News 2018/19

  • New Management Team

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that two former Premier League players will form the new management team; Nicky Shorey and Glen Little.

    Showing how much the Club has progressed over recent years, it took a week to filter through the numerous applications and reduce them to a shortlist of three. The candidates included nine UEFA A Pro License holders and International footballers.

    The chairman Aron Sharpe finally selected a team with International, Premiership and Step Three level experience when selecting Shorey and Little.

    Sharpe said: ‘Never did I dream of the calibre, quality or number of candidates who would submit applications. It was extremely humbling to see some of the candidates and a little hard to turn them down for an interview. In normal circumstances we could have interviewed 20+ but there were a few that had all the attributes and experience we needed for the club. The team of Nicky Shorey and Glen Little covered every aspect that we would ever want and I can tell you that it is an extremely exciting appointment.’

    Shorey last coached at League Two Stevenage Borough, and is most famed for his time as a player at Reading. He also appeared for West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth as a left-and back made more than 460 career appearances. He played twice at Wembley for England during his career, and finished playing in the 2016-17 season at Hungerford Town in the Conference South.

    Little also turned out for Reading, but spent the largest part of his 580-match career at Burnley as a winger. The 42 year old was most recently a coach at Grays Athletic.

  • Keith Rowland

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that we have parted company with manager Keith Rowland.
    The Northern Irishman has been in charge for close to three years, and in this time has presided over two record-high league finishes for the Blues. In the 2016-17 season he achieved a playoff place, finishing 5th in the Isthmian Premier Division with 75 points.
    Chairman Aron Sharpe said “Keith felt that he had taken the team as far as he could; I have been absolutely delighted with the success we have had and the progress we have made with Keith as manager, and he leaves us on the best of terms. We both felt the time was right for a change, in particular as he continues his recovery from recent surgery. We wish him all the best in his next role and for the future, and he will always be welcome back at Summers Lane.”
    The Club shall announce a new manager in due course.

  • FA Youth Cup

    After a hard-fought 2-1 win at Haringey Borough in the previous round, Wingate & Finchley U18’s will host Uxbridge U18’s in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night 20th September.
    Goals from Shakur Farah and Ruben Carvalho gave the hosts a two goal lead at the Coles Park Stadium and, despite a consolation goal, the Blues were able to secure progression to this round of the tournament.
    Last season, the Blues were eliminated from the competition by Barnet FC U18’s, who ran out 4-0 winners at The Hive.

    Match Details:-
    Wingate & Finchley vs Uxbridge
    Maurice Rebak Stadium, Summers Lane, London N12 0PD
    7:45pm kick off

    Admission Prices:-
    Adult - £6:00
    Concession - £3:00
    U16 - Free

  • Cup Draws and Kick It Out

    We have three cup draws to announce, all of the fixture dates are TBC:
    In the Velocity Trophy (League Cup) we will play away at Mildenhall Town.
    In the London Senior Cup we will play at home to either Cockfosters or Redbridge.
    In the Middlesex Charity Cup will be at home to Northwood.
    The FA Cup draw will be held next week.

    In celebration of Kick It Out's 25th anniversary, they launched a commemorative Wall of Football on Thursday.
    Wingate & Finchley donated a match shirt to the display, and we have been placed in a wonderful location between a Man Utd and Arsenal kit from the early 90's.
    See the video: HERE

  • Stadium Opening Ceremony

    Wingate & Finchley held the official opening ceremony for the refurbished stadium on Saturday 18th August following the match against Folkestone Invicta. The event was led by Geoff Shreeves, a close personal friend of club Chairman Aron Sharpe (pictured left).
    In a speech celebrating the occasion, Sharpe stated how proud he was of the journey he had started 14 years earlier when forming his first kids’ club. His intention was to provide a player pathway for young players into adult football, which would be facilitated by building a community club that was self-sustainable.
    He has now completed this following the opening last year of the Hadley Wood Sports Trust’s training centre in Barnet, and he in particular thanked the club’s Vice Chairman David Thrilling (pictured centre) for all his hard work and support over the years in achieving this.
    Sharpe closed by thanking the Football Foundation, the Wingate Youth Trust and all of the supporters for their continued encouragement.

    Image courtesy of Martin Addison

  • Matchday Parking

    On all First Team matchdays the club will now be charging for parking within the stadium’s car park.
    Car park entry passes are available for £5 on the day, or a full season pass is available for £75 (or £125 if combined with a player sponsorship).
    In addition to this, the four spaces on the forecourt by the turnstiles are to be reserved for disabled persons only.
    Please speak with paul@wingatefinchley.com if you wish to secure a parking season pass or have any queries.

  • Player Sponsorship

    Wingate & Finchley are seeking individual Player Sponsorships 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. You will also have the opportunity to present to your player should they win any club awards throughout the season.
    Please do contact paul@wingatefinchley.com quickly to secure your favourite player.

