As NLD has grown we’ve received many requests to run a second event during the season to get even more people involved. Given the huge amount of time and effort and to preserve the uniqueness of NLD, we’ve never really been able to entertain this idea but have thought about other ways we could do things.
    Our favourite alternative was to create an event where, rather than send football fans to a wide variety of grounds around the country, we would encourage them to head to just one ground, bringing as many members of the non-league community together in the same place at the same time. We just weren’t quite sure how to do this.
    It then came to our attention that this year’s FA Trophy Final is taking place on Sunday 29th March during the spring international break. Being on the Sunday, it allows fans of virtually every team in the country - whether they follow a club in the Premier League, Football League or non-league - to take part. We have therefore partnered with The Football Association in an initiative to try and mobilise fans in a different way and bring as many of us together at the country’s national stadium for one of the non-league game’s most prestigious finals.
    Tickets for the game are on sale now via the FA’s website with prices starting from as low as £10.
    For group bookings of 15 or more, there is a further discount of 50% on all price categories.
    We hope you like this idea and will think about joining us in trying to turn Wembley into the centre of the non-league football world for one afternoon on Sunday 29th March.
    James Doe
    Founder, Non-League Day

  • Club Awards Night

    The End of Season Awards Night is confirmed for Sunday 26th April - with a start time of 7pm - to be held in the club's function room.
    Tickets are priced at £10 (U16 £5) provided attendance is confirmed in advance, and includes a buffet dinner. Please email paul@wingatefinchley.com if you would like to attend.

  • Squad News

    Director of Football David Norman has informed the following players that they are free to leave Wingate & Finchley FC:

    Richard Graham
    Paul Wright
    Ronayne Marsh-Brown
    Scott Shulton

    Norman added "Following conversations with the chairman, and in line with our policy the club agree with the above players being released due to the club not conidering retaining the players for next season." "This is the part of football that nobody likes - these players have given everything when selected. They are not only players but friends. We are in a strong position however I have a commitment to develop youth players, and do not want to be in a position in 2 weeks time of informing players that they are not needed, as they would in a tough position trying to find another club."
    I would like to thank them for all their support and wish them luck for the future.

  • Community Day

    Wingate & Finchley’s annual community day will take place on Saturday 28th March 2015 as part of a festival of football in North London.
    The Blues' match against title contenders Dulwich Hamlet will kick off at 1PM and has been designated a ‘pay-what-you-want’ day in an attempt to attract extra fans through the gate. The club will also be raising money via a bucket collection for The Noah’s Ark Hospice, who provide support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in North London. Last season, Blues supporters raised over £1500 for the Barnet based charity and hope to make another significant contribution this time around.

    The first team game will be followed by a Wingate & Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet supporters match, kicking off on the main pitch at 4pm. For those looking for a bonus game to attend elsewhere, high flying Essex Senior League side Haringey Borough will be kicking off against Hullbridge Sports at 3.30pm. The White Hart Lane club, who are in with a strong chance of promotion to the Ryman League, are even sending a free minibus to Summers Lane to escort groundhoppers between venues. Anyone interested in reserving a seat on the bus should contact Haringey Borough Secretary John Bacon on baconjw@hotmail.com
    A further press release, detailing additional plans and events for the day, will be released in due course.

  • Maurice Needleman – A Tribute by Peter Rebak

    It is with great sadness that we report that our great friend Maurice passed away 3 weeks ago and was buried on Friday 23rd January at Hoop Lane aged 87.

    A supporter of Finchley Football Club since 1940's when he moved to the Finchley area with his parents then a young man aged 17. He hardly missed a game whether home or away in the 70 years that he had been supporting the Club. I first met Maurice in 1991 when Wingate FC and Finchley FC merged. In the 24 years that I have known him I have never heard a cross word from him. He never ever spoke out in anger and only saw good in people. If the team were beaten and had not played well you would never hear Maurice criticise either players or management. He would only say ‘’ we were unlucky and everyone tried their best ‘’. What an amazing quality he had only to see good in others. Maurice only wanted to be loved and respected by others – he never demanded anything – and the affection supporters, players and management held him in was a delight and certainly made his life more comfortable and enjoyable.

