The Under 23 side sealed the Bostik Development North Division league title on Tuesday night after a comfortable 3-0 win away at Witham Town.
Dean Barker’s side now have an unassailable 15 point lead at the top. This is a fantastic achievement, for a side which has enabled progression to the 1st Team for many of its standout players this season; Reuben Rabstein, Ned Clarke, Luke Alfano and Isaac Ebelebe all making their mark in the senior side.
The side will now compete in the Champion of Champions playoff at Aveley on Friday 11th May, and also have a League Cup Semi-Final to look forward to before then which will be scheduled in due course.
Congratulations to everyone involved!
2017/18 Presentation Evening
Wingate & Finchley held their 2017/18 Presentation Evening for the senior teams after the final home game of the season; on Saturday afternoon following the 2-0 victory over Dorking Wanderers.
Goalkeeper Shane Gore followed on from last year’s feat by picking up another two awards (from the Directors and his fellow players), whilst top scorer Rob Laney picked up the Supporters’ award for the second time. Peter Rebak, celebrating his 50th year with the club, presented Jake Eales with the Young Player of the year award, and Manager Keith Rowland chose Reece Beckles-Richards as his Player of the season.
Martin Addison, official club photographer for over ten years, picked up the Club Person of the year award.
Two Under 23 award winners, Luke Alfano and Isaac Ebelebe, had earlier won the joint Man of the Match award in the victory over Dorking; the latter having notched his first club goal too. The other trophies went to Reuben Rabstein, Ned Clarke and top scorer Ben Pattie.
The award winners in full were:
Top goalscorer – Rob Laney
Player of the season – Reece Beckles-Richards
Directors' Player of the season – Shane Gore
Young Player of the year – Jake Eales
Players' player of the season - Shane Gore
Supporters' player of the season – Rob Laney
Club Person of the year – Martin Addison
U23 Top goalscorer – Ben Pattie
U23 Player of the season – Luke Alfano
U23 Young Player of the season (joint) – Isaac Ebelebe and Reuben Rabstein
U23 Supporters' Player of the season – Ned Clarke
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the addition of another defender into the squad. 35 year old Adam Everitt joins the Blues having previously played at Bishop's Stortford, Eastleigh and Hayes & Yeading.
Everitt joins Freddy Moncur and Luke Sheldrick as players to represent both the Blues of Wingate and Stortford this season.
Separately Everitt holds a unique title; as the first player to score for Hayes FC, Yeading FC and Hayes & Yeading United.
Blues help charities
Wingate & Finchley were pleased to show our support for two wonderful charities during Saturday's match with Dulwich Hamlet.
The Mayor of Barnet attended the event, and raised awareness and much-needed funds for his chosen charity Homeless Action in Barnet.
Also raising funds during the tense 0-0 stalemate were staff members from Prostate Cancer UK, who walked all the way from Dulwich to Finchley ahead of the match.
We would like to invite you to visit the links below to donate!
(Picture L to R: Mayor of Barnet, Manager Keith Rowland, Mayor's son and Blues superfan Tom Salinger, Chairman Aron Sharpe)
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce three new signings today:
Two left-backs are joining, following the recent departure of Nathan Mavila:
Firstly Jason Akiotu comes in - a 19-year old left back from Nigeria who is a youth product of Crystal Palace.
Also joining is Layne Eadie, who arrives on a one month loan deal from National League South's St Albans City.
Finally, well-reputed Albanian striker Irnti Rapai also joins from the National League South, making the move from Weston Super Mare.
Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce the return of Freddy Moncur. The midfielder has enjoyed two successful loan spells at Summers Lane in recent seasons and, this time, joins the Blues after being released by Leyton Orient last week. Able to play in deeper and attacking midfield positions, Moncur brings goals and creativity to the side; traits that were evident in his three league goals in last season's stint at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. We look forward to Freddy's return to the Club and hope he can pick up where he left off last season.
