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Wealdstone, FA Cup, 300914

With all the fuss over the FA Cup qualifying rounds this past week (and of course tonight) we should remember that it isn’t the only cup we take part in as a club this season. There’s the FA Trophy, which we enter in the 3rd Qualifying Round at the end of November, and of course there’s the Essex Senior Cup, which we enter at the third round stage, and the draw was made about a week ago.Last season we enjoyed a fantastic run in the Essex Senior Cup and beat Braintree 2-1 in the final playing at the home of Dagenham and Redbridge. The defence of this cup though will start with a tough encounter at home to Colchester United, a team we faced en route to the final last season. The fixture has to take place prior to the 1st of November; the exact date though is yet to be confirmed.There were issues around this cup fixture last season, as it came in the middle of a period of bad weather and a hell of a lot of rain! The game was scheduled though and after a lot of work on the pitch during th…

Programme Perils

Its been a while since I've actually got round to writing a blog for me and about how things are going in general, but there's good reason for the break I assure you! If you are unaware, during the summer I became a member of the committee at Concord Rangers football club, and as part of that I also took over responsibility for editing the Beachboys matchday programme. At the time I thought how hard could it be? Writing bits here and there to make sure it's kept up to date, nothing too major. Of course it has turned out to be more difficult than I imagined, even though at the moment things seem to be going fairly well.There's a lot of work that goes into these programmes that I guess I took for granted, but now after 5 home games I appreciate the effort that goes into producing them for each fixture! Obviously there's some stuff that has to go in that's required from the league (adverts mainly), but you have to ensure that your opponents details are right as we…

Wealdstone, Vanarama South, 130914

Today our visitors are Wealdstone FC, a team we know fairly well! We’ve not seen them here at the Aspect Arena since 2012 but our most recent encounter was of course the playoff semi-final in which we won 2-1 and went on to secure promotion to the Conference South.That final encounter was one that lives long in the memory for me, and I’m sure for everyone involved with Concord Rangers at the time, but it wasn’t just for the score line and what the result led to. A few weeks prior to the end of the season Concord Rangers had travelled to Wealdstone in the league, both teams in the playoff hunt and eager to score what would be a massive victory. I remember travelling up early after work, and meeting the usual travelling fans (committee mainly) in the ground. An early sending off for Leon McKenzie didn’t start the game too well, however what followed was a mixture of ups and downs that really set the tone for the following playoff encounter. There was no denying Concord were the better t…

Bishops Stortford, Vanarama South, 090914

This past Saturday was Non League Day, the day used to promote the benefits and positive aspects of the non league levels of the beautiful game. Usually held during the first international break of the season, it uses the lack of Premiership and Championship games to capitalise and bring more fans to our games.I’m all for it, obviously! The non league game has a special pull about it, just attending one game can see you get addicted to it and have you coming back week after week. That’s what happened to me, so I know for a fact it can happen! My first game at Thames Road was attended because I have a friend here as part of the setup in Miki Hood, so that gave me a reason to pop down and tear myself away from Upton Park. But not everyone has that opportunity, so it’s initiatives like Non League Day that help spread the love so to speak and get people involved.Clubs up and down the country get involved with this initiative, many of them holding promotional events to either lower the pri…