    Maurice lost both his parents about 15 years ago. His parents tragically died within a few days of each other and he came to me to ask me if I could help him write memorial insertions in The Jewish Chronicle for both his parents which of course I did . Since his parents died he only had his friends at his local synagogue and the friends at The football club for support and he placed immense value in all those friendships.

    His love and knowledge of football was incredible. He studied each match programme in intricate depth and could give you the rundown of players who had played for the club many many years ago. He particularly loved players who loved the Club and showed loyalty. These were players to him that represented his values of loyalty and friendship. In the current team Bobby Smith, Ahmet Rifat , Tommy Tejan-Sie , Marc Weatherstone and Paul Wright were his stars – they had been at the Club for a long time and you and all the players who play for the Club week in and week out meant more to Maurice than you will ever realise. He looked forward to every match – away or home, summer or winter, wet or dry, hot or cold – to see the team play gave Maurice a target and a motivation. He loved the football season because it gave his life a purpose and a direction each week and it was the players and management who drove that purpose.

    Maurice – in his trademark raincoat and hat – will be deeply missed by us all. Ever since I have gone to The Abrahams Stadium Maurice has been a fixture – he was always there . Saturday will not be the same without Maurice asking me 10 minutes after kick off ‘’ .. is David Knight playing today ‘’. I speak for all the Club when I say that we have lost a special kind man who only saw good in others.

    At the next home game v Billericay on 14th March there will be a mark of respect for Maurice and the Club is putting its thoughts to how his memory can be marked permanently at the ground he so loved.

    Maurice – you will always remain in all our hearts.

  • MighteeFit Challenge

    On Sunday, March 1st one of the Clubs sponsors, MighteeFit are participating in round the world challenge to get the most people to perform press ups for a minute at the same time, to raise money for Charity and gain entry into Guiness World Records at the same time
    Please click HERE to see the flyer for full information, and everyone is encouraged to join in!

  • Bobby Smith

    We are delighted to announce that Bobby Smith has been awarded the Ryman Premier League Goalkeeper of the Month Prize for January.
    The stopper kept three clean sheets in the four games during the month, and was of course aided by a consistent back-line - of Mark Goodman and Ronayne Marsh-Brown at full-back, and three centre-backs Marc Weatherstone, Bradley Hewitt and James Kaloczi.
    As part of his prize Smith shall receive a free pair of goalkeeping gloves from league sponsor ProKit UK.

  • Youth Tournament

    Wingate & Finchley Football Club is delighted to announce that we are holding an U15 and U16 Youth Football Festival, on Monday 4th May at The Harry Abrahams Stadium in Summers Lane, Finchley.
    You are invited to enter teams of 8 players to take part, and we ask you to complete the attached application form. Also see the attached flier for full details. Click THIS LINK to download the form.

  • Cray Cup Match Moved Again

    Please note the London Senior Cup game will now be AWAY at Cray Valley (PM) next Wednesday the 18th February.
    This is because the London FA have refused to enforce their own rule whereby a twice-postponed match can be switched to the opposing stadium.

  • Manager Of The Month

    We are delighted to announce that Daniel Nielsen has been awarded the Manager of the Month award for the Ryman Premier Division in January.
    The Blues won all four matches, and kept three clean sheets in the process, with wins over Enfield Town, Hornchurch, Witham Town and Lewes.
    The award is sponsored by Nicholas Rowe Tailoring, and Danny shall receive a bespoke tailored suit as his prize.

  • Snippets

    1) The Harrow Borough 1st team game will now be played on Tuesday 3rd March.
    2) The U18 Middx Cup Final v Bedfont Sports will now be on Wed 11th March at Wealdstone's ground.
    3) Please note that our London Senior Cup game with Cray Valley will now be played at our ground on Tuesday 17th February.

