2017/18 – Gameweek 18 – 27th January 2018

After rain stopped play the week before, a full complement of fixtures for the club this weekend. Three wins and two losses.
Firstly, a great result for the slightly makeshift 1st XI who fought back from being 1-0 down at HT to win 3-2. The team were kept in it during the 1st half by the 1s GK who pulled off some great saves. His name escapes me but I think his face is in some of the older posts from this page.
The team came out of the blocks fast in the second, knocking Old Finchleians off balance. Scott scored a sublime chip off the back of a fast counter to draw level before Tunde had a cup of tea on the edge of the six-yard box after a bit of pinball, slotting home with his final sip. And after more harrying further up the pitch, the third (and T’s second) came from a Cowell-y long throw which was nodded in close to goal. Despite the oppo pulling a goal back with 25 to go, the team held firm through diligence and work rate to seal the three points, and a huge result.
A phenomenal result for the 2nd XI vs. Old Parkonians Reserves, having lost to them 11-1 and 7-1 earlier on in the season. All the more phenomenal on the basis that the feedback from the game was we absolutely dominated them. A great debut for Josh coming up from lower down the club (more of that from some of you), and miraculously another from Phil too. Luka on the scoresheet too, although that’s less unusual.
Finally of the wins, a great 3-0 for Ed’s lads, sharing the goals out evenly and grabbing a clean sheet. What that means is the 2nd XI and 4th XI represent the club in the semis of the AFA cup, no small feat – let’s get some silverware lads.
Two difficult results for the 3rd and 5th XI. The 3rd XI played at GSK which was quite boggy, not lending itself to great football, and a similar scenario for the 5th XI at CCC. Damo a great presence in goal for the 3rd XI but the team not working as well as a unit. Goals for Wayne and Danyal in those.
More games this weekend, make sure you’re available.
Up the birds x
1st XI [3] – [2] Old Finchleians
Scorers: Tunde Olagunju (2), Scott Hunter
2nd XI [3] – [1] Old Parkonians Res (AFA Cup)
Scorers: Josh Nail, Luka Nicolle, Phil Jordan
3rd XI [1] – [4] Carshalton 4s
Scorer: Wayne Vassell
4th XI [3] – [0] Dorkinians 4s (AFA Cup)
Scorers: Nabeel Khan, David Handley, Nathan Munroe
5th XI [1] – [4] Kew Association 3s
Scorer: Danyal Ali

2017/18 – Gameweek 17 – 13th January 2018

Two wins and two losses in the weekend just gone, with no fixture for the 1st XI.

A last minute penalty winner for the 2nd XI, cooly slotted by Charlie Johnson who can legitimately claim that goal after the dubious goals panel from last week…a tense game that swung in favour of either team during the match. The switch to 3-4-3 to find goals paid dividends with the other beyond the OG, going to Adam.

The 3rd XI lost although no idea how. Dominating the game throughout, the game should have been put to bed. However, a fluke of a 30-yard lob/shot/cross settled the match in the favour of the oppo.

The 4th XI came away with a great 1-0 win, although seldom any detail on the game beyond gaffer Ed Ryan’s comment: “proper battle”. If he said it aloud {‘pwopa-battle’} or something similar…

A difficult loss for the 5th XI after being up 1-0 at half-time and controlling the game. But a few goals from the opposition and the team struggled to maintain the intensity, falling away further. The goal from Danyal though – one of the best of the year. 28 yards out, falling away but still smashing it off the bottom of the bar.

More games this weekend, make sure you’re available.

Up the birds x

2017/18 – Gameweek 12-16 (2nd December 2017-6th January 2018)

A rapid roundup of the fixtures spanning December and the first of the new year.  By team.


1st XI

02/12 – 1st XI [3] – [1] Merton

Scorers: Tunde Olagunju, Scott Hunter, Andrew Cowell

06/01 – 1st XI [2] – [2] Alexandra Park

Scorers: Charlie Johnson, Robbie Temple


2nd XI

02/12 – 2nd XI [1] – [2] Norsemen Reserves (SAL)

Scorer: Ed Walkden


09/12 – 2nd XI [5] – [1] Old Finchleians Reserves

Scorers: Ed Walkden (2), Marc Pennycook, Adam Pennycook, Chris Marx


16/12 – 2nd XI [4] – [1] Old Bromleians Reserves (AFA)

Scorers: Joe Charles (2), Robbie Temple, Jules Gauvin


06/01 – 2nd XI [5] – [0] HSBC Reserves

Scorers: Adam Pennycook (2), Joe Charles, Chris Marx, Phil Jordan


3rd XI

02/12 – 3rd XI [0] – [3] Civil Service 4s


09/12 – 3rd XI [1] – [5] Alleyn Old Boys 5s

Scorer: Robbie Temple


06/01 – 3rd XI [2] – [3] Civil Service 4s

Scorers: Wayne Vassell, Joe Brophy


4th XI

09/12 – 4th XI [5] – [1] Civil Service 6s

Scorers: Gordon Niner (2), Nathan Lucas, Nabeel Khan, Poya Moshiry-Zavieh


16/12 – 4th XI [1] – [2] HSBC 4s

Scorer: Sharmani Mcfarlane


06/01 – 4th XI [3] – [1] Bank of England 4s

Scorers: Sasa Joveljic (2), Nathan Lucas


5th XI

02/12 – 5th XI [2] – [5] Crouch End Vampires 7s

Scorer: Josh Nail (2)


09/12 – 5th XI [3] – [4] Kew Association 3s

Scorers: Manny Nwosu, Charlie Herring, Mitchell Alley


16/12 – 5th XI [2] – [3] Civil Service 6s

Scorers: Danyal Ali, Josh Nail


06/01 – 5th XI [4] – [1] HSBC 4s

Scorers: Danyal Ali (2), Josh Nail, Adem Ali