Welwyn Friendly Cancelled
The friendly at Welwyn Garden City next Saturday has been cancelled, due to the FA Cup draw between the sides. At present there is no replacement match.
The friendly at Welwyn Garden City next Saturday has been cancelled, due to the FA Cup draw between the sides. At present there is no replacement match.
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.
We will host Aldershot in a newly announced friendly, on Tuesday 16th July at 7.45pm at Summers Lane.
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.
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)
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:
Dagenham & Redbridge (2004-09, conference winner)
Wycombe Wanderers (2010-13, L2 promotion)
300 career apps
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 :
The following young players have signed new contracts :
We shall bring you more news of signings shortly.
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!
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.
The Under 15's Cup Final this Sunday has been moved due to weather concerns to Sunday 31st March at Fisher FC, SE16 5EF.
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.
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
The Tonbridge Angels home fixture has been scheduled for Wednesday 13th February, 7.45pm, and Hornchurch away will be Tues 5th March.
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!
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.'
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Wingate & Finchley vs Uxbridge
Maurice Rebak Stadium, Summers Lane, London N12 0PD
7:45pm kick off
Adult - £6:00
Concession - £3:00
U16 - Free
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
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
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 email@example.com if you wish to secure a parking season pass or have any queries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org quickly to secure your favourite player.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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
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)
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.