  • George Borg

    The Club have been made aware this week that, following an incident during the match at Enfield Town in August 2014, a charge against George Borg for aggravated misconduct was found proven by the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission.
    Mr Borg was alleged to have used abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting words towards Wingate and Finchley FC supporters, contrary to Rule E3(1). It was further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to ethnic origin, and/or race, and/or religion or belief.
    Subject to appeal, Mr Borg is suspended from all football related activity until such time as Burnham Ramblers has completed five matches, as well as being fined £275 on top of costs, and ordered to complete an education programme.

  • Community Day

    The Wingate & Finchley FC Annual Community Day has been announced as Saturday 28th March 2015 when Dulwich Hamlet visit - for which kickoff has moved to 1pm.
    Entry shall be 'Pay What You Want' for everyone, and there will be a feast of entertainment, culminating in an 11-a-side battle on the pitch between the two sets of supporters at 4pm!
    Further details will follow, and for any enquiries please contact paul@wingatefinchley.com

  • Fixture Changes

    1st Team
    Our London Senior Cup game at home to Cray Wanderers will take place on Tuesday 2nd December (subject to Cray not being in an FA Trophy replay).

    U21's
    The home game with Enfield Town will now be Tuesday 6th January
    The Grays Ath away game is now Thursday 26th February

  • Father to face son in Middx FA U18 Cup

    It was the draw that the entire Stacey family were dreaming of - Wingate & Finchley vs Wealdstone in the Middlesex County FA Ritson U18 Cup. The sides were paired together in the Quarter Final following Wealdstone's win over Stevenage on Wednesday. Blues manager Andy Stacey says it will be "interesting" facing his son Teddy; captain of the Stones side.
    Andy said "They got the result that I and our whole team wanted last night. To come up against my son's team makes it all the more exciting. I might have to ground him for that night though!
    I think the only member of my house who is supporting Wingate with me against Wealdstone will be my 2 year old Grandson Kade. It will be a tough game as they haven't lost all season and are in the 2nd round of the FA Youth Cup, but I have the players, coaches and a plan."
    Teddy has faced Wingate & Finchley for Wealdstone before, since his move across London in 2013, though the meeting was before father Andy took the managerial reigns of the U18 side. The match is yet to be scheduled.

  • Three players called up to Middlesex County

    Three young first team squad members - Gavin Suddell, Jack Read and Joe Sharpe - were called up to the Middlesex County Senior team to play The Army on Wednesday 29th October.
    Suddell and Sharpe both started the match - playing right-midfield and right-back respectively. The game started brightly for both players but an experienced Middlesex team made two errors in quick succession and the county side went in 3-0 down at the break.
    The second half saw the introduction of Read who managed to get a decent shot away shortly after he entered the match. However the second half lacked the same momentum of the first, though both sides scored in quick succession. Going into the closing stages Middlesex scored once more to make the score 4-2 with a few seconds on the clock.

  • New Loan Signing

    The Blues FC can confirm that Barnet's Iffy Allen has joined on a three-month loan deal.
    The 20-year-old winger is a product of the Barnet Academy, and made his debut during the 2012/13 season before making two substitute appearances last year in the Football League.
    He has previously had a loan spell at Kingstonian, and scored his only goal during Barnet’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Lincoln on the final day of last season.
    Allen is yet to feature this season having suffered a leg fracture during the first week of pre-season.

  • Fixture News

    After our victory last night, we shall now travel to Hitchin Town on Sat 27th in the FA Cup.
    Our home league game against Met Police will now take place on Tuesday 21st October kickoff 19.45
    We shall also be playing away to Wembley FC in the Middlesex Charity Cup on Tuesday 4th November, kick off at 19.45

  • GB Deaf Squad Qualifier

    We are delighted to be hosting the GB Deaf squad in their vital Euro 2015 Qualifier Playoff match against Norway on Saturday 20th September.

