News 2019/20

  • New Striker

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the signing of striker Oluwaseun Akinsanya. The 24 year old joins from Division One side Ware where he is the league's current top scorer, having previously played for Staines Town and Hayes & Yeading. Chairman Aron Sharpe said: "We have been watching Olu for some time and felt that now was the right time to get his signature - we are delighted to have beaten competition from a number of other local clubs to secure his services."
  • Carshalton Athletic Fixture

    The Carshalton Athletic home fixture has been moved from Tues 5th November to Tues 3rd December, this is to accommodate their FA Cup progress.
  • Ahmet Rifat Breaks Record

    On Tuesday night against Edgware Town, Ahmet Rifat broke the Wingate & Finchley appearance record in making his 460th appearance for the Blues. The former England youth player overtook Marc Weatherstone's total of 459, a record that had stood for twelve months after he had taken the crown from fellow 2010/11 Treble-winner Daniel Nielsen on 451.

    Speaking to the Ham & High he said "I'm happy that I've got to this stage with one club. It's not easy to find somewhere you feel comfortable, wanted and everyone respects you - even to the point where I've made lots of lifelong friends here at Wingate."

    At the age of 33, Rifat potentially has many years ahead of him, although the Wingate FC record of 720 held by Marc Morris may be a stretch too far; the striker scored an astonishing 650 goals from 1975 to 1998.

    From everyone at the club, Ahmet we would like to thank you for your unquestionable loyalty and incredible service!
  • New 1st Team Coach

    Spencer Knight has moved quickly to strengthen the back room team with the appointment of 1st Team Coach, Lee Protheroe.
    Lee joins Wingate & Finchley after a distinguished non-league career counting Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, Aldershot, Ebbsfleet and Welling as some of his clubs. Since retiring from playing he has spent the last ten years in academy football honing his skills at the likes of Watford, Leyton Orient and most recently Crystal Palace.

    Knight remarked: “Lee is fantastic coach, A-License qualified, and joins the team with a wealth of knowledge of football at Isthmian League level and much higher. We played together at numerous clubs during our careers and he is a proven winner. I’m delighted that he has chosen to join the project and I’m sure his enthusiasm and desire to be successful will rub off on everyone around us”
  • London Senior Cup

    We have been drawn to play away at Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup, and this will be played on Tuesday 19th November.
  • Carshalton Match

    The Carshalton Athletic home match has been moved from Sat 19th October to Tuesday 5th November due to their FA Cup commitments.
  • Squad Updates

    We are pleased to announce two new signings with the return of former players.

    Firstly, Charlie Ruff, scorer of the goal which ensured survival last season, rejoins after starting the season with Kings Langley. At the other end of the pitch, defender Sean Grace rejoins the club - he captained Potters Bar Town last season.

    Departing the club is striker Marvin Morgan.
  • Cray Wanderers Fixture

    The match at home to Cray has been moved due to their FA Cup commitments, from Saturday 5th October to Tuesday 12th November.
  • Manager News: Spencer Knight Appointed

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce that Spencer Knight will take over in charge of the First Team.

    The former St Albans City, Chelmsford City, Canvey Island and Billericay Town midfielder Knight, was assisting Nicky Ironton on the coaching staff at Ware FC. He then joined Harlow Town as assistant manager in 2014 where he spent five years and 270 matches in the dugout. Spencer brings a wealth of playing experience at this level; being promoted as a player both to the Isthmian League Premier Division and Conference South.

    He is currently away on business but shall be in charge for the visit to Brightlingsea Regent following his return.
  • Manager News: Steve Clark and Danny Foster

    Wingate and Finchley FC can announce that we have parted company with Steve Clark by mutual consent.

    Chairman Aron Sharpe commented: ''Steve did a fantastic job alongside Dave Norman in maintaining the club's step 3 status last season. After a discussion with the directors together it was felt Steve deserved the right to manage the first team and bring in his own staff.