  • Watford U23 and Enfield Borough Groundshare

    We are delighted to announce that two clubs will use the facilities of the Maurice Rebak Stadium for the coming season.

    Watford's U23 side will play most of their home league games and FA Youth Cup matches at Summers Lane, which will typically be played on Friday afternoons at 3pm (ticket pricing is to be confirmed). Also sharing are Enfield Borough of the Spartan South Midlands League - they will play on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings when the Blues are away.

    Enfield Borough's first match at the stadium is on Saturday 4th August against Ampthill Town.

    We would encourage all of our supporters and local residents to come and show their support for both clubs.

  • Club Shop Relaunched

    The Club Shop will re-open at our first home match on 14th August, in its new home next to the main stand. We will stock the traditional bar scarves, bobble hats, replica shirts and pin badges, as well as brand new mugs. You can reserve items at this link on our site (or if you are unable to make it to our stadium for payment and collection soon, please submit the form and mention that you would like to make an online payment and have the items posted)

  • Sponsor the club

    The Club are again on the lookout for sponsors via our extraordinarily cheap annual sponsors’ raffle. Please do contact everyone you know – if everyone attracts just one entrant it will make a world of difference to the club - the deadline is the end of June. Please click HERE to download and send round our latest sponsorship brochure

  • New signing

    We are delighted to announce another summer signing, Lewis Putman. The striker joins us from Dorking Wanderers, having previously turned out for multiple clubs including Metropolitan Police, Oxhey Jets and Wealdstone.
    Lewis has scored 165 goals in 153 career appearances, including an astounding 81-goal season for Oxhey Jets, and we hope to see this impressive record continue next season.

  • Latest news

    The Club have signed George Craddock from Canvey Island. The central midfielder has previously won promotion from our league with East Thurrock Utd, and was later signed by Braintree Town. Craddock completed his scholarship at Northampton Town.

    We are pleased to confirm that Layne Eadie has joined the club on a permanent basis, following his successful loan with us last season from St Albans City

    The Biggleswade Town friendly on 21st July will now be played at Barnet Lane.

  • New signing

    We are pleased to announce another new signing; David Manu, aged 22, from Bedford Town.
    Aron Sharpe said “David is a young quick winger who can play on the left or right, whom I have been monitoring since he was a young 16 year old at Interwood.”
    He was previously at North Greenford Utd and Uxbridge. Welcome David!

  • New signings

    Wingate & Finchley are delighted to announce two new signings, with the defensive spine of the side also committing to the club for next season.
    Returning to the Club is a defender who needs no introduction; Marc Weatherstone returns from his 100-match stint at promoted Dulwich Hamlet. He re-joins with 434 appearances under his belt for the Blues, and will surely soon overhaul Daniel Nielsen’s record for the club of 451 (since the merger in 1991).
    Chace O’Neill also joins the club – he is an attacking midfielder aged 24, who scored arguably the goal of the season last year in the Club’s defeat at Tooting & Mitcham Utd. He did his scholarship with Spurs and then the Nike Academy. He went on to Staines Town in the Conference South before joining Tooting.
    Chairman Aron Sharpe said: “I am delighted to recapture Marc, who has proven ability and now a deserved play-off winner’s medal. With Shane Gore, Claudio Vilcu and Sean Cronin all now committed I don’t think you will find a stronger or more experienced defence at this level or above.
    Chace O’Neill is a well-known talent and someone I have been aware of through my work with all of the boys from inner London. He will bring further flair to our midfield and provide a different dimension. He has obvious calibre having done his scholarship at Spurs.
    I am also pleased that the majority of our squad have committed for next season; they are aware of the development and progress that is going on at the club hence why they have stayed. I have waited for our moment in time and shall look to push the club forwards over the coming years. The fans will be pleased to know that further signings are imminent and shall fit in with our policy of developing by youth coupled with wisdom.”

  • Preseason friendlies

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to confirm a busy schedule for this summer's preseason. The fixtures are as follows

    Full Pre-season fixture list: Summer 2018

    July
    Beaconsfield FC - Saturday 7th (Barnet Lane)
    Kings Langley - Tuesday 10th (Barnet Lane)
    Welwyn Garden City - Saturday 14th (Barnet Lane)
    Barking - Tuesday 17th (Away)
    Biggleswade Town - Saturday 21st (Away)
    St Albans City - Tuesday 24th (Home)
    Hayes & Yeading Utd - Saturday 28th (Away)
    Royston Town - Tuesday 31st (Away)

    August
    Chesham Utd - Saturday 4th (Away)
    Enfield Borough - Tuesday 7th (Home)

    All dates are subject to change and timings will be confirmed nearer to the games.