    Kick-off is at midday.
    Admission Fee: £5.00 (Children U12 free)
    The 8th European Championship tournament will be held in Hannover, Germany in 2015.

  • Summit Reached

    On Thursday the 21st of August 2014 our Under 15s EJA Manager Andrew Kouroushi & his wife Tina reached the top of Africa and the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. After 8 days of walking & aclimatizing to the altitude they had conquered the biggest challenge of their lives. They had climbed the full 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
    Andrew described the climb "as the most difficult, soul searching, amazingly beautiful experience. Every day was a different experience, different terrain, different climate, one minute it was 30 degrees the next if the cloud rolled in 0 degrees. The camping was difficult, the night starlit with millions of stars amazing, and the reaching the summit after walking 9 hours through the night exhilarating. We had a fantastic group of climbers, from all walks of life, and this made the climb much easier."
    What has please them both, is the money they have raised for BREAST CANCER CARE. They currently have raised £9,000 and want to make it £10,000. You can visit our just giving page every penny raised goes directly to Breast Cancer Care.

  • New Signing

    Wingate & Finchley have signed Carl McCluskey from Conference South side Wealdstone on a dual-registration. The 28 year old is a right sided midfielder and McCluskey, previously of Hendon, of course scored against the Blues when the sides met in the league in March of this year. The player only moved to Wealdstone in January, and had scored 19 times in 95 games for Hendon previously.

    He will feature in the U21 squad for the home game with Hornchurch on Thursday 4th September.

  • Four clubs nominated for ‘Season of Action’ games on Non League Day

    Blyth Spartans, Dulwich Hamlet, Lewes and Marine have all been selected to host special ‘Season of Action’ fixtures as Kick It Out continues its yearly link-up with Non League Day on Saturday (6 September). For the third season running, Kick It Out and Non League Day are raising awareness of the importance of promoting equality and challenging all aspects of discrimination at all levels of the game.

    This year, the activities will see the added support of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and its ‘Fans for Diversity’ initiative which is run in partnership with Kick It Out. The dedicated matches see both Blyth face Buxton, and Marine welcome FC United of Manchester in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, and two Ryman Premier League duals between Dulwich and Hampton and Richmond Borough, and Lewes and Wingate and Finchley.

    All of the players for these teams will wear Kick It Out and ‘Fans for Diversity’ t-shirts during the pre-match warm-up, and fans in attendance are going to be presented with anti-discrimination materials such as flags, badges, stickers and wristbands. Special arrangements have also been made by the ‘Fans for Diversity’ initiative to provide funding for the disability team of Wingate to travel down to face their Lewes counterparts on the pitch at the Dripping Pan prior to the seniors.

    In addition, Dulwich are giving fans the chance to ‘Pay What You Like’, Blyth running a ‘Green and White Day’ to get all their supporters in club colours, and Marine will continue their 120 year anniversary celebrations. “It’s fantastic because to be a part of ‘Season of Action’,” said Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade. “I believe non-league is real football – it’s honest, it’s passionate and it’s a great place to spread the word of Kick It Out and the work it does. “From the community side it is important that we lead from the front because Blyth is a small town and we are the figurehead for the people. We have policies in place where we do not accept discriminatory incidents at all.”

    Sean Macleod, Mental Wellbeing Manager at Lewes, commented: ““I hope that Non League Day will show the supporters of Lewes and Wingate and Finchley that while we all have our own difficulties we are able to be play an active role in society. “We are so proud that Kick It Out, the FSF and clubs like Lewes and Wingate and Finchley are taking a lead on supporting people with disabilities and making a stand against the stigmas associated with them.”