    "Unfortunately injuries and other circumstances prevailed, and following a discussion after the FA Cup match at the weekend, it was mutually agreed that it would be better in the long term for the club that we all parted ways at this stage. I and everyone at the club wish Steve and his assistant Danny Foster all our best wishes in their future moves, which I am also sure will bring them both success. Steve is fastidious and a fine coach and shall be an asset to any football club whom he chooses to go to next.''
  • Cray Fixture

    Our home match on Saturday 5th October with Cray Wanderers has been cancelled due to their progress in the FA Cup.

  • Fixtures

    We will play at home vs Edgware Town on Tue 15 October in the Middlesex Senior Cup.
    Our league match away at Lewes has been set for Wednesday 30th October.
    Lastly, the U18 side will travel to Brentwood Town this Thursday in the FA Youth Cup.

  • FA Youth Cup Vs Cockfosters

    We will play at home vs Cockfosters on Tuesday 3rd September, 7.45pm.

  • Rob Laney Departs The Blues

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that Rob Laney has departed the club after 252 appearances to seek a new challenge. Since joining the Blues in the summer of 2014, Rob established himself as a firm fans' favourite and was a popular member of the changing room.

    In his first season, his partnership with David Knight helped the Blues to a strong mid-table finish, with the forward repeating his exploits with Billy Healey the following season. In our historic play-off season, Laney scored important goals including a winner at home to Folkestone as well as crucial strikes versus Grays and Kingstonian in our long unbeaten run.

    In his final season, Laney bagged a brace versus Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Trophy First Round, on what became a world-famous weekend for the club. As well as his brace, including a screamer from outside the box, Laney was part of the goalmouth scramble that gained the Blues media attention across the globe.

    Rob's service to the club also included his coaching of the U11 then U12 teams, an avenue he chose to explore as he reached the latter years of his career - and this is a role he will continue to play for the development of his youth players.

    Aron Sharpe said, "Rob has been a tremendous servant to the club. To remain at the same club for half a decade is no small achievement, and Laney has scored some huge goals for us during his time here. His work ethic and desire is difficult to find at any level, and we'd like to thank him for his tremendous service. He, of course, will be welcomed back to the club with open arms as a true friend of everybody connected with Wingate & Finchley. We wish him all the best but know that this is farewell, and not goodbye.

    Rob Laney said, "Wingate became part of my family and leaving has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. Thank you to all the fans and staff at Wingate, you've been brilliant and I have made friends for life at this club. But a special thank you to Aron Sharpe who believed in me at this level and gave me the chance five years ago, I will forever be grateful to him. And to all the players who have been on the journey with me, I love you all and good luck this season!"

  • Squad Update

    We are pleased to announce some new signings:

    James Ewington
    James started the 2018/2019 season at Northwood, scoring 14 goals in the opening two months before signing for Walton Casuals - where he scored 27 goals in 30 games.

    Olumide Oluwatimilehin -Midfield
    Previously with Barking, Lewes and part of of the Merstham play off side, 'Olu' is a strong box to box midfielder who has impressed in pre season against league opposition.

    Tage Kennedy - Striker
    We have kept a careful eye on Tage a lightning quick striker/winger who has been courted by numerous clubs at our level. Both Tage and Wingate felt it the right move to progress him from Enfield Borough this season.

    Marvin Morgan - Striker
    Born in Manchester, Morgan started his career in the youth team at Wealdstone before he joined Yeading in November 2004 for a fee of £3,000. In May 2007, he joined the Conference National side Woking. In May 2008, Morgan signed for the Conference National champions and newly promoted League Two side Aldershot Town for an undisclosed fee. Morgan joined Shrewsbury Town following his release from Aldershot and started the opening game of the League Two season against Plymouth Argyle, signing a two-year contract in July 2013. Following his release from Plymouth, Morgan returned to non-League football, joining Havant & Waterlooville of the National League South in June 2015. He re-joined former club Wealdstone on loan in February 2016, and then secured a full season loan to Bath City ahead of the following season. On 20 June 2018 Morgan signed for Hendon. But Morgan left shortly after.

    Henry Ochieng - midfield
    Henry started at West Ham at the age of 8 years old and then joined Leyton Orient for his scholarship. Henry made 12 appearances for the first team . Following his release he joined Braintree, he also made one appearance for Kenya Under 23.

