Didn’t hear it, didn’t see it…

I feel like I´m due a little moan up and I´m wondering what everyone else thinks about this issue.  It may only be relevant to those who were around yesterday but I´m sure all football fans can relate in someway to this.  I was fortunate enough yesterday to be invited to White Hart Lane for the FA Cup tie against Millwall (Don´t hold it against me, I like football!)  Every time Heung-min Son received the ball the Millwall fans were making some sort of screeching noise as loud as you like that could be heard all around the ground.  I for one at the game could not make it out but it was obviously derogatory.  I have since learned it was possibly them shouting DVD as a racist term.  Now if you did not hear this (you may have done on the TV also), then really you would pretty much have to be stone deaf.  Now here is my point.  I was at the other end of the ground and the Management teams were at least 60 yards nearer on the halfway line and then I see press conferences where they say they didn’t hear it!  This is not the first time either.  It just baffles me beyond belief!  What were they doing?  I don´t wear the argument that “I´m too wrapped up and concentrating on the game”.  So am I but I heard it, the workmen in the cranes heard it.  Actually thinking about it now the same person heard his name called and waved to the crowd so hows that work?  Ok, Ok I know what your thinking too, they have to be diplomatic and don’t want to get embroiled in the argument.  I understand that, but come on don’t insult thousands of peoples intelligence.  Id prefer, “I heard something but wasn’t aware of what it actually was” or the like.  Theres other ways to be diplomatic. The other chap up the road also has made a name for himself by claiming “I didn’t see it” whenever something remotely controversial against his team pops up.  Now if I was a Director paying him millions of pounds a year and he didn’t watch the game I´m sure I would want to get my own eyes tested!    Enjoy your day all and thanks for reading.

No Goals Against…

Although we failed to win on Saturday against VCD Athletic in the Ryman League Division One North the 0-0 draw, apart from a useful point, was our fifth match in a row without conceding.  Naturally the question everyone has asked me is when did the club last achieve five in a row without conceding.  So the best I can do goes back to the 2008/09 season when we were looking to get promoted to the Premier.   We achieved this by beating Concord Rangers in the play off final at Capershotts.  For those there truly a great day to remember.  Sadly for me I wasn’t!    The run began on 20th September away at Northwood when we won 2-0.  The same score against Cheshunt a week later was followed by a 1-0 win over old rivals Concord  Rangers.  We then had a 0-0 drsaw at Aveley and Thamesmead were defeated 3-0 to complete the nap.  The run came to an end though on Tuesday 14th October 2008 when we conceded 2 goals to draw 2-2 at Potters Bar Town.  So there you have it!  can we write some more history on Saturday at Dereham, who knows?

Saturday, 20 September 2008
Attendance 113

Northwood 0 Waltham Abbey 2
Elmes H, Sontag M

Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Attendance 205
Waltham Abbey 2 Cheshunt 0
Holland 2

Saturday, 27 September 2008
Attendance 134

Waltham Abbey 1 Concord Rangers 0
Holland

Monday, 29 September 2008
Attendance 128

Aveley 0 Waltham Abbey 0

Saturday, 11 October 2008
Attendance 121

Waltham Abbey 3 Thamesmead Town 0
Elmes J 2, Sontag M

Footballs gone soft #2

So clubs are now complaining about the state visiting teams are leaving their changing rooms. What next, leaving sock ties on the pitch and oranges in the dugouts.  Really come on, it’s football ffs.  As long as there’s no damage what is the actual problem? Clubs have always had cleaners. Are a few tea cups, plastic bottles and pitch mud really causing that much a problem?  It must be fantastic for the clubs with 3/4g pitches but that’s not proper football anyway! I draw the line at banging boots on the walls  that’s just bad manners. Ok guys use the bins provided and not the floor but to keep whinging about it surely there’s better things to worry about at football?  Must be me, call me old fashioned. What about the days when clubs would leave the heater on when it’s 100 degrees in the summer and leave windows open when it’s 10 below in darkest winter.  I guess everyone is rolling out the red carpet now! “Welcome to the club old chap, have a wonderful stay”. Yeah right …..

Best Ever Six Pointer?

Better people than me out there that can remember these things but what would you say is the best six pointer you have ever seen?  At Wroxham on Saturday some quarters described our match as exactly that, I´d say it was a little too early but with the teams at the bottom all playing each other in recent weeks and days to come each match takes on more significance.  Tonight we travel to WARE FC who have found themselves at the wrong end once again like us and dare someone say this is a sixer?  Most certainly we entertain BRENTWOOD TOWN on Saturday and will need to gain revenge for our 3-2 defeat earlier in the season.  Its all about breathing space at the bottom now with both Wroxham and Great Wakering surely with too big a mountain to climb.  There are mooted changes to league formats once again at the end of the season too, but one thing I would like to see always is promotion and relegation whatever changes.  I think clubs and fans want it too, it always gives us that new place to visit feel, well usually.  Anyway a little waffle for you on Valentines Day.  Comments always welcome.

The AA

The FA System sucks…

I thought it fit to amend this post now as Darrelle has returned to the fold.  Ironic really as BTFC didnt work out and a brief stint at Cheshunt failed to work also.  Now back at the club Darrelle has started to score goals again, funny that…welcome back mate..