    Barry Lenton, Community Officer at Marine, said: “It’s a real honour and privilege that we have been asked to promote Kick It Out along with fellow Evo-Stik club Blyth Spartans and other non league sides Lewes and Dulwich Hamlet. “As Community Officer, I am particularly pleased to see that Kick It Out will be playing an active role on the day with stickers and badges being handed out by our supporters’ club, the Marine Supporters Association, on its behalf.”

    Mishi Morath, Dulwich’s Committee Member for Community Development, said: “Dulwich aims to be a beacon for the community and it is important that we show that there is no place for discrimination in football and in the wider world as well. “Kick It Out sends out an equally important message that racism and discrimination are not welcome in the game and we’re proud to support the ‘Season of Action’ initiative for our game against Hampton and Richmond Borough.”

    If you’re attending a fixture this Non League Day, please send us a picture of your view of the game via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using our newly-developed hashtag – #MyMatchdayView.

  • Further Statement

    With reference to the report in the Non League Paper ( NLP) on Sunday 31st August, Wingate & Finchley FC wish to make the following statement. There were a very small section of supporters at the match in question, these consisted of a handful of supporters, players' family members and club officials. The club wish to make it clear that any allegations made by George Borg as to the conduct of that group are categorically denied. Those present at the match are willing to co-operate with any investigation into the conduct of George Borg on that day and their contact details can be provided to those investigating the incident.

  • Second Club Statement

    We understand that allegations of anti-semitic remarks made by the former Enfield Town FC manager have been referred to the Community Security Trust, who have the responsibility of monitoring anti-semitic activities and incidents and represent British Jewry to the Police and other official bodies.
    Wingate and Finchley FC have directed all of the Club witnesses to assist with any official investigation. The allegations of anti-semitic remarks being made cannot be commented on at this time by our club and we cannot add anything further at this point.
    However Wingate and Finchley Football Club remains determined to do whatever is necessary to assist in the eradication of anti-semitic or racist remarks from Football and society in general.

  • Club Statement

    Following events that took place at the match between Enfield Town FC v Wingate & Finchley FC in The Ryman Premier League on Monday 25th August 2014, Wingate & Finchley FC makes the following statement :-
    There is, as always, speculation driven by supporters' forums and social media - this is not something that we want to enter in to.
    At half time Mr George Borg, the Manager of Enfield Town FC, was dismissed by the Match Officials. The referee's report shall be submitted to the FA and we expect action to be taken.
    Wingate and Finchley FC will co-operate fully with any investigation into these events, and our Chairman Aron Sharpe is confident that the FA will come to the correct and responsible conclusion and take the right course of disciplinary action.
    Furthermore, Enfield Town FC's Officials immediately apologised personally to our club and for this they must be applauded.

  • U15 Manager to climb Kilimanjaro

    On the 13th of August 2014, as the football season is underway, our New Under 15 Manager Andrew Kouroushi embarks on the biggest challenge of his life. He and his wife Tina will be heading to Tanzania to climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
    They are climbing Kilimanjaro in memory of his sister Joanna who passed away from Breast Cancer 5 years ago, and they have a target of raising £10,000. The trek/climb will take 9 days in total - 7 days going up and 2 coming down.
    Andrew said "In January I had a mid-life crisis moment, I wanted to do something that was a once in a lifetime achievement and raise money for Charity. I hate running distances, so Marathons were out of the equation. I'm not going to jump out of a plane, so sky diving was out too, what could I do? 'Climb a mountain' I said to myself. It's the most challenging thing we have ever done. The training has been hard, the trek will be hard, but the excitement of going and the adrenalin rush are going to spur us on in those moments when we feel tired and pain from the walking. The biggest spur will be the money we are raising for the Charity, and the thought of my sister will also be willing us on."
    If you would like to donate to Andrew and Tina's chosen Charity they have a Just Giving page and every penny raised goes directly to Breast Cancer Care.