    Roman Michael-Percil -Striker
    Roman started his career at Spurs and has been a long term target. Always impressing against us, he was part of the Merstham promotion winning team last season and the Braintree team that achieved promotion the season before last.

    Alan Fleming - Striker
    Fleming started at Luton Town, however impressing as a youngster meant Norwich came in and paid a fee for the prospect. He left the Canaries in May 2018

    Mason Hall - defender
    Mason is a young defender who joins us following his scholarship at Leyton Orient

    Henry Marku - defender

    Injuries


    Our three young players with long term injuries are as follows:

    Joe Sharpe
    Joe made a return for three months last season after a serious knee injury but a referred complex cartilage injury will keep him out for the next six months

    Jake Eales
    Jake is back in light training with a hopeful return date of @ October .

    Sam Tring
    The unfortunate news is Sam Tring has torn his ACL in his comeback game and will be out for the majority of the season.

    We shall keep you informed on all of their progress

  • Cup Draws

    We have two home cup draws, vs Cockfosters in the FA Youth Cup and vs Edgware Town in the Middx Senior Cup. Both to be scheduled.

  • Sponsors News

    We are pleased to announce that Rogers Removals will continue their sponsorship of the Wingate & Finchley first team’s home kit for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

    Long-time sponsors, Rogers Removals’ name adorned the club’s home kit in the 2018/19 season - a season in which we maintained our Isthmian Premier League status and went on a record-breaking Buildbase FA Trophy run.

    The Finchley-based company said, “As a business located in Finchley for over 50 years, we are delighted to continue to sponsor the mighty Wingate & Finchley FC first team kit for. The 2019/20 season. Come on you Blues!"

    We would like to thank Rogers Removals, and all of our generous sponsors, for their continued support of the club’s endeavours for the forthcoming season.

    Meanwhile, One To One Engravers have won the sponsorship raffle, and their name will take pride of place on the away shirt for 2019/20. See more at www.otoel.com.

  • Ola Williams Departs

    After over 275 appearances for the club, we can announce Ola Williams has departed Wingate & Finchley Football Club.

    A member of the club’s famous treble winning side, Ola has played across the backline for the Blues under several managers. In his time at the club, ‘Boogie’ has found the net five times.

    A Finchley man, Ola represents Wingate & Finchley’s ethos perfectly - to promote opportunities for local, young players to play at a good level of football.

    Chairman, Aron Sharpe said, “Ola has been an incredible servant for this club for many years. His experience and leadership proved invaluable during last season’s relegation battle and we wish him nothing but the very best in his future. He epitomises our philosophy of bringing through local boys and has been an instrumental figure for the club over the year. He will always be welcome at the Maurice Rebak Stadium as a friend of this club.”

  • Spencer McCall Charity Tournament This Saturday

    The day will kick off at 12pm with as we face Hemel Hempstead at Barnet Lane (EN5 2DN)...and there will be staggered kick offs for the remaining matches. The full kick off times are:-

    Wingate and Finchley v Hemel Hempstead - 12pm
    Hendon v Royston Town - 12:30pm

    Third/Fourth place - 2pm
    Final - 2:30pm

    Most importantly, it will be pay what you want on the door for fans and there will be a bucket collection for this. All money collected on the day will go directly to Spencer.

    Also please note that there are limited parking spaces on site, however there are public car parks near the facility.

  • Extra Friendly: Aldershot

    We will host Aldershot in a newly announced friendly, on Tuesday 16th July at 7.45pm at Summers Lane.

  • Sponsor the club and win your name on the away kit for 2019/20!

    The Club are again on the lookout for sponsors via our extraordinarily cheap annual sponsors’ raffle. For just £299 your company could win their name on our away kit, plus guaranteed exposure through pitchside, programme and website adverts- the deadline is the end of June. Please click HERE to download and view our latest sponsorship brochure.