Wingate & Finchley can confirm that left-back Nathan Mavila has left the club for National League side, Leyton Orient.
Mavila joined the club in July 2017 after leaving Wealdstone, going on to play 43 games in all competitions; the highest of any player in the squad to date this season. The memories of his two goals for the club will no doubt be usurped by his assist for our dramatic late winner at Dulwich Hamlet in January.
Nathan leaves Wingate & Finchley with the best wishes of everyone at the Club and we hope to see him enjoy a successful career at Leyton Orient.
Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce the loan signing of Vanarama National midfielder James Mulley. The 29 year old is a versatile midfielder, who has been playing at Maidenhead United for the past three years. Having been sought after by a number of clubs from the Bostik Premier and the Vanamara leagues, we are proud to have captured his signature and he will greatly complement our midfield. He joined Yeading FC at the age of 16, progressing to become Hayes & Yeading’s longest-serving player. He then had spells at AFC Wimbledon and more recently made over 100 appearances for Braintree Town.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with FixRadio, an online radio station serving the UK's tradespeople.
Throughout the next two months, Fix Radio will be closely following our progress within their daily sport shows, conducting interviews and going behind the scenes to showcase how a non league club operates.
To kick off the exposure, manager Keith Rowland will be interviewed in Wednesday's sports show which starts at 1pm, so please do tune in!
Fix Radio is available on their website, on DAB or through their app.
Groundsman Of The Year
Our groundman Andy Ward has been chosen by the FA as the winner of the Isthmian League Groundsman of the Year Award for 2017. The competition is an annual one for non-league groundsmen, to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes. Many congratulations to Andy on a well-deserved achievement for making the best pitch in our league!
Non League Day
NON-LEAGUE DAY on the 7th October, 2017 is fast-approaching – and this year, Wingate & Finchley visit Tonbridge Angels in the Bostik Premier League.
To mark the eighth year of Non League Day, Tonbridge Angels will be discounting its Adult and Senior (65+) admission prices to £5 with U13's being admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Youth admission (13 to 17) remains at £4 whilst unaccompanied Juniors (U13) are £2.
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce two new signings today:
Quentin Monville: A 22 year old right winger who started his time at Clapton in the summer of 2015. He made his move to Billericay Town in the Ryman Premier League and impressed on more than one occasion. He has been a long-term target and we are more than pleased to have him on board.
Keir Dickson: 20 year old Keir is a player who can operate in any position on the left side. He has been well-known by our chairman over the years. Keir was at Barnet FC for many years and followed this up with a spell at Enfield Town.
We welcome both to the club!
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the arrival of the following players to the club, all of who featured in the friendly win over Royston Town:
Nathan Mavila, aged 22, left back/winger previously with West Ham
Jake Eales, 18, defender previously with QPR
Luke Sheldrick , 21, goalkeeper previously with Tottenham Hotspur
Chairman Aron Sharpe said ' I have been watching the movement of all of the above who have all been trialling at Conference clubs. In fact each player has played against the club, and both Keith Rowland and I took note and have quietly gone about our business trailing their pre-season. Nathan came to my attention on his release from West Ham but we initially failed to secure him and he went to Wealdstone and has featured in Hampton and Richmond's pre-season. Jake and Luke both played against us for Woking however I had already noted Jake at a showcase game and was keen to secure him.
All are youngsters who we consider will have a good future and we welcome them to the club.”
Also coming in this summer are central defenders Joe Kizzi from Cheshunt and Wes Parker from Wealdstone, plus full-back Carl Pearce from Wembley. One addition at the other end of the pitch is Harrow Borough's striker Marc Charles-Smith.
Player sponsorship offer
Wingate & Finchley are preparing for the 2017/2018 season in the Bostik Premier League. We are now seeking Individual Player Sponsorships to support some of the costs associated with providing a successful and enjoyable season for our players, and we would greatly appreciate your support!