  • Super Sunday at Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium

    Super Sunday is coming to the Gallagher Stadium as our match at Maidstone United moves to 5th October.
    At the request of the Ryman League, the Premier Division fixture has been put back a day and it sets up a great afternoon of football.
    Gates will open at 13:30 and live on the big screen from 14:05 will be the highly-anticipated Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal. The Stones vs. The Blues will follow with a 16:00 kick off.
    Maidstone Utd chief executive Bill Williams said: “We’re very excited about staging a Sunday match – if it’s good enough for the Premier League boys, it’s good enough for us. It will be a great opportunity for people who are busy on Saturday to come down and enjoy a match at the Gallagher Stadium.”

  • Main Sponsor News

    Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce that our First Team main sponsor for season 2014/15 will be Integrated Global Logistics Limited.
    IGL were the lucky winners of the Club's sponsorship prize draw, conducted by the St Albans City chairman at half time of the friendly between the clubs on Saturday 19th July.
    Integrated Global Logistics Limited is an International Freight Forwarder offering a complete personalised service tailored to each individual customer requirement, offering transportation via ocean, air, road and rail plus a UK warehouse. Paul Bazley of IGL said: "Integrated Global Logistics Limited are very proud to be associated with Wingate and Finchley FC. We look forward to a close partnership and a very enjoyable and successful season this year in the Ryman Premier League."
    IGL's logo shall grace the Club's kit, whilst along with the other 25 business entrants to the draw, they shall also receive a sponsorship package including programme advertising and pitchside banners.

  • Codicote 1 Wingate & Finchley 7

    Wingate & Finchley won their second preseason friendly in convincing style at South Midlands side Codicote after a late flurry of goals. The heavens had opened just two minutes before kick off and a monsoon followed throughout the entire first half, but Wingate took no time in getting going as David Knight scored in the opening minute.
    Knight was denied midway through the half by an incredible diving save, but the unfortunate keeper injured himself in the process. Attacking-midfielder Karl Oliyidi beat the replacement in the 27th minute with a low sliding shot into the bottom right corner. Conditions were tricky with the downpour, and the next goal would not arrive until ten minutes after the break through Nico Muir, one of nine half-time substitutes.
    The home side pulled a goal back with a volley from a deep free kick, and looked most likely to score next, as the skies cleared and made the occasion a more pleasant affair. However Jack Read scored in the 75th minute slamming home a rebound. Gavin Suddell scored next tapping in from Dan Nielsen's low square cross, and Read scored again after a superb tricky run by Muir to set him up.
    Read crowned off the match with a hat-trick, scoring the side's seventh goal with a skidding drive from 30 yards with the final kick.

    Lineup: Smith (Davies 46), Mark Goodman (Nielsen 46), Wright (Foley 46), Sogbanmu (Fredericks 46) Weatherstone (Rhys Darg 46), Street, Karl Oliyidi (Suddell 46), Tejan-Sie (Fisher 46), Knight (Nico Muir), Rob Laney (Read 46), Shulton.

    Goals: Knight 1, Oliyidi 27, Muir 55, Read 75 86 89, Suddell 82.

  • Cup Draws

    Draws for the Fa Cup , Fa Trophy and Youth Cups were made on Friday, as follows:

    Fa Cup (FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING)
    Saturday 13th September
    Wingate & Finchley v (Stansted or Ipswich Wanderers or Waltham Forest or Hoddesdon Town)

    Fa Trophy (FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING)
    Saturday 1st November
    Arlesey Town v Wingate & Finchley

    Fa Youth Cup (FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING)
    (Week of 22nd September)
    Wingate & Finchley v Newport Pagnell Town

  • Friendlies wanted

    Our newly-formed Wingate & Finchley U15's for 2014/15 are looking to play friendly matches against local sides within the North & West London area. Games on a Sunday are preferable.
    Please can you contact the Manager Andrew Kouroushi either directly by phone or via email at Andrew@wingatefinchley.com

  • North Finchley Feast

    The Club will be making its first ever presence at the North Finchley Feast on Saturday June 28th.
    The Feast is being held at Lodge Lane car park starting at 10am, and features many local businesses who will be showcasing a vast range of food and entertainment in dedicated stalls.
    All supporters are invited to come down and enjoy the occasion, and you can shoot for a chance to win a free match ticket during next season!

  • Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to confirm the finalised list of summer friendlies, as the club restart life in the Ryman Premier Division in 2014-15.

    The Club will again visit Wales to face Prestatyn Town, and host the likes of St Albans City and Wealdstone at the Abrahams Stadium. We have games with old friends Redbridge and Potters Bar, before finishing with a home game against Chalfont St Peter.

    The full list is:
    Thur 3 July U21 A v Clapton
    Sat 5 July 1st A v Prestatyn Town (1pm)
    Tue 8 July 1st A v Codicote (7.30 - SG4 8XY)
    Tue 15 July 1st A v Haringey Borough
    Sat 19 July 1st H v St Albans City
    Tue 22 July 1st H v Redbridge
    Sat 26 July 1st H v Wealdstone
    Tue 29 July 1st A v Potters Bar
    Sat 2 Aug 1st H v Chalfont St Peter
    Sat 2 Aug U21 A v Sporting Hackney (E9 5PF)
    Tue 5 Aug U21 A v Waltham Forest (E17 4PJ)
    Sat 23 Aug U21 A v Arsenal Community

    All fixtures kick off at 3pm/7.45pm and at obvious venues unless stated.

  • Adam Clifft - Loss of a good friend and coach

    By Aron Sharpe

    It is with a heavy heart that I write of the devastating news of the untimely passing of a contemporary and good friend Adam Clifft.
    I find it extremely hard to comprehend how a young man who gave so much to the youth of this area is no longer with us.
    Adam ran Adam Clifft soccer schools at Woodhouse School and Friern Barnet School on Saturday mornings since 1990. We first met when he was running a hugely talented team for Whetstone Wanderers. He, Kypros Kyprianou ( the ex chairman of Omonia FC and CEO at Ryman Group ) and myself were adversaries but we all became firm friends, mostly because of our desire to teach boys how to play the beautiful game well. Between the three of us we arranged mini-tournaments involving Whetsone Wanderers, Omonia and Hadley Wood & Wingate when the kids progressed from mini soccer to eleven a side. All the boys became friends and many eventually played together under the Wingate banner.
    Adam was simply the best coach in the area and produced real 'football players'. In fact the Wingate and Finchley first team contains some of his proteges including Tommy Tejan-Sie, Cain Davies and my own boy Joe Sharpe. Adam and I were well known in youth football for being (one might say) rather vociferous on the touchline but never, ever did we have cross words. Our philosophy was always the same and he always and only had the kids best interests at heart . We spent many hours lamenting about the game and talking about the huge talent that was in the area. He was always complimentary and kind, although he would not suffer fools.
    We eventually worked together joining our teams as we felt it was the right decisions for all of the boys' progression. He would go out of his way to help, picking up boys and running around after them. All of this was due to his love of the game and the welfare of his players, even after they stopped playing for him.
    There are very few human beings left who put themselves out solely for the well-being and development of children, whether they be talented or not. I find it extremely hard to comprehend how someone of his good nature can be cruelly taken away so young. I am not embarrassed to say that sitting in an airport in Europe on hearing the news that I shed a tear for his daughter, mother, all his boys and for myself.
    God bless you Adam, I am sure all of the boys you have mentored and coached over the years shall not only miss you but shall ensure that they all make you proud. I am sure other contemporaries shall look back with fondness at the fantastic matches that we all competed in over the years.
    You shall be remembered by many.