    Contact secretary@wingatefinchley.com to register your interest.
  • 8th June

    Rob Laney Tours (and scores!) with Middlesex Wanderers

    Middlesex Wanderers, the amateur touring side representing our county, was recently invited by the Jersey FA to be part of the Jackson International Trophy Four team tournament held from May 23rd to 26th May in the capital, St. Helier. Amateur representative teams from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland made up the other sides in this round robin competition. In the first match upon arrival on the Thursday against the hosts Jersey at the National stadium, Middlesex Wanderers recovered from a goal down to secure a draw courtesy of a Rob Laney strike.

    On Saturday 25th May the Wanderers took on a Republic of Ireland side that had beaten the England C team recently. Again the team had to reduce the arrears thanks to a quality strike from D'Sean Theobalds (Tonbridge Angels). Unfortunately The Irish team snatched victory late on to secure the 3 points. In what was a grueling schedule Wanderers played their third match in 4 days and again Theobalds managed to give the tourists the lead with a penalty after Mike Jones of Hungerford Town had been brought down. Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar) doubled the lead only for Northern Ireland to strike back. However the Wanderers held on for victory to finish behind the Republic Ireland in this inaugural Trophy.

    Steve Ward from the MWAFC said "I was pleased Rob was able to tour again after his last tour to Scotland a couple of years ago to give us that much needed experience as I knew what qualities he had. Over the matches Rob stood out and represented himself and Wingate and Finchley in a very positive way. Rob led the line well in all the games he played and dominated in the air causing problems for some very good defenders. I’m glad he again got to experience tournament football and had some pressure free football on a beautiful island.

    The full squad was: Matt Nolan (Enfield) Rob Laney (Wingate and Finchley) James Folkes D’Sean Theobalds (both Tonbridge Angels) Tom Bonner (Dartford) George Ironton Carl Mensah Jon Clement (all Tring Town) Jay Rolfe (Welwyn Garden City) Dernell Wynter (Potters Bar Town) Mike Jones (Hungerford Town) Kyran Clements Ryan Horne (both Bury Town) Dean Inman (Kingstonian) Josh Urquart (Harlow Town) Khale Da Costa (St. Albans City)
  • 25th May

    Reece Beckles-Richards Departs


    Wingate & Finchley can announce the departure of forward, Reece Beckles-Richards who has joined Wealdstone FC for an undisclosed fee.

    Reece joined the club in the summer of 2016, going on to feature over 150 times for the club. His most prolific campaign came in the 2016-17 season, where his goals were crucial to the club reaching the Isthmian League play-off semi final.

    As a club, we pride ourselves on the development of local, young footballers - many of whom go on to pursue careers in league football, as well as both National League divisions. Despite the importance and loyalty of such individuals, our intention is always to see the players reach the highest possible level and we know that Reece will push on further than Step 2 during the course of his career. The club has always taken great pride in seeing our own prosper and test themselves at the highest level possible.

    Technical Director, Dave Norman said:

    “During the 3 years Reece has been at Wingate & Finchley, he has been key to the success of the club. Reece has been very loyal and has turned down a number of opportunities to move on. He was influential in the club’s relegation battle on return from injury in January. We feel that this move to a Conference South team will play a significant role in his quest to become a professional footballer. As a club, we feel proud to have been able to produce another player for the higher levels of English football, where we know Reece will enjoy tremendous success. We all wish Reece the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming him back to Summers Lane as a supporter of the club.”

    The club wish to echo Dave’s thoughts, hoping that. Reece can use this opportunity to push on and reach the level of football everybody knows he is capable of. Good luck, Reece!
  • 21st May

    2019/20 Preseason Friendlies

    The Blues are pleased to announce our pre-season schedule:-

    The highlight will be a 4-way charity tournament for Spencer McCall on 13th July, featuring three other clubs which he has played for. The Blues will also face two professional sides; Stevenage on 9th July and Watford U23's on 30th July. The full schedule is:

    9th July - Stevenage (H – Summers Lane)
    13th July – Spencer McCall Charity Tournament with Hemel Hempstead, Hendon and Bishop’s Stortford (H – Barnet Lane training ground)
    20th July - Chalfont St Peter (H – Barnet Lane training ground)
    23rd July - Hayes and Yeading (H – Summers Lane)
    27th July - Welwyn Garden City (A)
    30th July - Watford U23s (H – Summers Lane)
    3rd August - Ware (A)

  • 15th May

    Summer Squad Update

    We are pleased to announce a squad update now during the close season, as the club is moving forward extremely positively and far quicker than was expected.