So I learn a short while ago today one of our best players Darrelle Russell has gone to Billericay Town who keep putting umpteen 7 day approaches in for what ever player we have that does well. They havent even looked at him. As a lifelong Waltham Abbey FC supporter lets just say Im f**king fuming. Theres no point in a club like ours getting good players cos every c**t comes in and takes them. The system is all wrong, we cant protect our club and even begin to think about doing well again. Yes even at our level its all about money and it runs right down the leagues. One Premier players wages for ONE week, yes ONE week would finance our club for probably 2/3 YEARS yet to get all these so called grants that are on offer to build better facilities you need 50% yourself. So tell me with attendances of around 100 where would we get 500k to build a new million pound clubhouse or changing rooms cos thats what it costs…F**ling Fuming today…. rant done..

 

On  that note I wish Darelle all the best, hes beena good servant to the club, lovely lad.  Good Luck

The Ping

Flicking through my twitter the other day and I came across a post from an old team mate Ian Spring. It jogged the memory bank of Sunday football days gone by when I first started playing adult football at the club. We started as a CB football team as we had a thriving club in Waltham Abbey called the Ghost Town Breakers. Every week we would meet at the community centre in the Crooked Mile and then laterly if my memory serves me correct at the Football Club. My brother got us use of the Johnson Matthey works ground in Brimsdown and we started playing friendlies known as Matthey Citizens. In reality we were pretty crap but we loved it and at that age I guess we thought we were the boll*x. It was not long before ex Club Secretary John “Charlie” May invited us to come and play Sundays down at the Abbey and would get us in the Sunday League. He used to referee our games and knew that my brother and Keith Hutchins, who ran Matthey, didnt get on.  We took up the invite and were proud as punch when we won our first two games 7-0 (Edmonton Green) and 4-0 (TPA) in Junior Division Four. I remember the paper said we were ” cock a hoop”. If my memory Ian Springalso serves me correct, I dont think we won another game that season! Still we had some great laughs along the way. I recall playing a team called Tower Hamlets in the Essex Cup at Capershotts early on. No way was we going to win this game but strangely enough we did, winning 2-0 at Capershotts. It was Ian Spring who inspired me to write this article as I recalled he scored an absolute ping of a goal with a strike that gave the keeper no chance. Now not knowing what Ian looks like these days, (until seeing his twitter profile) at the time he was about (seemingly) four foot tall, no neck and basically was a circle. But boy could he strike a ball. Ask him to run around and then that was a different matter. Two funny things happened in the game that were stand out had to be there moments. A player was jumping up and down in front of Charlie May (who was now playing for us) as he took a throw in.  Charlie threw the ball straight in his face. Naturally we cracked up as the player fell like a ninepin and claret splattered all over his white Tower Hamlets shirt. The other moment was when a Hamlets player called the ref a See You En Tee. Charlie turned around a said to the ref “did you hear that”? “what”? said the ref. “he just called you a cunt” “who did?” “him”. Come here player, within seconds the fella was shown a red card and turned to curse at Charlie as he walked off. “you wanker, you got me sent off” Charlie said “well I didnt call him a cunt did I!”. We were pissing ourselves, one of the funniest things I´ve ever seen and heard on a football pitch! We lost 1-3 at home in the next round as we embarked on our losing streak throughout the season. I think it was 82-83 that season, no doubt I will look it up one day.

Did you play that day or have a sunday memory from the Abbey? Would love you to leave a comment.

The Big Kick Off…and I´m not there :-(

Matt Attard V Bury Town 2015

Matt Attard V Bury Town 2015

Sat 13th August 2016 and the Ryman League has the big kick off whilst all the talk is about the FA Premier League.  Millions of pounds spent across the country and yet one big transfer fee would transform a whole set of lower league clubs in one go.  Somehow that always grinds me and doesnt seem right.  Well anyway once again due to work commitments I will miss the opening day and for a few weeks yet, up until around second week in October to be almost precise.  Its these times when I pray for a good FA Cup and Trophy draw and hope that we are still in at least one when I get back.  Anyone who is a football fan also knows that emptiness of the close season, itching for the leagues to start and usually get bathed in sunshine on the first day.  It was almost the same on Cup Final day, the sun always shone over Wembley and you didnt need the Met Office!  Today Waltham Abbey travel to Bury Town in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Im particulary peaved as I always enjoy my visits there.  Having met Chairman Russell Ward and his lovely wife Karen at the Ryman League presentation night a few years back, I´d like to say we have become friends and we always put the world of football to rights after the match over a beer or two.  Next week I will be fretting over the home match with Bowers and Pitsea whome we play in the FA Cup early round.  the FA Cup at our level is always a big game for me.  Not only can it bring much needed money into the club but in my eyes its more about the publicity it can bring to the club and the town.  Apart from a magnificent church and an old mate called King Harold reputedly buried here, what else can heap publicity on the town like the FA Cup?  A run to the first round would be a magnificent achievement and make people sit up and notice.  Thats why I fret early part of the season.  I didnt have to worry too much last year, we lost 1-0 to Welwyn Garden City in the first effort.  Not a good year.  So for today, good luck to all sides who are about to set out trying to achive their dreams.  Remember there are always more losers than winners in football, buy hey now and again please, let us have a slice!   See ya soon.