Sponsorship is only £75 per player.
In exchange for your generosity, your name or your Company's name will be displayed in the programme and on the club's website for the entire year.
Four of the players have already been sponsored...so please contact Paul Lerman quickly to secure the sponsorship of your favourite player!
Benefit Match With Hanwell Town
Wingate & Finchley's friendly on Saturday 29th July, away at Hanwell Town, will be a benefit match for our striker Billy Healey.
Last season Healey, whilst on dual-registration at Hanwell, suffered a near fatal injury in an accidental collision during a match. He ruptured his colon in three places and spent 12 weeks in hospital undergoing three operations.
He has been unable to work since the accident, and both clubs together are ensuring that all proceeds from this match will be donated to Billy. Entry will be £5.
Please do come along and show your support!
Wes Parker joins
The Club are delighted to announce the signing of defender Wes Parker. The 33 year old started his career in the Football League with Grimsby Town and moved to Wealdstone in 2010, eventually becoming Stones club captain. He made over 250 appearances there and, along with Sean Cronin, was a part of the side which won the Ryman Premier League in 2014.
Dean Barker joins Development Side
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce that Dean Barker, previously the record-breaking first team manager of Cockfosters FC, has agreed to take the position of Manager of the Wingate & Finchley Under 23 Development side along with his backroom team. More to follow soon.
Sharpe elected to FA Council
The Club are delighted to announce that Aron Sharpe has been elected as our regional representative to the FA Council for the forthcoming season. After being nominated by League Chairman Nick Robinson, he was voted for by the 23 clubs whom he is now representing (ranging from Premier League Clubs such as Watford down to our level of non-league).
The role entails representing the best interests of our regional clubs with the FA, and it is a great honour and achievement and provides further recognition for all the hard work that Aron has put in to the club over the past 10 years.
Blues win league award
Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce that we have been given the prestigious Team Performance of the Year Award.
The club were honoured at the 2017 Isthmian League AGM, following a club record season where the Blues defied expectations to finish in the playoff spots. We would like to thank the league's officials for recognising our achievement.
Meanwhile the league announced that its longstanding partnership with Ryman was ending, to be replaced by global adhesive firm Bostik. Macron also ended their sponsorship, with next season's footballs being provided by Mitre.
Blues re-launch sponsorship drive
As one season ends, another is nearly upon us and the Club are once again offering local businesses the opportunity to be part of our incredible-value Sponsorship Lottery Draw.
There are a variety of packages on offer for sponsors, starting with the basic package: This enables you to receive an advertisement in every home match day programme for the season, advertisement on our website (www.wingatefinchley.com) and an advertising board on the perimeter of our pitch at Summers Lane. You also receive 4 free match tickets to any home game, the chance for your children to be match day mascots as well as hospitality in our boardroom before and after games. All for only £199!
In addition, one of the lucky entrants will be drawn to be our Development/Under 23 Team Sponsor for the Season which included Shirt Sponsorship for the whole year.
Full details can be found in our PDF brochure HERE.
Wingate & Finchley are pleased to confirm a busy schedule for this summer's preseason. In total there are 9 fixtures, beginning on 8th July, with the highlights being games against two Conference National sides (Borehamwood and Woking). There will also feature a benefit match for Billy Healey against his current side Hanwell Town on 29th July, in order to raise funds for the striker who is recovering from a career-threatening injury.
Full Pre-season fixture list: Summer 2017
Sat 8th Welwyn Garden City (Home - Barnet Lane Training Centre)
Tue 11th Potters Bar (Home - Barnet Lane Training Centre)
Sat 15th Haringey Borough (Away)
Tue 18th Borehamwood (Home)
Sat 22nd Woking (Home)
Tue 25th Hertford Town (Away)
Sat 29th Hanwell Town (Away)
Tue 1st Cheshunt (Away)
Sat 5th Royston Town (Home)