    First team coaching staff : We are pleased to confirm Steve Clark as First Team manager.

    Steve shall be in control of the first team and all related issues. Steve has appointed Danny Foster to be his assistant manager. As a player Danny was a right-sided defender and he is now 34 years old; his experience includes:
    Spurs (2002-04)
    Dagenham & Redbridge (2004-09, conference winner)
    Brentford (2009-10)
    Wycombe Wanderers (2010-13, L2 promotion)
    England U15,16,18
    England C
    300 career apps
    5 goals

    He retired in 2013 following a knee injury, having coincidentally spent much of his career playing alongside former-Blue Ben Strevens.

    David Norman will continue to assist the club in a consultant role as Technical Director. David shall oversee all football activity, and will also work in conjunction with the first team to support the first team manager.

    David shall also continue his role as Sporting Director for Rhyl FC in the Welsh Championship.

    As a club that enjoys two-way loyalty and consistency, we are pleased to also confirm that Gavin King will continue as Goalkeeping Coach and Franco Piazza stays as Assistant first team coach.

    Finally, we have retained the following squad members for 2019/20 :

    Ahmet Rifat
    Shane Gore
    Ola Williams
    Sean Cronin
    Tommy Tejan-Sie
    Luke Ifil
    Layne Eadie
    Alieu Njie
    Tanashe Abrahams
    Charlie Cole
    Rob Laney


    The following young players have signed new contracts :
    Sam Tring
    Jake Eales

    We shall bring you more news of signings shortly.

  • 1st May

    End Of Season Awards Night Winners

    After a late 4-2 win against Burgess Hill Town to secure the Club’s safety at Step 3, Wingate & Finchley held our annual awards night to commemorate the achievements of the 2018-19 season. Despite a turbulent league season, the Blues created club history in the FA Trophy, reaching the Second Round Proper for the first time.

    On the night, as he has done for the last three years, goalkeeper Shane Gore dominated proceedings – leaving his seat thrice to collect the Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season awards at the Maurice Rebak Stadium. Gore’s consistency between the sticks has led to much adulation, making him a firm fan’s favourite at Summers Lane.

    After making his 250th appearance earlier in the season, the Director’s Player of the Season award was won by Ola Williams – a key part of the Club’s famous treble winning side under Dave Norman. Having featured all across the back line throughout the course of the 2018-19 season, Ola’s longevity at the Club makes him another well-respected member of the dressing room.

    An impressive 14 goals from centre-back saw skipper, Sean Cronin swoop the Top Goalscorer award for the season. His goals and leadership helped the Blues through a sticky situation and his hat trick at Harlow Town was the club’s first in over a year.

    At Under 15 level, Joe West won the Manager’s Player of the Year award, Jonathan Spencer was awarded the Player of the Year award by his teammates and Daniel Baxter swooped the Top Goalscorer award. The side, managed by former player Tashan Bradshaw-Brown, were County Cup winners last month – another proud success for the Club’s youth setup.

    The Under 16’s Manager’s Player of the Year was won by Jornael Appiah, with Fin Conway nominated as Player of the Year by his fellow players – and Dan Affutunartey securing the Top Goalscorer award despite missing a portion of the season through injury. Congratulations to all the young men, who can take inspiration from the number of local boys playing in the first team.

    Away from the pitch, former-Chairman Peter Rebak was honoured for his decades of service to the club, and was delighted at being offered a Life Vice President role.

    Finally, Andrew Ward deservedly won the Club Person of the Year award. The groundsman saw a huge increase in fixtures on the pitch including the first team, the FA Youth Cup, Enfield Borough’s matches, Watford’s Under 23 side and four rounds of Watford’s historic FA Youth Cup run – with over 80 matches played on the pitch from July to April. Congratulations, Andy!

  • Youth Trials For Next Season

    We are pleased to announce that the youth trials for next season will be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend (4th & 6th), for players of all ages from Under 7 upwards. Please see the registration form at this link.