  • Blues Reprieved

    It has been confirmed by the Ryman League today (Thursday), that Wingate & Finchley have been granted a reprieve from relegation and shall rejoin the Ryman Premier Division for season 2014/15.
    This follows the resignation of Worksop Town last Friday from the Northern Premier League, which left one spare place at Step 3 which comes to the Blues as the highest ranked team on 'points-per-game'.
    Chairman Aron Sharpe said: "We are pleased to have been granted a reprieve, although we find no pleasure that it be at another club's expense (namely Worksop Town). However, we shall grasp the opportunity with both hands and look forward to once again competing in the Ryman Premier Division. We wish Worksop Town well in their survival quest."
    Hayes & Yeading shall be moved across to the Southern Premier Division, whilst Ware move back into the Ryman League filling the gap created in Division One North.

  • New Signing - Dave Knight

    Wingate and Finchley are pleased to announce our second signing of the close season - David Knight.
    David is a player who we have been monitoring since he was outstanding for Billericay Town against us a couple of years ago.
    David, 23, can play anywhere across the midfield but his favoured position is that of striker, where last season he finished the second highest scorer in the Ryman North with Thurrock FC on 37 goals.
    Chairman Aron Sharpe stated "we are not in the habit of making multiple signings, however it was evident by our goals record last season that we needed to score more goals and the table does not lie. We have signed a young player that Dave, Danny and I all agree is top drawer and has a big future. The player has shown his commitment to our club by signing a contract and I am very very happy to have him at the club. I hope this shows our intention by the players coming in to the squad, however we are not reckless in our approach and new players will only be ones who fit in with our ethos - David is a great signing for us.''

  • Chairman's Summer Update

    Following on from my last set of notes when I advised of the retention of our management team, I am extremely pleased to announce the retention and re-signing of almost all of our current playing squad.
    Despite interest in most of our players from clubs in much higher positions than us, the loyalty and determination shown by many of our players to set the record straight is immensely pleasing. They have all prioritised the good will of the club before personal gain. Their attachment to our club is of higher importance to the players than financial reward.
    Added to the talent we already have at the club is the signing of Nico Muir who has been in and around the club as a youngster, and scored many goals over the last two seasons at Northwood FC.
    We also have a hugely talented pool of youngsters, and we shall not stop there and have been in talks all week with another exciting signing, which we shall look to tie up over the next week.
    We are not looking to rest on our laurels and will bounce back.
    Aron

  • New Signing: Nico Muir

    Director of Football David Norman has confirmed Wingate & Finchley's intentions for next season by signing Northwood FC's young prolific striker Nico Muir.
    Muir scored 29 times in all competitions for Northwood last season, and Norman commented "Nico is a talented striker who has a natural ability to score goals."
    Muir, a former school student of Norman's, stated "I am looking forward to joining Wingate & Finchley as they play very good football and have great facilities. Hopefully I can help them achieve success next season."
    Muir adds to a Wingate and Finchley squad which is currently unchanged from last season's.

  • League Allocation

    We have been placed back in the Ryman Division 1 North for next season, with Ware being the local side moved over to the Southern League. The full 24-team lineup is as follows:

    AFC Sudbury
    Aveley
    Barkingside
    Brentwood Town
    Brightlingsea Regent
    Burnham Ramblers
    Chatham Town
    Cheshunt
    Cray Wanderers
    Dereham Town
    Gt Wakering Rovers
    Harlow Town
    Heybridge Swifts
    Maldon & Tiptree
    Needham Market
    Redbridge
    Romford
    Soham Town Rangers
    Thamesmead Town
    Thurrock
    Tilbury
    Waltham Abbey
    Wingate & Finchley
    Wroxham

  • Pre-Season

    Our Summer 2014 pre-season schedule is taking shape, and will kick-off with a trip back to Wales, to face Prestatyn Town on Saturday 5th July.
    The first home game is likely to be on Saturday 19th July against St Albans City - with the final friendly also being played at home as Chalfont St Peter visit on Saturday 2nd August.Our league season then starts the following Saturday.
    Full fixture details will be announced in the coming weeks.