  • 14th March

    U15 Cup Final Postponed

    The Under 15's Cup Final this Sunday has been moved due to weather concerns to Sunday 31st March at Fisher FC, SE16 5EF.

  • 8th March

    Spencer McCall Unwell

    The Club are deeply saddened to hear the news of former youth product and first-teamer Spencer McCall's diagnosis with cancer. We encourage whoever can help to donate to support Spencer through this incredibly tough time. Our best wishes go out to Spencer and his family at this time. You can donate here: JustGiving.

  • 4th March

    U15 London Cup Final

    The Under 15's progressed to the London FA Final which will be played on Sunday 17th March at Mile End (10am).
  • 3rd March

    Youth News

    Follow all of the latest youth news...you can stay up to date on this dedicated page Youth News.
  • 8th February

    Big Bang Fair's AI Masterclass

    On Saturday 9th February, the Big Bang Fair’s AI football coach will make its debut in front of the world's media for Wingate & Finchley’s league match against Whitehawk FC. Before the game, from 1.30 to 2.30pm in the function room, children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the AI Masterclass, where they can learn directly from the developers about how it works and what it is set to become in the future. They can even ask it questions and have their photos taken!

    Created by a team of AI experts, the AI provides bespoke pre-game and in-game football strategies for a team against specific opponents. What’s more, the AI coach learns the more it is used to become an even better coach. Here’s a link to view the video.

    All Under 12's can enter the match for free and are encouraged to join in with the masterclass.

    Masterclass: 1:30 - 2:30pm
    Kick off: 3pm

  • 1st February

    Fixture Updates

    The Tonbridge Angels home fixture has been scheduled for Wednesday 13th February, 7.45pm, and Hornchurch away will be Tues 5th March.

  • 23rd January

    Blues' AI Coach in Partnership with Big Bang Fair

    We are delighted to be joining forces with Big Bang Fair to encourage more students into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, via appointing an AI football coach. It will assist our management team with tactical insights during our home match with Whitehawk next month. Take a look HERE on Youtube!

  • Glen Little Departure, David Norman Returns

    Wingate & Finchley can announce the departure of Glen Little as first team coach. Glen joined the Blues alongside Nicky Shorey as assistant first team coach in October 2018 and was thrust into the manager’s role following Shorey’s sudden exit after three games.

    Glen presided over last month’s historic win over Dulwich Hamlet to achieve our best ever FA Trophy run.

    We would like to place on record our thanks to Glen for his hard work, dedication and professionalism throughout his tenure and wish him the very best for the future. He will always be welcomed back to Summers Lane.

    Chairman Aron Sharpe stated 'Glen helped us hugely in our hour of need and I cannot talk highly enough about him, so I can only thank him. However a different approach was now needed to try and maintain our place in the division so a difficult decision had to be made.'

    Former director of football Dave Norman will oversee football operations in the short term and we would like to welcome Dave back to the club.

    Sharpe added 'we are thankful to Dave's current club Rhyl in the Welsh Premier for allowing us to work with Dave.'

  • Saturday v Dulwich Hamlet

    On Saturday we are pleased to be supporting Save The Children's Christmas Jumper Day 2018. All fans and staff are encouraged to attend the game in a festive Christmas Jumper, and we will be taking donations during the game's second half for this wonderful charity. If everyone attending could aim to give just £1 we will raise an impressive total for them. You can also donate £2 automatically by texting TEAMWINFINCH to 70050 (100% of this goes to Save The Children).

    Separately, the match is being featured by BT Sport who are sending Jeff Brazier to report on the day for BT Sport Score. They will want to carry out interviews with fans and the people behind the scenes so feel free to be accomodating and you might be covered on TV.

    Regarding the match itself, the two clubs have agreed that the tie will finish on the day, with extra time and penalties if needed instead of a replay.

    Lastly, please be aware of the roadworks near the stadium reducing Summers Lane to single file at the moment.

  • Feature Article

    Wingate & Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum by Tamia Padotan

    Partnering up with Football Coach and Mental Health campaigner, Manisha Tailor, Wingate & Finchley strives to use the power of football to connect and change the lives of those within their community.

    Over the past three years, Wingate & Finchley has facilitated and worked alongside Manisha to put into effect the ‘Wingate & Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum.’ Manisha’s inspiration for the project, ‘Simply Being’ came to fruition from the experience of becoming the carer for her twin brother at the age of 18, who was diagnosed with mental illness as a result of bullying at school. “This real-life experience has taught me the value of early intervention and the impact football can have on mental health, overall well-being and the importance of supporting carers and adults alike,” said Tailor.

    This initiative provides fans from the local community, who are disabled or have mental health issues, with the opportunity to come together in a safe environment, enjoy a matchday experience and participate in free weekly football sessions. The club profoundly supports projects which aim to provide a sense of identification and inclusion for those in their community whilst promoting an active, healthy and independent lifestyle. First-team Secretary at the club, Mark Felstein credited the work put into the inspirational partnership. “Mental Health projects with Manisha are always highly successful. She is a brilliant individual who dedicated a lot of time and effort to these projects and helping the club and the community.”

    This program helps adults and young people take ownership of - and improve - their emotional and behavioural health whilst having fun participating in teamwork and confidence building exercises. A personal insight from Khalid Karimullah, a member of Wingate’s press team who has openly spoken out about his struggles with depression and anxiety commented on the community led-project.

    He said: “It’s 2018 and it’s fair to say the stigma around mental health still exists and you need initiatives such as this to break down those barriers. For some it’s uncomfortable to speak of, but hopefully through the universal sport of football, there’s an opportunity to eradicate those thought-patterns.”

    Free access to Wingate & Finchley FC games was also included where fans could come along and enjoy watching a live fixture of the Blues in action at the incredible, Maurice Rebak Stadium. “It is about making people feel they can comfortably express themselves,” concluded Khalid. “And through the help of a diverse family club like Wingate & Finchley, hopefully more projects around mental health can materialise within football clubs across the UK – at all levels - and show that mental health is what people have, but it’s not who they are.”

  • New Loan Signing

    Wingate & Finchley have signed Reece Mitchell on loan from Wealdstone. The winger, aged 23, spent his youth career with Chelsea and then represented Chesterfield and Torquay Utd. He is set to feature in the match on Tuesday at Brightlingsea Regent.

  • FA Youth Cup

    The Under 18's set a club record on Thursday night, progressing through to the FA Youth Cup 2nd Round Proper after beating Kings Langley 5-3. It is the first time the Blues have ever reached this stage, and they are now one win away from a potential draw with the biggest sides in the land.
    Next up is a home tie with Andover, date TBC. A match report can be found HERE

  • Management News

    Wingate & Finchley can announce that Nicky Shorey has unfortunately stepped down from his role as joint manager at the club due to unforeseen other commitments.

    Nicky goes with our best wishes, and we are able and delighted to confirm that Glen Little will continue in his role. During our efforts to find a solution with Nicky over the past week, Glen has managed the last two matches. His first game in charge was the Cockfosters 6-1 win, and he was also in charge for the 2-1 away win at Sittingbourne in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

    Glen joined the club along with Nicky and quickly established himself as a key member of the Management Staff. He will continue alongside the Club's existing coaching structure that is already in place.

    We wish Nicky well for the future.

  • New Signing

    Wingate & Finchley are pleased to announce the signing of striker Charlie Cole.
    A natural in front of goal, Cole scored an impressive 59 goals for Essex Senior League side Takeley F.C. during the 2016/17 season.
    That tally broke the league’s goalscoring record, set by current West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle in 2011.
    Cole also turned out for Sawbridgeworth Town and Thurrock F.C. earlier in his career.
    The 24 year-old joined Billericay Town last campaign and spent a month on loan at Canvey Island. He scored on his debut as Canvey beat Waltham Abbey 2-1.
    The striker then joined Hertford Town on loan, before leaving Bostik League Champions Billericay at the end of the season.
    He started this season back at Takeley F.C., netting 10 goals before his move to the Blues.
    Welcome to Wingate & Finchley, Charlie!

  • 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.